Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Genealogists Needed for Global Family Reunion in 2015


26 February 2014: Genealogists at WikiTree, the free global family tree website, have teamed-up with best-selling author A.J. Jacobs to find cousin connections for the Global Family Reunion to be held Saturday, June 6, 2015, at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York. Our shared goal is to show how much of the world can be connected through family relationships.

The Global Family Reunion

A.J. Jacobs
Photo credit: Julie Jacobs
The idea of a global family reunion, conceived by A.J. Jacobs, will be the subject of his next book and a feature-length documentary in collaboration with director Morgan “Super Size Me” Spurlock. Jacobs jumpstarted the publicity for the reunion with a February 1, 2014, op-ed in The New York Times entitled “Are You My Cousin?

During February 2014, Jacobs has been interviewed twice on National Public Radio, including a February 13 appearance discussing “Crowdsourcing and the New Genealogy Boom” alongside Judy Russell (the “Legal Genealogist”) and Dr. Spencer Wells of National Geographic’s Genographic Project.

A Family Reunion Based on Genealogy or Mythology?

The idea of a global family reunion based on a crowd-sourced world family tree does have its skeptics. Many experienced genealogists shy away from collaborative family trees since they can be filled with inaccuracies and lack sources.

To make sure the Global Family Reunion has a solid genealogical foundation, WikiTree is seeking the help of more volunteers familiar with sound genealogical research methods.

How You Can Help

Are you willing to help research A.J. Jacobs’ ancestors and their descendants? If you are not already a WikiTree member, register here. WikiTree is entirely free but members need to express their desire to help with the mission and their willingness to abide by the Wiki Genealogist Honor Code.

Once you’ve registered, contact the Global Family Reunion Project leader Abby Glann. Abby will help you find a line that needs your research help.
I am honored to have genealogists at WikiTree helping grow my tree for the Global Family Reunion. Abby and the project members are talented and smart. Which makes sense because they are all cousins with Albert Einstein. Though in some cases we're still figuring out how.” -A.J. Jacobs
About WikiTree

Growing since 2008, WikiTree.com is a 100% free shared family tree website that balances privacy and collaboration. Community members privately collaborate with close family members on modern family history and publicly collaborate with other genealogists on deep ancestry. Since all the private and public profiles are connected on the same system this process is helping to grow a single, worldwide family tree that will eventually connect us all and thereby make it free and easy for anyone to discover their roots. See http://www.WikiTree.com.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

England and Wales 1891 Census comes to Origins.net


Origins.net now includes a full index to and digitised images of the original 1891 Census records for all counties in England and Wales. The 1891 Census includes the personal details of over 29,002,525 individuals and provides a snapshot in time for all households including any servants, lodgers, or visitors. For each person present in each household on the 5th April 1891 details are given of their names, ages, address, occupations, relationship to head of household and place of birth.

Census records can be used not only to further your search for ancestors, but also to broaden your knowledge of the wider family or your community, supplementing information found in other sources. Geographic mobility can be easily tracked through the given birthplaces, and social mobility through addresses and occupations and open up other avenues for research. The census records are searchable by name, age, parish and county.
Census & census substitute collections on British Origins
  • England & Wales 1901 Census
  • England & Wales 1871 Census
  • England & Wales 1861 Census
  • England & Wales 1841 Census
  • Association Oath Rolls: City of London Livery Companies 1696
  • Association Oath Rolls: Surrey 1695
  • Somerset Electoral Registers 1832-1914
Search all Census & Census Substitutes on British Origins: http://www.origins.net/BritishOrigins/Search/Census/BOSearchCensus.aspx
The 1881 Census will be added to Origins.net in the next 3 months, and the 1851 shortly after, to cover the full range 1841-1901
Census & census substitute collections on Irish Origins
  • Census of Elphin 1749
  • Dublin City Census 1851
  • Dublin City Census 1901: Rotunda Ward
  • Griffith's Valuation
  • Irish "strays" in England & Wales Census 1841
  • Irish "strays" in England & Wales Census 1871
  • Tithe Defaulters 1831
  • William Smith O'Brien Petition
Search all Census & Census Substitutes on Irish Origins: http://www.origins.net/IrishOrigins/Search/Census/IOSearchCensus.aspx
Free search on all Origins.net collections
Our free search facility allows researchers to search any collection without the initial need to register or subscribe. You can either search the whole site or specific collections and only need to pay if you want to view the records. Start your free searching at: http://www.origins.net/Welcome.aspx

Friday, February 21, 2014

National Genealogical Society Announces Release of Mobile Conference App 2014 Family History Conference


Richmond, Virginia 7 May 2014

ARLINGTON, VA, 20 February 2014: The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of the Mobile Conference App for the NGS 2014 Family History Conference, which will be held 7-10 May 2014, in Richmond, Virginia. To download the free NGS Conference App, go to http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/attend/mobile-app/.

