17 February 2011 –
A nationally known author, editor, instructor, lecturer, and researcher, Sandra was the editor of the FGS FORUM for over 22 years. Known for her radiant smile and helpful ways, almost everyone who was a member of or worked with a ge
nealogical society, or attended a conference knew Sandra. In nearly three decades as a professional ge nealogist, she presented over one thousand lectures.
Beginning in 1979, Sandra taught annually at
's Samford University and Historical Research (IGHR) and twice accompanied their British Research tour. From 1990 to 2007 she was Course I Coordinator for IGHR. From 1994 until its close in 2005, Sandra was Intermediate Studies Coordinator for the Ge Institute of Ge nealogy nealogical Institute of Mid-America (at the , sponsored by the Illinois State Ge University of Illinois nealogical Society). With Loretto Dennis Szucs, Sandra co-edited three award-winning books, including two editions of The Source: A Guidebook to American Ge nealogy; and The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches. Sandra also wrote two chapters for Professional Ge nealogy (Elizabeth Shown Mills, editor) titled “Ge nealogical Education” and “Fee Setting.”
Helping thousands of people to find their Chicago/Cook County roots, Sandra conducted research projects for the Smithsonian Institute, numerous publishers and attorneys, and an international clientele from
, Australia , England , Finland and Germany . She was a past trustee for the Association of Professional Ge Sweden nealogists (APG) and a volunteer research assistant at the National Archives—Great Lakes Region.
Sandra’s honors included the Professional Achievement Award from the APG (2008); the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award from FGS (2008); lecturer for the Richard Slatten Lecture Series by the Friends of the Virginia State Archives (2003) and, lecturer for the Willard Heiss Memorial Lecture at the 79th Annual Indiana History Conference (Indiana Historical Society) (1999). She was a Fellow of the Utah Ge
Per Dick Eastman, Eastman’s Online Genealogical Newsletter …
Her family says there will not be a funeral, but that a memorial service is being planned for her instead. The memorial will be held on Saturday, April 2 at at the
on Roosevelt Road in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. A map showing the location may be found at http://www.chapelhillgardenswest.com/dm20/en_US/locations/26/2674/directions.page? Chapel Hill Gardens
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Now Accepting Contributions to the War of 1812 Digitization Project
22 February 2011 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the establishment of the Sandra H. Luebking Memorial as a way of remembering the work and achievements of an influential leader in the genealogy community, the late Sandra Hargreaves Luebking.
With Sandra’s passing on 17 February 2011, we lost a teacher, a mentor, a colleague and a dear friend who made numerous contributions to the field of genealogy and family history.
Those who wish to remember Sandra and to help improve access to genealogy research records can now contribute to the Sandra H. Luebking Memorial to help make War of 1812 pension files available to researchers. As an active member of the FGS family and as Editor of FORUM from 1990 to 2010, Sandra was a huge supporter of the Preserve the Pensions project (http://www.fgs.org/1812/). This project was one of her personal choices as a memorial should anyone choose to honor her after her passing.
The Preserve the Pensions project is a national fund-raising initiative to raise $3.7 million to digitize of the War of 1812 pension files. The digitization process will enable online access by historians and family researchers to the memories and biographies of those who fought to protect our nation’s independence.
The pension records for the War of 1812 consist of more than 7.2 million documents in 180,000 files. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) receives more than three thousand requests per year for War of 1812 pensions, placing them among the most requested sets of records. Digitizing these valuable records will preserve the originals by removing them from continued heavy use. It will also make the images of the records much more widely available. NARA reports these important historical records already have been conserved and readied for digitization, so scanning could start as soon as funds are received. With the cost for digitizing and saving a single page from a pension file being fifty cents, supporters will see progress from the earliest days of the fund-raising initiative.
To make a contribution as a memorial to Sandra H. Luebking, visit the Preserve the Pensions donation page (https://www.fgs.org/1812/donation.php). The names of donors will appear in FORUM and a notice will be sent to Sandra's family.