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Monday, October 09, 2017

It's Almost Time: CGSI Genealogical and Cultural Conference Pittsburgh, PA October 17-21

It's almost time for the 16th CGSI Genealogical and Cultural Conference October 17-21 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  


CGSI Registration booklet. Click here to learn more and register.

Will I See You in Pittsburgh Next Week? 

I have been waiting for this conference for over a year.  I have  the honor of presenting the keynote address on Friday, 20 October 2017 - "They Built This City: Celebrating Pittsburgh’s Industries and Immigrants."  The opening session starts at 8:00 a.m. with the singing of the Czech, Moravian, Slovak and Carpatho-Rusyn National Anthems, and the Star Spangled Banner, followed by the keynote talk.

I will also be presenting three other sessions during the conference:

  • Overcoming Brick Walls in Eastern Europe Research (Thursday, 10/19)
  • Beginning Slovak Genealogy (Friday 10/20)
  • Identifying Pittsburgh’s Slovak Cluster Communities and Their Role in Preserving Slovak Heritage (Saturday, 10/21)


About CGSI

The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International Conference is the premier event to learn about techniques for genealogical research in the areas now known as the Czech and Slovak Republics.

Presentations throughout the conference will explore the history and culture of the people who lived in the present-day Czech and Slovak Republics.

Ethnic-focused bus tours of the Pittsburgh area, live performances of regional music, and special-interest movies are all a part of the CGSI Conference.

The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society was founded in 1988 in St. Paul, MN. It was incorporated as the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International in 1991. 

CGSI currently has about 2,400 members from across the US, Canada and the Czech and Slovak Republics.

More information including registration form can be found at http://www.cgsievents.com



Copyright 2017, Lisa A. Alzo.  All Rights Reserved

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Fall into Family History Webinar - Now Available for Purchase

Did you miss the Fall into Family History Webinar on Saturday, 30 September 2017?  The complete session is now available for purchase in digital format for just $19.95!


Digital Version Now Available

I had such fabulous time teaming up with my friend and colleague, Denise Levenick aka The Family Curator, and we helped an enthusiastic crowd kick off their family history writing and photo projects. Since October is Family History Month, there is no time like the present to share your family photographs and stories.  

Click here to learn more and purchase your copy of the digital version (includes links to watch the videos and PDF handouts).  

Details

Session 1: Organizing Your Family History Writing Project 
with Lisa Alzo, will show you how to:
  • confront and conquer writer’s block
  • use storyboarding to organize your ideas
  • find and use pro writer’s tools for outlines, timelines, mind maps and more
  • generate and discover new ideas to bring your stories to life 

Session 2: Selecting and Preparing Images for Your Family History Project 
with Denise Levenick, will help you know:
  • what to look for when choosing snapshots and digital images
  • minimum requirements for image size and resolution
  • how to organize images for easy access and publication
  • the three photo edits every picture needs
  • how to convert file formats for your project 

PURCHASE NOW 


[Disclosure: The above post is an advertisement for a paid webinar I am selling]

Copyright 2017, Lisa A. Alzo, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Announcing Fall into Family History Month Webinar: Saturday 30 September 2017!

I'm pleased to announce that registration is open for a special Fall into Family History Webinar on Saturday, 30 September 2017. 


I will be teaming up with my friend and colleague, Denise Levenick aka The Family Curator, and we want to help you kick-off your next family history writing or photo project.

Yes, we know this is short notice, but Denise and I were talking last week about how we could combine our areas of expertise to encourage and inspire genealogists to share their family photographs and stories. Since October is Family History Month, we decided to seize the moment!

The online seminar will take place on Saturday 30, September 2017 starting at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time / 8:00 a.m. Pacific time. Cost is just $19.95. There will be two sessions, which will include Q&A and we will also draw for some fun prizes.

Session 1: Organizing Your Family History Writing Project 
with Lisa Alzo, will show you how to:

  • confront and conquer writer’s block
  • use storyboarding to organize your ideas
  • find and use pro writer’s tools for outlines, timelines, mind maps and more
  • generate and discover new ideas to bring your stories to life 


Session 2: Selecting and Preparing Images for Your Family History Project 
with Denise Levenick, will help you know:


  • what to look for when choosing snapshots and digital images
  • minimum requirements for image size and resolution
  • how to organize images for easy access and publication
  • the three photo edits every picture needs
  • how to convert file formats for your project 

Limited seats available. All paid registrants will receive links to watch the recordings and will receive the handouts, so if you can't attend the live webinars on Saturday, you can still register and watch later on your own schedule.

