Spooked by Shared Family Tree Websites?

WikiTree Makes Collaboration Less Frightening!

October 30, 2011 - Experienced genealogists are often afraid of allowing their carefully-researched family history to become part of an online collaborative family tree project. Many of us have experienced the horror of finding branches butchered, families missing, or worse-yet, ancestors merged without our knowledge, with some stranger’s line of unknown, unsourced zombies.

WikiTree has been working hard to make online genealogical collaboration safe and reliable. We have been working closely with the genealogy community to improve the way users match and merge individual profiles. The result is an assortment of easy-to-use features that make duplicate profiles simpler to identify, and easier to merge, so that you can get the benefits of sharing research with family members and distant cousins without all the scary consequences.

  • All merges require the mutual consent of both profile managers.
  • Approved merges affect only the individual profile, not the entire family tree.
  • Side-by-side comparison of profiles makes informed decision-making easy.
  • If conflicting information or questionable sources make you afraid to complete a merge, you can track it as an “Unmerged Match.”
  • Rejected matches won’t come back to haunt you. They’re tracked and won’t appear in future FindMatches searches.
  • If mistakes are made, you can follow a trail of breadcrumbs to get back to where you started.

And speaking of safety, WikiTree’s six levels of privacy controls allow you to protect sensitive information on living people. Finally, WikiTree is 100% free, which means that neither you nor your relatives will ever be harassed with membership upgrade offers.

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. The service is supported by modest ads on public pages. Join our rapidly growing community at http://www.WikiTree.com/.

1000memories Launches “Shoebox” App For iPhone, Puts A Scanner In Your Pocket

Memory-Sharing Platform Launches First Mobile Tool
For Sharing Photo Collections From The Past

SAN FRANCISCO, October 27, 2011 — Memory-sharing platform 1000memories.com today announced the launch of the Shoebox scanning app for iPhone, the first mobile tool designed for digitizing, organizing and sharing collections of photos from the past.

The app gives individuals, families and organizations the ability to scan and instantly share large collections of photos and documents that have previously been difficult to digitize - the photos traditionally neglected in shoeboxes, old family albums or archived analog collections.

“Large photo collections from our past have never been digitized or shared because it’s been too difficult and time-consuming. With the introduction of the Shoebox app, we’re putting multiple hand-held scanners in households and organizations, for free,” says 1000memories co-founder Rudy Adler. “We've created a tool that allows people to upload and share old photos in a fraction of the time needed for traditional photo scanning, which will dramatically change the rate at which these collections are being shared.”

Shoebox can auto-detect the edges of a photo and then quickly crop and straighten accordingly. Users can then add information typically written on the back of old photos - such as dates, names, and locations - before uploading to the 1000memories.com, where it can be organized, shared and discovered by friends and family.

1000memories hopes to help users get their older collections of photos online and in order while their friends, families and communities still remember the stories and people behind them. “The captions, dates and tags are just as important as the photos themselves - it’s imperative that we get as many of these photo collections online as possible while we can still access the stories behind them,” says Adler.

The launch of Shoebox comes on the heels of the release of the iPhone 4S, and will take advantage of its significant upgrades in mobile camera technology, including an 8.0 MP sensor for high-resolution mobile scans, as well as an improved f2.4 lens, for quality lower-light scans. The app will remain compatible with all previous iPhone models, including the iPhone 4, 3G, and 3GS, as well as the iPad.

“The popularity of the iPhone camera has proven that people want something that’s quick, accessible, and easy to share,” says Adler. “For us, that’s what providing a social mobile scanner is about - making it as easy as possible for people to get their photo collections digitized and shared with the people they care about.”

Backed by Y-Combinator and Greylock Partners, 1000memories is a hybrid of today’s family history and photo-sharing sites, with a focus helping individuals, families and organizations record, discover and preserve the photos of the past - and all of the stories that come with them. For more information, visit 1000memories.com/shoebox.

About 1000memories

1000memories is the best way to organize, share and discover the old photos and memories of your family and friends. Founded in 2010 in San Francisco, California, 1000memories helps bring the albums, scrapbooks, and photo-filled shoeboxes of our lives out of the closet and into an online, shareable space where they can be remembered and celebrated, together in one place. For more information, visit 1000memories.com.

Ancestry.com Adds More Than 50 Million New Birth, Marriage and Death Records Expanding the Largest Searchable U.S. Vital Records Collection to nearly a Half Billion

New Collections from 23 States include records on famous Americans like John Wayne, Clark Gable and Ernest Hemingway

PROVO, UTAH – (October 27, 2011) – Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced it has added 53 new historical vital record collections to its nearly half billion U.S. vital records, the largest searchable online collection of its kind. The foundation of family history research, civil vital records – recordings of births, marriages and deaths – were typically created at or near the time of the event and serve as an essential resource for the millions of Americans who are beginning or continuing their family history research. The new additions encompass 23 states, include more than 50 million historical records dating from the 1600s (some of the oldest U.S. records available) through to 2010 and have been made available through partnerships with state and local archives, county offices and newspapers. Many notable Americans can be found in the collections, including John Wayne, Ernest Hemingway, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Judy Garland and many more.

Interesting facts presented by these records include John Wayne’s birth name as Marion Robert Morrison, changed to the legendary stage name when he began working in Hollywood. “Gone with the Wind” star Clark Gable hailed from the small village of Cadiz, Ohio according to the Ohio Births and Christening Index (1800-1962). The Minnesota Birth and Christening Records (1840-1980) show that “The Wizard of Oz” star Judy Garland’s given birth name was Frances Gumm.

These new vital record collections are available to all current Ancestry.com subscribers and can be found at www.ancestry.com/vitals. As always, Ancestry.com is free of charge for 14 days to all new users.

Vital records contain a wide variety of valuable information. Birth records can include information about baptisms and christenings, as well as birth certificates and registers. Marriage records tend to be the oldest vital records and can include consent affidavits - typically for individuals under legal age, declarations of intent, banns, bonds, contracts, licenses, certificates, registers and returns. Death records may include death certificates, burial records, cemetery records, and other documents such as probate records, court minutes, and coroner's records.

