Friday, January 27, 2012

Ready or Not, Here I Come!


I have researched in many courthouses, several state archives and lots of libraries but next week will be my first visit to THE Library. Getting prepared for the Family History Library has been a little bit overwhelming but I think I'm ready. I've been seriously thinking about this trip since RootTech started last year. (I was at home at the time.) I knew I wanted to go this time but I didn't want to travel from Kentucky to Utah without having some extra time for research. That's why I'm arriving in Salt Lake City on Sunday. 

For the past few weeks, I've concentrated on preparing for FHL. Getting focused was really the hardest part. When the possibilities of who/what/where to research are practically endless, it's hard to decided where to start. It finally occurred to me to work on places that are not within easy driving distance of home and books that aren't available anywhere nearby.

My final research plan is a combination of 2 spreadsheets (listing 42 books and 103 rolls of microfilm), 42 Legacy Family Tree To Do Reports and a text doc that ties them together. The spreadsheets are sorted by microfilm and catalog numbers to make it easier to pull things and they are also color coded for three levels of priorities. I don't anticipate getting through everything.

Those files have all been loaded to my tablet and my phone. (I also printed them, just in case.) I've updated my genealogy database on both devices. The RootsTech app is loaded to my phone with the sessions I'm planning to attend on the schedule. Camera batteries are charged. Cameras, flash drives, extra SD cards, power cords, chargers and my GeneaBlogger button are all packed.  

Now if I can just get all my clothes for a week into one suitcase . .  .    

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I have no affiliation with Legacy Family Tree, except that I bought it, use it and love it - especially the To Do Reports.


  1. Have a GRAND time! Enjoy the experience, there is nothing like it.

  2. You've got the important stuff. Just accessorize with beads and no one will notice you've got the same clothes on from the day before. Have a great time!

  3. Pace yourself. Don't become overwhelmed. Be optimistic ... you will discover something, but maybe not everything on the list. That only means you'll return to that glorious library again and again. Extend the fun!!

  4. Happy Hunting! I hope you find lots of goodies.

  5. Wow, you are more organized that I've even thought of being! Can't wait to meet you! This year we can be friends, next year it's ON dontchaknow! :)

  6. Thanks everyone.

    Jenna - It's going to be big fun. Hope I'm not too exhausted by the time ya'll get there.

  7. Sounds like you've got everything together, Linda. I think your plan sounds great. Just remember to sleep and eat (seriously! I had trouble with that, I was so excited). Have fun-- I look forward to hearing all about it!

  8. Safe travels, Linda. I will see you soon!