New US & UK records available to search this Findmypast Friday


Over a million fascinating British and US military records are now available to search thanks to the latest installment of Findmypast Friday. Over 1.3 million US Civil War pension records are now available to search and the ability to search by surname has been added to our collection of British Mariners, Trinity House Calendar records. Nearly 29,000 records containing the details of Officers and enlisted men who served with the Royal Artillery are also now available to search along with a First World War Roll of Honour from Clacton on Sea in Essex.

United States Civil War Pension Files Index 1861-1934

Containing over 1.3 million records, the United States Civil War Pension Files Index, 1861-1934, is an index of pension application cards for veterans and their beneficiaries. This time period actually covers veterans of numerous wars including the Civil War, the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection and World War I. The bulk of these files pertain to service in the U.S. Civil War, which saw millions of Americans enlisted into the Union Army. Pensions were received by soldiers or their beneficiaries for service rendered and were available to widows, children under the age of sixteen, and dependent relatives of soldiers who died in military service from war-related injuries or diseases. Each record includes a transcript and many include an image of the original index card. Most transcripts will list the applicant’s name, relation and year of application, while images can reveal the veteran’s unit, the time he applied for the pension, names of his widow or children, pension application numbers, previous pension application numbers, certificate numbers, and the name of his attorney.

British Mariners, Trinity House Calendars Surname Search

British Mariners, Trinity House Calendars covering the years 1787 to 1854 are now fully searchable by surname. These records contain the details of British Mariners who petitioned for aid from the Corporation of Trinity House of Deptford Strond. Trinity House was responsible for the supervision of lighthouses and buoys around the English coast and also distributed charitable funds to disabled seamen and their families across the UK. Great care was always taken to see that charitable funds were carefully disbursed and every mariner or dependent applying for help was required to give full particulars of his or her circumstances. These forms of application were known as 'Petitions' and were submitted by seamen or their relatives to Trinity House. Each record contains an image and a transcription. The records are split into three main types; Calendars of Petitions, Calendars of Apprentice Indentures and Calendars of Miscellaneous Papers consisting mainly of marriage and baptismal certificates. Each type may give rather different information however most records will include the petitioner’s name, their relationship to the mariner, their age, location, circumstances and the date of their petition.

British Military Records

Containing over 17,000 records, Royal Artillery Officer Deaths 1850-2011 list the details of commissioned officers who were killed or died during the campaigns in Kosovo, Bosnia, Borneo and Iraq as well as the First and Second World Wars. It is estimated that since the regiment’s formation in May 1716, over 2.5 million men and women have served with the regiment. Each record includes a transcript of details found in the original records.

The British Army, Royal Artillery War Commemoration Book, 1914-1918, is an alphabetical list of 3,505 Officers of the Royal Regiment of Artillery who died during the First World War. Artillery was of huge importance in the war. It influenced nearly all tactics and operations and was incorporated into strategies that were used by the belligerents to break the stalemate at the front. Each record includes an image of the original record and a transcript.

British Army, Royal Artillery Officers 1716-1899 contains over 7,400 records taken from the fourth edition of ‘Officers of the Royal Regiment of Artillery: The year 1716 to the year 1899’, a list collected by General W. H. Askwith, Colonel-Commandant Royal Artillery, and published in 1900. Officers in this list have served in countries all over the world including India, Canada, America, Jamaica, St. Helena and many more. Each record includes an image from the original publication and a transcript.

The Royal Artillery, 80th Field Regiment records contain the details of 978 men who served with the Regiment during the Second World War. The 80th Field Regiment consisted of three batteries with a Colonel in command of 24 guns. Based in Glasgow as part of the 52nd Lowland Division, the Regiment left for Arromanches on 19 October 1944 and saw extensive action in the Netherlands and Germany. Every record is a transcript of information found in original records.

The Clacton Roll of Honour, 1914-1918, contains the records of over 1,100 men from the English seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea in Essex who were killed during the First World War. Rolls of Honour were commonly started by newspapers to announce the local dead. Details would often be supplied by family members and the resultant list would be printed in commemoration after the war. Each record contains a transcript and an image.


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About Findmypast

Findmypast is an international leader in online family history and genealogy research with customers and operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. Its searchable online archive includes over two billion family history records, from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and making family connections.

Findmypast has an unrivalled record of innovation in the field of family history, and works closely with the genealogy community, including local libraries, archives, societies, and other organizations from around the world, to preserve, digitize, and provide access to historical records. Findmypast’s historical records, advanced search tools and accurate data work together to help both professional and budding genealogists discover, explore and share their family stories.

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) to Honor Mary Matalin and James Carville with Lifetime Achievement Award in Boston on April 24


March 25, 2015—Boston, Massachusetts—“Continuing the tradition of celebrating some of the most respected living Americans in history, public service, the arts, and culture, on April 24, the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) will honor Mary Matalin and James Carville with the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award,” NEHGS President and CEO D. Brenton Simons announced today.

As keynote speakers at the annual NEHGS Family History Benefit Dinner—one of Boston’s premier social and charitable events of the year—Matalin and Carville will be honored with NEHGS’s highest award, which celebrates a commitment to the advancement and preservation of family history in America. Well-known individually and as one of the nation’s most intriguing and powerful married couples for their service on the American political scene, and for frequent public appearances as media hosts and commentators, Matalin and Carville are one of the nation’s most politically opposed, ideologically mismatched, and intensely opinionated couples. They dated in 1992 while Matalin led the campaign for the re-election of President George H. W. Bush and as Carville advised presidential candidate Bill Clinton.

Together, they are authors of Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home. The 2014 bestselling memoir looks at how they—and America—have changed in the last two decades and gives the nation insights to an unusual collaboration proving that after 20 years of marriage two very spirited and independent individuals can manage to agree on a few things. Book reviews described the authors as “In love with family, with their home city of New Orleans, with the nation and with each other.” In a celebration of making differences yield to success, interweaving love and family into a fabric of unity and service, the couple will speak on “Our American Heritage” at the NEHGS Benefit Dinner.

