TONIGHT: SL-APG Holiday Party!

Hey boys and girls, tonight’s the night for our annual Second Life Chapter Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Holiday Party!

SL-APG Holiday Party

WHEN:  Thursday, December 10, 2015
TIME:  6:00 p.m. SLT (same as Pacific Standard Time)
WHERE:  Dee & Sherlock’s Winter Wonderland
DRESS:  Formal or holiday attire

SL-APG Holiday Party

Santa will be making a special appearance. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!

SL-APG Holiday Party

You won’t want to miss the beautiful winter wonderland set up by Dee and Sherlock. Many thanks to them for once again hosting this event!

All SL genealogists are welcome to attend. If you get lost or need a TP, send a message to Genie Weezles or Ellington Sweeney. 🙂

Second Life Genealogy Newsletter – December 2015

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DECEMBER 2015

December 23rd is National Roots Day, which encourages us to “look into our heritage, families, family history, and ancestry” as we gather with families and friends during this holiday season. Check out this month’s SL Genealogy Group Newsletter for a few resources to help you do this!

Please note that Tech Tuesday and the NGSQ Study Group will not meet in December, but will be back again in January. And you won’t want to miss the Second Life Chapter APG’s Holiday Party, which is always a blast! Details below in the Events section.

INSPIRATION:

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December is the month when we look back at what we have accomplished in the past year, and look forward to what we would like to accomplish in the coming year. Did you reach  your genealogy goals this year? Why or why not? Perhaps you need to work on a research plan for next year, or think about some specific educational opportunities? Attend a conference? Join a genealogical society or lineage society? There is so much to contemplate as we tie up our genealogical loose ends at the end of the year.

May your ancestor wishes come true in 2016! 😀

 

DECEMBER RECOMMENDATIONS:

WEBSITE OF THE MONTH:

StoryCorps
StoryCorps is America’s oral history project. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected more than 60,000 interviews with over 100,000 participants from all backgrounds — the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered.

What better time to collect these stories than the holidays, when we are gathered with our families to talk, reflect, and celebrate? The StoryCorps  website provides the tools you need to prepare for and record your oral history interview. Afterwards, your recording can be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress so that future generations can hear the stories – and the voices – of today. StoryCorps even has “an app for that!”

Here is a little Intro video for you by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay:

Be sure to check out the StoryCorps website before heading out to your holiday gatherings!

BLOG RECOMMENDATION:

Amy Johnson Crow
Genealogist Amy Johnson Crow is the inspiration behind 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks and 31 Days to Better Genealogy. She has also started a vlog (video log) called Genealogy Weekly, and you can often find her “popping up” on Periscope. Wherever you find her, Amy is offering fabulous genealogy tips and advice, so you will definitely want to add her to your Feedly, Flipboard, Bloglovin’, or whatever reader you use!

TWITTER FOLLOW:

@AmyJohnsonCrow – Follow Amy Johnson Crow on Twitter.

 

DECEMBER’S GENEALOGY EVENTS IN SECOND LIFE:

Sunday, December 6
6:00 pm – Family History Chat
Join other family historians and genealogists of all skill levels for a casual discussion on the front porch of the Family History Centre in Adam ondi Ahman. Host varies, style is both Q&A and presentation.  http://bit.ly/SLFamilyHistoryCentre

Monday, December 7
6:00 pm – Meet & Greet for New SL Users 
Meet at the Fire Pit at Just Genealogy for this very informal meeting focusing on how to navigate and enjoy Second Life.  http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit

Thursday, December 10
6:00 pm – Second Life Chapter APG Holiday Party
Let’s celebrate our 2015 accomplishments with a party! Santa usually makes an appearance, so be sure to tell him which ancestors you would like to find under your tree. Wear your holiday finest (formal) attire. Our favorite DJ, Jaffee Gaffer, will be on-hand once again, spinning holiday tunes while we dance the night away (or at least until 8:00 p.m. SLT). Hosted by DeeDee and Sherlock at their Winter Wonderland. All are welcome.

