Tuesday, September 30, 2014

4 MILLION NEW YORKSHIRE BAPTISM, MARRIAGE AND BURIAL RECORDS DATING BACK TO 1538 PUBLISHED ONLINE


A poet, a cricketer, an abolitionist and death by poisoned pudding: 400 years of Yorkshire parish records revealed online

4 MILLION NEW YORKSHIRE BAPTISM, MARRIAGE AND BURIAL RECORDS DATING BACK TO 1538 PUBLISHED ONLINE

FINDMYPAST’S PROJECT WITH SIX YORKSHIRE ARCHIVES WILL CREATE THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE REPOSITORY OF YORKSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY RECORDS IN THE WORLD

Leading UK family history website findmypast.com has today, 30 September 2014, published online for the first time almost 4 million parish records in partnership with the Yorkshire Digitisation Consortium. The Yorkshire Collection comprises beautiful scanned images of the original handwritten registers held by six Yorkshire archives and spanning the years 1538 to 1989. Fully searchable transcripts of the originals enable anyone to go online and search for their Yorkshire ancestors by name.

The first phase of this landmark project, released today, includes nearly a million parish records from North Yorkshire County Record Office, Doncaster Archives and Local Studies, East Riding Archives and Local Studies Service, Teesside Archives and Sheffield Archives and Local Studies, as well as over 3 million parish records and Bishop’s Transcripts from the Borthwick Institute for Archives (University of York), which cover the whole of Yorkshire including West Yorkshire.

As the provenances of the records are defined by historical, rather than modern boundaries, areas now outside of today’s Yorkshire are also covered, such as County Durham. On completion this will be the most comprehensive online repository of Yorkshire family history records anywhere in the world.

Famous Yorkshire men found in the records

Covering a wide area and timeframe, many of Yorkshire’s most famous sons and daughters can be found in the records. Poet William Wordsworth married his childhood friend Mary Hutchinson in the parish of Brompton on 4 October 1802. The marriage register now online at Findmypast shows both their signatures.

Cricketer and founder of Lord’s Cricket Club Thomas Lord’s baptism on 29 December 1755 appears in the baptism register for Thirsk.

The baptism of abolitionist William Wilberforce, who was responsible for ending slavery in the British Empire, appears in the register for Holy Trinity Church in Kingston upon Hull on 21 September 1759.

Yorkshire’s social history revealed

Findmypast’s Yorkshire Collection also reveals fascinating details of the county’s social history. For example, the burial registers give evidence of the scale of the 1832 cholera epidemic, in which 55,000 people in the UK died, and also details of the deaths of soldiers in the 1645 Civil War.

A mention of the baptism of Thomas Pompey, a youth about 14 years of age and a native of Guinea in Africa, in the Harthill records of 1725 suggests that even back in the 18th century, Yorkshire was the kind of place visitors would want to stay.

Everyday tragedies are captured in the records. For example, over centuries when childbirth was dangerous and miscarriages common, there are instances of children’s first names being recorded as ‘Stillborn’ (Stillborn Sutton and Stillborn Bartendale in the Thorpe Bassett baptisms, for example).

Bizarre deaths and comedy names

These church records also provide some unexpected insights into events in Yorkshire’s colourful history. The parish burial register for Kirby Wiske records that on 7 July 1791, Richard Sturdy, John Cartman and Rich’d Sturdy were “poisoned by neglect of a servant girl in making a pudding”.

The burial register for Birkin records the death of Richard Darley, struck dead by lightning at the age of 25 on 5 June 1836, while the burial register for Thirsk includes Thomas Lee, son of a shoemaker, whose death on 27th May 1789 aged 13 appears alongside the explanation “Died with drinking Gin.”

A quick look through Findmypast’s Yorkshire Collection reveals some extraordinary names. Mary Christmas was buried in Hutton Cranswick in 1689, while Fortune Chimney was laid to rest in Hornsea St Nicholas in 1727. The marriage register of Bramham records the 1837 marriage of Robert Duck to Catherine Peacock.

Findmypast historian and writer Myko Clelland said ‘These records are full of fascinating details of Yorkshire life through the ages. We're utterly thrilled to be able to tell the stories of the inhabitants of ‘God's own county’ for the very first time online and to give family historians around the world the opportunity to discover their own family’s stories.”

Chris Webb of the Yorkshire Digitisation Consortium added “We are delighted that Findmypast have worked with the Yorkshire Digitisation Consortium in an innovative partnership to make these unique records for a uniquely important (and beautiful) part of the country available in this way. Every release of digital records is an event, but this one, covering about 10% of the English and Welsh historic population, really is important.”

All of these records can be explored at findmypast.com. Further records will be released in 2015.

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.

