Month: October 2017

Fold3 – New Title Added

This mount in “featured content”Canada, Certificates of Military InstructionCome look for your Canadian ancestors in our collection “Canada, Certificates of Military Instruction,” which includes records from 1867 to 1932.In 1864, a Militia General Orde…

Over 1.3 million new Portsmouth records available to search this Findmypast Friday

Over 1.3 million new Portsmouth records available to search this Findmypast Friday
Findmypast publishes the archives of the Portsmouth History Centre online for the first time
Findmypast has today, 27th October 2017, published online for the first time more than 1.3 million historical records in partnership with the Portsmouth History Centre. The publication marks the first phase of Findmypast’s new Portsmouth collection, a rich archive spanning the years 1538 to 1917 comprising beautifully scanned images of original handwritten documents. When complete, the collection will be the largest repository of Portsmouth family history records available online.
Made up of a variety of fascinating documents including parish baptisms, marriages, burials and Workhouse records, the collection will continue to grow as additional Portsmouth records including electoral rolls, rate books, crew lists and World War One military exemption records are added in later phases.
The records are full of fascinating details of Portsmouth life through the ages and will provide researchers from all over the world with the opportunity to uncover the stories of the inhabitants of the UK’s only island city for the very first time. Fully searchable transcripts of each original document are also included, enabling anyone to go online and search for their Portsmouth ancestors by name, location and date.
Councillor Richard Blunt, the county council’s cabinet member for heritage, said: “We are delighted that so much of our county’s rich history and many of its people’s stories will be better known through our partnership with Findmypast. For the first time, records will be readily accessible, in full colour, throughout the world.”
Paul Nixon, Content Licensing Manager at Findmypast, said: “The Romans were arguably the first to recognise Portsmouth’s strategic importance, and Findmypast is honoured to have been chosen as Portsmouth City Council’s family history partner. We very much look forward to sharing our discoveries with a worldwide audience as we bring these important records to life.”

The parish registers held at Portsmouth History Centre pertain to Church of England parishes in the deaneries of Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham, and Havant. Workhouse records consists of admission and discharge (Creed) registers spanning the years 1879 to 1953. Due to privacy concerns there is a 100-year closure period for all records.

Search over 555,000 original Portsmouth Parish Baptisms to find out. Each result will include both a transcript and an image of the original document. Transcripts will reveal your ancestor’s birth date, baptism date, baptism place, residence and the names of both parents, including mother’s maiden name. You may be able to glean additional details from the original register entry so be sure to view the image attached to each transcript.
Add another branch to your family tree by uncovering the details of your Portsmouth ancestor’s spouse with over 379,000 parish marriage records. Search transcripts of these original parish registers to discover when your ancestor married, where they were married and the name of their spouse. Records will also reveal the couples’ birth years, residences, occupations, marital statuses, marriage type (banns or license), the names of both their and fathers and their father’s occupations. Images of the original register are also included with each result and may reveal additional information such as the names of any witnesses or the minister who performed the ceremony.
Discover the final resting place of your Portsmouth ancestors with over 312,000 brand new parish burials. Each record includes both a transcript and an image of the original document. Transcripts will list your ancestor’s death date, residence, occupation, burial date and burial location. Most will also reveal their residence, occupation and religious denominate as well as the names of their parent’s, spouse or next of kin.
Browse through 873 volumes of original parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials. The majority of these registers pertain to Anglican records, but there are a few that relate to other denominations: Congregational, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Unitarian, United Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist. All denominations were required to register life events with the established church until 1837.
Were your ancestors admitted to the workhouse on Portsea Island? Explore over 60,000 admission and discharge registers spanning the years 1879 to 1953 and uncover details of the relief they received. Each record includes both an image and a transcript of the original document. Transcripts will reveal when your ancestor was admitted, when they were discharged and their home address. Images may be able to offer you additional details such as religious denomination, informant’s name, and any additional written notes.


