Research Right – Tracking and Evaluating Your Genealogy Research Boot Camp – 17 January 2015

Learn how to use a genealogy research log, source citation templates, and evidence evaluation features at the Research Right Boot Camp at HackGenealogy

Do you struggle with tracking your genealogy research and staying organized? Do you have trouble finding an image or document you downloaded last week? And what about source citations . . . do you panic when it comes time to document your research?

You are not alone. More and more genealogists and family historians have a strong desire to break bad habits and research using more efficient methods. The Research Right Boot Camp offers a simple way to track research, cite sources and analyze data before it gets added to your genealogy database software.

Through this special Boot Camp you’ll learn not just better research habits but tips and tricks to become a better researcher.

  • Learn how to use a research log that suits your research habits.
  • Understand the basics of source citations and become efficient at creating citations on the fly.
  • Maintain good research habits and adapt them when encountering new records sets.
  • Learn how to state a proof, evaluate evidence and reach a conclusion for each specific data points on records.

You’ll receive over 3 hours of educational content, handouts and freebies for the low price of $12.95! You’ll also receive access to the recorded versions of each webinar for up to one year!

Register by Monday, 12 January 2015 and receive $3 off the registration price for a low $9.95! Space is limited and if you register but can’t attend, you’ll still receive the handouts, the freebies and access to the recordings!

Schedule

Saturday 17 January 2015
Duration: 3.5 hours (with a 30 minute break)

  • 11:00 am EST /10:00 am CST
    Welcome / Meet & Greet
  • 11:15 am EST / 10:15 am CST
    Using and Managing a Genealogy Research Log
    Thomas MacEntee
  • 12:30 pm EST/11:30 am CST
    Break
  • 1:00 pm EST /12:00 pm CST
    Citing Sources and Evaluating Evidence
    Thomas MacEntee
  • 2:30 pm EDT / 1:30 pm CDT
    Closing and Thank You

Webinars

Using and Managing a Genealogy Research Log

  • You’ll learn how to access and use a genealogy research log that is spreadsheet-based (either Excel or Google Drive). We’ll also cover other alternatives including Microsoft Word tables. In addition, we’ll discuss the importance of using a “to do list” when attempting to research a specific ancestor. We’ll also track our searches using the Search Attempts tab on the research log. Finally, you’ll learn how to make additions or deletions to your own research log, so you can customize one to your own liking and research habits.

Citing Sources and Evaluating Evidence

  • You’ll learn how to use the source citation templates, evidence evaluation features, as well as how to add/remove features to create a customized research log of your own. A good deal of time will be spent on citing sources and resources to make the process easier. In addition, we’ll cover how to look at a record and evaluate the evidence to determine if it proves or disproves the proof point. Finally, you’ll see how you can add new source citation templates, add new columns and more.

All registrants will have access to the recordings for personal use for a period of one (1) year. Recordings will be hosted on Vimeo and set to play only on a specific website (at hackgenealogy.com). A password will be required to access the video pages.

Presenter/Moderator Bios

Thomas MacEntee – Presenter

Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder and more.

Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started building his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He’s also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.”

Lisa Alzo – Moderator

Lisa A. Alzo

Lisa A. Alzo is a freelance writer, instructor, and lecturer with over 20 years’ experience in the field of genealogy. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and is the author of nine books, including: Finding Your Slovak Ancestors, Writing Your Family History Book, and the award-winning Three Slovak Women. Lisa has written hundreds of articles and her work has appeared in Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, APG Quarterly, among others. An internationally recognized speaker, Lisa blogs as “The Accidental Genealogist” blog http://www.theaccidentalgenealogist.com. For more information see http://www.lisaalzo.com.

How To Register

Ready to join in this great educational event? Here are the details on the registration process:




  • Click the button above to go to PayPal and make payment or click here. You do not need a PayPal account to make payment.
  • IMPORTANT: If you use a different email address for Paypal than your normal email address PLEASE LET US KNOW! We have not way of sending you the registration link or password otherwise! Email us at hackgenealogy@gmail.com.
  • Once payment is processed and received, you will receive a confirmation email. You will also receive a link to register for the webinar.
  • Then you’ll be reminded via e-mail at least one day prior to Boot Camp.
  • Within 24 hours of the start of Boot Camp, you’ll receive the password for the webinar as well as links to the handout and freebie so you can review them before we start.
  • After the webinar, all registrants will have access to the recording for personal use for a period of one (1) year. The recording will be hosted on Vimeo and set to play only on a specific page here at Hack Genealogy. A password will be required to access the video pages.

Questions? Email us at hackgenealogy@gmail.com.

Terms and Conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions for all Hack Genealogy Boot Camp events before you pay and register! Click here for more information.

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Scrivener Mini Boot Camp – 31 January 2015

genealogy, technology, evernote, webinars

Just what is this program called Scrivener* that everyone keeps talking about? And how can you use it for your genealogy and family history projects? Scrivener by is a combination word processor and project management tool that’s affordable and simple to use. Priced under $50, this powerful application seamlessly takes you from idea to outline to finished product. Whether you are a blogger, an aspiring author, or a genealogist looking to share your family history findings, Scrivener can help you plot, organize, and publish your writing.

