SGSC is currently scheduling speakers for 2021 especially SGSC members who are encouraged to share their research. Topics can include DNA, research findings on your family, black Sheep in your family, emigrating, and where your ancestors settled in America; and should relate to Swedish genealogy in Sweden or in the US. Practice time on SGSC’s zoom account will be offered. Contact Program Chair Monta Lee Dakin about speaking: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Date:||February 6, 2021|
|Theme:||Technology and Genealogy|
|Title:||Smarter Search Strategies for Genealogy|
Presenter: Thomas MacEntee, professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. MacEntee is a popular National speaker, including at RootsTech and is known for his sites Genealogy Bargains and Abundant Genealogy.
This one-hour presentation will cover why the majority of genealogists begin their research online and often become frustrated with the lack of results. The cause might not be a lack of records at the specific site but the manner in which they are performing the search! Participants will learn basic online searching for the major genealogy websites. We’ll progress to understanding specific search parameters for specific sites. Next, we’ll discuss whether it is worth the time to track searches as well as how to keep track of all the best ways of searching for a specific site. Finally, we’ll explore different wildcard characters and search methodology to get the most out of a website. Here are the topics that will be covered: Basics of Online Searching, Uncovering the Secret Records for Online Genealogy Sites, Should You Track Your Searches, Creating Site-Specific Cheat Sheets for Searching, How to Leverage the Power of Wildcards, Tips and Tricks for Smarter Searching, Resource List
|Date:||September 4, 2021|
Presenter: Neil Stuppel Price is an archaeologist specializing in the study of Viking Age Scandinavia. He is currently a professor in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University, Sweden.
He was awarded a major 10-year grant and a new job title from the Distinguished Professorship of the Swedish Research Council to carry out this project: “Much of the recent research into the Vikings and their time has focused on the complex process of state formation and Christian conversion that eventually gave rise to the modern Scandinavian nations. Far less attention has been devoted to the very beginnings of this trajectory: who really were the Viking raiders in a specific sense, why did they do what they do, what kind of societies produced them, and why did they start to expand so violently into the world at precisely this time? The answers to these questions concern the very origins of the Viking phenomenon. They are of crucial interest for understanding what made Sweden what it is today, and the sometimes problematic ways in which this knowledge of the past is received in contemporary society. Under my direction, the ten-year programme will explore these issues with a core research group based at Uppsala University and the Swedish History Museum, working in close collaboration with a team from Tallinn and Tartu universities in Estonia. During the lifetime of the project we will be joined by a number of postdoctoral researchers, together with a number of international scholars, each making targeted contributions to their areas of expertise. The project is designed as an umbrella programme that shelters several sub-strands of research. The key focus of attention will be on the critical century from 750 to 850 CE and the decades either side, embracing the early Viking Age and its foundations.”