Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives Announces Changes to Membership and Associateship Criteria

The following announcement was written by the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA):

AGRA, the body representing professional genealogists in England and Wales, has recently announced radical changes to both its Membership and Associateship criteria.

All applicants wishing to join the association will now have to attend an interview and in most cases will also be asked to undergo practical tests. The new rules also attach greater importance to formal qualifications and ongoing learning.

RPAC at FGS San Antonio

The following was written by the members of the Records Preservation and Access Committee:

With thanks to Jan Alpert, RPAC Chair

The Times They Are A-Changing, T219, 1:15 p.m.

The Records Preservation and Access Committee presents “The Times They Are A-Changing” on Thursday afternoon beginning at 1:15 p.m. Panelists Jan Alpert, RPAC Chair, Fred Moss, Counsel for FGS, and Jan Meisels Allen, Chair, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee will present an update on the several important state, federal, and international record access issues including the following:

Dallas Genealogical Society Announces 2014 Writing Contest Winners

The following announcement was written by the Dallas Genealogical Society:

The Dallas Genealogical Society announces the winners of their 2014 Writing Contest, the husband and wife team of Deborah Harvey and Gary Wood, for their article “As the Angus Roam.”

Deborah Harvey is a professional genealogist with over 25 years of experience researching family history records across Virginia and the South. Ms. Harvey’s educational training includes completion of the National Genealogical Society’s Home Study Course, the Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research, and the ProGen Study Group. She has attended genealogical conferences and events including Samford University’s Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research and Fairfax County Genealogical Society and National Genealogical Society Conferences. Ms. Harvey is completing her portfolio for submission and review by the Board for Certified Genealogists. She is currently accepting research clients at and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Announce a Day of Discovery and Learning about Family History in Amherst, Massachusetts

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

NEHGS, the Largest Genealogical Society in America, Brings its Expertise and Scholarship to Western Massachusetts for Family History Day

June 3, 2014 — Boston, Massachusetts — The entire family at and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is headed to Amherst, Massachusetts on Saturday, August 2, to offer a day of family history discovery and learning.

From their headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, the NEHGS staff of expert genealogists, historians, writers and researchers will bring their knowledge and expertise to the UMass Amherst Campus Center in western Massachusetts — where they invite the public to spend a rewarding day learning about family history.

Southern California Genealogical Society announces New Member Benefits

At its annual Genealogy Jamboree, which opened on Friday in Burbank, California, the Southern California Genealogical Society announced the addition of two valuable new member benefits:

“We are honored to have a strong member base of genealogists and family historians and genealogists who recognize the benefits of membership in SCGS. With the addition of these two new programs, an SCGS membership will become even more valuable,” explained David Burde, SCGS president.

The first benefit is the SCGS participation in the Society Membership Program provided by Through this partnership, SCGS members will receive a discount to a twelve-month world subscription on in an amount equal to the cost of a one-year individual membership in SCGS. Since the Society’s annual regular membership is $35, that is the amount of the discount that each member will receive.

Winners of GENEii Family History Writing Contest Announced

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

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 GENEii Family History Writing Contest! Many thanks to the 59 authors who collectively contributed 79 entries, making this the largest GENEii contest ever.

All of the winning submissions will be published in The Searcher during 2014 and 2015 at the editor’s discretion; the preliminary dates of publication are indicated below. The submissions will also appear on the SCGS website after they appear in The Searcher.

Kids Genealogy Workshop

This certainly sounds like a great idea! The Archuleta County (Colorado) Genealogical Society will be hosting a Kids Geneological Workshop for those 5th grade and above on Saturday June 14.

What a great way to get youngsters involved in family heritage. Oh yes, parents are also encouraged to attend.

Details may be found in the PagosaDailyPost web site at

Scotland’s Ancient and Once-Proud Clan Strachan has been Reunited

For 186 years, Scotland’s ancient and once-proud Clan Strachan has been fading from history without a leader. On April 11 in Edinburgh, Scotland, James Strachan of Temecula, California, and Dennis Strawhun of Carlsbad, California, convened a gathering of Clan Strachan Society members from around the world to appoint a new commander in chief.

Strachan said he was inspired to look into his family’s Scottish heritage when his grandfather died in 1996. After years of study on Clan Strachan, he shared his research on a website at in 2003. Two years later, Strawhun discovered the website during his own family tree search. After a few emails, the two strangers agreed to meet at an Irish pub in Escondido, and when they came face to face they were shocked at their physical resemblance.

Details may be found at

NGS Adds Florence Harlow Barclay to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame

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

The National Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the selection of the 2014 inductee to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame Florence Harlow Barclay

Nominated by The American Society of Genealogists. Supported by Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Cape Cod Genealogical Society, and the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Florence Harlow Barclay was born 5 June 1889 in Whitman, Massachusetts, and died there on 21 December 1980. She was one of the 20th century’s most prolific genealogists.

