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Scottish Jews Finally Get Their Own Tartan

The following teaser is from an article posted on uk.news.yahoo.com
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Scottish Jews Finally Get Their Own Tartan – After 300 Years

Scotland’s Jewish community finally has its own tartan – a 100% kosher design approved by the Scottish Tartans Authority.

The design was approved by Rabbi Mendel Jacobs, the only Scottish born Rabbi living in Scotland.

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Crash Course in Family History, Fifth Edition – on Sale for 25% Off Thru April 5

One of my favorite genealogy guides is Paul Larson’s Crash Course in Family History. The book is now in its fifth edition, and is a great guide for the beginner to the advanced genealogist. If you’re looking for a fresh prospective in how to go about your research, I recommend you take advantage of the following offer.

Purchase Crash Course for 25% off – anytime between now and midnight, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Regularly $39.95, this 344 page hardbound guide is only $29.96 through the sale period. Following is a description of the book.

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HOW TO DISCOVER YOUR FAMILY TREE AND STORIES

Step-by-Step Illustrated Guidebook and Comprehensive Resource Directory

  • Features 3-Easy-Steps…
    • to trace your family roots and stories. Walks you through the fascinating family history journey hand-in-hand! It couldn’t be easier!
  • Updated and Expanded
    • The new epic Fifth Edition has been updated and expanded with 100 more pages of the best essential resources totaling 344 pages of family history help.
  • Easier and Faster
    • Discovering your family roots and story can be a life-changing experience. Learning about your ancestors, and how they met life’s challenges, can bring new perspective and understanding to your own life. Now its easier and faster with this epic new step-by-step guide from Paul Larsen.
  • Today’s Technology
    • This dynamic new fifth edition – available in both hardcover and e-book – is an illustrated guidebook and comprehensive resource directory to help you discover your family tree and story better than ever before using today’s technology.
  • Latest and Best Resources
    • Paul Larsen has done the legwork for you. He has scoured the Web and consumer reports to bring you the latest and best resources. This widely-acclaimed, best-selling guidebook has been updated and greatly expanded, and is the essential and perfect guide to discover your family roots and stories. It enables easier and faster ways of searching and organizing your family tree, collaborating with others, and connecting to your ancestors.
  • Discover Missing Information
    • It will help you discover missing information on your family tree, and add richness to your family story. And perhaps change your life!

LEARN ABOUT THE FEATURES AND BENEFITS OF HUNDREDS OF NEW WEBSITES AND RESOURCES

  • 10 Essential Websites to Search
  • 10 Things You Can Do to Get Started
  • 7 Steps to Find Your Ancestral Village
  • FREE Genealogy Records to Make Your Research Easier and Faster
  • FREE Genealogy Charts and Forms
  • FREE Genealogy Websites
  • How to Find Lost Living Relatives
  • How to Use Google Earth to Find Your Ancestral Home
  • How to Discover Your Family Stories
  • How to Find Your Ancestors in the Military
  • How to Find Your Birth Parents
  • How to Network with Others

Crash Course in Family History, FIFTH EDITION; by Paul Larsen; Published: 2014; Hard Bound; viii+343 pp; 8.5×11; ISBN: 9781937900052; Item # PL13

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9 Historic Cannons at Fort William Henry in NY are From a Sunken British Warship

The following teaser is from an article posted in the Arts section of Yahoo.com.

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Research has determined nine historic cannons displayed for the past 60 years at a recreated French and Indian War fort in upstate New York were originally aboard a British warship that sank in the Florida Keys in the 18th century, according to an underwater archaeologist who led the project. Joseph Zarzynski, of Wilton, New York, said a study of all 68 cannons at Fort William Henry found that some if not all of the nine iron cannons likely came from HMS Looe, a British warship that sank after hitting a reef in 1744.

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Bundle of Two Nebraska Genealogy Research Guides – 25% Off

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We’ve put together a bundle of two popular Nebraska research guides, discounted the bundle by 25% and charged for p&h as if it were only one title – another $2.50 savings. This sale runs through March 31, 2016. The bundle is made up of the following books:

Genealogical Research in Nebraska, by Ruby Coleman – also discounted 25% if purchased individually.

and

NGS Research in the States: Nebraska – Second Edition, by Roberta King – also discounted 10% if purchased individually.

Click on the links to view full descriptions on each individual title. Return to this page to order as a bundle.