In making the announcement, President and CEO Simons recalled the tradition of NEHGS to pay public tribute to important figures who represent some of the best contributions to our understanding of family in the nation’s past, present, and future. “One hundred and seventy years after our founding, NEHGS continues its commitment to document a significant part of our nation’s history through the celebration of remarkable individuals who have made an indelible contribution to our understanding of family in America,” commented Simons. “Mary Matalin and James Carville embody that example. Through the often entertaining dynamic that their very public relationship has brought to the nation’s eye—in the White House, as well as in their own hometown—they have won the hearts of people everywhere who love to be reminded that family unity is possible among even the most unlikely personalities.”

Past recipients of the NEHGS Lifetime Achievement Award have included Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (2009), Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2010), documentary filmmaker Ken Burns (2011), former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis and Kitty Dukakis (2012), CNN senior political correspondent David Gergen (2013), author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and actor of stage and screen Dame Angela Lansbury (2014).

The April event will benefit the NEHGS capital campaign, Connecting Families. Advancing History. A comprehensive campaign with a goal of $55 million, the campaign has raised more than $53 million to date. Event Chairs of the Family History Benefit Dinner are NEHGS Trustees Judith Waite Freeman and Susan P. Sloan. The Dinner’s Corporate Benefactors include Wells Fargo & Company, Eaton Vance Investment Counsel, and Piña Napa Valley. Benefactors and patrons of the event are invited to a private champagne reception with guests of honor Matalin and Carville preceding the dinner. For more information, or to register, visit AmericanAncestors.org/dinner.

About American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society

The founding genealogical society in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) was established in 1845. Today it has a national collecting scope and serves more than 75,000 constituents through an award-winning website, AmericanAncestors.org.

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, Italian, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, Chinese, and Jewish research. 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.

Sioux Valley Genealogical Society (SVGS) to Host Genealogy Seminar Saturday, April 18th

SVGS will be hosting a genealogy seminar on Saturday, April 18th from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 602 N. Cliff Ave., Sioux Falls, SD. Featured speaker will be Gail S. Blankenau, an experienced genealogist and photo historian who shares her research and advice in many well-known periodicals. Genealogists who crave unique perspectives and a fresh point of view will find new inspiration and ideas in her engaging and high-energy presentations. Additional details, registration form and fee schedule can be found at www.siouxvalleygenealogicalsociety.org or the SVGS library located in the Old Courthouse Museum at 200 W. 6th St., Sioux Falls, SD.

Gail S. Blankenau will be speaking at a free seminar on Friday, April 17th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Siouxland Libraries Main Branch and 200 N. Dakota Ave., Sioux Falls SD. Her topic is Beginning Genealogy – Hunting and Gathering.

NGS 2016 Family History Conference Call for Papers Closes 1 April 2015


ARLINGTON, VA, 26 MARCH 2015—Time is running out to submit lecture proposals for the NGS 2016 Family History Conference. Speakers and sponsoring organizations must submit their proposals by 1 April 2015. The conference, entitled Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time, will be held 4–7 May 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The ethnic makeup of Florida is, and always has been, diverse. Native Americans—including Miccosukees, Choctaw, Creek, Timucua, and Calusa—lived throughout the area, which became known as La Florida after the arrival of Ponce de León in 1513. The Spanish were followed by other groups such as the French, British, Irish, German, and Greeks. The importation of African slaves also affected society in Florida as did the formation of the Seminole alliance. All of these people have left many footprints in time and a rich repository of records to trace our ancestry.

NGS will consider lectures covering the following topics: Florida history (especially early settlements), records, repositories, ethnic and religious groups, neighboring areas (i.e., the Caribbean, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina), and migration to, from, and within Florida. The Society will also consider regional topics of interest, including land and military records, especially those pertaining to the Revolutionary War, Indian wars, Civil War, and World War I. Additionally, proposals may cover broader genealogical categories, including federal records, the law as it relates to genealogy, methodology, genetic genealogy, analysis and problem solving, and technology.

Interested individuals and organizations should adhere to NGS guidelines. Speakers may submit up to eight proposals electronically through the NGS website. Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture or track of lectures should review the details and sponsor requirements. All proposals must be submitted by 1 April 2015.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, 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, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

Early Bird Discount for NGS Conference Ends 30 March


Arlington, VA, 23 March 2015—If you are planning to register for the NGS Family History Conference in St. Charles, be sure to take advantage of its early bird discount. The discount, as well as the opportunity to order a printed syllabus, ends 30 March 2015. After that date, the NGS member price will increase from $195 to $230 for all four days, the non-NGS member price will increase from $230 to $265, and the syllabus will only be available as a flash drive.

This year’s conference features more than 25 tracks and 150 lectures, as well as social events, luncheons, and the NGS banquet. It is a great opportunity to network with other genealogists and enhance your knowledge. The conference will be held at the St. Charles Convention Center and will run from 13-16 May. For conference information and to register, go to the 2015 NGS Family History Conference.

Social Events, Luncheons, and the NGS Banquet

Participating organizations sponsor several luncheons at which guest speakers address many fascinating topics such as
  • “Have You Tested Your DNA? Is there a Non-Paternity Event in Your Family?”
  • “Germans in the American Civil War”
  • “Intuition and Genealogy Success: A Sixth Sense, Chance, Coincidence, or Serendipity?”
  • “Then and Now: Changes in Methodologies and Sources”
The NGS Banquet is another event not to be missed! Registration for all meals and social events closes on 29 April 2015. Tickets for social events will not be sold on-site. Be sure to sign up as quickly as possible. The StLGS Host Event BBQ is $39; luncheons are $21; and the banquet is $38. Menus are in the registration brochure.

Society Showcase

On Tuesday afternoon 12 May 2015, many Missouri genealogical and historical societies will be available in the St. Charles Convention Center from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. to answer questions about local repositories and resources, discuss their group’s activities, and sell their publications.

St. Charles Area Tours

There’s still time to sign up for several exciting tours on Tuesday, 12 May 2015, prior to the NGS Family History Conference. For more information, please see St. Charles Area Tours. Registration for the tours closes on 29 April 2015.

Add Items to an Existing Registration

To add meals, tours, and pre-conference events to your current registration, log on to the NGS website, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.

We hope to see you in St. Charles in May!

