David McElroy Elected to Fellowship of AGI

The following announcement was written by the Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) :

On Friday, 7th December, at AGI’s 31st Annual General Meeting in Dublin the election was announced of David McElroy as a Fellow of the Association, recognising his decades’ long contribution to the pursuit and study of Irish genealogy.


It was in 2004 that Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) established the status of Fellow of the Association to mark significant contributions by members to the world of Irish genealogy. Since then there have only been five elected, with David now being the sixth.

FGS Announces Election of New Officers and Directors

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

December 6, 2018 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies is pleased to announce the results of its recent election. Re-elected to a two-year term as President was Faye Jenkins Stallings. Joining the Executive Committee effective January 1, 2019, for two-year terms are:

Secretary: Dennis VanderWerff (California)
Vice President, Administration: Mark Olsen (Utah)

Joining FGS as Directors for a three-year term are:

Director: Steve Fulton (Ontario)
Director: Sara Gredler (Texas)
Director: Mike Mansfield (Utah)
Director: Stephen C. Young (Utah)

NEHGS Provides a Look at Famous Relatives of George H. W. Bush

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

As Tributes Pour in Celebrating the Life of the 41st President, Genealogists at New England Historic Genealogical Society Provide a Look at Famous Relatives of George H. W. Bush

Boston, Massachusetts—December 5, 2018—As tributes pour in following the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, genealogists at New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), who have long studied the ancestry of all U S presidents, shed light on the extensive family background of the beloved 41st U S President. The world- renowned genealogist Gary Boyd Roberts, NEHGS Senior Research Scholar Emeritus, has documented the family history of the late President Bush extensively:

Association of Professional Genealogists Announces New Board and Committee Members

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

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 26 November 2018—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) has announced the results of its election for new board and nominating committee members. The APG membership elected six at-large board members for two-year terms. Two nominating committee members were elected for one-year terms. Those elected were:

Board of Directors (two-year term)

Blaine Bettinger, PH.D., J.D. (New York) is continuing his work on the APG Board. He is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist, one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Blaine is the author of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, and co-author with Debbie Parker Wayne of the award-winning Genetic Genealogy in Practice, the world’s first genetic genealogy workbook. He also co-authored, “Genetics for Genealogy” with Judy Russell in 2018’s Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards. In 2018 he launched DNA Central, a membership portal for DNA education.

National Genealogical Society 2019 Family History Program Now Available

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

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 15 NOVEMBER 2018—The National Genealogical Society’s 2019 Family History Conference program is now available online and as a downloadable sixteen-page conference brochure. This year’s program, Journey of Discovery, will feature a variety of lecture tracks and topics including African American, English, French, German, Irish, and Scottish lectures. Other popular tracks include BCG Skillbuilding, eighteen DNA lectures, Immigration and Migration, Missouri, Military, Religion, Technology, and Tips and Techniques. In all, the conference, which will be held 8-11 May 2019 in St. Charles, Missouri, will offer family historians and genealogists more than 150 lectures, an array of social events, several workshops, and a family history expo with more than seventy exhibitors.

The program will begin with Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGLSM, delivering the keynote address, “Journey of Discovery.” She will share tidbits about the Journey of Discovery of many people ranging from Marquette to Lewis and Clark, from Winny v. Whitesides to Dred Scott v. Sanford, from ancestors hiding in the pages of the Territorial Papers to clues lurking deep within our DNA. Americans are on their own journeys of discovery to find out who we are and where we come from.

Let the Ontario Genealogical Society Preserve Your Website!

The Ontario Genealogical Society has adopted a policy of working to preserve and keep publicly available privately operated websites of genealogical interest which were in danger of closing or being abandoned due to changes in the circumstances of the site owner/developer. In effect, the Society offers succession planning for the website owner/developer.

According to an email message I received from David Thompson, Volunteer & Director of the Ontario Genealogical Society:

“We have quietly pursued the acquisition or hosting of a few sites, most notably, which is currently undergoing a major face-lift and upgrade. In addition we are hosting CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery project (, a local history site in Port Hope Ontario (, a family genealogy site, a Canadian WW-II troopship memorial site, and others, including a GEDCOM site ( which currently contains some 62,000 individuals and 21,638 families.

BCG Trustees Elect Officers, Welcome New Trustees, Thank Departing Trustee

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

The trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) met in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 21 October 2018.

Elected as officers were:

  • Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, President
  • Laurel T. Baty, CG, Vice-President
  • LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, Treasurer
  • Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, Secretary
  • Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL, Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee

Board for Certification of Genealogists Adopts Standards for DNA Evidence

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

On 21 October 2018, the Board for the Certification of Genealogists (BCG) approved five modified and seven new standards relating to the use of DNA evidence in genealogical work. BCG also updated the Genealogist’s Code to address the protection of people who provide DNA samples.

