Family Tree DNA Confirms Two NFL Players Are Half-Siblings

Houston, TX – August 31,2011 - Family Tree DNA, the pioneer and largest DNA testing company for genealogy purposes, through its Family Finder test, provided the conclusive proof that two NFL players are half-siblings.

Until a few months ago, Xavier Omon, from the San Francisco 49ers and Ogemdi Nwagbuo from the San Diego Chargers did not have a clue that they were related. Early August, at the request of ESPN, Family Tree DNA performed the Family Finder test on both, and the result was unequivocal: definitely half-siblings. More of the story can be found at the ESPN website, under the “Brother’s Tale” story.

The Family Finder test allows connecting with family members across all ancestral lines. While the Y-DNA matches men with a specific paternal line and the mtDNA finds potential relatives only along the maternal line, Family Finder can look for close relationships along all ancestral lines. Anyone, regardless of their gender, may confidently match to male and female cousins from any of their family lines in the past five generations. The science is based on linked blocks of DNA across the 22 autosomal chromosomes that are matched between two people. Based on this concept, Family Tree DNA bioinformatics team has worked extensively to develop the calculations that would yield the closeness of the relationship. The possibilities to find matches abound: grandparents, aunts and uncles; half siblings; first, second, third and fourth cousins; and, more tentatively, fifth cousins.

About Family Tree DNA

Founded in April 2000, Family Tree DNA was the first company to develop the commercial application of DNA testing for genealogical purposes, something that had previously been available only for academic and scientific research. Almost a decade later, the Houston-based company has a database with over 345,000 individual records – the largest DNA database in genetic genealogy, and a number that makes Family Tree DNA the prime source for anyone researching recent and distant family ties. In 2006 Family Tree DNA established a state of the art Genomics Research Center at its headquarters in Houston, Texas, where it currently performs R&D and processes over 200 advanced types of DNA tests for its customers.

Genealogical Society Announces New Publication

LIVERMORE, California—August 30, 2011—The Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society (L-AGS) announces the publication of Early Records of the Presbyterian Church of Pleasanton, California.

L-AGS recently finished transcribing and indexing nearly 500 original handwritten records of the Pleasanton Presbyterian Church from 1891 to 1942. The new publication includes a register of baptisms, marriages, and deaths, as well as a detailed index. It also includes a list of pastors through the ages, church history and transcription of the church’s 1876 founding documents. This publication should be of interest to family historians conducting Alameda County genealogy research. 

Richard Finn served as project leader and worked with Emily Bailey and Marilyn Cutting to transcribe the historical records. George Anderson created an index and served as publisher. The cover art is from a 1995 watercolor painted by Charlotte Severin, an award-winning Bay area Plein Air artist. Her works are displayed in public and private collections in the United States and many foreign countries. 

The recent publication marks the organization’s 25th genealogy-related public service project to transcribe and publish early historical records of eastern Alameda County. The Early Records of the Presbyterian Church of Pleasanton, California and other L-AGS publications are available for free at Or, they can be purchased at

Title: Early Records of the Presbyterian Church of Pleasanton, California.
Paperback: 40 pages
Publisher: Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society (August 2011)
Lulu ID: 11076740
Dimensions (inches) 8½ X 11
Retail Price: $8.12 (Paperback), $1.19 (File Download)

The Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society was formed in June 1977 by students in a Livermore Adult Education Class. The purpose of L-AGS is to help beginning genealogists get started, to exchange information with fellow members, to learn more about sources available for genealogical research, and to undertake genealogy-related public service projects. To learn more about L-AGS visit

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Contact: Mary Dillon, President
Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 901
Livermore, CA 94551-0901
(925) 462-3018
Email Mary.

Announcement: Jamboree 2012 Call for Papers

The Southern California Genealogical Society announces a call for proposals for the 43rd Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California, Friday through Sunday, June 8 through 10, 2012. Thursday, June 7 will be a day of hands-on workshops, including the very popular Family History Writers Conference.

Proposals for the 2012 Jamboree Extension Series webinars are also covered by this Call for Papers. The very successful webinars are held on the first Saturday and the third Wednesday of each month.

Theme: The theme of the 2012 Jamboree is “Spotlight on Family History: Lights, Camera, Ancestors!”

The deadline for submission of proposals is October 15, 2011. Selected speakers will be notified by November 30, 2011, and contracts will be issued on January 1. What a great way to start the year!