Traditionally, vital records in the U.S. have been created and maintained locally by multiple entities—churches, town clerks, justices of the peace and others. With no single source for information, research has previously been time intensive, requiring countless hours and travel to make and confirm discoveries.

With the digitization of millions of these valuable records, Ancestry.com has simplified the process to a click of a mouse and keyboard. Interest and curiosity in family history research is growing rapidly, evidenced by a recent Harris Interactive survey that revealed four in five Americans are interested in learning about their family history and three out of four claiming that knowing their family history is important to them.[1]

“Vital records are among the most valuable genealogical resources for proving or disproving other sources, giving a more complete picture of ancestors, helping distinguish between different people with the same names and finding clues about earlier life events,” said Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, whose office oversees the Tennessee State Library and Archives. “By compiling such a massive collection, spanning not only different locales, but centuries of essential information, Ancestry.com is making it possible for anyone to learn more about family history.”

Some of the new vital record collections now available on Ancestry.com date well back into the 17th Century including:

  • Connecticut, Deaths and Burials, 1650-1934: Town clerks began recording births, marriages and deaths by 1650. These records are derived from microfilmed records of deaths and burials. This collection includes legendary names such as P.T. Barnum of circus fame and dictionary pioneer Noah Webster.
  • Maryland, Births and Christenings, 1662–1911: This collection is extracted from more than 200,000 Maryland birth, baptism, and christening records sourced from church, civil and family records. This collection includes the birth of John Hanson, President of early America’s Continental Congress.
  • New Hampshire, Death and Burial Records, 1654–1949: New Hampshire’s earliest records were in the mid-1600s, though laws requiring a statewide compilation of records were not passed until 1866.
  • New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637–1947: Records in this collection are derived from certificates of intention of marriage and certificates of marriage for more recent years.
  • New Jersey, Births and Christenings, 1660–1931: This collection is comprised of more than 2.3 million birth, baptism, and christening records. Information found here may include name, gender, race and birthplace.

“The United States possesses a unique history and vital records offer an accurate, in-depth look into the lives of individuals, families and the nation as a whole,” said Josh Hanna, Executive Vice President, Ancestry.com. “Ancestry.com is committed to the continued expansion of our vital record collections and increasing the breadth of information for all Americans looking to learn more about their past.”

Search New Free U.S. Records from California, Iowa, and Texas

New Collections Added for Guam, Japan, and Wales

26 October 2011

New records were added to FamilySearch.org this week from Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, England, Guam, Hungary, Japan, Norway, the U.S., and Wales. Begin searching for your ancestors now at FamilySearch.org.

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 FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800–1900014,027Added browsable images to existing collection.
Chile, Civil Registration, 1885–190354,2650Added index records to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843–1921025,293Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552–193508,947Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Land Records 1450–18500224,014Added browsable images to existing collection.
England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538–201007,403Added browsable images to existing collection.
England, Northumberland, Miscellaneous Records, 1705–1950016,093Added browsable images to existing collection.
Guam, Land Records, 1898–19640288,918New browsable image collection.
Hungary, Civil Registration, 1895–19800184,679Added browsable images to existing collection.
Japan, Clan Genealogies, 1700–1900020,007New browsable image collection.
Norway Census, 187513,4160Added index records to existing collection.
U.S. Social Security Death Index198,0740Added records to existing collection. Now current as of 30 Sept 2011
California, County Marriages, 1850–195229,2950Added index records to existing collection.
Iowa, County Births, 1880–1935442,6570New index collection.
Texas Deaths, 1977–1986070,672New browsable image collection.
Wales, West Glamorgan, Electoral Registers, 1839–1925034,817New browsable image collection. 

FGS Announces Two New Member Benefits

Genealogy Society Website and Newsletter Reviews

October 26, 2011 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce two new member benefits for genealogical societies, historical societies, and family associations.

The first new benefit is a free review of an organization’s website. A member society can request a review of one, several, or all areas of its website. The review may include suggestions for design, layout, format, font use and contrast, ease of navigation and use, effective use of graphics, and inclusion of content.

The second new benefit is a free review of an organization’s newsletter, regardless of whether it is printed or electronic. A member society can submit two consecutive newsletters and request a complete review or ask specific questions. The review may include suggestions concerning design elements and format, including use of specific fonts, placement of graphical elements, and use of white space. It also may include suggestions for additional content. An organization working to “go green” and produce an electronic newsletter can receive feedback on how to format and create a quality newsletter using PDF software.

These two new member benefits along with the free review of a society’s bylaws represent some of the many services that FGS provides to its members to help them become more effective and efficient. Information about each of these services and how to submit materials to FGS for review can be found in the Members Only area of the FGS website at http://fgs.org/membersonly/.

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 http://www.fgs.org.

DNA and Social Networking by Debbie Kennett due 28th November 2011

We are in the midst of an exciting time for the family historian with an explosion of online resources and new scientific and technological developments. DNA testing can now be used to prove or disprove genealogical connections and will put you in touch with your genetic cousins around the world. It can also take you back beyond the paper trail into your pre-surname history. Social networking tools can help you to find and stay in touch with friends and relatives, and provide new ways to share and collaborate with other researchers.

Many family historians struggle to cope with these new technologies and Debbie Kennet provides in-depth guidance on how to use these tools effectively.

  • The two key advances of DNA and social networking are helping to transform genealogical research.
  • Easy –to-understand non-scientific language.
  • Explains the facts and potential of DNA testing for the genealogist.
  • Covers the different types of DNA tests available and provides practical examples.
  • Social networking is a natural complement to DNA testing and is an important tool in the search for living relatives.
  • Provides guidance on using all the latest online innovations such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs, Wikis , informative websites such as Genes Reunited, Ancestry, Friends Reunited and other collaborative tools such as bookmarking.
  • Includes an extensive list of relevant websites, a list of DNA testing companies, detail about various DNA projects and surname resources.

