© Linda Woodward Geiger. All Rights Reserved
© Linda Woodward Geiger. All Rights Reserved
The two tombstones pictured here are locate in the Catholic Cemetery just outside of Savannah (Chatham County), Georgia. The cemetery is located on Wheaton Street, not far from the intersection with Skidaway Road. I last visited the lovely cemetery in 2005 when I was helping Pat Jones gather data for her book (which turned into two volumes), Across the Ocean of Promise: The Irish in Georgia. We abstracted data from each tombstone indicating an individual had been born in Ireland.
© Linda Woodward Geiger. All rights reserved.
NGS News Release
Arlington, VA, 6 January 2012: The National Genealogical Society announces the Call for Papers for the 2013 Family History Conference, Building New Bridges, to be held 8–11 May 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The deadline for submitting proposals is 1 April 2012.
The Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, dedicated in 2010, spans the Colorado River on Native American land in Nevada and Arizona. It symbolically connects the two men it honors as it physically connects the Las Vegas Valley to Route 66 and embodies the West as a placeless, timeless “bridge” where disparate cultures, nations, and technologies connect. The bridge augments the iconic Hoover Dam, which, upon its 1935 dedication, opened the arid Southwest to massive urban and agricultural growth by harnessing the water and power of the Colorado River. We seek lectures that “bridge” perceived divisions: the East and the West; racial and ethnic groups; rural and urban places; traditional and non-traditional families; academia and genealogy; state, local, and national borders; public and private archives; longitudinal studies over multiple time periods, or the effect of war, weather, or technology on the lives of our ancestors.
We also welcome topics on methodology; problem solving; evidence analysis; state, local, and federal records; family history writing; and technological innovation.
Most sessions will be one hour. Syllabus materials in PDF format are required for each lecture or workshop and are due 15 February 2013.
Proposals should be submitted electronically through the NGS website and should include the following information:
To submit a speaker proposal visit:http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conferences_events/call_for_papers/submit_your_proposals.
Speakers are expected to use an electronic presentation program and provide their own digital projectors. NGS will provide the VGA cable, cart, power strip, and projector support.
Individuals may submit up to eight proposals. NGS members will be given first consideration.
NGS speakers are selected by the conference committee from submitted lecture proposals. NGS speakers selected in this manner receive one complimentary full-conference registration no matter the number of lectures they deliver. However, honoraria, per diem, and travel allowance and hotel accommodation are awarded by NGS based on the number of lectures given. See the Speaker Compensation table athttp://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conferences_events/call_for_papers/ngs_2013_conference_speaker_compensation_details.
Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture or track of lectures at the NGS 2013 Family History Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, should review the details and sponsor requirements athttp://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conferences_events/call_for_papers/sponsored_lectures. The deadline to submit sponsored lectures is also 1 April 2012.
Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit the NGS Pressroom at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/pressroom for further information.
Space is limited
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Constance Potter, a reference archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC, specializes in federal records of interest to genealogists. She has a particular interest in, and affection for, federal census records. Potter has worked on the openings of the 1920, 1930, and, now, the 1940 census.
Title: Introduction to the 1940 Federal Census
Date: Monday, January 9, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
The first-ever Genealogy Idol competition will take place during theRootsTech conference on Thursday, February 2, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Anyone can participate regardless of where they live or whether they attend the conference.
Four contestants (2 live at the conference and 2 online) will compete (apply below to be a contestant). In the three rounds of competition, contestants will demonstrate their gen-tech expertise and try to woo you with their favorite gen-tech secrets. Everyone will learn – but only one will leave with the title of “RootsTech Genealogy Idol 2012.” Legacy Family Tree’s Geoff Rasmussen will host the competition which will be broadcast to a live webinar audience who will cast their votes to determine the winner.
First prize will receive a free Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner and the title of RootsTech Genealogy Idol 2012.
Apply to be one of the four contestants
If you would like to be one of the four contestants, fill out the application form and email to Geoff Rasmussen no later than January 2, 2012. Four finalists (2 live at the conference and 2 online) will be chosen and notified by January 10, 2012.
Register (free) to attend the broadcast (webinar) and to cast your votes for the winner
Whether you live in Australia, Canada, Germany, or America (or anywhere else in the world) you can watch the competition live. Your votes, which will also be cast live, will determine the winner. To participate, you need to register (free). Click here to register. All you need is a computer with higher-speed Internet and speakers. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live event with the link to join.
How it will work (if all goes well)
This is going to really stretch the limits of our technology, but doesn’t it sound fun?! And who knows, you might just learn a tip or two. Hope to see you there in person or online!
Speakers for the 2012 Series include many distinguished professional genealogists and family history lecturers.
Sessions are held on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month. The first 2012 webinar on Saturday, January 7, 2012, will be led by Linda Geiger, CG, CGL. Linda’s presentation is “Me and My Laptop: Getting the Most out of your Laptop while Researching Onsite.” Linda will share tips for making onsite research more efficient and productive using DropBox (or similar cloud) in conjunction with spreadsheets, word processing programs, genealogy software, and more.
The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) launched its Jamboree Extension Series (JES) webinars in March 2011. SCGS was the first genealogical society to offer regularly scheduled webinar sessions. The series was developed to fulfill the Society’s mission “to foster interest in family history and genealogy, preserve genealogical materials, and provide instruction in accepted and effective research techniques.”
Webinars help extend awareness of SCGS and Jamboree around the world. In 2011, the webinar series reached genealogists from 48 US states and 7 Canadian provinces, as well as England, Wales, Ireland, France, United Kingdom, Algeria, Uganda, Australia, New Zealand and Israel.
The live webcast is offered free of charge and open to the public. “We offer these webinars as part of our educational mission,” said SCGS president Heidi Ziegler, “but are always grateful for contributions to offset our costs.” Donations can be made by PayPal, through the SCGS website or by check.
SCGS members are able to review archived sessions at any time by accessing the SCGS members-only section of this website.
To join a webinar, most participants attend via computer with audio speakers or a headset. Those with a fast Internet connection (either broadband or DSL) will have the most satisfactory experience. It is possible to phone in to listen to the presentation. Long-distance charges may apply.
Jamboree Extension Series presentations will be scheduled on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month. Saturday sessions will be held at 10am Pacific time / 1pm Eastern time; Wednesday sessions will be scheduled at 6pm Pacific time / 9pm Eastern time.
Full details and registration information for each session can be found on the SCGS website at www.scgsgenealogy.com.
Yesterday Randy Seavers posted “My Rooted Technology” – a meme about using technology in genealogy, so I decided to join in the fun in preparation for RootsTech 2012.
My Rooted Technology
Thank you, thank you, for making sure that I got to the 1st RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City last year!
Although it’s not easy, I’ve tried very hard to be a good genea-girl and historea-girl this year. Countless hours have been distributed to the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association, the Friends of the National Archives-Southeast Region, and the Georgia Genealogical Society.
My wish-list for this year is fairly short. Is it too much to ask for an iPad? That would make me so very happy. I’d also like some help finding what happened to my 5th great grandfather Stephen Woodward and his son Jesse (my 4th great grandfather). They were in Plaistow, NH by 1757 and that’s where my Jesse was born. Just a few hints, please, Genea-Santa!
Don’t forget any of my genea-brothers and genea-sisters when you are making your rounds. Stuff their stockings full of new hints to locate their elusive ancestors.
I’ll have special cookies and milk (or would you prefer chocolate-raspberry coffee?) for you on Christmas Eve and special flaxseed & oats for your genea-reindeer.
As posted on GeneaPress by Gena Philibert Ortega
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