Monday, July 13, 2015

Next Stop Stockton!

Mapquest


Thanks to my friend Sheri Fenley my next stop is Stockton, California presenting to the San Joaquin Genealogical Society. Join me at the Chavez Central Library on Tuesday, July 14th as I present two lectures, 50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know and Newspaper Research for the 21st Century. 

This event is FREE but requires prior registration. You can register here.

See you there!

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Sailing Away Genealogy Style

(c) 2012 Gena Philibert-Ortega
Well, it's time for the Gena and Jean Genealogy Tour 2015. Jean and I are headed to Ensenada on the Carnival Imagination. Those who are going with us will be enjoying a few days of relaxing, genealogy presentations, and 1:1 consultations to help break down a brick wall or two.


While this ship has sailed, next year's cruise will be even better. Details will be announced on the official Gena and Jean blog.

Monday, July 06, 2015

July Adventure Redux

Remember, a week ago when I announced my July adventure? Well things change and I'm happy to add a new virtual presentation via the Utah Genealogical Association's Virtual Chapter on July 16th.


So please see below for my latest schedule:

First, I spoke July 1st virtually via the Legacy Family Tree Webinars. My topic was The Secret Lives of Women - Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind. If you've heard me present this before, you won't want to miss all the new tips for researching female ancestors that I've included. You can still hear this presentation for free until July 8th here. After that, consider becoming a member of the Legacy Family Tree Webinars website where you can listen to over 240 webinars (and growing) for free. It's a great opportunity.

Next, on July 6th I'm at the Corona Genealogical Society presenting on social media. This is a great opportunity to check out the Corona Public Library and  the Corona Society.

Then I go out to the high seas as  the Gena and Jean Genealogy Tour Takes to the Sea! Jean and I are genealogy cruising on a quick trip to Ensenada. More details can be found on our Tour blog. Miss out this year? No problem, we are doing it again in 2016. Stay tuned for more details.

Then I pack up again and travel up the state for more presentations. You can catch me at:

July 14th San Joaquin Genealogical Society (Stockton)
Topics: 50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know and Newspaper Research in the 21st Century

July 15th El Dorado Genealogical Society
Topic: Combining Genealogy with History

July 16th Utah Genealogical Association Virtual Chapter
Topic: Researching Mormon Women

July 18th California State Genealogical Society and Library
Topic: Her Name Wasn't Unknown: Researching Your Female Ancestor's Life

July 21st San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society
Topics: Newspaper Research for the 21st Century and Five Lessons from Researching Genealogy
Roadshow

July 28th  North San Diego Genealogy Society
Topic: WPA records

Most, but not all, of the above  presentations are free to attend. In some cases prior registration is required. Please use the above links to learn more about each presentation.

Join me as I travel around talking genealogy. Will I see you at one of my stops? Please let me know, I'd love to meet you.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Join Me Online: Legacy Tree Webinars

I'm excited to kick off July with a Legacy Family Tree Webinar.



Join me Wednesday, July 1st for The Secret Lives of Women: Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind. Great new resources and ideas for helping you to research female ancestors. Register today at Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Join me on a July Genealogy Adventure

(c) 2014 Gena Philibert-Ortega
July is going to be busy! And I hope you'll join me as I travel around California presenting on genealogy.

First, you can hear me July 1st virtually via the Legacy Family Tree Webinars. My topic is The Secret Lives of Women - Researching Female Ancestors Using the Sources They Left Behind. If you've heard me present this before, you won't want to miss all the new tips for researching female ancestors that I've included. Doesn't matter where you are, this is a great opportunity to attend a presentation from the comfort of your own home. If you are interested in attending, you must pre-register.

Next, on July 6th I'm at the Corona Genealogical Society presenting on social media. This is a great opportunity to check out the Corona Public Library and  the Corona Society.

Then I go out to the high seas as  the Gena and Jean Genealogy Tour Takes to the Sea! Jean and I are genealogy cruising on a quick trip to Ensenada. More details can be found on our Tour blog. Miss out this year? No problem, we are doing it again in 2016. Stay tuned for more details.

Then I pack up again and travel up the state for more presentations. You can catch me at:

July 14th San Joaquin Genealogical Society (Stockton)
Topics: 50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know and Newspaper Research in the 21st Century

July 15th El Dorado Genealogical Society
Topic: Combining Genealogy with History

July 18th California State Genealogical Society and Library
Topic: Her Name Wasn't Unknown: Researching Your Female Ancestor's Life

July 21st San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society
Topics: Newspaper Research for the 21st Century and Five Lessons from Researching Genealogy
Roadshow

Then a little closer to home, I'll be speaking to the North San Diego Genealogy Society about WPA records on the 28th.