About the Yorkshire Digitisation Consortium

The Yorkshire Digitisation Consortium is a partnership of local authorities which has pledged to make its parish records available online. It is made up of local authority and university archive services based in Beverley, Doncaster, Middlesbrough, Northallerton, Sheffield and York.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Genealogy Intensive™ - A New Offering in Genealogy Education

Lisa Alzo and Thomas MacEntee Create On-Line Collaborative Group Coaching Platform for Genealogy Skill Building

29 September 2014 – Chicago, IL. Hack Genealogy has created Genealogy Intensive™, a collaborative, results-driven, group coaching environment for effective genealogy education. In today’s article Genealogy Intensive™: Taking Your Genealogy Project From “Obsession” to “Reality” Hack Genealogy creator Thomas MacEntee outlines the concept and motivation behind this new offering.

“We've identified a need among genealogists when it comes to education. While webinars cover a variety of topics and provide solid information, most attendees file away the handout once the webinar is over and don’t take action when it comes to using the skills covered,” MacEntee notes. “With Genealogy Intensive™, participants work in a small group environment – online – and have actual assignments to put those new skills to use.”

Each Genealogy Intensive™ will follow a similar format:

  • Online Sessions via GoToMeeting: Meeting once a week for one (1) hour. Sessions will be recorded and you’ll always have access to the recordings. For Weeks #2 through #5, a “flipped lecture” format will be used: participants complete an assignment before the session and then the group will discuss the assignment and results.
  • Weekly Assignments: A series of work assignments relevant to the specific Genealogy Intensive™ topic. These assignments will not just inspire, but also help participants achieve their goals.
  • Closed Facebook Group: A closed online environment for Genealogy Intensive™ participants where assignments and feedback are shared and ideas/issues are discussed.
  • Personal Access to Coaches: Access to Coaches via Facebook and email as well as during the Online Sessions.
  • Project Tools: Basic templates and strategies for tracking projects.
  • Productivity Toolbox: Coaches will prepare a special toolkit filled with resources; during the six-weeks participants will add their own recommended tools and share their discoveries with the group.
  • Access to Archives: After the Genealogy Intensive™ is over, participants will continue to have access to the Online Session recordings, all handouts and assignments and the input/feedback on the Facebook Closed Group.

Participation is limited to 12 attendees and the cost to attend a Genealogy Intensive™ over a six week period is $129 per person. A special discounted price of $99 will be available during the early registration period.

The Write Stuff: Build Your Family History Writing Skills

Starting on Monday 13 October 2014 and running for six-weeks through Monday 17 November 2014, noted genealogy author Lisa A. Alzo will lead The Write Stuff with a focus on building family history writing skills.

  • Learn writing skills and techniques to produce a quality family history; build on the skills each week.
  • Focus on getting a working draft.
  • Receive constructive and helpful feedback.
  • Overcome fears and anxiety about writing.
  • Have fun!

Through on-line instructional sessions, weekly assignments, and collaboration with other participants, attendees will have access to an instructor with more than 23 years of writing experience, who will teach key nonfiction writing techniques used to produce a “can’t put down” family history that will keep the pages turning for generations. Click here for more information and the course schedule.

Get More Information about Genealogy Intensive™

Visit today’s announcement about the Genealogy Intensive™ here and get the details about The Write Stuff here.

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

About Hack Genealogy

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

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

Friday, September 26, 2014

BCG Offers a Free Day of Quality Genealogy Education October 11


Top genealogists Elissa Scalise Powell, Judy G. Russell, Elizabeth Shown Mills, and Stefani Evans will present six lectures at the Family History Library’s Floor B2 classroom in Salt Lake City Saturday, October 11, between 9 am and 4:45 pm. The lectures are free and open to the public, sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. The board is an independent certifying body and author of the updated 2014 Genealogy Standards.

Topics and speakers:

  • 9 – “BCG Certification Seminar,” Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
  • 9:45 – “Shootout at the Rhododendron Lodge: Reconstructing Life-Changing Events,” Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • 11 – “From the White Lion to the Emancipation Proclamation – Slavery and the Law before the Civil War,” Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  • 1:15 – “Using Evidence Creatively: Spotting Clues in Run-of-the-Mill Records,” Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
  • 2:30 – “Oh, The Things You Can Map: Mapping Data, Memory, and Historical Context,” Stefani Evans, CG
  • 3:45 – “Trousers, Black Domestic, Tacks & Housekeeping Bills: Trivial Details Can Solve Research Problems,” Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

“Whether you stop in for one lecture or all six, you will learn more about how to apply good methodology to your own family research,” said President Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. “The Board for Certification of Genealogists strives to foster public confidence in genealogy by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics. Educating all family historians of every level is part of this mission.”

For questions or more information contact: Nicki Birch, CG, office@BCGcertification.org.

CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluations. The board name is a trademark registered in the US Patent and Trademark Office.

APG Shows Commitment to Next Generation with Young Professional Discount for 2015 Professional Management Conference


Build Your Career Skills at the Only Conference Aimed at Professional Genealogy

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 26 September 2014 −The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today demonstrated its commitment to next-generation genealogists by offering young professionals a significant discount to APG’s Professional Management Conference (PMC). The Young Professional discount offers savings of 40 percent off the full price of the conference, with additional discounts for single days. The conference, themed “Professional-Grade Genealogy,” will be held the 8–9 January 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Registration is now open for the 2015 PMC at www.apgen.org/conferences.


