Findmypast releases over 13 million Scottish births, baptisms and marriages, 1.3 million Irish newspaper articles, an 1895 Gazetteer covering the whole of England and Wales, US records from the states of Iowa, Oregon and Arizona, and announce their first ever ‘Christmas Countdown’


Findmypast is thrilled to be releasing over 13 million Scottish births, baptisms and marriages for the first time as part of this week’s Findmypast Friday.

Every Friday, leading family history website Findmypast reveals thousands of new records to explore over the weekend on its dedicated Findmypast Friday page. Alongside the new Scottish records, this week’s additions include 25 new Irish newspaper titles and 1.3 million articles, an 1895 Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, Arizona marriages, Iowa Deaths and Oregon births.

We are also pleased to announce the launch of our first ever ‘Findmypast Christmas Countdown’, a host of daily festive treats that will be released throughout December. To get you in the mood for Christmas, we’ve lined up an array of goodies, from history quizzes and prize draws to guest columns, historical recipes, and expert family history tips. Between December 1st and 25th, be sure to check our dedicated Christmas Countdown page every day to discover your daily historical highlight and make sure you don’t miss out! Visit our blog on Monday to learn more.

Our new Scotland Births and Baptisms 1564-1950, contain over 9.3 million records, each consisting of a transcript of the original document. Spanning over 380 years of Scottish history, they will prove invaluable to those with Scottish ancestors as along with listing the date and place of a child’s baptism, they also list the full names of both parents including the mother’s maiden name - information that is essential for uncovering the details of a previous generation.

The new collection of Scotland Marriages 1561-1910, spans almost 350 years and contains over 4.1 million records. Like the Scottish Births and Baptisms, these records can contain the names of the bride and groom’s parents.

The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales provides a unique snapshot of England and Wales in 1895. Containing over 19,000 images, more than 25,000 individual entries and beautiful colour maps of every English and Welsh County, the Gazetteer offers unique insights into where your ancestors lived their lives.

This month’s Irish newspaper update adds over 1.3 million new articles to the collection. 25 fascinating new titles have been added from all 4 provinces of the country, meaning the collection now holds over 40 titles containing over 3 million articles. Additional articles have also been added to a further existing 12 titles.

Arizona marriages 1865-1949 contains over 149,000 records that begin 47 years before Arizona became the 48th state in 1912. Each record includes a transcript identifying a marriage performed in the state and will usually include a couple’s first and last names, place and date of marriage, residence, age and the names of their parents.

Iowa deaths and burials 1850-1990 contains over 397,000 records that cover 140 years of the state’s history and date back to the first years after Iowa became the 29th state in 1846. Each record consists of a transcript of the original document that usually includes the deceased’s full name, age at death, date and place of birth, bate and place of death, burial details, occupation, ethnicity, marital status and the names and birth place of their parents.

Oregon births & baptisms 1868-1929 contains over 61,000 records and covers a wide range of births dating from just nine years after Oregon became the 33rd state in 1859. A number of records also list the details of individuals born outside of the state, who were registered with Oregon authorities at a later date.

About Findmypast

Findmypast has been a leading family history website for more than 10 years. It’s a searchable online archive of billions 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.

Announcing the Scottish Institute

Scottish Institute

Unique learning opportunity for Professional
and
Semi–professional genealogists:

One week of learning about and researching in the Scottish records while stationed in Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Topics include:
  • Parish records, Statutory records, Wills, Valuation Rolls
  • Land records, Kirk Session records, Court records— Sheriff Court, High Court, Court of Session and Commissary Court
  • Palaeography, Highland Records and Resources, Health
  • Records

Opportunity to join with the Scottish Genealogy Network for a joint day of professional development

20 hours of learning
20 hours of research

Spaces are limited to 15

For more information: http://www.scottishinstitute.ca

2015 Scottish Institute Dates

The 2015 Scottish Institute dates are Sunday October 18th until Sunday October 25th.
October 18th is a day of arrival and October 25th is a day of departure.


** $2195 per person, double occupancy
** $475 single supplement
** airfare not included

RootsMagic Adds MyHeritage Matching Technologies for Powerful Automatic Research Capabilities

One Year Full-Access subscription - one-year FULL ACCESS subscription, which includes both the PremiumPlus Family Tree account and the MyHeritage Data Plan.

RootsMagic

TEL AVIV, Israel & SPRINGVILLE, Utah – November 25, 2014: MyHeritage, the popular family history network, and RootsMagic, Inc., today jointly announced that MyHeritage’s Smart Matching™ and Record Matching technologies have been integrated into RootsMagic’s latest version of its popular genealogy software. This enables RootsMagic users to discover the life stories of their ancestors thanks to highly accurate matching between their family trees and millions of family trees and billions of global historical records available on MyHeritage.

RootsMagic, first released in 2003, is an award winning genealogy program for documenting and preserving family history. Its latest version 7, released this week, includes among its highlights a new feature named WebHints powered by MyHeritage matching technologies that transforms the program into a powerful research tool. WebHints also include hints from genealogy website FamilySearch for authenticated users. Information sent by RootsMagic to MyHeritage for matching is never collected or shared, and is deleted after matching to ensure the complete privacy of RootsMagic users and their data.

MyHeritage enables millions of families around the world to discover, share and preserve their family history on the MyHeritage website, mobile apps and desktop applications. In addition, MyHeritage is well known as a technology innovator. Its flagship technologies, Smart Matching™ and Record Matching, which generate automatic discoveries based on MyHeritage’s huge international database of family trees and historical records, are sought after within the family history space. Leading genealogy organizations are partnering with MyHeritage to integrate these technologies into their products.

“MyHeritage matches are a very exciting feature”, said RootsMagic, Inc.’s Vice President, Michael Booth. “It was like magic to me when the WebHints were first wired into RootsMagic and I opened my file and saw all the matches appear. I spent hours exploring and discovering newspaper articles, certificates, and records that I had never seen before. Our initial testers are also reporting that they have been having so much fun exploring the MyHeritage matches that they have had to pull themselves away to test the other features.”

“We’re thrilled to provide RootsMagic – an acclaimed genealogy software among the most popular in the USA – with our powerful matching technologies” said MyHeritage’s Founder & CEO Gilad Japhet. “This partnership will significantly accelerate discoveries for RootsMagic users and will expand the tremendous reach of MyHeritage.”

This announcement follows other integrations of MyHeritage matching technologies by British genealogy software, Family Historian and Dutch genealogy services Aldfaer and Coret Genealogie. Available on MyHeritage and through a wide set of partnerships, MyHeritage matching technologies have become the de facto standard for automatic discoveries for everyone interested in their family history

About MyHeritage

MyHeritage is the leading destination for discovering, sharing and preserving family history. As technology thought leaders and innovators, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive database of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees, and ground-breaking search and matching technologies. MyHeritage is trusted by millions of families and provides them an easy way to share their story, past and present, and treasure it for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 40 languages. www.myheritage.com

About RootsMagic, Inc.

