Friday, November 25, 2011

Follow Friday - More Weekend Genealogy Fun!

You've survived the trytophan coma, and the family dinner, and now you deserve some Genealogy Fun this weekend. I recommend:

1) Listen to the Geneabloggers Radio show hosted by Thomas MacEntee. The show is on hiatus until Friday, 2 December 2011.  However, you can listen to any of the 44 archived shows.

2) Listen to the FGS Radio - My Society hosted by Thomas MacEntee. This radio show is on hiatus until 3 December. You can tune in and hear past shows from the show archives.

3) Check out the recent FREE Webinars on:

***  Celebrate the Holidays and Share Family History with Heritage Collector software, by Kathleen Bitter (Legacy Family Tree).*** Creating a Shareable CD with Legacy and Passage Express software, by Jefferson Shupe (Legacy Family Tree)
*** It Is Well With My Soul: Finding Ancestors Amid the Rubble of Disaster and Misfortune, by Thomas MacEntee (Legacy Family Tree, free until 21 November)
***  Let Your Voice Be Heard in the Digital Conversation, by Drusilla Pair (Legacy Family Tree, available free until 4 December)
*** Exploring and by their founder, Paul Allen. (Legacy Family Tree)
*** "Newspapers for Genealogists: Using to document every day of your ancestors' lives" with Tom Kemp. (Legacy Family Tree)
*** "Organizng for Success" with Karen Clifford (Legacy Family Tree)
*** "The Power of DNA in Unlocking Family Relationships," with Ugo Perugo (Legacy Family Tree)

* RootsMagic Webinars (all free) available at

* National Genealogical Society (NGS) Videos (some are free to view) at

* Thomas MacEntee's Explorinars, including:

** Easy Website Creation (free to view).
** Evernote - Easy Note Taking UPDATED (free to view)
** Facebook Pages vs. Facebook Groups (free to view)

*'s YouTube Channel has 110 items on it now, including (free to view):

** LIVE: Search with Ancestry Anne with Anne Mitchell
** LIVE: One Question with the Barefoot Genealogist with Crista Cowan
** LIVE: Lorraine's 5 Tips for Online Grave Digging with Lorraine Bourne
** LIVE: How do I use newspapers on to find out more about my ancestors? with Crista Cowan
** LIVE: How Do I Find My Ancestors Before 1850? with Crista Cowan.
** LIVE: How to dress up your family tree ...for the holidays! with Anne Mitchell.
** LIVE: How to Find Your Civil War Roots on with Anne Mitchell.
** Emigration & Immigration Records Online with Crista Cowan @ Ancestry Day San Francisco
** Find Them Fast: Secrets to Searching with Laura Dansbury @ Ancestry Day San Francisco
** Five Tips for Digging Up Answers at with Jeanie Croasmun @ Ancestry Day San Francisco

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. I'm going to the local library today to do some obituary lookups for a correspondent.  You might want to check out what's offered in your area.

6) Go to a local or close repository with genealogy and family history material. Do some research in traditional resources or order FamilySearch microfilms online with original source records.

7) Do some online research in the latest record collections at:

* FamilySearch (free,,
* Ancestry ($$,,
* Fold3 ($$,,
* WorldVitalRecords ($$,,
* American Ancestors ($$,,
* GenealogyBank ($$,,
* Archives ($$,

8) Add content (names, dates, places, notes, images, sources, etc.) to your genealogy software program. I still have two inches of paper collected from my vacation, and more from before that, and will try to enter some of it into my database this weekend.

9) Spend time with your family doing fun things. My daughter is bringing her children down to meet us at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido on Saturday, so we'll get our grandparents fix. 

10) Go to a local cemetery and clean stones, take gravestone pictures, or transcribe epitaphs for your local society, for Find-a-Grave, or a similar online service.
11)  GO SHOPPING for genealogical products or services, or for technology products, for yourself, or for a gift for that special genealogy friend.  Online or in a store - go for it!

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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