Friday, December 30, 2011

Upcoming January/February 2012 NEHGS Programs

NEHGS is ringing in the new year with some fantastic education programs for the months of January and February!

January 2012 New Visitor and Welcome Tour
When: January 4, 2012 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Where: NEHGS
99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Description: Starting your family genealogy can seem a little daunting at first. There is so much information found in a variety of locations. Let NEHGS help you make sense of it all by attending this FREE lecture for both members and non-members. This talk introduces you to the NEHGS research library, located at 99-101 Newbury Street in Boston.

Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country’s oldest and largest non-profit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, records, and other items, NEHGS can provide researchers of every level some of the most important sources of information.

You will also have an opportunity to describe your research interests to one of our expert genealogists on staff, who can offer some advice on how to proceed. The program starts with a thirty-minute introductory lecture and will be followed by a tour of the library and its vast holdings. Make plans to start your genealogy with this great tour.

Using AmericanAncestors.org - January
When: January 11, 2012 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Where: NEHGS
99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Description: The NEHGS website, AmericanAncestors.org, is full of great features, tools, resources, and content that highlights NEHGS’ national expertise in genealogy and family history. We now have more than 200 million searchable names covering New England, New York, and other areas of family research dating back to 1620. We invite you to attend this free lecture to learn more about this incredible online resource.

February 2012 New Visitor Welcome Tour
When: February 4, 2012 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Where: NEHGS
99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Description: Starting your family genealogy can seem a little daunting. There is so much information to be found in a variety of locations. Let NEHGS help you make sense of it all by attending this FREE lecture for members and non-members. This orientation and tour introduces you to the NEHGS research facility, located at 99-101 Newbury Street in Boston.

Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country’s oldest and largest non-profit genealogy library and archive. With more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs, records, and expert staff to help you navigate it all, NEHGS provides the access you need to research your family history.

You will also have an opportunity to describe your research interests to one of our expert genealogists on staff, who can offer advice on how to proceed. The program starts with a thirty-minute introductory lecture and will be followed by a tour of the library and its vast holdings.

Black Families in Hampden County - Lecture and Book Signing
When: February 8, 2012 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Where: NEHGS
99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Description: Join us for an evening with former Executive Director of the Springfield Museums and author Joseph Carvalho III, as he shares his revised edition of Black Families in Hampden County, Massachusetts 1650-1865, recently published by NEHGS. The book presents genealogical, bio­graphical, and historical information about Afri­can American individuals and families who lived in the area now known as Hampden County in western Massachusetts. For this event Carvalho will discuss the genesis of the book project and the development of the African American community in western Massachusetts from its earliest colonial origins to the end of the Civil War. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.

Getting Started in Genealogy
When: Wednesdays, February 15, 22, 29 6 –8 p.m.
Where: NEHGS
99-101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Description: How does one go about getting started in genealogy? There are plenty of websites, libraries, and printed sources available, but access to all that information can leave a beginner feeling overwhelmed. Let an NEHGS expert help navigate the first steps in tracing family history. Senior Researcher Rhonda R. McClure will share her knowledge and helpful strategies for beginning a family history journey in this three-part course. Pass this information on to that friend or family member who has been looking for the right place to start their own research! Tuition: $30. Registration required; register online or by phone at 617-226-1226. More information is available on AmericanAncestors.org.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces Webinar Series

For Immediate Release
December 29, 2011

ILLINOIS STATE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY ANNOUNCES WEBINAR SERIES

Expands Educational Offerings for ISGS Members and Genealogy Community

December 29, 2011 – Springfield, IL. With the recent increasing focus on education in the genealogy community, the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces a new webinar series starting in 2012. ISGS webinars will cover both Illinois and Midwest genealogy topics as well as general topics including research strategies, technology and more.

10 Ways To Jump Start Your Genealogy In 2012

The first offering in the ISGS webinar series is entitled 10 Ways To Jump Start Your Genealogy In 2012 presented by nationally-known genealogist, educator and author Thomas MacEntee on Tuesday evening, January 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm Central time.

Whether stuck in a rut with genealogy research for the past year or just wanting to expand the ways in which family history can be pursued, the genealogy community is encouraged to join ISGS for this fun and informative FREE webinar. Those attending will learn how to energize their genealogy research and will be ready to hit the ground running in 2012.

This webinar is FREE to the public and those wanting to attend are encouraged to register at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/889377446 since space is limited.

