Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ancestry to Build New Headquarters in Lehi, Utah

PROVO, Utah, Jan. 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry, the world's largest online family history resource, today announced its plans to build a new company headquarters at The Corporate Center at Traverse Mountain in Lehi, Utah.

Ancestry to Build New Headquarters in Lehi, Utah

"We're excited about our new Utah headquarters," said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry. "We're proud of everything our employees have accomplished in recent years, and we're looking forward to a new facility that is going to be an awesome place to work."

For the past three decades Ancestry has been headquartered in Provo, Utah, and has focused on making family history more accessible to millions of people around the world. Today, the company has grown to more than 1,400 employees globally, 1,000 of whom are based in Utah. The new location, located 25 minutes south of Salt Lake City, between Salt Lake City and Provo, will help the company broaden its footprint in attracting and retaining top talent throughout the Wasatch Front.

The new $35 million facility, located just a few miles off Interstate15, will sit on 10.5 acres with a sleek modern design that incorporates floor to ceiling windows to take in more light and phenomenal views of Mount Timpanogos and the surrounding valley.

Ancestry is represented by Frank Matheson and Jeff Rossi of Cushman & Wakefield | Commerce Real Estate Solutions. Ancestry is also continuing its long-standing relationship with Rapt Studio, an award-winning design studio, who also designed the Ancestry San Francisco office. Rapt will be developing the interior design to represent both the company's passion for family history and their collaborative culture. Employees will also benefit from a covered parking structure, an outdoor patio, and access to surrounding outdoor biking trails and Lehi's retail shops.

Pre-construction work started in January, and the campus is projected to be completed and ready for occupants mid-year 2016. Ancestry expects to initially occupy approximately 135,000 square feet on location, positioning the company for the decades of growth and success to come.

About 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 to the sites and users have created more than 60 million family trees containing more than 6 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, the company operates several global Ancestry international websites along with a suite of online family history brands, including,,, and offers the AncestryDNA product, sold by its subsidiary, DNA, LLC, all of which are designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

Monday, January 26, 2015

GRIP Announces Use of a New Registration Procedure

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) is a very popular “summer camp for genealogists” that is held on the campus of La Roche College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Last year 205 students from 40 states and 3 countries attended seven classes in Pittsburgh. Having fun while learning about genealogy in the company of friends and like-minded classmates is why students return year after year. Not to mention the course coordinators and instructors who are tops in the field! GRIP is happy to provide two separate weeks for learning opportunities this summer, each with its own opening registration date.

Registration for the first week of GRIP is coming quickly on Wednesday, February 4, at Noon Eastern. A countdown timer has been installed on the registration page which will go automatically at the “zero hour” to the registration page. There is no need to watch the clock, hit refresh, or otherwise fear that you will miss the “opening bell.” In fact doing any such action will interfere with the automatic transition and slow your computer down. All you have to do is pick out your course from the list below and read the Registration page completely to prepare your registration answers. Descriptions of the 18 lecture sessions for each course are detailed on the GRIP website.

See you this summer in Pittsburgh!

These six courses to be held June 28 to July 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh have registration beginning February 4:
  • Writing Your Immigrant Families’ Stories: From Research to Publishing with John P. Colletta, Ph.D. and Michael Hait, CG
  • Determining Kinship Reliably with the Genealogical Proof Standard with Thomas W. Jones, PhD., CG, CGL and Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS
  • Researching New York State with Karen Mauer Jones, CG , FGBS
  • Problem Solving with Church Records with Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG
  • Advanced Research Tools: Land Records with Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL and Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, Angela McGhie, and Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL
  • Practical Genetic Genealogy with Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, CeCe Moore and Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.
These six courses to be held July 19-24, 2015 in Pittsburgh have registration beginning February 18:
  • Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper with Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA, Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, and Debra Mieszala, CG
  • Advanced Research Methods with Thomas W. Jones, PhD., CG, CGL, Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL, Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, and Pam Sayre, CG, CGL
  • Refresh, Rebuild and Recharge Your Genealogy Career with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA, Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL, and Debra Mieszala, CG
  • Pennsylvania: Research in the Keystone State with Sharon Cook MacInnes, Ph.D. and Michael D. Lacopo, D.V.M.
  • Practical Genetic Genealogy with Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, Patti Hobbs, CG, and Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.
  • Law School for Genealogists with Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL and Richard G. “Rick” Sayre, CG, CGL, Marian L. Smith

