Friday, August 26, 2011

Follow Friday - Weekend Genealogy Fun

Here are my recommendations for Genealogy Fun this weekend:

1) Listen to Geneabloggers Radio tonight (Friday night, 10 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. CT, 8 p.m. MT and 7 p.m. PT) hosted by Thomas MacEntee. This week's topic is  "Genealogy Back to School Special." The special guests discussing educational programs for genealogists and family historians. Our special guests will include:

Louise St. Denis of the National Institute of Genealogical Studies;
Angela McGhie of the ProGenealogy Study Group;
*   Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL℠ of the National Genealogical Society Home Study Course.

2) Listen to the FGS Radio - My Society show on Saturday (2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. CT, 12 noon MT, 11 a.m. PT) hosted by Thomas MacEntee this week. The topic is "Websites for Genealogy Societies."  The  special guests are:

Tom Ryder, founder of EasyNetSites in Tampa, Florida. Tom will be discussing how societies can use the EasyNetSites platform to create a dynamic and affordable website for their organization.
*  Amy Johnson Crow CG℠ as our FGS 2011 Conference Speaker of the Week about upcoming presentations at the conference in Springfield, Illinois this September.

3) Check out the recent Webinars on:
* "Newspapers for Genealogists: Using to document every day of your ancestors' lives" with Tom Kemp.
* "Google+ the Next Big Thing" with Paul Allen, Dan Lynch and Mark Olson (free until 25 August from Legacy Family Tree).
* "Organizng for Success" with Karen Clifford (available free indefinitely from Legacy Family Tree)
* "The Power of DNA in Unlocking Family Relationships," with Ugo Perugo (available indefinitely from Legacy Family Tree)
* "Leveraging the Power of "We": a Watershed Event in Discovering Where to Find Your Ancestors (Research Wiki, Research Courses, and FamilySearch Forums)," with Michael Ritchey (available from Legacy Family Tree).
* RootsMagic Webinars (all free) available at
* National Genealogical Society (NGS) Videos (free to view) at
Thomas MacEntee's Explorinar on Easy Website Creation (free to view).

4) Respond to my Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge, posted on soon after 12 noon Pacific time (that's 1900 GMT for those who understand time zones).

5) Go to a local genealogical society program, or go to a library or repository with genealogical resources.  I'm going to stay home and work on preparing for my trip to the FGS Conferenc, research at the Allen county Public Library, and visiting Wisconsin to explore ancestral homes and do research at repositories.

6) Add material (names, dates, places, notes, images, sources, etc.) to your genealogy software program. I collected 127 pages three weeks ago at Carlsbad Library, and have been slowly adding that to my database.

7) Spend time with your family doing fun things.   I did this last weekend.

8)  Attend Scanfest on Sunday, 28 August at 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET, 1800 GMT) on Miriam Robbins Ancestories blog.  Scan your photos and documents and chat with others doing the same.  i'll be there!

Whatever you decide, please tell us about your genealogy endeavors on a social network or in a blog post. You never know when your experiences may stimulate or encourage others to do useful genealogy work.

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