Already using Scrivener? You might be surprised at even some of the “secrets” you may not know that are important for a solid understanding of how to make Scrivener work for you. Here’s what you’ll get from this new Boot Camp:

  • Learn all the basics you will need to get up and running with Scrivener, including how to start, edit, and format a genealogy/family history writing project using Scrivener’s built-in templates.
  • Review the key components of the Scrivener interface, and its four main modes: Outline, Document View, Corkboard, and Scrivenings.
  • Get practical tips for using Scrivener to “storyboard” your family history.
  • Learn how to store notes, citations, images, and research materials and use keyboard shortcuts and Quick Command keys to access many of Scrivener’s main functions and project and interface shortcuts right from your keyboard.
  • Briefly review the options for compiling your finished draft for printing or exporting for final formatting.

* NOTE: It is highly recommended that you download the free trial version of Scrivener (Available for Mac or Windows) before the boot camp in order to maximize your learning experience. Visit the Literature and Latte web store at http://www.getscrivener.com for your free trial.

Sign Up for the Scrivener Mini Boot Camp Today!

With the Scrivener Mini Boot Camp you’ll receive 1.5 hours of educational content for a special low price of $7.95! You’ll receive an extensive handout, a special Scrivener “freebie” created by instructor Lisa Alzo, as well access to the recorded version of the webinar for up to one year!

Register by Monday, 26 January 2015 and receive $3 off the registration price for a low $4.95! Space is limited and if you register but can’t attend, you’ll still receive the handout, the freebie and access to the recording!

Saturday 31 January 2015
Duration: 1.5 hours
11:00 am EST /10:00 am CDT
Getting Started with Scrivener
Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.

Presenter/Moderator Bios

Lisa Alzo – Presenter

Lisa A. Alzo

Lisa A. Alzo is a freelance writer, instructor, and lecturer with over 20 years’ experience in the field of genealogy. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and is the author of nine books, including: Finding Your Slovak Ancestors, Writing Your Family History Book, and the award-winning Three Slovak Women. Lisa has written hundreds of articles and her work has appeared in Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, APG Quarterly, among others. An internationally recognized speaker, Lisa blogs as “The Accidental Genealogist” blog http://www.theaccidentalgenealogist.com. For more information see http://www.lisaalzo.com.

Thomas MacEntee – Moderator

Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder and more.

Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started building his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He’s also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.”

How To Register

Ready to join in this great educational event? Here are the details on the registration process:




  • Click the button above to go to PayPal and make payment or click here. You do not need a PayPal account to make payment.
  • IMPORTANT: If you use a different email address for Paypal than your normal email address PLEASE LET US KNOW! We have not way of sending you the registration link or password otherwise! Email us at hackgenealogy@gmail.com.
  • Once payment is processed and received, you will receive a confirmation email. You will also receive a link to register for the webinar.
  • Then you’ll be reminded via e-mail at least one day prior to Boot Camp.
  • Within 24 hours of the start of Boot Camp, you’ll receive the password for the webinar as well as links to the handout and freebie so you can review them before we start.
  • After the webinar, all registrants will have access to the recording for personal use for a period of one (1) year. The recording will be hosted on Vimeo and set to play only on a specific page here at Hack Genealogy. A password will be required to access the video pages.

Questions? Email us at hackgenealogy@gmail.com.

Terms and Conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions for all Hack Genealogy Boot Camp events before you pay and register! Click here for more information.

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Genealogy Do-Over: Week 1 – My Progress So Far

Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers describes his Week 1 progress for the Genealogy Do-Over

Wow! Don’t think that just because I came up with this crazy idea called the Genealogy Do-Over, that it would be easy for me. I’ve been making good progress since last Friday, January 2nd, and I’ll be in good shape by time Week 2 starts.

Here’s an idea of what I’ve done:

  • I copied my old Genealogy file in Dropbox to my c:/Documents folder on my hard drive (which is NOT in Dropbox) and renamed it HOLD Genealogy. And of course, I made sure it was added to my iDrive backup . . .
  • I went through The Box which is an old photo copy paper box where I’ve had a few things sitting such as original records. I know – very bad and not very archive-friendly. That is one of the things I’m committed to as well: making sure that I am preserving original records in archivally-safe materials. I also went through my files and pulled the records I think I will need over the next 13-week period.
  • As for guidelines and standards, well I’ve already committed myself to the Golden Rules which I’ve posted. I also have been paying close attention to all the file naming conventions that other participants in the Genealogy Do-Over are posting over at the Facebook group. One that I really like is the one Diana Ritchie has put forth (you can see the photo here if you are a member of the Facebook group).As Diana states: “I use a system I found long ago (I can’t even remember where) that names documents starting with the person’s name then the year that person was born and then the year of the document and document type: LastFirstbxxxxYYYYDeathCert.”So for my grandfather’s birth certificate, it would be “Austin Alfred b1917d1984 Death Cert.”

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Well I am off to do some writing and getting materials ready for Week 2 of the Genealogy Do-Over. Just a housekeeping note: I will be traveling to Salt Lake City starting Wednesday, 7 January and I’ll be attending the Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference 8-9 January 2015. I will be fully connected with wireless access, but it may take me longer than usual to respond to Genealogy Do-Over emails, messages and requests.

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.