Friday, April 29, 2016

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, April 29, 2016


This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 697,000 new records including more than 172,000 new additions to our collection of Dorset parish records and significant updates to our Irish newspaper collection. Also included this week are new British Army Boer War records that will allow you to uncover fascinating details of your ancestor's military service.


Over 2,500 records have been added to our collection of Anglo-Boer War Records.

Anglo-Boer War Records 1899-1902 is a unique collection of assorted document taken from more than 470 sources and containing more than 293,000 names. Consisting of casualty rolls, service rolls, honour rolls, force rolls and a variety of other documents, the records will allow you to uncover your ancestors rank, regiment, service number, details of the awards they received and whether they were killed or wounded in the line of duty.


More than 68,000 new records from 86 parish churches have been added to our collection of Dorset Baptisms. Each record consists of a transcript of an original parish register that will list your ancestor’s name, birth date, the location of their baptism and its date. Many records will also include the names of both of their parents and their address, allowing you to jump back through the generations while adding new branches to your family tree. All transcripts were created by volunteers of the Dorset Family History Society.

Dorset baptisms now contains more than 389,000 records taken from the baptism registers of more than 250 parishes.


More than 42,000 new records from 47 Dorset parishes are now available to search in our collection of Dorset Baptisms. Each record consists of a transcript of an original parish register created by volunteers of the Dorset Family History Society that will list your ancestor’s name, occupation, home parish and the name of their spouse as well as their spouse’s parish and occupation. A number of records will also indicate whether they were married by banns or by licence and may even include the names of any witnesses present.

Dorset marriages now contains just under 648,000 records taken from the marriage registers of more than 384 churches, chapels and Quaker Meetings.
Dorset Burials

Over 52,000 new records covering 57 burial sites have been added to our collection of Dorset Burials. Each record consists of a transcript that will reveal your ancestor’s name, age at death, birth year, burial date and burial place. Dorset Burials has been created using indexes from both the Dorset Family History Society and Family Search.

Dorset baptisms now contains more than 381,000 records from 342 parishes.


Over 525,000 brand new fully searchable articles have recently been added to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers.

This latest tranche includes one brand new title from Northern Ireland – The Lisburn Herald, and Antrim and Down Advertiser. Currently covering the years 1891-1896, this newspaper is a must-read for anyone with ancestors from that part of the country. Significant updates have also been made to seven existing titles.

Don’t forget to regularly check our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to keep up to date with all the latest additions.

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.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Celebrates a $58.5 Million Capital Campaign


The Country’s Founding Genealogical Society Honors Legendary Television Anchors Bob Schieffer and David Hartman with Their Family Histories

April 25, 2016—Boston, Massachusetts—Two of America’s legendary television journalists were honored here Friday evening by the nation’s founding genealogical institution, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), as it celebrated a history-making capital campaign at a news-filled Family History Benefit Dinner in Boston.

Bob Schieffer, the immediate past anchor of the CBS Evening News, moderator of Face The Nation, and former 60 Minutes correspondent, along with David Hartman, the documentary journalist and beloved, longtime host of ABC’s Good Morning America, were both given the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the event, in tribute to their contributions to history through distinguished broadcast journalism.  In an exciting reversal of roles, however, it was NEHGS giving the news Friday evening as they revealed to both Schieffer and Hartman the detailed stories of their ancestry, researched by expert genealogists at the Society.

Brenton Simons, president and CEO of NEHGS, presented the honorees with expertly prepared genealogies of their families—a tradition of the Society for many years.  Schieffer’s ancestry is marked by the arrival of early immigrant settlers to Texas from Germany in the mid-1800s and by the participation of his ancestors in The War of 1812 and the Civil War.  Hartman’s ancestry is notable for his connections to many American Presidents, including three whom he has interviewed:  Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, and George H.W. Bush.

Headlining the evening’s news, Simons announced that the organization’s comprehensive capital campaign Connecting Families, Advancing History had exceeded its $55 million goal by more than $3 million—a record-setting achievement for the country’s oldest and largest genealogical society.

Moderating a lively conversation with Schieffer and Hartman about their broadcasting careers, world events, and personal interests, was NEHGS’s own distinguished newsman Bill Griffeth, anchor of Closing Bell on CNBC, and NEHGS trustee.

The event’s Corporate Benefactors were Wells Fargo, Freeman’s, Eastern Bank, Traust Sollus Wealth Management, and Welch and Forbes LLC.  

The Society, with its national headquarters located in Boston’s Back Bay, celebrated its 170th Anniversary in 2015. It is the oldest and largest genealogical society in America. NEHGS was formally constituted in March of 1845 by an act of the legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and now consists of more than 165,000 constituents engaged in family history nationally and around the world. It is home to a world-class research library and archive, an expert staff, offers an award-winning genealogical research website at AmericanAncestors.org, and maintains a publishing division producing original genealogical research, scholarship, and instruction each year.

2016 FGS CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN



Register now for “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories” in Springfield, IL

April 25, 2016 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces that online registration is now open for the 2016 FGS National Conference, “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories” to be held August 31 — September 3, 2016, in Springfield, IL, and locally hosted by the Illinois State Genealogical Society. Register by July 1, 2016, for the early-bird discount at http://www.FGSConference.org.

