When we turn our hearts to our ancestors, something changes inside of us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves~Russell M. Nelson

Sunday, July 21, 2019

RootsTech London Free 3-Day Pass~And the Winner Is...




Thanks to everyone who entered my RootsTech London 3-Day Pass giveaway!
I wish more could win, but there could only be one lucky winner, and it's


Pauline Cass!

Pauline is from Queensland, Australia! 
Congratulations, Pauline! 

Please email me at Cheri@CarolinaGirlGenealogy.com so I can send you the information needed to register for your pass to RootsTech London.

Can't wait to see you there!



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This Week On My Family History Calendar

July 21-July 27






July 22~
 Margaret Ann (Thames) Hudson (1875-1960), my paternal great aunt and step great grandmother, was born 144 years ago.in Clarendon County, South Carolina.
She died 59 years ago at the age of 84, on her birthday in Manning, Clarendon, South Carolina. She was buried in the Home Branch Cemetery in Paxville. 
Annie was the second wife of John McSwain Hudson (1880-1961) and the sister of his first wife, Louvinia Blanche (Thames) Hudson (1886-1918).

Margaret Ann (Thames) Hudson
Headstone
Home Branch Cemetery
Paxville, South Carolina
©Cheri Hudson Passey


July 23~
 My maternal 3rd great grandfather, Thomas Philip Roberts (1830-1893) was born 189 years ago in Richland County, South Carolina. He was the son of Philip Roberts, III (1798-1853) and Mary Ann (Evans) Roberts (1795-1876).

Thomas Philip Roberts
Headstone
Brown's Chapel Cemetery
Richland County, South Carolina
Photo Credit: Jim Hepler

July 25~
 My maternal 5th great grandmother, Alice (Cook) Vaughn (1774-1859) was born 245 years ago, possibly in the Carolina's. She lived many years in the Sumter County area of South Carolina. 

Alice (Cook) Vaughn
Headstone
Dargan Cemetery
Sumter, South Carolina
Photo Credit: Michael & Allison Dillingham for FAG
Used by permission


July 26~
 Bertrand Campbell Price (1876-after 1922), my maternal great-great-grandfather, would be 143 years old on this day. Cam was born in Aiken County,  South Carolina was the son of Daniel David Price (born about 1836) in South Carolina and Martha Elizabeth (Price) Price (born about 1840) in South Carolina.




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Celebration Sunday~Genealogy Happy Dance!



You know the dance. You know you've done it. The one every researcher does after finding something new. The one where you want to jump up and down and shout to everyone around that you found the document, contacted a cousin who has the family Bible, made a DNA connection or found a whole new branch to your tree. The one that is met with glazed stares and eye rolls.

                                                          Celebration Sunday is a place to share your discoveries. 
This is a weekly series to enable everyone to tell about their Genealogy Happy Dance moment. 

Share by scrolling down and adding your story to the comments section or you may also put a link to a blog post telling about what had you dancing this week.


My Happy Dance Moment for this week: 
On July 13, 2019, the registration for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Salt Lake Academy for Professionals opened.  (SLIG)
Anyone who is familiar with these two weeks of learning knows the classes fill up fast and you need to have your fingers ready to go to sign up for the classes you want.
I came late to the game since I was attending a Genealogy Workshop in Columbia, SC and wasn't sure if there would be anything left for me once I got home and was ready to register!
Luckily, I was able to take one of the last couple of available seats in Josh Taylor"s course
"You're Invited: Public Speaking from Concept to Delivery"
One of my favorite things to do is to teach genealogy methodologies and I am excited to learn new skills and get better at giving presentations to groups and societies. 
As for the first week, I am currently waitlisted for two of the institute courses.
Hopefully, more spots will open up and I will be able to get into one of my top two choices.
If not, there are still wonderful learning opportunities to take advantage of!
My Happy Dance moment for this week?





Will I see you in Salt Lake in January?


What's your happy dance moment for this week?
  

                                                                               

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

GenFriends~Family Reunions





This week on GenFriends, Melissa Barker, aka The Archive Lady joins me to talk about Family Reunions!

Watch as we share our experiences and ideas on ways to get your family together to make memories and share those from the past!  Just click on this youtube link:







Melissa has some great resources for you!
Check out her webinar on Legacy Family Tree Webinars (paid subscription required to watch)

And her Legacy QuickGuide in the Legacy Family Tree Store



Let us know about your family reunions!
What has worked? Do you have any tips or suggestions for a successful gathering?
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Win a Free 3-Day Pass to RootsTech London!




RootsTech, the world's largest genealogy conference is coming to London!
For 3 days some of the best keynote speakers, classes and events will get you motivated, learning and connected to others who have a passion for family history!

One of the announced keynote speakers is singer Donny Osmond. Why Donny? Take a look at this short clip from his keynote during RootsTech 2015 in Salt Lake City!




