Thursday, December 12, 2013
Washington, DC, December 12, 2013 - In honor of its fiftieth anniversary, the Board for Certification of Genealogists® (“BCG”) has issued Genealogy Standards, a manual for best practices in research and assembly of accurate family histories. This revision completely updates and reorganizes the original 2000 edition of The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual.
“Accuracy is fundamental to genealogical research,” writes editor Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CGSM, CGLSM, in the introduction. “Without it, a family’s history would be fiction. This manual presents the standards family historians use to obtain valid results. These standards apply to all genealogical research, whether shared privately or published.”
The 83 specific standards cover the process of researching family history and the finished products of the research. Based on the five-part Genealogical Proof Standard, the standards cover:
* documenting (standards 1–8);
* researching (standards 9–50), including planning, collecting, and reasoning from evidence;
* writing (standards 51–73), including proofs, assembly, and special products;
* teaching and lecturing (standards 74–81); and
* continuing education (standards 82 & 83).
The 100-page book includes appendices: the genealogist's code, a description of BCG and its work, a list of sources and resources where examples of work that meets standards are regularly published, a glossary, and an evidence-process map distinguishing the three kinds of sources, information, and evidence.
“We are delighted to provide this new edition, which is meant for all genealogical researchers and practitioners as a way to recognize sound genealogy,” said BCG president Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. “We appreciate the many hands that helped bring this new edition to fruition and look forward to its widespread usage in the field.”
SAVE 20%! To place a specially-priced, pre-publication order with delivery in the first part of February 2014, visit http://www.bcgcertification.org/catalog/index.html. Regularly priced at $14.95, the pre-publication price is $11.95 before January 27, 2014.
Board for Certification of Genealogists. Genealogy Standards, 50th anniversary edition. New York: Turner Publishing Co., 2014. 100 pp., paper, ISBN 978-1-63026-018-7, $14.95.
Friday, December 6, 2013
December 6, 2013; Utica, OH: Our very own, Michelle Roos Goodrum has been working with The In-Depth Genealogist to take her many blog posts, articles, and research experience in land records to develop a guide and extensive case study. The book is chock full of step by step explanations and analysis of many documents and includes great resources. The chapters in this book are adapted compilations of the early “Timeless Territories” articles published at The In-Depth Genealogist (http://www.theindepthgenealogist.com), related writings from her personal blog, The Turning of Generations (http://turning-of-generations.blogspot.com/), along with new material and useful resources. As you read each chapter, consider how the material, examples and methodology might relate to your own research questions or situations.
Check out the Table of Contents contained in the book:
- Quick Start: Top Ten Tips
- Getting Started with Land Records Research
- Using Deed Indexes and Deeds
- Transcribing Documents: Quick Answers to Why and How
- Understanding Extracts and Abstracts
- What are Dower and Dowry?
- Using the BLM in Your Research
- Baffled by Legal Property Descriptions?
- Let's Talk: State Land States
- A Look at Cash Entry Files
- Examining a Homestead File
- Using Land Records to Solve Genealogical Problems
- Cemetery Deeds: They're Land Records, Too
- Three Reasons to Visit the Old Family Home
- Google Earth: See the Past in the Present
- Fun with Land and Property Records
- Appendix A: Resources for Land Records Research
- Appendix B: Township Grid
For more information, please contact Terri O’Connell.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
FamilySearch has added more than 1.2 million indexed records and images to collections from BillionGraves, Bolivia, Germany, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 512, 388 indexed records and images from theBillionGraves Index, the 230,873 images from the U.S., North Carolina, Civil Action Court Papers, 1712–1970, collection, and the 79,078 indexed records from the Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records, 1544–1945, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.
Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
|Collection||Indexed Records||Digital Images||Comments|
|BillionGraves Index||256,194||256,194||Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.|
|Bolivia, Catholic Church Records, 1566–1996||25,784||0||Added indexed records to an existing collection.|
|Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records, 1544–1945||79,078||0||Added indexed records to an existing collection.|
|U.S., Illinois, Lee County Records, 1830–1954||0||94,647||Added indexed records to an existing collection.|
|U.S., New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787–1938||0||201,417||Added images to an existing collection.|
|U.S., North Carolina, Civil Action Court Papers, 1712–1970||0||230,873||Added images to an existing collection.|
|U.S., Oregon, Douglas County Records, 1850–1983||0||91,860||Added images to an existing collection.|
Whether you are interested in starting your genealogy research or you have been researching many years, you will benefit from the Elgin Genealogical Society’s upcoming monthly workshops – each one will cover a different topic important to helping you further your research. These workshops are planned to help persons new to tracing their family tree get started and establish a good foundation; but will also benefit even the most seasoned researcher.
The workshops will be held on the third Thursday of each month in the Community Room, first floor of the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue, Elgin, Illinois 60120 and begin at 7:00 pm. All EGS meetings are open to the public.
Mark your calendar for these important dates in 2014:
- January 16 Getting Started with your Research
- February 20 Getting the Vitals Down—Birth, Marriage, and Death Records
- March 20 Turning Fiction to Fact: Using, Identifying and Citing Sources
- April 17 Making Sense of the Census
- May 15 Organizing your Research
- June 19 Using Libraries to Continue your Research
- July 17 Analyzing and Tracking your Research
- August 21 Using Websites to Help your Research
- September 18 Digging into Land Records: The Neglected Resource
- October 16 Dusting Off those Old Court Records
- November 20 Fanning the Flames
“We are very exciting about the upcoming workshops” says EGS president, Sara Taylor. “They will provide new researchers the basic knowledge needed to create valued family histories and give veteran genealogists an opportunity to mentor others while brushing up on fundamentals.”
If you are available during the day, consider stopping in to our morning meetings held the first Tuesday of each month as well. They begin at 9:30 am and are also at Gail Borden Public Library. Guests are always welcome!
For further information, email ElginGS@aol.com or visit our website at www.elginroots.com.