Phase 2 of the Yorkshire Collection and new POW records available to search this Findmypast Friday


This Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 5 million parish records in the second phase of Findmypast’s Yorkshire collection and over 43,000 prisoner of war records released in partnership with the National Archives to coincide with the centenary of the Gallippoli landings. This week’s new additions also include Australian military and land survey records, Irish local government records and newspapers and the United States BillionGraves Index.

United States Billion Graves Index

The United States Billion Graves Index contains 9 million cemetery records from right across the United States. Findmypast’s partnership with BillionGraves aims to make available all the cemetery records held on their site for free. BillionGraves is the largest resource for GPS-tagged headstone and burial records on the web, with over 12 million headstone records. This index will be regularly updated throughout the year and pertains solely to U.S. headstones. Each entry has a transcript, which includes a link to an image of the headstone with GPS details. The amount of information varies, but transcripts will usually include the deceased’s name, birth date, death date, cemetery and a link to an image of their headstone.

Yorkshire Records

Over 5 million Yorkshire parish records have been released in the second phase of Findmypast’s partnership with the Yorkshire Digitisation Consortium. The Yorkshire Collection comprises beautiful scanned images of the original handwritten registers held by six Yorkshire archives and spans the years 1538 to 1989. Fully searchable transcripts of the original documents enable anyone to go online and search for their Yorkshire ancestors by name.

The Yorkshire collection covers the whole of Yorkshire including the three historic counties; North Riding, East Riding and West Riding. The first phase of this landmark project was released in September 2014 and included nearly 4 million parish records and Bishop’s transcripts. This second phase includes baptism, banns and marriage records held by the North Yorkshire County Record Office, Doncaster Archives and Local Studies, East Riding Archives and Local Studies Service, Teesside Archives and Sheffield Archives and Local Studies. It also includes new Bishop’s Transcripts of baptisms, marriages, banns and burials from the Borthwick Institute for Archives (University of York).

The latest additions include:



Prisoner of War Records

Containing over 43,000 records with images, Prisoners Of War 1914-1920, are the first in a series of PoW records to be digitised and published by Findmypast in partnership with The National Archives. These latest additions consist of 10 series of British Foreign Office document’s relating to prisoners held by the Ottomans during World War One. They not only include the names of military personnel taken prisoner – both allied and foreign – but also the names of civilians, merchant seamen, fishermen, diplomatic employees and more. They will eventually form part of a wider Prisoners of War Collection, 1715-1945, which on completion will span 230 years and date back to the Jacobite rebellion.

Prisoners of War 1914-1920 includes ten series of documents taken from The National Archives’ collection Foreign Office: Prisoners of War and Aliens Department: General Correspondence from 1906 (F0 383). Consisting of lists and general correspondence, the records contain the names, ranks and locations of PoWs and provide insights into life in the Ottoman camps. They contain details of requests made by inmates for items including footballs and biscuits, details of visits by foreign diplomats and reports on camp conditions. The amount of information in each record can vary depending on the type of document and the amount of detail recorded at the time of the event.

The Australian Military Forces WW2 missing and prisoners of war records list the details of approximately 23,000 servicemen who were recorded as missing or as PoWs in the pacific theatre of World War Two. The records relate specifically to members of the Australian armed forces who were captured or went missing while serving in the Far East and South West Pacific islands as of 30 June 1944. Each record includes a transcript that can give the individual’s service number, rank and unit, as well as a note of whether they were missing or had become a prisoner of war. For those listed as POWs, the location of the camp in which they were imprisoned was also recorded. The prisoner of war camps listed span from Borneo to Keijo in Korea, from the Netherlands East Indies (modern-day Indonesia) to Malaya, from Thailand to various camps in Japan itself.

Australian Records

Containing over 1,000 records, the New South Wales, Returned Soldier Settlement Miscellaneous Files 1916-1939 were transcribed from records relating to ex-servicemen’s applications for financial assistance as part of a soldier settlement scheme following the First World War. Soldier settlement schemes were introduced around Australia to sell or lease land selected and acquired by the Government to servicemen returning from service overseas. Each record includes a transcript provided by volunteers from the State Records Authority of New South Wales.

