Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh 2013 Registration Announced

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) will open registration for its six courses on Thursday, February 7 at noon eastern. These courses sell out quickly, some within minutes of registration opening.

GRIP’s week-long courses will be held from July 21 through July 26, 2013 at LaRoche College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Last year students from 28 states enjoyed a small collegial atmosphere where they were able to know not only their classmates and instructors, but the other students in the intimate campus atmosphere. Dorm rooms, just steps from the classrooms and cafeteria, make off-hours fun and friendly.

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The six courses to be offered in 2013 are:
  • Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper with Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. Stuart-Warren focuses on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She encourages the class to bring their own family history problems for brainstorming and discussion. D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS and Deborah S. Mieszala, CG, are instructors in this course.
  • Determining Kinship Reliably with the Genealogical Proof Standard with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS. Learn how to achieve genealogical proof by planning and executing focused research, citing the resulting sources, testing the evidence they contain, assembling that evidence into a conclusion, and explaining it clearly. Jones has edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002 where many proof arguments are published.
  • Bridging the 1780-1840 Gap: From New England to the Midwest with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS. Explore the migration patterns across New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio which left a scarcity of records and researchers more than one “brickwall” problem. Learn the methods and tools to overcome these challenges. Taylor is a former Director of Education and Programs at New England Historic Genealogical Society, and has appeared on the television program “Who Do You Think You Are?” Other instructors are Deborah Mieszala, CG, Richard Sayre, CG, CGL, Craig Scott, CG, and Paula Stuart-Warren, CG.
  • Your Immigrant Ancestors’ Stories: Writing a Quality Narrative with John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA. Having researched the stories, now it’s time to share what you know! Learn how to incorporate documentary information, family lore, and artifacts into a work that your relatives will enjoy reading. German, Irish, and Italian case studies will be enlarged with sample sources for other nationalities, colonial times to 20th century. Hands-on exercise lets you practice writing. Dr. Colletta is the author of They Came in Ships, Only a Few Bones, and Finding Italian Roots. Michael Hait, CG, is an instructor.
  • Advanced Land Research: Locating, Analyzing, Mapping with Rick Sayre, CG, CGL and Pam Sayre, CG, CGL. Understanding land history and records is essential for successful research and kinship determination. This course explores land distribution in the current United States by colonial powers, private land claims, federal land records at both the National Archives and the General Land Office, and local-level county or town deeds. Use of software and Internet resources is practiced in hands-on computer labs. Angela Packer McGhie is also an instructor.
  • Military Records: From Cradle to Grave with Craig R. Scott, CG. Examines the types, uses and functions of military records and the organizations that created them. Records exist outside of compiled military service records and pensions that must be searched for to get a full picture of a soldier, sailor or marines military and post-military life. Scott specializes in National Archives records and is recognized as one of the leading experts in military research. Other instructors are Deborah S. Mieszala, CG, and Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL

UK Television Show Find My Past Now Available to US Viewers

Find My Past, the hit UK television show, is now available to view via Find My Past, now entering its second season, links living individuals to real historical events found in their family tree and now is the only place in the US where you can watch the show!

Register on for free and watch Find My Past episodes that aired in the last 30 days at no cost. Missed an episode or want to watch your favorites again? Findmypast subscribers can watch all episodes for an unlimited time. Every episode will be available to watch on a week after it airs.

Find My Past the TV show is an exciting series which unites ordinary members of the public with their ancestors. Each week in the new 10-part series, we reveal how three people are related to someone from a significant historical event by searching the ancestry records on findmypast. We follow their journey as each person discovers which of their ancestors played a role in modern history.

At the end of every episode, we unite the participants and reveal how each person's family history is connected to monumental world history– such as the sinking of the Titanic, the WWI Christmas Truce, and the Great Fire of London. Hosted by Chris Hollins of BBC Breakfast, Watchdog and winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2009, the hit UK Television series is now available for the first time to watch online, exclusive to findmypast registered users. The remaining five episodes will be shown after Christmas.

ReelGenie Selected as Finalist in SXSW Accelerator Competition


Debut of Innovative Technology to Create and Share Family History Videos Online

January 30, 2013 - Washington, D.C. -- ReelGenie, an innovator in digital storytelling, has been selected as a finalist for the high-profile SXSW Accelerator. The company, based in Washington, D.C., is among eight competitors selected from hundreds of applicants in the Social Technologies category. ReelGenie will unveil its new technology at the live event.

ReelGenie helps people create and share family videos online. Users select a storyline for their movie, and ReelGenie guides them through the process of uploading photos, videos, and historical documents; recording voiceovers; and adding music to generate an online movie that can be shared with family and friends. Geared toward the creation of personal history movies for birthdays, memorials, anniversaries, and reunions, the service is the first of its kind. It improves upon slideshows and photo books by guiding users to tell a compelling story while incorporating a variety of rich content.

“My mother and I were making a video for my Grandmother’s memorial when we realized that the available tools were limited,” said David Adelman, ReelGenie’s founder and CEO. “An online slideshow didn’t give us the capability to tell a story, and editing software was expensive and difficult to use. We just wanted a way to create an inexpensive, compelling video that told a powerful story. That’s how ReelGenie was born.”

ReelGenie was developed to utilize the collaborative advantages of the Internet. Groups of users can work together, so each person can contribute their own material and participate in the creative process. The site also makes it easy to share completed videos with friends and family through social media tools and other publishing options.

“Our mission is to empower people to tell and preserve their stories, no matter how big or small,” said Adelman. “We all have a unique story. Anyone should be able to make an emotional, expressive movie they are proud to share. ReelGenie was created so that everyone has affordable, easy-to-use tools at their fingertips.”

ReelGenie combines three of the most popular computing trends — the collaboration of social media, the visual power of online video, and the technology benefits of the cloud — with a rapidly-growing interest in family history and storytelling. The company will present in front of a live audience and industry judges during the fifth-annual SXSW Accelerator at the Austin Hilton on March 11-12.

About ReelGenie

ReelGenie makes it easy for anyone to create family history stories by turning pictures, documents, text, and voice narration into engaging movies. Featuring intuitive interfaces, a collaborative production process, and seamless social media integration, ReelGenie lets users bring stories to life and preserve them for generations to come. Dubbed “The Genealogy Technology to Watch in 2013” by thought leader Thomas MacEntee, ReelGenie is revolutionizing video storytelling through its Web-based movie platform.