For over 20 years, RootsMagic, Inc. has been creating computer software with a special purpose - to unite families. One of its earliest products, the popular Family Origins software, introduced thousands of people to the joy and excitement of family history.
That tradition continues today with RootsMagic, its award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing family history fun and easy.
www.rootsmagic.com

Look Who Is Coming to San Diego Genealogical Society - Josh Taylor!

San Diego Genealogical Society presents:

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

The date is 10 January 2015, 9 am to 3:30 pm.

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is a nationally known speaker, author and helper of "Genealogy Roadshow and Who Do You Think You Are? and President of FGS.

Topics being presented are:

  • Session 1: Bridging the Gap: Finding Ancestors in the United States between 1780 and 1830
  • Session 2: The Modern-Genealogist: Timesaving Tips for Every Researcher
  • Session 3: Our States Archives: Digital Collections and More
  • Session 4: New Tools and Ideas in Research


Marina Village, Captain's Room, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109

Box Lunch is included, Fee is $40 for members and $50 for non members.

Further information can be gathered at: A Family History Seminar sponsored by the San Diego Genealogical Society

Contact SDGS at Treasurer Orendurff, 450 East Bradley Ave., Sp 97, El Cajon, Ca 920121 if paying by check.

Otherwise you pay on line at above link. Choose your lunch and dietary needs there also.

Findmypast release 953,000 District of Columbia birth, marriage and death records, 18 new US periodicals, new Irish Survey Maps & Plans and thousands of UK School & Prison Hulk registers


Every Friday, leading family history website Findmypast reveals thousands of new records to explore over the weekend on its dedicated Findmypast Friday page. This week’s new additions include 95,000 Griffiths Survey of Ireland records, over 953,000 US birth, marriage and death records for the District of Columbia, 18 new PERSI titles and thousands of new UK school admissions and Prison Ship records.

The new District of Columbia Births & Baptisms 1830-1955 contain over 109,000 records. These records provide information on births and baptisms that occurred in the city of Washington, District of Columbia, between 1830 and 1955. Although the district began officially collecting this information in 1874, many records are from years earlier and do contain some duplicates that often contain slightly different information. Each record consists of a transcript that lists the child’s name, date of birth, date and place of christening, parents’ names and ethnicity.

The District Of Columbia Marriages 1830-1921 contain over 479,000 records that provide information about marriages performed in the city during the 19th and 20th centuries. The records generally list the individual’s name, age, ethnicity, the date and place of their marriage as well as their spouse’s name and age. You may find duplicates in these search results, as entries are often created for each individual mentioned on a record, including parents' names and spouse's parents' names. Some marriages occurred outside of the District of Columbia but were then registered later in the city.

The District of Columbia Deaths & Burials 1840-1964 contain over 365,000 records. Each record represents a death in the district over the 19th and 20th centuries and can contain useful biographical information. Most will list the deceased’s name, age, date of birth, date of death, place and date of burial, street address, marital status, ethnicity and parents place of birth. The information contained can then be used to search other collections from the District of Columbia or to search our collection of local newspapers for an obituary.

Griffith's Survey Maps & Plans, 1847-1864 contains over 95,000 Ordnance Survey (OS) maps and town plans used by the team working on Griffith's Primary Valuation of Ireland. Sir Richard John Griffith (1784 –1878) was an Irish geologist, mining engineer and chairman of the Board of Works of Ireland, who completed the first complete geological map of Ireland. He was commissioned by the government to oversee the first valuation of Ireland in 1827. Each record includes a survey transcript and most also contain images of maps and town plans. Unfortunately we do not have maps, only transcripts, for Northern Ireland.

New UK Schools and Admission registers for Anglesey, Plymouth and West Devon have been added to our collection of National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914. The Registers allow you to trace your ancestors through their school years and provide information such as the name of the school, name and address of each pupil, date of admission, date of leaving and the names of parents or guardians. Some may also include date of birth, whether parents are living or dead and a parent’s occupation.

Over 4,000 Prison Ship (Hulk) Registers 1811-1843 records have been added to our collection of Crime, Prison and Punishment records. These new records come from 6 prison hulks; Discovery, Captivity, Antelope, Dromedary, Weymouth and Coromandel and list the details of over 13,300 inmates held on the ships between 1811 and 1843. Each record consists of a transcript that can list an inmate’s name, age and trade as well as details of their crime, sentence and character.

About Findmypast

Findmypast has been a leading family history website for more than 10 years. It’s a searchable online archive of billions 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.

Richard S. Lackey Memorial Scholarship Available for 2015



The National Institute on Genealogical Research Alumni Association (NIGRAA) announces the Richard S. Lackey Memorial Scholarship for 2015. This scholarship is awarded to an experienced researcher employed in a paid or volunteer position in the services of the genealogical community. The amount of the Scholarship is $500, which covers full tuition for the National Institute on Genealogical Research, attendance at the Alumni Association Dinner, and will partly defray hotel and/or meal costs.

Applications must be submitted in PDF format. The completed application form should be e-mailed to Rosemary Smith at smith9802@cox.net  and received by 15 February 2015. The application form can be found at the bottom of the NIGRAA website at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nigraa/.

The winner will be notified within thirty days. The scholarship winner will automatically be accepted for the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR), to be held at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., from Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 17, 2015. NIGR is an intensive program offering on-site examination of federal records and is intended for experienced genealogical researchers. Note: an application to attend in 2015 must also be submitted to NIGR.

Membership in NIGRAA is open to anyone who has completed one or more sessions of the National Institute on Genealogical Research or who has lectured at any session.

Online Family History Research in United States Grows by 14 Times in Past Decade


Decade Multi-country Study by Ancestry.com Examines Changing Family Structures to Show Closer Bonds Between Children and Grandparents; Longevity and Birthrates Lead to Increase in Vertical Families

PROVO, Utah, November 19, 2014 – Over the past decade, online family history research has grown in the United States by 14 times, with two-thirds (63%) of respondents in a recent study reporting that family history has become more important than ever. They also say that this growth is motivated by a belief that knowing more about the past is a key part of understanding who we are.

Announced today by Ancestry.com, the world's largest online family history resource, the new findings are part of the first chapter in its Global Family History Report, a multi-country study that examined trends in the family—both past and present—across six developed countries: the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, Germany and Sweden.

According to the study, the relationships between younger and older family members have strengthened, with relationships between grandparents and their grandchildren growing closer in the past 50 years.* Nearly three-quarters (72%) of respondents reported feeling closer to older relatives, with half of older relatives saying they had drawn closer to young relatives as a result of learning more about their family.

“This shift back to vertical family structure is really interesting,” said Michelle Ercanbrack, family historian at Ancestry. “Vertical family structure, meaning multiple generations interacting with one another, was common historically because nuclear families often lived under the same roof. The rise in multigenerational relationships today has everything to do with advances in technology and medicine. As grand- and great-grandparents live longer and stay connected with social media, there are now unprecedented opportunities to engage with younger generations and pass on family stories.”

