Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BCG Webinars Now Available On Line; October 9 Talks at Church History Museum in Salt Lake

Six top genealogists will give free lectures during the day beginning at 9 A.M. Friday, October 9, at the Church History Museum Auditorium in Salt Lake City. Details at http://BCGcertification.org/blog on September 30. This is a live event with no recording. Speakers and topics:

  • Michael Hait on “reasonably exhaustive research,”
  • Jeanne Larzalere Bloom on researching women,
  • Judy G. Russell on DNA,
  • Michael Ramage on forensic genealogy,
  • Elizabeth Shown Mills on the lessons from the case of Margaret’s baby’s father, and
  • Thomas W. Jones on when newfound evidence overturns a proved conclusion.

For those who can’t attend, nine other talks, recent BCG webinars (two free), are now available on line by Baker, Bittner, Bloom, Hait, Jones, McMillin, Morehead, Powell, and Russell. Details at http://BCGcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars

“We are pleased to offer these educational opportunities to the community,” said President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG. “The Board for Certification of Genealogists strives to foster public confidence in genealogy by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics. Educating all family historians of every level is part of this mission.”

For questions or more information contact office@BCGcertification.org.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Southern California Genealogical Society - Genealogy Jamboree Call for Presentations Extended!


Genealogy Jamboree 2016 Conference Call for Presentations
47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree 
Jamboree Extension Series Webinars

The Southern California Genealogical Society announces the extension of the Call for Presentations for the 47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 3-5, 2016 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California. The pre-conference day on Thursday, June 2, 2016 will include a full day of DNA presentations and in-depth workshops. This call also includes the 2016 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program. Presentations will only be accepted through the online portal through October 7, 2015.

The 2016 Jamboree theme is "Giving to the Future by Preserving the Past" and the theme for the pre-conference DNA day is "The Future of the Past: Genetic Genealogy 2016." Submissions utilizing our theme and promoting the expansion of knowledge and skills are welcome. Our heritage focus is on German and Eastern European ancestry. Presentations on all topics will be considered, but new presentations are encouraged.

Speakers interested in presenting lecture presentations or workshops for 2016 must submit their proposals though the Jamboree Speaker Portal by October 7, 2015.  

A copy of the Call for Presentations can be found at:

You may download the Submission Form at:

Jamboree Submissions through the Speaker Portal:
Please contact Judi Ramsey, Program Chair, with any questions at SCGSJamboree@gmail.com.

Alice Fairhurst, Chair
Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504-2408
Phone: 818.843.7247 Fax: 818.843.7262

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Announces Publication of The Great Migration Directory by Award-Winning Genealogist Robert Charles Anderson

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Announces Publication of The Great Migration Directory by Award-Winning Genealogist Robert Charles Anderson


The Latest Work in a Series of Early American Genealogical Resources by Anderson Is One of the Most Important to Be Published on New England

Study Estimates 95% of All People in New England Enumerated in First U.S. Census Trace Their Ancestry to Great Migration Immigrants

September 22, 2015—Boston, Massachusetts—New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has announced the publication and release of the latest work by Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Directory, Immigrants to New England, 1620–1640: A Concise Compendium. A nationally celebrated scholar of early American immigration, history, and genealogy, Anderson has served as Director of NEHGS’s Great Migration Study Project since its beginning in 1985.

This new publication from NEHGS, in a series of works documenting the Great Migration, is a complete survey of all individuals known to have come to New England during the Great Migration period, 1620–1640. Because previous works focused on the migration through 1635, this new work covers individuals not included in previous Great Migration compendia. Each entry provides critical data, including identification of the head of each household, English or European origin (if known), date of migration, principal residences in New England, and the best available sources of information for the subject. The product of decades of painstaking research, The Great Migration Directory is one of the most important genealogical sources ever published for New England.

