RootsTech 2021 to Gardening Florida Style

It has been a gorgeous weekend here in Florida. As I write this, it is 10:00 am EST and 75 degrees outside. I spent the earlier part of the morning on the porch with coffee, my mom, and my dog. The breeze was blowing and the birds were singing their tunes.
 
Mom and I both started cleaning up a bit outside, clearing out weeds and dead brush. It was great being in the fresh air and moving the body! I repotted and planted some of the hardier plants and had to refrain from doing any more. Our last frost date isn’t until March 15 so I am wary about putting out anything more. Although, this weather makes it seem like Spring has sprung!
 
This weekend was the RootsTech 2021 conference. RootsTech by FamilySearch is an annual family history/genealogy and technology event held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. This year, it went virtual! And, free! That means that I could join and join I did.
 
I took a personal day Friday to attend. I was able to join lectures and add on-demand items to my playlist. There are classes in several different languages, even sign language.
I watched live presentations and learned all kinds of tips and tricks. Interacting with others who share my passion was an awesome experience. Keeping on top of the ever-growing technology is constant. This conference is the best at helping you do that. The things I learned will definitely help me with my research, for myself, and for others.
 
Another cool feature of the RootsTech 2021 event is called RootsTech Connect. If you upload your tree to Family Search (A service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.© 2015 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved), you could see how many cousins of yours were attending all over the world. To date, I have 7,143! Wow! You can even search for people you know who are attending to see if you are related to them. I had several with who I Instagram, Tweet, or FaceBook through my family history pages. It is amazing!
 
Having this three-day weekend has been wonderful at keeping me in touch with my two loves. From the outside trees (gardening) to the inside trees (family history). It is good for my soul and great for mental health.
 
Don’t forget, I now offer Family History Packages to help you with your family history. Whether you want a little help to do your own research or need someone else to research for you. I can assist. There are packages for everyone. If you cannot find one that suits your needs, email me, and let’s come up with a package custom-made for you.
Thanks for reading!

 

Marlee L. Logan

Your Family Tree Research Specialist

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Family Tree UK

Hello followers! It has been many months since I have written. I could blame it on the virus, and I will. It did start because of Covid-19. When the students from my school were sent home in March, I had additional admin duties. Yes, I was blessed because I was considered “essential” and was able to work many hours from home, but I was swamped.  

Being home, I spent a lot of time in my yard and garden in between having to be on the computer. I started concentrating on the garden as it reduced my stress level. I have blogged about this before; gardening helps you forget the world’s problems and be in the moment. If you want to follow my trials and tribulations with my “yarden”, follow me at @marleesyardening on Instagram.  

I also wrote an article for Family Tree (U.K.), and it was published this month. You can read it here (although it looks much better in the magazine itself!)  My Wolcott Family, I hope you enjoy it. You can also follow my Loganalogy posts at @Loganealogy on Instagram or @Loganealogy on Facebook.

Recently, I was able to help my cousin’s wife’s family with her mother’s history. Here is their story. 

“Both my mom and my Aunt have been trying to replace their U.S. naturalization papers for years. After 9/11, they haven’t been able to renew their driver’s licenses, which means they can’t write a check, travel anywhere, etc. The problem has been the lack of documentation of their immigration from Latvia to the U.S. in 1949. Their names were missing from the ship’s manifest, the courthouse clerks I contacted told me they didn’t have a record of them, they weren’t listed at Ellis Island. It was like they didn’t exist. We consulted an immigration attorney, worked with Senator Bill Nelson’s office and spent countless hours on the phone with USCIS and the local USCIS field office. Aunt Roz was going through the same nightmare in California… she hired an immigration attorney, etc. Nothing.

A few weeks ago, we decided to ask Matt’s cousin Marlee, a genealogy consultant, for help. All we asked her to do was to verify the ship the family was on and what port they arrived. Last week, Marlee sent us 25 perfectly clear documents: scanned copies of the original immigration cards for my entire family, the amended ship manifest with their names on it, my grandparent’s work application, written notes about the camp in Germany they were in, and how they had to flee Latvia, even the list of items in my mom’s suitcase when she arrived. My Aunt and I were both in tears when we received it all. We are kicking ourselves for not seeking Marlee’s help sooner, but we are so thankful we finally did.”

I am happy to say that you’ll be hearing from me more often as I help others discover their roots and find connections, especially my own. If you know of anyone who would like help building their family tree, let me know.  

Until next time, 

Marlee