Friday, September 30, 2016

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, September 30, 2016


Over 2.2 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

Billion Graves Cemetery Index

Over 1.7 million new records have been added to our Billion Graves Cemetery index collections. With over 12 million headstone records, Billion Graves is the largest online resource for GPS-tagged headstone and burial records, allowing you to discover the exact location of your ancestor’s grave.

This latest update includes;


Theses index will be regularly updated throughout the year. Each entry has a 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, and cemetery, city, county and image link.


The British Army Worldwide Index 1851 contains over 156,000 records and index and covers over 300 regiments serving around the world. A wide range of ranks is represented from privates and drivers to captains and lieutenants. The index was created by Roger E. Nixon using regimental muster books and pay lists, part of the War Office records, held at The National Archives. Each transcript will provide you with an archival reference from the original source and will reveal your ancestor’s service number, rank, and regiment, as well as where his regiment was serving at the time the record was created.

The regiments in this collection were serving in Malta, the West Indies, Ireland, Pakistan, Canada, Honduras, and more places around the world.


Over 1,000 records from Witton Cemetery in Birmingham (formally known as Birmingham City Cemetery) have been added to our collection of Warwickshire Burials. The entire collection now contains more than 1.1 million records.

Each record includes a transcript of the original burial registry or details from the monumental inscription. Each record will vary depending on its source, but most will include your ancestor's name, age, birth year, death date, burial year, burial location and the name of the officiating minister. A number of records will also include their parent's names and residence.


Over 372,000 articles from three brand new titles have just been added to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers; the Irish Times, Weekly Irish Times and the Waterford Standard.

FamilySearch Adds 141 Million Family History Record Hint


Salt Lake City, Utah (29 September 2016)--You might discover new ancestors on your family tree this week at FamilySearch.org.

The nonprofit FamilySearch International, the largest genealogical organization in the world, released 141 million new hints in its online Family Tree today. The hints make use of the newest additions to FamilySearch’s massive collections of worldwide historical records made searchable online by volunteer indexers. These hints can lead to exciting new family history discoveries.

Two years ago, FamilySearch.org’s search engine began creating the hints by comparing data from the five billion names in its historical records online to the 1.2 billion customer-contributed ancestry names in the online Family Tree. “When we put the data together for comparison and find high-scoring matches to people in your family tree, that’s what we call a hint,” explained Robert Kehrer, FamilySearch senior product manager.


“In essence, the FamilySearch.org search engine is constantly working to make research discoveries for you without your having to do much more than login, validate what it found, and accept the hints,” added Kehrer.

The current addition enlarges the already published 1.5 billion hints from historical records in FamilySearch Family Tree. These hints can help in your research. Instead of searching for each ancestor separately, you receive the information in the form of a hint after FamilySearch has already searched the records for you.

These hints can identify a possible ancestor to add to your individual tree, or they can provide rich additional sources for an ancestor already in your tree. The details from one historical record may lead to the discovery of another, and the added details of each ancestor’s life can help weave together your family’s story.

Kehrer said he is confident of the hints’ accuracy because the historical records are being compared to all the rich information surrounding the ancestors in your family tree. In fact, the results have been verified at a 98.5 percent average accuracy. An exception can occur, for example, if your ancestor has a common name and not much differentiating information is attached to him or her. “If your ancestor is named John Smith and was born in New York in 1920 and there aren’t many people associated with that ancestor, the accuracy won’t be that high,” he said.

These newest hints in the historical records arsenal come from many countries, but particularly noteworthy are the 1851 and 1881 census records of England and Wales. “A large number of family history buffs have ancestors from the British Isles and records from this relatively recent time can be a good way to start or build a family tree,” Kehrer said.

How do you find your hints?



It’s easy. Sign in to your free FamilySearch.org account. If you don’t have an account, you can obtain a free account by going to FamilySearch.org. The hints, designated by a blue icon, can be located in multiple places, including the main page, the ancestor’s person page, and an ancestor’s entry in the descendancy view of the tree. Click the blue hint icon. If you agree that the record is a match, you can quickly and easily attach the record to that ancestor’s profile in your tree.You may find new hints any time you add a new person to Family Tree or you change the details in an ancestor’s listing. FamilySearch adds historical records daily that are continually mapped to contributors’ ancestors in Family Tree. And just as with today’s announcement, periodically very large batches of new hints are added throughout the year—which means millions of fun, new family discoveries.

Find and share this release online here.

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 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Genealogy Research Without Borders: Legacy Tree Genealogists Launches Site in Portuguese


SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – September 28, 2016 – Legacy Tree Genealogists, a leading genealogy research firm based near the world’s largest family history library in downtown Salt Lake City, has announced their website will now be available to residents of Brazil in their native tongue of Portuguese. The announcement comes after months of development and professional translation services, ensuring that all elements will transition seamlessly for international users.

Already translated in Spanish, the website aims to provide resources for those searching for their ancestors who may feel overwhelmed or have hit a brick wall in their personal research, uniting them with a worldwide network of professional genealogists who can help them find the answers they seek.

“Our team of genealogists is hand-picked, experienced, and trained to work efficiently and carefully in uncovering our clients' family stories. They have expertise in areas ranging from finding rare international records to genetic genealogy and DNA analysis," said Legacy Tree president, Jessica Taylor. “We have established a reputation as the best research firm in the world based on client satisfaction. We cite all resources and provide documentation, so you can feel comfortable knowing that the information you receive is verified and accurate.”

Taylor, a graduate of Brigham Young University’s Family History program, founded Legacy Tree Genealogists in 2004, and has seen tremendous growth in the family history arena within the past 12 years, rising to a multi-billion-dollar industry.

“People have an innate desire to know where they came from,” said Taylor. “The question of who we ¬¬are is as old as time itself, and with the advancements in technology and genetic genealogy, these answers are more readily available than ever before.”

