Tuesday, June 28, 2011

BellaOnline Announces New E-book Manager

Popular author and genealogist Tina Sansone assumes new role

June 27, 2011 – BellaOnline announces the appointment of author and genealogist Tina Sansone to the position of E-book manager.

Sansone has been BellaOnline’s Genealogy Editor since 2005 and will continue to write for BellaOnline as she assumes her new role. As E-book Manager, she will help other BellaOnline Editors as they create their E-books and assist in promoting their work.

About Tina Sansone

Sansone is the author of the popular E-book, “Getting Started in Genealogy.” (http://www.bellaonline.com/ebooks/ebook141). Additional articles can be found at http://www.bellaonline.com/site/genealogy as well as Sansone’s blog at http://www.gtownma.wordpress.com. Follow Sansone on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/gtownma) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/gtownma).

About BellaOnline

BellaOnline provides an encouraging, supportive publishing community for women. We provide free training, support and promotion so writers may reach their personal and business goals. Overall, BellaOnline aims to provide high-quality, helpful, trustworthy content, at no cost, in a low advertisement environment for our millions of visitors.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Free Family History Camp for Kids at FGS 2011 Conference

FamilySearch Sponsors Youth Event at FGS 2011 Conference in Springfield, IL

June 23, 2011 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce a FREE family history camp for kids on Saturday, September 10, 2011 during the FGS 2011 Conference – Pathways to the Heartland – to be held in Springfield, Illinois, September 7-10, 2011.

Mark your calendars, and bring your 10- to 14-year-old youth to the free FamilySearch Kids Camp on Saturday, September 10, 2011, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Hilton Hotel in Springfield, Illinois.

This hands-on, free family history youth activity requires advanced registration. To register, please e-mail kidscamp@fgs.org with children’s names and contact information. For more information, please visit FamilySearch Kids Camp at https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/FamilySearch_Kids_Camp.

The FamilySearch Kids Camp helps young people develop an appreciation for their family history and better understand why it is important to know about their ancestors. The event will involve a variety of activities, including several designed to help Boy Scouts earn their Genealogy Merit Badge. Kids will learn how to interview relatives and document families in their family tree. There will be interactive workshops on the importance of gathering records and keeping journals, and participants will also use computers to find information about their ancestors.

Date:  Saturday, September 10, 2011
Time:  9 a.m. to noon
Cost:  Free admission; registration is required
Place:  Hilton Hotel in downtown Springfield, Illinois
Ages:  10 to 14 years old

We look forward to seeing you in Springfield in September!

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International 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 has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Edinburgh: 300,000+ burial and cremation records added to Deceased Online

Nearly 1 million Scottish burial and cremation records now available
  • 313,000 records for Edinburgh’s Seafield Cemetery and Crematorium and for Warriston Crematorium are now on www.deceasedonline.com.
  • Nearly 39,000 burial records dating from 1888 to the present day for Seafield Cemetery feature scans of mortality registers (with many of them including details of the type of hearse used!).
  • Over 49,500 records from 1939 for Seafield Crematorium are available as scans of cremation register pages.
  • Records for Warriston Crematorium, numbering nearly 225,000 and dating back to 1929, are available as scans of cremation registers. Please note: records up to 1991 are immediately available – records after this date are still being uploaded but will be available shortly.
  • The combined Edinburgh dataset of 313,000 means that the total Deceased Online database for Scotland now numbers just under 1 million burial and cremation records.
The Deceased Online team will be in Edinburgh on Saturday 25th June meeting delegates at the Scottish Association of Family Histories (SAFHS) national conference. They will be demonstrating the wide range of records that Deceased Online has for areas throughout Scotland including register scans, grave details, photographs of memorials with searchable inscriptions, and cemetery maps. Conference details are at: http://www.safhs.org.uk/conference.asp.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

BYU 43rd Annual Conference on Family History

The 43rd annual Conference on Family History and Genealogy will be held from July 26 to July 29, 2011, at the BYU Conference Center and will feature more than 100 classes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced participants. This year’s theme focuses on building and strengthening your family ties through family history and genealogy.

Our keynote speakers this year include Dennis E. Simmons, currently serving as the president of the Family and Church History Mission; D. Joshua Taylor, director of education and programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society; and Ransom H. Love, director of strategic relationships for FamilySearch. 

Instruction Topics Include:


·         New Family Search
·         Family Search
·         Research Methods
·         Using computers, Internet, and Technology
·         British Research
·         Computer Tools (Hands-on Workshop)
·         Church Records Worldwide
·         Writing Family Histories
·         United States Research
·         International Research
·         Scandinavian and German Research


Family history consultants will receive a $25.00 discount on general registration. Register today by calling 1-877-221-6716.

