Monday, September 30, 2013

Ancestry.com LLC Acquires Find A Grave, Inc.


PROVO, Utah, Sept. 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry.com LLC announced today it has acquired Find A Grave, Inc., the leading online cemetery database.

With over 100 million memorials and 75 million photos, Find A Grave has amassed an unparalleled collection of burial information. Over the past 18 years, it has grown to become an invaluable resource for genealogists, history buffs and cemetery preservationists. Find A Grave will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Ancestry.com, and will continue to be managed by its founder, Jim Tipton.

"Find A Grave is an amazing phenomenon supported by a passionate and engaged community of volunteers around the world," said Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry.com. "We at Ancestry.com are so excited...honored really...to take on the responsibility of supporting this community. We will maintain Find A Grave as a free website, will retain its existing policies and mode of operation, and look forward to working with Jim Tipton and the entire Find A Grave team to accelerate the development of tools designed to make it even easier for the Find A Grave community to fulfill its original mission to capture every tombstone on Earth."

Ancestry.com plans to bolster the resources dedicated to Find A Grave to launch a new mobile app, improve customer support, introduce an enhanced edit system for submitting updates to memorials, foreign-language support, and other site improvements.

"Ancestry.com has been a long-time supporter of Find A Grave. They have been linking and driving traffic to the site for several years," said Jim Tipton, founder of Find A Grave. "Burial information is a wonderful source for people researching their family history and I look forward to working with Ancestry.com to help continue our growth and accelerate the pace of improvements."

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is the world's largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 12 billion records have been added to the Ancestry.com sites and users have created more than 50 million family trees containing more than 5 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.

About Find A Grave

Find A Grave is a free resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members. With millions of names, it's an invaluable tool for genealogist and history buffs. Find A Grave memorials are rich with content, including dates, photos and biographies. Visitors can leave 'virtual flowers' on memorials to complete the online cemetery experience. Find A Grave also contains listings for thousands of celebrity graves, making it the premier, online destination for tombstone visitors.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events 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 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 our ability to acquire and digitize new content, to provide desired content and product features to new and current subscribers and to otherwise satisfy customer expectations regarding the content of the collection, now and in the future. Information concerning additional factors that could cause events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements is contained under the caption "Risk Factors" in Exhibit 99.2 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 10, 2013, and in discussions in other of our Securities and Exchange Commission filings. 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.

Findmypast.com.au adds Irish Newspaper collection


Extra, extra, read all about it: findmypast.com.au adds Irish Newspapers Collection
                Could one of your Irish ancestors have made the headlines? 
 
Sydney, 30 September 2013As ever keen family history seeker knows, newspapers are an excellent resource for uncovering some of the most interesting ancestor information. Australians with Irish ancestry will soon discover this with the launch of the Irish Newspapers Collection on leading family history sitefindmypast.com.au, comprising almost 2 million historical Irish newspaper articles.

Digitised from the collections of the British Library, the Irish newspapers collection on findmypast.com.au is a rich resource for Australians researching their Irish roots. With valuable entries like advertisements, obituaries and letters to the editor researchers can piece together more of their family history and gain an understanding of what local and national life would have been like in Ireland hundreds of years ago.
 
The collection features six Irish newspaper titles (both national and local) covering areas in Leinster, Munster, Connaught and Ulster namely; The Belfast Morning News, The Belfast Newsletter, The Cork Examiner, The Dublin Evening Mail, The Freeman’s Journal and The Sligo Champion.
 
Different dates are covered by each title ranging from pre-Famine era right up until post-Irish independence in 1926.
 
Vicki Dawson, General Manager of findmypast.com.au, said “Australia has strong ancestral ties to Ireland and as such the Irish records available on findmypast.com.au are among the most popular on the site. We are delighted to further grow this collection with the addition of Irish titles to our collection of British and World newspapers. The articles contained within will really help bring to life the happenings in Ireland all the way back to the Great Irish Famine and beyond. Whether you are searching for an ancestor in a local paper or simply interested in how the big news stories of the day were reported, you will no doubt uncover some fascinating facts.”
 
