Thursday, June 14, 2012

Second Life Chapter APG Meets Tonight

Members at the May meeting listen to speaker Kelly Knox discuss Indirect Evidence. Oh look, there's the APG Golden Chapter Award!

WHEN:  Thursday, June 14, 2012, 5:30 p.m. SLT (Second Life Time, same as Pacific Time)*
WHERE:  Second Life, near the Just Genealogy Firepit

This month, popular speaker May Rumblepois (her Second Life name, but you've likely heard of her in real life) will talk about house histories. She promises to have something special up her sleeve, so be sure to attend so you don't miss out!

May Rumplepois (left) gets a tour of Just Genealogy, courtesy of Clarise Beaumont, at the recent Second Life for Genealogists webinar.

Also, the winners of the May 1940 Census Indexing Project Contest will be announced tonight. First prize is a digital copy of Elizabeth Shown Mills' Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Second and third prize winners will receive their choice of one digital "QuickSheet" of his/her choice. Many thanks to DearMYRTLE for these terrific prizes!

The award-winning Second Life Chapter APG is an officially recognized chapter which promotes the highest standards of ethics and professionalism in the genealogical field at the regional level. The chapter is the recipient of the 2012 Golden Chapter Award presented by the APG at the 2012 NGS Family History Conference.

The chapter meets monthly using a free, "virtual world" software called Second Life. It was organized to meet the networking needs of APG members who either do not have a local chapter near them, or are unable to attend their chapter meetings.

Anyone with an interest in genealogy is welcome to attend the meetings; however, official members of the chapter must be dues-paying members of the APG in real life.

Don't have Second Life on your computer? Download the software by clicking on the "Get Started" link to your right. ---->

Need help? Drop me a line here, or contact me in-world as Ellington Sweeney.

NOTE: The SL-APG is participating in the 1940 Census Indexing Project. To participate, go to and download the indexing software. When you log in, select "Second Life Chapter Association of Professional Genealogists - UT" from the drop-down list of societies (towards the bottom of list). Anyone who would like to join our band of indexers is welcome - you don't have to be an APG member or even a Second Life user to participate!

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* Need a time zone converter?
Visit the Genealogists in Second Life group on Facebook.

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NGS 2013 Hotel Reservations Issue Quickly Addressed

In response to my last post, A Little Bird Told Me..., there were a couple of comments made on Facebook regarding the Las Vegas Hilton's policy of charging one night's room fee, plus tax, to one's credit card during the reservation process.

From my experience, this is a fairly standard policy among the larger hotel chains, especially when they're accepting reservations so many months in advance. However, the problem was not the policy of charging; the problem was that the web site did not disclose exactly how much was being charged.

To be honest, I didn't pay enough attention when I made my reservations to even notice this. But I can certainly understand that it would be upsetting. So... I blabbed to the "little bird."

Not long afterwards, the awesome Gayathri Kher, IT Systems and Conference Manager for the National Genealogical Society, posted this response on Facebook:

Thank you for bringing it to our attention that the total of the hotel deposit (the first night plus tax) is not calculated before payment is completed. The LVH programmers are trying to change the site to provide the deposit total on the review page. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Please also note the LVH cancellation policy as follows: The first night's deposit plus tax will be charged to the credit card immediately. Deposit is fully refundable as long as reservation is cancelled at least 14 days prior to arrival.

Do let me know if NGS may be of any assistance or if you have any other questions or concerns.
So, if you attempted to make a reservation at the Las Vegas Hilton for the 2013 NGS Family History Conference, and changed your mind when you could not get a total to be charged to your credit card during the checkout process, please give it another try. The issue was addressed last night, as quickly as possible, and should be resolved as of today.

If you have questions or concerns about the hotel reservation process, please contact Gayathri Kher.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Little Bird Told Me...

If you have any thoughts at all of attending the NGS 2013 Family History Conference in Las Vegas, you need to make your hotel reservations sooner rather than later. A little bird told me that the conference hotel - the Las Vegas Hilton - is filling up FAST.

I made my reservations the day the block was announced. Despite what you might think, conferences in Las Vegas are typically very popular and tend to sell out quickly.

So don't miss out on this terrific opportunity, especially my fellow Left Coasters! Other than Jamboree, how often do we have an awesome event like this practically in our backyard? (Answer: not very.)

Hotel information is available here.

General information about the NGS 2013 Family History Conference, as well as the Announcement Brochure, can be found here.

I hope to see you "Building New Bridges" next May!

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Monday, June 11, 2012

MyHeritage Hits One Billion Profiles

Unfortunately, I missed the pressed conference today (couldn't get into GoToMeeting), so it must have been packed. Here's the big news!

PROVO, Utah & LONDON & TEL AVIV, Israel – June 11, 2012: MyHeritage, the most popular family network on the web, today announced that it has reached the milestone of one billion profiles. The billion individuals in nearly 23 million family trees, created by the millions of families using MyHeritage worldwide, constitute a gigantic network for discovering family heritage and connecting to relatives.

With more than 63 million registered users, MyHeritage has become the trusted home on the web for families wishing to explore their family history, share memories and stay connected. Combining the world’s largest international pool of family tree data with billions of historical records, MyHeritage helps break through brick walls in family history research. The site is available in 38 languages.
Approximately one million profiles are added every day to the MyHeritage network, and on average 600 thousand new registered users join every month. A sophisticated technology called Smart Matching™ fuels new family discoveries by matching profiles in different family trees, creating new family connections every day for users.
“Reaching one billion profiles is an important milestone in the prolific growth of MyHeritage, solidifying our position as the international go-to destination for families,” said Founder and CEO of MyHeritage, Gilad Japhet. “We constantly strive to develop cutting-edge technologies that create a network effect within this big data resource. As more content is uploaded to MyHeritage by our users around the world, they discover more family connections and relevant historical documents, adding color and depth to their family history. With a billion profiles and some exciting new innovations in store, we look forward to continuing our phenomenal growth in the coming years.”
Approximately half of the billion family tree profiles on MyHeritage are living people, enabling users to connect to relatives, collaborate on family history research and share memories. The other half billion profiles who are deceased help connect the living through shared ancestors. With a diverse user base, spanning every country and continent, MyHeritage represents a gateway to a massive variety of family histories from different cultures, religions and ethnic backgrounds.
The company’s expansion into historical content, following its acquisition of family history sites WorldVitalRecords and FamilyLink in November 2011 and its April 2012 announcement to provide the 1940 U.S. Census free of charge, has turned MyHeritage into a leading site for family history research, whilst continuing in parallel its focus on current-day family engagement. The MyHeritage mobile app, launched in December 2011, enables families to share special everyday moments and explore their family history all-on-the-go, and has amassed more than 750 thousand installations already.
Protecting the privacy of users and their family trees, information on living people is not disclosed and collaboration on family tree research is by invitation only.

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the most popular family network on the web. On MyHeritage, millions of families around the world enjoy having a private and free place to explore their history and share special family memories. Pioneers in making family history a collaborative experience for all the family, MyHeritage empowers its users with a innovative social tools and a massive library of historical content. The site is available in 38 languages. The company is backed by Accel Partners and Index Ventures, the investors of Facebook and Skype. For more information visit

Press Contact
Caroline Cohen, PR Manager for MyHeritage
Phone: +44 2081231152   Email:
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