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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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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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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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Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research Announces Occasional Webinar Series



Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research Announces Occasional Webinar Series
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RALEIGH, North Carolina, 27 September 2017. The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research is pleased to announce the commencement of its new Occasional Webinar Series. The Series will supplement the Institute’s standard six-hour courses and bring further diversity to its educational offerings.
In its short three-year history, the Virtual Institute has hosted 30 individual six-hour courses from 19 different instructors. Through the Occasional Webinar Series, the Virtual Institute will periodically invite speakers to present shorter one-hour webinars featuring unique content. The Series will support the Virtual Institute’s mission to provide high-quality, low-cost genealogical and historical education on a wide variety of topics from leading subject-matter experts.
Live attendance in future webinars requires prior registration. The cost for registration is $9.99 which includes the syllabus material and a video recording of the lecture. Attendance is limited to 100 students. After the live session, recording packages with the syllabus will be available for purchase and immediate download at a cost of $19.99.
“Some topics are so specialized that a six-hour course may not be the most appropriate format,” co-founder Michael Hait, CG, CGL, stated. “The Occasional Webinar Series will allow instructors to explore some of these other topics without the need to fit them into the standard course format. Conversely, the one-hour webinar format requires less of a time commitment from our dedicated students while still providing them with access to a unique educational opportunity.”
Four webinars will be presented over the coming months:
  • Melanie D. Holtz, CG, “The Proietti: Researching an Abandoned Child in Italy,” Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 8:00pm (EDT)
  • Bryna O’Sullivan, “Luxembourg Genealogy: The Basics,” Friday, 1 December 2017, 8:00pm (EST)
  • Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., “How Are We Related? Using the Shared cM Project to Explore Your DNA Matches,” Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 8:00pm (EST)
  • LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, “Researching Enslaved Ancestors in South Carolina,” Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 8:00pm (EDT)
Additional lectures in the Webinar Series continue to be negotiated and will be announced through the Virtual Institute News mailing list.
For more information on the Occasional Webinar Series visit http://vigrgenealogy.com/live-webinars.
 
About the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research
The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research offers year-round online education on a wide variety of genealogical subjects. Each course consists of six hours of live instruction, extensive syllabus material, and practical exercises. Limited class sizes and a Plus course option allow for a higher level of class participation and instructor feedback than typically offered remotely. For more information visit www.vigrgenealogy.com or email vigrgenealogy@gmail.com.

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Findmypast Friday-New Records Available


New Records Available to Search This Findmypast Friday
There are over 1.3 million new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Lancashire wills & probate 1457-1858 

Lancashire wills & probate 1457-1858 is an index of more than 229,000 Lancashire records that will enable you to determine whether your ancestor’s probate papers have survived through the centuries. Until 1857, the Church of England was responsible for administering wills and probate cases. These wills would have been proved in ecclesiastic courts. The collection covers the Amounderness, Copeland, Furness, Kendal, and Lonsdale deaneries and has been created by both Findmypast, which transcribed original records from the Lancashire Record Office, and the Lancashire and Cheshire Record Society, which provided index work. Records consist of both transcripts and scanned image of original documents that will provide you details about the type of material available, the probate year, your ancestor’s occupation and residence. A number of images also include additional notes.

Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Registers Browse

Browse through more than 1000 volumes of Roman Catholic sacramental registers of baptisms, marriages and burials spanning the years 1736 to 1942. This extensive collection contains records from all eight Scottish dioceses: Aberdeen, Argyll & The Isles, Dunkeld, Galloway, Glasgow, Motherwell, St Andrews & Edinburgh, and Paisley.

Leicestershire Baptisms

Over 54,000 new records have been added to Leicestershire Baptisms. The new additions consist of Bishops transcripts from around the county that date back as far as 1538. Bishop’s transcripts were abbreviated copies of the parish records sent to the Diocesan Bishop several times a year. They can be an invaluable source of genealogical information when the original record has not survived. Each record includes both a transcript and an image of the original document that will reveal your ancestor’s birth year, baptism date, baptism place, denomination & parent’s names

Leicestershire Marriages

More than 22,000 Bishops transcripts of Leicestershire parish marriages registers have been added to our collection of Leicestershire Marriages. The collection spans the years 1537 to 1931 and covers more 300 parishes across the county. Each record includes both a transcript and an image of the original document that will reveal the couple’s birth years, age, residence, fathers’ names, marriage date & place

Leicestershire Burials

Over 39,000 Bishop’s transcripts of parish burial records have been added this week. The collection spans more than 400 years from 1538 to 1991 and covers 279 parishes. These records will allow you discover when your ancestor died, their age at death, place of burial, date of burial and parent’s names.

