Friday, May 30, 2008

2008 FEEFHS Conference Early Bird Registration Discount Extended

The Early Bird Discount deadline for registration for the 2008 Federation of East European Family History Societies Conference August 1-3 at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA has now been extended to 1 July 2008.

Don't miss this jam packed two-day event which will feature presentations from leading experts in the area of Central/East European genealogy. The keynote speaker for the conference on Friday, August 1st will be Dr. Stephen P. Morse, creator of the "One-Step" genealogical search tools.

Details about this conference were discussed recently on DearMyrtle's Family History Hour podcast. Convenient registration is available using PayPal on the FEEFHS web site. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

June Classes on GenClass

There are a number of great offerings for June on GenClass.

Take advantage of the beginning of summer for some great learning opportunties. Courses offered include:

Adoption Investigative Class
Eastern European Genealogy Research: Part 2 (Intermediate)
Lost Friends and Family Investigative Class
Organizing Your Family History
Salt Lake City: Part 2 - the Largest Genealogical Library in the World!
Write Your Family History Step-by-Step

Each course costs just $34.50 for 8 lessons and class chats with expert instructors.

Click here to register now.

And be sure to listen to DearMyrtle's recent podcast to hear more about Genclass.

Friday, May 23, 2008

As Memorial Day Approaches

I caught this article about the importance gathering and preserving the memories of WWII vets on MSNBC today: "As WWII vets pass, memories preserved..."

To read the full article click here.

I am so glad I took the time to ask my father questions about his service in the U.S. Navy during WWII and have an audio recording of that interview. I've also preserved all of his documents, photographs, and even his Navy diary.

Friday, May 16, 2008

News from NGS

If, like me, you couldn't make it to the National Genealogical Society Conference currently taking place (May 14-17) in Kansas City, there are a number of bloggers reporting from the event: Dick Eastman, DearMyrtle, Genealogy Blog and the Genealogy Insider all have reports about the latest developments in the genealogy world.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day

I saw this article, "Mother’s Day without mom? Words of advice," on MSN yesterday, and it eloquently sums up my feelings about today, Mother's Day. I lost my mother nearly 8 years ago so today is a bittersweet day - happy memories of a loving mother who was my best friend and biggest cheerleader, and sadness that she is not here for me to throw my arms around her to tell her how much I love her and appreciate how she raised me to be respectful of others and all of the sacrifices she made to ensure I received a good education and had opportunities she didn't.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Remembering Dad

Today would have been my father's 83rd birthday. I couldn't let this day pass without remembering him. Although my father was one of the most generous people I've ever known, he never really was big on presents or cards for himself; he always told me I was "just wasting my money." But, one of Dad's favorite foods was ice cream and so during the two years he spent living with us, we would always have an ice cream cake to celebrate his birthday. I can still see him sitting at the table, enjoying the ice cream cake and then he would ask for another piece. Here's a picture of Dad on his 80th birthday - the final one before he passed away.

I love and miss you Dad. Happy Birthday!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

May 4th Event at WPSCA

I am pleased to be the speaker for the May meeting of the Western Pennsylvania Slovak Cultural Association, Sunday, May 4th in Pittsburgh, PA. I give plenty of talks throughout the year, but this invitation is an honor as this meeting will be held at the National Slovak Society Museum and we will get to preview its opening. I wonder what my Slovak grandparents would think if they could be here? I plan to honor them during the talk and I hope they are looking down with pride. Click here for details.