This is the 7th edition of our monthly newsletter- The Dispatch! Thank you for all of your positive responses! Keep them coming, we love hearing from you.
As you know the club meets the 2nd Thursday of the month, September through June, so there are 2 more lectures in this season. We will take the summer off to prepare a new lineup of informative and engaging speakers for you.
DO NOT MISS our May meeting with Amy Johnson Crow, she is smart and delightful, you will enjoy her presentation, "Written in Stone".
See the planning committee's tip below including Paul'sPodcast Picks highlighting Amy's podcast, Laverna's The Genealogist's Bookshelf and Joe'sGenealogy Thought for the Day.
Check out our remaining lectures this season and the BCGS calendar for the many genealogy events in our area. 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 soon, (but for now meetings are still completely virtual). 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, May 12th. The MLGC Planning Committee
Next up in May:
Cemeteries can be peaceful places and a treasure trove of genealogical information. Learn how to evaluate tombstones and explore for other types of cemetery records.
Amy Johnson Crow is the founder and lead educator at Generations Connection and is the host of the popular Generations Café podcast. She is the author of 31 Days to Better Genealogy, a resource guide filled with practical tips you can put into practice right away, as well as more than 40 articles in various genealogical publications. Amy has presented at genealogy’s top events. Amy also created the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge. Amy has never turned down an offer to go visit a cemetery. You can find more genealogy tips on her website AmyJohnsonCrow.com.
This is a Zoom Meeting. Watch for meeting login details to arrive in your inbox soon. To be added to the list, please provide your name and email address using the Contact Us link on our website: www.mainlinegenealogy.org/contact-us.
$5. contribution suggested
Help Desk opens at 12:30! Bring your questions for the pros!
Did you miss the previous MLGC meetings this season?
The April meeting featured Mary Crauderueff's presentation, Researching Quaker Records: Uncovering your Roots in the Religious Society of Friends. See Mary's page on the Haverford College website for more information.
On March 10th we welcomed Diahan Southard,Your DNA Guide. Diahan gave her presentation, "Connecting Your DNA Matches".
We celebrated Black History Month with a presentation by Dean Henry on Feb 10th. Dean's lecture was titled, African American Genealogy Basics Illustrated. Get in touch through his website Family Pearl if you need help with your African American research!
Our very own planning committee member, Sydney Cruice presented Why Should Anyone Believe Your Research – How to provide Genealogical Proof and Write a Genealogy Proof Argument on January 13th. Get in touch withSydney and see her list of upcoming lectures through her website- Sydney Cruice Genealogy.
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.!!!
2022 Classes and Conferences
Registration is open for seats at the very popular virtual Gen-Fed 2022, August 8-13. See details here: Gen Fed News
Generations Cafe podcast by Amy Johnson Crow, our May speaker, is produced monthly and is usually less than 10 minutes long. Amy covers many topics we are familiar with such as Finding our Female Ancestors, The 1950 Census, and Civil War Records to name a few. However she has also covered Yearbooks, Researching Ancestors in Asylums, and Military Cemeteries. She has a great website that is very easy to navigate https://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/You can listen to her podcasts right from her website, she provides show notes and documents described in her podcasts. Amy sometimes has a video of the podcast there for you to watch. One thing I really like about Amy's website is that you can sort the podcasts by categories (on the right side of her website).
A bit more about Amy Johnson Crow - Amy holds a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University. She has held a Certified Genealogist® credential since 1995. Amy has worked at Ancestry.com, served as the series editor for the National Genealogical Society Guides, published by Rutledge Hill Press, and was the co-author of Online Roots in that series.
If you know you have Quaker ancestors, Lisa Parry Arnold’s book is a great starting point and very affordable. Also consider public library resources such as the dictionary listed here. We are fortunate to have the major Quaker archives of Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges and the TriCo Digital Collections available in our area.
Arnold, Lisa Parry. Thee & Me: A Beginner’s Guide to Early Quaker Records. [s.l.: s.n.], 2014. 196 pages. Tredyffrin: in processing
Arnold, a Quaker genealogist with ties to New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, provides authoritative information on Quaker leaders and history, meeting organization, terms and concepts, Quaker practices, and major record types. She includes resources for research and a case study specifically on using Quaker collections in Ancestry.com. This guide is very readable and well-illustrated.
Abbott, Margery Post, et al. Historical Dictionary of the Friends (Quakers), 2nd ed. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, 2012. 574 pages. Tredyffrin: 289.603 H
As stated in the preface, “this volume attempts to describe the scope and history of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) worldwide.” The core of the text is a dictionary of terms, including names of people, organizations, historical events, etc. that are relevant to the beliefs and global development of the Society of Friends. Other sections include a chronology, introduction, appendices of yearly meetings, and an extensive bibliography. While not a genealogy guide, this dictionary could be useful in understanding the practices and beliefs of Quaker ancestors.
The May meeting presentation, Written in Stone: Tombstones and Other Cemetery Records by Amy Johnson Crowe, touches on one of the most important resources in Genealogy. Amy’s lecture describes cemeteries as peaceful places with a treasure trove of genealogical information. She will demonstrate how to evaluate tombstones and explore other types of cemetery records.
Genealogists and family historians understand the importance of these sacred places, and the gift of existence bestowed upon us by each and every one of our ancestors.
As a prelude to Amy’s presentation, I suggest you enjoy the free YouTube video: With Respect: Preserving Historic Cemeteries, which is a short video by Houston Arts and Media, in conjunction with the Texas Historical Commission and the Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The video was designed to increase volunteerism across Texas in hopes of preserving and documenting these sacred and historic places, and is applicable to every cemetery, nationwide. You can enjoy the video at this link: https://youtu.be/Oc5XydH26nk
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