Thursday, June 26, 2008

Pizza & root beer: virtual 'how-to' resources for genealogists

DearREADERS,
Yesterday Ol' Myrt here met with a bunch of folks from Second Life (SL), who had gathered to meet family and friends in RL (Real Life). The time was noon o'clock and the place was Oven Pizza (the ol' Heaps of Pizza, near the SW part of the Brigham Young University campus .) Ol' Myrt hadn't been there since 1970 when she was a student. (That should tell you how old I really am!) And the restaurant sure had changed in the intervening 38 years, but the great pizza crust recipe and homemade root beer is every bit as good as I remember them.


Thinking back, it was considered hi-tech to quit registering for classes in the field house and to use those (then) new-fangled touch-tone phones to sign up for classes. Online registration wasn't invented yet. Furthermore, we didn't have online courses, but actually had to walk around campus to attend classes. 'Hi-tech' then was to sit in a class with 500 other people to view a movie of our religion instructor's thoughts for the day. Geesh, those were the dark ages!

WHAT A DIFFERENCE 38 YEARS MAKE
Now it is customary to find all sorts of information on the Internet, like I had to do yesterday since my elderly brain couldn't remember the exact location of the pizza joint. It is a matter of custom for us to sit down at our computers, send more email than snail mail, order books and DVDs, post messages to our favorite boards or blogs, download music for our iPods (which incidentally are cheaper and more versatile than those old, heavy reel-to-reel tape players.) Remember when we thought of 8-track tapes as "more advanced" music listening, only to find them replaced by cassettes and then music CDs?

In fact, the only CDs I still use regularly are those certificates of deposit at the bank. But I have lately learned I can earn more money with my internet-only bank of choice. This is one-step further into the 21st century than online bill paying, that has reduced that drudgery to a few quick mouse clicks.

And speaking of paying bills, back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it was a shock to write a check for $250 for an entire semester's tuition. Now that BYU tuition would run me 12 times that amount. The last time I wrote a check was last winter, to pay my annual dues to a distant genealogy society that distinguishes itself as perhaps the last holdout by not accepting PayPal.

WHY SECOND LIFE?
If you'd like to learn more about online bill paying, see your banker.

If you'd like to use the latest technology in the world of communications to learn about how to do family history, let me personally invite you to attend some upcoming genealogy voice chats in Second Life (SL). You'll need to prepare in advance by downloading the software, registering for your free account, choosing your avatar's name, and having some fun learning how to move your avatar in the Second Life virtual environment.

Be sure to turn on your speakers, so you can hear music or voice chats. If you have mic (or better yet a headset) you can participate in a voice chat. If not, you can listen through the speakers, and type your questions to the screen.

Once you get into Second Life (SL) the 'Search' button on the bottom of your SL screen and
search for UGG - Union of Genealogy Groups, or send an IM to "Clarise Beaumont" to receive some note cards with more info and landmarks to the various genealogy places in Second Life.

UNION OF GENEALOGY GROUPS (in Second Life) CALENDAR
Check out the schedule for genealogy displays and voice chat events. All times are posted in SL time, which is the same as Pacific US time.

  • Ongoing – France Genealogie. Contact in-world: Savard Horchier.

  • Ongoing - General Genealogy Resources, at Just Genealogy. Contact in-world: Krag Mariner.

  • Ongoing - Heritage Books Bookstore, at Just Genealogy & Book Island. Contact in-world:Krag Mariner.

  • Ongoing - Irish Resources, at West of Ireland. Contact in-world: Jaylynn Sinatra.

  • Ongoing - LDS & general genealogy resources, at the Family History Centre. Contact in-world: Mavromichali Szondi.

  • Ongoing - Native American Research display, at the Genealogy Resource Center on Info Island, 24/7. Contact in-world: Kilandra Yeuxdoux.

  • Ongoing - Union of Genealogy Groups bulletin board & calendar. Contact in-world: Clarise Beaumont.

