Sunday, December 21, 2014

Celebrate 15 Years of Online Genealogy Education with The National Institute for Genealogical Studies


Seventeen years ago, The National Institute for Genealogical Studies was founded. On October 4, 1999 "Methodology-Part 1: Getting Started" was the first online course offered to students. Three weeks ago, on December 1st, 15 years later, it started for the 185th time.

We are celebrating! In honor of our birthday we are giving away presents! Now's the time to sign-up for those courses you always wanted to take. What present will you receive? You choose:

  • GIFT #1: GET A DISCOUNT OF UP TO $500
    From now until December 31st, 2014 take 15% off ANY course package. Use code 15party15 at the registration checkout.
    Are you already taking courses and want to convert to a package of courses to save more money? Give us a call toll free at 1-800-580-0165 ext 1 to learn more or for help with any registration.
    NOTE: we have a payment plan (no interest, no service fees). Payments can be spread over several months and can start on February 1st, 2015.
  • GIFT #2: GET A DISCOUNT OF UP TO $80
    Add a comment on our website (click on menu item INFORMATION, then click on COMMENTS BY STUDENTS, and scroll down to the bottom of the page) or on our blog. Afterwards, claim 50% off the registration fee for any one course using code 15comment50 at the registration checkout.
  • GIFT #3: WIN A PACKAGE WORTH APPROXIMATELY $1,000!
    Get social with us on Twitter, Facebook, or our blog and be entered to win a nine course package (a $1,000 value). Enter on Twitter by following us at @GeneaStudies, retweeting our tweets, or mentioning us in a tweet. On Facebook leave a comment, like, or share our posts. Or subscribe to our blog by email. Winners will be announced Monday January 5th, 2015 on our blog.
  • GIFT #4: BLOGGERS OR 'WANT-TO-BE' BLOGGERS
    We also have promotions for bloggers or for those who want to write blog articles for The Institute's blog. Contact us for more information: admin@genealogicalstudies.com


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In closing, from the team at The Institute, MERRY CHRISTMAS or HAPPY HANUKKAH, to you and your family...

ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR GENEALOGICAL STUDIES

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, leaders in online genealogy education, has been offering genealogy and history courses for over 17 years (15 years 100% online). We now offer over 200 courses in genealogical studies to help enhance researcher's skills.


For those looking to acquire more formal educational training, The National Institute offers Certificate Programs in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and the United States, as well as a General Methodology, Professional Development and a Librarianship Certificate Program. For more information please call us toll-free in North America at 1-800-580-0165 ext 1 or email us at admin@genealogicalstudies.com.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

More than 22,000 new records released from headstone inscriptions


TheGenealogist have added over 22,000 records to their Headstone project with another 23 cemeteries from across the twelve parishes of the Island of Jersey (Covering all of the island's historic cemeteries).

Also released are a further 13 cemeteries from Buckinghamshire, Devon, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Somerset, The West Midlands and Wiltshire.

The records are linked to images of the stones and maps to locate the actual burial grounds, they are searchable by name, year of death and graveyard.

These monuments can reveal facts, not recorded elsewhere, about the deceased and their family. Dates, carved in stone, can give away real ages misreported to census enumerators. Siblings, with the same name, can be recorded on graves with their birth and death dates and so helping researchers to identify the child that survived infancy.

Some of the famous people that are to be found buried in this release and searchable include Lillie Langtry, the Edwardian actress and friend of the Prince of Wales; Sir William Edmond Heygate Colborne (Billy) Butlin, showman and holiday camp entrepreneur; The first Baron Trent of Nottingham, better known as Jesse Boot the founder of Boots the Chemists and his Jersey born wife Florence, Lady Trent.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Over 15 million new records released today at Findmypast


Every Friday, thousands of new records are released on our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to explore over the weekend. This week, we are pleased to announce the release of over 15.3 million UK and US records. This week's new US records include Idaho births & christenings, Arizona death & burials and Utah Marriages. New UK additions include over 14 million England and Wales Death records, North Yorkshire Ryedale baptisms, a variety of fascinating Kent records and the 1871 Worldwide British Army Index.

US Records

Containing over 15,000 records Idaho births and christenings 1856-1965 can reveal vital biographical details on the first settlers of Idaho right up through the state’s 20th century residents. Idaho ordered counties to register births after 1911, but some counties and even individuals began recording this information much earlier.

Arizona deaths & burials 1910-1994 contains over 2,000 records. Arizona first began recording deaths in the state in 1909 and by the early 1920s compliance across the state had been achieved, although there are some significant gaps in the records after 1911.

Utah Marriages 1845-1935 contain over 781,000 records that date back to before the state wide registration of marriages became compulsory in 1887. Utah became the 45th state admitted to the Union on January 4, 1896 and is the most religiously homogeneous state. It is the only state with a Mormon majority and the only state with a majority population belonging to a single church.

UK Military Records

The 1871 Worldwide British Army Index - British Army Other Ranks & locations contains over 207,000 records compiled using data extracted from the War Office army pay lists held in The National Archives at Kew. As with the 1861 Worldwide Army Index the primary aim has been to identify the location of men serving in the British Army throughout the world as at the 1871 Census day – 2 April 1871. However, the index generally covers much of the June Quarter 1871. The Index contains the details of both officers and men of the Cavalry, Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Guards, Infantry and Colonial units serving both in Britain and elsewhere in the British Empire. archives reference.

UK Deaths & Baptisms

England deaths and burials, 1538-1991 contain over 14 million International Genealogical Index (IGI) death and burial records for England have been added to our collection of UK birth, marriage and death records. Spanning the 453 years between 1538 and 1975, each record consists of a transcript of the original document.

Wales, deaths and burials, 1586-1885 contain over 1,200 International Genealogical Index (IGI) death and burial records for Wales have been added to our collection of UK birth, marriage and death. Most records are from the historic counties of Glamorganshire and Monmouthshire and each consists of a transcript of the original document.

The Ryedale baptisms contain over 12,000 records listing the details of Baptisms that took place in nine parishes across the Ryedale district in North Yorkshire.

Kent Records

Kent, Bexley Asylum Minute Books 1901-1939 contains over 11,000 records. Bexley Asylum opened in 1898 and was London’s 7th asylum. Built on 750 acres of land next to Dartford Heath, the so-called ‘Heath’ Asylum housed 2,544 patients at its occupancy peak in 1915. None were there on a voluntary basis. Records include details of release and temporary release of patients as well as the hiring and promotion of staff and tradesmen’s contracts.

Over 15,000 North West Kent Marriages 1562-1951 from the Parish of Westerham have been added to our collection of UK Marriage records. Spanning the 389 years between 1562 and 1951, the records consist of a transcript of the original burial registers.

Over 5,000 North West Kent Burials 1686-1983 Westerham have been added to our collection of UK Death and Burial records. Spanning the 418 years between 1563 and 1981, the records consist of a transcript of the original burial registers.

Over 7,000 North West Kent Baptisms 1560-1962 from the Parish of Westerham have been added to our collection of UK Death and Burial records. Spanning the 402 years between 1560 and 1962, the records consist of a transcript of the original burial registers.

UK Military Records

The 1871 Worldwide British Army Index - British Army Other Ranks & locations contains over 207,000 records compiled using data extracted from the War Office army pay lists held in The National Archives at Kew. As with the 1861 Worldwide Army Index the primary aim has been to identify the location of men serving in the British Army throughout the world as at the 1871 Census day – 2 April 1871. However, the index generally covers much of the June Quarter 1871. The Index contains the details of both officers and men of the Cavalry, Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Guards, Infantry and Colonial units serving both in Britain and elsewhere in the British Empire. archives reference.

Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Fridays page every week to keep up to date with 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

Findmypast Announces Start Your Family Tree Week 2014/15 & Inaugural Findmypast Tree Awards



  • The week is full of competitions, expert insights, useful print-outs and much more
  • Launch of inaugural Findmypast Tree Competition to award exciting prizes across multiple categories
  • Prizes include Findmypast subscriptions, magazine subscriptions, exclusive sessions with genealogists and much more
  • Findmypast Hints has been launched to help beginners get started with their family trees quickly and easily
  • Over 7.6 million new records released today, including over 90,000 Revolutionary War Pensions and many more records from across the world to be released to launch Start Your Family Tree Week on 26th December
London, UK. 19 December, 2014. Findmypast, the leading British family history site, has announced this year’s Start Your Family Tree Week will be held from 26th December 2014 to 1st January 2015.

The seven-day event will provide getting started guides, expert insights, useful print-outs and resources, and a wealth of family history prizes.

Findmypast will also be launching its first ever Findmypast Tree Awards – a contest for the best family tree built or uploaded to Findmypast. Four winners across four categories will be selected by an expert panel of judges and will be awarded a selection of prizes.

Findmypast’s Start Your Family Tree Week will include something for everyone, from beginners to expert genealogists.

New development: Findmypast’s Hints

In advance of Start Your Family Tree Week, Findmypast has just launched the beta version of Hints on family trees.

From now on, as users add to their family tree Hints will sift through millions of records to identify matches, instantly suggesting relevant historical records and potential new relations. This development not only helps users find new information, but has been carefully designed to make it easy for new users to start their trees, and to make it simple to review and add new facts.

Findmypast’s Hints currently provides matches from their birth, baptism, marriage, death, and burial records across the UK, US, Ireland, and Australia. In the near future, Hints will also be provided to the many other record sets within Findmypast. Hints for an individual are activated when their information is updated in your family tree.

Millions of record sets to be released

To launch Start Your Family Tree Week, Findmypast will be releasing millions of records from around the world. These include over 90,000 Revolutionary War pension records, 6.5 million of birth, marriage and death records from New South Wales, Australia, 60,000 Devon Social and Institutional Records from the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of court, asylum and burial records from Yorkshire, fascinating Scottish records.

The United States, Revolutionary War Pensions date from the early 19th century when the United States began issuing pensions to military veterans from various early conflicts. Most pensions are for veterans of the Revolutionary War and their families although pension applications for veterans of the Barbary and Indian can be found.

Visit our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to find out more.

About Findmypast

Findmypast has been a leading family history website for more than 10 years. It’s a searchable online archive of over 2 billion family history records, from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For our members around the world, Findmypast is a crucial resource for building family trees and doing detailed historical research.

In April 2003 the company was the first to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, Findmypast has digitised family history records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. In partnership with the British Library, Findmypast is part of a project to safeguard the future of the world’s greatest newspaper archive – allowing digital access to more than 40 million newspaper pages. Recently, The National Archives awarded the company the exclusive rights to put the 1939 Register for England and Wales online.