WikiTree LiveCast – The Australian Projects

On Saturday August 26th at 8:00PM EDT All things Australian!  How many Australian Projects does WikiTree have on the go? Join Mags and Emma and Team Member Paul Bech as they chat about all things Australian on WikiTree. From the Anzacs to the Early Explorers of Australia, sit in and hear all about WikiTree’s Australian content. 

Pull up a chair to watch or ask questions in the LiveCast chat, OR Join us as a LiveCast attendee, either way we promise an hour of WikiTree fun! If you want to see a complete list of past and future LiveCasts click  this link

WikiTree LiveCast – Australian Projects with Paul Bech!

On Saturday August 26th At at 8:00PM EDT (Sunday August 27th 10:00AM AST) All things Australian!  How many Australian Projects does WikiTree have on the go? Join Mags as she talks with Team Member and Aussie, Paul Bech about all the things happening On WikiTree that are Australia related.

On Saturday August 26th At at 8:00PM EDT (Sunday August 27th 10:00AM AST) All things Australian!  How many Australian Projects does WikiTree have on the go? Join Mags as she talks with Team Member and Aussie, Paul Bech about all the things happening On WikiTree that are Australia related. As Always bring your questions to the live chat and Emma will post them for Paul to answer. 

Pull up a chair to watch or ask questions in the LiveCast chat, OR Join us as a LiveCast attendee, either way we promise an hour of WikiTree fun!

LiveCast Quickie – Conferencing WikiTree Style with Kirsty Gray

This Saturday, July 29th, 3:00 PM EDT. join Mags as she discusses all things Conferencing WikiTree Style with Kirsty Gray. What to bring, what to wear (ORANGE be a walking WikiTree Billboard), what to do and what not to do at a conference. This is a how to you don’t want to miss!

As always Emma MacBeath will be moderating the chat, so bring your conferencing questions and ask away!

WikiTree LiveCast – Merging Baby!

On Saturday June 24 at 3:00PM EDT please join me (Mags), and Emma MacBeath We’ll discuss merging. Of course there’s an Arborist Project and Arborists work on merging daily, but what about everyone else? We will discuss how we can all make our tree healthier by pruning. How to merge, when to merge, unmatched and rejected merges.

Pull up a chair to watch or ask questions in the LiveCast chat, either way we promise an hour of WikiTree fun! If you want to see a complete list of past and future LiveCasts click the graphic below or follow this link

Mags

OGS Conference 2017 – My Experience

The OGS (Ontario Genealogical Society) Conference 2017 happened over this last weekend here in Ottawa. I can’t tell you how nice it was to have the conference in my home city (not my hometown, there’s a difference). Of course there is a story to tell…

Social Media Team, #OGSConf2017

It all started a couple, three, four…it all started when I volunteered for the OGS Conference 2017 Social Media Team. I know some of you might be absolutely tired of me adding #OGSConf2017 to all my tweets and posts but I felt I needed to get the hastag out there in general. So, long before the thing actually started I was tweetin’ away (excuse me).

Once things started rollin’ and attendees started registering, the social media team were in action. We posted and tweeted every event, standing at the back discreetly taking photo’s and sharing the presentations, workhops and events. From excursions on thursday through to Ancestry Day, we did our appointed tasks quite well! What a great team to work with.
OGS 2017 Social Media Team Logo

CBC Radio One “All In A Day” with Alan Neal 

Thursday Night I tweeded a picture of Krsty Gray (@TheKirstyGray) having a pre-intereview interview with the CBC. Little did I know Kirsty was on the phone telling them they wanted to interview a local Genealogist, “Talk to Mags Gaulden”. Thank you very much Kirsty!

I did the interview Friday morning and it aired Friday afternoon. Over the weekend, because I was walking around with my Grandma’s Genes Kit on all weekend, I got stopped by more than a few people to say they heard the interview and had a question. Thanks Kirsty.

