FindMyPast: 10 Million Irish Catholic Parish Records Free Forever To Search Online


  • Records span 200 years of Irish history (1670-1900), contain 40 million names, cover 1000 parishes across all 32 counties of Ireland
  • Collection forms the most important resource for Irish ancestors prior to the 1901 census, allowing researchers to trace their roots back to Pre-Famine Ireland
  • Reveal how Great Famine halved the number of Catholic baptisms
  • Findmypast makes entire Irish collection of over 110 million records free from Tuesday 1st of March until Tuesday 8th March

Dublin, 1 March 2016

Leading family history site, Findmypast, has announced today the online release of over 10 million Irish Catholic Parish Registers as part of their ongoing commitment to making Irish family history easier and more accessible than ever before. Fully indexed for the first time, the registers form one of the most important record collections for Irish family history and are free to search forever.

Spanning over 200 years of Ireland’s history from 1671-1900, the Irish Catholic Parish Registers contain over 40 million names from over 1,000 parishes and cover 97% of the entire island of Ireland, both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

This is the first time that National Library of Ireland’s collection of Irish Catholic Registers has been fully indexed with images to the original documents linked online. The records can now be searched by name, year and place, allowing relatives and historians the opportunity to make all important links between generations with the baptism records and between families with the marriage registers.

The indexing of these important documents also allows researchers to witness the devastating effects of the Great Famine (1845-1852) first hand. Using the records to examine baptism rates in pre and post Famine Ireland has revealed that the number of children baptised across the whole of Ireland dropped by more 50% in the decade that followed. Across all 32 counties, 2,408,694 baptisms were recorded from 1835-1844, while 1,109,062 baptisms were recorded between 1851 and 1860, a difference of more than 1,299,000 baptisms.

The records also reveal the worst affected regions, with counties Limerick, Wexford, Roscommon and Kilkenny seeing the most dramatic drops in baptism rates.

To celebrate the release of this essential collection, Findmypast is also making its entire archive of over 110 million Irish records, the largest available anywhere online, FREE from 9am Tuesday 1st March to 9am on Tuesday 8th March. Findmypast is home to the most comprehensive online collection of Irish family history records with millions of exclusive records, published in partnership with The National Archives of Ireland, The National Archives UK, and a host of other local, county and national archives.

Brian Donovan, Irish records expert at Findmypast said:

“This important publication marks a further step in Findmypast’s commitment to making Irish family history more accessible. In less than 5 years, we have made over 110 million records (with 300 million names) available online for the first time. Irish research has been transformed from the select pursuit of the few, to a fun and relatively easy hobby for the many. The Irish story of hardship, migration and opportunity is a global story, and in partnership with the cultural institutions around the world we are bringing the fragments of their lives within reach”.

About Findmypast

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

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records, ranging 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 conducting detailed historical research.

In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site 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. Findmypast, in association with The National Archives, recently launched the 1939 Register, a record of 41 million lives on the eve of World War II.

October 2016 - Genealogy Research Trip to Dublin, Ireland

October 2016 - Genealogy Research Trip to Dublin, Ireland Sarasota, FL — Donna Moughty, a professional genealogist and specialist in Irish research, will again be taking a group of researchers to Ireland from October 16–23, 2016. The repositories scheduled on this trip include the National Library of Ireland, National Archives, General Register Office, Valuation Office and Registry of Deeds; other repositories will be scheduled as needed. Dublin based professionals will also be available to assist participants at various locations.

The trip includes 7 nights accommodations (including breakfast) at Buswell’s Hotel, two hours of pre-trip consultation, orientation and assistance at the research facilities, two dinners and admission to the Back To Our Past Conference.

If there is enough interest, a research trip to Belfast will also be offered from October 9 - 15, 2016.

A limited number of spaces are available and a $100 discount will be applied to those who register prior to 31 March 2016. For further information visit www.moughty.com.

Click here for the Dublin 2016 Research Trip Brochure.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, February 26, 2016


This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of new UK burial and military records as well as substantial updates to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers.

Two sets of WW1 Military Tribunal records have just been released to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of the introduction of conscription in Britain on March 2nd 1916. Also available to search this week are Monumental Inscriptions from the English county of Middlesex and a Nationalistic Irish Newspaper that was banned by the British Government.


Over 1.5 million new articles have been added to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers including one brand new title, the United Irishman. The United Irishman was a staunchly nationalist title that ran weekly in 1848 until it’s suppression under the Treason Felony Act. Substantial updates have been made to 8 existing titles including the Dublin Daily Express with 1.4 million new articles, Dublin Daily Nation with over 124,000 new articles and The Ulsterman with almost 28,000 new articles.


