FamilySearch Recognized for US-Mexican War Database Creation

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch International and Pat Rand of the National Park Service were both presented with the prestigious Directors’ Award of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) at the FGS 2020 virtual annual conference. The Directors’ Award recognizes exceptional contributions to the field of genealogy and family history, and extra-mile efforts to promote good will and improve services.

FamilySearch was specifically commended for its volunteers’ efforts in indexing records for the United States Mexican War Soldiers and Sailors Database project. Through the efforts of FamilySearch volunteers, records for 130,000 soldiers who served in the war are now searchable for free online.

Eli Rabinowitz elected to International Jewish Genealogy Board

Eli Rabinowitz

Perth, Australia-based Eli Rabinowitz has been elected to the Board of Directors of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) at its International Jewish Genealogy Conference.

The conference drew more than 2300 registrants from 28 countries.

Eli has researched his family’s genealogy and associated Jewish cultural history for over 30 years. A South African-born Australian, Eli has travelled extensively, writing about Jewish life, travel and education on his website, Tangential Travel and Jewish Life.

Week-long Virtual French Genealogical Fair—FREE

The Fédération Française de Généalogie will host a FREE, week-long event (26 September – 3 October) to be held virtually, 24/7. Visit stalls, chat with professional and amateur genealogists, collect information, watch videos, attend presentations (live or download later), and more. The entire conference will be interactive.

Best of all, you don’t need to travel to France and you don’t have to get up at 3:00 am to take advantage of this conference!

AGRA Announces: Family History Question Time Podcast Project

The following announcement was written by the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives:

The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives, the association representing professional genealogists in England and Wales, has announced their latest development a series of podcasts to be streamed via the website – Ask AGRA – Family History Question Time.

This initiative has been developed in response to the COVID pandemic. Many consumers took the opportunity to begin researching their family history during the lockdown, but the closure of archives and cancellation of family history fairs and events has presented challenges which normally our members would help to resolve. Now, the free AGRA podcasts will be available to all, the first series of six to be made available monthly from 1st September 2020. AGRA members will form panels of experts in discussions led by Moderators such as Sarah Williams of Who Do You Think You Are? and Helen Tovey of Family Tree magazine. Some well-known authors and experts in their field will be adding their voices to the discussions including Gill Blanchard, Dr. Geoff Swinfield, Les Mitchinson and Simon Fowler, to name but a few.

The six themes will be as follows, broadcast on the 1st of each month:

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) presents its 2020 Awards

The following announcement was written by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies:

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) presented its 2020 awards Aug 12 at its International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, at its first virtual conference. The Conference drew more than 2200 registrants from 28 countries.

Award winners were:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Hadassah Lipsius and Robinn Magid

Volunteer of the Year: Gary Perlman

Future Leader of the Year: Jarrett Ross

Outstanding Project: JGS of Greater Boston Research Sunday Program, Judy Izenberg, out-going chair, Jonathan Rappaport, new chair

Outstanding Publication: Society newsletter: Chronicles: Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia, Evan Fishman, editor, Edward Flax, graphics editor

Outstanding Publication: Book: Ketubbot Registers of the Jewish Nation of Livorno (Leghorn), Genealogies and Family Itineraries by Alain Nedlar, Gilles Boulu, Lilane Nedjar and Raphael Attias

IAJGS Salutes: Shalom Bronstein and Yocheved Klauser

Rabbi Malcolm Stern Grant: Tsal Kaplun Foundation

The Conference was hosted by IAJGS, an umbrella organization of more than 91 Jewish genealogical organizations worldwide. The IAJGS coordinates and organizes activities such as its annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy and provides a unified voice as the spokesperson on behalf of its members. The IAJGS’s vision is of a worldwide network of Jewish genealogical research organizations and partners working together as one coherent, effective and respected community, enabling people to succeed in researching Jewish ancestry and heritage. Find the IAJGS at: and like us on Facebook at

The American Society of Genealogists’ 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 $2,000, toward tuition and expenses at one of six 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 award, granted at the ASG annual meeting each fall, is to defray costs of attending a program in the following calendar year.

