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Did You #genchat #LadiesFirst?


Last Friday (April 13th), I had the honor of being a guest on #genchat. Have you participated in #genchat? GenChat is a Twitter chat that happens every other Friday night. Co-hosted by  @geneapleau & @leprchaunrabbit, a topic is discussed with questions being asked by the hosts and answers supplied by all in attendance. Because it is all text/images, and the information comes at a quick speed, it can take some getting use to. But the beauty of the chat is that you can use the GenChat hashtag (#genchat) to go back and read the chat at your convenience.

What can you expect to learn during #genchat? Everything from repository holdings, to helpful websites/collections, and tips from other researchers. It's an important service that is provided absolutely free.





If you want to participate in #genchat, you must have a Twitter account. Once you have an account (which is free), I recommend following the Twitter account @_genchat and the account of the two hosts listed above. And you can follow me (@genaortega).

Twitter is "cataloged" by hashtags (a pound sign and a word or words) so make sure to search on #genchat and #genealogy to find those tweets that can be beneficial to your research.



Courtesy of  @leprchaunrabbit.



Just to give you a flavor of what we discussed, here are some of my questions and tips. This is not everything I shared but it provides you an idea.





Thanks to everyone who participated in #genchat. I had a great time and hope you found it beneficial. Special thanks to the #genchat hosts (@geneapleau & @leprchaunrabbit)  who invited me to participate. 

Set Sail in August 2019 at a Savings


You may have already heard about my Founders, Fishermen, and Family History Cruise for 2019. The itinerary for the cruise has been updated to include new ports. We are now leaving from Montreal on a 7 day cruise to Boston. We will be stopping in Quebec, Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Sydney, Halifax (Nova Scotia), Bar Harbor (Maine) and Boston.




Normally the deposit is $350 but until Sunday, April 15th you pay only $100 to reserve your space! You don't have to worry about any other payment until 2019! Hurry to get in on this discount! Contact our travel agent Terri O'Connell at www.oconnelltravel.com/group/familyhistory .


Join us for genealogy, tours, travel, and fun.




*Please note that this discount refers to what you pay for the deposit. The price of the cruise is the same. 

Do you #genchat?

I'm excited  to announce that I will be on #genchat next Friday, April 13th. 



Join me for a discussion on researching female ancestors. We'll chat about our experiences, I'll give tips, and more!

To join, you'll need to have a Twitter account and you'll want to follow me (@genaortega) and genchat (@_genchat). If you miss the live chat, you can read the tweets later by searching on the hashtag #genchat.

See you at #genchat!

Women's History Month 2018: Finale


31 days. 31 record types. 31 places to search for a female ancestor.

March 2018 is over and I didn't get to all the record types I wanted to write about but there's always Women's History Month 2019 ;).

Just a reminder that you can read all of the 2018 posts by clicking the 2018 logo on the right side of my blog. Below that is the logo for the 2017 posts which explore researching female ancestors during World War I.

Good luck with your research and enjoy your discoveries!--Gena

Women's History Month 2018: Cemetery Records

Extant cemetery records differ depending on a number of factors. Today, many genealogists rely on websites to provide photos of a tombstone but depending on the type of cemetery and whether it is still active, more records could exist.

From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega

There are different types of cemeteries. It's important to know the types because that can be a clue to what records could exist. They include:

  • Church Cemetery
  • Public Cemetery
  • Customary Cemetery
  • Private Cemetery 
  • Lodge Cemetery
  • Ethnic Cemetery
  • Family Cemetery
  • Veterans Cemetery
  • Mass Grave


In some cases a cemetery may have sextant records which could range from an index entry, an index card with burial information, or a record with data gleaned from family, the funeral home, or the death certificate.  

Having written a book about cemeteries, I'm always amazed when we can find the grave marker for an ancestor. Not all markers stand the test of time. Some graves never get marked, which happens if there is no money for a stone or if someone has outlived other close family members. If the grave was marked with a wood marker, that marker would have deteriorated over time. If there was any metal in the marker, there's a chance that it was stolen by those looking to make some money from the metal inserts. Sometimes markers are stolen by people for whatever reason. In the case of a female ancestor in my family, her marker simply is gone. When asked about its location at the cemetery office, I was told that "those people died a long time ago and no one paid to have their graves kept up" (endowment care).  That was for someone who died in the early 20th century.

My ancestor's final resting place includes burials that are now under a golf course and my favorite, under a rising river. So it's not surprising when we can't find burials.


A cemetery record. From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega



So here are my recommendations:


  • It's fine to start with websites for possible photos of a marker but don't stop there. Websites to check include: FindAGrave, Billion Graves, Interment.net, and the US GenWeb Cemetery Transcription Project.
  • Search the FamilySearch Catalog for the city your ancestor lived and then click on the subject Cemeteries to find transcriptions of cemeteries.
  • Search PERSI for cemetery transcriptions. PERSI is found on Findmypast.
  • Check old Plat maps. They show cemeteries.
  • Ask locals. They may know of a cemetery on a person's land that might not be obvious from cemetery listings.
  • Know the history. For example, San Francisco has only a few cemeteries because the burials were  moved to Colma in the early 20th century so that the dead didn't take up valuable real estate. Knowing the history of a place can prevent frustration over not finding what you think should be there.

If the area's death certificates are online via FamilySearch or other websites, look through those around the time of your ancestor's death. Notice the burial information. That might help to understand where people were buried during that time. 

Lastly, don't forget the newspaper. Remember that it's more than an obituary search, especially if she lived in a small town. Researching a death means searching for the obituary but look in the days prior to that for mentions of an illness, accident, or crime that resulted in the death. After the obituary you might find a legal notice for a probate action. 

