Thursday, March 28, 2013

NGS Call for Papers for the 2014 Family History Conference

ARLINGTON, VA, 27 March 2013: Speakers as well as organizations interested in sponsoring lectures or tracks are invited to submit lecture proposals by 1 April 2013 for the NGS 2014 Family History Conference, Virginia: The First Frontier, to be held 7–10 May 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. Building on the records and history that draw so many back to their roots in the Old Dominion, we will explore the origins of those who settled within Virginia’s borders whether they came by land or sea.

Among the topics being considered are lectures on the history, records, repositories, and ethnic and religious groups of Virginia and neighboring states including Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee with special emphasis on migrations into, within, and out of the region down the Carolina and Great Wagon Roads, over the Appalachian Mountains, and across the south to Texas and beyond. Other regional topics of interest include the origins of the early settlers, land and military records (especially the French and Indian, Revolutionary, and Civil wars). Proposals are also solicited for the broader genealogical categories including federal records, the law as it relates to genealogy, methodology, analysis and problem solving, and the use of technology including genetics, mobile devices, and apps in genealogical research.

Interested individuals and organizations should follow published guidelines at the NGS website, http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/call_for_papers.

Speakers may submit up to eight proposals electronically through the NGS website, http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/submit_your_proposal, no later than 1 April 2013.

Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture or track of lectures should review the details and sponsor requirements at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/sponsor_a_session. The deadline to submit sponsored lectures is also 1 April 2013.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, 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, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

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Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

FHISO 2013 Open Call for Papers


Salt Lake City, Utah, USA—Friday, March 22, 2013—Family History Information Standards Organisation, FHISO, has announced its 2013 Call for Papers Initiative (http://fhiso.org/call-for-papers), signaling the commencement of open standards development work.

Members of the international genealogy and family history community are invited to submit written proposals as contributions to the FHISO standards development process.

"Modern standards development work is dynamic and deliberate," said Robert Burkhead, FHISO Technical Standing Committee Coordinator and Acting Chair. "The result will be inclusive; it will be effective. It begins here. It begins with you and your participation."

"For the first time, the proposals will be published to the benefit of all stakeholders making up the international community," said Tony Proctor (UK), FHISO Organiser. "Collectively, the proposals will give rise to comments, member working groups and project teams. The information standards developed from this process will better support how we work and how well we work together."

FHISO is a community-driven organisation established for the purpose of developing genealogy and family history information standards on a modern platform that is
  • Open
  • Multi-stakeholder
  • International
  • Self-governing
  • Balanced
The FHISO work platforms have been developed. A submissions platform for the Call for Papers is available (http://fhiso.org/call-for-papers). As volunteers process the submissions, each will be posted for public viewing and commenting. A dynamic new platform to support working groups and project teams will follow.

It begins here. It begins with you. Become a member of FHISO today (http://fhiso.org/join-fhiso).

Contacts:
FHISO General Enquiries enquiries@fhiso.org; Membership – membership@fhiso.org; FHISO Media Relations - Anthony C. Proctor (acproctor@fhiso.org).

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Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

RootsMagic Online Treasure Hunt


If you missed last year's RootsMagic Treasure Hunt, here's your chance to play!

RootsMagic has partnered with 15 of the best and brightest genealogy bloggers, some of whom will be reporting at the RootsTech conference. Each blogger will place one of 15 clue words on their website

From Thursday, March 21 through Wednesday, March 27, 2013, visit http://www.rootsmagic.com/treasure for a complete list of the blogs where the 15 clue words can be found. Visit each blog, collect all 15 clue words, and you could win software, prizes, or an iPad!

Enter at RootsTech or at Home

Once you've collected the clues there are two ways to enter. The first is at the RootsTech conference itself. Pick up an entry card at the RootsMagic booth (#401) in the Exhibit Hall. Write the clue words on the back of the card and return it to the RootsMagic booth in the Exhibit Hall by Saturday, March 23 at 1:20 pm. At that time, we will hold the prize drawings. You must be present to win.

We didn't want those who aren't able to attend RootsTech in person to feel left out so we're holding a second drawing and giving away more prizes including a second iPad. To enter this drawing, visit http://www.rootsmagic.com/treasure anytime between Thursday, March 21 and midnight MST on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Fill out the online form to be entered into the second drawing. You may enter both drawings but one entry per person, per drawing. Winners will be picked at random and notified via e-mail by Friday, March 29, 2013.

Remember, the treasure hunt doesn't begin until this Thursday. Good luck!

