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|Figure 1 Cup and saucer in Luxor Vellum rose pattern|
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Queensland Newspapers digitised on Trove as of 30 November 2016
Remember that fuller runs of these and going past 1954 and other Queensland papers will be at the Queensland State Library and at least some at other libraries including University libraries around the country.
It is that time of year again when the non-genealogist in the family is wondering what to get the
genealogist in their life (assuming said genealogist has not been leaving hints all over the place!)
Here are some suggestions:
1. A subscription to Legacy Family Tree Webinars
US$49.95 annual subscription
As of November 2016 over 443 webinars are available on demand 24/7 – over 616 hours of instruction with handouts (in fact more than 2000 pages of handouts!)
Classes for all skill levels as can be seen in the image showing the categories including the Board for Certification of Genealogists, skill building webinars now available.
Guaranteed to keep them out of mischief for quite a while especially as there are new webinars added at very regular intervals!
2. Subscription to a pay data site such as Ancestry, Findmypast, The Genealogist, GenealogyBank, Fold3, MyHeritage etc. If you haven’t already had a hint as to which one they would prefer (or already have), you may need to give a promissory note as depending on their area of research, they will likely have a preference.
3. Subscription to a Family History Society:
4. Agree to do a DNA test for them (would be even nicer if you also agreed to pay for it).
Both have sales at regular intervals. (check prices in your country). As of 28 November 2016, FTDNA has a sale at US$59 for the autosomal test. It is not known how long this sale will last.
Most important thing is that the test is done with a company that has a genealogical database. For the autosomal test Ancestry currently has a database with over 2.5 million tests and steadily increasing and Family Tree DNA also has a large database (they also do other types of tests: Y-DNA and mtDNA).
5. A copy of Blaine Bettinger’s book The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. This is an excellent book for anyone who is interested in DNA testing for genealogical purposes as Blaine writes in a clear and easy to understand way. Able to be ordered from all good book stores. it is also available as an ebook on Kindle.
He and Debbie Parker Wayne have also written Genetic Genealogy in Practice. A workbook in areas of Y-DNA, mtDNA, X-DNA, atDNA, the Genealogical Proof Standard, ethics, and more.
This workbook shows how DNA testing is used in real genealogical examples. It shows what can be done and what can’t be done using the new tool for genealogists:DNA.
I strongly recommend both books. The workbook takes the theory and by doing the exercises enhances the learning.
Published by the National Genealogical Society it is available in hard copy and also as an ebook with Kindle. The ebook does not have the same page numbers as the hard copy but does have hyperlinks from the test to the figures and tables and also to external web sites (if you have an Internet connection)
Both books are recent publications (2016).
6. A subscription to a genealogical magazine/journal of their choice.
7. Road Trip!
Go on holiday to an ancestral place of interest with the understanding that they may have x days to do research in the archives, museum cemetery etc. (or offer to look after things at home so they can do the trip on their own or with a genealogical friend)
8. If in Australia, get them a registration to the Footsteps in Time conference being held May 2017 on the lovely Gold Coast Queensland. Sure to be plenty you could do there as a tourist while they were at the conference. Early bird registration is now open. Or the Australasian Congress which will be held in Sydney in 2018.
If not in Australia, registration at a genealogy seminar or conference of interest to them such as Rootstech in February 2017 in Salt Lake City, National Genealogical Society conference, Federation of Genealogical Societies, in England Who Do You Think You Are? Live.
There are so many confernces, seminars and local meetings available.
9. Promissory note for x number of certificates (birth, marriage or death) of their choice.
10. Gift certificate from Gould Genealogy the company in Australia that has been supplying the needs of genealogists for 40 years!
11. A subscription to Genealogy Gems Premium with Lisa Louise Cooke US$29.95 gives you access to her Premium podcast and a number of classes including her Evernote series and Google series. (Lisa also does a monthly free podcast available on iTunes)
12. Technology always goes well. A good headset microphone combination is the Microsoft Lifechat LX-3000 (then they will be able to listed to those webinars without disturbing anyone else)
13. Every genealogist needs to back up their research so an external drive is always an appreciated gift. External storage is now very cheap I recently bought a Seagate 4TB portable drive for A$268.
