Monday, May 21, 2018

African American Research Track at FGS 2018

African American genealogy has its challenges and the speakers in the African American research track at FGS 2018 are there to help!

Sessions in the African American Track on Saturday, August 25 include:

Oral History: It Ain't on the Web by Tony Burroughs
James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
Oral history is the first block to build a family history. It is vital because many family details will not be found on the internet or library and has a limited shelf-life. Interviewing techniques, equipment, questions to ask, maximizing a person’s memory and processing information after the interview are covered.

Looking for My Babies: Freedmen Searching for Family by Ari Wilkins
Countless African American families experienced the traumatic displacement and loss of family members during slavery. In the wake of Emancipation, African Americans from all of over the country desperately searched for their missing family members – using such resources as the Freedmen’s Bureau and newspapers.

Seven Strategies to Identifying Slave Ownership & Reconstruct Slave Era Families by Janis Minor Forte, MS
Using a set of specific strategies, this lecture provides an array of proven techniques and record group to aid in the identification and documentation of slaves, their families and their owners. The strategies also present methods to finding missing kin of slave era families.

Manuscript Collections in Libraries & Archives of Historical Black College and Universities by Deborah Abbott, PhD
HBCUs are often overlooked resources for African American research. Most were established after the Civil War and are located in former slave states and territories, but there were a few established in the north. These repositories hold a gold mine of records that may not be found anywhere else.

About the FGS Conference:

Dates: 22-25 August 2018
Place: Grand Wayne Convention Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana (across the street from the Allen County Public Library)
Featuring: More than 100 sessions, workshops, and special events.
There is something for every family historian at FGS 2018!  Go to FGS.org to see the full program and register! (Register before July 1 and save!)


Friday, May 18, 2018

Librarians' Day at FGS 2018

Librarians, archivists, and others who work with genealogists: Join us on Tuesday, August 21 at the Allen County Public Library for Librarians' Day!

This year's theme is "How to Stay Relevant in a Technology World." 

Program:
8:00-8:30: Meet and Greet with light refreshments

8:30: Welcome

8:45-9:45: "When Books and Bytes Aren't Enough," by Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG, Genealogy Educator

10:00-11:00: "Where Library and Archive Meet: Digital Collections in Omeka," by Matthew LaFlash, Technologist, Information Manager, and Genealogist

11:15-12:15: "Not Much We Won't Do: Outreach, Processing, and Added Content in the FCPL Maryland Room," by Mary K.Mannix, Maryland Room Manager, C. Burr Artz Public Library, Frederick County (MD) Public Libraries

12:30-2:00: Lunch, compliments of ProQuest & Luncheon presentation by William Forsyth

2:15-3:30: "Hit Me With Your Best Shot!" A panel discussion of the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in the genealogy space. 

3:45-5:30: Tour opportunities:
- The Genealogy Center Operations
- The Lincoln Collection of the Allen County Public Library
- The FamilySearch Book Scanning Center

This is event is sponsored by ProQuest. 

Registration is just $10 for the full day. Click here to register.

The event will be held at the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

FGS 2018 Registration Is Open

Registration for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2018 Conference is open!

Join us 22-25 August in Fort Wayne, Indiana and learn about DNA; technology; records; methodology; the Midwest; African American, German, Eastern European, Scandinavian, and UK research; and society management. It is a full four days of genealogy! Click here to see the program. 

The conference is directly across the street from the incredible Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, which offers you a unique opportunity to put what you've learned into action right away.

There are also additional hands-on workshops for DNA, maps, and using Google. Workshops fill up quickly, so register now!

Early bird pricing is in effect. Register now and save! 

We look forward to seeing you in Fort Wayne!


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

An 1890 Census Replacement Project could be your societies' next big thing!



The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce the April 2018 webinar, “1890 Census Replacement Project: Creating a Genealogically Relevant Project for Your Society,” presented by Dina Carson.
Our 1890 census project yielded: a searchable list of 1890 residents, a county-wide research guide, every-name indices of original sources, and a book. Yours could too.
This webinar will be held on April 19, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. Central Time, and will be recorded for viewing on the FGS website shortly after its conclusion. Please register in advance.

