Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for January 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah (27 December 2017), If your New Year's resolutions include free, how-to family history classes, then look no further than the array of webinars and classes offered by the Family History Library starting in January 2018. Participants can attend in person or online. The January schedule includes informative classes for Ireland, Portugal, Germany, United Kingdom, Norway, and United States research, using the FamilySearch Family Tree, learning how to use the FamilySearch tools more effectively, how to index, and other useful tips and instruction. Some classes are available in Spanish. See the full schedule below. Easily find and share this announcement directly from the FamilySearch Newsroom.

Online classes are noted on the schedule as webinars. Webinar attendees need to click the link next to the class title on the scheduled date and time to attend the class online. Those attending in person simply go to the room noted. Invite your family and friends. All class times are in mountain standard time. Mark your calendars for events you want to join so you don’t forget.

If you are unable to attend a class in person or watch it online at the time it is scheduled, you may be able to watch it later. Most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience. To view these recorded sessions, go to the archive for Family History Library classes and webinars.

To see the month long schedule, click 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 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.







ISGS 2018 webinars

Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces 2018 FREE Webinar Lineup


The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is happy to announce the continuation of its popular FREE monthly webinar program in 2018. The 2018 ISGS Webinar Series would not be possible without the generous contributions received throughout 2017 and the generous sponsorship
provided by FamilySearch.

Registration for the 2018 webinars is now open! You’ll find a fantastic lineup of presentations and speakers and we hope you will join us for a wonderful educational experience.

The ISGS webinars, which are live lectures/presentations that you can attend via a computer with an internet connection, are held as a live broadcast on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 PM Central. The live broadcast of each webinar is FREE to the public. ISGS members who
are unable to attend the live broadcast are able to access recordings of all past webinars through the Members Section of the ISGS website, to watch at their convenience.

ISGS 2018 Webinar Schedule

So what does 2018 have in store? Here is our amazing lineup!

January 9 – Finding Scottish Ancestors Online
Presenter: Nancy Loe
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9018044124091495425

February 13 – Illinois Digital Resources
Presenter: Tina Beaird
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4371369446769984259

March 14 – Finding Clues for Your Immigrant Ancestors in Ethnic Newspapers and Publications
Presenter: Lisa Alzo
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5780153904231740931

April 10 – Friedrich Eiler in Illinois: Fragments Fuse to Identify One Individual
Presenter: Jill Morelli
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8235096187730802435

May 8 – Want to Honor Your Revolutionary Roots?: Resources for Applying to a Revolutionary War Lineage Society
Presenter: Bryna O’Sullivan
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7567631057019748611

June 12 – Ohio and the Early Gathering of the LDS Church
Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen AG
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/488055438110738509

July 10 – Museums Have Records, Too! Locating Your Ancestor Behind
Closed Doors
Presenter: Melissa Barker
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8386075626899201539

August 14 – National Archives Resources at the Chicago Branch
Presenter: Jane Haldeman
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7025326633433470723

September 11 –Researching Pre-fire Chicago
Presenter: Ginger Frere
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6977633117555548675

October 9 – Chicago Rises from the Ashes: The Columbian Exposition Gives
Perspective to the Family Historian
Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3256193076836331011
November 13 – 1918: The Prairie State “Over There”
Presenter: Lisa Oberg
Registration: Stay tuned!**** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance.
Check back after December 1, 2017, for the registration link.

December 11 –Some Followed the River, Some Took the Train: Finding
Ancestors of the Great Migration
Presenter: Angela Walton-Raji
Registration: Stay tuned!**** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance.
Check back after December 1, 2017 for the registration link.

Additional Webinar Information

All webinars take place at 8:00 PM Central time.

For additional information on our webinar series, visit our ISGS Webinars page at http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=227.

You may also want to review our Webinar FAQs at  http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=316.

Don't forget to spread the word! Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer for the 2018 series can be accessed at https://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=227

Again, a big thank-you to all of the webinar donation fund contributors and to FamilySearch for sponsoring the entire 2018 webinar series! We couldn't do it without you!!

The 2018 ISGS Webinar Series is sponsored by FamilySearch
(http://familysearch.org).

