Thursday, March 28, 2013

National Genealogical Society Call for Papers Deadline is 1 April 2013 for the 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia


ARLINGTON, VA, 27 March 2013: Speakers as well as organizations interested in sponsoring lectures or tracks are invited to submit lecture proposals by 1 April 2013 for the NGS 2014 Family History Conference, Virginia: The First Frontier, to be held 7–10 May 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. Building on the records and history that draw so many back to their roots in the Old Dominion, we will explore the origins of those who settled within Virginia’s borders whether they came by land or sea.

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

Interested individuals and organizations should follow published guidelines at the NGS website, http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/call_for_papers.

Speakers may submit up to eight proposals electronically through the NGS website, http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/submit_your_proposal, no later than 1 April 2013.

Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture or track of lectures should review the details and sponsor requirements at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/sponsor_a_session. The deadline to submit sponsored lectures is also 1 April 2013.

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

Ancestry.com LLC Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results



Ancestry.com Subscriber Growth of 18% Year-Over-Year
Q4 Total Revenue $131.1 million, Up 26% Year-Over-Year

PROVO, Utah, March 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry.com LLC reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year1 ended December 31, 2012.

"We are pleased with our fourth quarter performance, as well as a successful and eventful 2012. Including Archives.com, which we acquired in 2012, we finished the year with 2.5 million subscribers across all of our family history websites," said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com. "We added significant valuable new content, continued to drive awareness of our brand through smart and efficient marketing, enhanced our user experience through key investments in product and technology, strengthened our mobile offerings, and launched our exciting new AncestryDNA service. As we move forward under our new ownership structure, we expect to continue to invest in new content, new product experiences, and new markets with a continued focus on making family history easier and more accessible for more people around the world."

Howard Hochhauser, Chief Financial and Chief Operating Officer, added, "In addition to our strong Q4 performance, we anticipate that our first quarter of 2013 will show a cash balance of approximately $70 million at March 31. This cash position combined with our anticipated first quarter adjusted EBITDA growth is expected to result in Ancestry.com reporting a debt-to-adjusted EBITDA ratio of approximately 4.8x, which would be nearly a full turn of improvement since our financing."

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Highlights
  • Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $131.1 million, an increase of 25.8% over $104.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, driven by growth in our core Ancestry.com branded websites revenues. For the full year 2012, total revenue was $487.1 million, an increase of 21.9% over the full year 2011, which was also driven by Ancestry.com website revenue growth.
     
  • Non-GAAP revenue2 for the fourth quarter and full year of 2012 was $131.7 million and $487.6 million, respectively.
     
  • Adjusted EBITDA3 for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $50.1 million, compared to $40.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Adjusted EBITDA margin for the fourth quarter of 2012 was 38.2%, compared to 39.0% in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year 2012, adjusted EBITDA was $178.8 million, compared to $144.8 million for the full year 2011. Adjusted EBITDA margin for the full year 2012 was 36.7%, compared to 36.2% for the full year 2011.
     
  • Net income (loss) for the fourth quarter 2012 was a loss of $(60.3) million for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to net income of $18.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year 2012, net loss was $(1.9) million compared to net income of $62.9 million for the full year 2011.
     
  • Free cash flow4 totaled $106.0 million for the full year 2012 compared to $106.4 million for the full year 2011.
     
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $35.7 million as of December 31, 2012.
     
  • Obligations under long-term debt totaled $970.0 million as of December 31, 2012.

                                                         
1 Fourth quarter and full year 2012 results reflect the combined periods preceding and succeeding the acquisition of Ancestry.com Inc. by a company controlled by Permira funds and co-investors. The transaction was consummated on December 28, 2012.

2 Non-GAAP revenues are defined as the revenues that would have been recognized, except for the write-down of deferred revenue to fair value as a result of the application of purchase accounting for the transaction. Non-GAAP revenues is calculated as total revenues plus the effects of non-cash adjustments to revenue from purchase accounting. 

3 Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) plus non-cash purchase accounting adjustments to revenue, interest and other (income) expense, net; income tax expense (benefit); non-cash charges including depreciation, amortization, impairment of intangible assets and stock-based compensation expense; and expenses associated with the transaction.

4 Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA capitalization of content databases, purchases of capital and equipment and cash paid for income taxes and interest.

