New Quaker Records on Tell the Stories of Our Nation's "Friends" -- The Unsung Leaders of Equality and Peace

Documents Spanning Over 300 Years Give Insight to the Presence and Influence of Quakers in American History

PROVO, UT--(Marketwired - Apr 28, 2014) - today released 11.5 million new records documenting one of the most prominent groups in American history, the "Religious Society of Friends," more commonly known as Quakers. Spanning over 300 years (late 1600s - late 1900s), the collection includes birth, marriage, death, disownment, and memorial records, sourced from the Quaker's monthly meeting minutes.

Quakers have played a key role in American history and society since the country's earliest days. There are currently more than 85,000 Quakers living in the United States and 350,000 worldwide, but it is estimated that in the 1700s, 50 percent of all people living in the Mid-Atlantic States were Quaker. has collaborated with a variety of institutions to compile a robust online documentation of the Quakers' history. With the help of American Quaker colleges Earlham, Haverford, Swarthmore and Guilford, and The National Archives in England, estimates that it now has more than 75 percent of all the American Quaker records in existence.

"I was raised in the Quaker religion, attended Quaker schools, and was married in a Quaker wedding ceremony. I feel a deep commitment to spreading awareness of their culture, beliefs and powerful influence in history," said Lisa Parry Arnold, a professional genealogist, author and lecturer at "These new collections will help people who are researching their family history discover or learn more about their own Quaker heritage."

According to Arnold, Quakers tracked the activities of their members through their monthly business meetings. Detailed meeting minutes are part of the collection now available on, and can provide important information for those researching their family history, including names, dates, and relationships to fellow "Friends." Monthly meetings also kept track of where members came from and their destinations when they chose to move to another colony, state or province -- a real boon for those tracing their ancestors' footsteps.

The Quaker Influence

In 1681, after nearly 20 years of persecution for defying the existing religious institutions of their time, William Penn was given land in the new colonies to settle a debt owed by the king to his father. Penn ensured the land became a place where Quakers could live and worship freely, and it was later named Pennsylvania in his honor. Penn enacted a self-limiting government among these early Quaker settlers in the colony, which later inspired legal practices that were eventually incorporated into the U.S. Constitution, alongside the Quaker beliefs of peace and equality.

The beliefs of the Quakers were quite radical for their time and mirror many of the forward-thinking beliefs found in today's society. They believed in equality among all people in God's sight, the equal opportunity for education despite race or income level, the empowerment of women, the eradication of slavery, and the senselessness of war. They played an integral role in the abolition of slavery in the United States and are often credited with helping to facilitate the Underground Railroad. When a slave was freed, Quakers often took the freed slave in and their presence would be noted in the meeting minutes from Quaker congregations.
Many Americans have ancestors with Quaker roots. Celebrities like Brad Pitt, Zooey Deschanel, Kevin Bacon and Dave Matthews, and companies like Barclays Bank, Cadbury Chocolate and Sony, all have Quaker origins.

In conjunction with the Quaker record launch, Arnold, a 10th generation Quaker and descendant of the William Penn family, is also publishing Thee and Me: A Beginner's Guide to Early Quaker Records, a companion guide designed to help those exploring their family history understand and use Quaker records. To learn more about Arnold's book, for more information on the collection, or to learn more about your own Quaker heritage visit

About is the world's largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 13 billion records have been added to the sites and users have created more than 60 million family trees containing more than 5 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, the company operates several global Ancestry international websites along with a suite of online family history brands, including,,, and offers the AncestryDNA product, sold by its subsidiary, DNA, LLC, all of which are designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

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National Archives of Ireland, Findmypast and FamilySearch partnership to bring decades of lost Irish history online

  • Irish census records made available online for the first time - and free of charge
  • Records provide valuable insights into a ‘lost era’ (1821-1851) of Irish history
  • Launched today at the National Archives of Ireland by Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Dublin, Ireland – The National Archives of Ireland and leading Irish family history website findmypast today announced the release of an extensive series of records that will prove an invaluable resource for anyone tracing Irish ancestry. The records, which include over 600,000 names from pre-1901 Irish census records, are now available to access for free on findmypast and the National Archives website ( The launch of the Irish Census records forms part of findmypast’s 100in100 promise to launch 100 record sets in 100 days.

This is the first free-to-access launch resulting from an innovative partnership between findmypast, the National Archives of Ireland, and Millions more essential family history records will be released in the coming months under the terms of the partnership, which represents a fruitful collaboration between a national cultural institution and private sector genealogy suppliers. The partnership allows people in Ireland and abroad to have free access to records relating to their Irish roots, which were not previously available online.

