Saturday, July 4, 2009
Here is the assignment for tonight:
1. Think of the best Fourth of July you remember from your childhood.
2. Think of the best fourth of July you remember from your adulthood.
3. What did you do today?
4. Write about one, or all, of them on your blog or in Comments to this post.
1. The best memory I have from my childhood was going over to my father's cousin's house and playing with sparklers and watching firecrackers go off. San Diego County was, and still is, a firecracker free county (but many break the law, of course). My father's cousin's husband, Chuck (we always called him just "Chuck," but his real name was Marshall Beal Chamberlain) bought firecrackers and sparklers from Tijuana (or from someone who snuck them up from Tijuana). And my brother and I got to wave the sparklers around. Chuck and his buddies would shoot off the firecrackers in their enclosed patio and yard. This may not sound like a big deal to you, but it was "forbidden fruit" in the 1950's for this San Diego boy.
The other memory I have is going to my grandparents house on Point Loma and driving along Rosecrans Street in their 1950 Hudson with fireworks going off overhead. I never liked being real close to the booms and these were a little too close.
2) As an adult, we often went to Coronado Beach on the 4th of July, sometimes with the girls softball team or the girls Brownie/Girl Scout troop. For several years, the team and coaches (I was the coach, Linda the manager) rode in an open truck in the Coronado 4th of July Parade down Orange Avenue. One year at the beach it was really cold - like 65 F and the wind blowing the sand in the afternoon. We never shed our outer clothes and never saw the sun that day. These beach outings usually ended with a fire in the concrete rings cooking S'mores.
3) We're off to the Padres-Dodgers game at 1:10 p.m. at Petco Park today. After that, we'll go to our church where there is a traditional picnic on the patio with lots to eat, games for the kids, enough shade for the sensitive, and fireworks in the evening from the adjacent San Diego Country Club. We always have front row seats! If we're lucky, Tami and her family will come for the game and picnic, but maybe not the fireworks, since it will be past Lolo and Audder's bedtime.
* Martin Carringer (1758-1835) of Mercer County PA (RevWar Pension file)
What a magnificent work that Thomas Jefferson penned ... see the text here.
And the Trumbull painting of the signing...
Thank you, gentlemen. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Freedom is so precious. May our leaders be wise enough to preserve it, and may our citizens be brave enough to defend it.
For the Seaver folks in Chula Vista, today will be a day in the sun. We go to the Padres-Dodgers game at 1:10 p.m. and then to church for a picnic with friends capped by the fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. over the Country Club grounds - less than a quarter mile away. Big booms. My daughter and her family, including Lolo and Audder, will probably make it down for the game and picnic, but I'm not sure about the fireworks.
Genealogy will continue on Sunday!
Friday, July 3, 2009
I like the look and feel of this family tree better than I liked the previous version. Ancestry.com says that it is faster - and I think it probably is (although I have no metrics for it), and am glad for that. Is it "fast enough?" Nothing is ever "fast enough," I fear!
Coincidentally, I uploaded a new "Ancestry of Randy Seaver" family tree yesterday with all of my updated information - names, facts, sources, etc. I then deleted my earlier family tree of the same name on which I had attached some images and records. So, my updated tree has no images or records attached to it at present.
I'm going to go exploring in my "new look" Family Tree and see if I can find things I like and want improved. When I click the "Family Trees" tab on the Ancestry.com home page, and then click on the "Ancestors of Randy Seaver" family tree link, I get this summary page:
It tells me my "Recent Activity" - photos, stories, videos, audio, and comments. I haven't added any yet. On the right side is a small table with the number of People, People with Hints, Photos, Stories, Video, Audio and Records in my tree. That is interesting, but I really want to see my Family Tree.
I clicked the "Family Tree" tab to the left of the "Recent Activity" tab, and saw a Pedigree Chart in the "Pedigree View":
This chart has buttons to move up, down, right or left in the chart, and to zoom in or out, similar to Google Maps.
I wanted to navigate to the "Person Page" for Frederick Walton Seaver, and was confused - there was no link for the person's name - I wonder why? Then I noticed the four small icons to the right of the parent's names - for Ancestry Hints, for the Person Profile, for a Quick Edit, and for Search Historical Documents. There is a fifth one for the spouse - for Make Focus Person. Using the Person Profile icon appears to be the only way to navigate to a Person Page for the parents, other than to go back to the "Pedigree View" tab and click on the Person and the "View Profile" link. Clicking on any person on the Family Group Sheet takes you to their own Family Group Sheet, not to a Person Page. I also found that the "Add a New Life Event" link takes you to the "Person Page" for the selected person in the Family Group.
