Friday, May 26, 2017

FindMyPast: England, Vermont and Ireland record sets

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday
There are over 249,000 records are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

Surrey institutional records 1788-1939

Explore over 200,000 assorted records from 16 institutions across the English county of Surrey, including poor law unions, workhouses, schools, infirmaries, goals and more. Each result will provide you with a transcript of key details from the source material. The records cover 13 places in Surrey: Addlestone, Chertsey, Cobham, Dorking, Farnham, Godstone, Guildford, Hambledon, Redhill, Richmond Upon Thames, Southwark, Warlingham, and Woking. The amount and nature of the information recorded will vary depending on the type of source material. Most will reveal a combination of your accentor's occupation, marital status and home parish as well as dates relating to their birth, baptism, death and the event that was being recorded.

Vermont, Enrolled Militia Records 1861-1867

Search over 4,300 records to find out if your Vermont ancestors enrolled in the state militia. Vermont, located in the northeastern United States, has a long tradition of local militias fighting for the country. The state passed an act in 1844 that stipulated that all adult men who were eligible for service in the state militia were recorded by the town clerk in a register that was then sent to the state government. These records cover most of the 1860s, a particularly interesting time for the state as Vermont fought with the Union during the American Civil War. While most records in this collection are enlistment records, several personal war sketches and burial records are also included.

Essex Baptism Index 1538-1917

Over 32,000 records covering 50 parishes across the county have been added to the Essex Baptism index. Each record contains a transcript of original source material. The amount of information listed may vary but generally records will include the child's name, birth date, birth place, baptism date, baptism place, denomination, parent's names and father's occupation.

Australian Capital Territory Deaths

Over 2,000 records have been added to our collection of Australian Capital Territory Deaths. Each record includes a transcript of the original source material that will reveal your ancestor's date of death and parent's names. Transcripts will also include the registration number, information that can be used to order a copy of the original certificate from the Office of Regulatory Services.

Sussex, Eastbourne Gazette Newspaper Notices

Over 186,000 records have been added to our collection of Eastbourne Gazette Newspaper Notices. This indexed collection includes names found in the paper's family notices section (announcements of births, marriages and deaths) as well as other reports on events such as divorces, murders, tragedies, shipwrecks, lynchings and paternity cases. The newspaper reported on stories in Sussex, but also internationally. Stories from Ireland to Switzerland and the USA can be found by using the Keyword search to discover indexed reports from specific countries.

Derbyshire Hospital Admissions and Deaths 1855-1913

Over 800 records have been added to our collection of Derbyshire Hospital Admissions & Deaths. The collection now contains over 5,000 records taken from two different sources: Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Deaths 1892 – 1912 and Victoria Memorial Cottage Hospital, Ashbourne Admissions 1899 – 1913. 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.

Irish Newspapers

Over 900 new articles and one brand new title have been added to our collection of historic Irish newspapers. This month's new title, The Monitor, and Missionary Chronicle, of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ireland currently consists of twenty 24-26 page editions of the monthly publication dating from August 1853 to April 1855. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2017 Announces Free Live Streaming Sessions

Registration is Now Open for FREE
Jamboree Live Stream Sessions

Thanks to Jamboree 2017 Diamond Sponsor Ancestry, the Southern California Genealogical Society and Genealogy Jamboree are able to offer 14 hours of high-quality family history education to registrants absolutely free. Handouts will be provided with each session.

The live-streamed sessions from Jamboree are listed below. Session descriptions, speaker bios, suggested experience levels and schedule details are available on the Jamboree website.

