Author: Pat Richley-Erickson

New SLIG 2-week program

Beginning in 2019, SLIG will utilize a new two-week format as follows:

· SALT LAKE INSTITUTE IF GENEALOGY

· SLIG COLLOQUIUM 

· SLIG ACADEMY FOR PROFESSIONALS

“The marriage of these programs in a back-to-back format allows those desiring to participate in multiple programs to do so without additional flight costs. The new dates assure the excellent rates and amenities SLIG participants have previously enjoyed, and the new format provides opportunity to explore additional ways to meet the needs of SLIG students.”

Source and additional info:

http://ugagenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/08/SLIG-new-dates-formats.html

Pass It Down reinvents the greeting card to help capture family memories

greetingStory™ makes it simple and fun to capture family stories one greeting card at a time.

Chattanooga, Tenn.  (July 18th, 2017) – Pass It Down, an award-winning storytelling platform that makes it easy to digitally record and preserve family memories, announced today the launch of its first physical product, greetingStory™. greetingStory™ reinvents the greeting card, making it easy to capture family memories and handwriting, reconnect with loved ones and preserve family stories.
“Our goal at Pass It Down is to create innovative and affordable ways for every family to capture their treasured memories,” said Pass It Down CEO and Founder Chris Cummings. “Today’s technology allows us to simplify everything we do, and we think capturing and sharing family memories should be no different. [CC1] With the launch of greetingStory™, families have an effortless, interactive and effective way to capture each of their special memories, one question at a time.”
greetingStory™ is great in its simplicity. Each greetingStory™ card features a question on the cover, with included tips and instructions from top biographers, to help guide loved one in sharing their memories. The cards feature two prominent spaces to share memories and to capture loved one’s handwriting. Every card includes a URL on the back, allowing the user to upload a loved one’s story into the Pass It Down platform. The platform can also host additional video, audio, text and photos, completing the story. A complete story can be shared with the entire family, serving as a permanent, digital memory book for everyone.
Families can choose between two options for greetingStory cards. Worldwide, Pass It Down offers greetingStory™ Memory Boxes that include 12, 24 or 48 cards and envelopes.  In the US, Pass It Down offers a subscription model where you can send a family member one, two or four cards per month. Each card includes a pre-paid return envelope to send the card back to the customer.
“Imagine being able to send your mom or dad 24 cards a year, in a personalized envelope, asking about their life and their legacy. We automate the process for families and our pre-paid return envelopes ensure that it is extremely simple for your relative to get the cards back to you” said Cummings.
For more information about greetingStory, please visit www.passitdown.com or connect with Pass It Down on Twitter (@passitdown).
About Pass It Down, LLC.
Since 2015, Pass It Down has been dedicated to helping families around the world capture and preserve their memories and stories. Through its pioneering digital storytelling platform, Pass It Down is leading innovation in the storytelling and genealogy industries and has won numerous awards and recognition from organizations including: the International Storytelling Center, the National Storytelling Festival, the Aging 2.0 Global Startup Search, BYU, the Miller Lite Tap The Future contest, and many more.

NEHGS Grants Freedom to Search

FREE Access through July 6th, 2017
Family historians and genealogists—declare your independence this holiday week from an incomplete family tree. Search and browse free among 1.4 BILLION names on AmericanAncestors.org, the award-winning website of NEHGS. 
From now until June 29th through 12:00 p.m. midnight (EDST) on Thursday, July 6th you’ll have complete freedom to roam through all of the online databases on AmericanAncestors.org. Your password is your passport to freedom—and to many new discoveries.  As a NEHGS Affiliate member—share this cry for independence with family and friends and invite them to join the celebration!
Hear, hear! Here’s your link to freedom.
An Affiliate Account on AmericanAncestors.org offers LDS Church members online access to hundreds of databases and millions of names, courtesy of NEHGS’s partnership with FamilySearch.org, as well as an introduction to a variety of additional genealogical services provided by American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society.  

RootsTech 2018 Call for Presentation Proposals – extended deadline through 3 July 2018

Deadline Extended for Presentation Proposals


The RootsTech planning committee is calling for dynamic presentations for the RootsTech 2018 conference that will be held February 28 – March 3, 2018, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

If you have a desire to define, shape, and influence the family history industry with an innovative and interesting presentation idea, click on the link below to learn more and to submit proposals. 
Submission deadline has been extended through July 3, 2017.

Contact Information
If you have questions regarding the submission process or speaking at Rootstech 2018, please contact us at info@rootstech.org

Genealogical Publishing – 4th of July offerings

Happy 4th of JulySave 30% on all print publications until 11:59 p.m. EDT July 5, 2017.Our Independence Day Sale is now underway! From today through 11:59 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, July 5, 2017, you can order any publication (printed book or CD) available at…

Riverton Utah FamilySearch Library – July 2017 Seminar

RIVERTON, UTAH, (June 30, 2017), The Riverton Utah FamilySearch Library is announcing its free seminar series on Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. The keynote speaker will be T. C. Christensen, film director and producer of Seventeen Miracles, Ephraim’s Rescue, The Cokeville Miracle, and his latest movie – Love, Kennedy.  

IMAGE: T. C. Christensen, film maker.
9:00–10:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker: T. C. Christensen, “Forever Families Implications that come from his experiences producing the movie, Love, Kennedy
10:10 – 11:10 a.m.
  • “Tools, Tips, Tactics for Exploring United States Records” by Jill Shoemaker
  • “Dodge Ball, Skate Keys, and Grandma’s Watermelon Pickles (Journal Writing)” by Tom & Betsy Neil
  • “Danish Research Resources, Part 1” by Orla & Karen Petersen
  • “Accessing and Navigating FamilySearch / Family Tree” by Linda Baker

11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
  • “Six Principles for Helping Others Have a Spirit-led, One-on-One Find, Take, Teach Experience” by Jill Shoemaker
  • “How to Use Google Books and Maps” by Don Barney
  • “Danish Research Resources, Pt. 2” by Orla & Karen Petersen
  • “Creating and Attaching Outside Sources in FamilySearch / Family Tree” by Linda Baker
Last-minute class changes are shown on the RFSL website at www.familsearch.org/fhc/riverton