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, 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, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

The Family History Writing Studio: A New Resource for Family History Writers

The Family History Writing Studio: A New Resource for Family History Writers

10 March 2015 – Simcoe, On, Canada. Genealogy Professional and Author Lynn Palermo announces the debut of The Family History Writing Studio, a multi-media online resource designed to aid family historians seeking to turn their research into stories.

The Family History Writing Studio offers tools and resources to help genealogists create engaging and compelling stories in shareable formats for today and tomorrow’s generation.

What’s inside The FHWriting Studio?

Here are some the exciting and diverse products being offered at The Family History Writing Studio in the upcoming months:

Workbooks – A series of Family History Writing e-Workbooks designed to build on one another. Each ebook looks at one aspect of writing a family history narrative. Filled with worksheets, they will help writers apply the various elements of creative nonfiction to narratives.

Webinars – On-demand webinars are designed to complement the workbooks. Lynn personally guides writers through exercises and examples to expand on the workbook content. These on-demand webinars are designed to watch over and again at your convenience.

Courses – Coming this September, a variety of online courses, designed for writers who want to take a more in-depth look at a particular aspect of writing in a more intimate setting will begin. Lessons are delivered in a variety of formats including downloadable worksheets, workbooks, and videos. All courses include private groups and forums to bring the class together for discussions and critiques with the teacher. Classes are small to provide a more personal learning environment.

Personal Coaching - If you're nervous about sharing in a group environment then personal coaching might be more your style. In the personal coaching section, Lynn offers a couple of options to work privately together, whether it be to brainstorm your stories or book or for a critique of your written narrative.

Newsletter – Lynn has merged the current monthly writing newsletter Storylines from The Armchair Genealogist with the Studio. It will have a fresh look but with the same great how-to articles along with tips and tools to help you become a more efficient family history writer. The new Storylines will reflect the popular Daily Dose newsletter from The Family History Writing Challenge. The first edition in the revised format begins in April. Storylines will also keep members up to date on all the newest workshops, webinars and courses coming out of the FHWriting Studio.

Writing Groups - The Family History Writing Studio is designed to meet the needs of individuals and writing groups. The Studio offers options for small genealogical societies that cannot afford an in-house speaker or the cost of a webinar. Information for writing groups and societies can be found at here.

Click Here, To learn more about the inspiration behind The Family History Writing Studio.

From Lynn Palermo, Developer of The Family History Writing Studio:

“Genealogists come to family history writing with a variety of skills and generally with an overwhelming fear of writing. Because there are multiple aspects to writing stories and producing a family history book, we saw a need to create educational tools to address genealogist’s individual needs on their journey to becoming a writer,” said Lynn Palermo.

“We also wanted to provide flexibility, because we understand that we all have busy lives and finding time to write is not an easy task to add to one’s schedule,” continued Palermo.
“One can spend a lot of time floundering around trying to sort it all out, our goal is to help writers break it down into manageable tasks. We also want to help take the fear out of writing and provide family historians with knowledge and self-confidence,” Palermo added.

About Lynn Palermo

Lynn Palermo is a writer and genealogy professional. She wrote her first family history book in 2010 and began her blogging career at The Armchair Genealogist in 2009. Every February, Lynn leads nearly 1000 members through The Family History Writing Challenge, a month-long effort to focus genealogists on writing their family history stories. Lynn believes passionately in the reward a family history writing journey can offer and the legacy it can leave behind.

Secrets of London’s infamous Bedlam mental hospital revealed at Findmypast


  • Findmypast is working with Bethlem Museum of the Mind at Bethlem Royal Hospital, in London, UK, popularly known as Bedlam, to make its extensive patient records from 1683 – 1932 available online for the very first time
  • Over 248,000 records, many including photos, reveal the lives and stories of its inmates
  • Highlights of the detailed records show why people were committed included stabbing people with cutlery, insatiable appetite for pleasure, condemnation of sinful behaviour from public officials, objecting to a forced marriage, religious fervour, paralysis, women dressing as men and more
London, UK, 19 March 2015 – Leading family history website, Findmypast, today announced an exciting partnership with Bethlem Museum of the Mind to release Bethlem Royal Hospital’s extensive patient records online for the very first time. The records are being released today to mark the official reopening of the museum in Beckenham, with Findmypast making scans of the original patient case notes and staff registers available online for browsing and searching by everyone.

As one of the world’s oldest hospitals for the treatment of mental illness, Bethlem Royal Hospital has a chequered past in how it determined not only who was insane, but also in its treatment of patients. The records released today go into detail about each patient, in many cases documenting their mental state and including photographs of the inmates once photography became available.

The records also detail the reasons why they had been deemed insane, with first-hand accounts of the behaviour of the inmates and their families. Some of the more unusual reasons for incarceration given in the records include:
  • Attempted royal assassination with a dessert knife: Margaret Nicolson was sent to Bethlem Royal Hospital in August 1787 for attempting to stab King George III with a pearl-handled dessert knife. Her records from Bethlem Royal Hospital show that she was sent to Bethlem Royal Hospital “by the Order of the Committee” i.e. by parliament vote, as opposed to by an individual or family, and a trial followed in September 1787. Nicholson spent the rest of her life in Bethlem Royal Hospital, dying there in May 1828.
  • An insatiable appetite for pleasure, including lounging in the fashionable shopping streets of London: Ingrid Schwitzguebel was admitted in July 1909 by her husband. His reasons for committing her was that she was “living almost exclusively for pleasure, in fact her desire for theatres, musicals, lounging in the London fashionable streets, looking at shops etc, is insatiable.” However, other motives may have been at play as the records go on to show that she suspected her husband of an “immoral life of going with other women”, and had “threatened to attack him with a hat pin.”
  • Objecting to a forced marriage with a cousin: Kate Jeffery was sent to Bethlem Royal Hospital for Melancholia in October 1910, with her blaming her relatives for attempting to force her into a marriage with a cousin whom she thought immoral. An original letter from Jeffery herself is included in the records in which she rails against imprisonment, saying that “my uncle and brother must have thought themselves very fortunate to meet with Dr Gooding and the Aldridges. People will know where to send their unwanted relatives.
  • General paralysis: Richard Cook Thompson was admitted to Bethlem Royal Hospital in February 1901 with general paralysis as the official diagnosis. That said, the records show more clearly why he was sent to a mental institution and not a regular hospital, with the notes recording that “he is one of the Apostles, he has a message from Almighty God to go to Windsor Castle, these things are not true”. Thompson was not the only one to believe he was a messenger of God, with James Duggan also incarcerated in October 1906 for saying “he is the pope of Rome.
  • Overtaxed brain due to writing a dictionary: At 66 years old, Alexander Tolhausen, was one of the older inmates at Bethlem Royal Hospital when he was committed in July 1886 for an overtaxed brain. Tolhausen’s illness was attributed to working on a technological dictionary in French, English and German with symptoms including “gets up and dresses and undresses himself sometimes six times a day”, “threw his breakfast at his wife” and “that his house was unhealthy
  • Belief in themselves as a persecuted God: Ethel Julia Ouselay Collins was committed for “mixing of her ideas with religious matters,” including believing that she had “not been born yet” and was “a God chained on a pedestal.” It was also documented that she had “delusions of suspicion and persecution.
“These records provide an extraordinary level of detail about the patients of the Bethlem Royal Hospital as far back as the 17th century,” said Debra Chatfield, family historian at Findmypast. “Containing letters written in their own words and handwriting, photographs at different stages of their illness, and reports on their day to day behaviour by close family members and the medical staff at the hospital, these records provide, for the very first time online, real insight into life in this infamous institution. It’s hard not to empathise with the inmates as you learn about their often harrowing and tragic stories. Publishing these records online allows those stories to be told for the first time to a wider audience, and you might discover that you had an ancestor who was sent to Bedlam.”

