Tuesday, August 9, 2011

HCGS Aug 13, 2011 - Seminar, Jamboree, FamilySearch

The meeting of the HCGS on Saturday August 13th highlighted an upcoming genealogy seminar, what Webinars are all about, and how to order films from familysearch.org. 
Fran looking at some of the books to be available at the "Genealogy Help" seminar in November
Fran McFarland discussed an upcoming genealogy event she is putting together to be held in Laie, near the North Shore. It will be at BYU-Hawaii on Wednesday, November 23 (10am-2pm).  Louise St. Denis, will be the keynote speaker.  She is president and founder of National Institute of Genealogical Studies (NIGS) which offer online genealogy courses.   She would like some members to assist her at this event.  We discussed the schedule of the seminar and it is tentatively as follows:
         "Genealogy Help - in Hawaii and Internationally"
0900 Registration with continental breakfast (so many people will be traveling so far to get to Laie)
1000 - 1100  First Session - Lois St. Denis to explaining the NIGS courses, including Fran's new Hawaii Crash Course, and also their benefit to genealogical societies.  Also discussing Hawaii and International genealogy concerns.
1100 -1200  Buffet lunch at Cafeteria (to network with speakers/experts/one another)
1200 - 1400   Panel of experts of Hawaii, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and Filipino immigration and lives in Hawaii. 
1400 Evaluation and dismiss (so everyone can prepare for Thanksgiving)
Registration fees of $10 will cover the meals and seminar.
Table displays will be available for ethnic and society groups.
There will be a table of donated books and genealogical items that have been donated, to offer for free or minimal charge.
Donna Wendt briefly discussed attending the So. Calif. Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank in June.  She  showed how to get a compilation of Webinars that are being offered so you can register to watch them from your home computer...  Go to http://www.geneawebinars.com/ which Thomas MacEntee has created to make it easier for people to find the webinars.  Also at that site - when you scroll down -- is a list of archived past webinars that may be viewed for free or for a fee.   She brought back some CD's that contain recorded Webinars that LegacyFamilyTree.com has produced. A portion of  "Google For Genealogists" by Thomas MacEntee, was played for the group to get an idea of how helpful these Webinars can be.
Bobby showing the CD from the online webinar "Google For Genealogists" by Thomas MacEntire
Bob Stevens discussed the new system for ordering films for the LDS Family History Centers.  You find the microfilm in the Library Catalog of www.familysearch.org then proceed to order the film online, paying for its rental, as you would any other online purchase.  Then you travel to the FHC you've designated that it be sent to, so you can view the film.  The rental is good for 90 days.  Hawaii does not yet have this system in place at their Centers.  It will eliminate a trip to a Center just to order the microfilm in person.  You will need to set up an online account to do this.  The August announcement of this new film ordering service is located at https://www.familysearch.org/node/1264 and those geographic areas that have the new system in place are listed.

We always have snacks at the meetings!

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