February 2011

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Last night’s episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” featuring Kim Cattrall was a repeat of the UK episode Kim did. The opening was different as they showed a timeline of her career which they did not do in the UK version.

They cut a whole section of the episode where she searched passenger lists to see if her grandfather had left the country. It turns out he stowed away on a ship to the USA. There were small snippets taken out in other parts of the show.

They put subtitles in the US version when Kim met Bella’s family. The note about the family being in touch with the family in Australia was at the end of the UK show.

Kim’s search was really interesting and all the twists and turns kept your attention. If the powers that be are listening it would be fantastic to see more of the British episodes of “Who Do You Think You Are?” on North American television.

©2011 – Blair Archival Research

February 22nd is World Thinking Day which began in 1926 as a time when girls in Guiding throughout the world would think of each other and give thanks. The date itself is the shared birthday of Lord Robert Baden Powell and his wife Olive. Lord Baden Powell started the Scouting movement and Olive Baden Powell was the World Chief Guide.

I was involved in the Guiding movement starting as a Brownie and went on to Guides, Rangers, Junior Leader and Tawny Owl and finished my career as a Brown Owl which is a leader of a Brownie troop.

On the Sunday before the 22nd all the local members of Guiding and Scouting went to a church service and gave thanks. We marched down the aisle and presented our colours and then after the service we picked up our colours and marched out.

When I was in the movement it was called Thinking Day but at the 30th World Conference held in Ireland in 1999 they decided to make it World Thinking Day to show the global aspect of the movement.

My mother was in Guiding as a young girl. When I became a Brownie my mother volunteered as a leader and eventually was the Commissioner of our district. My paternal grandmother was active in Guiding and was a leader. She met my grandfather at a gathering of Guides and Scouts in Glasgow. My father was involved in Scouting.

Two of my grandfather’s cousins were so active in Guiding that they were awarded a Member of the British Empire (MBE) by the Queen for their service to Guiding. The Queen herself was active in Guiding.

It is sad that the next generation in my family has not continued on with the tradition of Guiding and Scouting. I found the experience was fantastic for learning new things and testing my abilities in a safe and supportive environment. I can pitch a tent and light a fire with the best of them. I learned to cook over an open fire and how to keep the pots from turning permanently black from the fire. There was home nursing where I learned how to change a bed with someone in it and how to care for people at home.

It was the goal of many to collect as many badges as possible. You had to fulfill certain criteria and have someone sign off on the fact that you completed the requirements. There are badges available that reflect all the concerns and interests of people today. The badges introduce the girls to different ideas and may create a spark for a future career. They provide them with the skills they will need to care for and support themselves. Today you can get a badge for family heritage.

Younger girls are being welcomed into the movement with a group called Sparks.

In 1975 I was part of an event called Guiding on the Move which was part of our 65th Anniversary celebrations. It was a National Girl Guide project that allowed over 1000 girls to travel across Canada and exposed them to the different ways of life to be found throughout Canada. The group I was with included Guides from around Ontario and the Northwest Territories. We all gathered at our district camp site and went to Hamilton and stayed on the Navel base and toured the city. Then a larger group gathered for a special day celebrating Guiding at the Canadian National Exhibition. I remember marching into the stadium with all my new friends who were part of Guiding from around the country.

Of course there was the cookie sale held every year. We would go to every door in the neighbourhood twice, the first time picking up orders and the second time delivering them. There were only two flavours, chocolate and vanilla. This year Cookie Day will be held at Sears but I have yet to find a specific date for it.

Last year the Girl Guides celebrated their 100th Anniversary.

The Girl Guides motto is “Be Prepared” and their slogan is “Empowering girls will change our world.”

©2011 – Blair Archival Research

On the Family Recorder blog Audrey Collins writes about the new Irish databases that are due to be put online.

We have the following to look forward to:

National Library of Ireland and Family Search partnership are digitizing the Tithe Applotment Books 1826-1837. There is no launch date at the moment.

Landed Estates Court Records which contains information on about 600,000 tenants is due to be online in mid-2011.

Prison Records from the 26 counties of the Republic which spans from 1790s to the 1920s.

Irish Petty Session Records from 1821-1910 are to be released starting mid-2011.

To find out more read Audrey’s blog posting “Rootstech – good news from Ireland.”

©2011 – Blair Archival Research

Rosie O’Donnell’s episode last night was great. The fact that her family arrived in the United States from Canada and not straight from Ireland highlighted an emigration pattern found in many families.

Next week’s episode features Kim Cattrall. The preview note says that “Kim unlocks the 70-year-old mystery behind her grandfather’s abandonment of his young family.” Kim Cattrall appeared on the original UK series and this seems to be the same episode.

The story itself is extremely interesting and takes quite a few twist and turns. I can understand why it is going to be repeated on American television. I wonder if they filmed some of the scenes again. The sad part is how much they will have to cut for the extra commercial time.

Now the question is will they be repeating the UK show for Jerry Springer as well?

©2011 – Blair Archival Research

Today I got a press release for a free social networking course being offered at the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. You can read it below.

(Toronto, February 11, 2011) The National Institute has announced today that they will be offering a free course on Social Media in conjunction with their recent acquisition of GenealogyWise (www.genealogywise.com).

For those of you who are at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, register directly at The National Institute’s booth (#111), and also receive a free T-Shirt!

The course entitled Social Media for the Wise Genealogist covers social media tools vital to today’s genealogical research including social networking sites, RSS, bookmarking, and more. This course written by Brenda Wheeler, utilizes Drew Smith’s book Social Networking for Genealogists. Social Media for the Wise Genealogist begins March 15th, 2011. To register, see the National Institute’s website at www.genealogicalstudies.com.