Overall date coverage for each of the newspapers is as follows:
The Belfast Morning News – 1857-1882
The Belfast Newsletter – 1828-1900
The Cork Examiner - 1841-1926
The Dublin Evening Mail – 1849-1871
The Freeman’s Journal – 1820-1900
The Sligo Champion - 1836-1926
 
This collection is also accessible on all findmypast.com.au through a World subscription. To find out if your ancestors were making headlines visit www.findmypast.com.au
 

Friday, September 27, 2013

FamilySearch Adds More Than 192 Million Indexed Records and Images to Collections from Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, the United States, and Wales


FamilySearch has recently added more than 192 million indexed records and images from Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, the United States, and Wales. Notable collection updates include the 314,910 images from the Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1387–1936, collection, the 576,176 indexed records from the United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907–1933, collection, and the 189,395,454 indexed records from the United States Public Records Index. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments
Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1848–2013 0 126,870 Added images to an existing collection.
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Catholic Church Records, 1706–1999 0 827 Added images to an existing collection.
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804–2013 0 94,516 Added images to an existing collection.
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600–2012 0 111,526 Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890–2005 0 176,918 Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1387–1936 0 314,910 Added images to an existing collection.
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1839 0 2,552 New browsable image collection.
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1842 0 2,851 New browsable image collection.
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1845 0 3,062 New browsable image collection.
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1850 0 2,968 New browsable image collection.
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1860 0 20,530 New browsable image collection.
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1870 0 22,554 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Alabama, County Marriages, 1809–1950 324,971 690,459 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
United States Public Records Index 189,395,454 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907–1933 576,176 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 644,004 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Wales, Court and Miscellaneous Records, 1542–1911 0 84,676 Added images to an existing collection.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Discover a Bridge to Your Past at Ancestry Day San Francisco 2013


Oakland, CA—September 26, 2013—In partnership with Ancestry.com, the California Genealogical Society will host Ancestry Day San Francisco, Saturday, November 9, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, located at 5 Embarcadero Center on the waterfront near the historic Ferry Building.
  
The full-day event is designed to introduce the world of genealogy to those curious about their family history, and is an opportunity for more experienced searchers to learn about new resources offered by Ancestry.com. 

The day will include:
  • Tips & Tricks on Ancestry.com
  • One-on-one consultations with genealogists
  • An opportunity to personally speak with Ancestry.com experts
  • Classes for beginners new to ancestor searching
  • Guidelines for locating ancestors and discovering their stories
Experienced researchers will also have the opportunity to learn about new features available on Ancestry.com such as: a mobile phone app for easy family tree access; the ability to sync one Family Tree Maker tree and one online Ancestry tree using Tree Sync; new organizational tools in Family Tree Maker 2012.

Registration is open. The “early bird” price (through October 9) is $38 for the all-day event. Register online at http://tinyurl.com/SF-Ancestry-Day-2013-Reg.

About Ancestry.com
With more than five billion historical records and in excess of 20 million family trees, Ancestry.com is the world's largest genealogical database. Have you explored what Ancestry.com has to offer? Visit Ancestry.com.

About CGS:
The California Genealogical Society, founded in San Francisco in 1898, gathers and preserves vital records, offers research services and online databases, and maintains a library in Oakland. CGS disseminates information through publications, meetings, seminars, workshops and its website: CaliforniaAncestors.org.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

British Institute 2013 - Don’t Miss Your Opportunity to Study With The Experts!


If you’re a last-minute Lilly (or Louie), there is still time to register for the few remaining open spots to attend the British Institute in Salt Lake City, 7-11 October 2013.

The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History will accept registrations until Monday, 30 September, for a week of lectures and mentoring by well-known British genealogists Graham Walter, Maggie Loughran and Paul Blake.

The registration fee is $495, and covers five days of instruction with morning lectures and afternoon research opportunities in the Family History Library, including one-on-one mentoring with your instructor.

All courses will be in the Radisson Hotel Downtown, a short walk to the Family History Library. Hotel rooms are still available at the Crystal Inn at $79.00 per night, including breakfast and shuttle bus service to and from the airport, and to the Radisson each day.

Full details and registration at http://www.isbgfh.org.

Monday, September 23, 2013

New Online Irish Newspapers Make Ireland’s History Searchable


Titles cover all four provinces of Ireland with articles dating 1820-1926

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 23, 2013) – Findmypast.com, an international leader in online family history, today announced the launch of its Irish Newspaper Collection, making almost 2 million historical Irish newspaper articles available to search on the website.

Digitized from the collections of the British Library, the Irish Newspapers Collection on findmypast.com is a rich resource for genealogists in search of their Irish roots.

The collection features six newspaper titles (both national and local) covering areas in Leinster, Munster, Connaught and Ulster namely; The Belfast Morning News, The Belfast Newsletter, The Cork Examiner, The Dublin Evening Mail, The Freeman’s Journal and The Sligo Champion.

