How is Your Genealogy Society Doing?

How is Your Genealogy Society Doing?

Let’s face it. It’s been a challenging year. It's been difficult for individuals and families, but it's also been difficult for businesses, organizations, and societies.

Genealogy societies are an important part of the family history community. They are the place where researchers gather to learn and share. They are the purveyors of education through programming, Special Interest Groups (SIGS), seminars, and conferences. Members are kept up-to-date on the society and other genealogical interests via a periodical (magazine, journal, or newsletter), blog, or social media account.

Individuals volunteer their time, talent, and experience to make societies a place that benefits the community. It’s a lot of work, and it takes a team of volunteers to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Starting in March, many societies were forced to cancel meetings. It seemed at first that this was a momentary inconvenience. Soon, however, when reality dictated that groups would not be meeting in person for some time, societies had to make some tough decisions, including whether to meet online or not meet at all. Many societies met the challenge. They learned how to hold a virtual meeting. They trained their volunteers and, in some cases, their speakers how to use this new technology. They figured out how to provide programming differently. Some societies even provided all-day seminars to their members and the larger genealogy community.

While many societies have adapted to the new reality, that's not a possibility for all societies due to technological know-how and cost. I've had societies tell me, "we are barely surviving," "we aren't sure whether our members will renew their membership." It is a tough time, and it helps to know you're not alone. There are other organizations in the same boat who have ideas that may help.

As we conclude 2020 and look towards possibly not gathering together in person until later in 2021, what are your genealogy society plans? Too often, even in "normal" times, society board members may feel isolated from other societies. We all benefit when we can share ideas and our experiences, whether they worked or not.

Let's help each other and share ideas about making the most of society management in these unusual times. Tell us about your society in this time of COVID and what changes you've made. Not sure what to write? Consider addressing some of the questions in the comments below :

  • What did your society do differently during the pandemic?
  • Are you holding meetings? If so, how?
  • If you are holding meetings, aside from being online, how else are they different?
  • Is there anything that is NOT working for your society?
  • Is there anything your society is NOT doing that you did pre-pandemic?
  • Have you tried something new that you plan on continuing?
  • What has your genealogy society done to reach out to non-members?
  • What are your plans for 2021?
  • What recommendations do you have for other societies?

I look forward to hearing from you and what you have experienced.

 

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, instructor, and researcher. She blogs at Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. You can find her presentations on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

 


New TechZone Video - Use Two-Factor Authentication for Added Security by Thomas MacEntee

New TechZone Video - Use Two-Factor Authentication for Added Security by Thomas MacEntee

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar members a new, short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "Use Two-Factor Authentication for Added Security" by Thomas MacEntee.

Use Two-Factor Authentication for Added Security

More and more genealogy apps and websites, like Ancestry, are moving to Two-Factor Authentication to prevent account hacking and secure user privacy. Learn how this added layer of security works.

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What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional based in the United Thomas MacEnteeStates who is also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas has over 42 years of experience researching family history.

Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. Currently Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at the popular Genealogy Bargains website!

Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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A Suffrage Thanksgiving

A Suffrage Thanksgiving

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, granting American women the right to vote. However, some women already had the right to vote and had been doing so for decades prior to the 1920 federal amendment. One of those groups of women were the women of Wyoming.

Wyoming’s state motto is “Equal Rights,” reflecting their early granting of equal suffrage rights to women. (Some women in New Jersey voted much earlier in 1776 and continued to do so until 1807 when they were disenfranchised, and women in Utah were granted suffrage in 1870 but beat Wyoming women to the polls).

Food might seem irrelevant when we study suffrage, but actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Suffragists used food, cookbooks, and restaurants to spread their message of equal rights for women. Several cookbooks published by suffragists were used to spread the word and raise funds for the cause. One of these cookbooks, The Woman Suffrage Cookbook edited by Hattie A. Burr can be read for free on Google Books.

