Friday, September 05, 2014

I Love Family History Research in the 21st Century

As I age, sometimes I get a little grumpy, but just so I'm really clear, I love doing family history research in this age of technological wonders!

I know that I complain sometimes and I'm impatient, occasionally, for everything on the Internet to be just like I want it, not in good time, but now!

However, when technology and technologically-savvy folks get together, there is absolutely nothing to do but get out of their way and let them perform their marvels.  I cannot say too much tonight (okay, it's early morning hours), about how satisfied and pleased I am with two of my favorite Web sites: Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org

I'm as happy as a baby with an ice cream cone! 

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Library Notes: Search your family history at library - Evening Sun

Library Notes: Search your family history at library - Evening Sun

What is your favorite library for family history research?  I enjoyed reading this article because libraries don't often get enough attention for the role that they can play in family history resources.  Do you think that library trips are a waste of time or that everything is online, nowadays?

While it's true that there are these amazing projects to digitize written records and books and so forth, the truth is that there are still a lot of "written" records, books and other publications that still in print, in the traditional sense.  Here are some good reasons, as brought out in the article, and from my own experience, to visit a library.

  1. Libraries provide a dedicated area, (almost always), where you can spend an hour or more, working on your family history files.  Whether you have those files on your computer or in a notebook or whatever, sometime you just need a place and a time where you will not be disturbed, so that you can review and assess what you've already accumulated.
  2. Libraries (the physical repository) have online catalogs.  You can visit this catalog from home and plan what sources might be interesting or helpful for your genealogy journey.  Learn how to utilize the search option by playing with it.  Try entering surnames, topics, places, etc.; follow suggestions listed at the library catalog website and read the description of the items you locate.  Is it a book, a digital file, microfilm or what?!
  3.  Libraries have choices:  there is media of different types.  You can log onto their computers to access the Internet, but there are other options, too.  They often have access to "electronic" resources.  Some of these are subscription databases such as Ancestry.com or Heritage Quest.  Other databases may be for magazines, articles, and periodicals.  Don't neglect the video offerings, either.  Many are of an educational nature, such as historical or travel related.
  4. The best resource in a library are the people who work or volunteer there.  A reference librarian or the head librarian has received training and knowledge on helping the public find what they are looking for.  They often know the history of the area, can help you find organizations like genealogical societies, and can point you where to go for what you're seeking.  Always be clear, concise, and specific in your requests.
  5. Check to see if your library sponsors classes or seminars in genealogy and family history.  Do they  know local people who can help with your research?  What other repositories can they suggest?  Look for brochures and pamphlets on how to use the library, local museums, local historic features, etc. 
  6. Does your library have a system for acquiring books that belong to other libraries?  
These are only a few of the many good reasons to visit a library in your home town, as you travel to other places, etc.  Below, you will find some links to other sites for this topic.
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WorldCat.org (OCLC)







Additional Infor:  LINK: Cyndislist.com (Category: Libraries)


Saturday, August 23, 2014

What I'm doing this summer...

1.
Watching YouTube: ----------------------------------------->>>

2.  Playing games with my Family Tree at FamilySearch! The name of the game is "Relative Finder"Granted you can't play until you upload your family tree and of course getting an account is FREE.

3.  Brushing up on Family Tree at FamilySearch. 

4.  Getting excited about my upcoming class at the Center-for-Lifelong-Learning. 

5.  Reviewing the Basics (so I can teach "Beyond Basic Genealogy")!

6.  Doing crosswords to keep my mind from degenerating.  You will find a sample on my website, today!

7.  Staying Cool:
YMCA: Oleans, NY 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ancestry Home Page

Ancestry Home Page 



  • Valerie Bertinelli on WDYTYA? Wednesday, @8p.m. Central Time on TLC network)
  •  New Records at Ancestry
  • My Shoebox
 The above list  are "items of interest" that appeared on my homepage at Ancestry.com; today.    Occasionally, I'm in such a fever to search that I kind of rush past the news and announcements section. When I do take the take to review the page, however, I pick up information that is helpful and relevant to my ancestors.

For example, it is evident that some of the genealogy community enjoy and follow the series, Who Do You Think You Are?.  So, I appreciate the reminder that Wednesday is the night I want to tune in.  How does this help me in my genealogy?  For one thing, it reminds me that documentation is the by word of family history and that even for celebrities, there are some dark corners and closets that are uncovered, as well as records that record bravery and dedication.

 Are there newly acquired record collections at Ancestry that are especially relevant to my search objectives?  Is there a new feature that will become the tool I need to discover sources and data?  The Ancestry Home Page is the place to look for that.