For more information on ReelGenie, please visit Follow ReelGenie’s progress at SXSW on Facebook at or on Twitter at @reelgenie.

About SXSW Accelerator

The fifth annual SXSW Accelerator will take place March 11-13 in Austin, Texas. A live audience, as well as a panel of expert judges will be discovering advancements in social media, mobile applications, web entertainment, and more. The best part? Product demonstrations by the most ambitious talents in the world with the most creative new ideas to change it. We will catch a glimpse of the industry's future, with a guided tour by our emcees and judges.

This competition will be unlike any other. On March 11, 48 companies battle for your taste-making, trend-setting attention, leading to a fireworks display of innovation. Connections will be made and careers launched. On Tuesday March 12, the top 18 companies will be invited back, and at the end of the day winners of SXSW Accelerator will be announced.

Announcing.....Zap the Grandma Gap!

29 January 2013

Are the youth in your family more attached to their iPod or laptop screen than they are to you? How do you connect to your family members and form the kind of close relationships that will support and strengthen them as they grow into successful and grounded adults? Teaching your children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and even your brothers and sisters about their family history can create strong bonds in your family and become a framework that protects and empowers your relationships. Family history connects family members in a way that is personal and unique to your family. It especially gives children the power to identify with personal heroes, learn life lessons and gain a broad, wise perspective on life.

You may be thinking, sure but my family’s eyes roll back in their heads and they suddenly have pressing engagements they have to attend to when we start to talk about family history. Super Grandma comes to the rescue. In the new book Zap the Grandma Gap : Connect With Your Family by Connecting Them To Their Family History, you’ll find specific ideas, examples and step by step instructions to take your family history from snoring and boring to exciting and inviting. Super Grandma will teach you all the tips and tricks to connect you and your family back to your own super grandmas and grandpas in simple and easy ways that will bind your family together and strengthen your relationships.

You’ll find specific tips on ideas such as:
  • Applying your family history to your current family member’s interests
  • Utilizing social networking to teach your family about their past
  • Honoring past family members through the plants inside and landscaping around your home
  • Exploring your ancestor’s skills and talents by creating a project or taking a class together
  • Establishing traditional food heritage such as historic family recipes or even a gingerbread house of the family home
  • Collecting and archiving the jewels in your family history to ensure future curiosity
  • Navigating the rough spots in your family history
Along with the launch of the book, a new website has been created full of resources to help families connect with their family history. The website establishes a gathering place where people can submit their best ideas and learn from each other how to strengthen the coming generation. Included in the site are a multitude of free resources including:
  • A FREE 28 page excerpt of the book including table of contents.
  • A FREE 35 page workbook for children to begin to record their own lives and explore their family history
  • A FREE weekly newsletter with 52 additional ways to engage your family with their family history
  • FREE 8.5x11 pedigree charts and resources for other genealogy charts
  • A comprehensive list of resources collected from all over the web
  • Links to the FREE Zap the Grandma Gap blog, facebook and twitter feeds with additional ideas for connecting your family with their past.
Early reviews include:
  • "If you are looking for concrete ideas for sharing your family history and inspiring the next generation, look no further than this book. The personal stories and worthwhile activities make this an enjoyable read, and an ongoing resource to every genealogist. Janet's passion for the power of family history in the lives of today's busy families shines throughout the pages!" Lisa Louise Cooke, Author and host of The Genealogy Gems Podcast.
  • “Janet Hovorka has provided a book overflowing with valuable ideas and suggestions for involving the "younger" generation in genealogy, perhaps without them even knowing about what you are trying to do. This book succeeds in being both entertaining and informative in a way that makes sense rather than preaches.” James Tanner, author of The Guide to FamilySearch Online and
  • “Zap the Grandma Gap is a handy toolbox brimming with inspiration and ideas for getting the “family” into family history. You’ll be grateful for the guidance as well as the casual and supportive way in which it is delivered.” Amy Coffin, author of and The Big Genealogy Blog Book.
  • “This book is a must-read for everyone who treasures family history and wants to make it come alive for future generations." Suzanne Curley Director, Riverton FamilySearch Library
  • “Zap The Grandma Gap is not only a good read but a great reference book for creating fun family centered activities that treasures and builds firm family values.” Holly T. Hansen, President Family History Expos Inc.
Zap the Grandma Gap : Connect With Your Family by Connecting Them To Their Family History by Janet Hovorka is available now at, at bookstores and by calling 801-872-4278. For it’s initial release, the book will be on sale for $19.95 until January 31st at which time the book will return to its regular price of $23.95.

About the Author: Janet Hovorka received a B.A. in Ancient Near Eastern History and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from BYU. She helped people at the BYU library with their family history research but was completely uninterested in her own. Now, she and her husband Kim Hovorka own Family ChartMasters ( —official, award winning printers for most of the genealogy software and database companies. She is currently serving as President of the Utah Genealogical Association and teaches courses in library skills and genealogy at Salt Lake Community College. Janet inherited a large amount of genealogy from her mother and grandmother, both wonderful genealogists who lived family history in a way that was attractive and inviting. Eventually Janet woke up to the soul satisfaction of learning about her past. Most recently she has found great joy in encouraging her teenage children's genealogical interests. Understanding the good and the bad in her own family history has helped her deal with her children and husband, and even her extended family in a more healthy way. Janet writes the The Chart Chick blog (, has written for numerous genealogy publications, and has presented 100s of lectures all over the world to help people learn more about their past.

Media kit available upon request.

Zap the Grandma Gap : Connect With Your Family by Connecting Them To Their Family History by Janet Hovorka. Published by Family ChartMasters: Cedar Hills, Utah, 2013. Paperback, $23.95 194pp. ISBN 978-0-9888548-0-2.

All Day Genealogy Event at Huntington Beach Central Library

The Orange County California Genealogical Society (OCCGS), celebrating their 50th Anniversary, will be hosting the inaugural “Genealogy BASH and Book Faire” on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the Huntington Beach Central Library.

