Search This Blog

Loading...

Translate

Friday, April 24, 2015

FXGS lecture this weekend

This Saturday April 25th I am giving a presentation to the Fairfax Genealogical Society about raising children within the genealogy community.  If you don't know it yet, I am passionate about starting early with passing the torch of family history onto the next generation.  Through this presentation I am going to touch on a lot of ideas I have come up with for my own kids but also give some insights into things that I don't think a lot of people really consider with it comes to educating the youth in our lives about genealogy.

If you are interested in attending make sure you check out the FXGS website for details.

“Raising the Next Generation: Engaging and Instilling an Appreciation of Family History in Children”  (FxGS Education Class/Meeting)
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station 2148 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA 22027
Lecture Description: Kids, like adults, enjoy hearing interesting stories and like to learn why things are important.  Connecting their family history to the history in the books and engaging them in conversation is the key. Learn how to keep their attention after they ask you about your family.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NGS Social Media and Live Streaming

I like being busy.  Really, I do.  Yes, it can be stressing and overwhelming at times, but there is always a great sense of accomplishment when I get to check items off of the to-do lists.  Then I take a look at my calendar.  Wow, just over 2 weeks until I leave for NGS in St. Charles.  I had better get cracking on all the stuff I need to do in preparation!  All I can say is thank goodness for social media and online planners.

Below are 2 things that I think you out there in genealogy cyberspace need to know about especially if you can’t make it in person to the conference.  I think it is great that NGS is making it possible for those of you who are staying home to participate too. Check these out and see if you can make them work for you.

Don’t miss out on the live streaming sessions.  Hurry though, registration for these presentations ends on April 29th at midnight.  When you register you will also receive an electronic syllabus too.  Oh, and if you are an NGS member you get a discounted members price!  There are 2 tracks you can choose to stream.  Pick one of them or both of them whatever works in your schedule better.  Videos will be available to 90 days after the conference ends (August 16th!) so if something happens at the last minute and you can’t watch it live don’t worry.  Just come back when you can and jump on in!

Social media is always a big thing at these conferences.  Do you know the official hashtag to follow?  For the 2015 NGS conference it is #NGS2015GEN.  Follow it on your favorite social media outlets for live updates and ongoing conference information.

I will be live tweeting again as long as I have a signal.  It’s always so much fun to do that and to read what other people are thinking or saying.  Especially when you are in the same lecture!  Which means follow the conference and then follow me so you can see what I am up to plus my thoughts on lectures, the conference and what fun things I am doing in general.  If you are not already following my twitter account never fear.  Posts are also copied to my TNT Facebook Page as well. 

Let the countdown begin…


19 days to go!

Monday, April 6, 2015

NGS Releases Mobile Conference App for 2015 Family History Conference


ARLINGTON, VA, 6 APRIL 2015—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of the Mobile Conference App for the NGS 2015 Family History Conference, which will be held 13‒16 May 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri. To download the free NGS Conference App, go to Mobile App.

The NGS Conference App is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and web-enabled devices. Search your app store for NGS Family History Conferences.

New this year, we have introduced a multi-event NGS app. This allows attendees to download a single app and access all current and future NGS conferences by adding new events to this app.
Features include:
  • The Dashboard to keep you organized with up-to-the-minute information
  • About the NGS 2015 Family History Conference to keep all conference information in one place
  • Alerts of important real-time communications from NGS
  • Twitter feed to follow and join in on the conference chatter. The Twitter hashtag is #NGS2015GEN.
You also can
  • Sync your schedule across multiple devices
  • Locate exhibitors you plan to visit
  • Access a list of Local Places based on Category
  • Connect, message, and share schedules with your colleagues through the Friends feature
  • Link to syllabus material for each lecture, which will be available about 29 April 2015.

We encourage you to begin using the app now so you can plan and improve your conference experience in St. Charles.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Live streaming at NGS

Image courtesy of Ambro
at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
 
I looked at my calendar today.  First, what do you mean it’s April?  Seriously we are 4 months into the year already?! When did that happen?The second thing I realized is that it is just over a month until the NGS Conference in St. Charles, Missouri.  This blogger needs to start planning!

For those of you unable to attend this year have you checked out the listing of videos you can watch from home?  If not, you really should. There are a number of great speakers and fascinating topics being presented there.  You will need to register for the live streaming sessions though, so make sure you do that.  It would be a shame if you missed them!

