Thursday, January 30, 2014

National Genealogical Society Announces Official Blogger and Social Media Press Registration



NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22204-4370
Press Release
Contact: Erin Shifflett
Phone: 703-525-0050 ext. 112                                                                                                                   
eshifflett@ngsgenealogy.org                                                                                                                 
For Release: 30 January 2014
National Genealogical Society Announces Official Blogger and Social Media Press Registration
 2014 Family History Conference
Richmond, Virginia 7–10 May 2014

Arlington, VA, 30 JANUARY 2014: The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the opening of Official Blogger and Social Media Press registration for the 2014 Family History Conference, which will be held 7–10 May 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.

In recognition of the important media role played by bloggers and social media press, NGS invites bloggers and social media writers to register at http://goo.gl/hSRnU5 for official Social Media Press designation for the NGS 2014 Family History Conference. Social Media Press includes bloggers, micro-bloggers, and other social media. Registration is now open and will close on 21 February 2014. NGS will notify accepted Social Media Press by 1 March 2014. For more information on the NGS Social Media Policy, see http://goo.gl/Sigp7P.

NGS recognizes the number of engaged and talented bloggers who regularly write about the release of new records, upcoming events, research methods, tools, software choices, and other items of interest to the genealogical community. The special designation, Social Media Press, by NGS for the 2014 Family History Conference recognizes the daily contributions social media writers make to keep the field of genealogy current, particularly with news that is not covered in the mainstream media.

Official Social Media Press will have a limited license to select and use the designation and logo Official Social Media Press or Official Blogger for reporting conference events from acceptance through post-conference reporting. Other benefits of official recognition will include receipt of a press kit upon conference check-in and access to the Press table located in the Wi-Fi area just outside the exhibit hall. In addition, NGS will award a $50 registration credit for the NGS 2015 Family History Conference to the five Social Media Press authors who provide the most comprehensive coverage at the 2014 conference. The award recipients will be announced before the end of May 2014.

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.
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You Asked for More #GenChats and The In-Depth Genealogist Responded



PRESS RELEASE
January 29, 2014; Utica, OH: 
2013 has been a whirlwind of excitement for The In-Depth Genealogist. We collaborated with Conference Keeper on #genchat, and it was a great success. We have listened to the participants that were requesting we host more #genchats.  You asked, we are answering in 2014 we will be starting #idgchat which will take place on the first and third Friday of the month at 8 pm EST/ 7 CST.
How can you participate?
We recommend using Tchat to follow the chat. It creates a nice conversational stream of tweets that are specific to #idgchat. This way, you can enjoy the conversation and it will not get lost in your Twitter feed. To participate, go to http://www.tchat.io/rooms/idgchatand sign in with your Twitter account. Using Tchat, you will be able to follow the #IDGChat conversation without interference.  Look for us at 8 PM EST on the following dates.
We have the entire year mapped out at http://theindepthgenealogist.com/2014-idgchat-schedule/  This month we’ve got a Guest Chat with Cindy Freed on Civil War Research on February 7th and February 21st we will discuss the Brick Walls presented in the blog posthttp://theindepthgenealogist.com/february-brick-walls/
The brick wall chats are a collaborative discussion. That will take a few steps to work properly.  Submit your brick wall via blog post or email to editor@theindepthgenealogist.com by the first friday of the month. Please add “Brick wall for idgchat” in the subject line.  We will compile these into a blog post on the IDG blog and posted the second Monday of the month.  Brick wall discussions will take place on the third friday on the month, unless otherwise noted (see July schedule).  To get caught up on the ideas generated you can check out our
Remember to follow @Indepthgen, @JenniferAlford and @Tracingmyfamily on Twitter so that you will see all the updates on #IDGChat throughout the year. We look forward to chatting with all of you in 2014!
For more information, please contact Terri O’Connell





        
The In-Depth Genealogist
http://www.theindepthgenealogist.com


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

HistoryGeo.com Announces New Maps, Tools, and Ways to Learn

For Immediate Release



NORMAN, Oklahoma, Jan. 28, 2014. HistoryGeo.com, the historical-maps service operated by Arphax Publishing Co., has undergone a complete facelift. Over the last few months, new content and new map-viewing tools have been added in earnest, and the final touches have just been completed.

HistoryGeo.com features two unique mapping tools: the First Landowners Project and the Antique Maps Project. The First Landowners Project delivers nearly 8 million original landowners (with more to come) in a single map layer. The Antique Maps Project, which is growing weekly, features 4000+ maps from around the United States, most of which feature landowners from different periods. More on this below.


New Learning Resources

We’ve just completed three new ways to learn how to use HistoryGeo.com:

  1. blog.historygeo.com (also available from the “Blog” link on our homepage)

Besides announcements and how-tos, HistoryGeo.com creator, Greg Boyd, is contributing articles demonstrating how to use HistoryGeo, often involving the ancestors of famous (or infamous) people. Included in each of these research-type posts will be "Subscriber-only" links, where subscribers can directly access the maps that Greg discusses in the articles.

  1. Training Videos for both the:

  1. Free surname-search which now gives consolidated results from both the First Landowners Project and the Antique Maps Project.  See the “Search” link on our homepage. Use this to quickly explore the breadth of our offerings. Subscribers can navigate directly to maps and locations found in their search results.

A Wealth of Award-Winning Data
Thousands (if not millions) have relied on our books for years, and now our work is available in its entirety, 24-hours a day from the comfort of your home (for pennies a day), or at your participating public library. HistoryGeo.com is listed in Family Tree Magazine’s Top 101 Best Websites for both 2012 and 2013.


A Word About Convenience
HistoryGeo.com has been re-engineered to use the most modern, yet common web-technologies available and now operates seamlessly on any PC, Mac, or tablet that utilizes any of the major web-browsers: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari. No more installing of third-party plugins. As long as you have a decent internet connection and a post-2012 web-browser installed, you are ready to go.

About our Antique Maps Project
You may remember the collection of historical maps in our earlier version of HistoryGeo.com. Well those have all been moved over to the brand-new map-viewer housed in our Antique Maps Project. What's more, they've been joined by several hundred new maps (with countless more coming). Whenever you login, you now have the option of launching either the First Landowners or the brand-new Antique Maps map-viewer.

We've also been indexing new content like crazy! Check out any of these new, fully indexed maps, and we promise you'll be impressed . . .  
  • Albemarle County, Virginia (1875)
  • Bristol County, Massachusetts (1852)
  • Barren County, Kentucky (1879)
  • Natchez, Mississippi to New Orleans (1858)
  • Wayne County, Michigan (1860)
  • Edgar County, Illinois (1870)
  • Abbeville County, South Carolina (1894)
  • Bladen County, North Carolina (1885)
  • District of Columbia along B&O Railroad to Rockville, Maryland (1890)
Beyond these, we're the first to tackle the indexing of Cherokee Allotment maps (in northeastern Oklahoma). All of them are available now, and we're about 20% of the way through indexing them (the rest will happen pretty quickly). Also online and in the process of being indexed are more counties from North CarolinaSouth CarolinaVirginiaPennsylvania as well as MaineFlorida, and others.
HistoryGeo.com is dedicated to providing you with the most advanced map-content and analytical tools for today’s genealogist and historian. www.historygeo.com

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ancestry.com Expands Groundbreaking Collaboration With FamilySearch


Additional 1 Billion Global Records From 67 Countries to be Available on Ancestry.com

PROVO, Utah, Jan. 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry.com announced today an extension of their collaborative efforts with FamilySearch International that will make more than 1 billion additional records from 67 countries available on Ancestry.com. These already digitized records, provided by FamilySearch, are in addition to the agreement the two largest providers of family history resources announced a few months ago that will help digitize, index and publish an expected 1 billion global historical records never before published online from the FamilySearch vault over the next five years.

These additional records, which are already digitized collections, represent a significant expansion to Ancestry.com, which hosts the largest collection of global records available online. The records also add to the aggressive international digitization efforts already in place by Ancestry.com.

As stated previously by the company, Ancestry.com has a long-term content strategy, which is committed to investing $100 million to digitize and index new content over the next five years. The company is focused on providing access to a global collection of records and expand family history interest in its current markets and worldwide.

The additional collections include more than 1 billion digitized and indexed records and over 200 million images containing birth, marriage, death, census and church records from Europe, Latin America, South Africa, South America, Asia and more. These collections will provide Ancestry.com customers with rich details that will help them discover new information about their ancestors from around the world.

