26 September 2017

digital panopticon -- Tracing London Convicts in Britain & Australia, 1780-1925


digital panopticon -- Tracing London Convicts in Britain & Australia, 1780-1925

digital panopticon is a neat new website which “allows you to search millions of records from around fifty datasets, relating to the lives of 90,000 convicts from the Old Bailey. Use our site to search individual convict life archives, explore and visualise data, and to learn more about crime and criminal justice in the past.”

Please read this post by Chris Paton which goes into some detail on this new project, Digital Panopticon: London convicts database project



Was your ancestor a convict and transported?






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25 September 2017

Be Sure to Celebrate Electronic Records Day (October 10, 2017)


Be Sure to Celebrate Electronic Records Day (October 10, 2017)

From The Council of State Archivists …

The Council of State Archivists (CoSA) will once again sponsor Electronic Records Day on October 10, 2017 during the annual celebration of American Archives Month Electronic Records Day highlights the importance of electronic records and digital preservation issues in government and in our lives as a whole.  We invite you and your organization to join with CoSA to use this opportunity to reach out to colleagues and constituents to share information on the critical challenges of and solutions to managing electronic government records and information.  

…  See CoSA’s Electronic Records Day page, and check back often for updates, including upcoming additions on disaster preparedness for electronic records, managing personal digital information, managing electronic communications in government, and the difference in IT backups and digital preservation processes.

Also, please plan on joining us on social media on October 10 using the hashtag #ErecsDay.

Some resources available are:
·        10 Reasons for E-Records
·        Electronic Records Emergency Planning and Response
·        Why You Need More Thanks Backups to Preserve Records
·        Person E-Records Tips

At a basic level, in our modern lives, every day is a day to have awareness about electronic records and their preservation. Most of us are creating electronic records on a daily basis whether personally, professionally, or related to our genealogy research.





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21 September 2017

BCG Offers Six Free Lectures (Live or by Webinar) on 6 October 2017


BCG Offers Six Free Lectures (Live or by Webinar) on 6 October 2017

From our friends at BCG

Top genealogists Jeanne Bloom, Martha Garrett, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, Jill Morelli, Ann Staley, and Tom Jones will present six one-hour lectures held at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City Friday, 6 October 2017 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Mountain U.S. time. The lectures are free and open to the public (registration is not required), sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. All will be broadcast online (free registration is required, see below). The Board is an independent certifying body and author of the updated 2014 Genealogy Standards.

Times, topics, and speakers:

9:00 a.m. - "Sweden's Multiple Naming Systems and How They Changed in the 1800s." Martha Garrett, CG
10:15 a.m. - "Past Conflict Repatriation: The Role of Genealogists and Methodology in Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise." Jeanne Bloom, CG
11:30 a.m. - "Reasonably Exhaustive Research of African American Families That Came Out of Slavery." LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG
1:30 p.m. - "Using Timelines for Correlation and Analysis." Jill Morelli, CG
2:45 p.m. - "Land, Licenses, Love Gone Wrong, and Other Assorted Courthouse Records." Ann Staley, CG, CGL
4:00 p.m. - "Systematically Using Autosomal DNA Test Results to Help Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls." Tom Jones, Ph.D, CG, CGL

“Whether you stop in for the lectures or join online, you will learn more about how to apply good methodology to your family research,” said President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG. “The Board for Certification of Genealogists strives to foster public confidence in genealogy by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics. Educating all family historians of every level is part of this mission.”

For questions or more information contact office@BCGcertification.org.

Register for the Online Broadcasts
All six classes will be broadcast online by BCG's webinar partner, Legacy Family Tree Webinars. BCG receives a commission if you register by clicking our affiliate links: http://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/?aid=2619 to sign up individually (free), or http://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/?aid=3049 to sign up for multiple classes at once.

View BCG’s past Legacy webinars using our affiliate link at http://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/?aid=2619 and http://bcgcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars. Again, BCG receives a commission if you register by clicking and buying via our affiliate link. For more information on educational opportunities, please visit: http://www.BCGcertification.org/certification/educ.html.

Certified Genealogist is a trademark and CG is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board-certified associates after periodic competency evaluations. The Board name is registered USP&TO.






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20 September 2017

Museum Day Live! Join in the Fun -- It's FREE! (23 September 2017)


Museum Day Live! Join in the Fun -- It's FREE! (23 September 2017)

Though the below information is not directly genealogically-related, I haven’t yet met a genealogist who doesn’t have an insatiable curiosity and loves museums!

From our friends at the Smithsonian …

The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people.
Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. 

Where will your curiosity lead you on Museum Day Live!? 




HOW MUSEUM DAY WORKS:
STEP 1: Find a participating museum here
STEP 2: Download your ticket here
STEP 3: Head to the museum on Saturday, 9/23/17! 








Give a shout out to your favorite museum?

Planning to a visit a museum new-to-you on Museum Day Live!? Tell us which one.







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19 September 2017

Let's Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month! ¡Celebremos Mes de la Herencia Hispana! #‎HispanicHeritageMonth &‪ #‎HHM


Let's Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month!  ¡Celebremos Mes de la Herencia Hispana! #‎HispanicHeritageMonth & #‎HHM

It’s time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month which runs September 15-October 15, 2016.

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.

… The term Hispanic or Latino, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.

Don’t forget that the Library of Congress (LOC) has a Hispanic Reading Room with a lot of helpful resources, and, there are many events planned (which you can attend in person or virtually) and so check out, The Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage.

A Google search on Hispanic Genealogy or Hispanic Genealogical reveals several societies that may prove useful to your research – Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico, Hispanic Genealogical Society, Hispanic Genealogical Society of New York, Genealogical Society of Hispanic America, Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research, and more.

There is also a FamilySearch FB page for Hispanic Genealogy Research and a print publication (since 2000), Somos PrimosTM -- a publication dedicated to past and present articles, events and information concerning Hispanic heritage issues.

So, let’s ¡Celebra!




What is your favorite resource for researching Hispanic ancestry?


Editor’s Note: Check out past Upfront with NGS posts about Hispanic Heritage here.






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18 September 2017

ISFHWE Announces Winners of 2017 Excellence-in-Writing Competition


ISFHWE Announces Winners of 2017 Excellence-in-Writing Competition

Our friends at International Society of Family History Writes and Editors (ISFHWE) have shared …

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the Excellence-in-Writing Competition. All entries were exceptional this year. Submission details for 2018 will be announced soon. For any questions on the competition, email competition@isfhwe.org.

Category 1 – Columns
1st Place – Elaine Thomas: “For the Love of Dinah”
2nd Place – Carolyn Schott: “Welcome Back to Osthofen”
3rd Place - Maureen Wlodarczyk: “More Than (Immediately) Meets the Eye”
HM – Valerie LaRobardier: “Do You Have an ‘Indian Princess’?”

Category 2 – Articles
1st Place – Martin Fischer: “How the Gogolinsky Family of Warsaw Became the Barney Family of St.
Louis, Missouri”
2nd Place – Joseph F. Martin: “Apolonia Lewicka and the Priest”
3rd Place - Mari Margaret McLean, PhD: “Unintended Family History: Thomas Scholfield’s Letter to His
Brother”
HM - Fred Delcomyn: “A Danish Lad in America”
HM - Karen Brattesani: “A Soldier's Stories of World War II as Told to his Daughter”
HM - Sherri Panchaud Onorati: “Lucky to Be Here”

Category 3 – Newsletters
1st Place – Michelle D. Novak: “Genealogical Society of Bergen County, NJ - The Archivist”
2nd Place – Patricia Mansfield Phelan: “Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum”

Category 4 – Unpublished Authors
1st Place – Joan F. Vitale: “The Messenger”
2nd Place – Bonnie Dodge: “Getting to Know Grandmother, A Step Back in Time”
3rd Place – Robbin M. Smith: “I Have an Aunt Alice?”
HM - Linda D. Fritz-Langston: “Grandpa & His Puzzle”

Category 5 – Unpublished Material – Published Authors
1st Place – Dave Strausfeld: “Gus Cloepfil and his Migration Westward”
2nd Place – Wevonneda Minis: “DNA Decision”
3rd Place – Elaine Thomas: “Boyhood Tales from the Great Depression”
HM - Wendy Wilson Spooner, Lic . G, LCoT: “The Relevance of Genetic Knowledge to Genealogical
Research
HM - Andrea Butler Ramsey: “The Nickel Man”
HM - Emilee Marks: “The Tale of Two Wilhelmina Gogollas”

Cat 6 – Poetry
1st Place – Kavya Srikanth: “An Ode to Time Lost”
2nd Place – Lori Lynn Price: “Virden, New Mexico”
3rd Place – John Newmark: “Cause of Death”
HM - Anthony Proctor – “The Great Wave”
Submitted by Tina Sansone, Competition Coordinator

Congratulations to the winners.












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15 September 2017

Newest Edition of NGS Magazine Available to NGS Members (July-September 2017)


Newest Edition of NGS Magazine Available to NGS Members (July-September 2017)

The July-September 2017 issue of the NGS Magazine (PDF 3.6 MB) is online in the Members Only section of the website.

Please enjoy the editor’s note from Deb Cyprych introducing you to this edition.  A full table of contents list follows.

EDITOR’S NOTE

Why do we research our ancestors? Every genealogist has a different reason, but many might say, “To find their stories!”

We want to know where our ancestors came from, what they experienced, their joys and challenges—what they were like as human beings. Names, dates, and places in isolation don’t convey that, but stories do.

This issue celebrates the power of storytelling and explores methods of developing and telling ancestral stories in appealing ways, even when little information is available.

Why do we have more visceral reactions to stories than to bare facts? Curt B. Witcher explains why in a fascinating look at the science that proves the value of storytelling.

What makes a story dramatic? Sharon DeBartolo Carmack makes a case for the place of conflict in the stories we write and tell, and suggests ways to portray conflict in the lives of ancestors that can make their stories come alive.

What about ancestors who led ordinary lives as farmers? Annette Burke Lyttle uses research for a Michigan farm family to show how details derived from social history can enhance their stories.

Other elements can be used in storytelling. Jamie Yuenger describes her techniques for organizing and cataloging artifacts, conducting interviews, and producing audiovisual recordings on a budget. In their columns, Kathy Petlewski gives examples of the use of artifacts in
storytelling and Jordan Jones reports on a variety of recording tools for preserving stories.

When does storytelling cross the line? Amie Bowser Tennant delves into ethical issues that may affect when and how to share stories.

Documentation is key when verifying stories. Angela Packer McGhie’s interview with Thomas W. Jones presents an in-depth look at the value of documentation and the process he used to write his new book, Mastering Genealogical Documentation.

Continuing the commemoration of World War I, Susan Goss Johnston details an extremely useful source for identifying information about individual soldiers: statement of service cards. Jonathan R. Casey and Stacie Petersen describe the resources of the Edward Jones Research Center at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City.

We welcome our newest columnist, Diahan Southard, and her column, DNA Demystified, in which she discusses two vital dimensions of DNA: time and place.

Topping off this issue, columnist Claire Prechtel Kluskens describes a little-known digitized source for information about people who owned manufacturing companies at the start of the Depression.


Table of Contents

Features
·        NGS 2018 Conference Tours, by Janet A. Alpert, FNGS
·        Digital Rather Than Microfilm Access to FamilySearch Records, Provided by FamilySearch
·        NGS Awards, Competitions, and Recognition, by Charles S. Mason Jr., CG
·        NGS Seeks Nominations for 2018 National Genealogy Hall of Fame, by    Sandra M. Hewlett, CG
·        The Power of Story, by Curt B. Witcher
·        The Story is in the Conflict, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, MFA, CG
·        Uncovering the Stories of Farming Ancestors, by Annette Burke Lyttle
·        Drawing Out and Recording Six Hundred Years of Stories, by Jamie Yuenger
·        A Code of Ethics for Storytelling, by Amie Bowser Tennant
·        World War I Statement of Service Cards, by Susan Goss Johnston
·        The National World War I Museum and Memorial’s Edward Jones Research Center, by Jonathan R. Casey and Stacie Petersen

Departments
·        President’s Message, by Ben Spratling 
·        Editor’s Note, by Deb Cyprych
·        NGS News
·        Behind the Scenes – The Writing of Mastering Genealogical Documentation, by Angela Packer McGhie, CG
·       Technology – Recording Tools for Audio Family History, by Jordan Jones
·        Reference Desk – Showing and Telling Family History Stories, by Kathy Petlewski, MLIS
·       DNA Demystified – The Two Dimensions of DNA: Time and Place, by Diahan Southard
·       National Archives – Revelations of the 1929 Census of Manufacturers, by Claire Prechtel-Kluskens
·        NGS Members’ Book Notices




Editor’s Note: Please note that online access to the NGS Quarterly and NGS Magazine are available only as long as your membership is active. If you wish to discontinue this option and continue to receive print copies of the journal, please with our website and update your profile to indicate the same.





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