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Monthly Dispatch February 2022
Dear Fellow Genealogists,

This is the 4th edition of our monthly newsletter- The Dispatch! We are thrilled with the response to our newsletter. It has been a great way to keep our members up to date on what we are doing at MLGC but also genealogical events locally, nationally and even worldwide!

The Club meets the 2nd Thursday of the month, September through June, from 1 to 3 pm and welcomes all who are interested in learning more about their ancestors, both newcomers and those who are more experienced. Our purpose is to present programs that will help both new and experienced students to research their own family genealogies and to learn new techniques for improving their knowledge of their ancestors and their family histories.

In celebration of Black History Month our next speaker will be Dean Henry from Family Pearl Consulting, see the details below. If you have stories about your African American ancestors or research, please share with us on Facebook or tag us on Twitter or Instagram, all links below.

Check out the list of our upcoming lectures and the BCGS calendar for the many genealogy events in our area. You'll also see members of the planning committee providing a tip or highlighting a genealogical resource in their area of expertise. This month you will find suggestions by Paul Campbell-Trimbur, Laverna Saunders, and Joe Hunter. Visit our website 
mainlinegenealogy.org for a wealth of information and follow us on social media! Links below! 

The Planning Committee recently announced that the MLGC will be moving to a new location at the Tredyffrin Public Library in Strafford, Pennsylvania. The Tredyffrin Public Library has a large meeting room and we are hoping to start hybrid meetings sometime in the spring, (but for now meetings are still completely virtual). A hybrid meeting will allow some members to meet in person and some to meet virtually all at the same meeting.  Whether the speaker is in person at the library or presenting via Zoom all members will be able to watch the presentation in real time. The Planning Committee is looking forward to finding more ways to benefit our membership and the greater genealogy community.

We ask you to make a $5.00 contribution at each meeting to help defray our expenses. Use the link to "Cheddar Up" in the meeting details to donate. Zoom link information for each meeting is sent to all those on our email list. See Zoom instructions here

The Virtual Help Desk is open before each meeting! If you have a genealogy question or issue, please come prepared with the type of information, or document you are seeking, the approximate geographic location, and the approximate time period. Then connect to our Zoom meeting at 12:30 pm. There you will be moved to a separate Zoom meeting room where one or two of our planning committee members will attempt to provide you with guidance before the meeting begins at 1:00 pm EST.

We hope to see you at our next meeting on Thursday, February 10th.  
The MLGC Planning Committee
Next up in February:
African American Genealogy Basics Illustrated 
Alex Haley’s (alexhaley.com) Roots book and TV miniseries in 1976/1977 ushered in an era of family history research that illustrated that it was possible for African Americans to trace their heritage back prior to 1870. During this year’s Black History Month, Dean Henry will recap not only the “typical” African American genealogy research process using examples / illustrations , including some from his own family research, but will also dispel some myths about this research specialty. Some relevant newer developments in online websites and consumer genetic testing are also highlighted.

Dean Henry began focusing on his family’s genealogy in the late 1980’s. Since retiring from a career in Information Technology in 2013, he has consulted as a professional genealogist and cybersecurity leader. He established Family Pearl LLC (familypearl.com) with specialities focusing African American Genealogy, and Genealogy Technology. 
Dean’s current volunteer activities include Executive Board member for the African American Genealogy Group (aagg.org); Board of Management member for the Philadelphia Continental Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (pccsar.org); and Auditor General for the recently formed Society of First African Families of English America (sofafea.org). He is also a member and past Treasurer for Greater Philadelpha Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (gpa-apg.weebly.com), and is a member of the Sons and Daughters of the US Middle Passage (sdusmp.org). 
Dean received a Bachelors degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters degree from La Salle University. He a graduate chapter member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity incorporated (apa1906.net), which he joined as an undergraduate in 1972.

Follow Family Pearl on Facebook @FamilyPearl and Twitter @Family_Pearl.

This is a Zoom Meeting. Watch for meeting login details to arrive in your inbox soon. $5. contribution suggested. Please use this link to donate through Cheddar Up.
Upcoming MLGC Meetings
All meetings are on the 2nd Thursday of the month
September through June, 1:00-3:00
Help Desk open 12:30- 12:55
  • Feb 10 2022: Dean Henry, African American Genealogy Basics Illustrated Family Pearl
  • Mar 10 2022: Diahan Southard, Connecting Your DNA Matches Your DNA Guide
  • Apr 14 2022: Mary Craudereuff, Researching Quaker Records: Uncovering Your Roots in the Religious Society of Friends Mary Craudereuff
  • May 12 2022: Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, Our National Treasure: The Library of Congress Sayre & Sayre
  • Jun 9 2022: Kate Townsend, England and Wales Vital Records Research 101 Family History Investigations
Did you miss the previous MLGC meetings this season?