To discover more about the inmates at Bethlem Royal Hospital and see the full images and transcripts of the records, please visit www.findmypast.com/bethlem

About Findmypast

Findmypast is an international leader in online family history and genealogy research with customers and operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. Its searchable online archive includes over two billion family history records, from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and making family connections.

Findmypast has an unrivalled record of innovation in the field of family history, and works closely with the genealogy community, including local libraries, archives, societies, and other organizations from around the world, to preserve, digitize, and provide access to historical records. Findmypast’s historical records, advanced search tools and accurate data work together to help both professional and budding genealogists discover, explore and share their family stories.

Student Genealogy Grant Applications Invited

The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Committee is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Student Genealogy award


March 17, 2015 – The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Committee is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Student Genealogy award. Student genealogists between the ages of 18 and 23 are eligible to apply for the $500 cash award.

The 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society will provide a full conference registration to the SCGS Jamboree in June where the award will be presented. This is a unique opportunity for a young genealogist to attend a premiere regional conference and meet genealogists from throughout the nation.

The Student Grant was established in 2010 by family and friends in memory of Suzanne Winsor Freeman, family historian and life-long volunteer, and an enthusiastic annual attendee at the SCGS Jamboree. Past recipients include Elyse Doerflinger (Lomita, California), A.C. Ivory (Salt Lake City, Utah), Anthony Ray (Palmdale, California), Michael Savoca (Toms River, New Jersey), and Paul Woodbury (Provo, Utah).

“The Student Genealogy Grant pays tribute to Suzanne Freeman’s dedication to youth volunteerism and family history by awarding the annual cash grant to a young genealogist attending the SCGS Annual Genealogy Jamboree, Southern California’s premiere regional genealogy conference,” notes Denise Levenick, committee chair and Freeman’s daughter.

“We are especially grateful to Jamboree for providing a three-day conference registration to the grant recipient,” she adds. “SCGS is truly a leader in conference organizations by encouraging youth involvement in genealogy through the popular Kids’ Camp Interest Group and through the student grant project.”

Born in Olathe, Kansas, Suzanne Winsor (Brown) Freeman moved to Orange County, California with her family in the early 1930s where she attended school and lived most of her life. She developed a strong interest in family history sparked by the stories of her mother’s early life in Colorado and Kansas. After retirement Suzanne moved to Green Valley, Arizona where she was active in the local genealogy society. She enjoyed returning to Southern California each year in June to attend the SCGS Jamboree. Suzanne passed away after a brief illness in Tucson, Arizona August 28, 2010.

The $500 cash award pays tribute to these interests by awarding the annual cash grant to a young genealogist attending the Jamboree. In addition, a complimentary three-day conference registration to the Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree will be provided by the Jamboree conference.

Any genealogist who is between the ages of 18 and 23 and is a current student (full-time or part-time) is eligible to apply. The recipient must attend the 2015 SCGS Jamboree in Burbank, California to receive the award.

Funding for the cash award is provided by the family grant program; Jamboree registration is provided by the conference. Individual contributions to the grant program are welcome at the Student Grant Webpage.

Application deadline is April 10, 2015 midnight Pacific Daylight Time.

Application details and forms are available at the Student Grant Webpage http://www.thefamilycurator.com/swf-grant. Suzanne Winsor Freeman’s Obituary is available here.

NGS Announces Research Trip to Salt Lake City


Arlington, VA, 18 March 2015—Registration is now open for the National Genealogical Society’s guided research trip to Salt Lake City, Utah, which will take place 24–31 January 2016. Join the NGS group leaders, Marie Varrelman Melchiori, and Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CGSM, FNGS, FVGS, for a week at the world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The library’s noteworthy records include deeds, wills, military, tax, and vital records from around the world. Researchers will have access to numerous commercial databases, more than two million rolls of microfilm, an immense collection of genealogical books, and outstanding worldwide maps. For more information, or to register for the trip, visit http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conferences_events/research_tips/slc_research_trip/slc_research_trip_general_information .

The trip includes:

  • Guidance and personal research consultations from leading experts
  • Online orientation to prepare for the trip
  • Six days of research at the Family History Library
  • Seven nights at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, including free internet and airport transfers
  • Meet and greet on Sunday evening at the hotel
  • Monday evening group lecture
  • Wednesday evening pizza party
  • Saturday evening group meal
  • Fees, taxes, and gratuities

The cost of the trip, which does not include transportation to Salt Lake City, varies depending upon room occupancy and National Genealogical Society member status. Payment is required, in full, at the time of registration. Fees are as follows:

Member
Non-Member
Single Room
Before September 2 
September 2 and later 

$975
$1,225

$1,275
$1,475
Double/Shared Room
Before September 2 
September 2 and later 

$725
$975

$975
$1,225
Room shared with non-researching companion1 
Before September 2 
September 2 and later 


$1,225
$1,425


$1,425
$1,625


1Non-researching companion receives the benefits of the double room and any planned events.

