Tuesday, September 26, 2017

RootsTech 2018 Registration is Open!


Registration for the most popular genealogy conference is now open. Early bird pricing of $169 for a full conference pass is available until October 13, at which time the price goes up to $279. The conference will be held from February 28 to March 3, 2018, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Four nearby hotels are offering special discounted conference pricing for out of town visitors. See the list and prices at their Hotels Near RootsTech webpage.

If you have never been to RootsTech, and don't know if it's worth it, visit their blog post 8 Reasons to Attend RootsTech 2018 to see what you've been missing. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Bridging Generations–October 21, 2017 Family History Conference in Tempe

Registration begins soon for the FREE Family History Conference sponsored by the Mesa FamilySearch Library. We received the following press release from them:
ANNOUNCING THE 2017 Family History Conference sponsored by the Mesa FamilySearch Library on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the Tempe Institute of Religion on the ASU Campus, 1000 South McAllister Avenue in Tempe, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.
This year’s conference will feature a keynote address by Lisa McBride of FamilySearch, an Accredited Genealogist, who works with area family history centers and serves on the FamilySearch Wiki Governance Council.
Our theme is “Bridging Generations” and provides a wide variety of over 50 class choices for all types of learners, from beginners to the most advanced genealogists.  Come and learn how to be more effective and efficient when doing your research.  Learn to trace your roots with DNA.  Learn to find and document your sources.  Get specific information on various ways to research in specific states and countries.  If you are new to family history, come learn the basics.  Some of the most popular classes are repeated in an effort to accommodate everyone.   Spend all day or come for a single class or two; you may attend a maximum of five classes.
Detailed conference information will become available and registration will begin online at www.mesafsl.org on Thursday, September 21, 2017.  At the time of registration, registrants will be given the opportunity to purchase lunch from Jason’s Deli.  Otherwise, the conference is FREE.  Parking is also free and convenient but registrants are reminded that cars are parked in a public facility and are urged to be cautious with their valuables. See you in October! 
In the past, you were required to select the specific classes you plan to attend during the registration. Seats for each class is limited and registration closes for that class when it is full. This conference usually fills up very quickly so don't delay in reserving seats for the classes you really wish to attend.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Clooz and Findmypast–September 16, 2017

The September PCGS meeting promises to be entertaining and educational, as usual.

First up will be Jodi Lynn Strait presenting Do You Have Any Clooz? Clooz is a software program that helps you manage and organize your source documents and provides unique analysis tools. The program works with any filing system. Jodi will show us how she uses it with her research.

Jodi has been doing genealogical research for over 20 years. She has been a PCGS member since it was founded in 2012 and currently serves as our 2nd Vice President, editor of the PCGS Researcher, and sits on the program and social media committees. She is also a member of the National Genealogy Society (NGS), the Chinkchewunska (NJ) chapter of the D.A.R., is a certificate holder of the Boston University Genealogical Research Program, and has completed the NGS home study course.

Ken Castle will follow the class with his presentation: Findmypast Website. In addition to having the largest collection of Irish records anywhere online, Findmypast has exclusive records including British newspaper archives, passenger lists of ships leaving the UK, British army records, workhouse registers, and Irish court records. Ken will give us tips on how to maximize the resources found on Findmypast in your research.

Ken is an optical engineer, and president and co-owner of an optics company called Ruda-Cardinal, Inc. He has been in this line of work for 32 years, and has found it to be an enjoyable profession, with the opportunity to work on many varied projects. his interest in genealogy began around 1999, when his father passed away. Records his mother had created (she had passed in 1989), were passed to him, and he became intrigued because there were some names on the pedigree chart that he had no knowledge of, and wondered who these people were. So, for the last 17 years, he has been checking her accuracy (it was very good!), and then as the "bug" had bit, extending the family tree even further. He has identified two English lines (CASTLE and RODEN) who came separately to this country in the mid-1800s, but later found each other in 1889 in New Jersey. He has identified all 16 of his 3 x great-grandparents, and 80% of his 4 x great-grandparents. He serves on the PCGS Steering Committee and is responsible for setting up library presenters for October Family History Month.

Non-members are welcome to attend up to two of our meetings as a guest.

Handouts will be available to PCGS members under Secure Download in the Members Only section of our website : https://azpimagensoc.org/.


