We hope it’s a simple process for you – it’s a text chat, so you should be able to just type into the box above. This year, we will be trying out a number of ‘new to us’ communication tools – via live chat, Skype, Google Hangout, maybe even a Facebook or Twitter text chat.
As requested, there is now a Rootstech 2013 Twitter box on the right hand of this page so those not on Twitter can follow along. Our BCGS Editor is at Rootstech (mdianerogers) and she is tweeting from this 3 day genealogy event as are hundreds of others – some 7,000 people are attending.
As last year, a number of events will be streamed, so go to the Rootstech.org website to see schedule and view live sessions. (All times given are Mountain time.)
If you are on Twitter, do join in with comments and questions. The Rootstech hashtag is #rootstech.
Voting for the About.com Genealogy 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards has begun and continues to March 19, 2013. There are 11 categories of Awards ranging from genealogy software to genealogy education to the best subscription and the best free genealogy websites.
Some interesting choices; each of us may find something new to try. For the Best Online Genealogy Tool or Mobile App, for example, most nominated are mobile apps, a sign of the times, for sure – Ancestry (iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad), Families (iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad), Family ChArtist, Steve Morse Search Tools, and RootsMagic (iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad).
The Quebec Family History Society is in the running for the Best State/Provincial Genealogical Society. If you do Canadian research, have a look at their website – and do think about giving them your vote. The British Columbia Genealogical Society was nominated, but didn’t make the finals this year (maybe next).
Other societies running are the Illinois State Genealogical Society, the North Carolina Genealogical Society, the Southern California Genealogical Society, and the Utah Genealogical Association.
And vote often! “You may vote once per award category per day (each 24-hour period) between February 19 and March 19, 2013.” The winners will be announced on Kimberly Powell’s About.com Genealogy Blog on March 27th, 2013.
Over on the BCGS Facebook page there’s a little conversation going on – What’s the most exciting thing you’ve discovered in your family tree? If you’d like to share your most exciting find, please post on Facebook or make a comment here. (There’s an easy Facebook LIke and comment button just below.)
General links for European genealogy and family history research
(see also lists for Eastern Europe and for individual countries)
Note that commercial/$ websites mentioned here usually offer some free information or services.
The European Library, searchable digital collections and catalogues of 48 national libraries in Europe, and links to other libraries and collections: http://www.theeuropeanlibrary.org
Europeana, digitized content includes text, images, video and sound: http://www.europeana.eu/portal
CenEuroGenWeb, includes Belgium, Denmark, Greenland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Liechenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ceneurgw
MediterraneanGenWeb, includes Andorra, Azores, Cyprus, France, Gibraltar,
Greece, Italy, Madeira, Malta, Monaco, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Holy See
(Vatican City): https://sites.google.com/site/mediterraneangenweb
Gazetteers, burial registry, many other databases, JewishGen: http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/
Articles and links for research in these countries, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland. ProGenealogists: http://www.progenealogists.com/specialtysites.htm
Historical maps of Europe, Perry-Castañeda Library, University of Texas at Austin: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/history_europe.html
Historical Maps of Europe, ReiseNett AS (TravelWeb AS, Oslo): http://www.reisenett.no/map_collection/historical/history_europe.html
The Map as History, includes Europe 1815-1914, 1918-1942, 1945 on. Animated maps of the world, some free, most by subscription: http://www.the-map-as-history.com/
Euratlas, historical maps of Europe, some free, by Christos Nussli: http://www.euratlas.com
Curated links to maps, ebooks, etc. Subscription, Genealogical Research Library: http://www.GRLresearch.com
Toporopa, a fun free site with quizzes about European geography and more, by Sonja Snoek: http://www.toporopa.eu
Displaced Persons’ (DP) Camps (mostly Europe): http://www.dpcamps.org