Recent Business Highlights
  • Subscribers of Ancestry.com websites totaled approximately 2,016,000 as of December 31, 2012, an 18.4% increase over the end of the fourth quarter of 2011 and a 0.2% decrease from the end of the third quarter of 2012.
  • Ancestry.com was successfully acquired by a company controlled by the Permira funds and co-investors on December 28, 2012 for approximately $1.5 billion.
  • The Company ended the year with approximately 11.4 billion records, having added more than 1.6 billion new institutional records in 2012. New collections added in Q4 included: 
  • Canada Voters Lists — more than 88 million records
  • US Naturalizations from RI, OK, GA, FL, AK - more than 800,000 records
  • UK Electoral Rolls - more than 32 million records from London and Birmingham
  • Veteran's Affairs Burial Ledgers — 550,000 records
  • UK Revised New Series OS maps — detailed historical mapping for England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
  • 1940 Census Expanded Fielded Index — Added 13 new fields to each record, plus supplemental sampled questions. Now the most comprehensive 1940 census index available online.
  • The Ancestry Android app was named by Google as one of the top 12 apps of 2012. Ancestry mobile app was a winner of the 2013 Appy Awards, which honors the best apps in a diverse range of categories.
  • In less than one year of launch, AncestryDNA now has a database of more than 120,000 DNA samples, delivering more than 2 million fourth cousin DNA matches. DNA matches are also now hinted to Ancestry.com members as part of the Shaky Leaf hinting feature on the site.
  • The Company launched Newspapers.com, a powerful and affordable new website designed to offer a historically rich collection of more than 1,000 U.S. newspapers dating from the late 1700s into the early 2000s.
Conference Call & Webcast

Ancestry.com will host a conference call today at 3:00 p.m. MT (5:00 p.m. ET). Participants can access the conference call by dialing (719) 325-2463 approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.

Financial Statements

For access to Ancestry.com's 2012 annual report please call or email Investor Relations at (801) 705-7942 or ir@ancestry.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

The Company believes that non-GAAP revenues, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow are useful measures of operating performance because they exclude items that the Company does not consider indicative of its core performance. Non-GAAP revenue is calculated by adding the effects of non-cash adjustments to revenue from purchase accounting for the transaction. In the case of adjusted EBITDA, net income (loss) is adjusted for such expenses as non-cash purchase accounting adjustments to revenue, interest and other (income) expense, net; income tax expense (benefit); non-cash charges including depreciation, amortization, impairment of intangible assets and stock-based compensation expense; and expenses associated with the transaction. Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA the capitalization of content databases, purchases of property and equipment and cash paid for income taxes and interest. However, these non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, revenue, net income and net cash provided by operating activities, or other financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation to the GAAP equivalents of these non-GAAP measures is contained in tabular form on the attached unaudited summary financial statements.

The Company uses non-GAAP revenues, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow as measures of operating performance; for planning purposes, including the preparation of the annual operating budget; to allocate resources to enhance the financial performance of its business; to evaluate the effectiveness of its business strategies; to provide consistency and comparability with past financial performance; to facilitate a comparison of its results with those of other companies; and in communications with its operating committee concerning its financial performance. The Company also uses non-GAAP revenues and adjusted EBITDA as factors when determining the incentive compensation pool.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com Inc. is the world's largest online family history resource with approximately 2.5 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 11 billion records have been added to the Ancestry.com sites and users have created more than 45 million family trees containing more than 4 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, the company operates several Ancestry international websites along with a suite of online family history brands including Archives.com, Fold3.com and Newspapers.com, all designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

The Ancestry.com, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=13617

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or to future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause the Company's actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as "appears," "may," "designed," "expect," "intend," "focus," "seek," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "should," "continue" or "work" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements include statements describing the Company's subscriber base, its reach, its activities to enhance subscribers' experience and deliver product innovations and enhancements, improved features and tools, its activities to develop and promote its products (including DNA services), its business outlook, its leadership position and its opportunities and prospects for growth, including growth in revenues, adjusted EBITDA and number of subscribers. These forward-looking statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date of this press release. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include a variety of factors, some of which are beyond the Company's control. In particular, such risks and uncertainties include the Company's continued ability to attract and retain subscribers; its continued ability to acquire content and make it available online; its ability to add tools and features and provide value to satisfy customer demand; difficulties encountered in integrating acquired businesses and retaining customers; the timing and amount of investments in the Company's DNA service; market conditions; the Company's substantial debt obligations as a result of the acquisition of the Company by a company controlled by the Permira funds and co-investors; the availability of cash and credit; the adverse impact of competitive product announcements; failure to achieve anticipated revenues and operating performance; changes in overall economic conditions; the loss of key employees; competitors' actions; pricing and gross margin pressures; inability to control costs and expenses; and significant litigation.

These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

FGS Partners with German Association of Genealogical Associations


The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces a new partnership with Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände e. V. (DAGV), an umbrella organization of genealogical and heraldic associations in Germany, in order to further the exchange of ideas and information between genealogists and family historians across the globe.

Originally announced during the recent RootsTech 2013 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, March 23, 2013, FGS and DAGV will work to “develop technical solutions to preserve and present records and to increase the mutual contact” between both societies and their members.

DAGV, founded in Frankfurt am Main in 1949 and based in Stuttgart, represents 63 member associations in Germany with a total of 20,000 individual members among the organizations. Combined with the over 500 member associations and 500,000 individuals represented by FGS, both organizations intend to work closely together within the world umbrella organization of the Confédération Internationale de Généalogie et d'Héraldique (CIGH).

A prevailing goal of this new alliance between FGS and DAGV is for a World Conference to be held in the near future to further the public’s interest in genealogy. Both organizations will focus on strengthening the world organization in order to build bridges for generations to come and setting the world family history research agenda for the 21st century.

