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    Learn at Home: Family Tree University Fall Virtual Conference


    Can't make it to FGS this month? Set aside the weekend of September 13-15, 2013 for the Family Tree University Fall Virtual Genealogy Conference and learn at home in your fluffy pink slippers.

    I'm excited to be one of the presenters with Digital Filing for Your Genealogy, one of 15 half-hour video classes available on-demand to conference attendees throughout the weekend. Learn to control your computer clutter with super-strategies for file-naming, folder structure, and digital filing.

    A virtual conference let's you choose when you want to watch the sessions, and the best part is that you can even download presentations and handouts to watch again later or view topics you missed.

    Right now, you can save $50 with Early Bird Discount Registration.  The offer expires Friday, 9 August 2013. Enter discount code FALLVCEARLY HERE

    Chats and Message Boards

    Attendees will have a chance to ask questions and join in discussions at the weekend chats and message boards moderated by former Family Tree Firsts Blogger and Family Tree Magazine contributor Shannon Bennett. Check out her great blog for more about Shannon.

    See the complete line-up for the Family Tree Fall 2013 Virtual Genealogy Conference HERE.

    1 - 2 - 3 Tracks

    Virtual presentations will include tracks in Genealogy Technology, Research Strategies, and Ethnic Research from presenters --

    • Lisa A. Alzo
    • Lisa Louise Cooke
    • Rick Crume
    • Nancy Hendrickson
    • Denise May Levenick
    • Sunny Jane Morton
    • Donna Moughty
    • Gena Philibert-Ortega
    • Diana Smith
    • D. Joshua Taylor
    • Judy G. Russell

    Join us for a weekend of great genealogy education September 13-15, 2013. Register now to save 25%. Use Code FALLVCEARLY HERE for Early Bird discount through Friday, 9 August 2013.


    Note: I am a contributing author and affiliate at Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University.


    Join Me at the Ventura County Genealogical Society

    Saturday, 17 November 2012 I will be speaking at the monthly meeting of the Ventura County Genealogical Society in Ventura, California. Our topic will be one that all genealogists and family historians can relate to: The Paperless Genealogist, Organizing Our Genealogy Research with Digital Files.

    From pedigree charts to priceless heirloom photos and documents, we've all got paper, and lots of it. If you are in the area, plan to join us Saturday as we discuss the secrets to scanning success, efficient filenaming, and moving toward a paperless office.

    For directions and more information, please visit the VCGS website here. The meeting begins at 1 pm.


    GRIP Pittsburgh Day One Recap

    We aren't in California anymore!

    After a full day of travel that began in the wee hours of the morning, I finally arrived at La Roche College in Pittsburgh for the inaugural session of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). And, if the student and faculty buzz is any indication, GRIP will become a popular annual event along with long-established programs IGHR (Samford) and SLIG (Salt Lake City).

    The program opened Sunday evening with dinner and a short orientation. Course booklets distributed along with dorm assignments and keys gave a glimpse into the week's program. Some notebooks were noticeably heavy -- in particular, those books for Tom Jones' Advanced Methodology Course.

    Four courses were offered this year --

    Intermediate Genealogy with Paula Stuart-Warren

    Advance Research Methods with Thomas W. Jones

    Beneath the Home Page with D. Joshua Taylor

    German Genealogical Research Research with John T. Humphrey

    I knew I wanted to attend GRIP when I first heard about the program. It was scheduled during a "slow season" for genealogical events, and the program offerings were all great.

    My only dilemma was deciding what course to attend. Ultimately, I chose Intermediate Genealogy because my personal research has been in a bit of a slump for the past few years, and I was pretty sure Paula Stuart-Warren's enthusiasm would give it a real boost of energy. I was also interested in the sessions that would be taught by Josh Taylor throughout the week.

    Dawn Comes Early

    Although I had been "in training" for the past few days, waking up earlier each morning, my alarm went off way too soon this morning. There's no room service in Bold Hall Dorm, so I made my way to the cafeteria for a hot breakfast and a few cups of coffee before class. 

    The morning session began promptly at 8:30 with Paula on "Analyzing Documents: Self-Judging Your Expertise," followed in the afternoon with Josh Taylor on "20th Century Compiled Genealogies" and Paula on "Vital Records and Substitutes." Five hours of solid genealogy instruction followed by dinner, Maia's Books sale, and the evening talk presented by Pamela Stone Eagleson on writing a family narrative. 

    Now that it's evening I've caught a second wind and that California inner clock is ticking loud and strong. In fact, it feels like late afternoon. I've got time for a few more hours of online research. . .

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