The new measures are intended to assist the millions of family historians who now turn to genetic sources to establish kinships. The action followed a public comment period on proposed standards released by BCG earlier this year.

National Genealogical Society Seeks Nominations for the 2019 National Genealogy Hall of Fame

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

At the 2018 NGS Conference in the States held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the National Genealogy Hall of Fame welcomed its thirty-third member, Mary Smith Fay, an author of two books and over three dozen articles. Her research interests spanned the entire Eastern United States to Texas. She was nominated by the American Society of Genealogists with supporting recognition from the Houston Genealogical Forum and the White County Historical Society [Illinois].

Would your society like to honor a genealogist whose unique, pioneering, or exemplary work lives on today? Perhaps there was a notable genealogist in your state or county whose name should be memorialized in the National Genealogy Hall of Fame.

If so, the National Genealogical Society would like to hear from you.

New Board of the World Federation of Genealogy and Heraldry (CIGH) Elected

The following announcement was written by the the Confédération Internationale de Généalogie et d‘Héraldique:

Arras/France (dw). At the 33rd international Conference of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences a new board of the Confédération Internationale de Généalogie et d‘Héraldique (CIGH, the world federation on genealogy and heraldry) was elected:

President Dr. Pier Felice degli Ubert (Italy), the two Vice-Presidents: Ing. Manuel Pardo de Vera y Díaz (Spain), Dr. Jaime de Salazar y Acha (Spain), General-Secretary: Dr. Stanislav V. Dumin (Russia), Treasurer: Dr. Rolf Sutter (Germany), Conseiller jurisdique: Dr. Charles Mack. Honorary President Michel Teillard d’Eyry (France), Honorary Vice President CR Humphery-Smith (Great Britain) and Yves de la Goublaye de Ménorval (Bolivia), Honorary Treasurer: Dr. Günter Mattern (Switzerland). Conseillers: Pierre Le Clercq (France), Prof. Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard (Danmark), Dr. Manual Ladron de Guevara i Isasa (Spain), María Inés Olaran Múgica (Spain), Jan T. Anema (Netherlands), Dirk Weissleder (Germany), Torsten Kux (Germany). Permanent Bureau of the International Congresses: President Elizabeth a. Roads (Great Britain), Secretary Laare Seberg Sigselrud (Norway).

Assembly and new board of the Fédération Internationale de Généalogie et d’Héraldique (CIGH) (picture: Dirk Weissleder)

German Genealogy Worldwide: 1st Board of the International German Genealogy Partnership is Elected

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

It has been many months in development, and with many twists and turns along the way.  But now the moment has arrived at last!

In time for the 70th Deutscher Genealogentag held Oct. 5-7, 2018 in Melle near Osnabrück, Germany, the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP) has finally taken its place within the genealogical world as an organization that seeks to unite researchers from several countries behind a common purpose.  And in coming to life as a vehicle for cooperation across national boundaries and diverse oceans, it may serve as a model for others.

Call for Proposals for the 2019 FGS Family History Conference

Deadline for Submissions is 1 November 2018

2 October 2018 – Austin, TX

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce its Call for Proposals for the 2019 FGS Family History Conference, A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists. Proposals will be accepted from 2 October 2018 through 1 November 2018.

The 2019 FGS Family History Conference will be held August 21-24 in Washington, DC. With attendees from every corner of the country and the nation’s records just a short ride away, the 2019 conference will bring together presentations that represent and celebrate the diversity of our nation. The event draws attendees of all experience levels, backgrounds, and interests, and we encourage submission of topics that explore under-recognized areas of genealogical research. Let’s all “Come home to
our Washington, DC.”

Details may be found in the FGS web site at:

Association of Professional Genealogists Awards Members for Contributions to the Organization and Profession; Announces Golden Chapter Award

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

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI., and WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 4 October 2018 − The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) honored several members for their achievements and service to the profession at its 2018 Professional Management Conference (PMC) in Kansas City, Missouri. APG President Billie Stone Fogarty presented the awards at today’s opening session of PMC.

The Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary Service to Professional Genealogy was presented to Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, FOGS. The award was created in recognition of exemplary professionalism and continuing encouragement to other professional genealogists. Peggy, a lifelong genealogist, has been an active teacher and lecturer in the field for many years Along with her husband, Kerry Lauritzen, she has served as director of their local Family History Center in central Ohio. Miss Peggy, as she is affectionately called, is known among her colleagues for her care and compassion. She is an expert in Ohio, mid-southern U.S., and Appalachian research and has written several Legacy Research Guides. She has been a featured writer for Reminisce Magazine and has been an instructor for Ancestry Academy. In 2018, she was elected a Fellow of the Ohio Genealogical Society.

