Call for Papers for FGS Conference in Springfield, Illinois in 2016 – Deadline is April 10, 2015

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The following is from Thomas McEntee, National Publicity Chair for the conference:

February 10, 2015 – Austin, TX – The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces that presentation proposals are now being received for its 2016 Conference, “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” to be held in Springfield, Illinois, Aug 31 – Sept 3, 2016. The conference will be held in cooperation with the Illinois State Genealogical Society as local host. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are within walking distance of the Prairie Capital Convention Center, the conference venue. The deadline for submission of presentation proposals is Friday, 10 April 2015.

Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” recognizes the vast array of people and resources whose paths into the United States brought them to, and through, the Midwest. Topics related to methodology and research skills are always welcomed, in addition to content-specific areas, such as:

• Military: War of 1812, American Civil War, Indian Wars, World War I, World War II, European and Napoleonic Wars.

• Migration: Europe to North America; naturalization records; passenger lists; ports of entry; to and through the Midwest; the Great Migration (northward from the sharecropping South); migration trails and routes (Mormon, Oregon, Santa Fe); refugee resettlement; modern economic migrants.

• Ethnic Origins: The Baltic Basin (including Poland, Scandinavia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Denmark, Germany); Central Europe (including Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic/Bohemia, Hungary); Romance Europe (including France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and the Papal States); the Mediterranean/Adriatic Basin (including Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Croatia, Cypress, Armenia); Latin American research.

• Great Britain and the former British Empire (England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India); the British diaspora; records (civil and ecclesiastical); churches (Anglican, Quaker, Catholic, dissenter, non-conformist, Presbyterians); military records; city directories; trade directories; guilds; poll books; valuations and tax records.

• Occupations & Work: Farmers, carpenters, brewers/distillers, boatmen, firefighters/police, railroaders, canal builders, laborers and factory hands; women in the workforce; unions, guilds and apprenticeships; coal miners; slaughterhouse workers; doctors, midwives and pharmacists; clerks and lawyers; pressmen and printers; trade directories; smugglers, bootleggers and other illicit trades.

• Religions, Adherents and Records: Jewish, Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant traditions and records; religious colonization’s and refugee movements; Pogrom and Holocaust survivors and research; the Underground Railroad; Mormon/LDS; utopian communities; peace churches, pacifists and conscientious objectors; convents, monasteries and cloistered communities.

• Regional research: Research repositories in the Midwest; research in Illinois and nearby states—Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio; archival collections; college and university research collections; migration destinations from Illinois: the Great Plains, Texas, Oklahoma, and California; migration to Illinois from feeder states of the east and south.

• Genetics & DNA: the basics of DNA research; autosomal studies and advanced analysis; testing procedures; ethical considerations; adoptions; forensic and expert work; case studies.

• Skills, Abilities & General Knowledge: Beginning research techniques; evidence analysis; online resources and tools; wikis; collaboration techniques and etiquette; terminology; comparative analysis; units of measure, trade and currency; time, calendars and dates; writing a family history; publishing – print vs eBook; creating websites, blogs and vlogs; earning genealogical credentials.

• Society Management: Use of technology by and for societies; adaption to change; internal and external communication; meeting changing member needs and member engagement; education projects and events; society leadership; team building, implementing large projects.

The program committee specifically seeks new and dynamic proposals that will provide exceptional learning experiences for conference attendees. Proposals for workshops and sponsored talks are encouraged.

Multiple proposals (more than four) are welcome and encouraged, as most chosen to speak will be engaged for more than one presentation. There is no limit on the number of proposals a speaker may submit.

Submission Requirements
Speaker submissions and deadlines for the FGS 2016 Conference reflect the implementation of an online submission system. Interested parties must submit all presentation proposals using the online portal. The Call for Presentations is now open and will close on Friday, 10 April 2015. This deadline is for all proposal submissions, including sponsored presentations.

Compensation
Selected speakers receive an honorarium, travel compensation, and conference registration as well as per diem and hotel nights based on the number of presentations given. (Sponsored speakers only receive conference registration and syllabus materials. See more about sponsorships below.) Non-sponsored speakers receive compensation according to the FGS Conference Speaker Policy at www.fgs.org/conferences/speakerpolicy.php.

Sponsored Presentations
Societies and businesses are encouraged to submit proposals for sponsored talks by the stated deadline for proposal submission. The sponsoring organization will cover its speaker’s costs to present the presentation. Sponsored speakers are expected to abide by all speaker deadlines and syllabus requirements. Sponsored speakers will receive complimentary FGS conference registration and electronic syllabus materials.

