Month: August 2013

First social interactive storytelling with Facebook-Meograph integration

SAN FRANCISCO – Meograph (www.meograph.com) today announces the release of the first social interactive storytelling, bringing live Facebook profiles directly into multimedia content. Now Facebook friend tagging is deeply integrated into Meograph’s creation and playback experience. In addition to creating stories out of video, audio, photos, text, and links, Meographers can add visual, clickable tags of Facebook friends. No other multimedia creation platform offers this type of engaging, socially viral product.

Balaji Gopinath, Vice President of Emerging Technology at Turner Broadcasting System, said, “Media companies are storytellers, and we are continually exploring new ways for consumers to engage with our content. Meograph’s platform allows viewers to express themselves alongside TV programming, and its social integration provides a forum to share their thoughts, experience and creativity with others. We’re exploring how we might utilize Meograph to enhance personalized engagement with our storytelling.”

With this capability, organizations and their storytellers are able to incorporate live visual links to social profiles embedded right within their stories. The tagged friend is notified and gets a Facebook wall post that links to the story, an image from the content, and a list of the other people tagged. Letting people know they are part of a story being told massively increases virality of the content. This is timely as the age-old art of true, lasting storytelling adapts to the digital, social era.

Soon following this rollout will be the ability to tag Facebook Pages, giving brands and celebrities a way to become part of the stories and driving traffic to their pages.

“Meograph was already somewhat interactive with clickable links to any URL embedded into the content. Publishers really like the links: they drive traffic and allow audiences to dive deeper into the stories. Facebook profile tagging is the next step,” said Meograph CEO Misha Leybovich. “We’re currently building other interactive media features in as well – pretty exciting to be developing this new interactive storytelling medium.”

ABOUT MEOGRAPH

Meograph is the easiest way to create interactive multimedia stories. Makes turning moments into lasting stories both easy enough for anyone to use as well as compelling output to watch. Since launch in late summer 2012, Meograph has been used by dozens of major media organizations, hundreds of companies, and thousands of schools around the world. The company is currently participating in both Turner Media Camp and Plug and Play Startup Camp.

Their Roots Are Showing! Three Bay Area Celebs Find Out Who They Are


OAKLAND, California—August 26, 2013—The California Genealogical Society, a library and research center, will present Their Roots Are Showing, an evening of surprise and discovery for three Bay Area celebrities on October 26, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. at the Del Valle Theater in Walnut Creek. Billy Beane, Vice President & General Manager of the Oakland Athletics; Natalie Coughlin, winner of 12 Olympic medals and the most decorated female medalist of all time; and Tim “Herb” Alexander, drummer for Grammy-nominated rock band Primus, will journey up their family trees before a live local audience.

“I am looking forward to an evening of discovery” says Billy Beane. “Like many Americans, I know little about my family history beyond my grandparents. I am very excited and look forward to this exciting event.” 

The upcoming fall debut of the new PBS series Genealogy Roadshow, and the recent resurrection Who Do You Think You Are on TLC demonstrate that people find family histories fascinating, even when their own families are not the subject. Their Roots Are Showing is modeled on the popular reality shows where celebrity guests become emotionally caught up in the tales of love and loss, success and despair that formed the lives of their ancestors. 

Research experts at the California Genealogical Society have been combing through historical documents, photographs, and family information to trace the ancestry of the celebrities. For anyone who has wondered about their own ancestors, members of the California Genealogical Society will be on hand to answer questions. A Silent Auction of memorabilia and other items will be held in the theater lobby.

Tickets on now sale through the Lesher Center Box Office at http://www.lesherartscenter.org/california-genealogical-societys-their-roots-are-showing/. Tickets are priced at $50.00.

The California Genealogical Society (CGS) founded in San Francisco in 1898, is one of the premier genealogical resources in Northern California. The society offers research services, online indexes and databases, and a research library in Oakland. Visit CaliforniaAncestors.org.

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Federation of Genealogical Societies Announces 2015 Conference

FGS and RootsTech Events To Be Held In Tandem

February 12-14, 2015 in Salt Lake City

22 August 2013 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announced today that its 2015 National Conference will be held February 12-14, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah in conjunction with RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch. RootsTech is held each February in Salt Lake City and helps thousands of attendees from around the world discover and share family connections, stories, and history.

With the Salt Palace Convention Center as the common venue, both FamilySearch and FGS are committed to producing a one-of-a-kind genealogy event addressing the educational needs of the family history, technology and genealogical society communities. As the logistics of this sizeable event are still being worked out, both FGS and FamilySearch will work together to share resources and provide cost benefits for all parties, including attendees and exhibitors. Attendees can expect to see familiar elements of previous FGS and RootsTech events including keynote presentations, a Society Showcase and Expo Hall.

Registration for both events will begin in August 2014, six months prior to the February 2015 dates. FGS will also hold a smaller national event for its members in late 2015, with details to be announced at a later date.

FGS President D. Joshua Taylor states, “FamilySearch has been a valued partner and sponsor for FGS during its past conferences. It only makes sense for both organizations to work together and produce what will be the most talked about genealogy events of 2015.” Taylor added that such an event brings the best of RootsTech and FGS conferences together under one roof and will offer genealogists and family historians a wide array of activities and educational opportunities.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

Federation of Genealogical Societies Announces 2015 Conference

FGS and RootsTech Events To Be Held In Tandem

February 12-14, 2015 in Salt Lake City

22 August 2013 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announced today that its 2015 National Conference will be held February 12-14, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah in conjunction with RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch. RootsTech is held each February in Salt Lake City and helps thousands of attendees from around the world discover and share family connections, stories, and history.

With the Salt Palace Convention Center as the common venue, both FamilySearch and FGS are committed to producing a one-of-a-kind genealogy event addressing the educational needs of the family history, technology and genealogical society communities. As the logistics of this sizeable event are still being worked out, both FGS and FamilySearch will work together to share resources and provide cost benefits for all parties, including attendees and exhibitors. Attendees can expect to see familiar elements of previous FGS and RootsTech events including keynote presentations, a Society Showcase and Expo Hall.

Registration for both events will begin in August 2014, six months prior to the February 2015 dates. FGS will also hold a smaller national event for its members in late 2015, with details to be announced at a later date.

FGS President D. Joshua Taylor states, “FamilySearch has been a valued partner and sponsor for FGS during its past conferences. It only makes sense for both organizations to work together and produce what will be the most talked about genealogy events of 2015.” Taylor added that such an event brings the best of RootsTech and FGS conferences together under one roof and will offer genealogists and family historians a wide array of activities and educational opportunities.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

WikiTree names Eowyn Langholf as GEDCOM Import Manager



21 August 2013: WikiTree, a community of genealogists committed to growing a 100% free worldwide family tree, is proud to announce that Eowyn Langholf has become WikiTree’s newest team member. Eowyn will take on the important role of tracking family trees that are uploaded as GEDCOMs.

GEDCOMs and the WikiTree Community

Thousands of genealogists upload their GEDCOM files to WikiTree every month. Many are submitted by guest members who just want to take advantage of the free GEDMatches feature which provides a handy, all-in-one report of search results for their ancestors. These uploads don’t require oversight or assistance. However, many genealogists also want to automatically integrate their previous research into WikiTree by importing their GEDCOM file.

