Friday, April 20, 2012

Jamboree: Special Offers for Societies

Attention Organization and Society Leaders,

We Want You!  The Southern California Genealogy Jamboree offers many opportunities to participate in one of North America's largest genealogical conferences at little or no cost.

I can hear you asking, "Why would a genealogical society from [insert your location] be interested in having a presence at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree?" Because in California, "everybody came from someplace else." That's not exactly true, of course, but native Californians proudly announce that they are "Nth generation Californian." You just don't hear that from people from Pennsylvania or Iowa.

What does that mean for you? It means that California genealogists are searching elsewhere for their family. They're looking for answers that your society can provide.    

How can your Society participate in Jamboree in person?
  • Encourage your members to attend. Your members can return to your society meeting and share the valuable information they get during the informative sessions as well as networking with other attendees.  We would be very grateful if you would help promote Jamboree in your announcements, publications and Internet presence (website, blog or other).
  • Attend the JamboFREE - Society Leadership Workshop. Strengthen the leadership of your organization by learning techniques and skills. You don't need to be a society leader to attend these sessions. But don't miss this chance to breathe new energy into your society. Read more about it.
  • Organize a Group Trip to Jamboree -  Have you thought about putting together a bus trip or group activity for your organization's members?  We'll work with you to help organize the trip. If your society is at least 100 miles from Burbank, we'll give you one free basic registration for every 10 people in your group. The San Diego Genealogical Society has organized such an event for the past few years. They take the Coastliner train to and from San Diego and they have a great time. If you're interested in putting together a group, contact us at SCGSJamboree@gmail.com and we'll help. Put "Group Tour" in the subject line.
  • Staff a free exhibit table for one day. We are offering a one-day exhibit table to genealogical societies, historical societies, and other nonprofit organizations. Speak one-on-one with our ~1700 guests and spread your word. Free. If you're interested, send an email to leo.myers44@gmail.com and he'll help you out.
How can your Society participate in Jamboree from a distance?
  • Donate a one-year membership for a door prize.  Your society's name will be listed among our donors and people will learn about you.
  • Send your membership application, publication list or other material for FREE distribution.  We'll put it on our freebie table for our guests to find. Send them by June 1 to: Jamboree Freebie Table, SCGS, 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504.
  • Purchase an ad in the syllabus and/or mobile app. A business-card sized ad is just $25. You can purchase an electronic "green" listing on the Jamboree app for just $50. The "green" listing is your contact information, downloadable PDFs such as your membership application, and your logo.If you order both print and digital ads, you'll save $5. You'll reach 1700 people onsite at Jamboree plus others who access the app online.
Please join us at Jamboree!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

FGS Radio: WordPress for Your Society Website


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Saturday, April 21, 2012
2-3pm Eastern US
1-2pm Central US
12-1pm Mountain US
11am-12pm Pacific US

Join us for the next episode of FGS Radio - My Society, an Internet radio show on Blog talk Radio presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies. This week’s episode hosted by Randy Whited is entitled WordPress for Your Society Website. Our guest will be Taneya Koonce, a professional knowledge management information scientist, State Coordinator for the TNGenWeb, Webmaster for NCGenWeb, and a member of the FGS Education Committee. Together we will be talking about how to use applications such as Wordpress to make maintaining your society website a snap. We will also be featuring FGS member society, Arkansas Genealogical Society, in our weekly Society Spotlight feature. In addition, we will also be featuring FGS 2012 Speaker of the week, Linda Woodward Geiger.

Tune in to FGS Radio – My Society each week to learn more about genealogy societies and join in a discussion of the issues impacting the genealogical community.


Guest: Taneya Koonce

Tanyea Koonce has a degree in Biology from Emory University. She also holds two Masters: one in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and one in Public Health from Vanderbilt. She is currently an Associate Director for Research with the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In addition, Taneya is a member of the FGS Education Committee.

Links:

Society Spotlight

This week's Society Spotlight features the Arkansas Genealogical Society.

