Online Meetings


ingrid rockberger
 

Dear Friends,

We are all going through very trying times.

We read each day on the JewishGen Discussion Group list of Society meetings being cancelled.

I notice that some of them are changing to virtual meetings and presentations. I was wondering if some of these meetings could be made available to the wider genealogy community. We all have plenty of time on our hands to work on our personal genealogy projects, and 'attending' virtual meetings of genealogy societies would be a great addition!

Anyone ready to do this? 

Keep well and safe everyone,

Ingrid Rockberger, Raanana, Israel.

Co-Chair Sharon Area
Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA)


Ava (Sherlock) Cohn
 

It is a trying time for all of us and I appreciate your sentiments about staying at home to work on our genealogy.The idea poses a number of different questions as to how this would work.  I would think, though, that the decision to make a meeting available to the wider genealogy community would be one made by each individual group in consultation with the guest speaker. Many groups use the speaker's presentation and access to a subsequent recording as a benefit of membership in that group. Also, many speakers, myself included, do not agree to recordings of any kind, for legal purposes. We are offered the opportunity to opt out of recording at the annual IAJGS conferences. There is a company that handles the recordings and there is a charge to purchase the recordings after the conference.  I'm not a technical wizard but I would think that there would have to be someone willing to contact the various different groups and speakers and organize the presentations that are recorded or somehow be able to invite the wider genealogy community worldwide to participate in each virtual presentation at the time of the presentation. Seems like a large job to me. Perhaps I'm missing something here, but what would be the benefit to the JGS groups themselves if anyone could have access to the speaker's presentation for which the hosting group pays an honorarium? Would this be time limited or would it start a precedent that would continue beyond the pandemic quarantine?


JoAnne Goldberg
 

Zoom works surprisingly well, though if you've got 100 people that might be an issue. I haven't been in a meeting with more than about 12 people. They also have a payment option integrated via PayPal so groups can continue to charge, and meeting recording is an option.

It is a trying time for all of us and I appreciate your sentiments about staying at home to work on our genealogy.The idea poses a number of different questions as to how this would work.  I would think, though, that the decision to make a meeting available to the wider genealogy community would be one made by each individual group in consultation with the guest speaker. Many groups use the speaker's presentation and access to a subsequent recording as a benefit of membership in that group. Also, many speakers, myself included, do not agree to recordings of any kind, for legal purposes. We are offered the opportunity to opt out of recording at the annual IAJGS conferences. There is a company that handles the recordings and there is a charge to purchase the recordings after the conference.  I'm not a technical wizard but I would think that there would have to be someone willing to contact the various different groups and speakers and organize the presentations that are recorded or somehow be able to invite the wider genealogy community worldwide to participate in each virtual presentation at the time of the presentation. Seems like a large job to me. Perhaps I'm missing something here, but what would be the benefit to the JGS groups themselves if anyone could have access to the speaker's presentation for which the hosting group pays an honorarium? Would this be time limited or would it start a precedent that would continue beyond the pandemic quarantine?



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Jeff Miller
 

You can record a meeting of a small group and make it available to a larger audience at a later time on Zoom Cloud.

Jeff Miller
Maryland


ingrid rockberger
 

I understand what Ava is saying – of course it would have to be done with agreement of society and speaker. I was only thinking if a society is streaming a presentation ‘live’ to its members and/or community, they could put a link on this discussion group to enable others to join. Again, of course with full agreement of the speaker.

As to the point about an honorarium, here in Israel, in our society, all speakers are volunteers and do not charge for speaking to our groups, so maybe that is why I did not consider this point.

It was just a thought.

Keep well everyone.

Ingrid Rockberger
Raanana
Israel


Sarah L Meyer
 

I too would appreciate this.  However professionally, I do know that there are charges for webinars.  It would depend upon the meeting.  Maybe if you belonged to saya JGS, your membership would include all that JGS webinars and perhaps there could be reciprocal webinars.  Then perhaps a small charge ($10 or so) for those of us who don't belong to any JGS due to distance - or create a virtual JGS with an annual fee such as the $50 for a year of Legacy webinars.  If the webinar was not recorded or even if it was but no one could get the handouts (you have to take notes) perhaps that would protect the speakers.

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Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
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