Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Call for Papers: International Black Genealogy Summit


Presents the
“Oral History Reflections-What Does the Story Mean to Me?”
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA – SEPTEMBER 1-3, 2016

The International Black Genealogy Summit (IBGS) is pleased to announce an invitation to submit lecture proposals for the 2016 IBGS Conference and Resource Expo.  The three-day conference is expected to draw over 400 participants, speakers and exhibitors.
A wide variety of presentations will be considered including children’s genealogy, web sites, Black research in the U.S. and internationally (presentations about researching African records to give  a more global focus), use of records and repositories either digital or brick-and-mortar, methodology, skill building, cultural and ethnic research in other countries, medical history, writing, publishing your family history, computers and technology,  genetics and DNA research, migration, immigration and naturalization records.   The committee would like to encourage if anyone has Original topic submissions are encouraged.  The IBGS Program Committee will consider proposals, workshops and other ground-breaking presentations.   Digital projector presentations are strongly encouraged.  Presentation time slots are a total of 60 minutes in length, including a 10-minute question-and-answer period.  Speakers may submit multiple proposals.  The IBGS Program Committee may select none, some, or all of a speaker’s proposals.  Speaker will provide his or her own laptop computer for digital presentations.

Speakers participating in the Conference will receive the following compensation package:
  • Complimentary registration for both days, with conference syllabus in print or CD format
  • $100 per lecture honorarium
  • 2 night hotel stay at Crystal Gateway Marriott  –  if speaker chooses to stay at another hotel, the hotel allowance does not apply.  Room nights are not part of the compensation package for local speakers.
  • Ticket to luncheon and banquet
  • Presentations with more than one speaker  will share the compensation package equally
  • Promotion – links from the IBGS web site to the speaker’s web site
Interested speakers should submit proposals electronically in PDF or Word format.
 The proposal(s) will be limited to two pages using the following format:
  • Your name, address, telephone, fax and e-mail address
  • Presentation title
  • Brief (25 word) topic summary for the IBGS program
  • Detailed description or outline of the presentation (for IBGS’ web site, press releases and other materials)
  • Audience level (beginner, intermediate or advanced)
  • Format of audio-visual material (PowerPoint, multimedia, etc.) 
  • A summary of recent speaking experience
  • Brief (50 word) speaker biography for IBGS program
  • Sponsorship (if applicable)
All submittals considered for the 2016 IBGS conference shall only be used by the committee for review.
Key Dates
30 September 2015                          Call for Papers issued
1 February 2016                               Call for Papers deadline for submission
1 March 2016                                    Invitations to selected speakers
Questions, inquiries, or submissions can be emailed to with the subject line Call for Papers Submission.
For more information, please go to our Web site click on Call for Papers Information.
Thank you for all you do to promote genealogy.

Bernard Wilson, Dr. Shelley Murphy

IBGS Program Co-Chairs

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Thrill is in the Hunt!

thrill in the hunt

The Thrill is in The Hunt!  Like most genealogist, I get a kind of “high” on finding documents and facts about my ancestors.  This explains why my house and computer are overflowing with genealogy and family related things.  Shortly after beginning Thomas MacEntee’s Genealogy Do-Over in January 2015, I realized that in my over 20 years of researching my ancestry, I had never taken the time to sit down and to establish genealogy base practices and guidelines or to develop a genealogy research process.

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The Genealogy Do-Over Movement.  In case you haven't heard, genealogist and blogger Thomas MacEntee began the Genealogy Do-Over in January 2015.   Most genealogist start out as name and fact collectors giving little attention to tracking research findings, citing sources, and evaluating and analyzing the evidence.  This is the premise of the Genealogy Do-Over movement which seeks to help genealogist to improve their “processing of genealogical research.” 

After Thomas decided to embark on a genealogy do-over journey, he invited the genealogy community to join him.  The Do-Over has been repeated in four cycles in 13-week increments this year.  The fourth cycle began on Friday, October 2, 2015.  Click here to read more about the genealogy do-over movement.

For 2016, Thomas MacEntee is planning to convert the genealogy Do-Over methods from four cycles to a year long endeavor.  He also plans to compile the do-over in a book (both paper and digital) which he expects to publish in November 2015.  Click here for more about the upcoming book and plans for the 2016 Do-Over.  

Establishing Base Practices and Guidelines. In week one of the Genealogy Do-Over, one of the topics is:  Establishing Base Practices and Guidelines.  As mentioned earlier in this blog posting, one of my self discoveries through participating in the Do-Over is the realization that I had never taken the time to sit down and to establish genealogy base practices and guidelines.  Through self analysis, I have concluded that lack of these guidelines has vastly inhibited my research progress since I began this quest in November 1994.

Because of the failure to establish baselines and guidelines for any area of our lives, we often experience emotions of frustration and being overwhelmed.  This ultimately results in wasting time and resources such as money.  Lack of baselines and guidelines in the genealogy research process is no exception!

Self-Assessment and a Call to Action.  I encourage all genealogist to take some time for self analysis regarding your research processes and practices.  A great model of a genealogy self analysis was written by genealogist and blogger Melanie J. Rice of the Grandma’s Genes blog in her posting entitled “Genealogy Do-Over Week 1 TakeAway.”  

I also encourage all genealogist to participate in the Genealogy Do-Over in some way, whether you participate fully in all activities, do your own do-over, or just follow along in the discussions.

Whatever you decide, JUST DO SOMETHING!

Happy Hunting!

Drusilla Pair aka “Professor Dru”

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Legacy Quick Guides

Legacy QuickGuides are a MUST HAVE for your genealogy research toolbox!!!!!!  

legacy quick guides

I love quick guides and have a large collection on a variety of topics in my personal library. Some of the topics in my collection include:  computer software and technology, history, literature, Bible, public speaking, and mathematics.  These guides provide me with a vast amount of information and are a huge time saver.

professor dru's quick guides

Quick guides are written concisely and to the point on the given subject.  Legacy’s Quick Guides are written on a wide array of genealogy topics by numerous genealogy and family history experts.  

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The guides are sold at an affordable price and can be purchased from the Legacy Store for $2.95 or at Amazon for $2.99 in .pdf or Kindle format.