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Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Monday, March 18, 2013

NGS Early Bird Registration Discount Ends Tomorrow!


ARLINGTON, VA, 18 March 2013: The NGS 2013 Family History Conference will be held 8–11 May 2013 at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (LVH), Las Vegas, Nevada. The early bird registration discount ends tomorrow, Tuesday, 19 March 2013. In addition to enjoying a $35 discount, only early birds have the opportunity to order a printed syllabus. (Everyone will receive a syllabus on flash drive.) NGS members get even deeper discounts, so this is a great time to join.

Space is still available for most breakfasts and luncheons, the NGS Banquet, and Tuesday bus tours. The BCG Education Fund Workshop is sold out. To be placed on the wait list, e-mail the NGS conference registrar, Courtney Holmes, at cholmes@ngsgenealogy.org.

All full-conference registrants will be entered in a drawing to win a seven-night stay at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square, courtesy of the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel. The prize will also include a free spot on one the Ancestor Seekers Salt Lake City research trips. Be sure to attend the opening session to find out if you are the winner. The winner must be present at the opening session to claim the prize.

To register online, visit the NGS website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/attendee_registration and complete the registration form.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, VA-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

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Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tuesday's Tip: Access Selected Ancestry.com Immigration Records for FREE Until 3/17


From now until March 17th, Ancestry.com is offering free access to select databases in their U.S. Immigration Collection.

Whether they began in Ireland or Italy, you can explore your international roots with FREE ACCESS to select global immigration collections — including some just-added records. And as a valued subscriber, we're letting you in two days ahead of everybody else.

Learn about an ancestor's voyage to America in passenger lists. Or find out if they traveled by land in border crossings.

Fascinating immigration stories are here for you to discover. Start now

*Free access expires March 17 at midnight ET

So... take a peek and see who you can find while the lookin' is free! I'm still sifting through John McGraws who immigrated from Ireland to the U.S. during the Potato Famine, which is like looking through a needle in a haystack, but I do hope you have much better luck!

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Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Monday, March 11, 2013

NGS Conference Early Bird Registration Discount Ends Soon!

Early Bird Registration Discount Ends Soon
2013 Family History Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada, 8–11 May 2013
Building New Bridges


ARLINGTON, VA, 11 March 2013: The NGS 2013 Family History Conference will be held 8–11 May 2013 at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (LVH), Las Vegas, Nevada. Register for the conference today! The early bird registration discount ends on Tuesday, 19 March 2013. In addition to enjoying a $35 discount, only early birds have the opportunity to order a printed syllabus. (Everyone will receive a syllabus on flash drive.) NGS members get even deeper discounts, so this is a great time to join.

Space is still available for all conference social events including the Tuesday bus tours, luncheons, and breakfasts.

The opening session at this year's conference will be held on Wednesday morning, 8 May 2013, at 8:00 a.m. The keynote address will be presented by Marian Smith, Chief, Historical Research Branch, USCIS. Using immigration and naturalization as examples, this presentation will explore the importance of national policy changes to ancestors, their records, and your genealogical research.

All full-conference registrants will be entered in a drawing to win a seven-night stay at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square, courtesy of the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel. The prize will also include a free spot on one the Ancestor Seekers Salt Lake City research trips. Be sure to attend the opening session to find out if you are the winner. The winner must be present at the opening session to claim the prize.
To register online, visit the NGS website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/attendee_registration and complete the registration form.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, VA-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

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Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Monday, December 17, 2012

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories: Day 17 - My Old Friend Santa Bank


As I was unpacking the Christmas decorations a few days ago, I was greeted by an old friend whom I hadn't seen in several years: Santa Bank.

I don't remember when Santa Bank came to live with us. He's been a part of the family for as long as I can remember.


I also don't know where Santa Bank came from. I assume that he was a gift to me when I was a small child. His left foot says that he came from "Mexico." I wish I knew how he got from Mexico to me.


He's got a few cracks and chips, and part of his nose is missing. He's obviously been well-loved.

Somebody raided Santa Bank a while back (probably me), as you can see from the injury to his backside. He's still got some coins rattling around inside, but I just leave them there. These days, you just never know when a few extra coins might come in handy.

Santa Bank hasn't come out to visit for quite a few years. He's old and fragile (like me), and I was worried that he wouldn't survive my daughter's curiosity.

Hopefully Santa Bank will survive long enough for my daughter's children to forget where he came from.

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This post is part of the "2012 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories," and was originally posted on December 17, 2009. Slight modifications have been made.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal