In which we discuss Reclaim the Records, rootsfinder, 1939 register, virtual speaker contracts, New York research, and NERGC’s 2019 featured speakers.


00:18:50 Bill West: Goood afternoon from balmy Massachusetts!
00:19:36 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Good Morning from snowy California Sierra’s.
00:20:35 Melissa Barker: Hello Dustin! My Federal Holiday Buddy! LOL!
00:21:23 Jacqueline Wilson: Hello from a warm & rainy Chicago!

00:21:37 Cousin Russ: DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ recognize the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024. We reach out to all regardless of race, color, creed, sexual orientation or national origin with support for researching family and documenting cultural inheritance.

00:22:38 Cousin Russ: AmericaGen STUDY GROUP – Chapter 2 – 21 Feb 2018, Researchers Guide to American Genealogy 4th Edition by Val D. Greenwood, 2017 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.) Available in paperback Noon Eastern US (New York), 11am Central (Chicago), 10 am Mountain (Salt Lake City and Denver), 9am Pacific (Los Angeles). REGISTRATION PAGE
00:22:42 Valerie Eichler Lair: Sorry I couldn’t join the panel today. To-do list is a 100 miles long of things to get done before Wednesday morning. I’m looking forward to the end of this week when ALL is done. 🙂

00:22:49 Cousin Russ: ALBION’S SEED STUDY GROUP Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer s, 1989 (New York: Oxford University Press).7 Mar 2018 Borderlands to the Back Country: The Flight from North Britain 1717-1775 REGISTRATION PAGE:

00:24:36 Hilary Gadsby: Good day everyone. I will miss the first webinar in March as I will be on my way back from RootsTech I may watch some of it as flight doesn’t ;eave until 10:30 from SLC.
00:24:37 Cousin Russ: THE ARCHIVE LADY – 21 Feb 2018 – We are delighted to feature our resident archivist Melissa Barker, who serves as the Certified Archives Manager at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. A popular genealogical speaker, author and blogger, Melissa is also the FGS Forum Reviews Editor. REGISTRATION URL
00:24:40 Dustin: Go Melissa! Go Archives!
00:25:05 Larry Naukam: Indeed! Go Archives!
00:29:41 Dave Robison: Timeline of Massachusetts history contains this entry: 1786: The Ohio Land Company was formed, resulting in the emigration of many Massachusetts residents to Ohio.
00:29:49 Dave Robison:
00:30:20 Bill West: Lol, Randy, we’ll be having a heat wave here tomorrow with temps in the 50’s.
00:30:27 Dustin: Several families in the nerihboring county were from Massachusetts
00:30:45 Melissa Barker: Randy, it’s suppose to be in the 70’s today here in Tennessee! LOL!

Special Guest Larry Naukam

The In-Depth Genealogist (IDG) is pleased to present their newest in-brief research guide in the research series by writer, Larry Naukam, entitled “An In-Brief Guide to New York Genealogy”. Larry writes the column “Doing it Ourselves” for The In-Depth Genealogist’s digital magazine, Going In-Depth. Larry holds degrees in Geography, Library Science, and Divinity. For more than 30 years he has worked in libraries and information centers, using various techniques and technologies to enhance access to historical materials. As technologies have developed he has used them to make collections more accessible for students and researchers.

00:30:52 Cousin Russ: An In-Brief Guide to New York Genealogy by Larry Naukam
00:34:43 Melissa Barker: Tennessee requires that each county have a county historian.
00:36:03 Jacqueline Wilson: Randy: Chicago is the same temp today & tomorrow. Now 58 instead of 22!

Rochester Genealogical Society

Breaking News The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) awarded the Rochester Genealogical Society with the 2017 Federation of Genealogical Societies Outstanding Society Technology Award. The award was given at the FGS’s national conference in Pittsburgh, PA at the end of August. The Rochester Genealogical Society received this commendation for our use of web resources to educate other genealogists as well as working to archive genealogical records.” Source:

New York Heritage
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00:41:49 Larry Naukam:
Internet Archive
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00:45:45 Dave Robison: I have a cousin in Rochester who moved there from Alabama. It was his father who worked in the DNA lab at Duke University in the early 60s
00:46:19 Randy Seaver: I have ancestors from early New York (Dutch, French, English), the Hudson River Valley (Dutch and German) and upstate (Watertown area and Buffalo area).
New York Archives Conference
00:51:15 Cousin Russ: NYAC New York Archives Conference

00:53:10 Cousin Russ: From Randy Seaver’s GeneaMusings Blog we explored “RootsFinder Delivers Powerful New Tools to Genealogists for FREE” NOTE: This is the rootsfinder video Randy recommends viewing. Congrats to Dallan Quass and Heather Henderson for coming up with an online tree environment with hinting, to-do lists, source indications, and even some reports.

