Societies

Karen Mauer Jones to retire from NYG&B, the Society is Now Seeking a Replacement

The following announcement was written by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society:

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The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) is seeking an editor to produce The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. The current editor, Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS has announced her plans to retire by the end of 2017.

Continuously published since 1870, The Record is the second oldest genealogical journal in the country and one of the most distinguished. Published quarterly, it concentrates on people and places connected to New York City, State, and region and features compiled genealogies, solutions to problems, and unique source material.

The editor is responsible for:

London FamilySearch Centre Microfilm Collection is Transferring to the Society of Genealogists

The following announcement was written by the Society of Genealogists:

The London FamilySearch Centre microfilm collection, which is currently temporarily located at The National Archives, is transferring to the Society of Genealogists in Clerkenwell. The move reflects a partnership between the Society of Genealogists and FamilySearch to ensure that the microfilm collection continues to be available to family historians. The London FamilySearch Centre will continue to provide its research support services at the National Archives.

The collection of about 57,000 microfilms complement the SoG’s remarkable library of genealogical sources and both bring together, in one place, an unparalleled resource for family history researchers in the UK. Having been carefully curated over many years, the FamilySearch Films include many thousands of copies of original church and local records from the United Kingdom and Ireland; probate records for England and Wales before and after 1858 and selected items for Caribbean research.

The JGSGB Will be Moving to a New Home in London

The following announcement was written by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (JGSGB):

The JGSGB will be moving to a new home.

JGSGB has reached agreement with the Society of Genealogists for its library to be have a new home in SoG’s premises at Charterhouse Buildings, London EC1M 7BA. The JGSGB Library will remain a separate entity and will have its own space in the building. The Library will continue to be staffed by volunteers from the JGSGB and will continue to open to JGSGB members and visitors.

The Library will normally be open on the first Friday and third Sunday of each month from Friday 5th May 2017. Details can be found on the Society’s website at www.jgsgb.org.uk.

To Celebrate St Patrick’s Day, the IGRS Launches the First Tranche of Stories from its 80th Anniversary Archive

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

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, the IGRS is launching the first tranche of stories from its 80th Anniversary Archive.

Last year was the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Society in 1936. To mark this important milestone the Society launched a story writing project to collect and preserve stories about people’s favourite Irish born ancestors.

In launching these stories, IGRS Chairman, Steven Smyrl, said: “Throughout the year, the Society heard tales from all over the world describing the colourful lives of Irish men and women lived out during the past 300 years. In this first batch of stories to be published, readers will hear of a British soldier gassed in the Great War; an Irish Republican who served in both the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War; a Dublin middle class Protestant widow who brought a case in the Court of Common Pleas against a suitor’s broken marriage proposal; and of a working class Catholic girl from Belfast who became entangled in the events of the Russian revolution of 1917.”

FREE Access to All Irish Resources on AmericanAncestors.org from March 15-22

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

Unique Databases, Boston Catholic Records, “How-to” Irish Research Guides, a Webinar, and More Resources Available with Free Guest Registration

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March 14, 2017—Boston, Massachusetts—Honor your Irish heritage this St. Patrick’s Day by researching your Irish ancestry on AmericanAncestors.org, the award-winning website of New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). Learn the essential concepts and techniques for Irish research, and find out which manuscripts, collections, and sources are used by genealogists at American Ancestors to crack the toughest research cases.

Irish resources will be free and open from Wednesday, March 15, through midnight (EDST) on Wednesday, March 22. Access requires a free, brief sign-up on AmericanAncestors.org.

Converting a Society Newsletter from Print to Digital

A newsletter reader asked, “How can I encourage people to sign up for electronic delivery of our quarterly newsletter? I am sending out 15 by email and 405 by US Postal Service. Any savings we can spend on other worthwhile activities.”

My suggestion is simple and I know it has been effective for others. First, you need to determine how much it costs to print and mail the printed newsletter. Calculate the printing costs, the postage, the cost of envelopes (if used), and any labor charges incurred.

Next, send an announcement to all members that they now have an option: each member can now receive the newsletter at no additional charge if they accept it electronically. That means by email or on the society’s web site or both. Those who wish to continue with the printed version can do so but at an additional charge that is equivalent to the actual cost to the society for printing and mailing.

Clallam County Genealogical Society Research Center in Port Angeles, Washington, Closed Temporarily because of Weather Damage

Melting snow and rain led to a leak at the Clallam County Genealogical Society Research Center at 402 E. Lauridsen Blvd. in Port Angeles that damaged the facility’s ceiling, carpet and a conference table. The center is temporarily closed for repairs.

