So far, it has been a busy month here as I am sure it has been at your place. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays also came health issues for two family members. They are both doing better, thank you, but their issues will continue into the new year.
With 10 grandchildren - all growing up and changing - their list of "wants" grows even longer and more expensive. It's so hard to keep up with all of them.
There have been some changes for me as well. First, I want to let you all know that my husband's applications to Settlers and Builders of Ohio, and to the Society of Civil War Families of Ohio were both accepted. I am happy and he's ok with it. You have to remember, he is not the genealogist in the family by any means. Although, I do have to give him credit - he is learning his ancestors a little better these days!
I was approached this last week to "help" a person put together their application for SCWFO. When they came, they basically had the application form filled out but still had to dig through their list of documents to make sure they would be in order. He was following his maternal lines and was putting the female ancestor as the first ancestor in each "they were the child of" section. Please remember, that the male should always go first, even if you are following maternal lines. And yes, you do need your father or mother's birth/death information even if you are following only one line. Remember, you are documenting your relationship to your ancestors.
Another big change has occurred this month as well. After the 2012 Ohio Genealogical Society's conference in April, I will assume the duties of the head judge of First Families of Ohio. The current chair/judge has held the position for the last years and will be retiring after the conference. I have found a very worthy successor to judge Century Families of Ohio and she is enthusiastic about taking this challenge on.
A very joyous holiday season to each and every one of you. It truly is a special time of year.