Hotel Reservations Now Open for the FGS 2017 Conference in Pittsburgh

Book your room now for #FGS2017

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9/7/2016 – Austin, TX.

FGS is pleased to announce that hotel reservations are now open for the 2017 Conference to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Two Pittsburgh hotels are now taking reservations for the FGS 2017 conference – “Building Bridges to the Past.” The conference will be held August 30-September 2 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

The Westin Convention Center and the Omni William Penn Hotel are offering reduced rates to FGS 2017 Conference attendees from Wednesday, August 23 to Friday, September 8 (subject to availability). Both hotels are conveniently located near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Westin Convention Center (Main Conference Hotel)
1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Full details and links for FGS discounted reservations can be found on the FGS website.

Conference hotels fill up quickly, so it is not too early to make reservations. We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh!

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and empowers the genealogical and family history community, especially its societies and organizations, by advocating for the preservation and access of records and providing resources that enable genealogical organizations to succeed in pursuing their missions. FGS helps genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts alike to 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 Springfield, Illinois, 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.

Exhibit Space May Now be Ordered for the NGS Conference, Raleigh, NC May 10-13 2017

I just got the following announcement from Erin at the National Genealogical Society.

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NGS invites you to exhibit at its annual Family History Conference which will be held in Raleigh, NC from 10−13 May 2017.

The benefits of exhibiting at NGS conferences are endless!

  • Dedicated exhibit hall hours when attendees are not in session
  • » Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • » Wednesday through Saturday, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Connect with as many as 2,000 conference attendees with a specific interest in genealogy
  • Free promotional opportunities in the conference program, conference website, mobile app, and conference blog
  • Free Wi-Fi for exhibitor and attendee use within the exhibit hall (hard wire connections are recommended for mission critical tasks)
  • One free conference registration with booth purchase
  • More than 30 hours of exhibit time in four days
  • Traffic builders in the exhibit hall, including concession and Wi-Fi areas
  • Exhibitor lounge featuring free Wi-Fi

10’x10’ exhibit booths are only $310 for a business or non-profit and $250 for a society/association. The Exhibit hall will be located at the Raleigh Convention Center. For booth availability please see the floor plan at http://goo.gl/yIQBR6.

For more information on exhibiting and to reserve a booth please visit the website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/exhibit/.

The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania is Moving to 2100 Byberry Road in N.E. Philadelphia

The following is from a Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania Facebook page.

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For quite some time, the Officers and Board of The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania have envisioned moving to an office with more space. A suburban setting with train and bus access and ample parking for those who would drive.

As luck would have it, we have been propelled into living our dream. A few weeks ago we were notified that the building we have been in for the past several years, 2207 Chestnut Street, has been sold and will be demolished. All tenants need to vacate by September 14th, 2016. That has stimulated a flurry of excited activity – considering and looking at a variety of possibilities while adhering to the mandate of our charter, which is, that we remain within the bounds of Philadelphia.

We are pleased to announce that we have secured a suite of offices at 2100 Byberry Road in Northeast Philadelphia.

While we are in the midst of moving we will be continuing business as usual. As you may expect, there may be delays in the next few weeks in responding to your e-mails and phone calls, but we will reply and continue to answer your questions and provide information on resources helpful to your research.

Once established we look forward to and welcome your visit. We are excited to say the new offices provide room for additional research resources on site, in addition to a meeting room. Keep an eye out for notice of our new office hours. Our website and email addresses will remain the same.

New mailing address…
The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
2100 Byberry Road Suite 111
Philadelphia PA 19116

Thanks to Dick Eastman for the heads-up.

Mary Penner Named as Managing Editor of APGQ

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

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Association of Professional Genealogists Names Mary Penner Managing Editor of its Quarterly Magazine

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 10 August 2016 – The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) has selected Mary Penner of Tijeras, New Mexico, as managing editor of its quarterly publication, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ). APGQ has served the genealogy community since 1979 with staff-written and contributed articles covering all aspects of the profession.

Mary Penner is an award-winning author, with 14 years of professional writing experience. She has authored articles for genealogical publications, penned a genealogy column for the Albuquerque Tribune, and wrote and published a full-length biography, Just Do it, Crazy or Not: One Man’s Bold Life of Taking Chances and Surviving it All. She owns Penner Research Services, LLC, and publishing company Manzano Alley Press, LLC. In addition to writing, Penner is a freelance editor and edits the scholarly journal of the New Mexico Genealogical Society, The New Mexico Genealogist. She taught English on the high school and college levels for many years.

