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The Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) Extends a Call for Speakers for 2014 Annual Conference

The following was received from Douglas Dunks, with the Florida State Genealogical Society:
Florida StateGenealogical Society
FSGS 37th Annual Conference Organizers Seek Lecture Proposals

Maitland, Florida 19 August 2013 – The Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) is accepting lecture proposals for the 2014 Annual Conference. The three-day conference will be held at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville, Florida on 28 – 30 March 2014. The deadline for proposals is 27 September 2013.

Call for Speakers Details
Among the topics being considered are lectures on Computers/Technology, Beginning Genealogy, Research Sources, Immigration/migration, Florida Research (i.e., history, available records, repositories, ethnic and religious groups, etc.), Society Management, and broader genealogical topics including methodology, problem solving, publishing, military records, land records, etc.

Proposals should include the following information:
– Name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail address of speaker
– Title of the lecture
– Audience sill level (i.e., beginner, intermediate advanced, etc.)
– Summary of the lecture (less than 100 words)
– Detailed description of the lecture (not to exceed 1,000 words)
– One-sentence biography for the program brochure
– Biography of 150 words for publicity and the syllabus
– Audio/visual requirements
– List of lectures given in the last 18 months, including topic and location

Each lecture will be limited to a total of one hour (50 minute lecture and a brief ten-minute question-and-answer period). Camera-ready syllabus material (due 14 February 2014) will be required for each lecture. The syllabus will be distributed at the conference.

Each speaker will be limited to a maximum of three lectures; however, up to six proposals can be submitted. FSGS conference lecturers will receive a limited compensation package (available upon request).

Interested individuals should submit proposals and questions to the FSGS Conference Chair, Douglas Dunks, 1016 Thomas Dr. #109, Panama City Beach, FL 32407; e-mail: Proposals may be submitted via e-mail in a PDF file or an MS-Word Doc file.

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FamilySearch Adds Over 1.1 Million Index Records & Images from Belgium, Nicaragua, Spain, & the USA

The following is from FamilySearch:
FamilySearch has recently added more than 1.1 million images from Belgium, Nicaragua, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 379,887 index records and images from the U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-1979, collection, the 301,441 index records and images from the U.S., North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979, collection, and the 125,530 index records from the new United States, National Register of Scientific and Technical Personnel Files, 1954-1970, collection . See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at

Searchable historic records are made available on through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800–1912 – 0 – 82,434 – Added images to an existing collection.
Belgium, Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1608–1912 – 0 – 1,562 – Added images to an existing collection.
Nicaragua, Civil Registration, 1809–2011 – 9,453 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records, 1842-1925 – 129,626 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Iowa, County Marriages, 1838–1934 – 127,576 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762–1979 – 195,858 – 105,583 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663–1979 – 13,916 – 365,971 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
United States, National Register of Scientific and Technical Personnel Files, 1954–1970 – 125,530 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

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The History of the Polish Panorama

mp02There is a great new book that has made its way to the genealogy market, The History of the Polish Panorama. However, to understand what this book is, first requires a basic understanding of what the Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools is, along with a background to the Panaorama.

Let the Polish Mission describe itself (from the groups website at:

“The purpose of the Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools, which were founded in 1885 by Polish immigrants, is to preserve and promote Polish and Polish-American culture, tradition, and history for present and future generations. The Polish Mission organizes programs, courses and events that highlight Polish and Polish -American culture and accomplishments, and ensures a repository for artifacts, archival materials, works of art, and publications.

The Orchard Lake Schools, originally known as the “Polish Seminary,”were founded in the late 19th century when the need arose for priests to care for Polish immigrants.”

The Panorama is a unique theatrical (after a manner) presentation of Polish history, customs, and traditions. 30″ tall, carefully-crafted figurines dressed in the period-based traditional garb of the Polish people, reside in a special room, called simple the Panorama room, at the Overlake Schools. A custom-built motorized track carefully moves the figurines on and off the stage in a procession of Polish history. A narrative plays as each character moves into the spotlight, declaring the historical significance for each of the 106 figurines.

