Monday, January 30, 2017

Famicity: Record,Cherish, and Safeguard Your Family History


San Diego, California - Jan 21, 2017: Even with today’s digitally connected, social media-centric world, staying in touch with your family can actually be more difficult than ever. Famicity changes this. Famicity is a social network platform that allows you to share cherished family memories--from the distant past to the present--simply and privately, with all your relatives. It’s a living record of your family at your fingertips, and it’s coming to Kickstarter.

A SOCIAL NETWORK FOR YOUR FAMILY

Famicity is designed for the collection of family memories. There are no feed clogging ads, political articles, or otherwise superfluous posts like on Facebook and other networks. Famicity is also designed to protect, manage, and continue your family’s legacy, no matter where you are in the world. You can share photos, videos, and precious moments with your entire family with privacy and a peace of mind.

YOUR LEGACY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

With Famicity -- write, share, organize and preserve the legacy of your family. It starts with an invite-only family tree, creating a central location for your family’s history in the form of a timeline. Only family members can see your photos, videos, news, as well as have access to comment on those posts. It’s the perfect tool for those who want to share and enjoy their history with one another, a next-generation family photo album where relatives across the world can gather and share memories. Unlike a regular photo album, which can be so easy to lose and damage, your memories are safe in the cloud and are easy to share with distant family members. The family tree provides each family member with a timeline that helps you capture precious moments of a person's life from his/her birth to the present. Each and every member of the family can feel included, tell their story and easily pass it down to future generations.

Memories of prior family generations are captured in old photos, notes and letters which are then uploaded to Famicity. This gives families the opportunity to share memorable stories chronologically. Famicity makes it easy for all to be family historians.

Not only is it easy to use, it is also private. The memories you share on Famicity are not shared with the public, and can only be accessed by family members allowed to see them, avoiding many of the problems that can come with posting cherished memories on other sites.

Highlights:

  • Private. Only the family you invite can participate.
  • Safe. Famicity won’t get lost or damaged like traditional photo albums.
  • History. An easy space to store the entirety of your family’s history.
  • Simple. Anyone in your family can use Famicity, from the very old to the very young.
  • Easy to use. Everyone can participate and share albums, videos, documents and voice recordings.
  • Social Network Family Feed. Get all the latest news of your family members on your feed.

COMING TO KICKSTARTER

Famicity is launching a Kickstarter campaign on January 30th, 2017 to raise funds to expand the beta development of the site and bring it to full production. People who donate early will be the one of the site’s first users and can avail of 2 year Premium Memberships starting at €48 (approximately $51).

Visit http://www.famicity.com/kickstarter for more information.


Ancestry Bolsters Product, Tech and Marketing Leadership Teams with Industry Veterans



Nat Natarajan, from Intuit, Joins as Executive Vice President of Product and Technology

Vineet Mehra, from Johnson & Johnson, Joins as Executive Vice President and
Chief Marketing Officer

LEHI, Utah and SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, today announced two new appointments to its growing executive team. With more than three million having taken its AncestryDNA test and record sales during the fourth quarter of 2016, Ancestry remains the world's largest consumer genomics provider and first choice for consumers looking to understand more about who they are and where they come from.

Nat Natarajan, named Ancestry's Executive Vice President of Product and Technology, comes from Intuit where he recently served as senior vice president and chief information security and fraud officer. His tenure at Intuit also included holding the position of chief technology officer and senior vice president of product and engineering for the Consumer Tax Group, which serves a customer base of more than 30 million.

Vineet Mehra joins Ancestry as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the company. He joins Ancestry from Johnson & Johnson where he was Global President of J&J's multi-billion dollar flagship Baby Care business. His tenure at J&J also included holding the position of President for J&J's Global Marketing Services organization, where he led J&J's core consumer marketing functions across the globe including Consumer Insights, Business Analytics, Digital Marketing, and J&J's Media organization, where he managed more than $2 billion USD in spend around the world.

Both Natarajan and Mehra will be based in Ancestry's San Francisco office.

"As we continue to expand our global presence, Nat and Vineet are exactly the type of experienced and visionary leaders we want to help us move forward," said Tim Sullivan, chief executive officer of Ancestry. "Their mutual experience building and leading teams focused on serving tens of millions of customers will be invaluable to us as we continue to scale and grow. I, and our entire team, look forward to working with them to drive innovation and engage with consumers around the world in ways never before possible."

"Ancestry has done an incredible job of using complex technology and massive computing power to deliver a customer experience that is engaging, meaningful and beautifully simple," said Natarajan. "This is a rare opportunity to lead a team that has already built products that define a category — family history — and is poised to do it yet again in a rapidly emerging market — consumer genomics."

