Thursday, August 28, 2014

Announcement: Southern California Genealogy Jamboree - Call for Proposals

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

2015 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
GENEALOGY JAMBOREE
and the
SCGS EXTENSION SERIES OF WEBINARS


The Southern California Genealogical Society announces its Call for Presentations for the 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 5 through 7, 2015, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California. The Pre-Conference Day, Thursday, June 4, 2015, will include a full day of DNA presentations and in-depth Workshops. 

This Call for Presentations also includes the 2015 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program. This webinar program offers two 90-minute GoToWebinar sessions per month (the first Saturday and the third Wednesday) that are viewed by an international audience of genealogists and family historians.

The theme for the 2015 Jamboree is Genealogy FANfare! which celebrates the use of the friends, associates and neighbors (FANs) of our elusive ancestors in order to aid in our research. We look forward to receiving proposals for lectures and workshops on a variety of topics for an audience skill level ranging from newbie to advanced, including young people. We will work with speakers who have conflicting commitments so that they may participate in Jamboree. 

Submissions will be accepted only through the online Speaker Portal between Wednesday, August 27, and Wednesday, October 1, 2014. 

Selected speakers will be notified by November 15, 2014. 

Further details are available in the Call for Presentations and it is suggested that you download the Submission Guidelines to assist in your preparation. 

Please contact Judi Ramsey, Program Chair, with any questions at SCGSJamboree@gmail.com.
We look forward to another great conference in June with your participation. 

Download the Call for Presentations for all the details about speaking at the 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and the SCGS Extension Series of webinars.

Download the Submission Guide so you know what information will be required when submitting proposals. 



For Immediate Release
27 August 2014

For Information Contact:
Barbara Randall, Chair
2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
jamboree@scgsgenealogy.com
Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504
818.843.7247 

ISFHWE EXCELLENCE-IN-WRITING COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED


The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Excellence-in-Writing Competition.  The winners are:

Category 1 - Columns
1st Place – Shelley K. Bishop “The Legacy of Mary Comfort Eberhard”
2nd Place – Nancy Ann Calhoun “People can ‘flesh out’ genealogy at library”
3rd Place – Maureen K. Wlodarczyk “Precious Paper in the Digital World”
Honorable Mention – Shannon Combs-Bennett “Getting You Pointed in the Right Direction”
Honorable Mention – Michelle Roos Goodrum “Using Social Media to Enrich Stories of the Family Home”
Honorable Mention – Carolyn Schotts “Fading Family Roots”

Category 2 - Articles
1st Place – Schelly Talalay Dardashti “The Other Side of Jewish Genealogy: Learn how to get started exploring your Sephardic roots”
2nd Place – Shelley K. Bishop “Turning Forests into Farms: the George Clark Family of Licking and Delaware Counties, Ohio
3rd Place – Mari Margaret McLean, PhD “Finding Maxa Ann Hadden and Mr. McLean: Serendipity and the Brick Wall”
Honorable Mention – Smiljka Kitanovic “Appreciating Genealogy Angels”
Honorable Mention – Carolyn B. Leonard “Early Settlement Leaves Quiet Legacy”
Honorable Mention – Chip Rowe “Who Was Joel Holcomb of Wallingford, Connecticut”

Category 3 – Genealogy Newsletters
1st Place – Patricia Mansfield Phelan “Irish Family History Forum”
2nd Place – James M. Beidler “Der Kurier” – newsletter of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society
3rd Place – Kay Waterloo “Goodrich Family Association Quarterly”
Honorable Mention – Carolyn B. Leonard “Dutch Cousins”

Category 4 – Unpublished Authors
1st Place – Shirley McKenzie “Sylvira Said ‘They burned My House’- June 1864, Silver Springs, MS”
2nd Place – Robbi J. Ryan “A Strong Will to Live”

