Registration Now Open for 2015 APG’s Professional Management Conference

DNA, Genealogical Standards, Setting Fees, and Adoption Research among 16 Sessions Offered over 2 Full Days

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 30 July 2014 −The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today opened registration and announced the theme and speakers for its 2015 APG Professional Management Conference (PMC). The theme for the event, now in its 18th year, is “Professional-Grade Genealogy.” Thirteen speakers from a variety of backgrounds will cover key topics for professional genealogists, including DNA, time-management, genealogical standards, citation writing, having difficult conversations, setting fees, adoption research, and professional writing and speaking. PMC is the only genealogical conference focused on instruction for the professional genealogist, providing opportunities for networking as well as professional and business development. The event will be held the 8-9 January 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.

“As genealogy continues to grow as a profession, so must educational opportunities designed for the professional,” said APG President Kimberly Powell. “To accommodate the need for professional education and offer the networking opportunities our attendees enjoy, we have expanded APG’s Professional Management Conference program to two full days. We are also offering some new aspects to the event to engage and involve attendees.”

What’s New at APG’s PMC 2015
This year’s event includes 16 sessions held over two full days, including four workshops and many topics that offer practical advice for business owners. Also new this year will be PMC Poster Sessions, unique networking opportunities providing professional genealogists with an informal, interactive opportunity to showcase research, share work, and exchange ideas. See for deadlines and instructions on submitting proposals for a Poster Session.

Register Now for APG’s PMC 2015
Attendance at PMC is open to APG members and to non-members. Attendees may choose to attend the full conference or a single day. Early-bird pricing ends 15 October 2014. Details on pricing and the conference sessions are available at Registration for virtual access to select sessions (Virtual PMC) will open later this year.

Speakers and Topics Will Include:

  • Thomas Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS—Three-part Workshop: You’ve Got Options: Many Ways to Cite Right
  • Angie Bush, MS—DNA and Genealogical Proof
  • CeCe Moore—Workshop: Genealogy Professionals Needed: How Adoptees Discover their Genealogical Roots
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL—Finding the Law
  • Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL—(1) Workshop: Measuring Yourself against Standards: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Skills and (2) Get Paid for Your Passion: Setting Fees
  • Angela Packer McGhie—Time Management: Successfully Balancing the Demands of Our Many "Clients"
  • Kimberly Powell—Organizing Your Research and Writing with Scrivener
  • James M. Beidler—(1) Finding Your Niche: Matching Passion, Professionalism, and Pecuniary Interest and (2) Taxes and the Professional Genealogist
  • Anastasia Harman—Workshop: Professional Writing Foundations: 5 Ways to Improve Your Writing Today
  • Ron Arons, MBA—Mind Maps for Genealogy
  • Thomas MacEntee—Self-Publishing for Genealogists
  • Billie Stone Fogarty, MEd—So You Want to be a Genealogical Speaker
  • Christina Grover—How to Have Difficult conversations with Clients and Colleagues

A Week of Genealogy
APG’s PMC kicks off more than a week of genealogical activities in Salt Lake City. Beginning after PMC, genealogists can enjoy Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), also held at the Hilton Hotel SLIG features week-long, in-depth instruction on more than 10 genealogical subjects. More details available at

About the Association of Professional Genealogists

The Association of Professional Genealogists, 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, and Facebook.



Contact: Tami Osmer Glatz,

The WikiChicks Genealogy News Network (WikiChicks GNN), an engaging genealogical news service, has officially launched. “WikiChicks GNN is a new way for genealogists to stay informed of current industry news and relevant stories. By using social media tools we can provide information in a way that allows folks the ability to both read and share it easily with others” said Tami Osmer Glatz, co-founder of the group. “What I like about this concept is that it is a great example of how genealogists can come together, collaborate and make great things happen!” said Eowyn Langholf, co-founder. WikiChicks is different from existing community news services in that it is accessible through many platforms, and news is shared throughout the day, with evening digests of the day’s events created as a single blog posting.

WikiChicks’ goal is to share information of interest to genealogists daily via popular social media sources, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flipboard, and Storify.

WickiChicks’ postings combine aggregate information with new content. For those who don’t spend all day perusing social media sites, the team publishes the “Whaddya Miss” posting every weekday evening on the WikiChicks Genealogy News Network blog , This segment includes all the day’s shared links and stories in one place.

