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.

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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!

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!

September Calendar of Events

SEPTEMBER 2015

Greetings, Second Life genealogists and family history enthusiasts!  Please enjoy this monthly newsletter highlighting some useful research sites, and this month’s calendar of scheduled activities and genealogy events in Second Life.

Don’t miss our end-of-summer BBQ & Dance on Monday, August 31st!!

Please contact Genie Weezles either inworld, or at relativelycurious@gmail.com.

SEPTEMBER’S INSPIRATION:

In different hours, a man represents each of several of his ancestors, as if there were seven or eight of us rolled up in each man’s skin,—seven or eight ancestors at least, and they constitute the variety of notes for that new piece of music which his life is.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

GENEALOGY RESEARCH & INFO RECOMMENDATIONS:

WEBSITE OF THE MONTH:
  • New York Public Library  – Map Warper
  • The NYPL Map Warper is a tool for digitally aligning (“rectifying”) historical maps from the NYPL’s collections to match today’s precise maps.

BLOG RECOMMENDATION:

An UpBuilding Life: The Journals of Montana Pioneer Mary G. Rumping Schenk Schaffer Riordan (1878-1952).

What do you do when you come into possession of not one, but three diaries from your great grandmother, along with a “windfall” of family ephemera? You blog about it of course!  http://www.anupbuildinglife.com/

TWITTER FOLLOW:
  • –  Tweeting “Best moments in History in pictures.”

For more information about Genealogy events in Second Life

Or stop by Just Genealogy in SecondLife!

CALENDAR OF GENEALOGY EVENTS IN SECOND LIFE:

Monday, August 31
  • 6:00pm – End of Summer BBQ and Dance.  Let’s celebrate the end of summer and start of a productive fall with a social get-together in Just Genealogy. We’ll have the barbeques smoking, and the music jumping, so plan to attend and chat about your research successes and dilemmas of the summer.  In Just Genealogy – 
Sunday, September 6
  • 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.   **For those watching WDYTYA – share your thoughts while you watch!**  Host varies, style is both Q&A and presentation.  http://bit.ly/SLFamilyHistoryCentre
Monday, September 7
  • 6:00pm –  Meet & Greet (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
Thursday, September 10
  • 6:00 pm (new time!!) – Second Life Chapter APG Meeting. The award-winning Second Life Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists Second Life Chapter welcomes everyone to this monthly meeting, recognizing that only members may vote. Formal presentation topics will vary.  Contact in-world Gtownma Deed, Chapter President or Genie Weezles, Chapter Liaison.  At the Just Genealogy Firepit http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit
Sunday, September 13
  • 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.   **For those watching WDYTYA – share your thoughts while you watch!**  Host varies, style is both Q&A and presentation.  http://bit.ly/SLFamilyHistoryCentre

Tuesday, September 15

  • 6:00pm – Methodology. Exploring old and new research methodologies with your fellow genealogists gathering around the fire pit in Just Genealogy.  Hosted this month by SL-APG chapter president, Gtownma Deed.  Discussion will be on the BCG Skillbuilding article by Kay Haviland Freilich , “Background Information: An Overlooked Research Tool,” OnBoard 11 (September 2005): 17-18. Please read ahead, article can be found here –http://www.bcgcertification.org/skillbuilders/skbld059.html.  at the FirePit,   http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit.
Sunday,  September 20
  • 6:00pm – 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, September 24
  • 6:00pm –  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. Co-hosted by Ironhide781 and Ellington Sweeney. This month’s discussion:   F. Warren Bittner, “Dora Luhr’s Hannover Origin: A Case of Conflicting Evidence,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 98 (September 2010): 165-176.
  •   At the Firepit  http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit
Sunday, September 27
  • 6:00pm – 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
TO HAVE YOUR GENEALOGY EVENT IN SECOND LIFE INCLUDED IN THE NEWSLETTER,
PLEASE EMAIL  GENIE WEEZLES, AT RELATIVELYCURIOUS@GMAIL.COM

A few notes…

ResearchLogsClarise_Slide1

We had a lively discussion during Methodology Tuesday at the Just Genealogy Fire Pit in Second Life. Those who missed it are clamoring for the links we mentioned. First, here’s a sample of my very distant cousin DearMYRTLE’s research log. She superimposed the column headings she uses on the left side of this graphic.

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Strategic Research Log for Ireland
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Strategic_Research_Log_for_Ireland

Scotland Records Selection Table
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Scotland_Record_Selection_Table

Cousin Russ’ “FamilySearch Records” Research Log (Google Sheets format) https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CXE1JFJ9HJaaGsbUPe7y0iPUX6_xnakSVL7S9XBIqUo/edit#gid=54768883

Thomas MacEntee’s Research Log (Google Sheets format) with 50+ citation formats https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1u57qU-M137mY6GuorfDTHA1wQnTQF1d7Q8qpjreYSjU/edit?usp=sharing

Colleen Greene Evernote for Genealogy: Research logs and notes
http://www.colleengreene.com/2014/01/29/evernote-for-genealogy-research-logs-and-note-links/

Colleen Greene, IBID: Top view of her research notes
https://www.flickr.com/photos/crobledo/12212360895/

Colleen Greene, IBID: Top view of her research log
https://www.flickr.com/photos/crobledo/12212556393/

Colleen Greene’s Naming convention for her record title:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/crobledo/12177567763/

Colleen Greene ‘s public link to her Evernote Template
https://www.evernote.com/shard/s18/sh/0fe714af-8884-4e63-9ac2-9de9a573e11d/6f9031b4d360af460594d0755d0084ac

Here’s a short-subject video on Research Logs from the BYU Family History Library. We got this going on our amazing new web-viewing screen at the fire pit.

FURTHER INFO

Cyndis List – Evernote for Genealogists (Be sure to look, there are templates in her listings!) http://www.cyndislist.com/evernote/

DearMYRTLE & Cousin Russ’ Information Overload video

Cousin Russ’ Genealogy Do-Over: Shaky Leaf Management
https://youtu.be/AC9TlUDOzkM?list=PLR41jOFxoDYwws6ICid09XHUj2TrxUMhy

Check out the GeneaWebinars Calendar info on upcoming Second Life genealogy events, in addition to educational experiences all over the Net.

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Learn Genealogy Skills! Methodology study group

Each month we will be choosing an article available online regarding genealogy research methodology to discuss together at the fire pit in Just Genealogy.

Next Tuesday, July 21 at 6:00pm SL time (Pacific), we are discussing the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) “Skillbuilding” article by Sandra MacLean Clunies, Evaluating Web Resources.

The article is available for free on the BCG website. Please read the article in advance of the discussion, and come prepared to share your insights and opinions.

Everyone is welcome to attend!