30 November 2012

Registration Opens for the National Genealogical Society's 2013 Family History Conference Las Vegas, Nevada, 8–11 May 2013 Building New Bridges



Arlington, VA, 30 November 2012: Registration begins on 1 December 2012 for the National Genealogical Society's thirty-fifth annual Family History Conference, Building New Bridges, which will be held 8–11 May 2013 at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.  NGS chose Las Vegas because it embodies the West, where different cultures, nations, and technologies connect. In addition to attending the NGS 2013 Family History Conference, participants will have an opportunity to tour Las Vegas and the surrounding area, including the Hoover Dam.

The conference will open with Marian Smith, the renowned chief of the historical research branch of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Marian will explore the role of national policy changes that affected your ancestors, their records, and your genealogical research.

A few of the wide-ranging NGS 2013 Family History Conference sessions include "The Civil War in the American West," "Finding American Women's Voices through the Centuries: Letters, Journals, Newspapers, and Court Records," "Solving Historical and Family Mysteries with DNA" "When Our Ancestors Met the Law," "Not Quite Right: Recognizing Errors," "Immigration into Western US/Canadian Ports," "Las Vegas in 1910," and "Social Media Tools for Genealogy."

Registration begins Saturday, 1 December 2012.  To register online, visit the NGS website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/attendee_registration and complete the registration form.                                                                                
The online searchable program is available at http://members.ngsgenealogy.org/Conferences/Program2013.cfm and the PDF brochure is available at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conference_info. The brochure includes an overview of the sessions, tours, pre-conference events, registration times, and rates, as well as general conference and Las Vegas Hotel & Casino details. 

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.


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29 November 2012

Drive-by genealogists should learn a few rules

Source: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~clermontcountyohio/genwwork.gif  

Sharon Tate Moody posted an article with this provocative title in the Tampa Tribune recently ...

She states ...

The genealogy world is cluttered with materials that purport to be the writers' family histories. Too many of them are nothing more than lists of people with unproven dates of birth, death and marriage, and in many cases the people on the list aren't even related.

The individuals who created those lists are the same ones who believe the television ads about how easy it is to click on a few links and find your entire family. People who believe those ads are sort of the joy riders of genealogy: They steal the family car and have a grand old time for the weekend, racing around the Internet and leaving a mess for someone else to clean up on Monday morning...

Read the full article.  And, as always, read the comments!  A really neat feature of the blog format are the comments posted by others, whether they agree or disagree they are often entertaining and frequently enlightening.

And, since this post, there has been a “response” post from another genealogist, Amy Coffin, titled Time to Pop a Cap in the Term "Drive-by Genealogist"

Today I read an article about “drive-by genealogists.” Apparently this is a label now.

My issue isn’t necessarily with this article in particular; it’s the message in it that I keep seeing. This piece just happened to be the last place I saw it.

There’s a baffling backlash toward those just discovering their interest in family history. I don’t believe anyone is anti-newbie, but there’s this bizarre assumption that their first efforts are automatically flawed.

Beginners are barely in the door of the Church of Genealogy and we have people telling them they’re not good enough to be here...

Again, do read the full article.

What are your thoughts?  I think it’s a really tough situation.  We were all newbies once and we did get better with time and guidance.  On the other hand, it is frustrating to have a lot of not-documented information out there that then gets repeated ad nauseum!  Though, it is typically easy-enough to quickly tell if some online information is substantive or not and move on ...

Dare you weigh in on this?  Happy to hear your thoughts!




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28 November 2012

University of Indianapolis + Ancestry.com Team Up -- FREE access to all students! How Neat!



We have often talked about how to get more youth involved in genealogy and family history research.

I was so excited to learn today that the University of Indianapolis and Ancestry.com have partnered to provide access to Ancestry.com to students everywhere on campus.  And, that’s not all – workshops and seminars are being provided to assist students and faculty in digging into their ancestors.

I think this is such a neat idea.  I will be very interested to learn how it “all plays out.”

“Helping people discover their family history is at the heart of our mission at Ancestry.com,” said Brian Hansen, general manager of the Ancestry Institution Product. “We are excited to work alongside the University of Indianapolis to enable students and staff to uncover new information about their ancestors that will help them better understand who they are and where they come from.”