The Panorama was first put in place over 30 years ago. It was recently updated and refinished. The original work was the result of years of research and careful planning. By all account, just as much care was put into the restoration.

Now for the book

The History of the Polish Panorama was produced effectively an commemorative for the renovatoin of the Panorama. However, there is actually very little “commemoration” and a whole lot of Polish history. In fact, after a few pages of historical notes on the organization and the panorama, the reader is treated to an expose on each of the figurines and their historical representation. For example, the first two figurines presented are a Female Peasant, with baby, and a Male Peasant in clothes as they would have appeared in the 9th century when Polans united several West Slavic tribes into the Kingdom of Poland. The presentation passes through the centuries covering significant historical figures, tradition clothing, and historical fact of key interest. Any Polish descendent is likely to find this presentation highly interesting and pertinent to their research.


Table of Contents

Historical Background of the Polish Panorama

Panorama Figures

Early Poland

Jagiellonian Dynasty

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

18th Century Turmoil

19th Century

Immigration to the United States

Regional Dress

World War I

World War II

Communist Era







Presented in full-color, with nice thick pages little fingers are less likely to easily tear, The History of the Polish Panorama can be obtained for your family or library from Family Roots Publishing for only $19.60.

This book makes an excellent companion to Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy

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Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Research

mp01Sto Lat? I have to admit, most of my ancestry comes from western Europe. For other reasons, I have studied German and Spanish. However, I have little experience in Eastern European languages. So, when I read the title Sto Lat, I was clueless as to the meaning. Thank goodness for Google Translate. I found the translation, simple and straight forward as can be: One Hundred Years. Of course, if I had opened the book first I would have instantly known the meaning.

Author Cecile Wendt Jensen introduces her book, Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Research, with a quote from a Polish celebration song: “Sto Lat! Sto Lat! Niech zyje, zyje nam” (May you live a hundred years). Jensen offers the hope that through her 30+ years of expertise, genealogist of Polish descent may find at least 100 years worth of family history using the techniques taught in this book.

Sto Lat incorporate research practices for both tradition resources as well as those found on the Internet. The volume is a lavishly illustrated. Common research questions are answered and suggestions are offered to help novice and advanced researchers alike. Answers are also given to more difficult questions, like: What do I do when the village name is not on a map? Jensen helps family historians find their ancestors both in Poland as well as those who emigrated to the United States.

The book is highlighted by a plethora charts, sample documents, and illustrations; as well as, the author brings the content alive through numerous case studies.

About the Author

Cecile (Ceil) Wendt Jensen is a native Detroiter. Her grandparents arrived in Detroit in the 1880s and 1890s from Russian Poland, West Prussia, Posen, and Galicia. Cecile has taught in public schools for 30 years in traditional and electronic art, art history, and social studies. She is a certified genealogist and develops Web sites, videos, CDs, DVDs, and databases for genealogists of all ages. She is also an International speaker and serves with the Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan.

Table of Contents

Polonia: Communities and Societies

  • What do Polish Genealogy Societies offer?
  • What if my Polish ancestors were not Roman Catholics?

Foundation Research

  • What were my ancestors’ Polish names?
  • Where did they live?
  • How do I read the records?
  • What should I look for in the U.S. Census?
  • What genealogy information is in the City Directory?
  • Finding birth records
  • How do I find my parents’ birth certificates?
  • How do you find marriage records for genealogical research?
  • Government and Society Records
  • Religious Records
  • Where do I find death records?
  • What information was asked on a Social Security application?

U.S. Military Records

  • Surname Study
  • What was the Blue Army (a.k.a. Haller’s Army)
  • My grandfather was a Polar Bear!
  • What if our soldier was buried overseas?
  • A U.S. military gravestone in Poland?
  • What is the Old Man’s Draft?
  • Polish Army Veterans Association of America, Inc.
  • Immigrations and Naturalization
  • Where can I find Manifests and Naturalization Records?
  • How do you find your ancestors’ passenger ship manifest?
  • Where can I find passenger list information?
  • Steve Morse One-Step Webpages
  • Are there departure port records?
  • The voice of Edmond Stachurski (1892–2000)
  • Interpreting Passenger List Annotations
  • Are there any other stories about the passage?