During Jamboree, there was a Facebook and Twitter face-to-face meeting scheduled at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Naturally, many geneabloggers, blog-readers, Facebook Friends and Twitter tweeters dropped by, and I managed to take some pictures:
1) Madaleine Laird greeted me and said that she was a devoted GeneaMusings reader and thought that she might start a blog. Cool, I said - jump in! Here's Madaleine with "Rock Star" Amy Coffin from Houston (Amy brought the "Rock Star" ribbons that all of the geneabloggers wore - people asked about that! Wondered what band we were in - we said Geneabloggers... hmm, nobody ever heard of that group):
2) Somehow, Janet Hovorka and Kathryn Doyle managed to find an empty table for a heart-to-heart talk about fellow rock stars (I wonder what they were really talking about! Probably Kathryn's chart.):
3) Here is the only picture I have of my CVGS and SDGS colleagues from the weekend. The people I know are Jackie MacMaster (standing in white, on the left, SDGS member), Shirley Becker (sitting, back to camera, talking to Jackie, CVGS member), Susi Pentico (sitting, in red, CVGS member), and Pam Journey (standing, in lavender, SDGS member), and Bruce Buzbee (RootsMagic guru, not an SDGS/CVGS member, but many of us love his program! Pam leads the RootsMagic SIGs at SDGS and CGSSD):
4) The irrepressible (and I use this word totally accurately) Susan Kitchens brought wine and cheese to the FB/T meetup and shared it with the, um, group. Susan is the one on the left holding the cheese plate, Denise Levenick is grinning madly (how many glasses of wine?), and footnoteMaven is showing the empty wine bottle label:
5) In a quieter moment, before the wine and cheese was passed around, here are (from the left) Bruce Buzbee, Drew Smith and Thomas MacEntee trying to contain their glee at being at the FB/T meetup. Or they're tired out from two days of vendoring, talking, shopping, etc.:
Thursday, July 2, 2009
What I did not mention in my "wants" and "needs" for online family trees was:
* If I make a change to my local software program - whether it be a name, date, place, relationship, image, note, source, etc., I want to be able to upload it to my online family tree also so that the two are synchronized (have exactly the same information).
* If I make a change to my online family tree - whether it be a name, place, relationship, image, note, source, etc., I want to be able to download it to my local software program so that the two are synchronized (have exactly the same information).
* I want both the local software program and the online family tree to have approximately the same navigation features, and to be able to move quickly within the database. By "quickly" I mean almost instantaneously - less than one or two seconds to jump from one person to another in the pedigree chart or the tree name index.
* I want the online family tree to be able to capture record images from any website (e.g., Ancestry, Footnote, FamilySearch, WorldVitalRecords, FindMyPast, Rootsweb, etc.) and attach it to a person in my online family tree.
* I want the online family tree to be able to capture the standard source citation for any record on any database and insert it into my online family tree.
* I want to be able to "copy-and-paste" text from a document on my local computer or from an Internet website into the Notes field in the online family tree.
* I want both the online family tree to be able to create, save and print out essentially the same types of reports with basic formatting options. My preference is that the online family tree program will create RTF, HTML and PDF reports similar to those in Family Tree Maker 2009, Legacy Family Tree 7, and RootsMagic 4.
* I want the online family tree to be able to create, save and print out essentially the same types of charts with basic formatting options. My preference is that the online family tree program will create pedigree, family group sheet, all-in-one, bow-tie, fan, wall and other charts similar to those in Family Tree Maker 2009, Legacy Family Tree 7, and RootsMagic 4.
* I want online family trees to be collaborative, so that other researchers can add to or edit my work, subject to some sort of privacy filter and approval process. This "want" conflicts with the first two "wants," I fear!
* I want the online family trees to be on the Internet forever ... not subject to the marketplace, hosting services, or death of the tree creator.
* I want access to the online family trees to be free to search by anybody.
Whew! I don't want much, do I? And some of those "wants" may conflict with others of the "wants." And with the "wants" of the online family tree providers. But hey - we're talking about "genealogy in the cloud" here...
Actually, all of those "wants" are essentially what I, and everybody else with genealogy software, has in the current crop of genealogy software programs. I'm using Family Tree Maker 2009, Legacy Family Tree 7 and RootsMagic 4 (and I know that there are other programs, but I don't have those other programs). They are my current standards of family tree excellence. However, they are not perfect - each can be improved, and probably will be improved over time.
Why should I accept anything less than what I have in an online family tree program? I shouldn't, and I won't. The minimum standard has to be the current crop local genealogy software programs, not the current crop of online family tree websites.
So the challenge is for the suppliers of online family trees to make their offerings so attractive and so capable that people will flock to their website and make the tree suppliers rich, or at least famous, and their customers happy.