"We are excited to be expanding our exclusive, groundbreaking agreement with FamilySearch. In addition to the previously announced plan to together digitize 1 billion records never before published online, we're thrilled to be able to provide our members with access to this additional 1 billion records from 67 countries," said Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry.com. "These new global records will mean even more discoveries for our members."

A focus on adding global content isn't new to Ancestry.com, who has offices around the world and 12 billion global records already on the website. The site currently hosts record collections dating back to the 1300's that include records around the census, immigration and naturalizations and military, just to name a few. In fact, hundreds of millions of records from Germany, Italy, Mexico, and Eastern Europe have been added in recent years to the billions of records from the company's primary operating markets and record digitization projects are underway for collections from many more countries.

These 1 billion additional records are expected to be available on Ancestry.com starting in January and fully published over the next few months. To search records from around the world currently available on Ancestry.com visit www.ancestry.com.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is the world's largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 12 billion records have been added to the Ancestry.com sites and users have created more than 55 million family trees containing more than 5 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, the company operates several Ancestry international websites along with a suite of online family history brands, including Archives.com, Fold3.com and Newspapers.com and offers the AncestryDNA product, sold by 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. These statements relate to future events and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause the Company's actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as "appears," "may," "designed," "expect," "intend," "focus," "seek," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "should," "continue" or "work" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date of this press release. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include our ability to acquire and digitize new content, to provide desired content and product features to new and current subscribers and to otherwise satisfy customer expectations regarding the content of the collection, now and in the future. Information concerning additional factors that could cause events or results to differ materially is contained under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2013, and in discussions in other of our Securities and Exchange Commission filings. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Top 100 Genealogy Websites for 2014


GenealogyInTime Magazine has released the 2014 list of the top 100 genealogy websites from around the world. The list is the end product of an extensive and exhaustive evaluation of thousands of genealogy websites. It is the most comprehensive list available on the genealogy industry.

The list and the accompanying article provide considerable insight into genealogy. It can also help you discover some interesting new genealogy websites.

The top 100 list can also be downloaded as a pdf file.

Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2014


About GenealogyInTime Magazine

GenealogyInTime Magazine is the world’s leading online genealogy magazine. It is also one of the largest free genealogy websites in the world. The website contains articles, free search engines, useful tools and resources to help people find their ancestors.

GenealogyInTime Magazine

Friday, January 17, 2014

Chris Dancy, the "World's Most Quantified Man," to Kick-off Innovator Summit Preconference at RootsTech

Salt Lake City, Utah — The RootsTech family history and technology conference is getting a jump-start a day early with Innovator Summit, a half-day event featuring Chris Dancy, “The World’s Most Quantified Man.” The event will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, from 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM, at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Debuting in 2014, Innovator Summit builds off of what was formerly known as the RootsTech Developer Day and is focused on expanding technology and business opportunities that leverage family history data. Speakers such as Dancy and classes throughout the day will create a unique opportunity for software developers, entrepreneurs, and technology business leaders to network, explore and influence family history innovation.
Dancy serves as a director in the office of the chief technology officer of BMC Software and has been featured in WIRED, TED NYC 2013, PBS, and Dreamforce. Known as a data exhaust cartographer, Dancy keeps metrics on himself for every moment of every day. He knows the number of steps he travels in a day, his average heart rate, and the amount of food he’s eaten—every phone call, every appointment, every piece of quantifiable personal data possible, he knows it. He will kick off the day with his keynote address titled, “Facebook of the Dead.”
By bringing in keynote speakers such as Dancy, Innovator Summit aims to inspire new ideas, new discussions, and new connections that will drive technology and business opportunities both inside and outside the traditional genealogy marketplace. “We want to bring technology thought leaders, innovation experts, and entrepreneurs to the discussion of what’s happening in family history,” said Thom Reed, a marketing manager with RootsTech. “Innovator Summit creates a new venue to showcase innovative ideas and foster collaboration in the genealogy space.”
There will be 16 Innovator Summit classes on Wednesday, February 5, as well as 15 additional classes offered during the remainder of RootsTech (Thursday, February 6 through Saturday, February 8), which is expected to draw over 9,000 attendees. In addition to Dancy, other business and technology speakers at Innovator Summit include:
  • John Spottiswood, executive vice president of business and corporate development at Inflection LLC (the parent of company of Archives.com, which was sold to Ancestry.com for $100 million).
  • Cydni Tetro, entrepreneur in residence at Disney and cofounder and executive director of the Women Tech Council.
  • Jesse Stay, social and growth strategies consultant for Stay N' Alive Productions, LLC, former director of digital media for Deseret Digital Media and author of Google+ Marketing for Dummies.
One of the most popular elements of Innovator Summit is the annual Developer Challenge. New apps, software, or other products are unveiled, and three winners will receive cash prizes and the chance to show their winning entries to media, bloggers, and RootsTech attendees. Past winners, such as Tammy Hepps of Treelines.com, have gone on to successfully launch their products.
For more information about Innovator Summit or to get registered for the conference, please visit http://rootstech.org/innovator.

