Thursday, August 28, 2014

Announcement: Southern California Genealogy Jamboree - Call for Proposals


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The Southern California Genealogical Society announces its Call for Presentations for the 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 5 through 7, 2015, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California. The Pre-Conference Day, Thursday, June 4, 2015, will include a full day of DNA presentations and in-depth Workshops. 

This Call for Presentations also includes the 2015 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program. This webinar program offers two 90-minute GoToWebinar sessions per month (the first Saturday and the third Wednesday) that are viewed by an international audience of genealogists and family historians.

The theme for the 2015 Jamboree is Genealogy FANfare! which celebrates the use of the friends, associates and neighbors (FANs) of our elusive ancestors in order to aid in our research. We look forward to receiving proposals for lectures and workshops on a variety of topics for an audience skill level ranging from newbie to advanced, including young people. We will work with speakers who have conflicting commitments so that they may participate in Jamboree. 

Submissions will be accepted only through the online Speaker Portal between Wednesday, August 27, and Wednesday, October 1, 2014. 

Selected speakers will be notified by November 15, 2014. 

Further details are available in the Call for Presentations and it is suggested that you download the Submission Guidelines to assist in your preparation. 

Please contact Judi Ramsey, Program Chair, with any questions at
We look forward to another great conference in June with your participation. 

Download the Call for Presentations for all the details about speaking at the 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and the SCGS Extension Series of webinars.

Download the Submission Guide so you know what information will be required when submitting proposals. 

For Immediate Release
27 August 2014

For Information Contact:
Barbara Randall, Chair
2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504


The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Excellence-in-Writing Competition.  The winners are:

Category 1 - Columns
1st Place – Shelley K. Bishop “The Legacy of Mary Comfort Eberhard”
2nd Place – Nancy Ann Calhoun “People can ‘flesh out’ genealogy at library”
3rd Place – Maureen K. Wlodarczyk “Precious Paper in the Digital World”
Honorable Mention – Shannon Combs-Bennett “Getting You Pointed in the Right Direction”
Honorable Mention – Michelle Roos Goodrum “Using Social Media to Enrich Stories of the Family Home”
Honorable Mention – Carolyn Schotts “Fading Family Roots”

Category 2 - Articles
1st Place – Schelly Talalay Dardashti “The Other Side of Jewish Genealogy: Learn how to get started exploring your Sephardic roots”
2nd Place – Shelley K. Bishop “Turning Forests into Farms: the George Clark Family of Licking and Delaware Counties, Ohio
3rd Place – Mari Margaret McLean, PhD “Finding Maxa Ann Hadden and Mr. McLean: Serendipity and the Brick Wall”
Honorable Mention – Smiljka Kitanovic “Appreciating Genealogy Angels”
Honorable Mention – Carolyn B. Leonard “Early Settlement Leaves Quiet Legacy”
Honorable Mention – Chip Rowe “Who Was Joel Holcomb of Wallingford, Connecticut”

Category 3 – Genealogy Newsletters
1st Place – Patricia Mansfield Phelan “Irish Family History Forum”
2nd Place – James M. Beidler “Der Kurier” – newsletter of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society
3rd Place – Kay Waterloo “Goodrich Family Association Quarterly”
Honorable Mention – Carolyn B. Leonard “Dutch Cousins”

Category 4 – Unpublished Authors
1st Place – Shirley McKenzie “Sylvira Said ‘They burned My House’- June 1864, Silver Springs, MS”
2nd Place – Robbi J. Ryan “A Strong Will to Live”

Category 5 – Unpublished Material by Published Authors
1st Place – Rondie Yancey “Murder at the Post Office: One Family’s Tragedy”
2nd Place – Leslie Tichenor Mason “Create a Colorful Picture of Your Ancestors from a Grey Palette of Facts”
3rd Place – Marie Navarro “Fighting on Both Sides of the Alamo”
Honorable Mention – Kenneth R. Castle, PhD “Eden Booth, a Tale of Westward Migration”
Honorable Mention – Sherri Hessick “Al Allan Alton William Wade Wendergren Westman”
Honorable Mention – Barbara Lee “Carolyn 1947-1947 – Hanford Nuclear Site and a Baby’s Death”
Honorable Mention – Chip Rowe “What Happened to Boyd?”
Honorable Mention – Jodie Lynn Strait “William Henry Hunt: An Original Texter”

Category 6 – Poetry
1st Place – Smiljka Kitanovic “River Journey”
2nd Place – Marie Navarro “Another Day, Another Time”
3rd Place – Andrea Ramsey “Young Girl”
Honorable Mention – Kenneth R. Castle, PhD “There Once Was a Man…”
Honorable Mention – Paul K. Graham, CG, AG “Genealogy Standards: A Poem”
Honorable Mention – Nicole Gilkison LaRue “To My Isa…”

Honorable Mention – Darcie Hind Posz, CG “Generations”

Back To Genealogy School with BCG Webinars

Do you want to be the best genealogist you can be? To learn from the top teachers? Then don’t miss Monday and Wednesday Night Genealogy this fall!

