Sunday, March 1, 2015

Famberry launches “Famberry Search” & GEDCOM Upload

London, England (February 27th, 2015): Famberry (, the private collaborative family tree builder, is please to announce the release of “Famberry Search”, an interactive search facility that uses key indicators from your family tree to give you the most relevant search results and an opportunity to connect with related family. The more you add to your family tree the better the Famberry Search results.

In addition to the standard checks for matches as you grow your family tree on Famberry, the Famberry Search facility will help users who have hit brick walls with certain names and want to check for any other families that have connections to specific names.

As part of the announcement Famberry is also releasing GEDCOM import and export facilities to allow users to transfer family tree information from their private applications to the sharable family tree environment of Famberry.

“Famberry Search is for people who want to connect to more than a name, they want to connect to a whole family tree.”

Sign up for free at to upload your GEDCOM files and start finding connections to family with Famberry Search.

British Institute 2015 Features Instructors from the British Isles

The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 15th Annual British Institute. The Institute will be held September 21-25, 2015, at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, conveniently located in the center of historic downtown Salt Lake City and next door to the Family History Library (FHL).

This year’s Institute features four renowned genealogists from the British Isles — Else Churchill and Alec Tritton from England, Fiona Fitzsimons from Ireland, and Bruce Durie from Scotland. They will be joined by board-certified genealogist Melissa Johnson, who specializes in writing and publishing. The instructional format includes plenty of time to research in the nearby FHL.

The amazing course line-up includes:

Researching Your English Ancestors” — Else Churchill and Alec Tritton

Else is the Genealogist at the Society of Genealogists in London and a former member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Council on National Records and Archives. She writes a regular column for the UK Family Tree Magazine and has been featured on BBC Radio 4 programs as well as the popular UK television shows Who Do You Think You Are and Find My Past.

Alec is a former chairman of the Federation of Family History Societies and the Guild of One-Name Studies, as well as vice-chairman of the Society of Genealogists. He has lectured extensively in England, presented at Who Do You Think You Are Live and the Society of Genealogists centenary conference, and specializes in burial grounds and obscure non-conformist sects.

The course will explore English records, resources for London ancestors, and solutions to seventeenth century research problems.

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors” — Fiona Fitzsimons

Fiona is a popular columnist for History Ireland and contributor to Irish Lives Remembered. She is founder and Director of Eneclann, a Trinity College Dublin Campus company; coordinated the Genealogy Advisory Service in the National Library of Ireland; developed workshops for the National Library of Ireland; and contributed research to Who Do You Think You Are (UK), Faces of America, and Finding Our Roots.

This course will focus on building the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to research Irish ancestors using records available through the Family History Library and Irish repositories.

Everything You Need to Know about Scottish Genealogy . . . and Then Some” — Bruce Durie, Ph.D., FSA Scot, FIGRS

Bruce founded the post-graduate program of Genealogical Studies at the University of Strathclyde and served as Course Director for six years. He is probably best known for his BBC radio series Digging Up Your Roots and A House with a Past. He has authored 30 books, co-organizes ancestral tours, and co-manages the Scottish DNA Project. He was recently elected to the prestigious Académie Internationale de Généalogie, the only member from Scotland.

This course will demonstrate how to explore, understand, and use the best-preserved, most complete and accessible sets of records on the planet, available through Scottish repositories.

Elements of Genealogical Writing, Editing, and Publishing” — Melissa Johnson, CG

Melissa’s work has been published in numerous journals and magazines. She has written and edited family histories, biographies, narratives, and case studies and is experienced in layout and design. She serves as the Reviews Editor of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ) and Editor of the GSNJ Newsletter for the Genealogical Society of New Jersey.

This course will cover the principles of genealogical writing and the skills needed to turn your research into a well-written genealogical work in a variety of publication formats.

Registration Information: Participants who register by August 15th will receive a discount of $65 off the regular registration fee of $495. Registration, lodging, and other information may be found at Once you have registered, you will receive an “I’m Attending” info-graphic to share on your favorite social media platforms.