Dirk Weissleder, DAGV National Chairman stated “ I personally want to ensure strong co-operation between our two umbrella organizations in the US and Germany. In order to support genealogical research at this level, we must leverage our personal contacts in sharing information and experiences. A key initiative will be to get younger people interested in genealogy through the use of the Internet as well as the structures of our genealogical societies.”

D. Joshua Taylor, FGS President, added: “The challenges and opportunities facing genealogical societies are not limited by geography and it is an an honor and privilege to begin looking at ways our organizations can work together for the future of a global family history community.”

Visit the DAGV website at http://dagv.org for more information about its projects, publications and activities. And follow FGS at http://fgs.org or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/fgsgenealogy.

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.

New Course Begins April 1st: Demystifying Culture & Folklore


For Immediate Release
March 28, 2013



National Institute for Genealogical Studies Announces New Course Written by Genealogist Jean Wilcox Hibben: Demystifying Culture & Folklore


The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is proud to announce its newest course, Demystifying Culture & Folklore. This  course was written by genealogist, lecturer, and author Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD., MA, CGSM. The first course start date is Monday, April 1, 2013 and it will be offered every three months. 

Culture/Folklore and its accompanying behaviors, traditions, stories, etc. are an integral part of who we are as human beings. This course encourages students to explore their own roots to determine: How their primary cultures (Race, Ethnicity, Nationality) have influenced their ancestors over the generations and how their subcultures (religion, family, occupations, etc.) have been formed and influenced by the intergenerational folklore passed down from ancestors.

About this course, instructor Jean Wilcox Hibben remarked, “I believe that who we are is a compilation of our experiences and associations as well as our biological connections. When we understand our ancestors, we can better understand ourselves. By doing this, we can complete and appreciate our family circles.”

Beverly Rice, CGSM Director of the American Records courses says, “The culture and traditions that individuals bring from their ancestral homeland influence the decisions they make and the lives they lead. Culture and folklore influence us and our actions. This new course is unique in that it looks at family history from a different perspective. It helps students learn how family history research is more than just researching records. We are about what we inherited from our ancestors.”

Sign up for this course today from our website . 

If you have any questions about this course or the National Institutefor Genealogical Studies, call us at 1-800-580-0165 or email us at admin@genealogicalstudies.com.


About The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

The National Institute, leaders in online genealogy education, has been offering genealogy and history courses for over 14 years. We now offer over 200 courses in genealogical studies to help enhance researcher’s skills.

For those looking to acquire more formal educational training, The National Institute offers Certificate Programs in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and the United States, as well as a General Methodology and a Librarianship Certificate Program.

For more information please call us toll-free in North America at
1-800-580-0165 or email us at admin@genealogicalstudies.com.

For more information:
Louise St Denis
1-800-580-0165 (North American)
416-861-0165
039 018 5544 ( Australia and New Zealand)
020 3239 3835 (United Kingdom)
Skype: louisestd



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

National Genealogical Society Presents Research in Washington, DC 3–9 November 2013


ARLINGTON, VA, 27 March 2013: The National Genealogical Society will be presenting a hands-on research trip to Washington, DC, from 3–9 November 2013. Under the guidance of Craig Roberts Scott, CGSM, and Patricia Walls Stamm, CGSM, CGLSM, twenty-six researchers will use the genealogical resources at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library, and the Library of Congress (LOC).

The Research Package includes:

  • Six days of research at three noteworthy Washington, DC, facilities (the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the Daughters of the American Revolution Library)
  • Online Training and Preparation Assistance for the 2013 Washington, DC, Research Trip
  • Orientation and dessert get-together on Sunday at the hotel
  • Research consultations with leaders throughout the trip
  • Friday evening group meal
  • Six nights at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn, which includes daily continental breakfast, free Internet in rooms, and parking.
  • Fees and taxes included

Costs do not include either the transportation to Washington, DC, or within the city, or any other meals other than those shown above. The package price varies depending upon room occupancy and National Genealogical Society membership status. Payment is required in full at the time of registration. Costs are as follows:

Registration Fees
Member 
Non-Member 
Double/Shared Room
Before 16 August
16 August and after

$   900
$1,400

$1,200
$1,700
Single Room
Before 16 August
16 August and after

$1,100
$1,500

$1,400
$1,800
Person with
non-researching spouse*
Before 16 August
16 August and after

$1,400
$1,600

$1,600
$1,800


*non-researching spouse receives the benefits of the orientation, daily continental breakfast, and Friday evening group meal.

The trip hosts, Craig Roberts Scott, CGSM, and Patricia Walls Stamm, CGSM, CGLSM, will be joined by Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CGSM FNGS, and Patricia O’Brien Shawker, CGSM. All are seasoned experts in conducting research in Washington, DC, facilities.

