New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, April 29, 2016

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 697,000 new records including more than 172,000 new additions to our collection of Dorset parish records and significant updates to our Irish newspaper collection. Also included this week are new British Army Boer War records that will allow you to uncover fascinating details of your ancestor's military service.

Over 2,500 records have been added to our collection of Anglo-Boer War Records.

Anglo-Boer War Records 1899-1902 is a unique collection of assorted document taken from more than 470 sources and containing more than 293,000 names. Consisting of casualty rolls, service rolls, honour rolls, force rolls and a variety of other documents, the records will allow you to uncover your ancestors rank, regiment, service number, details of the awards they received and whether they were killed or wounded in the line of duty.

More than 68,000 new records from 86 parish churches have been added to our collection of Dorset Baptisms. Each record consists of a transcript of an original parish register that will list your ancestor’s name, birth date, the location of their baptism and its date. Many records will also include the names of both of their parents and their address, allowing you to jump back through the generations while adding new branches to your family tree. All transcripts were created by volunteers of the Dorset Family History Society.

Dorset baptisms now contains more than 389,000 records taken from the baptism registers of more than 250 parishes.

More than 42,000 new records from 47 Dorset parishes are now available to search in our collection of Dorset Baptisms. Each record consists of a transcript of an original parish register created by volunteers of the Dorset Family History Society that will list your ancestor’s name, occupation, home parish and the name of their spouse as well as their spouse’s parish and occupation. A number of records will also indicate whether they were married by banns or by licence and may even include the names of any witnesses present.

Dorset marriages now contains just under 648,000 records taken from the marriage registers of more than 384 churches, chapels and Quaker Meetings.
Dorset Burials

Over 52,000 new records covering 57 burial sites have been added to our collection of Dorset Burials. Each record consists of a transcript that will reveal your ancestor’s name, age at death, birth year, burial date and burial place. Dorset Burials has been created using indexes from both the Dorset Family History Society and Family Search.

Dorset baptisms now contains more than 381,000 records from 342 parishes.

Over 525,000 brand new fully searchable articles have recently been added to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers.

This latest tranche includes one brand new title from Northern Ireland – The Lisburn Herald, and Antrim and Down Advertiser. Currently covering the years 1891-1896, this newspaper is a must-read for anyone with ancestors from that part of the country. Significant updates have also been made to seven existing titles.

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.

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Celebrates a $58.5 Million Capital Campaign

The Country’s Founding Genealogical Society Honors Legendary Television Anchors Bob Schieffer and David Hartman with Their Family Histories

April 25, 2016—Boston, Massachusetts—Two of America’s legendary television journalists were honored here Friday evening by the nation’s founding genealogical institution, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), as it celebrated a history-making capital campaign at a news-filled Family History Benefit Dinner in Boston.

Bob Schieffer, the immediate past anchor of the CBS Evening News, moderator of Face The Nation, and former 60 Minutes correspondent, along with David Hartman, the documentary journalist and beloved, longtime host of ABC’s Good Morning America, were both given the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the event, in tribute to their contributions to history through distinguished broadcast journalism.  In an exciting reversal of roles, however, it was NEHGS giving the news Friday evening as they revealed to both Schieffer and Hartman the detailed stories of their ancestry, researched by expert genealogists at the Society.

Brenton Simons, president and CEO of NEHGS, presented the honorees with expertly prepared genealogies of their families—a tradition of the Society for many years.  Schieffer’s ancestry is marked by the arrival of early immigrant settlers to Texas from Germany in the mid-1800s and by the participation of his ancestors in The War of 1812 and the Civil War.  Hartman’s ancestry is notable for his connections to many American Presidents, including three whom he has interviewed:  Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, and George H.W. Bush.

Headlining the evening’s news, Simons announced that the organization’s comprehensive capital campaign Connecting Families, Advancing History had exceeded its $55 million goal by more than $3 million—a record-setting achievement for the country’s oldest and largest genealogical society.

Moderating a lively conversation with Schieffer and Hartman about their broadcasting careers, world events, and personal interests, was NEHGS’s own distinguished newsman Bill Griffeth, anchor of Closing Bell on CNBC, and NEHGS trustee.

The event’s Corporate Benefactors were Wells Fargo, Freeman’s, Eastern Bank, Traust Sollus Wealth Management, and Welch and Forbes LLC.  

The Society, with its national headquarters located in Boston’s Back Bay, celebrated its 170th Anniversary in 2015. It is the oldest and largest genealogical society in America. NEHGS was formally constituted in March of 1845 by an act of the legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and now consists of more than 165,000 constituents engaged in family history nationally and around the world. It is home to a world-class research library and archive, an expert staff, offers an award-winning genealogical research website at, and maintains a publishing division producing original genealogical research, scholarship, and instruction each year.


