Dallas Genealogical Society Announces Winners of 2015 Writing Contest

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Dallas Genealogical Society:

Dallas, TX , July 30, 2015 – – The Dallas Genealogical Society announces the winners of their 2015 Writing Contest.

First Prize $500: Rising – the Story of John Wesley Barnes and Edna Mollie Crawford by Diane Gawedzinski

Diane Barnes Gawedzinski

Diane Barnes Gawedzinski is a Dallas native, raised in the Elmwood section of Oak Cliff. As a junior at Duncanville High School, she interviewed her grandfather Wesley Barnes for a school project. Those notes inspired her first baby steps into genealogy and are the basis for this article. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of North Texas. She lives in Rockwall and is a school counselor at Wylie High School. Husband Rob, sons John and David, and Diane’s parents John and Jane Barnes have provided her with great support and encouragement over the years, even as Diane continues to hijack family vacations to visit another great-great-somebody’s gravesite. Following the lead of her maternal aunt, June Chandler Everheart, Diane has learned genealogy mostly through trial-and-error, experiencing the rush of excitement when discovering treasures in obscure courthouse drawers, and knowing the frustration of those slippery ancestors who disappear behind brick walls. “Rising” is her first genealogical article to be published.

Second Prize $300: Tracing Polly’s Life from Slavery to Freedom by RL Canady

IAJGS Presents Awards for 2015 Recognizing Achievements in Aiding Jewish Genealogical Research

The following announcement was written by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies:

LONDON, UK, July 15, 2015 —The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) held its annual conference in Jerusalem, Israel from July 6-10, 2015. Attendance peaked at 1,000 with more than 21 countries represented. More than 60 video-recorded sessions are available for on-demand viewing for those not able to be at the conference (visit to subscribe) and include the opening event keynote by Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv and Chairman of Yad Vashem, and address by Gilad Japhet, CEO of MyHeritage.

This conference is unique in the quality of resources available, the depth and diversity of experts available, the importance of making use of modern technology alongside the basics of genealogy research, and the truly international interest and cooperation. For the first time, a Family Fun Day, filled with multigenerational hands-on family history activities, was held in conjunction with the conference.

Officers Elected to IAJGS Board for Two-Year Term

The following announcement was written by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies:

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) is pleased to announce the results of the election of IAJGS officers, conducted at the 35TH IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy held recently in Jerusalem, Israel.

Marlis Humphrey of Melbourne Beach, Florida, was re-elected President of the IAJGS. Marlis’s election is to a second two-year term.

Marlis brings experience in strategic planning, marketing, technology, and non-profit board governance to the IAJGS. She has led the development of a growth strategy for the IAJGS and the delivery of important new benefits and services to the association’s members. She is President of the Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) and recipient of the FSGS 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Marlis is a member of the JewishGen Board of Governors. She was Co-Chair of the IAJGS Boston 2013 conference. Marlis is a member and past VP Programs of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando where she received a 2015 Certificate of Appreciation.

National Genealogical Society Enters Partnership with Findmypast to Benefit NGS Members

The following announcement was written by the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society

ARLINGTON, VA, 6 July 2015—National Genealogical Society (NGS) has made a special arrangement with Findmypast (FMP), one of the leading genealogical records companies, to provide NGS members a free, one-year subscription to Findmypast US and Canada collection.

Members can use this opportunity to extend their own FMP US and Canada subscriptions beyond their current expiration date. Also available to NGS members is a one-year subscription to Findmypast World collection at a significantly discounted rate.

NEHGS Announces July 4th FREE Access Event

The following announcement was written by the folks at the New England Historic Genealogical Society:

NEHGS Salutes the Nation’s Anniversary with FREE Access to the Great Migration Databases on

Family Historians May Commemorate Independence Day by Searching FREE on for America’s Earliest Settlers, July 1 through July 8

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June 29, 2015—Boston, Massachusetts—In a salute to the anniversary of our nation’s independence, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is granting FREE access to all online searchable databases related to the Great Migration. A unique foundation of governance and religion was created by the 20,000 men, women, and children who crossed the Atlantic between 1620 and 1640, seeking opportunity and relief in New England, in the period known as the Great Migration. These are the Mayflower names, the Pilgrims, the Puritans, and the families that delight and provide rich insights for genealogists and family historians. Since 1988 NEHGS has undertaken the Great Migration Study Project, directed by Robert Charles Anderson and scheduled for completion in 2016. The results are open to the public to research FREE during the first week of July 2015 on its data-rich website

A total of nine searchable databases comprise the Great Migration project on, consisting of thousands of records. Some content highlights include:

African-American Cultural and Genealogical Society of Illinois to Open New Home

The African American Cultural and Genealogical Society of Illinois Inc. will hold a grand reopening this weekend of the African American Cultural and Genealogical Society of Illinois Museum, now at 235 W. Eldorado St., Decatur, Illinois. A program is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday in Central United Methodist Church, with a ribbon-cutting at noon and tours of the facility from noon to 3 p.m.

NEHGS and Extreme Genes–America’s Family History Radio–Announce New Broadcast Collaboration

The following announcement was written by the folks at the New England Historic Genealogical Society and at America’s Family History Radio:

Extreme Genes—America’s Family History Radio—and NEHGS Announce New Broadcast Collaboration

NEHGS Chief Genealogist David Allen Lambert to Co-Host Show Segment with Extreme Genes Founder Scott Fisher

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June 16, 2015—Salt Lake City, Utah, and Boston, Massachusetts—Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Radio Show, and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) today jointly issued an announcement of their collaboration and innovative sharing in the broadcast production of the very popular Extreme Genes program.

BCG Honors Bamman and Melchiori with Emeritus Status

The following announcement was written by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG):

At the May meeting, the trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists honored two former associates who had long and distinguished careers with Emeritus status. “The Board is building on the foundations and on the contributions of our former associates,” said BCG president Jeanne Larzalere Bloom. “We are pleased to grant Emeritus status to Gale Williams Bamman and Marie Varrelman Melchiori. We are grateful for their years of service, their contributions to the genealogical community, and their deep experience and expertise.”

Announcing the new German-American Genealogical Partnership

The following announcement as written by the folks at the Germanic Genealogy Society:

“Bridging the Gap between North America and Europe for Genealogists”

This partnership forms a German-American genealogy structure between countries and organizations for sharing contacts and genealogical research. This partnership is open to all organizations interested in Germanic genealogical research.

Goals of Partnership

Our shared goal is to stimulate interest in Germanic Genealogy and to provide a forum to share research methods and information to further the researching of our ancestors. The goal of the Partnership is to assist, strengthen and support each society as they continue to grow.

Common Goals include:

APGI Becomes AGI – Name Change for Ireland’s Accrediting Body for Genealogists

The following announcement was written by Accredited Genealogists Ireland:

After almost 30 years as the accrediting body for genealogists in Ireland, APGI has adopted a new name. At an Extraordinary General Meeting held in Dublin on Wednesday, 27 May 2015, the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI) voted to change its name to Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI).

As Accredited Genealogists Ireland the Association will continue to set and promote high standards for those engaged professionally in genealogy while safeguarding the interests of clients. Founded in Belfast in 1986, the Association has always been an accrediting body for genealogists throughout the island of Ireland. Accreditation from the Association is controlled by an independent Board of Assessors. Each applicant is required to demonstrate to a high standard their ability, knowledge and practical experience in Irish genealogy. In addition, each member is bound by the Association’s Code of Practice.

Call for Presentations at the Ontario Genealogical Society’s 2016 Conference

The following was written by the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, hosts of the 2016 OGS conference:

The Ontario Genealogical Society’s Toronto Branch will host the Society’s annual conference on June 3-5, 2016. The Society (OGS) enjoys the largest membership of any Canadian family history organization. The conference theme, “Genealogy on the Cutting Edge”, has been selected to inspire excitement among speakers, exhibitors and attendees alike.

In keeping with this theme, we invite proposals for presentations on: (1) the latest developments in archives, libraries, museums and societies in the heritage sector, (2) recently discovered or released genealogical records, (3) newly developed genealogical databases, transcriptions or indexes, (4) innovative theoretical or methodological approaches to genealogical or historical research, including case histories, (5) cutting-edge technology and its application for family historians, whether in information management, mobile computing, genetic testing and analysis, or other emerging fields.

NGS Introduces Four New Research in the States Books: California, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Nebraska

The National Genealogical Society has introduced four new books for genealogists. I noticed that one of them (Nebraska) was written by Bobbi King who writes most of the book reviews that are published in this newsletter. (Hey, Bobbi. Can I write the review of YOUR book?)

The following announcement was written by the National Genealogical Society:

ARLINGTON, VA, 20 MAY 2015—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is pleased to announce the publication of four, new books as part of its Research in the States series, which now covers research in more than twenty-two states. The newest volumes are Research in California by Sheila Benedict; Research in Missouri, 3rd edition, by Ann Carter Fleming, cgSM, cglSM, fngs; Research in Oklahoma by Kathy Huber, MLS; and Research in Nebraska by Roberta “Bobbi” King. The books are now available in the NGS store in both PDF and print versions. The print versions will ship after 31 May.

National Genealogical Society Presents Awards Honoring Excellence in Newsletter Editorship and Service to NGS

The following announcement was written by the National Genealogical Society:

Arlington, VA, 13 May 2015—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) honored excellence in the categories of newsletter editorship and service to the Society with the presentation of several awards at the Opening Session of the NGS 2015 Family History Conference in Saint Charles, Missouri, on 13 May 2015. The Opening Session keynote speaker was J. Mark Lowe, who spoke on the topic “The Tales of Pioneer Paths: Rivers, Roads & Rails” after which NGS President Jordan Jones presented the following awards.

