Thursday, March 31, 2016

Learn How To Use DNA for Family History 2016 NGS Family History Conference


ARLINGTON, VA, 31 MARCH 2016— Family historians interested in learning more about DNA testing and genetic genealogy should be sure to check out this year’s National Genealogical Society Conference in Florida, 4-7 May. The 2016 conference at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center is a premier opportunity to meet and network with other genealogists. It offers 180 presentations, including twelve lectures focused on DNA and genetic genealogy, for both new and seasoned researchers. For those interested in genetic genealogy, topics include testing companies, the types of DNA testing available and their strengths and weaknesses, and using DNA as evidence in conjunction with traditional documentary sources.

Beginners won’t want to miss “Sex, DNA, and Family History,” presented by Shellee A. Morehead, PhD, CGSM, which covers how DNA is transmitted, and describes the types of testing available to the genealogist. Additionally, Ft. Lauderdale’s own Diahan Southard will offer insight into ethnicity estimates and interpreting the maps and percentages provided by the testing services in “DNA Testing and Your Ethnic Origins.”

Conference attendees will be able to see how seasoned genealogists have solved genealogical brick walls using DNA testing, and learn about third-party tools that they use. Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGLSM, will demonstrate the methodology he used to solve an early 1800s, longstanding genealogical problem in his lecture, “Systematically Using Autosomal DNA Test Results To Help Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls.” Ginger R. Smith, MLS will explain the basics of using a popular third-party tool, “How To Use Gedmatch.com To Optimize Your DNA Testing Experience.”

In all, the conference offers a broad array of topics, including building your family tree, problem-solving, researching ethnic and religious groups, military records, land records, migration patterns, and online and archival records as well as technology. Visit the NGS 2016 NGS Family History Conference website for more information about this year’s conference or to register.  Attendees may register at the door, please note that registration for all meals and social events closes on 22 April 2016.

Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.
NGS courses on DNA and genetic genealogy can be found online.

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.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

New FamilySearch Collections Update: March 28, 2016


Explore the new record collections for Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928Czech Republic School Registers 1799-1953United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815, and more than 7 million additions to the Find A Grave Index. Search these and more by following the links below.

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Call for Proposals Deadline is 1 April 2016 National Genealogical Society 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina


Arlington, VA, 29 MARCH 2016—Time is running out for speakers as well as organizations interested in sponsoring lectures to submit lecture proposals for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2017 Family History Conference, Family History Lives Here, to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, from 10–13 May 2017. All proposals must be submitted electronically through the NGS website by 11:59 p.m. EDT on 1 April 2016.

Throughout its history, North Carolina has been home to a diverse population including Native Americans and those who trace their heritage back to Europe and Africa. During colonial times, it was one of a few colonies that embraced religious diversity, welcoming Quakers, Huguenots, Methodists, and Moravians. It is a land rich in cultural traditions. From the lighthouses on the outer banks to the falling waters on the Piedmont, to the dramatic overlooks in the mountains, this land calls us back to take a closer look. The Tar Heel story is vibrant, shared through the words of each family, and recorded in the wonderful records, manuscripts, and artifacts preserved in the numerous North Carolina archives, special collections, museums, libraries, historical sites, and societies.

Among the topics being considered by NGS for its 2017 conference are presentations on North Carolina history, including available records and repositories; land grants and other land records; court system and laws; ethnic and religious groups; military, farming, and other occupations; neighboring states; and migration to, from, and within the Carolinas. The Society also will consider other topics of interest reaching from the Colonial era to the 21st Century. In addition, NGS encourages the submission of proposals for broader genealogical categories, including methodology, problem solving, and technology.

Speakers who wish to submit lecture proposals, and organizations interested in sponsoring tracks or individual lectures, should follow the published guidelines at the NGS website page: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/call_for_proposals.

Speakers may submit up to eight proposals electronically via https://goo.gl/wCs8wn.

Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture may submit proposals via https://goo.gl/6SYFcc.

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.

Friday, March 25, 2016

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, March 25, 2016


This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 11.3 million new records and newspaper articles including substantial updates to our collections of Billion Graves Cemetery Index records, NYG&B records, Irish Newspapers, and Royal Navy Seaman Records. A brand new collection of census fragments from 19th century London is also available to search.

Billion Graves Cemetery Index Updates

Over 3.2 million records have been added to our collection of Billion Graves Cemetery Index records including:


With over 12 million headstone records, BillionGraves is the largest resource for GPS-tagged headstone and burial records on the web, allowing you to locate exactly where your ancestor was buried. Findmypast’s partnership with BillionGraves aims to make available all the cemetery records held on their site for free.

