Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sioux Valley Genealogical Society (SVGS) to Host Genealogy Seminar Saturday, April 18th

SVGS will be hosting a genealogy seminar on Saturday, April 18th from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 602 N. Cliff Ave., Sioux Falls, SD. Featured speaker will be Gail S. Blankenau, an experienced genealogist and photo historian who shares her research and advice in many well-known periodicals. Genealogists who crave unique perspectives and a fresh point of view will find new inspiration and ideas in her engaging and high-energy presentations. Additional details, registration form and fee schedule can be found at www.siouxvalleygenealogicalsociety.org or the SVGS library located in the Old Courthouse Museum at 200 W. 6th St., Sioux Falls, SD.

Gail S. Blankenau will be speaking at a free seminar on Friday, April 17th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Siouxland Libraries Main Branch and 200 N. Dakota Ave., Sioux Falls SD. Her topic is Beginning Genealogy – Hunting and Gathering.

NGS 2016 Family History Conference Call for Papers Closes 1 April 2015


ARLINGTON, VA, 26 MARCH 2015—Time is running out to submit lecture proposals for the NGS 2016 Family History Conference. Speakers and sponsoring organizations must submit their proposals by 1 April 2015. The conference, entitled Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time, will be held 4–7 May 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The ethnic makeup of Florida is, and always has been, diverse. Native Americans—including Miccosukees, Choctaw, Creek, Timucua, and Calusa—lived throughout the area, which became known as La Florida after the arrival of Ponce de León in 1513. The Spanish were followed by other groups such as the French, British, Irish, German, and Greeks. The importation of African slaves also affected society in Florida as did the formation of the Seminole alliance. All of these people have left many footprints in time and a rich repository of records to trace our ancestry.

NGS will consider lectures covering the following topics: Florida history (especially early settlements), records, repositories, ethnic and religious groups, neighboring areas (i.e., the Caribbean, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina), and migration to, from, and within Florida. The Society will also consider regional topics of interest, including land and military records, especially those pertaining to the Revolutionary War, Indian wars, Civil War, and World War I. Additionally, proposals may cover broader genealogical categories, including federal records, the law as it relates to genealogy, methodology, genetic genealogy, analysis and problem solving, and technology.

Interested individuals and organizations should adhere to NGS guidelines. Speakers may submit up to eight proposals electronically through the NGS website. Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture or track of lectures should review the details and sponsor requirements. All proposals must be submitted by 1 April 2015.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, 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, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Early Bird Discount for NGS Conference Ends 30 March


Arlington, VA, 23 March 2015—If you are planning to register for the NGS Family History Conference in St. Charles, be sure to take advantage of its early bird discount. The discount, as well as the opportunity to order a printed syllabus, ends 30 March 2015. After that date, the NGS member price will increase from $195 to $230 for all four days, the non-NGS member price will increase from $230 to $265, and the syllabus will only be available as a flash drive.

This year’s conference features more than 25 tracks and 150 lectures, as well as social events, luncheons, and the NGS banquet. It is a great opportunity to network with other genealogists and enhance your knowledge. The conference will be held at the St. Charles Convention Center and will run from 13-16 May. For conference information and to register, go to the 2015 NGS Family History Conference.

Social Events, Luncheons, and the NGS Banquet

Participating organizations sponsor several luncheons at which guest speakers address many fascinating topics such as
  • “Have You Tested Your DNA? Is there a Non-Paternity Event in Your Family?”
  • “Germans in the American Civil War”
  • “Intuition and Genealogy Success: A Sixth Sense, Chance, Coincidence, or Serendipity?”
  • “Then and Now: Changes in Methodologies and Sources”
The NGS Banquet is another event not to be missed! Registration for all meals and social events closes on 29 April 2015. Tickets for social events will not be sold on-site. Be sure to sign up as quickly as possible. The StLGS Host Event BBQ is $39; luncheons are $21; and the banquet is $38. Menus are in the registration brochure.

