Tuesday, May 21, 2013

ISFHWE Leadership for 2013-2014 Announced

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is pleased to announce the following officers and chairmen for 2013-14, announced at the ISFHWE Annual Meeting in conjunction with the NGS Conference in Las Vegas.

2012- 2013 Officers

  • President: Leland Meitzler, Utah, president@isfhwe.org
  • 1st Vice President: Wevonneda Minis, South Carolina, 1vp@isfhwe.org
  • 2nd Vice President - National Conference Chair: Gary M. Smith, Ohio, 2vp@isfhwe.org
  • Secretary: Nancy Lauer, Maryland, secretary@isfhwe.org
  • Treasurer: Diana Crisman Smith, Ohio, treasurer@isfhwe.org

2012- 2013 Directors

  • Northeast Region: Debra Braverman, New York, northeastregion@isfhwe.org
  • Southeast Region: Tina Sansone, Tennessee, southeastregion@isfhwe.org
  • Central Region: Juliana Smith, Indiana, centralregion@isfhwe.org
  • Great Plains Region: Cheryl Roach, Colorado, greatplainsregion@isfhwe.org
  • West Region: Jean Wilcox Hibben, California, westregion@isfhwe.org
  • International/At Large: Elizabeth Lapointe, Canada, internationalregion@isfhwe.org
  • COLUMNS Editor: Phyllis Matthews Ziller, North Carolina, editor@isfhwe.org
  • COLUMNS Proofreader: Lauren Maehrlein, New Jersey, heirlines@aol.com
  • Webmaster: Debby T. Horton, California, webmaster@isfhwe.org
  • ISFHWE-L Mailing List Moderator: Robbi Ryan, Nebraska, mailinglistmoderator@isfhwe.com

Monday, May 20, 2013

ISFHWE 2012 Excellence-in-Writing Competition Deadline June 15, 2013

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2012 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is still open for entries through 15 June 2013.

The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). The Genealogy Newsletters category is returning to the competition this year. Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the entry fee (after logging in to the ISFHWE members’ corner).

The categories are:

Category I – Columns. This is for columns of original content, published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2012. Entries
should consist of two columns, each submitted as a single file, and must be shorter than 2,000 words. These are entries from the author’s regular column-not features. Note that these may be print or online columns.
Category II -- Articles. These one-time articles (not part of the author’s column) must have been published in 2012 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, blog or website. Entries cannot exceed 5,000 words. Note that these may be print or online articles.

Category III –Genealogy Newsletter. This category is for society or family association newsletters published in 2012. Entries should consist of two issues, each submitted as a single file in PDF format. The judging will be based on originality, content, visual appeal, writing and editing quality, and accuracy.The
award is to the editor of the publication. These may also be print or online newsletters.

Category IV –Unpublished Authors. Entrants in this category aspire to be published writers or columnists in the field of genealogy, family or local history. The submissions in this category are original and unpublished, between 500 and 2,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category.

Category V–Unpublished material by Published Authors. This category is for original unpublished genealogically related articles by previously published authors. Entries should be between 500 and 3,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category.

Winners in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a certificate. The awards presentation will take place during the FGS Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 21-24 August 2013. (Those unable to attend will receive their awards by mail after the conference.)

Entries must be submitted in PDF, Word, WordPerfect, or JPG format by e-mail in time to meet this deadline. Send entries to: Competition@ISFHWE.org

Appropriate entry fee(s) - and membership dues to receive the discount - may be paid via PayPal on the ISFHWE website at ISFHWE.org.

Full information on the competition is available on the ISFHWE website in the “2013 Excellence-in-Writing Competition - Information and Online Entry Form” link, which leads to: http://www.isfhwe.org/competition.php

For questions, contact the Competition Coordinator at: Competition@ISFHWE.org

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Genealogy Guys Podcast Celebrates 250th Episode

Aha! Seminars, Inc., announces that The Genealogy GuysSM Podcast (http://genealogyguys.com), the longest running genealogical podcast in the world, has published its 250th episode. The podcast is a production of Aha! Seminars, Inc., based in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, and began production in September of 2005. The total downloads for all episodes numbers more than 1,230,000.

