RootsTech 2018 Photo + Story Competition

RootsTech 2018 Photo + Story Competition

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH--A good photo tells a good story. And behind every good photo and story is a photographer who recognized the moment the two had come together and snapped the shutter. RootsTech 2018 is sponsoring a photo+story competition that will highlight the best in several categories, with the winners being awarded prizes from Canon and Dell. The deadline for entries is December 31, 2017. For more information, go to Easily find and socially share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom

A first-of-its-kind addition to the annual family history extravaganza, this contest also complements the visit of Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton. Recognized worldwide for his revealing photographs of everyday people and their stories, Stanton will be a keynote speaker at RootsTech, held at the Salt Palace February 28 to March 1. His personal glimpse into the lives of ordinary people in New York has set a standard for quality photo stories.

The RootsTech 2018 Photo+Story competition is soliciting photos and stories in 4 categories: Connect, Belong, Family, and Heritage. The objective is to use the power of both photo and story to share, persuade, inform, inspire, connect, and belong.

Entrants can submit one photo and story in each of the categories. Entrants must be at least 18 to apply. No professional qualification, licenses, certificates, or certification is required. Go to for contest entry details.

Selected entries will be notified by January 15, 2018, with more information on their intent to exhibit. 


About RootsTech

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces 2018 FREE Webinar Lineup

Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces 2018 FREE Webinar Lineup
The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is happy to announce the continuation of its popular FREE monthly webinar program in 2018. The 2018 ISGS Webinar Series would not be possible without the generous contributions received throughout 2017 and the generous sponsorship provided by FamilySearch.
Registration for the 2018 webinars is now open! You’ll find a fantastic lineup of presentations and speakers and we hope you will join us for a wonderful educational experience.
The ISGS webinars, which are live lectures/presentations that you can attend via a computer with an internet connection, are held as a live broadcast on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 PM Central. The live broadcast of each webinar is FREE to the public. ISGS members who are unable to attend the live broadcast are able to access recordings of all past webinars through the Members Section of the ISGS website, to watch at their convenience.
ISGS 2018 Webinar Schedule
So what does 2018 have in store? Here is our amazing lineup!
January 9 – Finding Scottish Ancestors Online
Presenter: Nancy Loe
February 13 – Illinois Digital Resources
Presenter: Tina Beaird
March 14 – Finding Clues for Your Immigrant Ancestors in Ethnic Newspapers and Publications

April 10 – Friedrich Eiler in Illinois: Fragments Fuse to Identify One Individual
Presenter: Jill Morelli
May 8 – Want to Honor Your Revolutionary Roots?: Resources for Applying to a Revolutionary War Lineage Society
Presenter: Bryna O’Sullivan
June 12 – Ohio and the Early Gathering of the LDS Church
Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen AG
July 10 – Museums Have Records, Too! Locating Your Ancestor Behind Closed Doors
Presenter: Melissa Barker
August 14 – National Archives Resources at the Chicago Branch

September 11 –Researching Pre-fire Chicago

October 9 – Chicago Rises from the Ashes: The Columbian Exposition Gives Perspective to the Family Historian
Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben
November 13 – 1918: The Prairie State “Over There”
Presenter: Lisa Oberg
Registration: Stay tuned!**
** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance. Check back after December 1, 2017, for the registration link.
December 11 –Some Followed the River, Some Took the Train: Finding Ancestors of the Great Migration
Presenter: Angela Walton-Raji
Registration: Stay tuned!**
** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance. Check back after December 1, 2017 for the registration link.
Additional Webinar Information
·       All webinars take place at 8:00 PM Central time.
·       For additional information on our webinar series, visit our ISGS Webinars page at
·       You may also want to review our Webinar FAQs at
·       Don't forget to spread the word! Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer for the 2018 series can be accessed at
Again, a big thank-you to all of the webinar donation fund contributors and to FamilySearch for sponsoring the entire 2018 webinar series! We couldn't do it without you!!
The 2018 ISGS Webinar Series is sponsored by FamilySearch (

English/Welsh Family History Course Sale Offer – Save 20% until December 1st

The Family History Researcher Academy has revealed a Black Friday Week sale offer on their English/Welsh Family History Course up to and including December 1st

You can now benefit from a trail access over the first month for just $1. Then receive a 20% discount on the following months. Instead of paying the regular $14 per month you will get to enjoy full access for only $11 a month.

