Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ideas for a lineage workshop

DearREADERS,
Julie Cahill Tarr
prolific blogger at the GenBlog and 
Who Will Tell Their Story? made the following request via Facebook:
Does anyone have any tips or ideas for holding a lineage workshop? Our DAR chapter is doing one in October and we're still working on the details. Any advice would be appreciated...
Thus began a series of comments back and forth, and what emerged are GREAT IDEAS for any organization wishing to sponsor a beginners genealogy seminar. The parts in red I added when spiffing up the text for this blog post.


Pat Richley-Erickson Lineage workshop -- hmmm. DAR chapter members only? or for anyone wanting to a) join DAR and/or b) learn about genealogy in general?

Julie Cahill Tarr ‎[...] The workshop is really for to get people interested in genealogy and for people just getting started.


Pat Richley-Erickson OK, then I recommend:  

1. It isn't all on the Net (an overview of collecting family docs, with a workshop component to analyze info in a birth and in a death certificate.) Provide them with 2 copies of a transcription form, one to use with each document you have on the screen. I'd also give them a 1/2 page copy of those 2 documents, so they can refer back to it later. Be sure the form has an option to consider reliability.

2. A Few Good Sites (an overview of Cyndi's List, FamilySearch including wiki and records, Ancestry.com, USGenWeb and GenealogyBank for a basic understanding of the how-to help and original documents available out there.) Don't overwhelm them with the plethora of online trees, freebie and subscription websites. Just give them three or four to cut their teeth on.

3. Type it ONCE, use it many times (an overview of the importance of using genealogy software to organize what you've learned from documents mentioning your ancestors. I suggest getting someone local who likes to use a specific program, but insist them mention the names and URLs of other Windows and Mac programs available.)

Julie Cahill Tarr ‎People are being told to bring documents if they have them, and I believe that's part of what we will be doing, helping them to analyze. What do you think about helping them fill in a pedigree chart to get started and walk away with something? 

Pat Richley-Erickson I am concerned that without a group analysis of 2 basic documents (including the concept of a death record being great for death date info, but birth info and parents are only clues.) 

Toward the end of your seminar, I would have them complete a pedigree chart if you like, but I'd really like to see them use software -- perhaps give them a CD with the free version of Legacy or RootsMagic (definitely NOT Personal Ancestral File.)

Pat Richley-Erickson I have a bunch of 512MB flash drives I could give you if you like, ‎for the software programs to go on.



Julie Cahill Tarr That is a nice idea, to provide them with the free versions of some popular programs.

Maybe the conversation Julie and I had today will foster some interest in hosting a beginning genealogy seminar? Gosh, I think Ol' Myrt here has ideas for three new webinars.

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

Fold3: Content Update - 5 military titles

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from Footnote, er, ummm Fold3.com. Please address all inquiries to team@fold3.com.

Wed, Aug 31, 2011 11:35 am
We are excited to announce that we have begun adding the following new titles to the site, covering 5 wars and 130 years of U.S. military history:

War of 1812 Pension Files

Records in the War of 1812 Pension Files reveal details of each soldier'€™s service and family. In a declaration made by widow Mary Abbott, she elaborates upon her late husband's engagements in Ohio after stating that he was "out three times in the War of 1812." 

From 1846 to 1848, the war with Mexico determined the southwest border of the U.S. as we know it today. The Mexican War Service Records launch Fold3's commitment to bringing records of this strategic war to our members.

Confederate Casualty Reports

From skirmishes to major battles, documents within the Confederate Casualty Reports describe a unit's role in the conflict and detail casualties, from killed to missing to "slightly" wounded. A few reports from the Battle of Sharpsburg (also known as Antietam) on September 17, 1862, relate the action from several units, beginning with the report of the 13th South Carolina Infantry.

World War I Officer Experience Reports

The World War I Officer Experience Reports reveal intriguing accounts by engineers in the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF). Some reports go beyond military and engineering terms to provide remarkable, sometimes poetic insights, like this January 6, 1919, account of a torpedo attack on a convoy hours after the writer described "the dark forested shores of North America" as "a mere fringe on the horizon." 

