Something Special for August!

This Thursday, August 11 at 5:30 pm SL time (Pacific) ALL genealogists in SecondLife are invited to a very special meeting followed by a summer dance, at Just Genealogy.

The meeting will be held to discuss the organization of an official SecondLife Genealogical Society. Yes, we already have an award-winning chapter of the APG (Association of Professional Genealogists), but this new group will be for genealogy enthusiasts at any level of skill – beginners to experts, hobbyists to professionals. We can learn a lot from one another!

One hope for this group is  to have this new group become a partner society of FGS (the Federation of Genealogical Societies), which would provide our group members with the benefits of FGS membership: discounts, webinars, and more.

Following this meeting at about 6:30 pm will be a fun, summer dance, with our favorite DJ Jaffee Gaffer.

Please plan on joining us at 5:30 p.m. SecondLife Time (Pacific Time) to share your ideas for this new group!  And of course, you can’t miss the dance – They are always a great opportunity to chat and share our summer genealogy research stories and successes.

Hope to see EVERYONE there!!

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May Meeting of the SL chapter APG

This Thursday night, May 12, is the monthly meeting of the award-winning SecondLife Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Following a short business meeting, our guest speaker will be Gena Philibert-Ortega, who will be presenting “Women’s Lives in the Newspaper.”

Women’s lives are well documented in the newspaper but how do you find mentions of your female ancestor. We’ll discuss the types of articles they can be found in and the best ways to search.

Gena holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. She is a popular speaker at groups across the US as well as virtually, speaking on many genealogical topics including researching female ancestors. She is the author of the books, From The Family Kitchen (F + WMedia, 2012), Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007) and Putting the Pieces Together. She also writes regularly on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera.

SL-APG meetings are regularly on the second Thursday of every month, at 6 pm SecondLife time (which is the same as Pacific Time). We meet at the Fire Pit in Just Genealogy.

If you’re new to SecondLife, you might be interested in the Tutorials section, or join our Facebook Group – Genealogists in Second Life to ask questions as well.

April’s Tech Tuesday Postponed

I’m postponing Tech Tuesday to next week, Tuesday, April 12th at 6:00 pm, still at the Just Genealogy Fire Pit. What I’ve got to share is just so dang cool, and I’m not quite finished with the presentation — It’s just too neat to share half-baked!  Teaser: It involves maps, family history, stories, photos, and did I mention maps??? I know you’ll love it, and thanks for your patience!

SecondLife Genealogy Group Newsletter: April 2016

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APRIL 2016

Greetings, Second Life genealogists and family history enthusiasts!  World Health Day is this month, so let’s pause to consider the afflictions of our ancestors, as well as the effect of our own health on our descendants.

Please enjoy this month’s newsletter highlighting some useful research sites, and this month’s calendar of scheduled activities and genealogy events in Second Life.  For more information, please contact Ellington Sweeney, either in-world, or at sweeney.ellington@gmail.com.

INSPIRATION:

HealthSecret

APRIL’S GENEALOGY RESEARCH & INFO RECOMMENDATIONS:

WEBSITE OF THE MONTH:

TapGenes.com

This year’s RootsTech Innovator’s Summit top prize winner, “TapGenes helps you crowdsource your family’s health information, helping you understand the thread that ties your family’s health together.” TapGenes is a for-profit company that is self-funded by the CEO and a group of private investors.

BLOG RECOMMENDATION:

The Chirugeon’s Apprentice

This is not a genealogy blog, but a medical history blog, with some very interesting history stories from a medical perspective, done in a story-telling fashion. Great writing style, showing that you can tell historical stories with both citations and facts, and still have a compelling narrative.

TWITTER FOLLOW:

@atlasobscura – Follow Atlas Obscura for interesting, offbeat stories, often involving history, ancestors, cemeteries, and interesting locations around the world.