Unlike other genealogy websites where family trees are stored separately, on WikiTree all person profiles are collaborative, whether it be private with close family members, more public with distant cousins, or entirely open. Since every ancestor should only have one collaborative WikiTree profile, bulk profile creation through GEDCOM imports affects others who share the same ancestors. Personal consideration from an experienced wiki genealogist helps prevent an uploading member from making mistakes resulting in unintended consequences, and helps prevent WikiTree from becoming just another website that stores often-copied and poorly-sourced family trees.

Marked Increase in WikiTree Traffic

Eowyn’s role has become even more important because of a recent explosion of interest in WikiTree and collaborative genealogy. On August 7, 2013, the 10,000th genealogist signed the Wiki Genealogy Honor Code. Traffic to the WikiTree website has doubled from an average of 14,000 visits per day in June, to 28,000 per day this week.

Eowyn joins another recent addition to the WikiTree team, Paul Bech, who has been brought on to help resolve collaboration problems and privacy conflicts between members. Paul and Eowyn are integral players in the small WikiTree team which assists the 90,000-member WikiTree community.

About Eowyn Langholf

Eowyn is a New Mexico native who became interested in genealogy as a young girl while her mother was volunteering at a local family history library. She has worked as a professional genealogist for three years and enjoys genealogy blogging. Eowyn says that she “loves dead people but is also rather fond of the living” and if you would like to contact her, she can be reached at Eowyn@WikiTree.com.

About WikiTree

Growing since 2008, WikiTree.com is a 100% free shared family tree website that balances privacy and collaboration. 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 http://www.WikiTree.com.

ISFHWE Excellence-In-Writing Competition Winners Announced

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 Excellence-in-Writing Competition. This year, in addition to recognizing First, Second and Third Place, Honorable Mention certificates are being awarded to recognize the scope of quality entries. The winners are:

Category 1 – Columns

  • 1st Place – Tara Cajacob, “Discover Zimmerman”
  • 2nd Place – Pat Biallas, “Government Delivers in Honoring Civil War Vet” & “Graveside Rededication Presents a Step Back in Time”
  • 3rd Place – Diana Crisman Smith, “Bitten by the Typo Bug”, & “The Research Report”
  • Honorable Mention – Susan Zacharias, “Web of Deceit – April-June 2012 & Oct-Dec 2012”
  • Honorable Mention – Pat Biallas, “Stamp Series Commemorates Civil War” & “Civil War Sesquicentennial Generates Abundance of Historical Offerings”

Category 2 – Articles

  • 1st Place – Janis Forte, “What Legacy for David H. Driver”
  • 2nd Place – Smiljka Kitanovic, “Military Family Research”
  • 3rd Place – James W. Petty, “Black Slavery Emancipation Research in the Northern States”
  • Honorable Mention – Shannon Bennett, “How to get started with genetic genealogy and dna research”
  • Honorable Mention – Margaret Barker, “The Twins”

Category 3 – Genealogy Newsletters

  • 1st Place – Phyllis Matthew-Ziller, “Nov 2012 NCGS News” & “Sept 2012 NCGS News”
  • 2nd Place – Mary W. Parker, “Newsletter June 2012” & “Newsletter Sept 2012”
  • 3rd Place – Sunny Morton, “2012 02 OGN”, & “2012 03 OGN”
  • Honorable Mention – Janis Forte, “July/Aug2012 Newsletter” & “Sept/Oct 2012 Newsletter”

Category 4 – Unpublished Authors

  • 1st Place – Sherri Hessick, “Just Another Love Story”
  • 2nd Place – Victoria Kauzlarich, “The Accidental Historian”
  • 3rd Place – Jodi Strait, “Curious Case of Charles Karthaeuser”
  • Honorable Mention – Robin Thomas, “Beneficiary of a Pack Rat”
  • Honorable Mention – Rondie Yancey, “After the War”

Category 5 – Unpublished Material by Published Authors

  • 1st Place – LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, “Searching for the Slave Owners”
  • 2nd Place – Nancy Calhoun, “A Lost Stone”
  • 3rd Place – Andrea Ramsey, “Desperately Seeking Charlotte”
  • Honorable Mention – Kenneth Castle, “My Norwegian Ancestors”
  • Honorable Mention – Kathleen Broomer, “James A. Spillet Hatter, Newsdealer, Captialist”

Address questions to Competition@isfhwe.org.

Details on the 2014 Competition will be released shortly. The competition will open on 1 October. Details may be obtained on the website at ISFHWE.org.

FGS Announces New Mobile App

Provides Access to FGS Services and FGS 2013 Conference App

Federation of Genealogical Societies Mobile App

August 20, 2013 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces its new mobile application available for FREE for iOS and Android devices. A major feature is the FGS 2013 Conference app for the upcoming FGS 2013 Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, August 21-24, 2013.

With the updated FGS App, resources and services such as FGS FORUM, Voice and Society Hall are now available to a wider audience. The FGS App is the perfect way to stay current with all the events and offerings at FGS. Whether you want to read news at the Voice, look up fellow FGS members in Society Hall or learn about the Preserve the Pensions project, the FGS App allows you to do all of that in one program.

According to D. Joshua Taylor, FGS President, “FGS is proud to release our mobile app for year-round use. With links to FORUM, Society Hall, RPAC, and current conference activities the app will easily become the first stop for the modern-genealogist in learning about FGS and our member societies.”

Accessing the FGS App

The best way to access the correct version of the FGS App for your device is to scan the QR code below.

Currently the FGS App is only available for Android devices in the Google Play store at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fgs.fgsapp. Availability for the iOS version is anticipated no later than Thursday, August 22, 2013. Follow FGS on Facebook and Twitter for further updates.

iPhone, iPad, Windows 7 and Blackberry users can access the FGS App content through their mobile browser via https://www.fgsconference.org/app/.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

The National Institute For Genealogical Studies Marks Its 15th Year In Providing Online Genealogical Education With The Introduction Of The New Professional Development Certificate



For Immediate Release
19 August 2013

To help their students meet the expectations
of a growing genealogical consumer community, The National Institute for
Genealogical Studies announced today their new certificate program in
Professional Development.


“This certificate fills an important niche for the genealogy community” says
Louise St Denis, Managing Director of the National Institute. Louise adds, “After
15 years of providing genealogical education we felt it was time to expand our
offerings to include an eleventh certificate especially designed for those
working in the field of genealogy.”

Of the certificate program,
National Institute instructor and professional genealogist Melanie D. Holtz, CG stated “Having a solid
foundation in professional genealogy is key to your success, whether you are
just beginning your business or seeking ways to expand your knowledge and
experience.  The National Institute for
Genealogical Studies’ new Professional Development Certificate is unique in
that you reap the benefits of the knowledge and experiences of multiple
genealogists who have walked this road before you.  The new Professional Development certificate
with numerous in-depth skill-building courses, will bring  strength to the learning experience.”


