Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Spring 2017 Issue of FORUM is Out


In this issue:

Joseph F. Martin examines ways vehicles in family photos can help you answer family history questions in "Old Cars Run in the Family."

In "Yes, Writing is Compulsory! Here's How to Make it Work", Harold Henderson, CG, explains why that is true and give us great tips for preserving our research through writing.

At the FGS 2016 conference, David Allen Lambert heard about the US-Mexican War Soldier Database indexing project, which is a collaboration between FGS and the National Park Service's Palo Alto Battlefield National Park. Learn what he discovered and why he encourages others to participate in "US-Mexican War Soldier Database Project: Massachusetts Regiment."

Don't miss the FGS 2017 Conference Brochure, featuring details about the program, events, and more, included in this issue.


And that's not all. 



Table of Contents

3 ...... Editor's Message

6 ...... President's Message: Springtime Inspiration by Rorey Cathcart

8 ...... Old Cars Run in the Family by Joseph F. Martin

12 ...... Philgen.org: Where Genealogy & Postal History Meet by James R. Miller

18 ...... Yes, Writing is Compulsory! Here's How to Make it Work by Harold Henderson, CG

22 ...... Preserving the Memories of Our World War II Soldiers at Home & Abroad by Jennifer Holik

28 ......US-Mexican War Soldier Database Project: Massachusetts Regiment by David Allen Lambert

32 ...... Ethics & Standards: The Rules of Conflict by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

34 ...... Next Generation: Age Is Just a Number by Shannon Combs-Bennett

35 ...... Forensic Genealogy: Q&A with Forensic Genealogist Dee Dee King by Helen Haldeman Daglas

39 ...... Records Preservation & Access: Digitized Records, New NARA Search Features & More by Linda McCleary, MLS

42 ...... Reviews

How to access FORUM:

Current FGS Member Society Leadership: Sign-in now to start reading immediately or download it to read on your desktop or mobile device. (After signing in, click on FGS FORUM – Latest Issue in the sidebar.) Don't forget to renew your membership in order for your society's leadership to continue to access FORUM and its archives.

Current FGS FORUM subscribers (individuals): sign-in now to start reading immediately or download it to read on your desktop or mobile device. (After signing in, click on Volume 29 No. 1 to read.)

Who can subscribe to FORUM? Anyone. You don't have to be a member of a genealogical society in order to subscribe.

Not already a subscriber? You can subscribe today to FGS FORUM.

Genealogical Society Leaders: If your society is not a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, become one today and let your society's leadership begin accessing FORUM and its 25+ year archives which is just one of the many benefits of FGS membership. Read more about how else FGS empowers Member Society Leaders to manage successful societies.

Monday, March 6, 2017

2017 FGS Conference Program Announced!



The Federation of Genealogical Societies is pleased to announce that the 2017 FGS Conference program is now available in an 8-page pdf download.

This year’s conference theme “Building Bridges to the Past” references not only the many bridges in Pittsburgh but also the bridges between the old world and new, as well as our journeys to discover our past. The conference program brings you a wide variety of topics presented by many of the nation’s top family history experts. Sessions are aimed at strengthening your research skills no matter what your level or area of expertise might be.

Learning Tracks
A variety of tracks fill the program, including:
  •         Immigrant/EthnicRecords
  •         Regional
  •         DNA
  •         Methodology
  •         Analysis
  •         Skills
  •     African American
  •         Land & Taxes
  •         Religion
  •         Occupations

Workshops

Four traditional two-hour workshops:
  •     Caring for keepsakes
  •     Research planning
  •     Storytelling
  •     Transcribing and Analyzing


Plus, two special four-hour DNA workshops:
  •    “Connecting the DNA Dots”
  •   “Using Genetics and Genealogy to Smash through Brick Walls”

Focus on Societies

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 is Focus on Societies day, with sessions that are packed full of  ideas and tools to help societies promote themselves, develop projects, increase membership, and leverage technology. The day kicks off with a plenary session that focuses on “Creating, Packaging, and Sharing Your Society to Non-Genealogists.”

