Monday, September 26, 2016

Kerry Scott Named Editor of APG eNews


WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 26 September 2016 - The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) has named Kerry Scott, as the new editor of APG's monthly newsletter. Scott is a professional genealogist and owner of Clue Wagon, LLC. She brings years of experience as a blogger, writer, and lecturer to APG's popular monthly electronic newsletter. She is the author of How to Use Evernote for Genealogy and has written genealogy and technology articles for Family Tree Magazine and other publications.

Scott served as F+W Media's online content manager, creating content and producing webinars and courses for FamilyTreeMagazine.com and FamilyTreeUniversity.com. Her background is in human resources. She served as the member benefits coordinator for APG for three years.

"APG eNews is designed to be a go-to source for news concerning the professional, as well as APG news," said Kerry Scott. "I'm excited to grow the publication in its usefulness to APG members. I'd like it to be a resource that members look forward to receiving every month. Thank you to the APG Board for selecting me for this position."

APG eNews Subscription Information

APG eNews launched in 2012 and is produced monthly. The most recent three issues are posted in the Publications areas of the APG website. Members have access to all past issues in the Members Only section of website. Members who subscribe to the email list will receive a notice and link each month.

About the Association of Professional Genealogists

The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Friday, September 23, 2016

New records available to search this Findmypast Friday September 23, 2016


Over 1.7 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:


This collection of Cheshire Vital Records contains over 584,000 records including baptisms, marriages, and burials. The details found in earlier records are sparse, but later records, especially in the twentieth century, were meticulously kept and recorded a number of key facts about your ancestor. The collection can be searched by parish, event, or record type and allows you to browse through thousands of original bishop's transcripts, non-conformist registers, and parish registers from churches across the English county of Cheshire.


Uncover the harrowing details of 339 transatlantic shipwrecks between 1817 and 1875 by exploring 632 digitised pages of Frank A. Biebel's "Shipwrecked Passenger Book". The collection mainly covers shipwrecks of European ships traveling to the United States, although some ships to Canada and other countries are included. All details of each wreck are given, including the port of embarkation, destination port, an account of the wreck, the names of known survivors, passenger lists (if available) and survivors dispositions.


Over 5,148 records have been added to our collection of school and university register books. Britain, School and University Register Books 1264-1930 contains over 18,000 records that list biographical details about your ancestor's life after school, such as employment information and marriage and death dates. You can also discover if your ancestor taught at these schools, as all the registers include staff names.

The records consist of digitised copies of school and university register books. They include a full register of former pupils. The lists often include biographical details like birth year, father's name, employment after school and family information. Most of the books will include a full history of the institute, followed by lists of previous headmasters, tutors, sporting teams and illustrations or photographs.


Our collection of United States Family Histories contains over 930,000 images taken from 3,926 family histories and genealogies from all 50 states as well as several locations overseas. These PDF records can be searched by publication year, title, county, and state, page number and additional key words. The publications included have a particular emphasis on tracing the descendants of the early, colonial immigrants to the United States.


United States, State & Local Histories is a collection of over 300 books containing over 183,000 records. Available to view in PDF format, the records can be searched by year, title, county, and state. Additionally, you can search by keywords and page number. Learning more about the specific towns and counties your family came from can help explain certain aspects of their lives, such as why they were in certain professions. You may also come across a biographical account of an individual who was important to the founding or growth of a place of significance to your family; the individual could perhaps be your ancestor.


Volume 27, Issue 2 (January 2016) of the NYG&B Record, the second oldest genealogical journal in the United States, is now available at Findmypast. Search or browse to find valuable documentation to aid you in your family history research.

Published quarterly since 1870 by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the Record is one of the most distinguished genealogical journals in the United States. It publishes compiled genealogies documented to the highest standards, transcriptions of original records and other source material from throughout New York State, works that solve genealogical problems, and reviews of important scholarship in the field.


Volume 147, Issue 2 (Summer 2016) of the New York Researcher, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society's (NYG&B) quarterly review, is now available to browse and search.

The New York Researcher, formerly the NYG&B Newsletter, has been published by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) since 1970. The colourful quarterly review features instructive articles on genealogical research techniques and New York resources, profiles of repositories and genealogical societies across New York State, program announcements, website news, and book reviews.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Association of Professional Genealogists Recognizes Members and Chapters for Contributions to the Organization and to the Genealogy Profession


FORT WAYNE, Indiana, and WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 22 September 2016− The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) honored several of its members for their achievements and service to the field of genealogy today at its 2016 Professional Management Conference (PMC) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. APG President Billie Stone Fogarty presented the awards at today’s opening session of PMC.

