Share Your Tips for Disaster-Proofing Your Genealogy Research

Disaster-Proof Your Research

How Safe Are Your Client Files?

Inspired by the approach of Hurricane Florence and the recent fires in California, Oregon, and British Columbia, our September meeting will feature a discussion about how to disaster-proof your research and keep your client files safe.

WHEN: Thursday, 13 September 2018
TIME: 6:00 p.m. SLT (same as Pacific Time)
WHERE: The Fire Pit at Just Genealogy SLurl

Get Ready for Halloween

WATCH THIS SPACE for details about Sherlock and Dee’s annual Halloween Dance!

The sim that they have been working on is sure to please, with haunted houses, spooks, bobbing for apples, and a dance floor with dance balls. Included this year will also be a Halloween Hunt!



Brandt Gibson to Speak About Solving a “Non-Paternity” Event

Solving a DNA Puzzle

The Second Life Chapter APG is pleased to present SL APG Chapter President Brandt Gibson as the speaker for the July 2018 chapter meeting. Brandt’s talk is titled “Finding Sally’s Father: Discovering and Solving a Non-Paternity Event.”

DNA testing revealed that Sally was not the biological daughter of her father. Further DNA testing and traditional genealogy research were able to identify her biological father.

WHEN: Thursday, 12 July 2018
TIME: 6:00 p.m. SLT (same as Pacific Time)
WHERE: The Fire Pit at Just Genealogy SLurl


About the Speaker

Brandt GibsonBrandt Gibson studied genealogy at Brigham Young University, where he earned a BA in Linguistics and a certificate in genealogy and family history. He did an internship at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and graduated from the ProGen study group in 2011.

Brandt started his own professional genealogy business, The Generations Welder, in 2016, and is also a contract researcher for Legacy Tree Genealogists. He is currently serving as the president of the Second Life Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and secretary of the Alexander Hamilton chapter of the WA State Society, Sons of the American Revolution.


Laura Hedgecock to Speak About Telling Your Own Story

Putting the Genealogist in the Frame

The Second Life Chapter APG is pleased to present Laura Hedgecock as the speaker for the May 2018 chapter meeting. Laura’s talk is titled “Putting the Genealogist in the Frame.”

Genealogists are often like the family photographer who never appears in the photos. Find out how including a part of yourself in family and ancestor stories can help them come alive for your readers.

WHEN: Thursday, 10 May 2018
TIME: 6:00 p.m. SLT (same as Pacific Time)
WHERE: The Fire Pit at Just Genealogy SLurl


About the Speaker

Laura HedgecockLaura Hedgecock is an author, freelance writer, speaker, and blogger passionate about helping others tell their personal and family stories. She is the organizing president of GeneaBloggersTRIBE, a group of over 3200 online genealogy content providers.

Her book, MEMORIES OF ME: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO TELLING AND SHARING THE STORIES OF YOUR LIFE, stems from a gift left by her grandmother. Hazel Crymes passed down a lifetime of memories and stories, which she dubbed her “Treasure Chest of Memories.” MEMORIES OF ME guides and empowers memory collectors with down-to-earth, practical advice and creative ideas. Similarly, BLOGGING FOR FAMILY HISTORY provides a roadmap for launching a blog and making it successful.

Read more about Laura at


Finding Free Online Resources from Lineage Societies

Elizabeth O’Neal to Discuss Online Lineage Society Resources

The Second Life Chapter APG is pleased to present Elizabeth O’Neal (a.k.a. Ellington Sweeney) as the speaker for the January 2018 chapter meeting. Elizabeth will discuss “Finding Free Online Resources from Lineage Societies.”

Lineage societies have been collecting and preserving family histories for more than 125 years. But did you know that some of these resources can be found for free online? And you don’t even have to be a member to take advantage of them!

Thousands of applications and supporting documents have been submitted to lineage societies over the years, and your brick wall ancestor could be hiding in the file of one of their members. From the databases and downloadable documents of the DAR, to simple lists of pioneers and soldiers: this presentation will show you which gems are available online and where to find them. By the time we are finished, you just might be inspired to join!

WHEN: Thursday, 11 January 2018
TIME: 6:00 p.m. SLT (same as Pacific Time)
WHERE: The Fire Pit at Just Genealogy SLurl

About Elizabeth O’Neal

Elizabeth O’Neal is a professional genealogist, writer, and educator who has been researching her family history for more than three decades. She is a member of numerous lineage societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, and is an avid promoter of their genealogical resources.

