Farewell to 2023: My Year in Review

2024 Happy New Year

As I prepare to say farewell to 2023, I find myself at somewhat of a crossroads both personally and professionally. This past year went by quickly as there always seemed to be something to do, or deadlines to meet. There was also a fair amount unexpected closure due to dealing with the deaths of two important people in my life: my aunt/godmother in October, and a dear college friend, two months prior (in August 2023). Professional closure came as well as I decided to shut down my online course website, Research, Write, Connect, and then just a few months ago I learned that Internet Genealogy Magazine was going to cease publication (I was a regular contributor for more than 15 years and I will miss working with them).

But 2023 had many bright spots as well. I continued writing articles for Family Tree Magazine and became a regular contributor for Reunions Magazine. I also moderated classes for Family Tree Univesity and presented webinars for Legacy Family Tree Webinars (my September 2023 webinar on “50 Family History Writing Tips in 50 Minutes” made their Top 10 list for October). I also presented webinars for a host of genealogical societies (I enjoy giving virtual presentations) and delivered 5 in-person lectures for The Czechoslovak Genealogical Soceity International Conferene in Milwaukee, Wisonsin in October 2023.

When I looked back to see what my post was last year on December 31st I was surprised to realize that I had not written one!  I don’t remember why but there must have been a good reason.  At any rate, in previous years I had summarized key things that I accomplished in my genealogy research and as a writer and lecturer. I also started choosing a word for the coming year. In my “Farewell 2021: My Year in Review” post, I chose the word RESET as my word for 2022. It was a fitting choice as I implemented changes in my daily routine and my work.

Since I didn’t choose a word for 2023, I need to start again with choosing a word for the coming year.  For 2024, I have seleted the word DETERMINED.

The definition of “determined” according to Dictionary.com is:

  1. adjective
    resolute; staunch:
  2. decided; settled; resolved.

I like this word because it sums up my attitude moving into this new year.

So, in 2024, I am determined to:

1. Write more. I have made good, steady progress on a creative nonfiction book that is long overdue for publication. And I have several other ideas for other writing projects that I need to start working on, including sharing more stories about my ancestors Stay tuned for updates.

2. Stress less. I need to have more of a work-life balance. I work all the time and I want to try to work smarter, not harder in 2024 so I can spend more time with my husband, and plan more in-person visits with family and friends. I will also schedule time for myself to rest and relax.

3. Declutter and organize. Four years ago I parted with a lot of possesions due to downsizing and the sale of our house. But i still have A LOT of stuff! Since space is at a premium (and I want to be ready for our next move wheneve the time comes(. I plan to actively start a routine of sorting through documents, photographs, and other possessions and only keep what I feel is most important and meaningful. It is an ongoing process.

I am looking forward to 2024. I can’t wait to see what’s ahead.

As always, I would like to extend a special thank you to my readers for your continued support

I wish you health, happiness, and peace.

 

Copyright 2023, Lisa A. Alzo, All Rights Reserved

Last Day for Early Bird Registration for 2023 CGSI Conference

Early-bird registration ends August 15th for the 2023 CGSI Genealogical & Cultural Conference. The conference will be held October 17-21, 2023, at The Ingleside Hotel outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Registration prices will increase after August 15th. Register today to join the hundreds of others who have already registered.

A CGSI conference is a great place to learn, share, and connect with the genealogy, history, and culture of those from the Czech and Slovak ancestral lands of Central Europe. The format allows you to connect with information, resources, and other attendees via presentations and workshops, tours, networking opportunities, films, and social events.

I will be presenting five sessions at this conference. Hope to see you there!

Program and Registration Booklet

Complete conference details are available on CGSI.org and also the Program and Registration Booklet, which you can download by clicking here.

We encourage you to review the conference details to fully understand the workshop, tour, and dinner options before completing your registration.

Please visit the CGSI website to view the most current information on presentations and workshops and tours.
 

Online Pre-Conference Platform

Beginning on September 16th conference attendees will have access to Whova, an online platform to connect, discuss topics, organize virtual meet-ups, and more.