So which family tree systems should I consider? The obvious answers include:
* FamilySearch Family Tree
And any other sites! What other online family tree website should I pursue here? Which one currently provides the most capability and meets my "wants" best?
I have a tree on almost every one of the listed websites (not FS Family Tree or OneGreatFamily - yet!). It is difficult to keep up with them all in any organized way.
What else do you want in an online family tree system? Tell me, tell the providers. That's what we're all here for.
Quick - click over to Little Bytes of Life, Elizabeth O'Neal's genealogy blog, and read her posts about the Jamboree, including:
* JAMSTOCK '09: Massive Recycling Effort Underway at the Burbank Marriott
* JAMSTOCK 09: Exclusive Video of the Geneabloggers Dinner
* JAMSTOCK '09: What REALLY Happened at the Geneablogger Dinner
* JAMSTOCK '09: Son of Blogger Jamfest Rocks the Marriott
* JAMSTOCK '09: BREAKING NEWS
* JAMSTOCK '09: Genealogists Stage Sit-In
* JAMSTOCK '09: Let the Love Begin!
Elizabeth's stories are revealing and, um, creative... and funny as hell. Go read them for the pictures and the laughs. Well done, Elizabeth!
UPDATED 9 p.m.: Added two more posts - Elizabeth is on a roll here! This series will be difficult to top.
1) I stopped by the Ancestry.com display on Friday afternoon and met Tony Macklin, who I've talked to on the telephone a few times:
2) I had made arrangements with Lisa Louise Cooke to do an interview for her Genealogy Gems podcast on Friday afternoon, and her daughter Lacey took this picture afterwards:
Kiril Kundurazieff (the Mad Macedonian) has a funny story on his blog about coming by Lisa's exhibit while doing the interview, and a good picture of the three of us. I will let you know when, or maybe if, the podcast is available from Lisa's pod- and video-cast empire.
3) Here's another picture of the Family Roots Publishing table showing Patty and Leland Meitzler frantically selling books.
4) The Generation Maps exhibit was one of the busier places. Kim and Janet Hovorka kept their chart printer real busy! Here's the lovely Janet posing in front of their display:
You can see a picture of Janet and I posing with the 8-generation pedigree chart that she printed out for me here. I'm trying to create "head shot" photos for as many ancestors as possible so that I can have Generation Maps create a really nice wall chart. It won't be 60+ feet of course. I'm thinking more of a fan chart with 10 generations. One for me, one for my wife. We can probably wallpaper several rooms with them!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
His service in the Revolutionary War in both the Massachusetts Line and the Continental Line is summarized by this:
"During the Revolutionary War in 1775, young Isaac Buck was in Captain Benjamin Hastings company of Bolton, Colonel Asa Whitcomb's regiment. He was matross in Captain James Swan's company, Colonel James Craft's regiment, in 1776. A "matross" was a private in the army who aided the artillery gunners to load, fire and sponge the guns. He was also in Captain Philip Marett's company in 1776-1777. He was in the Continental Army in Captain John Houghton's company, Colonel Josiah Whitney's regiment in 1778, and was in Captain Redding's company, Colonel Gamaliel Bradford's regiment in 1777. In 1780 and 1781, he was in Captain Thomas Jackson's company, Colonel John Crane's Third Artillery regiment."
Another significant record of his life accomplishments is in his application for a Revolutionary War Pension. The Pension file (S34136) for Isaac Buck contains affidavits attesting to his war service and the circumstances of Isaac Buck life. He applied for a Pension in April 1818, and received it in 1820. It includes:
"I, Isaac Buck, a citizen of the United States, now resident at Sterling in the County of Worcester in the State aforesaid, do on oath testify and declare that in the War of the Revolution in the month of December in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine, I entered and engaged in the land service of the United States on the continental establishment, and served accordingly from that time to the end of the war as a private against the common enemy without any interruption or absence, that I belonged to Captain Jackson's company of Artillery in Colonel Crane's Regiment under the command of General Knox, and that I left the service in the month of June 1783 at West Point when the Army was disbanded, and that by reason of my reduced circumstances in life and poverty, I stand in need of assistance from my country and support being now of the age of sixty years - and I hereby relinquish all claims to every pension heretofore allowed me by the laws of the United States if any may be or hath been allowed. My discharge was lost from my pocket many years since and is not in existence."
/signed/ Isaac Buck.
A schedule of the property belonging to Isaac Buck of Sterling as of May 1 1820 included:
"one cow - one clock - one table - one looking glass - one chest - one shovel - one tongs - crockery - glass stemware - one old axe - one hoe - one old plough - one old wagon - one pot - one kettle - one pair of dogs - three old chairs - six knives and forks - $30.25"
The schedule also says, apparently written for Isaac Buck:
"The said applicant is a farmer, but wholly unable to labour the present season on account of a wound in his shoulder in May last - and never expects to perform much labour hereafter. His wife named Patty Buck is aged 60 years - is barely able to do the work of her house. I have but one child at home named Isaac Buck aged 14 years and performs as much labour as other farmer's boys at his age, but does nothing toward my support. This is the whole of my family."