On the program page, you can view all 164 lectures that are scheduled.  If you search for (LS) on this list in the search box the 10 live streamed lectures will appear.  I copied and pasted the list here for your convenience:

05-14-2015
08:00 am
05-14-2015
09:30 am
05-14-2015
11:00 am
05-14-2015
02:30 pm
05-14-2015
04:00 pm
05-15-2015
08:00 am
05-15-2015
09:30 am
05-15-2015
11:00 am
05-15-2015
02:30 pm
05-15-2015
04:00 pm


I hope even if you can’t join me in May at the NGS conference you will be able to login and continue your education with these excellent speakers!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Last day for NGS Early Bird!

Are you planning to attend this year's NGS conference in Missouri?  Well, today is the last day to register for the early-bird discount!  As of tomorrow, March 31st, member and non-member registration fees will increase by $35.  Plus today is the last day to order a print syllabus. Everyone will receive a syllabus on a flash drive though, which I really like!

I will be at NGS this year and hope to see you there too.  The lectures look top-notch as always so hurry on over to the conference website and register before it's too late!

Friday, March 13, 2015

FXGS Early Bird Registration Deadline Ends 3/15

If you are in the NOVA area don't forget that the Fairfax Genealogical Society has their annual Spring Conference coming up in a few weeks.  Early bird registration ends on the 15th, so get out there and register!

This will be the first year I get to attend.  Usually it falls on a weekend where I have prior engagements so I was VERY happy to bale to get there this time.  Of course, now I have to make the dreaded descion on which classes I will make.  It is one of those times I wish I could be in several places at once.

The following information was forwarded to me by FXGS to post on this blog so you would have this great information.  I will be there Saturday of the conference so stop me and say hi if you are there too!!



Fairfax Genealogical Society
Spring Conference and Genealogical Expo

27-28 March 2015


Tips and Tricks for Researching the Mid-Atlantic and European Connections

Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks
11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
Fairfax, Virginia, 22033

(800) 228-9290

REGISTER ONLINE!

FRIDAY PROGRAM
27 March 2015

Using Genealogical Evidence to Break Through Research Barriers – Tom Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
2:00-3:00 p.m.
(F11) The Jones Jinx: Tracing Common Surnames.
3:15-4:15 p.m.
(F12) Can a Complex Research Problem be Solved Solely Online?
6:00-7:00 p.m.
(F15)   Documentation: The What, Why, Where, and How.
7:15-8:15 p.m.
(F16) Elements Essential for a Polished Family History. 

Pennsylvania Research – Marilyn Cocchiola Holt, MLS
2:00-3:00 p.m.
(F21) Rooting for Your Roots in Pennsylvania.
3:15-4:15 p.m.
(F22) Genealogical Resources in Western Pennsylvania. 
6:00-7:00 p.m.
(F25) Research in the Courthouse.
7:15-8:15 p.m.
(F26) PA Vital Records.

Continuing Genealogical Research in the 21st Century – Charles S. “Chuck” Mason, Jr., CG
2:00-3:00 p.m.
(F31) Organize and Manage Your Research or It Will Overwhelm You.
3:15-4:15 p.m.
(F32) Don’t Make These Mistakes.
6:00-7:00 p.m.
(F35) Understanding the Records and What are They Telling You. 
7:15-8:15 p.m.
(F36) Help!: Where Do I Go from Here?

  
North Carolina Research – Diane L. Richard
2:00-3:00 p.m.
(F41) North Carolina Research Overview.
3:15-4:15 p.m.
(F42) North Carolina County Records.
6:00-7:00 p.m.
(F45)  North Carolina Repositories.
7:15-8:15 p.m.
(F46) Let's Not Forget NC-Specific Native and African-American Records.

Military Research – Craig Scott, CG, FUGA
2:00-3:00 p.m.
(F51) Researching an Ancestor with Service in the Mexican War. 
3:15-4:15 p.m.
(F52) Virginia in the Civil War. 
6:00-7:00 p.m.
(F55) Researching an Ancestor with Service in the Spanish American War and Philippine Insurrection.
7:15-8:15 p.m.
(F56) Researching an Ancestor with Service in the World Wars. 

