Monday, May 26, 2014
The Southern California Genealogy Society has asked that we spread the word about their FREE live-streamed sessions coming up next week, and I am happy to post them here. I love live-streaming events, and free is even better! You need to register to participate, so click through to the Jamboree website to see the schedule and sign up.
Genealogy Jamboree Live Streamed Sessions
The schedule of live-streamed Jamboree class sessions has been announced, with a total of 14 FREE live-streamed classes available for 2014. In addition, 5 of the Family History and DNA sessions are available on a pay-per-view basis. The sessions and registration directions are listed on the Jamboree website.
We are very grateful for the support of our Diamond Sponsor, Ancestry.com, for underwriting a portion of the cost of the Jamboree sessions. Because we accept no sponsorship support for the Family History and DNA conference, those streamed sessions are provided on a for-pay basis. Viewers can purchase access to individual sessions, or they can obtain a Full-Day Pass to view all sessions at a discount. The DNA sessions will be available online for 30 days for those who pay for viewing.
This is an exceptional opportunity to share in the skill and knowledge of Jamboree speakers. Advance registration is required at any time before the session begins.
Please help us spread the word about these free sessions. They are offered as part of our ongoing mission to provide educational opportunities for family historians and genealogists around the world.
Many of the Jamboree sessions will eventually be available in the webinar archive, which is accessible to SCGS members as a benefit of membership. The DNA events will not be added to the webinar archive.
Friday, May 23, 2014
I received the following message from Michael John Neill, the author of Casefile Clues, about a special he is having on his genealogy methodology newsletter. If you have not read Casefile Clues before you may want to look at the variety of records, subjects and methods Michael discusses his series in the list of topics from volume 3 below.
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Partial Topics From Volume 3
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Casefile Clues prides itself on being readable for all levels of genealogists. We have "newbies" and seasoned researchers among our subscribers. Our style focuses on reflecting accurate methodology, sound research, and a clear explanation of WHY research was done the way it was. Casefile Clues is not just about summarizing the answers, it's also about the research process and analysis used to get there.
We stress readability. In fact, we've had readers say that they get more out of Casefile Clues than some journal articles for that very reason. We're not trying to impress some editor or academic. We're trying to help the reader and share our experiences in a way that makes the research process take priority.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
This is part of my continuing series of course reviews from genealogy institutes. Here guest author Teresa Scott shares her perspective on the New England course from the Salt Lake Institute in 2012, and the upcoming course in 2015. For more information, or to register for a course at the 2015 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy see www.slig.ugagenealogy.
I took the course “Advanced New England Research” at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in 2012, coordinated by D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS with David C. Dearborn and Rhonda McClure, both of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). A similar course will be offered at SLIG 2015 entitled “Diving Deeper Into New England.” Mr. Taylor is now the Data Strategy Manager for findmypast.com (owned by DC Thomson Family History) and intends to revamp the course significantly. So, should you consider attending?
I live in downtown Boston – Beacon Hill. I am a ten-minute walk from NEHGS, a fifteen-minute walk to the Massachusetts Historical Society, and a quick drive (or T ride) to the Massachusetts Archives and Registry of Vital Records. Other important archives and collections are an easy drive as well. Why then would I travel to Salt Lake City to take a week long course in New England research?!
First, I am unaware of such a lengthy and in-depth course offering here in New England. Second, as a veteran SLIG attendee, I know that the courses will offer me new perspectives and insights, even on subjects I know well. In the 2012 course, I learned so much about New England (not my native region) and the numerous interesting collections throughout. Josh Taylor has extensive experience with these records and attracts other lecturers who also have insights and information to enlighten even the most seasoned of researchers.
In 2012, an overview of New England town records was given to familiarize attendees with the richness and peculiarities of such records. Several of the tracks focused on the many manuscript collections, archives, college and university libraries, and historical societies that exist throughout New England as well as informing attendees of the vast holdings of newspapers and court records that exist in these states and online. Genealogists were reminded of the long history of the New England states resulting in the creation of various collections, large and small, that one should not overlook.
The course also included a series of lectures on advanced strategies particular to each of the six New England states: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Maine. Each attendee also had the opportunity to meet individually with each of the lecturers about particular brick walls or issues from their own research (these could be submitted in advance). Several of the days dismissed early so attendees had ample opportunity to work in the Family History Library and explore some of the strategies learned in the course.
Teresa L. Scott
Teresa L. Scott has been researching her family for more than 15 years taking her all over New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Midwest. She is a 2009 graduate of the Boston University Genealogical Research program and completed the ProGen Study Program in 2010. She serves as State Records Director of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council working to preserve access to public records.