On sale in our store: NYC Coroner’s Bundle

On sale in our store: NYC Coroner’s BundleIn honor of the Halloween season, we’re packaging all of our Coroner’s records publications into one discounted bundle and putting it on sale for the rest of October! The set includes these three titles:Coroner…

New webinars available for NYG&B members

NYG&B members now have access to the recordings of two recent webinars:Should You Add DNA Testing to Your Genealogy Toolbox? This presentation provides you with a basic overview of DNA testing for genealogy, covering the principal tests availa…

Call for Presentations-2018 APG PMC


Call for Presentations – 2018 APG PMC – Deadline 30 November 2017

The Association of Professional Genealogists will hold the 20th annual APG Professional Management Conference on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 4 through 6 October 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown in Kansas City, Missouri.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

APG is now accepting proposals for the following categories of presentations for the 2018 APG Professional Management Conference:

Classes presented by an individual or panel, 75 minutes in length (including time for questions)

Workshops, 2 ? hours in length

Discussion groups led by one or more individuals, 1 hour in length

Poster sessions (informal discussions of a topic aided by a 30 by 40 inch poster), 1 hour in length

Webinars to be presented before the conference on Kansas City and its repositories, 1 hour in length

PMC presentations will be somewhat longer in 2018 to allow in-depth exploration of a topic. Topics should challenge professional genealogists to increase their genealogical research skills, evaluate and improve their current businesses, and meet the demands of the 21st Century client.

Prospective presenters are encouraged to consider creative ways to educate and inspire professional genealogists.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Advanced genealogical research skills or methodology (for example, little-known or little-used records, truly complex case studies demonstrating advanced methods, taking a client project from beginning to end)

Technology (for example, hardware and software to assist in research, writing, lecturing, and business management; platforms for podcasting or doing one’s own webinars or instructional videos; website development; genealogy’s technological future; hands-on workshops are particularly of interest)

DNA (for example, becoming a genetic genealogist, understanding DNA results, how to educate clients about DNA, when is DNA useful for a client project and when isn’t it, DNA’s future)

Business skills (for example, business organization and management, business plans and goal setting, collaborating with other genealogists on a client project; starting a genealogy business)

Marketing and branding strategies (for example, marketing with and without social media, how to establish a brand for one’s business, creative marketing strategies that have worked, discussion session in which the group reviews/critiques websites)

Speaker or lecturer training (for example, writing effective speaker proposals, effective use of visuals, crafting a dynamite presentation, overcoming fear of public speaking)

Genealogical writing and publishing (for example, report writing, editing one’s own work, writing articles for different publications, self-publishing platforms)

Client relationships and communication (for example, managing client expectations, communicating unexpected or unwelcome findings, explaining complex research, explaining DNA results to a client)

Certification and Accreditation (for example, meeting the GPS, strategies for success, educational preparation)

Organization and time management (for example, how to organize one’s office for efficiency, how to manage client projects, how to manage speaking engagements, planning efficient use of time)

Career paths for professional genealogists (for example, forensic genealogy, house histories, dual citizenship, conference planning, producing videos for clients, lineage society work, providing archiving services)

Success stories that inspire (for example, solving a difficult research case, breaking into a new line of genealogical work, taking a risk and how it worked out)

Kansas City, MO (for example, orientation to the city for first-time visitors, orientation to using NARA-Kansas City, Midwest Genealogy Center, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City Research Center of the State Historical Society of Missouri, etc.)

Successful proposals will offer in=depth, innovative, unique, and out-of-the-box approaches to topics and to presentation and teaching methods. Presentations that feature case studies and practical examples, or that offer hands-on learning or discussion, are encouraged as they offer powerful learning opportunities for attendees.

Attendee Demographics from the 2017 PMC

Attendees at the 2017 PMC were divided almost evenly between those who have been professionals for six or more years and those who have been professionals for five or fewer year. 47 percent hold a master’s or doctoral degree. 69 percent are lecturers themselves, and 44 percent are genealogical authors and writers. Almost all attendees offer genealogical research services for clients, and many hold or have held leadership positions in local, state, and national genealogical societies.

Successful proposals will recognize the knowledge, professionalism, and accomplishments of attendees and will seek to take their skills to the next level.

Submission Details

Presentations must be new and original. They should not have been presented prior to the 2018 PMC other than at the local level. Individuals who submit multiple proposals will be considered for multiple presentations. Proposals from non-APG members will also be considered.

Submit proposals via email to admin@apgen.org in PDF format. Proposals are due by Thursday, 30 November 2017.