Professional
Development Certificate


The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers eleven
Certificate Programs including the Professional Development Program.  Courses in this new program include, Transcribing,
Abstracting, & Extracting – Career Development: Choosing a Niche – Creating
Programs for Adults & the Younger Generation – Organizing a One Name Study
– Lecturing – Forensic Genealogy – Genealogy and Copyright – Palaeography –
Document Analysis – DNA – Marketing – House and Farm Histories – One Place
Studies – Analysis and Skills Mentoring – Methodology


To learn more about The National Institute’s Certificate
Programs, see their website at http://www.genealogicalstudies.com/.

Gena Philibert-Ortega
Appointed Director of Professional Development
Gena Philibert-Ortega has been appointed the new Director of Program
Development at the National Institute. In her new position, Gena
Philibert-Ortega will be reviewing, updating and overseeing the addition of
courses to the program.


St Denis commented “We are excited to have Gena Philibert-Ortega’s involvement
in our Professional Development program. 
Gena has had a successful full-time  genealogy career for over 12 years and her
experience will assist others as they transition to professional work or
continue in their careers.”

Gena said “I’m excited about this opportunity to bring courses designed for
those interested in professional genealogy. I’m looking forward to continuing
to grow the program to meet the needs of the genealogy community.”


Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in
Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s
degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s
studies and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United
States as well as virtually to audiences worldwide. Gena is the author of
hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines including
FGS Forum, APG Quarterly, Internet
Genealogy
, Family Chronicle and Family Tree Magazine. Her writings can
also be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is
the author of the books, From The Family
Kitchen
(F + W Media, 2012),  Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra
(Arcadia Publishing, 2007) and Putting
the Pieces Together
.  Gena is
currently the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s journal Crossroads. An instructor for the The National
Institute for Genealogical Studies, Gena has written courses about social media
and Google. She serves as President for the Southern California Chapter of the
Association of Professional Genealogists and is a board member of the Utah
Genealogical Association. Her current research interests include women’s social
history, community cookbooks, signature quilts and researching women’s lives
using material artifacts.


Everyone at The National Institute welcomes Gena Philibert-Ortega to her new
position and looks forward to the growth of the Professional Development
Certificate.

Enroll
Now for a Special Offer


Enroll now in the Professional Development Certificate and
receive 10% off your course package. Use code FGS2013 or call 1-800-580-0165 to
receive this discount. Hurry! This code expires September 30, 2013. Payment
plans are available.

About The National Institute for Genealogical Studies


The National Institute, leaders in online genealogy education, have been
offering genealogy and history courses for over 15 years. Helping genealogists
and family historians build a foundation for research excellence, The National
Institute offers over 200 courses in genealogical studies to help enhance the
researcher’s skills.


For those looking to acquire more formal educational training, The National
Institute offers eleven Certificate Programs in the records of Australia,
Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and the United States, as
well as a General Methodology, Librarianship, and now Professional Development.

For more information please visit our site at http://www.genealogicalstudies.com/
or call us toll-free in North America at 1-800-580-0165 or email us at admin@genealogicalstudies.com.

Contact:

Louise St Denis

1-800-580-0165

admin@genealogicalstudies.com

TNGenWeb Project Announces Who’s Who In TN

The TNGenWeb Project is pleased to announce the availability of a website that hosts hundreds of biographical profiles of Tennessee residents. The profiles featured on the site are from the book Who’s Who in Tennessee: A Biographical Reference Book of Notable Tennesseans of Today was published by the Paul & Douglass Publishing Company in 1911.

We invite you to visit the site and explore the profiles available. You may browse them various ways:

  • Browse by County — choose from one of the 95 counties in Tennessee to see profiles of individuals associated with the area.
  • Browse by Name – select from a large surname list to look for individuals of interest.
  • Browse by School – interested in who attended a university or college in the state? Use this list to see profiles organized by school.

Each profile provides a variety of information about each person. Details may include birth date, parents and grandparents names, comments on their ancestry, schools attended and education completed, spouses and children, and participation in local businesses, churches, and organizations. While most profiles are of men, there are a few women included. So far, there are more than 1,500 profiles online with many more to come. Many thanks to our volunteer transcribers for helping make this happen.

Sign up to be notified of new additions! You can sign up for a specific county by going to the county’s page and selecting the “Email subscription” link. You can also add the feed to your favorite feed reader. We hope you enjoy the site and find your families of interests. Additions are ongoing so be sure to become a regular subscriber. Visit the site at http:/www.tngenweb.org/whos-who.

Lisa Swanson Ellam Appointed At-Large Director for Indiana Genealogical Society


Fort Wayne, Indiana, August 15, 2013 – Lisa Swanson Ellam of Granger, Indiana, in St. Joseph County, was recently
approved by the Board of Directors of the Indiana Genealogical Society as their
At-Large Director. IGS has a nationwide membership, and Lisa will be the
primary service provider for those members located outside the state.
Lisa Swanson Ellam is a graduate of Indiana University – South
Bend and is the Coordinator for the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars at the
University of Notre Dame.  She is a Director on the board of The South
Bend Area Genealogical Society, Director-at-Large for the Indiana Genealogical
Society and a member of the William Tuffs Chapter of the Elkhart County DAR.

Lisa maintains her own personal genealogy blog, The
Faces of My Family (
http://thefacesofmyfamily.blogspot.com), 
as well as the society blog for The South Bend Area Genealogical Society (
http://www.sbags1.blogspot.com ).  Her research in Indiana lies in Wabash, Grant and Randolph
counties.         

In addition to speaking on various genealogy topics
in the St. Joseph county area, Lisa has also completed the two part Cemetery
Restoration and Preservation classes through the Indiana Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) and enjoys maintaining old, abandoned cemeteries in Wabash
County. 

Findmypast.com Collections Head North with Debut of Canadian Books


Addition from Archives CD Books Canada Provides 200 Name-rich, Searchable Volumes
LOS ANGELES (August 16, 2013) – Findmypast.com, an international leader in online family history, today announced the recent addition of Canadian Books from Archives CD Books Canada to the site. The collection of books cover numerous subjects in 200 volumes that span nearly three centuries of North American heritage from across the continent, including nine Canadian provinces. The Canadian Books are now available in findmypast.com’s continually growing collection of US and Canadian resources as a core resource for Canadian and Scotch-Irish researchers.

