Scottish headstone collection on Deceased Online tops 300,000 names

Headstone collections for 18 Fife burial sites added to Deceased Online

  • Records for 18 more burial grounds, cemeteries and churchyards in Fife have been added to the Deceased Online headstone collection from Scottish Monumental Inscriptions (SMI)
  • The records available date back to 1753, feature 39,000 names and comprise photos of headstones together with carefully transcribed digitized inscriptions for easy reading
  • There are now 51 burial sites in the Fife headstone collection available to search; click here to view the full list
  • In total, there are now headstone collections from nearly 250 cemeteries, burial grounds and churchyards across Scotland featuring over 300,000 names
  • The SMI records are included in the main search indexes on the website so that names and dates can be searched for in the usual way
  • With the main collection of burial records, there are now nearly 1.1 million burial records in Scotland available on Deceased Online

Two New Video Releases in Voices of Genealogy Series

Donna Valley Russell, FASG
“Becoming a Genealogist and an Editor”
Donna Valley Russell, FASG, with George Ely Russell, FASG, FNGS
“Married to Genealogy”

ARLINGTON, VA, 27 DECEMBER 2012: The celebration of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly’s 100th anniversary closes the year with the release of two new videos featuring Donna Valley Russell in “Becoming a Genealogist and an Editor” and George and Donna Russell together in “Married to Genealogy.”

An expert in Western Maryland genealogy, Donna tells the story of her path from census taker to genealogist and editor. Originally from Michigan, Donna learned her skills there and served as editor of the Detroit Magazine for Genealogical Research. After she and George married, she moved to Maryland and founded her own journal, Western Maryland Genealogy. In 1985, based on the quality and quantity of her scholarly publications, she was named a fellow of the American Society of Genealogists. Her published works include Frederick County, Maryland, Wills, 1744-1794; First Families of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, 1649-1658; Frederick County, Maryland, Genealogical Research Guide; Michigan Censuses, 1710-1830; Selby Families of Colonial America; and The Ark and the Dove Adventurers (co-edited with George).

The second new video takes a lighthearted look at the genealogy scene with the George and Donna Russell cocktail hour. George Ely Russell, who first appeared in the Voices of Genealogy in January 2012, is also a fellow of the American Society of Genealogists and of the National Genealogical Society. He was the editor of the NGSQ from 1971-1986.

The videos were produced by award winning filmmakers Kate Geis and Allen Moore from interviews with Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG, co-editor of the NGSQ. Donna Valley Russell in “Becoming a Genealogist and an Editor” and Donna and George Russell in “Married to Genealogy” are now playing at

Previous releases in the Voices of Genealogy archive now on the NGS website ( present Mary McCampbell Bell, CG; John Frederick Dorman, CG (Emeritus), FASG, FNGS, FVGS; David L. Greene, PhD, FASG; Frederick C. Hart Jr., CG, FASG; Ronald Ames Hill, PhD, CG, FASG; Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG, FGBS; Harry Macy, FASG, FGBS; George Ely Russell, FASG, FNGS; and Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG, FNGS.

Video interviews with leading genealogists represent just one of the many opportunities NGS offers its members for honing their skills. Members receive the society’s outstanding quarterly publications, the NGSQ and the NGS Magazine, and can also take advantage of free courses and significant discounts on publications, courses, and the NGS annual conference to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, 8-11 May 2013; Richmond, Virginia, 7-10 May 2014; and St. Louis, Missouri, 13-16 May 2015.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Permira Funds Complete Acquisition of

NEW YORK and PROVO, Utah, Dec. 28, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Permira, the European private equity firm with global reach, and Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM), the world's largest online family history resource, today announced the successful completion of the acquisition of by a company owned by Permira funds and co-investors for $32.00 per share in cash.

The transaction was approved by stockholders owning approximately 75% of common stock at a special meeting of stockholders held on December 27, 2012. Pursuant to the terms of the previously announced merger agreement dated October 21, 2012, the investor group formed by the direction of the Permira funds has acquired all of the outstanding shares of As a result, stock will cease trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market effective today.

Stockholders of will receive a letter of transmittal from's paying agent for them to complete and return with their stock certificates to obtain their per share merger consideration. will continue executing on its growth strategy and initiatives led by content acquisition and technology investments, with the support of the Permira funds and the investor group. There are no anticipated changes in the operations. will continue to focus on investing in content and technology, enhancing its user experience, expanding its product offerings, and building the brand and the family history category all on a global basis. will retain its operations in Provo, Utah, with a continued large presence in San Francisco, Dublin, London and other international markets. will continue to be led by its existing management team.