Each year, the NGS Newsletter Competition recognizes the hard work, long hours, and creativity that editors devote to their newsletters. A panel of three judges reviews each newsletter on material interest, variety, organization, quality of writing and editing, readability, and attractiveness. This year’s categories and winners are:

ISFHWE 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is Now Open

The following announcement was written by the folks at the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors:

May 1, 2015

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2015.

The International Society of Family History Writers & Editor’s “Excellence in Writing” competition has a few more weeks before the June 15, 2015 deadline. Please submit your entries for your chance to win and showcase your work. Winning articles will appear in ISFHWE’s quarterly, “Columns”, win a cash prize and certificate. We need entries for Categories 4 & 5, but all categories are open. For more information, please visit Competition is open to both members and non-members of ISFHWE. For more information, please contact Tina Sansone at We look forward to seeing your submission soon!

Thank You Albuquerque Genealogical Society

I must say I had a delightful time at the Albuquerque, New Mexico, Library last Saturday. I was invited by the Albuquerque Genealogical Society to deliver several presentations to the society. All of the presentations seem to “go over” well. At least, the applause was significant. My thanks to Marianne Eaton, Michael Dietz, and a number of others for making my visit a pleasant experience.

If you live in or near Albuquerque or if you have ancestors from that area, you really need check out this very active group. The society publishes a quarterly newsletter; indexes old newspapers, hotel registrations, church baptism, marriage, class and other records; and more. The Society also subsidizes the Special Collections Branch (genealogy and local history) of the Rio Grande Valley Library System in its acquisitions, and purchases books, microfilms, and microfiche for patron use. Besides, they seem to be a fun group!

You can learn more about the Albuquerque Genealogical Society at

Indiana Genealogical Society Now Has More Than 1,500 Databases Online

This is an excellent example of what an active genealogy society can accomplish. This week, the society proudly announced that it now has more than 1,500 databases on its website at! These databases are from all 92 counties, plus numerous statewide collections. Some are available to the public and others are accessible to IGS members only.

If you have Indiana ancestry, you want to check out the announcement at

On the Year of its 150th birthday, the Montana Historical Society gets an Anonymous Surprise

The Montana Historical Society received an envelope last Wednesday that had no return address, an illegible postmark and was 63 cents short on postage. Inside was a stark piece of copy paper with the handwritten message: “I think you may have an interest in the attached.”

Sandwiched between the handwritten note and two other pieces of paper was the original act that created the Montana Historical Society on Feb. 2, 1865, handwritten and signed by territorial Gov. Sidney Edgerton.

Dallas Genealogical Society 2015 Writing Contest Closes April 30

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Dallas Genealogical Society:

Dallas, TX , April 7, 2015 – -The Dallas Genealogical Society’s Publications Committee cites an age-old question: “How do you eat an elephant? Answer: One bite at a time.” The same might be true of how you write a family history – one story at a time, until you have a collection that can be passed down for generations. Even if you have only one story you want to write, that is a worthy accomplishment.

Enter that story in the DGS 2015 Writing Contest by April 30. The contest is open to both members and non-members of DGS as well as amateurs and professionals. Only original material not previously published elsewhere in any format is eligible. Winners will be announced in July, 2015.

Join the Guild of One-Name Studies at the WDYTYA Live show Birmingham

The following announcement was written by the Guild of One-Name Studies:

Join the Guild of One-Name Studies at the Who Do You Think You Are? – Live Birmingham show (16th to 18th April 2015), thereby saving £1 on the normal rate for April joiners and receive a special “show time only” goody bag. A special show offer of £22 will cover full membership to the Guild of One-Name Studies for a period of 19 months up to 1 November 2016. The current rate for anyone taking out an extended Guild membership in April 2015 is £23. New Guild members joining at the show will receive a goody bag comprising a “Special Guild 8Gb USB drive” (priced £9.00 at the show) which has the Guilds Members handbook, The Art of One-Name Studies “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” book (hard copy usually £7.00), the 2014 Guild Register and all 132 back issues of the Guild Journal of One-Name Studies pre-loaded, a Guild Lanyard and a Guild pen, along with their normal Guild joining pack.

Guild of One-Name Studies Announces Election of Paul Howes as Chairman

The following announcement was written by the Guild of One-Name Studies:

Paul Howes has been elected as the new Chairman of the Guild of One-Name Studies at the Guild’s annual Conference and AGM held at the Forest Pines Resort, Broughton, Lincolnshire on Saturday 28th March 2015. Paul will be the 14th Chairman of the Guild in its 36 year history.

The Chairman of the Guild of One-Name Studies is ultimately responsible to the Guild membership for the proper and efficient running of the Guild, a worldwide organization with 2,630+ members. In his role as Chairman Paul aims to be a good ambassador of the Guild. His duties will include the overall coordination of the Guild’s administration; attending Guild events and those of other Family History/Genealogical Societies on behalf of the Guild. Paul is available to all Guild members to respond to queries and to give guidance and advice about the Guild as needed.


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