Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Delegates - Are You Attending the FGS 2011 Conference?

[Note: this post is directed towards FGS Delegates. Each FGS member society elects a delegate to represent the society at the FGS annual conference and other functions. If you would like to be a delegate but your genealogy society is not a member of FGS, see the Membership Information page.

Dear Delegates,

By now, I hope you have added the 2011 Federation of Genealogical Societies/Illinois State Genealogical Society Conference to your calendar. The dates are September 7-10, 2011 in historic Springfield, Illinois. 

We hope you are passing the FGS Voice conference news on to your society’s board members, editors, webmaster, and letting your members know about the conference. Please feel free to use any of the conference announcements in the Voice or the FGS Conference News Blog for your own website or publications, both off and online. Just add a line that tells where the information is from and add the FGS website URL. Check the conference website under Media for details on a contest for member societies that might result in your society winning a free conference registration for the 2012 conference.

Have you scheduled a presentation to your society’s board about the importance of delegates attending the conference? Just the networking with other delegates, society board members and other dedicated volunteers is enough to make it worthwhile. Discussions of successes, problems, budget, volunteers and other topics apply to most societies. It’s a day to participate, ask questions, and discuss such things. The variety of lectures that “Focus on Societies” deliver so much that will be valuable to the workings of your society.

Ask your board to join you in Springfield to attend the conference sessions dedicated to the workings of genealogical societies. Tell them about the extensive sessions that will help their own genealogical research. Because the conference takes place in a given state, doesn’t mean that the sessions only relate to research in that state. The topics cover a myriad of states, research repositories, methodologies, and more.

If you register by 11:59 p.m. on July 1, 2011 you will be registering at the discount price. At midnight the cost goes up by $50.00.

FGS Conference News Blog: http://www.fgsconferenceblog.org/

See you in Springfield!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Nominations for FGS Youth Award – Nominations Due July 15th

The FGS Outreach Committee is accepting nominations for the FGS 2011 Youth Award, which honors volunteers under the age of 18 who have made a significant contribution to an FGS member society.

Nominees must be affiliated with an FGS member society, and be eighteen or younger as of July 15, 2011. Nominations should be submitted via email to fgsoutreach@fgs.org by July 15, 2011 and include the following:
  1. The society and contact information (include the name of the society president and/or FGS delegate)
  2. The youth’s name and contact information
  3. A brief description of the youth’s contribution to your society
The award will be presented on Thursday, September 8th during the opening sessions. The award recipient will receive:
  • Complimentary registration to the FGS 2011 Conference
  • A write-up in the FGS FORUM
  • The award recipient and member society will each receive a copy of the award winning book Family History for Kids by Emma Jolly
  • RootsMagic package that includes RootsMagic (program and book), Personal Historian, and Family Atlas
  • Many other materials from genealogical vendors

LAST CHANCE FGS Award Nominations - Deadline: June 1

FGS Award Nominations - Deadline: June 1

Each year at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, awards are given to genealogical societies and members of societies for outstanding or notable service to the genealogical community. This year awards will be presented at the Keynote Session on Thursday morning. These and some other awards are also announced in the FGS FORUM.

You are encouraged to nominate individuals or societies to receive these awards of recognition. You know the societies and the people who make up those organizations. You know the activities/projects that an individual or society has successfully undertaken. These are the people, the societies, and the activities FGS is looking to offer gratitude to with these awards. Note: only FGS-member societies and individual members of FGS-member societies can be nominated for the FGS Awards.

