Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fordham Launches Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans


New York, N.Y., Feb. 1, 2013—Fordham University has launched a website to engage public support in creating a database to document burial grounds of enslaved African Americans.

“This website is our liaison to members of the public who share our desire to bring dignity to the enslaved by identifying and documenting their burial grounds,” said Sandra Arnold, a Fordham employee and student, and the founding director of the project.

“We hope to receive support from descendants, property owners, churches and local community organizations to properly memorialize these forgotten people. Most enslaved African Americans are buried in unmarked or abandoned graves and are increasingly in danger of desecration and forever being lost,” she said.

A senior secretary at Fordham University by day and adult undergraduate student at night, Arnold got the idea for the database when she stumbled upon her own ancestor's burial site some years ago.

Arnold visited the site for the first time in 2003, paying homage to the graves of her great-grandfather, B. Harmon, a former slave, and his wife, Ethel. Arnold credits her 99-year-old great-aunt, E. Frye (Harmon’s daughter), for igniting her curiosity to find and visit the site.

“She talked about the cemetery all the time like it was a precious jewel. I just wanted to see it, and then I wanted to see where he was buried. So I went out there, and it was just breathtaking,” she said. “It’s an island in a cotton field, at the end of a field road.”

Arnold began to conduct independent research by collecting data on slave burial grounds throughout the United States. She soon elicited the participation from administrations of four presidential estates: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. All contained valuable information on slave cemeteries within their grounds.

“The potential of this project is immeasurable,” Arnold said. “Not only can it properly memorialize the enslaved, it can also facilitate a mutual and respectful dialogue about a subject that is still very sensitive to many.”

WHAT:
  • The mission of the Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans is to identify and document burial sites of enslaved African Americans.
  • Upon completion, it will be the first database of its kind to document these grounds on a national level.
  • Researchers will document as many as the public will assist in identifying.
  • The ultimate goal of the Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans is to produce an unprecedented national burial registry as a publicly accessible genealogical tool and scholarly aid.
  • There are slave burial sites with graves that are cared for by family and community members and are clearly marked by headstones. Those will be documented as well.
WHO:

“The launch of the Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans is significant at this historical moment not only because it is the year of the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, it is also a moment of some urgency as the locations of these spaces may soon disappear in the oral histories of descendants and local communities. The launch is a call to the public to assist the Project in uncovering and documenting these important historic monuments.”
- Irma Watkins-Owens, Director and Fordham professor of African and African American Studies

"The pervasive cemeteries of the enslaved are the indelible, though often buried, mark of humanity on a historic landscape of willful dehumanization. These represent the contestation of humanity from which the distinctive wealth and culture of the Americas are significantly derived. The Burial Database of Enslaved African Americans takes sides in that ongoing history."
-Michael L. Blakey, National Endowment for the Humanities, Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Institute for Historical Biology, College of William and Mary.

"I have been studying historic, African-American cemeteries for over a decade. Our understanding of 19th-century communities, religious beliefs, and family structure is not complete without a thorough study of these historic sites. The Burial Database Project represents a significant step forward in our efforts to locate and document these sacred sites so that they will be preserved for current and future generations to visit and study. Given the generations of enslaved families, I think most people will be surprised at how many historic slave cemeteries exist.”
-Lynn Rainville, Founding Director, Tusculum Institute, Research professor in the Humanities, Sweet Briar College

"The Burial Database Project is of huge significance for both the memorialization and the study of the enslaved populations of the Americas. Drawing on the most recently developed techniques of the digital humanities, including crowd-sourcing, it will result in the establishment and maintenance of a National Burial Ground Registry of Enslaved African-Americans that will become a major source for re-creating and understanding the lived experience of slavery in our country’s past."
-David Eltis, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of History; Co-Editor, Transatlantic Slave Trade Database; Emory University

“Too often Americans have chosen to forget our shared history of slavery, finding it too painful to dwell on or too distant from our lived experiences. Nowhere is this more evident in the neglect given to the burial grounds of enslaved African Americans. In identifying these sites, the Burial Database Project will not only provide important information to historians but will honor the memory of those who labored in bondage.”Thomas Thurston, Education Director, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University

WHY:

As you’ll see in this USA Today story from 2012, this database is sorely is needed. Similarly, this CNN story from February 2011, refers to the “invisible dead.” And this November 2011 story from NewsOne.com shows how these burial sites are sometimes simply stumbled upon.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,100 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College, University of London, in the United Kingdom.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

National Institute for Genealogical Studies Announces New Course: Creating Genealogy Programs for Adults & the Younger Generation.


For Immediate Release
February 27, 2013


The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is proud to announce its newest course,  Creating Genealogy Programs for Adults & the Younger Generation. This  course was written by genealogist Jennifer Holik, author of numerous books about developing genealogy programs for children,  societies, and libraries. The first course start date is Monday, March 4, 2013 and will be offered every three months. 

Engaging adults in genealogy has typically been a concern of genealogical societies rather than libraries. Today however, many libraries are creating adult genealogy groups and programs. Attendance for these programs is easier to obtain than perhaps a youth program in genealogy. But, these libraries are also looking for ways to engage the youth in genealogy. The problem lies in how to capture their interest and create a program that will convey the basics of research in a way that is both meaningful and engaging.

This course provides an example of creating an adult genealogy program first, as a way to lay the foundation for a youth program. It follows with examples of youth programs for those in grades one through twelve. The examples are laid out into one hour, one and a half-hour, half-day, and full-day workshops and cover the basics of research while also incorporating social and local history. The final result is a rich and useful youth genealogy program. Requirements and suggestions on assisting youth who are earning Scout badges follows and finally, you will take the youth workshop beyond the classroom. Suggestions for continuing your own genealogical education, create and provide additional resources for your organization, and connect with others.

About this course, instructor Jennifer Holik remarked, “This course is important because we should be reaching out to the next generation and passing down our history, stories, research skills, and love of genealogy so these things won't be lost. Through the many examples presented, students will be walked through creating various programs which will make it easier for them to get started.”

Creating Genealogy Programs for Adults & the Younger Generation would make an excellent choice as an elective to our librarianship certificate program” says National Institute for Genealogical Studies Director, Louise St Denis. Not just limited to librarians, this course is also suitable for genealogy society leaders, archivists, professional genealogists, or teachers.

You can learn more about this course at our website

If you have any questions about this course or the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, call us at 1-800-580-0165 or email us at admin@genealogicalstudies.com.

About The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

The National Institute, leaders in online genealogy education, has been offering genealogy and history courses for over 14 years. We now offer over 200 courses in genealogical studies to help enhance researcher’s skills.

For those looking to acquire more formal educational training, The National Institute offers Certificate Programs in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and the United States, as well as a General Methodology and a Librarianship Certificate Program.

For more information please call us toll-free in North America at
1-800-580-0165 or email us at admin@genealogicalstudies.com.

For more information:
Louise St Denis
1-800-580-0165 (North American)
416-861-0165
039 018 5544 ( Australia and New Zealand)
020 3239 3835 (United Kingdom)
Skype: louisestd


Spencer Wells, PhD and Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., PhD to Speak at DNA Conference in Burbank, CA


It’s rare that a new type of event is introduced to the genealogical community. The Southern California Genealogical Society and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy are proud to announce such an event.

