ISBGFH: Mini-Institute Aug 2018, Philadelphia

ISBGFHResearching Family in the British Isles

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) has partnered with the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH) to conduct a four day program of researching family in the British Isles. ISBGFH conducts the British Institute held annually in Salt Lake City to provide week-long education by well-known genealogists on the British Isles. From 13-16 August 2018, the ISBGFH has arranged for several presenters to provide an overview of researching British Isles topics at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. These presentations will explore DNA, Scotland, Ireland and England research. London based genetic genealogist Dr. Maurice Gleeson, MB, will present on DNA and Irish research, Christine Woodcock, from Genealogy Tours of Scotland, will discuss Scottish research, and Frank Southcott, President, ISBGFH, will explore the English records.

The HSP program is designed to be attended either on a given day and topic or in its entirety. It is an in-depth overview of British Isles research and enhances attendance for those who may desire to attend the British Institute where morning instruction and afternoon independent research are conducted in the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City on a country topic. More information about the British Institute is available HERE

The HSP curriculum for each day involves 4 presentations of one hour and fifteen minutes each. Monday, 13 August 2018, Dr Gleeson, MB, will explore advances made in DNA and how it can be applied to your British Isles research. Christine Woodcock will discuss the uniqueness of Scottish research on Tuesday, 14 August 2018. Dr. Gleeson will return on Wednesday, 15 August 2018, to present on the ever increasing resources available on Irish research, and Thursday, 16 August 2018, Frank Southcott, will examine English genealogical resources.

The cost of the four day program will be $299. Individual program days are available for $99 per day. Limited consultation slots will be available on DNA, Scotland and Ireland during the program for $125 hour.
Registration:
http://hsp.org/calendar/researching-family-british-isles


DNA Instructor: Dr Maurice GleesonMaurice Gleeson

  • An introduction to DNA testing for Genealogy
    This introductory talk will explain the basics of DNA testing, the three main types of test, how each one can be applied in practice (with examples), and which one is best for you to specifically address your genealogical conundrums.
  • Using Y-DNA to research your surname of choice
    Anyone can research any particular surname (i.e. family name) that they want – you just need to find the right cousin to test. Y-DNA is eminently suited to surname research because it follows the same path as hereditary surnames i.e. back along the father father father line. This talk explores surname DNA studies and what they can reveal about your surname
  • Applying autosomal DNA to your family history research – the theory
    The most popular of the DNA tests is the autosomal test. This can be used to research all of your ancestral lines (as opposed to Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA which only help you explore a single ancestral line each). This talk explores the basic science behind autosomal DNA testing, the secrets to successfully applying it, and how it can be combined with other tests and genealogy to help answer specific genealogical questions.
  • Applying autosomal DNA to your family history research – the practice
    This is a more in-depth look at the use of autosomal DNA, including a step-by-step approach to tackling your matches, the concept of triangulation, the use of third party tools, and how techniques used to help adoptees trace their birth family can also help us to break thru our genealogical Brick Walls.

Scottish Genealogy Instructor Christine WoodcockChristine Woodcock

  • In Search of Your Scottish Ancestors: Search Your Roots; Discover Your Heritage
    While many people want to know more about their Scottish heritage, they don’t know where to begin. Fortunately, researching our Scottish ancestors is a fairly easy task. Knowing where to look is usually where we get tied up. This presentation will get you started in researching your Scottish ancestry as well as how to make the most of your research. Topics Include: starting your search, reaching out to others, ScotlandsPeople website, Scottish naming patterns, marriages and family history societies.
  • Breaking Through Brick Walls in Scottish Research
    Scottish documents contain a wealth of information and can make researching so much easier when you really take a look at what the documents are telling you. It becomes important to really pay attention to the key words on the documents so that you know what records you need to look at next in order to break through brick walls and learn as much as you can about your Scottish ancestors. In this presentation we will look at the key words on the documents that may help break down the brick wall. Then we will look at where those records exist and how you can access them.
  • Online and Offline Databases for Scottish Genealogy Research
    There comes a time when you have done all of the online researching you can do using the standard databases. In this presentation you will learn of the databases that aren’t as well know but that can assist in breaking through your brick walls. These include: websites for researching Scottish occupations, websites specific to the genealogy of regions where your ancestors might have lived, emigration databases, military databases, witchcraft databases, medieval ancestry, and British newspapers.
  • Military Men, Covenanters and Jacobites: Historic Events That Led to Mass Migration
    This session will help you understand the importance of the events in Scottish history that led to a large number of Scots leaving their homeland for life in the Americas. In order to be successful researching in the Scottish records, we need to know where in Scotland our ancestors originated. Bridging the gap between finding them in the North American records (birth, marriage, death and census records) and being able to locate them in the Scottish records may seem like a daunting task. However, it is often less of a challenge and more of a reward if you understand what brought them here in the first place. Some clues can be taken from the major historic events in Scottish history that led to Scots leaving their homeland.

