Ancestry Blog » Events http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry The official blog of Ancestry Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:23:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 #AncestryChat Returns: Family History Research in 140 Characters or Lesshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/10/29/ancestrychat-returns-family-history-research-in-140-characters-or-less/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ancestrychat-returns-family-history-research-in-140-characters-or-less http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/10/29/ancestrychat-returns-family-history-research-in-140-characters-or-less/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:23:33 +0000 Jessica Murray http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=21926 Read more]]> If you’re like us, you can’t get enough family history, whether it’s researching or learning new things to try. Since there are few things better than TweetChattalking with others who feel the same way, we’re taking it to Twitter!

Earlier this month, we reintroduced our real-time Twitter chat using the hashtag #AncestryChat. Based on your feedback, we’ve decided to begin holding these chats on a regularly-scheduled basis.

In honor of Family History Month, our next Twitter chat will be hosted on Thursday, October 30 at 7pm ET / 6pm CT / 5pm MT / 4pm PT when our topic will be “Going Beyond the Census and Vital Records” with fellow family historians and moderated by professional genealogists Anne Gillespie Mitchell and Juliana Szucs.

If you’d like to participate in a Twitter chat but have never joined one before, here are some tips to get started:

  1. You need a Twitter account to participate. Twitter accounts are free. You can sign up here.
  2. On the scheduled date and time go here and sign in using your Twitter login.
  3. New to Tweetchat? Spend some time watching the conversation to get a feel for the flow of conversation and how to ask your question in a single tweet (no more than 140 characters).
  4. When you are ready to participate, type your question in the box provided and click TWEET. Then watch the window for responses to your question.
  5. Don’t want a Twitter account? That’s fine. You can still go here to follow the conversation.

We expect to schedule these live Twitter chats 1-2 times per month, so keep your eyes peeled on the upcoming events calendar, which you’ll find here on the blog at the beginning of each month. It offers a list of all the educational events both on and offline that Ancestry will be hosting or participating in. You’ll also find the calendar on our Facebook page under “Events.”

Hope to see you on a future Twitter chat!

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Upcoming Ancestry Events: October 2014http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/10/01/upcoming-ancestry-events-october-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=upcoming-ancestry-events-october-2014 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/10/01/upcoming-ancestry-events-october-2014/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:48:09 +0000 Crista Cowan http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=20773 Read more]]> CalendarHere in the U.S., it is officially National Family History Month.  Fall is in full swing.  Crisp air.  Crunchy leaves.  The perfect weather for taphophiles (also known as cemetery enthusiasts).  We hope you’ll join us this month for our FindAGrave Community Day on October 18th. We’ve also got some great webinars, tweetchats, and family history events planned throughout the month.  Take a look at the complete list below and choose the events that will help you create the perfect Family History Month for you and your family.

 

Webinars:

What’s New at Ancestry.com:  October 2014 Edition
Thursday, October 2nd at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at the new features and tools available to help make your family history easier and more fun. She’ll also review the databases full of new content released in the past month and show you how best to search them to find the stories of your ancestors’ lives.

 

Ten Things You Can Do To Celebrate Family History Month
Tuesday, October 7th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

October is National Family History Month here in the U.S. Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at ten things you can do to celebrate family history month over the coming weeks. Then join us in the LIVE chat afterwards to share your ideas and suggestions.

 

Genealogical Proof Standard:  Resolution of Conflicting Evidence
Thursday, October 9th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Join Crista Cowan for the fifth in our series on the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). Step four is “resolution of conflicting evidence.” You will learn both WHY this is such an important step in your research process and HOW to do it.


Five Reasons You Are Not Finding Your Ancestor

Tuesday, October 14th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

You have searched and searched and searched and are still coming up empty when looking for information about a particular family line. Join Crista Cowan for a look at five possible reasons why you might not be finding your ancestor. Even one of them could provide you with the spark of an idea you need to bust right through that #genealogy brick wall.

 

Joining A Hereditary Society
Thursday, October 16th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

SAR. DAR. DUP. ADEAW. What do all of these acronyms have in common? These are just a few of the 100 (or more) hereditary societies you can join once you find a person in your family tree who qualifies. Join Crista Cowan for a look at the different societies that are available for you to join, what the membership benefits are to you, and how to complete the application process.

 

Navigating the Ancestry YouTube Channel
Tuesday, October 21st at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

It’s the 3rd anniversary of The Barefoot Genealogist. Join Crista Cowan for a look at some of her favorite videos from the past three years. She’ll even throw in some tips for navigating YouTube, creating your own playlists, and sharing videos with your genealogy friends.

 

Putting Together a Family Health History
Thursday, October 23rd at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

One of the reasons people are drawn to genealogy is to learn more about their family health history. Join Crista Cowan for a few quick tips about putting together your own family health history for yourself and your children.

 

Lesser Known Ports of Immigration
Tuesday, October 28th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Have you looked for your ancestor coming into the Port of New York/Ellis Island and come up empty? What about Boston? Philadelphia? Baltimore? Join Crista Cowan for a look at the “lesser known” ports of immigration that your ancestor might have used on their journey into the United States.

 

 Top Tips for Beginning Mexico Family History Research
Thursday, October 30th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Do you have Mexican ancestry? Join Crista Cowan as she shares some of the top tools and record collections that will help you find success in tracing your Mexican ancestors.

 

Click here to RSVP for any of the above webinars. Watch each webinar live via Livestream here. If you can’t watch live RSVP anyway to receive reminders via Facebook prior to each event and a notice when they have been archived on YouTube.

