Thursday, July 24, 2008

Self Portrait Challenge: "Skills" Week 4

I have to admit to playing hooky from the SPC this month. Life sometimes gets in the way. I had a lot of ideas for skills that I can easily showcase--the usual ones that I'm known for: Music, sewing, knitting, cooking etc. etc. I wasn't terribly inspired. As I sat in the library of NEHGS (New England Historical Genealogical Society) yesterday, it occurred to me that I had another skill--that of solving puzzles. Genealogical research is awash with puzzle solving. Sometimes the solution is right in front of your face and other times it requires some real digging. I've spent about 20 hours this week pouring over vital records, wills, land records and town records from the 1600's and 1700's. I think my brain is fried, but I solved a lot of puzzles!

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  1. impressive note taking! looks like you're hard at work!

  2. I'm jealous! I'd love to dig into NEHGS' library. If you're still looking for New England data, check out my site at There are about 4000 data files there.

  3. mom, please dig hard enough to find out that we are descendants of either pirates or ninjas.

    that would be bad ass