I Am SO There! Blogger Badge Contest – Genealogy Jamboree

If you are attending the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree June 5-7, 2015 in Burbank, then get your special blogger badge!

If you plan on attending the Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree in Burbank, California to be held June 5-7, 2015 AND you have a genealogy blog, then grab your special badge!

Click here to visit the SCGS Jamboree blog (yes, this event is so big it has its own blog!) and follow the instructions to add the badge to your site with a link to Jamboree.

Enter the Blogger Badge Contest

Once you’ve set up your badge, then send an email to the Jamboree social media staff at socialmedia@scgsgenealogy.com and you’ll be entered to win a free Jamboree registration!

Speakers, Sponsors and Exhibitors Invited Too!

I am one of several speakers at this year’s Jamboree and I hope to see many of my readers there.  I’m proud to display the Speaker badge on this site so others will know to find me at this year’s Jamboree.

Visit the Jamboree blog for more information on how to download badges for your site!

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

2016 FGS National ​Conference: Call for ​Presentation Proposals

The Federation of Genealogical Societies' 2016 Conference will be held in Springfield, IL 21 Aug - 3 Sept 2016. Here are details on the call for presentations.

[Editor’s Note: Once again the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ national conference returns to Springfield, Illinois in 2016 – and I am serving as the National Publicity Chair. If you are a genealogy speaker, please consider submitting one or more proposals for the conference. For non-speakers, please save the date!]

February 13, 2015 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces a Call for Presentation Proposals for the FGS 2016 Conference, “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” to be held in Springfield, Illinois, Aug 31 – Sept 3, 2016. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are within walking distance of the Prairie Capital Convention Center, the conference venue. The conference will be held in cooperation with the Illinois State Genealogical Society as local host. The deadline for submission of presentation proposals is Friday, 10 April 2015.

“Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” recognizes the vast array of people and resources whose paths into the United States brought them to, and through, the Midwest. Topics related to methodology and research skills are always welcomed, in addition to content-specific areas, such as:

  • Military: War of 1812, American Civil War, Indian Wars, World War I, World War II, European and Napoleonic Wars.
  • Migration: Europe to North America; naturalization records; passenger lists; ports of entry; to and through the Midwest; the Great Migration (northward from the sharecropping South); migration trails and routes (Mormon, Oregon, Santa Fe); refugee resettlement; modern economic migrants.
  • Ethnic Origins: The Baltic Basin (including Poland, Scandinavia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Denmark, Germany); Central Europe (including Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic/Bohemia, Hungary); Romance Europe (including France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and the Papal States); the Mediterranean/Adriatic Basin (including Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Croatia, Cypress, Armenia); Latin American research.
  • Great Britain and the former British Empire​:​ (England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India)​;​ the British diaspora; records (civil and ecclesiastical); churches (Anglican, Quaker, Catholic, dissenter, non-conformist, Presbyterians); military records; city directories; trade directories; guilds; poll books; valuations and tax records.
  • Occupations & Work: Farmers, carpenters, brewers/distillers, boatmen, firefighters/police, railroaders, canal builders, laborers and factory hands; women in the workforce; unions, guilds and apprenticeships; coal miners; slaughterhouse workers; doctors, midwives and pharmacists; clerks and lawyers; pressmen and printers; trade directories; smugglers, bootleggers and other illicit trades.
  • Religions, Adherents and Records: Jewish, Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant traditions and records; religious colonization’s and refugee movements; Pogrom and Holocaust survivors and research; the Underground Railroad; Mormon/LDS; utopian communities; peace churches, pacifists and conscientious objectors; convents, monasteries and cloistered communities.
  • Regional research: Research repositories in the Midwest; research in Illinois and nearby states—Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio; archival collections; college and university research collections; migration destinations from Illinois: the Great Plains, Texas, Oklahoma, and California; migration to Illinois from feeder states of the east and south.
  • Genetics & DNA: the basics of DNA research; autosomal studies and advanced analysis; testing procedures; ethical considerations; adoptions; forensic and expert work; case studies.
  • Skills, Abilities & General Knowledge: Beginning research techniques; evidence analysis; online resources and tools; wikis; collaboration techniques and etiquette; terminology; comparative analysis; units of measure, trade and currency; time, calendars and dates; writing a family history; publishing – print vs eBook; creating websites, blogs and vlogs; earning genealogical credentials.
  • Society Management: Use of technology by and for societies; adaption to change; internal and external communication; meeting changing member needs and member engagement; education projects and events; society leadership; team building, implementing large projects.

