Friday, September 19, 2014

Findmypast launches over 14,000 new records as the first installment of their new Findmypast Fridays

We are proud to announce the launch of our first ever Findmypast Friday!

Every Friday from now on, we will be bringing you thousands of new records to explore over the weekend on our dedicated Findmypast Friday page. We promise to bring you new, and often exclusive, record sets every single week.

This week’s Findmypast Friday, we’re excited to release a new collection of Irish parish and cemetery records as well as British marriage and baptism records.

If you have family from the Irish counties of Donegal, Fermanagh, Tyrone or Wicklow or from Eastbourne, East Sussex in the UK, these records will be of particular interest.

Compiled by genealogist, author and professor of history, Dr. David R. Elliott, the new Irish records collection includes a variety of parish registers from County Fermanagh as well as cemetery records for Donegal, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Wicklow.

The Fermanagh parish registers feature transcripts of baptisms, burials and marriages in the county and span the years 1796-1875. You’ll uncover great detail on your Fermanagh ancestors in these records including parents’ names, where they lived and sometimes even occupations.

The collection of cemetery records dates as far back as 1669 and features detailed transcripts as well as exquisite full colour images of gravestones around Ireland so you can see exactly where your relatives are buried. You’ll find over 12,000 cemetery records from Donegal, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Wicklow.

The new UK records are parish baptisms and marriages from Bodle Street Green, in the town of Eastbourne, East Sussex in England. The parish records cover the years 1841-1996 and contain over 2,000 registers.

D. Joshua Taylor, Director of Family History at said; “We are very excited to be adding such rich records to Findmypast, the largest online database of Irish Family history records.  We’re proud to be able to assist in building Ireland’s family tree, giving family historians fantastic opportunities to learn more about their ancestors and perhaps discover some new ones.  We are committed to providing a variety of record sets every single week to ensure that customers can see their family trees grow.” 

The New Records can be searched here:

New additions every week!
This is only the beginning and there are many more fascinating new records yet to come! Be sure to check the Findmypast Friday page at the end of every week to keep up to date with all the latest new additions.
About Findmypast

Leading family history website findmypast was the first company to make the complete birth, marriage and death indexes for England & Wales available online in April 2003, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Findmypast has subsequently digitized many more family history records and now offers access to over 1.8 billion records dating as far back as 875 AD. This allows family historians to search for their ancestors among comprehensive collections of military, census, migration, parish, work and education records, newspapers as well as the original comprehensive birth, marriage and death records. The company runs the official 1911 census website for England & Wales in association with The National Archives and has digitized several other record sets from the national collection. Findmypast has also partnered with the British Library in a 10 year project to safeguard the future of the world's greatest local newspaper archive.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Become an FGS Ambassador

Federation of Genealogical Societies 2015 Conference

FGS Invites You to Participate

September 18, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce an invitation for FGS Ambassadors. If you are a blogger, social media enthusiast, writer, editor, or in any way interested in spreading the word about the FGS 2015 Conference, FGS is looking for you.

The 2015 FGS Conference scheduled for February 11–14 in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be a one-time special event with RootsTech. FGS Ambassadors will blog, share, like, +1, and tweet to spread the news about this unique FGS conference to their friends, colleagues, and everyone interested in genealogy.

Benefits to FGS Ambassadors include:
  • Link to your blog, website, Twitter, or other social media accounts on the FGS 2015 Conference Ambassadors Page.
  • Potential to be guest blogger on the FGS Voice Blog.
  • Direct contact with the FGS 2015 Marketing Committee.
  • Advance notice of press releases and other important updates from the Conference Committee.
  • Participation in the FGS Ambassadors Facebook Group.
  • Meet-up with other Ambassadors at FGS 2015—group photo for FGS publicity.
  • Ambassador badge ribbon at the conference.
Having a genealogy blog or planning to attend the FGS 2015 conference are not requirements for participating.

Visit FGS Ambassadors at to review the full guidelines for participating and to register as an FGS Ambassador. Please register by October 8, 2014.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS FORUM magazine (filled with articles for the family history community), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Minnesota Genealogical Society - Call for Papers - 2015 Genealogy Webinars

The Minnesota Genealogical Society invites proposals for our 2015 genealogy webinars. The webinars are via our account on the 1st Wednesday of February, March, April, May, June, August, September, October, November, and December.

The MGS Education Committee especially encourages proposals for presentations with content relating to Minnesota and Upper Midwest resources and important Upper Midwest ethnic groups, including, but not limited to, Swedish, German, Norwegian, French Canadian, and Yankees.