  • Ongoing – Wonderful Denmark. Contact in-world: Charlotta Jenkins.

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  • Thursday, 26 June 2008 - UK-Ireland: Irish Roots, held in Just Genealogy at the fire pit at 7pm SL time. Contact in-world: Clarise Beaumont.

  • Sunday, 29 June 2008 - Bi-monthly Research Checklist, held at the Family History Centre on the porch at 5:15pm. Contact in-world: Clarise Beaumont.

  • Monday, 30 July 2008 - Using Google Maps for genealogy, held at the West of Ireland Library at 7pm. Contact in-world: Jaylynn Sinatra.

  • Tuesday, 1 July 2008 - Advisability of using census records, held in Just Genealogy at the fire pit at 7pm SL time. Contact in-world: Krag Mariner.

  • Thursday, 3 July 2008 - UK-Ireland: New Poor Law (1837-1930), held in Just Genealogy at the fire pit at 7pm SL time. Contact in-world: Clarise Beaumont.

  • Sunday, 6 July 2008 - FamilySearch Indexing, held at the Family History Centre on the porch at 5:15pm. Contact in-world: Clarise Beaumont.

  • Tuesday, 8 July 2008 - Evidence Explained, held in Just Genealogy at the fire pit at 7pm SL time. Contact in-world: Krag Mariner or Clarise Beaumont.

  • Thursday 10 July 2008 - UK-Ireland: The A2A Database at the National Archives website, held in Just Genealogy at the fire pit at 7pm SL time. Contact in-world: Clarise Beaumont.

  • Sunday, 13 July 2008 - FamilySearch Wiki, held at the Family History Centre on the porch at 5:15pm. Contact in-world: Clarise Beaumont.

  • Tuesday, 15 July 2008 - Brickwalls, held in Just Genealogy at the fire pit at 7pm SL time. Contact in-world: Krag Mariner.

  • Thursday, 17 July 2008 - UK-Ireland: open chat, held in Just Genealogy at the fire pit at 7pm SL time.

  • Sunday, 20 July 2008 - Open Discussion, held at the Family History Centre on the porch at 5:15pm. Contact in-world: Austin Shepherd.

  • Tuesday, 22 July 2008 - Customs Passenger Lists, held in Just Genealogy at the fire pit at 7pm SL time. Contact in-world: Clarise Beaumont.

  • Thursday, 24 July 2008 - UK-Ireland: open chat, held in Just Genealogy at the fire pit at 7pm SL time. Contact in-world: Clarise Beaumont.

  • Sunday, 27 July 2008 - Macros to speed up data entry, held at the Family History Centre on the porch at 5:15pm. Contact in-world: Austin Shepherd.

  • Tuesday, 28 July 2008 - Scott's Choice, held in Just Genealogy at the fire pit at 7pm
    SL time. Contact in-world: Krag Mariner.

  • Thursday, 31 July 2008 - UK-Ireland: Assisted Passage & other Emigration records, held in Just Genealogy at the fire pit at 7pm SL time. Contact in-world: Clarise Beaumont.

Other UGG members include:

  • Caledon Genealogical Society - Contact in-world: Mavromichali Szondi.

  • Genealogie Francophone - French & French-Canadian resources on display with links &
    consultations by appointment. Contact in-world: Savard Horchier.

  • Swedish Genealogy - Contact in-world: AnnaKarin Landau.

  • Wonderful Denmark - Display with links & consultations by appointment. Contact in-world:
    Charlotta Jenkins.

A new, as yet unnamed area planning to debut this month focuses on Australian research. I'd
personally like to see this list expanded to include Canada, Germany & Hispanic resources.

Looking forward to meeting you "in person" in Second Life.

Hmmm- the pizza discussion got me hungry. I'll check out the website to see if I can have some delivered.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com

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© 2008 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved. This and previous blog entries are fully searchable by going to http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/. Myrt welcomes queries and research challenges, but regrets she is unable to answer each personally.

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