Additional Information
Invitations will be issued in October 2015. Syllabus format guidelines will be sent to speakers at that time. The deadline for acceptance and submission of signed speaker contracts is 1 November 2015.

Camera-ready handouts are required for each presentation or workshop presentation and will be compiled in a syllabus distributed to conference participants. The deadline for submissions of syllabus materials is Wednesday, 13 April 2016.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent presentations, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

2016 FGS National ​C​onference Call for ​P​resentation P​roposals​

The following news release is from FGS:

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Deadline for Submissions is 10 April 2015

February 13, 2015 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces a Call for Presentation Proposals for the FGS 2016 Conference, “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” to be held in Springfield, Illinois, Aug 31 – Sept 3, 2016. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are within walking distance of the Prairie Capital Convention Center, the conference venue. The conference will be held in cooperation with the Illinois State Genealogical Society as local host. The deadline for submission of presentation proposals is Friday, 10 April 2015.

Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” recognizes the vast array of people and resources whose paths into the United States brought them to, and through, the Midwest. Topics related to methodology and research skills are always welcomed, in addition to content-specific areas, such as:

Military: War of 1812, American Civil War, Indian Wars, World War I, World War II, European and Napoleonic Wars.

Migration: Europe to North America; naturalization records; passenger lists; ports of entry; to and through the Midwest; the Great Migration (northward from the sharecropping South); migration trails and routes (Mormon, Oregon, Santa Fe); refugee resettlement; modern economic migrants.

Ethnic Origins: The Baltic Basin (including Poland, Scandinavia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Denmark, Germany); Central Europe (including Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic/Bohemia, Hungary); Romance Europe (including France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and the Papal States); the Mediterranean/Adriatic Basin (including Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Croatia, Cypress, Armenia); Latin American research.

Great Britain and the former British Empire​:​ (England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India)​;​ the British diaspora; records (civil and ecclesiastical); churches (Anglican, Quaker, Catholic, dissenter, non-conformist, Presbyterians); military records; city directories; trade directories; guilds; poll books; valuations and tax records.

Occupations & Work: Farmers, carpenters, brewers/distillers, boatmen, firefighters/police, railroaders, canal builders, laborers and factory hands; women in the workforce; unions, guilds and apprenticeships; coal miners; slaughterhouse workers; doctors, midwives and pharmacists; clerks and lawyers; pressmen and printers; trade directories; smugglers, bootleggers and other illicit trades.

Religions, Adherents and Records: Jewish, Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant traditions and records; religious colonization’s and refugee movements; Pogrom and Holocaust survivors and research; the Underground Railroad; Mormon/LDS; utopian communities; peace churches, pacifists and conscientious objectors; convents, monasteries and cloistered communities.

Regional research: Research repositories in the Midwest; research in Illinois and nearby states—Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio; archival collections; college and university research collections; migration destinations from Illinois: the Great Plains, Texas, Oklahoma, and California; migration to Illinois from feeder states of the east and south.

Genetics & DNA: the basics of DNA research; autosomal studies and advanced analysis; testing procedures; ethical considerations; adoptions; forensic and expert work; case studies.

Skills, Abilities & General Knowledge: Beginning research techniques; evidence analysis; online resources and tools; wikis; collaboration techniques and etiquette; terminology; comparative analysis; units of measure, trade and currency; time, calendars and dates; writing a family history; publishing – print vs eBook; creating websites, blogs and vlogs; earning genealogical credentials.

The program committee specifically seeks new and dynamic proposals that will provide exceptional learning experiences for conference attendees. Proposals for workshops and sponsored talks are encouraged.

Multiple proposals (more than four) are welcome and encouraged, as most chosen to speak will be engaged for more than one presentation. There is no limit on the number of proposals a speaker may submit.

Submission Requirements
Speaker submissions and deadlines for the FGS 2016 Conference reflect the implementation of an online submission system. Interested parties must submit all presentation proposals using the online portal, which will open 20 February 2015. The Call for Presentation​ Proposals is now open and will close on Friday, 10 April 2015.

This deadline is for all proposal submissions including sponsored presentations.

Compensation
Selected speakers receive an honorarium, travel compensation, and conference registration as well as per diem and hotel nights based on the number of presentations given. (Sponsored speakers only receive conference registration and syllabus materials. See more about sponsorships below.) Non-sponsored speakers receive compensation according to the FGS Conference Speaker Policy at www.fgs.org/conferences/speakerpolicy.php.

Sponsored Presentations
Societies and businesses are encouraged to submit proposals for sponsored talks by the stated deadline for proposal submission. The sponsoring organization will cover its speaker’s costs to present the presentation. Sponsored speakers are expected to abide by all speaker deadlines and syllabus requirements. Sponsored speakers will receive complimentary FGS conference registration and electronic syllabus materials.