At UIndy, the Ancestry.com access is a key component in the annual University Series of programs and events. This year’s series features guest speakers, discussions and workshops built around the theme “Who Do You Think You Are?”


Do you know of other similar collaborations, at the University/College level, besides schools with dedicated genealogy degree programs?  




Editor’s Note: Thanks to Afrigeneas for posting about this on its Facebook page.



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27 November 2012

Building Bridges Between Genealogy and History -- Free Video From The National Genealogical Society



New Voices of Genealogy Release
Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
 

From guest editor, Arlene V. Jennings

NGS invites you to view the newest release in the Voices of Genealogy series honoring the 100th anniversary of the NGSQ. The first in the series to be released to the general public beyond NGS members, this new video features Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, director of The Great Migration Study Project, on “Building Bridges between Genealogy and History.”  

Anderson’s topic anticipates the NGS 2013 Family History Conference, Building New Bridges, to be held 8−11 May 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Just as the West is a timeless “bridge” where nations, cultures, and technologies connect, the four-day NGS conference will offer lectures that emphasize the diversity and movement of people, the places they settled, and the records they left behind.

At the conference Anderson will present two lectures that bridge genealogy and history. On Friday, 10 May, at 4:00 p.m., he will offer “Las Vegas in 1910,” an in-depth demographic analysis of the host city as it was in 1910. Anderson's study can serve as a model for similar projects in other places. On Saturday, 11 May, at 11:30 a.m., he will speak about how consistent application of “The Elements of Genealogical Analysis” can make genealogical study more rigorous.

The video was produced by award winning filmmakers Kate Geis and Allen Moore from an interview by Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG, co-editor of the NGSQ. Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, “Building Bridges between Genealogy and History,” is now playing at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.

Previous releases in the Voices of Genealogy archive now playing for members at the NGS website (http://www.ngsgenealogy.org) present Mary McCampbell Bell, CG; John Frederick Dorman, CG (Emeritus), FASG, FNGS, FVGS; David L. Greene, PhD, FASG; Frederick C. Hart Jr., CG, FASG; Ronald Ames Hill, PhD, CG, FASG; Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG, FGBS; Harry Macy, FASG, FGBS; George Ely Russell, CG, FASG, FNGS; and Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG, FNGS.





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26 November 2012

National Genealogical Society Releases Full 2013 Family History Conference Program Online




BUILDING NEW BRIDGES

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, 8–11 MAY 2013

Arlington, VA, 23 NOVEMBER 2012: The National Genealogical Society has released the full 2013 Family History Conference Program.  It is available online and is fully searchable at http://members.ngsgenealogy.org/Conferences/Program2013.cfm.

The theme of the thirty-fifth NGS Family History Conference is Building New Bridges, and it will be held 8–11 May 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. NGS varies the theme and geographic location of its conference annually and brings together thousands of genealogists and family historians to learn the latest in genealogical research.  The online searchable program allows prospective conference attendees to review the full scope of more than forty lecture topics offered daily during the four-day conference in Las Vegas. An exhibit area with over one hundred exhibitors will be open and free to the public Wednesday through Saturday and will include the latest in genealogical software, online research providers, published sources, societies, and DNA testing sources.

A PDF version of the registration brochure is available at
http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conference_info. The brochure includes information about lectures, sessions, speakers, luncheons, tours, pre-conference events, registration times and rates, and accessibility as well as general conference and exhibit hall specifics.  Some examples of the diverse offerings of the NGS 2013 Family History Conference include DNA, ethnic research, technology, immigration, the law, migration, methodology, religion, Skillbuilding, the West, and woman. To request a registration brochure, e-mail Courtney Holmes at cholmes@ngsgenealogy.org.

Registration will begin Saturday, 1 December 2012. To register online, visit the NGS website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/attendee_registration.
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.



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23 November 2012

DNA Testing for Genealogy – Getting Started is often the hardest part!




Black Friday!  Many of you are out shopping or have returned and probably exhausted from doing such shopping!

If not, you might be taking some time to think about what gifts to give or taking some quiet time to work on a brick wall problem.

Regardless, you might consider DNA testing as a gift to your family history research project or for a family member!  DNA testing is another tool which just might help break down a brick wall in your family tree!