The decision to translate the website into Portuguese was a very personal undertaking for Taylor, who served an 18-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Brazil from January 2001 to July 2002.

“I have a deep love for the people of Brazil, and to be able to provide a service to them that can help them gain a greater understanding into where they came from is incredibly fulfilling and rewarding,” said Taylor.

In the near future Legacy Tree Genealogists has plans to release the website in additional languages, including French and Russian, in order to continue to better serve the global community.
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About Legacy Tree Genealogists

Legacy Tree Genealogists is the world’s leading genealogy research firm. Founded in 2004, the mission of the company is to bridge the divide between our clients and their ancestors, helping them discover their roots and personal history. Our team of professional genealogists search the world for answers and find the un-findable. Based near the world’s largest family history library in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah we have developed a network of professional researchers and archives around the globe. More information is available at https://www.legacytree.com or https://www.legacytree.com/pt-br

Twile Integrates with FamilySearch

Twile Integrates with FamilySearch

Twile Integrates with FamilySearch


LONDON, UK and SALT LAKE CITY, UT (September 14, 2016)—Twile and FamilySearch International have announced the launch of a new feature that will let FamilySearch.org users generate a family history timeline and share their research with other family members online. The timeline is designed to make research and discoveries more engaging for the broader family—especially younger generations—and to encourage collaboration.

Connecting securely to FamilySearch.org, Twile imports a user’s tree and automatically adds events, such as births and marriages, to a personal, interactive timeline of their family history. Users can then browse the timeline, add photos, and share it privately with other family members.

By presenting a family tree as a timeline, Twile makes it easier for non-genealogists in a family to explore their ancestry through events, stories, and pictures. It also encourages collaboration by letting them add missing details, their own life events, and recent photos.

UK-based Twile won two awards in the Innovator Showdown at RootsTech 2016, including the People’s Choice award. In response to customer requests, Twile immediately started development on its FamilySearch integration.

Paul Brooks, Twile CEO, said, “The FamilySearch import has been our most requested feature, especially following our success at RootsTech. We have a passionate community of FamilySearch users who have waited patiently while we built it, and we’re so happy that it’s now ready for them.”

Currently, the integration imports FamilySearch’s Family Tree data into Twile. Soon, Twile will be adding support for FamilySearch’s memories and photos plus an automatic synchronisation that will keep the Twile timeline up to date as FamilySearch records change.

“FamilySearch is always looking for fun, engaging experiences that help our patrons make new personal discoveries and family connections. Twile’s rich, custom timeline of key family history events does exactly that!” said Steve Rockwood, FamilySearch CEO.

To utilize the new feature, FamilySearch users will need to register for Twile at www.twile.com. The basic service is free and lets users add up to 10 events and photos per month, while a Twile Premium account allows subscribers to add unlimited events and photos for $49.99 per year.

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world and 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 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

About Twile

Twile is a UK-based interactive timeline of your family’s past, present, and future. The timeline consists of photos and milestones—such as births, marriages, and deaths—that tell the story of your family from your earliest known ancestor right through to today. Family historians can import their family tree from FamilySearch and then add more recent events from their own life before inviting their family members to explore and contribute.

While the Twile website is aimed primarily at family historians, it is also designed to encourage the rest of the family to add their own content, including the younger generations. Since its beginnings, Twile has been backed by Creative England, a number of UK angel investors and Findmypast, with whom they partnered in February 2016. Twile was the winner of two innovation awards at RootsTech 2016, including People’s Choice.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New FamilySearch.org Collections: Week of September 26, 2016


SALT LAKE CITY, UT—Check out the new record collections for Australia and the United States Revolutionary War this week at FamilySearch.org. Six million new records were also added to the Find A Grave Index. Quickly search or share this week's new collections from the interactive table online. 

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 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Kerry Scott Named Editor of APG eNews


WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 26 September 2016 - The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) has named Kerry Scott, as the new editor of APG's monthly newsletter. Scott is a professional genealogist and owner of Clue Wagon, LLC. She brings years of experience as a blogger, writer, and lecturer to APG's popular monthly electronic newsletter. She is the author of How to Use Evernote for Genealogy and has written genealogy and technology articles for Family Tree Magazine and other publications.

Scott served as F+W Media's online content manager, creating content and producing webinars and courses for FamilyTreeMagazine.com and FamilyTreeUniversity.com. Her background is in human resources. She served as the member benefits coordinator for APG for three years.

"APG eNews is designed to be a go-to source for news concerning the professional, as well as APG news," said Kerry Scott. "I'm excited to grow the publication in its usefulness to APG members. I'd like it to be a resource that members look forward to receiving every month. Thank you to the APG Board for selecting me for this position."

APG eNews Subscription Information

APG eNews launched in 2012 and is produced monthly. The most recent three issues are posted in the Publications areas of the APG website. Members have access to all past issues in the Members Only section of website. Members who subscribe to the email list will receive a notice and link each month.

About the Association of Professional Genealogists

The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Friday, September 23, 2016

New records available to search this Findmypast Friday September 23, 2016


Over 1.7 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:


This collection of Cheshire Vital Records contains over 584,000 records including baptisms, marriages, and burials. The details found in earlier records are sparse, but later records, especially in the twentieth century, were meticulously kept and recorded a number of key facts about your ancestor. The collection can be searched by parish, event, or record type and allows you to browse through thousands of original bishop's transcripts, non-conformist registers, and parish registers from churches across the English county of Cheshire.


Uncover the harrowing details of 339 transatlantic shipwrecks between 1817 and 1875 by exploring 632 digitised pages of Frank A. Biebel's "Shipwrecked Passenger Book". The collection mainly covers shipwrecks of European ships traveling to the United States, although some ships to Canada and other countries are included. All details of each wreck are given, including the port of embarkation, destination port, an account of the wreck, the names of known survivors, passenger lists (if available) and survivors dispositions.


