- The International Society for Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) has announced this year’s winners of its annual Excellence in Writing competition—and we’re thrilled to report first prize in the articles category goes to our own Sunny Jane Morton, for her December 2011 Family Tree Magazine article “Blue Collar Breakthroughs.” In this article, Sunny explains how to research employment records of workers in the railroad, automobile and other industries. (You can get the December 2011 print issue here or the December 2011 digital download issue here.)
Congratulations to all the ISFHWE competition winners—you can see their names here!
- Shazami Design has released a Windows phone app called ThinkGenealogy, which aims to guide you through the research process. It features a research “map,” shows how important concepts are related, explains the Genealogical Proof Standard, provides a glossary of genealogical terms and more. You can watch a video about how to use the app on YouTube and purchase the app for $1.99 here.
- Here’s an interesting new product I saw at last week’s FGS conference: The Heirloom Registry offers uniquely numbered labels (starting at 10 for $10) you affix to your family heirlooms, then you enter information about each heirloom in an online heirloom registry. Anyone who finds the labeled heirloom in the future can then go online and enter the number to access the details about it. Click here to learn more about how it works.
- The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has promoted five-year staff member Ryan Woods to NEHGS assistant vice president for the website and library. Woods will oversee www.AmericanAncestors.org and the Boston-based NEHGS library, bringing those two areas into greater alignment with each other.