Saturday, January 29, 2011
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Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Both of them inspired us old dogs and new puppies to consider where there is a need, there is an ability to learn.
Think about the transitions in just the past few years:
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Thursday, January 20, 2011
My busy week is about to get busier! Tuesday night at Changing Hands was fabulous. The group who attended the presentation shared their ideas and projects so it was interactive and inspring for all.
Tomorrow is the big day in Mesa, Arizona. My workshop "Discovering Your German Russian Roots" begins at 4:30 p.m. but you won't want to wait that long to get to the expo. You can buy tickets at the door for both days, one day or for an individual workshop. And, the Friday night dinner will be a wonderful event to meet others who share your passion for family history.
M. Bridget Cook will not only speak but give you a copy of her new book! There are still tickets available for this event. Tickets are $33 and include dinner, dessert and a signed copy of Bridget's book.
Here is more information on the event:
The link to registration for the Friday event (registration ends Thursday at 10am MST)
I look forward to seeing you there!
Sunday, January 16, 2011
The first presentation is on Tuesday at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona. I will present a workshop entitled, "WRITE to the Heart of the Matter" with Dee Dees.
Is one of your goals for the coming year is to write down your stories for your children or grandchildren, this is the workshop for you. This session is packed with writing exercises and discussion to inspire you to achieve your writing goals. For more information and to register/prepay, visit http://www.changinghands.com/event/bartkowski-dees.
The second and third presentations are at the Family History Expo at the Mesa Convention Center. On Friday, I present "Discovering your German Russian Roots: Tracing your Ancestry on Three Continents."
This workshop helps those with ties to Germans from Russia trace their ancestors. German Russians are individuals who relocated to Russia at the invitation of Catherine the Great in the late 1700 and early 1800s. Descendants are now located throughout the world. This session introduces the latest technological resources available for research.
The final workshop is "WRITE to the Heart of the Matter for Genealogists." Not an encore presentation, this is designed just for genealogists. You’ve carved your family tree, now jump start writing your family history. Genealogists know birth certificates, census records, cemeteries and passenger lists. Writers know plotlines, point of views, and characters. How do you bridge the gap to turn your maze of facts and documents into a family history? Learn the techniques I use to make your family research come to life. Come ready to write!
You can register for daily passes at http://fhexpos.com/ or workshop passes for $12 each at the door.
Stay tuned for updates on all events.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
Lisa Louise Cooke will present the keynote address "Ol’ Dogs Can Learn New Tricks: Looking to the Past for the Future of Your Family History Research" at the Arizona Family History Expo on Friday, January 21.
I met Lisa at last year's expo and was impressed with her knowledge, website and podcasts. Her presentation on using Google maps and overlaying it with historical maps fascinated me and remains ingrained in my mind. I believe she will do an update of that presentation in addition to her keynote address.
Lisa will show you how by looking to the past for inspiration on how to take on the future, and demonstrate how the hottest and newest technologies can help you work smarter, not harder. And this is one ol' dog who is ready for it.
Monday, January 03, 2011
Sunday, January 02, 2011
Through the families of his father and mother, Jacques Ner and Virginie Campdoras he was immersed in the ideals of the French Republic and the Church. His maternal uncle risked his life in a coup d’état against the tyrannical Napoleon III and was banished from France in 1851 for his belief in these sacred ideals. His mother had a deep faith in the grace of God and the entire family would attend mass regularly. Already known by the priests in his school to have a superior intelligence they had foreseen for him a life in the Church.
On October 22, 1878 this all changed. His father and mother were on their way to church to assist in the Mass and were traversing the train tracks in the station where Jacques was the postmaster. Just as they were crossing the tracks they were both hit by a goods wagon that had been stationary a moment before. Jacques pushed his wife away in an attempt to protect her and the last thing he heard before he was hit was her anguished cry. Jacques thought that this cry was made in fear for his safety but, alas, it was the final cry of Virginie as she was fatally injured by the moving train car. Jacques, himself, lost his arm but his thoughts were always for his wife as he tried in vain to save her.
The teen aged Henri never forgave God for the accident that took away his beloved mother from him and from then on lived in complete denial of the validity of religion and of God. While the rest of the family kept their faith he spent the rest of his life writing about man’s place alone in the universe and of having no need for religion."