NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the Federation of Genealogical Societies. The deadline for Submissions is 1 July 2019.
1 May 2019 – The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce its Call for Presentation Proposals for the 2020 FGS Conference, “Blazing Trails in the Heart of America” to be held 2-5 September 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Proposals will be accepted from 1 May through 1 July.
“Blazing Trails in the Heart of America” references the many trails that our ancestors traveled through the heartland as they moved west. From the Santa Fe, California and Oregon Trails we traversed the Midwest and West to populate our nation. The 2020 FGS Family History Conference will build on the foundation of our ancestors in the Midwest and beyond. This event will draw attendees of all experience levels, backgrounds, and interests, and we encourage submission of topics that explore under-recognized areas of genealogical research.
Submissions of Presentations
Speakers interested in presenting lectures or workshops for 2020 must submit their proposals online. FGS welcomes submission of all topics; new presentations are encouraged. Speakers are highly encouraged to submit the maximum number of proposals, eight per individual. Panel sessions or co-presenters may submit up to two additional proposals per primary point of contact. Presentations may cover any relevant genealogy or family history topic. All sessionsshould have some element of methodology and skill-building.
Candidates are encouraged to include more than one of the below themes:
Society Management: Topics specifically designed for society leaders and volunteers; workshop programs, panels, discussion groups, and/or focus groups will be given special consideration.
Non-Traditional Record Categories: Not all genealogically related information can be found in vital records and censuses. Presentations about academic sources, databases, and reference materials not specifically designed for genealogy; special interest manuscript collections; sources found in museums, occupational archives, university libraries, and so forth, are encouraged.
Genetics & DNA: Beginner, intermediate, and advanced lectures on DNA, genetic genealogy, and the application and integration with traditional family history are desirable.
Social and Cultural Communities: Areas of specific interest include:
Native American, British, African, African American, Caribbean, Dutch, Swedish, Irish and Ulster Scots, Hispanic, Latin American, Middle Eastern and Asian.
All religious practices descriptive of any settlement to this area from the colonial era to the present, including but not limited to Native peoples, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, all Christian denominations including Quaker, Mennonite, Amish and those historically considered Non-conformist, etc.
Military Records: Topics focusing on military and civil service throughout history will be considered.
Midwestern Records: Topics that include Missouri as well as its surrounding states as part the Midwest should be considered.
Migration: Topics that include migration to and through Missouri and the Midwest should be considered.
Traditional presentations including Research Methodologies and Strategies are also encouraged.
All proposals must be submitted through the online portal and must include the following information:
Speaker’s name, address, telephone, and email address
Lecture title, not to exceed 12 words, and a brief, but comprehensive, outline
Lecture summary, not to exceed 25 words, to be used in the conference guide
Identification of the audience level; beginning, intermediate, advanced or all
Speaker biography, not to exceed 30 words, to be used in the conference guide
Resume of prior speaking experience
Societies and businesses are encouraged to submit proposals for sponsored presentations for the 2020 FGS Family History Conference. The sponsoring organization will cover its speaker’s costs to present the lecture, which includes travel, accommodations, meals, and other associated costs. Sponsored speakers must abide by all speaker deadlines and syllabus requirements and will receive complimentary registration to the 2020 FGS Family History Conference and electronic syllabus materials. The deadline to submit sponsored lectures is 1 July 2019. The program committee reserves the right to discuss with any interested sponsoring organization alternate options to participate in the program.
Presentations should be 50 minutes long, followed by a 10-minute Q&A.
Workshops, on-site programs at local repositories, and other formats are encouraged in two-hour increments. All-day workshops will also be considered.
Invited speakers receive an honorarium, travel compensation, and conference registration as well as per diem and hotel nights based on the number of presentations given. Invited speakers receive compensation according to the FGS Conference Speaker Compensation Policy.
Sponsored speakers only receive conference registration and syllabus materials. See more about sponsorships above.
Invitations to participate will be issued no later than 1 October 2019. Syllabus format guidelines will be sent to speakers at that time. The deadline for acceptance and submission of signed speaker contracts is 31 October 2019.
Camera-ready syllabus material, due 31 March 2020, is required for each general presentation and will be included in the syllabus distributed to all conference registrants.
If you have not presented sessions at an FGS Family History Conference or other national conference before, we invite you to submit a short (15-minute) sample audio or video in electronic form of a recent presentation via email to email@example.com.
