Do you suffer from “voracious ravenousitis?”
Footnote Maven uses that bewitching term to describe her appetite for family history knowledge in an intriguing post about the rights and wrongs she’s endured in her own family history quest.
Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings got things rolling by listing his three biggest genealogical regrets. Maven added the three things she’s done correctly, presumably to help her combat her previously mentioned affliction.
Among the things she mentioned was her completion of the University of Washington Certificate Program in Genealogy and Family History. But that extraordinary program in Seattle requires a nine-month commitment, a sizeable-but-reasonable financial investment and relocation (for most of us).
Here are a couple of other suggestions that will get you away from that keyboard and monitor for a while, will give you entrée to your local genealogical community and won’t bust your family budget.
Find and join a local genealogical society. These can be found in many locales and will welcome you with open arms. Mostly run by passionate volunteers, they are driven to help people such as you. Fellow Iowans should check out the Iowa Genealogical Society.
Look for the nearest Family History Center. These are branches of the Family History Center in Salt Lake City and give you direct access to that organization’s vast archives. There are 3,400 of these branches worldwide but be warned – most are open just a few hours each week.
Just a note to tell you the first Passing It On monthly newsletter went out earlier this week. Contact me if you want me to e-mail you a copy.