Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Missouri State Genealogical Association 2014 Conference


August in Columbia Missouri may hold an added appeal to many genealogists. MoSGA is hosting their Annual Conference once again at Stoney Creek.

First and foremost, let me mention the 2014 Keynote Speaker is D. Joshua Taylor. Josh will give three informative and engaging presentations over the course of the two day conference.

MoSGA's conference committee has lined up an impressive supporting speaker line up and I am especially excited about the pre-conference workshops. The only problem is deciding which workshop to attend.

The very dynamic Beth Foulk will lead a workshop Friday morning on Problem Solving Using Timelines and FANS and Sharlene Miller's workshop will focus on the Missouri First Families program.

If you are looking for more reasons to attend, check back, I may have some area interests to talk about soon.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Podcasts To Expand Your Genealogy World

I've expressed my enjoyment of podcasts many times. Podcasts are so mobile that I'm not tied to a device or operating system. You can listen via a PC, a tablet and your phone. Anywhere you have WiFi (unless you download episodes then you don't even need WiFi) you can listen.

There are more podcast options out there than ever before. If you haven't taken a listen lately, you may want to give one of these a try.

  • The Genealogy Professional Podcast - Hosted by Marian Pierre-Louis
    • This is a topic specific podcast featuring interviews with professional genealogists. 
  • Geneatopia - Hosted by Patty Roy
    • Geneatopia is a genealogy news podcast. Patty keeps listeners up-to-date with the latest news in the genealogy world.
  • Research At The National Archives and Beyond - Hosted by Bernice Bennett
    • This podcast has in-depth episodes with guests that are knowledgeable in various topics. The episodes are a great way to expand your research horizons.
  • Genealogy Gems - Hosted by Lisa Louise Cooke
    • Lisa has free and premium podcasts versions with topics that range from tech tips, to interviews to great stories told through listener submitted emails. 
If you want to take a quick listen, here are a couple recommendations of exceptionally good episodes from various podcasts in my feed. Enjoy!



Monday, March 31, 2014

It's Time For A New Couch

When I chose this couch I really loved it. It was comfortable, I liked it's lines, it fit well with the rest of the furnishings. Now I'm a little less in love with the couch and the other furnishings have slowly been changing around it and things look a bit messy. My tastes have changed and times have changed. I've given this couch a good home, it's now ready to be retired.

Along with replacing the couch I have also made a down payment on my own house. While .blogspot.com has served me well, I'm ready to stake my own claim with desperatelyseekingsurnames.com. Being the loyal person that I am, Blogger will remain my official host but I will take over some of the responsibilities for making sure the house is in good shape.

A consequence of replacing the couch and moving to a new house may be a few scratches or missing pieces but nothing that's earth shattering. I allowed G+ comments in my house, which I love. This means that if a person left me a calling card on G+, the calling card made it's way here. Once I move, those previous calling cards will be lost. I'm sad about losing those cards (I appreciate every one of them), but when I weigh the opportunity cost for keeping them I know they have to go.

I am very excited about the new couches I'm looking at. I have always had an image in my mind of what Desperately Seeking Surnames looks like and I'm finally going to get that. You are all invited to the unveiling, see you there soon!

P.S. To put the potential unveiling date into perspective...it took me 6 months to select a logo and a designer for The Genealogists Marketing Sourcebook, so the unveiling may take a while. :) 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

This #Genchat Challenge Is About Maps


I've accepted the challenge!