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Please Give to the Hudson Gunn Cancer Fund at GoFundMe

For those of my readers who may not know, Hudson Gunn is the founder of Billion Graves. This site is of tremendous value to genealogists. His wife, Vanessa, is now in a battle for her life. My friend, Mark Olsen, set up a GoFundMe account for the Gunns. Following is the message that Mark posted at the GoFundMe site. Please give if you can. Every dollar will help.

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A few months ago, our friends Hudson and Vanessa Gunn happily welcomed a new baby boy, Jackson, into their family. Unfortunately, as a complication of the pregnancy, Vanessa developed a rare form of fast-growing cancer called Choriocarcinoma, starting as a tumor in the uterus. It would have likely been caught sooner, however, doctors failed to catch it in it’s earlier stages.

When they found the tumor it was baseball sized. By the time it was removed the next day, it had grown to the size of a softball. Because it is such a fast growing and moving cancer it is categorized as stage four and has already spread from the uterus to the lungs and lymph nodes. Vanessa’s heart and respiration have also been affected. Chemotherapy was started immediately after the tumor was removed and will hopefully stop further growth.

Despite the reality of a fast spreading cancer and the scope of what this now means for the family, this cancer is beatable and Vanessa is a fighter. Your many prayers and service are helping and much appreciated as Hudson and Vanessa figure out how take care of the baby and work to fight off this cancer.

The financial costs are helped through insurance but the Gunns will be faced with payment of twenty percent of the total bill after the insurance pays out its maximum benefit, which they are already close to hitting. Hudson continues working many hours while also taking care of Vanessa and the baby. Family and friends are helping to take care of Jackson.

This wonderful little family is going through so much and we would like to help lighten the financial burdens they now have and will continue to face, due to hospitalization as well as six months or more of chemo treatments. Any kind of financial support is welcome and appreciated greatly.

Update From Hudson: We just got word that Vanessa will be released from the hospital today under the care of home health nurses. Finally after 10 days she’ll be able to see Jackson! She is responding well to the chemo. It’s great that she is able to come home but know that there is still a long battle ahead of her with continued chemo with the 48 hour hospital stays each week. She is in good spirits and we are all so excited to have her be able to come home!

Click here to go the the GoFundMe site, and help this family out.

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Serendipity Day

I just discovered a brand new (to me anyway) most interesting website:  www.curiositystream.com.  The home page for this site boasts:  “Watch 1000+ nonfiction programs to grow curious minds. There are Trending programs, Science programs, Technology programs, Human Spirit programs, and Civilization programs. Some programs are only a few minutes long, others nearly an hour. Some are offered in several episodes. I just watched Scribes of Ancient Egypt (55 minutes long) and it was great.  If you are among those with curious minds who want to know more, perhaps CuriosityStream would be a website that tweaks your beak. The only downer is that it does cost $2.99 per month……… for unlimited watching. Good deal if you ask me.

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Here is another recommended new-to-me-too website. If you use it, would you please provide some feedback to me??

Hi everyone:      I didn’t know who to send this to, but I’ve just discovered a site that is new to me, and had a tremendous response.  So I sent it to a few of you, and maybe you can pass it along to more.  Free, no sign up required.

  It is http://www.wikitree.com/g2g .  Very cool!  In just 20 minutes I have had more response to my genealogy query on this site, than I’ve had on the Rootsweb/Ancestry family message boards, ever.

  I’m excited! Happy ancestor hunting! Jo

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Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England & the Female Index – on sale for 20% Off thru March 28

This weekend Family Roots Publishing is offering one of the greatest works ever published on New England genealogy, along with a female index, which make the 4-volume set all that much more valuable.

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO PURCHASE THE BUNDLE

They are:

Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England; in four volumes; by James Savage

and

Female Index to Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England by James Savage; Patty Barthell Myers, compiler

We negotiated a reduced price with the publisher, and are able to offer the 4-volume Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England and the Female Index for 20% Off, making the bundle of 5 books only $190.32 (Reg. $237.90). This is a large set of books, so the postage comes to $15.50. Allow about three days for them to be shipped, and anywhere from 3 to 10 days for their arrival in the USA. The sale runs through Monday, March 28, 2016. Click on this link to purchase – or if you need only one or the other, click on the links to the individual books, and get them at 10% off during the sale.

Following are detailed descriptions of each one:

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Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England; by James Savage; Published: 1860-1862; Reprinted: 2008; Paper; Four Volumes; 2,541 pp total; ISBN: 9780806307596; Item #: GPC5170D.

