Friday, August 31, 2012

Seattle Genealogical Society & Library 2012 Fall Seminar “RE-SEARCH and PROVE”

Seattle Genealogical  Society & Library
2012 Fall Seminar
“RE-SEARCH and PROVE”
20 October 2012          8:30 am – 4:00 pm
North Seattle Alliance Church  2150 N. 122nd St. Seattle, Washington
           
The Seattle Genealogical Society and Library’s motto is “Search and Prove.” The theme of SGS’s 2012 Fall Seminar is “Re- Search and Prove.” Re-examine research strategies with fresh eyes to break through “brick walls” and find those elusive ancestors.

PROGRAM and SPEAKERS

  • “FAN: Friends, Associates, and Neighbors” Keynote Have you run into a brick wall in your research? FAN out to Friends/Family (even further extended), Acquaintances and Neighbors. Learn how to find them and see, through examples, how they can help your research. Ginny Sommarstrom 
  • USING TIMELINES IN GENEALOGY Are you utilizing timelines to analyze your data? It’s a great way to organize dates and specific ancestors and puts a different perspective on the information you’ve gathered and your ancestor’s place in history. Mary Roddy
  • EPIDEMICS & CHRONIC DISEASES Family medical history can be an important part of our research. We’ll decipher some of those archaic maladies found in obituaries and death certificates. Dr. Jeff Otjen
  • LEARNING ON-LINE: Are you challenging yourself? Discover how to find and utilize the many Podcasts, Webinars, Genealogy Classes and Workshops conducted on-line by some of the country’s best researchers. Claudia Breland, CG
  • ADVANCED GOOGLING & MOCAVO Using “Google” searches and Mocavo.com can provide genealogists easy access to the best free content on the internet including many thousands of genealogy sites. Mary Roddy
  • SHEDDING LIGHT ON ADOPTION & DISCONNECTED FAMILIES Locating Adoption records and clues for disconnected families can be the ultimate “Brick Wall.” Changing attitudes and adoptee rights legislation have opened many doors once firmly shut. Vickie Stewart-Fowler
  • DNA – The Final Proof? Understanding the implications and limitations of DNA testing can help you decide how to unlock the clues revealed by the assessments you receive on the geographic origins and specific ethnic diversity of your genome. Herb McDaniel
  • MAPPING GOOGLE EARTH Google Earth is a satellite and aerial imagery program which has revolutionized the way we look at the world - including our ancestor’s homes. We can even travel back in time with the new Historical Imagery feature. Joe Flint
  • CAN YOU PROVE IT? Are you frustrated by what you find on the internet? Learn how you can have well researched and accurate family histories using the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) and learning a few sound techniques. Cary Lynn Bright
  • GENEALOGICAL PITFALLS: Hoaxes, Frauds, Scams and Bad Research “Not all that glitters is gold” Some are innocent mistakes; others are criminal. Many have been perpetuated in published genealogies. We’ll identify some of these. Jean A. Roth 
Registration Cost:  $40 SGS Members, $50 Non-Members; includes Seminar Syllabus.  $12 Box Lunch
  
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 10 October 2012, late fee after 10 October. You can register on-line at the SGS Website and pay by credit card OR mail registration to SGS 2012 Fall Seminar PO Box 15329 Seattle, WA   98115-0329

For Seminar Questions  Call: (206) 522-8658   (Tue-Sat, from 10am-3pm)
Email: SGSseminar@gmail.com  Website: www.SeattleGenealogicalSociety.org

Thursday, August 30, 2012

National Genealogical Society Partners with Family Village Facebook Game to Help Players Build Family Tree

Players of Free Family History Facebook Game Now Have Access to a NGS Custom Tutorial

BIRMINGHAM, AL (30 August 2012)–Funium and the National Genealogical Society (NGS) today announced a partnership that will allow players of Family Village, Funium’s popular Facebook game, to further explore their family trees by accessing a number of NGS resources and research aids. The collaboration was announced at the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2012 Conference in Birmingham, Alabama.

In coordination with the announcement, NGS will launch a separate landing page on their website tailored entirely to Family Village players. Featuring a customized step-by-step guide complete with instructional videos, the page grants Family Village users free access to materials typically reserved for NGS members, including ancestor charts and family group sheets. Players will be guided on how to collect more information about their relatives and ancestors, complementing their progress in Family Village.

“We are thrilled to join forces with Funium,” said Jordan Jones, president-elect of NGS. “Introducing the Family Village audience to NGS’s resources aligns with our mission to help serve and grow the genealogical community. We are excited to be able to share our knowledge about family history with the Family Village players.”

On August 21, Funium officially opened Family Village to all Facebook users. In gameplay, players foster their own personalized virtual community by building businesses, houses, immigrating family members, and assigning jobs. Family Village encourages players to build a documented family tree and matches that data with relevant real-world documents about the users’ living and deceased relatives, including newspaper articles, census records, and other documents.

“This partnership significantly bolsters the real-world value of our game,” said Jeff Wells, CEO of Funium. “We created Family Village as a way to promote interest in family history with the end goal of players starting their own genealogical journey. With NGS on board, our players have some additional resources in their arsenal to further develop their family tree.”

To visit the NGS Family Village page, visit www.ngsgenealogy.org/fv. To play Family Village, visit http://familyvillagegame.com.

About 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.

About Funium

Funium is an emerging leader in the creation of Facebook games with social value that produce real-world, useful content. Funium’s flagship game, Family Village, is the first Facebook game that enables players to explore their own family tree while building a virtual, online community. Through strategic partners, the game enables players to connect with billions of family history records using the Facebook platform. For more information on Family Village, visit www.familyvillagegame.com.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Findmypast.com Announces Partnership with Federation of Genealogical Societies


Partnership makes records available to findmypast.com and creates a vital source of revenue for local societies.

Findmypast.com, an international leader in online family history research, today announced a national partnership with Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) to preserve, digitize and provide access to local records from genealogical societies across the country.

The collaborative initiative will help preserve genealogical records and provide a vital revenue stream for the societies. Throughout the remainder of 2012, findmypast.com will release records from the following pilot partners:
  • New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the most authoritative source for research on New York families
  • Illinois State Genealogical Society
  • Williamson County (Texas) Genealogical Society
“As we aggressively grow our business in the U.S., we are looking to form partnerships that benefit both the genealogical community and findmypast.com,” said Chris van der Kuyl, CEO of brightsolid, the parent company for findmypast. “This partnership will benefit our customers by giving them access to records that can’t be found anywhere else and participating societies will receive royalties for record images viewed.”

