Hotel Reservations Open for FGS 2016 Conference

HOTEL RESERVATIONS OPEN FOR FGS 2016 CONFERENCE
Book Your Room Today!

Two Springfield, Illinois hotels are now taking reservations for The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2016 Conference, “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” which will be held August 31 – September 3, 2016 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.

The Wyndham Springfield City Centre (formerly the Hilton Springfield) and The President Abraham Lincoln Springfield (a DoubleTree hotel by Hilton) will offer reduced rates to attendees of the FGS 2016 Conference. Each hotel is conveniently located near the Prairie Capital Convention Center and each hotel will offer a courtesy bus from the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport and Amtrak station.

Hotel Reservations Open for FGS 2016 Conference
Left: Wyndham Springfield City Center; Right: President Abraham Lincoln Springfield (a Doubletree Hotel by Hilton)

Wyndham Springfield City Centre
700 E Adams St, Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 789-1530

The conference rate is $129/night, available from August 27 to September 6, 2016. Reserve your room by August 6, 2016 to receive the discounted rate. Visit www.fgsconference.org to reserve your room online. NOTE: For the Wyndham, phone reservations will be taken ONLY after January 1, 2016, while online reservations can be made now.

The President Abraham Lincoln Springfield
701 E Adams Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701
(217) 544-8800

The conference rate is $129/night, available from August 30 to September 4, 2016. Reserve your room by August 3, 2016 to receive the discounted rate. Visit www.fgsconference.org to reserve your room online. NOTE: The President Abraham Lincoln Springfield has a connected walkway to the Prairie Capital Convention Center.

Book Your FGS 2016 Conference Hotel Room NOW!

Rooms will be in high demand. Reserve yours now through the FGS conference website at www.fgsconference.org. Registration for the FGS 2016 Conference will open in late January 2016. For additional information about the FGS conference visit www.fgsconference.org.

Call for Presentations OGS Conference 2017

Call for Presentations OGS Conference 2017


The annual Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2017 will be held in Ottawa on June 16-18, 2017 at Algonquin College. The theme of the conference is Our Canada – Your Family: Building a Nation. As 2017 will be the 150th anniversary of the birth of Canada, Ottawa Branch OGS will host the annual OGS conference and give the Conference a national flair, bringing together genealogists and family historians from all over Canada. We are looking for speakers and talks of interest to genealogists from all provinces.

In keeping with this theme, we invite proposals for presentations on: family history from every region and territory of Canada (e.g. Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and British Columbia); migration to and from Canada and also within Canada and how this helped to not only build our families, but also Canada; pre- and post-1867 research in Upper Canada; religious associations; military connections; the latest updates on computer, social media and genealogy database technology; the ever growing use of DNA testing for genealogy; and skill-building for family historians (e.g. use of the genealogy proof standard, getting more out of online resources). Speakers from other related disciplines are welcome! Statisticians, demographers, archaeologists, researchers, archivists, librarians, geographers, cartographers, scientists, theologians, doctors, PhD candidates, software gurus, internet intellectuals, social media mavens, and historians of all kinds have information of interest to family historians and we would like to hear from you!

Most sessions will be one hour long. Sessions may be streamed in or out of the Conference venue. Topics for interactive, hands-on workshops are also welcome (typically half-day sessions). Speakers will receive an honorarium, plus appropriate expenses and complimentary Conference registration. In early 2017, speakers will submit content for inclusion in a syllabus.

Please submit your proposals by e-mail. Include your full name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, website address (if applicable) and biographical information including recent speaking credits. For each proposal, please provide a unique title, a summary of your presentation (250 words maximum), the intended audience (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and your A/V requirements. Multiple proposals are encouraged.

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS FEBRUARY 15, 2016

To submit proposals or ask questions, please contact the Conference 2017 Program Committee at: program.conference2017@ogs.on.ca. For more information about OGS or Ottawa Branch respectively, please visit: www.ogs.on.ca or www.ogsottawa.on.ca.

