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Weekly Chat and topic challenge: Using more than one record type to answer a question | Week of 19 Jan 2018

Here's what's on my mind this week: Why do people settle on just one record to answer their research question? In other venues, I see people asking all the time how many records they need to prove ...
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Improving the Weekly Chat, 2017 edition

This is a followup to Improving the weekly chat and The Genealogy Conference: topics for focused chats. I'd like to make a new proposal that we have a permanent topic for the Conference Room and ...
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Weekly chat: writing things down — research plans, journals, and logs | week of 10 Mar 2017

This week let's talk about ways to keep track of what you're doing with your research. This week's chat was inspired by a webinar at FamilySearch by David Dilts on using research logs -- but logs are ...
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Genealogy Chat: Prompts: help or hindrance? | week of 24 Feb 2017

Topic Challenges. Blogging Prompts. That presentation on a special topic that you just saw at a genealogical society or at the Family History Library. Do they give your research a needed boost of ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 27 Jan 2017 | Making the most of your conference experience

As we're all looking forward to RootsTech2017, which takes place from 8-11 February, let's talk about going to conferences -- whether in person, or via live-streamed video. How do you decide what ...
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Editing challenge: making questions and answers more shareable

As we approach Winter Bash 2016, let's run our eye over the site and look for questions and answers that can be freshened up, keeping in mind What makes a question (and its answers) worth sharing?. ...
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Weekly Chat: using 'born digital' databases and index-only databases | week of 18 Nov 2016

Let's talk about the challenges of using online databases that don't have any images attached. two new sites which are a huge boon for those of us studying family history in England, Wales, and the ...
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Weekly Chat: Turning the model upside down | week of 29 July 2016

Inspired by a post from The Ancestry Insider: Turning the Model Upside Down, who was reporting on Steve Rockwood's keynote address given at the 2016 BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy. ...
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Weekly Chat: DNA Research — the Good, The Bad, The Ugly | week of 15 July 2016

If you could design the ideal genealogical DNA-testing and match-analying service, what would it be? What features are great, which not-so-good, which are really ugly? Explain your "If I were master ...
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Weekly Chat / Challenge: Have you reviewed your research lately?

For this week's chat, a challenge: Have you reviewed your prior research lately? What about your questions and answers here on G&FH.SE -- have you learned about new resources that have come ...
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Weekly Chat: | What I learned at the 2016 SCGS Genealogy Jamboree | week of 10 Jun 2016

Each June, the Southern California Genealogical Society holds their annual conference, the Genealogy Jamboree. This year's Jamboree is from 3 to 5 June. Some sessions are streamed live and are ...
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Weekly Chat: Finding hidden records | week of 20 May 2016

Our weekly chat and topic challenge this week is to explore how we can find records in unexpected places. For instance -- if you can't find someone's marriage in BMDs or vital records, there may be ...
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Weekly Chat: Organizing your DNA research | week of 13 May 2016

AncestryDNA changed the algorithm that they use to show matches recently (see AncestryDNA’s Cutting-Edge Science Gets Even Sharper posted by Ancestry Team on May 2, 2016, tagged AncestryDNA, on the ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 25 December 2015 | New Genealogy Toys?

Did you discover new websites, get new software or hardware, a new subscription or new records, or receive new DNA test results? Come chat about what's new in the Conference Room -- ask questions, ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 18 December 2015 | Location, Location, Location

Place names and boundaries change over time, but our genealogy software often encourages us to standardize on a particular set of place names. But knowing the historical jurisdictions of the time can ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 11 December 2015 | Data migration and transitioning to new genealogy software

This week Ancestry.com announced that its desktop software Family Tree Maker will no longer be sold as of 31 December 2015, and that support will end after a year (1 January 2017). Let's talk about ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 27 November 2015 | Searching Ancestry: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Following up on last week's chat topic New Ancestry: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, let's talk about the main areas of the site. Some of the new record collections, like the recently-added collections ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 20 November 2015 | New Ancestry: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Earlier this year, Ancestry introduced "New Ancestry" as a beta. Now they have announced that the new look-and-feel will become permanent on 14 (Australia) and 15 (United States) December. Have you ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 13 November 2015 | Finding and analyzing military records

