Societies

Kerry Scott Named Editor of APG eNews

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

Kerry Scott

Kerry Scott

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.

Reception marking 80th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Genealogical Research Society

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

On the evening of Friday, 23rd September a reception was held in London to mark the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Genealogical Research Society.

It took place at the College of Arms, where 80 years earlier the Society had been founded, on the 15th September 1936, in the rooms of the then York Herald, Aubrey J. Toppin, CVO, a longtime friend of Fr Wallace Clare, the Society’s founding father.

Association of Professional Genealogists Recognizes Members and Chapters for Contributions to the Organization and to the Genealogy Profession

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

apg_logoFORT WAYNE, Indiana, and WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 22 September 2016 − The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) honored several of its members for their achievements and service to the field of genealogy today at its 2016 Professional Management Conference (PMC) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. APG President Billie Stone Fogarty presented the awards at today’s opening session of PMC.

Melanie D. Holtz, CG, received the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr., Award of Merit, which honors personal commitment and outstanding service to the APG. Holtz was an APG board member in 2010 and from 2013–2014 and served on APG’s Professional Development Committee for six years. She is a member of the APG North Carolina Chapter. She operates an international research firm that specializes in Italian genealogy, dual citizenship, and probate cases.

Hotel Reservations Now Open for the FGS 2017 Conference in Pittsburgh

This may seem early. After all, the 2016 FGS conference was held just last week. However, hotel reservations often sell out early so the wise genealogist probably wants to make a reservation NOW for the 2017 FGS conference. I made my reservation today.

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

Book your room now for #FGS2017

9/7/2016 – Austin, TX.

FGS is pleased to announce that hotel reservations are now open for the 2017 Conference to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Two Pittsburgh hotels are now taking reservations for the FGS 2017 conference – “Building Bridges to the Past.” The conference will be held August 30-September 2 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Guild of One-Name Studies is Now Available at FamilySearch.org

The following announcement was written by the Guild of One-Name Studies:

The online resource helps people trace the possible origins and variations of their last name.

Guild_logoLONDON, U.K., and SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (September 6, 2016)—The Guild of One-Name Studies, a charitable organization that promotes facts about given surnames, and FamilySearch International, a nonprofit and the largest genealogy organization in the world, announced today that the guild’s collections will now be searchable at FamilySearch.org. The partnership gives guild members another source for preserving their great work while also allowing more researchers across the globe to benefit from exploring the variant spellings of their personal surnames and possibly connect with others throughout the world who have the same last name.

FGS 2016 Conference in Springfield, Illinois is a Success

I returned home late last night from the annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, co-sponsored by the local host, the Illinois State Genealogical Society. I have to say this was one of the better FGS conferences I have attended (and I have been to most of them for in the past 28 years). It wasn’t the biggest ever held but it was one of the better organized and better planned FGS events.

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I already wrote about the opening session in my earlier article at http://goo.gl/JkC9hF. That was followed by three days of presentations covering a wide variety of topics, an active exhibits hall, various luncheons, the conference banquet on Friday evening, and several workshops. Indeed, the Friday banquet perhaps was the best ever at an FGS conference. Games were played, including a mix of trivia questions and something that resembled a scavenger hunt (all held within the banquet hall). Thousands of dollars in prizes were awarded!

FGS 2016 Awards Presented at the FGS 2016 National Conference

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

September 1, 2016

Federation of Genealogical Societies Presented Awards to Deserving Individuals and Organizations in the Genealogical Community at FGS 2016 Annual Conference

September 1, 2016 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) presented awards to fellow genealogists and organizations who provide excellent work, assist other genealogists, and aid in the preservation of records at this morning’s Keynote Session at the FGS 2016 National Conference, “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” in Springfield, Illinois.

Loretto (“Lou”) Szucs from Illinois was presented with the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award for being a constant supporter and visionary for the genealogical community.

Judy Russell from New Jersey, also known as “The Legal Genealogist,” was presented with the Directors Award for her role as a leader within the genealogical community in helping to raise awareness and funds for the Preserve the Pensions project.

FGS Announces the Completion of Fundraising for Preserve the 1812 Pensions Project

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

Springfield, IL –Today at its annual conference, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announced the receipt of a historic $500,000 anonymous contribution to the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions fundraising project. The unprecedented donation, which came from outside of the genealogical community, will be matched by Ancestry.com, and in total provide $1 million to the project. Those funds, along with crowdsourced funds from the genealogical community have provided more than $3 million dollars to the project. With these donations, FGS officially has announced the completion of fundraising for “Preserve the Pensions,” the landmark community fundraising project.