Over 5,148 records have been added to our collection of school and university register books. Britain, School and University Register Books 1264-1930 contains over 18,000 records that list biographical details about your ancestor's life after school, such as employment information and marriage and death dates. You can also discover if your ancestor taught at these schools, as all the registers include staff names.

The records consist of digitised copies of school and university register books. They include a full register of former pupils. The lists often include biographical details like birth year, father's name, employment after school and family information. Most of the books will include a full history of the institute, followed by lists of previous headmasters, tutors, sporting teams and illustrations or photographs.


Our collection of United States Family Histories contains over 930,000 images taken from 3,926 family histories and genealogies from all 50 states as well as several locations overseas. These PDF records can be searched by publication year, title, county, and state, page number and additional key words. The publications included have a particular emphasis on tracing the descendants of the early, colonial immigrants to the United States.


United States, State & Local Histories is a collection of over 300 books containing over 183,000 records. Available to view in PDF format, the records can be searched by year, title, county, and state. Additionally, you can search by keywords and page number. Learning more about the specific towns and counties your family came from can help explain certain aspects of their lives, such as why they were in certain professions. You may also come across a biographical account of an individual who was important to the founding or growth of a place of significance to your family; the individual could perhaps be your ancestor.


Volume 27, Issue 2 (January 2016) of the NYG&B Record, the second oldest genealogical journal in the United States, is now available at Findmypast. Search or browse to find valuable documentation to aid you in your family history research.

Published quarterly since 1870 by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the Record is one of the most distinguished genealogical journals in the United States. It publishes compiled genealogies documented to the highest standards, transcriptions of original records and other source material from throughout New York State, works that solve genealogical problems, and reviews of important scholarship in the field.


Volume 147, Issue 2 (Summer 2016) 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.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Association of Professional Genealogists Recognizes Members and Chapters for Contributions to the Organization and to the Genealogy Profession


FORT WAYNE, Indiana, and WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 22 September 2016− The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) honored several of its members for their achievements and service to the field of genealogy today at its 2016 Professional Management Conference (PMC) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. APG President Billie Stone Fogarty presented the awards at today’s opening session of PMC.

Melanie D. Holtz, CG, received the Grahame T. Smallwood, Jr., Award of Merit, which honors personal commitment and outstanding service to the APG. Holtz was an APG board member in 2010 and from 2013–2014 and served on APG’s Professional Development Committee for six years. She is a member of the APG North Carolina Chapter. She operates an international research firm that specializes in Italian genealogy, dual citizenship, and probate cases.

Eileen M. O’Duill, CG, received the APG Professional Achievement Award. The award, created in 2007, recognizes exceptional professional achievement and ethical behavior with contributions to the field of genealogy. O’Duill, who lives in Ireland, served on the APG Board from 1995–2000 and 2007–2012. She is a genealogist, writer, and lecturer on Irish genealogy topics and is a co-author of Irish Civil Registration—Where Do I Start?

Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, was awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership for her contributions to APG and to the field of genealogy. Benjamin B. Spratling III was presented an award plaque in appreciation and with gratitude for outstanding service as legal counsel to the APG.

Other awards included:

APGQ Excellence Award: Yvette Hoitink, CG, for her September 2015 article “Use Content Marketing to Grow Your Business.”

Certificate of Appreciation to Kimberly T. Powell for her service and dedication to the Professional Development Committee and an award plaque for her service as APG President from 2014–2015.

Certificate of Appreciation to Diane Rapaport for her years of service on the Publications Advisory Committee.

Fogarty presented an award plaque to Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF, of the Allen County Public Library for hosting the Association of Professional Genealogists 2016 Professional Management Conference. APG also presented a $1,000 donation to the library.

Northland Chapter Received APG Golden Chapter Award

APG’s Northland Chapter received the Golden Chapter Award for excellence in professional development and networking opportunities for its members. A Golden Chapter Award Honorable Mention went to APG’s Puget Sound Chapter for excellence in outreach, collaboration, and preservation upon the successful completion of “Scrapbook of Picture Cards,” a joint project with the Seattle Public Library. The Great Plains Chapter also received Golden Chapter Award Honorable Mention for excellence in programs, outreach, and administration of a small chapter.

“We are blessed with a multitude of outstanding members who contribute their time, talents, and expertise to further the goals of APG and make the field of genealogy better for all,” said APG President Billie Stone Fogarty. “We are especially proud of this year’s honorees and thank each of them for their service and dedication.”

About the Association of Professional Genealogists

The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

New Occupational Records now on TheGenealogist


New Occupational Records now on TheGenealogist

If your ancestor held a prominent position in a religious organisation then you may find them in amongst a number of recent releases at TheGenealogist.co.uk. The new records include:
  • The Year Book of The Church of England in the Dominion of Canada 1926 & 1935 - These year books contain the details of the members of clergy in Canada.
  • New Zealand Methodist Union Index 1913 - Listing details of Methodist Ministers and their placements in New Zealand up to 1912.
  • Catholic Directory 1867 & 1877 - Directories of Catholic Clergy with addresses for England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Biographical Dictionary of English Catholics 1534 to 1885 - This work by Joseph Gillow gives biographies of prominent Catholics which often include details of their family, education and achievements.
  • Shropshire Roman Catholic Registers 1763-1837
  • The Roman Catholics in the County of York 1604
  • Various Catholic Record Society volumes - These include a variety of interesting records including various Catholic Church registers, memoirs and letters of prominent Catholics and Recusant Rolls.
  • Jewish Year Books 1896-99, 1901-8, 1910-11, 1918-21, 1925, and 1928-39 - These year books list the details of prominent people within each synagogue, obituaries, Jewish officers in the Army, Navy and Auxiliary Forces, Ministers, MPs, Peers, and even Jewish 'Celebrities' of the time.
  • Jewish Synagogue Seatholders in London for 1920, 1922, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1937
  • The Clergyman's Almanack 1821 & 1822 - These Almanacks list archbishops, bishops, dignitaries, MPs and Peers.
  • Register of Missionaries 1796-1923 - A register of the missionaries and deputations of the London Society of Missionaries. This book includes many details about each missionary, as well as listing their wives (including their maiden name).
  • Durham Diocesan Calendar 1931
These records compliment an already wide range of religious occupational records such as Cox's Clergy Lists and Crockford's Clerical Directories, Jewish Seatholders, Catholic Registers, and Directories already on TheGenealogist.