The records are a fantastic addition to a growing collection of US records on findmypast.com. FGS members who participate will reach new audiences as each society and their collection will be promoted by findmypast.com.

The society collection complements the new US and international records that will be made available on findmypast.com and could include:
  • Newspapers and obituaries
  • Bible records
  • Cemetery records
  • Birth, marriage and death records
  • Land records
  • Court records
“Through its partnership with findmypast.com, the Federation of Genealogical Societies is pleased to offer a way for its member societies to engage with content providers and publishers,” said Pat Oxley, President of FGS. “Currently, one of the biggest challenges for societies is the pressure to provide online content, while also growing their membership and operating budgets. Through this partnership, societies will generate income and entice new audiences.”

About findmypast.com

Findmypast.com (owned by brightsolid) is the U.S. site of findmypast, an international leader in online family history with over 18 million registered members worldwide. Findmypast connects people to core and unique U.S., English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Australian and New Zealand records dating back as far as 1200.

About brightsolid

Findmypast.com is owned by brightsolid online publishing, a British-owned world leader in online genealogy, with over 45 years’ experience in family history and a record of online innovation in the field of family history nearly two decades long. With nearly 18 million registered users across its family of online genealogy brands, brightsolid hosts over a billion genealogical records from across the globe. The company reported a 75 percent growth in turnover and a 47 percent growth in gross profits in its most recent published accounts and was voted Best Genealogy Organization in the Online Gene Awards.

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.

Federation of Genealogical Societies Announces New Website



More Than a New Look . . . An Engaging New Site for FGS Members and the Genealogy Community

August 29, 2012 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the debut of its newly revamped website to better serve FGS member societies and the genealogical community. The new site, accessible at http://www.fgs.org, is ready in time for the upcoming FGS 2012 Conference in Birmingham, Alabama August 29 – September 1, 2012.

Based on the EasyNetSites platform (http://www.easynetsites.com), the new website ensures that FGS will be able to deliver timely and relevant content to its FGS member society leaders related to society management and trends in the genealogy industry.

Features include:
  • Content organized based upon the FGS tagline “Learn, Connect, Succeed.”
  • Members-Only content including back issues of FGS FORUM and Discussion Boards for genealogy society leaders to ask questions and exchange ideas about a variety of society management issues.
  • Access various members-only review programs to review society by-laws, websites and newsletters.
  • Free downloads including the FGS Voice archives as well as the Society Strategy Papers in PDF format.
In addition, FGS will implement a new on-line voting system later this year via its new website for the FGS Annual Elections.

FGS President Pat Oxley, in reviewing the improvements and added features, states: “There is an emphasis on providing more features for our members in the Members-Only Area. This includes the ability to submit events to the FGS Events Calendar and using the new Discussion Boards to exchange ideas on how to improve genealogy societies. I know that our members will be happy with not only the new layout and organization of the site, but the access to content and programs that FGS has always been known for in relation to genealogy society management.”

FGS members and the public are encouraged to visit http://www.fgs.org and explore the new FGS website.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New Gale Genealogy Connect Resource

ARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Aug. 27, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced the launch of Gale Genealogy Connect, a new online tool for genealogical research. Focusing on the "how to" of genealogical research along with unique source materials, Gale Genealogy Connect serves as a complement to popular fact, date and people-based genealogy resources already on the market.

Sourced from the publications of Genealogical.com, parent company for Genealogical Publishing Company and Clearfield Company, Gale Genealogy Connect features over 550 reference works at release (formerly only available by print or CD-ROM) on a standalone ebook platform, with a goal of growing the collection to nearly 1,500 works. The content covers a wide range of topics such as genealogy research basics, genealogy methods and sources, colonial genealogy, immigration, royal and Native American ancestry. Gale Genealogy Connect serves both novice and advanced researchers – beginners will learn proper research methods and how to define and organize goals, while powerful search features help advanced researchers make connections among data to uncover a meaningful story behind their family tree.

"With Gale Genealogy Connect we are opening up a treasure chest of resources for current and future genealogists as this is the first time much of this information is available in an online, searchable database," said Gerald Sawchuk, publisher for public library solutions at Gale. "Instead of spending countless hours scouring a book for mention of a family name, users can quickly search across multiple information sources, making the research experience much more efficient and exciting."

Additional features of Gale Genealogy Connect include
  • an engaging user interface with translation into 38 languages,
  • unlimited and simultaneous 24/7 access,
  • seamless cross-searching across all Gale Genealogy Connect collections,
  • ability to print, save, email or share articles, and
  • multi-page PDF viewing recreating the book experience.
Content is divided into six convenient bundles, giving libraries a variety of purchase and subscription options to meet their needs.

For more information on Gale Genealogy Connect or to request a trial, please visit www.gale.cengage.com/genealogy or contact Kristina Massari at kristina.massari@cengage.com.

About Cengage Learning and Gale

Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world's information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs – from homework help to health questions to business profiles – in a variety of formats. For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.gale.cengage.com.

About Genealogical.com

Genealogical.com, parent of the Genealogical Publishing Company and its affiliate, Clearfield Company, is the leading publisher of books and CDs on genealogy and family history. Over a period of more than fifty years the GPC/Clearfield genealogy collection has grown to 2,000 titles featuring a wide range of topics such as genealogy, immigration, royal ancestry, and county history. Genealogical.com's how-to books and manuals are the most respected in the field, and its hundreds of volumes of genealogy source records, in most cases, go all the way back to the colonial period of American history. Our genealogy books are authoritative and timeless, found in every library in the country with a genealogy and family history collection, and are widely respected by amateur and professional genealogy researchers alike.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

A New App from ThinkGenealogy

The ThinkGenealogy app is a valuable reference to guide you through the research process and help you do professional quality research -- whether you are a professional genealogist or a family historian. The app is currently available for Windows Phone with other devices under consideration.

Features:
  • A map so you won't get lost while you are doing your genealogy research.
  • Shows how important concepts are related.
  • Includes a concise explanation of the Genealogical Proof Standard.
  • Follows concepts in Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills.
  • Glossary of genealogy terms.
  • Helpful links.
  • A video tour of how to use the app.
You can see the features in action on YouTube: http://youtu.be/Rrpqjt9PjEA?hd=1

To purchase the application, visit http://www.shazaml.com/thinkgenealogy

If you are interested in a version of the application for your device, have ideas for how to improve the app, or have other feedback, complete this 9 question survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RYDFF53

Friday, August 24, 2012

Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG, FGBS: “Becoming a Genealogist” New Release in Voices of Genealogy Video Series

ARLINGTON, VA, 24 AUGUST 2012: The National Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the August celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) with the release of Henry B. Hoff’s story of “Becoming a Genealogist.”