Register now for “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories” in Springfield, IL

April 25, 2016 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces that online registration is now open for the 2016 FGS National Conference, “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories” to be held August 31 — September 3, 2016, in Springfield, IL, and locally hosted by the Illinois State Genealogical Society. Register by July 1, 2016, for the early-bird discount at

Celebrating 40 years since the founding of FGS, each day of the conference is full of sessions aimed at strengthening attendees’ research skills no matter what level or area of interest they may have.

“Returning to our Illinois roots for the FGS 2016 Conference to celebrate our 40th Anniversary in the state where FGS began is a dream come true,” says D. Joshua Taylor, FGS President. “With a solid educational program and a tremendous line-up of social events, this conference is not to be missed!”

Conference Highlights
  • Conference Sessions: With over 160 sessions, 72 expert speakers from around the world, 10 luncheons with speakers, 7 workshops, and 2 interactive seminars, learning opportunities abound in the FGS 2016 Program. With strong daily tracks covering the U.S. Midwest (regional track), the United Kingdom (British Isles and Commonwealth track), and continental European research (ethnic track), attendees of all skill levels will learn a multitude of ways to uncover more about their family history.
  • Exhibit Hall: The large exhibit hall will feature the latest software, books, maps, databases and gadgets on the market for genealogists and family historians, as well as information about genealogical organizations. Located in the special Society Showcase area, representatives of FGS Member Societies will be on hand to demonstrate how their society can help attendees with their family history.
  • Special Events: With built-in networking opportunities, registrants can meet like-minded genealogists and family historians at FGS special events including “Farms & Families: Across the Decades” on Wednesday evening sponsored by FamilySearch and co-hosted by the Illinois State Genealogical Society and the Illinois State Historical Society; the “Meet & Greet” sponsored by on Thursday evening; and the FGS 40th Anniversary Gala on Friday evening.
  • Focus on Societies: On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, sessions are jampacked with ideas and tools to help societies promote themselves, develop projects, increase membership, and leverage technology. The day kicks off with a plenary session that explores the opportunities and challenges facing societies today and showcases ways to facilitate the changes needed for societies to succeed and thrive.
  • Librarians’ Day: On Tuesday, August 30, 2016, ProQuest will sponsor a preconference fullday of sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals serving family history researchers.
Platinum sponsors include leading family history companies and FamilySearch. Other participating and supporting organizations include Findmypast, Internet Genealogy,Your Genealogy, Lexmark, Eneclann, Illinois State Genealogical Society, Illinois State Archives, Illinois State Historical Society, and more. Please visit the conference website for a complete listing of all sponsors and partners.

Also visit the conference website at for additional details including links to conference hotels, research opportunities, and more. Keep up with conference news and announcements by reading the FGS Voice blog at by subscribing to the FGS Voice Newsletter at

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS, visit To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Springfield, IL, visit Also, find FGS on Facebook, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on the FGS Voice blog at

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, April 22, 2016

Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law 1916-1921 is the most complete collection of British War Office records relating to the Easter Rising and Irish War of Independence from 1916-1921. The collection, digitised from original records held by The National Archives in Kew, reveals the struggles of life under Martial Law in Ireland and demonstrates how events under the occupying military served to galvanise support for the rebels.

Consisting of more than 75,000 records, the collection contains the names of thousands of people who were detained and interned in prisons in Ireland, England and Wales and tried by court martial, including the names of prominent nationalists and elected officials. Personal letters from prisoners or their relatives testifying to their innocence can also be found as well the records of those who were killed or wounded during the conflict. Additionally, the collection shows the efforts of the military and police to discover arms, ammunition and seditious material through thousands of raids on pubs, hotels, nationalist clubhouses, and thousands of homes.

Explore Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law 1916-1921 in detail with Findmypast’s browse search. Browse allows you to select a specific piece of the collection and browse through each image of that volume.

With each result, you will be able to choose a piece from The National Archives’ WO35 series, War Office: Army of Ireland: Administration and Easter Rising Records. The pieces from the collection include court martial registers, reports of the events of Easter Rising week, search and raid reports, files of civilians tried by court martial, and internment camp and prison registers.

90 new volumes of late 19th and early 20th century street directories original published by Kelly’s directories have been added to our collection of Britain, directories and almanacs. Kelly's Directory was a UK trade directory that listed all businesses and tradespeople in a particular city or town, as well as a general directory of postal addresses of local gentry, landowners, charities, and other facilities. Almanacs and directories are an excellent resource for anyone researching their family history and who wants to understand more about their ancestor's life. They provide topographical accounts of towns, social statistics and comprehensive guides of towns or cities, as well as full listings of gentry, business owners, trades people, civil servants, church leaders, school teachers and much more.

