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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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Contact:      

Federation of Genealogical Societies

1812@fgs.org


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

pmc@apgen.org
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