More ISGS Educational Offerings

ISGS will be offering webinars to its members and the genealogy community on a regular basis, the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month. Future topics will focus on Illinois and Midwest genealogy research strategies and resources as well as more general subjects such as vital records, technology and more.

In addition, ISGS members will have on-demand access to webinar recordings as well as access to syllabus materials via the Members Section of the ISGS website. To learn more, visit the ISGS website at http://www.ilgensoc.org.

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.
Follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ILgensoc), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/ILgensoc) and on our blog at http://ilgensoc.blogspot.com.

National Genealogical Society December Video Release

For Release: 28 December 2011

National Genealogical Society December Video Release

Arlington, VA, 28 December 2011: The National Genealogical Society has released a new video for the month of December about the National Genealogical Society Quarterly featuring Dr. Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS.

This December issue of NGS online videos is the final segment from our first series of interviews based on the Paths to Your Past production. The series and the year 2011 fittingly end with one of the editors of the NGSQ speaking about the journal from his personal experience of having first read the journal, the learning opportunities its pages offer, and becoming the editor.

2012 will be the 100th anniversary year of the NGSQ, and a new video series will begin in tribute. Titled Voices of Genealogy, this series will be an archive of oral history of some of the most revered members of our community, preserving their presence for this and future generations of genealogists.

To see Tom Jones speaking about the NGSQ, visit any one of the following:


The video, produced by Kate Geis and Allen Moore, is available to the public and all NGS members.

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.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fairfax Genealogical Society Accepting 2012-2013 Speaker Proposals

The Fairfax Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting speaker proposals for its 2012-2013 calendar. Proposals are being sought for monthly general meetings September 2012 through May 2013, monthly education sessions September 2012 through April 2013, a one-day Fair to be held October 27, 2012, and a two-day conference to be held March 22nd and 23rd 2013.

The Society is always looking for new and exciting topics that span the range of genealogy and family history research. Specific proposal requirements and a detailed description of the opportunities can be found on the Society’s website www.fxgs.org ; click on Call for Papers. The deadline for submitting a proposal for any of these events is March 1, 2012.

The Fairfax Genealogical Society was founded as a not-for-profit in 1974 to provide educational opportunities to the genealogical community; to promote cooperation and support among genealogists; to encourage sound genealogical methods, standards of accuracy, and scholarly research; and to aid those doing research in the national capital area. The Society has over 450 members, who meet for lectures, educational programs, workshops, and field trips. The Society also hosts two annual events. Additional information on the Society and on the Fall Fair can be found on the Society’s web site.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Call for Papers - Massachusetts Genealogical Council Annual Seminar

CALL FOR PAPERS
Massachusetts Genealogical Council
Annual Seminar
Ethnicity and Genealogy
21 July 2012
Brandeis University
Waltham, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Genealogical Council announces a call for lecture proposals for the Annual Seminar to be held at Brandeis University in Waltham Massachusetts.

MGC was founded in 1980 and has been dedicated to serving the state’s genealogical and historical community ever since. The Council’s stated purposes are: to act as advocates in monitoring legislation and administrative activities of government agencies that affect genealogists; to sponsor and present legislation and programs designed to expand the resources and accessibility to services; to develop and promote the growth, education and exchange of ideas among persons and organizations interested in the pursuit of genealogy; and to provide other activities to advance genealogy. The MGC Annual Seminar draws attendees of all experience levels.

The theme for this seminar will be “Ethnicity and Genealogy”. This will involve the migration and genealogical history of different ethnic groups in the United States. We encourage the submission of beginner to advanced level presentations.

Presentations are 60 minutes in length, including a 10-minute question-and-answer period.

Submissions to Include:
  • Title of Presentation
  • Brief (max 50 word) Topic Summary for the Program
  • Detailed (max 100 word) Topic Summary for website, press releases, and other marketing purposes
  • Audience Level (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • Speaker Biography (30-50 words) for our newsletter and promotional purposes
  • Speaker’s full name, address, email, FAX and telephone numbers.
Expectations of Speakers
  • All conference materials, including signed contract, program brochure and website content, and syllabus inserts, must be submitted on or before stated deadlines.
  • Failure to meet conference deadlines is grounds for cancellation of the speaker contract.
  • Sessions will begin and end promptly as scheduled.
  • Lecture visuals will be in digital format and prepared on presentation software (e.g. PowerPoint).
  • Syllabus material is required for every lecture presentation. Content should summarize the content of the class and/or supplement the lecture material (e.g. bibliography). Syllabus material should be between 2 and 4 pages per lecture.
  • Acceptable formats are PDF (saved in high resolution), Word, PowerPoint and Publisher.
  • Speaker will provide website links, announcements, photos and other assistance in promoting MGC.
  • Should the speaker not be able to participate, the speaker will notify MGC at the earliest possible opportunity so that a replacement can be found.
All MGC speakers will receive:
  • Complimentary registration, with conference syllabus
  • $150 per lecture honorarium for individual presentations
  • Bonus for presenters who bring their own audio visual equipment
  • Free lunch
Distribution of Presentation Materials and Copyright Considerations
  • Speakers retain copyright to all content and syllabus material.
  • MGC will provide syllabus materials in printed form.
Submission of Proposals

