09 December 2016

Nominations Now Being Accepted -- The Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship


Nominations Now Being Accepted -- The Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship

This post continues a periodic series where we, at NGS, highlight the various competitions (15 December deadline) and awards (31 January) where nominations are sought in order to recognize excellence. The winners will be announced at the annual NGS Family History Conference, 10-13 May 2017.

With the competitions completed, we’ll now focus on the awards starting with The Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship

Deadline for Submissions—31 January Annually

Sponsored by ProQuest  

Who will win this year's Filby Award?

Do you know a librarian with at least five years' experience whose primary focus is genealogy and local history and who is employed in a public, academic, or special library? If so, you might know the next recipient of the award!

The $1,000 NGS Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship is awarded annually. View a list of previous recipients.

History

The Filby Award is named for the late P. William Filby, former director of the Maryland Historical Society and author of many core genealogical reference tools that genealogists have relied on for decades. The award was created and first presented at the annual 1999 NGS Family History Conference by the publisher Scholarly Resources of Wilmington, Delaware. In 2004 and 2005, it was sponsored by the Godfrey Memorial Library. Since 2006, it has been sponsored by ProQuest.

Criteria

Judges use the following criteria:
·         Significant contributions to patron access to information or to the preservation of historical records.
·         Development of an imaginative reference tool or similar outstanding contribution of enduring consequence that fills the gaps in existing information, accuracy, scope, or usefulness of genealogical and local history materials.
·         Publication of a book or a body of articles that has contributed significantly to the field of genealogy or local history and that are of an interpretive nature.
·         Other activities that have significantly advanced genealogy and local history.
·         Work that has encouraged others to be innovative in the field.

Nomination for the Filby Award

Nominations must include personal and professional contact information with illustrative examples of the nominee's performance as a librarian who serves genealogists. Please send bibliographic citations rather than publications.

Electronic submissions are encouraged.

Mail to:
National Genealogical Society
Attn: Filby Award
3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300
Arlington, Virginia 22204-4370 USA

or

electronically to awards@ngsgenealogy.org 
Include "Filby Award" in the Subject line of your message.

E-mail contact information is required for all submissions.

Questions? Contact the NGS Awards Chair at awards@ngsgenealogy.org

Read about last year’s winner, Drew Smith, MLS, here.


Nominate yourself or your favorite genealogy and local history librarian. 



Who is your favorite genealogy or family history librarian?








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08 December 2016

Holiday Gifts to You -- Genealogy Style -- 15 Free and (Relatively) New Family History Resources -- Part 2


 The holiday season is a period of gift giving.  My gift to you is another series of editions of FREE and (Relatively) New Genealogy and Family History Resources, the 2016 Holiday Version ...

Check out Re-cap – 20 Free and (Relatively) New Genealogy and Family History Resources, 2016 Version – 5 parts post (March 2016) where I did a recap of the 2015 and early 2016 editions. 

CANADA
1.    Canadian National Digital Heritage Index (CNDHI) -- is an index of digitized Canadian heritage collections located at Canadian universities and provincial and territorial libraries
2.    Canadian Digital Census Boundary Files (via Scholars GeoPortal)

IRELAND

NEW ZEALAND
5.    Scattered seeds - He Purapura Marara -- Dunedin Public Libraries project to  digitize 199,000 index cards from 1851-1993 containing information from newspapers and about community groups

UNITED KINGDOM
6.    University of Southhampton Knitting Reference Library

UNITED STATES
7.    California’s Old Series Trademarks -- The explosion of commerce after the Gold Rush also led to California’s first-in-the-nation trademark law and a fascinating collection opens new window of product labels and logos registered with the Secretary of State.
8.    South Carolina Electronic Records Archive (SCERA) – currently includes Birth Certificates (1915), British and Private Records, Local Records, State Records, Constitutional and Organic Papers, and Map Collection
9.    Historic Aerial Photos (Iowa) – historic view of Iowa from the late 1930s.
10. The Daily Pennsylvanian Digital Archives (University of Pennsylvania)
13. North Carolina World War I Service Cards (via FamilySearch in partnership with State Archives of North Carolina)
14. Genealogical Forum of Oregon (many record collections)

WORLDWIDE
15. Sephardic Ancestry – A resource website for researching Sephardic Jewish Lineages.








