Wednesday, February 10, 2016

National Genealogical Society Opens Registration for Research Trip to Fort Wayne, IN 15 to 19 August 2016

ARLINGTON, VA, 10 FEB 2016—Registration is now open for the National Genealogical Society’s guided research trip to the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, from 15–19 August 2016. Under the guidance of research consultants Pamela S. Eagleson, CGSM and Patricia Walls Stamm, CGSM, CGLSM, participants have five days to conduct personal research at one of the largest genealogical libraries in the Midwest. For more information or to register for the trip, visit

One of the noteworthy research repositories, the Allen County Public Library houses the Fred J. Reynolds Historical Genealogy Collection; PERSI, the Periodical Source Index, and in a joint venture with the Indiana State Museum, the Abraham Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection. The library’s collection contains more than 350,000 printed volumes and 513,000 microforms.

The trip includes:
  • Guidance from leading experts
  • Online orientation
  • Meet and greet for participants
  • Four genealogical presentations
  • Personal research consultations with group leaders
  • Tour of the Abraham Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection
  • Five nights at the Courtyard by Marriott, including free internet in rooms and parking for one car or airport transfers
  • Fees and taxes for all planned events

For more information or to register for the trip visit Payment is required in full at the time of registration. The package price does not include transportation to Fort Wayne.

Eagleson is a researcher, writer, and teacher who conducts client and personal research nationwide with an emphasis on New England, the mid-Atlantic, and the Midwest. A member of NGS since 1981, she currently serves as a director at large. She lectures at NGS national conferences as well as regional and local conferences. She has attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR), the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). Winner of the 2004 NGS Family History Writing Contest, she is co-administrator of the Stone Surname DNA project and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and many regional genealogical societies.

Stamm serves as NGS Education Manager. She lectures on a wide variety of topics at many of NGS and the Federation of Genealogical Societies national conferences. She is a graduate of the NIGR and IGHR. Stamm is a course coordinator at Samford University's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and teaches at St. Louis Community College.

About NGS

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 LLC to Announce Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Financial Results

PROVO, Utah, Feb. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LLC, the largest provider of family history and personal DNA testing, will release financial results for its fourth quarter and full year 2015 on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, after the market closes. Following the release, the Company will host a conference call at 3:00 p.m. MT (5:00 p.m. ET).

A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the investor relations section of the Ancestry website, Participants can also access the conference call by dialing (844) 831-3026 (domestic toll-free) or (315) 625-6887 (international) approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.

The webcast replay will be available for 12 months on the investor relations section of the website,, under Events and Presentations.

About Ancestry

Ancestry is the largest provider of family history and personal DNA testing, harnessing the information found in family trees, historical records, genetics and health history to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 2 million paying subscribers across its family history websites and approximately 1.4 million DNA samples in the AncestryDNA database. Since 1996, more than 16 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 70 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products including Archives, Fold3, and AncestryDNA sold by its subsidiary, DNA, LLC, and the AncestryHealth product, offered by its subsidiary, LLC.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Advanced Supplier of Family and Organization Image Protection at RootsTech Conference

A great example of saving family, business and organizational memories is being shown to the 26,000 visitors to the Salt Lake City RootsTech Conference February 4-6. Founder and owner of Memorable, Eugene Gekhter is demonstrating the advanced restoration and cloud saving work of Memorable. Memorable’s more than decade long work with photos including post 2000 dated digital images, original “snapshots” and slides before 2000, all forms of video and 8 mm and 16 mm film from the 1950’s and earlier. Memorable which has been in business for 15 years is demonstrating how can families and organizations truly protect their visual records from disaster including floods, fire and other natural and human disasters.

Memorable was founded by Eugene Gekhter, who fell in love with preserving memories while attending the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 15 years ago. He recognized early that so few families and organizations took the time to protect their photos. Eventually he discovered that as few as 4% of American families have taken precautions to scan, backup and protect their still and moving images of their families and lives. At the age of 19 Eugene bought the domain which would become the leading company in the United States for high definition film transfer services.

Education did not stop after graduation; Eugene grew to learn as much about every aspect of photo and video technology as possible. To connect every family memory seamlessly together into a unified archive, he developed the expertise for working with every imaginable format used by consumers in the last hundred years.

To tackle such an enormous task, he had to master movie film, video, and still image technologies. To improve quality of originals he developed proprietary restoration processes which could color correct faded movies, remove dust, dirt, and reduce grain from old film and slides, as well as remove noise from analog video. 250,000 lines of code later, Eugene and his Memorable team have achieved what it had set out to do, Memorable has developed a solution that would unite and automatically create clear chronologies for over a century of family photos and videos that any family can afford and especially all family members can use. He has worked with Harvard University and other institutions as well as thousands of families.


Leading family history site, Findmypast announced today at RootsTech a range of new global partnerships with leading technology providers. This will further strengthen its reach in the U. S. as well as U.K. markets.

The raft of new partnerships include deals with RootsMagic, Legacy Family Tree, FamilySearch, Family-Historian, Puzzilla, Billion Graves and RootsCity. Findmypast will make its vast record collection of more than 8 billion records available to customers via these partners. The rollout of these partnerships will begin in 2016, with exact dates to be detailed later.

Customers using these various family history products will benefit from having Findmypast’s record collection embedded within the actual product in ways that each partner determines will benefit their customers most. Adding to the excitement, Findmypast also announced that in 2016 it will build on its extensive British and Irish data base by adding hundreds of millions of new U.S. records including the most comprehensive collection of US marriage records available anywhere.

Commenting Ben Bennett, Executive Vice-President North America and International for Findmypast said:
“2016 is going to see us expanding our partnerships across the U.S. Our aim is to provide our customers with more and more records and family history resources to aid them in their family history research. Regardless of where the customer is doing the research, Findmypast will bring the full benefit of the more than 8 billion records that Findmypast has in order to help them discover more about their family.”

Taking these essential steps to creating a healthy ecosystem of partnerships will help ensure that those searching for ancestors who have lived in the UK and/or the US can take full advantage of Findmypast’s world class record collections.

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.