NGS Awards Deadline Approaching: January 31

Arlington, VA, 26 JANUARY 2015: Each year, the National Genealogical Society recognizes excellence within the genealogy field through a number of awards. The deadline for several of these awards—January 31—is quickly approaching. NGS encourages its members, member societies, and other organizations to review the requirements and make submissions. Winners will be recognized at the NGS Family History Conference, to be held May 13-16, 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri.

The following NGS awards have a deadline of January 31:
  • Award of Honor: NGS recognizes an individual or organization for service in support of an NGS Family History Conference.
  • Award of Merit: NGS recognizes individuals or nonprofit organizations that have made significant contributions to the genealogy field over a period of five or more years.
  • Certificate of Appreciation: NGS recognizes an individual or organization for service during an NGS Family History Conference.
  • Distinguished Service Award: NGS recognizes an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the Society’s work.
  • National Genealogical Society Hall of Fame: NGS honors an individual of the past who has made significant contributions to genealogy and helped set the high standards by which genealogists work today. Nominations must be made by a genealogical society or other organization.
  • Fellow of the National Genealogical Society (FNGS): NGS recognizes an individual for service to the Society and outstanding work in the genealogy, history, biography, or heraldry fields.
  • Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship: NGS recognizes a librarian whose primary focus is genealogy and local history. Sponsored by ProQuest, the recipient will receive a $1,000 prize.
More specific details about each competition can be found at Individuals and societies making nominations will receive an acknowledgement that their entry has been received. Questions about all awards and competitions may be directed to

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.

Friday, January 23, 2015

IoTree: Innovative Family Tree Combines Art & Technology

IoTree is internet-connected framed art that connects you and your family with your ancestors as it reminds you of their life events.

For most of us when it comes to our ancestors, out of sight is out of mind. Our lives are busy and we don’t often take time to remember our ancestors. With IoTree, you can remember important dates from the lives of 30 of your ancestors. A leaf in IoTree represents an ancestor from you FamilySearch Family Tree.

Each day IoTree checks to see if an important ancestor event occurred on that day and alerts you by lighting that ancestor’s leaf in the tree. You are also notified when an ancestor’s information changes in FamilySearch. When an alert occurs for an ancestor, you can see it in the mobile app as well as receive a text message. No smartphone required to receive SMS messages.

This is a great way to connect your kids to their ancestors.

IoTree is more than just a beautiful piece of framed art, it is an internet connected device with a micro-controller enclosed in its 26″ x 20″ x 1¼” frame. The Internet of Things (IoT) is an emerging technology where devices or “things” are connected to the internet. Think of a portable fitness tracker, smart thermostat or door that you can unlock with your phone.

IoTree is an IoT device made specifically for connecting families with their ancestors. It is the first IoT device that we are aware of designed for family history.

IoTree is the CHECK ANCESTOR light™ for your family history. Take a moment to discuss your ancestor with your family or someone else. With IoTree, you can receive about 100 ancestor reminders a year which means more thinking about them and more conversations with your family.

IoTree was implemented by Team ThinkGenealogy which includes: Mark Tucker, Eric Norby, Larry Standage, Marcus Johnson, and Blaine Cotter.

For more information, check out the IoTree website and watch the RootsTech Innovator Challenge submission video.

We need your feedback to make IoTree the best product that it can be. Want support for GEDCOM or another online tree, let us know. What features would you like to see? Please complete a short survey.