Monday, March 3, 2014

Well, guess what, we ain't dead yet!

Well, guess what, we ain't dead yet! The You Go Genealogy Girls are still alive and well, still doing genealogy every day and for 2014 we hope to get back to traveling and posting more again.

Girl #2 took nearly a year off to try and catch up at home. Organizing genealogy files, vacationing with Go Hubby, outfitting a new travel trailer and trying to sort all my scrapbooking supplies has kept me busy. Not all my projects are completed but progress has been made. (You'd never know it if you saw my basement work/craft room but that remains on the list of  'to do' items.) Someday! I also became Mom to a new Border Collie puppy last year, a full time job which I have come to the conclusion I was too old to take on. Our older Border Collie did not help much as she didn't like the newcomer at first and this old Granny does not have the patience that I once did with raising babies! I have really missed seeing and corresponding with all my genealogy friends and I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of the fun genealogy life, traveling and researching with the 'other' You Go Genealogy Girl this year. We do have several travel plans in the works and we look forward to sharing our fun and frolics as we seek out those ancestors that are dead and gone.

You Go Genealogy Girl#1 Ruby, on the other hand, has been "on the go" a lot and busy with her own projects. She has traveled to Salt Lake City to the FHL (without me...tears), traveled to Virginia to visit relatives and do research, lectured for the Family History Expos, and accepted a position as an area representative for the Nebraska State Genealogical Society. Through it all she also wrote and published a grand and new genealogy research book: "Iowa Genealogical Research." If you need help learning about your Iowa ancestors be sure to check out her book information and you can order the book by clicking on the picture caption below or HERE.  It is a complete genealogical research guide at 416 pages and weighs in at 5 lbs. Ruby's book also includes a vast amount of pertinent Iowa history that will aid you in your research...and that you won't find anywhere else.  So, you see, we have not just been sitting around eating chocolate and jelly beans! Actually, maybe we have...
Iowa Genealogical Research by Ruby Coleman

Please come back soon as we both will be looking forward to having you drop into our world of genealogy.  The You Go Genealogy Girls welcome you. The coffee is always on in our 'virtual' house and the crystal bowl is filled with jelly beans!

You Go Genealogy Girl #2

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hello from Cheri and Ruby

Yes, we are still the You Go Girls.  Life has us going every which direction and most often not together as we would like on our genealogy adventures.  It happens!  We think, we plan and then something happens.

In 2014 we are hoping to do some planned genealogy activities together.  For one thing we are hoping to go to some obscure libraries and museums where genealogy artifacts may be lurking.  Why stay on the beaten path?  Once again we are hoping to be together in June in Salt Lake City.  I will definitely be there are the consultant of my tour group.  If You Go Genealogy Girl #2 can be there, it will be great.

Rest assured that the You Go Genealogy Girls are still together and still enjoying our passion for genealogy.  Stay tuned for togetherness news!!

Ruby -- You Go Genealogy Girl #1

Saturday, December 22, 2012

This Year and Next

Nearing the end of 2012, the You Go Genealogy Girls wish you a blessed Christmas.  May your hearts be filled with peace and joy.

Looking toward 2013, the "Girls" will be together lecturing and traveling.  Watch future blogs for more information on a February event where we will be lecturing.  Our two week trip to Salt Lake City will be in June 2013.  We hope to see old friends and make new friends in 2013.  Wishing all of our genealogy friends the best of luck with their research in 2013.

You Go Genealogy Girl #1 --- Ruby
You Go Genealogy Girl #2 -- Cheri

Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

The You Go Genealogy Girls wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  May you have safe travels, good food, lots of story-telling and laughter.  Please pause to remember your ancestors who left you a great legacy.

Ruby --- #1
Cheri --- #2

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Genealogy Bucket List

While You Go Genealogy Girl #2 is home harvesting and freezing veggies, I will be arriving in Salt Lake City tomorrow morning.  I will also be harvesting ... genealogy "finds."  My arrival is a couple days before the arrival of my group, Nebraska Genealogy Tours.  What a fun week we have in store!

Many times I hear people say they wish they could make more time for research trips, but life gets in the way.  Sometimes it is family commitments, health issues, jobs and lack of funds.  It would be nice if we could all have unlimited time and funds to do nothing but genealogical research.  The Family History Library is where you can do extensive research in one place.  It isn't that one trip does it all, but there are enough records there to satisfy many of your research needs.

In September, while working in the genealogy section of my local library, I assisted two out of town couples who were there hoping to locate ancestral information.  None were retired ... close, but not retired.  They had both been traveling all around the United States collecting information and seeing where their ancestors had lived.  These were not "a few days" trips.  Both couples told me that this was on their bucket list.  How nice they were getting to enjoy that list before it was too late.  Life might get in the way, but it can also run you down when you least expect it.  I can only imagine the stories they had to tell their children and siblings when they arrived back home.

What's on your bucket list?

You Go Genealogy Girl #1    Ruby

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

One at home ... one on the way

The You Go Genealogy Girls have done a fine job of not being together this summer.  It has not been our intent, but what has happened.  We have talked about trips or meeting somewhere for research, but it hasn't happened.  Add to that the fact Nebraska has had a brutally hot summer with days in the triple digits with no rain, makes both of us want to stay at home in the AC and at the computer.

Things are cooling down now, even though we have not had rain for weeks on end.  Our original plans were to meet up in Kearney, Nebraska for the Midwest Family History Expo which begins Friday and Saturday of this week (Sept 7th and 8th).  You Go Genealogy Girl #2 has conflicts so has had to bow out of her arrangements.

Tomorrow afternoon I'll leave for Kearney, Nebraska, which is the shortest jaunt I've made to a Family History Expo this summer.  Kearney is located about smack dab between the east and west coast so maybe we should say the Heartland Family History Expo or the Mid-US Family History Expo or the Smack Dab in the Middle Family History Expo.  I think Midwest Family History Expo is fitting, even though we here in Nebraska usually don't refer to us as being the midwest, reserving that for a bit further east, for some reason.  So if we are not midwest, what are we?  Are we the Mid-Plains?  Whatever we are, we'll all show up to learn and share in Kearney.

Wherever I'm going, I am always thinking genealogy.  It can be anywhere in the United States ... smack dab in the middle, in the mountains, along a river, in a city ... I'm thinking genealogy.  Traveling to Illinois for the Family History Expo a month ago I recalled ancestors who lived in towns along the route as well as courthouses and cemeteries I need to visit.  For me life is one big genealogy trip.  I hope you feel the same and take your ancestors with you every day of your life.

There's still time to register for the Midwest Family History Expo which is held smack-dab in the middle of the United States.  Go .... GENEALOGY!

You Go Genealogy Girl #1 ..... Ruby

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Where in the World Are the YGGs?

As I write this, You Go Genealogy Girl #2, Cheri, is getting their camper ready to head to the mountains in Wyoming for a few days of vacation.  They will enjoy the cooler, dry air.  Without phone service, Internet or TV, I am sure she will get caught up with her reading.  Wish I was going along, but I would soon be in withdrawal from having no Internet.  How did I survive years ago?

Once rested up from the Family History Expo in Springfield, Illinois, I have been tackling projects with vigor.  A donation of genealogy files and hundreds of genealogy books to the North Platte Genealogical Society takes me to the library every day to "do my thing."  That consists of checking duplicates after the books are appraised, recording them and sending them on to the cataloger.  Once they come back I check them off the list and put them in the appropriate areas.

I am also tweaking my lectures for the Midwest Family History Expo to be held September 7th and 8th in Kearney, NE.  You Go Genealogy Girl #2 has been helping me design my slide presentation for the keynote address which I will deliver.  She is extremely artistic.  My simplistic slides have been converted into colorful, eye-catching slides that I hope everybody attending will enjoy.  Incidentally, the title of my keynote address is Mudpies and Fireflies.  What does that have to do with genealogy?  Sign up for the Family History Expo and find out!

You Go Genealogy Girl #1  .... Ruby

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Busy You Go Genealogy Girls

Besides trying to stay cool, the You Go Genealogy Girls are staying very busy this summer.  You Go Girl #2 is off on a short vacation to Wyoming and Colorado with her husband and twin granddaughters.  I hope they experience a cool down in those states because Nebraska is remaining in the triple digits.