Middlesex, Poplar Military Tribunals 1916-1918 contains the records of over 3,000 men who appealed their conscription into the British Army at military tribunal hearings in Poplar, East London, at the height of the First World War.

The Military Service Act came into force on 2 March 1916 and required all men between the ages of 18 and 41 who were single, childless and/or widowers could be conscripted into military service. Individuals had the opportunity to apply for an exemption from military service. A person could appeal on the grounds of ill health, serious economic hardship, or conscientious objection to the war, or if their education or employment was of national importance. In the later cases, the individual’s employer could appeal for exemption on their employee’s behalf. Each record consists of a transcript and image of the original document. Transcripts will reveal your ancestors name, occupation, age, the date of their application and hearing as well as their employers name, business and address.


Northamptonshire Military Tribunals 1916-1918 consists of over 12,000 indexed military tribunal case records. Each records consist of a transcript of the original case files which will provide information on the box number the case file is kept in at the Northamptonshire Archives. Transcripts will also reveal your ancestors appeal number, name, age, residence, occupation, reason for the appeal, outcome, date of the decision and additional information on the final decision. People using this index are welcome to visit Northamptonshire Archives to look through the case files themselves, or else can order copies of the documents to be made for them.

The original case files are packed with poignant stories. There are examples of mothers writing to the tribunal begging them not to take their last sons away to fight, of villages pleading for the last baker in the village not to be taken away, and even of sisters writing to the tribunals begging them to take their brothers away into the army because it will do them well. All these examples show the tensions the war created amongst communities and families, and the index created is a huge step forward in unlocking these personal stories.


Delve through over 20,000 transcripts of monumental inscriptions from nine burial sites across Middlesex to discover your ancestor’s birth year, death year, and place of burial. The collection was provided by West Middlesex Family History Society. The records cover the years from 1485 to 2014 and include transcripts for each entry. While the amount of available information will vary from transcript to transcript, most will include a combination of your ancestors name, birth year, death year, dedication, place, monument type and inscription.

Inscriptions may include the names of others buried in that plot as well as more specific details regarding age and birth and death dates. This can be incredibly helpful as it can provide you with the names and dates of your ancestor’s next of kin, including their relation to one another.

Links you to a PDF document that includes histories, images, and burial ground plans for the churches represented in this collection are also included.

Don’t forget to regularly check our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to keep up to date with all the latest additions.

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.

FAMILY TREE UNIVERSITY PRESENTS; WINTER 2016 VIRTUAL GENEALOGY CONFERENCE SWEEPSTAKES


Family Tree University is giving away a free registration for the 2016 Winter Virtual Conference event, March 11-13, 2016. The Winter 2016 Virtual Conference Sweepstakes runs through 11:59pm Eastern time on Thursday, March 3, 2016.

http://collectorssweepstakes.upickem.net/engine/YourSubmission.aspx?contestid=215731

This contest is open to US residents 18 or older. Complete sweepstakes rules can be viewed at the contest link.

The winner will be randomly selected on Friday, March 4, 2016 and notified by email. All non-winning participants will receive a coupon code for $30 off the registration price, valid through March 11, 2016.

Family Tree University is part of the Genealogy Community at F+W, a Content + eCommerce Company, which also encompasses Family Tree Magazine and Family Tree Books. These publications and products are devoted to providing engaging, easy-to-understand instruction for genealogy enthusiasts and family historians.

Legacy Tree Genealogists to Sponsor Extreme Genes Radio Show


Utah genealogists may remember listening to “Fisher and Todd in the mornings” on KISN 97 radio, which ran for 15 years beginning in 1986. Most Utah genealogists probably did not know that Fisher – actually Scott Fisher – is not only a well-known radio guy but an avid genealogist. So much so that he started the first ever syndicated radio show in 2013 and has been running with it ever since, and is now heard on 31 radio stations from Florida to Washington State, as well as by podcast.

“Extreme Genes – America’s Family History Show” is a one-hour weekly program that talks about anything genealogically related (get it?), from cracking murder cases with genealogy to discovering the genealogy of a house. Show sponsors add continuity and expertise to the show.

Extreme Genes is extremely pleased to add the experts of Legacy Tree Genealogists as regular guests on the show. Legacy Tree is a client research firm and MyHeritage.com’s (another sponsor) recommended research partner. Since 2004 Legacy Tree has been canvassing the globe searching for genealogies of clients as far reaching as China, Turkey, and South Africa.

After airing on radio, Extreme Genes is available as a podcast, with new shows released every Monday. Find it on iTunes, iHeartRadio’s Talk Channel, Stitcher, Tune-In, and ExtremeGenes.com. You can also follow the show on Facebook and Twitter.