Additionally, the WikiChicks team shares regular weekly columns on the blog,  such as Monday’s Muse, a collection of interesting genealogical tips, tricks and stories to motivate you for the week ahead; Tuesday’s ChickTips, featuring websites and resources helpful for research; Wednesday’s Spotlight, sharing personal stories and information about folk’s genealogical journeys; Thursdays Tweets, a collection of the week’s interesting and informative “don’t miss” comments from various genealogists on Twitter; and Friday’s Weekend Warmup, a recount of a few select news stories to get readers “warmed up” and ready to research over the weekend.

The website,, includes the blog, as well as an all-inclusive genealogy calendar of events, searchable by state or event type, such as conferences, webinars, etc.

Who are the WikiChicks?
The WickiChicks began as Eowyn Langholf and Tami Osmer Glatz.  The two met as team members for the collaborative family tree website, WikiTree, where Eowyn is the Forest Elf and Social Media Manager, and Tami is the Playground Manager & Courtesy Counselor (aka Community Assistant).

Tami’s contributions to the genealogy community have included the free Relatively Curious Internet Genealogy Toolbar, and presentations and classes on using the Internet for research while maintaining professional-level genealogical standards and practices.  Eowyn is smart, funny, wonderful, wildly successful working for a major published author & celebrity, and single. She recounts “Tami and I were manning the WikiTree booth at RootsTech, modeling our fashionably orange WikiTree shirts when Genea-Musings blogger Randy Seaver stopped by for a chat.  He took one look at us and said ‘You two must be the WikiChicks.’  We give him credit for the name and now refer to him affectionately as ‘Uncle Randy’”.  

Eowyn and Tami are pleased to announce the latest  contributor  to WikiChicks, author and researcher Gena Philibert-Ortega.  “Gena has been a part of so many aspects of the genealogy community, from her articles for WorldVitalRecords, to her being the genial hostess of the Genealogy-Wise online forums, to her behind-the-scenes research for Genealogy Roadshow, and so much more. Her breadth of knowledge is going to be a huge asset.”

About WikiChicks
The WikiChicks Genealogy News Network (WickiChicks GNN) is a free service that  provides social media posts to help educate and inform genealogists and family historians about news, events and research tips.  The WikiChicks’ GNN team share information of interest to genealogists daily via popular social media sources, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flipboard, and Storify.

To have your society or group’s events included on the Calendar, or to share  news and press releases, please email To learn more about WickiChicks see their website at

The NextGen Genealogy Network To Support Preserve The Pensions With Giveaways

Monrovia, California, 25 July 2014: The NextGen Genealogy Network (NGGN), an organization dedicated to fostering the next generation’s interest in family history, has expanded its campaign to support the Preserve the Pensions War of 1812 Pension Digitization Project. These pensions are valuable documents in urgent need of digitization, and will be made available for free at Fold3. You can learn more about this project at

In an effort to bring greater awareness to Preserve the Pensions, NGGN will present one participant with a one-year subscription to Fold3 ($79.95 value). The submission deadline is August 8, and details are available at

In addition, NGGN will present a one-year World Explorer subscription ($299.95 value) to one participant in recognition of the most outstanding short essay or video submission about the topic, “Why is it important to preserve the War of 1812 pensions?” A second outstanding participant will receive a one-year subscription to ($79.95 value). The submission deadline is August 31, and details are available at

These giveaways have been made possible thanks to the generous support of

A portion of all contributions to NGGN made between June 6 and August 15, 2014 will be donated to Preserve the Pensions, in support of the continued effort to make these historical records available to all generations, not just today’s genealogists. NGGN will donate twenty-five percent of all contributions up to fifty dollars, and fifty percent of all contributions exceeding fifty dollars.

For more information about the NextGen Genealogy Network and their support of the Preserve the Pensions War of 1812 Pension Digitization Project, please visit

Gaenovium 2014: Genealogy conference for technologists

Gaenovium 2014 Technology Conference

Introducing Gaenovium, the Genealogy Technology Conference

New genealogy-technology conference is different in every important way.

Quick Summary

New conference is not big and overwhelming, but small and intimate. Independent organisation. Not national, but international. Not in the USA, but in Europe. Not for genealogy technology users, but the technology creators. Conference fee includes all-attendee dinner.