In 1942, men between the ages of 45 and 64 were required to register for the draft in order to create an inventory of those who could provide essential skills to the home front during World War II. The "Old Man's Draft" Cards are the result, complete with addresses, dates, and physical descriptions of each registrant.
Watch for more to come as these titles continue to grow and others are added.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Taino Race of American Indians isn't extinct

DearREADERS, 
Just published is the 142nd Online Issue of Somos Primos dedicated to Hispanic heritage and diversity issues and edited by Mimi Lozano.




THE TAINO RACE OF AMERICAN INDIAN PEOPLE IS FAR FROM EXTINCT
Somos Primos 
11 Sept 2011
"Dr. Juan Martinez Cruzado, a geneticist from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez designed an island-wide DNA survey, The study funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, shows that 61 percent of all Puerto Ricans have Amerindian mitochondrial DNA, 27 percent have African and 12 percent Caucasian. (Nuclear DNA, or the genetic material present in a gene's nucleus, is inherited in equal parts from one's father and mother. Mitochondrial DNA is inherited only from one's mother and does not change or blend with other materials over time.)"


In this same issue see:
  • 63 Taino Indian Students Identified as "Puerto Rican" in Record Group 75
  • The last of the Taino Ruling Chiefs  
  • 'Isla Borinken' ...1493 Early History of Boriken or Puerto Rico


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

Monday, August 29, 2011

New Access Procedures for Court Records at NARA

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from the NARA and demonstrates that historians and genealogists must use the internet as a normally-accepted tool for research. Please address all inquiries to Public.Affairs@nara.gov.


Washington, D.C. . .The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is now providing access to court records exclusively by online ordering or by mail/fax/e-mail. NARA will no longer provide on-site court case review services to the public at its Federal Records Centers. 

This change applies to all closed bankruptcy, civil, criminal, and court of appeals case files that remain in the legal custody of the courts but are physically stored at NARA’s Federal Records Centers.

The National Archives is making this change because records can now easily be ordered electronically. It is no longer cost-effective to operate satellite research rooms to provide access to these records.

Access to court cases is now available only via online ordering or mail/fax/e-mail at the following facilities:

-Atlanta Federal Records Center
-Boston Federal Records Center
-Dayton Federal Records Center
-Denver Federal Records Center
-Philadelphia Federal Records Center
-Seattle Federal Records Center
-Washington National Records Center (Suitland, MD)

Effective October 1, access to court cases will be available only via online ordering or mail/fax/e-mail at the following facilities:

-Chicago Federal Records Center
-Fort Worth Federal Records Center
-Lee’s Summit Federal Records Center
-Lenexa Federal Records Center
-Riverside Federal Records Center
-San Bruno Federal Records Center


To order court records online:
1. Visit the National Archives “Order Online” page (https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline).
2.  Click on “Order Reproductions,” then “Court Records.”
3.  Select the appropriate court (Bankruptcy, Civil, Criminal, or Court of Appeals).
4. Follow the onscreen prompts to set up an account and place your order.

To order court records via mail/fax/e-mail:
1. Visit the National Archives Court Records information page (http://www.archives.gov/research/court-records).
2. Download and complete the appropriate request form (Bankruptcy, Civil, Criminal, or Court of Appeals).
3. Mail/fax/e-mail the form to the appropriate facility (see page 2 of the request form for contact information).

Customers wishing to access the records in person can do so at the appropriate Court office (www.uscourts.gov/ContactUs/ContactUs.aspx).

Please note that fees to obtain copies of court records from NARA’s Federal Records Centers will not change under this new policy.

Easy Digital Newsletters UNCUT Workshop Webinar TONIGHT

DearREADERS,
Does your society need to save money? Perhaps like most, your group spends the majority of  its annual income on publishing a newsletter. Join Ol' Myrt live tonight as she demonstrates two money-saving solutions:
  • Convert a newsletter to .PDF
  • Convert a newsletter to a blog

DearMYRTLE's EASY DIGITAL NEWSLETTERS Workshop Webinar (uncut version)
Date:     Monday, August 29, 2011
Time:     9:00 PM - 10:30 PM EDT


To calculate the time in your area, see the Time Zone Converter at:
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8pm Central US
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REGISTRATION
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After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. Remember the first 100 people in the room at the time of the event are permitted to attend. Arrive 15 minutes early for the "pre-webinar warm-up".

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


Ancestry.com: Open access to immigration and naturalization records

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at Ancestry.com. Please address all inquiries to support@ancestry.com.

