CCNGS Spring 2014 Seminar will feature Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD

CCNGS Spring 2014 Seminar will feature Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD

Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD

CCNGS Spring 2014 Seminar:

Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, will be the keynote speaker for the Clark County Nevada Genealogical Society’s Spring 2014 Seminar, on March 22, 2014 at the Stan Fulton Building on the UNLV Campus.  Dr. Fitzpatrick was recognized by the international press for her work on the Northwest Flight 4422 project (Hand in the Snow) and the Identification of the Unknown Child on the Titanic. She is the head genealogist on the Abraham Lincoln DNA project. She is the author of the genealogical bestsellers Forensic Genealogy and DNA & Genealogy, Her most recent book The Dead Horse Investigation:  Forensic Photo Analysis for Everyone has become a genealogical must-have.

Dr. Fitzpatrick will speak to the Society on Forensic Genealogy: CSI Meet Roots, The Database Detective, and The Six Degrees of Separation are History – How to Find Anyone in the World.

Although Colleen works on high-level projects, she is very down-to-earth and easy to understand. Colleen’s talks will spark your imagination and motivate you to discover new ways of looking at your family mysteries. You will arrive at Colleen’s talks a genealogist; you will leave a forensic genealogist.

More information about Dr. Fitzpatrick is available on her Website.

About the Seminar:

The Clark County Nevada Genealogical Society (CCNGS) will present its Spring 2014 Seminar on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

This March seminar will be in a slightly different format in that we will have a single speaker, as opposed to our usual two or three.

The Seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Stan Fulton Building, 801 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV.   Registration opens at 8:30 a.m..

Registration will be $55.  Advance registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.  The price of the seminar includes lunch.

Further information and a printable registration form are available at the CCNGS Website.

Seminar for Spring 2014

Seminar for Spring:

Stan Fulton Building - Site of Seminar

Stan Fulton Building

The Clark County Nevada Genealogical Society (CCNGS) will present its Spring 2014 Seminar in March.

The March seminar is presented in a slightly different format in that we will have a single speaker, as opposed to our usual two or three.

Our speaker will be Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD., a forensic genealogist and former nuclear physicist.

When:

The seminar will be held from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, 22 March 2014.

Where:

The Stan Fulton Building, 801 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV.

Registration:

The cost of the registration is $55.00 for Non-Members and for those members who do not register early. Early registration for members is $45.00 for members who submit a registration form on or before 15 February or which is post-marked before 15 February.

The registration fee includes lunch.

A printable (PDF) registration form is available on the CCNGS Website.

Meeting for December

The December CCNGS meeting will be held on Saturday, December 21 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson, NV   89012.clip art of meeting

Meeting Format:

This meeting will be a free form discussion with other genealogists. There will be a short business meeting and then the attendees will break into groups to share information on, and to discuss, the following regions:

  • Scandinavia, Denmark, Finland, &Netherlands
  • Eastern Europe (includes Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, the Ukraine, & Russia)
  • England
  • Germany & Alsace France
  • Ireland, Scotland, & Wales

Come Prepared:

Don’t forget to bring notepaper and writing instruments.

For the discussion, be ready to discuss some of the problems you’ve encountered while research your ancestors, and how you may (or may not) have overcome them.  You may also wish to bring a list of sources that would be helpful to others researching the same region.

To stimulate discussion, you may wish to bring photos, maps, family recipes from the region, a family tree including your ancestors from the region, and heirlooms from the region.

Potluck:

The refreshments will be a potluck, so please bring a family dish, preferably from the region you are interested in researching.

All Are Welcome:

CCNGS meetings are open to the public, so please come in and enjoy sharing your experiences with, and learning from, others who are researching their family histories.

Training in November for Genealogists in Clark County

All listed training is free of charge and open to the public.

Clipart of classroom training

Classroom Training

The FamilySearch Library does require registration for its training classes by calling (702) 382-9695.

CCNGS Training Opportunities

Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson, NV 89012

Tuesday – 05:

Lunch & Learn – Ancestry Trees – 12:00 Noon

Saturday – 16:

Monthly Meeting –  Short Program: Organizing Your Files – 10:00 AM

Long Program: Genealogy Society Friendships

Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada, Inc. (JGSSN) Training opportunity

Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89117

Sunday – 17:

Monthly meeting – 1:00 PM

Las Vegas FamilySearch Library Training Opportunities

The FamilySearch Library does require registration for its training classes by calling (702) 382-9695.

Las Vegas FamilySearch Library, 509 9th Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Seating is limited. Call (702) 382-9695 to register for classes

A full training schedule for October is available here.