Irish Research Instructor Dr Maurice Gleeson

Maurice Gleeson

 

  • Tracing Your Ancestors Back to Ireland
    For many Irish-Americans, all they know is their ancestor “came from Ireland” but they have no further information than that. This talk gives an overview of the various techniques & records available in the US (and elsewhere) that can be used to help trace your ancestor back to where they came from in Ireland. These include shipping records, emigration records, but also surname dictionaries and distribution maps.
  • Irish Church and Civil Registration Records
    In the last year or so, many of the civil registration records are coming online. Most of these are now available for free via http://www.irishgenealogy.ie and digital images of the original record can be downloaded. Civil registration started in 1864 for most records. Prior to this, one has to rely on church records for tracing further back and these can be very helpful indeed or not at all – coverage is patchy and most records peter out around 1800-1830. However, all of Ireland is covered by two websites and most of this research can be done from the comfort of your own home.
  • Census, Census Substitutes, and Land Records
    Census records survive for only 1901 and 1911, with some scraps from other years. Griffith’s Valuation can be very helpful as a mid-1800 census substitute but it is the Cancelled or Revised Valuation Books that provide a wealth of information that allow tracing relatives forward and backward from the present day to the 1850s. We will also look at the Tithe Applotment books and the Registry of Deeds.
  • Less Common Irish Genealogical Records
    This talk explores the wealth of genealogical material to be found in newspapers, cemeteries, probate, petty session court records, & dog licenses. We will also explore some of the resources that everyone should be using as a routine part of their ongoing Irish research.

English Research Instructor Frank Southcott
Frank Southcott

  • Researching Your Family in England: Census and National Registration
    A useful England census has been conducted every 10 years since 1841 and is accessible through 1911. It is the primary resource to establish families in England during that period. England also conducted a national registration in 1939 as an ancillary of WWII. Both of these resources will be explored during this session.
  • Researching Your Family in England: Civil Registration
    Civil registration of birth, marriages and deaths commenced on 1 July 1837. Explore the records and idiosyncrasies of the registration process in England and how to obtain the information for your family.
  • Researching Your Family in England: Wills and Church Records
    Wills survive from early times. Baptisms, marriages and burials survive in a great number of parishes from the mid-1500’s. This session will explore the available probate and church records and the wealth of information that can be derived.
  • Researching English Family at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania
    Many people are surprised at the vast collection of British Isles records available at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania library. Explore the records and resources available for British Isles family research at HSP with Daniel Rolph, PhD, Historian and Head of Reference Services.

Registration:
http://hsp.org/calendar/researching-family-british-isle

ARCHIVED: Mondays with Myrt 8 Jan 2018

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“Super hangout! Wonderful clarity and big screen is awesome since I can actually see it now. Thanks!”

Thank-you for that feedback from Donna Burleaud. Cousin Russ and I certainly love the new Zoom webinar interface, even as Ol’ Myrt here is learning to use the host controls for spotlighting panelists and their screen shares. Of special note this week, we feature Daniel Horowitz, Chief Genealogist at MyHeritage who talked about DNA and the expanded MyHeritage webinar offerings for 2018. We also visited with Fiona Fitzsimons to learn more about the APG Britain, Ireland and the Isles Chapter[of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Its a virtual chapter with a Twitter, YouTube and Facebook presence. You’ll find the annotated typed chat with links we mentioned below this embedded video recording.

