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.

Registration Now Open for NYSFHC and NYSFHC @Home

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

Dear Friends –

The NYG&B has been actively working to transition our plans for the 2020 New York State Family History Conference (NYSFHC) to ensure a safe, healthy, and productive experience for everyone. NYSFHC is New York’s largest family history event, with attendees from across the United States. This year, we are proud to announce the addition of NYSFHC@Home—a digital conference experience in conjunction with our activities in Albany. Thanks to the dedication of our speakers and sponsors, this brand-new experience will deliver the NYSFHC experience remotely, from the comfort of your home.

What is NSYFHC@Home?

Ohio Genealogical Society Launches New Website

The following announcement was written by the Ohio Genealogical Society:

The Ohio Genealogical Society has officially launched its new website. Almost a year in development, it is now an easier site to navigate with its reformatted design, integrated access to database content, new catalog interface, a consolidated blog, and much more. As we continue to develop this new resource for research, you can expect to see more digitized material on the website. We are also positioning to be able to present webinars and other programming. The site is located at

Australian Genealogist Keith Johnson Elected a Fellow of The IGRS

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

Keith A. Johnson

It is with pleasure that we announce that high profile Australian genealogist Keith A. Johnson, AM, FSG, FSAG, FRAHS, has been elected a Fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society.  The formal, public announcement of his election would have occurred at the IGRS Annual General Meeting in London on Saturday, 9th May, but due to the Covid-19 health crisis that event has been postponed.

In announcing this award IGRS Chairman Steven Smyrl said “Keith has had a long and distinguished career in genealogy and he has been to the forefront of developments in the field in Australia for decades. He is the 92nd person to have been honoured with the Fellowship of the IGRS in its 84-year history.  He is the sixth Australasian (and fifth Australian) to be so elected, following Andrew Clifford (New Zealand, 1995), Rosemary Coleby (2005), Nick Reddan (2006), Lindsay Bellhouse (2009) and Terry Eakin (2012).”

Historian/Author Stephen Puleo to Appear on “American Stories, Inspiration Today”

American Ancestors, also known as the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), has been sponsoring a series of FREE online virtual programs titled “American Stories, Inspiration Today” done in collaboration with the Boston Public Library. The latest announcement certainly will interest many people, especially those with Irish ancestry. Here is the announcement written by American Ancestors:

American Ancestors│NEHGS and the Boston Public Library Present a True Tale of Irish-U.S. History and Humanitarian Aid

Boston Historian Stephen Puleo, Author of Voyage of Mercy,
Talks Tuesday, May 14, at 6 p.m. EDST
in a Virtual Event Series Titled “American Stories, Inspiration Today”
Providing History, Inspiration, Intelligence on the American Experience
for This Unprecedented At-home Time

Talks Are Free – Online Registration Now Open