Speakers interested in presenting lecture presentations at MGC should submit proposals via email to Program Co-Director Philip Hermann at program@massgencouncil.org with a copy to MGC President Polly Kimmitt at president@massgencouncil.org.

Key Dates

31 January 2012 - Call for Papers deadline for submission
15 February 2012- Selection and notification of selected speakers
15 May 2012 - Deadline for syllabus materials (2-4 pages per lecture)

Questions or inquiries may be emailed to Program Co-Chair Philip Hermann at program@massgencouncil.org or telephone 781.662.7249.

Legacy Family Tree Announces "Genealogy Idol" Competition

Attend the first-ever Genealogy Idol competition - from home or in person

The first-ever Genealogy Idol competition will take place during the RootsTech conference on Thursday, February 2, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Anyone can participate regardless of where they live or whether they attend the conference.

Four contestants (2 live at the conference and 2 online) will compete (apply below to be a contestant). In the three rounds of competition, contestants will demonstrate their gen-tech expertise and try to woo you with their favorite gen-tech secrets. Everyone will learn - but only one will leave with the title of "RootsTech Genealogy Idol 2012." Legacy Family Tree's Geoff Rasmussen will host the competition which will be broadcast to a live webinar audience who will cast their votes to determine the winner.

First prize will receive a free Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner and the title of RootsTech Genealogy Idol 2012.

Apply to be one of the four contestants

If you would like to be one of the four contestants, fill out the application form and email to Geoff Rasmussen no later than January 2, 2012. Four finalists (2 live at the conference and 2 online) will be chosen and notified by January 10, 2012.

Click here for the application form and rules.

Register (free) to attend the broadcast (webinar) and to cast your votes for the winner

Whether you live in Australia, Canada, Germany, or America (or anywhere else in the world) you can watch the competition live. Your votes, which will also be cast live, will determine the winner. To participate, you need to register (free). Click here to register. All you need is a computer with higher-speed Internet and speakers. You will receive a reminder email both 1 day and 1 hour prior to the live event with the link to join.

How it will work (if all goes well)
  • Round 1: Technology Tips. Each contestant will demonstrate their favorite technology tip. The two contestants at the RootsTech conference will do this in the classroom - the live audience and the online audience will see it all. Then the online contestants will demonstrate their favorite tips - from their computers - and everyone will see it. After all contestants have concluded, the live webinar audience will vote for their favorite. The top three will move on to round 2.
  • Round 2: Genealogy Serendipity. Each contestant will share their favorite genealogy serendipity story. After all contestants have concluded, the live webinar audience will again vote for their favorite. The top two will move on to the final round.
  • Round 3: Genealogy/Technology Website/Blog. Each contestant will demonstrate their favorite genealogy/technology website/blog. The live webinar audience will vote for the winner, and will crown the inaugural RootsTech Genealogy Idol 2012 winner.
This is going to really stretch the limits of our technology, but doesn't it sound fun?! And who knows, you might just learn a tip or two. Hope to see you there in person or online!

MyHeritage releases new feature-packed Family Tree Builder 6.0

Updated version of world’s most popular free family history software adds new blend of historical content and technological innovation to highlight the depth and diversity in every family’s heritage


PROVO, Utah & LONDON & TEL AVIV, Israel – December 21, 2011: MyHeritage.com, the largest family network on the web, today announced the release of Family Tree Builder 6.0, the most comprehensive free software for family history fans around the world. With the addition of automatic research in historical records and new features for presenting family memories, Family Tree Builder 6.0 makes researching family history more engaging and rewarding than ever.

