Wednesday, November 27, 2013

APG Names Kimberly T. Powell President


Association of Professional Genealogists Names Kimberly T. Powell President

Executive Committee, Board Members, and Nominating Committee Elected for the Next Term

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 27 November 2013−Today the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) announced election results for its 2014-2015 executive committee, as well as for nine board members, and two nominating committee members. Kimberly T. Powell of Oakdale, Penn. was elected president. Powell has been the genealogy expert for About.com since 2000 and is the author of several genealogy books. She is the chair of APG's Professional Development Committee and currently serves as APG vice president. She will succeed Kenyatta D. Berry of Santa Monica, Calif.

"I am honored by this opportunity to continue to serve APG, and excited to work with such a talented and enthusiastic group of board members," said Powell. "APG has played a pivotal role in advancing the genealogical profession, and I commit to honoring those who have paved the way by continuing to increase public awareness of and trust in professional genealogists, to support our members at all stages of their genealogical careers, and to increase openness, networking, and collaboration within our organization."

Catherine Desmarais, CG, of Vermont was elected APG vice president. She is a professional genealogist and works on U.S. Army military repatriation cases. She serves on the board of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy and is an APG Quarterly Advisory Committee member.

Janice S. Prater of Denver, Colo. will serve another term as secretary. Prater is the editor of the International Society of British Genealogy and Family History's quarterly publication and is treasurer for the Colorado Chapter of APG. Joan Peake of West Virginia was elected for a second term as APG treasurer. She is also president of the Fayette County Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and member of the Great Lakes Chapter of APG.

APG members elected the following board members for two-year terms:

Region 1 West: Jean Wilcox Hibben, Ph.D., M.A., CG, is a past president of the Southern California Chapter of APG, 1st vice president of the Corona Genealogical Society, and vice president of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. She was the lead researcher for the first season of Genealogy Roadshow.

Region 2 Midwest: Valerie Eichler Lair of Minnesota has been a member of APG since 1991. She is the president of APG Heartland Chapter and a member of the APG Northland Chapter.

Region 3 Southeast: Tina Sansone of Tennessee is vice president of the Second Life APG Chapter and is a director for the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors.

Region 4 Northeast: Darcie M. Hind Posz of the District of Columbia serves as president of the National Capital Area Chapter of APG. She is a professional genealogist and writer.

Region 5 Canada: Louise St. Denis has been managing director of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies for the past 16 years. She was the founding president of Toronto's Societe Franco-Ontarienne d'Histoire et de Genealogie and a founding member of Ontario's APG chapter.

Region 6 Ireland, N. Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales: Fiona Fitzsimons is a genealogist and a director for Eneclann and Findmypast Ireland. She has provided research for First Lady Michelle Obama and for televisions shows Who Do You Think You Are? and PBS's Faces of America and Finding Our Roots.

Region 7 International: Michael Goldstein of Israel has been elected for another term. Michael traces roots worldwide, specializing in forensic, Jewish, and Holocaust research.

APG members elected two at-large board members. Amy E. K. Arner of Pennsylvania is a professional genealogist and proofreader of the APG Quarterly. J. H. Fonkert, CG, of Minnesota is a professional genealogist and lecturer and has served on the APG board since 2010.

Elected to one-year terms on the nominations committee are: Debra Braverman, a New York City-based professional genealogist, and Laura G. Prescott, a past president of APG and a full-time professional genealogist based in New Hampshire.

About the Association of Professional Genealogists

The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 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).

