Annette Burke Lyttle Named 2017 APG Professional Management Conference Coordinator

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

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Lyttle Brings Broad Event-Planning Expertise to Premiere Professional Genealogy Event

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 11 July 2015 — The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today announced the appointment of Annette Burke Lyttle as coordinator for the 2017 Professional Management Conference (PMC). Lyttle of The Villages, Florida, brings lengthy experience in logistics and event management to the conference.

As PMC Coordinator, Lyttle will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the annual conference, which offers topics relevant to genealogy professionals and those interested in the profession. Her career began in logistics management in the U.S. Army, after which she moved on to positions in corporate, higher education, small business, and volunteer work. She holds an M.A. in English language and literature and a B.A. in journalism. She is the owner of Heritage Detective, LLC, and currently serves on the committee for APG’s 2016 PMC, which will take place 22-24 September, 2016 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

“APG’s PMC is unique in its focus on professional genealogy. It addresses the challenges faced by professionals, with lectures and workshops that help genealogists grow their businesses,” said Lyttle. “I look forward to working with the APG team to continue to offer an exciting program with learning and networking opportunities.”

“We are excited to have Annette Burke Lyttle join the APG team as PMC Coordinator,” said APG President Billie Stone Fogarty. “Her experience and skills will be a wonderful asset to planning and implementing the 2017 PMC.”

About APG PMC 2016 and 2017
The 18th annual APG PMC will be held in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 22-24 September 2016, in Fort Wayne. Indiana. Register today at https://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html. Join the APG PMC discussion on our Facebook or LinkedIn sites, or on Twitter using hashtag #APGen. Planning for the 2017 APG PMC is in its early stages.

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

American Ancestors by NEHGS Announces an Unprecedented, Historic Event for Genealogists: A BILLION Records FREE!

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April 6, 2016—Boston, Massachusetts— America’s oldest and largest genealogical society announces a historic event for family historians around the world. From April 6 to April 13, American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is offering FREE access to all of its online records on AmericanAncestors.org. More than one billion records covering 18 countries— including the most important family history research materials for early America created by the experts and scholars at NEHGS—and all are open to anyone who registers for a free account. Start searching now at AmericanAncestors.org/Free-Billion.

To assist family historians of all levels in locating more pieces of the family tree puzzle, NEHGS is granting this unprecedented free access to its entire collection of genealogical databases from Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at 12:00 a.m. (EDT) through Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Free accounts on AmericanAncestors.org ordinarily allow visitors only a sample of the vast offerings that NEHGS provides family historians of all levels. This unprecedented free access promotion by NEHGS from April 6 through April 13 offers the Society’s entire collection of online content for eight full days to anyone who registers for a free account.

About American Ancestors and NEHGS

Holding the largest collection of original family history materials in the country, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, founded in 1845, is the nation’s oldest and largest genealogical society. Our website, AmericanAncestors.org, offers access to more than 1 billion searchable records and leading scholarly resources to help you advance your family history research. Our expert staff helps researchers of all levels explore their past and their families’ unique place in history. Located in Boston, our research center houses millions of manuscripts, books, and original items to preserve the stories of families in America and beyond.

Early Bird Discount for the 2016 NGS Conference in Ft. Lauderdale Ends March 31

The following news release is from the National Genealogical Society:

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ARLINGTON, VA, 18 MARCH 2016—Register early for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference in Ft. Lauderdale and take advantage of its early bird discount. Not only will you save money, you will also be able to order a printed syllabus or flash drive version of the syllabus. Your registration must be received online or postmarked by 31 March 2016. After that date, the NGS member price will increase from $205 to $240 for all four days and the non-NGS member price will increase from $240 to $275.

The Conference will feature more than 180 lectures from basic to advanced genealogical research, including four days of BCG Skillbuilding lectures and twelve lectures on genetic genealogy. Diversity is another focus of this year’s conference. Eighteen lectures discuss African-American genealogical research, five focus on Jewish genealogy, two on Cuban genealogy, and nine on women. Floridians and those with ancestors from Florida will want to consider the nine lectures that focus on Florida’s rich archival history. In addition, the conference will provide a number of lectures on European ancestors, including French, Spanish, Scandinavian, Italian, Scots-Irish, and others.

The NGS Conference will be held at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center and will run from 4-7 May. For conference information and to register, go to the 2016 NGS Family History Conference.

Social Events, Luncheons, and the NGS Banquet
Participating organizations sponsor several luncheons at which guest speakers address many fascinating presentations such as

  • “Lost Eyes, Whipping Posts, and Wife Swapping: Lessons from Yesteryear”
  • “To the Rescue: 10 Times A Local Society has Saved My Bacon”
  • “Genetic Surprises, DNA and ’Non-paternity‘ Events”

The NGS Banquet is an event not to be missed! Guest speaker David E. Rencher, AG, CGSM, FIGRS, FUGA, will discuss what matters most to genealogists and family historians. Registration for all meals and social events closes on 22 April 2016. Tickets for social events will not be sold on-site. Be sure to the sign up as quickly as possible. The Florida State Genealogical Society Host Event, “Taste of Florida,” is $42; luncheons are $32; and the banquet is $45. Menus are in the registration brochure.