Librarian’s Day
The 2017 Librarian’s Day, sponsored by ProQuest, is themed “Digital Initiatives in Western Pennsylvania. This-pre-conference event will be on Tuesday, August 29 and will include a full day of sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals who serve family history researchers.

Whether you are a novice, an expert, or anywhere in between, the FGS 2017 Conference has something for you!

Online registration will open soon. Stay tuned. We can’t wait to see you in Pittsburgh!


Friday, December 16, 2016

Winter 2016 Issue of FORUM is out: Spit, Please: Tips for Approaching Cousins for DNA Testing; Genealogical Institutes: In-Depth Study Options for the Genealogist; & more!

The Winter 2016 issue of FORUM is available. Take a break from the holiday preparations and relax with this latest issue. 


Angie Bush discusses best practices for asking relatives that sometimes difficult question in "Spit, Please: Tips for Approaching Cousins for DNA Testing." 

Learn about a variety of educational opportunities in "Genealogical Institutes: In-depth Study Options for the Genealogist" by Rick Fogarty

In "Take Your SIGs Virtual with WordPress," Denise Barrett Olson covers WordPress tools available to build and manage a platform for your special interest groups. 


Cari A. Taplin, CG, shares ideas for finding, attracting, and maintaining volunteers in "The Life of Your Society: Finding & Keeping Volunteers."

FGS is pleased to welcome a new columnist to the FORUM team with this issue. Helen Haldeman Daglas is now writing the Forensic Genealogy column. 


And that's not all. Take a peek inside.

Table of Contents


3 ...... From the Editor

6 ...... President's Message: Passing the Baton by D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

7 ...... Spit, Please: Tips for Approaching Cousins for DNA testing by Angie Bush

10 ...... Genealogical Institutes: In-depth Study Options for the Genealogist by Rick Fogarty

14 ...... The Life of Your Society: Finding & Keeping Volunteers by Cari Taplin, CG

18 ...... Take Your SIGs Virtual with WordPress by Denise Barrett Olson

23 ...... NSDCGS: Helping Students Bring Family History to Life by Nina Anderson

25 ...... Spotlight on Member Projects: Indexing Projects, Volunteer Opportunities & More by Caroline Pointer

29 ...... Ethics & Standards: The Real Thing by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

33 ...... Next Generation: Why You Should Attend a Conference...Any Conference by Shannon Combs-Bennett

35 ...... Forensic Genealogy: Native American Tribal Research & Forensic Genealogy by Helen Haldeman Daglas

38 ...... Beyond Boxes & Binders: Let's Think About Our "Stuf" by Linda Coffin

40 ...... Records Preservation & Access: Preservation Grants, Vital Records News & More by Linda McCleary, MLS

44 ...... Reviews

How to access FORUM:

Current FGS Member Society Leadership: Sign-in now to start reading immediately or download it to read on your desktop or mobile device. (After signing in, click on FGS FORUM – Latest Issue in the sidebar.) Don't forget to renew your membership in order for your society's leadership to continue to access FORUM and its archives.

Current FGS FORUM subscribers (individuals): sign-in now to start reading immediately or download it to read on your desktop or mobile device. (After signing in, click on Volume 28 No. 4 to read.)

Who can subscribe to FORUM? Anyone. You don't have to be a member of a genealogical society in order to subscribe.

Not already a subscriber? You can subscribe today to FGS FORUM.

Genealogical Society Leaders: If your society is not a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, become one today and let your society's leadership begin accessing FORUM and its 25+ year archives which is just one of the many benefits of FGS membership. Read more about how else FGS empowers Member Society Leaders to manage successful societies.

Friday, November 4, 2016

FGS Seeks Business Office Administrator

FGS is currently conducting a national search for a part-time Business Office Administrator.

Duties include:

  • Providing daily member and customer service
  • Managing annual conference registration
  • Processing new and renewing memberships
  • Processing subscriptions to our quarterly e-magazine, FORUM
  • Processing calendar events submitted by members
  • Maintaining promotional materials and shipping supplies

View the full job description for duties and responsibilities.

Interested parties should submit a résumé, cover letter, and references to office@fgs.org. Any questions should also be directed to that email address.
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