Wyoming cover

For Thanksgiving, I thought I would spotlight a suffrage cookbook published originally in 1965 to commemorate the centennial of suffrage in Wyoming. Cooking in Wyoming was published in multiple editions (I’m using the 3rd edition, published in 1969). The Wyoming State Archives’ blog Wyoming Postscripts writes of the original edition,

In 1965, First Lady Martha Close Hansen helped to compile a cookbook full of Wyoming family recipes for the 75th anniversary of statehood. This was a special anniversary for Wyoming as there were still many people living who had either seen the original statehood celebration or had heard about it from those who had lived it.[1]

What I love about this community cookbook is that it not only includes recipes but, many times, provides comments about those recipes. The following are a few Thanksgiving favorites for your recipe collection.

Looking for an appetizer idea? Here are some ideas for stuffed celery.

Wyoming celery

A roasted turkey is the star of the Thanksgiving show.

Wyoming turkey

And my favorite pie ( and the best pie) is pumpkin.

Wyoming pumpking pie

 

I have to show you one more recipe that made me laugh when I saw it. This is a great provenance for the evolution of this recipe.

 

Wyoming tomatoes

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

[1] “Friday Foodie: Governor’s Mansion Hollandaise Sauce,” Wyoming Postscripts (https://wyostatearchives.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/friday-foodie-governors-mansion-hollandaise-sauce/: accessed 18 November 2020).

 

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, instructor, and researcher. She blogs at Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. You can find her presentations on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

 


New TechZone Video - 3 Kinds of DNA Tests by Diahan Southard

New TechZone Video - 3 Kinds of DNA Tests by Diahan Southard

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "3 Kinds of DNA Tests" by Diahan Southard.

3 Kinds of DNA Tests

What are the three different types of DNA tests? And what do they tell you? Find out in this video by Diahan Southard.

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Diahan SouthardDiahan Southard is a leading voice for consumer DNA testing from her position as Founder of Your DNA Guide. Diahan teaches internationally, consults with leading testing companies and forensics experts. Southard's company, Your DNA Guide (YourDNAGuide.com), deploys a team of scientists who provide one-on-one genetic genealogy education and research services. She recently published Your DNA Guide-the Book, that takes you on a step-by-step journey with your DNA in order to find answers to your genealogy questions. You will walk away from an interaction wither her enlightened and motivated as she has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable.

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Surname Projects and DNA Projects - free webinar by Mags Gaulden now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Mags Gaulden, "Surname Projects and DNA Projects" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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Why create a surname project or name study? Whether it’s to help you solve a family mystery or just to answer the questions of how, we will look at how surname projects and DNA projects can be worked to answer most of your genealogy questions. From discovering NPE’s (non-parental events) to discovering your surname is a derivative of another surname, we will work a surname and show you haw Surname studies and DNA can break down your brick walls.

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Separating and Merging Identities of Same-named Men - free webinar by Shannon Green, CG now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar by Shannon Green, CG, "Separating and Merging Identities of Same-named Men" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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Can the same man die twice? Two different probates years apart appear to be for different men, but they are not. Research into probate records revealed more men by the same name. Each man’s identity needed to be developed to distinguish them from each other. This case study uses probate records, deeds, census records, newspapers, tax rolls, town records, newspapers, neighborhoods, and handwriting analysis to distinguish these men. Learn ways to distinguish same-named men as well as warnings of how identities can be incorrectly conflated.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday: Surname Projects and DNA Projects by Mags Gaulden

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MagsGaulden-144x144Mags is a Professional Genealogist specializing in Genetic Genealogy as founder of Grandma’s Genes in Ottawa. Growing up in a family full of family historians, Mags was primed to become a Genealogist. After earning her Bachelors Degree from Columbia College, she began to work her own Genealogy as a "hobby". This 30-year "hobby" eventually led her to a Leader role with WikiTree, where she currently leads: The DNA Innovators Project, The United Empire Loyalist Project and the British Home Children Project. She also leads the Templeton and McElmoyle Name Studies and the McElmoyle DNA Project. Work with WikiTree led to Mags starting Grandma’s Genes in 2016. Mags is an international Genetic Genealogy Lecturer, Blogger and a Social Media Maven.  She serves as Admin for Facebook groups including the ISOGG Facebook Group. She is a former member of the Canadian Casualty Identification Team.

