Open Thread Thursday – Virtual Presentations Revisited

February 3, 2011

As a Genea-Blogger, I try to participate in the various challenges or topic of the day. But, this one caught my eye.

THE Genea-Blogger himself, Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers fame posted this thread of the day here:

This week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

Here are some questions involving virtual presentations in the context of genealogy education:

* Have you ever attended a virtual presentation before – genealogy or some other topic?

Actually I have a number of times. A number of them have been held in “Second Life”, with a group of genealogists. I also gave a presentation at a Second Life APG Chapter meeting. It was easy to watch and participate in the presentations, but something else to give one, especially in “front of” the folks that hang out in Second Life.

* What method was used? Webex? Skype? Go To Meeting? Second Life?

As a fall out of some discussions in Second Life (SL)and a couple real meeting presentations, I developed a presentation called “Find-A-Grave – A Research Tool” for a local Family History Interest Group that meets monthly in a (for me ‘not so’) local library. Well, how to give that presentation in a Virtual environment like Second Life was a real challenge. Keep in mind that my “talking” was really “typing” (actually copy and pasting) but the slides could be done in SL. I didn’t know how to do that, but I thought about and used “Flickr” as the way to show the slides. Paste Text, Paste Links. My CTRL, C, and V keys were worn out.

The Flickr piece of the presentation is here:

* Were you satisfied with the quality of the presentation?

Most of the Virtual Presentation have been great. The only thing to note about this is IF the presentation is spoken, with slides, and there are Questions “from the floor”, the presenter should repeat the question, or summary there of, before giving the answer.

* What features do you think are required for a virtual presentation? Video? Teleconferencing?

Having participated in a number of Webinar’s of late, that technology has been very helpful. Just posted some feedback from a webinar yesterday, on newspapers. Thomas McEntee’s presentation on google was wonderful. The difference between the two is that the Newspaper screens were Powerpoint while the Google presentation was Screen Sharing of a Browser. BOTH were appropriate for the presentation.

I have also participated it a 3 person presentation of Program Screen sharing, where a similar task was done by three different people, using three different Genealogy programs. That was very educational as well.

So, that answer to the question, I think, really depends on the purpose of the presentation.

* Were there any technical problems?

The only technical problems were when an internet connection was slow or was dropped. The good thing about webinars, is that many of them are recorded and made available.

But, that becomes an advantage, so that if you miss one, you can go back to see it again, or at a time more appropriate for the viewer.

* As a genealogy speaker, have you ever presented virtually or considered the possibility?

Don’t consider myself a genealogy speaker, but I have presented virtually.

* Would you charge a lower speakers fee to present a session at a conference to a room full of attendees or to a genealogical society meeting?

* If you were to use a program like Webex, would you charge attendees to connect from their home to the presentation?

* As an attendee, what would you be willing to pay for a one-hour workshop on a genealogy topic if you could connect on your computer from the comfort of your home?

That is certainly possible. I have considered several online genealogy workshops / classes.

* If a workshop were offered on how to present virtually, would you be interested?


Post your responses in the comments or at a post on your own genealogy blog and place the link here in the comments.

Have posted a link on the blog.

Celebrate Your Name

March 3, 2009

Another Genea-Blogger – Celebrate You Name Week –  has suggested that we post information this week on our Blogs.

March 2 – Namesake Day: Today is for thinking about where you got your name and if you were named after a particular person, place, etc. Also, to identify (e.g., via a search engine such as Google) people with the same name as yours, if any.

As I am “the III” or 3rd, I know who I was named after. My Dad. He was named after his Dad. From my birth until my grandfather’s death, we lived on the same farm. Where the name came from wasn’t important until I started to do Family History research.

Over time, I learned to ask the question, “Where did that name come from?” I have researched back to about 1650 to know where my surname came from and a couple of generations later my first name appears in my direct ancestors line. I haven’t found, what I would consider, at least at this point, where the Worthington Surname came from in England. There is a lot of guessing, but I am not going to guess, but continuing to reasearch.

