24 May 2017

Registration Now Open For Live Streaming of FREE SCGS Jamboree 2017 Sessions


Registration Now Open For Live Streaming of FREE SCGS Jamboree 2017 Sessions

From our friends at SCGS Jamboree …

Registration is NOW OPEN for live streaming of 14 Jamboree sessions!

We are very grateful to our Diamond Sponsor, Ancestry, for underwriting Genealogy Jamboree Live Stream. With their generous support, SCGS is once again able to bring you 14 hours of high-quality family history education free of charge. 

The live streamed sessions from Jamboree are listed below. Session descriptions, speaker bios, suggested experience levels and schedule details are available on the Jamboree website.

The Jamboree streaming video is FREE, but you will need to register to view the broadcasts. We encourage you to register in advance so there is no delay when you want to view the sessions.




The live-streamed sessions from Jamboree are listed below. Session descriptions, speaker bios, suggested experience levels and schedule details are available on the Jamboree website.

Friday, June 9

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.             
Presented by Thomas MacEntee

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.             
Presented by Annette Burke Lyttle

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.             
Presented by Peggy Clements Lauritzen, AG®

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.             
Presented by Tessa Keough

Saturday, June 10

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.         
Presented by Michael L. Strauss, AG®

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.         
Presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  
Presented by Camille Andrus

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.              
Presented by Drew Smith, MLS

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.              
Presented by Randy Whited

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.              
Presented by Brad Larkin, MBS, MCSE

Sunday, June 11

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.          
Presented by Donna M. Moughty

10:00 - 11:00 am.          
Presented by Christine Woodcock

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.            
Presented by Lisa Alzo, MFA

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.              
Michael John Neill

Not able to watch live? No Problem!

If you can't watch a session in real-time as it is being live streamed, you will be able to watch it at your convenience before midnight, July 10, 2017, on the 
Jamboree Registration & Viewing Portal (not to be confused with the SCGS website and the Extension Series Webinar archives available for SCGS members).

Registration for the Genetic Genealogy pay-per-view and free Jamboree sessions will remain open through July 10, 2017

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • You do not have to be a member of SCGS, nor do you need your SCGS membership number, to view any of the streaming videos.
  • Streaming videos will not be shown on the SCGS website and are not the same as Jamboree Extension Series Webinars.
  • Genetic Genealogy/DNA Day pay-per-view live streaming is separate from Jamboree Free live streaming and is accessed via a separate web page.
  • Each registration will generate a confirmation email that will contain your username (email) and automatically generated password.
  • Passwords: If you sign up for both live streamed opportunities (pay-per-view and free), you will generate 2 separate passwords. Please keep track.
  • If you forget your password or have any technical difficulties, click "Contact Support" on the live streaming web page.
  • The Jamboree App is not involved in live streaming.
  • Jamboree live streaming is FREE and available to the public, but viewers need to register. We highly encourage you to register in advance.

Jamboree Live Streaming: 





Which session(s) caught your eye?





























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23 May 2017

#52Stories


#52Stories

FamilySearch has an initiative where you are encouraged to write one story every week for a year, thus completing 52 stories.

To add some fun to the process, FamilySearch has printables (my favorites are the Weekly Questions).  You can also access the complete list of 52 questions here though that can sometimes be intimidating!

Many people believe that it takes a lot of time and work to write their life story and feel that the task is just too big. Because of that, they never start. But sharing memories of your life does not have to be a big, involved effort. Imagine how much easier the task of writing about your life might be if you were to focus on writing about just one topic each week. It doesn’t matter if you write a few paragraphs, a single page, or several pages. The important thing is that you write something. Anything is better than nothing at all.

I can see this as a fun project to engage family members in also.  Maybe send out a weekly email or post to your family on FB.  Odds are that everyone can take a few minutes to answer “one” question with a sentence or two or more (not expected and always appreciated!) and you can then compile them and create a fun and incredibly personal family gift.

As mentioned above, getting started is key.  It’s amazing all the things that we spend time doing each week, and yet often balk at spending a few minutes to leave a lasting legacy.  I am as guilty of this as the next person.  The closest I get is to still maintain a paper calendar where I jot notes of what I do, observations, and more and serve as family photographer.  And, that’s still just a skeleton of my life and not nearly so thought-provoking and intimate as the answers to any of the questions which are part of #52Stories!

Wouldn't this be a fun event to do with a youth group?  At a family reunion or while celebrating a holiday or when on vacation?

