Aug 14

FGS FUN WALK For the Preserve the Pensions (War of 1812)

1812_digitizationWar of 1812 Digitization Project

FGS recently announced a wonderful FUN WALK for the Preserve the Pensions. The walk will talk place on Saturday (30 August) at 6:30 am. Consider joining your genealogical colleagues in the Fun Walk to the Alamo and help preserve the records at the same time.

Big Bang for your Bucks

Your $25 registration fee will be doubled by FGS, which in turn will be doubled by

Please use the following links to more about the War of 1812 Digitization Project and the FGS FUN WALK


I’ll be with ya’ll in spirit, but won’t be physically present as I’m scheduled to give a presentation, “To Blog or Not to Blog” (S-405), at 8:30 am.

Of course if you can’t join in the FUN WALK, you can still help this great cause by donating funds to the project (as I do). To help move that process along why not go to to contribute.

© Linda Woodward Geiger.



Jul 30

The Master Genealogist (TMG) to be Discontinued

The Wholly Genes Newsletter, published yesterday, 29 July 2014, carried the announcement for those of us who have loved and used The Master Genealogist over the years.

“TMG to be Discontinued”

As a dedicated user for about twenty years, I’m saddened. I’d jumped on board following the demise of the Ultimate Genealogist (preceded by Roots I, Roots II, Roots III, and Roots IV). Bob Velke poured his heart and soul into the product. Thankfully he will be making GenBridge available “to developers who wish to produce a direct import from TMG insofar as their programs support the same features.”

Thank you Bob Velke for a great product.

Jun 25

Findmhypast buys Mocavo

Press Release, 23 Jun 2014


Please vist for details.

Jun 25

FGS 2014 – Early Bird Registration Ends July 1, 2014

Press Release June 20, 2014.
fgs2014-logo“Gone to Texas” – A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

June 20, 2014 – Austin, TX. Discounted early-bird registration for the 2014 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference will continue only until July 1st. Early registrants receive a $50 discount for the full four days, or a $20 discount for any single day. Details at

The conference will be held August 27-30, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. This year’s conference theme is “Gone to Texas,” and the local hosts are the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society (SAGHS) and the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS). Platinum sponsors are FamilySearch, and Corporate sponsors are Dell and Lexmark.

The conference offers opportunities for all who are interested in researching their family history, with over 160 educational sessions on records, strategies, and tools for genealogists at all levels. The exhibit hall features over 70 vendors offering a wide range of genealogical products and is open and free to the public. Luncheons, workshops, and special events provide additional opportunities for networking and learning. Make sure to get your tickets to these conference “extras” early to guarantee your spot.

See you in San Antonio in August! 

Learn More about FGS 2014 and Stay Connected

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS FORUM magazine (filled with articles for the family history community), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit

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Jun 12

FGS 2014: Exhibit Hall Tip #2

You are planning to be in San Antonio for the 2014 FGS Conference, aren’t you!

Anyone who has previously attended the annual Federation of Genealogical Societies is aware many vendors donate products for the mass raffleTicketdrawings. Registrants generally receive a number of tickets that require name and address. To save tedious time filling in the data on each individual ticket, bring a sheet of printed return address labels with you to stick on the back of each ticket.


Jun 12

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Registration Opens Saturday

Press Release from the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy: June 12, 2014

SLIGRegistration for SLIG 2015 opens this Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM Mountain Time! Pick your course, so that you are ready to enroll when registration opens as there are limited seats and ​the ​ courses fill fast. The following ​tracks are being offered:

The Family History Law Library (Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL and Rick Sayre, CG, CGL)
Beyond the Library: Researching in Original Resource Repositories (John Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
Advanced Genealogical Methods (Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS)
Finding Immigrant Origins (David Ouimette, CG)
Advanced German Research (F. Warren Bittner, CG)
Advanced Research Tools: Post-War Military Records (Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA)
Resources & Strategies for United States Research, Part I (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS)
From Confusion to Conclusion: Writing Proof Arguments (Kimberly Powell and Harold Henderson, CG)
Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy (Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL)
Advanced DNA Analysis (CeCe Moore, Angie Bush)
Diving Deeper into New England (Advanced) (D. Joshua Taylor, MA)
Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum (Angela McGhie and Kimberly Powell)
Immerse yourself in a specific genealogical topic for a week-long educational opportunity that is unparalleled. Many of the courses are interactive and highlight on site research at the Family History Library (FHL) as well as one-on-one consultations with the course coordinators and instructors. These individuals are genealogical experts and provide guidance and insight that may help you overcome those brick walls and move forward with your research.

Attendees have time to explore Salt Lake City’s many attractions as well as spend time outside of the course researching at the FHL. The library is a short walk from the Institute’s location.

When making your travel plans, you may also want to consider attending the Association of Professional Genealogist’s Professional Management Conference (PMC), which will be held the Thursday and Friday before the Institute begins. You can check their website ( for more information. You can experience two great events being held back-to-back at one location!
Sign-up before October 31st and you will save over 10% off your registration. Become a member of UGA and increase your savings even more. ​For more information on the Institute and registration information go to

Jun 04

December 1958: Walpole High School

I am sometimes astonish about the bits and pieces of my past that seem to surface from time to time. This newspaper article from the Keene Evening Sentinel was just waiting to be noticed again! The image was taken when I was a senior at Wapole High School, Walpole, New Hampshire.




Apr 30

Looking Forward to FGS 2014, San Antonio (August 27-30)

It won’t be long before we are greeting our genealogical family in San Antonio when we congregate for the 2014 FGS annual conference. It can’t get any better than that!

This year the conference theme is “Gone to Texas” and will take place the 27th through the 30th of August in San Antonio.

What might we expect?

Great programs by national speakers. If you’ve not already done so, you’ll want to view the 2014 Conference Program.

Register for early-bird discount by registering prior to the 1st of July. Just visit the conference website to register.

See you there!

© Linda Woodward Geiger. All Rights Reserved.

Apr 24


These photos were taken with my Nikon Digital Camera D3200 a week ago. Computer woes have keep me from posting these before now. For this post I’ve selected some of the many shots I took that show reflections in the wide variety of water features.

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Apr 16

Azaleas et al at Callaway Gardens

Continue to imagine spending a perfect spring day with dear friends at one of Georgia’s loveliest gardens.

Callaway Gardens is a destination! The gardens consist of about 2,500-acres of delight attractions including the Overlook Azalea Garden and Pavilion, the Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl, the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel (where my Charlie and I were married so many years ago), and so much more.

In this post, I’m sharing shots of azaleas and other flowering plants that I took with my Nikon D3200 camera.

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