2009-04-25 SatNite Chat

AfriGeneas Meeting Center

9:PM Eastern Time






Deannie : Hi RCS we are early STG


STG : slow night. HI Deannie and Amos


AmosNY : Hi Deannie and STG!!


Deannie : I see it is...but if we chat . they will come...hu AmosNT

AmosNY : Where is everyone?


Deannie : They must have had good weather like we had....it was a beauiful day....


AmosNY : I was late because I had to download Java because I have a new hard drive.


Deannie : It only 8: here.....

My daughter made me a Facebook site today...it only for genealogy purpose....I will ask her later how to get into later.....I do not know much about the kind of sites


STG : you just login in with your password


AmosNY : The weather was great here today.


STG : nice and hot here

AmosNY : Well,I have hundreds of email to go thru so niters.

STG : hi Michaelhait it's slow going tonight


michaelhait : I see... How is everyone?

Anyone working on anything good?

STG : nothing going here. how's the work with the kids rcs?

RCS : carrying on famiily tree time at the one high school

so playing with a bit of new blood


Deannie : NO...but tomorrow I'm going to my cousin church...I have never meet her but I have talked to here...her husband is the pastor....

michaelhait : That sounds like it could be fun, Deannie


STG : hope you can get some new ties Deannie great rcs new starts


Deannie : I will....one of my co worker makes hat pins and I'm going to present her with one...I going to make this a little tradition when I meet my older female relative


STG : that's nice


Deannie : I will let you know next week...my vacation is over

What’s new with everyone else


RCS : borrowed computer with very little ram -- doesn't like java

if i try multitasking stops woking


3rdTHawkins : Deannie nothing new really just going over the same things and adding bits and pieces to the puzzle, especially the "puzzle" of tracking down my maternal gr. gm's journey from TExas to AR and finally to AZ found a couple DC's to put a good timeframe as to when my grandmother and gr. grandmother came to AZ and left AR hoping one paper trail leads me to the next discovery or paper find, I should say


Deannie : Ok 3rd...me too,...I did a lot of filing while on vacation...so i have to input in my computer oh yeah, I remember you were filing earlier this week, get anything done?


3rdTHawkins : oh, you're inputing it into your computer..?...ok


Deannie : Yes...I found a lot of double inform...and if I keep up with my filing i would know that


AfriVee : Hope all yall be doing good and well speaking shorthand 2 nite Been on BookTV all day and continuing


STG : anything interesting afrivee


AfriVee : Paula Giddings was at the :os Angeles Book Festival talking about her recent book on Ida B Wells and Blockmon was on earlier speaking about his book RCS it is called art ritis will make one hit and miss


RCS : with me it's just fat fingered typing


AfriVee : Did yall talk about the new search at Ancestry ???


3rdTHawkins : no


RCS : haven't tried it yet


3rdTHawkins : what new search?


AfriVee : uh oh 3rd see post on GenTech board re using Ancestry


michaelhait : Havent been on Ancestry today - is it the system they have had in beta testing the last few months?


AfriVee : michaelhait yes


3rdTHawkins : ok


AfriVee : Randy Seaver wrote a good blog about it


michaelhait : I'll have to take a look - it's time for "Saturday Night Genealogy Fun" anyway... wonder what he has for us tonight...


AfriVee : I know that Ancestry is trying to make it better for all us BUT the process is trying. Gotta be patient


michaelhait : It's still much better than Ancestry back in say 1998 when I first started using it... In those days I still had to spend all day Saturday at the National Archives going through microfilm Soundex indexes to the census, or scanning the county page by page And forget military and passenger lists...

I praise TGN for giving us fully searchable indexes...