About the Speaker
Dina Carson has been involved in genealogy for more than two decades and is currently the coordinator of the Boulder Pioneers Project, a comprehensive look at the original source documents for Boulder County during the Territorial period (1859-1876). She is the author of more than thirty annotated indexes of Boulder County source materials. She lectures frequently to genealogical societies throughout the state and is working with the Colorado State Archives on state-wide indexing projects. Although her formal education is in International Law and Economics, she owns Iron Gate Publishing, a publishing company, and is a partner in Imagination Technology, a graphic design and marketing firm working with small business clients.
Dina is the author of 10 books about publishing and genealogy including, Set Yourself Up to Self-Publish: A Genealogist's Guide and Publish Your Family History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing the Stories of Your Ancestors. In early 2018, Dina was the coordinator and primary instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy's course, “Writing and Publishing Family Histories in the Digital Age.” Dina brings her experience with all phases of book publishing to help first-time self-publishers create quality family or local histories that are both believable and achievable. When she's not at a computer working on a publishing project, you can find her photographing the pioneer cemeteries of Colorado.

Coming Up Next Time
In May, Jill Morelli will present “10 Hot Tips to Create Publications every Member Wants to Read.” Register early! 

About the Webinar Series
Each month, the FGS Webinar Series features a new and interesting topic, ranging from recruitment and volunteer management to technology, publications, and working with your local tourism board.
Webinars are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Central Time. The webinars are free to watch live, but advance registration is required. Regular updates will be shared via the FGS Voice blog, FGS Voice Newsletter, and social media.

Speakers interested in presenting topics should contact Jen Baldwin, Education Chair, at education@fgs.org.
Are you looking for a rewarding and beneficial way to volunteer? The Education Committee at FGS could use your expertise! Please contact Jen Baldwin at education@fgs.org

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Spring 2018 Issue of FORUM Available

Spring 2018 Issue of FORUM is Available

FORUM has a new look!.
Color is incorporated throughout regular departments and columns for some flair and brightness, but the biggest change is the page size. We've changed the page size to make it easier for screen reading on different devices. Also debuting with this issue are two new departments—Inbox and Help Desk, Inbox is similar to Letters to the Editor columns seen in many publications and Help Desk is the place to ask questions. 

In "State Historical Society Periodicals: Treasures Beyond the Articles," Diane Dittgen explains the kinds of information you might find in the special features in society publications.

Denise Barrett Olson discusses how to "Take Your Society's Policy & Procedure Manual Online" and the advantages of an online manual.

Get a sneak peek at the tracks and speakers for the FGS 2018 Conference coming up August 22–25 in Fort Wayne, Indiana in "FGS 2018.Conference Preview." 

And that's not all.

Spring 2018 Issue of FORUM - Table of Contents

3 ..... President's Message: Spring Cleaning Equals Taking Stock

5 ..... Editor's Message: A New FORUM

7 ..... Inbox

8 ..... Help Desk

9 ..... State Historical Society Periodicals: Treasures Beyond the Articles by Diane Dittgen

16 ..... FGS 2018 Conference Preview: Program Tracks & Speakers

20 ..... Take Your Society's Policy & Procedure Manual Online by Denise Barrett Olson

24 ..... Ethics & Standards: A Lecture on Lectures: Copyright & Ethics by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

27 ..... Next Generation: Just Ask! by Shannon Combs-Bennett

29 ..... Records Preservation & Access: OCLC Partners With Internet Archive, New Indexes Online & More by Linda McCleary, MLS

32 ..... Forensic Genealogy: Forensic Genealogy and the Genealogical Proof Standard by Helen Haldeman Daglas

37 ..... Reviews

47 ..... Before You Go . . .

How to access FORUM:

The FGS website will be switched to a new platform very soon. To ensure that FGS member society leadership and FORUM individual subscribers have access to this latest issue during this transition, we emailed a direct link to the Spring 2018 issue of the magazine.

Current FGS Member Society Leadership:
The email with the direct link to the magazine was sent to the main contact and the delegate for each member society. If your society is an FGS member and you did not receive the link, please email forum@fgs.org.

Current FGS FORUM subscribers (individuals): The email with the direct link to the magazine was sent to the email address on file for each subscriber. If you are a FORUM subscriber and you did not receive the link, please email forum@fgs.org.

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

Genealogical Society Leaders: If your society is not a member 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.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Preservation techniques featured in the March FGS webinar



The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce the March 2018 webinar, “Preserving Your Societies Historical and Genealogical Records,” presented by Melissa Barker.
Many genealogical societies are fortunate enough to be in a position to collect and house genealogical records. Most of the time, these records are donated to the society with the hopes they will be preserved for generations to come. It is important for genealogical societies to have the knowledge and techniques needed to archive and preserve the records in their care. This presentation will give your society the tools you need to preserve your records.
Melissa Barker is a Certified Archives Manager for the Houston County, Tennessee, Archives. She also lectures, teaches, and writes about researching in archives and records preservation. She writes her own blog and has written articles for several publications. She is affectionately known as The Archive Lady. She is also a Professional Genealogist that works with clients who are researching their Tennessee ancestors.
This webinar will be held on March 15, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. Central Time, and will be recorded for viewing on the FGS website shortly after its conclusion. Please register in advance.

NEXT TIME: In April, Dina Carson will present “1890 Census Replacement Project: Creating a Genealogically Relevant Project for Your Society.” Registration is already available; get this session on your calendar today. 

About the Webinar Series
Each month, the FGS Webinar Series features a new and interesting topic, ranging from recruitment and volunteer management to technology, publications, and working with your local tourism board.
Webinars are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Central Time. The webinars are free to watch live, but advance registration is required. Regular updates will be shared via the FGS Voice blog, FGS Voice Newsletter, and social media.
Speakers interested in presenting topics should contact Jen Baldwin, Education Chair, at education@fgs.org.
Are you looking for a rewarding and beneficial way to volunteer? The Education Committee at FGS could use your expertise! Please contact Jen Baldwin at education@fgs.org.
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

More Hotel Options for FGS 2018

If you're looking for a place to stay during the upcoming FGS 2018 conference, new options just opened up!

Hilton Garden Inn
The Hilton Garden Inn, located just west of downtown Fort Wayne, has made a room block available for FGS 2018 conference attendees. Details:

Hilton Garden Inn
8615 US 24 West
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Room rate $129/night good August 21 - 26, 2018. This rate is available until August 1 or until the room block sells out.

Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at (260) 435-1777 and mentioning the group code "FGS." You can also make reservations online through this direct booking page.

Ramada Plaza Fort Wayne
The Ramada Plaza Fort Wayne is located just north of downtown Fort Wayne. Details:

Ramada Plaza Fort Wayne
305 E. Washington Center Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Room rate is $115/night good August 21-26, 2018. This rate is good until the room block sells out.

Reservations with this special rate can be made online through this direct booking page.

Currently, there are no rooms available at the main conference hotels (the Courtyard by Marriott and the downtown Hilton). Watch for further announcements of more hotel options.


Monday, February 12, 2018

FGS February webinar to feature Amy Johnson Crow on "Creative Thinking"



The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is is pleased to announce the February 2018 webinar, “Breaking Out of the Box: Creative Thinking for Your Society,” presented by Amy Johnson Crow, CG, MLS. Doing the same thing over and over isn’t just boring. It could strangle your society. Look at some ways to get the creative juices flowing and find new solutions. Amy has over twenty years of genealogical experience, and is a nationally recognized speaker on a variety of topics. Amy says, "I help family history enthusiasts with practical advice so they can make more discoveries and have more fun doing it." Amy is well known for her enthusiasm for genealogy societies, and has volunteered for several over the course of her career, including acting as the 2018 FGS Conference Marketing Chair.
This webinar will be held on February 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Central Time, and will be recorded for viewing on the FGS website shortly after its conclusion. Please register in advance. NEXT TIME: Melissa Barker will present “Preserving Your Societies Historical and Genealogical Records,” at the March FGS Webinar. Register now to be sure you don't miss it!
About the Webinar Series Each month, the FGS Webinar Series features a new and interesting topic, ranging from recruitment and volunteer management to technology, publications, and working with your local tourism board. Webinars are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Central Time. The webinars are free to watch live, but advance registration is required. Regular updates will be shared via the FGS Voice blog, FGS Voice Newsletter, and social media. Speakers interested in presenting topics should contact Jen Baldwin, Education Chair, at education@fgs.org. Are you looking for a rewarding and beneficial way to volunteer? The Education Committee at FGS could use your expertise! Please contact Jen Baldwin at education@fgs.org

Announcing the FGS 2018 Conference Tracks

There is a lot to learn at the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ 2018 Conference. (There are more than 90 sessions and workshops to choose from!) Here’s a sneak peak at the tracks that will be on the program.