 

Conferences and Events:

Central Indiana Genealogy Conference 
Saturday, October 11th in Indianapolis, IN

The Genealogical Society of Marion County, in cooperation with the Indiana Historical Society, presents the 19th Annual Central Indiana Genealogy Conference. This full-day conference features four sessions which includes Ancestry speakers and professional genealogists, Juliana Szucs and Lou Szucs.

 

#AncestryChat:  Migration Through the Centuries 
Thursday, October 16th at 7:00 pm (Eastern)/4:00 pm (Pacific)

Join expert genealogists, Amy Johnson Crow and Juliana Szucs Smith for a Twitter chat. Come prepared to ask your questions about migration patterns through time. If you don’t have a question, join us anyway. You never know what you might learn that will help you in your own family history journey.

The October 16th TweetChat will start at 7:00 pm Eastern (4:00 pm Pacific) and run for approximately 1 hour.

 

The Genealogy Event – NYC 2014 
October 17th, 18th and 19th in New York City

The Genealogy Event, in partnership with the National Archives at New York City, will offer two days of learning, fun – and genealogy enthusiasm! This will be followed with an entire day dedicated to DNA and genetic genealogy at the India House Club in New York City.  Click the link above to see the class schedule for the three day event, which includes a full track of Ancestry classes on Friday and Saturday and a presentation on AncestryDNA on Sunday.

 

Genealogy COMO 2014
Saturday, October 18th in Columbia, Missouri

This regional conference is open to all levels of expertise and boasts 30 sessions to select from including Ancestry professional genealogist, Amy Johnson Crow. This conference is free to attend and children as young as 12 years old are welcome.

 

#AncestryChat: Going Beyond Census and Vital Records 
Thursday, October 30th at 7:00 pm (Eastern)/4:00 pm (Pacific)

Join expert genealogists, Juliana Szucs and Anne Gillespie Mitchell for a live Twitter chat. Come prepared to ask your questions about looking for vital records beyond the census. If you don’t have a question, join us anyway and share your knowledge or tips with others. You never know what you might learn that will help you in your own family history journey.

The October 30th TweetChat will start at 7:00 pm Eastern (4:00 pm Pacific) and run for approximately 1 hour.

 

 

A Look Towards November and Beyond:

Ancestry Day in Oklahoma 
November 7th and 8th in Oklahoma City

Ancestry.com, the Oklahoma Historical Society, and the Oklahoma Genealogical Society present Ancestry Day in Oklahoma, two days of genealogy and native culture November 7-8, 2014. Both novice and experienced genealogists are welcome at this event. Registration to the main event is $40 and includes admission to all Saturday classes presented by Ancestry.com. Participants may also attend optional activities for an additional charge including Friday sessions, bus tours, a reception, and a Saturday lunch program.  Click the link above for the complete schedule and registration information.  Seats are limited so sign up soon!

 

RootsTech 2015 and FGS 2015 – Two Conferences, One Location! 
February 11th – 14th, 2015 in Salt Lake City

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!  The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and RootsTech are teaming up for a one-time special genealogy event at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, February 11–14, 2015. FGS and RootsTech will share the expo hall, general sessions, activities, and more while each conference offers their own program of sessions. FGS sessions will focus on methodology, records, ethnic research, and migration for honing your research skills and society issues to motivate and inspire society volunteers. RootsTech will offer a program of technology-based solutions for the genealogy needs of both individuals and societies.

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That is a lot of events for one month!  We’ve also got some fun and informative posts planned for you here on the blog so check back here often.  One last thing, don’t forget to tune in to Finding Your Roots on PBS every Tuesday night.

Happy Family History Month!

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FGS 2014 Recap: Highlights from the Alamo Cityhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/09/03/fgs-2014-recap-highlights-from-the-alamo-city/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fgs-2014-recap-highlights-from-the-alamo-city http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/09/03/fgs-2014-recap-highlights-from-the-alamo-city/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:30:11 +0000 Juliana Szucs http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=20189 Read more]]> Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Juliana Szucs Smith, and Sabrina Petersen of Ancestry

Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Juliana Szucs Smith, and Sabrina Petersen of Ancestry in front of the Alamo

Well, the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ (FGS) 2014 conference has ended and by now, the genealogists who descended on San Antonio are hopefully safely back at home. If they’re like me, they are more energized than ever to get back to researching their families. What a whirlwind week! Had lots of fun learning, exchanging ideas with people at the Ancestry booth, doing demos, teaching classes, and just shooting the breeze with so many people who share my passion for family history. And I got to explore the beautiful city of San Antonio and the iconic River Walk.

I took a ton of pictures, but my favorites were of the tree in front of the Alamo and some photos in the Menger Hotel. The Menger Hotel was established in 1859 and has hosted many notable historical figures. Theodore Roosevelt recruited his “Rough Riders” in the bar of that hotel before the Spanish-American War. It was like being transported back in time as I walked around the elegant lobby. And seeing the Alamo itself was a really moving experience. So much history there!

Back at the conference I was able to catch some classes and now I’m really fired up to get back to my research. Inferential Genealogy with Thomas W. Jones was a great complex case study that demonstrated how even in the absence of direct evidence, it is possible to infer identities and other facts by assembling the details from multiple sources and underlying background, such as prevailing laws from the time period being investigated, customs, etc. The session was also a good reminder that we need to use care when we attach new people to our trees and be sure we have gathered sufficient evidence to support relationships.