Irish family histories are notoriously difficult to trace, owing to the destruction of the Public Record Office in Dublin in 1922. On the 30th June 1922 two huge explosions rocked the Record Office, causing a fire that destroyed millions of records - and with them hundreds of years of Irish history. These included a substantial number of Irish census records from the 19th century.

The surviving records open an online archive of Irish history to everyone interested in tracing an Irish heritage. The records cover three decades, 1821-1851, and include the surviving Irish census records from 1821-1851, and census search forms from 1841 & 1851.

Ireland census 1821-1851

Every ten years a census of the Irish population was taken between 1821 and 1911 and, luckily for Irish family historians, the manuscript returns for each household survived the 1922 fire for all 32 counties for 1901 and 1911. The new records add to the existing census and include information pre-dating 1901, with data sets covering some parts of the country now available from 1821, 1831, 1841 and 1851. The 1821 census is a particular highlight for family historians, as it records all members of the families documented.

The 1841 & 1851 census records family members living elsewhere, and also provides information on family members who died in the intervening period, such as Jeremiah Crowley’s family. Jeremiah, a 27 year old farmer from Cork was living with his wife and three year old child in 1841. Jeremiah’s parents both died after the 1831 census, and tragedy had recently touched the young family with the death of their 1 year old baby.

For those who have family from Derry such as Declan Donnelly, aka “Dec” from Ant & Dec the 1831 census could yield treasures for their family tree. Dec’s great-great-grandfather James Donnelly appears in Strawmore in the 1831 Census.

Ireland census search forms 1841 & 1851

These records are comprised of search forms used to corroborate the validity of pension claims made in 1908 and are extracted from the 1841 & 1851 census, which were subsequently destroyed in the fire. They represent a very useful link to pre-famine Ireland, and also list the applicant’s details and all of the information available from the census records - including other family members present on census night.

“Having such a priceless set of records available online to access for free is a huge benefit for everyone wanting to find their Irish roots, especially after the tragic loss of records in 1922”, commented Cliona Weldon, General Manager of “We’re proud to be able to assist in building Ireland’s family tree, and with all records available for free there’s no reason to not get started with tracing your Irish roots.”

“The National Archives is delighted to be involved in this partnership, which allows us to make many of our important genealogical records available free online at a time of scarce government resources. We look forward to rolling out many more records in the coming years”, said Catriona Crowe, Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland.

To learn more about the records and to access them free of charge visit The National Archives of Ireland or findmypast. The records will be available shortly on

Become an FGS 2014 Amabassador

April 28, 2014 – Austin, TX. Genealogy bloggers, societies, writers and editors are invited to participate in the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2014 Conference by becoming FGS 2014 Ambassadors. Ambassadors help to spread information about the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, Texas, August 27-30, 2014, through social media to their friends, colleagues, and everyone interested in genealogy.

FGS 2014 Ambassadors will be:
  • Writing about the conference on their blog.
  • Using the hashtag #FGS2014 on Twitter.
  • Mentioning FGS 2014 on Facebook, Google Plus, and other social networks.
  • Letting their local historical and genealogical societies know about the conference.
Visit to register as an FGS 2014 Ambassador and find the FGS 2014 Ambassador badge to add to your blog or other social media account.

Benefits to FGS 2014 Ambassadors:
  • Ambassador badge logo to display on your website.
  • Giveaways for active ambassadors, including conference registrations and discounts, special event tickets, and more.
  • Potential to be guest blogger on FGS Conference Blog.
  • Link to your blog or website on the FGS Conference blog’s Ambassador Page
  • Part of Twitter list of FGS 2014 Ambassadors.
  • Ambassador badge ribbon at the conference.
The FGS 2014 Conference Committee looks forward to working with the FGS 2014 Ambassadors to make this conference a success. See you in San Antonio in August!

Learn More about FGS 2014 and Stay Connected
About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS FORUM magazine (filled with articles for the family history community), 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

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Northamptonshire Hearth Tax Abstracts 1673-1674 on British Origins

A major census substitute resource for local and family historians

Hearth Tax returns of the second half of the 17th century are a major census substitute resource for local and family historians, providing lists of names midway between the period of surname formation in the Middle Ages and the present day. 

This collection includes all legible details relating to over 22,500 individuals found in the original Hearth Tax lists 1673–1674 for the whole of Northamptonshire

Why use Hearth Tax records?

