Saturday, August 22, 2009

Education goes a long way

Today Willard Library in Evansville, Indiana held a dCheck Spellingay long set of workshops led by Ron Darrah. The components covered Probate records, School days, Special Census Schedules, and Show me the money regarding ancestral occupations.

This was highly attended with 100 people registered and nary a spot to move on the 2nd floor. Research had to be closed in order to move the microfilm machines and other equipment so we had room to sit. I was very good and I overheard many positive remarks throughout the halls. A vendor fair was set under tents outside on the lawn.

This day of workshops could not come at any better time for me. Sometimes we get bogged down in our research and start to pull out our hair. Going to listen to the ideas of others is an excellent way to revive the batteries and get going again. I know I come home with all kinds of ideas for further research.

if you have any opportunities to attend local society meetings or workshops I would highly recommend it. It may help pull some of those bricks down.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Opening of the Journal

The journal written by John James Raley opens with the simplest of words, simply reciting the origin of his family through time, and it is the beginning of drawing me into this great world of genealogy. As stated before, I plan on placing some of his writings throughout time on this blog so I decided today was a good time to start. If it is within quotation marks, then I have not changed any spelling, grammar, etc. Please enjoy.

"My great Grand Father on my Father's side was named Jonathan Raley his Father's people so my Father told me once was brought in to the state of Kentuky either from Ireland or Scotland my Father did not know which by a Catholic Priest and settled in Bell County Kentucky. Some time in the seventeenth century but my Father does not know in what year they were brought here. My Great Grand Father Jonathan Raley moved with his family from Bell County Kentucky down in to Ohio County Kentucky in what was known as the Taylor neighborhood near the town of Cromwell on Greene River about the year 1793. "

" he had quite a large family. There was my grandfather whose name was John Raley and his brother James, William, and Benjamin Raley and one sister whose name was Nancy Raley, who married a man named Robert Wilson."

This is just the beginning of a large section that goes on to explain the Raley side of the family, and I am forever grateful to a man who decided the family was important enough to pass down through the ages. I hope that sharing parts of his story will help others. i know it is opening doors to me for family history purposes and I will continue to bring portions to you.