Societies

Five Days Left to Register Online for NGS Conference

If you are planning to attend the annual conference of the National Genealogical Society, this is a reminder that there are only a few days left to pre-register for the NGS Family History Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2‒5 May 2018. Pre-conference registration ends 20 April. On-site registration and check-in will be available beginning at 12:00 noon, 1 May, in the DeVos Place Convention Center.

Details may be found at: http://bit.ly/2JQj2F6.

Illinois State Genealogical Society now Offers a Bicentennial Family Certificate

The following announcement was written by the Illinois State Genealogical Society:

ISGS is celebrating Illinois Bicentennial this year by offering a special certificate: Bicentennial Family Certificate. This will only be available in 2018! Thank you for spreading the word. Full press release below.

SPRINGFIELD, IL, March 30 , 2018 – The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces the introduction of the Illinois Bicentennial Family Certificate program, an official project of the Illinois Bicentennial celebration.

Available only during the Bicentennial year, the Illinois State Genealogical Society will issue Illinois Bicentennial Family Certificates to honor those who contributed to our state’s rich history to direct descendants of early pioneers who were living in Illinois in the year of Statehood (1818) and whose family has continued to be proud residents of our State for each generation since that time, with the applicant being a current resident of Illinois.

Nicki Peak Birch, CG, Retiring as Executive Director of BCG

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

Nicki Peak Birch, CG, longtime Executive Director of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), has elected to retire this year at the end of her contract, 30 June 2018. The Board has selected Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, as the new Executive Director.

Nicki Birch, a Virginia resident, was certified in 2007 and became the Executive Director in 2010. She was the sixth person to hold the administrative reins in BCG’s 50-year history, following Richard E. Spurr (1964-73); Donna R. Hotaling, CGRS (1973-82); John Frederick Dorman, CG Emeritus (1982-96); Marty Hiatt, CGRS (1996-2001); and Lynn C. McMillion, CG Emeritus (2001-2010).

NYG&B Labs Releases The Record Map Search

The following announcement was written by the folks at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society:

Thursday, February 22, 2018 – New York, NY – The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has launched a brand new tool, produced by NYG&B Labs titled “Mapping The Record.”

This innovative project allows visitors to search an index of articles from New York’s oldest (and largest) genealogical publication, The Record and return map-based results at https://labs.newyorkfamilyhistory.org.

The Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies is Renamed to Family History Connections

The Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies located in Blackburn, Victoria, Australia will now be known as Family History Connections. According to the new web site at: https://www.familyhistoryconnections.org.au:

“In the name AIGS, each word had a certain meaning. The word Australian implies that we help people with their Australian research. This is misleading because we provide access to family history resources from around the world. The word could also imply that our members are from around Australia, which is also incorrect, as the majority of our members live locally in Melbourne. We are not an Institute in the modern meaning of the word – conducting research and publishing papers. Rather, we help members to do their own research through the resources we provide. Genealogical Studies is a term not widely recognised in this day and age, when the commonly used term on web sites, commercial databases, magazines and books is Family History.

Texas State Genealogical Society Issues Call for Presentations for the 2018 TxSGS Family History Conference

The following announcement was written by the Texas State Genealogical Society:

Austin, Texas, February 15, 2018 – The Texas State Genealogical Society (TxSGS) announces a Call for Presentations for their 2018 Family History Conference. This year’s conference is slated for November 2-4, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, at the Omni San Antonio at the Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78230, 855-516-1090. The deadline for proposals is March 18, 2018.

NGS Opens Registration for a Guided Research Trip to Madison, Wisconsin

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

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 15 FEBRUARY 2018—Explore the Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives—one of our nation’s most extensive repositories—and the Max Kade Institute, a notable source of German and German American research materials. Sign up today for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) guided research trip to Madison, Wisconsin, 6–10 August 2018. Registration is limited to thirty participants.

The Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) Library and Archives’ genealogy and history collections are national in scope, including records of people who lived or passed through its territory as well as throughout the U.S. Its collection of newspapers, journals, magazines, and union and guilds publications from around the country is only surpassed by the Library of Congress. The Society’s Draper collection of 491 volumes (ca. 1775-1815) concentrates on the area known as “Trans-Allegheny West,” including the western Carolinas and Virginia, some portions of Georgia and Alabama, the entire Ohio River valley, and parts of the Mississippi River valley.

Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Completes Historic Scranton Diocese Parish Records Preservation Project

The following article was first published in the Winter 2018 edition of The Heritage, a publication of the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Inc. It is republished here with the kind permission of the society. Please do not republish it elsewhere with first obtaining permission of the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Inc. You may contact the Society at nepgsmail@gmail.com or at P.O. Box 1776 Shavertown, PA 18708. The Society’s web site is available at: http://nepgs.com.

After an intensive 20 month effort led by the Records Preservation Team at NEPGS, the Scranton Diocese Parish Records Preservation Project is complete!

Formally launched in May 2016 with completion targeted for the March 2018 150th Anniversary of the Scranton Diocese, all primary goals have been achieved. Digitally preserving the irreplaceable parish records was of utmost importance considering the age and fragile condition of the older sacramental register books. Office staff at the parishes now can conveniently access their register books on their computers via external hard drives provided by NEPGS. This will help to arrest further deterioration of the register books since they will be handled less frequently. The project also creates a unique digital collection for genealogical research containing a wealth of information.

ISFHWE Election of Officers

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

The 2018 election of officers and board members for ISFHWE will be held very soon. The election results will be announced 2 May 2018 at the National Genealogical Society conference. The Nominating Committee will compile the nominations and an election ballot will be e-mailed to every ISFHWE member in good standing in April 2018. (Your annual dues must be paid to maintain your membership in good standing.) We will again be voting electronically through the members-only website. The following positions are up for election this year:

The Sweet Home Genealogical Society Seeks Help Identifying Hundreds of Photos

The Sweet Home Genealogical Society of Sweet Home, Oregon, needs help from the community to identify people in its collection of photographs. Among the resources at SHGS are donated family photos that include images of people and places.

The society has also acquired hundreds of photos from the John Eggen family after he passed away in 2010. Eggen was a photographer who owned a studio in Lebanon, chronicling residents and the Lebanon, Sweet Home, and surrounding areas for three decades.

Details may be found in an article in The New Era web site at: http://bit.ly/2EpUd2Y.

The National Genealogical Society Has Moved

The (U.S.) National Genealogical Society recently moved into new offices. The move was five miles, from Arlington to Falls Church, Virginia. The new mailing address is: 6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 810, Falls Church, VA 22042-2318 USA. However, the telephone numbers remain the same. Tel. 703-525-0050 or 800-473-0060.

Details may be found in the NGS web site at: http://upfront.ngsgenealogy.org/2018/01/the-national-genealogical-society-has.html.

Alison Hare and Nancy Peters to Succeed NGSQ Editors Tom Jones and Melinde Lutz Byrne in 2019

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

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 29 JANUARY 2018—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has named Alison Hare, CG®, and Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGLSM, as co-editors of its National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) beginning with the March 2019 issue. They take the reins of editorial responsibility for this prestigious publication from retiring editors Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, and Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG, who will continue as co-editors through the publication of the December 2018 issue.

“NGS is profoundly grateful to Tom and Melinde, who have served as co-editors since 2002 and 2006, respectively,” said NGS President Ben Spratling, JD. “During their tenure, they ensured that NGSQ maintained the highest standards of scholarly articles, including genealogies, case studies, essays on new methodology, and critical book reviews. I know that Tom and Melinde share the NGS Board’s enthusiasm in welcoming Nancy and Alison as the journal’s incoming co-editors.”

Elkhart County (Indiana) Historical Society Receives a $37,000 Grant to Digitize Parts of Its Collection

The Elkhart County Historical Society’s wide-ranging archives will be digitized, thanks to a $37,000 grant from the Indiana Historical Society.

The museum’s archive includes hundreds or thousands of documents, including church and business records and county birth, death and marriage records. While the $37,000 grant will be a big help. it still is not enough to digitize everything. The Elkhart County Historical Society has hired an archivist to determine which parts of the collection will be digitally preserved first.

Details may be found in an article by Jordan Fouts in The Elkhart Truth at http://bit.ly/2DmN8ja.

Announcing New Social Media Channels for the Britain, Ireland & the Isles Chapter of the APG

The Association of Professional Genealogists has a few hundred members scattered across England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Isles. New social media channels have been created to bringing the chapter together online. The creators of the social media channels plan to use the channels to circulate webinars and podcasts localised to the region.