NEW FAMILY REUNION ACTIVITIES
The Riverton FamilySearch Library is now offering a free Family Reunion opportunity for those who have family visiting from out of town and want to get together to research their ancestors, record stories in the Family Story Room, scan photos, or collaborate each other’s findings. Events can be scheduled any time during the year in 2 to 6 hour blocks of time on most days of the week. Details may be found on the FamilySearch Wiki.
The Riverton FamilySearch Library is located in the LDS Riverton Office Building at 3740 West Market Center Drive (13175 South), Riverton, Utah; 801-240-9601.
About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International 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 free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

RootsMagic Releases Ancestry Features

Friday, June 30, 2017 – Last year, we announced we were working with Ancestry® to integrate Ancestry Hints® and Ancestry’s records and online trees with our software. After months of development and the feedback of thousands of testers, we’re pleased to announce the release of RootsMagic 7.5, a free update to RootsMagic 7 that adds two amazing new features: TreeShare™ for Ancestry and the addition of Ancestry Hints to RootsMagic’s WebHints™ feature.

TreeShare for Ancestry


RootsMagic’s TreeShare for Ancestry will let you move data between your RootsMagic files on your computers and your personal Ancestry online trees. You can transfer people, events, notes, source citations, and even pictures between the two systems.

RootsMagic users also gain the ability to easily share and collaborate with others by giving family members access to their Ancestry online tree. Using the new TreeShare feature, family members can then synchronize the latest changes and additions to both the online tree and their desktop computers.

Ancestry Hints Integration



RootsMagic leverages the Ancestry Hints capability, and as possible matches are found, users may conveniently review them from within the software. RootsMagic then lets you add new information and media from matching records into your file.

Free RootsMagic Essentials Software

For those that are just starting their journey into the world of genealogy, RootsMagic offers “RootsMagic Essentials”- a free version of their software with a limited set of features tailored towards beginners.

If you have an account with Ancestry, RootsMagic Essentials includes the ability to upload your file to Ancestry or download your existing online trees from Ancestry.  If you are a subscriber to Ancestry, RootsMagic Essentials also allows you to search and view all of the content in your subscription.  Those wishing to compare and transfer individual records between RootsMagic and Ancestry will want to use the full-featured RootsMagic software.

Available Now

The update is free for users of RootsMagic 7 and RootsMagic Essentials 7 and is available via direct download or through the “Check for Updates” feature within RootsMagic. To learn more about these features or to take advantage of a special offer for Ancestry users, please go to http://www.rootsmagic.com/ancestry.

IGHR Course and Meal Registration ends Friday, 30 June 2017



Friday, 30 June 2017 is the last day to register for one of our eleven courses at the 2017 Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). Courses will take place in Athens, Georgia at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel 23-28 July 2017. Learn more about each course and register on the IGHR website http://ighr.gagensociety.org/ighr-2017/courses.

Meal tickets for attendees and their guests must also be purchased by Friday, 30 June 2017 http://ighr.gagensociety.org/ighr-2017/dining-options. The UGA Hotel within the Center for Continuing Education is full. Rooms are still available at The Graduate Hotel, but these rooms must be reserved by Friday, 7 July 2017 to take advantage of the IGHR group rate. Scroll down the Accommodations webpage for more information and the group code http://ighr.gagensociety.org/ighr-2017/accommodations.

If you are unable to attend a course at IGHR this year, you can still take advantage of the FamilySearch Family History and Genealogy Expo and Evening Sessions. Both events take place at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Parking is available in the adjacent parking deck.

The FamilySearch Family History and Genealogy Expo will take place Sunday, 23 July 2017 and is free and open to the public! No registration is required. Various genealogy and history related organizations and vendors will have displays to help interested people explore genealogy resources and educational opportunities. Drop in between noon and 5:00 pm. You can learn more about this free event on the IGHR website  http://ighr.gagensociety.org/familysearch-expo/ighr-familysearch-expo-info.

IGHR Evening Sessions will be held Monday through Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. 24-26 July 2017. Evening Sessions are open to the public for the nominal fee of $15 each. Cash and credit cards will be accepted at the door but registration by 17 July 2017 guarantees a handout. You can learn more about each session and register on the IGHR website http://ighr.gagensociety.org/ighr-2017/ighr-2017-evening-classes.

We encourage you to explore the IGHR website to learn more about all of these educational opportunities http://ighr.gagensociety.org/IGHR is also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!
 

FamilySearch: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Chile, Dominican Republic among 3 million new record sets

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of June 28, 2017SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, (26 June 2017), This week 3 million New York City marriage licenses were published, plus nearly 3 million for Find a Grave records and millions of new&…

FindMyPast: Online Release of 6 million+ Ontario Records

First Phase of New Partnership with the Ontario Genealogical Society
Ottawa: 16th June 2017

Leading family history website Findmypast has just announced an exciting new partnership with the Ontario Genealogical Society. Announced today at the Society’s 2017 annual conference in Ottawa, the partnership will see Findmypast publish millions of OGS records online in a series of phased releases. The first phase will be launched later this year with the online publication of over six million fascinating Ontario records, including;

        The Ontario Name Index (TONI) – over 3.7 million records – a mega-index of names with the goal of including every name found in any publication relating to Ontario, ranging from registers of birth, marriage & death to obituaries, memorial inscriptions, newspaper articles and more.

        The Ontario Genealogical Society Provincial Index (OGSPI) – over 2.6 million records – containing data from censuses, birth, marriage and death registers, references in books, land records, passenger lists, military records and a host of other references.

        Oddfellows Life Insurance Applications (1875-1929) – over 240,000 names released online for the very first time, containing a collection of just over 59,000 life insurance applications to the Odd-Fellows’ Relief Association of Canada. The applications contain answers to up to thirty-one questions about sex, age, occupation, height, weight, ethnic origins, marital status, family structure, and past and present health conditions.

        Ontario Genealogical Society Bulletin/Families and NewsLeaf – new images from official society publications and journals will become available to search through Findmypast’s Periodical Source Index (PERSI) – the largest subject index to genealogy and local history periodical articles in the world.