Craig Roberts Scott, CGSM, is a professional genealogist specializing in records in the National Archives, Washington, DC, since 1985. He has written several books and articles that relate to research in the National Archives. He has lectured at National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies national conferences since 1990. Craig has coordinated and lectured in the military records tracks at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). He continues to lecture around the country on military records and problem solving. He has served on the Board of the Association of Professional Genealogists for several terms. Craig is also the president and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc.

Patricia Walls Stamm, CGSM, CGLSM, serves as the Education Manager of the National Genealogical Society. Pat lectures on a wide variety of topics at many of the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies national conferences. She is a graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). Pat is an instructor at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), St. Louis Community College, and the St. Louis Genealogical Society.


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

Friday, March 22, 2013

Half a Million Wiltshire Records Now Available Online

MOONRAKERS, QUAKERS AND CHOCOLATE MAKERS – HALF A MILLION HISTORIC WILTSHIRE RECORDS AVAILABLE ONLINE
Historic records from the South West now available on
Ancestry.co.uk



Ancestry.co.uk, the UK’s favourite family history website, has today launched online Wiltshire Church Records, 1538 – 1897 and Wiltshire Quaker Birth & Death records 1542 - 1897 a combined collection of more than half a million historic Anglican and Quaker marriage, birth and death records – offering unique insight into the history of many non-conformists in Wiltshire.

Spanning over 350 years, the records include more than 500,000 marriages from all 327 Wiltshire parishes, as well as more than 3,300 Wiltshire Quaker births and deaths.

Well-known as the home of ancient Neolithic site Stonehenge and for its wool-producing history, the county of Wiltshire was home to many members of the prominent Quaker family the Frys. Included in the collection are birth records for Cornelius and William Storrs Fry - brothers of chocolate dynasty founder Joseph Fry, whose chocolate company Fry, Vaughan & Co was famed for creating the first ever chocolate Easter egg in the UK.

The records are available to search by criteria including name, age and residence and in some cases detail addresses, occupations and parents’ names. Miriam Silverman, Senior Content Manager at Ancestry.co.uk said “These records are a fantastic resource for anyone interested in finding out more about their ancestors in Wiltshire – non-conformist or otherwise. The collection is also a significant addition to the Wiltshire records we currently have on Ancestry.co.uk, including almost 27,000 Wiltshire Extracted Parish Records.”

For more information, visit www.ancestry.co.uk. (Anyone with an Ancestry.com World Explorer membership can access and search all of Ancestry.com’s global sites including Ancestry.co.uk.)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

PhotoTree.com Announces: 19th Century Card Photos KwikGuide™




A Step-by-Step Guide to Identifying and Dating Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Cards


March 21, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT.  Phototree.com™, the leader in delivering historical photograph information to genealogists and collectors, unveiled at the RootsTech 2013 conference their latest book titled 19th Century Card Photos KwikGuide™, A Step-by-Step to Identifying and Dating Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Cards.  Written for the experienced and novice genealogists or historian, this book guides the reader through the steps used to determine the date of old card photographs.

The full color KwikGuide is written in an easy to follow, step-by-step format that walks the reader through the common and seldom used photograph characteristics that can help the researcher determine a photograph’s date usually within two to six years.

This book is an update of the popular version released for the iPad two years ago.  New research includes a section on foreign photographs and their similarities with American photographs.

The KwikGuide chapters include :
  • A Brief History of Photography
  • Cartes de Visite
  • Cabinet Cards
  • Studio Props
  • Unique Photograph Formats
  • 20th Century Photograph Introduction
  • Appendixes of common photograph sizes and web research.

With over 200 color photographs and 90 pages, each chapter reveals the clues that indicate when the photograph was taken. This helps the genealogist determine who the picture could be, and just as important, who the picture could not be. For the historian and photo collector, establishing a valid photograph date is important to context, historical accuracy, and even value of the photograph.
19th Century Card Photos KwikGuide is available for $17.95 through the PhotoTree.com website (www.phototree.com), from Family Roots Publishing (www.familyrootspublishing.com), and Amazon.com (www.amazon.com).

About the Author
Gary Clark is a professional photographer, restorer, and genealogist who has merged these skills with his passion for collecting photographs.  His 30 years of experience in digital imaging brings a unique and thorough understanding of photograph problems and how to solve them. Clark introduced PhotoTree.com to genealogists and collectors in 2000, and he continually expands the free information with a gallery of over 1,000 images, weekly case studies, and historical information about 19th century photographs.

Contact:                                               Gary Clark, gary@phototree.com
Images & Press Release:                               www.phototree.com/news.htm
PhotoTree.com and KwikGuide are a trademarks of PhotoTree.com.
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The Couragent, Inc. Flip-Pal mobile scanner Team Attending RootsTech 2013


Announcing the new Flip-Pal Software 2 with a brand new Flip-Pal Toolbox 2 design

Fort Collins, CO (PRWEB) March 21, 2013 - The Couragent, Inc. Flip-Pal mobile scanner team will be attending the RootsTech Family History and Technology Conference, March 21-23, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT. This unique conference brings technologists together with genealogists to find solutions to the challenges of genealogy research. During the three-day conference members of the Flip-Pal mobile scanner team will demonstrate the benefits of using the new Flip-Pal Software and Flip-Pal Toolbox in booth # 328.