I had recieved a request for a bid proposal for a project (can’t tell you what yet) earlier in the week, which I had been thinking over. Hadn’t even responded to them. On Tuesday this week – post conference – I got a call from the company asking for the bid. They had heard the interview and they really want me to get the bid notes together for them. Thanks Kirsty (curtsying or is it kirstsying).

Me In My kit

Someone asked if I was going to have a venders table for the Conference. “No, I am a walking billboard”. Basically my kit is a shirt with Grandma’s Genes Logo emblazened upon the pocket, my Bag with a Grandma’s Genes Bumper Sticker across the front, my business cards on a lanyard, a Grandma’s Genes Sticker on my Conference credentials and Grandma’s Genes on every bit of electronics I brought (this is for security as well).

Grandma's Genes Conference Kit

Of Course WikiTree Was At The Conference As Well

WikiTree didn’t have a Venders table either. They had a walking billboard as well. Moi. I bounced around the conference in Orange too.

WikiTree LiveCasts

Saturday we did the WikiTree LiveCast Live From the conference. I had spread the word and posted a Casting Call for the LiveCast and boy did I get responses! Yes, real, live WikiTreer’s here in Ottawa answered the call. Thanks to Blaine Bettinger (my dinner date for Saturday night too), Kirsty Gray, Annette Cormier and Leanne Cooper for sitting in along with Romaine Honey, Librarian with the Ottawa Public Library and Emma McBeth for moderating from the West Coast. Thank you also to all the orange shirted people who randomly appear on camera through-out the LiveCast.

I also presented “DNA and the Global Family Tree” in a fast trax presentation on Sunday which Grandma’s Genes LiveCasted as well.

At one point, I changed my shirt in the elevator (I should have have a telephone booth). Blaine said I should sew the two shirts together. He is awfully clever.

Networking

There was a lot of that giong on as well.

Living DNA and I discussed some of their recent changes which might facilitate some integration with WikiTree. Early days yet, so patience is the key here.

Kirsty Gray and I decided to do a LiveCast about going to conferences, What to take? What to do? How to get into trouble? Stayed tuned for this one for sure!

Blaine Bettinger and I discussed WikiTree’s DNA Project and genetic genealogy and family and food and his books being contraband at the border, what? What is in those books!?!? Just words and hard work!

I got to Volunteer for the Program Committee for next years Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2018. The real work of the Committee starts the same week I will be traveling to speak at a Family Reunion in North Carolina, he he. 

BlueBerry Pie

Why yes there was blueberry Pie. The Social Media Team plus a few extra’s spent Sunday Dinner together (when a group goes through something together they don’t want to be separated) and were treated to Blueberry pie of course courtesy of Grandma’s Genes. Thanks Bowman’s!

Can’t wait til next year.

WikiTree LiveCast – Live from the OGS Conference 2017

Please join me (Mags), and Emma MacBeath with guests, WikiTreers, Leanne Cooppr and WikiTree Leader Annette Cormier when take over the OGS2017 Social Media Hub to Chat all things WikiTree. We will also be joined by Ottawa Public Library Genealogist, Romaine Honey!

On Saturday June 17 at 3:00PM EDT please join me (Mags), and Emma MacBeath (I couldn’t talk her into coming to Ottawa) with guests, WikiTreers, Leanne Cooppr and WikiTree Leader Annette Cormier when take over the OGS2017 Social Media Hub to Chat all things WikiTree. We will also be joined by Ottawa Public Library Genealogist, Romaine Honey!

BUT WAIT! There is still room for more! Stop by and watch or join in!

Pull up a chair to watch or ask questions in the LiveCast chat, either way we promise an hour of WikiTree fun! If you want to see a complete list of past and future LiveCasts click the graphic below or follow this link

Mags

Sitting at OGS Conference 2017 Opening Ceremonies

Yes, I am sitting in the audience at the OGS Conference 2017 opening ceremonies blogging while they are reading the opening remarks prior to the opening lecture. My seatmates, the Social Media Team, are tweeting furiously and Kirsty Gray – sitting right next to me is watching the stream live on her laptop!