 “Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013” is a one-day conference designed to fully explore the application of genetic genealogy in researching family history. It will be held Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, Burbank, California. Registrations are open now and an early-bird registration discount is in place through April 30.

“We are so excited that this new conference will break new ground in genetic genealogy gatherings,” said SCGS president Alice Fairhurst, who helped to found the society’s DNA interest group and has been actively applying DNA in her own genealogy research.

“Family History and DNA” differs from other DNA events in several ways.  First, speakers are among the most highly respected and knowledgeable professionals in the DNA and genetic genealogy universe.

The opening session will be conducted by Spencer Wells, PhD, an Explorer-in-Residence with the National Geographic Society. He leads The Genographic Project, which is collecting and analyzing hundreds of thousands of DNA samples from people around the world. Dr. Wells’ presentation is “The Genographic Project and the Rise of Citizen Science.” Genetics has revolutionized our understanding of human history. Advances in genetic technology have allowed ever deeper insights into the human story. Now whole-genome sequences and large-scale arrays of genetic markers are providing a richer view of our shared past, revealing details that remained hidden using other genetic tools. Since 2005, the Genographic Project has used the latest genetic technology to expand our knowledge of the human story, and its pioneering use of DNA testing to engage and involve the public in the research effort has helped to create a new breed of "citizen scientist." Geno 2.0 expands the scope for citizen science, harnessing the power of the crowd to discover new details of human population history.  
 
The luncheon speaker will be Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., PhD, director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Dr. Gates is an American literary critic, educator, scholar, writer and film maker. His programs for PBS, including Finding Your Roots, African American Lives, Faces of America and Oprah’s Roots, explored family histories of a number of individuals through the use of DNA.

Other speakers include Judy G. Russell, JD, CG; Richard Hill; Emily D. Aulicino; Katherine Hope Borges; CeCe Moore; Tim Janzen, MD; Blaine Bettinger, JD; and Debbie Parker Wayne, CG.

We are grateful for the enthusiastic support show by all our speakers, especially Dr. Well and Dr. Gates, through their participation in this conference.  

Second, “Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013” is produced by independent groups, not for-profit DNA organizations. The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) have joined forces to offer this inaugural DNA event. While it is independent of financial support by any of the commercial DNA companies, the event will provide equal access to Family Tree DNA, 23andMe, and AncestryDNA. 

 CeCe Moore, speaker, conference co-chair and Southern California Regional Coordinator for ISOGG explained, “I've dreamed of a genetic genealogy conference sponsored by ISOGG for a long time, and I am thrilled to be working in cooperation with SCGS 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.”  

Finally, the event’s three session tracks are organized by the level of experience using genetic genealogy, and not based on the attendee’s knowledge of family history. Sessions include beginner basics, use of DNA in finding adoptee families, famous DNA, autosomal DNA, mitochondrial DNA, analyzing results and other topics. The final hour of the day will be a resource hour, with small-group discussions and supplier assistance.

Complete information about “Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013” and the Southern California Genealogical Society’s 44th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree can be found on the Jamboree website, http://www.genealogyjamboree.com.

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The Southern California Genealogical Society is located in Burbank, California. It sponsors the annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, which will be held June 7 through 9, 2013, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank, Burbank, California. The pre-event is the inaugural “Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013” conference.

DIY Del Ray, GeneaBloggers and DearMYRTLE Genealogy Blog to Sponsor Houstory’s Heirloom Registry Scavenger Hunt


Houstory’s® Heirloom Registry™ Scavenger Hunt – March 4-10 – welcomes three more sponsor blogs to the mix. The weeklong event will include three separate hunts, 12 blogs, and more than $500 in giveaways of genealogy and family history merchandise.

Ferndale, Wash. (PRWEB) February 27, 2013

Houstory’s Heirloom Registry Scavenger Hunt, running from March 4-10, announces the addition of three more sponsor blogs: DIY Del Ray, GeneaBloggers and DearMYRTLE Genealogy Blog.

The weeklong event will include 12 blogs, three separate hunts, and four prize packages (valued at more than $500 total) geared toward family history and genealogy fans.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome these three, popular and influential blogs to the scavenger hunt,” said Dan Hiestand, Houstory marketing director. “They each have distinct, unique messages, as well as wide and loyal followings. Most importantly, they all believe in the power of family history and legacy – cornerstones of what we are trying to do.”

Pat Richley-Erickson, author of the DearMYRTLE Genealogy Blog, said she appreciates the mission of The Heirloom Registry.

"Be it a flour sifter, slide rule, quilt or grandfather clock, preserve the story of your precious heirlooms with HeirloomRegistry.com,” said Richley-Erickson. “It's easy to order the registry stickers, then snap pics and upload to this innovative site. I won't always be around to tell the history of our family pieces. My 8-year-old grandson can search by the registry number and read about his second great grandmother's red ceramic pitcher just like that!"

Katie Briscoe, one of the founders of DIY Del Ray, said she is “thrilled” to participate in the hunt, and to take time to remember her own family’s history.

“It's such a treasure to have family heirlooms in our home,” Briscoe said. “I love this opportunity to celebrate and remember those who came before us."

Thomas MacEntee, founder of GeneaBloggers, said the hunt is a good fit for family historians.
“Isn’t genealogy just one big scavenger hunt?” MacEntee said. “So if you enjoy ‘the hunt’ like I do, take a break from your family history research and try your hand at this fun online activity. Who knows? You could win something that will help take your genealogy to the next level!”

About GeneaBloggers

GeneaBloggers is a free online community of genealogists and family historians committed to augmenting their passion by blogging about their research and family stories. Since January 2009, GeneaBloggers has grown to include over 3,000 genealogy and family history blogs of every topic and type – from Acadian Genealogy to Writing Family Stories. GeneaBloggers organizes a variety of online activities which are free and open to anyone with a genealogy or family history-related blog. Visit http://geneabloggers.com/ for more information.

About DIY Del Ray

DIY Del Ray celebrates the art of small-space living and the creative spirit. We talk about interior design, unique storage solutions, living with kids, home improvement and craft projects, entertaining, and all the charming features of Del Ray, a neighborhood in Alexandria, VA. On our site you’ll also find Del Ray home tours, field trips to local salvage yards and artist studios, incredible before and after room transformations, green and eco-friendly living tips, step-by-step food and drink recipes, ways to repurpose old materials and lots of fun ways to enjoy your home. For more information, visit: http://diydelray.com/.

About DearMYRTLE

DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson, author of the award-winning DearMYRTLE Genealogy Blog, consistently among the top five family history blogs internationally, where her focus is on beginning genealogy topics. A speaker at regional and national conferences including several live videocasts at RootsTech2011 and 2012, Myrt is co-founder of the Genea-Quilters group on Facebook, and founder of http://www.GeneaWebinars.com, a centralized calendar and blog for all known genealogy webinar hosts and virtual presenters. Myrt is also an active member of the Second Life (SL) Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and coordinator of SL's Just Genealogy including the Inferential Genealogy Study Group. Online since 1985 in membership development with Q-Link's Your Family Tree and later on the leadership team of AOL's Golden Gate Genealogy Forum, Pat is a retired post-secondary computer instructor. She and her husband maintain homes in Alexandria, Virginia and Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, visit http://www.DearMYRTLE.com.

