Sunday, March 30, 2014

An In-Depth Guide to Richmond Virginia book release announced by The In-Depth Genealogist


March 30, 2014; Utica, OH: This Guide to Richmond, Virginia was created in honor of The National Genealogical Society’s 2014 Family History Conference "Virginia: The First Frontier" held May 7-10, 2014. Within the guide, Shannon Combs-Bennett shares her familiarity with Richmond and the surrounding area to assist genealogists and family in making their trip an enjoyable one.

The book includes: a Packing Checklist, Downtown Richmond City Safety Guide, Public Transportation, Shopping (ATM’s & Banks, Convenience Stores, Restaurants), Richmond Area Genealogy and other Attractions, and Genealogy and other Attractions that are short Day –Trips (within 2 hours drive) of Richmond.

The book is being offered as a PDF for just $4.99 or get a paperback version that is black & white 8.5” x 11” for $9.99. Simply go to http://theindepthgenealogist.com/idg-products/ to get your copy!

For more information, please contact Terri O’Connell.

MyHeritage adds world's oldest Jewish newspaper to its digital collection of historical records


TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah & LONDON, England – March 30, 2014: MyHeritage, the popular family history network, announced today that it has added The Jewish Chronicle newspaper archive to its digital collection of historical records. The archive contains over 200,000 pages and millions of names, and dates back to 1841.

The Jewish Chronicle is the world's oldest continuously published Jewish newspaper. Based in London with reporters located around the globe, the newspaper captured the lives and times of the Jewish people during waves of immigration from Europe to Britain during two world wars and Jewish life in England at the turn of two centuries.
The Jewish Chronicle includes details of births, marriages and deaths that occurred within the British Jewish community, providing a rich source of information for people researching their family history. Many Jewish individuals and families from Europe resided in the UK before moving on to the USA, Canada, and other countries. Information on those families is also available in the pages of The Jewish Chronicle.

In addition to The Jewish Chronicle, MyHeritage is currently adding millions of records from a variety of Jewish organizations. Included are the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) databases with various records related to Israel. This collection spans the years 1860 to 1960 – covering the lead up to and the establishment of the State of Israel. Surnames and given names in the IGRA databases have been transliterated so the documents are searchable in both English and Hebrew.

Another collection soon to be live on MyHeritage is Avelim, containing searchable death notices from Israel. Access to IGRA and Avelim content on MyHeritage will be free.

“We're delighted to offer these unique collections, that have never been offered on commercial family history mega-sites before”, said Russ Wilding, Chief Content Officer of MyHeritage. “The Jewish Chronicle is an extremely social publication, capturing the lives of individuals and families who lived in the UK and beyond. Anyone with Jewish ancestors who lived in the UK is bound to make fascinating discoveries.”
The new collections will be available for searching via SuperSearch, MyHeritage’s search engine which contains billions of historical records. MyHeritage users enjoy highly accurate matching technologies that automatically match relevant newspaper articles and records with their family trees, notifying users whenever relevant information is found.

The Jewish Chronicle collection is available online at http://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10148/the-jewish-chronicle

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 in the space, 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 www.myheritage.com.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

FGS 2014 Conference Registration is Open


“Gone to Texas” – A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

March 26, 2014 – Austin, TX. Online registration is now open for the 2014 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, scheduled 27-30 August 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. Register at http://www.fgsconference.org by 1 July 2014 for an early-bird discount. This year’s conference theme is “Gone to Texas,” and the local hosts are the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society (SAGHS) and the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS).

This year’s FGS conference offers an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in researching their family history. This conference will offer over 160 educational sessions on records, strategies, and tools for genealogists of all levels. Sessions will be presented by some of the leading genealogists from the United States. Ten different sponsored luncheons will provide opportunities for networking.

Platinum sponsors include leading family history companies: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, and findmypast. Other participating and supporting organizations include Family Chronicle Magazine, Dell, Lexmark, Association of Professional Genealogists, Board for Certification of Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society, The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools, Texas State Genealogical Society, and The National Huguenot Society.

