Where Have We Gone? To Mastodon!

Earlier this year, our intrepid president Gordon Seyffert bravely stepped into the alternative world of Mastodon, a social media network that blew up in popularity in 2022 after Twitter changed hands.

What is Mastodon? It is a social media network, but the network itself is decentralized into a collection of individual servers, or instances as Mastodon calls them. Each instance is supported by a group of people who share an interest in a particular topic… like genealogy!

Why Mastodon? It is not run by a for-profit corporation, so there are no ads, no profiling, and no algorithms promoting sponsored posts… focus is on the community!

Since January of 2023, Gordon has been exploring the land of Genealysis.Social, and has been pretty actively “tooting” from his own account @Gordon@genealysis.social using the hashtag #immigrantgensoc.

So consider joining Mastodon to follow Gordon’s posts and get notifications in your own feed. There is sure to be a flurry of updates in the weeks to come!

Read more about Mastodon at genealysis.com or Wikipedia.

Dirk Weissleder in the News

Congratulations to our friend Dirk Weissleder, who was recently elected Vice President of the International Confederation of Genealogy and Heraldry (CIGH, La Confédération Internationale de Généalogie et d`Héraldique).

Thank you, Dirk for your relentless pursuit of promoting collaboration and cooperation among genealogists, historians, and genealogical organizations worldwide!

Mark your calendars for September 24 when IGS is again honored to present Mr. Weissleder in his upcoming lecture, “New approach, New adventure: Exploring a medieval German Imperial city as part of ‘historic tourism’ for your research”. Visit the event page for information and registration details.

DPL Soars

Recently, the IGS Pommern Special Interest Group has sprouted wings and registered to form their own independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The Pomeranian Special Interest Group will be led by George Unrine with Gayle Coughanour, daughter of Myron Gruenwald who founded the Die Pommerschen Leute quarterly, serving as treasurer.

IGS wishes them much continued success with their excellent DPL quarterly, and with connecting genealogical researchers with Pomeranian roots worldwide!

Contact information can be found on their website, pomeranianews.org.

IGS Library Reopening

After a long hibernation, the IGS Library is re-opening!  … with modified hours.

During the month of July, the library will be open each Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm (July 3, 10, 17 & 24).

We will no longer be open on Wednesdays or Sundays, except by appointment.  Call 816.803.2787 or email president@immigrantgensoc.org to book an appointment.

Upcoming Local Events!

Looking Forward to another great SCGS Jamboree May 31 & June 1-2!

(Pre-Registration ends Tomorrow, May 20)

Stop by our table in the exhibit hall!

Also… Check out the VCGS Free Family History Presentation!

Saturday, June 16 at the Camarillo Library

See their flyer for more details…