Archives Announces Two Grant Winners for January 2011

[Editor’s note: the following press release was received from Congratulations to the January 2011 winners! I encourage everyone – genealogical societies and individuals – to apply for a grant via!]

Grant Will Help Recipients to Digitize Historical Records and Explore Black Heritage

(PRWEB) February 8, 2011 — launched its Grant Program in early January and has received a terrific response. In the last 30 days Archives received over 100 applications, and has been extremely impressed with the caliber of project proposals. Archives is pleased to announce not just one, but two Grant recipients for January 2011.

These are the first recipients of the Grant, an award that will be given monthly. Archives is honored to help the two recipients achieve their goals. Both projects will contribute in unique ways to the preservation of family and community history, which is of central importance to Archives’ mission.

Winners of the January 2011 Grant:


  • Columbia County Historical & Genealogical Society (CCHGS) – CCHGS is an organization dedicated to the preservation of Columbia County, Pennsylvania history. CCHGS would like to transcribe marriage license dockets 1921 to 1939, an estimated nine thousand bride and groom names. Once entered into an electronic database, the records will be made available on the CCHGS website and published in book form. This project will enable researchers worldwide to easily find information about their Pennsylvania ancestors.CCHGS Vice President Andre Dominguez notes, “This index will be particularly valuable in the case of the bride’s index, since the bride’s birth name is provided, which could potentially solve a brick wall.”Archives is honored to assist a project which helps to bring more valuable historical records online. Archives recently integrated a marriage collection from Alachua County, Florida, adding over 45 thousand records and images to its website from a similar time period. We applaud CCHGS’s effort, and are pleased to help them bring these records to the online community.
  • Myron McGhee – Myron is an amateur historian who would like to explore questions regarding his African-American heritage, and expand on his father’s considerable family history research. Specifically, Myron wants to investigate the hypothesis that his black ancestors were related to a nearby white family of the same name. Myron comments, “In ways yet unknown, I hope that exploration of the relationship between these extended families alters the manner in which typically polarized communities might engage one another.”Myron seeks to travel to Alabama and interview residents, review deed transcriptions, and scan photographs which will help him to solve this mystery. Ultimately, he will compile and share both his and his father’s findings to honor his family’s proud tradition. is delighted to make this second grant award to a project which will make a positive contribution to the research of African-American families in Alabama during this fitting time of Black History Month.

Each recipient will be awarded a $1,000 dollar grant to pursue their projects. Archives believes the work accomplished will be of significance to their families and communities now and in the future.

Thanks to each and every grant applicant for taking the time to share their stories. Applicants from previous months will still be considered for future grant awards. If you have wanted to pursue a family history project but just need a little extra help, we encourage you to visit and fill out a grant application.

Congratulations to both of the Grant recipients! To read more about the recipients, visit the blog where their stories will be posted soon.

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©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

National Institute for Genealogical Studies Announces Acquisition of GenealogyWise

genealogy wise

[Editor’s Note: the following press release was posted by Gena Philbert Ortega, Genealogy Community Director of GenealogyWise at the GenealogyWise website this evening]

National Institute for Genealogical Studies Announces Acquisition of GenealogyWise

(Toronto, February 7, 2011)

Louise St. Denis, Managing Director of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, has announced that the Institute has acquired the website, GenealogyWise ( The Genealogy Community Director of GenealogyWise, Gena Philibert Ortega, has also officially joined the Institute. She can be reached at

Gena Philibert Ortega of GenealogyWise “I would say that GenealogyWise is a great fit with the National Institute’s goals. GenealogyWise is a place to connect with new found cousins, share resources, and learn more about genealogy. As part of the National Institute, GenealogyWise members will benefit from the opportunities that the National Institute provides,” said Gena.

GenealogyWise is the social network for genealogists. This is the place to network with other researchers, and make discoveries about your family history.You can join or create surname, locality, or topic groups. The Group feature allows you to collaborate, share, and ask questions of other members.