What's your excuse for not getting started this week?



What question is your favorite (either in terms of a response you would give or in terms of the answer you would love to receive from a family member)?

What questions might you add?

Which family member has surprised you the most with their answers?





























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22 May 2017

DNA news -- The Legal Genealogist and Ancestry.com weigh in on a recent controversy & MyHeritage is running a father's day contest


DNA news -- The Legal Genealogist and Ancestry.com weigh in on a recent controversy & MyHeritage is running a father's day contest

Here are a couple of DNA news items relevant to genealogists …

(1) Recently there was a bit of controversy over an article published regarding Ancestry.com DNA testing whose intent seems to have been to alarm users and potential users of such DNA testing.  As always, The Legal Genealogist (Judy G. Russell) responded with a well-thought out article where she talks about the FACTS of the issue in her usual straightforward manner.  Please read her article, With all due respect

It’s not that everything said in the article was wrong; to the contrary, much of it is absolutely right. It’s more that perfectly ordinary facts are presented in alarmist terms, as if they were new or surprising or unusual when they’re none of those things.

Additionally, AncestryDNA responded via Setting the Record Straight: Ancestry and Your DNA

The article is inflammatory and inaccurate, and contains wild scenarios of the “did you know [insert scary hypothetical]” variety. If you don’t read our terms, and don’t spend a lot of time with our products and services, you might find this article alarming. So, let me try set the record straight by sharing some of the basic principles that guide everything we do at Ancestry.

We do always need to read and understand Terms of Service provisions and we do always need to seek the facts and hopefully an unbiased interpretation of said, as we make decisions.  And, we need to be cautious before embracing and sharing the aspersions cast by others, especially when not factually accurate.

(2) On a completely different note, MyHeritage is running a Father Look-alike Competition where you can win a MyHeritage DNA Kit.

Have you heard all your life that you look exactly like your father? Do you have any photos of yourself and of your dad that make you do a double-take? We want to see the uncanny resemblances between the two of you, and we’re offering one lucky winner the chance to win a MyHeritage DNA kit!


























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19 May 2017

NGS Conference ... Attendance, Video and Audio Recorded Options ...


NGS Conference ... Attendance, Video and Audio Recorded Options ...
#NGS2017GEN

Here are some snippets from an email received by those who attended the recently completed NGS Conference …

Thank you for attending the NGS 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. We were delighted to see you and hoped you enjoyed the conference as much as we did. In all, 2,450 people participated in the conference. We hope the conference enhanced your research and analytical skills and provided you with more technological tools. Most important, we hope the knowledge that you gained will help you as you advance your research, analysis, and writing.

We especially want to thank all the conference speakers. Their excellent presentations enabled NGS to deliver an outstanding program…

You can still sign up for the on-demand presentations of the ten lectures recorded via live streaming from http://www.PlaybackNGS.com. If you are interested or if you have a friend who missed the conference, the on-demand recordings will be available for viewing through 13 August 2017. The package includes a full downloadable version of the syllabus. The details and costs for the recordings are available at http://www.playbackngs.com/2017-raleigh-ngs-live-streaming-plus-3-months-access.

Audio recordings of more than 150 lectures are also available. See http://www.playbackngs.com/7770-r for titles and prices.

A number of awards were presented at the conference. Details about the 2017 awards and the recipients can be found at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/pressroom/press_releases. We encourage you or your society to enter the 2018 competitions and awards. Details about the awards and submission deadlines can be found at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/awards_competitions.

We look forward to seeing you next year at the NGS 2018 Family History Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2–5 May. Details will be available in the coming months on the NGS Family History Conference website.

-NGS Conference Committee

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, 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, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.
























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18 May 2017

Attending A Genealogy Conference – Something Inexplicable Happens When a Large Group of Genealogists Get Together …

Everyone Heading to the Vendor Hall for the First Time at NGS 2017
by Diane L. Richard
Attending A Genealogy Conference – Something Inexplicable Happens When a Large Group of Genealogists Get Together …

When the NGS conference wrapped on Saturday, I was exhausted – mentally and physically.  Though, it’s the good kind of exhausted.