Conference Highlights

  • Conference Sessions: A wide variety of genealogy-related lectures and workshops for all experience levels. Attendees will be able to learn about Texas and neighboring states research, African-American and ethnic origin research, military research, genetics, technology, migration, methodology and more.
  • Exhibit Hall: The large exhibit hall will feature the latest software, books, maps, databases and gadgets on the market for genealogists and family historians, as well as information about genealogical organizations. Representatives of FGS member societies will staff their booths in the special Society Showcase area.
  • Special Events: On Wednesday evening, local hosts San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society and Texas State Genealogical Society invite registrants to an evening at the Institute of Texan Culture, an amazing museum located directly behind the convention center. On Friday evening, The San Antonio Conservation Society hosts a festive Night in Old San Antonio in the historical art village of La Villita. The Conservation Society only hosts 10 of these events each year, and FGS is excited to offer this event. Details can be found at www.fgsconference.org
  • Focus on Societies: On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, sessions are jam-packed with ideas and tools to help societies promote themselves, increase membership, and develop sources of revenue. The day kicks off with a first ever, half-day workshop to develop a plan and tools to use to enhance and guide their society forward.
  • Librarians’ Day: On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, ProQuest will sponsor a full-pre-conference day of sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals serving family history researchers.
  • There are more activities and research opportunities too numerous to list. However, you can learn all about the 2014 FGS Conference and register for this exciting four-day event at http://www.fgsconference.org. Be sure to also visit or subscribe to the FGS Conference Blog at http://www.fgsconference.org/blog for more information.

Learn More and Stay Connected

Like FGS at: https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy

Follow FGS on Twitter at https://twitter.com/fgsgenealogy and hashtag #FGS2014.

Visit San Antonio at http://visitsanantonio.com/

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 http://www.fgs.org.

APG Professional Management Conference 2015 - Call for Speakers


The Association of Professional Genealogists will hold the 17th annual APG Professional Management Conference on Thursday and Friday, 8-9 January 2015, at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, just prior to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. 

CALL FOR SPEAKERS

APG is now accepting presentation and workshop proposals for the 2015 APG Professional Management Conference. PMC classes and workshops should challenge professional genealogists to increase their genealogical research skills, evaluate their current business, and meet the demands of the twenty-first-century client. Classes will be one (1) hour in length; workshops two (2) hours.

Topics of Interest

Proposals should focus on topics relevant to professional genealogists, but they do not need to be specifically genealogical. Ideas to consider include, but are not limited to:
  • Advanced genealogical-research skills or methodology
  • Business-owning topics
  • Speaker or lecturer training
  • Client relationships
  • Certification/Accreditation 
  • Organization and/or time management
  • Research reports and other genealogical writing
  • Technology or social media for professionals
  • Topics relevant to students interested in genealogical careers
Successful proposals will offer innovative, unique, and out-of-the box approaches to topics and to presentation/teaching methods - while still being relevant to professional genealogists. Classes centered on case studies are encouraged as they offer powerful learning opportunities for attendees.

Attendee Demographics

The overwhelming majority of PMC attendees have been involved with genealogy for more than 10 years. Nearly a quarter hold advanced college degrees. Almost all attendees offer genealogical-research services for clients, and a majority are also speakers/lecturers and writers/authors. Many hold or have held leadership positions in local societies and/or APG.

Successful proposals will recognize attendees' professionalism and accomplishments and seek to take their skills to the next level. 

Submission Details

Classes and workshops must be new and original. Individuals submitting multiple proposals will be considered to teach multiple classes. Proposals from non-APG members will be considered as well.

Submit proposals via e-mail to admin@apgen.org either in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Proposals are due by Saturday, 26 April 2014, and should include the following information:
  • Name, address, telephone, and e-mail address of speaker
  • Title of the class or workshop
  • Summary of the class or workshop (less than 100 words)
  • Detailed description of the class or workshop (not to exceed 1,000 words)
  • Explanation of how the class or workshop meets demands faced by professional genealogists (roughly 50–75 words)
  • Speaker biography highlighting speaker's qualifications or expertise in topic proposed (appox. 100 words)
  • List of presentations given in the last 18 months, including topic and location
  • Whether you would be willing for your presentation to be recorded and broadcast for the Virtual PMC
Speaker Compensation


Selected speakers will receive a complimentary PMC registration, PMC syllabus, lunch, and a $400 all-inclusive honorarium for a one-hour class presentation or a $650 all-inclusive honorarium for a two-hour workshop presentation. Keynote speakers will receive a $550 all-inclusive honorarium, and all non-workshop proposals will be considered for keynote spots. APG does not pay separate travel expenses or hotel costs.

