New African American Resource Portal Created by NEHGS

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

NEHGS_Black_History_MonthNew England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Creates a New Portal to Its Resources for Researching African American Ancestors at

During Black History Month, NEHGS Offers Free Access to Databases Featuring African American Content to Guest Users on

February 1, 2016—Boston, Massachusetts—To commemorate Black History Month in February, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has assembled a wealth of information in a single portal on its data rich website, offering important resources to the researcher of African American ancestry. The portal, located at, features a NEHGS webinar and study guide about African American genealogy, and hints concerning researching African American and other minorities in online databases, as well as beautifully illustrated articles on several important African American historical figures, culled from the vast manuscript collection at NEHGS.

NGS Announces a New Cloud-Based Course: Researching Your World War I Ancestors

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

Arlington, VA, 01/27/2016 —The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of its newest Continuing Genealogical Studies course, Researching Your World War I Ancestors. In this cloud-based, nine-module, self-paced course, genealogists obtain an introduction to WWI research. Modules cover topics such as “Locate and Understand Records of Units,” “Serial Numbers and Unit Identification,” and “Obtaining Copies of World War I Personnel Records.” Also included are examples, citations, references, self-graded quizzes, and a comprehensive glossary.


Craig Roberts Scott, CGSM, FUGA, developed Researching Your World War I Ancestors for NGS. A nationally recognized lecturer, educator, and genealogical and historical researcher, he has more than thirty years’ experience and specializes in the diverse military records at the National Archives.

Federation of Genealogical Societies Announces $2 Million Dollar Mark Surpassed for Preserve the Pensions Project

The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies:

Significant Milestone Reached in Landmark Project Thanks to Donors

preserve_the_pensionsJanuary 19, 2016 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the $2 million dollar mark has been surpassed in 2015 with the support of donors in the fundraising efforts to digitize the 7.2 million pension images for the 180,000 pensioners of the War of 1812 in the Preserve the Pensions project.

This is a landmark project. It marks the first time the genealogical community has come together to raise such a significant amount of money to preserve priceless documents. When completed, this project will save tax payers $3.45 million dollars. FGS’ previous successful efforts to index the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System with the help of volunteers produced a $6.3 million dollar tax savings. Hence, these two projects will result in nearly a $10 million dollar savings to tax payers.

2016 Edition of the BCG Application Guide is now Available

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

BCG today released a 2016 edition of the BCG Application Guide. The new guide implements two changes for initial applicants approved by the board last May. Two clarifications address common problems in new portfolios.

The most significant change will see applicants evaluated on their genealogically related educational activities. Initial applicants have long been asked to describe the activities that helped them prepare for certification but only now will this information be evaluated. The new practice is meant to stress the importance of development activities as these have been statistically shown to increase an applicant’s chances of attaining certification.

New Illinois State Genealogical Society Genealogy ‘Newsletter’ is now Online

Illinois_State_SocietyThe Illinois State Genealogical Society’s latest “Newsletter” (January/February 2016) and previous issues also are now available free on the ISGS website at Most genealogists will find this publication interesting — even those without Illinois ancestors.

Dallas Genealogical Society Reminds That Its 2016 Writing Contest Is Now Open; Closes March 31

The following was written by the Dallas Genealogical Society:

DallasGS-logoDallas, TX , January 12, 2016 – – Now that the rush of the holidays is over, the Dallas Genealogical Society reminds all genealogists that its 2016 Writing Contest is now open. This is a great opportunity to publish a part of your family history. This is the fourth year the Society has sponsored this contest, which comes with cash prizes.

The contest is open to both members and non-members of DGS, as well as hobbyists and professionals. Only original material not previously published elsewhere in any format is eligible. Entries will be accepted through March 31, 2016. Winners will be announced in May, 2016.

While DGS has a goal of preserving Dallas history, subject matter for the competition may range beyond the local geographic area. Articles may include:

Patricia Moorhead appointed Emeritus Member of AGI

The following was written by the Accredited Genealogists Ireland:

Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) is pleased to announce that its very first Emeritus Member is Patricia Moorhead. She is a popular figure in Irish genealogy, known particularly for her witty and entertaining talks. Pat, as she is familiarly known to her friends, has been involved in family history research for over two decades. She was passed by the APGI (now AGI) assessors in 1999 and retained membership until a year ago, when she chose to retire.

At AGI’s Annual General Meeting in December 2015 a constitutional amendment was passed, allowing the Council to confer emeritus status on members or associate members who have retired. The status is not automatic on retirement. It recognised a long and valued association with AGI. Immediately after the AGM, a Council meeting was held at which Patricia Moorhead was named as the first person to receive Emeritus Membership. The decision was announced later that day at the annual lunch.

National Genealogy Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations for 2016 Election

  • NGS_Hall_of_FameLast Chance for Your Society to Make a Nomination, Deadline is 31 January 2016
  • National Genealogy Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations for 2016 Election
  • Genealogical and Historical Societies Invited to Submit

Since 1986 when Donald Lines Jacobus became the first genealogist elected to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame, thirty outstanding genealogists have been recognized for their contributions to their local, state or national societies, or simply to the greater genealogical community. The 2016 honoree will join this select group of distinguished members, and the winner, and the society that honored the nominee, will be announced in May at the NGS 2016 Family History Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

This is an opportunity for your society to honor a genealogist whose efforts or legacy projects have helped genealogists today. Perhaps there was a notable genealogist in your state or county whose name should be memorialized in the National Genealogy Hall of Fame.

Curt DiCamillo Appointed Curator of Special Collections at New England Historic Genealogical Society

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

CurtDiCamilloBoston, Massachusetts, January 11, 2016 ― Curt DiCamillo, the internationally recognized authority on English country houses and the decorative arts, has been appointed the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s (NEHGS) first Curator of Special Collections, a new position commencing February 29, 2016.

A longtime member of NEHGS, Mr. DiCamillo has led highly successful heritage tours for the organization to England and Scotland, has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad, and has taught classes on British culture and art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and elsewhere. Previously, he was for many years Executive Director of The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA, based in Boston, where he successfully raised over $7 million and initiated many innovative programs. In addition, he worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for 13 years. The New England Historic Genealogical Society, founded in 1845, is the leading nonprofit genealogical society in America, serving more than 150,000 constituents and millions of online users through its award-winning website,

D. Joshua Taylor Appointed President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

The many friends and acquaintances of Josh Taylor will be pleased to learn of today’s announcement from the Board of Trustees of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society:

Josh_TaylorNew York, New York, January 7, 2016. D. Joshua Taylor, the prominent genealogist, author, and lecturer, has been appointed President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, effective February 1, 2016. He succeeds McKelden Smith, who is retiring after serving as its highly-regarded President of seven years.

Jeanne Sloane, chairman of the board of trustees of the NYG&B, said, “We are thrilled that Josh has accepted this position. He brings to the NYG&B dynamic energy and his well-known passion for the mission of genealogical societies in general. He has broad experience as an advanced researcher and riveting lecturer. Plus he has the expertise we require in the innovative use of technology in our field.”

Ms. Sloane also said that Mr. Taylor already knows the NYG&B unusually well. “Most recently,” she said, “Mr. Taylor was Director of Family History at While he was in this position he coordinated the integration of the NYG&B’s eLibrary with the Findmypast platform.

Guild of One-Name Studies Reaches 2,847 Members

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

The Guild of One-Name Studies has reached another membership milestone. In 2015 the Guild of One-Name Studies broke all its previous memberships records by recruiting some 418 new members with a further 15 previous Guild members re-joining the Guild during the year. A total of 433 new members. This milestone follows a very successful year for the Guild of One-Name Studies in 2015 when the Guild achieved its highest membership ever – some 2,847 members.

Since the 1st January 2015 some 418 members joined the Guild of One-Name Studies, 233 were from the UK, 90 from the US, 14 from New Zealand, 43 from Australia, 16 from Canada and 9 from the Republic of Ireland. The remainder were from various other countries. 44% of the new members were from non-UK regions, which is a valuable step towards increased worldwide membership for the Guild. There were also 15 returning members: 9 from the UK, 3 from the US, 1 from Australia and 2 from Canada. The Guild now has 2,847 members spread across the world, studying over 8,700 individual surnames.

Texas Genealogy Organizations Seek Help Digitizing Old Records

The Cross Timbers Genealogical Society of Gainesville, Texas, and the Lake Kiowa Genealogical Group are exploring a proposal with to preserve Cooke County family history records of genealogical value. Under the proposal, will provide training and equipment to digitize local records while Cross Timbers and Lake Kiowa will provide volunteers along with any local citizens who would like to participate.

The groups are seeking “privately held genealogically valuable records unique to Cooke County such as the genealogical pages of a family Bible which lists the marriages, deaths, and births of the family.” The group is also interested in letters between family members during historically significant time periods such as the Great Depression of the 1930s and World Wars I and II.

Details may be found at

NIGR Becomes Gen-Fed

The Board of Trustees of the National Institute on Genealogical Research has announced that the institute’s name was changed to the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) on December 22, 2015. The institute, held annually at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., was founded in 1960 as a three-week general course on genealogy. In 1987, it narrowed its focus to federal records.