Oh! The magic that is technology!

None of us would be back here connected, posting, tweeting and generally being good social media team members if not for technology.

This is a great conference already and some of us have been around since Wednesday night. These people had no idea we would stick like glue! But here we are.

Last night’s event was the British pub night. Our team lost the trivia game by one point. ONE point, though we are not competitive. 

The Market Place

There are five Market Halls spread across the campus of Algonquin College and all are open to the public. You can roam around the conference, rub elbows with some of the big wigs, like Josh Taylor, Blaine Bettinger and Kirsty Gray, among others. Rubbing elbows with these people is easy here in Canada because, well it’s Canada, we are too polite to be “in thier space”.

Many lectures and workshops are happening and some of the talks are being live-streamed. I’ve posted a list of the streams here, along with the unoffical WikiTree LiveCast I am doing on Saturday at 3:PM EDT here at the Conference Social Media Hub. Come up to watch and or join in!

I had an interview today with CBC Radio 1’s “All In A Day” host Alan Neal all about Grandma’s Genes and my work with clients here in Ottawa and around the world. The interview was a lot of fun.

So this is day one. We are at the opening ceremonies which will wrap up the festivities for this very busy day. Tomorrow is anothe day and great fun will be had by all. If you can’t be here, find a stream and watch it.

See you at the LiveCast tomorrow.

Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) Conference 2017 Social Media Team!

Mags is a part of the OGS Conference 2017 Social Media Team!

She will be roaming around the 2017 OGS conference 2017 tweeting and blogging and FaceBooking and Pinteresting…all about what is going on at the conference, throughout the weekend. She may even do a Grrandma’s Genes LiveCast from the Conference on Saturday at 3:00PM. Exciting Stuff!

Follow the Conference on Twitter @ #OGSConf2017

WikiTree LiveCast – WikiTree X Developer Justin York

Have you ever thought of a program that might help WikiTreers WikiTree? Pull up a chair and join us for an hour of WikiTree Applications! You might be inspired by Justin’s design to develop something on your own! Join the Chat and ask Justin Questions. Have a a wish list? Bring it along to share.

On Wednesday June 7th at 3:00PM EDT, Please Join Mags for a live chat with Justin York, WikiTree X App developer. We’ll be talking about WikiTree Apps.

Have you ever thought of a program that might help WikiTreers WikiTree (Second usage as a verb)? Pull up a chair and join us for an hour of WikiTree Applications! You might be inspired by Justin’s design to develop something on your own! Join the Chat and ask Justin Questions. Have a a wish list? Bring it along to share.

Click here for the watch link, and visit the official LiveCast page for more information and the upcoming schedule.

Mags

WikiTree LiveCast – The Ambassadors Project with the Forest Elf!

On Saturday June 3rd at 3:00PM EDT, Please Join Mags and Julie for a live chat with our own Forest Elf, Eowyn Langholf . We’ll be talking about the Ambassadors Project and social media sharing.

On Saturday June 3rd at 3:00PM EDT, Please Join Mags and Julie for a live chat with our own Forest Elf, Eowyn Langholf . We’ll be talking about the Ambassadors Project and social media sharing.

When Mags, Julie and Eowyn start hanging out, you never know what might happen. So, pull up a chair and join us for an hour of WikiTree fun! We will be covering all things WikiTree sharing on Social Media, in Blogs, in Presentations at your neighborhood History society. Eowyn will be sitting in as well as Members of the Ambassadors Project. How can you get involved to spread the word about our great big ole shared tree?!?!

Don’t know how to share on Social Media? – we’ll show you!

Click here for the watch link, and visit the official LiveCast Page for more information and the upcoming schedule.

Mags