As a RootsTech London Ambassador, it is my pleasure to be able to give away a free 3-Day Pass to this amazing event!


The RootsTech London 20193-day pass (£149 value)pass includes te following:

• Over 150 classes
• Keynote / General sessions
• Expo Hall
• Evening event

It does not include travel, meal or hotel expenses. 


Already bought your pass? No worries, your registration fee will be reimbursed!



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Send me a message when you do and each will count as an entry!

The contest begins Tuesday, July 16, 2019, and runs through Saturday, July 20, 2019.
I will announce the winner here on the blog and the post will be shared on my social media platforms.
                                               
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Whether you are the lucky winner or not, I hope to see you at RootsTech London this October!





Sunday, July 14, 2019

This Week On My Family History Calendar

 July  14-  July 20


July 19~
 Margaret Frances "Fanny" (Gibson) Thames (1854-1929), my paternal great great grandmother, died 90 years ago in Clarendon County, South Carolina. Fannie died from Stomach Cancer and was buried in Home Branch Cemetery in Paxville.


Margaret Frances (Gibson) Thames
Headstone
Home Branch Cemetery
Paxville, Clarendon, South Carolina
©Cheri Hudson Passey




Who are you remembering this week?

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Celebration Sunday~Genealogy Happy Dance!



You know the dance. You know you've done it. The one every researcher does after finding something new. The one where you want to jump up and down and shout to everyone around that you found the document, contacted a cousin who has the family Bible, made a DNA connection or found a whole new branch to your tree. The one that is met with glazed stares and eye rolls.

                                                          Celebration Sunday is a place to share your discoveries. 
This is a weekly series to enable everyone to tell about their Genealogy Happy Dance moment. 

Share by scrolling down and adding your story to the comments section or you may also put a link to a blog post telling about what had you dancing this week.







Field Trip for the Grand Strand Genealogy Club
Attending the SC Genealogical Society Workshop with Keynote Blaine T. Bettinger
July 2019




My Happy Dance Moment for this week: 
I love genealogy events! 
Anytime we can get together with others who are interested in learning about researching their families it is a joy!
The past few days, I have attended the South Carolina Genealogical Society Workshop held annually at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
The event started out with a lock-in at the Richland County Library Research room. 



Research Room at the Richland County Main Library, Columbia, SC


This is a wonderful place to search for your SC ancestors!



With Blaine after his fabulous 4 presentations!

Keynote Speaker for the two-day workshop was Blaine T. Bettinger! 
Anyone who has heard Blaine speak knows how good he is at explaining DNA tools and methodologies. 
There were other great classes and a chance to research at the archives.
In fact, for the first time, the archives stayed open until 8pm so we had time after the last session to take advantage of all their resources! 


Cousin Marilyn Trevino 

Cousin Guerry Felder



One of the best parts of attending a genealogy event?
The people! It's so much fun to meet new people and connect with old friends!



My roommates
Judy Lake and Kathleen Keenan



Wouldn't be the same without Robin and Ellis!!

Always good to see Lisa!

Blaine joined us for dinner! 

Dinner with friends from The Grand Stand Genealogy Club,
Blaine Bettinger, Lisa Lisson, and Robin Foster with her husband Ellis Mc
clure!




My Happy Dance moment? Attending the 2019 SC Genealogical Society Summer Workshop!

Make plans to join me next year July 10-11! J. Mark Lowe and Diahan Southard have been announced as featured speakers!! The workshop is always held at the Archives in Columbia, SC,

What's your happy dance moment for this week?
  


                                                                               

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

GenFriends: Christine Woodcock ~ MayFlower 400 Anniversary Tour!







This week on GenFriends, Christine Woodcock from Genealogy Tours of Scotland shares special experiences she had while touring the UK sites of the Mayflower. 
The 400th Anniversary of its departure from England and arrival in America will be celebrated next year!

Watch as Christine shares her stories, photos, and adventures with the GenFrined panel.
Thanks to Melissa Barker, The Archive Lady, and Shelley Murphy, Family Tree Girl for joining in on the conversation!






Let us know if you have Mayflower ancestors and if you plan on joining in for the 400th year celebration!


For more information on the Mayflower 400 use this link:
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Monday, July 8, 2019

Planning for RootsTech London-Tips from Christine Woodcock


Christine Woodcock from Genealogy Tours of Scotland shares some tips on how to best prepare for your upcoming trip to RootsTech London!