Ten of Southern California’s best family history speakers will give talks on subjects ranging from how the Internet is changing genealogical research to DNA testing for genealogy. Speakers include Barbara Renick, Randy Seaver, Jean Wilcox Hibben, CeCe Moore, Norma Storrs Keating, Dawn Thurston, Linda Serna, Brian Speckart, Richard S. McFarlane, and Gena Philibert-Ortega. There will be 20 lectures in four sessions from which to choose. There is a wide range of subjects that will be of interest to anyone who is researching their family roots. Seating is guaranteed if pre-registered on their website, There is a fee to attend the lectures. Parking is free in the large library lot.

Those just beginning their quest for their family’s history will have the opportunity to learn from professionals in free classes also held throughout the day. Free sign-ups are on the organization’s website,

There are two title sponsors for the event, Findmypast and FamilySearch. Both will have company representatives available to discuss their products. There will also be additional exhibitors in attendance and the exhibit hall is open to the public.

OCCGS manages the 20,000 volume Genealogy collection at the Huntington Beach Central Library. The public is invited to visit the collection and have a guided tour.

There will be a Book Faire for people who want to add to their personal genealogical library. Prices for the books and other genealogical materials at the Book Faire are at bargain basement prices. The Book Faire is free and open to the public.

The Huntington Beach Central Library is located at 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92648. Doors open at 8:00 AM and the first session starts at 9:15 AM. See the OCCGS website,, and click on the BASH button for full details and registration information.

Contact Information:
Hal Horrocks
Phone: 714-296-6114

Houstory, Heirloom Registry Garner Praise from Antique Trader Magazine

The Heirloom Registry™, a new service offered by Houstory®, has been featured in the latest issue of Antique Trader magazine. The online registry allows users to safely preserve and share the stories behind family heirlooms, antiques and collectibles.

Ferndale, Wash. (PRWEB) January 23, 2013

The Heirloom Registry has been featured in the most recent issue of Antique Trader Magazine.

In the article, Houstory founder Mike Hiestand answers questions presented by the well-respected and popular antiques and collectibles publication.

“We are so honored and excited to be featured in the magazine,” said Dan Hiestand, Houstory marketing director. “This is a big moment for our growing company. We feel we have a lot to offer to the antiques and collectibles market.”

Antique Trader editor Antoinette Rahn said The Heirloom Registry is a valuable tool for antique collectors, antique dealers and family historians when utilized.

"A great many collectors are drawn to an item for the memories and experiences that surround it; it's what helps define its character,” said Rahn. “Whether it's grandma's silver flatware, dad's fishing lure collection, or the dresser a couple finds at a little antique shop on their honeymoon, every piece carries a piece of someone's life with it. The Heirloom Registry affords people the opportunity to preserve, reflect and celebrate that nostalgia today and for years to come. It solidifies the nostalgia and its importance in a person's life."

Being profiled by Antique Trader has another plus for founder Mike Hiestand.

“My wife’s legendary cheesecake recipe came from Antique Trader. She clipped it back in the 1980s when her folks were regular subscribers. I’ve told my in-laws about all the ‘new media’ stuff we do (blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube), but it makes little sense to them. Now that we’re in Antique Trader, we’re finally real!”

About Antique Trader Magazine

Antique Trader, a magazine published 26 times per year in Iola, Wis., has served the antiques and collectibles community since 1957. Antique Trader magazine has a weekly circulation of more than 50,000 readers and more than 3,000 unique daily visitors to its website and serves up more than 1 million page views every year. Its blog has been rated one of the most widely read on antiques and collectibles.

About Houstory®: The Stories of Home

The things we care about have stories — whether they are houses, cherished belongings or family heirlooms. But if you are not telling – and just as importantly sharing – these stories, who will? Houstory® has developed two products — The Heirloom Registry™ and the Home History Book™ archival journal — that help genealogists and family historians protect and easily share these priceless stories. Leave a gift for future generations by adding texture and color to your family tree now.

About The Heirloom Registry™

When you record the history of a family heirloom, antique or collectible in The Heirloom Registry, its story travels with it. Wherever it goes. Always. In just 10-15 minutes, family stories and provenances can be safely preserved. It’s inexpensive and simple: Mark/label your item with a high-quality Heirloom Registry sticker, brass or aluminum plate, and share your items' stories in words and pictures at Once registered, those stories will be available to future owners, no matter where the item goes.

2013 Minnesota Genealogical Society North Star Conference Call for Papers

For Immediate Release
January 22, 2013

2013 Minnesota Genealogical Society North Star Conference Call for Papers

Deadline for Submissions is March 1, 2013

January 22, 2013—South St. Paul, MN. The Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) announces a Call for Papers for breakout sessions of the 6th annual MGS North Star Conference, “Discovering and Telling Family History,” to be held October 4–5, 2013 in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, March 1, 2013.

The conference will feature keynote presentations by Steve Luxenberg, author of Annie’s Ghosts, as well as 12–16 one-hour breakout sessions. Because MGS can offer only a modest honorarium,this call will be most attractive to genealogists in the Upper Midwest, but MGS welcomes proposals from any genealogists who would like to join us in the Twin Cities in October.

The program theme is “Discovering and Telling Family History.” The program committee will give strong consideration to presentations related to genealogical writing and publishing (both in print and online). The Committee also encourages proposals for educational presentations on:
  • Genealogy records and genealogical sources
  • Libraries and archives
  • Genealogical research on the Internet
  • Publishing options (print-on-demand, online, offset printing)
  • Software for managing genealogy research
  • Software for managing genealogy research
  • Technology for creating, capturing, and managing images
  • Genealogy research methods (including application of DNA and case studies that illustrate successful problem-solving)
Audience: The North Star Genealogy Conference is a small conference with high standards for program content. Expected attendance is approximately 125–175. The audience includes beginning, intermediate and advanced genealogists.

Format: Standard sessions are approximately 50–60 minutes. Illustrated talks are preferred. Proposals for two-hour, workshop-type sessions will be considered for inclusion in the program.

Compensation: MGS offers a $50 per session speaker honorarium, plus free conference
registration and lunch on Friday and Saturday. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the speaker. Consideration may be made for special travel circumstances.

Handouts: MGS will provide handouts to registrants in digital format (.pdf). Handout material, limited to four pages per talk, is required for each lecture presentation. Handouts should be submitted in .pdf format . Speakers who do not submit handouts by 15 August 2013 will be replaced on the program.

Technology: Speakers must provide their own laptop computer. MGS will make overhead
projectors and digital projectors available as needed; speakers are encouraged to provide their own projector when possible.