The partnership will allow Findmypast and The Ontario Genealogical Society to offer wider access to these invaluable resources, providing many more genealogical connections and a more comprehensive experience to family historians all over the world. The announcement marks the latest step in Findmypast’s drive towards creating a healthy ecosystem of partnerships and building on their Canadian offerings.

These newly released records will be complemented by Findmypast’s unrivalled collection of British and Irish data, and those searching for Ontario ancestors can now reap the benefits of Findmypast’s wider collection of over eight billion world records.

Jen Baldwin, North America Data Licensing Manager at Findmypast, said; “The material created by the Ontario Genealogical Society volunteers is the foundation of genealogical research in the province. Findmypast is thrilled to be partnering with the society, and expanding our Canadian offerings across the board – vital records, conceptual records, and three new titles in PERSI. Researching in Canada has never been better!”

Gail Rivett, Chief Marketing Officer at Findmypast added; “As a proud Ontarian myself, I am particularly delighted to see Findmypast entering into partnership with the OGS. Today’s announcement marks the latest step in our efforts to expand Findmypast’s Canadian offerings and this new agreement will offer numerous benefits to both society members and Findmypast subscribers. Our aim is to provide customers with more and more family history resources to aid them in their research and, with the help of organisations such as OGS, we will continue to publish quality data for the benefit of family historians worldwide.”

Patti Mordasewicz, President of The Ontario Genealogical Society, added: “We are excited to announce this expansion in our continuing relationship with Findmypast. Our members will benefit from the digitization offered by Findmypast in this partnership, and the society will benefit from increased exposure through the worldwide reach of the Findmypast brand.”

About The Ontario Genealogical Society
Since its beginning in 1961, The Ontario Genealogical Society has been fulfilling its mission to encourage, bring together and assist those interested in the pursuit of family history while preserving our Ontario genealogical heritage. As the largest family history society in Canada, The Ontario Genealogical Society is at the forefront of genealogy in the Province of Ontario, through the provision of education, the pursuit of preservation, and the leadership in advocacy in matters of genealogical and historical protection.

OGS provides education through presentations in 30 Branches located across the Province and four Special Interest Groups operating in the virtual world, an annual conference attracting over 600 registrants, and monthly webinar presentations – all of which are open to public attendance. Through our Branch and Special Interest Group newsletters, The Society’s newsletter, NewsLeaf, our journal, Families, and our eWeekly Update, we keep our members and other subscribers informed of family history news and activities across the province, the country and the world.

The resources that our volunteers make available have helped thousands of genealogists from across the province and around the world to find answers to their family history questions, to break down brick walls, and to provide a community where information is shared, successes celebrated, and challenges overcome.

About Findmypast

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the First World War, The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others.

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research.

In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitized records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. Findmypast, in association with The National Archives, recently launched the 1939 Register, a record of 41 million lives on the eve of World War II.

Julie Cahill Tarr Named Editor of APG eNews

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 13 June 2017 – The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG?) has named Julie Cahill Tarr as the new editor of APG eNews. Tarr, a professional genealogist, brings years of experience in writing, editing, and graphic design to the organization’s monthly electronic newsletter.

Tarr serves as the managing editor and designer for FORUM, the quarterly magazine for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. She has held editorial positions for the journals of the Dallas (Texas) and the Illinois State Genealogical Societies and for her chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a coursewriter for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, having written the Breaking Down Brick Walls course.

“Thank you to the APG Executive Committee for choosing me as editor of APG eNews,” said Julie Cahill Tarr.” APG has a unique offering in its publications aimed at the professional. I look forward to further developing this important resource to serve the needs of APG’s membership.”

“We welcome Julie and look forward to her expertise as the editor of APG eNews,” said Billie Stone Fogarty, APG President. “APG eNews has become a go-to source for news that affects our members. Its articles touch upon all areas of APG’s work and activities, as well as issues facing the industry. I encourage our members and the APG Board to share news with Julie.” 

APG eNews Subscription Information
APG eNews launched in 2012 and is produced monthly. The most recent three issues are posted in the Publications areas of the APG website. Members have access to all past issues in the Members Only section of website. Members who subscribe to the email list will receive a notice and link each month.

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Copyright © 2017 Association of Professional Genealogists, All rights reserved. PO Box 535, Wheat Ridge, CO 80034-0535

14th Unlock the Past: 2018 Alaska Cruise

NOW BOOKING
14th Unlock the Past cruise – Alaska 


7 nights from Seattle 7-14 September 2018


We are delighted to announce our 14th history & genealogy cruise – see cruise web site.

Conference – There will be 40-45 talks in three (parallel) streams with about 15 speakers, plus scheduled times for one-on-one help from experts. An optional pre-conference full day seminar in Seattle is planned.

Presenters

  • Chris Paton (Scotland) – Chris is one of the most sought after presenters in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Ireland, Canada and the US. He has written many books (including nine for Unlock the Past) and numerous articles for genealogy magazines.
  • Dick Eastman (United States) – Dick is widely known internationally for his Eastman’s online genealogy newsletter. He has been involved in genealogy for more than 30 years and has worked in the computer industry for over 40 years in hardware, software, and managerial positions.

Other speakers include Dr Janet Few and Caroline Gurney from England, Jan Gow from New Zealand, Shauna Hicks, Eric and Rosemary Kopittke, Mike Murray and Helen Smith from Australia and Cyndi Ingle and Pat Richley-Erickson (DearMYRTLE) from the United States.

Cost – from AU$1471 (approx US$1100, GB£870) – includes all onboard accommodation, standard meals, taxes, (compulsory), gratuities and conference. For full cruise details, bookings and registration of interest go to www.unlockthepastcruises.com/alaska. US Passport holders have the option of booking with our US travel agent partner, Cruise Planners: O’Connell Travel.