The Genealogy Guys are George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, both of whom are internationally recognized genealogical experts, speakers, and authors. George is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and the author of the book, How to Do Everything: Genealogy, published by McGraw-Hill and now in its third edition. He is also Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). Drew is an assistant librarian at the University of South Florida and the author of Social Networking for Genealogists, published by Genealogical Publishing Company. He is president of the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa), a Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and the Federation representative to the Family History Information Standards Organisation (FHISO). Together, George and Drew have just written a new book, Advanced Genealogical Research Techniques, which will be released by McGraw-Hill in September.

The free podcast includes genealogical news, press releases and announcements, interviews, book and product reviews, responses to listener email from around the globe, and other features. Each episode is sponsored by RootsMagic, findmypast.com, and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. Recordings of all of the podcast episodes are available for listening and download at http://genealogyguys.com, complete with show notes for each show. Listeners can also subscribe to the podcast in the iTunes store.

About Aha! Seminars, Inc.

Aha! Seminars, Inc., is a Tampa Bay-based company that has been providing training to library personnel across the United States and to genealogists in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. since 1996. The company provides library collection consulting services, genealogical conference and event planning services, and organizes genealogical research tours on demand.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

FGS Radio: Planning Your Genealogy Society Research Trip

Click here to create a reminder to listen to FGS Radio:


Saturday, May 18, 2013
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.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Genealogy Road Trip Contest!

Genealogy Road Trip Contest

Have you ever wanted to take a research trip to one of the top genealogical libraries in the United States and find out more about your ancestors? Are you all packed and ready to hit the road?

The Federation of Genealogical Societies is holding a contest to raise awareness about its Preserve the Pensions project to preserve and digitize War of 1812 pension files at the National Archives. To participate, simply complete the entry form below and add your name to our email list and then wait for your name to be selected for one of several prizes!

Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!

We’re undertaking a big project here trying to digitize 7.2 million pages of War of 1812 pension files and we believe in thinking BIG! This thinking carries over to our contest prizes which include:
  • Choice of a Genealogy Research Travel Package: Choose from one of the following research trips:
  • Salt Lake City Genealogy Research Package: A 7-night stay at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, a $200 meal gift card, and a $50 Family History Library photocopy card. Total value = $1,100.
  • Fort Wayne Genealogy Research Package: A 7-night stay at the Fort Wayne Hilton Hotel, a $200 meal gift card and a $50 Allen County Public Library photocopy card. Total value = $1,100.
  • Flip-Pal® mobile scanner: A genealogists’ best friend: mobile scanner for all your family photos and genealogy documents. Total value = $150.
  • findmypast.com 1-Year Membership: A one year membership to findmypast.com. Total value = $100.
  • And more! Prizes from Just a Joy, The Heirloom Registry, Maia’s Books, RootsMagic and more!
The total value of all the prizes for this contest is over $2,800!

Contest Format and Rules

We’ll begin drawing for prizes on Monday, May 20, 2013 and draw prizes each day leading up to Friday, May 24, 2013, when we’ll select the winner of the Genealogy Research Travel Package!  All winners will be notified by email.

In order to qualify for the contest, you must be a resident of the United States, over age 18 and provide your email address so we can contact you if you are a winner. After the contest, we’ll send you the latest information about the Preserve the Pensions project and you can unsubscribe from our mailing list at any time. Full contest rules can be found here.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

The Preserve the Pensions project relies upon the generosity of individual donors, the hard work and skills of volunteers and the huge support from our sponsors! For the Genealogy Road Trip Contest, prizes have been provided by the following:
Please take a minute to visit their websites and thank them for their participation!

Donate to Preserve the Pensions and Win a War of 1812 Quilt

Besides entering the contest, consider making a donation to the Preserve the Pensions project today. Not only will you help preserve and digitize War of 1812 pension files, but you’ll also be entered into a drawing to win a stunning War of 1812 commemorative quilt! Click here for more information and then look for the drawing in late August 2013.

Here’s How to Enter the Genealogy Road Trip Contest

Only one entry per email address and visit our Facebook page here to enter today. Please spread the word about our contest on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media. And also visit the Preserve the Pensions website to learn more about this community effort to preserve an essential part of American history.
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