Category 5 – Unpublished Material by Published Authors
1st Place – Rondie Yancey “Murder at the Post Office: One Family’s Tragedy”
2nd Place – Leslie Tichenor Mason “Create a Colorful Picture of Your Ancestors from a Grey Palette of Facts”
3rd Place – Marie Navarro “Fighting on Both Sides of the Alamo”
Honorable Mention – Kenneth R. Castle, PhD “Eden Booth, a Tale of Westward Migration”
Honorable Mention – Sherri Hessick “Al Allan Alton William Wade Wendergren Westman”
Honorable Mention – Barbara Lee “Carolyn 1947-1947 – Hanford Nuclear Site and a Baby’s Death”
Honorable Mention – Chip Rowe “What Happened to Boyd?”
Honorable Mention – Jodie Lynn Strait “William Henry Hunt: An Original Texter”

Category 6 – Poetry
1st Place – Smiljka Kitanovic “River Journey”
2nd Place – Marie Navarro “Another Day, Another Time”
3rd Place – Andrea Ramsey “Young Girl”
Honorable Mention – Kenneth R. Castle, PhD “There Once Was a Man…”
Honorable Mention – Paul K. Graham, CG, AG “Genealogy Standards: A Poem”
Honorable Mention – Nicole Gilkison LaRue “To My Isa…”

Honorable Mention – Darcie Hind Posz, CG “Generations”

Back To Genealogy School with BCG Webinars


Do you want to be the best genealogist you can be? To learn from the top teachers? Then don’t miss Monday and Wednesday Night Genealogy this fall!

The 50-year-old Board for Certification of Genealogists will present two free public webinars September 22 and October 15, starting each day at 8 pm Eastern time, 7 Central, 6 Mountain, and 5 Pacific.

On Monday, September 22, Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, will discuss “Fine Wine in a New Bottle: Guidelines for Effective Research and Family Histories.” Updated, retitled, and reorganized, genealogy standards first published in 2000 are now available in a new edition (see http://www.bcgcertification.org/resources/standard.html for more). The webinar will describe the changes and what they mean for all family historians. Dr. Jones teaches at three genealogy institutes, co-edits the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and is the author of Mastering Genealogical Proof.

On Wednesday, October 15, Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL, will explain “Kinship Determination: From Generation to Generation.” Requirement 7 of the BCG certification application asks for a Kinship Determination Project in which the applicant writes a three-generation narrative and explains how the relationships are documented. All genealogists do this regularly while placing relatives with their appropriate connections in the family tree. A familiar speaker at conferences across the country, Russell will coordinate the Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis course at the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research in 2015.

These webinars will be appropriate for any genealogist who wants to improve and to learn about the field’s standards. Both speakers are trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, which recently published the book Genealogy Standards.

To sign up for the webinars, visit the BCG blog SpringBoard at http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2014/08/bcg-announces-new-webinar-series.

NGS Announces Updated Cloud-Based Courses


Dr. Thomas H. Shawker’s Genetic Genealogy, The Basics
and Craig Roberts Scott’s Introduction to Civil War Research

ARLINGTON, VA, 27 AUGUST 2014: The National Genealogical Society proudly announces the re-release of two courses in its Continuing Genealogical Studies series: Genetic Genealogy: The Basics, developed by Dr. Thomas H. Shawker, MD; and Introduction to Civil War Research, developed by Craig Roberts Scott, CGsm. The tuition for each course is $45.00 for members and $70.00 for non-members.

Thomas H. Shawker, MD, is a physician with the National Institutes of Health, a nationally recognized lecturer on genetics, and chairman of the NGS Genetic Genealogy Committee. In 2004 he authored the NGS book, Unlocking Your Genetic History.

Dr. Shawker shares his medical expertise in this self-paced six- module course. You learn about:
  • The DNA Molecule — the structure of the DNA molecule, how it is organized, how it replicates, and how it functions;
  • Chromosomes — human chromosomes and how the Y chromosome is inherited;
  • DNA Markers — the two types of DNA markers used in genetic genealogy; haplotypes and haplogroups;
  • A Y Chromosome Surname Project — evaluation of a Y chromosome surname project and a discussion on how to evaluate the test results of the participants; and
  • The Mitochondrial DNA Molecule — the structure of the mtDNA molecule
  • Inheritance of mtDNA — how mtDNA is inherited, and how it can be used in genealogy.
For more information on Genetic Genealogy, The Basics, please visit the course web page at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/genetic_genealogy.