Debbie Kennett is an editor and avid genealogist. She is the founder of the Cruse/Cruwys one-name study, and organises three large international DNA projects. She writes for many family history magazines, and has been an enthusiastic early adopter of social media for genealogy. She lives in Berkshire.

Available from all good bookshops and Amazon.co.uk
or www.thehistorypress.co.uk
and from Marston Book Services, tel: 01235 465577

DNA and Social Networking
Debbie Kennett
To be published in hardback, 28th November 2011 at £14.99
ISBN: 978-0-7524-5862-5

'Genealogists for Families' Project

'Genealogists for Families' Project

Working Together to Help Families in Need

Genealogists worldwide are working as a team to help families and small businesses in low income areas. Our motto is, We care about families (past, present and future). Through Kiva, a nonprofit organization, we make $25 loans that enable borrowers to expand their businesses, support their families and raise themselves out of poverty. When the $25 is repaid, the lender can choose to withdraw the money or make another loan.

Everyone is welcome on the team - genealogists, their family and friends, and anyone else who believes that our small loans can make a big difference to those who are less fortunate.

About the 'Genealogists for Families' Project:

Judy explains the inspiration for the project, which began on 27 September 2011:

'For as long as I can remember, my father set aside a small sum of money that he would periodically lend to a hard-working person in need of short-term help. We called it his 'Do Good Money'. Dad passed away last year at the age of ninety, and I want to continue the tradition in his memory.'

What Team Members Say:

Pamela: 'It would be lovely if this team could grow to include genealogists from around the world and to become a family tradition for all of our families.'

Carole: 'I have been lending money to small family businesses all over the world since 2008. The money has always been paid back, and I then lend it to someone else, although I have the option of getting the money back.'

Joan: 'We have so much, and I consider this one small way to help others less fortunate. Several of my friends have been providing loans through this organization and have had positive experiences. It was fun finding the individuals I wanted to sponsor.'

Helen: 'My family and I have loaned through Kiva for a while. The projects make a major difference to an individual, particularly women, which then makes an ongoing difference to the family, the village, and it spreads from there.'

What You Can Do:

  1. Join the 'Genealogists for Families' team.

  2. Make a loan. If you do not have a spare $25 yet, join now and when you do make a loan it will be automatically linked to the team's efforts.

  3. Publicise your Web site, blog or online family tree by entering its address in 'My Website' on your Kiva Lender Page.

Join the 'Genealogists for Families' project and be part of the growing team of individuals who make a difference by helping families now and in the future.

Free DNA Genealogy Presentation Nov. 10 at the Fountaindale Library

October 21, 2011 - Demystify your DNA research with a fantastic fall program at the Fountaindale Public Library!

Noted genealogist and author Dave Dowell will present “Adding DNA Testing to your Genealogical Tool Kit” and sign copies of his new book Crash Course in Genealogy.

The event will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room B of the Fountaindale Public Library. The library is located at 300 W. Briarcliff Road in Bolingbrook, IL.

Dave’s DNA program will help answer questions on Which DNA tests should you take and what type of information you can glean from the results. His Crash Course in Genealogy book signing will follow the lecture portion of the program! You won’t want to miss meeting this fantastic author and presenter!

Registration for this event is strongly encouraged, and will ensure that our bookseller will bring enough copies of the book to the signing. Light refreshments will be provided.

I blogged about Dave Dowell’s book, Crash Course in Genealogy back in July, and I really can’t tell you how much I love his book. I purchased a copy for our circulating collection, and it’s constantly checked out! In the library world, there’s no better praise for a book title!

You can register for this event by calling the library at (630) 685-4176 or by visiting our registration event calendar online.

Bring twenty of your friends!

See you at the library!

Direct link: http://fountaindalegenealogy.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/free-dna-genealogy-presentation-nov-10-at-the-fountaindale-library-thrifty-thursday/

Austin Genealogical Society Hosts Distinguished Genealogist George G. Morgan

Austin, Texas — October 19, 2011 — The Austin Genealogical Society is pleased to present George G. Morgan as the speaker for the society’s next mini-seminar, to be held November 12, 2011, in Austin, Texas. The society’s popular mini-seminars, held twice each year, feature nationally recognized genealogy speakers and attract family historians from around the state.

During this half-day seminar, George will share his expertise on:
  • Locating and Accessing Published Genealogies Online
  • Expand Your Research Reach with Interlibrary Loan & Digitized Book Collections
  • Bits About Obits: Reading Between the Lines
The seminar will be held at Triumphant Love Lutheran Church, 9508 Great Hills Trail, Austin, Texas, 78759. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., and the program will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The fee is $10 for AGS members and $15 for visitors if paid in advance; all registrations at the door will be $15. For more information, or to register, please visit http://www.austintxgensoc.org.

George G. Morgan, president of Aha! Seminars Inc., is an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents at local, state, national, and international genealogical conferences. He is the prolific author of hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, genealogical publications, and websites in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Singapore, and elsewhere. His tenth book, the third edition of his How to Do Everything Genealogy, will be published by McGraw-Hill in January 2012.

George is Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and Publicity Director of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and more than a dozen societies in the U.S. and the U.K. George and Drew Smith produce The Genealogy GuysSM podcast at http://genealogyguys.com, the longest-running genealogical podcast in the world, with thousands of listeners around the globe.

“Our members love programs that help them become better researchers, and George’s presentation really fits that bill,” said Society President Sharon Foley. “We’re excited about the seminar and delighted to welcome George to Austin.”

About the Austin Genealogical Society

Founded in 1960, the Austin Genealogical Society is devoted to advancing genealogy through wideranging research and education and to preserving the heritage of Austin, Travis County, and Texas. The society offers monthly meetings on a variety of family history topics, mini-seminars with leading genealogists, hands-on technology workshops, research trips to major repositories, and beginners’ classes for new researchers. Members also enjoy a monthly newsletter and an award-winning Quarterly. For more information, please visit the AGS website at http://austintxgensoc.org.

