GOONS Area Meeting – 4th June 2011

Enjoyed a really good meeting today of GOONS members from North and West Yorkshire in Harrogate.  This was my first meeting since joining the Guild at the end of last year.

There was an interesting agenda including

Yorkshire genealogy resources  –  A very informative presentation by Jackie Depelle.  Lots of really helpful information about finding and using Internet websites and resources to locate Yorkshire records – including UKBMD, GENUKI, Borthwick Institute, Yorkshire Archives and British Newspapers Online.

How to publish your research  –  Advice by GOONS member Glenys Marriott from her experience of publishing two genealogy books.  Here are links to her two books The Cumpstons of Hull – Master Mariners and Those Who Left The Dales.

What’s in a name?  –  A talk by Pauline Litton about avoiding the pitfalls and traps when using online resources.  This included census enumerator errors, use of “nick” names in records,  transcription errors, illegitimacy and events not being registered in the expected quarter.  Pauline has written a book – Pitfalls and Possibilities in Family History Research – check it out.

Working with Family Tree Maker  –  A helpful look with Pam Smith at using FTM for your research and some of the functions, reports and links with Ancestry online

We also had information and encouragement to register our ONS name for a DNA project

All the people we met were really friendly and it’s going to be fun and interesting to stay involved with the Guild.

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