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National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

NARA Virtual Genealogy FairComing in October . . . the National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair!
The fair takes place online October 26th and 27th. It is free and being broadcast via YouTube. Viewers watching it live will have opportunities to interact with speakers and other attendees. All sessions are recorded and can be viewed at a later date. Visit the fair page for details and the session schedule. You can also watch sessions from previous fairs.

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GeneaPress: WikiTree Announces Source-a-Thon

WikiTree will be kicking off Family History Month with a three-day sourcing marathon, October 1-3, 2016. Individuals and organizations from around the genealogy community are coming together to support this event by donating door prizes for participants. Over $3,000 in genealogy prizes have already been pledged.

Citing sources is required on WikiTree’s collaborative, free family tree, but inexperienced genealogists don’t always record them. As Mags Gaulden, a WikiTree leader, states, “In a perfect world all genealogies would be well-sourced, but unfortunately this isn’t the case. We have all run across online genealogies that are just repeats, copy-and-pastes, of what someone else had thrown up based on what aunt Mabel told them back in the 70s.”

Second-hand family information deserves to be preserved and shared, but it needs to be verified. Generous genealogists in the WikiTree community help each other every day by confirming the information in unsourced profiles and adding citations. 200,000 profiles on WikiTree’s 12-million person tree are currently identified as needing independent verification. The Source-a-Thon is a major community event to slash that number, draw attention to the importance of sources, and to have fun doing it.

Live chats will be hosted every few hours during the three-day event for participants to cheer each other on. During the chats, random winners will be drawn for valuable prizes including full memberships at MyHeritage, FindMyPast, Ancestry, Fold3, Newspapers.com, and GenealogyBank, DNA tests from Family Tree DNA, conference passes for RootsTech, software, books, gift certificates, t-shirts, research assistance, and much more.

To be eligible for door prizes, participants must register in advance and get a “race number.”

See http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Source-a-Thon for details and to register.

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Indexing Records at  FamilySearch.org

FamilySearch is sponsoring an online indexing event beginning July 15th. Indexing is what makes records searchable and is a great way to help move genealogical research forward.

Everyone deserves to be remembered and you can help make this possible. No special skills or time commitments are required. Together, we can help people from around the world find and trace their ancestry for free. Watch the video to find out, in just a few short minutes, what indexing is and how it works.

Learn more at FamilySearch.org

Scanfest is Coming!

The July 2014 Scanfest will take place here at AnceStories this coming Sunday, July 27th, from 11 AM to 2 PM, Pacific Daylight Time.

What is Scanfest? It’s a time when geneabloggers, family historians, and family archivists meet online here at this blog to chat while they scan their precious family document and photos. Why? Because, quite honestly, scanning is time-consuming and boring!

Scanfest is a monthly online event hosted by Miriam at AnceStories.
Scanfest is Coming!

Scanfest is Coming!

This monthly event is hosted by AnceStories and takes place February 23rd beginning at 11:00am Pacific Standard Time.

What is Scanfest? It’s a time when geneabloggers, family historians, and family archivists meet online here at this blog to chat while they scan their precious family document and photos. Why? Because, quite honestly, scanning is time-consuming and boring!

Scanfest is a great time to “meet” other genealogists, ask questions about scanning and preservation, and get the kick in the pants we all need on starting those massive scanning projects that just seem too overwhelming to begin.

Follow the link for details on how to participate.
Scanfest is Coming!