Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fold3 Opens Nearly 3 Million African American Records For Free During Black History Month

Fold3 is proud to announce Free access to our Black History Collection in honor of Black History Month. This collection includes many enlightening historical records documenting African American achievements since the earliest days of our nation, and will be available the entire month of February.

As soon as black soldiers were recruited to serve the Union in 1863, records were generated to document their service including Compiled Service Records for the U.S. Colored Troops and, ultimately, pension files. The pension file index cards, like this one for Joel Bedenbaugh, include a soldier's rank, company, and regiment within the U.S.C. Infantry, his pension numbers, and sometimes a death date, 24 August 1913, in this case. Private Bedenbaugh's 16-page service record also includes his enlistment record from when he joined up in Dayton, Ohio, in 1864.

Southern Claims Commission files are petitions by southerners who lost property to Union troops during the Civil War, including many blacks, like William and Louisa Ferguson. Though freeborn, Louisa was not only the wife of a slave, but also the daughter of George Washington's carpenter, also a slave. Their claim for compensation of $150 for the loss of a horse was denied, but Louisa's tales of Union and Confederate troops in the vicinity includes her encounters with the rebels and her service to the Union hospital nearby. A transcription of her file is here.

Explore these and thousands of other records documenting the history of African Americans in the U.S., from before the Civil War to the War in Vietnam. Join us as we recognize Black History Month and provide free* access to the Black History Collection on Fold3.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Ancestry.com, Behindthename.com, and Werelated.org Announce An Improved Approach For Finding Varient Names

Ancestry.com, BehindTheName.com, and WeRelate.org announce an improved approach to finding variant names in genealogy searches. Up to now, most genealogy websites have had to rely upon Soundex to return variant names in response to searches. These approaches often miss variants that should be returned, or include variants that aren't very similar.

Ancestry.com, BehindTheName.com, and WeRelate.org have created an open-source database of name variants that is free for any website or genealogy software developer to use. Tested against pairs of names provided by Ancestry.com, it reduces the number of missed name variants by over 25% in comparison with Soundex.

How you can help: A large portion of genealogical expertise involves learning variant spellings for the surnames in your tree. Why not share your knowledge with others? By adding your variant spellings to the database, searches on any website that uses it will include your variant spellings automatically. You can review and add variant spellings here: http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Special:Names

In addition, we need people to review the changes that others have made to the database, to make sure that we have multiple pairs of eyes reviewing the names that are being added and removed. You can review changes that others have made here: http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Special:NamesLog

If you are a website or software developer: The database and source code are available at: https://github.com/DallanQ/Names

In addition to the database of name variants, the source code also includes a function to return the similarity score between any two names. This function has been found useful in duplicate detection.

More information about the project can be found at: http://www.werelate.org/wiki/WeRelate:Variant_names_project

RootsTech Conference Will Broadcast Select Sessions Free Online

SALT LAKE CITY—RootsTech, a leading family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 2-4, 2012, announced today that fourteen of its popular sessions will be broadcasted live and complimentary over the Internet. The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend worldwide a sample of this year’s conference content. Interested viewers can watch the live presentations at RootsTech.org. The second-year conference has attracted over 3,000 registered attendees.

The free online sessions include the keynote speakers and a sampling of technology and family history presentations. Following are the fourteen broadcasted sessions and speakers. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST):

Thursday, February 2

  • 8:30-10:00 am, Inventing the Future, as a Community (Keynote Address) by Jay L. Verkler
  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Do I Trust the Cloud? by D. Joshua Taylor
  • 1:45-2:45 pm, Effective Database Search Tactics by Kory Meyerink
  • 3:00-4:00 pm, Twitter – It’s Not Just “What I Had for Breakfast” Anymore by Thomas MacEntee
  • 4:15-5:15 pm, Eleven Layers of Online Searches by Barbara Renick

Friday, February 3

  • 8:30-9:30 am, Exabyte Social Clouds and Other Monstrosities (Keynote Address) by Josh Coates
  • 9:45-10:45 am, Publish Your Genealogy Online by Laura G. Prescott
  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Optimize Your Site for Search Engines by Robert Gardner
  • 1:45-2:45 pm, Genealogists “Go Mobile” by Sandra Crowly
  • 3:00-4:00 pm, Google’s Toolbar and Genealogy by Dave Barney

Saturday, February 4

  • 8:30-9:30 am, Making the Most of Technology to Further the Family History Industry (Keynote Address) by Tim Sullivan and Ancestry.com Panel
  • 9:45-10:45 am Genealogy Podcasts and Blogs 101 by Lisa Louise Cooke
  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Future of FamilySearch Family Tree by Ron Tanner
  • 1:45-2:45 pm, Privacy in a Collaborative Environment by Noah Tatuk

Brightsolid Hires Top Genealogist D. Joshua Taylor To Support Move Into US Market

January 30, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BRIGHTSOLID HIRES TOP GENEALOGIST D. JOSHUA TAYLOR
TO SUPPORT MOVE INTO US MARKET

SANTA MONICA, CA. brightsolid, a leading online provider of historical and genealogical content, today announces that top genealogist D. Joshua Taylor has joined its new US office with immediate effect, as business development manager and media spokesperson.

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is one of America’s most prominent genealogists – a prolific genealogical researcher, speaker and author, who has also received numerous awards for his work. Adept at media interviews, he has twice been featured on the NBC series 'Who Do You Think You Are?', helping both Sarah Jessica Parker and Ashley Judd trace their family trees.

"We’re thrilled to have recruited such a dynamic and talented genealogist to represent us both to the media and the wider genealogical community", says Neil Curtis, brightsolid’s new Senior Vice-President (SVP) of North America.

Speaking about his appointment, Taylor says: "Having seen what brightsolid has achieved on the UK genealogy scene, I'm excited about helping them fulfill their huge potential in the US."

British-owned brightsolid has itself been at the forefront of technological innovations in family history for over three decades. It hosts over a billion genealogical records across its family of brands and was this month voted Best Genealogy Organization in the online Gene Awards.

As part of its move into North America, brightsolid is sponsoring RootsTech 2012, the major family history and technology conference, taking place in Salt Lake City from February 2-4 2012, where Taylor himself will be giving three talks. They will cover, respectively, the need for a universal standard in online digital archiving; best practices for using Cloud computing in family history research; and a forecast for future genealogy software developments.

Other new appointments to brightsolid's new US operation:

D. Joshua Taylor is just one of several new appointments for brightsolid, following the opening this month of its new US operation, based in Santa Monica, California.
  • Neil Curtis moves from his role as brightsolid Corporate Development Manager to focus on the US market as Senior Vice President (SVP) of North America.
  • Rachel Denning joins as the General Manager of North America, after 14 years experience in the IT and web industries.
  • Brian Speckart join as Marketing Manager of North America, after a varied 15-year career in marketing and public relations, including teaching New Media Marketing at UCLA Extension.
  • Katy Curtis will focus on North America as Finance Manager, after previously working as a director at KPMG.
About brightsolid

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 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.

brightsolid is proud to be part of the 1940 US Census Community Project, a joint initiative with Archives.com, FamilySearch and other leading genealogy organizations, which aims to make the 1940 census searchable as quickly as possible after its release in April 2012. The completion of the project will allow anyone to search for their ancestors in the 1940 census for free online. Learn about this exciting new project at www.the1940census.com and volunteer to help today!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Experience FGS Society Central LIVE During RootsTech

Discuss Genealogy Society Issues with Genealogy Leaders at the FGS Booth

January 30, 2012– Austin, TX: The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces a new feature at during RootsTech this year: FGS Society Central LIVE!

Stop by the FGS booth in the Expo Hall starting Thursday, February 2, 2012 and spend time with a variety of FGS board members who are leaders in the genealogy community. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss issues ranging from technology to attracting new society members.

FGS Society Central LIVE sessions are not “formal” lectures but casual conversations with subject matter experts. Show up at the FGS booth with your questions and get advice that you can take back home to your genealogy society.

The FGS Society Central LIVE schedule includes these sessions:
  • Going Green: Convincing Your Society to Go Digital with Randy Whited
    Thursday February 2, 2012, 9:45 a.m. − 10:45 a.m.
  • Tech Initiatives to Jump Start Your Society with Thomas MacEntee
    Friday February 3, 2012, 10:00 a.m. − 11:00 a.m.
  • Volunteers for Your Society's Tech Projects: Finding, Keeping, and Motivating with Paula Stuart-Warren
    Friday February 3, 2012, 2:00 p.m. − 3:00 p.m.
  • Youth, Technology, and Your Society with D. Joshua Taylor
    Friday, February 3, 2012, 3:00 p.m. − 4:00 p.m.
  • Why Your Society Needs a Computer Interest Group with Drew Smith
    Saturday, February 4, 2012, 10:00 a.m. − 11:00 a.m.
  • War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions Project with Curt B. Witcher
    (please stop by the FGS Booth for info on the exact date and time)
Even if you don’t have time to attend a session, please take a minute to stop by the FGS booth in the Expo Hall and say hello during RootsTech!

