Monday, April 29, 2013

National Genealogical Society Announces Release of New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County Research Guide

Arlington, VA, 29 April 2013: The National Genealogical Society announces the release of the newest edition in its Research in the States series: Research in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County. This publication was written by native New Yorker and nationally recognized genealogist Laura Murphy DeGrazia, cg, fgbs. Laura is a trustee and former president of BCG and co-editor of the NYG&B Record. Barbara Vines Little, cg, fngs, fvgs, is a former NGS president and is the current editor of the NGS Research in the States series and the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy.

Research in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County is an introduction to resources and repositories essential to genealogical research in these geographic areas. “Millions of Americans have ancestors who spent some time in the New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County area,” said Laura Murphy DeGrazia, author, “and knowing what resources exist and where they are located can help family historians be more successful in their research.”

The guide will be available for sale at the NGS 2013 Family History Conference in Las Vegas from 8–11 May in the NGS booth (#205). Author Laura Murphy DeGrazia will be available for book signings at the NGS conference booth on Thursday, 9 May from 9:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m.

Research in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County will be available in the NGS store at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/research_in_the_states in a PDF and print version beginning 8 May; the print version will ship after 20 May. Other titles in the Research in the States series, which are also available in PDF and print form, include Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Additional states and a full New York State guide are planned for the future.

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.

A New Tool for Finding Obituaries


GenealogyInTime Magazine, the world’s largest online genealogy magazine, has made it much easier to find obituaries. Online obituaries are now incorporated into the free Genealogy Search Engine. Most obituaries are indexed by the search engine within 24 hours of appearing on the internet. The Genealogy Search Engine also contains a substantial number of older obituaries. So instead of searching all over the internet for an obituary of a friend, family member or acquaintance, the Genealogy Search Engine will find the obituary for you. Simply enter the name of the person in quotes into the search engine to find the obituary.

GenealogyInTime Magazine continues to grow by providing the tools and resources to help people find their ancestors for free. The Genealogy Search Engine and the complementary Family Tree Search Engine now search over 6 billion records. Thousands of searches are conducted each day on both search engines.

To learn more about this latest advancement from GenealogyInTime Magazine, read A New Way to Find Obituaries.

To learn more about GenealogyInTime Magazine and what it can do to help you find your ancestors, visit our home page.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Southern California Genealogical Society Announces Winners of GENEii Writing Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 GENEii Family History Writers Contest, which is sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society. Many thanks to the 33 authors who collectively contributed 47 entries making this the largest GENEii contest ever. 

All of the winning submissions will be published in The Searcher; the dates of publication are indicated below.


Category 1: submissions from 1,000 to 2,000 words

1st Place 1: Ben Chinoy, Once in a Lifetime - Summer 2013

2nd Place: Janice Preston Horton, Feed Me I'm Yours - Spring 2014
3rd Place: Linda Gartz, The Ripple Effect - Winter 2014
Finalist: Linda D Menicucci, How To Clean A House - Summer 2013
Finalist: Sylvia Ney, Homegrown Love - Spring 2014
Honorable Mention: Virgina McGee Butler, Please, Just Call Her Anna - Autumn 2013
Honorable Mention: Bonnie Herold, And Morning Broke - Winter 2014

Category 2: submissions under 1,000 words

1st Place: Jeffery Cohen, The Road Block - Summer 2013
2nd Place: Willie Wilburn Walker, A First Kiss - Autumn 2013
3rd Place: Joyce Roberson, A Rockaway Memory - Autumn 2013
Finalist: Donna Gagnon, The Boys Next Door - Autumn 2013
Finalist: Mary E Nelson, Spring Lamb - Spring 2014
Honorable Mention: Pauline Abbott, A Maiden Aunt - Winter 2014
Honorable Mention: Peggy Spear, A Coral Necklace - Winter 2014

Please consider entering the 2013 GENEii Family History Writing contest. We will look forward to your entries starting November 1, 2013.

Thanks for your continuing support.

Pam Wiedenbeck, SCGS, FCHSC

Coordinator, GENEii Family History Writing Contest

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

NGS Announces Release of Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones


ARLINGTON, VA, 24 april 2013: The National Genealogical Society announces the release of Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS. As a unique textbook on genealogical methods and reasoning in the twenty-first century, Mastering Genealogical Proof guides readers in acquiring genealogical skills transcending chronological, ethnic, geopolitical, and religious boundaries. Dr. Jones, a noted writer, lecturer, and editor in the field of genealogy, explains and develops the level of proof that is appropriate to genealogy.

Dr. Jones relies on his vast experience as a genealogist to explain the various concepts and techniques involved in the genealogical research process. Mastering Genealogical Proof aims to help researchers, students, and new family historians reconstruct relationships and lives of people they cannot see. It presents content in digestible chunks. Each chapter concludes with problems providing practice for proficiently applying the chapter’s concepts. Those problems, like examples throughout the book, use real records, real research, and real issues.