Additional Information
Invitations will be issued in October 2015. Syllabus format guidelines will be sent to speakers at that time. The deadline for acceptance and submission of signed speaker contracts is 1 November 2015.

Camera-ready handouts are required for each presentation or workshop presentation and will be compiled in a syllabus distributed to conference participants. The deadline for submissions of syllabus materials is Wednesday, 13 April 2016.

​For more information, please visit: ​ https://www.fgsconference.org/proposals/

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy), Twitter (http://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy) and on our blog at (http://voice.fgs.org).

Leland Attended a #RootsTech Opening Session…

I’ve been attending conferences for over 30 years, and this morning was the first time I’ve ever had the opportunity to attend an opening session. In past years I’ve always been in an exhibit booth getting ready to sell books. This year I came to RootsTech as an attendee, and got to be on the other side of the table…

The day started early with a breakfast sponsored by FindMyPast.com. It was great getting to sit with my friends, have a delightful breakfast, and then get all the latest dope on what was happening at FindMyPast. This British-based company (with a Dutch CEO) is making great advances in the American market. They started off here several years ago at what I considered an distinct disadvantage, but quickly overcame it, making them a major player. I’ll write more about that later.

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The opening session was really quite amazing. All very high-tech, with speakers that left us motivated to get on with a terrific RootsTech. It was announced that 21,927 people were registered for the event (at that moment) – coming from 35 countries, with about 200,000 additional people expected to live-stream worldwide.

Genealogy Roadshow genealogists Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Taylor (FGS President) and Mary Tedesco came on stage and brought us up-to-date on the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions digitization project. The documents being scanned have never been microfilmed, but are now being digitized and made available for FREE on Footnote.com. Thus far, half the money needed to do the entire project of digitizing 7.2 million pages has been raised – that’s 1.6 million dollars raised, and that much more needed to finish. However, with corporate matching funds we only have to come up with half of that. This is an exciting project, as these records are the most-used of any of the original documents found at the National Archives.

Dennis Brimhall, the FamilySearch International CEO, brought us up-to-date on the latest work that FamilySearch is doing. He reported that there are now 1.1 billion names in FamilyTree. 100,000,000 names found in obituaries at GenealogyBank have now been indexed and made available at the website. Working with FamilySearch data that was obtained decades ago, Ancestry.com is currently indexing 80,000,000 Mexican vital records – planning to make them available by year’s end! Dennis spent some time talking about how excited he was about the new Discovery Center at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building (with elements of it in the exhibit hall). I will write more about that later. It’s amazing…

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Mike Mallin, the chief production officer for MyHeritage.com came onstage and gave a fascinating presention of what MyHeritage is doing. This company, based in Tel Aviv, Isreal, is making huge strides in worldwide family trees, making a “fun” experience for even the novice genealogist.

Tan Lee, a technology innovator and the founder of Emotiv, then came onstage and told her story – of the loss of family members in Vietnam, escape from the communists in a boat disguised as a fishing vessel, pirates, settling in Australia, overcoming hardship, education, awards, and family… An amazing story. We gave her a standing ovation.

Registration Launch on Wed., 11 Feb 2015, for the FGS 2015 Regional Conf. in Syracuse, NY

The following is from FGS. Note that registration opens on Wednesday!

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The second New York State Family History Conference will take place in Syracuse, NY, September 17–19, 2015 and bring together hundreds of researchers from across the country who want to learn about their New York roots.

NEW YORK, NY, February 11 — The Central New York Genealogical Society and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society are cosponsoring the 2015 New York Family History Conference. This year’s event will also be a Federation of Genealogical Societies Regional Conference.

The three-day conference will be held September 17–19 at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center Liverpool, just outside Syracuse, New York. It will attract hundreds of researchers—both amateur and professional—and top experts in the field.

Nationally known speakers, Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, The Legal Genealogist; Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, FASG; David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, FamilySearch.org; Curt B. Witcher, Allen County Public Library; D. Joshua Taylor, Findmypast.com and President, Federation of Genealogical Societies; Dick Eastman, author and publisher; James D. Folts, Ph.D., New York State Archives; Henry B. Hoff, FGBS, editor of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register; Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., The Genetic Genealogist; Ed Donakey, FamilySearch.org, VP of FGS; Eric G. Grundset, Library Director, DAR Library; Jim Ison, CG, FamilySearch.org; Matt Knutzen, New York Public Library; Jen Baldwin, Findmypast.com; and, New York-specialist, professional genealogists Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS; Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS; Terry Koch-Bostic and Jane E. Wilcox will give lectures.