“We are proud to welcome Mary Penner as Managing Editor of the APGQ,” said APG President Billie Fogarty. “Mary has devoted years to APG serving as a Board Member and on various committees. Her exemplary service resulted in a Certificate of Appreciation Award in 2012 while her personal commitment and outstanding service to APG resulted in her being honored with the Grahame T. Smallwood Jr Award of Merit in 2013. We are excited about her willingness to continue serving APG in this new role.”

As managing editor, Penner will be responsible for the overall production of the APGQ, in keeping with the magazine’s high-quality style and compelling content. “Genealogy professionals look to the APGQ for articles that help with growing their businesses,” said Penner. “As managing editor, my approach will be to support this mission for readers and to foster a collaborative, supportive environment for contributing writers. Thank you, APG, for entrusting me to this position.”

For more information on APGQ, see www.apgen.org/publications/index.html .

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.

NEHGS Online Irish Resources FREE from August 2 through August 9, 2016

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The following news release was received from NEHGS:

NEHGS Offers Expertise on Challenging Irish Genealogical Research with FREE Access to All Its Irish Resources on AmericanAncestors.org from August 2 through August 9.

Don’t Leave Your Irish Research to Luck — Leave It to American Ancestors

Research within the Irish Databases of NEHGS Is FREE for Eight Days with Registration as a Guest User


August 1, 2016 — Boston, Massachusetts
– Many believe that researching Irish ancestors is impossible because of the destruction of the Public Record Office (PRO) in Dublin in 1922. While many records were destroyed in that devastating fire, other sources, such as deeds and Catholic Church records, were never stored in the PRO and still exist. A lot of Irish genealogical material has come online in recent years, and the growing list of Internet research options has resulted in many more people finding their ancestors in Ireland.

Experts at New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) know the best resources for Irish genealogy and can teach you to use them effectively. During the Irish Resources FREE Access promotion from NEHGS—beginning Tuesday, August 2, and effective through midnight (EST) on Tuesday, August 9 — Guest Users on AmericanAncestors.org can browse and use a wide variety of Irish records, articles, subject guides, and webinars:

Find Your Irish Ancestors in FREE Databases on AmericanAncestors.org

During this free access promotion, users can search unique collections such as Irish Immigrant Advertisements, 1831-1920, and the NEHGS-exclusive database The Annals of Beara, The Session Book of Aghadowey, 1702-1725, plus many more.

Break through Your Irish Brick Wall
With expert resources from NEHGS, found exclusively on AmericanAncestors.org, family history enthusiasts can learn tips for navigating the sometimes challenging course of finding Irish ancestors. A free, hour-long webinar on NEHGS Irish Resources, an online subject guide to locate key resources and records in Irish genealogy, and popular articles from our award-winning American Ancestors magazine with fascinating insights about Irish and Irish American genealogy are all available during this Irish-themed promotion from American Ancestors.

Throughout the period of August 2 through August 9, these and other Irish genealogical resources on the website of NEHGS are FREE to Guest Users at AmericanAncestors.org/Irish-Research. Unlimited access to all one billion plus records on AmericanAncestors.org and other benefits are through membership at NEHGS.

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 160,000 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.

Volunteers at the Colorado Society of Hispanic Genealogy Help Others Locate Their Ancestors

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The following teaser is from the July 28, 2016 edition of TheDenverChannel.com:

DENVER – Many Colorado Hispanics who have reached retirement age aren’t ready to stop working. Some want to continue contributing to their community, so they do volunteer work.

Pat Manalo is one of them. She’s a genealogist at the Colorado Society of Hispanic Genealogy.

“In the 1970s, you asked your aunties and uncles about your family,” she said. “Now, there are other resources available.”

Manalo told Denver7 that she never got to retire. She said she’s still a fulltime homemaker, but added that that job gave her the opportunity to go to libraries and to other people’s homes, to learn about family histories.

“Back then, you did everything by charts,” she said. “Now, it’s a little easier because we have more resources and we have a computer.”

The society maintains a library at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Southwest Denver.

Society President Joe Gallegos said most of the reference materials are church records.

“They include baptisms, marriages, deaths and confirmations,” he said. “A lot of information is also available on the internet.”

Read the full article.

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:

Patricia Moorhead (right) with AGI colleagues Michael Walsh and Máire Mac Conghail (AGI President).
Patricia Moorhead (right) with AGI colleagues Michael Walsh and Máire Mac Conghail (AGI President).

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.