DATE: 

Saturday, September 16, 2017
TIME: 
1:00pm – 3:00pm
PLACE:
Banner-University Medical Center
Duval Auditorium (Room 2600)
1501 N. Campbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ


Parking is free

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Provide Aide to Harvey Victims and Get a Day of Genealogy Education–September 23, 2017

The Humble Area Genealogical Society (THAGS) is hosting an eConference and donating proceeds to Hurricane Harvey relief.


THAGS eConference: Back to Research
SATURDAY, 23 SEPTEMBER 2017 FROM 8:30AM - 4PM CDT

Registration costs $15 and you can watch the live webinar presentations or see the replay on your own schedule for up to 30 days after the eConference. During the eConference you’ll be able to ask questions through the webinar program’s chat features. After these four hours of instructions, the speakers will convene for a final panel discussion to answer questions not finished during the webinars or any additional questions you have.

It will be a great day of education and entertainment.

Participate and Provide Relief

Members of The Humble Area Genealogical Society had the flood waters from Hurricane Harvey damage or destroy their homes. Proceeds from the conference was originally going to be used to help the chapter's preservation efforts. However, their board feels the funds donated will best serve the community by helping the impacted society members recover.

As such, this eConference will give 50% of each registration to the relief of those members.

HOW TO REGISTER:

Go to the conference page on their website http://www.humblegen.org/conference and click on the "Register Now" button.

TOPICS:

Desperately Seeking Susan: Finding Female Ancestors - Amy Johnson Crow
How do you find female ancestors when they lived in a world where most of the records were written by and about men? Explore sources and strategies to help you fill in the female half of the family tree.

Which Charles is Which? Separating Same Name Individuals - Melissa Finlay
Some individuals with similar names have been combined, crossed and muddled over time. Learn how to differentiate between same-named people using a composite of time, place, family members, occupation and other unique identifiers.

Using FamilySearch More Effectively - Devon Noel Lee
FamilySearch.org has billions of names in the family tree and millions of records for genealogical research. This class discusses how to use this collaborative tree more effectively using indexed and unindexed records and leaving a trail of your research decisions along the way.

Bankruptcy to Equity: Using Federal Court Records - Michael L. Strauss
Was Grandma a bootlegger? Did Grandpa pay his taxes? Records of the Federal courts are among the National Archives’ largest holdings-and yet some of the least used records. Open a new chapter of your family history and discover little-known branches in your family tree as the records of the Federal Court system are discussed in detail.

Visit their website at http://www.humblegen.org/conference for more details and to register.
 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

FREE United States and Canada Research Seminar, October 16-20, 2017

Registration is open for the upcoming week long United States and Canada Research Seminar hosted by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City on October 16-20, 2017. The seminar will be streamed online for free for those who cannot attend in person. The seminar will cover a range of topics from Border Crossings to Vital Records in both the U.S. and Canada. The classes are for beginning and intermediate genealogists interested in learning about records of U.S. and Canada localities and the Family History Library collections.

Registration is required to attend in person or online. Class descriptions, handouts, and registration is available at the FamilySearch Wiki here at this URL:    https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Family_History_Library_Classes_and_Webinars. Below is a schedule of classes (all times are in MDT, Arizona is one hour earlier):


TIME
Monday,
16 October
Tuesday,
17 October
Wednesday,
18 October
Thursday,
19 October
Friday,
20 October
9:00-10:00 AM MDT
FamilySearch Catalog
FamilySearch Wiki
FamilySearch Historical Records Collection
FamilySearch Memories
Freedman Bureau Records
10:15-11:15 AM MDT
Canada Research: Canada Census Records
Canada Research: Canada Vital Records
Canada Research: Quebec Research
Canada Research: Ontario Research
Immigration and Canadian Border Crossings
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM MDT
Are You Your Own Brick Wall: Common Genealogical Mistakes and Their Solutions
Descendancy Research
A United States Case Study
The Research Process
Ask Your United States and Canada Research Question
1:15-2:15 PM MDT
United States Vital Records
Census Techniques/Strategies
United States Land Records
Genetic Genealogy: An Introduction to DNA
Canada Research: Canada Military
2:30-3:30 PM MDT
United States Naturalization Records
United States Probate Records
Great Internet Sites for United States Research
Using LDS Church Records
Over There: World War I Over Here

Friday, September 1, 2017

Free Family History Library Classes & Webinars, September 2017

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In addition to the Nordic Family History Conference from 11-15 September, 2017 (see this blog post), the Family History Library is offering 18 beginner and intermediate webinars and classes in the month of September 2017.