Society Roundup
On Wednesday, 4 May 2016, many of Florida’s genealogical and historical societies will be available in the Convention Center’s Exhibit Hall Lobby from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to answer questions about local repositories and resources, discuss their group’s activities, and sell their publications.

Local Area Tours
There’s still time to sign up for two exciting tours on Tuesday, 3 May 2016, prior to the NGS Family History Conference. For more information, please see Local Area Tours. Registration for the tours closes on 22 April 2016.

Add Items to an Existing Registration
To add meals, tours, and pre-conference events to your current registration, log on to the NGS website, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.

We hope to see you in Ft. Lauderdale in May!

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

National Genealogical Society Seeks Managing Editor for NGS Magazine

The National Genealogical Society is looking for a Managing Editor for NGS Magazine. This looks like it will be a fun job for someone. I wish I had more free time… I’d love to edit the publication. Oh, well… The following is from the National Genealogical Society:

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Arlington, VA, 1 March 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is seeking qualified candidates for the managing editor, contractor position for NGS Magazine.

NGS Magazine is published quarterly; each issue contains informative articles that provide readers with resources and helpful direction to accomplish more effective genealogical research. Editorial is contributed by leading experts in the field. Content includes articles on records, repositories, case studies, technology, genetic genealogy, family history writing as well as book reviews.

The managing editor is responsible for the overall production and editorial content of NGS Magazine and produces four (4) issues per year during the calendar year, in February, May, August and November. Applicants should have previous experience in genealogical research, writing, editing, and publishing. Proficient knowledge of grammar and writing standards is essential. The effective date for this position is 1 July 2016. The successful candidate will be responsible for producing the November 2016 issue.

Applications must be received by 1 April 2016. For more information on the application process and the position, a full job description can be viewed at the NGS website by navigating to About NGS > Careers or visiting http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/magazinemanagingeditor.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

NGS Announces a New Cloud-Based Course: Researching Your World War I Ancestors

The following is from NGS:

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ARLINGTON, VA, 01/27/2016 — The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of its newest Continuing Genealogical Studies course, Researching Your World War I Ancestors. In this cloud-based, nine-module, self-paced course, genealogists obtain an introduction to WWI research. Modules cover topics such as “Locate and Understand Records of Units,” “Serial Numbers and Unit Identification,” and “Obtaining Copies of World War I Personnel Records.” Also included are examples, citations, references, self-graded quizzes, and a comprehensive glossary.

Craig Roberts Scott, CGSM, FUGA, developed Researching Your World War I Ancestors for NGS. A nationally recognized lecturer, educator, and genealogical and historical researcher, he has more than thirty years’ experience and specializes in the diverse military records at the National Archives.

Researching Your World War I Ancestors is one of a number of cloud-based NGS courses that offers the convenience of completing a genealogy course over a period of months at any location and at any time. It is available for $45.00 for members and $70.00 for nonmembers. For further information or to purchase the course, visit NGS Continuing Genealogical Studies.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

GCO has a new website!

The following is from the Genealogical Council of Oregon (GCO):

GCO has a new website! – www.gcoconference.com

July 28 & 29, 2016 – Western Institute of Genealogy and July 30, 2016 – Summer Genealogy Fest

We are having two events and each has it’s own registration page. They are individually listed under the tabs of the Summer Genealogy Fest and the Western Institute of Genealogy on the website.

Flyers and registration pages are available to print and share.

The Summer Genealogy Fest is a one-day event and encourages all levels of family historians to attend.

The two-day event, Western Institute of Genealogy (WIG) has limited spaces and will fill quickly. Please note that the WIG courses are for intermediate or advanced genealogists. We will soon open up registration for non-APG members, so get your seat soon!

If you have questions please contact us at: gcoconference@gmail.com

Patricia Moorhead Appointed Emeritus Member of AGI

The following is from AGI:

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Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) is pleased to announce that its very first Emeritus Member is Patricia Moorhead. She is a popular figure in Irish genealogy, known particularly for her witty and entertaining talks. Pat, as she is familiarly known to her friends, has been involved in family history research for over two decades. She was passed by the APGI (now AGI) assessors in 1999 and retained membership until a year ago, when she chose to retire.

At AGI’s Annual General Meeting in December 2015 a constitutional amendment was passed, allowing the Council to confer emeritus status on members or associate members who have retired. The status is not automatic on retirement. It recognised a long and valued association with AGI. Immediately after the AGM, a Council meeting was held at which Patricia Moorhead was named as the first person to receive Emeritus Membership. The decision was announced later that day at the annual lunch.