Proposals must include the following:

Name, address, phone number, and email address of the presenter(s)

Title of the presentation and category (from the “Topics of Interest” list above)

Summary of the presentation (not to exceed 100 words)

Detailed description of the presentation (not to exceed 1,000 words)

Explanation of how the presentation meets demands faced by professional genealogists (50 to 75 words)

Presenter biography highlighting qualifications and expertise in the proposed topic (75 to 100 words)

Presenter experience: list of presentations given in the last 18 months, including topic, audience, and location

Indicate whether or not you are willing to have your presentation recorded for possible broadcast and/or sale. (Granting permission does not guarantee your presentation will be recorded or broadcast.)

Submit one PDF file per proposal. Name the file with your surname and the presentation title, for example SMITH Starting a Genealogical Business.

Presenter Compensation

Presenters giving lectures or workshops will receive:
– Complimentary PMC registration and digital syllabus
– Lunch for the day of the presentation
– Reimbursement for flight or mileage at the current government rate up to $700

All-inclusive honorarium per presentation:
$400 for a 75-minute presentation by an individual or panel
$650 for a 2 1/2-hour workshop
$550 for a 1-hour keynote or opening session presentation

Presenters leading discussion groups will receive:
$75 for a one-hour discussion group led by one or more individuals

Presenters providing poster sessions will receive:
Complimentary PMC registration for a poster session

Presenters giving pre-PMC webinars will receive:
$300 for a 11hour webinar

All presentation proposals will be considered for keynote or opening session spots.

APG does not pay separate hotel costs.

Annette Burke Lyttle
PMC Coordinator

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NYG&B eNews: New Images of NYC Vital Index

New images of NYC vital record index available on Ancestry.comLast week, Ancestry.com added a new searchable database containing crucial information on New York City births between 1910 and 1965. The images in the collection have been digitized from of…

Celebrate American Archives Month with Free Archives Fair October 21

Washington, DC — In celebration of American Archives Month, the National Archives Assembly, a professional organization of current and former employees of the National Archives, joins with its partners to present a free Archives Fair at the National Museum of American History on Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Archivists and experts from a wide array of institutions will be joined by musicians, dancers, singers, and performers to share their collections, answer questions, and highlight the ways in which the preservation of archival collections translates into the preservation of culture through the performance and artistry of individuals and communities across the United States and around the world.
2017 Archives Fair: Performance and Preservation
West Wing First Floor: Coulter Performance Plaza and SC Johnson Conference Center
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
The 2017 Archives Fair will give visitors an inside look at what it takes to protect, preserve, and share the records at the foundations of history in these history-making times.
Panel discussions will focus on the following topics:
  • Expression in Archives
  • Bodies in Motion
  • The Art of Access
The Archives Fair is sponsored by the following professional organizations: the Smithsonian Institution Archives and Special Collections Council (SIASC), the DC and Maryland Caucuses of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Council (MARAC), and the National Archives Assembly (NAA).
Follow the American Archives Month celebration using hashtag #ArchivesMonth.

PMC 2017 Recordings Now Available


PMC 2017 Recordings Available for Purchase and Viewing

Recordings of the twelve live-streamed presentations from the 2017 Virtual PMC are available for purchase and viewing by APG members. Log into the Members Only section of the APG website (www.apgen.org) and at the top of the page under Upcoming Events you’ll see a link to PMC recordings. Click on that link to purchase access to any or all of the recorded presentations from the conference. Access to the recordings, listed below, will be available until 15 January 2018.

Writing & Compiling Complex Projects While Staying on Track
J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Successful Websites: Turning Visitors into Clients
Carla Cegielski

A Marketing Plan Is More Than a Business Card and a Facebook Page
Laurie Hermance-Moore

Engaging a More Diverse Clientele
Janice Lovelace, PhD

Certification: You Don’t Have to be Perfect!
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Visual Phasing – Applications and the Future
Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD

A Federal Income Tax Primer for Professional Genealogists
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG

Subcontracting: Communication & Contracts
Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG

Using Ethnicity Estimates to Interpret Clients’ DNA Results
Mary Eberle, JD

Finding Help When You Need It: Types of Virtual Assistance
Maureen Taylor

ABCs of Accounting for Your Genealogy Business
Mary Kircher Roddy

Researching the Silent Generation: World War II Veterans’ Military Records
William L. Beigel

Annette Burke Lyttle
PMC Coordinator
pmc@apgen.org

*Next year’s PMC is 4 to 6 October 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri; see you there!*

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ISFHWE Competition Now Open!