Flip-Pal Software 2 comes with a new, intuitive interface with web-like navigation. When customers use the Flip-Pal EasyStitch software to “stitch” scans of large originals, they will appreciate that the scans to be stitched, as well as the final stitched images, are larger and easier to view. Scans can easily be shared and uploaded to the web—and the new “Community” page allows users to connect with other Flip-Pal mobile scanner owners, partners, videos and more. With the Flip-Pal Software 2, users can easily get the latest changes in Flip-Pal tools and software with a single button.

Customers can update to the new Flip-Pal Software 2 by visiting flip-pal.com/customer-care and clicking the “downloads” tab.

Diane Miller, Flip-Pal mobile scanner genealogy expert, will demonstrate the new Flip-Pal Software 2 and Flip-Pal Toolbox 2 design at the Demo Theater in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday, March 21 at 4:20 p.m.
Also on Thursday, at 4:15 p.m., Flip-Pal mobile scanner ambassador Thomas MacEntee will present “Collecting the Fabric of Life – Scanning in 3D” in Room 255B.

“We are very proud of the new features and functionality of the Flip-Pal software and toolbox. We believe our customers and partners will find it much more intuitive and simple to use,” said Gordon Nuttall, Founder and CEO of Couragent, the maker of the Flip-Pal mobile scanner.

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. Flip-Pal mobile scanner partners will be selling the scanner in the Exhibit Hall during the conference.

The Flip-Pal mobile scanner redefines photo and document scanning. With its patented flip-and-scan technology, the scanner is placed on an object, keeping it safely in place rather than having to remove it from an album or frame. The exclusive EasyStitch software can take multiple overlapping scans and “stitch” them back together to form one complete image, a major “memory collection” enhancement for the burgeoning scrapbooking and genealogy markets, and for millions of households who want to preserve their family histories, photographs and precious memories.

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 that are 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: http://couragent.net
The Flip-Pal mobile scanner website: http://flip-pal.com

Monday, March 18, 2013

FGS Joins Coalition Urging Changes to Technology and Privacy Laws for Records Access


March 18, 2013 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) has joined the American Library Association, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology, as well as other organizations, in an effort to ensure continued access to records for the genealogy and family history communities.

The coalition, in a letter dated March 19, 2013, is urging Senator Orrin Hatch (Utah) to take a leadership role on important issues involving technology, privacy and genealogy records access. These include:
  • updating the laws and regulations governing the use of the "Death Master File" of the Social Security Administration and its commercially available Social Security Death Index (SSDI); and
  • updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).
FGS and other coalition members have called upon Hatch to take action due to his “contributions to facilitating genealogical research . . . commitment to both law enforcement and privacy, and . . . interest in promoting development of the technology sector.”

The coalition seeks changes to recent laws and policies which threaten access to records vital to the field of genealogy as well as “genealogists who work to identify military remains, who work with coroners’ offices and medical examiners, who are forensic genealogists, heir researchers, and those researching individual genetically inherited diseases.”

The list of coalition members includes:
  • American Library Association
  • Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights
  • The Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA)
  • Dick Eastman, Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Liberty Coalition
  • Records Preservation and Access Committee
  • Thomas A. Schatz, President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
  • SpiderOak
FGS President D. Joshua Taylor, notes “As a leader among the genealogical community, FGS is excited to engage in an important conversation to develop constructive solutions that protect individual privacy, while maintaining suitable access for millions interested in researching their family tree.”

To follow the latest developments involving these issues important to all genealogists, follow the Records Access and Preservation Committee blog at http://www.fgs.org/rpac/.

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.

UGA South Davis Family History Fair

The UGA South Davis Family History Fair is April 19th & 20th


Looking for a low cost education opportunity with nationally known speakers?  Then plan on coming to the UGA South Davis Family History Fair on April 19-20 at the Woods Cross High School in Woods Cross Utah.  Register today at ugagenealogy.org. 
 
The keynote speaker for Friday evening's session will be DENISE MAY LEVENICK, "The Family Curator", speaker and author of  "How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records"  The title for her presentation is "Treasures in the Attic: Every Keepsake Has a Story."  This will begin at 7:00 pm Friday evening and is free to the public.
 
 
 
 
David RencherSaturday's program will start at 8 am with a keynote address by DAVID RENCHER, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch - entitled "Preserve the Pensions – The Community Makes a Difference!"

 
Check out the complete schedule of classes for Saturday.  There will be many different subjects relating to family history and great vendors will be showing all the newest in Family History products.
 
Cost for the fair is only $10.00 for UGA members and $15.00 for non-UGA attendees. The cost includes the syllabus on CD containing the handouts for all classes.  The printed syllabus will be $15.00 for UGA members and $20.00 for non-UGA attendees.  Register at the UGA website www.ugagenealogy.org
 
Come and join us for the 16th year of this great community event!!  
 
