Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Wonderful World of Webinars

     We are living in a Cyber-world more and more.... not a bad thing by any means but balance is good as we still need to be around other people as well.  Webinars.... it's a beautiful thing.
     Let me start out by saying that I am a member of my local State Genealogical Society and love the times that we assemble together for our meetings as well as the friendships that have developed.  In my humble opinion, participating or becoming involved at the local level is important as it brings friendships and encouragement, both an invaluable part of life in general as well as helping others and your own genealogy research. 
     With that said, I also realize the valuable resource of Webinars which is becoming more vital in the business arena and obviously has many advantages in our technological world.  
Webinars, as used for all types of businesses as a powerful tool of choice for presentations and teaching aids, has simultaneously become another fantastic way to connect with others with similar interests on a more widespread and often international scale, as in the world of genealogy.  We are so fortunate to have access and glean from the generosity of others in this field who teach and encourage others in their own areas of expertise.  
     For further reading, here is a link to a nice article that I read today on ‘Everyday Genealogy’ , 'Spend Less and See More with Webinars' by Pattie Schultz.  'Spend Less and See More with Webinars'   She talks about this essential tool as a convenience and the affordability and wealth of information available on webinars.  
On a personal note,  this has been an invaluable tool as it has widened my horizons and accelerated my own growth in supplementing my education in genealogical research.  
     There is such an array of topics ranging from the practical of what I call ‘genealogical housekeeping’ which includes storing and preserving data, filing of all that wonderful information acquired, as well as the more specific detailed instructions regarding methodology, procedures, case studies and proof arguments and of course the vital citing of our sources, and the list goes on and on. 
     Yes, the Webinar has made our world a bit smaller and much more connected and I just cannot say enough about it.  It’s a wonderful thing!
“May your footprints today leave a legacy tomorrow’

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ebook Library Manager For Computer ~ 'Calibre'

Came across this article this morning on Dick Eastman's site... 'Calibre for E-books'
Very cool Ebook Library Manager for the Computer!  
Looks like a great method for organizing all my Genealogy books and all ebooks on my Ereader.  Currently working on adding my books on Calibre.  I think you can synch from the Kindle to Calibre but I am trying to figure out how to add my Kindle Library direct from Amazon without having to synch the Kindle directly to the computer.
If anyone is using Calibre, would like to hear your thoughts or suggestions...

Calibre for e-books - Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Who Knew!! How To Unlock A Sideways Keyboard on the IPhone

Who knew!!
My Iphone screen somehow was locked in vertical and I couldn't get the horizontal view to work again.  Most of you probably know this already, but.... for those who may not... check it out.
So thankful for even the smallest things to work out these days.  How nice if everything in life and our research was this easy to figure out.

How To Unlock a Sideways Keyboard

Friday, June 8, 2012

40 Top Genealogy Blogs for International Research - Family Tree Magazine

Very helpful article on finding current Genealogy Blogs either from or researching other countries.  So exciting to see new contacts internationally!!

40 Top Genealsogy Blogs for International Research - Family Tree Magazine

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I Remember the Days My Kids Had Genealogy Projects...

Each one of my five kids had at least 2 'Genealogy' assignments for English class throughout their elementary school years... I loved it because it introduced them to the world of genealogy through an 'everyday' school project. :)

This article from NGS and written by Sara Bieda, made me smile....

NGS Article, by Sara Bieda: 'Dreading the Family Tree Assignment', The New Virtual Pin Map Introduces New Genealogy Pin ~ news from PRWeb

Article from PRWeb, about an interesting new visual aid tool being introduced by  As for genealogy research,  it looks like it can help with an ancestral map as it displays the migration patterns of your ancestors by pinning the locations they were born, lived and died.  The basic membership is free, if you do not mind seeing ads as you use the site, other options include no ads but require a fee.
I would be interested in any thoughts or comments on your experience if you use this mapping site in the future.
New Virtual Pin Map Introduces Genealogy

Sunday, June 3, 2012

FIU Library Acquires Cuban Genealogy Collection

Very excited to see this article by Sharon Tate Moody on a collection of Cuban genealogy that has become available at Florida International University.  Hope to see more become available in the near future.
FIU library acquires Cuban genealogy collection

Saturday, June 2, 2012

A Good article b 'The Waterbury' ~ 'Resources for Historians & Genealogists'

  The area of preserving and documenting precious aging historical documents of all types and varieties is vital.  It is amazing that through digitization one can preserve and distribute to a multitude of others to research and enjoy.  This is a good article by, I think, someone on staff at 'The Waterbury Observer'.

Resources for Historians & Genealogists ~ Waterbury

Friday, June 1, 2012

Early Censuses Offer Clues to Marriage Dates ~from

Here's another good article by Sharon Tate Moody
Early censuses offer clues to marriage dates

World's Largest Library ~ 'The Library of Congress'

Great article by Sharon Tate Moody with good suggestions on what to do to beforehand in preparing for a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit 'The Library of Congress'.

Plan to do research at Library of Congress