  • Certificate of Appreciation: Individual or organization in thanks for duty in exemplary or outstanding manner.
  • Award of Merit: Individual or organization for meritorious service or distinguished work in genealogy and family history.
  • President's Citation: Individual or organization to whose contributions or service to FGS or the genealogical community are singled out for recognition by the FGS President.
  • Delegate Award: Individual Delegate of a member society in recognition of exemplary service to FGS as a member of an FGS standing committee or as an active participant in an FGS project.
  • Distinguished Service Award: Individual or organizational recognition of outstanding service to FGS or to a member society. The organization must be a member of FGS, and the individual must be a member of an FGS member society.
  • Director's Award: Individual or organizational recognition of both exceptional contributions to the field of genealogy and family history, and extra-mile efforts to promote good will and improve services.
  • George E. Williams Award: Individual with outstanding contributions within a single year to FGS, a member organization, or both.
  • David S. Vogels Award: Individual for recognition of outstanding career contributions to FGS.
  • Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award: To a rare individual for lifetime contributions and whose positive personal influence and example have fostered unity in the genealogical community, provided leadership to its individual members, and helped make family history a vital force in the community at large.
  • Archives Award: Individual or organizational recognition of exceptional contributions in the area of archival access, preservation, or services.
Any member of the public can make a nomination - you do not need to be a member of a FGS-member society in order to make a nomination. More information about the awards and a link to a submission form can be found at the FGS website: http://www.fgs.org/awards/index.php.

The deadline for submission of awards for 2011 is 1 June 2011.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

FGS Webinar - Your Society's Next Generation: Reaching Out to New Communities

Join us for a FREE FGS Webinar on June 18, 2011



Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/202421622

In today’s world, a vast community of supporters for your genealogical society might fall outside the standard definition of “genealogists.” Learn how to work with historians, archivists, government officials, librarians, youth, and others to enhance your society’s meetings, publications, and overall success.

Focusing on the resources of the FGS Outreach Committee, this lecture is specifically geared towards Society officers seeking to expand their membership and their societies’ activities. The lecture will begin with an introduction of the various communities (including historians, archivists, librarians, government, and youth) that a genealogical society can perform outreach activities towards, focusing on specific success stories from FGS member societies. The lecture will then focus on methods for developing outreach plans, and implementing them within a genealogical society. Attention will be spent towards developing lectures, newsletter items, and other functions to bring in members “outside’ the genealogical community.

This webinar will be presented by FGS board member D. Joshua Taylor. “Josh” is a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher. Currently, Joshua is the Director of Education and Programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a frequent speaker at genealogical societies, libraries, and other organizations across the United States. Active in the genealogical community, Joshua is the current Vice President of Administration for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), where he also serves as chairman of the Conference Planning Committee and co-chair of the FGS/ISGS 2011 National Conference. He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and has been a featured genealogist on NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? with actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Ashley Judd.

Title: Your Society's Next Generation: Reaching Out to New Communities
Date: Saturday, June 18, 2011
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM CDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

FGS Radio - A Society on the Grow

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mysociety/2011/06/04/a-society-on-the-grow

Saturday, June 4, 2011
2-3pm Eastern US
1-2pm Central US
12-1pm Mountain US
11am-12pm Pacific US

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mysociety/2011/06/04/a-society-on-the-grow

Join us for the next episode of My Society, a new Internet radio show on Blog talk Radio presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies on Saturday, June 4, 2011 starting at 2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, 12pm Mountain and 11am Pacific when this week we'll be discussing: A Society on the Grow.

Guests

Janet Hovorka

Janet Hovorka received a B.A. in Ancient Near Eastern History and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from BYU. She accepted teaching and library positions at BYU and Salt Lake Community College before having her three wonderful children. She and her husband Kim Hovorka own Generation Maps (http://www.generationmaps.com), an online genealogy chart printing service. Janet writes The Chart Chick blog (http://www.thechartchick.com), she is currently serving as President of the Utah Genealogical Association and has presented 100s of lectures all over the country to help people find out more about their family’s history.


Christy Fillerup

Christy Fillerup is the director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and a member of the board of directors for the Utah Genealogical Association. She developed a passion for history in high school and it wasn't long before a passion for history became a passion for family history. Christy founded the Transitional Genealogists group in 2007 to help genealogists aspiring to become professionals. The group has benefited greatly from the mentorship of many established professionals. Christy is a graduate of the English track at the National Institute for Genealogical Studies as well as the ProGen study group. She edited Crossroads magazine from June 2010 to June 2011 and will remain a feature columnist.

Links

Society Spotlight


My Society will also feature a member society of FGS during the broadcast.

Please join us for great conversation and an exchange of ideas concerning genealogy societies every Saturday afternoon!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

RootsTech 2012 Issues Call for Papers

The Federation of Genealogical Societies is a proud sponsor of RootsTech 2012.  