Mastering Genealogical Proof will first be available for purchase at the NGS 2013 Family History Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, 8–11 May 2013. Dr. Jones will also be available for book signings at the NGS booth (#205) in the exhibit hall on Friday, 10 May, from 10:45 a.m.–12:00 noon and on Saturday, 11 May, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Purchases may be made in advance of the signings in the NGS booth starting at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 8 May, when the conference exhibit hall opens. Mastering Genealogical Proof may also be pre-ordered from the NGS online store at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.

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.

New Jersey Student Awarded Genealogy Grant


April 22, 2013 PASADENA, California – The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant Committee is pleased to announce that Michael Savoca, a college junior from Toms River, New Jersey will receive a $500 grant from the Freeman Memorial Grant program and full registration to the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree in Burbank, California from SCGS.

Michael Savoca will attend the SCGS Jamboree June 7-9, 2013 and use the grant funds toward genealogy research and education. This is the third year that the Freeman Student Genealogy Grant Program and SCGS have partnered to offer a student genealogy award.

“We are delighted to recognize young genealogists with the grant program and encourage their future in family history,” notes Denise Levenick, Grant Chair. “It is exciting to see that “The Next Generation of Genealogists” is already here!”

“We are so pleased to be able to partner with the Freeman Student Genealogy Grant Program to support this outstanding future genealogist,” said Paula Hinkel, Jamboree co-chair and SCGS vice president. “Michael will be recognized at the Jamboree Scholarship Breakfast on Sunday, June 9.”

Michael has assisted with records for the Gente di Mare Italian website, is an active member of several online genealogy forums, and is a volunteer at the local Family History Center. He has researched his Croatian family history onsite in original records in the village of Zablaće, and assisted others researching Croatian and Italian ancestry. Michael also has roots in Ireland, Germany and Hungary. SCGS Jamboree will be his first national conference.

About the Grant Program: The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant Program was established in 2011 to help young family historians pursue their genealogy research and educational goals. In recognition of her enthusiasm for the nationally recognized Jamboree, the award is directed toward a student attending the SCGS Jamboree. Suzanne Freeman was the mother of genealogy blogger Denise Levenick, www.theFamilyCurator.com. Funding for the 2013 Memorial Student Grant was provided by proceeds from the sale of Denise Levenick’s new book How to Archive Family Keepsakes during the Blog Book Tour in January 2013. For information about donating to the grant fund, please see SWF Grant.

About SCGS: The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree has partnered with the grant program each year to offer complimentary conference registration to the award recipient. The annual Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree is a premiere regional genealogy conference offering national speakers, workshops, and demonstrations.

Geni.com adds historical records to advance family tree collaboration


Major new features launched to help Geni.com users enrich the World Family Tree and discover unknown relatives

Los Angeles, USA – April 23 2013: Geni.com, the leader in collaborative family history, today announced the release of two major new features, Record Matching and Smart Matching™, which enrich family trees with relevant historical records and help users discover unknown relatives and ancestors, respectively. This will add significant new detail and color to the World Family Tree, a global initiative by Geni.com that shows how everyone in the world is related, and will help members learn more about their shared ancestries.

The move upgrades Geni.com from a family tree network into a more comprehensive service that includes historical records, fulfilling the promise of its parent company MyHeritage that acquired Geni.com in November 2012. Record Matching and Smart Matching™ are unique technologies developed by MyHeritage which are now made available on Geni.com for the first time. They are designed to automatically search the massive MyHeritage database and suggest matching historical records and family connections that can then be added by users in one click to their family tree on Geni.com.

These new enhancements will illuminate the legacies of the millions of individuals in the World Family Tree, and allow the community to conduct family history research collectively. Enabling members to immediately leverage the work of fellow family historians without duplication is an industry-first. Once a record is confirmed and added to the World Family tree, sources and citations are automatically created, allowing users to view information in the right context. This makes the World Family Tree a more accurate and better documented resource, like the value added by footnotes at the bottom of every article in Wikipedia.

“We’re thrilled to integrate MyHeritage’s groundbreaking features of Record Matching and Smart Matching™ and extend them to our loyal community of Geni.com members and curators”, said Noah Tutak, formerly CEO of Geni.com and now General Manager, USA of MyHeritage. “By adding historical records and unique family tree matching capabilities to the World Family Tree, it becomes the authoritative reference for the human family tree and the go-to resource for anyone interested in family history. This is a great stride in advancing Geni.com to fulfill its mission.”

Record Matching

Record Matching is the next generation of family history exploration. It finds matches between family trees and a massive database of global historical records on Geni.com’s parent site, MyHeritage. The records include birth, marriage, death and divorce documents, gravestone photos, census information, military, immigration and other documents. It’s the only service of its kind to automatically find relevant newspaper articles, books and other free text content through semantic analysis, to shed light on the actual lives, personalities and achievements of one’s ancestors.