The NGS Conference App is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and web-enabled devices. Search your app store for NGS 2014.

New this year is a five-minute video that reviews highlights of the app and explains how to use the key features. The video can be found on the NGS conference website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/attend/mobile-app/, then click on the App Video Tutorial.

Some of the convenient features on the app:

  • The Dashboard keeps you organized with up-to-the-minute information.
  • About This Show keeps all conference information in one place.
  • Alerts allow attendees to receive important real-time communications from NGS.
  • The built-in Twitter feed allows you to follow and join in on the conference chatter. The Twitter hashtag is #NGS2014GEN.
  • Sync your schedule across multiple devices.
  • Attendees can locate exhibitors they plan to visit.
  • Connect, message, and share schedules with your colleagues through the Friends feature.
  • Link to syllabus material for each lecture, which will be available about 22 April 2014.

We encourage you to begin using the app now so you can improve your conference experience in Richmond.

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.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

MyHeritage and BillionGraves team up to digitally preserve the world's cemeteries


Groundbreaking multilingual mobile app will power international crowdsourcing initiative

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI & KAYSVILLE, Utah – Wednesday 19 February, 2014 - MyHeritage, the popular online family history network, has partnered with BillionGraves to launch a global crowdsourcing initiative to preserve the world’s cemeteries.

BillionGraves is a free iOS and Android application that lets users easily photograph and document gravestones, providing an important source of information for people intrigued about their ancestors and family history. Using patent-pending technology, BillionGraves is the only mobile application of its kind. With the help of MyHeritage, the app will be available in 25 languages, and will support Gregorian, Hebrew and Julian dates. It records the GPS locations of gravestones to make them easy to find and volunteers can easily see which areas of any cemetery remain undocumented, to maximize efficiency and avoid duplication. The gravestone photographs are then transcribed by volunteers on the BillionGraves website, resulting in searchable digital data.

With a community of tens of millions of family history enthusiasts all around the world, MyHeritage brings a vast global volunteer base for collecting and transcribing gravestone photos using the BillionGraves application.

All records collected are made available for free on the BillionGraves and MyHeritage websites. The partnership with BillionGraves brings major benefits for families using MyHeritage to explore their past, as all users will receive free Record Matches – alerts about gravestone records that have been automatically matched to their ancestors, making it easy to make new discoveries. In addition to the photographs and GPS coordinates of the gravestones, an index of corresponding information, such as dates of birth and death, close family relatives and epitaphs, is made available to search for free on MyHeritage's search engine for historical records, SuperSearch.

“We’re thrilled to embark on this global initiative with BillionGraves", said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “Gravestones are among the most valuable information sources for family history research, and although there are many thousands of cemeteries worldwide, most of them have never been documented, and their information is not available online. Time is chipping away at the gravestones and many are becoming unreadable over the years, so it’s up to our generation to preserve them.”

“We’re delighted to work with MyHeritage on digitizing the world’s cemeteries”, said Hudson Gunn, President of BillionGraves. “At BillionGraves we are working to provide a comprehensive family history database for records and images from the world’s cemeteries—but it’s not something we can do alone. With MyHeritage’s support in mobilizing its massive user community and working with us to launch in 25 languages, we’ll be able to provide incredible value for millions of families and preserve this valuable data for generations to come.”

Over the coming weeks, MyHeritage users will receive documentation about the project and will be able to download the application via a special website designed for this project.

About MyHeritage

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

FindMyPast Announces Addition of PERSI


Findmypast.com members now have access to the PERiodical Source Index, enabling users to locate easily key information about people and places

  • PERSI includes over 2.5 million entries from thousands of publications
  • Included in existing findmypast subscriptions at no extra cost
  • For the first time, users can access original images of articles from PERSI online

Leading family history website findmypast.com announces the addition of the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI). PERSI is an invaluable genealogical tool enabling users to locate easily key information about people and places.

PERSI, curated by the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) since the 1980s includes over 2.5 million entries from thousands of historical, genealogical and ethnic publications. This fantastic resource will automatically be included in existing findmypast subscriptions, adding value to our service at no extra cost.