Hearth Tax records can provide firm evidence of a family’s residence at a certain place in time. For those seeking lost ancestors the distribution of a surname in a specific area may be determined very easily and the location of a particular family quickly revealed. It is also invaluable when researching a specific place, undertaking house history, population movements, patterns of employment, and early modern local government jurisdictions.
The number of hearths in a household is also a clue to a family’s wealth and status.

History of the Hearth Tax

With a need to raise revenue after the English Civil War, the Interregnum, and the restoration of Charles II as King, it was decided in 1662 to levy hearth money (or chimney money). This was a property tax on buildings worth more than 20 shillings a year in rent. The number of hearths, fires and stoves there were in a building calculated the tax. However there were some exemptions. For instance, people who received poor relief did not have to pay hearth tax. Some industrial buildings were exempt but not forges, locksmiths or bakers’ ovens.

The tax, which was collected twice yearly – (on Lady Day and Michaelmas Day) - was 2 shillings per hearth per year. It was a very unpopular tax because the tax commissioners had for the first time the right to come into the home - to count the hearths. Attempts to avoid paying by blocking up a chimney could, if discovered, be rewarded with a doubling of the tax.

It was also a very inefficient tax. During the lifetime of the tax some of the collecting was farmed out to private individuals who all took their cut and it therefore simply did not raise enough money. The tax was eventually dropped in 1689.

The tax was collected according to the administrative units of the time, namely county, hundred and constablery or township, which may or may not be the same as the parish. In the cities, towns and boroughs the constables or sub-collectors often worked according to wards whose boundaries again may or may not be the same as those of the parish.

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MyHeritage surpasses 5 billion historical records

Historical Big Data helps users worldwide make breakthrough family history discoveries 
TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah – April 28, 2014MyHeritage, the popular family history network, today announced that its searchable collection of historical records has passed the 5 billion milestone. The vast digital collection, containing record archives from dozens of countries and user-generated family trees from every corner of the globe, is one of the world’s fastest growing and most internationally diverse family history resources.
During the last two years, MyHeritage has added an average of five million records every single day to its searchable database. In addition its users add more than one million family tree profiles daily. Alongside its phenomenal growth in data, MyHeritage currently ranks in Europe's top 10 fastest growing technology companies revenue-wise according to accounting firm Deloitte. The historical content brings substantial value to the millions of families worldwide who use MyHeritage to discover, share and preserve their family history.
The treasure trove of 5.18 billion records on MyHeritage is derived from a wide range of sources, including birth, marriage, death, census, immigration, military and other records. It includes the complete US censuses available from 1790 to 1940, the world’s largest historical newspaper collection, and large collections of gravestone photos. In addition, the site is home to more than 1.5 billion family tree profiles and 200 million historical photos contributed by 75 million users from all around the world. MyHeritage enjoys a strong network effect on its content, with additional records attracting new users, who in turn contribute more user-generated historical data, both fueling discoveries for the entire user base.

While MyHeritage established itself as the leading online destination for creating family trees almost a decade ago, its expansion into historical records is more recent – these were first introduced when the company launched its SuperSearch search engine for historical records in April 2012. Since then the company’s phenomenal growth in historical records is credited to its aggressive strategy of procuring content via digitization, crowdsourcing, licensing and partnership, headed from its content division based in Utah.  The growth has also been fueled by the company’s multiple acquisitions in recent years, including World Vital Records and Geni.

“We are providing Historical Big Data”, said Gilad Japhet, MyHeritage Founder and CEO. “Data all around us is exploding as we enter a new era, the Internet of Things, with humanity poised to produce even greater quantities of digital information every minute. In this abundance of data, vetted information about past periods, as needed for family history research, is harder to come by, and providing it in high quality and quantity is our specialty. We're proud of our growth over the past few years and the beneficial impact this has had for users on a global scale. Every day brings us closer to fulfilling our mission of making family history easier and more accessible to all. We expect to surpass 7 billion historical records by the end of the year."

“MyHeritage is the fastest growing, and the most internationally diverse company in the family history industry.” Said Russ Wilding, Chief Content Officer of MyHeritage. “Much of the content on MyHeritage is exclusive and available nowhere else, making it a must-have resource for anyone interested in their family history.”