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

FamilySearch Collection Update November 25, 2013


FamilySearch has added more than 39.5 Million indexed records and images to Collections from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, El Salvador, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 24,856,324 indexed records and images from the U.S., New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909–1957, collection, the 2,284,230 indexed records and images from the Canada Passenger Lists, 1881–1922, collection, and the 3,399,062 indexed records from the U.S., New York, Passenger Lists, 1820–1891, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1609–1909 238,573 27,020 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582–1912 8,758 2,811 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1598–1906 167,757 125,349 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600–1911 176,150 11,447 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798–1906 40,818 39,720 New indexed records and images collection.
Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621–1910 55,048 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Belgium, Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1608–1912 0 13,317 Added images to an existing collection.
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800–1912 0 33,287 Added images to an existing collection.
Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582–1910 160,737 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1848–2013 0 127,795 Added images to an existing collection.
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804–2013 0 207,023 Added images to an existing collection.
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Miscellaneous Records, 1748–1998 0 461,811 Added images to an existing collection.
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850–1999 0 1,845 Added images to an existing collection.
Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980 0 328,694 Added images to an existing collection.
Canada, Quebec, Notarial Records, 1800–1900 0 244,429 Added images to an existing collection.
Canada Passenger Lists, 1881–1922 2,201,052 0 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
Chile, Santiago, Cemetery Records, 1821–2011 0 525,106 Added images to an existing collection.
El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704–1977 406,035 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
France, Protestant Church Records, 1612–1906 33,342 4,712 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
Italy, Agrigento, Agrigento, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866–1942 0 418,594 Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Messina, Messina, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866–1939 0 141,128 Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Modena, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806–1942 0 1,358,232 New browsable image collection.
Italy, Napoli, Barano d'Ischia, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809–1929 14,861 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Japan, Passenger Lists, 1893–1941 94,842 0 New indexed records collection.
Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Miscellaneous Records, 1570–1882 0 151,711 Added images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Beja, Civil Registration and Miscellaneous Records, 1609–1950

Millennia Corporation Releases New Genealogy Software - Legacy Family Tree 8.0

New version 8.0 Continues 15-Years of Innovation and Quality; Now Offers Migration Mapping, Shared Events, Origins/Migration Reports and a Host of New Features

Legacy8RetailBox3DLargeSURPRISE, Arizona, November 26, 2013. Millennia Corporation, a leader in family history software, today announced the release of Legacy Family Tree 8.0. The new release contains dozens of significant new features and enhancements, including migration mapping, instant duplicate checking, origins and migration reports, potential problem alerts, and shared events.
In one software package, Legacy Family Tree 8.0 provides tools to help users record their family's history, organize their pictures, perform their research, and share their findings.

"Legacy Family Tree 8.0 continues to raise the bar of family history software," said David Berdan, president of Millennia Corporation. "Its new source quality tool, source labels, citations on Pedigree Charts and shared events give serious researchers the tools they need, while the new reports, charts, and family statistics get the entire family excited about their history."

The following new and updated features add to Legacy's list of robust capabilities:
  • Origins Report - See where you came from and the percentage of "blood" you have from your countries of origin with the new Origins Report.
  • Migration Report - See how far and wide a person's descendants spread out in the world with the new Migration Report.
  • Migration Mapping - Legacy animates the ancestor's movement through time. Watch how they migrated from place to place. View their migration in street, aerial, or 3D modes. Hover over the balloon to see what happened in each location.
  • Instant Duplicate Checking - As you are adding new individuals to your tree, Legacy instantly checks to see if perhaps they are already in your family file, helping you avoid inadvertently adding duplicates.
  • Potential Problem Alerts and Gaps - Typos and accidental misinterpretation of data are now a thing of the past. The warning symbol is displayed immediately next to info that contains a potential problem. Unusual gaps of time are detected that you may have not previously noticed (like too many years between the births of the children).
  • Shared Events - Save time and avoid errors by sharing an event amongst all the individuals who participated in the event. You can specify each person's role in the event.
  • Family Bow Tie Chart - Displays the ancestors of both the husband and wife, as well as their children.
  • Descendant Chart - Now available in left-to-right formatting.
  • Source Quality - Now record the quality (original vs derivative, primary vs secondary, etc., direct vs indirect) of each source as you attempt to prove your conclusions.
  • Source Labels - Now print Source Labels to attach to the top of your documents. You will never again lose the citation when making a photocopy for someone else.
  • Source Clipboard - The Source Clipboard has been expanded to load up to five different citations that can be assigned at the click of a button.
  • Pedigree Citations - Add source citations to your Pedigree Charts, and attach the complete bibliography.
  • FamilySearch Integration - Share, discuss, download and interact with FamilySearch's Family Tree (optional).
  • Wall Charts - Duplicate lines can now be suppressed, saving room for more photographs and captions.
  • Chronology View - Now view the parent's, grandparent's, children's, and grandchildren's vital events in your ancestor's timeline.
  • User Interface - Enjoy Legacy's modernized look-and-feel, new color schemes, and new ribbon menu bar. Add two additional custom buttons on the new My Toolbar.
  • Tagging - View up to 9 tags at once. Advanced Tagging now shows the counts of each tag.
  • Automatic Sorting - Children, marriages, and events are now automatically chronologically sorted as they are added. New global sorting tools are also now available.
  • Statistics - Understand your family in new ways with dozens of new statistics: births by era, longest living individuals, average lifespan, longest marriages, families with the most children, most popular given names, most popular surnames, most popular locations and more.
  • Media Relinker - It is easier than ever to locate missing or unlinked pictures. Moving from one computer to another is simpler to do.
  • Media Gatherer - Got pictures all over your computer? The new Media Gatherer will help you copy or move your genealogy pictures to one common folder, making it easier to share your family file with another computer or family member.
  • Web Links - Found evidence of your ancestor online? Easily add a web link to their media gallery to organize a list of their online presence.
  • Color Coding - You can now color code from two starting points (one for you and one for your spouse, for example) and track the eight great-grandparents' lines.
Watch the What's New Video here.

