Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Call for Proposals: Course on Researching Mexican Ancestry

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is looking for a course author to write a 6-8 week curriculum on researching Mexican ancestry. This course should include, but not be limited to, the following topics:

  • ·         Generalized history of Mexico with timeline.
  • ·         General discussion of record groups available for researching family history (church records, land, probate, vital records, cemetery, census, directories, newspapers, immigration/emigration, etc.).
  • ·         Repositories in Mexico, the United States, and other countries for researching pertinent records.
  • ·         Internet sources for research.

This course will be for family historians beginning a search for their Mexican ancestry. The course will include 2 assignments per week and a final exam consisting of 25-30 questions. Course will be completed and turned in no later than 6 months from date of contract.

The course author must have a comprehensive knowledge of the topic. All source citations for text and images must conform to the standards found in Evidence Explained. Course is to be submitted in Microsoft Word and be proofread. Formatting of the course will be done by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

To submit an outline for consideration or to inquire about this opportunity, please email The successful applicant will receive a retainer to write the course upon acceptance of course outline and then final payment within 30 days of completion and approval of the course.

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, leaders in online genealogy education, has been offering genealogy and history courses for over 17 years. 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 Librarianship Certificate Program.  For more information please call us toll-free in North America at 1-800-580-0165 or email us at

Ancestry Appoints Kendall Hulet Senior Vice President of Product Management

PROVO, Utah, March 3, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry, the world's largest online family history resource, today announced the appointment of company veteran Kendall Hulet to the position of Senior Vice President of Product Management. Hulet will assume responsibilities for the global product organization and its efforts to make family history more fun and accessible to millions around the world. Hulet is succeeding Eric Shoup, who recently departed Ancestry to pursue new business opportunities.

Hulet joined Ancestry in 2003 and has held progressively senior roles in product development and management. During his tenure, he was deeply involved in some of the most popular innovations at Ancestry, including the "Shaky Leaf" hinting system that has delivered over five billion discoveries; the Ancestry Family Tree system that has led to the creation of over 60 million family trees containing six billion ancestors; and the creation of the award winning Ancestry mobile app, which has been downloaded more than 12 million times. Additionally, Hulet led efforts behind the most recent AncestryDNA launch of DNA Circles, a feature that uses genetic information to connect people who are all likely descendants of a common ancestor.

"After nine years of working together at Ancestry, I'm delighted to have Kendall take over as our SVP of Product Management," said Ancestry CEO Tim Sullivan. "Kendall has been a vital driver of innovation at our company over many years. As we look forward to a very ambitious roadmap of new products and features for 2015, I'm looking forward to working with Kendall and the whole Product team as we continue to expand interest in family history with our totally unique suite of family history products and services. I also want to thank Eric Shoup for his broad contributions to our company over the past 6 1/2 years. Eric was a terrific leader of our product group, a strong voice within our management team, and a great colleague. Everyone wishes Eric the best as he moves onto the next step in his career."

"I want to thank Tim for this opportunity," said Kendall Hulet, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Ancestry. "I am thrilled to be taking on leadership of our amazing product group, a team that works diligently every day to continually enhance our ability to deliver the most rewarding consumer experience on the Internet. On behalf of our product team, we're excited about what's in store for 2015 and beyond as we continue to serve up compelling experiences for our customers and anyone with an interest in family history."

Hulet has held a variety of roles in the product organization for over a decade including Director of International Product Management and most recently Vice President of Product Management for AncestryDNA. Prior to joining Ancestry, he worked in product marketing at Hulet holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Information Systems from Brigham Young University, where he graduated cum laude with university honors.

About is the world's largest online family history resource with more than 2 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 15 billion records have been added to the sites and users have created more than 60 million family trees containing more than 6 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, the company operates several global Ancestry international websites along with a suite of online family history brands, including,,, and offers the AncestryDNA product, sold by its subsidiary, DNA, LLC, all of which are designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

Findmypast Announces Free Weekend 6-9 March 2015

  • Findmypast announces they will be giving free access to all their historical records this weekend
  • Over 2 billion records available to everyone to search for free
  • Local subscribers granted World access, and World subscribers granted 3 extra days to their subscription
  • Getting Started video and Finding Women in the Records webinar will be available to view this weekend

London, UK, 4 February 2015 - Findmypast has announced that this weekend, they will be opening up their archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. That means that between midday on Friday, March 6th and midday on Monday, March 9th (GMT), absolutely everyone will have access to their comprehensive collections of historical records and innovative research tools, including:
  • Over 900 million census records from across the UK, USA and Ireland
  • Passenger lists for ships sailing to and from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA
  • Birth, marriage and death records dating back to the 18th century, and the largest online collection of UK parish records
  • The most comprehensive collection of UK military records anywhere online
  • The largest collection of Irish family history records available online
  • Historical newspapers from across the world, including more than 10 million British newspaper pages from as long ago as 1710
  • An easy to use online family tree builder which allows you to import and export your tree if you’ve built it elsewhere
  • Our automatic Hints feature, which automatically searches our records for you and suggests potential matches to the people you add to your family tree
As well as millions of other records that will give everyone the opportunity to explore their family history and bring their past to life.

Webinar and new Getting Started video

To celebrate International Women’s Day, at 7am EST on Sunday 8th March, Findmypast will be hosting a webinar on searching for women in their historical records. As, historically, women’s names changed or were not recorded, finding female ancestors can be tricky. This webinar will help users trace maternal lines and get further with their family tree.

To help everyone make the most of the free weekend, Findmypast have also created a new Getting Started video which will be available to view from this weekend.

Extended access for existing users

It’s not only new users who will be able to take their family history research further this weekend. Those with current Findmypast Local subscriptions (with an active Britain, Ireland, US & Canada or Australia & New Zealand subscription) will be able to access Findmypast’s historical World records during the free access weekend, and those with active World subscriptions will have an additional three days added on to their subscription.

Find out more at Findmypast’s dedicated Free Weekend page.

Terms & conditions: Free access lasts from 12:00pm midday (GMT) on Friday 6th March 2015 until 11:59am (GMT) on Monday 9th March 2015. To access the records you will need to be signed in at Findmypast: you can register for free using your name, email address and country of residence. The free access excludes the UK Electoral Registers (2002-2013) and the UK Companies House Directors (2002-2013) record sets. Free access is subject to our fair usage policy: each account may view up to a maximum of 1,000 records per day.

About Findmypast

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online genealogy. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field of family history and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Mocavo, Genes Reunited, The British Newspaper Archive amongst others.

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over two billion family history records, from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and doing detailed historical research.

In April 2003 Findmypast 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, the company has digitised records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The South Bend Area Genealogical Society Presents the 2015 South Bend Area Genealogy Fair

Mishawaka, IN: The South Bend Area Genealogical Society will hold the 2015 South Bend Area Genealogy Fair on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library, 209 Lincoln Way East, Mishawaka, IN. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and admission is $5.00.

This year’s Genealogy Fair features Mr. Harold Henderson, Professional Board Certified Genealogist, Author and Columnist. Mr. Henderson will be presenting two programs, “Beyond Fort Wayne, Madison, and the Newberry: Welcome to the Other Midwestern Archives” and “Indirect Evidence: When Perry Mason Isn’t on Your Side”.

Exhibitors will be available all day and there will also be research assistance in the Friends of the Library Learning Center located on the Lower Level.

A light lunch, snacks, soft drinks, and coffee will be available for a nominal fee. Additionally, several restaurants are in close proximity. Parking is plentiful, free at the Library, surrounding parking lots, and city streets.

Information is also available on our web site at or via email at