Elise C. Cole Joins the Ontario Genealogical Society to Ensure the Society Is Informed and Compliant With Copyright Law and Best Practices

The following announcement was written by the Ontario Genealogical Society:

Elise C Cole

Ontario Ancestors – The Ontario Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that Elise C. Cole will be joining our team to ensure that the Society is informed and compliant with copyright law and copyright best practices. We have worked closely with Elise before, most recently in her role as Program Co-Chair for the 2020 Conference Advisory Committee.

We are thrilled that she has decided to take on this challenging, but rewarding, role with our organization. Having someone with her experience and expertise, will assist the Society in making sure that we are always employing best practices when it comes to copyright, as this is one of our top priorities.

National Genealogical Society Announces Plans for its 2021 Family History Conference

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

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 16 JULY 2020—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announced that its 2021 Family History Conference is scheduled to take place 19-22 May 2021 in Richmond, Virginia, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Information about the Conference’s program—Virginia: Deep Roots of a Nation—and the many genealogical resources in Richmond are now available online as a downloadable brochure.

Ukrainian History and Education Center to Launch FREE Online Genealogy Series

The following announcement was written by the Ukrainian History and Education Center:

Ukrainian History and Education Center to Launch FREE Online Genealogy Series July 15; Programming to Continue throughout 2020

Genealogists with roots in and around Ukraine can continue their research during the pandemic with the launch of NashiPredky@Home, a FREE online genealogy and history series of events by the Ukrainian History and Education Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to connect generations by telling the stories of Ukraine and Ukrainian Americans through its museum and archives.

Kentucky Genealogical Society Announces a Series of Web Seminars: “Discovering Your Bluegrass Roots in Kentucky”

The Kentucky Genealogical Society typically offers a full day seminar each August in Frankfort, Kentucky. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the society is instead offering a series of eight online webinars throughout the month of August, 2020. The theme of the series is, “Discovering Your Bluegrass Roots in Kentucky.”

The series includes speakers who can help researchers with Kentucky ancestors, including: Tracing Your Kentucky Roots with Peggy Lauritzen, Researching at the County and Local Level in Kentucky with Dave Schroeder, Using Maps in Genealogy with Katherine Wilson, 10 Things for a Genealogist to Do Before Leaving an Archive or Library in Kentucky with Melissa Barker, LGBTQ Genealogy with Stewart Traiman, Discovering African Americans in Kentucky records prior to 1870 with Cynthia Maharrey, and Strategies to Analyze Endogamous DNA with Alec Ferretti.

Berks County (Pennsylvania) Genealogical Society Library to Reopen

According to an announcement on the Berks County (Pennsylvania) Genealogical Society’s website at

BCGS WILL REOPEN JULY 15th, by appointment only.

New Library Hours: Wed – Fri: 2:30 – 6pm; Sat and Sun: noon – 4pm.

A mask will be required to enter the GoggleWorks. Please call the library during open hours to make an appointment at 484-509-4806. Or email to:

To permit social distancing only 5 researchers will be permitted in library at one time. Library staff will be wiping down surfaces after your visit.

National Genealogical Society’s 2020 On-Demand! Now Available

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

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 7 JULY 2020—Individuals interested in researching their family history can now purchase educational webinars at the National Genealogical Society’s Virtual Family History Conference. NGS 2020 On-Demand! offers three packages of ten, twenty, and forty-five lectures for purchase and streaming on As a bonus, every package also includes twenty-six, free webinars.

Once an individual purchases a package, he may choose from more than eighty-five sessions that cover a comprehensive range of topics, including DNA, ethnic heritage and women, immigration and migration, records and resources, religion, and research techniques and methodology. To learn more, download the Sessions Guide for the full list of webinars.

Registration is Now Open for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Virtual Family History Conference

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

Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society Receives a $6,000 Grant

Virginia Humanities has announced $235,800 in recent grants to nonprofit organizations in support of public humanities programs for audiences throughout the state. Virginia Humanities has awarded grants to museums, historical societies, and other cultural non-profits across the state since 1974.