00:26:24 Kirsten Hart: Good evening from Hove, UK!
00:26:28 Marian Koalski: First timer on Zoom from snowy Mass.
00:26:54 Susan Ennis: Great visual quality and audio too!
00:27:18 Marian Koalski: It IS much better!
00:28:13 Susan Howard: Just playing with viewing options on Zoom! Seems easy!
00:29:21 Joanne Shackford Parkes: Was very easy to make this transition to Zoom – just click on the link. Thanks for all the background work to implement new tools!
00:30:01 Cousin Russ: Also can I talk about 52 ancestors Hilary Gadsby’s blog: https://gadsbyfamilyancestors.blogspot.co.uk/
00:30:20 Donna Burleaud: Zoom was easier than I expected to set up! Loving the big screen.
00:31:19 Hilary Gadsby: https://gadsbyfamilyancestors.blogspot.co.uk/
00:32:22 Marian Koalski: I’m admiring John Laws’ less-than-full storage bins/drawers.
00:32:51 Leah Smith: Great presentation on Polish immigrant mill workers. I will be listening to it again this week.
00:33:59 Hilary Gadsby: I am also going to be at RootsTech from the Sunday before the conference.
00:35:16 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Terrific John, keep improving.
00:36:07 Cousin Russ: Please put links to your Blogs into the Chat to ALL Panelists and Attendees — Thank you
00:36:13 Randy Seaver: We come into RootsTech on the Monday afternoon
00:36:39 Yvonne Demoskoff: Hoping to meet up with you at RT, Hilary 🙂
00:40:49 Dave Robison: Old Bones Genealogy of New England blog: http://www.oldbonessearch.com
00:40:57 Pat Kuhn: my blog is http://touchingfamilyhistory.blospot.com
00:41:30 Randy Seaver: my blog is http://www.geneamusings.com – I’m on week 208 of the 52 Ancestors series. My posts are biographies of my ancestors, working down my ahnentafel list of ancestors. I’m in the 6th great-grandparents now
00:41:32 Marian Koalski: I thought you were in front of a beautifully clean picture window, Russ
00:42:23 John Laws: My Blog is http://lawsandlawes.blogspot.co.uk or just LAWS FAMILY REGISTER in your browser find us on Facebook
00:42:32 Anna Matthews: https://trippingovermyroots.blogspot.com/
00:44:39 Dave Robison: I’m experimenting with a second screen. It’s almost too distracting!
00:45:52 Randy Seaver: my blog is www.geneamusings.com – I’m on week 208 of the 52 Ancestors series. My posts are biographies of my ancestors, working down my ahnentafel list of ancestors. I’m in the 6th great-grandparents now
00:49:46 Valerie Eichler Lair: Daniel – I can’t look at my orange hits coming up on my Legacy FT software fast enough! LOL
00:49:49 Daniel Horowitz: Hi Sharon, you can upload test from any other vendor and get the same results
00:50:22 Valerie Eichler Lair: Fiona!!! {{{hugs}}} so great to see you here!!!
00:50:54 Linda Stufflebean: Daniel, Thank you for the new Ellis Island immigrants database. It’s fabulous and a huge improvement over the actual Ellis Island website. [https://blog.myheritage.com/2017/11/new-online-ellis-island-and-other-new-york-passenger-lists/ ]
00:52:03 Daniel Horowitz: YOUR WELCOME 😉 Please send me by email (daniel@MyHeritage.com) your comments and success stories with that collection.
00:52:28 Randy Seaver: Daniel, I ‘ve been having fun with the School Yearbook collection – found me, my mother and brothers.

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00:53:19 Jenny Hawran: Zoom is cool! Great quality. Ya’ll look nice and clear
00:53:37 Doris Haskell: Can this hangout through Zoom also be used with smart phones and tablets? [YES, this works with smart phones and tablets!]
00:54:36 Daniel Horowitz: http://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/?aid=3288
00:54:37 Susan Howard: Any news on when a Mac version of Legacy will be available from My Heritage?
00:54:39 Jenny Hawran: How do I see what other attendees are here?
00:57:52 Robbin Smith: no it is not
00:58:01 Marian Koalski: Not full screen for me
00:58:07 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Now we see all panel members
00:58:10 Dave Robison: Upper right hand corner?? “Full Screen”???
00:59:09 Pat Kuhn: have different percentages from my Ancestry to My Heritage DNA results Daniel.
01:01:04 Cousin Russ: http://www.eneclann.ie and http://www.irishfamilyhistorycentre.com
01:01:28 Valerie Eichler Lair: Fiona – congratulations on all that you and the others have done for BII chapter!!! 🙂
01:02:19 Doris Haskell: He sure makes his mother smile. 🙂
01:02:58 Cousin Russ: APG Britain, Ireland and the Isles Chapter. – quite a large chapter, with almost 300 members scattered across England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Isles. We hope that the new social media channels will bring the chapter together online, so that our members have better access. We also hope to use the channels to circulate webinars/ podcasts for CPD, localised to our region. The first podcast is already posted on YouTube and FB. It’s a moderated discussion between Chris Paton (The Genes Blog/ @BritishGenes) and Lorna Moloney (Clans & Surnames @merrimanresearch). Our next CPD event will take place shortly, details to be announced. The channels can found as follows:

01:04:33 Susan Howard: Trello card or board?
01:05:53 Cousin Russ: Susan – we have a Board, with each “show” is a Card
01:07:31 Susan Howard: Thanks, Russ. Now I see. Love Trello!
01:14:03 Hilary Gadsby: I think I might use Trello for planning my posts for the 52 ancestors https://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/
01:14:59 Barbara Gressel: Pat, last week, two people who I adore did DNA tests and found 1/2 siblings. One is excited to meet a new sibling. The other is crushed to learn about thier father’s extra curricular activities. Not all DNA tests are well-received. I’m not sure how I would have felt if faced with the same situation.
01:18:32 Daniel Horowitz: …. and you can upload for FREE your raw DNA from any of those companies to https://www.myheritage.com/dna/upload
01:18:49 Dave Robison: I’ve tested with LivingDNA.
01:19:11 Pat Kuhn: I have to run now, will see you all later!!!
01:19:57 Dawn Carlile: I tested with Living DNA last spring Interesting results.
01:19:58 Randy Seaver: Sorry about the hiccup. I wanted to see if the Share Screen would show all of the RootsMagic screens. It did!
01:21:01 Hilary Gadsby: I have only tested with Living DNA as I wanted the UK breakdown.
01:21:28 Randy Seaver: I have tested with Living DNA also.
01:23:06 Cousin Russ: MyHeritage Webinar Series https://familytreewebinars.com/category/447/myheritage
01:24:05 Cousin Russ: NEW! Genealogical.com discount: The following coupon code will entitle the user to a 30% discount on one order: COMP3
01:24:28 Jacqueline Wilson: I already have both books!
01:25:08 Randy Seaver: I don’t understand how with my Video off and the Share Screen on why it showed my screen. A bug or a feature of Zoom?
01:25:39 DearMYRTLE: The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy 4th Edition Val D. Greenwood http://www.genealogical.com/products/The%20Researchers%20Guide%20to%20American%20Genealogy/2364.html
01:29:24 Valerie Eichler Lair: <giggling> It’s hard for us opinionated to be quiet! LOL
01:30:00 Valerie Eichler Lair: <<<shaking my head up & down like a Bobblehead!!! LOL
01:32:25 Jacqueline Wilson: I can do it – but I will not be a panelist.
01:32:30 Yvonne Demoskoff: Chapter 2 will take place on the opening day of RootsTech?
01:32:32 DearMYRTLE: http://dearmyrtle.com/blog2/index.php/2018/01/01/americagen-study-group-call-for-panel-participants/
01:32:45 Valerie Eichler Lair: Jan. 30th at 7pm MT is fine with me just to join in the discussion…not necessarily teach chapter 1. But….you know if you need me, you can reach out to me!
01:33:25 Jacqueline Wilson: I am available on the 30th altho I will not be on the panel.
01:34:35 Cousin Russ: NEW! Genealogical.com discount: The following coupon code will entitle the user to a 30% discount on one order: COMP3
01:34:43 Lisa Gorrell: wished I had had a discount code when I bought mine. 😉
01:35:05 Cousin Russ: Julie Goucher’s Jan 2018 BOOK OF ME writing prompts https://anglersrestblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/book-of-me-prompts-january-2018/
01:35:40 Hilary Gadsby: I am restarting Book of Me need to review the first prompt
01:36:27 Lisa Gorrell: I did most of the prompts the last time we had this. I’m doing 52 Ancestors this year.
01:36:58 Hilary Gadsby: I have a folder in Google Drive with my answers from before
01:39:26 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Yes
01:40:48 Jacqueline Wilson: What do you enjoy? Reading and research. In a few words as possible! I think I will be journaling some if not all of the prompts. But they will probably be private.
01:41:33 Bill West: I’m sticking with the 52 Ancestors., which I usuallyam running behind on.
01:44:05 Randy Seaver: will the Zoom Webinar Chat be saved somewhere?
01:45:30 Hilary Gadsby: You can save chat by going to more
01:48:00 Doris Haskell: I enjoy helping people find and meet their biological family members, because of DNA.
01:50:53 Robbin Smith: I dont see the same options as you are showing
01:51:10 Dawn Carlile: I do no have a More button.
01:51:13 Jenny Hawran: hmm…I don’t see the More button
01:51:13 Denise Coughlin: Is that just for panelists? Or do we have to have another sign in for Zoom?
01:51:15 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Same here, I do not have the More button.
01:51:17 Doris Haskell: I see the More word that you are showing us, but I don’t see it on my chat screen.
01:51:32 Mary Lou Gravatt: Do not have the more button.
01:51:36 Valerie Lisk: I have magnified the chat and their is no More button. Is that only for the panelists?
01:51:38 Danine Cozzens: If you pop out the chat, you see more options.
01:51:49 Cyndy Bray: don’t see the more prompt
01:52:11 Robbin Smith: but as a non panelist i still do not see the same options as russ has
01:52:12 Jacqueline Wilson: My More button just disappeared. But before that it said something about merging not saving chat?
01:52:15 Fiona Fitzsimons: Oops, think I sent my response to Cousing Russ! Good to know you’re there. This is a fun format, I must listen in again. F
01:52:26 Danine Cozzens: The pop out is a diagonal arrow which disappears once you check it….
01:52:33 Randy Seaver: Click on the “Chat” icon at the bottom of the screen to get the chat log on the right and not in them iddle
01:52:59 Robbin Smith: my to: only shows 2 options – panelists; and all panelist and attendees
01:53:41 Robbin Smith: my more only shows merge to mtg window
01:53:41 Danine Cozzens: Same here, not possible to message individuals.
01:54:13 Cyndy Bray: same here
01:54:51 Dawn Carlile: Thank you Danine. Now I will resize my window so it doesn’t overlap the screen.
01:54:53 Cousin Russ: I’ll look at the Recording when it is ready to see what you are seeing. I can’t see that from here. Sorry
01:55:06 Danine Cozzens: “Pop Out” is at top left under small v
01:55:13 Monique Riley: No problem Russ. We are all learning.
01:55:31 Dawn Carlile: y only MORE option is to merge to the meeting window. 🙁
01:55:37 Monique Riley: Just giving feedback to learn from for next time
01:57:52 Dave Robison: I have an original of the Attestation Paper for my maternal grandfather. He had been living in the United States for quite a few years and lists his permantent address as 19 Bliss St, Springfield, Mass.
01:58:01 Cyndy Bray: don’t see a small v
01:58:11 Marcia Philbrick: The entire chat can be selected and then copy/paste can be used to save the chat. Not ideal — but does keep the info
01:59:24 Monique Riley: Good idea Marcia!
01:59:57 Valerie Lisk: I would like the entire chat because in trying to register,, I shut off the wifi and it took me an hour to figure it out. Then didn’t have audio.
02:03:36 Donna Burleaud: Super hangout! Wonderful clarity and big screen is awesome since I can actually see it now. Thanks!
02:03:52 Danine Cozzens: Cindy, the small v at top left appears in one mode and not another, depending on whether the chat is full size or not. Modern “minimalist” screen design…
02:04:49 Danine Cozzens: Have to be merged with screen to see the v…
02:05:08 Ronald Williams: http://www.memorialgenweb.org/memorial3/html/fr/complementter.php?id=5063896