Kris Rzepczynski, Senior Archivist at the Archives of Michigan, gave a great presentation on Big City Blues? Researching Urban Ancestors —a subject near and dear to my heart since much of my mother’s family lived in New York City and Brooklyn. I love that he uses a spreadsheet very similar to one I use to keep track of city directory entries. I’ll post some slides that show how to create one from one of my classes in another post later this week.

I also spent some time wandering around the various booths in the vendor area and found three new books that I “had to have,” two of which are from the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B). I had a chance to speak with McKelden Smith, president of NYG&B. That interview, along with several others from last week, will be posted soon on the Ancestry YouTube channel.

The most enjoyable aspect was being able to meet with and dine with so many people from the many aspects of this field. One night we had a lovely dinner with a couple ladies who are DAR members, during which we chatted about some of the discoveries and stories we’ve uncovered through our research. We all agreed that one of the best part of attending a conference is being able to share your story with people who genuinely “get it.” They not only enjoy hearing about your research, they appreciate it, because it sparks ideas that can be put to use in their own research.

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Mark Your Calendars For Ancestry Events in Nashville, TNhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/08/11/mark-your-calendars-for-ancestry-events-in-nashville-tn/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mark-your-calendars-for-ancestry-events-in-nashville-tn http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/08/11/mark-your-calendars-for-ancestry-events-in-nashville-tn/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:31:51 +0000 Jessica Murray http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=19470 Read more]]> Ancestry is thrilled to be hosting two exciting full-day events in Nashville, Tennessee on September 19 and 20.

Ancestry Day in Nashville, TN Sept 19-20

Ancestry Day in Nashville, TN Sept 19-20

Ancestry Librarian’s Day

Friday, September 19, 2014 

9AM-5:30PM

Ancestry Librarian’s Day on September 19 kicks off at the Nashville Public Library and is designed for librarians serving the genealogy community. Whether you’re brushing up on existing knowledge of Ancestry products or learning it for the first time, it’s a great opportunity to see our expert genealogists share more the library features of Ancestry and Fold3. This day is dedicated to teaching ways to be more efficient in your search and knowledgeable on Ancestry research collections.

To join us for Ancestry Librarian Day, visit Eventbrite to register in advance.

Tennessee Ancestry Library Event (TALE)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

9AM-4PM 

The second day of our Ancestry events will be hosted at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel and offer a full-day of genealogy classes with experts from Ancestry and the Tennessee State Library & Archives.

From improving your search efficiencies to using Tennessee research collections to using AncestryDNA to overcoming a research rut, our line up of experts will be available to answer your genealogy questions and help guide your research.

To join us for Tennessee Ancestry Library Event, visit Eventbrite to register in advance.

Pre-Ancestry Day Activities

Looking for more learning opportunities? Don’t miss the pre-event workshops at the Tennessee State Library & Archives Auditorium leading up to the Tennessee Ancestry Library Events. These events are free but seating is limited, so register today! 

 

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Family History Conferences Offer Unique Learning and Networking Opportunitieshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/08/06/family-history-conferences-offer-unique-learning-and-networking-opportunities/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=family-history-conferences-offer-unique-learning-and-networking-opportunities http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/08/06/family-history-conferences-offer-unique-learning-and-networking-opportunities/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:16:26 +0000 Juliana Szucs http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=19363 Read more]]> NGS CharlestonWith so much relating to genealogy on the Internet, and most of our correspondence being done via email, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, it is easy to forget how much fun it is to actually go out and meet our fellow family historians face-to-face.  Genealogical conferences offer this unique opportunity, as well as the chance to learn new about new resources or methodology that can give you a real boost in your research.

Lectures and workshops present a unique learning environment for genealogists. Taught by professionals with years of experience, they provide valuable information on specific topics. Most speakers also allow for a “question and answer” session at the end of the lectures, which can give you the unique opportunity to address your questions to these experts on the topics covered. The lectures are also a great way to find out about new resources (or old ones that you may have been previously unaware of) in your area of research.

Conferences also feature banquets and luncheons where you may find yourself sitting at a table with other genealogists, who you may or may not know. It doesn’t matter. When you sit with a bunch of genealogists together at a table, you will leave with new friends. You already share a passion with these people and it is easy to bond. The banquets usually feature entertaining speakers too, so for those who don’t want to waste a minute of the valuable learning experience, it’s a great way to catch lunch or dinner and still absorb more information.

Back in the exhibit hall, you will find rows and rows of vendors and organizations, just dying to let you know what they have to offer for your research. If you are in the market for a new genealogical software program or service, this is a great place to shop and compare.  You can demo software and services with their creators, and browse rows upon rows of books.