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

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

Friday, January 27, 2012

Couragent, Inc. announces Thomas MacEntee joining the Flip-Pal mobile scanner team

January 27, 2012 - Couragent, Inc. is excited to welcome genealogy tech guru, instructor and speaker Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers and High-Definition Genealogy to the team as their Flip-Pal mobile scanner Ambassador.

Well-known to many professional and amateur genealogists, Thomas specializes in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research. As the creator of GeneaBloggers.com, he has organized and engaged a community of over 2,000 bloggers to document their own journeys in the search for ancestors. Thomas can be heard on GeneaBloggers Radio each Friday evening. Thomas also serves as on the boards of several genealogical societies including the Illinois State Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

Lisa Milner, Sales and Marketing Director said “Thomas complements the Flip-Pal team with his unique breadth of experience and knowledge in genealogy. He has brought so many great ideas, strategies and relationships to our team already. On behalf of all current and future genealogists, I thank Thomas for promoting the Flip-Pal mobile scanner to the genealogy community. We look forward to Thomas being a great evangelist for us.”

“I believe in this product and how easy it is for me to evangelize about its virtues,” said MacEntee.

“Thomas will be a speaker and will promote the Flip-Pal mobile scanner at RootsTech next week in Salt Lake City. Please make sure to stop by our booth at RootsTech (#610) to find out more about our new product features and reseller programs,” said Walt Grady, Account Manager for Couragent.

Gordon Nuttall, Founder and CEO of Couragent, who was recently featured in Money Magazine, said, “Our success is built on the foundation of the core values of Courage, Integrity, Collaboration, Innovation and Care. Thomas MacEntee shares these values.”

The Flip-Pal mobile scanner is for Memory Keepers who want to conveniently and reliably scan photos, documents and artwork—so that they can be stored digitally and then shared with family and friends. Orders for the Flip-Pal mobile scanner and accessories can be placed online at flip-pal.com, legacyfamilytree.com and amazon.com.

Couragent provides patented solutions that solve everyday problems, are designed to be simple to operate so many can use them, and have a combination of benefits not available anywhere else.

The Flip-Pal® mark is a registered mark of Couragent, Inc.
The Couragent™ mark is a trademark of Couragent, Inc.

The Couragent, Inc. website: www.couragent.net
The Flip-Pal® mobile scanner website: www.flip-pal.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/FlipPal
Twitter: twitter.com/mobilescanning
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/TheFlipPal
Pitch Engine: pitchengine.com/couragentinc

National Genealogical Society Announces Voices of Genealogy Video Series



ARLINGTON, VA, 27 JANUARY 2012: The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of publication of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. To celebrate this anniversary and to honor the history of the Quarterly, NGS Video Productions has created a historical archive of some of the most appreciated genealogists of our time called Voices of Genealogy.

In the coming year, NGS members can look forward to exclusive interviews with leading scholars in the field of genealogy. These are somewhat more extended pieces than those in our earlier Paths to Your Past video series. They are reflective, inspiring, and informative. They describe the history of our discipline in the twentieth century as well as the stories of our subjects. Beautifully filmed and produced by award winning filmmakers Kate Geis and Allen Moore, these video portraits capture for posterity the irreplaceable legacy of genealogists who have greatly impacted scholarship in genealogy.

The first episodes with George Ely Russell, CG, FASG, FNGS, are currently available to all NGS members on the NGS website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org. George was the editor of the NGSQ from 1971-1986. Interviewed at his home in Maryland by Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG, current co-editor of the NGSQ, George reflects on the value he finds in genealogical research, how he started as a researcher, his work as editor of the Quarterly, and his activities today.

To view the George Ely Russell video visit http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, select the Members Only tab, log into your account, and click the Videos link in the menu on the left of your screen.

More information about the interviews is available in the January-February-March issue of the NGS Magazine. As always, we welcome your comments on the videos. Please contact the executive producer, Arlene V. Jennings, at arlenevj@earthlink.net.

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.

RootsTech Conference Will Broadcast Select Sessions Free Online

SALT LAKE CITY—RootsTech, a leading family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 2-4, 2012, announced today that fourteen of its popular sessions will be broadcasted live and complimentary over the Internet. The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend worldwide a sample of this year’s conference content. Interested viewers can watch the live presentations at RootsTech.org. The second-year conference has attracted over 3,000 registered attendees.

The free online sessions include the keynote speakers and a sampling of technology and family history presentations. Following are the fourteen broadcasted sessions and speakers. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST):

Thursday, February 2
  • 8:30-10:00 am, Inventing the Future, as a Community (Keynote Address) by Jay L. Verkler
  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Do I Trust the Cloud? by D. Joshua Taylor
  • 1:45-2:45 pm, Effective Database Search Tactics by Kory Meyerink
  • 3:00-4:00 pm, Twitter – It’s Not Just “What I Had for Breakfast” Anymore by Thomas MacEntee
  • 4:15-5:15 pm, Eleven Layers of Online Searches by Barbara Renick

Friday, February 3
  • 8:30-9:30 am, Exabyte Social Clouds and Other Monstrosities (Keynote Address) by Josh Coates
  • 9:45-10:45 am, Publish Your Genealogy Online by Laura G. Prescott
  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Optimize Your Site for Search Engines by Robert Gardner
  • 1:45-2:45 pm, Genealogists “Go Mobile” by Sandra Crowly
  • 3:00-4:00 pm, Google’s Toolbar and Genealogy by Dave Barney

Saturday, February 4
  • 8:30-9:30 am, Making the Most of Technology to Further the Family History Industry (Keynote Address) by Tim Sullivan and Ancestry.com Panel
  • 9:45-10:45 am Genealogy Podcasts and Blogs 101 by Lisa Louise Cooke
  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Future of FamilySearch Family Tree by Ron Tanner
  • 1:45-2:45 pm, Privacy in a Collaborative Environment by Noah Tatuk

About RootsTech

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

Couragent, Inc. Announces International Shipping at CHA Winter Show in Anaheim, CA

01.27.2012– Couragent, Inc. chose to launch its international shipping of Flip-Pal® mobile scanner at the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Winter Show in Anaheim, CA, with shipping beginning on January 27th, 2012 to many international countries.

Flip-Pal® mobile scanner customers worldwide will be able to browse their flip-pal.com website and directly add items to their shopping cart. Customers will receive real time price quotes in their local currency and the option to include duties and taxes at a guaranteed rate.

The company's flagship product, the Flip-Pal®  mobile scanner, was formally introduced to the North American market at the CHA trade show in July 2010 - where Flip-Pal® won the CHA Overall Best Innovation award. The Flip-Pal® mobile scanner started shipping to customers in October 2010.

At the CHA Winter show in 2011, Couragent announced their reseller program and have since teamed with Brother International, as well as several resellers and E-tailers to sell the Flip-Pal® suite of products. “We now have over 300 affiliates in crafting, scrapbooking, design, genealogy, photography fields and pro-affiliates that greatly contribute to the success of our sales program” said Lisa Milner, Sales and Marketing Director, at Couragent. And, “Please make sure to stop by our booth # 3163 to find out more about our reseller programs.”

The Flip-Pal® mobile scanner is for Memory Keepers who want to conveniently and reliably scan photos, images in books and magazines, and works of art so that they can be stored digitally, then shared with family and friends. The battery powered flatbed scanner is about the size of a typical netbook computer. It can scan photos anywhere with no connection to a computer. With the patented flip-and-scan technology, the cover can be removed and the scanner placed face down on top of an old family album, for instance, without having to remove pictures that might be fragile or glued down. The included Flip-Pal® EasyStitch software can reassemble multiple 4”x6" scans into a larger image. Scanned images are saved immediately to an SD memory card that can be read by any computer. Batteries, a 2GB SD card and a USB to SD adaptor are included with each unit sold. Orders for the Flip-Pal® mobile scanner for $149.99 and accessories can be placed online now at flip-pal.com, legacyfamilytree.com, and amazon.com.

Gordon Nuttall, Founder and CEO of Couragent, who was recently featured in Money Magazine, says, “Our global customers kept asking how they could order our Flip-Pal® products and we were determined to make that happen as quickly as possible. We listened to their many requests and are now very pleased to provide it. Our success is built on our foundation of high core values: Courage, Integrity, Collaboration, Innovation, and Care.”

