FINDMYPAST ANNOUNCES MAJOR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE WALL STREET JOURNAL


London, UK. 31 October, 2014. Findmypast, the leading British family history company, has announced a major partnership with The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ+ membership programme. .

Under this new partnership, members of WSJ+ can claim a complimentary three month subscription to findmypast.com as part of their WSJ+ benefits.

With a searchable online archive of over 1.8 billion historical records from around the world, including millions of local US and British newspapers, as well an easy-to-use family tree builder, Findmypast is one of the world’s fastest-growing family history websites, both in terms of records and members. It acquired Colorado-based genealogy site mocavo.com in June this year, and is quickly establishing itself as a major player in the competitive US online genealogy market.

WSJ+ members will have access to the largest collection of Irish records available online. Alongside extensive passenger lists, and parish records dating back over 1000 years, these records make Findmypast the best place to trace your ancestors and bring your past to life.

Juliet Bauer, Chief Commercial Officer at Findmypast, said “This is a great partnership for us. We are very excited to be bringing new customers to family history, and sharing our fantastic record collections with a new US audience. Tracing your family history is addictive and we look forward to giving the members of WSJ+ the chance to explore their past.”

About Findmypast

Findmypast has been a leading family history website for more than 10 years. It’s a searchable online archive of over 1.8 billion family history records, from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For our members around the world, Findmypast is a crucial resource for building family trees and doing detailed historical research.

In April 2003 the company was the first to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, Findmypast has digitised family history records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. In partnership with the British Library, Findmypast is part of a project to safeguard the future of the world’s greatest newspaper archive – allowing digital access to more than 40 million newspaper pages. Recently, The National Archives awarded the company the exclusive rights to put the 1939 Register for England and Wales online.

The British Newspaper Archive reaches 9 million pages


There are now 9 million historical newspaper pages to explore at The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) after the website reached a major milestone this week.

Product Director Ian Tester commented, ‘We’re thrilled to have reached 9 million pages and have already started chasing the next big milestone. Customers tell us that they’re making amazing discoveries every day, whether they’re researching their family history, the First World War or the history of their local area. Our focus on local titles means that you can find stories from all around the UK and with the recent addition of more Irish titles, we’re becoming a more useful resource all the time’.

The British Newspaper Archive has grown massively since it was launched in November 2011. 282 British and Irish newspaper titles are now online, covering 1710-1954.

45 newspaper titles added so far this year

Thousands of pages are added every week, so coverage will just keep getting better. More than 2 million pages and 45 new titles have been added to The British Newspaper Archive so far this year, including the Daily Mirror, Daily Record, Dublin Monitor, Lancashire Evening Post, London Evening Standard and Sports Argus.

Register for free at www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/account/register to receive monthly updates about what’s being added to the website.

Vote for the newspapers you’d like to see online

Is there something you’d like The British Newspaper Archive to digitise? You can now suggest titles and vote for other people’s suggestions on the website’s feedback forum: http://help-and-advice.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/forums/243704-newspapers-we-should-add-next

About the British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership project between the British Library and DC Thomson Family History (formally known as brightsolid online publishing). From November 2011 to 2021, up to 40 million pages from historical newspapers across the UK and Ireland will be uploaded to the website www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive research collection.

Federation of Genealogical Societies and Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society ​A​nnounce FGS 2017 National C​o​nference



FGS 2017 To Be Held Aug 30—Sep 2 in Pittsburgh, PA with Local Co-host Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

October 28, 2014 – Austin, TX. and Pittsburgh, PA. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and local co-host Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (WPGS) announce the FGS 2017 National Conference will be held August 30—September 2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“We couldn’t be happier to be visiting Pittsburgh for the 2017 FGS Conference,” says FGS President D. Joshua Taylor. “The city’s unique history and rich genealogical resources promise to deliver a memorable and enjoyable experience to the FGS Community.”

Pittsburgh will provide a historical backdrop for this four day genealogy event which includes three days of family history sessions for all skill levels, one full day dedicated to genealogy society management, the popular Society Showcase, and a full exhibit hall.

“The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society is excited to be the local co-host for the 2017 FGS Conference to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,” says WPGS President Debbie Kapp. “Our region is rich with genealogical information and this conference will be a remarkable opportunity for genealogical societies. Leaders and volunteers will find plenty of practical knowledge and inspiration for reaching out to their members. Individual researchers can connect with fellow genealogists while learning from top-notch teachers. We can't wait to showcase our city and extend hospitality to genealogists from across the U.S. and beyond.”

This announcement rounds out the upcoming FGS conferences through 2018 which include:
  •  FGS 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City, UT
  •  FGS 2015 Alaska Cruise
  •  FGS 2015 Regional Conference in conjunction with the New York Family History Conference in Syracuse, NY
  •  FGS 2016 National Conference 40th Anniversary in
     Springfield, IL
  •  FGS 2018 National Conference in Ft. Wayne, IN

Currently, registration is open for the FGS 2015 National Conference “Connect.Explore.Refresh,” to be held concurrently with Rootstech February 11-14, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Register at https://www.fgsconference.org/. FGS is also booking cabins at https://www.fgsconference.org/cruise/ for its upcoming Alaska Cruise scheduled to set sail August 28, 2015

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 and family history enthusiasts strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS visit fgs.org. To learn more about the next FGS annual conference to be held in Salt Lake City, UT, visit fgsconference.org. Also, find FGS on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on the FGS Voice blog at http://voice.fgs.org.

About Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (WPGS)

The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization of amateur and professional family historians and genealogists dedicated to the study and preservation of family history. Since 1974, members of WPGS have helped trace family roots in Western Pennsylvania while preserving important local and regional records. The collection of the WPGS spans the early 1750s through the early part of the 20th century, in a variety of formats. Although it emphasizes the 26 counties of Western Pennsylvania, the WPGS Library also contains materials from the entire state of Pennsylvania, as well as surrounding states. To learn more about WPGS visit WPGS.org.

Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Now Accepting Applications for APG Young Professional Scholarship


APG to Honor Student and/or Young Professional with Strong Interest in Developing a Career in Genealogy

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 27 October 2014—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) is now accepting applications for the APG Young Professional Scholarship. Requirements have been revised to reflect current economic and educational trends and to be more inclusive of young parents, military personnel, home school candidates, students, and those currently employed between the ages of 18-29. The scholarship goes to a student and/or young professional who aspires to a professional career in genealogy. The scholarship includes a registration for the APG Professional Management Conference (PMC) and a stipend of up to $1,000 to defray costs of travel and lodging at the conference. The winner will be announced in January 2015 for attendance at the APG PMC 2016, date and place to be announced at a later date.

“It is exciting to see so many young people involved in genealogy, and we are thrilled to be able to support an up-and-coming professional genealogist with this scholarship,” said Kimberly T. Powell, APG President. “Our APG Professional Management Conference offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the business of genealogy and explore advanced genealogical topics, while networking with other professionals. We look forward to receiving many applications.”

