News stories discussed on this episode:
- The Federation of
Genealogical Societies announces that it is beginning a series
of online webinars concerning a wide range of society management
topics. These are part of their new online education initiative.
The first webinar will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011, from
3:00 to 4:30 PM Central Time (US) with technology expert and FGS
board member Thomas MacEntee presenting "Social Networking for
Genealogy Societies." There will be one free webinar each quarter
open to the general public, and more webinars for FGS members only.
All webinars hold up to 1,000 pre-registered participants. All
webinars will be recorded and made available in the FGS Members
Only area of its website. Registration for the first webinar is
available at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/401693254.
- The Federation of
Genealogical Societies announced and has launched its weekly
live radio program on the Internet called My
Society. The weekly programs will be broadcast over
the Internet at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mysociety
at 1 PM Central Time (US). They will be hosted by a variety of
well-known genealogists and FGS board members, and will feature
conversations with leaders in the genealogical community and
society officers and members. A society will also be spotlighted in
each show. The show debuted on Saturday, April 23, 2011, with Curt
Witcher, manager of the Genealogy Center at the
Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Shows will
be recorded and archived for later download.
- A new genealogy-specific search engine has been launched.
Mocavo (http://mocavo.com) is free and searches
free websites including genealogy message boards, family trees,
state and local historical societies, the Library of Congress,
National Archives, Ellis Island, Find A Grave, the Internet
Archive, various U.S. state archives, and many tens of thousands of
genealogy sites built by individuals.
The Guys discuss upcoming conferences where they will be
speaking in coming months.
George announced that he has begun working on a third edition of
his book, How to Do Everything:
Genealogy, for McGraw-Hill Professional. The new
book will be available at the end of 2011 or early 2012.
Listener email includes:
- Joanne asks how to handle information for individuals about
whom you are are unsure.
- Matt asks about the preferred method of long term care and
preservation of gravestones and gravesites.
- Melanie updates us about her multiple-choice grandfather
(Episode #206), and she asks The Guys about their take on a child
being listed in a parent's will after the child is deceased.
- George asks about some snafus in past podcasts.
- Cheryl reports on billing changes at NewspaperArchive.com.
- Beverly asks for suggestions about a quandary she has encounted
in Canadian immigration. George suggests visiting the Library and
Archives Canada website at http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca
and searching The Genealogy Centre there at http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/index-e.html.
- Gene comments about an image of a Stephenville, Newfoundland,
baptismal certificate in George's How to Do Everything:
Genealogy, 2nd edition.
- Gavin shares a wonderful story about having requested
information from St. Michael's Industrial School for Boys at which
his paternal grandfather lived in the 1930s, and the tremendous
treasures he received.<
- Mac asks about U.S. Agricultural Census Schedules online at
Ancestry.com and how to
correctly read them. George shares details on the types of
information to be found on these census schedules and how
they can be used to place your ancestors into context of their
activities on their farms.
- Shaun comments on the Flip-Pal portable scanner and the fact
that he uses an Eye-Fi memory card which can automatically transfer
scans to a computer.
- Lynda asks about conflicting vital records, as in the example
of a discrepancies in the name of her great-grandmother's
- Kenneth writes to comment again about the tintype he had sent
in earlier and the colorization and gilding on it.