Friday, March 28, 2014

findmypast Announces 1939 Register - 40 Million British War Time Records Online



  • Most anticipated family history project since the 1911 census
  • Only complete overview of the population between 1922 and 1950 will open up the past


British-owned online family history world leader DC Thomson Family History (who own findmypast) and The National Archives have today announced a joint project to make records of 40 million civilians held in the 1939 register available online. Once digitised, it is estimated that the collection will comprise almost 1.2 million scanned full-colour images of documents covering the entire civilian population of England & Wales at the outbreak of WWII.

The 1939 register was taken on 29 September 1939 by the British Government and recorded personal details of individuals in order to issue identity cards and ration books. It later formed the basis of the National Health Service’s records. When complete, the 1939 register will be fully searchable online for the first time, opening up the past to a new generation of family and social historians, just as the 1911 census did on its release in 2009.

The records contain the address, full name, date of birth, sex, marital status and occupation of individuals, as well as changes of name. Although the Register is literally within living memory for many people, information about living individuals will be kept closed for 100 years from their year of birth, or until proof of death has been authenticated.

From today, anybody interested in being kept informed about the project can register at www.1939register.co.uk.

Annelies Van Den Belt, CEO of DC Thomson Family History said: “This announcement is great news not just for British family historians and those with British relatives, but for anyone with an interest in history itself; providing a fascinating snapshot of the country as it stood on the edge of the most widespread conflict in human history.

“This significant project will bring these records to a global audience for the first time, and combined with the 1.8 billion records already available on our websites will make it easier than ever to begin your family history journey and uncover the powerful stories that lie within and that make us who we are.”

Mary Gledhill, Commercial Director, at The National Archives, added: “The National Archives is delighted to be working with DC Thomson Family History to open up this unique record collection to the world, allowing history enthusiasts to discover more about the people at the outbreak of the Second World War. In the absence of a 1931 and 1941 census, this collection is all the more valuable to family historians trying to trace their ancestors.”

The 1939 register project is the latest contract to be awarded to DC Thomson Family History by The National Archives. Record sets previously digitised by the company in association with The National Archives include Crime, Prisons and Punishment; outbound passenger lists; British Army Service records; Merchant Navy Seamen’s records; Maritime Birth, Marriage and Death indexes and the 1911 census.

National Genealogical Society Call for Papers Deadline is 1 April 2014 for the 2015 Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri


Arlington, VA, 25 March 2014: The National Genealogical Society continues to accept lecture proposals from speakers and organizations for the NGS 2015 Family History Conference, Crossroads of America, to be held 13–16 May 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri. Topics sought include federal and state records, military and pension records, land records, methodology, analysis and problem solving, and the use of technology. NGS will also consider lectures on immigration and migration in and out of a region or country, transportation, and ethnic and religious groups. Proposals about Midwestern states and its feeder states, plus lectures on the “old country,” are encouraged.

Interested individuals and organizations should follow published guidelines at the NGS website,http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/call-for-papers/.

Speakers may submit up to eight proposals electronically through the NGS website,http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/call-for-papers/call-for-papers/submit-your-proposal/no later than midnight EDT, 1 April 2014.

Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture or track of lectures should review the details and sponsor requirements at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/call-for-papers/call-for-papers/ngs-2015-family-history-conference-sponsored-call-for-papers/. The deadline to submit sponsored lectures is also 1 April 2014.

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

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

$99 Registration Special - Midwestern Roots 2014 Conference - 1-2 August 2014


Early Registration for 2014 Midwestern Roots Conference ends July 1
Theme Is “Exploring Frontiers: What Would Your Pioneers Have Tweeted”