You can also join the Chat Room for a quick question about research, a chat with fellow genealogists, or attend one of our educational presentations. As well, you can post a blog entry or a forum question from the GenealogyWise homepage. This is a great way to share your knowledge on a genealogy topic or to ask a question.

To date, there are over 23,000 members online.

A new feature will be added – the Live Meeting. GenealogyWise members will be able to access Live Meetings onsite, and this will open up more education opportunities to members that the Institute has to offer.

For the month of March, the Institute is offering a number of US courses as well as courses on Methodology, Electronic Records, and in Analysis and Skill Mentoring.

To read a detailed description about a specific course, please go to our website at, click on the menu item “COURSES”, and click on “COURSES” again. Then click on “ALPHABETICAL LISTING” to make searching through over 60 courses given in March a little easier!

And to learn more about our instructors, please go to our site at, click on menu item “INSTITUTE”, then click on “FACULTY”, and click again on the instructor’s name.

If you need more information, please call us toll-free in North America at 1-800-580-0165, or send us a message at
You can enroll in these or other courses by simply going to the Institute’s website at, choosing the ones which interest you, and registering online.

About The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

About the National Institute for Genealogical Studies: The Institute now offers over 150 courses in genealogical studies, including courses in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Germany, and the United States.

If you are looking for a more formal educational training, the Institute offers-in affiliation with the Continuing Education Unit of the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto-Certificate Programs in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Germany, Scotland and the United States, as well as a Librarianship Certificate.

Louise St. Denis
Managing Director
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

Toll-free in North America – 1.800.580.0165

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Free Directory of Genealogists Debuts This Month

Directory of Genealogists

[Editor’s Note: since the demise of’s Expert Connect, many groups, organizations and resources have stepped up to fill the void. One such venture is the Directory of Genealogists recently started by our colleague Stephanie Hoover. Here is a recent press release about the Directory of Genealogists.]

Free Directory of Genealogists Debuts This Month

A new web site set to debut this month offers both genealogists and those looking to hire them a valuable free service: a worldwide directory of professional researchers.

The recent closure of Ancestry’s ExpertConnect program prompted Pennsylvania genealogist Stephanie Hoover to create a tool that fills the resulting large void in marketing and networking opportunities. Her answer is a simple concept, but one she hopes will be highly beneficial.

“I know that there are professional organizations for genealogists,” says Hoover, “and even other directories. But this directory will be a little different. For one thing, the scope is quite large. Many former Expert Connect researchers have asked to be included so the directory already represents a number of countries outside the United States. And, basic listings will always be free. A genealogist will never have to pay to have his or her name on”

Hoover is currently absorbing all costs to design and host the site, gather researcher profiles, and database this information. “I have had generous offers from participants,” she says, “but at this point it would be difficult to delegate tasks.” She has also taken on the role of social media coordinator using services like Twitter and LinkedIn to publicize the directory.

“I believe it’s time for genealogists to take control of their own industry,” Hoover says. “Trade groups are in the business of growing the group – and that is certainly reasonable. ExpertConnect was a revenue generator for Ancestry – and here again, that’s to be expected. But this directory benefits no one but the researchers. We are the ones who know what we need to survive in this field. We are the ones who know that clients need direction and education. We are the ones who need one another, to compare notes and share stories of both success and failure. That is my goal for this web site.”

A special discussion board, to be called “The D.o.G. Pound,” will be a researchers-only forum where genealogists can communicate with one another privately. This service will not go live until the directory is posted.

Hoover is honest about possible future premium content on “Once the directory is operational, and if I am confident that premium services or listings benefit researchers, I may eventually charge a nominal annual fee for enhanced directory entries. As I’ve already mentioned, however, basic listings will always be free and I can promise that any future premium fees would be affordable for one-man-shops or part-time genealogists.”

Researchers wishing to be considered for inclusion in the directory can complete a simple form found at:

While the web site is still currently under construction, the basic design and framework are clearly visible to visitors who are encouraged to go to and offer feedback. Comments or questions about the directory can be emailed to Stephanie Hoover at:  A Twitter account has also been established:

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee