Monday, February 8, 2016

Mobile Monday - PERISCOPE

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward



NO NO not 'Up Periscope' but just 'PERISCOPE'

It is a new app (new to me) that Lisa Louise Cooke introduced me to on her blog. Lisa is the creator of Genealogy Gems. A blog worth following and a website worth visiting and joining.

Anyway in a recent post she said she was going to do some live streaming sessions from her booth on the exhibit floor at RootsTech. She would be using an app called Periscope. It could be downloaded free from the App store and/or Google Play........  so I did. I signed in and searched for Lisa and clicked on follow. When the time came I opened my app and it showed the sessions available which was, 'Google Power Strategies" I clicked on it and was able to watch the entire session on my iphone. She went through so much good new information that I needed to watch it again....... so if you are interested you can still go and download it and register and watch it now. But there may be a time limit on it, not sure of that.

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Periscope lets you broadcast live video to the world. Going live will instantly notify your followers who can join, comment and send you hearts in real time. The more hearts you get, the higher they flutter on the screen.

Other features for watchers:
REPLAY: When your broadcast is over, you can make it available for replay so viewers can watch later.   
HEARTS: Hearts are a fun, easy way to let the broadcaster know you're enjoying the broadcast. Tap the screen to share the love!
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..........she also told us about another web browser DOLPHIN that she really likes and also works well with Evernote. Lisa went through a lot of the great benefits. Really something I am going to try it out. I have downloaded it on my iphone. Some other apps she talked about: AppsGoneFree (shows you apps that are free for a period of time- check it each day); Retype: What's App (something to do with telephone calls); ScannerPro.........  some free - some paid. (if you watch this session from RootsTech you will learn about them)

AND she is just releasing her new book: MOBILE GENEALOGY. Lisa is always very detailed & complete so I am sure this book is right up to date with a lot of great stuff..........
 

Thank You Lisa






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Friday, February 5, 2016

Surname Saturday - FREE US Marriages Collection @ Findmypast through Feb 15

Editor's note: Today's post was written by  Sandra Gardner-Benward



BIG ANNOUNCEMENT DIRECT TO YOU FROM "FINDMYPAST" ...................
   now is the time to take advantage of this great FREE offer and see what you can find for your family records.





In 2016/17, Findmypast will be releasing the largest online collection of US marriage records, spanning centuries of American history and over 100 million "I do's". As part of this project, Findmypast has launched the first 33 million records of this collection and is offering them to the public for FREE from now until 15 February.

The complete collection (when finished)  is described as ... .... US marriages collection spans 350 years of American history - 1650-2010 - and comprises over 100 million records, 450+ million names from 2,800 of the 3,000 counties in the United States. Within the records you can discover the Bride & Groom’s ages, occupations, place of residence and even find out about the parents and witnesses at the wedding to help expand your family tree further.




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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Follow Friday - JAMBOREE 2016

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward




Southern California Genealogical Society
presents the 

June 2-5 2016 
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel
Burbank California


                Genetic Genealogy 2016  
Future of the Past: Genetic Genealogy 2016                              Thursday
                          June 2, 2016
                                  OR  
there are other workshops, and labs being offered instead of the Genetic Conference- always something to do.

AND

Southern California Genealogy JamboreeGiving to the Future by Preserving the Past
              Friday - Sunday
               June 3-5, 2016



Yes it that time again to start thinking about what you will be doing during the 2016 year........  lots of different genealogy conferences coming up.............  The Jamboree in Burbank is a long weekend of social events, classes, hands-on, demo's, lab sessions, Exhibit hall and so much more........and it is local for us. Yes local - less than a  day drive or less than an hour flight. 

If you are interested in attending, you need to at least make your hotel reservations. The Marriott fills up quickly. Then you need to go the website and see what is being offered and register. Then decide how you are going to get there - drive or fly. Maybe there are others that will be attending you can tag along with them, and/or room with others.  

See you there............  I have registered, I have my hotel room at the Marriott's and I have my room mate. ........  we will be driving down. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about the JAMBOREE........

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Wisdom Wednesday - Hear ye! Hear Ye! Earth Shattering Announcement from Ancestry.com

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward



Major MAJOR Announcements today from Ancestry.com

Read the whole story on  Ancestry Blog



These are the two items I think you will be interested in reading about.........

FamilyTree Maker Software has been acquired  by Software MacKiev.  They have been the developer of the Mac version for six years and now will support both the Mac and PC versions.  