This new periodical index on findmypast provides a simple way to access articles, photos, and other material that users might not find using traditional search methods. It is a crucial technical innovation in exploring information, records and transcriptions that aren’t replicated in any other print or online source.

Thanks to findmypast’s partnership with the Federation of Genealogical Societies, users can access original images of articles from PERSI online. Genealogical and historical organizations nationwide are following findmypast’s footsteps, and joining the initiative to digitise their local publications on the PERSI index. Growing momentum on this drive will see more images added over time, so the collection will continue to evolve.

Findmypast’s PERSI launch will include – for the first time in the index’s history - digital images of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 1871-1920. This is another example of the innovative attitude findmypast is applying to genealogical resources.

As PERSI joins findmypast, it includes thousands of new entries, and will continue to grow with quarterly updates, a huge advancement on previous rates of growth.

Most of PERSI’s articles are from periodicals covering the United States and Canada, but the index also includes thousands of genealogy and local history entries (in both English and French) from Britain, Ireland and Australia.

The resources available on PERSI contain over a third of the data available for discovering specific research, building contexts, and providing leads for further investigation, enriching the family history experience with findmypast.

Josh Taylor, Lead Genealogist at findmypast says: “We are delighted to be releasing the new version of PERSI on findmypast. With a new home, a new look, and digital images (for the first time) PERSI will become an even greater resource for family historians.”

Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy is pleased to announce a special guest presenter at the 2014 Forensic Genealogy Institute


Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy is pleased to announce a special guest presenter at the 2014 Forensic Genealogy Institute. James J. Canik, Deputy Director, Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL), Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, will present two sessions during the Advanced Track, immediately following Forensic Techniques for Genetic Genealogy by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG (sm).

1. The Central Identification Laboratory-JPAC: The Recovery and Identification Process
This session will provide an overview of the forensic processes used by the Department of Defense from archival research and field operations to the scientific methodologies employed by the Central Identification Laboratory in establishing the identifications of missing service members from Vietnam, Korea, and World War II.

2. The Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory: DNA In the Identification Process
This session will provide an overview of the use of Deoxyribonucleic Acid in the identification of human remains. This will include discussions on current death case identifications to the identification of missing personnel from prior conflicts. It will present information on typing methods, current capabilities as well as the relevance of family reference specimens in the identification process.

Mr. Canik's sessions offer an extremely rare opportunity for genealogists to see detailed operations of our country's military repatriation program. These presentations are generally reserved for the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) Family Updates. The Family Updates are only open to family members of unaccounted-for service personnel and invited guests. The general public is unable to attend. This presentation may well be a once in a life time opportunity for most professional genealogists. These presentations are not offered at other forensic genealogy educational events.

James J. Canik, Deputy Director, Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL), Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, Dover AFB, DE. Since 1990, Mr. Canik has served as AFDIL’s Deputy Director for Administration and Support Services. Previously, he was a career Army Medical Service Corps officer responsible for a wide variety of command and staff assignments. A Master Aviator in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft, he has logged more than 500 combat hours as a medical evacuation pilot in Vietnam. For the past 23 years, he has overseen the development of the AFDIL and its 140+ scientific and support staff responsible for conducting DNA testing of not only current death cases under the jurisdiction of the AFME but also in the identification of remains returned from the battlefields of Southeast Asia, Korea, and World War II. In addition to coordinating with the Service Casualty Offices for Family Reference Specimen collections from past conflict missing personnel, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Armed Forces Repository of Specimen Samples for the Identification of Remains mandated by the Department of Defense for developing the largest DNA Repository in the world, currently storing over 6.8 million DNA specimens of United States Active and Reserve component military service members.

A limited number of seats remain for the Advanced Track. Attendees of the Advanced Track must have completed at least one of the Foundations in Forensic Genealogy tracks. Special week-long packages are available for this year's Foundations and Advanced. Registration is available at http://www.forensicgenealogists.org/forensic-genealogy-institute.html.

Place My Past Announces addition of US cemeteries, churches and other genealogical points of interest


US cemeteries, churches and other genealogical points of interest to be available on placemypast.com

BRISBANE, Australia, Feb. 13, 2014Place My Past announced today the addition of datasets for US cemeteries, churches, hospitals schools and other points of interest from the United States Geographic Names Information System to its collection of historical maps and spatial datasets. The collection covers many thousands of buildings and features relevant to genealogical research.

The datasets can be viewed as an overlay on a modern map and on top of historical maps from Place My Past’s collection of maps. Pins marking family events can be viewed at the same time providing users with a visual and geospatial representation of their family tree.