Ancestry.com Offers Free Access to Immigration and Naturalization Records

Week of Free Access Enables Families to Discover Stories of Ancestors’ International Travels and Passage
 
PROVO, UTAH – (August 29, 2011) – Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced an entire week of free access to its popular U.S. and International Immigration and Naturalization records. The free access week begins August 29th and runs through the Labor Day holiday ending September 5th. During this time, all visitors to Ancestry.com will be able to search for free the indices and images of new and updated U.S. immigration records as well as selected international immigration records from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden and Mexico. Millions of Americans can trace their family history to other countries, and these collections provide valuable information about the travels and journeys that brought them to America or other countries around the world.

Ancestry.com’s extensive collection of immigration, naturalization and travel records offer an important resource for discovering and celebrating family history. As part of this promotion, the company is adding to its collection of U.S. and international records for tracing relatives from their homeland to other countries around the world. These records include ships passenger and crew lists, declarations of intent, petitions for naturalization, witness affidavits, border crossings, certificates and other records generated by the naturalization process, which is the act and procedure of becoming a new citizen of a country. Because the process has changed significantly over time and varies from country to country, different records are available from a wide variety of state, federal and international sources.

Newly added U.S. collections include Florida Petitions for Naturalization, 1913-1991; Delaware Naturalization Records, 1796-1959 and Utah Naturalization and Citizenship Records, 1850-1960. Noteworthy updated U.S. and international collections include U.S. Naturalization and Passport applications, 1795-1972; UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960; Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956; New South Wales, Australia, Unassisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1826-1922; Border Crossings: From Mexico to U.S., 1895-1957; New York State, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1917-1973; Atlantic Ports Passenger Lists, 1820-1873 and 1893-1959.

“One of the most common elements of the American experience is our respect and interest in our native heritage.  Almost all Americans have international roots, and many take great pride and even feel patriotic toward the countries from which their ancestors originated,” said Josh Hanna, Ancestry.com Executive Vice President. That’s why we continue to build and enrich our collection of immigration and naturalization records and why we are providing free access to anyone who wants to search these records to discover their family’s international history.”

Many families have already made important discoveries in Ancestry.com’s immigration and naturalization collection. Each of the following stories offers an example of the exciting and often emotional discoveries made by some Ancestry.com users.

·         David A. Bader – Atlanta, GA: Bader traced his mother’s immigration from birth in Vienna, Austria, in 1934, during the Holocaust, through a KinderTransport to England (1939-1941), and eventually her immigration into the U.S. He’s also traced her parents’ journeys through concentration camps and other paths that lead to the United States, where the family came back together after their separate journeys of luck and fate.

·         Kristine Plotinski – Romeo, MI: Plotinski recently found the ship manifest of when her grandparents and three aunts immigrated to the United States from Iraq in 1947. She shared this document with her aunts and they were deeply touched when they saw their names on the manifest. One of her aunts remarked that she had been unable to find her immigration records on a visit to Ellis Island and recounted that seeing the document from Ancestry.com brought back many memories. Her aunt very clearly remembers the day in 1947 when her ship arrived in New York. She was awed by the lights of New York and the snow and wore a pink coat made with rabbit fur, which her grandmother had made for each of Kristine’s aunts.  

·         Jackie Wells – Annapolis, MDAlthough her father died of cancer, Wells was fortunate to spend considerable time with him before he passed. Many of their talks focused on his family history. He did not know much about his mother, who died from a fire when he was three, or about her background. His father remarried and supported a blended family, but did not talk about his background. Since those discussions, Wells has traced her father’s side back to the original immigrants, finding early colonial settlers of New England, a sea captain defending New York’s harbor under George Washington in 1776, early residents of the new capital Washington, hard-working mid-1800's immigrants, Civil War soldiers, sports legends and many poignant personal stories. So far, for two of the immigrants Wells located, she has traveled to and photographed their birth villages, in Italy and in Germany. Wells’ family history research has helped her find and be welcomed by hundreds of newfound relatives who have provided many memories and a much deeper understanding her father’s family history.   

To start researching the immigration and naturalization records for free, please visit www.ancestry.com/immigration


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Western MI GenSoc: Tony Burroughs 5 Nov 2011




For the 2011 Got Ancestors?! Genealogy in Black & White and Blue & Gray seminar with Tony Burroughs, Western Michigan Genealogical Society is pleased to announce a sponsorship programme to encourage people aged 15 – 25 to attend the seminar.

