Told, Twice-Told, & Untold Family Stories?
Marilyn Collins, owner of CHS Publishing and award-winning author
Many things bind families together -- religion, holiday traditions, favorite foods -- and for genealogists, a place on the family tree. However, through the ages, stories told on cave walls, around ancient campfires, at barn raisings, and family reunions unite families in ways nothing else can. Join this interactive workshop and define the special history of your family through story. We'll have fun, write, and share.
Organize and Keep Your Records Safe: Technology Backup
There are many ways to make sure your gedcoms, digital photos, sources and notes are safe. Becky Dearin will cover these topics in this class on how to store your research records, mentioning thumb drives, cloud computing and Family Tree. You can copy any record you have and place it into Family Tree, to be store in the cloud where it will be saved. Backing up your years of research should be one of your first priorities.
What's in the Courthouse?
Have you really cleaned out all the records available to you in the county courthouse? Especially when working on a brick wall, finding every clue in the court records will add to your proofs regarding your ancestor and often give valuable statements and clues on where to look next. You will be surprised at what you can find in all those records.” One never knows what clues can be found in the courthouse until you have searched everywhere. This class will show you how to expand your search to increase your odds of finding that golden clue.
Combining Old Media with New Technology
Many of us have old media such as old negatives, snapshots, telegrams, videos etc. which can be transferred onto modern day media such as CDs and DVDs. Learn how to preserve those old mementos and treasures onto modern day technology before they are lost. They can be combined into one format and put together for future generations. This is a wonderful idea for anyone planning a family reunion or gift for a birthday or anniversary for family members. It's not as hard as you think.
Joe Bott found antique photos which were unidentified. He couldn't stand to let them be thrown away. So he began a website and uploaded them for the public to see and try to identify. Anyone can download them. As word got around, the site began to grow. You'll be fascinated with this site and want to look to see if phosos of your ancestors are amongst the tens of thousands of photos uploaded around the globe. You can search by location, subject or amongst the more than 17,000 surnames.Learn how to upload your own unidentified photos and see if someone else will contact you. You'll feel great knowing that you have shared those unidentified or unnecessary photos filling up your drawers that you can't think of throwing away and giving someone else an opportunity to share them. You'll be excited to find someone may identify them for you.
There is nothing more exciting than finding the name of that long lost relative or even digging up a photo of an ancestor whose face you have never seen. Once you have found all of this great information and compiled the inspiring stories of their lives, you will want to share it with others.
Publishing a compilation of genealogical data or a life story can be daunting. Learning to use complicated publishing software takes valuable time and once it is done the cost of the book can be prohibitive.
Picaboo has been helping people get their photos into printed hardbound books for decades and with the newly launched Yearbook division, it is the perfect fit for someone who wants to combine photos and stories in a simple, user friendly program. The real surprise is the cost. It's very affordable and a fraction of the cost of other On-Demand Publishers. Picaboo can print up to 200,000 books a day or just one - yours.
This free workshop will give attendees an overview of the publishing system, demonstrate how a typical book is created and shows how to make the book collaborative. Others can submit photos, work on sections of the book and purchase it in your very own storefront. The program is free, the class is free and the only thing you pay for are the books you publish (about $11 for a 30 page softcover book). Bring your own computer if you'd like to work during the class.
Find a Grave
This unique site has actual photos of tombstones in cemeteries across the United States. Find out how you can find a photo of your ancestor's tombstone or request a volunteer to take a photo. Learn how get around the site and how to narrow you searches when researching a more common surname. Learn how to upload a photo of your ancestor's tombstone and make contact with others who are researching the name. Often links to other ancestors are on the site with notes and memorials telling you more about your ancestor. If you haven't tried out this site, you have missed a lot.
Indexing Family Search
Family Search is a genealogy website giving online access to all kinds of films indexed by the volunteers over many years. Constantly growing, this database includes the indexed records of censuses, marriages, births, deeds, deaths, immigration, divil and revolutionary wars and more. Currently being indexed is the 1871 Brittish census. FamilySearch has taken the genealogy community by storm in the last couple years. The emphasis placed on the digitizing and indexing of records, and the FamilySearch wiki, in addition to the effort put into New.FamilySearch, is and will continue to be a driving force, allowing genealogists worldwide to locate and record more ancestral data than ever before. Learn how you can be a much needed volunteer to index documents for Family Search and add to this growing collection of valuable resources.
Learn what sites are most helpful on the internet to do online research. Many new sites appear every year. You will have a list of the best sites around and what topics they cover. Knowing what works best helps to eliminate wasting time on fruitless searches. Learn which sites are most reliable and learn about some that you have never heard of.
Jim Johnson, a retired Marine officer who worked in the Government Archives and Records Administration, has expert knowledge on how to find your ancestor’s military records. These records can provide many clues and much information about your ancestor. This class will be an overview of basic military personnel documents and a summary on the use of the National Archives. He will show you just where to look for your ancestor’s military records depending on which war they were involved in and show you what you can learn from them.