The trip hosts, Marie Varrelman Melchiori and Shirley Langdon Wilcox, will be available throughout the trip to help guide participants.

Marie Varrelman Melchiori specializes in records at the National Archives, Washington, D.C. Since 1988, Melchiori has lectured at NGS and the Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences. She taught at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Melchiori also conducted workshops on beginning genealogy and military records for the National Archives. In 1999 and 2000, she served as a trip director for the NGS Research Trip to Ireland. She was a recipient of the Association of Professional Genealogists’ Graham T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit.

Shirley Langdon Wilcox served as NGS president from 1996 to 2000, and was elected as a fellow in 2001. In 2011, she became the first recipient of the NGS Shirley Langdon Wilcox Award for Exemplary Volunteerism. She is a former president of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Fairfax Genealogical Society, the Prince George’s County Genealogical Society, and the Virginia Genealogical Society. A board-certified genealogist since 1973, Wilcox is a current member of the DAR and also serves on the board of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the District of Columbia.

About the National Genealogical Society

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, 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, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, the Oldest Genealogical Journal in America, Appears in a New Format

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Announces Changes in Content and Design of the “Register,” Its Scholarly Journal First Published in 1847


New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Announces Changes in Content and Design of the “Register,” Its Scholarly Journal First Published in 1847


March 18, 2015—Boston, Massachusetts—A new, colorful cover on the country’s oldest genealogical journal signals change. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register—the quarterly journal of New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)—appears this week in its 673rd issue, with a new design and an important broadening of editorial focus.

In making the announcement, NEHGS President and CEO D. Brenton Simons stated, “This makes the Register even more accessible and valuable to genealogists everywhere and solidifies its place as the flagship journal of American genealogy.”

The “Register,” as it is frequently called, has seen relatively few changes during its many years of publication spanning 168 of the 170 years of the life of NEHGS, the founding genealogical society in America. But the newest quarterly issue contains some important new features designed to encourage family historians to explore the genealogical scholarship for which the Register has long been known.

A full-color cover appears on the journal’s most recent issue for the first time in its 168-year history. The cover of the redesigned issue this month features the print Landscape View of Portsmouth [New Hampshire] in Piscatagua River, an area related to the issue’s article on the Chapouil family. Other artwork will be featured on future covers. A brief listing of each issue’s entire contents now also appears on the front cover.

A modernized interior design heralds another change: an expanded editorial focus, providing genealogical content of national and international scope—while still retaining an emphasis on New England, New York State, and out-migrations from New England. NEHGS Publishing Director Penelope Stratton commented, “We had already taken a step in this direction in 2009, when we inaugurated an annual supplement, American Ancestors Journal, whose content we will now integrate into the quarterly issues of the Register. These changes reflect the NEHGS purpose, to advance the study of family history in America and beyond. And they also signal a return to the Register’s own roots.” “We cannot but feel,” the founders of NEHGS wrote in the first issue of the Register, “that we are performing a great service for the country at large.”

Commenting on the changes, editor Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG, said, “With a new look and an expanded focus, this is an exciting time to be editing the Register. We are looking forward to receiving articles on families in geographic areas that are new for us—as well as articles emphasizing the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.”

Readers will note that a “Quarterly News” section has been added to the inside of the back cover, highlighting NEHGS developments of particular interest. Discerning readers might notice some minor changes in editorial style, reflecting the publisher’s decision to conform with the guidelines presented in the Guide to Genealogical Writing (NEHGS, 2014).

The New England Historical and Genealogical Register is published by NEHGS in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. All members of NEHGS have access to it in print and online at the organization’s data-rich website, AmericanAncestors.org. Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG, is Editor; Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG, is Associate Editor. A group of consulting editors—scholars and professionals in the field of genealogy—contributes to the Register’s content. Funding for its publication is provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

About American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society
(AmericanAncestors.org)

The founding genealogical society in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) was established in 1845. Today it has a national collecting scope and serves more than 75,000 constituents through an award-winning website, AmericanAncestors.org. Since 1845, NEHGS has been the country’s leading comprehensive resource 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.

American Ancestors is the public brand and user experience of NEHGS representing the expertise and resources for family historians of all levels researching their origins across the country and around the world. 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, Italian, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, Chinese, and Jewish 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.

National Genealogical Society’s Publication Genealogy and the Law - Now Available on Kindle

Genealogy and the Law: A Guide to Legal Sources for the Family Historian

Arlington, VA, 12 March 2015Genealogy and the Law: A Guide to Legal Sources for the Family Historian by Kay Haviland Freilich, CGSM, CGLSM, FNGS and William B. Freilich, Esq., is now available as a Kindle eBook. First published by the National Genealogical Society (NGS) as a softcover book on 1 September 2014, Genealogy and the Law guides readers through the variety of legal sources that genealogists need to explain many of the events that occurred in their ancestors’ lives. Land ownership, estate administration, and taxation are a few of the many aspects of life that cannot be fully understood without knowledge of the law in effect at the time.

Written by an award-wining genealogist and an attorney, the textbook uniquely combines the perspectives of genealogy and the law. It covers the language of the law, how to find pertinent laws, the kinds of sources available, where they can be found, citation of legal works, and how to apply legal research to genealogical problems.

The Kindle edition is available on Amazon for $9.95. The print edition is available on the NGS website.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, 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, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

CAFG Giving away 50% off Tuition to the 2016 Forensic Genealogy Institute


The 2015 Forensic Genealogy Institute in Dallas, Texas, is just two weeks away! But it's not too late to be part of the best forensic education available. The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) will be live posting and tweeting updates from FGI 2015 on March 26-28, including great information from the brand-new Forensic Genealogy Master Practicum.

But the best part is—you can enter to win half-off tuition to the 2016 Forensic Genealogy Institute just by reposting the updates from FGI.

Here's how to enter:

  1. Like or follow the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy on Facebook or @CAFG_forensic on Twitter. (You can do this right now!)
  2. Look for FGI updates March 26-28, 2015. Then share or retweet those updates using #ForensicGen.
  3. That's it!