Can’t do either cruise? – and even if you can – see us at the
Researching abroad roadshow: Finding British Isles and European ancestors

with leading international genealogists, Chris Paton (Scotland) and Dirk Weissleder (Germany)

COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU – click on a city for details and bookings

Brisbane – Tue-Wed 8-9 Aug
Auckland – Fri-Sun 11-13 Aug (Auckland expo organised by the Auckland Library)
Sydney – Tue-Wed 15-16 Aug
Melbourne – Fri-Sat 18-19 Aug
Canberra – Mon 21 Aug
Adelaide – Wed-Thu 23-24 Aug
Perth – Sat 26 Aug

Full details – roadshow web site .Book now to be sure of a place and be in the draw for over $10,000 worth of prizes.

Other events we will exhibit at in 2017 
22-24 Sep – NSW & ACT Association of FHS state conference, Orange
13-14 Oct – Deniliquin expo, Deniliquin NSW
20-22 Oct – Victorian expo, Colac – to be confirmed

Best regards
Alan Phillips and the Unlock the Past teamalan@unlockthepast.com.au www.unlockthepastcruises.com

MyHeritageDNA: Father’s Day discount


In celebration of Father’s Day (June 18), MyHeritage is happy to announce a huge DNA sale, starting now through June 19.
For a limited time, you can get the MyHeritage DNA test at the specially discounted price of $69.
Thanks to the fast-growing international database of people who have already been tested, MyHeritage DNA is connecting more and more relatives to each other. Watch the emotional reunion of sisters Jennisara and Morgan, and read about Robin reuniting with her biological daughter Becky, both reunions made possible through MyHeritage DNA.
The MyHeritage DNA test finds DNA Matches – people who are related to you, whom you may not have known before. It also provides ethnicity estimates that have among the highest resolution on the market, thanks to the unique Founder Population study conducted by MyHeritage.
MyHeritage DNA is the perfect gift for yourself and the people you love, now at the lowest price ever offered. There’s more! As part of this exciting offer, MyHeritage is reducing the shipping cost by 50% when you buy 2 kits, and offering FREE shipping for a purchase of 3 kits or more. By testing more relatives, you can learn more about yourself and determine whether your DNA matches are maternal or paternal.
All it takes is a few minutes and a gentle swab of the cheek to obtain the DNA sample that you mail back to the MyHeritage DNA lab. Within 4-5 weeks, DNA analysis will be complete, and you’ll be able to view the results online at MyHeritage.
DNA testing is the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day.
Best regards,
The MyHeritage Team

Call for Presentations: RootsTech 2018 due 30 June


Now Accepting Presentation Proposals

The RootsTech planning committee is calling for dynamic presentations for the RootsTech 2018 conference that will be held February 28 – March 3, 2018, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

If you have a desire to define, shape, and influence the family history industry with an innovative and interesting presentation idea, click on the link below to learn more and to submit proposals. 

Submission portal will be open through June 30, 2017.

Goodwin’s New York City’s Municipal Archives Guide is an Award Winner

NYG&B author Aaron Goodwin receives the 2017 NGS Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources from the National Genealogical Society. 

NEW YORK, NY – The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) is celebrating the recognition of Aaron Goodwin, author of the NYGYB’s New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians by the National Genealogical Society (NGS). GOODWIN received the Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources from NGS last week for the groundbreaking guide to New York City’s archives published by the NYG&B last year. The award, which is given each year for a “specific, significant single contribution…that serves to foster scholarship and/or advances or promotes excellence in genealogy,” recognizes the quality of his work and the importance of the publication’s mission to make the records of New York City’s Municipal Archives more accessible to researchers. 

New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians spotlights numerous collections that assist researchers in discovering and preserving the stories of New York’s families – both past and present. The work was commissioned by the NYG&B in 2015 and since its release has benefited thousands of researchers across the country as they prepare to visit one of the world’s largest municipal archives. 

This award was also given to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society last year for the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer, a monumental 800+ page essential reference work for anyone tracing New York families. Together with Goodwin’s New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians the publications are the latest editions to the NYG&B’s Research Guide series and are now back-to-back winners, recognized for “excellence in genealogy.” 

“Congratulations to Aaron and the entire NYG&B team for this remarkable accomplishment,” remarked D. Joshua Taylor, president of the NYG&B. “For two years in a row NYG&B publications have been recognized for a leading role in discovering, sharing, and preserving the stories of New York’s families, and we look forward to continuing that mission for many years to come.” 

In celebration of the award, the NYG&B is offering complimentary shipping on new orders for New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians through June 1, 2017. Copies can be ordered directly through the NYG&B at www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org

FindMyPast: England, Vermont and Ireland record sets

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

There are over 249,000 records are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

Surrey institutional records 1788-1939

Explore over 200,000 assorted records from 16 institutions across the English county of Surrey, including poor law unions, workhouses, schools, infirmaries, goals and more. Each result will provide you with a transcript of key details from the source material. The records cover 13 places in Surrey: Addlestone, Chertsey, Cobham, Dorking, Farnham, Godstone, Guildford, Hambledon, Redhill, Richmond Upon Thames, Southwark, Warlingham, and Woking. The amount and nature of the information recorded will vary depending on the type of source material. Most will reveal a combination of your accentor’s occupation, marital status and home parish as well as dates relating to their birth, baptism, death and the event that was being recorded.

Vermont, Enrolled Militia Records 1861-1867

Search over 4,300 records to find out if your Vermont ancestors enrolled in the state militia. Vermont, located in the northeastern United States, has a long tradition of local militias fighting for the country. The state passed an act in 1844 that stipulated that all adult men who were eligible for service in the state militia were recorded by the town clerk in a register that was then sent to the state government. These records cover most of the 1860s, a particularly interesting time for the state as Vermont fought with the Union during the American Civil War. While most records in this collection are enlistment records, several personal war sketches and burial records are also included.

Essex Baptism Index 1538-1917

Over 32,000 records covering 50 parishes across the county have been added to the Essex Baptism index. Each record contains a transcript of original source material. The amount of information listed may vary but generally records will include the child’s name, birth date, birth place, baptism date, baptism place, denomination, parent’s names and father’s occupation.

Australian Capital Territory Deaths

Over 2,000 records have been added to our collection of Australian Capital Territory Deaths. Each record includes a transcript of the original source material that will reveal your ancestor’s date of death and parent’s names. Transcripts will also include the registration number, information that can be used to order a copy of the original certificate from the Office of Regulatory Services.