The largest fundraising effort ever initiated for a single genealogical record set, Preserve the Pensions involved donations from more than 4,000 individuals and 115 genealogical and lineage societies. Each donation was generously matched by Ancestry.com.

ISFHWE Excellence-In-Writing Competition Winners Announced

The following announcement was written by the folks at the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE):

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the Excellence-in-Writing Competition. All entries were exceptional this year. Submission details for 2017 will be announced soon. For any questions on the competition, email Tina Sansone at competition@isfhwe.org.

Cat 1 – Columns
1st Place: Elaine Thomas – Stories I’ve Been Told – Otto l. Fuchs, Jr.
2nd Place: Martha E. Jones, PhD – Ancestral Avenues – Write Your Own Obituary
3rd Place: Barbara Starmans – General Paresis of the Insane
Honorable Mention:Carolyn Schott – Happy Birthday, Mom
Honorable Mention:Susan R. Anderson – Searching for roots to find my way home
Honorable Mention:James M. Beidler – Accomplishing Client’s Goal the Best Holiday Present

Files of the Old Darlington District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society, Moved to the Historical Commission in Darlington

The Old Darlington District Chapter (ODDC) recently lost its home. However, it has reached an agreement with the Historical Commission in Darlington to take most of their collection as a permanent loan.

Their collection includes thousands of family surname files including an extensive collection of African-American funeral programs from the Hartsville community, a series of Civil War letters from Alexander F. Byrd (Co. E, 6th SC Volunteers) to his wife, an estimated 2,500 books covering South Carolina history and genealogy as well as history and genealogy from across the Southeastern United States, an extensive collection of microfilm and microfiche, maps, Carson Steen’s Hartsville Oral History Collection, the Skinner family collection of thousands of genealogical files from all areas of South Carolina, Jeannine W. Talwar Genealogical Collection, Carrie Lee Kalber, Beaufort County family history of the Erwin, Lawton and Allied families and the Jill King Lyles – Welsh Neck Baptist Association records from 1730s to 1990s, and many others.

National Genealogical Society Releases Research in Pennsylvania, 3rd Edition

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

ARLINGTON, VA, 23 August 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the publication of the newly revised and updated Research in Pennsylvania. This essential guide book introduces family historians to a wealth of historic documentation that can aid their genealogical research. Written by Kay Haviland Freilich, CGSM, CGLSM, FNGS, Research in Pennsylvania, 3rd edition, is part of the NGS Research in the States series and is available for purchase in the NGS online store in both PDF and print versions.

The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania is Moving

The following message was sent by The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania:

For quite some time, the Officers and Board of The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania have envisioned moving to an office with more space. A suburban setting with train and bus access and ample parking for those who would drive.

As luck would have it, we have been propelled into living our dream. A few weeks ago we were notified that the building we have been in for the past several years, 2207 Chestnut Street, has been sold and will be demolished. All tenants need to vacate by September 14th, 2016. That has stimulated a flurry of excited activity – considering and looking at a variety of possibilities while adhering to the mandate of our charter, which is, that we remain within the bounds of Philadelphia. We are pleased to announce that we have secured a suite of offices at 2100 Byberry Road in Northeast Philadelphia.

Facing Up to the Long-term Future of Your Genealogy Society

This article was first published as a Plus Edition article on March 7, 2012. It turned out to be a very popular article. At the suggestion of some newsletter readers, I am re-publishing it today as a Standard Edition article so that more people can read it. I have made a few minor updates to the original article as well.

Please feel free to forward this article to others or to republish it anywhere you please for non-commercial purposes. There is no need to ask for permission; “just do it.”

NOTE: This article contains several personal opinions.

I travel a lot (I am in Auckland, New Zealand today and going to Singapore on Monday), and I spend a lot of time with officers and members of many genealogy societies. Most everywhere I go, I hear stories of societies that are shrinking in size and even a few stories of societies that are struggling to maintain their existence. Even amongst all this “doom and gloom,” I do hear a few rare stories of genealogy societies that are thriving and growing larger. Not only are they attracting more members, but these few societies are also offering more and more services to their members with each passing year.

Why do the majority of societies flounder while a handful succeed?

A Genealogy Society’s Guide to Building Simple, Low-Cost Web Sites

I was planning to write a Plus Edition article aimed at genealogy societies who wish to create a new web site or to improve an existing web site. While researching the article, I discovered that a similar article has already been written. The other article isn’t specific to genealogy societies, but the information in A Nonprofit’s Guide to Building Simple, Low-Cost Websites is about 95% the same as I would have written in my article for genealogy societies.

