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 rootstech.familysearch.org.”

  • 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 http://beta.familysearch.org/, and by the end of the year should replace the older site at www.familysearch.org/.
  • FamilySearch Wiki (http://wiki.familysearch.org/) now contains more than 40,000 articles, many written collaboratively by volunteers.
  • The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has launched a new website, AmericanAncestors.org. 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 www.fgs.org/1812/.

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