RootsTech 2018 : Ca approche!!!

Vous saurez tout tout tout sur ce que j’ai envie de voir à  RootsTech 2018 !

Les sessions que j’ai vraiment envie de voir, les stars qui seront présentes cette année, les nouveautés du coté américain…mais aussi du coté européen avec entre autres GeneanetFamicity , Heredis (merci Jimbo!) et Patronomia !

L’aspect généalogique génétique va particulièrement m’interesser , de même que tout ce qui est lié au « big data » généalogique , les traitements et rediffusions de données de même que leurs protections. Les réflexions sur la pratique généalogique et évidemment, des sujets dont j’ai tout à apprendre car j’aime agrandir mes connaissances 🙂

Le choix était absolument difficile mais voici, dans une liste non exhaustive, un petit choix des conférences que j’ai très envie de voir , à coté des keynotes impressionantes des vedettes, de l’expo hall et de l’Innovation day nouvelle formule, sans compter les réunions, rendez-vous et les soirées déjà bien remplies. Les petits yeux seront au rendez-vous mais ca en vaut la peine !

Voici donc :

 A Look at our Genetic Homelands
Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide, que j’avais déjà vu l’an passé mais qu’il me tarde de réécouter. 
 de même que « The DNA of the Jewish People » par Bennett Greenspan, de Family Tree DNA,
l’Acide désoxyribonucléique, ADN de son petit nom 😉
Mais on ne peut parler d’ADN sans parler de protections des données. C’est d’ailleurs souvent un frein pour que les européens se lancent dans des tests. Personal Security and Privacy par Tony Hanson qui va aborder la protection personnelle de nos données va donc m’interesser au plus haut point. J’irais également écouter des présentations de fonds d’archives américains pour apprendre des choses nouvelles ou mal connues et « Everyday Family History for the Crazy Busy Life » par Olivia Jewell parce que nous avons tous des vies bien remplies et il y a peut-être des élèments à en retirer pour les appliquer aux recherches européennes.
 Je pense que « Funeral Homes: They’re Dying to Meet You! » pourra m’en apprendre plus sur ces sources complémentaires, et leur disponibilités,qui sont tellement peu développées en Europe Occidentale ( En comparaison avec les Etats-Unis) 
 Bien évidemment,je suivrais les conférences de Pierre LeClercq sur les archives françaises et la présentation de Famicity ( Tiens, je vais d’ailleurs créer un « milestone » Famicity sur mon app à propos de l’évenement)
Je n’aurais probablement pas le temps de tout faire ni de rencontrer tout le monde, la tâche d’ambassadeur/drice est un vrai boulot temps plein mais j’ai essayé ici de vous lister les conférences qui paraissaient les plus attrayantes à mon goût ou celles dont je voulais absolument écouter les orateurs. Comme d’habitude, je laisserais également la place aux surprises, au thème auquel je n’avais pas pensé mais qui m’attire fort sur le moment et aux rencontres impromptues comme celles avec Valerie Brown et les profs du Master en Histoires de Familles de BYU!  J’ai hâte de vous faire partager tout cela et hâte aussi de revoir tous mes amis blogueurs et généalogistes du monde entier! 

ps : Si vous avez des attentes particulières , par rapport au programme , n’hésitez pas à m’en faire part en commentaire ou par mail, je pourrais sûrement m’arranger pour vous donner un aperçu de sessions qui vous auraient intéressées, vous !

 

 

Participez à Roots Tech 2018 !

Si, si ! Vous avez bien lu !

Je vous propose une participation à RootsTech 2018 : Un pass qui vous donnera acces aux quatre jours de conférences, ateliers, au Hall d’Exposition et vivre l’expérience RootsTech sur place avec des milliers de généalogistes du monde entier pour découvrir ensemble les nouveautés du secteur !

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Pour être mon invitée à cet évenement exclusif , rien de plus simple !

Il suffit de participer au (petit) concours suivant et de répondre à cette question  :

« Dans quelle commune française vient d’être inauguré (printemps 2017) un nouveau temple de l’Eglise des Saints des Derniers Jours ?  »

et de me raconter, en question subsidiaire, pourquoi une visite à RootsTech serait un plus pour vos recherches généalogiques ! Le tout à envoyer à hist.defamilles@gmail.com

Le concours se cloturera le 24 Novembre 2018 à minuit. La/e gagnant(e) sera annonçé sur le blog

( Attention, le vol et l’hébergement ne sont pas compris et pour voyager aux USA vous devez être en ordre ‘ESTA et de passeport ! )

Good Luck !