Registration opens on February 11 at the FGS​ ​2015 conference in Salt Lake City and online. The registration fee for the three-day conference (excluding meals and printed syllabus) is $140 for the first 75 registrants (available through March 31 or until sold out); members of the CNYGS or the NYG&B receive a $25 discount. Purchase tickets in the online store at www.newyorkfamilyhistory.org.

The conference responds to the rapid growth in interest in family history research and, in particular, the demand for information about families who lived in New York State.

Attendees will have an opportunity to advance their skills in researching New York families, to build general skills and through 30 lectures in three parallel tracks and learn ways to build their local genealogical and historical societies through the FGS Focus on Societies day. In addition there will be three luncheons and a dinner, all with riveting speakers; and open-to-the-public Society Showcase; and exhibits by vendors and societies. The conference program and exhibitor information may be found on the conference website, www.NYSFHC.org.

New York State poses numerous challenges for even the most experienced family history researcher. The New York State Family History Conference will break down research barriers and provide a forum that brings people together to share their research knowledge and problem-solving experiences and to collaborate on key research issues.

Sponsors of the conference include the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Capital District Genealogical Society, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the New York Public Library, the New York State Archives and New York State Library, and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation.

About the CNYGS
​T​he Central New York Genealogical Society was formed in 1961 for the purpose of preserving, publishing and sharing genealogical information and resources. Towards that end, it has published Tree Talks, a highly respected quarterly which contains abstracts of significant records from upstate New York counties and is fully indexed, annually. The CNYGS holds six meetings yearly, and members engage in record preservation projects to preserve and report information for the future. Its official website is located at rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs.

About the NYG&B
The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has been a primary resource for research on New York families since 1869. The Society’s mission is to help people of all backgrounds find their places in American history through family history and genealogy. The NYG&B offers educational programs, including a biennial, three-day statewide conference, of which the NYG&B is a co-founder; two essential quarterly publications, including its scholarly journal, the NYG&B Record; and extensive resources online at NewYorkFamilyHistory.org. In January 2015, the NYG&B published its monumental, 856-page New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer, the first and only comprehensive guide of its kind in the United States.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies across the United States and in other nations. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through a variety of online resources; through its FGS FORUM magazine published quarterly; and through its annual national conference which provides societies and family history enthusiasts four days of excellent learning opportunities including one full day devoted to society management — all delivered by nationally recognized speakers, educators, and regional experts. To learn more about FGS, its member societies, and its upcoming conferences, visit fgs.org. Find FGS on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on the FGS Voice blog at http://voice.fgs.org.

2015 FGS Conference Early Registration Discount Extended Thru Monday, January 26 #Genealogy

The following is from FGS:
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January 23, 2015 – Austin, TX. The early registration discount for the 2015 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference has been extended to midnight (MST), Monday, January 26. This extension allows three more days to register at $159 for the full four days of the conference coming up February 11–14 in Salt Lake City, Utah in conjunction with RootsTech.

Wednesday, February 11 features sessions for society leaders and members designed to give you new ideas and inspiration for helping your favorite society grow and prosper. Sessions on Thursday, February 12 through Saturday, February 14 focus on genealogy and family history researchers. Learning about records, methods, and best practices will help you solve those tough research problems.

Visit the FGS 2015 Conference website for details about sessions, speakers, luncheons, special events, and more. If you have already registered, log in to your account at FGSconference.org to purchase luncheon tickets.

The online registration price increases to $189 after January 26. The cost to add-on RootsTech remains $39. Register now.

See you in Salt Lake City in February.

FGS 2017 Conference to be Held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The following excerpt is from the October 29, 2014 FGS Voice.

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FGS 2017 To Be Held Aug 30—Sep 2 in Pittsburgh, PA with Local Co-host Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and local co-host Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (WPGS) have announced the FGS 2017 National Conference will be held August 30—September 2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“We couldn’t be happier to be visiting Pittsburgh for the 2017 FGS Conference,” says FGS President D. Joshua Taylor. “The city’s unique history and rich genealogical resources promise to deliver a memorable and enjoyable experience to the FGS Community.”

Pittsburgh will provide a wonderful historical backdrop for this four day genealogy event which includes three days of family history sessions for all skill levels, one full day dedicated to genealogy society management, the popular Society Showcase, and a full exhibit hall.

Click on the illustration to get the details!