Preparing for a Conference

Attending a major conference is a special occasion. With a little preparation, you will be able to get the most from the opportunities that these events present. Here are a few things you may want to consider:

  • Look over your research and pay particular attention to those “brick walls.” What record types, methodology, geographic regions, or ethnic research do you you need to learn more about in order to scale that brick wall? Nowadays, many major conferences have apps you can download to make planning and optimizing your class time a breeze.  If you’re heading to the Federation of Genealogical Societies annual conference 27-30 August 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, like I am, you can download the FGS app. I downloaded it the other day and I can now view my schedule and update it if necessary, see maps of the venue, and learn about sessions and exhibitors. I found the app easily by searching for FGS app in the app store.
  • Have you ever dreamed of working professionally in this fascinating field? Find out what it takes to make your dream come true.
  • If you are involved in a society, determine what areas your organization needs to improve in. The Federation of Genealogical Societies sets aside the first day of its national conference to help educate society volunteers in the skills required to lead, organize, and manage a genealogical organization.
  • Take inventory of your genealogical supplies. Do you need new genealogical software? If so, conferences are the ideal place to compare products and see demos.  Before you go make a list of what you want from your software, then go and talk to the vendors and find out which product best suits your needs.  What is missing from your genealogical library? Often the authors of your favorite publications are there and can autograph their books for you. Need a good historical map for the area where your ancestor lived? What kind of forms and supplies are you running low on? Or maybe your “I collect ancestors” t-shirt has a hole in it and you need a new one? Whatever your family history need is, there is probably a vendor that can help you with it.
  • Bring business cards if you have them so you can share your contact information with new acquaintances. You are guaranteed to make new friends.
  • If you’re planning on shopping, pack a bag that can be flattened in your suitcase. This way you can just load your purchase into that bag and check it for the trip home.  Some conferences arrange to have companies there that will ship purchases home, so if you are a big shopper you might want to check out this option as well.  (And let’s face it, we’re going to an exhibit hall full of historical books and maps, and a huge assortment of genealogical tools and toys. If you go home with no purchases, I admire your willpower!) Even if you don’t buy at the conference, it’s still a great time to window-shop and make your wish-list. Compare the products and see for yourself which ones will work for you. Then when you get home and things quiet down, you can purchase the products you want on your own terms.
  • If you think you will still have some free time, or if you are bringing other family members who aren’t quite as passionate about family history, contact the local department of tourism or chamber of commerce for other attractions in the area.

Scheduling and Prioritizing

Once you have determined what you want to get from the conference, prioritize your needs. If you’re like me, there are a million things I want to know more about, and the list is too long to cover in one conference. Look at the schedule ahead of time.  Most conference schedules are posted online well in advance, or can be requested by mail from the organization. Or again, the apps are fantastic for planning.  If there is a conflict between two sessions you want to see, find out if one of the talks will be taped.  Sessions are often recorded and offered for sale at the event and later online.  That way even if the two most important lectures to you are scheduled at the same time, you may still get to hear both. You won’t get the visual, so you may want to keep that in mind, but it’s still a great way to enjoy the lecture after the fact. I typically walk away with a few recordings that I can listen to on road trips. (Yes, I realize this sounds a bit nerdy, but so be it. I’m a geek. I’m OK with that.)

You will also want to look at the area where the conference is being held. Most major conferences are held in areas where there are also major libraries or archival repositories. Do any of these facilities pose research opportunities for you? If so, you will want to make sure you schedule time in for some research. If you are not sure, check online, and look at catalogs. Also check to see if they are offering extended hours during the conference. If not you may want to tack a few extra days on to your trip. Conferences pack a lot into each day and you may be too tired to research at night. (OK, I’m laughing as I even type that. Too tired to research? Posh!) But do some preparing ahead of time using the online catalog so you can maximize your time at the facility.

You will also want to leave room in your bag for freebies.  Many of the companies and organizations will have brochures, small gifts, magazines, and other items that you will want to take home with you.  Not to mention the syllabus (often on CD or a USB stick nowadays), which contains overviews of all the scheduled talks and workshops, some examples and illustrations, glossaries, bibliographies for further information, and source lists.

Even though I like to fit in as much learning as I can, I try to leave time to walk around. After sitting for a while, it feels good to stretch my limbs, get some refreshment, and unwind a bit in between. Often you’ll find in-booth demos where you can learn more about products that are being offered and pick up new tips. The exhibit hall is a great place to mingle with other family historians. You will find yourself talking to total strangers like you have known them for years – sharing research stories, tips, and exchanging information.

If you can’t make it to one of the larger national conferences, don’t overlook your local society meeting or regional conference.  Whether in a large conference, or a small local society meeting, there is something very special about being there and mingling with your fellow researchers that email, Twitter, and Facebook just can’t compete with.

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Upcoming Ancestry.com Events: August 2014http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/08/01/upcoming-ancestry-com-events-august-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=upcoming-ancestry-com-events-august-2014 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/08/01/upcoming-ancestry-com-events-august-2014/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:07:38 +0000 Crista Cowan http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=19292 Read more]]> Calendar

Summer is heating up!  Think it’s too hot to spend time outside?  Me, too.  So, join us for a month full of webinars and events that you can enjoy from the air conditioned comfort of your home.  And, don’t forget to tune in to Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC every Wednesday night.

 

Webinars:

What’s New at Ancestry.com: August 2014 Edition
Tuesday, August 5th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at the new features and tools available to help make your family history easier and more fun. She’ll also review the databases full of new content released in the past month and show you how best to search them to find the stories of your ancestors’ lives.

 

Not All Colonial Americans Were Patriots
Thursday, August 7th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Do you have ancestors who lived in Colonial America at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War? You might be surprised to learn that not all of them were on the side of the Patriots. Join Crista Cowan for a look at where to find Loyalist records to determine which side of the battle your ancestors were on.

 

Twitter for Genealogy
Tuesday, August 12th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

There are lots of ways to reach out and collaborate with others who might be researching some of the same families you are researching. Join Crista Cowan for a look at how you can use Twitter to enhance your family history research.


Westward Expansion on the Oregon Trail

Thursday, August 14th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

From 1811 to 1869 more than 400,000 settlers used the Oregon Trail to head west. Join Crista Cowan for a look at the Oregon Trail and off shoot routes that took your ancestors across the country and into new adventures.

