Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Getting from an index to the original document



DearREADERS,
Tonight's chat in Second Life around the fire pit at JUST GENEALOGY will revolve around the necessity of taking it a step further than merely locating a mention of an ancestor in an index.

Using the example of a marriage index entry on CD, we will go through the steps Ol' Myrt here used to locate the marriage entry for two of her ancestors.

Pictured above:

Lorenzo J. FROMAN and Cecelcernam GIST marriage entry from the Clay County, Missouri Recorder of Deeds. Marriage Record Book A, FHL microfilm #955303 page 43 dated 27 Aug 1831 but filed with September 1831 entries.

Link to the handout:

http://www.dearmyrtle.com/09/GettingFromIndexestoOriginalDocuments.pdf


You'll find me online as the svelte blond Clarise Beaumont.


Happy family tree climbing!

Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,

Your friend in genealogy.

Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com

Monday, September 28, 2009

FXGS: is your society planning ahead like this one?

DearREADERS,
Ol' Myrt here has more than a passing interest in the Fairfax Genealogical Society (of Virginia). Across my desk this morning, came this note from FxGS Program Chair Jennifer Dondero:

28 September 2009

Fairfax, VA

The Fairfax Genealogical Society Call for Papers for the 2010-11 year is quickly approaching. All proposals are due by 1 October and can be e-mailed to callforpapers@fxgs.org. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for any of our events (General Meetings, Saturday Education Classes, Fall Fair, Hands-on Workshop, or Spring Conference), details are available on our website at http://www.fxgs.org/callforpapers.htm.

At a time when many local genealogy societies are scrambling for members, it is time to redouble our efforts to plan an interesting mix of topics to meet the needs members.

In SW Florida where I served in the Manasota Genealogical Society, it took pre-planning of topics/guest speakers, but also calendar coordination with other societies in the region. Two societies wouldn't want to feature their big annual Saturday conferences on the same day since could effectively cut attendance in half. WHY?

In Florida, genealogists think nothing of driving from Orlando to Ft. Myers to attend a big all-day conference, though the driving time each way would be a good 4 hours. Some societies have hired a bus to cut down on personal wear and tear, while carpooling attendees would share driving and hotel expense. The idea is to make a weekend of genealogy out of it.

Reaching out to those members still working the 9-5 Mon-Fri gig may mean we need to think outside the box of usual Wednesday morning genealogy meetings. Where rush hour traffic is an issue for evening meetings (as with the Fairfax, Virginia group) it may just be that well-run, non-rambling Saturday morning meetings will draw the working crowd.

Speaking of well-run, non-rambling meetings, I've attended and spoken at genealogy society meetings where the business meeting was so lengthy and so tumultuous that instead having 60 minutes to speak, the time was reduced to about 2-25 minutes. But I digress.

Maybe holding higher quality meetings every other month might be better? What about moving the "business" portion of the meeting until after the speaker's presentation? Just thinking out loud.

What do my DearREADERS think?

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







28 September 2009

Fairfax, VA

The Fairfax Genealogical Society Call for Papers for the 2010-11 year is quickly approaching. All proposals are due by 1 October and can be e-mailed to callforpapers@fxgs.org. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for any of our events (General Meetings, Saturday Education Classes, Fall Fair, Hands-on Workshop, or Spring Conference), details are available on our website at http://www.fxgs.org/callforpapers.htm.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

2010 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy - registration open

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: Just received the following information. Hope to see you all at SLIG.

The Salt Lake Institute Team has done a great job of getting the online registration system for SLIG 2010 up and running. For any questions please email 2010SLIGregistrar@gmail.com. Hope to see you there!!

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FROM THE DESK OF:
Thomas A. McGill, 2010 SLIG Director
Valerie Hansen, 2010 SLIG Registrar

The Utah Genealogical Association is pleased to announce completion of their new on-line registration system for the 2010 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

The 2010 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) will be held 11-15 Jan 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah at the downtown Radisson Hotel located at 215 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. SLIG participants are encouraged to stay at the Radisson using the "UGA or Utah Genealogical Association" discount. To view the course descriptions, click here. All registrations will be processed online at the UGA website www.infouga.org.

FEES
UGA Member 2010 SLIG Course registration fees are $280 by 16 Nov 2009, thereafter $305. Registration includes course materials, an orientation breakfast and the Friday night banquet. Evening classes and additional dinner tickets are extra. If you are already a member and need to retrieve your membership information, click here.

