If you have not had the opportunity to hear a presentation by Dr. Shelley Murphy, then make it a priority. She knows her subject and can present it in a cogent and entertaining manner.
Her presentation at the FRGS 4th Annual Fall Genealogy Conference, “Getting Started with Genealogy,” was relevant for those searching European, Native American or African American ancestors, and those in the audience probably represented all three.
Dr. Murphy encouraged us to know the laws that were in place at the time of our ancestors, to learn what resources are available and where to obtain records, to make a list of what we know and what we want to know, to decide on a record keeping method and be consistent, develop timelines and family group sheets. And most of all, stay positive, be patient and have fun!
Each person received the words So What pasted onto construction paper. We were asked to put this note by our computer and every time a document is found, the note will remind us there are other questions to be answered. When you find a death certificate, for example, ask yourself – So What? What else is there I need to know about this person.
I can’t say I was on the edge of my seat, because every seat was taken, but I was on the edge of the door frame as I leaned into the room and tried to capture every word she said.
Learn more from Dr. Murphy at www.familytreegirl.com