Smart Matching™

Smart Matching™ automatically finds matches for family trees on Geni.com in the global database of family trees, containing more than a billion profiles, on its parent site MyHeritage. These matches allow Geni.com members to grow their family tree, discover new ancestors and relatives, connect with other family tree owners and reunite with long lost family members. Sophisticated name-matching technology uses synonyms, phonetics and international variations to facilitate discoveries despite differences in spelling and language.

The two matching technologies work together in a cycle that constantly pushes forward the users' knowledge of their family history. They were both developed by MyHeritage and integrated into Geni.com by the companies’ combined engineering teams.

Record Matches and Smart Matches™ are displayed on Geni.com family trees and individual profiles. Users can also view a list of all Record Matches and Smart Matches™ in their Merge Center, where they can sort, view, confirm or reject them. Confirming a match adds a reference to the tree on Geni.com in a single click. These features will continue to improve over time; planned enhancements include regular email updates about new matches and the ability to extract information from records into Geni.com using a convenient interface.

Record Matches are displayed for free as an extract and a range of record collections can be viewed in full for free. For full access to every type of historical record and to all Smart Matches, users are offered an affordable Data subscription. The same subscription also provides full and unlimited access to SuperSearch, the powerful search engine for historical records on MyHeritage.

Anyone can join, contribute to and benefit from the World Family Tree by signing up to Geni at www.geni.com. Basic accounts are free and are unlimited in size.

About Geni.com

Geni.com is the leader in collaborative family history and the home of the World Family Tree, a global initiative showing how everyone is related. The collective research of casual and expert family historians benefits the entire community of people interested in discovering and preserving their family history. The site was founded by David Sacks, co-founder of PayPal and Yammer. For more details, visit www.geni.com.

WikiTree Reaches Five Million Profiles


Important Milestone for Feature-Rich, Free Family Tree Website

April 22, 2013: WikiTree, a community of genealogists and family historians committed to growing a 100% free worldwide family tree, announces its latest achievement: Five million profiles created by WikiTree members.

According to Thomas MacEntee, genealogy educator and author, “The ability to reach 5 million profiles is something to shout about, especially since WikiTree intentionally takes a ‘slow growth’ approach. What does this mean? Well, instead of having users ‘dump’ profiles filled with dubious content, WikiTree encourages well-researched profiles from its users.”

WikiTree discourages bulk additions such as large GEDCOM imports. Community members are encouraged to merge all duplicates and collaborate on the same ancestor profiles. Therefore, while five million may not compare to some family tree websites, WikiTree profiles are continually improving, not just growing in number.

Innovative Features Encourage Participation

What makes WikiTree attractive to those who want to preserve their family history research and share it with friends, family and other genealogists? Many new features have been added to the WikiTree platform that provide a user-friendly way to track genealogy research and allow for richer collaboration. Features include:

  • Advanced Privacy Controls
  • Genealogy Alert Features
  • Free GEDCOM Comparisons
  • “Cousin Bait” Toolkits
  • Genealogist-to-Genealogist Q&A
  • Embeddable Family Trees

Genealogists and serious family historians are invited to visit the community and discover the benefits of WikiTree for themselves. WikiTree – Growing the World’s Family Tree.

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.

Monday, April 22, 2013

TNGenWeb Research Challenge Springtime Giveaway




The TNGenWeb is currently having a Springtime Research Challenge and we invite all interested parties to help us out. In 1913, a postcard was mailed from Nolensville, Tennessee to Sanger, California. We’d love to get this postcard back into the hands of the family and would love your help in doing so!

The postcard has a picture of camels harnessed to an International Harvester trashing machine in Russia. It is addressed to a Mrs. Hiram Bare of Sanger, California. The transcription (as best we can tell), is as follows:
Dear Aunt Addie,
Just a line to tell you that pa died at 1:40 a.m. Friday morning and was laid to rest at Saturday afternoon beside dear mother in the little spot selected by them here at home. We feel the loss so keenly now that all have gone and left us. Fannie (sp) stood it well and is able to be up. I will try to write you a letter in a few days. Lovingly, Daisy J.

THE TASK

  1. Identify all the people named on/in the postcard.
  2. Find contact information for a living family member that may be interested in having this postcard.
  3. Send an email to tnsc@tngenweb.org. Your email should provide biographical details of all the people referenced in/by the postcard, your research process to identify a living family member, and what resources you used.

THE RULES

  1. Entries are due by May 1st.
  2. Now, here at the TNGenweb, we are all about providing FREE genealogical information. So, in light of that, you can only use FREELY available resources to search. No subscription or paid resources allowed
  3. Also, please do not contact a family member yourself; it will be less intrusive for them if they were contacted by only one individual. We will coordinate that process here in the TNGenWeb.