After FGI 2015, CAFG will select a winner at random from followers who have reposted FGI updates. The winner will receive 50% off tuition to the 2016 Forensic Genealogy Institute. (Dates and place of FGI 2016 are yet to be announced.)

The contest is open to everyone! You do not have to be an FGI attendee or member of CAFG to win. So like CAFG today, and start reposting on March 25!

Grab One of the Last Remaining Seats at FGI 2015

A couple of seats at FGI 2015 have just opened up! Don't miss your chance to take the DNA course "Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Unknown-Parentage Cases" with industry experts CeCe Moore and Angie Bush.

This 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.

Register online at www.forensicgenealogists.org/institute. But you’ll need to hurry -- FGI registration closes this Friday, March 13.

More Than 40,000 Digital Genealogy Books Now Fully Searchable and Downloadable for Free at GenGophers.com



A new website enables genealogists for the first time to have free, easy, and precise searching of family history books
SALT LAKE CITY – Researching family histories online is an activity that has begun to come of age. Thousands of family history books and magazines are available to be searched directly from multiple websites. But searching through these websites and combing through the jumble of information they return can be a frustrating, costly, and fruitless process. The newly launched family history website, GenGophers.com, solves these problems by providing precise and free access to the industry’s most effective online search tools and a growing library of more than 40,000 downloadable family and personal histories, local histories, and genealogy newsletters.

Many searchable book websites, like Google Books and archive.org, make it difficult to restrict their searches to genealogy-related books. The result is that online searches for names, dates, and places return lists of thousands of potential books completely unrelated to genealogy.

GenGophers.com is the only website that – completely for free – returns precise search results from genealogy books only. Results include the publication name and a snippet from the page showing the highlighted search terms:



The pages and publications returned in a search are then downloadable for free by users. “In addition to focusing our searches only on genealogy books, our search engine also employs a completely different approach than those used by other book-searching websites”, said Dallan Quass, founder of GenGophers.com. “While other websites can only search for specific words contained in books, our engine uses artificial intelligence to first identify and index all people mentioned in a publication and then allows specific searches for names, dates, and places associated with them. This approach significantly increases the chance of discovering extended family connections, stories about the lives of ancestors, and bringing family histories to life.”

GenGophers.com is financially supported by ads and Google Consumer Surveys, which asks users a few market research questions once per day to view the free books.

About Genealogy Gophers

Genealogy Gophers has the most easily searched and retrieved family history books on the Web. Search tools based on artificial intelligence algorithms significantly increase the chances of finding relevant search term matches compared to typical word search engines. Relevant pages and books can be downloaded for free from the GenGophers.com website.

National Genealogical Society Announces Live Streaming Broadcast -- 2015 Family History Conference (St. Charles, Missouri 13–16 May 2015)


Arlington, VA, 9 March 2015 —The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the live streaming of ten lectures from its 2015 Family History Conference, which will be held 13‒16 May 2015, in St. Charles, Missouri. NGS members and others across the United States and overseas, who are unable to attend the conference in person, are invited to sign up for these live streaming lectures. Details of the live streaming program can be found on the NGS Conference website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/attend/live-streaming/.

NGS has selected some of the most popular topics and nationally known speakers for the two featured tracks. Registrants for live streaming can sign up for either track or the bundled package that includes both tracks.

  • Track One: Viewers will be able to view five lectures on “The Immigration & Naturalization Process” from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, 14 May 2015. The lectures will cover immigration and naturalization records, uncovering the immigrants’ story, and useful hints on how to discover their home town.
  • Track Two: Five “Methodology Techniques” lectures will be live streaming from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 15 May 2015. They will address methodology techniques for use with historical context, forensic genealogy, and DNA, as well as problem solving using a combination of resources.

Registration for live streaming will close at midnight 29 April 2015. All registrants will receive an electronic version of the NGS 2015 Family History Conference Syllabus. Registration is discounted for NGS Members.

Track
Selection
Included
Formats
Member
Price
Non-Member
Price
Track Descriptions
Track One or
Track Two
Live Streaming
and three months
access to  Track One or Two
 
 
$65.00
 
 
$80.00
The Immigration & Naturalization Process. Five lectures on Thursday, 14 May 2015or
Methodology Techniques. Five lectures on Friday, 15 May 2015.
Bundled Package
Track One andTrack Two
Live Streaming
and three months
access to both tracks
$115.00$145.00
The Immigration & Naturalization Process. Five lectures on Thursday, 14 May 2015and
Methodology Techniques. Five lectures on Friday, 15 May 2015.


NGS has selected PlayBackNow to broadcast the live sessions and to provide the recorded sessions for later viewing. Instructions for viewing the live streaming will be sent to registrants before 13 May 2015.

Tracks One and Two are among the more than 25 tracks and 150 lectures that will be open to those who attend the four-day conference in person. Conference attendees may also benefit from purchasing the NGS live streaming package by registering for either track or the bundled package, which they will be able to view after they return home. By selecting different presentations while attending the conference, they can expand their overall conference experience. They will have ninety days following the conference to view and repeat the live streaming sessions (through 16 August 2015).

Reminder: The discounted Early Bird registration will close on 30 March 2015.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, 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, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

GLOBAL FAMILY REUNION LAUNCHES CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN TO UNITE WORLD AND FIGHT ALZHEIMER'S

The Global Family Reunion will take place June 6, 2015, and aims to be the biggest, most inclusive and most entertaining family reunion in history.

The Global Family Reunion has just launched a crowdfunding campaign with two not-so-minor goals: Unite the world and battle Alzheimer’s.

The Global Family Reunion will take place June 6, 2015, and aims to be the biggest, most inclusive and most entertaining family reunion in history. Everyone is invited. It will include presentations by celebrities, genealogists, and famous scientists, music, comedy, games, interactive exhibits and food. The main event will be held on the grounds of the world’s fair in New York, but there will be simultaneous parties around the world.

It’s also a benefit to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease. When you purchase any of the Global Family Reunion campaign perks on IndieGoGo, you can feel good knowing that all proceeds -- after covering the costs of the event -- go toward battling Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association New York City and the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund are the official beneficiaries. The event’s founder, author A.J. Jacobs, watched his grandfather succumb to dementia, and this inspired A.J. to make the reunion about keeping family memories alive.