Friday, June 9

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.             
FR009 Facebook: A Tool for Genealogy Research
Presented by Thomas MacEntee

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.             
FR018 Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist
Presented by Annette Burke Lyttle

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.             
FR027 Treasures in Township Records 
Presented by Peggy Clements Lauritzen, AG®

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.             
FR035  From Famine to Plenty - Finding My Immigrant Ancestors' Stories 
Presented by Tessa Keough

Saturday, June 10

8:30   -   9:30 a.m.         
SA009 Descendancy Research: Another Pathway to Genealogy
Presented by Michael L. Strauss, AG®

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.         
SA018 Wives, Girlfriends, Widows, Exes and Mistresses: Documenting Women
Presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  
SA027 Sources of Genealogical Research for Armenians in the Caucasus
Presented by Camille Andrus

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.              
SA036 Your Ancestor's FAN Club: Using Cluster Research
Presented by Drew Smith, MLS

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.              
SA045 Technology Resources for Deciphering Foreign Language Records
Presented by Randy Whited
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.              
SA052 DNA vs. Irish Annals
Presented by Brad Larkin, MBS, MCSE

Sunday, June 11

8:30   -   9:30 a.m.          
SU009 Researching Your Irish Ancestors Online
Presented by Donna M. Moughty

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.          
SU018 Underused Databases for Scottish Genealogy
Presented by Christine Woodcock

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.           
SU027 What's New in Eastern European Genealogy?
Presented by Lisa Alzo, MFA

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.             
SU036 Using the Bureau of Land Management Tract Books
Michael John Neill

Not able to watch live? No Problem!

If you can't watch a session in real-time as it is being live streamed, you will be able to watch it at your convenience through July 10, 2017, on the Live Stream website (not to be confused with the SCGS website and the Extension Series Webinar archives available for SCGS members).

Registration for the Genetic Genealogy pay-per-view and free Jamboree sessions will remain open through July 10, 2017. 

  • You do not have to be a member of SCGS, nor do you need your SCGS membership number, to view any of the streaming videos.
  • Streaming videos will not be shown on the SCGS website and are not the same as Jamboree Extension Series Webinars.
  • Genetic Genealogy/DNA Day pay-per-view live streaming is separate from Jamboree Free live streaming and is accessed via a separate web page.
  • Each registration will generate a confirmation email that will contain your username (email) and automatically generated password.
  • Passwords: If you sign up for both live streamed opportunities (pay-per-view and free), you will generate 2 separate passwords. Please keep track.
  • If you forget your password or have any technical difficulties, click "Contact Support" on the live streaming web page.
  • The Jamboree App is not involved in live streaming. 
  • Jamboree live streaming is FREE and available to the public, but viewers need to register. We highly encourage you to register in advance.

Jamboree Live Streaming

DNA Pay-per-view Live Streaming

48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Genetic Genealogy 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

Second batch of “Six in Six” records available to search this Findmypast Friday, May 20, 2017

  • Over 1.3 million Nottinghamshire Parish records added to Findmypast’s UK collection
  • Release forms second phase of project to publish parish records from six English counties in six months
  • Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Somerset and Warwickshire still to come

Over 1.3 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including baptisms, banns, marriages and burials transcribed from original parish registers and bishop’s transcripts by Findmypast and the Nottinghamshire Family History Society.

The release marks the second phase of Findmypast’s Six Counties in Six Months initiative. First launched back in April with over five million Wiltshire records, the project will see the online publication of vital parish records from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Somerset and Warwickshire over the next four months.

Today’s new additions further expand Findmypast’s unrivalled collection of English and Welsh parish records – the largest collection available online. New records have also been added to the PERiodical Source Register.

Over 580,000 records have been added to our collection of Nottinghamshire baptisms. The collection now contains over 1.4 million transcripts that will reveal your ancestor’s baptism date, baptism location, religious denomination, residence and parent’s names.

Nottinghamshire Banns contains over 800 records. Banns are proclamations of a couple’s intention to marry. This proclamation would be read out three months prior to the intended marriage date on three consecutive Sundays in the couple’s home parishes. The practice was introduced in order to prevent clandestine marriages and to give local congregations time to raise any objections. Each transcript will reveal the couple’s names, birth years, marital status, residence, where there banns were read and the dates of their readings.