NOTE: The $99 Registration Special is no longer available - the Early Pricing is now in effect through July 1, 2014.
Indianapolis—Family history and genealogy enthusiasts are encouraged to take advantage of early registration for the Indiana Historical Society’s Midwestern Roots 2014: FamilyHistory and Genealogy Conference, which ends July 1. The conference will take place Aug. 1 and 2, 2014, at the Indianapolis Marriott East.
Themed “Exploring Frontiers: What Would Your Pioneers Have Tweeted,” this exciting event offers nationally renowned experts as well as the latest in information, methodology and technology for everyone from beginning enthusiasts and seasoned professionals.
The conference will include sessions from: Lisa Louise Cooke, author and producer/host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast; Thomas MacEntee, the creator of GeneaBloggers.com; Daniel S. Poffenberger, senior content strategist for the Patron Assistance Division of the Family History Department for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; Warren Bittner, award-winning genealogical researcher, lecturer and former German Collection Manager for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City; Anne Gillespie Mitchell, author of the Ancestry Anne column and Senior Product Manager at Ancestry.com; and Amy Johnson Crow, author, lecturer and Genealogical Content Manager for Ancestry.com.
Friday’s opening session, Hoosiers and A New History for the Twenty First Century, by James H. Madison, will explain why a new, fresh history is needed if we are to attract 21st century audiences and engage those who don’t share a passion for history.
Friday evening’s banquet will feature Daniel S. Poffenberger and The Much, Extremely, Incredibly Lighter Side of Family History: Funny names and other fascinating finds from years of research, which takes a comedic look at actual parish registers, census and other genealogical records to demonstrate the humorous, interesting, and, at times, almost painful aspects of our ancestor’s lives.
Cooke‘s Saturday opening session, Future Technology and Genealogy: 5 Strategies You Need, will help participants envision their genealogy as technology speeds ahead in the future and provide five key strategies that will make the ride easier.
A number of pre-conference activities, including writing workshops, computer labs and genealogy library workshops, will be offered Thursday, July 31. Locations include the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Indiana State Library, Indiana State Archives and the Central Branch of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library. Thursday evening concludes with Lisa Louise Cooke and The Great Google Earth Game Show that allows everyone to see the amazing capabilities of Google Earth when used for genealogy in a fun way.
Early bird registration cost for the basic two-day workshop (including lunches) is $150 ($125 for IHS members, $75 for students), and single-day registration (including lunch) is $90 ($75 for IHS members, $45 for students). The Friday evening banquet and presentation (no conference registration required) is $45 per person. Registrations must be postmarked by July 1 to receive the early bird rate. Additional pre-conference activities and workshops are available for a fee.
In addition to regular conference sessions, an exhibit hall will showcase vendors selling the latest products and tools for genealogists. The exhibit hall is free and open to the public on Friday and Saturday. For conference information, registration forms, exhibitor information and specific pricing, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.
Hotel reservations may be made at the Indianapolis Marriott East or La Quinta Inn. For the Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 East 21st Street, call (317) 352-1231 or (800) 228-9290. For the La Quinta Inn, 7304 East 21st Street, call (317) 359-1021.

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

National Genealogical Society Research Trip to Salt Lake City 4–8 January 2015


Arlington, VA, 17 March 2014: Registration is now open for the NGS research trip to Salt Lake City, Utah, from4–11 January 2015. Join the NGS’s group leaders, Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL, and Shirley Wilcox, CG, FNGS, for a week at the world renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The library’s noteworthy records include deeds, wills, military, tax, and vital records from the United States, Canada, and around the world. Researchers will have access to numerous commercial computer databases, more than two million rolls of microfilm, hundreds of thousands of microfiche, an immense collection of genealogical books, and outstanding area maps. For more information, or to register for the trip, visit http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conferences_events/research_tips/slc_research_trip/slc_research_trip_general_information.

The research trip includes:  
  • Online orientation
  • Seven nights at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel
  • Six full days of research at the Family History Library and guidance from NGS experts
  • Sunday evening meet and greet social
  • Monday evening group lecture
  • Wednesday evening pizza party
  • Saturday evening group meal
  • Shuttle van transfers from airport to hotel and return

The package price, which does not include transportation to Salt Lake City, varies depending upon room occupancy and National Genealogical Society membership status. Payment is required in full at the time of registration. Fees are as follows:

Member
Non-Member
Single Room
Before October 2
October 2 and after

$975
$1,200

$1,225
$1,450
Double/Shared Room
Before October 2
October 2 and after

$700
$950

$950
$1,200
Person with non-researching spouse1
Before October 2
October 2 and after

$1,200
$1,400

$1,400
$1,600
1non-researching spouse receives the benefits of the double room and any events planned.