Call for Presentations RootsTech 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah

Dates/Venue: February 2-4, 2012, Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City
Call Opens: May 25, 2011
Call Closes: June 30, 2011
Notification: August 27, 2011

The inaugural RootsTech Conference in 2011 was a huge success. Over 3000 attendees filled the presentation venues to learn about technologies and applications that could impact the many emerging facets of family history-related consumer markets worldwide. The Community Zone bustled with technology vendors and demonstrations and the Internet buzzed with blogs, tweets, chat, and articles for a month following the close of the conference. We expect RootsTech 2012 to continue to exceed expectations.

Consider being part of the RootsTech 2012 excitement as a presenter! Please look into the list of suggested topics below as a guideline for what we're seeking (you are certainly welcome to suggest additional topics). RootsTech 2012 presentations will be 40-50 minutes.

Submit your presentation proposal(s) online at RootsTech 2012 Call for Presentations.

Please forward this email to colleagues, business partners, friends, or anyone else you think might be interested in presenting at RootsTech 2012.

About RootsTech

The RootsTech conference is 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.

FGS Radio - Genealogy Society Marketing Q&A Session

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Saturday, May 28, 2011
2-3pm Eastern US
1-2pm Central US
12-1pm Mountain US
11am-12pm Pacific US

Click here to listen to the show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mysociety/2011/05/28/genealogy-society-marketing--qa-session

Join us for the next episode of My Society, an Internet radio show on Blog talk Radio presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies. This week your host Thomas MacEntee will focus on: Genealogy Society Marketing - Q&A Session.

Q& A Session

We’ll have a true question and answer session with Thomas – an expert in the use of social media for genealogical societies. Email your questions to publicity@fgs.org and he’ll try to answer them on the air. Or call into the studio at +1 (619) 638-8565 and ask your question live on the air.

Society Spotlight

My Society will also feature a member society of FGS during the broadcast. Please join us for great conversation and an exchange of ideas concerning genealogy societies every Saturday afternoon!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

FGS Webinar on Social Networking Now Available Online

The popular FGS Webinar "Social Networking for Genealogy Societies" presented by Thomas MacEntee is now available at the FGS website at: http://fgs.org/webinars/. On the FGS Webinars page you'll also find a link to the five page handout which can be downloaded in PDF.

If you missed the original broadcast back on April 30, 2011 or if you just want to review some of the great education content on how your society can use social networking, turn up your sound and click the play button below. The webinar description can be found by clicking here.



Don't forget that FGS has more great webinars planned - our next one will take place on Saturday, June 18, 2011 with D. Joshua Taylor presenting Your Society's Next Generation: Reaching Out to New Communities. Details on how to register will be posted soon!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

What Are You Missing? "My Society" FGS Radio Broadcasts

How is your genealogical or historical society doing these days? If you are looking for new ideas and options, the Federation of Genealogical Societies has something great for you! FGS is now producing weekly live radio broadcasts. That's right! My Society is a new concept, an online radio broadcast for societies that features timely topics and best practices to help you and your society expand and extend your reach!

Join us each week as different hosts interview genealogical and historical society experts discussing important topics that can help you and your society take advantage of great ideas to become the best you can be.

In case you've missed the first five episodes, we invite you to visit the My Society site at BlogTalkRadio (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mysociety) to listen to the past episodes. Make sure that you and your society's officers are aware of the series and that they listen to every episode, past and future, so that they can get great ideas to help grow and improve your society. Then, mark your calendar to listen to new episodes each Saturday!

Learn more about the Federation of Genealogical Societies and membership at http://fgs.org. We offer much more than radio broadcasts! There are the Society Strategy Series Papers that can help your society grow, our tremendous quarterly FGS FORUM Magazine, the FGS Blog with timely information and the free FGS Voice Newsletter to which you and all your members can subscribe on the FGS website at http://fgs.org.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies is involved in many, many great activities. Learn about our initiative to Preserve the Pensions! This is a tremendous project involving the entire genealogical community, the National Archives and Records Administration, and Footnote.com to digitize, index, and make available all the War of 1812 Pension Files as they are digitized and available. In addition, Ancestry.com has committed a dollar-for-dollar contribution to all donations to help make this project reach a successful goal. Can you ask for a happier project and conclusion?

