International Society of Family History Writers and Editors Elections

The 2018 election of officers and board members for ISFHWE will be held very soon. The election results will be announced 2 May 2018 at the National Genealogical Society conference. The Nominating Committee will compile the nominations and an election ballot will be e-mailed to every ISFHWE member in good standing in April 2018. (Your annual dues must be paid to maintain your membership in good standing.) We will again be voting electronically through the members-only website.  The following positions are up for election this year: 
  • President
  • 2nd vice president
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Southeast region director
  • Central region director
  • Great Plains director
  • International/At Large director
  • “Excellence in Writing” Competition Chair

If you are contacted by the Nominating Committee, please seriously consider running. If you are not contacted, or if you have someone in mind for one of these positions (including yourself), send your nomination to Nominations@isfhwe.org. (Please do not nominate anyone without their permission and an acknowledgment that the person is willing to serve in the position, if elected.)  Here are descriptions of the above open positions for your review:
The President shall be the principal executive officer, with responsibility for supervising the affairs of the Society. The President shall preside at all meetings; shall appoint all committees with the approval of the Board; and shall be an ex officio member of all committees except the nominating committee.
 
The Second Vice President shall attend and/or delegate ISFHWE’s participation in genealogical conferences, promoting ISFHWE, the “Excellence in Writing” competition,  and the Publication Promotion Project. 
The Secretary shall handle all general correspondence of the Society; shall be the custodian of the records of the corporation; shall give notice to the members of all regular and special meetings of Society members; shall keep accurate records of the Society’s meetings; shall provide minutes of the preceding regular meeting for review and approval during the business session of each regular meeting; shall keep records of Board meetings; shall provide minutes of the preceding Board meeting for review and approval during each Board meeting; and shall file all regulatory registration documents for the Society. 
The Treasurer shall be the custodian of all revenues received by the Society; shall deposit the funds in a bank approved by the Society; shall pay all bills incurred by the Society; shall keep accurate financial records; and shall present an annual report of the finances of the Society at the annual meeting of members.
The Regional Directors shall act as liaisons between members of the Society and the Board. Each shall live in the region that he or she represents. 
Southeast – AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA
Central – IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI
Great Plains – CO, IA, KS, NE, ND, OK, SD, TX
The Director-at-Large shall live outside the United States; shall represent the will of members residing in countries other than the United States; and shall act as a liaison between said members of the Society and the Board.
The “Excellence in Writing” Competition Chair shall oversee the yearly writing competition; shall procure judges for the competition; shall receive submissions in coordination with the judges; and shall announce the winners. 

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Our collection of Herefordshire baptisms contains a record for Thomas Spring, a bare knuckle boxer who was heavyweight champion of England from 1821 until his retirement in 1824. Born Thomas Winter at Witchend in Fownhope in 1795, Spring’s most famous fight against Irish fighter Jack Langan drew a crowd of some 40,000 and lasted 77 rounds. After his retirement he became landlord of the Castle Inn at Holborn in London, where he arranged the patronage and contracts of many of the major boxing events of the period while overseeing fair play in the ring.

 

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Our collection of Jersey baptisms includes records for the British-American socialite, actress and producer, Lillie Langtry. Born Emilie Charlotte Le Breton in 1853 in the parish of St Saviour, Lille moved to London upon her marriage in 1876. Soon, her striking looks and charming personality attracted interest, commentary, and invitations from artists and society hostesses, and she became celebrated as a young woman of great beauty and charm. By 1881 she was widely known as the “Jersey Lilly” and became an actress who starred in many plays in the UK and the United States, eventually running her own stage production company. In later life she performed “dramatic sketches” in vaudeville and was also known for her relationships with noblemen, including the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Shrewsbury, and Prince Louis of Battenberg.

 

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Natalia Lafourcade Speaking at RootsTech 2018

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FamilySearch Begins Construction of New Ogden, Utah, FamilySearch Center


FamilySearch Begins Construction of New Ogden, Utah, FamilySearch Center

Artist's rendering of the Ogden, Utah, FamilySearch Center targeted for completion in 2019.Ogden, Utah (8 January 2018), FamilySearch held a groundbreaking ceremony today for its new FamilySearch Center in Ogden, Utah, on the corner of Grant Avenue and 22nd Street. When complete, the free attraction will create fun, innovative, family history experiences for patrons of all ages. The project is on a fast track to be completed in the spring of 2019. Admission will be free to the public. (Find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom).
Elder Steven Merrill Petersen, an Area Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, overseeing the groundbreaking along with local dignitaries, noted that Ogden was once known as Junction City for those passing through the area. Ironically, he said the new Ogden FamilySearch Center “Will serve as a junction between the past, present, and future. The center will serve everyone in the future to help them tie their past to the present. As we look back, we move forward.” He iterated that the center will be set in the heart of Ogden as a junction for everyone to gather, free of charge, to find their ancestors and to discover themselves.
The new facility will be another unique and exciting destination for locals, families, and youth groups, as well as for tourists of all ages visiting Ogden, Utah.
The Ogden FamilySearch Center, currently located at 539 24th Street, originally opened its doors in 1966 and will remain open during construction of the new facility. It has been one of the largest and busiest facilities in nonprofit FamilySearch’s network of over 5,000 family history centers worldwide. It will be 1 of only 5 locations offering interactive discovery experiences.
When complete, the new facility will span 12,000 square feet of space and offer free world class research services, and fun, engaging activities designed to create personalized family discoveries. It will offer a unique gathering place for families with interactive and immersive discovery experiences for visitors of all ages, free access to online genealogical websites, and personal assistance. Many of the interactive features will use a patron’s family history in the FamilySearch Family Tree to create custom learning experiences.
“We’ve learned that if individuals and families have fun, personalized, quick successes and experiences with their family’s history, they will continue to be more involved at different levels throughout their lives,” said Diane Loosle, Vice President of FamilySearch’s Help Division and Director of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. “It also deepens appreciation for family connections across multiple generations.”
In anticipation of the new center’s opening in 2019, it is suggested that individuals and families take the time now during construction to create a free account at FamilySearch.org and begin building their family tree, adding favorite family stories and photos together. A developed family tree will enhance the interactive experience when the new FamilySearch center opens in 2019.
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