Key dates for presenters:

1 March 2013: Lecture proposals due
15 April 2013: Notification of acceptance of proposals
15 August 2013: Handouts due to MGS
4–5 October 2013: Conference

Submission Requirements:

Submit proposals by 1 March 2013 on MGS’ .pdf speaker proposal form, available at

Use a separate form for each lecture submitted, and fill it out in Adobe Reader (downloadable here) for best results. After filling out the form, save it with your name and lecture title and send it to the address below.

Submit proposals to:
MGS Education Committee
c/o Tom K. Rice

The Call for Papers is viewable in digital format at

About the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS)

The Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) was organized in 1969 to help Minnesotans and people with Minnesota connections research and discover their family history. MGS collects and publishes genealogical, biographical, and historical material, offers educational classes and conferences to support interest in family history, and promotes family history and genealogy as a rewarding hobby and area of lifelong learning. adds 21 million new Irish Birth, Death & Marriage records just added 21 million new Irish Birth, Death and Marriage records (1800s – 1950s) to its already extensive collection of historical records.

“The addition of 21 million new birth, marriage and death records to our website means we will now have more than 60 million Irish records on our website, including census and parish records,” said Vicki Dawson, General Manager of “There has never been a better time for people to explore and discover the details of the lives of their Irish ancestors.”

Births, deaths and marriages are central events in peoples’ lives and people researching their family history can use these to develop their family tree. carries the most detailed and thorough collection of Irish records ever seen in one place – providing a fascinating insight into Ireland’s history and making Irish family research easier and more accessible than ever before.

Findmypast is a proud partner of The Gathering Ireland, a year-long celebration in 2013 of Ireland and all things Irish.

The Ireland birth, death and marriage collection is also available across all international findmypast sites as part of a World subscription

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New Show to Feature Tips on New England Research

MILLIS, M.A. (January 21, 2013) – Professional genealogist and house historian, Marian Pierre-Louis has developed a new genealogy show in audio (podcast) format called On-Site Research New England. Shows will be broadcast bi-weekly through the On-site Research New England website ( and will made available through iTunes.

On-site Research New England is a podcast created to help all people do historical research in New England. Researchers might be genealogists, house historians, curators, collectors searching for the provenance of antiques, photo historians, authors and screen writers doing background research, freelance writers and many others.

Each podcast will contain an interview recorded on location at a New England archive, library, repository or society. The staff will provide overviews and tips for researching at their facility. To conduct successful on-site research is to “Know before you go!”

The first episode, now available online, features genealogist Rhonda McClure speaking about the Microtext Department at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. The second episode will feature the historical and genealogical resources of the Boston Public Library.

Tips will also be provided for researchers who can’t get on-site themselves by providing a list of staff or consulting researchers who can be their on-site eyes and ears.

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. She is the host of the internet radio show Fieldstone Common which broadcasts live every Thursday.

Virtual Book Tour Brings Genealogy Books to Readers

Blog Book Tour Comes to A Computer Near You:
A New Way to Learn More About Genealogy Books and Authors

Family Curator Blog Book Tour for How to Archive Family Keepsakes by Denise Levenick
On Tour from January 10-26th, 2013

The Virtual Book Tour brings new books and authors directly to the reader, and with the Blog Book Tour for Denise Levenick’s new book How to Archive Family Keepsakes genealogists and family historians are browsing the pages of this new book via the internet during the 16-day tour of popular blogs and websites January 10 – 26, 2013.

Blog book tours are popular trends in the general e-publishing world but had limited exposure in the family history community until Gena Philibert-Ortega introduced her book From the Family Kitchen to genealogists in a virtual book tour in August, 2012. Enthusiastic response to Levenick’s blog book tour shows that the virtual tour continues to be a welcome new event.

After a successful launch January 10 at the author’s family history blog The Family Curator, the tour stopped at eight more websites. Each day, content and reviews gave readers a chance to sample Levenick’s new book and learn more about organizing and preserving family keepsakes and genealogy papers.

Free handouts, book excerpts, exclusive articles, reviews, and author interviews are among the different kinds of content posted in the opening week. Participating blogs included: Geneabloggers; Genealogy Gems Podcast Blog; Moultrie Creek Gazette;, 4 Your Family Story; Olive Tree Genealogy;, The Armchair Genealogist; Shades of the Departed; and Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories.

January 20-25 the Blog Book Tour continues with visits to six more genealogy blogs for new articles, interviews, and reviews -- Practical Archivist; The In-Depth Genealogist, Food. Family. Ephemera; DearMYRTLE; AnceStories; and The Houstory Hearth.

How to Archive Family Keepsakes offers practical guidance for family historians:

  • Helping a parent or loved one downsize to a smaller home
  • Needing a simple, effective filing system for genealogy research
  • Interested in scanning and making digital copies of genealogy records
  • Looking for a way to preserve your family history and heirlooms for future generations

Proceeds from the sale of How to Archive Family Keepsakes during the Book Tour will help fund the 2013 Student Genealogy Grant founded in 2010 to assist young genealogists further their genealogical education.

For more information, visit the Blog Book Tour Page at The Family Curator website:

How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia & Genealogy Records

Author: Denise May Levenick

Publisher: Family Tree Books, 2012

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Announces National Conference for 2013

NASHVILLE – The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that its 34th annual conference is to be held in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 10-13, 2013.

With the theme “150 Sounds of Freedom,” this year’s conference explores all aspects of freedom, including, but not limited to, such topics as literacy, death, the Emancipation Proclamation, religion, art, sports and music.

The annual AAHGS Conference is the premier opportunity to explore standard and innovative methods, resources, and findings related to the expansive history of African-Americans and the African Diaspora. Scholars and others are encouraged to submit proposals in accordance with the 2013 conference Call for Papers, also available at

This year for the first time in AAHGS history, college students and journalists are especially encouraged to participate.

“It is too thrilling for the people who write the first drafts of history to have prominent roles in this historical examination of black freedom,” said Pamela E. Foster, co-founder and secretary of the AAHGS Nashville chapter and a key organizer of the 2013 conference.

“We also for the first time are encouraging college students to embrace family history and be a part of the conference that celebrates the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.”

AAHGS Nashville is hosting a meeting for members and others who want to be involved with the conference at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Nashville Room of the Main branch downtown of the Nashville Public Library. All who are interested in the history of the African Diaspora are invited to attend.

