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Board for Certification of Genealogists and Legacy Family Tree Webinars Form Webinar Partnership

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

The Board for Certification of Genealogists and Legacy Family Tree Webinars are excited to announce a new partnership. Legacy, host of the webinar series at FamilyTreeWebinars.com, will now also serve as host, producer, and publisher for future BCG webinars. This arrangement will produce and promote high-quality education in genealogy standards and methodologies by one of the leading creators of genealogy webinars.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars is a leader in the field of webinar production and management. BCG is excited to bring this level of technical quality and experience to its webinar series, which offers educational opportunities on topics of certification, genealogy standards, and methodologies.

Why Was the Information Removed from Online?

NOTE: This is a slightly updated version of an article I published about a year ago. A couple of newsletter readers have sent messages to me in the past few days expressing dissatisfaction with records that were available online but recently have disappeared. I am offering this republished article as an explanation about why we should not be surprised when that happens. I will also offer a suggestion as to making sure you keep your own copies of online records that are valuable to you.

Two newsletter readers sent email messages to me recently expressing dissatisfaction that a set of images of vital records has been removed from a popular genealogy site. Indeed, removal of any online records of genealogical value is sad, but not unusual. Changes such as these are quite common on FamilySearch, MyHeritage, Ancestry.com, Fold3, FindMyPast, and many other genealogy sites that provide old records online. Removal of datasets has occurred dozens of times in the past, and I suspect such things will continue to happen in the future. I thought I would write a brief explanation.

Baby Boomers Recognition Day

If you are a baby boomer, August 17 is your day! Baby Boomers Recognition Day is being celebrated on August 17, 2016. It is a time of merriment, revelry and appreciation for the many contributions made by Boomers to our society.

Baby Boomers Recognition Day

According to the Baby Boomers Recognition Day web site at http://babyboomersrecognitionday.com/:

Do you remember those younger days when we danced, enjoyed life, and rocked the world? Everyone paid attention to us and what we were doing. Celebrating that fun-loving side of ourselves is what happens on the days leading up to August 17, 2016.

The Boomers Recognition Day Coalition is a voluntary network of Boomer sites, blogs and active individuals who are working together to promote this day of celebration and enjoyment of life by Boomers everywhere.

Call for APG Sponsored Lecture Proposals – 2017 FGS Conference in Pittsburgh, PA

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

APG_logoDEADLINE – Friday, 17 June 2016

APG will be sponsoring a lecture at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to be held August 30 through September 2, 2017.

We invite members to submit proposals for an advanced presentation that would be of interest to experienced genealogists. We are specifically seeking dynamic and innovative proposals that will provide an exceptional learning experience for both members and non-members of APG. It is preferred that this conference be the first time the presentation will be given at the national level.
We welcome and encourage newer speakers, but if you do not have a lot of speaking experience outside of your local area, we suggest you include a recommendation from a well-known genealogist or speaker who has heard one of your presentations, and/or a link to an online video or clip from a past presentation.

Call for APG Luncheon Lecture Proposals – FGS 2017

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

CALL FOR APG LUNCHEON LECTURE PROPOSALS FGS 2017
DEADLINE – Wednesday, 15 June 2016.

APG will be sponsoring a luncheon at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to be held August 30 – September 2, 2017.

On the Road Again

By the time you read these words, I should be in en route to Anchorage, Alaska, to be a tourist for a few days and then to make presentations at the Anchorage Genealogical Society meeting on Saturday, April 30.

As usual, I will be traveling with an iPad and a laptop computer along with other gadgets that should keep me in touch with the newsletter. Connectivity should not be a problem but available time is usually the biggest impediment. I suspect I will be busy from before daybreak until well into each evening so you probably will see fewer articles posted here than normal in the next few days. However, I do hope to post a few new articles in the midst of the travels.

If you are in or near Anchorage next Saturday, April 30, come join us at the Anchorage Genealogical Society meeting. See http://www.anchoragegenealogy.org/eventListings.php?nm=120 for details.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live! in Birmingham, England – Day 1

The opening day of Who Do You Think You Are? Live! turned out to be almost exactly as expected. The hallways and aisles were crowded with thousands of genealogists. I didn’t get a headcount for today but the rumor mill says that more genealogists purchased tickets in advance of this year’s conference than the number who did so last year.