FGS Announces Leadership Changes

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

New President, Treasurer and Vice President of Membership

September 15, 2018 – Austin, TX.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies is pleased to announce that Faye L. Stallings has been appointed by the Board of Directors to become President of the organization effective September 15, 2018. Faye has served as Treasurer of the organization since January 1, 2017. She brings to the organization more than 20 years of leadership and executive experience with a Fortune 100 company, as well as a passion for genealogy.

FGS would like to express immense gratitude to Teri E. Flack who has served as the interim President for the past few months and wish her much success in pursuing her personal interests.

Association of Professional Genealogists Names Three Winners of the 2018 APG Young Professional Scholarship

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

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 7 September 2018—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) announced today the winners of the APG Young Professional Scholarship for 2018. This year, APG chose three winners: Nefi Arenas Salazar of Mexico City, Mexico; Alec Ferretti of New York, New York; and Miyamoto Loretta Jensen of Orem, Utah. APG sponsored the scholarship for Ferretti, and AncestryProGenealogists sponsored the scholarships for Arenas Salazar and Jensen.

The APG Young Professional Scholarship is awarded to students or young professionals between the ages of 18 and 29 who aspire to a professional career in genealogy. The scholarship includes registration for the APG Professional Management Conference (PMC) and a stipend to defray costs of travel and lodging at the conference.

Call for Speakers: The Ontario Genealogical Society’s 2019 Webinar Series

The following announcement was written by the Ontario Genealogical Society:

The Ontario Genealogical Society is currently accepting proposals for our monthly 2019 Webinar Series.

Topics of Interest

We invite proposals on a wide range of topics, but for your information, the top subjects from our 2019 Webinar Survey are:

  • DNA
  • Technology and Tools
  • Research and Methodology
  • Organization and Storage of Research, Documents and Heirlooms
  • Research in the Country of Origin (i.e. England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, France etc.)
  • Comparison of Genealogical Websites
  • Immigration
  • Writing and Publishing Family Research
  • Selected speakers need to be prepared to provide Ontario and/or Canadian specific examples in their presentations. (where applicable)

BCG Announces Election Results

The following announcement was written by the Board For Certification Of Genealogists:

Board For Certification Of Genealogists Welcomes Five Trustees—Three New And Two Re-Elected

Two Board for Certification of Genealogists trustees return for another three-year term:

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGL®, of New Jersey. Board-certified since 2012, Judy is a BCG trustee and blogs as The Legal Genealogist. A graduate of George Washington University and Rutgers School of Law-Newark, she has written and taught about the law since the 1980s and about genealogy and the law for more than a decade. She coordinates the Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis course at IGHR; law and genealogy courses at SLIG and GRIP, and lectures on topics such as 17th-century law, modern copyright law, and ethics of DNA testing.

Richard G. “Rick” Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, of Utah. Board-certified since 2007, Rick is the current BCG president; former BCG treasurer, booth coordinator, at-large executive committee member, and BCG webinar manager who negotiated the Legacy Family Tree Webinars contract. He lectures locally and nationally and coordinates courses at GRIP and SLIG. With a B.A. degree in chemistry from University of Colorado and M.S. degree in information technology from George Washington University, he served the Department of Defense for 45 years.

Joining them are three newly elected trustees:

ICAPGen – Who We Are

The Accredited Genealogist credential is awarded by the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen℠), a fully independent non-profit organization. Surprisingly, many genealogists are not familiar with the organization or its work. In an effort to increase awareness, ICAPGen℠ has put together a one-page informational flyer that describes the primary objectives of the organization.

You can find an image of the flyer at Another good source of information about the organization may be found on the ICAPGen web site at:

Clark County (Washington) Genealogical Society wins State Award for Digitizing, Transcribing and Indexing Original Tax Ledgers

The Clark County Genealogical Society was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Project Award at the Washington State Genealogical Society’s annual meeting. The society earned the award for their project, “Vancouver Tax Ledger Project,” which included digitizing, transcribing and indexing original tax ledgers for the city of Vancouver for the years 1886 and 1891.

Details may be found in The Columbian web site at:

Muskegon County Genealogical Society Holds Ceremony and Provides Headstones for Children Buried in Unmarked Graves

Seventy-two children buried in unmarked graves in the Shady Rest cemetery in Muskegon, Michigan are receiving new headstones and will be remembered a special ceremony today.

The Muskegon County Genealogical Society over a year ago approached the county’s board of commissioner with the idea of making May Cemetery Awareness Month. When the board approved the request, the society quickly got to work restoring and cleaning up cemeteries and grave sites throughout the county.

“We are doing a cemetery project for the Muskegon County Genealogical Society,” said Bill Hansen, cemetery committee chairman. “We are attempting to map all of the cemeteries in the county into an interactive mapping system, and we have done seventeen so far, and as part of that we sort of unofficial adopted this cemetery to work on.”