FamilySearch Collection Update January 16, 2014


FamilySearch has added more than 2.7 million indexed records and images to collections from Brazil, Colombia, England, Portugal, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,061,590 indexed records and images from the U.S., Vermont, Vital Records, 1760–1954, collection; the 322,922 images from the Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600–2012, collection; and the 592,385 images from the new U.S., Ohio, Hamilton County Records, 1791–1994, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Catholic Church Records, 1714–1977 14,801 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600–2012 0 322,922 Added images to an existing collection.
England, Bristol Parish Registers, 1538–1900 25,351 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537–1911 0 141,541 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835–1979 0 69,297 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Massachusetts, Deaths, 1841–1915 0 11,450 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1627–2001 0 468,272 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Michigan, Deaths, 1867–1897 0 235 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Ohio, Hamilton County Records, 1791–1994 0 592,385 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Vermont, Vital Records, 1760–1954 459,155 602,435 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

AmericanAncestors.org Enters the Genealogical Blogosphere with Vita Brevis


New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), the Nation’s Largest Genealogical Society, Creates a New Blog of Resources for Family History

NEHGS Editor-in-Chief, Scott C. Steward, Announces the Launch of the Society’s New Blog with the Collaboration of Renowned NEHGS Writers and Scholars

January 10, 2014 — Boston, Massachusetts — “Generatio Longa, Vita Brevis” is perhaps the truest term in the lexicon of the growing genealogy blogosphere. Joining a field of hundreds of blogs, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has announced the launch of a new blog serving the growing community of individuals eager to trace their family’s roots. Vita Brevis, the name of the society’s blog, resides on the web at vita-brevis.org. The first entry posted declares “Generatio Longa, Vita Brevis.” And who in the field of family history cannot relate to the blog’s suggestion in the manner of Hippocrates that “generations will last forever, but the life of the genealogist is very brief”?

With the launch of Vita Brevis, NEHGS — creator of the ever-expanding and prize-winning website, AmericanAncestors.org, and leader in the field of national and international genealogical research and publishing —contributes to making the short life of the genealogist a happier and more productive one. Drawing upon NEHGS’s 169 years of experience in exploring the lives of American families and their unique place in history, the blog offers all the expertise of the staff of the nation’s founding genealogical society, and the collaboration of some of genealogy’s most distinguished writers and scholars.

In making the announcement today of the blog’s launch, NEHGS Editor-in-Chief Scott C. Steward said, “Vita Brevis is designed to offer the reader short essays by the Society’s expert staff on their own research as well as news of the greater genealogical community. It will include short posts on research methods – applicable to a variety of genealogical subjects — as well as posts on results. Like a mosaic, these posts will, in time, form a new collection for the genealogical researcher to explore.”

Vita Brevis will offer frequent postings by Steward and his collaborators, with rich image illustrations and comments from readers. The blog’s entries will simultaneously be posted to the organization’s popular Facebook page at facebook.com/nehgs, where thousands follow the activities of NEHGS. Many will also be posted to the Society’s Twitter feed at @AncestorExperts. Built on the WordPress platform, the blog’s first header features a detail adapted from the Fox family tree, “Genealogy of the Fox Family of Cornwall,” printed by Standidge & Co. Litho., London, 1840 and held in the NEHGS Collection.

