SLIG Tech Day

Schedule for Saturday, 20 January 2018

Students may select from four hands-on workshops and nine classes/demonstrations and two mini-labs. A 30-minute break will be held between morning and afternoon class sessions, with a 1.5 hour lunch period and a 2 hour dinner period. Pre-registration is required to assure seat availability; registration for special events will open on Tuesday, 14 November 2017.

Students may register for a variety of workshops and classes, but should be careful to avoid signing up for any overlapping items.

Half-Day Workshops: $60; Mini-Labs: $30; Classes/Demonstrations: $25.  

Hilton Bucks Bonus: Register for the full day (2 workshops; or 1 workshop + 2 classes; or 4 classes and mini-labs) to receive $10 in Hilton Bucks.

WAIT LIST for TECH DAY is at the BOTTOM of this page

  Hands-On Workshops Hands-On Workshops Classes Classes
8:30
-
10:00
Mastering Evernote for Genealogy
(Gena Philibert-Ortega)
How to Wring the Most out of Ancestry.com
(Pat Roberts)
Coordinating the Cloud: Ancestry, Dropbox, Evernote, FamilySearch, Google Drive
(Cyndi Ingle)
Spreadsheet Tips & Tricks
(Kimberly Powell)
10:30
-
12:00
Creating a Family Archive without Going Crazy
(Mona Lambrecht)
Baker's Dozen Steps to Writing as You Go
(Elissa Scalise Powell)
1:30
-
3:00
Using Google's My Maps as a Research and Analysis Tool
(Cari Taplin)
Scrivener for Genealogists
(Kimberly Powell)
Scrapbook to Scanner: Best Practices for Adding Images to your Family History
(Dina Carson)
Timelines: The Straight Line Between You and Your Ancestor
(Cyndi Ingle)
3:30
-
5:00
Publish a Family History Efficiently: The Right Tool for the Right Job
(Dina Carson)
Foreign Language Tools for English-Speaking Genealogists
(Cyndi Ingle)
  Mini-Lab Mini-Lab Class Class
7:00
-
8:30
PowerPoint Tips and Tricks - Not Just for Speakers
(Elissa Scalise Powell)
Mind Maps (Data Visualization)
(Ron Arons)
Beyond Family Ties: Social Network Analysis for Family History
(Kimberly Powell)
TBD: potential repeat of a full class.

Half-Day Workshops

Students should bring their own laptops, with any pre-requisite software or online tools installed. Electrical outlets will be available for each student. Please review specific pre-requisites, if any, listed with the workshop. Each workshop will run 3.5 hours including a short break.

Classes and Demonstrations

These classes are intended to be instructive, but do not include a hands-on experience. Students with laptops may follow along as they see fit, as time permits. Classroom set will not include electrical outlets at each desk; however, there will be charging stations to utilize during the breaks if needed. Each class will run 1.5 hours; there will be a 30 minute break between morning and afternoon class sessions.

Mini-Labs

These two evening classes will be held in rooms with electrical outlets at each desk to allow students to follow along to the extent possible, but class time is limited; students should not expect a true workshop format.


Saturday, January 20, 2018

8:30 AM
Class: Coordinating the Cloud: Ancestry, Dropbox, Evernote, FamilySearch, Google Drive with Cyndi Ingle
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

There isn't any one tool that does it all for genealogical research online. We must coordinate the efficient use of several cloud-based tools to produce great results.

Regular Price: $25.00 Member Price: $25.00 Seats Available

Class: Spreadsheet Tips & Tricks with Kimberly Powell
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Learn a variety of powerful tips and tricks for using spreadsheets to analyze and correlate genealogical data. This session will cover a number of different examples of how and when (or if) to use spreadsheets in your genealogical research, potential sources of genealogical data for analysis, how to set up your spreadsheet for best results, strategies for cleaning and standardizing your data, and functions for searching and generating inferences from your spreadsheets.

Regular Price: $25.00 Member Price: $25.00 Seats Available

Workshop: How to Wring the Most out to Ancestry.com with Patricia Jordan Roberts
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Ancestry.com is easy to use once you learn the ropes for navigating the site and using the various search tools. In this workshop you will learn these essential skills, along with some Tips, Tricks, and Traps. With the more than 32,000 databases online containing over 12 billion different record types and content, and over 55 million trees online, the way you work with the search forms will differ from database to database. Don’t let this intimidate you. As we work together you will become comfortable using Ancestry.com. This is a Power Point Presentation workshop and the instructor will be connected to neither the internet nor Ancestry.com, although the students can easily follow along online if they wish, using their own computer, and their own Ancestry.com subscription.

Regular Price: $60.00 Member Price: $60.00 Seats Available

Workshop: Mastering Evernote for Genealogy with Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Prerequisites: Students will be required to bring their own laptop and be signed up for an Evernote online account. For those with a mobile device (iPad, tablet, cellphone) please download the Evernote app and bring both your laptop and mobile device.

Evernote is a powerful tool for organizing and sharing your genealogical research. In this workshop we will start with the basics of Evernote and take you from using Evernote as a note taking, notebook compiling, web clipping service to a multi-function tool that can help you keep track of your research, index your documents, and even write a book. We will be going beyond the basics and explore 3rd party apps that enhance what Evernote can do and more creative uses for the service.

Regular Price: $60.00 Member Price: $60.00 Seats Available

10:30 AM
Class: Creating a Family Archive without Going Crazy with Mona Lambrecht, MA
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Explore the basics of organizing, cataloging, protecting, and safely storing your family documents, photographs, and heirlooms. Discover methods to organize and store your seemingly hopeless piles of original sources and understand how to use technology and choose software options for cataloging ideas. Learn how to take care of your collection so you can preserve your family's history for generations.