APG Youth Scholarship Eligibility and Application Details

Eligible applicants are between the ages of 18 and 29 as of 1 January of 2015. This is open to a student, young professional, young parents, military personnel, home school, and currently employed individuals. You may apply for yourself, or on behalf of a worthy candidate.

Applications should contain the following: name; address; main contact phone number; email address; school name and/or school address (if applicable); list of extracurricular activities (including student organizations and volunteer activities); a general letter of recommendation; a letter of recommendation from an individual who has witnessed the applicant’s interest in genealogy; and short answers (500 to 750 words) to two questions. The questions are:

1) Discuss a specific record collection, media, digital source or other resource that has significantly changed your perspective about family history or research strategy along with the pros and cons of that record source, and how you used it to resolve a genealogical problem.

2) What do you envision a genealogical career will encompass in the next five years and how do you see yourself involved then?

See the blog posting at www.apgen.org for the application. Applications should be submitted to the APG office by 23 November 2014. Send applications to APG Executive Director Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, at admin@apgen.org.

About the Association of Professional Genealogists

The Association of Professional Genealogists, established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers, and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

International Society of Family History Writers and Editors 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition Now Open


The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2015.

The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the entry fee (after logging in to the ISFHWE members’ corner; new members allow up to ten days to receive login information). The categories are:

Category I – Columns. This is for columns of original content, published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2014. Each entry must consist of 2,000 words or fewer. These are entries from the author’s regular column-not features. Note that these may be print or online columns (including blogs).

Category II – Articles. These one-time articles (not part of the author’s column) must have been published in 2014 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, blog or website. Entries cannot exceed 5,000 words. Note that these may be print or online articles, including GUEST entries on a blog. Footnotes are not included in the word count.

Category III – Genealogy Newsletter. This category is for society or family association newsletters published in 2014. Entries should consist of two issues, each submitted as a single file in PDF format. The judging will be based on originality, content, visual appeal, writing and editing quality, and accuracy. The award is to the editor of the publication. These may be print or online newsletters. The once-a-year newsletters usually sent at Christmas do not qualify for this competition as two issues from the same calendar year are needed.

Category IV –Unpublished Authors. Entrants in this category aspire to be published writers or columnists in the field of genealogy, family or local history. The submissions in this category are original and unpublished, between 500 and 2,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category V– Unpublished material - Published Authors. This category is for original unpublished genealogically related articles by previously published authors. Entries should be between 500 and 3,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category VI – Poetry. This category is for original content (published in 2014 or unpublished), that is related to family history. Entries should be no longer than 1000 words and have a title. This may include song lyrics (music is not judged).

Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a certificate. Certificates may be awarded for Honorable Mentions. The awards will be announced in September 2015.

Entries must be submitted in PDF, Word, WordPerfect, or JPG format by e-mail in time to meet this deadline. Please note: Footnotes will not count toward word count. Send entries to: Competition@ISFHWE.org

Appropriate entry fee(s) - and membership dues to receive the discount - may be paid via PayPal on the ISFHWE website at ISFHWE.org

Full information on the competition is available on the ISFHWE website in the “2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition - Information and Online Entry Form” link, which leads to: http://www.isfhwe.org/competition.php

For questions, contact the Competition Coordinator at: Competition@ISFHWE.org

FEDERATION OF GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES ANNOUNCES 2014 ELECTION RESULTS


D. Joshua Taylor Re-Elected President; New Board Members and Directors include Melissa Tennant, Linda McCauley, and David E. Rencher

October 23, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces results of its recent election for FGS board members and directors. The election was conducted online September 1 – 30, 2014, with all FGS delegates eligible to vote. Office terms for those elected will begin on January 1, 2015.

With the recent election results, re-elected FGS President D. Joshua Taylor states, "I am honored to serve with such a dedicated board, and look forward to working with those elected to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee over the next two years.”

Re-Elected FGS Board Members

The following directors were re-elected to their positions:

  • Polly Fitzgerald Kimmitt, CGSM (Massachusetts) — Director
  • Randy W. Whited (Texas) — Director

New FGS Board Members

The following board members and directors were newly elected to their positions:

  • Melissa Tennant (Indiana) — Vice President of Administration
  • Linda McCauley* (Kentucky) — Secretary
  • David E. Rencher, AG, CGSM, FIGRS, FUGA (Utah) — Director
  • Cherie Bush (Utah) — Director

*McCauley was first appointed to the FGS board as a Director in early 2014 to fill a vacant position and elected Secretary in this recent election.

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 and family history enthusiasts strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS visit fgs.org. To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Salt Lake City, UT, visit fgsconference.org. Also, find FGS on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on the FGS Voice blog at http://voice.fgs.org.

Ancestry.com LLC Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results


Q3 Non-GAAP Revenues $154.7 Million, Up 8.3% Year-Over-Year

PROVO, Utah, Oct. 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry.com LLC (the "Company"), the world's largest online family history resource, reported financial results today for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014.

"Ancestry.com is executing well on our mission to help everyone discover, preserve and share their family history," said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com. "We're continuing to focus on our core customers - the enthusiasts who are passionate about their family history - by adding valuable new content and features to our site, while also aggressively pursuing growth priorities designed to expand our total addressable market. These priorities include our AncestryDNA product, where we've doubled our customer base during 2014, our mobile apps, which are generating increased engagement, and our efforts to broaden category awareness, including the creation of terrific family history TV programming. Overall our business is healthy and we believe we're positioning the company to capture its long-term growth opportunities."

Third Quarter 2014 Financial Highlights

  • Total revenues and non-GAAP revenues(1) for the third quarter 2014 were each $154.7 million. Non-GAAP revenues increased 8.3% from $142.8 million in the third quarter of 2013, driven by growth in revenues from AncestryDNA and the Company's core Ancestry branded websites.
  • Net loss for the third quarter of 2014 was $(1.2) million compared to net loss of $(13.6) million in the third quarter of 2013.
  • Adjusted EBITDA(2) for the third quarter of 2014 was $55.9 million, compared to $54.8 million in the third quarter of 2013. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2014 includes $0.8 million of professional service fees related to litigation. For the three months ended September 30, 2013, adjusted EBITDA includes $1.6 million of costs associated with the dividend declared in September 2013 by our parent company, Holdings LLC, and costs associated with reorganizing our structure.
  • Free cash flow(3) totaled $31.0 million for the third quarter of 2014, compared to $54.5 million for third quarter of 2013.
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $106.2 million as of September 30, 2014.
  • Obligations under long-term debt(4) totaled $893.9 million as of September 30, 2014.