"This new agreement means you will receive software updates and new versions from Software MacKiev, and have the ability to purchase new versions of Family Tree Maker from Software MacKiec as they are released. You will have continued access to Ancestry Hints, Ancestry searches, and be able to save your tree on Ancestry with Family Tree Maker moving forward" 
See more  

[Wow!  does this mean that FTM users will be able to continue with their FamilyTreeMaker software including syncing? YES, I think so. ....... awesome!!!]


.........and second item of interest is............ 

......Ancestry has made an agreement with RootsMagic, a leading genealogy desktop software program, to connect Ancestry with the RootsMagic software by the end of 2016. They will also have access to Ancestry hints, Ancestry searches, and the ability to save your tree on Ancestry. 

[Does this mean that RootsMagic will have the same benefits as FTM which will include syncing?  Yes, I think so.  Outstanding!!]


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Monday, February 1, 2016

Mobile Monday- FREE Live Streaming from RootsTech

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward



Streaming Schedule


Not able to attend in person? Several sessions at RootsTech, including the general keynote sessions on Thursday and Saturday, will be streamed live on the home page of RootsTech.org. After the conference, recordings of these sessions will be posted on the website for a limited time.



Free Live-Streaming sessions will be available Thursday, Friday and Saturday Feb 4-6, 2016...........  



IF you can not be there in person, watch a little of it in the warmth and safety of your own home or gather with friends and watch it together. 

Streaming Help

Look at the schedule and jot down what you would like to watch and when.... 15 minutes or so before the time, log on to RootsTech.org .....  it will  be available on their homepage. 

The stream will automatically refresh at the beginning of each session. If it does not, you will need to refresh the page manually by clicking the Refresh button on your browser.


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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Society Saturday - February HAPPENINGS @ Root Cellar SGS

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward




Look what's scheduled for February for Root Cellar SGS Members   ..........and guests. YES! Guests are very welcome. 

Mark your calendars NOW and never miss out.




Thursday 4 February
Board Meeting - 10am- noon
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights





Thursday 4 February 
LEGACY Family Tree Software SIG
Family History Center
2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento  
with Marian Kile




Friday 5 February
Extractions
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd
Sacramento
Have you been thinking of helping with the various projects we have going on at the Center? It is always a good time. We can always use an extra pair of hands. We do have a lot of fun each week





Wednesday 10 
RootsMagic SIG  1-3pm
Family History Center
2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento
with Lynne Brown
If you are using Roots Magic Family Software, this is the place for you to be. Ask your questions, share





newThursday 11 February
Legacy /Flip Pal Support Group ... 10am-1pm 
Sylvan Community Center
7521  Community Dr, Citrus Heights
Supported by Root Cellar SGS. Purpose: To provide an informal setting and work location for Root Cellar Members to gather and share knowledge and expertise relate to the use of the Legacy Family Genealogy Software and the Flip Pal mobile scanner. Time is divided up into a classroom segment, and then hands on, and data entry. Q&A and learning from each other. 

Scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Thursdays





Thursday 11 February
GENERAL MEETING........  7pm
Christ Community Church
5025 Manzanita Ave, Carmichael
Social time from 6:15pm to 7pm

SHOW & TELL.......... or SHOW & SHOW .........  members bring an artifact, family story, family jewel of some type and share it with the group. It is amazing what we see and hear about each year......  year after year. Come and join in. 





Friday 12 February
Extractions
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd
Sacramento
Have you been thinking of helping with the various projects we have going on at the Center? It is always a good time. We can always use an extra pair of hands. We do have a lot of fun each week



FRIDAY 12 February - Lincoln's Birthday


SUNDAY 14 February - Valentine's Day


MONDAY 15 February - Washington's Birthday (Observed Holiday)



Wednesday 17 February
Day Time Workshop 1-3pm
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights
This is an unstructured meeting .....  allowing for members and guests to discuss their finds, their brickwalls, and ask questions, share ideas.





Thursday 18 February
FamilyTreeMaker SIG- Special Interest Group
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive
Citrus Heights
Anyone using FamilyTree Maker? This is the place for you. This is a newly formed group with a lot of interest, a lot of activity........ they are also discussing the use of Ancestry.com with this software.




Friday 19 February
Extractions
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd
Sacramento
Have you been thinking of helping with the various projects we have going on at the Center? It is always a good time. We can always use an extra pair of hands. We do have a lot of fun each week





Wednesday 24 February
Reunion for MAC SIG 10:30am
Family History Center
2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento
Are you a MAC user looking for a family tree software to use? This is the place for you to be.





newThursday 25 February
Legacy /Flip Pal Support Group ... 10am-1pm 
Sylvan Community Center
7521  Community Dr, Citrus Heights
Supported by Root Cellar SGS. Purpose: To provide an informal setting and work location for Root Cellar Members to gather and share knowledge and expertise relate to the use of the Legacy Family Genealogy Software and the Flip Pal mobile scanner. Time is divided up into a classroom segment, and then hands on, and data entry. Q&A and learning from each other. 
Scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Thursdays






Friday 26 February
Extractions
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
Have you been thinking of helping with the various projects we have going on at the Center? It is always a good time. We can always use an extra pair of hands. We do have a lot of fun each week.