FGS is also working to develop and provide webinars about genealogical and historical issues for the genealogical community. We are also considering webinars for our members who are libraries and archives, and for genealogical vendors who are members. There will be a free webinar each quarter, and we plan FGS Members Only webinars each quarter throughout the year.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies is very actively involved in trying to make a huge difference in the genealogical community! We want to hear from you. Please send your comments and questions to membership@fgs.org and to office@fgs.org.

We are looking forward to other great My Society broadcasts in the futures. Tune in next week for another great online broadcast, and download it if you happen to miss it!


George G. Morgan
Vice President, Membership Services

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

FGS Radio - Bringing Technology to Your Genealogy Society

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Saturday, May 21, 2011
2-3pm Eastern US
1-2pm Central US
12-1pm Mountain US
11am-12pm Pacific US

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mysociety/2011/05/21/bringing-technology-to-your-genealogy-society

Join us for the next episode of My Society, an Internet radio show on Blog talk Radio presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies. This week hosts The Genealogy Guys (George G. Morgan and Drew Smith) will focus on the theme: Bringing Technology to Your Genealogy Society.




Guest


Leading this discussion will be special guest Paula Hinkel, of the FGS-member society Southern California Genealogical Society in Burbank, California. Paula will discuss how SCGS approaches bringing new technologies not only to the operations of the society, but also to deliver better and more services to their members. Paula Hinkel is former President of the Southern California Genealogical Society and is currently serving as vice president. She is the co-chair of the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, and has been one of the instigators behind the implementation of technological solutions at SCGS.

Links
  • Jamboree, June 10-12, 2011
    http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/2011jam-home.htm
    JamboFREE activities, including:
    Introduction to Genealogy Class
    Advanced Beginners Class
    Kids’ Family History Camp
    Librarians’ Genealogy Boot Camp
    Society Development Workshop
    Genealogy World informal discussions

Society Spotlight
My Society will also feature a member society of FGS during the broadcast. Please join us for great conversation and an exchange of ideas concerning genealogy societies every Saturday afternoon!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

FGS Radio - Managing a Large National Genealogy Conference

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Saturday, May 14, 2011
2-3pm Eastern US
1-2pm Central US
12-1pm Mountain US
11am-12pm Pacific US

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mysociety/2011/05/14/managing-a-large-national-genealogy-conference

Join us for the next episode of My Society, a new Internet radio show on Blog talk Radio presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies on Saturday, May 14, 2011 starting at 2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, 12pm Mountain and 11am Pacific when this week we'll be discussing: Managing a Large Genealogy Conference.

Guests

Our special guests leading this discussion will be Jan Alpert, NGS 2011 Family History Conference Chair and past president of the National Genealogical Society, joining us from the National Genealogical Society 2011 Family History Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. Also joining us will be Julie Miller, CG, who is the Conference Chair for NGS 2012 which will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jan and Julie will help us discuss genealogy conferences especially how a large national conference is managed by a genealogy society.

Janet A. (Jan) Alpert is the NGS 2011 Family History Conference Chair and served as president of NGS from 2006-2010. Prior to becoming active in NGS, she had a thirty-five-year career in the title insurance industry, retiring in 2004. She served as president of the Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia (GRIVA) for five years in the 1980s. She has done personal family history research for more than twenty-five years, mostly in New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the Midwest. In 1997, she published a family genealogy, Hatevil Nutter of Cover, New Hampshire, and His Descendants with Fred Boyle, cg. In addition to NGS, Jan is a member of many genealogy associations including New England Historic Genealogical Society, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the New York History Association, as well as local genealogical organizations such a GRIVA, Tazewell County (Illinois) Genealogical Society, Hunterdon County Historical Society (New Jersey), New Hampshire Society of Genealogists, and Descendants of Ancient Windsor (Connecticut). A native of Illinois, Alpert received her BA degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and earned an MBA degree from the University of Connecticut. She resides seasonally in Holland, Michigan, and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Links

Julie Miller, CGsm

Julie Miller, CGsm is a Certified Genealogist from Broomfield, Colorado with more than 35 years of experience in the genealogy field as a writer, lecturer and researcher. She is an award-winning newspaper columnist for Broomfield Enterprise and has served as National Genealogical Society Vice President, 2010 and is currently serving as the NGS 2012 Conference Chair. Her other affiliations include the Association of Professional Genealogists Board of Directors 2005-2008, the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors Board of Directors, Past President, Colorado Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), Past President, Colorado Genealogical Society, and NARA-Rocky Mountain Region volunteer for over 14 years.


Links
My Society will also feature a member society of FGS during the broadcast. Please join us for great conversation and an exchange of ideas concerning genealogy societies every Saturday afternoon!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Footnote.com Publishes First Digital Versions of War of 1812 Pension Application Files

Collaboration with Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Archives Offers Free Online Access to Records

Lindon, UT (May 10, 2011) Footnote.com is pleased to announce the first online publishing of the War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Applications. In cooperation with the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the National Archives, Footnote.com is currently digitizing millions of War of 1812 records and making them available on its site free of charge. The initial 1,400 images are available today and the collection will continue to grow weekly as the digitization process progresses. When completed, the collection will encompass 7.2 million images that will detail the histories of soldiers who fought in the War of 1812 and their families.

While the project is currently underway, its long term completion is dependent on the availability of additional funding. FGS is proud to be spearheading a national fundraising effort to ensure the completion and expedite this valuable endeavor. The organization is actively seeking donations from genealogical and historical societies, patriotic and military heritage societies, and any interested corporations or individuals. iArchives, Footnote.com’s parent company, is providing a dollar-for-dollar match of each donation through a provision of services. To learn more and contribute to the project, visit www.fgs.org/1812 or www.footnote.com/1812pensions.

“This is just the first step in a multi-year journey to bring the War of 1812 documents out of the National Archives and into the digital world,” said Brian Hansen, General Manager of Footnote.com. “We are privileged to bring such historically rich documents online, so they can be accessed in schools, libraries and homes where they can be available free for future generations.”

Footnote.com’s database of Revolutionary War Pension Files has proven to be the most popular set of records available on the site. It is anticipated that the War of 1812 Pension Application Files will create similar interest from family historians, genealogists and military researchers. The War of 1812 Pension Application Files include extensive details of the lives of these 19th century veterans. The information may include:

Veteran’s name
Widow’s name
Widow’s maiden name
Service data and dates
Age
Acres Granted
Year of Bureau of Land Management act
Soldier death date
Warrant number
Place of residence
Organization and Rank
Marriage date
Widow death date
Additional names

About iArchives

iArchives is a leading digitization service provider and subsidiary of Ancestry.com (NASDAQ: ACOM). The company operates Footnote.com, the leading U.S. military record resource on the web with more than 72 million records online. The site provides searchable original documents, providing subscribers with a view of the events, places and people in the conflicts that shaped the American nation and the world. For more information, visit www.footnote.com.

About FGS

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), founded in 1976, links the genealogical community by serving the needs of its member societies, providing products and services needed by member societies, and marshaling the resources of its member organizations. FGS represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies and engages in projects that help genealogical societies strengthen and grow as well as call attention to records preservation and access issues. FGS can be found on the web at www.FGS.org.

About the National Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration, an independent federal agency, is the nation’s record keeper. Founded in 1934, its mission is unique — to serve American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, ensuring that the people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. It supports democracy, promotes civic education, and facilitates historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives meets a wide range of information needs, among them helping people to trace their families’ history, making it possible for veterans to prove their entitlement to medical and other benefits, and preserving original White House records. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and on the Internet at http://www.archives.gov/.

FamilySearch Announces Releases of Hundreds of Millions of Civil War Records

PRESS RELEASE
11 May 2011
Salt Lake City, Utah

As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, people who had ancestors involved in the conflict can access millions of historical records recently published on the familysearch.org website. And millions more records are coming, as Civil War indexing volunteers enlist in an epoch campaign over the next five years to provide access to the highly desirable historic documents.

