Societies

South Okanagan Genealogical Society Seeks a New Home

The South Okanagan Genealogical Society in Penticton, British Columbia is looking for a new home after 21 years Penticton Museum and Archives. The museum is expanding its own archives and needs the space.

The ideal new space for the society would have a room large enough to house the library, be able to hold workshops with approximately 50 people, be handicap accessible and have access to wi-fi.

NGS Launches NGS Monthly, a Digital Publication

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) today launched NGS Monthly, a new digital publication that, each month, will feature a selection of original articles on genealogical methodology, research techniques, sources, and the latest news from NGS. Published mid-month starting after the February launch, NGS Monthly was created to replace the Society’s older newsletter, What’s Happening, with a new content and design strategy.

DAR Provides Contributed Supporting Documentation Online for Genealogy Researchers

The following announcement was written by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution:

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is pleased to announce a new added feature to its Genealogical Research System (GRS). This newSupporting Documents feature allows users to purchase documents that were submitted with previously verified DAR membership and supplemental applications. These documents may include family bible records, deeds, wills and other various materials used to prove lineage to a patriot of the American Revolution.

Ontario Genealogical Society Offers Online Live Streaming of Meetings and Presentations

The Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS)and a few of their branches offer live streaming of their monthly meetings/presentations. This large and very active society is doing something that more societies might want to emulate in order to serve distant members who cannot attend in person. Even the annual Ontario Genealogical Society Conference later this year will feature streaming video sessions by various speakers.

You can read more about the conference at http://www.ogs.on.ca/conference/.

Here are some other videos and slideshows already available online:

National Genealogical Society Appoints Edward Grandi as the New Executive Director

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

ARLINGTON, VA – 19 February 2015. The Board of Directors of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) announced the appointment of Edward Grandi as the Society’s Executive Director. Grandi joins NGS to help further their mission to promote genealogical excellence by helping enthusiasts improve their skills. His work will focus on the NGS growing portfolio of specialized family history learning resources, many of which can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

NGS offers a full spectrum of educational opportunities, including its conference, in-depth publications, digital media and cloud-based, online courses from leading experts. Researchers can select from tailored educational programs to learn how to work smarter at every level and search for the right records, which helps them discover more about their ancestors.

Director of NIGR Appointed

The following announcement was written by the National Institute on Genealogical Research:

National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) Board of Directors Appoints New Director

Malissa Ruffner, J.D., CG

The board of directors of the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Malissa Ruffner, J.D., CGSM as director of the institute, effective immediately. She will assume responsibility for future programs, the next to be held in July 2016. The National Archives has expressed strong support for the continuation of NIGR and will work with the new director to assure the institute’s success in future years.

Marissa (Illinois) Historical and Genealogical Society to Rebuild Burned Museum

On January 31, I published an article at http://goo.gl/QZ3FvA about a fire that destroyed the home of the Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society, which serves as both a library and a museum – a repository of irreplaceable historical documents, photographs, memorabilia and antiques, many of them donated by residents of the town. The building was constructed in 1891 and had been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1994. Now town leaders have pledged to rebuild the museum.

You can read more in an article by Scott Wuerz at http://goo.gl/uXk9fv.

Ontario Genealogical Society Conference Registration Goes Live

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

Online registration is now open for this year’s Ontario Genealogical Society annual conference, “Tracks through Time” from 29-31 May 2015 at Georgian College Campus, Barrie, ON, Canada.

The conference theme “Tracks through Time” originates from the 130th Anniversary of the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway across Canada. Many family historians have their roots in the immigrant laborers who built this railway across our vast country. Other ancestors were tempted by the transportation routes and migration opportunities allowed by its completion. Still others worked for the railway company itself over the years to follow. As researchers, we “track” our family history through time in many ways, always attempting to ensure we are “tracking” the right people from the right line. The variations on “Tracks through Time” are endless.