Diamond subscribers can access these records by going to the Search tab on the home page - scrolling down to Occupational Records and then selecting the type of records that they are interested in.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

BCG's Free Day of Quality Education to be Broadcast Online Through Legacy


BCG's Free Day of Quality Education to be Broadcast Online Through Legacy


Top genealogists Pamela Boyer Sayre, Elizabeth Shown Mills, Ann Staley, Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, David McDonald, and Judy Russell will present six one-hour lectures held at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City Friday, 7 October 2016 between 9 AM and 5 PM mountain U.S. time. The lectures are free and open to the public (registration is not required), sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Most will also be broadcast online (free registration is required, see below). The board is an independent certifying body and author of the updated 2014 Genealogy Standards.

Times, topics, and speakers:

9:00 AM - "Enough is Enough. Or Is It?" Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL

10:15 AM - "FAN + GPS + DNA: The Problem-Solver's Great Trifecta." Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL

11:30 AM - "Black Sheep Ancestors and Their Records." Ann Staley, CG, CGL

1:30 PM - "Bringing Life to Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections." Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG

2:45 PM - "Document Transcription & Analysis: A Workshop." David McDonald, CG

4:00 PM - "When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicting Evidence." Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL

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

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

Register for the Online Broadcasts

Five of the six classes will be broadcast online by BCG's webinar partner, Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Visit www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/BCG to sign up individually (free), or click here to sign up for multiple classes at once.


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-certified associates after periodic competency evaluations, and the board name is registered in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Monday, September 19, 2016

6th Annual Forensic Genealogy Institute to be held March 7-9, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas


The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is proud to announce two first-time tracks--unique to CAFG--being offered at the 6th Annual Forensic Genealogy Institute to be held March 7-9, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas.

The first track, Applying Genetic Genealogy to a Forensic Specialty, will be led by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, and offers a unique focus on genetic genealogy for forensic genealogists. This three-day workshop is based on Genetic Genealogy in Practice, with additional material customized for forensic genealogists. Genetic genealogy is a complex topic requiring practice and study to master. Each student will be required to purchase and have in-hand a print copy of the textbook that will be used in the course: Blaine T. Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, Genetic Genealogy in Practice (Arlington, Va.: National Genealogy Society, 2016); available online at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/home.

The second track, Becoming an Expert: Law and the Forensic Genealogist, will be led by Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, aka The Legal Genealogist. From the standards that govern genealogical research to the rules that govern courtroom evidence, the law requires expertise of the forensic genealogist. In this three-day, hands-on program, current and aspiring forensic genealogists will learn more about becoming that kind of expert, from applying the Genealogical Proof Standard to finding the applicable law to understanding the legal processes that govern expert witnesses in forensic cases.

CAFG is the leader in education for forensic genealogists. Registration will open October 15. http://www.forensicgenealogists.org/institute/

Friday, September 16, 2016

New SLIG Scholarship for First-Time Institute Attendees

New SLIG Scholarship for First-Time Institute Attendees
The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Association, is pleased to announce that applications for a new SLIG Scholarship will be accepted beginning September 15, 2016.

Who may apply: Any past institute participant will testify of the in-depth educational benefits an institute offers. Many consider an institute to be the foundation of their ongoing genealogical education program. But to the individuals who are eligible for this scholarship, the concept is a new one - a very unique, intriguing way to build a more solid foundation or to take their skills to the next level on a specific topic. They are probably not yet employed in the industry, or are working in a related non-research position; are most likely not advanced in their research skills; and might even be self-taught. Regardless of level of experience, they have a few things in common: 1) they have not yet attended any of the national genealogical institutes; 2) they are ready for a more in-depth learning experience at an intermediate (or above) level; and 3) they would like to attend SLIG. If you fit this description, you are eligible to apply.

What the scholarship includes: Applicants will receive full tuition toward the course of their choice for SLIG 2017. Genealogists transitioning from a self-taught environment to an institute may wish to consider Course 1; however, that is not required. Course choice is limited only by available seating at the time of the award.

Applicants are asked to submit the following via email to the SLIG Director:

  1. A short essay (less than one page) outlining why you want to further your genealogical education.
  2. A statement (one to two paragraphs) indicating what you hope to gain from your first institute experience.
  3. A list of previous genealogy education programs or conferences attended.
  4. The name of the course you hope to attend, and why you have chosen that course.

Applications are due November 1, 2016, and the winner will be announced November 15, 2016.

TheGenealogist Adds to its Growing Collection of Parish Records



TheGenealogist adds to its growing collection of Parish Records with the release of those for Nuneaton & North Warwickshire.

  • Released in partnership with the Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society there are over 454,000 new fully searchable records of individuals
  • Allowing the researcher to discover more than 300,000 people recorded within the baptisms from this area in the heart of England
  • Family historians can also discover the details of over 90,000 individuals from marriages and nearly 60,0000 people listed in the burials of Nuneaton & North Warwickshire


Nuneaton & North Warwickshire FHS worked with TheGenealogist to publish their records online for the first time, making 454,525 individuals from baptism, marriage and burial records fully searchable.

