Societies

Society of Genealogists Seeks to Relocate

The following announcement was written by the Society of Genealogists in London, England:

After two years of careful analysis and discussions the Trustees of the Society of Genealogists have concluded that that we have finally outgrown our premises in Clerkenwell and are seeking to relocate.

Charterhouse Buildings is our fifth home since the Society was founded in 1911. But after 35 years, the current library no longer provides adequate space and facilities for our needs and requires significant investment for major repairs, maintenance and IT.

Moving to more suitable premises will enable the Society to reinvest in our core services of providing the best genealogical library and collections in the UK, to continue and expand upon our education programme and to create a more convivial space for our members and users.

NGS and FGS Announce Intent to Merge

A major announcement was released today: the Boards of Directors of both the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society and of the Federation of Genealogical Societies have announced they plan to merge the two organizations. This strikes me as a great idea as these two competing organizations have long overlapped many of each other’s efforts in serving their members, holding duplicate and expensive national conferences, and in many other ways. I am sure the transition will be challenging and probably not everything will progress smoothly. However, the end result should be one national organization that can better serve the genealogy community and do so at significantly lower expense than the two have been able to do separately.

Here is the announcement:

August 21, 2019 – Washington, D.C.

In a historic move, the boards of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announced today their intent to merge. The two organizations, both non-profit leaders in the dynamic genealogy industry, will form one consolidated group that will continue to operate as the National Genealogical Society. Both boards approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) earlier this week, and jointly announced the news at the Opening Session of the FGS Family History Conference in Washington, D.C. this morning.

Leaders of both organizations believe this merger will serve the genealogy community by improving support of both individual members and societies in the pursuit of genealogical excellence.

The organizational structure of NGS will be modified to increase functions that support genealogical societies and family organizations. Digitization projects of genealogical importance such as the War of 1812 pensions will continue. The two organizations will continue to operate independently while all details of the merger are completed, no later than October 1, 2020.

Historic Catholic Records Online Project Expansion Announced by American Ancestors and the Archdiocese of Boston

The following announcement was written by AmericanAncestors.org/New England Historic Genealogical Society:

20 Additional Years of Records—from 1901 through 1920—and more than 60 Additional Greater Boston Catholic Parishes Are To Be Added to the Historic Digital Genealogy Project at AmericanAncestors.org

August 7, 2019—Boston, Massachusetts—American Ancestors and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston (RCAB) today announced an expansion of its ongoing program to digitize important sacramental records in the history of Boston’s Catholic Church. This expansion of a project collaboration announced in early 2017 will effectively double the original 11 million names of parishioners to be included when the project is completed to encompass a total of approximately 21 million names—a treasure in research terms for historians, genealogists, scholars, and the public at large. Images are available to browse now. Name-searchable records will be available in an expanded database from American Ancestors on their award-winning website AmericanAncestors.org.

These historic records document several sacraments of the Catholic Church in Boston and surrounding towns including baptism, confirmation, holy communion, marriage, and the anointing of the sick. They are valued for research because they contain detailed information about the Catholic parishioners of greater Boston, their relationships with each other, the church, and often the community.

Maine Genealogical Society Annual Conference

The Maine Genealogical Society, in partnership with the Maine Historical Society, will present a two-day DNA themed research weekend in Portland, Maine on September 13 and 14.

Friday will be “Workshop Day” that includes:

  • Patricia Hobbs-Working with GEDMatch (hands on, charged laptop needed)
  • Karen Stanbary-Introduction to Chromosome Mapping & DNA Painter (presentation)

The full conference will meet on Saturday and the sessions will include:

FGS 2019 National Conference to be Held in Washington, DC on August 21–24

One of the major genealogy conferences in the U.S. is going to be held in 3 weeks in Washington, DC. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), in cooperation with sponsoring local societies, corporate sponsors, and partner organizations, is planning for a full four-day format jam-packed conference with topics of interest to every genealogist. This conference should appeal to genealogy newcomers and experienced genealogists alike.

The location in Washington obviously offers many more genealogy research opportunities, such as the nearby U.S. National Archives and Records Administration locations (yes, there are two of them), along with the Library of Congress, DAR Library, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and others. You might want to come early and stay late to do research at the many nearby archives!