Editor’s Note: As of today, each of the above links worked.  Now, whether the links in any of the identified articles work, I cannot vouch for that.  And, armed with the information provided, it should be relatively easy to get to determine where the discussed database currently resides.  If you get really stuck, drop me an email and I’ll try to ferret out the recalcitrant link or cross out my entry in the above list!

Editor’s Note: Know of a neat resource that you think might be a hidden gem?  Drop an email to UpFront@ngsgenealogy.org.
















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07 December 2016

National Genealogical Society Seeks Nominations for the 2017 National Genealogy Hall of Fame


National Genealogical Society Seeks Nominations for the  2017 National Genealogy Hall of Fame


At the NGS Conference in the States, held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, last May, the National Genealogy Hall of Fame welcomed Marsha Hoffman Rising, a well-known scholar, educator and author whose leadership enhanced and guided many genealogical institutions for which she served. She was nominated by the American Society of Genealogists and she became the thirty-first member to be so honored.

Would your society like to honor a genealogist whose unique, pioneering, or exemplary work lives on today? Perhaps there was a notable genealogist in your state or county whose name should be memorialized in the National Genealogy Hall of Fame.

If so, the National Genealogical Society would like to hear from you. NGS and the National Genealogy Hall of Fame Committee are seeking nominations from the entire genealogical community for persons whose achievements or contributions have made an impact on the field. This educational program increases appreciation for the dedication and useful advancements achieved by committed genealogists whose work paved the way for researchers today. This is an opportunity for your nominee to receive national exposure for their contributions to genealogy.

Since 1986 when Donald Lines Jacobus became the first genealogist elected to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame, thirty-one outstanding genealogists have been recognized for their contributions. The next honoree will join this select group of distinguished members. The winner and the society that honored the nominee will be announced at the NGS 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh in May.

Nominations for election to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame are made by genealogical societies and historical societies throughout the United States.

Guidelines for nominations:


·        A nominee must have been actively engaged in genealogy in the United States for at least ten years, must have been deceased for at least five years at the time of nomination, and must have made contributions to the field of genealogy judged to be of lasting significance in ways that were unique, pioneering, or exemplary.
·        The National Genealogy Hall of Fame is an educational project in which the entire genealogical community is invited to participate. Affiliation with the National Genealogical Society is not required.
·        The National Genealogy Hall of Fame Committee elects one person to the Hall of Fame annually. Those elected are permanently commemorated in the Hall of Fame at Society headquarters, Arlington, Virginia.
·        Nominations for election to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame are due by 31 January 2017. Official nomination forms are available from our website, www.ngsgenealogy.org under the Awards tab, or by contacting the National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22204-4304; phone 1-800-473- 0060.

To read short biographies of previous Hall of Fame members, visit http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/halloffame_winners






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06 December 2016

Holiday Gifts to You -- Genealogy Style -- 15 Free and (Relatively) New Family History Resources -- Part 1



Part 1


The holiday season is a period of gift giving.  My gift to you is another series of editions of FREE and (Relatively) New Genealogy and Family History Resources, the 2016 Holiday Version ...

Check out Re-cap – 20 Free and (Relatively) New Genealogy and Family History Resources, 2016 Version – 5 parts post (March 2016) where I did a recap of the 2015 and early 2016 editions. 

CANADA
2.    Nova Scotia Records (Halifax Funeral Home, vital stats from “The Colonial Patriot” and more)

IRELAND
3.    Civil Records -- The General Record Office (GRO)  of Ireland has made their civil registers of birth, marriage and death available on the website IrishGenealogy.ie. Currently includes: Births: 1864 to 1915, Marriages: 1882 to 1940, Deaths: 1891 to 1965
4.    Property Losses (Ireland) Committee -- The Property Losses (Ireland) Committee (PLIC) was established in June 1916 to assess claims for damages to buildings and property as a result of the destruction caused by the 1916 Rising.