Each newspaper title covers different dates in Ireland’s history with articles from  the pre-Famine era to post-Irish independence in 1926. For family historians, the newspapers contain valuable entries like advertisements, obituaries and letters to the editor which provide details on what local and national life would have been like in Ireland hundreds of years ago.

D. Joshua Taylor, lead genealogist of findmypast.com, said, “We are delighted to add Irish titles to our collection of British and World newspapers on findmypast.com. The Irish newspapers provide color and depth to our users’ family trees with stories dating back to the Great Famine and earlier. Whether you are searching for Irish roots in a local paper or simply interested in how world events of the day were reported, you will no doubt uncover some fascinating history.”

Dates for each of the newspapers are as follows:
The Belfast Morning News – 1857-1882
The Belfast Newsletter – 1828-1900
The Cork Examiner - 1841-1926
The Dublin Evening Mail – 1849-1871
The Freeman’s Journal – 1820-1900
The Sligo Champion - 1836-1926

This collection also is accessible on all findmypast international sites through a World subscription.

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

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/

Findmypast.com, owned by brightsolid, provides complete and relevant records in online family history and genealogy research. Findmypast members worldwide share our passion, and rely on our expertise to help them discover the roots to their family tree. Our accurate search tools and data featuring unique and core U.S., English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Australian and New Zealand records dating back as far as the 7th century, help both professional and budding genealogists find their past. Findmypast.com works closely with the genealogy community, including local libraries, archives, societies, and other organizations from around the world, to preserve, digitize and provide access to historical records and genealogical publications. To learn more, visitwww.findmypast.com, the findmypast.com blogFacebook or Twitter.

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

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Early Bird Registration Ends Soon!


SLIG’s Early-Bird Registration is only weeks away, ending on October 31, 2013! Ensure you get yourself a spot in one of the few remaining courses. The following courses still have seats left:

  • American Research and Records: Focus on Families
  • Advanced Research Tools: Land Records
  • Credentialing: Accreditation, Certification, or Both?
  • Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum
  • Problem Solving
  • Utilizing Social History
  • Researching in Eastern Europe

Immerse yourself in a specific genealogical topic for a week-long educational opportunity that is unparalleled. Many of the courses are interactive and highlight on site research at the Family History Library (FHL) as well as one-on-one consultations with the course coordinators and instructors. These individuals are genealogical experts and provide guidance and insight that may help you overcome those brick walls and move forward with your research.

Attendees have time to explore Salt Lake City’s many attractions as well as spend time outside of the course researching at the FHL. The library is a short walk from the Institute’s location and, if available, the Radisson often provides shuttle service to the library.

Another benefit of joining SLIG this year is the ability to attend the Association of Professional Genealogist’s Professional Management Conference (PMC), which will be held the Friday and Saturday before the Institute begins. You can experience two great events being held back-to-back at one location!

Sign-up before October 31st and you will save over 10% off your registration. Become a member of UGA and increase your savings even more. The registration page can be accessed at http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=8.

Jimmy B. Parker Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted


The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is pleased to announce we are now accepting essays for the Jimmy B. Parker Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy scholarship. Full tuition to SLIG 2014 will be awarded to the student whose essay and application exemplify the culture of giving back to community, lived by Jimmy B. Parker. The scholarship will be awarded by a committee comprised of SLIG committee members and the family of the late Jimmy B. Parker.

Applicants are asked to submit the following via email to luanadarby@gmail.com:

  • A one-page essay detailing how attending SLIG will help you prepare to give back to the genealogical community.
  • A short biography, including previous volunteer and research experience.
  • The name of the course you would like to attend.
  • A letter of recommendation from someone who has benefited from your volunteer service.

The winning essay will be posted on the UGA blog at http://ugagenealogy.blogspot.com/.

The Salt Lake Institute runs from January 13-17, 2014 and the winning student will have their choice of the following tracks:

  • American Research and Records: Focus on Families (with Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS)
  • Researching New York: Resources and Strategies (with Karen Mauer Green, CG, FGBS)
  • Research in the South (with Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA)
  • Advanced Research Tools: Land Records (with Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL and Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL)
  • Credentialing: Accreditation, Certification, or Both? (with Apryl Cox, AG and Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL)
  • Producing a Quality Family Narrative (with John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)
  • Researching in Eastern Europe (with Kory Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA)
  • Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum (with Angela McGhie and Kimberly Powell)
  • Advanced Genealogical Methods (with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS)
  • Problem Solving (with Judith Hansen, MLS, AG)
  • Utilizing Social History (with Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR)

Applications and essays are due by October 15th and the winner will be announced October 30th.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

One Millionth Photo Received on New Free Family Photo Preservation Service Online