About The Heirloom Registry

The Heirloom Registry is a new service from Houstory. Record a family heirloom’s history in The Heirloom Registry, and its story travels with it. Always. Inexpensive, simple: Tag heirlooms with Registry IDs, and share stories in words and pictures at http://www.heirloomregistry.com. Registered stories are permanently accessible to future owners.

Antique Trader, Family Tree Magazine Sponsor Houstory’s Heirloom Registry Scavenger Hunt with Prize Giveaways


The Heirloom Registry™— created by Houstory®—is hosting an online scavenger hunt March 4-10, featuring a dozen popular genealogy and antique blogs, as well as more than $500 in prizes. The latest giveaways include donations from Antique Trader magazine and Family Tree Magazine.

Ferndale, Wash. (PRWEB) February 27, 2013

The Heirloom Registry Scavenger Hunt, running from March 4-10, will feature more than $500 in prizes. The latest announced giveaways include two popular antique guides from Antique Trader, and a compact disc packed with 2012 issues of Family Tree Magazine.

Antique Trader magazine has contributed two of their most popular publications – the “Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2013” and the “Warman's Antiques & Collectibles 2014” – while Family Tree Magazine will be offering up their “Family Tree Magazine 2012 Annual CD.”

“These are great prizes – and resources – for anyone interested in family heirlooms, antiques or family history,” said Dan Hiestand, Houstory marketing director. “They are two leaders in their respective industries, and we are proud to partner with them both on the scavenger hunt.”

The mission of The Heirloom Registry is an important one for family historians and genealogists said Diane Haddad, managing editor with Family Tree Magazine.

“One of our goals at Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University is to help people care for their family heirlooms and share the stories behind them with loved ones,” Haddad said. “We hope being part of the Heirloom Registry Scavenger Hunt will inspire family historians to preserve information about those treasured objects.”

Antoinette Rahn, Antique Trader editor, said her magazine is excited to be involved with the hunt.
"We are thrilled to be participating in this special event,” Rahn said. “What's not to love about a grown-up scavenger hunt focused on celebrating, researching and preserving heirlooms and antiques? It's an honor for us to be one of the ‘stops’ in this adventure, which includes so many companies we admire for their devotion to helping people learn from and commemorate the history of their own lives."

About Antique Trader

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 Web site – which houses a free archive of more than 7,500 articles about antiques and collectibles – and serves up more than 1 million page views every year. The publication also has active Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest platforms reaching nearly 22,000 fans and followers, and its blog has been rated one of the most widely read on antiques and collectibles. For more information, visit http://www.antiquetrader.com/

About Family Tree Magazine

Family Tree Magazine is part of the Genealogy Community at F+W Media, Inc. , which also encompasses Family Tree University online courses and webinars, genealogy books and the http://www.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.

About The Heirloom Registry

The Heirloom Registry is a new service from Houstory. Record a family heirloom’s history in The Heirloom Registry, and its story travels with it. Always. Inexpensive, simple: Tag heirlooms with Registry IDs, and share stories in words and pictures at heirloomregistry.com. Registered stories are permanently accessible to future owners.

Maureen Taylor and Verissima Productions Launch Fundraising Campaign for Historical Documentary Featuring Historic Photos of the Revolutionary War Generation


A Kickstarter campaign, running from Feb. 27 to April 10, will raise monies for production of a ground-breaking historical documentary that will bring the Revolutionary War generation to life through rare, historic photos.

February 27, 2013 - (PRWEB) Boston -- The acclaimed creators of a new, historical documentary – showcasing stories behind rare, historic photos from the Revolutionary War generation – have launched a fundraising campaign.

The film, a one-hour PBS-quality production titled “Revolutionary Voices: A Last Muster Film” (www.lastmusterfilm.com), will introduce authenticated photos of members of the American Revolutionary War generation. There are over 200 photographic portraits that have been discovered and compiled by internationally recognized photo identification expert Maureen Taylor over the past decade and profiled in her Last Muster books Images of the Revolution and Faces of the Revolution.

The Kickstarter funding campaign, with a $27,500 goal, is co-sponsored by Taylor and award-winning documentary film company Verissima Productions. The campaign will run from Feb. 27 through April 10, and finance the initial shooting phase of the film’s $225,000 production and distribution budget.

The film will also examine Taylor’s journey of discovery while following the trail of these stories.

“About 10 years ago, I was presented with an old photograph. Suddenly, the era of George Washington, Phyllis Wheatley, and John Adams came to life as I realized the subject of the photo had been a young adult during the American Revolution” Taylor said. “While it may seem surprising, many members of that generation survived into the age of photography, making it possible to look directly into the faces of the individuals who lived that history. By searching through databases, museum holdings and private collections, I have uncovered and authenticated over 200 photographs of men, women and children of the Revolutionary era.”

Shooting is scheduled to begin in April, and the film is slated for completion in December 2013.
“It’s perfect for students, teachers or anyone interested in a fresh look at this part of our history,” say the filmmakers. “Our film will create an experience that will reveal the daily struggles, personal dilemmas and passionately held beliefs of the members of this first American generation.”

About "Revolutionary Voices”

“Revolutionary Voices” will explore a variety of stories, including those of a soldier whose discharge papers were signed by George Washington; a Quaker family torn between their pacifist views and the fight for revolutionary ideals; and John Quincy Adams, who was a child during the war and who grew up to become the sixth President of the United States. It will also examine the history of the first commercially successful photographic process, the daguerreotype, and accompany Maureen Taylor on her journeys as a “photo detective,” searching for images and records, locating places where subjects lived, and interviewing descendants to create a correspondence between past and present.

To contribute to the Kickstarter campaign go to: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lastmusterfilm/revolutionary-voices-a-last-muster-film

About Maureen Taylor

Maureen Taylor, “The Photo Detective,” is a genealogist, author, and speaker. Taylor is an internationally recognized photo identification and family history expert, and the author of a number of books and magazine articles. She has been featured in the New York Times, Hallmark Television, The View, Better Homes & Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, MSNBC, PBS Ancestors, and more. She is also the author of The Last Muster series. The Wall Street Journal named Maureen “the nation’s foremost historical photo detective.” (www.maureentaylor.com)

About Verissima Productions Incorporated

Rob Cooper and Pam Pacelli Cooper are award-winning filmmakers based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Their films have been broadcast nationally and internationally. They include “Citizens, not Subjects” a history of political corruption in Memphis Tennessee, “Zamir: Jewish Voices return to Poland” which follows a choral group on a tour of Holocaust sites where their European predecessors perished, and “Samuel Bak: The Art of Speaking the Unspeakable”, which has been adopted by Facing History and Ourselves as a core part of their national curriculum.

Verissima also makes legacy video biographies and family business histories for private clients and works with non-profit organizations to make their stories available to audiences now…and in the future. (www.verissima.com)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

New England Genealogist, Family Heirloom Preservation Expert Donate Prizes to Houstory Online Scavenger Hunt


Houstory®, maker of The Heirloom Registry™, is hosting an online scavenger hunt March 4-10 that features approximately $500 in prizes. Included among the giveaways are CD copies of a Legacy Family Tree webinar conducted by genealogy expert Marian Pierre-Louis, and a digital copy of family heirloom preservation expert Denise Levenick’s new book, “How to Archive Family Keepsakes.”