I took a lot of pictures today. As I write these words, my camera is struggling to upload all the pictures to the eogn.com web site over a very, very slow wi-fi connection in the hotel. I don’t believe it will finish until after I fall asleep tonight. Maybe tomorrow…

Despite the picture I posted yesterday showing exhibit stands being built, everything looked 100% ready this morning when the doors opened at 9:30. That’s another thing I like about Who Do You Think You Are? Live!: the Brits have very civilized start times for their conferences. None of them start at 8 AM! As you might guess, I am not a “morning person.” 8 AM comes early, 9:30 is more manageable.

Findmypast and Federation Of Family History Societies Renew Online Partnership

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • Findmypast and Federation of Family History Societies announce 10 year renewal of their exclusive partnership
  • Over 48 million records released in partnership since 2007Leading family history website Findmypast and the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) have today announced that their exclusive partnership has been renewed for a further 10 years.

Findmypast and FFHS originally joined forces in 2007. Since then, over 48 million FFHS records have been transferred to the Findmypast website to join a growing collection of over 8 billion records.

Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island Offers Video about Hebrew Naming and How to Read Hebrew Headstones

The following announcement was written by the Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island:

JGSLI LogoThe Jewish Genealogy Society of Long Island (JGSLI), winner of the IAJGS 2015 Outstanding Publication Award for its You Tube Channel, is pleased to announce its latest video, “How to Read a Hebrew Headstone.”

Hebrew headstones provide arguably Jewish genealogy’s most important advantage, patronymic names. This video will help you find this valuable information, whether you can read Hebrew or not. With all the difficulties we have with Jewish genealogical research; name changes, country and town name changes, missing or destroyed records, using patronymics is an advantage we should all be using.

After 95 Years, a Navy Ship Lost at Sea With All Hands is Finally Discovered

Who knew that NOAA has a genealogist on the payroll?

The USS Conestoga left the Navy yard at Mare Island, Calif., on Good Friday, 1921, bound for Pearl Harbor, with a complement of 56 sailors. At 4 p.m. that day, as the San Francisco light ship recorded big waves and gale-force winds, the Conestoga passed Point Bonita and was not heard from again.

Click on the above image to view a much larger version.

Click on the above image to view a much larger version.

On Wednesday, 95 years later, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Navy announced that the wreck had been found a few miles from Southeast Farallon Island, just off the California coast.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of a fascinating assortment of Royal Irish Constabulary and Irish Revenue Police records. Also available to search this week are indexes of births, marriages and deaths from Western Australia and new additions to our collection of historic British newspapers.

British Newspapers

Over 2.3 million new articles and 12 brand new titles have been added to our collection of historic British Newspapers Articles. Substantial updates have also been made to 31 existing publications.

The 12 new publications included in this update come cover towns and cities across England, Scotland and Wales. Amongst these new titles is the Illustrated Weekly News. Covering the years 1861-1869, the IWN provides you with a rare graphic insight into Victorian Britain before the widespread use of photography.

Irish Revenue Police, 1830-1857

Ireland, Irish Revenue Police 1830-1857 contains over 37,000 records that list the details of men who served with the Irish Revenue police between 1830 and 1857. The Irish Revenue Police were formed to work with the Customs and Excise Service to prohibit illegal distillation or liquors and spirits or poteen (poitín) making.

You are Invited to the EOGN Dinner after the RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City

Do you think you will be hungry after the RootsTech/FGS Conference in Salt Lake City? Would you like to have dinner with a large group of genealogists? If so, join us for dinner! You are invited to join other genealogists for dinner on Saturday evening after the close of the  RootsTech 2016 conference. Rumor has it there will also be a few door prizes.
This dinner will be held at 7:30 PM, immediately after the close of the RootsTech2016 Conference on February 6. You are invited whether you subscribe to the newsletter or not. Bring your friends and family also.

Diary of Anne Frank Subject To Copyright Dispute

A legal case involving the Diary of Anne Frank may affect many other publications, even including genealogy books published in the United States and many other countries.

Anne Frank was a Jewish teenager killed by the Nazis whose writing survived in the Amsterdam building where she had hidden. 70 years have passed since her death. As the author, she owned the copyrights. After her death, the copyrights are legally passed on her heirs. In this case, Anne Frank’s heirs were her parents and, later, other relatives who would inherit the property and the rights of the parents. Under European laws, any book published at that time becomes public domain 70 years after publication.

A French academic has made the Diary of Anne Frank available online with profits going to charity. However, the Anne Frank Fonds, the foundation established by Anne’s father Otto Frank, claims that: “Otto Frank and children’s author and translator, Mirjam Pressler, were inter alia responsible for the various edited versions of fragments of the diary” in 1947 and 1991. They add: “the copyrights to these adaptations have been vested in Otto Frank and Mirjam Pressler, who in effect created readable books from Anne Frank’s original writings.” In other words, the book should not be considered to be in the public domain today.

