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.


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 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 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:

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 and 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.


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

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 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.


I already wrote about the opening session in my earlier article at 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, 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

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

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.