Regular Price: $25.00 Member Price: $25.00 Seats Available

Class: Baker's Dozen Steps to Writing as You Go with Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

“Writing as You Go” is an efficient method of conducting research that creates a “living document” in which the research plan is placed, executed, and documented. It also benefits analysis through the writing process and directs the research as holes and questions become apparent. This presentation walks the participants through the steps necessary to create research reports before, during, and after the data-gathering stage, resulting in a sharable product.

Regular Price: $25.00 Member Price: $25.00 Seats Available

1:30 PM
Class: Scrapbook to Scanner: Best Practices for Adding Images to your Family History with Dina C. Carson, MA
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Often family members are more captivated by the images than the evidence in family histories. Getting the best images for print or display can be a challenge but not if you understand what you need before you begin scanning. Come learn what you need to know about image resolution, color basics, and file formats based upon the items you wish to include in your family history to get the best results in the least amount of time.

Regular Price: $25.00 Member Price: $25.00 Seats Available

Class: Timelines: The Straight Line Between You and Your Ancestor with Cindy Ingle
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Using online tools and software we will learn how important a timeline can be to breaking through a research problem.

Regular Price: $25.00 Member Price: $25.00 Seats Available

Workshop: Using Google's My Maps as a Research and Analysis Tool with Cari A. Taplin, CG
1:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Did you know you can create your own maps using Google's My Maps? Many of us use Google Maps for travel or locating a place. My Maps allows users to create custom maps which makes it a fantastic and easy-to-use research and analysis tool. Maps can be shared with others making it a great way to present your research to family and friends. This class will give an overview of My Maps, examples for why and how it can be useful for genealogy, and will contain exercises on creating custom maps, including inserting lines, shapes, images, text, and more.

Regular Price: $60.00 Member Price: $60.00 Seats Available

Workshop: Scrivener for Genealogists with Kimberly Powell
1:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Prerequisites: Students will be required to bring a laptop to the workshop, with Scrivener already installed and working. The workshop will address the similarities and differences in the Mac OS X and Windows versions, so both are welcome. Power and internet will be available in the classroom.

This hands-on workshop will teach you how to utilize Scrivener to help plan, organize, write, and publish your family research. You’ll learn how to set up your project, navigate Scrivener’s various tools and features, plan and organize your research, write, revise, and export. Skip the frustration and learn how to get Scrivener to do what you need right from the start!

Regular Price: $60.00 Member Price: $60.00 Seats Available

3:30 PM
Class: Foreign Language Tools for English-Speaking Genealogists with Cindy Ingle
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Whether you're reading an old letter, a record on microfilm, or a web site in a foreign language, don't despair. There are several tools and options available to help you get a basic idea of what it is you're reading, without taking a foreign language class. We'll explore various ways to use these tools to help decipher key words and special alphabet characters, moving you a bit further along in your research.

Regular Price: $25.00 Member Price: $25.00 Seats Available

Class: Publish a Family History Efficiently: The Right Tool for the Right Job with Dina C. Carson, MA
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

There are dozens of tools that make writing and publishing a family history easier. Using the wrong tool can not only cause frustration but create unnecessary hurdles and delays. Come explore tools for organizing, collaboration, writing, publishing, image capture, image editing, and the ever-important backup. Throw in a few tools for interactivity, and you will have what you need to create an incredible family history.

Regular Price: $25.00 Member Price: $25.00 Seats Available

7:00 PM
Class: Beyond Family Ties: Social Network Analysis for Family History with Kimberly Powell
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Social network analysis and visualization—commonly used in areas such as social media analysis, biology/medicine, and business data analytics—offers exciting possibilities for exploring ancestral connections and making sense of DNA matches. Join us as we explore the basics of social network analysis (SNA), including ways it can be utilized to explore and better visualize relationships, connections, and clusters (networks, FAN clubs) in our family history and DNA data. This session will introduce SNA methods and theories, demo a few network analysis tools, and demonstrate the power of visualizing historical networks. Picture your ancestors and their communities in a whole new light!

Regular Price: $25.00 Member Price: $25.00 Seats Available

Mini-Lab: Mind Maps (Data Visualization) with Ron Arons
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

In this presentation, Ron will discuss a couple of data visualization tools that allow you to brainstorm and generate research plans, organize your data (including timelines) to determine what information you have and what you don’t, and perform sophisticated data correlations to show how your story fits together into a logical whole (or not as the case may be).

More specifically, Ron will discuss tools called mind maps, concept maps, and network graphs. (There are many tools that fall into these categories and some products might be considered to fall into more than one category depending on their capabilities). Many examples will be provided from both genealogical research and other areas of life to a) show the differences among the tools and b) demonstrate the many different ways these tools can be applied to the various stages of genealogical research (planning, correlation and analysis, and final reporting). As with Evernote, mind maps can also be used to create ‘dashboards’ to have documents, photos, and notes available at the flick of a mouse click. Finally, data visualization tools are helpful in analyzing DNA test data in a more visual way.

Regular Price: $30.00 Member Price: $30.00 Seats Available

Mini-Lab: PowerPoint Tips and Tricks - Not Just for Speakers with Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Although Microsoft PowerPoint is often used for genealogy lectures it can also be used for family reunions or as an organizational tool. Utilizing this program to its full potential helps communicate genealogical findings, case studies, and standard lectures, as well as create a better audience experience.

Regular Price: $30.00 Member Price: $30.00 Seats Available