National Genealogical Society Seeks Nominations for the 2012 Genealogy Hall of Fame

For Release: 19 October 2011

The National Genealogical Society Seeks
Nominations for the 2012 Genealogy Hall of Fame

The National Genealogical Society is seeking nominations from the genealogical community for persons whose achievements or contributions have made an impact on the field. The NGS Genealogy Hall of Fame program increases appreciation of the high standards advocated and achieved by committed genealogists whose work paved the way for researchers today.

Since 1986 when Donald Lines Jacobus became the first genealogist elected to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame, twenty‐four outstanding genealogists have been recognized for their contributions. The NGS Genealogy Hall of Fame Committee elects one person to the Hall of Fame annually. Those elected are permanently commemorated in the Hall of Fame at NGS headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

The 2012 honoree will join this select group of distinguished members. This year’s selection, and the society that honored the nominee, will be feted at the 2012 NGS Family History Conference to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, 9-12 May 2012. Nominations for election to the Hall of Fame are made by genealogical societies and historical societies throughout the United States.

Guidelines for nominations:

  • A nominee must have been actively engaged in genealogy in the United States for at least ten years, must be deceased for at least five years at the time of nomination, and must have made contributions to the field of genealogy judged to be of lasting significance in ways that were unique, pioneering, or exemplary.
  • Nominations for election to the Hall of Fame are due by 31 January each year. Official nomination forms are available from the Awards & Competitions section on our website, http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/awards_competitions, or by contacting the National Genealogical Society via postal mail at 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22204‐4304 or by phone at 800‐473‐0060.

The National Genealogy Hall of Fame is an educational project in which the entire genealogical community is invited to participate. Affiliation with the National Genealogical Society is not required. To see a list of previous inductees, please visit the NGS Genealogy Hall of Fame Members section on our website.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, VA-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.

Cheltenham Probate Abstracts: 1660-1740 Now Available On www.origins.net

Probate records are a highly valuable primary source for the study of social history, local history and family history. Wills and inventories comprise the main probate records, and are supplemented by administrations, accounts and other documents created when disputes arose.

Inventories and valuations were part of the process of proving wills, but relatively few have survived. There is a reasonably high survival rate for inventories in the period 1660 to 1740 amounting to about 50% in Gloucestershire, but outside this period there are very few.

Wills and inventories give a colourful snapshot of the lives of our ancestors, providing an insight into household arrangements, household and occupational goods, lifestyle, wealth and status, providing evidence of kinship, family sizes, occupations and landholdings.

There is a wealth of rich information included in these abstracts, including wills from; yeomen, cordwainers (cobblers), blacksmiths, feltmakers, listing detailed inventories such as the following will of Obediah Arrowsmith (haberdasher):

It wasn’t only possessions that are recorded in this dataset, many individuals, such as James Smallpeece left a hugely detailed list of debts, as noted by his executor, Thomas Keare:

Evidence of probable family disputes can also be witnessed amongst these documents, such as the will of Thomas Giles, yeoman:

The latest collection made available on Origins.net catalogues over 2014 individual names covering the years 1660-1740 inclusive and records can be searched by first name/last name and also by 'free text' search. Full details can be found here: http://www.origins.net/help/aboutNWI-BGA.aspx.

Origins.net offers subscription access to a wealth of unique and hard to find datasets, dating back to the 1200s from Britain and Ireland.

Collections include: Marriage records (1838-1856), London Apprentice records (1442-1850), Poor Law (1742-1868), Passenger Lists (1890-91 and 1858-70), Griffith's Valuation (the alternative census for Ireland; 1847-1868), Court records (1574-1714), Militia records (1872-1915), Electoral Registers (Somerset; 1832-1914 and Ireland; 1832-38), Irish Directories PLUS the National Wills Index – the principle online resource for pre-1858 English probate material!

NEHGS Quarterly Update

October 14, 2011

Dear friends,

In genealogy's first 150 years, visiting the NEHGS research center in Boston or other repositories were the principal means of finding original and unique family history materials. "Back in the day," painstaking efforts to find and record genealogical information was the norm: card catalogues, index card record-keeping, charts speckled with notations, and, of course, many seemingly insurmountable brick walls. While several of those tried and true resources remain important, it is amazing to think how far we have come in recent years!

With the enormous capacity of Internet databases and social networking venues, research has never been as close to our fingertips as it is today. One can simply type in a name on content-rich web sites, including our award-winning AmericanAncestors.org, and presto, potential results present themselves in seconds. Impressive, but I underscore the word, "potential." Unfortunately, many data sources downplay, if they mention it at all, that an entirely separate (and very large!) layer of research, namely expert analysis of data, ultimately leads to reliable, historical truth.

When an NEHGS member interacts with us after building a family history solely with Internet searches, we inevitably end up "killing off" false ancestors. In the trade, we call these genealogical missteps "former ancestors."Sadly, today we see more of these inaccurate lines being widely recycled elsewhere than at any time in the past. To help solve this problem we share our expertise so that true history is determined and recorded with proper sources. The two key words in this process are interact and share.

NEHGS is committed to a forward-thinking, user-focused approach to discovering and authenticating one's family history. Complementing our growth to over 50,000 members, registered users and Facebook friends, interacting, consistently and meaningfully, remains core to our work and bolsters our leadership position among nonprofits. While thousands of members meet with our experts around the country at events and on tours, technology has enabled our personal sharing of knowledge to go well beyond the confines of physical travel. The success of our Capital Campaign has led to investments in more and more personal online interaction. Our very busy Online Genealogist, David Allen Lambert, is a prime example. We were the first institution in America to take one of our professional genealogists and make him a fulltime "online genealogist." Scores of members ask questions and receive helpful and constructive replies from David every day. A wonderful strategist, David is available for questions through our website, by email, telephone, our Facebook page, or by mail. Fully understanding the challenges and road blocks inherent to the field, he is here to help our constituents better navigate their family history research journey.