In recent years, MyHeritage has invested heavily in developing technologies designed to help users make breakthrough discoveries in their family history research, regardless of the origins of their roots. Users with family trees on MyHeritage benefit from MyHeritage's advanced discovery technologies - Smart Matching™, Record Matching™ and Record Detective™, which automatically match family tree profiles and identify historical records relevant for a user's research. With a 97% accuracy rate, users can discover a lot more about their family past with minimum effort.
Available in 40 languages, SuperSearch is the industry’s most multilingual family history search engine, breaking down geographical and language barriers and bringing people and their ancestors closer together all over the world.
How records are counted

On SuperSearch, each collection of historical records includes its precise record count. For example, MyHeritage’s recently added U.S. Public Records Index contains 816 million records. The count of 5.18 billion is calculated as follows: in structured collections, each name is counted as one record, so a marriage document naming bride and groom is counted as two.  Synonyms are not counted in cases where the same person is found under multiple names. In family trees, each profile is counted as one record, even when it is available in more than one language. Each photo is counted as one record. In unstructured collections (e.g. newspaper pages), each page is counted as one record.
About MyHeritage

MyHeritage is a family history network helping millions of families around the world discover and share their legacy online. As technology thought leaders and innovators, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible, exciting and easier than ever before. MyHeritage empowers its global community of users with unique social tools, a massive library of historical content and powerful search and data matching technologies. The service is available in 40 languages. For more information visit

GRIP Announces 2015 Plans for Two Institute Weeks

April 25, 2014 - Pittsburgh, PA – The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) announces their summer 2015 plans. In order to accommodate many different interests and a high demand for popular courses, two weeks of six courses each will be offered next summer, both at La Roche College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The first week will be June 28 to July 3, 2015 and the second week will be July 19 to 24, 2015. According to Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, and Deborah Lichtner Deal, co-directors of GRIP, “the demand for in-depth genealogical education is so high that week-long courses sell out shortly after registration opens, disappointing many potential students. At the same time genealogists who have taken many courses want new content.” GRIP seeks to satisfy this growing need for high quality genealogy education through its week-long courses with internationally recognized instructors.

June 28 to July 3, 2015, courses include course coordinators and topics: John P. Colletta, Ph.D. (Writing the Immigrant Story), Karen Mauer Green, CG (New York State), Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL (Genealogical Proof Standard), Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG (Problem Solving with Church Records), Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL and Pam Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL (Advanced Land), Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL (Genetics).

July 19 to 24, 2015, courses include Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL (Advanced Methodology), Sharon Cook MacInnes, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania), Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL and Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL (Law), Paula Stuart-Warren, CG (Intermediate topics), D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS (Professional topics), Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL (Genetics).

Nestled in the Pittsburgh suburbs, La Roche’s campus includes economical air-conditioned “en suite” dorm accommodations steps from the classrooms, a buffet-style cafeteria, and free parking. The instructors are all experienced researchers, lecturers, and writers who bring their expertise into the classroom with case studies and problem solving exercises. Registration will begin in February 2015 but there are still seats left in summer 2014 courses in Pittsburgh and the Detroit suburb of Orchard Lake, Michigan.

Unique opportunities for this year are “Finding African-American Families” coordinated by J. Mark Lowe, CG and Dr. Deborah Abbott offered in Pittsburgh July 20 to 25 and “Becoming an Online Expert: Mastering Search Engines and Digital Archives” with D. Joshua Taylor. In Orchard Lake August 3 to 8 is “Advancing Your Polish Research: 300 Years of Records including Prussian, Russian, and Austrian Poland” coordinated by Ceil Wendt Jensen, CG, “Determining Kinship Reliably with the GPS” with Thomas W. Jones, “Bridging the 1780-1840 Gap: New England to the Midwest” with D. Joshua Taylor, and “Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper” with Paula Stuart-Warren, the latter of which is also offered in Pittsburgh.

For more information and an update on course seats, visit our website at or email

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Jamboree - Announcing the 2014 Jamboree Mobile App

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We are so excited to announce that the mobile app for the 2014 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree is now available for download!

The Jamboree mobile app is available for the following operating systems: iOS (iPad, iPad mini, iTouch, iPhone); Android; BlackBerry; Windows; in fact, all web-enabled phones.

Laptop and desktop users can also make use of the app. The app is truly valuable for everyone attending Jamboree.

Many improvements have been made since the first Jamboree app was introduced in 2011. The updated 2014 version, again developed by Core-Apps LLC, offers the following features designed to improve the Jamboree experience for attendees, exhibitors and speakers.