Our very own planning committee member, Sydney Cruice Dixon presented Why Should Anyone Believe Your Research – How to provide Genealogical Proof and Write a Genealogy Proof Argument on January 13th. Get in touch with Sydney and see her list of upcoming lectures through her website- Sydney F. Cruice Genealogy.

The speaker on Dec 9th was Mary Kircher Roddy, CG, of MKR Genealogy.  Her lectureFamily Browse- A Different Way to Look at Family Search, gave us detailed explanations on how to search the millions of unindexed images on Family Search.

We had Chris Paton in November, who discussed Scottish Research Resources before 1800. See his website for more info- Scotland's Greatest Story, and look for his many books!! 

October's meeting topic was, Discovering Your Immigrant’s Origins: Exhausting Every Resource by Rich Venezia of
Rich Roots Genealogy. Rich discussed ways to pin down your elusive immigrant ancestor’s place of origin using some well known and lesser known record sets, ideas, and techniques. 

In September, Steve Morse gave us a tour of his website
One-Step Webpages, which provides tools for finding immigration records, census records, vital records and much more. Click on "About this website and how to use it", for an overview and start searching more effectively. Get familiar with Steve's website if you are excited about the 1950 U.S. Census being released on April 1st.!!!
2022 Classes and Conferences
Be sure to check the 
2022 Comprehensive Calendar of Genealogical Events 
complied by the
Bucks County Genealogical Society for more events and lectures!
Here are the Planning Committee's
"Things You Need to Know" for February!

Research Like a Pro podcast is hosted by a mother and daughter team of professional genealogists, Diana Elder and Nicole Dyer. They like sharing ideas for finding ancestors and keeping the ancestors close to the heart. Many of their podcasts deal with DNA, including multi-episodes of what they learned from the courses they recently attended and how you can use those same techniques for your own DNA analysis and genetic research. They post "how to" articles on their blog, Family Locket, they offer services and training, and are the co-authors of the bestselling book, Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide to help genealogists of all experience. Knowing that we learn best by doing, Diana created the “Research Like a Pro” study group and e-Course to help researchers put the RLP process into practice. She writes regular research tips for FamilyLocket and hosts the Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast with Nicole.

A recent addition to this mother and daughter team is Robin Wirthlin, the genetic genealogist at Family Locket and is sometimes featured on their podcast. Robin blogs about streamlined ways of using DNA in family history research and helped develop the Research Like a Pro with DNA method. See more of the impressive bios on these 3 genealogists here on the blog- About Us-Family Locket.

This podcast offers many tips and it is recommended to check out their blog and other products/services. I do listen to their podcast and read their blogs, but have not used their services or classes. 

Here's a great episode, RLP 165 titled: Becoming a Professional and ProGen Study Groups

Buy or borrow?
The decision depends on many variables
(need, budget, shelf space, local availability, etc.).  
Rose, Christine
Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case. 4th edition revised.
San Jose, CA: CR Publications, 2014. 58 pages.  
Tredyffrin Public Library: on order.
This title, one on Sydney Cruice’s handout for our January program is a definite choice for purchase. Compact, concise, and inexpensive, it is a guide that you will use often in writing proof statements.
Mills, Elizabeth Shown. 
Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards.
Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2018. 678 pages. Tredfyffrin Public Library circulating book: 929.1 P
Edited by Mills, this book is a compendium written by professional genealogists who are noted experts on particular aspects of genealogy. For example, it includes one chapter (25 pages) on “Proof Arguments & Case Studies” by Thomas W. Jones. Intended as a textbook/handbook for prospective professional genealogists, it gives an overview of the field.  Due to size and length , it is higher priced and occupies much more space than the Rose volume. It is available at our partner library, and a 3-week loan will help you decide on making the investment to purchase or just borrowing at point of need.
Are you using Facebook to assist in your genealogical research? Why not? Did you realize there are over 16,000 Facebook groups for genealogy? Katherine R. Willson has a downloadable pdf listing of these pages on her website: Social Media Genealogy, last updated in January 2021. Katherine has now turned the maintenance of the list over to Cindi’s List: Facebook on Cindi's List, where the next revision is under construction. 
 
Personally, I do quite a bit of Irish ancestral research, and post on several of those pages on a regular basis. I find it easy to connect with distant cousins doing surname research in specific counties and townlands in Ireland.  In fact, some of the same people who don’t have time to respond to emails and messages sent through the large genealogy sites, respond almost immediately to specific surname inquiries on Facebook. Once you connect with one distant cousin, you will connect with their family, too. Give it a try! Some of the pages will ask you to “join the group”, while others can simply be “followed”. Don’t forget, you can create your own page, too. There are at least (298) Facebook pages just focused on Ireland. That should keep me busy for quite some time!

Keep on searching!
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