International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE)

Website: ISFHWE.org                                               Email Address: competition@isfhwe.org

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2018 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2018. 

The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the entry fee (after logging in to the ISFHWE members’ corner; new members allow up to ten days to receive login information). The categories are:

Category I – Columns.This is for columns of original content, published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2017. Each entry must consist of 2,000 words or fewer. These are entries from the author’s regular column – not features. Note that these may be print or online columns (including blogs).

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Category II — Articles. These one-time articles (not part of the author’s column) must have been published in 2017 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, blog or website. Entries cannot exceed 5,000 words. Note that these may be print or online articles, including GUEST entries on a blog. Footnotes are not included in the word count.

Category III – Genealogy Newsletter. This category is for society or family association newsletters published in

2017. Entries should consist of two issues, each submitted as a single file in PDF format. The judging will be based on originality, content, visual appeal, writing and editing quality, and accuracy. The award is to the editor of the publication. These may be print or online newsletters. The once-a-year newsletters usually sent at Christmas do not qualify for this competition as two issues from the same calendar year are needed.

Category IV –Unpublished Authors. Entrants in this category aspire to be published writers or columnists in the field of genealogy, family or local history. The submissions in this category are original and unpublished, between 500 and 2,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category V– Unpublished material – Published Authors. This category is for original, unpublished genealogically- related articles by previously published authors. Entries should be between 500 and 3,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category VI – Poetry/Song Lyrics. This category is for original content (published in 2017 or unpublished) that is related to family history. Entries should be no longer than 1000 words and have a title. This may include song lyrics (music is not judged).

Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a digital certificate. Digital certificates may be awarded for Honorable Mentions. The awards will be announced in Fall 2018.

Entries must be submitted in PDF, Word, WordPerfect, or JPG format by e-mail in time to meet this deadline. Please note: Footnotes will not count toward word count.  Send entries to:  Competition@ISFHWE.org

Appropriate entry fee(s) – and membership dues to receive the discount – may be paid via PayPal on the ISFHWE website at ISFHWE.org. Full information on the competition is available on the ISFHWE website in the “2018 Excellence-in-Writing Competition – Information and Online Entry Form” link, which leads to: http://www.isfhwe.org/excellence-in-writing-competition/.   For questions, contact the Competition Coordinator at: Competition@ISFHWE.org

Finding Your Roots-Episode Two Tonight on PBS!

Finding Your Roots airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on PBS.
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Finding Your Roots | Episode Two “Unfamiliar Kin”
Featuring Fred Armisen, Carly Simon and Christopher Walken
In this episode, three guests each learn about a grandparent whose real identity and background had been a mystery to them. Along the way, two of them also discover that their close relatives were on the wrong side of history.

Christopher Walken, who grew up never meeting or even knowing the name of his mother’s father, learns that he was a Scottish felon who served prison time in the 1880s. Walken also learns about his paternal uncle, a German baker who served in a notorious Reserve Police Battalion that helped perpetrate the Holocaust.

Fred Armisen, too, discovers an unexpected connection to Nazi Germany as he sees evidence that his grandfather — a man he’d thought to be a Japanese dancer — had a much more complicated life than he’d ever imagined (he not only entertained German combat troops, possibly as a spy, but he also concealed his Korean ethnicity).

Carly Simon learns the surprising ethnic identity and hidden Cuban past of her own mysterious grandmother, a woman who reinvented herself so often her true name was nearly lost to history. Each guest comes to see his or herself in a new light based on these freshly revealed facts about their intimate kin. 

