Sunday, August 31, 2014

#NFHM2014 - Party time at your house today

It's party time at your house at 5:00pm this afternoon (Sydney time). Yes, if you care to join in, you can celebrate what has been a fantastic National Family History Month.

I'm hoping for a full panel in the GeniAus Hangout on Air this afternoon. If you can tell us about a #NFHM2014 event you've attended, hosted or presented, your success with Shauna's 31 activities for researchers or societies, blog posts you may have written or new blogs you have started or brickwalls that have come tumbling down please join the live panel and share your stories.

Around 4:45pm I will send out links to join the panel to those who have responded "Yes" to my prior invitation to the Hangout. Those people who have messaged me and indicated they will be on the panel will get an even earlier link sent to them from 4:30pm. Watch the notifications bell in the top right hand corner of your Chrome browser or your email for these. We need to check your settings, video and sound before we go live.

If want to watch and comment on the dicussion you will need to be a member of the GeniAus Community on Google+, I will be around to approve more memberships between now and Hangout time.  I will be turning comments off on Youtube (if I cn work out how) so that we keep the conversation all in the one place within our community.

If you prefer to watch quietly from the sidelines you can watch the video on Youtube here:

Questions??? I'll be back online after I have a spot of lunch.

See you at the party, please feel free to dress for the occasion and have your favourite refreshment handy.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

I'm a comin'

Join us at RootsTech!
RootsTech registration is now open!
RootsTech registration is now open!
Whether you’ve attended in the past or you’re thinking of coming for the first time, this fifth annual family history conference will be an experience not to be missed!
RootsTech is a global conference that celebrates families across generations where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. Whether you’re an avid genealogist or you are just getting started, RootsTech has something for everyone.
This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants globally. RootsTech 2015, hosted by FamilySearch, will draw more than 15,000 attendees to Salt Lake City during the four-day event to hear inspiring messages from keynote speakers and world-class presenters. Tens of thousands also tune in remotely from all over the world.

Get a RootsTech Three-Day Pass for a limited time discount!
When you register today or any day before September 12, get $20 off Early Bird Pricing. That’s a $239 value for only $139! Don't wait. Register now for your full RootsTech 3-day pass today and save.
See the RootsTech Schedule

Check out the RootsTech Expo Hall

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Your three-day RootsTech pass includes the following:

Over 200 classes for all experience levels with topics ranging from the latest in DNA research to learning storytelling techniques. Click here to view the RootsTech 2015 schedule.

Access to the huge expo hall with hundreds of family history and technology exhibitors available to help you with such things as scanning photos, recording stories, building a family tree, and more.

General sessions with inspirational and nationally recognized keynote speakers and evening events, including the RootsTech closing social with the cast of Studio C from BYUtv and other popular entertainers to be announced.

RootsTech offers classes just for beginners!
Just starting your family tree? At RootsTech, the Getting Started pass offers 30+ classes to help beginners discover different ways of using everyday tools to connect families across generations.
Beginner Classes at RootsTech
Classes topics include using social media as a family history resource, developing storytelling techniques for personal and family stories, and discovering who you are and where you’re from through DNA.

Click here to see the Getting Started class schedule.

Add more to your RootsTech experience!
Use the RootsTech Agenda
Reserve your seat!
Enhance your RootsTech experience by purchasing a reserved seat for activities, such as sponsored lunches orhands-on computer labs. These add-on activities are immensely popular with attendees and tend to fill up prior to the event. Don’t miss out! Select these items during theregistration process.
Two great conferences, one venue.
This year, RootsTech is teaming up with the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) to offer two great conferences in one venue. The two conferences will have combined on-site experiences, keynotes, activities, and the expo hall. Classes will be separate for each conference. If you purchase a RootsTech Three-Day Pass, you can add access to FGS classes for just $39.


There was a nice message from the US waiting for me when I woke up this morning. It was a message from blogger Jana Last telling me that a post of mine had been included in her

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for August 29, 2014.

What was especially gratifying was that the post she nominated was one where I strayed from my normal path and wrote about a relative who is very much alive. I can understand why this post would have appealed to Jana as she is also a very proud mother of a beautiful brood of five fine young adults.

In case you missed it here is the post Jana selected: Do as I say not Do as I do... 

Thank you Jana for scouring the internet each week and nominating such a range of interesting posts. I am honoured to be included.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Ancestry Antics

Since I bloggred on Wednesday about decrapifying the hints on my Ancestry Private tree I have managaed to  prune down 45 pages of hints to just two.

In a reply to a comment on a post somewhere I said that I only had a pruned down tree on Ancestry and that was enough for me but a girl can change her mind - can't she? Having checked out those (mostly irrelevant) hints I took the easy way out, deleted my tree and replaced it with a newer bigger model. It took less than 3 minutes to accomplish this.

I guess Ancestry will serve out all those bad hints again but there will be some gems amongst the dross and I have a whole lot more "Cousin Bait" out there.

OMG - the new tree has only been uploaded for about ten minutes and there are 112 hints (different from the old ones). Here we go again!!

112 new hints


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