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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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NYG&B eNews: New Images of NYC Vital Index

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

Celebrate American Archives Month with Free Archives Fair October 21

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

PMC 2017 Recordings Now Available


PMC 2017 Recordings Available for Purchase and Viewing

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

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

Successful Websites: Turning Visitors into Clients
Carla Cegielski

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

Engaging a More Diverse Clientele
Janice Lovelace, PhD

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

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

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

Subcontracting: Communication & Contracts
Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG

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

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

ABCs of Accounting for Your Genealogy Business
Mary Kircher Roddy

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

Annette Burke Lyttle
PMC Coordinator
pmc@apgen.org

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

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ISFHWE Competition Now Open!

International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE)

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

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finding Your Roots-Episode Two Tonight on PBS!

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

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

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

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

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Go to PBS.org/FindingYourRoots to catch up on last week’s episode, “The Impression” featuring Larry David and Bernie Sanders. 
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Fred Armisen is the grandson of a dancer-turned-spy, and it’s blowing his mind in a Finding Your Roots exclusive
‘Finding Your Roots’ Season 4 Premiere Reveals Larry David and Bernie Sanders are Related
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Searching DNA and family history, ‘Finding Your Roots’ yields some shocking surprises
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Discover the surprising ancestral stories of 28 fascinating guests, including Carmelo Anthony, Ava DuVernay, Téa Leoni, Ana Navarro, Bernie Sanders, Questlove, and Christopher Walken in season four of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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For more than a decade, renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has helped to expand America’s sense of itself, stimulating a national conversation about identity with humor, wisdom, and compassion. Professor Gates has explored the ancestry of dozens of influential people from diverse backgrounds, taking millions of viewers deep into the past to reveal the connections that bind us all.
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Boston University Genealogical Research Programs Enrollment Offer

 

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

This represents a significant value for both BU Genealogy programs:

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

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

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

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

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month


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

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

Test your genealogical knowledge, find the program best-suited

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

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

Which course is right for you?

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

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

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

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

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.

Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research

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.   

Germans Outside of Germany Course from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

Germans Outside of Germany is Latest Course Offering in the German Certificate Program from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Explores German Immigration and Ancestry Worldwide




For Immediate Release

29 August 2017


The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is proud to announce the release of the latest advanced course in the German Certificate program. German: Germans Outside of Germany explores researching German immigrants worldwide.


GERMANS OUTSIDE OF GERMANY COURSE

The latest offering from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, authored by Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA is an advanced level course in the German Certificate program.


Since the 19th century (or earlier), Germans have migrated to other countries to make their home. Whether they were evacuating for the sake of safety, moving into countries where other family members resided, or simply emigrating to remove themselves from the homeland, researching these individuals means considering various types of records found in the country they called home. This course explores the German migration out of Germany as late as the mid-20th century and includes settlements in some locations as early as pre-15th century. The countries addressed are those where significant populations of Germans have been or are still found, include the UK and Ireland; Oceania (Australia and New Zealand); North America (US, Canada, and Mexico); European countries where German is not an official language; Latin American countries (Central and South America and the Dominican Republic); Africa, Asia, and India. The course explores why Germans left Germany and where they went.


Germans Outside of Germany joins another new course in the certificate program, German: Compiled Sources. You can read more about these courses and the German Certificate at The National Institute website, http://www.genealogicalstudies.com/. The first offering of German: Germans Outside of Germany begins September 4, 2017.


The National Institute for Genealogical Studies currently offers 9 certificates for students looking to specialize in or gain comprehensive knowledge in their genealogical pursuits. Certificates are a comprehensive 40-course program that provides students with a breadth and depth of genealogical education not found anywhere else. Over 200 courses authored by experts in their field are available from The National Institute.


ABOUT THE GERMAN CERTIFICATE

Students enrolled in the German Certificate program build their expertise in genealogical research methodologies and the records of Germany. Courses that focus on researching German heritage include: German: Introduction to Research, German: Church Records,  German: Civil Registration Records, German: Emigration Records, German: Locating Places in Germany, German: Reading the Records and German: Record Repositories. Methodology and Analysis courses provide the student with instruction in proper genealogical methodology and analysis of records and evidence.   


ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR GENEALOGICAL STUDIES

Heritage Productions and The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, leaders in online genealogy education, have offered genealogical and history materials for 25 years. Over 200 courses in genealogical studies are offered to help enhance researcher’s skills.