Friday – 01:

Life Stories – 1 of 4 – 10:00 AM

Saturday – 02:

RootsMagic – 1 of 4 (bring a 4-8 GB flash drive) – 2:00 PM

Sunday – 03:

Closed

Monday – 04:

FS Family Tree – 5 – Preparing Temple Ordinances – 10:00 AM

Online Books – 1 of 4 – 2:00 PM

Tuesday – 05:

Online Books – 1 of 4 – 10:00 AM

FS Family Tree – Navigating & Viewing Details – 7:00 PM

Wednesday – 06:

FS Family Tree – 5 – Preparing Temple Ordinances – 10:00 AM

Familysearch – WIKI – 7:30 PM

Thursday – 07:

Brickwall solutions – An American Princess?  The Mary Rankin Story – 11:00 AM

Latino Family History Group – 7:00 PM

Friday – 08:

Life Stories – 2 of 4 – 10:00 AM

Family History Consultants –11:30 AM

Saturday – 09:

NV African-American Genealogical Society – 10:00 AM

RootsMagic – 2 of 4 (bring a 4-8 GB flash drive) – 2:00 PM

Sunday – 10:

Closed

Monday – 11:

FS Family Tree – 6 – Attaching Photos & Stories – 10:00 AM

Online Books – 2 of 4 – 2:00 PM

Create a Family Website – 1 of 2 – 3:00 PM

Tuesday – 12:

Online Books – 2 of 4 – 10:00 AM

FS Family Tree – Adding Data – 7:00 PM

Wednesday – 13:

FS Family Tree – 6 – Attaching Photos & Stories – 10:00 AM

Guide to DNA Testing – 1:00 PM

FindaGrave & Billion Graves – 6:00 PM

Thursday – 14:

Latino Family History Group – 7:00 PM

Friday – 15:

Life Stories – 3 of 4 – 10:00 AM

Saturday – 16:

RootsMagic – 3 of 4 (Bring a 4-8 GB flash drive) – 2:00 PM

Sunday – 17:

Closed

Monday – 18:

FS Family Tree – 1 – Navigating & Viewing Details – 10:00 AM

Online Books – 3 of 4 – 2:00 PM

Create a Family Website – 2 of 2 – 3:00 PM

Tuesday – 19:

Online Books – 3 of 4 – 10:00 AM

FS Family Tree – Changing Data – 7:00 PM

Wednesday – 20:

FS Family Tree – 1 – Navigating & Viewing Details – 10:00 AM

FamilySearch – WIKI – 7:30 PM

Thursday – 21:

Computer: I didn’t know you could do that – 10:00 AM

Latino Family History Group – 7:00 PM

Friday – 22:

Life Stories – 4 of 4 – 10:00 AM

Saturday – 23:

RootsMagic – 4 of 4 (bring a 4-8 GB flash drive) – 2:00 PM

Sunday – 24:

Closed

Monday – 25:

Closed for the Holidays

Tuesday – 26:

Closed for the Holidays

Wednesday – 27:

Closed for the Holidays

Thursday – 28:

Closed for the Holidays

Friday – 29:

Closed for the Holidays

Saturday – 30:

Closed for the Holidays

Sunday – 31:

Closed

Training in October for Genealogists in Clark County

With the exception of the CCNGS Fall seminar, all listed training is free of charge and open to the public.

Clipart of classroom training
Classroom Training

The FamilySearch Library does require registration for its training classes by calling (702) 382-9695.

CCNGS Training Opportunities

Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson, NV 89012

Saturday – 21:

Monthly Meeting – Long Program: Living History—10:00 AM

Tuesday – 01:

Genealogy Research – Starting in the Homeland – 1:00 PM Further information is available here.

Saturday – 19:

2013 Fall Seminar:

On Saturday, 19 October, from 08:30 AM to 2:45 PM, CCNGS will conduct their 2013 Fall Family History Seminar at the Stan Fulton Building, UNLV Campus, 801 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89119. 

Scheduled to speak are Dan Poffenberger and Crista Cowan. 

Dan is a Contributor Relationships Manager at FamilySearch.org, and his topics are “Is that English? Reading Old Handwriting” and “When the Wave Crashes Down – Strategies for Searching for your Ancestors on the Internet.”

Crista is a Community Alliance Manager at Ancestry.com, and her topics are “Solutions to Difficult Research Problems Illustrated” and “There’s a Method in My Madness: Proven Steps in Successful Searching.”

Registration is required for the training Seminar, but will be accepted at the door. Registration forms can be found at the CCNGS Website.  The fee for the Seminar is $55.00, and includes lunch.

Tuesday 22:

Introduction to Genealogy – l:00 PM Further information is available here.

Introduction to Genealogy (repeat of 1:00 PM class) 6:00 PM Further information is available here.

Jewish Genealogy Society of Southern Nevada, Inc. (JGSSN) Training opportunity

Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89117

Sunday – 20:

Monthly meeting – 1:00 PM

Las Vegas FamilySearch Library Training Opportunities

The FamilySearch Library does require registration for its training classes by calling (702) 382-9695.

Las Vegas FamilySearch Library, 509 9th Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Seating is limited. Call (702) 382-9695 to register for classes

A full training schedule for October is available here.

Tuesday – 01:

FS Family Tree – Adding Data – 7:00PM

Wednesday – 02:

FS Family Tree – 06 Attaching Photos & Stories – 10:00 AM

FS Family Tree – 01 Navigating & Viewing Details – 2:00 PM

FamilySearch – WIKI – 7:30PM

Thursday – 03:

RootsMagic – 1 of 4 – (bring a 4 – 8 GB flash drive) – 3:30 PM

Latino Family History Group – 7:00 PM

Friday – 04:

Life Stories – 1 of 4 – 10:00 AM

Family History Consultants – 11:30 PM

Saturday – 05:  Closed

Sunday – 06:  Closed

Monday – 07:

Immigration & Emigration – 1 of 4 – 2:00 PM

Tuesday – 08:

Immigration & Emigration – 1 of 4 – 10:00 AM

FS Family Tree – Changing Data –7:00 PM

Wednesday – 09:

FS Family Tree – 01 Navigating the Tree – 10:00 AM

Guide to DNA Testing – 1:00 PM

FS Family Tree – 02 Adding Data – 2:00 PM

FindaGrave & Billion Graves – 6:00 PM

Thursday – 10:

RootsMagic – 2 of 4 – (bring a 4 – 8 GB flash drive) – 3:30 PM

Latino Family History Group – 7:00 PM

Friday – 11:

Life Stories – 2 of 4 – 10:00 AM

Sunday – 13:  Closed

Monday – 14:

Computer: I didn’t know you could do that – 10:00 AM

Immigration & Emigration – 2 of 4 – 2:00 PM

Creating a Family Website – 1 of 2 – 3:00 PM

Tuesday – 15:

Immigration & Emigration – 2 of 4 – 10:00 AM

Indexing – 5:30 PM

FS Family Tree – Attaching Sources – 7:00 PM

Wednesday – 16:

FS Family Tree – 02 Adding Data – 10:00 AM

FS Family Tree – 03 Changing Data –2:00 PM

Family Search – WIKI – 7:30 PM

Thursday – 17:

RootsMagic – 3 of 4 – (bring a 4 – 8 GB flash drive) – 3:30 PM

Latino Family History Group – 7:00 PM

Friday – 18:

Life Stories – 3 of 4 – 10:00 AM

Saturday – 19:

North African Amer. Gen. Society – 10:00 AM

Sunday – 20:  Closed

Monday – 21:

Basic Computer Maintenance – 10:00 AM

Immigration & Emigration – 3 of 4 – 2:00 PM

Creating a Family Web site – 2 of 2 – 3:00 PM

Tuesday – 22:

Immigration & Emigration – 3 of 4 – 10:00 AM

FindaGrave & Billion Graves – 6:00 PM

FS Family Tree – Preparing Temple Ordinances – 7:00 PM

Wednesday – 23:

FS Family Tree – 03 Changing Data – 10:00 AM

Guide to DNA Testing – 1:00 PM

FS Family Tree – 04 Attaching Sources – 2:00 PM

Thursday – 24:

RootsMagic – 3 of 4 – (bring a 4 – 8 GB flash drive) – 3:30 PM

Latino Family History Group – 7:00 PM

Friday – 25:

LVFS Library Website – 9:30 AM

Life Stories – 4 of 4 – 10:30 AM

Sunday – 27:  Closed

Monday – 28:

Immigration & Emigration – 4 of 4 – 2:00 PM

Creating a Family Web site – 3:00 PM

Tuesday – 29:

Immigration & Emigration – 4 of 4 – 10:00 AM

FS Family Tree – Attaching Photos & Stories – 7:00 PM

Wednesday – 30:

FS Family Tree – 04 Attaching Sources – 10:00 AM

FS Family Tree – 05 Preparing Temple Ordinances – 2:00 PM

Thursday – 31:

Latino Family History Group – 7:00 PM

 

Seminar for Fall 2013

Fall 2013 Seminar:

Stan Fulton Building - Site of Seminar

Stan Fulton Building

On Saturday, 19 October, from 08:30 AM to 2:45 PM, CCNGS will conduct their 2013 Fall Family History Seminar at the Stan Fulton Building, UNLV Campus, 801 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89119.

 Scheduled to speak are Dan Poffenberger and Crista Cowan.

Both Dan and Crista have spoken at previous seminars, and have been well-received. 

Dan is a Contributor Relationships Manager at FamilySearch.org, and his topics are: 1. Is that English? Reading Old Handwriting Summary – This lecture will be a fun yet educational look at Old English handwriting. The most problematic letters of the Secretary Hand will be reviewed. We will also compare various old handwriting styles, practice reading, cover abbreviations and Latin, as well as give strategies for becoming proficient at reading on your own. Dan will also demonstrate websites to be used for skill building, including a brief demonstration of the ducking stool game.

2. When the Wave Crashes Down – Strategies for Searching for your Ancestors on the Internet Summary – Frustrated by empty results on the internet? Can’t find your ancestor in the census? This lecture will show numerous examples of the pitfalls that sabotage your search and discuss the strategies for using Ancestry, FamilySearch and Google as examples to improve your results. Ever wonder why there are over 1000 English born in Mexico in the 1861 Census according to Ancestry.co.uk? How about why a search for a person born in Westminster, London in the 1871 Census results in just over 2,000 hits when the same search for residents of Westminster, London results in over 33,000 hits? This lecture will demonstrate some of these “anomalies” Dan has discovered over the years and give you strategies that can be used when searching a variety of websites. More success is right at your fingertips

 Crista is a Community Alliance Manager at Ancestry.com, and her topics are: 1. Solutions to Difficult Research Problems Illustrated : Hit a “Brick Wall”? This lecture will illustrate how some difficult genealogy research problems were solved.

2. There’s Method in My Madness: Proven Steps in Successful Searching Brief description: Sometimes genealogy searching is not always straightforward; sometimes you have to resort to specialized tools, procedures, sources and work-arounds. This lecture will illustrate some of the techniques used by a professional.

 Registration is required for the Seminar, but will be accepted at the door. Registration forms can be found at the CCNGS Website.

The fee for the Seminar is $55.00, and includes lunch.

Family History Month Programs

Antique photo of pioneer family near crude cabin with text "Family History Month"

Family History Month Programs for 2013

On 22 September, 1994, Governor Bob Miller proclaimed October to be Family History Month, saying, “The history of a community can best be told through the lives of its citizens.”

In order to celebrate Family History Month, the Clark County Genealogical Society is conducting several events, including a free Ancestor Research Day, and our 2013 Fall Seminar

Free Ancestor Research Day:

On Saturday, 5 October, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, CCNGS will repeat last years Family History Month event and volunteers will be available at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson, NV 89012 to help visitors locate information on an ancestor.  The volunteers will be be able to check through several on-line databases for records of your ancestor, and can offer suggestions for further research.

If you are interested in genealogy, or are just curious about an ancestor, please drop in and talk to one of our members.  The searches and assistance are free of charge to anyone who asks for it.

2013 Fall Seminar:

On Saturday, 19 October, from 08:30 AM to 2:45 PM, CCNGS will conduct their 2013 Fall Family History Seminar at the Stan Fulton Building, UNLV Campus, 801 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89119.

Scheduled to speak are Dan Poffenberger and Crista Cowan.

Dan is a Contributor Relationships Manager at FamilySearch.org, and his topics are “Is that English? Reading Old Handwriting” and “When the Wave Crashes Down – Strategies for Searching for your Ancestors on the Internet.”

Crista is a Community Alliance Manager at Ancestry.com, and her topics are “Solutions to Difficult Research Problems Illustrated” and “There’s a Method in My Madness: Proven Steps in Successful Searching.”

Registration is required for the Seminar, but will be accepted at the door.  Registration forms can be found at the CCNGS Website.  The fee for the Seminar is $55.00, and includes lunch.

Other Events:

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 – at about 9:15 AM: Presentation of a proclamation to CCNGS for Family History Month in October 2013. Held at the Clark County Commission Chambers, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, NV  89106.

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 – from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM: Genealogy Research – Starting in the Homeland – Class at the Paseo Verde Library. Further information is available here.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 – from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM and repeated from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM: Introduction to Genealogy – Class at the Paseo Verde Library. Further information is available here.