Ancestry.com Updates

  • Subscribers - Subscribers of Ancestry websites totaled approximately 2,125,000 as of September 30, 2014, compared to 2,109,000 as of June 30, 2014.
  • Content - The Company added more than 375 million new records during the quarter. New collections added in Q3 included:
  • Tens of millions of new records and rich content for the US site including Prohibition ID Cards, prison records, yearbooks, city directories, New York State collections and additional content from a relationship with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • 3.3 million records added to the United Kingdom site at Ancestry.co.uk including an increase in UK military and naturalization records
  • 2.6 million records added to the Canadian site at Ancestry.ca
  • 1.2 million records added to the Australia site at Ancestry.com.au
  • AncestryDNA has more than doubled its customer base since the beginning of 2014.

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1 Non-GAAP revenues are defined as the revenues that would have been recognized, except for the write-down of deferred revenue to fair value as a result of the application of purchase accounting for the acquisition of Ancestry.com Inc. by a company controlled by Permira funds and co-investors (the "Transaction").

2 Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) plus non-cash adjustments to revenue from purchase accounting, interest expense, net; other (income) expense; income tax expense (benefit); and non-cash charges including depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation expense.

3 Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA capitalization of content databases, purchases of property and equipment and cash received (paid) for income taxes and interest.

4 This amount does not include $400.0 million in senior unsecured PIK notes issued by our parent company, Ancestry.com Holdings LLC. While not required, Ancestry.com LLC intends to make dividends to its parent in order to fund cash interest payments of these notes.

Conference Call & Webcast

Ancestry.com will host a conference call today at 3:00 p.m. MT (5:00 p.m. ET). Participants can access the conference call by dialing 315-625-6887 approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

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

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

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is the world's largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 15 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 60 million family trees to the core Ancestry websites, including its flagship site www.ancestry.com and its affiliated international websites. Additionally, Ancestry.com offers a suite of online family history brands, including Archives.com, Fold3.com, Newspapers.com, as well as the AncestryDNA product, sold by Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, which, along with its core Ancestry websites, are 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 or to future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company's actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as "appears," "may," "designed," "expect," "intend," "focus," "seek," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "should," "continue" or "work" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements include statements describing the Company's subscriber base, future earnings, growth outlook and financial and operating performance, its business outlook, its leadership position and its opportunities and prospects for growth, including growth in revenues, adjusted EBITDA and number of subscribers. These forward-looking statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date of this press release. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include a variety of factors, some of which are beyond the Company's control. In particular, such risks and uncertainties include the Company's continued ability to attract and retain subscribers; continued service outages or a significant disruption in service on its websites; its continued ability to acquire content and make it available online; its ability to add tools and features and provide value to satisfy customer demand; difficulties encountered in integrating acquired businesses and retaining customers; the timing and amount of investments in the Company's DNA service; market conditions; the Company's substantial debt obligations as a result of the Transaction; its intention to pay dividends to its parent in order to service its parent's indebtedness; the availability of cash and credit; the adverse impact of competitive product announcements; failure to achieve anticipated revenues, adjusted EBITDA and operating performance; changes in overall economic conditions; the loss of key employees; competitors' actions; pricing and gross margin pressures; inability to control costs and expenses; and significant litigation. 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 our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2014, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 4, 2014, 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 for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Association of Professional Genealogists Offers Limited-Time Discount on New Membership and PMC Registration

APG Professional Management Conference 8-9 January 2015


Unique, Professionally-Focused Educational and Networking Opportunity for Those Interested in Genealogy; Savings for New Registrations Runs One Week Only

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 22 October 2014 −The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today announced a discounted, limited-time bundle that includes 1-year membership in APG and registration to APG’s Professional Management Conference (PMC) being held in January 2015. This week only—Wednesday 22 October to Wednesday, 29 October 2014—registrants can receive a new APG membership plus full-conference registration for PMC for $245, which is $20 off the cost if purchased separately.

Themed “Professional-Grade Genealogy,” the conference will be held 8–9 January 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Register for this special bundle at www.apgen.org/conferences/special.html.

“Membership in the Association of Professional Genealogists is key to the educational and networking needs of professional genealogists,” said APG President Kimberly Powell. “APG’s Professional Management Conference pairs advanced lectures with unique networking opportunities, appealing to the needs of professionals of all skill levels. If you’re new to professional genealogy or know someone interested in APG membership, this week’s offer makes now an excellent time to join.”

PMC 2015 – A Must-Attend Event

The 2015 PMC is the only genealogical conference focused on providing professional genealogists with opportunities for networking, advanced education, and professional and business development:
  • Keynote by Tim Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com, who brings a unique perspective on business, genealogy, and the professional genealogists’ vital role in the industry. Ancestry ProGenealogists is a Diamond-Level PMC sponsor.
  • 15 breakout sessions offer training on key topics for professional genealogists: DNA, time management, genealogical standards, citation writing, having difficult conversations, setting fees, adoption research, and professional writing and speaking.
  • Lunch with FamilySearch's Chief Genealogical Officer, David Rencher, AG, CG. PMC Diamond-Level sponsor FamilySearch is supplementing the cost of lunch on Thursday, 8 January -- making this plated lunch just $10 per person! Seats are limited and open only to PMC registrants.
  • New in 2015, PMC Poster Sessions offer one-of-a-kind networking opportunities by providing PMC attendees with an informal, interactive opportunity to showcase research, share work, and exchange ideas.
  • Complimentary attendee-benefits from PMC Platinum-Level sponsors: One-year subscription to online data-backup service BackBlaze (value $50). Registration to online course “Business Skills: Business Administration” from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies ($89 value).
  • The annual APG member meeting and the complimentary APG reception.
  • And MUCH more!
Register today for PMC 2015 and a 1-year APG membership at www.apgen.org/conferences/special.html. The website also includes full conference details, class descriptions, speaker bios and more.

The new-member-and-PMC-registration offer will run from 22—29 October 2014 and applies only to applicants who are not currently members of APG (and/or have not been for the past two years). Applicants must sign up for APG membership and a full PMC registration to receive the discount.

Breakout Sessions Will Include:
  • Thomas Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS—You’ve Got Options: Many Ways to Cite Right (3-hour workshop)
  • Angie Bush, MS—DNA and Genealogical Proof
  • CeCe Moore—Genealogy Professionals Needed: How Adoptees Discover their Genealogical Roots (2-hour workshop)
  • Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL—Finding the Law
  • Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL—(1) Measuring Yourself against Standards: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Skills (2-hour workshop) and (2) Get Paid for Your Passion: Setting Fees
  • Angela Packer McGhie—Time Management: Successfully Balancing the Demands of Our Many "Clients"
  • Kimberly Powell—Organizing Your Research and Writing with Scrivener
  • James M. Beidler—(1) Finding Your Niche: Matching Passion, Professionalism, and Pecuniary Interest and (2) Taxes and the Professional Genealogist
  • Anastasia Harman—Professional Writing Foundations: 5 Ways to Improve Your Writing Today (2-hour workshop)
  • Ron Arons, MBA—Mind Maps for Genealogy
  • Thomas MacEntee—Self-Publishing for Genealogists
  • Billie Stone Fogarty, MEd—So You Want to be a Genealogical Speaker
  • Christina Grover—How to Have Difficult Conversations with Clients and Colleagues
About the Association of Professional Genealogists

The Association of Professional Genealogists, established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers, and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

Genealogy Gems Launches Free Genealogy Book Club

Dallas, Texas, USA - October 21, 2014: Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems is pleased to announce the launch of the FREE Genealogy Gems Book Club, which features great reads for genealogy lovers.

“This is an idea we’ve been percolating on for quite a while,” says Gems owner-producer Lisa Louise Cooke. “People are always sending me the names of books they love. I also hear from publishers and the authors themselves. We thought it would be great to share these books more widely.”

The Genealogy Gems Book Club is a virtual, no-commitment option that features a different book every three months. “We focus on mainstream nonfiction and fiction titles that explore themes we care about, like family ties, heritage and history,” explains Lisa. “These are books we want to read for pleasure and recommend to anyone, not just other genealogy lovers.”

Lisa’s favorite part of the Genealogy Gems Book Club is the exclusive author interviews that will appear on the Genealogy Gems free and Premium podcasts in the third month of the featured book (after people have had time to read it). “The podcast format is all about conversation,” she says. “I’ve learned in the past that my listeners love interviews with authors, whether they’ve read the book or not.”

The FIRST FEATURED BOOK is She Left Me the Gun: My Mother's Life Before Me by award-winning U.K. journalist Emma Brockes. It recounts the author’s discovery of her mother’s traumatic childhood in South Africa.

“This is a genealogical journey, complete with trips to archives, poring over old court cases and dramatic reveals,” says Genealogy Gems Contributing Editor and Book Club Guru Sunny Morton. “It's also about learning the past from living relatives. This is the ultimate how-to book for exploring and sharing sensitive family stories because she shows you how it’s done.”

To follow the Genealogy Gems Book Club, go to the Genealogy Gems website (http://lisalouisecooke.com) and sign up to receive Lisa’s FREE monthly newsletter, which announces new podcast episodes and highlights of the Gems blog. OR Check in periodically at the Genealogy Gems Book Club webpage (http://lisalouisecooke.com/genealogy-book-club/), which summarizes all books covered to date and includes additional recommendations.

Here’s how the three-month cycle works:

  • In the first month, Sunny will introduce a new title on the Genealogy Gems free podcast, the Premium Podcast and on the Genealogy Gems blog. She will share a quick run-down on the book and why she recommends it.
  • In the second month, Sunny will share a gem from the book and recommend other titles for those looking for something else to read.
  • In the third month, the author will join the Genealogy Gems podcast for an exclusive interview. Excerpts from the interview will run on the free podcast and the entire interview will air on the Genealogy Gems Premium Podcast.

About Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems:

Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems teaches genealogists to discover, organize and share their family stories. The Genealogy Gems Podcast is a popular online genealogy audio show that brings genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world and recently surpassed 1.5 million downloads (available at www.GenealogyGems.com, in iTunes, and through the Genealogy Gems app). Lisa has authored a variety of multi-media materials including the Genealogy Gems Premium website/podcast subscription, the popular video series Google Earth for Genealogy and four books: Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers, The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox and Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies. She is a sought-after speaker internationally and has partnered with industry leaders like Family Tree Magazine and RootsTech to bring more technologies to more family historians worldwide.

Authors interviewed on past podcasts include Steve Luxenberg (Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret), Leslie Albrecht Huber (The Journey Takers), and Jennifer Wilson (Running Away to Home: Our Family’s Journey to Croatia in Search of Who We Are, Where We Came From and What Really Matters).

Ancestry Uncovers Members of Armed Services Among Least Likely to Own Homes, While Fire Fighters Are More Likely to Than Lawyers and Judges

New Analysis from Ancestry Reveals Surprising Connections between Occupation and Home Ownership Today and Since 1900

PROVO, Utah, October 15, 2014 - Members of the armed services are among the least likely to own a home in the United States, according to a new analysis by Ancestry, the world’s largest online family history resource. Ancestry recently analyzed 112 years of U.S. Federal Census data to better understand the connection between occupation and home ownership across the nation over the last century. As of 2012, optometrists have the clearest line of sight to home ownership at 90%, while dancers and dance instructors have the lowest home ownership rate at just 23%.


Occupation has had a major impact on home ownership rates since 1900. While the typical size of a profession’s paycheck is an important factor in the rankings, it’s not the only one. There are many instances of a profession having a higher rate of home ownership than another that typically pays more. Some interesting findings from 2012:
  • Public service often pays off in terms of home ownership rates, except if you are in the armed forces. Fire fighters ranked #7 at 84%, and police officers and detectives #12 at 79%, compared to lawyers and judges who ranked #20 at 78%. Teachers were higher than economists (#45 at 74% versus #97, 64%).
  • Janitors and sextons had a rate about double that of waiters and waitresses (54% versus 27%).
  • It turns out that all artists are not starving. Sixty-three percent of artists and art teachers own homes, which is almost twice as high as dancers and dance teachers, which have the lowest rate of home ownership among any profession. Higher rates of home ownership were also seen among musicians and music teachers (62%), entertainers (57%) and authors (63%).
  • Some skilled professions that include many unionized workers had fairly high rates of home ownership, such as electricians at 73%, plumbers at 70% and power station operators at 87%.
  • Sixty-two (62) percent of editors and reporters owned homes in 2012, which is higher than almost every other analyzed decade.
Home ownership rates were at just 32% in 1900 and have doubled since then, but nearly all that growth came by 1960. “This kind of historical context is extremely valuable information for people researching their family history,” said Todd Godfrey, Head of Global Content at Ancestry. “Home ownership, occupation, and location are often key bits of information that can help bring the stories of our ancestors to life and greater illumination to the times in which they lived.” With the stability of the housing market and the economy fluctuating drastically in recent years, occupations with specialized skills and heavy ties to the community fared the best. According to the analysis by Ancestry, top occupations for home ownership in the United States for 2012 are as follows:
  • Optometrists: 90%
  • Toolmakers and Die Makers/Setters: 88%
  • Dentists: 87%
  • Power Station Operators: 87%
  • Forgemen and Hammermen: 84%
  • Inspectors: 84%
  • Firemen: 84%
  • Locomotive Engineers: 84%
  • Airplane Pilots and Navigators: 83%
  • Farmers: 81%
“Firemen, dentists and farmers all play integral roles in their local community, so perhaps the need to root in the communities they serve has played a role in home ownership,” Godfrey said. “Firefighters have a deep love for the community they serve, farmers are tied to the land and optometrists and dentists have spent their careers building a clientele list tied to the community. It could also be a case of raising their families in the same homes they were raised in and their parents before them.” Lower Rates of Home Ownership From a list of nearly 200 occupations, the rate of home ownership in 2012 is as low as 23% for certain job types. While the professions with the very highest rate of home ownership weren’t necessarily those with the biggest paychecks, the majority of the professions with the worst rates of home ownership have a mean hourly wage of $13 or less. Job stability and job security also played a large role in how likely those in a given profession were to own a home. As expected, many of the lowest ranking occupations don’t require higher education including cleaners, waiters, counter workers and cashiers--and have lower job stability. Though surprising at first, members of the armed forces are less likely to own a home due to ability/requirement to live on base, possible deployment or the average age skewing younger. The following are occupations with the lowest rate of home ownership in 2012: Dancers and Dance Teachers: 23% Motion Picture Projectionists: 27% Waiters and Waitresses: 27% Counter and Fountain Workers: 28% Members of the Armed Forces: 33% Service Workers (except private households): 34% Bartenders: 35% Charwomen and Cleaners: 35% Cashiers: 36% Cooks (except private households): 36% Home ownership has been the dream of working men and women in the United States from the nation’s founding. For people from tool makers to optometrists to dancers, home ownership continues to be part of the American dream. To learn more about the Ancestry analysis of home ownership and occupation, visit http://ancstry.me/1ywaIkB. Or, visit www.ancestry.com and sign up for a 14-day free trial to learn more about the working men and women in your family. Methodology: Statistics were compiled using Census microdata obtained from ipums.org at the University of Minnesota Population Center. The microdata are records containing the characteristics of individuals compiled from a representative sample of Census forms. Only heads of households were included in the analysis. Occupations were categorized into 197 categories classified by the U.S. Federal Census Bureau in 1950 and standardized by IPUMS for all other census years. Home ownership is defined as owning or having a mortgage on the residence as opposed to renting it. Occupations with an inadequate sample size in the year reviewed for any given decade were dropped from the analysis for that year. Ancestry.com continues to partner with the Minnesota Population Center in sharing historical census data and standardization methods to benefit both academic researchers and Ancestry’s customers. 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 14 billion records have been added to the Ancestry.com sites and users have created more than 60 million family trees containing more than 6 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, the company operates several global Ancestry international websites along with a suite of online family history brands, including Archives.com, Fold3.com, Newspapers.com, and offers the AncestryDNA service via its subsidiary, Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, all of which are designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include a variety of factors, some of which are beyond the Company’s control. In particular, such risks and uncertainties include the Company's ability to provide value to satisfy customer demand. Information concerning additional factors that could cause events or results to differ materially is contained under the caption “Risk Factors” in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2014, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 4, 2014, 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.

FEDERATION OF GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES AND GLOBAL FAMILY REUNION JOIN FORCES FOR THE LARGEST FAMILY REUNION IN HISTORY

FGS Marshals Its Hundreds of Member Societies
to Help Global Family Reunion Fight Alzheimer’s

October 17, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the Global Family Reunion announced today their partnership for the largest family reunion in history to be held June 6, 2015 on the site of the legendary 1964 New York’s World Fair to benefit Alzheimer’s research, education, and training.

FGS will facilitate the organization of Global Family Reunion branch parties at many of its member societies across the United States and around the world.

“As a leader in the family history community, FGS is delighted to be working with the Global Family Reunion,” said FGS President D. Joshua Taylor. “As genealogy increases in popularity, events like the Global Family Reunion give our member societies the chance to show the world the best of the best. We couldn't be happier to join Mr. Jacobs and his search for cousins across the world to benefit such a worthy cause."

Brainchild of best-selling author and three-time TED talk speaker, A.J. Jacobs, the Global Family Reunion will host the event in New York. It will include talks, family history exhibits, the world’s largest family photo, other family reunion activities as well as live-streaming to branch parties located all over the world.

“I'm thrilled the Global Family Reunion and the Federation of Genealogical Societies have formed a partnership. I can't wait to work with FGS and its wonderful member societies on this project to spread the word to all members of the human family about how fun and fascinating genealogy is,” said Global Family Reunion Founder A.J. Jacobs. “Plus, I'm very, very distant cousins with everyone on the FGS team, so it's all in the family.”

The talks and presentations will feature a wide range of fascinating experts and entertainers including Academy Award-nominated director of Supersize Me Morgan Spurlock, the 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush (via video), Peabody Award-winning correspondent Scott Simon, leading population geneticist and director of National Geographic’s Genographic Project Spencer Wells, and Federation of Genealogical Societies President D. Joshua Taylor.

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 and family history enthusiasts strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS visit fgs.org. To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Salt Lake City, UT, visit fgsconference.org. Also, find FGS on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on the FGS Voice blog at http://voice.fgs.org.


About Global Family Reunion

The Global Family Reunion is an event conceived by bestselling author A.J. Jacobs. It will include presentations by celebrities, genealogists, and famous scientists, music, comedy, games, interactive exhibits and food. Jacobs became fascinated with the idea that every person on Earth is related to every other after entering his name in several genealogy websites and finding he was connected to people all over the globe. "Once we realize we're all related," he says, "we can solve the big problems, like Alzheimer's". He is using the event to collect donations, which will be distributed to Cure Alzheimer's Fund and the Alzheimer's Association NYC Chapter. The Global Family Reunion will be the topic of Jacobs' next book and the subject of a documentary by Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me). Among those participating are actor Daniel Radcliffe, President George H.W. Bush and comedian Nick Kroll. The event has already been featured in the New York Times, People Magazine, NPR and Good Morning America. If you are interested in attending, please see the event website at globalfamilyreunion.com for more information. Plus, take a few minutes and watch Jacobs’ TED talk The world’s largest family reunion…we’re all invited!

Board for Certification of Genealogists Discusses Certification, Welcomes Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, as New President



Genealogists seeking board certification will have a clearer idea of portfolio requirements following the October 12 meeting of the trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists in Salt Lake City. The Board also welcomed a new executive committee and two new members. Several trustees volunteered for a newly enlarged marketing committee. Trustee Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL, made a generous donation to fund a full year of BCG's new free public instructional webinars.

To emphasize the fact that not all who apply for certification take clients, the fifth required item in an application portfolio will now be called “Research Report Prepared for Another” rather than “Research Report Prepared for a Client.” The item’s requirements remain the same: research and report on a genealogical problem authorized by someone else that does not involve the applicant’s family, showing “analysis of the problem, in-depth and skillful use of a range of sources, and recommendations for further work based on your findings.”

At the end of Sunday's trustee meeting the presidential gavel passed from Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, to Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG. In her final report as president, Powell commented on many changes, including the publication of revised standards and rubrics, BCG’s increased social-media presence, the new webinar series, as well as the 50th anniversary celebrations. Bloom responded, “On behalf of the associates and the trustees of BCG, I would like to thank Elissa for her capable leadership as BCG’s president these past two years.”

Other members of the new executive committee are Stefani Evans, CG, (vice-president), Michael S. Ramage, J.D., CG (treasurer), Dawne Slater-Putt, CG (secretary), and Russell (member at large). As past president, Powell will also serve on the executive committee in an advisory capacity. Newly re-elected trustees are David McDonald, CG, Evans, and Bloom, joined by newcomers Nancy A. Peters, CG, and Harold Henderson, CG. Retiring trustees Laura A. DeGrazia, CG, and Thomas W. Jones Ph.D, CG, CGL, were thanked for their long terms of service and for the significant advancements of BCG that occurred under their leadership. DeGrazia served 2005–2014, and as president 2008–2010. Jones served 1997–2007, 2011–2014, and as president 1999–2002.

Sunday's meeting was preceded by a day of BCG-sponsored lectures offering problem-solving tools from associates Powell, Russell, Evans, and Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, hosted by the Family History Library. The lectures were streamed into two additional rooms when the main meeting room filled.

For questions or more information contact: Nicki Birch, CG, office@BCGcertification.org.

CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluations. The board name is a trademark registered in the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Register Now! Two Great Genealogical Events - SLIG 2015 and APG's PMC


The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) will be held January 12-16, 2015. All courses and events will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center Hotel. Labs, if applicable, and research facilities will be available at the Family History Library.

Registration: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?lv=r&eid=12

Early-bird registration ends on October 31, 2014. If you log in as a member first your information will be populated and you will be automatically charged the reduced rate. If you are a non-UGA member you may purchase a membership, register as a non-member, and be refunded the difference. If you have questions please call the main UGA phone number at (801) 259-4172 or email sligdirector@ugagenealogy.org. You will be given the option to pay by credit card using PayPal (you do not have to have a PayPal account) or by sending a check.

Tuition is $375 for UGA members and $425 for non-members (a $50 savings). You MUST be logged in to the member’s area of the website prior to registering to receive the member discount. These tuition prices are applicable through October 31, 2014 when early-bird registration expires. (After October 31, 2014, tuition is $425 for UGA members and $475 for non-members). Two payment options are available: pay online with your credit card via PayPal or pay via check through the mail. Your place in the course is reserved upon checkout.

2015 Tracks

In 2015, SLIG is offering twelve tracks. The foremost experts in the field for each subject provide students with at least twenty hours of in-depth instruction on their topic. The format allows coordinators and instructors to build on the understanding gained from each lecture, building a foundation rather than giving scattered information. Students leave with a much deeper understanding of the topic.The following three tracks still have seats remaining:

Beyond the Library: Research in Original Source Repositories (John Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)

This course explores repositories of original historical sources: archives, courthouses and manuscript collections. The purpose of this course is to take the mystery and trepidation out of using original source repositories.

Finding Immigrant Origins (David Ouimette, CG)

This course covers the key historical sources and research methodologies for family historians tracing immigrant origins. We explore chain migration, ethnic migration paths, surname localization, DNA evidence, cluster genealogy, and other tools to help find your immigrant’s ancestral village.

Resources and Strategies for US Research, Part I (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS)

This course provides in-depth study of 19th-21st century U.S. resources and methodologies for utilizing them. Analyze content, origin, location, and develop tools and strategies to interpret records.

APG's Professional Management Conference

If the great courses are not enough to entice you to register now, perhaps being able to attend two great events back-to-back will be the deciding factor. Again in 2015, the Association of Professional Genealogists is holding their Professional Management Conference (PMC) on the Thursday and Friday before SLIG. You can see the great line-up of speakers and events at https://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html#schedule.

Accommodations

Both SLIG and the PMC will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. The reduced rate is $129/night (reduced from $269/night). This rate is set for up to four people in a room. The rooms are spacious and a two-queen room can comfortably accommodate four people. Accommodations: http://www.infouga.org/aem.php?eid=12

Make sure you don't miss this opportunity to experience two great genealogical events back-to-back!

National Genealogical Society Seeks Nominations for the 2015 Genealogy Hall of Fame


Would your society like to honor a genealogist whose exemplary work lives on today? Perhaps there was a notable genealogist in your state or county whose name should be memorialized in the National Genealogy Hall of Fame.

If so, the National Genealogical Society would like to hear from you. NGS is seeking nominations from the entire genealogical community for persons whose achievements or contributions have made an impact on the field. This educational program increases appreciation of the high standards advocated and achieved by committed genealogists whose work paved the way for researchers today.

Since 1986 when Donald Lines Jacobus became the first genealogist elected to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame, twenty‐five outstanding genealogists have been recognized for their contributions. The 2015 honoree will join this select group of distinguished members. This year’s selection, and the society that honored the nominee, will be feted at the 2015 NGS Family History Conference to be held in St. Charles, Missouri. Nominations for election to the Hall of Fame are made by genealogical societies and historical societies throughout the United States.

Guidelines for nominations:
  • A nominee must have been actively engaged in genealogy in the United States for at least ten years, must have been deceased for at least five years at the time of nomination, and must have made contributions to the field of genealogy judged to be of lasting significance in ways that were unique, pioneering, or exemplary.
  • The National Genealogy Hall of Fame is an educational project in which the entire genealogical community is invited to participate. Affiliation with the National Genealogical Society is not required.
  • The National Genealogy Hall of Fame Committee elects one person to the Hall of Fame annually. Those elected are permanently commemorated in the Hall of Fame at Society headquarters, Arlington, Virginia.
Nominations for election to the Hall of Fame are due by 31 January each year. Official nomination forms are available from our website, www.ngsgenealogy.org, Awards & Competitions, or by contacting the National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22204‐4304; phone 1‐800‐473‐0060.

About the National Genealogical Society

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, 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. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

Dame Angela Lansbury to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award in Boston in November


October 8, 2014 – Boston, MA – On November 13, 2014, NEHGS will host an exclusive evening with the critically acclaimed actress, Dame Angela Lansbury at the Four Seasons Hotel, Boston. She will be presented a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in the Performing Arts and a custom-designed genealogical family tree.

With a legendary career spanning seven decades and critically acclaimed roles in film, theatre, and television, Angela Lansbury is one of the most venerated and beloved performers of our time. The recipient of five Tony Awards, six Golden Globes, an honorary Academy Award, eighteen Emmy Award nominations, and numerous other honors, including the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, her film career began with Oscar-nominated roles in Gaslight (1944) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945). These performances were followed by eleven more films at MGM, including State of the Union with Katherine Hepburn.

In 1966, her theatrical career soared when she starred as the irrepressible Mame Dennis in the Broadway musical smash hit Mame; she went on to star in many acclaimed stage roles, including Dear World, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Deuce, Blithe Spirit, and A Little Night Music. On television, she is best known to worldwide audiences as sleuth Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote. She is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts (1997) and a Kennedy Center Honors Award (2000). In 2014, she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

Please join us for this rare opportunity as we enjoy a retrospective of some of her most famous roles in film, theatre and television, as well as a lively conversation about her career and family heritage. Tickets for this event are $175 and include a reception, awards presentation and dinner. To register or to learn more, visit www.AmericanAncestors.org/Lansbury or contact Manda Shepherd at manda.shepherd@nehgs.org or 617-226-1215.

New Publication - Sonoma County Delayed Birth Certificates, 1855-1971

Sonoma County Delayed Birth Certificates 1855-1971


October 15, 2014 – Santa Rosa, California – Sonoma County Genealogical Society announces the publication of Sonoma County Delayed Birth Certificates, 1855-1971.

The Sonoma County Genealogical Society receives many requests for information regarding early families which is to be expected. In 1870 Sonoma County was the sixth largest county in population. Many of those early families are represented in the county today.

As birth certificates are considered a prime source for family records the Society is pleased to offer this publication which lists over 3200 applications dating from May 1943 through December 1976, and covering birth years 1855 through 1971. This information should prove invaluable to genealogical researchers and be of interest to local historians.

To order Sonoma County Delayed Birth Certificates 1855-1971, visit the Society’s bookstore, http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/sonoma.

About Sonoma County Genealogical Society


The Society was founded in 1967 with the purpose to educate the general public and members of the Society in genealogical research, and to preserve, collect, compile, publish and disseminate genealogical data and family history. For more information, please visit our website, http://www.scgsonline.org.



Sonoma County Genealogical Society, Inc.
P. O. Box 2273
Santa Rosa, CA 95405-0273
http://www.scgsonline.org

Live Q&A with Practical Archivist this Sat 10/18



To celebrate Family History Month and American Archives Month…

The Practical Archivist is offering
a free web chat on her Facebook page,

"3 Secrets Every Archivist Knows That Will Help You Organize,
Preserve & Share Your Family Photos"

Madison, WI October 15, 2014 - Sally Jacobs, known online as The Practical Archivist, has announced her first live Facebook chat will take place this Saturday — October 18, 2014 from 4:15pm-5:45pm Central Time. The free online chat will be hosted on Sally's Practical Archivist Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PracticalArchivist?v=app_310432762368131 There is no charge to participate, no pre-registration required, and no software to download...but you *do* need to have a Facebook account.

Keepers of ancestor photos are encouraged to bring questions they have about how to organize, preserve and scan their one-of-a-kind treasures.

  • Not sure what kind of boxes you need?
  • Wondering whether slip-in sleeves are a good idea…and whether it matters that they’re from a discount store?
  • Skeptical about whether an ink pen is the right tool to mark the back of a photo?
  • Confused about the difference between ppi and dpi?

Sally can help.

“October is both Family History Month and American Archives Month, and therefore I'm offering a no-cost web chat designed to help family historians become better family archivists. I’ll share 3 secrets every archivist knows that will help you organize, preserve and share your family photo treasures from every era…then I’ll stick around to answer your specific questions about the photos in your care "

Ermadene Able is a graduate of Sally's Joy of Organizing Photos program, and wants other family archivists to hear her tale of narrowly-avoided disaster: "Before, my precious ancestor and family photos, movies, videos and linen heirlooms were vulnerable to damage due to the way I was storing them. Sally taught me how to store them all properly. This was good because not long after I moved them to a new location, our hot water heater flooded where some of the photos had been. How is that for timing? Thank you, Sally!"

Worried you’ll forget to join the live chat and miss it? You can set up your own email reminder and choose to be reminded 1 day ahead, 1 hour ahead, or 15 minutes ahead: https://www.facebook.com/PracticalArchivist?v=app_310432762368131

So busy this Saturday that you already know you’ll miss it? The live chat will be available on the Practical Archivist Facebook page for “replay” for the rest of the month of October, Sally has offered to accept questions ahead of time via email: practicalarchivist@gmail.com. She asks that you send in your question before Friday evening if you want them to be considered.

About Sally Jacobs

Sally Jacobs has a Master's in Library Science with a Specialization in Archives Management, and has worked at the Library of Congress Prints and Photos Division, the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, and American Girl. Her online CV is here: http://www.linkedin.com/in/sallyjacobs Her main website has oodles of expert advice (as jargon-fee as possible) http://practicalarchivist.com

CALL FOR PAPERS 25th Annual Conference Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies


Please join us for the 25th annual conference of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies to be held in Miami, Florida, Sunday, July 19 through Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

SCJS proudly confirms that our keynote speaker will be Ainsley Cohen Henriques, former president of the United Congregation of Israelites in Kingston, Jamaica, and currently a director and honorary secretary of the synagogue, as well as editor and publisher of its newsletter.

We cordially invite papers on crypto-Judaism from any discipline (e.g., anthropology, history, sociology, philosophy, literature, music, etc.) and from any geographic location or time period.

We also welcome papers on all aspects of the Sephardic experience and that of other communities exhibiting crypto-Jewish phenomena anywhere in the world.

Papers breaking new ground in research on crypto-Jews in both the Caribbean basin and the American Southwest are particularly welcome. Interested scholars and professionals, including advanced graduate students, are invited to submit proposals for papers, oral or video presentations, or workshops.

Proposals are also welcome from individuals with personal stories or other personal research relating to crypto-Judaism. These may be for individual papers/presentations, or for complete sessions on specific topics. Please indicate if the presentation represents completed research or work in progress.

Conference presentation proposals must include a title, an abstract or summary of 200 words, and a 100-word biographical resume or CV. The deadline for proposals is April 1, 2015

Please note that all attendees are asked to pay the conference registration fee to participate in the conference. Further, no personal compensation is offered. Hotel costs are the speaker's responsibility. Group reservation rates will be available. The Conference offers an exceptional opportunity to share your work and published books with peers and a target audience.

See http://www.cryptojews.com for more information on SCJS, this conference, and past meetings. Please send proposals or inquiries to

Matthew Warshawsky
International Languages and Cultures
University of Portland
warshaws@up.edu

35th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy Launch



Jerusalem Ramada 6-10 July 2015

Registration is now open at www.iajgs2015.org for the IAJGS 35th International Conference on Jewish Genealogy taking place at the Jerusalem Ramada 6-10 July 2015. The Conference is being held in cooperation with MyHeritage and with the support of individual, organizational and corporate sponsors presently including Harvey Krueger of New York and Yad Vashem. We will be updating our sponsors listing to include longstanding friends of Jewish Genealogy and a host of new friends.

The Ramada Hotel near the entrance to Jerusalem was chosen as our conference venue as it is the only Jerusalem Hotel able to host a conference of our size, has easy access to city and interurban transportation and is close to many Archives, Museums and cultural attractions. The Ramada has two wings – the Royal Hotel (3 stars) and the Ramada (4 stars) and reservations in the Conference block are available following your registration to the Conference. To get the Hotel Conference rate and special perks such as in-room free wi-fi you must register and reserve through www.iajgs2015.org

A Shabbaton (Friday & Saturday weekend July 3-4 program) - Shabbat experience for everyone -will precede the Conference and will be followed by an “Exploration Sunday” on July 5 with touring and archive options. The program for the 2015 Conference promises to be varied and unique! There will be sessions relating to research in different countries, techniques and a focus on how the end of World War II impacted the Jewish people and their lives across the world.

The Conference website, www.iajgs2015.org, currently includes registration for those outside of Israel, the Call for Papers and basic information. Additional information on, Shekel based registration, Family Finder, Exploration Sunday, Shabbaton and meal functions and more will be available shortly. So, we encourage you to watch the website, sign up for the Conference Discussion group, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

We look forward to seeing you all – NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM!

About IAJGS

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of organizations formed in 1988 to provide a common voice for issues of significance to its members, to advance our genealogical avocation, and to coordinate items such as the annual International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.

ICAPGen 2014 Fall Conference 50 Years of Excellence


The annual family history conference co-sponsored by ICAPGen and the Center for Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 in the Joseph F. Smith building on the BYU campus.

Come celebrate 50 years of genealogical credentialing with some amazing classes on accreditation, professional research, methodology, technology and DNA research. The luncheon speaker will be David Rencher. Lunch is included in the low price of the conference. It will be a great day!

Go to www.icapgen.org to see the conference schedule. Sign up for the conference online here:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/icapgen-2014-conference-tickets-12947561505

Or to view the conference schedule go here: http://www.icapgen.org/icapgen/sites/default/files/pdf/ConfReg2_0.pdf

About ICAPGen

The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, internationally recognized as ICAPGen, is a professional credentialing organization dedicated to testing an individual’s competence in genealogical research. The organization is administered by a board of qualified Commissioners with many years of experience. Professional credentials with ICAPGen provide numerous benefits. For additional information go to www.icapgen.org.

MyHeritage partners with EBSCO Information Services to bring MyHeritage to libraries and educational institutions worldwide


Leading family history network launches an institutional version of its service and unveils exclusive partnership to provide any educational facility with instant access to centuries of history in billions of historical documents from all over the world.

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah & IPSWICH, Mass – October 7, 2014: MyHeritage, the popular family history network, today announced a significant expansion into the institutional education market, with the launch of a dedicated, high-performance family history service for institutions and the signing of a strategic partnership with EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) to distribute it exclusively.

As the leading provider of online research content for libraries and other institutions, EBSCO’s partnership with MyHeritage reaffirms its commitment to providing first-class content to libraries at affordable prices.

EBSCO Senior Vice President of Product Management Michael Laddin, said: "MyHeritage brings to the table an unparalleled offering of a vast, content-rich database and innovative, easy-to-use technologies. With a proven track-record of supporting customers across the globe, we are very excited about this partnership and the value it will bring to libraries and other educational centers worldwide."

The new, state-of-the-art MyHeritage Library Edition™ empowers people to discover more about their family history and the lives led by their ancestors. It's the first product servicing libraries that offers a one-stop-shop of global content, powerful technologies and remote access.

The MyHeritage Library Edition™ provides access to a vast collection of U.S. and international documents online, with images of original documents to enhance research and encourage critical thinking.

Key highlights include:

Vast Global Content
Educational institutions that deploy the MyHeritage Library Edition™ will be able to offer their patrons access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past 5 centuries. Available in 40 languages, the MyHeritage Library Edition™ is the industry’s most multilingual family history search engine, breaking down geographical and language barriers in research. The data repository, one of the largest and most internationally diverse of its kind, includes birth, death and marriage records from 48 countries, the complete US and UK censuses, immigration, military and tombstone records and more than 1.5 billion family tree profiles. The database grows at an average pace of more than 5 million records each day.

Powerful Technology
The MyHeritage Library Edition™ builds upon MyHeritage’s deep investment in innovation. Its search engine’s automatic handling of translations, synonyms and spelling variations of millions of names in multiple languages is unparalleled. Its unique Record Detective™ technology takes research one step further by recommending additional records for each record discovered. This enhances research and helps users discover a lot more in less time.

Remote Access
Library members can use the MyHeritage Library Edition™ either at their local library or in the comfort of their own home using remote access.
"The new institutional edition of MyHeritage and our partnership with EBSCO advance our mission to transform family history into an enjoyable, accessible and highly affordable activity for millions of families around the world", said MyHeritage Founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet. "Curiosity is one of the greatest human qualities. Our product enables users of all ages and means to satisfy their curiosity and enjoy the thrill or discovering their family history at the click of a button".

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is a family history network helping millions of families around the world discover and share their legacy online. As technology thought leaders and innovators, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible, exciting and easier than ever before. MyHeritage empowers its global community of users with unique social tools, a massive library of historical content and powerful search and data matching technologies. The service is available in 40 languages. For more information visit www.myheritage.com.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 6,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 600,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.

A Great New Addition announced by The In-Depth Genealogist


October 7, 2014; Utica, OH:


Shannon Combs-Bennett Joins Leadership Team at
The In-Depth Genealogist as Creative Director


The leadership team at The In-Depth Genealogist is pleased to announce their newest addition, Shannon Combs-Bennett. She will be fulfilling the role of Creative Director for the organization.

Shannon began writing for IDG in January 2013. Her contributions and positive attitude played a significant role in the decision to invite her to become a partner in the business. Shannon brings a lot of strengths to the table and we are thrilled to have her as a part of the team.

She is a graduate of Indiana University and has a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a focus on genetics. She uses her degree primarily to help others understand their DNA results as part of her business, T2 Family History. Shannon also lectures on many topics from genetic genealogy to methodology and writes for publication. Two of her articles received Honorable Mention in 2013 and 2014 from the ISFHWE Excellence in Writing Competition.

Since 2011 Shannon has been a contributor to Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree University. She started as their Family Tree First Blogger which chronicled her discoveries as a newbie genealogist. Currently Shannon is a student in the NIGS program, American certificate, and is a graduate of the Boston University Online Certificate in Genealogical Research. Shannon is currently a member of APG, NGS, GSG, IFSHWE, and several lineage societies.

Giving back to the community is important to her. Shannon is involved in the NextGen Genealogy Network where she serves as the Education Chair. In her local genealogical society Shannon assists in planning and organizing their spring and fall seminars.

Shannon joins Jen Alford (Publisher) and Terri O’Connell (Executive Director) in their goal to create a true environment of collaboration and learning for all in the genealogy field.

For more information, please contact Terri O’Connell.