 

 

En route pour RootsTech 2018!

J’ai eu le grand honneur d’être invitée à participer à l’édition 2018 de RootsTech  comme ambassadrice au côté de collégues généalogistes!

Alors, RootsTech, c’est quatre jours au service de la généalogie : des conférences, des ateliers, des séminaires, des réunions, des réflexions, des rencontres et des découvertes dans le monde généalogique mais Roots Tech c »est tellement plus que ca : C’est une aventure humaine extraordinaire au coeur d’une passion commune : celle de découvrir l’histoire de nos ancêtres et de les transmettre! J’ai déjà hâte d’y être!

Vous trouverez sur ce blog des articles réguliers jusqu’à et pendant ( et après ! ) l’évènement ainsi qu’une chouette surprise ! A très vite !

Tout frais,tout beau….et dans vos librairies!

Le guide de généalogie en Belgique est sorti ! Fière maman du bébé, celui ci vous donnera des pistes méthodologiques et des informations pour bien démarrer votre recherche!

Sorti aux Editions Jourdan et disponible dans toutes les bonnes librairies ( Notamment ici, ici, ici et ici !)

Egalement disponible pour l’International via ce site bien connu!

How were Grandma’s cookies made ? With Love!

Savor your family’s history: Share your treasured recipes! Everybody has some! Even me (and I know I’m much better at family history than in a kitchen 🙂 )

From my gran’s christmas pudding to my mum’s cocoa iced cake to the cupcakes I help my daughter bake! On the salty side, I can exactly recall the perfume of pork and pickles and how my mum used to do lovely crab entrees for christmas ( did I just mentioned Christmas twice? 🙂 #missingchristmas )

What’s your favorite family recipe?

http://media.familysearch.org/savor-your-familys-history/

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RootsTech streaming schedule known!

And you can find it just right here https://www.rootstech.org/live-stream-schedule !

This will give you the possibility to follow live sessions and talks from your very home which is great for people all around the world will be able to be there with us, following the same talks that we do! I had the occasion to test it on the years that I can’t attend and it’s brilliant (even if it needs a bit of organisation to set yourself on Salt Lake hours while being 8 hours (for me) later!) but still, it’s all worth it!! How great is that? 🙂

 

Edit : Thanks to Barbara Jones, there’s a schedule according to US Times which can be useful for european more used to convert time from Eastern to their own country! ( Thanks Thomas MacEntee for the precious link! You can subscribe to Thomas’s newsletter for all news!)

Great things to see and experience at RootsTech 2017 !

All genies around the globe are getting more excited than kids at Christmas, Roots Tech is getting near !

Meeting at the world capital of family history, thousands will gather to hear, talks,exchanges and discover around our common passion and motivation : genealogy ! I guess the best way to describe the experience is unbelievable !

There are :

– innovations shows where developers, IT people, social networkers and apps-mad crowd meet to build the family history products of tomorrow!

-Exhibitors Hall where companies and societies presents their services and more!

– Conferences, lectures and workshops : To learn from all kind of subjects ,from rookies know-how « I’d like to find my ancestors but haven’t got a clue » to very detailed points or subjects such as dutch, french, belgian 😉 , naval, army, soldiers ancestors and the set of records attached to each of the categories and much more!

This being the U.S. , there are studies and societies for every State and every community. A special attention this year will be to African Heritage with a special dedicated day (and the highlight of it, LeVar Burton, renowned actor from Star Trek, coming to share his genealogical experience and how you too can take part in this great journey!)

-There will be shows as well! I was quite and pleasantly surprised to discover that side of Roots Tech, last time I heard Choirs, popular singers and folkloric band, that was just awesome! My favorite show was a small one,in comparison to shows taking place in the big hall, it was a cow boy dance! Apart from one demo at the belgian national day one year, I had never seen one and  there you go, I was 5 years old again!

There are lots of great things to do, think of and discover at Roots Tech! It »s one of those shows where you leave with a better knowledge, new research paths or thoughts and yes too, feel a better person ! So I can’t wait to renew my RT experience again and meet old and new friends!

Come On’! Join the fun!

 

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Come, Come Saint Nicholas….

It’s that time of the year when children in Belgium are so excited that you can’t keep them quiet . It’s Saint Nicholas day! In The Netherlands, Belgium and northern France it’s centuries-old custom for the children to receive gifts and sweets from the Saint. they leave their shoes and stockings in front of a chimney or a window and pray that they’ve been good enough for the great Saint to pay a visit to their home, also fearing that « Pere Fouettard » , Saint’s help won’t beat them with his stick!

