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Weekly genealogy chat topics - now a week long event!

Starting Saturday, Aug 23, 2014, our weekly genealogy chat, which just entered its 2nd Year (born Aug 10, 2013), becomes a WEEK LONG event!. Feel free to drop in and share your thoughts anytime. If ...
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Improving the weekly chat

For those who aren't aware, we currently hold a chat in a dedicated chat room every Saturday about a different genealogical topic each time. It's really great to hop in every week when I can and ...
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Genealogy Chat 12th July 2014 | Working to the Genealogical Proof Standard

In genealogy circles in the US, you'll often find somebody who is 'working to the Genealogical Proof Standard' (GPS) or at least working towards it. What is the GPS? Why does it matter? Is it ...
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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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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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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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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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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 17 May | Somebody is wrong on the Internet!

You've put your heart and soul into researching your ancestors, and made the fruits of your labours available on the Internet. And somebody has taken all your hard work and added it to their tree ...
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Genealogy Chat 28th June 2014 | Starting Over? Why and When?

If you spend any time in the genealogy/family history corners of the Internet, sooner or later you'll encounter somebody 'Starting over' -- re-tracing and re-recording their research. When is this a ...
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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 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 30 November 2013: Doing Genealogy on the cheap

Our topic of the week for 30 November 2013 will be : Doing Genealogy on the cheap. Tracking down our ancestors can be expensive -- paying for website subscriptions, research trips, copies of ...
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Genealogy Chat 1st Saturday of Month | Monthly Workshop Chat (next on 6th September)

A lot of people (I, for one) have wanted a monthly workshop chat were we can collaborate on work in progress and put together questions and answers to sum up solutions. An informal medium to break ...
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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 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 16 August 2014 | Interpreting Photographs

Photographs are a different kind of record. I know that I often don't give them much attention. However, they can offer quite valuable information. Not only specific items in the photograph, but also, ...
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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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Genealogy Chat 26 July 2014 | Graduating the Site

We are fast approaching our 650th day as a Beta site of Stack Exchange. Our Beta Site Stats Summary is available to review so let's brainstorm any ideas you may have to help put us further along the ...
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Genealogy Chat 19th July 2014 | Stay at Home Genealogy

Not all of us have the budget for genealogy travel, so making the most of the internet and local research avenues is important. Share and receive tips on how to conduct thorough research locally and ...
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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 29 Mar 2014 | Understanding Historical Contexts

Our topic of the week for March 29, 2014 will be: Understanding historical contexts. Historical context not only helps us hunt down those unique clues, but it also gives us a fuller picture of who we'...
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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 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 18 Jan 2017: What's on your bookshelf?

Our topic of the week for 18 January 2017 will be: What's on your bookshelf?, suggested by ColeValleyGirl and Jan Murphy. "What books do you find invaluable in your research -- perhaps 'how to' ...
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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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Genealogy Chat 14 Dec 2013: Mistakes we've made

Our topic of the week for 14 December 2013 will be : Mistakes we've made, suggested by Jan Murphy. We've all made mistakes and learned lessons the long way around. They're not all that fun at the ...
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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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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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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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Genealogy Chat 23 November 2013 : Getting the most out of the big sites

Our topic of the week for 23 November 2013 will be : Getting the most out of the big genealogy sites. Many of us use one or more of the big genealogy sites, such as Ancestry, findmypast, ...
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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: 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 14th June | Researching the Female Line

There are unique challenges to tracing the female line, at least in Western cultures. Name changes (sometimes many of them) every generation. Relative lack of property records. Not named in many birth ...
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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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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 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 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 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 15 March 2014: Work In Progress

Our topic of the week for 15 March 2014 will be: Work in Progress. Come and talk about the lines you're currently researching, and your progress and successes or brick walls. Or about the genealogy ...
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Genealogy Chat 26 April | Geography and Genealogy

There will be no scheduled Genealogy chat on 19 Apr 2014. On 26 April, our topic will be Geography and Genealogy. At some time we've all had cause to wonder things like: Where is this place that my ...
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Genealogy Chat 11/16/13 | Engaging relatives

Our chat topic of the week for 11/9/2013 will be engaging relatives or getting older people to share what they have/know. Almost every genealogy starts with asking the older generation. Some ...
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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 7 Dec 2013: Holiday Genealogy

Our topic of the week for 7 December 2013 will be : Holiday Genealogy. Christmas is right around the corner and for many of us, that means family gatherings. As genealogists, relatives are an ...
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Genealogy Chat 4 Jan 2014: Comparing workflows

Our topic of the week for 4 January 2013 will be: Comparing Workflows, suggested by Jan Murphy. "I'm in the midst of reviewing my prior research, and would enjoy discussing workflow and ...
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Genealogy Chat 10 May 2014 | Ephemera and unofficial sources

A while back in October, IIRC, this was the topic for the chat and there were some pretty interesting stories I heard about. Unofficial sources often contain the most interesting and unique tidbits ...
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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 1 Feb 2014: Essential websites

Our topic of the week for 1 February 2013 will be: Essential Websites, suggested by Jan Murphy. I have a long list of bookmarked web-pages that come in handy often. A good source of places to turn ...
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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 ...