Genealogy News Corral: Oct. 20-14

By Diane Haddad

  • FamilySearch has announced that Donny Osmond will be the Saturday keynote speaker at the 2015 RootsTech conference, taking place Feb. 12-14, 2015, in Salt Lake City (the 2015 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference will be help in conjunction with RootsTech). You already knew the Osmond family is musical, but you might not have known they’re also into genealogy. You can learn all about the family’s history on the Osmond Family Organization website.

For those not attending the RootsTech/FGS conference: In past years, FamilySearch has broadcast keynote (and other) RootsTech sessions online. We’ll keep you updated on those details as we receive them.

  • Family Tree Magazine Podcast producer Lisa Louise Cooke and contributing editor Sunny Jane Morton have teamed up to launch the free Genealogy Gems Book Club. The virtual, no-commitment club will feature a different family history-related book every three months. Genealogy Gems Podcasts (free and premium versions) will feature book-related content, including an exclusive interview with the author of each book during that third month. Learn more about the book club and see the first featured book on the Genealogy Gems website.
  • The Federation of Genealogical Societies has released its election results for officers beginning their terms Jan. 1, 2015. D. Joshua Taylor (who you know from the series “Genealogy Roadshow,” as well as Family Tree University webinars including Top 25 Tricks for Finding Your Colonial Ancestors) was elected president for a second term. Six board members were elected or re-elected, as well—you can see them named on the FGS Voice blog. Congratulations to all!