MALTA
5.    DigiVault (Digital Archives of Malta)

UNITED KINGDOM

UNITED STATES
7.    New Amsterdam Stories (New York City)
8.    The Georgetown Slavery Archives (Washington DC)
9.    Methodist Episcopal Church Congregations and other related collections (Louisiana and East Texas)
11. Gallatin (MT) County Genealogical Society databases (divorce index, funeral home records, naturalization petitions, obituaries, vital records)
15. World War II Secret Mustard Gas Testing -- a database of more than 3,900 American servicemen exposed to mustard gas in secret military experiments during World War II.








Editor’s Note: As of today, each of the above links worked.  Now, whether the links in any of the identified articles work, I cannot vouch for that.  And, armed with the information provided, it should be relatively easy to get to determine where the discussed database currently resides.  If you get really stuck, drop me an email and I’ll try to ferret out the recalcitrant link or cross out my entry in the above list!

Editor’s Note: Know of a neat resource that you think might be a hidden gem?  Drop an email to UpFront@ngsgenealogy.org.
















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05 December 2016

Archival Outlook -- FREE, Fun & Informative Publication from Society of American Archivists


Archival Outlook -- FREE, Fun & Informative Publication from Society of American Archivists

Archives are so important to genealogists.  There are so many, many more than most of us can fathom.

I really enjoy the bi-monthly publication of the Society of American Archives (SAA), Archival Outlook, as it both informs me about what is going on at various archives (that I am not familiar with, D.C. Africana Archives Project) as well as entertains me by talking about archival collections (The Second City improv group out of Chicago, IL).

Most of the articles are visual and typically about 1-3 pages in length; making it an easy publication for quick discoveries.

I also learn about the world of managing archives in terms of staffing, the creating of finding aids, ticketing systems, brochures, professional development, and more.  Though you may not view such information as critical for you to know, it does help users better understand how archives operate and when we are armed with that knowledge, we can better use the archives we visit.  I don’t read every article and just skimming the titles provides me insight into what are important issues for archives.

Beware – you will find this publication an easy source of distraction.  I don’t suggest looking at it when you “should” be working!



What new repository or archival collection did you learn about via this publication?








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02 December 2016

FREE Access to Fold3 WWII Collections During Month of December – Commemoration of Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary



FREE Access to Fold3 WWII Collections During Month of December – Commemoration of Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary

From Fold3 …

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Ancestry researched the lives of 12 Pearl Harbor survivors, including four USS Arizona veterans, to uncover details about their family history, military service, and genetic diversity.

Fold3, an Ancestry company, is offering free access to 113 million WWII records during the entire month of December in addition to AncestryDNA and Fold3 subscription discounts.

LEHI, Utah, Dec. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- December 7th will mark the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, and the nation will pause to remember that tragic day in 1941. Fold3 will honor those who served at Pearl Harbor during the attack by showcasing the family and military history of 12 Pearl Harbor veterans. Everyone has a unique story of what led to them, and the heroes at Pearl Harbor are no exception …

… To learn about all 12 featured survivors, visit www.fold3.com/pearlharbor. Anyone visiting the site can view the Fold3 USS Arizona interactive virtual memorial and receive free access to more than 113 million WWII records during the month of December. Fold3 hopes these resources can help each user discover their own military ancestors and the brave lives they led.

The WWII collections contain 35 million WWII draft registration cards, including over 11 million young men’s draft cards available only on Fold3. Also included are the Pearl Harbor Muster Rolls with more than 1.7 million records of personnel assigned to ships based at Pearl Harbor for the years 1939-1947. A few of the WWII records available to view for free in December include:


Visitors to the site can also receive $10 off AncestryDNA, and $30 off a Fold3 annual membership.

Read the pull press release here.


Did a member of your family serve at Pearl Harbor? What’s their story?


Editor’s Note: Read past posts on Upfront with NGS regarding WWII records are found here.





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