Thank You to The Villages Genealogical Society

I will say I had a great time this morning. The Villages Genealogical Society invited me to give a presentation to the society’s members about a technology topic. I have visited that society before in The Villages, Florida and enjoyed the first visit. I paused for about a half-second before accepting their latest invitation.

Indeed, I enjoyed this morning’s presentation as much as I did the first one. Now, let me ask you a question: Do you know of any other genealogy society that can attract more than 350 members to a society meeting held at 10 AM on a Wednesday morning?

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New England Historic Genealogical Society Has Offered to be the Repository for Armenian Genealogical History

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

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) on Newbury St. in Boston has offered to be the repository for Armenian genealogical history—that is, to accept materials (family trees, letters, oral histories) from the Armenian community in New England relating to family history and genealogy.

Founded in 1845, the NEHGS is the country’s founding genealogical organization and a leading national resource for family history research. NEHGS offers access to unique content, publications, research materials, expert staff, and vast collections of rare artifacts and primary documents. The NEHGS website (www.AmericanAncestors.org) includes several searchable databases of Armenian births, marriages, and deaths in Massachusetts between 1880 and 1915. These useful databases were compiled by William A. Brown, the former U.S. ambassador to Israel and to Thailand, and are available for free on the NEHGS website.

NEHGS is hoping that New England Armenian-American genealogical materials will soon be added to its impressive collections of New England Irish-American materials, New England African-American materials, and New England Jewish-American materials.

NGS Awards Deadline Approaching: January 31

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

Arlington, VA, 26 JANUARY 2015: Each year, the National Genealogical Society recognizes excellence within the genealogy field through a number of awards. The deadline for several of these awards—January 31—is quickly approaching. NGS encourages its members, member societies, and other organizations to review the requirements and make submissions. Winners will be recognized at the NGS Family History Conference, to be held May 13-16, 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri.

The following NGS awards have a deadline of January 31:

Darcie Hind Posz, CG, Appointed Editor of NGS Magazine

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

Arlington, VA, 12 January 2015: The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has appointed Darcie Hind Posz, CGSM as the new managing editor of NGS Magazine. Darcie joins NGS Magazine to continue NGS’s goal of sharing genealogical expertise from leaders in the field through articles, stories, instruction, and news in its quarterly magazine. As editor, Darcie will build upon the work of Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens, CG who recently retired as editor after ten years of distinguished service.

Dallas Genealogical Society 2015 Writing Contest Opens January 1; Closes April 30

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

Dallas, TX , January 4, 2015 – – The Dallas Genealogical Society announces that its 2015 Writing Contest is open for entries beginning January 1, 2015. This is the third year that 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 amateurs and professionals. Only original material not previously published elsewhere in any format is eligible. Entries will be accepted January 1 through April 30, 2015. Winners will be announced in July, 2015.

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

NGS Introduces Revolutionary War Course

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

ARLINGTON, VA, 16 DECEMBER 2014: The National Genealogical Society announced today the release of its newest Continuing Genealogical Studies (CGS) course: Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors. Developed by military records expert Craig Roberts Scott, CG, FUGA, the new course expands on NGS

In addition to his role as CEO and President of Heritage Books, Inc., Craig Scott has spent decades honing his military research expertise and teaching these skills within the genealogical community. He has coordinated military courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and Samford University Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama. His books include Understanding Revolutionary War and Invalid Pension Ledgers 1818-1872 and Pension Payment Vouchers They Represent, and The “Lost” Pensions: Settled Accounts of the Act of 6 April 1838.

NEHGS Presents 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Dame Angela Lansbury

The following announcement was written by the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS):

On Thursday evening, November 13, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) presented Dame Angela Lansbury with a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in the Performing Arts with a custom genealogy and multi-generation family tree. The event helped mark the success of the NEHGS Connecting Families, Advancing History capital campaign which has surpassed the $50 million mark of a $55 million campaign goal. Through the campaign NEHGS has acquired the adjacent building at 97 Newbury Street to expand its headquarters to include educational space for school children, a museum shop, and increased exhibition space. The campaign has also supported a major website initiative that will add more than 2 billion new records to the Society’s award-winning website, AmericanAncestors.org.