Delivered online, these modules can be studied at your own pace and are a great way to discover the records and archives to use when searching for your elusive English or Welsh ancestors.

If you sign up between now and the 1st December 2017, using the special link, then you'll receive one module a week plus some extra bonus reports and videos to help you find your English or Welsh ancestors. This course is packed with 12 month's worth of material to help research for ancestors from England and Wales. Students will become much more knowledgeable researchers, with the tools to break down many of their brick walls.

Presented from a practical point of view with lessons contributed by professional genealogists, online data experts and by compiler of the course - Nick Thorne. Nick researches ancestors for private clients and has worked on various projects for one of the leading British genealogical research websites. He is a regular contributor to a number of the U.K. family history magazines and blogs regularly.

What others are saying:

“Thank you for your detailed study of English research. I have done a lot of English research, yet much of what you have sent is stuff that people don't know, so thank you very much for your diligence in putting this together.” S Johnston

And this testimonial just received this week:

"Great series. Will be reading them again as I work on my English ancestors." J. Gill

The Family History Researcher Academy Sale offers a Special Offer Trial of just $1 for the first month followed by a more than 20% reduction on the regular monthly subscription. Read more now at:


November 23, 2017


Austin, Texas  – The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce new pension images available at our hosting partner, Fold3. As we detailed in August of this year, conservation had resumed and digitization would shortly follow on War of 1812 Pension files covering surnames M(Moore)-Q. This new release of images is the first installment on the promise made by FGS, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and Ancestry to complete the project we started and to which you all have so generously contributed. Additional images will follow as the Ancestry digitization team continues to refine their process and achieve full capacity in accord with NARA protocols.

The War of 1812 pensions are among the most frequently requested set of materials within NARA’s holdings, yet had never been microfilmed or digitized. Through a fundraising effort unprecedented in the genealogical community, more than 4,000 individuals, 115 genealogical and lineage societies, and industry leaders such as FamilySearch helped FGS secure the funds, matched by Ancestry, to preserve and share this invaluable genealogical resource. The images already captured, as well as those soon to be, are hosted at Fold3 and available for free at

“The Federation remains grateful to our partners and our supporters for their commitment to this important project. We are as excited as our community to reach this milestone.” – Rorey Cathcart, FGS President

"Accelerating public access to our holdings is key to successfully meeting NARA's mission and we are extremely pleased to see this project contribute to that overarching goal." Pamela Wright, Chief Innovation Officer, NARA

 “We are excited to have images flowing to the Fold3 site again and look forward to completing the collection as quickly as NARA’s process will allow.” Brian Hansen, GM Fold3

The Federation is committed to seeing the entire collection conserved, digitized and freely online at the earliest possible date. We will continue work with our partners to complete the current project plan in a timely manner and to secure a project plan for the remaining portion of the War of 1812 Pension files.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents genealogical, historical, and lineage organizations throughout the United States. The Federation empowers the genealogical community through its annual conference, publications (including FGS FORUM) and projects. The Federation was the driving force behind the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors project alongside the National Parks Service and since 2010 has been actively involved in Preserve the Pensions, an effort to raise more than $3 million to digitize and make freely available the pension files from the War of 1812. To learn more visit

About the National Archives (NARA)

The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, so people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The agency supports democracy, promotes civic education, and facilitates historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and online at

About Ancestry

Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 2.6 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and DNA data from more than 5 million people. Since 1996, more than 10 billion historical records have been added to Ancestry’s databases, and users have created more than 90 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products and services including AncestryDNA, Archives, AncestryProGenealogists, and Fold3. AncestryDNA is owned and operated by DNA, LLC, a subsidiary of, LLC.



Federation of Genealogical Societies

PO Box 200940
Austin, TX 78720-0940
phone: +1 (888) 347-1500

DNA eWorkshop: After the Test Begins November 29th

End the Confusion and Increase Your Discoveries with DNA eWorkshop: After the Test, 23andMe, MyHeritage and Family TreeDNA have done a great job of generating excitement and involvement in genetic testing. Unfortunately, After the Test, many people have more questions than answers.