Celebrating 40 years since the founding of FGS, each day of the conference is full of sessions aimed at strengthening attendees’ research skills no matter what level or area of interest they may have.

“Returning to our Illinois roots for the FGS 2016 Conference to celebrate our 40th Anniversary in the state where FGS began is a dream come true,” says D. Joshua Taylor, FGS President. “With a solid educational program and a tremendous line-up of social events, this conference is not to be missed!”

Conference Highlights
  • Conference Sessions: With over 160 sessions, 72 expert speakers from around the world, 10 luncheons with speakers, 7 workshops, and 2 interactive seminars, learning opportunities abound in the FGS 2016 Program. With strong daily tracks covering the U.S. Midwest (regional track), the United Kingdom (British Isles and Commonwealth track), and continental European research (ethnic track), attendees of all skill levels will learn a multitude of ways to uncover more about their family history.
  • Exhibit Hall: The large exhibit hall will feature the latest software, books, maps, databases and gadgets on the market for genealogists and family historians, as well as information about genealogical organizations. Located in the special Society Showcase area, representatives of FGS Member Societies will be on hand to demonstrate how their society can help attendees with their family history.
  • Special Events: With built-in networking opportunities, registrants can meet like-minded genealogists and family historians at FGS special events including “Farms & Families: Across the Decades” on Wednesday evening sponsored by FamilySearch and co-hosted by the Illinois State Genealogical Society and the Illinois State Historical Society; the “Meet & Greet” sponsored by Ancestry.com on Thursday evening; and the FGS 40th Anniversary Gala on Friday evening.
  • Focus on Societies: On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, sessions are jampacked with ideas and tools to help societies promote themselves, develop projects, increase membership, and leverage technology. The day kicks off with a plenary session that explores the opportunities and challenges facing societies today and showcases ways to facilitate the changes needed for societies to succeed and thrive.
  • Librarians’ Day: On Tuesday, August 30, 2016, ProQuest will sponsor a preconference fullday of sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals serving family history researchers.
Platinum sponsors include leading family history companies Ancestry.com and FamilySearch. Other participating and supporting organizations include Findmypast, Internet Genealogy,Your Genealogy, Lexmark, Eneclann, Illinois State Genealogical Society, Illinois State Archives, Illinois State Historical Society, and more. Please visit the conference website for a complete listing of all sponsors and partners.

Also visit the conference website at http://www.FGSConference.org for additional details including links to conference hotels, research opportunities, and more. Keep up with conference news and announcements by reading the FGS Voice blog at http://voice.fgs.org/and by subscribing to the FGS Voice Newsletter at http://fgs.org/cpage.php?pt=71.

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 and family history enthusiasts strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS, visit fgs.org. To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Springfield, IL, visit fgsconference.org. Also, find FGS on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on the FGS Voice blog at http://voice.fgs.org.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, April 22, 2016




Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law 1916-1921 is the most complete collection of British War Office records relating to the Easter Rising and Irish War of Independence from 1916-1921. The collection, digitised from original records held by The National Archives in Kew, reveals the struggles of life under Martial Law in Ireland and demonstrates how events under the occupying military served to galvanise support for the rebels.

Consisting of more than 75,000 records, the collection contains the names of thousands of people who were detained and interned in prisons in Ireland, England and Wales and tried by court martial, including the names of prominent nationalists and elected officials. Personal letters from prisoners or their relatives testifying to their innocence can also be found as well the records of those who were killed or wounded during the conflict. Additionally, the collection shows the efforts of the military and police to discover arms, ammunition and seditious material through thousands of raids on pubs, hotels, nationalist clubhouses, and thousands of homes.


Explore Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law 1916-1921 in detail with Findmypast’s browse search. Browse allows you to select a specific piece of the collection and browse through each image of that volume.

With each result, you will be able to choose a piece from The National Archives’ WO35 series, War Office: Army of Ireland: Administration and Easter Rising Records. The pieces from the collection include court martial registers, reports of the events of Easter Rising week, search and raid reports, files of civilians tried by court martial, and internment camp and prison registers.


90 new volumes of late 19th and early 20th century street directories original published by Kelly’s directories have been added to our collection of Britain, directories and almanacs. Kelly's Directory was a UK trade directory that listed all businesses and tradespeople in a particular city or town, as well as a general directory of postal addresses of local gentry, landowners, charities, and other facilities. Almanacs and directories are an excellent resource for anyone researching their family history and who wants to understand more about their ancestor's life. They provide topographical accounts of towns, social statistics and comprehensive guides of towns or cities, as well as full listings of gentry, business owners, trades people, civil servants, church leaders, school teachers and much more.


Two new data sets totalling more than 4,600 records have been added to our collection of Scotland Registers & Records. The new additions, Morayshire: Its People and Its Lands and Banffshire: Its People and Its Lands contain both historic maps, local histories and records of births, marriages and deaths that took place within these regions.

Don’t forget to regularly check our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to keep up to date with all the latest additions.

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.