Genealogy Blogging Beat – Thursday, 30 March 2017

Debuting on 30 March 1964, the “thinking person’s” game show, “Jeopardy!” has a reputation as an intelligent and classy program. Art Fleming was the original host of the show, in which three contestants won cash by giving the correct questions to answers in six different categories. Contestants go through two rounds and “final jeopardy,” where they can wager up to all their earnings on one question. The series returned in 1984 with Alex Trebek as the popular host.

Debuting on 30 March 1964, the “thinking person’s” game show, “Jeopardy!” has a reputation as an intelligent and classy program. Art Fleming was the original host of the show, in which three contestants won cash by giving the correct questions to answers in six different categories. Contestants go through two rounds and “final jeopardy,” where they can wager up to all their earnings on one question. The series returned in 1984 with Alex Trebek as the popular host.

Today is Thursday, 30 March 2017, and here is what’s available in terms of genealogy blogging and other related events in the Genealogy Blogging world:

Genealogy Blogging Items of Note

  • Today: Doctors’ Day, Jeopardy! Television Premiere – Anniversary, Pencil Day, Ronald Reagan Assassination Attempt – Anniversary, and
    VanGogh’s Birthday – Anniversary.

Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month

Once again, in honor of National Women’s History Month, Lisa Alzo of  The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month.

March 30 — Did you receive any advice or words of wisdom from your mother or another female ancestor?

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DPLA Community Reps Needed!

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a free, national digital library, is now accepting applications for the next class of Community Reps

[Editor’s Note: The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a free, national digital library that brings together millions of materials from libraries, archives, and museums across the country. We just received the following announcement from DPLA about their Community Rep program.]

DPLA wants you! We are looking for volunteers to help us raise awareness of DPLA in local communities. If you are enthusiastic about free resources for genealogy, digital primary and secondary source collections, open educational resources, app building, or the potential of a national digital library, get involved in outreach for DPLA by volunteering as a DPLA Community Rep. Visit our Meet the Reps page to learn about our fabulous team of current Community Reps.

What is the DPLA Community Reps program?

In brief, DPLA is looking for enthusiastic volunteers who are willing to help bring DPLA to their local communities through outreach activities. “We are particularly interested in expanding the great work our current reps have done to raise awareness about DPLA among genealogists and family researchers across the country. For family researchers, local communities might include fellow genealogy-minded patrons or staff at a local library, members of a local genealogy society, peers at a regional genealogy conference, participants in the online genealogy community, or another group of folks who might be interested in DPLA and what it has to offer. Reps give a small commitment of time to community engagement, and check-ins with DPLA staff over the course of one year.”.

DPLA Community Reps will:

  • Organize activities that promote DPLA;
  • Share materials and feedback from outreach efforts (blog posts, group notes, images, video, etc.);
  • Check in with DPLA staff about progress and share experiences via the DPLA Reps Google Group

In the past, Community Reps have also helped with DPLA-related projects, including education research, hackathons and app development, usability studies, and creating new resources for other Reps and the wider DPLA community.

The Community Reps program works with the community outreach arm of DPLA and is not involved with the recruitment, aggregation, or digitization of new content. DPLA Community Reps are volunteers.

Reps will receive DPLA materials to use in their efforts, including a slidedeck, event ideas, fact sheets, and promotional swag (stickers, pens, etc.). DPLA will also offer periodic webinars to share updates, new activities, and new resources. We anticipate that being a community rep will require only a small commitment of time.

DPLA Community Reps will be selected based on their creative ideas, experience, and geographic distribution.

Click here to apply. For questions about the Community Reps program, email

©2017, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

“Why Should I Use MyHeritage?” Here’s Why . . .

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“Why Should I Use MyHeritage?” Here’s Why . . .

Many of my followers know that I travel around the country presenting genealogy lectures and workshops. Did you know I fly over 50,000 miles each year and I LOVE connecting with other genealogists and sharing the latest genealogy and technology information.

As you can imagine many attendees will ask questions and want to “pick my brain” in between lectures and afterwards. This is another aspect of my job that I love since it gives me an idea of the current issues for genealogists and family historians. One question I get frequently: “Should I be using MyHeritage?” or “What’s the best site to use if I have European ancestry?” or “Why do you like MyHeritage?”

Do You Really Know MyHeritage?

Do You Really Know MyHeritage?

I always tell genealogists that there is no “easy button” in genealogy and NO WEBSITE will provide easy answers. But you need to spend time understanding all the features of a site like MyHeritage and maximize your time spent there. 

What do you really know about MyHeritage? These are the newer features I use the most at MyHeritage and the ones that have really helped me with my own research:

  • Pedigree Map™: “An innovative way to visualize your family history. Pedigree Map™ plots events from your family tree such as births, marriages, and deaths, as well as digital and scanned photos on an interactive world map.” When I have a research issue involving cluster research, I can look at migration patterns and more with Pedigree Map™. I also use this when I’m showing family members our family history since the visual components communicate far better than a family tree chart.
  • Global Name Translation™ Technology: “The technology covers given names and surnames and can tackle names previously encountered in the past, in addition to new names not seen before. It also utilizes extensive dictionaries built by MyHeritage to cover synonyms and nicknames.” I’m finding out more about my Henneberg ancestors and the German, Polish and Russian formats for their first names!
  • Photo Discoveries™: “Photo Discoveries™ makes it easy for you to add photographs to people in your family tree who currently do not have any photos, in just a few clicks, based on the work of other users. Many of us cherish the emotional moment when we see for the first time a photograph of our ancestor or relative whom we’ve never seen before.“ I’ve been able to work with other MyHeritage users and get copies of photos of my ancestors that I’ve never seen before!
  • DNA Matching: MyHeritage has made recent improvements in its DNA Matching technology and I’ve found lots of new matches. And these are in the 1st to 3rd cousin range, not 4th to 6th cousin like AncestryDNA’s matching. Also, I love that DNA Matches allows me to see the surnames I have in common with my matches!

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  • Start a new tree or import GEDCOM
  • Unlimited photo storage
  • Apps for iOS/Android smartphones and tablets
  • Smart Matches™ with 38 million trees
  • Global Name Translation™
  • Record Detective™ II
  • Book Matching
  • Pedigree Map™
  • Sun Charts™
  • NEW Consistency Checker
  • NEW Photo Discoveries™
  • Over 7.4 billion historical records
  • Automatic Record Matches
  • Vital records from 48 countries
  • Military and immigration records
  • 1790-1940 US census
  • 1841-1911 England & Wales census
  • Compilation of Published Sources collection with over historical 450,000 books
  • Family Tree Builder software premium edition
  • Join 89 million users who have built trees with 2 billion people

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