THE GIVEAWAY

Everyone who submits information on a living family member will be entered into a drawing to get a free TNGenWeb drinking mug. We will be giving away 2 mugs.

We will host a Google Hangout over in our TNGenWeb Google+ Community in mid-May to share the the path the winners and other researchers took to find the information. More details will be forthcoming about that so stay tuned.

I can’t wait to see what we all find! Let’s get this postcard back into the hands of the family.

Last Chance Today to Purchase Tickets for Meals and Tours for the NGS 2013 Family History Conference


ARLINGTON, VA, 22 APRIL 2013: Tick tock! Today is your last chance to purchase tickets for meals and tours and to pre-register for the NGS 2013 Family History Conference, 8–11 May at the LVH-Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Pre-registration for the conference and ticket sales for meals and tours ends today, 22 April, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

The conference begins in two weeks. You can still purchase tickets for meals, the Museums Tour, and the Hoover Dam Tour. The BCG Education Fund Workshop, Librarian’s Day, and the Night Tour of the Strip and Downtown are sold out.

To be placed on the wait list for the BCG Education Fund Workshop or Librarian’s, e-mail the NGS conference registrar, Courtney Holmes, at cholmes@ngsgenealogy.org. To register for the conference, visit http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conference_info. For tour information visit Las Vegas Area Tours at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conferences_events/annual_conference/las_vegas_area_tours.
On-site conference registration opens Tuesday, 7 May 2013, 12:00 p.m.−7:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

Add Items to an Existing Registration

Meals and tours cannot be purchased on-site. Ticket sales close today, 22 April 2013.

Meals: log on at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.

Tours: log on at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, click on My Account, and then select Upcoming Events.

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.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Three Books Added to the Sacramento County Coroner’s Records Collection 1887-1969 by Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society


SACRAMENTO, California–April 20, 2013Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society (RCSGS) announces the release of three new books for the Sacramento County Coroner’s Records Collection 1887-1969. This release marks the completion of the series totally 20 books in 12 volumes. RCSGS volunteers, under the direction of Marilyn Ulbricht, extracted and indexed these records from original books of the Coroner's Office of Sacramento County housed at the Center for Sacramento History (Center) and acquired through the efforts of the Sacramento Old City Cemetery Committee. The books include the decedent’s name; date of death; place of death; nativity; age; cause and circumstances of death; burial and funeral information; and book and page of the original book. A Master Index of all 20 books will be available soon. The extracted information is comprehensive but even more is available in the original books. Also, the Center has many of the original Coroner Inquests that correspond with surnames in the Sacramento County Coroner’s Records Collection.

These publications and others are available for purchase at the Society’s Store. The original books are available for research at the Center by appointment, (916) 808-7072 or email csh@cityofsacramento.org.

The three books just published include:

Vol. XI - Book 18: Coroner's Register January 1961 - June 1964
4,000 Surnames
332 pages
8½ x 11 soft cover
$30.00+ tax

Vol. XII - Books 19 and 20 with Index. Book 19: Coroner's Register June 1964 - December 1967. Book 20: January 1968 - December 1969.
8,989 Surnames
168 pages
8½ x 11 soft cover
$20.00+ tax.

About Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society

The Society was formed in 1978 to help members with genealogical research through education, publication of information and preservation of records. Society activities include a monthly membership meeting, workshop and Reunion for Mac Special Interest Group, an annual spring seminar, a monthly newsletter Geni-Gram, and an online periodical Preserves. It has a long-standing partnership with the Center for Sacramento History for the extraction of original records housed there. Publications of these records and many genealogy books are available for use at the Root Cellar Genealogical Library housed at the California State Archives in Sacramento, California. Contact us at rootcellarsgs@gmail.comFacebookor Facebook.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Bethany Children’s Home Awarded Mocavo Digitization Grant


In November of last year we announced the first ever Mocavo Community Digitization Grant. We committed to provide up to $25,000 in digitization services to preserve historical records and make them available for free access. Today we are delighted to announce the recipient of the Mocavo Community Digitization Grant is the Bethany Children’s Home.


Bethany Children’s home is a regional ministry serving over 300 youth and their families, every year, in Eastern Pennsylvania. The home began in 1862 as one man’s dream. On a trip home from Norfolk to Philadelphia, Rev. Emmanuel Boehringer passed through the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam, where 25,000 men lay scattered across the countryside dead or wounded. As he stopped to help bandage their wounds, many of the men asked: “What will become of my children?” And thus Rev. Boehringer’s dream for an orphans’ home was born.

Upon returning to Philadelphia, he began taking orphans into his own home at 702 Morris Street. On September 21, 1863, the home’s first resident, six year-old Caroline Engel, arrived at the Boehringer home. Originally called “The Orphans Home of the Shepherd of the Lambs,” the organization began to grow and by 1871 it had found a new home in Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania, where the name was officially changed to Bethany Children’s Home.