Each entry includes transcript which includes a link to an image of the headstone with GPS details. The amount of information listed may vary, but most records will include a combination of the deceased’s name, birth date, death date, cemetery, city, county and image link. The indexes will be regularly updated throughout the year.


A new issue of the New York Researcher, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society's (NYG&B) quarterly review, is now available to browse and search. The New York Researcher, formerly the NYG&B Newsletter, has been published by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) since 1970. The colourful quarterly review features instructive articles on genealogical research techniques and New York resources, profiles of repositories and genealogical societies across New York State, program announcements, website news, and book reviews.


Over 5,000 transcription images have been added to our collection of New York State Religious Records 1716-1914. The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society transcribed and published religious records of baptisms, marriages, and deaths from dozens of New York State churches of various denominations. These records include images of the transcripts of the original baptism, marriage, and death registers kept by various New York churches. The amount of information listed in each record can vary depending on type. Most will include a combination of names, dates of baptisms, marriages, or deaths, parents’ and witnesses’ names, church name and denomination and lists of church members.


Three brand new titles, from counties Antrim and Down, have been added to our collection of historic Irish newspapers - Larne Times, Newry Reporter and Newry Telegraph. These local publications, covering life in the busy Northern Irish market towns from 1829 all the way up to 1955, could reveal fascinating details about your ancestors and their local community.

7 existing titles have been given extra articles and date coverage including over 2.1 million new articles have been added to Northern Whig and over 400,000 additional articles have joined both Derry Journal and Dublin Daily Express. The date range of the complete Irish newspaper collection now covers 247 years of Irish history from 1708 all the way up to 1955.


London, Westminster Marylebone Census 1821 & 1831 contains over 22,000 census results covering Marylebone in the City of Westminster. Each record consists of a transcript and an image of the original document. Transcripts will list your ancestors name, address, parish and the year the record was taken. Images can contain a variety of additional details. These early nineteenth century census records did not record the same amount of information that we are familiar with in more recent censuses but the details that were recorded can reveal a lot about your ancestor’s home. You can discover your ancestor’s field of employment and how many servants were employed in the home.


Over 20,000 records have been added to our collection of British Royal Navy Seamen records. The records will reveal details of your ancestor’s career such as when they served and on what ship. This can help you to determine what engagements or naval battles they took part in. Most will also include a physical description listing their height, eye and hair colour, and any distinguishable such as scars or tattoos. Your ancestor’s character during service is recorded and, if they were killed or died during service, most records will include a cause of death.

Each record contains an image and transcript of a Royal Navy Seaman's service record from The National Archives ADM188 series.

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.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Discover Your African American Ancestors at the NGS Family History Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, 4-7 May 2016

Student Discount Conference Rates Available to College and Graduate Students Interested in Genealogical Research

ARLINGTON, VA, 24 March 2016—Diversity is the hallmark of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2016 Family History Conference, which will take place at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center from 4-7 May. For those with African American ancestry who are interested in researching their family history, the conference offers lectures on a wide-range of topics with titles such as “Duty, Honor, Service: Freemen of Color at the Battle of New Orleans, War 1812” and “Why Tampico? The Exodus of Pensacola’s Creoles of Color.”

The conference also features lectures on how census slave schedules, Freedmen’s Bureau records, African American cemeteries, and Black college newspapers can advance your genealogical research. Other presentations include “Behind Closed Doors: An Introduction to Plaçage,” “Colored Confederate Pension Applications,” “Recovering Identities of Slaves of Roseland Plantation, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Case Study,” and “Finding Freedmen Marriage Records.”

In all, the conference will have 180 lectures on a variety of subjects such as Jewish, European, Gulf Coast, and Caribbean genealogy, research into women ancestors, and much more.  Luncheons will feature guest speakers who will cover fascinating topics such as "Lost Eyes, Whipping Posts, and Wife Swapping: Lessons from Yesteryear” and “Leaving a Lasting Footprint: Collaborate, Advocate, and Promote.”

For more conference information and to register, go to the 2016 NGS Family History Conference. An early bird discount is available through 31 March 2016. Though individuals may register at the door, registration for all meals and social events closes on 22 April 2016.

