Thursday, April 16, 2015

SALT LAKE INSTITUTE OF GENEALOGY SCHOLARSHIP - Jimmy B. Parker Applications Now Being Accepted

SALT LAKE INSTITUTE OF GENEALOGY SCHOLARSHIP Jimmy B. Parker Applications Now Being Accepted
Salt Lake City, UT, April 8, 2015–The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Association, is pleased to announce that essay entries for the Jimmy B. Parker Essay Scholarship are now being accepted.

The scholarship recipient will receive full tuition to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2016. The scholarship will be awarded to the individual whose essay and application reflect a commitment to genealogical excellence and community involvement. Past winners are Debra Hoffman of New Windsor, Maryland, Susan LeBlanc of Gladstone, Oregon, and Patti Gillespie of Decatur, Texas.

Since 2012, the Utah Genealogical Association has offered this scholarship in honor of Jimmy B. Parker, a Utah family historian and teacher of more than 50 years. He said, “Few things have greater impact on us in this life than knowing about our heritage—who we are, where we have come from, our culture, our ancestors.” The winning essay with be posted on the Utah Genealogical Association’s blog.

Applicants are asked to submit the following via email to sligdirector@ugagenealogy.org:

  • A one page essay detailing how attending the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will prepare you to give back to the genealogical community.
  • A short biography or resume detailing your previous volunteer and research experience.
  • The name of the course you hope to attend, and why.
  • A letter of recommendation from someone who has benefitted from your volunteer service.

Essays and applications are due May 15, 2015, and the winner will be announced June 15. The winner will be chosen by a committee comprised of SLIG committee members and the family of the late Jimmy B. Parker.

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy registration opens June 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM MST.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ancestry.com LLC to Announce First Quarter 2015 Financial Results


PROVO, Utah, April 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry.com LLC, the world's largest online family history resource, will release financial results for its first quarter 2015 on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 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.com website, http://ir.ancestry.com. Participants can also access the conference call by dialing (844) 831-3026 approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.

The webcast replay will be available for 12 months on the investor relations section of the Ancestry.com website, http://ir.ancestry.com, under Events and Presentations.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is the world's largest online family history resource with more than 2 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 15 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 65 million family trees to the core Ancestry websites, including its flagship site www.ancestry.com and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry.com offers a suite of online family history brands, including Archives.com, Fold3.com, Newspapers.com, as well as the AncestryDNA product, sold by its subsidiary, Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, all of which along with its core Ancestry websites, are designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

Monday, April 6, 2015

NGS Releases Mobile Conference App for 2015 Family History Conference


ARLINGTON, VA, 6 APRIL 2015—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of the Mobile Conference App for the NGS 2015 Family History Conference, which will be held 13‒16 May 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri. To download the free NGS Conference App, go to Mobile App.

The NGS Conference App is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and web-enabled devices. Search your app store for NGS Family History Conferences.

New this year, we have introduced a multi-event NGS app. This allows attendees to download a single app and access all current and future NGS conferences by adding new events to this app.

Features include:
  • The Dashboard to keep you organized with up-to-the-minute information
  • About the NGS 2015 Family History Conference to keep all conference information in one place
  • Alerts of important real-time communications from NGS
  • Twitter feed to follow and join in on the conference chatter. The Twitter hashtag is #NGS2015GEN.
You also can
  • Sync your schedule across multiple devices
  • Locate exhibitors you plan to visit
  • Access a list of Local Places based on Category
  • Connect, message, and share schedules with your colleagues through the Friends feature
  • Link to syllabus material for each lecture, which will be available about 29 April 2015.
We encourage you to begin using the app now so you can plan and improve your conference experience in St. Charles.

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. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

New National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914 available to search this Findmypast Friday


This Findmypast Friday marks the release of nearly 2 million records in the second phase of the National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914 project. This week’s additions also include over 1.3 million US army enlistment records, Australian burial records and British Military records from the First World War.

UK National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914

New records from 22 archives and over 1,850 schools from around England and Wales have been added to the National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914 project. The collection was originally launched in September 2014 and now a further 2 million records covering 14 new counties are now available to search. This project was facilitated by the ARA and The National Archives under the National Digitisation Consortium banner and brings together over 100 archives and schools in the largest collaborative digitisation project that there has ever been. A third and final release of school records will take place in September 2015.

The records comprise fully searchable scanned colour images of the original handwritten admission registers and log-books from the archives. Details contained within the log-books from the period leading up to World War One include attendance records, reasons for absence, visitors to the school and the daily activities of school life. The admission registers provide many useful details for family historians, including dates of birth, names of parents and addresses.

United States Army Enlistments, 1798-1914

Containing over 1.3 million records, United States Army Enlistments, 1798-1914, consists of enlistment registers for the U.S. Army. The records refer mainly to career soldiers but also include registers for other organisations including the Indian Scouts, 1878-1914, Philippine Scouts, 1901-1913, Hospital Stewards, 1854-1889 and Record of Prisoners, 1872-1901.

Each entry includes a transcript and an image of the original register. The amount of information included in each may vary but many will include the soldiers name, rank, regiment, company commander, regimental commander, height, weight, color of eyes, hair, complexion, age, occupation, county or state of birth, date and place of enlistment and any miscellaneous remarks.

Australian Records

The Dubbo Old Cemetery Headstone Index 1863-1934 contains over 4,000 records transcribed by members of the Dubbo & District Family History Society. Dubbo cemetery opened in 1863. Dubbo was proclaimed a village in 1849, a town in 1872 and officially became a City in 1966. Each record contains a transcript of the original records.

New South Wales, Newcastle, Lost Cemeteries 1842-1902 contains over 7000 records. The historic mining township of Newcastle has a number of burial grounds from the nineteenth century that have since been converted into open parks or building sites. The records contain the burial records of five of the ‘lost’ cemeteries in the Newcastle region spanning the period from 1842 to 1902. Further details of all five cemeteries are recorded in publications by Newcastle Family History Society Inc. Each record includes a transcript of an individual burial.

Military Records

Brand new higher quality images have been added to volumes 1, 3 and 5 of De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour. A new and improved search has also been added and it is now possible to search by soldier number, regiment, year of birth and year of death rather than by name only.

Consisting of over 11,000 records, the South Africa Roll of Honour 1914-1918 contains the details of South African Soldiers killed in the African, Asian and European theatres of the First World War. The Union of South Africa was tied closely to the British Empire, and automatically joined with Great Britain and the allies against the German Empire. South Africa was part of significant military operations against Germany and more than 20,000 South African soldiers fought against the Germans in South West Africa. Each record includes a transcript and an image of the original document.

Containing over 58,000 records, Britain School & University Memorial Rolls 1914-1918 consist of records of service from the University of Aberdeen, the University of London, Eton, Oxford, Manchester University, the University of Durham, the University of Edinburgh and St Andrews. Memorial lists were created as a way to remember and honour the dead. If your ancestor attended more than one school or college, you may find multiple entries. Each record includes a transcript of information found in the original sources.

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

About Findmypast

Findmypast is an international leader in online family history and genealogy research with customers and operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. Its searchable online archive includes over two billion family history records, from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and making family connections.

Findmypast has an unrivalled record of innovation in the field of family history, and works closely with the genealogy community, including local libraries, archives, societies, and other organizations from around the world, to preserve, digitize, and provide access to historical records. Findmypast’s historical records, advanced search tools and accurate data work together to help both professional and budding genealogists discover, explore and share their family stories.