Submission of proposals is done virtually, through the Speaker Portal. Speakers are encouraged to download the submission guide to prepare the information in advance.

Please contact Vicki Hilb, Program Chair, at if you have questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Download the Call for Papers document

Download a hard-copy submission guide

Enter your Call for Papers through the Speaker Portal

FamilySearch Adds 6 Million Records

Austria, Mexico, Peru, U.S. Each Add Over a Million Records

30 August 2011 added over six million records this week to its free online database. The new collections include seigniorial records from Austria, civil registrations from Chihuahua, Mexico, and probate records from Kentucky, U.S. Also added this week are records from Brazil, Guatemala, Hungary, Peru, Poland, South Africa, and Spain. View them all now at

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 has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Week of Free Access Enables Families to Discover Stories of Ancestors’ International Travels and Passage

PROVO, UTAH – (August 29, 2011) –, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced an entire week of free access to its popular U.S. and International Immigration and Naturalization records. The free access week begins August 29th and runs through the Labor Day holiday ending September 5th. During this time, all visitors to will be able to search for free the indices and images of new and updated U.S. immigration records as well as selected international immigration records from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden and Mexico. Millions of Americans can trace their family history to other countries, and these collections provide valuable information about the travels and journeys that brought them to America or other countries around the world.’s extensive collection of immigration, naturalization and travel records offer an important resource for discovering and celebrating family history. As part of this promotion, the company is adding to its collection of U.S. and international records for tracing relatives from their homeland to other countries around the world. These records include ships passenger and crew lists, declarations of intent, petitions for naturalization, witness affidavits, border crossings, certificates and other records generated by the naturalization process, which is the act and procedure of becoming a new citizen of a country. Because the process has changed significantly over time and varies from country to country, different records are available from a wide variety of state, federal and international sources.

Newly added U.S. collections include Florida Petitions for Naturalization, 1913-1991; Delaware Naturalization Records, 1796-1959 and Utah Naturalization and Citizenship Records, 1850-1960. Noteworthy updated U.S. and international collections include U.S. Naturalization and Passport applications, 1795-1972; UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960; Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956; New South Wales, Australia, Unassisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1826-1922; Border Crossings: From Mexico to U.S., 1895-1957; New York State, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1917-1973; Atlantic Ports Passenger Lists, 1820-1873 and 1893-1959.

“One of the most common elements of the American experience is our respect and interest in our native heritage. Almost all Americans have international roots, and many take great pride and even feel patriotic toward the countries from which their ancestors originated,” said Josh Hanna, Executive Vice President. “That’s why we continue to build and enrich our collection of immigration and naturalization records and why we are providing free access to anyone who wants to search these records to discover their family’s international history.”

Many families have already made important discoveries in’s immigration and naturalization collection. Each of the following stories offers an example of the exciting and often emotional discoveries made by some users.
  • David A. Bader – Atlanta, GA: Bader traced his mother’s immigration from birth in Vienna, Austria, in 1934, during the Holocaust, through a KinderTransport to England (1939-1941), and eventually her immigration into the U.S. He’s also traced her parents’ journeys through concentration camps and other paths that lead to the United States, where the family came back together after their separate journeys of luck and fate.
  • Kristine Plotinski – Romeo, MI: Plotinski recently found the ship manifest of when her grandparents and three aunts immigrated to the United States from Iraq in 1947. She shared this document with her aunts and they were deeply touched when they saw their names on the manifest. One of her aunts remarked that she had been unable to find her immigration records on a visit to Ellis Island and recounted that seeing the document from brought back many memories. Her aunt very clearly remembers the day in 1947 when her ship arrived in New York. She was awed by the lights of New York and the snow and wore a pink coat made with rabbit fur, which her grandmother had made for each of Kristine’s aunts.
  • Jackie Wells – Annapolis, MD: Although her father died of cancer, Wells was fortunate to spend considerable time with him before he passed. Many of their talks focused on his family history. He did not know much about his mother, who died from a fire when he was three, or about her background. His father remarried and supported a blended family, but did not talk about his background. Since those discussions, Wells has traced her father’s side back to the original immigrants, finding early colonial settlers of New England, a sea captain defending New York’s harbor under George Washington in 1776, early residents of the new capital Washington, hard-working mid-1800's immigrants, Civil War soldiers, sports legends and many poignant personal stories. So far, for two of the immigrants Wells located, she has traveled to and photographed their birth villages, in Italy and in Germany. Wells’ family history research has helped her find and be welcomed by hundreds of newfound relatives who have provided many memories and a much deeper understanding her father’s family history.