National Genealogical Society Gives Awards for Excellence in Genealogy Scholarship and Service

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

Arlington, VA, 9 MAY 2014: The National Genealogical Society held its annual banquet on Friday evening, 9 May 2014, at the NGS 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia, to present awards that acknowledge and honor genealogical scholarship and service. Each year, these awards are presented to organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to NGS programs or have performed outstanding work in the field of genealogy, history, biography, or heraldry.

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

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

Arlington, VA, 7 May 2014: The National Genealogical Society honored excellence in the categories of genealogy and family history newsletter editorship and service to the Society with the presentation of several awards at the Opening Session of the NGS 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia, on 7 May 2014. The Opening Session keynote speaker was Dr. Sandra G. Treadway, Librarian of Virginia and State Archivist at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, who spoke on the topic “The Evolving Library: Planning and Adapting to Meet the Needs of Twenty-First-Century Researchers” after which NGS President Jordan Jones presented the following awards.

National Genealogical Society Presents William Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship

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

Arlington, VA, 6 MAY 2014: The National Genealogical Society presented the annual William Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship during Librarians’ Day, a preconference event of the NGS 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia, on 6 May 2014. Librarians’ Day, sponsored by ProQuest, is a full-day event for librarians who work with family history patrons.

The William Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship is awarded annually to a librarian whose primary focus is genealogy and local history and who is employed in a public, academic, or special library. This year’s award, and a $1,000 prize underwritten by ProQuest, went to Dr. Sandra G. Treadway, Librarian of Virginia and State Archivist at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. She has contributed biographical entries and edited printed editions of the Dictionary of Virginia Biography and supervised the transition of DVB to an online source as part of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities’ Encyclopedia Virginia. She has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous books, articles, and papers on Virginia, with a focus on the women of Virginia. She has also lectured on these topics. Sandra holds a BA with honors from Mahattanville College, an MA and a PhD in history from the University of Virginia, and a MS in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee.

Clearfield County (Pennsylvania) Historical Society Launches Campaign to Create a new Research Center

The Clearfield County Historical Society has officially announced the kick-off of its capital campaign to fund the William B. Alexander V Research Center. The new research center will provide an up-to-date facility, which will house genealogical and historical records for the county.

Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy Welcomes New Board Members

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

The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy is pleased to announce its 2014-15 Board of Directors. Joining the board are:

Wanda Smith, Secretary: Wanda I. Smith is an attorney licensed to practice law in both Texas and Arkansas. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speaker’s Guild, and Dallas Genealogical Society and serves on the board of the Collin County Genealogical Society. As an attorney, Ms. Smith spends much of her time locating lost and missing mineral heirs and performing courthouse title research. Ms. Smith is the owner of Wanda Smith Law, PLLC, and Professional Ancestry Research, LLC.

Ohio Historical Society to Change Its Name to the Ohio History Connection

The organization formerly known as the Ohio Historical Society will soon become the Ohio History Connection. Many state residents reportedly said they saw the organization as inaccessible and antiquated.

The switch will happen on May 24, following public opinion polls that showed “a disconnect between the quality of services we’re providing and the image,” according to executive director Burt Logan.

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Ohio Historical Society… uh, Ohio History Connection:

Ohio Historical Society Changes Its Name To Ohio History Connection

My Weekend with GOONS

I had a great time this past weekend when I attended the annual conference of the Guild of One-Name Studies, held in Ashford, Kent, England. I also was invited to speak at the conference. This organization, affectionately referred to as GOONS, is based in England but has more than 2,600 members around the world. Indeed, they are very serious genealogists. Founded in 1979 in Britain, the Guild is widely recognised as a centre of academic excellence in one-name studies.

A one-name study is a project researching facts about a surname and all the people who have held it, as opposed to a particular pedigree (the ancestors of one person) or descendancy (the descendants of one person or couple). Many GOONS members register a surname so as to embark on a Guild-recognised, one-name study and coordinate world-wide activity in studying the surname. Only one person may register a specific surname with the Guild, but membership in the Guild is open to all with an interest in surname studies and is not restricted to those who wish to register a name.

Federation of Genealogical Societies calls for Award Nominations

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

April 10, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) calls for genealogy contribution award nominations through June 15, 2014. The specific award categories and a link to the submission form can be found at the FGS website:

Each year the Federation of Genealogical Societies recognizes and thanks genealogical and historical organizations as well as individuals who make significant contributions to family history. The FGS awards program honors the award winners’ activities and products, highlights their efforts, and provides examples and ideas on how others can accomplish similar goals.


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