14. Cloud back up services are also an appreciated gift as “many copies keep it safe” Sadly computer drive will fail. It is just a matter of when. Cloud back up services like BackBlaze or Carbonite automate the backup for you (there is a yearly subscription).
15. Even more technology, most genealogists use a computer so maybe a new laptop or an iPad.
16. A family history program that stores your family information on your own computer. There are many programs around and this is where the person should probably choose the one they like.Programs like Legacy, Rootsmagic, Family Historian, FamilyTree Maker are all family history programs. Some have free versions that do 90%+ of the full product while others have a trial version so you can “try before you buy“.
There are also other programs of value to family historians such as Evidentia, Map My Family Tree, Clooz, Charting Companion, Genelines (all available from here), Custodian 4
17. Gift certificate for office supplies. I have never come across a genealogist yet that didn’t like office supplies!
18. Archival supplies. Genealogist have treasured family papers and these should be stored in archival protective materials. Gould Genealogy in Australia have a range of archival supplies or overseas do a search for archival suppliers.
19. Scanner to scan all those photos and documents. Many people have the all in one printers now that can also scan photos and documents or you can get a stand alone scanner.
20. Slide/negative scanner Most genealogists have a collection (horde) of 35mm slides and negatives that need to be scanned. This site has a review of a number of slide/negative scanners.
21. It is not just photos, slides and negatives that genealogists have. They also have family heirlooms that they should be recording for the future. One way of doing this is using Shotbox which has it own lighting system which makes for much better images and you can use a smartphone. Also useful for photographing craft items or items for sale on eBay.
22. Not every gift for your genealogist needs to cost money. Perhaps you could write a blank cheque for a day a month where you will look after things at home and they can visit an archives or library. Or maybe a blank cheque for an evening at home where the genealogist has research time in their study.
23. If the genealogist in your life does not have a dedicated “genealogy area” in the house are you able to create one for them?
24. Are you a computer whiz who is good at using Photoshop or a graphics program that could digitally restore a photograph for them? Every genealogist has photos that need restoring.
25. Maybe you could write that blank cheque for x hours talking about your childhood, school days, or the time before you were together.
Perhaps find some of the photos of your life or family and write the story of the photo. It is so much easier than it sounds.
You get the photo and then:
When was it taken and who took it?
Where was it taken?
Why was it taken?
Who is in it?
What was your memory of the occasion?
This will be valued by the genealogist in your life.
As an Ambassador Family Search gave me a Rootstech pass to give away. I asked the entrants to chose a session they really wanted to attend at RootsTech and tell me why that session appealed to them.
There are so many wonderful sessions on such a range of topics. These are just a few of the range of topics picked by entrants and for a range of reasons:
While I wished I could have given every entrant this amazing prize valued at US$299, with the aid of an online random number generator I am pleased to announce that Roger Moffatt of Michigan is the winner!
Note as a Rootstech Speaker I have been given a free personal registration to Rootstech. I would also have been given a free registration as a Rootstech Ambassador.
Today I heard voices of my family never heard before. Most of whom have long since passed on.
There is a special feeling hearing voices of your family from the past.
This is why I have never heard them before. They were on these reel to reel tapes. I have been carrying them with me from move to move, too precious to discard but also too precious to waste. I had heard many horror stories of people over the years giving their precious tapes to someone to digitise and having oh so many problems.
I recently attended the Unlock the Past Adelaide Expo which was fantastic.
One of the exhibitors I particularly wanted to speak with was Big Egg Media who do all sorts of tape/film conversions to digital and also photo scanning and restoration.
I have been listening to the Extreme Genes radio show with Scott Fisher as a podcast for quite a while now and a regular presenter has been Tom Perry, a digital preservation expert from TMCPlace This meant I knew the types of questions I needed to ask to make sure my precious tapes would be in the right hands.
