Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Thorn--News you can use!

This is from the New England Historical Genealogical Society weekly newsletter, 23 Feb 2011: 

Research Recommendations: The Thorn
by Michael J. Leclerc

One of the most abused of all letters (and former letters) in the English language is the Thorn. In Latin, the letter was written as Þ (capital) or þ (lowercase). In English, however, the thorn looks like the modern letter “y.” The thorn is no longer used in everyday English. The Thorn was pronounced the same way as the digraph “th” in modern English. In proper usage it is NEVER pronounced as the letter “y.”

One of the most common uses was “ye,” pronounced as “the.” One can often see signs around America that use the modifier “Ye Olde,” which the average person pronounces it as “yee.” As the Oxford English Dictionary states, it was never pronounced in such a fashion.

Now you know the proper pronunciation, and can use it to show off one of the many benefits of being a genealogical researcher to your less-enlightened friends.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Jamboree Extension Series-Free Webinars

From the Southern California Genealogy Society Newsletter:

The Southern California Genealogical Society is proud to announce a new program, the Jamboree Extension Series,  that provides family history and genealogy educational webinar (web-based seminar) sessions for genealogists around the world.

The program will offer Jamboree-style seminars at no charge for up to 1000 attendees per session. The Jamboree Extension Series is offered as a service to the genealogical community as part of the Society's mission "to foster interest in family history and genealogy, preserve genealogical materials, and provide instruction in accepted and effective research techniques."

The original webcasts are available to all genealogists at no charge.  As a benefit to SCGS members, the webinars will be archived on the SCGS members-only section of the website and can be viewed at any time. Archived sessions will be available approximately three days following the webinar.  SCGS memberships may be purchased online at the SCGS website.

Jamboree Extension Series presentations will be scheduled on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month. Saturday sessions will be held at 10am Pacific time / 1pm Eastern time; Wednesday sessions will be scheduled 6pm Pacific time / 9pm Eastern time.

The first few sessions are listed below, and the complete webinar schedule is posted on the SCGS website. Updates will be posted to the SCGS blog as new sessions are added.


Saturday, 5 Mar    
Thomas MacEntee
Social Networking - New Horizons for Genealogists
Did you know that the over-55 crowd is the fastest growing group of Facebook users? Did you know that Twitter is not the domain of the much younger "texting" crowd but is used by an older more savvy group of people? Did you ever wonder how and if these programs, along with others such as blogs and wikis, can be used to help genealogists? Wonder no more as we explore what makes up the oft-mystifying term "social networking" and how each program is currently being used by genealogists and family historians of all ages.

Wednesday, 16 Mar     
George G. Morgan    Tell Me About When You Were a Child
Family stories are often the only accounts of family events, traits and traditions that are available but they can point to additional evidence. Learn how to prepare, schedule, and conduct an effective family history interview.

Saturday, 2 Apr  
Marian Pierre-Louise
Looking After the Poor: Finding Your Ancestors in New England Poverty Records        Discover how your not-so-wealthy New England ancestors may have left behind a wealth of information found in town poverty records. Come find out about "strangers taken in", "warning out" and settlement law. Marian Pierre-Louis will take you into the depths of New England town records to reveal the hard to find information about your elusive ancestors.

Wednesday, 20 Apr
Lisa Louise Cooke 
Getting the Scoop on Your Ancestors From Old Newspapers     
Yearning to "read all about it?" Newspapers are a fantastic source of research leads, information and historical context for your family history. Learn the unique approach that is required to achieve success in locating the news both online and offline on your ancestors, and the 5 Top Tips to Remember as you search.

Saturday, 7 May  
Janet Hovorka
Getting Your Notes and Sources Right in Your Genealogy Software (Link TBA)         Citing your sources is not usually the most exciting part of doing family history. For some, it never gets done, or at least never gets done right. But in the internet age of collaboration it is more important than ever. When you create good source citations, you are building a secure foundation to be able to collaborate with other people. We'll take a look at RootsMagic, Legacy, Family Tree Maker, and Ancestral Quest's source citations.

Wednesday, 18 May  
 Lisa A.Alzo
Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors
America is a nation of immigrants, comprised of people who left home to find a better life for themselves and their families. Tracking down your immigrant ancestors can often be a daunting task. This session will show you tips and tricks for locating and searching passenger lists and other key immigration documents both on and offline to help you trace your roots.

Wednesday, 20 Jul    
Michael Booth  
Genealogy on the Go      
Whether you are on vacation, visiting family, or just making a trip to the library, you often need access to your family history and other files while being away from your computer. Join us for a look at a variety of easy options that allow you to work with your important files no matter where you go.

Saturday, 6 Aug   
Maureen Taylor 
Photo Treasures Discovered at Jamboree - A Closer Look        The Photo Detective finds new treasures every time she attends a conference and provides consultations for patrons. See what she turned up when she consulted at the 2011 Genealogy Jamboree.

Wednesday, 19 Oct  
Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG
Yes You Can! Do Genealogy in Spite of a Learning Disability
A presentation designed to help those with learning disabilities (specifically, dyslexia and related problems) learn ways to be successful in doing genealogical research. Hints for reading records and reports and well as writing up findings will be provided. This program comes out of 13 years as a college professor: the speaker is a dyslexic who went undiagnosed until her mid-30s, yet she is known for her effective writing style and precise research skills.
We invite you to register for the webinars and take advantage of this valuable education opportunity, and we encourage you to share the news about this exciting program to your friends, family, and your genealogical society members.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

March 17th Society Meeting

March 17, 2011, Meeting - Rescheduled from the cancelled February meeting -  Expanded and Extended Calli Smith, RFHC Instructor and NSGS Member, will demonstrate the new features of and offer instructions for its use on home computers. If you now use, you are aware that major changes have been made to the program. However, the use of the program in the future will be greatly expanded. Calli has received special instruction in the use of the program, and has access to the latest information. This meeting should prove to be very valuable to our Members. If you are not familiar with the newer version of, it would be to your advantage to check it out before this presentation. Most Members will have “how to” questions.  

Thursday, February 17, 2011



Saturday, February 5, 2011

Using Suspension Point in Google Searches

Partial article From the Genealogy Insider, "Tech Tips with Lisa Louise Cooke":

"...A prime example of technology power boosting the family historian’s research is the big daddy of them all – Google. Let’s wrap up this first installment of Tech Tips with a search tip from my book The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox (Lulu Press, 2011) that consistently delivers excellent results: the Suspension Point better known as “dot dot dot.” (...)
In search terms a Suspension Point is used to indicate a range of numbers.
Problem: When did my ancestor die? I know it was sometime between 1790 and 1830.
Answer: The Suspension Point
Search Query: “Jehu Burkhart” 1790...1830
Here’s the results page:

The beauty of the Suspension Point (...) is that it tells Google to retrieve webpages that mention Jehu Burkhart (the quotation marks indicate we want the exact phrase) between the years of 1790 and 1830. And Google takes the added step of bolding the year mentioned on the webpage so that you can quickly assess from the results list whether the page is the result you need. This tip has limitless genealogical search applications, and can thin that massive list of results you often get saddled with down to a manageable lot....."

-- Lisa
Tech Advice