Under the leadership of Robert Charles Anderson, the Great Migration Study Project has aimed to compile authoritative genealogical and biographical accounts of every person who settled in New England between 1620 and 1640. The project has produced important findings on migration patterns, early records, life in seventeenth-century New England, and more. A number of volumes of research have been published by NEHGS throughout the life of the project—segmenting immigrants and their profiles by arrival date or other category. This new publication—for the first time—brings the names of all immigrants together into a single volume.

The Great Migration is the term used for the movement of Europeans, mostly English men, women, and children, to New England between the sailing of the Mayflower in 1620 and the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1640. During that period, according to Anderson’s research, about 20,000 immigrants crossed the Atlantic—approximately 4,500 families—most of them between 1634 and 1640. Anderson noted, “It has been estimated that of all the people who were in the 1790 Census in New England, 160 years later, 95% traced their ancestry to the people who came in that 20-year period.” In twelve volumes published over the last two decades, the Great Migration Study Project has presented detailed genealogical and biographical sketches for nearly half of these immigrants, covering the years from 1620 to 1635.

Anderson explained, “This new volume, The Great Migration Directory, takes a different approach from previous work, providing concise entries for all immigrant families for the entirety of the Great Migration, from 1620 to 1640. Each entry contains the best treatment of that immigrant in the secondary literature, providing citations which provide evidence for the statements made in the entry.”

NEHGS Publishing Director Penny Stratton stated, “Perhaps what makes this new publication so valuable to researchers is the methodology to tighten the accuracy of the list of those included in the directory, employing a three-step process, which he thoroughly details in this text.” Over the years, other authors of genealogies have erroneously deduced that certain individuals immigrated during the Great Migration. Referring to those inaccuracies, Stratton continued, “Anderson’s work in The Great Migration Directory includes only those for whom clear evidence exists of their arrival by 1640.”

The Great Migration Directory, Immigrants to New England, 1620–1640: A Concise Compendium is available through The Bookstore at NEHGS, with easy access through the website of New England Historic Genealogical Society at AmericanAncestors.org/store. (490 pp., $64.95)

About Robert Charles Anderson

Robert Charles Anderson, Director of the Great Migration Study Project at NEHGS, was educated as a biochemist and served in the United States Army in electronics intelligence. In 1972 he discovered his early New England ancestry and thereafter devoted his time and energies to genealogical research. He published his first genealogical article in 1976, and about the same time began to plan for what eventually became the Great Migration Study Project. In 1983 he received a master’s degree in colonial American history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Anderson was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in 1978 and has served as Secretary and President of that organization. He became a Contributing Editor of The American Genealogist in 1979, Associate Editor in 1985, and Coeditor in 1993. He has been an editorial consultant to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register since 1989 and is also on the editorial board of the Mayflower Descendant. As Director of the Great Migration Study Project, Anderson edits the Great Migration Newsletter and is the principal author of all publications arising from the project. In 2015, Anderson was given the Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources by the National Genealogical Society (NGS) for his 2014 book Elements of Genealogical Analysis also published by NEHGS.

Genealogy website RootsPoint announces the Fondo Colonial archive image collection for Hispanic Heritage Month

One-of-a-kind collection of 17th-19th century archival records available for free



HENDERSON, NV—(September 22, 2015)– Genealogy website RootsPoint.com, in collaboration with the Hispanic Heritage Project, announced today free access to the Fondo Colonial collection from the Archivo Históricos Municipal de Hidalgo del Parral (Parral Archive). The browsable collection of more than 77,500 digitized images available on the RootsPoint website spans the period between 1611 and 1821 and contains civil colonial records of the Province of Nueva Viscaya. Today, this area consists of the states of Chihuahua, Durango, Sonora, Sinaloa and part of Coahuila, Mexico. Images include records of the government, finance and treasury, church, militia, notaries and protocols.