Federation of Genealogical Societies Announces 2014 Election Results

The following news release is from FGS:

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D. Joshua Taylor Re-Elected President; New Board Members and Directors include Melissa Tennant, Linda McCauley, and David E. Rencher

October 23, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces results of its recent election for FGS board members and directors. The election was conducted online September 1 – 30, 2014, with all FGS delegates eligible to vote. Office terms for those elected will begin on January 1, 2015.

With the recent election results, re-elected FGS President D. Joshua Taylor states, “I am honored to serve with such a dedicated board, and look forward to working with those elected to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee over the next two years.”

Re-Elected FGS Board Members

The following directors were re-elected to their positions:

· Polly Fitzgerald Kimmitt, CGSM (Massachusetts) — Director

· Randy W. Whited (Texas) — Director

New FGS Board Members

The following board members and directors were newly elected to their positions:

· Melissa Tennant (Indiana) — Vice President of Administration

· Linda McCauley* (Kentucky) — Secretary

· David E. Rencher, AG, CGSM, FIGRS, FUGA (Utah) — Director

· Cherie Bush (Utah) — Director

*McCauley was first appointed to the FGS board as a Director in early 2014 to fill a vacant position and elected Secretary in this recent election.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS visit fgs.org. To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Salt Lake City, UT, visit fgsconference.org. Also, find FGS on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on the FGS Voice blog at http://voice.fgs.org.

APG Professional Achievement Award – Nominations Due June 22

The following is from Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, Executive Director. Association of Professional Genealogists

APG Professional Achievement Award
Call for Nominations – Due 22 June 2014

APG’s Professional Achievement Award will be presented at the APG luncheon to be held Saturday, August 30, at the FGS Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The award honors an APG member with a record of exceptional professional achievement and contributions to the field of genealogy through individual excellence and ethical behavior in published research, public presentations, innovative organization leadership, writing or editing, or successful business achievement by creating valuable products or services. The winner will be a professional who has demonstrated a commitment to advance and promote the highest standards in the field.

Nominees must have been an APG member in good standing for at least one year. Nominees not selected in a previous year remain eligible for nomination. Past recipients are:

  • 2007 – Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG
  • 2008 – Sandra Luebking
  • 2009 – Lou Szucs
  • 2010 – Christine Rose, CG, CGL, FASG
  • 2011 – Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG
  • 2012 – Janet Robyn Worthington, JP, NZRN, Dip. FHS, FSAG
  • 2013 – Helen F.M. Leary, CG (Emeritus), CGL, FASG, FNGS

The Awards Committee invites APG members and APG Chapters to submit nominations to Kathleen W. Hinckley, Executive Director, at admin@apgen.org.

Nominations should include a written statement describing the nominees contributions to genealogy and APG. The Awards Committee will recommend a winner to the Executive Committee.

DEADLINE: 22 June 2014

Hotel Reservations Open for the 2015 FGS and RootsTech Conferences

The following is the the Federation of Genealogical Societies:

Book Your Room Today

June 6, 2014 – Austin, TX. Four Salt Lake City hotels are now taking reservations for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and RootsTech conferences, which will be held February 11–14, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

The Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown, Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, and Hilton Salt Lake City Center will offer reduced rates to attendees of both conferences. Each hotel is conveniently located near the Salt Palace Convention Center. Conference rates will be honored for reservation dates February 7 – 19, 2015. Reservations must be made by January 13, 2015 to receive the conference rates.

Rooms will be in high demand. Reserve yours now through the FGS conference website at http://www.fgsconference.org/2015/lodging.

Registration for both conferences will open in late August 2014. For additional information about the FGS conference visit www.FGSconference.org/2015.

Federation of Genealogical Societies Announces Upcoming Events

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FGS Hosts 2015 Alaskan Cruise, 2015 New York Regional Conference, and Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary in Springfield, Illinois in 2016

May 14, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is excited to announce its upcoming events lineup, which includes a 2015 FGS Alaskan Cruise, August 28th – September 4th; a 2015 New York Regional Conference in Syracuse in conjunction with the New York State Family History Conference, September 17th-19th; and the 2016 FGS National Conference in Springfield, Illinois, August 31st – September 3rd.

2015 Alaskan Cruise
Join your friends and fellow genealogists on the first FGS Cruise in the fall of 2015. This event promises to deliver a memorable vacation and education from leading genealogists on a variety of topics. Watch for additional information in late 2014.

2015 New York Regional Conference
The New York State Family History Conference returns to Syracuse, New York September 17-19, 2015. Organized by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and the Central New York Genealogical Society, the second biennial conference has expanded to include three tracks of lectures, a significant increase in attendance, and an enlarged space that will accommodate many more exhibitors and societies of interest to attendees. One of the conference focal points is researching New York families, a pursuit that offers unique challenges and requires special techniques and knowledge; the other focal point is building general research skills. In 2015, the event will be hosted as a regional conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) who will provide topics and events for genealogical society leaders and volunteers as part of the conference’s activities.