While David continues to lead this type of interacting and sharing, he is not alone in this effort. Marie Daly, our Library Director, now frequently answers Irish research questions posed on Facebook. And new and important resources for Jewish genealogy are now available to our members through an exclusive collaboration with the American Jewish Historical Society. The innovations go on and on. NEHGS is abuzz with activity and our staff members travel the country to meet with our members and friends to share their expertise broadly. As many of you know, these education programs take place in the form of research tours (throughout the United States and beyond), seminars, and lectures. We have plans (to be enabled by the Capital Campaign) to offer these incredible experiences in a virtual and interactive setting via some new online tools.

To lead these increasingly popular opportunities to learn from the experts on the NEHGS staff, it is my pleasure to announce that we have concluded our national search for our next Director of Education. Leah Walczak will be joining us from Historic New England (formerly SPNEA), where she is currently Museum Operations Manager. With Bachelor and Master Degrees from Cornell and Syracuse, and advanced historical studies in the United Kingdom, her background also includes an impressive track record of programmatic management. We are very pleased to recruit someone of Leah's caliber to our team and know that you will enjoy working with her on future programs.

Whether it is a visit to our research center in Boston, a virtual conversation with David Lambert, or participation in our expansive educational offerings, NEHGS members are making transformational strides in documenting the histories of families in America. With over 70% of our $50 million comprehensive capital campaign committed, we have already invested this philanthropy in endeavors that advance all your diligent work. Together, we are reaping the fruits of such generous investments.

Gratefully yours,
D. Brenton Simons
President and CEO

The National Genealogical Society Announces New Director: Teresa Koch-Bostic

(14 October 2011) The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the appointment of Teresa Koch-Bostic, of Mineola, New York, to the Board of Directors. Terry has been appointed to the board to contribute her expertise in strategic planning, brand development, marketing, and communications. She will chair the committee that oversees brand building and communications for NGS.

Terry brings an extensive business background in advertising, marketing, market research, strategic planning, and new product development to her board role at NGS. As a senior executive at advertising agencies in New York, she was successful in helping Fortune 500 companies, including Citibank, Proctor and Gamble, Sterling Drug, Burger King, Thompson’s Water Seal, and BIC, achieve growth and build their brand images. Her expertise in breakthrough creative messages, efficient use of marketing and media budgets, and developing differentiated new products helped her clients increase their market share.

Internationally, Terry served as Global Brand Director for Société BIC, the French parent company of BIC Corporation USA (manufacturers of writing instruments, razors, and lighters), and implemented their first advertising strategy integrated across five continents. While working for BIC, she designed and implemented large-scale global research studies that led to numerous successful line extensions for all three product categories. Her pro bono work includes ten years on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA.org). While there, Terry led a strategic repositioning of the foundation including a new name, logo, programs, and a chapter reporting structure that led to increased physician participation, member growth, greater donor contributions, and, most importantly, increased funding of grants from the NIH for research to find a cure.

Terry is a professional genealogist who specializes in New York City, Long Island, Irish American, and German American ancestry. She has a BA in history and has been a lifelong enthusiast of family history, honing her skills in genealogy alongside a marketing career. She is currently Chapter Representative for the NY Metro Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and serves on the Education Committee of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B). Terry has written for the German Genealogy Group Newsletter; the NYG&B Researcher and The Record; and writes the NY Metro Chapter and Member News for the APGQ.

Ann Hilke, president of NGS, said, “Terry’s addition to our board increases the specialized skills that our directors contribute to supporting NGS’s growth into the twenty-first century so we can continue to provide a standard of excellence for genealogical education and scholarship at all levels.”

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, VA-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. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Offers Bloggers a Chance to Win Free Registration!

October 13, 2011—Salt Lake City, UT: The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is excited to announce our first ever blogging contest. We believe that SLIG is one of the best educational opportunities available for genealogists—and we want to hear why you think so to. For the next week we would like to encourage all the fantastic bloggers in the genealogy community to let us know why you would like to attend SLIG. The contest will run through Saturday, October 15, 2011 at midnight (Mountain Time). The prize will be a tuition waver to SLIG 2012 (note that only those classes which haven’t filled are eligible).

How do I enter?

Step 1: Write 500 words or more on the topic of why you want to attend SLIG. Include which course you would like to take, and whether you have attended before. Please include the link www.slig.ugagenealogy.org when referring to SLIG’s website.

Step 2: Post a link to your blog post on the UGA/SLIG Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/ugagenealogy) before midnight (Mountain Time) on Saturday, October 15, 2011. If you are not on Facebook please send an email to susanbankhead@msn.com and we will post the link on Facebook for you.

Step 3: The winner will be randomly chosen using www.randomizer.org, and announced via our Facebook page on Sunday, October 16, 2011.

What do I win?

The winning blogger will be awarded a tuition waiver for SLIG 2012. The waiver is only valid for SLIG 2012 (January 23-27, 2012). The waiver may be applied to registration for any SLIG track for 2012 which has not already filled. The waiver is for tuition only and does not include travel costs, hotel stay, or meals.

What if I’m already registered for SLIG?

If the winner is already registered for SLIG they will be refunded the amount already paid in tuition (note that this does not include any night classes or meals which may have been purchased).

What if I don’t have a blog?

Now is a great time to start one! You could write as a guest blogger on a friend’s blog.

About the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy has been providing top-notch genealogical education for fifteen years. The courses are primarily focused at the advanced level, with Course 1: American Research and Records Parts 1 and 2 with Paula Stuart-Warren, providing a good intermediate foundation. SLIG is structured in "tracks". Each track equates to either a locality or a methodological subject. Each track provides at least twenty hours of in-depth instruction. Students choose one track for the week and leave with a deeper understanding of their chosen topic than a traditional conference can impart. SLIG is dedicated to providing a forum for the best genealogical educators in the field to present their knowledge to avid family historians.