“The Fondo Colonial represents the written culture of Hispanic America through the last few centuries,” commented Carlos Yturralde of the Hispanic Heritage Project. “Within it, one gets a sense, not only of the daily goings-on within the Spanish colonies, the marriages, the commerce and the births and deaths, but one also catches glimpses of the evolution of Hispanic ways of life transforming into what they are today.” Yturradle also added that the Fondo Colonial helps individuals see the past and the present become one through the documents, and gain a stronger and deeper sense of who they are.

The Fondo Colonial collection is one of the most important archival collections in North America with its records pertaining to the history of the people of Spain, Mexico, the southwestern United States, and the many indigenous nations of the region. Digitization of additional records is ongoing, promising to preserve these one-of-a-kind archival records for generations of researchers. More information about the collection can be found on the Fondo Colonial collection webpage on RootsPoint.

About RootsPoint
RootsPoint is an online community for genealogical/family history information and resources. The RootsPoint website features the 1940 United States Federal Census and the 1841- 1901 UK Census as well as additional collections including histories, military, and immigration records. RootsPoint’s GenMall provides a one-stop shop for genealogy books and resources.
Visit us at: http://www.rootspoint.com
Follow us on Facebook:
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Follow us on Twitter: @RootsPoint

About Hispanic Heritage Project
Founded in 1992, the Hispanic Heritage Project began as part of the Friends of the Escondido (California) Public Library to raise funds for purchasing books on the Spanish Colonial Period for the Library’s Pioneer Room. Through fundraising and organizing efforts the Project has expanded its work to make available online Hispanic historical documents to researchers. The Project supports digitization and access efforts for Mexican archives by supplying equipment and funds. Much needed resources allow repositories to preserve and digitize materials ensuring their availability to researchers worldwide. Repositories the Project has assisted include the Hidalgo de Parral municipal archive, the Parral Diocese Archive, the parish of San Bartolome in Valle de Allende, the Institute of Historical Investigations at the University of Juarez in Durango, and the Historical Archive of Colima. Efforts to digitize archival records and make them available for free to researchers continues with the help of donations and sponsorships. Information about the Hispanic Heritage Project’s work and publications can be found on their website http://www.hh-p.org/home.html.


Contact
RootsPoint
info@rootspoint.com
801-906-9517


Monday, September 21, 2015

Records from New York’s Largest Genealogical Organization Now Available to Search at Findmypast


Findmypast is now the home of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society’s eLibrary, offering millions of records from New York and across the United States.

Fascinating NYG&B record sets now available to search at Findmypast

Findmypast and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) have today, 18 September 2015, made thousands of documents and records from the society’s eLibrary available to search online at Findmypast.

The NYG&B eLibrary, newly available online, is comprised of a growing collection of extraordinary record sets. The most important is the entire run of the NYG&B Record. The Record has been in publication since 1870 and is the second-oldest genealogical journal in the United States. For the past 145 years, it has solved genealogical problems, provided compiled genealogies, published transcriptions of original records and offered research guidance to the many families who have contributed to the rich diversity of what is now New York State.

Karen Mauer Jones, editor of the NYG&B Record, said, “Making the Record searchable on Findmypast significantly increases the utility of what is certainly the single most important scholarly resource that exists for people researching New York families.” Other collections range from census fragments unpublished elsewhere, to marriage & death abstracts, baptism registers and fascinating historical diaries.

Findmypast’s partnership with the NYG&B has provided additional membership benefits for one of the United States’ oldest genealogical organizations, as members can now explore the society’s online collections using Findmypast’s powerful search and browsable image viewer.

The partnership has also provided Findmypast with a stream of exciting new content to further expand their growing US record collections, allowing customers access to publications and records from the state of New York spanning more than three centuries. Over 32,000 scanned colour images of records, books, abstracts, inventories and publications held by the Society can now be explored by Family Historians anywhere in the world.

The NYG&B is the most authoritative source for research on New York families and families with New York connections. Founded in 1869, it is the largest and only state-wide genealogical society in New York.