One of five editors featured in the Voices of Genealogy series, Hoff is distinguished for his role in editing two of the nation’s leading genealogical journals. He served as trustee editor of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (with Harry Macy as associate editor) from 1986 to 1998 and as consulting editor from 1998 to 2001 (with Harry Macy as editor). In 2001 he became editor of the New England Historic Genealogical Register. His contributions to New York genealogy are enormous, particularly in his writings on Long Island families and early Dutch families in New York. He is noted also for his studies on families of the West Indies.

In recognition of his achievements, Henry B. Hoff was named a fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in 1979 and of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in 1993. He first earned the certified genealogist credential in 1979.

Previous releases featuring important editors of genealogical journals and now playing at the NGS website (http://www.ngsgenealogy.org) are John Frederick Dorman, CG (Emeritus), FASG, FNGS, FVGS (The Virginia Genealogist); David L. Greene, Ph.D., FASG, (The American Genealogist); Harry Macy, FASG, FGBS (The NYG&B Record); and George Ely Russell, CG, FASG, FNGS (The National Genealogical Society Quarterly).

The Henry B. Hoff video was produced by award winning filmmakers Kate Geis and Allen Moore from an interview by Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG, co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG, FGBS, “Becoming a Genealogist,” is now playing for all NGS members at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.

Video interviews with leading genealogists represent just one of the many opportunities NGS offers its members for honing their skills. Members receive the society’s outstanding quarterly publications, the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the NGS Magazine, and can also take advantage of free courses and significant discounts on publications, courses, and the NGS annual conference to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, 8-11 May 2013; Richmond, Virginia, 7-10 May 2014; and St. Louis, Missouri, 13-16 May 2015.

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.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Upcoming Events at NEHGS


September 2012 New Visitor Welcome Tour

Where: 99-101 Newbury St
When: September 5, 2012 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Description: Starting your family genealogy can seem a little daunting. There is so much information to be found in a variety of locations. Let NEHGS help you make sense of it all by attending this FREE lecture for members and non-members. This orientation and tour introduces you to the NEHGS research facility, located at 99-101 Newbury Street in Boston.
Cost: Free

Using AmericanAncestors.org - September

Where: 99-101 Newbury St
When: September 12, 2012 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Description: The NEHGS website, AmericanAncestors.org, is full of great features, tools, resources, and content that highlights NEHGS’ national expertise in genealogy and family history. We now have more than 200 million searchable names covering New England, New York, and other areas of family research dating back to 1620. We invite you to attend this free lecture to learn more about this incredible online resource.
Cost: Free

New Israel - New England: Jews and Puritans in Early America

Where: 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston MA
When: September 12, 2012 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Description: Author Michael Hoberman will discuss his book New Israel /New England: Jews and Puritans in Early America, which examines the history of colonial New England through the lens of its first settlers. The New England Puritans’ fascination with the legacy of the Jewish religion has been well documented, but their interactions with actual Jews have escaped sustained historical attention. New Israel/New England tells the story of the Sephardic merchants in Boston and Newport between the mid-seventeenth century and the American Revolution. It also explores the complex and often contradictory meanings that the Puritans attached to Judaism and the fraught attitudes that they bore toward the Jews as a people.

This event is cosponsored with the American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives.
Cost: Free
Contact: Please RSVP to education@nehgs.org or 617-226-1226.
Website: http://www.americanancestors.org/Event.aspx?id=27191

Writing and Publishing Seminar, Part I

Where: 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston MA
When: September 15, 2012 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Description: If you’re ready to turn your family history research into a publication, join the experts at NEHGS to learn best practices in publishing your findings. NEHGS offers guidance on writing and publishing your family history project in this two-part seminar. Workshops in Part 1 include defining your project, writing in genealogical format, working with images, and adding narrative to your genealogy. Part 2, to be held on February, 23, 2013, delves into the editorial process and book production, and offers a chance to meet with publishers/printers and consult with experts.
Cost: Tuition: $110. Includes light breakfast, lunch, and all program materials.Contact: Please RSVP to education@nehgs.org or 617-226-1226.Website: http://www.americanancestors.org/Event.aspx?id=27193

New Live Radio Show to feature Authors and Historians with a Passion for New England History


MILLS, M.A. (August 20, 2012) – Professional genealogist and house historian, Marian Pierre-Louis has developed a new history and genealogy radio show called Fieldstone Common. The live 60-minute show will feature authors, historians, curators and others whose passion is to keep New England history alive. Shows will be broadcast weekly through Blog Talk Radio (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/FieldstoneCommon)and made available afterward via podcast.

The inaugural episode airs on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 1:00pm EDT. The show premiere will feature Paul Della Valle, author of Massachusetts Troublemakers: Rebels, Reformers and Radicals from the Bay State. Future episodes will air weekly on Thursdays at 1:00pm EST.

About Marian Pierre-Louis

Marian Pierre-Louis is a professional genealogist and house historian who shares her love of New England history through her research, blogs and social media.

Speaker George G. Morgan coming to the VCGS Fall Seminar

The main speaker for the Ventura County Genealogical Society’s (VCGS) Fall Seminar to be held Saturday October 20 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3501 Loma Vista Rd (at Mills Rd.) Ventura, California.

George G. Morgan is the author of nine books and literally hundreds of articles published in every genealogical magazine in North America and at websites including Ancestry.com, Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, and Digital Genealogist. He is a popular speaker at genealogical conferences at all levels.

Mr. Morgan is the president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., a training company providing continuing education for libraries and library consortia, and for genealogical societies around the world.

He is Vice President of Membership Services for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, a director of the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa), and a member of more than 20 societies in the U.S. and Canada.

SEMINAR TOPICS

"Genealogy Orienteering: Using Maps to Find the Right Place"
"Bring 'Em Back to Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile"
"Alternate Records You May Never Have Considered"
"The Genealogist as CSI"

SCHEDULE

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 -10:00 a.m. Genealogy Orienteering: Using Maps to Find the Right Place
10:00 -10:30 a.m. Morning Break
10:30 -11:30 a.m. Bring 'Em Back to Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Alternate Records You May Never Have Considered
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Afternoon Break
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. The Genealogist as CSI

OTHER SEMINAR OFFERINGS

Snacks
Genealogy Sales Table
Door Prizes
Used Book Sale
Luncheon
Silent Auction

NOTE: Please bring only water to drink.

