Spring 2014 Workshop Series for Local History & Genealogy
This spring the Champaign County Historical Archives will be hosting 5 genealogy and history workshops. The workshops are FREE and open to the public. All workshops will be held at the Urbana Free Library in the Lewis Auditorium.
To register for a workshop, please call the Champaign County Historical Archives at 217-367-4025.
Ancestry.com: Beyond the Basics
Saturday, March 29
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Oral History for Family History
Saturday, April 19
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Pinning Down Your Family History: How Pinterest can help you display, organize, and share your family and community history
Wednesday, April 30
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Breaking Down the Brick Walls in Your Genealogy
Saturday, May 3
2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Civil War Records and Research: A Tribute to our Veteran Ancestors
Saturday, May 24
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
A blog, short for web log, are “online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer” as defined by Merriam-Webster.com
. Blogs are a way to read about the recent activities in the genealogy world and news from genealogy outlets. Some of the well-known blogger websites have been added to the CCGS website under the “Links” menu option on the left-hand side.
We are highlighting a few popular blogs but there are many more blogs that members might want to follow. If you are interesting in finding other blogs, consider resources you use or societies, then check to see if they have a blog. Also, ethnic blogs can assist with your research in other counties. Family Tree Magazine
suggests 40 blogs for tracing roots around the globe at http://familytreemagazine.com/article/around-the-world-in-40-blogs
Now that you have found blogs you want to follow; how are you going to track them all? There are various ways to view and follow blogs for all skill levels. The simplest way is to bookmark the website in your web browser and periodically checking the website for new blog entries. Also, one can subscribe or follow by email and new posts will be emailed to you. However, there is technology to manage the information in blogs and that is an RSS feed reader. The feed reader collects and aggregates posts into one view for the user. Feed readers can be ran on the web or on a mobile device.
For web-based readers, users will have to subscribe using the RSS icon on a blog site which will look similar to the icon on the left. Feed readers have different instructions for subscribing so it cannot be fully explained here. Users must review the directions for the feed reader that they choose. For apps, users search for the blog and add it to your list of content. The following are some examples of free RSS feed readers and the platform they run on:
Feedly - Android and iOS apps.
Flipboard - Android and iOS apps.
My Yahoo! - web.
Netvibes - web.
Pulse by LinkedIn - Android and iOS apps.