Friday, October 31, 2014

5 Reads Friday: Photo Editors, Newspaper Research, FGS New Hangout On Air, & More

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Here is a quick round up of genealogy news that has been trending this week on social media — a little bit of this, a little bit of that, some FGS, some family history, some technology, etc. Get in the know for the weekend with these 5 Reads from FGS:

Conducting Genealogical Research Using Newspapers from the New York Public Library — They did a thorough job with this topic and also give a great outline for research that can be used not just at NYPL, but anywhere with offline and online newspaper collections and indexes — public libraries, university libraries, private libraries, archives, historical societies, and (of course) genealogical societies (cough, cough).

National Archives Piece Together the Records of 140,000 First World War Officers by — This is an incredible digitization and cataloging project the National Archives in the UK has done. Not only that but they have an online guide to help you search the collection, and take a look at their lovely online platform, First World War.

10 Free Photo Editor Tools To Make the Most of Your Shots from — Nowadays, what genealogist, family historian, or genealogical society (or anyone for that matter) is not having to deal with editing images? 

23 Free Non-profit Webinars for November 2014 from Wild Apricot — Societies, this is a great opportunity coming in November to take a look at some solutions to help you out with your society and its mission, projects, volunteers, and more.

FGS Google+ Hangout on Air, Connect with FGS — The new monthly hangout on air starts November 6th at 9PM ET hosted by Linda McCauley and myself. Special guests this episode include Cyndi Ingle (Cyndi's List), J. Mark Lowe, and Paula Stewart-Warren. Linda and I are pretty excited about it, but I think we underestimated just how excited YOU would be about it. (Who knew this news would trend?) We will see you live next week on our YouTube channel. Or since it will be recorded you can watch it later on the FGS YouTube channel.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FGS 2015: October FGS Ambassadors Summary

FGS 2015 Ambassador logo
Three weeks ago FGS Ambassadors were asked to tell us and their readers what they think of when they hear the FGS 2015 conference theme "Connect.Explore.Refresh." We've compiled a list of their responses along with their other posts about the conference below and also added three more Ambassadors to the team.

Each month we'll select one post to feature here on the FGS Voice. This month's feature is from Linda Stufflebean at Empty Branches on the Family Tree

Republished with permission of the author:
FGS 2015 – February 11–14 in Salt Lake City
I am looking forward to attending the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference February 11-14 in Salt Lake City. It so happens that several of my recent blog posts focused on often overlooked resources and one of them was the treasure trove to be found through genealogical societies. Through the years, these societies have nurtured those newly interested in family history and enabled them to grow into seasoned researchers. Societies have also amassed huge amounts of localized genealogical information through the volunteer efforts of their members. Today, they continue to  promote education and camaraderie among family researchers and to help communities preserve their histories.
The memberships I held in genealogy societies during my first years of research were invaluable. I learned so much and always left meetings chomping at the bit, wanting  to follow up on new ideas. Fast forward 35 years – They have continued to teach and motivate me as my areas of interest grew and expanded. FGS 2015 is an opportunity to connect with new genealogy friends affiliated with societies from around the country and even worldwide. There is literally a society out there for just about any genealogical focus you might have.
There is a brand new aspect to the 2015 FGS conference, which I think is fabulous. FGS is partnering with RootsTech to share space, speakers and activities at the Salt Palace Convention Center. However, each organization will also host independent sessions and activities.  For only $39, I upgraded my registration to full access to sessions with both organizations. I couldn’t pass up the chance to explore double the number of sessions  without having to attend two separate events in two different locations at twice the price. What a cost savings and great value for keeping my genealogical skills current with the times.
Last, but certainly not least, every genealogist who visits Salt Lake City always wishes for time in the FamilySearch Library. After taking in all the new information gleaned in the conference sessions, I plan to refresh my family research focus with a visit to the library, which is just a short walk from the Salt Palace. (My “please, let me find them” list is already growing.)
Connect.Explore.Refresh - I can’t wait for February to get here! If you can attend just one genealogical event this year, this conference is a great choice.
New Ambassadors:
Three more folks have joined the FGS Ambassadors since the original list was published October 9. Welcome Laurie, Tiffiny, and Richard.