Call For Presenters: Ontario Ancestors Conference & Family History Show 2020

The following announcement was written by the Board of Ontario Ancestors:

The Board of Ontario Ancestors (OGS) is delighted to announce that the 2020 annual conference will take place on June 5-7 at the Hamilton Convention Centre. The Conference Committee is already hard at work behind the scenes, planning an inspiring event under the banner, “Finding the Past – Moving into the Future.” Ontario Ancestors continues to boast the largest membership of any Canadian family history organization with its conference attracting speakers and attendees from across the globe.

The Program Committee invites proposals for Workshops and Lectures on:

The International Society of Family History Writers & Editors (ISFHWE) has Announced the Return of the “Excellence in Writing” Competition

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

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2020 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 March 2020.

The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). The categories are:

Wapello County (Iowa) Genealogy Society Moves into New Home

This is a follow-up to my earlier (brief) article at http://bit.ly/2MgGkI3.

The Wapello County Genealogy Society has found a new home for its library, and members were busy moving items to it Thursday.

Bill Hansen, newsletter editor for the society, said the group has found space in the Wapello Building on West Main Street. By the afternoon, most of the items had been moved from the former space Wapello County Historical Museum, and it was time to start getting things organized.

Details may be found in an article by Tracy Goldizen in the Ottumwa Courier at http://bit.ly/2yd2SBl.

Wapello County (Iowa) Genealogy Society Plans to Move

The Wapello County Board of Supervisors are deciding whether to approve the Wapello County (Iowa) Genealogical Society’s desire to relocate from their present location to the Wapello County Historical Museum in Ottumwa.

Details may be found in a brief article by Chiara Romero in the Ottumwa Courier at http://bit.ly/2xDtBGJ.

Association of Professional Genealogists Now Accepting Applications for Young Professional Scholarship, 1st of July Deadline

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

APG to Honor Student or Young Professional with Strong Interest in Developing a Career in Genealogy

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 24 May 2019 – The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) is now accepting applications for the APG Young Professional Scholarship. The scholarship goes to a young professional or a student who aspires to a professional career in genealogy. The scholarship awards a registration for the APG Professional Management Conference (PMC) and a stipend of up to $1,000 to defray costs of travel and lodging at the conference. The winner will be announced in July 2019 for attendance at the APG PMC 2019, which will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19–21 September 2019.

“Young professionals help bring energy and new ideas to the genealogy field,” said Billie Stone Fogarty, APG President. “As this is APG’s 40th anniversary, it is appropriate that we offer an up-and-coming genealogist this opportunity to learn more about the field at the premier conference for genealogy professionals. The winner will have the chance to delve into advanced genealogical business topics, as well as network with a wide variety of professionals.”

APG Young Professional Scholarship Eligibility and Application Details

NGS Awards Excellence in Genealogy Scholarship and Service

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

At our annual banquet on Friday evening on 10 May at the 2019 Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri, NGS presented awards that acknowledge and honor genealogical scholarship and service. The banquet speaker, David E. Rencher, AG, CG®, FIGRS, FUGA, spoke about the precarious future of tombstones in his presentation, “If Carved in Stone, Your Epitaph is Already Disappearing!” Awards Committee chair Janet L. Bailey opened the awards portion of the banquet.

Each year, NGS presents awards to organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to NGS programs or have done outstanding work in the field of genealogy, history, biography, or heraldry.

National Genealogy Hall of Fame

NGS Introduces War of 1812 Records Course

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

National Genealogical Society Introduces
Its New Online Course: War of 1812 Records

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is pleased to introduce our new Continuing Genealogical Studies (CGS) course, War of 1812 Records. The course will be available online at the commencement of the NGS 2019 Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri, 8-11 May 2019.

War of 1812 Records takes an in-depth look at the wealth of information family historians can access to trace ancestors in this time period. Records include compiled military service, pension, bounty land, Navy and Marine Corps, and prisoner of war records. War of 1812 Records will be available in the NGS online store on 8 May 2019.

Genealogical Forum of Oregon Challenges Other Societies to Help Rebuild the Paradise Genealogical Society’s Library

The following is an announcement from the Genealogical Forum of Oregon:

GFO Challenge: Let’s Help the Burned Genealogy Library in Paradise, California

Our hearts go out to the Paradise Genealogical Society whose library burned to the ground during California wildfires last year. They’ve found a new location to rent and have decided to rebuild their collection from scratch.

