Jan 31

Online Sources from the NH State Archives

As a twenty-seven year resident of the state of Georgia, and as a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer, it’s been several years since I’ve had (or made time) to work on my family. This week, I’ve changed that and have been attending the Advanced New England track at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). This is the first year that I have attended SLIG and surely hope that it will not be the last time.

A couple of years ago, I visited the website of the New Hampshire State Archives and must stay that I was not particularly impressed. When trying to answer one of the questions concerning my New England ancestors this week (“Did Stephen Woodward who was in Plaistow, NH, as early as 1757 serve during the Revolutionary War?”). During a consultation with David Dearborn of NEGHS, one of our instructors this week, he suggested that I look at the NH State Papers. I have several volumes in my personal library and had planned to look at the volumes in the book collection on the third floor of the Family History Library while I’m here in Salt Lake. Learning that the entire collection as well as a compiled index to the collection is online. Hot Dog!

So if you have New Hampshire archives you’ll love the online State Papers. Each volume is available in PDF format which you may browse online or download the PDF file. Many of those have been “OCR’ed” which allows searching within the volume but at least one volume (shucks, I didn’t make a note of that specific volume) was apparently stitched into a PDF file from digital images and searching within the volume is not possible.

Another nice feature of the New Hampshire State Archives website is the collection of “Archives Guides,” PDF files, that are organized alphabetically with distinct PDF files for each letter of the alphabet.

From the home page select “Publications & Collections” to access the digitized collections of “Guide to Archives,” “Civil War Records, ” “the New Hampshire State Papers, “1850 Constitutional Convention Journal,” and “Seal and Flag of the State of New Hampshire.”

© Linda Woodward Geiger. All Rights Reserved

 

Jan 30

The Ancestry Insider

Have you meet the Ancestry Insider? I saw quite a lot of him last week at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy of Genealogy (SLIG) and expect that he be present and very active at RootsTech later this week. If you’ve not met him in person, I’m sure you’re aware of his blog: The Ancestry Insider: The unofficial, unauthorized view of Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. As indicated in the header of his blog he “reports on, defends, and constructively criticizes these two website and associated topics.” I believe his does that very well and really enjoy reading his posts to learn about such topics as missing census records, what’s new at FamilySearch.

I found his post “FamilySearch Data Centers and Second Vault” very interesting

His topics are varied and I can’t imagine a genealogist who wouldn’t enjoy following the Ancestry Insider.

Confession: since I love lighthouses so was excited to see his post (admitted some time ago) called “Serendipity in Genealogy: The Lighthouse.”

© Linda Woodward Geiger. All Rights Reserved.

 

Jan 30

Preparing for RootsTech 2012

RootsTech 2012 begins on Thursday, February 2, only four short days away. Are you ready? As with any event, or research trip, we all reap the rewards of being well prepared. We are fortunate in that the RootsTech team have supplied many tools to assist us in our preparation.

Did you know that you can obtain a free app for RootsTech for your smart phone, iPad or tablet? It is really a helpful app providing users the ability to

  • construct ones personal schedule by bookmarking any events and/or custom items
  • view maps to help navigate the Salt Palace and the exhibit hall
  • check all events or checkout events by developer or user
  • learn about the speakers
  • view documents about the “Demo Theater” schedule, general information, keynotes, and unconferencing
  • view the photo gallery
  • view videos
  • learn the latest news about the conference
  • Prepare your profile to share
  • Find friends

Lately we have been seeing new additions to the RootsTech website that are appearing this week. The downloads page contains

  • Session Syllabi
  • Conference Guide
  • Expo Hall Map
  • Link to the mobile apps

Hope to see you at the Salt Palace for RootsTech 2012.

Jan 28

RootsTech Will Broadcast Select Session Free Online

RootsTech Press Release

SALT LAKE CITY—RootsTech, a leading family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 2-4, 2012, announced today that fourteen of its popular sessions will be broadcasted live and complimentary over the Internet. The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend worldwide a sample of this year’s conference content. Interested viewers can watch the live presentations at RootsTech.org. The second-year conference has attracted over 3,000 registered attendees.

The free online sessions include the keynote speakers and a sampling of technology and family history presentations. Following are the fourteen broadcasted sessions and speakers. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST):

Thursday, February 2

  • 8:30-10:00 am, Inventing the Future, as a Community(Keynote Address) by Jay L. Verkler
  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Do I Trust the Cloud? by D. Joshua Taylor
  • 1:45-2:45 pm, Effective Database Search Tactics by Kory Meyerink
  • 3:00-4:00 pm, Twitter – It’s Not Just “What I Had for Breakfast” Anymore by Thomas MacEntee
  • 4:15-5:15 pm, Eleven Layers of Online Searches by Barbara Renick