Tiffiny Neal: RootStories@rootsgenie, Google+Facebook

October FGS Ambassador Blog Posts:
Carolina Girl Genealogy: Come Connect.Explore.Refresh~FGS 2015
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: FGS 2015 and RootsTech 2015 Together: How Will That Work?
Empty Branches on the Family Tree: FGS 2015 – February 11-14 in Salt Lake City
In Search of ...?: FGS 2015 Conference
Julie's Genealogy & History Hub: Connect.Explore.Refresh #FGS2015
Paula's Genealogical Eclectica: FGS Conference 2015: Connect. Explore. Refresh,
Rings of My Family Tree: Utah Calling

It's not too late to add your name to the list. Visit the FGS Ambassadors Guidelines page on the conference website to register.

Don't forget to register for FGS 2015

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FGS 2015: A. J. Jacobs Friday Keynote Speaker

A. J. Jacobs
The host of the world’s largest family reunion is coming to FGS and RootsTech 2015. A. J. Jacobs is out to show how we are all related to each other as part of one large family.

Jacobs is an author, lecturer, and the force behind the Global Family Reunion, an event scheduled for June 6, 2015 to show how we are all part of one big family and raise funds for Alzhemier's research.

FGS has joined the Global Family Reunion to facilitate the organization of branch parties at genealogical societies across the United States and around the world to bring the live-streamed event to the branch parties. Learn more about how FGS is involved with this event in FGS Marshals Its Hundreds of Member Societies to Help Global Family Reunion Fight Alzheimer's.

Regarding his appearance at the conference, Jacobs said, "I look forward to talking about how the Global Family Reunion and the Federation of Genealogical Societies can entice more of our 7 billion cousins to jump into the wonderful world of genealogy." Jacobs added, “I’m a relative newcomer to genealogy, but I am thoroughly addicted to it. It’s my favorite way to learn about history – and it’s the ultimate social network.” 

“We’re not alone,” Jacobs has learned. “We’re connected to people all over the world.” 

Jacobs will be one of the keynote speakers Friday, February 13. Register today for FGS 2015.  

Genealogical Societies: Interested in organizing a Global Family Reunion branch party to live-stream that event June 6, 2015 and take part in connecting the world to fight Alzheimer's? Contact Randy Whited at

FGS and Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Announce FGS 2017 National Conference

FGS 2017 To Be Held Aug 30—Sep 2 in Pittsburgh, PA with Local Co-host Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
FGS 2017 National Conference To Be Held in Pittsburgh, PA.
FGS 2017 To Be Held Aug 30—Sep 2 in Pittsburgh, PA with Local Co-host Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and local co-host Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (WPGS) have announced the FGS 2017 National Conference will be held August 30—September 2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“We couldn’t be happier to be visiting Pittsburgh for the 2017 FGS Conference,” says FGS President D. Joshua Taylor. “The city’s unique history and rich genealogical resources promise to deliver a memorable and enjoyable experience to the FGS Community.”

Pittsburgh will provide a wonderful historical backdrop for this four day genealogy event which includes three days of family history sessions for all skill levels, one full day dedicated to genealogy society management, the popular Society Showcase, and a full exhibit hall.

The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society is excited to be the local co-host for the 2017 FGS Conference to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,” says WPGS President Debbie Kapp. “Our region is rich with genealogical information and this conference will be a remarkable opportunity for genealogical societies. Leaders and volunteers will find plenty of practical knowledge and inspiration for reaching out to their members. Individual researchers can connect with fellow genealogists while learning from top-notch teachers. We can't wait to showcase our city and extend hospitality to genealogists from across the U.S. and beyond.”

This announcement rounds out the upcoming FGS conferences through 2018 which include:

·       FGS 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City, UT
·       FGS 2015 Alaska Cruise
·       FGS 2015 Regional Conference in conjunction with the New York Family History Conference in Syracuse, NY
·       FGS 2016 National Conference 40th Anniversary in Springfield, IL
·       FGS 2018 National Conference in Ft. Wayne, IN

Currently, registration is open for the FGS 2015 National Conference “Connect.Explore.Refresh,” to be held concurrently with Rootstech February 11-14, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Register at FGS is also booking cabins at for its upcoming Alaska Cruise scheduled to set sail August 28, 2015
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