For his service, he was awarded a pension by the United States of $8 per month commencing 8 April 1818.
Isaac Buck participated in many of the historic campaigns of the Revolutionary War. He probably helped Henry Knox move the artillery from Ticonderoga to Boston in the winter of 1775-6, and probably was with Knox and Washington from then until the end of the War - fighting the British in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Isn't it amazing what records you can find for your ancestors?
I thank God for all of the Isaac Bucks who have served their country so well for so many years at the risk of life. They have kept, and are keeping, our country free and thriving.
Note - This is a repost from 15 September 2007 for the 75th Carnival of genealogy. Tim Abbott did a little more research on Isaac - see Tim's comment on my earlier post.
"We wanted to let you know of an exciting new partnership between Footnote and the largest newspaper publisher in the US, the Gannett Company. Gannett, publisher of 84 daily newspapers including USA Today, will be able to digitize their vast archives for the first time by working together with Footnote.
"Through this partnership Footnote Members will be able to access valuable historical newspapers never seen before on the internet.
"In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Moon Landing and Woodstock, we have kicked off our partnership by digitizing the newspapers covering those events. We have recently launched the first runs of Florida Today and the Poughkeepsie Journal (NY). Footnote will continue to digitize the full run of those newspapers including all of the Poughkeepsie Journal, which goes back to 1785.
"Visit our Moon Landing (http://moonlanding.historybeat.com/) and Woodstock (http://woodstock.historybeat.com/) pages today and relive the 60’s man."
So I visited the pages and was rewarded with the Moon Landing page (two screens):
On each of these pages, there is a description of the event, and a gallery of pictures and documents.
1) Footnote.com had a corner space, and came with a curved screen. I'm not sure how that worked for their video display. Here is Gordon Atkinson of footnote.com in front of their display:
2) Tom Underhill of Creative Continuum, Inc. is one of the most creative and fun presenters and exhibitors. One of his products is coffee table photo books, so he brought in a couch and coffee table for his space. Here is Tom with two daughters sharing a family moment on the couch:
3) RootsMagic had a large display space, and Laurie and Bruce Buzbee were there all through the weekend.
This photograph is from my grandfather's photo album that I scanned during Scanfest in January:
This is one of my most precious pictures. Inside the family chicken coop, there is Betty Virginia Carringer looking the egg providers in the eye and maybe even trying to kiss them. Some of these chickens are about her size!
This picture was taken in late 1920, with several others, by my grandfather, Lyle Carringer. He dutifully noted the egg count for each day in his account book, and the prices he received for the eggs. I don't know where he sold them, though. Perhaps Emily or her mother sold them on the street or by a neighborhood market.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Assembly Bill 130 will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee very soon. It was introduced by Kevin Jeffries (Republican ) of the Temecula area. The Bill was presented at the request of the Recorder Association of California. They want to be able to handle Marriage Records the same as Birth and Death Records. That means that they can black out the Mother’s Maiden name, if the County Recorder chooses. The Recorder also has the option of sending out an informational copy only.
The main concern is what the Recorder of each county may or may not choose to do. At least that is the way it is written today.
As we know, the unfounded fear of ID theft is a worry to Legislatures on the State and National Levels. Yet, research shows that ID Theft is caused by Data Hackers or stolen items from a friend or acquaint!
I urge you to notify the Senate Appropriation’s Committee and your State Representatives of our feelings about access to these public records. Remind them that these records help us to find family and determine if an inherited disease is running through the family lines. That seems to get their attention.
Go to www.senate.ca.gov/ and click on Committees go to: Standing Committee to Appropriations. There you will see the members of the committee and staff information. Call or write these committee members and let them know who important changing this rule is to genealogists world wide!
Go to http://www.legislature.ca.gov/ to find your local representative. When this bill goes to the Senate and Assembly Floor, we will need to jump in and let them know how important access to these records is to us!
We have been advised by Jan Meisels Allen, of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and Chairperson, of Public Records Access and Monitoring Committee to “write to the governor as it can be heard as soon as today and the way this bill is moving it won’t take long for it to pass both houses on the floor.” Urge the governor to veto the bill…” http://gov.ca.gov/interact#contact
Please take a moment to make a call, or write a letter or fax your thoughts. It will only happen if we take the time to do it now!
Liz Stookesberry Myers
California Alliance of Genealogical Societies
Thank you, Liz, for the additional information.