Join Us Each Saturday Afternoon at FGS Radio

Tune in to FGS Radio – My Society each week to learn more about genealogy societies and join in a discussion of the issues impacting the genealogical community.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

FGS Radio: The 1940 US Census- Two Weeks Later


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Saturday, April 14, 2012
2-3pm Eastern US
1-2pm Central US
12-1pm Mountain US
11am-12pm Pacific US

Join us for the next episode of FGS Radio - My Society, an Internet radio show on Blog talk Radio presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

This week’s episode hosted by Randy Whited is entitled The 1940 US Census- Two Weeks Later. Our guests will be Amy Johnson Crow, Genealogical Content Manager at Archives.com and D. Joshua Taylor, Business Development Manager, North America at FindMyPast. Together we will be talking about the impact of the release of the 1940 US Census, the status of the indexing project and the future of genealogical collaboration. We will also be featuring FGS member society, Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society, in our weekly Society Spotlight feature.

Tune in to FGS Radio – My Society each week to learn more about genealogy societies and join in a discussion of the issues impacting the genealogical community.

Guest: Amy Johnson Crow

Amy Johnson Crow is a Certified Genealogist, researcher, editor, webmaster, and database developer. She is currently Genealogical Content Manager at Archives.com. Amy recently earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree at Kent State University, where she concentrated on digital libraries and digital preservation.

Guest: D. Joshua Taylor

D. Joshua Taylor “Josh” is a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher. He is currently Business Development Manager, North America at brightsolid online publishing. Formerly, Joshua was the Director of Education and Programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, Massachusetts. Active in the genealogical community, Joshua is the current Vice President of Administration for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). 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.

Society Spotlight

This week's Society Spotlight features the Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society.

Join Us Each Saturday Afternoon at FGS Radio

Tune in to FGS Radio – My Society each week to learn more about genealogy societies and join in a discussion of the issues impacting the genealogical community.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Accessible Archives Expands American County Histories Collection

Upgraded Search Capabilities Enhance Access

Malvern, PA (March 7, 2012) - Accessible Archives, Inc.®, an electronic publisher of full-text primary source historical databases, has announced the expansion its collection American County Histories to 1900. The initial addition, The Southeast, will complement the New England and The Mid-Atlantic regional collections. Included states are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Future plans call for additional coverage of states within the Southwest, Central and West regions.

Some 5,000 published county histories provide historians and genealogists with regional overviews and general community conditions. Ancestor research often yields collateral information about neighbors, friends and associates of family members. Additional subject areas include government, medical and legal professions, churches, industries, schools, celebrations, fire departments, cemeteries, transportation, and local and regional geological conditions. For an overview of non-traditional uses and original sources, please see our whitepaper on the topic.

In a concurrent project, Accessible Archives is enhancing access to county resources loaded prior to 2009 by improving behavioral consistency across all electronic books. Complete page images already are available for the New England states, and currently are being added to the Mid-Atlantic region. This combination of text and images will make it easier to navigate the database and to locate desired images. Users will first see these improvements in browse mode; over time, page images will be available when viewing books from a search result. All new titles will reflect this upgraded format, which is being implemented at no cost to existing clients.

Tom Nagy, COO of Accessible Archives, stated, "Our goal is to be the foremost digitized source for nationwide coverage of county histories. While many of these volumes are available online, most are not fully searchable. Our search capabilities allow the user to search across a state, across a region or across the entire country as a unified entity, thus allowing access to complete information contained in both text and images. This is painstaking work, but eventually we expect to cover all 50 states."

As an extension of its role as exclusive sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives, Unlimited Priorities LLC® is helping expedite both these endeavors by providing technical and production assistance, product development and licensing agreements.

About Accessible Archives, Inc.

Founded in 1990, Accessible Archives utilizes computer technology and a team of conversion specialists to provide vast quantities of archived historical information previously available only in microformat, hard copy or as images only. Diverse primary source materials reflecting broad views across American history and culture have been assembled into comprehensive databases. Developed by dedicated instructors and students of Americana, these databases allow access to the rich store of materials from leading books, newspapers and periodicals then current. Accessible Archives will continue to add titles covering important topics and time periods to assist scholars and students at all academic levels. Accessible Archives has retained Unlimited Priorities LLC as its exclusive sales and marketing agent.

Contacts:

Tom Nagy, COO
Accessible Archives, Inc.
866-296-1488
tnagy@accessible.com
www.accessible-archives.com

Iris L. Hanney, President
Unlimited Priorities LLC
239-549-2384
iris.hanney@unlimitedpriorities.com
www.unlimitedpriorities.com