Societies

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.

National Genealogical Society Welcomes New Editor of NGS Magazine

The following announcement was written by the National Genealogical Society:

deb_cyprych_photoARLINGTON, VA, 7 November 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Deb Cyprych as editor of NGS Magazine. Cyprych comes to NGS with a wealth of experience as an award-winning editor and as a seasoned professional genealogist.

NGS Magazine—a quarterly print and digital publication—updates members on NGS activities and provides genealogists with specific information and guidance on conducting effective genealogical research. Articles feature genealogical records, collections, and repositories; research techniques and methodologies; databases; case studies; and genealogical problem-solving techniques. Regular columns discuss National Archives records, technology, genetic genealogy, and reference topics.

Federation of Genealogical Societies Announces 2016 Election Results

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

Logo91October 28, 2016 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the results of its recent election for FGS officers and board members. The election was conducted online September 1-30, with all FGS delegates eligible to vote. Office terms for those elected will begin on January 1, 2017.

Concerning the recent election results, outgoing FGS President D. Joshua Taylor states, “It has been an honor to lead the Federation for the past four years. I cannot wait to watch the Federation continue to grow under the leadership and direction of Rorey and the Board of Directors in the coming years.”

President-elect Rorey Cathcart adds, “Thank you for this wonderful privilege and opportunity to serve the Federation as President. I look forward to working with our talented, dedicated Board of Directors on behalf of our member societies and the genealogical community at large.”

Executive Committee – Two-year term ending December 31, 2018

BCG Trustee News

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

bcg-logoThe Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) met in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 9 October 2016. Three new trustees joined the Board: LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, Patricia Lee Hobbs, CG, and David S. Ouimette, CG, CGL. After many years of devoted service, Donn Devine, CG resigned as BCG’s General Counsel. Michael Ramage, JD, CG was appointed to fill that position.

The BCG Officers for 2016-2017 are Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, President; Stefani Evans, CG, Vice President; David McDonald, D. Min., CG, Secretary; Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, Treasurer; Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, Member-at-large.

Genealogical Society of Ireland Journals and Publications go online at Findmypast

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • All Society journals from 1992 to 2016 including over 800 individual articles
  • All Society publications including extensive collections of gravestone inscriptions, historic records and surname studies.
  • Released online for the first time

Leading Family History website Findmypast, has today announced the online publication of all The’s journals dating from 1992 to 2016. The journals are now available to search as part of the PERiodical Source Index and will be joined by the expansive range of other Genealogical Society or Ireland publications over the coming weeks. The publications consists of a wide range of documents including transcripts of original records, memorial inscriptions, local and surname studies and collections of specialist sources and guides. The information dates back to 1798 and covers many counties in Ireland including Cavan, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Louth, Offaly and Wicklow.

The release is comprised of two sets of important publications, namely:

Irish Genealogical Research Society’s Birth Database Doubles in Size to 20,000

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

Following the recent update of the Society’s Early Irish Death and Marriage Indexes, the Birth Index has now been updated, doubling from 10,000 entries to just over 20,000!

Among many sources, this update includes records referring to the births and parentage of several thousand Irish nuns; a census-substitute dated 1887 recording the Roman Catholic residents of the town and surrounding areas of Ballymena, Co. Antrim; and details of state-aided emigrants from Ireland to North America in the years 1847-1852

The Troy Irish Genealogy Society Announces a New Database: Headstones of Civil War & Spanish American War Veterans

The folks at the Troy Irish Genealogy Society again are busy transcribing records. (See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aeogn.com+%22Troy+Irish+Genealogy+Society%22&t=h_&ia=web for a list of my past articles about this hyper-active society’s efforts.) Here is the Society’s announcement about the latest effort:

New York State, was well as many other states, passed legislation to provide for the care, burial and erection of headstones for veterans of the Civil War and the Spanish American War. Under that law, (Chapter 225, Article V, Section 84 of the NYS Poor Laws) all counties in New York State were required to provide for the erection of headstones for these veterans.

Kerry Scott Named Editor of APG eNews

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

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WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 26 September 2016 – The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG has named Kerry Scott, as the new editor of APG’s monthly newsletter. Scott is a professional genealogist and owner of Clue Wagon, LLC. She brings years of experience as a blogger, writer, and lecturer to APG’s popular monthly electronic newsletter. She is the author of How to Use Evernote for Genealogy and has written genealogy and technology articles for Family Tree Magazine and other publications.

Scott served as F W Media’s online content manager, creating content and producing webinars and courses for FamilyTreeMagazine.com and FamilyTreeUniversity.com. Her background is in human resources. She served as the member benefits coordinator for APG for three years.