Using Facebook for New Jersey Genealogy

Last week, I was the featured guest on The Forget Me Not Hour: Your Ancestors Want Their Stories to Be Told radio show hosted by Jane E. Wilcox.  She invited me to speak about creating virtual genealogy communities. As a founding member of the Facebook group Nashi Predky / Our Ancestors for Ukrainian Genealogy, I have been willing to talk about starting online communities using social media.  Prior to this interview, I presented at the APG’s Professional Management Conference during day one of their poster sessions.

My poster “Creating a Virtual Community:  Nashi Predky (Our Ancestors) Unites Ukrainian Researchers” focused on the creation of a Facebook group to fill researcher’s need of an online “home” for Ukrainian genealogy. By using the social media platform of Facebook, researchers have the ability to use live arena to get and share information.  While being “only” on Facebook does limit the group’s reach, our success is definitely measurable.  Our group gained over 830 members within its first 12 months!

So, how does this relate to New Jersey genealogy?  The answer is quite simple… Were you aware that there are 40+ groups that focus one NJ genealogy and history?  If not, maybe I can convince you to become a member of one or more!

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My 2015 New Year’s Resolutions… Have You Written Yours?

How have you fared in 2014? Reviewing my genealogical goals for this past year, I see that I fell just a smidge short of the 5 “must do” items that I put on my 2014 calendar page for January 1st.

1) RESTART my research business – This has been a slow process, but I’m making strides in increasing my client workload and other genealogical activities.  And beginning this month, my genealogy business is my sole focus.

2) EDUCATION –  Success can be claimed here. I was able to attend the Salt Lake Institiute of Genealogy (SLIG) in January and Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) in July. Yeah for me!  In 2015, I plan on attending GRIP again.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to get to a Genetic Genealogy conference too!

3) MAINTAIN my business identity – Jersey Roots Genealogy hit the airwaves in May 2012 and continues its activities via Facebook, Twitter and blogging. For 2015, I will be continuing to communicate using these tools regularly.

4) REDESIGN genie website – A fresh new look is now online.  JRG had its last redesign in 2013 and I thought it was overdue for an update. Visit me @ http://www.jerseyrootsgenealogy.com

5) SUBMIT my CG application – Well, this one didn’t receive its due attention this year.  Officially, I restarted “my clock” in September and have the binder setup with Requirements #1-#4 already completed, printed and hole-punched. The focus for 2015 is to complete Requirements #5-#7 and submit my portfolio by my due date of August 31st!

While my goals that I’ve list deal mainly with my genealogical business, I have begun a list for the research goals too.  Watch for it in January!

So, what are your 2015 genealogical goals?

Happy Searching!

Michelle

Save-the-Date: GSBC Annual Seminar featuring, “The Legal Genealogist”

Genealogical Society of Bergen County (GSBC) has announced a SAVE-the-DATE for their 2014 Annual Seminar to be held on Saturday, 22 November, 2014.   The event will feature “The Legal Genealogist,” Judy Russell, CGsm, CGLsm.

The Seminar Chairperson, Judy Kenney, and her committee will announce details shortly, but in the meantime be sure to mark your calendars for the event.  You won’t want to miss this program!

Explore Your Jersey Roots Lectures sponsored by GSNJ, CJGC and NJSA

In celebration of New Jersey’s 350th, the State Archives, Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ) and Central Jersey Genealogy Club (CJGC) have come together to present an evening lecture series and all-day spring program in May-June.

The evening lectures will run on Tuesday/Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. (following extended public research hours in the State Archives’ Microfilm Reading Room), as follows: Continue reading

Another new group for Genealogy — Family History Group of the Ukrainian Historical & Educational Center

Ruthenian immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia and Ukrainians from the Russian Empire first began arriving in the U.S. in large numbers at the end of the 19th century. Since then there has never been one place here to learn about how to track down information on individual families with their ancestral roots in Ukraine and southeast Poland. The Ukrainian Historical and Educational Center of New Jersey plans to change this through the launch of its Family History Group in 2014.  Join the UkrHEC for the inaugural event of its new Family History Group and learn how to research your genealogy.

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New Jersey’s Genealogy TV Show… Family Historian

Are you interested in watching FREE genealogy videos?  Yes, that’s right, I said free.  New Jersey genealogist Stephen Conte hosts the monthly production of “Family Historian” which appears on HomeTowne Television (cable) public access Channel 36 and *online* via www.hometownetv.org.

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Searching the “Archives” of the Internet

InternetArchiveLogo“The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.”

This site can be very helpful in your research process as it offer two areas that are the focus in today’s blog post – Web and Texts.  While there are others—Video, Audio, and Projects – I’ve chosen the two that I think are the most beneficial for genealogists.

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2013 Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh Wrap-up

20130726_105525[1]In a weeklong institute, you cover a lot of ground quickly and it can be amazing when you look back over the 18 classes you’ve just completed.  With our feet firmly on the floor, we covered the topics of passenger arrival records and naturalizations from colonial times through current and the importance of documentation, not only for the reader, but for you too.  We even delved into the publication arena and discussed methods of publishing — print, EPub, self-publish, etc.

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