My Genealogical Summer (So Far!)

Whew! With everything I’ve had going on, I’m not sure how I was ever able to work full-time. While I’ve still been going to work every day, the part-time summer schedule has given me a chance to get some things going that I might never have started had I been at my “real job” all day. “What have you been doing,” you ask?:

  • I registered my business name, Staats Genealogical Services, and am gearing up to take clients. All I need to do now is find some of those, and I’m all set!
  • Joined Ancestry.com’s Expert Connect service (although I am yet to do work through there).
  • Completed my Society of Civil War Families of Ohio application and submitted it.
  • I started ProGen8 in June. For those that have not heard of this, ProGen is an 18-month, mentor-led course examining best practices, professional standards, and genealogy-specific business concerns.
  • I started the National Genealogical Society’s Home Study Course last month. I am currently about 1/3 of the way through that.
  • Volunteered to write a couple of brief biographical sketches for the Lake County Genealogical Society’s “History Hall” project.
  • While taking my son on two college visits to Marietta College and Ohio University, I hope to get a look at their libraries and special collections
  • Family reunions successive weekends in July (McGinnnis family on the 17th and Johns family in the 24th) in Pennsylvania.
  • After, the Johns Reunion on July25th, my mom and I are off to Kennett Square to hear a presentation on the history of the Quaker church there. Then it’s on to Delaware to dig into the Staats family again, with stops at the New Castle County Recorder’s Office, The DE Historical Society, the DE Archives, and also Friend’s Methodist Church to photograph the cemetery there. On the way back, we have a stop in Harrisburg, PA at the PA Archives planned.
  • After all that, I want to spend a few days researching my wife’s family, learning my way around the Cuyahoga County Archives, Courthouse, WRHS Library, and also the Cleveland Public Library.
  • With the extended hours, hopefully I can get down to the Ohio Historical Society a day or two this summer.
  • Of course, there’s the brand new Ohio Genealogical Society Library I need to visit.
  • Re-discover the Kirtland FHC! I have been a stranger there for sure lately. I need to focus on the next project and GET THOSE FILMS!
  • I will be attending the Elizabeth Shown Mills workshop being put on by the North Hills Genealogists in Pittsburgh this fall.

I’m sure there’s a few other things that I have going on that I’m forgetting. Even though my brain hurts thinking about all the things to do, I am really excited to plow through them, learn lots, and have fun. Looks like I’ll need to revisit those Genealogical New Year’s resolutions I made and see where I stand at the halfway point!

How’s your genealogical summer going?

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2 Responses to My Genealogical Summer (So Far!)

  1. avatar Chris M Staats says:

    Chris,

    As someone who has a growing interest in Staats family history, I will be very interested to see what you do with this site.

    Sincerily,
    Chris

    Son of Terry, Son of Joe, Son of Emmet, Son of Henry, Son of Issac… Father of Ryan and Jason, Grandfather of Sam.

  2. avatar Kelly says:

    My Genealogical Summer is going great! Thanks for asking :)
    Glad to here all you have planned and am sure you will have success!