Remembrance Day / Veterans' Day was this week. Did you find any new information about the service members in your family? Do you need help finding or interpreting something in their records? Come ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 6 November 2015 | Workshop on searching the 1939 Register

Let's chat about the hot topic of the month: the release of the long-awaited 1939 Register. Share your search tips and triangulation strategies -- and if you've unlocked any of the records, talk ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 30 October 2015 | Tales from the graveyard

Do you have a story to tell about tracking down the final resting place of your family members? Come chat with us and talk about what finds you've made (and the misadventures you may have had while ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 23 October 2015 | Using archives and libraries for your family history research

Have you tried searching for your focus person by name, and come up empty? You've hit all your usual haunts, and don't know what do to next? A wealth of material is waiting for the researcher who ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 16 October 2015 | Getting a clue — mining documents for pointers to other research

As a follow-up to FamilySearch's United States Research Seminar which concluded today, our topic this week picks up from the final lecture, "Some People Really Need to Get a Clue! Document Analyzation ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 9 Oct 2015 | Getting the most out of Electoral Registers

Electoral Registers -- lists of voters -- can be a fantastic resource for filling in gaps in your family's timeline. But they can be a challenge to find and to work with. How do you find them? ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 18 Sep 2015 | Keeping up with the Joneses

How do you keep up with the new record releases from your favorite websites? And how do you incorporate the 'new' collections into your research plans? Share your tips and techniques. The chat will ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 14 Aug 2015 | The Genealogical Proof Standard: a soundly reasoned, coherently written conclusion

In Genealogy Chat 12th July 2014 | Working to the Genealogical Proof Standard, ColeValleyGirl asked: What is the Genealogical Proof Standard? Why does it matter? Is it applicable outside the US, ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 7 Aug 2015 | The Genealogical Proof Standard: resolution of any conflicting evidence

In Genealogy Chat 12th July 2014 | Working to the Genealogical Proof Standard, ColeValleyGirl asked: What is the Genealogical Proof Standard? Why does it matter? Is it applicable outside the US, ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 24th July 2015 | The Genealogical Proof Standard: source citations

In Genealogy Chat 12th July 2014 | Working to the Genealogical Proof Standard, ColeValleyGirl asked: What is the Genealogical Proof Standard? Why does it matter? Is it applicable outside the US, ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 17th July 2015 | The Genealogical Proof Standard: a reasonably exhaustive search

In Genealogy Chat 12th July 2014 | Working to the Genealogical Proof Standard, ColeValleyGirl asked: What is the Genealogical Proof Standard? Why does it matter? Is it applicable outside the US, ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 10th July 2015 | The Genealogical Proof Standard: analysis of collected information

In Genealogy Chat 12th July 2014 | Working to the Genealogical Proof Standard, ColeValleyGirl asked: What is the Genealogical Proof Standard? Why does it matter? Is it applicable outside the US, ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy Do-Over — Week 13 – 27 March – 2 April 2015

To kick off our Weekly Chats for 2015, for the first 13 weeks, let's follow along with Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do-Over. The topics for Genealogy Do-Over – Week 13 (the final week) are: Securing ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy Do-Over – Week 12: 20 -26 March 2015

To kick off our Weekly Chats for 2015, for the first 13 weeks, let's follow along with Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do-Over. The topics for Genealogy Do-Over – Week 12 are: Sharing Research Reviewing ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy Do-Over – Week 11: 13 - 19 March 2015

To kick off our Weekly Chats for 2015, for the first 13 weeks, let's follow along with Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do-Over. The topics for Genealogy Do-Over – Week 11 are: Reviewing Social Media ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy Do-Over – Week 10: 6 - 12 March 2015

