Tuesday, July 22, 2014

PBS' Genealogy Roadshow Invites Genealogical Societies, Associations & Vendors

Season 2 of PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow is underway and will premiere nationally in the winter of 2015. The second season will feature participants from three American regions — St. Louis, New Orleans, and Philadelphia.

Genealogy Roadshow is part detective story, and part emotional journey. Once participants are chosen, genealogy, history and DNA experts will use family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down more information. These answers are then revealed on camera before a local audience in a historic building relevant to the regions.

The producers are looking for local & national genealogical associations, societies, genealogy vendors and local professional genealogists to be part of the show by exhibiting products and services at their events. This is a wonderful opportunity for societies to get their message out to the public. Free tables and space are being offered along with immeasurable exposure.

The dates are as follows: 
  • St. Louis, MO. - Saturday and Sunday August 23rd & 24th
  • New Orleans, LA - Saturday and Sunday September 6th & 7th 
  • Philadelphia, PA  - Saturday and Sunday September 13th & 14th
A commitment is required for both days from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM. The people staffing the tables may work in shifts. Set up is at 8:00 AM and close at 6:30 PM or until taping is finished. Space is limited so reserve your spot now. 

For more information please contact Lisa Hope at Lisabhope@yahoo.com.

Friday, July 11, 2014

FGS FORUM 'Gone to Texas' Issue Available Now!


The latest issue of the Federation of Genealogical Societies FORUM is now available for your
Read now! FGS FORUM: Gone to Texas
FGS FORUM: Gone to Texas
reading pleasure! This issue is jam-packed with feature articles about our upcoming national conference, "Gone to Texas" in San Antonio this August 27-30th. Plus, you'll find articles about Texas research, society management, technology, and much more. Take a look inside:

  • 7     President's Message, D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, FGS President
  • 8     Gone to Texas: The Despallier Family, Rasmus Dahlqvist
  • 14   Going to Texas Since 1528: A Short History of Hispanic Texas, Janet Paulos Khashab, AG
  • 18   French Settlement of Castroville, Judy Knight
  • 19   Norwegian Immigrants to Texas, Judy Knight
  • 20   Painted Churches of Texas, Judy Knight
  • 22   Be a Part of the Genealogical Community, Tony Humphreys
  • 23   Avoiding Volunteer Burnout, Louise Mayford
  • 25   San Antonio Bound, Sandra Crowley
  • 33   Following Our Ancestors: Texas Trail, Sandra Crowley
  • 37   The Irish Ancestral Research Association, Marian Pierre-Louis
  • 39   Visual Genealogy, Randy Whited
  • 41   Watch Out for that Tree! (Part One), Drew Smith, MLS
  • 45   Family Associations, Christine Rose, CG, CGL, FASG
  • 47   Taking Your Blog to a Genealogy Conference or Institute, Amy Coffin
  • 50   Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC), Linda McClearly
  • 53   Book Reviews, Paul Milner

How to Access FORUM:
FGS FORUM: Subscribe and read today!
FGS FORUM: Subscribe and read today!
If you are a current FGS member society or a current FGS FORUM subscriber, you can sign-in now to start reading "Gone to Texas" immediately or download it to read on your desktop or mobile device. (After signing in, click on FGS FORUM Archives in the sidebar, scroll down, and click on Vol.26, No.1, to read.)

Not already a subscriber? You can subscribe today to the FGS FORUM and start reading immediately or download it to read on your desktop or mobile device.

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

Genealogical Societies: If you are not a member society of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, become one today and receive 2 complimentary subscriptions to the FORUM as just one of the many benefits to membership. Read more about what else the Federation offers its member societies.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Preserve the Pensions: Try a Matching-Funds Campaign

Preserve the War of 1812 Pensions
Preserve the War of 1812 Pensions
An excellent way for a genealogical society to raise funds for the Preserve the Pensions Campaign is to create a matching-donor program within your own society. Instead of just raising funds to donate to PTP, take those funds and use them as a “starter or seed fund.” This is the money that you can use to match funds which are donated. The following are suggestions that can help you and your society:

  • Create a seed-fund by holding a money-raising event, such as a bake sale or a garage sale.
  • Add a box on your society membership renewal card. An additional $1.00 sent in at the time of a renewal is something most people can afford. You’d be surprised to see how the dollars add up.
  • Sponsor a walk. Perhaps designate a destination which has historic value, particularly if it’s an 1812 site, in your locality. You could have T-shirts or other mementos made just for the event. This activity will be done at our FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio!
  • Does your society already sponsor a fund-raising event each year? Tap into that event and designate some of those funds to be used as a starter fund. 

Remember that starter-funds can match individual donations, which can be matched again by the Stern-NARA fund for a limited time. From there, Ancestry.com matches those funds, which quadruples the donation. Funds need to be raised for the pension records that desperately need to be preserved. 

Please share your matching funds ideas with us at office@fgs.org and on the 1812 Preserve the Pensions Facebook Page.

Visit PreservethePensions.org for more information about the War of 1812 Pension Digitization Project, which is a Community Digitization Project sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Archives Records Administration, fold3.com, Ancestry.com, and Family Search, and supported by generous genealogical organization donors as well as individual donors.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Hotel Reservations Open for the 2015 FGS and RootsTech Conferences

Book your room today!

Hotel Reservations Open for the 2015 FGS and Rootstech Conferences. Book your room today! #FGS2015 https://www.fgsconference.org/2015/lodging/

Four Salt Lake City hotels are now taking reservations for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and RootsTech conferences, which will be held February 11–14, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

The Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown, the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, and the Hilton Salt Lake City Center will offer reduced rates to attendees of both conferences. Each hotel is conveniently located near the Salt Palace Convention Center where both conferences will be held.

Conference rates will be honored for reservation dates February 7 – 19, 2015. Reservations must be made by January 13, 2015 to receive the conference rates.

Rooms will be in high demand. Reserve yours now through the FGS conference website at http://www.fgsconference.org/2015/lodging.

Registration for both conferences will open in late August 2014. For additional information about the FGS conference visit www.FGSconference.org/2015

Note to media: For the full press release in downloadable PDF format please visit the FGS Media Center.