“APG knows the importance of attracting and mentoring new genealogists and professionals,” said APG President Kimberly Powell. “We have designed APG’s Professional Management Conference to appeal to professionals of all skill levels and are offering opportunities to help young professionals and students to meet each other, develop relationships with established professionals, enhance their research skills, and build their businesses. Eva Goodwin, the winner of APG’s 2014 Young Professional Scholarship, plans to be in attendance.”

PMC 2015 – A Must-Attend Event

The 2015 PMC is two full days and will feature 14 speakers teaching 16 sessions (including four hands-on workshops) on key topics for professional genealogists. These include 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 providing professional genealogists with opportunities for networking, advanced education, and professional and business development.

New in 2015, PMC Poster Sessions offer exciting and unique networking opportunities by providing professional genealogists with an informal, interactive opportunity to showcase research, share work, and exchange ideas. PMC will also feature the annual APG member meeting and the APG reception, the latter to be held Friday night.

On Thursday, 8 January 2015, FamilySearch is helping pay for lunch—making the plated lunch only $10. David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch, will present "Do Online Trees Have a Place in the Professional Genealogists’ Toolkit?"

Visit www.apgen.org/conferences for full conference details and to register for PMC 2015.


Register Now for PMC 2015

Young Professional pricing ends 15 November 2014. The Young Professional discount is available to APG members and non-members who are age 25 or younger. Attendees may choose to attend the full conference or a single day. Details on pricing and the conference sessions are available at www.apgen.org/conferences.

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

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.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

GenBiz Solutions™ Guides - Innovative solutions for genealogy-related businesses

GenBiz Solutions™ Guides

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, 26 September 2014

Innovative solutions for genealogy-related businesses

GenBiz Solutions™ Guides Released


Chicago, Illinois: GenBiz Solutions™ Guides hit the marketplace today to meet the demands of the business owner with a genealogy-related business focus. Independent of developing genealogical research skills, today’s successful genealogy-related business owner must develop or enhance specific business skills. Each GenBiz Solutions™ Guide, geared towards the business side of genealogy, addresses a specific business topic. Initial guides released include:

  • Starting a Genealogy Business
  • Creating a Marketing Plan
  • Building a Business Blog
  • Building Media Relationships
  • Creating a Sales Process

Each guide is priced at $4.95. Now through September 30, 2014, use the promo code FALLSALE2014 to get 10% off on all purchases. In addition, purchase the All In Bundle – all five introductory guides – for only $19.95, a 20% savings. Visit http://genbiz.solutions for more information.

Filling a Need for Business Education Materials

“Genealogy-related business owners come to this industry from a variety of backgrounds and with a mix of experience. Because there are multiple aspects to running any business, as well as aspects uniquely applicable to a genealogy-related business, we saw a need to devise a way to allow each business owner to select educational materials specific to their situation,” said Thomas MacEntee, owner of High Definition Genealogy. “Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as hanging out your shingle and starting to perform research for clients. Today’s genealogy professional is faced with making decisions about business structure, what services to offer, how to attract clients and how to compete.”

Real Advice from Real Genealogy Business Owners

“Tapping into the real life experiences of current business owners, we've created GenBiz Solutions™ Guides. Guides are authored by a group of diverse professionals and each examines a relatively narrow topic. This approach allows the genealogy-related business owner to select a guide or multiple guides specific to their unique needs, for a very minimal investment.” continued MacEntee.
GenBiz Solutions™ Guides are delivered electronically in a digital format; they offer knowledge, practical advice and include specific tools and templates for the business owner to incorporate into their practice.

About GenBiz Solutions™

GenBiz Solutions™ is an innovative series of guides for genealogists seeking to establish or enhance a successful genealogy-related business. GenBiz Solutions™ is a partnership of genealogy professionals, coordinated and led by Thomas MacEntee. To purchase GenBiz Solutions™ Guides or for more information, visit: http://genbiz.solutions

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NEHGS announces the publication of Robert Charles Anderson’s Exclusive, Must Have Genealogical Guide, Elements of Genealogical Analysis















How to Maximize Your Research Using the Great Migration Study Project Method


September, 23, 2014 – Boston, Massachusetts – New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) announces the publication of the latest work by renowned author Robert Charles Anderson, FASG. Detailing the author’s process, the work consists of 124 pages of genealogical expertise and principles used throughout his illustrious career.

In his new book, Robert Charles Anderson presents his step-by-step process for solving genealogical problems—a methodology thirty years in the making. Developed by Anderson and perfected through his work as director of the Great Migration Study Project at NEHGS, this systematic approach considers each source, each record, and each possible linkage before making a genealogical conclusion. Clearly defined tools, checklists, and logically ordered steps throughout the book help make this method both accessible and effective. Examples of actual research problems and continuing case studies, accompanied by easy-to-follow diagrams, walk you through steps of effective genealogical analysis.