About the Utah Genealogical Association

The Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) is an enthusiastic community of researchers who desire to improve their research skills and more effectively utilize genealogical resources within Utah. UGA provides genealogical information, sources and education through personal instruction and published media on state and national family history topics, while promoting high standards and ethical practices.

UGA was formally organized September 25, 1971, and chartered December 1, 1971, by the State of Utah as a nonprofit educational organization. UGA is not affiliated with any religious or political organization.To learn more visit http://www.infouga.org. Also follow us on Facebook.com /ugagenealogy and Twitter: @ugagenealogy

The South Davis Chapter’s next meeting will be on May 25th at 7:00 in the same location, which is 790 South 100 East, Bountiful. The public is invited to join us in hearing our speaker: well-known Genealogist and presenter Devin Ashby. He will be speaking on The Google Genealogist.

All those with an interest in genealogy are invited to participate in the new South Davis Chapter as well as become a member of UGA. Benefits of being a member of UGA will enable you to receive access to:

  • Virtual Chapter Meetings: These are online instructional meetings held the third Thursday of each month.
  • Educational Projects supported and organized by Barry Ewell, with three levels of expertise: Gold, Silver and Bronze
  • First Families of Utah: Recognizing and documenting prominent early Utah families
  • Utah Indexing Projects including,: Births, Marriages, Death, and Burial Records
  • Access to Rare Utah Marriage records from 1851-1884
  • UGA Conference Planner: Guides UGA members through directing a conference, seminar, or fair
  • Speakers Bureau: A list of presenters reviewed and approved through UGA for classes and meetings with contact information
  • Crossroads Magazine: UGA's Quarterly magazine with articles on Genealogy and related subjects
  • Discounts for Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
  • Discounts for Chapter Activities and Events
  • Discounts for the Semi-Annual UGA Family History Conferences
  • Pre-registration for most events

We hope you will come and participate in this new UGA chapter and enjoy all the benefits of The Utah Genealogical Association.

Man Attempts to Match Revolutionary War Pay Documents to Descendants

Doug Miller, resident of Santa Clarita, CA, has found a new calling. An avid genealogist with records on his own family back to the 16th century, Miller has long understood the enchantment of the ancestral call, and now he hopes to share the obsession in a very unique way.

For more than thirty years, Miller has invested in land grants, steel engravings, conveyance receipts, Revolutionary War pay documents and other pieces of ephemera. These items would be interesting to any collector, but the genealogist in Miller told him that they would especially be precious to family historians. He explains, “Although I always understood that these pieces were valuable, I never really knew what to do with them until I met Joy.”

Joy is Joy Shivar, owner of the JustaJoy.com Family Heirloom Exchange, an indexed website designed to match original antiques and artifacts back to families.“It always seems that the person in charge of distributing an estate is the wrong one and important family items end up in the hands of antique dealers or collectors. JustaJoy.com is designed to alleviate this situation. We call it ‘Antique Hunting in the Family Tree’ for ‘Orphaned Heirlooms’”, she explains.

Besides documents, other items found on the website include pictures, newspapers, advertising pieces, family Bibles, furniture, trophies and other engraved items, yearbooks and much more. JustaJoy.com is currently advertising original items associated with nearly 40,000 families and, according to Shivar, new surname-related items are added nearly everyday by the antique dealers and others who own them.

A $20.00 annual membership fee entitles users to full access to all information on each item including the name of the current owner, contact information and the asking price. Buyers and sellers work directly and the site does not charge commissions, buyer’s premiums or final value fees.
An important feature of the site is the “surname notification” service. Members are automatically notified as new items are added that match any of the names on their personal surname list (up to twenty can be entered). Although sold items remain on the site as a resource, the surname notification is important to interested buyers because there is usually only one of each item available.

Miller met Shivar at a recent conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies held in Springfield, IL and as she explained the service provided by JustaJoy.com, he instantly thought of his archive and how valuable his pieces could be to the right descendant.
Miller can picture the joy that an e-mail, associated with one of his items, could bring. “It’s a win-win-win for everyone,” he said, “I’m excited to be a part of it.”

For more information on the JustaJoy.com Family Heirloom Exchange visit www.JustaJoy.com or contact Joy Shivar at 704-948-1912 or Joy@JustaJoy.com.

Federation of Genealogical Societies Announces 2011 Election Results

New Board Members and Directors Include Kim Kasprzyk, Polly Kimmitt and Angela Walton-Raji

October 12, 2011 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the results of its recent election for FGS board members and directors. The election was conducted online September 1 - 30, 2011 with all FGS delegates eligible to vote. Office terms for those elected will begin on January 1, 2012.

With the recent election results, Pat Oxley, President of FGS states, “I'm thrilled to have this talented group of genealogists bring their experience and skills to the FGS board.”

Re-Elected FGS Board Members

The following board members and directors were re-elected:
  • George G. Morgan (Florida) – Vice-President Membership
  • Curt B. Witcher (Indiana) – Vice-President Development
  • Loretto “Lou” Szucs (Illinois) – Director
New FGS Board Members

The following board members and directors were newly elected:
  • Kim Kasprzyk (Illinois) – Treasurer
  • Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt CG℠ (Massachusetts) – Director
  • Angela Walton-Raji (Maryland) – Director
  • Randy Whited* (Texas) – Director
*Whited was first appointed to the FGS board as a Director in early 2011 and elected outright in this recent election.

Certified Genealogist and CG are proprietary service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® used by the Board to identify its program of genealogical competency evaluation and used under license by the Board’s associates.

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 http://www.fgs.org.

Deceased Online: Maps for 100,000 Angus Burials and Records for Corby

100,000 Scottish burials mapped in Angus

  • Detailed digital maps have been added to Deceased Online showing the exact locations of graves (lairs) within cemeteries and burial grounds in the Scottish county of Angus.
  • Nearly 100,000 burials in 64,000 graves have been mapped out, providing overview, section and detailed grave maps identifying exact plots, even if no memorials exist.
  • Click here to read our news story with full details.