Plan your weekend at Jamboree.
  • Preview all of the classes by reading the descriptions.
  • Browse day by day, or do a search by topic or experience level.
  • Download the dozens of syllabus articles available through the app and print them for use.
  • Look up your favorite speakers and review the sessions they are teaching.
  • Select your sessions and add them to your own personal schedule to keep organized.
  • Explore the exhibit hall from the comfort of your couch long before the doors open.
  • Do you have questions for speakers or exhibitors? Ask them in advance.
Stay in touch before, during and after Jamboree.
  • Create your profile so others know you're attending
  • Connect with your friends and send messages.
  • Share your class schedule if you'd like others to know where to find you.
  • Receive breaking news texts from the Jamboree staff about schedule changes, etc.
  • Sync the app across multiple devices.
  • Twitter users, send and read tweets from within the app.
  • Keep up with the Jamboree blog. 
  • Provide your feedback on speaker sessions directly from the app.
The App is valuable for exhibitors and speakers, too.
  • Exhibitors and speakers receive a free "Green" listing.
  • In addition to contact information, display your logo and add PDFs for download.
  • Add your application forms, flyers, resume or list of services, or other document.
  • For additional exposure, purchase a banner / landing ad. Link directly to a website or special offer.
Members of the genealogical community can take advantage of the app.  We are issuing an invitation for members of our community to be listed as a "virtual exhibitor" in the Jamboree app at a nominal charge. For only $50, you can add a contact listing, logo and downloads for your book, society, professional genealogical service, or other business. For complete information, download the information brochure and contact for further details.

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and get acquainted 
with all of its features. 
Make your Jamboree experience
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RootsTech Issues a Call for Presentations for 2015 Conference

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--RootsTech is a global family history event, hosted by FamilySearch, where people of all ages learn to discover and celebrate their family across generations. It reaches an audience of 150,000 attendees in-person, online, and through local family history fairs.

The RootsTech 2015 conference will be held on February 11–14, 2015, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Content Committee is calling for dynamic presentations for the 2015 conference that inform and educate both those seeking to begin and those continuing to discover their family story through technology.

Presentation submissions will be accepted June 2 to June 27, 2014, through the Call for Presentations portal on

Presentations will be accepted for both RootsTech and the Innovator Summit.

  • RootsTech is a three-day family history conference offering over 200 classes for beginners, avid hobbyists, and experienced researchers.
  • Innovator Summit starts with a pre-RootsTech event on Wednesday, February 11. It is a unique opportunity for software developers, entrepreneurs, and technology business leaders to explore and influence technology solutions in the family history industry. Related classes will continue throughout the RootsTech conference.

In 2015, RootsTech and The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) are teaming up to offer two great conferences in one venue. Speakers interested in presenting at FGS can visit their website for more information.

RootsTech presentation submissions are requested for all family history and technology skill levels in the following categories:

  • Finding and Organizing Records
  • Preserving Your Work and Legacy
  • Sharing and Collaboration
  • Stories and Photos
  • Tools, Technology, and Gadgets
  • General Family History Topics
  • Family Traditions and Lifestyle
  • Innovator Development
  • Business and Networking Opportunities

For more information, download the complete Call for Presentations document. It includes presentation and evaluation criteria, the submission timeline, and process details.

Questions regarding the RootsTech 2015 call for presentations can be emailed to the Content Committee at

About RootsTech

RootsTech is the largest family history conference in the world where people of all ages discover and share their family stories and connections through technology. Now in it's fifth year, RootsTech is an annual conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Hosted by FamilySearch and sponsored by leading genealogical organizations, the conference includes inspiring keynote speakers, hands-on demonstrations, and forums to provide a highly interactive environment and accelerate learning. Content is geared to young and old, beginner to advanced levels.

2015 FGS National Conference Call for Presentations

Submissions will be accepted between May 1, 2014 and May 31, 2014

April 17, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces a Call for Presentations for the FGS 2015 Conference, “Connect. Explore. Refresh.” to be held February 11-14, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 2015 Conference will be held at the same time as the RootsTech 2015 Conference. Submissions will be accepted online between May 1, 2014 and May 31, 2014.

This innovative blending of the established tradition of FGS’s stellar conferences, focused on genealogical society management, records, and methodology, with RootsTech’s famed conferences, centered on family history, technology, and storytelling, will provide speakers the opportunity to participate in an exciting, once in a lifetime event. A separate Call for Presentations will be announced soon for the RootsTech 2015 Conference.

