August Chats on GenealogyWise

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The following is the schedule of Chats happening in August on GenealogyWise.  Please join us!

For more information on the Chats, including the Host’s biographies, please check out the “Chat” link on the home page of GenealogyWise.

Monday, August 10, 8:00pm (MDT) GENTREK – Genealogy Research & Resource Notebooks, Part 2To be successful in your genealogy research, you must be able to plan each research step, and organize the information you find there. What use is it to have great organizational skills if you don’t have a clue where to look for the information? It’s just as futile if you do well planning the research, but have lousy organizational skills! There is a happy medium — if you organize the results of your research, you tend to be more organized in your search for information, and more focused on specific research goals.

Monday, August 17, 8:00pm (MDT) GENTREK: Orphan Trains
In the early 1850s, thousands of children roamed the streets of New York in search of shelter, food and money, many of them prey to disease and crime. In order to survive, many sold matches, rags, newspapers, or whatever they deemed saleable, and banded together in gangs to protect themselves from street violence.

Monday, August 24, 8:00pm (MDT) GENTREK: Cluster Research
Collateral Research leaves the focus of the individual and expands to include siblings, cousins, and in-laws. Include neighbors and associates and you’ve expanded to Cluster Research. Cluster Genealogy is also known as whole family research and involves branching out beyond your pedigree ancestors to research individuals connected to your direct line ancestors and collaterals. The connections may be close, as in marriage, or loose, as in witnesses to a will. Genealogists who research by clusters are the most successful in extending their ancestral lines.

Monday, August 31, 8:00pm (MDT) GENTREK: Verifying Online Sources
Many budding genealogists are excited when they find that many of the names in their family tree are easily found online. Proud of their accomplishment, they then download all the data they can from these Internet sources, import it into their genealogy software and proudly start sharing their “genealogy” with others. Their research then makes its way into new genealogy databases and collections, further perpetuating the new “family tree” and amplifying any errors each time the source is copied. While it sounded great at first, there is one major problem with this scenario; namely that the family information that is freely published in many Internet databases and Web sites is often unsubstantiated and of questionable validity.

Your hosts for the above chats are Jayne McCormick and Dae Powell

 

Tuesday, August 11, 1:00pm (MDT) Organizing your Genealogy
This class will go over different organization methods for your paper files, digital files, and some suggestions for your heirlooms. We’ll discuss the benefits and cons of each method so that you can make an informed choice as to which method is right for you.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 1:00pm (MDT) Genealogy Blogging.
In this class, we’ll discuss the benefits of having a blog and how to create a blog. We’ll go over the different blogging platforms, finding your niche in the genealogy blogging community, and writing ideas. By the time this class is over, you’ll have the confidence to begin your own blog!

Tuesday, August 25, 1:00pm (MDT) Organizing your Genealogy
This class will go over different organization methods for your paper files, digital files, and some suggestions for your heirlooms. We’ll discuss the benefits and cons of each method so that you can make an informed choice as to which method is right for you.

Your Host for the above chats,  Elyse Doerflinger

 

Sunday, August 9, 2009, 7:00pm (MDT) Pennsylvania Research
The first night’s chat will be about Adams County. I will explore the holdings of the Historical Society and the courthouse and explain the records held by each and researching each. Also every year people come to Gettysburg to visit the battlefield and wonder if any relatives fought here. The chat will also explain the holdings of the Historical Society, courthouse and Battlefield Visitor’s Center for those interested in Civil War records.

Sunday, August 23, 2009, 7:00pm (MDT) Pennsylvania ResearchIndian Paths and Trails in Pennsylvania – Routes of Settlers’ Migration. A discussion of the routes the Native Americans used to move about the state and their relevance to migration of settlers. I will also discuss the Susquehanna River and its role in the Great Runaway

Sunday, August 30, 2009, 7:00pm (MDT) Pennsylvania Research
A Jumping Off Point. The Great Wagon Road down the Valley of Virginia helped Pennsylvanians migrate into Virginia,  The Carolinas and west. This chat will discuss the people and where they usually came from to make this journey.

Your Host for Pennsylvania Research Chats, Jim Avery

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