2016 National Conference
Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Federation of Genealogical Societies as we return to Illinois in 2016. Hosted in the Land of Lincoln, the 2016 conference will feature the latest news and updates from the family history community, a full exhibit hall, the popular Society Showcase, and sessions related to the Midwestern states, research methods, and other topics.

FGS President D. Joshua Taylor states, “As we watch our organizations meet the needs of today’s genealogists, we are delighted to offer a variety of activities for 2015 and our return to Springfield for our 40th Anniversary in 2016.”

Currently, registration is open for the Federation’s 2014 National Conference, “Gone to Texas,” to be held in San Antonio, Texas, August 27th-30th. Further, the Federation has a Call for Papers for its 2015 National Conference, “Connect. Explore. Refresh.” to be held concurrently with Rootstech in Salt Lake City, Utah, February, 11th-14th.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

2015 FGS Conference Call for Presentations

The following news release is from FGS:

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Submissions will be accepted between May 1, 2014 and May 31, 2014

April 17, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces a Call for Presentations for the FGS 2015 Conference, “Connect. Explore. Refresh.” to be held February 11-14, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 2015 Conference will be held at the same time as the RootsTech 2015 Conference. Submissions will be accepted online between May 1, 2014 and May 31, 2014.

This innovative blending of the established tradition of FGS’s stellar conferences, focused on genealogical society management, records, and methodology, with RootsTech’s famed conferences, centered on family history, technology, and storytelling, will provide speakers the opportunity to participate in an exciting, once in a lifetime event. A separate Call for Presentations will be announced soon for the RootsTech 2015 Conference.

The conference theme “Connect. Explore. Refresh.” defines the elements FGS conference attendees will see and experience in 2015. The FGS program committee seeks original, relevant, and engaging lecture proposals that will impact, inspire, and motivate genealogists of all experience levels and skill-sets to form connections with other family historians, the larger genealogical community, and within their own personal research.

Categories for submissions include, but are not limited to:

· Back to Basics

· Tried and True Methods

· Answering Difficult Questions with Leading Questions

· The 21st Century Genealogical Society for Today and Tomorrow

·Genealogical Society Leaders and Visionaries

· Modern Access to Vintage Resources

· A Retro Look at Organization and Planning

· The Most Useful Hidden Records in Plain Sight

· Connecting to the Past with Military Commemorations – i.e., War of 1812, Civil War

· 20th Century Migration – i.e., Dust Bowl, WW2 movements, etc.

· Wagon Trains, Railroads, and Modern Transportation

· Ethnic Groups in the West – i.e., African Americans, Native Americans, Chinese, Japanese, and Greek

· Missionaries and Settlers

· Compiling Singular Records into Lively Stories

The FGS 2015 Conference schedule will commence with a Focus on Societies Day on Wednesday, February, 11, 2015, followed by the three-day annual conference event. The FGS Program Committee seeks proposals for the Focus on Societies Day and the annual conference. Submissions for sponsored talks from societies, businesses, and organizations within the family history community are greatly encouraged.

Submissions
Speaker submissions and deadlines for the FGS 2015 Conference will be very different from previous years, as FGS now utilizes an online submission system. Interested speakers must submit all lecture proposals using the online forms. The Call for Presentations opens May 1, 2014 and will close on May 31, 2014.

Camera-ready handout materials are due for all lecture presentations on October 1, 2014.

Questions concerning the Call for Presentations should be sent to program2015@fgs.org.

Compensation
Selected speakers receive an honorarium, travel compensation, and conference registration as well as per diem and hotel nights based on the number of lectures presented. Speakers receive compensation according to the FGS Conference Speaker Policy at http://www.fgs.org/cpage.php?pt=44.

Sponsored speakers’ costs are compensated by the sponsoring organization. Sponsored speakers will abide by all speaker deadlines and syllabus requirements. Sponsored speakers will receive complimentary FGS conference registration and electronic syllabus materials.

For more information, to download a PDF copy of the Call for Presentations, or to submit lecture proposals, please visit https://www.fgsconference.org/proposals/.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy), Twitter (http://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy) and on our blog at (http://voice.fgs.org).

2014 FGS National Conference Call for Exhibit Hall Presentations

The following is from Caroline M. Pointer, Director, Federation of Genealogical Societies, FGS Marketing & Publicity Chair:

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In partnership with the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and findmypast.com,
the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) announces a Call for Exhibit Hall
Presentations to be held during the FGS 2014 Conference, 28-30 August 2014, in San
Antonio, Texas.