For more information and to register for the Ventura County Genealogical Society Fall Seminar, visit the VCGS website at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cavcgs/Seminar12.html.

About Ventura County Genealogical Society

Ventura County Genealogical Society is a California-registered Non-Profit organization dedicated to the promotion of genealogy and public education. Their website is http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cavcgs. VCGS maintains a reference library which is located within the Camarillo Library at 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, California.

Follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/VenCoGenSoc)

North American Indexing Volunteers Invited to Join New US Immigration & Naturalization Community Project

More than 160,000 volunteer indexers made the 1940 U.S. Census available for searching in just five months. The project was an unprecedented success that dramatically illustrated what the genealogical community can accomplish when united in a common cause.

Now many volunteers are turning their attention to the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Community Project, an indexing effort to make passenger lists, naturalization records, and other immigration related records freely searchable online. Hundreds of thousands of North American volunteers are expected to contribute over the next 18-24 months, focusing initially on passenger lists from the major US ports.

Individuals, societies and other groups that want to participate should visit familysearch.org/immigration to learn more.

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

  • Belgique—Registres Civile, 1851–1900 [Partie 2E]
  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3F]
  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3H]
  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3I]
  • Chile—Nacimientos Civiles, 1885–1900 [Parte D]
  • Ireland—Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858–1920 [Part 2]
  • Italia, Napoli, Barano d’Ischia—Registri Civili, 1809–1929
  • Italia, Napoli, Serrara Fontana—Registri Civili, 1809–1929 [Parte 2]
  • Perú, Puno—Nacimientos Civiles, 1890–1965 [Parte B]
  • UK, Norfolk—Register of Electors, 1844–1952
  • U.S., American Samoa—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S. (Community Project), Florida, Tampa--Passenger Lists, 1898-1945 [Part A]
  • U.S. (Community Project), Louisiana—New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1903–1945 [Part A]
  • U.S. (Community Project), Ohio—County Naturalization Index, 1818–1954
  • U.S. (Community Project), Washington, Seattle—Passenger Lists, 1890–1957 [Part A]
  • US—Index to Mexican War Pension Files, 1887–1926
  • U.S., Indiana, Jefferson County Marriages —1811-1959 [Part B]
  • U.S., Iowa—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [Part 3]
  • US—General Index to Pension Files, 1861–1934 [Part A]
  • U.S., Kentucky, Caldwell and Henry Counties—Will Records [Part B]
  • U.S., Kentucky, Trimble, Hickman, and Russell Counties—Wills [Part B]
  • U.S., Louisiana—Parish Marriages, 1837–1929 [Part C]
  • U.S., Michigan—County Deaths, 1921–1952
  • U.S., New York—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [Part 2A]
  • U.S., Ohio—County Birth Records, 1856–2005
  • US—Old War Index to Pension Files, 1815–1926
  • U.S., South Carolina—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918
  • U.S., Puerto Rico—Nacimientos Civiles, 1836–1930 [Parte C]
  • U.S., Texas—County Marriages, 1837–1977 [Part A]
  • US—Veterans Pension Cards, 1907–1933 [Part B]
  • 日本―ブラジル移民渡航者名簿, 1927–1941

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 3 B]
  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3C]
  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3E]
  • Chile—Registros Civiles, 1885–1900 [Part B]
  • Polska — Księgi Metrykalne — Diecezja Lublin, 1864–1948 [Część 2]
  • UK, England and Wales—1871 Census for Lancashire, Yorkshire, and Durham [Part B]
  • U.S., American Samoa—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., California, San Francisco—Registration Affidavits of Alien Enemies, 1918
  • U.S. (Community Project), Massachusetts—Boston Passenger Lists 1820-1891
  • U.S. (Community Project), Pennsylvania—Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1882
  • U.S., Connecticut—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Georgia—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Guam—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Illinois—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Maryland—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Massachusetts—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Michigan—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., New Jersey—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., New Jersey—1940 Federal Census [Part A]
  • U.S., North Carolina—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Ohio—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Oklahoma—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918
  • U.S., Panama Canal Zone—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Pennsylvania—County Marriages, 1885–1950
  • U.S., South Carolina—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Tennessee—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Virgin Islands—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., West Virginia—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Wisconsin—1940 Federal Census

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.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

ArkivDigital for Free August 25-26, 2012


The Swedish genealogical records site, ArkivDigital, is offering free access to their image database containing over 36 million images this coming weekend, August 25 and 26, 2012. They are also offering a discount on a one-year subscription to their website from now through September 9th. To find out how to access ArkivDigital for free this weekend, what records they cover, and more information about their special subscription price, read their press release here.

FamilyRelatives re-launches with beta site


From FamilyRelatives (www.familyrelatives.com):

This week sees the exciting re-launch of our upgraded and much improved Familyrelatives.com website - which is in Beta testing.

It is packed with many new features and information to help you discover even more about your family history. Our new ‘at a glance’ layout will enable you to find records easily, going back to the year 1538.

With over 850 million records from more than a dozen countries including Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, New Zealand, USA, and the Rest of the World (ROW), we are confident that you will find it useful for filling in those frustrating gaps.

Also remember that you have an enormous and fantastic number of FREE records at your disposal - over 90 million at the last count.

Buy a subscription now and view a range of records including Parish Records, Births, Marriages and Deaths, Military, Trade Directories and so much more being added regularly.

For those on a modest budget, Pay Per View allows members to search specific records and we suggest that you view the PPV tab at the top of the main search page to see the latest additions as well as view over 90 million records in the Free Tab.

To celebrate our improved website we’re offering you a great opportunity - Buy 12 Months Subscription for £20.00 and save 33% - that’s an exceptional saving of £10.00 (down from our usual price of £30.00 WAS $50 NOW $32) and matches our best ever discount. To subscribe Click Here

We aim to inspire you to start your family history and for those who have already started, we aim to help you refine your research:

  • Access all records from over 12 different countries with one affordable subscription
  • Receive 12 months Access and save 33% off our normal price (offer open until August 31st)
  • Search 850 million records from over a dozen different countries

We are also launching our Social Genealogy suite of products in September. These Social Genealogy Features are uniquely and specifically designed for Familyrelatives and they include:

  • Photos – Upload & Share albums at no cost
  • Calendar – Create and event & never miss an important occasion
  • Access your information – anywhere and anytime – its in the ‘CLOUD’
  • Secure – Only share information you want
  • Build Your Family Tree – Coming soon

Many changes are taking place on Familyrelatives.com and we hope you will like them. The good news is there are many more changes on the way, so look out for these new changes online or in future newsletters.

