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.

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. 🙂

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.

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

August 2015 Second Life Genealogy Group Newsletter

AUGUST 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!!

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

AUGUST’S INSPIRATION:

Those who do not look upon themselves as a link, connecting the past with the future, do not perform their duty to the world.      ~Daniel Webster

GENEALOGY RESEARCH & INFO RECOMMENDATIONS:

WEBSITE OF THE MONTH:

BLOG RECOMMENDATION:

TWITTER FOLLOW:
  • @leprchaunrabbit – Sir Leprechaunrabbit.  I’m not entirely sure who this is, but he shares some great genealogy information, so worth a follow!

For more information about Genealogy events in Second Life

Or stop by Just Genealogy in SecondLife!

CALENDAR OF GENEALOGY EVENTS IN SECOND LIFE:

Sunday, August 2
  • 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, August 3
  • 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
Tuesday, August 4
  • 6:00pm –  Tech Tuesday.  Relatively Curious Genie Weezles presents a monthly discussion of technology for genealogists, from great websites to explore to the latest gadgets, apps and electronic thingamabobs.  This month’s discussion is on Technology & Oral histories. At the Firepit, in Just Genealogy http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit.
There will be no SL Chapter APG Meeting in August
Sunday, August 9
  • 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.   **For those watching WDYTYA – share your thoughts while you watch!**  Host varies, style is both Q&A and presentation.  http://bit.ly/SLFamilyHistoryCentre
Tuesday, August 18
  • 6:00pm – Methodology. Exploring old and new research methodologies with your fellow genealogists gathering around the fire pit in Just Genealogy.  August’s discussion will be hosted by DearMYRTLE, SL’s Clarise Beaumont, and the topic will be updated here soon. http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit.
Sunday, August 23
  • 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, August 27
  • 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: Laurel T. Baty, “Parentage of Martha Smith of Alabama and Mississippi: Overcoming Inconsistent, Incorrect, and Missing Records,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 101 (June 2013): 85-102.  At the Firepit  http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit
Sunday, August 30
  • 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
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 – 
TO HAVE YOUR GENEALOGY EVENT IN SECOND LIFE INCLUDED IN THE NEWSLETTER,
PLEASE EMAIL  GENIE WEEZLES, AT RELATIVELYCURIOUS@GMAIL.COM

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.