Online Genealogy - Lisa A. Alzo, MFA
2:00-3:00 p.m.
(F61) The Interactive Genealogist.
3:15-4:15 p.m.
(F62) The Evidence! Following Online Clues to Solve Your Family History Mysteries. 
6:00-7:00 p.m.
(F65) Websites You Might be Missing.
7:15-8:15 p.m.
(F66) Timesaving Apps for Busy Genealogists.


SATURDAY PROGRAM
28 March 2015

Pennsylvania Research, A View from the State Archives - Jonathan R. Stayer
9:00-10:00 a.m.
(S11) Genealogical Resources at the Pennsylvania State Archives. 
10:30-11:30 a.m.
(S12) Pre-1790 Oaths of Allegiance and Naturalizations in Pennsylvania.
1:15-2:15 p.m.
(S15) Military Records at the Pennsylvania State Archives & Some Related Resources.
2:45-3:45 p.m.
(S16) Understanding the State Land Records of Pennsylvania –Warrants, Surveys &Patents. 

German Research – Michael D. Lacopo D.V.M.
9:00-10:00 a.m.
(S21) Methods for Identifying the German Origins of American Immigrants.
10:30-11:30 a.m.
(S22) How to Overcome Brick Walls in German-American Research Part 1.
1:15-2:15 p.m.
(S25) How to Overcome Brick Walls in German-American Research Part 2.
2:45-3:45 p.m.
(S26) German Genealogy and the Internet.

Finding Your Irish Ancestors – Joe Buggy
9:00-10:00 a.m.
(S31) Finding Your Irish Townland of Origin: Research in the U.S. and Ireland.
10:30-11:30 a.m.
(S32) Advanced Irish Genealogy: Delving Further into Irish Sources.
1:15-2:15 p.m.
(S35) Cemetery and Headstone Research in Ireland.
2:45-3:45 p.m.
(S36) Planning a Genealogy Trip to Ireland.

Eastern European Research – Lisa A. Alzo, MFA
9:00-10:00 a.m.
(S41) Ten Ways to Jumpstart Your Eastern European Research.
10:30-11:30 a.m.
(S42) Crossing the Pond: Successful Strategies for Researching Eastern European Ancestors in Foreign Records and Repositories.
1:15-2:15 p.m.
(S45) Immigrant Cluster Communities: Past, Present and Future.
2:45-3:45 p.m.
(S46) How to Overcome Brick Walls in Eastern European Research. 

I Didn’t Know Those Records Were There- Sharon Hodges
9:00-10:00 a.m.
(S51)  School Days, School Daze. 
10:30-11:30 a.m.
(S52) Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off to Work I Go. 
1:15-2:15 p.m.
(S55) The Poor, Misplaced and Misunderstood (Institutional Records). 
2:45-3:45 p.m.
(S56) Behind the Ivied Walls. 

African-American Research – Char McCargo Bah
9:00-10:00 a.m.
(S61) Researching the Descendants of African Americans in a Civil War Cemetery. 
10:30-11:30 a.m.
(S62) Community Research -Researching Urban African Americans From the 18thCentury to the 20th Century in their Neighborhood Part 1.
1:15-2:15 p.m.
(S65) Community Research - Researching Rural African Americans From the 18th Century to the 20th Century in their Neighborhood Part 2.
2:45-3:45 p.m.
(S66) Developing a Genealogical Profile on Your Ancestors

Monday, March 2, 2015

Northern Virginia Genealogy Activites

The month of March is going to see 2 big conferences in the NOVA area.  One is free and one is a downright steal for the price so make sure you check them both out!

On March 14th is the 2nd Fredericksburg Virginia Family History Day and once again it is packed with great speakers and information.  Some of the speakers are nationally know and many are from great Virginia institutions.  For instance Micheal Strauss, AG, Dr. Shelly Murphy, Jean Cooper from the University of Virginia Library and Anne Toohey from the Library of Congress.  In addition, they will have these individuals from the Library of Virginia: Errol Somay, Calli Lou Freed and Joanne Porter.  Plus, I will be giving the keynote address that morning.

Two weekends later will be the Fairfax Genealogical Society's Spring Conference on March 27th and 28th.  This year they have 12 tracks of classes over 2 days with many nationally known speakers.  Their focus is on research in the Mid-Atlantic states and ethnicities that immigrated to those.  However, there are also classes on technology and methodology as well.  Early bird discount for the conference goes away on March 16th so register soon!

I hope to see you at these great regional opportunities to learn.  Make sure to say hi if you will be there!