"The officers of Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society are delighted to be working with The Genealogist to bring their collection of baptism, marriage and burial transcriptions for north Warwickshire online…” John Parton (Chairman)

With some of the surviving records reaching back into the 1700s this is an excellent resource for family historians to use for discovering Nuneaton & North Warwickshire ancestors.
The records are also available on TheGenealogist’s Society website FHS-Online.co.uk where societies get 100% of the income.

“This new initiative will provide for those researchers preferring online access, while allowing us to continue offering the data on CD. NNWFHS members have opportunity to take out an enhanced subscription which includes access to the data." John Parton (Chairman)

This is an ongoing project with the society working on transcribing many more records.

“We’re delighted to welcome NNWFHS to both TheGenealogist and FHS-Online. This release adds to the growing collection of parish records on both websites. These partnerships help societies boost their funds whilst bringing their records to a much wider audience, through online publication.” Mark Bayley (Head of Online Development)

If your society is interested in publishing records online, please contact Mark Bayley on 01722 717002 or see fhs-online.co.uk/about.php

New records available to search this Findmypast Friday September 16, 2016


Over 4.7 million new records have been added this week including;

BRAND NEW RECORDS


Ireland Valuation Office Books contains just under 2 million records. The collection houses several types of manuscript records from the Valuation Office in Ireland including field books, house books, quarto books, rent books, survey books, and tenure books. All of these books helped to inform the publication of Griffith's Valuation; a comprehensive assessment of the rental value of Irish lands and property from the mid-1820s to the mid-1850s.

Each record includes both a transcript and an image of the original document. The amount and type of information will vary depending on the date and nature of the document. Images offer additional information, particularly about the land being assessed. Some book types, such as tenure books, include notations about the property as well as notes on the cost of rent and any additional observations. House books also often include descriptions of a property and its various components, such as notations of office, barn and piggery. Quarto books include observations about the tenement.


Ireland, Original Will Registers 1858-1920 contains over 181,000 records and forms the largest collection of surviving wills for post-1858 Republic of Ireland. The registers come from will books created by the district courts and held by the National Archives of Ireland. The collection includes wills from Northern Ireland up until 1917. Each records contains both a transcript and an image of the original source document.


Explore lists of over 50,000 Irish Catholics who swore loyalty to the crown or converted to Protestantism. During the harsh Penal Laws of the 18th century, Catholics were restricted from owning property or having businesses so many chose to either convert (at least legally) to the Church of Ireland or swear loyalty to the Crown in front of a court so that they might qualify for certain rights.

Each record contains a transcript and an image of the original entry. The amount of information may vary as there are different kinds of records included in the collection. Most records will reveal your ancestor's address, occupation, date of conversion or qualification, date of enrollment or court hearing and the location of the court.


These brand new records consist of indexed lists of men and women who served with the Merchant Navy and reveal detailed information for each crew member such as where and when they were born and details of their life at sea. They hold the names of thousands of men and women from Galway, Belfast, Dublin, and lands farther away such as Philadelphia, Norway and many more. Crew lists also recorded marriages, engagements, births and deaths at sea.

Each record includes an image of the original record and a transcript. Transcripts will usually list your ancestor's birth date, birth place, vessel name, ship number, registry port and the nature of the event that was recorded.

ADDITIONAL RECORDS & FEATURES FOR EXISTING SETS


Our collection of Lincolnshire baptisms is now available to search by name, year, place and parent's names. Lincolnshire baptisms contains over 1.9 million parish records dating from 1538 to 1911 and will allow you to discover your ancestors birth year, baptism date, location and parent's names. Each record includes both an image and a transcript of the original document.


Lincolnshire banns is now available to search by name, year, spouse's name and location. The collection contains over 121,000 records covering banns read in Lincolnshire parish churches between 1538 and 1911. The records allow you to discover your ancestor's residence, banns date, spouse's name' spouse's residence and location.


Our Lincolnshire marriage records are now available to search by name, birth year, marriage year, spouse’s name and location. The collection now contains over 933,000 records and covers more than 650 locations across the county. Discover your ancestor's age, birth year, residence, marriage date, location, father's name and spouse's details as far back as 1538.


You can now search our Lincolnshire burial records by name, birth year, burial year and location. Lincolnshire burials contains over 1.4 million records covering more than 300 burial places across the county. Discover your ancestor's age at death, birth year, burial date and burial location.


Browse over 5000 parish registers containing more than 4.4 million records of baptisms, marriages and burials from all over Lincolnshire.


Over 1.6 million new articles have been added to our collection of historic British newspapers. 14 brand new titles have been added to the collection from right across the country including the Preston Herald, Norwich Mercury, Warwick and Warwickshire Advertiser, Barnsley Chronicle, Durham Chronicle, East & South Devon Advertiser and more.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Over 3 Million historic Irish records free forever to search online



  • Four fascinating NAI collections spanning 220 years of Irish history (1701-1922) free to search forever
  • Released online for the first time, the records will allow researchers to trace their roots back to Pre-Famine Ireland and learn about the lives of their Irish ancestors

Dublin, Ireland, September 15th 2016

Leading Family History website Findmypast, has today announced the online publication of more than 3 million historic Irish records released in association with the National Archives of Ireland and Family Search International. The release consists of a wide range of documents including original wills, lists of Catholics who swore loyalty to the crown or converted to Protestantism, land valuation records and merchant navy crew lists. The records date back to pre-famine Ireland and will be completely free to search forever.