About Inc. is the world's largest online family history resource, with approximately 2 million paying subscribers. More than 11 billion records have been added to the site in the past 16 years. Ancestry users have created more than 41 million family trees containing approximately 4 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, offers several localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

The, Inc. logo is available at

About Permira

Permira is a European private equity firm with global reach. The Permira funds, raised from pension funds and other institutions, make long-term investments in companies with the ambition of transforming their performance and driving sustainable growth.

Founded in 1985, the firm advises funds with a total committed capital of approximately $30 billion. Over the past 26 years the Permira funds have made nearly 200 private equity investments, over 30% of which have been in the core sector of Technology, Media & Telecom ("TMT").

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2013 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Schedule announced

Millennia Corporation is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 2013 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series. Choose from more than 40 classes from genealogy's leading educators (over 60 hours of free genealogy education) on topics ranging from genealogy technology to DNA to in-depth research methodologies and evidence analysis.

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NGS Issues Call for Papers for the 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia

National Genealogical Society Issues Call for Papers for the 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia

ARLINGTON, VA, 20 DECEMBER 2012: Beginning 1 January 2013, speakers as well as organizations interested in sponsoring lectures or tracks are invited to submit lecture proposals for the NGS 2014 Family History Conference, Virginia: The First Frontier, to be held 7–10 May 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. The first permanent English settlement in North America, Virginia has been home to countless individuals—some remained for generations; others moved on to the next frontier. Building on the records and history that draws so many back to their roots in the Old Dominion, we will explore the origins of those who settled within Virginia’s borders whether they came by land or sea.

Among the topics being considered are lectures on the history, records, repositories, and ethnic and religious groups of Virginia and neighboring states including Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee with special emphasis on migrations into, within, and out of the region down the Carolina and Great Wagon Roads, over the Appalachian Mountains, and across the south to Texas and beyond. Other regional topics of interest include the origins of the early settlers, land and military records (especially the French and Indian, Revolutionary, and Civil wars). Proposals are also solicited for the broader genealogical categories including federal records, the law as it relates to genealogy, methodology, analysis and problem solving, and the use of technology including genetics, mobile devices, and apps in genealogical research.

Sessions are generally limited to one hour. Camera-ready syllabus material, due 17 February 2014, is required for each lecture or workshop presentation and will be included in the syllabus distributed to all conference registrants.

Proposals should include the following information:
  • speaker’s full name, address, telephone, and e-mail address
  • title of the presentation, not to exceed fourteen words, and a brief but comprehensive outline
  • lecture summary, not to exceed twenty-five words, to be used in the program brochure
  • identification of the audience level: beginner, beginner-intermediate, intermediate, intermediate-advanced, advanced, or all
  • speaker biography, not to exceed twenty-five words
  • résumé of recent lectures by the speaker
Speakers are expected to use an electronic presentation program and provide their own digital
projector. NGS will provide projector support, which consists of a VGA cable, cart, and power strip. No live Internet connections will be provided.

Submit each proposal electronically through the NGS website,, between 1 January and 1 April 2013. Speakers may submit up to eight proposals. NGS members will be given first consideration as speakers. Interested individuals and organizations should follow published guidelines at the NGS website:

Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture or track of lectures should review the details and sponsor requirements at The deadline to submit sponsored lectures is also 1 April 2013.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

brightsolid brings a family of innovation to FHISO Founding Members

DUNDEE, SCT (UK) and Chandler, AZ (USA) (Dec. 17, 2012) – brightsolid group and Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that the brightsolid group has finalised its plans to become a founding member of the organisation. As part of this process, brightsolid has designated organisational member representatives, including D. Joshua Taylor and Elaine Collins. The brightsolid representatives will work with other FHISO members from the global genealogical community in the development of standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information.

"FHISO allows for an important dialogue between technologists and genealogists”, said D. Joshua Taylor, Business Development Manager of North America for brightsolid, “brightsolid is happy to join this vital conversation and to collaborate with the global family history community”.

"We’re thrilled to know that Chris van der Kuyl and brightsolid are supporting FHISO. We have watched this team grow and succeed. It is an honour to welcome this diversified, world-class innovator and content provider to FHISO”, said Robert Burkhead, acting FHISO Chairman.

Since 1994, brightsolid group has been delivering online innovation and pioneering the expansion of the genealogy market with leading family history websites including the global network of findmypast sites plus,, and, together servicing over 18 million registered customers worldwide. The sites connect people via their innovative family history 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. To learn more, visit the brightsolid website,

FHISO is a standards-developing organisation bringing the international family history and genealogical community together in a transparent, self-governing forum for the purpose of developing information standards to solve today’s interoperability issues. To learn more about FHISO or become an enquiring member, visit

RootsMagic App for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Now Available

Award-winning Genealogy Software Puts Your Family Tree at Your Fingertips

SPRINGVILLE, Utah. — December 17, 2012 — RootsMagic, Inc. today announced the official release of RootsMagic for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch; a free companion app to RootsMagic, the award-winning desktop genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history easy.

