30 August 2008

Genelaogy is in the news

Genealogy has been in the news a lot this week. TheToday Show had a series on genealogy which aired every day. Monday thru Thursday, an anchor did a segment on researching their family history. Then on Friday, they wrapped it up with information on how to research your genealogy which featured professional genealogist, Maureen Taylor. If you didn’t catch the series, it is on the Today Show Web site and is worth watching.

During the interview Maureen mentioned Dead Fred, the genealogy photo Web site. In the Denver Post yesterday, there was an article, “Dead Fred and the Commercial Appeal of Death,” that also mentioned the Web site and it’s connection to genealogy. It took 4 tries before I could get on the Dead Fred Web site this morning due to heavy traffic. So people must be looking.

There has also been lots of news stories this week about the genealogy of the Presidential candidates and their running mates. No doubt these stories will continue until the end of the election.

It’s exciting to see so much media attention given to genealogy. Now I’m off to the FGS Conference for a week of nothing but genealogy.

28 August 2008

NARA-Rocky Mountain Region to hold Fall Workshops

The National Archives-Rocky Mountian Region will be offering six genealogy workshops on 22, 23, 24 & 25 September 2008.

The topics will be:

Monday, 22 September
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. “Genealogy Research Using Census Records” presented by Kathy Anderson, Archives Technician.
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Non-Census Research at NARA’s Rocky Mountain Region” presented by Rick Martinez, Archives Specialist.

Tuesday, 23 September
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. “Anchors Aweigh!, An Introduction to Immigration and Passenger List Microfilm at the National Archives” presented by Marene Baker, Archivist.

Wednesday, 24 September
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. “Using Federal Land Records: How to Find Homestead and Other Land Entries” presented by Andrew Senti, Bureau of Land Management.
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. “How to Find Your Confederate Ancestors: Civil War Records” presented by Bill Nix, National Archives Volunteer.

Thursday, 25 September
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Using Bureau of Indian Affairs Records to Trace Your Native American Ancestry” presented by Eric Bittner.

Classes will be held in Building 48 of the Denver Federal Center, 6th Ave. and Kipling Streets, Lakewood. Pre-registration is required and the cost is $10 per class. Checks, made payable to the National Archives Trust Fund, should be sent to the National Archives and Records Administration–Rocky Mountain Region, P.O. Box 25307, Denver, CO 80225. Include your address and phone number and indicate the sessions desired. For more information call (303) 407-5740.

Dr. Roland Paul to speak at CO Pal-Am Fall seminar

Colorado Chapter, Palatines to America (CO-PAL-AM) is having their Fall All-Day Seminar on Saturday, 25 October 2008. The event will feature key speaker, Dr. Roland Paul of the Kaierlauten Archives.

Morning Schedule:

    8:30 – Registration

    1a. “What I’ve Always Wanted to Know About German Research, but . . .” a discussion.
    1b. “Beginning German Genealogical Research” presented by Ann Lisa Pearson.

    2. “Emigration from the Pfaltz and Nearby Regions” presented by Dr. Roland Paul.

Buffet Luncheon included with registration.

Afternoon Schedule

    4. “Causes of Emigration” presented by Dr. Roland Paul.

    5. Question-Answer Session with Dr. Roland Paul.

The seminar will held at the Holiday Inn – Lakewood, 7390 W. Hampden (S. E. Corner of Wadsworth and W. Hampden). Pre-registration is necessary.

For further information contact Sandy Carter-Duff at (303) 777-1391 or sandy@carduff.com.

25 August 2008

Swedish Family Research Fair at Community College of Aurora

This year the Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado and the Community College of Aurora will be co-sponsoring a Swedish Family Research Fair. The fair will take place on Saturday, 4 October 2008 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The fair will feature lectures, an exhibit hall, and research assistance sessions.

8:30 am – 9 am, Registration and Coffee

9:00 am – 10:30 am, “Trace Your Swedish Heritage Online using Genline and New Features in Genline’s
FamilyFinder” presented by Kathy Meade, Geneline U.S. Respresentative

11:00 am – 12:00 pm, “Using Online Catalogs and Online Websites To Access International Genealogical Resources” presented by Jay Devaughn, Director of Library Services, Community College of Aurora.

Lunch- Order your lunch (see registration form) or “brown bag” it.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, “Finding Your Swedish Roots Using Genline: A step-by-step presentation of real case studies” presented by Kjell S. Andersson, SGSC Member.

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, “Swedish Military Research” presented by Lenora Lynam, McPherson County Old Mill Museum, Lindsborg, Kansas.

The seminar will held at the Community College of Aurora, CentreTech Campus, Fine Arts Building and parking is free. Registration is $25 (postmarked by 19 September); $30 (after 19 September) and Lunch is $12.

For further information go to the SGSC Web site at http://www.rootsweb.com/~cosgs or contact Kate Johnson at katej@idcomm.com.

19 August 2008

August genealogy column

Julie Miller’s monthly column is in the 17 August 2008 edition of the Broomfield Enterprise. The topic for August is Using Timelines in your research. The column discusses how timelines can be used to enhance genealogy research.