The trip hosts, Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CGsm, CGLsm,and Shirley Wilcox, CGsm, FNGS, are seasoned experts in conducting research.

Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL, specializes in records in the National Archives, Washington, DC. Marie has lectured at National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies national conferences since 1988. She has lectured on military records for Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Marie has conducted workshops on military records and beginning genealogy for the National Archives. In September of 1999 and in 2000 she was one of the trip directors for the NGS Research Trip to Ireland. In 1999 the Association of Professional Genealogists awarded her the Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit.

Shirley Wilcox, CG, FNGS, served two terms as NGS president and has been board certified as a genealogist since 1973. As a native Californian, she has experience tracing her own lines from New England and the South across the country to Northern California in the 1850s–1870s. As a professional genealogist, she has compiled lineages for clients whose ancestors lived in many geographic regions. Shirley was president of the Association of Professional Genealogists (1991–1993), president of the Virginia Genealogical Society (2007–2011), served on the Board for Certification of Genealogists (2000–2009), and currently serves as a member of the Board of Assistants of the Mayflower Descendants in the District of Columbia. Since 1996 she has been the verifying genealogist of the National Society Colonial Dames of America in the District of Columbia. In 1995 she received the Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit from the Association of Professional Genealogists.

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

Sunday, March 16, 2014

CompGen Announces Joint Effort with Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg


Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg is now working with CompGen to index the previously digitized 13,000 pages of war graves from Baden-Württemberg and make them searchable by Name and Place. The Landesarchiv provides the digital scans while CompGen lends supports via the crowdsourcing tool DES.

The DES (DatenErfassungsSystem) is well known from the project Casualty List and is a simple method of indexing an original image.

For more information please see:

Blog post (german)
http://compgen.de/?Blog&realblogaction=view&realblogID=83&page=1

Project link
http://wiki-de.genealogy.net/Kriegsgräberlisten_Baden-Württemberg


Project team:

Susanne (Nicola) und Andreas (Job) - Verein für Computergenealogie
Dr. Claudius (Kienzle) - Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg
and the Project team

About CompGen

CompGen (Verein für Computergenealogie e.V. (Computer Genealogy Society)) is the largest genealogical society in Germany.

CompGen is the host of the projects GenWiki (Genealogical Wiki), GOV (Genealogical Gazetteer), Grabsteine (Headstones), Ortsfamilienbücher (Local Heritage Book), Adressbücher (Adressbooks), Familienanzeigen (Personal Column), Totenzettel (Death Cards), Verlustlisten (Casualty List) and more. All online content is open access.

CompGen is the developer of the crowdsourcing program DES - des.genealogy.net
With DES it is possible to transliterate on the original source image and to gather structured data.


Links:

Society website - http://www.compgen.de
Projects - http://www.genealogy.net

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Access Irish Wills Index 1484-1858 FREE, plus, 36% discount off Irish Origins monthly subscriptions.


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This Irish Wills Index 1484-1858 contains over 102,000 names compiled from records found at the National Archives of Ireland. It is only concerned with records that survive in more than index form, i.e. where original documents, copies, transcripts, abstracts or extracts exist.
 
Although the vast majority of Ireland's testamentary records were lost in the destruction of the Public Record Office of Ireland (PROI) in 1922, staff at the PROI (now the National Archives of Ireland) have spent many years trying to recover from that loss, and today there are thousands of testamentary records again, although they are not always easy to find.
 
This index lists records at the National Archives of Ireland that are not simply an index. In other words, there is a document worth looking at behind every index entry. Each index entry contains the name of the person leaving a will, or being covered by a grant of probate or administration. It also contains their address, sometimes their occupation, and the place where the document was proved (i.e. a diocesan or the Prerogative court). The index also contains the names of the executors for almost half the entries, along with their addresses. In essence this index contains all the information contained in the National Archives finding aids (i.e. card catalogues, typed lists, and original summaries).
 
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Thursday, March 6, 2014

2014 Student Genealogy Grant Announced

Denise Levenick and Michael Savoca, winner of the
 2013 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Award

3 March 2014The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Committee is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Student Genealogy award. Student genealogists between the ages of 18 and 25 are eligible to apply for the 2014 Grant to be awarded at the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society in June 2014.