The institute was incorporated in 1989 as a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. Trustees are representatives of the American Society of Genealogists, Association of Professional Genealogists, Board for Certification of Genealogists, Federation of Genealogical Societies, National Genealogical Society, and the institute’s alumni association. The National Archives, a non-voting member, provides strong support.

Association of Professional Genealogists Welcomes APG eNews Editor, Melanie Frick, MLS

The following announcement was written by the Association of Professional Genealogists:

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 22 December 2015—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) ( has named Melanie Frick, MLS, as the new editor of APG’s monthly newsletter. Frick, a professional genealogist, brings experience in library, as well as genealogical editing, writing, and blogging to APG’s monthly electronic newsletter.

Frick is a board member, content coordinator, and the e-newsletter and blog editor for the NextGen Genealogy Network, a non-profit organization that fosters family history interest in the next generation. She also serves as a proofreader for NGS Magazine, a monthly publication from the National Genealogical Society.

A new East Central Indiana Genealogy Alliance is being Formed

ecigaA new genealogy society is being formed in Indiana. The East Central Indiana Genealogy Alliance serves the counties of Delaware, Hancock, Henry, Madison, and Randolph. The not-for-profit group is focused on helping those interested in learning more about their family history and supporting local historical societies and repositories.

The new group will hold its first general membership meeting on​Tuesday, January 12, 2016 7-8 p.m. at the Delaware County Historical Society. Karen Good will be presenting Genealogy 101.

You can learn more at the new organization’s web site at

Call for Proposals for the Fairfax Genealogical Society for the 2016-17 Programs

The following announcement was written by the Fairfax Genealogical Society:

Fairfax_Genealogical_Society_logo(Fairfax, Virginia)—The Fairfax Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting speaker proposals for its 2016-17 programs. Proposals are being sought for monthly general meetings September 2016 through May 2017, monthly education classes September 2016 through May 2017, a one-day fair to be held 29 October 2016, and a two-day conference to be held 31 March – 1 April 2017. All events are held in Fairfax County, which is in northern Virginia, just west of Washington, D.C.

FGS Announces 2015 Election Results

The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies:

December 1, 2015 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces results of its recent election for FGS board members. The election was conducted online October 23 – November 23, 2015, with all FGS delegates eligible to vote. Office terms for those elected will begin on January 1, 2016.

With the recent election results, FGS President D. Joshua Taylor says, “I am looking forward to welcoming these old and new faces to the FGS Leadership team. FGS would not be able to fulfill its mission without its terrific volunteers who give so much of their time and energy to the organization.”

Re-Elected FGS Board Members

The following officers and directors were re-elected to their positions:

Registration is Open for the 2016 NGS Family History Conference


Registration is now open for the National Genealogical Society’s thirty-eighth annual family history conference, Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time. The conference will be held 4–7 May 2016 at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Conference highlights include a choice of more than 180 lectures given by nationally known speakers and subject matter experts on a broad array of topics. The conference will open with “Ordinary” People, Extraordinary Lives given by Connie L. Lester, Ph.D., Associate Professor in History, University of Central Florida; editor Florida Historical Quarterly; Director, RICHES of Central Florida.

Launch of North of Ireland Family History Society Biennial Writing Competition 2016 – My Family Odyssey

The following was written by the North of Ireland Family History Society:

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The North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) runs a writing competition every other year for its members. Organised by the Belfast Branch for all members of the society, it attracts entries from all around the world. The purpose of the competition is to encourage people to write up stories about their family history, going beyond just constructing a family tree.

The title of this year’s competition is ‘My Family Odyssey’. Weave a story on this subject which you can share with members of your family, fellow members of the North of Ireland Family History Society and others by entering the society’s Biennial Competition for 2016.

National Genealogical Society Seeks Nominations for the 2016 National Genealogy Hall of Fame

The following announcement was written by the National Genealogical Society:

NationalGenealogyHallofFameWould your society like to honor a genealogist whose unique, pioneering, or exemplary work lives on today? Perhaps there was a notable genealogist in your state or county whose name should be memorialized in the National Genealogy Hall of Fame.

If so, the National Genealogical Society would like to hear from you. NGS and the National Genealogy Hall of Fame are seeking nominations from the entire genealogical community for persons whose achievements or contributions have made an impact on the field. This educational program increases appreciation of the dedication and useful advancements achieved by committed genealogists whose work paved the way for researchers today. This is an opportunity for your nominee to receive national exposure for their contributions to genealogy.


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