A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois Released at The In-Depth Genealogist

A Genealogist's Guide to Springfield, Illinois Released at The In-Depth Genealogist
The third in a series of guides to popular research destinations

The In-Depth Genealogist is pleased to present their newest book in the research series by writer, Jane Gwynn Haldeman entitled A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois. The guide describes little known, and well known, research facilities in Springfield, Illinois in addition to leisure and family activities.

These guides are designed as a resource for genealogists when traveling away from home. Included are maps, dining options near research facilities, places to see or visit, in addition to information on archives, libraries, and research facilities. It is a convenient pocket sized, 5” x 8”, so it will easily fit in your bag or jacket.

A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois is available now as a PDF download ($4.99) from The In-Depth Genealogist Store (http://theindepthgenealogist.com/shop-idg/idg-products/). Subscribers to the website receive a 10% discount on purchase of the book. The paperback version ($9.99) is slated for release August 25, 2016.

Jane Haldeman is a professional speaker and owner of It’s Relative with more than 20 years of research experience. The Chicago area-based genealogist lectures on a wide range of topics both locally and at national conferences. She enjoys speaking about topics including family history technology and genealogy research methodology. Jane has been very active with the genealogical community in Illinois. She was President, Illinois State Genealogical Society; President, Fox Valley Genealogical Society; Registrar, Fort Payne Chapter NSDAR; and Registration Chair, Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 Conference in Springfield, IL. Jane can be contacted through her website It’s Relative (http://www.itsrelative.net/) or genealogy@mindsafire.com .

Board for Certification of Genealogists Welcomes Five Trustees – Three New and Two Re-Elected

August 23, 2016


Returning for another three-year term as trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists are:

  • Laurel T. Baty, CG, of Columbia, Maryland. She has been certified since 2012, specializes in Southern research, serves as the BCG’s ACTION list administrator, and is currently a mentor for ProGen 27.
  • Michael Grant Hait Jr., CG, of Harrington, Delaware. He has been certified since 2011, is a full-time genealogy researcher, author, and lecturer, and is Co-Founder of the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research.

Joining them are three newly elected trustees:

  • LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, CG, of Washington, D.C. She has been board-certified since 2015, teaches and lectures on African-American genealogy, and serves as the co-chair of BCG’s Intellectual Property Committee.
  • Patricia Lee Hobbs, CG, of Clever, Missouri. She has been board-certified since 2014, and is a local history and genealogy reference associate at the public library in Springfield, Missouri. She serves as a trustee on the BCG Education Fund.
  • David Ouimette, CG, CGL, of Highland, Utah. He has been board-certified since 2010, and manages Content Strategy at FamilySearch, prioritizing the acquisition and online publication of worldwide records and guiding record selection for collaborative projects with Ancestry.com, Findmypast, and MyHeritage.

All 15 trustees are certified, and all serve without compensation. Five are elected by certified associates each year. The new trustees’ terms of office will begin at the end of the October 10 trustees’ meeting in Salt Lake City.

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

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

Association of Professional Genealogists Unveils Details for its 2017 Professional Management Conference

Washington D.C. to Welcome Professional Genealogy’s Premiere Event

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 23 August 2016—Mark your calendars for a trip to the U.S. capital in 2017. The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) is pleased to announce that the 2017 Professional Management Conference (PMC) will be held in Washington, D.C., at the DoubleTree by Hilton Washington D.C.–Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. The conference dates are Friday, September 29, through Sunday, October 1, 2017.

The PMC is the one conference dedicated to the needs of professional genealogists and those who aspire to do professional work, whether for themselves or for others. The conference will offer three tracks over three days of classes, workshops, and panels presented by the top genealogists in the field. A welcome reception on Thursday evening, September 28, and optional purchased lunches throughout the conference will provide networking opportunities.

Come early and stay later to do research. The conference hotel is a walkable three blocks from the Pentagon City Metro stop. From there, the National Archives stop is an eight-minute ride. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the Pentagon City Metro, as well as to and from Reagan National Airport.

“We are excited to offer attendees the opportunity to gather in Washington, D.C., in 2017 not only for a wonderful conference, but also to research at the National Archives and Library of Congress, as well as the DAR Library,” said Billie Stone Fogarty, president of the Association of Professional Genealogists. “In the meantime, we are looking forward to welcoming attendees to this year’s PMC at the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.”

Registration is open for the 2016 PMC, September 22 through 24, at https://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html.

About the Association of Professional Genealogists

The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), 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.

National Genealogical Society Releases Research in Pennsylvania, 3rd Edition

ARLINGTON, VA, 23 August 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the publication of the newly revised and updated Research in Pennsylvania. This essential guide book introduces family historians to a wealth of historic documentation that can aid their genealogical research. Written by Kay Haviland Freilich, CGSM, CGLSM, FNGS, Research in Pennsylvania, 3rd edition, is part of the NGS Research in the States series and is available for purchase in the NGS online store in both PDF and print versions.

Many American families can trace their roots back to early Pennsylvanian immigrants, including the Dutch, Swedes, Finns, Germans, Scots-Irish, Welsh, and African Americans as well as later immigrants from Asia and Slovak countries. New to this edition is information about the Vital Records Law Senate Bill 361 (Act 110), enacted in 2011, that opened Pennsylvania’s older birth and death records to researchers for the first time. The author reviews the age restrictions that apply to those records, the transfer of the currently open records to the State Archives, online access to those open records, and the special option established for state residents.

