Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday Genealogy Fun

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

Okay Saturday night was football for me, so this is Sunday genealogy fun.

This week Randy Seaver of GeneaMusings has offered up a genetic genealogy game for us to play! Here is the mission:
1.                 List your matrilineal line - your mother, her mother, etc. back to the first identifiable mother. Note: this line is how your mitochondrial DNA was passed to you!
2.                 Tell us if you have had your mitochondrial DNA tested, and if so, which Haplogroup you are in.
3.                 Post your responses on your own blog post, in Comments to this blog post, or in a Status line on Facebook or in your Stream at Google Plus.
4.                 If you have done this before, please do your father's matrilineal line, or your grandfather's matrilineal line, or your spouse's matrilineal line.
5.                 Does this list spur you to find distant cousins that might share one of your matrilineal lines?

My matrilineal line looks something like this:
1. Me, and then my mother (we're both still alive and mom doesn't like too much of her info online)
2. Mom's mom, my grandma Pamelia (Regnier) Seggerman
3. Her mom, Katherine "Katie" (Dacy) Regnier
4. Her mom, Lucy Bridget (Crahan) Dacy
And that's as far as I go because Lucy Bridget (Crahan) Dacy is Irish, immigrated from Ireland, and my Irish are my brick wall ancestors.
2. I have had my DNA tested but it was through so I did not have my mitochondrial DNA tested. I don't know which my Haplogroup is.
5. I have found some cousins who share Lucy Bridget (Crahan) Dacy as an ancestor and they don't know much more than I do. Would love to find cousins with an interest in researching any common lines. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Review of Midwest Family History Expos 2012

I attended the Midwest Family History Expos last weekend in Kearney, Nebraska. For those of you in Ohio who think you are in the Midwest, I would have a different opinion. Thankfully those people in Salt Lake City, Utah from agree with me. Kearney, Nebraska is 1733 miles from Boston and 1733 miles from San Francisco. THAT is indeed middle of America. Now maybe Ohio was put in the "Midwest" before America had 50 states, like when it only had 25 or something. Anyway, I digress.

The Family History Expos are largely sponsored by which is probably both a good and bad thing. It started Friday afternoon at 2 pm with an opening speech by Ruby Coleman from North Platte, Nebraska. This keynote was interesting but not very informative, as in I didn't learn anything to help me in my research but it was interesting to hear about hers. We were informed unfortuately that Tom Underhill was unable to attend, and we should cross out his presentations.

We then had a half hour break before going to our first presentation. With Family History Expos, you get to choose what presentation you want to attend. Each session had 5 or 6 choices, and a few presentations were repeated. Also a few presentations kind of followed one before, so it probably helped to go to both.
These are the sessions I chose to attend:
1. Finding Irish Ancestors with Kathy Warburton
2. What's New with FamilySearch in 2012 with Gregg Richardson (although it was supposed to be Ryan Koelliker but I guess he couldn't come)
3. A Review of Major Genealogical Libraries & Repositories by James Tanner
4. Presentation is Everything by Philipp M. Mayer

That was Friday. It finally ended at 8:40 and then you could browse more til 9 pm. Now I am one of the "younger" genealogists and I think ending at 8:40 pm is late. Mainly because I have kids, and I try to get them in bed by 9 or 9:30 pm. My opinion is maybe they could move a couple presentations to Friday morning, and then get Friday done by 6 pm (supper time).

Saturday I chose to do the following sessions:
1. Using Evernote for Genealogy with Anna Hopkins-Arnold
2. for Experienced Users with Anna Hopkins-Arnold
3. My Ancestors were from Germany and I Don't Speak German with Tamra Stansfield
4. German Research: Records other than Vital with Tamra Stansfield (I think she actually had a different title for this one)

First of all, they announced they will have Family History Expos next year September 2013 in Kearney, Nebraska! Yay! It will be the weekend after Labor day again. So mark your calendar now!

Attendees could order the syllabus printed in a spiral book; however the syllabus for every course was included for every attendee on a CD included in our packets. Very nice!

Probably don't have time to go over every presentation in this blog post, so I'll sum them up.
Generally I really liked the presenters from FamilySearch (Kathy Warburton and Tamra Stansfield); they knew their stuff and had good advice and good presentations. Gregg Richardson was also from FamilySearch but I don't think he knew his material well and often did not know answers to questions. This might not be his fault, as he might've been a last minute substitution. Also I think he does some sort of development for FamilySearch.
James Tanner did well with the major libraries. I learned about several there that have online catalogs. It was fun and informative. Would've liked to go to more of his presentations.
I enjoyed Anna Hopkins-Arnold's Evernote presentation and learned a lot because I've just downloaded Evernote and haven't done a single thing with it. Therefore I decided to go to her next presentation on That presentation was VERY full and I didn't think it went well. People kept interrupting her with questions, the presentation ran late, and I didn't think I learned much. Part of this was due to her having to switch rooms in between presentations so she had to set up her computer and projector again (a pain).

That's a brief take. I enjoyed going and learned a lot. It was very well worth it, especially since I did the early bird registration. I recommend going to a Family History Expo if there is one in your area. I hope to attend next year, if it fits in my schedule.