Friday, December 30, 2016

RootsTech 2017 Contest

Would you like to attend the biggest family history conference in North America? Do you wish you could attend RootsTech 2017?

As an Ambassador I get to give away one (1) full registration pass to RootsTech 2017. The RootsTech pass includes access to all these events:
  • Innovator Summit
  • over 200 classes
  • Keynotes
  • General sessions
  • RootsTech classes
  • Getting Started classes
  • Expo hall
  • Evening events 
Here's your chance to join thousands, yes thousands, of family history enthusiasts and genealogists in Salt Lake City from February 8-11, 2017.

Enter the Contest

Your entry into the contest will add you to my Looking4Ancestors mailing list.

All entries must be received by 5:00 pm EST, January 1, 2017. The winner will be selected by a random contest winner generator.

If you have already purchased your RootsTech registration pass, you can still enter the contest. If you are the chosen winner, your registration will be refunded.
By entering this contest you agree, if you are the selected winner, to have your first and last name published on this website, Looking4Ancestors, as well as my Facebook page and Twitter page.

All entrants and the contest winner shall indemnify and hold harmless Kathryn Hogan, Looking4Ancestors and its directors, officers, employees, agents, stockholders, affiliates, subcontractors and customers from and against all allegations, claims, actions, suits, demands, damages, liabilities, obligations, losses, settlements, judgments, costs and expenses (including without limitation attorneys’ fees and costs) which arise out of, relate to or result from entering this contest, and/or attending RootsTech 2017.

Updated: January 1, 2017: Contest is now Closed.

© Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2016. All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Starting Out or Starting Over: Getting Your Family History on Track for 2017

This last week of 2016 is the perfect time to review the state of my family history research. What have I accomplished this past year? Did I find the records I wanted? Did I go on the family history trips I planned? In what shape are my family history files?

I don't really know what I accomplished in 2016 because I didn't have a plan. I researched here and there, but it wasn't a coordinated effort. It was a willy-nilly approach to researching. I forgot that I'm supposed to treat my own family history like I treat my client's - with a research plan and a research report. Yes, I did find some of the records I was researching but I haven't done anything with them. I went on a few family history research trips this past year and on at least one of those trips I was ill-prepared. The current state of my family history files is a mess.

Does this resemble your own family history approach? Are your genealogy files a mess too?

Well, here's our chance. It's time for a change. It's time to start over. Will you join me?

Every week I'll be going through my family history in a well planned, coordinated method to properly document my ancestry. Whether you're just starting out or whether you want to start over, my free weekly programme, Starting Out or Starting Over will help us get back on track in 2017.

Wait a minute! I know some of you are thinking "Wait a minute, Kathryn. There's another well-known American genealogist who does this every year. Won't you be copying him?"
I know Thomas MacEntee does his Genealogy Do-Over program every year. Am I copying him? I don't know. There is always the possibility I could be doing what he's doing. However, I haven't followed or participated in Thomas' genealogy do-over program so I don't know what he does. 

What I do know for certain is this is something I want to do, not only for myself, but also for my blog readers, YouTube viewers, Twitter and Facebook followers, and any other genealogist with Canadian ancestry (and even those without Canadian ancestry) who want to follow along. I'm starting over from the beginning in order to properly document my ancestors. I'll be focusing on the records, especially the Canadian records, that will help me accomplish this. 

Are you interested?
The details about my free, weekly Starting Out or Starting Over programme will be shared in my upcoming LIVE Google Hangout on Air this Thursday, December 29 at 2:00 pm EST.  can be viewed on my YouTube channel here.
Joining me will be a panel of Canadian genealogists including Christine Woodcock, Ellen Thompson-Jennings, Kale Hobbes aka Sir Leprechaun Rabbit, and Pamela Wile.

Sign up to receive the link for this Thursday's Google Hangout on Air right to your email inbox, plus your weekly Starting Out or Starting Over reminders beginning January 1, 2017.

Your information is never shared with anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any time, no questions asked.

I look forward to seeing you on the monthly Hangouts this Thursday throughout 2017.

This post was updated December 31, 2016.

© Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2016. All Rights Reserved.

Monday, December 12, 2016

How to Bullet Journal for Genealogy

Kathryn's collection of notebooks and journals.
Photo by Kathryn Lake Hogan, © 2016.

You may have seen it posted on Facebook®,  Twitter®, Pinterest® or Instagram®. Bullet journaling. It's the latest trend these days. People are buying notebooks and journals, markers, pens, and something called "washi tape." 
What is bullet journaling? What's the hype about? Why would you want to do it?

Bullet Journaling

Bullet journaling is an organizational system using a notebook and a pen. The system uses rapid logging to keep your day, week, month and year organized. It helps you plan what you want to accomplish in those time frames. The person who invented bullet journaling is a guy named Ryder Carroll. His website is Bullet Journal® and it's a great place to start learning about bullet journalling.

The Tools

All that is needed for bullet journaling is a notebook and a pen. Any notebook. Any pen. I suggest choosing a notebook you know you'll use. It doesn't have to be fancy unless you want it to be. Some people enjoy using markers, templates, stickers and tapes in their bullet journals. They like using their journals as a creative outlet by creating designs, fancy lettering, adding artwork, shapes, etc. But, you don't have to.
Your bullet journal is what you want it to be.

Bullet Journaling for Genealogy

The same principles used in bullet journalling can be applied to genealogy. This system can help you organize who you want to research, what information you're seeking and where to find it. Also, you can use your bullet journal like a diary to record the information and memories about your ancestors. What you choose to include is entirely up to you.

Want to know more about bullet journaling and how to use it for genealogy?
Join me for a FREE WEBINAR on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm ET. I'll be going in-depth about bullet journalling, how to use it day-to-day, and how to use bullet journaling for genealogy. Click the button below to register.

I don't want to miss out. Register me NOW!

Note: journaling is the American spelling and journalling is the Canadian/UK spelling

© Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2016. All Rights Reserved