Other national sponsors include: MyHeritage.com, 23andMe.com, FamilySearch.org, and RootsMagic. Extreme Genes also partners with the New England Historic Genealogical Society and features their Chief Genealogist, David Allen Lambert, as a show regular.

For more information on Legacy Tree and Extreme Genes, visit:

Legacy Tree Genealogists: http://legacytree.com

Extreme Genes: http://extremegenes.com

Official Blogger and Social Media Press Registration Opens for National Genealogical Society’s 2016 Family History Conference


ARLINGTON, VA, 24 February 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the launch of the Official Blogger and Social Media Press registration for the 2016 Family History Conference, which will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 4–7 May 2016.

NGS invites interested press, social media writers, bloggers, radio show hosts, and other media to register for official media credentials at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/social-media-press. Registration is open through 14 March 2016. NGS will notify registrants their acceptance by 21 March 2016. For more information on the NGS Social Media Policy, see http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/press/social-media-policy.

NGS recognizes the importance of media who regularly draw attention to records, research methods, tools, software, events, and other areas of genealogy. Individuals and organizations with official media designations play an essential role in the success of the NGS Family History Conference by spreading new found knowledge, sharing in conference fun, and increasing conference attendance and participation.

Official media will be:

  • permitted to use the official press and blogger logos
  • granted use of the press table at the conference
  • linked to the NGS Family History Conference blog

NGS will award five registration credits valued at $50 each towards attendance for the 2017 Family History Conference to official media who provide the best coverage at this year’s conference.

About NGS

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.

MyHeritage Launches Record Detective II


MyHeritage has just released Record Detective™ II, a powerful new technology that significantly builds on the original Record Detective™, adding over 2.2 billion new matches to historical records.

With the Record Detective™, records found in MyHeritage SuperSearch™ automatically point to additional records and family tree profiles relating to the same person. For example, if you're viewing a birth certificate you found in SuperSearch™, Record Detective™ may point you to a census record containing information about the child's grandmother, a marriage license for their parents, a family tree profile of a connected ancestor, and so on, giving you new leads for your research. However, the Record Detective™ was only able to find information when there was at least one family tree profile on MyHeritage matching the record.

The new Record Detective™ II adds direct record-to-record matches, even for records that have no matching family tree profiles on MyHeritage, and has yielded a staggering 2.2 billion additional highly-accurate matching documents.

Record Detective™ II provides new information and clues to take your family history research to newer heights.

For more information and examples, please read today's blog post Introducing Record Detective II at the MyHeritage blog.

Gen-Fed Registration opens Sat, 27 Feb 2016



The Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) has announced details on registration, scheduled to open on Saturday, February 27, at 11:00 AM EST. Reservations will be taken online, via 123SignUp, and tuition payment will be due by check within 15 days of making a reservation. Complete instructions are posted here. Read them over and mark your calendars!

Gen-Fed is for experienced genealogists, and for archivists, historians and librarians interested in using federal records for genealogical research. It is designed to instill a methodological framework and foster creative thinking about relevant records. To learn more about this year’s program, visit Gen-Fed 2016.

Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG
Director

2016 NGS Conference: Official Blogger and Social Media Press Registration

ARLINGTON, VA, 24 FEBRUARY 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the launch of the Official Blogger and Social Media Press registration for the 2016 Family History Conference, which will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 4–7 May 2016.
NGS invites interested press, social media writers, bloggers, radio show hosts, and other media to register for official media credentials at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/social-media-press

Registration is open through 14 March 2016. NGS will notify registrants their acceptance by 21 March 2016. For more information on the NGS Social Media Policy, see http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/press/social-media-policy.

NGS recognizes the importance of media who regularly draw attention to records, research methods, tools, software, events, and other areas of genealogy. Individuals and organizations with official media designations play an essential role in the success of the NGS Family History Conference by spreading newfound knowledge, sharing in conference fun, and increasing conference attendance and participation.
Official media will be:
  • permitted to use the official press and blogger logos
  • granted use of the press table at the conference
  • linked to the NGS Family History Conference blog


NGS will award five registration credits valued at $50 each towards attendance for the 2017 Family History Conference to official media who provide the best coverage at this year’s conference. 

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.

ANNOUNCING THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE OF THE CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY SOCIETY (CAAGS)

CAAGS is pleased to present a 3 day conference for family history researchers – novice and professional, at the USC Radisson Hotel on March 17-19, 2016. In recognition of the long standing activity of the first Genealogical Society of its kind on the West Coast, there will be 24 sessions that will offer guidance for new researchers and display of the achievements of professional family historians from various ethnicities and generations. There will be a free exhibit hall, availability of supplies and materials needed for effective research and interaction with researchers of all levels. Field trips to several relevant points of interest in the greater Los Angeles area have also been scheduled.