Couragent provides patented solutions that solve everyday problems, are designed to be simple to operate so many can use them, and have a combination of benefits thatare not available anywhere else.

The Flip-Pal® mark is a registered mark of Couragent, Inc.
The Couragent™ mark is a trademark of Couragent, Inc.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

How to Do Everything: Genealogy, Third Edition

A Renowned Genealogy Expert Reveals How to Mine the Global Wealth  of Digital and Print Ancestry Records

Fully updated to cover social networking, new census data, and the latest research tools, this new edition of How to Do Everything: Genealogy addresses available record types and both traditional and electronic research strategies in a comprehensive way. George G. Morgan explores basic rules of genealogical evidence, evaluation of source materials, and research methods. He includes extensive guidance for using the fastest-growing segments of genealogical research tools: the Internet and social networking.

How to Do Everything: Genealogy, Third Edition:

  • Addresses global resources for English-speaking researchers and includes resources from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia
  • Is filled with illustrations of document examples
  • Covers everything from the library to the courthouse, the census to the cemetery, and Internet-based databases to message boards, mailing lists, and online webinars
  • Contains updated chapters on newly released and forthcoming census records, the acceleration of records digitization, DNA research, and how to use blogs, podcasts, and videocasts.

George G. Morgan has been working on his own family genealogy since he was ten years old. He is the president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., a Florida-based company which provides continuing education to hundreds of library employees and genealogists each year. He is the author of ten books and hundreds of articles for genealogical publications worldwide. Morgan is the co-host, with Drew Smith, of “The Genealogy Guys Podcast” at genealogyguys.com and is currently Vice President of Membership Services for the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

Please contact me if you’re interested in speaking with the author, or reprinting or posting short excerpts of the book. If you review or mention this book, a notice via email or tear-sheet is much appreciated. Please send to:

Bettina Faltermeier, Senior Manager, Marketing & Publicity
McGraw-Hill, 1221 6th Ave, Fl. 45, New York, NY 10020
bettina_faltermeier@mcgraw-hill.com
212-512-4014

ShoeBox App Now Fills Facebook Timeline’s Early Years With Scanned Photos Of The Past

Photo-sharing Platform 1000memories Makes First App To Add The Past To Facebook Timeline

SAN FRANCISCO, January 26, 2011 — Photo-sharing platform 1000memories is today announcing the Facebook Timeline integration of ShoeBox, the iPhone app that allows you to quickly scan and socially share old paper photos, making it the first app that lets people easily fill their Timeline gaps, as well as the Timelines of their family and friends, with pre-Internet photos from the past.

1000memories’ ShoeBox app now allows individuals to instantly scan paper photos directly onto their Facebook Timelines, as well as those of family and friends, filling the gaps with photos and stories from pre-Facebook (and even pre-Internet) times. Additionally, all photos on 1000memories (regardless of whether they were scanned with ShoeBox) can now be pushed to the appropriate dates on Facebook Timeline at any time from 1000memories.com.

“It's easy to forget that Facebook is only 7 years old, which means most of our photos and memories are not online yet. The introduction of Facebook Timeline has made clear the huge gaps in our life stories - most obviously from our birth dates to the invention of Facebook in 2004,” says 1000memories Co-Founder, Rudy Adler. “We built ShoeBox to finally get these photos from our past out of the closet and online where they can be enjoyed by everyone.”

ShoeBox’s scanning technology can auto-detect the edges of a photo and then quickly crop, automatically adjusting for parallax. Users can then add information typically written on the back of old photos - such as dates, names, and locations - before sharing with friends and family. With this update, ShoeBox users can now tag their Facebook friends in photos directly from the ShoeBox app - these tags will automatically transfer when ShoeBox photos are shared to Facebook Timeline. Additionally, you can now find and follow the ShoeBox scans your friends via your Facebook and iPhone contacts, as well as those who are already using ShoeBox and 1000memories.com.

Users can access, edit and organize their ShoeBox photos online at any time on 1000memories.com. All public content is preserved in partnership with the Internet Archive to ensure that photos will be saved for future generations.

Backed by Y-Combinator and Greylock Partners, 1000memories is a past-tense photo-sharing platform with a focus on bringing the albums, scrapbooks, and photo-filled shoeboxes out of the closet and into an online, shareable space where you can always enjoy them. Since its launch, the ShoeBox app by 1000memories has been both featured in the iTunes store and a top-3 free photography app since its October 2011 launch. For more information, visit 1000memories.com/shoebox.

About 1000memories

1000memories is the best way to organize, share and discover the old photos and memories of your family and friends. Founded in 2010 in San Francisco, California, 1000memories helps bring the albums, scrapbooks, and photo-filled shoeboxes of our lives out of the closet and into an online, shareable space where you can always enjoy them.

For more information, visit 1000memories.com.

Ancestry.com Partners with Historical Society of Pennsylvania to Bring the State’s Rich History Online

Family History Leader Adds Millions of State Birth, Marriage and Death Records to its Pennsylvania Vital Record Collection

PROVO, UTAH – (January 26, 2012) – Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, announced today that it has added over seven million records detailing more than 300 years of Pennsylvanians’ life history spanning from 1593-1908 to its already expansive collection of Pennsylvania state records. Presented in partnership with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, these latest additions cover pivotal years, when the Keystone State was not only growing itself, but contributing to the overall development of the country. This comprehensive collection includes details about the lives of everyday Pennsylvanians as well as those who helped forge the state’s rich historical past, with records for the Hershey family, Benjamin Franklin, John Coltrane and many others.

“Ancestry.com is committed to the continued expansion of our existing collections and increasing the breadth of information for all Americans looking to learn more about their past,” said Josh Hanna, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Ancestry.com. “Pennsylvania was a crucial state during the formation of our country and these records detail the daily lives of its citizenry during these critical years. We look forward to continuing our work with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and allowing people to learn more about this state’s rich past.”

Research conducted by Harris Interactive within the United States revealed that four in five Americans have an interest in learning about their family history and three out of four Americans claim that knowing their family history is important to them.[1] Working with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Ancestry.com is easing the burden of those with Pennsylvania roots who want to learn more about their family history by bringing records that were traditionally created and maintained locally, online. Research that previously required countless hours of time, finances and travel to make discoveries can now be done with the click of a mouse.

As the foundation of family history research, civil vital records – recordings of births, deaths and marriages – serve as an essential tool for the millions of Americans who are beginning or continuing their family history research. The newest vital record additions, containing information from each county in the state of Pennsylvania, include:

  • Pennsylvania, Births, Church and Town Records, 1593-1708: The documents in this database contain records from churches, funeral homes, cemeteries, newspapers, historical societies, as well as personal records and other various sources.
  • Pennsylvania, Naturalizations, 1794-1908: This database contains records created as immigrants applied for U.S. citizenship through Pennsylvania courts. They include petitions for citizenship, certificates of citizenship, court naturalization lists, country of origination and more.

“The Historical Society of Pennsylvania decided to partner with Ancestry.com to make more than seven million of our vital records more accessible to family historians,” said Kim Sajet, president and CEO of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. “Through this partnership, our records will reach millions of people who are searching for their ancestors. The vital records we have posted to Ancestry.com are just a small portion of the genealogical records here at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. We welcome anyone interested in family history to visit our library in Center City Philadelphia.”

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

About Ancestry.com (www.Ancestry.com)

Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with more than 1.7 million paying subscribers. More than 8 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 30 million family trees containing over 3 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, Ancestry.com offers localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

About the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Founded in 1824 in Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is one of the oldest historical societies in the United States. It is home to some 600,000 printed items and more than 21 million manuscript and graphic items. Its unparalleled collections encompass more than 350 years of America’s history—from its 17th-century origins to the contributions of its most recent immigrants. The Historical Society is one of the largest family history libraries in the nation, has preeminent printed collections on Pennsylvania and regional history, and offers superb manuscript collections renowned for their strength in 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century history. The Historical Society’s remarkable holdings together with its educational programming make it one of the nation’s most important special collections libraries: a center of historical documentation and study, education, and engagement.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mocavo Expands Leadership Team with Industry Veterans

Ryan Hunter Appointed Chief Operating Officer, Michael Leclerc Appointed Chief Genealogist

BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mocavo, the world’s largest free genealogy search engine, today announced the appointment of Ryan Hunter as COO and Michael Leclerc as Chief Genealogist. Hunter joins Mocavo after four years as a Wall Street Analyst preceded by thirteen years of operational experience in the Technology Industry. Leclerc joins Mocavo after fifteen years with the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

On Wall Street, Hunter covered software and Internet companies including Ancestry.com (NASDAQ:ACOM). At Mocavo, Hunter will drive customer growth, develop new business relationships and oversee the company’s finances. “Mocavo has seen tremendous growth since our launch last spring,” said Mocavo CEO, Cliff Shaw. “On Wall Street, Ryan’s understanding of our industry was unparalleled amongst his peers. This critical knowledge, coupled with Ryan’s extensive operational experience, prepares us for our next phase of growth.”