Resources
The Ancestor Hunt
MySendOff - The 15 Types of Cemeteries

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ANNOUNCING THE VIRTUAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ANNOUNCING THE VIRTUAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY The Virtual Genealogical Society is a global organization serving family history enthusiasts of all levels, geared towards those: whose circumstances make it difficult to attend local genealogical society meetingswho prefer online presentations, special interest groups…See More
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April 2018 Genealogy Virtual Meetings

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NEWEST IDG ACADEMY CLASS: BEGINNING GENEALOGY- STARTING OFF RIGHT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 24, 2018 | Utica, OHEmail Terri O’Connell for contact details, photos, and an author bio. IDG INTRODUCES THEIR NEWEST IDG ACADEMY CLASS:BEGINNING GENEALOGY- STARTING OFF RIGHTThe In-Depth Genealogist is pleased to announce the launch of the IDG Academy (http://www.idgacademy.com) class “Beginning Genealogy – Starting off Right” in April 2017. The IDG Academy is an online learning experience to expand skills in Genealogy.…See More
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March 2018 Genealogy Virtual Meetings

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The National Institute for Genealogical Studies Announces a New Eastern European Records Certificate

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February 2018 Genealogy Virtual Meetings

With all the snow we have been getting in parts of Canada, United States and Europe, it is a good time to hunker down and work on some  family history research! Do you have questions about your research? Join instructors from The National Institute…
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AN IN-BRIEF GUIDE TO NEW YORK GENEALOGY BY LARRY NAUKAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 4, 2018 | Utica, OH IDG INTRODUCES THEIR NEWEST IN-BRIEF RESEARCH GUIDE:“AN IN-BRIEF GUIDE TO NEW YORK GENEALOGY” BY LARRY NAUKAMThe In-Depth Genealogist (IDG) is pleased to present their newest in-brief research guide in…See More
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This Week's Genealogy Virtual Meetings

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has their final genealogy virtual meetings for January scheduled for Thursday and Friday. These are free, genealogy meetings led by an instructor for The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.…
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January 2018 Virtual Genealogy Meetings

Happy New Year... We hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season. It is time to get back to work on family history! Do you have any questions about your  research? Join instructors from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies for a virtual…
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Join Us For December 2017 Genealogy Virtual Meetings

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November 2017 Genealogy Virtual Meetings

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IDG Introduces their Newest of In-Brief Research Guide: “Researching in School Records” by Melissa Barker

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 10, 2017 | Utica, OH  IDG Introduces their Newest of In-Brief Research Guide:“Researching in School Records” by Melissa Barker The In-Depth Genealogist (IDG) is pleased to present their newest in-brief research guide in the research series by writer, Melissa Barker, entitled “An In-Brief Guide to Researching in School Records.” Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager currently working as the Houston County, Tennessee Archivist. She is also a Professional…See More
Oct 11, 2017
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October 2017 Genealogy Virtual Meetings

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies has a great line up of virtual meetings for October and you're invited! Best of all, it's FREE! Hope you can join us for a session applicable to your research! Do you have any questions about your…
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McNeil, Smith, Nikolaus, Hibbert, Philibert, Harsbarger, Montgomery, Randall, Earlywine, Chatham, Lewis, Ortega, Ochoa, Marquez, Aquino
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BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, 15 August, 8:00 p.m. Eastern “Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors”

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, 15 August, 8:00 p.m. Eastern



“Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors” by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG



This webinar will provide an overview of the probate process, the genealogical information that can be found in a slaveholding estate, and related records that a probate proceeding may point to.



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At 6:41pm on May 4, 2016, Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico said…

Yup the correct word is NOT CONNECTED????  SusiCP@cox.net

At 6:40pm on May 4, 2016, Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico said…

Gena Philibert Ortega,  for some reason the system says my chat is shut off? I keep clicking to go into chat room and it says not available?

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At 10:36am on March 6, 2016, Joe said…

Hello Gena, Thanks for trying to address my email issue. When I click settings...Profile...change email, it gives me a link to click on in my new email. when I do click on it, it takes me to my page. when I re-enter my profile the old address is still there

At 6:49pm on September 15, 2011, Erin Bradford (freeaainnc) said…
Hi!  I tried emailing you about the possibility of starting a new chat, but it bounced and said your box was full.  When you have some space in your email, could you email me freeaainnc@ncalhn.org?  Thanks!
At 2:49pm on August 29, 2011, Hal Horrocks said…

Gena,

Is there nothing your not involved in?

LOL

Hal Horrocks

At 7:55am on July 14, 2011, James P. LaLone said…

Gena,

Check out Monica Diesma posting the same message to many people, I think it is spam to get in contact with people. Jim.

At 10:29pm on May 12, 2011, Lawrence Wright said…
Thanks for the comment and encouragement Gena.  This is a wonderful site.  I have to confess that I feel a bit overwhelmed.  Trying to find the right pedagogy to learn this has left me feeling like a deer looking at an oncoming car at night with bright headlights on.   Larry
At 11:16am on February 9, 2011, Ellen Healy said…
Gena, So glad to see you here again. I didn't know you had been gone until it was mentioned one night on the chat. Good news!!!
At 8:26pm on November 10, 2010, Ellen Healy said…
Hi, Gena, I really love the lists of sites you have been posting in the newsletter. They are very helpful, and I just copied the ones from todays' newsletter on military records. One question I have is do you know of any good sites where records of the Spanish-American War are listed?
At 5:31pm on October 27, 2010, Sharon Rollins Pustejovsky said…
Gena,
Thanks for the welcome! I look forward to using GenealogyWise and getting to know other users, and helping each other as much as possible.

Sincerely,
Sharon Pustejovsky
 
 
 

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