Saturday, March 24, 2012

Grandma Theaux's Letter - Page Seven

3 she had no furniture
no She gat lots of help they
would call and say what they
had and she told what she
needed he her baby was sleeping on
a chair. Thank God I did it
I did get lots of heart brake
but I would think about the B. V. [Blessed Virgin]
One time this is with the 
deaf. I had made up my mind
that I would get my deaf people
a place to pray and meet.
I can not explain all but
this I will never forget I forgive 
yes but forget no because
to this day I can see my
self in agonie as Jesus.
This lady wo was rich and 
the kind to Boss we gave a 
party I was not much for
that but I gave in, always remember
my husband was not for that and
he will never know my suffering
the dance was on saturday I 
went she had me like her 
little dog. I obed but I [     ]
I'd never again get in that.
Jame. On the sunday morning
agance my husband will, I went
to help clane, [clean] it was freezing
cold she stood there and
put all the blame on
me insulted me right in
the face, Thank God I had the
courage and faith. If no where

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Grandma Theaux's Letter, Page Six

Feb _ 1976   2
and his disable back pay?
All in in all he will have
over $4000. In the L.B.A. on
7 year compound interest he get
what he got befor and get a 
monthly check. $1.76 per month.
Live and have faith
God never forget a good deed
That is why I am so happy
in my old days. I always
enjoyed helping and my good
old man he wanted to help
but was always afraid to
be involve, me I dont coud not care
less, I can just sit and laugh
at myself to see all the silly
things I did.
I did not dare put my husband
on to my tricks befor I could
do my act but after it was
done there was nothing
I c He could do, but help me
get out of the mess.
Thank you old man.
Now one of my act I am still
proude of. I visited a plase
on time the lady had 8
children, I did not have
money to help but where there
is a way will there is a will way
I put an add on the paper for
that lady with 8 children
I gave some of my friend phon #

Sunday, March 11, 2012


My favorite book on my shelf is Ancestry's RedBook. I use this book on almost a daily basis. I will never get rid of my hardback version, even though you can now view it for free on

Every time I try to view the online version of RedBook I find that I can not read the section where the column format was used. That's the part I use most often. It will tell you when a county was created and what the parent county was. It will tell you from what date Birth, Marriage, Land, Death etc. records were kept. And it will tell you where to write for those records.

The other part of the book that is formatted in the regular paragraph type formatting comes through my computer just fine. But I use that part less often.

Friday, March 2, 2012

SLIG and Why You Should Consider Going

This year, in late January,  I attended my second class (or track) at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. (SLIG)

I believe that if you want more than a quick overview of subject matter the institutes are the way to go.

I would like to encourage my readers (if you are interested in Family History research) to consider attending one of these wonderful institutes.

Last year (my first year) I chose the class track organized by Paula Stuart Warren called American Records. Within the first day of this amazing learning opportunity I knew that I would be coming back again and again. This year I attended the track organized by Dr. Thomas Jones entitled Advanced Research Methods.

There are three "Institutes" offered in the United States for a face to face, intense, concentrated, classroom experience.

SLIG is offered by the Utah Genealogical Association every year about January. Next year the Institute will be held beginning January 14, 2013 in Salt Lake City.

The Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh (nicknamed GRIPitt) will make it's debut July 22, 2012 and runs through July 27. (There are still a few spots open)

There is also the Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research held every year in June in Birmingham, Alabama. (called either Samford or IGHR for short)

While conferences offer a smorgasborg of classes to the attendee the Institutes allow you to learn about a single subject in a concentrated format.

For example: The National Genealogical Society's annual conference will be held in Ohio in May. For about four days I can sample classes from more than 200 different choices. (approximately 8 classes every hour for 8 hours a day for 4 days). Each hour I choose from around 8 different classes offered that hour. Each day I go to about 8 hours of classes. (Or until my brain gives out) Every hour a different subject ranging from  Elements of a Research Plan (for new genealogists) to Expanding Your Genealogical Skills Through Education (for everyone) to Migration Patterns: An Alternative for Locating African Origins. Or you could choose from On-site Research in Poland, Beginning African American Research, Researching Your Irish Here Before Going There, Organizing Your Research: The Overlooked Step, Canadian Immigration Records and about 200 others.   

At an Institute you pick on track from the 10 or more tracks offered. Every day for a week you go to that one track of classes. Eight hours on one subject. You get to study in depth, not just a quick overview.

This year's tracks at SLIG included: Advanced Genealogical Methods, American Records, Beyond the Library: Using Original Source Repositories, Welsh Research, Problem Solving, Midwest U. S. Research, Swedish Research, Advanced Research Tools: Land Records, Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum, and Advanced New England Research.

Next year's tracks include: American Research and Records, Bridging the 1780-1830 Gap: From New England to the Midwest (and Points In Between), Researching Your English Ancestors: Beyond the Parish Register, Advanced German Research, Researching in Washington D. C. without Leaving Home,
A Genealogist's Guide to the Internet Galaxy, Hanging out a Shingle: Genealogy Marketing and Business Practices, Producing a Quality Family Narrative, Advanced Genealogical Methods, Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum, Principles of Forensic Genealogy, and Problem Solving.

Go to the IGHR web page here to learn about what classes are being offered. Click here for this year in June at Samford, and click on the following link for what classes are being offered for 2013.

Both the conference method and the Institute method are excellent ways to get your education. Combined with lectures in your home town, webinars and online classes, you'll be an expert in no time.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Grandma Theaux's Letter - Page Five

I published Grandma Theaux's letter (page 5) but did not transcribe it, and since part of the reason for me publishing her letter is to practice transcribing I  am posting it again, with the transcription. Hope you enjoy what she has to say.
The following is the continuing saga of the transcription of the letter my Grandmother Flavie Theaux wrote to my cousin Peggy. 

"Feb 1-76  1
I wrote this note in my book
many years ago. My boy came
homw he could not keep a job.
So I prayed
       This is what I wrote on my little  [scratched out] black book.
God, please find him a good
place where he is wonted needed
happy and satisfide grant him
the grace to be able to do for him
self what other can not do.
To day I had lots of cretivum fuss
about a big boy r on me he should
be at work. I know he could not
work. So I kept him paid a 
little insurance he had taken
and for him all his need he
w is satisfide and happy to
stay with us But best of
all I am now 80 Papa 83 and
we could not do with out
him. And he take good care
of us bothe. he is not a 
house keeper and not much
of a cook he make us comfortable
Bath chand [and] cover me in
bed. No rest room has that 
care you can not buy that
kind of care. I have had no money
to pay him. But in Jan
his insurance came over 1000