How to get the Most Out of Your Tip. A trip to the courthouse or archives is usually a single event, scheduled to fit in with other things on the trip allowing for limited time to do genealogy research. You will want to take this class to learn how to be prepared in advance, wasting no time which could other wise be spent obtaining results in your research. Learn tips to prepare for in advance and how to make the most of your time while you are in the library or courthouse so that you can get the best possible results out of your research trip.
What's New in Technology
You won't believe some of the things you can do now with advanced technology. Did you know you can place a chip onto a tombstone and someone else who is visiting the tombstone can get the data off the chip and contact you? Reasonably priced printers can now copy hundreds of papers you have and make a digital copy into a pdf file for you. Evernote is a program which allows you to copy anything you see on the web and save it into this program organized into notebooks as you like. Available for you to access on the web from anywhere, you can find this info when you need it on your research trips etc. Skitch is a program which allows you to make notations onto the jpg you have of a will or deed. This notation will identify where the will is located, book, page etc so that you will never wonder where you got it. You won't believe how many new programs and gadgets there are now to help you in your genealogy quest.
Family Search/Family Family Tree
Family Search is new and improved. A free genealogy website, Family Search is a genealogy website giving online access to all kinds of films indexed by the volunteers over many years. Constantly growing, this database includes the indexed records of censuses, marriages, births, deeds, deaths, immigration, divil and revolutionary wars and more. Currently being indexed is the 1871 British census. FamilySearch has taken the genealogy community by storm in the last couple years. The emphasis placed on the digitizing and indexing of records, and the FamilySearch wiki, in addition to the effort put into New.FamilySearch, is and will continue to be a driving force, allowing genealogists worldwide to locate and record more ancestral data than ever before. FamilySearch is front and center in the online dissemination of an ever-expanding trove genealogical data, with the FamilySearch.org website being the portal through which genealogists access data, volunteer their indexing skills. This class will amaze you with what's new on FamilySearch.org and how it can help you with your online research. User Submitted Genealogies is a set of lineage linked conclusion trees provided to FamilySearch by users. This data comes from the Ancestral File, the Pedigree Resource File and other user submissions.
The Cloud is a storage area on the internet much like OneNote . It helps people organize their family history, random info, or anything you need to get organized!!! Come and see how easy it can be. See you in this fun filled class.
Genealogical Proof Standards
For anyone putting in all those hours researching your family history, this class will help you to learn what standards constitute acceptable proofs. No one wants to be going down the wrong line, researching ancestors which you later find are not yours! This class will guide you into what sources are proof and what is just hearsay.” Learn about primary and secondary evidence, original and derivative sources, direct and indirect evidence and how to cite your sources. This class will make you a better genealogist!
Gleaning Clues from Old Photos
I will guide researchers through reading historical images like text in order to enrich family history projects. Primarily using photographs from the archives in the Special Collections of the University of Arkansas Libraries, the session will explore how to interpret historical images as primary sources and how historical context can help bring meaning to your old pictures.
PAF & Family Insight
Personal Ancestral File is a free genealogy program used to enter your genealogy data so that you can print Family Group Sheets, pedigree charts, keep notes, enter photos and much much more. Learn the ins and outs of using this free genealogy program. These many ideas and tips will be something you can do regardless of what genealogy program you have. You will learn what things you should be able to do and what to call it. Family Insight is an inexpensive program compatible with Roots Magic, Family Tree Maker (for Mac as well), PAF and Legacy. Learn how you can compare and sync different files on your computer, clean up dates, fill in incomplete places (perhaps without the county listed), search the online IGI, sync with the New Family Search Files and merge duplicated files. This two hour class will cover many topics you'll want to learn.
A fairly new genealogy site for researchers, WIKI has many research guides, articles and classes for all. Connect with others researching the same lines, learn to post a query which is answered by a professional and how to find answers from others for your questions.
Writing your Biography: "The Greatest Story You Will Ever Tell"
This class is the How to Make the Who, What, When, Where and Why of your life Interesting. Even for those who do not totally absorb themselves in genealogy, this class will inspire anyone to put down the basics of their lives to create a family history for future generations. You never know which grandchild will be fascinated with the information you have passed down to them. Preserving these stories will make genealogy more interesting, personal and valuable to your offspring.
Dropbox for Geneologists
Dropbox is a free services that saves your files to all your computers, phones and even the dropbox website. The dropbox services secures your genealogy data and protects you from computer disasters and even storms and fires and other disasters that could destroy your genealogy database. The service stores your files offsite in the "cloud" and allows you to access your data from anywhere there is internet access. The Dropbox team ensures the security and integrity of your data by securely storing and backing up your data and by protecting that data with many layers of security including password and two-step verification.
The class will include a discussion of the benefits of dropbox, comparisons with other similar services, step-by-step setup process for dropbox, and how to setup various genealogy programs to use the dropbox service to keep our genealogy data backed up and securely stored "in the cloud" to protect us from disasters.
Dr. Steven Sheppard