Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Genealogy in Second Life....Really???

      Yesterday began a new adventure, something called "Second Life".  There has been some recent discussion among the "Genie's" in the Techno-Genealogy World about a Facebook Group called.  "Genealogists in Second Life"    Last week, I made a few ventures 'in-world' and found an interesting sort of medieval realm dedicated to all sorts of genealogy education, research, sharing, and well it was just plain fun.
       So, exactly what is SECOND LIFE?  Well, it is a virtual realty kingdom where one can interact with real people from all over the world. Its a little awkward at first, and can be a little intimidating while you are finding you way around, but the FB Group is a big help.
          Last night, in SECOND LIFE (SL) Pat Richley-Erickson, also known as DearMyrtle, in SL she is known as Clarisse Beaumont, (I think I have all of that correct), anyway the long and short of it is this - I was able to attend a wonderful discussion on the importance of INFERENTIAL GENEALOGY (more about the class in the next post) with at least 35 other people from all over the country, taught by one of the leading genealogy speakers in the country and I didn't have to leave the comfort of my own living room.   The potential for this type of technology is staggering, and in the genealogy world it means greater access to top level instructors, classes, there is even an APG (Association of Professional Genealogists) Chapter in SECOND LIFE.   Check out the FB page for a weekly schedule of meetings and events.  There seems to be something just about everyday.

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