New Ancestry App



New ‘ Mobile’ iOS App Gives Users the Ability to Access Billions of Historical Records to Build Their Family Tree 

PROVO, UTAH (November 29, 2011) –, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced the availability of a new, upgraded version of its Mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with features designed to enable more rewarding discoveries as users build, update and share their family trees. The mobile app, which to-date has been downloaded more than 1.7 million times, is now available for free from the Apple App Store.

This upgrade adds three new features to’s existing family history app: 

·         “In-app purchasing,” which allows subscribers to view, then buy fascinating historical records about their ancestors – such as World War I draft cards, Census records, birth/death certificates, and school yearbook photos, from among billions of historical documents in the database
·         A “Shaky Leaf” hinting feature that employs predictive analytics to suggest possible new connections between a user’s family tree and undiscovered documents in the world’s largest family history database
·         A new merge feature, which automatically identifies and extracts information about family members from historical records so users can quickly and easily update their family tree

“Our goal with the new mobile app is to enable more people to discover their family history through our billions of historic records, and allow them to share their findings easily with others,” said Eric Shoup, Senior Vice President of Product at “Our ‘Shaky Leaf’ hinting feature has resulted in tens of millions of successful family history discoveries online and it’s now accessible to our growing mobile user base.”

For users new to, the latest iOS app provides an easy way to get started by giving access to relevant historical documents on the site without a subscription.  For existing members, the new app gives them the ability to grow their tree using records and share them with others while on-the-go.  

The mobile app offers many of the most popular features available in the online version of’s industry-leading family history website, including the ability to add and edit family information, view and share documents and photos, take and attach photos and create and navigate multi-generational family trees. 

To get started, download the free mobile app to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and either register for a new, or log in to an existing account and choose a family tree. subscribers can download family history records in the app free of charge. Non-subscribers pay a special introductory price starting at $0.99 for each record purchased through the Mobile app’s “in-app purchase” feature.

About Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with approximately 1.7 million paying subscribers. More than 7 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 28 million family trees containing over 2.8 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, offers localized Web sites designed for nine countries that empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history. 

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include our continuing ability to provide desired content to users of the App and making the App convenient to use. Information concerning additional factors that could cause events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements is contained under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, and in discussions in other of our Securities and Exchange Commission filings. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements.


New RootsMagic 5 Software Released

Latest Version of Genealogy and Family Tree Software Now Available to the Public

SPRINGVILLE, Utah. — November 28, 2011 — RootsMagic, Inc. today announced the official release of RootsMagic 5, the latest version of the award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history easy and enjoyable.  With this release comes an update to the popular “RootsMagic Essentials” free genealogy software.

Family History Made Easy


A July 2009 review of RootsMagic 4 by Family Tree Magazine said, “Probably the best all-around genealogy program, RootsMagic offers a winning combination of features for both casual and serious genealogists.”

Throughout it’s 10-year history, RootsMagic has helped people research and share their family trees with innovative features such as moving people from one file to another with your mouse, a SourceWizard to help you document your work, creating a Shareable CD to give to family and friends, and running RootsMagic off of a USB flash drive when you are away from home.  RootsMagic also received the award for “Easiest to Sync” from FamilySearch for their work in interfacing with that system.

New Features


RootsMagic 5 adds many new features while making existing features even easier to use.  “This release includes something for everybody,” said Bruce Buzbee, president.  “Whether you’re a grandma wanting to share your family history with grandkids or a professional researcher trying to organize your work, RootsMagic 5 has something new for you.”  New features include:
  • Timeline View - put a person’s life in context with events from their own life and from the lives of family members.
  • CountyCheck - confirm and correct the existence of a county, state, or country on any given date from a multi-national database.  It can even show you online maps of county boundaries for that date.
  • Research Manager - avoid “reinventing the wheel” by keeping track of research goals, sources, and results that you have collected on a person, family, or place
  • “On This Day” List - bring your family history to life and view family events along with famous births, deaths, and historical events for any given day of the year.
  • Media Tagging - tag your media with people, families, sources, or places.  For example, tag an image of a census record with the people, families, and places mentioned in the record as well as the census’ source citation.
  • Plus over 80 other enhancements and features

Free “RootsMagic Essentials”


RootsMagic 5 is also available in an updated, free edition named, “RootsMagic 5 Essentials”. RootsMagic Essentials contains many core features from the RootsMagic software and the two products are fully-compatible with one another.  “Many people are curious about their family history and don’t know where to begin,” said Michael Booth, vice president.  “RootsMagic Essentials is the perfect way for someone to get started, risk-free.”  RootsMagic Essentials is available for download at

Available Now


RootsMagic 5 is now available online at or by calling 1-800-766-8762.  New users may purchase RootsMagic 5 for only $29.95.  Users of previous versions of RootsMagic and it’s predecessor, Family Origins may purchase RootsMagic 5 for the upgrade price of only $19.95.

About RootsMagic, Inc.


For over 20 years, RootsMagic, Inc. has been creating computer software with a special purpose- to unite families. One of our earliest products- the popular “Family Origins” software, introduced thousands of people to the joy and excitement of family history.

