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.

Does Your Genealogy Society Publish eBooks? If Not, They Should.

Today I stumbled across the web site of the Upper Shore Genealogy Society of Maryland. The Society covers Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties. What caught my eye was a listing of ebooks of local records the society sells on CD-ROM disks. I started thinking, why don’t more genealogy societies do the same?

Here are the ebooks sold by the Upper Shore Genealogy Society at

Ontario Ancestors Conference 2019 Early Bird Discount Ends Soon

Ontario Ancestors (The Ontario Genealogical Society) would like to remind everyone that the Early Bird Pricing Discount for the for the society’s 2019 Conference ends March 31. According to an announcement from the Society:

Our “Breaking Down Genealogical Barriers” Conference and Family History Show will run June 20-23 at the London Convention Centre in downtown London, Ontario. With local tours on Thursday June 20th, workshops on Friday June 21, and lectures on Saturday and Sunday, all accompanied by Canada’s largest family history show of vendors, archives and societies this Conference should be the highlight of the 2019 conference season in Canada.

Downriver Genealogical Society Library and Newspaper Digitization Project Moves to a New Facility

The Downriver Genealogical Society Library and Newspaper Digitization Project has begun moving its artifacts and records to its new home in Flat Rock with a grand opening planned April 30. The society is moving from Taylor where it had stayed for 10 years, said Sherry Huntington, president of the society.

The genealogical society collects documents, newspapers, yearbooks, cemetery compilations and books regarding local history from 18 communities in Southeast Michigan, including the communities of Brownstown Township, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Huron Township, Rockwood, South Rockwood, Trenton and Woodhaven.

Details may be found in an article by Dean Cousino in the Monroe News web site at: The Downriver Genealogical Society’s web site may be found at:

Federation of Family History Societies is Changing its Name

The following announcement was written by the Federation of Family History Societies:

  • The Federation of Family History Societies is rebranding as Family History Federation
  • Rebranding to Family History Federation will officially launch at Family Tree Live in April 2019 along with a new-look website.

The rebranding to Family History Federation acknowledges that the membership of the Federation is wider than just family history societies, encompassing a range of associated organisations. ‘Family History Federation’ also reflects how its focus is firmly on family history: the primary purpose being to encourage, educate and support all family historians.

The Ontario Genealogical Society has a new name: Ontario Ancestors

The following announcement was written by the Ontario Genealogical Society:

The Ontario Genealogical Society announces that it is re-branding itself as Ontario Ancestors, with a new logo which will be rolled out throughout the Society and its publications and on-line presence in the coming months. The goal of the re-branding is to better reach the family history user community throughout Canada, the United States and the world. The name Ontario Ancestors provides a more immediately recognizable name to the family history community.

While continuing to serve the Ontario genealogical community, the Society is focused upon reaching new members in the United States, where by some conservative estimates, approximately 50 million to 75 million Americans have Canadian Ancestry. The name change will also assist to reduce confusion to which the widely used OGS acronym is susceptible when the Society is marketing itself, with the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Oklahoma Genealogical Society and the Oregon Genealogical Society, and others, all using the same acronym.

BCG presents a Free Webinar March 19

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

BCG Offers Free Webinar Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 8 p.m. Eastern

“The Five-Story Fall: Correlating Indirect and Direct Evidence to Extend the Pedigree,” by Debbie Mieszala, CG

Johanna (Daly) Mahoney plunged to her death in 1883, taking her parents’ and siblings’ identities along. Tracking and analyzing associates over three generations in American, English, and Irish records, led to a hypothesis about Johanna’s identity, family, and origin. Further research in U.S. records found a “smoking gun” document, created long after, confirming the hypothesis.

Bestselling Authors Stephen and Tabitha King Make $1.25 Million Gift to American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society

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

February 26, 2019—Boston, Massachusetts—Bestselling author Stephen King and his wife Tabitha have made a gift of $1.25 million through the Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation to New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) —known online as American Ancestors to millions of users—the nation’s oldest and largest genealogical society. The purpose of the gift will be to develop educational programming that introduces family and local history to wider audiences and helps the organization expand its Back Bay headquarters in Boston. It will also fund the creation of a unique curriculum in family history for public school students. This gift follows the organization’s successful $62.5 million capital campaign and its acquisition of an adjacent building at 97 Newbury Street, into which the organization will soon expand.

New York City Fines Cemetery Association $20,000 over ‘Sponsorship’ Banners

The Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries of Staten Island, a non-profit that cares for derelict graveyards, sold “sponsorship” banners (or signs) place near a number of abandoned cemeteries to raise money for fence repairs around the Lake Cemetery on Forest Avenue. Most of the abandoned cemeteries are located in residential areas.

This story is about laws in New York City but many other cities may have similar laws about placing signs with advertising in residential areas.

The banners — one advertised the Exit Exterminating company and featured pictures of cockroaches and other bugs — were not only in questionable taste, they ran afoul of New York City rules. The Department of Buildings issued violations for the outdoor ads, which are prohibited in the residential district. The city initially fined the Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries of Staten Island $50,000 but later reduced the fine to $20,000.