All conference registrations automatically include access to this online platform, but access is available if you are unable to attend the conference in-person.

Even if you are not attending the in-person conference in Milwaukee, for just $25 you can purchase access to just the pre-conference platform.

Copyright 2023, Lisa A. Alzo and CGSI. All Rights Reserved.

2023 Polish Genealogy Conference Online – Zoom

Below is an announement from the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast about their 2023 Polish Genealogy Conference which will be held virtually via Zoom on October 21, 22, and 28, 2023.

I will be a presenter at this conference. My session, “Diseases, Disasters, Distress: Bad for Your Ancestors, Good for Genealogy!” will be on Saturday, October 28th from 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.

If you have Polish roots, you won’t want to miss this event!

2023 Polish Genealogy Conference Online – Zoom

Sponsored by

The Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, Inc.

and

The S. A. Blejwas Endowed Chair of the Polish and Polish American Studies
Central Connecticut State University

Conference Details


The conference provides an opportunity to learn strategies for tracing your Polish-American and Eastern European roots. The speakers are well known in Polish genealogy circles and their discussions will enable attendees to fill in the missing pieces of their family history. Speakers have extensive experience in their respective fields and have been featured at numerous regional, national and international conferences.

The Conference will be held on October 20, 21 and 28. The conference will be held online using Zoom.

Attendees can be from anywhere in the world!!

For more conference information and registration form, please click this link.
Every attendee will be entered into the prize drawing which will be held on October 28.

Cost – Members – $25
Non-Members – $40

If you are NOT a member of the PGSCTNE and would like to pay the discounted members price, please join here. Joining the society will give you many advantages including our webinars, bulletins and society newsletters.

After signing up, you will be sent a link, for each day of the conference, prior to the event. All
lectures will be given in English.

For further information, please email Diane Szepanski and Lauren Siembab, Conference Chairs, at conferencepgsctne@yahoo.com.

Copyright 2023, Lisa A. Alzo and The Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast. All Rights Reserved.

Fearless Females Blogging Prompts Series Back for 2023

Welcome!

In March 2010, I launched a series of 31 blogging prompts for celebrating and honoring the “fearless females” in our family trees. Many bloggers participated and I was asked if I planned on running them again. I’m happy to say that this series is still going strong and is back for a 13th year.

Badge graphic courtesy of Denise Levenick; edits by Lisa Alzo

So, to mark National Women’s History Month, I’m listing the 31 prompts below.

Also, you can download the free badge above to use on your blog to indicate your participation. [A special thanks to my friend and colleague, Denise Levenick, The Family Curator, who created the original version of this badge especially for me for the 2016 edition of Fearless Females].

It is a perfect time to start writing about your female ancestors.

[Group of young women reading in library of normal school, Washington, D.C.]Library of Congress, (Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer.); REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-100288 (b&w film copy neg.) DIGITAL ID: (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3c00288 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c00288]

Prompts

Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month

You can choose to do some of the prompts, or all of them–there’s no pressure–it’s meant to be a fun exercise to focus on the women and make sure their stories are told!

March 1 — Do you have a favorite female ancestor? One you are drawn to or want to learn more about? Write down some key facts you have already learned or what you would like to learn and outline your goals and potential sources you plan to check.

March 2 — Post a photo of one of your female ancestors. Who is in the photo? When was it taken? Why did you select this photo?

March 3 — Do you share a first name with one of your female ancestors? Perhaps you were named for your great-grandmother, or your name follows a particular naming pattern. If not, then list the most unique or unusual female first name you’ve come across in your family tree.

March 4 — Do you have marriage records for your grandparents or great-grandparents? Write a post about where they were married and when. Any family stories about the wedding day? Post a photo too if you have one.

March 5 — How did they meet? You’ve documented marriages, now, go back a bit. Do you know the story of how your parents met? Your grandparents?

March 6 — Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor (wedding ring or other jewelry, china, clothing, etc.) If you don’t have any, then write about a specific object you remember from your mother or grandmother, or aunt (a scarf, a hat, cooking utensil, furniture, etc.)