Pricing and Availability

Legacy 8.0 is now available at www.LegacyFamilyTree.com, for just US $29.95 for the download-only version or US $39.95 version which includes the 336-page printed user’s guide, installation CD, and beginner’s training video. Discounted upgrade pricing is also available for users of previous editions of Legacy Deluxe. The free, Standard edition can also be downloaded from www.LegacyFamilyTree.com.

Legacy Family Tree - Unlocked! a new book by Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen, is based on the brand new Legacy 8.0. In its 236 pages, you will learn how to better utilize some of Legacy’s best features by shadowing the research process of a professional genealogist, Legacy Family Tree developer, and host of FamilyTreeWebinars.com's webinar series. Be sure to add it to your cart at checkout!

About Millennia Corporation

Millennia Corporation is located in Surprise, Arizona. The company strives to provide top-quality genealogy software so people can record and track their family history. It is also the publisher of the award-winning FamilyTreeWebinars.com webinar series, now with more than 200 hours of quality genealogy education. For additional information on Millennia or the products they offer visit http://www.legacyfamilytreestore.com/?Click=86792.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Family Tree Tours Announces Its 2014 Upcoming Genealogy Tours


For those who wish to journey to their ancestral hometowns and experience the lives their ancestors led before emigrating, Family Tree Tours has updated their website featuring research resources and European heritage trips.

WASHINGTON, MO—November 2013—Family Tree Tours, a leading European genealogy tour provider for genealogy societies and individuals, announces its pre-planned group heritage tours for 2014.

For those who wish to know more about their family history and ancestral origins, a genealogy tour is a unique and exciting travel experience. Travelers have the advantage of researching their ancestors while visiting the town or region they came from, learning about the culture and local customs and traditions, and even meeting relatives for the first time.

“No family tree research is complete until you experience the place your family came from,” says Kathy Wurth, owner of Family Tree Tours. “There’s no feeling more exhilarating than walking the streets your ancestors walked. Even if you don’t know your hometown, our European Heritage professionals help you paint the picture of your ancestors’ lives. Our tours help you make your research come alive.”

The website features an array of travel and research resources and books, as well as access to Wurth and her on-the-ground German expert Matthias Uthoff. The website also helps Family Tree Tours design a genealogy tour suited to each traveler. For those who like assistance from a guide, privately guided heritage tours are available. Wurth and Uthoff customize independent trips for those who prefer to research on their own, but would like the trip planned for them. Pre-planned group tours are ideal for those who enjoy the camaraderie and security of a group. They also can do family reunions for family groups who would like to do a group tour to their ancestral hometown in Germany, Ireland and other European countries.

Wurth notes, “Pre-planned group tours for 2014 include:

Northwest Germany Tour with 10 days of visiting towns around Osnabrück, touring castles, and exploring the Bremerhaven Emigrant Museum.