Visit the campaign page to find out how you can contribute and get involved.

Among the perks available in the Global Family Reunion crowdfunding campaign:
  • Tickets to the reunion
  • A gorgeous computer visualization of how you’re linked to your 20,000 closest relatives by an Israeli data specialist
  • Signed copies of A.J.’s upcoming book about the quest to unite the world with DNA and family trees. 
  • A.J. will even dedicate the book to the first person who donates $10,000 to the Alzheimer’s benefit. (His wife will understand).

The Global Family Reunion believes that massive multi-national family trees serve their own great purpose. Scientists are studying the online mega-family trees to see how diseases and traits are passed from generation to generation. Genealogy has the potential to help us find many cures. The mega-trees – which now number in the millions – also spur students to become interested in history. If you’re related to Abe Lincoln, even if distantly, you’re more likely to want to learn about him.

And the big hope is, once we see that all humans are, in fact, part of the same family, we'll treat each other with a little more kindness. As cousin John Lennon said, you may call us dreamers, but we're not the only ones.

About the Global Family Reunion

The Global Family Reunion was founded by author A.J. Jacobs, who became fascinated with the idea that every person on Earth is related to every other after entering his name in several genealogy websites and finding he was connected to people all over the globe. “My hope — and I know it’s a bit idealistic — is that once we see how closely we’re all related, we’ll be able to work together better and solve the world’s really big problems, including Alzheimer’s,” he says.

The Global Family Reunion will be the topic of Jacobs’s next book. Among those participating are speakers Henry Louis Gates and Dr. Mehmet Oz, actor Daniel Radcliffe (live or via video), President George H.W. Bush (via video) and comedian Nick Kroll. The event has already been featured in the New York Times, People Magazine, NPR and “Good Morning America.”

The Global Family Reunion’s partners include MyHeritage, Geni, FamilySearch, Findmypast, WikiTree, 23andMe, FamilyTree DNA and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

If you are interested in attending, please see the event website at globalfamilyreunion.com for more information. Plus, take a few minutes and watch Jacobs’ TED talk The world’s largest family reunion…we’re all invited.

New records available to search during Findmypast’s Free Weekend


In celebration of International Women’s Day, this Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 9,500 fascinating UK military records that illustrate the various roles played by woman during the Frist World War. Other additions include over 65,000 British Civil Service records and over 285,000 Australian Immigration records. We are also giving everyone unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world until midday on Monday, March 9th (GMT). and will be hosting a webinar on searching for women in their historical records at 10 am EST on Sunday 8th March. We have also created a new ‘Getting Started’ video to help everyone make the most of the free weekend. It’s not only new users who will be able to take advantage as those with current Findmypast Local subscriptions (with an active Britain, Ireland, US & Canada or Australia & New Zealand subscription) will be able to access Findmypast’s historical World records during the free access weekend, and those with active World subscriptions will have an additional three days added on to their subscription. Visit our dedicated Free Weekend page to find out more.

Women at war; new UK military records

Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Service Records 1917-1920 (WO 398) is a fascinating collection of over 7,500 records with multiple images per person. The Corps was established in January 1917 the war office needed to release men from working ‘soft jobs’ so they could fight on the battlefields. The WAAC received a royal patronage and changed its name to the Queen Mary’s Auxiliary Army Corps (QMAAC) on 9 April 1918. Approximately 57,000 women served with the WAAC in England, France and Flanders during World War One, each working in one of the four sections: Cookery, Clerical, Mechanical and Miscellaneous. The QMAAC was disbanded on 27 September 1921. The collection contains a wide range of WAAC documents, including application forms, medical examinations, uniform assignment forms, personal references, casualty reports and much more. These documents can reveal your ancestor’s birthplace and provide you with their physical description, medical history, work and education background and details about their parents’ nationalities. The original documents are held at The National Archives in London in Series WO 398.

Consisting of over 500 records, the British Women's Royal Naval Service officer files 1917-1919 (ADM 318) detail the service history of women who served as officers in the Women’s Royal Naval Service during the First World War. The WRNS or Wrens, as they were both familiarly and officially known, were set up to take over shore work that was keeping men from active service. They took over not just as cooks, drivers, dispatch riders and sail maker’s, but also as telegraph operators, code experts, clerks and intelligence officers. Each record is a transcript of information on the original document held at The National Archives in London in the series known as ADM 318.

The British Women's Royal Naval Service Ratings' Service Registers 1918-1919 (ADM 336) contain the details of nearly 7,000 enlisted women who served as Wrens during the First World War. Each record is a transcript from original material held at The National Archives in London in Series ADM 336. The amount of information may vary but most will list the Rating name, enrolment date, service number, rank or roll, the archive reference and a link to an image on The National Archives’ website

British Women's Royal Air Force Service Records 1918-1920 is an index of 31,090 Women’s Royal Air Force service records held by The National Archives. The records include other ranks and not officers as no known records of Women’s Royal Air Force officers survive. The Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) was created on 1 April 1918, the same date as the Royal Air Force. Volunteers from the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps, Women’s Royal Naval Service, Voluntary Aid Detachment and the Women’s Legion were invited to join the new WRAF. There were four categories of work for members of the WRAF: A – Clerks and typists; B – Household such as cooks, waitresses and domestic workers; C – Technical such as tinsmiths, photographers, metal workers, wireless operators and carpenters; and D – Non-Technical or General, which included tailoresses, shoemakers and motor cyclists. The majority of the work was for clerks and typists.

Civil Service Records

Containing nearly 65,000 records, the British Civil Service Evidence of Age records were collected by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to establish accurate birth records for their staff, to ensure they were of minimum age or eligible for a pension. This collection spans evidence of birth from 1752 up until the 20th century, although the great majority of births recorded took place in the 19th century. The records are declarations of births by parents or a signed testimony of an individual’s birth date in place of a birth or baptism record. They were provided by the Society of Genealogists, whose indexers have not only transcribed the civil service post-holder or candidate, but also any relatives named in the same document where a date of birth was given for them. We have now added scanned colour images to the majority of the indexed records for the first time.

