What do I do next?

That is the question posed as the theme of the Suffolk Family History Fair next Saturday.

Wherever you are in your family history journey, it is a good idea to pause and assess your progress.  The fair provides an opportunity to talk to fellow family historians.  Just explaining your stumbling block can be enough for you to see the way forward.  Volunteer helpers will be on hand to answer your questions.

When you need a little more help than friends and free advice can provide, Family Folk offers professional research services.  Initial consultation is free, so come and discuss your next steps and get a no-obligation quote.

Date: 17 October 2015
Location: University Campus Suffolk, Waterfront Building, Neptune Quay, Ipswich IP4 1QJ. Click here for a map.

Family Folk is coming to the Suffolk Family History Society Fair

On the 17 October 2015 the Suffolk Family History Society celebrates its 40th anniversary with a Family History Fair.  Family Folk is pleased to announce that we will be attending with a stand.

The venue is:

University Campus Suffolk
Waterfront Building
Neptune Quay

Watch this space for more details.  See you there!

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Dutch October

Following Gaenovium, the genealogy technology conference on 7 October 2014, I gave a brief report on Mondays with Myrt – 13 Oct 2014, at timestamp 10:00.  After some exploration of newly discovered projects, I published more detailed thoughts at Gaenovium – Keys to Open Data and Open Standards.

Ubitquitous in Leiden, the bicycle aka. fiets.

Ubitquitous in Leiden, the bicycle aka. fiets.

Travel is always stimulating, so inspired by the city of Leiden, this month’s contribution to Worldwide Genealogy examines an important group of starter records for those with Dutch ancestry in Going Dutch, starting with Civil Registration.

© Sue Adams 2014

Technical momentum – Gaenovium and FHISO

It is a busy time in the world of genealogy technology.

Gaenovium 2014

On 7 October 2104, Gaenovium, a conference “exclusively for academics, developers and visionaries at the forefront of genealogy technology” takes place in Leiden, The Netherlands.  I have been wanting to meet and exchange ideas with just such a group of people for some time.  The arrival of my renewed passport this week gives me the final green light.

The Family History Information Standards Organisation (FHISO) has also been active recently, as I reported on my regular monthly slot at Worldwide Genealogy, with FHISO is back in action. User input needed.

The role of the archival catalogue as a fundamental research tool is a theme to which I keep returning.  Efficient, accurate resource discovery whether online, in a physical archive or in my personal archive, is essential.  In Criteria for Assessing the Quality of Genealogy Websites and Online Data, I stated that the catalogue was the most important feature of genealogical websites that offer access to digital copies of original records.  In Provenance of a Personal Collection – Archival Accession, Arrangement and Description, I demonstrated the use of a prototype archival-style catalogue in support of a piece of genealogical research.

© Sue Adams 2014

Mastering Genealogical Proof: Chapters 5, 6 & 7

An update on my participation the Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group 2, four discussions have taken place since my last post:

Chapter 5 GPS Element 3: Analysis and Correlation
30 Mar 2014

Chapter 5 – Continued
6 Apr 2014

Chapter 6 GPS Element 4: Resolving Conflicts and Assembling

13 Apr 2014

Chapter 7 GPS Element 5 The Written Conclusion
27 Apr 2014

My thoughts on chapters 5 and 6 have not made it into a blog post as I got a bit busy, but those on chapter 7 are in Thoughts on Mastering Genealogical Proof: Chapter 7-Writing or Making Genealogical Soup.

Comments on the discussions may be viewed at DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Community.

The final discussion will be on Sunday 4 May 2014 at 3pm UK time.  You are very welcome to join the event.

Mastering Genealogical Proof: Chapters 3 and 4

The Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group 2 discussions on Chapters 3 and 4 took place as follows:

9 March 2014  Chapter 3 Thorough Search

16 March 2014 Chapter 3 Revisited

22 March 2014 Chapter 4 Source Citations

I posted my responses:

Thoughts of Mastering Genealogical Proof: Chapter 3 Thorough Research

Thoughts on Mastering Genealogical Proof: Chapter 4 Citations

The next discussion on Chapter 5: Analysis and Correlation will be on 30 March 2014 moving back to 3pm UK time as the clocks this side of the Atlantic change.

MSG Study Group: Chapter 2

The Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group 2 discussion on Chapter 2 took place on 2 March 2014 at DearMYRTLE’s Google+ Hangout-on-Air event.  Including the panellists, 35 people attended.  Following the event, I posted my response to the chapter at Thoughts on Mastering Genealogical Proof: Chapter 2

The next discussion on Chapter 3: Thorough Research is scheduled for Sunday 9 March 2014 at 14:00 GMT, an hour earlier because the USA clocks change.

MSG Study Group: Chapter 1

The Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group 2 discussion on Chapter 1 took place on 23 February 2014 at DearMYRTLE’s Google+ Hangout-on-Air event.  Including the panellists, 68 people attended.  Following the event, I posted my response to the chapter questions at Thoughts on Mastering Genealogical Proof: Chapter 1

The next discussion on Chapter 2: Concepts Fundamental to the GPS is scheduled for Sunday 2 March 2014 at 15:00 GMT.

Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group

Starting Sunday 16 February 2014, I will be serving as a panelist in the second MGP Study group organised by Ol’ Myrt of DearMYRTLE fame.

We will be working through Tom Jones’ book ‘Mastering Genealogical Proof‘.

The study group sessions will be held as Google Hangouts on Air, so come along and watch the discussion on Google+ at DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Community or YouTube.

Who Do You Think You Are LIVE! 2014

I will be attending WDYTYA Live in London from 20 – 22 February 2014.

I am one of the experts who will be answering queries in the ‘Ask the Experts‘ area, sponsored by the Society of Genealogists and Ancestry.  Come along and ask for free help with your family history.

I will also be spending time representing the Association of Professional Genealogists on stand 328.  If you are looking for a professional to help you, come and ask us who has expertise relevant to your research questions.  If you are thinking about pursuing a career as a genealogist or are curious about what our members do, drop by for a talk.

Catching up with genealogists I know, meeting new people, and keeping abreast of new developments will fill the rest of the time and no doubt I won’t get around everything.