PLANNING FOR ROOTSTECH LONDON
Are you heading to London to attend RootsTech? If you have never been to the UK before, or if it has been a while since you were last there, here are some pointers to make your travel a bit less stressful:
GETTING TO THE VENUE
International flights land in either Gatwick or Heathrow – not in London City Centre, which is the closest airport to the venue. Heathrow is HUGE and you will need plenty of time to navigate your way out. Plan on an hour, minimum. 
If you can, try to get your flight into Gatwick as it is much quicker to get to the venue than Heathrow. The Gatwick Express will get you to the city centre in about 30 minutes. The trains run from the south terminal and run every fifteen minutes. 
If you are connecting through Belfast, Glasgow or Amsterdam, you can fly directly into London City Airport. However, the layover time needs to be factored in as well as any additional fees. 
GETTING A TAXI  
Taxis are available in long lines at most places where there are crowds of people – airports, bus stations, train stations, etc. Taxi protocol is to take the taxi at the front of the line. If you are hailing a cab from other than a rank, make sure their yellow “taxi” light is lit so that you know it is available for hire, and not already booked already. 
I would avoid taking a taxi from the airport to your hotel. It will take at least an hour because of the traffic in and around the city. Trains will have luggage racks and the staff will be willing to help you lift your luggage onto and off of the train if you ask. 
TIPPING
Tipping is not expected in Britain the way it is North America. That said, taxi drivers should be tipped. Generally rounding up to the nearest £ is sufficient. Roughly 50p or £1. Hotel staff do not expect tips. Nor do airport staff. 
If you are eating at a sit-down restaurant, you should tip. Make sure that this has not already been added into your bill, as it often is if you are with a large enough group. If you are eating at a cafĂ©, no tip is expected. At a bar/pub, rounding up is usually appreciated, but not necessary. 
Note: taxes are already included in the price, unlike in North America where they are added on to the price. 
MONEY
PLEASE NOTE that the money in Britain has all been upgraded in the last two years and is now all plastic. PLEASE do not take old bills you have saved from a previous trip. It will be next to impossible for you to get them exchanged. Stores and restaurants WILL NOT accept them. Banks may not exchange if you don’t have an account in their bank. The easiest thing is for you to get the money switched at your home bank and take the new bills with you. Traveler's cheques you have lying around will be hard to get rid of as well. Take them to your home bank and get them cashed there.
Currency is Pounds Stirling. Notes come in £50, £20, £10, £5. Anything higher than £50 may be difficult to cash. Coins are used for £2 (a dual coloured coin), £1, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p 2p and 1p. 
Credit cards are accepted at most places. Debit cards are not. You will need to use an ATM with a debit card and withdraw from there including whatever fees are charged. It is best to have cash on hand for taxis and tips.  
WHAT TO PACK 
The weather in Britain can be quite changeable. In October, you may be running into high winds and lots of rain. Winds are that – wind. Not breezes. Umbrellas are often useless as the wind will turn them inside out.  The temperatures tend to hover about 10c or 52F. You will want a wind and waterproof jacket, sensible shoes for walking and it is always best to dress in layers. You may want to pack a hat and gloves for the evenings or early mornings. 
Most B&Bs, guest houses, and some hotels do not provide face cloths. You may want to pack a half dozen or so. Some people take baby washcloths since they are light and small and generally do the trick. 
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
If you are traveling from Europe or North America to England, you will not require a visa, just a valid passport. Make sure that your passport won’t expire while you are still in England. 
WiFi
Access to wifi isn’t as abundant as it is in North America. It is generally available in hotels. It will be available in the venue. You can’t bank on it on buses, trains, or in restaurants/bars/coffee shops. 
You will want to ensure you pack your charging cords. These will be difficult to replace in Britain since their voltage is 220 and in North America is it 110. You will need a travel adapter for the UK. These can be purchased at the AAA/CAA
TERMINOLOGY
Washrooms or bathrooms are called Toilets
7 Up is called Lemonade
Pop or soda are referred to as Fizzy Drinks or sometimes Coke – even non-coca-cola drinks
French Fries are Chips
Chips are Crisps
Cookies are Biscuits
Desserts are Puddings (although most restaurants will offer “dessert”)
Cakes and Squares are Tray Bakes


Your time in England promises to be a wonderful adventure. Be sure to pack your sense of adventure and your flexibility. Be ready to have the time of your life. England is an amazing country with history that extends back several centuries. You will be in awe. Take pictures. Speak to locals. Look UP at the architecture. Enjoy the spontaneous things that happen like street buskers popping up. Plan to spend a few extra days either before or after RootsTech London and drink in the history, the architecture, the sounds, the smells. It will be a heady experience you won’t soon forget. 

Bio:
Christine Woodcock is a genealogy educator with an expertise in the Scottish records. She began researching her family history following the death of her mother and grandmother who were the storytellers of the family.  When speaking to groups and societies about Scottish research, Christine recognized that a large percentage of the Scots Diaspora had never been to Scotland. To allow researchers the opportunity to research the records in their ancestral homeland, Christine began her business, Genealogy Tours of Scotland.



So many great tips! Thanks so much, Christine!
These will help me and others prepare our trip to London in October!
Who's joining me in London for RootsTech?

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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