Sussex, Eastbourne Gazette Newspaper Notices

Over 186,000 records have been added to our collection of Eastbourne Gazette Newspaper Notices. This indexed collection includes names found in the paper’s family notices section (announcements of births, marriages and deaths) as well as other reports on events such as divorces, murders, tragedies, shipwrecks, lynchings and paternity cases. The newspaper reported on stories in Sussex, but also internationally. Stories from Ireland to Switzerland and the USA can be found by using the Keyword search to discover indexed reports from specific countries.

Derbyshire Hospital Admissions and Deaths 1855-1913

Over 800 records have been added to our collection of Derbyshire Hospital Admissions & Deaths. The collection now contains over 5,000 records taken from two different sources: Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Deaths 1892 – 1912 and Victoria Memorial Cottage Hospital, Ashbourne Admissions 1899 – 1913. Each record includes a transcript produced by the Ancestral Archives of Derbyshire. Records can include the patient’s admission date, reason for admission, condition after admission, marital status, residence, rank or profession, date of discharge or death and cause of death.

Irish Newspapers

Over 900 new articles and one brand new title have been added to our collection of historic Irish newspapers. This month’s new title, The Monitor, and Missionary Chronicle, of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ireland currently consists of twenty 24-26 page editions of the monthly publication dating from August 1853 to April 1855. 

The Complete Guide to Google Photos e-book

Organizing past and present photos is easier than ever

Family history business publishes The Complete Guide to Google Photos e-book

www.legacytale.com— Holiday photo overwhelm, as well as boxes of heirloom photos, can all be causing stress or may be the subject of goals and resolutions for 2017.

The husband-wife team at Legacy Tale wrote a book to help. Driven by their passion for helping families make and keep memories, their latest e-book demonstrates how to make the most of Google Photos, a free resource.

Filled with comprehensive, detailed and easy-to-understand instructions– including screen shots and graphics to show just where to type, click and press– it teaches how to use Google Photos as a fantastic tool for both past and present pictures.

The 67-page PDF e-book teaches how to:

  • Quickly organize digital photos by date, place, person…or even events and objects (in the photos).
  • Keep future pictures organized the same way, with little time spent managing them.
  • Share and update photos and entire albums without sending huge attachments through email.
  • Convert old printed photos to digital photos using your phone or flatbed scanner, and get them organized.
  • Get all your digital photos organized and curated in minutes (maybe hours), instead of days (or months).
  • No longer worry about having a backup of all your precious photos.

“I have the great fortune of a tech-savvy husband who understands and explains Google Photos’ amazing bells and whistles. Those often-untapped features are what make it such a powerful tool, and we share all that useful know-how in this latest e-book,” says Hilarie Robison, Chief Teller of Tales.

At a price of $11.99, the e-book is available for purchase in PDF format from the couple’s website: http://www.legacytale.com/using-google-photos
ABOUT

Legacy Tale was founded in 2015 by Hilarie and Ben Robison. With a core business of custom interviewing, writing, editing and publishing heirloom family books, they also provide e-books and online courses for DIYers. The blog at www.legacytale.com is a robust resource of free content focused on making and keeping memories, including how to capture and preserve family narratives and photos.

MyHeritage: 33 Million Finish Church Records

MyHeritage Releases Most Significant Collection of Finnish Historical Records Ever Published Online

Extensive collection of 33 million Church records digitized by MyHeritage covers the population of Finland during 300 years, providing a treasure trove of information for anyone with Finnish ancestors

TEL AVIV, Israel, LEHI, Utah & HELSINKI, Finland, September 12, 2016 — MyHeritage, the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, announced today the addition of a new historical records collection: Finland Church Census and Pre-confirmation Rolls, 1657-1950. The collection, indexed and searchable in its entirety, is currently available only on MyHeritage, along with millions of scanned original documents. It was created with the cooperation of the National Archives Service of Finland.
The collection includes clerical surveys (rippikirjat) and pre-confirmation books (lastenkirjat) for a period starting in 1657 and spanning nearly 300 years. MyHeritage is the first organization to index this collection. Users can access the collection on SuperSearch™, MyHeritage’s global search engine for historical records. In addition, users who upload their family trees to MyHeritage immediately benefit from Record Matching technology that automatically reveals new information about their ancestors who appear in the records.
Records from the collection list family households and include family relationships; more recent records include birth dates and birthplaces, and notes on marriages, deaths, and migrations. Records may also include notes on a person’s reputation and physical appearance.
“This is the most important collection of historical records for Finland ever published online,” said Russ Wilding, Chief Content Officer at MyHeritage. “We are pleased to have been the ones to index it in its entirety and make it available to our millions of users. Anyone with Finnish ancestors will find them here, extend their family tree by many generations, and make fascinating family history discoveries.”
With this latest addition from Finland, MyHeritage extends its genealogy market leadership in the Nordic countries, with millions of registered users and hundreds of millions of historical records from Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. MyHeritage was the first company to release the invaluableSwedish household examination (census) records, followed by multiple collections of Census Records from Denmark. MyHeritage is committed to continue to digitize important historical records and bring them online for the first time, for the benefit of the global family history community.
Searching the Finland Church Census and Pre-confirmation Rolls collection is free. A subscription is required to view records and Record Matches.
About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the world’s fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and ground­breaking search and matching technologies. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to share family stories, past and present, and treasure them for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages. www.myheritage.com.

Gen-Fed Registration opens Sat, 27 Feb 2016

The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) has announced details on registration, scheduled to open on Saturday, February 27, at 11:00 AM EST. Reservations will be taken online, via 123SignUp, and tuition payment will be due by check within 15 days of making a reservation. Complete instructions are posted here. Read them over and mark your calendars!

Gen-Fed is for experienced genealogists, and for archivists, historians and librarians interested in using federal records for genealogical research. It is designed to instill a methodological framework and foster creative thinking about relevant records. To learn more about this year’s program, visit Gen-Fed 2016.

Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG
Director

2016 NGS Conference: Official Blogger and Social Media Press Registration

ARLINGTON, VA, 24 FEBRUARY 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the launch of the Official Blogger and Social Media Press registration for the 2016 Family History Conference, which will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 4–7 May 2016.
NGS invites interested press, social media writers, bloggers, radio show hosts, and other media to register for official media credentials at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/social-media-press

Registration is open through 14 March 2016. NGS will notify registrants their acceptance by 21 March 2016. For more information on the NGS Social Media Policy, see http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/press/social-media-policy.

NGS recognizes the importance of media who regularly draw attention to records, research methods, tools, software, events, and other areas of genealogy. Individuals and organizations with official media designations play an essential role in the success of the NGS Family History Conference by spreading newfound knowledge, sharing in conference fun, and increasing conference attendance and participation.
Official media will be:

  • permitted to use the official press and blogger logos
  • granted use of the press table at the conference
  • linked to the NGS Family History Conference blog



NGS will award five registration credits valued at $50 each towards attendance for the 2017 Family History Conference to official media who provide the best coverage at this year’s conference. 

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Ancestry to Retire Family Tree Maker Software

From Kendall Hulet, Senior Vice President of Product Management

Senior Vice President of Product Managemen

Source:
http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/12/08/ancestry-to-retire-family-tree-maker-software

Ancestry is proud to have made a significant investment this year to bring valuable new content and records to the Ancestry site. In 2015, we’ve made 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico available, more than 170 million pages from the largest collection of U.S. will and probate records, among others. We’ve also introduced new features such as Ancestry Academy and major advancements for AncestryDNA.

We remain dedicated to helping people gain new levels of understanding about their lives, and who and what led to them, harnessing the information found in family trees, historical records and genetics. As a company, we’re also continually evaluating ways to focus our efforts to provide the most impact and best product experience for our users through our core offerings.

True to this focus, we’ve taken a hard look at the declining desktop software market and the impact this has on being able to continue to provide product enhancements and support that our users need. With that, we’ve made the tough decision to stop selling Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015.

Our subscription business and website, on the other hand, continue to grow and we are doubling down our efforts to make that experience even better for our Ancestry community.

Ancestry will continue to support current owners of Family Tree Maker through January 1, 2017. During this time, all features of the software, including TreeSync™, will continue to work, and Member Services will be available to assist with user questions. We will also address major software bugs that may occur, as well as compatibility updates.

These changes are never easy, but by focusing our efforts, we can concentrate on continuing to build great products for our loyal Ancestry community.

If you have inquiries regarding Family Tree Maker, please reach out to our Member Services team. We’ll also provide updates on our blog as needed leading up to January 1, 2017.

Posted by on December 8, 2015 in Family Tree Maker Ancestry is proud to have made a significant investment this year to bring valuable new content and records to the Ancestry site. In 2015, we’ve made 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico available, more than 170 million pages from the largest collection of U.S. will and probate records, among others. We’ve also introduced new features such as Ancestry Academy and major advancements for AncestryDNA.
We remain dedicated to helping people gain new levels of understanding about their lives, and who and what led to them, harnessing the information found in family trees, historical records and genetics. As a company, we’re also continually evaluating ways to focus our efforts to provide the most impact and best product experience for our users through our core offerings.
True to this focus, we’ve taken a hard look at the declining desktop software market and the impact this has on being able to continue to provide product enhancements and support that our users need. With that, we’ve made the decision to stop selling Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015.
Our subscription business and website, on the other hand, continue to grow and we are doubling down our efforts to make that experience even better for our Ancestry community.
Ancestry will continue to support current owners of Family Tree Maker at least through January 1, 2017. During this time, all features of the software, including TreeSync™, will continue to work, and Member Services will be available to assist with user questions. We will also address major software bugs that may occur, as well as compatibility updates.
These changes are never easy, but by focusing our efforts, we can concentrate on continuing to build great products for our loyal Ancestry community.
If you have inquiries regarding Family Tree Maker, please reach out to our Member Services team. We’ll also provide updates on our blog as needed leading up to January 1, 2017.
– See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/12/08/ancestry-to-retire-family-tree-maker-software/#sthash.mPCqMrjQ.dpuf
Posted by on December 8, 2015 in Family Tree Maker Ancestry is proud to have made a significant investment this year to bring valuable new content and records to the Ancestry site. In 2015, we’ve made 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico available, more than 170 million pages from the largest collection of U.S. will and probate records, among others. We’ve also introduced new features such as Ancestry Academy and major advancements for AncestryDNA.
We remain dedicated to helping people gain new levels of understanding about their lives, and who and what led to them, harnessing the information found in family trees, historical records and genetics. As a company, we’re also continually evaluating ways to focus our efforts to provide the most impact and best product experience for our users through our core offerings.
True to this focus, we’ve taken a hard look at the declining desktop software market and the impact this has on being able to continue to provide product enhancements and support that our users need. With that, we’ve made the decision to stop selling Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015.
Our subscription business and website, on the other hand, continue to grow and we are doubling down our efforts to make that experience even better for our Ancestry community.
Ancestry will continue to support current owners of Family Tree Maker at least through January 1, 2017. During this time, all features of the software, including TreeSync™, will continue to work, and Member Services will be available to assist with user questions. We will also address major software bugs that may occur, as well as compatibility updates.
These changes are never easy, but by focusing our efforts, we can concentrate on continuing to build great products for our loyal Ancestry community.
If you have inquiries regarding Family Tree Maker, please reach out to our Member Services team. We’ll also provide updates on our blog as needed leading up to January 1, 2017.
– See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/12/08/ancestry-to-retire-family-tree-maker-software/#sthash.mPCqMrjQ.dpuf
Posted by on December 8, 2015 in Family Tree Maker Ancestry is proud to have made a significant investment this year to bring valuable new content and records to the Ancestry site. In 2015, we’ve made 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico available, more than 170 million pages from the largest collection of U.S. will and probate records, among others. We’ve also introduced new features such as Ancestry Academy and major advancements for AncestryDNA.
We remain dedicated to helping people gain new levels of understanding about their lives, and who and what led to them, harnessing the information found in family trees, historical records and genetics. As a company, we’re also continually evaluating ways to focus our efforts to provide the most impact and best product experience for our users through our core offerings.
True to this focus, we’ve taken a hard look at the declining desktop software market and the impact this has on being able to continue to provide product enhancements and support that our users need. With that, we’ve made the decision to stop selling Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015.
Our subscription business and website, on the other hand, continue to grow and we are doubling down our efforts to make that experience even better for our Ancestry community.
Ancestry will continue to support current owners of Family Tree Maker at least through January 1, 2017. During this time, all features of the software, including TreeSync™, will continue to work, and Member Services will be available to assist with user questions. We will also address major software bugs that may occur, as well as compatibility updates.
These changes are never easy, but by focusing our efforts, we can concentrate on continuing to build great products for our loyal Ancestry community.
If you have inquiries regarding Family Tree Maker, please reach out to our Member Services team. We’ll also provide updates on our blog as needed leading up to January 1, 2017.
– See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/12/08/ancestry-to-retire-family-tree-maker-software/#sthash.mPCqMrjQ.dpuf
Posted by on December 8, 2015 in Family Tree Maker Ancestry is proud to have made a significant investment this year to bring valuable new content and records to the Ancestry site. In 2015, we’ve made 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico available, more than 170 million pages from the largest collection of U.S. will and probate records, among others. We’ve also introduced new features such as Ancestry Academy and major advancements for AncestryDNA.
We remain dedicated to helping people gain new levels of understanding about their lives, and who and what led to them, harnessing the information found in family trees, historical records and genetics. As a company, we’re also continually evaluating ways to focus our efforts to provide the most impact and best product experience for our users through our core offerings.
True to this focus, we’ve taken a hard look at the declining desktop software market and the impact this has on being able to continue to provide product enhancements and support that our users need. With that, we’ve made the decision to stop selling Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015.
Our subscription business and website, on the other hand, continue to grow and we are doubling down our efforts to make that experience even better for our Ancestry community.
Ancestry will continue to support current owners of Family Tree Maker at least through January 1, 2017. During this time, all features of the software, including TreeSync™, will continue to work, and Member Services will be available to assist with user questions. We will also address major software bugs that may occur, as well as compatibility updates.
These changes are never easy, but by focusing our efforts, we can concentrate on continuing to build great products for our loyal Ancestry community.
If you have inquiries regarding Family Tree Maker, please reach out to our Member Services team. We’ll also provide updates on our blog as needed leading up to January 1, 2017.
– See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/12/08/ancestry-to-retire-family-tree-maker-software/#sthash.mPCqMrjQ.dpuf

