Although I have been researching my family for over 10 years I cannot honestly say that I am completely comfortable navigating any of the repositories I have used.
I am lucky in that on this side of “the pond”, most of my research is contained in a couple counties in Maryland, as well as Baltimore City and York County in Pennsylvania. My family apparently saw no reason to venture outside of this small corner of the world once they got here. I haven’t either as I live in the same area as my ancestors.
Because my research is so concentrated in Maryland, I should be an “expert” at searching Maryland repositories. However, I feel my knowledge is woefully inadequate.
I am a member of several local societies and groups but have not taken advantage of their services.
I am relatively comfortable with the library system and knowing what library branches have what material.
I am comfortable with finding records for various local cemeteries.
I have been to the Maryland State Archives numerous times (although not as many times as I would like), mostly for death, marriage and church records. I know that there is a lot more available there and I have not yet explored all of it.
I have not done any courthouse research, honestly it intimidates me. I need to get over this and become more familiar with the records available at local courthouses.
There are a lot of records (or at least indexes) available on-line for Maryland and I am pretty familiar with those resources.
One set of records that has been available on-line and I need to delve into more are Land Records. I have had accounts to access these records for quite a few years and have done a few searches (admittedly, mostly on myself).
So I decided to take a stab at improving my skills this year and since this year is almost halfway over I need to get cracking!
What luck that the Maryland Genealogical Society is holding a Basics+ Workshop on Maryland Land Records and Resources this Saturday, May 31!!
I am all registered and am looking forward to attending. This will be the first genealogical event I have attended (sad, I know…but you gotta start somewhere) but certainly not my last.
I AM READY TO GET MY LEARN ON!!!