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Monthly Dispatch December 2021
Dear Fellow Genealogists,

This is the 2nd 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 December 9th lecture with Mary Kircher Roddy. 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 Laverna Saunders, Sydney Cruice Dixon, Paul Campbell-Trimbur and Gail Cooper. Visit our website 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, December 9th.
The MLGC Planning Committee
Join us in December for:
Family Browse is Mary Kircher Roddy's lecture this month. has millions of images on its website, many of which are unindexed and not searchable. But if you know how to get into the catalog and browse around, you can find images of birth and death certificates, naturalization papers, deeds, wills, estate inventories and more. Family Search is adding more and more such images every month. To take advantage of this ever-increasing bounty, it’s important to know how to find these types of records.

Mary Kircher Roddy, Certified Genealogist, is also a Certified Public Accountant. She lectures in Washington State and across the U.S., and is a regular presenter for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.  She has written for Internet Genealogy, NGS Magazine, FGS Forum, Family Chronicle  and The National Genealogical Society Quarterly and numerous society publications.  Mary currently serves as treasurer for the Association of Professional Genealogists.  She is also a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.  You can read more about her at MKR Genealogy

This is a Zoom Meeting. $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
  • Dec 9 2021: Mary Kircher Roddy, CG, Family Browse- A Different Way to Look at Family Search MKR Genealogy 
  • 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
  • Jun 9 2022: Kate Townsend, England and Wales Vital Records Research 101 Family History Investigations
Did you miss the previous MLGC meetings this season?

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 was a lecture 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.
Be sure to check the 
2021 Comprehensive Calendar of Genealogical Events 
complied by the
Bucks County Genealogical Society for more events and lectures!
Classes and Conferences
Here are the Planning Committee's
"Things You Need to Know" for December!
Greenwood, Val D. 
The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy4th ed. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2017. 778 pages.
Both beginners and experienced genealogists can benefit from seeing “the big picture.”  Greenwood’s guide serves as an introductory textbook and as a reference book for new and updated sources. The first part covers the background to research, including planning and organizing to investigate a broad range of resources. The second part addresses 28 specific types of records and their use. This guide is value-priced and could become an essential volume on your home bookshelf.
Paton, Chris. Tracing Your Scottish History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. 
South Yorkshire, England: Pen & Sword Ltd., 2020. 176 pages.
Our November speaker, Chris Paton, included this title on his handout. If he inspired you to start your research, you will find this text helpful. Much of his presentation will resonate as you read! He provides research guidance and lists national archives and resources. Five chapters cover the “ScotlandsPeople,” sources for names, evidence in records, occupations, counties, and the diaspora. He includes a bibliography for further reading and an index.
This month's Top Tip is:
You Can Create a Happier Family by Sharing Family Stories and History During the Holidays 

“Researchers have found that knowing more about family history is the single biggest predictor of a child's emotional well-being.” Feiler, Bruce, The Secrets of Happy Families. New York, New York: William Morrow, 2013. 

A study was conducted by Dr. Marshall Duke and Dr. Robyn Fivush from Emory University in 2001. It is from the results of this study that Bruce Feiler made the statement listed above. It is believed that children who know more about their family's history have heard both the family success stories and the family failures. They have heard about the struggles that their family members have endured and even mistakes that past family members have made. This enables the child to accept that failures and mistakes are just part of life. Also, the child gains the confidence that if their past family member had the grit to survive through difficult times or failure then so can they.

“The bottom line: if you want a happier family create, refine and retell the story of your family’s positive moments and your ability to bounce back from the difficult ones. That act alone may increase the odds that your family will thrive for many generations to come.”  -Bruce Feiler

This Holiday season share the gift of family stories and history with other family members. Even if your children are fully grown.
George G. Morgan and Drew Smith have been podcasting about genealogy since September 2005, when they launched The Genealogy Guys Podcast.  Each episode includes the latest news from genealogical companies and organizations, listener email, and other content, such as book reviews and brief interviews. George and Drew delve into all kinds of topics that would interest every genealogist, from the beginner to the expert. They average two episodes a month. George and/or Drew have interviewed several of our past presenters like Judy Russell and Cyndi Ingle from "Cyndi's List"; and our upcoming presenter Diahan Southard gives DNA tips and suggests most episodes. You can listen to their podcasts on their website: GenealogyGuys or any podcast platform. Sign up for emails to their blogs or follow them on Facebook to get more information on them.
Mobile Apps & Widgets
Are you using genealogy related apps on your iPhone or Android?
Some of my favorite features are:
  • Adding a photo to my Ancestry Tree with the Ancestry App. Select a photo from your phone's photo app, tap the action button (a square with an up arrow) and add it directly to a person's gallery by tapping the Ancestry App icon. 
  • With the FindAGrave App I can add GPS coordinates to memorials in my Virtual Cemeteries. 
  • The Ancestry widgets are the best new additions to my phone's home screen! When in "Edit Home Screen" mode tap the + in the top right corner of your screen, type Ancestry into the search bar or scroll down and tap Ancestry. Choose between Events and Discover widgets. You will get birthdays, anniversaries and hints everyday on your home screen!
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