Examples from the testing companies 23andMe, AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, and MyHeritage DNA will be used to explain genetic genealogy concepts and the tools available on the websites. Also, the third-party website will be used to show how anyone can take advantage of tools to expand their genealogical research. You’ll learn 8 steps you need to do to help your DNA testing be effective

eWorkshop Times and Dates

Webinars are broadcast on Thursday (Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14) at 7 pm Central Time. The workshop platform allows for live interaction with the presenter during the lecture, rather than waiting until the end. Each workshop concludes with a review quiz to measure what you've learned!

Participants will receive assignments to practice what they've learned during each session and bring to the next workshop for further learning and question and answer.

The eWorkshop replay will be available within 24 hours after the broadcast for registered participants. 

$19.99 Early Bird pricing extends until November 20th for six hours of online education. After that, the price will be $24.99. Register at

About Andy Lee, Family History Fanatics

Andy Lee has 30 years of family history experience. During high school, he wrote a contest-winning essay about an American Revolution ancestor. 

As a member of Toastmaster’s International, Andy has achieved the status of Competent Communicator and has won several storytelling contests. He has given presentations throughout the US and Canada to professional organizations, university classes, local genealogy societies, family history conferences, and Boy Scout organizations. Andy's topics range beyond genealogy to include engineering, problem-solving, finances, business building and emergency preparedness. 

He has authored the comical "How to Fail English With Style" and is the co-author of "A Recipe for Writing Family History" and "Reimagine Family History." He has also started a DNA Recombination project to investigate how genes are passed down from grandparents to grandchildren. To learn more about that project email

Disney Pixar and Ancestry Team Up!

Film Opens in U.S. Theaters Nov. 22

BURBANK, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2017) – Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new original film “Coco” welcomes a host of brands to the family for an in-depth promotional campaign, including Airbnb, Ancestry, Chatbooks, Guitar Center, the Herdez® Brand, Purple, Southwest Airlines, Subway® and SunRype. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.

According to Lylle Breier, senior vice president, global marketing partnerships for The Walt Disney Studios, the story itself is the campaign’s greatest strength. “‘Coco’ celebrates family, chasing your dreams and the power of music,” said Breier. “The film’s themes really resonated with each of these extraordinary brands, inspiring them to create compelling programs.”

The “Coco” promotional campaign features the following brands.

  • Airbnb is set to launch its promotion this month to inspire family travel in Airbnb listings around Mexico. The campaign will be shown in both Mexican and US national TV, and on Airbnb’s digital and social platforms. Founded in 2008, Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where people can belong when they travel by being connected to local cultures and having unique travel experiences. Its community marketplace provides access to millions of unique accommodations from apartments and villas to castles and treehouses in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries.

  • Ancestry will launch an integrated marketing campaign centered around discovering your past to inspire your future, just as main character Miguel does in “Coco.” This includes custom cinema and digital videos telling the story of Miguel’s journey in unlocking his family story to pave way for his future, a digital video of the “Coco” filmmakers getting their AncestryDNA revealed, an interactive Rivera family tree experience on, and an influencer screening with top Disney influencers prior to film release. Ancestry harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. With more than 2.6 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and more than 6 million people in the AncestryDNA network, Ancestry is the global leader in family history and consumer genomics.

  • Chatbooks is an app to create fast and affordable photo books directly from your phone’s camera roll or social media. The family-founded company offers an easy solution for people (especially parents!) who don’t have time to make photo books. Fans of the film can use Chatbooks to create an interactive “Coco” photo book that encourages everyone from children to the young at heart to celebrate their own unique family story.

  • Guitar Center is working with Cordoba Guitars and “Coco” to inspire a new generation of musicians. Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of musical instruments, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment. With more than 280 stores across the U.S. and one of the top direct sales websites in the industry, Guitar Center has helped people make music for more than 50 years. Guitar Center also provides customers with various musician-based in-house services, including Guitar Center Lessons, where musicians of all ages and skill levels can learn to play a variety of instruments in many music genres. With an unrivaled in-store experience, an industry-leading online presence and passionate commitment to making gear easy to buy, Guitar Center is all about enabling musicians and non-musicians to experience the joy that comes from playing an instrument. 