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon is in a good position to help. Here’s what we’re doing:

NGS Announces Winner of the Filby Award

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

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is pleased to announce that Susan Kaufman, manager of the Houston Public Library’s Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, is the winner of the NGS Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship. The award, along with its $1,000 prize, was presented to Kaufman today at Librarians’ Day, an event held a day in advance of the NGS 2019 Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri.

Created in 1999 by NGS, the award is named for the late P. William Filby, former director of the Maryland Historical Society and author of many core genealogical reference tools that genealogists have relied on for decades. It is presented annually at the NGS Family History Conference and has been sponsored by ProQuest and William Forsyth since 2006.

Multnomah County (Oregon) Estates, Wills and Guardianship Abstracts 1852-1901, 1904, 1908 are Available from the Genealogical Forum of Oregon

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon (GFO) has abstracts of the original Oregon probate files for Multnomah County but does not have the originals of these probate files. Many contain important information about relatives in other states and countries, and a few give small family charts. Copies of these abstracts are available by mail (not online) from the Genealogical Forum of Oregon.

Details may be found at: http://bit.ly/2Y2A616.

My thanks to newsletter reader Vince Patton for telling me about this resource.

Press Release: Association of Professional Genealogists Selects Judy Nimer Muhn as Coordinator for 2020 Professional Management Conference

The following was written by the Association of Professional Genealogists:

Muhn Brings Extensive Nonprofit Experience to Premiere Professional Genealogy Event

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 22 April 2019—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today announced the appointment of Judy Nimer Muhn as coordinator for the 2020 Professional Management Conference (PMC). Muhn, of Milford, Michigan, brings decades of nonprofit-management and genealogical leadership to this annual conference that serves the professional genealogy field.

Muhn joins Annette Burke Lyttle, who has served as APG PMC Coordinator since 2017 and will continue in her role. Muhn will rotate management of the conference with Lyttle each year. “With Annette’s help, we’ve grown APG PMC’s program and offerings over the past few years,” said APG President Billie Stone Fogarty. “We realized that much of the planning for the next conference needed to take place while we were working on the current conference. Having two professionals in this role addresses this issue, while augmenting creative planning and giving each coordinator a needed break between conferences.”

 

Wayne County (Indiana) Genealogy Society (and all of its Historical Records) Needs a New Home

From an article by Jason Truitt in the Richmond Palladium-Item:

“Tucked away in the basement of St. John Lutheran Church’s educational building sits a treasure trove of Wayne County history. The collection of records, scrapbooks, family histories, maps and other various materials has been collected — and is maintained — by a small non-profit group called the Wayne County Genealogical Society.

“The group has been working for nearly 30 years now, but its future is a bit hazy at the moment.”

It seems the Wayne County Genealogical Society is losing its home, at least at least temporarily and possibly permanently. The full story may be found at: http://bit.ly/2v1fM3E.

North Carolina Genealogical Society Call for Papers for 2019 Fall Conference

The North Carolina Genealogical Society invites speakers to submit lecture proposals for the 2019 Fall Conference to be held 1-2 November 2019 at the McKimmon Conference and  Training Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. Records, history, how-to methods specific to North Carolina
  2. Topics relating to states surrounding North Carolina, such as migration
  3. General methodology and DNA topics, which may include case studies

Press Release: NGS to Live Stream Ten Genealogy Lectures During its Family History Conference in May

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

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 4 April 2019 — The National Genealogical Society (NGS) will live stream ten lectures by nationally recognized speakers on some of the most popular topics in the field of genealogy during its 2019 Family History Conference. These lectures will be among more than 135 offered at the conference, 8−11 May 2019, in St. Charles, Missouri. On 9 May, three live stream lectures will focus on DNA’s role in supplementing genealogical research. Also on 9 May, two other talks will discuss ethnic research. The five selections on 10 May feature lectures by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) that emphasize research, analysis, and problem-solving skills. NGS members and non-members across the United States and overseas, who are unable to attend the conference in person, are invited to sign-up for these live stream broadcasts.

Registrants for live stream can sign up for a one-day or a two-day pass.

The Daviess County Museum in Washington, Indiana to Open a new Research Room

The Daviess County Museum is ready to unveil a significant step forward in preserving and unlocking its own archive with the opening of the new Research Room on April 25. A special free premiere event and reception celebrates the debut of the new facility beginning at 6 p.m. in the museum located at 212 E. Main St. in Washington.