A previous resident of Bethany from 1937-1952, Carl Bloss, initially returned seeking genealogical clues and answers regarding his paternal family, but found that Bethany had no archival program in place. In 2009, Carl began volunteering to organize and properly preserve their significant collections, which include photographs, 16mm motion picture film, scrapbooks, documents, and registers. This past January, Mr. Bloss submitted a very unique proposal to Mocavo to digitize two ledger books containing information about the children who were residents of the home between 1863-1990. The ledger books contain a wealth of information including pictures of the children that resided in the home, their birth date, baptism and christening information, details about their birth parents, adoption records, and much more. After reviewing the many worthy submissions that we received, we knew that Bethany Children’s House would be the perfect recipient of the Mocavo Community Digitization Grant.


We are inspired by the work that the volunteers at Bethany Children’s Home have done to preserve this information, and are excited to help bring this valuable content online for the rest of the world to experience. We have begun work on digitizing these records and will make them available for free at Mocavo.com later this summer.

If you have any questions about this story, or about the Mocavo Community Digitization Grant, please feel free to contact us at support@mocavo.com.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

MyHeritage releases Family Tree Builder 7.0 to bring the power of the cloud to genealogy software


Updated version of world’s most popular free family history software now syncs with online and mobile, opens new channels for the discovery of historical records and is available for the first time also in Chinese, Japanese and Korean

PROVO, Utah & TEL AVIV, Israel – April 17 2013: MyHeritage, the popular family history network, today announced the release of Family Tree Builder 7.0, free genealogy software that combines innovative technology with easy-to-use features. The millions of family history enthusiasts and genealogists worldwide using Family Tree Builder to explore, document and showcase their roots, can now synchronize their family tree between different devices and enjoy sophisticated ways of making new discoveries via the cloud.

Family Tree Builder 7.0 is available as a free download from http://www.myheritage.com/family-tree-builder.

Using the new software, users can now optionally synchronize their entire family history between their computer and their online family tree on MyHeritage. This connection of genealogy software to the cloud enables users to access their family history anytime and anywhere. It also enables users to benefit from the renowned network effects of MyHeritage’s huge user community, with advanced matching technologies that automatically search millions of user-contributed family trees from around the world and a database of billions of historical records, to help users make breakthrough discoveries. The new version 7.0 adds new languages to cater to family history fans in the Far East, enjoys a graphical facelift and sports better looks.

“Feature-packed and cloud-powered, Family Tree Builder has become a must-have tool for anyone interested in family history”, said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “We’re proud to be bringing family history to the masses with the most technologically advanced, yet easy-use software for building a family’s digital legacy and preserving it for future generations. By combining helpful family tree tools for charting a family’s course through history, with an advanced sync system and Record Matching technology, new Family Tree Builder 7.0 offers an unbeatable journey to the past.”

New Sync System

All family tree information is synchronized, including photos, videos, audio files, notes, sources, citations and other information, except private information such as DNA markers which never leaves the user’s computer. The family history data can now be privately and securely viewed, edited and expanded from any device - the user’s computer, the user’s online family site on MyHeritage – or via the free MyHeritage mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Android. Users have full control of who can be granted permission to view or add information. The new sync system also provides a backup of the users’ precious data.

Record Matching technology

Whereas previous versions of Family Tree Builder already enjoyed Smart Matching™ technology, which brought users matches from the millions of user-contributed family trees on MyHeritage, the new version 7.0 is the first to enjoy the company’s successful Record Matching technology, recently praised by well-known genealogy bloggers and opinion leaders James Tanner and Randy Seaver as “magic”.

Record Matching is a discovery-finder and a time-saver. It automatically researches every individual in the user’s family tree and looks for matching historical records with high accuracy. All historical records found are consolidated in one convenient report, which the user can then go over systematically. Record Matching is the world’s first and only technology capable of automatically finding newspaper articles about one’s ancestors.

Additional language capabilities

Family Tree Builder 7.0 has been rewritten to support Unicode, which means that data can be entered in any language and saved accurately as entered. The software has been expanded from 37 to 40 languages, by adding support for the first time for Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese and Korean, as MyHeritage expands its global network into the Far East.

The full range of features in Family Tree Builder is ideal for beginners and professionals alike, and includes photo albums, automatic face detection technology for photo tagging, beautiful family tree charts, poster printing, reports and statistics, interactive maps, support for DNA, automatic consistency checks and much more. The software is based on the Freemium model. It can be downloaded and used for free for building an unlimited-sized tree on one’s computer. Premium features of the software can be unlocked for a one-time purchase and affordable subscriptions are available for online family sites of unlimited capacity and access to premium content.

Family Tree Builder 7.0 is available for Windows. The company is working on adding support also for Mac OS X and this will be available starting with the next version of the software.

About MyHeritage

MyHeritage is the family history network helping millions of families around the world discover and share their legacy online. Pioneers in making family history a collaborative experience for the entire family, MyHeritage empowers its users with innovative search tools, a massive library of historical content and an international collection of family trees. The site is available in 40 languages. For more information visit www.myheritage.com

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

One Week to Purchase Tickets for Meals, Tours, and Pre-Conference Events for the NGS 2013 Family History Conference


One Week to Purchase Tickets for Meals, Tours, and Pre-Conference Events for the NGS 2013 Family History Conference

ARLINGTON, VA, 16 APRIL 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 within the week to select any meals or pre-conference events or tours you plan to attend. Pre-registration ends on Monday, 22 April 2013, which includes meals and tours sales. On-site conference registration opens Tuesday, 7 May 2013, 12:00 p.m.−7:00 p.m. Meals and pre-conference tours and events must be purchased by 22 April 2013. They cannot be purchased on-site at the conference.

You don’t want to miss this year’s exciting conference program from 8–11 May at the LVH-Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. For conference information and to register, go to http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conference_info.

Space is still available for most conference social activities including meal events and the Tuesday bus tours. The BCG Education Fund Workshop is sold out. To be placed on the wait list, e-mail NGS conference registrar, Courtney Holmes, at cholmes@ngsgenealogy.org.

Breakfasts, Luncheons, and the NGS Banquet

Participating organizations sponsor several breakfasts and luncheons during the conference, and the NGS Banquet is an event not to be missed! Make your reservation by the deadline, 22 April, at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/attendee_registration. Tickets for social events will not be sold on-site. Breakfasts are $28; luncheons are $32; and the banquet is $51. Menus are in the registration brochure at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/galleries/new-gallery/2013_Conference_Registration_Brochure_20_November.pdf.

Las Vegas Area Tours

There’s still time to sign up for three exciting Las Vegas area tours on Tuesday, 7 May. Tour tickets are available only until 22 April 2013.

  • Hoover Dam and Ethel M. Chocolates Tour: This six-hour tour allows participants to explore the rich history of the Hoover Dam, enjoy a buffet lunch, and tour a chocolate factory and botanical garden.
  • Museum Tour: Tour the 30-acre Clark County Museum and the National Atomic Testing Museum in this five-hour tour.
  • Night Tour: Experience the full brilliance of neon Las Vegas in a five-hour tour of the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown!

For more information, please see Las Vegas Area Tours at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conferences_events/annual_conference/las_vegas_area_tours.

Add Items to an Existing Registration

Meals and pre-conference events and tours cannot be purchased on-site. Ticket sales close 22 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.

Oakland County Genealogical Society Adds to Digitized Early Township Records


New Genealogical Records on the Internet
Oakland Society adds to digitized early township records

The Oakland County Genealogical Society (OCGS) has digitized the 1884, 1889, and 1893 tax assessment rolls for Independence Township, Oakland County Michigan. Volunteers created an index of the names in the records, and the index is available on the Society's website at http://www.ocgsmi.org. The index and images are also available at the Oakland County Historical Resources website at http://www.OaklandCountyHistory.org. The digitization was funded from the Society's Ruth S. Kennedy Oakland County Records Preservation Fund.

The release of the databases marks an addition to the Society's 1890 Census Substitute Project, which focuses on locating and digitizing Oakland County records created between 1884 and 1894. The 1884 and 1894 State of Michigan Census for Oakland County and the Federal Census for 1890 for Michigan no longer exist, so replacement data is very useful to genealogical researchers.

The OCGS Board of Directors has allocated additional spending from the Kennedy Fund to continue the 1890 Census Substitute Project. Custodians of Oakland County records which are suitable for inclusion in the project are encouraged to contact the project director, Pamela Epple, at 1890sub@ocgsmi.org. Donations to the Kennedy Fund are appreciated, and may be made with a check to OCGS at the Society address.

Founded in 1977, the Oakland County Genealogical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to locating, publishing and safeguarding public and private genealogical records; and to encouraging and instructing in the science of genealogical research and compilation through workshops, sharing, and other educational means. Donations, gifts and legacies are tax deductible. OCGS meets at the Troy Community Center in Troy, Michigan; a meeting schedule and more information are available on the Society website at http://www.ocgsmi.org. The Society is a charter member of Oakland County Historical Resources.

OaklandCountyHistory.org is the work of Oakland County Historical Resources (OCHR), a 501(c)(3) consortium of libraries, genealogical and historical societies, which seeks historical materials pertaining to Oakland County, Michigan to make them searchable and accessible to the public. OCGS is a member. OCHR offers affordable membership options to organizations dedicated to preserving Oakland County history. Please contact Karen Knox, director of the Orion Township Public Library for membership information, (248) 693-3000.

New Database of North Carolina Confederate Burials



The NCGenWeb Project is pleased to announce the availability of a new database of Confederate burials from around the state. A project of the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), many volunteers are contributing to the information available.