The conference theme “Connect. Explore. Refresh.” defines the elements FGS conference attendees will see and experience in 2015. The FGS program committee seeks original, relevant, and engaging lecture proposals that will impact, inspire, and motivate genealogists of all experience levels and skill-sets to form connections with other family historians, the larger genealogical community, and within their own personal research.

Categories for submissions include, but are not limited to:

  • Back to Basics
  • Tried and True Methods
  • Answering Difficult Questions with Leading Questions
  • The 21st Century Genealogical Society for Today and Tomorrow
  • Genealogical Society Leaders and Visionaries
  • Modern Access to Vintage Resources
  • A Retro Look at Organization and Planning
  • The Most Useful Hidden Records in Plain Sight
  • Connecting to the Past with Military Commemorations – i.e., War of 1812, Civil War
  • 20th Century Migration – i.e., Dust Bowl, WW2 movements, etc.
  • Wagon Trains, Railroads, and Modern Transportation
  • Ethnic Groups in the West – i.e., African Americans, Native Americans, Chinese, Japanese, and Greek
  • Missionaries and Settlers
  • Compiling Singular Records into Lively Stories

The FGS 2015 Conference schedule will commence with a Focus on Societies Day on Wednesday, February, 11, 2015, followed by the three-day annual conference event. The FGS Program Committee seeks proposals for the Focus on Societies Day and the annual conference. Submissions for sponsored talks from societies, businesses, and organizations within the family history community are greatly encouraged.


Speaker submissions and deadlines for the FGS 2015 Conference will be very different from previous years, as FGS now utilizes an online submission system. Interested speakers must submit all lecture proposals using the online forms. The Call for Presentations opens May 1, 2014 and will close on May 31, 2014.

Camera-ready handout materials are due for all lecture presentations on October 1, 2014.

Questions concerning the Call for Presentations should be sent to


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. Speakers receive compensation according to the FGS Conference Speaker Policy at

Sponsored speakers’ costs are compensated by the sponsoring organization. Sponsored speakers will abide by all speaker deadlines and syllabus requirements. Sponsored speakers will receive complimentary FGS conference registration and electronic syllabus materials.

For more information, to download a PDF copy of the Call for Presentations, or to submit lecture proposals, please visit

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

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2014 FGS National Conference - Call for Exhibit Hall Presentations

In partnership with the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and, the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) announces a Call for Exhibit Hall Presentations to be held during the FGS 2014 Conference, 28-30 August 2014, in San Antonio, Texas.

As part of the educational and outreach missions of both FGS and TSGS, the exhibit hall will be free and open to the public. During that time, approximately twenty half-hour presentations will be offered on the exhibit hall education stage. These 30-minute presentations will be geared towards educating and motivating all attendees, but with a special focus on beginners or the casually curious. The challenge for presenters will be to excite and convert participants in a short period of time.

The deadline for submission of exhibit hall proposals is Sunday, 18 May 2014.

The categories of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Basic and introductory genealogical instruction
  • Storytelling and interviewing
  • Preserving for future generations
  • DNA and family medical history
  • Technology, software and social media
  • Benefits of joining a local genealogy society
  • Online pitfalls
As there will also be a separate vendor presentation stage, vendor specific topics or sponsors are outside the scope of this call for presentations.

Submission Requirements

Presentations will be 30 minutes long. 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.
  • Speaker(s) biography.
  • Presentation outline/summary (1 page or less)
Send proposals, as an email attachment, with “FGS 2014 Call for Exhibit Hall Presentations” in the subject line, to no later than Sunday, 18 May 2014.

Invitations to speak will be extended by 1 July 2014. The deadline for acceptance and submission of signed speaker contracts is 15 July 2014.


Due to the structure and location of the presentations, speakers will be compensated for their time only at a rate of $75 per 30-minute presentation.

Society Sponsored Presentations

Societies are encouraged to submit proposals for sponsored talks. The sponsoring organization will cover its speaker's compensation. Sponsored speakers will abide by all speaker deadlines.

Additional Information

Handouts and other reference material will not be compiled in the printed syllabus distributed to conference participants. However, syllabus materials will be made available online and via the FGS mobile app. These materials will be limited to two pages per session. Syllabus format guidelines will be sent to all speakers upon receipt of their signed contract. The deadline for submissions of syllabus materials is 25 July 2014.

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 state wide groups in promoting an awareness of the need to preserve family heritage. To learn more, visit

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

About the is a leading global family history website, offering more than 1.8 billion records from 875 AD to the present day. Findmypast offers family historians comprehensive collections of newspapers, periodicals, military, census, migration, parish, work and education records, as well as the original comprehensive birth, marriage and death records from the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland.