WMGS is offering a limited number of sponsorships to people aged 15 – 25 who wish to attend this year’s Got Ancestors?! seminar. If you’re young and interested in learning about genealogy from a great expert, you’ll be able to attend the Friday and Saturday sessions at NO COST if you are among the first 20 qualified people who register. This is a $59 value. You MUST register online if you wish to receive one of these Sponsorships.

The purpose of these sponsorships is to:
  • promote an interest in genealogy among young people;
  • provide a free educational opportunity to learn about genealogy in the context of the American Civil War;
  • encourage an inter-generational activity that young people can interact and share with their parents and grandparents.
To take advantage of this offer, eligible people should go to the Got Ancestors?! registration page and click the link for ”If you are registering for a Youth Sponsorship, please USE THIS FORM“.

What: WMGS’ Annual Seminar Got Ancestors?! Genealogy in Black & White and Blue & Gray
Who: Tony Burroughs, FUGA1 – expert genealogist, author and lecturer
When: Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November 2011
Where: Prince Conference Center at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan


1 = Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association

More information about the Got Ancestors?! Genealogy in Black & White and Blue & Gray seminar can be found at http://GotAncestors.com/

Syncing and GEDCOMing - can someone press the fast forward button?

DearRANDY,
Thanks for this thought-provoking post GEDCOM, Software, Online Trees and Syncing, describing how a typical genealogist may utilize current processes for syncing and sharing genealogy data. How I wish the vendors would take note.

I have no interest in syncing my data in a "borg tree" as Tamura Jones calls them, where another researcher can independently modify my previously uploaded data without my knowledge or permission. (This model is currently expressed by Geni.com and FamilySearch.com among others.) Such a sync would effectively wipe away the integrity of my personal database.

Ancestry.com trees currently supports a better model for syncing - sorta. There I can accept or ignore suggestions from the trees of other researchers, yet my tree is out there for collaborative purposes. I would like to sync my tree and attached image files with my pc-based data. I do not however, want to be forced to use Family Tree Maker. In fact I use several genealogy management programs for the variety of views, report layouts, etc.

From what I've heard a planned version of AncestorSync  will be designed to sync to multiple platforms simultaneously. But unfortunately V1 syncs with a borg tree. It's partner organization, Ohana Software produces Family Insight a program adept at syncing with FamilySearch, so syncing isn't new to this team.

We shall see what the future holds. I just want to seamlessly share my data with my new-found cousin Russ.

FOR FURTHER READING 
The Ideal Genealogy System  by Louis Kessler.


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

Which calendar system?

DearREADERS,
Thanks to a friend for pointing Ol' Myrt to this gifted cartoonist Randall Munroe at http://xkcd.com. Randall is sorta a techie version of Gary Larson (The Far Side.) After clicking around a number of Randall's sketches, I discovered this one, and just had to share it with my DearREADERS.


Randall clearly labels his work as: "Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)." His work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License.


Search Randall's archives for Julian (as in Julian or Gregorian calendar) and you'll find a particularly telling story of yogurt.

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

ACOM (Ancestry.com) Downtrend

DearREADERS,
Investors Business Daily reports a downward momentum with Ancestry.com (ACOM) stock. Wonder what this means?

Chip Brian reports that "Ancestry.com is currently below its 50-day moving average of $37.37 and below its 200-day moving average of $34.69. Look for these moving averages to decline to confirm the company's downward momentum." Click here for details.

To be fair, one could compare ACOM's performance to that of other major players in the industry and to the general stock performance. We know that Wall Street has taken a beating in the last few weeks.

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

Friday, August 26, 2011

BetterGEDCOM Update

DearREADERS,
Ol' Myrt here set up the BetterGEDCOM wiki in mid-Nov 2010 with the hopes that a grassroots effort would improve genealogy data file transfers. Today I'd like to share some thoughts about the project.
1. There is currently a GEDCOM standard, with which the genealogy software programmers have elected not to fully comply during the last 15 years.

2. GENTECH attempted to codify a GEDCOM standard with backing from professional genealogists and a core group of coders, but the initiative fell flat years ago.