The conference will begin with a reception at the California African American Museum on Thursday evening to include a meet and greet with the major presenters for this conference. Friday, entertainment will include a musical review of African American historical figures: 1940’s At Club Sweet Lorraines.

The conference theme: African American History is America’s History: Reaching In and Reaching Out will be addressed Friday and Saturday with sessions presented on how to do research, documentation and publishing, using the United States military pension files, accessing court records, breaking the brick walls that often hinder African American family history research, using slave records, the National Archives and DNA results to find family members of any ethnicity.

Luncheon and dinner speakers will include Paula Madison, who traced her Chinese and Jamaican heritage for several generations in her memoir, Finding Samuel Lowe; John W. Franklin, son of the late historian, John Hope Franklin, and assistant director of the soon to open Smithsonian National African American History and Culture Museum in Washington, DC. Additionally, Michael Sanborn, Director of the Banning Museum will share the story of Harriet Mason; Angela Walton-Raji, nationally recognized expert on Native American heritage and the Freedmen’s Bureau Records that are needed by family historians will present and Kenyatta Berry from the Genealogy Roadshow will close the conference.

On-line registration and additional information is available at www.CAAGS.org.

2016 Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Meeting and Conference

The 2016 Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Meeting and Conference will be held on Saturday, April 16th at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The conference will feature eight sessions on two tracks with speakers Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, and Jen Baldwin.


Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, is a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories. She conducts research projects for government agencies, attorneys, authors, newspapers, heir-search firms, professional genealogists, and family researchers. Jeanne's sessions will discuss online family trees, overcoming the challenges of identifying female ancestors, urban research, and using manuscript collections for genealogical research.


Jen Baldwin is is a blogger, writer, genealogist, family historian, wife, and mother with a passion for genealogy. She is the owner, genealogist and family historian at Ancestral Journeys, a genealogical research company located in Breckenridge, Colorado. Jen states that she is “telling the story of the Rockies, one person at a time.” Jen's sessions, sponsored by the Allen County Genealogical Society and the Doug and Joni Lehman Charitable Foundation, include using social media to promote family history research, paperless research, digitizing your family collections, and using college and university resources in your research.

Registration for this all-day conference is $45 ($35 for IGS members before April 4th). For more information, or to register online, visit: http://www.IndianaAncestors.org

The Indiana Genealogical Society was established in 1989 to foster an interest in all peoples who have contributed to the establishment and perpetuation of the state of Indiana. It strives to help preserve and publish materials relating to those who settled the state. For more information visit http://www.IndianaAncestors.org/.

The South Bend Area Genealogical Society Presents 18th Annual Spring Conference

The South Bend Area Genealogical Society will hold the ​2016 Spring Conference on Saturday, March 19, 2016​ at the St. Joseph County Public Library, 304 S. Main Street, South Bend, IN. Doors open at 10​:00 a.m. A​dmission is $15.00 at the door, $12.00 if you pay online. ​

This year’s Genealogy Fair features two national speakers: ​
  • Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG: "Lost Children: Orphans, Vagrants, Delinquents, Half-Orphans, Dependents, Surrendered, Adopted."
  • Katherine R. Willson: "Which Way Did She Go? Finding Those Elusive Maiden Names"
Exhibitors and research assistance will be available all day.

A light lunch, snacks, soft drinks, and coffee will be available for a nominal fee. Additionally, several restaurants are in close proximity. Parking is plentiful, free at the Library, surrounding parking lots, and city streets.

Information is also available on our web site at http://www.sbags.org/2016SBAGSSpringConference.htm or via email at sjcgensoc@gmail.com

New FamilySearch Collections Update: February 22, 2016


You will find new marriage records from Kansas and Maryland this week along with England Devon Bishop's Transcripts 1558-1887, England Lancashire Oldham Cemetery Registers 1797-2004, and United States World War II Prisoners of War 1941-1945. Find these and more by following the links below.

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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.

Much Anticipated Historic Freedmen’s Bureau Project Reaches Halfway Point with More Than One Million Records Transcribed More Online Volunteers Needed to Hit Juneteenth Goal



SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—As of February 9, 2016, the Freedmen’s Bureau Project reached a significant milestone with more than one million records transcribed. Nationwide efforts to make these historic records of African Americans and others from the Civil War-era searchable online represents 51 percent of the total records needed to complete the project. When complete, the Freedmen’s Bureau Project will be a virtual Rosetta stone for African Americans seeking to extend their family histories beyond the proverbial brick wall of the 1870 census.