I encourage California societies and individual members to make their voices heard on this issue. My previous posts were California Assembly Bill AB130 - IAJGS Letter (which provides Jan Meisels Allen's letter to the legisloators) and Access to California Vital Records Indexes (which provides links to the amended bill and applicable California codes).
In my opinion, we need a list of recommendations to modify the bill to satisfy the genealogy community needs and desires.
I was wrong! I have this great photograph of Denise (in white in center), footnoteMaven (on right) and Kathryn M. Doyle (in black on left) in my camera:
George G. Morgan must have said something funny at this moment in time!
Kathryn M. Doyle posted this photo from her "Geneabloggers Gone Wild" collection on her Facebook page, and I hope she doesn't mind if I use it here:
This is the 4th table - with Linda Seaver (no blog), Randy Seaver (this blog and three more) and Dean Richardson (the Genlighten blog). Thank you, Kathryn!
There - I think we got a picture of everybody at the dinner!
Jan Meisels Allen has written a letter on the letterhead of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies that she forwarded to me and has given me permission to reprint. Here is Jan's letter:
June 28, 2009
California Senate Appropriations Committee
Sacramento, CA 95814
Re: AB 130 Oppose Unless Amended
Dear California Senate Appropriations Chairperson Kehoe, Vice Chairman Cox, and Committee Members Corbett, Denham, Hancock, Leno, Oropeza, Price, Runner, Walters, Wolk, Wyland and Yee:
On behalf of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS), I am writing due to concern we have regarding the provisions of AB 130 which would extend the limitations of access to comprehensive indices and vital records to marriages. The bill is being heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 23.
We in the genealogical community are concerned about its impact as currently drafted. The genealogical community is supportive of the intent to protect the residents of California from improper usage of their personal information, and protect them from identity theft, however, we are very concerned of further limiting access to the comprehensive indices and public records that AB 130 proposes.. It has been rarely documented that people’s identity are violated by access to vital records but rather the violations occur due to computer breeches from government and private enterprises—many of these computer breeches have been well documented in the press.
Genealogy is not only a hobby of millions of people— it assists in tracing family medical problems that are passed on from generation to generation. Information included in marriage records is critical to reconstructing families and tracing genetically inherited attributes in current family members. To assure the family is correctly identified, the mother’s maiden name is essential. Not including the mother’s maiden names in the proposed non-comprehensive marriage indices would hamper such research, as it may make it virtually impossible to determine which marriage is the correct record. For example, a marriage between John Black and Mary Smith, both common names; the only way to identify the correct marriage for family medical history research would be to have the mothers’ maiden names included in the index so the researcher could order the correct informational copy of the marriage record. As genealogists and family historians, we want to assure continued access to needed information that should be included in the non-comprehensive indices so that the correct vital records—birth, marriage and death records may be obtained.
The IAJGS is the umbrella organization of 73 genealogical societies worldwide (of which 5 are located in California) whose approximately 10,000 members are actively researching their Jewish roots. We want to continue to allow our members the maximum access to these vital records.
Thank you for your consideration.
Jan Meisels Allen
Jan Meisels Allen, Director
International Association of Jewish
Genealogical Societies and
Chairperson, Public Records Access
and Monitoring Committee
Reply address: [redacted]
[Jan's email is jan(at)IAJGS.org]
I really appreciate Jan's efforts to read the proposed legislation and make cogent and reasoned comments on it.
Jan seems to think that this bill will pass both houses of the California legislature easily, and thinks that the only way to stop it may be a veto by Governor Schwarzenegger. However, vetoes can be overridden by a two-thirds vote of both houses, so it may be put into law.
California genealogy societies need to contact their representatives in order to influence their vote. If other persons or societies draft and send letters concerning this bill, I will be happy to publish them as a way to spread the word. Jan's letter is one vehicle to do it. If you want a copy of Jan's letter to send to your representative, I'm sure that Jan would be happy to provide you with a PDF of it.
The best advice I've heard is to get your California vital records certificates now!
UPDATED 7/2: Jan Meisels Allen provided the corrected letter, dated 2 July, that modifies the third paragraph above. Thank you, Jan!
1) Denise Levenick and her mother Suzanne put together swag bags for geneabloggers that included food and drink goodies, and Thomas lined up some freebies from RootsMagic and GenerationMaps for the bag. Here are the beautiful Denise and Suzanne greeting us in the lobby:
2) After we got the swag bags, we went to the other end of the lobby and recognized the smiling yet enigmatic and boisterous Thomas MacEntee sitting on the couch next to Amy Coffin:
3) We soon found the Internet area and sat around talking - here is a picture of the lovely footnoteMaven while she was acting incognito and the beautiful Elizabeth O'Neal with some geneaholic guy in the background. I have no clue who took this picture on my camera, but I'm glad they did!