Younger people are among those inspired most to learn more about their family history through talking with older family members (55% overall). And the family knowledge held by older generations has expanded when compared to what their parents knew about their ancestors. A generation ago, the average family history stretched back 149 years, but today this has grown in the U.S. to 184 years.

Among those who have researched their ancestry in ways other than speaking to family, three of the most commonly used resources in the U.S. are photographs (81%), birth, marriage and death records, (66%) and letters (45%). Uncovering a strong family narrative and culture, however, emerges when family dinnertime conversations and historical records meet.

“The holidays are the perfect time to connect with family. If you are lucky enough to still have a living patriarch or matriarch in your family, take the time to sit with them and listen,” said Ercanbrack. “Whenever I visit Grandma, I love snapping pictures of family photos hanging on the wall or printing off census records from her life to start her talking and then recording the conversation we have with my smartphone. You’ll be amazed at what you learn about their life and gain some context to what led to your own unique circumstances.”

Capturing and sharing your family history is easy on-the-go with a mobile phone. The Ancestry mobile app is free and can help you discover, preserve and share your family history no matter where you are. Similarly, Shoebox by Ancestry is a great mobile app used to scan old paper photos and save them to your family tree. To download either or both before heading out for your holiday gatherings, visit http://www.ancestry.com/mobile and http://shoebox.ancestry.com/.

To review the first chapter of Ancestry’s Global Family History Report, email MediaRelations@ancestry.com.

* The number of grandchildren with a close relationship with a grandparent has increased from 60 percent in the 1950s-1960s to 78 percent today, an increase of 30 percent.

Methodology: In March 2014, Ancestry approached the Future Foundation to pursue an original program of research focusing on the growing phenomenon of online family history research in six of the world’s largest economies: the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Sweden. A number of desk research resources have been consulted to compile the findings, these include previous survey research from Ancestry, census data from each of the six countries, nVision Global trend data and forecasts for internet uptake, use of social networking and other online activities, in each of the six countries, and Ancestry’s extensive genealogical archives. A total of 6,024 10-15 minute interviews were carried out with adults aged 18+ in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Sweden (1,000+ adults aged 18+ per country) as part of its original quantitative research. In each country, interlocking age and gender quotas and broad income-group quotas were set to ensure the sample was representative of the general population by age and gender. Interviews were carried out online, using panel respondents recruited by Research Now, during June 2014. In instances where we believe our sample of online panel respondents to be representative of the general population (i.e., non tech-related matters such as ancestors, extended family, etc.), we interpret results as representative of the adult population in general. In other instances, where appropriate (e.g. when giving the percentage of all adults who have used the Internet for online family history), we have mapped survey results against other sources of data listed above (e.g., on the percentage of adults aged 18+ who are internet users in each country) and adjusted findings accordingly.

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.

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David Archuleta and Studio C to Close FGS & RootsTech 2015


American Idol finalist David Archuleta is teaming up with the popular comedy sketch group Studio C from BYUtv to perform at FGS and RootsTech. The two talents will be performing for the Closing Event at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Both will be featuring new original pieces for the event, including a new song written by David Archuleta and a never-before-seen sketch by Studio C.

David Archuleta has sold more than 1 million albums and earned numerous awards. According to David, this gives him a chance to celebrate his family and the influence they have had on his music. His father was a jazz musician who introduced the family to jazz, as well as gospel, pop, rock, and soul. His family’s heritage and history helped craft Archuleta’s unique style.

“Music was always a part of my life growing up. My mother was also big on dancing and would teach my older sister and me to dance to traditional music,” he remembers. “I can’t think about celebrating my family without thinking about celebrating music.”

The sketch comedy group Studio C from BYUtv has grown to become a household name for people across the nation of all ages, but especially among teens and millennials. Since its launch in October 2012, its loyal fan base has helped grow the show’s online presence to more than 70 million YouTube views to date.

David Archuleta and Studio C will be performing for thousands of attendees at the Closing Event on the final day of FGS and RootsTech, February 14, 2015. To reserve your ticket to see David Archuleta and Studio C, register today for FGS 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 strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS FORUM magazine (filled with articles for the family history community), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy), Twitter (http://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy) and on our blog at (http://voice.fgs.org).

Getting Kids Hooked on Family History


November 15, 2014: Sisters Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade announce the release of their new My Mormon Ancestor, My Jewish Ancestor and My Pioneer Ancestor activity books for youth, ages 6-14, as part of their Zap The Grandma Gap “My Ancestors” series. These 52-page activity books encourage youth to ask questions and delve into the history of their family in a fun way. The “My Ancestors” hands-on workbooks create bonds between generations with hours of activities, puzzles, games, recipes, stories and crafts that can involve the entire family. Timelines, paper dolls, coloring pages, maps, music, dot-to-dots and crossword puzzles combine to give youth ownership of their own genealogy and the send them on a quest to bring their family history to life.

“If you are looking for concrete ideas for sharing your family history and inspiring the next generation, look no further. Janet’s passion for the power of family history in the lives of today’s busy families shines throughout the pages!” asserts Lisa Louise Cooke, host of The Genealogy Gems Podcast, referencing Hovorka’s companion book, Zap the Grandma Gap. Likewise, these new children’s workbooks are designed to help kids gain the benefits of family history and start asking their family members about their shared past. Studies have shown that greater knowledge about family history strengthens and empowers youth by creating self-esteem, resilience and a greater sense of control over their lives. Learning about the family's past also strengthens the relationships between living family members by creating a shared experience and core identity that no one else in the world can duplicate.

These books make wonderful gifts for the holidays. Take advantage of the pre-release sale, 20% off all books at zapthegrandmagap.com, until November 30, 2014. Excerpts from the books can be viewed on the website at zapthegrandmagap.com/brandnewbooks. Additional pages will be previewed in the coming weeks on the blog at zapthegrandmagap.blogspot.com. Other great online and print resources to help families connect to each other by connecting to their past can be found at zapthegrandmagap.com.

With the “My Jewish Ancestor Activity Book” you can:

  • Learn about Jewish history, traditions and culture
  • Make and braid Challah bread with your family
  • Solve a Jewish calendar crossword puzzle
  • Record your family’s recipe for Charoset
  • Find your family’s place in the Diaspora
  • Learn the Hebrew alphabet
  • Complete a genealogy word search
  • Enjoy a Yiddish folktale and Nasrudin stories
  • Color, cut out and tell stories with Jewish ancestor paper dolls
  • Explore many other activities about your family’s history


With the “My Mormon Ancestor Activity Book” you can:

  • Plan an ancestor Family Home Evening
  • Learn about priesthood line of authority and how to trace it
  • Find the patriarchal blessings of your ancestors
  • Complete a temple dot-to-dot
  • Document the church service and callings of your ancestors
  • Gather information on your family’s missionaries
  • Record information about the first LDS members of your family
  • Make a handkerchief doll for church
  • Explore many other activities about your family’s history


With the “My Pioneer Ancestor Activity Book” you can:

  • Map out the pioneer route of your ancestors
  • Decide what you would pack for a journey across the plains
  • Learn how to find direction by the sun
  • Compare your day to the day in the life of your ancestor
  • Try classic pioneer recipes
  • Write a Pony Express letter to a pioneer ancestor
  • Play a game about the risks along the trail
  • Contrast pioneer schools and modern schools
  • Explore many other activities about your family’s history


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

Previous books in the Zap The Grandma Gap collection include: Zap the Grandma Gap: Connect With Your Family by Connecting Them To Their Family History by Janet Hovorka, Zap the Grandma Gap Power Up Workbook: The Particulars About How To Connect With Your Family by Connecting Them To Their Family History by Janet Hovorka, My British Ancestor, My German Ancestor, My Civil War Ancestor and My Swedish Ancestor all by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade.

