Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Mesa Family History Conference

Registration is now open for next month's Family History Conference. Here's the information from the email announcement.

ANNOUNCING THE 2017 Family History Conference sponsored by the Mesa FamilySearch Library on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the Tempe Institute of Religion on the ASU Campus, 1000 South McAllister Avenue in Tempe, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.

Our theme is “Bridging Generations” and provides a wide variety of over 50 class choices for all types of learners, from beginners to the most advanced genealogists.  Come and learn how to be more effective and efficient when doing your research.  Learn to trace your roots with DNA.  Learn to find and document your sources.  Get specific information on various ways to research in specific states and countries.  If you are new to family history, come learn the basics.  Some of the most popular classes are repeated in an effort to accommodate everyone.   Spend all day or come for a single class or two; you may attend a maximum of five classes.

Detailed conference information will become available and registration will begin online at www.mesafsl.org on Thursday, September 21, 2017.  At the time of registration, registrants will be given the opportunity to purchase lunch from Jason’s Deli.  Otherwise, the conference is FREE.  Parking is also free and convenient but registrants are reminded that cars are parked in a public facility and are urged to be cautious with their valuables.
See you in October!

Friday, September 1, 2017

September Webinars

The recent sale of Legacy to My Heritage does not seem to have caused any change in the webinar schedule. Check www.familytreewebinars.com for more information about this month's selections.

Wednesday, September 6: Geoff Rasmussen's topic, "Top Tech Tips for the Technologist and the Genealogist" will provide tools for computer genealogy time. All levels of experience will benefit.

Wednesday, September 13: "Finding Isaac Rogers" by Nicka Smith will show "how a book, scant clues, crowd sourced research, and limited online records came together to make ancestral ties to the Trail of Tears, US Civil War, a hanging judge, an outlaw, and of slavery in the Cherokee Nation." This case study is at a beginner level.

Friday, September 15: "The ABCs and 123s of Researching Your Ancestor's School Records" by Melissa Barker is for all levels and will show what types of school records there are and how to find them in repositories.

Tuesday, September 19: "When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion?" by Tom Jones will discuss options when useful information or DNA test results appear after a researcher establishes a conclusion. Intermediate and experienced researchers will find this most helpful.

Wednesday, September 20: Thomas MacEntee will present "Wolfram Alpha for Genealogists." MacEntee says that Wolfram Alpha provides solutions to questions such as “How am I related to my great-grandmother’s niece” or “What was the time of the sunrise on April 1, 1962, in Chicago, Illinois?” Learn how this unique site can expand your genealogy and family history research. The topic is at a beginner level.

Wednesday, September 27: "Quick Guide to Texas Research" by Deena Coutant is for beginners and will give an introductory look at the records and repositories useful for research in Texas.