Ferndale, Wash. (PRWEB) February 26, 2013 - Houstory’s Heirloom Registry Scavenger Hunt (March 4-10) will feature approximately $500 in prizes useful to genealogists and family heirloom enthusiasts.
The latest prize donations include contributions from two highly respected voices in the family history community: Genealogy expert Marian Pierre-Louis, and family heirloom preservation expert Denise Levenick.

Pierre-Louis has provided CD copies of a Legacy Family Tree webinar entitled, “Plan Your Way to Research Success,” while Levenick – also known as The Family Curator – has given a digital copy of her new book, “How to Archive Family Keepsakes.”

“We are thrilled to have both Denise and Marian on board for the hunt,” said Dan Hiestand, Houstory marketing director. “Simply put, they both know their stuff, and are very well thought of in the genealogy and family history world. We’re proud to partner with them.”

Houstory has worked closely with Pierre-Louis for several months as the sponsor of her Northeast history podcast Fieldstone Common.

"I am passionate about helping people explore their personal history and that of their house or local town," said Pierre-Louis. "The Heirloom Registry is committed to preserving the stories behind those histories. Partnering with Houstory on the scavenger hunt was a fun way to get genealogists and historians involved in recording family and house history in a hands-on way."

Additionally, Houstory partnered with Levenick late last year via a promotion with Family Tree Magazine. Levenick said The Heirloom Registry is a valuable tool for anyone interested in preserving family history.
"The Heirloom Registry takes documenting family keepsakes into the 21st century with its simple and inexpensive method for recording heirloom histories,” said Levenick. “It's a perfect fit for the mission of The Family Curator blog – ‘Preserving and Sharing Our Family Treasures’ -- and I am delighted to help share this great program with readers of my blog through the Heirloom Registry Scavenger Hunt."

About Denise May Levenick

Denise May Levenick is the creator of award-winning Family Curator genealogy blog where she has written about her own family archive experiences since 2007. Denise inherited her first family archive from her grandmother – a trunk filled with photos, letters, documents, and lots of “miscellaneous stuff” and is now the caretaker of several family collections. She has adapted professional archival techniques to the family archive situation and shares her experiences in her new book, “How to Archive Family Keepsakes.” She is a frequent contributor to Family Tree Magazine and presents online webinars and conference seminars on a variety of archival subjects.

About Marian Pierre-Louis

Marian Pierre-Louis is a house historian and speaker who specializes in southern New England research (Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts). Born and raised in Connecticut, she has lived in Massachusetts for almost 20 years. Unlike most genealogists, Marian is spoiled to spend most of her time working with original records. You will most often find her researching at a town hall, registry of deeds, probate court or the local cemetery. In addition to authoring several blogs, Marian is the host of the weekly radio program, Fieldstone Common, which focuses on the history and genealogy of the Northeast. She also hosts the on-demand program (podcast) On-site Research New England.

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 https://www.heirloomregistry.com. Once registered, those stories will be available to future owners, no matter where the item goes.

Ohio Genealogical Society Issues Call for Papers for the 2014 Annual OGS Conference


January 15, 2013—Bellville, OH: The Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) announces a request for lecture proposals for the OGS 2014 Annual Conference, “Genealogical Expedition,” to be held April 30-May 4, 2014, at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio.

Among the topics being considered are lectures on the history, records, repositories, and ethnic (African American, German, Irish, Polish, etc.) and religious groups of Ohio, including migrations into, within, and out of the area. Other topics of interest include the origins of early Ohio settlers; land and military records; technology, including DNA, mobile devices, and apps; methodology, analysis, and problem solving in genealogical research.

As the conference theme implies, the program committee is specifically seeking new and dynamic proposals, offering a “hands-on” approach, to provide a unique and adventuresome experience for conference attendees. Interested speakers are strongly encouraged to submit multiple proposals for either one-hour general sessions, or two-hour in-depth sessions. There is no limit to the number of proposals a speaker may submit. The deadline for submission of lecture proposals is June 30, 2013.

Submit proposals in PDF, Microsoft Word, or RTF format. Each proposal should include:

  • Speaker’s name, address, telephone, and e-mail address
  • Lecture title, not to exceed 10 words, and a brief, but comprehensive outline
  • Lecture summary, not to exceed twenty-five words to be used in the conference booklet
  • Identification of the audience level: beginner, intermediate, advanced, or all
  • Speaker biography, not to exceed twenty-five words
  • Resume of prior speaking experience

Submit each proposal via e-mail to 2014program@ogs.org no later than June 30, 2013. Speakers are encouraged to use an electronic presentation program and provide their own digital projector. Live Internet connections will be provided.

Compensation

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

Sponsors

Societies and businesses are encouraged to submit proposals for sponsored talks. The sponsoring organization will cover its speaker’s costs to present the lecture. Sponsored speakers will abide by all speaker deadlines and syllabus requirements and will receive complimentary OGS conference registration and electronic syllabus materials. The deadline to submit sponsored lectures is also June 30, 2013.

Additional information

Camera-ready syllabus material, due February 15, 2014, is required for each general or in-depth session presentation and will be included in the syllabus distributed to all conference registrants.

Invitations to speak will be issued by July 31, 2013. Syllabus format guidelines will be sent to speakers at that time. The deadline for acceptance and submission of signed speaker contracts is August 31, 2013.

About the Ohio Genealogical Society

The Ohio Genealogical Society, founded in 1959, is the premier Ohio family heritage resource and the largest state genealogical society in the United States. Its mission is to meet the educational needs of its members and the general public through the acquisition, preservation, and dissemination of genealogical and historical information.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Houstory to Host Online Scavenger Hunt for Genealogy, Family History Fans


The Heirloom Registry™—a new product from Houstory®—is sponsoring an online scavenger hunt March 4-8, featuring a dozen popular family history, genealogy and antique blogs, as well as approximately $500 in prizes. Giveaways include the popular Flip-Pal® mobile scanner, as well as research services provided by professional genealogist Caroline Pointer.

Ferndale, Wash. (PRWEB) February 21, 2013- Approximately $500 in prizes will be awarded to four different winners during The Heirloom Registry online scavenger hunt, March 4-8.

Highlighting the prize giveaways are the Flip-Pal mobile scanner and a Research Plan Package provided by professional genealogist Caroline Pointer, founder of 4YourFamilyStory.com.

“The weeklong scavenger hunt will encourage readers to visit genealogy, family history, antique and family heirloom-related blogs they may have never seen before, and to try out The Heirloom Registry,” said Dan Hiestand, Houstory marketing director.

Contestants will be required to visit each of the various partner blogs to obtain a special code. The code can be entered into The Heirloom Registry and will pull up a record that contains one of the “Words of the Day.” Every contestant that correctly contacts Houstory with the “Words of the Day” by the scheduled deadline will be entered to win the daily prize and be eligible for the grand prize drawing at the end of the contest.

More information on the contest can be found at The Houstory Hearth blog.

“We are excited to have so many great prizes donated by companies and individuals who share our belief in the power and importance of preserving family stories,” Hiestand said.

