Friday, June 17, 2016

FGS 2016: Trying to Build Your Family Tree with DNA?

FGS 2016: Trying to Build Your Family Tree with DNA? Register today at
Need help learning about DNA for genealogy?

Our 8 DNA Sessions Can Help With That

Using DNA for genealogy can get confusing, but once you get the hang of it, you can begin to use it to break down some long-standing family history research brick walls.

At the FGS National Conference in Springfield, Illinois, our DNA for genealogy experts will help you learn what you need to know — whether you are just a beginner or have already tested! On the Friday of our 4-day conference, we have devoted a full track to DNA for genealogy learning, and on Saturday, we have two more sessions dedicated to learning all about Ancestry DNA.

Friday — DNA Track


Diahan Southard, FGS 2016 National Conference DNA Speaker via

►F-307 Every Surname in Your Pedigree Can Benefit from YDNA Testing

Learn basic and intermediate principles of using YDNA to verify and extend your pedigree chart, including how to make the most of your family project.

►F-323 What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA Testing

Overwhelmed with autosomal DNA? I can teach you in 45 minutes tools you can implement and understand today so you can find your ancestors tomorrow.


Randy Whited, FGS 2016 National Conference DNA Speaker via

►F-344 Genograms: Family Medical History and Cluster Research

Learn about genograms and how to adapt them to your research. By providing a different view of relationships, they can make patterns and gaps more easily recognizable.


Blaine Bettinger, FGS 2016 National Conference DNA Speaker via

►F-315 Using Free Third-Party Tools to Analyze Your Autsomal DNA

Although DNA testing companies provide their own analysis of test results, there are free third-party tools that can benefit genealogists.

►F-352 DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard

Learn how DNA test results are increasingly an important component of the genealogical proof standard!

►F-336 Genetic Self-Education: Where to Go for Help

You've received your DNA test results, but you have no idea what they mean. Where do you go for more information? How do you educate yourself about genetic genealogy?

Saturday — DNA Sessions


Anna Swayne, FGS 2016 National Conference DNA Speaker via

►S-412 Finding Family History Discoveries Using AncestryDNA
Sponsored by Ancestry

Come as a beginner to learn how AncestryDNA works and what it is. Come as an intermediate to learn how DNA matching, DNA Circles, and New Ancestor Discoveries technology help validate your research and find new leads.

►S-433 Cracking the Case with DNA
Sponsored by Ancestry

Want to use your DNA results to break down a brick wall in your family tree? In this class we will show you step-by-step how to use DNA to solve mysteries in your family tree and answer your own genealogical questions.

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Join us for the FGS 2016 National Conference, "Time Travel: Centuries of Memories," in Springfield, IL, August 31 — September 3, 2016. Learn how to discover your family history with 72 speakers from across the world in over 160 sessions, luncheons, & workshops! Don't delay and register today at the early bird price which ends July 1, 2016.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Two FGS Awards Given at Southern California Genealogical Societies' Annual Jamboree

Two FGS Awards Given at Southern California Genealogical Societies' Annual Jamboree via
Paula Johnson Hinkel and J. Paul Hawthorne (Photo Credit: Mike Provard)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies presents awards throughout each year to volunteers and organizations. On June 3, 2016, FGS presented two awards during the Southern California Genealogical Society’s Annual Jamboree in Burbank.

Paula Johnson Hinkel 

Paula Johnson Hinkel was presented with a Distinguished Service Award. The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) nominated her for this award for a multitude of reasons. She has been instrumental in increasing the visibility of the society and in easing it into the 21st century, enabling it to continue to fulfill its mission of fostering interest in family history, preserving genealogical materials and providing instruction in accepted and effective research techniques.  

Among her many accomplishments at SCGS, Paula has volunteered as President and 2nd Vice-President of the society, as a member of the Long-Range Planning Committee, as champion of the 1890 Project, and as co-chair for the Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree from 2005-2014. Together with her co-chair Leo Myers, she grew Jamboree from a small, local event into one of the most respected and well-attended genealogical conferences. From concept to marketing design and product development, Paula was instrumental in the successful evolution of Jamboree. Paula was also the first to identify and market the use of an App for genealogical conferences. She also expanded the society outreach by making Jamboree available to researchers who could not attend. Her launch of live-streaming Jamboree sessions allowed members of the genealogical community to participate from all over the world.

In 2011, Paula pioneered the launch of the Jamboree Extension Webinar Series. This was the first time a genealogical society had offered regularly scheduled live webinars. This program is one of the most celebrated programs of SCGS, and has helped extend the awareness of the society and promote genealogical education around the world. Paula has utilized her marketing skills through the redesign of the SCGS website, the development of the Jamboree website, and the design of both the SCGS and Jamboree blogs. She was also one of the early champions of social media creating a presence on Facebook and Twitter for both SCGS as Jamboree.

J. Paul Hawthorne

In a few short days at the end of March 2016 the world of genealogy exploded in many shades of color. While genealogy is a world of many shades of color, this specific explosion resulted in the colors of our ancestral migration patterns.

J. Paul Hawthorne, Historian and FGS Delegate for the San Diego Genealogical Society, posted this hashtag on Facebook and Twitter:


Then he showed what that meant! As he stated on Facebook, “A little visual I created in Excel. 5 Generation chart of my direct ancestors birth state -- starting with me. A good way to visualize migration patterns. He used other Twitter hashtags, too: #genealogy and  #GoofingOffAtWork.”