“At Virginia Humanities, we recognize that the present and the future of the commonwealth depend on our coming together to understand our past. The projects funded in this grant cycle use storytelling, history, and art to explore the diverse array of cultures in our state,” said Matthew Gibson, Virginia Humanities executive director. “These projects will serve everyone in the commonwealth and help us better understand where we’re all coming from.”

One of the nonprofit organizations to receive a grant this year from Virginia Humanities is the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. The $6,000 grant is to help fund the 42nd annual Conference of the society, which will be held virtually in 2020 for the first time in its history.

The National Genealogical Society Introduces a New Online Course: Transcribing, Extracting, and Abstracting Genealogical Documents

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

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 23 JUNE 2020—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) introduced today the newest course in its Continuing Genealogical Studies series, Transcribing, Extracting, and Abstracting Genealogical Documents. The course is designed to teach family historians the skills needed to examine, analyze, and apply information accurately from any kind of document to further their genealogical research. It serves both as a refresher course for the experienced genealogist and as a comprehensive tutorial for those who are working to acquire these skills.

The purpose of family history research is not merely to trace your ancestors but also to prove their relationships in your family tree. Simply duplicating documents will not accomplish these goals. The way to build a family tree accurately and successfully is through the careful examination and analysis of those documents. This can be accomplished by fully transcribing a document, extracting selected portions, or abstracting the important information while leaving the nonessential legal language out.

A New Book From Robert Charles Anderson: The Mayflower Migration

The following is an announcement from the New England Historic Genealogical Society – American Ancestors:

NGS 2020 On-Demand! Now Available

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

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 9 JUNE 2020—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announced that registration for its 2020 Virtual Conference resumes on 9 June. Over 1,887 people participated in the first part of the virtual event, NGS 2020 Live! The second part, NGS 2020 On-Demand!, starts streaming 1 July.

NGS 2020 On-Demand! is now available for purchase on If you register for any NGS 2020 On-Demand! package, you’ll also receive the full day of lecture sessions from NGS 2020 Live! PlaybackNGS will contact all registrants to let them know when they can begin choosing their lecture sessions.

General Society of Mayflower Descendants has cancelled its 42nd Congress

The cancellation is due to the Covid19 (CoronaVirus) pandemic. The society plans to hold its next Congress in September 2021.

Announcing the 400th Anniversary Edition of “Of Plimoth Plantation”

The following announcement was written by American Ancestors|New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Colonial Society of Massachusetts:

Native American Historian and American History Experts
Offer a Groundbreaking Look at
the Most Important Eyewitness Account of the Mayflower Story

A Newly-Annotated Edition of
Governor William Bradford’s Account of Plymouth Colony,
Published by American Ancestors and the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Provides New Perspectives on Colonization and Conflict

May 21, 2020—Boston, Massachusetts—In this first-of-its-kind edition of Bradford’s account of the Mayflower’s journey, its arrival in 1620, and life in the New World—published this week by American Ancestors and the Colonial Society of Massachusetts—Wampanoag, American, and Dutch scholars set the record straight about the impact of the arrival of 102 passengers to what they would call Plymouth Colony. This new book offers a fresh perspective on what took place over the first years of settlement—particularly the interactions between the Pilgrims and the Native people—in time for this year’s 400th anniversary of one of the most impactful events in world history.

National Genealogical Society Announces Its 2020 Awards & Competition Honorees

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

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 20 MAY 2020—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announced its 2020 award honorees and competition winners at its Virtual Family History Conference NGS 2020 Live! on 20 May 2020. The following awards were announced to recognize excellence, achievement, and genealogical service.

National Genealogy Hall of Fame: George Ely Russell, CG®, FASG, FNGS

NGS introduced its National Genealogy Hall of Fame in 1986. The award honors outstanding genealogists whose achievements in American genealogy have had a great impact on the field.  We invite you to visit the National Genealogy Hall of Fame and learn about its honorees. This year George Ely Russell, nominated by the American Society of Genealogists, was elected to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame. Born in Niagara Falls, New York, on 24 November 1927, George died in Ijamsville, Maryland, on 9 January 2013.