Southwest Germany Tour– Join us for an enchanting journey through the Black Forest region of Germany with an opportunity to explore Baden, western Wuerttemberg and northern Switzerland for an 11 day/10 night tour. This will be a trip you will never forget.

Hessen, Germany – From our home base town you can visit hometowns in Hessen, northern Baden-Wuerttemberg, northwest Bavaria and eastern Palatinate. Truly a central location to get you to your ancestral hometown.

Irish Heritage Tour– Join us for an enchanting tour through Ireland’s lush, green countryside as we travel throughout the country learning about our ancestor’s life. We travel from Dublin south, west and north to give you an opportunity to see your ancestral homeland.

No matter what stage you may be in your research, we have a trip perfect for you.

About Family Tree Tours

Family Tree Tours provides research assistance to genealogy enthusiasts and ancestry trips to German-speaking countries. Whether a group heritage tour, private genealogy tour, or independent heritage trip, owner Kathy Wurth and on-the-ground German expert Matthias Uthoff provide you the opportunity to learn more about your family roots, to connect with family, and to learn about your ancestors before they made their emigration journey. With a passion for both genealogical research and travel, Kathy and Matthias work closely with you to ensure your family research trip is a success.

To learn more about planning German heritage trips and genealogical research, please visit http://www.familytreetours.com.

Contact:

Kathy Wurth
Family Tree Tours
Travel Back To Your Roots.
www.familytreetours.com
info@familytreetours.com
familytreetours@charter.net
888-798-2208

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

NGS Announces Program for the 2014 Family History Conference


NGS is pleased to announce the program for the 2014 Family History Conference is now available in a sixteen-page Registration Brochure, which can be downloaded at http://goo.gl/KwHTix. The online version of the program is also available on the conference website at conference.ngsgenealogy.org. Conference registration opens on 1 December 2013 at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/event-registration/. A number of special events have limited seating, so register on 1 December or as soon as possible thereafter if you plan to attend these events.

The conference will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and Marriott Hotel located in downtown Richmond, Virginia, 7–10 May 2014. Conference highlights include a choice of more than 175 lectures, given by many nationally known speakers and subject matter experts about a broad array of topics including records for Virginia and its neighboring states; migration into and out of the region; military records; state and federal records; ethnic groups including African Americans, German, Irish, and Ulster Scots; methodology; analysis and problem solving; and the use of technology including genetics, mobile devices, and apps useful in genealogical research.

The first few pages of the brochure provide details about conference logistics and describe several special events. The daily conference program includes the name of each speaker, the lecture title, and a brief description of the presentation. A number of social events and workshops are also offered during the conference. If 2014 will be your first NGS Family History Conference, check out http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/tips-for-first-time-conference-attendees/ for additional information about what you might experience at the conference.

An exhibit hall with more than seventy-five vendors will be free and open to the public Wednesday through Saturday at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, directly across from the Marriott Hotel. Exhibitors will include genealogy database and software providers, booksellers, genealogy societies, providers of genetic testing, and much more.

Up-to-date information about the availability, amenities, and rates for conference hotels can be found at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/attend/accommodations/.

Sign up for the NGS Conference Blog at http://conferenceblog.ngsgenealogy.org so you do not miss conference news or announcements.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Ancestry.com and the Associated Press Bring Historical AP Archives Online


New Agreement Provides a View of the Past through Historical News Reports

(Provo, Utah) – November 18, 2013 - Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, is proud to announce a collaboration with the Associated Press that makes fifty years of news stories--in their original wire copy format--available online today.

“We are thrilled to announce this collaboration with the Associated Press to bring its name and subject catalog online,” said Quinton Atkinson, Director of Content Acquisition for Ancestry.com. “It represents a fantastic set of material for our family historians who are researching the news of an era, and gives incredible historical context for the world their ancestors lived in.”

Available at Ancestry.com/AP, the voluminous card catalog of names and subjects links to more than two million records and more than one million AP stories spanning 1937 to 1985, a resource which took Ancestry.com several years to prepare and digitize.

