Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rootstech App

Not spending much time on the net today, but just noticed the posting at Genea-Musings about the Rootstech 2012 app. Thanks Randy.

This app for both iPhone and Andriod show My Schedule, Maps, Events, Speakers, Conference Documents, Photo Gallery, Videos, Twitter (#rootstech), Friends, News, and People. Randy describes each in his blog above.

I am having some issues with some of them, I will check them out more later this evening.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Mesa Family History Expo - Day 2

Long day yesterday and today is not shaping up much better. In any case, I thought I had better get these notes from yesterday taken care of.

I realized this morning that I left the last presentation from Friday off the blog. It was Social Media - How New Technologies Increase Success.

I had to come back and add this, I almost forgot about it. This turned out to be a panel discussion with Holly, James Tanner, Biff Barnes, and myself. I briefly discussed the origination of this blog and blogging in general. James discussed blogs and showed us his daughters genealogy blog that was absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately I cannot locate the URL for it, when I get it again I will post it. He also did a very good discussion on Google+. Biff covered Twitter and its use in genealogy and did a great job.

Saturday started off with Rudy Morris and Making Grandma's Pictures Presentable. Rudy was using Adobe Photoshop Elements to enhance old photographs. Two good books were recommended for using Elements, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 Classroom in a Book and Photoshop Elements for Dummies.

The second hour followed with Bivouac of the Dead - Military Cemeteries with William Atkinson. Interesting presentation. I had not realized that there are over 300 cemeteries worldwide that honor those that served our nation.

The last two sessions I spent listening to Geoff Rasmussen on Improving Your Use of New FamilySearch and an Insider's Guide to Legacy. Geoff discussed the ways Legacy can assist you with New FamilySearch and their tools for keeping your files in sync. Geoff reminded us to use standardized locations to keep our files in order. Labs.familysearch.org has a Standard Location lookup application if you want to keep your locations standardized with FamilySearch.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Mesa Family History Expo - Day 1

A great day yesterday. A few take aways from the conference:

It started with Arlene Eakle's excellent keynote.
Brick walls -
1. Organize your information both offline and online - this makes you analyze it once again
2. Searches are often incomplete, we are not looking at enough records. We tend to daisy pick our searches.

Tombstones can often reveal the background of the person. Different nationalities and religions had traditions for headstones.

Second was the demo by DNA Consultants presented by Dr. Yates.

They recommend autosomal testing, it is a non-sexed link look at your DNA. Their testing includes 18 distinct markers for specific backgrounds, such as Native American. Check dnacommunities.com.

Third was The FamilySearch Wiki by James Tanner.

For some reason the wiki and forums are well hidden on the website. An easy to way to get to the wiki is to go to the record collections on familysearch.org and click on Learn More. This will help you know the reliability of the information and additional information on the collection. A direct link to the wiki is here.

Forth was Immigration: The Journey to America by Shirley Hodges.

Albion's Seed - Four British Folkways in America - David Fisher

Less the 20% of people in the US, today, have British ancestry. This presentation was so interesting I stopped taking notes.

Now back to the conference.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Family History Society of AZ

For those of you in the East Valley, don't forget tomorrow night's meeting of the Family History Society of AZ, East Valley Chapter. The meeting is held at Palmos Del Sol which is located at 6209 McKellips in Mesa. On McKellips just east of Recker.

This month's meeting will be:

            6:00-7:00 pm 'User Group Discussions' -- Legacy, Family Tree Maker, and RootsMagic
            7:00-8:00 pm 'The Forgotten War - The War of 1812' with Bryon Bailey

Hope to see you there.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Arizona Family History Expo - Mesa

Only four days before the FH Expo at the Mesa Convention Center.

There a a lot of great classes available, you can check the schedule here.