Geography, Gazetteers, and Maps

  • What was my ancestors’ village like?
  • Where is Pacanow?
  • Where was Russian Poland?
  • Where was Prussia?
  • Where was Galicia?
  • What part of Poland does my surname come from?
  • What do I do when the village name is not on a map?
  • What is a Gazetteer?
  • Are there maps of landowners?
  • How do I find maps for pre-Wold War II?

Record Keeping and Handwriting in Poland

  • History of Sacramental and Vital Records in Poland
  • Are the records different for the 20th Century?
  • I can’t read the handwriting!
  • Are there sample translations of Polish Napoleonic Records online?
  • How do I read an old German document?

Case Studies and Historical Documents

  • Case Study: Who was the rich man in the Adamski family lore?
  • Will the archives have records about the Adamski family?
  • What can be found in the budget books?
  • Are there any other records regarding peasants?
  • Does the manor still exist?
  • Case Study: What types of local resources are available in the region?
  • Case Study Borderlands: What happened to the records?
  • Case Study Russian Poland: Do Jewish Records still exist?
  • Case Study Galicia: How do you find records for Austrian Poland?
  • Case Study of World War II: Who are Displaced Persons (DPs)
  • Case Study: Concentration Camps

Heirloom, Documents, and Collections

  • What is the best way to store old paper items?
  • What if your documents are curled or rolled up?
  • How do I protect Photographs and Negatives?
  • How do I care for Fabrics?
  • How do I safeguard my Digital Data?
  • How do I select an appropriate museum or archive to donate my collection?
  • Are there donation guidelines?
  • Are there any Polish-American repositories interested in Genealogy?
  • What type of records does PARI hold?
  • What type of records does PARI collect?

Research—Digital and Traditional

  •  How can I find people who would like to collaborate on research?
  • Are there other online resources for genealogy?
  • What do I do when I come to a “dead end” in my research?
  • Are there any software programs for genealogy?
  • Is Martha Steward my Cousin?

Web Addresses



Sto Lat: A Modern Guide to Polish Research is available from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: MP01.

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The Historical Biographer’s Guide to Cluster Research (the FAN Principle)

GPC38681Elizabeth Shown Mills, is an expert researcher and family historian. Her works include top selling books on proving and citing sources: Evidence!: Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian and Evidence Explained, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Mills has also written a number of Quicksheets covering research methodologies designed to improve the accuracy and success of the overall research process. One such guide especially useful researchers concerned with the accuracy of their findings, which should be all genealogists, is Quicksheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to Cluster Research (the FAN Principle). The FAN Principle takes research past the initial discovery stage and helps the research learn to process information for accuracy and the resolution of contradictions.

In the Biographer’s guide, Mills suggests studying individuals based on their “FAN Club: Family Associates, and Neighbors.” She explains, “historical information is like real estate. The true worth of any piece of information is unknown until it is put into community context.” Accordingly the context helps answer key questions:

  • Does a piece of information actually apply to the person of study?
  • How are the details to be interpreted?
  • How accurate is the source and its contents?

This guide starts by helping the reader think, or rethink, their approach to research. The author suggests every project begins with an analysis of what is know, and suggests some questions to help uncover the best starting point. Then the guide looks at seven major problems and suggested approaches. The second page is dedicated to applying the principles of cluster research to common resources.

Page three examines the “Problem-Solving Spiral,” focusing on the idea that research is not a linear process. Finally, the guide uses the imagery of a target to determine closeness or proximity of those who might have or left information regarding the focus individual. Overall, the concepts teach that research is a process of thoughtful planning, searching information, and analyzing resources with an sharp focus or the core individual of biographical study.