Back in the 1990s Mrs. Moorhead completed the diploma in Local History at NUI Maynooth and the Certificate in Genealogy at UCD, under the instruction of Sean Murphy. She took an active role in the Irish Genealogical Congress from 1994 and joined the committee of the Irish Family History Society in 1995. As well as having a career as a professional genealogist, Pat devoted much time to researching a relative who was awarded the Victoria Cross. Many of her projects led to fascinating and extraordinary coincidences, and to lectures that captivated and entertained her listeners. Though retired, she intends to keep up contact with her colleagues by attending AGI events.

About Accredited Genealogists Ireland:
AGI – Accredited Genealogists Ireland (formerly the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland) was founded in Belfast in 1986. It acts as a regulating body to maintain high standards amongst its members and to protect the interests of clients. Membership is open to professional genealogists throughout the island of Ireland. Admission to membership is on the recommendation of an independent Board of Assessors.

Curt DiCamillo Appointed Curator of Special Collections at NEHGS

The following is from Henry Hornblower at NEHGS:

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Boston, Massachusetts, January 11, 2016 ― Curt DiCamillo, the internationally recognized authority on English country houses and the decorative arts, has been appointed the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s (NEHGS) first Curator of Special Collections, a new position commencing February 29, 2016.

A longtime member of NEHGS, Mr. DiCamillo has led highly successful heritage tours for the organization to England and Scotland, has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad, and has taught classes on British culture and art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and elsewhere. Previously, he was for many years Executive Director of The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA, based in Boston, where he successfully raised over $7 million and initiated many innovative programs. In addition, he worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for 13 years. The New England Historic Genealogical Society, founded in 1845, is the leading nonprofit genealogical society in America, serving more than 150,000 constituents and millions of online users through its award-winning website, www.AmericanAncestors.org.

“For more than 170 years, we have collected family-related objects along with genealogical source materials,” said Brenton Simons, President and CEO of NEHGS. “Curt DiCamillo is the perfect person to lead our efforts in collecting, stewarding, and widely communicating ― both online and in-person ― the importance of these special holdings to our members, scholars, art historians, and the public.” As Curator of Special Collections at NEHGS, Mr. DiCamillo will provide strategic direction and expert guidance for organizing and exhibiting the organization’s extensive collection of family history-related artifacts and fine arts, part of a larger collection of more than 28 million items held by the organization. The position has been created now in anticipation of the organization’s expansion into a second, adjoining building on Newbury Street in the Back Bay in the coming years. Mr. DiCamillo will also continue to lead a series of heritage tours for NEHGS both in the United States and abroad. “The field of family history is exploding, in large part through the leadership efforts of NEHGS,” said Mr. DiCamillo. “I am so pleased to be a part of telling the compelling story of our ancestors by interpreting objects, art, furnishings, and other artifacts collected by or given to this society, the founding genealogical organization in America. Our historic objects span centuries, cultures, and ethnicities, and are a wonderful tool to better understand the lives and times of our ancestors.”

Mr. DiCamillo’s award-winning website, “The DiCamillo Companion to British & Irish Country Houses,” seeks to document every English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish country house ever built, standing or demolished, together with a history of the families who lived in the houses, the architects who designed them, and the history of the collections or gardens. He is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, and a member of the Advisory Board of Samuel T. Freeman & Co. of Philadelphia. In recognition of his work in the field of English country houses, Mr. DiCamillo has been presented to the late Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, and the Prince of Wales. His paternal ancestors hail from Italy; his maternal ancestors came from Warwickshire to Maryland in the 18th century. Mr. DiCamillo, a native of the Philadelphia area, grew up in Central Florida with his sister, the award-winning children’s book author Kate DiCamillo.

About American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society
The founding genealogical society in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) was established in 1845. Today it has a national collecting scope and serves more than 150,000 constituents through an award-winning website, www.AmericanAncestors.org. Since 1845, NEHGS has been the country’s leading comprehensive resource for genealogists and family historians of every skill level. Today NEHGS provides constituents with worldwide access to some of the most important and valuable research tools anywhere.

American Ancestors is the public brand and user experience of NEHGS representing the expertise and resources available for family historians of all levels when researching their origins across the country and around the world. NEHGS’s resources, expertise, and service are unmatched in the field and their leading staff of on-site and online genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, Italian, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, Chinese, and Jewish research. Expert assistance is available to members and nonmembers in a variety of ways. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99 – 101 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, is home to more than 28 million items, including artifacts, documents, records, journals, letters, books, manuscripts, and other items dating back hundreds of years.

Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy Announces 2016 Election Results

The following news release is from the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy:

The CAFG Board of Directors is pleased to announce the results of both the December 2015 Board of Directors and the January 2016 Officers elections.

The board has five members: Juli Whittaker, Sheila Benedict, Bethany Waterbury, Charles McGee, and Helen Daglas. The officers elected at the January 2016 board meeting are: Juli Whittaker, President; Sheila Benedict, Vice-President; Bethany Waterbury, Secretary; Charles McGee, Treasurer. The board wishes to thank the immediate Past-President, Leslie Lawson, for her years of service as President of CAFG as her contributions have been a great asset to the building of the organization and the annual institute.

This year’s Institute will be held 10-12 March 2016 at the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas and included courses are a Marketing Workshop, a Professional Forensic Business Workshop, an Advanced DNA Practicum and a Forensic Genealogy Practicum. This year’s instructors include CeCe Moore; Marian Pierre-Louis; Michael S. Ramage, J.D., CG; Bethany Waterbury, DVM; and Debbie Parker Wayne, CG. For more information about FGI, the courses offered this year, and any prerequisites required for the Advanced DNA Practicum, visit the CAFG website at www.forensicgenealogists.org. Questions about the 2016 Forensic Genealogy Institute may be directed to FGI Director Helen Haldeman Daglas at institute@forensicgenealogists.org.

NEHGS Partners with the Congregational Library & Archives to Digitize Early Church Records

The following news release is from NEHGS:

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New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Partners with the Congregational Library & Archives to Digitize Early Church Records

January 7, 2016—Boston, Massachusetts — New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is pleased to announce its participation in New England’s Hidden Histories: Providing Public Access to the Manuscripts of New England’s First Churches, Incubators of American Democracy. NEHGS, the Congregational Library & Archives (CLA), the Phillips Library of the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ have received a grant of $210,000 from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) in support of the New England’s Hidden Histories program. The grant will enable the digitization of 28,000 pages of manuscript church records, personal papers of pastors and deacons, and ministerial conference records, dating from 1641 to the mid-1800s.

“As part of its ongoing effort to digitize the genealogical and historical treasures in its collections and make them available to a wide audience online, NEHGS is proud to be a co-recipient of the prestigious CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections grant and to participate in this important project,” said Jean Maguire, Director of the NEHGS Library. “This partnership will open up to researchers our rich holdings of early American church membership and vital records, correspondence, diaries, and family papers, including those of Michael Wigglesworth, the well-known Puritan minister and author of America’s first ‘best seller,’ The Day of Doom.”

“These documents cast more light on early New England life and culture than any other discrete set of sources,” said James Cooper, Director of New England’s Hidden Histories. “We are pleased to make them available to scholars and the public, and we are delighted to establish a foundation for ongoing partnerships with the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Phillips Library, and the Connecticut UCC Archive, with whom we share so many scholarly goals.”

The grants were awarded to collections of “high scholarly value” at libraries and repositories with commitments to digitization and wide public accessibility. New England’s Hidden Histories is one of just eighteen funded projects out of 165 applicants. Established in 2005, New England’s Hidden Histories is an ongoing program of the Congregational Library and Archives that seeks to secure, archive, digitize, transcribe, and make available online New England’s early manuscript church records. Documents contributed by NEHGS will also be made available through AmericanAncestors.org.

Learn more about the project and see the CLIR announcement of awards.

About American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society

The founding genealogical society in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) was established in 1845. Today it has a national collecting scope and serves more than 150,000 constituents through an award-winning website, www.AmericanAncestors.org. Since 1845, NEHGS has been the country’s leading comprehensive resource for genealogists and family historians of every skill level. Today NEHGS provides constituents with worldwide access to some of the most important and valuable research tools anywhere.

American Ancestors is the public brand and user experience of NEHGS representing the expertise and resources available for family historians of all levels when researching their origins across the country and around the world. NEHGS’s resources, expertise, and service are unmatched in the field and their leading staff of on-site and online genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, Italian, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, Chinese, and Jewish research. Expert assistance is available to members and nonmembers in a variety of ways. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99 – 101 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, is home to more than 28 million items, including manuscript documents, genealogical records, books, photographs, and other items dating back hundreds of years.

NGS Launches Its Newest Course – Genetic Genealogy: Autosomal DNA Course

The following news release is from the National Genealogical Society:

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ARLINGTON, VA, 9 DECEMBER, 2015— The National Genealogical Society (NGS) proudly announces the release of its newest Continuing Genealogical Studies course, Genetic Genealogy:Autosomal DNA.

Autosomal DNA comprises twenty-two of the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes, excluding the one pair of sex chromosomes. These matched pairs of chromosomes are called autosomes and contain a comprehensive record of a person’s genetic ancestry. Genetic Genealogy:Autosomal DNA is a seven-module, cloud-based course that focuses primarily on concepts and techniques for genetic genealogy. It also introduces the concepts covering the analysis of the data, no matter how the data is accessed or which tools are used to analyze the data.

