Friday, September 2, 2011

Folliow Friday - Labor Day Weekend Genealogy Fun

Here are my recommendations for Genealogy Fun this Labor Day 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  "The Way We worked - Genealogy and Labor." The special guests discussing occupations and researching them will include:

Ginger Frere of the Newberry Library in Chicago discussing her presentation Cobbler, Tailor, Trunkmaker: How My Grandpappies Made a Living;
*  genealogist Tim Pinnick will help us understand how to research our coal miner ancestors;
*  Beverly Rice, CG℠ will lead a fascinating discussion of the volunteer aspect of the labor force and its paper trail.

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 "Digital Publishing for Preservation and Community Building." The special guests are:

Mark Weaver of Mark will discuss how digital publishing can be used to achieve society’s goals – both in terms of needing to preserve your historical documents but also leverage published content to better serve and promote your society. He will also introduce Ancestry’s fledgling Ancestry Content Publisher program and share examples of how it’s being used today by various institutions to provide open access to its collections and increase reach to potential members.
*  Debbie Mieszala CG℠ is 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:

"Best Internet Resources for African American Genealogy," with Angela Walton-Raji (free until 15 September from Legacy Family Tree)
* "Newspapers for Genealogists: Using to document every day of your ancestors' lives" with Tom Kemp. (available 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).
"Further Your Research and Unify Your Family Reunion with Beautiful Genealogy Charts," with Janet Hovorka (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).
Thomas MacEntee's Explorinar on "Evernote - Easy Note Taking" (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. My plan is to publish this month's CVGS Newsletter on Saturday and then go to the CVGS Workshop at Bonita-Sunnyside Library to catch Susi Pentico's talk on "Research Methods in Pennsylvania."  I'm also going to work on preparing for my trip to the FGS Conference, researching 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.  Not much hope to do this over this weekend, and when I get back I'll have lots more data!

7) Spend time with your family doing fun things.   Linda and I are going to the Padres game on Saturday night, and packing for our trip.

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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