For this particular conference I wore many hats …
(1) Represented NGS as the editor of Upfront with NGS
(2) Represented the local host organization, the North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS), as Vendor Support Chair and as Local Publicity Co-Chair
(3) Represented myself as a professional genealogist and speaker and attendee

Over the course of the conference, I was fortunate to …
(1) Greet almost every vendor as they checked in
(2) Dialogue with colleagues in many different ways and in many different places
(3) See Facebook friends
(4) Meet in person past clients and future clients
(5) Chat with many individuals as I tried to answer questions about vendors, events, and more
(6) Encounter those who have heard me speak before and who introduced themselves to me
(7) Re-connect with individuals from past events and conferences
(8) Catch-up with people that I know locally and whom I haven’t seen in ages (particularly at the Society Night event)
(9) Facilitate researchers in my “office away from home” at the State Archives of North Carolina
(10) Support some vendors by giving them a shout-out in talks or when in conversation – they have long supported me by publishing my writing or offering my research services
(11) Talk with many new individuals after each presentation as we further explored the topic at hand
(12) Interact with NGS and NCGS individuals, some of whom I’ve only previously interacted with via email, Facebook, Go-to-Webinar, etc.
(13) Honor someone who I greatly admire by attending her lunch (with over 400 others!), Helen Leary
(14) and so much more …

The funny thing is that I was constantly busy, from the time I opened the vendor hall every day until I shut it down every night) and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  There was so much ENERGY and EXCITEMENT in every interaction.  It was exhilarating and it’s not often that an introvert says something like that (see Genealogy conferences and the introvert ...)

This all came to mind and then was reinforced when I read what a longtime Upfront with NGS reader (John D. Tew, Filiopietism Prism) had to say about attending his very first conference, which was NERGC, just a few weeks ago -- What Is The Greatest Thing About A Genealogy Conference?  His post conveys so well the feeling most conference attendees walk away with …

You want to tackle that brick wall yet again -- and probably with some new approach you learned about from others at the conference.  In short, you realize the conference and the energy generated by the presenters and the participants has rejuvenated and invigorated your enthusiasm for genealogy and you cannot wait to get back to the detective work of discovering and documenting your family history.

So, though some are ready to proclaim in-person genealogy conferences dead, I think the attendance numbers for NGS this year (not yet officially released) and the experience of John and many others, whether attending their first conference or their 30th speaks volumes that genealogy conferences are incredibly dynamic and invaluable to our community.

Though I spend a lot of my time working alone, out of my office, researching long-ago dead people, it was fun to take a week and connect and re-connect with so many living people who share my passion about family history.

As you consider whether to attend NGS 2018 or any other future conference, do keep in mind all the benefits that come from attending a conference, as shared by John, which goes well beyond the content shared via presentations!



What is your favorite part of attending a conference?

What pleasantly surprised you at the most recent conference you attended?

What is/was the first thing you decided to do post conference as a direct result of attending a conference?





















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17 May 2017

Archive About Eyeglasses, A Place to "See" the History of What Has Aided Our Vision Through Time!


Archive About Eyeglasses, A Place to "See" the History of What Has Aided Our Vision Through Time!

As someone who has worn glasses since she was 5 years old (except for two years when I had braces, and that’s another story), and who can only see out about 6 inches without glasses, I am extremely appreciative of my glasses.

Now, when I was a kid and had to wear cat eye ones, which at the time were not a fashion statement and just a vision necessity, I was less than thrilled.  Other than a few years dabbling with contacts (perpetual feeling of dirt in my eyes), I have just been a glasses kind of girl. 

So, you can imagine my interest when I learned that someone has an online archive about antique eyeglasses, antiquespectacles.com.

There is a nice overview article, Sharon eyeglass aficionado sees mass recognition.

Over the years, the site has become an online museum and encyclopedia on visual aid. It features thousands of images of spectacles that date as far back as the 13th century. Fleishman also posts related news, art, and history regularly. The site generates about a million hits a month, he said.

“Eyeglasses are one of the greatest inventions of all time, yet they’re taken for granted,” he said.

I can tell you that I am one person who doesn’t take my ability to see, using glasses, for granted!  They are my constant companion!  And, based on family photos, a few ancestors were also long-time glasses wearers.

An associated one-hour documentary, Sight: The Story of Vision was released September 27, 2016, and shown on PBS and other stations.  If you have Amazon Prime membership you can access the documentary.  I suspect access can be gained via other platforms as well.

It’s always fascinating to learn the history of something we consider somewhat mundane and yet represents such an invaluable invention.




Share how glasses were important to your ancestors.

What other invention(s) that impacts the lives of many do we take for granted?





















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