The course was developed byDebbie Parker Wayne, cgsm, a nationally recognized lecturer, educator, and full-time researcher experienced in using DNA analysis and traditional techniques for genealogical research. Her DNA research focuses on client projects and on research into her own family project that includes Y‑DNA, mtDNA, X‑DNA, and autosomal DNA studies. Her traditional genealogical research focuses on Texas, the Southwest, and the Southern U.S.

In addition to being a full-time board-certified genealogist, Wayne is a trustee for the BCG Education Fund and is the Texas State Genealogical Society’s DNA Project Chair. Her publications include a column in NGS Magazine on using DNA analysis for genealogical research. She coordinates and teaches comprehensive, interactive genetic genealogy courses on how to interpret and apply DNA test results to genealogical research at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR).

Genetic Genealogy:Autosomal DNA is available for $60.00 for members and $85.00 for nonmembers. For further information or to purchase the course, visit NGS Continuing Genealogical Studies.

NGS courses are cloud-based courses that offer you the convenience of completing a genealogy course at your own pace, at any location, at any time. The Continuing Genealogical Studies courses help you expand your knowledge of specific subjects, including:

  • Genetic Genealogy, the Basics
  • Introduction to Civil War Research
  • Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors
  • NGS American Genealogical Studies offers a comprehensive program of courses structured to help you develop essential research skills. These include:

    • The Basics
    • Guide to Documentation and Source Citation
    • Beyond the Basics

    Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

    [1]“CG”, “Certified Genealogist”, “CGL”, and “Certified Genealogist Lecturer” are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and are used under license by authorized associates following periodic, peer-reviewed competency evaluations. The board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.

    NGS Research in the States Series: South Carolina

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    “Let there be no illusions: Southern genealogy is difficult–especially in remote areas and among ‘plain folk’ who resisted paper trails as fiercely as they did meddling governments. Add to this problem a legion of burned courthouses. … In truth, evidence does often exist; it just come in forms one does not expect and is found through research methods one hopes to avoid.”

     

    This Issue: NGS Research in the States Series: South Carolina; written by Janice Walker Guilmore.

     

    “Many genealogists, both professional and amateur, find research in South Carolina daunting. Sometimes referred to as ‘the black hole’ of genealogical research, South Carolina does present challenges. The state suffered heavy count record losses at the close of the Civil War and the late advent of circuit districts caused many of our upcountry ancestors to forego the recording of instruments or the filing of lawsuits, crating a clear dearth of records for that area.”

    On a positive note, this guide will help you around as many obstacles as possible by providing a clear list of available resources. Each resource type is described along with specific sources and how to access those materials. For example, under the heading Land Records, you will find the following:

    “Land records are the crown jewel of genealogical resources in South Carolina–which has, arguably, the most complete set of any of the North American colonies. From the first settlers, who received headrights, to the present day, land has been plentiful and cheap; and as a result most free South Carolinians from any period created land records. There are four important types of land records…”

    In the guide, the land records description continues with more specifics on available records and where to find them. Each section is handled in like manner. Plenty of specific information on what records are available an where to find them.

    About the Series

    Beginning in 1987, the National Genealogical Society began publishing a series of state guides in the organization’s magazine, the Quarterly. These guides were later re-issued as special publications designed to support genealogical research in each state. Eventually those guides became outdated and out of print. The current set of guides represents a refresh of those publications, updated and improved for today’s traditional and digital research resources.

    About the Author

    Though born raised in Oregon, Janis Walker Gilmore has lived in South Carolina for 25 years. She began working with genealogy in 1986, but got far more serious about Genealogy in 2006 when she began coursework at the National Institute for Genealogical Research, the Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy, and the Institute for Genealogical Research. She also earned a certificate through Boston University Genealogical Research courses.

    More About the State Guides (from the Introduction)

    “Readers should be aware that every effort has been made to include current web addresses throughout the publication and all were verified immediately prior to release…”

    “Two research facilities used by many genealogists are the Family History Library (FHL) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Most genealogists are familiar with teh abbreviations used for these two facilities and they are used in these publications. Otherwise the use of abbreviations and acronyms is kept to a minimum.”

    Table of Contents

    Early History and Settlements

    • Topographical and Cultural Divisions
    • Early Government of the Colony

    Archives, Libraries, and Societies

    • South Carolina Department of Archives and History
    • South Carolina Library, University of South Carolina
    • South Carolina Historical Society
    • Other Respositories
    • State and Local Genealogical and Historical Societies