In the preface, Anderson notes: “I have had this little book in mind for more than thirty years, and would like to record at this point my state of mind in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when it was first conceived. I was at that time quite new to genealogy, and had in the prior decade or so tried my hand at two other ‘careers,’ military intelligence and molecular biology. These two pursuits, seemingly quite distant from genealogy, provided both the basis for my genealogical skills and the impetus for the writing of a book on methodology.”

Robert Charles Anderson is the director of the Great Migration Study Project. He was educated as a biochemist and served in the United States Army in electronics intelligence. In 1972 he discovered his early New England ancestry and there­after devoted his time and energies to genealogical research. In

1983 he received a master's degree in colonial American history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and he was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in 1978. Anderson was co-editor of The American Genealogist from 1993 to 2012, and he has been an editorial consultant to The New England Historical and Genealogical Register since 1989.

To order Elements of Genealogical Analysis, call NEHGS’s Sales Department at 617-888-296-3447, or visit the Society’s bookstore website, http://www.americanancestors.org/store/.

About NEHGS

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 website www.AmericanAncestors.org.

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.

2015 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy - Early-Bird Registration Ends October 31, 2014


Early-bird registration ends on October 31, 2014!​

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) will be held January 12-16, 2015. All courses and events will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center Hotel. Labs, if applicable, and research facilities will be available at the Family History Library.

Registration: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12

Early-bird registration ends on October 31, 2014. If you log in as a member first your information will be populated and you will be automatically charged the reduced rate. If you are a non-UGA member you may purchase a membership, register as a non-member, and be refunded the difference. If you have questions please call the main UGA phone number at (801) 259-4172 or email sligdirector@ugagenealogy.org. You will be given the option to pay by credit card using PayPal (you do not have to have a PayPal account) or by sending a check.

Tuition is $375 for UGA members and $425 for non-members (a $50 savings). You MUST be logged in to the member’s area of the website prior to registering to receive the member discount. These tuition prices are applicable through October 31, 2014 when early-bird registration expires. (After October 31, 2014, tuition is $425 for UGA members and $475 for non-members). Two payment options are available: pay online with your credit card via PayPal or pay via check through the mail. Your place in the course is reserved upon checkout.

Accommodations: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?eid=12

We recommend staying at the conference hotel, the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in order to obtain the full institute experience and have access to special events and networking with the instructors and other attendees. SLIG’s reduced rate is $129/night (reduced from $269/night). This rate is set for up to four people in a room. The rooms are spacious and a two-queen room can comfortably accommodate four people.

2015 Tracks

In 2015, SLIG is offering twelve tracks. The foremost experts in the field for each subject provide students with at least twenty hours of in-depth instruction on their topic. The format allows coordinators and instructors to build on the understanding gained from each lecture, building a foundation rather than giving scattered information. Students leave with a much deeper understanding of the topic.The following four tracks still have seats remaining:

Beyond the Library: Research in Original Source Repositories (John Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)

This course explores repositories of original historical sources: archives, courthouses and manuscript collections. The purpose of this course is to take the mystery and trepidation out of using original source repositories.

Finding Immigrant Origins (David Ouimette, CG)

This course covers the key historical sources and research methodologies for family historians tracing immigrant origins. We explore chain migration, ethnic migration paths, surname localization, DNA evidence, cluster genealogy, and other tools to help find your immigrant’s ancestral village.

Advanced Research Tools: Post-War Military Records (Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA)

Wars by their nature create records; however records are created in the aftermath of war also. There is the pension application file(s) or a bounty land application file(s). But there is so much more in addition to these records. There is pension law, payment ledgers, payment vouchers, public and private claims, correspondence, state claims, soldiers homes, and burial records. This course will cover these topics in-depth.

Resources and Strategies for US Research, Part I (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS)

This course provides in-depth study of 19th-21st century U.S. resources and methodologies for utilizing them. Analyze content, origin, location, and develop tools and strategies to interpret records.

We look forward to seeing you at SLIG in January 2015!

NEHGS announces the publication of Penelope Stratton and Henry Hoff’s Guide to Genealogical Writing




How to Write and Publish Your Family History


September, 23, 2014 – Boston, MA – New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston has recently published the Guide to Genealogical Writing from NEHGS Publishing Director Penelope L. Stratton and Editor of the Register Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG.

This book is THE guide to genealogical writing for all family historians! Whether readers are new to genealogy or have been researching for years, this improved edition of our bestselling "writing guide" will help all present their findings in writing. Using examples from NEHGS's award-winning publications, our experts show how to write a family history clearly and accurately—from building a genealogical sketch, to adding images, to indexing. An appendix on genealogical style covers alternate spellings of names, when and how to use lineage lines, how to include adopted children and stepchildren, aspects of double dating, and other issues faced by genealogical writers. This update of Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century is a must-have for anyone interested in sharing research!

From the preface: “As the country’s leading resource for comprehensive family history research, the New England Historic Genealogical Society has a strong interest in encouraging genealogists at all levels not only to research their family histories but also to write and publish them. “ Among the topics covered: Getting started, Writing in genealogical style, Adding citations, Incorporating narrative, Selecting illustrations, Considering design and layout, Indexing, Getting ready to publish, Writing for journals and magazines, Writing short or informal family histories, and Using Microsoft Word for genealogical writing.