Wheeler, a graduate of The National Institute’s English Certificate program, residing in Australia says “Social Media is vital in today’s world. We are often completely alone sitting behind our computers, but you are not alone when you use social media tools; you are interacting with so many other genealogists doing exactly what you are doing. Living in a remote area, social media enables you to see the bigger picture, to feel like you are not the only one hitting those brick walls. It’s the sharing of knowledge—someone else in our genealogical world has recommendations that will help in our quest. Social media not only makes you feel involved, but helps keep the excitement going.”

The National Institute’s Acquisition of GenealogyWise

Gena Philibert Ortega, previous manager of GenealogyWise has officially joined The National Institute. Gena holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. She has been involved in genealogy for over 20 years. Gena is the author of over 100 articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines. She is also the author of the book Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007).

“Gena has been the driving force behind GenealogyWise since its beginning. For this reason, and because of her excellent communication and genealogical skills, The National Institute was quite pleased that she agreed to accept the position of Director, Genealogical Services. Her dedication to GenealogyWise will ensure terrific continuity in all the features GenealogyWise has to offer.” said Louise St. Denis, Managing Director at The National Institute.

“Providing a social networking component to The National Institute’s program allows students to incorporate social networking with their genealogical pursuits. This mix will benefit both current students and GenealogyWise members. Web 2.0 features, including social networking are increasingly becoming a vital component of genealogical research. It’s only natural that a social network and an educational institute join forces” said Gena Philibert Ortega.

GenealogyWise

GenealogyWise is the social network for genealogists. Like other social networking sites, GenealogyWise provides members multiple ways to connect and collaborate with others. But unlike other sites, this social network is dedicated to genealogists and family history topics. GenealogyWise is an active community with over 23,500 members. Membership is free, new members can sign up at www.genealogywise.com.

GenealogyWise has something for everyone whether they are a beginning genealogist or an advanced researcher. GenealogyWise provides a place to network with other researchers, post questions and comments and make discoveries about your family history.

GenealogyWise provides researchers various ways to learn more about your family history. You can join or create surname, locality, or topic groups. Some of the most active groups are the locality groups including Australian Genealogists, Germany and German Ancestry and Ireland and Irish Ancestry.

Members have access to the GenealogyWise Chat Room where they can, anytime of the day or night, ask a quick question about research, a chat with fellow genealogists, or attend one of our educational presentations. Every Saturday morning a chat hosted by professional genealogists Dae Powell and Jayne McCormick takes place that explores genealogical methodology and techniques.

One of The National Institute resources now available to GenealogyWise members is the Live Meetings program. Live Meetings, a virtual meeting room provides individuals the opportunity to participate in education and question and answer sessions with professional genealogists. GenealogyWise members will be able to access Live Meetings onsite, opening up more educational opportunities to members from The National Institute’s offerings.

Additional Resources
Twitter: http://twitter.com/GenealogyWise

http://twitter.com/Geneastudies

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GenealogyWise

About The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

The National Institute has been offering genealogy and history courses for over 11 years. They now offer over 200 courses in genealogical studies to help enhance the researcher’s skills.

For those looking to acquire more formal educational training, The National Institute offers—in affiliation with the Continuing Education Unit of the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto—Certificate Programs in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and the United States, as well as a Librarianship Certificate.

For more information please call us toll-free in North America at 1-800-580-0165 or send us a message at admin@genealogicalstudies.com.

Louise St. Denis
Managing Director
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies
www.genealogicalstudies.com
info@genealogicalstudies.com
Toll-free in North America – 1.800.580.0165
Skype: louisestd

I am in the process of moving to a more robust server. While you will find the change seamless, there will be no new blog posts until the move is complete.

Remember on Friday 4 February 2011 at 8 pm on NBC the new season of “Who Do You Think You Are?” will begin with Vanessa Williams examining her family history.

Love is associated with the month of February because of Valentine’s Day. In some parts of Canada we also have a civic holiday on the third Monday of the month called Family Day. This is only a day off in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan. In Manitoba this day is known as Louis Riel Day. Federal entities like the post office are open as well as stores. It is one of those days where some people are off work and some are not. It is a day you are supposed to spend doing various activities with your family. This month we are going to link these two holidays to our family history.

The first week of February go thorough your family tree and make note of all the marriage dates that are blank. Create lists of records and places to find the marriage information. If you have already done some research on a particular marriage then create a list of records and places already researched and add some new ones to investigate.

The second week of February pick one or more couples in your family tree and research what their marriage may have been like. What clothes would they have worn? What type of meal was served or was a meal served? Were there many guests? What was the area where they married like at the time? Were pictures taken on the wedding day, before or after? Was there a honeymoon? How about a dowry? Who were the witnesses and how were they connected to the couple? Did a marriage settlement exist between the couple?

Once you start answering these questions you can write up a description for the marriage. You will then have a story ready to put into your family book.

The third week of February we will focus more on family. Go through your family group sheets and make sure the information is complete and sourced. If it is not complete then find the missing information and add it to the group sheet. If there are questions about children or spouses on the family group sheet then create a research plan in order to investigate the answers to those questions.

The fourth week of February we will look at pedigree charts for the family. Are they all filled in with the information that has been researched to date? If not then complete them and if the information is not known then create a research plan to fill in those blanks. Have you hit a brick wall in a direct line? Write up your research on the family to date to see where the holes are. Then find out what other records can be examined to chisel at the brick wall.

You have made all those additions to your family tree so remember to back up your data.

©2011 – Blair Archival Research