This four-volume set is the basic genealogical dictionary of early New England settlers, giving the name of every settler who arrived in New England before 1692 regardless of their station, rank, or fortune. Alphabetically arranged for each it gives the dates of his marriage and death, dates of birth, marriage and death of his children, and birthdates and names of the grandchildren. According to the author, “nineteen twentieths of the people of these New England colonies in 1775 were descendants of those found here in 1692, and probably seven-eighths of them were offspring of the settlers before 1642.”

Owners of this series will also want to purchase the Female Index to “Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England,” which indexes all the females scattered throughout Savage’s four volumes by both maiden and married names.

“Probably the greatest work on genealogy ever compiled for the New England area.”–P.W. Filby, American & British Genealogy & Heraldry

EDITORIAL REVIEWS

“There is little doubt that this is probably the greatest work on genealogy ever compiled for the New England area…Essential for those with genealogy and history collections.”–AMERICAN REFERENCE BOOKS ANNUAL (1982).

“We welcome the reprint of this old friend…Comment as to the usefulness of Savage’s work is unnecessary. It is a classic.”–NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY, Vol. 65, No. 4.

“In the field of genealogical research certain standard reference works have come to be regarded as foundation blocks. James Savages’s monumental four-volume Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, for example,…is a work which must be literally at the elbow of every student of genealogy.”–OLD-TIME NEW ENGLAND, Vol. LVII, No. 3.

“…it is one of the best reference works on genealogy, particularly for those tracing New England ancestry. It is also useful for historians and biographers, and should therefore be in most reference collections.”–LIBRARY JOURNAL.

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Female Index to Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England by James Savage; by Patty Barthell Myers; paper; 2008; 350 pp; ISBN: 9780806317854; Item #: GPC3986D.

It is generally agreed that James Savage’s Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England is one of the greatest works ever published on New England genealogy. The first edition came out in 1860, and as the four volumes were published in alphabetical sequence by family name, the males were usually found by checking their surname. The females were scattered throughout the four volumes. Some were listed under their fathers’ names, some were listed under their husbands’ names, and many women had three or more spouses. All were difficult to find, and if the husbands’ names were unknown, these ladies could not be found.

In 1884 O.P. Dexter prepared a “Genealogical Cross Index” which appeared in all reprints. However, it is a surname index only and has all the deficiencies of such an index, and it does not make the job of searching for women any easier. This new Female Index, however, published almost 150 years after Savage’s Dictionary first came out, lists all the females alphabetically by maiden name and married names (over 50,000 names altogether), and now they are as easy to locate as the males.

Every researcher of New England genealogy who owns the four-volume Dictionary by Savage, every genealogical society library that has Savage, and every public library that has Savage will want this index.

About the Author
Patty Barthell Myers has been involved in genealogy since the mid-1960s. She is the author of Joseph Barthel and his wife Christina Lutz (1991), Ancestors and Descendants of Lewis Ross Freeman with related families (1995), Cargill/Cargile/Cargal of the South and Southwest (1997), The Hughes Family from Virginia to Oregon (1999), and Ancestors and Descendants of Thomas Rice Lyon and his wife Harriet Wade Rice (2003). She has found over three hundred American immigrants in her family tree and descends from five Mayflower passengers and twenty-two Revolutionary War soldiers and patriots.

Again, we negotiated a reduced price with the publisher, and are only able to offer the 4-volume Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England and the Female Index for 20% Off, making the bundle of 5 books only $190.32 (Reg. $142.74) for a few days. The sale runs through Monday, March 28, 2016. Click on this link to purchase – or if you need only one or the other, click on the links to the individual books, and get them at 10% off during the sale.

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Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland’s Jewish Ancestry

The following teaser is from an interesting article by David Margolick about Merrick Garland’s Jewish ancestry. Please check out the full article at tabletmag.com.

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Within minutes of President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland’s to the Supreme Court, the Jewish guessing game started.

Was Garland Jewish? Was a fourth Jewish justice about to join the High Court? (In Louis Brandeis’s day, even a single Jew on the Supreme Court was, for some, one too many.) And, mostly, how could there be a Jew named Merrick Garland?