    Major Resources

    • Atlases, Gazetteers, and Maps
    • Bible Records
    • Biographical Sources
    • Business and Organizational Records
    • Cemetery Records
    • Census Records
      • Colonial Censuses
      • State Censuses
      • Federal Censuses
    • Church Records
    • County or Other Jurisdictional Formation
      • Dates of Major Jurisdictional Change
    • Court Records
      • Grand Council/His Majesty’s Council
      • Court of Chancery (Later the Court of Equity)
      • Courts of Common Pleas (Civil) and Court of General Sessions (Criminal)
      • Court of Ordinary (Probate)
      • Court of Appeals (Supreme Court)
      • Jurisdictional Maps
      • Federal Courts
    • Directories
    • Ethnic Records
      • African Americans
      • French Huguenots
      • Germans
      • Irish, Scots, and Scots-Irish
      • Native Americans
    • Genealogical and Historical Periodicals
      • Institution Records
      • State Mental Institution
      • Department of Corrections
    • Land Records
      • Land Grants: From the Colony or State to the Private Owner
      • Mesne Conveyance: From Private Owner to Private Owner
      • Land Memorials
      • North Carolina Grants in South Carolina
    • Military Records
      • Colonial War
      • Revolutionary War
      • War of 1812
      • Indian Wars
      • Mexican War, 1846
      • Civil War, 1861-1865
      • Spanish American War, 1898-1899
      • World Wars
    • Naturalization and Immigration Records
    • Newspapers
    • Probate Records and Wills
    • Reconstruction
    • State Records
    • Tax Records
    • Vital Records
      • Birth, Death and Marriage Records Prior to State-wide Registration
    • Voter Records
    • Women
    • Conclusion

    These guides are an excellent resource for state by state research. Available guides, including NGS Research in the States Series: South Carolina are available from Family Roots Publishing.

    Other guides in series reviewed to date (in alphabetical order):

    APG 2015 Election Results

    The following is from APG:

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    Association of Professional Genealogists Elects Billie Stone Fogarty President

    Executive Committee, Board Members, and Nominating Committee Elected for the Next Term

    WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 6 November 2015 – Today the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) announced election results for its 2016-17 executive committee, as well as for nine board members, and two nominating committee members. Billie Fogarty, M.Ed., of Oklahoma City was elected president. An APG Life Member, Fogarty has served in many different capacities within the organization. She recently completed her fourth year as president of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. A frequent speaker at national conferences, she is also active on the regional, state, and local levels in advancing genealogical research and open records access as a state liaison for the Records Preservation and Access Committee. She has worked diligently for the Oklahoma Genealogical Society, with seven terms as president.

    “What an exciting time to be a professional genealogist!” said Billie Fogarty, APG President Elect. “Our chosen field continues to make significant strides with APG standing strong beside us. The talent of the elected board members plus the dedication of members working at all levels in the chapters and committees will ensure that we make positive contributions to the goal of promoting the highest ethical standards for genealogy.”

    Fogarty will succeed Kimberly T. Powell of Oakdale, Pennsylvania, who will continue on the board as APG Past President.

    “We thank Kimberly for her service,” said Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, APG Executive Director. “Among her many contributions to the organization, Kimberly was instrumental in developing the APG webinar series, a successful educational program that showcases our members and furthers genealogical learning. She passes the baton to Billie Fogarty, a proven leader in the field and longtime advocate for APG. I look forward to working with her, the new executive committee, and the new board.”

    APG Executive Committee
    Catherine Desmarais, CG, of Vermont, was elected for a second term as APG Vice President. She is a professional genealogist and works on U.S. Army military repatriation cases. She serves on the board of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy and is a co-founder of the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research.

    Amy E. K. Arner, of Pennsylvania, will serve as APG Secretary. Arner specializes in Western Pennsylvania research and editing genealogical works. A current board member, she was previously president of the Great Lakes Chapter of APG. In 2015, she received APG’s Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit. She serves as chair of APG’s Publications Advisory Committee and proofreads the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.

    Sandra Hildreth Ball, CPA, of Utah, was elected as APG Treasurer. She holds a Masters in Accountancy and spent most of her career in financial services at a large nonprofit. She also has served as treasurer for her local Red Cross, the Community Services Council, and more. A longtime genealogist, she has published three books and a journal article in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register.

    APG members elected the following board members for two-year terms:
    Region 1 West: Barbara Ball, CG, of Arizona, is a professional genealogist with a background in GIS (geographic information systems) analysis. She would like to serve as an advocate for the genealogists in areas where access to large archives is difficult and research opportunities scarce.

    Region 2 Midwest: Cari Taplin, CG, of Texas, is a past president of the Boulder Genealogical Society and has also served as on board or committee positions with the Austin Genealogical Society, Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies, and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. She has had articles published in the Boulder Genealogical Society Quarterly, Digital Genealogist, and the NGS Magazine.

    Region 3 Southeast: Clarise (Fleck) Soper, CG, of Mississippi, specializes in Mississippi and Alabama genealogy and is the corresponding secretary for the Mississippi Genealogical Society. She, with others in 2012, founded the Jasper County (Mississippi) Genealogical and Historical Society and served as its first president. She is also a volunteer coordinator for the ProGen Study Group Program.

