This is the 3rd edition of our monthly newsletter- The Dispatch! Thank you for all of the positive responses we have received regarding the newsletter! We hope this will continue to be a way to keep you informed about local, national and worldwide genealogical issues and events.
Each month in The Dispatch, our next speaker will be featured, see the details below for the January 13th lecture with our own planning committee member, Sydney Cruice Dixon. 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 Gail Cooper. Visit our website mainlinegenealogy.org and follow us on social media! Links below!
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.
As we hope you have heard, the Planning Committee recently announced that the MLGC will be moving to a new location at the Tredyffrin Public Library in Strafford, Pennsylvania. The MLGC has been outgrowing the meeting room at our current location, and we wanted to make sure we could accommodate everyone that wanted to attend our meetings. The Tredyffrin Public Library has a large meeting room and we are hoping to start hybrid meetings sometime in the new year, (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. Members for whom it is impractical to attend our meetings in person can continue to join us via Zoom. And those members who have missed the comradery of gathering with fellow family researchers can meet at the Tredyffrin Public Library. 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. Both audiences, remote and in person, will be able to ask questions and hear and see their answers. The library also has a computer lab in which to hold future genealogy workshops and the library has committed to growing their genealogy book collection with the help and support of the MLGC. 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, January 13th. Happy New Year, we have a lot to look forward to in 2022, especially the 1950 U.S. Census!
The MLGC Planning Committee
Join us in January for:
Why Should Anyone Believe Your Research – How to provide Genealogical Proof and Write a Genealogy Proof Argument
Whether you are a casual family history hobbyist or on the professional genealogy track, everyone needs to know how to provide solid genealogical proof. How you support your family research findings is the difference between genealogy and mythology. We will demystify the Genealogy Proof Standard and discuss its five components. You will learn how to put together evidence to provide a soundly reasoned, coherently written conclusion. We will explore the different types of written conclusions and how the complexity of the genealogy research dictates which type of written conclusion is necessary for true genealogical proof. Lastly, we will look at several case studies to see how to build genealogy proof statements, proof summaries, and proof arguments. Make sure you know what to do to guarantee your genealogy research findings will be taken seriously for generations to come.
Sydney F. Cruice Dixon is a professional genealogy researcher, writer and national lecturer. She has been a faculty member for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research of the Georgia Genealogical Society and the Researching Family in Pennsylvania Institute of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. In addition, she developed the curriculum and has taught the Foundations of Genealogy courses at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for the past 7 years. She is the current President of the Association of Professional Genealogists for the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter. In October 2018, Sydney’s article, “A Family Secret: Desertion, Scurvy, and President Lincoln”, was featured in NGS Magazine.
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
Jan 13 2022: Sydney Cruice Dixon, Building A Genealogy Proof Argument
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
Did you miss the previous MLGC meetings this season?
The speaker on Dec 9th was Mary Kircher Roddy, CG, ofMKR Genealogy. Her lecture, Family 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 discussedScottish 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.!!!
Extreme Genes is a genealogy show hosted by Scott Fisher. Fisher has 30+ years of radio experience and has had a passion for genealogy since he was a teen. On Extreme Genes, Fisher sets out to educate the audience on resources and techniques for completing any gaps found in your family tree. Each week Fisher interviews national genealogy experts as well as news related to genealogy. Extreme Genes bills itself as the "Most Listened To Family History Radio Show & Podcast in America." It contains Inspiration, Education and Entertainment. Learn how discoveries are made and feel the excitement of others who have made discoveries that have been hidden for years and often generations. "Fisher's Top Tips" are bonus podcasts of only about a minute long available a few times a month. Be sure to visit ExtremeGenes.com for all the latest on the show. Here's a link to the newest episode from December 20, 2021- Episode #404.
The books listed below are available at the Tredyffrin Public Library, our new partner. Call numbers are included so you can quickly locate the volumes. Loan periods are three weeks.
McCullough, Dana. Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org, 2d ed. Cincinnati, OH: Family Tree Books, 2020.
267 pages. Tredyffrin Public Library circulating book: 929.1028 M
The subtitle of this book is: "How to find your family history on the world’s largest free genealogy website.” The site grows constantly as records are added. The takeaway is that it is important to return to FamilySearch.org periodically. McCullough starts with introductions to genealogy research and the FamilySearch tree. She describes the primary categories of records, providing strategies for searching U.S., European, and other global collections. She covers Family History Centers and Affiliate Libraries and provides appendices on the FamilySearch Wiki, indexing projects, and sample research worksheets. Beginners and experienced researchers can benefit from this overview and updated edition.
Smith, Drew. Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher. Cincinnati, OH: Family Tree Books, 2016. 238 pages. Tredyffrin Public Library circulating book: 929.1 S
January is the perfect time to get better organized! Smith takes a comprehensive approach to guide the process of organizing space, goals, notes, files, research, travel, and even learning. He provides case studies, checklists, illustrations, comparisons, methods, and recommendations. This book is loaded with helpful ideas!
Are you an avid user of Facebook? Can't get enough of Twitter, are you constantly scrolling Instagram or even TikTok? Maybe you are like me, I love connecting with other genealogists but what personal info I post stays private between myself, my family and friends.
I follow libraries, historical societies, and genealogy societies, in PA and in the areas my ancestors lived. I have been able to connect with genealogists of all levels, and learn so much from others around the world. The different social media platforms all have their advantages, find the ones that suit you best.
If you are on Facebook use Facebook Groups!!! There are groups for many specific genealogy areas. Use the search bar in the groups tab, and request membership into the group. Use the MLGC Facebook group to share a success story, a funny family tree cartoon or ask for help with a genealogy related problem.
Other FB groups I use often are: Philadelphia PA Genealogy Genealogy Just Ask Genealogical Translations
If you are just never going to be a Social Media user, be sure to find your favorite genies on their websites, YouTube Channels or Podcasts (see Paul's Picks above)!