Your Family Tree at Your Fingertips

“We’re very excited to bring RootsMagic right to your iPhone and iPad,” said Bruce Buzbee, president. “Not only is this one of the most-requested features from our users, but it is the perfect next step in our mission to simplify family history.” The app provides many useful features including:
  • Access your actual RootsMagic files via iTunes or Dropbox - RootsMagic for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch uses your actual RootsMagic files- no conversion needed. You can copy as many files as you want right on your device via iTunes or Dropbox. Users of other genealogy software such as PAF, Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, and others can convert their files into viewable RootsMagic files using our free desktop software.
  • Easily search and explore your family tree - Familiar Pedigree, Family, Descendant, and Individual Views help you quickly explore your family tree. You can also search for specific people by name or record number.
  • View pictures, notes, and sources - All of your RootsMagic data is available inside the app. Touch any name to see more information about that person as well as family members. All of a person’s information is there including notes, sources, and pictures.
  • Lists - Browse lists of your information and view more information about sources, to-do items, research logs, media, addresses, repositories, correspondences, and places.
  • Tools and Calculators - useful tools to assist you in your research including a perpetual calendar, date calculator, relationship calculator, and soundex calculator.
New Features and Platforms to Come

“We see this as our first step into the mobile world,” said Michael Booth, vice-president. “We’re interested in seeing how people use this app and evolving it to meet their needs.” A version of the app for Android devices will be available in the near future.

Available Now

RootsMagic for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is free and now available in the Apple App Store. It does require the RootsMagic desktop family tree software or the free RootsMagic Essentials software to create, edit, or add to your genealogy files. More information is available at

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.

For more information, visit Releases New and Exclusive Records of Significant Life Events

Work to War to Worship: New and Exclusive Historical Records Highlight Significant Life Events

Release includes more than 40 million new records on

LOS, an international leader in online family history, has published more than 40 million new records to its already extensive collection of historical records, including military; life events; census land and surveys; institutions and organization; newspapers, directories and social history; immigration and travel; court and probate; and education and work records.

“The number of records released offers's users a staggering amount of new data, ranging from exclusive United Kingdom records from as early as 1790 to modern-day vital records from the United States that will add new layers of information for researchers," said D. Joshua Taylor, lead genealogist for, “ is constantly expanding our collections with thousands of new records being added each month. Moving into 2013, we look forward to increasing our record offerings to include rarer, more exclusive materials, in our dedication to provide the most comprehensive family history resource available.”

Many of the new records that can only be accessed through offer a unique glimpse into history. The Harold Gillies Plastic Surgery set, dating back to World War I, contains fascinating records of some of the world’s first restorative plastic surgery, while the White Star Line Officers’ Books include officer records from the Titanic.

Newly added employment and institutional records including the records of the Merchant Navy Seaman (aka the Merchant Marines) provide unique color to family history that can’t be created from just names and dates. Other record sets include probates and wills, such as the Cheshire Wills and Probates, which often offer crucial clues to link North American family trees back to the United Kingdom.

The full set of exclusive records recently released by includes:

United Kingdom Court & Probate
  • Cheshire Wills and Probate
  • Suffolk Beneficiary Index
United Kingdom Education & Work
  • Cheshire Workhouse Records, Admissions and Discharges
  • Cheshire Workhouse Records, Religious Creeds
  • Derbyshire Workhouse Records
  • Match Workers Strike
  • White Star Line Officers’ Books
United Kingdom Military
  • Army List, 1787
  • Army List, 1798
  • British Officers taken Prisoners of War, 1914-1918
  • De Ruvigny's Roll of Honor
  • Grenadier Guards, 1656
  • Harold Gillies Plastic Surgery – WWI
  • Harts Army List, 1840
  • Harts Army List, 1888
  • Manchester Employee's Roll of Honor, 1914-1916
  • Merchant Navy Seamen (aka Merchant Marines)
  • Napoleonic War Records, 1775-1817
  • WWI Naval Casualties
  • Paddington Rifles
  • Prisoners of War, 1939-1945 British Navy & Air Force Officers
  • Prisoners of War, 1939-1945 Officers of Empire serving in British Army
  • Royal Hospital, Chelsea: documents of soldiers awarded deferred pensions, 1838-1896 (WO 131)
  • Royal Hospital, Chelsea: pensioners’ discharge documents 1760-1887, (WO 121)
  • Royal Hospital, Chelsea: pensioners’ discharge documents, foreign regiments, 1816-1817 (WO 122)
  • Royal Hospital, Kilmainham: pensioners’ discharge documents, 1773-1822 (known as WO 119 at the National Archives)
  • Royal Navy Officers Medal Roll, 1914-1920
  • War Office: Imperial Yeomanry, soldiers’ documents, South African War, 1899-1902 (WO 128)
  • WWII POWs - British held in German Territories
In addition to the exclusive records sets, this recent release includes additional records from the United States, Australia and Ireland. An update to the World War I Draft Cards collection provides registrations and actual signatures of more than 11 million young Americans from the beginning of the twentieth century.

