MyHeritage's US genealogy advisor Schelly Talalay Dardashti and business development manager and genealogist Mark Olsen are heading off to the Colorado Springs (Colorado) Family History Expo 2012 this weekend, Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2.
In-demand speakers, each will present several programs, in addition to staffing the booth (#9,10). Here's a preview of their sessions:
Friday June 1, 2012 - Salon F
4.50 pm: Sephardic Research Comes of Age - Schelly
This session will provide many recent and relatively unknown resources for Sephardic genealogy (for those whose Jewish ancestors came from Spain), covering global country resources, searchable databases, books, libraries/archives, online sites, conferences, personalities, music and many additional aspects of the “other” side of Jewish genealogy.
6.30 pm: Online Ancestral Communities - Schelly
For many of today’s genealogists, their ancestral communities – regardless of origin – live only in half-remembered memories of parents and grandparents. Today’s technology and social media provide methods to easily recreate these communities and preserve those memories for future generations. In this session, learn about types of communities, why we should care, how to find others who share these memories, what a project might include, how to put it together and view projects that others have already created. Help preserve your roots for the future, while collaborating with other descendants around the world.
7.50 pm: Google Hangouts - Connecting Genealogists with History Worldwide - Mark
Google Plus is quickly becoming a go to place for genealogy. Never before has it been easier to connect, share, and record family history - gather for a genealogy society meeting - attend a genealogy conference - meet with a client - connect for the first time with a distant cousin - interview an elderly relative and much more. Mark, the creator of the longest Google Hangout, which lasted 77 days, will teach how to quickly connect with people from around the world to accomplish shared genealogy goals. Mark will demonstrate how you can quickly join a hangout in process or create your own. He will also teach how you can use this technology to gather your family or society together to teach, record and share experiences. This presentation will be broadcast live to the Google Plus community and - assuming a good internet connection - will involve genealogists from around the globe.
Saturday June 2, 2012 - Salon F
11.20 am: Social Media for 21st Century Genealogists - Schelly
Do you want to learn how to use today’s social media to advance your family history research? Has your society scheduled the best program in the country, but don’t know how to get the message out? Learn how to use social media to your advantage. Learn the basics of publicity along with information on the essentials of organizing an event.
1:10 pm: The 1940 Census - Mark
Having trouble finding people in the 1940 US census? Need some practical tips to make the most of available information? Mark will take you step-by-step through researching the census and will demonstrate how to find the people you’re looking for and understand the records you find. He'll also demonstrate how to use other methods to help reveal records such as using city directories or converting previous census EDs, how to decipher the information and follow clues for further research. MyHeritage was the first commercial vendor to have all the 1940 US Census images available following its release on April 2.
Stop by the MyHeritage booth (#9-10) to meet Schelly and Mark. Special activities will include:
- A demonstration of our new, improved version of family sites.
- Make family discoveries in the 1940 census.
- Participate in the "MyHeritage Challenge." Bring your family tree on a flash-drive in GEDCOM format for a free “SmartMatch” check. Receive a special gift.
- Already enjoying the MyHeritage app on your iPhone, iPad or Android? Visit the booth, show us the app, tell us why you like it and receive a gift! Don’t have the app yet? Download it for free from App Store or Google Play and start making smart discoveries.
Mark and Schelly look forward to greeting you in Colorado Springs this weekend, so do stop by to say hello.