    Region 4 Northeast: Vicki Wright, J.D., of New York, is a genealogist and family historian who grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. She holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from the Boston University Center for Professional Education. She is an alumna of ProGen Study Group 11 and is a member of several societies, including the Minisink Valley Historical Society, the Orange County (New York) Genealogical Society, and the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society.

    Region 5 Canada: Christine Woodcock, of Ontario, is the Scottish-born, Canadian-raised owner of Genealogy Tours of Scotland. She blogs, lectures, edits several newsletters, and is a past editor of British Connections. She chairs the Scottish Special Interest Group of the Ontario Genealogical Society and is responsible for planning the annual Symposium on Scottish Genealogy as well as a webinar series promoting the skills of experts in Scottish research.

    Region 6 Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales: Fiona Fitzsimons is a genealogist and a director for Eneclann, a Trinity College Campus company, and findmypast Ireland. She was invited by the White House to present to First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters the Irish roots of President Barack Obama. Her research credits include more than 20 television episodes, including Who Do You Think You Are? and PBS’s Faces of America and Finding Our Roots. Her goal for APG is to promote the study of Irish family history worldwide.

    Region 7 International: Benjamin Hollister of Australia specializes in German research, as well as specialist services such as digital photo restoration and collection management. He has a background in training and corporate management and has served on the board of the South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society. Committed to ongoing professional development, Benjamin has completed several graduate certificates in leadership, management, and applied history and heritage studies.

    APG members elected three at-large board members:
    Sharon Atkins of Arizona is a genealogist with a background in marketing and sales. She is a cofounder of GenBiz Solutions and the author of several books and guides on genealogy and other topics. She is immediate past president of the Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists.

    Valerie Elkins of Utah manages a successful genealogy research company and serves as an International Research Specialist for the Family History Library. For the Utah Genealogical Association, she has served on the board of directors, as publicity chair, and on the executive board. For APG, she has a particular interest in encouraging more involvement and representation for more countries, ethnic groups, and cultures.

    Eric Stroschein of Washington runs a genealogical research firm with his wife, Karen Stroschein, and is a 26-year veteran of the Seattle Fire Department. Eric is the current chair of APG’s Advocacy Committee. He serves as an APG representative on the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and is also a state representative for the RPAC. He is past-president of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

    Elected to one-year terms on the nominations committee are: J. H. (Jay) Fonkert, CG, of Minnesota, a professional genealogist and lecturer who has served on the APG board since 2010, and Darcie M. Hind Posz, CG, of the District of Columbia, a professional genealogist and writer who serves as president of the National Capital Area Chapter of APG.

    “Congratulations to our new and returning board members,” said APG President, Kimberly T. Powell. “It has been an honor to serve the members of APG, and to work with such an outstanding, passionate group of board members. Please join me in thanking Kathy Hinckley, my fellow executive committee members, and our retiring board members, for the time and talent they have gifted to all of us in the genealogy community. I’m proud of what the board has and continues to accomplish, and look forward to APG’s continued commitment to increasing public awareness of and trust in professional genealogists, and advancing the genealogical profession. I’m excited to see where the new board takes us under Billie’s leadership.”

    Retiring from the board:

    • Kenyatta D. Berry
    • J. H. (Jay) Fonkert, CG
    • Michael Goldstein
    • Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG
    • Valerie Eichler Lair
    • Joan Peake
    • Darcie M. Hind Posz, CG
    • Janice Prater
    • Tina Sansone
    • Louise St Denis

    About the Association of Professional Genealogists
    The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers, and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter (www.twitter.com/apggenealogy), and Facebook (www.facebook.com/AssociationofProfessionalGenealogists).

    Free Cemetery Records Databases at AmericanAncestors.org October 30 through November 7, 2015

    The following was received from NEHGS:

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    October 30, 2015 — Boston, Massachusetts — “Your ancestors have been dying for you to uncover them. NEHGS has opened the cemetery gates so you can start digging!”

    Just in time for the Halloween celebrations and to add some fun to ancestral research this holiday, AmericanAncestors.org and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) have made their complete collection of American cemetery databases accessible for FREE to guest users on their data-rich website.

    The collection of more than 100 databases comprising more than one million records is accessible FREE from Friday, October 30, through midnight on Saturday, November 7. The collection includes cemetery transcriptions from New England and other states and was compiled from many different sources to create a unique group of cemetery offerings.

    Registration at AmericanAncestors.org is required as a FREE Guest Member to gain access to these valuable resources. Guest User accounts allow web visitors to use a limited suite of databases on AmericanAncestors.org and to access web content such as making purchases from the NEHGS online store. Unlimited access to more than one billion online records on the website and to other benefits is through membership at NEHGS.
    Family historians may start digging for their ancestors in these historic American cemeteries at: http://www.americanancestors.org/free-cemetery-databases.