Dating back to the 1600s, the Canadian Books boast 71,000 pages of items such as military, religious, occupational and immigration records, business directories, published genealogies and BMDs. While a primary Canadian resource, its scope of literature crosses over various nationalities and US territories. With titles such as Sketches of Irish soldiers,The Scotch-Irish of Californiaand German-Canadian folklore the collection is valuable for people with Canadian ancestry and those who can trace their origins back to the UK or Europe.
The books feature a sizeable amount of military records with various nominal rolls and rolls of honour relating mostly to the First World War, such as The Royal Montreal Regiment, 14thBattalion, University of Toronto Roll of Service 1914-1918 and 31st Canadian Infantry CEF 1914-1919.
“The vast amount of information in these books touch upon almost every aspect of daily life in the past,” said D. Joshua Taylor, lead genealogist for findmypast.com, “as a fundamental backbone for Canadian research, this addition furthers our mission to bring together strong resources from all parts of the English-speaking world that your ancestors migrated to.”
This collection of Canadian Books is accessible on all findmypast international sites through a World Subscription.
See below for a complete list of the Canadian Books collection on findmypast.com:



·  A McCurdy Family History
·  Andrew Jackson.
·  British Columbia, Canada- British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, Biographical (vol. 3)
·  British Columbia, Canada- British Columbia from the Earliest Times to the Present, Biographical (vol. 4)
·  British Columbia, Canada- Influence of the War of 1812 upon the Settlement of the Canadian West
·  British Columbia, Canada- On Canada’s Frontier
·  British Columbia, Canada- Sunset Canada – British Columbia and Beyond
·  British Columbia, Canada- The Gold Stripe, nos 1-3, 1919
·  British Columbia, Canada- Year Book, 1903
·  Bush Life in the Ottawa Valley.
·  Canada- “Canada,” 1916
·  Canada- 13th Battalion Royal Highlanders of Canada, 1914 – 1919
·  Canada- 1837 Rebellion Losses, Claimants for Damages, 1849
·  Canada- 24th Battalion, C.E.F., Victoria Rifles of Canada, 1914 – 1919
·  Canada- 2nd Canadian Heavy Battery, 1914-1919
·  Canada- 42nd Battalion, C.E.F. Royal Highlanders of Canada
·  Canada- A History of the War of 1812
·  Canada- Barristers and Solicitors, 1919
·  Canada- Canada’s Hundred Days
·  Canada- Canadian Militia, 1919
·  Canada- Elected Representatives and Civil Servants of the Canadian Dominion Government, 1919
·  Canada- First World War, photographs of 72 military unit badges.
·  Canada- First World War Honor Roll of the Canadian Bank of Commerce
·  Canada- First World War, Honour Roll of Bank of Hamilton & Standard Bank of Canada
·  Canada- Foreign Consuls, 1919
·  Canada- From the Rideau to the Rhine and Back
·  Canada- Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1930
·  Canada- History of the 16th Battalion CEF, 1914-1919
·  Canada- History of the 31st Canadian Infantry Battalion C.E.F.,  1914-1919
·  Canada- History of the Canadian Forces, 1914-19, Medical Services
·  Canada- History of the Twentieth Canadian Battalion (Central Ontario Regiment) C.E.F., 1914 – 1918
·  Canada- Letters from the Front, 1920
·  Canada- List of Orders and Awards, 1919
·  Canada- Listings from the Wesleyan – Methodist Almanac for Canada, 1845
·  Canada- Lovell’s Canadian Dominion Directory, 1871
·  Canada- Nationwide (1872 and 1894), Quebec (1853)
·  Canada- Obituaries from The Canadian Annual Review of Public Affairs, 1906
·  Canada- Officers and Men in the First Canadian Contingent, 1914
·  Canada- Official History of the Canadian Forces in The Great War
·  Canada- Patents of Canada, 1824-1849
·  Canada- Pathfinders of the West
·  Canada- Presbyterian Pioneer Missionaries
·  Canada- Provincial Government Personnel List, 1919
·  Canada- Railways, Steamships & Steamboats in Canada
·  Canada- Regimental History of the Governor General’s Foot Guards
·  Canada- Royal Montreal Regiment, 14th Battalion, C. E. F, 1914-1925
·  Canada- Royal Montreal Regiment, 1925-1945
·  Canada- Story of the Sixty-Sixth C.F.A.
·  Canada- The Canada Directory, 1853/1854
·  Canada- The Century Cyclopedia of Names
·  Canada- The Clergy of Canada, 1919
·  Canada- The Irishman in Canada
·  Canada- The Loyalists of America and Their Times from 1620 to 1816
·  Canada- The Peace River Country
·  Canada- The Scotch-Irish in Canada.
·  Canada- The Tragic Story of the Empress of Ireland (and other great sea disasters)
·  Canada- Three Years in Canada
·  Canada- Thrilling Experiences in the War in South Africa
·  Canada- Who, What & When in Canada (before the 20th Century)
·  Canada- Work of the Canadian Archives, 1908 – 1913
·  Capt. Joseph Brant’s Status as a Chief, and some of His Descendants
·  Chief Smoke Johnson.
·  Ireland- Facts About Ulster
·  Ireland- Sketches of Irish Soldiers in Every Land
·  Manitoba, Canada- 1951 List of Electors for Rural Municipality of South Norfolk
·  Manitoba, Canada- Provincial Telephone Directory #119, December 1947
·  New Brunswick Canada- New Brunswick in the 1940’s
·  New Brunswick, Canada- The First Fifty Years of the Church of England in the Province of New Brunswick, 1783-1833
·  Nova Scotia, Canada- A Compendium of the Shipping of Yarmouth, 1761-1902
·  Nova Scotia, Canada- A History of the County of Antigonish
·  Nova Scotia, Canada- Cape Breton, Canada
·  Nova Scotia, Canada- Eastern District Telephone Directory, 1922
·  Nova Scotia, Canada- Historical and Genealogical Record of the First Settlers of Colchester County
·  Nova Scotia, Canada- History of Nova Scotia (vol. 3)
·  Nova Scotia, Canada- Louisbourg, an Historical Sketch.
·  Nova Scotia, Canada- Nova Scotia in its Historical, Mercantile and Industrial Relations
·  Nova Scotia, Canada- One Hundred Years with the Baptists of  Amherst
·  Nova Scotia, Canada- Relief Map & Directory, 1931
·  Nova Scotia, Canada- Ships of War, Lost on the Coast of Nova Scotia and Sable Island, during the Eighteenth Century
·  Nova Scotia, Canada- The History of the Presbyterian Church in Cape Breton
·  Nova Scotia, Canada- The Royal Province of New Scotland and her Baronets
·  Nova Scotia, Canada- Yarmouth Past and Present, A Book of Reminiscences
·  Nova Scotia, Canada- Yarmouth…a Sequel to Campbells History
·  Nova Scotia, Canada, A Chapter in the History of the Township of Onslow
·  Nova Society, Nova Scotia’s Part in the Great War
·  Nova Scotia- Halifax & District Telephone Directory, 1950
·  Obituary of a Noted Anthropologist (Dr. A. F. Chamberlain).
·  Ontario, Canada- A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other Townships of the County
·  Ontario, Canada- A History of Simcoe County
·  Ontario, Canada- A History of St. John’s Church, Smiths Falls
·  Ontario, Canada- A History of the County of Grey
·  Ontario, Canada- Annual Report of St. Paul’s Church, Hamilton, 1905 – 1939
·  Ontario, Canada- Baptism records of Rev. John Langhorn(Church of England)  of Fredericksburgh, 1787-1813
·  Ontario, Canada- Baptism register of Rev. Robert McDowall (Presbyterian) of Fredericksburgh, 1800-1841
·  Ontario, Canada- Baptisms in St. Mark’s and St. Andrew’s Churches, Niagara.
·  Ontario, Canada- Belleville Directory, 1940
·  Ontario, Canada- Bench and Bar in the Early Days, London
·  Ontario, Canada- Berlin Celebration of Cityhood
·  Ontario, Canada- Burial records of Rev. John Langhorn.(Church of England)of Fredericksburgh, 1787-1813
·  Ontario, Canada- Canada.  Its Defences, Condition, and Resources
·  Ontario, Canada- Church of England Synod Proceedings, Extracted Personnel Data, 1944
·  Ontario, Canada- Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Lambton
·  Ontario, Canada- Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York
·  Ontario, Canada- David Zeisberger and his Delaware Indians
·  Ontario, Canada- Diary of a Voyage from Scotland to Canada, 1833
·  Ontario, Canada- Directory of Smiths Falls, 1948
·  Ontario, Canada- Down the Years with Our Lady of Grace Parish, 1863 – 1955
·  Ontario, Canada- Early Days at Port Ryerse
·  Ontario, Canada- Early Records of Burials in St. Mark’s and St. Andrew’s Churches
·  Ontario, Canada- Early Records of Weddings at St. Mark’s and St. Andrew’s Churches, Niagara
·  Ontario, Canada- Feudalism in Upper Canada  (McNab Township, Renfrew Co), 1823 – 1843
·  Ontario, Canada- First World War, London’s Honor Roll
·  Ontario, Canada- Fleming’s Farm and Live Stock Almanac, 1916