Findmypast Creates Brand New Collection for Tracing Immigrants From the British Isles


Findmypast Creates Brand New Collection for Tracing Immigrants From the British Isles
 
·         Vast new collection has been specially curated by Findmypast’s in-house experts
·         The new British and Irish Roots collection allows researchers to search a wide variety of records spanning more than 400 years of migration between the British Isles and North America, all in one place
·         All 95 million records within this unique resource are now available to search and will be free of charge for a limited period
 
Leading family history website, Findmypast, has announced the creation of a brand new resource that has been specifically designed to help U.S. researchers trace their family’s British and Irish heritage.
                                                                        
The British and Irish Roots Collection is a unique database consisting of more than 98 million assorted records that have been hand-picked from existing collections by Findmypast’s in-house experts.
 
This ground-breaking collection gives family historians the chance to trace their ancestors’ journeys across the Atlantic like never before by bringing together a wide range of record sets that list origin or place of birth as anywhere in Britain and Ireland. Millions of passenger lists, census records, naturalization applications and draft registrations, as well as birth, marriage, and death records spanning more than 400 years (1573 to 1990) of migration between the British Isles and North America can now be explored in one unified search, enabling North American family historians to trace the migration of ancestors from the Old World to the New through one simple search.
 
This is the first time such an expansive database has been curated in such a way. Now, exclusively with Findmypast, family historians can trace the origins of their transatlantic ancestors all in one place.
 
The journeys researchers can expect to find include:
 
·         Anyone leaving the UK or Ireland and emigrating to the US, Canada or the Caribbean
·         Anyone emigrating from Canada or the Caribbean to the US (this covers the large number of British and Irish immigrants who stopped temporarily in Canada and/or the Caribbean)
·         Anyone listed on any US or Canadian record with British or Irish origins, birthplace or parents
 
For example, if a US Military record mentions that a soldier was born in Wales, or if a US census return states that a household member was born in Athlone, Ireland, those records will be searchable through British and Irish Roots.
All records within this expansive collection will be free to search and explore for a limited period.
 
Findmypast is proud to be the essential online resource for British and Irish family historians, offering users access to more records from the British Isles than any other site.
 
Notes to editors
 
Press contacts: UK:  Alex Cox, email: acox@findmypast.com
 
About Findmypast
Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the First World War, The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others.
Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research. 
In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitized records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. Findmypast, in association with The National Archives, recently launched the 1939 Register, a record of 41 million lives on the eve of World War II.
 

National Genealogical Society 2018 Family History Conference Program Now Available

NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300Arlington, VA 22204-4370Phone 703-525-0050 or 800-473-0060Fax 703-525-0052www.ngsgenealogy.org






Press ReleaseContact: Courtney HolmesPhone: 703-525-0050 Ext. 221cholmes@ngsgenealogy.orgFor Release: 20 November 2017

National Genealogical Society 2018 Family History Conference Program Now Available

ARLINGTON, VA, 20 NOVEMBER 2017—The National Genealogical Society’s 2018 Family History Conference program is now available online and as a downloadable sixteen-page registration brochure. This year’s program, Paths to Your Past, will feature a full conference DNA track, an expanded African American track, and many new tracks and topics including “Paths, Trails, and Waterways” and “Occupations” and “Organizations” that developed as our ancestors left farms and moved into towns and cities. In all, the conference, which will be held 2-5 May 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will offer family historians and genealogists more than 175 lectures, an array of social events, and an expo with some eighty exhibitors.

The program will begin with John Philip Colletta, PhD, FUGA, delivering the keynote address, “Coming Along the Towpath: The Erie Canal and the Peopling of the Great Lake States.” Ten lecture tracks will cover a broad spectrum of topics, including immigration and migration, ethnic groups, military research, technology, repositories, etc. Also of interest will be topics that focus on Michigan, other Midwest states, and New York, which served as a major migration route to the Midwest.

The conference will take place at the DeVos Place Convention Center. Registration opens on 1 December 2017.  A number of special events have been planned with limited seating, so register on 1 December, or as soon as possible thereafter, if you plan to attend any of these events. To learn more about our special events, see the announcement brochure and our program. Participants also will want to sign up early for tickets to the NGS banquet on Friday evening, featuring Ric Mixter, renowned shipwreck researcher, diver, and photographer, who will recount stories and show video clips about “The Great Storms of the Great Lakes.” 

Up-to-date information about the availability, amenities, and rates for conference hotels can be found on our conference website.  Be sure to sign up for the NGS Conference Blog so you do not miss conference news or announcements.

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.

