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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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11 July 2012 ~ Comments Off

The Genealogy Industry – Update for 2012

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I invite all my readers to visit my other site, GeneaBloggers, for this series on the state of the genealogy industry entitled Genea-Opportunities – 2012 Update. The week-long series of posts will cover the growing genealogy industry from various angles including professional genealogists who have started their own businesses.

Here are the topics to be covered:

  • Monday: Genealogy Blogging – For Fun or Profit? – A discussion about whether or not a blog should have advertising, affiliate links, etc. and what constitutes a commercial genealogy blog, an individual genealogy blog and is there a balance that can and should be maintained.
  • Tuesday: Careers in Genealogy – A look at the “traditional” genealogy careers and a focus on some genealogists and family historians who are thinking “outside the genealogy charts,” as I put it, to carve out their own career paths.
  • Wednesday: What Do You Mean It Isn’t Free? – How do we as a community deal with the perception that everything – and I meaneverything – is free for the taking when it comes to genealogy. From commercial databases, to freely stealing content from a blog or website, to being incensed when a genealogist charges for a webinar or a syllabus.  This will be a no-holds barred looked at why certain perceptions exist in the genealogy community and how they must change in order for the industry to move forward in the 21st century.
  • Thursday: How Do You Make Money in Genealogy? – Most readers here at GeneaBloggers and at my other sites know that I am a pretty open and transparent guy when it comes to disclosing my material relationships with other genealogy vendors and organizations. Well, I am willing to spell out what I currently do in the genealogy field to try and make a buck.  I may surprise you with exact dollar figures (but you will be greatly disappointed, believe me), and at the very least I will be upfront about some current projects.  I’m hoping my colleagues might consider doing the same.
  • Friday: Money Changes Everything – Or Does It? – finally at the end of the series we’ll recap the discussion and see how the genealogy community and industry needs to move forward in terms of its relationship to money
Visit http://www.geneabloggers.com/geneaopportunities-2012-update/ each day to read the latest post.

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