Scott C. Steward has been NEHGS Editor-in-Chief since 2013; he was previously the Society’s Director of Publications. The author of several genealogies –The Sarsaparilla Kings: A Biography of Dr. James Cook Ayer and Frederick Ayer, with a record of their family (1993); The Le Roy Family in America, 1753-2003 (2003; with Newbold Le Roy, 3rd); The Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Massachusetts (2011; with Christopher C. Child); and The Descendants of Dr. Nathaniel Saltonstall of Haverhill, Massachusetts (2013) – he also edited A Thorndike Family History: Descendants of John and Elizabeth (Stratton) Thorndike (2000; with John Bradley Arthaud, FASG). The Lowell genealogy won the American Society of Genealogists' Donald Lines Jacobus Award; the National Genealogical Society Award for Excellence, Genealogy and Family History; and the Connecticut Society of Genealogists' Grand Prize, Literary Awards Contest in Genealogy, in 2012. Steward’s articles and book reviews have appeared in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, NEXUS, New England Ancestors, American Ancestors, and The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, and he has reviewed books in the Register, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. He is a graduate of Harvard College, the Radcliffe Publishing Program, and the Yale Publishing Course.

Joining with Steward in offering frequent and captivating entries on the blog will be well-known figures in the genealogical field and close associates of NEHGS. Among them are Alicia Crane Williams, lead genealogist on the new NEHGS study project, Early New England Families, 1641-1700, and the former editor of The Mayflower Descendant, and Robert Charles Anderson, Director of NEHGS’s Great Migration Study Project and editorial consultant to The New England Historical and Genealogical Register since 1989.

The new Vita Brevis blog of NEHGS will be exhibited at RootsTech 2014, the fourth annual RootsTech Family History and Technology Conference, February 5-8, 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Announcing the 2014 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and Family History and DNA Conference

The Southern California Genealogical Society proudly announces the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. The popular conference will be held at our usual venue, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA, from Friday through Sunday, June 6 to 8, 2014. Online registration is open on the Jamboree website, and the Marriott's website is ready to take your reservation.

Jamboree combines 55 speakers, over 60 exhibitors, 134 class sessions for a variety of experience levels, and special events to create an exceptional event. Banquet speakers John P. Colletta, PhD, FUGA and Katherine York, archivist for the multimillion-dollar personal collection of '60s rock impresario Bill Graham of Fillmore fame, will entertain and instruct us.
Theme: The theme of the 2014 Jamboree is Golden Memories: Discovering Your Family History. Our heritage focus will be on European ancestors. Class sessions are scheduled for German, Irish, English / UK, Scotland, Eastern Europe, Italian, Mennonite, Swedish, and Russian, as well as African American and Jewish classes. Jamboree will be the culmination of a year-long celebration of the Society's 50th Anniversary, and special activities will commemorate the Decade of the 60s.  Dust off your tie dye tees and pillbox hats and take part in our Sunday noon "fashion show."  Winner by popular vote will receive a free registration to the 2015 Jamboree.

Following on the heels of last year's very successful event, we will again hold Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014. The conference will be produced by the Southern California Genealogical Society and sponsored jointly by SCGS and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). Family History and DNA will be held Thursday, June 5, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank.

Keynote speaker Dr. Maurice Gleeson is by profession a psychiatrist and pharmaceutical physician. He is also a professional actor and has appeared on the West End stage in London. Maurice is co-administrator of the Ireland mitochondrial DNA project. He has given talks on genetic genealogy at the ‘Back to Our Past’ exhibition in Dublin (2012 & 2013) and also at the National Library of Ireland (Dublin), The National Archives in Kew (London), and at various regional and local meetings. His presentation will be of interest to Irish researchers in general, as well as those who are DNA users: "How DNA will Change the Face of Irish Genealogy."

Other speakers at Family History and DNA include many of the leaders of the genetic genealogical community: Blaine Bettinger, JD; Judy G. Russell, JD, CG; CeCe Moore; Tim Janzen, MD; Diahan Southard; Alice Fairhurst; Cheri Mello; Katherine Borges; Bonny Cook; and Dr. Kathryn Johnston.

Special pricing for 2014 gives a discount to those who register for both Jamboree and the Family History and DNA conference. In addition, DNA conference registration prices have been reduced to make the information available to a wider audience. 

The best way to keep in touch with Jamboree and the DNA conference is to subscribe to the Jamboree blog, either through RSS feed or by updates sent directly to your email.

Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Friday through Sunday, June 6 through 8, 2014
Los Angeles Marriott, Burbank, California
www.genealogyjamboree.com
genealogyjamboree.blogspot.com
 jamboree@scgsgenealogy.com
#SCGS2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

FamilySearch Collection Update January 7, 2014


FamilySearch has added more than 145 million indexed records and images to collections from BillionGraves, England, Russia, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 65,593,352 indexed records from the new England and Wales, Birth Index, 1800–1920, collection, the 35,117,915 indexed records from the new England and Wales, Marriage Index, 1800–1920, collection, and the 40,618,506 indexed records from the new England and Wales, Death Index 1800–1920, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments
BillionGraves Index 292,519 292,519 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
England and Wales, Birth Index, 1800–1920 65,593,352 0 New indexed record collection.
England and Wales, Death Index 1800–1920 40,618,506 0 New indexed record collection.
England and Wales, Marriage Index, 1800–1920 35,117,915 0 New indexed record collection.
Russia, Tatarstan Church Books, 1721–1939 0 333,592 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Michigan, Eastern District, Naturalization Index, 1907–1995 0 577,690 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Montana Naturalization Records, 1868–1999 0 52,264 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Montana, Teton County Records, 1881–2012 0 98,268 New browsable image collection.
U.S., New England, Seamen's Identification Cards, 1918–1940 0 104,825 New browsable image collection.
United States, Passport Applications, 1795–1925 0 90,827 New browsable image collection.
United States Revolutionary War, Virginia Pension Application Files, 1830–1875 0 220,787 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Wisconsin, Milwaukee Petitions to Naturalization, 1848–1991 0 78,845 New browsable image collection.

Call for Proposals for the Fairfax Genealogical Society 2014-15 Programs

(Fairfax, Virginia)—The Fairfax Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting speaker proposals for its 2014-15 programs. Proposals are being sought for monthly general meetings September 2014 through May 2015, monthly education classes September 2014 through April 2015, a one-day fair to be held 25 October 2014, and a two-day conference to be held 27-28 March 2015. All events are held in Fairfax County, which is in northern Virginia, just west of Washington, D.C.

The Society is always looking for new and exciting topics that span the range of genealogy and family history research. Topics may include any facet of genealogical research. Subjects should draw on the lecturer’s areas of expertise, yet be broad enough to appeal to a general audience. Specific proposal requirements and a detailed description of the opportunities can be found on the Society’s web site, www.fxgs.org; click on Call for Papers. The deadline for submitting a proposal for any of these events is 15 March 2014.

The Fairfax Genealogical Society was founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1974 to provide educational opportunities to the genealogical community; to promote cooperation and support among genealogists; to encourage sound genealogical methods, standards of accuracy, and scholarly research; and to aid those doing research in the national capital area. The Society has over 500 members, who meet for lectures, educational programs, workshops and field trips. The Society also hosts two annual conferences. Additional information on the Society can be found on the Society’s web site, www.fxgs.org.

Friday, January 3, 2014

National Genealogical Society Issues Call for Papers - 2015 Family History Conference


Arlington, VA, 2 January 2014: Speakers as well as organizations interested in sponsoring lectures or tracks are invited to submit lecture proposals between 1 January 2014 and 1 April 2014 for the NGS 2015 Family History Conference, Crossroads of America. The conference will be held 13–16 May 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri, where Lewis and Clark officially started their two-year expedition. As the country expanded, primitive trails and waterways made settlements robust. Early pioneers left footprints creating pathways that soon became roads and rails, which carried families to many frontier destinations. The new areas offered those families many opportunities along with many challenges.

Among the topics being considered are lectures on migration, transportation, immigration, and ethnic and religious groups. States of interest include, but are not limited to, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, plus some feeder states such as Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. Regional topics include territorial records, land records, and military and pension records including the American Revolution, War of 1812, Mexican War, and Civil War as well as regional conflicts. 

Proposals are also solicited for the broader genealogical categories including federal records, national and state laws pertaining to the location and era, methodology, and analysis and problem solving, plus the use of technology for genetics, mobile devices, and apps in genealogical research. 

Interested individuals and organizations should follow published guidelines at the NGS website,http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/call-for-papers/.

Speakers may submit up to eight proposals electronically through the NGS website,http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/call-for-papers/call-for-papers/submit-your-proposal/, no later than 1 April 2014.

Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture or track of lectures should review the details and sponsor requirements at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/call-for-papers/call-for-papers/ngs-2015-family-history-conference-sponsored-call-for-papers/. The deadline to submit sponsored lectures is also 1 April 2014.