McKelden Smith, president of the NYG&B, said, “The availability of the NYG&B digital collections on Findmypast radically improves the ability of NYG&B members to search this important material, and gives access to this material to subscribers of Findmypast. It also gives NYG&B members access to the United States and Canadian collections on the Findmypast website as a benefit of membership. Our ongoing working relationship with Findmypast will result in continual improvements to search capability and to growth in the New York digital collections. This is a leap forward for patrons of both the NYG&B and Findmypast.”

The records released today mark the first phase of Findmypast’s partnership with the NYGB. The eLibrary collection available at Findmypast will eventually contain millions of records from across the United States. Further updates will made in early 2016.

NYG&B record sets now available to search at www.findmypast.com include:

  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record
  • Brewster Collection, The Female Descendants of Elder William Brewster
  • Harlem Cemetery, Dutch Church Disinterments 1869-1875
  • New York City Surrogate's Office, Abstracts of Inventories 1730-1752, 1775-1786 (Abstracts of Inventories Filed in the Surrogate's Office, New York City (New York County)
  • New York City, Reverend Schneider's Baptisms 1869-1906
  • New York Dutch Church Baptism Index 1639-1675
  • New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Digital Book Collection
  • New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Family Bibles
  • New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Member Biographies
  • New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, Church records survey
  • New York Researcher
  • New York State Cemetery abstracts
  • New York State Census 1855, New York City Ward 17
  • New York State religious records 1716-1914
  • New York State, Work Projects Administration, Archive inventories & abstracts
  • New York, Flushing Marriage & Death abstracts 1847-1870
  • New York, New Amsterdam Minutes of the Orphanmasters 1655-1663
  • United States, Diaries of John E. Lewis 1880-1956

A full list of all sets included in this initial phase can be accessed by visiting Findmypast’s dedicated NYG&B page.

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.

About the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has been a primary resource for research on New York families since 1869. The Society’s mission is to help people of all backgrounds find their places in American history through family history and genealogy. The NYG&B offers educational programs, including a biennial, three-day statewide conference; two essential quarterly publications, including its scholarly journal, the NYG&B Record; and extensive resources online at NewYorkFamilyHistory.org. In January 2015, the NYG&B published its monumental, 856-page New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer, the first and only comprehensive guide of its kind in the United States.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

BCG Offers a Free Day of Quality Genealogy Education October 9 in Salt Lake City

Top genealogists Michael Hait, Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, Judy G. Russell, Michael Ramage, Elizabeth Shown Mills, and Thomas W. Jones will present six one-hour lectures hosted by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City Friday, October 9, between 9 AM and 5 PM. The lectures are free and open to the public, sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. The board is an independent certifying body and author of the updated 2014 Genealogy Standards.

Times, topics, and speakers:

9:00 – “What Is ‘Reasonably Exhaustive Research’?” Michael Hait, CG

10:15 – “The Art of Negative Space Research: Women,” Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG

11:30 – “After the Courthouse Burns: Rekindling Family History Through DNA,” Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

1:30 – “Forensic Genealogy Meets the Genealogical Proof Standard,” Michael Ramage, JD, CG

2:45 – “Margaret’s Baby’s Father and the Lessons He Taught Me (about Illegitimacy, Footloose Males, Burned Counties & More)” Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

4:00 – “When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion?” Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL

“Whether you stop in for one lecture or all six, you will learn more about how to apply good methodology to your own family research,” said President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG. “The Board for Certification of Genealogists strives to foster public confidence in genealogy by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics. Educating all family historians of every level is part of this mission.”

This is a live event only, nothing will be recorded or on line. Some of these talks have been given in other venues – those recordings may be available.

For questions or more information contact office@BCGcertification.org.

CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluations. The board name is a trademark registered in the US Patent and Trademark Office.

New FamilySearch Collections Update: Week of September 14, 2015


Mama Mia! The Italian records continue to expand this week with new collections for Italy Arezzo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1314-1934, Italy Enna Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1944, Italy Imperia San Remo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1805-1910, Italy Pescara Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1929. Brazil, New York, Utah, and Delaware also have some new content. Look for these and more by selecting the links below.