My Shoebox: I love that Ancestry.com has provided a "file" for things I stumble on but can't immediately relate to an ancestor. My Shoebox is where I put stuff until connect the dotes, "cold cases" , if you will.  I need, on occasion, to review that file and see if I can bridge the gap between my discoveries and my family tree.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Genealogy in Northwest Florida: Societies

 This is the place to tap the amazing collection of databases gathered by the genealogy community in Bay County, Florida. 
If you want to know the news and events of the local genealogical society, link to this page .http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flbcgs/programs.html.

 The program for August will feature George and M. Legge, the Family History Center directors for the Fort Walton Beach Family History Center.  Open the GSOC web link for more information and to preview the web site central to the Family History Center's purpose, travel on over to the FamilySearch site.

  Topic: FamilySearch.org: What’s New and How to Use It Speaker: Elder Balling and Elder Blair, from the LDS Church
Presentation will include new records and features of Family Search; how to search, create a pedigree fan chart, share photos, build a family tree, chat with a live person for help, and use Puzilla to “find our cousins.” WFGS member Mrs. Lee Scott will also be available to answer any in-depth general questions.

FamilySearch.org is a free website with many genealogy records to access, and WFGS library volunteers have recently been trained to assist visitors in using its resources.

Note: this is the program originally scheduled for June, which we had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances. Members and guests are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be available at 9:45. Meeting begins at 10:00 A.M. Point of contact is Charlotte Schipman, 850-477-7166, email cschipman@mac.com

This society has spent many hours in accumulating acquisitions for the Milton Library in the Genealogy Department.  They also hold their monthly meetings in the library on 3rd Saturdays at 10a.m.  For more information, contact one of the board members listed on page 2 of the PDF Document Link above..
 
 


Summer Explorations

  • BillionGraves Q&A  I am not yet a part of the Billion Graves project; but I love what they are doing to ease my path in locating interments.  Due to the immense learning curve standing between me and GPS photograpy skills, I have been slow to get on board!  So what is BG and what are they doing that hasn't been done before?  This website offeres Frequently-Asked-Questions in the "Q and A" format so that we can all be in the know. 

What websites and resources do you use to find or locate your ancestor's graves?  Here are some of the ones I've utilized:
  1. http://Interment.net
  2. Family Search Catalog:  Microfilms, Books, locality resources, etc.
  3. FamilySearch Search Your Ancestor!
  4. Find-A-Grave
  5. USGenWeb
  6. Publications of genealogical societies which are housed in libraries: Check Library of Congress and WorldCat or the library catalogs of individual repositories.
  7. Periodicals (See PERSI), available at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as well as at some other locations (Your local library may have Heritage Quest online).  Read more about Heritage Quest at Dick Eastman's Encyclopedia.
  8. Newspaper Obituaries:  Wherever you can find digitized or archived newspapers and obituaries, is where you must go.  I would recommend you look at Cyndislist because this is a comprehensive category that may pop up in a number of places.
Other ideas?  

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Local Programs in the Northwest Florida Genealogical Community

JULY

 
Our speaker for the July 12 GSOC meeting will be Amy Raley. Raley, who is the historian associate at the Local History and Genealogy branch of the Mobile Public Library, will speak on early immigration routes in the "old Southwest", and "The Federal Road." 
Is this the "old Federal Road of Alabama"?  Come and Find Out!
 
The Genealogical Society meets on second Saturdays of the month at the Vapariso Heritage Museum at 10 AM. Join us for dutch treat lunch after the meeting! See you there!!!!

Local Programs in Northwest Florida Genealogy Community

AUGUST

West Florida Genealogical Society     



Meeting Date: August 2, 2014
Place:
West Florida Genealogy Library. 5740 N. 9th Ave, Pensacola, FL
850-494-7373
Time: 10:00 AM
Topic: FamilySearch.org: What’s New and How to Use It
Speaker: Elder Balling and Elder Blair, from the LDS Church


Presentation will include new records and features of Family Search; how to search, create a pedigree fan chart, share photos, build a family tree, chat with a live person for help, and use Puzilla to “find our cousins.” WFGS member Mrs. Lee Scott will also be available to answer any in-depth general questions.

FamilySearch.org is a free website with many genealogy records to access, and WFGS library volunteers have recently been trained to assist visitors in using its resources.

Note: this is the program originally scheduled for June, which we had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances.

Members and guests are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be available at 9:45. Meeting begins at 10:00.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Online Tutorial

beginninggenealogy

Found this through FamilySearch.  The free course was developed at Allen County Public Library, in the Genealogy Center.  I hope that you will take a look at it, (we all need reminders, from time to time), and I hope you will pass it along to a friend, a grandchlld, a companion.