·  Ontario, Canada- Galt, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Telephone Directory, November 1958
·  Ontario, Canada- Gleanings from the Sheriff’s Records, London
·  Ontario, Canada- Golden Jubilee, the T. Eaton Co. Ltd., 1869 – 1919
·  Ontario, Canada- Governor Simcoe’s tour through Southern Ontario
·  Ontario, Canada- Hamilton Centennial 1846 – 1946
·  Ontario, Canada- Historical Sketch of Markham Township, 1793 – 1950
·  Ontario, Canada- Historical Sketches of the County of Elgin
·  Ontario, Canada- History of  Toronto and County of York, Ontario
·  Ontario, Canada- History of Leeds & Grenville from 1749 to 1879
·  Ontario, Canada- History of the County of Bruce
·  Ontario, Canada- History of the County of Lennox and Addington
·  Ontario, Canada- History of the County of Middlesex, Canada
·  Ontario, Canada- History of the County of Perth from 1825 to 1902
·  Ontario, Canada- History of the Hospital for the Insane, Penetanguishene
·  Ontario, Canada- History of the Ottawa Valley
·  Ontario, Canada- History of the Settlement of Upper Canada
·  Ontario, Canada- Illustrated Historical Atlas of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Counties
·  Ontario, Canada- Inscriptions & Graves in the Niagara Peninsula
·  Ontario, Canada- Land Settlement in Upper Canada 1783-1840
·  Ontario, Canada- Local History of the Town of Brockville
·  Ontario, Canada- Marriage records of Rev. John Langhorn (Church of England) of Fredericksburgh, 1789-1813
·  Ontario, Canada- Marriage register of Rev. Robert McDowall (Presbyterian) of Fredericksburgh, 1800-1836
·  Ontario, Canada- Marriage register of Stephen Conger, Jusitce of the Peace of Hallowell, Prince Edward County
·  Ontario, Canada- Midland High School Review, Year Book, 1932
·  Ontario, Canada- Ontario County; A Short Sketch of its Settlement, Physical Features and Resources
·  Ontario, Canada- Ontario, Canada- German-Canadian Folk-Lore
·  Ontario, Canada- Original constitution and membership, Ontario Historical Society, 1899
·  Ontario, Canada- Ottawa City Directory, 1861-1862
·  Ontario, Canada- Ottawa City Directory, 1909
·  Ontario, Canada- Ottawa City Directory, 1926
·  Ontario, Canada- Ottawa Past and Present
·  Ontario, Canada- Past and Present Fortifications at Kingston
·  Ontario, Canada- Past Years in Pickering
·  Ontario, Canada- Pembroke Ontario’s Centenary
·  Ontario, Canada- Pioneer Life in Zorra
·  Ontario, Canada- Pioneer Papers nos. 1-6, Simcoe County Early History
·  Ontario, Canada- Pioneer Politicians, London
·  Ontario, Canada- Pioneer Sketches in the District of Bathurst
·  Ontario, Canada- Provincial Government Personnel List, 1919
·  Ontario, Canada- Queens University Summer School Prospectus, 1943
·  Ontario, Canada- Recollections and Records of Toronto of Old
·  Ontario, Canada- Remarks on negotiation of the US -Canada border between St. Regis and Sault Ste. Marie.
·  Ontario, Canada- Reminiscences of earlier years in Brant
·  Ontario, Canada- Reminiscences of the First Settlers in the County of Brant
·  Ontario, Canada- Report of the Ottawa and Hull Fire Relief Fund
·  Ontario, Canada- Roll of Pupils of Upper Canada College, Toronto, 1830-1916
·  Ontario, Canada- Rural Directory for the Electoral District of  Lincoln, January 1929
·  Ontario, Canada- Shanty, Forest and River Life
·  Ontario, Canada- Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry- A History
·  Ontario, Canada- The Cameron Rolls, 1812
·  Ontario, Canada- The Canadian Biographical Dictionary,1880.
·  Ontario, Canada- The Caradoc Academy
·  Ontario, Canada- The Ethnographical Elements of Ontario
·  Ontario, Canada- The Great Western Railway
·  Ontario, Canada- The History of the County of Welland, Ontario
·  Ontario, Canada- The Hub and the Spokes – The Capital and its Environs
·  Ontario, Canada- The London Grammar School and the Collegiate Institute
·  Ontario, Canada- The Magnet (vol. 8, no. 1), Jarvis Collegiate Instiute Yearbook, 1926
·  Ontario, Canada- The Migration of Voyageurs from Drummond Island to Penetanguishene in 1828.
·  Ontario, Canada- The Naming of London Streets
·  Ontario, Canada- The Parish Register of Kingston (Ontario) Upper Canada
·  Ontario, Canada- The Pioneers of Old Ontario
·  Ontario, Canada- The Proudfoot Papers per L&M.H.S.
·  Ontario, Canada- The Settlement of London
·  Ontario, Canada- The Settlement of the County of Grenville
·  Ontario, Canada- The Settlers of Lobo Township
·  Ontario, Canada- The Settlers of March Township
·  Ontario, Canada- The Society of Friends of Lobo Township
·  Ontario, Canada- The Story of Dundas
·  Ontario, Canada- The Story of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Cobourg
·  Ontario, Canada- The Township of Scarboro, 1796 – 1896
·  Ontario, Canada- The Village of London
·  Ontario, Canada- The War Book of Upper Canada College, Toronto, 1914-1919
·  Ontario, Canada- The Western University
·  Ontario, Canada- The White Chief of the Ottawa
·  Ontario, Canada- Toon O’ Maxwell—An Owen Settlement in Lambton County
·  Ontario, Canada- Toronto & the Home District Directory, 1837
·  Ontario, Canada- Toronto, Hamilton & London, Society Blue Book , 1900
·  Ontario, Canada- Torontonensis – The year book of the University of Toronto (vol. 17), 1915
·  Ontario, Canada- Torontonensis – The year book of the University of Toronto (vol. 38), 1936
·  Ontario, Canada- Toronto’s 100 Years
·  Ontario, Canada- Tribal Divisions of the Indians of Ontario
·  Ontario, Canada- United Empire Loyalists of the old Johnstown District
·  Ontario, Canada- University of Toronto Roll of Service, 1914-1918
·  Ontario, Canada- University of Toronto, Commencement Program, 1947
·  Ontario, Canada- Vernon’s London Directory, 1944
·  Ontario, Canada- War of 1812-15
·  Ontario, Canada- Welland County Minutes, 1936
·  Ontario, Canada, Ottawa & Kingston City Directory, 1875
·  Ontario, CanadaThe Fathers of London Township
·  Ontario, London Public Schools, 1848-1871
·  Quebec, Canada- A History of the Eastern Townships
·  Quebec, Canada- Histoire de Longueuil et de la famille de Longueuil
·  Quebec, Canada- L’Ile d’Orleans
·  Quebec, Canada- Lovell’s Business & Professional Directory, 1890-1891
·  Quebec, Canada- McGill University at War, 1914-1918 and 1939-1945
·  Quebec, Canada- McGill University, Directory of Graduates. 1946
·  Quebec, Canada- Pioneers of the Upper Ottawa and the Humors of the Valley
·  Quebec, Canada- Sketches of some Early Shefford Pioneers
·  Quebec, Canada- Storied Province of Quebec – Biographies (vols. 3-5)
·  Quebec, Canada- Storied Province of Quebec – History (vols. 1-2)
·  Quebec, Canada- The Call to Arms
·  Quebec, Canada- The History of the Parish of Hull Quebec, 1823-1923
·  Reminiscences by Judge William Elliott
·  Richard John Uniacke, a Sketch.
·  Robert Wilson, Pioneer Teacher (London, Ontario)
·  Saskatchewan, Canada- History of Saskatchewan and its People – Biographies)
·  Saskatchewan, Canada- History of Saskatchewan and its People – Histories
·  Saskatchewan, Canada- Saskatoon Telephone Directory, 1944
·  Saskatchewan, Canada- The Greyston
·  Sketch of Peter Teeple, Loyalist and Pioneer, 1762 – 1847
·  Some descendants of Joseph Brant
·  The Bramshott Souvenir Magazine
·  The Gilbert Family History (vol. 5), Ancestry of William Forbes
·  The Gilbert Family History (vol. 6), Ancestry of Ezra Holton
·  The Gilbert Family History (vols. 1 & 2), Ancestry of  Nancy Treadway & Melvin Moffatt
·  The Gilbert Family History (vols. 3 & 4), Ancestry of Daniel Britton & Sally Wood
·  The Gilbert Family History, (vols. 7 & 8), Ancestry of  Solomon Gilbert & Thankful Haskell
·  The Reverend Richard Bradford
·  The Scotch – Irish in East Tennessee.
·  The Scotch-Irish in South-Western Pennsylvania.
·  The Scotch-Irish of California
·  The Scotch-Irish of Kentucky
·  The Voyages and Discoveries of the Cabots.
·  The Winslow Papers, 1776-1826
·  United Kingdom- Attleborough in War Time
·  United Kingdom- London in the Olden Time
·  United States- Officers And Members Of The Scotch-Irish Society Of America, 1891
·  United States- Our Pledge to Posterity
·  United States- Patriotism of The Scotch-Irish.
·  United States- The Scotch-Irish of The Bench And Bar
·  United States- The Scotch-Irish People- Their Influence in the Formation of the Government of the United States.
·  United States- The Scotch-Irish Race Among the Nations
·  United States/Canada- Directory of the Biscuit and Cracker Bakers of the United States and the Dominion of Canada, 1885
·  United States/Canada- Lovell’s Gazetteer of British North America, 1874
·  United States/Canada- The Blue Book, Textile Directory, 1897-1898