“After four years on Wall Street as an armchair quarterback, I am excited to have the opportunity to help build another company,” said Hunter. “The growth that the genealogy industry is undergoing is astonishing and I am honored to have the opportunity to help build Mocavo into a major force in the industry.”

Leclerc brings more than two decades of experience in genealogy to the Mocavo team. He has authored numerous articles for genealogy magazines as well as scholarly journals. He is a popular presenter at genealogy conferences and seminars around the world. “I couldn’t be happier to have Michael joining our team,” said Shaw. “As Mocavo grows and innovates in the industry, Michael’s incredible expertise will help us build an ever-improving experience for our users.”

Leclerc said, “I am very excited to be joining the Mocavo team. I have been impressed as Cliff and his group have continually improved Mocavo during the course of the last year, and they are doing fantastic things for genealogical research. I am looking forward to being a part of the team making such a great difference for the future of family history.”

About Mocavo

Mocavo operates the world’s largest free genealogy search and seeks to index and make searchable all of the world’s free genealogy information. While Mocavo.com discovers new sites every day, some of the existing sites searchable on Mocavo.com include genealogy message boards, state and local historical societies, the Library of Congress, National Archives, Ellis Island, Find A Grave, the Internet Archive, various U.S. state archives, family trees, and millions of genealogy sites built by individuals.

For more information, visit www.mocavo.com

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Brightsolid Sponsors Rootstech February 2-4, 2012

It will be a main partner with a large presence at major family history and technology conference in Salt Lake City

brightsolid, a leading online provider of historical and genealogical content, today announces that it will be sponsoring RootsTech, the major family history and technology conference, taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah from February 2-4 2012.

With over 3,000 attendees in 2011, when brightsolid first sponsored the event, RootsTech again promises to be the genealogy and technology event of the year. It will assemble everyone from family historians and product developers to content providers and users in a unique forum of innovation, learning and networking.

“We are proud to be a main partner of such an important event”, says Chris van der Kuyl, brightsolid CEO, who will himself be speaking at RootsTech, as part of a 19-strong team there representing brightsolid.

British-owned brightsolid has been at the forefront of technological innovations in family history for over three decades. It hosts over a billion genealogical records across its family of brands and was this month voted Best Genealogy Organization in the online Gene Awards.

As well as sponsoring the conference itself, brightsolid will also be using RootsTech to announce the launch of a new product into the US market and sponsoring key elements within the conference.

Van der Kuyl will address a brightsolid-sponsored lunch on Thursday, February 2 with a talk on, “Why Everyone Deserves Their Own Episode of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and How brightsolid Will Help You Get There.”

RootsTech overall will include no less than 11 different talks by members of the brightsolid team, who will also join a range of discussions and workshops between leading family history content developers and users.

brightsolid will also have a large booth at RootsTech, showcasing not just brightsolid’s global network of findmypast sites (including www.findmypast.co.uk; www.findmypast.ie and www.findmypast.com.au) but also the Scottish Government site, ScotlandsPeople
(www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk) and the British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk). The latter is a unique treasure trove for the family historian, containing millions of pages from the British Library’s newspaper collection, featuring more than 200 newspaper titles from every part of the UK and Ireland published in the 18th and 19th centuries.

RootsTech will assemble all these resources in one place for the first time. The brightsolid booth there will also boast a presentation area for 15 to 20 people, where visitors will be able to see demonstrations of brightsolid sites and meet production developers. “If English is your mother tongue, the brightsolid booth will be where you’ll find your roots”, says van der Kuyl.

brightsolid is also sponsoring Exercise Your Funny Bone, an evening of comedy on Thursday, February 2, presented by comic Ryan Hamilton, recently named by Rolling Stone as one of Five Comics To Watch.

Monday, January 23, 2012

FamilySearch Seeks Admins for Facebook Pages and Skype Group Chats

FamilySearch Genealogy Research Communities first appeared as Facebook pages and Skype group chats in May 2011. Each Facebook page or Skype group is dedicated to a state in the US or an entire country. These pages and groups are run by experienced genealogy volunteers for those areas. These virtual communities are the online equivalent of asking for help at your local Family History Center. We grew from 4 communities to 59 over the past several months. With a minimum need of 2-3 admins per community--and a greater need for larger communities--we are at less than 50 percent "staffed." Advisers are looking to recruit more volunteers.

Join our team of admins who lead research communities on Facebook and Skype:
  • Interact with those who post on the page by answering questions posted or commenting on them if you don't have an answer, encouraging others to answer questions, and showing gratitude for resources shared.
  • Share news and information about how to do genealogy research in this area, information about genealogy events, and great resources available for this area.
  • Partner with local organizations such as libraries, archives, and societies, to invite them to share their news and events on the page.
Please review our "Join a Facebook Research Community" FamilySearch Wiki page to learn which communities are available--and how to find them. If we don't have the state or country you want to admin, please apply anyway. We can make a new community.

If you have any interest in helping, please apply to be an admin. We welcome even the smallest contribution. Need some motivation? Read The Ancestry Insider's post "Beyond the Walls of Your FHC." We also welcome new members to our communities. Simply "Like" a community on Facebook.

Geni Achieves Profitability in a Milestone Year

Platform Innovation, New Partners Lead to Record Revenue

West Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) January 23, 2012 Geni, the world’s largest collaborative genealogy site, today announced continued strong growth as it achieved profitability in December 2011. The popular collaborative genealogy site ends their year with more than 60 million profiles added to its World Family Tree and over 7 million users. Enhancements to its collaborative genealogy platform and new partnerships led to increased acceptance of its World Family Tree as the system of record for genealogy.

Strong Growth in 2011
  • Through the collaboration of millions of genealogists, Geni’s genealogy database has exceeded 100 million profiles.
  • Geni’s single World Family Tree reached over 60 million profiles, with more than 10 million added in the past year.
  • Record fourth quarter revenue, with 122% increase over Q4 2010.
Platform Innovation

Geni continued to set the pace for innovation in the genealogy industry with the release of several improvements to its leading collaborative genealogy platform:
  • New API partners including Mocavo, Real-Time Collaboration, TelGen, Progeny Genealogy, and Mobiwolf enabled exciting add-on services for Geni users, from custom charts to mobile access.
  • Geni created the first comprehensive genealogy record service. Billions of genealogy records from leading providers including Archives.com, Ancestry.com, GenealogyBank, and Find A Grave are automatically matched to Geni family trees.
  • The Geni Public Access program was introduced to genealogical societies and public libraries worldwide to provide their patrons the opportunity to experience premium Pro features for free.
  • The Facebook app, Geni Celebrity Quiz, was introduced as a fun, interactive game to test a person’s knowledge of celebrity trivia and discover how Hollywood’s top celebrities, past and present, are related.
Industry Awards
  • PC Magazine named Geni one of the “Best Free Web Apps of 2011”
  • Family Tree Magazine named Geni one of the “101 Best Family History Websites for 2011”
“2011 was a pivotal year for Geni, with genealogists increasingly recognizing the benefits of collaboration,” said Noah Tutak, CEO of Geni. “I’m very proud of what our team has accomplished. Achieving profitability means that we have the resources necessary to accelerate the delivery of innovative features to our users. In 2012 we will make it easier and more fun for our users to work together to build the largest family tree in history, and discover more connections to historical figures, celebrities, and to each other.”

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 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.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

CAFG Announces 1st Forensic Genealogy Institute October 25-27, 2012

The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) announces the first Forensic Genealogy Institute. It will be held October 25 through October 27, 2012, in Dallas, Texas, at the Wyndham Dallas Love Field hotel.

This is an advanced course for professional genealogists, designed by working forensic genealogists. The intensive twenty-hour course is scheduled from 9:00 am on Thursday through 1:00 pm on Saturday. This schedule accommodates late arrival Wednesday. Departure can be scheduled early enough Saturday to be home with family Sunday and back to business on Monday. The class size will be limited to 25 enrollees to enhance the learning opportunity.

The Forensic Genealogy Institute offers twenty hours of significant hands-on instruction with real-world work examples, resources, sample forms, and work materials. The embedded practicum offers actual forensic case studies that will be covered from start to finish. Those who satisfactorily complete the course will receive a Forensic Genealogy Institute Certificate of Completion.

