Thursday, July 26, 2012

Native American Genealogy Class

In my inbox today from the Indian Center in Wichita:

Tracing Indian Genealogy

The Mid-America All-Indian Center is pleased to offer two free lectures by Choctaw Indian Jason Felihkatubbe on Saturday, Aug. 18. The public is invited. 

From noon-1 p.m., he will speak on the "History of the Choctaw." It will be followed by a "Genealogy" presentation at 1:15 p.m. that emphasizes the Five Civilized Tribes, ways to trace ancestry through Indian records and enrollment policies/procedures.        

Felihkatubbe is a project director at Wichita State University and instructor at Butler Community College.  

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I Can't Believe a Word I Say

If you were reading this blog (both of you ) a few months ago, you will remember my rant about remaking my local genealogy library. prompted by the resignation of the librarian.  You might even remember this line:  I have zero interest in the job

You can see where this is going, can't you?  Yup!  I'm now the "associate librarian," which means that I've agreed to take on about half of the librarian's responsibilities for the rest of her term, with the understanding that I will most likely run for and be elected librarian at the next election (the librarian is an elected member of the society board.)  I did this partly because the current librarian is suffering from a severe mismatch between the workload and her available time, and partly because it turns out I kinda like being a librarian, especially the organizing part.  I've also found that several other members of the society have been harboring some of the same ideas about change, and we've already started to implement some of the smaller, easier ones.  

Wish me luck!  And don't believe anything I say...

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Going for the Record!

I've added a couple of batches to the 24 hour attempt to index 5 million records from the 1940 census. According to the recent Facebook update, it looks like they're well on the way to making the goal. Have you indexed today?