3. Absent a timely, viable BetterGEDCOM standard with accompanying product that can be readily assimilated by genealogy vendors, AncestorSync (from the same folks who brought us FamilyInsight) has great potential as a "bridging" solution facilitating file sharing among researchers on a variety of platforms.

4. BetterGEDCOM is stronger in the "international" front, while AncestorSync is stronger "getting a product out of the pipeline."

5. FamilySearch has specifically chosen not to work with BetterGEDCOM, though it is accustomed to approving certified affiliates. This is most likely because BetterGEDCOM doesn't have a product for them to evaluate.

6. Ancestry.com has not participated in any BetterGEDCOM discussions.

7. Other major software vendors (as defined by great numbers of end users) are not interested in working with us on BetterGEDCOM as a standard, using their time instead to upgrade their individual products to meet current consumer demands.

8. Acknowledging AncestorSync's file transfer capabilities through BetterGEDCOM's independent review is an extension of testing we've done with other programs to describe issues of compliance with current GEDCOM standards. Scrambled data fields and lost data are important issues that have been tracked. If AncestorSync avoids the usual pitfalls, test results will tell the tale.

9. I look forward to testing AncestorSync V4 which will involve end-user to end-user file transfers. At this point, AncestorSync is in V1 beta.

10. It would be better if the *new* de facto genealogy data exchange process isn't owned by a company. We have learned from Microsoft's monopoly.

ALL THAT BEING SAID

A.  I believe AncestorSync will gain full acceptance in the industry by vendors and end-users alike. Vendors favor a no-effort solution to GEDCOM file transfer issues, and end-users just want the sharing to happen seamlessly.

B. The concept of archiving genealogy data may be an obsolete thought, given a dynamic program like AncestorSync that plans to maintain file transfer criteria for older versions of genealogy software. Genealogists are becoming increasingly adept with the use of Dropbox, Mozy and other file syncing and backup services.

C. BetterGEDCOM work can continue with GEDCOM file data models and source citation architecture, but I seriously doubt we can gain acceptance in the industry without strategic partnership(s).

D. While collaboration works fine to discuss data models and architecture, but creating an actual product takes funding, man hours, and a top-down project management system. Failing that, here at BetterGEDCOM, with just a few active though highly qualified participants, Ol' Myrt is still herding cats.

E. I favor BetterGEDCOM collaborating with AncestorSync.

SUMMARY
Personally, I don't care if AncestorSync gets there before BetterGEDCOM does, just that the work gets done. 
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Easy Digital Newsletters UNCUT Workshop Webinar

DearREADERS,
NOTE: We're having a preview of this webinar in our Second Life voice chat Sunday 21 Aug 2011.

Join Ol' Myrt in a live demonstration of dynamic alternatives to printing paper newsletters with the added benefit of saving time, mailing committee energy and money.

In the current economic climate, family associations and genealogy societies are looking for ways to provide information at reduced costs. Myrt may just have the solution.


Previous DearMYRTLE Workshop Webinar attendees comment that the open-style, demo format provides ample time for give and take of questions and answers throughout the meeting. So come join the fun!

Title:     DearMYRTLE's EASY DIGITAL NEWSLETTER Workshop Webinar
Date:     Monday, August 29, 2011
Time:     9:00 PM - 10:30 PM EDT


To calculate the time in your area, see the Time Zone Converter at:
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9pm Eastern US
8pm Central US
7pm Mountain US
6pm Pacific US

REGISTRATION
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After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. Remember the first 100 people in the room at the time of the event are permitted to attend. Arrive 15 minutes early for the "pre-webinar warm-up".


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

Preparing for 2011 FGS Conference - Springfield, Illinois 7-10 Sept


DearREADERS,
We've got two weeks to go before the 2011 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference convenes in Springfield, Illinois. Even the birth of my newest granddaughter is in alignment with an "all systems go" outlook as her scheduled delivery date has changed from 8 Sept to this coming Tuesday morning at 7:30am.

Check out the official FGS Conference Blog by Paula Stuart-Warren, if you'd like to hit the (conference) ground running. Paula also provides suggestions for travel, sight seeing and research possibilities. Thanks for your tireless efforts, Paula!

Special news about the conference itself:

For things to do in addition to the conference, see Paula's postings:



Join the nation's genealogists, September 7-10, 2011 in historic Springfield, Illinois for the FGS/ISGS 2011 National Conference. Don't miss your chance to learn from over 150 individual sessions, connect with other genealogists, and discover the latest innovations in family history during the 35th Anniversary of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. 