The Principle

The Starting Point

Major Problems & Work-Arounds

  • Gaps in the evidentiary trail
  • Merged identities
  • Direct evidence vs. clues
  • Character analyses
  • Geohistorical frameworks
  • Legal contexts
  • Female identifications

Applying the Principle to Common Resources

  • Animal registers
  • Estray registers
  • Mark-and-brand registers
  • Cemeteries
  • Censuses
  • Church registers
  • Court cases
  • Deeds
  • Field notes, grants, land-entry files, patents, and surveys
  • Immigration rolls
  • Landownership maps
  • Muster rolls, military records, and pension files
  • Petitions
  • Road orders
  • Tax rolls
  • War-time and frontier damage claims

The Problem-Solving Spiral

Targeted Research Using the FAN Principle


Order Quicksheet: The Historical Biographer’s Gide to Cluster Research (the FAN Principle), from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: GPC3868, Price: $8.77.

See other Quicksheets available at Family Roots Publishing:

QuickSheet: Citing Online African-American Historical Resources
QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Resources
QuickSheet: Citing Databases & Images
QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to the Research Process
QuickSheet: The Historical Biographer’s Guide to Finding People in Databases & Indexes
QuickSheet: Genealogical Problem Analysis, A Strategic Plan

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Salt Lake Christmas Tour………………… Week’s Peek

I’ve been thinking lately about OLD vs. NEW. Take telephones for instance. In a very short 100 years (give or take) think how far the telephone has come both in design, availability and capability. Remember how far-fetched Dick Tracy’s watch/telephone seemed in the 1950s? And the Star Trek communicators in the 1970s?

Dick Tracy


What about OLDER vs. NEWER in genealogy? Here are some comparisons that I gleaned from RootsTech 2013 last February:

 OLDER ………………………………………………. NEWER

“real” book                                                              digital book

“real” letter                                                             email

U.S. mail                                                                  Microsoft, AOL, Google, etc.

IRC (how many remember?)                          PayPal

send a check                                                          PayPal, credit card

all your paper files                                              Cloud storage

all your paper charts                                         Legacy, RootsMagic, FamilyTree, Ancestry

don’t have what you need when….              Ancestry and Family Search are ubiquitous

travel costs                                                            visit via the Internet

cost of buying books                                          ebooks

hard to make “away” friends                            meet everybody!

books without indexes :-(                                word searchable online

go to public library                                             lists/catalog online

lose your one copy                                             back up x 3 or x 4 or more online

lost family Bible or diary                                  NEHGS or similar

clipped obit in newspaper                               digital newspaper

miss out on copying something                     FlipPal or portable scanners

need to learn the geography                           Google maps

need to learn word definitions                       Wikipedia

work alone                                                               collaboration

never meet “new” family                                    find dozens of cousins online

never able to attend conferences                  webinars

TIME                                                                          QUICK


So is NEWER necessarily better?  Can genealogy be done the OLDER way? Most surely it can but it takes way longer and is much more “iffier.”  I think that in the realm of genealogy researching NEWER is most definitely better! What do you think?

Donna, aka Mother Hen, until next peek.

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Two Beautiful Heirloom Charts

Genealogists love their charts. Why shouldn’t they? Charts are easier to read than paragraphs of text. While a chart typically provides only an overview of information, they can make excellent references. Charts can also be beautifully crafted, providing an wonderful work of art to any home. Larger format charts are often printed on impressive paper stocks and may serve as excellent gifts, either blank or as a finished (filled in) family heirloom. Two such beautifully decorated and yet simple charts are the Celtic Rose and Jubilee by Tony Matthews.

celticrose copy

Celtic Rose

jubileechart copy



Both charts measure 22″ by 17″ (inches) and are printed on acid-free, archival, parchment-styled paper. Celtic Rose is a seven-generation, fan chart, while Jubilee is a twin-sided, six-generation, couples chart. Jubilee has space to note the wedding date and the names of any children. Each, when properly cared for, will last many life times.

Both Celtic Rose and Jubilee are available from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $11.76 each. Each chart is carefully shipped rolled in a tube for maximum protection and a no-creases presentation.

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Historical Photography Quick Guide Package

fr0402Family Roots Publishing has bundled together a collection of popular quick guide covering the identification and dating of old photographs. Collectively these guides cover topics like:

  • Daguerreotypes
  • Ambrotypes
  • Tintypes
  • Carte de visite
  • Cabinet cards
  • Real picture postcards

The five guides included in this bundle include, four KwikTips guides from and Maureen Taylor’s Identify Photographs at a Glance.