Penelope L. Stratton is Publishing Director of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. She oversees the publication of books and periodicals, including books published under the Newbury Street Press imprint and books for the Great Migration Study Project. Prior to joining the NEHGS staff in 2006, Penny worked in both educational and trade book publishing. She has contributed articles to American Ancestors magazine and has given numerous presentations on various aspects of writing and publishing family histories.


Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG, a member of the NEHGS staff since 1996, is editor of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Previously he served as editor or consulting editor of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. Henry is the author of more than 200 genealogical articles in genealogical periodicals, and is the co-author, editor, or co-editor of several books, including two previous writing guides published by NEHGS.

To order Guide to Genealogical Writing, call NEHGS’s Sales Department at 888-296-3447, or visit the Society’s bookstore website, http://www.americanancestors.org/store/.

About NEHGS

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 website www.AmericanAncestors.org.

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.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Announcement: Southern California Genealogy Jamboree - Call for Proposals EXTENDED


Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus!, June 4, 2015
Genealogy Jamboree, June 5-7, 2015
Jamboree Extension Series Webinars

We Want YOU!

Have you submitted for the Southern California Genealogical Society 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 5 - 7, 2015 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California? The Genetic Genealogy: DNA Plus! on 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 sessions per month (the first Saturday and the third Wednesday) to an international audience.

The 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree theme is Genealogy FANfare! celebrating 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.

Presentations will be accepted through the online portal by October 10, 2014. If you have previously submitted less than 6 presentations and wish to submit others, please do so! Get started now to be considered! All other dates remain the same. 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 your continued participation.

Download the Call for Presentations at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/Jamboree/Storage/2015CallforProposals.pdf

Download the Submission Guide at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/Jamboree/Storage/CallforProposalsSubmissionGuide.pdf

Jamboree Submissions through the Speaker Portal at http://2015callforpresentations.surveyconsole.com

Friday, September 19, 2014

Findmypast launches over 14,000 new records as the first installment of their new Findmypast Fridays


We are proud to announce the launch of our first ever Findmypast Friday!


Every Friday from now on, we will be bringing you thousands of new records to explore over the weekend on our dedicated Findmypast Friday page. We promise to bring you new, and often exclusive, record sets every single week.

This week’s Findmypast Friday, we’re excited to release a new collection of Irish parish and cemetery records as well as British marriage and baptism records.

If you have family from the Irish counties of Donegal, Fermanagh, Tyrone or Wicklow or from Eastbourne, East Sussex in the UK, these records will be of particular interest.

Compiled by genealogist, author and professor of history, Dr. David R. Elliott, the new Irish records collection includes a variety of parish registers from County Fermanagh as well as cemetery records for Donegal, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Wicklow.

The Fermanagh parish registers feature transcripts of baptisms, burials and marriages in the county and span the years 1796-1875. You’ll uncover great detail on your Fermanagh ancestors in these records including parents’ names, where they lived and sometimes even occupations.

The collection of cemetery records dates as far back as 1669 and features detailed transcripts as well as exquisite full colour images of gravestones around Ireland so you can see exactly where your relatives are buried. You’ll find over 12,000 cemetery records from Donegal, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Wicklow.

The new UK records are parish baptisms and marriages from Bodle Street Green, in the town of Eastbourne, East Sussex in England. The parish records cover the years 1841-1996 and contain over 2,000 registers.

D. Joshua Taylor, Director of Family History at Findmypast.com said; “We are very excited to be adding such rich records to Findmypast, the largest online database of Irish Family history records.  We’re proud to be able to assist in building Ireland’s family tree, giving family historians fantastic opportunities to learn more about their ancestors and perhaps discover some new ones.  We are committed to providing a variety of record sets every single week to ensure that customers can see their family trees grow.” 

The New Records can be searched here:









New additions every week!
This is only the beginning and there are many more fascinating new records yet to come! Be sure to check the Findmypast Friday page at the end of every week to keep up to date with all the latest new additions.
About Findmypast

Leading family history website findmypast was the first company to make the complete birth, marriage and death indexes for England & Wales available online in April 2003, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Findmypast has subsequently digitized many more family history records and now offers access to over 1.8 billion records dating as far back as 875 AD. This allows family historians to search for their ancestors among comprehensive collections of military, census, migration, parish, work and education records, newspapers as well as the original comprehensive birth, marriage and death records. The company runs the official 1911 census website for England & Wales in association with The National Archives and has digitized several other record sets from the national collection. Findmypast has also partnered with the British Library in a 10 year project to safeguard the future of the world's greatest local newspaper archive.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Become an FGS Ambassador

Federation of Genealogical Societies 2015 Conference

FGS Invites You to Participate

September 18, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce an invitation for FGS Ambassadors. If you are a blogger, social media enthusiast, writer, editor, or in any way interested in spreading the word about the FGS 2015 Conference, FGS is looking for you.