Genealogy without technology has become unthinkable. Nowadays, every genealogy conference has presentations that use or mention technology used by genealogists, but until now, even the most technology-oriented genealogy conferences were squarely aimed at the users of that technology.

Gaenovium is a new kind of genealogy-related conference conceived and created by genealogy technologists Bob Coret and Tamura Jones, and it's different in every important way.

Gaenovium isn't a big overwhelming conference, but a small and intimate one. Gaenovium does not take place in the USA, but in Europe, the continent where modern genealogy has its roots.

Gaenovium is not another conference for genealogy technology users, but a new conference for the technology creators. The Gaenovium conference is an event organised exclusively for academics, developers and visionaries at the forefront of genealogy technology.


Gaenovium is an international event, where genealogy technologists from around the world get together. Gaenovium 2014, the inaugural Gaenovium conference, features in-depth geneatechnology presentations by domain experts from Canada, Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands. Gaenovium 2014 takes place in Europe, and is sponsored by two leading genealogy technology companies from two other continents.

Gaenovium does not take place just anywhere in Europe. Gaenovium takes place in Leiden, an ancient Dutch city that is not only rich in history, historical buildings and fascinating museums of international renown, but also known to genealogist world-wide as the city of the Pilgrim Fathers.

Date and Pricing
Gaenovium 2014 takes place on Tuesday 7 October 2014. The modest registration fee of € 45 includes coffee, lunch and a closing dinner with all speakers and attendees.

Sign up

The venue for Gaenovium 2014 is a historic building, and attendance is limited to the capacity of the main room. Registering for Gaenovium 2014 is similar to registering for a Beta programme; you sign up to receive an invitation.

Gaenovium 2014 is sponsored by MyHeritage Ltd and RootsMagic Inc.
RootsMagic CEO Bruce Buzbee is enthusiastic: “This brand new conference is an exciting initiative that we're proud to support as a sponsor.”.

More Information
Detailed information is available on the Gaenovium website:
Follow @gaenovium on twitter.

New England Historic Genealogical Society Confirms Family Tie Between Founders of Industry-Leading Carrier and Otis Brands

FARMINGTON, Conn., July 23, 2014 — Two men whose innovations changed the way the world built cities shared more than just a creative streak — they also share a bloodline. Experts at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston have confirmed that Willis Carrier’s great-grandmother, Lydia Otis, was cousins with Elisha Otis, making Carrier and Otis fourth cousins. Now, the Carrier and Otis brands are parts of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, the world’s largest provider of building technologies and a part of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

“The blood relationship that our New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) researchers discovered between Elisha Otis and Willis Carrier demonstrates the impact that genealogical study has upon history,” said D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO, NEHGS. “By connecting two innovative individuals on a family tree – our understanding of ‘family’ is once again advanced. While it has been observed for centuries that cousins work closely together for the benefit of their clan, in this instance two cousins worked diligently for the benefit of society with innovations that dramatically changed our way of living.”

Elisha Otis was born in Halifax, Vermont in 1811 and later moved to Yonkers, New York. Two years after inventing the “safety elevator,” Otis famously promoted it at the 1854 World’s Fair in New York City. With the help of circus legend P.T. Barnum, Otis stood atop an elevator platform as the rope was cut to demonstrate the springs that snapped into place and kept the elevator from falling. Today, Otis Elevator Company is the world’s largest manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways.

Willis Carrier was born in Angola, New York, near Buffalo in 1876. Less than a decade after inventing modern air conditioning in 1902 to solve a production problem at a Brooklyn print shop, he solidified his role in history as the “father of air conditioning” with the Rationale Psychometric Formulae. It is the most famous and enduring document ever prepared on the topic and Carrier’s equations still form the basis of air conditioning design calculations. Today, 112 years later, Carrier is the world’s leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions.

“The creative thought running through the Otis and Carrier families enabled buildings to rise higher and become more comfortable, increasing productivity, making urban life possible and creating the skylines of today,” said Geraud Darnis, president, UTC Building & Industrial Systems. “People often joke that ‘it must be in the water,’ but in this case, that inventive spirit was in their blood.”

“I think both Elisha and Willis would be pleased to see their pioneering spirit alive and well today,” said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Building & Industrial Systems. “Their legacies of innovation have inspired our engineers to create advancements in energy efficiency to support the world’s move to greener buildings. It’s not surprising that they were family long before their brands became part of the same company.”