The database is online at http://www.ncgenweb-data.com/csaburials. This is an ongoing project and new records will be added on a regular basis.

The site is currently searchable by name, city & county. Be sure to try a variety of spelling to look for your persons of interest. Each database record has multiple fields, though they may not all be filled in.

Fields include the name of the person, birth date, death date, company, any remarks, county of death, cemetery buried in, cemetery address, city of burial, directions to the cemetery, and latitude & longitude of cemetery location.

The cemetery project is managed by Keith & Myra Lanier and Myra is one of our county coordinators here in NCGenWeb. Thanks to the NC SCV, the Lanier’s and all volunteer contributors that help make this resource available for NC researchers.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Eastern European Research Workshop


Genealogists researching their Eastern European ancestors are invited to attend the Eastern European Research Workshop, August 6-10, 2013 in Salt Lake City. Hosted by the Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS), the workshop features presentations by nationally recognized speakers, individual consultations, and daily research at the Family History Library. The workshop agenda will provide a strong foundation for those new to Eastern European research as well as an opportunity to break down brick walls for the intermediate researcher.

This year’s workshop will include courses on Polish, German, Russian, Jewish, Baltic States, Germans-from-Russia, and Kingdom of Hungary research, which includes Slovakia, parts of Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, and most of Croatia. A third track focuses on research essentials such as understanding calendar changes, using online records, Latin for genealogists, and historical geography.

This 20th annual event features optional pre-and post-workshop events such as a guided tour of Salt Lake City, new participant orientation, and an extra day for research. Presentations will be held in the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, with consultations and research in the nearby Family History Library.

Full registration includes a printed syllabus, three days of presentations, consultation, networking reception, and closing banquet. Single-day registration is also available. A detailed schedule, speaker biographies, travel information, and online registration are available at feefhsworkshop.org.

FEEFHS was founded in 1992 as a non-profit umbrella organization for related societies. It continues to provide information and access to genealogical resources and educational workshops relating to Eastern European family history research. Resources and additional information may be found at feefhs.org.

Findmypast.com.au launches the Anzac Memory Bank


Thousands of new military records added to mark Anzac Day

9 April 2013 – With Anzac Day fast approaching, Australians and New Zealanders are preparing to reflect on the heroic efforts of their ancestors. To commemorate this important event, leading family history site, findmypast.com.au, has just launched its inaugural Findmypast Anzac Memory Bank and has also added thousands of new military records to its collection. Plus, to commemorate Anzac Day the entire military collection (including the newly released records below) will be available free of charge in the week leading up to Anzac Day (Monday 22 to Friday 26 April, 2013).

The comprehensive collection includes 3.6 million records from Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Britain and the United States. The updated archives will make it easy for Australians and New Zealanders to investigate their family’s past and learn more about their achievements and efforts during Australia’s and New Zealand’s international conflicts. Some of the new records available on findmypast.com.au include:

  • Australasian Imperial Expeditionary Forces Roll of Honour – An index to the roll of honour of the soldiers and sailors of Australian Imperial Expeditionary Forces
  • New South Wales Roll of Honour – A comprehensive list of the names of service personnel extracted from honour rolls in schools, public halls, clubs and village war memorials across NSW
  • New Zealand War Medal Roll – An index of returns of Officers and Men of the Colonial Forces who made applications for the New Zealand War Medal for services before 1866
  • New Zealand Boer War Servicemen – A list of New Zealand servicemen who took part in the Boer Wars

The updated military records will be another essential tool for anyone currently using the Anzac Memory Bank available exclusively on findmypast.com.au. The Anzac Memory Bank is a commemorative archive, which contains heroic stories, exclusive photos, and expert information about Australian and New Zealand involvement in all wars and conflicts around the world. Users have shared their own personal and family stories, photos and diary entries so that others can learn what it was like to live through these times of turmoil.

Paul Nixon, military expert from findmypast.com.au, commented: “The updated military records and the online functionality of the Anzac Memory Bank make it easier than ever for Australians and New Zealanders to commemorate the efforts of our bravest men and women. The simplicity and ease of use make findmypast.com.au a fantastic resource for finding out more about your military ancestors.”

Tara McMahon is one of countless Australian and New Zealand descendants who have discovered the phenomenal efforts of their ancestors with findmypast.com.au. She said of her great uncle:

“Private Francis McMahon of the 10th Lighthorse Division was killed in action on the third wave at the Battle of Hill 60. Witnessing his death was one of Australia’s first Victoria Cross recipients, Lieutenant H.V Throssell. Through findmypast.com.au I found a private letter from Lieutenant H.V Throssell to his commanding officer commending the efforts of my ancestor and three other men who took part in the battle. Lieutenant H.V Throssell spoke about my great uncle for years after the war as he toured Australia recalling the moments resulting in his Victoria Cross award.