Spanning over 220 years of Irish history from 1701 to 1922, the release is comprised of four highly valuable National Archives of Ireland collections including:
  • Original Will Registers 1858-1920 - over 181,000 records the largest collection of surviving wills for the post-1858 period for the Republic of Ireland. The registers allow researchers to explore the pages of wills to discover where their family lived, what assets they had, if it was left to relatives, and if anyone was left out due to a family feud.
  • Qualification and Convert Rolls 1701 – 1845 - lists of over 52,000 Catholics who swore loyalty to the crown or converted to Protestantism. During the harsh Penal Laws of the 18th century, Irish Catholics were restricted from owning property or running businesses. Many chose to either convert (at least legally) to the established Church or swear loyalty in front of a court in order to qualify for certain rights
  • Valuation Office books 1824-1856 – these land and house surveys kept by the Valuation Office of Ireland contain over 2 million names. The books that make up this collection were preparatory to the Griffith’s Valuation, and provide a comprehensive assessment of the rental value of Irish lands and property from the mid-1820s to the mid-1850s. The books reveal where and when individuals rented or owned property and provide rare glimpses of life in pre-famine Ireland
  • Merchant Navy Crew lists 1857-1922 - These indexed lists records the details of over 832,000 men and women who served with the Merchant Navy. The original lists were extensive and provided detailed information for each crew member, where and when they were born, and their life at sea. The lists not only cover Irish sailors but also include natives of Norway, Russia, Sweden, America and Germany, to name but a few
This is the first time these important National Archives of Ireland collections have been fully indexed with digitized images of the original papers linked online. All four collections are fully searchable, providing relatives and historians from all over the world with opportunities to discover more about their Irish heritage through documents that, until today, could only by accessed by visiting the Archive’s reading rooms in Dublin.

Findmypast is home to the most comprehensive online archive of Irish family history records with over 114 million documents 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, Head of Irish Records at Findmypast, comments:

“The records of the National Archives of Ireland are a central resource for Irish family history and we at Findmypast are once again delighted to be making them available and fully searchable to all online in partnership with our colleagues at Family Search. Moreover, we are once again releasing these records for free forever, just like we did with the pre-1901 census records or the Roman Catholic parish registers, making Irish genealogy that much easier and cheaper for all. It is a privilege to work with the records and team at the National Archives, and we look forward to further releases in the near future.”

Catriona Crowe, Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland, said:

“The National Archives of Ireland has been to the forefront of genealogical democratisation, starting with the release free to access of the 1901 and 1911 censuses online, and followed by the material available on our genealogical website – genealogy.nationalarchives.ie. We regard it as a fundamental principle that Irish people and people of Irish descent should have free access to their genealogical cultural heritage. Our partnership with Findmypast and FamilySearch has allowed us to continue to activate that principle, and we regard the partnership as an exemplary arrangement for access to important records with minimum cost to the State. It has been a harmonious partnership, where all involved gain benefit from the arrangement.

This latest release comprises a huge number of records, ranging from 17th century convert records to 19th century land records, shipping records and copies of wills which were destroyed in 1922. None of these records have been digitised or indexed before. They contain millions of names not available elsewhere. We know that they will be a great addition to the records already available to the millions interested in their Irish ancestry, and to the growing online scholarly archive on Irish history.

Our partnership with Findmypast and FamilySearch has allowed us to continue to activate that principle, and we regard the partnership as an exemplary arrangement for access to important records with minimum cost to the State. It has been a harmonious partnership, where all involved gain benefit from the arrangement.”

This latest release comprises a huge number of records, ranging from 17th century convert records to 19th century land records, shipping records and copies of wills which were destroyed in 1922. None of these records have been digitised or indexed before. They contain millions of names not available elsewhere. We know that they will be a great addition to the records already available to the millions interested in their Irish ancestry, and to the growing online scholarly archive on Irish history.”

Find out more at: http://www.findmypast.com/irish-ancestors

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 digitised records from across the globe, including the 1911 Census and the recently released 1939 Register which they digitised in association with The National Archives.
www.findmypast.com

About The National Archives of Ireland

Occupying a key position in the cultural and intellectual life of the nation, the National Archives holds the records of the modern Irish State which document its historical evolution and the creation of our national identity.

In keeping with our Mission Statement, we secure the preservation of records relating to Ireland which warrant preservation as archives and ensure that appropriate arrangements are made for public access to archives.

Our holdings relate to all parts of Ireland and have enormous research potential as they provide essential primary source material for people seeking to understand the political, economic and social forces which have shaped our nation. The records also permit the study of Government policy and encourage greater use of our archival heritage by the general public.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

FamilySearch New Collections Update: Week of September 12, 2016



SALT LAKE CITY, UT—Searchable records are becoming more and more available across the globe. The most recent published collections are great evidence of that. From the large indexed 1911 census in Denmark to browsable images from Korea. Click here to see the interactive table of this week's historic records added to FamilySearch.org.

About FamilySearch

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 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Third Annual 2017 RootsTech Innovator Showdown Boasts $100,000 in Prizes

Third Annual 2017 RootsTech Innovator Showdown Boasts $100,000 in Prizes


The global innovation competition is now accepting entries

Salt Lake City (September 12, 2016)—RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, is now accepting entries for the 2017 Innovator Showdown—a “Global Innovation Competition” for developers and entrepreneurs seeking an opportunity to impact the growing multi-billion dollar family history industry while competing for $100,000 in cash and prizes. The Innovator Showdown seeks to support, foster, and inspire innovation within the family history marketplace. The deadline for submitting to the 2017 Innovator Showdown is December 1, 2016. The winners will present on stage and be selected by judges and live audience voting at RootsTech 2017 on Friday, February 10, 2017. Go to RootsTech.devpost.com for more information.

2016 RootsTech Innovator Summit

Last year, 50 contestants, including six international applicants, competed in the Innovator Showdown. In 2017, the total cash and in-kind Innovator Showdown prizes will again be $100,000—making it one of the most attractive innovator contests in the nation.

Showdown Calendar:
  • Submissions will be accepted: today through December 1, 2016
  • Online Judging: December 1–20, 2016
  • Semifinalists Announced: December 20, 2016
  • Showdown Semifinals: February 8, 2017
  • Showdown Finals: February 10, 2017 at RootsTech at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Out of all applicants, the field will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists. Showdown semifinals will be held during lunch at the RootsTech Innovator Summit in the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on February 8, 2017 where we will introduce the semifinalists and their products. Five finalists will be announced that evening.