The Australian Imperial Force, Nominal Roll of the First Railway Section 1917-1920 transcripts were compiled using an index compiled from a record series by the State Records NSW Volunteer program. The index lists the details of railway employees who formed the 1st Railway Section of the Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force, also known as the 6th Australian Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company, during World War One.

Irish Records

Over 500,000 new articles have been added to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers. Additions have been made to 14 existing publications including generous updates to Dublin Evening Post (65,152), Northern Whig (34,651) and Tipperary Vindicator (13,958). Four brand new titles have also been added to the collection: The Cork Advertising Gazette, Derry Journal, Dublin Correspondent and Saunder’s News-Letter.

Containing over 7,000 records, Clare County Government Proceedings 1732 – 1882 record the members, presentments and correspondence of Clare’s Grand jury. Grand juries were the forerunner of county councils and functioned as local government authorities. Each record is a PDF of the original material. The amount of information varies as several different types of document are included in these records. Members of the Grand Jury dating back to 1668 are listed by name and (usually) rank, and there are 42 volumes of payment orders for various works around the county (presentments). Letters and circulars to the Grand Jury are also to be found.

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

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.

Findmypast releases Prisoners of War records in partnership with TNA


  • Over 43,000 ANZAC Prisoners of War records released in partnership with The National Archives to coincide with the centenary of the Gallipoli Landings
  • The release marks the first phase of a partnership with The National Archives to digitise PoW records spanning 250 years
  • On completion, Findmypast’s Prisoners of War 1715-1945 collection will span the Jacobite rebellion to the Second World War


London, 25 April 2015 - To coincide with ANZAC day and the Gallipoli centenary today, Findmypast has released over 43,000 Prisoners of War records in partnership with The National Archives.

The new Prisoners Of War 1914-1920 records are the first phase of what will eventually become a wider Prisoners of War Collection 1715-1945 at Findmypast, available online for the very first time. The collection will relate to the internment of both allied and foreign members of the armed forces, civilians and merchant seamen of various nationalities spanning 230 years. Although the majority of the collection is still to be digitised by Findmypast, 10 series relating to prisoners held by the Ottomans are now available to search.

The records available today come from The National Archives’ collection Foreign Office: Prisoners of War and Aliens Department: General Correspondence from 1906 (FO 383) and consist of lists and general correspondence. They contain the names, ranks and locations of PoWs and provide insights into life in the Ottoman camps.

Prisoners Of War 1914-1920 includes not only the names of military personnel taken prisoner – both allied and foreign – but also the names of civilians, seamen, fishermen, diplomatic employees and more. They also contain details of requests made by inmates for items including footballs and biscuits, details of visits by foreign diplomats and reports on camp conditions.

Through the records you can gain insight into the experience of a prisoner of war. Some volumes include inspection reports of prison camps which describe the buildings, provisions and equipment in detail. There are also testimonies from British prisoners held in Bulgarian prisoner of war camps.

The complete Prisoners of War 1715-1945 Collection will be released in phases over the coming year and, on completion, will contain the records of prisoners captured during the Jacobite Rebellion, French Revolutionary Wars, the Boer Wars, the First World War and the Second World War.

Caroline Kimbell, Head of Licensing at The National Archives said: “As the grand-daughter of a Gallipoli survivor I’m grateful to our partners at Findmypast for bringing these very human records to a worldwide audience for the first time. The collection marks the start of a complex and fascinating programme of PoW records through the ages.”

Paul Nixon, military historian at Findmypast said: “The Prisoners of War Collection comprises an extraordinary array of fascinating record sets and Findmypast is thrilled to have been awarded the licence to digitise and publish these records online for the first time.”

About Findmypast

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online genealogy. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field of family history and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Mocavo, Genes Reunited, The British Newspaper Archive amongst others.

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over two billion family history records, from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and doing detailed historical research.