2015 APG Awards to Arner, Rencher, Oiesen and O’Sullivan


Association of Professional Genealogists Recognizes Members Amy E. K. Arner and David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA for Contributions to the Organization and to the Genealogy Profession
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, and WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 8 January, 2015− The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) honored three of its members for their achievements and service to the field of genealogy today at its 2015 Professional Management Conference (PMC) in Salt Lake City. APG President Kimberly T. Powell presented the awards at today’s opening session of PMC. Award recipients included:
Amy E. K. Arner received the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr., Award of Merit, which honors personal commitment and outstanding service to the APG. Arner was an APG board member from 2007—2012 and was reelected in 2014. She served for many years on the Publications Advisory Committee and is presently a proofreader for the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. She is a past president of the APG Great Lakes Chapter
David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, received the APG Professional Achievement Award. The award, created in 2007, recognizes exceptional professional achievement and ethical behavior with contributions to the field of genealogy. A longtime APG member, Rencher was chosen for his leadership as Chief Genealogical Officer of FamilySearch, which he shepherded into the 21st century with innovation and unprecedented record access. He was also the director of the Family History Library, updating and computerizing the facility. His contributions to both the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the British Institute helped to propel them into world-class genealogical education forums. This award also recognizes his efforts with the Federation of Genealogical Societies to promote access to the War of 1812 pensions through crowd funding, and his efforts as the Chair of the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC), a joint committee of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. He is past president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (1997-2001) and the Utah Genealogical Association.
Corey Oiesen received a Certificate of Appreciation for her service to APG.
“These award recipients represent the service, dedication, and imagination that have carried the genealogy field forward,” said APG President Kimberly T. Powell. “We thank them for their hard work in the field and for APG.”
APG also announced the 2015 winner of its Young Professional Scholarship, Bryna O’Sullivan. See the press release at http://www.apgen.org.
About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter (www.twitter.com/apggenealogy), Facebook, and Google+.

Gaenovium 2014: Genealogy conference for technologists

Gaenovium 2014 Technology Conference


Introducing Gaenovium, the Genealogy Technology Conference

New genealogy-technology conference is different in every important way.

Quick Summary

New conference is not big and overwhelming, but small and intimate. Independent organisation. Not national, but international. Not in the USA, but in Europe. Not for genealogy technology users, but the technology creators. Conference fee includes all-attendee dinner.

Background

Genealogy without technology has become unthinkable. Nowadays, every genealogy conference has presentations that use or mention technology used by genealogists, but until now, even the most technology-oriented genealogy conferences were squarely aimed at the users of that technology.

Gaenovium
Gaenovium is a new kind of genealogy-related conference conceived and created by genealogy technologists Bob Coret and Tamura Jones, and it’s different in every important way.

Gaenovium isn’t a big overwhelming conference, but a small and intimate one. Gaenovium does not take place in the USA, but in Europe, the continent where modern genealogy has its roots.

Technologists
Gaenovium is not another conference for genealogy technology users, but a new conference for the technology creators. The Gaenovium conference is an event organised exclusively for academics, developers and visionaries at the forefront of genealogy technology.

International

Gaenovium is an international event, where genealogy technologists from around the world get together. Gaenovium 2014, the inaugural Gaenovium conference, features in-depth geneatechnology presentations by domain experts from Canada, Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands. Gaenovium 2014 takes place in Europe, and is sponsored by two leading genealogy technology companies from two other continents.

Location
Gaenovium does not take place just anywhere in Europe. Gaenovium takes place in Leiden, an ancient Dutch city that is not only rich in history, historical buildings and fascinating museums of international renown, but also known to genealogist world-wide as the city of the Pilgrim Fathers.