National Genealogical Society Announces Program for the 2016 Family History Conference


ARLINGTON, VA, 20 NOVEMBER 2015—The National Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the release of its 2016 Family History Conference program. The program, which includes more than 170 lectures, is now available online at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/ and as a sixteen-page registration brochure, which can be downloaded at http://goo.gl/w40zSO.

Nationally known speakers and subject matter experts will address a broad array of topics, including records for Florida and its neighboring states; migration into and out of the region; military records; state and federal records. Other topics will discuss genealogical research on African Americans and women; methodology; analysis and problem solving; and the use of technology, including genetics, mobile devices, and apps useful in genealogical research.

The conference will take place at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 4–7 May 2016. Registration opens on 1 December 2015 at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register/. A number of special events have limited seating, so register on 1 December, or as soon as possible thereafter, if you plan to attend these events.

Up-to-date information about the availability, amenities, and rates for conference hotels can be found at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/attend/accommodations/.

Sign up for the NGS Conference Blog at http://conferenceblog.ngsgenealogy.org so you do not miss conference news or announcements.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, 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, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, November 20, 2015


This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of two fascinating UK collections, updates to our collection of historic British newspapers and the ability to browse Findmypast’s largest single collection.

Almost 10,000 volumes of England & Wales electoral registers are now available to browse, making it is now easier than ever before to uncover the history of your home and local area. Records available to search this weekend include social & institutional records covering daily life in 18th and 19th century Devon, a list of British WW1 volunteers from Argentina and millions of brand new British newspapers articles.


Browse through nearly 10,000 volumes of England & Wales electoral registers containing 5.4 million images and approximately 220 million names. The collection was recently made available online for the first time in association with the British Library and includes parliamentary registers, burgess rolls, parochial registers and county council registers. Electoral Registers are lists created annually of people who are eligible to vote and include their reason for eligibility, such as their residence or ownership of a property. Browsing the registers is a fantastic way to learn more about the history of your home or local area.

The period covered by The England and Wales Electoral Registers 1832-1932 includes some of the most important events in history of British democracy and demonstrates how the British electorate changed during the 19th and early 20th centuries: from the vote being extended to working class men and the reform of representation up until women’s suffrage.


British in Argentina 1914-1919 is a list of 4,852 members of Argentina’s British community who volunteered for service during the Frist World War. Argentina was a neutral country during World War I. However, one-third of its population was comprised of foreign citizens, including those of the countries currently at war. This general roll of volunteers forms a chronological account of events in Argentina just prior to and after Britain’s declaration of war on Germany up to the end of the hostilities. This includes details pertaining to war efforts made in Argentina by British residents, including the work of the British Women’s Patriotic Association. Later chapters include details pertaining to the war fund, women’s war efforts, work of societies and communities, the role of established institutions in the war effort, and the aftermath of the Armistice.

These records consist of both transcripts and images of the original publication, “Activities of the British Community in Argentina During the Great War 1914-1919”, published in 1920.


Over 49,000 records have been added to our collection of Devon Social & Institutional Records. This extraordinarily rich collection has been gathered by the Devon Family History Society from a wide range of local records covering daily life in the 18th and 19th centuries. There are 127 separate sources mainly covering working life, but also containing a fascinating collection of criminal and poor law records. There are also several very unusual record sets including smallpox vaccinations for Brixham, Exeter Heavitree and St Thomas and Exmouth, Christmas presents for Exmouth children whose fathers were away fighting in World War 1 and the Heavitree Nuisances, which covers insanitary premises that could be closed down by the police.

Each record contains a transcript of original records. Because of the range of material available, the type and amount of information varies considerably.


Over 3.7 million fully searchable articles have been added to our collection of historic British newspapers. This latest update includes 11 brand new titles covering major cities such as London and Dundee, as well as more regional and local titles like the Peterhead Sentinel and General Advertiser For Buchan District and Wisbech Chronicle, General Advertiser and Lynn News. The latest additions also include specialist publications with fascinating subject matters like the Anti-Slavery Advocate and Bright's Intelligencer and Arrival List.