Friday, February 27, 2015

New UK, Irish and Australian records released this Findmypast Friday

Over 174,000 new UK, Irish and Australian records as well as 1.6 million Irish newspaper articles have been added to our collection of UK records as part of this week’s Findmypast Friday. This week’s new additions include fascinating UK Trade union records and medical records from the 1832 Manchester Cholera epidemic, new Irish National Roll of Honour records, Australian cemetery transcripts and a selection of Immigration records from the state of Queensland.

UK Records

Lancashire, Manchester Cholera Victims 1832, contains detailed notes relating to the first 200 cases of the 1832 Cholera epidemic in Manchester. The outbreak peaked in August, in which about half of the reported cases occurred, and then tailed off to end in January of 1833. The case studies are transcribed from ‘The origin and progress of the malignant cholera in Manchester’ by Henry Gaulter MD, published 1832. Each transcript lists the victim’s name, age, year of birth, place and Gaulter’s detailed notes. The notes include the victim’s address, descriptions of their constitution, lifestyle, natural susceptibility, and the condition of their dwellings. Gaulter also included detailed notes, the dates of the attack and any possible ‘predisposing causes’, which could include details of the victim’s last meal or ‘communication’ with other cases.

257 volumes of British Trade Union Membership Registers are now available to browse at Findmypast. The Trade Union Membership registers consist of digitised images of original records books from 9 different unions. The documents include details about individual members such as payments made, benefits received, names of spouses, profiles of leading members, directories of secretaries and details of Union activities and proceedings.

Containing over 61,000 records, Britain, Trade Union Members, Service and Casualties contains the details of members from 18 different unions. The records are a collection of union documents from the war years and do not solely feature individuals who participated in the First World War. The records include daily trade union news and business and frequently acknowledge members who have left for war or joined the services. Many include pages of the union’s Roll of Honour and some include photographs of the members or feature short profiles about specific members. The most extraordinary of the records is the Workers’ Union Record, which regularly features full pages of photographs of service men.

Irish Records

Over 1.6 million new articles have been added to our collection of historic Irish newspapers. The latest additions include updates to 36 existing titles and 5 brand new titles from all over Ireland – Belfast Protestant Journal, Current Prices of Grain at Dublin Corn Exchange, Newry Herald and Down, Armagh and Louth Journal, Tipperary Vindicator and Weekly Vindicator.

Over 9,000 new records have been added to the Ireland National Roll of Honour 1914-1921. Now containing over 24,000 records, the Ireland National Roll of Honour 1914-1921 is a collection of transcripts created from all known available references and collections for Irish casualties published before 1922. They include Soldiers Died in the Great War, Ireland's Memorial Records, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, newspaper items, articles and books. The material has also been cross referenced with the 1901 and 1911 Census to provide a more precise list of Irish casualties than was previously available to family historians.

Australian Records

Containing over 72,000 records, New South Wales, Macquarie Park Cemetery Transcriptions, 1922-2001, is an index of headstone inscriptions. Macquarie Park Cemetery is located in North Ryde, in north-western Sydney and was originally known as the Northern Suburbs General Cemetery. In 2004 it was renamed as Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium. The records consist of transcriptions collated by volunteers from the Society of Australian Genealogists. In addition to transcribing headstones and plaques in the cemetery, volunteers sometimes supplemented details taken from the deceased person’s headstone with further information from relevant burial records.

Containing over 1,700 records, Queensland Immigrants nominated for passage 1884-1907 are free to search records that list the names of immigrants and nominators as recorded in registers for nominated passage kept by the Assistant Immigration Agent in Maryborough. Assistant Immigration Agents publicised ships' arrivals in the local press, provided information and services to immigrants such as accommodation and rations at Immigration Depots, arranged employment, and also processed government statistical information and ships' passenger lists and other immigrant records.