Technology

Learn how to use a variety of websites and apps to learn more about your ancestors. No matter your technology expertise, there’s a session to help you.

Records

Explore a vast variety of records for your genealogy research, including military records, church records, and Freemason records. (Yes, Masons!) So many records...

Methodology

Learn how to use the records you’ve found with experts such as Judy Russell, Tom Jones, and Michael Lacopo.

DNA

Whether you’re just considering taking a DNA test or you geek out analyzing the data, you’ll find a DNA session to meet your needs.

Midwest

Learn about resources for finding your Buckeye, Hoosier, Illini, “Show Me,” and Wolverine ancestors.

African American

Experts including Tony Burroughs, Ari Wilkins, and Deborah Abbott will highlight using a variety of records and methods for African American genealogy.

Scandinavian - NEW TRACK

Got Viking ancestors? You’ll want to check out the sessions on Scandinavian resources on both sides of the Atlantic.

German

Millions of Americans have German ancestry. Learn about German records and how to identify your German ancestor’s origins.

United Kingdom

Those with English or Irish ancestors need to look at the sessions from Paul Milner, Jen Baldwin, and Rich Venezia.

Eastern Europe

The Eastern Europe track features sessions on Polish and Czech research, as well as finding records in the former Soviet Union.

Society Management

Not just a track — it’s a whole day! Wednesday, 22 August is devoted to helping your genealogy society improve. Join us for sessions on leadership, management, and social media.

In addition to these tracks, there will also be workshops on genetic genealogy, oral histories, maps, and certification. There will also be a day just for librarians! Look for details on all of these soon.

Registration for FGS 2018 will soon open. The official conference hotels are accepting reservations. We look forward to seeing you in Fort Wayne!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

FGS FORUM: We Want to Hear from You

FORUM will see some new and exciting changes in 2018, including the rollout of two new features—and we need your help to get them off and running!

First, we’d like to hear from you! Select letters sent to the editor related to recent articles will now be included in future issues. Here’s your chance to tell us how an article helped you with society management endeavors or your personal research. You also may provide your own advice or additional commentary on a recent article topic. Your feedback is important and we want to share your thoughts with other readers.

Second, we want to help you! Select questions related to genealogy or society management will be answered by knowledgeable experts and presented in future issues of FORUM. Maybe you’re looking for some good record substitutes for the 1890 census, or perhaps you want to know what a quitclaim deed is and in what situations it is used. Society leaders may also have questions. Program chairs may seek advice on best practices for hiring speakers, while treasurers may want guidance to better track expenses. 

Whatever the question, we’d like to help!


Please send your letters and questions to the editor at forumeditor@fgs.org.


Friday, January 5, 2018

"An Unlikely Society Ally" - the first of the 2018 FGS Webinar Series



The Federation of Genealogical Societies is ringing in the 2018 Webinar Series with, “An Unlikely Society Ally - the Board of Tourism,” presented by David E. Rencher:
Nearly every community has a Board of Tourism whose purpose is to attract visitors to come to their locality and spend money! Genealogists have an incredible key to generating revenue and thus tax dollars for their community. If you want to get community support and visibility for your society – dangle the money in front of the city council. This is also a perfect way to grow your society and get you noticed locally and nationally. Spend an hour learning about an aspect of marketing your society that you may not have considered!
David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS, is the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. He has been a professional genealogist since 1977 and is a past president of FGS.
This webinar will be held on January 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Central Time, and will be recorded for viewing on the FGS website shortly after its conclusion. Please register in advance.

NEXT TIME: Amy Johnson Crow will present “Breaking Out of the Box: Creative Thinking for Your Society,” on February 15, 2018 - register today!

About the Webinar Series
Each month, the FGS Webinar Series will feature a new and interesting topic, ranging from recruitment and volunteer management to technology, publications, and working with your local tourism board.
Webinars are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Central Time. Advance registration is required. Regular updates will be shared via the FGS Voice blog, FGS Voice Newsletter, and social media.

Speakers interested in presenting topics should contact Jen Baldwin, Education Chair, at education@fgs.org.
Are you looking for a rewarding and beneficial way to volunteer? The Education Committee at FGS could use your expertise. Please contact Jen Baldwin at education@fgs.org
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