6) Sometime during Scanfest, which we were connected to through Susan's Netbook, footnoteMaven and Susan did this "upside down shades" maneuver (I have no clue why) while Craig and Thomas were obliviously pecking away:
7) We gave up on Scanfest when they ignored our attempts at humor and insisted on talking about photographs and slides, so we just hung out and talked. In this picture, are the lovely, erudite and really fun (applies to all of them) Kathryn Doyle, Amy Coffin, Elizabeth O'Neal and Sheri Fenley:
Monday, June 29, 2009
At the table closest to the entrance were (from left):
* Lisa Alzo (The Accidental Genealogist blog)
* Steven Danko (Steve's Genealogy Blog)
* Drew Smith (Rootsmithing, Social Networking for Genealogists and Genealogy Guys Podcast blogs)
* George G. Morgan (George's Genealogical Gleanings and Genealogy Guys Podcast blogs)
* Kathryn Doyle (California Genealogical Society and Library blog):
On the other side of the above table are (from left):
* Denise Levenick (The Family Curator blog - back of head, sorry Denise)
* footnoteMaven (footnoteMaven and Shades of the Departed blogs - partial face, sorry fM)
* Sheri Fenley (The Educated Genealogist blog)
* Elizabeth O'Neal (Little Bytes of Life blog)
* dick Eastman (Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter blog)
Astute observers of the above photo will notice an empty seat - it belonged to Cheryl Palmer (Heritage Happens and Graveyard Rabbit of South Alameda County blogs).
Now I have no clue where Susan Kitchens (Family Oral History Using Digital Tools blog) was sitting... but in the photo below, Susan is taking the picture in back of footnoteMaven and Sheri Fenley.
In the background is the 4th table, with:
* Linda Seaver (Randy's wife in blue dress)
* Dean Richardson (Genlighten blog)
Just before the food arrived, there was a real flurry of photographers trying to take pictures, and ending up taking pictures of each other taking pictures. In the photo below, Kiril Kundurazieff (Musings of a Mad Macedonian blog) and Cheryl Palmer are taking my picture while I take theirs.
So the only persons at this dinner that I haven't included in these pictures are Denise Levenick and myself (I think!). Hopefully, others will provide some pictures.
I'm sorry that I didn't get better pictures of everybody but they just wouldn't sit in their seats and smile - they were a dynamic, loud, fun group of geneabloggers who wanted to roam around the room and wouldn't mind anyone, let alone me.
The tweet posts are limited to 140 characters, and are subject to the wireless access in the hotel working flawlessly. It didn't, so I missed some of the rational comments made by the Bloggers Panel. Oh well, my rational memory is about 100 characters, if that! You will have to read between the Ines sometimes. Here are the tweets captured from my Facebook page, with an approximate time (some typos corrected):
9:29: almost ready to start - they're all in their places with bright shiny faces
9:30: interesting dress code - Eastman, Manson, Mr AI in t-shirts, Morgan, Danko and Meitzler in shirts/ties, ladies look good!
9:31: more bloggers in audience than on panel, I'm next to footnoteMaven, Sheri is hiding behind shades, Cheryl taking pix
9:35: Paula Hinkel starting... testing mics...George "can you hear us now"
9:36: Thomas MacEntee introduced as sponsor of Bloggers Summit. Big hand!!
9:37: "biggest group of geneabloggers to meet so far" - over 35 here
9:38: George's intro - lecturer, author, columnist, blogger, podcaster
9:39: Ancestry Insider - "man of mystery, hiding behind his mask"
9:40: Lisa Louise Cooke - looks stunning as usual, blogger, podcaster, videocaster
9:40: Steve Danko - blogger, lecturer, Polish expert
9:41: Pat Richley - lecturer, author, columnist, blogger, podcaster, videocaster, introduced fiance Gordon Erickson
9:42: Schelly Dardashti - lecturer, author, columnist, blogger, Jewish gen expert
9:43: Dick Eastman - EOGN blogger, lecturer, tech expert
9:43: Leland Meitzler - lecturer, blogger, author, publisher, editor
9:44: Craig Manson (Geneablogie) - blogger, author, columnist, lawyer, etc.