March 7 — Share a favorite recipe from your mother or grandmother’s kitchen. Why is this dish your favorite? If you don’t have one that’s been passed down, describe a favorite holiday or other meal you shared with your family.

March 8 — Did one of your female ancestors leave a diary, journal, or collection of letters? Share an entry or excerpt.

March 9 — Take a family document (baptismal certificate, passenger list, naturalization petition, etc.) and write a brief narrative using the information.

March 10 — What role did religion play in your family? How did your female ancestors practice their faith? If they did not, why didn’t they? Did you have any female ancestors who served their churches in some capacity?

March 11 — Did you have any female ancestors who died young or from tragic or unexpected circumstances? Describe and how did this affect the family?

March 12 — Working girl: Did your mother or grandmother work outside the home? What did she do? Describe her occupation.

March 13 — Moment of Strength: share a story where a female ancestor showed courage or strength in a difficult situation.

March 14 — Newsmakers? Did you have a female ancestor who made the news? Why? Was she famous or notorious? Did she appear in the social column?

March 15 — Write a six-word memoir tribute to one of your female ancestors.

March 16 — If you could have lunch with any female family member (living or dead) or any famous female who would it be and why? Where would you go? What would you eat?

March 17 — Social Butterfly? What social organizations or groups did your mother or grandmother belong to? Sewing circle, church group, fraternal benefit society or lodge? Describe her role in the group.

March 18 — Shining star: Did you have a female ancestor who had a special talent? Artist, singer, actress, athlete, seamstress, or other? Describe.

March 19 — Have you discovered a surprising fact about one of your female ancestors? What was it and how did you learn it? How did you feel when you found out?

March 20 — Is there a female ancestor who is your brick wall? Why? List possible sources for finding more information.

March 21 — Describe a tender moment one of your female ancestors shared with you or another family member.

March 22 — If a famous director wanted to make a movie about one of your female ancestors who would it be? What actress would you cast in the role and why?

March 23 — Create a timeline for a female ancestor using your favorite software program or an online timeline generator such as OurTimelines. Post an image of it or link to it.

March 24 — Do you share any physical resemblance or personality trait with one of your female ancestors? Who? What is it?

March 25 — Tell how a female ancestor interacted with her children. Was she loving or supportive? A disciplinarian? A bit of both?

March 26 — What education did your mother receive? Your grandmothers? Great-grandmothers? Note any advanced degrees or special achievements.

March 27 — Do you know the immigration story of one or more female ancestors? Do you have any passenger lists, passports, or other documentation? Interesting family stories?

March 28 — Do you remember your mother’s best friend? Your grandmother’s? How and where did they meet? How long were they friends? What activities did they share?

March 29 — Create a free Fold3 Memorial Page or a Genealogy Trading Card at Big Huge Labs for a female ancestor. Some of you may have created your own card back in September 2009 following Sheri Fenley’s post over at The Educated Genealogist. This time, the card is for your female ancestor. Tell us about who you’ve selected and why and then post a link to what you’ve created.

March 30 — Did you receive any advice or words of wisdom from your mother or another female ancestor?

March 31 — Pick one female ancestor and write a mini-profile (500 words or less).

BONUS: Take all of your postings and turn them into a memory or tribute booklet for future generations.

Post an entry on your Blog when you have created your tribute. Tell us how you did it (what format, how you printed it or digitized it, etc.).

Also during the month of March you can save 30% off the Finding Your Female Ancestors course on my online education website, Research Write Connect (regularly priced at $99; now $69.30 with discount). Click here to register and use coupon code FEARLESS2023 to claim your discount through 31 March 2023. The course is self-paced with no start or end date so you can purchase at the discounted price and start the course whenever you choose.

Copyright, 2023, Lisa A. Alzo

All Rights Reserved

Preserving a Female Ancestor’s Photographs with Vivid-Pix Memory Station

Are precious details about the lives of your female ancestors hidden in old family photographs?  Most of us have bins or boxes of treasured memories just waiting to be uncovered and shared. 