A video about the discovery is available on UTC Building & Industrial Systems’ YouTube channel. To learn more about Carrier and Otis, visit, or follow both on Twitter: @CarrierGreen and @OtisElevatorCo.

About UTC Building & Industrial Systems

UTC Building & Industrial Systems is the world’s largest provider of building technologies. Its elevator, escalator, fire-safety, security, building automation, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems and services promote integrated, high-performance buildings that are safer, smarter and sustainable. UTC Building & Industrial Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit or follow @UTCBIS on Twitter.

About New England Historic Genealogical Society

The founding genealogical society in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society was established in 1845. Today it has a national collecting scope and serves 65,000 constituents through our award-winning web site

Since 1845, NEHGS has been the country's leading research center for genealogists and family historians of every skill level. Today we provide more than 25,000 members worldwide with access to some of the most important and valuable research tools anywhere. Our resources, expertise, and service are unmatched in the field and our leading staff of on-site and online genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, Jewish, African American, Native American, and Canadian research. Expert assistance is available to members and nonmembers in a variety of ways. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99-101 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, is home to more than 28 million items, including artifacts, documents, records, journals, letters, books, manuscripts, and other items dating back hundreds of years.

Jennifer Holik Releases Two New WWII books

July 22, 2014 – Chicago, Illinois. Jennifer Holik announces the release of two of her latest books. The Tiger’s Widow the second book in the Stories of the Lost series. And, Stories from the Battlefield: A Beginning Guide to World War II Research.

The Tiger's Widow

Love knows no boundaries of time and space or life and death. It exists forever in our hearts as we remember and honor those who have gone before us. Through those memories we pass life lessons on to the next generation. We teach others there is light after darkness, hope after despair, and love is the glue that puts shattered hearts back together. This is a story of five hearts separated by time and space; hearts which would meet in the perfect moment. It is a story about never ending love that lived on even after death.

Join me on a journey that spans 72 years and several continents. This is the story of the life of Virginia Scharer Brouk, the wife of Flying Tiger, Robert Brouk. Virginia picked up the pieces of her life and joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, later known as the Women’s Army Corps (WAC,) to take up the fight after Robert was killed in a plane crash. Virginia’s story is of life, loss, war, and the connection of hearts filled with love.

Stories from the Battlefield: A Beginning Guide to World War II Research

All the records burned! We hear this over and over when we think about World War II research. Yet there are many records and resources available to get you started. In this short guide, you will learn the basics of World War II military research and what to look for in your home sources. Then we will explore components of personnel files, death records, and other associated records in this short book.

This guide is meant to be a starting point for World War II research, not an exhaustive examination of all the military branches and records available. In 2015 I will release the first in a series of in-depth books on World War II records, the first being Stories from the Battlefield Volume I: Navigating World War II Home Front, Civilian, Army, and Air Corps Records. Please visit my website for more details on the release dates.

Coming in 2015!

Volume I: Navigating World War II Home Front, Civilian, Army, and Air Corps Records

Volume II: Navigating World War II Accident Reports, Internment and Prisoner Records, and Death Records

Volume III: Navigating World War II Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Merchant Marine Records

Volume IV: Navigating World War II National Guard Records

The Tiger’s Widow and Stories from the Battlefield are available through the author’s website: where you can also find the World War II Toolbox!

About Jennifer Holik

Jennifer is a genealogical, historical, and military researcher. Jennifer lectures throughout the Chicagoland area on World War II records and stories, women during World War II, kids genealogy, and Italian genealogy.

As a researcher and writer she can help you research and piece together the stories of your ancestors, particularly if they served during World War II. Jennifer is also on staff at the World War II History Network where she assists with the genealogy group.

NC Genealogical Society Webinar to feature J. Mark Lowe

The North Carolina Genealogical Society presents:
J. Mark Lowe
NC Taxes: People, Places, Time, and Delinquency
LIVE Webinar 19 September 3:00 pm EDT, Free Viewing Period: 3-5 October 2014

Discover the variety of North Carolina tax records, and how they can tell you more than the amount due.  Learn where they are located, and when to look at alternate sources for information.
Taxation in the Americas began within the colonies for the crown. By the time, the constitution was written in 1787, all colonies were taxing citizens on property, capitation (head), livestock, and other properties. The constitution gave specific authority to the state to levy and collect taxes. For purposes of our discussion, we will focus on the levy on people (poll tax), property and other personalty.