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Go to PBS.org/FindingYourRoots to catch up on last week’s episode, “The Impression” featuring Larry David and Bernie Sanders. 
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Searching DNA and family history, ‘Finding Your Roots’ yields some shocking surprises
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Discover the surprising ancestral stories of 28 fascinating guests, including Carmelo Anthony, Ava DuVernay, Téa Leoni, Ana Navarro, Bernie Sanders, Questlove, and Christopher Walken in season four of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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For more than a decade, renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has helped to expand America’s sense of itself, stimulating a national conversation about identity with humor, wisdom, and compassion. Professor Gates has explored the ancestry of dozens of influential people from diverse backgrounds, taking millions of viewers deep into the past to reveal the connections that bind us all.
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Boston University Genealogical Research Programs Enrollment Offer

 

Enroll in one of Boston University’s Programs in Genealogical Research online by October 31 and receive complimentary course books.*

This represents a significant value for both BU Genealogy programs:

Looking for more information on BU’s programs? Watch an on-demand recorded webinar to learn more:

  • What makes Boston University the best choice for both personal and professional development
  • Differences between the Certificate in Genealogical Research and the Genealogical Essentials Course
  • Suitability of each course for different experience levels
  • NGS, APG, and NEHGS member discounts
 
 
 
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Enroll in October and take advantage of our 3-month payment plan. The next courses start January 16.

If you have questions, speak with an enrollment advisor now at 617-502-8822.

 
 
 
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Carrie Scott | Enrollment Manager, Online Programs
Boston University Genealogical Research Program
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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month


Did you know that tags in the Catalog can be used to create resource guides? Today we share textual archivist Kathleen Brown’s project for the Hispanic and Latino Organization (HALO), one of several Employee Affinity Groups at the National Archives.
Throughout the years, the National Archives has published various research guides to assist researchers in identifying and locating Latin American records within the holdings of the National Archives, including a Guide to Puerto Rican Records that is available as a PDF on our website.
Images from the National Archives at New York’s Guide to Puerto Rican Records, 2013.

The primary benefit of these guides is that they can provide much more contextual information about the records than a typical finding aid or catalog record. Due to the extensive research involved, however, these guides can take years to prepare and are updated infrequently. Additionally, government agencies are constantly creating records that will someday come to the National Archives, which means that by the time any guide is completed it is already out of date.
To create a sustainable way to identify and locate records for resource guides, HALO started an initiative to tag records in the Catalog. By adding the same tag to relevant records, NARA staff can quickly and easily identify records in the Catalog and continue to add new records overtime.
Example of tagging in the National Archives Online Catalog (circled in red) , Papers Relative to Seizure and Confiscation of Property.
Since last October, members of HALO have added the tag prg_2013 to all the records that appeared in the Guide to Puerto Rican Records in New York and then added the tag to records concerning Puerto Rico that did not make it into the guide. More recently, HALO members and other Archives staff have responded to a “call for volunteers” on our interoffice network and have begun tagging records related to Latin American countries with the tag lag_2017 and those related to prominent Hispanic Americans, Hispanic and Latino issues in the United States, and related records with the tag lax_2017. Other tags have also been added as relevant, including personal names, geographic locations, and subject matter.
Tagging these records not only allows us to identify records that promote Hispanic culture but will also allow us to group these records together and create “resource portals” that will enrich our existing web page of Hispanic Heritage resources, ensuring everyone will be able to discover them.
Example of tagging in the National Archives Online Catalog (circled in red), Union Pickets the Jewel Food Store, 8/1973
Please join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by looking through our catalog and tagging a few records!
Special thanks to Kathleen Brown, Textual Processing archivist at the National Archives in College Park, and co-chair of HALO, for her work on this project. Learn more on the Pieces of History blog.

Test your genealogical knowledge, find the program best-suited

Rediscover your family roots and enroll now in one of Boston University’s online programs in Genealogical Research.

Our Spring session starts on January 16, 2018. Register before December 15, 2017 to reserve your spot!

Which course is right for you?

Genealogical Essentials – In this 4-week, online course designed for serious students new to the field of genealogy, you will gain an understanding of the Genealogical Proof Standard and learn to:

  • Define genealogical concepts and terms
  • Effectively locate and search public records
  • Optimize your online research techniques
  • Certificate Program in Genealogical Research – Grow your genealogical skillset in this 15-week, online program for experienced researchers. In this course, you will cover:
  • The foundations of genealogical research
  • Problem solving techniques and technology
  • Evidence evaluation and documentation
  • Forensic genealogy
  • Business opportunities, specialties, and trends for genealogists

Register online or contact an enrollment advisor today at 617-502-8822.

Carrie Scott | Enrollment Manager, Online Programs
Boston University Genealogical Research Program
Direct: 617-502-8822