The Flip-Pal mobile scanner is a battery powered, compact, lightweight and durable scanner that stores scans on an SD card.

“The Flip-Pal produces high quality, high-resolution images and is extremely easy to use,” said Hiestand. “There’s a reason it’s so popular with family historians and genealogists—scanning is as simple as pushing a button.”

Diane Miller, Genealogy Account Manager for Flip-Pal mobile scanner, said the scavenger hunt is a great match for her company.

"We at Flip-Pal mobile scanner are enthusiastic about giving people greater opportunities to easily capture and share their memories,” Miller said. “Sponsoring The Heirloom Registry Scavenger Hunt is a great pairing—not only to easily capture your memories—but then saving your scans in a safe place for future generations to use."

Pointer’s Research Plan Package assists family historians in assessing research and research problems; developing a research plan; providing an actual research plan; and detailing next steps by providing suggestions on how and where to start.

“Caroline is a force in the family history and genealogy communities, and a highly respected researcher,” Hiestand said. “We are honored that she will play a big role in the hunt.”

Pointer said it was a natural fit.

“When Houstory asked me to participate in his Scavenger Hunt, of course I said yes,” said Pointer. “What genealogist doesn't love a scavenger hunt? It's what we do, except I'm doing the hiding this time.”

About the Flip-Pal® mobile scanner

The Flip-Pal mobile scanner redefines photo and document scanning. With its patented flip-and-scan technology, the scanner is placed on an object, keeping it safely in place, rather than having to remove it from an album or frame. The Flip-Pal® mark is a registered mark of Couragent, Inc. The Couragent™ mark is a trademark of Couragent, Inc. Couragent provides patented solutions that solve everyday problems and are designed to be simple to operate so many can use them, and have a combination of benefits not available elsewhere. For more information, visit http://flip-pal.com.

About Caroline Pointer

Caroline Pointer is a genealogist, a family historian, a writer, and a blog author. She has been blogging stories about her ancestors since 2009 on Family Stories. Additionally, she has been having epic results combining family history, genealogy, technology, research services, tutorials, and videos on her blog 4YourFamilyStory.com. When she is not blogging about dead people, coaching others on how to use technology to find dead people, or researching other people’s dead people, Caroline can usually be found in an antique store searching for letters, post cards, photos, books, etc. once owned by people who are now dead.

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 https://www.heirloomregistry.com. Once registered, those stories will be available to future owners, no matter where the item goes.

Records for historic East London cemetery added to Deceased Online website


All 420,000 records for the large and historic Manor Park Cemetery and Crematorium in East London have been digitized and will all be available on www.deceasedonline.com by early March 2013. The unique Deceased Online web portal now features over 3 million London burial and cremation records and millions more for the rest of the UK.

The records for Manor Park comprise approximately 380,000 burial records and 40,000 cremation records featuring:
  • Digital scans of registers
  • Computerised records for later post-1996 burials and cremations
  • Interment details indicating all those buried in each grave
  • Maps providing the section in the cemetery where each burial is located
  • Some photographs of memorials

Manor Park opened in 1875 and features many interesting burials and memorials that are
a real insight into the late 19th and 20th century East London.

The 43-acre Manor Park Cemetery and Crematorium is located near Forest Gate in the London Borough of Newham (records for which are also on Deceased Online). It is privately owned and has been managed by the same family since its foundation on1875. Indeed, the grave of Mr. William Nesbitt, the very first interment that took place on 25th March 1875, can still be found on the right hand side of Remembrance Road.

  • John Travers Cornwell VC (1900-1916), who died from his wounds at the age of 16 and is believed to be the 3rd youngest recipient of the Victoria Cros, losing his life in the Battle of Jutland in 1916.
  • Annie Chapman (1841–1888), the second victim of Jack the Ripper was buried here in September 1888.
  • There is a royal connection with the large memorial to Mary Orchard (1830-1906), a much loved nanny to the children of Princess Alice.
  • Elizabeth Ann Everest (d 1895) was nanny to Winston Churchill
  • Derek Bailey (1930-2005), one of the UK’s best known avant-garde guitarists who played with many well-known artists and had an extensive recording career.
  • There is a memorial to the 10 year old little hero John Clinton (d 1894) who perished whilst trying to save a drowning friends
  • William Thomas Ecclestone (1863-1915) was, at the time of his death, reckoned to be at 38 stones the 2nd heaviest man in the world. He’s affectionately known on his memorial as ‘Jolly Jumbo’.
  • There are approximately 100 war graves

Deceased Online is the only website portal dedicated to providing detailed statutory burial and cremation records. Launched four years ago, its database is growing rapidly and features local authority, private cemeteries and crematoria (such as Manor Park) and data supplied by ‘Friends’ groups and family history societies. Data on the Deceased Online website covers many areas from Aberdeen down to South Devon.

Manor Park director, Brian Cook, said of the digitization and web project: “We’re delighted to have all our records digitized which will enable both the local community and anyone connected with the internet globally to access them easily. It also means that we can protect and preserve all our old records and easily access them ourselves online and digitally.”

Deceased Online’s Head of Marketing Richard Gray commented: “With its size, location and history, Manor Park is an important database to have available online to millions of users. Deceased Online now has over 3 million unique burial records for London available at the touch of a mouse representing nearly 10 million data items and in East London, we have an excellent and growing range of data”.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Find your family villains with new online records


Findmypast.com.au to publish 2.5 million British criminal records for the first time ever

Sydney, Thursday 21 February, 2013: Leading family history site, findmypast.com.au, has announced it will be publishing Britain’s biggest collection of historical criminal records, allowing Australians to uncover any villains lurking in their family trees.

Over 2.5 million records spanning 1770-1934 from The National Archives of the United Kingdom will be easily searchable and provide a wide variety of colour, detail and fascinating social history, chronicling the fate of criminals ranging from fraudsters, counterfeiters, thieves and murderers and their victims.

They contain mugshots, court documents, appeal letters, examples of early Edwardian ‘ASBOs’- where habitual drunks were banned from pubs and entertainment venues - and registers from the prison ‘hulk’ ships, which were used when mainland prisons were overcrowded. One such hulk, the ‘Dolphin’, housed 6,000 prisoners between 1829 and 1835.

There are details of Victorian serial killers including Amelia Dyer, who, between 1880 and 1896, is believed to have murdered 400 babies by strangling them with ribbon and dumping them in the Thames. She was hanged at Newgate Prison in 1896 aged 57.

Another particularly gruesome murderer who appears in the Crime, Prisons and Punishment records is Catherine Webster, who killed widow Julia Martha Thomas, 55. She pushed her down the stairs, then strangled her, chopped up her body and boiled it. Julia’s head was found in David Attenborough’s garden in 2010.

Vicki Dawson, General Manager, findmypast.com.au said: “We have been eagerly anticipating making these records public. It will be an incredible resource for Australians with British heritage links to locate any criminal history in their family tree.

“The records include entire registers containing mugshots of habitual drunks that feature incredible descriptions of criminals’ appearances, demeanour and identifying marks.

“There are also a number of newspaper articles that are available on findmypast.com.au which provide unparalleled detail and show how the crimes were reported when they were committed. This supplements the new criminal records and makes searching through as enjoyable as it is easy, whether you are researching your own family history or are interested in social history.

