Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Meeting Oct 11, 2017 We had a great turnout today.  We reviewed some new Christmas project proposals and highlighted the upcoming Family History Fair 2017 at the LDS Church on Sam Rittenburg Road (Family History Center) to be held on October 21, 2017 (Saturday) and everyone is welcome (there is a low charge at the door).  Click here for more details.

We then spent the majority of the meeting discussing how to interpret your AncestryDNA results.  You are welcome to download the handout and a sample spreadsheet for recording your research and the level of centiMorgans for each cousin.

Interpreting AncestryDNA results handout, click here
Oct 11 Meeting introduction with Christmas project proposals and Family Fair schedule, click here

Our next meeting on Wednesday night Oct 18, 2017 from 7:00-9:00 will be on "Using Evernote for Genealogy".

See you there.

 Please provide any comments or suggestions about this presentation to Lynn Baker,


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Genealogy Fair Postponed

Due to all the uncertainty regarding Hurricane Irma (and maybe her cousin, Jose), we have decided to postpone the Genealogy Fair until January 2018.  Please check back here regularly as we will be posting the upcoming meeting schedule and agendas in the column on the right.

We sincerely hope that Irma and Jose steer clear of us - but in the event they come our way - please stay safe!

Denise, Linda and Lynn

Monday, September 4, 2017

Save The Date! 2017 Genealogy Fair

Mark your calendars so you won’t miss this year’s Genealogy Fair. The fair will run from 1:00-3:00 PM on Wednesday, September 13 in Live Oak Hall at the Seabrook Island Lake House. There will be exhibits, games, prizes, and refreshments.  One lucky person will win a 2018 membership (a $15 value).  We hope you will join us on the 13th.

Monday, August 14, 2017

During out meeting on August 9th, we had a number topics ranging from Family Tree Maker 2017 finally launched and what is new in it, to discussion of upcoming events.  If you are interested in an overview, click here for access to the powerpoint charts used to guide our discussion.

Remember our upcoming "DIRT Genealogy Fair" on Wednesday, September 13th.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Meeting held 24 May 2017 at Lake House:

I want to shout out a great "thank you" to Bob Silkett for doing such a marvelous presentation and taking us through the use of our local library for free access to genealogical research and then deep diving to show us all how to better use Heritage Quest (free through the library) with city directories, books, people, census records and more. Thank you. Click here, to find the handout that Bob provided as reference for each of us to do our own research. Thank you.

There will be no evening meetings in June, July, or August.

I discussed the fabulous BYU Webinar on "Digging Deeper Into Google for Genealogists" by James Tanner that was just posted. Click here for the Youtube version. For the language translation portion skip ahead to 14:55 minute mark.

I will put together a "Death Certificate" homework fun assignment for later this year.

See you all on June 14, 2017 1:30-3:30 PM at the Lake House for Bob Silkett's presentation on Newspaper research using the free library access.

A great welcome back to Joan Reed who is re-igniting her interest in doing genealogical research.

Have fun on your family heritage journey.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

DIRT Meeting Summary May 10, 2017

I want to thank Denise Kotva for sharing with us her personal research using FindAGrave and going to specific locations to prove her findings.  We all learned something new to help in our own journey of research.  Great Job!

We continued discussing the "Webinar Project" and providing members to select from the current list of over 150 Webinars (online videos) on genealogical research that Lynn Baker has downloaded and made available to members on a USB drive.  Come to our next meeting and find out more.  This is a way to continue learning about specific areas ranging from general information, DNA, State specific, country specific and more.

We also talked about the "Christmas Challenge", asking each of you to pick a small genealogy / family heritage project to give your loved ones at Christmas.  As you select what to do, we at DIRT will help you with your project.  Here is a beginning list of what has been suggested, it would be up to you to decide what you want to do.  Please share your ideas and what you want to work on.

·        book for child telling story of one person, ancestor and what life was like for that person as a child
·         Recipe book of family heritage recipes
·        Christmas cards with Family Heritage photo
·        Christmas decoration with family photo
·        colage of genealogy photos made into a puzzle for kids to put together
·         digital photo frame with genealogy photos loaded before shipment
·         Family bookmarks with Family crest or photo
·         family crest
·         Family pedigree chart - fancy version
·         framed old family photograph
·         genealogy bingo game
·         Get ornaments from other countries of origin
·         group genealogy sheets of the family
·         letterhead of family crest or old family photo
·         Living history video of your family story/memories with photo overlays
·         Ornamental tree with genealogy ornaments
·         short story of one item in the family heritage
·         small book about one ancestor with an interesting story
·         story of first ancestor coming to the US and description of crossing

Monday, May 1, 2017

Family History Guide - May Newsletter

If you click here you will (should...) be connected to The Family History Guide's May newsletter. I don't know how many of you are using The Family History Guide or are subscribed to their newsletter, but I thought you might find it interesting.