New Records on FamilySearch




New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of December 4, 2017

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of December 4, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY, UTOver one million records and one million images from Denmark Censuses 1834, 1840, and 1925 were added on FamilySearch this week. Many more records from ArgentinaBillionGravesEnglandItalySweden and the United States were also published. Search these new free records at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below. Find and easily share this collection update in the FamilySearch Newsroom
Collection
Indexed Records
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Comments
39,130
0
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157,470
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223,936
223,936
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1,042,384
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960,707
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1,606
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73,366
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330,480
0
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0
558,316
Added images to an existing collection
98,140
0
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Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world's historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.
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 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

AncestryDNA Breaks Holiday Sales Record





UPDATE: AncestryDNA Breaks Holiday Sales Record for Black Friday to Cyber Monday;More Than Triples Kits Sold Versus 2016
For first time, total AncestryDNA kits sold in year to date exceeds total number of Ancestry subscribers 
LEHI, Utah and SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, today announced record sales for AncestryDNA kits during the four day Black Friday to Cyber Monday holiday weekend. The company more than tripled the number of kits sold during the same period in 2016, its prior record sales period. In the coming weeks, millions of people around the world will open their gifts and receive the best consumer DNA experience available. AncestryDNA is:
  • "The Best DNA Testing Service," according to review site, The Wirecutter
  • The best-selling consumer DNA product in the world, providing the most opportunities for customers to make new discoveries and connect with new family
  • The most comprehensive look at a person's ethnic background, with 5x the number of ethnic regions of the next leading competitor
  • The only service where more than 10 million new family connections are made every day
  • The only DNA experience that enables customers to connect to the world's largest collection of historical documents and family trees, providing an even greater chance to learn about one's family history and stories 
"We are relentlessly focused on creating products and experiences that exceed the expectations of every Ancestry customer. We have doubled down on providing a richer, more detailed ethnicity experience and consumers are clearly responding," said Howard Hochhauser, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry. "DNA testing is no longer a niche interest, it's a mass consumer market, with millions of people wanting to experience the emotionally powerful, life-affirming discoveries that can come from simply spitting in a tube. Our customers' own stories, and how they have taken what they've learned and changed how they approach the future, are the strongest testaments to the positive impact we deliver."
The company also announced that, for the first time in its history, the total number of AncestryDNA kits sold in a single year has exceeded the total number of subscribers to the company's family history services. In October, the total number of customer samples in Ancestry's DNA database, the world's largest consumer DNA database, exceeded six million.
Continuing sales strength, and Ancestry's second record-breaking holiday sales period in a row, further solidify the company's leadership in the consumer genomics market. More importantly for both existing and new AncestryDNA customers, the more people in the DNA database, the better the potential results for everyone. As more people take their test, Ancestry is able to continue to refine its ethnicity estimates, provide new ethnic regions, and expand the number of potential familial matches for customers.
"We are excited to welcome so many new customers to the Ancestry family," said Hochhauser. "2018 will bring a regular drumbeat of new experiences and enhancements across both DNA and Family History, as we continue to improve how we help you discover more about your past and inspire your future."
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 2.7 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and more than 6 million people in the AncestryDNA network. Since 1996, more than 10 billion records have been added to Ancestry's databases, and users have created more than 90 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, AncestryProGenealogists, Newspapers.com and Fold3. AncestryDNA is owned and operated by Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, a subsidiary of Ancestry.com, LLC.
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Registration Open for 2018 NGS Family History Conference


Registration Opens Today for the 2018 NGS Family History Conference


Dear Members:

Registration is now open for the National Genealogical Society’s fortieth annual family history conference, Paths to Your Past, which will be held 2–5 May 2018 at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With more than 175 lectures given by nationally known speakers and subject matter experts on a broad array of topics, an exhibit hall, and more, it’s an event you won’t want to miss. To register on or after 1 December 2017, visit the NGS website and complete the online registration form.


 
Click Here to Register for the NGS 2018 Family History Conference
Continuing NGS’s goal of providing quality educational opportunities to its participants, the lectures will cover a wide range of local, regional, and general genealogy topics that will help you 
  • build a solid foundation for your family history, 
  • fine-tune your research skills, and 
  • refine your methodology.
This year’s conference offers participants an array of lectures that range from general genealogy to military research, ethnic and religious records, technology, and repositories. Discover Michigan’s expansive genealogical and archival repositories and learn about the wealth of family history resources throughout the Great Lakes region. The program also features a two-day African American track and a full conference DNA track. The online searchable program, as well as a PDF version, include an overview of the sessions, tours, pre-conference events, registration times, and rates as well as general conference and hotel details.