The $500 cash award was established in 2010 by family and friends in memory of Suzanne Winsor Freeman, family historian and life-long volunteer, and an enthusiastic annual attendee at the SCGS Jamboree. Past recipients include Elyse Doerflinger (Lomita, California), A.C. Ivory (Salt Lake City, Utah), Anthony Ray (Palmdale, California), and Michael Savoca (Toms River, New Jersey).

“The Student Genealogy Grant pays tribute to Suzanne Freeman’s dedication to youth volunteerism and family history by awarding the annual cash grant to a young genealogist attending the SCGS 45th Annual Genealogy Jamboree, Southern California’s premiere regional genealogy conference,” notes Denise Levenick, committee chair and Freeman’s daughter.

“We are especially grateful to Jamboree for providing a three-day conference registration to the grant recipient,” she adds. “SCGS is truly a leader in conference organizations by encouraging youth involvement in genealogy through the popular Kids’ Camp program and now through the student grant project.”

Born in Olathe, Kansas, Suzanne Winsor (Brown) Freeman moved to Orange County, California with her family in the early 1930s where she attended school and lived most of her life. She developed a strong interest in family history sparked by the stories of her mother’s early life in Colorado and Kansas. After retirement Suzanne moved to Green Valley, Arizona where she was active in the local genealogy society. She enjoyed returning to Southern California each year in June to attend the SCGS Jamboree. At the time of her death in Tucson, Arizona August 28, 2010, Suzanne was searching for elusive Winsor cousins and adding more stories to her family history.

The $500 cash award pays tribute to these interests by awarding the annual cash grant to a young genealogist attending the Jamboree. In addition, a complimentary three-day conference registration to the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree will be provided by the Jamboree conference.

Any genealogist who is between the ages of 18 and 25 and has attended school in the last 12 months is eligible to apply. The recipient must attend the 2014 SCGS Jamboree in Burbank, California to receive the award.

Funding for the cash award is provided by the family grant program; Jamboree registration is provided by the conference. Individual contributions to the grant program are welcome at the Student Grant Webpage.

Application deadline is 31 March 2014 midnight PST.

Application details and forms are available at the Student Grant Webpage http://www.thefamilycurator.com/swf-grant.

Suzanne Winsor Freeman’s Obituary is available here.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

National Genealogical Society Announces Live Streaming Broadcast 2014 Family History Conference


Arlington, VA, 5 March 2014: The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the live streaming of ten lectures from the NGS 2014 Family History Conference, which will be held 7‒10 May 2014, in Richmond, Virginia.  The upcoming conference will be the first time NGS has provided a portion of the conference to NGS members and others across the United States and overseas who are unable to attend the conference in person.

Details of the live streaming program can be found at on the NGS Conference website athttp://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/attend/live-streaming-at-ngs2014gen/.  NGS has selected some of the most popular topics and nationally known speakers for the two featured tracks. Registrants for live streaming can select either track or the bundled package that includes both tracks.
  • Track One: Records and Research Techniques can be viewed on Thursday afternoon, 8 May 2014, and Friday morning, 9 May 2014. Join the conference from home and learn about best practices and research sources.
  • Track Two: Virginia Resources and Migration Patterns can be viewed on Friday afternoon,9 May 2014, and Saturday morning, 10 May 2014. Learn about Virginia’s records and her people who moved south and west to new lands pushing the frontier ever forward.

Registration for live streaming will close at midnight 30 April 2014. All registrants will receive an electronic version of the NGS 2014 Family History Conference Syllabus. Registration is discounted for NGS Members.   

Track
Selection
Included
Formats
Member
Price
Non-Member
Price
Track Descriptions
Track Oneor
Track Two
Live Streaming
and three months
access to  Track One or Two


$65.00


$80.00
Records and Research Techniques. Five lectures on Thursday afternoon, 8 May 2014, and Friday morning, 9 May 2014or
Virginia Resources and Migration Patterns. Five lectureson Friday afternoon, 9 May 2014, and Saturday morning, 10 May 2014.
Bundled Package
Track Oneand Track Two
Live Streaming
and three months
access to both Tracks
$115.00$145.00Records and Research Techniques. Five lectures on Thursday afternoon, 8 May 2014, and Friday morning, 9 May 2014and Virginia Resources and Migration Patterns. Five lectures on Friday afternoon, 9 May 2014, and Saturdaymorning, 10 May 2014.