Substantial updates have also been made to 43 existing titles including the Morning Advertiser, The Era and Birmingham Daily Post.

Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Friday’s page every week to keep up to date with the latest new additions.

About Findmypast

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online genealogy. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field of family history and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Mocavo, Genes Reunited, The British Newspaper Archive amongst others.

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over two billion family history records, from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and doing detailed historical research.

In April 2003 Findmypast 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, the company has digitised records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States.

New FamilySearch Collections Update: November 17, 2015


Nearly half a million more free records were added to the Billions Graves Index this week. Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939 , Minnesota Duluth and Wisconsin Superior Crew Lists 1922-1958Poland Evangelical Church Books 1700-2005, and the US Freedmen's Bureau Hospital and Marriage Records also have significant additions. For these and more, follow the links below.

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Help Us Publish More Free Records Online

Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.
 
About FamilySearch International
 
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
 © 2015 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. A service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“America’s Historian‐in‐Chief” to Be a Keynote Speaker at RootsTech 2016

RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, announced Doris Kearns Goodwin has joined its lineup of keynote speakers.

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, announced Doris Kearns Goodwin has joined its lineup of keynote speakers. Goodwin, a world-renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will speak at the RootsTech general session on Saturday, February 6, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Goodwin will share her insights into the personal and family lives of past presidential leaders and the influence their ancestors had on their personalities, behavior, decisions, and careers. She will also share anecdotes about her own family and experiences which have shaped and influenced her life.

Goodwin has been hailed by New York magazine as "America's historian-in-chief" for her in-depth scrutiny into the lives, actions, and family influences of America's presidents, and the history of the country. She provided extensive subject matter expertise for PBS and the History Channel's documentaries on the Kennedy family, LBJ, Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, and Ken Burns' The History of Baseball and The History of The Civil War. She also worked with Steven Spielberg on the movie Lincoln, based in part on Goodwin's award-winning Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.

Goodwin received the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. In addition, she has authored biographies of several other U.S. Presidents, including Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream; The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga; Team of rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (which was awarded the Lincoln Prize), and her most recent book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism.

Goodwin's biographies are not limited to presidents and politicians. Wait Till Next Year, her touching, best-selling memoir, draws her readers into life as she knew it in the 1950s in the suburbs of New York. She portrays the post-World War II era New York when the corner store was the gathering place for people to share stories and discuss their baseball differences with neighbors who were equally divided between Dodger, Giant, and Yankee fans.

Goodwin is expected to share memories of the lifelong influence of her parents: her mother, who taught her the joy of books, and her father, who taught her the joy of baseball and the Dodgers. She describes how two events deeply affected her: the Dodgers left Brooklyn in 1957 and the death of her mother. Both events marked the end of an era and, for her, the end of childhood.

Goodwin wrote Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream using first-hand insight into President Lyndon B. Johnson's life. She served as an assistant in LBJ's last year in the White House, and later assisted him in the preparation of his memoirs. On his 107th birthday, August 27, 2015, Goodwin said in retrospect, "LBJ was surely the most colorful politician I have ever met…. How I wish the LBJ that I knew in private—the colorful, ever fascinating, larger-than-life figure—had been able to project more of that effervescent personality into his public life."

Goodwin is a frequent guest commentator on most of the major networks. Spielberg's DreamWorks Studios has also purchased film rights to her book, The Bully Pulpit, which chronicles the first 10 years of the Progressive era through the administrations of Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft.

Other keynote speakers for RootsTech 2016 announced previously are New York Times bestselling author Bruce Feiler, award-winning journalist Paula Williams Madison, and the president and CEO of FamilySearch International, Stephen Rockwood. See the Keynote Page at RootsTech.org for more information about each of these speakers.

For more information or to register for RootTech 2016, go to RootsTech.org.