The institute includes the following comprehensive modules: Overview of Forensic Genealogy, Forensic Research Skills, Legal and Ethical Considerations, Probate/Real Estate Missing and Unknown Heirs, Missing Persons, and Business Aspects.

With over forty-five years of combined forensic genealogical experience, the core instructors are all full-time forensic genealogists who earn their living in the specialty: Michael Ramage, J.D., Certified Genealogist (sm), Kelvin L. Meyers, Leslie Brinkley Lawson, Dee Dee King, Certified Genealogist, and teaching assistant Catherine W. Desmarais, M.Ed., Certified Genealogist. Special guest instructors may also be announced.

Registration is $400 for Non-CAFG Members and $350 for CAFG Members and Mentor Program enrollees. The registration fee includes lunch on Thursday and Friday. A $25 discount is offered for early registration through 27 March 2012. A partial scholarship will be reimbursed to one non-CAFG attendee and two partial scholarships will be reimbursed to participants who are enrolled in the CAFG Mentor Program.

CAFG secured special room rates beginning at $109 plus tax. Hotel reservations are available beginning January 27. The Wyndham is located near Love Field, which is served by Southwest, United, Delta, Continental, and Air Canada airlines. Among its many free amenities, the Wyndham offers shuttle service to and from Love Field, parking, and WIFI.

More information about the Forensic Genealogy Institute is available at
http://www.forensicgenealogists.com/forensic-genealogy-institute.html. From this page you may follow the 123.signup.com link to the Forensic Genealogy Institute registration page.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Deceased Online Adds Thousands More Scottish Records

Records for 50 Scottish burial sites being added
First records online now!
  • www.deceasedonline.com is uploading tens of thousands of headstone and memorial transcriptions from over 50 burial grounds and cemeteries across Scotland over the next few weeks. 
  • Data for the first 15+ burial grounds mostly in the Highlands region are immediately available with records for Dundee, Edinburgh, Lanarkshire, the Lothians, Perth and other areas to be added shortly.
  • Users can search these records specifically by using advanced search, selecting ‘collections. They can then either purchase access to a whole cemetery/churchyard collection or, for a reduced fee, just the subset of headstone images with inscriptions containing specific surnames.
  • Useful tip: once you have purchased a collection or subset there is the facility to search the collection for anything. For example, you can search for such words as ‘drowned’ or ‘killed’ and all relevant references from memorial inscriptions will be highlighted.
  • The records date back to the 17th century with many from remote burial sites. See full details in the database coverage section at www.deceasedonline.com.
Come and meet us at Who Do You Think You Are Live, 24-26 February 2012 
  • Once again, Deceased Online will be exhibiting at the UK’s leading genealogy and family history event, Who Do You Think You Are Live, at London Olympia, 24-26 February.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Jamboree Registration Now Open

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release 19 June 2012

We are very pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2012 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, which will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 8 to 10, 2011, at the LA Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel in Burbank, California. The theme for the 2012 Jamboree is “Lights, Camera, ANCESTORS – Spotlight on Family History.”

“Our attendees can expect an outstanding experience in 2012, maybe even better than in the past,” promised Jamboree chair Leo Myers. “In addition to our usual sessions on methodology, records and repositories, online databases and software, we have scheduled several sessions that will help you share your family stories. Count on Jamboree to serve up a weekend of classic genealogical methods, search strategies and technology while tossing in the excitement of Hollywood.”

The exhibit hall, home of nearly 70 companies, societies, online data providers, software and technology companies, will be open to the public throughout the weekend.

Jamboree will feature nearly 60 speakers and over 100 courses over the weekend. Only the most skilled and knowledgeable lecturers are invited to share their expertise and knowledge.

As is our tradition, we will offer several free sessions during our JamboFREE on Friday morning. “We are committed to making family history affordable. We don’t want the economy to get in the way of the search for our roots,” Myers explained. “Friday morning, we’ll have something for everyone. Librarians. Genealogical society leaders. Beginners who are testing the family history waters as well as experienced genealogists.”

One of the more popular JamboFREE activities is Kids’ Family History Camp, designed for youth ages 8 to 16. Kids’ Camp will be held Thursday from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on June 8. Scout leaders are invited to bring their troop members to earn their Genealogy badge.

This year will feature two special pre-event sessions, the Family History Writers Conference, and Tech-Trax, special sessions focused on technology for genealogists. One session will be beginner level (“What is a folder? What happens when I push *THIS* button?”) and the other will offer sessions for more computer literate users. Details for these two pre-events will be released soon.

Rounding out the weekend are social activities, including tours, breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday, Saturday evening banquet, and the Hollywood Gala on Friday evening.

Visit the Jamboree website at www.scgsgenealogy.com for full details. Early-bird registration discounts are available through April 22. Members of the Southern California Genealogical Society enjoy additional discounts.

Join the other 1700+ attendees at the 2012 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. Register today!

For more information contact:

Paula Hinkel
Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504
phinkel@scgsgenealogy.com
818.574.8393 phone
818.688.3253 fax

Thursday, January 19, 2012

2013 FGS National Conference - Request for Lecture Proposals





For Immediate Release
January 19, 2012

2013 FGS NATIONAL CONFERENCE REQUEST FOR LECTURE PROPOSALS
Deadline for Submissions is May 15, 2012

January 19, 2012 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces a Request for Lecture Proposals for the FGS 2013 Conference, “Journey Through Generations,” to be held August 21 – 24, 2013, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana and the Allen County Public Library as local hosts. Outstanding nearby research facilities and attractions will enhance the conference experience. The deadline for submission of lecture proposals is Tuesday, May 15, 2012.

The 2013 FGS Conference theme, Journey Through Generations, has dual meaning. It symbolizes the literal journey our ancestors took through America's heartland, on rivers, railroads, Indian trails, wagon roads, canals and the Underground Railroad. The theme also infers the virtual journey that genealogists take through bygone times and distant places as they explore the lives of their ancestors generation by generation.
Topics relating to the Midwest, migration patterns, technology, regional repositories, and religious and ethnic groups are encouraged. Wednesday, 21 August 2013, is an all-day "Focus on Societies" program for genealogical society officers, board members, volunteers, and other interested parties.

The program committee specifically seeks new and dynamic proposals that will provide exceptional and unique educational experiences for conference attendees. Proposals for workshops and sponsored talks are also encouraged.

Categories for submissions include:
  • Focus on Society Management
  • Methodologies and Strategies
  • Transportation (e.g. canals, Great Lakes, railroads)
  • Midwestern Records (e.g. land records, early forts and settlements)
  • Military Records
  • Repositories
  • Record Types
  • Technology
  • Religious Groups (e.g. Quakers, Amish, United Brethren)
  • Ethnic Groups (e.g. German, African American, Native American, Polish, Irish)
  • Genetics and DNA
  • Migration/Immigration
Speakers are strongly encouraged to submit multiple proposals (more than four), as most speakers will be invited to present a minimum of three lectures at the conference. There is no limit to the number of proposals a speaker may submit.

Submission Requirements

Send proposals in PDF, Microsoft Word, or RTF format. File names should include your last name, first initial, and proposal topic. (Example: SmithR - TechStrategies). Each proposal should include:
  • Speaker(s) name.
  • Speaker(s) contact information, including mailing address, phone, email, fax, and website, if applicable.
  • Prior speaking experience. Speakers who have not spoken at a national conference are encouraged to submit a video, audiotape, or CD recording of a recent lecture by mail.
  • Speaker(s) biography.
  • Speaker(s) brief brochure biography (50 word maximum).
  • Lecture title (not to exceed 10 words).
  • Lecture brochure description (40 word maximum).
  • Lecture outline/summary.
  • Lecture audio-visual requirements. FGS does NOT provide projectors, computers, or internet access for speakers.
  • Intended audience level: beginner, intermediate, advanced, any level.
Send proposals, as an email attachment, with “FGS 2013 Lecture Proposals” in the subject line, to program2013@fgs.org no later than May 15, 2012. If submitting lecture recordings by mail, please email program2013@fgs.org for the appropriate postal address.

Compensation

Selected speakers receive an honorarium, travel compensation, and conference registration as well as per diem and hotel nights based on the number of lectures presented. (Sponsored speakers only receive conference registration and syllabus materials. See more about sponsorships below.) Non-sponsored speakers receive compensation according to the FGS Conference Speaker Policy at www.fgs.org/conferences/speakerpolicy.php.

Sponsored Lectures

Societies and businesses are encouraged to submit proposals for sponsored talks. The sponsoring organization will cover its speaker's costs to present the lecture. Sponsored speakers will abide by all speaker deadlines and syllabus requirements. Sponsored speakers will receive complimentary FGS conference registration and electronic syllabus materials.