In April 2003 Findmypast was the first to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitized records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States.

About The National Archives

For the record, for good… The National Archives is a government department and an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). As the official archive of the UK government and England and Wales, we look after and make available to the public a collection of historical records dating back over 1,000 years, including records as diverse as Domesday Book and MI5 files.

Our 21st-century role is to collect and secure the future of the record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible as possible. We do this by devising technological solutions to ensure the long-term survival of public records and working to widen access to our collection. The National Archives also advises on information management across government, publishes all UK legislation, manages Crown copyright and leads the archive sector. We work to promote and improve access to public sector information and its re-use. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) announces the publication of Deborah Child’s, Soldier, Engraver, Forger: Richard Brunton’s Life on the Fringe in America’s New Republic


April 23, 2015 – Boston, Massachusetts – New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) announces the publication of the latest work by Deborah Child.

In this richly illustrated biography, the author follows in the footsteps of Richard Brunton, a British grenadier who fought in the American Revolution before deserting in 1779. A trained engraver and diesinker, his primitive but charming works include some of the earliest pre-printed family registers in America. Despite his many talents and efforts, he was never able to make an honest living from his craft. Instead, he spent years living on the fringes of society, forging and counterfeiting currency, until his death in a New England almshouse in 1832.

Deborah M. Child is an author, lec­turer, and independent curator. A graduate of the Master of Arts Program at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, she is the author of The Sketchbooks of John Samuel Blunt (Portsmouth Athenaeum, 2007). She is also a regular contributor to Antiques and Fine Art. Her essays include: “A Portrait to Be Treasured Once Again: A Copley Pastel of a Boston Maiden,” “Thank Goodness for Granny Notes: Rufus Porter and His New England Sitters,” and “Samuel Jordan: Artist, Thief, Villain.” She is now writing about another engraver of counterfeit banknotes who also spent time in the Massachusetts State Prison—and who may well have got his first lessons in engraving bank notes from Richard Brunton. Child lives in New Hampshire.

To order Soldier, Engraver, Forger, call NEHGS’s Sales Department at 617-888-296-3447, or visit the Society’s bookstore website, http://www.americanancestors.org/store/.

About NEHGS

The founding genealogical society in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society was established in 1845. Today it has a national collecting scope and serves 100,000 constituents through an award-winning website www.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.

HistoryLines Announces Official Launch


Site provides instant life sketches and personal timelines for ancestors, saving genealogist time

OSWEGO, Ill.—(PR Web)—Apr. 20, 2015— HistoryLines, a leading provider of historical solutions for genealogists and educators, today announced the official launch of historylines.com, a new website for users interested in genealogy and family history. The site allows anyone to better understand the lives of their forebears by describing the historical events and cultural influences that surrounded their lives. Users see their relatives in historical context with a personalized timeline and map, and can read a detailed, editable life sketch based on when and where their ancestor lived in history.

“After several months of large-scale beta testing, we’re very excited to be able to offer the HistoryLines experience to the world,” says Jeff Haddon, HistoryLines co-founder. “HistoryLines addresses two major pain points in the genealogy research process: the scarcity of personal details that tell an ancestor’s life story, and the time it takes to compose a life sketch from research results.” According to Haddon, HistoryLines hopes to dramatically simplify that process for genealogists and family historians.

“Anyone interested in giving HistoryLines a try can create their first two stories for free to explore all the features,” says Haddon. HistoryLines offers subscriptions at $9.99 per month or $59.00 per year. To encourage new users to try out the site, the company is offering 30% off new subscriptions forever with the promo code EARLYBIRD30. As long as the promotional subscriptions don’t lapse, the discount will continue indefinitely. The introductory offer is good through April 30, 2015.

In conjunction with the official launch, HistoryLines is introducing some new features that beta testers haven’t seen yet, including the ability to export and share their ancestors’ life sketches on social media and in PDF format. In addition, users are now able to pursue further research by accessing the source citations for all of the historical data that is presented.