For Ancestry.com subscribers, the collection of AP stories adds a whole new dimension to the family history experience. Stories complement family trees and genealogical records on Ancestry.com with period news coverage that provides historical context to the times, places and people Ancestry members are researching. Ancestry.com members will be able to search for stories by name, and then click through to view a digitized copy of the full AP story. Stories can also be searched by subject and by date.

The digitization of the AP stories will simplify the research process not only for Ancestry.com members, but also for AP journalists. Reporters and news researchers can now bypass the legacy card catalog and accompanying microfilm for a searchable set of online databases that can be accessed anywhere in the world. In addition, the project has made available a set of internal AP publications dating back to 1904, including the staff magazine AP World, which began publication in 1943.

“The collaboration with Ancestry.com has enabled us to bring AP’s historical news microfilm and its card index not only to the family history community but also to AP journalists, who value their organization’s rich archival record,” said Valerie Komor, Director of the AP Corporate Archives.

“And AP World offers a rare view into the workings of this 167-year-old news cooperative.“

For those wishing to search the AP archives on Ancestry.com, they may do so by visiting Ancestry.com/AP. For those looking to start researching their own family history, please visit www.ancestry.com.

Chicago-area teacher and genealogist announces a project to "crowd-fund" a television documentary based on submitted family history stories


Speaking Saturday before a well-attended meeting of CAGGNI (Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois) Kicking Up the Past project producer Ken J. Marks said, “this is the only documentary you will find on television that portrays the hard-work, art and science of researching your family tree… no celebrities… no button-pushing short cuts”.

Just 7 days remain to the novel project conceived by Chicago-area teacher & genealogist, Madonna Davis to utilize crowd funding to fund a television documentary project called Kicking Up the Past. The effort relies strictly on the strength of the public to make pledges to support the expense of producing a made-for-television documentary preserving family histories. Co-producer Madonna notes, “If just one half of 1% of everyone who pursues genealogy in the U.S. pledges just a few dollars, it would fund a full season of great television that the whole genealogy community could fully endorse.”

The deadline for pledging is this Sunday, November 24th. Simply go to www.kickstarter.com and type “genealogy” in the search bar to find the Kicking Up the Past project.The project rewards may also be viewed at http://goo.gl/n8f2f5.

Kickstarter is a funding home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of the public. Since its launch in 2009, 5 million people have pledged $822 million, funding 49,000 creative projects.

Those interested in this history-making project can visit: http://www.KickingUpthePast.com for details on the project, launch and campaign updates, preview reward levels, and access additional information on how to participate in this history making event.

For additional information contact:
Ken Marks - 312 505-6193
kickingupthepast@gmail.com

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Texas State Genealogical Society Announces 2013 Election Results



For Immediate Release
November 15, 2013

November 15, 2013 – Tyler, Texas. The Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) announces the results of its recent election of Board of Directors and District Representatives. The election was held at the TSGS Annual Meeting, Saturday, November 2, 2013 in Round Rock, Texas. Office terms for those elected will begin January 1, 2014.

Concerning these recent election results, Sue Kaufman, outgoing President of TSGS and newly-elected TSGS Director of Education, states, “The 2014 Board of Directors election results, including the election of John Wylie as TSGS President, a strong Executive Committee and a full slate of District Representatives, will further implement the current strategic vision, while developing some really cool things during their tenure at the helm.”

Newly-elected TSGS President John Wylie adds, “The new TSGS leadership team has been selected and is preparing for the next two years. With our reorganization comes the task of keeping what’s working well and improving where needed. With every Board position now filled, we’re committed to improving support for our Partner Societies and Members. We’re up to the task. Stay tuned.”

