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October  2014 Chat Schedule

As of October 6, 2014

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Monday, Oct 6, 10:00pm (ET) (Tuesday Oct 6, 2:00am GMT) GENTREK:  Another Look at Solving Genealogical Problems.  Genealogical research actually consists of defining, evaluating, and solving a series of related problems.  A Dutch proverb aptly states, "He who has a choice has a problem."  And problems are correctly solved by making right choices when selecting source materials and when making assumptions and forming conclusions from them.  But genealogical source materials contain little direct, firsthand evidence.  Thus, most genealogical solutions require the use of secondhand (often called circumstantial) evidence; and for some problems we cannot find either kind.  Your Chat Host, Dae Powell.

Tuesday, October 7, 8:00pm (ET). Genealogy Trivia Chat.
Your Chat Host, Rita-Louise Ely


Thursday, October 9, 9:00pm (ET). How We Bury The War Dead

My Uncle William Marsh who died in World War II, is buried at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila, Philippines. I wanted to know why he was buried in the Philippines. Your Chat Host, Gus Marsh

Monday, Oct 13, 10:00pm (ET) (Tuesday Oct 13, 2:00am GMT) GENTREK: Blind Luck in Genealogy I'd like to share some eclectic and serendipitous experiences about researching your family history.  I not only find these stories entertaining, but there is often a lesson to be learned, too.  Your Chat Host, Dae Powell

Tuesday, October 14, 8:00pm (ET). Genealogy Trivia Chat.
Your Chat Host, Rita-Louise Ely

Thursday, October 16, 9:00pm (ET). A New Look At Immigration Passenger Manifests

Many people have found the Passenger Arrival Manifests for their Immigrant Ancestors on the Ellis Island Records site. I have found the Passenger manifests for my grandparents from Norway and several other relatives who came thru Ellis Island.

Only recently, however, have I started to take a close second look at these records to discover what additional information they contain about my ancestors – information that may be hidden in annotations and even on other pages of the manifests. Your Chat Host, Gus Marsh.

Monday, Oct 20, 10:00pm (ET) (Tuesday, Oct 20, 2:00am GMT) GENTREK: Genealogy Blogs.  The largest grouping of blogs (770) appears under the heading of “personal research.”  Two other large categories of blogs include locality specific sites (285) and sites for tips, resources and reviews (293). Your Chat Host, Dae Powell

Tuesday, October 21, 8:00pm (ET). Genealogy Trivia Chat.
Your Chat Host, Rita-Louise Ely

Thursday, October 23, 9:00pm (ET). Genealogy Podcast via iTunes

If you are like me, you probably heard someone talk about podcast and it perked your interest. The big advantage is that it’s a genealogy radio show available online, all the time! Listen from your computer or MP3 player. You'll hear research strategies, the latest Internet search techniques and advice from the top genealogy experts. Your Chat Host, Gus Marsh

Monday, Oct 26, 10:00pm (ET) (Tuesday, Oct 27, 2:00am GMT) GENTREK: Deed Books.  Visit a courthouse and you'll find lawyers and title searchers scurrying about using modern deed books to prove lines of a title to a piece of property for clients investing in real estate. However, you'll rarely encounter family historians and genealogists combing the books of early vintage. Your Chat Host, Dae Powell.

Tuesday, October 28, 8:00pm (ET). Genealogy Trivia Chat.
Your Chat Host, Rita-Louise Ely

Thursday, October 30, 9:00pm (ET) Making a Family History DVD.

This chat will cover getting started, software for Mac and PC's. selecting music and securing rights if necessary. Also includes burn speeds and other great tips. Your Chat Host, Gus Marsh. 


Chat Hosts

Your Hosts Jayne McCormick and Dae Powell
My name is Jayne McCormick. I live in the First State. I've
been working on genealogy for at least 30 years. My family had
put together a lot of information, but none of it was documented.
I'm working on that.

I began to host a Civil War chat about 1995 in the old Golden
Gate Genealogy Forum, and moved on through all the AOL changes. I
joinedDae in GENTREK April 18, 2005.

I taught a beginner's genealogy class at my local Senior Center,and
now we get together once a month to ask questions and
share stories.

I am on the Board of Directors of the Fort Delaware Society where
I am the liason between the Society and the Volunteer Brigade
who goes to Pea Patch Island and keeps the trail to the Heronry
open.They take care of the garden, paint, anything that needs to

This has been a fantastic journey.

This is Dae Powell, designer and operator of I designed ShoeString Genealogy in order
to sharewhat I've learned with you and what I'm still learning. I
designedGENTREK for the same reasons and to learn from the
discussions thefollow the presentations.

I've been researching my family's history since 1972, but for
thefirst 20 years my results were somewhat serendipitous. Once
Istudied what professionals do, which resources are trustworthy,
andhow to properly document my sources, I progressed more rapidly.
Ithas been an odd odyssey.

Having been trained in research and analysis, I find those
skillsparamount in genealogy. I've extensive experience in
English,Portuguese, Hebrew and German. (My Spanish is improving.)
In thecomputer field I learned logic, flowcharting and
proceduralanalysis. While an intelligence analyst, I learned to
look at datafrom as many perspectives as possible. As a banker, I
learnedbusiness acumen and financial strategies. My college
education inhistory only whetted my appetite for the best parts of
genealogy—the motivations, the customs, the stresses and the
stories of ourancestors!

