This week’s genealogy news roundup includes a few announcements from the National Genealogical Society Conference in Richmond, Va.
For more detail on classes, the exhibit hall, and more, Randy Seaver is keeping an NGS 2014 Conference Blog Compendium with links to posts and videos of bloggers reporting on the conference.
- The Records Preservation and Access Committee, a joint committee of NGS and the Federation of Genealogical Societies, has written a Genealogists’ Declaration of Rights to state the rights of family historians and others to access public records. It’s available for signing at the NGS conference and will be sent to legislators. I can’t find it online, but you can read more about it on the Ancestry Insider’s blog. Dick Eastman’s blog has background about current threats to records access.
- FamilySearch will hold an International Day of Spanish Indexing Saturday, May 17, for indexing Spanish genealogy records to be posted at the free FamilySearch.org website. Learn more here and link to a Facebook page (in Spanish) about this effort. Planning is underway for another indexing day, with a worldwide focus on indexing records in your native language, on July 20.
- FamilySearch also announced it has added more than 5.4 million digitized images to its record collections over the past week. That includes collections from England, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Spain and the United States. See the list of updates and click through to search or browse each collection here.
- The National Genealogical Society honored several genealogical society and family association newsletters with awards for excellence. Recipients include our local Hamilton County (Ohio) Genealogical Society, whose Tracer newsletter won in the category for societies with fewer than 500 members. You can see all the winners here