“As we have worked with the African American Genealogical and Historical Society (AAHGS), other institutions, and countless volunteers, our goal has been to complete the indexing, arbitration, and online publication of these records one year from our launch date, or Juneteenth 2016,” reported Thom Reed, marketing manager for FamilySearch International, a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Indexing is the process and technology online volunteers use to make these highly sought after records easily searchable online. Nearly 16,000 volunteers have contributed to this effort, including JoAnn Gilbert Jeppsen of Mantua, Utah. Jeppsen has been working as an arbitrator (reviewer of indexed records) on the project since November 2015. She was recently informed that she had arbitrated the one-millionth record—a monumental milestone in this project. “Working on the Freedmen’s Bureau Project has been interesting work,” said Jeppsen, who has been indexing census records and other documents on a weekly basis for FamilySearch since 2006. “It gives African Americans an opportunity to find their records.”


“I was just amazed,” expressed Jeppsen. “I didn’t know the government had these programs for [Civil War-era African Americans]. I just think about what happened to them when they were freed.” She has worked on Freedmen Bureau documents that include labor contracts, pensions, and rations, as well as information about a murder trial.

Jeppsen encourages others to participate in indexing. “It really doesn’t take much time. It’s something they can do, regardless of their circumstances. If they’re hooked up to a computer, [they] can do it.”

Reed anticipates there will be more than two million names online for African Americans to search for their family when the Freedmen’s Bureau Project is complete. And although there has been a steady stream of new volunteers joining the project each week, more volunteers are needed to complete the project on time.

Once the project is finished, in addition to being freely searchable online at FamilySearch.org, the database will be shared with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C. NMAAHC is also a sponsor of the Freedmen’s Bureau Project and will open on September 24, 2016.

“The genealogical community is fully embracing these records,” said Hollis Gentry, genealogy specialist at NMAAHC. “You’ll find African American genealogists are quite excited about the Freedmen’s Bureau Project. It offers a tremendous potential for them to find their ancestors in this large group of federal records that may bridge the gap between freedom and slavery in the records.”

“We greatly appreciate the contributions made by our partners, by national and international volunteers, and by Smithsonian volunteers,” added Gentry. “Each indexed document brings us closer to reclaiming our ancestral heritage and historical past. We look forward to the completion of the project in 2016 and invite everyone with an interest in American history and African American culture to support our efforts to index the records of the Freedmen’s Bureau.”

The Freedmen’s Bureau, formerly known as the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, was organized under an 1865 Congressional order at the conclusion of the Civil War. It offered assistance to refugees and freed slaves in many ways. Handwritten records of the Freedmen’s Bureau include marriage registers, hospital or patient registers, educational records, labor contracts, indenture or apprenticeship papers, and many more kinds of documents. The records were compiled in 15 states and the District of Columbia.

For more information on the project, visit DiscoverFreedmen.org.

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 4,813 family history centers in 130 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, February 19, 2016


An eclectic array of records from Ireland. England & Wales, and the English county of Devon are available to search this Findmypast Friday as well as substantial new additions to the PERiodical Source Index and our collection of historic British Newspapers.


The 1939 Register is now available to browse making it easier than ever before to discover your family's friends and neighbours were and what they were up to on the eve of World War 2. A complement to the name searchable 1939 Register, browse offers you the ability to explore the register by County, Borough/District, Piece number and ED letter code. Compiled by 65,000 enumerators and sent to every household in England and Wales, the Register documents the lives of over 41 million people, recording the names, addresses, dates of birth, marital status and occupation.


Ireland Census Reports contains over 19,000 records compiled from census returns from the mid-1800s to early 1900s. The reports provide statistical details regarding the number of inhabitants in a given townland and cover all 32 counties of Ireland. The statistics are broken down by gender, age, or other similar categories and can help provide you with an invaluable snapshot of your ancestor’s community. Both transcripts and PDF images of the original reports are included in each records.


Ireland Statistical Surveys consists of fascinating statistical surveys produced by the Royal Dublin Society. The Society began to conduct such surveys in at the start of the 1800s with the aim of accurately portraying the realities of life in each county, particularly concerning its history, agricultural practices, politics, customs, and religion. The reports represented the first serious effort to capture and present such data and, having been conducted under direction from the Society itself, they offer solid and consistent information. Since they were created so early in the 19th century the survey are from any incredibly record of life in pre-Famine Ireland. This collection is comprised of PDF images of the surveys from 10 Irish counties; Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, King’s (Offaly), Leitrim, Mayo, Meath, Roscommon, and Tyrone.