Photo of Sr. Mary Camilla Alzo
Photo of my aunt, Sister Mary Camilla Alzo 

As a long-time genealogist, I have been researching the maternal lines in my family tree for more than 30 years. I wrote my book, Three Slovak Women as a tribute to my maternal grandmother and mother. Along the way I accumulated quite the collection of photographs, documents, and memorabilia. Since 2019, I have been on a mission to sort, scan, and share digital copies of the prints with my relatives.

Since March is Women’s History Month, I have decided to focus on the pictures that depict some of my female ancestors. But, where to begin?

With hundreds of photographs to process, I realized what a monumental task I had ahead of me. I needed a system to make things easier. I decided to follow a four-step process:

1. Sort – Organize photographs by family and then by date or event when possible.

2. Scan – Digitize the photographs using a scanner and correct any problems or imperfections using software (see below for details).

3. Store – Initially save the digital images to my computer (then move to an external hard drive with backup to cloud storage). 

4. Share – Share digital copies of the images with my cousins and other interested relatives.

I won’t bore you with the details of the sorting process, but I usually set aside an hour or two each week to go through the boxes and bins, sort the photos by family and then year/event where possible, and make sure they are put into archival safe storage boxes. The bigger decision for me was how to approach the scanning and storing. While I have a very nice Epson flatbed scanner to do the job, lifting the lid up and down is a bit cumbersome. And using my smartphone did not seem like the best option either. 

Enter the Vivid-Pix Memory Station

Recently I was given the opportunity to try out the Memory Station [affiliate link]. This is a combination of a Fujitsu ScanSnap SV600 + Vivid-Pix RESTORE software. In the bundle, Vivid-Pix includes FileShadow cloud archive if desired, providing storage for 1,000 images for free and additional fee for more storage).

The ScanSnap was easy to set up (I use it with a Windows laptop but it works with Mac too). I created a folder called ScanSnap Scans on my computer. I followed the instructions outlined on the Vivid-Pix website to get the best resolution and other specifications for saving the scans as high-quality JPEG image files. The ScanSnap allows for continuous scanning and for image correction if so desired. Each scan takes just a few seconds and can be done with either a simple press of the “Scan” button on the unit, or by clicking on the SCAN button in the ScanSnap software. Before I began the scanning process, I downloaded and installed the Vivid-Pix RESTORE software [affiliate link] – just $49.99 for a one-time fee and the ability to install on 2 computers (Mac and/or Windows). RESTORE is on sale this month, just $39.99 during the month of March, 2022 and they also offer a trial to fix 10 images for free. 


I tried out the Memory Station on a treasured scrapbook of photographs that belonged to my father’s sister, Anna, a Roman Catholic nun (she changed her name to Sr. Mary Camilla after taking her vows) who lived in Victoria, Texas most of her life. I called her “Auntie.”

I previously wrote about this scrapbook in a March 8, 2010 blog postThe album pages are falling apart and many of the photographs are faded, so I knew this was the perfect scanning project.  With the ScanSnap I could scan multiple photos, benefiting from the overhead scanner on these delicate items, and the ScanSnap separates them out so I can name them. 

Once scanned, the photos can be imported into Vivid-Pix RESTORE to restore the images with 1-click. There is also an option to fine-tune with easy controls. Below is a sample scanned photo of my Auntie and her two sisters (Betty and Helen) taken on Easter Sunday in 1941 in Duquesne, Pennsylvania. 

Photograph scanned with MemoryScan (not cropped)


The Vivid-Pix software adjusted color, contrast, lightness and sharpened the original photograph. As people have different perspective on “keeping age” (fade), less fade (or even back to the original black and white photo), below is the original and the 2 variations. [Note: I left the original photo on its black album backing but can crop the images as desired.]

My goal for this March is to scan the entire photo album and then create a digital version that I can share with others. I will likely share some of the results here on the blog as I work through the process.

Want to know more about the Memory Station?  Click here for more information.

Copyright 2022, Lisa A. Alzo

All Rights Reserved.


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Fearless Females Blogging Prompts Series Back for 2022

 In March 2010, I launched a series of 31 blogging prompts for celebrating and honoring the “fearless females” in our family trees. Many bloggers participated and I was asked if I planned on running them again. I’m happy to say that this series is still going strong and is back for a 12th year.