 

Genealogical Proof Standard:  Complete and Accurate Citation of Sources
Tuesday, August 19th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Join Crista Cowan for the third in our series on the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). Step two is a complete and accurate citation of sources. You will learn both WHY this is such an important step in your research process and HOW to improve your source citations.

 

A Case Study in Quaker Records
Thursday, August 21st at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

If your family lived in New Jersey in the 1700s or early 1800s, odds are pretty high they were Quaker. Join Crista Cowan for a case study in researching available records to tell the story of one family.

 

When You Can’t Find a Marriage Record
Tuesday, August 26th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

We all know the importance of finding documentation about the facts we put into our family tree. But, what happens when you can’t find the records you need? Join Crista Cowan for a look at alternative places to find marriage information.

 

Click here to RSVP for any of the above webinars. Watch each webinar live via Livestream here. If you can’t watch live RSVP anyway to receive reminders via Facebook prior to each event and a notice when they have been archived on YouTube.

 

Conferences and Events:

Ancestry.com Genealogy Tweetchat 
Tuesday, August 12th at 6:00 pm (Eastern)/3:00 pm (Pacific)

Have you always wanted to ask a family history expert a question about your own genealogy research? Now’s your chance! Join family history expert Crista Cowan in an online Ancestry.com Genealogy TweetChat.

The August 12th TweetChat will start at 6:00 pm Eastern (3:00 pm Pacific) and run for 1-1.5 hours long.  Go here for instructions on how to participate.

Genealogy Roadshow
Saturday, August 23rd through Sunday, August 24th in St. Louis, Missouri

Genealogy Roadshow combines history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans. The producers have cast a selection of St. Louis-area residents whose stories have been researched by a team of local genealogy, history and DNA experts, using family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down more information. The individual stories that are uncovered will be linked to the larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of St. Louis, Missouri, and America.

Visit this link to learn more about the live taping and other cities the roadshow will be visiting.

Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2014
Wednesday, August 27th through Saturday, August 30th in San Antonio, Texas

FGS always provides exceptional educational offerings, great networking with fellow genealogists, and wonderful research opportunities at libraries near their annual conference. This year will be no different. Ancestry.com staff will be out in force to teach an array of classes.  Our presenters include:  Anne Mitchell (Female Ancestors), Anna Swayne (AncestryDNA), Lou Szucs (Ethnic Origins), Juliana Szucs Smith (Common Surnames), Kyle Betit (Irish Immigrants), Amy Johnson Crow (Critical Thinking for Genealogists, Civil War Veterans, Timelines) and Laura G. Prescott (Large Genealogy Databases, Publishing on a Mac, Publishing Online).

Visit the FGS Conference website to check out the complete schedule and get details on registration.

 

Swedish Genealogy Days
Friday, August 29th through Sunday, August 31st in Karlstad, Sweden

“Migration – Past, Present, and Future” is the theme for the conference to be held at Karlstad CCC, sponsored in part by the Federation of Swedish Genealogical Societies.  Crista Cowan will speak about Swedish immigrants to America and records available about them on Ancestry.com.

 

A Look Towards September:

AARP Ideas @ 50+
Thursday, September 4th through Saturday, September 6th in San Diego, California

Ancestry.com will be an exhibitor at this event.  Join us in our booth for information about AncestryDNA or to talk with genealogy experts about your tough family history research questions.

 

Tennessee Ancestry Library Event (TALE)
Saturday, September 20th in Nashville, Tennessee

Join the Ancestry team and experts from the Tennessee Library & Archives for a day of learning and discovery.  Click the link above for a complete schedule of events.

 

We hope you can make some time to learn a little bit more about how to be a better family historian. Will you be planning to join us for any August events?

 

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Librarians in Las Vegas: An ALA Wrap-uphttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/07/04/librarians-in-las-vegas-an-ala-wrap-up/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=librarians-in-las-vegas-an-ala-wrap-up http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/07/04/librarians-in-las-vegas-an-ala-wrap-up/#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 17:20:17 +0000 Amy Johnson Crow http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=18368 Read more]]> The American Library Association (ALA) had its annual conference this past weekend in Las Vegas. More than 18,000 librarians from across the United States and several foreign countries gathered for learning, networking, and seeing the latest and greatest from all types of vendors. Here are some of the things that I learned while at the conference.

RUSA Genealogy Pre-Conference

I was privileged to be a panelist at the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) genealogy pre-conference, sponsored by ProQuest. Kim Harrison, Senior Account Executive of the Ancestry Library Team; Michael Hall, Deputy Genealogy Officer at FamilySearch; Curt Witcher, Manager of the Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library, and I talked about free resources that librarians could utilize. (The presentation that Kim and I made is available on Slideshare.) I was also part of a panel discussion about current events and trends in the world of genealogy libraries. It was great to hear the perspectives and experiences that others were having in the realm of volunteers, collaboration, and working with youth.

A small portion of the attendees at the genealogy preconference, American Library Association conference, June 27, 2014.

A small portion of the attendees at the genealogy preconference, American Library Association conference, June 27, 2014.

Simon Beale of ProQuest and Brian Hansen of Ancestry.

Simon Beale of ProQuest and Brian Hansen of Ancestry.