If you would like to attend for free, SIGN UP AS A VOLUNTEER by contacting Kim Mason at kimberrmason@gmail.com.

We'll see you there!

Zap The Grandma Gap Workbook Released

Zap The Grandma Gap Power Up Workbook
18 March 2013    Most parents and grandparents would do anything and everything to raise the youth in their family to be successful adults.  There are play groups and preschool lessons, music and dance, sports, tutoring and youth groups, the right schools, the right nutrition, etc.etc.  However, many people miss one of the most basic and foundational things that can set a child up for success in life—teaching their child about their family’s history. 

To help, Family ChartMasters has published another unique resource that looks at family history in an engaging and youthful way so that anyone can easily engage the youth in their family with their history.  In conjunction with her corresponding lectures at the RootsTech conference this week, Janet Hovorka has written the new  Zap the Grandma Gap Power Up Workbook: The Particulars About How To Connect With Your Family by Connecting Them To Their Family History, a hands-on book with step by step instructions, procedures, templates and resources that will help teach the next generation to love their heritage.  In the fill-in-the-blank book you will find:
•    Brainstorming activities to spark ideas
•    Suggestions for travel
•    Checklists and invitations for parties
•    Outlines for children’s books and activity books
•    Templates for games
•    Designs for recipe cards and ornaments
•    Surveys of the best websites
•    Ideas for incentives
•    Lists of interview questions
•    And instructions and templates for many other activities
This book discusses many ways to combine a family’s specific heritage with the specific interests of their particular youth.

The workbook is a companion to the book Zap the Grandma Gap: Connect With Your Family by Connecting Them To Their Family History.  This new book has already inspired families throughout the world about the importance of family history in connecting today’s families.  In it parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles can learn:
•    How to prepare for further curiosity by infusing their surroundings with their history.
•    Why plugging into the net is the easiest way to plug their family into their past
•    How to utilize your talents to teach their family about their history
•    Why discovering the surrounding history together makes their progenitors come alive.
•    How to pull their posterity close by carefully creating and recording today’s history.
•    Why it is important to simplify their family’s story their family can appreciate the past.

Author Janet Hovorka comes from a family that practices the principles found in this book.  As a librarian, she helped people at the BYU library with their family history research but was completely uninterested in her own. Janet inherited a large amount of genealogy from her mother and grandmother, both wonderful genealogists who lived family history in a way that was attractive and inviting.  Eventually Janet woke up to the soul satisfaction of learning about her past.  Most recently she has found great joy in encouraging her teenage children's genealogical interests. Janet has returned this last month from speaking at the Who Do You Think You Are Conference in London, and the North Florida Genealogy Conference where she gave several lectures about engaging the next generation with their family history.  Among other topics, she will be speaking this weekend at the RootsTech conference on “The Cool Parts of Genealogy: Engaging My Teenagers Case Study.”  Understanding the good and the bad in their own family history can help anyone deal with their family members and their lives in a more healthy way.

Zap the Grandma Gap Power Up Workbook: The Particulars About How To Connect With Your Family by Connecting Them To Their Family History by Janet Hovorka is available now at www.zapthegrandmagap.com, at bookstores and by calling 801-872-4278.  A 24 page excerpt of the workbook and a 28 page excerpt of the book are available for free on the website along with downloads of other supporting materials.  Sign up on the homepage for a free 52 week e-newsletter with even more ideas on how to engage the next generation with their family history.

About the Author:  Janet Hovorka received a B.A. in Ancient Near Eastern History and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from BYU.  She and her husband Kim Hovorka own Family ChartMasters (www.familychartmasters.com) —official, award winning printers for most of the genealogy software and database companies.  She is currently serving as President of the Utah Genealogical Association and teaches courses in library skills and genealogy at Salt Lake Community College.  Janet writes the The Chart Chick blog (www.thechartchick.com), has written for numerous genealogy publications, and has presented 100s of lectures all over the world to help people learn more about their past. 

Media kit available upon request. 

Zap the Grandma Gap : Connect With Your Family by Connecting Them To Their Family History by Janet Hovorka.  Published by Family ChartMasters: Cedar Hills, Utah, 2013. Paperback, $23.95 194pp.  ISBN 978-0-9888548-0-2.
Zap the Grandma Gap Power Up Workbook: The Particulars About How To Connect With Your Family by Connecting Them To Their Family History by Janet Hovorka.  Published by Family ChartMasters: Cedar Hills, Utah, 2013. Paperback, $23.95 103pp.  ISBN 978-0-9888548-1-9.


Direct Contact: Janet Hovorka
janet@zapthegrandmagap.com
www.zapthegrandmagap.com
www.janethovorka.com

Monday, March 11, 2013

3 million baptism, marriage and burial records from Westminster published online


3 million baptism, marriage and burial records from Westminster published online

Sydney, Tuesday 12 March, 2013: Leading family history site, findmypast.com.au has today published online for the first time British parish records held by the City of Westminster Archives Centre.

The Westminster Collection comprises fully searchable transcripts and scanned images of the parish registers dating back over 400 years.