Fearless Females Badge courtesy of Denise Levenick with edits by Lisa A. Alzo


So, to mark National Women’s History Month (beginning Tuesday, March 1), I’m listing the 31 prompts below. 

Also, you can download the free badge above to use on your blog to indicate your participation. [A special thanks to my friend and colleague, Denise Levenick, The Family Curator, who created the original version of this badge especially for me for the 2016 edition of Fearless Females].

The theme for National Women’s History Month 2022 is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” According to the The National Women’s History Alliance, this theme is “both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.” So, it is a perfect time to start writing about your female ancestors.   

Watch this blog for other ideas, prompts, and tips to learn about your female ancestors, as well as special coupons for discounts on books, courses, or other products related to researching your female lines.

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Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month


You can choose to do some of the prompts, or all of them–there’s no pressure–it’s meant to be a fun exercise to focus on the women and make sure their stories are told! 

[Group of young women reading in library of normal school, Washington, D.C.]Library of Congress, (Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer.); REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-100288 (b&w film copy neg.) DIGITAL ID: (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3c00288 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c00288]

Blogging Prompts

March 1 — Do you have a favorite female ancestor? One you are drawn to or want to learn more about? Write down some key facts you have already learned or what you would like to learn and outline your goals and potential sources you plan to check.

March 2 — Post a photo of one of your female ancestors. Who is in the photo? When was it taken? Why did you select this photo?

March 3 — Do you share a first name with one of your female ancestors? Perhaps you were named for your great-grandmother, or your name follows a particular naming pattern. If not, then list the most unique or unusual female first name you’ve come across in your family tree.

March 4 — Do you have marriage records for your grandparents or great-grandparents? Write a post about where they were married and when. Any family stories about the wedding day? Post a photo too if you have one.

March 5 — How did they meet? You’ve documented marriages, now, go back a bit. Do you know the story of how your parents met? Your grandparents?

March 6 — Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor (wedding ring or other jewelry, china, clothing, etc.) If you don’t have any, then write about a specific object you remember from your mother or grandmother, or aunt (a scarf, a hat, cooking utensil, furniture, etc.)

March 7 — Share a favorite recipe from your mother or grandmother’s kitchen. Why is this dish your favorite? If you don’t have one that’s been passed down, describe a favorite holiday or other meal you shared with your family.

March 8 — Did one of your female ancestors leave a diary, journal, or collection of letters? Share an entry or excerpt.

March 9 — Take a family document (baptismal certificate, passenger list, naturalization petition, etc.) and write a brief narrative using the information.

March 10 — What role did religion play in your family? How did your female ancestors practice their faith? If they did not, why didn’t they? Did you have any female ancestors who served their churches in some capacity?

March 11 — Did you have any female ancestors who died young or from tragic or unexpected circumstances? Describe and how did this affect the family?

March 12 — Working girl: Did your mother or grandmother work outside the home? What did she do? Describe her occupation.

March 13 — Moment of Strength: share a story where a female ancestor showed courage or strength in a difficult situation.

March 14 — Newsmakers? Did you have a female ancestor who made the news? Why? Was she famous or notorious? Did she appear in the social column?

March 15 — Write a six-word memoir tribute to one of your female ancestors.

March 16 — If you could have lunch with any female family member (living or dead) or any famous female who would it be and why? Where would you go? What would you eat?

March 17 — Social Butterfly? What social organizations or groups did your mother or grandmother belong to? Sewing circle, church group, fraternal benefit society or lodge? Describe her role in the group.

March 18 — Shining star: Did you have a female ancestor who had a special talent? Artist, singer, actress, athlete, seamstress, or other? Describe.

March 19 — Have you discovered a surprising fact about one of your female ancestors? What was it and how did you learn it? How did you feel when you found out?

March 20 — Is there a female ancestor who is your brick wall? Why? List possible sources for finding more information.

March 21 — Describe a tender moment one of your female ancestors shared with you or another family member.

March 22 — If a famous director wanted to make a movie about one of your female ancestors who would it be? What actress would you cast in the role and why?

