Thursday, May 31, 2012

Federation of Genealogical Societies Appoints Patricia W. Rand as Treasurer

May 31, 2012 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces that Patricia W. Rand of Florida has recently been appointed to its Board of Directors as Treasurer.

Pat Rand has over 20 years of experience in the genealogy field and currently serves as President of The Villages Genealogical Society in The Villages, Florida which has over 700 members. She is a retired CPA, the current treasurer for the Florida State Genealogical Society and recently served as treasurer for the Florida Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Pat Oxley, President of FGS states, “We are so pleased to have Pat Rand join the FGS team as our treasurer. Pat brings a strong accounting background and years of experience. We feel so fortunate that she is willing to share her time and talent with FGS.”

Pat Rand replaces Kim Kasprzyk who has resigned the Treasurer position due to an extended illness. Please keep Kim in your thoughts and prayers and also help us in welcoming Pat to the FGS Board.

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.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

National Genealogical Society Announces 2013 Family History Conference in Las Vegas

Building New Bridges

Arlington, VA, 23 May 2012. The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announced at their Family History Conference in Cincinnati last week that the 2013 NGS Family History Conference, Building New Bridges, will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from 8–11 May 2013. The conference hotel and venue will be the LVH−Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton). The hotel and conference center are under one roof offering excellent convenience for attendees. To ensure a reservation, attendees may reserve their accommodations now and must request the NGS conference rate when making a reservation. The LVH will accept reservations beginning 14 May 2012 via telephone 1-800-635-7711 or online at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/accommodations.

The LVH−Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is a cultural icon. In 1969 Barbra Streisand was the opening performer. The property was known as the International, and it was the world’s largest hotel. Elvis Presley quickly became the star performer. After the Hilton chain purchased the International in 1970, the building became the Las Vegas Hilton and starred as the Whyte House in the 1971 James Bond film, “Diamonds Are Forever.” Elvis lived in the hotel’s penthouse while headlining until his last concert in December 1976. In January 2012 the property became the LVH−Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. The LVH is ten minutes from McCarran International Airport and convenient to I-15 and I-515. The Las Vegas Monorail begins at the LVH and carries passengers to six major Strip resorts.

The conference theme for 2013 is Building New Bridges. The Mike O’Callaghan−Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, dedicated in 2010, spans the Colorado River on Native American land, connects the Las Vegas Valley to Route 66, and embodies the West as a timeless “bridge” where cultures, nations, and technologies connect. The bridge visually frames nearby Hoover Dam, which in 1935 opened the Southwest to urban and agricultural growth by harnessing the water and power of the Colorado River. In celebration of the 2013 theme, the four-day conference will offer more than 150 lectures on researching peoples and places of the West, migration to and from the West, law, military records, immigration, methodology, academic history, family history writing, BCG Skillbuilding, African American and other ethnic research, technological innovation in genealogy (GenTech), and more. In addition, Las Vegas and Clark County are home to several museums and repositories that highlight the history and culture of the area. Manuscript collections reflect the histories of immigrant, Eastern, and Midwestern families that migrated to and through the city in the twentieth century.

About the National Genealogical Society

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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

NEHGS Wins Two Top Awards for Lowell Genealogy

Scott Steward and Christopher Child Share Top Prizes from NGS and CSG

Boston, MA – May 22, 2012 – The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) announced today that one of its latest Newbury Street Press titles, The Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Massachusetts, by Scott C. Steward and Christopher C. Child, has won top honors from both the National Genealogical Society and the Connecticut Society of Genealogists. The awards were handed out at recent ceremonies hosted by each organization.

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) awarded Christopher C. Child the 2012 “Award for Excellence: Genealogy and Family History Book” on May 11, during the NGS annual conference held this year in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Connecticut Society of Genealogists (CSG) honored both authors with the 2012 “Literary Award, Grand Prize for Genealogy” at its annual luncheon on May 19 in Berlin, Connecticut.

NEHGS Director of Publications and book co-author Scott C. Steward said, “We had hoped to make the Lowell book a model, both as a genealogy and as an example of book production at Newbury Street Press, so having our work recognized by NGS and CSG is doubly rewarding.”

The book marks the first full treatment of the Lowell family since an 1899 genealogy written by Delmar R. Lowell. This new book traces descendants of Judge John Lowell (1743-1802) to the present day, and includes famous descendants Francis Cabot Lowell, for whom the city of Lowell, Massachusetts is named; John Lowell, Jr., founder of the Lowell Institute in Boston; James Russell Lowell, the poet and diplomat; astronomer Percival Lowell; Harvard president Abbott Lawrence Lowell; the poets Amy Lowell and Robert Traill Spence Lowell; architect Guy Lowell; and Isabella Stewart Gardner, art patron and museum founder. The book comprises more than one thousand entries for heads of families. Because of several early cousin marriages, many Lowell descendants have two or even three lines of descent from Judge John Lowell.

