Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Jennifer Holik Releases Two New WWII books

July 22, 2014 – Chicago, Illinois. Jennifer Holik announces the release of two of her latest books. The Tiger’s Widow the second book in the Stories of the Lost series. And, Stories from the Battlefield: A Beginning Guide to World War II Research.

The Tiger's Widow

Love knows no boundaries of time and space or life and death. It exists forever in our hearts as we remember and honor those who have gone before us. Through those memories we pass life lessons on to the next generation. We teach others there is light after darkness, hope after despair, and love is the glue that puts shattered hearts back together. This is a story of five hearts separated by time and space; hearts which would meet in the perfect moment. It is a story about never ending love that lived on even after death.

Join me on a journey that spans 72 years and several continents. This is the story of the life of Virginia Scharer Brouk, the wife of Flying Tiger, Robert Brouk. Virginia picked up the pieces of her life and joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, later known as the Women’s Army Corps (WAC,) to take up the fight after Robert was killed in a plane crash. Virginia’s story is of life, loss, war, and the connection of hearts filled with love.

Stories from the Battlefield: A Beginning Guide to World War II Research

All the records burned! We hear this over and over when we think about World War II research. Yet there are many records and resources available to get you started. In this short guide, you will learn the basics of World War II military research and what to look for in your home sources. Then we will explore components of personnel files, death records, and other associated records in this short book.

This guide is meant to be a starting point for World War II research, not an exhaustive examination of all the military branches and records available. In 2015 I will release the first in a series of in-depth books on World War II records, the first being Stories from the Battlefield Volume I: Navigating World War II Home Front, Civilian, Army, and Air Corps Records. Please visit my website for more details on the release dates.

Coming in 2015!

Volume I: Navigating World War II Home Front, Civilian, Army, and Air Corps Records

Volume II: Navigating World War II Accident Reports, Internment and Prisoner Records, and Death Records

Volume III: Navigating World War II Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Merchant Marine Records

Volume IV: Navigating World War II National Guard Records

The Tiger’s Widow and Stories from the Battlefield are available through the author’s website: http://jenniferholik.com where you can also find the World War II Toolbox!

About Jennifer Holik

Jennifer is a genealogical, historical, and military researcher. Jennifer lectures throughout the Chicagoland area on World War II records and stories, women during World War II, kids genealogy, and Italian genealogy.

As a researcher and writer she can help you research and piece together the stories of your ancestors, particularly if they served during World War II. Jennifer is also on staff at the World War II History Network where she assists with the genealogy group.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NC Genealogical Society Webinar to feature J. Mark Lowe

The North Carolina Genealogical Society presents:
J. Mark Lowe
NC Taxes: People, Places, Time, and Delinquency
LIVE Webinar 19 September 3:00 pm EDT, Free Viewing Period: 3-5 October 2014

Discover the variety of North Carolina tax records, and how they can tell you more than the amount due.  Learn where they are located, and when to look at alternate sources for information.
Taxation in the Americas began within the colonies for the crown. By the time, the constitution was written in 1787, all colonies were taxing citizens on property, capitation (head), livestock, and other properties. The constitution gave specific authority to the state to levy and collect taxes. For purposes of our discussion, we will focus on the levy on people (poll tax), property and other personalty.

The North Carolina General Assembly in 1715 defined taxable persons as free Males over sixteen years of age. Basically a tax list is a register of free males, land owners, and slave owners who, by nature of their age or ownership, are required to pay taxes to the governmental authority. But there is so much more to learn. 

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA was named the FGS Delegate of the Year in 2000. He is a full-time professional researcher and educator, who formerly served as President of APG, and as an officer for FGS . You can generally find him researching for clients including Who Do You Think You Are?, African American Lives or Biography Channels uneXplained. Otherwise with his love for teaching, you will see him at SLIG, IGHR, numerous webinars or at your local society.

Lowe is a professional researcher and educator, teaching at SLIG, IGHR & RIGS Alliance, researching for clients, and working on projects like "Who Do You Think You Are?"

VGS 17-18 October 2014 Conference to Be in Historic Augusta County, Virginia

The Virginia Genealogical Society (VGS) and the Augusta County Genealogical Society (AGCS) announce their combined fall conference on 17 and 18 October 2014. The conference includes guided research at the Waynesboro Public Library in Waynesboro and lectures at the Holiday Inn Staunton Conference Center in Staunton, Va. (16 minutes apart). Attendees will draw for great genealogical prizes at this event. VGS partners with a local society for a fall conference and in the spring holds another conference in Richmond.