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Heritage Groups Host Angel Island Family History Day

Showcase Complex and Controversial History of the Ellis Island of the West
OAKLAND, California—August 14, 2013—The California Genealogical Society, a library and family history research center, will be hosting Angel Island Family History Day on Saturday, October 5, 2013, 11:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., at the restored Immigration Station at Angel Island State Park. The event, co-sponsored by the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society, will feature lectures, genealogy resource tables, and free viewing of the Immigration Barracks.

“Angel Island played a crucial role in the family histories of many Bay Area residents,” says Grant Din, Director of Special Projects at the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation.  “Close to one million immigrants were processed at Angel Island between 1910 and 1940, and hundreds of thousands were held at the Angel Island detention center for days, weeks, or months. The Immigration Station is best known for the Chinese poems that were carved in the barracks walls. It housed people from over 80 countries as they sought new lives in the United States.”

Angel Island is located in San Francisco Bay, east of the Golden Gate Bridge, and is accessible by ferry from Oakland, Alameda, Vallejo, Tiburon and San Francisco. The U.S. Immigration Station is approximately a one mile walk from the ferry dock at Ayala Cove. Shuttle service is also available for those who do not wish to walk.

For more information, contact Kathryn Doyle at kdoyle@californiaancestors.org or Grant Din at AIISF at gdin@aiisf.org or call 415-348-9200 x11.

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) is the nonprofit partner of California State Parks and the National Park Service in the effort to preserve, restore and interpret the historic immigration station located in the middle of San Francisco Bay. It works closely with Angel Island State Park staff and volunteers.

The California Genealogical Society (CGS) founded in San Francisco in 1898, is one of the premier genealogical resources in Northern California. The society offers research services, online indexes and databases, and a research library in Oakland.

The San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society (SFBAJGS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development, preservation and distribution of Jewish genealogical knowledge and material, and the sharing of techniques and tools with others who may be researching their Jewish roots.

Heritage Groups Host Angel Island Family History Day

Showcase Complex and Controversial History of the Ellis Island of the West
OAKLAND, California—August 14, 2013—The California Genealogical Society, a library and family history research center, will be hosting Angel Island Family History Day on Saturday, October 5, 2013, 11:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., at the restored Immigration Station at Angel Island State Park. The event, co-sponsored by the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society, will feature lectures, genealogy resource tables, and free viewing of the Immigration Barracks.

“Angel Island played a crucial role in the family histories of many Bay Area residents,” says Grant Din, Director of Special Projects at the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation.  “Close to one million immigrants were processed at Angel Island between 1910 and 1940, and hundreds of thousands were held at the Angel Island detention center for days, weeks, or months. The Immigration Station is best known for the Chinese poems that were carved in the barracks walls. It housed people from over 80 countries as they sought new lives in the United States.”

Angel Island is located in San Francisco Bay, east of the Golden Gate Bridge, and is accessible by ferry from Oakland, Alameda, Vallejo, Tiburon and San Francisco. The U.S. Immigration Station is approximately a one mile walk from the ferry dock at Ayala Cove. Shuttle service is also available for those who do not wish to walk.

For more information, contact Kathryn Doyle at kdoyle@californiaancestors.org or Grant Din at AIISF at gdin@aiisf.org or call 415-348-9200 x11.

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) is the nonprofit partner of California State Parks and the National Park Service in the effort to preserve, restore and interpret the historic immigration station located in the middle of San Francisco Bay. It works closely with Angel Island State Park staff and volunteers.

