Tuesday, September 1, 2015

American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Announce Annual Family History Day: a Day of Discovery and Learning about Family History on Saturday, October 3, in Boston, Massachusetts



“Share the Story of a Lifetime” is a One-Day Seminar Which Will Orient Beginners and Intermediates Alike to the Fundamentals of Researching Family History

September 1, 2015 – Boston, Massachusetts – American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) are hosting a day of discovery and learning about family history on Saturday, October 3. From their headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, the NEHGS staff of expert genealogists, historians, writers, and researchers will bring their knowledge and expertise to the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts—where they invite the public to spend time learning about family history.

At Family History Day, themed “Share the Story of a Lifetime,” participants can learn the fundamentals of researching family history from some of the leading professionals in the field of genealogy. During this exclusive one-day seminar, NEHGS experts will demonstrate some of the best practices in genealogy and show patrons how to get the most from their prize-winning, data-rich website, AmericanAncestors.org. NEHGS staff will help all to explore new and essential resources, chat informally with participants, offer discounts on titles from the NEHGS bookstore, and share the latest happenings at NEHGS. A limited number of one-on-one consultations with NEHGS experts will be available throughout the day. At the day-long event, participants can connect with other family historians from all over Massachusetts and the New England and mid-Atlantic region.

With lectures and demonstrations, consultations, and exhibits—the NEHGS Family History Day program at the Sheraton Boston Hotel is packed with opportunities. NEHGS genealogists will present on a wide-variety of topics about “finding family stories”—in public and private records, military documents, and in the scientific analysis of DNA. Visit www.AmericanAncestors.org/fhd for a full schedule of the day’s activities.

The 2015 NEHGS Family History Day features the participation of findmypast, one of genealogy's largest family history online resources for researching and building your family tree. Findmypast representatives will be with NEHGS at the Sheraton Boston all day—where participants will have an opportunity to meet them, view exhibits, and explore how findmypast.com can help with uncovering a family’s past.

Registration for Family History Day is $50 per person. Students with a valid ID can register at the discounted rate of $40 per person. Groups of five or more are also eligible for the discounted registration of $40 per person. Group organizers may call 617-226-1226 for more information about group registration. Space is limited, so an early registration is encouraged!

For those participants who are new to NEHGS and American Ancestors and who register for Family History Day events, a free open house and reception is being held on Friday, October 2, at the NEHGS library and archives at 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston. Space is available for the first 200 registrants and consultations will be available.

One-on-one consultations with NEHGS genealogists on Friday and Saturday are offered at $30 per person (25 minutes), and a separate registration is required. A limited number of consultations are available and are expected to sell out quickly.

“Family stories connect us to loved ones, the past, and each other. Whether new to genealogy or researching for years, we encourage the public to take this opportunity to discover their family story with the family history experts,” stated Ginevra Morse, NEHGS Director of Education and Online Programs and coordinator of the event for the Society.

Registration for Family History Day is open at www.AmericanAncestors/fhd.

FamilySearch Makes 2.7 Million Historic Records from the 1915 New Jersey State Census Freely Searchable Online


SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (September 1, 2015)—FamilySearch International has added more than 2.7 million searchable historical records from the 1915 New Jersey State Census to its free online collections. New Jersey records are highly sought after by family historians because the state was a popular settling point for millions of immigrants during the heyday of US immigration from 1892 to 1924. The 1885 and 1905 New Jersey State Censuses are also available, making these three online collections invaluable for researchers. You can search the 1915 New Jersey Census collection and more than 5.8 billion other free historical records at FamilySearch.org.

State censuses were typically taken mid-point between federal censuses. The 1915 New Jersey Census is halfway between the 1910 and 1920 federal censuses—a peak period of US immigration where millions of immigrants settled in the northeastern states to create their new homes and pursue their hopes and dreams in America. New Jersey took state censuses every 10 years from 1855 to 1915 to allocate the number of state legislators. The 1915 New Jersey State Census includes the names of each member of the household, location, gender, birth date (month and year) and birthplace. These state censuses can help researchers discover additional family members, migration patterns, and other important information.

The 1915 New Jersey collection contains 2,785,000 records spread across 21 counties and 565 municipalities. It was taken roughly two years before the US entered World War I and contains information about thousands of residents shortly before they went to war. The population of New Jersey was growing rapidly during this time, so this new index includes over 600,000 additional records compared to the 1905 state census.

This 1915 New Jersey Census includes several notable residents at the time, including:

  • Paul Robeson, the first black all-American football player, singer, and actor



FamilySearch International has the rights to publish the index created by its online volunteer community, but not the rights to publish the images owned by the state of New Jersey. Patrons can access the images by renting the microfilm containing their ancestor’s entry online for a nominal fee and viewing it at any of the more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries. The film number (noted as GS Film Number) can be easily located in the Person Details page of the census index for your ancestor on FamilySearch.org. The images on microfilm can reveal additional information, including marital status, citizenship, occupation, and whether homes were owned or rented.

