Feb 03

2012 FGS Conference Registration is Open

For Immediate Release January 16, 2012

Indians, Squatters, Settlers and Soldiers in the “Old Southwest” A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

January 16, 2012 – Austin, TX. Registration for the 2012 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, scheduled for August 29 – September 1, 2012, in beautiful Birmingham, Alabama, is now open. This year’s conference theme is “Indians, Squatters, Settlers and Soldiers in the ‘Old Southwest’,” and the local host is the Alabama Genealogical Society (AGS).

This year’s FGS conference offers an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in researching their family history. Over 175 educational sessions and 13 luncheons are designed to balance the needs of genealogists at all levels, exploring a variety of records, strategies, and other tools available to those interested in researching their family history. Special sessions include a wide variety targeting members and leaders of genealogical and historical societies. In addition, special events, such as the Alabama Genealogical Society Opening Social at the Alabama Theater, the FGS Evening Social at the historic Sloss Furnaces, Spotlight on Societies, and daily sponsored lectures provide an excellent environment to meet and network with others interested in family history and genealogy.

Session sponsors include FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, findmypast.com, the National Archives and Records Administration, and others.

Conference Highlights

• Librarian’s Day: On Wednesday, August 29, 2012, ProQuest is sponsoring a full day of sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals serving family history researchers.

• Conference Sessions: A wide variety of genealogy-related lectures and workshops for all experience levels. Topics include Southern research, Settlers and Indians, soldiers, strategies and techniques, technology, and writing.

• Special Events: Include the AGS Opening Social at the Alabama Theater and the FGS Evening Social at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark—all providing an excellent environment to meet and network with others interested in family history and genealogy. This exciting week of genealogy closes with a Farewell Brunch on Sunday.

Press Release – FGS 2012 Conference Registration Is Open January 16, 2012

• Exhibit Hall: Filled with a wide array of vendors and organizations, Cyber Café and lounge area sponsored by RootsMagic, and a special Spotlight on Societies area will showcase local and regional genealogical and historical societies.

There are more activities and research opportunities too numerous to list. However, you can learn all about the 2012 FGS Conference and register for this exciting four-day event at http://www.fgs.org/2012conference. Be sure to also visit or subscribe to the FGS Conference Blog at http://www.fgsconferenceblog.org for more information and travel advice. We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham in August!

Learn More and Stay Connected

• Visit the Conference News Blog: http://www.fgsconferenceblog.org

• Follow the Conference on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/fgs2012 and on at http://www.twitter.com/fgs2012

• Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau at http://www.birminghamal.org

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 pertaining to society management and genealogical news), 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 http://www.fgs.org.

Feb 03

IGHR – Jean Thomason Scholarship

Released by Beth Ashmore, 1 February 2012

The Jean Thomason Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce the recipient of the2012 scholarship is Durham Hunt. Durham is a Library Assistant IV in the South Carolina Room of the Greenville County Library in Greenville, South Carolina. He has been in this position since August 2003, after having worked 10 years as a Reference Librarian. Durham spends an average of 100 hours each month helping patrons primary and secondary sources on South Carolina, focusing primarily on Greenville and the Upstate.

Feb 01


Press Release. Boulder, Colo., February 1, 2012


Historical Record Storage and Sharing, iPhone and Android Apps, Discovery Stream

“With these new features, Mocavo has evolved into a primary resource for genealogists and family historians to research and share their stories,” said Cliff Shaw, CEO of Mocavo. “Our goal is to host all of the world’s free genealogy content, to make new discoveries an everyday occurrence and to put more research tools into the hands of family historians.”

Curt Witcher of the Allen County Public Library, one of the largest genealogy libraries in the world, said, “The Allen County Public Library is thrilled to have our digitized Genealogy Center materials at Mocavo. For 21st century genealogists, it’s all about the experience—and Mocavo provides a fresh, exciting search experience that returns remarkable numbers of relevant results.  And it’s only going to get better from here.”

Historical Record Storage and Sharing Platform

For the first time ever, genealogists have a platform to self-publish high-resolution documents that are automatically digitized using OCR and made searchable – all for free. Mocavo users will be able to upload historical records like photos, books and documents to their accounts. Records can be uploaded several different ways: via a Web browser, Mocavo’s new smartphone apps, by email, or through the popular Dropbox service. Mocavo users retain full ownership of their records, can delete them at any time, and control whether or not their records are shared with the public.

iPhone and Android Apps

Mocavo’s new iPhone and Android smartphone applications enable users to take pictures of historical records, photographs – even entire books – and have them automatically uploaded to Mocavo’s historical record storage and sharing service. Users can also perform Mocavo searches and access their Mocavo accounts through the smartphone apps. Mocavo’s apps are in the process of being approved and will soon be available for download; demonstrations are available at RootsTech. Mocavo expects the apps to be available for download within the next 30 days.

Discovery Stream

In addition to creating a powerful search engine for family history, Mocavo wants to connect andempower the social discoveries made by genealogists every day. The stream will deliver a constant source of new user-generated content in a fashion similar to the Facebook newsfeed or Pinterest. Whether users are uploading family trees and documents, or finding positive matches on the search engine, Mocavo wants to bring these interactions to light and begin a truly social moment for genealogy.

