Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Deadline for Call for Proposals for NGS 2018 Family History Conference 1 April 2017


ARLINGTON, VA, 29 March— Time is running out for speakers—as well as organizations interested in sponsoring lectures—to submit lecture proposals for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2018 Family History Conference, Paths to Your Past, to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2–5 May 2018. All proposals must be submitted electronically at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/call_for_proposals by 11:59 p.m. EDT on 1 April 2017.

Typically, an NGS conference attracts between 1,800 and 2,000 family historians and genealogists, as well as more than 80 exhibitors and sponsors. NGS promotes its conferences nationally and in regional markets as well as through online social media.  Grand Rapids, Michigan, is an ideal site for the 2018 conference and promises to be especially popular. The Great Lakes were strategic waterways that aided Americans moving west, and immigrants coming from overseas through Canada, to settle and develop the Midwest in the nineteenth century. The growth of industries in the twentieth century brought wave after wave of migrants from the South and immigrants from abroad. Later, as manufacturing slowed down, many left Michigan and moved to the west and southwest.

Among the topics being considered by NGS are presentations on migration paths to the Midwest, including waterways, trails, and railroads; records and repositories for Michigan, the surrounding states, and Canada; records generated by France, Great Britain, and later by the newly established United States as they fought for control of the Old Northwest Territory; land grants, deeds, and maps; and laws and court records.

Conference tracks under consideration include ethnic and religious groups, migration into and out of the Midwest, military records, occupations and trades, and other organizations including masons, abolitionists, prohibitionists, and unions. NGS encourages the submission of proposals for broader genealogical categories, including methodology, problem solving, Internet websites, apps, and other technology tools. Proposals may also include presentations about DNA and how to use DNA to solve genealogical roadblocks.   

Speakers who wish to submit lecture proposals, and organizations interested in sponsoring tracks or individual lectures, should follow the published guidelines at the NGS website page: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/call_for_proposals.

All proposals must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. EDT on 1 April 2017.

Speakers may submit up to eight proposals electronically by completing all the requested information at https://goo.gl/forms/5DHIlumuOuTMAn7J2.

Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture may submit proposals athttps://goo.gl/forms/Wpr1gyZ2U00V2WhX2.  

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.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Should Cursive Handwriting Die?



With the proliferation of e-communications into the daily fabric of life, some people may argue that societies are uniformly rejecting handwritten correspondence, perhaps ensuring its inevitable extinction. Is there any value in nurturing this decaying form of “old-school” communication, or is its proper place now resigned to future displays of extinct methods of communicating found only in museums of “life as it used to be”? 

Should we be concerned about an impending demise of handwritten correspondence?

What's its importance in knowing our ancestors?

Could future generations be disconnected from the past if they can't read cursive handwriting?

In this month's FamilySearch feature article "Should Cursive Handwriting Die?", these questions are addressed, 

You will also discover cool tools for understanding hard-to-read handwriting, 5 tips to hone your cursive reading skills, a fun website to test your prowess at decoding Early American handwriting, and fun cursive writing worksheets for children.

Read, use, or share the entire feature article in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

Monday, March 27, 2017

TheGenealogist Launches Various London Educational Records



The Genealogist has just released a batch of London school and university records to join its ever growing educational collection.

Researchers can use this new data to find ancestors who attended or taught at a variety of Educational establishments within London between 1831 and 1927. Also listed are the names of those who held high office in the institutions, such as the patrons; deans; visitors and professors, in the case of universities and the principles, masters and governors in the case of the schools.

This release covers the names of those who graduated from the University of London between 1836 and 1926 - while for King’s College London, it also provides a list of Fellows from 1847 to 1920, registered students for 1920-1921 and those awarded degrees in 1920 and 1921 as well as the prizes given at King’s.

With a number of school records, joining this London release, researchers can also find old boys who served in World War I. For example it is possible to track down men serving with the colours in the Great War in the case of the Old Wilsonians, as listed in The Wilsonian Magazine. For those Old Alleynians and Old Haberdashers, who perished in the war, their names and often a photograph are recorded in the First World War Roll of Honours for both Dulwich College and the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hampstead School.