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Exploring the Objects of Your Ancestors' Lives with Catalogs

Exploring the Objects of Your Ancestors' Lives with Catalogs

Catalogs. Have you used these publications for your family history research? While we may think of “old” catalogs as those from the later 19th or early 20th centuries, the history of retail catalogs extends ever farther back. Publishing company Publitas writes that the year 1498 saw the first catalog published in Venice, Italy for The Aldine Press. Catalogs for seed companies began in the 17th century when English gardener William Lucas published one with seed prices. It’s not until the later 19th century that we see catalogs for companies like Montgomery Ward (1872) and Sears (1894).[1]

Catalogs provide a unique glimpse into our ancestor’s lives. They not only help us understand what was available to them but they may help us answer questions such as the approximate year a photograph was taken according to when the clothing and jewelry were available, the history behind an heirloom, or help us identify an object. I’ve used catalogs to search for the name of a specific vintage kitchen tool, identify when a serving dish was available, and explore fraternal order jewelry as well as to answer questions about beauty products our ancestors used.[2]

Internet Archive

Where can you find older catalogs? One place to search is Internet Archive. Their Catalogs collection includes over 16,000 catalogs.

A Few Examples

Catalog Wallpaper Sears

For those of us in the United States, when we think of catalogs, we think of the Sears catalog. Internet Archive has a collection of Sears catalogs (though not all) and you can find everything from the general catalog, to speciality catalogs focusing on wallpaper, tools, homes and farm buildings, stoves from 1904 and my favorite, Tombstones and Monuments (1902 and 1906 ) Yes, your family could order their deceased loved one’s tombstone from Sears. They could even pick out the appropriate sentiment to be etched on the stone.

Sears Tombstone Catalog 2


Oh, and just so you know, Montgomery Wards also sold tombstones.

Montgomery Ward Tombstone Catalog

Once you find the catalog of interest you can search or browse it page by page. I would recommend finding the section you are interested in and then studying each page. Also, keep in mind that you might find catalogs on Internet Archive outside of the official Catalog collection. So make sure to conduct searches on their eBooks and Text collection as well.

Hathi Trust catalog

Catalogs exist on other websites including Google Books , Hathi Trust, and Flickr. Vintage catalogs can be found for sale online via online auction website eBay.

Have you solved a family history question using a catalog? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.

 

[1] “A Visual History of the Category,” Publitas (https://www.publitas.com/blog/a-visual-history-of-the-catalog/#:~:text=The%20first%20Montgomery%20Ward%20catalog,on%20the%20catalog%20mailing%20list.: accessed 13 November 2020).

[2] Special thanks to Cathy Martin Naborowski who posted about Sears Wallpaper Catalogs on Internet Archive.

 

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, instructor, and researcher. She blogs at Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. You can find her presentations on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

 


New TechZone Video - Have PDF, Will Upload: Print Your Book on Lulu.com by Diane Boumenot

New TechZone Video - Have PDF, Will Upload: Print Your Book on Lulu.com by Diane Boumenot

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Have PDF, Will Upload: Print Your Book on Lulu.com

Have you written a book and saved it as a pdf document? Now it's time to get that book printed. This video will show you how to print your book on the print-on-demand website lulu.com.

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Diane BoumenotDiane MacLean Boumenot specializes in southern New England genealogy research, including work on her own ancestors, who were among the original settlers of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She publishes her genealogy adventures on her website, One Rhode Island Family. In 2018 she co-authored, with Maureen Taylor, the National Genealogical Society's NGS Research in the States volume, Research in Rhode Island. Additionally, Diane has a long career in association management and believes strongly in the powerful combination of organizations and members pursuing their passion. She holds a B.A. in American History and English from Wesleyan University. Diane is also a graduate of ProGen 28.