This marks the first time that NEHGS has won both a national and a regional award for one of its books. NEHGS publishes a number of titles each year, including genealogies, biographies, and instructional and resource books. NEHGS publishes its genealogies under the Newbury Street Press imprint. Learn more at www.AmericanAncestors.org.

About NEHGS

Founded in 1845, New England Historic Genealogical Society is the country's leading resource for family history research. We help family historians expand their knowledge, skill, and understanding of their family and its place in history. The NEHGS research center, located at 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, houses millions of books, journals, manuscripts, photographs, microfilms, documents, records, and other original artifacts that date back more than four centuries. NEHGS staff includes some of the leading expert genealogists in the country, specializing in early American, Irish, English, Italian, Scottish, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, and Jewish genealogy. Our award-winning website, www.AmericanAncestors.org, provides access to more than 135 million searchable names in 3,000 collections.

1940 U.S. Census Community Project Nearly Halfway Complete

The halfway point for indexing the 1940 U.S. census is fast approaching.

Congratulations and thank you to all of the volunteers participating in this unprecedented genealogical community effort. Currently more than 20 states are at or above 85 percent complete. Six states—Delaware, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon, Virginia, and New Hampshire—are now indexed and searchable by name, location, and family relations. And thanks to the efforts of more than 100,000 volunteers, more states will be added in the coming weeks. Follow the day-to-day indexing status at the1940census.com dashboard and search completed states at familysearch.org/1940census.

Current and Completed Projects

To view a list of currently available indexing projects, along with their record language and completion percentage, visit the FamilySearch indexing updates page. To learn more about individual projects, view the FamilySearch projects page.

New Projects Added

  • Argentina, Santa Fe, Santa Rosa de Calchines y Rosario—Registros Parroquiales, 1888–1927
  • Deutschland, Mecklenburg, Schwerin—1867 Volkszählung [Teil B]
  • Italia, Nuoro—Stato Civile, 1866–1910
  • Nederland, Gelderland—Geboorten burgelijke stand, 1811–1902 [Part 2]
  • Norway—1875 Federal Census [Part F]
  • Panamá—Registros Parroquiales, 1748–1972 [Parte 1]
  • Slovensko, Prešov—štátny oblastný archív záznamov cirkvi, 1592–1935 [Časť A]
  • Sverige, Örebro—Kyrkoböcker till 1860 [Del 6]
  • Sverige, Uppsala—Kyrkoböcker till 1860 [Del 4]
  • Venezuela, Maracaibo—Registros Parroquiales, 1723–1976

View the FamilySearch projects page to see the full list of available projects and to learn more about how to participate in various projects.

Recently Completed Projects

Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process. They will be published at familysearch.org in the near future.

  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Part 2 J]
  • U.S., Indiana—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Nevada—1940 Federal Census
  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 2 H]
  • U.S., Texas—Deaths, 1890–1976 [Part B]
  • U.S., Wyoming—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Alaska—1940 Federal Census
  • Italia, Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia—Atti di Nascita, 1809–1885, Part 1
  • U.S., Arizona—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Florida—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Texas—County Marriages 1837–1977 [Part C]
  • U.S., Idaho—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Vermont—1940 Federal Census
  • UK, England and Wales—1871 Census for Lincolnshire, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Rutland
  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 2 E]
  • U.S., Montana—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Veterans Pension Cards, 1907–1933 [Part A]
  • U.S., Mississippi—1940 Federal Census
  • Canada, Ontario—Marriages, 1869–1927 [Part B]

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 and its predecessors have 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.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Call for Papers - OGS Annual Conference • April 25-27, 2013 • Cincinnati, OH

The Ohio Genealogical Society is accepting proposals for their 2013 Annual Conference at the Millennium Hotel in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Deadline for submissions is 30 June 2012. Lectures will be one hour long, including a ten-minute question and answer period. Submissions for workshops, especially for Thursday afternoon, will be considered.

We are specifically looking for speakers with proposals showing how technology can benefit your research. In addition, proposals are being sought in a variety of areas including beginning genealogy, Ohio-specific topics, ethnic groups (German, African American etc.), Genetics and DNA, methodology, writing / publishing, emigration / immigration, military resources, transportation (canals, rivers, railroads), online newspapers, and proof standards. Previous speakers are encouraged to submit new or new to the Ohio conference proposals.

