Genealogy helps more than to understand your family history, it helps in becoming a global citizen. Family is a central unit to culture, so when you take some time to learn about or practice genealogical research in a particular geographic area or populous, you are studying and appreciating culture. Just as living or traveling in a foreign country will enhance your global understanding, a similar, although sometimes less intense experience can happen when learning about family histories. For a long time, while being comfortable with research in certain geographic areas and record groups, I had somehow managed to overlook the importance of learning about others. I then decided to make more of an effort to, as one genealogist put’s it “break out of my genealogy comfort zone.”
I begin attending all local lectures I could, regardless of the subject. Without fail, you always take away something. Sometimes the speaker could offer you a tip that could translate into your research. Other times, you walk away with a new perspective on your own community, because each of our immigrant ancestors has a different understanding of their history and assimilation into American life.
It’s also fun to pick up words in different languages. Studying genealogy in foreign countries brought me a whole new appreciation for becoming bi-lingual. Languages were not my strong suit in school and I admittedly overlooked it. But now, I’m fascinated with my growing facility of languages, translating foreign documents, and having more of a world history education than strictly U.S. History.
June has been filled with fun and interesting programs, always-invigorating research cases, and a fresh outlook on the world of genealogy. This past month I was elected for another society position as Vice-President for the Worcester Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists (MSOG). I’m looking to working with my board and schedule fun, educational programs for members and the local community. Guests are always welcome, so bring your friends!
I will be back to lecturing a lot in the fall. Check out the schedule and mark your calendars. I am always excited to help people with their research and work on them with their challenges!
June Travelogues and Genealogy Tips
“Extracting Keywords From Genealogical Sources,” Legacy News, posted 9 Jun 2016.
“Investigating The Death of William Fleischhauer,” posted 13 Jun 2016.
“A Genealogist’s Reflection On His Own Name,” posted 22 Jun 2016.
“Using Keywords In Genealogical Research,” Legacy News, posted 23 Jun 2016.
“5 Tips For Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Origins,” America’s Footprints, posted 25 Jun 2016.
“10 Common 19th Century Occupations That You’re Not Likely To See Today,” Family History Daily, originally published Dec 2014. Shared by Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia.
Heather Collins. “Giving Back: Indexing & Transcription Opportunities For Genealogists,” Young & Savvy Genealogists, posted 8 Jun 2016. Shared by Melanie Frick.
John Grenham. “What Irish Records are online?,” John Grenham. Shared by Kimmitt Genealogical Research.
Ellen Mulligan. “Snapshot USA: 1950 Census Enumeration District Maps,” The National Archives – Unwritten Record Blog, posted 8 June 2016.
Judy G. Russell. “An intentional quirk,” The Legal Genealogist, posted 20 Jun 2016. Shared by Judy G. Russell.
Lorine McGinnis Schulze. “Naturalization Records, the often overlooked way to find a Ships Passenger List,” Olive Tree Genealogy, posted 24 June 2016. Shared by Ancestor Archaeology.
Frederick Wertz. “The first census? Population Count from 1780s discovered in an old ledger,” Find My Past, posted 5 June 2016. Shared by Story County Genealogical Society.
Copyright © 2016 Jake Fletcher.
Jake Fletcher. “June 2016 Monthly Travelogue,” Jake Fletcher, posted 1 Jul 2016. http://travelyourgenealogy.com/2016/07/01/june-2016-monthly-travelogue