Craig Roberts Scott, CGsm, is a nationally recognized lecturer, educator, and genealogical and historical researcher with more than thirty years experience and specializes in the diverse military records at the National Archives.

In Mr. Scott’s self-paced seven-module course, you learn how to:
  • Identify an ancestor living at the time of the Civil War;
  • Locate information about an ancestor’s Civil War service;
  • Locate information about an ancestor’s service unit;
  • Understand a Compiled Military Service Record;
  • Locate provost marshal records;
  • Locate prisoner of war records;
  • Understand the pension indexes and application files;
  • Compile a post-war record;
  • Locate information on death and burial; and
  • Locate information on participation in fraternal and lineage societies.
For more information on Introduction to Civil War Research, please visit the course web page at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/intro_to_civil_war_research.

Courses currently available in the NGS learning cloud include two courses in the American Genealogical Studies Series (which is replacing the NGS Home Study Course):
  • AGS: The Basics
  • AGS: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation
NGS Continuing Genealogical Studies courses are designed for both beginners and established genealogists who want the convenience of continuing their genealogical studies independently, at their own pace and in their own home, or wherever they access the Internet. For further information, or to purchase one of our courses, visit the NGS website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org and click on the Educational Courses tab.

The courses available in the NGS Continuing Genealogical Study series, include:
  • CGS: Genetic Genealogy: The Basics
  • CGS: Introduction to Civil War Research
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, August 27, 2014

D. Joshua Taylor Named Honorary Mayor of La Villita during FGS 2014 Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

Josh Taylor - Federation of Genealogical Societies

August 27, 2014, San Antonio, TX – D. Joshua Taylor, president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, will be presented with an Alcalde naming him Honorary Mayor of LaVillita on Friday evening, August 29, during “A Night in Old San Antonio” celebration. Genealogists, historians, librarians, and archivists from all over the United States and beyond have convened at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center to participate in a four-day event that includes over 70 speakers and 130 sessions and workshops from August 27-30. Local co-hosts are the Texas State Genealogical Society and the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society.

Upon being notified of this Alcalde presentation, Taylor commented, “As a genealogist, I am pleased to accept this honor on behalf of the ancestors who were responsible for the vibrant city San Antonio is today.” Taylor continued, “As one of the oldest European settlements in Texas, San Antonio exemplifies the commitment and vision of those who have gone before us.”

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 – Free admittance for the public: 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. There will be a series of 30-minute presentations during Exhibit Hall hours to help researchers learn more about resources, software, technology and more.
  • Platinum sponsors include leading family history companies: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, and Findmypast.com. Corporate sponsors are Dell and Lexmark. Other participating and supporting organizations include Family Chronicle magazine, 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.
  • Saturday Only Registration for $49: For those unable to attend the multi-day conference there is a special one-day rate of $49 for Saturday Only.
There are more activities and research opportunities too numerous to list. However, you can learn all about the 2014 FGS Conference 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. Onsite registration is open each day at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

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.

Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy), Twitter (http://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy) and on our blog at (http://voice.fgs.org).

2015 FGS Conference Registration Is Open

Federation of Genealogical Societies 2015 Conference

Connect.Explore.Refresh — A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

August 27, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) opened registration today for their 2015 conference scheduled for February 11–14 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This highly anticipated genealogy event puts the FGS and RootsTech conferences under one roof at the Salt Palace Convention Center (SPCC).

Registration opened with a special early bird price of $139 for a full FGS conference registration. That pricing is available through September 12, 2014. Attend only FGS or add-on a full RootsTech pass for an additional $39. Register now at http://FGSconference.org/2015.

FGS President, D. Joshua Taylor, shared "FGS 2015 will undoubtedly be part of the largest family history event in North America. We are delighted to partner with RootsTech to bring the best of tradition and innovation to the family history community."