FamilySearch announced the release today of hundreds of millions of online records at Librarians Day at the National Genealogical Society conference in Charleston, South Carolina. The collections include service records for both the Confederate and Union armies, pension records, and more. Some of the records have been available for some time but are now being added to familysearch.org/civilwar as part of this project. Here is just a sampling og what is available:
  • Arizona, Service Record of Confederate Soldiers of the Civil War, 1861-1863
  • Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929
  • Civil War Pension Index
  • Louisiana Confederate Pensions, 1898-1950
  • Missouri Confederate Pension Applications and Soldiers' Home Admission Applications
  • South Carolina Compiled Service records of Confederate Soldiers (NARA M267)
  • South Carolina Probate 1671-1977
  • South Carolina Probate Records, Files, and Loose Papers, 1732-1964
  • United States, 1890 Census of Union Veterans and Widows
  • United States, Index to General Correspondence of the Pension Office, 1889-1904
  • United States Union Provost Marshall's Office Files of Papers Relating to Two or More Civilians, 1861-1866
  • U.S. Soldiers Index, 1855-1865
  • U.S. Navy Widows' Certificates, 1861-1910 (NARA M1279)
  • U.S. Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914, Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933
  • Vermont Enrolled Militia, 1861-1867
"These records are significant because nearly every family in the United States at that time was impacted either directly or indirectly by the war," FamilySearch project manager Ken Nelson said. "Each soldier has a story to tell based on what his unique experience was during the war. Each family has their own story to tell. This is the paper trail that tells the stories about that period in our nation's history."

Many of the records are specific to the war itself, such as enlistment or pension records. These documents can provide key family data, including age, place of birth, or even name of spouse. Other collections, such as census records, tell the story of ordinary civilians who lived during that turbulent time. Even a local or state death record far away from the battlefront may contain death information on a soldier that was submitted by a family member back home.

FamilySearch's chief genealogical officer, David Rencher, said many people can benefit from the records.  "With the wealth of records created by the Civil War, I am inspired by the plan laid out by FamilySearch to make a substantial amount of this material available on their website over the next four to five years. This growing collection will be one that will serve the needs of the numerous descendants of the participants on both sides of the conflict," Rencher said.

About 10 million of FamilySearch's Civil War records are already indexed, so they can be easily searched by a specific name. However, there are many more records that need to be indexed, and that's where FamilySearch indexing volunteers come in. These volunteers view a digital image online of the record and enter in important information such as names, dates, and places.

FamilySearch project manager Jim Ericson said that this data will be used to create free searchable indexes that enable people to more easily find records about their Civil War ancestors. "Once these records are indexed and published online, anyone can search for the name of an ancestor and link to a digital image of the original record, if the image is also available online," according to Ericson. "Indexing helps people save time when finding records and enables a more powerful, engaging search experience."

Ericson said that more than 130,000 people helped enter other FamilySearch indexing projects in the last year, but more volunteers are needed for the multi-year Civil War era project. "We expect to maintain some focus on indexing records from the U.S. Civil War for the next three or four years to make the collection of Civil War era records extremely robust," Ericson said.

For those who want to learn more about their Civil War ancestors, there is also additional help on the FamilySearch ResearchWiki. This includes information about each regiment that fought in the conflict and records created by each states that participated in the war. There is also information for beginners who are just getting started learning about their ancestors who livied during the Civil War.

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through 4,500 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Spring Issue of FORUM Now Available!

The Spring 2011 issue of the FGS FORUM is now available!

This issue is the first edited by Matt Wright, the new editor of FGS FORUM and he has engineered a brilliant graphic and editorial redesign of this online genealogy magazine.

In addition, you'll find lots of great content in this issue:
  • 5 Ways to Help Your Members Get Past Their Brick Walls, by Gena Philibert Ortega
  • MAPS: More Than Pretty Pictures, by Mary Clement Douglas
  • Austin Genealogical Society Goes 'Green,' by Randy Whited
  • Conference and Program Highlights - FGS 2011, by Thomas MacEntee
  • Family Associations column, by Christine Rose
  • Genealogy 2.0 column, by Randy Seaver
  • Records Preservation and Access, by Linda McCleary
  • Book Reviews column, by Paul Milner
Subscribers can login to access their copy of the Spring 2011 issue, and two members of each member organization can also use their society's login ID and password to access their copies.