The KwikTips guides include:

Guide 1: Daguerreotype, Ambrotype, Tintype

Side one covers daguerreotype and ambrotype photos. Years of introduction and use in their various styles and formats are included. There is also a section on cased photos: commonly folding wood or thermoplastic boxes encasing a photograph. Side two examines tintypes from introduction in 1854 until 1900.

Guide 2: Carte de Visite and Cabinet Cards

Like the title says, one side covers carte de visites (CDVs) and the other cabinet cards. Both ran from about 1860 to near the end of the century. Both featured different style changes over time. The examples are great at showing the differences.

Guide 3: Imprints: The Front and Back of CDVs and Cabinet Cards

This third guide covers the back sides of the two card types featured in the second guide. There was quite a variety of over the years, but most cards followed a pattern that helps identify in what years range they were printed.

Guide 4: Real Picture Photocards

A wealth of information for the identification and dating of late 19th and early 20th century photo postcards.

Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, adds her own perspective and facts on identifying photographs, covering most of the card types listed above; plus, stereographs, snapshots, color photographs, and researching photographers.

Click each of these links to read further information about each guide:


Order the Historical Photography Quick Guide Package from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $29.95


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Try Out the Illinois State Archives Online Search Engine

Joan Griffis wrote an interesting column this week for the News-Gazette. Most of it deals with using the Illinois State Archives. She starts her column by pointing out that anyone can search for an ancestor across the entire Archives website by just putting a name into the search engine. Joan then goes on to write about other Ilinois online sources.

Check out her column.
The global Illinois State Archives search utility is found at:

I did a search for the Gfeller surname with the results seen in the illustration to the right. Clicking on the links, I was led to the Marriage and death databases, where I was prompted to enter the name I was looking for again. Both databases yeilded resuts for my family members.

Try out the global search of the Illinois State Archives website for your ancestors.

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Bill Introduced to Grant Adoptees Access to their Pennsylvania Birth Records

The following excerpt is from an article published in the July 29, 2013 edition of

When Pennsylvania children are adopted, the state seals their original birth certificates and issues revised certificates that name the adoptive parents instead of the biological parents.

Those documents don’t even indicate that an adoption took place.

The state has not allowed adoptees to see their original birth certificates since 1985. But a bill introduced this year by state Rep. Kerry A. Benninghoff would grant that right to adult adoptees born in Pennsylvania.

Before introducing the bill, the Centre County Republican sent a memo to House members listing several reasons adoptees might want to access their birth records.

Some want to establish relationships with their birth families or seek information about their medical history, according to Benninghoff. Others are interested in discovering their ancestral roots.

Read the full article.

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Royal Prince to Inspire an Extra 1400 Georges

The following is from

  • The popularity of a royal baby’s first name increases by an average of 32 percent the year after the baby is born
  • Historically, Prince Andrew (born in 1960) has had the biggest impact on baby names

Provo, UT (24 July, 2013), the world’s largest online family history resource, predicted today that George will be the fourth most popular baby name in the United Kingdom in 2014, with 1,400 more Georges to be born then in 2013. The birth of a royal baby typically increases the popularity of that name by almost a third (32 percent) the year following the birth. This equates to an average of 1,400 babies born in the UK in the year following a royal birth that are given the same royal name.[i]

With 4,340 George’s born each year in the UK, this trend predicts a total of 5,740 being born in 2014 – pushing it from 12th position to the fourth most popular baby name for a boy.

The royal naming pattern was uncovered through historical analysis of yearly birth indexes available on, which detail every baby born in England and Wales from 1837 to 2005. The number of babies with the same name as a royal baby in the year of the royal’s birth was compared with the number in the following year. Every royal from King Edward VII (born in 1841) to Princess Eugenie (born in 1990) was included in the study.

“The royals are always trendsetters for the population, and Prince William and Princess Kate have been no exception,” said Michelle Ercanbrack, a Family Historian at “If history is any indication, we fully expect George to jump in popularity amongst UK baby names.”