REGISTRATION
http://www.fgs.org/2011conference



Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)

DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

EEEK!!! 2011 not 2012 FGS Conference

DearREADERS,
Of all the typos! Ol' Myrt here just made a typo in the TITLE of a blog post. Unfortunately, changing it can render the article "not found" by  many blog readers. Deleting it will not fix the problem for those who receive the post via email.

So please note the DearMYRTLE blog post titled:
Preparing for 2012 FGS Conference - Springfield, Illinois 7-10 Sept

Should read:
Preparing for 2011 FGS Conference - Springfield, Illinois 7-10 Sept

I'll post a correct, though duplicate, blog post shortly.

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

Easy digital newsletters - SL voice chat tonight

DearREADERS,
Time to get your headsets on. Tonight's Family History Centre VOICE chat topic will be "Easy Digital Newsletters" as we discuss methods for improving family association and genealogy society communication.

TIME: 5:15pm Second Life time (same as Pacific US time)
PLACE: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Adam%20ondi%20Ahman/180/53/25

Once you have downloaded and installed the free Second Life software, you can merely click the link above to be taken directly to the Family History Centre.


Find Ol' Myrt in-world, as my svelte blond avatar Clarise Beaumont. (It is no wonder I like this virtual world so much!) 

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

Preparing for 2012 FGS Conference - Springfield, Illinois 7-10 Sept

DearREADERS,
We've got two weeks to go before the 2011 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference convenes in Springfield, Illinois. Even the birth of my newest granddaughter is in alignment with an "all systems go" outlook as her scheduled delivery date has changed from 8 Sept to this coming Tuesday morning at 7:30am.

Check out the official FGS Conference Blog by Paula Stuart-Warren, if you'd like to hit the (conference) ground running. Paula also provides suggestions for travel, sight seeing and research possibilities. Thanks for your tireless efforts, Paula!

Special news about the conference itself:

For things to do in addition to the conference, see Paula's postings:



Join the nation's genealogists, September 7-10, 2011 in historic Springfield, Illinois for the FGS/ISGS 2011 National Conference. Don't miss your chance to learn from over 150 individual sessions, connect with other genealogists, and discover the latest innovations in family history during the 35th Anniversary of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. 


REGISTRATION
http://www.fgs.org/2011conference



Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)

DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

FGS Springfield Conference: Online registration closes tonight

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: My registration for FGS is completed as I'll serve as an Official Blogger reporting onsite during the conference, but I had to be sure I registered for the luncheons and dinner events that most interested me. If you wish to register online, you must do it before midnight tonight.


Don't Miss Out - FGS 2011 Online
Conference Registration Closes [tonight]!

Join the nation's genealogists, September 7-10, 2011 in historic Springfield, Illinois for the FGS/ISGS 2011 National Conference. Don't miss your chance to learn from over 150 individual sessions, connect with other genealogists, and discover the latest innovations in family history during the 35th Anniversary of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. 

Register online or visit the conference website for additional information about events. Registrations sent by regular mail will be accepted if postmarked on or before Saturday, August 20, 2011.  

Already Registered?
Be sure to add any meals, workshops, and other special event tickets before August 20, 2011 at 11:59pm. A very limited number of tickets may be available onsite.

A few highlights of this year's conference include...

FGS 35th Anniversary Gala
Celebrate with the Federation of Genealogical Societies for a fun-filled evening of entertainment, learning, and celebration as we recognize the past, present, and future of FGS and its service to the genealogical community at the 35th Anniversary Gala. Events include "The Lincoln Family Album" (presented by special guest, noted Lincoln scholar - Harold Holzer), Grand Prize Drawing, and a Celebration Dinner.

Society Showcase
Discover a showcase of the nation's genealogical societies during the exhibit hall's extended Exhibit Hall hours on Thursday, September 8, 2011. This year's inaugural Society Showcase brings together FGS member societies, other societies, and conference attendees in the exhibit hall for an evening of extended hours, door-prizes, networking and fun!