That tradition continues today with “RootsMagic”, our award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history fun and easy. “Personal Historian” will help you easily write and preserve your life stories. “Family Reunion Organizer” takes the headaches out of planning those important get-togethers. And “Family Atlas” creates beautiful and educational geographic maps of your family history.

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Source: RootsMagic, Inc. Partners with Family Tree DNA to Offer DNA Testing

DNA Tests Available Through for the First Time Providing Access to the World’s Largest Genetic Genealogy Database

Redwood City, CA (PRWEB) November 22, 2011, a website devoted to making family history simple and affordable, announces another exciting way users can explore their family heritage. Archives has partnered with Family Tree DNA, the world leader in genetic genealogy, to enable users to purchase DNA tests through its website for the first time. These are being offered at up to 30 percent off the regular price for a limited time. Archives recognizes that DNA testing plays a critical role in family history research, and is glad to offer a simple, convenient way for users to get started with genetic genealogy.

The growing field of genetic genealogy utilizes science to tell us more about our ancestors, and maternal and paternal lineages. Family Tree DNA can help researchers to verify known connections or uncover previously unknown ethnic ties with the world’s largest genetic genealogy database of over 350 thousand records, several times larger than the nearest competitor. now offers three types of DNA tests: the Y-chromosome DNA test to trace paternal lines and surname matches; the mitochondrial DNA test to determine maternal line matches; and the Family Finder test kit, which tests autosomal DNA to reveal ethnic percentages and trace genes across maternal and paternal lines.

Archives Director of Product Joe Godfrey commented, “Genetic genealogy is an extremely exciting field. We’ve been interested in integrating DNA testing into for some time, and I’m glad we are working with Family Tree DNA, the world’s largest genetic genealogy database, to make this happen. This initial integration will give users the ability to find historical records and start exploring their genetic genealogy all in one place. In the future, we intend to provide users with more robust tools and resources that will enhance the experience even further.”

Family Tree DNA VP of Operations Max Blankfeld noted, “We are thrilled to partner with, a website we know will play an important role in the future of online family history research. provides a genuine alternative to the more expensive websites out there. Easy access to DNA testing will allow users to explore this important facet of genealogy research.”

Archives looks forward to collaborating closely with Family Tree DNA, the community, and project managers, to provide the best integrated experience between the two websites possible. Also Archives encourages people to take advantage of the limited time discount on DNA tests found on To learn more about the benefits of DNA testing, or to order a DNA test, please visit To follow future announcements about DNA testing on, please refer to the blog. Please send questions or comments to feedback(at)archives(dot)com.

About Archives is a leading family history website that makes discovering family history simple and affordable. The company has assembled more than 1.5 billion historical records in a single location, and makes them available at a price that's up to 80 percent less than the leading competitor. Archives also partners with other leading family history websites to provide integrated record collections, discounted memberships, official certificates and other special promotions. is free to try for seven days, allowing anyone to explore the benefits of membership without risk or obligation. is owned and operated by Inflection, a fast-growing data commerce company. Find more information at

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. Currently, the Houston based company databases includes over 350 thousand records - the largest in the field of genetic genealogy - making 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.

ISGS Announces New “Shop and Support ISGS” Page

November 22, 2011 – Springfield, IL. Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces a way for ISGS members, supporters and the general public to not only get the genealogy products and services they want, but at the same time to support the programs of ISGS.

The new Shop and Support ISGS page on the ISGS website at is a new affiliate marketing project meant to provide an income stream in support of the many projects related to Illinois genealogy and family history at ISGS. Participating retailers include, GenealogyBank, Legacy Family Tree Store, Shop Family Tree and more!

How Does the Shop and Support ISGS Page Work?
  1. Visit the Shop and Support Page at
  2. Click on a link and you’ll be taken to that retailers website.
  3. Shop for your products and make your purchase.
When using the links at the Shop and Support ISGS page, shoppers will not pay any fees or higher prices for their purchases Through its participation in various affiliate marketing programs, ISGS works with select retailers who reward ISGS with a percentage of sales for bringing its members and supporters to shop at the vendor’s website.

Help Spread the Word!

Anyone – not just ISGS members – can use the Shop and Support ISGS page and its links to help support ISGS. Please let your friends and family know especially as we approach the upcoming holiday shopping season!

About Illinois State Genealogical Society

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was formed in 1968 through the cooperative effort and forward thinking of Illinois genealogical society representatives, who envisioned a statewide genealogical organization. ISGS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, educational organization. ISGS was established for the following purposes:
  • To stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois.
  • To seek, preserve, and make available data pertaining to individuals, families, and groups who lived in Illinois and to events which took place therein.
  • To inform people of the value of, and need for, preserving family and local history for posterity.
  • To encourage the formation of local genealogical societies and to coordinate and disseminate information.
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NGS Releases Full 2012 Family History Conference Program Online

Cincinnati, Ohio, 9-12 May 2012
The Ohio River: Gateway to the Western Frontier

(Arlington, VA) -- The National Genealogical Society has released the full 2012 Family History Conference Program. It is available online and is fully searchable at The theme of the thirty-fourth NGS Family History Conference is The Ohio River: Gateway to the Western Frontier and it will be held 9–12 May 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. NGS varies the theme and geographic location of its conference annually and brings together thousands of genealogists and family historians to learn the latest in genealogical research. The online searchable program allows prospective conference attendees to review the full scope of more than forty lecture topics offered daily during the four-day conference in Cincinnati. An exhibit area with over one hundred exhibitors will be open and free to the public Wednesday through Saturday and will include the latest in genealogical software, online research providers, and DNA testing sources.

