Just in case anyone is still reading my blog, I am alive. It seems like I write these posts more and more in the last year and a half. I guess life gets in the way of genealogy and blogging, especially since I started studying for the CPA exam in September 2010.
good news is that I *think* I am done studying. I took the last part of
the exam on 11/21. I should hear something tomorrow about my score (or
at least within the next week). I think I did okay. I don't feel 100%
confident, but I think I did well enough to pass. For those of you that
don't know, there are four parts of the exam: Financial Accounting &
Reporting, Business Environment & Concepts (economics, cost
accounting, finance), Audit and Attestation, and Regulation (tax and
business law). They can be taken in any order and as many times as you
need, but they must all be passed within a rolling 18-month window. The
Regulation test was the last one I took and the hardest for me because I
do not deal with taxes or business law on a regular basis at my job. I
primarily work in financial accounting and audit, so those two parts
were my easiest.
I have now moved back to Louisiana. I
am so excited to be back with my husband and the rest of my family and
friends. I really did like North Carolina, but it's not about where you
are. It's about who you're with. I am working for the same company but
on a contract basis. Instead of working in the accounting department, I
am working in the operations area of the company on a contract that
monitors federal funds received by the state of Louisiana through the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. I like the people I am working
with, I work less than half the hours I used to work, and I make twice
the pay, so life is grand.
In genealogy land, I am
still cleaning up my RootsMagic database. I am primarily cleaning up the
sources, but I am also fixing a few other things, such as how I enter
The sources were somewhat jumbled when I
converted my Legacy 7.0 file to a RootsMagic 4.0 file two years ago
(i.e. author's name in wrong position in source citation). They came
over in free form, and I am transferring them to the RootsMagic source
template forms based on Elizabeth Shown Mills' style.
some of the dates that contained ranges in Legacy 7.0 (i.e. born bet 15
Apr 1886 and 15 Apr 1887) did not transfer properly. The second part of
the date range was cut off, so those have to be fixed as well.
I feel that my research skills and experience have increased greatly
over the last 3 to 4 years, so that adds to why I have a lot of clean up
to do. I have a lot of events sourced with undocumented WorldConnect
trees, and I want to remove those sources and put their information in
the notes instead until I can verify the data.
As I do cleanup, I am also adding a few events and people on collateral lines that can be easily found online in Ancestry, FindAGrave, and FamilySearch
databases. Sometimes I feel like I should be focusing more on the
cleanup, but it does get a little boring doing the cleanup at times.
started the cleanup with my own parents and then moved through the
generations (primarily in order of Ahnentafel), including collateral
lines in each generation. Currently, I am on my
great-great-grandparents, Lovell Hugh PEMBERTON and Alvina Mary
LESPERANCE. I am going through their children first, beginning with the
children that died in childhood since they have the least amount of
sources. Then I will go through their children that married and their
collateral lines (and then their children's collateral lines). Sometimes
as I am doing this, I realize I have way too much info on a collateral
line. Then again, is it possible to have too much info on a collateral
line? I typically struggle with how much info to research on a
collateral line. Most of my collateral line research is stuff I've found
online and stuff that was within easy reach at the courthouse while I
was researching my direct lines.
I have not yet made
it to the library or archives here in Baton Rouge since I've been back. I
was busy studying the first month I was home, and then I've been busy
with unpacking and holidays the last two weeks. I hope to get to the
library before Christmas.
I start my first course in
the National Institute for Genealogical Studies American Records
Certificate program tomorrow. That was my gift to myself for passing the
CPA exam (I know that some of you may be thinking I am crazy to reward
myself with more studying...LOL...but this should be fun studying). It
is the intro to genealogy course. It should be interesting since I've
been doing genealogy for several years now, but I browsed through the
first module (there are six total) today and noticed that they do have
tailored suggestions on the assignments for people who have been doing
it for years. For instance, one of the assignments was to start your
pedigree chart using only resources in your home and your family
members' homes until you get stuck. Well, I did that about 15 years ago.
I believe the suggestion for experienced genealogists was to document
where you got stuck after using resources in your family's home when you
initially started doing genealogy years ago. Luckily, I still have my
first pedigree chart (I can't seem to part with it), copies of both of
my grandparents' and my parents' records that I found in their homes
that are sourced in my database, and I've got a pretty good memory, so
it shouldn't be too hard of an assignment.
new goal is to blog at least once a week for the next 2 months. Then
maybe I will be able to get back in the habit. Let's keep our fingers