31 May 2017

Have you Thought to Look to Brazil for Missing Confederate Descendants?

Have you Thought to Look to Brazil for Missing Confederate Descendants?

My daughter, always keeping her eyes open for topics that might interest genealogists, to help her mom provide regular and interesting content for this blog, pointed out a recent article from Business Insider, The American Confederacy is still alive in a small Brazilian city called Americana.

When the American Confederacy lost the Civil War in May 1865, 10,000 Southerners fled the US for a small city in Brazil, where they could rebuild their lives and carry on their traditions…

In the little community they named Americana, the children spoke English with a Southern accent for generations. They eventually married into the local population…

A monument immortalizes the names of the first families who settled in Americana…

What a fascinating piece of history.

A few more articles about this group are:
·        Confederates in Brazil


Were you previously familiar with this migration of southerners to Brazil after the Civil War?

If your family was part of this migration, tell us what you know about them?

What other groups might you know of who mass migrated from one country to another country, and created an enclave?
























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30 May 2017

Another platform for sharing ... Medium.com

Another platform for sharing ... Medium.com

I stumbled across this the other day.  That the Library of Congress is now also found on Medium.com @librarycongress).

It seems to focus on stories. The website itself states “An app designed for readers on the go.”

After looking around the website I now know of more sources for the reading that I just don’t have time for!  So much content, so little time

You can choose topics of interest to follow (if you want to sign up) and then you can follow people or publications that maybe relevant to your interests.

As I explored, I did come across a page for the Texas General Land Office (@txglo) which looks interesting.

Both of these are part of the History category.

Apparently, some content is free to read and for others you need to become a subscribing member.

 


What do you know about this platform?

What other history and genealogical offerings can be found on Medium.com?

What do you think of this new platform?
























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29 May 2017

Let us remember ... Memorial Day 2017



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26 May 2017

ConferenceKeeper’s “Fill The Calendar” Contest [Most Kinds of Genealogy Events]


ConferenceKeeper’s “Fill The Calendar” Contest 
[Most Kinds of Genealogy Events]

From our friends at ConferenceKeeper.org …

To enter, just submit a 2017 Genealogy Event of some kind** — conference, seminar, workshop, program, meeting, cruise, contest, volunteer opportunity, call for papers — using the Submission tab on our website at ConferenceKeeper.org.

!!! Read the following instructions also!!

IMPORTANT!!!

Please read the following contest rules:

·         Please check our calendar before submitting to be sure the event isn’t already there. ONLY NEW EVENTS WILL COUNT AS AN ENTRY.
·         Only events occurring from May 20, 2017 thru December 31, 2017 will count as an entry.
·         Only events submitted through the ConferenceKeeper.org “Submission” tab will be counted as an entry.
·         Submissions must include all requested information. Only the image/photo/logo field is optional. Incomplete or unverifiable event information will not be considered an entry.
·         Each submission of a new, not-yet-posted Genealogy Event will count as one entry. Enter as many times as you like!
·         Be sure to include your name and email address on the submission form so that we know who to contact if you are the winner.
·         A single winner will be randomly chosen from all of the entries on Saturday, June 10.

**We do not include individual Webinars, which should be submitted to GeneaWebinars. We will accept Virtual events that are also presented to a live audience, and live group meetings at which a webinar is being shared as the main presentation.

Tell your friends! Share with your societies!
To check our calendar by date: http://conferencekeeper.org/calendar/
To check the calendar by location: http://conferencekeeper.org/locations/

GOOD LUCK!

It is great to see so many genealogical and family history themed events listed!  Great for those who want to attend an event and those who want to check out a speaker for a future event!

Do promote local events.  You might find that there are many people not yet aware of your existence and who would like to attend your programs if only they knew about them!


What events are you looking forward to attend?

How many “new” events have you added to the calendar?
























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25 May 2017

Library of Congress has put Sanborn Insurance Maps Online (FREE for anyone to access!)



From our friends at the Library of Congress we learn

The Library of Congress has placed online nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which depict the structure and use of buildings in U.S. cities and towns. Maps will be added monthly until 2020, for a total of approximately 500,000.

The online collection now features maps published prior to 1900.  The states available include Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Alaska is also online, with maps published through the early 1960s.  By 2020, all the states will be online, showing maps from the late 1880s through the early 1960s.

In collaboration with the Library’s Geography and Map Division, Historical Information Gatherers digitized the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps during a 16-month period at the Library of Congress.  The Library is in the process of adding metadata and placing the digitized, public-domain maps on its website.

The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps are a valuable resource for genealogists, historians, urban planners, teachers or anyone with a personal connection to a community, street or building.  The maps depict more than 12,000 American towns and cities.  They show the size, shape and construction materials of dwellings, commercial buildings, factories and other structures.  They indicate both the names and width of streets, and show property boundaries and how individual buildings were used.  House and block numbers are identified.  They also show the location of water mains, fire alarm boxes and fire hydrants.

In the 19th century, specialized maps were originally prepared for the exclusive use of fire insurance companies and underwriters.  Those companies needed accurate, current and detailed information about the properties they were insuring. The Sanborn Map Company was created around 1866 in the United States in response to this need and began publishing and registering maps for copyright. The Library of Congress acquired the maps through copyright deposit, and the collection grew to 700,000 individual sheets. The insurance industry eventually phased out use of the maps and Sanborn stopped producing updates in the late 1970s…

If your family lived in an urban area, these maps are invaluable!  The collection itself is found here.


What has been your favorite discovery in this map collection?
























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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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