    The cemetery databases included in this special offering and FREE Access event are:

    • American Jewish Historical Society – New England Archives: Jewish Cemeteries in Massachusetts
    • Boston, MA: Old Cemeteries of Boston
    • Brooklyn, NY: Cemetery Inscriptions, 1686-1882
    • Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections
    • Charleston, SC: Inscriptions in Old Jewish Cemeteries, 1762-1903
    • Dedham, MA: Church and Cemetery Records 1638-1845
    • Gloucester, MA: Burials in Gloucester Cemeteries
    • New York: Long Island Cemetery Inscriptions, 1652-1910
    • North Andover, MA: Burials in Ridgewood Cemetery, 1848-1950
    • Northampton, MA: West Farms Cemetery
    • Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Database Index
    • Sharon, MA: Sharon Memorial Park Cemetery
    • Sterling, MA: Leg Cemetery Records
    • Westbrook, CT: Cemetery Inscriptions
    • Western Massachusetts: Jewish Cemeteries of Western Massachusetts

    About American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society
    The founding genealogical society in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) was established in 1845. Today it has a national collecting scope and serves more than 130,000 constituents through an award-winning website, AmericanAncestors.org.

    NEHGS’s resources, expertise, and service are unmatched in the field, and their leading staff of on-site and online genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, Italian, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, Chinese, and Jewish research. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99–101 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, is home to more than 28 million items, including artifacts, documents, records, journals, letters, books, manuscripts, and other items dating back hundreds of years.

    NGS Research in the States Series: California

    ngs20I doubt anyone would question the fact that California is a unique state. Third largest in territory, largest in population, known around the world, for good or bad, for entertainment, earthquakes, technology, agriculture, and much more. California offers some of the most unique natural features from the redwoods to Yosemite; from Mt. Whitney to Death Valley; and even the ability to surfing in the morning and snow ski away the afternoon. Yet, the people of California bring even more diversity than the state’s resources. The state is a true melting pot of cultural, ethnic, economic, and political diversity.

    The NGS Research in the States Series: Californiaby Sheila Benedict, provides the insight needed to research the diversity that is California, its people, and their histories. This guide shows it’s difference from other guides by including sections like the 1906 San Francisco quake and the Movie Industry. Not typical to sections found in similar guides. Of course, the “normal” sections are included as well; such as, information on vital records collections, newspapers, census records, etc. California is big enough that it takes 7 pages, out of this 48 page guide, just to list the major genealogical/historical societies and major library collections (by county).

    Beginning in 1987, the National Genealogical Society began publishing a series of state guides in the organization’s magazine, the Quarterly. These guides were later re-issued as special publications designed to support genealogical research in each state.

    About the author:

    Sheila Benedict is a dedicated, self-employed, genealogists with an education and background in history, writing, and forensic genealogy. She spent 10 years as the administrator of Old Mission Santa Inés, and continues today as a part-time archivist. Benedict is also a life member and former board member of the National Genealogical Society, of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Society of California Archivists, and other similarly important societies and organizations dedicated to genealogy and historical research and preservation.

     

    Table of Contents

    History and Settlement

    Archives, Libraries, and Societies

    • California State Archives
    • California State Library
    • California Historical Society
    • National Archives (NARA) Regional Centers
    • National Archives at Riverside
      • National Archives at San Francisco
      • Bureau of Indian Affairs
    • California State Genealogical Alliance

    Major Resources

    • Aids to Research
      • Online Archive of California
      • Calisphere, California Digital Library
    • Atlases, Gazetteers, and Maps
    • Biographical Sources
    • Cattle Brands
    • Cemetery Records
    • Census Records
      • 1890 Census Substitute
    • City and County Records
      • California County Record Offices
    • Courts and Court Records
      • Superior Courts
      • Appeals Courts
      • Federal Courts
    • Directories
    • Ethnic Records
      • Chinese
      • Japanese
      • Native Americans
      • Spanish/Mexican
      • Other Ethnicities
    • Land Records / Land Grants
      • Spanish and Mexican Land Grants
      • Federal Land Grants
    • Military Records
    • Mining
    • Mission System
    • Movie Industry
    • Newspapers
    • Probate Records
    • Railroads
    • Religious Records
      • Baptist
      • Catholic
      • Episcopal
      • Jewish
      • Lutheran
      • Methodist
      • Presbyterian
      • Quakers
    • 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
    • Tax Records
      • Personal Property Tax Records
    • Vital Records
      • Birth Records
      • Death Records
      • Marriage Records
      • Divorce Records
      • Adoptions
      • Name Changes
      • California State Clerk-Recorder
    • Women
    • Genealogical and Historical Societies/Museums
    • County by County Listing of Genealogical/Historical Societies & Major Library Collections
    • Other Societies and Research Repositories

    These guides are an excellent resource for state by state research. Available guides, including NGS Research in the States Series: California are available from Family Roots Publishing.