I am so often asked about which DNA tests to get and so on.  It can be a bit intimidating and very challenging to know “which test” is best for your situation!

Since my knowledge about DNA testing is a bit haphazard and very much by-the-seat-of-my-pants knowledge, I figured it best to encourage you to check out a 4 part series written by someone who knows.  www.geni.com published this series by guest blogger CeCe Moore (www.YourGeneticGenealogist.com)


Which “Part” did you find most useful?

Are there other DNA-resource sites that you direct “beginners” to?




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22 November 2012

A Thanksgiving message from Jordan Jones President of the National Genealogical Society

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Happy Thanksgiving!

On behalf of the NGS Board of Directors and staff and contractors, I would like to wish you and your families enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving.

It is a great time of year. Since the weather is not as temperate as it was, but not as cold as it will be, it is naturally a time of reflection. Add that to the mix of families gathering, and genealogists and family historians have a great opportunity to learn and share family stories. Be sure to reach out to the older folks in your family to thank them for their contributions to the family and to help them pass on their living legacy.

There is much for which to be thankful. As the NGS President, I am thankful for the enthusiasm and support of our members.

Enjoy!

Jordan

Jordan Jones
President
National Genealogical Society
3108 Columbia Pike,
Suite 300
Arlington, Virginia 22204-4370




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21 November 2012

Family Trees Come in All Shapes and Sizes -- Family Trees That Might Interest Kids!





Tomorrow is Thanksgiving!

Many of us will gather with family, young and old ...

As genealogists we often talk about family trees.  As family historians we have learned that the “kids” (and many adults also) are not necessarily as passionate about family trees as we are!

I’d like to suggest that maybe we just aren’t talking about the “right” family trees!  Maybe we need to add some pizzazz by talking about non-human family trees!  

Not too long ago there was discussion about the creation of a comprehensive family tree for birds!  Well, that got me thinking, are there other “family trees” out there with which family members might identify!  Who knows, if you can get them talking about “any” family tree, might their own personal one eventually get the attention it deserves?!?!?

Here are a few “fun” ones that I found (each image came from one of the listed websites):



Are there other fun ones out there?  Which one did your family enjoy most?





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20 November 2012

Black Friday and Cyber Monday -- Flip-Pal mobile scanner SALE!


NGS is affiliated with the Flip-Pal Scanner and there are some sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday that we wanted to preview for you!

Preview of the upcoming Black Friday Sale that starts Friday, November 23, 2012.

Remember -- these deals will not be available until then!
  • Free Shipping on all orders of $100 or more in the USA and Canada! (Applies to standard ground shipping only.)
  • Save $20 on the Flip-Pal mobile scanner + Deluxe Carry Case Bundle! (Regular Price: $179.98, Sale Price: $159.98)
  • Save $30 on the new Genealogy Bundle! Genealogists and Family Historians—here’s a bundle just for you! This bundle includes the Flip-Pal mobile scanner, a Deluxe Flip-Pal mobile scanner Carry Case, a Flip-Pal mobile scanner Sketch Kit, and an Eneloop AA 4 Pack with AC Charger. (Regular Price: $223.96, Sale Price: $193.96)
  • Save $50 on the Really Big Bundle! Do you want it all? This bundle includes the Flip-Pal mobile scanner, a Deluxe Flip-Pal mobile scanner Carry Case, a Flip-Pal mobile scanner Sketch Kit, a Picture Keeper PK 8, an Eneloop AA 4 Pack with AC Charger, a Flip-Pal mobile scanner Cleaning Cloth and a Flip-Pal Window Protector Sheets 3-pack. (Regular Price: $288.93, Sale Price: $238.93)


The Flip-Pal mobile scanner Cyber Monday Sale Preview!  Sale that starts Monday, November 26, 2012.