The Plymouth & West Devon apprentice records list the details of over 5,000 apprentices and their masters. Each record includes a transcript and image of the original document. The amount of information recorded in transcripts may vary although most will include a combination an apprentice’s name, birth year, address, date of indenture, the name of their master, their master’s occupation and where they were based. Images can contain a wide range of additional details such as allegations brought against masters for mistreatment or neglect and the agreed terms surrounding the indenture of individual apprentices.


Containing over 434,000 records, the Plymouth & West Devon parish chest records consists of an eclectic mix of documents from the parish chests of Plymouth and West Devon. In the past, local parishes were responsible for far more than keeping the records of births, marriages and deaths. Collectively, the records kept by parishes of local and civic affairs are called the parish chest. The records cover an array of local matters such as the levying of taxes, selection of juries and pew rentals within the church.


The Plymouth borough records are a collection of over 109,000 administrative records from the borough of Plymouth. The nature of the records contained varies widely and the collection includes an array of assorted documents including orphan’s aid cash books, court examinations and freemen’s papers, to name a few. The collection is a fantastic way to explore the daily operations of Plymouth from the sixteenth to the twentieth century and contain people from all walks of life, from pauper children to Plymouth’s mayors to merchants and farmers.


Over 5,000 records from seven new Devonshire publications have been added to our collection of British trade directories, county guides, almanacs and general directories. The records list the details of prominent local people, tradesmen, officials, business owners and local civil servants.


Over 6.4 million new articles have been added to our collection of historic British newspapers. These latest additions include 26 brand new titles, and will be of particular interest to those with Welsh ancestors. PERSI Dating as far back as 1829, 19 of our newest titles come from Wales, allowing you an insight into local life during the 19th and early 20th centuries. These newspapers will be vital for anyone tracing their family history in Welsh cities, towns, villages and valleys. Substantial updates have also been made to 55 existing titles including the Aberdeen Free Press (378,457), Liverpool Evening Express (299,111) and Lincolnshire Standard and Boston Guardian (278,832).


Over 45,663 new images and dozens of new articles have been added to the The PERiodical Source Index (PERSI). The titles included in this most recent image update come from several states, including Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Utah. There is also a publication from New Zealand, The New Zealand Genealogist.

Don’t forget to regularly check our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to keep up to date with all the latest additions.

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.

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Ancestry.com LLC Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Financial Results


— 2015 Revenues $683.1 million, Up 10.3% Year-Over-Year —
— 2015 Adjusted EBITDA $263.0 million, Up 16.7% Year-Over-Year(1) —
— Subscriber base grows by approximately 150,000 in 2015 —
— AncestryDNA sells approximately one million DNA kits in 2015; 
DNA kit sales more than double in Q4 year-over-year—

PROVO, Utah, Feb. 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry.com LLC (the "Company"), the largest provider of family history and personal DNA testing, reported financial results today for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015.

"Ancestry delivered a milestone year in 2015, including outstanding financial performance and key strategic achievements across the company," said Tim Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com.  "Our performance was highlighted by strong, profitable growth throughout the year, featuring double-digit increases in revenue and adjusted EBITDA.  On the strategic front, we delivered a greatly enhanced customer experience, launched major new content collections, grew AncestryDNA into the largest consumer genomic database and progressed on important growth initiatives internationally and in our emerging businesses.  We're off to a great start in 2016, a year in which we will be focused on continuing to diversify and expand the growth profile of the company, executing well in our core businesses and investing in our future."

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Financial Highlights
  • Total revenues for the fourth quarter 2015 were $177.6 million. Revenues increased 14.5% from $155.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, driven by growth in revenues from AncestryDNA and the Company's core Ancestry websites. On a constant currency basis, total revenue would have increased 16.7% in the fourth quarter.  For the full year 2015, total revenues were $683.1 million, with an increase in revenues of 10.3% from $619.5 million for the full year of 2014. On a constant currency basis, total revenues for 2015 would have increased 12.0% year-over-year.
  • Net income (loss) for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $13.5 million compared to a net loss of $(7.5) million in the fourth quarter of 2014. For the full year 2015, net income was $29.4 million compared to a net loss of $(18.7) million for the full year of 2014.
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1), (2) for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $62.2 million, compared to $54.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.  For the full year 2015, adjusted EBITDA was $258.6 million, compared to $214.8 million for the full year 2014.
  • Free cash flow(3) totaled $16.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to $20.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. For the full year 2015, free cash flow totaled $124.8 million compared to $93.7 million for the full year 2014.
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $128.2 million as of December 31, 2015.
  • Obligations under long-term debt(4) totaled $1.0 billion as of December 31, 2015.
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(1) Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2015 increased 16.7%, year-over-year, excluding the impact of one-time expenses to $263.0 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015 includes $2.4 million and $4.4 million, respectively, of professional service fees related primarily to litigation, reimbursement for certain legal and accounting costs incurred by one of our Sponsors and costs associated with a return-of-capital distribution declared in August 2015 to our parent company, Ancestry.com Holdings LLC. For the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2014, adjusted EBITDA includes $6.3 million and $10.6 million, respectively, of accrued interest paid on restricted cash held pending resolution of the shareholder appraisal litigation, professional service fees related to litigation and costs associated with the return-of-capital distribution paid in February 2014 by our parent company.