After a concise review of the state’s history and settlement, the book delves into the types of genealogical resources that can be found both in major and lesser known archives, libraries, societies, and federal repositories. Changes in repository holdings are itemized and new repositories have been added. Research in Pennsylvania also covers other research categories, including atlases, gazetteers, and maps; business, probate, and court records; colonial enumerations and state and federal censuses; city and county directories; ethnic, religious, and military records; and much more. Additional religious organizations are included, and web sites and contact information have been updated.

Kay Haviland Freilich is a 2012 NGS Fellow and co-author of Genealogy and the Law: A Guide to Legal Sources for the Family Historian. Winner of the 2009 NGS Family History Writing Contest, she is a former president and trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, a former officer and board member of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, and a frequent speaker on Pennsylvania topics.

The Research in the States series editor Barbara Vines Little, CGSM, FNGS, FVGS, is a former NGS president and editor of the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy. Other volumes in the series include Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Research in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County. Additional states guides are planned.

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.

Illinois State Genealogical Society 2016 Award Winners Announced

ISGS Awards To Be Made At FGS 2016 Conference, September 3, 2016 Honorees Include Josh Taylor of "Genealogy Roadshow"

Awards To Be Made At FGS 2016 Conference, September 3, 2016
Honorees Include Josh Taylor of “Genealogy Roadshow”

For Immediate Release
August 22, 2016

August 22, 2016 – Springfield, IL. On Saturday, September 3, 2016, eight individuals will be honored by the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) with awards for their outstanding achievements in the field of genealogy. ISGS will present the awards at the upcoming Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Annual Conference – Time Travel: Centuries of Memories – August 31–September 3, 2016 in Springfield, Illinois. The recipients include:
  • Rick Womack, of San Francisco, California and Ken Alexander, of Evanston, Illinois, will each receive the ISGS Special Recognition Award for their work indexing CDs for the Archives Indexing Project.
  • Darlene Hinkle, of Amboy, Illinois, will receive the ISGS Special Recognition Award for her work with the ISGS Newsletter, Church Records and Nomination Committees.
  • Harold Schook, of Odell, Illinois and Paul Ritter, of Pontiac, Illinois, will each receive the ISGS Community Service Award for their work in restoring the graves of Civil War veterans in Odell, Illinois.
  • David C. Bailey, of Naperville, Illinois, will receive the ISGS Community Service Award for his work documenting Civil War soldiers connected to Illinois.
  • Loretto “Lou” Dennis Szucs, of Lockport, Illinois, will receive the Volkel Medal of Honor Award for her lifetime of work for the genealogical community, including research, instruction, archiving, editing, and writing, as well as founding the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
  • D. Joshua Taylor, of New York, New York, will receive the ISGS Distinguished Service Award for his work in the genealogical community, including hosting the Genealogy Road Show on PBS, appearances on the television show Who Do You Think You Are?, as president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and as a lecturer and writer.
Dawn Carey Henry, ISGS President, notes: “Once a year ISGS takes time to recognize some of our exceptional volunteers and those who have to contributed to the genealogical community as a whole. This year is no exception. I am delighted to acknowledge and honor this year’s recipients. Thank you for your dedication to ISGS and sharing your passion for genealogy. Congratulations to each of the winners!”

© 2016, copyright Illinois State Genealogical Society

New records available to search this Findmypast Friday August 19, 2016

Over 1.5 million records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

Ireland, Outrage reports 1836-1840 consists of over 18,000 police reports filed by the Royal Irish Constabulary between 1836 and 1840. The reports were created by chief constables who were charged with writing a short summary of all incidents, crimes or disturbances that occurred within their county. These reports would then be sent to the Inspector General of the Constabulary.

The original records are held at the National Archives in London and come from the series HO 100: Ireland: Home Office correspondence on civil affairs. Each record includes both a transcript and scanned colour image of the original document. The details recorded in each report varied depending on the constable recording the event and the information available at the time of the incident. Images of the original documents contain a short description of the event or offence reported. The records also record the details of victims of crime, as well as serving members of the Royal Irish Constabulary.

Explore over 782,000 court records from London’s Old Baily, the central criminal court of England & Wales. The collection is composed of both transcripts and links to images of the original documents. The records come from Old Bailey/Central Criminal Court Proceedings 1674-1913 (197,745 criminal proceedings), which includes images for the records pertaining to the years 1834 to 1913, and Ordinary’s Accounts 1676-1772 (2,500 biographies of executed criminals at Tyburn).


Over 208,000 records have been added to our collection of England & Wales Non-Conformist Births and Baptisms. The records list the details of baptisms conducted in non-conformist churches around the country and cover more than 50 denominations including Roman Catholics, Jews, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, members of the Society of Friends and more.

Each record includes both a transcript and image of the original document that will include a combination of your ancestor’s birth date, baptism date, baptism place, family denomination, the names of both parents and then godparent’s. Images may reveal the additional information such as the occupation of the child’s father. England & Wales Non-Conformist Births and Baptisms now contains 1,564,672 records.

Over 3,108 records have been added to our collection of England & Wales Non-Conformist Marriages.

Each result includes both a transcript and image of the original document. Transcripts will list the couple’s names, denomination, marriage place and the date of their wedding. The images of the original registers will usually include additional information such as the bride’s maiden name and the names of any witnesses. England & Wales Non-Conformist Marriages now contains 8,007 records.

Over 300,000 records have been added to our collection of England & Wales Non-Conformist Burials. The records will reveal when and where your ancestor died as well as if they followed one of the many denominations outside the Anglican Church.

Each record contains both an image and a transcript of the original register that will reveal your ancestors birth year, death year, burial place, denomination, spouse’s name and father’s name.
England & Wales Non-Conformist Burials now contains 888,641 records.

Don’t forget to regularly check our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to keep up to date with all the latest additions.

About Findmypast:

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