“These records span several government series and show the evolution of the criminal justice system in the nineteenth century, which shaped Australia’s own judicial system.

“They record the intimate details of hundreds of thousands of people, beginning with judges’ recommendations for or against pardons, to petitions through which criminals and their families could offer mitigating circumstances and grounds for mercy, and later, licences containing everything from previous convictions to the state of a prisoner’s health.

“As well as the Georgian highway robber, the Victorian murderer and the Edwardian thief, the courts often dealt with the rural poacher, the unemployed petty food thief or the early trade unionist or Chartist. The records are a fascinating source for family, local and social historians.”

The information in the records comes from a variety of British Government departments including the Home Office, Prison Commission, Metropolitan Police, Central Criminal Court and the Admiralty. The records from 1817-1931 will be published first followed by the period 1770-1934 in the coming months.

These criminal records are also available to search across all international findmypast sites:

www.findmypast.ie
www.findmypast.co.uk
www.findmypast.com

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

2013 Irish Heritage Research Trip


October 2013 - Genealogy Research Trip to Dublin, Ireland

Sarasota, FL — Donna Moughty, a professional genealogist and specialist in Irish research, will again be taking a group of researchers to Ireland from October 13-20, 2013. The repositories scheduled on this trip include the National Library of Ireland, National Archives, General Register Office, Valuation Office and Registry of Deeds. Dublin based professionals, Helen Kelly, Paul Gorry, and Eileen O’Duill will assist participants at various locations.

The trip includes 7 nights accommodations (including breakfast) at Buswell’s Hotel, two hours of pre-trip consultation, orientation and assistance at the research facilities, a historical walking tour of Dublin, two dinners and admission to the Back To Our Past Conference.

A limited number of spaces are available. For further information visit www.moughty.com.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Official Genealogy Bloggers sought for 2013 NGS Conference


ARLINGTON, VA, 18 February 2013: The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the opening of the Official Blogger registration for the 2013 Family History Conference, 8-11 May, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

NGS welcomes bloggers’ participation at its conference and also wants to welcome them as members of the press to the NGS conference. In recognition of the important media role they play in the field of genealogy, NGS invites bloggers to register at its website to request “Official Blogger – NGS 2013 Family History Conference” designation and use of the NGS logo.

NGS recognizes that the genealogical community is gifted with a large number of engaged and talented bloggers who write regularly about the release of new records, upcoming events, research methods, tools, software choices, and other items of interest to the community. The designation of Official Blogger is a way for the National Genealogical Society to give recognition to the daily contributions these bloggers make to keep the field of genealogy current, particularly with news that is not covered in the mainstream media.

Official Bloggers will have a limited license to use an “Official Blogger – NGS 2013 Family History Conference” designation and logo. The NGS Conference blog will link to their blogs. Official bloggers will have access to the Media Center on the exhibit hall floor. For more information on the NGS Social Media Policy, see: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/social_media_policy.

If you write a blog or micro-blog, and would like to be recognized as an “Official Blogger of the NGS 2013 Family History Conference,” please navigate to http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/official_blogger to apply and let us know a little bit about you and your blog.

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, February 14, 2013

College and University Student Rates for the National Genealogical Society 2013 Family History Conference


College and University Student Rates for the National Genealogical Society 2013 Family History Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada, 8–11 May 2013
Building New Bridges

Arlington, VA, 13 February 2013: The National Genealogical Society announces that effective 13 February 2013 qualifying students may register for discounted rates for the NGS 2013 Family History Conference, Building New Bridges, which will be held 8–11 May 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Student rates for full conference registration with flash-drive syllabus will be $50 (member) and $60 (nonmember), with no price adjustments for late or single-day registrations.

NGS offers the special student price to encourage all interested and qualifying students to see how they might incorporate genealogical methods into their research and how they may, in turn, apply knowledge from their fields to genealogy. These special rates are nearly 75% off regular registration rates.

To qualify, students must submit a letter on college or university letterhead signed by the dean or department chair confirming the student’s current admittance, good standing, and full-time status in an undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking program at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. Students who are enrolled in diploma or certificate programs, continuing education programs, lifetime learning programs, or at institutions not regionally accredited do not qualify.

At conference check-in qualifying students must also present a current student identification and a current government-issued photo identification. The student ID must be consistent with the letter confirming student status. Qualifying students will have all rights and privileges of full conference registration.

Qualifying students interested in obtaining the student rate should scan the confirmation letter and e-mail it to the NGS conference registrar Courtney Holmes at cholmes@ngsgenealogy.org or fax it to her attention at 703-525-0052. Students may also bring all qualifying documents (the confirmation letter and both identifications) to the conference and register on-site at the LVH—Las Vegas Hotel & Casino for no additional fee.

Students who wish to purchase a print syllabus or meals or social events must pay full price for these items online before 22 April 2013 after consulting with Courtney. Students cannot obtain the special rate if they register directly through the conference website.

Students may view the searchable program at http://members.ngsgenealogy.org/Conferences/Program2013.cfm and the PDF brochure at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conference_info. The brochure offers information about sessions, tours, pre-conference events, on-site registration, and details for hotel registration at the LVH. The 2013 Student Registration Form can be downloaded from the NGS website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/galleries/new-gallery/2013_Student_Registration_Form.pdf.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Stories of torpedoes and cannibals - British Newspapers launch on findmypast.com.au


More than 6 million pages of fully-searchable articles spanning over 250 years
Huge variety of Australian and New Zealand news reported

13 Feb, 2013Findmypast.com.au, an international leader in online family history, today announced the addition of more than six million pages from British newspapers, including original images, to its extensive historical records collection. The British newspapers include local and regional titles from England, Scotland and Wales from 1700 to 1950 and encompass nearly 200 titles. The British newspapers are part of an exclusive partnership with the British Library to digitise 40 million pages over the next 10 years.

These fascinating newspapers contain a huge variety of stories about Australia and New Zealand. One article from The Star in 1891, explains the tragedy when four men died following the accidental discharge of a torpedo exploding in Sydney Harbour in 1891. This tragic case occurred when a fireworks show went horribly wrong on ‘show day’ in front of The Governor and Lady Jersey, a large party from Government House and the general public.

Another major story reported in numerous British newspapers in 1835 was the narrow escape of Mrs. Guard and her children from cannibals in New Zealand. The detailed stories tell of a harrowing escape when the family was captured, stripped and dragged to nearby huts. Having been interrupted, the party escape being eaten by natives and lived to tell their story.

“This British Newspaper collection is really significant for people researching their ancestors’ lives. They are also invaluable for those interested in how great events of the past were reported at the time,” said Vicki Dawson, General Manager of findmypast.com.au. “It’s fantastic to discover an image of an original article about an ancestor or to read a description of their life in an obituary. Now our subscribers have access to these valuable records from anywhere in a matter of seconds.”

The British newspapers are also available to search across all international findmypast sites:

www.findmypast.ie
www.findmypast.co.uk
www.findmypast.com

Monday, February 11, 2013

Early-Bird Deadline Approaching for Association of Professional Genealogists 2013 Professional Management Conference


WESTMINSTER, Colo., 11 February 2013−The early-bird deadline is approaching the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) 2013 Professional Management Conference (PMC), to be held 19-20 March in Salt Lake City. The deadline for registration discounts is Friday, 15 February.