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Deeds Not Words: Finding Your Merchant Marine Ancestors - free webinar by Michael L. Strauss, AG now online for limited time

Deeds Not Words: Finding Your Merchant Marine Ancestors - free webinar by Michael L. Strauss, AG now online for limited time

The recording of today's webinar by Michael L. Strauss, AG, "Deeds Not Words: Finding Your Merchant Marine Ancestors" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free for a limited time.

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The Merchant Marines have always played a pivotal and important role in American history. Without their efforts and sacrifice the wars of the twentieth century could have turned out very differently. A series of acts passed by Congress in 1916, 1920, and 1936 would officially organize the Merchant Marines into a well-trained and disciplined organization set about to answer the call to action during World War II. Many genealogically valuable records can be searched to find your merchant mariner ancestors.

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Why I Love — and How to Use — the Newspaper Collections at MyHeritage - free webinar by Sunny Morton now online

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The recording of today's webinar by Sunny Morton, "Why I Love — and How to Use — the Newspaper Collections at MyHeritage" is now available to view at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com for free.

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MyHeritage is home to millions of digitized newspaper pages. Learn how the site's Record Matches technology helps you identify, review and extract information from obituaries, news articles and more right into your family tree. Learn tips to optimize newspaper discoveries, including a little-known trick for searching within specific newspaper titles.

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Register for Webinar Wednesday: Finding Your Merchant Marine Ancestors by Michael L. Strauss, AG

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The Merchant Marines have always played a pivotal and important role in American history. Without their efforts and sacrifice the wars of the twentieth century could have turned out very differently. A series of acts passed by Congress in 1916, 1920, and 1936 would officially organize the Merchant Marines into a well-trained and disciplined organization set about to answer the call to action during World War II. Many genealogically valuable records can be searched to find your merchant mariner ancestors.

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MichaelStrauss-2018-144x144Michael L. Strauss, AG, an Accredited Genealogist and forensic investigator, is a native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah. He holds a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is a licensed Private Investigator and qualified expert witness in Surrogate Court and Circuit Court in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia. Michael is an approved genealogist with the United States Army to locate DNA qualified persons MIA from Korea, Vietnam, and World War II. He is a national genealogical lecturer and instructor for military courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), and Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (VIGR). He was the film historian for the 2015 Academy Award nominated movie "Finding Vivian Maier".

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Baby Books Are More Than Just Memories

Recently the JSTOR Daily blog featured a post based about an academic study of baby books. The Long-Lost Ritual of Baby Books was a summary of an article by Janet Golden and Lynn Weiner titled Reading Baby Books: Medicine, Marketing, Money And The Lives Of American Infants which is a look at the history of baby books. The authors discuss reading baby books as history and that baby books not only record historical information but they include observations. Golder and Weiner write:

Situated between biographies - with their accounts of lives lived within particular historical contexts - and scrapbooks - with their displays of accumulated materials deliberately arrayed for presentation - baby books can be said to be like birder's notebooks. They record information, but also include personal observations. For historians they serve as records of individual experiences seen at close range and as field guides to nursery experiences as the entry pages change. Mothers (the writers of all the baby books we viewed) were clearly conscious of writing for themselves and for the children who would inherit the books.[1]

The authors remind the reader that “babies had a history” and that baby books are an often “neglected source” that should be examined.[2]

Home Sources

Reading the blog post and the article got me thinking of ignored home sources. Although baby books are a more recent source,they are not a common source. While I did find thousands of results from an ArchiveGrid search on “baby book” they are largely a home source. Not everyone's family kept a baby book and while you may not have access to a more recent ancestor's baby book, you may at least have you own.

Baby Book
From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

Genealogical Mentions

Family history isn’t just about researching the dead. It’s also about documenting the living. A baby book can provide us some information and clues as we document our own lives. They also provide what genealogical sources often give us, they situate people in time and place.