COLLECTION
INDEXED RECORDS
DIGITAL RECORDS
COMMENTS
155,186
56,492
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
207,577
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
0
68,721
New browsable image collection.
0
837,356
New browsable image collection.
0
233,646
New browsable image collection.
0
928,538
Added images to an existing collection
0
20,140
New browsable image collection.
0
1,054
Added images to an existing collection
12,570
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
2,758
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
0
2,068
Added images to an existing collection
0
12,446
Added images to an existing collection


Help Us Publish More Free Records Online

Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

About FamilySearch International

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

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Findmypast Announces Free Weekend 18-21 September 2015

FindMyPast Free Access Weekend 18-21 September 2015

  • Findmypast announces free access to all their historical records this weekend
  • Over 4 billion records available to everyone to search for free
  • Local subscribers granted World access, and World subscribers enjoy 3 days added to their subscription
London, UK, 16 September 2015 Findmypast has announced that this weekend, they will be opening up their archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. From 7am on Friday, September 18th to 7am on Monday, September 21st (EDT), absolutely everyone will have access to Findmypast’s comprehensive collections of historical records and innovative research tools, including:
  • Millions of records you won't find anywhere else, including fascinating WW2 Prisoner of War records, millions of England & Wales Crime records and the incredible British in India collection.
  • Birth, marriage and death records dating back to the 18th century
  • The largest online collection of UK parish records, dating back to 1538
  • Historical newspapers from across the world, including more than 11 million British newspaper dating all the way back to 1710
  • The most comprehensive collection of UK military records anywhere online
  • The largest collection of Irish family history records available online
  • Passenger lists for ships sailing to and from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA
  • An easy to use online family tree builder, which allows you to import and export your tree if you’ve built it elsewhere
… As well as millions of other records that will give everyone the opportunity to explore their family history, and bring their past to life.

Extended access for existing users

It’s not only new users who’ll enjoy special family history research opportunities this weekend. Those with current Findmypast Local subscriptions (with an active Britain, Ireland, US & Canada or Australia & New Zealand subscription) will be able to access Findmypast’s historical World records during the free access weekend, and those with active World subscriptions will have an additional three days added to their subscription.

Find out more at Findmypast’s dedicated Free Weekend page.

Popular RootsTech Event Open for Registration



SALT LAKE CITY, 15 September 2015—FamilySearch announced today that registration for RootsTech 2016 is now open. RootsTech is a highly popular and growing global conference where people of all ages celebrate family and are inspired to share their memories and connections. The annual event attracts tens of thousands of participants worldwide. RootsTech 2016 will be held February 3–6 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The website for registration is RootsTech.org.

Attendees can expect a full lineup of inspirational keynote speakers, over 200 educational classes, exciting hands-on activities in the expo hall, and entertaining evening events, all designed to help celebrate families across generations! Exclusive early bird discount pricing is available now for full passes starting at just $149 and $169 for the RootsTech plus Innovator Summit pass. Passes for the Getting Started track start at $19 for a limited single day and $39 for a limited 3-day.

An exciting change comes to the class schedule for RootsTech 2016. Classes will now start earlier in the week, on Wednesday February 3, with the first class beginning at 1:30 p.m.

For RootsTech 2016, attendees can now use a new scheduling tool to build, edit, and print their class schedule at RootsTech.org. All RootsTech and Innovator Summit classes, including speakers, class titles, and descriptions, are now available within the scheduling tool. Attendees can begin to create and edit their schedules, and continue to edit them after registration. The online tool will sync with the mobile app available later this year.

As part of RootsTech, the Innovator Summit returns to offer developers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs access to the latest content and resources that provide insight on family history data, services, and inspiration for current and future projects.