TSGS 2014-2015 Board of Directors

President: John Wylie, President Elect, Texas State Genealogical Society
Director for Education: Sue Kaufman, President, Texas State Genealogical Society
Director for Membership: Susan Ball, President, San Angelo Genealogical & Historical Society
Secretary: Linda Reynolds, Archivist, Texas State Genealogical Society
Treasurer: Scott Fitzgerald, Treasurer, Texas State Genealogical Society
Director for Development: Randy Whited, Director, Federation of Genealogical Societies
Director for Communications: Caroline Pointer, Genealogy Professional


District Representatives

District 1 Mary Torres, Vice President, Tip O' Texas Genealogical Society
District 2 Patricia Sugarek, Vice President, Coastal Bend Genealogical Society
District 3 Judy Lynn Turner, Publications Committee, Victoria Genealogical Society
District 4 Sue Yerby, Board of Directors, Clayton Library Friends
District 5 Linda Hale, Chief Genealogist, Hardin County Genealogical Society
District 6 Caroline Pointer, Genealogy Professional
District 7 Lisa Reed, Publicity Chair, Van Zandt County Genealogical Society
District 8 Betsy Mills, President, Lamar County Genealogical Society
District 9 Paula Ballard, Programs, North Texas Genealogical Association
District 10 Janice Quick, Collin County Historical Commission
District 11 Debbie Blanton McCoy, 1st Vice President, Johnson County Genealogical Society
District 12 William D. (Bill) Buckner, Genealogy Center Manager, West Waco Library & Genealogy Center
District 13 Cindy Foreman, Vice President, Wimberley Valley Genealogical Society
District 14 Terry Bull, President, West Texas Genealogical Society
District 15 Jana Jenkins, Vice President, San Angelo Genealogical & Historical Society
District 16 Brandie Via, President, Amarillo Genealogical Society
District 17 Kathy Kitten, Treasurer, South Plains Genealogical Society
District 18 Marion Stewart, President, Midland Genealogical Society
District 19 Barbara McCarthy, Vice President, El Paso Genealogical Society
District 20 Barbara Froebel, past President, San Antonio Genealogical & Historical Society

About the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS)

The Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) was founded in 1960, in Fort Worth, Texas, and is incorporated under the laws of the State of Texas as an educational and literary corporation. The purpose of TSGS is to promote, assist, develop, and conserve the genealogical and historical resources of Texas and to cooperate with local, regional, and statewide groups in promoting an awareness of the need to preserve family heritage. Membership to the TSGS is open to individuals, societies, libraries, museums and family surname associations. To learn more visit: http://www.txsgs.org/.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Genealogy Writing Boot Camp - November 23, 2013


Lisa Alzo and Thomas MacEntee Pool Their Talents In Offering a Unique Online Educational Event

14 November 2013 – Chicago, IL. Do you want to write your family history in a compelling format to share with family and friends, but having trouble getting started? Perhaps you need inspiration as to format or you just want to build your writing skills. And what’s up with Microsoft Word? Are you frustrated with getting Word to work with you instead of against you? You’ll learn tips, tricks, ideas as well as Word survival skills in the upcoming Genealogy Writing Boot Camp.

What Is Genealogy Writing Boot Camp?

Genealogy authors and educators Lisa A. Alzo and Thomas MacEntee team up to offer this unique online educational event on Saturday 23 November 2013. Classes include:
  • Back to Basics: Craft a Compelling Family History Narrative from Start to Finish presented by Lisa A. Alzo, a well-known genealogy educator and author with an M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing.
  • 10 Secrets You Should Know to Survive Microsoft Word presented by Thomas MacEntee, who taught Microsoft Office classes in the corporate world for over 10 years before bringing his teaching and technical skills to the genealogy industry.
Hack Genealogy Boot Camp – A Different Kind of Learning Experience

What will you find at a typical Hack Genealogy Boot Camp event?
  • Live webinars with extended Q&A periods.
  • Lunch period “online chats” where participants can exchange ideas about what they’ve learned.
  • Easy-to-read handouts that are ready for you to use at home.
  • Freebies from presenters including cheat sheets and hand out extras!
  • Access to recordings for up to one (1) year!
Genealogy Education at a Great Price

There are many options when it comes to online genealogy and family history education. Free webinars are great, but some can have limitations when it comes to accessing recordings afterwards and require you to purchase a subscription or membership. Paid options exist but their pricing may be out of your reach.

Hack Genealogy Boot Camp events will always be reasonably priced: from $6.95 for a single webinar up to $29.95 for a full day online event. And there are often early bird coupons and discounts! Offerings are priced to secure the best instructors for the topic and allow them to be fairly compensated and you still get access to great content.