Additional Information

Camera-ready handouts are required for each lecture or workshop presentation and will be compiled in a syllabus distributed to conference participants. The deadline for submissions of syllabus materials is April 15, 2013.

Invitations to speak will be issued in October 2012. Syllabus format guidelines will be sent to speakers at that time. The deadline for acceptance and submission of signed speaker contracts is November 1, 2012.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

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

Fold3 adds Numbered Record Books

The title, "Numbered Record Books," doesn't reveal much about this significant new collection of Revolutionary War documents on Fold3. Yet, anyone familiar with these military records, oaths of allegiance, supply records, orderly books, letters, account ledgers, knows they contain revealing and rather extraordinary documents from the early days of our nation's military history.
Whether you have Revolutionary War ancestors, or simply an interest in military activities and history of this time period, you will be well rewarded when searching or browsing the Numbered Record Books.
Several of the volumes were used to create compiled service records (also on Fold3). This card from the service record of Corporal Thomas Ferguson was abstracted from information on the fifth line of this roll of the 2nd New Jersey Regiment, January 1, 1777.
Sample orderly book entry
Orderly books include rosters, instructions relating to troop movements, camp regulations, reprimands, promotions, and findings of courts martial. A 1778 orderly book from Providence Headquarters details the results of three courts martial where one man was pardoned for falling asleep at his post; another sentenced "to be shot to death" for "stealing, insolence, disturbing the camp," and additional violent actions; and a third was "to be whipped one hundred lashes on his naked Back" for stealing a rifle.

Sample "Oaths of Allegiance, Fidelity, and of Office"

"Oaths of Allegiance, Fidelity, and of Office" are in volumes numbered 165-168. There we find the Oath of Allegiance of Abraham Rand, in which he declares he owes "no allegiance or obedience to George the Third King of Great Britain" and will "defend the said United States against the said King George Third." It is followed later by Rand's Oath of Office, in which he swears to "faithfully, truly and impartially execute the Office of Sub Conductor of Waggons."
Within a 1779 list of military requisitions, we learn that fifes were delivered to one brigade, sheepskin and lead aprons to another, while Artillery Artificers received a bolt of duck cloth and a pound of twine. Other items seen frequently within the supply accounts include drum sticks, muskets, belts, and bayonets.
More information and examples are available within Fold3's description of this title. Documents discovered in the "Numbered Record Books" round out stories and fill in gaps. They are overlooked evidence, underappreciated records, and hidden tales from our nation's history. They now await your discovery. 
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

UGA Virtual Chapter Meeting--FamilySearch Wiki

You are invited to attend our FREE online Virtual Chapter Meeting:

Speaker – Wilma Atkins
“The FamilySearch Wiki: Exploring Its Treasures”
7:00pm MST
January 19, 2012

To attend the presentation, go to virtual.ugagenealogy.org and, on the date and time of the meeting, click on the UGA logo. Enter the presentation as a guest.

We are pleased to announce that the LIVE meeting will be open to the public! Share, tweet & spread the word! This meeting will be recorded and placed in the members area of the website (www.ugagenealogy.org) where current members have access to all of the past meetings!

UGA Virtual Chapter Meetings are held on the Third Thursday of each Month. Please join us at ugagenealogy.org for this and other great genealogy education.

WikiTree Becomes Invitation-Only


For Immediate Release: January 18, 2012

WikiTree.com has closed new user registration. New members must now be invited by current WikiTree members.

WikiTree is committed to being 100% free. Rather than limiting what members can do or charging them for access, we’ve decided to slow down the addition of new members.

This does not affect the accessibility of public profiles. Our mission is to create a single family tree that will make genealogy free and easy for everyone. However, the ability to create profiles and limit them with Privacy Levels and Trusted Lists is something that only members can do.

Current members can invite an unlimited number of family members and fellow genealogists. They can also continue to import and export GEDCOMs, add unlimited photos, and enjoy all the other free services for members.

Chris Whitten, the creator of WikiTree, explains the policy change like this: “We’re devoted to growing a single family tree that will make genealogy free and easy for everyone. Charging for access to the tree, let alone charging community members who are creating the tree, is anathema to our vision.

“The problem is that we’ve had users abusing our wide range of free services and treating the site like their personal back-up service. Not only does this drain our limited resources, it hurts other community members and what we’re trying to accomplish. By making membership strictly invitation-only, we can give our community some breathing room to clean up the genealogical messes that irresponsible users have left behind, and we can be more careful about making sure that future members embrace our vision and understand our Wiki Genealogist Honor Code.”

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Barry J. Ewell launches Barry's Blog on Genealogy

Barry J. Ewell, founder of MyGenShare.com and nationally known writer, presenter, researcher and mentor of genealogists launches a daily blog. The content will include articles, podcasts, slideshows, and videos.

Barry’s Blog on Genealogy will help new and experienced genealogists to:
  • Find, access, and explore genealogical resources quickly
  • Develop, expand, and sharpen your genealogy research skills
  • Discover clues to trace and explore your family ties
  • Quickly identify which record collections to search first
  • Resolve genealogical brick walls
  • Learn to find and use specific country, state, and county records
Come join Barry at Barry’s Blog on Genealogy.
Other features of the blog include:
About Barry J. Ewell

Barry J. Ewell is the founder of MyGenShare.com, a website for individuals interested in learning, sharing, and discovering family history. He is a writer, presenter, researcher and mentor of genealogists. He has presented and shared his knowledge and experience at local, regional, and national conferences. Research interests include Eastern U.S., United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Germany, and Russia. Throughout his professional career in advertising and public relations strategy for technology companies, he has worked for companies like IBM, 3M, and Rational Software.

Learn about Barry J. Ewell at http://barrysblog.mygenshare.com/about_barry

Monday, January 16, 2012

Mocavo Hires World-Renowned Genealogist, Michael J. Leclerc, as Chief Genealogist

Back in July, Dick Eastman wrote an article bidding renowned genealogist and friend Michael J. Leclerc adieu from the New England Historic Genealogical Society, mentioning his adventures to come. Six months later, our team is thrilled to announce that we’ll be accompanying Leclerc in his future adventures.

Michael has officially joined Mocavo as Chief Genealogist and will be working with us to help bring you the richest experience that the genealogical world has to offer. We’re ecstatic to be working with such an industry guru, and our entire team is very excited with what Mocavo will bring to the field of genealogy in 2012.

Mocavo CEO Cliff Shaw said, “I couldn’t be happier to have Michael joining our team. As Mocavo continues to grow and innovate in the space, Michael’s incredible expertise will help us build an ever-improving experience for our users.”

Mr. Leclerc said, “I am very excited to be joining the Mocavo team. I have been impressed as Cliff and his group have continually improved Mocavo during the course of the last year, and they are doing fantastic things for genealogical research. I am looking forward to being a part of the team making such a great difference for the future of family history.”

Welcome to the team, Michael!

About Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc brings more than two decades of experience in genealogy to the Mocavo team. He has authored numerous articles for popular genealogy magazines as well as scholarly journals. He is a popular presenter at genealogy conferences and seminars around the world. After fifteen years, Michael left his position as Director of Special Projects at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in 2011 to pursue other opportunities in the field. During his tenure there, he was responsible for the launch of the first two NewEnglandAncestors.org websites, bringing searchable databases from the Society’s collections to its members for the first time.

He is a member of the board of directors for the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a former vice-president of administration for the Federation of Genealogical Societies.Special Projects at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in 2011 to pursue other opportunities in the field.He edited a number of books, including Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century: A Guide to Register Style and More, Second Edition, with Henry Hoff, and the forthcoming fifth edition of the Society’s seminal guidebook Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research.

He served for many years as editor of the Society’s weekly electronic newsletter where his weekly Research Recommendations column was one of the most popular features. He is a contributing editor for American Ancestors magazine and a consulting editor for the New England Historical and Genealogical Register.

FGS 2012 Conference Registration Now Open

For Immediate Release
January 16, 2012

Indians, Squatters, Settlers and Soldiers in the "Old Southwest"
A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

January 16, 2012 – Austin, TX. Registration for the 2012 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, scheduled for August 29 - September 1, 2012, in beautiful Birmingham, Alabama, is now open. This year’s conference theme is “Indians, Squatters, Settlers and Soldiers in the ‘Old Southwest’,” and the local host is the Alabama Genealogical Society (AGS).