3rdTHawkins : oh yeah, I've been using the new search engine, I thought it was something ELSE new they started


AfriVee : scanning, in the olden days lol Try pencil and ledger pads

michaelhait : Yeah, that too! 8S


RCS : and the queries in QUARTERLY genealogy magazines where they might be answered in a month or 6


AfriVee : Good for you 3rdTHawkins Or once yearly RCS lol

RCS : I don't enjoy the new search experience -- prefer the older format -- more specific and targeted


AfriVee : I tend to agree with you


RCS : especially if you are looking for common names -- odd names either will work


AYWalton: Hi 3rdTHawkins, Deannie Michael and RCS!!


michaelhait : I like the new one - it took time to get used to it but now I like it - at first I didnt

3rdTHawkins : I kind of liked the new search but it's getting very annoying, especially lately, now all it brings up is other people's trees that they think are a match to the person I'm looking for

AfriVee : But I have been at this stuff for over 50 years genograms and all lol


AYWalton : Just thought I would pop in for a moment!

michaelhait : I love genograms!

AfriVee : Heyyy AYWalton how goes the podcast


AYWalton : Hello 3rdTHAwkins, Deannie, michael, RCS! The podcasts are going well. The 4th one was done yesterday. Getting good feedback!


Deannie : Does anyone have a pen scanner


AfriVee : I had a listen at 2 of them. VERY well done. Many congrats


michaelhait : 3rdTH - try narrowing down the record group that you want to search

AYWalton : I hope you have had some traffic since I gave AfriGeneas some props last week. Thank you so much AfriVee!!!


AfriVee : Deannie I am tempted to get one. AYWalton super great job on doing AfriGeneas

3rdTHawkins : I don't have a subscription so it pretty much doesn't matter to me, can't see the whole preview anyway, but......ok I will do that michael......when I go to the library, I can only use the old search

AYWalton : well I had to, as many people have no idea the many dimensions of AfriGeneas.


40 michaelhait : AY - Havent had time to listen to the new one yet, but the Delaware records look great!


AYWalton : lots of interesting things to see, for sure. how is the class Michael?


AfriVee : AYWalton pointing all newbies to the podcasts lol

AYWalton : great, thanks so much, AfriVee!

michaelhait : Sent out the last few lessons this week, so now I will see if any questions come in from the students. Ends Apr


AfriVee : What has the response been michaelhait


michaelhait : Afrivee - You mentioned genograms. Have you found any other way to map/chart social relationships without them?


michaelhait : AfriVee - so far only 2 students, but there was only one month of promotion, etc, and this is the first offering.


AYWalton : 3rdTHawkins what is your project? I came in late on the discussion.


AfriVee : genogram was a social work tools back in the 1950 days. Good in family diagnosis but not so helppful in current genealogy

3rdTHawkins : not working on any specific project AY, just my own family tree


AfriVee : michaelhait yes I find fee for service to be a brickwall in Afri genealogy


michaelhait : The version of genograms that I have seen were (reportedly) developed by family therapists - resemble standard "family tree" charts but allow you to include other people than just direct family AfriVee sorry, I don't understand your last comment


AfriVee : michaelhait yes we used them to chart behavioral patterns in treatment of family ills Last statement = Peeps do not buy services


michaelhait : AfriVee That's interesting - I have been taking paying clients for several years & usually have to turn people away


AfriVee : Let me clarify... as a general rule AfriAmericans do not pay to play genealogy.


Deannie : I gone have a get nite


3rdTHawkins : I think she's tired.... lol


AYWalton : The hour is getting late I might have to slip out the door.


3rdTHawkins : ok AY, I will go to, I will talk to you guys later


AYWalton : Have a good evening everyone.


michaelhait : As a general rule, I don't think anyone does - but there are certainly a lot of exceptions to the rule


AfriVee : Oh of course AfriVee : I wish yu much success michael


michaelhait : Thanks :)


AfriVee : Talk at you soon Michael. Hope you will come back 2morry


michaelhait : Sure will - what time does it start?


AfriVee : Perhaps we can partner 11:30 AM Eastern


michaelhait : BTW - I listed this site at the top of my lists of websites in my course and on my column at examiner.com


AfriVee : okies


michaelhait : Have a good night!


AfriVee : u 2