Date and Pricing
Gaenovium 2014 takes place on Tuesday 7 October 2014. The modest registration fee of € 45 includes coffee, lunch and a closing dinner with all speakers and attendees.

Sign up

The venue for Gaenovium 2014 is a historic building, and attendance is limited to the capacity of the main room. Registering for Gaenovium 2014 is similar to registering for a Beta programme; you sign up to receive an invitation.

Sponsors
Gaenovium 2014 is sponsored by MyHeritage Ltd and RootsMagic Inc.
RootsMagic CEO Bruce Buzbee is enthusiastic: “This brand new conference is an exciting initiative that we’re proud to support as a sponsor.”.

More Information
Detailed information is available on the Gaenovium website: http://www.gaenovium.com
Follow @gaenovium on twitter.

NC Genealogical Society Webinar to feature J. Mark Lowe

The North Carolina Genealogical Society presents:
J. Mark Lowe
NC Taxes: People, Places, Time, and Delinquency
LIVE Webinar 19 September 3:00 pm EDT, Free Viewing Period: 3-5 October 2014
Discover the variety of North Carolina tax records, and how they can tell you more than the amount due.  Learn where they are located, and when to look at alternate sources for information.
  
Taxation in the Americas began within the colonies for the crown. By the time, the constitution was written in 1787, all colonies were taxing citizens on property, capitation (head), livestock, and other properties. The constitution gave specific authority to the state to levy and collect taxes. For purposes of our discussion, we will focus on the levy on people (poll tax), property and other personalty.

The North Carolina General Assembly in 1715 defined taxable persons as free Males over sixteen years of age. Basically a tax list is a register of free males, land owners, and slave owners who, by nature of their age or ownership, are required to pay taxes to the governmental authority. But there is so much more to learn. 

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA was named the FGS Delegate of the Year in 2000. He is a full-time professional researcher and educator, who formerly served as President of APG, and as an officer for FGS . You can generally find him researching for clients including Who Do You Think You Are?, African American Lives or Biography Channels uneXplained. Otherwise with his love for teaching, you will see him at SLIG, IGHR, numerous webinars or at your local society.
Lowe is a professional researcher and educator, teaching at SLIG, IGHR & RIGS Alliance, researching for clients, and working on projects like “Who Do You Think You Are?”

VGS 17-18 October 2014 Conference to Be in Historic Augusta County, Virginia


The Virginia Genealogical Society (VGS) and the Augusta County Genealogical Society(AGCS) announce their combined fall conference on 17 and 18 October 2014. The conference includes guided research at the Waynesboro Public Library in Waynesboro and lectures at the Holiday Inn Staunton Conference Center in Staunton, Va. (16 minutes apart). Attendees will draw for great genealogical prizes at this event. VGS partners with a local society for a fall conference and in the spring holds another conference in Richmond.


Friday is a free day. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., guided research will be offered at the Waynesboro Public Library at 600 S. Wayne Avenue in Waynesboro, Va. Library staff and experienced researchers from VGS and ACGS will be available to help. At 2 p.m., Dorothy A. Boyd-Bragg, Ph.D., professor of history,  emerita, James Madison University, will speak on the topic “In the Beginning, Augusta County, Virginia,  Was [Almost] Everything” in the library conference room. She is currently senior research historian associated with the James Madison Center. She is author or editor of numerous genealogy books and articles and has served as president of VGS.


On Saturday, registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Staunton Conference Center at 152 Fairway Lane, Staunton, Va., where a full day of lectures begins at 9 a.m. Speaker Barbara Vines Little, C.G. will address these topics: “Before It Was Augusta,” “West of the Blue Ridge: Augusta’s Chancery Court Records,” “Frontier Settlement: The Virginia Land Office and Its Records,” and “Migration Trails and Settlement Clusters.” Ms. Little is a certified, professional genealogist whose primary interest is in Virginia research, brick wall problems, and complete genealogies. She is an Orange County Historical Society board member and former president of both the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and VGS. She has served as coordinator and instructor for the Virginia Institute of Genealogical Research Track II (VIGR), and for the Virginia track at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University. Currently, Ms. Little is editor of the quarterly Magazine of Virginia Genealogy and NGS’s Research in the States series. The VGS website under the Research Aids tab (go to Libraries…) provides articles about the research facilities in Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro.



On Saturday afternoon, Nancy Sorrellswill speak on “Weaving the Fabric of a New Nation.” Ms. Sorrells holds a master’s degree in local, regional, and state history with James Madison University. An independent scholar and freelance writer, she is a partner in a local history publishing company. The Lot’s Wife Publishing website lauds the accomplishments of Nancy Sorrells saying she “was the research historian for ten years at the Museum of American Frontier Culture.”


Space is limited for these sell-out speakers. Be sure to register early to get a seat and save money. The cost of the conference is $44 for VGS & ACGS members and $55 for nonmembers if submitted by 28 September. After 28 September the cost increases $10 for everyone. The price includes Saturday lunch. 

Register at 804-285-8954 or by mail ACGS members register by mailing the brochure to the address below. Registration on the website may not work. Call or e-mail with questions. Cancellations after 1 October will not be refunded. One year VGS membership is $35 for individuals/$40 for families; one year ACGS membership is $15 for individuals/$5 for each additional family member. 

Vendors of books and other items of researchers’ interest will be available Saturday. 

Door prizescoveted by genealogists will be awarded; among them is Ancestry.com’s prizes FamilyTreeMaker, FamilyTreeMaker Mac 3; a one-year World Explorer Membership; one-year annual membership to Fold3; and a one-year subscription to Newspapers.com. For more information, contact the Virginia Genealogical Society at VaGenSoc@aol.com.


Speakers for this conference were provided by funds from the
Richard Slatten Endowment for Virginia History of the Community Foundation Serving
Richmond and Central Virginia.


1900 Byrd Ave., Suite #104, Richmond, VA 23230-3033  |  804-285-8954

Clarification: Ancestry.com Terms and Conditions

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NARA: DocsTech App for iPad

National Archives and its Foundation Announce Launch of

DocsTeach App for iPad

Washington,
DC…The National Archives, in association with the Foundation for the
National Archives, is pleased to announce the launch of the DocsTeach
App for iPad,…