To start researching the immigration and naturalization records for free, please visit

Family Tree Magazine Welcomes Kerry Scott as Online Editor

Family Tree Magazine, America’s No. 1 genealogy how-to magazine, is pleased to announce the addition of Kerry Scott to its team.

She’ll be the magazine’s new online editor, focusing on Family Tree University <> online classes, webinars and digital products.

Scott brings to the team her experience as a genealogy researcher, active member of the genealogy blogging community (she blogs at Clue Wagon <>), and human resources executive.

“This position gives me the opportunity to connect with and share great content with other researchers,” Scott says. “I'm especially excited about growing Family Tree University, which is such a great resource for the genealogical community.”

The Milwaukee, Wis., resident and mom of two has loved family history since childhood. “My favorite ancestor is my Uncle Fred, who was my second-great-grandfather's brother. He was an attorney, politician and judge who left behind a mountain of paperwork. How can you not love a guy like that?”

Not all of her ancestors left so many records—a situation familiar to most genealogists. “The genealogical skill I'm most proud of is my ability to stick to a search until I hit pay dirt,” Kerry says. “I've been known to walk through every grave in every cemetery in an entire county, or search an entire big city in a particular census year until I found the family I needed. I don't give up easily.”

About Family Tree Magazine
Family Tree Magazine, America's No. 1 family history magazine, is part of the Genealogy Community at F+W Media, Inc. < <> >, which also encompasses Family Tree University online courses and webinars < <> >; the Family Tree Books imprint; and <>. These publications and products are devoted to providing engaging, easy-to-understand instruction that makes genealogy a hobby anyone can do. hits 800 million profiles and releases Family Graph API

New API platform helps developers make the web a friendlier place for families. to run global competition for best family app

NEW YORK, USA, LONDON, UK & TEL AVIV, Israel – August 26, 2011 -, the world’s largest online family network, today announced its continued rapid growth and the beta release of its new Family Graph API platform. Approaching 60 million registered users, is the leading online destination for families to explore their family history, share special moments and keep in touch. In order to help families better leverage their connections and relationships across mobile and web, is making its Family Graph API platform available to developers at in beta, and is running a competition for the creation of the best family app.

Rapid Growth

Families around the world have generated and uploaded approx. 20 million family trees, 800 million profiles and 125 million photos on The site is currently growing by more than one million registered users and 30 million profiles every month. There are more than half a million birthday reminders sent every day and the site, available in 38 languages, is helping families discover new relatives and ancestors at rate of approx. 20 million new Smart Matches™ a month.

Family Graph API

The Family Graph is a digital representation of this vast collection of information on family relationships - past and present. The Family Graph API empowers developers big and small to develop a new generation of social apps and services on web and mobile, or enhance existing ones, to become family-aware - by taking advantage of the huge amount of information on family relationships on By enabling developers to securely access the Family Graph through a new API platform at, families will now be able to benefit from a richer and more personalized experience on the web and mobile.
Any website or mobile app can quickly become family-aware using the Family Graph API, subject to user consent. The complex mapping of family relationships makes the Family Graph API significantly more sophisticated than one dimensional mapping that may be found at other sites or networks.

A few examples of how developers can use the new API:
  • E-commerce websites can obtain information about upcoming birthdays and anniversaries of close relatives, and offer quick purchase of personalized gifts or greeting cards for the current user.
  • Photo sharing websites can enable their users to browse previously unseen photo albums of their close relatives.
  • Social networks can use the Family Graph to provide their users with their family members as new connections.
  • Family history websites can create data bridges between and other family history products, databases or websites, and provide users with valuable Smart Matches™ from
  • Mash-ups with other services can be formed to add new value for users. For example mobile apps can pull information from a family tree and show where family members reside on a map, and allow quick chat and photo sharing between them.
“Families around the world are increasingly using the Internet to discover their heritage, share memories and keep in touch - our tremendous growth at is a testament to this”, said Gilad Japhet, founder and CEO of “We’re thrilled to help users experience a more family-aware version of their favorite mobile and web apps by making the Family Graph available to developers. Our Family Graph API aims to improve the online experience for families in the same way that Facebook’s Social Graph has helped websites and apps become more social and friend-aware, and LinkedIn’s API empowered websites to leverage users’ business connections. We look forward to seeing developers unleash their creativity and create exciting new apps for families and enhance existing services for sharing and interacting with one’s family.”

