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FGS Seeking Ambassadors for 2015 Conference

I received the following press release from FGS this morning.  With the 2015 FGS Conference right around the corner, they are looking for people to help spread the word.  The FGS Ambassador program was started in 2013 for the conference in Ft. Wayne.  Bloggers, social media gurus, writers, and the like are invited to become ambassadors (benefits are listed below).  You do not have to have a blog or plan to attend the conference to participate.  I participated in 2013, but with my chaotic life over the last several months, I could not commit to 2014; I do however plan to get in the mix again for 2015.  Will you join me? 

Full details are in the press release below.

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Book Review – The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide

FTGerGenTitle:  The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide

Author:  James M. Beidler

Format:  Paperback, Kindle, Nook

Published:  2014

Synopsis:  (from book cover) Follow your family tree back to its roots in Bavaria, Baden, Prussia, Hesse, Saxony, Wurttemburg and beyond. This in-depth genealogy guide will walk you step by step through the exciting journey of researching your German heritage, whether your ancestors came from lands now in modern-day Germany or other German-speaking areas of Europe, including Austria, Switzerland, and enclaves across Eastern Europe.

My Rating: 

I have read (or perhaps I should say, in some cases, tried to read) other German genealogy guides.  Most of the time, while informative, the writing is stilted and the content is very overwhelming, especially for those new to the idea of researching German ancestors.  The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide is written more casually and conversationally and allows the reader to absorb the content a little easier; I appreciate that. 

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Another New Genealogical Institute, This One Virtual!

header-logo2This morning I received the following press release, announcing the formation of Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (VIGR).  I think it’s a really interesting concept, with some great benefits.  First, you don’t have to travel—all the courses are offered online.  Second, for a reasonable price, you get to attend four 90-minute sessions online AND you get the digital video recording and the syllabus.  And finally, unlike traditional genealogical institutes, where you only get to work on one topic for the week, VIGR offers various courses at different times throughout the year, allowing you to attend more than one.  More details in the press release below.

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