Friday, April 4, 2014

Yesterday's BCG work

Yesterday I was able to solve my missing marriage problem by translating one of these buggers.

At least reading these land records is a lot quicker than reading the 60+ pages of my "land records," AKA Wells Fargo Home Mortgage HUD.

Yay! I have a solid Case Study that I've solved and written a draft for! Now I just need to make it a whole lot better by writing and citing it up, and continuing to search for records and fixing my shabby translation. Sounds like I am going to be doing this for a reallllly long time.

But, hey, it's on my direct ancestral line, for my fourth great grandpa Wenzel Brosch. It feels awesome to put in so much time and effort on my own family research. It's just very meaningful to me.

I do miss client work, though. I think that 8ish month stint I had taking clients taught me two very important things: I can do it, and I really want to do it. It's almost like my end goal. I know, though, that I should become a CG first, and that because my available time to spend on genealogy is currently so limited, I have to prioritize. I choose certification first, business and clients later. I know that it will make me a much, much better researcher to have the experience of successfully passing this test behind me. This is mainly because the creation of this portfolio is the teaching.

To me, becoming BCG certified feels like a rigorous college course (much more rigorous than some of the ones I took, honestly!) in which the entire semester is creating a thing which determines whether you pass or fail. Dude, I would have worked a lot harder in some of my courses if everything I did had bearing on whether or not I passed or failed! I didn't take any difficult pass/fail courses; only super insanely easy ones where your attendance determined whether you passed. So, I don't know with any certainty that this comparison is valid, but I imagine it would be similar to some of those rigorous nursing or pre-med courses, or even board exams, where it is literally all pass/fail.

:::shudder::: I'm so, so, so glad to not be a doctor. I'll stick to dead people.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BCG work

Today I spent about 4 hours searching for the marriage record for this couple in Světlov. I am hoping to use their case for my case study. I'm really annoyed that I can't find what I'm looking for. I started writing down EXACTLY what I did as I did it, so that later I can go back and reread it, and know what I've done. I should probably keep records like that for all my projects, come to think of it.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BCG Application Focus

I'm focusing all my genealogy energy this month into getting my BCG application completed! Even blogging has to come second to this, because otherwise another year will roll by and I will not yet be a CG. SO NOT HAPPENING AGAIN THIS YEAR. I'm going to do this!

So my blogging is going to be painfully dull for the next little while, as I use it to force myself to be accountable for working on my portfolio. Reporting, basically.

Today I worked on my case study. I discovered a land document that might shed a little light on the identity of a person. So that's great! Woohoo. Too bad it's in German and a zillion pages long.