My summer has been busy with a variety of my own research projects, writing and lecturing, plus working on projects for the North Platte Genealogical Society, North Platte, Nebraska.  The suitcase is out but not packed.  I am preparing mentally at least as to what I'll take to the Family History Expo in Springfield, Illinois.

The Illinois Family History Expo will be held August 3-4 (that's next month!) at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Illinois.  This will be a genealogical delight!  There will be presenters and exhibits along with some wonderful prizes.  It's a great way to meet genealogists, learn and go back home prepared to tackle all of your research problems.  I will be delivering four lectures.

The keynote address will be given by Bernard E. Gracy, Jr., External CTO and VP Business Development, Volly at Pitney Bowes.  And yes ... Mr. Gracy is a genealogist.

You can still take advantage of the early online registration until August 2nd.  There is no cost for attending the keynote address or visiting the exhibit hall.  The early registration is $69 or $99 at the door.  You can attend a single day for $59 and a single class for $20.

If you can't make the Illinois Family History Expo, try to make it to the Midwest Family History Expo in Kearney, Nebraska.  That will be held September 7-8 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center.  You Go Girl #1 is the keynote speaker, plus presenter of four lectures.  The keynote address is "Mud Pies and Fire Flies."  Now that I have piqued your interest, why not sign up?   There is a strong possibility that You Go Girl #2 will be at this Expo.

Hope to see you at the Expo!

Ruby .... You Go Genealogy #1

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Day Two - Colorado Family History Expo

The Expo --- it's a good thing!  After a great day at the Expo, today will have to be special to top yesterday.  Hundreds of people are attending the Family History Expo.  Comments heard are that they are learning a lot.  I hope they go home and practice what they learn.

The FamilySearch staff are here to introduce us to new happenings, what is on the horizon (good stuff) and help with using the site and indexing.  Billion Graves accessed through FamilySearch is a big hit.  Be sure you try it out.

The vendors seem very happy, so I hope sales are good.  The speakers are smiling because their topics are appealing to the audiences.  Overall the Expo is a great genealogy event.

You Go Genealogy Girl #1 --- Ruby

Friday, June 1, 2012

Day One - Colorado Family History Expo

After my experience last year going to the Family History Expo when I got lost trying to get to Loveland, Colorado, I decided to use a GPS this year.  I sailed (drove) successfully through the plains of western Colorado to Limon.  Finally only a little over an hour from my destination I trusted the GPS to guide me straight way to the doors of the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

I saw the mountains, I saw the city of Colorado Spring and suddenly the female voice on my GPS instructed me to turn right to my destination.  Sure enough ... the doors of a JP Penney store in a shopping mall.  I reprogramed the GPS and once again was back on course.  Turn left and then immediatey turn right into the back doors of Walmart.  Third time is a charm isn't it?  I reprogramed the GPS and took off driving first right and then left, into a residential area, back out again with instructions and into a warehouse area.

The GPS was turned off and once again I was driving by "the seat of my pants."  I knew my directions and I knew the Crowne Plaza Hotel was located near I-25.  There it was just down the street and the GPS lady was tucked away quietly awaiting the next customer who wanted to possibly end up in the warehouse district of Colorado Springs.

After lunch the Expo begins with the opening address and then the fun begins.  The work begins ahead of time with a lot of hellos to vendors and trying to set up registration.  I have already met two genealogists from Denver.  We had dinner together last night and enjoyed laughs and stories about our research experiences.  My first lecture is at 7:50 tonight.  I don't need the GPS for this.

You Go Genealogy Girl #2 and I were together decorating graves last weekend.  As we approached our grandparent's stone, #2 stopped immediately in front of me and said OH.  I would have screamed.  There was a rattle snake curled up in front of the stone.  Yes, I screamed  which scared him back into his hole.  We wanted to get yellow police tape to put around the area, but instead the city put poison down the holes, which didn't do any good.  The snake lives to scare the next visitor.  And just for the record ... it was NOT a bull snake.

YGGG #2 is at home enjoying her twin granddaughters.  She awaits my full reports of the Family History Expo.  I am sure she'll be envious.

You Go Genealogy Girl #1 --- Ruby


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