This year's FGS conference offers an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in researching their family history. Over 175 educational sessions and 13 luncheons are designed to balance the needs of genealogists at all levels, exploring a variety of records, strategies, and other tools available to those interested in researching their family history. Special sessions include a wide variety targeting members and leaders of genealogical and historical societies. In addition, special events, such as the Alabama Genealogical Society Opening Social at the Alabama Theater, the FGS Evening Social at the historic Sloss Furnaces, Spotlight on Societies, and daily sponsored lectures provide an excellent environment to meet and network with others interested in family history and genealogy.

Session sponsors include FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, findmypast.com, the National Archives and Records Administration, and others.

Conference Highlights
  • Librarian’s Day: On Wednesday, August 29, 2012, ProQuest is sponsoring a full day of sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals serving family history researchers.
  • Conference Sessions: A wide variety of genealogy-related lectures and workshops for all experience levels. Topics include Southern research, Settlers and Indians, soldiers, strategies and techniques, technology, and writing.
  • Special Events: Include the AGS Opening Social at the Alabama Theater and the FGS Evening Social at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark—all providing an excellent environment to meet and network with others interested in family history and genealogy. This exciting week of genealogy closes with a Farewell Brunch on Sunday.
  • Exhibit Hall: Filled with a wide array of vendors and organizations, Cyber Cafe and lounge area sponsored by RootsMagic, and a special Spotlight on Societies area will showcase local and regional genealogical and historical societies.
There are more activities and research opportunities too numerous to list. However, you can learn all about the 2012 FGS Conference and register for this exciting four-day event at http://www.fgs.org/2012conference. Be sure to also visit or subscribe to the FGS Conference Blog at http://www.fgsconferenceblog.org for more information and travel advice. We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham in August!

Learn More and Stay Connected
About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

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

Quebec Family History Society Launches New Website

MONTREAL, January 15, 2012 — The Quebec Family History Society (QFHS) is proud to announce the launch of its new website at www.qfhs.ca. Located at the same address as the genealogical society’s original site, the website features several new sections, such as Gary’s Genealogical Picks, research tips, surname interests, and a bulletin board.

QFHS members researching their ancestors in Quebec will benefit from the new Jacques Gagné Church Compilations in the members’ section. Long-time member Jacques Gagné has compiled historical information and the location of records for more than 1,000 English and French Protestant churches across the province, from 1759 to 1899.

ABOUT QFHS

The Quebec Family History Society is the largest English-language genealogical society in Quebec, Canada. Founded in 1977, it is a registered Canadian charity that helps people of all backgrounds research their family history. Its members, in addition to researching their Quebec roots, research historical records in all Canadian provinces and territories, the United States, the British Isles, and Western Europe. At the QFHS Heritage Centre and Library, members have free access to a collection of 6,000 books, manuscripts, and family histories, plus thousands of microfilms, microfiche, historical maps, and periodicals, and access to billions of online genealogical records, including the world deluxe edition of Ancestry.ca.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Association of Professional Genealogists Makes Past Issues of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ) Available to Members

2004–2011 APGQ Now Available in Members Only Area of APG Website

15 January 2012 – Westminster, Colo.—In an effort to provide its members with greater access to educational and informational resources, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) today announced the availability of eight years of past issues of its quarterly publication. Members can read all issues of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ) from 2004–2011, now posted in the members only section of the APG website.

“Our members like to refer to past articles in the APGQ, which has published so many articles that are helpful to professionals, both new and experienced,” said Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, executive director, APG. “We thank APGQ managing editor Matt J. Wright and APG webmaster Carla Cegielski for their hard work in making this project happen.”

The APGQ, published since 1979, covers topics of interest to professional genealogists and to genealogy enthusiasts interested in professionalism in the field. The publication is distributed to APG members. For more information on the publication, see www.apgen.org/publications/index.html . Go to www.apgen.org/publications/quarterly/archives/index.html for an index of articles from 1979–2010.

About the Association of Professional Genealogists

APG (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).

Friday, January 13, 2012

FamilySearch Ushers in New Year with 119 Million New, Free Records from 33 Countries

6 January 2012

FamilySearch was extra busy during the holidays. It added 119 million new, free records online (about 64 million indexed names and 55 million browsable images). This latest round of record updates makes 1008 historic record collections online boasting 2.58 billion searchable names and 466 million digital images of historic documents. The numbers are actually very staggering and very exciting for family history enthusiasts! Search the records online now at FamilySearch.org. See the list below for details of the latest additions.

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 keep pace with the amount of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about how to personally help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records as an indexer at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer–driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Collection
Records
Images
Comments
Australia, Queensland Cemetery Records, 1802-1990
0
1,121,438
New browsable image collection.
Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records, 1829-1961
0
20,921
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537-1888
0
1,355,844
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Bolivia, Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996
0
1,643,437
New browsable image collection.
Brazil Civil Registration, 1870-2009
0
94,096
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Canada, Ontario Births, 1869-1912
275,598
0
Added index records to existing collection.
Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900
0
46,574
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Canada, Saskatchewan, Judicial District Court Records, 1891-1954
0
26,124
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Canada, Saskatchewan, Probate Estate Files, 1887-1931
0
1,591,193
New browsable image collection.
Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900
0
53,129
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Chile, Santiago, Cementerio General, 1821-2010
0
67,099
Added browsable images to existing collection.
China, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-1900
0
119,508
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2008
0
30,586
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1860-1975
0
404,717
New browsable image collection.
Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843-1921
0
39,140
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1935
0
1,410,476
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450-1850
0
140,069
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Třeboň, Nobility Seignorial records, 1664-1698
0
72,020
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2006
0
11,025
Added browsable images to existing collection.
El Salvador, Civil Registration Records, 1836-1910
0
1,313,396
Added browsable images to existing collection.
England and Wales Census, 1871
5,480,742
316,157
New Index and new browsable image collection with links to FindMyPast.com.
England, Norfolk Parish Registers, 1538-1900
188,222
268
Added index records and added browsable images to existing collection.
Estonia, Church Books 1835-1940
0
7,423
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Germany Marriages, 1558-1929
1,310,718
0
Added records to index collection.
Germany, Bavaria, Dinkelsbühl Miscellaneous City Records, 1804-1946
0
32,488
New browsable image collection.
Germany, Württemberg, Albstadt, Miscellaneous City Records, 1705-1850
0
308,313
New browsable image collection.
Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977
0
1,151,061
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Hungary Catholic Church Records, 1636-1895
538,239
0
Added index records to existing collection.
Hungary Reformed Church Christenings, 1624-1895
2,464,298
0
New index collection.
Hungary, Civil Registration, 1895-1980
0
421,759
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941
0
2,129,164
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Catania, Caltagirone, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1861-1941
0
1,070,546
New browsable image collection.
Italy, Catania, Catania, Civil Registration (Comune), 1820-1905
0
188,009
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Cuneo, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1795-1915
0
267,978
New browsable image collection.
Italy, Genova, Chiavari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941
0
260,400
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865
48,696
0
Added index records to existing collection for the Quartiere of San Ferdinando.
Italy, Pistoia, Pistoia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929
0
465,452
New browsable image collection.
Italy, Ravenna, Ravenna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929
0
1,194,499
New browsable image collection.
Italy, Trieste, Trieste, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1924-1939
0
672,382
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Jamaica, Civil Birth Registration
0
10,323
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Korea, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-2009
0
63,030
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Mexico, Morelos, Civil Registration, 1861-1920
0
41,250
New browsable image collection.
Micronesia, Pohnpei, Land Records, 1971-2007
0
479,425
New browsable image collection.
Nicaragua, Diocese of Managua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-2008
0
86,119
New browsable image collection.
Norway Census, 1875
43,443
0
Added index records to existing collection.
Peru, Civil Registration, 1874-1996
0
232,647
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Philippines, Civil Registration (National), 1945-1980
0
6,541,475
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600-1950
59,762
984,396
Added browsable images to existing collection and added index records to existing collection for Lublin.
Portugal, Aveiro, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1911
0
571,698
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Aveiro, Passport Registers, 1882-1965
0
45,898
New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Aveiro, Testaments, 1900-1936
0
28,281
New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911
0
88,135
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Bragança, Catholic Church Records, 1541-1985
0
596,527
New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Coimbra, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911
0
100,233
New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Coimbra, Passport Registers and Application Files, 1835-1938
0
2,464
New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Diocese of Lamego, Catholic Church Records, 1532-1911
0
448,196
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Diocese of Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1575-1975
0
234,398
New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Faro, Catholic Church Records, 1587-1880
0
138,057
New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Guarda, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911
0
815,966
New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Leiria, Catholic Church Records, 1534-1911
0
639,166
New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Leiria, Passport Registers, 1861-1901
0
5,637
New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949
0
1,038,585
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1582-1908
0
5,068
New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911
0
401,773
New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537-1909
0
364,977
New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1941
0
396,243
New browsable image collection.
South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2004
0
159,709
Added browsable images to existing collection.
South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988
0
1,603
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Spain, Cádiz, Testaments, 1550-1920
0
10,682
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Spain, Consular Records of Emigrants, 1808-1960
0
26,731
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Spain, Consular Records of Emigrants, 1808-1960
0
9,724
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Spain, Municipal Records
0
376,689
Added browsable images to existing collection.
Sweden, Älvsborg Church Records, 1642-1897; index 1681-1860
0
649,515
New browsable image collection. Link provided by National Archives of Sweden.
Sweden, Blekinge Church Records, 1612-1916; index 1646-1860
0
646,020
New browsable image collection. Link provided by National Archives of Sweden.
Sweden, Gävleborg Church Records, 1616-1908; index 1671-1860
0
467,630
New browsable image collection. Link provided by National Archives of Sweden.
Sweden, Göteborg och Bohus Church Records, 1577-1932; index 1659-1860
0
502,836
New browsable image collection. Link provided by National Archives of Sweden.
Sweden, Gotland Church Records, 1582-1940; index 1655-1860
0
339,850
New browsable image collection. Link provided by National Archives of Sweden.
Sweden, Halland Church Records, 1615-1904; index 1615-1860
0
351,775
New browsable image collection. Link provided by National Archives of Sweden.
Sweden, Jämtland Church Records, 1582-1928; index 1642-1860
0
163,075
New browsable image collection. Link provided by National Archives of Sweden.
Sweden, Jönköping Church Records, 1581-1935; index 1633-1860
0
721,027
New browsable image collection. Link provided by National Archives of Sweden.
Sweden, Kalmar Church Records, 1577-1907; index 1625-1860
0
616,487
New browsable image collection. Link provided by National Archives of Sweden.
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860
0
638,873
New browsable image collection. Link provided by National Archives of Sweden.
Sweden, Skaraborg Church Records, 1612-1921; index 1625-1860
0
557,037
New browsable image collection. Link provided by National Archives of Sweden.
U.S., Alabama State Census, 1855
34,978
0
New index collection.
U.S., Alabama State Census, 1866
243,781
0
New index collection.
U.S., Alabama, County Estate Records, 1800-1996
0
1,341,915
New browsable image collection.
U.S., Alabama, Sumter County Circuit Court Files, 1840-1950
0
38,097
New browsable image collection.
U.S., California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985
4,879,253
0
New index collection courtesy of Ancestry.com.
U.S., California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1931
0
63,571
Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997
0
1,034,024
New browsable image collection.
U.S., California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1967
0
69,534
Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Connecticut, Death Index, 1949-2001
1,408,326