Again, Remember -- these deals shown below will not be available until then! 
  • Free Shipping on all orders of $100 or more in the USA and Canada!  (Applies to standard ground shipping only.) 
  • Save $15 on the Flip-Pal mobile scanner! You will need to place the Flip-Pal mobile scanner in your shopping cart and then use the promotion code Cyber12 in order to receive the $15 off discount. (Regular Price: $149.99, Sale Price: $134.99) 
  • Save $20 on the Flip-Pal mobile scanner “Pink” Bundle—helping the National Breast Cancer Foundation! This bundle includes the Flip-Pal mobile scanner, a Pink Deluxe Flip-Pal mobile scanner Carry Case and a special “Pink” Lid Cover. (No promotion code needed.) (Regular Price: $176.96, Sale Price: $156.96)
  • Save $25 on the Flip-Pal mobile scanner Rechargeable Bundle! This bundle includes the Flip-Pal mobile scanner, a Deluxe Flip-Pal mobile scanner Carry Case and an Eneloop AA 4 Pack with AC Charger. (No promotion code needed.) (Regular Price: $209.97, Sale Price: $184.97)
  • Save $50 on the Flip-Pal mobile scanner with Creative Suite Craft Edition DVD Rechargeable Bundle! This bundle includes the Flip-Pal mobile scanner with Creative Suite Craft Edition DVD, a Deluxe Flip-Pal mobile scanner Carry Case and an Eneloop AA 4 Pack with AC Charger. (No promotion code needed.) (Regular Price: $259.97, Sale Price: $209.97) 
  • Save $55 on the Flip-Pal mobile scanner with Digital Creativity Suite 3.0 DVD Rechargeable Bundle! This bundle includes the Flip-Pal mobile scanner with Digital Creativity Suite 3.0 DVD, a Deluxe Flip-Pal mobile scanner Carry Case and an Eneloop AA 4 Pack with AC Charger. (No promotion code needed.) (Regular Price: $269.97, Sale Price: $214.97)


Have you been waiting to get one as a gift for another or for yourself?!?!?  If so, now might just be the perfect time to get a Flip-Pal Scanner!



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The Oct/Nov/Dec Issue of the NGS Magazine is Now Available!



The Oct/Nov/Dec issue of the NGS Magazine (PDF 4.7MB) is now online in the Members Only section of the website.

Features
In memoriam: John Thomas Humphrey, CG, by Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG, FNGS
Tracking generations with German familienbuch and sellenbuch, by Kathy Stickney
The Sicilians of south Louisiana, by Beth A. Stahr, CG
Lost causes as genealogical opportunities, by Harold Henderson, CG
If living were a crime…evidence your ancestor left at the scene, by Sharon Tate Moody, CG
Small miracles unite a family, by Carol L. Tefft
Call for Papers: NGS 2014 Family History Conference, Richmond
Is there an ancestor in the house? Or the senate? Researching legislative ancestors, by B. Darrell Jackson, PhD, CG

Columns
National Archives, by Claire Prechtel-Kluskens
Reference desk, by Kathy Petlewski, MSLS
Review, by Barbara Schenck
Technology, by Jordan Jones
Writing family history, by Harold E. Hinds Jr., PhD
Web of deceit, by Susan Zacharias

Departments

President’s message, by Jordan Jones
Editor’s corner, by Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, CG
NGS news



To access, please be sure to log in under the User Login area in the right-hand column of the screen. If the above hyperlink does not work, copy and paste, or type, the following URL into your favorite browser: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/members_only/publications_archive/magazine_online.





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19 November 2012

Baby Name Wizard -- Track Through Time Popular Names!



No, I am not on the search for the name for a future baby!  Those days are past for me and my kids are not yet there!

And, understanding the historical popularity of names both in terms of names that were popular and where they can be found can help us with our research! 

A site that might help with that is Baby Name Wizard.

From this graphic, we can see that my forename, Diane, was definitely waning from popularity at the time of my birth, in the late 1950s ...


It was a forename found around the US at the time, though more popular in New England and the Midwest. Only the top 100 names can be tracked using the mapping feature!


And, I also searched on the forename of Hezekiah – as a name I have researched in the late 1700s and early 1800s.  And, interestingly, it is a name which was relatively common in the 1800s, disappeared for decades and then had a resurgence in the late 2000s.  And, since Hezekiah from 1960+ was never in the top 100 list of names, it cannot be mapped!



Did you learn something new from this website? Did something surprise you?  How did it help with your own research?


Editor’s Note: You will need Java enabled for some of the features





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