The research from uncovered these specific impacts of previous royal births:

Prince Andrew’s birth was found to have the biggest impact on expecting parents, with the number of ‘Andrews’ born in 1961 increasing by more than 5,500 compared to the year of his birth (1960).

In terms of percentages, the birth of Zara Phillips saw the biggest rise in popularity. The number of ‘Zaras’ increased by 92 percent the year after her birth.

Other royals who had a significant impact on baby names include Princess Anne (increasing the popularity of ‘Anne’ by 36 percent and 1,507 total babies), Princess Margaret (21 percent, 3,760 babies), Peter Phillips (31 percent, 2,607 babies), Prince William (23 percent, 2,581 babies) and King George VI (3 percent, 1,431 babies).

Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie- the youngest of the royals- had only a small impact on the actual number of babies given their names. To the contrary, by percentage their births expanded the popularity of their names by 55 percent, 37 percent and 69 percent respectively.

On average, the male royal babies were found to have a bigger impact in volume (resulting in an average of 1,664 instances of the name the following year, as opposed to 1,010 for girls), yet female royal babies had the largest impact by percentage, increasing the popularity of their names by 43 percent, compared to 24 percent for boys. An explanation for this difference could be that female royals have typically had more unusual names such as Eugenie or Zara that were not previously popular.

In fact, the only royal born in the past 170 years whose name actually decreased in popularity after his birth was King George V, with the number of ‘Georges’ born in 1866 falling by more than 7,000 compared to the year before. A likely explanation for this disruption in the naming trend could be the impact of London’s cholera pandemic[ii] on the population, as many people perished during this period.

Derived from the Greek name Georgious, which means farmer, George has been a British staple name for centuries and is the third most common name for English monarchs (6 times) since 1066 after Henry (8 times) and Edward (8 times).

Table 1- The impact a royal birth has on the popularity of that name:

Royal Baby Names

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Call For Papers for UGA & ICAPGen 2013 Fall Conference with BYU’s Center for Family History & Genealogy Friday & Saturday November 8-9, 2013

Utah Genealogical Association & ICAPGen 2013 Fall Conference ‘50 Years of Excellence’ with BYU’s Center for Family History and Genealogy Friday & Saturday November 8-9, 2013

Proposals are now being accepted for the Utah Genealogical Association & ICAPGen 2013 Fall Conference ‘50 Years of Excellence,’ in conjunction with BYU’s Center for Family History and Genealogy will be held Friday and Saturday November 8-9, 2013 at Brigham Young University Provo, Utah (Joseph F. Smith Building).

Each presentation will be 50 minutes in length, which includes time for questions and answers. Each presentation should reflect the latest status of research and publication on the topic. The deadline for proposals is Thursday, August 29th, 2013. We welcome proposals that allow participants to gain new skills and helpful information in the following areas:

• Those getting started in family history
• Hands-on classes taught in a computer lab setting (both PC and MAC computers available) including family history websites, conducting online research, using the Internet for family history, etc.
• Research Methodology: Beginning, intermediate, and advanced research methodology in an area specific region in the world
• Research process, pedigree analysis, evidence evaluation, tracing immigrants, record sources, etc.
• Courses preparing for an Accreditation
• Family history and genealogy websites for conducting research online
• Family organizations, family collaboration, writing, editing and publishing family history, etc.

Proposals must include:
• Full name of the presenter
• A brief biographical sketch of the presenter for the syllabus (50 words maximum)
• Title of the presentation
• Class description (one or two line description for the schedule and a longer one for the syllabus)
• Audience skill level (all, beginner, intermediate, or advanced)
• Medium of presentation
o PowerPoint
o Internet (requires screen shot backup in case of Internet failure)
• Any audiovisual equipment needed:
o Computers, projectors, and Internet access will be provided for speakers to use for their presentations.
• Current e-mail
• Lecture experience

Additionally, are you willing to provide one-on-one research assistance? UGA and ICAPGen would like to offer Ask a Genealogist services. Consultation sessions will last 30 minutes in length. If you are willing to work in this forum please include the geographic area you are willing to assist in with your proposal, e.g. “Ask a Genealogist” – England research. Please be as broad or as specific as you are comfortable assisting another individual.