Association of Professional Genealogists Announces Election Results

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

Ten Board Members and Two Nominating Committee Members Join to Support World’s Largest Professional Organization for Genealogy

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 12 November 2014—Today, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) unveiled the results of its election of new board members and two nominating committee members. APG membership elected 10 at-large representative board members for two-year terms, 2015–2016. Two nominating committee members were chosen for the 2015 term. The newly-elected board members include:

Announcement: The Surname Society

A new society has just been announced: The Surname Society. It sounds like a competitor to the already-existing Guild of One-Name Studies. It should be interesting to see if the new organization grows and becomes popular.

Here is the announcement:

NEW SOCIETY LAUNCHES at http://surname-society.org

The founder members are delighted to announce the launch of The Surname Society – the online society for individuals, groups and associations with an interest in surname studies, regardless of their location in the world, the surname they are studying, or their level of research expertise.

Focusing on single surname studies, the society meets the needs of researchers in the world of family history and genealogy as it evolves in the 21st century. The Surname Society’s vision is to connect like-minded people by providing facilities which enable members to share knowledge, data and good practice with others. The society allows members to register both worldwide and limited studies and is entirely online. Collaboration is facilitated and encouraged as it is the core ethos of The Surname Society.

CAFG Announces Scholarship Covering 50% of Tuition to the 2015 Forensic Genealogy Institute

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy:

Dallas, Texas – November 6, 2014 – The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is now accepting applications for a $225 scholarship to the 4th Annual Forensic Genealogy Institute (FGI), to be held March 26-28, 2015, at the Wyndham Love Field Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Registration is now open at https://fgi2015.eventbrite.com. Tuition for each course is $445, and the scholarship covers more than 50% of that fee.

“The scholarship to CAFG’s Forensic Genealogy Institute is intended to ease the financial burden of advanced, professional education,” says Leslie Lawson, CAFG President. “The scholarship gives up-and-coming forensic/genetic genealogists the opportunity to advance their career and increase their skills.”

The Guild of One-Name Studies Announces New Services

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

As the world’s leading organisation for One-Name Studies, the Guild of One-Name Studies is pleased to confirm its charitable aims of promoting the public understanding of one-name studies and the preservation and accessibility of the resultant information. Since the Guild was founded in 1979 its international membership has continued to grow every year – a rarity for a genealogical organisation in the financial climate being experienced in recent years – and currently has over 2,700 members spread across the world, studying over 8,750 individual surnames. Members of the Guild of One-Name Studies are part of a well-respected, very friendly and knowledgeable community of genealogical experts.

The Guild aims to continue to expand the benefits it provides its membership and enhance its international reputation as one of the leading worldwide genealogical organisations. It also aims to increase the help and assistance it provides to the general public, while also assisting its ever growing membership, offering guidance to anyone seeking information on individual surnames. Details of the Guild of One-Name Studies can be found on its website www.one-name.org.

New Guild services

Huge New King County, Washington, Database Unveiled

The following announcement was written by the Seattle Genealogical Society:

The Seattle Genealogical Society is proud to announce the availability of a huge database, the SGS King County Court Cases Index, 1881-1980, or KC3I for short. This index contains over 1.7 million records. Of these, divorces and other end-of marriage cases comprise over 700,000 of the entries, and probate and similar cases account for nearly 300,000 more.

The KC3I was created over a ten year period by a small but resolute group of SGS volunteers from over 100 boxes of index cards from the Chicago Title Company. It is an index of ALL King County court cases that could potentially affect property rights, and therefore the title to property from before 1881 through 1980. In addition to divorce and probate cases, the KC3I also includes all King County court cases involving name changes, community property agreements and guardianships, among others. Nearly 80,000 hours of volunteer time went into the creation of the KC3I.

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