Leicestershire Parish Records Browse

13,000 volumes of Leicestershire parish baptisms, marriages and burials have been added to this collection. Spanning from 1538 to 1916, these records cover more than 300 parishes.

British Newspapers

More than 993,000 new articles and 12 brand new titles have been added to our collection of historic British Newspapers. New titles now available to search and explore include;
·        Illustrated War News
·        Exmouth Journal
·        Saffron Walden Weekly News
·        Lowestoft Journal
·        Woolwich Gazette and Greenwich and Deptford Chronicle
·        Newbury Weekly News and General Advertiser
·        Market Harborough Advertiser and Midland Mail
·        Eastbourne Herald
·        Stornoway Gazette and West Coast Advertiser
·        Bucks Advertiser & Aylesbury News
·        Morecambe Guardian
·        Clitheroe Advertiser and Times
 

Polish Genealogy Conference 2017 to be Held in October



Polish Genealogy Conference 2017

The Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, Inc. and The S. A. Blejwas
Endowed Chair of the Polish and Polish American Studies, Central Connecticut State University cordially invite you to attend the 2017 GENEALOGY CONFERENCE to learn the strategies for tracing your Polish-American and Eastern European roots.

It will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017, and Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Institute of Technology, Business, and Development, Downtown campus of Central Connecticut State University, 185 Main Street, New Britain, CT.

The conference provides an opportunity to learn strategies for tracing your Polish-American and Eastern European roots.  The speakers are well known in Polish genealogy circles and their discussions will enable attendees to fill in the missing pieces of their family history.  Speakers have extensive experience in their respective fields and have been featured at numerous regional, national and international conferences.

Featured speakers will be Matthew Bielawa, (Vice-President, PGSCTNE), Dr. Mieczyslaw B. Biskupski, (Endowed Chair, Polish and Polish-American Studies, CCSU), Michelle Chubenko, (New Jersey), David Ouimette, (Utah), Tadeusz H. Piłat (Tarnobrzeg, Poland), Thomas Sadauskas (Virginia), Jonathan Shea, A.G., President, PGSCTNE).and Julie Szczepankiewicz (Massachusetts).

A two-part seminar will be presented on “Finding the Missing Pieces of Your Polish and Ukrainian Family History.” 

Many lectures are scheduled including:
1.  “Did Pilsudski Raise a Polish Army in America?”
2.  “Jersey Roots: Touring the Garden State”
3.  “Genealogy in Ukraine:  Discover Online Resources,”
4.  “The Story of Polish Immigrant Millworkers,”
5. “Overcoming Spelling Problems and Unlocking the Power of Names”
6.  “Europe’s World War II Displaced Persons: Their Little Known Story,” and
7.  “The Ins and Outs of Geneteka:  How it Works and How to Use it Most Effectively.” 

8.  Tadeusz Pilat will speak on “Greek Catholics in Poland and Family Research” and “Military
     Conscription Lists in the Kingdom of Poland and Genealogical Research.” 

For more information, please see our website at http://www.pgsctne.org/Conference%202017/List%20of%20hyperlinks.aspx which includes our conference schedule, speakers’ biographies, and lecture summaries.   Information and forms about our one-on-one consultation appointments with the speakers (a limited number are available), registration and lecture selections are also available.

Throughout the day, a collection of books, maps, and other materials will be available to all attendees for consultation.  Officers of the Society will be present to answer questions.

For more information, please email Diane Szepanski at Szepanski3@cox.net.   

ISFHWE 2017 Excellence-in-Writing Winners Announced

International Society of Family History Writers and Editors
(ISFHWE)
Website: ISFHWE.org Email Address:  competition@isfhwe.org
For Immediate Release – August 30, 2017
ISFHWE EXCELLENCE-IN-WRITING COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the Excellence-in-Writing Competition. All entries were exceptional this year. Submission details for 2018 will be announced soon. For any questions on the competition, email competition@isfhwe.org.

Category 1 – Columns
1st Place – Elaine Thomas: “For the Love of Dinah”
2nd Place – Carolyn Schott: “Welcome Back to Osthofen”
3rd Place – Maureen Wlodarczyk: “More Than (Immediately) Meets the Eye”
HM – Valerie LaRobardier: “Do You Have an ‘Indian Princess’?”