The North Carolina General Assembly in 1715 defined taxable persons as free Males over sixteen years of age. Basically a tax list is a register of free males, land owners, and slave owners who, by nature of their age or ownership, are required to pay taxes to the governmental authority. But there is so much more to learn. 

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA was named the FGS Delegate of the Year in 2000. He is a full-time professional researcher and educator, who formerly served as President of APG, and as an officer for FGS . You can generally find him researching for clients including Who Do You Think You Are?, African American Lives or Biography Channels uneXplained. Otherwise with his love for teaching, you will see him at SLIG, IGHR, numerous webinars or at your local society.

Lowe is a professional researcher and educator, teaching at SLIG, IGHR & RIGS Alliance, researching for clients, and working on projects like "Who Do You Think You Are?"

VGS 17-18 October 2014 Conference to Be in Historic Augusta County, Virginia

The Virginia Genealogical Society (VGS) and the Augusta County Genealogical Society (AGCS) announce their combined fall conference on 17 and 18 October 2014. The conference includes guided research at the Waynesboro Public Library in Waynesboro and lectures at the Holiday Inn Staunton Conference Center in Staunton, Va. (16 minutes apart). Attendees will draw for great genealogical prizes at this event. VGS partners with a local society for a fall conference and in the spring holds another conference in Richmond.

Friday is a free day. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., guided research will be offered at the Waynesboro Public Library at 600 S. Wayne Avenue in Waynesboro, Va. Library staff and experienced researchers from VGS and ACGS will be available to help. At 2 p.m., Dorothy A. Boyd-Bragg, Ph.D., professor of history,  emerita, James Madison University, will speak on the topic “In the Beginning, Augusta County, Virginia,  Was [Almost] Everything” in the library conference room. She is currently senior research historian associated with the James Madison Center. She is author or editor of numerous genealogy books and articles and has served as president of VGS.

On Saturday, registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Staunton Conference Center at 152 Fairway Lane, Staunton, Va., where a full day of lectures begins at 9 a.m. Speaker Barbara Vines Little, C.G. will address these topics: “Before It Was Augusta,” “West of the Blue Ridge: Augusta’s Chancery Court Records,” “Frontier Settlement: The Virginia Land Office and Its Records,” and “Migration Trails and Settlement Clusters.” Ms. Little is a certified, professional genealogist whose primary interest is in Virginia research, brick wall problems, and complete genealogies. She is an Orange County Historical Society board member and former president of both the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and VGS. She has served as coordinator and instructor for the Virginia Institute of Genealogical Research Track II (VIGR), and for the Virginia track at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University. Currently, Ms. Little is editor of the quarterly Magazine of Virginia Genealogy and NGS’s Research in the States series. The VGS website under the Research Aids tab (go to Libraries…) provides articles about the research facilities in Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro.

On Saturday afternoon, Nancy Sorrells will speak on “Weaving the Fabric of a New Nation.” Ms. Sorrells holds a master’s degree in local, regional, and state history with James Madison University. An independent scholar and freelance writer, she is a partner in a local history publishing company. The Lot’s Wife Publishing website lauds the accomplishments of Nancy Sorrells saying she “was the research historian for ten years at the Museum of American Frontier Culture.”

Space is limited for these sell-out speakers. Be sure to register early to get a seat and save money. The cost of the conference is $44 for VGS & ACGS members and $55 for nonmembers if submitted by 28 September. After 28 September the cost increases $10 for everyone. The price includes Saturday lunch. 

Register at 804-285-8954 or by mail ACGS members register by mailing the brochure to the address below. Registration on the website may not work. Call or e-mail with questions. Cancellations after 1 October will not be refunded. One year VGS membership is $35 for individuals/$40 for families; one year ACGS membership is $15 for individuals/$5 for each additional family member. 

Vendors of books and other items of researchers’ interest will be available Saturday. 

Door prizes coveted by genealogists will be awarded; among them is’s prizes FamilyTreeMaker, FamilyTreeMaker Mac 3; a one-year World Explorer Membership; one-year annual membership to Fold3; and a one-year subscription to For more information, contact the Virginia Genealogical Society at

Speakers for this conference were provided by funds from the
Richard Slatten Endowment for Virginia History of the Community Foundation Serving
Richmond and Central Virginia.