  • The HERDEZ® Brand campaign combines the world of “Coco” and the vibrant flavors of HERDEZ® products. Their new television commercial focuses on the joy of bringing families together through food. The animated commercial takes fans to the “Coco”-inspired colorful lands, filled with the great traditions of Mexico. The spot also captures the qualities of Miguel’s family from the movie and combines food, tradition and fun through HERDEZ® -inspired Mexican dishes and family moments. HERDEZ® Brand is the No.1 selling salsa brand in Mexico and a growing staple in homes across the United States. In addition to Salsa Casera, the product line includes Salsa Verde and Guacamole Salsa. HERDEZ® authentic Mexican salsas are available nationwide at major grocery stores. Visit

  • Purple launched in January 2016, quickly becoming an emerging leader in the development and manufacturing of innovative comfort products, including the world’s first No Pressure™ Mattress. Purple helps the world sleep and sit more comfortably with patented cushioning technology made from 20 years of innovation and a little bit of pixie dust. Purple pairs advanced products with world-class digital marketing to stand out as the world's only comfort technology brand. No matter how you sit or sleep, Purple is here to help you feel and live better.

  • Southwest Airlines, the largest domestic carrier, serving more than 115 million passengers yearly, is connecting customers to Disney•Pixar's all-new adventure "Coco," celebrating the culture and traditions of Mexico. The airline is showcasing the beauty of the film in a high-flying way with the “Coco”-themed Boeing 737-700 aircraft flying among the carrier’s fleet throughout the United States, Mexico and Caribbean through the end of 2017. Customers can enjoy the airline's Disney•Pixar "Coco" OnDemand Channel onboard WiFi-equipped flights beginning Nov. 1.

  • Subway® restaurants will offer six collectable backpack tags featuring the vibrant artwork from “Coco”—one in every Subway® Fresh Fit for Kids Meal. Broadcast and digital video creative integrate core themes from the film, including a passion for music and the importance of family, with the Subway® Fresh Fit for Kids Meal. The program will also feature creative assets across owned and paid digital platforms along with in-store merchandising in over 26,000 restaurants. Guests in 113 countries have easy access to a fresh lineup of vegetables for their made-to-order sandwiches and salads at more than 44,400 franchised locations. Sandwich Artists™ serve 7 million sandwiches a day around the world. The company, founded over 50 years ago by then 17-year-old Fred DeLuca and family-friend Dr. Peter Buck, is still a family-owned business with thousands of dedicated franchisees in neighborhoods around the world.

  • SunRype, the maker of healthy snacks, will place co-branded displayers in the produce departments of grocers across the country. Their digital sweepstakes* will award a trip for a family of four to see the film’s Hollywood premiere as well as other great weekly prize packages. SunRype’s featured product Fruit to Go fruit strips are a convenient portable snack made of simple ingredients: apple purees and juice concentrate—natural flavors with nothing artificial. SunRype grew out of the fresh fruit business in 1946, and have since continued to find the perfect balance of great taste and healthy goodness. Their philosophy is to use simple, straightforward ingredients. SunRype goodness is shared with families all across the USA and other parts of the world. *Sweepstakes’ abbreviated rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited.  October 2nd, 2017 at 8:00am PT and ends on October 20, 2017, at midnight PT for the Premiere Trip Sweepstakes & October 23rd through to November 24th, 2017 for the weekly prize packages. US only. 18+


Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Héctor (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017. For more information, check out, Hashtag: #PixarCoco, Pixar Coco Facebook, Pixar Coco Twitter and Pixar Coco Instagram.

Over 2 million new military records available to search this Findmypast Friday

Over 2 million new military records available to search this Findmypast Friday

There are over 2 million brand new military records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

Search over 1.7 million Commonwealth War Graves Commission records to discover the final resting place of your military ancestors. The collection honours the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars and covers cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations in more than 150 countries.

Search through thousands of Roman Catholic sacramental registers of baptisms, confirmations, marriages and burials from the British armed forces. The registers contain over 17,000 records for British Army, Royal Air Force, and Royal Navy personnel stationed at home and abroad between 1836 and 1975. These records are also available to browse.

Uncover valuable details about your military ancestor in British Army lists spanning the years 1839 to 1946. This collection is also available to browse.

Did your ancestor serve with the East Surrey Regiment during the Boer War or the First World War? Explore an index of more than 28,000 records to discover their rank, regiment, and battalion, as well as details of the wounds or medals they received. The detail found in each transcript will depend on the particular series. Available series include East Surrey Regiment Boer War Medals 1899-1902, East Surrey Regiment 1st Battalion Part II Orders 1915-1918 and East Surrey Regiment 1st Battalion rank & file index 1916-1919.

Explore this index of over 21,000 records found on the National Railway Museum website to uncover details of your ancestor's pre-war career, military service and death. A number of records may also include a link to a photo of your ancestor.