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.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

PhotoTree.com Announces: Archive Photography

How to photograph oversize photos, curled documents, and heirloom treasures.



January 2, 2014, Carlsbad, CA.  Phototree.com™, the leader in delivering vintage photograph information to genealogists and historians has released Archive Photography:  How to photograph oversize photos, curled documents, and heirloom treasures.

Archive Photography is a detailed guide for genealogists and family historians to help them photograph and digitally archive their one-of-a-kind pictures, documents, and heirlooms. The book offers the simple and inexpensive processes to ensure that images of historical objects are preserved for future enjoyment, research, and history.
Important archival subjects covered are:
·         How to photograph very large or curved glass pictures.
·         Detailed procedures for uncurling documents with a humidification chamber.
·         Easy lighting and background tips for professional looking results.
·         Removing photos from vintage and magnetic albums.
·         Using smart phones and tablet for archive photography.
·         Recommendations for archival-safe storage.
·         The mysteries of archival standards and terms explained.

Written specifically as a Kindle eBook, Archive Photography includes an abundance of original photos, drawings, and detailed steps that guide the reader through capturing beautiful images of their treasures.  This book also takes advantage of eBook enhanced features by providing  links to sourced information, archival products, and equipment reviews that were illustrated, used and tested. 

Archive Photography is available from Amazon.com in Kindle format. Kindle books are readable on the iPad, mobile devices, personal computers with the Kindle app, and of course on Kindle tablets. During a 10-day promotion, the book is only $1.99 until January 6, 2014 when the Amazon price will be $4.99. The book is equivalent to 116 printed pages and contains over 80 original photographs and drawings.

About the Author
Gary Clark is a professional photographer, restorer, and genealogist who has merged these skills with his passion for collecting old photographs.  Archiving both his family treasures and accumulated photographs has been a continual project for over twenty years. With over thirty years of photography and graphics design experience, he has embraced the eBook revolution by bringing professional design and development skills to the process of writing eBooks. The books from his Illustrated Home Archivist series are all original works with an abundance of photographs and drawings to help educate the reader.
Contact:  Gary Clark        gary@phototree.com
Details available at:         Archive Photography Web Page
PhotoTree.com               


                

GenSoftReviews Announces the Top Genealogy Software Awards for 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 1, 2014
The 5th annual Users Choice Awards have been determined at the GenSoftReviews website.

29 programs were eligible having a minimum of 10 reviews and at least one review in 2013. Of those, 17 programs achieved a user-assigned average score of at least 4.00 out of 5, and were awarded a GenSoftReview Top Genealogy Software award for 2013.

The Winners include:
  • 9 Windows programs: Ancestral Quest, Ahnenblatt, Personal Ancestral File, Brother's Keeper, Clooz, Family Historian, Family Tree Builder, RootsMagic, and Genbox Family History,
  • 3 Mac programs: iFamily for Leopard, Heredis for Mac, and Reunion
  • 1 Unix program: Gramps
  • 3 Online programs: Famberry, The Next Generation, and Family Echo
  • 1 Handheld program: Heredis for iOS
The top program for 2013 was Ancestral Quest with an almost perfect user rating of 4.98 out of 5 based on 18 reviews. A new online program, Famberry, received many positive reviews late in the year to finish second with a 4.94 rating. Ahnenblatt, a program from Germany, continued receiving excellent ratings during 2013 and was 3rd with 4.91.

New to the list of winners for 2013 were Family Tree Builder who received much better ratings from their users during 2013, and the Unix version of Gramps, which was rated much higher once it was separated on GenSoftReviews from its Mac and Windows versions.

Programs that dropped off the list from 2012 include Legacy Family Tree and Family Tree Maker (Up to Version 18) who had poorer reviews that averaged less than 4.00 in 2013, and also XY Family Tree, My Great Big Family, and GenSmarts, who did not have a single review in 2013 and therefore did not qualify.

GenSoftReviews uses a time-weighted average score. The weight of every user rating goes down 50% every year, so newer opinions will be better reflected in the average score.

Congratulations go to all the 2013 winners. Their users speak highly of their programs. GenSoftReviews hopes all genealogy software developers will use the feedback they receive from these reviews to improve their programs for their users.

For more information and a complete listing of current and past winners, see the Users Choice Awards page.