Category 2 – Articles
1st Place – Martin Fischer: “How the Gogolinsky Family of Warsaw Became the Barney Family of St. Louis, Missouri”
2nd Place – Joseph F. Martin: “Apolonia Lewicka and the Priest”
3rd Place – Mari Margaret McLean, PhD: “Unintended Family History: Thomas Scholfield’s Letter to His Brother”
HM – Fred Delcomyn: “A Danish Lad in America”
HM – Karen Brattesani: “A Soldier’s Stories of World War II as Told to his Daughter”
HM – Sherri Panchaud Onorati: “Lucky to Be Here”

Category 3 – Newsletters
1st Place – Michelle D. Novak: “Genealogical Society of Bergen County, NJ –  The Archivist”
2nd Place – Patricia Mansfield Phelan: “Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum”

Category 4 – Unpublished Material, Unpublished Authors
1st Place – Joan F. Vitale: “The Messenger”
2nd Place – Bonnie Dodge: “Getting to Know Grandmother, A Step Back in Time”
3rd Place – Robbin M. Smith: “I Have an Aunt Alice?”
HM – Linda D. Fritz-Langston: “Grandpa & His Puzzle”

Category 5 – Unpublished Material – Published Authors
1st Place – Dave Strausfeld: “Gus Cloepfil and his Migration Westward”
2nd Place – Wevonneda Minis: “DNA Decision”
3rd Place – Elaine Thomas: “Boyhood Tales from the Great Depression”
HM – Wendy Wilson Spooner, Lic . G, LCoT: “The Relevance of Genetic Knowledge to Genealogical Research
HM – Andrea Butler Ramsey: “The Nickel Man”
HM – Emilee Marks: “The Tale of Two Wilhelmina Gogollas”

Category 6 – Poetry & Song
1st Place – Kavya Srikanth: “An Ode to Time Lost”
2nd Place – Lori Lynn Price: “Virden, New Mexico”
3rd Place – John Newmark: “Cause of Death”
HM – Anthony Proctor – “The Great Wave”

Submitted by Tina Sansone, Competition Coordinator

RootsTech Registration is Coming Up!

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RootsTech Registration Opens September 20, 2017!

Registration for RootsTech 2018 (happening February 28–March 3, 2018) will open on Wednesday, September 20, 2017! For a limited time, exclusive early bird pricing will be available on both RootsTech and Getting Started passes, which will be available for $169 and $69 respectively. Mark your calendars today, and be one of the first to register for the world’s largest family history conference.
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Findmypast Friday-New Records Available

New Records Available to Search This Findmypast FridayThere are over 3.3 million new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;Canada Census 1851The Canada Census of 1851 is now available to search o…

Preserve the Pensions Announces Resumption of Document Conservation at National Archives





August 1, 2017

PRESERVE THE PENSIONS ANNOUNCES RESUMPTION OF DOCUMENT

CONSERVATION AT NATIONAL ARCHIVES, DIGITIZATION SOON TO FOLLOW

Austin, Texas  – The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce National Archives staff have recently resumed document conservation of the War of 1812 Pension files covering surnames M(Moore)-Q. Document conservation is the essential first step in digitizing these files. Our digitization partner, Ancestry.com, has scheduled image capture of these newly conserved documents to begin the second week of September 2017. As capture resumes, new images will be added to Fold3.com on a rolling basis. The Federation and the dedicated volunteers of the Preserve the Pensions project have worked tirelessly for well over a year to negotiate a resolution to the work stoppage. This portion of the project plan is expected to be completed by third quarter 2018.

The War of 1812 pensions are among the most frequently requested set of materials within the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), yet had never been microfilmed or digitized. Through a fundraising effort unprecedented in the genealogical community, more than 4,000 individuals, 115 genealogical and lineage societies, and industry leaders such as FamilySearch helped FGS secure the funds, matched by Ancestry.com, to preserve and share this invaluable genealogical resource. The images already captured, as well as those soon to be, are hosted at Fold3.com for free, forever.

 “We are grateful to our partners Ancestry.com and NARA for their support and willingness to continue working with us towards this successful outcome. We appreciate their recognition of the unique nature of this project and the community who worked so hard to fund it.” – Rorey Cathcart, FGS President

The Federation is committed to seeing the entire collection conserved, digitized and freely online at the earliest possible date. We will continue work with our partners to secure a timeline for the remaining portion of the War of 1812 Pension files.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents genealogical, historical, and lineage organizations throughout the United States. The Federation empowers the genealogical community through its annual conference, publications (including FGS FORUM) and projects. The Federation was the driving force behind the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors project alongside the National Parks Service and since 2010 has been actively involved in Preserve the Pensions, an effort to raise more than $3 million to digitize and make freely available the pension files from the War of 1812. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

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Federation of Genealogical Societies

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PO Box 200940
Austin, TX 78720-0940
phone: +1 (888) 347-1500

Accepting Applications for Young Professional Scholarship Deadline

Accepting Applications for Young Professional Scholarship – 15 July Deadline

To APG Members – Below is a press release being distributed today to genealogy media and bloggers. If you know of someone who may be qualified and interested in this scholarship, please forward it to them.

Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Now Accepting Applications for APG Young Professional Scholarship

APG to Honor Student or Young Professional with Strong Interest in Developing a Career in Genealogy

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 1 July 2017 – The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) is now accepting applications for the APG Young Professional Scholarship. The scholarship goes to a young professional or a student who aspires to a professional career in genealogy. The scholarship awards a registration for the APG Professional Management Conference (PMC) and a stipend of up to $1,000 to defray costs of travel and lodging at the conference. The winner will be announced in August 2017 for attendance at the APG PMC 2017, which will take place near Washington, DC, on 29 September to 1 October 2017.

“Genealogy is not just your grandmother’s hobby anymore!” said Billie Stone Fogarty, APG President. “It is now an exciting field for the young professional and APG is proud to highlight the outstanding newcomers to our field with this scholarship to the conference designed by and for the professional genealogist.”

APG Young Professional Scholarship Eligibility and Application Details

Eligible applicants are any current or aspiring genealogy professional between the ages of 18 and 29 as of 1 January of 2017. You may apply for yourself, or on behalf of a worthy candidate.

Applications should contain the following: name; address; primary contact phone number; email address; school name and/or school address (if applicable); list of extracurricular activities (including student organizations and volunteer activities); a general letter of recommendation; a letter of recommendation from an individual who has witnessed the applicants interest in genealogy; and short answers (500 to 750 words) to two questions. The questions are:

1) Discuss a specific record collection, media, digital source or other resource that has significantly changed your perspective about family history or research strategy along with the pros and cons of that record source, and how you used it to resolve a genealogical problem.

2) What do you envision a genealogical career will encompass in the next five years and how do you see yourself involved then?

The application is available online at http://apgen.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/YPS_Application_Form.pdf, or by contacting the APG office. Applications should be submitted to the APG office by 15 July 2017 in PDF format to Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, APG Executive Director, admin@apgen.org.

Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG
Executive Director

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Registration Opens for the 2017 Virtual PMC

Registration Opens for the 2017 Virtual PMC

For APG members who can’t make the trip to Washington, D.C., in person, the Virtual Professional Management Conference brings the conference to you! APG offers three days of live-streamed presentations you can access from anywhere. Registration is now open in the Members Only section of the APG website, https://www.apgen.org.

The virtual track offers presenters on business, certification, methods, and little-known records. The best deal is to register for all three days, and then you’ll have access to all twelve recordings for three months to watch at your leisure.

You can also register for just one day of live streaming, and you’ll have access to the recordings for that day only for three months after the conference.

Here’s the line-up of one-of-a-kind presentations for the Virtual PMC (all times are Eastern):

Friday, 29 September 2017

10:45-11:45 a.m. Writing & Compiling Complex Projects While Staying on Track
J. Mark Lowe, CG(SM), FUGA

1:15-2:15 p.m. Successful Websites: Turning Visitors into Clients
Carla Cegielski

2:30-3:30 p.m. A Marketing Plan Is More Than a Business Card and a Facebook Page
Laurie Hermance-Moore

3:45-4:45 p.m. Engaging a More Diverse Clientele
Janice Lovelace, Ph.D.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

10:45-11:45 a.m. Certification: You Don?t Have to be Perfect!
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG(SM), CGL(SM)

1:15-2:15 p.m. Visual Phasing-Applications and the Future
Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

2:30-3:30 p.m. A Federal Income Tax Primer for Professional Genealogists
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG(SM)

3:45-4:45 p.m. Subcontracting: Communication & Contracts
Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG(SM)

Sunday, 1 October 2017

10:45-11:45 a.m. Using Ethnicity Estimates to Interpret Clients’ DNA Results
Mary Eberle, JD

1:15?2:15 p.m. Finding Help When You Need It: Types of Virtual Assistance
Maureen Taylor

2:30?3:30 p.m. ABCs of Accounting for Your Genealogy Business
Mary Kircher Roddy

3:45-4:45 p.m. Researching the Silent Generation: World War II Veterans’ Military Records
William L. Beigel

Register by signing in to the Members Only section of the APG website, https://www.apgen.org. The Virtual PMC is available only to APG members.

Annette Burke Lyttle
Professional Management Conference Coordinator Association of Professional Genealogists

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