These datasets, are a significant addition to Place My Past’s growing collection of maps and geospatial datasets which also recently added:

  • Historical country boundaries for the 16th and 18th centuries
  • 19th and 20th century Ordnance Survey maps of the UK
  • A collection maps of Paris from the 15th to 20th centuries
  • Cemeteries on the Somme battlefield
  • UK battlefields
  • A dataset of historic places in Albuquerque
  • Stations and other points of interest from the 19th century Minneapolis Twin Cities transit system

Place My Past’s collection of maps and datasets can be viewed on the site’s Gallery.

About Place My Past

Founded in 2013 and based in Brisbane, Australia, Place My Past aims to use mapping to enrich family histories with stories about the places and events which surrounded our ancestors.

Users can upload their family tree, have it plotted on a map and then view information and images about the places where their family events took place. Users can also:

  • View their family’s migration over time
  • Collaborate with others to build up a unique picture of a family, local or global event
  • Make notes and draw on their family history map with annotation tools
  • Upload their own historical maps and view other users’ maps, and maps from the Place My Past collection
  • View visualisations of historical datasets such as boundary maps, mortality rates, population densities, historical points of interest and lots more

National Genealogical Society Research Trip to Fort Wayne, IN


National Genealogical Society Research Trip to Fort Wayne, IN
20–23 August 2014

Arlington, VA, 17 February 2014: Registration is now open for the NGS research trip to the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, from 20–23 August 2014. Under the guidance of research consultants Janet A. Alpert and Patricia Walls Stamm, cg, cgl, participants will have four days to research at one of the largest genealogical libraries in the Midwest. This is the first time NGS is sponsoring a research trip to Fort Wayne. Won’t you join us? For more information, or to register for the trip, visithttp://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/ft_wayne_research_trip.

The Allen County Public Library is home to the Fred J. Reynolds Historical Genealogy Collection, the second largest genealogy collection in the United States. The NGS four-day, three-night trip will give participants access to more than 350,000 printed volumes and 513,000 microforms to choose from for family history research during the library’s hours of Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. and Friday andSaturday, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. The library is also home to PERSI, the Periodical Source Index. The library has a copy of every article indexed in PERSI in more than 11,000 periodicals. For additional information about the Allen County Public Library, visit their website and print the genealogy center brochure: http://www.genealogycenter.org/pdf/AboutUsBrochure.pdf.

The research trip includes:  
  • Online orientation, training, and preparation assistance for the Allen County Public Library
  • Four days of research at the Allen County Public Library
  • Meet and Greet at the hotel 
  • Research consultations with group leaders throughout the trip
  • Three nights at the Courtyard by Marriott, which includes
    • free Internet in rooms
    • parking for one car, or
    • airport transfers
  • Fees, taxes, and gratuities included

The package price, which does not include transportation to Fort Wayne, varies depending upon room occupancy and National Genealogical Society membership status. Payment is required in full at the time of registration. Fees are as follows:

Member
Non-Member
Single Room
Before June 2
June 2 and after

$525
$675

$675
$825
Double/Shared Room
Before June 2
June 2 and after

$350
$500

$500
$650
Person with non-researching spouse1
Before June 2
June 2 and after

$600
$750

$750
$900
1non-researching spouse receives the benefits of the double room and any events planned.

The research consultants, Janet A. Alpert and Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL, will be available throughout the trip to help guide the trip participants.

Janet A. Alpert (Jan) was president of the National Genealogical Society from 2006‒2010. She served on the NGS board from 2004‒2010. She is a co-chair for the NGS Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia, 7‒10 May 2014. She is also chair of the Records Preservation and Access Committee, a national committee that educates state and federal legislators on the need for access to public records. She has been researching her ancestors since 1981 and has done research in all the New England states, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Missouri. Her heritage is mostly English, German, and Dutch. Jan is also a member of the DAR and has research experience in military records. She retired in 2004 from a 35-year career in the title insurance industry. She and her husband live seasonally in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Holland, Michigan.

Patricia Walls Stamm, cg, cgl, serves as the Education Manager of the National Genealogical Society. Pat lectures on a wide variety of topics at many of the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies national conferences. She is a graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). Pat is a course coordinator at Samford University's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and teaches at St. Louis Community College.

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.