The list of records included in this release are

      University of London Historical Record 1836-1926
      The Skylark Magazine from Haberdashers' Aske's Hampstead School 1918
      The Wilsonian Magazine April 1914-April 1919
      University College School, London Register 1831-1891
      Royal College Of Chemistry, Royal School Of Mines And Royal College Of Science Register Of Associates
      Record of Old Westminsters Vols 1 and 2 earliest times -1927
      King's College, London Calendar 1921-1922
      Dulwich College War Record 1914-1919


These records and more are available at TheGenealogist.co.uk

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Free 5-Day Western European Family History Conference




Salt Lake City, Utah (26 March 2017FamilySearch’s world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be offering its free Western European Family History Conference, May 15 to May 19, 2017. Guests can attend classes in person or online. The conference will focus exclusively on select Western European research and is intended for beginning and intermediate researchers. Classes are free, but registration is required due to class size and webinar bandwidth limitations. For more information or to register, go to FamilySearch Wiki. Easily find and share this news release online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

Classes will be taught by the Family History Library’s staff of experts and guest genealogists. Content will focus primarily on how to research records from Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium. Topics addressed will include census, church, immigration, and vital records.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Use the following links to register for deisired conference classes online or in the library: in-person guests or webinar guests.

DATE / TIME
CLASS (SKILL LEVEL)
WEBINAR | CLASSROOM
Mon, 15-May, 9:00 AMFinding German Places of Origin (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Mon, 15-May, 10:15 AMSpelling Variations in German Given and Place Names (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Mon, 15-May, 11:30 AMMeyers German Gazetteer Now Online, Indexed and Fully Searchable (Beginner)WebinarMain B/C
Mon, 15-May, 2:00 PMGerman Church Records and Beyond: Deepen Your Research
Using a Variety of Town Records (Intermediate)
WebinarMain B/C
Mon, 15-May, 3:15 PMElusive Immigrant: Methods of Proving Identity (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Tue, 16-May, 9:00 AMFinding Your French Ancestors Online Part 1 (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Tue, 16-May, 10:15 AMFinding Your French Ancestors Online Part 2 (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Tue, 16-May, 11:30 AMFinding Your French Ancestors Online Part 3 (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Tue, 16-May, 2:00 PMOut of the Ashes of Paris (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Tue, 16-May, 3:15 PMResearch in Alsace-Lorraine (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Wed, 17-May, 9:00 AMLatin for Researchers (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Wed, 17-May, 10:15 AMCalendar Changes in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the
Low Countries (Intermediate)
WebinarMain B/C
Wed, 17-May, 11:30 AMGazetteers and Maps for Belgium, Luxembourg, and the
Netherlands (Intermediate)
WebinarMain B/C
Wed, 17-May, 2:00 PMBeginning Research in Luxembourg (Beginner)WebinarMain B/C
Wed, 17-May, 3:15 PMBeginning Research in Belgium (Beginner)WebinarMain B/C
Thur, 18-May, 9:00 AMNames in Belgium and the Netherlands (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Thur, 18-May, 10:15 AMWieWasWie, Past the Index: What to do Next (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Thur, 18-May, 11:30 AMDutch Provincial and City Research (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Thurs, 18-May, 2:00 PMDutch Research Before 1811 (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Thu, 18-May, 3:15 PMFinding Your Family in the Amazing Online Amsterdam City
Archives (Intermediate)
WebinarMain B/C
Fri, 19-May, 9:00 AMBeginning Swiss Research Part 1 (Beginner)WebinarMain B/C
Fri, 19-May, 10:15 AMBeginning Swiss Research Part 2 (Beginner)WebinarMain B/C
Fri, 19-May, 11:30 AMSwiss Archives Online Records (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Fri, 19-May, 2:00 PMSwiss Census Records (Beginner)WebinarMain B/C
Fri, 19-May, 3:15 PMSwiss Chorgericht Records (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C