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British Newspaper Archive update

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the British Newspaper Archive.

BritishNewspaperArchive

British Newspaper Archive Announces Major New Milestone World’s largest online collection of historic British & Irish newspapers now covers every single county in Ireland

The British Newspaper Archive is thrilled to announce it has reached another milestone in their project to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library’s vast collection of historic British & Irish newspapers.  Following the addition of a newspaper title from County Leitrim, the online archive now provides a title from all 32 counties across Ireland.

The British Newspaper Archive contains more than 21 million newspaper pages from 815 titles from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and spans nearly 300 years (1703-2003) of local, national, and world news.  Of those titles, 150 titles are from Ireland.   The latest title added to the collection is the Leitrim Advertiser with more than 5,000 pages.  The paper was originally published in Mohill, Leitrim and known in later years and The Leitrim and Longford Advertiser.

The British Newspaper Archive is dedicated to continuously growing their collection of Irish newspapers across the island.  In the last 30 days, The Archive has expanded Irish titles such as Belfast News-LetterDublin Evening MailLeinster IndependentNewry ReporterNorthern Constitution, and Portadown Times.

A variety of historically rich specialty publications and illustrated magazines containing full colour images have also been made available this year, including the BystanderTatlerBritannia and EveThe Stage, and Illustrated London News.  Another recent addition to its expansion collection of illustrated titles is the Illustrated War News, covering the First World War and the first year of the Second World War.  This unique title offers detailed illustrations and photographs from the battles lines and the home front.