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If you haven’t registered for RootsTech 2012 yet, you will want to do so by January 13th to take advantage of the special discount price of $149. The RootsTech 2012 Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 2-4, is a dynamic, one-of-a-kind event.
It is designed to bring technologists together with genealogists of all skill levels, so they can learn from each other and find solutions to the challenges faced in family history research today; hence the lineup of speakers this year from Google, Instructure, Ancestry.com, and FamilySearch!
Of course, attending RootsTech 2012 is a great excuse to spend some productive research time at the Family History Library any time you want. The RootsTech 2012 Conference venue is practically adjacent to the conference venue in Salt Lake City! Come early, stay late, plan to satisfy your research needs.
Go to RootsTech 2012 to explore the full list of topics, sessions, speakers, and conference offerings.
Take advantage of the special registration rate now. We look forward to seeing you at RootsTech!
Don’t Miss the Final $149 Discount Rate for RootsTech 2012 in Salt Lake City!
* A new family history and technology conference
* February 2-4, 2012
* Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
* The special discount ends January 13, 2012.
RootsTech is sponsored by Microsoft, Dell, FamilySearch, Oracle, the National Genealogical Society, brightsolid, Ancestry.com, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Archives.com, Brigham Young University, and the Association of Professional Genealogists.
Disclaimer: Information about this conference was forwarded to D-OGS from FGS, a supporting organization of RootsTech2012. D-OGS has no affiliation or endorsement of Rootstech at all whatsoever.
Original post to Genealogy By Ginger’s Blog by Ginger R. Smith, 15 June 2011, reproduced here by author.
Last weekend several members of my local genealogical society, Durham-Orange Genealogical Society (D-OGS) met in the small conference room of the Chapel Hill Library to watch live streaming videos of some of the presentations that were broadcast from the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, California!
I brought in some sweet tea, lemonade, cheese and crackers and homemade cookies for snacks! I hooked up my laptop to the projector that was provided by the nice library staff and started up the live stream of video and audio projecting on the somewhat smaller than usual, but workable, screen.
Photo of my laptop, projector and projector screen. The audio from the presentation came from my laptop. Had there been more people, I probably would have needed an additional set of speakers hooked up to my laptop. I will remember this for next time. Photo by Ginger R. Smith, 11 June 2011
The first live broadcast started promptly at 11:30 am with Lisa Louise Cooke talking about “Google Search Strategies for Genealogists.” If you were watching this video at home, you might have heard Mrs. Cooke give us a shoutout – she mentioned that there was a genealogy society in North Carolina meeting at the local library to watch some live streaming video presentations together! Talk about getting the word out there! All the way from Burbank California! We all waved back to her on the video screen and I was just tickled pink!
I don’t know about all of you, but I thought I knew everything there was to know about performing Google searches. Boy was I wrong! Did you know you could put dates in your searches? Just type in Ginger Smith 1990…2011 and the search results will come up with my name and then it will bold all of the years mentioned in this time frame?
And did you know there was a synonym search using the ~ ?
What about the *? You can use this between two words in your search to catch phrases that might have an additional term between them.
Another feature that I found interesting was the use of the related tool. If you find a website that you like and you want to find other pages just like it, you can type in your search related:http://www.webaddress.com to find other pages just like it. This can be useful for finding those family pages.
These are just some of the things I learned in Mrs. Cooke’s class. I wasn’t the only one who took several NEW things away from this class!
Photo of Curt Witcher, Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN. Photo from the SCGS Jamboree Page.
The next video we watched was by the Allen County Library Director, Curt Witcher, who was to talk about “Using Ancestral Origins As a Genealogical Research Key.” We had several technical difficulties with this video, as did the several hundred other people who tuned in to watch. Luckily the people at home also had access to a live chat room, so we were able to share in the experiences of the technical difficulties. We used this time to discuss some of the “business” of our society and our website. We have formed a great partnership with a local guy named Allen Dew who has created an outstanding website cataloging the local cemeteries in North Carolina and Virginia. On his website, cemeterycensus.org, he has links to each NC county, with each cemetery listed and transcripts posted along with photos and links to google maps and directions on how to find the cemeteries.