Sunday, December 13
6:00 pm – Family History Chat
Join other family historians and genealogists of all skill levels for a casual discussion on the front porch of the Family History Centre in Adam ondi Ahman. Host varies, style is both Q&A and presentation.  http://bit.ly/SLFamilyHistoryCentre

Tuesday, December 15
6:00 pm – Methodology Tuesday 
Exploring old and new research methodologies with your fellow genealogists. The December discussion topic is the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). The meeting will be hosted by Genie Weezles at the Fire Pit in Just Genealogy.  http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit

Sunday, December 20
6:00 pm – Family History Chat
Join other family historians and genealogists of all skill levels for a casual discussion on the front porch of the Family History Centre in Adam ondi Ahman. Host varies, style is both Q&A and presentation.  http://bit.ly/SLFamilyHistoryCentre

Sunday, December 27
6:00 pm – Family History Chat
Join other family historians and genealogists of all skill levels for a casual discussion on the front porch of the Family History Centre in Adam ondi Ahman. Host varies, style is both Q&A and presentation.  http://bit.ly/SLFamilyHistoryCentre

NOTE: All times listed are SLT or “Second Life Time,” which is the same as Pacific Standard Time.  Need a time zone converter?

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For more information about Genealogy events in Second Life, please feel free to contact:
(in-world): Genie Weezles, Clarise Beaumont, Ellington Sweeney.

See the Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/GenealogistsInSL/

Follow us on Twitter: @SLGenealogy

Visit our blog: https://slgenealogygroup.com/

See our event listings on the GeneaWebinars calendar: http://blog.geneawebinars.com/p/calendar.html

Or stop by Just Genealogy in Second Life!

TO HAVE YOUR GENEALOGY EVENT IN SECOND LIFE INCLUDED IN THE NEWSLETTER, PLEASE EMAIL  ELLINGTON SWEENEY, AT SWEENEY.ELLINGTON@GMAIL.COM.

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Tina Sansone to Speak About WDYTYA Experience

 

Tina Sansone

Genealogist Tina Sansone will be the speaker for Thursday night’s Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) meeting. She will talk about her amazing experience working with the TV show “Who Do You Think You Are,” the resources she used, and how the show works behind the scenes. You won’t want to miss this fascinating talk!

WHEN: Thursday, November 12, 2015
TIME: 6:00 p.m. SLT (same as Pacific Time)
WHERE: Fire Pit at Just Genealogy SLurl

Tina Sansone is a professional genealogist living in Tennessee. She is the president of the Second Life Chapter APG, BellaOnline.com Writer & E-book Editor,
International Society of Family History Writers and Editors SE Director and “Excellence in Writing” Coordinator, member of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy, and a genealogy blogger.

This meeting is open to all interested genealogists in Second Life. Please contact Ellington Sweeney for more information.

November Second Life Genealogy Newsletter

NOVEMBER 2015

We’re sorry this is coming to you late this month (real life, you know)! But please enjoy this Native American Heritage month newsletter highlighting some useful research sites, and this month’s calendar of scheduled activities and genealogy events in Second Life.  Please contact Ellington Sweeney either inworld, or at sweeney.ellington@gmail.com.

INSPIRATION:

NOVEMBER’S GENEALOGY RESEARCH & INFO RECOMMENDATIONS:

WEBSITE OF THE MONTH:

Bureau of Indian Affairs

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is the branch of the federal government in the United States charged with maintaining a good relationship between the government and the individual Indian tribes. Indian Affairs does not conduct genealogical research or maintain a database that you can query in order to find information on your ancestor, however, they do provide a “Guide to Tracing Your Indian Ancestry,” as well as several other documents, which provide some general information on the process.

Also, check out the FamilySearch Wiki, “American Indian Online Genealogy Records,” for more recommendations for Native American genealogical research.

Oh – and fold3 is offering free access to their Native American Collection until November 15!

BLOG RECOMMENDATION:

The African-Native American Genealogy Blog

Blogger Angela Y. Walton-Raji writes about the lives of “blended families from African & Native American families,” including Choctaw culture, the lives Choctaw Freedmen, and other items of interest to researchers of Native American heritage.

TWITTER FOLLOW:

@Angela Y.Walton-Raji – Follow Angela Y. Walton-Raji on Twitter.

NOVEMBER’S SCHEDULE OF GENEALOGY EVENTS IN SECOND LIFE:

Thursday, November 12
6:00 pm – APG Second Life Chapter Meeting
The award-winning Second Life Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists Second Life Chapter welcomes all to this monthly meeting, recognizing that only members may vote. Formal presentation topics will vary. Contact in-world Gtownma Deed, Chapter President or Ellington Sweeney, Vice President. At the Just Genealogy Firepit  http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit

Sunday, November 15
6:00 pm – Family History Chat in Second Life. Join other family historians and genealogists of all skill levels for a casual discussion on the front porch of the Family History Centre in Adam ondi Ahman.   Host varies, style is both Q&A and presentation. http://bit.ly/SLFamilyHistoryCentre

Tuesday, November 17
6:00 pm – Methodology Tuesday in Second Life. Exploring old and new research methodologies with your fellow genealogists gathering around the fire pit in Just Genealogy.  http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit  The November reading is Shelia Benedict’s “Using Newspapers Effectively,” OnBoard 9 (September 2003): 20-22, and the meeting will be hosted by Gtownma Deed.