Society Showcase

On Tuesday afternoon 12 May 2015, many Missouri genealogical and historical societies will be available in the St. Charles Convention Center from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. to answer questions about local repositories and resources, discuss their group’s activities, and sell their publications.

St. Charles Area Tours

There’s still time to sign up for several exciting tours on Tuesday, 12 May 2015, prior to the NGS Family History Conference. For more information, please see St. Charles Area Tours. Registration for the tours closes on 29 April 2015.

Add Items to an Existing Registration

To add meals, tours, and pre-conference events to your current registration, log on to the NGS website, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.

We hope to see you in St. Charles in May!

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, 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, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Family History Writing Studio: A New Resource for Family History Writers

The Family History Writing Studio: A New Resource for Family History Writers

10 March 2015 – Simcoe, On, Canada. Genealogy Professional and Author Lynn Palermo announces the debut of The Family History Writing Studio, a multi-media online resource designed to aid family historians seeking to turn their research into stories.

The Family History Writing Studio offers tools and resources to help genealogists create engaging and compelling stories in shareable formats for today and tomorrow’s generation.

What’s inside The FHWriting Studio?

Here are some the exciting and diverse products being offered at The Family History Writing Studio in the upcoming months:

Workbooks – A series of Family History Writing e-Workbooks designed to build on one another. Each ebook looks at one aspect of writing a family history narrative. Filled with worksheets, they will help writers apply the various elements of creative nonfiction to narratives.

Webinars – On-demand webinars are designed to complement the workbooks. Lynn personally guides writers through exercises and examples to expand on the workbook content. These on-demand webinars are designed to watch over and again at your convenience.

Courses – Coming this September, a variety of online courses, designed for writers who want to take a more in-depth look at a particular aspect of writing in a more intimate setting will begin. Lessons are delivered in a variety of formats including downloadable worksheets, workbooks, and videos. All courses include private groups and forums to bring the class together for discussions and critiques with the teacher. Classes are small to provide a more personal learning environment.

Personal Coaching - If you're nervous about sharing in a group environment then personal coaching might be more your style. In the personal coaching section, Lynn offers a couple of options to work privately together, whether it be to brainstorm your stories or book or for a critique of your written narrative.

Newsletter – Lynn has merged the current monthly writing newsletter Storylines from The Armchair Genealogist with the Studio. It will have a fresh look but with the same great how-to articles along with tips and tools to help you become a more efficient family history writer. The new Storylines will reflect the popular Daily Dose newsletter from The Family History Writing Challenge. The first edition in the revised format begins in April. Storylines will also keep members up to date on all the newest workshops, webinars and courses coming out of the FHWriting Studio.

Writing Groups - The Family History Writing Studio is designed to meet the needs of individuals and writing groups. The Studio offers options for small genealogical societies that cannot afford an in-house speaker or the cost of a webinar. Information for writing groups and societies can be found at here.

Click Here, To learn more about the inspiration behind The Family History Writing Studio.

From Lynn Palermo, Developer of The Family History Writing Studio:

“Genealogists come to family history writing with a variety of skills and generally with an overwhelming fear of writing. Because there are multiple aspects to writing stories and producing a family history book, we saw a need to create educational tools to address genealogist’s individual needs on their journey to becoming a writer,” said Lynn Palermo.

“We also wanted to provide flexibility, because we understand that we all have busy lives and finding time to write is not an easy task to add to one’s schedule,” continued Palermo.
“One can spend a lot of time floundering around trying to sort it all out, our goal is to help writers break it down into manageable tasks. We also want to help take the fear out of writing and provide family historians with knowledge and self-confidence,” Palermo added.

About Lynn Palermo

Lynn Palermo is a writer and genealogy professional. She wrote her first family history book in 2010 and began her blogging career at The Armchair Genealogist in 2009. Every February, Lynn leads nearly 1000 members through The Family History Writing Challenge, a month-long effort to focus genealogists on writing their family history stories. Lynn believes passionately in the reward a family history writing journey can offer and the legacy it can leave behind.