Registration ends at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, 29, September 2017.  Click here to register or learn more. 



If you are ready to jumpstart a project this October, then register TODAY for the Fall into Family History Month Saturday Seminar.


[Disclosure: The above post is an advertisement for a paid webinar I will be presenting]

Copyright 2017, Lisa A. Alzo, All Rights Reserved


Friday, September 08, 2017

Mark Your Calendars Now! Polish Genealogy Seminar October 13-14, 2017

If you have Polish or Ukrainian roots, then you won't want to miss the Polish Genealogy Seminar hosted by my friends from the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast in New Britain, Connecticut, Friday and Saturday, October 13-14, 2017 in New Britain, Connecticut. 

I have had the pleasure of participating as a speaker at this conference several times over the years, and I can honestly say it is one of the best run genealogy events around. 

Register now to reserve your space!




Below is the press release from the conference.  

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The Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, Inc. and The S. A. Blejwas Endowed Chair of the Polish and Polish American Studies, Central Connecticut State University cordially invite you to attend the 2017 GENEALOGY CONFERENCE to learn the strategies for tracing your Polish-American and Eastern European roots.

It will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 and Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Institute of Technology, Business and Development, Downtown campus of Central Connecticut State University, 185 Main Street, New Britain, CT.

The conference provides an opportunity to learn strategies for tracing your Polish-American and Eastern European roots.  The speakers are well known in Polish genealogy circles and their discussions will enable attendees to fill in the missing pieces of their family history.  Speakers have extensive experience in their respective fields and have been featured at numerous regional, national and international conferences.

Featured speakers will be Matthew Bielawa, (Vice-President, PGSCTNE), Dr. Mieczyslaw B. Biskupski, (Endowed Chair, Polish and Polish-American Studies, CCSU), Michelle Chubenko, (New Jersey), David Ouimette, (Utah), Tadeusz H. Piłat (Tarnobrzeg, Poland), Thomas Sadauskas (Virginia), Jonathan Shea, A.G., President, PGSCTNE).and Julie Szczepankiewicz (Massachusetts).
A two-part seminar will be presented on "Finding the Missing Pieces of Your Polish and Ukrainian Family History." 

Many lectures are scheduled including:  

1.  "Did Pilsudski Raise a Polish Army in America?"
2.  "Jersey Roots: Touring the Garden State"
3.  "Genealogy in Ukraine:  Discover Online Resources,"
4.  "The Story of Polish Immigrant Millworkers,"
5. "Overcoming Spelling Problems and Unlocking the Power of Names"
6.  "Europe's World War II Displaced Persons: Their Little Known Story," and
7.  "The Ins and Outs of Geneteka:  How it Works and How to Use it Most Effectively." 
8.  Tadeusz Pilat will speak on "Greek Catholics in Poland and Family Research" and "MilitaryConscription Lists in the Kingdom of Poland and Genealogical Research." 

For more information, please see the conference website at http://www.pgsctne.org/Conference%202017/List%20of%20hyperlinks.aspx which includes the conference schedule, speakers' biographies, and lecture summaries.   Information and forms about one-on-one consultation appointments with the speakers (a limited number are available), registration and lecture selections are also available.

Throughout the day, a collection of books, maps and other materials will be available to all attendees for consultation.  Officers of the Society will be present to answer questions.

Click here for more information.


Copyright, PGSCTNE and Lisa A. Alzo, 2017
All rights Reserved


Sunday, August 06, 2017

Great Genealogy Education! Save 50% on Legacy Family Tree Webinars Membership through August 13th!

Last week there was big news from Legacy Family Tree - they will soon become a part of MyHeritage. This means Legacy gets to expand both their software and their popular webinar series. 


Legacy users received a message about the merge:

"We are proud to share with you the biggest step forward we have ever made with our Legacy Family Tree software and our FamilyTreeWebinars.com webinar series. We have entered into an acquisition agreement with MyHeritage, a leading global destination for family history and DNA with 91 million users in 196 countries. The acquisition will provide the resources and cutting edge technologies to advance and expand both our #1 rated software and our #1 rated webinar series. Think Legacy is good now? Watch out future – here we come!"

You can read the entire announcement and learn what this means on the Legacy Blog.

To celebrate their news, Legacy Family Tree is offering 50% off their yearly webinar membership until August 13, 2017! If you have an existing membership, add another year!  

Click here to subscribe now. 

