Dear IGS Members,
Your presence is very much needed at the IGS Library, 1310 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank (cross street = Griffith Park; park behind in spaces off the alley). With all the disruptions in Ventura County, it may be hard for other members to reach the meeting — at which we vote for the incoming Board of Directors!! So by coming, if you can, you help us reach our threshhold number of participants.
And, come early and stay late for research. We will have computers available, and this weekend there is the option of free research on several pay sites. That’s been advertised on several genealogical pages and blogs, but here is the information as passed along by the Germans in St. Louis group, thanks to Kathy Wurth (who summarized it well!):
“…this weekend has quite a few “free weekends” from some genealogy pay sites. They are:
“MyHeritage Miltary Records – Nov. 8 -12
“Find my Past Free Access – Nov. 9 -12
“Fold3 Native American Records – Nov 1 -15
“NEHGS All Databases – Nov 6 – 13 American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) are granting free access to more than 1.4 billion names within its data-rich online records. https://www.americanancestors.org/free-billion”
If you haven’t checked out Kathy’s group, and are a German genealogist, you owe it to yourself to visit the site, here.
Yesterday’s announcement of the unveiling of the Research Assistance Request (RAR) program of the International German Genealogy Partnership (IGGP) brought an emailed letter today from Georg Palmüller. He says that the group of German genealogists in Unna has chosen not to take their share of the $30 fee collected from request submitters. Here are some excerpts:
“We will do it like we always did since 2001: free and without any kind of fee! We love to help from our hearts to the hearts of the genealogists who need help. We never took any money from help seeking genealogists except when there were fees to pay for needed documents.
“So we ask the IGGP to keep the complete fee of $30 when the Ahnenforscher Stammtisch Unna is asked for help via RAR submissions….
“We always tried to help in an easy kind of way. Just by eMail, quick, modern, fast and uncomplicated without any kind of forms at all to fill out. But we can live with the decision of the IGGP board who is believing that forms are really needed.
“We can’t wait to receive RAR submissions to help our genealogist friends in the US and elsewhere in the world and we will enjoy to help them.”
It should be added that from their webpage it is stated that the genealogical interests and research areas of participants in this monthly “Stammtisch” meeting are quite broad. So even if your research problem is not associated with their home area, these kind-hearted individuals will help if they can.
As theirs is not a society with expenses to meet, they feel they can make this offer, as Georg says, from their hearts. We should all make special efforts to return the favor, if asked!!
On a trial basis, the International German Genealogical Partnership (IGGP) has introduced its Research Assistance Request (RAR) program. Participation in this program is optional for member societies, and Australia and Brazil have not opted in at this time. Four German societies are joining in: Ahnenforscher Stammtisch Unna und Umgebung (an informal group in Unna, Germany), Roland zu Dortmund (an organized society nearby), the Oldenburgische Gesellschaft für Familienkunde and the Verein für Computergenealogie. U.S. societies and groups will be coordinated according to three regions: Western, Central, and Eastern States. There are also Coordinators for Canada and the U.K.
The RAR process, as currently established, may have some flaws. But the IGGP Executive Committee is introducing it now because of its great potential to provide member societies and their membership an invaluable service. Your IGS will soon begin to pay annual dues to the IGGP in order for our members to have access to this developing network of researchers. It is an additional benefit of belonging to our society. Not a member of IGS? Please consider joining us!!
Participation in this RAR program is, however, not free to requestors. There will be a $30 fee for submitting an RAR. Half of this fee goes to IGGP and half to the society assigned to respond to the RAR by the Coordinator(s). The assigned researcher(s) will put forth a “reasonable effort” to find answers to the RAR question. However, requestors need to be aware that there is no guarantee that a solution will be found.
Please find attached the English-language version of the instructions and forms, and a list (with map) of the RAR regions for the United States. The Submission Form should be filled out as completely as possible, but it is not required that all questions be completed. Just provide what information you have (and as much as you know) and submit it according to the directions. There will be a tracking process utilized to ensure that RAR Team Leaders are aware of the status and results of a request, and to assist in improving the process. Your feedback on the strength/weakness of the RAR program is welcomed, and may be directed to Mr. Delbert Ritchart at: dritchh37 [at] gmail.com.
RAR Instructions and Form
USA RAR Region Assignments