Additional features include the ability to edit the existing life sketch and to add personal events to the timeline and story. Users can build a family tree on the site, or import their family tree via GEDCOM file upload, or from FamilySearch.org, thanks to HistoryLines’ partnership with FamilySearch.

Much of the technology and processes behind the HistoryLines site functionality is protected by a pending a U.S. patent. “As useful as the product is now, it’s only the beginning. We have a rich roadmap of exciting features and capabilities ahead of us. Our mission is to make genealogists’ lives easier,” says Haddon.

About HistoryLines

Formed in 2014, HistoryLines is dedicated to solving persistent obstacles to genealogical research and ancestral understanding. Its initial product offering, HistoryLines.com, is a subscription-based service that places ancestors in historical context and automatically creates an editable life sketch for each of them.

Genealogy Gems Book Club: The Lost Ancestor



Dallas, Texas, - April 20, 2015: Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems is pleased to announce the newest featured title in the FREE Genealogy Gems Book Club, which features great reads for genealogy lovers.

Our new book is The Lost Ancestor: A Genealogical Crime Mystery, the most recent installment in a series by British author Nathan Dylan Goodwin.

“The hero of the series is Morton Farrier,” explains Sunny Morton, Genealogy Gems Contributing Editor and Book Club moderator. “He’s a forensic genealogist whose cases are usually quite tame, but occasionally he takes on a job that leads him into dark and dangerous corners of the past and the present.

“In The Lost Ancestor, Morton is hired to find out what happened to his client’s great-aunt Mary, who disappeared without a trace a century ago. It’s a tame enough premise, but then we get to the historical setting of her life story: a grand English estate where Mary is a maid who’s thinking above her status. The drama will speak to Downtown Abbey lovers for sure! With her proximity to a grand family comes proximity to money and power, which have a definite effect on how Mary’s story unfolds.” Follow The Lost Ancestor’s coverage on the Genealogy Gems podcasts (and see past book club selections and interviews) at http://lisalouisecooke.com/genealogy-book-club/

About the Genealogy Gems Book Club

The Genealogy Gems Book Club is a free, virtual, no-commitment option that features a new book every three months. Titles include mainstream nonfiction and fiction titles that explore themes genealogists care about, like family ties, heritage and history. New selections are announced in January, April, July and October on the free and Premium Genealogy Gems podcasts. The next month, part of the book is highlighted and additional titles are recommended. In the last month of each quarter, the podcasts feature exclusive interviews with the authors.

The first title featured in 2015 was Christina Baker Kline’s novel Orphan Train. Authors interviewed on past podcasts include Steve Luxenberg (Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret), Leslie Albrecht Huber (The Journey Takers), and Jennifer Wilson (Running Away to Home: Our Family’s Journey to Croatia in Search of Who We Are, Where We Came From and What Really Matters).

About Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems

Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems teaches genealogists to discover, organize and share their family stories. The Genealogy Gems Podcast is a popular online genealogy audio show that brings genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world and recently surpassed 1.5 million downloads (available at www.GenealogyGems.com, in iTunes, and through the Genealogy Gems app). Lisa has authored a variety of multi-media materials including the Genealogy Gems Premium website/podcast subscription, the popular video series Google Earth for Genealogy and four books: Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers, The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox (2nd edition in 2015) and Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies. Keep updated on new Genealogy Gems offerings (videos, podcasts, book club interviews, blog posts and more) with the free monthly Genealogy Gems newsletter, available by signing up at http://GenealogyGems.com.

SALT LAKE INSTITUTE OF GENEALOGY SCHOLARSHIP - Jimmy B. Parker Applications Now Being Accepted

SALT LAKE INSTITUTE OF GENEALOGY SCHOLARSHIP Jimmy B. Parker Applications Now Being Accepted
Salt Lake City, UT, April 8, 2015–The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Association, is pleased to announce that essay entries for the Jimmy B. Parker Essay Scholarship are now being accepted.