The exciting Showdown Finals are held during RootsTech before a panel of industry judges, including genealogy, technology and business gurus, and a live audience of 3,000 family history consumers, making the Innovator Showdown arguably one of the largest live audience tech competitions in North America. Finals will also be streamed live through RootsTech.org to tens of thousands of online viewers. This year, five finalists will pitch their innovations, field questions from judges, and await the announcement of the winners, while real time audience voting is taking place via texting to determine the winner of the People’s Choice prize.

Rootstech Innovator Summit 2016 - 1st place winner, TapGenes by Heather Holmes—Tools to identify medical and genetic threads that tie your family together. TapGenes also competed in the 2015 competition


Cash Prize Breakdown for Finalists:
  • Judge’s 1st Choice: $20,000
  • Judge’s 2nd Choice: $14,000
  • Judge’s 3rd Choice: $6,000
  • People’s Choice: $10,000
Besides cash prizes, winners will receive fabulous in-kind prizes from sponsors to assist in successfully launching their products to the awaiting world of family history enthusiasts, bringing the total prize value up to $100,000.

2016 Showdown winners represented a wide variety of family history related products that included:
  • 1st place winner, TapGenes by Heather Holmes—Tools to identify medical and genetic threads that tie your family together. TapGenes also competed in the 2015 competition.
  • 2nd Place winner, Studio from Legacy Republic by Michael Chang—Technology hardware and software for digitizing hard copy photo albums using off-the-shelf smartphone technology
  • 3rd Place winner, Twile by Paul Brooks from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, UK— Web app that populates a visual family timeline with data and media
  • People’s Choice winner—Twile

Entries for the 2017 Innovator Showdown can be made through http://rootstech.devpost.com/ and must include a video.

You can find this release online at media.familysearch.org.

About RootsTech

RootsTech, held February 8-11, 2017 and hosted by FamilySearch, is the largest global family history event in the world! The sixth annual conference—celebrating families across generations—is the perfect place to discover and share your family's stories and connections through technology.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

MyHeritage: 33 Million Finish Church Records

MyHeritage Releases Most Significant Collection of Finnish Historical Records Ever Published Online

Extensive collection of 33 million Church records digitized by MyHeritage covers the population of Finland during 300 years, providing a treasure trove of information for anyone with Finnish ancestors


TEL AVIV, Israel, LEHI, Utah & HELSINKI, Finland, September 12, 2016 — MyHeritage, the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, announced today the addition of a new historical records collection: Finland Church Census and Pre-confirmation Rolls, 1657-1950. The collection, indexed and searchable in its entirety, is currently available only on MyHeritage, along with millions of scanned original documents. It was created with the cooperation of the National Archives Service of Finland.

The collection includes clerical surveys (rippikirjat) and pre-confirmation books (lastenkirjat) for a period starting in 1657 and spanning nearly 300 years. MyHeritage is the first organization to index this collection. Users can access the collection on SuperSearch™, MyHeritage’s global search engine for historical records. In addition, users who upload their family trees to MyHeritage immediately benefit from Record Matching technology that automatically reveals new information about their ancestors who appear in the records.

Records from the collection list family households and include family relationships; more recent records include birth dates and birthplaces, and notes on marriages, deaths, and migrations. Records may also include notes on a person’s reputation and physical appearance.

“This is the most important collection of historical records for Finland ever published online,” said Russ Wilding, Chief Content Officer at MyHeritage. “We are pleased to have been the ones to index it in its entirety and make it available to our millions of users. Anyone with Finnish ancestors will find them here, extend their family tree by many generations, and make fascinating family history discoveries.”

With this latest addition from Finland, MyHeritage extends its genealogy market leadership in the Nordic countries, with millions of registered users and hundreds of millions of historical records from Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. MyHeritage was the first company to release the invaluableSwedish household examination (census) records, followed by multiple collections of Census Records from Denmark. MyHeritage is committed to continue to digitize important historical records and bring them online for the first time, for the benefit of the global family history community.
Searching the Finland Church Census and Pre-confirmation Rolls collection is free. A subscription is required to view records and Record Matches.

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the world's fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and ground­breaking search and matching technologies. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to share family stories, past and present, and treasure them for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages. www.myheritage.com.

Friday, September 9, 2016

New London Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday


To commemorate the Great Fire of London's 350th anniversary, over 3.5 million historic London records are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Brand New Records


Browse over 1.5 million records from three London Post Office Directories. The directories include lists of traders, bankers, people employed by the crown, officials, lawyers as well as full street directories. They are presented as a browse search, which allows you to select a publication and browse through it from beginning to end.

The collection includes various lists such as a commercial directory, a trade's directory, a parliamentary directory, a street directory, and a court directory. They list names alphabetically by surname and allow you to discover your ancestor's occupation, business address, or home address.


Westminster, Poor Law and Parish Administration contains over 1.7 million records including bastardy papers, admissions, examinations, pauper records, valuations, work house records and more.

This collection houses several distinct types of document and the amount of available information will vary depending on the type and date of the records. Both transcripts and images of the original documents are provided and the collection can be searched by name, year, place, record type and additional keywords.


City Of London, Gunmakers' Company Freedoms and Admissions, 1656-1936, contains over 5,000 records that allow you to find out if your ancestor joined the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers. The records consist of registers of freeman's admissions and lists of liverymen that will reveal when they were admitted to the company, how they were admitted, and the name of the master they trained under. Images of the original documents can provide you with even further information about your ancestor such as their relationship to their master, exact date of admission, and full address.