For me, though, Garland’s religious background wasn’t a question. Forty years ago, my law school classmate Alvin Katz (Garland’s best friend in third grade, Katz insists) had touted the guy to me, and I’ve been following him ever since. I’d seen that long before his name perennially appeared with every Supreme Court vacancy, Garland had vindicated Alvin’s praise and predictions of success. I thought I knew a certain amount about him, and always assumed, with the usual ethnic pride, that he was Jewish…

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Savannah State University Plans to Build on a Cemetery

The following teaser is from an article posted at 11alive.com:

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A public hearing is planned to consider concerns about Savannah State University’s plans to build a science and technology center on the site of an old cemetery.

The Savannah Morning News reports that the area was part of the Placentia Plantation Colored Cemetery a century ago.

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Read a more extensive article titled “Savannah State University seeks to build over abandoned cemetery” at http://savannahnow.com/

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New Free Update for Legacy Family Tree 8 Users

The following is an excerpt from a from a post made at Legacy Family Tree’s site on March 7, 2016.

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We have another great new update for our Legacy Family Tree 8 users (free) to download. It provides:

  • 345 brand new and updated Research Guidance suggestions,
  • fixes to some minor issues you have reported to us,

So download the update to get the best Legacy ever!

See the download instructions below for step-by-step instructions on installing this update.

What’s New

Research Guidance. Legacy’s exclusive, built-in Research Guidance, takes a look at what you already know about an ancestor, then gives you a prioritized list of research links and suggestions – all based on when and where your ancestor lived. Beginners love the guidance; experienced researchers love the checklist as a way to not overlook potential sources…

Click here for an overview of using Research Guidance…

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Texas State Genealogical Society 2016 Family History Conference Call for Presentations

The following is from the Texas State Genealogical Society:

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Deadline for Submissions: May 15, 2016

11 March 2016 — Austin, Texas The Texas State Genealogical Society (TxSGS) announces a Call for Presentations for their 2016 Family History Conference. This year’s conference will be held 28-30 October 2016, in Dallas, Texas. The deadline for proposals is May 15, 2016.

About the Proposals
We are looking for dynamic, enthusiastic presenters! If you feel passionate about your area of expertise and would like to teach and inspire other genealogists, this is the venue for you. Seasoned speakers and speakers new to the genealogical lecturing arena are encouraged to submit presentations.
The areas of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Basic genealogical topics (How-To, or Getting Started)
  • Methodology and problem-solving techniques
  • Ethnic research topics (African-American, German-Texan, Czech-Texan, etc.)
  • Adoptee challenges
  • DNA
  • Researching in record groups (land records, probate records, etc.)
  • Texas- and Southern-focused research

Presenters may submit proposals for as many as five lectures.

Submission Requirements
Presentations should be one hour in length. This includes any question-and-answer period the presenter may want to allow. Please send proposals in the following formats: Microsoft Word, pdf, or rich text format (rtf). File names should include your last name and title of lecture (example: Smith – Understanding DNA Results).

Presenters should send a genealogical résumé or biography in addition to your proposals. Please include any prior speaking experience. Be sure to submit the following information for each lecture you propose:

  • Your full name
  • Contact information (mailing address, email address and phone number)
  • A lecture outline or summary (not more than one page)
  • Audio-visual requirements (projector, screen, etc.)
  • Target audience (beginner, intermediate, advanced, professional)

Email your individual proposals as file attachments to the TxSGS 2016 Conference Chair at conference@txsgs.org. Please send one proposal per email. Proposals must be received no later than May 15, 2016.

Selected presenters will also be required to provide the following information and materials for advertising purposes and for the syllabus:

  • Photo
  • Biography (about 150 words)
  • Camera-ready handout for each lecture in PDF format (not to exceed 6 pages per lecture)

TxSGS will provide a projector, microphone and stand.

Compensation
Selected presenters will receive an honorarium of $100 for each one-hour lecture.
Additionally, a $25 bonus per lecture, will be awarded to the those presenters selected for submitting syllabus materials by the syllabus material deadline. All required dates will be outlined in the acceptance letter sent to the selected presenters.
In addition each speaker will also receive a $150 stipend as reimbursement for expenses as well as a free registration to the conference. No other expenses will be provided or reimbursed. Meals that are included as part of the conference registration will be provided, as well as a ticket to the Saturday night banquet.

Anticipated Timeline

  • May 15, 2016 – Proposals due
  • June 19, 2016 – Notifications of acceptance sent out
  • September 2, 2016 – Syllabus materials due

Questions?
If you have questions, please contact the TxSGS 2016 Conference Chair at conference@txsgs.org.