Photo of a baby from a baby book
From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

 

What can baby books hold for the family historian? A quick look at my baby book revealed:

  • Greeting cards from family and friends with notes
  • The newspaper from the day I was born
  • Newspaper notice of my birth
  • Names of visitors
  • Gifts and the names of those who gave them
  • Family tree with photos
  • Photographs from birth to 7 years.
  • Photographs of friends
  • Doctor visits and progress
  • Holiday and birthday celebrations

Besides learning that at 4 months old I drank soda and enjoyed traveling, I found signatures for my grandparents and great-grandparents, read my birth announcement, and learned a little more about my first years.

Detail from Baby Book
From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

So what’s this got to do with genealogy? Our family history should include ourselves. We should not only “interview” ourselves but gather records, both official and the unofficial. Home sources whether they be photographs, scrapbooks, correspondence or baby books, help us to tell our story. They provide the chance to illustrate our story with images and to write about events that we don’t remember but are part of our lives.

Have you used a baby book for your genealogy? Do you have baby books for your parents or grandparents? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

 

[1] The article is available at https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/41305376.pdf?refreqid=excelsior%3Ad766d3bfc306c0c9b8897e7d74f2ab98

[2] “The Long-Lost Ritual of Baby Books,” JSTOR Daily (https://daily.jstor.org/the-long-lost-ritual-of-baby-books/: accessed 5 November 2020).

 

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, instructor, and researcher. She blogs at Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. You can find her presentations on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website.

 


Sunset Notice for the Backup Service (Legacy Cloud)

Legacy Cloud is a free offsite backup service for users of Legacy Family Tree 9 software. We are now announcing that this backup service will be retired on January 1, 2021.

Due to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements, we need to discontinue the backup service. The Legacy Cloud backup tool will continue to function until midnight of December 31, 2020, and will then be turned off and all backup files will be permanently deleted to ensure privacy. Any user of the backup service who would like a copy of their backup from Legacy Cloud is encouraged to download their backup from the service before January 1, 2021. To do so, we recommend first creating a new family file, then go to File > Restore File > Restore from Legacy Cloud. This will prevent an old backup from overriding a newer version of the tree.

Legacy Backup tool will still be available
Backing up your Legacy family file will continue to be available. It allows the user to backup their family file to any desired location (like to a USB drive, to an external hard drive and elsewhere). Backups are a best practice and are strongly recommended.

Other backup services
Services such as Backblaze, Carbonite, IDrive, or even Dropbox offer automated, offsite backup tools. The advantage of using a service like this compared to the Legacy Cloud service, is that any time you make a change to your Legacy family file, the service can be set to automatically back it up to its remote servers. With Legacy Cloud, you had to manually initiate the backup process. Another advantage of one of these other services is that they can back up more than just your Legacy family file – they can backup any file on your computer such as photos, documents, emails and much more.

Questions
For any further questions, please contact our Support team at support@legacyfamilytree.com.


New TechZone Video - Customize Your Browsing with Chrome Extensionsby Cheri Hudson Passey

New TechZone Video - Customize Your Browsing with Chrome Extensionsby Cheri Hudson Passey

Every Friday we're pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar members a new short ten minute or less TechZone video just for them! This Friday enjoy "Customize Your Browsing with Chrome Extensions" by Cheri Hudson Passey.

Customize Your Browsing with Chrome Extensions

You may be using Chrome as your browser but did you know there are many add-ons you can add to Chrome to get more out of it? These add-ons are called Chrome extensions. In this video we'll discuss what they are, how they work and where to find them.

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About the Presenter

Cheri Hudson PasseyCheri Hudson Passey is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer, and Speaker and the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC. Cheri is the host of the genealogy chat show GenFriends and is a genealogical researcher, subcontracted by Eagle Investigative Services, Inc., for the US Army Past Conflict Repatriations Branch. 

See all the webinars and videos by Cheri Hudson Passey in the Legacy library.
 
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