Open Webinar 24 september, 10-11.30 CST

The first IFLA Local History and Genealogy Section Webinar on 24 September 2020 is just announced on the IFLA Section Web page.

The Section Webinar is titled  “What Librarians Need to Know about DNA”.

The speaker is Drew Smith, Associate Librarian, University of South Florida Libraries (USA)

Audience: IFLA Members, librarians, archivists, genealogists

Organiser:  Cherie Bush, Local History and Genealogy Section Standing Committee Membe

More information can be found at our website

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Thanks Wroclaw



IFLA Wroclaw 2017 – Thanks

On behalf of IFLA Genealogy and Local History SC, Bozena and Chihfeng would like to extend our thanks to all institutions, organisations and individuals who contributed to the successful Genealogy and Local History session on August 21 in Wroclaw.

First of all, we want to thank the Lower Silesian Public Library (Dolnoslaska Biblioteka Publiczna im. Tadeusza Mikulskiego) and its director Andrzej Tyws for providing the venue, so that our meeting could take place at his library. We thank the library staff for their excellent practical support before and during the event:  Mariusz Gabrysiak, Michal Zurawski and Rafal Werszler from IKT section and Ewa Bednarkiewicz.

We would like to thank the international presenters: Milena Kostić and Vesna Vuksan both from University Library “Svetozar Markovic”, Serbia, Mastura Muhamad, Norelmin Sapuan, Hikmah Hassan, Mohamad Fadzli Mohd Fauzi, Juliana Es Mohd Munawir, all from the Selangor Public Library Corporation, Malaysia, Kathryn Philips, UNIUYO,  Nigeria, Milena Dobreva-McPherson, University of Malta, Malta (video presentation) and Helen Chan, Lam Tin, Hong Kong, for their excellent presentations. Many thanks to Kate Cordes for convening the session.  We also thank Daniel Horowitz from MyHeritage for his enlightening introductions to DNA and genealogical databases.

Several members of our SC should be mentioned: Maja Markhouss, from Sweden for practical work during the session and  Russell Lynch, Cherie Bush, Frank Kirkwood, Joyce Jelks (with Gloria Mims, Joan Weeks, May Chang, James Hastings and Tord Hoivik), for supporting and serving as moderators during the session.

We also thank the Standing Committees of the Asia and Oceania Section and the Information Technology Section for their willingness to organize this joint event, for support and cooperation in reading and evaluating the proposals and for promoting this off-site session.

We would also like to congratulate Prof. Roman Motulsky, Director of National Library of Belarus with the successful Belarus Special Session at the same venue dedicated to the 500th anniversary of Belarussian book-printing and personal grretings from the IFLA’s president Doona Scheeder. We thank Radmila Bukach for an excellent cooperation.

We thank the city of Olesnica for supporting our conference in Wroclaw on Monday 21 August and providing us with two excellent volunteers, Malgorzata Rokosz and Agata Rorat.

During the library visit tours on Friday August 25 we had the opportunity to visit first Olawa and then Olesnica. In Olesnica we had a chance to admire the beautiful town, the museum and the public library. We had also an opportunity to hear the history of “chained books” library at the main local church, told by the priest Wladyslaw Ozimek.

We thank Anna Zasada, the library director, and Michal Kolacinski, the mayor of Olesnica for welcoming us, and to Stanislaw Krol for an excellent introduction into Olesnica’s and the library’s history, and thanks to all the volunteers for making our stay in Olesnica warm and interesting. We also remember the tasty lunch provided at the library.

Best  Wishes to all.

Bozena Rasmussen, Chair 2015-2017 and

Chihfeng P. Lin, Chair 2017-2019

IFLA’s Genealogy and Local History Standing Committee

BR, 26th September 2017.


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Thanks Vilnius


Dear All,

Chihfeng and I would like to thank you all, institutions, organisations and individuals, for the support, engagement and practical work that made the IFLA Genealogy and Local History Satellite Meeting in Vilnius 16-17 August a successful event for the international guests, for the presenters and for the organizers.

First of all, we would like to thank the main organizers – the Martynaz Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania and its director Renaldas Gudauskas, as well as Vilnius University and Professor Arvydas Pacevicius, for sponsoring and organizing the E-learning workshop on the first day and the main session for the Genealogy and Local History session on the second conference day. Our thanks go also to the individuals who worked hard in order to make the both days well organized: Monika Kundelyte, Aurimas Valys and the guides to the library visit.

We would like to thank our Tord Hoivik, Norway for the excellent E-learning presentations and the well-prepared hands-on sessions. The planning work and support of Mantas Janavicius,  National Library of Lithuania and Vigintas Stancelis, from Vilnius University was also essential.