Conference Highlights

  • Conference Sessions: The program features lectures for genealogists of all experience levels. Attendees will learn from a variety of tracks including Tried and True Methods, The Most Useful Records Hidden in Plain Sight, Compiling Singular Records into Lively Stories, A Retro Look at Organizing and Planning, and Modern Access to Vintage Resources. See the full program and list of speakers at http://FGSconference.org/2015.
  • General Sessions: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings will kick off with a joint general session for all FGS and RootsTech attendees.
  • Expo Hall: Both conferences will share an expo hall covering more than 120,000 square feet, which will offer at least 240 booth spaces and a Demo Theater featuring special vendor presentations.
  • Research Opportunity: The Family History Library is the reason that Salt Lake City is the dream destination of genealogists everywhere. The library is a located in walking distance of the Salt Palace Convention Center and the four conference hotels.
  • Focus on Societies: Sessions on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 will give society leaders and volunteers ideas and tools to help societies promote themselves, increase membership, and develop sources of revenue. 
  • Librarians’ Day: On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, ProQuest will sponsor a full pre-conference day of sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals serving family history researchers.

Visit the FGS conference website at http://FGSconference.org/2015 for additional details including links to the conference hotels. Watch for future announcements about general session speakers, special activities and more on the FGS Voice Blog at http://voice.fgs.org/ and through FGS social media channels (links available on the conference website).

See you in Salt Lake City in February.

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.

Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy), Twitter (http://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy) and on our blog at (http://voice.fgs.org).

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NGS Announces Publication of Genealogy and the Law by Kay and William Frielich


ARLINGTON, VA, 26 AUGUST 2014: The National Genealogical Society announces the release of Genealogy and the Law: A Guide to Legal Sources for the Family Historian by Kay Haviland Freilich, CG, CGL, FNGS and William B. Freilich, Esq. Genealogy and the Law guides readers through the variety of legal sources that genealogists need in order to explain many of the events that occurred in their ancestors’ lives. Land ownership, estate administration, and taxation are a few of the many aspects of life that cannot be fully understood without knowledge of the law in effect at the time.

The authors, an award-winning genealogist and an attorney, both with long service in their professions, bring the perspectives of genealogy and the law together in a book that covers the language of the law, how to find pertinent laws, the kinds of sources available, where they can be found, citation of legal works, and how to apply legal research to genealogical problems.

Genealogy and the Law may be pre-ordered at the NGS booth at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, August 27–30. After September 1, it can be ordered from the NGS online store at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org. Copies of the book are expected to be ready for shipment by October 1.

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.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Findmypast launches ‘Hall of Heroes’ to celebrate the heroes in everyone’s family



  • Findmypast.com launches ‘Hall of Heroes’ campaign to share individual stories about heroic figures from everyone’s own family history
  • Call for people to submit stories of their own family heroes to be included alongside famous historical figures
  • New record sets launched to help people discover the heroes in their family


London, UK, 19 August, 2014 – Leading family history website, Findmypast.com has today announced the launch of its Hall of Heroes. The Hall aims to celebrate the heroes from our history, from unsung underdogs to First World War medal winners.

Findmypast is asking people to help create a ‘Hall of Heroes’ that truly reflects the heroic figures from our own history by inviting everyone to submit their own heroes from their family history to be chosen for inclusion in the Hall of Heroes.

Unsung underdogs to military heroes

The Hall aims to celebrate the actions of all types of heroes, including men, women, children and animals.

Notable stories include Salem Poor (1747-1802), who was an African-American slave who bought his freedom, joined the army, and became a hero of the Revolutionary War. His gallantry during the Battle of Bunker Hill so impressed his fellow soldiers that they petitioned the General Court of Massachusetts on his behalf. Poor was commemorated with a stamp as part of the United States Bicentennial in 1975. Poor Street in Andover is named after him.

Another hero celebrated by Findmypast today is Sergeant Alvin Cullum York, one of the most decorated American soldiers in World War I. Alvin won the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross. Legion of Honour, Croix de Guerre, War Merit Cross, and Order of Prince Danilo I for his service in France. York endeavoured to live a relatively quiet life after the war, shunning opportunities to cash in on his new fame. In the twenties he founded the Alvin C. York Foundation, aiming to increase education opportunities in his home state of Tennessee.

“It’s great to be able to celebrate the bravery and courage of figures in our history. The ‘Hall of Heroes’ allows the lives of well documented famous figures to be recognised alongside the bravery of the everyman, including maids, miners and even rescue dogs,” said Holly Thomas, historian and writer at Findmypast. “These people, drawn from all walks of life, and from all over the world, played an incredibly important part in shaping our history. We’re especially excited about reading the stories of the heroes that people will be submitting from their own families over the coming weeks and can’t wait to make these unknown stories available for everyone to read in one place for the very first time.”