Along with the Innovator Summit, the Innovator Showdown also returns to RootsTech 2016 and is even bigger than before. Innovators of all kinds in any industry are invited to compete with their latest hardware and software apps and services. The top six finalists will be invited to demo live onstage for over 23,000 people. The audience and a panel of renowned judges will decide the winners!

Registration for Family Discovery Day is also now open. The event takes place on Saturday, February 6, 2016, and is designed for families and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Members of the LDS Church are invited to register as families and groups up to 10 at a time. . This free one-day event includes devotionals, classes, interactive activities, and entertainment to help families and members discover, preserve, and share their family connections. Event details, including speakers and classes, will be made available soon at RootsTech.org.

About RootsTech

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

Friday, September 11, 2015

New FamilySearch Collections Update: September 8, 2015


New and old worlds collide in this extended collections update. View your Italian roots with the Italy Cremona Civil Registration (State Archive) 1744-1942 and Italy Bergamo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1901 added collections. Or discover your Texas roots through 1.3 million new marriage records added to the Texas County Marriage Index 1837-1977 collection. See the table below for additional records added this week.

COLLECTION
INDEXED RECORDS
DIGITAL RECORDS
COMMENTS
10,325
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
348,595
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
60,253
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
0
1,151,359
Added images to an existing collection
593
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
68,845
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
372,832
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
441,513
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
355,600
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
75,176
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
0
64,428
Added images to an existing collection
693,053
0
New indexed records collection
1,311,996
127,811
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
5,675
326
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
0
18
Added images to an existing collection
17
1
New indexed records and images collection

Help Us Publish More Free Records Online

Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

About FamilySearch International

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

State Library of Arizona, FamilySearch partner to make genealogy records accessible


PHOENIX - Today, Arizona has joined 35 other states in making the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records genealogy resources available online via FamilySearch.org, the website for FamilySearch International, a nationally recognized nonprofit family history organization, to make more genealogy research material available online for statewide access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The initiative will make thousands of historical books of genealogical importance freely accessible online for family history researchers worldwide.

The State Library and Archives also becomes an affiliate organization of FamilySearch, a designation which will give Arizonans greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources.

"We are constantly looking for ways to provide access to information through technology," said Secretary of State Michele Reagan, whose office oversees the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records. "The partnership with FamilySearch allows us to provide access to genealogy research internationally, helping those who cannot afford to travel access the information they need."

FamilySearch is providing scanning and digital hosting services for 5,000 books at no cost to the state. In return, FamilySearch will make the digital images of the books freely available online for research globally. Once scanning is complete, the original copies of the books will return to Arizona. Scanning is expected to take about six months to complete.

Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch International, said, "We are happy to join with the Arizona State Library and Archives to digitally preserve and make some of their historical book collections more accessible to their patrons worldwide. Each of the books contains countless rich stories about ancestors that are just waiting to be more readily discovered and told. We are excited to help patrons begin making those connections through this project."

"We'd like to thank all of the volunteers from the genealogy community including the Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board West Valley Genealogical Society, the Irish Cultural Center and the Family History Society of Arizona who generously volunteered their time," said State Librarian Joan Clark. "With the support and solutions provided by these organizations, we have been able to process the collection in an efficient manner.

"We look forward to continuing our relationship with the genealogy community in Arizona," Clark continued, "and to providing access via the internet or in-person at the Arizona State Archives in Phoenix."

In addition to the materials that can be accessed through FamilySearch, researchers will be able to use other genealogy resources at the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building. There, they will find recent genealogy books, databases, the Arizona Collection, maps, state publications and documents, and other archival collections.

Some duplicate materials from the genealogy collection have been transferred to the Irish Cultural Center and West Valley Genealogical Society.

The reading room at the Arizona State Archives is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For prompt service, please call ahead to 602-926-3720.


About the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, helps Arizonans know and obtain information about their government, their state and their world. We provide expertise to empower informed decisions.