“Were it not for findmypast.com.au I would never have known of the exceptional bravery and passion that my great uncle displayed. It fills me with pride to know that one of Australia’s bravest men commends my ancestor for his bravery!”

In addition to the updated records findmypast.com.au and Inside History are thrilled to announce a collaboration to produce an exclusive free digital magazine. The digital magazine will showcase new international historical records as well as providing intriguing case studies from around Australia. The free digital magazine is available on iPad by visiting the Anzac Memory Bank on findmypast.com.au.

With even more military records included in the findmypast.com.au archives and a new digital magazine it’s easier than ever before for Australian and New Zealand descendants to uncover the lost history of their ancestors.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Become a FGS 2013 Ambassador


April 8, 2013 – Genealogy bloggers, societies, writers and editors are invited to participate in the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2013 Conference by becoming FGS 2013 Ambassadors. Ambassadors help to spread information about the FGS 2013 Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, August 21-24, through social media to their friends, colleagues, and everyone interested in genealogy.

FGS 2013 Ambassadors will be:
  • Participating in monthly blogging prompts.
  • Writing about the conference on their blog.
  • Using the hashtag #FGS2013 on Twitter.
  • Mentioning FGS 2013 on Facebook, Google Plus, and other social networks.
  • Letting their local historical and genealogical societies know about the conference.
Visit https://www.fgsconference.org/media/ambassadors/ to register as an FGS 2013 Ambassador and find the FGS 2013 Ambassador badge to add to your blog or other social media account.

Benefits to FGS 2013 Ambassadors:
  • Giveaways for active ambassadors, including conference registrations and discounts, special event tickets, and more.
  • Potential to be guest blogger on FGS Conference Blog.
  • Link to your blog or website on the FGS Conference blog's Ambassador Page.
  • Part of Twitter list of FGS 2013 Ambassadors.
  • Ambassador badge ribbon at the conference
The FGS 2013 Conference Committee looks forward to working with the FGS 2013 Ambassadors to make this conference a success. See you in Fort Wayne in August!

Learn More about FGS 2013 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, April 4, 2013

2013 British Institute Details Announced


The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History Announces Courses and Instructors for 2013 British Institute

WESTMINSTER, Colo., 3 April 2013—The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History announces the courses for the 13th annual British Institute, to be held 7–11 October in Salt Lake City at the Radisson Downtown, located two blocks from the Family History Library. Registration will open 9:00 a.m. Pacific daylight time on 8 April 2013 and class size is limited.

“The best kept secret is out for continuing education institutes!” said ISBGFH President Ann Lisa Pearson. “The British Institute is the place to be, providing students with a unique learning experience while working with their own research. Instructors will be available each afternoon to consult with students throughout the time of the Institute, applying classroom education and the opportunity to do more in-depth, on-site research in the records at the Family History Library.”

“The opportunity to be taught by the best teachers in the presence of the largest genealogy library was a dream come true!” said Paul Hawthorne, 2012 attendee.

Featuring top-notch educators and British resources

  • Award-winning genealogist: Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
  • Irish research expert: David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA
  • From England: Maggie Loughran, Paul Blake, and Graham Walter
  • Personal research consultations
  • Access and instruction with British collections at the Family History Library
  • Morning educational program followed by afternoon research sessions in the library

The 2013 British Institute offers four tracks taught by expert genealogists:

From Simple to Complex: Applying Genealogy’s Standard of Acceptability to British Research – Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS Through hands-on activities, lectures, and discussions, participants will learn how to use widely accepted standards to measure their genealogical work’s accuracy and to assess others’ genealogical conclusions. In the process they also will learn about genealogical research planning, its implementation, genealogical reasoning, and the preparation of credible genealogical products.

Irish Land Records and Fragmentary Evidence Correlation
David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA This course is designed to address Irish genealogical research for both the landed and landless families in Ireland. When land records are meager, there are still methods to research the landless in the land records and the associated record fragments created from land use. Assembling this meager evidence provides the clearest picture possible for an Irish family in the 17th to 20th centuries.

Sources for Tracing Pre-mid-nineteenth Century English Ancestors
Maggie Loughran and Paul Blake
Concentrating on tracing pre-1850 English ancestors, this course will interest those whose ancestors emigrated to North America before English civil registration in 1837, or those who have traced their ancestors back to the early 1800s. For each record category, examples of original documents will be used to guide you through interpretation, locating, and lastly, how to access through the Internet, the Family History Library, and other available resources.

Using the Cloud for British Family History Research – Graham Walter, MBCS
This course will provide an introduction to “The Cloud” and how to use it to one’s research advantage. Learn how to choose the right combination of computing devices to enhance any family history research trip. The Cloud allows moving data seamlessly between devices and the ability to share with family and other researchers.

Registration Information

Online registration is available at the ISBGFH’s website: http://www.isbgfh.org.

If preferred, a mail-in registration form is provided. If you have any questions, please e-mail institute_director@isbgfh.org.