For those looking to acquire more formal educational training, The National Institute offers Certificate Programs in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, and the United States, as well as a General Methodology, Professional Development and Librarianship Certificate Program.  For more information please call us toll-free in North America at 1-800-580-0165 or email us at admin@genealogicalstudies.com.


For more information:

Louise St Denis

1-800-580-0165 (North American)

416-861-0165 (International)

Skype: louisestd

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

Back 2 Research eConference

With the summer vacation over, it’s time to return to our genealogy research. To help you “Get In The Groove,” four speakers will help you get Back 2 Research via an online conference!WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 2018TIME: 8:30 am – 4 pm (CST)CAN’T AT…

RootsTech Registration is Coming Up!

RootsTech - February 12-14, 2015

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.
Save the Date

What to Expect at RootsTech
Read our blog post and learn why RootsTech 2018 will be another can’t-miss event.

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…

MyHeritage: DNA Match Review

We are very excited to tell you about a new MyHeritage DNA feature we’ve just released – the DNA Match Review page. Now, for each of your DNA matches, you can click “Review match” and be directed to this new page in which we will display information br…

FGS: Highlights from the Voice Blog

Highlights from the Voice Blog & Community

Deed records for several Pennsylvania counties are now available on FamilySearch (The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania)
New Georgia Historic Newspapers (GHN) Site Now Available (Digital Library of Georgia)
Three Ways to Take Aim at Southern Brick Walls (Ancestry Blog)
Ohio Online Historical Newspapers Summary (The Ancestor Hunt)
7 Ways to Make the Most of the FGS 2017 Exhibit Hall (FGS Voice Blog)
A brief history of a few Scottish clans (The Vintage News)
Improve Your Results with 5 Sessions by Ancestry Experts at FGS 2017 (FGS Voice Blog)
The Best Genealogy Software of 2017 (Top Ten Reviews)
How a Professional Genealogist Approaches Brick Wall Problems​ (Amy Johnson Crow)
The Navy found a cannon in the Atlantic Ocean it thinks was on a War of 1812 ship (Business Insider UK)
Organize Your Digital Files: Tips From Genealogy Guy Drew Smith (Amy Johnson Crow)
Learn How to Build Your Family Tree with DNA (FGS Voice Blog)

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FGS Conference: Online registration ends Monday 21 Aug

Where are the records?
From online collections to libraries to major research centers, 
the records you seek can be found in a variety of places. 
The FGS 2017 “Finding Records” track on Saturday, September 2 
will give you ideas for finding the records that can unlock the clues 
to your past.​ Read more  >>>
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FGS: Monthly Society Management Webinars

In the August 2017 FGS webinar, we will invite David Rencher, CG, CGL, 
to present on “The Nominating Committee.”
In order to maintain a healthy organization, we must all put great value 
in this piece of the society puzzle. David Rencher will provide an in-depth 
look at the role of this important committee in your genealogy society, 
and its impact on the organization’s longevity. Read More >>>
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War of 1812 Pension Project

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 records. Read more >>

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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

FindMyPast: Billion Graves, Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions, NW Kent Burials, NY Researcher, NYG&B Record

New Records Available to Search This FindMyPast Friday
Over 2.9 Million new records are available to search this FindMyPast Friday including:
Billion Graves Cemetery Indexes

We regularly update our collection of cemetery records from BillionGraves. All of the record sets have been added to this time, allowing you to pinpoint your ancestor’s final resting place across a number of countries via GPS-tagged headstones.