I spent around twenty minutes asking questions of Anthony and then handed the tapes over to be processed. He told me it would be a couple of weeks before they could start on them and I was happy with that, after all a few extra weeks wouldn’t matter added to the time I had already waited.
My Grandmother was born in England and one of 13. She emigrated to Australia in 1949 with my father who was aged nine. The tape in the white box is “Christmas Greetings from the Family 1968” which is from the English family to my grandmother while the second is from my Grandmother in 1970 when she was a housekeeper on a sheep property.
My Grandmother used to write letters regularly to her family in the UK and also record tapes for them. So you can see these really were very precious irreplaceable in fact.
I picked them up from the Post Office as the parcel needed a signature and got home and listened. They had done a marvelous job. They had told me they needed to rectify the tape as it was flaking so they needed to bake it back on.
I am very happy with the result and it was totally worth the money paid. This type of work needs to be done by the professionals and they do come at a cost but they have given me something precious.
Have you precious tapes, films deteriorating away that needs digitising? Don’t leave them too long, there is a point of no return.
Photos that need restoration? Big Egg Media also do gift cards.
Advent in 2016 is from Sunday 27th November to Saturday 24th December.
While I am very fond of chocolate and as a child loved the little calendars that you opened each day and gained a piece of chocolate, for a number of years now I have done a different type of Advent calendar.
It is a “Paying Forward Genealogical Kindness” Calendar (and yes there might be some chocolate as a reward each day!). Below is my 2016 Advent Calendar. Some of these will take a few minutes, some a few hours but each of them shares just a little kindness and there can never be too much kindness in this world.
So much of our research has been made easier because of the very many volunteers in the past who have indexed and transcribed records for us.
Over the years I have tried to give back whenever I could but because of study and work, generally could not often do it in person onsite somewhere, so looked for ways I could do it at home (or anywhere I might be) using a computer.
What other projects do your family history society, local museum, state archives, etc have that you could give back a little? There are so many ways of “Paying Forward”
Remember every name indexed is one more person found for future researchers.
I’m feeling a bit like Santa Claus as being a Rootstech Ambassador I have been provided with one four-day pass (US$299 value) to give away to one of my wonderful readers.
RootsTech 2017 takes place February 8 – 11, 2017 in Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, home of the amazing Family History Library.
It’s the world’s largest family history event with over 200 classes for all family history and technical skill levels. There are classes to help you bring your ancestors’ stories alive, as well as classes to help you discover more about them. Regardless of your research experience, there are classes and labs for you!
RootsTech is an amazing time with 200+ classes, the Innovators Summit, the large Exhibition Hall with so many interesting vendors and many, many genealogists! Meeting up with online genealogy friends is always an amazing highlight!
The pass includes keynote and general sessions, over 200 classes, including Getting Started classes, the Innovator Summit, and evening cultural events.
So what do you need to do to be in the draw ( done using a random number generator) from the entries received. If you have already paid your registration and you are the winner you will be refunded your registration.
So to enter you need to go to the site have a look around and then tell me a class you want to attend and why you want to attend it.
Email your response to HVSresearch@bigpond.com by 25th November midnight (New York time)
Your entry must contain :
1. Your name
2. Your email
3. The presentation you want to attend and why it interests you
By entering you give permission for your name to reported on this blog and on Facebook and Twitter.
Good luck to everyone!
Special presentation by LeVar Burton. Buddy Valastro better known as “Cake Boss” will be celebrity guest judge for the first ever cake decorating competition!
As an Ambassador and speaker I also get a complimentary pass for myself. I have to pay for my travel, accommodation and other expenses as will the lucky winner of this free RootsTech Pass.
The RootsTech’s 2017 cultural opening evening will be at the beautiful Conference Center at Temple Square and listening to featured musical guests: Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with the Orchestra at Temple Square.
These are just some of the exhibitors you will find in the Expo Hall.
Hooray FTDNA has now added a Pedigree View on their site.
I was the primary person on this one and so cut off my details.