Speakers participating in the conference will receive a:
• $75 per lecture with additional $25 if syllabus is submitted on time
• Complimentary registration
• Conference syllabus on a flash drive (there will be no printed syllabus)
• Complimentary lunch provided on the day(s) speaker presents

Please e-mail presentation proposals in Microsoft Word or .PDF format to Raymon Naisbitt at no later than Thursday August 29th.

Completed syllabus must be submitted no later than Monday October 14th.

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Mapping Your Ancestor’s Land – How to Do It and Why Bother? – Webinar Available FREE Sept 20-22

The next North Carolina Genealogical Society WEBINAR will be available totally free to the public September 20-22, 2013 on

Helen F. M. Leary, CG (Emeritus), FASG will present Mapping Your Ancestor’s Land – How to Do It and Why Bother?

Do you know how to plat (map) your ancestor’s deed? If not, you won’t want to miss this next webinar! Helen Leary will teach you Mapping Your Ancestors’ Land.

Deeds are the key to determining family locations, relationships between persons, and solving the riddle of one man or two of the same name. The first step to discovering these relationships is to map, on paper, the metes and bounds of the parcel. Helen’s example includes a meandering stream as well as other features commonly found in deeds.

Learn from Helen’s vast experience. Follow her instructions and you will be able to collect the data you need to find your ancestors anywhere that metes and bounds are used as land boundaries. This is a webinar you will want to see more than once.

Mapping Your Ancestors’ Land will be freely available on the NCGS website for three days, 20-22 September 2013. After the 22nd it will only be available to NCGS members as a member benefit or by purchase of a CD from the NCGS online bookstore.

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Gilad Japhet’s is Matching Holocaust Descendents with the Holocaust Victims Claims Conference List

Since the defeat of the Third Reich in 1945, Germany has compensated victims of the holocaust to the tune of about 92 billion dollars. A porton of the compensation was earmarked for the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany. This is a private New York-based organization that works to secure restitution for survivors and their heirs. Until the end of 2014, descendants may claim their family’s assets if they find their property on a list by the Claims Conference, called the Late Applicants Fund.

It just so happens that one of the folks that’s helping match descendents with the property is Gilad Japhet, CEO and founder of Israel-based MyHeritage. In just the last few months he’s matched about 150 names on the list with names in the MyHeritage Family Tree database.

To do this, Japhet put together a team of five employees, having them write a computer program that matches the names on the Claims Conference’s list with those on the virtual family trees. And MyHeritage is doing all this a “good deed,” asking for no compensation whatsoever.

Read more about Gilad’s project in the Washington Post; New York Times; or the Associated Press.

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Salt Lake Christmas Tour………………… Week’s Peek

Larrry Santa

This is our very own Christmas Tour Santa, Larry from Iowa. And I assure you that he is jolly and smiling most of the time! Must have caught him in a no-cookie moment……. but we love our Santa Larry!




This is our Number One Christmas Elf on the tour, Linda Sue from Arizona. I love her Two-Pepsi-Breakfast beverages!

Florida Three

These are Barbara, Jan and Joanne from Florida. Even after several years of coming to research, they still find new ancestors and new information.

I show you these photos because a picture is worth 1000 words and the Salt Lake Christmas Tour “family” is a good bunch of fun folks with which to spend a week! No doubt about it.



But this is the second big reason why we come on the Christmas tour……….. we have a mostly empty library all to ourselves for hours and hours and hours……… without all the day-to-day To-Do pressures, we can look at microfilm until our eyeballs are spinning!

Here’s a great quote from author Arthur C. Clarke:  When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost always right. When he states something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

How does this apply to genealogy?  When you have a really-tough-deadend-brickwall problem in your family history that you think is impossible to solve you are very probably wrong.  Come on the Salt Lake Christmas Tour and let our army of experts and helpers have a go at breaking your problem.

Donna, aka Mother Hen, until next musing………………

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