Containing over 800 records, the Queensland Register of Immigrants 1864-1878 lists the details of applications for passage certificates for immigration, registered in Toowoomba.

Originally entitled Passage certificates 1887-1906, Queensland Passage certificates 1887-1874 is an index taken from the Queensland State Archives and consists of transcripts of passenger certificates. These free to search records were taken from a register kept by the Sub-Immigration Agent at Warwick and lists applications by sponsors of immigrants.

Containing over 29,000 records, Queensland Land Orders 1861-1874 consists of transcripts taken from registers of land orders issued to immigrants on the completion of their obligations under the Immigration Act, 1864-1869. Land order claims could be made for the passage to Queensland by immigrants or others who provided passages for immigrants.

Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Fridays page every week to keep up to date with the latest new additions.

About Findmypast

Leading family history website Findmypast was the first company to make the complete birth, marriage and death indexes for England & Wales available online in April 2003, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Findmypast has subsequently digitized many more family history records and now offers access to over 2 billion records dating as far back as 875 AD. This allows family historians to search for their ancestors among comprehensive collections of military, census, migration, parish, work and education records, newspapers as well as the original comprehensive birth, marriage and death records. The company runs the official 1911 census website for England & Wales in association with The National Archives and has digitized several other record sets from the national collection. Findmypast has also partnered with the British Library in a 10 year project to safeguard the future of the world's greatest local newspaper archive.

Monday, February 23, 2015

National Genealogical Society Launches NGS Monthly - A New Digital Publcation

ARLINGTON, VA. 23 FEBRUARY 2015. The National Genealogical Society (NGS) today launched NGS Monthly, a new digital publication that, each month, will feature a selection of original articles on genealogicalethodology, research techniques, sources, and the latest news from NGS. Published mid-month starting after the February launch, NGS Monthly was created to replace the Society’s older newsletter, What’s Happening, with a new content and design strategy.

NGS Monthly has a cool, clean look with predominantly green and white graphics and a lean design strategy to avoid distractions. “What’s Happening was using an older delivery system that limited the Society in terms of layout, graphics, readability and enjoyment. We wanted to provide our members with a more pleasant experience that will include visuals and varying lengths of articles, plus social media access,” said Jordan Jones, President of the National Genealogical Society.

The new content strategy has at its core the decision to give readers two thoughtful, longer-length original articles each month. One article in NGS Monthly will be devoted to genealogical methods and tie back to a past article in the digital archive of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) to give the reader examples from case studies. The concept is to “deconstruct” scholarly work so that genealogists of all levels can benefit from analysis of the fine work in this premier journal.

“There are many media options on the genealogical landscape today. NGS wanted to provide something special, something that could bring new understanding to the components of really excellent work that many of us aspire to and look at how expert writers handle sources, information and evidence to build proof of relationships,” explained Terry Koch-Bostic, Chair of the NGS Communications and Marketing Committee.

NGS Monthly editor, Melissa Johnson, added, “The inaugural articles will set the stage for future content. The lead article in the launch issue, ‘What Is an NGSQ Case Study?’ will help NGS members understand the purpose, significance, and structure of the case studies that appear in NGSQ, and the second article, ‘Eight Tips For Deconstructing an NGSQ Case Study,’ provides a look at some individual elements of a case study.”

Articles that are reflective about methodology and others providing readers with new insights, combined with NGS updates and news stories, form the core content strategy for NGS Monthly. The new format also encourages members to share news items through social media and gives them easy access to the NGS homepage, Twitter feed and Facebook page. There are also useful links to the digital archives for NGS Magazine, NGSQ and Upfront with NGS.

A subscription to the digital publication, NGS Monthly, is provided as part of a paid membership in the National Genealogical Society along with subscriptions to the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, NGS Magazine and Upfront with NGS blog. Upfront is also available free to subscribers. For more information on NGS Monthly and these other fine publications, visit

About the National Genealogical Society

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, 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, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.