The 3 million records cover the period 1538-1945 and come from over 50 Westminster churches including St Anne, Soho, St Clement Danes, St George Hanover Square, St James Westminster, St Margaret Westminster, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Mary-le-Strand and St Paul Covent Garden.

Some of the fascinating documents now available online detail the wedding of Theodore Roosevelt, the former US President, in 1886; the marriage of Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel; and the marriage of poet Percy Shelley.

Vicki Dawson, General Manager of findmypast.com.au, said: “The Westminster Collection is one of the largest regional parish record collections we have ever published online and contains some truly wonderful gems.

“Family historians or people looking into their past, wherever they are in the world, can now search this historical goldmine and uncover the fascinating stories of their London ancestors. There is plenty of intrigue in the records to pique the interest of social historians too.”

Adrian Autton, Archives Manager at Westminster Archives commented: “The launch of the Westminster Collection is of huge significance and makes Westminster records fully accessible to a global audience. This resource will be of immense value to anyone whose ancestors lived in Westminster and to anyone wishing to study the rich heritage of this truly great city.”

The new Westminster Collection at findmypast.co.uk joins a growing resource of official parish records from local archives, including Cheshire Archives & Local Studies, Manchester City Council and Plymouth and West Devon Records Office, with many more in the pipeline, due to go live in the coming months. In addition, over 40 million parish records from family history societies can be found at findmypast.co.uk in partnership with the Federation of Family History Societies.

The Westminster Collection is available on all of findmypast’s international sites as part of a World Subscription.

Early Bird Registration Discount Ends Soon 2013 Family History Conference


Early Bird Registration Discount Ends Soon 2013 Family History Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada, 8–11 May 2013
Building New Bridges

ARLINGTON, VA, 11 March 2013: The NGS 2013 Family History Conference will be held 8–11 May 2013 at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (LVH), Las Vegas, Nevada. Register for the conference today! The early bird registration discount ends on Tuesday, 19 March 2013. In addition to enjoying a $35 discount, only early birds have the opportunity to order a printed syllabus. (Everyone will receive a syllabus on flash drive.) NGS members get even deeper discounts, so this is a great time to join.

Space is still available for all conference social events including the Tuesday bus tours, luncheons, and breakfasts.

The opening session at this year's conference will be held on Wednesday morning,
8 May 2013, at 8:00 a.m. The keynote address will be presented by Marian Smith, Chief, Historical Research Branch, USCIS. Using immigration and naturalization as examples, this presentation will explore the importance of national policy changes to ancestors, their records, and your genealogical research.

All full-conference registrants will be entered in a drawing to win a seven-night stay at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square, courtesy of the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel. The prize will also include a free spot on one the Ancestor Seekers Salt Lake City research trips. Be sure to attend the opening session to find out if you are the winner. The winner must be present at the opening session to claim the prize.

To register online, visit the NGS website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/attendee_registration and complete the registration form.

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

Friday, March 8, 2013

2013 FGS Conference Registration is Open


“Journey through Generations” – A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

March 8, 2013 – Austin, TX. Online registration is now open for the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, scheduled for 21-24 August 2013 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Register at http://www.fgsconference.org by 1 July 2013 for an early-bird discount. This year’s conference theme is “Journey through Generations,” and the local hosts are the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) and the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI).

This year’s FGS conference offers an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in researching their family history. This conference will offer over 160 educational sessions on records, strategies, and tools for genealogists of all levels. Ten different sponsored luncheons will provide opportunities for networking.

Session sponsors include FamilySearch, findmypast.com, Ancestry.com, Archives.com, Fold3, Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, National Archives and Records Administration, and the Indiana Historical Society.

Conference Highlights

  • Conference Sessions: A wide variety of genealogy-related lectures and workshops for all experience levels. Attendees will be able to learn about Midwest research, African American research, European research, military research, genetics, technology, migration, methodology and more.
  • Focus on Societies: On Wednesday, August 21, 2013, sessions are jam-packed with ideas and tools to help societies promote themselves, increase membership, and develop sources of revenue.
  • Librarians’ Day: On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, ProQuest will sponsor a full pre-conference day of sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals serving family history researchers.
  • Special Events: Include FGS Opening Social at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory and “Journey Through the Genearations with Our Veterans” at the Allen County Public Library.
  • Exhibit Hall: The large exhibit hall will feature the latest software, books, maps, databases and gadgets on the market for genealogists and family historians, as well as information about genealogical organizations. Representatives of FGS member societies will staff their booths in the special Society Showcase area.
  • Extended Hours at ACPL: The Genealogy Center at ACPL will open early and stay open late during the FGS 2013 conference week to help genealogist maximize their research time.

There are more activities and research opportunities too numerous to list. However, you can learn all about the 2013 FGS Conference and register for this exciting four-day event at http://www.fgsconference.org. Be sure to also visit or subscribe to the FGS Conference Blog at http://www.fgsconferenceblog.org for more information.

