July Meeting of the SL-APG

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Be sure to join us tomorrow night for the monthly meeting of the Second Life Chapter Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)!

WHEN: Thursday, July 14, 2016
TIME: 6:00 p.m. SLT (same as Pacific Time)
WHERE: Fire Pit at Just Genealogy SLurl

This month’s featured speakers will be Dean and Cynthia Richardson of Genlighten, who will present “Offering Research Services Online: What We’ve Learned from Our Adventures with Genlighten.com”:

We will share some of the insights that we’ve gained from working with our providers, and give tips for creating strong, effective profiles on whatever platform people chose to use (for example, business website, APG list, blogs, marketplace websites like Genlighten), as well as talk about some things that leave clients feeling happy and satisfied. We’ll also touch briefly on the “Now What?” part of waiting for clients to find us online, and ask for input on what professionals would like to see in terms of marketplace tools to help advertise and manage their online services.

About Dean Richardson: Dean was introduced to genealogy by his wife, who ushered him up to the genealogy section of the local university library one night to show him the New York Times obituary for his Civil War ancestor. That was thirty years ago, and he’s been hooked on family history ever since. Dean’s responsibilities at Genlighten range from front-end design and Rails back-end development to inbound marketing and search-engine optimization.

About Cynthia Richardson: Looking for a way to turn her passion for historical document research into a source of income, Cynthia taught herself HTML and CSS and built chicagogenealogy.com back in 2003. Since then, she’s performed Chicago-area genealogy lookups and custom research for thousands of delighted customers. She’s also served as volunteer and director at the Wilmette Family History Center. At Genlighten, Cynthia handles customer support inquiries, maintains our online help facility, and curates our community-generated content. When you call or e-mail us, she’ll usually be the one you chat with.


SL-APG meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month (except August), at 6:00 p.m. Second Life Time (same as Pacific Time), at the Fire Pit in Just Genealogy. Meetings are open to all interested genealogists. Please contact Ellington Sweeney for more information about this group.

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Notes From the Second DNA Study Group Meeting

The following post is from Red Rider, host of the SL DNA Study Group. You can join us for these meetings at 5:30 p.m. SLT (same as Pacific Time), on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at the Family History Centre in Second Life.

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At the second meeting of our SL DNA discussion group, I went over some DNA jargon. If you want to get the most out of your DNA results, it is important to read about the subject. Joining groups at Facebook such as the ISOGG group, or the DNA Newbie group, is also a great way to learn about the subject.

Reading about new findings in the field, and joining groups, helps us stay on top of changes regarding the evaluation of our results. Genetic genealogy is a new field, and the interpretation of our results is subject to change. Since DNA terms are not always explained, it is helpful to look at some of these terms and definitions before embarking on further study of the subject.

Here are my slides with the terms and definitions we went over on Sunday, March 6:

 

A new blog post by Roberta Estes, “Concepts – Identical by…Descent, State, Population and Chance,” introduced me to some new terms for defining Autosomal DNA (atDNA) segments. Identical by chance or coincidence, or “IBC,” for one.  This would apply to matching segments not shared by parents, or not inherited through your parents. Identical by population, or “IBP,” would be segments which are common to particular populations, such as ethnic populations. These segments are not considered “identical by descent” because they cannot be attributed to a common ancestor. However, in the case of population segments, “IBP,” they can sometimes be useful if you can link the segment to an ancestor because they are the only possible source of the population segment.

IBP segments lead me to a term I left out Sunday. I forgot to include “pile ups.” This term is used to  refer to these population segments.  A pile up is literally many people sharing a segment in the same location (see illustration below). AncestryDNA removes populations segments using their Timber filter. The other companies do not.

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When it comes to the interpretation of results, Autosomal DNA is the most challenging to work with, which is why I included so many terms for this test in my “DNA Jargon” presentation. For instance, we need to know something about the statistics regarding whether a segment is IBD or not. We need to build out our trees as far as we can in order to draw accurate conclusions from our shared segments. We need to collect and map segments. We need to compare trees carefully looking for all possible shared ancestral lines, especially if we are from endogamous populations. These complexities have resulted in the proliferation of terms and acronyms.

Finally, I suggested we might discuss topics being discussed at the Facebook ISOGG group during our SL Sunday chats. Anyone can ask to join this Facebook group. An ongoing topic is how we determine whether autosomal DNA segments are IBD. I suggested reading “Another Triangulation Success, Another Etne Cousin” by Kitty Cooper, as well as the comments below the post at Facebook.

Since not everyone attending the Sunday discussions has tested yet, we will go through the testing process in more depth, and talk about what we can do to get the most out of our results, at the next meeting. See you there! 😀

Questions? Contact Red Rider for more information.

Second Life Genealogy Newsletter: March 2016

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MARCH 2016

Happy March, Second Life genies! March is a big month, genealogically-speaking. Not only is it Women’s History Month, but it is also Irish American Heritage Month. So whichever you choose to celebrate, we hope you find what – and who – you are looking for!

Be sure to check out this month’s genealogy events in Second Life.  For more information, please contact Ellington Sweeney, either in-world, or at sweeney.ellington@gmail.com.

