With my first full day of FHL research behind me, I returned each morning with a plan. The second day, I sought and located marriage records for my Lenertz line in Blue Earth county, Minnesota. There wasn't much groundbreaking research going on. I knew what I needed and I found it. Most of the records were to help me add more information to my 100% cited family tree.
One of the more interesting things I found was a record of physicians in Stephens County, Oklahoma. My great-grandfather, his uncle and a cousin were all included there. I also found a ton of marriage records. I knew the dates, I just needed the records for them to be legit in the eyes of the genealogy police.
I spent most of my week at left-handed reader 6-L on the United States floor. It was usually quiet in my row because, well...it's a right-handed world out there:
What makes it left-handed? The handle is on the left. Really, I could deal with either handle, but I needed the lefty writing space for my
My biggest challenge of the week was the search for and location of probate records for my 4th great-grandfather John McElroy Bourland. I first checked the indexes and dutifully wrote down the pages where I should find the records. However, the pages didn't correspond. Finally, after a page-by-page inspection of the film, I found an estate list for Bourland and then finally all of the related records. This entire process took six hours, plus another to acquire copies of all the documents. Persistence paid off.
On to part 3 here.
[Please see my Disclosures page for information on my connection to Family History Expos. --Amy]