The scholarship recipient will receive full tuition to the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2016. The scholarship will be awarded to the individual whose essay and application reflect a commitment to genealogical excellence and community involvement. Past winners are Debra Hoffman of New Windsor, Maryland, Susan LeBlanc of Gladstone, Oregon, and Patti Gillespie of Decatur, Texas.

Since 2012, the Utah Genealogical Association has offered this scholarship in honor of Jimmy B. Parker, a Utah family historian and teacher of more than 50 years. He said, “Few things have greater impact on us in this life than knowing about our heritage—who we are, where we have come from, our culture, our ancestors.” The winning essay with be posted on the Utah Genealogical Association’s blog.

Applicants are asked to submit the following via email to sligdirector@ugagenealogy.org:

  • A one page essay detailing how attending the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will prepare you to give back to the genealogical community.
  • A short biography or resume detailing your previous volunteer and research experience.
  • The name of the course you hope to attend, and why.
  • A letter of recommendation from someone who has benefitted from your volunteer service.

Essays and applications are due May 15, 2015, and the winner will be announced June 15. The winner will be chosen by a committee comprised of SLIG committee members and the family of the late Jimmy B. Parker.

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy registration opens June 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM MST.

Ancestry.com LLC to Announce First Quarter 2015 Financial Results


PROVO, Utah, April 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry.com LLC, the world's largest online family history resource, will release financial results for its first quarter 2015 on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, after the market closes. Following the release, the Company will host a conference call at 3:00 p.m. MT (5:00 p.m. ET).

A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the investor relations section of the Ancestry.com website, http://ir.ancestry.com. Participants can also access the conference call by dialing (844) 831-3026 approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.

The webcast replay will be available for 12 months on the investor relations section of the Ancestry.com website, http://ir.ancestry.com, under Events and Presentations.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is the world's largest online family history resource with more than 2 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 15 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 65 million family trees to the core Ancestry websites, including its flagship site www.ancestry.com and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry.com offers a suite of online family history brands, including Archives.com, Fold3.com, Newspapers.com, as well as the AncestryDNA product, sold by its subsidiary, Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, all of which along with its core Ancestry websites, are designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

NGS Releases Mobile Conference App for 2015 Family History Conference


ARLINGTON, VA, 6 APRIL 2015—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of the Mobile Conference App for the NGS 2015 Family History Conference, which will be held 13‒16 May 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri. To download the free NGS Conference App, go to Mobile App.

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

New this year, we have introduced a multi-event NGS app. This allows attendees to download a single app and access all current and future NGS conferences by adding new events to this app.

Features include:
  • The Dashboard to keep you organized with up-to-the-minute information
  • About the NGS 2015 Family History Conference to keep all conference information in one place
  • Alerts of important real-time communications from NGS
  • Twitter feed to follow and join in on the conference chatter. The Twitter hashtag is #NGS2015GEN.
You also can
  • Sync your schedule across multiple devices
  • Locate exhibitors you plan to visit
  • Access a list of Local Places based on Category
  • Connect, message, and share schedules with your colleagues through the Friends feature
  • Link to syllabus material for each lecture, which will be available about 29 April 2015.
We encourage you to begin using the app now so you can plan and improve your conference experience in St. Charles.

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.

New National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914 available to search this Findmypast Friday


This Findmypast Friday marks the release of nearly 2 million records in the second phase of the National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914 project. This week’s additions also include over 1.3 million US army enlistment records, Australian burial records and British Military records from the First World War.

UK National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914

New records from 22 archives and over 1,850 schools from around England and Wales have been added to the National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914 project. The collection was originally launched in September 2014 and now a further 2 million records covering 14 new counties are now available to search. This project was facilitated by the ARA and The National Archives under the National Digitisation Consortium banner and brings together over 100 archives and schools in the largest collaborative digitisation project that there has ever been. A third and final release of school records will take place in September 2015.

The records comprise fully searchable scanned colour images of the original handwritten admission registers and log-books from the archives. Details contained within the log-books from the period leading up to World War One include attendance records, reasons for absence, visitors to the school and the daily activities of school life. The admission registers provide many useful details for family historians, including dates of birth, names of parents and addresses.