INSPIRATION:

MARCH’S GENEALOGY RESEARCH & INFO RECOMMENDATIONS:

WEBSITE OF THE MONTH:

Irish Records at FindMyPast

This week has been a big one for those doing Irish research! If you have Irish ancestry, be sure out the new Irish Catholic Parish Registers from FindMyPast. They’re free, and will always stay that way. 🙂

Findmypast is also making its entire archive of over 110 million Irish records, the largest available anywhere online, FREE from 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday March 1 to 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday March 8, 2016. So that’s ONE WEEK for you to get started for FREE!

Read more about it here.

BLOG RECOMMENDATION:

Irish Genealogy News

“Irish genealogy research is famous for being difficult, if not impossible. This reputation isn’t entirely deserved, although there can be some fundamental difficulties in discovering your Irish ancestry, particularly if you don’t know where your ancestors lived.” Check out Clare Santry’s blog, as well as her companion site, Irish Genealogy Toolkit.

TWITTER FOLLOW:

@Irish_Genealogy – Follow Clare Santry for more Irish genealogy updates!

 

MARCH SCHEDULE OF GENEALOGY EVENTS IN SECOND LIFE:

Tuesday, March 1
6:00 pm – Tech Tuesday

Genie Weezles promises a fabulous discussion about some cool organizational tools. All are welcome! At the Just Genealogy Firepit  http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit.

Sunday,  March 6
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

Monday, March 7
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

Thursday, March 10
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, March 13
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, March 15
6:00 pm – Methodology Tuesday
Exploring old and new research methodologies with your fellow genealogists! The March reading is “Analyzing Wills for Useful Clues” by Elizabeth Shown Mills from OnBoard 1 (May 1995): 16. Read the article for free on the BCG website. This month’s discussion will be hosted by Carolina Belle at the Fire Pit in Just Genealogy. http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit 

Sunday, March 20
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

Thursday, March 24
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

Sunday, March 27
5:30 pm – Family History Chat

CANCELLED due to the Easter holiday.

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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.

Second Life Genealogists Announce DNA Study Group

Second Life Chapter APG DNA Interest Group

With genetic genealogy becoming an essential part of the genealogist’s toolkit, the Second Life genealogists group is pleased to announce the formation of a DNA Study Group.

Beginning February 21, 2016, the DNA Study Group will meet monthly on the 3rd Sunday, at 6:00 p.m., at the Family History Centre in the Second Life virtual world. Topics will range from beginning to advanced, based on the needs of group members. All interested genealogists are welcome.

For information about this group, please contact Ellington Sweeney at sweeney.ellington@gmail.com, see the Genealogists in SecondLife Facebook page, or visit the Second Life Genealogy Group website at https://slgenealogygroup.com. Click on the “Tutorials” link for help getting started with Second Life.

 

Second Life Genealogy Newsletter: February 2016

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FEBRUARY 2016

Greetings, Second Life genies! February isn’t just the month of love, but it is also when we celebrate Black History Month. Also known as African-American History Month, it is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for the remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. We hope you will find some of the resources below to be helpful in your African-American genealogy research.

Be sure to check out this month’s genealogy events in Second Life.  For more information, please contact Ellington Sweeney, either in-world, or at sweeney.ellington@gmail.com.

INSPIRATION:

FEBRUARY’S GENEALOGY RESEARCH & INFO RECOMMENDATIONS:

WEBSITE OF THE MONTH:

The Freedmen’s Bureau Project

To help bring thousands of records to light, The Freedmen’s Bureau Project was created as a set of partnerships between FamilySearch International and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro­-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), and the California African American Museum.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:

Finding Eliza

For over 40 years, Kristin Cleage Williams has been tracing her family history back through the generations. She started Finding Eliza in 2010 with the simple goal to organize and publish the genealogical information she uncovered. Her engaging style makes her a storyteller; however, she reveals how she discovers family histories out of genealogical records and oral recordings. Get inspired to research your own family history on Finding Eliza, and learn Kristin’s strategies for finding information about her ancestors. You’ll also learn about specific resources Kristin uses to find insight into African American history.

TWITTER FOLLOW:

@AfriGeneas  – AfriGeneas™ is the premiere online destination for African American and African Ancestored genealogical research.

 

FEBRUARY SCHEDULE OF GENEALOGY EVENTS IN SECOND LIFE:

Monday, February 1
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! Hosted by Genie Weezles at the Just Genealogy Firepit  http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit

Tuesday, February 2
6:00 pm – Tech Tuesday

CANCELLED for this month.

Sunday,  February 7
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

Thursday, February 11
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.  February’s meeting will include a re-cap of some of the interesting finds at RootsTech. Contact in-world Ellington Sweeney, Chapter President, or Genie Weezles, Chapter Representative. At the Just Genealogy Firepit  http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit

Sunday, February 14
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, February 16
6:00 pm – Methodology Tuesday
Exploring old and new research methodologies with your fellow genealogists. The February discussion will be hosted by Ellington Sweeney, and the topic is the “DNA and the Reasonably Exhaustive Search.” At the Fire Pit in Just Genealogy. http://bit.ly/SL_JGfirepit 

Sunday, February 21
6:00 pm – NEW! DNA Special Interest Group
Watch for the official announcement of this new special interest group! Will be held on the front porch of the Family History Centre in Adam ondi Ahman.  http://bit.ly/SLFamilyHistoryCentre

Thursday, February 25
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

Sunday, February 28
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

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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.

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.