Lewis Bunker Rohrbaugh, R.I.P.

The many friends of Lewis Bunker Rohrbaugh will be saddened to hear that he passed away on January 2. He was well-known in the genealogy community as the proprietor of Picton Press in Maine and as a Swiss genealogist. I cannot find details in any online obituary but his passing was confirmed today in an email message from his wife Carol.

Happy New Year!

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Ancestral Quest Provides Family Tree Maker Users with Path Forward and a $10 Discount

The following announcement was written by the producers of Ancestral Quest software for Windows and Macintosh:

We know that Family Tree Maker (FTM) users were disheartened to learn recently that Ancestry.com will be discontinuing FTM, and even though FTM will continue to function for some time, many FTM users are anxious to explore alternate software. Incline Software invites them to give Ancestral Quest (AQ) a serious look. Here are a few things they should know about AQ:

* Ancestral Quest can easily import their data. You can watch a short video that will guide you through this process here: watch video

* Ancestry.com has previously licensed AQ to be the base of their company product. Prior to acquiring the company that owned FTM, Ancestry.com had licensed AQ and distributed it to millions of their users under the name of Ancestry Family Tree (AFT). Just like AFT, AQ has the option to do background searches on the Ancestry.com databases, and provides links to the results.

* Ancestral Quest has been licensed as the basis for other major family tree software titles that have been used by millions of people, including the Windows versions of Personal Ancestral File (PAF).

* Ancestral Quest is available both for Windows and Mac.

Heirloom Registry Family History Holiday Campaign

The following announcement was written by the folks at Heirloom Registry:

‘White Friday’ Anyone? Heirloom Registry Launches Family History Campaign as Alternative for Holiday Shoppers

FERNDALE, WASH. – NOVEMBER 24, 2015 – The Heirloom Registry’s fourth “No More Stuff” campaign will officially kickoff with “White Friday,” an alternative to Black Friday that encourages shoppers to stay home with families and have fun with family history instead of simply buying more “stuff.”

“Instead of waking up earlier and earlier on Friday, battling the traffic and fighting the crowds for more stuff, what if you gave White Friday (#WhiteFriday) a try instead?” asks Mike Hiestand, Heirloom Registry founder. “We’ve run our campaign to encourage people to re-think the relationship they have with the objects and things that surround them before they head out shopping for things they may not really need or even truly want.”

The holiday campaign (#NoMoreStuff) runs from Nov. 27 through Dec. 31. It first started in 2012, but the declaration of White Friday as the official launch date is new to 2015. Participation in White Friday is easy, Hiestand explains. Participants sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast and then gather family and a few family heirlooms from around the house.

Ancestry.co.uk adds Freemasonry Membership Registers for England and Ireland

Ancestry.co.uk has added two new collections to hep find the the Freemasons in your family. The announcement came from Ancestry.co.uk but the same records seem to be available on Ancestry.com. These records include a lot more than English and Irish records. They also include some entries for lodges located in Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Some of the records in this collection include: Brecon and Carmarthen (Wales), Montreal, Halifax and Portland (Canada),  Christiana, Port Elizabeth, Barkley West, Cape Town and Machadodorp (South Africa), Invercargill (New Zealand), also South Australia.

The new Freemasonry Membership Registers for England and Ireland typically include name, profession, initiation date and other personal information.

The collections are individually titled as follows:

Samford’s IGHR Moving To Athens, Georgia In 2017

The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) announced in May that the Institute would relocate to a new location. (See my May 28, 2015, article about the relocation at http://goo.gl/rvjhJU.) At that time, the new location had not been defined. Now the Samford University Library and the Advisory Board of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) have announced a new host site for IGHR.

IGHR will be moving to Georgia in 2017. After evaluating a number of proposals for the new host site, the Georgia Genealogical Society, Inc. has been selected to be the organization to carry forward the tradition of excellence in genealogical education. The Institute will move to Athens, Ga. and the Georgia Center for Continuing Education in July of 2017.

Updated: Richard Heaton’s Index to Digitalised British and Irish Newspapers Online

I have written before about Richard Heaton’s online indexes of British and Irish newspapers. See http://goo.gl/Oj5ZM3 and http://goo.gl/0BAxVN for two of the earlier articles about this collection. Now Richard writes, “I have been maintaining a list of Titles of Digitalised Online British and Irish Newspapers. Whether available Free, by Subscription, or Pay to View. There are now over 2,900 references.”

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