Goofing off? This meme is still going strong on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and other media around the world! Variations of the meme arose. People from across the U.S, Canada, Australia, and other countries participated and posted their charts on social media. They asked questions of one another. They learned about research in specific places from others whose colorful charts showed ancestry in those same places. For spearheading this colorful worldwide sharing of genealogy, the Federation of Genealogical Societies presented J. Paul Hawthorne with the Technology Advances Award.

Please consider nominating a deserving person, organization, or project for an FGS award at

Awards are presented at various times during each year, but if you are interested in a nomination for an award to be presented at the FGS 2016 National Conference, the deadline is 15 July 2016, which will be held August 31 — September 3, in Springfield, Illinois. Join fellow genealogists and family historians at "Time Travel: Centuries of Memories," designed to inspire you and enrich your family history! Register today at

Paula Stuart-Warren
FGS Awards Committee Chair

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Summer Issue of FORUM is out: Education is Key! Enhancing Member Benefits Using Education, Researching in School Records, Navigating Voyages, & more!

The Summer 2016 issue of FORUM is out today. Take a break, prop up your feet, and enjoy seventy-six pages of articles and columns for genealogists and society leaders.  

In "Education is Key! Enhancing Member Benefits Using Education" Cari Taplin, CG, details various types of educational opportunities societies can offer to create a feeling of community, inclusion, and friendship.

"Researching in School Records: Even if Your Ancestor Didn't Attend School" by Melissa Barker explains the wealth of information found in these records. 

Gena Philibert-Ortega gives tips for society leaders, especially program planners, in "The Proper Care & Feeding of Genealogy Speakers." 

Learn how to use the Trans-Atantic Slave Trade Database in "Navigating Voyages" by Ted Bainbridge, PhD. 

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

Table of Contents

3 ...... From the Editor

6 ...... President's Message: Celebrating 40 Years by D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

8 ...... Education is Key! Enhancing Member Benefits Using Education by Cari A. Taplin, CG

13 ...... Researching in School Records: Even If Your Ancestor Didn't Attend School by Melissa Barker

18 ...... FGS 2016 Conference: 4 Reasons You Should Attend by Julie Cahill Tarr

22 ...... The Proper Care & Feeding of Genealogy Speakers by Gena Philibert-Ortega

28 ...... FGS Awards: A History of Recognizing Exceptional Service by Linda McCauley

32 ...... Navigating Voyages by Ted Bainbridge, PhD

42 ...... Meet the FGS Board compiled by Linda McCauley

51 ...... Spotlight on Member Projects: Online Databases, Research Assistance & More by Caroline Pointer

55 ...... Ethics & Standards: The Downside of CTRL+C, CTRL+V by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

57 ...... Next Generation: Certificates, Certifications & Degrees: Are They the Same? by Shannon Combs-Bennett

60 ...... Forensic Genealogy: Genetic Genealogy: A Tool for the Forensic Genealogist by Michael S. Ramage, JD, CG

63 ...... Beyond Boxes & Binders: How Do I Choose Which Stories to Tell? by Linda Coffin

65 ...... Records Preservation & Access: New Digital Collection, RPAC News & More by Linda McCleary, MLS

68 ...... 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. 2 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 Societies: If you are not a member society 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, June 6, 2016

FGS 2016 Repository Spotlight: Sangamon Valley Collection at the Lincoln Library

FGS 2016 Repository Spotlight: Sangamon Valley Collection at the Lincoln Library via FGS Voice and
Sangamon Valley Collection at the Lincoln Library in Springfield, IL

The FGS 2016 Conference, "Time Travel: Centuries of Memories," location — Springfield, Illinois — offers an array of local research opportunities for attendees. 
One such opportunity is the Sangamon Valley Collection located at the Lincoln Library and the "bonus" is its proximity to the FGS 2016 Conference facilities.

Established in 1970, the Sangamon Valley Collection is one of Springfield’s valuable genealogical collections and a must-see when visiting the state capitol. The collection is housed on the third floor of the Lincoln Library, located at 326 S. 7th Street, Springfield, Illinois. It contains copious amounts of information for Sangamon County and its surrounding neighbors.

The collection is open during the following hours:  
  • Monday - Wednesday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, Friday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

The library is within walking distance of the conference and is located at the corner of Seventh and Capitol Streets, next door to the Springfield Municipal Building in downtown Springfield.

What can you find in the Sangamon Valley Collection? 
  • Photographs
  • City and county directories
  • High school yearbooks
  • City and county documents
  • Histories
  • Maps
  • Very extensive obituary index to the State Journal-Register (Illinois’ longest running newspaper).
  • Genealogical materials from outside the area including histories from Virginia, German immigrant passenger lists, etc.
  • Manuscripts (The index is online here. So, prepare before you go.)
  • Microfilm resources (A PDF of their microfilm index is available here. Prepare before you go.) 
For more information on the library and collection visit the Lincoln Library website.

Early-bird registration is currently open for the FGS 2016 National Conference which will be held August 31—September 3, 2016, in Springfield, Illinois. Don't miss this valuable opportunity to research locally, to learn how to solve your research problems with methodologies and the latest technologies, and to meet family historians just like you. The discount for early registration ends July 1st, so don't delay. Register today to save!

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