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 130 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Friday, August 28, 2015

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, August 28, 2015


This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of browsable Manchester electoral registers, death & admission records from two Derbyshire hospitals, new additions to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers and a fascinating petition drawn up by early settlers in New Zealand.


Those of you with Manchester ancestors can now browse through over 330,000 Manchester electoral registers. Spanning nearly 70 years (1832-1900), the register record a fascinating period of the city’s history. By 1835, Manchester’s booming cotton and manufacturing Industries had made it the first and greatest industrial city in the world. This triggered a population explosion as people from all over the UK flocked to the city in search of work, many of whom were forced to live in squalid conditions in the city’s newly formed slums. The registers include both the registers for local government elections Parliamentary Elections. Electoral Registers are annually compiled lists of all adults eligible to vote and typically list a person’s name, address and the type of property they owned or rented that qualified them to vote. The registers are a valuable census substitute and, as they begin after the Repeal Act of 1832, record all levels of society ranging from wealthy captains of industry to desperately poor slum tenants.

The records are scanned copies of microfilms held at the Manchester Archives Central Library and cover Ardwick, Bradford, Beswick, Cheetham, Chorlton-Upon Medlock, Harpurhey, Hulme, Newton, Salford, Broughton and Manchester.


The New Zealand, Nelson, Petition after the Wairau Incident 1843 records list the names of nearly 600 settlers who signed a petition calling for action to be taken by the Governor of New Zealand following the notorious Wairau affray. The Wairau incident occurred on 17 June 1843 and was the first serious clash between New Zealand Company settlers and the local Ngāti Toa. Following a dispute regarding the settlement of the Wairau Valley, local Māori chiefs had the settlers temporary abodes burnt to the ground. The company responded by sending 49 armed men to arrest the chiefs resulting in a confrontation that left 22 settlers and 4 Māori dead. An investigation by the newly appointed Governor, Robert FitzRoy, found that the settlers claim to the land had been invalid and the chiefs were exonerated. Many settlers were enraged by the findings and submitted a petition that, along with active lobbying, resulted in Fitzroy being recalled in 1845.

Each record includes a transcript created using names listed in the Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle on 15 June, 1844. Transcripts list the names of the individuals who signed the petition, the newspaper in which they appeared, their occupations and any additional notes.


Derbyshire Hospital Admission & Deaths contain nearly 4,000 records taken from two different sources: Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Deaths 1892 – 1912 and Victoria Memorial Cottage Hospital, Ashbourne Admissions 1899 – 1913. The Victoria Memorial Cottage Hospital was opened in Ashbourne in 1899 and was in operation for 65 years until its closure in 1964. The Derbyshire Royal Infirmary was first built in 1810 and rebuilt following a typhoid outbreak in 1890. Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone for the new hospital in 1894 and the hospital stayed in operation for over 100 years.

Each record includes a transcript produced by the Ancestral Archives of Derbyshire. Records can include the patient’s admission date, reason for admission, condition after admission, marital status, residence, rank or profession, date of discharge or death and cause of death.


Nearly half a million articles and 8 fascinating new titles have been added to our collection of historic Irish Newspaper. The brand new additions come from all four provinces of the country, include both local and national press and cover the time period before, during and after The Great Famine (1805-1871). New additions include the Belfast Commercial Chronicle, General Advertiser For Dublin and All Ireland, The Northern Standard and The Pilot,. Substantial additions have also been made to three existing titles; The Belfast Morning News, Freeman’s Journal and the Cork Examiner. The entire collection now holds over 9.7 million fully searchable articles, covering an impressive 231 years of Ireland’s history (1719-1950).

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

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

In April 2003 Findmypast was the first 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 digitised records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Family History Library Announces Free Classes for September 2015


These classes and workshops are designed to help individuals and families find their ancestors and teach others family history techniques.

Sep 3, 2015
11:00 A.M. British Resources on findmypast
1:00 P.M. British Resources on Ancestry.com

Sep 5, 2015
1:00 P.M. Recursos en línea además de FamilySearch.org

Sep 10, 2015
1:00 P.M. United States Civil War Records
6:00 P.M. Descendancy Research Webinar

Sep 17, 2015
11:00 A.M. British Resources on FamilySearch.org
11:00 A.M. Czech Online Church Records Webinar
1:00 P.M. Key Websites for British Research (Besides the “Big 3”)

Sep 19, 2015
10:00 A.M. Boy Scout Genealogy Merit Badge (1½ hours) To register, call 1-801-240-4673 at least one week before the workshop to ensure requirements are met before attending.
1:00 P.M. Conozca el sitio PARES
2:00 P.M. Protocolos notariales
3:00 P.M. ¿No hay otros registros?

Sep 22, 2015
1:00 P.M. Newspaper Research

Sep 24, 2015
6:00 P.M. United States City Directories Webinar

Click on this link to access the Live Online Classes. Or go to FamilySearch.org; click on Search; select Wiki. Type Family History Library andchoose the top entry. Click on 2.2 Live Online Classes for details; scroll to find the desired class.