(2) Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) plus interest expense, net; other (income) expense, net; income tax expense (benefit); and non-cash charges including depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation expense.

(3) Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA the capitalization of content databases, purchases of property and equipment and cash received (paid) for income taxes and interest.

(4) This amount does not include $390.2 million in senior unsecured PIK notes issued by our parent company, Ancestry.com Holdings LLC. While not required, Ancestry.com LLC has made and intends to pay future distributions or loans to its parent related to the PIK notes.

Ancestry Business Updates
  • Subscribers — Subscribers of Ancestry websites totaled approximately 2,264,000 as of December 31, 2015, compared to 2,115,000 as of December 31, 2014.
  • Content - The Company added over 1.7 billion new records during 2015. New collections added in the fourth quarter included:

    • Mexico Civil Registration records - over 200 million records
    • US, School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 - over 63 million records
    • US, City Directories, 1822-1989 - updated with over 40 million new records
    • 4 million new international records from the U.K., Germany and Romania
  • AncestryDNA - AncestryDNA sold approximately one million kits in 2015 and now has a database with DNA samples from 1.5 million people.
  • New Offerings - Ancestry Academy, New Ancestor Discoveries and a beta launch of Ancestry Health were introduced in 2015.
Conference Call & Webcast

Ancestry.com will host a conference call today at 3:00 p.m. MT (5:00 p.m. ET). Participants can access the conference call by dialing (844) 831-3026 (domestic toll-free) or (315) 625-6887 (international) approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

The Company believes that adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow are useful measures of operating performance because they exclude items that the Company does not consider indicative of its core performance. In the case of adjusted EBITDA, net income (loss) is adjusted for interest expense, net; other (income) expense, net; income tax expense (benefit); and non-cash charges including depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation expense. Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA the capitalization of content databases, purchases of property and equipment and cash received (paid) for income taxes and interest. However, these non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, net income (loss) and net cash provided by operating activities, or other financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation to net income (loss), the GAAP equivalent of these non-GAAP measures is contained in tabular form on the attached unaudited summary financial statements.

The Company uses adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow as measures of operating performance; for planning purposes, including the preparation of the annual operating budget; to allocate resources to enhance the financial performance of its business; to evaluate the effectiveness of its business strategies; and in communications with its operating committee concerning its financial performance. The Company also uses adjusted EBITDA as a factor when determining the incentive compensation pool.

About Ancestry

Ancestry is the largest provider of family history and personal DNA testing, harnessing the information found in family trees, historical records and genetics to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 2.2 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and approximately 1.5 million DNA samples in the AncestryDNA database. Since 1996, more than 17 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 70 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products including Archives, Fold3, Newspapers.com and AncestryDNA sold by its subsidiary, Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, and the AncestryHealth product, offered by its subsidiary AncestryHealth.com, LLC. 

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that relate to future events or to future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company's actual results to be materially different from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as "appears," "may," "designed," "expect," "intend," "focus," "seek," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "should," "continue" or "work" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements include statements describing the Company's subscriber base, future earnings, financial and operating performance, its leadership position and its opportunities and prospects for growth, including growth in revenues, adjusted EBITDA and number of subscribers. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. In particular, such risks and uncertainties include the Company's continued ability to attract and retain subscribers; continued service outages or a significant disruption in service on its websites; its continued ability to acquire content and make it available online; and its ability to add tools and features and provide value to satisfy customer demand. Information concerning these and additional factors that could cause events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements is contained under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2015, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 30, 2015, and in discussions in other of our Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
    
ANCESTRY.COM LLC
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
    
(in thousands)
    