All user information is private and secure

All usage of any family data is subject to user consent. No access is possible to information outside one’s own family.

Competition for developers

To mark its beta release, is organizing a competition to run as of September 1 2011 for developers around the world to create the best family oriented app on its Family Graph API, offering a $10,000 prize for the winner - to be selected before the end of 2011.

To apply

For additional technical information on the API, including documentation and sample apps, to apply for free for access or to enter the best family app competition, interested parties should visit

About is the most popular family network on the web. Millions of families around the world enjoy having a private and free place for their families to keep in touch and to showcase their roots.’s Smart Matching™ technology empowers users with an exciting and innovative way to find relatives and explore their family history. With all family information stored in a secure site, is the ideal place to share family photos, and celebrate and preserve special family moments. With 800 million profiles, more than 19 million family trees, and available in 38 languages, is uniting families worldwide. For more information visit

NARA Suitland Closed from Earthquake Damage

26 August 2011
Washington, DC. . . Assessments are continuing of the earthquake damage at the National Archives Washington National Records Center in Suitland, MD.  Based on preliminary review by engineers, the facility will remain closed through Monday, August 29, 2011.  A full review will determine when the facility will reopen.  During an extensive walkthrough, National Archives Executive for Agency Services Jay Bosanko has determined that there is no known permanent damage to any records. 
In a statement Mr. Bosanko said, “Our first and foremost priority is the safety of our employees and visitors to the building.  We are working closely with the General Services Administration to ensure that we achieve that before we reopen the doors.  We are also paying close attention to the security of the records that we store for our customers, federal agencies and members of Congress.”
From a preliminary evaluation, damage from Tuesday’s earthquake and its aftershocks includes spalling and cracking of masonry in internal walls and stairwells, a small water leak in one stack area, and a limited amount of shelving failures in a vault within one stack area.  In the shelving failures, several rows of shelving shifted into other rows or walls, causing minor crushing of some boxes of records.  The records, however, appear to have remained intact.  Masonry debris has fallen in the perimeter aisles of stacks and in the internal stairwells of the building. 
During the closure, a small team of National Archives staff members are on-site to coordinate the response, prepare for potential complications from Hurricane Irene, and to service a limited number of emergency requests from federal agencies.
The Washington National Records Center is a part of the National Archives and Records Administration’s Federal Records Centers Program.  It is one of the largest records centers in the system, storing approximately 4 million cubic feet of records in 20 separate stack areas.  Each year, it accepts 250,000 cubic feet of transfers, and services 500,000 reference requests,.  The records center houses the most diverse collection of Federal records in the Federal Records Centers Program, including records on a variety of media from several hundred Federal agencies in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia area.

RootsTech 2012 Official Hotels Announced

Conference Attendees Can Make Hotel Reservations Now

RootsTech 2012 is happy to announce its two official conference hotels: the Radisson and the Salt Lake Plaza. The hotels will offer reduced rates and attractive benefits for conference attendees. Both hotels were very popular with conference goers in 2011. The two facilities are conveniently located near the Salt Palace Convention Center and are offering an attractive $89 per night conference rate to RootsTech 2012 attendees. However, the special conference rate rooms are limited. Attendees are encouraged to book now to guarantee availability for RootsTech 2012, which will be held February 2–4, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Registration for attending the RootsTech 2012 conference itself will open shortly in September 2011.

Radisson Hotel

Radisson Hotel

215 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Rate: $89 per night

Every room has extra value added for the convenience of our guests. Each room has a coffeemaker with complimentary coffee, hair dryer, bathroom amenities by ASiRA, iron and full-size ironing board, complimentary high-speed Internet access, and voice mail. USA Today and the Salt Lake Tribune, offering local news and information, are available upon request. RootsTech guests will also receive complimentary parking and a free breakfast buffet for one per single-rate room, two per double-rate room, three per triple-rate room, or four per quad–rate room.