Cyndi Ingles ( said “Yesterday I had 3 different people ask me if I had any webinars recorded. They each told me that they want to be able to share them at their local society meetings. I told them that the recorded webinars aren’t meant to be shown at a group meeting. They are for individuals only, often behind a subscription or membership wall. I said they must read the terms of service and that they *must* get the permission of the webinar host and the speaker. 2 of the ladies said, “Oh, it’s only for my small local group. Under 10 people.”  Source:

01:07:03 Jacqueline Wilson: It is just plain rude!
01:07:54 June Butka: Sometimes people do not make it clear in their request that they are willing to pay. I know a few years back I asked to show a webinar becasue our society lost its speaker due to ilness at the last minute. I did not make it clear the society was willing to pay in my first post in my rush to make the request.
01:08:19 Larry Naukam: I was at a rock concert a few years ago, and the performer stopped and called out the offender
01:10:19 Valerie Lisk: By day 4 my brain is not processing, but when the presenter says “do not record.” I do not record. It’s just good manners.
01:12:16 Randy Seaver: I encourage attendees to take photos of my screen when I do my “Ancestry – Be a Family History Detective” talk at libraries and groups. They also get a two page handout. All of what I share in that talk is public and shared many times. I think that encourages beginners to start family history collecting and research.
01:14:54 Hilary Gadsby: The speakers should be able to decide what they want unless the organiser has made it clear what they want at the start.
01:15:08 Joanne Shackford Parkes: Copying someone’s slides via a camera or video is very different than taking notes at their presentation. Also there are many, many free presentations that folks studying genealogy can use to learn from – these videos, FamilySearch, the first presentations by many societies. It’s just wrong to copy when the speaker asks you not to do that!
01:18:55 Randy Seaver: Of course, you could do an outline of your detail handout to those societies that want it public. A lot of the RootsTech handouts are just outlines.
01:20:05 Larry Naukam: We have a lawyer who is a society member, and he keeps us on the proper path

IMAGE: DearMYRTLE has added this information and citation (optional) for her grandmothers Social Security Death Index entry to make it easier for folks to find Frances.

01:21:07 Cousin Russ: New Option on the Social Security Death Index Record from Ancestry
01:22:34 Randy Seaver: This would be really helpful for millions of John Smiths that don’t give a middle name
01:23:42 Jacqueline Wilson: I have family living in Chariton, Iowa!
01:24:52 Joanne Shackford Parkes: I like the View/Add alternate information fields in Ancestry — didn’t know it had been added to more documents! I do a name study of Shackford’s and am frequently adding alternative info when someone makes a transcription error to make a correction (i.e. that it was Shackelford, Shackleford, or some other variation.). I get it that Russ doesn’t agree on indexes but I do find these notes very helpful.
01:25:06 Valerie Lisk: I correct surnames I know. If it’s indexed Sisk instead of Lisk or Bonkhead instead of Bankhead.
01:25:08 Larry Naukam: I have an uncle for I am sure is deceased -and his children from his 4 marriages do not know when he died.
01:25:40 Randy Seaver: For the SSDI, you have to get the actual SS-5 card to find the maiden name or middle name. The Social Security Applications and Claims database often has those, and the parents names too
01:26:40 Randy Seaver: but not every person in the SSDI has a SSA&C entry
01:28:08 Joanne Shackford Parkes: This alternative information field is just that, alternative information, it doesn’t change the index itself, just might lead someone to the right source if it had been indexed incorrectly or may lead someone to a possible source if the index didn’t have enough information (i.e. maiden name, or misspelling).
01:28:57 Larry Naukam: Last week during my shift at the FHC I had a young user who could not read cursive!
01:29:40 Randy Seaver: When the addition is made to a database like this, the addition/correction should be displayed below the indexed information, not replace it. I think that’s what Ancestry will do.
01:33:07 Donna Burleaud: Perhaps its better to add a ‘comment’ to the side…
01:34:43 June Butka: A good example is of index not making changes unless you can view the image is 3 Valentine Colby born to the same parents. Each name was spelled different was and birth dates were different
01:35:35 June Butka: I agree with Cousin Russ.
01:36:16 Hilary Gadsby: The trouble with most of the indexes is that they are not originals and have required interpretation
01:36:23 Dave Robison: Hey Bruce….Good to see you here!!
01:38:00 Dave Robison: Great conversation and timely for me. I’m doing “Transcription vs. Abstraction vs. Extraction” at a local genealogy club tonight. This will add some additional discussion…

1939 Register

01:39:27 Cousin Russ:
01:40:55 Larry Naukam: All genealogists come upon GIGO -garbage in, gospel out
01:43:27 June Butka: The blog I’m currently working on is a good example of why it is best to look at the original, not an index. 3 valentine Colby’s. Census has Colby/Colbey/Colley or Volintin/Valllentin/ Valentine/Voltin are different spellings and people.

01:44:44 Cousin Russ: New England Regional Genealogical Conference Announces 2019 Keynotes
01:46:16 June Butka: Looking forward to NERGC. Great link up.
01:46:24 Cousin Russ: *WEBINARS: Pay what you want* by DearMYRTLE.

01:46:49 Cousin Russ: WHAT TO EXPECT – RootsTech’s Innovation Showcase
01:48:41 Valerie Eichler Lair: I’d like to invite anyone who is not a member of APG, but you are taking clients and doing DNA research for them…please attend tonight’s APG webinar. I am the Moderator. Blaine Bettinger and Karen Stanbary are the speakers about DNA Client Expectations and Contracts. Register at  🙂
01:50:03 Randy Seaver: will the Media Hub be open on Wednesday night in Expo Hall? [YES]
01:50:21 MarciaPhilbrick: For those Not going to RootsTech — follow Twitter #notatrootstech
01:50:54 Cousin Russ: The Conversation continues —
01:53:40 Cousin Russ: ATTN: Genealogy Content Providers The monthly “Book of Me” content prompts will be posted by Julie Goucher starting 1 January 2018.

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01:56:14 Cousin Russ: The Conversation continues —


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