Monday, May 23, 2016

Genealogy Jamboree 2016 Live Streaming Announced

Registration is now open for FREE live streaming of the 47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and the pre-event Genetic Genealogy 2016 The Future of the Past: Genetic Genealogy 2016.

Sessions from the Genetic Genealogy 2016 conference are available on a pay-per-view basis on Thursday, June 2, beginning at 8:30am PDT.  

Subscribe in advance.
The cost is $20 per session.
The full day of six sessions can be purchased for only $99.
Handouts will be are available for each session for which a person registers.
Sessions may be viewed in real time, or at your convenience through July 5.
The schedule and other details can be found here.

FREE live streaming of sessions of the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree is available thanks to Jamboree's Diamond Sponsor, Ancestry on Monday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5.

Subscribe in advance.
Sessions will be streamed beginning 1pm PDT on Friday and ending 3:30pm on Sunday.
Handouts will be available for all free live-streamed sessions.
Streamed sessions will be available for viewing through July 5.

The schedule and other details can be found here.

Findmypast Challenges Family Historians to “Find the Ancestors They’ve Never Met in Their Tree” Challenge

  • From 23rd May until 30th May 2016 all 1.8 billion records hinted against in Findmypast trees will be completely free
  • This includes over 116 million United States Marriages, over 10 million Irish Catholic parish registers, and 570 million UK BMDs, the largest collection available online including over 78 million exclusive parish records you won’t find anywhere else
  • Findmypast challenges you to find at least one new ancestor through an FMP family tree
  • Family historians will be supported with expert insights, help videos, how to guides and a dedicated “tree building” webinar at 11am EDT on Wednesday 25th May.

Salt Lake City: 23 May 2016.
Time: 7am MT, 9am EST, 2pm BST

Is your family history leaving you stumped? Findmypast is here to help with their “Tree Challenge”, a seven day event to encourage people to branch out and discover ancestors they’ve never met. From 04:00 EDT, 23rd May until 17:59 EDT, 30th May 2016, all hints on Findmypast Family trees and the 1.8 billion records they cover will be completely free to view and explore.

Findmypast is challenging family historians around the world to discover at least one new ancestor by building their family tree on the site, or uploading an existing GedCom file. Researchers will be provided with daily getting started guides, expert insights, useful how to videos and a special webinar hosted by expert genealogist, Debra Chatfield, dedicated to helping you get the most out of your Findmypast family tree.

#TreeChallenge week will have something for everyone, from seasoned experts to complete beginners. Keeping a tree on Findmypast is the first step towards exploring our archive of more than 8 billion records from around the world, more than 1 billion of which aren’t available anywhere else online. That’s over 1 billion family connections you won’t find anywhere else, so explore our collections today to ensure you don’t miss out.

Findmypast trees currently provide matches from birth, baptism, marriage, death, burial and census records across the UK, US, Ireland, and Australia. This includes Findmypast’s vast collections of more than 116 million United States marriages and over 10 million Irish Catholic baptisms, marriages and burials. Findmypast’s entire collection of 570 million UK BMDs - the largest available online - will also be free for the duration of #TreeChallenge, including over 78 million exclusive parish records you won’t find anywhere else. All UK and Irish parish records are hinted against.

Uploading a tree to Findmypast is quick, easy and secure. We will never share your tree or data with anyone else. As you add information, Findmypast does all the hard work for you by sifting through millions of records to instantly identify potential matches. Once potential matches have been made, you can quickly and easily review possible leads before adding the relevant information to your tree.
To encourage you to make the most of this feature, we are running a special tree themed competition. Share any discoveries you make on your tree via social media with the hashtag - #TreeChallenge and you could be in with the chance of winning an expert bundle worth $1000. This includes a 64 GB Ipad mini4, a three TB hard drive and a 12 month subscription to Family Tree magazine. We will also be giving away a 12 month world sub on our social media channels daily. You can find out more here.

Hinting allows you uncover records for multiple ancestors at once with virtually zero effort. The larger your tree, the more potential matches you’ll be presented with so it’s well worth your while to add as many ancestors as possible.

As we release new records, our hinting system will continue to grow, providing you with even more opportunities to find unknown ancestors.

About Findmypast

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

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records, ranging 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 conducting detailed historical research.

In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site 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 digitized records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. Findmypast, in association with The National Archives, recently launched the 1939 Register, a record of 41 million lives on the eve of World War II.

