Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Genealogy Fiction and How Time Flies

I'm still reading genealogy fiction novels and thoroughly enjoying them. The current one is "Blood Relations", another Torie O'Shea mystery by Rett MacPherson. It's funny and fairly light and is obviously written by a genealogist.

I can't believe my last post was the beginning of August. The days and weeks go by so quickly and before I know it, 6 months has passed. That doesn't mean I haven't been doing anything genealogy related though.

Last night was the first lecture of the 2010/2011 year for the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia It was our first ever Brick Wall Busters and it was a great success. We had a great attendance and people really enjoyed the comments that were made about the queries that had been submitted.

It took a fair amount of work to get it organized, but it was worth it.

My mother fell and broke her hip a few weeks ago, so there was a fair amount of time spent in hospital. She's had surgery and came through that ok, but she is 88 years old and the recovery will be difficult. Family from Ontario will be visiting over the next couple of weeks.

Also, I just returned from Camp Mini Ha Ha in the beautiful Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia. This year we created a castle carved from pink builders' foam. It was a big project and won't be finished for a while, but I learned a lot and had a great time.

My castle is home to Axel DeMise, Executioner Extraordinaire. And, he had to have a family tree which I constructed on the blackboard at Camp. It was fun to do and I had a lot of input from fellow campers. I'll post it here in a few days...once I get unpacked and have some time to download pictures.

Hopefully, I'll have some time for my own genealogy this weekend. I would like to start working on a biography for my great-grandfather, Charles Henry Smith. I've recently broken down a brick wall with the help of an email friend and discovered Charles' true identity. I would like to share the story with my mother's siblings and their families. My plan was to spend some time Sunday mornings working on biographies. What a great way to discover the pieces of information that are missing!

Of course, I've never written a biography before, but I'm guessing a bad biography that includes all of the information is better than no biography at all.

Happy Researching!

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