Fortunately, the damage did not spread to any local historical documents or artifacts. The leak happened in the center of the conference room. All of the books in the shelving and archives in file cabinets were up off the floor and did not get wet.

The NYG&B Announces NYG&B Labs

The following announcement was written by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society:

NYG&B Labs will create an innovative space which leverages the latest trends in technology and digital services to assist in telling the stories of New York’s families.

nygb-colorNEW YORK, NY — The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) announces the creation of NYG&B Labs, an innovative space which leverages the latest trends in technology and digital services to assist in telling the stories of New York’s families.

NYG&B Labs will be a destination for aspiring digital professionals who seek to advance their expertise in technology and its applications for the fields of history and genealogy. Each quarter team members will work on a designated, pre-approved project. Once completed, projects may be added to resources at newyorkfamilyhistory.org and beyond.

Members of the NYG&B Labs team will benefit from one-on-one interaction with experts in the fields of genealogy and technology as they work to creatively apply technology to traditional genealogical methods relating to New York’s history. Team members will also receive a quarterly stipend and can work from anywhere in the world.

Forces Reunited donates £6,000 to Veterans’ Foundation

The following announcement was written by Forces Reunited:

forces-reunitedOn 29th January Forces Reunited, the largest online British Armed Forces Community for veterans, will formally donate a sum of £6,000 to the charitable organisation Veterans’ Foundation. The funds will be divided into 3 separate donations to the following charities:

  • Scotty’s Little Soldiers
  • Forward Assist
  • Brave-hound

Forces Reunited CEO Dominic Hayhoe said: “We’re always proud to help worthwhile charitable organisations, and with this donation the Veterans’ Foundation will be able to continue providing much-needed funds to charities that help veterans lead a better life.”

Read the full story on Forces Reunited HERE

Dallas Genealogical Society 2017 Writing Contest

The following announcement was written by the Dallas Genealogical Society:

dallasgenealogicalsocietyDallas, TX, January 12, 2017 – The Dallas Genealogical Society announces that its 2017 Writing Contest is open for entries beginning January 1, 2017. This is the fifth 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 March 31, 2017. Winners will be announced in July 2017.

NEHGS and the Boston Archdiocese to Cooperate in Building the Nation’s First Extensive Database of Church Records

The Boston Archdiocese is partnering with the New England Historic Genealogical Society to create the nation’s first extensive database of church records to help people trace family histories.

The plan is to create a searchable database of millions of baptisms, marriages, ordinations and other pivotal life events recorded from 1789 to 1900 at more than 100 Boston and Eastern Massachusetts parishes — a project that could take up to 10 years and cost an estimated $1 million, which will be paid for with proceeds to a Historic Catholic Records Fund the society is launching.

Details may be found in an article by Marie Szaniszlo in the Boston Herald newspaper at https://goo.gl/rSAUeo as well as in the project’s companion website at: https://catholicrecords.americanancestors.org.

National Genealogical Society Issues Call for Proposals for the 2018 Family History Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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

ARLINGTON, VA, 3 JANUARY 2017—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) will open the call for proposals for the 2018 Family History Conference, Paths to Your Past, on 3 January 2017. The conference will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 2–5 May 2018.

In the nineteenth century, the Great Lakes were major, strategic waterways that aided Americans moving West and immigrants coming from overseas through Canada to settle and develop the Midwest. Cheap land, mining, and the timber industry made the area attractive. The combination of water power from the rivers and rapids, together with access to grain and lumber, encouraged manufacturing and industry, including breweries, furniture, and cereal.

Among the topics being considered by NGS are presentations on migration paths to the Midwest, including waterways, trails, and railroads; records and repositories for Michigan, the surrounding states, and Canada; records generated by France, Great Britain, and later by the newly established United States as they fought for control of the Old Northwest Territory; land grants, deeds, and maps; and laws and court records.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for the NGS Distinguished Service Award

The following announcement was written by the National Genealogical Society:

Nominations Now Being Accepted – Distinguished Service Award

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This post continues a periodic series where we, at NGS, highlight the various competitions (15 December deadline) and awards (31 January) where nominations are sought in order to recognize excellence. The winners will be announced at the annual NGS Family History Conference, 10-13 May 2017.

The Distinguished Service Award

Deadline for Submissions—31 January Annually

To recognize dedication to the work of the National Genealogical Society.