March 23 — Create a timeline for a female ancestor using your favorite software program or an online timeline generator such as OurTimelines. Post an image of it or link to it.

March 24 — Do you share any physical resemblance or personality trait with one of your female ancestors? Who? What is it?

March 25 — Tell how a female ancestor interacted with her children. Was she loving or supportive? A disciplinarian? A bit of both?

March 26 — What education did your mother receive? Your grandmothers? Great-grandmothers? Note any advanced degrees or special achievements.

March 27 — Do you know the immigration story of one or more female ancestors? Do you have any passenger lists, passports, or other documentation? Interesting family stories?

March 28 — Do you remember your mother’s best friend? Your grandmother’s? How and where did they meet? How long were they friends? What activities did they share?

March 29 — Create a free Fold3 Memorial Page or a Genealogy Trading Card at Big Huge Labs for a female ancestor. Some of you may have created your own card back in September 2009 following Sheri Fenley’s post over at The Educated Genealogist. This time, the card is for your female ancestor. Tell us about who you’ve selected and why and then post a link to what you’ve created.

March 30 — Did you receive any advice or words of wisdom from your mother or another female ancestor?

March 31 — Pick one female ancestor and write a mini-profile (500 words or less).

BONUS: Take all of your postings and turn them into a memory or tribute booklet for future generations.

Post an entry on your Blog when you have created your tribute. Tell us how you did it (what format, how you printed it or digitized it, etc.).

Want Even More Prompts and Tips?

If you would like additional writing prompts and tips for researching and writing about your female ancestors, pick up a copy of my eBook Fearless Females: 31 Writing Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History. Click here to order a copy and get 25% off the $3.99 purchase price with coupon code fearless2022 (coupon good through 31 March 2022 11:59 p.m. Eastern time).


Also during the month of March you can save 30% off the Finding Your Female Ancestors course on my online education website, Research Write Connect (regularly priced at $99;  now $69.30 with discount). Click here to register and use coupon code FEARLESS2022 to claim your discount through 31 March 2022. The course is self-paced with no start or end date so you can purchase at the discounted price and start the course whenever you choose.

Copyright, 2022, Lisa A. Alzo

All Rights Reserved
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Farewell 2021: My Year in Review

Just another New Year’s Eve, or so the song goes. Time to bid farewell to 2021!


To be honest, the past year was a blur for me. I kept busy with various writing and editing projects, webinars, and virtual conferences. I also finished NaNoWriMo. I did not prepare a full tally of number of presentations, articles, etc., but I prefer to focus on quality, not quantity, and I can honestly say my work this year was both interesting and fulfilling. 

Like so many others, I experienced loss. Two beloved relatives died as a result of COVID-19.  Both lovely women, gone way too soon!  On a positive note, I did get to spend some quality in-person time with family members and friends in July and it was a nice respite from visiting on Zoom! 

Last year, I chose the word “Resilient” as my word for the year. I outlined this in my “Saying Farewell to 2020: My Year in Review” blog post.” I wrote in part:

“So, I have decided that RESILIENT/RESILIENCE will be my word for 2021. I will be honest in saying I have no idea what 2021 will bring. However, as I prepare for the new year, I do have hope and faith and I look forward to new possibilities!”

As it turns out, resilience was a perfect word for me for 2021. Choosing a word for 2022 was more difficult. 

Hello 2022!

After much deliberation, I have selected RESET as my word for 2022. 

The definition of “reset” according to Dictionary.com is:

“verb (used with object), re·set, re·set·ting.

to set again:

to set, adjust, or fix in a new or different way”

I chose this word after coming across a blog post from 2018, “12 Simple Ways to Hit the Reset Button on Life.”  This article has a number of excellent suggestions I hope to implement in the coming year.

I will be honest in saying I have no idea what 2022 will bring. However, as I prepare for the new year, I am leaving all the baggage of 2021 in the rear view mirror. Onward!

Changes are planned for this blog, my LisaAlzo and ResearchWriteConnect websites, and my work as a creative. I don’t know what the road ahead will bring, but I continue to have hope and faith and I look forward to whatever possibilities come my way.