The Nordic Family History Conference classes require registration to attend. In order to attend any of the other classes, webinar attendees need to open the September 2017 Family History Library Class Calendar and click the link next to the class title at the scheduled date and time to attend the class online.

Below is September's schedule which includes the Nordic Family History Conference classes. All times are in MDT (Arizona is one hour earlier).



DATE / TIME
CLASS
Sat
2 Sep
1:00 pm
Investigación genealógica de Perú (Beginner)
Tue
5 Sep
10:00 am
Family Tree Next Step: Attaching Sources in Family Tree (Beginner)
Tue
5 Sep
11:00 am
Using Digital Libraries to Find Your German Ancestor (Intermediate)
Tue
5 Sep
1:00 pm
British Case Study (Beginner)
Wed
6 Sep
10:00 am
French Language Indexing (Intermediate) (1½ hours)
Wed
6 Sep
12:00 pm
Ask Your United States Research Question (Beginner)
Thur
7 Sep
11:00 am
Helpful Websites for Finding Your German Ancestor (Beginner)
Mon
11 Sep
9:00 am
2017 Is the Year of Nordic Records! Learn What’s Coming (Beginner)
Mon
11 Sep
10:15 am
The Who, What, Where, Why, and How of Nordic Records on FamilySearch (Beginner)
Mon
11 Sep
1:15 pm
Exploring European Feast-Day Calendars (Intermediate)
Mon
11 Sep
2:30 pm
Scandinavian-American Resources (Intermediate)
Tue
12 Sep
9:00 am
What’s New in the Swedish ArkivDigital (Intermediate)
Tue
12 Sep
10:15 am
Name Searchable Databases in Swedish ArkivDigital (Intermediate)
Tue
12 Sep
11:00 am
Submitting Names for Temple Ordinances (Intermediate)
Tue
12 Sep
1:15 pm
Swedish Naming Customs (Intermediate)
Tue
12 Sep
2:30 pm
Military Records in the Swedish ArkivDigital (Intermediate)
Wed
13 Sep
9:00 am
Probate Laws and Records for Swedish Genealogy (Intermediate)
Wed
13 Sep
10:15 am
Databases for Swedish Genealogy (Intermediate)
Wed
13 Sep
1:15 pm
Introduction to Icelandic Church and Census Records (Beginner)
Wed
13 Sep
2:30 pm
Finnish Immigration and Methodology: How to Tackle Finnish Challenges (Intermediate)
Thur
14 Sep
9:00 am
Norwegian Church Records (Beginner)
Thur
14 Sep
10:15 am
Norway: We’re Getting Married! Traditions and Records (Beginner)
Thur
14 Sep
1:15 pm
Lensrekneskapsbøker in Norway (Intermediate)
Thur
14 Sep
2:30 pm
Norwegian Migration and Immigration (Beginner)
Fri
15 Sep
9:00 am
Danish Estates (Intermediate)
Fri
15 Sep
10:30 am
Little Used Records on Arkivalieronline (Intermediate)
Fri
15 Sep
1:15 pm
Danish Tax Records (Beginner)
Fri
15 Sep
2:30 pm
Research in Copenhagen (Beginner)
Sat
16 Sep
1:00 pm
¿Qué, cuándo, y dónde? Los inicios de la investigación italiana (Intermediate)
Mon
18 Sep
10:00 am
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Tue
19 Sep
11:00 am
Starting Family Tree: Research Help and Searching Records (Beginner)
Wed
20 Sep
10:00 am
Spanish Language Indexing (Intermediate) (1½ hours)
Thur
21 Sep
1:00 pm
Scots-Irish Research (Beginner)
Mon
25 Sep
10:00 am
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Wed
27 Sep
10:00 am
Portuguese Language Indexing (Intermediate) (1½ hours)
Thur
28 Sep
11:00 am
Finding Original Records: The Real Game of Hide and Seek (Beginner)
Thur
28 Sep
1:00 am
Tracing Early LDS Church Convert Ancestry in England (Beginner)
Fri
29 Sep
1:00 pm
Your British/Irish Research Questions Answered (Beginner)

If you are unable to attend a class at the time scheduled, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience. To access the recordings, visit the Family History Library Classes and Webinars webpage and scroll down to Past Webinars & Handouts section.