Most, but not all, of the above  presentations are free to attend. In some cases advanced registration is required. Please use the above links to learn more about each presentation.

Join me as I travel around talking genealogy. Will I see you at one of my stops? Please let me know, I'd love to meet you.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Scan with a Mouse! An Interview with Ellen from Shop the Hound

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking at the Alberta Genealogical Society Conference in Edmonton. This was a great conference and while I was there I was able to talk to Ellen Thompson-Jennings from Shop the Hound. She demonstrated the Zcan+ scanner mouse to me and of course I had to buy it.

Shopping Bag by phanlop88. Image courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net


Now, Ellen is offering a very special deal to my readers. This deal is especially great if you are in the US, since Ellen's store is in Canada and right now the conversion rate favors the American dollar. She's offering $10.00 off anything in the store on orders totaling $85.00 (Canadian) or more. Just use the code Gena at checkout. That's a fantastic deal on the mouse scanner or anything else you want. (Thanks Ellen!)

So I wanted to share more about Shop the Hound and the mouse scanner with everyone so here's an interview I did with Ellen.


Gena: Shop the Hound offers various resources for family historians. Please tell us a little more about your online store.

Ellen: I'm a genealogist and both my husband and myself, love techy things. My first item was the Flip-Pal when I saw it the first year it was introduced at Roots Tech. I had to have one and I had to sell them. I didn't even have a store then.

Then it just grew, as we found other tools; like Zcan+, Picture Keepers, Eye-Fi Cards and now we have a lot of other items including some new jewelry. My son says I'm a magpie and that might be true.


Gena: We met at the Alberta Genealogy Society conference where you demonstrated the Zcan+ scanner mouse. Can you talk a little bit about its features?

Ellen: The Zcan+ is a mouse and a scanner:

  • It is PC and Mac compatible
  • It scans at 400 dpi and it has OCR (Optical Character Recognition in 199 languages)
  • Scan photos, recipes, kids drawings and share on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or email instantly
  • Scan and save as PNG, JPEG, TIFF, BMP, PDF, Excel, Word and TXT
  • Scan and with the Apps you can send to Evernote, Dropbox, Google Search Image, Google Translate or to a QR Code Reader. Or just save to your computer.


Gena: What do you use the scanner for?

Ellen: I've used it to scan photos and documents. I've scanned text and then put that text in my genealogy program. Why type things when you can scan them?

When I sold my house last year and I was on vacation camping I scanned the legal papers and sent them to the lawyer.

You can scan recipes and save it in word and now you can add your own ingredients. My husband used it to scan an old spreadsheet he had that he no longer had a copy of and saved it back into Microsoft Excel. (no formulas but the information was still there).

Gena: What makes this mouse better than some of the other personal scanners on the market?

Ellen: There are wand scanners and to be honest I've never used one. But from what I understand if you don't have a steady hand you have to start  over. With the Zcan+ it's very forgiving. I always say if the image is wonky you can just slide over that spot again. You don't have to start over.

I know many genealogist are using Flip-Pal and I love mine and wouldn't give it up but I use it and my Zcan+. They each have their own application. If you don't have a laptop or you just don't want to take your computer you don't have to,  just take your Flip-Pal.

It's especially great when you go to a country where the power source isn't the same as at home. Or when my dad gave me a box of photos I could scan while I was watching TV.

But if your at home on your PC or if you out and about with your laptop then you can use your Zcan+. As I said it depends on what your doing each has their own uses.

We carry both the USB version as well as a wireless model of the Zcan+.  If you still want to use your own wireless mouse and the Zcan+ you can there isn't a conflict.


Thanks Ellen!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Remembering Titanic

Titanic. State Library of Queensland. Flickr the Commons. https://flic.kr/p/bLog9P
Today is the anniversary of the tragic sinking of Titanic. There's so much available online to help you learn more about those aboard Titanic but I thought I would share just a few resources.

One of my favorite resource  is Encyclopedia Titanica. Lots of great articles and lists.

If you're interested in the women aboard Titanic, check out the books, Titanic: Women and Children First by Judith B Geller; Women of the Titanic Disaster by Sylvia Harbaugh Caldwell; The Titanic: Historiography and Annotated Bibliography by Eugene L. Rasor

I've had the honor of writing about Titanic for the GenealogyBank blog. My articles include Eating on the ‘Titanic’: Massive Quantities of Food on the Menu and Tracing ‘Titanic’ Genealogy: Survivor Passenger Lists & More. GenealogyBank has other Titanic related articles as well.