The event will be held in Salt Lake City on the 19th and 20th of March, 2013, the two days prior to the RootsTech conference (http://www.rootstech.org).

This year’s theme is, “Building a Successful Business.” Speakers will be:

Workshop: Overcoming Research Barriers---An Interactive Case Study;
Variables in Professional Genealogists’ Approaches to Research;
Client Reports: Dos, Don’t, and Maybes
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Order in the Court: Hands-on with Court Records;
More Than the Begats: Using the Law to Spice up a Research Report
Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG

Launching an Effective Marketing Campaign
Thomas MacEntee

Video Marketing: Killer YouTube Strategies
Lisa Louise Cooke

The Best Educational Plan for You: The Workshop
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

Organization for Genealogy Speakers
Jean Wilcox Hibben, Ph.D., M.A., CG

APG will also hold at reception and roundtable from 6:30–8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 20 March, which is open to members and non-members.

Register Now for APG PMC 2013
Attendance at PMC is open to members and non-members. Attendees may choose to attend the full conference or a single day. Details on pricing and the conference sessions are available at http://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html.

About the Association of Professional Genealogists

The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,600 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter (www.twitter.com/apggenealogy) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/AssociationofProfessionalGenealogists).

Friday, February 8, 2013

MyHeritage announces great discounts on DNA products


MyHeritage has launched a special campaign offering deep discounts on DNA tests to mark the first anniversary of the availability of DNA tests on MyHeritage. These tests are offered in partnership with Family Tree DNA. This is part of a giant DNA sale organized by MyHeritage simultaneously across all its websites - MyHeritage.com, Geni.com and WorldVitalRecords.com.
  • The highlight is the autosomal DNA test, Family Finder, which is priced on MyHeritage now at $169 instead of $289 for a limited period. The Family Finder test is powerful in that it can find relatives for the person being tested, who are descendent from any shared ancestors, 5 generations back, and not just on the direct paternal or direct maternal lines. This low price has never been available before on MyHeritage or Family Tree DNA and is available for a limited period only.
  • MyHeritage is discounting also combo DNA tests that include the Family Finder. The most powerful combination available on the market, is called Comprehensive Genome and that is also discounted by a few hundred dollars as part of this special offer.
  • MyHeritage Premium and PremiumPlus subscribers enjoy discounts of 10% and 15% respectively on all the DNA tests (other than Family Finder) for a limited period.
  • New, unique offer: MyHeritage users can now purchase a PremiumPlus subscription which provides them unlimited storage and all extra features for their family tree, and get a Y-DNA12 test worth $99 for free, or a free mtDNA test (for females). Users can also purchase a MyHeritage Data subscription and receive the DNA test for free.
  • The discounted DNA tests are also available now for the first time ever on websites Geni.com and WorldVitalRecords.com, owned by MyHeritage. In those websites, subscribers enjoy a 10% discount on the DNA tests. Geni and WorldVitalRecords extend the partnership of MyHeritage and Family Tree DNA and bring it to the many millions of users on Geni and WorldVitalRecords.
 More details and links to place an order for a discounted DNA test can be found on the MyHeritage blog: http://blog.myheritage.com/2013/02/myheritage-dna/

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Library Leaders Announce New Digital Curation Residency Program

News from the Library of Congress

Press contact: Sheryl Cannady (202) 707-6456
Public contact: George Coulbourne (202) 707-7856

January 19, 2012
Library Leaders Announce New Digital Curation Residency Program

Library and information science (LIS) professionals specializing in digital collections will have an opportunity for a quality educational experience next year. The Library of Congress Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced today that they will collaborate to develop and implement a national residency program in digital curation, involving the collection, selection, management, and long-term preservation and accessibility of digital assets.

The primary goals of the IMLS/Library of Congress Residency Program in Digital Curation are to foster the creation of a cadre of experts in the field and encourage LIS schools to include more experiential learning as part of their standard curricula. "This initiative will define the core components of a digital curation experience in the field and set the stage for a national model in the industry," said George Coulbourne, OSI’s executive program officer.

The program is designed to enhance the LIS curricula by complementing classroom instruction with hands-on field experiences at leading institutions in the Washington, D.C. area. Keeping residencies geographically focused will allow the participants to benefit from both individual project-based learning and team interaction.

Those selected to take part in the program will be outstanding graduate-level students currently enrolled in nationally accredited LIS programs, as well as recent post-master’s graduates with an LIS concentration. Organizers plan to start taking applications this summer.

Leading practitioners and scholars will help design the program. The residency is expected to become a highly visible national model that will be openly and widely shared through the use of such tools as project manuals, online toolboxes, wikis, etc.

The Office of Strategic Initiatives’ mission is to support the Library of Congress’ vision and strategy by directing the overall digital strategic planning for the Library and the national program for long-term preservation of digital cultural assets, leading a collaborative institution-wide effort to develop consolidated digital future plans, and integrating the delivery of information technology services.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the institute, visitwww.imls.gov.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. It seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov.

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Saving Memories Forever Announces First Community Outreach: American Widows Project


Saving Memories Forever Announces First Community Outreach: American Widow Project

Saving Memories Forever proudly announces its first community effort. Starting February 11, 2013 Saving Memories Forever will sponsor a fundraising campaign on behalf of the American Widow Project. The fundraiser will run through the end of March 2013.

The American Widow Project (AWP) is a non-profit organization that provides military widows with peer-to-peer support as they rebuild their lives. AWP places an emphasis on healing through sharing stories, tears and laughter. They host a Hotline service and write a monthly newsletter. They also hold multiples events each year where widows come together to enjoy life the way they did when their spouse was still alive.

The program is available to all military wives whose spouses have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, an estimated 3,200 widows. The American Widow Project was created in 2007 by Taryn Davis whose husband was killed in Iraq. Taryn has received numerous awards. She was named a Top 10 CNN Hero Honoree in 2011. She has also been honored as one of Newsweek Magazine’s “150 Women Who Shake the World”, Diller-Von Furstenburg Foundation’s “People’s Voice” Award Winner, and L’Oreal Woman of Worth Honoree in 2010.

The American Widow Project and Saving Memories Forever share a common goal: keeping alive the memories and stories of American soldiers, husbands, and oftentimes fathers. Saving Memories Forever honors the service of the men and applauds the life-affirming efforts of their wives. Saving Memories Forever welcomes the wives and looks forward to the years ahead as our service helps give them comfort and joy.

As part of this campaign, SMF will donate 20 Premium Subscriptions. In addition, AWP will receive 40% of the profits from people who subscribe to Saving Memories Forever using the special fundraiser Promo Code AWP213. You can visit the American Widow Project at: http://www.americanwidowproject.org.

Saving Memories Forever is committed to helping non-profit organizations whose mission ties in with telling and saving stories. If you know of an organization whose mission ties in with ours, please contact us.