Two new data sets totalling more than 4,600 records have been added to our collection of Scotland Registers & Records. The new additions, Morayshire: Its People and Its Lands and Banffshire: Its People and Its Lands contain both historic maps, local histories and records of births, marriages and deaths that took place within these regions.

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.

BCG Welcomes Alice Hoyt Veen, CG as New BCG Education Fund Trustee

Board for Certification of Genealogists Education Fund Announcement: BCG Welcomes Alice Hoyt Veen as New BCG Education Fund Trustee, Thanks Debbie Parker Wayne for years of service

Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, is stepping down after four years of volunteer service with the BCG Education Fund. While serving as a trustee Debbie organized an online repository for the documents so all trustees have immediate access to the same set of documents and helped create checklists and timelines to guide future trustees.

Debbie specializes in genetic genealogy. She writes a column on using DNA analysis for genealogical research in NGS Magazine and developed the online Continuing Genealogical Studies: Autosomal DNA course for the National Genealogical Society (NGS). Debbie saw the need for more in-depth genetic training for genealogists and developed the first week-long course to be offered in the U.S. at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She also coordinated courses at the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and teaches DNA, as well as more traditional research topics, at national and regional conferences and the Forensic Genealogy Institute.

The BCG Education Fund Board of Trustees welcomes new trustee Alice Hoyt Veen, CG, of Bouton, Iowa. Alice is a sixth-generation Iowan and life-long genealogist who became Board-certified in 2014. She specializes in Midwestern and territorial records with an emphasis on military history and Midwestern connections to American colonial roots.

Alice's special interest in genealogical education makes her a natural fit for a BCG Education Fund trustee. She has taught classes on Iowa and territorial records, traditional records, and research methodology. She serves on the education committee of the Iowa Genealogical Society and writes a column for the society’s newsletter. Alice believes genealogists at every level benefit from excellence in education and looks forward to working towards that goal.

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation, and the board name is registered in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. LLC Reports First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

— First Quarter Revenues $196.5 million, Up 19.4% Year-Over-Year; Up 21.2% on Constant Currency Basis —

— First Quarter Adjusted EBITDA $70.1 million, Up 13.1% Year-Over-Year(1) —

PROVO, Utah, April 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LLC (the "Company"), the leader in family history and consumer genomics, reported financial results today for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

"We had a strong start to 2016, led by the continued momentum of AncestryDNA and accelerating revenue growth in our family history business," said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of "This is an exciting time for Ancestry. We're seeing tremendous interest in our products and services, illustrated by steady subscriber gains and growth in our DNA database, which is quickly approaching two million DNA samples. We are focused on capitalizing on this momentum through sound execution of our strategy, targeted investments in initiatives to drive growth, diversified revenue streams and even better customer experiences across our portfolio of businesses."

First Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights
  • Total revenues for the first quarter of 2016 were $196.5 million compared to $164.6 million in the first quarter of 2015, driven by growth in revenues from AncestryDNA and the core Ancestry websites. On a constant currency basis, first quarter 2016 total revenues would have increased 21.2% year-over-year.
  • Net income for the first quarter of 2016 was $12.4 million compared to $2.8 million in the first quarter of 2015.
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1), (2) for the first quarter of 2016 was $68.2 million compared to $61.7 million in the first quarter of 2015. Excluding the impact of one-time expenses, adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2016 increased 13.1% year-over-year, to $70.1 million.
  • Free cash flow(3) for the first quarter of 2016 was $46.3 million compared to $43.5 million for the first quarter of 2015.
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $176.8 million as of March 31, 2016.
  • Obligations under long-term debt(4) totaled $1.0 billion as of March 31, 2016.
Ancestry Business Updates
  • Company — On April 1, 2016, the Company announced that Silver Lake, a premier investor in technology companies, and GIC, a current investor in Ancestry, have signed a definitive agreement to acquire substantial minority equity stakes in its indirect parent entity from existing equity holders at an enterprise value of approximately $2.6 billion. Following the transaction Silver Lake and GIC will hold equal minority ownership positions, while other current investors and Ancestry management will retain meaningful equity investments in the Company and, along with GIC, will continue to own a majority of the Company. Ancestry anticipates recognizing transaction-related charges associated with this agreement upon close of the transaction.
  • Subscribers — Subscribers of Ancestry websites totaled approximately 2,372,000 as of March 31, 2016, up 5% compared to December 31, 2015 and up 7% compared to March 31, 2015.
  • AncestryDNA — Now available in more than 30 countries, including new markets across Western and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia.
  • Content — During the first quarter of 2016, the Company added to its collection of more than 17 billion records through the launch of significant collections from various sources which include:
    • Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1655-1915
    • Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1950
    • Northampton Church of England Baptisms, Burials, 1532-1812 and Marriages, 1754-1912
    • Indiana and New Jersey Methodist Church Records
    • German Lutheran Church Records
  • — The Company launched the Publisher Extra subscription on, giving subscribers access to all content across all publisher partners, which in many cases includes content from the first date of the publication hundreds of years ago through recent editions from 30 days ago.
Conference Call and Webcast 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 most directly comparable GAAP financial measure 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, the leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 2.3 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and more than 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 80 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products including Archives, Fold3, and AncestryDNA sold by its subsidiary, DNA, LLC, and the AncestryHealth product, offered by its subsidiary, 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2015, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 19, 2016, 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.
 March 31,
 December 31,
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$176,776  $128,157 
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $749 and $997 at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively13,858  13,624 
Prepaid expenses10,509  12,228 
Other current assets5,571  8,700 
Total current assets206,714  162,709 
Property and equipment, net71,351  54,795 
Content databases, net278,382  282,281 
Intangible assets, net143,027  159,736 
Goodwill948,283  948,283 
Other assets14,141  13,956 
Total assets$1,661,898  $1,621,760 

Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$15,859  $13,120 
Accrued expenses53,731  52,871 
Deferred revenues187,874  171,822 
Current portion of long-term debt, net7,095  7,087 
Total current liabilities264,559  244,900 
Long-term debt, net988,656  989,256 
Deferred income taxes51,363  59,809 
Other long-term liabilities62,818  46,877 
Total liabilities1,367,396  1,340,842 
Commitments and contingencies   
Member's interests:   
Member's interests423,819  422,603 
Accumulated deficit(129,317) (141,685)
Total member's interests294,502  280,918 
Total liabilities and member's interests$1,661,898  $1,621,760 

 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2016 2015
Subscription revenues$154,644  $141,717 
Service and other revenues41,866  22,880 
Total revenues196,510  164,597 
Costs of revenues:   
Cost of subscription revenues27,350  25,695 
Cost of service and other revenues24,410  14,266 
Total cost of revenues51,760  39,961 
Gross profit144,750  124,636 
Operating expenses:   
Technology and development26,004  23,443 
Marketing and advertising51,800  43,177 
General and administrative15,350  11,455 
Amortization of intangible assets18,590  27,463 
Total operating expenses111,744  105,538 
Income from operations33,006  19,098 
Interest expense, net(20,081) (17,208)
Other expense, net(169) (263)
Income before income taxes12,756  1,627 
Income tax (expense) benefit(388) 1,167 
Net income$12,368  $2,794 
Comprehensive income$12,368  $2,794 

ANCESTRY.COM LLC(in thousands)
 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2016 2015
Reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow to net income:(5)   
Net income$12,368  $2,794 
Interest expense, net20,081  17,208 
Other expense, net169  263 
Income tax expense (benefit)388  (1,167)
Depreciation5,713  5,562 
Amortization27,581  35,106 
Stock-based compensation expense1,884  1,925 
Adjusted EBITDA$68,184  $61,691 
Capitalization of content databases(6,220) (7,400)
Purchases of property and equipment(5,850) (4,152)
Cash paid for interest(6)(9,368) (6,429)
Cash paid for income taxes(461) (205)
Free cash flow$46,285  $43,505 

ANCESTRY.COM LLCTotal Subscribers and Net Subscriber Additions(in thousands)
 Three Months Ended
 March 31,
 December 31,
 March 31,
Total subscribers2,372  2,264  2,219 
Net subscriber additions108  21  104 
(1) Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2016 increased 13.1% year-over-year, excluding the impact of one-time expenses, to $70.1 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2016 includes $1.9 million of professional services fees related to transaction costs and litigation. Transaction costs are related to a definitive agreement signed on March 31, 2016 between the Company, Silver Lake Partners, and GIC to acquire substantial equity stakes in an indirect parent entity of the Company from existing equity holders. For the three months ended March 31, 2015, adjusted EBITDA includes $0.3 million of professional service fees primarily related to litigation.
(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, Holdings LLC. While not required, LLC has made and intends to pay future distributions or loans to its parent related to the PIK notes.
(5) Net loss and therefore adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow for the three months ended March 31, 2016 include $1.9 million of professional services fees related to transaction costs, as defined in Footnote 1 above, and litigation. For the three months ended March 31, 2015, net loss and therefore adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow include $0.3 million of professional services fees primarily related to litigation.
(6) Cash paid for interest for the three months ended March 31, 2015 does not include $0.4 million of payments made to our parent related to the interest obligations on its senior unsecured PIK notes. No payments related to interest obligations on the senior unsecured PIK notes were made during the three months ended March 31, 2016.