Melanie D. Holtz, CG, received the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr., Award of Merit, which honors personal commitment and outstanding service to the APG. Holtz was an APG board member in 2010 and from 2013–2014 and served on APG’s Professional Development Committee for six years. She is a member of the APG North Carolina Chapter. She operates an international research firm that specializes in Italian genealogy, dual citizenship, and probate cases.

Eileen M. O’Duill, CG, received the APG Professional Achievement Award. The award, created in 2007, recognizes exceptional professional achievement and ethical behavior with contributions to the field of genealogy. O’Duill, who lives in Ireland, served on the APG Board from 1995–2000 and 2007–2012. She is a genealogist, writer, and lecturer on Irish genealogy topics and is a co-author of Irish Civil Registration—Where Do I Start?

Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, was awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership for her contributions to APG and to the field of genealogy. Benjamin B. Spratling III was presented an award plaque in appreciation and with gratitude for outstanding service as legal counsel to the APG.

Other awards included:

APGQ Excellence Award: Yvette Hoitink, CG, for her September 2015 article “Use Content Marketing to Grow Your Business.”

Certificate of Appreciation to Kimberly T. Powell for her service and dedication to the Professional Development Committee and an award plaque for her service as APG President from 2014–2015.

Certificate of Appreciation to Diane Rapaport for her years of service on the Publications Advisory Committee.

Fogarty presented an award plaque to Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF, of the Allen County Public Library for hosting the Association of Professional Genealogists 2016 Professional Management Conference. APG also presented a $1,000 donation to the library.

Northland Chapter Received APG Golden Chapter Award

APG’s Northland Chapter received the Golden Chapter Award for excellence in professional development and networking opportunities for its members. A Golden Chapter Award Honorable Mention went to APG’s Puget Sound Chapter for excellence in outreach, collaboration, and preservation upon the successful completion of “Scrapbook of Picture Cards,” a joint project with the Seattle Public Library. The Great Plains Chapter also received Golden Chapter Award Honorable Mention for excellence in programs, outreach, and administration of a small chapter.

“We are blessed with a multitude of outstanding members who contribute their time, talents, and expertise to further the goals of APG and make the field of genealogy better for all,” said APG President Billie Stone Fogarty. “We are especially proud of this year’s honorees and thank each of them for their service and dedication.”

About the Association of Professional Genealogists

The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

New Occupational Records now on TheGenealogist


New Occupational Records now on TheGenealogist

If your ancestor held a prominent position in a religious organisation then you may find them in amongst a number of recent releases at TheGenealogist.co.uk. The new records include:
  • The Year Book of The Church of England in the Dominion of Canada 1926 & 1935 - These year books contain the details of the members of clergy in Canada.
  • New Zealand Methodist Union Index 1913 - Listing details of Methodist Ministers and their placements in New Zealand up to 1912.
  • Catholic Directory 1867 & 1877 - Directories of Catholic Clergy with addresses for England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Biographical Dictionary of English Catholics 1534 to 1885 - This work by Joseph Gillow gives biographies of prominent Catholics which often include details of their family, education and achievements.
  • Shropshire Roman Catholic Registers 1763-1837
  • The Roman Catholics in the County of York 1604
  • Various Catholic Record Society volumes - These include a variety of interesting records including various Catholic Church registers, memoirs and letters of prominent Catholics and Recusant Rolls.
  • Jewish Year Books 1896-99, 1901-8, 1910-11, 1918-21, 1925, and 1928-39 - These year books list the details of prominent people within each synagogue, obituaries, Jewish officers in the Army, Navy and Auxiliary Forces, Ministers, MPs, Peers, and even Jewish 'Celebrities' of the time.
  • Jewish Synagogue Seatholders in London for 1920, 1922, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1937
  • The Clergyman's Almanack 1821 & 1822 - These Almanacks list archbishops, bishops, dignitaries, MPs and Peers.
  • Register of Missionaries 1796-1923 - A register of the missionaries and deputations of the London Society of Missionaries. This book includes many details about each missionary, as well as listing their wives (including their maiden name).
  • Durham Diocesan Calendar 1931
These records compliment an already wide range of religious occupational records such as Cox's Clergy Lists and Crockford's Clerical Directories, Jewish Seatholders, Catholic Registers, and Directories already on TheGenealogist.

Diamond subscribers can access these records by going to the Search tab on the home page - scrolling down to Occupational Records and then selecting the type of records that they are interested in.