The California Genealogical Society (CGS) founded in San Francisco in 1898, is one of the premier genealogical resources in Northern California. The society offers research services, online indexes and databases, and a research library in Oakland.

The San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society (SFBAJGS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development, preservation and distribution of Jewish genealogical knowledge and material, and the sharing of techniques and tools with others who may be researching their Jewish roots.

FGS 2014 Conference Donation Package To Benefit Preserve the Pensions Project


Over $1000 Prize Package To Be Awarded at FGS 2013 Conference

15 August 2013 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies 2014 Conference Committee announces an exciting fundraising effort to benefit the Preserve the Pensions project: the 2014 Conference Donation Package. This amazing prize package consists of the following items:

  • One (1) full conference registration for the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, Texas, August 27-30, 2014.
  • Four (4) nights at the Marriott River Walk Hotel (during the FGS 2014 Conference), donated by the Marriott Hotel San Antonio.
  • Riders On the Orphan Train by Alison Moore (FGS 2014 keynote speaker).
  • Rider On the Orphan Train Music CD by Alison Moore and Phil Lancaster (FGS 2014 keynote speakers).
  • First Families of Texas, donated by the Texas State Genealogical Society.
  • Our Heritage Recipes, donated by the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society.
  • Texas water bottle and mug, Texas salsa and barbecue sauce, tortilla warmer, stone mortar and pestle, and San Antonio Classic Dessert cookbook all in a San Antonio bag donated by the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The total value of this package is approximately $1,000. Attendees at the upcoming FGS 2013 Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana can enter the drawing by making any of the following donations:

  • 1 ticket – $5 donation
  • 5 tickets – $20 donation
  • 12 tickets – $50 donation
  • 25 tickets – $100 donation
  • 55 tickets – $250 donation
  • 110 tickets – $500 donation
  • 225 tickets – $1000 donation

Donations may be made at the FGS booth in the Exhibit Hall. The FGS 2014 Donation Package winner will be announced Friday evening, August 23, 2013, at the Allen County Library Social Event (donors do not need to be present in order to win).

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

Finding Your Japanese Roots in the U.S. and the Land of the Rising Sun

OAKLAND, California–August 13, 2012—The California Genealogical Society (CGS) announces the next class in our ongoing ethnic family history series: researching Japanese ancestry. The seminar will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the society’s library at 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, California 94612.

Part I of the half-day seminar will be a brief overview of Japanese culture, history and language as it pertains to genealogy, immigration and passenger records. Records available through the National Archives, USCIS, Ancestry.com, Family Search, and Japanese American National Museum will be included.

Topics will include:

  • the early political climate in the US and laws of the time, 
  • internment camps, 
  • post WWII experiences, repatriation and redress 

The second half of the program will focus on documenting ancestors in Japan: using the information in American records, finding the koseki, understanding ohaka and kakocho, and visiting relatives, cemeteries and temples.

This seminar is suitable for all levels of research experience. Fee for non-members is $20. Seating is limited and preregistration is required. Register online: Finding Your Japanese Roots Seminar registration.

Linda Harms Okazaki is passionate about researching her husband’s Japanese ancestry and documenting the stories of Japanese-Americans before, during, and after World War II. Ms. Okazaki has researched in Japan and has toured assembly centers and camps that held members of the Okazaki family in the U.S. She recently completed the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) program at the National Archives in Washington D.C. and College Park, Maryland.

The California Genealogical Society, founded in San Francisco in 1898, maintains a library, gathers and preserves vital records, and offers research services and online databases. CGS disseminates information through publications, meetings, seminars, workshops and its website, CaliforniaAncestors. Connect with us: @CAancestors+CAancestors

Salt Lake Community College GENEALOGY Program Registration Closes on August 16th

Fall registration deadline for new students is August 16 and August 21 for returning students. Registration details can be found at www.slcccontinuinged.com/genealogy 

Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) has offered Genealogy courses in the Division of Continuing Education since 2007. The program was developed in response to a growing community need for proper use of genealogical records and sources as well as expertise in research methodology and family history documentation. Revamped in 2012, the program is now under the Information Studies umbrella, with premier instructors who are highly respected in the field of genealogy and family research. 

Current Genealogy Instructors: 

  • Lorraine Bourne, Accredited Genealogist 
  • Sharon Carmack, Certified Genealogist 
  • Karen Clifford, Accredited Genealogist, UGA Fellow 
  • Janet Hovorka, Masters in Library & Information Science 
  • Kelly Summers, Accredited Genealogist 

SLCC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a regional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. 

Fall 2013 semester credit & noncredit courses include: 

  • Genealogy Computer & Internet Tools** 
  • Intro to Genealogical Research 
  • U.S. Record Groups 
  • International Record Groups 
  • Tracing Immigrant Origins 
  • Genealogy Writing & Publishing 
  • Preparing for U.S. Credentials 

**First class in series 

Offered as credit or non-credit – depending on the student’s goal – a focus on International or U.S. genealogical research is available. To earn a certificate, students must complete six classes. Courses are offered online and prepare students to become accredited or certified in genealogical research. 

Credit courses (GEN): Tuition is $454 for a 3 credit hour class. Out-of-state tuition for a 3 credit hour class is $1,362. All of the Genealogy program courses are offered online. For financial aid determination go to: http://www.slcccontinuinged.com/genealogy_financialaid

Non-credit courses (CEGN) can also be taken to earn a certificate. Tuition for a non-credit course is $350 online course fee. To register for non-credit course call 801-957-5200. An application for acceptance to the college is not required for non-credit courses. To register for non-credit options call: 801-957-5200. 

Contact and Questions: GenealogyProgram@slcc.edu; 801.957.5383 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slccconted 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/slccconted 
Website: www.slcccontinuinged.com/InfoStudies

ISGS Announces Soldiers of the American Revolution in Illinois

Major Update of Classic 1976 Publication for Illinois Genealogy

August 12, 2013 – Springfield, IL. The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces the publication of an expanded and revised version of Soldiers of the American Revolution in Illinois.

In its first venture in the world of self-publishing and “print on demand,” ISGS has published Soldiers of the American Revolution in Illinois in hardcover or e-book version through its store at Lulu.com. Visit http://bit.ly/ilamrevsoldiers to order!

The alphabetical listing of “The Soldiers of the American Revolution Buried in Illinois” published in 1976 by Illinois State Genealogical Society has been expanded to include new entries, children of the entry, (other family members), history found in and referencing to pension records relating people, places and events, location of graves and references to searching for the Revolutionary War Soldier connected to Illinois. The expanded version includes the very early Soldiers in Illinois before the establishment of the Northwest Territory (1787) and Illinois (1818), many of French extraction.

According to Howard Manthei, ISGS Publications Chairperson, “Thanks to two years of tireless research by ISGS board member Jayne Cates, the new release of this book contains a wealth of detail about Revolutionary War soldiers that were connected to Illinois and has three helpful indexes: soldier, burial, and spouse. The e-book format, with the ability to search the contents on a computer or e-reader, adds a new dimension to our publications.”

