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.

NGS Releases Mobile Conference App for 2015 Family History Conference

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

ARLINGTON, VA, 6 APRIL 2015—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of the Mobile Conference App for the NGS 2015 Family History Conference, which will be held 13‒16 May 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri. To download the free NGS Conference App, go to Mobile App.

The NGS Conference App is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and web-enabled devices. Search your app store for NGS Family History Conferences.

Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) Elects Steve Benson as Chairman

The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) in the British Isles has a new Chairman. According to the FFHS web site, “Steve Benson is well-known to family historians across the country, not least for his many attendances at exhibitions and other events and personal contact with numerous existing and prospective members of family history societies. We are delighted to have Steve at the helm, in succession to David Holman.”

A picture of Steve Benson receiving the Chairman’s chain of office from FFHS President Nick Barratt may be found on the FFHS web site at

NGS 2016 Family History Conference Call for Papers Closes 1 April 2015

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

ARLINGTON, VA, 26 MARCH 2015—Time is running out to submit lecture proposals for the NGS 2016 Family History Conference. Speakers and sponsoring organizations must submit their proposals by 1 April 2015. The conference, entitled Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time, will be held 4–7 May 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The ethnic makeup of Florida is, and always has been, diverse. Native Americans—including Miccosukees, Choctaw, Creek, Timucua, and Calusa—lived throughout the area, which became known as La Florida after the arrival of Ponce de León in 1513. The Spanish were followed by other groups such as the French, British, Irish, German, and Greeks. The importation of African slaves also affected society in Florida as did the formation of the Seminole alliance. All of these people have left many footprints in time and a rich repository of records to trace our ancestry.

Daughters of the Republic of Texas sue the Texas General Land Office

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas sued the state General Land Office, accusing the state agency of “an unlawful attempt” to take some 30,000 books and artifacts at the Alamo that the group says belong to the DRT.

The suit comes shortly after Land Commissioner George P. Bush decided to remove the Daughters as overseers of the Alamo, ending the nonprofit’s 110-year role there.

Announcing the 2016 ASG Scholar Award

The following announcement was written by the American Society of Genealogists:

Established in 1996, the ASG Scholar Award is an annual scholarship now providing an increased stipend of $1,000 toward tuition and expenses at one of three major academic genealogical programs in the United States. Candidacy for the award is open to all genealogists, genealogical librarians, and researchers working in related fields. Applicants submit a published work or a manuscript of work in progress, to be judged by a panel of three Fellows. The goal of the award is to recognize talent and build genealogical expertise by providing promising genealogists the opportunity to receive advanced academic training in genealogy.

NEHGS Announces Changes in The Register

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

The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, the Oldest Genealogical Journal in America, Appears in a New Format

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Announces Changes in Content and Design of the “Register,” Its Scholarly Journal First Published in 1847

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March 18, 2015—Boston, Massachusetts—A new, colorful cover on the country’s oldest genealogical journal signals change. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register—the quarterly journal of New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)—appears this week in its 673rd issue, with a new design and an important broadening of editorial focus.

In making the announcement, NEHGS President and CEO D. Brenton Simons stated, “This makes the Register even more accessible and valuable to genealogists everywhere and solidifies its place as the flagship journal of American genealogy.”

The “Register,” as it is frequently called, has seen relatively few changes during its many years of publication spanning 168 of the 170 years of the life of NEHGS, the founding genealogical society in America. But the newest quarterly issue contains some important new features designed to encourage family historians to explore the genealogical scholarship for which the Register has long been known.

Now Online: Death Notices Appearing in Lansingburgh, New York, Newspapers 1787 – 1895

The following announcement was written by the Troy Irish Genealogy Society:

An index to 9,682 death notices that were published in ten different Lansingburgh, New York, newspapers from 1787 to 1895 was created by staff at the Troy Public Library in 1938 through 1939. The Troy Irish Genealogy Society was allowed by the Troy Library to scan the two books of these important records so they could be made available on-line for genealogy researchers. To see these records go to the TIGS website – – click on PROJECTS and then click on DEATH NOTICES APPEARING IN LANSINGBURGH NEWSPAPERS.

Lansingburgh, by the way, for those not in the Capital District Region, was the first chartered village in Rensselaer County and was settled around 1763. In 1900 Lansingburgh became part of the City of Troy, New York.

IGRS Launches Enhanced ‘Irish Genealogist Database’ on its Website

The following announcement was written by the Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS):

The GRS – “The Great Granddaddy of all Irish Family History Societies” – announces the launch of an exciting enhancement to its ‘Irish Genealogist Database’.

The Irish Genealogist (TIG) has been published annually since 1937 and comprises thousands of articles relating to Irish genealogy, noting details on family histories, pedigrees, leases, memorial inscriptions, deeds, newspaper extracts and transcripts of parish registers, voters lists, census substitutes, wills, letters, family bibles, rentals and militia & army rolls. The list is endless!

Colorado Springs Death Registers Index Now Available Online

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

The Pikes Peak Genealogical Society has just completed indexing 19,187 individuals from the Colorado Springs, Colorado, Death Registers, 1872-1920, making them freely available in the online, searchable Pikes Peak NewsFinder index ( The indexing project was a collaboration between PPGS and the Pikes Peak Library District Special Collections.

Information contained in the Death Registers includes name, death date, age, color, marital status, sex, occupation, birth place, cause of death, complication, when and where contracted, place of death and burial location. Information extracted for the index are name, death date and burial location, however a link provides access to a digital image of the original record and all its contents.

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.


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