Millions of family history enthusiasts and genealogists worldwide use MyHeritage’s Family Tree Builder software to explore, document and showcase their roots. The newly improved Family Tree Builder 6.0 will enable them to access historical content for the first time, view their family history in several innovative and stylish new ways and help celebrate family events - past and present.

“Combining cutting edge technology with ease-of-use, Family Tree Builder is the ideal companion for taking an exciting journey to the past, sharing memories in the present and documenting them for future generations”, said MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet. “Packed with exciting new features, Family Tree Builder adds color and depth to family history research for professionals and beginners alike. We’re proud to have developed the industry’s most comprehensive and feature-rich software, and, true to our mission of bringing family history to the masses, we’ll continue to keep it free for all to use.”

Automatic search for historical content

Following the recent acquisition of World Vital Records by MyHeritage, Family Tree Builder 6.0 adds historical content to its suite of features for the first time. The software automatically searches for relevant historical records amongst billions of birth, marriage, death and census records, plus newspapers and yearbooks - whenever information in the family tree is added or edited. Relevant historical records for any person in the tree can then be viewed in just one click.

New ways to view and present your family history

Family Tree Builder users can synchronize their data with a private online family site on MyHeritage.com, an ideal platform for sharing their heritage and staying in touch with their family. This also enables family members to view their family tree and share photos on-the-go using MyHeritage's recently released free mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Android. Improved integration with family sites seamlessly merges some of the most popular web-based features on MyHeritage with the software, such as:
  • Family Statistics: MyHeritage analyzes the family tree and produces 45 beautiful, enlightening statistics like average lifespan and most commonly used first names. Many unique stats not available anywhere else are displayed. For example, the geographical distribution of countries of birth and residence, the top families where the gap between the age of husband and wife is highest, the average age difference between youngest and oldest child in all families, and much more.
  • Profile pages: Profile Pages present the depth and diversity of family history person by person. Profiles beautifully display information about individuals in the tree and include photos, close family relatives, events, citations and much more.
  • Family Timeline: Family events and photos are arranged in an attractive, fun-to-use timeline. Zoom in from a century to a single day and compare any family member’s timeline with relevant historical events.
  • Family Timebook: The Timebook is a beautiful digital book of family photos and biographies of close relatives. Timebooks are generated using clever algorithms that resemble the way people create scrapbooks with tender loving care, but do so automatically.
  • Family Memory Game: This unique online game automatically generates personalized picture cards of close relatives and ancestors - based on a user’s family tree. It can be played in competition mode or against the clock. The game is ideal for educating younger generations about their ancestors and introducing them to the fascinating hobby of genealogy.
Celebrate family events
  • Family Events: Important family events are listed and displayed on convenient monthly or yearly calendars – making it easy to remember special family occasions and send greetings.
The above new features complement the vast range of existing features in Family Tree Builder 6.0, which include Smart Matches™, stunning family tree charts, facial recognition technology, interactive maps, photo albums and slideshows, book reports, family tree consistency checker, to-do lists and much more.

The new Family Tree Builder 6.0 is available in 37 languages and can be downloaded for free from www.myheritage.com/family-tree-builder.

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 preserve special family moments. Available in 38 languages, MyHeritage has more than 60 million registered users and is home to more than 900 million profiles and 21 million family trees. The company is backed by Accel Partners and Index Ventures, the investors of Facebook and Skype. For more information visit www.myheritage.com.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

California State Genealogical Alliance Announces Blogs

For Immediate Release
20 December 2011

CALIFORNIA STATE GENEALOGICAL ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES NEW BLOGS

20 December 2011– Oakland, CA. The California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA), announces two new blogs for the genealogical public.

(1) The CSGA Blog (http://www.csga.com/Blog/) is a joint society effort to keep the California Genealogical community informed. Topics include:

  • Legislative issues affecting California genealogists
  • California Projects including our FamilySearch partnership, the California Online Research Aid, the California Wiki on FamilySearch, and the many individual society projects throughout the state.
  • California societies, websites, repositories, online materials and events.
  • Posting to the blog are seasoned bloggers, Sheri Fenley and Gena Philbert-Ortega, and newcomers Junel Davidsen, CGSM and Cath Madden Trindle, CGSM.

(2) Csgacopyright (http://csgacopyright.wordpress.com), the second blog, is a continuation in our effort to help the genealogical community understand copyright issues. The blog discusses copyright law, provides links and feeds to other copyright web sites and will highlight blog postings on other sites.

