19 March 2015

An Interview with Dr. Blaine Bettinger, "Praying for Spit"

The 13th genealogical conference presented by the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium is being held Wednesday through Saturday, 15-18 April, 2015 in Providence, Rhode Island at the Rhode Island Convention Center. National and local speakers will present lectures to family history initiates, dabblers, hobbyists, obsessives and professionals. All levels are invited and encouraged to attend.

To peak your interest in attending NERGC, several bloggers were invited to interview speakers. I picked the long tube and got Dr. Blaine Bettinger! In this interview you will learn what DNA tests Blaine recommends, whether or not he has DNA evidence of Native American ancestry and his opinion on whether we can expect privacy when testing our DNA.

To read the interview, head over to my website, Reconnecting Relatives

Research on!

Jennifer Shoer aka Scrappy Gen

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10 March 2015

Genealogy Dreaming, Writing and Speaking

2015 has been so full of genealogy, I have started to dream in generations. Really. Many a night I am talking with my ancestors. It's usually happy. I only feel sad when I wake up and realize that oh, it was only a dream. Or was it?

I have been diligently writing during the first few months of the year. I continue to write the Ephemeral heritage column for Going In-Depth, a monthly digital magazine from The In-Depth Genealogist. In January, I wrote about Becky Higgins' super popular mobile scrapbooking app, ProjectLife. In February, I wrote about a cool new company, WeMontage. They make quality wallpaper photo collages. You can read my interview of the founder of WeMontage here. You can also read my interview with Valerie Elkins, a story teller and story saver

My business website, Reconnecting Relatives, LLC, sports several new blog posts about Jewish Genealogy as well as a post about a source for finding Revolutionary War soldiers in New Hampshire. If there is a Jewish or New Hampshire genealogy research topic you would like me to cover, email me and tell me how I can help you.

March is a big month. I will be presenting my Jewish genealogy talk, From the Shtetl to the Twenty-First Century. I am excited to share modern and traditional methods unique to finding our Jewish ancestors. If you are in the neighborhood join us for the presentation at Temple Israel, Portsmouth, NH. Temple Israel was the first permanent Jewish house of worship in New Hampshire and has existed in its current home for over 102 years.

Here's to moving forward in 2015! Research on!

Jennifer Shoer aka Scrappy Gen

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16 January 2015

My Life in 4 Paragraphs

What a busy month and it is only half way through. 

On January 1st, I left with my middle daughter to drive to Florida where she will be living for a few months. She is working with horses and training her horse for cross country eventing and jumping. 

From Florida, I flew home for one day, unpacked and repacked my suitcase and flew to Salt Lake City for the Association ofProfessional Genealogists' Professional Management Conference. This conference is for professional, hoping to be professional AND serious nonprofessional genealogists. Presenters were national level and included well known names; CeCe Moore, Judy Russell, Tom Jones and more. 
In 2016, this event will be held September 22-24 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As you know, Fort Wayne is home of the Allen County Public Library, which holds a tremendous genealogy collection

I started writing over at The In-Depth Genealogist. The first blog post about my new column, Ephemeral Heritage, appeared last week. The column, which shares ways to display your heritage, debuted today in the digital magazine, Going In-Depth

I have been home for a couple of days. Between reclaiming the house from the dust bunnies, grocery shopping and cooking, I have been catching up on personal genealogy emails. Genetic genealogy is starting to catch on and several family members and friends are testing and asking questions. How cool is that? 

Here's to a productive 2015! Research on!

Jennifer Shoer aka Scrappy Gen

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