About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 130 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia Fall 2015 Conference

J. Mark Lowe, C.G., FUGA, nationally known genealogical speaker, author and lecturer, headlines GRIVA’s 2015 Fall Conference, Saturday, October 10 at Clover Hill High School, Midlothian, Virginia. “Planning for Success: Looking for Family in All the Right Places” features discussions on census, tax and probate records, and suggestions for planning a successful research project. For more details and registration form on this and other GRIVA activities, please see GRIVA.org. The Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia, an educational not-for- profit organization, was founded in 1981 to promote and encourage accurate genealogical and historical research.

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San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society: Genealogy Quest Into the Past Seminar


The San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society is sponsoring their 30th all-day seminar—“Genealogy Quest: Moving Forward into Our Past.”

It will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016, 8-4, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 520 Dana Street, San Luis Obispo, CA.

Nationally known speaker, J. Mark Lowe, will be presenting topics of how to find authentic records online, how to find land transactions, how to extract marriage records and why you need to check for divorce records. He will use a case study to show how to research a Civil War soldier.

Professional genealogist, Cafi Cohen's presentation, "Genealogy Jump Start," will help beginners. She will also demonstrate how to get the most out of Ancestry and Family Searcch.

A fee is charged for registration. For more information and registration:
http://slocgs.org/seminar2016.html

Thursday, September 10, 2015

2016 RootsTech Innovator Showdown Offering $100,000 in Prizes!


Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (September 10, 2015)RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, is now accepting entries for the 2016 Innovator Showdown—a “Global Innovation Competition” for developers and entrepreneurs seeking an opportunity to impact the growing family history industry while competing for $100,000 in rewards. Innovator Showdown seeks to support, foster, and inspire innovation within the family history marketplace. The deadline for submitting to the 2016 Innovator Showdown is December 1, 2015. The winners will be announced at RootsTech 2016 on Friday, February 5(Go to RootsTech.devpost.com for more information).

In the premiere 2015 event, 70 talented and hopeful innovators vied for $25,000 in prizes. The success and excitement of last year’s competition has generated tremendous industry support and significantly increased the rewards. The 2016 Showdown on February 5, 2016, will offer total prizes of $100,000, making it one of the top innovator contests in the nation.

Showdown Calendar:

  • Submissions will be accepted from September 1 to December 1, 2015.
  • Sixteen finalists will be notified on December 16, 2015.
  • The Final Round will be on February 5 during RootsTech 2016 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

David Pugmire, the Director of the RootsTech Innovator Showdown, said, “I am really pleased to see the evolution of what this challenge has become today. We find “tech” in the very name of RootsTech, and the RootsTech Innovator Showdown is the biggest realization of the union between tech and family history, bringing the technologists and their cutting edge creations in front of worldwide attendees in a meaningful and exciting way."

At the finals, in front of a huge audience of family history consumers, five industry judges, including genealogy, technology and business gurus, will hear the finalists make their pitches, then field questions before making their decisions. Once again, along with Judges’ Choice cash prizes of $20,000 for 1st Place, $14,000 for 2nd Place, and $6,000 for 3rd Place, the crowd will have the opportunity to cast their votes online and on their mobile phones for an impressive $10,000 People’s Choice Award. Additionally, $50,000 of highly sought after “in-kind” prizes will be awarded.

The 2015 Showdown winners represented a variety of family history categories from around the world:

  • 1st Place winner, StoryWorth, is a robust story recording service based in San Francisco.
  • 2nd Place winner, ArgusSearch, out of Germany, is an award winning handwriting recognition technology that can make transcribing handwritten records exponentially faster.
  • 3rd Place winner, Utah based GenMarketplace, makes getting professional help affordable in an e-market where family history professionals can bid on low cost consumer job postings online.

Entries for the 2016 Innovator Showdown can be made through http://rootstech.devpost.com/ and must include a video. Any platform is welcome, but projects must have a social or collaborative componeny.

About RootsTech

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.