About The California State Genealogical Alliance

The California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA) was founded in 1982 and links genealogical societies and individuals throughout California who are interested in coordination and communication between societies as well as preservation of California’s rich genealogical history. To learn more, visit http://www.csga.com.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Archives.com Gift Memberships, Perfect for Last-Minute Holiday Shopping!

Just in time for the holidays, we're excited to announce the introduction of Archives.com gift memberships! Now you can purchase a gift membership to Archives.com and share the joy of family history with your loved ones.

To purchase an Archives.com gift membership today visit www.archives.com/shop. This makes a fantastic gift for a spouse, child, or parent - or anyone interested in exploring their family history. Best of all, no shipping or standing in line required!

Gift memberships are available for three, six, or twelve month periods and are non-renewing. When you buy a gift membership, you just enter the recipient's name, email address, and a brief message: e.g. "Season's Greetings! Can't wait to see your family tree when you're done!" You can choose the start-date to best fit your recipient's schedule--perhaps to coincide with a New Year's resolution to start doing family history research?

In case you want to hand your loved one a physical gift to unwrap, you will also receive a printable gift membership certificate to present the recipient. On the specified start date of the membership, we will email the recipient to provide a username and password for the new gift membership. We'll also email you (the gift giver) to confirm that the membership has been activated and that we've contacted the recipient.


The gift memberships will be located under our new "Shop" tab, where you can purchase other family history products, such as DNA tests, vital certificates, offline court records, premium reports, and memberships to OneGreatFamily and NewspaperARCHIVE.

We're excited to help you to share your passion for family history research with friends and family! Are you surprising a loved one with the gift of family history this holiday season? Share in the comments below--but don't give away the surprise!

Learn more about Archives.com gift memberships at www.archives.com/shop.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

ANNOUNCING 2012 Jamboree Extension Webinar Series

For Immediate Release December 18, 2011. (Burbank, CA)

The Southern California Genealogical Society announces the return of the popular Jamboree Extension Webinar Series, which provides web-based family history and genealogy educational sessions for genealogists around the world.

Speakers for the 2012 Series include many distinguished professional genealogists and family history lecturers.

Drew Smith, George G. Morgan, Daniel Horowitz, Thomas MacEntee, Jana Broglin CG, Barry Ewell

Michael Brophy, Kerry Bartels, Ugo Perego, Denise Spurlock, Josh Taylor, Schelly Dardashti, Michael John Neill

Linda Geiger, Jean Wilcox Hibben, Lisa Louise Cooke, Rick Crume, Janet Hovorka, Gena Ortega, Lisa Alzo

Sessions are held on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month. The first 2012 webinar on Saturday, January 7, 2012, will be led by Linda Geiger, CG, CGL. Linda's presentation is "Me and My Laptop: Getting the Most out of your Laptop while Researching Onsite." Linda will share tips for making onsite research more efficient and productive using DropBox (or similar cloud) in conjunction with spreadsheets, word processing programs, genealogy software, and more.


The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) launched its Jamboree Extension Series (JES) webinars in March 2011. SCGS was the first genealogical society to offer regularly scheduled webinar sessions. The series was developed to fulfill the Society's mission "to foster interest in family history and genealogy, preserve genealogical materials, and provide instruction in accepted and effective research techniques."

Webinars help extend awareness of SCGS and Jamboree around the world. In 2011, the webinar series reached genealogists from 48 US states and 7 Canadian provinces, as well as England, Wales, Ireland, France, United Kingdom, Algeria, Uganda, Australia, New Zealand and Israel.

The live webcast is offered free of charge and open to the public. "We offer these webinars as part of our educational mission," said SCGS president Heidi Ziegler, "but are always grateful for contributions to offset our costs." Donations can be made by PayPal, through the SCGS website or by check.

SCGS members are able to review archived sessions at any time by accessing the SCGS members-only section of this website.

To join a webinar, most participants attend via computer with audio speakers or a headset. Those with a fast Internet connection (either broadband or DSL) will have the most satisfactory experience. It is possible to phone in to listen to the presentation. Long-distance charges may apply.

Jamboree Extension Series presentations will be scheduled on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month. Saturday sessions will be held at 10am Pacific time / 1pm Eastern time; Wednesday sessions will be scheduled at 6pm Pacific time / 9pm Eastern time.

Full details and registration information for each session can be found on the SCGS website at www.scgsgenealogy.com.