Search over 11,000 records to discover your military ancestor in enlistment books pertaining to Irish regiments in the British Army that were disbanded in 1922 upon the creation of the Irish Free State. This index pertains to records found on the National Army Museum website and dditional information, including images, can be found on the source's website.

Did your ancestor serve with the 'Fighting Fifth' during the Boer War or the First World War? Search over 4,000 new additions to our collection of British Army, Northumberland Fusiliers records to find out. This index, taken from over 70 sources, will enable you to uncover their service history, enlistment date and place, the medals they received and if they were wounded in battle. The names in these records include men who fought in the Fourth Ashanti War (1895-1896), Sudan, Boer War, North West Frontier and First World War.

Over 5,000 new records are now available to browse in our collection of British Army Service records. The new additions pertain to men who served with the Scots Guards between 1799 and 1939.

WikiTree Announces 100,000 Signatures on Honor Code

100,000 Signatures on Wiki Genealogist Honor Code

November 9, 2017: This week, WikiTree’s Honor Code surpassed 100,000 digital signatures.

“The Honor Code is our community’s ‘secret sauce’,” according to WikiTree founder Chris Whitten. “It enables our collaboration to be productive and enjoyable. It’s why our our tree grows stronger and more accurate every year, instead of just larger.”

The Honor Code lays out the WikiTree community's shared ethics and principles. Its nine simple points establish basic rules for open collaboration, respect for copyrights and privacy, the acknowledgement of other researchers, and the importance of citing sources.

Family members and genealogists with guest accounts don’t need to sign the Honor Code to enjoy the fruits of WikiTree. The community’s mission is to grow a single family tree and thereby make it free and easy for anyone to access their genealogy. However, not everyone is interested in the serious genealogical research and careful collaboration that is required for growing the tree. This is why active contributors are required to sign the Honor Code.

“The Honor Code lays the foundation for collaborative genealogy to work its wonders, as seen every day on WikiTree,” says member Michael Stills.

WikiTree: The Free Family Tree has been growing since 2008. Community members privately collaborate with close family members on modern family history and publicly collaborate with other genealogists on deep ancestry. Since all the private and public profiles are connected on the same system this process is helping to grow a single, worldwide family tree that will eventually connect us all and thereby make it free and easy for anyone to discover their roots. See

APG Announces New Officers, Board and Committee Members

Press Release - APG Announces New Officers, Board and Committee Members

Association of Professional Genealogists Announces New Officers, Board and Committee Members: 

Billie Stone Fogarty M.Ed. Named President for Second Term to World's Largest Professional Organization for Genealogy 

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 11 November 2017 ? The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG?) has announced the results of its election for new officers, board members, and nominating committee members. The APG membership elected four officers and six at-large board members for two-year terms (2018-2019). Two nominating committee members were elected for one-year terms. Those elected were:

Executive Committee (two-year term)

President: Billie Fogarty, MEd, is a full-time professional genealogist who has served the genealogical community in several capacities, including as APG president since 2016. She aims to continue the commitment to the important tasks initiated last term, including the launch of a new website and the implementation of the member education requirement.

Vice President: David McDonald, DMin, CG, a past APG board member, speaks nationally at conferences and institutes. As vice president, David would like to strengthen APG's place as "the premier voice for professionals in our field."

Secretary: Amy E. K. Arner, a Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit recipient, will continue her work as APG secretary for another term. One of Amy's goals is to increase networking opportunities within APG and the organization's educational efforts regarding good business practices.

Treasurer: Mary Kircher Roddy, CPA, is a professional genealogist, speaker, and writer who has also served as treasurer for several non-profit organizations. She looks forward to collaborating with the board to facilitate interactions among genealogists and answer their needs as professionals in the field.

Board of Directors (two-year term).

Barbara Ball, CG, based in Arizona, is continuing for another term. One of her goals is to "advocate for the areas where access to large archives is difficult and research opportunities can be somewhat scarce."

Valerie Elkins, having recently relocated to Colorado, is continuing for another term. She has a particular interest in "encouraging more involvement and representation for more countries, ethnic groups, and cultures."

Fiona Fitzsimons, located in Ireland, is serving another term on the board. Her core interests for APG are in outreach and education served on the Redistribution, Bylaws, and Members Survey committees.