Founded in 1977, AAHGS is a 501 c(3) not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D. C. Via its 30 chapters nationwide, AAHGS promotes scholarly research, provides resources for historical and genealogical studies, assists members in documenting their histories, and creates a network of people with similar interests.

AAHGS Nashville was chartered in 2005 by founding members Dr. Carol Creswell-Betsch, Margarette Robinson Foster Chesser, Dolores Porter Foster, Pamela E. Foster, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Jewel Ann Dillihunt McCallister, Michelangelo McCallister, Sr., Gloria Haugabook McKissack, Lena Brown Prince, Jessie Carney Smith, and H. Henryne D. White.

For more information, please contact AAHGS Nashville chapter president Chajuan Fitzgerald at 1-866-202-6423 or

Call for Proposals for the Fairfax Genealogical Society 2013-14 Programs

(Fairfax, Virginia)—The Fairfax Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting speaker proposals for its 2013-14 programs. Proposals are being sought for monthly general meetings September 2013 through May 2014, monthly education classes September 2013 through April 2014, a one-day fair to be held 26 October 2013, and a two-day conference to be held 28-29 March 2014. All events are held in Fairfax County, which is in northern Virginia, just west of Washington, D.C.

The Society is always looking for new and exciting topics that span the range of genealogy and family history research. Topics may include any facet of genealogical research. Subjects should draw on the lecturer’s areas of expertise, yet be broad enough to appeal to a general audience. Specific proposal requirements and a detailed description of the opportunities may be found at:

The deadline for submitting a proposal for any of these events is 1 March 2013.

The Fairfax Genealogical Society was founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1974 to provide educational opportunities to the genealogical community; to promote cooperation and support among genealogists; to encourage sound genealogical methods, standards of accuracy, and scholarly research; and to aid those doing research in the national capital area. The Society has over 500 members, who meet for lectures, educational programs, workshops and field trips. The Society also hosts two annual conferences. Additional information on the Society can be found on the Society’s web site (

The Federation of Genealogical Societies Forms the Society of Preservation Patriots

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the creation of a new society to promote the preservation of records in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA): The Society of Preservation Patriots. This new group recognizes donors who have contributed $250 or more to the Stern-NARA Gift Fund or the current Preserve the Pensions initiative, a project to digitally capture the 7.2 million images from the 180,000 pensions of those who served in the War of 1812.

Recognition for members will include a new pin designed especially for the society. The pins will be mailed directly to contributors. The names of members of the society will also be listed on the FGS website.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies has posthumously named Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern as the first member of the newly formed Society of Preservation Patriots for his vision and leadership. As chair of the Genealogical Coordinating Committee, he established the NARA Gift Fund, later named the Stern-NARA Gift Fund after his death in his honor. It was Rabbi Stern’s efforts that led to collecting money to then microfilm and distribute copies of high value records for genealogists to the regional National Archives Branches records that were held at NARA in Washington, DC. Long known for his tireless efforts, he challenged member societies of FGS to ask each of their members to contribute $1 per year toward the fund, a request that still stands today.

Over the years, through the generous donations of the genealogical community, numerous records have been microfilmed and made available to genealogists. A few examples are:
  • M1359: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston, Texas, 1896-1948
  • M1878: Records of the Sultana Disaster, April 27, 1865
  • M2019: Records Relating to War of 1812 Prisoners of War
  • M2014: Burial Registers for Posts, Camps and Stations, 1768-1921
  • M2025: Registers of Applications for the Release of Impressed Seaman, 1793-1802
  • M1846: Record Cards of Carriers Separated from the Postal Service, 1863-1899
FGS invites you to become a member of the Society of Preservation Patriots by contributing your gift of $250 or more to the Stern-NARA Gift Fund or the Preserve the Pensions project. Visit or for more information.

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

The In-Depth Genealogist Announces Changes for 2013

New Leadership Structure and Digital Format Included

January 12, 2013: The team at The In-Depth Genealogist is excited for a year of growth and new ventures in 2013. After an incredible first year of operation, we will begin the New Year in style.

As of 11 Jan 2013, The In-Depth Genealogist website will have a new, updated look. We are also happy to announce a series of new contributors and columns:
  • Andrea Johnson Becker, Twisted Roots
  • Dr. James Ryan, Irish Research
  • Shannon Combs Bennett, The Society Pages (and tech reviews!)
  • Gena Philibert Ortega, “Remembering the Ladies: Researching Your Female Ancestors”
  • Julie Goucher, “Across the Pond” Research in the United Kingdom
Additionally, Jen Baldwin, a regular contributor and blogger, will be stepping into the role of Director of Operations. Terri O’Connell will hold the role of Executive Director, and Stephanie Pitcher Fishman will continue as the Creative Director.

Beginning in February, the digital magazine will be launched, providing easier reading formats for all of our user’s, whether on a standard computer, eReader, tablet, or smart phone.
For more information or for interviews, please contact Jen Baldwin.

WikiTree Announces Free GEDCOM Comparisons

January 8, 2013: WikiTree is proud to announce its new GEDMatches tool, open to all genealogists. This tool enables anyone with a GEDCOM to compare their family tree with the worldwide family tree being grown by the WikiTree community.

GEDMatches does an automatic search for each individual in a GEDCOM (up to 5,000 individuals). Each one is compared with the names and dates of the 4.3 million people in the shared tree. Suggested matches are presented in a convenient, sortable table.

The genealogist can compare each suggested match side-by-side with the person in their GEDCOM. If it appears to be a match they can post a comment on the WikiTree profile or send a private message to the profile manager.

To use GEDMatches, a genealogist simply has to register as a temporary guest member and then upload their file. The report will be ready within about 10 minutes. There is no commitment to participate on WikiTree or contribute any data to the project.

There is no catch. Temporary guest memberships and GEDMatches reports are automatically deleted unless the member volunteers to be a contributing Wiki Genealogist and signs the Wiki Genealogist Honor Code. If they do become a full member and want to import their GEDCOM, GEDMatches enables them to do it without creating duplicates on the shared tree.

GEDMatches, along with every other feature and function on WikiTree, is completely free.