APRIL SCHEDULE OF GENEALOGY EVENTS IN SECOND LIFE:

Sunday,  April 3
5:30 pm – DNA Study Group
Need help getting started with genetic genealogy? Join us for this new bi-monthly group hosted by Red Rider.  Meets on the front porch of the Family History Centre in Adam ondi Ahman. http://bit.ly/SLFamilyHistoryCentre

Monday, April 4
6:00 pm – Meet & Greet – Get Some Second Life Help
Gather at the Just Genealogy firepit to discuss the ins and outs of SecondLife – how to sit, stand, fly, talk… Anything you might need help with! At the Just Genealogy Firepit  http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit

Sunday, April 10
5:30 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, April 5   April 12
6:00 pm – Tech Tuesday

Genie Weezles promises a fabulous discussion about some cool organizational tools. This month’s presentation will involve maps, videos, and family histories. All are welcome! At the Just Genealogy Firepit  http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit.

Thursday, April 14
6:00 pm – APG Second Life Chapter Meeting
The award-winning Second Life Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) welcomes all to this monthly meeting.  You won’t want to miss hearing Genie Weezles give details on how to participate in the chapter’s 2016 project: FamilySearch Indexing Beta. Bring your questions! For more info about the chapter, contact in-world Ellington Sweeney, Chapter President, or Genie Weezles, Chapter Representative. At the Just Genealogy Firepit  http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit

Sunday, April 17
5:30 pm – DNA Study Group (NOTE NEW EVENT & NEW TIME)
Need help getting started with genetic genealogy? Join us for this new bi-monthly group hosted by Red Rider.  Meets on the front porch of the Family History Centre in Adam ondi Ahman. http://bit.ly/SLFamilyHistoryCentre

Tuesday, April 19
6:00 pm – Methodology Tuesday
Exploring old and new research methodologies with your fellow genealogists! The March reading will be updated here and announced on the Genealogists in Second Life Facebook page soon. The meeting will be held at the Fire Pit in Just Genealogy. http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit 

Sunday, April 24
5:30 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

Thursday, April 28
6:00 pm –  NGSQ Study Group

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 2016 Reading List.  At the Just Genealogy Fire Pit. http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit

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.

January 2016 Second Life Genealogy Newsletter

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JANUARY 2016

Greetings, Second Life genealogists and family history enthusiasts! Hope you enjoyed your holidays, and are looking forward to an amazing new year of genealogy breakthroughs and insights. January means a fresh start, and time to review your goals and priorities for the coming year.   January is also National Hobby Month, so very appropriate for genealogists to make new plans on how to tackle those research obstacles!  It’s also National Bath Safety month, and National Oatmeal month, but I’m not quite sure how to tie that in here 🙂   Anyway!  Check out this month’s genealogy events in SecondLife, as well as some useful research sites and info in this newsletter.  Please contact Genie Weezles either inworld, or at relativelycurious@gmail.com.

INSPIRATION:

Preserve your memories, keep them well, what you forget you can never retell.  ~ Louisa May Alcott

JANUARY’S GENEALOGY RESEARCH & INFO RECOMMENDATIONS:

WEBSITE OF THE MONTH:

FamilySearch wiki: “Write a Personal History”

Is this the year that you finally start your own personal history? This page on the FamilySearch wiki gives many recommendations on the hows and whys of writing a personal history. Ready to start?!

 

BLOG RECOMMENDATION:

Blogging Genealogy

Caroline Pointer’s blog includes all sorts of helpful information including blog prompts, and multiple ways to use your online presence to make it easier for new cousins to find you and connect.

TWITTER FOLLOW:

@genealogyisfun  – Follow Jana Last on Twitter.

JANUARY SCHEDULE OF GENEALOGY EVENTS IN SECOND LIFE:

Sunday,  January 3
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

Monday, January 4
6:00 pm – Meet & Greet – Second Life Help

Gather at the Just Genealogy firepit to discuss the ins and outs of SecondLife – how to sit, stand, fly, talk… Anything you might need help with! At the Just Genealogy Firepit  http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit

Tuesday, January 5
6:00 pm – Tech Tuesday

Relatively Curious’ Genie Weezles hosts a discussion at the Just Genealogy Firepit on some helpful technology tools including one that will be a big help to anyone who tends to keep LOTS of tabs open at the same time when using the Chrome browser,  as well as another creative alternative to Excel spreadsheets. Intrigued? Everyone is welcome ! At the Just Genealogy Firepit  http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit

Sunday,  January 10
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

Thursday, January 14
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.  January’s meeting will include voting on this year’s officers. Contact in-world Gtownma Deed, Chapter President or Ellington Sweeney, Vice President. At the Just Genealogy Firepit  http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit

Sunday, January 17
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, January 19
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 and the meeting will be hosted by Gtownma Deed. Watch for topic here and on the Genealogists in Second Life facebook page. http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit 

Sunday, January 24
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

Thursday, January 28
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 2016 Reading List.  At the Just Genealogy Fire Pit. http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit

Sunday, January 31
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.