A GENEALOGIST’S GUIDE TO THE WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA RELEASED


The second in a series of guides to popular research destinations

Shannon Combs-Bennett, author of A Genealogist’s Guide to Richmond, Virginia, has released her second book with The In-Depth Genealogist. The guide describes little known, and well known, research facilities in the D.C. metro area in addition to leisure and family activities.

These guides are designed as resources for genealogists when traveling away from home. Included are maps, dining options near research facilities, places to see or visit, in addition to information on archives, libraries, and research facilities. It is a convenient pocket sized, 5” x 8”, so it will easily fit in your bag or jacket.

A Genealogist’s Guide to the Washington, D.C. Area is available now as a PDF download ($4.99) from The In-Depth Genealogist Store (http://theindepthgenealogist.com/shop-idg/idg-products/). Subscribers to the website receive a 10% discount on purchase of the book. The paperback version ($9.99) is slated for release November 20th. Nook and Kindle versions will be released before the end of the month.

Shannon has been a contributor to The In-Depth Genealogist since January 2013. She wrote the column The Social Pages on lineage societies in the United States. In addition to her business, T2 Family History, Shannon enjoys speaking and writing on a variety of topics from DNA to methodology. Learn more about Shannon at http://aboutme.com/tntfamhist.

Findmypast releases Pettigrew & Oulton's Dublin Almanac & General Register of Ireland, over 1.7 million Devon parish records and over 250,000 Devon Wills


Every Friday, leading family history website Findmypast reveals thousands of new records to explore over the weekend on its dedicated Findmypast Friday page. This week’s new additions include over 1.7 million new additions to our collection of Devonshire parish birth, marriage, banns and burial records, over 250,000 Devon Wills Index 1844-1900 records and Pettigrew & Oulton's Dublin Almanac & General Register of Ireland 1835-1845.

Pettigrew & Oulton's Dublin Almanac & General Register of Ireland 1835-1845 has been added to our collection of Newspapers, Directories and Social History records. Pettigrew and Oulton’s was the first annual publication to include a street by street directory of Dublin. First published in 1834, the Almanac provided not simply a street directory but also an alphabetical list of inhabitants, grouped by profession. Pettigrew and Oulton’s was published until 1845. Now available on Findmypast, the index is fully searchable and contains over 6,000 search results.

The Devon Wills Index 1163-1999 contains over 250,000 records proved by 30 courts. Many probate records for the county of Devon and the Diocese of Exeter were lost in 1942, when the Probate Registry was destroyed in the bombing during the Exeter Blitz of WWII. The index reveals where copies, transcripts, abstracts or extracts of original testamentary documents may be found and if they have survived. Each record includes a transcript of the original record that will list the testator’s names, the year of probate, place and any additional notes as well as court details, document form, source and reference code.

Over 705,000 new records have been added to our collection of Devon parish baptisms 1444-1915 in partnership with South West Heritage Trust and Parochial Church Council. Now containing over 2.2 million records, this collection comprises transcripts and colour images of baptisms, scanned from original registers held at the record offices in Devon. Along with the parish records from the Plymouth and West Devon area, which are already available separately on Findmypast, this now represents the most comprehensive collection of Devon parish records available anywhere.

Over 164,000 new records have been added Devon Parish Banns 1538-1915. Now totalling over 367,000 records, the Banns records usually list the full names of the bride and groom, their places of residence, the date of banns and the date of their marriage. Colour images scanned from the originals are included.

Over 308,585 records have been added to our collection of Devon parish marriages 1446-2001. There are over 1.8 million marriage records in the Devon registers. Many include the names of witnesses (often family members), the names and occupations of the bride’s and groom’s parents, the occupation of the groom, and the couple’s previous marital condition. Viewing the image of the original register may also reveal the signatures of your ancestors.

Over 549,000 records have been added to the Devon burial registers, 1320-1926. These transcripts and images cover burials for most of the Anglican parishes in the English county of Devon and contain over a million records. Containing over 1.6 million records and covering nearly 600 years of Devonshire history, the records can include useful biographical information such as the full name of the deceased, the date of their death and burial, their age at death, their place of residence and religious denomination.

About Findmypast

Findmypast has been a leading family history website for more than 10 years. It’s a searchable online archive of billions 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.

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Presents 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Dame Angela Lansbury


On Thursday evening, November 13, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) presented Dame Angela Lansbury with a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in the Performing Arts with a custom genealogy and multi-generation family tree. The event helped mark the success of the NEHGS Connecting Families, Advancing History capital campaign which has surpassed the $50 million mark of a $55 million campaign goal. Through the campaign NEHGS has acquired the adjacent building at 97 Newbury Street to expand its headquarters to include educational space for school children, a museum shop, and increased exhibition space. The campaign has also supported a major website initiative that will add more than 2 billion new records to the Society’s award-winning website, AmericanAncestors.org.

NEHGS President and CEO D. Brenton Simons presented Miss Lansbury with a family history researched and written by staff genealogists at NEHGS. Highlighted within is her great-great-uncle, Robert Bruce Mantell, who had a distinguished career in England and America, and after 1915, as an actor in silent films. Following in Robert’s footsteps, her mother Moyna Macgill had an active career on the stage in London and in films after being discovered by the great actor Sir Gerald du Maurier; a second career awaited her in Hollywood after the family came to America in 1942.

Simons captured the evening during his opening remarks: “From this family history we draw an amazing and perhaps heretofore overlooked fact; few, other acting dynasties have performed consistently in motion pictures from 1915 to the present. Robert Bruce Mantell, Moyna Macgill, and Angela Lansbury together span a century of performances…virtually the entire period of motion pictures in America.”

In her legendary career spanning seven decades, Lansbury has won five Tony Awards, six Golden Globes, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild, a Kennedy Center Honor, a Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Award, and has been nominated for three Best Supporting Actress Academy Awards. In 2014, she received an honorary Academy Award.

About NEHGS

The founding genealogical society in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society was established in 1845. Today it has a national collecting scope and serves 65,000 constituents through an award-winning website www.AmericanAncestors.org.

Since 1845, NEHGS has been the country’s leading research center for genealogists and family historians of every skill level. Today NEHGS provides constituents with worldwide access to some of the most important and valuable research tools anywhere. NEHGS’s resources, expertise, and service are unmatched in the field and their leading staff of on-site and online genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, Jewish, African American, Native American, and Canadian research. Expert assistance is available to members and nonmembers in a variety of ways. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99 – 101 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, is home to more than 28 million items, including artifacts, documents, records, journals, letters, books, manuscripts, and other items dating back hundreds of years.

