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Too many interests – Not enough time

There is no excuse in not keeping up this blog. I have one competing interest with genealogy that I allow to consume my free time. Dreaming about RV’s. Getting an RV.  Looking at RV’s for sale. Building my own RV. I spend more nights reading RV blogs and viewing YouTube videos. I still have a few years of working if I want a modest retirement. However, the lure of getting an RV and being a professional genealogist on the road is very tempting. When I am not obsessing over RV’s, I am expanding my genealogy skills.

Continuing Genealogy Education

This year (2017) I attended three genealogical institutes and one seminar. Future plans include a Certification Discussion group in the fall. My goal is to be a certified genealogist.

  • Writing and Publishing for Genealogists with Dr. Thomas W. Jones, CG – July 2017 (Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research – IGHR)
  • Practical Genetic Genealogy with Blaine Bettinger, CG – July 2017 (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh)
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society’s Spring Seminar featuring “The Legal Genealogist”, Judy G. Russell.
  • You be the Judge: A Practicum Using Standards to Evaluate Genealogical Work, Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG – January 2017 (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy – Salt Lake City)

In 2016, I completed the 19-month ProGen Study course. Plus attended “Confusion to Conclusion” with Harold Henderson and Kimberly Powell – July 2016, at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

While in Pittsburgh last year, I wanted to explore the neighborhood my great-grand parents lived. My next post will have my write-up and photos I took of my visit.





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Genealogy Do-Over Week One

The Genealogy Do-Over project this past week included decluttering my old 1970’s Samsonite briefcase of my old family group sheets and notes jotted down over the years.  Since the one of the goals of the project is not to “Squirrel” I tried to keep it just to the Borucki and Budny binder.  I did hit a few of the other binders just to get rid of useless paper.

1970's Template for Family Group Sheets

1970’s Template for Family Group Sheets

The hard cover briefcase has been bulging for some time now, even after a previous purge.  In my review, I found the original newspaper clipping mentioned in #52Ancestors – No. 40 – Harry Trevelyan Saves Winston Churchill in 1899 post.  I spend three hours at the Dearborn Public Library looking a copy of the article on microfilm in July 2014.  What a time waster that was.  I also found Harry’s collection of 1937 Coronation Stamps that my father didn’t sell during his trade show days.

George VI Coronation Stamp of Tower Bridge 1937

George VI Coronation Stamp of Tower Bridge 1937

Because I tend to concentrate on making a perfect template then abandoning it the template due to boredom and dis-interest.  I decided to train myself on using Family Tree Maker 2014 effectively.  I don’t want several different Excel spreadsheets that I have to create and maintain. Most genealogists are raving about Evernote. I have OneNote on my computer that I can use instead.

YouTube is the best tool for most training needs.  I used it to find training programs when I was a trainer in a previous job.  So while getting my 45 minute cardio exercise at the gym this week, I viewed videos to pass the time away. There are a number of individuals that have uploaded Family Tree Maker (FTM) how-to videos.  Ancestry owns FTM and has their own how-to training videos.

Here is a brief list of channels I have been watching.  There are plenty more channels that you can find to assist you in your training needs or learning style.

Cousin Russ
Dear Myrtle
Ancestry’s Crista Cowen

My next goal is to clean up computer files by labeling and organizing documents and photos.  I need to get ready to build my research plan for week two.


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#52Ancestors – No. 50 – Thomas Borowski

This post is number 50 in the series of the #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge where a group of us blog about a different ancestor for each week of the year.  To learn more about the 52 Ancestor Challenge visit Amy Johnson’s site at Amy’s website.

I am eternally grateful to my cousin Tom Borowski though I barely know him.  He is my father’s first cousin.  I am sure we met once or twice when I was younger.  We talked twice a few years ago when I asked him what family stories he grew up with regarding the Budny side.

The son of Josephine Budny (1911-2006) and Harry Borowski (1903-1954).  I found out Tom had passed away last year (2013) when I wanted to ask more questions about the family.  He/She who hesitates, is lost.

Tom provided the clue about my Stanley’s death being in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Not the places my branch was told he died.  Armed with his death location, I was able to find his death certificate and newspaper stories regarding Stanley’s death.

Tom Borowski and Ken Budny Christmas circa 1950I have two photographs of Tom that were in my grandmother Edith Anderson Budny’s photo album.  With the help of my aunt and Dad I was able to identify the individuals in the photos.  Both are fitting for this time of year as they were taken at Christmas time.  The Christmas celebrations were at Grandma Edith’s house and taken a few years apart.

Borowski_Budny Christmas circa 1952

This next picture is circa 1952 based on the approximate age of the little girl my grandmother Edith is holding.  Tom Borowski parents are on the left.  My grandparents are in the middle and labelled.  Tom is at the far right.

In the photo I circled in red the “Pickle Ornament” that was hung every year.  Hanging the pickle ornament was supposed to be an old world German custom.  However, that is a myth.  It is an American custom, probably starting as an advertising gimmick.


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National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair Oct. 28-30, 2014

Looking for genealogy tips, have burning questions you need answered?  The National Archives is holding a genealogy fair via YouTube later this month. It will be a live lecture series over three days. More information can be had at National Archives Genealogy Fair.

Representatives from various National Archive locations will be presenting topics from intro genealogy to searching military records.  Family Search and Ancestry will also be presenting. For a list of topics and start times, check out their Genealogy Fair Schedule 2014.

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