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04 August 2012 ~ Comments Off

APG Roundtable – Records Access: The Art of Advocacy

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be serving as moderator for the upcoming APG Roundtable to be held during the upcoming FGS 2012 Conference in Birmingham, Alabama.  Please make this a part of your week of genealogy education while at FGS!

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Join us for the APG Roundtable immediately following the Annual Meeting, on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at 7:00 PM in the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, Ballroom XII.

Learn what you and/or your chapter can do to help preserve the records so crucial to our profession and ensure our access to those records in the future! It is not always about confrontation. The legwork, correspondence, and behind-the-scenes activities are critical, guiding bills from their inception, in and out of committees, to their ultimate enactment or defeat. This is where APG can have an enormous impact on legislation that threatens us all.

Mark your calendar now! It promises to be a lively discussion, followed by some role-playing to demonstrate situations you may encounter along the way. You will not want to miss this outstanding panel of experts:

Thomas MacEntee, Moderator (Chicago, Illinois)

Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in technology and social media to improve genealogical research and to interact with others in the family history community. As the creator of GeneaBloggers.com, he has organized and engaged a community of over 2,500 bloggers. He serves on the Board of Directors of FGS and has worked with their Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) in hosting and broadcasting programs on FGS Radio and his own Geneabloggers Radio to raise awareness of records-access issues for genealogists. In December 2011, he created Occupy Genealogy (http://www.occupygenealogy.com) in an effort to mobilize the genealogical community into action on issues critical to the profession, and the movement has acquired nearly 1,000 followers on Facebook.

Alvie Davidson, CGSM (Lakeland, Florida)

Alvie Davidson is a retired U. S. Naval Reserve Security Group member, a licensed private investigator and Certified Genealogist,SM specializing in heir-searching, missing persons, and probate research. He serves on APG’s Advocacy Committee and has worked extensively with RPAC on the issue of records preservation and access.

Teri Flack (Austin, Texas)

Teri Flack is the chair of the Texas State Genealogical Society’s Records Preservation and Access Committee. She also serves as state liaison to the national RPAC and has been a featured guest on Blog Talk Radio. Teri has also worked with the “Texas Court Records Preservation Task Force,” a group that has been assessing court record conditions and how to preserve those records for the future. Teri will graduate in December from Texas State University with a master’s degree in Public History. She volunteers at the Texas State Archives on a project to preserve and make accessible to the public over 1,000 volumes of Galveston County records from the 19th and 20th centuries. Teri has also served on the FGS Board of Directors.

Polly Kimmitt, CGSM (Shrewsbury, Massachusetts)

Polly Kimmitt is the president of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council, formed in 1980 as the umbrella organization representing Massachusetts genealogists, historical societies, and individuals who are concerned about records preservation and free and unfettered access to civil records. MGC serves as the records access watchdog for the Massachusetts Legislature regarding access issues. Polly is also past president of the New England Chapter of APG, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for FGS.

Kelvin L. Meyers (Dallas, Texas)

Kelvin Meyers is an experienced forensic genealogist and a founding member of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy. He currently contracts with attorneys, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, and heir-searching companies. Kelvin lectures throughout Texas and Oklahoma, and at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama. He serves on APG’s Advocacy Committee and is a past president of the Lone Star Chapter.

We hope to see you there!

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03 August 2012 ~ Comments Off

Announcing New Genealogy Presentation Topics


I’m happy to announce that I now have over 55 genealogy-related presentation topics available to be delivered via in-person lecture or on-line webinar.  You can read the recent press release here.

New topics include:

  • Can I Use That In My Genealogy? What You Should Know About Copyright
  • Creating a Community Indexing Project
  • Google Books for Genealogists
  • How to Deal With Other Genealogists Without Going Crazy
  • Mind Mapping Your Research Plans and Results
  • Privacy and Our Ancestors
  • Successful Collateral and Cluster Searching
  • You Use WHAT for Genealogy? Wonderful Uses for Unusual Tools

The entire list is available at http://hidefgen.com/presentations/.

It is that time of the year when many genealogy societies are setting their 2013 budgets and lining up speakers for 2013 and beyond.  I enjoy speaking at various societies all over the US and Canada and I would love to help make one or more of my presentations available to your society members.

Worried about travel expenses and other costs? Using my own webinar platform and working with basic technology already at your disposal, we can put together an affordable on-line presentation starting at $125 per webinar.  I’ve been successful in reaching out to many societies and delivering educational content especially when they were convinced that a webinar wouldn’t work for their members.

Lectures and webinars are typically 60 minutes in length and include a Q&A period as well as a quality PDF handout complete with hyperlinks to resources mentioned in the presentation.

For more information contact me at hidefgen@gmail.com and let’s put together a great genealogy program for your society or organization!

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21 June 2012 ~ Comments Off

Google for Genealogists presentation – August 25, 2012 – Swedish American Museum, Chicago

Nordic Family Genealogy Center

On Saturday, Aug. 25, the Nordic Family Genealogy Center will host a special lecture with Thomas MacEntee, nationally-known genealogy author, educator, and speaker. He will present on using Google search engine when conducting genealogy research. Most genealogists only use 10% or less of the resources behind Google when it comes to research. Learn how to use the other 90%!

Registration for this event takes place at 10:15 am, and the program will start at 10:30 a.m. Free to Museum and Nordic Family Genealogy members, $10 for non-members.

Reservations requested. Phone the Museum at 773.728.8111. For more information, please visit our website, www.SwedishAmericanMuseum.org/genealogy. You may also e-mail genealogy@samac.org.

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