31 March 2015

Prepare to be Ambushed at NERGC!

Who pops into your head when you combine the words selfless giving with genealogy education? I think of Pat Richley-Erickson, also known as DearMYRTLE.

DearMYRTLE is a force in the Google+ Hangout on Air world where she hosts many different series all with the same goal, to help us. In DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community, she takes advantage of the latest genealogy developments and creates cutting edge educational programing designed to help all types of genealogists learn the newest techniques for furthering their research. 

DearMyrtle is well known for attending conferences with her AmbushCAM. Pat, along with her famous Cousin Russ, will be at the 13th genealogical conference presented by the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium in Providence, Rhode Island at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Pat and Cousin Russ will use the AmbushCAM to interview attendees and vendors about the experience. 

Message from DearMYRTLE: "We want to show how *easy* it is to record even short interviews using a camera. Those videos are automatically archived on YouTube if you do this using Google's free Hangouts on Air. 

This is a GREAT idea for family reunions."

DearMYRTLE and I at SLIG 2012. 
I agree and can't wait to see this duo in action in person. Meanwhile, check out the DearMYRTLE YouTube channel

Ok, conference goers, prepare to be ambushed!

Research on!

Jennifer Shoer aka Scrappy Gen

Let's Remember!

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

Let's Remember!

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

Let's Remember!

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