The Summer Special Offer can be viewed online at Familyrelatives.com

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About Familyrelatives.com

Familyrelatives.com is one of the leading and fastest growing content websites for researching family history. With over 800 million records available online from countries including USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand it is helping families research their genealogy.

With many free and easy to use tools which allow the building of online Family Trees and connect with other members, the focus is to provide specialist and historical records to a worldwide audience.

Federation of Genealogical Societies Announces New Publication

Bylaws Workbook: A Handbook for New & Established Societies

Bylaws Workbook: A Handbook for New & Established Societies, Second Edition

August 22, 2012 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the publication of the second edition of Bylaws Workbook: A Handbook for New & Established Societies, compiled by Marcia S. Lindley and revised by Roberta “Bobbi” King.

This workbook is designed to help societies create successful bylaws that prevent confusion, dissension, and disagreement. Whether large or small, new or established, societies can use this guide in planning, drafting, and implementing bylaws that guarantee a smooth-running organization. Whether a society realizes it or not, the most important document for its members is the bylaws. It is the only document that tells the members how the society is supposed to function.

The authors draw from their extensive experience in bylaws reviews and revisions to provide step-by-step guidance on all aspects of bylaws development, including detailed examples. They show genealogical societies as well as historical societies and family associations how to:
  • Construct a solid bylaws plan
  • Select the most appropriate bylaws language and format
  • Utilize new technology for voting and board meetings
  • Develop policy and procedure manuals
  • Handle disciplinary actions quickly and competently
  • Research considerations for incorporating
The book is available for purchase at Amazon.com ($4.99 + s/h). Copies of the book will be on display at the upcoming FGS 2012 Conference, Indians, Squatters, Settlers and Soldiers in the "Old Southwest" – to be held in Birmingham, Alabama 29 August to 1 September, 2012. Learn more at http://www.fgs.org.

About the Authors

Marcia S. Lindley, an active member of the Arizona State Genealogical Society, has served a variety of positions including president, vice president, director and member of the Editorial Board. She was responsible for leading a group of society members in an extensive review of their bylaws. She is a staff attorney with the Court of Appeals of the State of Arizona and holds degrees in history and law.

Roberta "Bobbi" King was for several years a member of the FGS board of directors as well as serving as Vice-President of Administration and parliamentarian. King is a member of the bylaws committee and the bylaws review committee, for which she has reviewed dozens of society bylaws. She is associated with several Colorado genealogical societies, as well as a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists. She was recipient of the APGQ Award of Excellence in 2008.

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.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Federation of Genealogical Societies Debuts New Conference App

For Immediate Release
August 20, 2012

FEDERATION OF GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES DEBUTS CONFERENCE APP
Offers Updated Information On FGS 2012 Conference


August 20, 2012 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the debut of its free mobile application for the upcoming FGS 2012 Conference, Indians, Squatters, Settlers and Soldiers in the "Old Southwest" – to be held in Birmingham, Alabama 29 August to 1 September, 2012.

Based on the Guidebook app platform, the FGS 2012 Conference app provides smart phone and mobile device users with an easy way track all the exciting events and happenings at one of the largest genealogy events of the year.

With the FGS 2012 Conference app, users can:
  • Look up the entire FGS 2012 conference schedule including Librarians’ Day and Vendor Demonstrations.
  • Check on exhibitor information and locate those vendors to visit in the Exhibit Hall.
  • View Speaker biographies as well as session numbers.
  • Use maps of the venue including all floors of the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex.
  • View FGS 2012 Facebook page status updates and the FGS 2012 Twitter feed.
  • Create a personal schedule using the To Do List function.
Visit http://guidebook.com/getit/ to learn more about accessing the FGS 2012 Conference app for iOS, Blackberry, Windows 7 and Android devices. Once the Guidebook application is loaded, search for “FGS” to load the FGS/AGS 2012 event.

Learn More and Stay Connected
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.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

NGS Statement on the Death of John T. Humphrey, CG


ARLINGTON, VA 16 AUGUST 2012: The genealogical community and the National Genealogical Society have lost a dear friend and scholar with the death of John Thomas Humphrey on 12 August 2012. John’s work in our field is some of the most important and essential for early Pennsylvania and German genealogy. His forty years of work with Pennsylvania records is represented in his fifteen volume Pennsylvania Births Series, two family histories, and numerous articles. He received critical acclaim for his Understanding and Using Baptismal Records. John’s deep knowledge of German genealogy and records included his ability to read and write in old German script and extended to repositories in Germany. He was a frequent teacher and lecturer, sharing his expertise in workshops, institutes, and conferences for genealogical learning as well as serving on many society boards. He extended the reach of his teaching in these specialties by authoring practical guides so that others might share his success in furthering their family history. His most recent publication is Finding Your German Ancestors: A Practical Guide for Genealogists.

John’s contributions and dedication to the National Genealogical Society since the 1990s knew no bounds. John shared key insights about the importance of original documents in NGS’s video Finding Your Family at the National Archives (http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/publications/videos/features/finding_your_family_at_the_national_archives). Over the years, John served as a director of the NGS Learning Center and also as the NGS Education Director managing online and home study courses. He led research tours to Germany and Salt Lake City. John actively volunteered and contributed to many of NGS’s national conferences as a lecturer, a consultant at the NGS booth, an exhibits chair, and supporter of many of the details for producing a high quality educational conference. John even rolled up his sleeves and made fine custom shelving for the former historic home of NGS, Glebe House. He was a man of grace and many unexpected talents.

Several years ago NGS produced a short video, Paths To Your Past (http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/paths_to_your_past), in which John told how “NGS had literally transformed my life.” He explained how he began family history research as a child but only joined NGS and attended his first conference in 1990, at the age of 42. He gave NGS much credit for his success and for helping him see new ways to solve research problems. But we at the National Genealogical Society, his many colleagues over the years, feel John has helped light the way for us and all genealogists. His painstaking and detailed scholarship in both his writings and his lectures lives on as his legacy to help guide the way for generations to come.

For more information on John’s books, consult http://pagenealogybooks.com/Main.htm. John’s lectures at NGS conferences from 2007-2012 may be searched by his last name at http://www.jamb-inc.com/genealogy/ngs.

As expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent in John’s name to the Northhampton County SPCA, the Maryland SPCA, and/or the annual fund of Moravian College, all C/O Guerro & Ruggiero Funeral Home, 126 E. Pennsylvania Avenue, Pen Argyl, PA 18072.

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.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Ancestry.com Inc. Completes Acquisition of Archives.com

PROVO, Utah, Aug. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM) today announced the completion of its acquisition of Archives.com, a leading family history website, for approximately $100 million in cash and assumed liabilities.

"Archives.com is a great addition to the Ancestry.com family. It is a fast-growing business that has expanded the addressable family history market through a simple and affordable approach," said Tim Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com. "We are excited to increase our ability to help more individuals discover their family history."

Archives.com was owned and operated by Inflection LLC, a Silicon Valley-based technology company. Since Archives.com's launch in January 2010, the site has rapidly grown to more than 440,000 paying subscribers who pay approximately $39.95 a year. Archives.com offers access to over 2.2 billion historical records, including birth records, obituaries, immigration and passenger lists, historical newspapers, as well as U.S. and U.K. Censuses.

Ancestry.com plans to operate Archives.com separately, retaining its brand and website. Many Inflection employees, including key marketing, product and engineering executives, will join the Ancestry.com team.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with approximately 2 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 38 million family trees containing more than 4 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, Ancestry.com offers several localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

The Ancestry.com, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=13617

About Archives.com

Archives.com is a leading family history website that makes discovering family history simple and affordable. Archives.com is free to try for seven days, allowing anyone to explore the benefits of membership without risk or obligation. For more information and to start discovering your family history, please visit http://www.archives.com/.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Win a Family Tree University Virtual Conference Registration


Online learning program will give away one three-day pass for Sept 14-16 event in sweepstakes

CINCINNATI, Aug. 16, 2012—Family Tree University’s Fall 2012 Virtual Conference will feature three days of online genealogy learning, with 15 downloadable video classes, live chats, discussions and more. And one lucky genealogist will get to experience it all for free.

Enter the Virtual Conference Sweepstakes at http://www.bit.ly/PcTZvr for a chance to win a free registration to the September 14-16 conference, a $199 value. You don’t have to travel across the country or even across town to participate: The conference takes place entirely online, with classes and discussions led by an all-star cast of genealogy instructors. Class topics include:
  • Research Logs for the Rest of Us with Thomas MacEntee
  • Best Websites for Historical Maps with Lisa Louise Cooke
  • Using UK Civil Registrations with Rick Crume
  • Scanning Secrets with Denise Levenick
  • Finding Land Records Online with Diana Crisman Smith
  • Mastering German Place Names with Jim Beidler
  • Secrets to Tracing Female Ancestors with Lisa A. Alzo
  • Cook Up Answers About Immigrant Ancestors with Gena Philibert-Ortega
For more details and a full list of classes, visit http://www.familytreeuniversity.com/virtual-conference.

Sweepstakes entries must be received by Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time; the winner will be announced Friday, Aug. 24.

Winning the sweepstakes isn’t the only way to get a bargain on a Virtual Conference ticket: Family Tree University is giving all readers of this post $40 off registration. Just enter coupon code FTU0812 when registering.

About Family Tree University

Family Tree University is part of the Genealogy Community at F+W Media, Inc., which also encompasses Family Tree Magazine—America’s most popular family history magazine—the Family Tree Books imprint and the ShopFamilyTree.com online store. These publications and products are devoted to providing engaging, easy-to-understand instruction that makes genealogy a hobby anyone can do. In addition to the virtual conference, Family Tree University offers more than 30 online genealogy courses and monthly live webinars.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Elgin Genealogical Society (EGS) announces the 2012 Chester A. Bowser scholarship recipients

Two $1000 scholarships provided this year

August 15, 2012 – Elgin, IL. From the many excellent scholarship applications received this year, EGS proudly awards 2012 Chester A. Bower scholarships to Madonna Davis Marks and Jesse Nasta.

Madonna is currently seeking a Master’s Degree in Library Science with an emphasis on Special and Historical Collections at the University of Illinois. She believes “this career demands someone with not just desire but a passion for saving and preserving the pieces that make up a life.”

Jesse is a PhD candidate at Northtwestern University in the Department of History. His fields of specialization are United States, Early Republic to Reconstruction; African American and legal history; comparative slavery and emancipation. This scholarship will assist in the completion of his dissertation research in which he “analyzes hundreds of previously unexamined court cases, initiated by African Americans in local courts in St. Louis and throughout Illinois”. EGS believes his dissertation will be extremely valuable to many Illinois genealogist.

In honor of late member and benefactor, Chester A. Bowser, Elgin Genealogical Society (EGS) provides scholarship funds to deserving graduate students in studies related to genealogy and grants to local organizations for projects to benefit the genealogical community.

“The EGS is pleased to have been able to award over 25 grants and scholarships since the program’s inception in 1991,” declares Judy VanDusen, EGS president.

About EGS

Since it began in 1972, the Elgin Genealogical Society, a not-for- profit education organization has worked towards
  • bringing together persons who are researching family history,
  • informing people of the value of and need for preserving family and local history,
  • providing information, methods, and practice of family research,
  • fostering idea sharing
  • seeking, preserving and making available materials concerning past and present families,
  • encouraging officials to preserve public records and genealogical collections and make them accessible to interested persons.
Follow EGS on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Elgin-IL-Genealogical-Society/), on our blog (http://www.elgings.blogspot.com/) and at our website (http://www.elginroots.com).

WikiTree joins the growing list of FHISO Founding Members


Croton-on-Hudson, NY and Gilbert, AZ — August 15, 2012 — WikiTree.com and Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that WikiTree has finalized its plans to become a founding member of the organization. As part of this process, WikiTree has designated its founder, Chris Whitten, as an organizational member representative. Chris will participate with other FHISO members from the global genealogical community in the development of standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information.

"Although the mission of the WikiTree community is to grow a worldwide family tree, only a fraction of the world's genealogical information will ever be organized and stored on WikiTree.com. The worldwide tree is something much larger and greater than any one forum or organization. That's what makes universal standards so important. Information on WikiTree needs to fluidly connect with information elsewhere. When the FHISO team invited WikiTree to join as a founding member, I jumped at the opportunity," said WikiTree founder, Chris Whitten.