As part of the educational and outreach missions of both FGS and TSGS, the exhibit
hall will be free and open to the public. During that time, approximately twenty half-hour
presentations will be offered on the exhibit hall education stage. These 30-minute
presentations will be geared towards educating and motivating all attendees, but with a
special focus on beginners or the casually curious. The challenge for presenters will be
to excite and convert participants in a short period of time.

The deadline for submission of exhibit hall proposals is Sunday, 18 May 2014.

The categories of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Basic and introductory genealogical instruction
  • Storytelling and interviewing
  • Preserving for future generations
  • DNA and family medical history
  • Technology, software and social media
  • Benefits of joining a local genealogy society
  • Online pitfalls

As there will also be a separate vendor presentation stage, vendor specific topics or
sponsors are outside the scope of this call for presentations.

Submission Requirements
Presentations will be 30 minutes long. Send proposals in Microsoft Word, RTF or similar
format. File names should include your last name, first initial, and proposal topic.
(Example: SmithR – TechStrategies). Please submit one file per proposed topic. Each
proposal document should include:

  • Speaker(s) name.
  • Speaker(s) contact information, including mailing address, phone, email and
    website, if applicable.
  • Prior speaking experience.
  • Speaker(s) biography.
  • Presentation outline/summary (1 page or less)

Send proposals, as an email attachment, with “FGS 2014 Call for Exhibit Hall
Presentations” in the subject line, to 2014program@fgs.org no later than Sunday, 18
May 2014
.

Invitations to speak will be extended by 1 July 2014. The deadline for acceptance and submission of signed speaker contracts is 15 July 2014.

Compensation
Due to the structure and location of the presentations, speakers will be compensated for
their time only at a rate of $75 per 30-minute presentation.

Society Sponsored Presentations
Societies are encouraged to submit proposals for sponsored talks. The sponsoring
organization will cover its speaker’s compensation. Sponsored speakers will abide by all
speaker deadlines.

Additional Information
Handouts and other reference material will not be compiled in the printed syllabus
distributed to conference participants. However, syllabus materials will be made
available online and via the FGS mobile app. These materials will be limited to two
pages per session. Syllabus format guidelines will be sent to all speakers upon receipt
of their signed contract. The deadline for submissions of syllabus materials is 25
July 2014.

About the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS)
The Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) was founded in 1960, in Fort Worth,
Texas, and is incorporated under the laws of the State of Texas as an educational and
literary corporation. The purpose of TSGS is to promote, assist, develop, and conserve
the genealogical and historical resources of Texas and to cooperate with local, regional,
and state wide groups in promoting an awareness of the need to preserve family
heritage. To learn more, visit http://www.txsgs.org/.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents
the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical
community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources
available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society
management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering
topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the
genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures,
including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit
http://www.fgs.org.

About findmypast.com
Findmypast.com is a leading global family history website, offering more than 1.8 billion
records from 875 AD to the present day. Findmypast offers family historians
comprehensive collections of newspapers, periodicals, military, census, migration,
parish, work and education records, as well as the original comprehensive birth,
marriage and death records from the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland.

Federation of Genealogical Societies Calls for Award Nominations

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Federation of Genealogical Societies calls for Award Nominations – Nomination Deadline is June 15, 2014

April 10, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) calls for genealogy contribution award nominations through June 15, 2014. The specific award categories and a link to the submission form can be found at the FGS website: www.fgs.org/awards/awards.

Each year the Federation of Genealogical Societies recognizes and thanks genealogical and historical organizations as well as individuals who make significant contributions to family history. The FGS awards program honors the award winners’ activities and products, highlights their efforts, and provides examples and ideas on how others can accomplish similar goals.

FGS awards are given to societies and members of societies for outstanding and notable service to the genealogical community. Other awards may be presented throughout the year and announced in FGS publications.

Paula Stuart-Warren, FGS Director and Awards Committee Chair, adds, “The Federation has a long history of honoring its member societies, individual members of those societies, and others who give so much to our family history community. The awards program helps gain public recognition of the valuable work of dedicated volunteers. We each know of individuals and groups that deserve to be honored by their peers. Let FGS know about them and we will share the knowledge of their efforts with genealogists across the globe.”

The Federation especially encourages its member societies to recognize their great volunteers. The deadline for submission of award nominations is June 15, 2014. FGS Delegates should make their society boards aware of this opportunity. Further, please check the FGS awards page after May 1st to see some exciting additions to the lineup of FGS award categories.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

FGS San Antonio Conference Registration is Now Open

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The following News Release is from FGS:

“Gone to Texas” – A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

March 27, 2014 – Austin, TX. Online registration is now open for the 2014 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference, scheduled 27-30 August 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. Register at http://www.fgsconference.org by 1 July 2014 for an early-bird discount. This year’s conference theme is “Gone to Texas,” and the local hosts are the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society (SAGHS) and the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS).