Register now and don’t forget to sign up for sponsored luncheons, tours and other social events.  To register online, visit the NGS website and complete the registration form.
                                                                     
Attendees are urged to visit and sign up for the conference blog, which will feature tips on local and regional research facilities, things to do in and around Michigan, and updated information on hotel availability and local restaurants.

Hope to see you all in Grand Rapids!
NGS Conference Committee
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.
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RootsTech 2018 Photo + Story Competition


RootsTech 2018 Photo + Story Competition

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH--A good photo tells a good story. And behind every good photo and story is a photographer who recognized the moment the two had come together and snapped the shutter. RootsTech 2018 is sponsoring a photo+story competition that will highlight the best in several categories, with the winners being awarded prizes from Canon and Dell. The deadline for entries is December 31, 2017. For more information, go to RootsTech.org. Easily find and socially share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom

A first-of-its-kind addition to the annual family history extravaganza, this contest also complements the visit of Humans of New York photographer Brandon Stanton. Recognized worldwide for his revealing photographs of everyday people and their stories, Stanton will be a keynote speaker at RootsTech, held at the Salt Palace February 28 to March 1. His personal glimpse into the lives of ordinary people in New York has set a standard for quality photo stories.



The RootsTech 2018 Photo+Story competition is soliciting photos and stories in 4 categories: Connect, Belong, Family, and Heritage. The objective is to use the power of both photo and story to share, persuade, inform, inspire, connect, and belong.

Entrants can submit one photo and story in each of the categories. Entrants must be at least 18 to apply. No professional qualification, licenses, certificates, or certification is required. Go to RootsTech.org for contest entry details.

Selected entries will be notified by January 15, 2018, with more information on their intent to exhibit. 

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About RootsTech

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

Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces 2018 FREE Webinar Lineup


Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces 2018 FREE Webinar Lineup
The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is happy to announce the continuation of its popular FREE monthly webinar program in 2018. The 2018 ISGS Webinar Series would not be possible without the generous contributions received throughout 2017 and the generous sponsorship provided by FamilySearch.
Registration for the 2018 webinars is now open! You’ll find a fantastic lineup of presentations and speakers and we hope you will join us for a wonderful educational experience.
The ISGS webinars, which are live lectures/presentations that you can attend via a computer with an internet connection, are held as a live broadcast on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 PM Central. The live broadcast of each webinar is FREE to the public. ISGS members who are unable to attend the live broadcast are able to access recordings of all past webinars through the Members Section of the ISGS website, to watch at their convenience.
ISGS 2018 Webinar Schedule
So what does 2018 have in store? Here is our amazing lineup!
January 9 – Finding Scottish Ancestors Online
Presenter: Nancy Loe
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9018044124091495425
February 13 – Illinois Digital Resources
Presenter: Tina Beaird
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4371369446769984259
March 14 – Finding Clues for Your Immigrant Ancestors in Ethnic Newspapers and Publications

April 10 – Friedrich Eiler in Illinois: Fragments Fuse to Identify One Individual
Presenter: Jill Morelli
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8235096187730802435
May 8 – Want to Honor Your Revolutionary Roots?: Resources for Applying to a Revolutionary War Lineage Society
Presenter: Bryna O’Sullivan
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7567631057019748611
June 12 – Ohio and the Early Gathering of the LDS Church
Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen AG
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/488055438110738509
July 10 – Museums Have Records, Too! Locating Your Ancestor Behind Closed Doors
Presenter: Melissa Barker
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8386075626899201539
August 14 – National Archives Resources at the Chicago Branch

September 11 –Researching Pre-fire Chicago

October 9 – Chicago Rises from the Ashes: The Columbian Exposition Gives Perspective to the Family Historian
Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3256193076836331011
November 13 – 1918: The Prairie State “Over There”
Presenter: Lisa Oberg
Registration: Stay tuned!**
** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance. Check back after December 1, 2017, for the registration link.
December 11 –Some Followed the River, Some Took the Train: Finding Ancestors of the Great Migration
Presenter: Angela Walton-Raji
Registration: Stay tuned!**
** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance. Check back after December 1, 2017 for the registration link.
Additional Webinar Information
·       All webinars take place at 8:00 PM Central time.
·       For additional information on our webinar series, visit our ISGS Webinars page at http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=227.
·       You may also want to review our Webinar FAQs at http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=316.
·       Don't forget to spread the word! Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer for the 2018 series can be accessed at  https://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=227
Again, a big thank-you to all of the webinar donation fund contributors and to FamilySearch for sponsoring the entire 2018 webinar series! We couldn't do it without you!!
The 2018 ISGS Webinar Series is sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).