The 2015 FGS Conference scheduled for February 11–14 in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be a one-time special event with RootsTech. FGS Ambassadors will blog, share, like, +1, and tweet to spread the news about this unique FGS conference to their friends, colleagues, and everyone interested in genealogy.

Benefits to FGS Ambassadors include:
  • Link to your blog, website, Twitter, or other social media accounts on the FGS 2015 Conference Ambassadors Page.
  • Potential to be guest blogger on the FGS Voice Blog.
  • Direct contact with the FGS 2015 Marketing Committee.
  • Advance notice of press releases and other important updates from the Conference Committee.
  • Participation in the FGS Ambassadors Facebook Group.
  • Meet-up with other Ambassadors at FGS 2015—group photo for FGS publicity.
  • Ambassador badge ribbon at the conference.
Having a genealogy blog or planning to attend the FGS 2015 conference are not requirements for participating.

Visit FGS Ambassadors at https://www.fgsconference.org/media-center/ambassadors/ to review the full guidelines for participating and to register as an FGS Ambassador. Please register by October 8, 2014.

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).

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Minnesota Genealogical Society - Call for Papers - 2015 Genealogy Webinars


The Minnesota Genealogical Society invites proposals for our 2015 genealogy webinars. The webinars are via our GoToWebinars.com account on the 1st Wednesday of February, March, April, May, June, August, September, October, November, and December.

The MGS Education Committee especially encourages proposals for presentations with content relating to Minnesota and Upper Midwest resources and important Upper Midwest ethnic groups, including, but not limited to, Swedish, German, Norwegian, French Canadian, and Yankees.

The Committee invites proposals for any of three broad topical areas.

a) "how-to" lectures dealing with a variety of genealogical sources, including:

  • Midwest land and tax records
  • Immigration and naturalization records
  • Midwest church and cemetery records
  • Midwest State censuses
  • General courthouse research
  • Marriage records
  • Wills and probate records
  • DNA as a genealogy research tool
  • Midwest libraries and archives
  • Remote access to Library of Congress and National Archives records.

b) webinars demonstrating emerging technology for genealogy, including such topics as:

  • Social media as a research tool
  • Getting the most from updates in Ancestry.com and FamilySearch
  • Creative Internet research strategies
  • Cloud computing for genealogy
  • software for managing, organizing and analyzing genealogical information

c) Lectures focusing on methodology and problem-solving case studies are also welcome.

Audience: Our audience includes beginning, intermediate, and advanced genealogists. Ideally, lectures should offer something of value for all experience levels.

Format: MGS uses GoToMeeting for webinar delivery. Webinars are scheduled for one hour. We prefer lectures of 45 to 50 minutes, leaving time for questions. Lectures should be illustrated, using Powerpoint or a similar slide presentation program compatible with GoToMeeting.

Handouts: MGS asks speakers to provide handouts for attendees in digital format (PDF). The length of handout can vary, but four pages should be adequate for most presentations. The handout must be emailed to the specified MGS representative at least 5 days prior to the webinar.

Compensation: MGS offers a $125 speaker honorarium. Speaker expenses are not reimbursed.

Submission Requirements: Submit your proposals no later than 9 October 2014 on the MGS PDF speaker lecture proposal form available at http://mngs.org/cpage.php?pt=75. If you have a preference of months, please indicate. Use a separate form for each lecture you submit. 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, CG
info@heritagehunters.com

Questions:
Please direct questions about the webinars or the call for papers to mgseducation@gmail.com.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research to Offer Unique Opportunities in Genealogical Education


RALEIGH, North Carolina, 9 September 2014. Professional genealogists Catherine W. Desmarais, CG, Michael Hait, CG, and Melanie D. Holtz, CG, are pleased to announce the formation of the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (VIGR). VIGR is a unique educational opportunity for genealogists of all skill levels.

The Institute will offer courses on a wide variety of genealogical subjects, providing “Vigorous” year-round education for the genealogical community using a virtual platform. Each course will consist of a total of four 90-minute lectures, two each presented on consecutive Saturdays, extensive syllabus material, and practical exercises. Limited class sizes of only one hundred registrants per course allows for a higher level of class participation and instructor feedback than typically offered by genealogy webinars.

Courses are currently planned around the topics of genealogical writing, advanced methodology, DNA testing and analysis, and cultural, regional, or record-based research strategies.

Many of these subject matters—as well as the depth of instruction—have never before been offered in a virtual format and are ideal for genealogists around the world. “VIGR will allow genealogists who work a full-time job or have limited travel budgets to more easily advance their genealogical skills,” Institute co-administrator Melanie D. Holtz stated.

Registration for each course will cost $69.99 and includes digital video recordings of all four lectures, available within two weeks of the close of each course.

For more information on the Institute and to register for upcoming courses, visit www.vigrgenealogy.com and subscribe to the mailing list for updates on future courses.