"WikiTree is a dynamic, innovative platform where community members work together to connect our ancestral families. This sense of community spirit is also important to FHISO’s development. Today’s announcement represents the innovators of one community, WikiTree, supporting the development of another, FHISO. Our many thanks to Chris Whitten for helping FHISO connect with another important market sector,” said Robert Burkhead (USA), member of the FHISO organizing team.

WikiTree is a community of member volunteers collaborating to develop a single world tree. By design, WikiTree sets out to balance the interests of privacy and collaboration so that everyone can share the same family tree. This dynamic, innovative approach to family history began in 2008 and has been growing ever since. Members of the WikiTree community agree to an “Honor Code” in their joint work. Chris Whitten, WikiTree founder, has made a pledge to keep the platform free. To learn more about WikiTree, visit the company website, http://www.wikitree.com.

FHISO is a standards-developing organization 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 http://fhiso.org.

Please join us in welcoming WikiTree and Chris Whitten to FHISO!

‘Meet The Presenters’ of the Fall Virtual Genealogy Conference


Take part in pre-scheduled social media Q&A’s to get to know your experts

For a fraction of the cost it takes to travel to–and attend–a live event, Family Tree University’s Fall 2012 Virtual Conference provides attendees with an all-access pass to 15 half-hour video sessions presented by the same experts you’d pay an arm and a leg to see speak at a regular conference, all online, from the convenience of home. Enjoy all three days, Friday, Sept. 14, at 9 a.m. through Sunday, Sept. 16, at 11:59 p.m., from the comfort of your bed, desk chair, couch or coffee shop–wherever you have internet access.

Between message board discussions and live chats on topics such as “Researching Courthouse Records” and “Choosing a Cloud Genealogy Program”, you’ll have ample opportunity to engage with fellow genealogy enthusiasts as much as you want, as often as you want. You’ll also receive a “swag bag” of genealogy freebies from ShopFamilyTree.com. How long, you ask, will these great research materials be available to you?

Forever. That’s how long you will get to keep all the session videos and live chat transcripts. Download them to your desktop and use for future reference, whether that’s in in two months or two years! Find out how to register at http://www.familytreeuniversity.com/virtual-conference.

Learn more about the conference presenters and their sessions during our upcoming “Meet The Presenters” social media series. Simply log on to Facebook or Twitter at the prescribed times and follow Family Tree Magazine to watch and participate in live Q&A’s with our genealogy experts. Here is our current lineup:


Presenter

Platform

Time

Thomas MacEntee

Facebook Chat

Wed., 8/22 @ 2pm EDT/11am PDT

Lisa Louise Cooke

Facebook Chat

Mon., 8/27 @ 4pm EDT/1pm PDT

Lisa A. Alzo

Facebook Chat

Tues., 9/4 @ 3pm EDT/12pm PDT

Gena Philibert-Ortega

Tweet Up (#FTUVC)

Wed., 9/5 @ 4:30pm EDT/1:30pm PDT

Diana Crisman Smith

Facebook Chat

Tues., 9/11 @ 3pm EDT/12pm PDT

Rick Crume

Facebook Chat

Thurs., 9/13 @ 1pm EDT/10am PD

Read presenter bios and view the conference program. Click here to register.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Using the Internet to find your family tree? ISGS Fall Conference speaker to share technology tips


Thomas MacEntee wants to usher genealogy researchers into the world of the Internet.

The Chicago resident who worked for more than 25 years in the information technology field before beginning his own business, High-Definition Genealogy, in 2008 will be sharing his expertise in Google, Facebook, self-publishing, and searching for living relatives during four workshop sessions at "Family History in Profile," the Illinois State Genealogical Society’s (ISGS) fall conference Oct. 19 and 20 to be held at the Best Western Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center in Rockford, IL.

"Many of us are intimidated by technology," MacEntee says. “We watch our children and grandchildren and are amazed at how easily they use smart phones and the Internet."

He wants to raise the knowledge of genealogy researchers, the average person who is interested in finding out more about their great grandparents and great great grandparents, so that they can get more out of their time spent looking for their roots. Even those who think they already know how to use Internet search engines can learn some new tricks, MacEntee believes.

"Many people think they know how to use Google, but the fact is they are using only about 10% of what Google has to offer," MacEntee says.

When it comes to Facebook, MacEntee explains he will be offering advice on how to protect one's privacy while still sharing genealogy information with others. His third session on self-publishing will review various options available for people who want to publish their own books or other items such as calendars and mementos. The fourth session will offer genealogists new Internet tools and sites to help them connect with other living relatives of a common ancestor.

MacEntee says he became hooked on genealogy in 1977, like many others, after watching the miniseries, Roots. He began asking his great grandmother questions about his own heritage until, in 1989, his mother handed him a book, "David Putman and His Descendants, 1645-1916."

"My great grandfather, John Ralph Austin, who was born in 1896, was listed in that book, and the book traced my Dence and Putman lines," MacEntee says. "Only 100 copies were privately printed and I cherish the copy I have."

"What I like most about genealogy are the stories – and my attempts to substantiate them with well-researched facts and information,” MacEntee adds. "I also like the problem-and-puzzle-solving aspect. That’s why I often call genealogy 'CSI without the icky bodies.'"

In addition to MacEntee’s workshops, the ISGS conference, which is being co-sponsored by the Winnebago & Boone Counties Genealogical Society, will offer 12 other sessions by eight other speakers on such topics as "Our National Archives," "Illinois Settlement and Migration Patterns," "Belonging to Writing Groups," Swedish genealogy research, and how to save family heirloom photographs. The conference also will offer Youth Workshops for young people grades 1 to 4 and 5 to 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20; a dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday, featuring Dr. John Phillip Colletta, a Washington, D.C.- area genealogist and lecturer, who will speak on, “Is There Any BODY There? – Tracking Ancestral Remains;” and opportunities to visit vendor booths on both Friday and Saturday.

For more information, or to register for the conference, visit the ISGS website at www.ilgensoc.org.

About Illinois State Genealogical Society

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was formed in 1968 through the cooperative effort and forward thinking of Illinois genealogical society representatives, who envisioned a state-wide genealogical organization. ISGS is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian, educational organization. ISGS was established for the following purposes:

  • To stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois.
  • To seek, preserve, and make available data pertaining to individuals, families, and groups who lived in Illinois and to events which took place therein.
  • To inform people of the value of, and need for, preserving family and local history for posterity.
  • To encourage the formation of local genealogical societies and to coordinate and disseminate information.

