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:

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:

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

Dec 22

Legacy Family Tree Announces “Genealogy Idol” Competition

Press Release

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Legacy Family Tree Announces “Genealogy Idol” Competition

 Attend the first-ever Genealogy Idol competition – from home or in person

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.

Click here for the application form and rules.

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)

  • Round 1: Technology Tips. Each contestant will demonstrate their favorite technology tip. The two contestants at the RootsTech conference will do this in the classroom – the live audience and the online audience will see it all. Then the online contestants will demonstrate their favorite tips – from their computers – and everyone will see it. After all contestants have concluded, the live webinar audience will vote for their favorite. The top three will move on to round 2.
  • Round 2: Genealogy Serendipity. Each contestant will share their favorite genealogy serendipity story. After all contestants have concluded, the live webinar audience will again vote for their favorite. The top two will move on to the final round.
  • Round 3: Genealogy/Technology Website/Blog. Each contestant will demonstrate their favorite genealogy/technology website/blog. The live webinar audience will vote for the winner, and will crown the inaugural RootsTech Genealogy Idol 2012 winner.

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!

Posted by geneabloggers at 4:16 PM [Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011]]

Dec 19

2012 Jamboree Extension Webinar Series

For Immediate Release December 18, 2011. (Burbank, CA) 
The Southern California Genealogical Society announces the return of the popular Jamboree Extension Webinar Series, which provides web-based family history and genealogy educational sessions for genealogists around the world.

Speakers for the 2012 Series include many distinguished professional genealogists and family history lecturers.

Drew Smith, George G. Morgan, Daniel Horowitz, Thomas MacEntee, Jana Broglin CG, Barry Ewell
Michael Brophy, Kerry Bartels, Ugo Perego, Denise Spurlock, Josh Taylor, Schelly Dardashti, Michael John Neill
Linda Geiger, Jean Wilcox Hibben, Lisa Louise Cooke, Rick Crume, Janet Hovorka, Gena Ortega, Lisa Alzo

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.

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