MyHeritage bolsters leadership in the Netherlands with strategic partnerships and first national TV advertising campaign


TEL AVIV, Israel & AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – November 13, 2014: MyHeritage, the popular family history network, today announced two key partnerships and a national TV marketing initiative that strengthen its leadership position in the Netherlands. The partnerships with popular Dutch genealogy services Aldfaer and Coret Genealogie include product integration and harness MyHeritage technologies to improve the way Dutch people explore their past.

MyHeritage currently has over 850,000 registered users in the Netherlands - about 5% of the population - and more than 80 million users worldwide, between its flagship service MyHeritage and the Geni.com service it operates.

Aldfaer

Founded in 1998, Aldfaer is a comprehensive genealogy freeware distributed by the Aldfaer Foundation that has achieved high popularity among family history fans in the Netherlands. As part of the agreement, MyHeritage will support the Aldfaer Foundation to allow its continued operation. Among the new features Aldfaer will offer a seamless integration of MyHeritage’s unique Smart Matching and Record Matching technologies to bring high accuracy automatic discoveries to the users of Aldfaer, based on MyHeritage's huge international database of 5.6 billion records and family tree profiles.

“We’re excited to work with MyHeritage”, said Anne van der Ploeg, founder of the Aldfaer Foundation. “They have earned our trust with their ethical approach to business. Aldfaer will continue to grow and thrive and the addition of MyHeritage matching will make it even more valuable for our many users in the Netherlands.”

Coret Genealogie

Coret Genealogie provides several online services dedicated to Dutch genealogy. Founded by Bob Coret in 2003, the services include Stamboom Forum, the most active genealogy forum in the Netherlands and Genealogie Online, a comprehensive online family tree publishing service. MyHeritage has partnered with its founder Bob Coret, a respected genealogist and technologist in the Dutch genealogy community. Coret will be working with MyHeritage as a strategic advisor and technologist to help MyHeritage perfect its offerings in the Netherlands and develop new opportunities within the Dutch market. As of next month, MyHeritage matching technologies will be added to the Genealogie Online service to allow its users to make new discoveries, without transferring data to MyHeritage. Integrations with additional services in the Coret Genealogie portfolio will follow.

“I look forward to working with MyHeritage – a global technology leader - as they strengthen their presence in the Netherlands” said Bob Coret. “The Dutch family history landscape is diverse, exciting and extremely active and the cooperation with MyHeritage will create new opportunities for Dutch family history enthusiasts.”

TV ad campaign

MyHeritage has recently launched a large-scale prime time television advertising campaign in the Netherlands. The campaign features MyHeritage users in the Netherlands sharing their stories, passion and experiences with the service. The voice of the campaign is Dutch celebrity actor, Bram van der Vlugt. In addition to the Netherlands, MyHeritage has simultaneously launched another national TV campaign in Norway.



“Among all countries of the world, the Netherlands stands out in the passion of its people for family history”, said MyHeritage Founder & CEO Gilad Japhet. “We’re delighted to spearhead important new partnerships with Aldfaer and Coret and launch our first national TV campaign to further enhance our Dutch market leadership."



About MyHeritage

MyHeritage is the leading destination for discovering, sharing and preserving family history. As technology thought leaders and innovators, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive database of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees, and ground-breaking search and matching technologies. MyHeritage is trusted by millions of families and provides them an easy way to share their story, past and present, and treasure it for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 40 languages. www.myheritage.com.

Association of Professional Genealogists Announces Election Results


Ten Board Members and Two Nominating Committee Members Join to Support World’s Largest Professional Organization for Genealogy

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 12 November 2014—Today, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) unveiled the results of its election of new board members and two nominating committee members. APG membership elected 10 at-large representative board members for two-year terms, 2015–2016. Two nominating committee members were chosen for the 2015 term. The newly-elected board members include:

Ruy Cardoso, CG, (Massachusetts) is a professional genealogist specializing in New England and Portuguese research. He brings to the board 30 years of experience as an actuary and 20 years in genealogy. He is active in the New England APG Chapter and is the founder of a long running local genealogy club.

Luana Darby (Utah) is a professional genealogist, author, and speaker with more than 25 years of experience in U.S., Canadian, and German records. She serves as APG’s conference booth and has held executive-level positions at the Utah Genealogical Association and other groups.

Bruce Durie, PhD (Scotland) was reelected to the APG Board. He is considered one of Scotland’s top genealogists. He started and directed the Genealogical Studies Programme at the University of Strathclyde and is now a fellow there. He has authored 30 books on family and local history and is known for his BBC Radio series, “Digging up Your Roots,” now in its 8th season.

Billie Stone Fogarty, (Oklahoma), a professional genealogist, was reelected to the APG Board. She is a frequent speaker and lecturer at national conferences and has served as president of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Oklahoma Genealogical Society.

Jan Gow, QSM, FSG (New Zealand) was reelected to the APG Board. She is a longtime member of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, having served in many offices and capacities. She has been honored with several awards, including the Australasian Federation of Family History Societies award for meritorious service to Family History and the Queen's Service Medal. She was elected a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists in London in 2012.

Diane Gravel, CG, (New Hampshire) a professional genealogist and lecturer, was reelected to the APG Board. She has been very active in APG, serving on the board, several committees, and as a past president of the New England Chapter of APG. She is Vice President of the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists and is on the faculty of the 2015 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Kathryn Lake Hogan (Ontario, Canada) is a professional genealogist, speaker, and author specializing in Canadian research. She has written 15 research guides and authored Digging Your Canadian Roots. She is a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Yvette Hoitink, (Netherlands) is a professional genealogist and speaker specializing in the Netherlands, and authors the popular blog Dutch Genealogy. In addition to client work, she leverages her background in computers and information technology to provide consulting services for archives and other organizations in the heritage sector.

Deborah Hooper, CG, (Delaware), a professional genealogist, was reelected to the APG Board. She completed the Boston University Genealogical Research Program and was the 2011 Walter Lee Sheppard Jr. prize winner, an award presented to exceptional students in the Advanced Methodology track at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA (North Carolina) was reelected to the APG Board. Craig is a well-known genealogy educator, author of 13 books and numerous articles, and is owner of Heritage Books, Inc. A Grahame T. Smallwood Award recipient, Craig has been active in APG since he joined, holding office and serving on the APG Board and on numerous committees. He played an instrumental role in the formation of the Virtual APG chapter in Second Life and is helping to develop the APG Writer’s group.

Nominations Committee: Harold Henderson, CG, (Indiana) is a professional genealogist and writer who has authored numerous books and articles. He has served two terms on the APG board and chairs the APGQ Advisory Committee. He wites the Midwest Microhistory blog. Melanie D. Holtz, CG, (North Carolina) is a full-time professional genealogist and co-administrator of the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research. She has served APG in many capacities and currently works on the APG Professional Development Committee.

“We congratulate and welcome our new and returning board members,” said APG President, Kimberly T. Powell. “We look forward to their passion, expertise and contributions as we continue to grow the organization. We also thank the nominations committee for putting together such a strong slate, and our retiring board members for their service.”

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.

National Genealogical Society Announces Full Program for the 2015 Family History Conference


St. Charles, Missouri, 13–16 May 2015

Crossroads of America

ARLINGTON, VA, 12 November 2014: The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is pleased to announce the 2015 Family History Conference program is now available in a sixteen-page registration brochure, which is downloadable at http://goo.gl/x92kAg The online version of the St. Charles NGS Family History Conference program is also available on the conference website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org. Registration opens on 1 December 2014.

The conference offers a number of workshops, tours, and social events that have limited seating. To secure tickets to these events, register on opening day, 1 December 2014, or very soon thereafter at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/event-registration/.

The St. Charles, Missouri Convention Center is the site of the 13–16 May 2015 conference. The Conference features nationally known speakers and subject matter experts for more than 150 lectures given on a broad array of topics. Topics include records that highlight research in Midwestern states; national and regional migration paths; land, military, immigration, and naturalization records; and ethnic and religious groups including African Americans, Czech, German, Irish, Jewish, Native American, Polish, and Scots-Irish. Also covered is methodology, analysis, and problem solving; the use of DNA testing and genetic genealogy; the use of technology including mobile devices for genealogy, and websites useful in genealogical research.

The registration brochure provides details about conference logistics, describes the social events, tours, workshops, and includes the daily conference program with the name of each speaker, the lecture title, and a brief description of the presentation. For additional information about what you might experience at the 2015 NGS Family History Conference, visit http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/tips-for-first-time-conference-attendees/.

The sold out exhibit hall will be free and open to the public Wednesday through Saturday at the St. Charles Conference Center. Exhibitors include genealogy database companies, software offerings, online providers, booksellers, genealogical societies, research and educational institutions, genetic testing providers, and much more.

For up-to-date information about conference hotels, including the availability, amenities, and rates, visit http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/attend/accommodations/.

Sign up for the NGS Conference Blog at http://conferenceblog.ngsgenealogy.org to receive the latest conference news and announcements.

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.

NEW SOCIETY LAUNCHES at http://surname-society.org


The founder members are delighted to announce the launch of The Surname Society - the online society for individuals, groups and associations with an interest in surname studies, regardless of their location in the world, the surname they are studying, or their level of research expertise.

Focusing on single surname studies, the society meets the needs of researchers in the world of family history and genealogy as it evolves in the 21st century. The Surname Society’s vision is to connect like-minded people by providing facilities which enable members to share knowledge, data and good practice with others. The society allows members to register both worldwide and limited studies and is entirely online. Collaboration is facilitated and encouraged as it is the core ethos of The Surname Society.

Surname researchers collect data relating to all name bearers, either on a global or restricted basis. The society does not mandate study methods and members are encouraged to develop their own approach to the investigation of their surname to advance their knowledge and expertise in areas such as etymology, DNA, name collection and family reconstruction. The Surname Society will help and advise inexperienced members on ways to conduct their study and how to avoid the pitfalls which can occur!

A truly global organisation from the outset, the committee members are located around the world from Australia to England, Spain and Canada and in the first week since its announcement to those who completed the online questionnaire, the society has almost one hundred new and enthusiastic members.

The cost of membership to The Surname Society is just £5 per annum with no hidden extras. You can register as many names as you want on either a restricted or worldwide basis, collaborate with others, share in the educational opportunities offered and a plethora of resources in the Members’ area of the website including a fascinating quarterly e-newsletter and the School of Surnames, with many other developments in the pipeline in due course.

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

For more information visit http://surname-society.org, email info@surname-society.org
and/or follow us on Twitter: @surnamesoc

New Publication - Index to Vital Data in Local Newspapers of Sonoma County, California, Volume 12: 1919-1921

Index to Vital Data in Local Newspapers of Sonoma County, California, Volume 12 1919-1921

The indexing of Sonoma County newspapers was undertaken to help fill in the gaps in some of the early records in Sonoma County. The first volume, which covers the period from 1854 through 1875 was published early in 2001. Ten additional volumes have been published covering the period through 1918.

The present volume contains an index of surnames found in those papers published in Sonoma County between 1919 and 1921 and contains more than 13,900 entries. Some of the entries include residents from the surrounding counties of Marin, Napa, Solano, Lake, and Mendocino.

To order Index to Vital Data in Local Newspapers of Sonoma County, California, Volume 12: 1919-1921, visit the Sonoma County Genealogical Society’s bookstore, http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/sonoma.

About the 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.

Findmypast releases over 256,000 new wills and probate records as well as over 86,000 pages of Irish Directories and Social History records


Every Friday, leading family history website Findmypast reveals thousands of new records to explore over the weekend on its dedicated Findmypast Friday page. This week’s new additions include nine new sets of wills and probate indexes as well as over 86,000 pages of Thom's Directory 1844-1900, an Irish street directory and almanac for Dublin.

The Oxfordshire Wills index 1516-1857 contains over 92,000 records spanning over 340 years. It is an easy to search, online finding aid to wills and each record contains a transcript of the original information. There are also images of the original document in most cases. The amount of information varies a great deal but wills will usually define the relationships of the deceased as well as biographical details and descriptions of their estate.

The York Peculiars Probate Index 1383-1883 contains over 28,000 records of wills proved in the 54 Peculiar courts in the province of York over a 500 year period. Each record contains a transcript of the original document and many also contain an image of the original. The information contained can vary but the records generally list the name, address and occupation of the testator, details of their estate and the names of any beneficiaries and the executor. The original documents are held at the Borthwick Institute for Archives and copies may be obtained from there.

The Somerset Medieval Will abstracts 1385-1558 contains over 1,400 will abstracts for the Diocese of Bath and Wells. The original records were deposited at the probate registry in Exeter, which was destroyed during an air raid in 1942. These surviving abstracts contain a complete summary of the details contained within each will and include all names and places (testators, executors, witnesses and beneficiaries) plus incidental information such as relationships and occupations, where found in the original documents.

Containing over 27,000 records, The Hertfordshire Probate records index 1415-1858 includes all the wills (both original and registered copies), inventories, administration bonds, accounts and other related documents, which survive among the records of the Archdeaconries of Huntingdon (Hitchin Division) and St Albans.

The England & Wales published wills & probate indexes 1300-1858 contain over 34,000 pages from more than 90 publications published by the British Records Society. The BRS was established in 1889 to compile, edit and publish indexes, calendars and transcripts of historical records in public or private custody around Great Britain. This collection includes complementary probate index volumes and offers exclusive online access to the BRS and other probate collections.

The Surrey, Prerogative Court of Canterbury will abstracts 1736-1794 contain indexed transcripts of original manuscript abstracts to wills for Surrey testators proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The Prerogative Court of Canterbury was the senior and most important of the pre 1858 ecclesiastical courts claiming overriding jurisdiction over the whole of England and Wales.