Get More Information about Hack Genealogy Boot Camp

The best way to stay in touch is to add the Hack Genealogy Blog to your RSS feed reader or save the link to your favorites. Also sign up for our periodical emails listing upcoming Boot Camp events as well as the latest tech news in the genealogy world! Click here to sign up now and you can unsubscribe at any time!

Also visit Hack Genealogy at http://www.hackgenealogy.com for more information or email hackgenealogy@gmail.com with your questions.

About Hack Genealogy

Hack Genealogy (http://hackgenealogy.com) is a technology resource for the genealogy community with a focus on “repurposing today's technology for tomorrow's genealogy.” Thomas MacEntee is the driving force between Hack Genealogy whose goal is to provide information on emerging technology inside and outside the genealogy industry.

Follow Hack Genealogy on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/HackGenealogy), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/hackgenealogy) and at http://hackgenealogy.com.

About Lisa A. Alzo
Lisa A. Alzo is a freelance writer, instructor, and lecturer with over 20 years’ experience in the field of genealogy. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and is the author of nine books, including: Finding Your Slovak Ancestors, Writing Your Family History Book, and the award-winning Three Slovak Women. Lisa has written hundreds of articles and her work has appeared in Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, APG Quarterly, among others. An internationally recognized speaker, Lisa blogs as “The Accidental Genealogist” http://www.theaccidentalgenealogist.com. For more information see http://www.lisaalzo.com.

About Thomas MacEntee

Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogy research and as a way to connect with others in the family history community. When he’s not busy writing blog posts, organizing the 3,000+ members of GeneaBloggers, teaching online genealogy webinars and more, Thomas MacEntee is busy in his role as “genealogy ninja.” Stealth is not easy, but he manages to get the inside track on emerging technologies and vendors as they relate to the genealogy industry. After being laid off from a 25-year career in the tech industry in 2008, Thomas has been able to “repurpose” his skill set for the genealogy community and loves to see other genealogists succeed, whether it is with their own research or building their own careers in the field.

FamilySearch Collection Update November 12, 2013


FamilySearch has added more than 3.2 million indexed records and images from Austria, BillionGraves, Brazil, Italy, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,157,399 images from the Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980, collection, the 324,226 images from the newSouth Africa, Eastern Cape, Estate Files, 1962–2004 and South Africa, Western Cape, Estate Files, 1966–2004, collections, and the 71,367 indexed records from the U.S., Minnesota, Naturalization Card Index, 1930–1988, collection See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments
Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537–1888 0 175,559 Added images to an existing collection.
BillionGraves Index 311,885 311,885 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1848–2013 0 167,351 Added images to an existing collection.
Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980 0 1,157,399 Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Catania, Caltagirone, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1861–1941 0 27,440 Added images to an existing collection.
Russia, Nizhni Novgorod Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1782–1858 0 120,701 New browsable image collection.
South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records 1792–1992 0 270,465 Added images to an existing collection.
South Africa, Eastern Cape, Estate Files, 1962–2004 0 250,770 New browsable image collection.
South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951–2006 3,237 15,777 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
South Africa, Western Cape, Estate Files, 1966–2004 0 73,456 New browsable image collection.
Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records, 1293–1966 0 241,906 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718–1957 65,163 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S., Minnesota, Naturalization Card Index, 1930–1988 71,367 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S., Washington, County Records, 1856–2009 0 18,145 Added images to an existing collection.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

National Genealogical Society Seeks Nominations For The 2014 Genealogy Hall Of Fame


Would your society like to honor a genealogist whose exemplary work lives on today? Perhaps there was a notable genealogist in your state or county whose name should be memorialized in the NGS Hall of Fame.

If so, the National Genealogical Society would like to hear from you. NGS is seeking nominations from the entire genealogical community for persons whose achievements or contributions have made an impact on the field. This educational program increases appreciation of the high standards advocated and achieved by committed genealogists whose work paved the way for researchers today.