Family history site launch national search to reunite precious memories with living family


Sydney, 10th February, 2014: Findmypast.com.au, the leading family history website has launched a nation-wide search to find the descendants of an Irishman who died in India in 1897. The search has been launched following the discovery of a box containing the man’s photographs in a Queensland tip, which were passed to the expert hands of Findmypast.com.au researchers.

Findmypast delved into their new 2.5 million British in India records to determine the man’s identity as Lionel Philip Tomlinson. Now they are calling on the Australian public to help locate Mr Tomlinson’s living descendants and reunite these important pieces of family heritage with them.

Records within the recently launched British in India online depository, spanning between 1698 and 1947, in partnership between findmypast.com.au and the British Library reveal the following about Lionel Tomlinson:

  • He was born in 1871 in Fermoy, Ireland to Edward D & Sophia Tomlinson
  • An 1881 census uncovers Lionel, then a nine year old, as a scholar on-board a Royal Navy Vessel
  • An 1891 census shows Lionel lived with his parents when he was 19 whilst he studied medicine
  • Lionel died at the age of 26 from enteric fever (typhoid) while in Belgaum, India serving as a Surgeon Lieutenant in the Army

Vicki Dawson, at findmypast.com.au is available for interview to discuss the why this search and preserving family memories is so important and how Australians can safeguard their own ancestry.

Anyone with information is urged to contact findmypast.com.au so these memories can be kept preserved. For further information visit www.findmypast.com.au

Leading family history website launches 640,000 convict records


For immediate release

Find your convict ancestry with new online records
Findmypast.com.au launches 640,000 convict records

Leading family history website findmypast.com.au has launched over 640,000 convict records, making it the most comprehensive online convict collection. With approximately 20% of Australians estimated as possessing convict ancestry, the new records provide Australians with the opportunity to uncover the villains lurking in their family tree.

The records include over 515,000 New South Wales and Tasmania: Settlers and Convicts 1787-1859 documents featuring a collection of early convicts and settlers records such as transportation details and crimes committed, and 125,000 Convict Transportation Registers.

There are details of the youngest convict to be transported to Australia, Mary Wade who was 11 years old upon transportation. She was initially sentenced to hang when she was 10 years of age for stealing another girl’s clothes and pawning them for 10p in London, however after serving 93 days in Newgate Prison she was reprieved and transported to NSW to intern at the Norfolk prison. Mary was the youngest convict aboard the infamous all-women ship, Lady Juliana and is an ancestor of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Similarly, alcohol enthusiasts will be interested to learn that James Squire of the alcohol brand fame originally came to Australia as a convict. He arrived upon the convict ship Charlotte in the First Fleet after being sentenced to transportation for seven years for highway robbery. Following his emancipation, he went on to become one of the first in Australia to successfully cultivate hops.

Vicki Dawson of findmypast.com.au says, “The new convict records offer Australians the opportunity to learn about the crimes and lives of their convict ancestors. Many Aussies have their convict ancestors to thank for their own Australian existence; it’s a great chance to learn more about these individuals.”

For further information visit http://www.findmypast.com.au/

FamilySearch to Make Millions of Obituaries Searchable Online

February 12, 2014

Tens of Thousands of Additional Indexers Needed to Help Create an Every-Name Index to Millions of Obituaries

Salt Lake City, Utah—FamilySearch is working with partners and the larger genealogical community to collect, digitize, and index millions of obituaries from the United States (with other nations to follow). This huge undertaking will ultimately make hundreds of millions of names of deceased individuals and information about their family relationships freely available for online research.

Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch, announced this new initiative in his keynote speech yesterday as he welcomed record-breaking crowds to the 2014 RootsTech family history conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Brimhall and special guest pirate mascot “Captain Jack Starling” utilized a well-known pirate theme of “dead men tell no tales” and added, “but their obituaries do!” drawing attention to the fact that obituaries tell the stories of people’s lives long after they are deceased. Carrying the theme further, attendees at the conference were invited to volunteer and help unlock the “treasure trove” of precious family information contained in obituaries, which is currently “locked away” in static electronic images and newspapers.

“Estimates claim over 500 million obituaries exist in the U.S. alone,” said Dennis Brimhall, FamilySearch CEO. “The average obituary can contain the names of about ten family members of the deceased—parents, spouse, children, and other relatives. Making them easily searchable online can be an enormous future source for creating our family histories. The number of people who will benefit is incalculable. It could very well be the single largest preservation and access project of its kind, and will no doubt be one of the most used online collections worldwide as it grows.”