What? You're not a subscriber yet? FGS is offering a one-year subscription to the FGS FORUM, which is produced in electronic format (PDF), for $15 and a special two-year membership deal for $25. Learn more at http://fgs.org/forum and download a sample issue. You can subscribe online or print and mail your check.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

How to Listen to FGS Radio

[Editor's note: we want to make sure that everyone can enjoy the informative episodes of FGS Radio. While accessing the show might seem intuitive to some, it is better to have instructions on how to listen to live episodes, how to download archived episodes and how to access the chat room.]

What is an Internet radio program?
  • An Internet radio program is just like any other radio program except you listen to the broadcast on the Internet using your web browser such as Internet Explorer.
What do I need in order to listen to FGS Radio?
  • You need a computer with speakers that play sound in order to listen to FGS Radio. You can also access FGS Radio on a mobile device such as an iPhone or iPad.
How do I access the FGS Radio program on the Internet?
How do I listen to the live broadcast of FGS Radio?
  • On the FGS Radio website, scroll down and locate Upcoming Broadcast.
  • Click the title of the episode. The episode page appears and once the broadcast begins, it will automatically play – check your sound to make sure it is enabled and turned up.

I understand there is a chat board for FGS Radio where I can read messages from other listeners and participate in an online chat. How can I access the Chat Board?
  • On the FGS Radio website, click the Follow button. The Register or Sign In dialog appears:
  • If you have a Facebook account, click the Facebook button. You will then be signed in to Blog Talk Radio.
  • Otherwise click Register and set up a free Blog Talk Radio account.
  • Once signed in, proceed to the live broadcast and a chat room option will appear.

How do I listen to the previous episodes of FGS Radio?
  • On the FGS Radio website, scroll down and locate On Demand Episodes.
  • Click the title of the episode. The episode page appears and the broadcast will begin.


How do I download previous episodes of FGS Radio?
  • On the FGS Radio website, scroll down and locate On Demand Episodes.
  • Click the title of the episode. The episode page appears.
  • Click Download Episode at the bottom of the player. The recording will be downloaded on your computer in the MP3 file format.

How do I access previous episodes of FGS Radio on iTunes?
  • You can also search for “my society” in the iTunes Store and look in the Podcasts section.

Whom do I contact if I have trouble with FGS Radio?

Sunday, May 1, 2011

FGS Radio - Planning Your Genealogy Society Event

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Saturday, May 7, 2011
2-3pm Eastern US
1-2pm Central US
12-1pm Mountain US
11am-12pm Pacific US

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mysociety/2011/05/07/planning-your-genealogy-society-event

Join us for the next episode of My Society, a new Internet radio show on Blog talk Radio presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies on Saturday, May 7, 2011 starting at 2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, 12pm Mountain and 11am Pacific when this week we'll be discussing: Planning Your Genealogy Society Event.

Hosting this week’s show live from Austin, Texas will be Randy Whited, FGS board member and an avid genealogist for over 25 years. Randy is a member of the Austin Genealogical Society since 2005, and has been involved with the Society by teaching beginner’s classes, leading monthly and special programs and is currently serving a second term on its Board of Directors. Randy is in his fourth year as Editor of the AGS Quarterly, for which he has twice been honored by the Texas State Genealogical Society. Randy is also serving as 2nd Vice President of the Williamson County Genealogical Society and is frequently a speaker there.



Our special guest will be Paula Stuart-Warren, CG from St. Paul, Minnesota who will help discuss genealogy event planning from the hired speaker’s point of view.

Paula is a Certified Genealogist working full-time in genealogical and historical research, lecturing, consulting, and writing. Since 1997 she has been a Course Coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, lectured at National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences since 1993, and in 29 states and Canada for many types of groups.

A former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists and former board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, she is a member and volunteer in historical and genealogical organizations. Currently she is President of the Northland Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and co-chair of the 2011 FGS Conference being held in Springfield, Illinois.

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My Society will also feature a member society of FGS during the broadcast. Please join us for great conversation and an exchange of ideas concerning genealogy societies every Saturday afternoon!