12,000 burial records for Corby, Northamptonshire

  • Although located in the heart of England in the county of Northamptonshire, the town of Corby has a population claiming at least one-third Scottish ancestry.
  • Corby was the UK's premier steel city and in the depressed 1930's attracted thousands of workers from Western Scotland and Ireland.
  • Burial records for the town's two cemeteries, Old Cemetery and Shire Lodge dating back to 1899, are now available on Deceased Online.
  • The records comprise nearly 12,000 burials with scans of registers.

For details on all data, see the database coverage section at www.deceasedonline.com.

Christine Rose at the Indiana Historical Society - October 27-29, 2011

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) will offer three programs led by certified genealogist and author Christine Rose at the end of October. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and its Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

War of 1812: That Important Forgotten War will take place Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. and will cover the huge impact the war had on the United States. Rose will also explain genealogical records generated by the war. The presentation will conclude with a book signing and her book Military Bounty Land, 1776-1855 will be available for purchase. This lecture is approved for two general LEU credits and is supported by WFYI. Cost is $10 for the general public and $8 for IHS and WFYI members.

Introduction to Genealogy: Starting from Scratch, which will take place Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., participants will learn the basics of family research before moving to a variety of topics such as courthouses, military records and more. Participants will also learn what is available online, when they should go on the road and how to keep track of it all accurately. The lecture will conclude with a tour of the IHS’s William H. Smith Memorial Library and the Indiana State Library. The class is approved for four general LEU credits. Cost is $40 for the general public and $30 for IHS members, which includes admission to the Indiana Experience that day.

Intermediate Genealogy: What Happens Next is available on Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to noon, for those with more family history research experience. It will include a discussion about how the differences in inheritance in the colonies and states affect research. The lecture will also expand on military research and on the common ways people can misinterpret records. The class is approved for three general LEU credits. Cost is $20 for the general public and $15 for IHS members, which includes admission to the Indiana Experience that day.

Christine Rose is a certified genealogist, certified genealogical lecturer and fellow of the American Society of Genealogists. She is a popular nationally known lecturer and award-winning author. Her newest book is Military Bounty Land, 1776–1855. She is also the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Genealogy.

For more information or to register for these and other IHS programs, visit www.indianahistory.org or call (317) 232-1882.

About the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. For more information, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.

National Genealogical Society October Video Releases

ARLINGTON, VA, 7 OCTOBER 2011: The National Genealogical Society has released two new videos in the month of October. Both videos are produced by Kate Geis and Allen Moore.

Available to the Public on the NGS Website and Available to the Public on YouTube:

The National Genealogical Society online interview series and the NGSGenealogy channel on YouTube present NGS & The Board for Certification of Genealogists, with Laura DeGrazia, CG, past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and co-editor of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. Laura reflects on how the National Genealogical Society and the Board for Certification of Genealogists support genealogists in their efforts to produce quality genealogies. The video is available for viewing on the videos page of the National Genealogical Society website at
http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/videos_online and on the NGSGenealogy channel on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/NGSGenealogy.

Available to NGS Members on the NGS Website:

The October video offering for members from the National Genealogical Society, is Finding My Genealogy Family with Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL. In this video Pam discusses the joy of belonging to the genealogical community. This video is for viewing by National Genealogical Society members at the NGS website. Log in at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, click on the Members Only tab, and then click on NGS Videos in the sidebar menu. Members who missed earlier releases can also enjoy conversations with Thomas Adams, Jan Alpert, Leslie Anderson, Laura DeGrazia, Helen Leary, Elizabeth Shown Mills, Thomas Shawker, David Rencher, Thomas W. Jones, and Will White in the members’ area.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, VA-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.

SourceTemplates.org a new Open Source Community

Real-Time Collaboration And Legacy Family Tree Announce the Donation of AncestorSync™ SourceTemplates Model and Legacy’s Source Templates to the Open Source Community.

Legacy Family Tree is donating 1,400 SourceTemplates to complement the AncestorSync SourceTemplates Model

Orem, Utah (Real-Time Collaboration) Oct. 5, 2011- Real-Time Collaboration and Legacy Family Tree have announced the addition of thousands of SourceTemplates and a SourceTemplate model to help standardize the tracking of source materials.   This addition of SourceTemplates and the SourceTemplate model have culminated in a comprehensive resource available for the genealogy community. 

Real-Time Collaboration, Inc’s AncestorSync™ Division recognizes the following companies whose original work and generous contributions allowed AncestorSync™ to aggregate their efforts into this model:  Ancestral Quest, Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, MacFamily Tree, Personal Ancestral File (PAF), and Roots Magic. 

The AncestorSync™ Division is also working with Better GEDCOM to create additional templates to better serve the global community.

BetterGEDCOM issued this statement, “BetterGEDCOM is an independent group of end users and software developers working toward the next generation of open standards for communicating genealogy information electronically.  We also welcome SourceTemplates.org to the effort to develop a widely supported international model for source citations.”

About Real-Time Collaboration, Inc.
Real-Time Collaboration, a genealogy process automation company, melds social networking capabilities with state-of-the-art family history and genealogy technologies to connect individuals around the world who share common ancestors. Real-Time Collaboration is based in Orem, Utah.

For more information about AncestorSync™, contact us at info@ancestorsync.com or 1.877.436.3256 or visit our website at www.ancestorsync.com.

About Legacy Family Tree
Founded in 1984, Millennia Corporation publishes the award-winning Legacy Family Tree genealogy software program, with headquarters in Surprise, Arizona. More information can be found at www.LegacyFamilyTree.com.

NARA: Media Tour National Personnel Records Center

Behind the Scenes Look at New National Archives National Personnel Records Center
Media Tour of New Facility Thursday, October 13, 2011, 10 AM

WHAT:          The media is invited to attend a press tour of the National Archives National Personnel Records Center in anticipation of the dedication of the new facility on Saturday, October 15, 2011.  The tour will include:
·         Stack areas that house more than 100 million personnel files of veterans and former civil servants;
·         Preservation labs where original documents are restored;
·         Opportunity to view original personnel files of famous veterans such as Jackie Robinson, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, George Patton, Jack Kerouac, and Alex Haley; and
·         Exhibition titled “Documented Rights” illustrating the continuing process of defining human and civil rights, on display through March 2, 2012.