We look forward to receiving your proposals and considering your expertise for inclusion in our 2020 programming.
~ 2020 FGS Program Committee
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 nationalconference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. FGS launched the Preserve the Pensions project in 2010 to raise more than $3 million to digitize and make freely available the pension files from the War of 1812. Fundraising was completed for that project in 2016 and the digitization continues. FGS was also the driving force behind the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors project alongside the National Parks Service. To learn more visit fgs.org.
NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at FamilySearch.
Salt Lake City, Utah (6 May 2019), FamilySearch is hosting a free Chinese Genealogy workshop at the Family History Library on Thursday, May 9th, 2019, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm. (MT). The event is being held in conjunction with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit, Utah, in 1869. Many Chinese workers were instrumental in the construction of the transcontinental railroads. The Library is located at 35 North West Temple Street in downtown Salt Lake City. Seating is limited. Registration is required for this free workshop.
Over 150 years ago, thousands of Chinese immigrants labored arduously to construct the transcontinental railroad—a historic connection of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads at Promontory Summit, Utah. Today, many of their Chinese-American descendants are trying to trace their roots back to China.
The FamilySearch Chinese Genealogy Workshop will offer hands-on learning about the largest collection of Chinese family history records outside of mainland China and present ways for Chinese Americans to discover and connect their Chinese ancestors.
Keynote speaker Professor Ava Chin, an award-winning author, New York Times columnist, lecturer and “Urban Forager,” will speak about her experiences as a descendant of a Chinese railroad worker.
1:00 pm –1:15 pm
Welcome by FamilySearch
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Keynote with Ava Chin Being a Descendant of a Chinese Railroad Worker
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Workshop with Henry Tom Best Practices for Overseas Chinese Research
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
Workshop with Amy Chin Sources to use for Chinese American Research
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Demonstration Scanning of Chinese Jiapu
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dr. Mel Thatcher / Lena Stout Using the resources of FamilySearch
FamilySearch International 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 free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Our guest from London Alex Cox of FindMyPast joins DearMYRTLE to discuss the British India Office Deaths & Burials record set. “Discover details about the deaths of your ancestors who died in the UK, British India, Burma and other territories connected to the India office (St Helena, Sumatra, Kuwait, Aden, Penang, Macao). Discover where, when and in some cases how they died as well as where they were buried.”
Alex explains the amount of information you can discover can vary, but the British India Office death and burial records usually include a combination of the following information about your ancestors, namely death and burial details, name of deceased, date of death, place of death, date of burial, place of burial, officiating minister, rites of burial (occasionally) along with certain biographical information such as age at death, occupation, birth place, and cause of death.
IMAGE: Parish register transcripts from the Presidency of Bombay, 1709-1948, Charles Newel Grant entry, 25 March 1861, digital image collection, British India Office Deaths & Burials database, Find My Past (www.FindMyPast.com : viewed 3 May 2019).
Alex rightly suggests we look to the British Newspaper Collection, also at FindMyPast for a write up on the death.
IMAGE: Hereford Times, “An Officer Killed by a Tiger in India” citing the Poona Observer, regarding Lieut. C. N. Grant, 18 May 1861, page 12, column1; digital image, Find My Past, British Newspaper Archive (https://FindMyPast.com : viewed 3 May 2019.)
DearFRIENDS, NEW this month!Cousin Russ and I will be presenting a free webinar titled “Google Drive, An Office in the Cloud” for Family Tree Webinars on Wednesday, 22 May 2019. We will share now to never again suffer the heartache of a dead hard drive and how to take advantage of ‘found” research time when you keep research notes available anywhere with internet access. The live broadcast begins at 2pm Eastern, 1:00pm Central, 12:00pm Mountain and 11:00am Pacific.
Other DearMYRTLE webinars work around the 2019 National Genealogical Society’s Family History Conference, 8-11 May 2019 in St. Charles, Missouri. The Society writes “The NGS Family History Conference, 8–11 May 2019 is your opportunity to choose from more than 150 lectures presented by many nationally recognized speakers, explore an exhibit hall filled with more than 80 exhibitors, and network with more than 2,000 genealogists. Every NGS conference has a different theme with a new program top to bottom—so there is always more to learn and discover.”Register on-site at the St. Charles Convention Center beginning at noon on Tuesday, 7 May 2019.”For more details see: https://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/
The conference also offers the following live stream sessions.
Thursday, 9 May: Three Sessions on DNA and Two Ethnic Sessions
Friday, 10 May: Five Sessions on Board for Certification Skillbuilding
6, 13 & 20 May 2019 Mondays with Myrt (MwM) is our flagship webinar, where we talk about anything and everything that’s come across our genea-desks in the last week. Powerful genealogy breakthroughs happen during our webinars. The live broadcast starts at Noon Eastern US (New York), 11am Central US (Chicago), 10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City), 9am Pacific US (Los Angeles).
15 & 29 May 2019, WACKY Wednesday, broadcasts live at 9pm Eastern. The topics are determined why what is discussed during recent Mondays with Myrt where the team wishes to spend an entire hour on a topic.
The Archive Lady joins WACKY Wednesday on 22 May 2019, broadcasting live at 9pm Eastern. It’s always a joy to have Melissa LeMaster Barker join us, as she provides the best advice for preserving one-of-a kind items we may have inherited. Melissa is a Certified Archives Manager at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. A popular genealogical speaker, author and blogger, Melissa is also the FGS Forum Reviews Editor.
Times posted are Mountain Time (Denver), daylight when applicable.
If you have previously registered for Mondays with Myrt, WACKY Wednesday, theAmericaGen Study Group, or The Archive Lady, you should be receiving reminder emails with your personal link to participate. This is because these are recurring DearMYRTLE webinars using Zoom Webinar options.
If you are a new attendee, you’ll find the links to register in the “where” portion of the calendar entries below as well as hyperlinked above.
In which we discuss odd spellings for places like SEQUIM, WA. :::giggle:::
We also hear about Family Tree Live conference held in Alexandria Place, London the previous weekend and take a look at upcoming conferences in Ohio, California, Missouri and Washington, DC in addition to UK conferences, namely TheGenealogyShow.UK and RootsTech- London. Thanks to #FindMyPast for getting the word out EARLY concerning their Tree-to-Tree hinting that will debut this summer. We also take a look at Gary’s post in the EvidenceExplained.com Forum for a brief overview of the importance of citing what we are looking at and how this may be a cause for layered citations.
This begs the question – “Do you go back routinely to provide the updated URL for a record you’ve cited in the past?”
10:02:56 From garygauthier : Hi from Calgary
10:03:19 From Robbin Smith : Hello from Miami
10:07:30 From Melissa Barker : Hello Everyone! Coming to you from the Houston County, TN. Archives!
10:08:16 From Doris Haskell : Thanks! I’ll take it!
10:08:27 From Valerie Lisk : Oh My! In April? Is that common Doris?
10:08:35 From garygauthier : We had about a foot of snow in Calgary.
10:08:49 From Cousin Russ : To access an application SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) “worksheet” https://www.massar.org/forms/
10:09:18 From Doris Haskell : My application to the DAR has been denied 5 times so far.
10:12:21 From Pamela Wells : My DAR application is in process in Washington now.
10:12:46 From Kathleen Newbill to All panelists : Boy Scouts does a great job of teaching flag etiquette.
10:14:15 From Betty-Lu Burton : Hello from Arkansas
10:14:29 From Kathleen Daetsch to All panelists : What really started my interest in genealogy was wondering if my grandmother’s family might go back to the Revolution and that I might have a patriot in my ancestry.
10:18:30 From Danine Cozzens : Most of my DAR ancestors fall into the red-flagged category. (Having pulled all those apps, I agree.)
10:18:54 From Sheryl Zeringue to All panelists : Good morning from South Louisiana.
10:18:54 From Danine Cozzens : Girls Scouts did too!
10:19:47 From Marcia Philbrick : My original DAR application was denied because of same name issues (Jason Hammond, CT). I went in on the father of the person I originally applied on. I know that records are confused for 2 James Crawfords in KY.
10:20:10 From Molly McKinley : One of mine that was accepted is now blocked.
10:21:27 From Graham Walter : What is the ‘red flag’ issue? [NOTE: “Red flagged” means the lineage is in question, more research required.]
10:22:32 From Graham Walter : OK – that puts it into perspective
10:23:53 From Doris Haskell : Yes. Thank you. There is someone in New York trying to help me. And each rejection is for a different patriot. I’ll be happy to talk with you later.
10:24:23 From Doris Haskell : Yes.
10:24:27 From Doris Haskell : In Huntington
10:24:56 From Doris Haskell : It’s fun to say Loong Island
10:26:47 From Cousin Russ : Origins (Amazon Prime Video) https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07M7LBDHC .
