I don't know which I am more excited about, researching at Allen County Public Library or the Spring Midwest Geneabloggers Meet-up.
First, I need to thank Tina Lyons of Gen Wish List and Terri O'Connell of Finding Our Ancestors fame for organizing everything needed to make this possible. I am looking forward to meeting new geneabloggers from the midwest area.
Fort Wayne, Indiana is an easy drive from Battle Creek, Michigan, my hometown. One of about 100 miles . I plan to drive down and back in one day. I have done it many times in order to research at the library.
I spent the last couple of weeks trying to prioritize what I hope to accomplish while there. My past visits have been ones where I have tried to research many ancestors from different places. This time I am narrowing my research down to three or four research plans. I will tuck a list of additional references in my bag on the off chance I strike genealogical gold with my other plans and finish early. (A girl can dream, right?) My problem is I go to the library with my list of references in hand and get absorbed in everything that is on the same shelf as the resource I am looking for. I don't know how many times I have said, "Oooh, that looks good!"
One of the priorities of this visit will be looking up resources pertaining to Miami County, Indiana and my Graf family. Then, I plan to move on to Vermont and my Powers line. If time, I would like to check out "Amish and Amish Mennonite Genealogies" by Hugh Gingerich. I look at this book everytime I go and I still have more clues to glean from it. I should probably buy it, if I can find it. It is out of print, now.
After a great day of research, the midwest geneabloggers will be meeting for fun, food, and foto's (hopefully!) I checked the facebook page of who is going and was pleased to see a few geneabloggers I met in Springfield will be there. Plus, lots of new faces.
If you don't hear from me in a day or two, you will know I had so much fun I needed to recover from it.