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.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

CNYGS & NYG&B Announce Plans for the 2016 New York State Family History Conference

CNYGS & NYG&B Announce Plans for the 2016 New York State Family History Conference


March 16, 2016 – New York, NY

  • The New York State Family History Conference (NYSFHC) will be held September 15–17, 2016 in Syracuse, NY.
  • Now in its third year, the event will bring together hundreds of genealogists from across the United States to learn about their New York ancestry.
  • The 2016 conference offers new opportunities for those interested in New York family history as it will be held concurrently with the Association of Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS).


The Central New York Genealogical Society (CNYGS) and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B), co-sponsors of the New York State Family History Conference, are proud to announce plans for the 2016 conference, to be held September 17–19 in Syracuse, New York. This year, the event will run concurrently with the annual conference of the Association for Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS). As part of the concurrent conferences, attendees of the NYSFHC Conference will be welcome to attend APHNYS lectures and field trips, and APHNYS registrants will be welcomed to attend NYSFHC lectures.

The three-day conference will be held at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center Liverpool, just outside of Syracuse, New York and features more than 40 sessions, alongside a vibrant exhibitor hall.

Nationally-known speakers participating include Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, FASG; David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, Chief Genealogical Officer, FamilySearch; D. Joshua Taylor, President, of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society; James D. Folts, Ph.D., New York State Archives; Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., The Genetic Genealogist; Jim Ison, CG, FamilySearch.org; Jen Baldwin, Faindmypast.com; Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS, editor of the NYG&B Record; Jen Baldwin, Findmypast; Terry Koch-Bostic, and Jane E. Wilcox who will each give lectures. The complete conference program, exhibitor information, and other details can be found on the conference website, www.nysfhc.org.

Exhibitors and sponsors of the 2016 conference include the Capital District [New York] Genealogical Society, FamilySearch, Family Tree DNA, Findmypast, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the New York State Archives, the New York State Library, and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation.

NYG&B and CNYGS members can attend the conference at discounted rates, $100 (early) and $125 (regular). Nonmembers can attend the conference for $125 (early bird) and $150 (regular). Early registration is open through May 30, 2016 and can be accessed at www.nysfhc.org.

ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS FOR CELTIC CONNECTIONS CONFERENCE

ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS FOR CELTIC CONNECTIONS CONFERENCE


18 March 2016 – Minneapolis, MN.

Celtic Connections Conference organizers have announced the opening of online registration for the Celtic Connection Conference, a conference that will bring together those interested in all aspects of Celtic culture, through genealogy, history, music, and literature. The conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Park Place in St. Louis Park, Minnesota August 5-6 2016.

The conference is headlined by five Irish and Scottish speakers--John Grenham, Dr. Bruce Durie, Brian Donovan, Brian Mitchell, and William Roulston, and also features ten U.S.-based speakers. Co-hosts TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association and IGSI (the Irish Genealogical Society International) have arranged an interesting array of conference-related activities including a bus tour, a banquet, a luncheon featuring mystery author Erin Hart, and more.

Conference pricing is very attractive, and special hotel rates are available until July 14, making the conference a great learning opportunity at a great price! Full program and hotel details, along with registration, are available at the Celtic Connections Conference website at http://celtic-connections.org/.

About the Celtic Connections Conference

The Celtic Connections Conference is a biennial educational event co-hosted by the Minnesota-based Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI) and the Boston-based Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA), with sponsorship support from Ancestry, Eneclann, FindMyPast, Tourism Ireland, Brian Moore International Tours, KerryGold, and Discover St. Louis Park. The first CCC was held in the Boston area in 2014. This year’s conference takes place at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Minneapolis Park Place, St. Louis Park, Minnesota, just outside the Twin Cities. Specially priced lodging for conference-goers is available at the conference site. To learn more visit http://celtic-connections.org/.

Student Discount Conference Rates Available to College and Graduate Students Interested in Genealogical Research

Student Discount Conference Rates Available to College and Graduate Students Interested in Genealogical Research

ARLINGTON, VA, 22 March 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is offering college and graduate studentsdrastically discounted rates for its 2016 Family History Conference: Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time, 4–7 May 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Qualifying students can register for all four days of the conference for $60, or $50 if they are members of NGS—a $215 and $190 savings, respectively. To qualify, students must submit a letter on college or university letterhead signed by the dean or a department chair confirming his/her current admittance, good standing, and full-time status in an undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking program at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

The conference offers students a unique opportunity to attend a wide range of lectures on such topics as
  • learning the basics of genealogical research and developing a sound research plan
  • overviews of repositories, including libraries, archives, newspapers, military, civil, and religious records, online resources, etc.
  • genetic research
as well as lectures that focused on African-American, Cuban, Jewish, French, Scots-Irish, and other ancestors; Florida’s history and its people, and much, much more. The conference also offers students the chance to discover how they might incorporate genealogical methods into their studies and, in turn, how they might apply knowledge from their fields of study to genealogy.

