The Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference September 2-5 in Little Rock, Arkansas

Press Release
For Immediate Release – Time Sensitive

1 August 2009

It’s just one month till family historians convene in Little Rock!

The Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference is set to take place this September 2-5 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Based at the Statehouse Convention Center in the exciting Rivermarket District, this event is drawing genealogists, historians, librarians, and archivists from all over the United States and beyond. You can still join them for four full days of learning more about genealogy, finding cousins, seeing how much is online, seeing how much is not online, figuring out how to get the most out of records, determining what archives or libraries have the answers, helping your genealogy society, and spending some money in the large Exhibit Hall. There will be almost 200 educational sessions. Don’t let this event pass you by.

The Arkansas Genealogical Society is the host for this event that has previously been in Boston, Seattle, Phoenix, Fort Wayne, Davenport, Orlando, Philadelphia, Austin, St. Louis, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Rochester, Cincinnati, Kansas City, and places in-between. You will be hearing about this event for years to come and will feel sad if you weren’t a part of it. It’s a place to meet authors, lecturers, librarians, archivists, and bloggers whose names you will recognize.

Registration Deadline
August 26 is the last day to pre-register for the conference online or by mail. It is also the deadline to reserve your spot at the luncheons, gala banquet, or the special Night at the Ballpark. There may be only a few extra tickets available at the conference registration on Tuesday, September 1st for these events.  <>

Onsite Registration
Tuesday, September 1st is the first day pre-registrants may visit the FGS/AGS registration booths on the lower level of the Statehouse Convention Center to pick up your name tag, tote bag, CD syllabus of lecture handouts, miscellaneous goodies, 20 door prize tickets, and begin the networking. Not pre-registered? No problem. There will be a line for just that task. You may register for one day or the full conference. Registration opens at 2:00 p.m. and runs until 6:00 p.m. on that day. It reopens at 7:00 a.m. on September 2d.

Exhibit Hall
What will you find in this hall on Thursday-Saturday? Aisle after aisle of booths featuring books old, new, and rare; genealogy software and hardware and demonstrations; preservation supplies; genealogical and historical societies; ethnic organizations; libraries; archives; maps; gifts; genealogy professional organizations; DNA companies; popular magazines; scholarly journals; databases; continuing education opportunities; author book signings; publishers; hotels from Salt Lake City; and places to sit, rest, and network with other registrants. The Hall is also open to non-registrants.

Door prizes
Many of the vendors in the Exhibit Hall will be giving away conference door prizes. Each registrant will receive 20 door prize tickets with your conference name tag and syllabus CD at the registration booth. The ticket will ask for your name, mailing and e-mail addresses and phone number. Bring along some of those address labels you have sitting around or print some up before you leave home to save some writing. Each participating vendor will have a box labeled for door prizes. Each attendee chooses which door prize box to drop their tickets in depending on the door prize being given. Some will have more than one door prize drawing during the three Exhibit Hall days. The names of the winners will be posted on a bulletin board in the Exhibit Hall. If you are a winner, all you need to do to claim your prize is to revisit the specific vendor’s booth.

Conference sessions to be recorded
Many of the conference sessions will be audio recorded and available for purchase on CD. Listings of those sessions being recorded will be available at the conference. Jamb-Inc. will be doing the recording and will have a booth where you can make your on-site purchases. The CDs will also be available after the conference from Jamb-Inc. but mailing fees will be charged.

Last minute Conference Information
Be sure to read the Conference News Blog during August and even during Conference Week to learn last minute details, reminders, suggested things to bring along, types of clothing to wear, and detail on special items. 
 Some exciting special announcements will be made in the next couple of weeks on the blog!

See you at the conference,

Paula Stuart-Warren
National Publicity Chair
2009 FGS/AGS Conference

Newspaper Archives FREE membership

Nothing in life is free, right? Well, sort of… Newspaper Archive now allows you to view (3) pages per day with a FREE membership. Not just search but view the image as well.  As Leland Meitzler pointed out on the GenealogyBlog that’s 90 pages per month for the true addict (the addict part is my addition).  Of course, if there are extra $$’s in your genealogy budget you can also get a premium subscription with access to an unlimited number of images per day.

Check it out and enjoy!

Newspaper Archive sign up page

Listing of newspapers available on Newspaper Archive

Finding Missing Ancestors 1861-1869

Leland Meitzler of the GenealogyBlog currently has a series of posts on how to locate individuals during he difficult time period of 1861-1869.

This is the second post in the blog series and gives sources for Alabama through the District of Columbia.

Click here to view the 2nd post.

Click here to view the 1st introductory post.

Be sure to add Leland’s blog to your links or RSS reader to keep us with his posts.

FamilySearch Record Search Update

Paul Nata, Public Affairs Manager for FamilySearch, said in a press release January 31, 2009, that FamilySearch had added over 40 million new records to its Record Search pilot since January 5th.

Individuals with international roots from Argentina, Canada, Germany, IrelandGermany, Netherlands, and the Philippines will find some nice surprises in the newly added collections.

Birth, marriage, and death records were added for the Netherlands and Ireland.  Irish researchers in particular have been anxiously awaiting the 23 million records from the Irish Civil Registration indexes.   These records date from 1845-1958 and are also known as the Statutory Registration Records. Statutory registration for Protestants began in 1845 and for Catholics in 1864.

Many thanks to the thousands of online FamilySearch Indexing volunteers who helped make these wonderful records available.

See the chart below for more details. The new records can be searched for free at

(Click Search Records, then Record Search pilot).

Collection Name

Indexed Records

Digital Images


1869 Argentina National Census




California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records  1835-1931




Canada Census 1916




Costa Rica Church Records 1595-1992




Germany Burials 1500-1900



Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes 1845-1958




Mexico Aguascalientes Catholic Church Records 1616-1961



Netherlands Births and Baptisms



Netherlands Marriages



Netherlands Deaths and Burials



Philippines Marriages



1920 United States Census



Added  Alabama

1850 United States Census


Added Alabama and Indian Population

1850 United States Census (Slave Schedule)


Added Alabama, Missouri, and South Carolina

1850 United States Census (Mortality Schedule)


Added Louisiana and Indian Population

1870 United States Census


Added Pennsylvania

Analyzing Evidence & Fallacies in Genealogy

I read two blog posts this morning that I just had to share. The first, Analyzing Evidence on Gena’s Genealogy blog, discusses how to analyze documents and photos to get the “most” from them AND give links to forms on the Arizona State Library’s website to help you do this (these are keepers!).

The second article from the Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog discusses Five Fallacies in Genealogy.

I hope you get as much out of these articles as I did.

Happy Ancestor Hunting!

Melissa offering FREE access to Civil War Databases and Images is allowing free access to Civil War records through Dec. 1 through Access Genealogy.  You MUST access the databases via this link:

There is a TON of information here… including the Compiled Military Service Records (CMSR’s) of virtually all the Confederate soldiers and a few states of Union soldiers and much more!

Don’t forget about the special subscription offer for Veteran’s through November 30th!

Did You Know?

Did you know that the Tutwiler Collection of Southern History & Literature Department of the Birmingham Public Library is an authorized branch of the Family History Library and part of the research system of the Genealogical Society of Utah?

Since January 2003, Southern History has had the ability to order microfilm from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.   Currently, the cost is $5.25 per microfilm roll.   The Family History Library will not send books only microfilm and microfiche.   You get approximately one month to view it and make copies before the microfilm is returned.  Requests to order microfilm/microfiche should be made in person to the librarians in Southern History.

Click here to view the Family History Library Catalog.