Thursday, January 18, 2018

January 18, 2018:

New resource announcements:

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter - click here
  - Article about the Journal of Genealogy and Family History

Index of Old Occupation (United Kingdom and Ireland Occupations 1891) - click here
  - Thank you Linda Juchatz for this reference

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January 10th, 2018 First meeting of the year

We had a great "2018 Genealogy Fair" today at the Lake House.  We are sorry that some of you could not attend.  We did have 31 attendees to the Fair (not including our guests), with 18 being brand new potential members.  It was great to see these new and enthusiastic "genealogists" with great questions.  It was also fantastic to have 13 DIRT current members in attendance to share their own experiences and meet new people.

I want to thank Denise Doyon and Linda Mecchi for their tremendous help in setting up and running the Genealogy Fair.  I also want to thank Denise and Linda for all they have done for DIRT to start it in 2013 and help it grow to what it is today.  They have passed the Leadership role to Lynn Baker, who will try very hard to keep up the forward progress.

We had guests: Marianne Crawley (South Carolina Room - Charleston County Public Library) and Delsa & Dave Biorn from the LDS Family History Center to share what is available to you and also have tables to talk to attendees about what is available.

Lynn presented "Who is DIRT", "Where to get Free Genealogical Research" and a Map project for everyone to show where their relatives are located.  Linda Mecchi did a Genealogy Crossword puzzle for a prize of "free DIRT membership for a year".  We had a lot of fun and got to meet many new "potential genealogists".

Here are the handouts:
Who is DIRT brochure: Click Here

Where to get Free Genealogical Research: Click Here

We are into the new year of 2018, please look at the upcoming events.  The evening sessions will be more focused on helping those that are new to Genealogy to get started.

See you all soon.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Mark your calendar for the "2018 Genealogy Fair" sponsored by Digging Into Roots Together:
When: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 1:30-3:00 PM
Where: Live Oak Room, Lake House
Who: you and your friends
Why: Genealogy Fun, Kickoff for 2018, Bring in new members
How: Denise, Linda and Lynn have set up a great program of fun with genealogy for the afternoon

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Nov 8 DIRT Meeting - Using Land Records for Family Heritage

Doreen Larimer, Historical Property Research professional gave an outstanding presentation on Wednesday on the use of Land Records, specifically on Charleston County and South Carolina Land Records for finding out more about your family.  Doreen gave an excellent overview on how to read and interpret Land Plats through time and what has changed.  She suggested that the Charleston Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society is a great place to meet other genealogies and get additional ideas.

Lynn captured and recorded some of the procedures Doreen showed us.  It will be interesting to discover how other States within the USA digitize and catalog their land records. 

Accessing Charleston County Land Records instructions: CLICK HERE
Accessing South Carolina Archives and History instructions: CLICK HERE

Two of the websites used were:

Charleston County: CLICK HERE
South Carolina Department of Archives and History: CLICK HERE

This will can add more depth to your family heritage story.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Family Tree of Property

Today's Post and Courier had a feature in the Home and Real Estate section about The Family Tree of Property.  Doreen Larimer will be speaking at our 8 Nov meeting about this topic. Doreen was interviewed for the article - so I thought y'all might find it interesting.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

October 25, 2017 Meeting.  In our session today we discussed "How to Organize your Digital Genealogy".  The focus was on developing a filing system and naming system, then being consistent across all organization systems.  Also, backing up your information and how to take an inventory  of all your digital information.  Click here for the handout.

Our next meeting will be on November 8th 1:30-3:00 at the Lake House, Osprey 2.  We have a guest speaker "Doreen Larimer" to speak on "Land Records for Genealogy".