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Apr 27, 2011

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 name.
  • Kenneth writes to comment again about the tintype he had sent in earlier and the colorization and gilding on it.