SALT LAKE CITY—Meet Ephraim Mecham. On September 10, 2013, this portrait of Ephraim Mecham became the one millionth photo uploaded to FamilySearch.org by contributors! And FamilySearch is pleased to announce with this major milestone that Ephraim’s photo, along with the other million photos, will now be preserved forever for free online at FamilySearch.org.Italian Ancestor Logo
The Photos and Stories features on FamilySearch.org were introduced to the public on April 16, 2013. Since that time, thousands of people have participated in the exciting process of uploading, tagging, and linking their ancestors’ pictures to the Family Tree, along with their genealogies and stories.
The accomplishment of one million photos highlights the powerful opportunity this website offers. It is unique as one of the largest collections of family history photos in the world. It is completely free, and, most importantly, it offers endless preservation of these photos. Some other features of the website’s photo preservation and sharing services are:
  • The photos are public and can be seen without signing in. An invitation to see a photo can be shared socially through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and email. By clicking on a shared link, the visitor is taken directly to the photo for viewing.
  • If you sign in, you have the option to upload pictures to FamilySearch.org by dragging and dropping them or by browsing your computer or device to locate the photos you’d like to put on the website. You can also upload photos from your smart phone or tablet—any device with an Internet connection.
  • You have the ability to tag all individuals in a photo (or indicate who they are). Once a photo is tagged, you are able to link individuals in the picture to their profiles in an online family tree. If a person in a family tree has more than one picture in his or her profile, you can also choose which picture is the default one on his or her personal page. This default photo is the one that visitors will see first. If a photograph has many people in it, you can tag each individual and use it for their own profile pages.
  • Each photo can be given a title of up to 255 characters and a description of up to 4,000 characters, which are entered under the details of the photo. Your username will be associated with the uploaded photo, and you never know what impact you’ll have. Ninety-year-old Lois contacted a contributor of a family photo in her FamilySearch family tree and discovered a distant relative. In return, he has shared information with her that she never knew before.
  • As your photo collection grows, you can organize photos into albums according to families, individuals, or whatever works best for you. Maybe you have photos of people you’re having trouble identifying. Why not put them in an album labeled “help me identify” or “unknown relatives”? Nanette recently scanned and uploaded the photos from her great aunts’ collections. She was not able to identify everyone in the pictures. After a week or so, she was amazed to find that others online were able to correctly identify the unknown people in the photos right there on the website.
  • As you view photos of people in your collection, you can see who they are related to: parents, spouse, and children.
  • Currently, photos are limited to five megabytes (5 MB) in size, but photo size is planned to be expanded in the coming months.
  • Photo type is limited to JPEG and PNG, but it is anticipated other file formats will be accepted soon.
  • You can publish and preserve thousands of family photos for free.
Here’s how to get started. First, you’ll want to see what pictures are online of your ancestors. Go to the FamilySearch.org website, and click Photos at the top of the page. Click the blue banner that says Find photos of your ancestors. A page with photos will come up. Photos with a gold banner across the bottom right corner indicate photos added by others. These are your relatives! Now it’s your turn to upload photos. If you don’t have a traditional scanner, you can use your cell phone. Just take a picture of your family photos, use the browser on your phone, and go to FamilySearch.org. Then click on Photos, and proceed from there. If you know photos that exist of your ancestors but belong to other family members, contact these relatives and ask them to publish the photos to your family’s tree, or set a date to scan or take pictures of their collection. You can also send out a request for family photos over social media to your relatives. If there are family heirlooms (photos, furniture, bric-a-brac, letters, mementos, medals), take pictures of them and upload the photos to the profiles of your ancestors in the family tree. Then stories can be added by anyone to support the photos and describe them. These photos and stories will become keepsakes for everyone to have and will be preserved freely for future generations.
Once your pictures are uploaded, they will be preserved forever. Every photo is backed up with a redundant system and preserved in state-of-the-art archive facilities. Each ancestor’s photo will now be available to every descendant that individual has or will ever have.
If you have a desire to preserve your ancestors’ photos, it has never been easier. It is fun family history! Here is an opportunity and way to get started. You’ll have it done sooner than you think. Visit FamilySearch.org today. Your family pictures can be part of the next million photos on FamilySearch.org!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ancestry.com Redesigns App for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch


Optimized for iOS 7, Ancestry App Offers New Social Features Making Family History Easier to Engage

PROVO, Utah, Sept. 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry.com LLC, the world's largest online family history resource, today announced the launch of a new, upgraded version of its Ancestry App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, with features designed to enable and encourage more rewarding discoveries as users build, update and share their family trees. The redesigned app offers new social features, including the option to connect through Facebook and rich, story-like narratives around an ancestor's life that are sharable with family and friends. It also includes native support for the all-new iOS 7, giving the app more clarity and depth. 

