We are excited to have Peggy Lauritzen, AG as one of our speakers at the conference this year. She will be teaching Genealogy 101: A Course in Beginning Genealogy on the first day of our conference. This course will be of great interest to those just starting on their family search and also a good refresher for those of us who have been at it for a while. The course is free but you do need to register the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Website.
Peggy’s parents were avid genealogists and she grew up to love her family’s history. She has served as a Family History Director and frequently speaks at genealogical societies, workshops and seminars and webinars. She became accredited over 15 years ago and her area of expertise is the mid-South. She has recently completed several Legacy QuickGuides on Appalachia, which are also available on www.legacyfamilytree.com and www.amazon.com and is an instructor at Ancestry Academy. She has also recently been asked to be part of the GenealogyDotCoach consulting team.
WHEN: Saturday, March 18
Open House – Noon to 4 pm
cake and refreshments will be served
WHERE: Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society and Library
6111 188th PL NE
WHAT: Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society has expanded! We have been able to expand into the west side of our building. This expansion has allowed us to enlarge our conference room, improve our technology room to include to new computers, add an extra room for library materials and make room for more tables to sit at and do research. We are very happy to have a larger space to better serve our patrons and hope you will come and help us celebrate.
If you are like me and enjoy genealogy related TV, you might like the following programs:
Who Do You Think You Are? The first episode of this season aired this past Sunday. If you missed it, you are not out of luck. You can watch it online at The Learning Channel’s website. Hat tip to Thomas MacEntee at Geneabloggers for this information.
Long Lost Family. This show helps folks who were adopted find their biological family. This show also airs on Sunday but if you have missed the past episodes, you can also watch them on The Learning Channel’s website. The first episode appears to be free for everyone and the remainder are open to those with a cable subscription.
The third show that I have enjoyed is online at www.byutv.org and is called Relative Race. This show aired on Sunday as well, and just started it’s second season. On this show, four couples have taken DNA tests and are racing across country meeting relatives along the way. They have to find their way from place to place with clues, paper maps and no GPS. When they reach the town where their relative lives, they have to complete challenges that award them with new clues to find and then spend the night with these relatives that they have never met. The slowest couple on each episode receives a strike and if you get three strikes you are eliminated. You can watch all of the 1st season online as well as the 1st episode of this season.
If you are like me and didn’t get to attend the Rootstech conference in Salt Lake city, you are still in luck! Rootstech live streamed some of their keynotes and classes and now have released them in video form. All you have to do is go to the Rootstech webpage and click on the drop down menu, there you will see links for the different days sessions. I was able to watch a few of the lessons when they live streamed and over the past couple of days I have watched a few on video. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Rootstech, it is a conference of all things genealogy with an emphasis on technology. Today I took in CeCe Moore’s General Session talk given on the Saturday of Rootstech – of course it was on DNA research. She talked about how far the science has come and how it helps in connecting to family and breaking through genealogy brick walls. Some other classes that I took in were: Journaling Principles that Work; Don’t Just be a Searcher, Be a Researcher; and Family History is Anything But Boring. These are just a few of the titles available and beyond that they have an archive of the 2016 Rootstech videos as well. I love taking advantage of these free educational opportunities and from the comfort and convenience of home.
Social media isn’t just for keeping up with you friends anymore; there are more and more groups on Facebook that are specifically for genealogy. Many families have started surname research groups to keep up with cousins and share information. I personally have found several groups helpful including: the Genealogy Do-Over (a group for those who want to go back into their past research and start over, making sure everything is thoroughly analyzed, evaluated and cited); The Organized Genealogist (organizing everything from files to offices); Gendocs Templates (forms for research freely shared); Technology for Genealogy(discussions cover all types of technology related to genealogy); Genealogy – Cite Your Sources(for those who want help in properly citing sources); and Find a Grave Genealogy (for those who use and participate on the find a grave website). These are just a few of the many Facebook Groups that are specifically for genealogists. The groups are topic specific and you can ask questions and get help from other researchers. Elizabeth Shown Mills, author of Evidence Explained, often answers questions on the Genealogy – Cite Your Sources group page. I find that the groups provide fresh incentive and ideas to my research. For those of you who have a Facebook profile, you might want to check into some of the genealogy groups available and for those of you who thought Facebook wasn’t for you, you might give it a try and see if you don’t find some useful gems on there.
Much work is happening to make sure we have a great conference again this year. We have four great keynote speakers confirmed and are working to get the rest of the speakers and topics firmed up. It is looking to be a remarkable conference! Don’t miss out on the Early Bird Pricing – the deadline is coming up quickly, February 15th is the last day to receive the discounted registration fee. For the latest information on the conference, be sure to check our webpage at http://www.stillygen.org or the Northwest Genealogy Conference Facebook page.