Thursday 3 March
Board Meeting - 10am- noon
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights

Members are welcome. 


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Monday, January 25, 2016

Tuesday's Tip - Spring Seminar2016 with Cyndi Ingle

Editor's note: Today's post was written by  Sandra Gardner-Benward




April 2, 2016
Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church
Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks, California
Speaker: Cyndi Ingle


TOPICS: 
A Guided Tour of Cyndi's List 2.0
Building a Digital Research Plan
The Internet: Lower Your Expectations to Raise Your Research Potential
Unappreciated Treasures: Libraries, Archives & Digital Collections 



I was lucky enough to attend SLIG (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy) earlier this month (January) in Salt Lake City - classes and the LIBRARY all in one place ….  Wow!! Who could ask for more! ….hang on, there is more.

On Saturday I had dinner with Cyndi Ingle, Paula Stuart-Warren (I know I know name dropping again) and 40 or more other genealogists at Benihana in Salt Lake City. What a treat, it was my first time at Benihana’s and a more intimate evening with Cyndi, Paula and others.  Great way of starting off a conference………….
I saw Cyndi here and there over the next few days. But one day at the library I decided to stop and talk with her and ask for a short interview. I thought that those of you attending or thinking about attending Root Cellar’s Spring Seminar April 2, 2016 which will feature Cyndi Ingle would like to hear a little bit about her. You might like to know that she is a very nice person, very approachable and has a great sense of humor. She is well liked and is well respected within the genealogical community. She lives on the west coast in Washington State.


So the interview begins………………  a big thank you to Cyndi for making time for me.

Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi’s List www.cyndislist.com
 
It all began for Cyndi in her senior year of high school in 1980. She got together with her Aunt and went through all types of documents and papers, and putting together family groups sheets. She was hooked (and you know what I mean - hooked line and sinker) and fast forward to today with her as an accomplished well known speaker, author, blogger, webmaster and of course a family researcher. She is also working on completion to become a certified genealogist.  What a great goal!! -having the confidence, experience to help other people with their research.  It is one thing to listen to someone and make a couple of suggestions and quite another to know where to look and what to look for to actually make a difference in their research.  Good Luck Cyndi.

At her beginning of research, there were no genealogical libraries, societies in Washington state. She wanted to put her findings on the computer, but it was not like it is today with all kinds of resources and family history software programs to use. Cyndi is completely self taught………  with computer language/codes and family history.  Her first piece of software was FamilyTreeMaker in DOS in the late 1980’s. But no sourcing yet.  In  the early 1990’s she was on AOL – a complete community in itself, but she thought  there has got to be more to this than just this community – and of course there was,  it is called the INTERNET. I think we have heard of it but it has continued to improve and grow month by month, year by year, decade by decade………… She joined the Dacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society and they were very encouraging and supportive. She wrote an article with the beginnings of her links and the Internet.  Encouraged, she put up her article on the Internet and then contacted varies organizations(ie Roots Web)  that she was up and running. And that we will say is history………………..

If you have not experienced Cyndislist.com please go and see what it is all about.  AND if you want to know more, register for the Root Cellar’s Spring Seminar.

Keeping up her website is a full time job……….  It has grown to be a gigantic website with hundreds of subjects and hundreds of links under each subject. GINORMOUS!! Making sure that ALL is working as it should, making sure that all the hot links are HOT. AND searching for the newest resources and getting them up online. You know as well as I do that links go up quickly and are bad the next time you go there. This is so frustrating not to have that resource available. Cyndi is constantly reviewing links and checking her email. People will send her new resources, let her know that something is not working or other information. She is always checking, checking and checking again………… (so now you can help by letting her know when a link in not working....... thank you in advance)  

Cyndi does do her own research ‘in her spare time’. Some of her surnames are

NASH, MORGAN, WEAVER, FREDERICK, INGLE, KNOX, SMITH, JONES, THOMAS, KENNEY.
 
Her main locations of research are the Midwest to California, Indiana, Virginia, Dakota’s to Washington State…………  

Anyone see a surname that might match in your family tree?  You can certainly talk with her on Seminar day.
Hope that we see you at the Spring Seminar on April 2……….. 




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