In a historic move, the boards of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announced their intent to merge. The two organizations, both non- profit leaders in the dynamic genealogy industry, will form one consolidated group that will continue to operate as the National Genealogical Society.
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Sometimes events happen in life that force us to remember. We go about our hectic lives – taking kids to soccer and football, or picking up grandchildren (depending on your phase of life) and trying to fit exercise into our schedule and then bam! Something happens and we are forced into remembering our ancestors – those who have gone before us or even those we have had lifelong relationships that have passed. That happened for me last summer.
What is your patriotism story? When have you felt that feeling in your heart – buttons bursting with pride because you feel the love of the red, white and blue? Have you told your family or recorded your feelings. If you haven’t I would encourage you to do so. It helps to reflect and brings greater understanding to those who will follow us. As our country becomes increasingly polarized, it may be important for our youth to understand the source of our patriotism and remember why our country exists.
“What is the secret sauce that holds a family together? What are the ingredients that make some families effective, resilient, and happy?” The “ingredients,” he wrote, are the whos, whats, whens, wheres, whys, and hows of your family—your family’s story. This secret sauce is available to every family. It has been cooking for generations.
It’s that time of year when there is plenty of planning for family reunions. What thoughts stir in your brain when you hear those two simple words – family reunion? For me there are many and they are mixed with happiness and a touch of anxiety. I know, I know, no one wants to be that family member who people want to run and hide from when they arrive because they’re the “family history person.” But folks, we should all be “that family history person” and incorporate some stories and history into the day. How, you ask? Let’s talk about it.
As the Native American population ages, FamilySearch seeks to record vibrant, oral histories with Natives in order to help preserve their history, language, culture, and genealogy.