Friday, May 20, 2016

1.4 Million Westminster Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday 20 May 2016

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of more than 1.4 million historic records held by the City of Westminster Archives Centre. The release forms the final phase of Findmypast’s Westminster Collection, rich archive of more than 15 million records including bastardy papers, workhouse records, militia records, wills and probate records, constables’ records, census fragments and more.

Consisting of parish baptisms, banns, marriages and burials, today’s release includes fully searchable transcripts and beautifully scanned images of original handwritten registers from more than 50 historic Westminster churches including St Martin-in-the-Fields and St Paul's Covent Garden.

Spanning more than four centuries of the city’s history from 1538 to 1945, the records full of fascinating details of London life through the ages and will provide researchers from all over the world with the opportunity to uncover the stories of inhabitants from all walks of life.

Also available to search this week are new additions to our collection Kent, Wills and Probate records, over 13.5 million historic British newspaper archives and a Browse function for our Irish Electoral Registers. We have released over 15 million new records and newspaper articles including:

Over 1,000 new records have just been released in the third phase of our collection of Westminster Baptisms. The records will reveal your ancestor’s birth date, baptism date and parents’ names.

Over 272,000 new records have just been added to our collection of Westminster Banns. The records will reveal where and when your Westminster ancestors announced their intention to marry, when they were married and where they lived.

Over 409,000 new marriages covering more than 40 Westminster parishes are now available to search. The records will reveal when your ancestor was born, where they lived, where they were married and to whom.

Discover if your English ancestor was buried in Westminster with over 517,000 new records that reveal when they were born, when they died and where they were laid to rest.

Over 1,600 will abstracts that reveal your ancestor’s occupation, probate date and any other names included in the documents have been added to our Kent Wills & Probate Indexes. The collection consists of four indexes created from probate cases in the English county of Kent from 1328 to 1890. The original probate documents are held at the Kent History & Library Centre.

You can now browse through 26 volumes of British Library Electoral registers to discover your ancestors in an exact location between the census years.

A massive 13.5 million new articles have been added including 13 brand new titles and updates to a further 23 existing newspapers. New titles from across the UK have joined the collection including publications from Cheshire, Essex, Kent, Lancashire, Wiltshire, Yorkshire and several new additions from Scotland.

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.

2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference—July 28-29, 2017 Hosted in Minneapolis, Minnesota

2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference—July 28-29, 2017 Hosted in Minneapolis, Minnesota

An exciting international genealogy conference that offers researchers new dimensions in German-American cooperation and information-sharing is scheduled for July 28-29, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Our society is part of the German-American Genealogical Partnership organizing this international conference, and you as a member are invited to participate.

This is a unique conference, organized through an international Partnership of societies across the United States and Europe. The 2017 conference “CONNECTIONS: International. Cultural. Personal” is hosted by our Minnesota-based Germanic Genealogy Society. It is a great opportunity for real progress in your genealogical research:
  • Make personal connections with people from other organizations both in the United States and in Germany.
  • Learn new insights directly from Germanic genealogy experts worldwide. Choose from more than 30 presentations over two full days.
  • Become part of the conference surname and locality database to match up with others attending, including visitors from Germany and other countries worldwide.
  • Use study rooms equipped with computers and experts there to help you, including help with German script, language, and online research.
  • Take advantage of opportunities for impromptu gatherings by region or special interest.
  • Settle down in casual seating for 1-on-1 discussions with others you’ve connected with.
  • Explore the large field of major genealogy vendors.
And much more.

We hope you can join us in the German-American Genealogical Partnership’s first-ever international conference. It’s a wonderful and unique opportunity.

Save the date: July 28-29, 2017.

Conference location: Minneapolis, Minnesota — at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel and conference center (in Brooklyn Park, a Minneapolis suburb).

Early-bird registration begins in January 2017 at an early-bird discounted conference rate. There will also be an additional partner discount available through our society as a Partnership member. Beginning April 1, 2017, registration is at the regular conference rate. You will be able to register by mail or online. Watch for more information.

Lodging: A block of rooms will be reserved for conference attendees at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel, 7025 Northland Dr. N., Brooklyn Park, MN 55428. Hotel reservations will open by early August 2016. We will send out an announcement when the special phone number and Marriott reservation link for our conference are set up.

For more information: See the Germanic Genealogy Society website “Partnership” pages. Go to, click “German Partnership” in the left menu.

We are looking forward to a great conference next year, with Germanic family researchers coming together from across the continents. We very much hope you will be able to join us.

Please watch for more information over the coming months. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us at