Agreement with ProQuest

Brian Hansen, vice president of emerging businesses at Ancestry, and Simon Beale, senior vice president and general manager at ProQuest, announced a new multi-year agreement. ProQuest will be distributor of both existing products, including Ancestry Library Edition, and future Ancestry products. The agreement also allows for significant content and feature improvements to ProQuest’s HeritageQuest Online. These enhancements will be developed in the coming months and powered by Ancestry.

History Section Award

Every year, the History Section of RUSA grants an award to someone “in recognition of their professional achievement in historical or genealogical reference, service or research.” This year’s winner was Bill Forsyth of ProQuest. Bill has worked in the genealogy library field for several years and has worked hard to promote and advance genealogical librarianship. (And those of us who have the pleasure of knowing him know that he’s an incredibly nice guy!) Congratulations, Bill!

Helen Gbala awarding the History Section Award to Bill Forsyth

Helen Gbala awarding the History Section Award to Bill Forsyth

Other Takeaways

No matter what session I went to, the themes seemed to be “story” and “collaboration.” (Sounds like genealogy!) Whether it was libraries working together to bring related collections online or organizations using crowdsourcing to index and transcribe records, it was obvious that more and bigger things get done when people work together. (Again, just like genealogy!)

One session I went to was about Preservation Week, which is observed annually in late April and highlights what individuals can do to preserve their own treasures. Jeanne Drewes of the Library of Congress spoke about the importance of preservation and shared a quote from a participant at a preservation event. It was one that I think many of us can relate to:

“I can’t throw away this coffee cup. It was my grandmother’s and it holds her memory.”

The wonderful thing about librarians is that they may not have the answer, but they know where to find it… even if it’s how to preserve Grandma’s memory in a coffee cup.

 

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Upcoming Ancestry.com Events: July 2014http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/07/02/upcoming-ancestry-com-events-july-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=upcoming-ancestry-com-events-july-2014 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/07/02/upcoming-ancestry-com-events-july-2014/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:59:20 +0000 Crista Cowan http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=18288 Read more]]> Calendar

Summer is in full swing. Family reunions and vacations. Discovering old cemeteries. Getting photos taken for those family Christmas cards.

There is a lot going on around here at Ancestry.com, too. We hope you’ll make some time in your schedule to join us for some of our upcoming webinars and events.

Webinars:

What’s New at Ancestry.com: July 2014 Edition

Tuesday, July 1st at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at the new features and tools available to help make your family history easier and more fun. She’ll also review the databases full of new content released in the past month and show you how best to search them to find the stories of your ancestors’ lives.

Free Records Available on Ancestry.com
Thursday, July 10th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Did you know that there are hundreds of free databases available on Ancestry.com. Join Crista Cowan for a look at the records available to you even without a current subscription. She’ll show you how to access them, how to search them, and how to attach them to your tree. She’ll also share some tips for making note of what you want to search the next time you renew your subscription.

Genealogical Proof Standard:  A Reasonably Exhaustive Search
Tuesday, July 15th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Ready to take your genealogy skills to the next level? “Proof is a fundamental concept in genealogy. In order to merit confidence, each conclusion about an ancestor must have sufficient credibility to be accepted as “proved.” Acceptable conclusions, therefore, meet the Genealogical Proof Standard.” (Board for Certification of Genealogists) Join Crista Cowan for an look at the first element of the Genealogical Proof Standard – a reasonably exhaustive search.

AncestryDNA:  Managing Multiple Tests
Thursday, July 17th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

You have taken the AncestryDNA test. Have you also had your parents, siblings, or aunts and uncles tested as well? Join Crista Cowan for some best practices around managing multiple tests on a single Ancestry.com account. Learn why testing multiple people in your family can benefit you, how to make sure your tests are correctly attached to your tree, and how to use the results to your best advantage.

When You Can’t Find a Birth Record
Tuesday, July 22nd at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

We all know the importance of finding documentation about the facts we put into our family tree. But, what happens when you can’t find the records you need? Join Crista Cowan for a look at alternative places to find birth information.

Black Sheep in Your Family Tree
Thursday, July 24th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

You may not have found your black sheep yet, but we are all bound to have them. In fact, many genealogists relish a good black sheep story because we know they are the people for whom the most records can be found. Join Crista Cowan for a look at prison, convict and criminal records available on Ancestry.com.

FAN Club Research to Build Your Family Tree
Tuesday, July 29th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Revered genealogist Elizabeth Shown Mills coined a phrase that explains a genealogy methodology we should all be familiar with – “FAN Club.” Join Crista Cowan for a look at how the study of your ancestors Friends, Associates and Neighbors can help you learn more about your own family.

How Historical Events Shaped Our Ancestors’ Lives
Thursday, July 31st at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

The California Gold Rush. The Civil War. The Influenza Epidemic. There are so many major historical events that shaped our ancestors lives. Join Crista Cowan for a look at how to determine which historical events may have affected your ancestors and where to learn more about them.

Click here to RSVP for any of the above webinars.  Watch each webinar live via Livestream here. If you can’t watch live RSVP anyway to receive reminders via Facebook prior to each event and a notice when they have been archived on YouTube.

Conferences and Events:

Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group, Provo, Utah
Saturday, July 12th

Juliana Szucs Smith will present on researching common names at the monthly meeting of the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group. Check out the UVTGG website for directions to this meeting which is free and open to the public.

Ancestry.com Genealogy Tweetchat 
Friday, July 18th at 12:00 pm (Eastern)/9:00 am (Pacific)

Have you always wanted to ask a family history expert a question about your own genealogy research? Now’s your chance! Join family history expert Crista Cowan in an online Ancestry.com Genealogy TweetChat.