Submission Requirements

Send proposals in pdf or Microsoft Word format. File names should include your last name, first initial and proposal topic (Ex. PalmerD_Census.pdf). Please include a copy of your resume of your most recent lecture experiences as a separate pdf or MS Word file (Ex. PalmerD_resume.pdf). Each proposal should include:

  • Speaker's Name
  • Speaker contact information including: full name, postal address, email address, phone, fax (if applicable)
  • Speaker's brief biography for brochure (50 words or less)
  • Lecture title (10 words or less)
  • Lecture description for the program brochure (40 words or less)
  • Audience level (beginning, intermediate, advanced, all)
  • Audio-visual requirements (OGS does not provide projectors or computers for speakers)
  • Lecture Outline / Summary (limited to one single sided page)

Speakers who have not lectured at a state, regional, or national conference are encouraged to submit an audio or video tape of a recent lecture to 2013 OGS Conference Program Chair, Dana Palmer, 1149 Thistle Lane, Lebanon, Ohio 45036. Send proposals as an email attachment with “OGS 2013 Lecture Proposal” in the subject line, to 2013Program@ogs.org, or 2 copies by mail, no later than midnight 30 June 2012.

Compensation

Speakers will receive an honorarium, travel compensation, hotel per diem based on the number of lectures presented and complimentary conference registration. (Sponsored speakers only receive conference registration and syllabus materials. See more about sponsorship below.)

Additional Information

Invitation to speak will be issued towards the end of July 2012. Syllabus format guidelines will be sent to speakers at that time. The deadline for acceptance and signed speaker contracts is August 31, 2012. Camera-ready handouts are required for each lecture of workshop presentation and will be compiled in a syllabus distributed to conference participants. The deadline for submission of syllabus materials is 1 February 2013.

Kenny Burck (kburck@juno.com) and Dana Palmer (apalmer@cinci.rr.com), co-chairs 2013 OGS conference.

Sponsored Lectures

The OGS program chair and committee has the final approval of sponsored lectures and determines the day and time for each lecture. Every effort will be made to accept sponsored lecture proposals. If a proposal does not fit the program or is a duplicate of another proposal, the Sponsor may be given the opportunity to change the lecture. Sponsors are responsible for complying with all conference deadlines. Please observe word limits for lecture title, lecture summary and speaker biography.

OGS agrees to the following:

  • Furnish a lecture room with audience seating, podium, microphone, screen, VGA cable, cart, power strip and projector support.
  • Invoice the Sponsor after the conference for cost of additional AV equipment or internet connection charges if applicable.
  • List the Sponsor, speaker and lecture title in the registration brochure, the OGS online conference materials and the printed program.
  • Provide the speaker with a complimentary conference registration for the day of the sponsored lecture.

The Sponsor agrees to the following:

  • Pay the speaker fees and related travel costs
  • Ensure that the speaker prepares and submits quality syllabus material in compliance with syllabus submission requirements by 1 Feb 2013.
  • Confirm that speakers will use electronic presentation programs and will provide their own digital projectors.
  • Advise OGS of any additional AV equipment of internet connection requirements by 1 Feb 2013. Cost for extra equipment will be invoiced to the Sponsor after the conference.
  • Complete a registration form in its entirety for each lecture sponsored.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Ancestry.com Set to Collaborate About Community Standards

Gilbert, AZ USA—May 17, 2012—Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that Ancestry.com, Inc. has finalized its plans to become a founding member of the organisation. FHISO is a newly-formed international organisation created to develop standards for the digital representation of family history and genealogical information. As a founding member, Ancestry.com will designate five organisational member representatives to participate with other FHISO members from the global genealogical community.

Ancestry.com is the world's largest online family history resource, with 1.9 million paying subscribers. More than 10 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 34 million family trees containing approximately 4 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, Ancestry.com offers several localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

FHISO is a standards-setting organisation bringing the international family history and genealogical community together in a transparent, democratic forum for the purpose of developing information standards to solve today’s interoperability issues. To learn more about FHISO, visit our website, http://fhiso.org/.

Please join us in welcoming Ancestry.com and their member representatives to FHISO!

FamilySearch - All 1940 US Census Images and Six States Now Published Online

20 Million Records for 21 Other Countries Also Added

The 1940 US Census Community Project, which includes FamilySearch, Archives.com, Findmypast.com, NARA, and ProQuest.com, have now published browsable images online for 1940 U.S. Federal Census and the completed searchable indexes for six of the states. Online volunteer indexers have indexed 35% of the census. At current rates, they anticipate wrapping up the indexing by late summer. Follow the progress online at the1940census.com/dashboard or search the records on FamilySearch.org/1940census. FamilySearch also published new, free records online for Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United States, Venezuela, and Wales. Search these diverse collections and 2.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records on FamilySearch.org are made available by thousands of volunteers from around the world who 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 amount of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about how to personally help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records as a volunteer indexer 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 and its predecessors have 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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