 December 31,
2015
 December 31,
2014
 (unaudited)  
ASSETS
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$128,157  $108,494 
Restricted cash2,412  49,086 
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $997 and $540 at December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively  13,624  11,241 
Prepaid expenses12,228  9,830 
Other current assets6,288  1,813 
Total current assets162,709  180,464 
Property and equipment, net54,795  37,106 
Content databases, net282,281  282,815 
Intangible assets, net159,736  269,054 
Goodwill948,283  948,283 
Other assets13,956  3,175 
Total assets$1,621,760  $1,720,897 
LIABILITIES AND MEMBER'S INTERESTS
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$13,120  $11,515 
Accrued expenses50,459  47,029 
Acquisition-related liabilities2,412  49,086 
Deferred revenues171,822  145,010 
Current portion of long-term debt, net7,087  46,537 
Total current liabilities244,900  299,177 
Long-term debt, net989,256  799,403 
Deferred income taxes59,809  110,184 
Other long-term liabilities46,877  16,406 
Total liabilities1,340,842  1,225,170 
Commitments and contingencies   
Member's interests:   
Member's interests422,603  666,830 
Accumulated deficit(141,685) (171,103)
Total member's interests280,918  495,727 
Total liabilities and member's interests$1,621,760  $1,720,897 
        

    
ANCESTRY.COM LLC
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
    
(in thousands)
    
 Three months ended
December 31,
 Year ended
December 31,
 2015 2014 2015 2014
 (unaudited) (unaudited)  
Revenues:       
Subscription revenues$149,396  $139,693  $584,075  $553,810 
Service and other revenues28,214  15,469  99,030  65,734 
Total revenues177,610  155,162  683,105  619,544 
Costs of revenues:       
Cost of subscription revenues26,419  24,556  103,051  95,899 
Cost of service and other revenues17,255  10,730  60,668  43,654 
Total cost of revenues43,674  35,286  163,719  139,553 
Gross profit133,936  119,876  519,386  479,991 
Operating expenses:       
Technology and development24,971  21,677  97,105  94,221 
Marketing and advertising46,461  40,195  171,094  168,536 
General and administrative16,365  18,489  54,427  60,971 
Amortization of acquired intangible assets  27,017  36,636  109,318  147,681 
Total operating expenses114,814  116,997  431,944  471,409 
Income from operations19,122  2,879  87,442  8,582 
Interest expense, net(18,874) (17,298) (81,056) (69,680)
Other expense, net(105) (512) (334) (368)
Income (loss) before income taxes143  (14,931) 6,052  (61,466)
Income tax benefit13,369  7,416  23,366  42,738 
Net income (loss)$13,512  $(7,515) $29,418  $(18,728)
                


    
ANCESTRY.COM LLC
    
(in thousands)
    
 Three months endedDecember 31, Year endedDecember 31,
 2015 2014 2015 2014
 (unaudited) (unaudited)
Reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow to net income (loss): (1)         
Net income (loss)$13,512  $(7,515) $29,418  $(18,728)
Interest expense, net18,874  17,298  81,056  69,680 
Other expense, net105  512  334  368 
Income tax benefit(13,369) (7,416) (23,366) (42,738)
Depreciation5,306  5,636  21,823  21,498 
Amortization35,816  44,095  141,647  176,755 
Stock-based compensation expense1,968  2,008  7,683  8,004 
Adjusted EBITDA$62,212  $54,618  $258,595  $214,839 
Capitalization of content databases(7,899) (8,358) (32,514) (37,566)
Purchases of property and equipment(5,169) (2,712) (15,117) (21,821)
Cash paid for interest (2)(26,028) (23,227) (62,831) (60,450)
Cash paid for income taxes(6,462) (107) (23,333) (1,334)
Free cash flow$16,654  $20,214  $124,800  $93,668 
                
Footnotes:

(1) Net loss and therefore adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015 include $2.4 million and $4.4 million, respectively, of professional service fees related primarily to litigation, reimbursement for certain legal and accounting costs incurred by one of our Sponsors and costs associated with a return-of-capital distribution declared in August 2015 to our parent company, Ancestry.com Holdings LLC. For the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2014, net loss and therefore adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow include $6.3 million and $10.6 million, respectively, of accrued interest paid on restricted cash held pending resolution of the shareholder appraisal litigation, professional service fees related to litigation and costs associated with the return-of-capital distribution paid in February 2014 by our parent company.

(2) Cash paid for interest for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015 does not include $19.3 million and $38.4 million, respectively, payments made to our parent related to the interest obligations on its senior unsecured PIK notes. Cash for paid for interest for three and twelve months ended December 31, 2014 does not include $19.2 million and $37.6 million, respectively, of payments made to our parent related to the interest obligations on its senior unsecured PIK notes.

  
ANCESTRY.COM LLC
Total Subscribers and Net Subscriber Additions
  
(in thousands)
  
 Year ended December 31,
 2015 2014
 (unaudited)
Total subscribers2,264  2,115 
Net subscriber additions                                  149  (25)