Thursday, November 19
6:00 pm –  NGSQ Study Group
in Second Life. The Second Life NGSQ Study Group focuses on a specific article from the National Genealogical Society Quarterly monthly. Please feel free to attend even if you are a prospective NGSQ member. Hosted by Ellington Sweeney. Click here for the 2015 Reading List.  At the Just Genealogy Fire Pit. http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit

Sunday, November 22
6:00 pm – Family History Chat in Second Life. Join other family historians and genealogists of all skill levels for a casual discussion on the front porch of the Family History Centre in Adam ondi Ahman.   Host varies, style is both Q&A and presentation.  http://bit.ly/SLFamilyHistoryCentre

Sunday, November 29
6:00 pm – Family History Chat in Second Life. Join other family historians and genealogists of all skill levels for a casual discussion on the front porch of the Family History Centre in Adam ondi Ahman.   Host varies, style is both Q&A and presentation. http://bit.ly/SLFamilyHistoryCentre

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For more information about Genealogy events in Second Life, please feel free to contact:
(in-world): Genie Weezles, Clarise Beaumont, Ellington Sweeney.

See the Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/GenealogistsInSL/
Follow us on Twitter: @SLGenealogy
And our blog: https://slgenealogygroup.com/
See the listings on the GeneaWebinars calendar: http://blog.geneawebinars.com/p/calendar.html
Or stop by Just Genealogy in SecondLife!

TO HAVE YOUR GENEALOGY EVENT IN SECOND LIFE INCLUDED IN THE NEWSLETTER, PLEASE EMAIL  GENIE WEEZLES, AT RELATIVELYCURIOUS@GMAIL.COM.

Don’t Miss the Halloween Party!

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Hey guys and ghouls, come on out for some frightfully good fun at our Halloween Party, Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. SLT (same as Pacific Time).

Get Ready for Halloween!

Dress as your favorite ancestor, or just come as you are. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Get Ready for Halloween!

Watch where you tread. Graves of the dearly departed are all around. But as genealogists, we’re pretty much used to that, right?

Get Ready for Halloween!

Cross the bridge and enter the haunted forest, if you dare. Or just hang out and dance the night away – our favorite DJ, Jaffee Gaffer, will be spinning some spooky tunes!

Get Ready for Halloween!

Don’t be a DEADbeat like this guy and miss the party! 😀

Get Ready for Halloween!

Many, many thanks to DeeDee and Sherlock for setting up this supernatural sim! Now, here’s your hearse to the party!

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

*Song of the Witches from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Methodology Tuesday Reading for October

Methodology Tuesday

I somehow managed to volunteer myself to moderate the October “Methodology Tuesday” discussion! So for this month, I have selected a reading by Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, titled, “The Genealogical Proof Standard: How Simple Can It Be?” (OnBoard 16, September 2010).

This is a short, fun, easy, read, which discusses how some genealogists believe that “applying the GPS requires gargantuan investments in research, reasoning, and writing,” or that it only applies to problems with no obvious solution. Not so, according to Mr. Jones: the GPS applies to ANY genealogical problem, large or small! 😀

Be sure to join us at the Just Genealogy Fire Pit on Tuesday, October 20th, at 6:00 p.m. SLT, to share your thoughts on this article. Genealogists of all levels are welcome. Contact Ellington Sweeney, by email or in-world, if you have questions.

 

Janice M. Sellers to Speak to APG

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We are pleased to announce that the speaker for Thursday night’s Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) meeting is Janice M. Sellers of Ancestral Discoveries. Her topic will be “Amazing Things You Can Find in the Newspaper about Your Relatives.”

WHEN: Thursday, October 9, 2015
TIME: 6:00 p.m. SLT (same as Pacific Time)
WHERE: Fire Pit at Just Genealogy SLurl

Janice Sellers has researched her own family since 1975 and conducted research for others since 2005. She is the editor of three genealogical journals. She is also the vice president of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society, and a board member of the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California and California State Genealogical Alliance. She has been on the staff of the Oakland FamilySearch Library since 2000.