Additional records released by include:

United States Military
  • Japanese-Americans Relocated during WWII
  • Korean War Casualty File
  • Korean War Deaths
  • Korean War Prisoners of War
  • Korean War Prisoners of War (Repatriated)
  • U.S. Army Casualties, 1961-1981
  • Vietnam Casualties Returned Alive
  • Vietnam War Casualties
  • Vietnam War Deaths
  • WWI Draft Cards
  • WWII Prisoners of War
Life Events

  • Kentucky Birth Records, 1911-2007
  • Kentucky Death Records Index, 1911-1999
  • Kentucky Marriage Records Index, 1973-1999
  • Texas Divorce Records Index, 1968-2010
  • Texas Marriage Records, 1968-2010
  • Northern Territory Anglican Baptisms and Confirmations, 1900-1947
  • Northern Territory Anglican Burials, 1900-1968
  • Northern Territory Anglican Marriages, 1902-1953
  • Irish Catholic Church Directories, 1836-37
Census Land and Surveys

  • Northern Territory Census, 1881-1921
  • Northern Territory Electoral Rolls, 1895-1940
Institutions & Organizations

  • Northern Territory Parliamentary Index, 1884-1890
Newspapers, Directories & Social History


  • Northern Territory Section of the Queensland Post Office Directory, 1920-1921’s expertise at digitizing historical records and uniting communities provides the tools to help people connect with their past, present and future.

To learn more about or to get started on your own family history search:

About (owned by brightsolid) is the U.S. site of findmypast, an international leader in online family history. Findmypast connects people to core and unique U.S., English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Australian and New Zealand records dating back as far as 1200.

About brightsolid is owned by brightsolid online publishing, a British-owned world leader in online genealogy, with over 45 years’ experience in family history and a record of online innovation in the field of family history nearly two decades long. With nearly 18 million registered users across its family of online genealogy brands, brightsolid hosts more than a billion genealogical records from across the globe. The company reported a 75 percent growth in turnover and a 47 percent growth in gross profits in its most recent published accounts and was voted Best Genealogy Organization in the Online Gene Awards.

FamilySearch Add New Collections from Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, and the United States

FamilySearch added an additional 6.4 million new, free indexed records and images this week to its collection. Notable additions include the 1,034,803 records for the Netherlands, Zeeland Province, Church Records from 1527-1907, the 1,436,121 added from Italy Civil Registrations from 1824-1941, and the 1,069,308 added to the new Saskatchewan, Canada, collections from 1846-1957. Other new searchable collections online were added this week for Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, and the United States. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at

Searchable historic records are made available on through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world's historic genealogical records online at

FamilySearch 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 for free at or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Indexed Records
Digital Images

BillionGraves Index

Added index records and images to an existing collection.
Added images to an existing collection.
Added images to an existing collection.
New browsable image collection.
Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Saskatchewan, Catholic Church Records, 1846-1957

New browsable image collection.
Added images to an existing collection.
Added images to an existing collection.
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Added images to an existing collection.

England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000

Added index records to and existing collection.

England, Northumberland, Miscellaneous Records, 1570-2005

Added images to an existing collection.

Estonia, Population Registers, 1918-1944

Added images to an existing collection.

Germany, Hesse, Civil Registration, 1874-1927

New browsable image collection.

Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records, 1544-1945

Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941

New browsable image collection.

Italy, L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1824-1910

New browsable image collection.

Italy, Matera, Matera, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929

New browsable image collection.
New browsable image collection.
Added images to an existing collection.
New browsable image collection.
Added images to an existing collection.
New browsable image collection.

South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records 1796-1992

Added images to an existing collection.
Added images to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Lérida, Municipal Records, 1319-1940

Added images to an existing collection.
Added images to an existing collection.
New browsable image collection.
Added images to an existing collection.
Added index records to an existing collection.
Added images to an existing collection.
New browsable image collection.

U.S., New York, Buffalo, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Records, 1812-1970

Added images to an existing collection.
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Added images to an existing collection.
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New indexed record collection.

United States, New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1906

Added images to an existing collection.
Added index records to an existing collection.