Once registered, you can watch the event live, or if you have other commitments on those dates, you can view the sessions as many times as you want for ninety days following the conference (through10 August 2014). NGS has selected PlayBackNow to broadcast the live sessions and to provide the recorded sessions for later viewing. Instructions for viewing the live streaming will be sent to registrants before 6 May 2014.

For those fortunate enough to be able to attend the conference in person and chose from ten tracks and more than 175 lectures over four days, a reminder that the discounted Early Bird registration will close on 24 March 2014. Conference attendees may also benefit from NGS live streaming by registering to the view either track or the bundled package, which they will be able to view after they return home. By selecting different lecture presentations to hear live at the conference, they can expand their overall conference experience.

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

Monday, March 3, 2014

2014 Minnesota Genealogical Society North Star Conference Call for Papers


March 3, 2014—South St. Paul, MN. The Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) announces a Call for Papers for breakout sessions for the 7th Annual North Star Genealogy Conference, to be held October 3–4, 2014, in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. The deadline for submission of proposals is Saturday, March 15, 2014.

The conference will feature keynote presentations by Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL, the Legal Genealogist, plus 12–16 breakout sessions led by other speakers. Because MGS can offer only a modest honorarium, this call will be most attractive to genealogical educators in the Upper Midwest, but MGS welcomes proposals from any genealogists who would like to join us in the Twin Cities in October.

The program theme is “New Frontiers in Genealogy.” Judy Russell will be speaking on using legal records, and knowledge of the law for solving genealogical problems. Her topics are

  • Facts, Photos, and Fair Use
  • Don’t Forget the Ladies
  • Blackstone to Statutes at Large
  • Where There Is or Isn’t a Will.

The program committee will give strong consideration to presentations related to these themes. The Committee also encourages proposals for educational presentations on:

  • Genealogy records and genealogical sources
  • Libraries and archives
  • Genealogical research on the Internet
  • Managing the genealogy research process and results
  • Using technology to advance genealogical research
  • Problem-solving techniques.
Audience: The North Star Genealogy Conference is a small conference with high standards for program content. Expected attendance is approximately 150–200. The audience includes beginning, intermediate and advanced genealogists.

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

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

Handouts: MGS will provide handouts to registrants in digital format (.pdf). Handout material, limited to four pages per talk, is required for each lecture presentation. Handouts should be submitted in .pdf format. Speakers who do not submit handouts by 15 August 2014 will be replaced on the program.

Technology: Speakers must provide their own laptop computer. MGS will make projectors available, but speakers are encouraged to provide their own projector when possible.

Key dates for presenters:
15 March 2014: Lecture proposals due
15 April 2014: Notification of acceptance of proposals
15 August 2014: Handouts due to MGS
3–4 October 2014: Conference

Submission Requirements: Submit your proposals by 15 March 2014 on MGS’ PDF speaker proposal form, available at http://www.heritagehunters.com/mgs/rfp.pdf. Use a separate form for each lecture you submit. Be sure to use the latest version of Adobe Reader XI (downloadable here) when you fill out the form; using earlier versions of Reader or a different PDF reading program may cause the form to work incorrectly.

After you have filled out the form, save it with your name and lecture title and email it to the address below.

Submit proposals to:
MGS Education Committee
c/o Tom K. Rice
Email: info@heritagehunters.com

The Call for Papers is viewable in digital format at http://mngs.org/pdf/NorthStarConf2014callforpapers.pdf

About the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS)

The Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS) was organized in 1969 to help Minnesotans and people with Minnesota connections research and discover their family history. MGS collects and publishes genealogical, biographical, and historical material, offers educational classes and conferences to support interest in family history, and promotes family history and genealogy as a rewarding hobby and area of lifelong learning.

National Genealogical Society Research Trip to Washington, DC 2–8 November 2014


Arlington, VA, 3 March 2014: Registration is now open for the NGS research trip to Washington, DC, from 2–8 November 2014. Under the guidance of Craig Roberts Scott, CG, FUGA, and Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL, researchers will use the genealogical resources at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library, and the Library of Congress (LOC). For more information, or to register for the trip, visit http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conferences_events/research_tips/dc_research_trip.