Salt Lake Plaza Hotel

Salt Lake Plaza Hotel

122 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Rate: $89 per night

Conveniently located adjacent to the Family History Library and across the street from the conference center. Every room has free coffee as well as a refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker that guests may use. RootsTech guests will enjoy free wireless Internet and airport shuttle ($30 value). Parking is only $5 per night.

About RootsTech

RootsTech is a new conference designed to bring technologists together with genealogists to learn from each other and find solutions to the challenges faced in family history research today. The conference’s activities and offerings are focused on content that will help genealogists and family historians discover exciting new research tools while enabling technology creators to learn the latest development techniques from industry leaders and pioneers. Expands U.S. School Yearbook Collection


PROVO, UTAH – August 24, 2011 –, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced a massive expansion of the world’s most extensive searchable collection of U.S. school yearbooks online. The company has added nearly 25,000 new yearbooks to the collection, which now totals over 35,000 and carries 155 million records encompassing the years 1884 to 2009. The U.S. Yearbook Collection includes close to seven million images from thousands of U.S. high schools, junior highs, academies, colleges and universities.

The U.S. Yearbook Collection provides candid photos and insight into a relative’s appearance and extracurricular activities during their formative school years. The information and images contained in the collection also reveal insightful historical and cultural trends about fashion, style, politics, sports and social beliefs over the past 125 years of U.S. history. With the addition of the new records, family historians can more easily find what their current family members and ancestors looked like as youngsters and discover the types of activities in which they were involved. This collection can help tell a more complete story by offering rich details and providing context about the time their family members were in school.

"Our school years are often some of the most memorable times of our lives,” said Josh Hanna, Executive Vice President. “With the additions we’ve made to our U.S. School Yearbook collection, millions of Americans can experience their family members’ school years vicariously through the photos and records contained in this important collection. The details they include are often difficult to find, and while you’re searching, you might just find a famous classmate.”

For anyone interested in discovering their ancestors in the online yearbook collection, visit to search the full collection.

Mexico Collections Account for 6 Million of 8 Million New Images

New Records From Belgium, England, Nicaragua, Peru, Russia

23 August 2011

Along with six million images added to Mexico collections at this week, additions were made to collections from six other countries. Browse through newly–added parish register records from Belgium and England, or the new collection of church book records from Russia. Additionally, new records from eight U.S. states: Maryland, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia, are now available at

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 has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

New UK Television Show: Guess The Relative

Dragonfly TV is making an exciting show featuring families, ancestors and long-lost relatives.

Do you think your family tree might have British roots? Would you like to travel to Britain to discover your living relatives?

They are searching for people from all over the world, who think they may have British ancestry. It might be that you have a very distant ancestor who was British, or that one of your ancestors migrated to Britain. If you think that your family may have a British connection they would like to hear from you.

Successful participants will receive an expenses paid trip to the UK to meet British relatives that they never knew existed.

Dragonfly Television are particularly keen to speak to people who have interest in traditional national pursuits, for example music, dance, cooking, hunting, sports, arts or costume. They hope to use the programme as a way to promote other nationalities rich cultural heritage to their UK viewers. They are also looking to speak to people with interesting hobbies, jobs or backgrounds.

Please apply now at:

For more information please contact:
Cher Adamson : Assistant Producer at Dragonfly Television
Tel: 004420746211866

NARA commemorates 10th Anniversary of 9/11

The National Archives Commemorates the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 Tragedy with a Panel Discussion and Document Display

Washington, DC. . .The National Archives will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy with a special month-long document display, and a panel discussion on  Friday, September 9, at noon in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building. The event and display are free and open to the public.  Program attendees should use the Special Events Entrance to the National Archives at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW. 

Panel Discussion: 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Friday, September 9, noon, McGowan Theater

Gordon Peterson, senior correspondent and anchor of ABC 7/WJLA TV news, moderates a program reflecting upon the extraordinary stories of unity, selflessness, and resilience as well as the efforts and reactions by the first responders to the tragic events of 9/11. Panelists include Lynn Spencer, author of Touching History: The Untold Story of Drama That Unfolded in the Skies Over America on 9/11, Rick Newman, co-author of Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9/11, and Jim Dwyer, co-author of 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers. Book signings will follow the program.