Friday, December 16, 2011

2011 GeneaBlog Award Winners Announced

Tamura Jones' annual GeneaBlog Award for 2011 honors four genealogy bloggers. He writes "One fun thing about the Genealogy Blog Awards is that it does not have fixed categories. Every year I look for blogs to highlight, and then create a fitting category just for them. There is no fixed number of awards either. This year, the Genealogy Blog Awards highlights just four genealogy blogs, but these sure are four worthy ones."
Congrats to the winners.  

Three Genealogy Powerhouses Join Forces to Publish 1940 US Census

For Immediate Release


16 December 2011


SALT LAKE CITY—Three leading genealogy organizations, Archives.com, FamilySearch International, and findmypast.com, announced today they are joining forces to launch the 1940 US Census Community Project. The ambitious project aims to engage online volunteers to quickly publish a searchable, high quality name index to the 1940 US Census after it is released in April 2012 by the National Archives and Record Administration of the United States (NARA). The highly anticipated 1940 US Census is expected to be the most popular US record collection released to date. Its completion will allow anyone to search the record collection by name for free online. Learn more about this exciting initiative or how to volunteer at www.the1940census.com.

The 1940 US Census Community Project is also receiving additional support from leading societal organizations like the Federation of Genealogical Societies, National Genealogical Society, and Ohio Genealogical Society.

The population of the US in 1940 was approximately 130 million. NARA’s census images will not have a searchable index. The goal of the 1940 US Census Community Project is to create a high quality index online linked to the complete set of census images as soon as possible. The index will allow the public to easily search every person found in the census and view digital images of the original census pages. The collection will be available online for free to the general public at Archives.com, FamilySearch.org, and findmypast.com, the sponsors of the community project. This new collection will open access to family history research like never before for this period in the US.

“The 1940 Census is attractive to both new and experienced researchers because most people in the US can remember a relative that was living in 1940. It will do more to connect living memory with historical records and families than any other collection previously made available,” said David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch.

The collaborative project will also pool the collective resources, know-how, and marketing reach of Archives.com, FamilySearch, and findmypast.com to engage and coordinate the volunteer workforce needed to deliver the ambitious project. Additionally, Archives.com and findmypast.com will make substantial financial contributions to make the 1940 US Census online name index possible and work with nonprofit FamilySearch to bring additional new records collections online—making even more highly valued family history resources available to the entire genealogical community.

Archives.com launched in 2009 with a focus on making family history research simple and affordable. Archives.com was recently awarded the opportunity to host the 1940 census for the National Archives as part of a separate project. Its involvement with the collaborative 1940 US Census project reiterates its commitment to the genealogy community and leadership in the space.

“As a forward thinking company, we understand the critical importance the 1940 Census will have on US family history research. We are proud to be a primary sponsor of this community initiative, giving us another opportunity to take a leading role in the genealogy industry. We’d like to encourage and thank volunteers in advance for their essential contribution to this project,” said Matthew Monahan, CEO of Archives.com’s parent company, Inflection.

FamilySearch has developed an impressive global online community of volunteers over the past 5 years to help create free indexes to millions of the world’s historic records. The scope and size of the 1940 US Census Community Project will require tens of thousands of additional volunteers.

findmypast.com is one of a series of leading family history websites owned by the online publisher, brightsolid, which hosts over a billion records across its genealogy brands. The company, which has been at the cutting edge of online family history since 2002, has a wealth of genealogy experience, including the recently digitized historic newspaper archive for the British Library (britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk), which is set to digitize up to 40 million pages over the next 10 years.

“By supporting this ground-breaking initiative, we hope to capture the imagination of the public to bring millions of people together to create this remarkable document of, and tribute to, the Greatest Generation. At brightsolid we are committed to making family history accessible for all and believe access to these records will transform the family history market in the US,” said Chris van der Kuyl, CEO of findmypast.com’s parent company, brightsolid.



About Archives.com

Archives.com is a leading family history website that makes discovering family history simple and affordable. The company has assembled more than 1.5 billion U.S. and international historical records in a single location, including vital, census, newspaper, immigration, military, and more. Archives.com is free to try for seven days, allowing anyone to explore the benefits of membership without risk or obligation. Archives.com is owned and operated by Inflection, a fast-growing data commerce company, chosen by the National Archives to host the 1940 Census. Find more information at http://www.archives.com/1940census.