I have been a presenter for Legacy Family Tree Webinars since 2011.  With a membership, you can watch any of my 33 classes (and counting) my popular Scrivener for Genealogists and Tracing Your Immigrant Ancestors series, as well as webinars on Trello, Writing Family History, Eastern European Genealogy. and Pennsylvania Research. There are hundreds of other classes too!

As a part of MyHeritage, there is greater opportunity to reach a much larger and worldwide audience. I look forward to more great webinars with Legacy both as a presenter and viewer!

Copyright 2017, Lisa A. Alzo
All Rights Reserved


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

10 + 1 Year Blogiversary for the Accidental Genealogist

Normally people don't make it a point to celebrate the 11th milestone of anything.

For wedding anniversaries, steel (which represents strength), is the traditional material of the eleventh anniversary. It is not shiny (like gold, silver, or diamonds), but rather it is a practical, sturdy material.

Today, I mark 11 years posting as The Accidental Genealogist. Last year I completely missed acknowledging my 10th blogiversary (ten is one of those milestone numbers). I don't know how I forgot, but the date came and went without any post from me.  So this year, I was determined to remember and write a post marking my years blogging.

However, while searching online for information about the number 11, I came across some interesting information, including about how the number is recognized in numerology. Apparently,  11, 1, 11, 111, and 1111 in "Angel Numbers" all mean: "Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts are manifesting instantly into form. Focus only upon your desires and not upon your fears."

So I have chosen this as a sort of appropriate theme for my 11th year of blogging--a decade +1 year of blogging and still going strong.

As a brief retrospective, I have selected the following 11 posts as my favorites (not necessarily in any particular order).

1. Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month (The very first post launching my popular blogging prompts series I have hosted every March from 2010-2017; posted February 28, 2010)

2. Sojourn in Slovakia (Series about my first visit to Slovakia, posted June 15, 2010)

3. Sojourn in Slovakia: The Sequel (series about my return trip to Slovakia, posted July 01, 2012)

4. Ten Genealogy Lessons I Learned from My Mother (posted May 10, 2015) 

5. Ten Genealogy Lessons I Learned from My Father (posted June 21, 2015).

6. Ten Things I Miss About Dad: Remembering John Alzo 1925-2005 (posted  November 27, 2015)

7. Free Video for The Write Stuff: Using Nonfiction Writing Techniques to Write a Better Family History(the post I wrote about celebrating 25 years as a nonfiction writer, posted March 20, 2015)

8. Family History Writing on the Go! Review of Scrivener for iOS (posted July 20, 2016)

9.The Write Stuff Genealogy Intensive Returns! (posted February 23, 2017)
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10. Advent Calendar: December 1, 2009 (my first post for the Blogging prompt series Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories, posted December 1, 2009)

11. No Looking Back: Why I'm Choosing Myself in 2016! (posted December 31, 2015)


Even though an event (such as my 10th blogiversary) passes without recognition, there is no harm in revisiting it.  Also, as I move on from year 11, I am looking forward to what new topics about genealogy and writing will inspire future posts for this blog. 

Copyright 2017, Lisa A. Alzo
All Rights Reserved

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Scanning with Friends: I’m Joining the Family Curator’s Genealogy Scan Along. How About You?

For the past month, I have been sorting through what seems like an endless collection of personal and family photographs. My goal is to preserve those images I want to keep and purge those that don't hold as much sentimental value (by purge I don't necessarily mean "destroy" but rather give photographs to family members or perhaps donate some to hometown historical society).  

So when I learned about the Genealogy Scan Along from my colleague and friend, Denise Levenick (aka The Family Curator), I knew this was the perfect opportunity to jumpstart this endeavor. Starting this week, Denise will host a Genealogy Scan Along at The Family Curator website with tutorials and tips to create a family history photo book. Denise calls it a "virtual scanning bee." For four weeks, participants will each work on a scanning project (and connect via a Facebook group) following a weekly tutorial and instructions for creating a family history photo book step-by-step.

Image courtesy of Denise Levenick


The Genealogy Scan Along begins on June 21, 2017, so I have a few days to decide what my first scanning project will be. Likely, it will involve photographs from my mother's side of the family since we are holding our 50th family reunion next month. I have a huge collection of photographs taken in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, (basically up until when I started taking digital photographs).  The first step is to scan them all and then possibly make them into keepsakes or albums. I look forward to learning from Denise, who is the author of How to Archive Family Photos. Plus, it will be fun to scan with friends!

I have already joined the Genealogy Scan Along Facebook Group. I believe this will be an enjoyable and productive way to tackle this important project. Won't you join me?