Elizabeth has been blogging about genealogy for more than 10 years. As the author of the blog My Descendant’s Ancestors, she shares family stories, technology and methodology tips, and hosts the monthly “Genealogy Blog Party.”


Lara Diamond to Discuss the Frustrations of Endogamy

The Second Life Chapter APG is pleased to present Lara Diamond as the speaker for the May 2017 chapter meeting. Lara will talk about “Real-World Examples of the Frustrations of Endogamy.”

According to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) Wiki, “Endogamy is the practice of marrying within the same ethnic, cultural, social, religious or tribal group. In endogamous populations everyone will descend from the same small gene pool. People will be related to each other in a recent genealogical timeframe on multiple ancestral pathways and the same ancestors will, therefore, appear in many different places on their pedigree chart.” Could endogamy be affecting your genetic genealogy research?

WHEN: Thursday, 11 May 2017
TIME: 6:00 p.m. SLT (same as Pacific Time)
WHERE: The Fire Pit at Just Genealogy SLurl

Many of you will probably be at the NGS Conference this week, but we hope you will find the time – and sufficient wi-fi access – to pull up a laptop and join us!

About Lara Diamond

Lara Diamond is President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland and has been researching her family for 25 years. She has traced all branches of her family back to Europe and most multiple generations back in Europe using Russian Empire-era and Austria-Hungarian Empire records. Most of her research is in modern-day Ukraine, with a smattering of Belarus and Poland. She recently took over running JewishGen’s Subcarpathia SIG and also runs several town-focused projects to collect documentation to assist all those researching ancestors from common towns.

Despite being 100% endogamous, she has had several DNA successes and has found family thought lost in the Holocaust. She blogs about her mostly Eastern European research at



Tina Sansone to Share Genealogy Research Travel Tips

The Second Life Chapter is pleased to present Tina Sansone as the speaker for the March 2017 chapter meeting.

Tina will present “Genealogy Research Travel Tips.” If you are planning a research trip for yourself or on behalf of a client, you will not want to miss this talk! You are also welcome to share any of your own tips.

WHEN: Thursday, 9 March 2017
TIME: 6:00 p.m. SLT (same as Pacific Time)
WHERE: Fire Pit at Just Genealogy SLurl

About Tina Sansone

Tina Sansone is the owner of Past & Present Pathways and co-owner of Research DNA Writers. She has been a genealogical writer for 10+ years. She has written for other family history magazines and websites and was the recent Genealogy Editor for her local newspaper.

Tina is a past APG Board member and the current vice president and immediate past president of the Second Life Chapter APG. She is a former board member of the Tennessee Genealogical Society, a Social Media Specialist, and International Society of Family History Writers and Editors vice president, among others. She is a background researcher for Who Do You Think You Are and enjoys helping others break down their brick walls. Currently, she is busy helping clients join lineage societies.



Join Us for the ThanksGIVING Index-a-Thon!

ThanksGIVING Index-A-Thon

The Second Life Chapter APG is pleased to announce the first ThanksGIVING Index-a-Thon!

Join us on Saturday, November 26, and Sunday, November 27, as we make a final push for the finish line of our chapter community service project, FamilySearch Indexing. This is your chance to give back to the genealogy community and have a little fun while you do it!

You do not have to be a member of the chapter in order to participate. Please visit FamilySearch Indexing for information on how to participate.

Yes, there will be prizes!

Prizes for the top indexers include:

  • (2) 3-month subscriptions to U.S. Discovery
  • Annual subscription to Ancestry Academy
  • Annual basic subscription to
  • Annual subscription to
  • A copy of Legacy Family Tree 8.0 genealogy software

When setting up your indexing profile, please be sure to select “Second Life Chapter APG -UT” in the Group box under Additional Indexing Information so we will be able to track your progress.

Alternatively, if you participate using the FamilySearch Indexing Beta browser-based program, you will need to report your totals so that you can be included.

Prizes will be awarded at our holiday party on December 8.

Enjoy fun and friendship while you index!

A few of our chapter members and friends have offered to share their in-world homes while you index for a little conversation, networking, and virtual hot chocolate. You will need to log into your Second Life viewer in order to join us.

The schedule and SLURLs of homes to visit will be sent out via our in-world group and posted in our Facebook group. For privacy reasons, the links will not be posted here.

For questions or for more information, please contact chapter president Ellington Sweeney.

We hope to “virtually” see you there! 😀