WHO:             Bryan McGraw, Director of the National Archives at St Louis
                        Marta O’Neill, Preservation Officer, National Personnel Records Center

WHEN:          10 AM, Thursday, October 13, 2011.
WHERE:        National Personnel Records Center
1 Archives Drive (1829 Dunn Road), St Louis, MO. Next to Hazelwood East Middle School off Dunn Road (for GPS purposes use 1829 Dunn Road).
From the North:
Take U.S. 367 South to I-270 East. Take I-270 East to Bellefontaine Road (exit 32). Turn left onto Bellefontaine Road, then an immediate left onto Dunn Road. NPRC is on the right at 1 Archives Drive.
From the South:
Take I-70 to I-170 North (exit 238). Take I-170 North to I-270 East (exit 10B).  Go east on I-270 to Bellefontaine Road (exit 32).
BACKGROUND:  The National Personnel Records Center is one of the National Archives and Records Administration's largest operations. It is the central repository of personnel-related records for both the military and civil services of the United States Government. Its mission is to provide world class service to government agencies, military veterans and their family members, former civilian Federal employees, and the general public.
The new National Personnel Records Center has the capacity to store 2.3 million cubic feet of records.  Holdings include more than 100 million Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Organizational and Auxiliary files, and Official Personnel Folders (OPF) of former civilian Federal personnel who separated prior to 1973.  The new facility is the home to over 600 NPRC staff and over a dozen other Federal agencies. It contains a state-of-the-art preservation laboratory for records conservation, two large public research rooms and a multi-purpose room for meetings and public outreach.
In St. Louis call 314-801-0847 (Public Programs) stlpublic.programs@nara.gov.

Ancestry.com Sept Content and Product Releases


Alabama, Surname Files, 1901–2005 - Compiled starting in 1901, these records include a variety of items and record types arranged by surname: newspaper clippings, obituaries, local and family histories, donated family research and records, extracts from censuses, research requests made to the archives, and other items. Est. Record Count: 6k

New South Wales, Australia, Returns of the Colony, 1822–1857 - This is a collection of the colony’s records in the civil, economic, judicial, police, penal, medical, ecclesiastical, and educational establishments. Est. Record Count: 80k 

1930 Mexico Census - Mexico’s 1930 national census (“El Quinto Censo General de Población y Vivienda 1930, México”) is both the largest and most recent Mexican census to be made available to the public. Est. Record Count: 13 million

Lübeck Census Records - Census records are very rare for Germany as the country’s nationwide censuses were to be conducted on a state-wide level. These four additional Lübeck censuses have been added online, alongside the seven already on the site.
·         Lübeck Census, 1862, Est. Record Count: 45k
·         Lübeck Census, 1871, Est. Record Count: 50k
·         Lübeck Census, 1875, Est. Record Count: 50k
·         Lübeck Census, 1880, Est. Record Count: 60k

Ireland Catholic Parish Records - This database contains indexed images of burial registers from Roman Catholic parishes in Ireland.
·         Ireland, Catholic Parish Baptisms, 1742–1881, Est. Record Count: 275k
·         Ireland, Catholic Parish Marriages and Banns, 1742–1884, Est. Record Count: 120k
·         Ireland, Catholic Parish Deaths, 1742–1881, Est. Record Count: 25k

Ireland Birth, Marriage and Death Records - Civil registration of all births, marriages, and deaths in Ireland began in 1864.
·         Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620–1911, Est. Record Count: 4 million
·         Ireland Civil Registration Births Index, 1825–1978, Est. Record Count: 9 million
·         Ireland, Civil Registration Marriages Index, 1845–1958, Est. Record Count: 4 million
·         Ireland, Civil Registration Deaths Index, 1864–1958, Est. Record Count: 6 million

Germany, World War I Casualty Lists, 1914–1917 - This database contains World War I casualty lists for the German army. The lists include soldiers who died, were injured, or went missing during the war. Est. Record Count: 5 million

UK Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817–1857 - This database contains indexed images of medical journals from 19th-century British ships, which include names of patients and other passengers and crew aboard. Est. Record Count: 40k

UK Surgeon Superintendents’ Journals of Convict Ships, 1858–1867 - This database contains indexed images of medical journals kept by surgeons aboard convict ships sailing from England to Australia. Est. Record Count: 2k

Quebec, Genealogical Dictionary of Canadian Families, 1608–1890 This database is the premier genealogical dictionary of French-Canadian families. This large, seven-volume collection was published by the French-Canadian priest and genealogist Father Cyprien Tanguay from 1871 to 1890.  Est. Record Count: 350k

Palermo, Italy Birth and Marriage Records  - At the turn of the 19th century, the Italian port city of Palermo in Sicily experienced an increased level of growth thanks to a migration into the city from agricultural areas, as well as an economic and industrial boom. Between 1850 and 1930, 4.5 million Italians immigrated to the United States and a lot of them came from southern Italy, with Palermo being Sicily’s main port city.
·         Palermo, Italy, Births, 1896–1905, Est. Record Count: 100k
·         Palermo, Italy, Marriages, 1820–1895, Est. Record Count: 200k


Family Tree Maker 2012 - Ancestry.com announced the release of Family Tree Maker® 2012, an improved and expanded version of the world’s No. 1-selling family history software. With its new TreeSync™ capabilities, Family Tree Maker 2012 enables family history enthusiasts to sync their desktop family trees and their online trees at Ancestry.com. With TreeSync now you can access and update your tree wherever you are whether it’s through Family Tree Maker, Ancestry.com, or using the Ancestry iPhone or iPad apps. And sharing your tree is easier than ever. Simply email invitations to family and friends and they can view your online tree or collaborate with you.