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What's happening in the Occasional Genealogist world?

This post is a "round-up" of various small bits of information I want to share with you. These are time sensitive for mid-April 2017. Enjoy!

Another New UPDATE

Free Access to

This weekend only (April 14th to 16th). This is in celebration of their 500th webinar so that means you'll have access to 500 webinars for free!

Get the details, here.


Atlas of Historical County Boundaries Interactive Maps

These had been down for quite a while but are now back with new features! Check it out, here.

These interactive maps allow you to see the changing county boundaries in the U.S. from the Internet. While they were down, you could still download data or view static maps. I never find static maps that helpful for changing boundaries (although we obviously did that for decades before technology gave us other options).

My solution for the lack of the interactive maps was to download the files to use in Google Earth. For locations I work in a lot, this is fantastic. You can save what you're working on and easily come back to it later. The customizations you can create can also really help you "discover" locational information that makes a difference in your research.

However, you just don't always want to download files and use them in Google Earth. You may not want or know how to use Google Earth. You may be on a device where you can't use Google Earth. You might just want to quickly look at something. The interactive maps are great in these situations.

Where's My FTM?

Did you purchase the newest release of Family Tree Maker from the new owners, Sofware MacKiev? There have been delays releasing it while they make sure the tree syncing feature works correctly. I'm all for delayed release instead of me beating my head against my desk because of problems when it's released.

If you haven't already heard it somewhere else, you can keep up to date with what's going on via the Software MacKiev support site. They are still emailing out updates, but the website is updated more often.

Do you remember back in January I mentioned FamilyTreeMagazine's website had monthly challenges? Well, this month isn't exactly a challenge, but is something great for Occasional Genealogists to casually check out.

Website a Day

For April, the "challenge" is a website a day from FamilyTreeMagazines "101 Best Genealogy Websites." As an Occasional Genealogist, you might not want to take the time to review the entire list. This gives you 30 choices (once it's complete) you can easily click. If you visit periodically throughout April, you can focus on reviewing just the sites listed so far, an even more manageable task.

I'm giving three lectures in the upcoming 33 days, or so.

April 26th

On April 26th I'll be speaking at the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium's (NERGC) Conference. The 26th is their day with specialty tracks (you register for a single track instead of the normal conference set-up---which starts the next day---where you pick and choose each individual lecture).
I am speaking during Tech Day track 2 "Advanced Tools." I'm giving one of my favorite lectures.
Evernote for Everything Else

May 11th & 12th

In May I'm giving two lectures at the National Genealogical Society Conference in the States (usually just called the NGS Conference). This year it is once again being held in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was a great conference last time it was in Raleigh. The facility was nicely laid out (sometimes we've been someplace where it felt like running a marathon from room to room) plus you can conveniently do some research, too.

On May 11th I'll be giving one of my most popular lectures. 
Your Portable Sortable Research Log 
It's about keeping a research log in Excel although you can apply the concept to any spreadsheet program you choose. This lecture is perfect for anyone who has wondered if they should keep their log in a spreadsheet or who has struggled to keep one in a spreadsheet. I'll be writing a post (or two) later with more details.

On May 12th I'm giving my number one favorite lecture, and one of my few tech-free lectures.
Clueless? Maybe Not.
This is a case study to show you how a pile of seemingly useless documents provided me with some nearly concrete answers. It's very possible I will never get an answer more exact than what I was able to determine by correlating these records and writing an analysis. All of the records had been in my "filing cabinet" for years before I put them all together and discovered I was sitting on genealogical gold!

Learn more about the NGS Conference
NGS Conference, 10-13 May 2017, Raleigh, NC

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