So, where did my middle name come from? The reality is that I was reminded of that bit of information when I was doing some research in the 1900 Census, looking for my Grandfather. I knew where he lived, found the stories on how he got to New Jersey from Kansas, but he did not show up in a search for Worthington. Then I realized that his grandmother re-married. Checking on her new married name I found who my Grandfather, Father, and myself were named after, or at least our middle name.

I have a Bible that was owned by my great-great-grandmother’s second husband which has his name written inside indicating his birth in Dublin, Ireland.

There is a picture of my Grandfather on this Blog.

Using your favorite Search Engine, you’ll find names of towns, a couple of Companies, and a number of famous people. The 4th Governor of Ohio was Thomas Worthington. A mechanical engineer will also be found. Henry Rossiter Worthington developed an engine that powered the first submarine. His son created the first gang lawnmower. But these are other stories for a later time on this blog.

Saturday Night Fun – Who’s Number 21?

February 24, 2009

Blogger Randy Seaver, at Genea-Musing challenged Genealogy Bloggers with this:

Hey, it’s Saturday Night, let’s have some fun figuring out who is Number 21 in your ancestry from your memory or your genealogy database.

A little late for Saturday night, I am posting my Number 21. The individual with the #21 will be one of our eight second-great-grandmothers.  Randy further challenged us to name our eight second-great-grandmothers.

I am up for the challenge:
#17 – Elizabeth Willits – 1820 – 1904
wife of Henry Wilson Worthington

#19 – Hannah Lucinda Garland – 1835 – (unknown)
wife of Job Whitall Reeve

#21 – Edith Sharpless (see below)

#23 – Eliza Pancoast Worrall – 1815 – 1876
wife of Daniel James

#25 – Elizabeth Mercer Darlington – 1823 – 1881
wife of Marshall Strode

#27 – Sarah Jane Dicks – 1840 – (unknown)
wife of Abraham Palmer Worrell

#29 – Sarah McAllister (dates unknown)
wife of Philip Johnston

#31 – Rachel Carroll – 1828 – 1903
wife of William F. Allen

Edith Sharpless, daughter of Jesse and Ann (Harvey) Sharpless, was born 1 mo. 15, 1815 and died in Thornbury Twp. on 2 mo. 21, 1900. In Westtown Twp. on 12 mo. 3, 1835 she married Joseph R. Cheyney, son of Curtis and Ann (Reed) Cheyney. He was born in Thornbury Twp., Delaware Co., Pa on 9 mo. 6, 1808 and died there 10 mo. 27, 1878. Mr Cheyney farmed the homestead of his father in Thornbury.


Jesse Sharpless married Ellen Roberts Moore.
Edwin born 9 mo. 4, 1841 and died 12 mo. 23, 1855.
Kersey born 7 mo. 22, 1844 and died 8 mo. 21, 1856.
Wilmer married Ellen Harrison James.

Blog Carnival – Smile for the Camera

February 17, 2009
Henry Russell and Josiah Wistar Worthington

Henry Russell and Josiah Wistar Worthington

Henry Russell Worthington (1887 – 1956) is my grandfather and Dr. Josiah Wister Worthington, Col. V.C., USA (1888 – 1953) is his younger brother.

There is a story about these two, along with their younger sister, that after their parents died, in Kansas, were shipped back to Pennsylvania by train in a baggage car. They were not met on arrival in Philadelphia and stayed at the police station until the three were picked up by family.

I am still looking for that newspaper article that told this story.

Carnival of Genealogy – 62nd Edition – 3 Wishes

December 5, 2008

Dear Genea-Santa,

This is my first attempt at a submission to the Carnival of Genealogy.  The topic for this edition of the Carnival Of Genealogy is: 3 Wishes!

The instructsion are to make a list of 3 gifts you would like to receive this holiday season from 3 of your ancestors. These have to be material things, not clues to your family history (we’re talking gifts here, not miracles!).

  1. A copy of the Newspaper Article about 3 young people, 2 brothers and a sister arriving in Philadelphia by train, from Kansas, but no one met them.
  2. The letters that my Grandfather had in a box from various family members over time.
  3. Time to display the “stuff” from my parents ‘corner closet’ that was always in their house. I have a corner closet from my grandparents out, and want to display the gems that were in my parents closet. Its our history and links to my ancestors.

Thank you,