To register, students should download the Conference’s Student Registration Form and follow the directions provided on the NGS website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/student-rate/. The student discount will not apply if a student registers directly through the Conference website. For more information about the Conference’s program, go to http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/ and the PDF brochure at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/2016-Registration-Brochure.pdf. The brochure offers information about sessions, tours, pre-conference events, on-site registration, and details for hotel registration.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, the highest 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.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, March 18, 2016


This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of a fascinating assortment of Royal Irish Constabulary and Irish Revenue Police records. Also available to search this week are indexes of births, marriages and deaths from Western Australia and new additions to our collection of historic British newspapers.


Over 2.3 million new articles and 12 brand new titles have been added to our collection of historic British Newspapers Articles. Substantial updates have also been made to 31 existing publications.

The 12 new publications included in this update come cover towns and cities across England, Scotland and Wales. Amongst these new titles is the Illustrated Weekly News. Covering the years 1861-1869, the IWN provides you with a rare graphic insight into Victorian Britain before the widespread use of photography.


Ireland, Irish Revenue Police 1830-1857 contains over 37,000 records that list the details of men who served with the Irish Revenue police between 1830 and 1857. The Irish Revenue Police were formed to work with the Customs and Excise Service to prohibit illegal distillation or liquors and spirits or poteen (poitín) making.

Each record consists of a transcript and a scanned image of the original document held at National Archives in Kew. Transcripts will include a combination of your ancestors name, station or address and the date the records was taken. Images will provide further particulars about your ancestor. There are various types of documents available to view such as lists of new appointments, which will give you the date of your ancestor’s appointment, which corps he was assigned to and who appointed him. Minutes of appointments, which recorded transfers of privates between stations or parties and dismissal records are also included.


Royal Irish Constabulary pensions 1873-1925 contains over 112,000 records. The R.I.C was the armed police force of the United Kingdom in Ireland from the early nineteenth century until 1922. The force was responsible for keeping the peace through the detection and prevention of crime and suppressing rebellions and agrarian disturbances. They enforced laws related to food, drugs and fishery and took over the duties of the Irish Revenue Police, which had previously enforced the laws against whiskey production. In areas that lacked a fire brigade, they were also called upon to stop the spread of fires.

This unique collection comes from The National Archives in Kew and consists of the records for pensions and allowances given to officers, men and staff of the RIC and their widows and children. The collection includes registers of pensions along with registers of deceased pensioners and pensions paid when the RIC was disbanded in August 1922. Many of the records show whether the individual paid into the Constabulary Force Fund. This fund, which was formerly called the Reward Fund, was used to reward RIC members monetarily after acts of achievement and/or bravery. For example, in July 1875, Constable John Daly was awarded £6 for gathering evidence by visiting infected houses and families. The evidence gathered was sufficient to arrest a swindler doctor.


Royal Irish Constabulary History & Directories contains over 1,670 pages from 6 different publications printed between 1871 and 1920 that provide further insight into the daily operations of the police force and the history of the organisation. Included is a history of the force, lists and directories for 1889, 1915, 1918 and 1920 and The Royal Irish Constabulary Guide to the Discharge of Police Duties.


The Western Australia Birth index contains over 106,000 transcripts. Civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths in Western Australia started 1 September 1841. Prior to this, churches had the responsibility to record all baptisms, marriages, and burials. Each records consists of a transcript of the original birth register entry. Each record will list your ancestor’s name, birth year, birth place and registration number. Once you have located the relevant birth transcript within our record set, you can order the birth certificate itself from the Western Australian Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages.


The Western Australia Marriage index contains over 527,000 records. Marriage records can provide you with useful information in your family history research. Each records consists of a transcript of the original birth register entry. Transcripts will reveal when, where and to whom your ancestor was married as well as the marriages registration number.


The Western Australia Death index contains over 450,000 transcripts. Death records can be vital in your family history research. These death records can be particularly useful as they will sometimes provide parents’ name. This allows you to link your ancestor back to a previous generation. Each records consists of a transcript of the original document. The amount of available information provided varies from transcript to transcript, but most will include your ancestors name, birth year, death year, place of death, registration number and the names of their parents including mother’s maiden names.

