Monday, October 8, 2012

Taking a Virtual Research Trip!

Virtually taking a virtual research trip.

Several members of the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society left yesterday for a week-long research trip in at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. While I wish them the best of luck, to say that I'm a bit jealous would be a major understatement.

As a consolation, SLOCGS is sponsoring a Virtual Research Week Challenge for those of us at home, and are hoping the genealogy bloggers out there will come along.

The rules are simple:
  • Find one person in your genealogy database for whom you have little or no information.
  • Formulate a research plan, which might include: 1) locating vital records, immigration records, biographies, etc.; or 2) locate and record information from all available census years. Make your plan work for you based on the ancestor for whom you are looking.
  • Use only online resources - no trips to a "real" library, Family History Center, courthouse, or even your basement/attic to look for grandma's box of papers. This is a virtual trip, remember?
  • Add all the new data to your genealogy database. Be sure to cite your sources!
Post the results of your virtual research trip on your blog on Sunday, October 14, 2012, which is the day the SLOCGS members return home from Salt Lake City. Be sure to report if you broke through any major brick walls or found anything that surprised you!

Leave a comment on the SLOCGS blog, or send an email to with your blog post link. Links to participating blogs will be posted on Friday, October 19, 2012.

I've been home sick with a virus (courtesy of my wonderful daughter) for the past couple of days, and have already found some great stuff on my virtual research trip. It's amazing what you can find when you actually take the time to look!

Bon voyage, and good luck to all of you!

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Jacqi Stevens said...

I'd take an analog trip to Salt Lake over a digital one any day, but I'm game to join you. With so many resources online now, there's bound to be a breakthrough somewhere!

Hope you are feeling better soon!

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

I hear ya, @Jacqi, me too. But a trip to SLC wasn't in the cards for me this time. Hopefully I'll have a productive virtual trip, instead - you too!

On the bright side, my daughter is feeling better, so maybe I won't be far behind.