German-American Connections as Part of an International Genealogical Exchange

The following announcement was written by the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände (DAGV):

RootsTech 2019 in Salt Lake City is the world´s largest genealogy event. Dirk Weissleder, national chairman of DAGV (Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände, ( and 2nd Vice President of IGGP (International German Genealogy Partnership, (, will lecture there on genealogical research in Germany and about the “key position” of surnames in any research plan. But Weissleder first made a stop-over in Sacramento to get the latest information about this city as the location for an upcoming International German Genealogy Conference to be held June 15-17, 2019. The conference will be hosted by the Sacramento German Genealogy Society (, and it will be the largest worldwide gathering on the specific topic of German genealogy this calendar year.

RootsFinder now imports DNA matches from, 23andMe, My Heritage, and FamilyTreeDNA, with New Analysis Tools

The following announcement was written by the developers of RootsFinder:

Orem, Utah: The free family history website announces that in addition to its previous support for importing matches from GEDmatch, users can now import their autosomal DNA matches from, 23andMe, MyHeritage, and FamilyTreeDNA. Matches from these DNA testing companies can then be “tagged” to the user’s family tree for analysis and further research.

By tagging a match to a known relative, users color code their matches. This makes it easy to interpret their results using RootsFinder’s visual DNA analysis tools, including:

Upcoming United States Colored Troops Transcribe-a-thon

The following announcement was written by The African American Civil War Soldiers Transcription Project:

For the United States Colored Troops (USCT) serving during the Civil War emancipation and military service were entwined. The USCT made up over 10 percent of the Union Army at a time when only one percent of the Northern population was African American. Facing the inherent racism festering in the psyche of the nation, the enlisted troops were met with segregated units and discriminatory practices. Despite the circumstances, these men fought on participating in every major campaign and battle during the last two years of the war earning twenty-five Medals of Honor in the process.

California Genealogical Society & Library Speakers’ Bureau

A new entry in the California Genealogical Society & Library’s web site states:

“Rumor has it that CGS used to have a Speakers’ Bureau. Well, that tradition has been revived by members of the Development & Member Services and Events committees. This recently reconstituted committee brings together several functions of the society including development, membership (data entry), volunteers and outreach. As part of our Outreach responsibilities we felt it would be helpful to have a database of speakers and topics. We created a spreadsheet that lists seventy-five different topics that are offered by fifty-two different speakers. Most speakers are members of the society who give these talks at no charge. A few are professionals and typically ask for a modest honorarium.”

If your local society is looking for a speaker or if you are a speaker looking to make presentations, read the full article at:

Hotel Reservations Now Open for the FGS 2019 Conference in Washington D.C.

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

2/5/2019 – Austin, TX.

FGS is pleased to announce that hotel reservations are now open for the 2019 Conference to be held in Washington, D.C.

The historic Omni Shoreham hotel is now taking reservations for the 2019 FGS Family History Conference, “Come Home to Our Washington, D.C.” The conference will be held August 21 – 24. For the first time the conference will feature four full days of sessions for all genealogists, plus the customary society management topics throughout the week. The Omni Shoreham will serve as the conference area as well.

FGS 2019 Conference rates are available Wednesday, August 14 to Friday, August 30 (subject to availability of non-conference days). The hotel is conveniently located less than one block from the Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan red line Metro stop.

Two Yorkshire Family History Organisations have Merged

If you are researching ancestors in England, you might want to know the Wharfedale Family History Group and Keighley Family History Society, both of which have been in existence since the early 1980s, are now known as the Airedale and Wharfedale Family History Society.

With three branches, Burley in Wharfedale, Keighley and Threshfield, the society is open to anyone interested in tracing their ancestry.

Portland Genealogy Library Waives Fees to Federal Workers During Shutdown

Here is a great example of a genealogy society and library helping the Federal workers who are not being paid because of the government shutdown. The following announcement was written by the Genealogical Forum of Oregon:

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon will waive admission fees to use its library for all federal workers for the duration of the federal shutdown.

The GFO recognizes these workers are not getting paid and have unscheduled time available.

Federal employees can show their federal employment identification to save the $7 daily use fee while researching their ancestry.

NYG&B Welcomes 150th Anniversary Year with Landmark Gift from Kinship Books

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

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) announced today that Arthur C.M. and Nancy V. Kelly, co-founders and owners of Kinship Books, have donated the assets of their business, Kinship Books, to the NYG&B. This generous gift includes rights to more than 300 publications, including transcribed and indexed materials from more than 50 New York counties.

Kinship Books began more than 50 years ago, under the careful stewardship of Arthur C.M. Kelly of Rhinebeck, New York, who began locating, copying, and transcribing religious records, account books, store ledgers, census records, and other important materials from various locations throughout the state of New York. Focusing heavily on the areas surrounding the Hudson River, Kinship’s publications have helped thousands of researchers uncover their New York ancestors. Now under the careful watch of the NYG&B, New York’s largest— and oldest—genealogical organization, the Kellys’ work will continue for generations to come.

AGRA recognises University of Dundee Family History qualifications in Membership & Associate Applications

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

The University of Dundee’s post-graduate qualifications in Family and Local History are the latest to be recognised by AGRA. This applies to all three levels of post-graduate qualification in Family and Local History offered by Dundee University’s Centre for Archive and Information Studies (CAIS), with a requirement that students must have taken the “Skills and Sources for Family & Local History in England” module as one of their course options.

This means that Dundee graduates, working professionally in genealogy, can now apply for AGRA Membership by submitting just one example of client work, rather than three. This is the same as the arrangements already in place for holders of similar Post-Graduate qualifications from Strathclyde University, the Higher Certificate of the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, and Pharos Tutors/Society of Genealogists’ Advanced Skills Certificate.