Sunday, November 25, 2012

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy - Week 48

Week 48: Genealogy Society Member. Genealogy society members are a vital part of the family history community. We’ve made many acquaintances this way and we all benefit from their friendship, support and expertise. Share with us a genealogy society member that has left a memorable impression on you.

Unfortunately my own experience with local societies has been less than stellar.  However, I can honor a gentleman that I feel has contributed to his own local society for beyond the norm.  I have a friend who was married to a distant cousin.  He has been a longtime member of his local society and volunteers to research all inquiries that come to the society.  In his city he has both his society's library and a good public library and he visits both to answer the inquiries to the best of his ability.  He has spent untold hours helping others.

I have had similar experiences writing to societies far distant from where I live.  I have been so grateful to those individuals who have taken the time to search and copy records for me.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

My RootsMagic - New Place to Publish Your Family History

I downloaded my RootsMagice Version 6 update the day it was announced available.  I've used this software since it first came out - and used its predecessor, Family Origins.  I couldn't wait to try out the new publishing online feature.  So while I was waiting to go to my daughter's for Thanksgiving Dinner, I decided to give it a try.

The publishing feature was quick, efficient, and produces a very nice website.  Not all events publish and I noticed that sources attached to the person rather than an individual event, are not available.  I particularly liked the fact that my color coding of family lines transferred to the website.

There is no way to search other sites uploaded for My RootsMagic.  You can only view the sites if you have the URL.  Very different from most family tree websites.  Depending on your goal he uploading the website, this could be desirable, or not.  That feature certainly adds a measure of privacy.  I'm sure that if the URL to your site was published anywhere on the Interest, search engines could pick it up.

I'm sure I will be making changes - it's so easy to just re-upload, although you can make no changes on the actual website.  There is a file size limit, but I could have added much more.  I don't have many attached photos but I'm sure that would affect the file size considerably.

I suspect RootsMagic will also be making changes and adjustments over times.

I have had a web presence for over a decade, so I don't mind sharing the URL to the new site, if you'd like to take a look!

Our Family

Sunday, November 18, 2012

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy - Week 47

Week 47: Small Genealogy Vendors. Which small genealogy vendor is your favorite one to see at genealogy conferences? What does this vendor offer to the genealogy community? Why do you like visiting this vendor in the exhibit hall? Share web site links or contact information for this vendor so others can benefit from their products.

Oh, I don't want to call her a "small" Vendor.  To me, her contributions are quite large within the genealogy community.  My favorite among the smaller booths is Lisa Louise Cooke and her Genealogy Gems booth.  She offers so much to us through her podcasts and her down to earth research help books. If she's not there to greet you with a smile, perhaps her daughter will be.  Her classes and workshops are always excellent.  She has recently updated her webpage and you can find everything she does right there.
Genealogy Gems

Sunday, November 11, 2012

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy - Week 46

Week 46: Large Genealogy Vendors. Which big genealogy vendor is your favorite one to see at conferences? What does this vendor offer the genealogy community? Why do you like visiting this vendor in the exhibit hall?

I like them all.  The exhibit hall is my favorite part of conferences.  I honestly really don't buy much, but I certainly look around and ask a lot of questions.  My favorites are those that have drawings, neat giveaway items and something hands-on to do while you visit their booth.  That would include, I think, all of those meant by "big genealogy vendor" in this prompt.  FamilySearch.  Ancestry.  FindMyPast.  Those three are the ones I think of first.  I like the fact that they have people present to answer questions and perhaps show you a new trick or two.

But, then, the smaller vendors - the booksellers, the software vendors - can be very helpful if you have questions about their products.  There are very few booths I pass by - the exhibit hall is just plain fun!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy - Week 45

Week 45: Genealogy Speakers. Which genealogy speaker has left the biggest impression on you? What is it about that speaker that you like the most? What is his or her general focus? Does this person speak at regional or national conferences? Share why other genealogists should attend this speaker’s sessions.

I would have to say Elizabeth Shown Mills is my favorite.  She is always prepared, concise, and speaks directly to her topic - a professional in every possible way.  She could probably lecture on any genealogy topic but is best known for her emphasis on citing sources.  I particularly enjoy her sessions regrading researching men of the same name and other frequently encountered but often difficult research problems. I have had her as my instructor at IGHR in Birmingham and always attend her lectures at national conferences.  I have heard some of her sessions more than once and would listen to them again at any given opportunity.  Why I think others should attend her session?  Because, quite simply, she is the best of the best the genealogy world has to offer.