9:45: Lisa (Genealogy Gems) - uses digital audio recorder, blogs to bring readers to her podcasts and videos, two shows - Gen Gems podcast
9:47: Lisa - has Family History Made Easy podcast/video, has Genealogy Gems YouTube channel, "Socks to America" immigration story
9:48: Lisa - Sock family worked in laundry, had lots of soul, ... funny story, watch the video
9:49: Lisa - says sequel to Socks to America coming - maybe starring Ancestry folks
9:51: Dick is surrounded by ladies, feels inadequate becuz he had a newsletter and doesn't use word blogging much
9:52: Dick - spectator, not humorist or entertainer, mentions addiction, writes about technology and genealogy
9:52: Dick - has lots of fun, goes to conferences, shares his fun on his blog
9:59: Schelly - fun to see colleagues in person. started in journalism - gen columnist for Jerusalem Post, editor said "who's interested
10:00: Schelly "...in dead people.?" Twitter got slow, sorry. Schelly is a really interesting blogger
10:00: Schelly - genealogists are no longer generalists - now are more specialized
10:03: Leland and AI are tweeting from podium. The only ones?
10:06: George taking blog provider survey - mostly Blogger, some wordPress, others. Damn wi-fi signal up and down
10:07: Pat has been talking awhile, while signal has been poor. DearMYRTLE is a sweetheart - showing audio capability of blog posts
10:09: focus of dearMYRTLE is on beginning genealogists.
10:10: about 100 in attendance...George showing iGoogle features for some reason
10:11: George reads Genea-musings, listed many other blog posts. Pat says "cool we have free space to write about our genealogy"
10:13: Craig has Geneablogie.net - wearing his Geneablogie t-shirt. Started as way to keep track of his own research
10:17: Craig - not too concerned about who reads it. Checkered past - many careers and roles, wrote stories, 2007 changed his blog life
10:18: wi-fi problems still - Craig got known with legal analysis of Ancestry.com database problems. Introduced footnoteMaven
10:18: Craig is happy to be blogging and sharing his knowledge. Big hand for his philosophical views
10:19: Mr AI - got into blogging becuz of frustration when working at ancestry.com. Organizations need a human voice in corporate speech
10:20: AI - if they don't work with us, we will talk about them until they do. Employee blogging is dangerous, may want to be anonymous
10:21: AI - Craig offered legal help to AI. AI tries to be a supportive critic to A.com and FSI. Graphics and pictures add to blog posts
10:23: AI - Fireshot has screen shot grabs for Firefox. Schelly uses Snagit. Paint.net used to add shadows to non-square objects
10:24: AI - has tech background and creates widgets - shows one for most recent FamilySearch Record Search databases
10:26: Leland - blogging since Nov 2003, into it becuz tech guy said he should to support company. Got genealogyblog.com URL
10:27: Leland - blogging took over his life, as bad as gambling. 6-8 hours a day. (Is that all?). Leland has photos of audience now
10:29: Leland - now runs Family Roots Inc - book store. Patti edits books, not blogs. Does news, new databases, book stuff
10:31: Leland out of job since 17 February, busy with Family roots Publishing and blogging. Has some sponsors for his blog - appreciates!
10:31: Leland - don't know of genealogy bloggers that make a living blogging...
10:33: Leland - wants to write a book about town of Arline Mills - worked on it for 20 years. Going to blog about it.
10:33: I need to get photos of the panel and audience...back in minute
10:36: Steve - run blog for over 3 years, primary info and original documents for his family history, and admin for 2 DNA projects
10:38: Steve - talking about DNA nobility group in Eastern Europe. Group found his blog and using his stuff. Niedzialkowski!
10:39: Steve - found a Nied--ski cousin, goes to Poland regularly, is helping Steve with research. All becuz of DNA projects and blog
10:41: Steve - cousin sent lots of material at Christmas. Much of it not microfilmed.
10:44: George showing George's Genealogical gleanings - tips for readers. Maintains Florida Gen society (Tampa) blog site.
10:45: George - societies not in competition with each other - should cooperate and share information
10:47: hi new twitter followers of @rjseaver. Thanks, will follow you later
10:49: George - talking about FGS-Tampa activities, blog not just "my research" - can be communication tool for other audience
10:51: Q&A: "not a writer. Would blogging help me become better writer?" Dick: "blog is what you make it. I write articles."
10:52: Q&A: Pat: helps you become a writer, have to think about it, blogs are for local gen societies to communicate"
10:53: Q&A Pat: use your blog to do whatever you want. Craig: a forum for collaboration, society or family.
10:55: Steve: did autobiographical memories as part of Xmas carnival.
10:55: Q&A: What is name of blog directory? George: www.Geneabloggers.com, and http://blogfinder.genealogue.com
10:57: Lisa: if you're going to write a blog, make sure you can be found. Let audience know location, interests, etc.
10:59: Q&A: taking a break, back soon
11:12: break is over - Pat: power-bloggers don't take potty breaks
11:13: George: don't be afraid of speakers - talk to them, share with them. work the vendor hall. Support the vendors
11:14: George: Thomas has put together website - www.geneabloggers.com site. There to help folks get started.