To kick off our Weekly Chats for 2015, for the first 13 weeks, let's follow along with Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do-Over. The topics for Genealogy Do-Over – Week 10 are: Reviewing DNA Testing ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy Do-Over – Week 9: 27 February – 5 March 2015

To kick off our Weekly Chats for 2015, for the first 13 weeks, let's follow along with Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do-Over. The topics for Genealogy Do-Over – Week 9 are: Conducting Cluster Research ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy Do-Over – Week 8: 20-26 February 2015

To kick off our Weekly Chats for 2015, for the first 13 weeks, let's follow along with Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do-Over. The topics for Genealogy Do-Over – Week 8 are: Conducting Collateral ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy Do-Over – Week 7: 13-19 February 2015

To kick off our Weekly Chats for 2015, for the first 13 weeks, let's follow along with Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do-Over. The topics for Genealogy Do-Over – Week 7 are: Reviewing Genealogy ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy-Do Over Week 6: 6-12 February 2015

To kick off our Weekly Chats for 2015, for the first 13 weeks, let's follow along with Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do-Over. The topics for Genealogy Do-Over – Week 6 are: Evaluating Evidence ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy-Do Over Week 5: 30 January 2015 - 5 February 2015

To kick off our Weekly Chats for 2015, for the first 13 weeks, let's follow along with Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do-Over. The topics for Genealogy Do-Over – Week 5 are: Building a Research Toolbox ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy-Do Over Week 4: 23-29 January 2015

To kick off our Weekly Chats for 2015, for the first 13 weeks, let's follow along with Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do-Over. The topics for Genealogy Do-Over – Week 4: 23-29 January 2015 are: ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy-Do Over Week 3: 16-22 January 2015

To kick off our Weekly Chats for 2015, for the first 13 weeks, let's follow along with Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do-Over. Thomas posted Genealogy Do-Over – Week 3: 16-23 January 2015 yesterday (15 ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy Do-Over Week 2: 9-15 January 2015

To kick off our Weekly Chats for 2015, for the first 13 weeks, let's follow along with Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do-Over. Thomas posted Genealogy Do-Over – Week 2: 9-15 January 2015 yesterday (8 ...
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2015: Year (okay, thirteen weeks) of the Do-Over?

On 15 December 2014, Thomas MacEntee posted on his blog GeneaBloggers: Announcing the Genealogy Do-Over Starting January 2nd, I’m setting my 20+ years of genealogy research aside and starting ...
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WWI centenary and finding records about WWI service members

This was posted as a proposal for a conference room chat. Two of the big genealogy websites are having free access weekends this week in honor of the centenary of WWI. Find My Past is/are offering ...
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The Genealogy Conference: topics for focused chats

As proposed in Improving the Weekly Chat, we'd like to try something new with the Weekly Genealogy Chat room, which we've re-named as The Conference Room. It appears in the list of chat rooms as ...
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Genealogy Chat 1st week of Month | Monthly Workshop

Do you find yourself asking questions that have multiple questions in them? Do you have a problem you're working on, but you aren't quite sure what questions you need to ask? Would you like someone ...
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Genealogy Chat, week beginning 27 September 2014 | Uh-oh! These weren't the DNA test results I was expecting!

This week's chat topic is inspired by blog posts that were posted in Roots, our main chat room. This month, genetic testing company 23andMe was in the news because of a planned change in the way ...
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Genealogy Chat, week beginning 20 September 2014 | Using non-specialist tools for your research

Suggested by @ColeValleyGirl: What tools (that aren't specialist family history tools) are useful in conducting or publishing your research? I've seen mention of Scrivener and Outwit -- have you ...
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Genealogy Chat, week beginning 13 September 2014 | Improving the Weekly Chat

Drawing from an existing Meta Q&A on Improving the weekly chat, this week's chat will be to discuss ideas for doing just that! For those who aren't aware, we currently hold a chat in a ...
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Genealogy Chat, weeks beginning 23 & 30 August 2014 | Using GIS for Genealogy

Where our ancestors were born, married and died, (and when, of course), helps us to better understand the events they were or may have been part of. A Geographical Information System (GIS) is a tool ...