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Friday, November 13, 2020

And the winners are....







Last Saturday was our Fall Seminar with Lisa Louise Cooke. 
If you had technical issues or need to review parts of the video, please email president@smcgs.org, and she will send the link to you. Please do not pass it on. Our agreement with Lisa is that the video is for the attendees only. The link is valid until November 30.  
Also, check out her Genealogy Gems YouTube channel and Facebook page.

And we had our popular Silent Auction, which was extra silent this time, since we were all online. Final bids totaled $706.

The winners are:

Ancestry.com 1-year Membership             Susan Cohen

British Genealogy Mystery Bag                 
Jo Ann Hacker

Colonial/New England/Midwest Books      Susan Crawford

Findmypast 1 month subscription              Adrienne Smith

Findmypast 12 month subscription            MaryAnn Clifford

fold3 by ancestry                                        Joleen Sharp

GenealogyBank                                          Mary Kabakov

GenealogyBank                                          Sara Hayden

German Genealogy Books                          Kathleen Shannon

Irish Genealogy Books                                Kathleen Shannon

Newspapers.com Subscription                    Rebecca Zeren

Thursday, November 5, 2020

2020 Fall Seminar -- Gems for Genealogical Research with Lisa Louise Cooke this Saturday!


It's here!  Our online seminar with Lisa Louise Cooke.  You should have received your confirmation of registration, the URL to sign in, the handout, and a list of silent auction items. 

Gems for Genealogical Research
Presenter: Lisa Louise Cooke
Saturday, November 7, 2020. 9 am - 3 pm (social time 8:30 am - 9 am)
Via Zoom -- the link will be sent via email to registered participants several days before the seminar.

Members $50, Non-members $60. Registration is now open -- register soon!

Lisa Louise Cooke is a well-known speaker on genealogy and technology. She is an author, columnist, host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, and podcast producer for Family Tree Magazine Podcast. Her podcast brings genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world.

Four topics to up your technology skills for your genealogical research:

  • The 2020 Genealogist's Google Search Methodology
  • Google Books: The Tool I Use Every Day
  • Cool Cases Solved: How to Identity Your Photos
  • Future Technology and Genealogy – 5 Strategies You Need

An online Silent Auction will be part of the Seminar event. All registered participants will receive both the seminar link and the silent auction link two days before the seminar. Auction items include memberships to AncestryGenealogyBankFindmypastfold3, and Newspapers.com. There will also be mystery grab bags of used books on various topics.

Register online here. For a seminar flyer with mail-in registration form, click here.

Here are our Silent Auction Items.  You must be registered for the seminar to bid.



Monday, September 28, 2020

The Mystery Aussie with Pam Wong - a review






Last Saturday we had a presentation by Pam Wong about Jan See Chin, her ancestor who had a remarkable career both in Australia and China.

Pam explained that Eastern Europeans weren't the only ones who changed their names on arrival in a new country. Jan See Chin's experiences relates to those many of our ancestors went through.

Among the comments from TMGC were:
We didn't realize how much ethnic prejudice there was in Australia
Pam kept the audience engaged with cliffhangers.
 
Fugu!  OMG!

Pam used the history of the place and unusual resources, such as museums and academic papers to tell her story, and included some backstory to help us understand better.
One of our classmates suggested that this could be adapted well as a story for young readers.

A video of her talk is available on the member's page of smcgs.org under handouts and recordings.  This will be available until October 26th.  Information about ordering the book is available in the handout or by contacting her directly.
Pam can be contacted at pam.wong22@yahoo.com