You can then click on a person such as Robert Henry Philpott and get the further details as shown below.
Now this lovely new Pedigree View is only of value if someone has uploaded their Gedcom.
FTDNA has been encouraging people to upload their Gedcoms for quite a while but there has not been the take-up we would all like (although hopefully everyone who is bemoaning no Gedcoms have uploaded their own!).
And of course it is really no different to Ancestry where there are very, very many DNA tests that have no tree attached. It would be nice to know if the people who have no tree attached have an Ancestry subscription.
I am assured by Ancestry that you can add a tree if you are someone who only has a DNA test and was told they are encouraged to do so when activating the test.
From what I have been able to determine from this help page on Ancestry the DNA test only member can contact matches and receive messages. They cannot view the trees of their matches.
I was honoured to receive the Bronze Rockstar award along with Michelle Patient in the recent “Rockstar Genealogists” survey held by John D. Reid of Anglo-Celtic Connections.
Thank you to those who voted for me. I appreciate the recognition. I enjoy what I do and sharing what I know and it is nice to know it is appreciated.
I hope that people everywhere will look at all the people nominated for the poll and Google those you don’t know. Find their blogs, attend their presentations and see why others consider them to be “Rockstar Genealogists”.
No award process is perfect but I feel there is value in highlighting genealogical presenters so conference chairs and we can use the opportunity to find more people from whom to learn. There will always be people who should be listed who are not.
Was your favourite not listed? Did you nominate them?
I have recently posted about the Librarians day and Society Day held prior to the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference.
Now for the Conference proper. There were 72 presenters for this conference and I was one of those 72 giving three presentations and a luncheon talk.
DNA as you can imagine was an important stream of presentations with nine presentations. There was also a British Isles and Commonwealth stream with 22 presentations. Methodology, Records, Research Strategies, Ethnicity, Repositories, Technology, Writing were topics with multiple presentations.
After the Plenary session you went to one of the concurrent sessions. This entailed a fair bit of decision making as unfortunately I have never been able to clone myself which would have been of great use here!
Luckily many (but not all) of the presenters have agreed to their sessions being recorded and these are available for purchase from Fleetwood onsite
They record many different conferences, so click through to Federation of Genealogical Societies and you are able to buy recordings of the last five FGS conferences either as every talk that was recorded or as individual talks. Currently the 2016 (as of 11 Sep) is available at a reduced price of US$249 for all that were recorded (individual talks not listed as yet). This is a discount as previous years full recordings are at US$349.
So one of the ways of choosing was to determine which of my choices were not being recorded and going to that one. Some familiar names to Australian and New Zealand audiences were among the presenters: Judy G. Russell, Paul Milner, Thomas MacEntee, Carole Baxter, me to name but a few.Because of the concurrent sessions the program committee were able to have the larger more popular topics but were also able to have specialist topics where it was not expected to fill a room but made the twenty or more attendees very happy that their topic was available.
All of the presentations are a major part of any conference but another very important part is the Exhibitor Hall with the very many exhibitors, societies, specialist repositories, Maia’s Bookshop! (with the large Unlock the Past book display), and so many, many more!
The FGS gave time for the attendees to visit the exhibition hall and also instituted an Exhibitor Bingo Card where if an attendee got a stamp from each exhibitor on the card they could be in the prize draw for some pretty decent prizes. The other thing given to each attendee was a $10 exhibitor note. You could spend this at any of the exhibitors, they stamped the back and you could then go and hand in your note for a $10 refund. Both of these initiatives worked very well and I heard many positive responses from the exhibitors.
Springfield Illinois was the home of Abraham Lincoln prior to him becoming President and I never realised how tall he was until I stood next to his life size image.
The FGS conference may not have had the number of attendees of some previous FGS conferences but all who attended had a wonderful learning experience, great networking, managed to spend a few dollars among the various exhibitors and best of all netwrked with other family historians whose eyes did not glaze over in boredom and who did not sneak slowly and silently away when you started talking about your family!
Congratulations to all who were involved in the organisation!