Thankful Thursday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.
Create a post that expresses gratitude for a person (past or present), resource, family history tool or anything connected to you or your and family history that has had a positive impact on your life. This prompt has been suggested by Carolyn Murphy of Family Tree Gal and has been in use by Mary Warren of Mary’s Musings for the past year.
I was very fortunate to stumble upon the Just Genealogy group in Second Life a few months ago. It was DearMyrtle that led me there with her free webinar on how to Get a Second Life. I never would have considered entering Second Life (hereinafter SL) until I saw her webinar, and it really piqued my curiousity. My only knowledge of Second Life before watching the webinar was from a CSI episode in which some SL resident was killing off people in RL (real life). Not really a great intro to SL unless you’re a wannabe stalker.
After watching the webinar, and spending an hour or so figuring out how to walk, sit down, stand up, and dress myself in SL, I started joining some of the genealogy based meetings. That led me to join the SL Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, got me involved in reviewing the FamilySearch.org Inferential Genealogy course, and now has me participating in a genealogy book club. The current book in the club is Val Greenwood’s “The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy.”
I am thankful for this book club in so many ways. For one, it is making me re-read the book with new eyes. I have had this book for a few years now, and but never have I spent so much time reading it in depth, making notes so that I can participate in the conversations during the book club. I have already come across a few gems that I know will help me with my research (if I ever find the time to sit down with my own research again – thus the name of this blog).
Rather than lead the discussion on every chapter herself, Clarise Beaumont (our Just Genealogy SL hostess) has requested volunteers to present a different chapter each week. This is helping me to get to know the other group members in SL, and also allowing for a different vantage point for each discussion. Everyone sees things a little differently, so it is great to experience the different presentation styles and ideas.
Although I cannot attend all of the book club meetings due to my work schedule (doesn’t RL get in the way of our genealogy only too frequently?), I look forward to participating in as many of the meetings as possible until we finish the book. To keep myself honest I’m going to read the chapters and prepare for the meetings just as I did for the last two, even if I can’t be there in SL. And maybe if I’m lucky there will be a week when I know I’ll be able to attend so that I can volunteer to be a presenter. It would be really neat to try my hand at presenting in SL, and I know from my RL teaching experience that presenting material is the best way to become proficient in it.
Why don’t you join us?! No presentations required.