1900 Byrd Ave., Suite #104, Richmond, VA 23230-3033  |  804-285-8954

Ontario Genealogical Society Monthly Webinar Series: 2015 Call for Papers

The Ontario Genealogical Society is now accepting proposals for the OGS Monthly Webinar Series 2015. We are looking for interesting one-hour webinar presentations.

Topics of interest

We invite proposals on a wide range of topics, in particular:

  • Ontario-specific topics (laws, records, land, history, etc.)
  • Ethnic research (Scottish, Irish, English, African-Canadian, German, etc.)
  • Canadian military research
  • Loyalist research
  • Ontario land research
  • DNA/genetic genealogy
  • Methodology and skill-building
  • Technology and trends in genealogy
  • Interesting case studies (Ontario specific)
  • Organization and project/time management

Submission guidelines

Each submission 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 (50 words or less)
  • Resume of prior speaking experience

Please submit proposals in PDF or Microsoft Word format.

Use your last name and shortened title as a file name. Speakers may submit up to four proposals for consideration. Submit each proposal via email to no later than August 15, 2014.
Selected speakers will be notified in September. Further information will be provided at that time.


Selected speakers receive an honorarium for each webinar presentation.

About the Ontario Genealogical Society

The Ontario Genealogical Society, founded in 1961, is the leading society in all aspects of Ontario related family history research, preservation and communication. Our mission is to encourage, bring together and assist those interested in the pursuit of family history and to preserve our Ontario genealogical heritage. The Ontario Genealogical Society is the largest genealogical society in Canada. Visit us at

Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2015 - Call for Speakers

The Ontario Genealogical Society
Conference 2015
“Tracks through Time”
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
29-31 May 2015

Deadline: 12 September 2014
(Multiple proposals encouraged)

The Ontario Genealogical Society will host the Society's annual conference on 29-31 May 2015 at Georgian College Campus, Barrie, ON, Canada. The conference theme -- “Tracks through Time” – originates from the 130th Anniversary of the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway across Canada. Many family historians have their roots in the immigrant laborers who built this railway across our vast country. Other ancestors were tempted by the transportation routes and migration opportunities allowed by its completion. Still others worked for the railway company itself over the years to follow. As researchers, we track our family history through time in many ways, always attempting to ensure we are tracking the right people from the right line. The variations on “Tracks through Time” are endless.

The subject of presentations should preferably fall within one of the following categories:

  1. Impact of the development of the railway in Canada
  2. Tracking various cultural and ethnic ancestor groups to and within Canada (e.g., Aboriginal, African American, Chinese, Scandinavian, Quaker, Polish, Jewish, etc.)
  3. Tracking ancestors through various record groups (land, company, religious, civil, etc.)
  4. Tracking the right people (sorting out same-name research, One-Name Studies, etc.)
  5. Technological advancements in tracking our ancestors

Saturday and Sunday lectures will be one hour long, including time for questions. Friday workshops offering a more in-depth exploration should be 2.5 to 3 hours in length, including time for questions. Consideration will also be given to distance presentations – “streamed in” from a presenter’s location and/or “streamed out” to a distance audience.

Each one-page proposal should include:

  • Presentation Title
  • Abstract – no more than 200 words
  • Presentation Description – one or two sentences for program brochure
  • Full Contact Information - name, postal address, telephone number, e-mail address, and website (if applicable)
  • Brief Biography
  • Target Audience - beginner, intermediate or advanced level family historians; general or specialist audience. 

If your proposal is accepted, you will be requested to provide a 2- to 4-page summary of your lecture or workshop for our Conference Syllabus. This may include a brief overview, references and web addresses mentioned, sample screen shots, etc. It will be submitted electronically no later than 1 March 2015 as a word processing file or in rich text for ease of formatting our Program Syllabus. Speakers should also bear in mind that PowerPoint presentations must be clearly readable from a minimum distance of 20 metres/65 feet and should employ fonts no smaller than 32 points.

Please include your approximate travel costs, economy class, to Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Remuneration will normally include reimbursement of transportation expenses, free conference registration, free accommodation, meals on the day(s) of your talk(s), free social activities, plus honorarium. Workshop fees may be negotiated.