About WikiTree: Growing since 2008, is a 100% free shared family tree website that balances privacy and collaboration. Community members privately collaborate with close family members on modern family history and publicly collaborate with other genealogists on deep ancestry. Since all the private and public profiles are connected on the same system this process is helping to grow a single, worldwide family tree that will eventually connect us all and thereby make it free and easy for anyone to discover their roots. See

The Family History Writing Challenge Motivates Members to Write Their Stories

The Family History Writing Challenge returns for the third year of motivating family historians dedicating daily time for writing their family history stories.

Family historians wishing to take up the torch of writing their stories are encouraged to put down the microfilm and pick up the pen for the month of February, and start writing their family history stories.
Upon signing up for The Family History Writing Challenge, participating members are invited to declare a goal in the form of a word count and to commit to completing that word count during the 28 days in February. In exchange for the commitment, Lynn Palermo (The Armchair Genealogist) host of the month long challenge will send out daily newsletters that include motivational messages, writing lessons, along with instructional guest posts by leading genealogists, published authors and editors.

Lynn Palermo states, “by committing to a daily word count my hope is for all participants to make substantial headway in their family history writing goals and to create long lasting writing habits that will carry them forward throughout 2013.”

Lynn encourages members to sign up early to take advantage of the January newsletters that will help participants organize themselves to begin writing on February 1st. A forum for the event is available to participants who want to exchange ideas, struggles and successes in a more intimate atmosphere.

Special guest authors include certified genealogist, author and writing instructor Sharon DeBartolo Carmack from and author, speaker, genealogist and writing instructor Lisa Alzo from The Accidental Genealogist. Guest posts also include writer, educator, historian Biff Barnes Editor at Stories to Tell Books, author and writing coach Tami Koeing from Your Story Coach and Mariann S. Regan, author of the family memoir Into The Briar and Patch and blog. Lynn Palermo suggests participants should watch for future developments in coming weeks, as this list was not complete at press time.

Family historians who wish to participate in the challenge can sign up or learn more about the challenge at The Family History Writing Challenge website. The event will run from February 1st-February 28th.

Saving Memories Forever Launches Free Genealogy App for Android Devices

Now iPhones and Android Devices Can Be Used To Easily Record and Share Family History Through Audio Recordings

Springfield, IL -- January 15, 2013 -- Saving Memories ForeverTM (SMF), has just launched its new Android app. The application expands upon the previously introduced iPhone app, making interviewing and preserving family stories through audio recordings even easier. The technology helps families build meaningful story archives they can share and manage through the SMF website, Both apps are free.

Since the launch of the SMF smartphone based system in 2012, Saving Memories Forever has received many positive comments and reviews from parents and genealogists.

“Ever since they announced the iPhone app, I’ve been waiting for the Android version. I’m thrilled this technology is available because now I can grab my Android, snap a few photos, and then use my downloaded Saving Memories Forever app to capture my girls as they talk. While these are captured moments, we’ll all enjoy listening to them again and again. Our relatives love it when I share these,” said Sara, mother of two.

Stephanie Pitcher Fishman from The In-Depth Genealogist comments the family-based company is a pioneer in saving family stories. “Their unique – and easy to use – free iPhone and Android apps help people young and old record their stories for others. Their free and premium memberships have applications for genealogists and family historians, homeschooling families, parents, family reunions and more. Use their categorized questions (story prompts, really!) to help guide you through the adventures of your life.”

Lisa A. Alzo, at Internet Genealogy, said SMF is a great way to preserve a relative’s recordings in one secure location. “One of the biggest problems I had in the past was trying to remember where I stored all of my audio files from those interviews I did. With SMF, I can save my favorite clips or those I find most relevant to my genealogy research and share them with the addition of an e-mail address to family members. It is really nice to be able to have the ‘voices from the past’ organized so nicely in one place, especially since so many of the people I’ve interviewed have now passed away — including my parents.”

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.

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.


Saving Memories ForeverTM provides a new online system to not only create and preserve family memories, but also build legacies through audio recordings. Each subscriber has a dedicated area on the site to upload and manage their recordings. 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. A new zipfile feature gives users the option of backing-up their stories at home. A how-to-video provides step-by-step instructions. For additional information visit

Family History Daily Wants Your Stories!

Family History Daily, an online magazine and community blog launching in late January, is looking for writers interested in sharing their work. The new site will be a place where family historians can come together to share ideas, discover resources, news and tips, read stories from fellow genealogists and find inspiration and support.

Family History Daily is looking for regular bloggers who would like to write on a weekly or monthly basis as well as individuals or organizations who would like to submit a single or occasional article. All topics related to genealogy are welcome.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • location or surname specific research information
  • tips and how-to for conducting, compiling and presenting research
  • information about helpful resources
  • genealogy news and product reviews
  • personal stories of genealogical discovery
  • fun bits of information from your family's history: photos, recipes, inspiring events or people
  • unsolved research questions or brick walls you would like to share
  • opinion and commentary, including humor
  • expert information and guidance
  • unique and underrepresented family history topics and subtopics

Family History Daily cannot offer monetary compensation to writers but all contributors will be encouraged to share information about, and link back to, their current blogs, projects or organizations to increase awareness of their work.

To find out more about becoming a writer with Family History Daily please send your ideas to

To find out when the site launches please send an email to, follow Family History Daily on facebook or visit the website at

Ancestry Day in Independence

Join and the Midwest Genealogy Center [MGC] for an informative workshop on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Adams Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs, Missouri. Ancestry Day will feature sessions taught by staff members Lou Szuchs and Anne “Ancestry Anne” Mitchell. The day will end with a panel discussion made up of and MGC staff members on various research resources to help find your family story. The advanced registration price of this exciting event is $30.

Additional free classes will be held at the Midwest Genealogy Center on Thursday, March 14, Friday, March 15, and Sunday, March 17. Ancestry Day attendees are also invited to attend a special free reception at MGC on Friday evening, March 15, 2013, from 6-7:30 p.m. to network and meet the Ancestry Day speakers.

To find out more information and see the list of classes, go to

Organize your family history heirlooms and research in 2013

Family Curator Blog Book Tour for How to Archive Family Keepsakes by Denise Levenick – On Tour from January 10-26th, 2013.

How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia & Genealogy Records will be featured in a new Blog Book Tour January 10-26, 2013. With top reviews from leading genealogy bloggers and 5-Star Ratings on, this new resource by Denise Levenick, The Family Curator, will help you organize and preserve your family history heirlooms and research in 2013.