This meeting is open to all interested genealogists in Second Life. Please contact Ellington Sweeney for more information.

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Photo by www.toasto.com.

End-of-Summer BBQ & Dance Party

Last night, our First Annual End-of-Summer BBQ and Dance was held at Just Genealogy/Relatively Curious. DJ Jaffee Gaffer entertained us with genealogy-themed tunes like “We Are Family,” and “Who Are You,” and there was plenty of good eats for all to enjoy. Although there was more dancing than eating – which is pretty typical for SL – I eventually managed to grab a hot dog. We had a great time dancing and chatting until it was time to wrap things up.

Our next party will be in December, so watch this blog for details!

Just Genealogy End-of-Summer BBQ & Dance

Just Genealogy End-of-Summer BBQ & Dance

Just Genealogy End-of-Summer BBQ & Dance

Just Genealogy End-of-Summer BBQ & Dance

Just Genealogy End-of-Summer BBQ & Dance

Just Genealogy End-of-Summer BBQ & Dance

Just Genealogy End-of-Summer BBQ & Dance

Just Genealogy End-of-Summer BBQ & Dance

July 26 – Aug 1: This week’s Genealogy events in SecondLife

Sunday, July 26, 6 pm – Family History Chat
“SOS! Speaking of Solutions (or Solving Our Stumpers).” Taxi to the Family History Centre: http://bit.ly/SLFamilyHistoryCentre

Thursday, July 30, 6 pm – NGSQ Study Group
Join Ellington Sweeney and ironhide781 for the monthly NGSQ Study Group chat. This month’s reading is Donn Devine’s “Sorting Relationships among Families with the Same Surname: An Irish-American DNA Study,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 93 (December 2005): 283-293. See also, “Sorting Relationships among Families with the Same Surname: An Irish-American DNA Study,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 95 (September 2007): 196. Taxi to the fire pit in Just Genealogy: http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit.

Everyone is invited to these events. New to SL? Haven’t got an avatar? It’s all free. Find out more here: https://slgenealogygroup.com/tutorials.

The 1920s Berlin Project

Recently celebrating its sixth anniversary in SL, The 1920s Berlin Project is an historically accurate, virtual model of 1929 Berlin, Germany. The project is designed to allow visitors from all over the world to explore, experience, and immerse themselves in the daily life of this city during the Weimar Republic. The sim was created, and is mostly managed, by an historical consultant with the avatar name of Jo Yardley.

1920s Berlin

From the 1920s Berlin official web site:

‘Second Life’ gives you the opportunity to travel in time, virtually. Berlin in the 1920s was a very interesting time, politically, culturally and in many other ways. We wanted to try and recreate the atmosphere of this fantastic city in that amazing era. Our ideal was to show an as realistic and authentic as possible experience of visiting this part of history. Most historical sims show a somewhat romanticised, clean and charming view of the past where everyone lives in big houses and walks around in lovely clothes all the time. They offer the past up as they would have liked it to be. We wanted to show our visitors both sides of the coin; the amazing modern houses near Unter Den Linden where modern rich people in the latest fashion live a life of leasure, but also the dirty, narrow streets with tiny apartments where the poor try to survive. The 1920s Berlin Project offers you the chance to explore these two different worlds and even become part of one, or both of them. Spend your evening dancing in the mirror room of the luxerious Hotel Adlon or spend it in a damp basement Tanzlokal where they have lukewarm beer in dirty glasses.

1920s Berlin

Please note that this is a strict role-play sim, requiring all visitors to dress in period clothing and use period-appropriate mannerisms. Failure to comply with the dress code could get you ejected from the sim. Fortunately, the landing point is loaded with freebies, including clothes and hair for women, men, and children. Be sure to stop by the news stand to pick up a 1920s Etiquette Book and other reading material. There is even a mall-style shopping center where you can purchase free and non-free items such as clothing, furniture, and music of the era. Once you are dressed and ready to go, head into the train station (follow the big arrow) for a ride to the main sim.

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From The 1920s Berlin Project Dress Code note card (which you can pick up in-world):

Women: In the 1920s dresses and skirts had become much shorter, but they only showed knees for a very short period in time around 1929. For most of the 1920s dresses and skirts covered the knees. This is one of the things we will be keeping an eye on, walking around showing your thighs just was unacceptable back then. Women didn’t show much nudity. Sadly most “flapper dresses” you may find in SL are not at all authentic and much too naked. You may wear those if you’re a chorus girl on stage here, but even they wore proper coats and decent dresses when they walked outside.