The 50-year-old Board for Certification of Genealogists will present two free public webinars September 22 and October 15, starting each day at 8 pm Eastern time, 7 Central, 6 Mountain, and 5 Pacific.

On Monday, September 22, Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, will discuss “Fine Wine in a New Bottle: Guidelines for Effective Research and Family Histories.” Updated, retitled, and reorganized, genealogy standards first published in 2000 are now available in a new edition (see for more). The webinar will describe the changes and what they mean for all family historians. Dr. Jones teaches at three genealogy institutes, co-edits the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and is the author of Mastering Genealogical Proof.

On Wednesday, October 15, Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL, will explain “Kinship Determination: From Generation to Generation.” Requirement 7 of the BCG certification application asks for a Kinship Determination Project in which the applicant writes a three-generation narrative and explains how the relationships are documented. All genealogists do this regularly while placing relatives with their appropriate connections in the family tree. A familiar speaker at conferences across the country, Russell will coordinate the Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis course at the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research in 2015.

These webinars will be appropriate for any genealogist who wants to improve and to learn about the field’s standards. Both speakers are trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, which recently published the book Genealogy Standards.

To sign up for the webinars, visit the BCG blog SpringBoard at

NGS Announces Updated Cloud-Based Courses

Dr. Thomas H. Shawker’s Genetic Genealogy, The Basics
and Craig Roberts Scott’s Introduction to Civil War Research

ARLINGTON, VA, 27 AUGUST 2014: The National Genealogical Society proudly announces the re-release of two courses in its Continuing Genealogical Studies series: Genetic Genealogy: The Basics, developed by Dr. Thomas H. Shawker, MD; and Introduction to Civil War Research, developed by Craig Roberts Scott, CGsm. The tuition for each course is $45.00 for members and $70.00 for non-members.

Thomas H. Shawker, MD, is a physician with the National Institutes of Health, a nationally recognized lecturer on genetics, and chairman of the NGS Genetic Genealogy Committee. In 2004 he authored the NGS book, Unlocking Your Genetic History.

Dr. Shawker shares his medical expertise in this self-paced six- module course. You learn about:
  • The DNA Molecule — the structure of the DNA molecule, how it is organized, how it replicates, and how it functions;
  • Chromosomes — human chromosomes and how the Y chromosome is inherited;
  • DNA Markers — the two types of DNA markers used in genetic genealogy; haplotypes and haplogroups;
  • A Y Chromosome Surname Project — evaluation of a Y chromosome surname project and a discussion on how to evaluate the test results of the participants; and
  • The Mitochondrial DNA Molecule — the structure of the mtDNA molecule
  • Inheritance of mtDNA — how mtDNA is inherited, and how it can be used in genealogy.
For more information on Genetic Genealogy, The Basics, please visit the course web page at

Craig Roberts Scott, CGsm, is a nationally recognized lecturer, educator, and genealogical and historical researcher with more than thirty years experience and specializes in the diverse military records at the National Archives.

In Mr. Scott’s self-paced seven-module course, you learn how to:
  • Identify an ancestor living at the time of the Civil War;
  • Locate information about an ancestor’s Civil War service;
  • Locate information about an ancestor’s service unit;
  • Understand a Compiled Military Service Record;
  • Locate provost marshal records;
  • Locate prisoner of war records;
  • Understand the pension indexes and application files;
  • Compile a post-war record;
  • Locate information on death and burial; and
  • Locate information on participation in fraternal and lineage societies.
For more information on Introduction to Civil War Research, please visit the course web page at

Courses currently available in the NGS learning cloud include two courses in the American Genealogical Studies Series (which is replacing the NGS Home Study Course):
  • AGS: The Basics
  • AGS: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation
NGS Continuing Genealogical Studies courses are designed for both beginners and established genealogists who want the convenience of continuing their genealogical studies independently, at their own pace and in their own home, or wherever they access the Internet. For further information, or to purchase one of our courses, visit the NGS website at and click on the Educational Courses tab.

The courses available in the NGS Continuing Genealogical Study series, include:
  • CGS: Genetic Genealogy: The Basics
  • CGS: Introduction to Civil War Research
Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia–based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.