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.

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!

Thursday Sept 9 ~ Craig R. Scott, CG Virtually live!

Everyone is invited to attend our next SL-APG Chapter meeting tomorrow – Thursday, September 10, 6:00 pm Pacific/SL time (8 Central, 9 Eastern).

Whbilogoe are thrilled to have Craig R. Scott, CG, speak to us on a topic he is VERY familiar with – BOOKS… He will share some of the books that he feels will help us in our research, and about the upcoming Heritage Books Cruise.   

Check his website out, it is full of great books & resources.

cruise ship

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

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…

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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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