New Content Additions

In addition to these important new capabilities, Mocavo announced three new additions that will add important family history collections to its vast index. New collections include the Allen County Public Library’s Internet Archive records, the US Social Security Administration’s Social Security Death Index, and the World Family Tree developed by the popular Geni family tree service.

“Our mission is to find the world’s family history records and make them easily accessible to thegrowing legions of genealogists and family historians,” said Shaw. “The Allen County Public Library data, SSDI, and Geni are only the beginning – we want to work with every genealogy content creator, be they big or small, to help them bring their content online and make it searchable for free.”

Visit Mocavo at the RootsTech Conference in Booth 440 in Salt Lake City February 2-4.

About Mocavo

Mocavo operates the world’s largest free genealogy search and seeks to index and make searchable all of the world’s free genealogy information. While Mocavo.com discovers new sites every day, some of the existing sites searchable on Mocavo.com include genealogy message boards, state and local historical societies, the Library of Congress, National Archives, Ellis Island, Find A Grave, the Internet Archive, various U.S. state archives, and thousands of genealogy sites built by individuals.

For more information, visit www.mocavo.com or http://www.mocavo.co.uk/

Jan 31

Online Sources from the NH State Archives

As a twenty-seven year resident of the state of Georgia, and as a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer, it’s been several years since I’ve had (or made time) to work on my family. This week, I’ve changed that and have been attending the Advanced New England track at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). This is the first year that I have attended SLIG and surely hope that it will not be the last time.

A couple of years ago, I visited the website of the New Hampshire State Archives and must stay that I was not particularly impressed. When trying to answer one of the questions concerning my New England ancestors this week (“Did Stephen Woodward who was in Plaistow, NH, as early as 1757 serve during the Revolutionary War?”). During a consultation with David Dearborn of NEGHS, one of our instructors this week, he suggested that I look at the NH State Papers. I have several volumes in my personal library and had planned to look at the volumes in the book collection on the third floor of the Family History Library while I’m here in Salt Lake. Learning that the entire collection as well as a compiled index to the collection is online. Hot Dog!

So if you have New Hampshire archives you’ll love the online State Papers. Each volume is available in PDF format which you may browse online or download the PDF file. Many of those have been “OCR’ed” which allows searching within the volume but at least one volume (shucks, I didn’t make a note of that specific volume) was apparently stitched into a PDF file from digital images and searching within the volume is not possible.

Another nice feature of the New Hampshire State Archives website is the collection of “Archives Guides,” PDF files, that are organized alphabetically with distinct PDF files for each letter of the alphabet.

From the home page select “Publications & Collections” to access the digitized collections of “Guide to Archives,” “Civil War Records, ” “the New Hampshire State Papers, “1850 Constitutional Convention Journal,” and “Seal and Flag of the State of New Hampshire.”

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Jan 30

The Ancestry Insider

Have you meet the Ancestry Insider? I saw quite a lot of him last week at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy of Genealogy (SLIG) and expect that he be present and very active at RootsTech later this week. If you’ve not met him in person, I’m sure you’re aware of his blog: The Ancestry Insider: The unofficial, unauthorized view of Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. As indicated in the header of his blog he “reports on, defends, and constructively criticizes these two website and associated topics.” I believe his does that very well and really enjoy reading his posts to learn about such topics as missing census records, what’s new at FamilySearch.

I found his post “FamilySearch Data Centers and Second Vault” very interesting

His topics are varied and I can’t imagine a genealogist who wouldn’t enjoy following the Ancestry Insider.

Confession: since I love lighthouses so was excited to see his post (admitted some time ago) called “Serendipity in Genealogy: The Lighthouse.”

© Linda Woodward Geiger. All Rights Reserved.


Jan 30

Preparing for RootsTech 2012

RootsTech 2012 begins on Thursday, February 2, only four short days away. Are you ready? As with any event, or research trip, we all reap the rewards of being well prepared. We are fortunate in that the RootsTech team have supplied many tools to assist us in our preparation.

Did you know that you can obtain a free app for RootsTech for your smart phone, iPad or tablet? It is really a helpful app providing users the ability to

  • construct ones personal schedule by bookmarking any events and/or custom items
  • view maps to help navigate the Salt Palace and the exhibit hall
  • check all events or checkout events by developer or user
  • learn about the speakers
  • view documents about the “Demo Theater” schedule, general information, keynotes, and unconferencing
  • view the photo gallery
  • view videos
  • learn the latest news about the conference
  • Prepare your profile to share
  • Find friends

Lately we have been seeing new additions to the RootsTech website that are appearing this week. The downloads page contains

  • Session Syllabi
  • Conference Guide
  • Expo Hall Map
  • Link to the mobile apps

Hope to see you at the Salt Palace for RootsTech 2012.