Friday, February 3

  • 8:30-9:30 am, Exabyte Social Clouds and Other Monstrosities (Keynote Address) by Josh Coates
  • 9:45-10:45 am, Publish Your Genealogy Online by Laura G. Prescott
  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Optimize Your Site for Search Engines by Robert Gardner
  • 1:45-2:45 pm, Genealogists “Go Mobile” by Sandra Crowly
  • 3:00-4:00 pm, Google’s Toolbar and Genealogy by Dave Barney

Saturday, February 4

  • 8:30-9:30 am, Making the Most of Technology to Further the Family History Industry (Keynote Address) by Tim Sullivan and Ancestry.com Panel
  • 9:45-10:45 am Genealogy Podcasts and Blogs 101 by Lisa Louise Cooke
  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Future of FamilySearch Family Tree by Ron Tanner
  • 1:45-2:45 pm, Privacy in a Collaborative Environment by Noah Tatuk
About RootsTech

RootsTech is a new conference designed to bring technologists together with genealogists to learn from each other and find solutions to the challenges faced in family history research today. The conference’s activities and offerings are focused on content that will help genealogists and family historians discover exciting new research tools while enabling technology creators to learn the latest development techniques from industry leaders and pioneers.

Jan 28

NGS Announces Voices of Genealogy Video Series

NGS Press Release:  27 January 2012

*National Genealogical Society Announces Voices of Genealogy Video Series*  arlington, va, 27 january 2012:

The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of publication of the *National Genealogical Society Quarterly*. To celebrate this anniversary and to honor the history of the *Quarterly*, NGS Video Productions has created a historical archive of some of the most appreciated genealogists of our time called *Voices of Genealogy*.

In the coming year, NGS members can look forward to exclusive interviews with leading scholars in the field of genealogy. These are somewhat more extended pieces than those in our earlier *Paths to Your Past* video series. They are reflective, inspiring, and informative. They describe the history of our discipline in the twentieth century as well as the stories of our subjects.  Beautifully filmed and produced by award winning filmmakers Kate Geis and Allen Moore, these video portraits capture for posterity the irreplaceable legacy of genealogists who have greatly impacted scholarship in genealogy.

The first episodes with George Ely Russell, CG, FASG, FNGS, are currently available to all NGS members on the NGS website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.  George was the editor of the *NGSQ* from 1971-1986. Interviewed at his home in Maryland by Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG, current co-editor of the *NGSQ*, George reflects on the value he finds in genealogical research, how he started as a researcher, his work as editor of the *Quarterly*, and his activities today.

To view the George Ely Russell video visit http://www.ngsgenealogy.org,select the Members Only tab, log into your account, and click the Videos link in the menu on the left of your screen.

More information about the interviews is available in the January-February-March issue of the *NGS Magazine*. As always, we welcome your comments on the videos. Please contact the executive producer, Arlene V. Jennings, at arlenevj@earthlink.net. Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society<http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/home>is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, VA-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.

 

Jan 26

Civil War Records & African Americans – 13 Feb 2012

 

The Friends of the National Archives-Southeast Region, Inc., are please to present

Using Civil War Records to Research African American Ancestors

Description: Discover the role African American soldiers played in the U. S. Civil War, and what can be learned from records about their military service

 

Presenter: Michael Hait, CG

Michael Hait, Certified Genealogist, is professional genealogist living in the Delaware / Maryland area with over ten years of research experience on families from Connecticut to South Carolina to Tennessee. He is, also, a published genealogical author and lecturer.

His specialties include Maryland genealogy, Delaware genealogy, Civil War research, and African-American genealogy. I have done extensive research on slave families in Maryland, and the U. S. Colored Troops during the Civil War.

He currently serves as the Vice-President of the National Capital Area (Washington, D. C.) chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and Coordinator of the Resource Library for Lowcountry Africana.

Monday, 13 February 2012
7:00 pm Eastern
6:00 pm Central
5:00 pm Mountain
4:00 pm Pacific

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/225254326

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. You will use your unique URL in your confirmation email to logon to the live broadcast on the 13th of February.

 

 

Jan 25

Wordless Wednesday

From the Plaza in Salt Lake

 

 

© Linda Woodward Geiger. All Rights Reserved

 

Jan 17

Tombstone Tuesday: Catholic Cemetery, Savannah

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.

 

Jan 07

NGS 2013 to be held at Las Vegas – Call for Papers

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:

  • speaker’s full name, address, telephone, and e-mail address
  • speaker’s NGS membership status and member number
  • lecture title, not to exceed fourteen words, and a brief but comprehensive outline
  • short summary of the lecture—not to exceed twenty-five words—to be used in the program, if selected
  • identification of the audience level
  • brief speaker biography, not to exceed twenty-five words
  • lecture outline
  • résumé of recent lectures the speaker has given (Speakers who have not lectured previously at a regional or national conference are encouraged to submit an audio or video tape of a recent lecture.)

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.

Dec 27

Free Webinar: Introduction to the 1940 Federal Census

Join us for a Free Webinar

Space is limited
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/874267494

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.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

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