Welcome to Associates in Action! This new monthly feature highlights BCG associates’ news, activities, and accomplishments. Contact Alice Hoyt Veen, alice@prairierootsresearch.com, to see your special news included in an upcoming post.

Activities & Projects

Barbara J. Ball, GISP, CG, chairs the APG Board Credentials & Postnominals Committee and serves as the APG Writers’ SIG treasurer. She assists Melinde Byrne, CG, with the Forensics Module of Boston University’s Genealogical Research Program. Barbara organizes Clan Cunningham non-standard family information submissions, and is working on two personal kinship determination studies and several long-term mapping projects.

Mary McCampbell Bell, Certified Genealogist Emeritus, Catherine Desmarais, CG, and Marsha Peterson-Maas, Forensic Genealogist, are Researching Coordinating Directors for Purple Hearts Reunited. Together with Marie Melchiori, Certified Genealogist Emeritus, they work to help family members of soldiers whose medals have been lost. They also have a new project: approximately 100 medals from WWI are waiting to be researched. They invite others to join their efforts! Website: http://purpleheartsreunited.org/about-us/

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, will be a featured speaker at the Indiana Genealogical Society’s annual conference on Saturday, 16 April 1016, at the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Website: http://www.indgensoc.org/conference.php

Beth Stahr, MLS, MA, CG, last fall petitioned the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) National Conference to include a special topics area on genealogy. As a result, ten papers were presented, and a documentary film was screened on March 22 in Seattle. Paper presentations ran from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and included lively discussions. Beth solicited the papers, managed the on-the-ground presentations, and presented her own paper. The next PCA/ACA conference will be held in San Diego, 12-15 April 2017. Please watch for the call for papers in the fall, and plan to join them in San Diego.

Awards & Achievements

Cheryl Brown Abernathy, CG, will be awarded “Outstanding OGS [Ohio Genealogical Society] Chapter Volunteer” at the Society’s annual business luncheon on 30 April 2016. Nominated by the Wayne County Chapter, Cheryl serves as chapter treasurer as well as newsletter editor. The award is presented to the member “who has contributed service above and beyond the normal level of Chapter activity during the current Chapter program year.”

Career News

Candace Buchanan, CG, is First Deputy Clerk of Court in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Her duties include document retrievals from the county’s archives. Records date to 1796; digitization efforts are underway for improved public access.


Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, “The Child Left Behind: Henry Larzelere of the Town of Jerusalem, Yates County, New York,” The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 147 (January 2016): 21–35.

Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, MFA, CG, two new books: Tell It Short: A Guide to Writing Your Family History in Brief (Salt Lake City: Scattered Leaves Press, 2016); and With Two Potatoes in His Pocket: The History of the McNamara and McGuire Families of Ireland and Richmond, Virginia, also including the Families of Hagerty, Kelly, Landers, Mahoney, Menchke, Rogers, Roschers, and Williams & The History of the Powell and Thomas Families of Georgia and Texas, also including the Families of Clinton, Collins, Crump, Eastham, Judd, Mabry, and Shipley (Salt Lake City, Utah: Warren & Carmack Publishing, 2015). Website: http://warrencarmack.com

Lori Cook-Folger, CG, “Finding the Mother of William H. Welch through Indirect Evidence,” Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly (Winter 2015).

Ron Hill, CG, FASG, “Middle Names from 1792 and 1793 Help Reconstruct Ancestry of John Rodda Jr., Butcher at Helston, Cornwall,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 103 (Dec. 2015): 263–279; “John Mounsteven of Cornwall and Middlesex, His High Treason Discovered, His Suicide,” The American Society of Genealogists, 75th Anniversary Volume (19402015), Selected and Original Articles by Fellows of the Society, Past and Present, Charles M. Hansen, FASG, and Gale Ion Harris, FASG (Saline, Mich.: ASG, 2015), 118–32; and “The Ancestry of Mark Guy Pearse, Cornish Author, Methodist Preacher, and Activist,” The Genealogist 30 (Spring 2016): 90–110 (to be continued).

Joan Hunter, CG, The Life and Times of Charles Leonard Holton (n.p.: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016). This family saga “covers four generations of Northfield Holtons from the early 1800s to the early 1900s.”

Cari A. Taplin, CG, “Seven Sites for Missouri Research You Don’t Want to Miss,” the Utah Genealogical Association’s (UGA) Crossroads 11 (Winter 2016): 20–25 . Cari will also co-teach the course “Crossing the Pond,” led by Eric Stroschein, with David Ouimette, CG, and Luana Darby, at the 2016 British Institute in Salt Lake City. The Institute is sponsored by the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH). Website: www.genealogypants.com