A hearty "thank you" to the many people on AOL, the GenealogyLookup
Forum, the National Genealogical Society, and the goodpeople at
Wholly Genes Software. I've learned so much from you. Anda special
"thank you" to several of my close friends and mentorswho have
supported my genealogical efforts so loyally: JayneMcCormick, my
GENTREK partner, Christine Rose, FASG, *** Eastman,Patricia Law
Hatcher, FASG, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, and ofcourse, Elizabeth
Shown Mills, FASG. It will be so much fun sharingGENTREK here on Join us for some genealogicaledu-tainment.

Your Host, Jim Avery
I am 60 years old and have been retired from the Department
ofVeterans Affairs ( VA ) for the past four years. While there I
wasa Military Records Specialist. I have a BA in Politics and
PublicAffairs from the University of Miami (Go Canes!) I was born
inHarrisburg PA and since college have lived in Virginia and
Vermontand am now back in PA - York County to be exact. I am a
member ofthe York County Heritage Trust, the Adams County
HistoricalSociety, and the Dover (PA) Historical Society. My areas
ofinterest include genealogy of course, local history,
Gettysburg,Paranormal research and Para-genealogy (where paranormal
andgenealogy meet), and early religious groups in PA. When in
VermontI was a volunteer on Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness
( ) I volunteered
tophotograph tombstones. I was a host on the old Golden
GatesGenealogy Forum on AOL. I currently informally co-host a
paranormalchat there. I also co-host a General Genealogy chat and
aParanormal chat on Genealogy Lookup Forum. Other hobbies
includeraising my dog Stormy (shown with me in my
photography),photography, reading, painting and ghost hunting.

Your Host, Erin Bradford

I am a genealogy librarian at the State Library of North Carolina.  I have been doing my own family’s genealogy for about 20 years, 16 seriously.  I also work on other genealogy projects focused on North Carolina genealogy.  I now help other researchers with their genealogy almost exclusively through my job at the State Library and work on my own projects on the weekends. 

I am originally from Montana and the first in my direct family line not born in North Carolina (dad’s home state) since 1770 or Illinois (mom’s home state) since the mid 1800s. 

My genealogical focuses are North Carolina genealogy, identifying and documenting free African Americans in antebellum North Carolina (hence my screen name freeaainnc), and identifying and documenting the many Bradfords who lived in North Carolina in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Your Host, Gus Marsh
I started at McDonnell Douglas in 1968, first as a UNIX and lateras
a Macintosh I/T Specialist/Advisor. In 1993 McDonnell Douglaswas
one week away from bankruptcy, and they got IBM to purchase allof
the computers, desktops, mainframes, and gave McDonnell Douglasa
check for three million dollars with a signed contract to
supportthose computers for 10 years. On one Friday we were all
working forMcDonnell Douglas, and the next Monday we were all
working for IBM.In 1995 Boeing purchased McDonnell Douglas. In
2003, the contractwith IBM expired, and many of us went back to
Boeing. This is aperfect example of our current complicated
business world ofmergers, acquisitions and buyouts. I retired from
Boeing in thesummer of 2008 and pursed my career in genealogy. I
had startedfamily research around 1983, using PAF, then later on
Reunion. I ama life-time member of OCCGS (Orange County California
GenealogicalSociety). I dabbled into genealogy off and on, but
really gotserious when I retired. I have researched in Salt Lake
City,Buffalo, New York and Oslo, Norway. I have published one book
todate, made several family history calendars, created many
familyhistory DVD's and most recently created a family history
series ofposters, both on my maternal and paternal family.

Your Host, Heather Isbell Kramer
As a member of GenealogyWise, Heather Isbell Kramer
enjoysparticipating in groups and meeting new cousins! To
Isbell-Kramer,the greatest thrill of genealogy research is
understanding thestory behind the original records. She is a 2002
graduate ofSouthern Illinois University with a BS in History and a
2009graduate of University of Wisconsin with a MLIS. Past
positionsinclude work with the Daughters of the American
Revolution,Missouri History Museum, and St. Clair County Historical
Society inIllinois. She has presented a range of topics to groups
includingTexas Library Association, Louisiana Archives and
ManuscriptsAssociation, and the Texas Society Sons of the American
Revolution.Currently, she is a librarian at Clayton Library in
Houston, Texas.She lives in Sugar Land, Texas with her husband,
son, their dogBlizzard, and her happy cat Indiana.

Your Host, Carol Leve
I always had questions about my family and started searching
forthem in 1996 online. I became the accidental family
genealogist.It's been a fun journey meeting such great people along
the way. Iwas born in NYC and do most of my research in NY.

My interests are in genealogy, paranormal and photography. I
haveenjoyed shooting re-enactments and historical sites for
mydaughter-in-law who is a re-enactor. But, anything, anywhere can
bemy subject.

I have been married to my wonderful husband of 41 years
whotolerates and supports my eclectic interests. Mom to 3
grownchildren, two sons and a daughter, and Grandma to one sweet

I look forward to meeting all of you.


Sunday, March 4, 4:00pm (EST). Nostalgia-British Invasion, Part 2-The Rolling Stones. Your Chat Host, Jim Avery






Thursday, March  8, 9:00pm (EST) – North Carolina Chat
War of 1812 in North Carolina. 2012 marks the beginning of the bicentennial of the
War of 1812. Learn about how North Carolinians were affected by the war and the
soldiers who fought. Your Chat Host, Erin Bradford










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