About TxSGS
Founded in 1960, the Texas State Genealogical Society promotes, assists, develops, and conserves the genealogical and historical resources of Texas.

Contact: Texas State Genealogical Society
Attn: Conference Chair
2028 E. Ben White Blvd. #240-2700
Austin, Texas 78741
conference@txsgs.org

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War of 1812 Bundle with 1 brand-new research guide for 20% off thru March 28

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Just a few weeks ago, a new Genealogy at a Glance laminate titled War of 1812 Research was published. With the Preserve the Pensions project having raised over two million dollars, and over 4 million of the 7.2 million pages of pension documents having been digitized, War of 1812 research is becoming much easier to do than it was earlier. (Click here to (read about the Project) By the way, access to the pension documents is FREE at Fold3.com.

With the publication of the War of 1812 Research laminate, Family Roots Publishing has put together a bundle of two popular research aids, both dealing with the war. The two items are:

War of 1812 Genealogy at a Glance, by the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions fund. Published in 2016!

and

Tracing Your War of 1812 Ancestors, compiled by David A. Norris. Published in 2012.

Both of these items are discounted 10% if purchased individually during the sale period. Purchase them as a bundle for 20% off and a savings in shipping by buying them together. The sale price is just $15.12 (Reg. $18.90)

Click on the links to check out the individual items. Click on your back arrow to return to this page and purchase as a bundle.

Following are reviews of the two items.

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Automobile Registrations for Florida 1905-1917 Digitized & Indexed Online

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Every now and then items get posted online that genealogists may not have considered before. In all my years of searching for documentary evidence of my ancestors, I’ve never searched for auto registrations. That just changed!

The following excerpt is from the page for Early Auto Registrations, 1905-1917, located at the Florida Memory website. As most of you know, the site is published by the State Library & Archives of Florida.

This collection contains Florida’s first automobile registrations, which were recorded by the Florida Department of State between 1905 and 1917. Each registration, which was handwritten in a ledger, indicates the name and post office address of the registrant plus the manufacturer, style, horsepower and factory number of the vehicle. Each entry was dated and assigned a unique registration number, which was sent to the registrant on a certificate.

Local historians can use these records to identify the earliest automobile owners in a given Florida community. Genealogists will find them useful for determining whether and where their ancestors may have registered automobiles in Florida during the 1905-1917 period.

Searches can be made by name, county, and automobile type. A screen like that below will come up showing the hits. Click on any name and get a digital image. Click on the image and zoom to read the original document.

Click here to search.

I did a search for anyone by the surname of Canfield and came up with four of them.
Four hits for 3 individuals were found. They were for:

Heth Canfield, of St Augustine. He drove an 18 horsepower Schact dely car (most likely delivery car), registered Oct. 1, 1913

C.G. Canfield, of Ft. Lauderdale. He drove a 30 horsepower Velie touring car, registered April 30, 1914

W.C. Canfield, of St. Petersburg. He drove a 25 horsepower Ford touring car, registered February 25, 1915.

W.C. Canfield, of St. Petersburg. He later drove a 37 horsepower Hudson touring ca, registered November 13, 1916.

See the following illustration.

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Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Do you know of any similar databases for old auto registrations? If so, please add a comment about it. I could find none using a Google search. Thanks…

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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.

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First Families of Floyd, Clark & Harrison Counties, Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project

The following news release is from Susan Covey, Publicity Chair for the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society:

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Indiana is celebrating its 200th birthday this year and the Southern Indiana Genealogical Society (SIGS) offers a unique opportunity for people to participate in the state’s Bicentennial – through their genealogy. If you can verify direct descent from a pioneer living in Floyd, Clark, or Harrison County, Indiana, before 1841, you are eligible to join the “First Families Bicentennial Legacy Project.”

“First Families” honors the spirit and legacy of the early tri-county settlers, adds their life stories to the region’s rich historical record, identifies their direct descendants, and preserves those families’ histories. Approved applicants will receive First Families certificates and pins and be honored guests at the “Hoosier History and Heritage Celebration” in October. First Families is an official Bicentennial Legacy Project endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

You do not need to be a SIGS member or Indiana resident to join First Families. Project applications are online at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~insigs/FF_2014/ffproject.htm. The deadline for submissions is August 1. For assistance with First Families research, email sigsvolunteer@gmail.com or call Melissa Wiseheart (812-949-3527) in the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library Indiana Room.

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