Over 295,000 records spanning 400 years have been added to our collection of Nottinghamshire Marriage records. The collection now contains over 984,000 transcripts that will reveal your ancestor’s birth year, residence, marriage date, marriage place, occupation, residence, father’s name, whether they were married by banns or licence, and corresponding details for their spouse. Some records may also lists the names of any witnesses.

Over 423,000 new transcripts have been added to our collection of Nottinghamshire burials. Each transcript will allow you to determine when and where your ancestor was laid to rest, their age at death and religious denomination. You may also find notes on their marital status, cause of death, occupation, or other significant biographical details. Burial records can help you get an idea of where your ancestors spent their final years.

Over 16,000 images have been added to five titles in the PERiodical Source Index. New images have been added to;

  • New York Researcher – volume 26, number 4 (2015) and volume 27, numbers 1 & 2 (2016)
  • New York Genealogical and Biographical Record – volume 147, numbers 1 & 2 (2016)
  • New Zealand Genealogist – volumes 1-8 (1970-1977); volume 10, number 94 (1979); volume 18, number 176 (1987); and volumes 26-39 (1995-2008)
  • Fenwick Colony Gazette – Volume 20, number 3 (2015) and volume 21, numbers 1 &2 (2015)
  • The Friend / Friend Intelligencer – volumes 23-36 (1849-1863)

The PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) enables you to easily locate key information about people and places. It contains millions of entries from thousands of historical, genealogical and ethnic publications and is a simple way of accessing articles, photos, and other material you might not find using traditional search methods. This can help to build the historical context around your personal research, and the world your ancestors lived in.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

SCGS Announces Live Streaming Genetic Genealogy 2017

Registration NOW OPEN 

Live Streaming of
Genetic Genealogy 2017
"Diving Into DNA"

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Click Here to Register

$20. Individual sessions can be viewed for $20 each. If you can't watch the session as it's being live streamed, you will be able to watch it at your convenience through July 10, 2017. The syllabus handout will be available for download before the start of the session.

$99. The best deal is the full-day subscription which provides access to all six sessions, along with the corresponding syllabus information if available from the presenter. 

If you can't watch the session as it's being live streamed, you will be able to watch it at your convenience through July 10, 2017, via the Genetic Genealogy 2017 Registration & Viewing Portal ( 

Genetic Genealogy live-streamed sessions will not be available for purchase on DVD, nor will they be accessible on the SCGS website in the member archives. Payment can be made with a credit card, debit card, or via PayPal on the Genetic Genealogy 2017 Registration and Viewing Portal.

Access to the live streaming sessions is provided for use by individuals only. Sharing the content with others is not permitted and conflicts with copyright provisions.  

Streamed Genetic Genealogy Conference sessions  Thursday, June 8, 2017:

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
TH005  Five Tips to Make sense of your DNA Testing
Presented by Diahan Southard

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
TH010  How to Convince Relatives and Strangers to DNA Test and Why 
Presented by Emily D. Aulicino, MA

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.    

TH015  Examples of Autosomal DNA Testing Solving Genealogical Questions 
Presented by Tim P. Janzen, MD

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.       

TH021  Don't Discard the Y-STR's 
Presented by Brad Larkin, MBS, MCSE

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.        

TH026  Genetic Genealogy Year in Review 2017 
Presented by Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., JD

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
TH031  DNA Triangulation 
Presented by Kitty Munson Cooper

Important Notes
  • You do not need to be a member of SCGS, nor do you need your SCGS membership number, to view live streaming or the videos. 
  • The streaming videos will not be shown on the SCGS website.
  • The Mobile App is separate from live streaming.
  • The Genetic Genealogy streaming videos are separate from the Jamboree live streaming and will not be available for purchase on CD or DVD.

Details about Jamboree live-streaming, sponsored by Jamboree 2017 Diamond Sponsor Ancestry, will be announced later (hint: Check the blog after Registration closes).

48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Genetic Genealogy 2017