We would like to thank the presenters, who came from many countries (Romania, Hong Kong, Japan, Brasil, Latvia and Lithuania), who made the main session very interesting. We thank  Cherie Bush for convening the Genealogy and Local History session and Daniel Horowitz from MyHeritage for his excellent introductions to DNA and genealogical data bases.

We extend our thanks to all participants who came to Vilnius for this conference.
A special thank to those who helped the discussion along by acting as group moderators during our “world café” discussions. We also thank the members of our SC who helped the conference go smoothly: Maja Markhouss, from Sweden, and Cherie Bush, Russell Lynch and Joyce Jelks, Mattye Laverne from United States, also Gloria Mims and Joan Weeks from United States and Jørgen Betten, Norway. We will remember Vilnius City for the excellent food we could enjoy with our friends in the evening.

Our final thanks go to the Standing Committees of the Asia and Oceania Section and the Information Technology Section, for their cooperation in organizing this joint conference.

Our Best Wishes to all.

Bozena Rasmusssen
Chair 2015-17

Chihfeng P. Lin,
Chair 2017-19

IFLA’s Genealogy and Local History SC


BR 25th September 2017.

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Library Visit Olawa & Olesnica

Source: Library Visit Olawa & Olesnica

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Library Visit Olawa & Olesnica

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Wroclaw Session Images

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E-learning morning session in Vilnius

Resources for the first lecture are located here.

After the second morning lecture we invite questions from the groups. Questions may be added below, as comments, or handed in on paper to the organizers.

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Deadline extended

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Deadline extended

GENLOC Call for Papers Wroclaw – Deadline Extended

We wish to inform that 1 April is the new deadline for submitting proposals for the session in Wroclaw.

The Theme is: “New insights at the intersection of genealogy and other professional communities – including librarians, archivists, historians, demographers, linguists, anthropologists and geneticists”


We are specially interested in:

  • Innovative projects in use of historical and genealogical collections
  • Intergenerational perspectives in Genealogy and Local History projects
  • Integration of genealogical materials and research into school curricula
  • Collaborative work with historical and genealogical societies
  • Harnessing the energy of volunteers
  • Genetic genealogy and the promise of DNA

Submissions in other formats than academic papers (such as reports and essays) are welcome.

Convenor for the session, Kate Cordes, New York Public Library,  can be contacted directly at:

IFLA WLIC 2017 website:

Bozena Rasmussen

IFLA Genealogy and Local History Standing Committee


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IFLA – Meeting in Athens

Thinking loud

I think it would be important to collect some thoughts and ideas for the Meeting in Athens, Greece, from all Members of our Standing Committee.

Genealogy and Local History will be represented at the meeting by Petro Coreejes-Brink, South Africa, and Cecilia Salvatore, United States.

My first thought is to propose that IFLA should seriously consider to arrange WLIC congresses not every year, but every two, or even every three years. This idea was already mentioned for IFLA by Scandinavian members some years ago.

Why? My experience is that after we leave the WLIC meeting (often to remote and surely exciting places) and after trying to attend all the interesting sessions and meeting, cultural events and library visits – we are so exhausted that after return home, it takes time to recover fully. And even before we have time to recover, there are obligations waiting at the workplace and for many of us also family duties.

Soon after arrival home, we have to start with IFLA work for next year: preparing for the nomination  process, Action Plan, and first of all to start planning  the next sessions (both Satellite Meetings and main sessions). We who have been through it all, know that all that work is very time consuming. And soon after we have done all this, the time has already come for booking the travel to the next WLIC congress.

Some of us who tend to attend the world congress, get financial support from their institutions. But there is quite a number of our colleagues (especially from developing countries) for whom the money to cover travel costs, room, board and the registrations fee may amount to a full year´s salary. (compering to their colleagues in the developed and rich countries), of about a year income. So we all can imagine how much energy and phantasy they have to use in order to to come to the WLIC meeting.

And even in developed countries, the cost is substantial for those who must pay for it privately. This means that staff from smaller libraries, with limited budgets, are poorly represented.

For certain, for all of us such meetings are useful and enriching, besides a possibility to travel to different countries, meeting international colleagues and listening to the good professional sessions with interesting topics, brings us closer and gives an insight in the professional development. But, all things have positive and some negative sides.

My experience says it could be a better use of time, if we had the WLIC meeting not so often. We could have more time to develop the meeting sessions and our colleagues could have more time to rise the funds in order to be able to come to the meetings. I know, there are the IFLA grants etc., but, alas there are too few to cover the need.

This is my first suggestion I would like you to bring to the meeting. I would like to hear comments and arguments from the rest of the Standing Committee.

Bozena Rasmussen



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