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! 😀

November Meeting Round-Up

November APG Meeting

Pictured Above: Chapter President Ellington Sweeney (left), Alice Kane (middle). Ironhide781 (right).

Many thanks to Alice Kane, the featured speaker at our November chapter meeting. Alice gave a fabulous talk titled “Research at the Boston Public Library: Navigating the Landscape,” which was loaded with photos and great advice for making a trip to the Boston Public Library!

November APG Meeting

Meeting Notes:

We are currently booking speakers for the 2017 calendar year. Members: if you are working on a new presentation and would like to give it a test run, we would be happy to have you speak at one of our upcoming meetings!

Also, we are in the final stretch of our 2016 chapter project: indexing for FamilySearch. Please visit FamilySearch Indexing for more information about how to get involved.

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

Prizes will be awarded in December, but there is still time to participate. To help get you motivated, we are in the process of organizing an “Index-A-Thon” to be held the weekend of November 26-27. Details coming soon.

Next month: Dee Dee and Sherlock Aedipo will be hosting our annual Holiday Party. Stay tuned for more details!

Special thanks to Clarise Beaumont for the continued use of Just Genealogy for our meetings. The fall colors and pumpkins were lovely!


Alice Kane to Speak About the Boston Public Library

The Second Life Chapter is pleased to present Alice Kane as the speaker for our November chapter meeting.

Alice will present “Research at the Boston Public LIbrary: Navigating the Landscape.” If you live in the Boston area or are a New England researcher, you will definitely want to hear this talk!

WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 2016
TIME: 6:00 p.m. SLT (same as Pacific Time)
WHERE: Fire Pit at Just Genealogy SLurl

About Alice Kane

alice-kaneAlice Kane joined the NEHGS library in 2012. She now supervises the team of library genealogists, manages the consultations service, and works with staff to plan and enhance services to patrons.

She served a 19-year tenure as a librarian at the Boston Public Library, and worked 10 years as an independent genealogical researcher. Alice’s genealogical specialties include Chinese-American genealogy, Massachusetts and New England genealogy, cluster research, database searching, maps, and migration. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard University.


October Speaker Ron Arons to Talk About Mind Maps

The Second Life Chapter is pleased to present Ron Arons as the speaker at our October chapter meeting. Ron’s presentation is titled, “Data Visualization for Genealogy,” and is sure to be informative and entertaining for genealogists of all levels. If you have an interest in mind-mapping and how to use it for genealogy, you will NOT want to miss this fantastic presentation!

WHEN: Thursday, October 13, 2016
TIME: 6:00 p.m. SLT (same as Pacific Time)
WHERE: Fire Pit at Just Genealogy SLurl

About Ron Arons

ron-arons-headshotBorn in New York, Ron Arons was reared a goodie-two-shoes. Aside from five moving violations (including a “California” roll through a stop sign, doing 40 MPH in a 30 MPH zone, and driving with his brights on), Arons has never been afoul of the law.

Ron worked for many years as a marketer at many high-tech companies, including Texas Instruments, Ashton-Tate, and Sybase, before deciding to work full time on his first book, The Jews of Sing Sing. Ron became interested in understanding his roots after he lost both his parents to cancer 16-18 years ago. In the process of researching his criminal ancestor’s past, Ron has traced his roots to England, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Belarus, and Lithuania.

In 2005 Ron won a Hackman Research Residency Award from the New York State Archives to continue his research of New York Jewish criminals.

In January 2008, Ron appeared on the PBS television series, The Jewish Americans, as the acknowledged expert on Jewish criminals of New York’s Lower East Side.

Arons tours the country giving educational and entertaining presentations on Jewish criminals and Jewish genealogy. Ron earned a B.S. in Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Be sure to visit Ron’s website at to learn more about him!