New Australian Records

Containing over 261,000 records, Queensland Assisted Immigration 1848-1912 is an index compiled from Registers of Immigrants’ Ships Arrivals between 1848 and 1912, which were created and used by the immigration department of the Australian state of Queensland. These registers contained passenger lists of immigrant ships that arrived in Queensland. Each record includes a transcript.

Containing over 19,000 records, the Queensland Immigration registers 1922-1940 were compiled from registers of passenger lists of immigrant ships. These records were created and used by the immigration department of the Australian state of Queensland. Every passenger list contained the ship’s name and number, as well as its date of departure and arrival.

Consisting of nearly 5,000 records, the Queensland Passport registers 1926-1939 are indexes compiled from records created and used by the immigration department of Queensland relating to passport clearance registers and passport receipts. These indexes record the names of immigrants arriving in Queensland as well as their later disembarkation from the state. Each record includes a transcript.

Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Fridays page every week to keep up to date with the latest new additions.

About FindMyPast

Leading family history website Findmypast was the first company to make the complete birth, marriage and death indexes for England & Wales available online in April 2003, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Findmypast has subsequently digitized many more family history records and now offers access to over 2 billion records dating as far back as 875 AD. This allows family historians to search for their ancestors among comprehensive collections of military, census, migration, parish, work and education records, newspapers as well as the original comprehensive birth, marriage and death records. The company runs the official 1911 census website for England & Wales in association with The National Archives and has digitized several other record sets from the national collection. Findmypast has also partnered with the British Library in a 10 year project to safeguard the future of the world's greatest local newspaper archive.

NEHGS Announces Irish Family History Day Workshop with Ulster Historical Foundation - Saturday, March 21, 2015


  • New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) to Conduct an Irish Family History Day Workshop in Boston, Massachusetts on March 21st
  • “Researching Your Irish Ancestors: Strategies for Success”: A Program Hosted by NEHGS in Collaboration with the Ulster Historical Foundation
  • A Day of Lectures, Discussion, and Discovery Features Presentations by Experts Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt of the Ulster Historical Foundation


March 5, 2015—Boston, Massachusetts—New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) will host an Irish Family History Day Workshop in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday, March 21st. Held in collaboration with the Ulster Historical Foundation, the event is themed “Researching Your Irish Ancestors: Strategies for Success” and will offer a full day of lectures, discussion, and discovery with experts presenting methods and resources for researching Irish ancestry.

Fintan Mullan, Executive Director of Ulster Historical Foundation, will join Gillian Hunt, the Foundation’s Research Officer, in a series of presentations concerning how to get the most out of Irish resources and records, gain strategies for breaking down brick walls, and grasp important historical context that may help anyone who is deeply engaged in family history research—or just beginning. Lecture topics throughout the 9 to 5 workshop will include:


  • Understanding Irish Townlands: The Importance of Place, Identity, and Administrative Divisions in Irish Research
  • Tracing Farming Families in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Using Landed Estate Records
  • Census Substitutes and other Sources for the Early Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century
  • Records Related to the Different Churches in Ireland
  • “But My Ancestor Wouldn't Have Left a Will”: Irish Wills and Testamentary Records


At the conclusion of the workshop, a panel will be hosted by NEHGS on “Solving Your Brick Walls: Practical Internet Tutorial and Resolving Research Problems,” moderated by Ginevra Morse, NEHGS Director of Education.

The NEHGS Irish Family History Day Workshop will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 275 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02111. A continental breakfast will be provided prior to the start of the workshop. Publications on topics related to Irish ancestral research will be displayed and offered for sale. The cost per person is $85.00 and space is limited. For more information and to register for the event, visit the NEHGS website at http://www.americanancestors.org/education/events-and-programs.

About American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society
(AmericanAncestors.org)

The founding genealogical society in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) was established in 1845. Today it has a national collecting scope and serves more than 75,000 constituents through an award-winning website www.AmericanAncestors.org. Since 1845, NEHGS has been the country’s leading comprehensive resource 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.

American Ancestors is the public brand and user experience of NEHGS representing the expertise and resources for family historians of all levels researching their origins across the country and around the world. 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, Italian, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, Chinese, and Jewish 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.

About the Ulster Historical Foundation
(AncestryIreland.com)

The Foundation is an educational non-profit organization established in 1956 to promote interest in Irish genealogy and history, with particular reference to the historical nine county province of Ulster. We are a leading historical research agency and publishing house in Ireland. Since 2004 the Foundation has devised a series of ground breaking online historical and genealogical resources, which have helped to transform the availability of Irish records for family historians at home and abroad. In addition to our research expertise: knowing how to mine the archives and use the historical sources, we have always focused on connecting people to their ancestors and their ancestral homeland, as a real, living, enjoyable, rewarding and transformative experience.

Call for Proposals: Course on Researching Mexican Ancestry


The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is looking for a course author to write a 6-8 week curriculum on researching Mexican ancestry. This course should include, but not be limited to, the following topics:

  • ·         Generalized history of Mexico with timeline.
  • ·         General discussion of record groups available for researching family history (church records, land, probate, vital records, cemetery, census, directories, newspapers, immigration/emigration, etc.).
  • ·         Repositories in Mexico, the United States, and other countries for researching pertinent records.
  • ·         Internet sources for research.


This course will be for family historians beginning a search for their Mexican ancestry. The course will include 2 assignments per week and a final exam consisting of 25-30 questions. Course will be completed and turned in no later than 6 months from date of contract.

The course author must have a comprehensive knowledge of the topic. All source citations for text and images must conform to the standards found in Evidence Explained. Course is to be submitted in Microsoft Word and be proofread. Formatting of the course will be done by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

To submit an outline for consideration or to inquire about this opportunity, please email admin@genealogicalstudies.com. The successful applicant will receive a retainer to write the course upon acceptance of course outline and then final payment within 30 days of completion and approval of the course.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR GENEALOGICAL STUDIES
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, leaders in online genealogy education, has been offering genealogy and history courses for over 17 years. We now offer over 200 courses in genealogical studies to help enhance researcher’s skills.

For those looking to acquire more formal educational training, The National Institute offers Certificate Programs in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and the United States, as well as a General Methodology, Professional Development and Librarianship Certificate Program.  For more information please call us toll-free in North America at 1-800-580-0165 or email us at admin@genealogicalstudies.com.