GeneaQuest - The Future is Now, 17 May 2014

CAGGNI is proud to announce our First All Day Conference

Register now for CAGGNI's first ever day-long conference, GeneaQuest! GeneaQuest 2014 features nationally-acclaimed genea blogger and genealogy-tech professional Thomas MacEntee. Thomas's keynote address, Genealogy: The Future Is Now will present the programs, apps, and websites that are hot now and how you can prepare for the genealogy technology of the future.

Breakout sessions and computer labs featuring CAGGNI's own presenters Caron Primas Brennan, Nancy R. Thomas, John Stryker, Sandra Trapp and Michelle Bray Wilson will deep-dive into Genealogy Apps, Google Tools,, FamilySearch, Family Tree Maker, Genetic Genealogy, Picasa and Flip-Pal.

Visit our GeneaQuest page for complete program and speaker information.

Join us also at GeneaQuest's exclusive GeneaUs Bar for informal discussion in your favorite genealogy or technology specialty area.

This event will be held at Elgin Community College building E. Map.

Societies and Vendors: Please share this Program Brochure with your membership. Contact for conference handouts, to host a society table, or for further information.

Already registered? When you refer a friend who signs up, you will receive a free Raffle Ticket, a $2.50 value and a chance to win one of our exceptional raffle prizes, including 1 year subscriptions to Ancestry, Fold3,, GenealogyBank,, FindMyPast, or an iPad Mini or a Mini Living Stories Project from The friend must list your name when signing up. This promotion runs thru April so don't delay!

Federation of Genealogical Societies calls for Award Nominations

Nomination Deadline is June 15, 2014

April 10, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) calls for genealogy contribution award nominations through June 15, 2014. The specific award categories and a link to the submission form can be found at the FGS website:

Each year the Federation of Genealogical Societies recognizes and thanks genealogical and historical organizations as well as individuals who make significant contributions to family history. The FGS awards program honors the award winners’ activities and products, highlights their efforts, and provides examples and ideas on how others can accomplish similar goals.

FGS awards are given to societies and members of societies for outstanding and notable service to the genealogical community. Other awards may be presented throughout the year and announced in FGS publications.

Paula Stuart-Warren, FGS Director and Awards Committee Chair, adds, “The Federation has a long history of honoring its member societies, individual members of those societies, and others who give so much to our family history community. The awards program helps gain public recognition of the valuable work of dedicated volunteers. We each know of individuals and groups that deserve to be honored by their peers. Let FGS know about them and we will share the knowledge of their efforts with genealogists across the globe.”

The Federation especially encourages its member societies to recognize their great volunteers. The deadline for submission of award nominations is June 15, 2014. FGS Delegates should make their society boards aware of this opportunity. Further, please check the FGS awards page after May 1st to see some exciting additions to the lineup of FGS award categories.

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

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New Show Provides Tips and Guidance for Genealogy Professionals

MILLS, M.A. (April 10, 2014) – Professional genealogist and house historian, Marian Pierre-Louis has developed a new genealogy show in audio (podcast) format called The Genealogy Professional. The show shares the experiences of genealogy professionals in running their businesses. Genealogists who are considering becoming professional some day, as well as experienced professionals, will gain insight into how to successfully provide services within the field of genealogy.

"The Genealogy Professional podcast provides a peek behind the curtain to give up-and-coming and experienced genealogists a chance to learn from active professionals working in the field," explained Pierre-Louis.

Each show contains an interview with an active genealogy professional and provides tips and guidance related to practical aspects of business such meeting deadlines, networking, finding clients, submitting articles for publication and applying for speaking engagements.

The Genealogy Professional podcast has an international focus featuring genealogy professionals from around the world. Some guests have included Kirsty Wilkinson from Scotland, Eileen O'Duill from Ireland, Kathryn Lake Hogan from Canada, Carol Baxter from Australia, Israel Pickholtz from Israel and Lisa Alzo and Sheri Fenley from the United States.

Shows are broadcast weekly, released every Monday. through the Genealogy Professional website ( as well iTunes and Stitcher.

About Marian Pierre-Louis

Marian Pierre-Louis is a professional genealogist and house historian who shares her love of genealogy through her webinars, blogs, internet radio shows and social media. She is the host of the internet radio show Fieldstone Common which broadcasts every Thursday.

