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.

Danish Genealogy Association Makes Available Names of Danish Nazis from World War II

The following announcement was written by Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee, and is used here with permission of the author:

The Danish Genealogy Association (Danske Slaegtsforskere) has made the Bovrup Index available on their website. The Bovrup Index is the list of names of Danish Nazis (Danish Nazi Party –DNSAP), from before and during World War ll . The published online version includes 5,265 of the 22,795 names on the complete list, taking in all those born more than 110 years ago.

The list originates from the DNSAP’s own records, transcribed by the Danish resistance movement in May 1945 before the Nazi occupation of Denmark ended. Originally, the list was printed but a 1946 District Court ruling decreed that the names of Danish Nazi party members be encompassed by archival laws-giving access only to researchers and those with approval. Because time has passed, the Danish Genealogy Association is able to publish the names only of those born in 1908 or earlier—those who would be 110 years of age today. The list includes dates of birth, addresses and occupations of DNSAP members. Additional names will be added in 2019. According to the Data Protection Act, the information can be published when the person has been deceased for 10 years.

The National Genealogical Society Welcomes Nancy Peters and Allen Peterson as its New NGSQ Editors

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

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 3 JANUARY 2019—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has named Nancy A. Peters, CG®, CGLSM, and Allen R. Peterson, CG, as co-editors of its National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ). 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, FNGS.

“It is an honor to serve as co-editor of the NGSQ,” said Nancy Peters, of Aiken, South Carolina. Allen Peterson of Katy, Texas, concurred, noting, “The NGS Quarterly is among the most scholarly genealogical journals in the United States and in the world. Nancy and I are determined to maintain the high standards set by our predecessors.”

The (U.S.) National Genealogical Society Announces Call for Proposals for 2020 Family History Conference

The following announcement was written by the National Genealogical Society:


FALLS CHURCH, VA, 2 JANUARY 2019. The National Genealogical Society 2020 Family History Conference, Echo of Our Ancestors, will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, 20‒23 May 2020. NGS will open the call for proposals on 2 January 2019 and proposals will be accepted until 1 April 2019.

The echoes of our ancestors resonate within us. Their voices, beliefs, cultures, choices, experiences, and traditions still influence the people we are today. We carry their physical traits in our DNA, and display some of their talents and occupational inclinations. The choices our ancestors made—including their decisions to migrate and where to settle—continue to influence new generations and are often reflected in their religion, associations, sense of cultural heritage, and ties to communities.

Announcing the Early Texans DNA Project

The Early Texans DNA database is now live. Those who join the Early Texans DNA project can compare their DNA to other Early Texans descendants and collaboratively work to solve early Texas genealogical mysteries.

The project helps participants study the DNA of descendants of early settlers to discover information that can contribute to Texas history including:

David McElroy Elected to Fellowship of AGI

The following announcement was written by the Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) :

On Friday, 7th December, at AGI’s 31st Annual General Meeting in Dublin the election was announced of David McElroy as a Fellow of the Association, recognising his decades’ long contribution to the pursuit and study of Irish genealogy.


It was in 2004 that Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) established the status of Fellow of the Association to mark significant contributions by members to the world of Irish genealogy. Since then there have only been five elected, with David now being the sixth.

FGS Announces Election of New Officers and Directors

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

December 6, 2018 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies is pleased to announce the results of its recent election. Re-elected to a two-year term as President was Faye Jenkins Stallings. Joining the Executive Committee effective January 1, 2019, for two-year terms are:

Secretary: Dennis VanderWerff (California)
Vice President, Administration: Mark Olsen (Utah)

Joining FGS as Directors for a three-year term are:

Director: Steve Fulton (Ontario)
Director: Sara Gredler (Texas)
Director: Mike Mansfield (Utah)
Director: Stephen C. Young (Utah)

NEHGS Provides a Look at Famous Relatives of George H. W. Bush

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

As Tributes Pour in Celebrating the Life of the 41st President, Genealogists at New England Historic Genealogical Society Provide a Look at Famous Relatives of George H. W. Bush

Boston, Massachusetts—December 5, 2018—As tributes pour in following the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, genealogists at New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), who have long studied the ancestry of all U S presidents, shed light on the extensive family background of the beloved 41st U S President. The world- renowned genealogist Gary Boyd Roberts, NEHGS Senior Research Scholar Emeritus, has documented the family history of the late President Bush extensively:

Association of Professional Genealogists Announces New Board and Committee Members

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

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 26 November 2018—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) has announced the results of its election for new board and nominating committee members. The APG membership elected six at-large board members for two-year terms. Two nominating committee members were elected for one-year terms. Those elected were:

Board of Directors (two-year term)

Blaine Bettinger, PH.D., J.D. (New York) is continuing his work on the APG Board. He is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist, one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Blaine is the author of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, and co-author with Debbie Parker Wayne of the award-winning Genetic Genealogy in Practice, the world’s first genetic genealogy workbook. He also co-authored, “Genetics for Genealogy” with Judy Russell in 2018’s Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards. In 2018 he launched DNA Central, a membership portal for DNA education.