10:27:14 From Doris Haskell : In the early days, there were many farms. My ancestors built a grain mill that was powered with a water wheel.
10:28:09 From Nathan Dylan Goodwin to All panelists : Guess what I’ll be watching tonight? Origins! Thanks for the recommendation!
10:28:11 From Marian Koalski to All panelists : Yes, the nuns cheat for her
10:29:21 From Graham Walter : Unfortunately not on Prime UK 🙁
10:31:30 From Dave Robison to All panelists : I’m with Nathan…but only after the Red Sox game!
10:34:23 From Doris Haskell : Where do you go to get permission to enter that cemetery?
10:36:56 From Marian Koalski to All panelists : Pat, you’re saying Dorchester “right.”
10:37:21 From Cecelia DeBolt : How interesting! I love the detective work!
10:37:29 From Doris Haskell : What if it was a secret NPE? [NOTE: In DearMYRTLE’s experience, most non-paternal event or misattributed parentage situations were indeed secret.]
10:38:32 From Randy Seaver : word for word transcription of wills and deeds reveals many secrets! The challenge is to find them and that they are readable.
10:40:11 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : http://www.bostoncemetery.com/
10:40:26 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/1358728/saint-marys-cemetery
10:40:37 From Randy Seaver : I have a dedicated transcription time every Sunday after church in order to feed the Amanuensis Monday posts.
10:41:02 From Marian Koalski to All panelists : Some parts of Dorchester are rough
10:41:15 From Dave Robison : But Marian, there are no “R’s” in Dorchester!! HA!
10:41:32 From Randy Seaver : Dohchestah?
10:41:45 From Marian Koalski to All panelists : Right, Dave!
10:42:06 From Randy Seaver : or Woiostah either
10:42:19 From Randy Seaver : Woostah
10:42:25 From Doris Haskell : As in, “Park the car in Harvard Yard”.
10:42:53 From Hilary Gadsby : Don’t like pronouncing our English place names
10:44:26 From Graham Walter : lavender?
10:44:41 From Danine Cozzens to All panelists : Squeem!
10:44:41 From Betsey Cotter to All panelists : squim
10:44:55 From Betsey Cotter to All panelists : and it is lavender
10:45:37 From Betsey Cotter to All panelists : Second biggest lavender producer outside Provence, France
10:47:00 From Randy Seaver : Janet Few (The History Interpreter) wrote several blog posts about Family Tree Live in https://thehistoryinterpreter.wordpress.com/
10:47:41 From John Laws : Also grown in North West Norfolk
10:50:08 From Dave Robison to All panelists : Time to run….Thanks for letting me discuss SAR/DAR!
10:51:41 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists : Nathan is in the attendees he was at Family Tree Live
10:51:42 From garygauthier : Isn’t lavender also grown in Tunbridge Wells? It’s where my grandmum was born.
10:52:09 From Randy Seaver : Nick Barratt?
10:52:46 From Randy Seaver : of WDYTYA UK
10:53:27 From Hilary Gadsby to All panelists : Nick is good presenter did WDYTYA when it started in UK
10:53:39 From Michelle Minner : I spent my working life teaching computer systems…and the more of the senses you can engage in teaching, the better the students will retain the knowledge…I like using as many as possible.
10:55:32 From Randy Seaver : it’s probably behind his wookie
10:56:48 From Randy Seaver : Janet writes funny stuff…I enjoy her blog posts
11:01:29 From Randy Seaver : I wonder how many links in the book are still active?
11:02:08 From Cousin Russ : https://www.nathandylangoodwin.com/
11:02:57 From Graham Walter : I’ll be there at THE Genealogy Show
11:03:34 From Valerie Lisk : I need Nathan’s books in audio form so I can listen while I do research etc.
11:04:26 From Valerie Lisk : Sorry, audio.
11:04:55 From Hilary Gadsby : Many of Nathan’s books are available as audio books
11:06:40 From Valerie Lisk : Hilary, good to know. I have not been able to find them I have to look again. Thanks!
11:08:02 From Graham Walter : FGS Program Overview…https://fgs.org/conferences/program/
11:09:38 From Randy Seaver : we are going to Jamboree in Burbank on May 30-June 2 – 50th anniversary!
11:10:08 From Cathy Naborowski to All panelists : We couldn’t do local/state conferences without volunteers!!!!
