What is GeneaSpy?

GeneaSpy is an amateur genealogist who attends national, regional, and local genealogical conferences, who likes to take photos and meet people.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SLIG 2016: A Photo Recap; Day 5

Yes, boys and girls, another full day of learning southern research methods at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Seeing all the top genealogist from around the US and the world in one place is like a groupie backstage at a Led Zeppelin concert. After classes, I went back over to the Family History Library to delve into the microfilms for some marriage records. I found what I came for and a couple of other nuggets of information.

 My companion for the microfilm readers was good friend Leslie Carney of Arizona. She picked out a row of readers that were empty and in the shadows…ooooh. But alas, it was because they were all left-handed machines! It didn’t phase me or her one bit. We stayed till almost closing time at 9:00 pm and then took the bus back to the Hilton. Oops, I forgot to do my homework assignment! I’ll just get up early and do it in the morning.

Photo highlights from Day 5: Classes all day, FHL microfilm research

Thursday, 14 Jan 2016

Listening to J. Mark Lowe from Tennessee with Kelvin Myers moderating

The three amigos - myself, Amy Urman and Leslie Carney

A snapshot outside the hotel during the day. Hardly any snow.

The surname map getting pretty full!

Good friend Valarie Lair got a paper cut in Dr. Jones' class.      Poor baby!

Microfilm research is always exciting!

I wonder how many microfilms there are in this library?

I hate threading the film into the readers!

I take pictures of the intro to the reels for reference.

I also take a picture of the index page with the person of interest.

My 2nd. great-grandparents marriage... happy dance!

It was very comfortable and not that packed tonight.

My little space.

A smile of contentment!

Adieu, until next year!

Back to the hotel for a good nights rest.
















Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SLIG 2016: A Photo Recap; Day 4

Today was another full day of classes. During breaks I would head over to SLIG Central where I could socialize and have some coffee. Maia’s books had an impressive array of genealogical and historical books on display for purchase, which they shipped free for you! How could you beat that! So, I bought $130 worth of books… LOL.

 At the end of the day, I took the lavish bus (Thanks, SLIG!) over to the Family History Library to do some squirrel hunting. Everywhere I looked were top genealogists I admire, mostly socializing, but a few were hard at work… Ha! I decided to research some US county books, so I went to that floor and to the Texas aisle to look through Upshur, Bastrop, Crosby, and Galveston counties. My friends, Amy Urman and Leslie Carney, just happened to be sitting next to me. Surprisingly, we didn’t really talk, we were so busy skimming the pages of our books and making copies onto flash drives. Today was quite productive indeed.

Photo highlights from Day 4: Classes all day

Wednesday, 13 Jan 2016

Back to my classroom for a full day of learning

During break at SLIG Central

 Renee Carl, Josh Taylor and Rich Venezia

Finaly made it to the Family History Library

The few, but very important choices to make

The United States books floor is my favorite!


Crosby County, Texas is where my maternal grandparents lived



I even found a few books written by my course coordinator!

Some of the many books on Galveston County, TX

Amy Urman hard at work

1st. class bus service! Amy had an injury just before her trip here and she and her friend Leslie Carney drove all the way from Arizona. 





Back to the Hilton

My home away from home





The weather wasn't too bad since I was in most of the time