Visit heroes.findmypast.com for more information on these heroes and to submit your own story.

About Findmypast

Findmypast has been a leading family history website for more than 10 years. It’s a searchable online archive of over 1.8 billion family history records, from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For our members around the world, Findmypast is a crucial resource for building family trees and doing detailed historical research.

In April 2003 the company was the first to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, Findmypast has digitised family history records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. In partnership with the British Library, Findmypast is part of a project to safeguard the future of the world’s greatest newspaper archive – allowing digital access to more than 40 million newspaper pages. Recently, The National Archives awarded the company the exclusive rights to put the 1939 Register for England and Wales online.

www.findmypast.com

Saturday, August 16, 2014

2014 FGS Conference Online Registration Ends August 19

Federation of Genealogical Societies 2014 Conference


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

August 15, 2014 – Austin, TX. Online registration for the 2014 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference, scheduled 27-30 August 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, ends Tuesday, August 19. Register at http://www.fgsconference.org/registration. 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).

Pre-registering for the conference gives you access to some great benefits. Those who have already registered for the conference still have time to purchase tickets to the conference "extras."
Only attendees who preregister for the conference can:

  • Access the conference syllabus online prior to the conference.
  • Guarantee a spot in the "extra" conference events (on-site tickets may be available to events if they have not sold out):
  • 13 luncheons over the 4 conference days.
  • 10 workshops over 3 days. Workshops are filling up quickly but there are still a few spaces remaining.
  • Wednesday Night at the Institute of Texan Cultures on August 27, hosted by the the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society and the Texas State Genealogical Society.

Friday evening’s “Night in Old San Antonio” at La Villita is sold out.

You can also purchase extra tickets (except for workshops) for your non-genealogy spouses or friends who traveled with you to the conference.

Visit https://www.fgsconference.org/registration/ to register or add "extras" today. We hope to see you in San Antonio, August 27-30.

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 http://www.fgs.org.

Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy), Twitter (http://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy) and on our blog at (http://voice.fgs.org).

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Registration for 2015 Forensic Genealogy Institute Opens September 9, 2014

FGI Offers Two Brand-New, Cutting-Edge Courses for Forensic Genealogists


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Dallas, Texas – August 12, 2014 – Registration for the fourth annual Forensic Genealogy Institute (FGI) will open on September 9, 2014, at 1 pm EST. The educational arm of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG), FGI will be held March 26-28, 2015, at the Wyndham Love Field Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

The 2015 FGI features two brand-new, concurrent courses:

  • Forensic Genealogy Master Practicum
  • Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Unknown-Parentage Cases

Registration for each course is $445, which includes 20 hours of instruction by expert forensic and genetic genealogists in just three days, minimizing travels costs and time away from family and work. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

“In keeping with CAFG’s goals to promote and maintain high standards of professionalism, the fourth FGI enlarges and expands upon the curriculum offered at the previous institutes,” said Leslie Brinkley Lawson, CAFG President. “The 2015 program offers must-have education, training, mentoring, and professional development to those thinking of careers in forensic or genetic genealogy.

The “Forensic Genealogy Master Practicum” provides hands-on experience in researching various types of forensic cases, working with clients (including interviews and contracts), writing forensic reports or affidavits (students will write three reports), and participating in or observing a mock trial to defend a forensic report. Enrollment is limited to 40 students.

The “Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Unknown-Parentage Cases” course applies DNA and traditional genealogical research to uncovering the genetic heritage of individuals with unknown parentage. This area of forensic research is expanding rapidly, and genealogists who can use DNA to successfully address unknown-parentage cases are in great demand. Enrollment is limited to 60 students.
For full details of each course’s curriculum, as well as faculty biographies, visit www.forensicgenealogists.org/institute.


About CAFG

Established in 2011, the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is a business league with a professional membership dedicated to the advancement of forensic genealogy, which is research, analysis, and reporting in cases with legal implications. CAFG promotes high standards of professional and ethical conduct, provides education and training opportunities, and assists in professional development though mentorship, full membership, credentialing, and awarding of fellowships. Learn more at www.forensicgenealogists.org.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

International Tracing Service Chief to Speak in SLC on Wednesday free, open to the public


Diane Afoumado, PhD., Chief, International Tracing Service (ITS) Research Branch, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will be speaking on the records and the services offered by the ITS on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Plaza Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. Held in conjunction with the Eastern European Family History Conference sponsored by the Foundation for East European Family History Studies (FEEFHS), the presentation is open to the public and free to attend.

While the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, DC, is the United States’ repository for the International Tracing Service (ITS) collection, the records will be of interest to anyone with ancestors who may have been persecuted or displaced during WWII. Afoumado reports that the ITS collection “contains diverse information about the persecution and murder of (both) Jews and non-Jews—Poles, Ukrainians, Lithuanians, Latvians, Estonians, Soviet prisoners of war, Roma and Sinti, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and persons with disabilities—under Nazi rule.”
Documents such as camp arrival lists, grave locations, transport lists, prisoner cards, forced labor lists, death lists, displaced person applications for assistance, deportation lists, emigration applications or questionnaires, registration and work cards, sometimes with photographs, are contained in the collection. Research services to access those records are provided by ITS to the public at no charge. Afoumado says the collection contains “several millions of documents,” saved by the Holocaust Survivors and Victims’ Resource Center to ensure “that the individual experiences of survivors and victims of the Holocaust and Nazi-era persecution are collected, preserved and disseminated for future generations.

Ms. Afoumado will be available on Thursday following the presentation to begin the research process with those interested, according to Peg Ivanyo, FEEFHS conference chair. “The ITS Research Branch has dedicated both funding and personnel to bring this wonderful service to our conference, and we wish to share it broadly with the community to the extent possible,” Ivanyo says. Anyone may attend the Wednesday evening presentation and subsequently set up an appointment to meet with Ms. Afoumado or complete the paperwork for her to begin the process of searching the records database at a later time.

Additional information about the FEEFHS conference and other services is available at feefhs.org.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Henderson Receives Top Award from Missouri State Genealogical Association

For Immediate Release: Columbia, MO - August 8, 2014

Crestwood Missouri resident Martha Henderson recently received the President’s Award at the Missouri State Genealogical Association’s annual conference held in Columbia Missouri. Henderson received the association’s highest award for her many years of service to the statewide organization.


Martha has served as president, newsletter editor, historian and most recently as chair of the 21st Century Fund Committee. The committee awards grants to Missouri genealogical and historical societies for records preservation projects. Locally Martha serves as Craft Fair Co-Chair for the Crestwood-Sunset Hills Rotary Club and as Secretary for International Rotary District 6060.


About MoSGA

The Missouri State Genealogical Association, established in 1979, is dedicated to enhancing the knowledge of its members and the public in the study of family history, genealogical records and the principles of sound genealogical research. Contact MoSGA at: Missouri State Genealogical Association; P.O. Box 833 Columbia, MO 65205-0833; email: mosga@mosga.org; www.mosga.org.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The British Newspaper Archive starts digitising eight new titles


More than 8 million newspaper pages from 1710-1954 are now available to search at The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

In the last month, the website has started digitising the newspaper archives of eight new titles. These cover England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and include the London Evening Standard, Glasgow’s Daily Record and the Northern Whig.

The first years from the following new titles have been added to The British Newspaper Archive:

  • Biggleswade Chronicle, covering 1912
  • Daily Record, covering 1914-1915
  • Lake's Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser, covering 1864
  • London Evening Standard, covering 1860-1862 and 1866-1867
  • Newcastle Evening Chronicle, covering 1915
  • Northern Whig, covering 1869-1870
  • Surrey Comet, covering 1854-1857 and 1859-1870
  • Watford Observer, covering 1864-1865, 1867, 1869-1870

You’ll find more information and links to these new additions at http://blog.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/2014/08/07/8-new-titles-including-the-london-evening-standard/

About the British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership project between the British Library and DC Thomson Family History (formally known as brightsolid online publishing). From November 2011 to 2021, up to 40 million pages from historical newspapers across the UK and Ireland will be uploaded to the website www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

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.