Non-UGA Member 2010 SLIG course registration Fees are $320 by 16 Nov 2009, thereafter $345. Registration includes course materials, an orientation breakfast and the Friday night banquet. Evening classes and additional dinner tickets are extra.

Evening classes are open to the public in addition to 2010 SLIG registrants at a cost of $10 per class.

2010 SLIG registrants may elect to bring non-SLIG participants to the Monday morning SLIG Breakfast for $15 per person.

2010 SLIG registrants may elect to bring non-SLIG participants to the Friday night SLIG Banquet for $40 per person.

WAITING LIST
If the course you desire is currently full, please send an email to : 2010SLIGregistrar@gmail.com

THANK-YOU for your past participation in Institute. The 2010 SLIG courses serve to support your goals to acquiring skills necessary to prove family relationships using historical documents and artifacts. The UGA Board & SLIG Staff are pleased to provide top-notch course coordinators and instructors and trust you will look forward to a powerful week of interactive learning and extensive Family History Library research.

See you at 2010 SLIG in January.

Thomas A. McGill,
Director
2010 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
Utah Genealogical Association
www.infouga.org

Valerie Hansen,
Registrar
2010 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
Utah Genealogical Association
www.infouga.org

ProGenealogists Hires Pro Branding Whiz Detjen

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: I'll be playing catch-up for a little bit, after being away from home for a month of conferencing, research and honeymooning. This press release indicates that ProGenealogists is interested in becoming an even higher profile research service than at present. From the staff members I know and run into routinely at teh Famiyl History Library, Ol' Myrt here can heartily recommend them for reliable, thoughtful and timely work. Please direct all inquiries to: media@progenealogists.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ProGenealogists Hires Pro Branding Whiz Detjen

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—September 16, 2009—ProGenealogists® , the world’s leading genealogical research firm, announced today that nationally renowned branding and marketing expert Jim Detjen has joined the company as Vice President of Marketing. Detjen, who will report directly to founder and CEO Natalie Cottrill, will lead the firm’s strategic brand design and management, as well as its global advertising and marketing communications. In addition, he will be responsible for creating and expanding key corporate-level alliances, which include industry leaders Ancestry.com, BBC, Discovery Channel, FamilyLink.com, National Geographic, PBS, Showtime Networks, and World Vital Records.

Said Cottrill of Detjen’s addition to the growing firm, “Jim has a proven track record of marketing the talents of skilled professionals to the people and firms who need and value them. His integrity, along with his attention to detail, are structural building blocks of ProGenealogists and our team members. He will be an excellent fit. We’re excited to have him on board so that our genealogists can continue to focus full-time on our valued clients.”

In 2001, Detjen, a Seattle native, became President and Chief Creative Officer of global strategic design firm Katapult Design. Under his leadership, Katapult achieved worldwide recognition for uniquely sophisticated graphic and brand solutions. Detjen collaborated on highly-recognized brands such as Apple, Coca Cola, Fa├žonnable, Guinness & Co., Mercedes-Benz, and Victoria’s Secret.

A decorated US Army veteran, Detjen graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah and is one of Utah Business Magazine’s “Best and Brightest Leaders Under the Age of 40.” Detjen is also the founder of ONE.SIX.ORG, a political news gathering and opinion website with a national readership. In addition to his new responsibilities at ProGenealogists, he serves on a number of distinguished corporate, editorial, and community boards.

Yvette Arts, Director of Partner Relations for FamilyLink.com said, “Interest in family history continues to grow and there is a great need arising for collaboration between companies to manage the vast amounts of data being discovered and digitized. Jim is a leader in this arena, and ProGenealogists is a standard-bearer among research professionals. His contributions will have an important impact on the global genealogy community.”

About ProGenealogists

Founded in 1998, ProGenealogists® is the world's leading scholarly research firm for genealogical and historical research. The distinguished staff includes published authors, educators, heir and estate researchers, translators, military researchers, and lineage specialists. The organization is dedicated to creating, preserving and marketing the highest quality, most detailed and scholarly research services and tools, while maintaining a constant commitment to client care and service.

http://www.progenealogists.com


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Obit: Louisa (Terry) Phillips - 1924



DearREADERS,

At tonight's real-time discussion in Second Life, Ol' Myrt here will be discussing the following newspaper obituary, how it was labeled, and the additional research planned as a result of acquiring this information. This is one of the gems I unearthed while doing on site research in Knoxville, Marion, Iowa.

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