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.

Don’t Miss Out on the Early Bird Discount For the NGS 2016 Family History Conference - Offer Ends 31 March

National Genealogical Society to Live Stream Ten Lectures during its 2016 Family History Conference

ARLINGTON, VA, 18 March 2016—Register early for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference in Ft. Lauderdale and take advantage of its early bird discount. Not only will you save money, you will also be able to order a printed syllabus or flash drive version of the syllabus. Your registration must be received online or postmarked by 31 March 2016. After that date, the NGS member price will increase from $205 to $240 for all four days and the non-NGS member price will increase from $240 to $275.

The Conference will feature more than 180 lectures from basic to advanced genealogical research, including four days of BCG Skillbuilding lectures and twelve lectures on genetic genealogy. Diversity is another focus of this year’s conference. Eighteen lectures discuss African-American genealogical research, five focus on Jewish genealogy, two on Cuban genealogy, and nine on women. Floridians and those with ancestors from Florida will want to consider the nine lectures that focus on Florida’s rich archival history.  In addition, the conference will provide a number of lectures on European ancestors, including French, Spanish, Scandinavian, Italian, Scots-Irish, and others.

The NGS Conference will be held at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center and will run from 4-7 May.  For conference information and to register, go to the 2016 NGS Family History Conference.
 
Social Events, Luncheons, and the NGS Banquet

Participating organizations sponsor several luncheons at which guest speakers address many fascinating presentations such as
  • “Lost Eyes, Whipping Posts, and Wife Swapping: Lessons from Yesteryear”
  • “To the Rescue: 10 Times A Local Society has Saved My Bacon”
  • “Genetic Surprises, DNA and ’Non-paternity‘ Events” 
The NGS Banquet is an event not to be missed! Guest speaker David E. Rencher, AG, CGSM,
FIGRS, FUGA, will discuss what matters most to genealogists and family historians. Registration for all meals and social events closes on 22 April 2016. Tickets for social events will not be sold on-site. Be sure to sign up as quickly as possible. The Florida State Genealogical Society Host Event, “Taste of Florida,” is $42; luncheons are $32; and the banquet is $45. Menus are in the registration brochure.

Society Roundup

On Wednesday, 4 May 2016, many of Florida’s genealogical and historical societies will be available in the Convention Center’s Exhibit Hall Lobby from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to answer questions about local repositories and resources, discuss their group’s activities, and sell their publications.

Local Area Tours

There’s still time to sign up for two exciting tours on Tuesday, 3 May 2016, prior to the NGS Family History Conference. For more information, please see Local Area ToursRegistration for the tours closes on 22 April 2016.

Add Items to an Existing Registration

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

We hope to see you in Ft. Lauderdale in May!

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records.  The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit theNGS Pressroom for further information.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Heredis announces its application for Android

Heredis announces its application for Android


MONTPELLIER, MARCH 10, 2016 - Today Heredis has launched its Heredis for Android application. More than 2 years after the release of its mobile application for iOS, Heredis is available for all users with a phone or a tablet running the Android OS. This application is free.

Heredis lets you create your family tree, share your genealogy and take it with you wherever you want with this free app.

PUBLIC BETA VERSION

The Heredis Android app is a beta version. This means that some features are not yet available. Gradually, in the upcoming weeks, users will discover new features!

Initially, the beta version offers essential functions for working with your genealogy on Android. Sending your Heredis files (only from the 2015 versions for Windows and Mac and above), viewing, browsing, editing, deleting and adding certain data from your tree.

In the coming months, it will offer exactly the same features as its counterpart on iOS.

This version is available worldwide in two languages, French and English on Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bsdconcept.heredis

REQUIREMENTS
  • From 4.0.3 (Ice cream Sandwich)
  • Requires Heredis 2015 version for Windows or for Mac

ABOUT HEREDIS

The adventure began in 1994 when David Bernard, computer and genealogy enthusiast, created Heredis for a family member who wanted a simple and intuitive software that he could not find.
Today it is the most popular genealogy software in Europe. For 22 years, the whole team has been at the service of people who love genealogy and the history of their ancestors. Cutting-edge and revolutionary, Heredis stands out by offering ever more innovative technological choices and providing real genealogical solutions adapted for the user.

Equally, Heredis also stands out for its cooperative spirit: since July 2014, BSD Concept has been a SCOP where employees have joined forces to give life to this joint project.

For more information go to www.heredis.com

New FamilySearch Collections Update: March 14, 2016



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