11:17: George: blogging is as easy as using word processor. Starting new blog using Blogger.com - should have google account and Gmail
11:19: Q: How do you get columns to line up? Schelly: blogger software uses templates - columns, fonts, colors, backgrounds, banners etc
11:24: George is creating the Genealogy Summit Blog Extravaganza blog - but I can't see the URL
11:25: Q: blog or wiki? Steve: why not both.
11:26: Q: how do use blog for surname research? Thomas: put surname in blog, and locations. Title needs to reflect interest and focus
11:29: George is showing editing features of blogger posting. Schelly says use readable font, minimize colors, info must be quickly read
11:30: #scgs09 is not in top 10 Twitter topics yet, but we're trying!
11:32: George showing how to create a link - but he's typing it in instead of copy-pasting from a site.
11:39: George trying to get first post. taking a long time. Added some tags in "labels" in blogger. URL is http://sonofblogger.blogspot.com
11:40: Q: how long do blogs last? Leland: his blog went away, becuz controlled by tech guy. Then it went away - 6000 posts lost
11:44: Leland: blog will go away if hosting service is not paid. happened to him. back up everything.
11:45: George - shows to change the blog template. looks terrible. changing layout.
11:46: time has flown by here. Almost over.
11:47: Q: is there help page for beginners? George: blogger has help center.
11:48: Q: can you use Google analytics for traffic and info? Schelly: Yes, sign in through google account, find analytics.
11:53: showing a gen society blog - http://calgensoc.blogspot.com
11:54: Schelly mentioned using Rss feeds and email alerts to read posts - Bloglines, Google Reader, Feedburner, etc
11:56: Q; how do I make sure that it is saved forever? Lisa: is a blog the best vehicle to do it?
11:57: George: wants fam history blog of own family - set up a wiki site with person pages, and web site with family pages
11:59: George: you can mix and match and link them together in a mashup, or composite. Schelly: set up fam website on social network site
12:01: Craig recommends Footnote Pages to add content, photos, stories, etc. George: social network sites let you control access
12:02: It's noon and we're done. Thank you to the panel. To audience for q
To finish my thought above "... questions to panel" and encouraging folks to start a blog to share your research.
87 tweets in about 150 minutes. It would have been more if the damn wi-fi signal was strong! Go to Twitter to see all SCGS09 tweets.
At that point, wi-fi was slow, and I had to try to get folks to gather for a picture while the hotel staff was trying to turn seats into tables with chairs. We got a picture, but not everyone was there.
The funniest part of this panel session was when George created the http://sonofblogger.blogspot.com blog, when he hit Submit for the first post, Kathryn Doyle was already a follower! Others soon added their "Follower" icon.
There were about 100 in attendnace (my estimate) for the first 90 minutes, but only 60 or 70 for the second part of it. This bloggers session spanned two lecture sessions, so some people went off to hear something else.
I will have some comments about the Bloggers Summit in a later post.
If the name does change, this will complete a the circle - Ancestry.com, Inc. changed to MyFamily.com, Inc. in 1999, and then to The Generations Network in 2006, according to Wikipedia. Why change? Will they bring all of their properties under the Ancestry.com URL?
I just saw a tweet from Ancestrydotcom highlighting several new Ancestry.com YouTube videos at http://www.youtube.com/AncestryCom. There are five videos posted now. I watched one - they are short (one minute) and quite moving. The one I watched opens with a man trying to discover his roots, finding an ancestral record in Ancestry's databases, shows some vintage photos or movies, and tells about discovering a living relative who had more information about his ancestor.
Updated 11:30 a.m.: Ancestry sent out a press release this morning about their new "My Story" advertising campaign - the five YouTube videos - you can probably read it on several blog sites. Elyse Doerflinger attended the "What's New at Ancestry.com" presentation at the SCGS Jamboree and saw them played.
Here is our host, Thomas MacEntee, and his partner, George (both from Chicago area):
Across the table from Thomas and George were (from the left):
* Ruth Himan (almost a blogger now, one of my CVGS colleagues) from Chula Vista CA, who wasn't looking at the camera
* Schelly Talalay Dardashti (Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog) from Tel Aviv (furthest traveler to the GB dinner!)
* Lisa Louise Cooke (Genealogy Gems Podcast blog) from the Bay Area CA
* Lacey Cooke (Lisa's daughter and videographer) from the Bay Area CA
Across the table from Lisa and the others were (from the left):
* Amy Coffin (We Tree blog) from Houston
* Elyse Doerflinger (Elyse's Genealogy Blog) from Lomita CA
* Gini Webb (Ginisology blog) from San Diego
* Steve Webb (Gini's husband) from San Diego
This dinner was so much fun. They could hear the laughter out in the Conference Center from our special room. Inside, we could hardly hear each other talk.