St. Louis Genealogical Society Completes a 16-year Burial Transcription Project

The following announcement was written by the folks at the St. Louis Genealogical Society:

st-louis-genealogical-societyThroughout the nineteenth century, thousands of families came to (or passed through) St. Louis, Missouri, on their way west. Some families stayed and some were in the city for only a brief time. In either case, many of those families had one or more of their members who died and were buried there. Since 2000, the St. Louis Genealogical Society (StLGS) has had a project to transcribe and index every burial in every cemetery in St. Louis city and county. Thus began a society effort that involved StLGS volunteers photocopying cemetery records or walking cemeteries to record whatever information could be gleaned from tombstones. This project identified 444 open or historical cemeteries in St. Louis city and county. Once the data was captured, StLGS volunteers created an every-name index to each cemetery.

Nominations Now Being Accepted – Fellow of the National Genealogical Society (FNGS)

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

Nominations Now Being Accepted – Fellow of the National Genealogical Society (FNGS)

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This post continues a periodic series where we, at NGS, highlight the various competitions (15 December deadline) and awards (31 January) where nominations are sought in order to recognize excellence. The winners will be announced at the annual NGS Family History Conference, 10-13 May 2017.

Fellow of the National Genealogical Society (FNGS)

Deadline for Submissions—31 January Annually

Troy Irish Genealogy Society Adds a new Database online: St. Agnes Cemetery

TroyIrishGenealogySociety-logoThe very busy folks at the Troy (New York) Irish Genealogy Society have added still another database to the society’s online web site: the Lot Sale Book records of St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, New York.

This new data base covers lot purchases in St. Agnes from 1867 to 1922 and lists 6,063 names. To see these records on the TIGS website, – www.troyirish.com – click on PROJECTS and then under CEMETERIES click on ST. AGNES CEMETERY, MENANDS, NY – LOT SALE BOOK – 1867-1922

Society of Genealogists publishes Genealogists Magazine on DVD

The following announcement was written by the Society of Genealogists in the UK:

gm-dvd-coversPast copies of the Genealogists’ Magazine are now available to buy on DVD. This collection comprises all issues, dating from the first volume in 1925 through to 2006

The magazines are fully searchable, making them an amazing resource for genealogists. They are issued in a three series on DVD. They are available to buy in individual series at £24.99 or as a fantastic package offer at £59.97 for all three series (the whole run from 1925 to 2006). Members 10% discount will also be available on either option making this even cheaper so buy now while stocks last: www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/books-publications/category/genealogists-magazine-on-dvd/

The Genealogist Magazine from 2006 to date ones are available to members on SoG Data Online at: http://www.sog.org.uk/search-records/search-sog-data-online/ ).

Although founded in 1911 the Society of Genealogists did not start publishing its own Genealogists’ Magazine until April 1925. Prior to that date a series of 31 quarterly notes and reports had appeared in George Sherwood’s Pedigree Register and the Antiquary. Now for the first time since 1925 some 90 years of Genealogists’ Magazine, the official journal of the Society, have been republished, scanned and made fully searchable on a series of DVDs.

Nominations Now Being Accepted — The Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship

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

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Nominations Now Being Accepted — The Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship

This post continues a periodic series where we, at NGS, highlight the various competitions (15 December deadline) and awards (31 January) where nominations are sought in order to recognize excellence. The winners will be announced at the annual NGS Family History Conference, 10-13 May 2017.

With the competitions completed, we’ll now focus on the awards starting with The Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship.

NGS Family History Writing Contest Nominations Are Now Being Accepted

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

This post continues a periodic series where we, at NGS, highlight the various competitions (15 December deadline) and awards (31 January) where nominations are sought in order to recognize excellence. The winners will be announced at the annual NGS Family History Conference, 10-13 May 2017.

Sixth up is the Family History Writing Contest.

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Deadline for Submissions—15 December Annually

To encourage members to write a family history that covers at least three generations and not more than four.

German-American Genealogical Partnership is Renamed to International German Genealogy Partnership

I have written before about the German-American Genealogical Partnership. See https://goo.gl/Apu1yZ for my past articles. Now the organization is changing its name to International German Genealogy Partnership.

The following announcement was written by the newly-renamed International German Genealogy Partnership:

International German Genealogy Partnership is new name of young organization, reflects growing global participation

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—International German Genealogy Partnership is the new name adopted by members of a new and rapidly growing global organization known since its founding less than two years ago as the German-American Genealogical Partnership.

“New member societies are coming into the Partnership from around the world. There is a growing international participation in the Partnership, and our members decided on a new name that better describes the organization’s international presence,” said Kent Cutkomp, a Minneapolis resident and co-founder of the partnership.