Featured Document Display

September 1-30, 2011, East Rotunda Gallery

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the National Archives will display two presidential speeches. The first from former President George W. Bush’s speech addressing the nation the night of September 11, 2001, and the second is President Barack Obama’s speech from the night of May 1, 2011, announcing Osama bin Laden's death (on temporary loan from the White House).

Museum hours (through Labor Day) are 10 A.M. to 7 P.M., day after Labor Day through March 14, 2012, 10 A.M. to 5:30 P.M., daily. The National Archives Building is fully accessible.  To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program, please email or call (202) 357-5000 at least two weeks prior to the event.  To verify the date and times of the programs, see the Calendar of Events on the web at: Announces New Focus on Historical U.S. Military Records and Changes Name to Fold3

New Brand will Honor and Remember those who have Served

LINDON, UTAH -- (August 18, 2011) –, a premier destination for discovering family history records, today announced it will now focus primarily on offering the finest and most comprehensive collection of U.S. Military records available on the internet. The site gathers the most valuable U.S. military records, photos and stories to help family historians and others discover and share the memories of those who served.

As part of this new focus, the name of the site will change from Footnote to Fold3. The Fold3 name is derived from the third fold in a traditional military flag folding ceremony which “is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.”

Fold3 is the web’s premier collection and destination for original U.S. military records, helping people find and share more than 74 million images of historical documents and photos. These records include valuable collections from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, World Wars I and II and America’s more recent engagements in Vietnam and elsewhere. Specializing in digitization of paper, microfilm and microfiche collections, Fold3 brings many never-before-seen historic documents to the web through patented processes and unique partnerships with The National Archives and other institutions. This combination of innovative technology and access to strategic partners provides subscribers with an easy way to search original documents and discover stories about the people, places and events in the conflicts that shaped America and the world.

“We have already begun expanding Fold3’s robust military collection to include new pension application files and draft cards,” said Brian Hansen, General Manager of Fold3. “It’s truly gratifying to help researchers easily discover at home what they previously could find only by traveling to an archive.”

Fold3’s significant collections illuminate history that was once hidden. For example, Fold3’s World War II photos, Missing Air Crew Reports and JAG case files include detailed information about the ordeal of Louis Zamperini, subject of the New York Times Best Seller, Unbroken. Similar stories about millions of service men and women lie undiscovered within the records available on Fold3.

Fold3 will continue to operate as a subsidiary of, the world's largest online family history resource, which acquired Fold3 as part of its purchase of iArchives in 2010. In addition to connecting more closely to its military collection, the rebranding helps distinguish Fold3’s value as a highly complementary brand to Many family historians and genealogists may use to find an ancestor who served in the military and then use Fold3 to discover the details of their service.

To begin searching for your family’s military history, go to

About Fold3 (

Fold3 offers the web’s premier collection of original military records, gathering the best U.S. military records, photos and stories to help customers discover and share the stories of those who served. With more than 74 million historical record images already online and more being added every day, Fold3 brings the details of America’s military service to life.

1940 Census To Be Free on

PROVO, UTAH (August 17, 2011) -, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced that both the images and indexes to the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be made free to search, browse, and explore in the United States when this important collection commences streaming onto the website in mid-April 2012.

When complete, more than 3.8 million original document images containing 130 million plus records will be available to search by more than 45 fields, including name, gender, race, street address, county and state, and parents’ places of birth. It will be’s most comprehensively indexed set of historical records to date.
       is committing to make the 1940 Census free from release through to the end of 2013, and by doing so hopes to help more people get started exploring their family history.  As this census will be the most recent to be made publicly available, it represents the best chance for those new to family history to make that all-important first discovery.

“The release of the 1940 U.S. Census will be an exciting event for any American interested in learning more about their family history,” said CEO Tim Sullivan. “By making this hugely important collection free to the public for an extended period, we hope to inspire a whole new generation of Americans to start researching their family history.” 

“ is working to make the 1940 Census a truly unique interactive search well as the starting point to help new users easily get started on the world’s leading online family history resource.  After finding that first family connection in the 1940 Census, we believe new users will be able to make amazing discoveries by searching our 7 billion digitized historical records, exploring the 26 million family trees created on Ancestry, and collaborating with our nearly 1.7 million subscribing members. We think that 2012 is going to be a great year of discovery for all family historians.


About ( Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with nearly 1.7 million paying subscribers. More than 7 billion records have been added to the site in the past 14 years. Ancestry users have created more than 26 million family trees containing over 2.6 billion profiles. has local Web sites directed at nine countries that help people discover, preserve and share their family history, including its flagship Web site at

WikiTree Traffic Jumps 30%

August 17, 2011: In the past week, traffic to’s worldwide family tree has jumped by more than 30%. This translates into more than 2,000 additional visitors to our worldwide family tree every day.

More visitors means more ancestor matches. WikiTree user Jacky Gamble reported this new find: “I was so excited to get a message from a woman this morning …. I have had little luck researching this particular branch of my family tree, and she has been able to provide me with names, dates, locations and documents I have not been able to locate on my own.”

Tami Osmer Glatz, as WikiTree’s “Cousin Connector,” helps to facilitate these matches. She's constantly on the look-out for potential ancestor matches that users might not have found yet. It's up to the Profile Managers to decide whether and how the merge should be completed, but Tami is available to help provide guidance on good genealogical methods for resolving conflicting information.

With the new surge in traffic, Tami actually found a new cousin of her own. “I'm so excited! This weekend a new match appeared for one of my own very elusive ancestors, who had abandoned his family and disappeared in the mid 1800s. I've connected with one of his descendants through his next family, and she was as surprised to hear from me as I was to find her.”

About WikiTree: WikiTree's mission is to create a single worldwide family tree with which we can all freely connect our private family histories. We aim to strike the perfect balance between collaboration and privacy so that families can share personal information, photos, and memories, while at the same time growing a valuable genealogical resource with distant cousins and strangers. WikiTree is entirely free for everyone. There are no premium memberships. Privacy settings and access to profiles are managed by contributors. The service is supported by modest ads on public pages. Join our rapidly growing community at

New Collections for Spain and United States

Canada, Italy, and Poland Collections Add Images

16 August 2011

Among the thousands of records added to this week are new images of testaments (wills) from Cádiz,Spain. Also, be sure to check out new United States military records for Louisiana and Washington as well as a new collection of North Carolina estate files. Estate files can offer an insightful look at an ancestor's living conditions. Additionally, Canada, Italy, and Poland collections were updated. All these records and more can be viewed at

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 has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Added browsable images to existing collection.
Added browsable images to existing collection for Catania, Cuneo and Genova.
Added browsable images to existing collection.
New browsable image collection.
Added browsable images to existing collection.
New index collection.
Added browsable images to existing collection. 

Federation of Genealogical Societies Debuts New Mobile App

Offers Easy Access to FGS Services Including Radio, Blog and Webinars

August 15, 2011 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the debut of its free mobile application for the iPhone®, iPod Touch® and iPad®. With the new FGS App, FGS resources and services such as FGS Radio, Voice – the FGS blog and webinars are now available to a wider audience.

The FGS App is the perfect place to stay current with all the events and offerings at FGS. Whether you want to read news at the Voice, listen to the FGS Radio show or learn new tips and tricks from the FGS Webinars, the FGS App allows you to do all of that in one program. You can also get the latest news on the FGS 2011 conference coming up September 7-10, 2011 in Springfield, Illinois as well as the Preserve the Pensions project to digitize millions of War of 1812 pension files.

In terms of social media, the FGS App enables users to interact with each other through comments, posts and sharing content via Facebook, Twitter and e-mail. The new app also includes Society Hall, a directory of all the FGS Members and their locations.

According to D. Joshua Taylor, FGS Vice-President for Administration and nationally-known genealogy expert, “In an age where technology plays such an important role in family history, the FGS App serves as a tool for genealogists and FGS member societies, leading the way for genealogical organizations to harness mobile technologies to promote themselves within this digital climate. This is an exciting beginning of many innovations yet to come."

To access the new FGS App, visit the Apple Store at or use to download the FGS App.