The London & Middlesex Will Abstracts 1700-1704 are complete summaries of all the details contained within each will, and include 31 detailed inventories from the Diocese of London. Containing over 2,000 records, the abstracts cover five ecclesiastical courts in the dioceses; the Archdeaconry Court of Middlesex, Archdeaconry Court of London, Commissary Court of London, Consistory Court of London and the Peculiar Court of the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral.

The Lancashire Wills Proved at Richmond 1457-1812, is an index of 38,107 Lancashire wills proved at the Archdeaconry of Richmond, published in four volumes by the Lancashire & Cheshire Record Society from 1884 until 1913. These wills are from the western deaneries of Amounderness, Copeland, Furness, Kendal and Lonsdale, and each record includes an image of the index, as well as an individual transcript for the entry.

The London, Court of Husting will abstracts 1258-1688 is a calendar of wills proved and enrolled in the Court of Husting and contains almost 4,000 records. The Court of Husting was a civil court, which had probate jurisdiction within the ancient City of London from medieval times through most of the 17th century, when it became obsolete. These wills are detailed abstracts (summaries) of the original wills and contain the key information given in the original probate material.

Thom's Directory 1844-1900 is an Irish street directory and almanac for Ireland’s capital city and contains over 86,000 pages. Thom’s lists traders, clergy, lawyers, gentlemen and many more across much of the 19th century and can reveal the street address and occupation of your ancestor. First published in 1844 by Alexander Thom, the directory is still being published today. In the absence of full census records for the 19th century, Thom’s provides a detailed picture of Dublin during that century.

About Findmypast

Findmypast has been a leading family history website for more than 10 years. It’s a searchable online archive of billions 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.

www.findmypast.com

Free Access to ArkivDigital on November 8-9


National Archives Day in Sweden is on the second Saturday of November each year. The regional archives are open to the public offering lectures, exhibitions and archive tours.

ArkivDigital, your online digital archive with more than 50 million images, will be hosting an “open house” this week-end. We invite all who are interested in their Swedish history free access to our entire online historical archive on Saturday and Sunday (November 8-9, 2014).

Take the opportunity to discover the wealth of records in the archive including the church books, estate inventories, passenger ship manifests, military records, court records and many other types of records.

All current subscriptions will be extended two days because of the two free days.

Alex Boye and One Voice Children's Choir to Perform at FGS and RootsTech 2015


Popular musician and YouTube sensation Alex Boye is teaming up with the stars of his popular “Let It Go” YouTube cover One Voice Children’s Choir to perform on the opening day of FGS and RootsTech 2015. The two musical talents have collaborated before and will unite for this special performance.

Boye has developed an impressive following through live concerts, numerous albums, and YouTube videos. The One Voice Children’s Choir received national exposure over the summer as quarter-finalists on the NBC hit show, America’s Got Talent. Their cover of “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen has been watched more than 50 million times.

Alex Boye and the One Voice Children’s Choir will take the Salt Palace Convention Center stage at 6:00 pm, Thursday, February 12. To register for FGS 2015 and reserve your free ticket to this event, visit FGSconference.org.

Familyfunding Aims to Put Professional Genealogy Within Reach


Hiring professional help is considered too costly for many seeking to learn about their ancestors. Genealogy firm, Legacy Tree Genealogists, seeks change.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- November 6, 2014 -- This week Legacy Tree Genealogists revealed their aim to make professional research affordable to all through familyfunding, which leverages social media to allow family and friends to easily pool resources and contribute to the costs of family history research. This type of funding, often referred to as crowdfunding or fundraising, is becoming more and more common, and streamlining it for professional genealogy just makes sense.

Nearly anyone seeking to discover their family history comes to a point where it isn’t possible to extend a family tree without outside help, due to lack of records, experience, or time -- but that help comes at a cost. Because genealogy research involves record searches at multiple locations and deep analysis of clues to piece together ancestry, its time-consuming nature means high expense for those hiring help. The expense of hiring a genealogist has sadly put getting help out of reach for many people who otherwise would love to learn about their ancestry.

“We love doing what we do best - professional genealogy, breaking brick walls, extending clients’ family trees - and we want to do that for everyone, regardless of cost,” says Jessica Taylor, Legacy Tree president. “In the past, the costs for hiring a genealogist have prohibited some from being able to trace their ancestry, but not anymore. We’re so excited to help in opening up the world of professional genealogy to those who may have felt excluded in the past.”

Popularizing the pooling of funds for genealogy is an exciting prospect. There are many useful applications, such as a grandmother’s 90th birthday gift, a family reunion project, or joining the Daughters of the American Revolution as a cousin group.

Familyfunding is made possible through Legacy Tree’s partner, GoFundMe, a leader in personal fundraising and collaborative funding. Legacy Tree is a professional genealogy company that has helped clients worldwide learn about their family history since 2004. Those interested can learn more about Legacy Tree and familyfunding at https://legacytree.com.

WikiTree Makes Finding Relationships with DNA Matches Easier


6 November 2014: Today WikiTree.com is announcing two important features for genealogists who have taken DNA tests. These features make WikiTree’s Relationship Finder a uniquely powerful tool for genealogists who have taken 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and FTDNA Family Finder tests.

“One of the biggest challenges facing genetic genealogists,” according to Dr. Blaine Bettinger, author of the long-running blog The GeneticGenealogist, “is finding the elusive common ancestor. Finding genetic matches is easy, but finding the common ancestor from whom we inherited a segment DNA is very hard. WikiTree’s new Relationship Finder is a great tool for identifying the ancestors that two or more people share in common.”



All Common Ancestors

Genealogical relationship finders are generally designed to find the first common ancestor between two people. Genetic genealogists need to know about all the common ancestors they share with a match. Everyone’s family tree intertwines in multiple ways. The first shared ancestor may not be the reason for a shared segment of autosomal DNA.

WikiTree’s Relationship Finder now enables you to easily browse all your common ancestors.

Filtering for Multiple Matches

When a genealogist shares a segment of autosomal DNA with two or more other people who also match each other on that segment, it’s a big clue in discovering which ancestor it came from.

WikiTree’s Relationship Finder now enables you to filter the common ancestors shared by two people to only display common ancestors who are also shared by a third, fourth, or fifth person.

The Universal Family Tree

These Relationship Finder features are possible because WikiTree members are collaborating on a single tree for the entire human family.

“The genetic genealogy community absolutely must have a universal family tree,” says leading genetic genealogist Dr. Tim Janzen. “With smaller unlinked trees it's frequently impossible to see all of the true genealogical connections with the people who share autosomal DNA with us. We are finally getting to the point where this vision is becoming a reality at WikiTree.”

About WikiTree

WikiTree: The Free Family Tree has been growing since 2008. Community members privately collaborate with close family members on modern family history and publicly collaborate with other genealogists on deep ancestry. Since all the private and public profiles are connected on the same system this process is helping to grow a single, worldwide family tree that will eventually connect us all and thereby make it free and easy for anyone to discover their roots. See http://www.WikiTree.com.