Registration will begin Thursday, 1 December 2011. To register online, visit the NGS website at

The PDF version of the registration brochure is available at The brochure includes information about workshops, lectures, sessions, speakers, luncheons, tours, pre-conference events, registration times and rates, and accessibility as well as general conference and exhibit hall specifics. Some examples of the diverse offerings of the NGS 2012 Family History Conference include methodology and research, ethnic research, repositories and records, migration, Skillbuilding, GenTech, military records, photos, and writing. E-mail Veronica Tran at to request that a registration brochure be mailed to you.

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.

MyHeritage Acquires and

Significant move into US and addition of historical content mark major evolution for world's most popular online family network

PROVO, Utah & LONDON, UK & TEL AVIV, Israel-- MyHeritage, the most popular family network on the web, announced today the acquisition of, Inc., maker of the family history content sites and This is MyHeritage's seventh and largest acquisition since 2007. The purchase marks a significant move into the US market commercially and operationally, and will boost MyHeritage’s offering to families with the addition of a vast database of more than 3 billion historical records. With offices and staff in Europe, Australia and Israel, MyHeritage will now be adding its first US-based office in Utah, the home of and often cited as the family history capital of the world.

“We are delighted to join forces with the talented FamilyLink team in Provo to deliver meaningful value to families across the world,” says MyHeritage CEO and Founder Gilad Japhet. “Combining close to one billion family tree profiles on MyHeritage with FamilyLink's massive library of historical data delivers a perfect one-stop-shop for families looking to discover and share their family history".

Founded in 2006, both and are subscription services which provide access to a huge database of historical content, covering several billion individuals within census, birth, marriage and death records, as well as the web’s largest archive of historical newspapers. This content will deliver new insights and value to the 60 million people who have signed up on MyHeritage in 38 different languages, creating more than 900 million profiles in 21 million family trees. When brought together under the MyHeritage umbrella, the company’s innovative Smart Matching technology will automatically match any of the new historical data to the relevant users' ancestors and relatives within the family trees.

“Our team of family history veterans couldn't be more excited about joining forces with MyHeritage”, said CEO Paul Brockbank. “This acquisition creates new horizons in exploring family history. People will receive the opportunity to search the most comprehensive historical content sources and make exciting new discoveries; share this information with their close family and save it into their family tree. Combined under the leadership of MyHeritage, the service will continue to flourish and add more value to millions of families”.

MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet adds: “The establishment of a US base for MyHeritage in Utah, the international center for genealogical research, is an important milestone in our growth and brings about an exciting opportunity for the company and the families we serve. MyHeritage provides the perfect service to collect the family’s treasured archive to share and keep for future generations in a setting that is friendly and secure – and now we're excited to top this off with vast amounts of content that will add more color and life to family trees. Through our powerful search engine and automatic Smart Matching technology we'll find your mother's yearbook, your great-grandfather's will and your ancestor's immigration record, leaving you with the time to marvel at, enjoy and share your family heritage. We'll do that on a massive, global scale, as we live in a world that is smaller and more tightly connected than ever before”.

This is the latest in a series of strategic purchases by MyHeritage since 2007 which have included Pearl Street Software, makers of and the Family Tree Legends software; free family tree backup service; European family social network market leader OSN (Verwandt) GmbH; Dutch family network ZOOOF; British family network and Polish family network

The majority of the employees will join MyHeritage, based out of the company’s new US office in Provo, Utah: bringing the benefit of their collective expertise within the family history and North American genealogy market. The CEO of, Paul Brockbank, previously CEO of Logoworks and GM of Hewlett Packard Web Print Solutions, will play a key role in supporting the transition over the coming months and will later join the MyHeritage advisory board. founder Paul Allen, previously a co-founder of, and's "We're Related" Facebook application, will not be part of the merger with MyHeritage.

In the short-term, MyHeritage will continue to operate the two sites and, with the intention of achieving full integration within MyHeritage in 2012. With immediate effect and for an introductory period, loyal subscribers and users of MyHeritage will be entitled to discounts of up to 50% on and subscriptions, and vice versa.

About MyHeritage

MyHeritage 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. MyHeritage’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, MyHeritage is the ideal place to share family photos, and celebrate and preserve special family moments. The company is backed by Accel Partners and Index Ventures, the investors of Facebook and Skype. For more information visit

The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories Returns for 2011

Capture Your Memories of Christmas 24 Ways in 24 Days

November 1, 2011 – Chicago, IL. GeneaBloggers – the genealogy community’s resource for blogging – announces the return of the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories beginning December 1, 2011.

What started as a bi-annual event December 2007 as a way for genealogy bloggers to capture and document the memories of family holiday traditions has now grown into an annual event with its own blog. Visit the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories at and learn how you can participate in this unique online genealogy event.

Beginning December 1, 2011, each day will present a specific blogging prompt such as Christmas Cookies and bloggers will be asked to write about their memories related to the theme and their family history. A new prompt will appear each day through December 24, 2011.

Bloggers who have participated in the past can join in the fun again by either repeating their posts from previous years or creating new posts. Besides creating an on-line journal of Christmas memories, some bloggers have even gone on to create books of their previous Advent Calendar posts to share with family and friends.

Don’t forget to check out the list of blogging prompts and get started on capturing your childhood Christmas memories today!

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 17, 2011 --, the website that makes discovering your family history simple and affordable, has joined in partnership with the National Archives of the United States to provide the public with free digital access to the 1940 Federal Population Census beginning on April 2, 2012. In close collaboration with the National Archives, will build a website for researchers to browse, view, and download images from the 1940 Census, the most important collection of newly released U.S. genealogy records in a decade. is pleased to contribute to this momentous project, allowing researchers to digitally access the latest release of the U.S. Federal Population Census, the ultimate resource for family historians, at no cost. Census day occurred April 1, 1940 and due to the 72-year privacy restriction these records will be available to the public for the first time in 2012.

CEO Matthew Monahan said, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this historic moment and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the advancement of online genealogy research. Access to 1940 Census records will allow researchers to discover new family members and previously unknown connections to the past. We’re happy to have the opportunity to facilitate the discovery of these records, which document over 130 million U.S. residents, more than any previous U.S. Census.”

The 1940 Census will be available to the public April 2, 2012 at 9:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time) on a new website created in collaboration between and the National Archives. The collection will consist of 3.8 million images that the National Archives scanned from over four thousand rolls of microfilm. Public access to the images will not require payment or registration, and will be available to any person with internet access. The name and web address of the website will be announced at a later date.

Chief Digital Access Strategist for the National Archives Pamela Wright notes, “The importance of the 1940 Census cannot be underestimated. At the National Archives, we have been preparing for the launch of these records for years. We are working closely with Inflection to ensure researchers will be able to search the 1940 Census when it opens next year.” At launch, researchers will be able to search the 1940 Census by address, Enumeration District (ED), and geographic location. Researchers will be able to browse images by ED number directly, or use address or geographic information to locate the appropriate census schedule.

To learn more about and the National Archives bringing the 1940 Census online, please visit The National Archives also has published a number of helpful resources available to researchers on their website, which can help you to prepare to most effectively search the 1940 Census on April 2nd. As the project progresses, updates and additional information will be posted at Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #1940Census.

About is the website that makes family history simple and affordable. is owned and operated by Inflection a data commerce company headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley. It has proven its leadership in the family history industry through its commitment to building powerful, easy to use tools, and helping researchers discover new family connections with its growing database of over 1.5 billion records. parent company Inflection was chosen by the National Archives to host the 1940 Census. Learn more about the project at

About the National Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent Federal agency that preserves and shares with the public records that trace the story of our nation, government, and the American people. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The National Archives is a public trust upon which our democracy depends, ensuring access to essential evidence that protects the rights of American citizens, documents the actions of the government, and reveals the evolving national experience. Visit

FamilySearch Announces New CEO

15 November 2011

SALT LAKE CITY— FamilySearch International announced today a change in its chief executive officer. Effective January 2, 2012, Dennis C. Brimhall will succeed Jay L. Verkler as CEO of FamilySearch. Mr. Verkler will continue in a consulting capacity for a few months to ensure a smooth transition.

It is the business culture and practice of FamilySearch, as an organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to regularly rotate its senior leaders. This pattern assures the forward momentum of its core programs.

Over the past decade under Mr. Verkler’s leadership, FamilySearch has shifted its vast stores of genealogical records and resources to a digital, worldwide, internet-based focus. FamilySearch has developed partnerships with many genealogy and technology industry organizations, helping form a broad and deep industry community including companies, societies, and archives.

FamilySearch has helped make the world’s historic records easier to access online, publishing over 2.4 billion names in historic records at, including 870 collections from over 50 countries indexed by over 250,000 volunteers. During this period, FamilySearch has also created an unprecedented, free global service organization that engages over 70,000 volunteers who provide needed local and online support to research patrons and the genealogical community. FamilySearch has pioneered genealogical search, record linkage, imaging, crowd-sourcing, and digital preservation technologies.

“It has been a career highlight for me to work in such a significant and meaningful effort,” said Jay L. Verkler regarding his time at FamilySearch’s helm. “I have had the privilege to work with countless great individuals, organizations, and companies, all striving to provide the best of user experiences.”

Mr. Brimhall comes to FamilySearch with a deep background in management. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He recently served for 17 years as president and CEO of the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver from 1988 until 2005. Since then Mr. Brimhall has held positions of increasing responsibility in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“I am very excited to help lead the work of FamilySearch, to continue the great things that have been done and move forward in new directions as appropriate,” said Brimhall. “FamilySearch provides services to millions of people worldwide. We really need to understand our customers’ needs and satisfy them. Our focus will be to ensure that FamilySearch’s customer experiences are really first rate.”

FamilySearch looks forward to further strengthening its commitment to the global genealogical community, to publishing and digitizing the world’s records, and encouraging all people to discover, preserve, and share their family histories.

About FamilySearch

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 and its predecessor organizations have 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.

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Elects Two New Fellows

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society announces the election of two leading New York genealogists as Fellows of the Genealogical and Biographical Society (FGBS). 
The designation of Fellow of the Genealogical and Biographical Society, the oldest such designation in the genealogical field in the nation, is reserved for people who have contributed to New York genealogical research, writing, speaking, and advocacy at the highest level of proficiency. There are currently fourteen Fellows.
Suzanne McVetty, who became a Certified Genealogist in 1987, has been researching and writing family histories for over twenty-five years. She specializes in New York City and Long Island subjects. She also has experience searching for missing heirs in partnership with trusts and estates attorneys. She has written articles for leading genealogical publications, has written research guides for the New York Researcher and the Society’s website, and has spoken at many regional and national genealogical conferences. Her topics include Using Land Records in Genealogical Research, Using Probate Records in Genealogical Research; Bright Lights- Urban Research; and Vital Records: Building Blocks of Genealogical Research.

She has served as president of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, treasurer of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a volunteer at the National Archives Northeast Region, and for over twenty years was chairperson of the Nassau Genealogy Workshop. For 16 years she has served on the Education Committee of the NYG&B and regularly serves as an expert consultant at Society programs, including the biennial “Research in Albany” program.

Meldon J. Wolfgang III is a native of Albany, NY, and the founder-owner of Jonathan Sheppard Books. Mr. Wolfgang has been a genealogist since the 1960s and has a national reputation as a scholar and speaker on a wide range of genealogical topics.  He has published articles on family history in national publications, and since 2005 he has written the genealogy column for New York Archives, the quarterly publication of the New York State Archives Partnership Trust.  His wide-range of speaking topics includes Uncommon Research Tools; Deconstructing City Directories; Using Archival Collections in the 21st Century; Beyond the Basics for Using Newspapers in Genealogical Research; Prosopography, Cluster Studies, and Record Linkage Techniques; Tracing German Ancestors in Europe; Germans and German-Americans in 19th Century America; and Using Maps in Genealogical Research.  
He served as Commissioner of Human Resources for the city of Albany, a member of the Albany Historic Sites Commission and a Trustee of the Albany County Historical Society. He also served as a trustee of the Albany Public Library, was president of the Upper Hudson Library System and was one of the original appointed trustees of the joint Albany City-County Archives.

Mr. Wolfgang received his undergraduate degree from McGill University in Montreal and completed further graduate study at Columbia University. He serves on the Education Committee of the NYG&B and on the Advisory Board of the New York Family History School.  

About the NYG&B
The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has been the authoritative source for research on New York families and families with New York connections since 1869.  By offering educational programs, scholarly and informational publications, and online resources, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society helps people of all backgrounds build connections with their families and their communities, ­ especially those linked to New York City, State, and region ­ and to appreciate their families’ experience in the broader context of American history.  The NYG&B maintains an eLibrary of digital material, including the entire run of its quarterly scholarly journal The NYG&B Record, for its members at

1000memories hosts free event to scan family photos and videos for Thanksgiving

Memory-Sharing Platform Helps Missouri Families Digitize Photo And Video Collections For The Holidays

On November 19,, maker of the popular Shoebox iPhone app, will be hosting "How to Go Home" att the Midwest Genealogy Center.

The free event will include unlimited scanning of photos and videos, a "show & tell" of great old photographs, and a short class on uncovering family stories hidden in your shoebox. It is open to the public and will run from 1-4PM at the Midwest Genealogy Center at 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road in Independence, MO.

Launching the week before Thanksgiving, How to Go Home will show participants how they can make family photo sharing a big part of their holiday. “It’s a time when families are together with the the people who remember the stories and people behind the photographs” says Mike Katchen, director of business development at 1000memories. “That’s why it’s so important to take advantage of holidays to share these stories and save them for future generations”.

With the recent launch of the Shoebox app for iPhone, it will be easier than ever for families to digitize their photos and stories over the holidays. 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, where it can be organized, shared and discovered by friends and family.

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

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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

About Shoebox

Shoebox is the fastest way to scan old paper photos and share them with family and friends. It is the first mobile scanner of its kind—designed specifically to scan and record artifacts from the past. All photographs scanned using Shoebox are uploaded to where, in partnership with the Internet Archive, they will be preserved for free, forever. Visit for more details.

6 Million New Records from Austria to New Zealand

2 Million Records Added to U.S. Collections

11 November 2011

A broad range of records were added to FamilySearch this week from 20 countries, notably Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, England, Dominican Republic, Germany, Italy, Philippines, and the U.S. The U.S. additions include a variety of records from California, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin (See the full listing of new updates below). Begin your search 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.

Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records, 1829–196109,723Added browsable images to existing collection.
Austria, Carinthia, Military Personnel Records, 1846–18970238,473New browsable image collection.
Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537–1888029,522Added browsable images to existing collection.
Canada, Saskatchewan Provincial Records, 1879–1987057,903Added browsable images to existing collection.
Chile, Santiago, Cementerio General, 1821–2006065,853New browsable image collection.
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600–200809,710Added browsable images to existing collection.
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590–19550165,106New browsable image collection.
El Salvador, Catholic Church Records, 1655–19770589,990New browsable image collection.
England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538–2010011,979Added browsable images to existing collection.
England, Lancashire, Oldham Cemetery Registers, 1797–2004045,387New browsable image collection.
England, Warwickshire Parish Registers, 1538–1900399,2990Added new records to existing collection.
Germany, Württemberg, Schwäbisch Hall, Probate Records, 1833–1905021,584New browsable image collection.
Honduras, Catholic Church Records, 1633–1978037,672Added browsable images to existing collection.
Hungary Catholic Church Records, 1636–1895261,1880Added new records to existing collection.
Isle of Man, Parish Registers, 1598–1950410,46042,054New index collection.
Italy, Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809–19366,1340Added new records to existing collection.
Italy, Potenza, Lagonegro, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866–19100154,261Added browsable images to existing collection.
New Zealand, Probate Records, 1878–1960089,600Added browsable images to existing collection.
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754–19810303,041New browsable image collection.
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1687–1992076,341Added browsable images to existing collection.
Philippines, Civil Registration (National), 1945–19800265,673Added browsable images to existing collection.
Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592–19100594,660Added browsable images to existing collection.
Spain, Consular Records of Emigrants, 1808–1960020,978Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S. Social Security Death Index113,4480Added new records to existing collection. Records now current as of 31 Oct 2011.
U.S., California, San Mateo County Records, 1856–19670114,986Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., California, State Census, 1852188,5780New index collection.
U.S., Illinois, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections, 1879–2007064,268New browsable image collection.
 U.S., Indiana, Marriages, 1811–195987,7110Added new records to existing collection.
U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663–19177,112130,600Added new records to existing collection.
U.S., Ohio, Stark County Coroner's Records, 1890–2002039,054Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Oregon, Columbia County Records, 1854–1958029,284Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Texas Birth Certificates, 1903–1934422,956423,803Added new records to existing collection.
U.S., Texas Deaths, 1977–1986059,536Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio Cemetery Records, 1893–2007038,892New browsable image collection.
U.S., Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records, 1923–1946052,548Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Washington State County Naturalization Records, 1850–19820169,740Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848–19350179,977Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866–1938165,4320Added new records to existing collection.
Venezuela, Civil Registration013,194Added browsable images to existing collection.

National Genealogical Society November Video Releases

ARLINGTON, VA, 11 NOVEMBER 2011: The National Genealogical Society has released two new videos for the month of November featuring Janet A. Alpert and Dr. Thomas W. Jones. 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 Becoming a Genealogist: My Father’s Journey, with Janet A. Alpert, CG. Jan Alpert pays tribute to her father who brought her to genealogy through his search for his mother’s family. It is a story of a daughter’s love for her father and of her father’s devotion to the memory of his mother who died when he was three.

Jan is the immediate past president of NGS and served as chair of the annual NGS Family History Conference in Charleston, May 2011. She retired in 2004 from a thirty-five-year career in the title insurance industry.

The video is available for viewing on the videos page of the National Genealogical Society website at and on the NGSGenealogy channel on YouTube at

Available to NGS Members on the NGS Website:

November’s video offering for National Genealogical Society members is Stories from My Research with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS. NGS is proud to present Dr. Jones, NGSQ co-editor, sharing stories of his personal ancestral research. Dr. Jones discusses how his research and his understanding of his ancestors’ lives have affected him, how he relates to the people in the stories, what he has learned from them, and of whom he is most proud. Dr. Jones is one of the leading scholars in the field of genealogy. His family story conveys his brilliance as an expert researcher along with his warm empathy as a descendant.

Log in at, 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, Pamela Sayre, 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.

Geni World Family Tree Grows To 60 Million People

Collaboration by Millions of Genealogists Grows Largest, Most Comprehensive Family Tree

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – November 11, 2011 – Geni, the collaborative family history community home to the largest, most comprehensive “World Family Tree,” today announced that more than 60 million people have been added to its World Family Tree.

With more than 10 million people added in the past year, Geni is seeing steady growth in usage by free users, as well as members subscribing to its Plus and Pro premium services.

“One of the most common problems genealogists face in conducting family research is duplicate or erroneous information on an individual,” said Noah Tutak, Geni CEO. “Geni’s mission is to create one, and only one, profile for every person that has lived and connect them together across the entire world.”

Geni invites everyone interested in family history to help build the World Family Tree. Anyone can sign up and create a family tree for free and work with millions of other users to grow their tree, meet new relatives, and learn more about their family history. Users who connect to the World Family Tree can discover how they are related to celebrities, historical figures, and their friends.

About Geni, Inc.

Geni is an online community of casual and expert genealogists working together to create a single World Family Tree. Members can invite relatives to help them build their family tree with by adding profile information, documents, photos and videos. They can then discover how they are related to celebrities, historical figures and other members of the World Family Tree. Privately held and based in Los Angeles, Geni’s financial backers include Founders Fund and Charles River Ventures. It was founded by David Sacks, the original chief operating officer of PayPal and founder of Yammer, Inc.

Association of Professional Genealogists Announces Election Results for Executive Committee, Regional Directors and Nominating Committee

Kenyatta D. Berry Elected APG President

WESTMINSTER, Colo., November 9, 2011−The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today announced election results for its 2012–2014 executive committee, as well as for nine regional directors and two new nominating committee members. Kenyatta D. Berry of Santa Monica, Calif. was elected president. Berry, a genealogist, entrepreneur and lawyer with more than 15 years of experience in genealogy research and writing, served as APG vice president during the last term. She will succeed Laura G. Prescott of Brookline, New Hampshire.

“I am honored to be elected and excited at the depth and breadth of experience represented by our incoming officers, board and committee members,” said Berry. “APG made great strides during the last administration, growing to more than 2,400 members, adding new Chapters and expanding internationally. I look forward to continuing the important work of this organization.”

Kimberly D. Powell of Pennsylvania was elected APG vice president. Powell has been writing and blogging on genealogy for since 2000. She is the author of several genealogy books and currently serves as a member on the APG board.

Janice S. Prater of Denver, Colo. will serve as secretary. Prater is the editor of the International Society of British Genealogy and Family History’s quarterly publication and is treasurer for the Colorado Chapter of APG. APG treasurer will be Joan Peake of West Virginia, a certified public accountant and the president of the Fayette Ohio Genealogical Society.

APG members elected the following regional directors:

West region: Jean Wilcox Hibben, CG, is president of the Southern California Chapter of APG and the Corona (Calif.) Genealogical Society, secretary of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Joan A. Hunter, MLS, CG, serves as Librarian General for the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, and is a past president of the Oregon Chapter of APG.

Midwest region: Billie Stone Fogarty, M.Ed., fulltime genealogist and lecturer and president of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. J.H. Fonkert, CG, is a fulltime genealogist, lecturer and writer and a founder of the Northland APG Chapter.

Southeast region: Alvie L. Davidson, CG, is a Florida-based private investigator and circuit court qualified expert, specializing in missing persons and genealogical applications of investigations. Michael Hait, CG, is a professional genealogy researcher, writer and lecturer who currently serves as vice president of the National Capital Area Chapter of APG.

Northeast region: Debra Braverman is a professional genealogist in New York City, specializing in due diligence for trust and estates matters, and 19th–21st century New York research. Michael Leclerc of Massachusetts is a genealogist who most recently served as director of special projects at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

International regions: Michael Goldstein of Israel, traces roots worldwide, specializing in family reunification, heir searches and Holocaust research.

Elected to one-year terms on the nominations committee are: Jana Sloan Broglin, CG, a director for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and Debby Horton, professional genealogist and web designer.

About APG

The Association of Professional Genealogists (, established in 1979, represents more than 2,400 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter ( and FaceBook (

The Big Genealogy Blog Book available now

(November 8, 2011--Houston, Texas)

The Big Genealogy Blog Book is now available for the blogging community. Amy Coffin compiled her best family history topics all in one place. You’ll never suffer from genealogy blog writer’s block again!

The Big Genealogy Blog Book features 201 topics, as well as tips, tricks and tools to enhance your genealogy blog. The book’s 11 chapters are filled with ideas for all levels of genealogy expertise, including personal, society and professional genealogy blogs.

The genealogy landscape is growing at a rapid pace, and technology is making it easier for genealogists to connect with potential cousins throughout the world. Blogging is a fast an easy way for family historians to share their own ancestry and reach others with the same interest. This book fosters that discussion throughout the genealogy community.

The Big Genealogy Blog Book (PDF and EPUB)

About Amy: Amy Coffin ( is the author of the We Tree Genealogy Blog, which was named one of Family Tree Magazine’s Top 40 Genealogy Blogs in 2010 and 2011. When she’s not blogging, she’s a professional genealogist in Houston, Texas.

Call for Papers - 12th New England Regional Genealogical Conference

12th New England Regional Genealogical Conference
17-21 April 2013
Radisson Hotel Conference Center,
Manchester, NH

NERGC 2013 presentation proposals are now being welcomed before 1 March 2012.

In keeping with our Conference theme, “Woven in History: The Fabric of New England,” successful lecture, workshop, and poster session proposals will address:

  • New research methodologies and strategies, including technology and techniques;
  • Our ethnic fabric – all ethnicities welcomed;
  • Finding that thread of truth – proving or disproving family lore;
  • Immigration and emigration patterns;
  • New uses of sources (such as religious, civil, cemetery, military, and newspapers);
  • They came to work: work ethics, culture, language, patronymic legacy;
  • Finds in New England’s repositories (archives, libraries, historical societies);
  • Successful research trip planning;
  • Librarian and Teacher Day topics: (Wednesday only) educational and resource-
  • centered presentations suitable for educators and librarians
  • Technology Day topics: (Wednesday only) modern technology, internet, social media,
  • high tech solutions;
  • Family history writing and publishing – turning your fabric into a tapestry.

Preference will be given to topics related to our theme. NERGC encourages proposals for 2-3 hour interactive workshops, especially on advanced research topics. Lecture sessions are one hour, including questions and answers. Poster sessions will be up Thursday through Saturday with one twenty-minute scheduled presentation each day. Lecturers must provide camera-ready syllabus material by 1 December 2012. Workshop and poster session presenters must provide interactive materials for their attendees at the conference.

Presenters may submit any number of proposals. Each participating NERGC society must propose and support one presenter (who needn’t be a member of that society) for one presentation; sponsored presenter proposals must be sent to and approved by the program chair. Honoraria for sponsored presenters are determined by sponsoring societies. Non-sponsored presenters receive $225 per presentation plus a $25 bonus for submitting their syllabus materials on-time. All presenters receive a complimentary conference registration. NERGC does not cover travel, hotel, or per diem expenses.

Please include the following information with each one-page proposal. Submissions failing to contain the following information or to follow guidelines may not be considered:

  • Title of lecture, workshop, or poster session
  • Brief but comprehensive outline or abstract connecting to Conference theme
  • Short lecture summary (30 words or less) for Conference brochure
  • Audience level: beginner, intermediate, advanced
  • Audio/visual requirements
  • Speaker’s full name, address, email, and telephone number
  • Society or organization sponsorship (if applicable)
  • Brief speaker biography (50 words or less) for Conference brochure
  • Resumé of previous lecture experience

Mail or email submissions to the Program Chair on or before 1 March 2012:

Allison L. Ryall – NERGC 2013
32 Arundel Road
Raymond, ME 04071 (Please put NERGC 2013 in the subject line)

Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner presents the “Simple Gifts” Genealogy Blog Hop

Fort Collins, CO—Couragent, Inc. has announced Simple Gifts, a “blog hop” that will run from November 4 to November 25, 2011 featuring genealogy bloggers using the Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner. Internationally recognized genealogy presenter, media host and blogger Thomas MacEntee will engage seven well-known genealogy bloggers who will post projects that use the Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner.

“Blog hops are a great way for bloggers to meet new bloggers and spread the word about their latest news and projects,” said Walt Grady, Couragent genealogy account manager. “The goal of the Simple Gifts genealogy blog hop is to enrich lives.”

The key aspects of the Simple Gifts blog hop are:
  • Demonstrating the simplicity of using the Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner and sharing digitized images with family and friends,
  • Writing about giving family history-related gifts and items to family members and their reaction to these items,
  • Creating elaborate and detailed gifts using photos and documents scanned with the Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner, and
  • Celebrating Thanksgiving and the holidays as a time to be grateful and share family memories using the Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner.
According to Thomas MacEntee “A blog hop is a perfect way to learn more about any topic including the Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner and its role in preserving family memories! Each of the participating bloggers has their own unique perspective as well as their own style. I look forward to each of them documenting their Simple Gifts experience and I’ll be covering their posts at GeneaBloggers (”

“Anyone can submit creative ideas for using a Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner for a "Simple Gift" project” said Grady. “Get your creative juices flowing and submit your ideas to People who send in their ideas will receive a coupon code good for 10% off a Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner or Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner Creative Suite—with Craft Edition DVD.”

Participating Bloggers

Sheri Fenley
The Educated Genealogist

Drusilla Pair
Find Your Folks

Marian Pierre-Louis
Marian’s Roots & Rambles

Caroline Pointer
For Your Family Story

Heather Wilkinson Rojo
Nutfield Genealogy

Nancy Shively
Gathering Stories

Julie Cahill Tarr

Blogger Showcases Canada’s Veterans' Week (November 5-11)

(Ottawa, Canada - November 3, 2011) In accepting the remembrance challenge of this year’s Veterans’ Week, “Make remembrance more than something you feel. Make it something you do”, Canadian blogger, Elizabeth Lapointe, will have a whole week of Canadian military-related posts on her blog (

Lapointe says, “Coming from a military family, and married into one, Veterans’ Week means something special to me. It is in this spirit that I will post on related Canadian military websites and blogs, culminating with a special Remembrance Day post on November 11th.”

Some examples of the posts planned during Veterans’ Week include a post on Veterans’ Week itself, listing the different events planned across Canada; a post covering the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the National Military Cemetery at Ottawa’s Beechwood Cemetery in December; and on November 11th (Remembrance Day), there will be a post on The Portraits of Honour National Tour, which has been going across Canada since May, and which will stop in Ottawa on November 11th and 12th.

Also included will be a special “Canadian Military” websites and blogs list that will be posted on Monday, November 7th as a special edition of the “New/Improved Canadian Websites and Blogs” series, which is published every Monday.

“I have gone through the military websites and blogs, and have picked the ones which have special meaning and remembrance for this week. Join me as I take the journey to the best websites and blogs honouring Veterans’ Week - November 5th to the11th," says Lapointe.

Go to (

About GenealogyCanada

The blog ( has been covering Canadian genealogy, heritage, and history since the first of over 500 posts was published in January, 2008.

At the ( website, there are over 30 monthly newsletters covering news on Canadian genealogy, heritage, and history, including the famous “Website of the Month”.