About RootsTech

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is the largest family history event in the world, reaching hundreds of thousands of participants around the world. Originating at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City and simulcast around the world, many sessions will be recorded for later viewing. Participants learn how to discover, preserve, and share family stories and connections across generations. World-class speakers will be featured, entertainment and engaging classes are offered, and with the event, in a vast expo hall, everyone, regardless of age or experience, will find something of interest.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, November 13, 2015


This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 1.3 million military records from the UK, US and Australia. These latest additions include UK memorial rolls containing highly detailed biographies and photographic portraits, conscription tribunal records from the English county of Surrey, over 1 million US army pension cards and Australian soldier settlements from the State of Victoria.


Veterans Administration Pension payment cards, 1907-1933, contains over 1.3 million records. Since the American Revolution, congress has been involved in offering pensions for disabled soldiers and in the 1800s the government expanded them to cover veterans’ widows and dependents.

The collection is compiled of records detailing payments from the US Veteran’s Administration (VA) to those receiving veterans’ pensions. It includes both transcripts and images of the original pension records for payments made between 1907 and 1933. This means that some of the veterans listed actually died prior to 1907. Details can include how much money was paid out, when it was paid out and two whom, allowing you to discover your ancestor’s next of kin as well as their date of death and details of their military service.


Surrey, military tribunals 1915-1918 contains the details of over 10,000 men. Comprised of registers and letter books, the records cover four military tribunals held at Woking, Dorking, Haslemere and Guildford in the English county of Surrey. Military service tribunals were bodies set up by local councils for men who wanted to appeal for an exemption from conscription. A person had the right to appeal conscription on a number of grounds. One such example would be if he were employed in a position of national interest, such as farming or industry. Other reasons for appeal included ill health, infirmity, exceptional financial or business obligations, or conscientious objections. Conscientious objectors were not always given an exemption, but they could be assigned to non-combatant positions. Each record includes and transcript and image of the original document.


The Lloyds of London Memorial Roll 1914-1918 contains the records and photographs of men company employees who died during the First World War. Over 2,000 men from the historic insurance firm served in the military during the conflict, many of whom joined London regiments such as the London rifle Brigade or the London Scottish.

The Roll is a tribute to those who lost their lives during the conflict and contains the records of 216 men. Each name has two records, an entry in the memorial role and a photographic portrait, and will display both an image and a transcript that may include details of their rank, regiment and any awards they received.


The Stock Exchange Memorial Roll 1914-1918 is a record of employees of the London Stock Exchange who gave their lives for King and Country during the Great War. The Roll contains both men and women. Each entry contains a biography and, in some cases, touching testimonies from fellow soldiers and commanding officers.

When war was first declared, the subsequent fear surrounding borrowed money being called in led to the Stock Exchange closing at the end of July 1914. As a result of the closure, the Stock Exchange (10th) Battalion of Fusiliers was formed for the 1,600 men who volunteered service. Many of the men listed in the Roll served with this regiment.


Victoria, World War One Soldier Settlers contains the details of veterans of the First World War who applied for a land lease under the State of Victoria’s Battle to Farm settlement scheme. The scheme allowed discharged soldiers to lease land to settle in an effort to provide work for the large number men returning home after years of fighting. Large rural plots were subdivided into smaller units for farming and were then leased to soldier settlers.

There are over 12,000 transcripts in this collection, each of which links to scanned images of the original soldier settler file. Transcripts can contain information the land that was leased and reveal significant biographical details about individual settlers such as family names, past occupations, and financial details.

Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Friday’s page every week to keep up to date with the latest new additions.

About Findmypast

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online genealogy. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field of family history and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Mocavo, Genes Reunited, The British Newspaper Archive amongst others.

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over two billion family history records, from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and doing detailed historical research.

In April 2003 Findmypast 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, the company has digitised records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States.

New FamilySearch Collections Update: November 9, 2015


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Help Us Publish More Free Records Online
Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.
 
About FamilySearch International
 
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,883 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
 © 2015 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. A service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.