The Worshipful Company of Gunmakers was founded in 1637, after decades of arguments over which of the city's livery companies would regulate the emerging trade of gunmaking. Guns were not seen as an essential element of warfare until the defeat of the Spanish armada in 1588 when sound cannons and good tactics enabled the small, quick British fleet to cut a swath through the lumbering Spaniards. After that, the supply of guns became a matter of national importance.

ADDITIONAL RECORDS FOR EXISTING SETS


Over 15,000 records from the parishes of St Alphege, Greenwich, St John's Wellington Street, Woolwich and Cliffe at Hoo have been added to our collection of Thames & Medway Baptisms. The collection now contains over 335,000 records and covers the period 1721 to 1970. The areas covered include, among others, Brentford, Deptford, Ealing, Greenwich and Rotherhithe.

Each records consists of a transcript of the original source material. The detail in each transcript may vary, but most will include your ancestors name, birth date, baptism date, location, parent's names and any additional notes.


Over 10,000 records from the parishes of St Alphege, Greenwich and Cliffe at Hoo have been added to our collection of Thames & Medway Burials. The collection now contains over 186,000 records and covers Middlesex, Essex, Surrey and Kent for the period 1702 to 1997. The records also include prisoners from the Woolwich prison ships and the names of over 1,200 seamen who died on the Seaman's Hospital Society's hospital ships near Greenwich.

Each record consists of a transcript of the original source material. The amount of information listed may vary but most will include a combination of your ancestor's burial date, age at death, residence and burial place.


Discover if your English ancestor was buried in Westminster with over 105,000 new records. The new additions cover a number of Westminster municipal cemeteries and will reveal when your ancestor was born, when they died and where they were laid to rest. Westminster burials now contains over 1.5 million records dating back to 1538.

Each record provides an image of the original register held by the City of Westminster Archives Centre and a transcript of the vital information found in the register. The details in each vary for a number of reasons: the age of the record, how much was known about the deceased person and the physical condition of the original register. Some registers may even reveal whether your ancestors was buried in consecrated or un-consecrated ground, whether they were cremated and the cost of their burial.


Over 24,000 records from the parish of St Mary, Whitechapel have been added to our collection of London, Docklands and East End Baptisms. The collection now contains over 668,000 records from 27 East End Parishes.

Each record consists of a transcript created by Docklands Ancestors that will reveal your ancestors birth date, baptism date, parent's names, address and the location of their baptism.


Over 99,000 new records have been added to the Greater London Burials Index. The Index comprises over 1.6 million names from more than 226 parishes in the Greater London area and includes records from both Anglican and non-conformist parishes. It also includes the City of London Burials, Middlesex Memorial Inscriptions, Middlesex & City of London Burials Index and the South London Burials Index.

Each record comprises a transcript of the original index. The amount of information listed varies, but the records usually include a combination of the following information about your ancestor; full name (including maiden name if female) birth year, death year, burial date, occupation, denomination, relationship and address.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Ancestry Appoints Catherine Ball as Chief Scientific Officer



Recognized Leader in Field of Genomics
Will Help Company Scale DNA Offering to Millions More

LEHI, Utah, Sept. 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, today announced the appointment of Catherine Ball, Ph.D. as Chief Scientific Officer. In addition to overseeing the science team, Dr. Ball leads the Company's initiatives to develop innovative new technologies and analyze genetic data at a rapidly-increasing scale.

Dr. Ball joined Ancestry in 2011 as Vice President of Genomics and Bioinformatics, helping to establish the Company's approach to genetic genealogy leading to the launch of AncestryDNA. She has built Ancestry's science team into a key innovation engine, driving new scientific discoveries and powering the Company's growth to become the largest consumer genomics provider globally. Today, AncestryDNA has the world's largest consumer genomics database and has helped more than two million customers learn more about their ethnic origins and genetic relationships.

"This is an important recognition of the instrumental role Cathy has played — and will continue to play — in the tremendous growth of our DNA business," said Ken Chahine Ph.D., Executive Vice President and General Manager of AncestryDNA. "We're focused on developing new innovations that combine the science of DNA with our vast database of 70 million family trees to help everyone, everywhere discover what led to them. We're at the beginning of this journey and there's no one better to spearhead these efforts than Cathy."

"It's incredibly gratifying to work on a product that has a meaningful impact on so many lives," said Dr. Ball. "Our customers share extremely rewarding stories of self-discovery with us daily and it's an important priority to be good stewards of the data entrusted to us. I look forward to continuing work with a stellar team of laboratory scientists, geneticists, statisticians, and computer scientists as we refine the genomic science behind family history to deliver more detailed and personalized results to those of all backgrounds."

By bringing together DNA data and the context of ties between people, places, and human events found in family trees, the AncestryDNA team will continue to study ethnic diversity, migration patterns, human evolution and the history of our species, which has the potential to influence the way we think about identity and the connections among mankind.

Dr. Ball is a genomic scientist who has annotated and mined the genomes of various organisms and created resources to help clinicians, citizens and other scientists exploit and explore genome data. Her career has focused on helping people around the world appreciate, understand and use their own genomic data. Dr. Ball has collaborated on the annotation of the first sequenced eukaryotic genome (brewer's yeast) and has collaboratively built databases to explore the genomes of yeast, E. coli and the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. As a pioneer in data analysis resources for high-throughput biomedical technologies, she led the Stanford Microarray Database, the largest academic database of its kind. Dr. Ball has used high-throughput biomedical data to shed light on diverse research topics, from the biology of infectious organisms to the mechanisms involved in cell division and cancer. Dr. Ball has presented seminars at leading universities and contributes to National Institutes of Health committees. She received a B.S. in Biology and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Ball was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley prior to her research in the Departments of Genetics and Biochemistry at Stanford University School of Medicine.

About Ancestry

Ancestry, the global 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 2.4 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and more than 2 million DNA samples in the AncestryDNA database. Since 1996, more than 18 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 and services including AncestryDNA, Archives, ProGenealogists, Newspapers.com and Fold3.