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Twelve Months of History from the Sumner County Historical & Genealogical Society

When Sumner County Historical & Genealogical Society President Jane Moore saw a calendar at a genealogy meeting, one filled with fascinating historic old photos and interesting historic tidbits, she knew she wanted to do that for Sumner County. I had seen another one from another county,” Moore said, “I just thought it was a cool idea.”

So for the past several months, Moore, Elaine Clark, and Photoshop expert, Jerry Sayre gathered and tweaked photos, researched newspapers, double-checked facts, and put together the SCHGS Calendar “A Look at Historic Sumner County.” Getting it back from the printers, Wheatland Services, this week had everyone excited.

“The calendar itself has historic information on every page and with every photo,” Moore said, adding that facts and photos representing Oxford, Belle Plaine, Wellington, Caldwell, Geuda Springs, South Haven, Hunnewell, Perth, Mayfield, Argonia, Milan, Millerton, Corbin, and Conway Springs cover each month of the calendar, and include such interesting tidbits as location of the first lynching in the county, where the first post office in the county was located, and when the Baptist Church was organized in Wellington.

Moore said that the calendars can be purchased at the SCHGS Research Center (north door Memorial Auditorium, 208 N. Washington, Wellington) on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or from the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, and sell for $10.00 per calendar, with discounts for orders of five or more. Mail orders are welcome. Address orders to SCHGS, Box 402, Wellington, KS 67152, and add $5 shipping and handling for one calendar. Contact the society for shipping rates on orders of multiple calendars at schgs@sutv.com, or contact President Jane Moore directly at bjmoore@kanokla.net.

Moore said that the proceeds will be used to support SCHGS’ family history preservation activities and equipment needs at the SCHGS Research Center.

“If you are interested in Sumner County History,” Moore said, “you will really enjoy them and they will make a nice gift for folks who no longer live here, too.”

Friday, August 10, 2012

Saving Memories Forever Launches Free Genealogy App for iPhone


Combined SMF iPhone app and SMF website provide a new approach to saving and sharing family history and stories through audio recordings.

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --  Saving Memories ForeverTM  (SMF), has just launched its new iPhone App, Saving Memories Forever. This free application makes it easy to record and share family memories through audio recordings by seamlessly linking to the SMF website, http://www.SavingMemoriesForever.com.

With the official introduction of the iPhone App, the Saving Memories Forever audio system is fully integrated and ready for use.

This new approach to sharing family history through audio recordings was created by Harvey and Jane Baker. The two saw a need to go beyond ancestry and the family tree to create an online portal where family members could tell their stories in their own voices to share and save for current and future generations.
A website review reads, "This App is a must have for people interested in documenting their family's history. Its interface is easy to use, the question prompts give you a ton of topics to talk about and the organization is great."

This Smartphone web-based system allows people to talk about the important things in their life, including happy, sad, and amusing memories. This combination of stories gives true insight into what a person was all about and is an invaluable oral tool for anyone interested in preserving family genealogy. It gives a grandchild or great-grandchild the chance to really know a deceased relative---far beyond facts and statistics.

Recordings on the SMF website are categorized, private, secure, and permission based. The basic package is free. Subscriptions with many additional features are offered at just $3.99 per month.

The audio scrapbook is ideal for anyone who attends family reunions, scrapbook workshops or genealogy conferences and wants to preserve those legacies.

About Saving Memories Forever

Saving Memories ForeverTM provides a new online system to create and preserve family memories through audio recordings. Each subscriber has a dedicated area on the site to upload and manage their recordings. Available through the iTunes store, the new app is free and is a seamless connection between the website and recording process. Users with any computer can record, save, and upload their recorded stories with or without the app. For additional information visit http://www.SavingMemoriesForever.com.

via PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1kc1V)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Register Now to Save $50 on Family Tree University’s Fall 2012 Virtual Genealogy Conference


Family Tree University’s Fall 2012 Virtual Genealogy Conference gives family historians around the world a chance to improve their research skills, consult with genealogy experts and connect with each other—all online, from the convenience of home.

From Friday, Sept. 14, at 9 a.m. through Sunday, Sept. 16, at 11:59 p.m., conference participants receive an all-access pass to watch 15 recorded video classes on family history research strategies, technology tools and ethnic records; participate in live chats led by professional genealogists; and share ideas on exclusive conference message boards. They’ll also receive a “swag bag” of genealogy how-to freebies from ShopFamilyTree.com.

Family historians can learn more about the Fall 2012 Virtual Genealogy Conference and view the conference program at http://www.familytreeuniversity.com/virtual-conference.

The early bird registration period for the Fall 2012 Virtual Genealogy Conference ends Friday, Aug. 10, at 11:59 p.m. Early bird registration costs $149.99, a saving of $50 over the regular Virtual Genealogy Conference registration fee.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

In Memoriam Kim Kasprzyk - Former FGS Treasurer and Director Passes


August 7, 2012 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Kim Kasprzyk former FGS Treasurer, FGS Director and Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) board member who died on Sunday, August 5, 2012, surrounded by her family. Services will be held in Libertyville, Illinois beginning on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. Please see Kim’s obituary for more details.

At FGS, Kim was instrumental in the success of the FGS 2011 conference held in Springfield, Illinois when she served as Registrar for the conference. According to Pat Oxley, President of FGS, “Kim was so efficient, conscientious and even-tempered through the whole process. She worked in parallel with Cath Trindle, our out-going Treasurer in training to be our new Treasurer. Kim was willing to help with any task put before her. I cannot say enough about what a warm, wonderful person she was and how much I loved working with her.”

At ISGS, Kim was the Newsletter Editor since 2008 and was also responsible for maintaining the society’s Military Certificates program.

Kim was passionate about family history and when asked to describe herself, her work and what mattered most, she said:
Genealogy has been a part of my life for over 22 years, way before computers and the luxury of doing research in the comfort of my own home. Since then my “addiction” consumes almost as much time as a full time job. Besides trying to do my own research I’m active in the Illinois State Genealogical Society, the German Interest Group of Wisconsin and I run the Cook County, Illinois GenWeb page. My real full time job is as a nurse auditor in the emergency room at a local hospital. I’m married to a musician and have 4 step-children and 3 step-grandchildren. Besides genealogy I enjoy travel, weaving, gardening and reading.
The FGS and ISGS organizations, as well as the entire genealogy community, will miss Kim including her smile and her passion about genealogy. Her contributions to family history will live on through her good works and the many lives she touched.

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.