Photos accompanying this release are available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=21033 and http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=21034.

"We're excited to take our popular and top-grossing app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to the next level, including native support for iOS 7," said Eric Shoup, Executive Vice President of Product for Ancestry.com. "This update provides meaningful context to ancestors' lives through the use of narratives and historical context and makes it easier to get started and expand a family tree by allowing users to quickly add relatives from Facebook or a device's contact list. We feel this release underscores our objective to provide users with a deeply engaging way to personally connect them with their ancestors."

Expanding on the existing family history app from Ancestry.com, details on updated features include:
  • Redesigned App Experience. The updated Ancestry App provides native support for the newest Apple operating system, iOS 7, by building upon the new operating system's themes of clarity and depth. In addition, this update includes a redesigned ancestor view, gallery view (for photos, stories and historical records) and media details views, along with several other enhancements.
  • Rich Story-Like Narratives. With a completely redesigned and simplified user interface, the new ancestor view includes a rich timeline with media and story-like narratives, which are auto-generated from the ancestor's life events. In addition to these narratives, significant historical events are highlighted in the person's timeline to provide a vibrant historical context for each ancestor's life.
  • Facebook Import. Filling in your family tree on a mobile device has never been easier. This updated app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, will help a user identify potential family members and automatically build a family tree through their Facebook connections, providing a great way to get started and quickly make discoveries about their family.
  • Add from Contacts. Allows users to quickly add family members from Address Book to their family tree. 
The new Ancestry App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.AppStore.com/Ancestry.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is the world's largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 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 50 million family trees containing more than 5 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.

Forward-Looking Statements


This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events 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 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 our ability to offer new and improved products and product features to attract and retain subscribers. Information concerning additional factors that could cause events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements is contained under the caption "Risk Factors" in Exhibit 99.2 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 10, 2013, and in discussions in other of our Securities and Exchange Commission filings. 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.

FamilySearch Adds More Than 2.7 Million Indexed Records and Images to Collections from Brazil, England, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and Switzerland


FamilySearch has recently added more than 2.7 million indexed records and images from Brazil, England, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland. Notable collection updates include the 1,459,211 indexed records and images from the England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1538–1910, collection, the 534,245 indexed records and images from the new Mexico, Aguascalientes, Civil Registration, 1859–1961, collection, and the 172,333 indexed records from the Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1865, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments
Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875–2012 0 83,191 Added images to an existing collection.
England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1538–1910 1,284,479 174,732 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
Germany, Prussia, Pomerania, Labes, Church Records, 1647–1764 0 639 New browsable image collection.
Italy, Mantova, Mantova, Civil Registration (Comune), 1714–1910 0 41,402 New browsable image collection.
Italy, Mantova, Mantova, Jewish Records, 1770–1899 0 304 New browsable image collection.
Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1865 172,333 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Mexico, Aguascalientes, Civil Registration, 1859–1961 96,523 437,722 New indexed records and images collection.
Mexico, Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Miscellaneous Marriage Records, 1605–1865 0 69,222 Added images to an existing collection.
Mexico, Tlaxcala, Civil Registration, 1639–1950 71,377 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939–1995 0 17,712 Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903–1998 0 40,751 Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874–1996 0 112,261 Added images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Évora, Catholic Church Records, 1533–1912 0 47,555 Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784–1951 0 127,127 Added images to an existing collection.
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1831 0 959 New browsable image collection.
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1836 0 2,382 New browsable image collection.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

More Powerful Free Genealogy Search


GenealogyInTime Magazine, the world’s most popular online genealogy magazine, and one of the world’s largest free genealogy websites, is announcing a very significant upgrade to our free Genealogy Search Engine. It continues to become even more powerful:

  • An additional 532 million free genealogy records from around the world are now searchable. In total, the Genealogy Search Engine indexes 2.7 billion records from over 1,000 websites.
  • In a first for a genealogy website, the entire Google Newspaper Archive can now be searched by the Genealogy Search Engine. This extremely valuable archive covers over 2,000 historic newspapers going back as far as the 1700s.
  • The massive Australian Trove archive can now be completely searched with the Genealogy Search Engine.

To learn more about the latest upgrades to the free Genealogy Search Engine, read Search Over 500 Million More Records.

Learn more about GenealogyInTime Magazine.