Visit 14 popular genealogy blogs and websites featuring Denise and How to Archive Family Keepsakes for book excerpts, interviews, special guest posts, free downloads, and giveaways. View the schedule at the Blog Book Tour Page (

  • Helping a parent or loved one downsize to a smaller home
  • Needing a simple, effective filing system for genealogy research
  • Interested in scanning and making digital copies of genealogy records
  • Looking for a way to preserve your family history and heirlooms for future generations
Proceeds from the sale of How to Archive Family Keepsakes during the Book Tour will help fund the 2013 Student Genealogy Grant founded in 2010 in honor of Denise’s mother, Suzanne Winsor Freeman.

About the Author

Denise Levenick lives in Southern California and inherited her love of family history along with a trunk filled with family treasures from her maternal grandmother. She is now the caretaker of several family collections and has adapted professional archival techniques to organize and preserve family keepsakes for a home situation. She is a frequent contributor to Family Tree Magazine and speaks to genealogy societies and service groups about preserving family treasures. Denise created The Family Curator blog in 2007 where she continues to write about her own family history research and preserving family keepsakes.

Join the Blog Book Tour for How to Archive Family Keepsakes January 10-26 for author interviews, book excerpts, giveaways, and more. Visit the Blog Book Tour Page at The Family Curator website for the complete schedule 

BCG’s New Blog: SpringBoard: News and Notes

The 49-year-old Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), the group that wrote the book on genealogical standards, recently joined the blogosphere with its blog, SpringBoard: News and Notes, accessed from

According to BCG president Elissa Scalise Powell, CGSM, CGLSM, of Pennsylvania, the blog will communicate news about BCG and events it sponsors or participates in. Early posts introduced officers Powell; vice-president Michal Ramage, J.D., CG, of Pennsylvania; secretary Dawne Slater-Putt, CG, of Indiana; treasurer Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, of Illinois; and member-at-large Stefani Evans, CG, of Nevada; and gave notice of a fee change effective January 1. Another post announced new audio clips from three Board-certified genealogists describing why they chose to seek certification.

Future posts will come from BCG officers, trustees, and committee members and will include
  • names and profiles of new certificants (whose portfolios of work have been judged to meet the standards set out in the BCG Genealogical Standards Manual),
  • news of conferences and events where BCG will have a presence through exhibit booths, lectures, certification seminars, and social events, and
  • information, advice, and explanation on genealogy standards, the certification procedures, and other items of interest.
In addition a current-events calendar lists where BCG will have a presence. Anyone may subscribe to email notifications of new posts from the site as well.

Using blog software through its website allows BCG to communicate more frequently than its triannual newsletter, OnBoard, to which anyone may subscribe for a yearly fee. The organization also has a presence on Facebook (currently open to the public) and LinkedIn® (for associates).

Said Powell, “We enjoy being able to offer timely news and notes to help advance the mission we began in 1964–defining, supporting, explaining, and advocating high standards in genealogy.”

FYI: BCG is an independent certifying body recognized nationally and internationally. It is not affiliated with, or part of, any group. More information is available at
Certified Genealogist, Certified Genealogical Lecturer, CG and CGL are proprietary service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) used by the Board to identify its program of genealogical competency and evaluation and used under license by the Board’s associates. The Board’s name is registered with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Webinar to Give Crash Course in Maryland Genealogy


From Baltimore to Annapolis, find your Old Line State ancestors in this Family Tree University presentation

From the Potomac River to the Mason-Dixon Line, this state played a key role in the early development of the US. Now you can dig into your own Maryland roots in Family Tree University's upcoming webinar Maryland Genealogy Crash Course on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7pm Eastern/4pm Pacific.

Presenter Michael Hait will cover key tips for finding your East Coast family. To whet your appetite, here are some interesting facts about Maryland genealogy:
  • In colonial Maryland, after 1695, the births, deaths and marriages of all citizens—regardless of religious denomination—were required to be recorded in the Protestant Episcopal parish registers.
  • Maryland land tracts are patented with names that follow those tracts throughout their histories. Many deeds, wills and tax records refer to lands by name only, and do not provide specific metes and bounds descriptions.
  • Births and deaths began to be recorded in Baltimore city in 1875—almost 25 years prior to the 1898 start of statewide vital registration.
  • The Maryland State Archives has digitized many original records and indexes, available at no cost on their website.
Plus: This webinar comes with two free downloads—a copy of our Maryland Research Guide and our Baltimore Genealogy Guide.

Can't make the live presentation? No worries! Every registrant receives a copy of the recording to watch as many times as you wish, along with a PDF of the slides and handouts for reference.

See for more details about this and other Family Tree University webinars.

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 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.

Let’s Connect. Mocavo experts join FHISO Founding Members

Boulder, CO and Gilbert, AZ — January 7, 2013 — Mocavo, Inc. and Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that Mocavo has finalized its plans to become a founding member of the organization. As part of this process, Mocavo has designated Ryan Hunter as its key organizational member representative. Ryan 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.

“We are delighted to join forces with FHISO and the other Founding Members,” said Ryan Hunter, chief operating officer for Mocavo, Inc. “Technology standards provide the framework for cooperation amongst genealogists and genealogy technology providers. With this framework we can all benefit from being able to go deeper in our family histories and make new discoveries more easily. We look forward to contributing to FHISO’s important work.”

“Genealogists want to connect. Mocavo’s business is about innovative approaches to connecting genealogists with each other and with the information that fuels their passions. We welcome Mocavo and Ryan Hunter to FHISO. Together, we invite others to join the movement. Let’s connect!” said Robert Burkhead, acting FHISO Chairman.

With the help of its community members, Mocavo is working to bring all of the world’s genealogical information online for free putting everyone’s family history within reach. Led by industry veteran, Cliff Shaw, Mocavo has created a genealogy search engine built to help genealogists break through their brick walls and publish their own content like ancestor photos and old records. Wrapped up in an experience that encourages sharing with other family members, Mocavo is a modern resource. In addition to free products and services, the company has launched Mocavo Plus—a paid subscription that unlocks advanced search options and helps to automate research with connections from around the web. To learn more about Movaco or register, explore their services or take advantage of the Mocavo Plus trial, visit the company website,

FHISO is a standards-developing organization bringing the international family history and genealogical community together in a transparent, self-governing forum for the purpose of developing information standards to solve today’s interoperability issues. To learn more about FHISO or become an “enquiring member,” visit

Please join us in welcoming Mocavo and Ryan Hunter to FHISO!