Click on the link below for further details: 
http://byucemedia.org/emailBlast/cwgen/email.html

FamilySearch’s Todd Knowles Recognized for Contributions to Jewish Genealogy

Todd Knowles, a FamilySearch British reference consultant and Jewish genealogy specialist who works in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, was recently added to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain’s Roll of Honour at their annual meeting in London. Knowles was recognized for his distinguished service in the development and publication of resources relating to the Jews of the British Isles. His free online database (search the Knowles Collection) contains linked and sourced entries for more than 100,000 Jews from the British Isles and over 100,000 Jews from other parts of the world. The online collection provides invaluable information for those researching their Jewish ancestors.

Knowles received the award from Mark Nicholls, chairman of the society. Knowles is the 15th recipient of the distinguished award in the 20-year history of the society. His name will be listed in the West London Synagogue on a wall plaque with previous recipients.

Knowles was surprised by the award and deeply honored. “To be recognized by the people I love so much and respect is overwhelming. The [Knowles] collection started out as my way to get in touch with my ancestry—to learn more about who I am. I continue to be amazed at how it is quickly growing into a large collection representing Jewish communities worldwide,” commented Knowles.

FamilySearch International 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 has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources freeonline at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in SaltLake City, Utah.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Call for Papers - APG PMC 2012

APG’s 2012 Professional Management Conference (PMC) is scheduled for Wednesday, February 1, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Below is an announcement for proposal submissions. Please note that the deadline for submissions is only a month away - July 15, 2011.

Next year’s PMC will take place the week after the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the day before RootsTech, so make your plans now to spend a little or a lot of time in Salt Lake City early next year to hone your professional and genealogical skills.

The 2012 PMC theme, “Techniques, Tools, and Technology” is intended to take advantage of the unique confluence of events in SLC, and build on traditional techniques and tools using today’s technology. We hope to have a good mix of skill-building topics for those entering the professional, as well as advanced techniques for the seasoned professional. Please consider submitting in your area of expertise.

We hope to see you in Salt Lake City in February 2012.

Here is the Call for Papers:

CALL FOR PAPERS
Professional Management Conference (PMC) sponsored by the Association of Professional Genealogists
1 February 2012
Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown
Salt Lake City, Utah

Techniques, Tools, and Technology
*****Deadline for Submissions: 15 July 2011*****

Lecture proposals for the 2012 Professional Management Conference are now being accepted. The PMC encourages all members of the genealogical profession to look at ways to improve both their genealogical and their business skills.

Lectures should:
  • Challenge genealogical professionals to think outside the box.
  • Help professionals evaluate and review their current business.
  • Encourage professionals to meet the demands of the twenty-first-century client.
Lectures must be new, original, and on topics relevant to professional genealogists, but do not need to be specifically genealogical. Presentations from other professional fields on topics that would benefit professional genealogists will be considered such as tax deductions for genealogists, benefits of incorporating versus remaining a sole proprietorship, etc. Lectures will be one hour, including questions; however, those offering a 2-3 hour interactive workshop are also encouraged to submit proposals.

Proposals should be submitted electronically to admin@apgen.org either in Microsoft Word or PDF format and should include the following:
  • Name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail address of speaker
  • Title of the presentation
  • Detailed description of the presentation
  • Short one-sentence summary for the program brochure
  • Short one-sentence biography for the program brochure
  • Biography of 150 words for publicity and the PMC syllabus
  • Audio visual requirements
  • List of lectures given in the last 18 months including topic and location
The Association of Professional Genealogists (http://www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents over 2,400 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers, and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring, and education; and supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy, local, and social history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries.

FamilySearch Adds Free Records for 10 Countries

FamilySearch Adds Free Records for 10 Countries
U.S. collections added for Iowa, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, Vermont, and Wisconsin

Twenty-two collections for 10 countries were updated recently at FamilySearch.org. The Germany and Mexico church records were the two largest collections added.  Collections were also added for Brazil, Canada, Guatemala, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and the United States. See the list below for more details. Search the records online now at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch International 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 has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Records
Images
Comments
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135,859
Added browsable images to existing collection.
14,864
7,234
New index collection.
0
12,313
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
70,184
New browsable image collection. Homestead files for 1908.
1,503,247
0
Added index records to existing collection.
0
252,037
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
682,186
Added browsable images to existing collection for Bologna, Catania, Genova, Padova, and Teramo.
0
2,290,550
New browsable image collection.
80,729
0
Added index records to existing collection.
12,977
679
Added index records to existing collection. Images available on external website.
47,948
3,574
Added index records to existing collection. Images available on external website.
46,251
2,639
Added index records to existing collection. Images available on external website.
456,064
0
Added records to existing collection. Current to 30 April 2011.
131,790
0
New index collection.
37,751
0
Added indexed records to existing collection.
87,522
0
Added browsable images to existing collection.
640,167
170
New index collection.
259,950
393,556
Added index records and images to existing collection.

0
21,168
New browsable image collection.
0
1,478
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
58,375
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
15,135
Added browsable images to existing collection.