Technical and Developer Information
  • The FGS App has been developed by A.C. Ivory of ProGenealogists specifically to meet the needs of FGS members and the genealogy community.
  • The FGS App is compatible with the iPhone® (3GS and later models), iPod Touch®, and iPad® and requires iOS 4.0 or later.
  • The FGS App may not work with older 3G iPhone® models – this is a decision on the part of Apple as they get ready to roll out the new iPhone® 5 later this year.
  • FGS plans to make the FGS App available to Android and Windows Mobile users in the near future.
About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit

Reel Tributes Welcomes Director of Genealogy; Rebecca Whitman Koford Makes Ancestry Come Alive

Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 11, 2011

Reel Tributes, a company that researches family histories and transforms the information into artistic films, welcomed its new Director of Genealogy, Rebecca Whitman Koford, last week. Koford is a professional researcher, instructor and lecturer in American genealogy. She has lectured at museums and conferences and for historical societies in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rebecca Whitman Koford to the Reel Tributes Team,” said David Adelman, the company’s founder and CEO. “Her years of professional genealogy experience will be a tremendous asset to our clients and will strengthen Reel Tributes’ position as the leader in personal history filmmaking.”

Reel Tributes is the leading family history company presenting genealogical information in high-definition film. The process begins with the genealogist helping the client uncover the secrets of his or her family heritage. Genealogical research delves into the family’s roots and stories. The company’s videographers and documentary filmmakers then craft the stories into customized films.

“I have helped many clients discover their genealogy and piece together incredible stories,” said Koford. “But Reel Tributes’ films take this information to a whole new level. It is incredible to see the magic of genealogy mixed with the power of film. A professionally made documentary is like Grandma’s quilt—it is precious, irreplaceable, and tells a story that should never be forgotten.”

The films produced by Reel Tributes expose genealogy to a broader audience. Clients can share the video documentaries with friends and distant relatives via the internet. Unlike books of a family’s heritage, videos capture voices and expressions, and are much easier to preserve. The compelling medium also makes it possible for people to learn about their families without digging through stacks of old papers and photographs.

About Reel Tributes

Reel Tributes produces high-end personal history documentaries that uniquely capture what matters most, from an individual’s life story to an entire family’s lineage to the successes of a family business. The company combines interviews, photographs, archival footage and music into artistic, television-quality documentaries. Reel Tributes operates in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C, and travels to clients all over the world. For additional information, and sample films, visit

Riverton, UT: FamilySearch Library 20 Aug classes

Free Seminar on Finding Your Purpose in Life Using a Three-Word Journal
The Riverton FamilySearch Library Hosts Event
on August 20th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Have you wanted to keep a journal of important life events, but just don’t have the time? Family history enthusiasts will want to take advantage of a free seminar to be held on Saturday, August 20th at the Riverton FamilySearch Library to learn creative ways to accomplish this goal in record time. Keynote speaker Randal Wright will be speaking on “The Three-Word Journal: Finding Your Purpose in Life.” His presentation teaches you how to recall the meaningful experiences in your life by summarizing each into three well-chosen words in approximately 10 seconds. These three words can later be expanded into a full journal entry that becomes part of your life history.      

Randal A. Wright obtained a Ph.D. in Family Studies from Brigham Young University. He has worked with the LDS Church Educational System for many years and also taught in the religion department at BYU. He is the author of several books including: The Three Word Journal; Achieving Your Life Mission; 25 Mistakes LDS Parents Make; Protecting Your Family in an X-rated World and The Case for Chastity. He has been a frequent speaker at Education Week and Especially for Youth. He and his wife, Wendy, live in Austin, Texas, and are the parents of five married children and have 14 grandchildren.

Following the keynote presentation, there will be two blocks of four classes that will cover topics of interest to both beginning and advanced family history enthusiasts.

Classes to be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. are:

·         “New FamilySearch Advanced Issues: Part 1” Cathy Anderegg

·         “Pennsylvania Research, An Overview” Tim Bingaman

·         “The Google Genealogist” Devin Ashby

·         “You sNEWS, You Lose: Using Newspapers in Research” Bret Petersen

The classes available from 11:00 a.m. to noon are:

·         “New FamilySearch Advanced Issues: Part 2” Cathy Anderegg

·         “Synchronizing PAF 5 Data with New FamilySearch Using Ancestral Quest, the Program from which PAF 5 Was Derived” - Paul Johnson

·         “Research Strategies and Websites” Diana Toland

·         “FamilySearch and Billion Graves: Family History Sources Right at Your Feet” Tim Cross

Registration is not required for this free seminar. The Riverton FamilySearch Library is located in the LDS Riverton Office Building at 3740 Market Center Drive, Riverton, Utah. The facility is near the intersection of Bangerter Highway and 13400 South, just east of The Home Depot.