New index collection courtesy of Ancestry.com.
U.S., Delaware, Vital Records, 1680-1962
0
1,497,613
New browsable image collection.
U.S., District of Columbia Marriages, 1811-1950
170,985
106,123
Added index records and added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Florida Marriages, 1830-1993
205,388
153,621
New index and new browsable image collection.
U.S., Florida, Tampa, Passenger Lists, 1898-1945
0
44,642
New browsable image collection.
U.S., Georgia Headright and Bounty Land Records, 1783-1909
0
10,376
Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Idaho, Cassia County Records, 1879-1960
0
24,647
Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Idaho, Cassia County Records, 1879-1960
0
46,802
New browsable image collection.
U.S., Idaho, Minidoka County Records, 1913-1961
0
41,712
New browsable image collection.
U.S., Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970
0
68,861
Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920
793,965

New index collection courtesy of Ancestry.com.
U.S., Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 (Jay and Hamilton counties)
102,538
0
Added index records to existing collection.
U.S., Kentucky, Confederate Pension Applications, 1912-1950
0
29,959
New browsable image collection.
U.S., Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954
66,977
46,724
Added index records and added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1910, 1960
0
19,330
New browsable image collection.
U.S., Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957
37,501
54,003
New index and new browsable image collection.
U.S., Louisiana, Second Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1948-1959
0
59,623
Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Maine, State Archive Collections, 1790-1966
0
20,768
Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Maine, Washington County Courthouse Records, 1785-1950
0
8,652
New browsable image collection.
U.S., Maryland, Garrett County Probate Estate and Guardianship Files, 1920-1940
0
123,415
New browsable image collection.
U.S., Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1629-1983
0
390,060
Added browsable images to existing collection for Baltimore and Somerset counties.
U.S., Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1891-1943
0
335,814
New browsable image collection.
U.S., Massachusetts, Death Index, 1970-2003
2,037,187
0
New index collection courtesy of Ancestry.com.
U.S., Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Estate Files, 1686-1881
0
35,108
Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920
0
283,997
New browsable image collection.
U.S., Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996
2,052,472
0
 New index collection courtesy of Ancestry.com.
U.S., Minnesota, Birth Index, 1935-2002
4,267,629
0
New index collection courtesy of Ancestry.com.
U.S., Minnesota, Clay County, School Census Records, 1909-1962
0
14,457
New browsable image collection.
U.S., Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002
2,931,700
0
 New index collection courtesy of Ancestry.com.
U.S., Mississippi Confederate Records, 1889-1942
0
12,669
New browsable image collection.
U.S., Mississippi Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications, 1900-1974
0
117,637
New browsable image collection.
U.S., Mississippi State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951
0
12,167
Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Mississippi, Tippah County Family Histories
0
3,860
New browsable image collection.
U.S., Montana, Cascade County Records, 1888-1945
0
180,071
New browsable image collection.
U.S., Montana, Cascade County Records, 1888-1955
0
86,033
Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Montana, Death Index, 1860-2007
663,371
0
New index collection courtesy of Ancestry.com.
U.S., New Jersey, Middlesex County Probate Records, 1830-1921
0
16,566
New browsable image collection.
U.S., New York State Census, 1875
1,674,675
0
Added index records to existing collection.
U.S., New York, County Marriages, 1908-1935
130,979
166,690
Added index records and added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787-1938
0
117,114
Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971
0
1,630,900
New browsable image collection.
U.S., New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1921
0
437,855
Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., North Carolina Civil Action Court Papers, 1712-1970
0
141,759
New browsable image collection.
U.S., North Carolina, Birth Index, 1800-2000
6,957,269
0
 New index collection courtesy of Ancestry.com.
U.S., North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979
374,219
102,264
Added index records and added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970
0
82,193
Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-1917
9,872
267,729
Missing information?
U.S., North Carolina, State Supreme Court Case Files, 1800-1909
0
169,607
Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Oklahoma County Marriages, 1891-1959
168,303
109,572
Added index records and added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Oregon, Columbia County Records, 1854-1958
0
14,420
Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Oregon, County Marriages, 1851-1975
48,542
41,178
Added index records and added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Oregon, Death Index, 1903-1998
1,447,641
0
New index collection courtesy of Ancestry.com.
U.S., Pennsylvania County Marriages, 1885-1950
1,325,465
1,167,074
New index and new browsable image collection.
U.S., Pennsylvania, Eastern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1795-1931
0
326,903
New browsable image collection.
U.S., Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1934
551,734
523,442
Added index records and added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997
17,102,207
0
New index collection courtesy of Ancestry.com.
U.S., Texas Deaths, 1890-1976
0
45,481
New images.
U.S., Texas Deaths, 1977-1986
0
79,765
Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977
79,137
0
Added index records to existing collection.
U.S., Texas, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Membership Applications, 1892-2010
0
28,899
Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Vermont, Bennington County, Manchester District Estate Files, 1779-1935
0
78,681
New browsable image collection.
U.S., Vermont, Franklin County Probate Records, 1796 to 1921
0
139,160
New browsable image collection.
U.S., Virginia, Historical Society Papers, 1607-2007
0
918,495
New browsable image collection.
U.S., Washington, County Records, 1856-2009
0
961,597
Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Wisconsin, Birth Index, 1820-1907
985,659
0
New index collection courtesy of Ancestry.com.
U.S., Wisconsin, Death Index, 1959-1997
1,629,093
0
New index collection courtesy of Ancestry.com.
U.S., Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1935
0
37,822
Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Wisconsin, Shawano and Oconto Counties, Indexes and Records, 1850-2007
0
27,614
New browsable image collection.
United States, Applications for Headstones for Military Veterans, 1925-1941
298,268
0
Added index records to existing collection.
United States, General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934
0
2,331,541
New browsable image collection.
United States, Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898
0
304,315
New browsable image collection.
United States, New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906
615,903
0
Added index records to existing collection.
United States, Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903
169,253
0
Added index records to existing collection.
Wales, Probate Abstracts, 1544-1858
0
1,737
Added browsable images to existing collection.