Jan 28

RootsTech Will Broadcast Select Session Free Online

RootsTech Press Release

SALT LAKE CITY—RootsTech, a leading family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 2-4, 2012, announced today that fourteen of its popular sessions will be broadcasted live and complimentary over the Internet. The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend worldwide a sample of this year’s conference content. Interested viewers can watch the live presentations at RootsTech.org. The second-year conference has attracted over 3,000 registered attendees.

The free online sessions include the keynote speakers and a sampling of technology and family history presentations. Following are the fourteen broadcasted sessions and speakers. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST):

Thursday, February 2

  • 8:30-10:00 am, Inventing the Future, as a Community(Keynote Address) by Jay L. Verkler
  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Do I Trust the Cloud? by D. Joshua Taylor
  • 1:45-2:45 pm, Effective Database Search Tactics by Kory Meyerink
  • 3:00-4:00 pm, Twitter – It’s Not Just “What I Had for Breakfast” Anymore by Thomas MacEntee
  • 4:15-5:15 pm, Eleven Layers of Online Searches by Barbara Renick

Friday, February 3

  • 8:30-9:30 am, Exabyte Social Clouds and Other Monstrosities (Keynote Address) by Josh Coates
  • 9:45-10:45 am, Publish Your Genealogy Online by Laura G. Prescott
  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Optimize Your Site for Search Engines by Robert Gardner
  • 1:45-2:45 pm, Genealogists “Go Mobile” by Sandra Crowly
  • 3:00-4:00 pm, Google’s Toolbar and Genealogy by Dave Barney

Saturday, February 4

  • 8:30-9:30 am, Making the Most of Technology to Further the Family History Industry (Keynote Address) by Tim Sullivan and Ancestry.com Panel
  • 9:45-10:45 am Genealogy Podcasts and Blogs 101 by Lisa Louise Cooke
  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Future of FamilySearch Family Tree by Ron Tanner
  • 1:45-2:45 pm, Privacy in a Collaborative Environment by Noah Tatuk
About RootsTech

RootsTech is a new conference designed to bring technologists together with genealogists to learn from each other and find solutions to the challenges faced in family history research today. The conference’s activities and offerings are focused on content that will help genealogists and family historians discover exciting new research tools while enabling technology creators to learn the latest development techniques from industry leaders and pioneers.

Jan 28

NGS Announces Voices of Genealogy Video Series

NGS Press Release:  27 January 2012

*National Genealogical Society Announces Voices of Genealogy Video Series*  arlington, va, 27 january 2012:

The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of publication of the *National Genealogical Society Quarterly*. To celebrate this anniversary and to honor the history of the *Quarterly*, NGS Video Productions has created a historical archive of some of the most appreciated genealogists of our time called *Voices of Genealogy*.

In the coming year, NGS members can look forward to exclusive interviews with leading scholars in the field of genealogy. These are somewhat more extended pieces than those in our earlier *Paths to Your Past* video series. They are reflective, inspiring, and informative. They describe the history of our discipline in the twentieth century as well as the stories of our subjects.  Beautifully filmed and produced by award winning filmmakers Kate Geis and Allen Moore, these video portraits capture for posterity the irreplaceable legacy of genealogists who have greatly impacted scholarship in genealogy.

The first episodes with George Ely Russell, CG, FASG, FNGS, are currently available to all NGS members on the NGS website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.  George was the editor of the *NGSQ* from 1971-1986. Interviewed at his home in Maryland by Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG, current co-editor of the *NGSQ*, George reflects on the value he finds in genealogical research, how he started as a researcher, his work as editor of the *Quarterly*, and his activities today.

To view the George Ely Russell video visit http://www.ngsgenealogy.org,select the Members Only tab, log into your account, and click the Videos link in the menu on the left of your screen.

More information about the interviews is available in the January-February-March issue of the *NGS Magazine*. As always, we welcome your comments on the videos. Please contact the executive producer, Arlene V. Jennings, at arlenevj@earthlink.net. Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society<http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/home>is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, VA-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.


Jan 26

Civil War Records & African Americans – 13 Feb 2012


The Friends of the National Archives-Southeast Region, Inc., are please to present

Using Civil War Records to Research African American Ancestors

Description: Discover the role African American soldiers played in the U. S. Civil War, and what can be learned from records about their military service


Presenter: Michael Hait, CG

Michael Hait, Certified Genealogist, is professional genealogist living in the Delaware / Maryland area with over ten years of research experience on families from Connecticut to South Carolina to Tennessee. He is, also, a published genealogical author and lecturer.

His specialties include Maryland genealogy, Delaware genealogy, Civil War research, and African-American genealogy. I have done extensive research on slave families in Maryland, and the U. S. Colored Troops during the Civil War.

He currently serves as the Vice-President of the National Capital Area (Washington, D. C.) chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and Coordinator of the Resource Library for Lowcountry Africana.

Monday, 13 February 2012
7:00 pm Eastern
6:00 pm Central
5:00 pm Mountain
4:00 pm Pacific

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. You will use your unique URL in your confirmation email to logon to the live broadcast on the 13th of February.



Jan 25

Wordless Wednesday

From the Plaza in Salt Lake



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