10 July 2015

Call for Papers - ICAPGen 2014 Fall Conference with BYU’s Center for Family History and Genealogy “Becoming an Excellent Genealogist” Saturday November 1, 2014

Proposals are now being accepted for the ICAPGen 2014 Fall Conference in conjunction with BYU’s Center for Family History and Genealogy held Saturday November 1, 2014 at Brigham Young University Provo, Utah (Joseph F. Smith Bldg).

Each presentation will be 50 minutes in length, which includes time for questions and answers. Each presentation should reflect the latest status of research and publication on the topic. The deadline for proposals is 22 July, 2014. We welcome proposals that allow participants to gain new skills and helpful information in the following areas:

  • Hands-on classes taught in a computer lab setting (both PC and MAC computers available) including family history websites, conducting online research, using the Internet for family history, etc.
  • Research Methodology: Beginning, intermediate, and advanced research methodology in an area specific region in the world
  • Research process, pedigree analysis, evidence evaluation, tracing immigrants, record sources, etc.
  • Courses preparing for an Accreditation
  • Family history and genealogy websites for conducting research online
  • Family organizations, collaboration, writing, editing and publishing family history

Proposals must include:

  • Your name, address, telephone number and email address
  • Title of the presentation
  • Class description (one to two line sentences)
  • A brief biographical sketch (50 words maximum)
  • Lecture experience

Any audiovisual equipment needed: Computers, projectors, and Internet access will be provided for speakers to use for their presentations.


Speakers participating in the conference will receive a:

  • $75 per lecture with additional $25 if syllabus is submitted on time
  • Complimentary registration
  • Conference syllabus on a flash drive (there will be no printed syllabus)


  • Please e-mail lecture proposals in Microsoft Word or .PDF format to Raymon Naisbitt at no later than 22 July 2014.
  • Completed syllabus material (limit 4 pages) must be submitted no later than Monday September 22nd.

Thank you for your consideration. We hope to see you at this year's conference!

BillionGraves and The Federation of Genealogical Societies partner to image all cemetery markers for War of 1812 Participants

The Federation of Genealogical Societies also launches a major fundraising campaign for the Preserve the Pensions Project to honor the memory of these veterans in the month of July

  • Effort will include national War of 1812 cemeteries
  • Includes persons with individual markers in local and private cemeteries
  • July is a great month to remember the participants of the
  • “Second Revolution” as well as the American Revolution
  • The Federation seeks to raise an average of $1,812 each day of July!

AUSTIN, TX – 1 JULY 2014 The Federation of Genealogical Societies and cemetery website BillionGraves announced today a joint project to image all of the gravestone markers for participants of the War of 1812. “The images from these markers, coupled with the Federation’s current project to raise the funds to digitize the 7.2 million images of the pensions for those who participated in the War of 1812 are a natural fit,” said D. Joshua Taylor, President of FGS.

Hudson Gunn, President of BillionGraves said, “This July our focus is to see that the nation’s military headstones are documented and preserved for future generations. Headstones from early American history are quickly deteriorating, making it only a matter of time before they are lost forever. We are very pleased to have the Federation lend its help to spread this message for the War of 1812 veterans.” It is estimated that as many as 350,000 men may have served in the war. Although it is impossible to know how many may have cemetery markers, there could be as many as 50,000-80,000 markers for these veterans.

BillionGraves and The Federation of Genealogical Societies are asking anyone with knowledge of a cemetery marker for a War of 1812 veteran to upload the image of the marker to the BillionGraves website ( using their free mobile application during the month of July to honor and remember the service of those who served in the “Second Revolution.”

If you upload an image for a War of 1812 veteran during the month of July or anytime thereafter, please let us know on Facebook or Twitter by using the hashtag #1812today and/or #warof1812 and/or #billiongraves. The Federation will also be posting the progress toward the fundraising goal of $1,812 per day on Facebook and Twitter, so check often and pass the word!

The efforts from these two organizations will provide a very valuable asset for researchers and historians researching 1812 veterans. With the Federation raising awareness of the project to digitize the War of 1812 pension records during the month of July and BillionGraves making the cemetery markers of War of 1812 veterans immediately searchable, it should be an exciting month for all genealogists and historians – everyone wins!

Those interested in preserving this valuable piece of America’s documented history can make a single contribution or become a monthly contributor of the Preserve the Pensions project. For more information, go to .