CAFG Announces Scholarship Covering 50% of Tuition to the 2015 Forensic Genealogy Institute

Largest-Ever Forensic Genealogy Event More than 65% Filled;
Seats at FGI Expected to Sell Out Soon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Dallas, Texas – November 6, 2014 – The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is now accepting applications for a $225 scholarship to the 4th Annual Forensic Genealogy Institute (FGI), to be held March 26-28, 2015, at the Wyndham Love Field Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Registration is now open at https://fgi2015.eventbrite.com. Tuition for each course is $445, and the scholarship covers more than 50% of that fee.

“The scholarship to CAFG’s Forensic Genealogy Institute is intended to ease the financial burden of advanced, professional education,” says Leslie Lawson, CAFG President. “The scholarship gives up-and-coming forensic/genetic genealogists the opportunity to advance their career and increase their skills.”

FGI 2015 will be the largest-ever offering of forensic genealogy for intermediate and advanced genealogists. Each FGI course offers 20 hours of instruction by expert forensic and genetic genealogists in just three days, minimizing travel costs and time away from family and work. Seats are limited at FGI, and registration is already more than 65% full, so early registration is encouraged.

Scholarship Application Process

The FGI scholarship is open to all FGI 2015 registrants. Individuals interested in financial assistance to attend the institute should send a request of not more than 400 words to institute@forensicgenealogists.org explaining how they feel receiving the FGI Scholarship might best help them and the field of forensic genealogy. Applications are due Friday, December 5, 2014. The scholarship recipient will receive a partial tuition refund of $225.

Those wanting to apply for the scholarship but who have not yet registered for FGI can do so online at https://fgi2015.eventbrite.com before submitting their application.

Brand-New, Advanced Training

FGI 2015 features two brand-new, concurrent courses designed for intermediate and advanced forensic genealogists:
  • Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Unknown-Parentage Cases
  • Forensic Genealogy Master Practicum
Taught by renowned genetic genealogists CeCe Moore and Angie Bush, the “Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Unknown-Parentage Cases” course applies DNA and traditional genealogical research to uncovering the genetic heritage of individuals with unknown parentage. This area of forensic research is expanding rapidly, and genealogists who can use DNA to successfully address unknown-parentage cases are in great demand. Full course details are available at www.forensicgenealogists.org/institute/courses.

The “Forensic Genealogy Master Practicum” offers practical, real-life experience. Students will leave the course having written 3 forensic reports and participated in a mock trial. In the most recent CAFG newsletter, Master Practicum coordinator Wanda Smith offers an in-depth explanation of this hands-on, interactive course: http://www.forensicgenealogists.org/wp-content/uploads/CAFG_Vol-4_Issue-6_September-October.pdf.

Courses are expected to fill, so early registration is encouraged at https://fgi2015.eventbrite.com.

About CAFG

Established in 2011, the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is a business league with a professional membership dedicated to the advancement of forensic genealogy, which is research, analysis, and reporting in cases with legal implications. CAFG promotes high standards of professional and ethical conduct, provides education and training opportunities, and assists in professional development though mentorship, full membership, credentialing, and awarding of fellowships. Learn more at www.forensicgenealogists.org.

Explore Findmypast’s billions of historical records for FREE this Veterans Weekend


  • Free access to all Findmypast’s historical records throughout Veterans Weekend
  • Live Broadcast to be held on Saturday afternoon featuring an expert panel of historians and genealogists
This Veterans Weekend, we want to help everyone find their First World War ancestors and learn more about their family history.

So we’re delighted to announce that this Veterans Weekend, we’ll be opening up our archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. That means that between 7am on Friday, November 7th and 7am on Monday, November 10th (EST), absolutely everyone will have access to all our historical records, including:
  • Global record sets that include census, birth, marriage, and death records from the 1600s to the present.
  • Millions of local newspaper pages from around the globe spanning 1710 to 2014.
  • Largest collection of local records from England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland dating back to 1500.
  • Military records dating from 1760, encompassing the U.S. Civil War, World War I and World War II.
  • Passenger lists and naturalizations, covering the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, and beyond.
  • Local histories, genealogies, and exclusive access to PERSI (the PERiodical Source Index)
  • And much, much more!
As well as millions of other records that will give everyone the opportunity to explore their family history and bring their past to life.

It’s not only new users who will be able to take their family history research further this weekend.

Those with current Findmypast Local subscriptions (with an active Britain, Ireland, US & Canada or Australia & New Zealand subscription) will be able to access all our historical World records during the free access weekend. Those with active World subscriptions will have an additional three days added on to their subscription.

Find out more at our dedicated Free Weekend page.

Live Broadcast

This Saturday 8th November, we will be hosting our first ever Live Broadcast. Featuring an expert panel including Findmypast’s Director of Family History, Joshua Taylor, military historian Paul Nixon, and Who Do You Think You Are?’s Lead Genealogist Laura Berry, the broadcast is designed to help everyone get further with their family history research.

The talks will cover a wide range of topics – from getting started to breaking down brick walls – and viewers can choose to watch the entire event, or tune in for specific presentations.

The Live Broadcast will be shown at http://new.livestream.com/innerear/findmypast at 10am (EST) on Saturday 8th November. All of the presentations can also be watched on demand after the broadcast on the Veterans Weekend section of our blog.

See the programme below, and read more about the speakers and their talks on our blog.

Live Broadcast Programme
  • 10:00: Joshua Taylor, Director Family History, Findmypast: Welcome
  • 10:02am: Amy Sell, Family Historian, Findmypast: Getting Started
  • 10:20am: Myko Clelland, Family Historian, Findmypast: Top Tips for Researching Your Family History
  • 10:40am: Amy Sell: What the Censuses Tell Us
  • 11:00am: Laura Berry, Lead Genealogist, BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?: Exploring British Newspapers
  • 11:20am: Paul Nixon, Military Expert, Findmypast: Discover Your Ancestors in the Military Records
  • 11:40am: Brian Donovan, Director, Findmypast Ireland: Tracing Your Irish Ancestors
  • 12:00pm: Joshua Taylor: Discover Your Ancestors in International Records
  • 12:20pm: Joshua Taylor: Closing remarks
  • 12:30pm – 1.30pm: Facebook Q&A with the Findmypast Experts on our global Facebook page.
(all times EST)

Live Family History Facebook Q&A

Directly after our Live Broadcast, we’ll also be hosting a live Q&A on family history researching on our global Facebook page with some of our speakers. Join us between 5.30 and 6.30pm GMT (4.30-5.30am AEDT) to join the discussion on how to get started or break down your family history brick walls.

You can submit your questions in advance to our Facebook wall, send them @Findmypast on Twitter using the hashtag #FMPLive, or join us live on Facebook on Saturday evening.

Follow @Findmypast on Twitter and use the hashtag #FMPLive to follow our event updates.

For further information please contact: press@findmypast.co.uk

About Findmypast

Findmypast has been a leading family history website for more than 10 years. It’s a searchable online archive of billions 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.

www.findmypast.com