October SecondLife Genealogy Newsletter

OCTOBER 2015

Greetings, Second Life genealogists and family history enthusiasts!  Please enjoy this Hispanic Heritage month newsletter highlighting some useful research sites, and this month’s calendar of scheduled activities and genealogy events in Second Life.  Please contact Genie Weezles either inworld, or at relativelycurious@gmail.com.

OCTOBER’S INSPIRATION:

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classesour ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking around. ~ Gilbert Keith Chesterton

OCTOBER’S GENEALOGY RESEARCH & INFO RECOMMENDATIONS:

WEBSITE OF THE MONTH:

RootsPoint.com – a new website for genealogy information and collections. It is fee-based for the most part as far as I can see, but I think they have some free databases as well. Still, a good idea to see what the new genealogy companies are coming up with.

BLOG RECOMMENDATION:

RootsPoint – http://blog.rootspoint.com/

Check out the Fondo Colonia Collection Archival Records 1611-1821, containing the civil colonial records of the Province of Nuega Viscaya which “today consists of the states of Chihuahua, Durango, Sonora, Sinaloa and part of Coahuila”, touted to be one of the most important archival collections in North  America… but you can read all this yourself, here:   http://www.rootspoint.com/fondo-colonial/

TWITTER FOLLOW:

@rootspoint – I happen to know for a fact that currently the person handling their social media is a very well-respected genealogist (that rules me out J)

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!

OCTOBER’S SCHEDULE OF GENEALOGY EVENTS IN SECOND LIFE:

Sunday, October 4

6:00pm – 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

Monday, October 5

6:00pm –  Meet & Greet in Second Life (for newbies). Meet at the Firepit at Just Genealogy for very informal meeting focusing on how to navigate and enjoy Second Life. http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit

Tuesday, October 6
6:00pm –  Tech Tuesday will be back next month! Genie will be checking out the fall colors at a few cemeteries in New England this week.

Thursday, October 8
5:30pm – 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, October 11
6:00pm – 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, October 18
6:00pm – 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, October 20
6:00pm – Methodology Tuesday in Second Life. Exploring old and new research methodologies with your fellow genealogists gathering around the fire pit in Just Genealogy.  Click here for information about this month’s reading.

Sunday, October 26
6:00pm – 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

Thursday, October 22
9:00pm –  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. Co-hosted by Ironhide781 and Ellington Sweeney.  October’s discussion: John Philip Colletta, “Tracking a Loner on the Move: J.W. Parberry Exposed by the Genealogical Proof Standard,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 93 (June 2005): 94-109.

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Your Genealogy Bookshelf

At tonight’s Second Life chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists meeting (SL-APG), Craig R. Scott, CG, owner of Heritage Books, spoke to our group about his list of must-have volumes on any genealogy bookshelf.

The top five books, in no particular order, are:

  • Evidence Explained (Elizabeth Shown Mills)
  • Black’s Law Dictionary
  • North Carolina Genealogy (Helen Leary)
  • Professional Genealogy (edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills)
  • Mastering Genealogical Proof (Thomas W. Jones)

Following those books, Craig suggested other great resources for one’s collection, including:

  • The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy (Val Greenwood)
  • Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy (Mark D. Herber)
  • and various other How-To, topic specific books.

Craig also discussed the importance of location specific books, which would vary depending on your ancestors. You would want to not only collect books from:

  • The county and location that they lived in, but also
  • Where they migrated from, and
  • Where they went later

So often our ancestors traveled in groups with other relatives, neighbors, and friends!

Craig highly recommended

  • Carrie Eldridge’s migration atlases

as excellent sources of migration routes and patterns to help determine where folks may have come from or gone to.

Heritage Bhbilogoooks has an online store where these and thousands of other genealogy books may be purchased. Go ahead and start your Christmas Wish List now!

APG members: Be sure to get your 15% discount code from www.apgen.org under your member benefits!