The Committee invites proposals for any of three broad topical areas.

a) "how-to" lectures dealing with a variety of genealogical sources, including:

  • Midwest land and tax records
  • Immigration and naturalization records
  • Midwest church and cemetery records
  • Midwest State censuses
  • General courthouse research
  • Marriage records
  • Wills and probate records
  • DNA as a genealogy research tool
  • Midwest libraries and archives
  • Remote access to Library of Congress and National Archives records.

b) webinars demonstrating emerging technology for genealogy, including such topics as:

  • Social media as a research tool
  • Getting the most from updates in and FamilySearch
  • Creative Internet research strategies
  • Cloud computing for genealogy
  • software for managing, organizing and analyzing genealogical information

c) Lectures focusing on methodology and problem-solving case studies are also welcome.

Audience: Our audience includes beginning, intermediate, and advanced genealogists. Ideally, lectures should offer something of value for all experience levels.

Format: MGS uses GoToMeeting for webinar delivery. Webinars are scheduled for one hour. We prefer lectures of 45 to 50 minutes, leaving time for questions. Lectures should be illustrated, using Powerpoint or a similar slide presentation program compatible with GoToMeeting.

Handouts: MGS asks speakers to provide handouts for attendees in digital format (PDF). The length of handout can vary, but four pages should be adequate for most presentations. The handout must be emailed to the specified MGS representative at least 5 days prior to the webinar.

Compensation: MGS offers a $125 speaker honorarium. Speaker expenses are not reimbursed.

Submission Requirements: Submit your proposals no later than 9 October 2014 on the MGS PDF speaker lecture proposal form available at If you have a preference of months, please indicate. Use a separate form for each lecture you submit. After you have filled out the form, save it with your name and lecture title and email it to the address below:

Submit proposals to:
MGS Education Committee
c/o Tom K. Rice, CG

Please direct questions about the webinars or the call for papers to

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research to Offer Unique Opportunities in Genealogical Education

RALEIGH, North Carolina, 9 September 2014. Professional genealogists Catherine W. Desmarais, CG, Michael Hait, CG, and Melanie D. Holtz, CG, are pleased to announce the formation of the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (VIGR). VIGR is a unique educational opportunity for genealogists of all skill levels.

The Institute will offer courses on a wide variety of genealogical subjects, providing “Vigorous” year-round education for the genealogical community using a virtual platform. Each course will consist of a total of four 90-minute lectures, two each presented on consecutive Saturdays, extensive syllabus material, and practical exercises. Limited class sizes of only one hundred registrants per course allows for a higher level of class participation and instructor feedback than typically offered by genealogy webinars.

Courses are currently planned around the topics of genealogical writing, advanced methodology, DNA testing and analysis, and cultural, regional, or record-based research strategies.

Many of these subject matters—as well as the depth of instruction—have never before been offered in a virtual format and are ideal for genealogists around the world. “VIGR will allow genealogists who work a full-time job or have limited travel budgets to more easily advance their genealogical skills,” Institute co-administrator Melanie D. Holtz stated.

Registration for each course will cost $69.99 and includes digital video recordings of all four lectures, available within two weeks of the close of each course.

For more information on the Institute and to register for upcoming courses, visit and subscribe to the mailing list for updates on future courses.


  • Michael Hait, CG, “Writing Logical Proof Arguments,” 1 November–8 November 2014
  • J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, “Preparing the Field: Understanding the Agricultural Records of our Ancestors,” 24 January–31 January 2015
  • Maureen Taylor, “Family Photographs: Identifying, Preserving, and Sharing Your Visual Heritage,” 21 February–28 February 2015
  • Donna Moughty, “Strategies for Finding Your Irish Ancestors,” 7 March–14 March 2015
  • Blaine Bettinger, “(Finally!) Understanding Autosomal DNA,” 21 March–28 March 2015
  • Billie Stone Fogarty and Rick Fogarty, “Verifying the Family Legend of Native American Ancestry,” 18 April–25 April 2015
  • Melanie D. Holtz, CG, and Melissa Johnson, “Genealogical Applications of Dual Citizenship by Descent,” 2 May-9 May 2015
  • Paul Milner, “An In-Depth Look at the 'Big Four' Records of English Research,” 30 May -- 6 June 2015
  • Angela McGhie, “Digging in Federal Land Records,” 19 September-26 September 2015

CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are Service Marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluations by the Board and the board name is a trademark registered in the US Patent and Trademark Office.