The success of the obituary campaign depends on volunteers. The information contained in obituaries requires native language skills and human judgment. The goal for this project in 2014 is 100 million names indexed, which will require tens of thousands of additional volunteers. Without volunteer indexers, these precious records will remain largely unavailable to family history researchers.

Those interested in helping to create this vast database that will be used by family history researchers for generations to come can learn more and volunteer at FamilySearch.org/indexing. A training video, indexing guide, and clear project indexing instructions are available to help indexers get a quick start on this adventure.

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International 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 free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

FamilySearch Collection Update February 12, 2014


FamilySearch has added more than 4.5 million indexed records and images to collections from Brazil, China, Colombia, Ghana, Italy, Netherlands, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,165,725 indexed records from the U.S., West Virginia Marriages, 1780–1970, collection; the 469,903 images from the Ghana Census, 1984; and the 415,997 indexed records from the United States Census, 1860. 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, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804–2013 6,762 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
China, Collection of Genealogies, 1239–2011 0 241,296 Added images to an existing collection.
Colombia, Military Records, 1809–1958 0 157,477 Added images to an existing collection.
Colombia, Valle del Cauca, Miscellaneous Records, 1549–1955 0 73,428 Added images to an existing collection.
Colombia, Valle del Cauca, Miscellaneous Records, 1549–1955 0 73,428 Added images to an existing collection.
Ghana Census, 1984 0 469,903 Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Campobasso, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1918 138,524 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Italy, Napoli, Serrara Fontana, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809–1929 2,122 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Netherlands, Zeeland Province, Church Records, 1527–1907 0 41,808 Added images to an existing collection.
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754–1981 0 4,501 Added images to an existing collection.
Philippines, Manila Civil Registration, 1899–1994 0 1,710 Added images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Beja, Catholic Church Records, 1550–1913 0 21,665 Added images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Passport Registers and Application Files, 1800–1946 0 152,477 Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Diocese of Lugo, Catholic Parish Records, 1550–1930 121,614 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of M├ílaga, Municipal Records, 1760–1925 0 52,346 Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Tarragona, Municipal Records, 1430–1936 0 16,334 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., California, San Pedro, Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records, 1930–1936 0 143 New browsable image collection.
U.S., District of Columbia, Glenwood Cemetery Records, 1854–2013 0 52,042 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Missouri, Probate Records, 1800–1959 0 40,269 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787–1931 0 142 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., New Hampshire, County Probate Estate Files, 1769–1936 0 3,056 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., New York, New York City, Church of the Transfiguration Records, 1847–1938 0 79,398 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797–1947 0 28,813 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885–1950 24,961 16,984 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
U.S., Texas, Laredo Arrival Manifests, 1903–1955 0 459,405 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., West Virginia Marriages, 1780–1970 1,165,725 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States Census, 1850 59,379 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States Census, 1860 415,997 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925–1949 0 671,180 Added images to an existing collection.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

NGS Announces New Course American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation


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Press Release
Contact: Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL
Phone: 703-525-0050
pstamm@ngsgenealogy.org
For Release: 5 February 2014

NGS Announces New Course American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation

ARLINGTON, VA, 5 FEBRUARY 2014: The National Genealogical Society proudly announces the release of its newest American Genealogical Studies course, Guide to Documentation and Source Citation.

This course joins The Basics in the series of online courses developed by NGS to help those interested in finding their family. In this three-module self-paced course, Michael Grant Hait Jr., CG, helps genealogists with one of the most confusing areas of genealogy research, “how do I cite my family information?” Knowing where we located our family information and keeping accurate notes, or citations, is the backbone of reliable genealogy. The course modules consist of lessons, examples, citations, and graded quizzes and cover topics on “Introduction to Documentation,” “Basic Citation Principles,” and “Applying Citation Principles.”

This NGS American Genealogical Studies course, Guide to Documentation and Source Citation, is available for $30.00 for members and $45.00 for non-members. For further information, to view the syllabus, or to purchase the course, visit the NGS website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/guide_documentation_sourcecitation.


Guide to Documentation and Source Citation joins The Basics in the NGS’s online cloud-based learning management system. To take advantage of this system, you will need either a computer or tablet with an Internet connection.

NGS also offers several courses available in downloadable PDF files compatible for a PC or MAC. The courses are designed for both the beginner and the established genealogist to help busy individuals learn about a specific topic and to put the ensuing knowledge to work quickly. These courses include:


  • Using Federal Population Census Schedules in Genealogical Research
  • Introduction to Civil War Research
  • Genetic Genealogy, The Basics
  • Introduction to Religious Records
  • Working with Deeds


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.
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