11:10:45 From Devon Lee : Can’t wait to go to Jamboree!!!! http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/
11:10:52 From Robbin Smith : I wish I could go!
11:11:10 From Jenny Hawran : Jamboree is incredible. One of the best “small” conferences around
11:11:12 From Graham Walter : Nathan’s books on Audible.com … https://www.audible.com/author/Nathan-Dylan-Goodwin/B0049OJWYS
11:11:42 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : http://genealogyjamboree.com/
11:11:49 From Valerie Lisk : Thanks Graham!
11:11:54 From Devon Lee : I’ll take advantage of that shuttle. Thanks for the tip Randy. We walked there last year
11:13:57 From Devon Lee : Aww. Thanks Pat.
11:14:01 From Randy Seaver : Just call the hotel for a pickup at the airport or train stop
11:14:09 From Cousin Russ : http://genealogyjamboree.com/conference-pricing
11:15:14 From Devon Lee : Mason, Ohio, here we come Russ. Can’t wait to see ya.
11:15:36 From Pamela Wells : Russ, where in Ohio, please?
11:15:49 From Cousin Russ : https://www.ogs.org/
11:16:10 From Pamela Wells : Just saw the answer, Russ….I’m from Dayton, Ohio originally
11:16:13 From Randy Seaver : Pamela, Mason, Ohio
11:16:20 From Graham Walter : Mason OH – near Cincinnati
11:16:30 From Pamela Wells : Thank you, Randy!
11:17:54 From Cousin Russ : Tree to Tree Hinting at FindMyPast https://www.findmypast.co.uk/tree-change-faqs
11:17:58 From Pamela Wells : Thank you, Graham!
11:18:26 From Randy Seaver : Findmypast has taken away the link they had to the collaborative tree, which was the FamilySearch Family Tree. It was searchable but not able to add to it.
11:20:35 From Pamela Wells : Does anyone know if there is there a good WikiTree You Tube tutorial available? I would like to learn more about it?
11:21:07 From Randy Seaver : Pamela, WikiTree has many YouTube videos – check their page
11:21:52 From Cousin Russ : https://www.wikitree.com/
11:22:01 From Pamela Wells : Thank you, Randy and Russ!
11:22:21 From Cousin Russ : WikiTree YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76UUx8QAESc
11:22:41 From Pamela Wells : Thank you very much Myrtle!
11:22:54 From Pamela Wells : Thank you Hilary!
11:23:36 From Cousin Russ : Gary G the “History Hunter” in EvidenceExplained.com Forum? See “Why do Ancestry citations contain the website and original information as a single layer?”
11:26:11 From Randy Seaver : scroll down a bit for EE answer
11:27:40 From Randy Seaver : Ancedstry.com is the first type, and FamilySearch does both types – one for indexed records, the other for digital microfilm without indexed images
11:31:37 From Randy Seaver : A lot of Ancestry databases have waypoints in the string at the top of the image – I usually cite that in the Source Detail of the citation.
11:32:38 From Randy Seaver : .
11:33:52 From Devon Lee : I really love those waypoints
11:35:31 From Randy Seaver : I know I have WorldvitalRecords, Mocavo, MooseRoots and several more removed sites in my source citations.
11:35:34 From Randy Seaver : .
11:36:08 From Marcia Philbrick : When you document sites as cousin Russ suggested, one should be able to find it on the Wayback machine.
11:36:11 From Randy Seaver : The only solution is to download the record image and the citation and add it o your tree.
11:36:22 From Randy Seaver : .
11:36:58 From Randy Seaver : I’m not sure that the Wayback Machine has every dynamic web page with the images or record summary. I doubt that they do.
11:38:35 From Hilary Gadsby : We need to include enough detail so that it can be found even if the website changes the original record is the important part
11:38:44 From DearMYRTLE . to All panelists : The Way Back Machine https://archive.org/web
11:39:08 From garygauthier : The National Archives also has an archive of its web pages e.g. 1837Online
11:39:22 From Cousin Russ : The Way Back Machine https://archive.org/web
11:40:21 From Graham Walter : Have a good trip Russ
11:40:33 From Cecelia DeBolt : Thank you! Great session!
11:40:47 From Pamela Wells : Thank you all for your expertise in so many areas Panel!
11:40:57 From Doris Haskell : Thank you, everyone. Have a great trip, Russ.
11:41:08 From Pamela Wells : Safe travels, Russ!
11:41:10 From Graham Walter : Have a great everyone