Ancestry.com Day at FGS 2011
Join Ancestry.com for Ancestry.com Day at FGS 2011, featuring a track of four classes designed to help you get the most out of your Ancestry.com membership. Tickets for this special event are $20 (you do not have to be registered for the FGS 2011 Conference to purchase a ticket). Classes include: Overlooked Secrets in U.S. Federal Census Records, Getting the Most from Family Tree Maker, Hidden Treasures at Ancestry.com, and Find them Fast: Secrets to Searching Your Family History at Ancestry.com

SwedGen Road Tour 2011

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: Glad to hear from our friend Kathy Meade on this subject. Feel free to drop her a line at kathymeaderesearch@gmail.com.


Want to learn how to begin to trace your Swedish heritage or learn some new techniques in breaking down those brick walls in your Swedish research? Then, you should try to attend one of the SwedGen Road Tour 2011 Research Days occurring in September. The SwedGen Road Tour begins on September 10th and you still have time to register for one of the events and there are still a few slots available for private consultations at each destination.

Four Swedish genealogists are touring the United States for the sole purpose of helping Swedish-Americans learn more about their heritage. The group has been very successful in helping many individuals get started with their research as well as breaking down many brick walls on past trips and they are continuing the tradition with SwedGen 2011. 

This year the group will be leading Research Workshops in Chicago, Rock Island, Denver and Salt Lake City in September. The workshops will include presentations and demonstrations on how to use the various resources for Swedish genealogical and historical research. Click here to see the presentation schedule for each event.

This year three representatives from Lantmäteriet, the Swedish mapping and land registration authority, will also be present at the SwedGen events in Chicago and
Rock Island. One of the four Swedish genealogists will represent Lantmäteriet in Denver and Salt Lake City and give a presentation on historical maps at those locations. Lantmäteriet will be an exhibitor at the Federation of Genealogical Society Conference in Springfield, IL from September 7th to the 10th.
Below you will find information for each event including date, location and registration links. The registration procedures do vary by place and pre-registration is required in Chicago, Rock Island and Denver. At each place, individual consultations will be available to the first 32 persons who sign up for a one-on-one session and submit a query form. Queries will not be accepted after September 1st.

If you have any questions or wish more information, please feel free to contact me by email or call toll-free (800) 975-5493 and push the button for Kathy Meade.

The SwedGen Road Tour 2011 Research Day will be a great opportunity to get assistance with your Swedish genealogical research!  Hope that you can make one of these events if you are in the area.

Chicago, IL
Saturday, September 10, 2011
9 AM - 5 PM
Event Location
5211 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL  60640
Phone (773) 728-8111
  
Registration is required. Please click here to register or call the museum at (773) 728-8111.
  
If you wish to consult with one of the Swedish genealogists for a 30 minute one-on-one session make sure that you request a session by filling out a query form by clicking here.  (Note - One-on-One sessions will be limited to the first 32 individuals to request and you must be registered for the event.) 



 
Rock Island, IL
Sunday, September 11, 2011
9 AM - 5 PM
  
Augustana College
Hanson Hall of Science
726 35th Street
Rock Island, IL
  
Pre-registration is required. Click here for event registration information.
  
  



 
Denver, Colorado
Saturday, September 17, 2011
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Event Location
Community College of Aurora
Centretech Campus - Fine Arts Building
16000 East CentreTech Parkway
Aurora, Colorado 80011-9036
  
This event is co-sponsored by the Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado and the Community College of Aurora.
  
Pre-registration is required.  Click here for event details and a registration form.
  



 
Salt Lake City, Utah
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
9 am - 12:30 pm

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
9 am - 12:30 pm

Event Location
Family History Support Center
50 E North Temple St
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
Please click here  and then click on the schedule to see the presentation schedule for each day. Note - The presentations are not the same on both dates.
Registration is not required. However, if you wish an individual consultation with a Swedish genealogist, please click here to fill out a query form. Individual consultations will be limited to the first 32 persons who sign-up.
 
Bouppteckningar or Probate Records

The probate record (bouppteckning) is an inventory and appraisal of a deceased person's estate.  These records are divided into two parts: the preamble and the inventory list. The preamble includes information such as: inventory date, deceased's name, death date of the deceased, names of the heirs and their relationship to the deceased.
The following link shows bouppteckning translations as well as a Swedish/English dictionary for many of the items commonly found in the inventory list.
Attend a SwedGen Road Tour 2011 Research Day and you will find out to access these wonderful records and how they can help you in your Swedish research!
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