UPCOMING COURSES


  • Michael Hait, CG, “Writing Logical Proof Arguments,” 1 November–8 November 2014
  • J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, “Preparing the Field: Understanding the Agricultural Records of our Ancestors,” 24 January–31 January 2015
  • Maureen Taylor, “Family Photographs: Identifying, Preserving, and Sharing Your Visual Heritage,” 21 February–28 February 2015
  • Donna Moughty, “Strategies for Finding Your Irish Ancestors,” 7 March–14 March 2015
  • Blaine Bettinger, “(Finally!) Understanding Autosomal DNA,” 21 March–28 March 2015
  • Billie Stone Fogarty and Rick Fogarty, “Verifying the Family Legend of Native American Ancestry,” 18 April–25 April 2015
  • Melanie D. Holtz, CG, and Melissa Johnson, “Genealogical Applications of Dual Citizenship by Descent,” 2 May-9 May 2015
  • Paul Milner, “An In-Depth Look at the 'Big Four' Records of English Research,” 30 May -- 6 June 2015
  • Angela McGhie, “Digging in Federal Land Records,” 19 September-26 September 2015

CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are Service Marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluations by the Board and the board name is a trademark registered in the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Monday, September 8, 2014

2015 FGS Conference Special Early-Bird Price Ends September 12

Federation of Genealogical Societies 2015 Conference

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

September 8, 2014 – Austin, TX. Registration for the 2015 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference opened on August 27, 2014 with a special early-bird discount registration price of $139. That two-week special price ends on Friday, September 12, 2014. Beginning September 13, the price for a full FGS registration increases to $159. The upgrade pass to add-on RootsTech remains $39. Register now to pay the lowest registration price.


The FGS 2015 conference will be held February 11–14, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah in conjunction with RootsTech. Visit www.FGSconference.org to learn how those two conferences will operate while sharing the Salt Palace Convention Center and to find out about sessions, speakers, luncheons, special events, and hotels.

Subscribe to the FGS Voice blog at www.voice.fgs.org and FGS social media channels (links available at www.FGSconference.org) to keep up with the latest news and announcements about the 2015 conference.

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 (https://twitter.com/FGSgenealogy) and on our blog at (http://voice.fgs.org).

2015 Forensic Genealogy Institute Registration Opens September 9, 2014, at 1 pm EDT

FGI 2015 Set to Be the Largest Offering of Forensic Genealogy Training to Date

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Dallas, Texas – September 8, 2014 – Registration for the fourth annual Forensic Genealogy Institute (FGI) opens tomorrow, September 9, 2014, at 1 pm EDT online at www.forensicgenealogists.org/institute. With 100 seats available to registrants, FGI 2015 will be the largest-ever offering of forensic genealogy for intermediate and advanced genealogists.

The educational arm of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogists (CAFG), FGI will be held March 26-28, 2015, at the Wyndham Love Field Hotel in Dallas, Texas. 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.

The 2015 FGI features two brand-new, concurrent courses designed for intermediate and advanced forensic genealogists:
  • Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Unknown-Parentage Cases
  • Forensic Genealogy Master Practicum
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.

The “Forensic Genealogy Master Practicum” offers 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.

Courses are expected to fill, so early registration is encouraged at www.forensicgenealogists.org/institute beginning at 1 pm EDT on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. The website also includes full details of each course’s curriculum as well as faculty biographies.

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.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

SwedGen Tour 2014 - Swedish Genealogy Workshop


Have you hit a brick wall in your Swedish family history research OR don’t know where to begin?

SwedGen is a group of Swedish genealogists who have made annual trips to North America for the sole purpose of helping Swedish Americans earn more about their Swedish heritage and discover their Swedish roots. This year ArkivDigital and SwedGen will be sponsoring Swedish Research Days in Illinois and Minnesota.

The research days will be filled with presentations including: instructions on how to use ArkivDigital online, Swedish research CDs, estate inventory research, military research and emigration. Topics will vary by location. In addition in Minnesota, two Norwegian genealogists will be giving Norwegian research presentations.

The events in both Arlington Heights and Rock Island are free but registration is required. Below is the schedule and registration information for each event:

Arlington Heights Memorial Library
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Friday, October 10, 2014
9 AM – 3:30 PM
To register, go to: http://www.ahml.info/content/swedish-genealogy-research-day

Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College
Rock Island, Illinois
Sunday, October 12, 2014
10 AM – 4 PM
To register, go to: http://www.augustana.edu/general-information/swenson-center-/genealogy/2014-swedgentour

Minnesota State Genealogy Library
South St. Paul, Minnesota
Saturday, October 18, 2014
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
To register, go to: http://www.sgsmn.org/Swedish_Genealogical_Society_of_MN/Meetings_and_Events_files/SGSMOctConfReg2014.pdf

Note – At each place, there will be an opportunity for 18 participants to receive an individual research consultation from one of the Swedish genealogists. It will be based on a first come basis and you must sign up by September 1st. To sign up, go here: http://www.lilleskogen.se/form2.htm

One of the Swedish genealogists will contact you if you have been selected or on a wait list. If you want a one-on-one session, you must fill out the query and also register for the event.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Findmypast.com launches over 240,000 UK parish records and an attach record to tree feature


Leading family history website Findmypast has today, Friday September 5th 2014, added over 240,000 records to their Surrey, Middlesex and Eastbourne parish record collections and introduced a new feature to attach records to ancestors on a family tree.

