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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25 May 2012 ~ Comments Off

See you at SCGS 2012 Jamboree

SCGS Jamboree 2012

If you will be in the Southern California area in two weeks, please stop by the 43rd Annual Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, June 8 to June 10, 2012!

I’ll be presenting the following lectures:

Thursday, June 7, 2012, 3:30 pm

  • Backing Up Your Genealogy Data: Have you ever experienced a data loss when it comes to your genealogy research? Learn the basics of backing up all your genealogy data including identifying data, common backup methods and how to use free online programs to help you make sure your data will always be available!

Friday, June 8, 2012, 3:00 pm

  • Internet Killed the Family History Star – How Technology Has Changed the Face of Genealogy: Are the days of microfilm readers, books, and newsletter queries as they relate to genealogy really gone? Has technology improved how we find our ancestors or has it become a hindrance? Learn how to stay on top of technology while still keeping one foot in the world of the tried and true methodologies.

Saturday, June 9, 2012, 11:30 am

  • Blogger Summit Panel #1 -Searching for Blogs and What to Do Once you Find Them: Watch as the mystery of genealogy blogs is removed before your very eyes. You’ll learn what blogs are as well as how to read blogs to find genealogy research leads. Finally you’ll see how easy it is to create a blog in under 5 minutes!

Saturday, June 9, 2012, 2:00 pm

  • Blogger Summit Panel #2 - From Blog Reader to Writer – Why and How: Just like any new venture, after a short time the novelty can wear off. Ideas run short. Learn how to make blogging fun with tips from our panel of expert genealogy bloggers. You’ll learn about keeping posts fresh, making blogging beneficial to your genealogy research and possibly profitable as well tips on marketing your blog.

Sunday, June 10, 2012, 10:00 am

  • Got Illinois Ancestors? A Guide To Prairie State Genealogy: Many of our ancestors either settled in Illinois or passed through on their way out West. Learn the basics of Prairie State research as well as some unusual resources!

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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16 March 2012 ~ Comments Off

Special $99 Price for Midwestern Roots 2012! 3 Days Only!


Where Do You Think You Find It?
July 20 and 21 | Indianapolis Marriott East

[Editor's Note: I will be speaking at the Midwestern Roots 2012 conference this year and presenting several mini-sessions in the Exhibit Hall.  Please come join me and hundreds of other genealogists for a fun weekend!]

Registration opens March 15 with a special $99 price through March 18!

What is in store for you at Midwestern Roots 2012?

  • More than 30 thought-provoking lectures from nationally known speakers Dick Eastman, Shamele Jordon, J. Mark Lowe, Thomas MacEntee, Daniel S. Poffenberger, Juliana Smith, Curt B. Witcher and more
  • Genealogy’s Next Generation presented by D. Joshua Taylor
  • Cincinnati Panorama: Windows to Ancestors’ Lives, presented by Patricia Van Skaik
  • Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak sharing experience from her new book Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing
  • Adventures Behind the Scenes, a look inside the making of Who Do You Think You Are? and other shows with D. Joshua Taylor, J. Mark Lowe and Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak
  • Exhibit Hall mini-sessions presented by Thomas MacEntee
  • Genealogy Resources Library Workshop
  • Computer labs and writing workshops
  • Historic bus tours
  • Early research opportunities
  • Family History Market and Book Fair

Price includes two-day conference and lunches; additional fee for banquet and some pre-conference activities.

Register online at www.indianahistory.org/midwesternroots or call (317) 232-1882 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday during the special offer period.

Presented by the Indiana Historical Society
Indiana’s StorytellerTM: Connecting People to the Past

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