The July 18th TweetChat will start at 12:00 pm Eastern (9:00 am Pacific) and run for 1-1.5 hours long.  Go here for instructions on how to participate.

34th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Salt Lake City, Utah
Sunday, July 27th through Friday, August 1st

Held down the street from the world famous Family History Library, this year’s IAJGS conference will focus on the impact of World War I on our ancestors’ lives.  Other areas of focus will include uses of technology in family history research and Eastern European research.  There will also be several presentations by Ancestry.com employees about search tips and tricks, military records, Fold3, AncestryDNA, Newspapers.com, Family Tree Maker, and the World Memory Project.  Details about the conference, classes, and registration can be found here.

Can’t come to the conference, register for IAJGS Live!  Watch more than 60 of the conference presentations from the comfort of your own home.

Midwestern Roots, Indianapolis, Indiana
Thursday, July 31st through Saturday, August 2nd

Midwestern Roots is a biannual conference hosted by the Indiana Historical Society. There will be more than 30 sessions from nationally-known speakers. This year’s focus is on using ever-changing and emerging technologies and sources online. Other sessions will cover photo preservation, DNA, methodology and using traditional sources. Anne Gillespie Mitchell will present on “How to Reveal Your Ancestor’s Story on Ancestry.com,” “Putting Your Ancestors into Historical Perspective with Newspaper.com,” “You’ve Found Your Soldier on Fold3, Now What?”and “Exhaustively Searching on Ancestry.com.” Amy Johnson Crow will give a workshop called “A Guided Tour of Ancestry.com, ” along with sessions “How Do I Know That’s My Ancestor?,” “Finding Females,” “Researching Civil War Ancestors on Fold3,” and “Final Residences: Researching Cemeteries.” Registration information can be found here.

A Look Towards August:

Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2014 in San Antonio, Texas
Wednesday, August 27th through Saturday, August 30th

FGS always provides exceptional educational offerings, great networking with fellow genealogists, and wonderful research opportunities at libraries near their annual conference. This year will be no different. Ancestry.com staff will be out in force to teach an array of classes.  Our presenters include:  Anne Mitchell (Female Ancestors), Anna Swayne (AncestryDNA), Lou Szucs (Ethnic Origins), Juliana Szucs Smith (Common Surnames), Kyle Betit (Irish Immigrants), Amy Johnson Crow (Critical Thinking for Genealogists, Civil War Veterans, Timelines) and Laura G. Prescott (Large Genealogy Databases, Publishing on a Mac, Publishing Online).

Visit the FGS Conference website to check out the complete schedule and get details on registration.

 

We hope you enjoy your summer with your family.  But, we also hope you can make some time to learn a little bit more about how to be a better family historian. Will you join us for some of our events?

 

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Upcoming Ancestry.com Events: June 2014http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/05/31/upcoming-ancestry-com-events-june-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=upcoming-ancestry-com-events-june-2014 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/05/31/upcoming-ancestry-com-events-june-2014/#comments Sat, 31 May 2014 23:37:34 +0000 Crista Cowan http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=17517 Read more]]> High school and college graduations. Weddings. Family vacations and reunions. June is a busy month for everyone. There is a lot going on around here at Ancestry.com, too. We hope you’ll make some time in your schedule to join us for some of our upcoming webinars and events.

Webinars:

Calendar

What’s New at Ancestry.com:  June 2014 Edition
Tuesday, June 3rd at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at the new features and tools available to help make your family history easier and more fun. She’ll also review the databases full of new content released in the past month and show you how best to search them to find the stories of your ancestors’ lives.

 

Family Tree Maker: Notes
Thursday, June 12th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Person notes. Research notes. Fact notes. Source notes. There are a lot of places to keep notes in Family Tree Maker. Join Crista Cowan for a look at the different note features in FTM and a look at how she keeps her own notes to help guide her family history research.

 

Free Records Available on Ancestry.com
Tuesday, June 17th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Did you know that there are hundreds of free databases available on Ancestry.com. Join Crista Cowan for a look at the records available to you even without a current subscription. She’ll show you how to access them, how to search them, and how to attach them to your tree. She’ll also share some tips for making note of what you want to search the next time you renew your subscription.

 

AncestryDNA:  The Search for Biological Family
Thursday, June 19th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Many of you have taken the AncestryDNA test for the sole purpose of discovering more about your biological family. Some of you have been contacted by cousin matches who are hoping you can help them in their search. Join Crista Cowan to learn some of the tips and tricks for working with your AncestryDNA results and connecting with your DNA cousins to narrow in on those biological ancestors.

 

Double Dating:  Julian Calendar or Gregorian Calendar
Tuesday, June 24th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

You may have seen the double dates recorded in some family trees – a birth date listed as 1743/1744. But, do you know WHY it is recorded that way? Join Crista Cowan for a look at the switch from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar and how that affects your family history research.

 

Genealogical Proof Standard:  An Introduction
Thursday, June 26th at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

Ready to take your genealogy skills to the next level? “Proof is a fundamental concept in genealogy. In order to merit confidence, each conclusion about an ancestor must have sufficient credibility to be accepted as “proved.” Acceptable conclusions, therefore, meet the Genealogical Proof Standard.” (Board for Certification of Genealogists) Join Crista Cowan for an introduction to the Genealogical Proof Standard.