Top 100 Genealogy Websites for 2013

What is Hot and What is Not in Genealogy?

GenealogyInTime Magazine has just released the annual review and ranking of the top 100 genealogy websites from around the world. Many old favorites made the list, as well as some interesting new genealogy websites. As well, there were some rising genealogy stars that made significant traffic gains this year.

The annual review also provides some interesting insight into emerging trends in the field of genealogy. Find out what is hot and what is not. Discover all this and more in the article Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2013 by GenealogyInTime Magazine.

About GenealogyInTime Magazine

GenealogyInTime Magazine is the most popular online genealogy magazine and one of the largest free genealogy websites in the world. Everything is free, including powerful genealogy search engines, a popular genealogy toolbar, listings of the latest ancestral records, in-depth articles and several other helpful tools and resources.

“Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013" Conference Announced

January 4, 2013

The International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) and the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) announce an innovative, important one-day DNA conference, “Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013,” to be held June 6, 2013, in conjunction with the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.

The featured speaker is Dr. Spencer Wells of the National Geographic Genographic Project, who will review the Genographic Project. Other speakers presenting state-of-the-art uses of DNA in the search for ancestors include The Genetic Genealogist Blaine Bettinger, JD; Tim Janzen, MD; The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell, JD, CG; Your Genetic Genealogist CeCe Moore; DNA Testing Adviser Richard Hill, MBA; and Katherine Hope Borges, the director of ISOGG. Additional speakers will be announced soon. Also participating in the day-long seminar will be representatives from the major commercial DNA organizations – FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe, and AncestryDNA.

Separate tracks will be targeted for beginners and advanced genetic genealogists. One-on-one consultations will be available during the final hour of the day. Help is available to interpret results and to use the various testing organization websites and resources. This personal assistance will help even the most inexperienced family historians apply genetic genealogy as another tool in their research toolbox.

What makes this event so special? “This is the very first genetic genealogy conference that is independently produced by societies such as ISOGG and SCGS,” explained CeCe Moore, the conference co-chair. “I have dreamed of an ISOGG-sponsored genetic genealogy conference for a long time, and I am thrilled to be working in cooperation with the SCGS Jamboree on this inaugural event. Holding the conference in conjunction with the Genealogy Jamboree helps us reach many family historians who would otherwise not be able to attend.”

“We are so excited about breaking new ground in genetic genealogy gatherings,” said SCGS president Alice Fairhurst, who also leads the society’s DNA interest group and has been actively applying DNA in her own genealogy research. “As more family historians have DNA tests, genetic genealogy is becoming more valuable in the search for ancestors and living relatives.”

Online registration for “Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013” opens on Friday, January 4, 2013.  The conference will be held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA. Early-bird discounted registration is $175 for SCGS members and $195 for nonmembers. Prices increases after 30 April 2013.

The Southern California Genealogy Jamboree will be held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank on June 7-8, 2013. It is produced by the Southern California Genealogical Society, 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504, phone 818-843-7247.

Further information can be found at and

Contact Paula Hinkel at

Casa Italia Chicago Creates Genealogy Department

Chicago, Illinois – January 4, 2013: Jennifer Holik of Generations collaborates with staff at Casa Italia Chicago to create a new genealogy department. The mission of the Genealogy Department is to collect, catalogue and preserve vital records, documents, published materials, artifacts, and stories pertaining to the family history of Italian Americans in Chicago.

This department’s dedicated and energetic team works in conjunction with the Roselli Library goal of building the most comprehensive archive of Chicago Italian Americana in the Midwest. Scholars, students, authors, and family historians can utilize these materials to research a number of fields including sociology, religious studies, demography, and immigration. Currently, our resources include archives, newspaper articles, religious histories, oral history transcripts, ancestral town information, videos of past genealogy programs, Fra Noi articles and newspapers, the Communes of Italy publications, and many other genealogical references.

The department will present programs throughout the year for adults and children. A monthly genealogy group will form offering research assistance and programs presented by local genealogical speakers.

Casa Italia Chicago is a non-profit organization in Stone Park, Illinois, where people meet to pursue common goals, preserve our past, celebrate our heritage and ensure passage of values to future generations. Casa Italia offers a children’s summer camp, Italian language classes, and cultural programs throughout the year.

For more information, follow us on FaceBook, Twitter, our blog, or contact Genealogy Department Manager, Jennifer Holik.

Three Genealogy Professionals Unite to Present #GENCHAT; Genealogy Twitter Chats

Corn & Cotton Genealogy, Finding Our Ancestors and Ancestral Journeys Will Start Regular Twitter Chats in January, 2013

If you are interested in learning about resources, skills, methodology and techniques to further your family history research, the help you need may have just arrived. Three genealogy professionals: Stephanie Pitcher Fishman, owner of Corn & Cotton Genealogy; Terri O’Connell, owner of Finding Our Ancestors; and Jen Baldwin, owner of Ancestral Journeys; are reaching across state lines using the power of Twitter to answer your questions and create an environment of collaboration. Beginning January 25, 2013, they will combine their efforts to bring you #genchat, a Twitter Chat focusing on genealogy related topics, skills and questions. The chat will be hosted every two weeks, beginning at 9:00pm CST, and lasting for one hour. The chats will be oriented towards hobbyist genealogists and family historians; all interested are welcome to participate.

Between them, they bring 43 years of genealogy research experience to the Twitter platform. Individually, they each run a professional genealogy business and their areas of expertise range from the Midwestern United States, to integrating family history into home education, and the Rocky Mountain corridor. Each are also involved in various genealogy related projects, such as the digi-mag, The In-Depth Genealogist, and the upkeep of Conference Keeper, a site dedicated to compiling world-wide resources on educational opportunities for family historian’s.
A detailed schedule of the planned chats for 2013 can be found on the Conference Keeper website.

To contact the hosts directly, or to schedule an interview, please e-mail or tweet them at:

Jen Baldwin
Ancestral Journeys

Stephanie Pitcher Fishman
Corn & Cotton Genealogy

Terri O’Connell
Finding Our Ancestors