The program committee specifically seeks new and dynamic proposals that will provide exceptional learning experiences for conference attendees. Proposals for workshops and sponsored talks are encouraged.

Multiple proposals (more than four) are welcome and encouraged, as most chosen to speak will be engaged for more than one presentation. There is no limit on the number of proposals a speaker may submit.

Submission Requirements

Speaker submissions and deadlines for the FGS 2016 Conference reflect the implementation of an online submission system. Interested parties must submit all presentation proposals using the online portal, which will open 20 February 2015. The Call for Presentation​ Proposals is now open and will close on Friday, 10 April 2015.

This deadline is for all proposal submissions including sponsored presentations.


Selected speakers receive an honorarium, travel compensation, and conference registration as well as per diem and hotel nights based on the number of presentations given. (Sponsored speakers only receive conference registration and syllabus materials. See more about sponsorships below.) Non-sponsored speakers receive compensation according to the FGS Conference Speaker Policy at www.fgs.org/conferences/speakerpolicy.php.

Sponsored Presentations

Societies and businesses are encouraged to submit proposals for sponsored talks by the stated deadline for proposal submission. The sponsoring organization will cover its speaker’s costs to present the presentation. Sponsored speakers are expected to abide by all speaker deadlines and syllabus requirements. Sponsored speakers will receive complimentary FGS conference registration and electronic syllabus materials.

Additional Information

Invitations will be issued in October 2015. Syllabus format guidelines will be sent to speakers at that time. The deadline for acceptance and submission of signed speaker contracts is 1 November 2015.

Camera-ready handouts are required for each presentation or workshop presentation and will be compiled in a syllabus distributed to conference participants. The deadline for submissions of syllabus materials is Wednesday, 13 April 2016.

​For more information, please visit: ​ https://www.fgsconference.org/proposals/

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy), Twitter (http://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy) and on our blog at (http://voice.fgs.org).

Calling All NGS 2015 Bloggers!

Member of GeneaBloggers who are attending the National Genealogical Society conference in May 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri, are asked to check in!
Many genealogy bloggers are expected to attend the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference, 13-16 May 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri.

Register with GeneaBloggers

If you are an active member of GeneaBloggers and will be attending the conference, please click here to register with us.  The information you enter will ensure that as a member of GeneaBloggers, you receive the extra-special Blogger Beads which this year are sponsored by DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ Worthington (thanks!).

Please do not use this form if your blog is not listed at GeneaBloggers and you are not a member (see http://www.geneabloggers.com/genealogy-blogs/ to check listing). If you would like to become a member of GeneaBloggers, please visit http://www.geneabloggers.com/suggest-blog/. Email Thomas MacEntee at geneabloggers@gmail.com with any questions.

History of “Blogger Beads”

While attending FGS 2015/RootsTech in Salt Lake City earlier this month, several of the lifestyle bloggers in the Media Hub asked me how the tradition of genealogy bloggers wearing beads at genealogy conferences got started.

One of the first conferences where I attempted to make the genealogy bloggers noticeable was at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in 2009. That year, I purchased sets of red, white and blue mardi gras beads with palm trees (for the California factor).

SCGS Jamboree 2009 Blogger Beads

Here is why I started the blogger bead tradition:

  • Most genealogy bloggers had only “met” online via their blogs, Geneabloggers and Facebook; at a conference there was no easy way to tell who was a genealogy blogger. The beads helped solve that problem!
  • As a marketing tool, when other attendees saw the beads, they would usually come up to the blogger and ask either “Where did you get those beads?” or “What do the beads mean?” This gave the blogger the opportunity to tell the person about their blog and how it has helped with their genealogy research.

So now, for each of the large genealogy conferences, GeneaBloggers works with fantastic sponsors like DearMyrtle and Cousin Russ, to come up with a different set of blogger beads for members of GeneaBloggers!

©2015, copyright Thomas MacEntee