Over 200,000 records from the Surrey Marriage Index 1500-1841 have been published, showing the place and date of marriages and whether the marriage took place by licence or banns. In addition to this, 8,588 Surrey strays marriage records have been added to the site spanning 1565 to 1846. Surrey strays refer to people from Surrey who married outside the county. 33,275 marriage records from Middlesex have also been added to Findmypast dating from 1811 to 1840. All three record sets are published on Findmypast through the hard work of the volunteers of the West Surrey Family History Society.

In addition, 708 burial records from the Church of St. John, Bodle Street Green have gone live on the site. This record set has been transcribed by volunteers from the Eastbourne Family History Society as part of Findmypast’s partnership with the Federation of Family History Societies.

Every time records from a family history society are viewed on Findmypast, the dedicated societies who transcribe these records benefit by receiving a royalty payment from Findmypast. So viewing their records is a great way to support your favourite family history society, while adding more depth to your family tree.

New feature on Findmypast: add records to your family tree

Findmypast customers can now attach records to their family trees on Findmypast, thanks to a new “Attach to tree” button. This appears on the top right of all images and transcripts across the site. When viewing a record, simply select which of your Findmypast family trees to attach the record to and then start to type in your ancestor’s name. A list of people on your tree with similar names and their dates of birth appears. Select the one you want and then, in the case of a record with many ancestors listed such as a census, you can look for further names in the list to add the record to and select those too. Once you have all the names selected that you want to attach the record to, press the Save button. You’ll then find the record stored in your family tree in the relevant ancestors’ overview and media pages.

The new records can be searched at:

http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/surrey-marriages?_ga=1.55952482.896371849.1404119506

http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/surrey-strays-marriage-index?_ga=1.55952482.896371849.1404119506

http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/middlesex-marriage-index?_ga=1.55952482.896371849.1404119506

http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/eastbourne-burials-bodle-street-green?_ga=1.52151264.896371849.1404119506


About Findmypast

Leading family history website findmypast was the first company to make the complete birth, marriage and death indexes for England & Wales available online in April 2003, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Findmypast has subsequently digitized many more family history records and now offers access to over 1.8 billion records dating as far back as 875 AD. This allows family historians to search for their ancestors among comprehensive collections of military, census, migration, parish, work and education records, newspapers as well as the original comprehensive birth, marriage and death records. The company runs the official 1911 census website for England & Wales in association with The National Archives and has digitized several other record sets from the national collection. Findmypast has also partnered with the British Library in a 10 year project to safeguard the future of the world's greatest local newspaper archive.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

GLOBAL FAMILY REUNION SEEKS GENEALOGISTS TO “CONNECT FOR THE CURE”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 4, 2014
Contact: Eowyn Langholf, gfrcousincoordinator@gmail.com

GLOBAL FAMILY REUNION SEEKS GENEALOGISTS TO “CONNECT FOR THE CURE”

The Global Family Reunion in June 2015 is expected to be the biggest, most inclusive celebration of family connections in history. It’s also more than that: It’s about fighting Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s about connecting to find a cure!


In honor of World Alzheimer’s Month, September, the Global Family Reunion is “going purple” by announcing a special Connect for the Cure initiative for genealogists.

We invite all genealogy researchers, from beginners to professionals, to help us find as many new connections to reunion organizer A.J. Jacobs and the Global Family as possible.

Thanks to press exposure in the New York Times, NPR and Good Morning America, thousands of people have contacted A.J. saying that they plan to attend to the Global Family Reunion. Many of them have not yet been able to find a connection to A.J. through the global family trees on WikiTree and Geni. It’s these people who need your help!

For every person you can connect, A.J. will donate $1 to fighting Alzheimer’s, up to a total of $10,000. (We have partnered with the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and the Alzheimer’s Association).

Plus, earn five or more points and you are eligible for a prize!
·      5 points: Global Family Reunion bumper sticker.
·      10 points: “I Am A Cousin” feature on Global Family Reunion blog.
·      25 points: Skype/Google+ Chat with A.J. and the GFR team and formal thank-you at the Reunion
·      50 points: Autographed copy of one of A.J.’s books.
·      100 points: Personal acknowledgement in A.J.’s next book.
·      150 points: Global Family Reunion t-shirt.

Finally, there will be one very special surprise for the genealogist who earns the most points..

All connections must be made by May 1. To participate, contact our Chief Cousin Coordinator, Eowyn Langholf, at gfrcousincoordinator@gmail.com.

About the Global Family Reunion
WHAT: The largest, most inclusive, most entertaining family reunion in history. There will be TED-style talks about genealogy, DNA and amazing family tales. There will be music, comedy, games, exhibits, food, booths and the world’s biggest family photo. It will also be the subject of a documentary by filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.
WHEN: June 6, 2015 (all day long)
WHERE: The New York Hall of Science, on the grounds of the historic World’s Fair. Satellite events across the world, and live-streamed access from your computer.
For more details see Global Family Reunion at a Glance.