One of the things I really wanted to do this summer was to get away from the computer and actually do some good old-fashioned genealogy. By that I mean, visit some cemeteries, libraries, repositories, write some letters/e-mails and order some vitals.
I've had some success so far in that I made it to a library not far from here where many ancestors of mine settled. I was able to go through their files, which were mostly indices. But even though I didn't come away with any new ancestors, dates, places or events, I did come away with file and certificate numbers for everything from vital to probate records. I plan on sending away for them before the year is out.
I also have been spending more time on RAOGK and have made three requests so far this summer. One (for an obituary in Florida) didn't pan out and I'm still waiting on the other two (one was for some tombstone photos in Michigan, another was for my great-grandfather's naturalization record in Ohio).
I've also started to really utilize my local FHC in recent months with some excellent results. I ordered some Italian films and was able to find much, including the names of my great-grandfather's parents and some more of his siblings. Surprisingly, I seem to be the most knowledgeable person there whenever I've gone in, even more so than the volunteers. Invariably I end up spending hours helping someone with Ancestry.com, the computers or microfilm. Since I'm not a member of the LDS Church I cannot volunteer there but I'd really love to...
I've also become obsessed with lineage societies this summer! Can't explain it but it has definitely gotten in my blood. I can't seem to be able to do anything without running over in my mind the sources I need to get, places to look for them, what might or might not be acceptable proof, people to contact, etc. The Mayflower Society and DAR are the two biggies I'm working on but there are a few smaller ones I'm working on as well.
Another thing I'm doing more is actually writing to government agencies for documents. For some reason I've always been wary of writing to the government about anything, which is irrational I know. At the top of my list of things to request are SS-5 forms (Social Security Applications). I have three grandparents and five great-grandparents who I know filed an application. Since it is nearly $30 per request, it will be awhile before I have all eight applications.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to make a request or two over at Books We Own...