July 2005, V4#7: Genealogy Monday, Jan 5 2009 

Don’t overlook your local and regional genealogy events, retreats, genealogy, ancestor or book fairs!  While networking and finding hot leads are traditionally considered when attending ancestor fairs, you never know when you’ll meet someone researching one or more of your lines at any genealogy or family event.  When preparing to go consider having a name badge or ribbon (or even a shirt) made that details at least your main research lines.  Some events provide bulletin boards, chat areas, etc. – but it never hurts to increase your chances to “go above and beyond” planned activities to search out other researchers on your line.

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June 2005, V4#6: Genealogy Monday, Jan 5 2009 

When preparing for a genealogy trip, always check to see what information is available online for the repository.  In some cases, the card catalog may be available.  In others, you may apply for a users card and, once it has arrived, even be able to schedule pulls so that your books will be waiting for you at the desk when you arrive at a given repository.

Retreat on the Lake Update – Schedule and Registration Monday, Jan 5 2009 

 Retreat on the Lake 2009 has more topics and speakers set. Visit for more information – http://www.gregathcompany.com/workshop/2009. The first money saving deadline has passed. The full registration cost is now $180.00 (available only through July 15 before the cost rises further).

2009 Tour Slate Announced Monday, Jan 5 2009 

 2009 Gregath Trips have been set. Visit  for more information – http://www.gregathcompany.com/tours/index.html

May 2005, V4#5: Genealogy Monday, Jan 5 2009 

Still looking for that lost ancestor?  When you run across the right surname in a general area at the correct time, never discard this information.  This data may be the same family (yea!) or different (boo!), but one can rarely tell when finding the data originally.  Likewise, a group that appears not to be related when the information is found, may be related and you uncover the link ten years later.  Don’t rely on research data sheets to go back and find information you uncovered 20 years ago: records get misplaced, misfiled, moved, go through natural deterioration, in some cases are discarded or destroyed, not to mention acts of God or vandalism.