July 2013

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This is the last prompt for the FGS Ambassadors and it is a hard one. It is about packing for the FGS conference. The hard part is you never know exactly what to bring and you always think of something you should have brought once you get there.

It also depends on whether you are driving or flying. Obviously if you are flying you can’t bring as much as if you are packing your car. Personally I like to travel light.

The first thing that anyone who has ever attended a conference will tell you to pack is a comfortable pair of shoes and a wrap or sweater because the lecture rooms can sometimes be cold. I will add to that a refillable water bottle because you will need to stay hydrated and they usually provide water stations in the hall or lecture room where you can fill up your bottle.

A lot of people bring their IPads and computers to take notes but I have a hard time balancing them on my knee and typing at the same time, not as coordinated as some people. So I bring my notebook and pencil. They also come in handy when I’m researching. I can stand in the stacks and take notes using these tools.

The syllabus material will usually be put online before we leave for the conference so I go in and print off the handouts for the lectures I’m going to attend. I print on a single page and then use the back of it for notes for that particular lecture. This way I have both of them together.

I bring my little netbook as I find it easier to type on than my IPod. Yes, I said IPod as I don’t have an IPad. Facebook, Hotmail and Old Reader can be accessed on both devices but if I need to type up notes or a blog post the keyboard on the netbook easier to use. RootsMagic To-Go is my genealogy program of choice when travelling. The memory stick can be put into the netbook and my family tree is at my fingertips.

Business cards are always a must. I keep a small pile in behind my name tag so that they are easy to pull out when I meet someone new. Exchanging business cards is a good way to share contact information. Even if you don’t have a genealogy business you should get some cards made up with your contact information.

A list of exhibitors that are of interest is also made up. Usually I print out the map of the exhibit hall ahead of time and go in and circle where they are located so that it is easier to find them.

It can be a good idea to print off some small labels with your name and email address on them. These can be useful when you are entering draws. You can just peel one off and put it on the ballot. This is also great if there is a large crowd because it can be done quickly.

My research to-do-list is something that will be included in my suitcase. I have been working on it for several months. Will I be able to get it all done? Well that depends on my allocated research time. The list has been prioritized so that the things that are most important to my research will be done first. PERSI is available on Ancestry and when an article of interest is located I cut and paste the source information into my research plan. Easy and less chance of transcription errors.

Don’t forget to include the cables and chargers for your electrical devices when you pack. You don’t want something to run out of power just when you need it most.

Good luck with your packing and see you in a month!

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Here are my favourite blog posts from the last couple of weeks.

John Grenham’s Irish Times column is entitled “Six tactics of the successful researcher:” We all need to be using John’s six tactics when we do our research.

The Genea-Musings blog has a post announcing Thomas MacEntee’s latest resource called “Hack Genealogy” Website Announcement.” Thomas has done it again. What would we do without him?

There are three posts regarding the move of the GRO research room in Dublin. British GENES has a post called “GRO Dublin search room to move” and Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter has a post called “General Register Office’s Dublin Research Room to Move to an “Appalling Location.” The final word, at the moment, goes to the Irish Genealogy News blog post called “GRO’s relocation is a ‘temporary’ one, we’re to believe.” Obviously we don’t. The move of the GRO research room from the lovely location in the Irish Life Centre to the not so lovely old dole office on Werburgh street does not seem to fit with the money the Irish government has spent on the Gathering and other tourism events to get the Irish Diaspora to come home and research their family history. I would not want to research in the old dole office.

Findmypast is in the news twice. The first is Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter with a post called “PERSI Finds New Home on FindMyPast.com” It seems that Findmypast has partnered with the Allen County Public Library to update and improve the PERSI experience. They plan to link digitized articles to the index references. This is great news.

The second post is on the Anglo-Celtic Connections blog entitled “Finally…Findmypast adds Canadian resources.” John Reid has listed the nearly 200 Canadian resources available on Findmypast.com

What were your favourite blog posts? Let me know in the comments below.

Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog

Genealogy Insider – Genealogy News Corral

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This is a special genealogy conference you won’t want to miss!

It’s getting closer! The 2013 FGS conference takes place in Fort Wayne, Indiana on August 21-24 with pre-conference activities on August 20th and a Farewell Brunch on August 25th. Fort Wayne is the home of the renowned Genealogy Center which is giving us generous extended research hours during the conference.

• Of course, you may still register online or by regular mail for the FGS 2013 Conference in Fort Wayne!

• Register soon so that in early August you gain access to the online conference syllabus with an expanded subject index.

• We tweaked room arrangements and have ample room for more people to sign up for the luncheons that take place each day.

• Rooms are available at the two added hotels. They will run periodic shuttles to the Grand Wayne Convention Center. Fort Wayne has thousands of hotel rooms so there is space for all of us.

• Ample parking is available near the convention center.

• Don’t forget about the wonderful quilt that will be awarded during the Friday evening festivities at the Allen County Public Library. That’s an evening to benefit the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions Project with lots of fun activities. A dessert buffet will be sponsored by FamilySearch. If you have registered for that evening, you get access to the Genealogy Center from 6:00 p.m. till Midnight!

Want more details on these points and to keep up with breaking news? Follow us on:

The conference website
FGS Conference News Blog
Facebook
• Twitter: @FGSconference, #FGS2013

We hope you join us for this great educational and fun week.

Here are my favourite blog posts from the last couple of weeks.

Genealogy’s Star had two posts that were of interest. The first is “We don’t need to be genealogists anymore!!! Yippee!” which looks at the author’s reaction to the comment “we don’t need to be genealogists anymore.”

The second post is “Search Historical Newspapers with Elephind.com” which is about a new search engine dedicated to digitized newspapers.

Randy Seaver over at Genea-Musings is looking for help with a Canadian mystery in his family history. You can read more in the post called “My Canadian Mystery – Sarah Sephrona? (Fletcher) Kemp (1802-????)

The Paul Milner Genealogy blog has a post called “Tim Ellis Interview.” Tim Ellis is the Keeper of the Records of Scotland and Registrar General for Scotland.

The Library and Archives blog has a two part series on “How to read AMICUS records.” Part 1. Part 2.

The British GENES blog has two posts of interest. The first has a personal connection for me. “Paisley Abbey 850th anniversary conference” is about a conference being held on 7 Sept 2013 to celebrate Paisley Abbey’s anniversary. Paisley Abbey is the church where three different lines of my ancestor’s worshiped. I just wish I could go to the conference.

The other post is called “1939 National Identity Register (England/Wales) – digitisation test.” Chris found some items of interest in the latest annual report and accounts for 2012-13 for the National Archives at Kew.

John Grenham’s column in the Irish Times is entitled “Trees.” It provides warnings and food for thought.

Irish Genealogy News has a post called “New website and email facilities coming from GRO.” This is great news!

The National Archives of England blog has a post that relates to the imminent arrival of the newest Royal. The post is entitled “A Royal bundle of joy.”

Come Here to Me! has a posted called “Dublin Tenement Life.” There is a Facebook page called “Dublin Tenement Life” that covers inner-city Dublin from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century.

What were your favourite blog posts? Let me know in the comments below.

Other bloggers that write their own lists are:

Jana’s Genealogy and Family History Blog

Genealogy Insider – Genealogy News Corral

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Happy July 4th everyone!

 

Remember while you are gathered with your family to ask questions and bring out photographs that you don’t know anything about in the hopes that someone attending the family gathering does know something.

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Today is Canada’s 146th Birthday.

In four years we will be celebrating our 150th birthday. Canada 150 is a program to help people write and share their family and community histories as a way to preserve and promote our history.

What projects can you think of that will help preserve our nations history for it’s 150th birthday?

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