About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International 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 free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,991 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of March 20, 2017



Salt Lake City, Utah (March 25, 2017) Hundreds of thousands of free indexed records from all over Italy are featured in these newly published online collections. Additionally, find newly searchable records from Canada, Ecuador, Germany, The Netherlands, Peru, Sweden and the United States. Search these new free records and more at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below. Easily find and share this news release online with others in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

Collection
Indexed Records
Digital Images
Comments
Ontario, County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869
42,862
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011
73,853
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Germany, Baden, Church Book Duplicates, 1800-1870
39,041
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy, Prato, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1923
15,463
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy, Rieti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1840-1945
1,525
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy, Enna, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1944
108,603
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy, Grosseto, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1851-1907
155
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy, Viterbo, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1870-1943
168
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy, Mantova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1496-1906
111,726
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records
2,532,170
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Find A Grave Index
3,390,197
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998
28,563
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1998
2,668
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Sweden, Norrbotten Church Records, 1612-1923; index 1658-1860
6,531
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Sweden, Kopparberg Church Records, 1604-1900; index 1628-1860
7,194
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
New Hampshire, Civil War Service and Pension Records, 1861-1866
72,842
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Alaska, Vital Records, 1816-1959
18,844
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Pennsylvania, Eastern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1795-1931
61,584
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York State Census, 1865
18,804
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world's historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International 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 free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,991 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Early Bird Discount Ends 27 March for 2017 Family History Conference

Registration Opens for the National Genealogical Society's 2017 Family History Conference

ARLINGTON, VA, 25 March 2017—Time is running out for family historians to get a discount on registration for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. After 27 March 2017, the price of registration for NGS members will increase from $205 to $240 for all four days. Non-members will pay $275, up from $240. Genealogists also will no longer be able to order a printed syllabus or flash drive version of the syllabus. To qualify for the early bird discount, your registration must be received online or postmarked by 27 March.

The Conference will feature more than 175 lectures from basic to advanced genealogical research, including four days of the Board for the Certification of Genealogists (BCG) Skillbuilding lectures and eighteen presentations on DNA science and methodology. Finding records and effectively using them is another focus of this year’s conference. Eleven lectures discuss a wide variety of religious records and their appropriate use; eight focus on military and associated records; twenty-three feature North Carolina and regional US records; nine highlight African American families; and six present Native American records. There will be sessions covering maps, libraries, historical context, solving problems, and technology.  In addition, the conference will provide lectures on European ancestors, including German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Scots-Irish, Swiss, and others.

The NGS Conference will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center and will run from 10-13 May.  For conference information and to register, go to the 2017 NGS Family History Conference.
 
Social Events, Luncheons, and the NGS Banquet
Participating organizations sponsor several luncheons at which guest speakers address many important issues and opportunities, including:
  • “Christoph von Graffenried’s Grand Adventure and the Palatine and Swiss Founding of New Bern”
  • “Keep Your Professional Cool in Hot Situations”
  • “Lectures vs Talks: Documentability on a Sliding Scale”
  • “NIGR to Gen-Fed: The Tradition Continues”

The NGS Banquet is an event not to be missed. Guest speaker Stuart Watson, an award-winning investigative reporter, will take you along on the journey of finding his birth mother, and discovering a powerful story of alcoholism, recovery, and forgiveness. Registration for all meals and social events closes on 27 April 2017. Tickets for social events will not be sold on-site. Be sure to sign up as quickly as possible. The North Carolina Genealogical Society Host Event, “Pig Pickin’,” is $45; luncheons are $32; and the banquet is $45. Menus are in theregistration brochure.

Local Area Tours
Several tours have already reached capacity. The 4 p.m. Evening Tour onTuesday, 9 May 2017, has just eight spots left.  Check the conference website for more information, please see Local Area ToursRegistration for the tours closes on 27 April 2017.

Add Items to an Existing Registration
To add meals, tours, and pre-conference events to your current registration, log on to the NGS website, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.

We hope to see you in Raleigh in May!

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. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.