Saturday, June 2, 2012


Congratulations to our newly elected SGS Board Members. New board members this year are Director of Membership, Pat Younie; Director of Education, Ida Skarson McCormick; and Director of Publications, Jill Morelli. Many, many thanks to Linda Fitzgerald, Lynn Magnuson, and Annette Dwyer who filled those positions (respectively) this past year. Retiring Director of Membership Linda Fitzgerald has graciously agreed to fill the position of President of SGS for the coming year. Profuse thanks to her!

With the change of leadership comes a change in this blog. Due to low readership and even lower participation in the monthly surveys, the Board decided to discontinue this blog. This will be the last post. We will attempt to remove it from the web as of June 15th. Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to respond to the surveys and comment on previous posts.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Another Great Seminar

Yesterday's all-day seminar with George G. Morgan was a great success--both in terms of audience comments (thank you to those who turned in evaluations) and in terms of revenue for SGS.The SGS Seminar Committee did an excellent job of organizing the event and anticipating people's needs--no mean feat given that we were using a totally new location. It's a pity the MOHAI auditorium will be a pile of rubble by the time our next seminar comes around. The weather's cooperation was a big plus, given how little space was available for dining. I, for one, enjoyed sitting outside and soaking up a few rays before heading back into the auditorium.
I am always amused that the seminar evaluations always include a few comments that the presentations were "too basic" or "too simple" AND comments that they were "too advanced" and "too fast-paced." It seems to me that this says more about the range of experience of our attendees--from total "newbies" to professional genealogists--than to the speaker's presentations.
Personally, I found George's presentations entertaining, informative, and well-organized. Since I've been doing genealogy research for over 30 years, I can't say that I learned anything totally new, but I was reminded of some things I really should be doing to organize my research (creating those chronological profiles with source citations) and to break down some of my brick walls (taking some more meaningful "sidesteps" in my research as opposed to wandering aimlessly through families).
I hope that everyone who attended learned something useful and left with a renewed energy to dive into their research.
Kudos to the Seminar Committee and all our wonderful volunteers. And, of course, to George Morgan for traveling all the way across the country to educate us.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Reverse Genealogy Webinar

Have you been keeping up with the FREE Legacy Family Tree genealogy webinars?
If not, you might want to check out their webinar website at
Last week Megan Smolnyak Smolnyak presented a webinar titled "Reverse Genealogy: Finding the Living." You'll need to scroll down a ways to get to the listing and WATCH NOW button. If you want to watch it for free, you have until May 7th.
Our own Mary Roddy has given several informative and interesting presentations on finding living relatives. Megan Smolnyak takes a slightly different approach and suggests some additional resources to use.
I heartily recommend that you take advantage of this free opportunity to hear Megan speak....and definitely check out the other free webinar offerings from Legacy Family Search. They're offering a great educational opportunity to the worldwide genealogy community.