The research trip includes:  
  • Online orientation, training, and preparation assistance for the 2014 Washington, DC, Research Trip
  • Six days of research at three noteworthy Washington, DC, facilities:
  • The National Archives
  • The Library of Congress
  • The Daughters of the American Revolution Library
  • daily continental breakfast
  • free Internet in rooms
  • parking
  • Dessert Meet and Greet get-together on Sunday at the hotel 
  • Research consultations with group leaders throughout the trip
  • Friday evening dinner
  • Six nights at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn, which includes
  • Fees, taxes, and gratuities included

The package price, which does not include transportation to Washington, DC, varies depending upon room occupancy and National Genealogical Society membership status. Payment is required in full at the time of registration. Fees are as follows:

Member
Non-Member
Single Room
Before September 2
September 2 and after

$1,450
$1,600

$1,600
$1,800
Double/Shared Room
Before September 2
September 2 and after

$1,050
$1,350

$1,350
$1,650
Person with non-researching spouse1
Before September 2
September 2 and after

$1,650
$1,900

$1,900
$2,150
1non-researching spouse receives the benefits of the double room and any events planned.

The trip hosts, Craig Roberts Scott, CGSM, and Patricia Walls Stamm, CGSM, CGLSM, will be joined by Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CGSM, FNGS, and Patricia O’Brien Shawker, CGSM. All are seasoned experts in conducting research in Washington, DC, facilities.

Craig Roberts Scott, CG, FUGA, is a professional genealogist specializing in records in the National Archives, Washington, DC, since 1985. He has written several books and articles that relate to research in the National Archives. He has lectured at National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies national conferences since 1990. Craig has coordinated and lectured in the military records tracks at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). He continues to lecture around the country on military records and problem solving. He has served on the Board of the Association of Professional Genealogists for several terms. Craig is also the president and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc.

Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL, serves as the Education Manager of the National Genealogical Society. Pat lectures on a wide variety of topics at many of the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies national conferences. She is a graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). Pat is a course coordinator at Samford University's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and teaches at St. Louis Community College.

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

Board for Certification of Genealogists Announces Use of New Standards Manual in Review Process


The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) has announced adoption of its new standards manual for use in its evaluation process.

Effective today, new applications for certification will be evaluated against the new Genealogy Standards, a major revision of genealogical standards released by BCG in February. Individuals who have already submitted a preliminary application are exempt from this change unless they elect otherwise or apply for an extension. The newly revised standards will also be used to evaluate the work of existing BCG associates whose renewal applications are due after February 2015.

Eighty-three standards in the new manual establish criteria for all phases of genealogical work, including documentation, research planning, data collection, reasoning from evidence, writing, lecturing and continuing education. The standards reflect the same principles as those originally published in The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual fourteen years ago but are reorganized, updated, expanded and clarified.

As the standards are at heart unchanged, genealogists whose work meets the old standards should meet the new standards as well. The revision, however, means the new standards offer superior guidance as to the qualities necessary for credible genealogical work.

BCG’s announcement is accompanied by release of a new application guide. The new guide makes no changes to the type of work applicants for certification must submit but has been updated to reflect the new standard manual’s renumbering of most standards. The rubrics, an evaluation tool used by BCG’s judges, have been similarly revised.

To help researchers familiarize themselves with the recent changes, BCG has also released two charts that compare the new and old standards. They can be downloaded from the “Skillbuilding” page of BCG’s website at http://www.bcgcertification.org/skillbuilders/index.html.

BCG, an independent credentialing body, was founded in 1964 to promote standards of competence and ethics among genealogists and to publicly recognize individuals who meet those standards. It certifies genealogists in two categories, a core research category, Certified GenealogistSM, and a teaching category, Certified Genealogical LecturerSM. The standards it has articulated are widely recognized as benchmarks for all genealogists who wish to produce accurate research, not just for those seeking certification.

The new manual is billed as a fiftieth-anniversary edition to celebrate the board’s fifty years of dedication to genealogical excellence. Genealogy Standards, fiftieth-anniversary edition (Nashville, Tennessee: Ancestry, 2014), may be ordered by visiting http://www.bcgcertification.org/catalog/index.html. The BCG Application Guide, 2014 edition, and the revised rubrics can be downloaded from the BCG website for free.