Friday is a free day. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., guided research will be offered at the Waynesboro Public Library at 600 S. Wayne Avenue in Waynesboro, Va. Library staff and experienced researchers from VGS and ACGS will be available to help. At 2 p.m., Dorothy A. Boyd-Bragg, Ph.D., professor of history,  emerita, James Madison University, will speak on the topic “In the Beginning, Augusta County, Virginia,  Was [Almost] Everything” in the library conference room. She is currently senior research historian associated with the James Madison Center. She is author or editor of numerous genealogy books and articles and has served as president of VGS.

On Saturday, registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Staunton Conference Center at 152 Fairway Lane, Staunton, Va., where a full day of lectures begins at 9 a.m. Speaker Barbara Vines Little, C.G. will address these topics: “Before It Was Augusta,” “West of the Blue Ridge: Augusta’s Chancery Court Records,” “Frontier Settlement: The Virginia Land Office and Its Records,” and “Migration Trails and Settlement Clusters.” Ms. Little is a certified, professional genealogist whose primary interest is in Virginia research, brick wall problems, and complete genealogies. She is an Orange County Historical Society board member and former president of both the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and VGS. She has served as coordinator and instructor for the Virginia Institute of Genealogical Research Track II (VIGR), and for the Virginia track at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University. Currently, Ms. Little is editor of the quarterly Magazine of Virginia Genealogy and NGS’s Research in the States series. The VGS website under the Research Aids tab (go to Libraries…) provides articles about the research facilities in Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro.

On Saturday afternoon, Nancy Sorrells will speak on “Weaving the Fabric of a New Nation.” Ms. Sorrells holds a master’s degree in local, regional, and state history with James Madison University. An independent scholar and freelance writer, she is a partner in a local history publishing company. The Lot’s Wife Publishing website lauds the accomplishments of Nancy Sorrells saying she “was the research historian for ten years at the Museum of American Frontier Culture.”

Space is limited for these sell-out speakers. Be sure to register early to get a seat and save money. The cost of the conference is $44 for VGS & ACGS members and $55 for nonmembers if submitted by 28 September. After 28 September the cost increases $10 for everyone. The price includes Saturday lunch. 

Register at 804-285-8954 or by mail ACGS members register by mailing the brochure to the address below. Registration on the website may not work. Call or e-mail with questions. Cancellations after 1 October will not be refunded. One year VGS membership is $35 for individuals/$40 for families; one year ACGS membership is $15 for individuals/$5 for each additional family member. 

Vendors of books and other items of researchers’ interest will be available Saturday. 

Door prizes coveted by genealogists will be awarded; among them is Ancestry.com’s prizes FamilyTreeMaker, FamilyTreeMaker Mac 3; a one-year World Explorer Membership; one-year annual membership to Fold3; and a one-year subscription to Newspapers.com. For more information, contact the Virginia Genealogical Society at VaGenSoc@aol.com.

Speakers for this conference were provided by funds from the
Richard Slatten Endowment for Virginia History of the Community Foundation Serving
Richmond and Central Virginia.

1900 Byrd Ave., Suite #104, Richmond, VA 23230-3033  |  804-285-8954

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ontario Genealogical Society Monthly Webinar Series: 2015 Call for Papers

The Ontario Genealogical Society is now accepting proposals for the OGS Monthly Webinar Series 2015. We are looking for interesting one-hour webinar presentations.

Topics of interest

We invite proposals on a wide range of topics, in particular:

  • Ontario-specific topics (laws, records, land, history, etc.)
  • Ethnic research (Scottish, Irish, English, African-Canadian, German, etc.)
  • Canadian military research
  • Loyalist research
  • Ontario land research
  • DNA/genetic genealogy
  • Methodology and skill-building
  • Technology and trends in genealogy
  • Interesting case studies (Ontario specific)
  • Organization and project/time management

Submission guidelines

Each submission should include:

  • Speaker’s name, address, phone number, and email address
  • Lecture title and a brief but comprehensive outline (single page maximum)
  • Lecture summary for conference brochure (25 words or less)
  • Suggested audience level: B, B/I, I, I/A, A, or All
  • Brief speaker biography (50 words or less)
  • Resume of prior speaking experience

Please submit proposals in PDF or Microsoft Word format.

Use your last name and shortened title as a file name. Speakers may submit up to four proposals for consideration. Submit each proposal via email to webinar@ogs.on.ca no later than August 15, 2014.
Selected speakers will be notified in September. Further information will be provided at that time.


Selected speakers receive an honorarium for each webinar presentation.

About the Ontario Genealogical Society

The Ontario Genealogical Society, founded in 1961, is the leading society in all aspects of Ontario related family history research, preservation and communication. Our mission is to encourage, bring together and assist those interested in the pursuit of family history and to preserve our Ontario genealogical heritage. The Ontario Genealogical Society is the largest genealogical society in Canada. Visit us at www.ogs.on.ca.