Here & Then: The British Newspaper Archive’s brand new mobile app

You can now view fascinating historic articles, images and adverts from The British Newspaper Archive through your iPhone for free.

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Free daily stories from historic newspapers

Download our mobile app today and read stories from over 200 years of historical newspapers for free, wherever you are.

  • Learn what happened on this day in history
  • Discover reports reflecting today’s news
  • Enjoy interesting and amusing snippets dating back to the 1700s

Don’t have an iPhone?

You can also read daily stories on our Facebook page – make sure you like The British Newspaper Archive on Facebook –

About The British Newspaper Archive

1. The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership project between the British Library and DC Thomson Family History. From November 2011 to 2021, up to 40 million pages from historical newspapers across the UK and Ireland (spanning the period, 1700 to 1950) will be uploaded to the website.

2. The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection.

3. D.C Thomson Family History began life in 1995 as Scotland Online and is a leading UK independent provider of IT business services to large public and private sector organisations. The online publishing division of D.C. Thomson has significant expertise in the digitisation and management of archival records, and works in partnership with the British Library, the National Archives and the National Records of Scotland Headquartered in Dundee, the company is owned by the publishers D.C. Thomson and has offices in Edinburgh and London.

Call for Papers: Ohio Genealogical Society 2015 Conference

The Ohio Genealogical Society is accepting proposals for the 2015 annual conference, Ohio: Your Genealogical Cornerstone, to be held April 9-11, 2015, in Columbus. We are looking for interesting one-hour lectures and engaging two-hour workshops geared to a variety of audience levels. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2014.

Topics of interest

We invite proposals on a wide range of topics, particularly:

  • Effective research, analysis, and problem-solving strategies
  • Using DNA/genetic genealogy
  • Ohio-specific topics (land, migration, history, laws, records, etc.)
  • Methodology and skill-building
  • Technology, tools, and trends in genealogy
  • Ethnic research (German, Irish, Welsh, European, African-American, etc.)
  • Military and land research
  • Preserving and sharing family history
  • Topical research (photo identification, orphans, individual states, etc.)
  • Organization and project/time management

We also plan to offer a four-hour Getting Started with Genealogy seminar for beginners on Saturday. Proposals for a coordinated, educational-style program are welcome.

Submission guidelines

Please submit proposals in PDF or Microsoft Word format. Each should include:

  • Speaker’s name, address, phone number, and email address
  • Lecture title and a brief but comprehensive outline (single page maximum)
  • Lecture summary for conference brochure (25 words or less)
  • Suggested audience level: B, B/I, I, I/A, A, or All
  • Brief speaker biography for brochure (50 words or less)
  • Resume of prior speaking experience

Please use your last name and shortened title as a file name. For workshops, indicate if participants will need tables or computers. Speakers may submit up to six proposals for consideration. Submit each proposal via email to no later than July 1, 2014. Selected speakers will be notified in August. Further information will be provided at that time. Camera-ready syllabus materials must be received by February 1, 2015.

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 deadlines and syllabus requirements.


Selected speakers receive an honorarium, travel compensation, conference registration, electronic syllabus, hotel stay, and meal per Diem based on the number of lectures presented.

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. Visit us at

Federation of Genealogical Societies Announces Successful 2014 Webinar Series Launch

“Capturing the Community: Using Twitter to Connect, Engage and Educate” by Jen Baldwin Is Now Available To View

April 3, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the successful launch of its 2014 Webinar Series with the engaging presentation given by Jen Baldwin on “Capturing the Community: Using Twitter to Connect, Engage and Educate in Genealogy.” Recorded on Monday, March 31, 2014, this informative webinar on the uses of Twitter for genealogy by both family history researchers and genealogical societies is now available to view at the FGS Webinars page.

And remember the War of 1812 Webinar Series is available for a limited time only. Do not miss your chance to learn from two leading experts in the field, J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, and Craig Scott, MA, CG, as they discuss “Discovering Local & State Militia Records” and “Researching in the Post War Records of 1812,” respectively. This phenomenal series is only available at the FGS Webinars page until Sunday, April 27, 2014.

Melissa Shimkus, FGS Education Chair, states, "Jen Baldwin provides a superb explanation on the merits of Twitter and its ease of use for everyone, from those just starting their genealogical search to experts in the field, and for every genealogical society and organization."

Shimkus continues, "Mark Lowe and Craig Scott are both passionate supporters of the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions Project. Their depth of knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject matter is unsurpassed and should not be missed."

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

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