Click here to RSVP for any of the above webinars.  Watch each webinar live via Livestream here.  If you can’t watch live RSVP anyway to receive reminders via Facebook prior to each event and a notice when they have been archived on YouTube.

Conferences and Events:

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, California
Thursday, June 5th through Sunday, June 8th

Come for a day (or all four) to one of our favorite genealogy conferences of the year.  Ancestry.com will have a booth in the FREE exhibit hall where you can visit with experts in family history, AncestryDNA, Family Tree Maker and the Ancestry mobile apps.  Ancestry.com is also offering FREE scanning of your precious photos and documents.

You can also register to attend conference classes with some of the best in the industry – Peter Drinkwater (Newspapers.com and Fold3), Anna Swayne (AncestryDNA), Duff Wilson (Family Tree Maker), Aaron Orr (Ancestry Mobile) and Crista Cowan (Ancestry.com Searching and Military Records).   Check out the complete schedule here.

Can’t make it to Burbank?  Ancestry.com is sponsoring 14 free, live-streamed sessions of the conference that you can watch from the comfort of your own home.  Check out the live-streaming schedule here.

 

Ancestry.com Genealogy Tweetchat 
Monday, June 23rd at 9:00 pm (Eastern)/6:00 pm (Pacific)

Have you always wanted to ask a family history expert a question about your own genealogy research? Now’s your chance! Join family history expert Crista Cowan in an online Ancestry.com Genealogy TweetChat.

The June 23rd TweetChat will start at 9:00 pm Eastern (6:00 pm Pacific) and run for 1-1.5 hours long.  Go here for instructions on how to participate.

Look to the Future:

What’s New at Ancestry.com: July 2014 Edition
Tuesday, July 1st at 1:00 pm (Eastern)/10:00 am (Pacific)

We’ll take a quick look at the new features and tools available to help make your family history easier and more fun. We’ll also review the databases full of new content released in the past month and show you how best to search them to find the stories of your ancestors’ lives.

 

34th IAJGS International Confernece on Jewish Genealogy in Salt Lake City, Utah
Sunday, July 27th through Friday, August 1st

Held down the street from the world famous Family History Library, this year’s IAJGS conference will focus on the impact of World War I on our ancestors’ lives.  Other areas of focus will include uses of technology in family history research and Eastern European research.  There will also be several presentations by Ancestry.com employees about search tips and tricks, military records, Fold3, AncestryDNA, Newspapers.com, Family Tree Maker, and the World Memory Project.  Details about the conference, classes, and registration can be found here.

 

Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2014 in San Antonio, Texas
Wednesday, August 27th through Saturday, August 30th

FGS always provides exceptional educational offerings, great networking with fellow genealogists, and wonderful research opportunities at libraries near their annual conference.  This year will be no different.  Ancestry.com staff will be out in force to teach an array of classes.  Our presenters include:  Anne Mitchell (Female Ancestors), Anna Swayne (AncestryDNA), Lou Szucs (Ethnic Origins), Juliana Szucs Smith (Common Surnames), Kyle Betit (Irish Immigrants), Amy Johnson Crow (Critical Thinking for Genealogists, Civil War Veterans, Timelines) and Laura G Prescott (Large Genealogy Databases, Publishing on a Mac, Publishing Online).

Visit the FGS Conference website to check out the complete schedule and get details on registration.

We hope you enjoy your summer with your family.  But, we also hope you can make some time to learn a little bit more about how to be a better family historian.  Will you join us for some of our events?

 

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Thanks for Visiting Us at NGS and AARPhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/05/21/thanks-for-visiting-us-at-ngs-and-aarp/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thanks-for-visiting-us-at-ngs-and-aarp http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/05/21/thanks-for-visiting-us-at-ngs-and-aarp/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 21:37:01 +0000 Anna Swayne http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=17012 Read more]]> We had a great time at the National Genealogical Society (NGS) conference in Richmond, Virginia and AARP Life@50+ in Boston, Massachusetts last week. Thanks everyone for stopping by and saying “Hi.” Some of our favorite things are meeting you, hearing your stories and listening to your feedback. We are grateful for your support and really enjoy talking with all of you.

Pictures From the Two Events

The team at NGS:

group at ngs

The team at the AARP conference:

aarp team

One of the highlights for me was helping others understand how AncestryDNA can help answer specific questions. We even had several people taking the DNA test onsite. The test is so simple all we need is a little saliva to test your DNA for cousin matching and genetic ethnicity.

Stories That You Shared With Us

Lisa had been looking for her grandfather for the last 10 years on and off. She had searched what she knew and gave up after hitting several brick walls and wasn’t sure where else to look. With the information she gave us we were able to look up on Ancestry.com and find out that her grandfather lived in California the last few years of his life.  We found out when and where he died and though she was miles and miles away we showed her a picture of his grave stone, thanks to Find A Grave. “After all these years, I finally find something, thank you…thank you.”

George took a DNA test and shared with us how the AncestryDNA ethnicity results confirmed that he had Native American roots. He then matched with a 2nd cousin twice removed. This cousin was new to research and didn’t know a lot. Because of the DNA connection George was able to share with this new DNA cousin match the research he has been doing on that line for the last 20 years. “Wow, it felt good to share with someone who was anxious to learn, glad I could help.”

Our next event will be June 5-8 at the SoCal Jamboree in Burbank, California. Please come by and introduce yourself. (If you’ve been wanting to order an AncestryDNA kit, we’ll have them there for sale. No waiting for the mailman to deliver your kit to you!) We look forward to seeing you soon!

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