Not all counties are complete at this time, but the counties of Durham and Orange, and the present day counties of Chatham, Caswell, Randolph, and Wake that were originally part of Olde Orange County are already populated with over hundreds of cemetery listings.
Allen also has links and helpful hints about how to inventory, photograph, and upload information about cemeteries you run across and would like to make available on the website.
And because we have a cool little partnership going on with him now, he added this nifty little banner with a link to our society’s website:
Check it out! Cemeterycensus.org.
OH, and back to the Curt Witcher video, he talked a lot about determining the ethnicity of your ancestors and then learning all you can about that particular ethnic group in that part of the country in which they lived. He recommended that you seek out ethnic-specific newspapers and journals.
He also emphasized that our ancestors stuck together in their tight little ethnic groups: they emmigrated together, they settled together and they migrated together, so if you cannot find your ancestor, look for their neighbors or other members of their close ethnic group. Also, if you are having trouble identifying your ancestor’s ethnic group, look at their religion for clues. They too will have records.
Photo of D-OGS members Ginger, Holt and Carol watching David Lambert’s video on Finding your Union Civil War Ancestor. Photo by Ginger R. Smith, 11 June 2011.
My faithful society members and I stuck around for the 3rd video in the series which was by David Lambert who spoke about “Researching Your Union Civil War Ancestors.”
We talked a LOT during this presentation about the various records David displayed on the screen and exchanged stories about what we had found – or not found – on our own ancestors.
A good time was definitely had by all. I wrote this post to illustrate what you can do even as a little genealogical society. This didn’t take much to prepare – all I had to do was call the library to book the room and request a projector and screen, announce to the society members and cross post to other society newslists, and then wait for them to show up! I probably would have had more people show up if it weren’t summertime and if I had had more advanced notice about this event. I found out about the live streaming of these videos being offered on Monday, waited two days to hear back from the library and announced on Wednesday for this meeting on Saturday.
Day 1 of the National Genealogical Conference in Charleston, South Carolina is off to a great start! The Elias’s and I have been walking the halls, picking up goodies and swapping stories about which speakers and lectures are the best and worse!
Here is Rob and Cathy with the NGS President Ann Hilke from Raleigh, NC:
Me (Ginger Smith) and Ann Hilke (NGS President):
We picked up Ava Knackman along the way and went out to dinner at Buffalo Wings:
We met D-OGS members Barbara Spruill and Nerissa Williams at the conference as well. We have yet to find Dan Durham who is supposed to be there. I also met one of my classmates there as well. She used to be a member of D-OGS.
I met David Rencher from FamilySearch. He will be visiting Durham and Chapel Hill next week to research his Rencher family roots. If anyone knows anything about the Rencher family, please let me know and I will put you in contact with him. He is also looking for a cemetery that used to be located where the mobile home trailer park is located just outside of Hillsborough off of I-40. If anyone knows anything about this cemetery or where it may have been moved to (or if it was paved over) please let me know.
I have been writing about my experiences at NGS on my personal blog, including some press releases from FamilySearch.org, the keynote address from David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, and . If you would like to follow along, feel free to read about it at my GenealogyByGinger Blog.
The August 2010 issue of the eNews has been published and is now available to view. The eNews features timely information about the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society and our upcoming events. Each edition also includes Meeting Minutes, Genealogical Queries, and articles related to genealogy.
Here are the highlights from this month’s eNews:
– D-OGS regular monthly meeting August 4th, 2010 at the Seymour Senior Center
– D-OGS Computer Interest Group meeting August 14th at the Chapel Hill Library
Meeting Minutes – July 7, 2010
2nd Saturday Events at Bennet Place State Historic Site – NC Authors
Funeral Home Records – by Christine Sievers
National Events and Conferences –
All past issues of the eNews can be accessed at the eNews Archive.
Copyright © 2010 by Ginger R. Smith, Durham-Orange Genealogical Society