Benjamin Hollister, from Australia, has served on the board since 2016. He envisions APG "taking a greater role in both international standards and professional development for researchers, as well as supporting members through advocacy and marketing."

Cari Taplin, CG, of Texas, a returning board member, is "committed to supporting continued growth within APG in the areas of education for professionals, improvements in our online presence, and in our work with records preservation."

Katherine R. Willson lives in Michigan. Her vision for APG is "the formation of an outreach committee to pair interested APG members with local Veterans Administration hospitals for the continued recording of lineages, histories, and narratives for all US veterans nationwide."

2018 Nominations Committee

Melanie Holtz, CG, is a Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit recipient based in North Carolina. She is an "advocate for professionalism within the field of genealogy, mentorship, and expanded educational offerings within the organization."

Elizabeth O'Neal of California has served on nominations committees for several organizations and feels that "board members should always be approachable and should reach out to members to learn how they can best be served." She would like to see APG "continue to embrace technology with its educational offerings and webinars, and continue to increase communication with members and chapter officers via social media channels."

"APG is fortunate to have a strong and diverse group of dedicated genealogists willing to volunteer their time to move our organization forward," said APG President, Billie Stone Fogarty. "As we welcome those returning and newly elected, we also thank those board members retiring from board service; Catherine Desmarais, CG, Sandra Ball, CPA, Sharon Atkins, Helen Daglas, Clarise Soper, CG, Christine Woodcock, and Vicki Wright."

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (, established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists in various 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 come from all U.S. fifty states, Canada, and forty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Media Contacts:
Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG
Executive Director
Association of Professional Genealogists
P.O. Box 535, Wheat Ridge, CO 80034-0535, USA
Phone: +1-303-465-6980

Corey Oiesen
Communications Officer
Association of Professional Genealogists

APG is a registered trademark of the Association of Professional Genealogists. All other trade and service marks are property of their respective owners.

New from A.J. Jacobs~ "It's All Relative" -- plus a gift!

The following was just received from our Cousin A.J. Jacobs.
Hello Friends, Colleagues and Family (though everyone fits into that third category, as you’ll see),
I wanted to let you know that my new book “It’s All Relative” comes out today! And I also wanted to give you a little something for free just because you’re my distant-but-beloved cousin.
Let me say, I’m absurdly excited to have this book out in the world so that you can finally read it.
So far, the reviews have been delightfully flattering, such as….
A real treat” (Booklist), “delightful” (Kirkus Reviews), “required reading” (Real Simple), “fascinating and funny” (CBS News), “entertaining… and lively” (Publishers Weekly), “the most original and entertaining book you’ll ever read about family” (bestselling author Mary Roach) and “why is Zane listed first in the acknowledgments?” (Lucas Jacobs, my 11-year-old son.)
The book is partly a memoir about my eccentric family. It’s also partly about the revolutions in DNA and family trees and the huge effect they’re having on politics, race relations and happiness. And it’s partly an adventure in which I try to put on the biggest family reunion in history, The Global Family Reunion. Because, as the book demonstrates, we’re all related. We are all cousins. Family is the ultimate social network.
It’s All Relative” features black sheep, celebrity cousins (Daniel Radcliffe! John Legend!), separated-at-birth twins, genealogy obsessives, plenty of Mormons, a family with nine fathers, an African-American daughter of the revolution, the real Adam and Eve, kissing cousins and friendly Neanderthals, among much more.
It’s also a heartfelt argument against tribalism, which I believe is the biggest problem facing the world today. This idea of “us vs. them” is killing us. We need to remember that we share 99.9 percent of our DNA with all other humans. A Harvard study from last year showed that Israelis and Palestinians treated each other with more kindness when they were shown how closely they were related.
My website has a list of other press, including a People magazine feature that ran this week on me. And the image below is a link to a CBS This Morning piece where you can see me (and also my kids in the background enjoying green room croissants).
Here are some ways to support the book, if you’re moved.
You can buy it! Right now!
You can leave a review on the book page on AmazonGoodreads, or wherever else you like to share and talk about books.
There’s also Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram in case you forgot they existed. People enjoy photos of other people holding books!
And now for the free part:
The book features an Appendix that gives you a How-To Guide to finding the best info about your own family. I’m offering this appendix to you now for free, in case you’re interested. It’s co-written by professional genealogist Eowyn Langholf. No obligation!
Thank you.
Your cousin, A.J.