Josh Taylor, FGS President, shares, “This year’s FGS conference offers an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in researching their family history. This conference will offer over 160 educational sessions on records, strategies, and tools for genealogists of all levels. Sessions will be presented by some of the leading genealogists from the United States. Ten different sponsored luncheons will provide opportunities for networking.”

Platinum sponsors include leading family history companies, Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, and findmypast. Other participating and supporting organizations include Dell, Lexmark Board for Certification of Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools, and Texas State Genealogical Society, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and The National Huguenot Society.

Conference Highlights

  • Conference Sessions: A wide variety of genealogy-related lectures and workshops for all experience levels. Attendees will be able to learn about Texas and neighboring states research, African-American and ethnic origin research, military research, genetics, technology, migration, methodology and more.
  • Exhibit Hall: The large exhibit hall will feature the latest software, books, maps, databases and gadgets on the market for genealogists and family historians, as well as information about genealogical organizations. Representatives of FGS member societies will staff their booths in the special Society Showcase area.
  • Special Events: On Wednesday evening, local hosts San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society and Texas State Genealogical Society invite registrants to an evening at the Institute of Texas Cultures, an amazing museum located directly behind the convention center. On Friday evening, The San Antonio Conservation Society hosts a festive evening with strumming guitars, shining horns, a capella voices of mariachis and local artisans at work at La Villita. The Conservation Society only hosts 10 of these events each year and FGS is excited to able to offer this. Details can be found at www.fgsconference.org.
  • Focus on Societies: On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, sessions are jam-packed with ideas and tools to help societies promote themselves, increase membership, and develop sources of revenue. The day kicks off with a first ever, half-day workshop to develop a plan and tools to use to enhance and guide their society forward.
  • Librarians’ Day: On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, ProQuest will sponsor a full-pre-conference day of sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals serving family history researchers.

There are more activities and research opportunities too numerous to list. However, you can learn all about the 2014 FGS Conference and register for this exciting four-day event at http://www.fgsconference.org. Be sure to also visit or subscribe to the FGS Conference Blog at http://www.fgsconference.org/blog for more information.

Learn More and Stay Connected

Like FGS at: https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy

Follow FGS on Twitter at https://twitter.com/fgsgenealogy and hashtag #FGS2014.

Visit San Antonio at http://visitsanantonio.com/

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS FORUM magazine (filled with articles for the family history community), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

Join the Texas State Genealogical Society in 2014 For a Chance to Win a Full Registration to the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2014 Conference

The following was received from the Texas State Genealogical Society:
TSGS

In 2014, TSGS is on a Journey of Transformation.

And we would love to have you join us on this journey.

We have some exciting plans for TSGS in 2014. Along with our existing programs, here are just some of the new planned benefits to membership:

  • TSGS Blog full of research how-to’s, technology, Texas records availability, and industry news;
  • TSGS Weekly e-News via email;
  • Redesigned TSGS Website;
  • Resources webpages of interest for Texas researchers;
  • Publicity and promotion for Partner Societies;
  • Archival Support for Partner Societies;
  • TSGS Partner Society Newsletter; and
  • Webinars

And to show you how serious we are about our commitment to our members and the plans we have for TSGS in 2014, we decided to give away a FULL Federation of Genealogical Societies 2014 Gone to Texas Conference Registration. FGS 2014 will be held this year in San Antonio, Texas, and TSGS and SAGHS are local co-hosts. (For more information about the conference, please visit the FGS Conference website.)

Here is how to qualify for a chance to win:

Partner Societies: If you join TSGS by March 2, 2014, you get one entry into the drawing.

Individual/Family Members: If you join TSGS by March 2, 2014, you get one entry into the drawing, and if you opt-in for the digital version of our quarterly journal, STIRPES, by March 2, 2014, then you get a 2nd entry into the drawing.

Already joined TSGS for 2014? Then you are already entered into the drawing! You can get another entry just by signing up for the digital STIRPES — email your request to: membership@txsgs.org.

For more details please visit our website. [Direct link: http://www.txsgs.org/2014/02/01/join-tsgs/ ]

As you can see, we are pretty serious (and excited) about our Journey of Transformation in 2014, and we want you to join us!

Warm Regards,
Susan Ball
TSGS Director for Membership
Email: membership@txsgs.org