What Happens in Vegas… Gets Recorded Forever – Just Ask Elvis, Betty White, George Clooney, and Possibly Your Next-Door-Neighbor


Ancestry.com shares 50 years of weddings from the marriage mecca

PROVO, UTAH – February 7, 2013 – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, is lifting the veil on who got hitched in the unofficial marriage capital of the world. With one couple marrying every three minutes in Nevada, that’s a lot of “I Dos” to record.

These records, spanning 1956-2005, range from the weddings of notable celebrities to your average happy couple. Some of the more memorable trips down the aisle in the Ancestry.com Nevada Marriage Collection include:
  • Elvis Presley was “all shook up” when he tied the knot with Priscilla Beaulieu in 1967
  • Robert C. “Evel” Knievel taking the plunge with Krystal M. Kennedy in 1999
  • Demi Moore and Bruce Willis “Moonlighting” at the chapel in 1987
  • Wed in 1963, famous Golden Girl Betty White would be celebrating her “golden” anniversary this year with Allen Ludden
  • Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton’s wedding in 2000
  • Famed bachelor George Clooney’s 1989 marriage to Talia Balsam
  • Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley giving love a good name in 1989
  • Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra’s 1998 vows (not to be confused with the time he married himself!)
  • The 55-hour marriage of Britney Spears and Jason Alexander in 2004
  • Mr. Vegas himself, Wayne Newton and Kathleen Ann McCrone in 1994
  • Glynn Scotty Wolfe – you may not know his name, but his 29 wives sure did. Mr. Wolfe holds the U.S. record for the most monogamous marriages, with at least one of these weddings occurring in Nevada
  • Bette Midler telling Martin Rochus von Haselberg he was the “wind beneath her wings” in 1984
  • Dina Marie Ruiz going ahead and making Clint Eastwood’s day in 1996
"Marriage records are a cornerstone of family history research,"said Dan Jones, Vice President of Content Strategy, Ancestry.com. "Vegas records in particular can shed light on a family’s inclination towards spontaneity and adventure, or their childhood desire to be married by an Elvis impersonator!"

On a more serious note, Nevada’s reputation as a wedding destination (regardless of celebrity status) is well earned. Nevada holds the distinction of having the highest U.S. marriage rate per capita. With 62 marriages performed per 1,000 residents, this is almost eight times the national average. A few more interesting stats:

August is the most popular month for Nevada marriages, followed closely by July. The least popular month? January.

Following Valentine’s Day, the five most popular days of the year to get married in Nevada are:
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Fourth of July
  • New Year’s Day
  • December 27 (week between Christmas and New Year’s)
  • Saturday before Labor Day
  • Six of the top 20 most common days to get married in Nevada fall on the first of the month:
  • January 1
  • September 1
  • July 1
  • May 1
  • April 1
  • June 1
Inspired to do a little digging? In addition to these records, Ancestry.com has nearly 300 million marriage records, spanning all 50 states, more than 16 countries and 500 years. Apart from being a fun way to learn more about family and friends, they are a great resource for any stage of family history research.
Ready to get started? Head on over to Ancestry.com and sign up for a free 14-day trial. (Which is longer than quite a few of the marriages in this collection!)

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com Inc. is the world's largest online family history resource, approximately 2 million paying subscribers. More than 11 billion records have been added to the site in the past 16 years. Ancestry users have created more than 44 million family trees containing more than 4 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, Ancestry.com offers several localized websites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

2014 FGS National Conference Call for Presentations


Deadline for Submissions is June 1, 2013

February 6, 2013– Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces a Call for Presentations for the FGS 2014 Conference, “Gone to Texas,” to be held August 27-30, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Texas State Genealogical Society and the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society as local hosts. The deadline for submission of lecture proposals is Saturday, 1 June 2013.

The conference begins with an all-day Focus on Societies program for genealogical society officers, board members, volunteers and other interested parties followed by a three-day genealogical conference in which a variety of topics will be presented.

The program committee seeks proposals for engaging, collaborative and dynamic presentations, workshops and sponsored talks. The categories of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Society Management
  • Basic and introductory genealogical instruction
  • Methodology and problem solving techniques
  • Ethnic research (African American, Czech, German, Hispanic, Native American)
  • Technology, software and social media
  • Genetics, DNA and family medical history
  • Transportation, migration and immigration
  • “Gone to Texas” topics
  • Southern and western regional topics
Speakers based more than 50 miles from the conference location are strongly encouraged to submit multiple proposals (more than four), as those speakers will be invited to present a minimum of three lectures at the conference. There is no limit to the number of proposals a speaker may submit.

Submission Requirements

Presentations will be one-hour long, which includes a ten-minute question/answer period. Send proposals in Microsoft Word, RTF or similar format. File names should include your last name, first initial, and proposal topic. (Example: SmithR - TechStrategies). Please submit one file per proposed topic. Each proposal document should include:
  • Speaker(s) name.
  • Speaker(s) contact information, including mailing address, phone, email and website, if applicable.
  • Prior speaking experience. Speakers who have not spoken at a national conference are encouraged to submit a video, audiotape, or CD recording of a recent presentation.
  • Speaker(s) biography.
  • Speaker(s) abbreviated brochure biography (350 characters, including spaces).
  • Lecture title and description for brochure (230 characters combined, including spaces).
  • Lecture outline/summary (1 page or less)
  • Audio-visual requirements. FGS does NOT provide projectors, computers, or internet access for speakers.
  • Intended audience level: beginner, intermediate, advanced or any level.
Send proposals, as an email attachment, with “FGS 2014 Call for Presentations” in the subject line, to 2014program@fgs.org no later than Saturday, 1 June 2013. If submitting lecture recordings by mail, please email 2014program@fgs.org for the appropriate postal address.

Invitations to speak will be extended between 2 September and 20 September 2013. All submitters will receive notification of their selection or non-selection by 27 September 2013. The deadline for acceptance and submission of signed speaker contracts is 1 November 2013. Syllabus format guidelines will be sent to all speakers upon receipt of their signed contract as every presentation will require materials to be included in the conference syllabus.

For additional guidelines regarding the selection process for FGS 2014, please refer to the supplemental document at http://www.fgs.org/cpage.php?pt=114.

Compensation

Selected speakers receive an honorarium, travel compensation, and conference registration as well as per diem and hotel nights based on the number of lectures presented. (Sponsored speakers only receive conference registration and syllabus materials. See more about sponsorships below.) Non-sponsored speakers receive compensation according to the FGS Conference Speaker Policy at http://www.fgs.org/cpage.php?pt=44.

Sponsored Lectures

Societies and businesses are encouraged to submit proposals for sponsored talks. The sponsoring organization will cover its speaker's costs to present the lecture. Sponsored speakers will abide by all speaker deadlines and syllabus requirements. Sponsored speakers will receive complimentary FGS conference registration and electronic syllabus materials.

Additional Information

Camera-ready handouts will be required for every lecture or workshop presentation and will be compiled in a syllabus distributed to conference participants. The deadline for submissions of syllabus materials is 1 June 2014.

FGS 2014 Deadlines
  • 7 Jan 2013: Call for Presentations
  • 1 Jun 2013: Proposal deadline
  • 27 Sep 2013: Last date for invitations or declines sent to submitters
  • 1 Nov 2013: Signed speaker contracts due
  • 1 Jun 2014: Syllabus materials due for all presentations
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.

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