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

About brightsolid and findmypast.com

Since 1994, brightsolid group has been delivering online innovation and pioneering the expansion of the genealogy market with leading family history websites including the findmypast global network, ScotlandsPeople, GenesReunited, and britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk, together servicing over 18 million registered customers worldwide. The sites connect people via their innovative family tree software and deliver access to over a billion records dating as far back as 1200. Family historians can search for their ancestors among global collections, relating primarily to people with UK and Irish ancestry, of military records, census, migration, occupation directories, newspapers, as well as birth, marriage and death records.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

MyHeritage unveils innovative mobile family tree app

World’s largest family network introduces new mobile experience for connecting families to their past and sharing special moments in the present

PROVO, Utah & LONDON & TEL AVIV, Israel – December 15, 2011: MyHeritage, the most popular family network on the web, announced today the release of version 1.0 of its new mobile app that enables families to access their family tree and share special moments on-the-go. Available for free on iPhone, iPad and Android, the MyHeritage family tree app combines advanced touch-screen features and unique social aspects to help bring memories to life for the entire family.

Take your family tree with you

As the trusted home on the web for families wishing to explore their family history and keep in touch, so far more than 21 million family trees containing 900 million profiles have been created on MyHeritage. The new MyHeritage app enables family members to access their family tree on-the-go, offering the most advanced smart phone and tablet capabilities for an intuitive user experience. For example, the Pinch Zoom feature enables easy viewing of detailed information about ancestors and relatives, and touch-screen panning can be used to visit any area of interest on the tree. The app shows up to seven generations with photos in stunning graphics, and displays a rich profile for each individual as well. One year in the making, the app was built from the ground up using the most cutting edge HTML5 technologies.

A tool for family communication

The MyHeritage app transforms the family tree into a useful tool for family communication: users can call or email relatives in just one tap and upcoming birthdays and anniversaries are highlighted within the tree. The app also enables users to capture and share family photos instantly – ensuring special moments will never be missed regardless of how far apart family members live. Using sophisticated face recognition technology, the app automatically identifies family members taken in the photo and suggests sharing the photo with them in one easy tap.

Ideal for family get-togethers

With beautiful graphics and all the latest touch-screen features, the MyHeritage mobile app is ideal for people to impress their relatives with their family tree and photos at family gatherings. The MyHeritage app automatically syncs all data, including photos taken at family reunions, weddings and other family events, to users' family sites on MyHeritage - ensuring that all special memories can be shared and preserved for the future. Families can also enjoy the app's fun celebrity look-alike feature based on MyHeritage's face recognition abilities.

“We recognize the growing importance that families place on tablets and smart phones for entertainment and keeping in touch. Our new MyHeritage app shows our commitment to creating the best possible experience for families on mobile devices”, says MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet. “The app is a natural extension of our consumer offering and supports our mission of enabling families to connect to their past and to each other. Version 1.0 is just the tip of the iceberg – we look forward to adding significant new features in the near future.”

The MyHeritage mobile app is available for free on the App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/myheritage/id477971748?ls=1&mt=8) and the Android Market (https://market.android.com/details?id=air.com.myheritage.mobile). To get started, download the app and log in to your MyHeritage account. New users can sign up for free on MyHeritage.com, build their family tree and begin an exciting journey into their family history. Version 1.0 supports 14 languages and additional languages will be added in subsequent releases. Further development on a more advanced version, including the ability to edit the tree and sign up to MyHeritage from within the app, has already begun.

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 preserve special family moments. The site is available in 38 languages. So far more than 60 million people have signed up to MyHeritage. The company is backed by Accel Partners and Index Ventures, the investors of Facebook and Skype. For more information visit www.myheritage.com.

Ancestry.Com Launches Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 With TreeSync(TM) Capabilities to Access Family Trees Anywhere, Anytime

No. 1-Selling Family History Software for Mac Offers New and Exciting Ways to Discover and Preserve Family History on Apple Computers

PROVO, Utah, Dec. 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry.com (Nasdaq:ACOM) today announced the release of Family Tree Maker® for Mac 2, the improved version of the world's No.1 selling family history software, now offering TreeSync™, a feature which enables family history enthusiasts to sync their desktop family tree and their tree online at Ancestry.com.

"Our mission as a company is to help everyone to discover, preserve and share their family history — whether you're a beginner or expert," said Eric Shoup, Senior Vice President of Product for Ancestry.com. "Now with the new TreeSync feature, Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 provides easier access and sharing capabilities, making family history research more rewarding than ever before."