Monday, September 9, 2013

The First Family Voted Favorite Family; Kardashians, Not So Much


Survey also finds which families in history people most want to be related to

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 9, 2013) – Whether it was the Brady Bunch or the Adams Family, we’ve all wondered what it would be like to join another clan. Findmypast.com was curious too, so it launched a survey to find which famous families Americans most want to be related to – and which ones they’d run away from.

We don’t know if Sasha and Malia want more cousins, but that’s irrelevant to 41 percent of responders, who picked the Obamas as the celebrity family they would most like to be related to. The Bush family came in second place with 23 percent of the vote, which was not enough to win this election. Interestingly enough, both the Obama and Bush family are related to one another, President Barack Obama and George W. Bush share a common ancestor from Massachusetts in the 1600s, Samuel Hinckley. Though distantly related, both families likely have many thousands of cousins across the United States (which could make for a family reunion the size of Texas).

Other famous families that people want to share ancestors with:
  • The royal Windsors, with 21 percent of the vote (also ancient cousins of Bush and Obama)
  • The Jolie-Pitts, with 8 percent of the vote (also ancient cousins of Bush and Obama).
  • The Affleck-Garners/The Coppolas, both coming in with 3 percent of the vote. Affleck is also a distant cousin of Bush and Obama
But who do Americans least want to know closely? That would be Kim, Khloé and Kourtney, also known as the Kardashian clan. Sixty-one percent of voters picked the E! reality stars as the family they’d least like to be related to.

Asked which famous family in history they’d most like to be related to, voters forwent the wealthy Rockefellers and Astors and chose the Kennedys. Apparently all those untimely deaths and extra-marital controversies kept this line of American royalty in good standing.

The other choices were:
  • The Astors, with 22 percent of the vote
  • The Plantagenets, with 22 percent of the vote
  • The Rockefellers, with 19 percent of the vote
  • The Medicis, with 11 percent of the vote
  • The Rothschilds, with 5 percent of vote.
Those who are curious if they have connections to any of these families can visit the Get Started section on findmypast.com.

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

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

About findmypast.com

Findmypast.com, owned by brightsolid, provides the most complete and relevant records in online family history and genealogy research. Findmypast members worldwide share our passion, and rely on our expertise to help them discover the roots to their family tree. Our accurate search tools and data featuring unique and core U.S., English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Australian and New Zealand records dating back as far as the 7th century, help both professional and budding genealogists find their past. Findmypast.com works closely with the genealogy community, including local libraries, archives, societies, and other organizations from around the world, to preserve, digitize and provide access to historical records and genealogical publications. To learn more, visit www.findmypast.com, the findmypast.com blog, Facebook or Twitter.

About brightsolid

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

Methodology

The celebrity family history survey was conducted by findmpast.com with submissions from 441 findmypast.com users aged 18-65 from 39 states. The average age was 29.

New Society for One Place Studies Established


SOCIETY FOR ONE-PLACE STUDIES


We, the founder members are proud to announce the launch of the 'Society for One-Place Studies', a 'not-for-profit' organisation for individuals and societies with an interest in family history and local history.

The Society has used the websites of John Palmer and Alex Coles' websites as the foundation for this new organisation. The aims of the Society are to encourage and assist those involved in one-place studies and to advance the education of the general public in these types of studies. The newly designed website shares good practice, ideas and methodology, promoting the research principles and problem solving techniques required in historical and genealogical research on a particular locality.

A truly global organisation from the outset, the Committee members are situated around the world from New Zealand to England and the USA and in the first week since its announcement, the Society has nearly forty enthusiastic members who represent studies in eight different countries.

The cost of membership to the Society is just £10 per annum with the option of registering your place of interest for a further (one-off) £10 fee per study. This can be a road, hamlet, village, town ....whatever! The Society provides an online study profile and a dedicated email address for registered studies and a plethora of resources including a fascinating quarterly newsletter in the Members' area of the website. We have many other developments in the pipeline to expand the service we offer to our members.

So, what are you waiting for? Take a look at the website and if you are interested, join!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland Organises BTOP Presentation Programme



6 September 2013
For immediate publication

Back To Our Past takes place on 18-20 October at the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Today, as organisers of the official BTOP Presentations, APGI are pleased to announce the launch of the presentations programme. As usual, these talks run in two concurrent strands throughout the event, and admission to them is free for all those attending BTOP (first come, first served).

This is the fourth year of BTOP and the third time the presentations have been organised by APGI. This being one of the main Irish heritage events during the year of The Gathering, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, TD, has accepted an invitation to officially open the presentations at 12.15pm on Friday 18 October. APGI acknowledge the close co-operation of Rootsireland.ie (the Irish Family History Foundation), the sponsors of the official BTOP Presentations.

Programme Content

The talks cover a wide range of topics that should appeal to military history and local history enthusiasts as well as the genealogists who normally populate the event. Such diverse subjects as Book Collecting, Priest Hunters and ‘Transport Ancestors’ are included, while two questions are posed: Who Are the Irish Anyway? Who Do the Irish Think They Are?

The military history ranges in time from the Norman Invasion of Ireland to the Irish in the Vietnam War. Absolute beginners in family history are catered for, as of course are the more experienced. Popular topics that are the staple diet of the BTOP audience return again, while sources like School Roll Books make a first appearance, and Place-names are given some scrutiny. Looking overseas, there are lectures on researching in US records as well as in the National Library of Wales and London’s Society of Genealogists.

Familiar names among the speakers include Brian Donovan, Shane MacThomáis and Ann McVeigh. Tony Hennessy is one of the new faces, along with the authors James Durney, Conor Kostick, Colin Murphy and Damian Shiels. Three energetic lecturers – David Butler, Else Churchill and Mario Corrigan – will be delivering two talks each. The full timetable of the presentations may be seen on the Programme Schedule page http://www.backtoourpast.com/mysitecaddy/site3/visitorschedule.htm of the BTOP website.

‘Fringe’ Benefits

This year the two strands of official Presentations are supplemented by a special ‘fringe’ strand of DNA lectures. This strand is being organised by ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogists) on behalf of FamilyTreeDNA. These lectures will run at the same times as the official BTOP Presentations, affording visitors a choice of three talks at any one time. The timetable for the DNA lectures may be found on a dedicated website at http://ggi2013.blogspot.co.uk/p/overview.html.

Polish Genealogical Conference is sponsored by the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast and Central Connecticut State University's Stanislaus A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish and Polish American Studies

When: October 11 and October 12

Where: Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT

The conference is of a truly international and multi-ethnic flavor. Among those speaking are individuals well known in Polish genealogy circles. Our speakers will be Aleksandra Kacprzak of Poland. Dr. Mieczyslaw B. Biskupski, Endowed Chair of the Polish and Polish American Studies at CCSU, Dr. Shellee Morehead of Rhode Island, Dr. Paul S. Valasek of Chicago, Illinois and Thomas Sadauskas of Virginia. Matthew Bielawa and Jonathan Shea will speak on research for beginners which will include a discussion of civil and church records and suggest other resources for identifying ancestral villages in Europe, as well as archives in Poland that hold relevant records. All speakers have extensive experience in their respective fields.

Exhibitors will be the Polish American Historical Association (PAHA), Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America (PIASA), CCSU Polish Studies, The Polish Center of Discovery and Learning, (College of Our Lady of the Elms), Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut, Polish American Foundation of Connecticut (PAF) and the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, Inc.'s resource books, maps and other materials.

The cost, if postmarked by September 20, for the Friday, October 11 event is $20 per person. Saturday’s event, which includes a Polish-American buffet lunch, is $60. For persons planning to attend the conference both days, the cost is $80. If postmarked after September 20, the cost for Friday will be $25, Saturday will be $65 and both days will be $90.

Information and forms are available online at http://www.pgsctne.org/Conference%202013/List%20of%20Documents.aspx.

If you need overnight accommodations, at the time that you make your reservations with Courtyard Marriott (Southeast Road, Farmington), inform the reservationist that you are attending the CCSU Conference and you will receive the special rate.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Genealogical Foundation Established in Illinois


Illinois State Genealogical Foundation To Support Genealogical and Historical Activities

September 5, 2013 – Springfield, IL. The Illinois State Genealogical Foundation (ISGF), a private, not for profit, tax exempt organization, was recently established in Illinois to help support genealogical and historical activities in the state. ISGF is governed by nine Directors who have an interest in supporting and promoting genealogy and Illinois history.

The purpose of ISGF is to assist in developing and increasing educational opportunities for the genealogical and historical community of Illinois. It also will be providing service and support for students and organizations whose primary interest involves the study and education of genealogical and historical events in Illinois.

ISGF encourages gifts of money, property, historical papers and documents, and other material having educational, artistic, scientific and/or historical value. ISGF will receive, hold, and administer such gifts with the primary intent of serving the genealogical and historical community in Illinois.

“A grant program will be created to provide funding to applicants for worthwhile genealogical and historical projects in the state”, said Stephen Black, ISGF President. “Further information on this grant program will be provided as more details and specific criteria are developed over the next several months. The first priority will be to obtain funding for the Foundation to provide for a sustained grant program consistent with maintenance of equity,” Black added.

All actions of ISGF shall be for its educational purposes as provided in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and as such, any donation to the Foundation is tax deductible. If you are interested in further information on the organization or purpose of the Foundation please contact Stephen Black, Foundation President, at (623) 466-3545. If you are interested in providing support or making a contribution to ISGF, contact the Illinois State Genealogical Foundation, 906 Switchgrass Lane, Champaign, IL 61822.

About Illinois State Genealogical Society

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was formed in 1968 through the cooperative effort and forward thinking of Illinois genealogical society representatives, who envisioned a statewide genealogical organization. ISGS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, educational organization. ISGS was established for the following purposes:
  • To stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois.
  • To seek, preserve, and make available data pertaining to individuals, families, and groups who lived in Illinois and to events which took place therein.
  • To inform people of the value of, and need for, preserving family and local history for posterity.
  • To encourage the formation of local genealogical societies and to coordinate and disseminate information.
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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch to Make a Billion Global Records Available Online


Groundbreaking Agreement to Deliver Valuable Historical Content Over the Next Five Years

PROVO, Utah, September 5, 2013Ancestry.com and FamilySearch International (online at FamilySearch.org), the two largest providers of family history resources, announced today an agreement that is expected to make approximately 1 billion global historical records available online and more easily accessible to the public for the first time. With this long-term strategic agreement, the two services will work together with the archive community over the next five years to digitize, index and publish these records from the FamilySearch vault.

The access to the global collection of records marks a major investment in international content as Ancestry.com continues to invest in expanding family history interest in its current markets and worldwide. Ancestry.com expects to invest more than $60 million over the next five years in the project alongside thousands of hours of volunteer efforts facilitated by FamilySearch.

“This agreement sets a path for the future for Ancestry.com and FamilySearch to increasingly share international sets of records more collaboratively,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry.com. “A significant part of our vision for family history is helping provide a rich, engaging experience on a global scale. We are excited about the opportunities it will bring to help benefit the family history community and look forward to collaborating with FamilySearch to identify other opportunities to help people discover and share their family history.”

The organizations will also be looking at other ways to share content across the two organizations. Both organizations expect to add to the already digitized records shared across the two websites in addition to new record projects to be completed over the next five years.

"We are excited to work with Ancestry.com on a vision we both share," said Dennis Brimhall, President of FamilySearch. "Expanding online access to historical records through this type of collaboration can help millions more people discover and share their family's history."

This marks a groundbreaking agreement between the two services. But the two organizations aren’t strangers to working with each other; hundreds of millions of records have already been shared and are available on Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. The companies also announced in early 2013 an additional project where they plan to publish 140 million U.S. Wills & Probate images and indexes over the next three years—creating a national database of wills and other probate documents spanning 1800-1930 online for the very first time.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is the world's largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 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 50 million family trees containing more than 5 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.

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,800 family history centers in 70 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Registration for the 2014 Forensic Genealogy Institute Now Open


Registration for the Forensic Genealogy Institute is open at http://www.forensicgenealogists.org/forensic-genealogy-institute.html

Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy is pleased to announce they will offer two courses at the 2014 Forensic Genealogy Institute at the Wyndham Love Field Hotel in Dallas, Texas. "Foundations in Forensic Genealogy" will be held from Monday 24 March through Wednesday 26 March 2014. Foundations is designed as a basis for the study of forensic genealogy. It assumes the student has an intermediate or advanced level of understanding in genealogical research and explores the forensic genealogy landscape, application of forensic genealogical techniques to research, and career paths available to forensic genealogists. It is a prerequisite course of study to the advanced level courses.

"Advanced Forensic Evidence Analysis" will be held from Thursday 27 March through Saturday 29 March 2014. New in 2014, this year's Advanced program will explore in-depth a number of applications of forensic genealogy to include the development and use of DNA in solving forensic genealogy problems, the repatriation process of military remains presented by the U.S. Department of Defense, forensic genealogy in mineral rights cases, and forensic document analysis. These topics, along with others being formulated, will be "hands on" discussions, case studies, and workshops.

Registration procedures for early application are open to the general public. Hotel accommodations and further information about the Institute may be found on the Forensic Genealogy Institute website at http://www.forensicgenealogists.com/forensic-genealogy-institute.html Persons wishing to attend are encouraged to secure their hotel reservations now via the hotel link on the website due to sporting and other events scheduled in the Dallas area.