"Using Facebook and Twitter in Genealogy" -- Lorenzo Cuesta
Sunday, January 15, 2012, 10 a.m.
January speaker Lorenzo Cuesta tells us that as genealogist and family historians we struggle to uncover what time has hidden for centuries, We can either work alone, or work alone AND also
exploit all the internet options beyond the databases. What we need is a means for our efforts to remain viable 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We need
to find people who have the answers we seek, and make ourselves accessible to people who need the answers we have. Facebook and other social
applications can be used for this purpose.
Lorenzo has been researching his genealogy since the mid 1960s. He says it all started because his mom refused to tell him about her in-laws. It was
helped by the fact that his father was full of family stories that sounded manicured and polished.
Lorenzo has made repeated trips to little towns in Mexico to visit the churches where the grandparents of his grandparents, were baptized, married and
mourned. He says his research" has been blocked by paranoid near relatives, by misguided county clerks, and by Napoleonic nuns."
Come hear Lorenzo Cuesta this Sunday.
Gerry Ross Update: Gerry's son says that his mother would love for friends and family to call her at 916-484-1724. Except for Tues/Thurs/Sat afternoons at dialysis and weeknight dinners at 5 p.m., she is home most days. She even went to an early New year's party at Einstein on Friday night and enjoyed herself. Maybe we'll see Gerry at Sunday's meeting.
Jumpstart Your Family Tree -- RootCellar Sacramento Seminar
Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society will host George G. Morgan at its 21st annual Spring Seminar on March 31, 2012. He will present four sessions:
--Bring Them Back to Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile --Push and Pull: The Reasons for Migration --Sidestep Genealogy --The Genealogist as CSI
George G. Morgan is the author of many books and articles on family history research, and he's half of the Genealogy Guys, a radio podcast.
The annual seminar will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, 11427 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, California
Registration: Members $25; Non-members:$30.
From Gary Mokotoff's Avotaynu E-Zine:
The Virtual Shtetl website now claims to have more than 66,000 photos of the Jewish presence in Eastern Europe. They can be accessed at http://www.sztetl.org.pl/en/gallery. The search engine, located in the upper left corner of the screen, searches any word in the description of the photos, so a surname search might produce useful results. The results are summarized by: Texts, Photos and News/Bibliography. Click on “Photos” to limit the display to photos only. Gary Mokotoff says the town photos are mostly pictures of individuals taken from family albums rather than general pictures of the Jews of the town.
Who Do You Think You Are? Third Season Premiering February 3
The American version of Who Do You Think You Are? returns for its third season on Friday, February 3 at 8 p.m. ET. The celebrities who star this season are Jerome Bettis, Paula Deen, Edie Falco, Helen Hunt, Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe, Reba McEntire, Martin Sheen, Jason Sudeikis Marisa Tomei, Blair Underwood and Rita Wilson. This implies it will be a 13-week season—the longest to date— demonstrating the popularity of the show.
U.S. National Archives Puts Genealogy-Oriented Workshops Online
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has placed on YouTube a number of how-to lectures that are oriented toward the needs of family historians. There is a 12-minute lecture on census records at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl54NX_H1ko that includes comments about census records in general and, therefore, could be of interest to anyone, not only those interest in U.S. census research. Another topic covered is immigration records at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCZTSrSvxyc. The three other lectures currently available are on military records
See you Sunday morning!