Saint Nicholas comes from Turkey, the legend says that he saved three children from a monstruous butcher who wanted to kill and eat them.  I remember that story used to terrify me as a child. He is since then the saint patron of the children but he also protects mariners, lawyers, prisoners and single persons!

Nicholas also sometimes travel on a boat for the joy of the audience welcoming him and his staff! It’s always a nice show to see!

In some families, but less and less and that’s kind of sad, gifts aren’t wrapped as they are supposed to come straight from the Saint’s office in the clouds 😉

Saint Nicholas also has some duties before his round in houses, he’s much awaited in several shops and malls in Belgium, giving sweets to nice children on his way!  He also visits schools, nurseries and hospitals. When they see him, children sings Saint’s related songs such as

« O great Saint Nicholas

Patron of the schoolchildren

bring us apples in our small baskets

we will always behave

just as little sheeps do

We’ll learn our lessons ( another version says : we’ll say our prayers)

for sweets

come,come, Saint Nicholas (2x)

and Tralala! »

The dutch version asks « Sinterklaas » (Saint Nicholas) , the « kapoentje » (comes from Kapoen,a mischievious young) to lay something in the child’s basket, thanking him to do so, « thank you Sinterklaasje! » .

The songs are also sung on the eve of the big day, hoping that the Saint will bring toys and sweets to show to hard awaken parents 😉

Saint Nicholas crossed the Altantic with the settlers and immigrants and gradually became Santa Claus in the US but with the world being as it is, Santa Claus has make a come back in Europe (mainly starting with France and american soldiers) too for decades now so little ones have now two saints to cherish them.  Guess who’s happy?

8th of August 1956

« Tutti Cadaveri » . It’s with those italian words ( all corpses) that the rescuers came back from the Bois du Cazier Mine on the 23d of August 1956 following a a cascade of technical failures in  the Mine. 232 miners from 12 countries were killed, injured and only 13 workers survived the ordeal.

http://www.sonuma.be/archive/catastrophe-de-marcinelle

There had been a long history of fatal accidents in Belgium mines before but the importance of this one, the number of foreign death ( 136 of were italian, 8 Polish, Six were Greeks, One British, One German, One Dutch,One Russian and One Ukranian for 95 Belgian) combined with the fact that the victims weren’t found immediately and the extended coverage by newspapers and television contributed to make it an international drama. The events are pretty well explained in this link  ( Flash Player Required) http://www.leboisducazier.be/lg_fr/esp_8aout/play.htm

An official commission investigated on the case to come to the conclusion that a combination of material as well as human failures were the sad causes of the explosion that led to the loss of lives of so many*.

The Bois du Cazier s now a memorial, important to remember but also very interesting to learn more about what happened on that fateful day and what could have been done in the mining world at the time to extend safety measures that weren’t then and that could have saved lives. Do you have any relatives who witnessed or lost a loved one in the catastrophe? Do you have other mining stories in your family history? If so,I’ll be really happy to hear from you!

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  • The list of names and nationalities of the victims is to be found here http://www.charleroi-decouverte.be/index.php?id=301

The 2015 Ommegang

In 1549 , Charles V, presented his son to the joyous AND boisterous people of Brussels. Philip II made his « Joyeuse Entrée » in the city. This ceremony had a double goal : For the new leader to present himself and for the people of Brussels, and most notably the high classes, to recognize the new sovereign power in other words to promise they will obey and remain calm 😉

In rememberance of this major event for the city, the public is invited to witness a reenactment of the event. Horses, flag throwers, jugglers and most importantly, a cortege of descendants of the nine »nations » of the city make their way to the Grand Place, enlightened by a light and sound show.  The cortege first leaves the Royal Park where free events are organised for the Grand Place where paying guests can witness a magnificient show!

This year’s Ommegang will take place tonight and on the 2d of July in a new car-freed center of Brussels. Just like each year, there are special guests invited to explain the whole story  and do a bit of a  « who’s who  » for the audience (This year Brussels-based writer Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Humorist Bert Kruismans and singer Jo Lemaire)

(c) Emmanuel Bosteels (c) Frederic Andrieu.

Besides those animations in the Park and on the Grand Place, there are cooking events organised with famous belgian chefs, visits of the Coudenberg old palace ruins in the context of the Carolus V festival, a balloon christening and much much more for the whole family so be sure not to miss this event if you’re in town! It’s definitively worth seeing! All infos are to be found on http://www.ommegang.be and if you have Brussels ancestors be sure to get in touch so that we can talk about it!

(c) Emmanuel Bosteels (c) Frederic Andrieu.