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Random Notes from the FGS Conference

Here are a few ran­dom notes from the FGS Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee.

  • RootsTech Conference: Just prior to the com­mence­ment of the FGS Conference, FamilySearch announced the RootsTech Conference:

    Technologists and geneal­o­gists from around the world will gather at the first annual RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 10–12, 2011. The new con­fer­ence, hosted by FamilySearch and spon­sored by lead­ing genealog­i­cal orga­ni­za­tions, aims to bring tech­nol­o­gists and geneal­o­gists together to help deepen under­stand­ing of cur­rent tech­nolo­gies and dis­cover new ideas in apply­ing tech­nol­ogy to geneal­ogy. Learn more at”

  • FamilySearch dig­i­ti­za­tion con­tin­ues to deliver records from the FamilySearch vaults, with most of the index­ing done by vol­un­teers. At the time of the NGS Conference in May, they announced 300 mil­lion names. In August, they have announced that another 200 mil­lion names have gone online. The results of this work can be seen at, and by the end of the year should replace the older site at
  • FamilySearch Wiki ( now con­tains more than 40,000 arti­cles, many writ­ten col­lab­o­ra­tively by volunteers.
  • The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has launched a new web­site, The site name reflects the fact that while the NEHGS has a focus on New England, they have also devel­oped sub­stan­tial data­base hold­ings nation­ally, espe­cially in New York, the mid-Atlantic, and in eth­nic top­ics such as Irish and African American research. The new site con­tains all of the NEHGS’s data­bases., fea­tures, arti­cles, and resources, and have a very con­tem­po­rary feel about it, with the lat­est in social media inte­gra­tion and blog­ging and inter­ac­tion with users on the site.
  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is part­ner­ing with the National Archives to dig­i­tize the War of 1812 pen­sions. Three sam­ple pen­sions, as well as infor­ma­tion on donat­ing for this project are avail­able at

It has been a great con­fer­ence, and there has been a lot of excite­ment in the air.

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