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    Back Up Your Research: Paper and Digital Webinar

    Digital backups are easier than ever with new software, tools, and services. Join me Tuesday, July 28 for a live webinar Backup Your Research: Print and Digital featuring easy backup solutions for every genealogist. Whether you want to maintain complete control with local backup storage or automate storage in the Cloud and forget about it, there’s a backup program for you.

    Backup Your Research Webinar

    I admit that I’m more than a little paranoid about losing my research data, especially the hundreds of TIFF images I’ve carefully scanned from my personal family archive. I use a combination of local storage on external hard drives and automated cloud storage to provide peace-of-mind backups of all my data.

    Unfortunately, our family has learned the hard way that it’s way too easy to lose files in a digital disaster. The Number One culprit seems to be that handy “Delete” button on the keyboard. Have you ever done it? Copied some files from one location to another, deleted photos, and then discovered that the copy didn’t quite finish? Ugh. Lost photos. That’s what happened to my sister. She lost years of family photos, and when she turned to Facebook to recover some images, she was devastated to discover that Facebook saves radically optimized versions. Those files were fine for web sharing but weren’t the quality needed for photo books and printing. 

    Double-check your backup program to be sure you follow the Backup 3-2-1 maxim:

    3 copies

    2 different media

    1 copy offsite

    My favorite routine includes two different external hard-drives plus Cloud storage. And I always keep the original paper photographs or documents — one more copy is another chance for long-term preservation. I first heard Curt Wichter from the Allen County Public Library mention this great advice:

    LOCKSS — Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe

    If you're looking for solutions and strategies to safeguard your genealogy research--- paper and digital, I hope you'll join me at the Family Tree University live webinar Backup Your Research: Print and Digital. Click HERE to register today.


    Caring for Keepsakes FREE SCGS14 Jamboree Webinar

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    Join The Family Curator tomorrow night to learn the basics of Caring for Keepsakes: The Top Ten Family Treasures at a free webinar Wednesday, 16 April 2014 sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree 2014 Extension Series.

    We'll also be talking about the upcoming Heirloom Roadshow at SCGS Jamboree 2014, and how you can participate. Los Angeles Estate Auctioneer Joseph Baratta will join me at Jamboree to answer your questions about how to safely preserve, care for, and enjoy your family heirlooms.

    Wednesday night's 60-minute live webinar will focus on preservation techniques for ten of the most popular family heirlooms, from photographs to furniture, love letters to lockets, and bayonets to Bibles. The presentation will also feature examples of common home archive hazards such as pests, mold, and acid migration.

    If you inherited family heirlooms, or you're wondering how to safely care for your own treasures to pass them on to the next generation, this online presentation will give you the information you need to get started safely Caring for Keepsakes.

    I will be sharing ideas from my book How to Archive Family Keepsakes and from the archives of The Family Curator website and blog. The audience is also invited to ask questions following the webinar during the Q&A session.

    You must pre-register to attend the live webcast and receive the free handout. The initial live webcast of each SCGS Jamboree Extension Series presentation is offered free of charge to the public; SCGS members receive access to recorded sessions as a benefit of membership. Visit the SCGS Extension webpage for more information about the series. 

    Pre-register for Caring for Keepsakes LIVE Webinar 16 April 2014 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern


    Break Down Brick Walls with Home Sources: Free Genealogy Webinar

    SCGS Jamboree Webinar Series -- Saturday 6 April 2013

    Register now for the next webinar sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree Extension Program, and join me for Break Down Brick Walls with Home Sources on Saturday, 6 April 2013 at 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern.

    Whether you’ve inherited a house full of keepsakes or only wish you had more family treasures, home sources may hold the clues you need to break through brick walls and solve family history problems. And you don’t have to own home sources to use them as research resources. 

    We've all got them -- brick walls, obstacles, road blocks to progress in our genealogical reseach. Home Sources are one of the most underused resources in solving family history puzzles. Photographs, letters, documents and artifacts can provide direct answers to research problems, or clues to new research opportunities. 

    I am honored to be part of the SCGS Jamboree Extension Webinar Series and look forward to sharing a few items from my own family collections that have helped push my research over the wall. From clippings tucked between the pages of books, to cryptic captions on the back of old photos, family keepsakes often hide great stories in plain sight.

    Break Down Brick Walls with Home Sources --

    • Why use home sources?
    • Common and uncommon home sources and where to find them
    • Locating potential sources in public repositories
    • Strategies for working with material family collections
    • What to look for in documents, letters, photos, and artifacts
    • Case study examples

    Register Here prior to Saturday, 6 April to attend the free webinar, Break Down Brick Walls with Home Sources. After the live webinar on April 6, the webinar will be available to SCGS members in the Members Only area of the website.

    View the complete SCGS Jamboree Extension Series schedule for more great educational webinars available in the series..






    Join Me and Learn New Skills at the Family Tree University Fall Virtual Genealogy Conference

    When you can't go to a genealogy conference, let the conference come to you! Family Tree University will present a Virtual Genealogy Conference September 14-16, 2012 with 15 recorded webinars, online chats, discussions, and giveaways.

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    I am one of several genealogy educators who will present sessions for the weekend in three tracks -- Technology, Research Strategies, and Ethnic Research. One of the advantages of a virtual conference is that you don't have to choose between concurrent sessions. Every presentation is pre-recorded and your registration pass gives you full access to view and download sessions throughout the weekend for view whenever you wish.

    I will be presenting two sessions on digitizing with your heirloom documents and photos and your genealogy piles (oops, files). 

    Scanning Secrets

    Do you have photos and documents you want to preserve digitally? In this class, discover tips and tricks for scanning your family ephemera, from choosing the right resolution to cropping and more.

    Paperless Pedigrees: Organizing Your Genealogy Electronically

    There’s a bigger benefit to going green in your genealogy than simply saving the environment: Embracing electronic documentation can preserve and put in order your exhaustive research. Just because the material you work with is old doesn’t mean your organization techniques should be outdated. Check out this class to get your e-files in order.

    You can get a head-start on the conference at FaceBook by attending live 30-minute chats hosted by several conference presenters. Read the full schedule for dates and times of Meet the Presenter on FaceBook.

    Save on Registration

    There's still time to get a discount on Conference registration. Family Tree University is offering a 20% discount to Family Curator readers who enter the special code FRIENDSOFDENISE when registering for the Conference. 

    View the conference program and meet the presenters. Register here with the discount code FRIENDSOFDENISE.


    What I Learned from Preseenting My First Webinar

    If I had know it was this much fun, I would have joined in sooner! Last night I had the opportunity to present my very first webinar, Organize Your Family Archive, for Family Tree University, and I've come away learning a lot from the experience and from the attendees.

    A special feature of the webinar included working with Family Tree Editor Allison Stacy Dolan to take first steps in organizing her own inherited archive. Allison shared a representative box of family memorabilia and we worked through identifying the contents and deciding on a strategy to get her started. I think it would be fun to check back with Allison in a few months and see how she is doing.

    What I Learned

    1. Students have a lot to teach their teachers. The questions following the webinar were very revealing -- attendees tend to feel overwhelmed by their stuff, they want concrete ideas on how to handle the volume, and they are looking for answers.
    2. Stay in contact with your organizer. Kerry Scott, Family Tree Magazine's Online Community Editor, (I knew her first at the Clue Wagon blog) was available for the inevitable last-minute questions and encouragement. Kerry coordinated everything from schedule to technology and managed to stay cool even when I nearly flubbed it all with my attempt at Geek status.
    3. It's best not to try to get too fancy! I tried a few snappy "improvements" to my home computer setup that could have easily created a disaster. I think I will leave things plain and simple for a while.

    One of the things I miss most about teaching high school students is the regular interaction with pupils. I'm sure that's why comments to blog posts are so very precious; it's the closest a blogger gets to someone stopping by after class to make a comment or to ask a question. Presenting a webinar is pretty close to being back in the classroom. The atmosphere is exciting, the students inspiring, and the challenge invigorating. I'm already looking forward to "next semester."

    If you missed the live webinar, you can view it and have access to the notes and links through FamilyTree University's webinar-on-demand. Organize Your Family Archive will be available soon.

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