United States Army Enlistments, 1798-1914

Containing over 1.3 million records, United States Army Enlistments, 1798-1914, consists of enlistment registers for the U.S. Army. The records refer mainly to career soldiers but also include registers for other organisations including the Indian Scouts, 1878-1914, Philippine Scouts, 1901-1913, Hospital Stewards, 1854-1889 and Record of Prisoners, 1872-1901.

Each entry includes a transcript and an image of the original register. The amount of information included in each may vary but many will include the soldiers name, rank, regiment, company commander, regimental commander, height, weight, color of eyes, hair, complexion, age, occupation, county or state of birth, date and place of enlistment and any miscellaneous remarks.

Australian Records

The Dubbo Old Cemetery Headstone Index 1863-1934 contains over 4,000 records transcribed by members of the Dubbo & District Family History Society. Dubbo cemetery opened in 1863. Dubbo was proclaimed a village in 1849, a town in 1872 and officially became a City in 1966. Each record contains a transcript of the original records.

New South Wales, Newcastle, Lost Cemeteries 1842-1902 contains over 7000 records. The historic mining township of Newcastle has a number of burial grounds from the nineteenth century that have since been converted into open parks or building sites. The records contain the burial records of five of the ‘lost’ cemeteries in the Newcastle region spanning the period from 1842 to 1902. Further details of all five cemeteries are recorded in publications by Newcastle Family History Society Inc. Each record includes a transcript of an individual burial.

Military Records

Brand new higher quality images have been added to volumes 1, 3 and 5 of De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour. A new and improved search has also been added and it is now possible to search by soldier number, regiment, year of birth and year of death rather than by name only.

Consisting of over 11,000 records, the South Africa Roll of Honour 1914-1918 contains the details of South African Soldiers killed in the African, Asian and European theatres of the First World War. The Union of South Africa was tied closely to the British Empire, and automatically joined with Great Britain and the allies against the German Empire. South Africa was part of significant military operations against Germany and more than 20,000 South African soldiers fought against the Germans in South West Africa. Each record includes a transcript and an image of the original document.

Containing over 58,000 records, Britain School & University Memorial Rolls 1914-1918 consist of records of service from the University of Aberdeen, the University of London, Eton, Oxford, Manchester University, the University of Durham, the University of Edinburgh and St Andrews. Memorial lists were created as a way to remember and honour the dead. If your ancestor attended more than one school or college, you may find multiple entries. Each record includes a transcript of information found in the original sources.

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

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.

ENI Software Inc. Announces the Release of ENIndexer 1.0

Brunswick, Maine, April 1, 2015 – ENI Software Inc. is pleased to announce the release of our flagship product, ENIndexer (pronounced as “Any Indexer”) for the use of genealogists and historians to create Every Name Indexes for local history and genealogy related books. The software is now available for download from our web site, www.enisoftware.com.

Using ENIndexer, authors of history texts can easily create professional looking Every Name Indexes for their works at a fraction of the cost of current professional indexing software or hiring a professional indexer to do the work for them. It is an affordable option for individuals and small societies looking to bolster sales of their next publication by including an Every Name Index in their publications. ENIndexer runs on Windows and Mac platforms.

A well crafted index can be an effective marketing and sales tool for any nonfiction work. For local or family history books, as well as transcription projects, an Every Name Index lists the names of all people mentioned in the text and gives potential customers a better understanding of the value of their purchase in addition to giving them a way to locate the people they are most interested in. Amateur authors and professional indexers alike will enjoy the simplicity and flexibility of the ENIndexer data entry interface, while enjoying some advanced features specifically tailored to Every Name index creation. Advanced search and replace functionality makes further editing of the data quick and easy, while a highly customizable set of preferences allow users to produce high quality indexes unique to their book, improving sales and reducing inventory.