Since 1986 when Donald Lines Jacobus became the first genealogist elected to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame, twenty‐five outstanding genealogists have been recognized for their contributions. The 2014 honoree will join this select group of distinguished members. This year’s selection, and the society that honored the nominee, will be feted at the 2014 NGS Family History Conference to be held 7-10 May 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. Nominations for election to the Hall of Fame are made by genealogical societies and historical societies throughout the United States.

Guidelines for nominations:
  • A nominee must have been actively engaged in genealogy in the United States for a at least ten years, must have been deceased for at least five years at the time of nomination, and must have made contributions to the field of genealogy judged to be of lasting significance in ways that were unique, pioneering, or exemplary.
  • The National Genealogy Hall of Fame is an educational project in which the entire genealogical community is invited to participate. Affiliation with the National Genealogical Society is not required.
  • The National Genealogy Hall of Fame Committee elects one person to the Hall of Fame annually. Those elected are permanently commemorated in the Hall of Fame at Society headquarters, Arlington, Virginia.
  • Nominations for election to the Hall of Fame are due by 31 January each year. Official nomination forms are available from our website, www.ngsgenealogy.org, Awards &Competitions, or by contacting the National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22204‐4304; phone 1‐800‐473‐0060.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

FamilySearch Collection Update November 5, 2013


FamilySearch has added more than 1.2 million indexed records and images from Brazil, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 442,32 images from the Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866–1942, collection, the 241,897 images from the India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, 1194–2013, collection, and the 244,840 images from the Mexico, Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Miscellaneous Marriage Records, 1605–1910, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments
Brazil, Sergipe, Catholic Church Records, 1785–1994 0 99,899 Added images to an existing collection.
India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, 1194–2013 0 241,897 Added images to an existing collection.
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Banyumas, Naturalization Records, 1954–2012 0 31,215 Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866–1942 0 442,324 Added images to an existing collection.
Mexico, Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Miscellaneous Marriage Records, 1605–1910 0 244,840 Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784–1951 0 74,077 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Montana, Big Horn, County Records, 1884–2011 0 45,946 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Montana, Judith Basin County Records, 1887–2012 0 24,372 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Tennessee, Putnam County Records, 1842–1955 0 14,826 Added images to an existing collection.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Eastern European Family History Course To Be Offered At The Salt Lake Institute Of Genealogy In January 2014!


The Utah Genealogical Association is pleased to announce that a bold, new course is being offered at their popular Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in January 2014. Since 1996 the Institute has been a national leader in innovative education for family historians and 2014 will be no different.

New this coming year will be the first course to specifically focus on the complexities of researching in Eastern Europe. Also new will be some changes in the structure of the course that makes it more responsive to the specific needs of the students who are attending. This innovative approach was conceived by the course coordinator, Kory L. Meyerink, AG, FUGA, who is also the original founder of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Millions of people immigrated to North America from the lands between the Baltic Sea on the north to the Adriatic, Aegean and Black seas to the south, leaving family and generations of ancestors behind in Eastern Europe. Three to five generations later, their descendants are finding it very hard to trace their origins due to foreign languages, difficult records and multiple changes in the political landscape. But, now there is hope! This course brings together several of the most successful Eastern Europe genealogists to teach you the important information you need to succeed in such complex research.

Meyerink explained that “In addition to classroom lectures, this course includes hands-on help at the Family History Library as well as break-out sessions tailored to the specific needs of the registered students and their ancestry.” Now, for the first time ever, a major institute is creating specific classes based on a survey the students fill out after they register.

Key foundational classes are planned, which will be followed by several hours of country-specific classes, focusing on what the students have asked to learn about. Currently registered students are already submitting their requests. In addition, there will also be several hours of personal, hands-on help for research at the famous Family History Library.

Director of the 2014 Institute, Christy Fillerup noted that “The instructor list reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of Eastern Europe research and includes Daniel Schlyter, Kyle Betit, Wade Hone and author Lisa Alzo, among others.”

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Salt Lake City from 13 to 17 January 2014. For more details, including the foundational classes, see the description for course 7 at the Institute’s website at www.infouga.org. Early bird registration, for this course only, has been extended to 11 November 2013.

20 countries, 6 teachers and consultants + the Family History Library = One fantastic week for you and your Eastern European ancestors! Don’t miss it!