Men; Men had it easier, they usually wore a 3 piece suit and almost always a hat or cap outdoors. Gentlemen removed hat or cap at many social occasions such as visiting someone or dancing. Men NEVER had long hair though.

After reading that, I was a bit intimidated about finding the right attire for my visit. I eventually picked up this pretty dress (above) by Volstead for free on the Marketplace. No one said anything to me, nor did I get ejected, so I can only assume that I was dressed appropriately – my knees were covered! For inspiration, check out the German Fashion in the 1920s Flickr group. 🙂

1920s Berlin

In the 1920s Berlin neighborhood, you will find a variety of buildings, including exact replicas of real life buildings, such as the Zum Nußbaum and the Brandenburg Gate (neither of which are in my photos – sorry!). There are also reconstructions of fictional buildings used to show other aspects of life, even if such a building was not really at that location in Berlin in 1929.

1920s Berlin

Below are a few of the sim’s role-play rules (you can pick up a complete list in-world). Remember, the rules are not meant to be restrictive, but rather to enhance the authenticity and realism of your experience.

If you are a human avatar, -OR- if you have a animal avatar, make sure you look realistic and authentic for the theme of our sim. If you are spotted in Berlin without an 1920s outfit, you will be asked to change your clothes or leave.

We will NOT allow Nazis. It goes against the rules of our sim but it is also directly against SL policy. So no Nazi uniforms, logos, gestures, etc.

No other uniforms either please, unless you ask us permission first or if it is a uniform sold here in Berlin, such as the 1920s Navy uniforms. We don’t allow any other uniforms because in our sim most uniforms come with a certain level of responsibility and power, such as the police officers we have here.

Child avatars are welcome, AS LONG AS THEY ARE AUTHENTIC AND REALISTIC for 1920s Berlin.

Animals shouldn’t talk, walk on 2 legs, be half human, etc. And yes… in Berlin people didn’t have wings, pointy ears, claws, vampire teeth, etc, except on stage.

1920s Berlin

The 1920s Berlin Project includes shops, restaurants, a school, a cinema where you can watch real 1920s movies, and a nightclub where you can listen to original 1920s music. Several inhabitants “live” in local apartments, and have virtual jobs in the city. Because 1920s Berlin is one of the few sims in SL that are built to a realistic scale, it received extra interest in 2013 after Oculus Rift users discovered that it was the perfect place to try out their new headsets. You can read about the first visit here.

1920s Berlin

While there are many English-speaking visitors and residents in 1920s Berlin, it is common for residents and visitors to greet each other using German phrases, regardless of their language of preference. Additionally, there are many realistic signs and posters hanging on the city’s walls and in its buildings, some of which you can pick up for free at the landing point.

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The main goal of The 1920s Berlin Project is to give visitors the chance to virtually immerse themselves in the past. The experience is entertaining, as well as educational, as the sim is used for classes in all sorts of historical subjects. I found it interesting that the discussion of Nazi politics and WWII is acceptable on the sim, and in fact, “We often have debates about them over a glass of schnapps in the club.” (No, I did not participate in such a discussion.) This topic is not covered up or banned at all – only the uniforms and weapons – and if you look around the sim, you will see traces of this era of history. For more about this topic, please visit this post on The 1920s Berlin Project’s blog.

1920s Berlin

The 1920s Berlin Project is well-known for its arts and entertainment. Nightclubs such as Cabaret Eldorado, based on a real 1920s club for gay people and cross dressers, theaters such as The Odeon Theatre and The Asta Cinema, as well as The Hindenburg Schule, all boast educational activities, films, dancing, lectures, or live entertainment. The most active place on the sim is the nightclub Der Keller, located in a basement in one of the city’s back alleys. At Der Keller, one can dance The Charleston, or have a virtual drink at the bar and chat with others.

1920s Berlin

Since its founding six years ago, The 1920s Berlin Project has been continuously expanding and upgrading. Starting small, it has always managed to pay for its own upkeep, thanks its tenants, supporters, and random donations from visitors (there is a donation kiosk at the landing spot). Rumor has it that founder Jo Yardley has plans for more historically-themed, role-playing sims, including a 1940s London sim.

For more information about The 1920s Berlin Project, check out the following:

Visit The 1920s Berlin Project!