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A wee bit of info to help you in your journey to discover your Scottish Ancestors and maybe even crack a brick wall or two!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Irish ViC Schedule

The schedule for the Irish ViC is available at: https://www.genealogyvic.com/schedule.html

Here's the line up for the day:

9:00 - Fintan Mullan presents Finding 17th Century Families in Ireland 

10:15 - Gillian Hunt presents Using Church Records for Irish Genealogy Research 

11:30 - Fiona Fitzsimons presents Finding Women in the Irish Records 

12:30 - break 

1:00 - Chris Paton presents Using Irish Land Records for Genealogy Research 

2:15 - Maurice Gleeson presents Making Online Resources Work for You

All times are Eastern Time (Toronto/New York)

All presentations will be available for 72 hours after the end of the virtual conference to allow for time zone challenges and to make attending easier for people who are not able to commit to the full day.

RootsTech By the Numbers

#RootsTech is a big deal. A really big deal. How big, you ask? Here are the numbers:

  • 14,200 paid registrations
  • 450 vendors/exhibitors
  • 200 speakers
  • 80 ambassadors
  • 350 classes
  • 50 states represented
  • 42 countries represented
  • 380 computers
  • 182 power strips
  • 8618 ft of cabling
It's  well orchestrated chaos. I'm already looking forward to next year!

MyHeritage Helps Adoptees Reunite with Their Bio Families! For FREE!

This news just came out from MyHeritage and I think it is incredible!

MyHeritage is excited to announce a new pro bono initiative — DNA Quest — to help adoptees and their birth families reunite through DNA testing. 
As part of DNA Quest, we are giving out 15,000 MyHeritage DNA kits — worth more than one million dollars — for free, with free shipping, to eligible participants. 
MyHeritage has set up an advisory board of top experts in the fields of genetic genealogy and adoption to guide and support this initiative on a voluntary basis. The advisory board includes: CeCe Moore, founder of The DNA Detectives; Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist; Richard Weiss of DNA Adoption; Richard Hill, DNA Testing Adviser; Katharine Tanya, founder of Adopted.com; Brianne Kirkpatrick, founder of Watershed DNA; Pamela Slaton, investigative genealogist; Leah Larkin, The DNA Geek; and Susan Friel-Williams, Vice President, American Adoption Congress.

Participation is open to adoptees seeking to find their biological family members, or anyone looking for a family member who was placed for adoption. Preference will be given to people who are not able to afford genetic testing, and to those who apply first. The first phase of the initiative is open to U.S. residents, involving adoptions that took place in the U.S. Additional phases may be considered in the future based on the success of the first phase, which begins now. Future phases may include other countries as well as additional circumstances, such as children of sperm donors and non-paternity events.

Adoptees and family members searching for their biological relatives can apply for a free MyHeritage DNA kit at DNAQuest.org through April 30, 2018. Participants will be selected, and their free DNA kits will be shipped to them by the end of May 2018. Results are expected as early as July 2018. The DNA Quest website includes additional information about the initiative, and a detailed section with answers to frequently asked questions.

Those who have already taken a DNA test with another company are invited to upload their DNA data to MyHeritage for free and participate in this initiative as well.

Why Oh WHY Am I #NotatRootsTech?

Why? am I #NotatRootsTech? Ok, ok, life circumstances truly didn't allow for me to go this year. But...but... the photos, posts and videos are making me terribly homesick. I so desperately want to be with my people. #RootsTech is a family reunion for genealogists. An annual gathering. A chance to get caught up with each other, to plan new ventures, to CONNECT. 

I am doing my best to enjoy the conference remotely. I am trying to be happy with the ability to be part of the conference from home, in my comfy pajamas. Although I know that if I was in Salt Lake and showed up in my pajamas, my people would accept me the way I am. Heck, I might even start a trend! 

