Monday, September 1, 2014

Board for Certification of Genealogists Offers Free Webinars

The Board for Certification of Genealogists is offering 2 free webinars to help you become a better genealogist:

  • Monday, September 22 - 8 pm Eastern - Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, will discuss “Fine Wine in a New Bottle: Guidelines for Effective Research and Family Histories.” Updated, retitled, and reorganized, the genealogy standards first published in 2000 are now available in a new edition (see http://www.bcgcertification.org/resources/standard.html for more). ThIS webinar will describe the changes and what they mean for all family historians. Dr. Jones teaches at three genealogy institutes, co-edits the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and is the author of Mastering Genealogical Proof.
  • Wednesday, October 15 - 8 pm Eastern - Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL, will explain “Kinship Determination: From Generation to Generation.” Requirement 7 of the BCG certification application asks for a Kinship Determination Project in which the applicant writes a three-generation narrative and explains how the relationships are documented. All genealogists do this regularly while placing relatives with their appropriate connections in the family tree. A familiar speaker at conferences across the country, Russell will coordinate the Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis course at the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research in 2015.

To sign up for these webinars, please visit the BCG blog - http://bcgcertification.org/blog/2014/08/bcg-announces-new-webinar-series.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hamilton County Library to Discuss Social Media for Genealogy

The Hamilton East Public Library in Noblesville will hold a genealogy roundtable on Tuesday, September 9 from 2:15 to 3:15 pm in the library's genealogy classroom. The group will discuss the use of social media in genealogy research, including Facebook, blogs, message boards, and webinars. You are invited to bring your questions and share your own experiences.

This is an informal discussion group - no registration is required.

Friday, August 29, 2014

IGS Adds Randolph County School Records Database to Members-Only Area

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added a database about a Randolph County school to the County Records section of our Members Only area:

--Alumni of Winchester High School, Randolph County, Indiana (1919-1922)

This is a premium database, accessible only to IGS members.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,338 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 5 databases.

IGS War of 1812 Match Challenge At 15% of Goal

The Indiana Genealogical Society's match challenge for the digitizing of War of 1812 pension files has now reached 15%. Thanks to all who have contributed so far! This match challenge seeks to raise $1,816 in donations (in honor of 1816, the year of Indiana statehood) - when we reach $1,816, IGS will match that with another $2,016 (in honor of the year of Indiana's bicentennial). Thanks to the participation of other organizations, that $3,832 will end up being $30,656 - enough to digitize some 60,000 pages of documents.

HOW TO DONATE:
Donate online through the IGS website, or mail your check payable to Indiana Genealogical Society (please indicate "War of 1812 donation" in the memo line) to:

Indiana Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 10507
Fort Wayne, IN 46852-0507

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hamilton County Library To Discuss Brick Walls in Genealogy Research

The Hamilton East Public Library in Noblesville will hold a genealogy seminar on Saturday, September 13 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm in the library's genealogy classroom. The seminar will focus on how to research brick wall ancestors - those whose paper trail seems non-existent.

This seminar is free but registration is required. Register through the library's calendar of events on their website (www.hepl.lib.in.us) or contact the library's Indiana Room - phone (317) 770-3206.

IGS Adds Allen County School Records Database to Members-Only Area

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added a database about Allen County schools to the County Records section of our Members Only area:

--Graduates of Common Schools in Allen County, Indiana (1917)

NOTE: A common school went up to 8th grade.

This is a premium database, accessible only to IGS members.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,337 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana's 92 counties has at least 5 databases.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lake County Library To Host Genealogy Networking Session

The Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society will meet on Saturday, September 20 at 10 am at the Crown Point Public Library (122 N. Main St., Crown Point IN). There will be a "Networking for Researchers" session, where you can bring your brick wall research problems and others can try and solve it.

This meeting is free and open to the public.