TreeSync enables family historians to sync their online tree at Ancestry.com and their desktop family tree, including attached photos and other historical records. Family Tree Maker users can now share the online version of their desktop tree with invited family and friends and continue their research from wherever they are. With the combination of Ancestry.com, the Ancestry mobile app and the new Family Tree Maker, users can work on their family tree anywhere, anytime.

The new software comes with a free membership or free trial to Ancestry.com that gives users access to over 6 billion U.S. historical records, and millions of memory-making historical photos, stories and family trees. Membership with Ancestry.com connects Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 users to the largest online family history community in the world, and helps users find other members who might be researching the same ancestors so they can compare notes and discover more together.

Other improvements in Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 include:
  • A blended family view shows combined families, including stepfamilies and adoptees at a glance
  • An expanded Web Dashboard shows which Ancestry.com members are searching for the user's ancestors. Links provide further information
  • New chart backgrounds make it easy to create beautiful charts to share with friends and family perfect for the holiday season
Unique capabilities exclusive to the Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 version include:
  • Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 now exclusively offers iSight or built in camera integration to conveniently capture photos and import them directly into Family Tree Maker
  • Full screen mode gives the ability to remove toolbars for more usable space on Macs using OS X Lion
Pricing and availability

Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 is now available online for purchase or download at http://www.familytreemaker.com starting at $69.99. Family Tree Maker for Mac 2 can also be found at select retailers such as Amazon.com, Fry's and MicroCenter.

System requirements for Family Tree Maker for Mac include:
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • Intel-based Mac
  • Internet access is required for all Web integration
About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com 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 29 million family trees containing over 3 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, Ancestry.com offers localized Web sites designed for nine countries that empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Early-Bird Deadline Approaching for APG Professional Management Conference

WESTMINSTER, Colo., December 12, 2011− The early-bird registration deadline is rapidly approaching for the upcoming APG Professional Management Conference (PMC). The one-day conference will be held February 1, 2011 at the Radisson Hotel, Salt Lake City. Members who sign up before December 31, 2011 will receive $25 off of the registration fee. The conference is also open to non-members. PMC is being held one day before the RootsTech Family History & Technology Conference (http://rootstech.org/).

The conference, themed “Techniques, Tools, and Technology,” will feature lectures from top genealogists, including J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA; Paula Stuart-Warren, CG; Thomas MacEntee; Teresa Koch-Bostic; Melissa A. Johnson; Laura G. Prescott; Kory L. Meyerink, AG; and Diane L. Giannini, CG. Lectures will provide strategic and practical advice for genealogists, from research planning to earning a living.

The conference is open to professionals, aspiring professionals, and anyone interested in networking with professional genealogists. Lecture topics and registration details at http://www.apgen.org/conferences.

About APG

The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), 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 (www.twitter.com/apggenealogy) and FaceBook (www.facebook.com/AssociationofProfessionalGenealogists).

Monday, December 12, 2011

British Isles To America And Migrating West - March 31, 2012

Special Spring All-day Saturday paid Seminar
Saturday, March 31 2012, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Chula Vista Golf Course
4475 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA

Topics:

"The Main Migration groups from the British Isles to America prior to the Revolutionary War"

and

"The Scots-Irish Invasion of America"

and

"Migration Routes of Our Ancestors"

and

"Newspaper Research in the 21st Century"

Featured Speakers:

William Dollarhide and Leland Meitzler

This is an all-day paid event with many exciting features. The registration fee is $35 through March 20. After and at the door is $40. This fee will include morning refreshments, a keynote address, two main sessions, a fully catered lunch, afternoon lite refreshments, opportunity drawings, door prizes and a silent auction.

Our speakers will have books and CDs on sale throughout the day.

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cacvgs2/Flyers/2012_03_Seminar.pdf

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Search New Free U.S. Records from Illionis, Maine, New Hampshire, Washington State, and Wisconsin

New Collections Added for Canada, Estonia, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, and Sweden

7 December 2011

New records were added to FamilySearch.org this week from Canada, Estonia, Jamaica, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, and the U.S. Begin searching for your ancestors now at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable records on FamilySearch.org are made possible by thousands of volunteers from around the world who transcribe (index) the information from handwritten records to make them easily searchable by computer. More volunteers are needed—particularly those who can read foreign languages—to help accelerate this great initiative to preserve and provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records. To learn more about the FamilySearch indexing program, visit indexing.familysearch.org.

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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 predecessors have 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.