I have been glued to my laptop watching the live stream talks and that is a great way to learn. I am truly grateful for my colleagues who are there and who are sharing their pictures, thoughts, posts and tweets. For the rest of us who are #NotatRootsTech, here is today's line up of talks: https://www.rootstech.org/ I am looking forward to the learning being offered. I hope you are too!

ps: I already have my hotel booked for next year....just 365 sleeps to go...

Monday, 19 February 2018

Irish ViC: Sources for Finding Seventeenth-Century Families in Ireland

Fintan Mullan will present on Sources for Finding Seventeenth-Century Families in Ireland

This presentation will look at those sources which can throw light on families in the seventeenth century. It identifies documents relating to the Plantation period (1610–41) and also considers sources from the second half of the seventeenth century, such as hearth money rolls, the Civil Survey and poll books, which are of use to genealogists. The presentation will also present information on a range of resources published in the past few years which can help researchers. The sources discussed, in many instances, relate to the island of Ireland and not only Ulster.

To register for the ViC: https://www.genealogyvic.com/

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Irish ViC - Meet the Presenters

                 The Irish ViC (virtual conference) will take place on Saturday April 21, 2018

Gillian Hunt is Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation and manages the Foundation’s many genealogical activities. She teaches genealogy classes in various educational institutions in Northern Ireland and has spoken in Britain and North America and Australasia.

Gillian will present on Using Church Records for Irish Family History Research

Fintan Mullan has been Executive Director of Ulster Historical Foundation since 2001. He has extensive experience in Irish family history research and publishing, and is a regular international speaker on Irish genealogy.

Fintan will present on Finding 17th Century Families in Ireland

Genealogist Chris Paton is the author of several Irish based research guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923, Discover Irish Land Records, Irish Family History Resources Online and Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet, available in North America from Global Genealogy http://www.globalgenealogy.com/authors/paton-chris/chris-paton.htm

Chris will present on Irish Land Records

Fiona Fitzsimons is a founder and Director of Eneclann, a Trinity College Dublin Campus company specializing in historic research and digitization of records. She formerly tutored at Trinity College, and still contributes regular seminars at the Innovation Academy, a joint initiative of Trinity College, University College Dublin, and Queen’s University Belfast.

Fiona will present on Finding Women in the Irish Records

Maurice Gleeson, a psychiatrist and pharmaceutical physician by day and a genetic genealogist by night, is administrator for the Gleason/Gleeson, Spearin, Farrell, Irish Caribbean DNA and WW1 Missing Legacy projects. He has organised the DNA Lectures for "Genetic Genealogy Ireland" in Dublin and Back To Our Past in Belfast. Maurice has recently authored a special DNA issue for Moorshead Magazines and is working to complete one on Irish Research as well. 

Maurice will present in Making Online Resources Work for You

5 Presentations for just $79.00 https://www.genealogyvic.com/


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Staying Connected to the Pages You “Like”

Facebook has once again changed the algorithms that determine what shows up in your news feed. The gurus have decided that if one of your posts sparks a debate and gets lots of comments then you must want to see more of that. So the algorithms will be pushing posts from your friends and family to the forefront of your news feed and the pages that you like will be pushed down on the list.

The change has been, once again, to regulate the big corporations that use free Facebook feeds as an advertising avenue. So companies, corporations etc will be way down in your postings. Facebook doesn’t want you spending lots of time on shopping sites, travel sites etc. They want you to like the free stuff from friends and family. In many ways this feels like a return to the mundane and mindlessness that was once Facebook. But you can still have control over what pops up in your feed. Here’s how:

From your home page, go to the top right corner and look for the little down arrow next to the big ? mark in a circle:

Click on the arrow and scroll toward the bottom of the drop down menu to the line that says “News Feed Preferences”

Click on that line and at that top of the page that opens you will see “Prioritize who to see first” 

Click on that and everyone and everything you follow. Simply click on the things you want showing up in your newsfeed then click the blue box that says “DONE”