ENI Software Inc. is a Maine based company dedicated to providing high quality, cross platform software solutions to genealogists and historians. For inquiries about ENI Software Inc. or our offerings, please email info@enisoftware.com or visit us online at http://www.enisoftware.com

AncestryDNA Launches Revolutionary New Technology to Power New Ancestor Discoveries



Latest Breakthrough in Consumer Genetics Connects People to Ancestors Dating Back to the 1700s Using Just Their DNA

PROVO, UT--(Marketwired - April 02, 2015) - AncestryDNA, the leader in DNA testing for family history, today launched a significant technological advancement that makes discovering one's family history faster and easier than ever. Now with the easy-to-use AncestryDNA test, customers will have the unique ability to find their ancestors, who lived hundreds of years ago, using just their DNA. Only possible through the groundbreaking work of the AncestryDNA science team, New Ancestor Discoveries is a technical innovation that combines the latest in genetic science, new patent-pending algorithms, and access to AncestryDNA's extensive database to push the boundaries of human genetics, and help people find ancestors from their past using just a DNA test, no genealogy research required.

"This is the biggest advancement in family history since we introduced our Hint feature, the Ancestry shaky leaf, which scours billions of historical records to automatically find new information about your family," said Tim Sullivan CEO of Ancestry. "Now, through a simple DNA test, AncestryDNA is fundamentally revolutionizing the way to discover your family history, transforming the experience by making it faster and easier to go further into your family's past, and instantly discover new ancestors you never knew you had."

New Ancestor Discoveries are revealed through a unique combination of AncestryDNA results and the millions of family trees shared by Ancestry members. First, living cousins of each AncestryDNA member are found and organized into family networks, called DNA Circles, which bring together groups of people who are genetically related to the same ancestor. When a new AncestryDNA customer is connected into that DNA Circle, it's likely they also share that same ancestor. As a result, it is now possible to simply take the AncestryDNA test and see the name of an ancestor from your family's past appear in your DNA results.

"It is effectively a shortcut through time -- you take the test today and we tell you who your ancestors were, for example, in the 1700s. You don't need to research records or build a family tree -- AncestryDNA now transports you to the past," said Dr. Ken Chahine, SVP and GM of AncestryDNA. "It's a combination of three things that allowed us to achieve this breakthrough innovation: 1) millions of family trees created by Ancestry members, 2) the fastest growing genetic database in the world, currently with more than 800,000 genotyped members and 3) a dedicated team of scientists who are pushing the boundaries of genetics and statistics to help people make family history discoveries in ways never before possible."

Discovering new ancestors is made simple. Customers just provide a small saliva sample for the AncestryDNA test, which reads a person's genetic code at more than 700,000 DNA markers. Mail it back where it will be analyzed and compared alongside 65 million family trees and more than 800,000 genotyped AncestryDNA members. Results are available within six to eight weeks, including new possible ancestors, accompanied by historical narratives of their lives that can include photos, locations, and life events available to Ancestry members.

With this latest innovation, AncestryDNA will open the door to a whole new segment of consumers that may be interested in family history but don't know how or don't have the time to search records or build a family tree. It will also meet the needs of experienced genealogists, who may need new genetic connections to their ancestors to help break through dead-ends in their research that historical records alone cannot.

AncestryDNA is now connecting people to ancestors from significant periods of time and from all around the world, including Colonial America, the UK, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Poland, France, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Italy and more. Extending beyond the initial discovery of these ancestors, with a subscription to Ancestry, members can dig into the rich story of those ancestors' lives through historical documents, photos, and insights from the events that shaped the times in which they lived.

To learn more about the new AncestryDNA experience, visit www.ancestrydna.com.

About Ancestry.com DNA, LLC

About Ancestry.com DNA, LLC. AncestryDNA is owned and operated by Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, a subsidiary of Ancestry.com LLC. AncestryDNA uses a simple test to analyze an individual's DNA. AncestryDNA offers the potential of identifying new insights into people's ancient ancestry to help them collaborate with distant cousins and make even more discoveries in their family history. For more information visit www.ancestrydna.com.

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