We look forward to seeing you in Fort Wayne 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.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Follow Your Name – New Genealogy Alert Feature at WikiTree


Wiki Genealogy Feed Tracks New Activity for Specific Family Names

March 7, 2013: WikiTree, a community of genealogists and family historians committed to growing a 100% free worldwide family tree, announces its latest new feature: Surname Following. Now, genealogy researchers interested in any family name can receive updates via email when other WikiTree users post content related to that name.

Utilizing the new Wiki Genealogy Feed, users at WikiTree can enter specific surnames to follow. By doing so, they’ll receive an alert when new content is added to the WikiTree database or when there is a question, answer, or comment connected to any of their followed surnames at the WikiTree G2G (“Genealogist to Genealogist”) Q&A forum.

This new feature should prove useful for anyone researching family history and especially for those participating in a “one name study” which has increased in popularity.

Thomas MacEntee, genealogy educator and author says, “There’s just so much information to keep up with on the Internet these days, even when it comes to genealogy and my own research. Having some form of an alert that lets me know when there is new information helps me manage my research time better. This is just another WikiTree feature that helps me research smarter!”

Genealogy and family history researchers are invited to take WikiTree and the new Surname Following feature for a test drive by visiting http://www.WikiTree.com. This new feature and all the other innovative tools for genealogists at WikiTree are completely free.

About WikiTree: Growing since 2008, WikiTree.com is a 100% free shared family tree website that balances privacy and collaboration. Community members privately collaborate with close family members on modern family history and publicly collaborate with other genealogists on deep ancestry. Since all the private and public profiles are connected on the same system this process is helping to grow a single, worldwide family tree that will eventually connect us all and thereby make it free and easy for anyone to discover their roots. See http://www.WikiTree.com.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Parish Registers added to Westminster Collection on findmypast.com


400 Years of Baptism, Marriage, and Burial History Published Online

Findmypast.com just added millions of new parish registers to its Westminster Collection. Family historians can now search for London ancestors on transcripts and scanned images of these parish records from the city of Westminster that date back more than 400 years.

The Westminster Parish records cover the period 1538-1945 and come from more than 50 Westminster churches, including St. Anne, Soho, St. Clement Danes, St. George Hanover Square, St. James Westminster, St. Margaret Westminster, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. Mary-le-Strand and St. Paul Covent Garden.

Parishes are renowned for keeping detailed records of congregation members, including baptismal, marriage and funeral records. Findmypast.com has tens of million parish records, including those from Wales, England and Scotland that date all the way back to 1538.

(How to use parish records in family history research)

In this new addition, you can find details of President Theodore Roosevelt’s wedding in 1886; the marriage of UK Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel; and the marriage of poet Percy Shelley.

“Parish records offer a wealth of information for genealogists,” said D. Joshua Taylor, findmypast.com lead genealogist. “Stretching back hundreds of years, they offer a glimpse into some of the most important moments in the lives of churchgoers and their families.”

The Westminster Collection at findmypast.com is part of a growing resource of official parish records from local archives, including Cheshire Archives & Local Studies, Manchester City Council and Plymouth and West Devon Records Office, with many more in the pipeline, due to go live in the coming months.

The Westminster Collection is available on all of findmypast’s international sites as part of a World Subscription.

Findmypast.com’s expertise at digitizing historical records and uniting communities provides the tools to help people connect with their past and present.

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

• Like findmypast on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/findmypastus
• Follow findmypast on Twitter at https://twitter.com/findmypastus
• Follow findmypast on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/findmypastus/

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

136 Hours Of Genealogy Classes Now Available At Familytreewebinars.Com


New Annual/Monthly Webinar Memberships Provide Anytime-Access to Entire Webinar Archives and Instructors’ Handouts

Genealogists and family historians can now have anytime, anywhere and unlimited access to the nearly 100 recorded genealogy webinars and more than 350 pages of instructors’ handouts that have been part of the Legacy Family Tree Webinar series with their new website at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com.

Access to the complete archives (over 136 hours of classes) is now available through an annual or monthly Webinar Membership at the introductory price of $49.95 (annually) or $9.95 (monthly). Watching the live, weekly webinars continues to be free (36 more are scheduled in 2013), and visitors are free to view recordings for one week after a live presentation. For Webinar Members, new recordings and handouts will be added monthly at no extra cost.

A leader in online genealogy education, the Legacy Family Tree Webinar series has been attended by researchers in more than 100 countries. “I’m excited to bring quality genealogy education into the homes of genealogists world-wide,” said Legacy Family Tree Webinars host, Geoff Rasmussen. “Genealogists from the most remote parts of the world have been able to learn from some of genealogy’s finest instructors because of these webinars. It’s been fun to help pioneer this technology for our industry.”

FamilyTreeWebinars.com currently features 36 of genealogy’s leading educators including Megan Smolenyak, Thomas MacEntee, Barbara Renick, DearMYRTLE, Marian Pierre-Louis, Maureen Taylor, Geoff Rasmussen, Lisa Alzo, and Karen Clifford. Click here for the complete list. Subjects include:

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