Since most of the information I planned to offer is already available elsewhere, I will suggest any interested reader should first read the A Nonprofit’s Guide to Building Simple, Low-Cost Websites article by Chris Peters at http://goo.gl/s3uVEN. I offer the following comments to supplement the original article with the other 5% of the information that I wanted to write about.

First, I strongly support Chris Peters’ suggestion to use blogging software as the society’s primary web-development tool. Most of today’s blogging software offers a variety of options so that any genealogy society should be able to tailor any of the leading blogging products in a manner to meet the needs of the society. Blogging software is easy enough to learn, and it lets you place your newest information—an announcement, article, or something else—right at the top of the web site’s home page to greet your viewers as soon as they enter your website. This dynamic display encourages viewers to return to your website time after time.

Newly Available Online: Marriage Notices Appearing in Troy, New York, Newspapers 1797 – 1860

The Troy Irish Genealogy Society (TIGS) has added yet another online database. (This has to be one busy genealogy society!) The following was written by the Troy Irish Genealogy Society:

An index to 6,177 marriage notices covering 12,354 names that were published in five different Troy, New York newspapers from 1797 to 1860 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 this book so these important records could be made available on-line for genealogy researchers.

To see these records go to the TIGS website – www.troyirish.com – click on PROJECTS and then, under Marriage Records, click on MARRIAGE NOTICES APPEARING IN TROY NEWSPAPERS.The five different Troy newspapers mentioned in the introduction to the index were:

Association of Professional Genealogists Names Annette Burke Lyttle Coordinator for 2017 Professional Management Conference

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

Lyttle Brings Broad Event-Planning Expertise to Premiere Professional Genealogy Event

Annette Burke LyttleWHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 11 July 2015—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today announced the appointment of Annette Burke Lyttle as coordinator for the 2017 Professional Management Conference (PMC). Lyttle of The Villages, Florida, brings lengthy experience in logistics and event management to the conference.

As PMC Coordinator, Lyttle will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the annual conference, which offers topics relevant to genealogy professionals and those interested in the profession. Her career began in logistics management in the U.S. Army, after which she moved on to positions in corporate, higher education, small business, and volunteer work. She holds an M.A. in English language and literature and a B.A. in journalism. She is the owner of Heritage Detective, LLC, and currently serves on the committee for APG’s 2016 PMC, which will take place 22–24 September, 2016 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Announcing the 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 five 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.

The ASG Scholar Award provides financial assistance for a developing scholar to attend one of five academic programs in American genealogy: the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.), the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) in Washington, D.C., the Certificate Program in Genealogical Research at Boston University, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), or the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). The recipient may register for the program of his or her choice.

BCG’s SpringBoard Blog Sponsors “A Contest for the Genealogically Adventuresome: Number Modern Family”

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

The Board for Certification of Genealogists’ blog Springboard is sponsoring a contest. This past month’s series of SpringBoard posts on numbering a genealogy has highlighted complex family structures. It’s dense information, and now it’s time for some fun!

Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

On 13th May, Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a reception held in the former Public Record Office Reading Room in the Four Courts, now the Court of Appeals.

AGI (formerly the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland) was founded on 13th May 1986 in Belfast.  It was formed to represent professional genealogists across the island of Ireland and has, in its 30 year history, attracted members from all sections of the community, from both North and South.

AGI is the only accrediting body for genealogy in Ireland and works to maintain high standards in professional genealogy throughout the whole island.

Dallas Genealogical Society Announces Winners of 2016 Writing Contest

The Society is particularly pleased that the First Prize Winner tells the story behind the first DAR member to successfully use Y-DNA to prove a generational connection in the absence of other direct evidence. Other members have submitted Y-DNA in the past, but in those cases there was enough documentation that DNA was not needed.

The following announcement was written by the Dallas Genealogical Society:

DGSDallas, TX , May 11,2016 – – The Dallas Genealogical Society announces the winners of their 2016 Writing Contest. The Society is particularly pleased that the First Prize Entry tells the story behind the first DAR member to successfully use Y-DNA to prove a generational connection in the absence of other direct evidence. In the past, other members submitted Y-DNA, but in those cases there was enough documentation that DNA was not needed.

First Prize $500: A Case Study in Using DNA for DAR Membership: First Successful Application by Ray Harriot