This latest update includes:
·         Over 2.2 million new additions to the United States Billion Graves Cemetery Index
·         Over 87,000 new additions to the Canada Billion Graves Cemetery Index
·         Over 76,000 new additions to the England Billion Graves Cemetery Index
·         Over 16,000 new additions to the Ireland Billion Graves Cemetery Index
·         Over 114,000 new additions to the Scotland Billion Graves Cemetery Index
·         Over 5,000 new additions to the Wales Billion Graves Cemetery Index
·         Over 377,000 new additions to the Australia Graves Cemetery Index
·         Over 48,000 new additions to the New Zealand Billion Graves Cemetery Index
Findmypast’s partnership with BillionGraves aims to make available all the cemetery records held on their site for free. Each entry has a transcript, which includes a link to an image of the headstone with GPS details. The amount of information listed may vary, but most records will include a combination of the deceased’s name, birth date, death date, and cemetery, city, county and image link.
West Middlesex Family History Society has provided us with additions to our Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions from All Saints, Fulham.
Each record includes a transcript with a varying amount of information. Most of the transcripts include full name, age, birth year, death year, dedication, location and monument type. You’ll also get notes on the inscription which could include the names of others buried in that plot or more specific details regarding age and birth and death dates. An external link in each record will bring you to a document which includes images and burial ground plans for All Saints church in Fulham. The entire Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions collection now stands at over 45,000 records. 
We’ve added over 6,000 records from Sidcup Cemetery in Bexley to our collection of North West Kent burials.
The records include a transcript of the original burial register and will usually reveal your relative’s name, burial date, residence, place of burial, county, country and age. Some records may also contain extra notes about the burial. The term, North West Kent, is used to describe areas within the London boroughs which were historically part of Kent; such as, Greenwich, Bexleyheath and Chislehurst and these records were transcribed by the North West Kent Family History Society.
Our ongoing partnership with The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) brings you another edition of their quarterly review, New York Researcher.
96 new images have been added to the collection which provides invaluable insight on conducting family history research on the people and places of New York state. The collection is comprised of PDF files of the original publication and allows you to search by keyword or narrow your search by volume, issue, page number, or publication year.
Another fascinating resource from NYG&B, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record is the second oldest genealogical journal in the US and details the people and places of the Empire State from the 17th century onwards. We’ve added a further 389 images in this latest update.
The fully searchable PDF files in this collection can contain all manner of information on your New York relatives including biographical sketches, family genealogies, including lists of descendants, record transcriptions and abstracts, pedigree charts, local history, notices of life events, such as baptisms and marriages, society proceedings and notes and much more.

Launching our new FreeCEN website

Did you know- FreeCEN gives free access to census records for England, Scotland & Wales? And we’re launching our new website…
FreeCEN offers a free-to-search online database of the 19th century UK censuses. Transcribed entirely by volunteers, we have more than 32 million individuals available on our website that anyone can search without having to create an account. The new ‘FreeCEN2’ website (https://freecen2.freecen.org.uk) will launch on Monday 31st July 2017 with all of the records that the current website holds, but with a fresh new look and feel in-line with Free UK Genealogy and FreeREG. We believe that family history records should be free to access for everyone; our new website will offer more features for researchers, and make it easier for them to find what they’re looking for. FreeCEN2 also brings with it a host of improvements for existing and future volunteers, such as a members sign-in area and brand new messaging system. FreeCEN, FreeREG and FreeBMD are projects by Free UK Genealogy, a registered charity that promotes free access to historical records. FreeREG underwent this process in 2015, and FreeBMD is due to begin its renewal later this year.  

Pat Reynolds, Free UK Genealogy’s Executive Director said, “We are very proud of the progress that our volunteers have made in the 18 years the project has been running, and we look forward to a time when we have a complete database of all UK censuses. The launch of our new FreeCEN2 website marks the beginning of an exciting period of renewal for FreeCEN.”
Brenda Bowers, FreeCEN project leader went on, “The new website is a work-in-progress and we want genealogists and family history researchers to try it out and let us know what they think. If we know what works for them, what doesn’t, and what features they’d like to see, we can make FreeCEN2 the best resource for free census records. It could even encourage new volunteers to join us!”
To try out FreeCEN2, please visit https://freecen2.freecen.org.uk and share your feedback with us to help make it the best it can be.

We couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers, and we’re always looking for more. If you’d like to join the FreeCEN team, go to freecen2.freecen.org.uk/cms/opportunities-to-volunteer-with-freecen
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Free UK Genealogy is a non-profit organisation (a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered in England and Wales, number 1167484) that provides free, online access to family history records. We work with a team of dedicated volunteers to create high quality transcriptions of public records from governmental sources, parish churches, and other trusted institutions. We believe that Open Data and Open Source are key to making and keeping public records accessible to all.
Our volunteers have made available:
  • 33,000,000 births, marriages and deaths in FreeBMD
  • 38,000,000 records from parish registers in FreeREG
  • 32,000,000 individuals from census data, from 1841 to 1891 in FreeCEN
We make the databases we create freely available for people to search in order to support their family history research. Unlike many sites, which are ‘pay-to-view’ after an initial search is carried out, our databases are completely free to search and view.