Those interested in review copies of Soldiers of the American Revolution in Illinois should contact Howard Manthei, ISGS Publications Chair at isgspublications@ilgensoc.org.


About Illinois State Genealogical Society

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was formed in 1968 through the cooperative effort and forward thinking of Illinois genealogical society representatives, who envisioned a statewide genealogical organization. ISGS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, educational organization. ISGS was established for the following purposes:

  • To stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois.
  • To seek, preserve, and make available data pertaining to individuals, families, and groups who lived in Illinois and to events which took place therein.
  • To inform people of the value of, and need for, preserving family and local history for posterity.
  • To encourage the formation of local genealogical societies and to coordinate and disseminate information.

Follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ILgensoc), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/ILgensoc) and on our blog at http://ilgensoc.blogspot.com.

Call for Papers 2013 UGA & ICAPGen Fall Conference

Utah Genealogical Association & ICAPGen 2013 Fall Conference
‘50 Years of Excellence’
with BYU’s Center for Family History and Genealogy
Friday & Saturday November 8-9, 2013

Proposals are now being accepted for the Utah Genealogical Association & ICAPGen 2013 Fall Conference ‘50 Years of Excellence,’ in conjunction with BYU’s Center for Family History and Genealogy will be held Friday and Saturday November 8-9, 2013 at Brigham Young University Provo, Utah (Joseph F. Smith Building).

Each presentation will be 50 minutes in length, which includes time for questions and answers. Each presentation should reflect the latest status of research and publication on the topic. The deadline for proposals is Thursday, August 29th, 2013. We welcome proposals that allow participants to gain new skills and helpful information in the following areas:

  • Those getting started in family history
  • Hands-on classes taught in a computer lab setting (both PC and MAC computers available) including family history websites, conducting online research, using the Internet for family history, etc.
  • Research Methodology: Beginning, intermediate, and advanced research methodology in an area specific region in the world
  • Research process, pedigree analysis, evidence evaluation, tracing immigrants, record sources, etc.
  • Courses preparing for an Accreditation
  • Family history and genealogy websites for conducting research online
  • Family organizations, family collaboration, writing, editing and publishing family history, etc.

Proposals must include:

  • Full name of the presenter
  • A brief biographical sketch of the presenter for the syllabus (50 words maximum)
  • Title of the presentation
  • Class description (one or two line description for the schedule and a longer one for the syllabus)
  • Audience skill level (all, beginner, intermediate, or advanced)
  • Medium of presentation
  • PowerPoint
  • Internet (requires screen shot backup in case of Internet failure)
  • Any audiovisual equipment needed:
  • Computers, projectors, and Internet access will be provided for speakers to use for their presentations.
  • Current e-mail
  • Lecture experience

Additionally, are you willing to provide one-on-one research assistance? UGA and ICAPGen would like to offer Ask a Genealogist services. Consultation sessions will last 30 minutes in length. If you are willing to work in this forum please include the geographic area you are willing to assist in with your proposal, e.g. “Ask a Genealogist” – England research. Please be as broad or as specific as you are comfortable assisting another individual.

Compensation
Speakers participating in the conference will receive a:

  • $75 per lecture with additional $25 if syllabus is submitted on time
  • Complimentary registration
  • Conference syllabus on a flash drive (there will be no printed syllabus)
  • Complimentary lunch provided on the day(s) speaker presents

Please e-mail presentation proposals in Microsoft Word or .PDF format to
Raymon Naisbitt at naisbittrl@yahoo.com
no later than Thursday August 29th.

Completed syllabus must be submitted no later than Monday October 14th.

FGS 2013 Online Registration Ends in One Week

If you haven’t registered for the FGS 2013 Conference yet, you still have time to register online, by mail or at the door. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by Friday, August 9. Online registration ends on Wednesday, August 14th. Pre-registering for the conference gives you access to some great benefits.

And don’t forget, if you have already registered for the conference, you still have time to get your tickets to the conference “extras.”

Only attendees who preregister for the conference can:

  • Access the conference syllabus online prior to the conference.
  • Guarantee a spot in the “extra” conference events (on-site tickets may be available to events if they have not sold out):
  • 10 luncheons over the 4 conference days.
  • 5 workshops over 3 days. There is still room in the Researching African Americans in University Libraries workshop. We have also added extra spaces and still have a few seats left Researching Midwestern American Indians and Using Griffith’s Valuation to Identify Your Ancestors’ Origins. The other workshops are sold out.
  • FGS Opening Social on Wednesday, August 21
  • Friday Night at ACPL on August 23 with all proceeds going to the Preserve the Pensions Fund!
  • Sunday Farewell Brunch with lots of door prizes.
  • Register for a FREE genealogy consultation on Tuesday, August 20. You must sign up for a consultation in advance. See https://www.fgsconference.org/activities/ for details.

You can also purchase extra tickets (except for workshops) for your non-genealogy spouses or friends who traveled with you to the conference.

Visit https://www.fgsconference.org/registration/ to register or add “extras” today. We hope to see you in Fort Wayne, August 21-24.

Learn More and Stay Connected

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh – The Road Show Version!

The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) announced that GRIP ON THE ROAD will be held August 3-8, 2014, in Orchard Lake, Michigan, near Detroit, on the campus of the Orchard Lake Schools. GRIP is proud to have been invited to take “GRIP on the Road” and conduct an institute in conjunction with PARI (Polonica Americana Research Institute) located on the beautiful campus of the Polish Mission in Orchard Lake, just north of Detroit.

GRIP already sponsors a week-long institute in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the third week of July with co-directors Deborah Lichtner Deal and Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. This additional opportunity will make this type of education available to a wider audience.

Four courses will be offered in Orchard Lake:

  • Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper with Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA.
  • Determining Kinship Reliably with the Genealogical Proof Standard with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS.
  • Bridging the 1780-1840 Gap: From New England to the Midwest with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS.
  • Polish Genealogy with Cecile Wendt Jensen, MA, CG.

Polonica Americana Research Institute (PARI), the Polish Mission’s genealogy center, is part of the Orchard Lake Schools which was founded in 1885 by Polish immigrants as a center to preserve Polish-American culture and history. PARI was founded in 2008 by Cecile Wendt Jensen, MA, CG, with the support of Polish Mission Director Marcin Chumiecki. PARI’s Co-Director is Dr. Hal Learman. For more information on PARI, see www.PolishMission.com/genealogy.

Registration for this new institute opportunity will open Tuesday, February 25, 2014. We hope that this additional opportunity to sign up for popular courses will meet potential students’ needs.

For more information, please see www.GRIPitt.org under “Courses.” If you are a Mocavo.com Plus subscriber, please see the August 7 interview with Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, who talks more about the institute and genealogical education in general.

Remembering Our Veterans: FamilySearch Adds New Indexed Record Collections from WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War

FamilySearch has recently added more than 43.6 million indexed records and images from BillionGraves, Italy, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 10 new indexed war records collections, including: the United States, World War II Prisoners of War of the Japanese, 1941–1945, collection, the United States, Korean War Battle Deaths, 1950–1957, collection, and the United States, Casualties of the Vietnam War, 1956–1998, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.
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.


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.