I would like to extend a special thank you to my readers for your continued support in 2021. 

I wish you health, happiness, and better days in 2022!

Copyright 2021, Lisa A. Alzo, All Rights Reserved

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Education for You in 2022 – Save 50% Now on Genealogy & Writing Courses

If  improving your genealogy and/or writing skills is on your list of educational goals for the coming year, then check out the Black Friday Sale at Research Write Connect!

Whether you are a beginner who wants to explore family history, understand DNA testing and specific record sets, or an experienced researcher hoping to write your family history, or memoir, then take advantage of our Black Friday Sale and save 50% on all classes and 1:1 Coaching services at Research, Write, Connect through Tuesday, 30 November 2021!  (Note: Offer is not valid on past purchases).

All courses are self-paced with no set start or end dates so you can begin at a date and time that suits your schedule! These are the lowest prices of the year on our courses/coaching so you don’t want to miss out on this deal!

Use promo code THANKS50 at checkout to claim your 50% savings!

Offer good until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 30 November 2021.

Learn more about these courses by clicking the links below.

Genealogy Courses

  • The ABCs of DNA (with Regina Negrycz), regularly priced at $87.00 USD, now just $43.50 USD – click HERE to purchase!

Writing  Courses

Coaching Services
 
Save 50% on purchase of a one-hour writing coaching package with professional writer and instructor, Lisa A. Alzo, regularly priced at $120 USD per hour, now just $60.00 USD – Click HERE to purchase! 
 
View the Research, Write, Connect Store for more information.
 
Offer expires 30 November 2021
 
Copyright 2021, Lisa A. Alzo
Research, Write, Connect
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Fall Virtual Appearances by The Accidental Genealogist

Fall is my favorite time of year and it looks like it will be one of the busiest in terms of online seminars and webinars.  Here is a quick list of my upcoming virtual appearances.

September

18th – Jacksonville Genealogical Society (Webinar) “No Easy Button: Using Immersion Genealogy to Understand Your Ancestors – 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. [WEBINAR COMPLETED]

21st – Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society (Webinar) “Telling the Stories of Your Female Immigrant Ancestors – 6:30 – 8:30 pm Pacific Time. Click here for more information.

25th – Host for webinar “Slovak Soul: The spiritual journey of the small nation with the big heart” (Webinar) presented by Renata Calfa – 11:00 a.m. Eastern time ($9.95 registration fee). Note: I will be participating behind the scenes as the host. For more information go to Alzo Creative. 

October

2 – Anchorage Genealogical Society Fall Seminar 2021. I will be the featured speaker giving four presentations: “10 Ways to Jump Start Your Eastern European Research”; “Immigrant Cluster Communities: Past, Present, and Future”; “Make Those Skeletons Dance”; “Show Don’t Tell: Creative Non-Fiction Writing for Genealogists” – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. AKDTClick here for registration details.

11- 16 – The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International 2021 Virtual Conference. I will be presenting three sessions “Researching European Archives from Your Easy Chair”; “Jumping over Hurdles in Eastern European Research”; and “Creating a Family History Legacy Project: Your Blueprint for Success” and co-presenting one session “Slovak Strong: Tales of Everyday Life during War, Illnesses, and Political/Social Change” (with Renata Calfa). Click here for registration details. 

19 – Wisconsin State Genealogical Society (Webinar) “No More Excuses: Ten Tips to Finally Write that Family History” 7:00 p.m. Central (8:00 p.m. Eastern). Click here for more information. 

23  Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast 2021 Polish Genealogy Conference. I will be presenting one session on “Silent Voices: Telling the Stories of Your Female Immigrant Ancestors” Click here for registration details.

30 – Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast 2021 Polish Genealogy Conference. I will be presenting one session “Cause of Death: Dissecting Coroner’s Records for Genealogical Research” – 9:45 a.m. Eastern time. Click here for registration details.

November

16 – National Institute for Genealogical Studies Eastern European Research Virtual Meeting (chat) 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. Click here for details.

Hope to “see” you at one or more of these events!



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