National Genealogical Society 2019 Family History Program Now Available

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

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 15 NOVEMBER 2018—The National Genealogical Society’s 2019 Family History Conference program is now available online and as a downloadable sixteen-page conference brochure. This year’s program, Journey of Discovery, will feature a variety of lecture tracks and topics including African American, English, French, German, Irish, and Scottish lectures. Other popular tracks include BCG Skillbuilding, eighteen DNA lectures, Immigration and Migration, Missouri, Military, Religion, Technology, and Tips and Techniques. In all, the conference, which will be held 8-11 May 2019 in St. Charles, Missouri, will offer family historians and genealogists more than 150 lectures, an array of social events, several workshops, and a family history expo with more than seventy exhibitors.

The program will begin with Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGLSM, delivering the keynote address, “Journey of Discovery.” She will share tidbits about the Journey of Discovery of many people ranging from Marquette to Lewis and Clark, from Winny v. Whitesides to Dred Scott v. Sanford, from ancestors hiding in the pages of the Territorial Papers to clues lurking deep within our DNA. Americans are on their own journeys of discovery to find out who we are and where we come from.

Let the Ontario Genealogical Society Preserve Your Website!

The Ontario Genealogical Society has adopted a policy of working to preserve and keep publicly available privately operated websites of genealogical interest which were in danger of closing or being abandoned due to changes in the circumstances of the site owner/developer. In effect, the Society offers succession planning for the website owner/developer.

According to an email message I received from David Thompson, Volunteer & Director of the Ontario Genealogical Society:

“We have quietly pursued the acquisition or hosting of a few sites, most notably, which is currently undergoing a major face-lift and upgrade. In addition we are hosting CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery project (, a local history site in Port Hope Ontario (, a family genealogy site, a Canadian WW-II troopship memorial site, and others, including a GEDCOM site ( which currently contains some 62,000 individuals and 21,638 families.

BCG Trustees Elect Officers, Welcome New Trustees, Thank Departing Trustee

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

The trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) met in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 21 October 2018.

Elected as officers were:

  • Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, President
  • Laurel T. Baty, CG, Vice-President
  • LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL, Treasurer
  • Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, Secretary
  • Nancy A. Peters, CG, CGL, Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee

Board for Certification of Genealogists Adopts Standards for DNA Evidence

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

On 21 October 2018, the Board for the Certification of Genealogists (BCG) approved five modified and seven new standards relating to the use of DNA evidence in genealogical work. BCG also updated the Genealogist’s Code to address the protection of people who provide DNA samples.

The new measures are intended to assist the millions of family historians who now turn to genetic sources to establish kinships. The action followed a public comment period on proposed standards released by BCG earlier this year.

National Genealogical Society Seeks Nominations for the 2019 National Genealogy Hall of Fame

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

At the 2018 NGS Conference in the States held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the National Genealogy Hall of Fame welcomed its thirty-third member, Mary Smith Fay, an author of two books and over three dozen articles. Her research interests spanned the entire Eastern United States to Texas. She was nominated by the American Society of Genealogists with supporting recognition from the Houston Genealogical Forum and the White County Historical Society [Illinois].

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.

If so, the National Genealogical Society would like to hear from you.

New Board of the World Federation of Genealogy and Heraldry (CIGH) Elected

The following announcement was written by the the Confédération Internationale de Généalogie et d‘Héraldique:

Arras/France (dw). At the 33rd international Conference of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences a new board of the Confédération Internationale de Généalogie et d‘Héraldique (CIGH, the world federation on genealogy and heraldry) was elected:

President Dr. Pier Felice degli Ubert (Italy), the two Vice-Presidents: Ing. Manuel Pardo de Vera y Díaz (Spain), Dr. Jaime de Salazar y Acha (Spain), General-Secretary: Dr. Stanislav V. Dumin (Russia), Treasurer: Dr. Rolf Sutter (Germany), Conseiller jurisdique: Dr. Charles Mack. Honorary President Michel Teillard d’Eyry (France), Honorary Vice President CR Humphery-Smith (Great Britain) and Yves de la Goublaye de Ménorval (Bolivia), Honorary Treasurer: Dr. Günter Mattern (Switzerland). Conseillers: Pierre Le Clercq (France), Prof. Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard (Danmark), Dr. Manual Ladron de Guevara i Isasa (Spain), María Inés Olaran Múgica (Spain), Jan T. Anema (Netherlands), Dirk Weissleder (Germany), Torsten Kux (Germany). Permanent Bureau of the International Congresses: President Elizabeth a. Roads (Great Britain), Secretary Kaare Seeberg Sidselrud (Norway).

Assembly and new board of the Fédération Internationale de Généalogie et d’Héraldique (CIGH) (picture: Dirk Weissleder)