The first podcast is posted on YouTube and on Facebook. It is a moderated discussion between Chris Paton [The Genes Blog/ @BritishGenes] and Lorna Moloney [Clans & Surnames @merrimanresearch].

Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania has Shut Down

For close to 20 years, the Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania has occupied an old church on Main Street in Peckville. However, the building is now locked and “closed” signs cover the building. The society’s web site at https://www.grsnp.net now says, “We are no longer in business as of November 4, 2017. Scranton Public Library, and other local 501c3 organizations, have our records.”

Society officers are in the process of dissolving the non-profit organization that helped people research their family histories. The society reportedly closed because of a lack of volunteers.

National Genealogical Society Seeks Nominations for 2018 National Genealogy Hall of Fame

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

At the 2017 NGS Conference in the States, held in Raleigh, North Carolina in May, the National Genealogy Hall of Fame welcomed Peter Stebbins Craig, a devoted historian and relentless genealogist whose pioneering research led to significant publications on the early Swedish settlements along the Delaware River. He was nominated by the American Society of Genealogists and became the thirty-second member to be so honored.

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.

NEHGS Honors Historian and Bestselling Author Winston Groom with Its Lifetime Achievement Award

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

A Genealogy by NEHGS of Groom—Author of Forrest Gump — Tells of Southern Ancestry and of Notable Kin Including Harper Lee and Truman Capote

October 26, 2017—Boston, Massachusetts—Best-selling author Winston Groom was honored by New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) with its Lifetime Achievement Award in History and Literature at its Fall Family History Benefit Dinner in Boston on Thursday evening.

At the event Brenton Simons, NEHGS President and CEO, presented Groom with an expertly prepared genealogy of his family—a tradition of NEHGS for many years. Simons revealed in detail Groom’s deep southern roots and ethnic variety including Croatian, Irish, Spanish, and French ancestry. Highlighted were the author’s ancestors noted for their patriotic service including the Civil War, the War of 1812, and the Revolutionary War.

Tax is Considered the Last Chance for some Colorado Historical Societies

An article by Ryan Summerlin in the Post Independent Citizen Telegram points out the financial difficulties that historical societies in Garfield County, Colorado, are facing. The historical societies say a proposed tax increase is their last shot at sustainable funding that will safeguard their futures.

On the Nov. 7 ballot, seven of the county’s historical societies and museums are asking voters to approve a property tax increase that would generate an estimated $1 million a year — without which, some organizations wonder if they’ll stay open. Advocates estimate that the increase would cost residential property owners about $3.24 per $100,000 of assessed property value.

The American Society of Genealogists elects a new Fellow: Rachal Mills Lennon

The following announcement appeared first on the web site of the American Society of Genealogists:

The Fellows of the American Society of Genealogists (ASG) held their annual meeting on Saturday, October 7, 2017, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Rachal Mills Lennon of Hendersonville, Tennessee, was elected to the Society as its 167th Fellow.

Rachal Mills Lennon has been a Certified Genealogist since 1987. Her research focuses on challenging problems in the American South, especially those involving African Americans, Native Americans, and white yeoman farmers. Along with numerous scholarly genealogical articles in The National Genealogical Society Quarterly and The American Genealogist, her published work includes a compiled genealogy, Some Southern Balls: From Valentine to Ferdinand and Beyond (Tuscaloosa, Ala., 1993), and a methodological guide, Tracing Ancestors among the Five Civilized Tribes: Southeastern Indians Prior to Removal (Baltimore, 2002), which is one of the cornerstone references for Native American genealogy.

Ontario Genealogical Society to Operate CanadianHeadstones.com

The following announcement was written by Jim McKane:

Jim McKane, founder and president of CanadianHeadstones.com is pleased to announce that the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) has agreed to assume responsibility for the operation of the corporation and its namesake website, www.CanadianHeadstones.com to ensure the continuation and growth of Canada’s premier collection of headstone photographs and transcriptions, together with its sister sites www.ObituaryNetwork.org, www.OldFamilyPhotos.ca, http://GenDexNetwork.org/ and http://CHFamilyTrees.com/.