"There are very, very few brands in the world that can develop such a deep emotional bond with consumers as Ancestry," said Mehra. "It is through this deep connection and trust that Ancestry has built such powerful competitive advantages in a crowded market and helped make Ancestry a globally recognized name. The outstanding Ancestry marketing team has built a strong foundation, and I look forward to leading this world-class team to take our consumer-centricity to the next level with even bolder, data-driven, insight-laden brand stories that highlight how life-changing the discoveries that Ancestry uncovers can be. Through this combination of purpose, marketing technology, and human understanding, we have the opportunity to truly take Ancestry's leadership in both family history and consumer genomics to the next stage."

Prior to joining Ancestry, Natarajan held executive positions in technology and product development at Intuit and PayPal, and was also one of the early members on the team that founded Travelocity.com, totaling more than 20 years of experience building highly innovative products and successful teams. At PayPal, Natarajan managed and led significant growth during his tenure. He was a key executive in PayPal's merchant services business that was about 60% of PayPal's revenues in 2014. He led global engineering, operations and platforms teams at PayPal. As chief technology officer and senior vice president of product management and engineering for Intuit's Consumer Tax Group, Natarajan helped to shape their product and technology roadmap, accelerate the pace of innovation and build a world-class product leadership team. He speaks regularly at technology forums and has served on multiple panels related to product innovation, agile technologies and leading transformations.

Natarajan has a Master of Science degree in industrial engineering from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University in India.

Prior to J&J, Mehra held leadership positions at some of the world's best brands — building companies such as Novartis Consumer Health, General Mills, and Procter & Gamble. He has lead diverse teams across Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Most recently, as Global President of Johnson & Johnson's Baby Care business, he was tasked with leading a world-wide team driving to re-invent their portfolio of baby brands to reinvigorate growth. He is a frequent speaker and panelist on the topics of shaping modern marketing organization, balancing the art and science of marketing, and data-driven marketing. Mehra has been a Judge and Speaker at Cannes, jury chair for the M&M Global Media Awards, and finalist judge for the Global Effie Awards. Most recently, Vineet was recognized as one of the 100 most influential marketing leaders in the world. Mehra holds a degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada.

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 DNA data from more than 3 million people. Since 1996, more than 19 billion records have been added to Ancestry's databases, 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, AncestryProGenealogists, Newspapers.com and Fold3. AncestryDNA is owned and operated by Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, a subsidiary of Ancestry.com, LLC.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Over 3 million Victoria Petty Sessions Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday


Over 4.5 million new records and newspaper articles are available to search this Findmypast Friday Including;


Over 3 million Victoria Petty Sessions records have just been releases in association with Public Records Office Victoria to coincide with Australia Day 2017. This fascinating collection includes both transcripts and scanned colour images of original court registers that will allow you to discover whether any of your Australian ancestors had a brush with the law.

Covering both civil and minor criminal cases, the Court of Petty Sessions’ brief was wide, making these records a powerful resource for those with Australian ancestors. Your ancestors may appear as a witness, defendant, complainant or even as a Justice of the Peace. Cases ranged from merchants who had not paid duty on their goods, to workers suing for unpaid wages. Debts were collected and disputes settled. Public drunkenness was a common offence, as was assault and general rowdiness.

These cases, brought before a magistrate, would usually not involve a jury and complaints regarding money were originally limited to sums not exceeding £20. Today, the Magistrates’ Court addresses issues that would have been brought before the Court of Petty Sessions.

Dating back to colonial days, the Court first convened in 1838 in Melbourne. Over time, additional courts were established throughout Victoria and by 1880 there were 235 Petty Sessions in operation across the state.

The registers available in this collection cover the years between 1854 and 1985. Transcripts will list the event date, your ancestor’s role (whether plaintiff, defendant, etc.), cause or reason for the case, the court it was held at, the date and brief description. Images may provide additional details such as how they brought before the court (arrest on view, warrant, or summons), notes on any fees, the court’s decision, a memo of conviction, or order and any additional remarks.


Search over 107,000 records kept by the Collector of Customs (Brisbane) to discover the names of the passengers and crew of 485 inward voyages between 1852 to 1885. These transcripts list information from taken from original documents held by the National Archives of Australia and will allow you to discover your ancestor’s age, nationality, occupation, date & port of arrival, date & port of departure and the name of the ship they sailed on.


Over 14,600 new articles from 46 assorted titles have been added to the Periodical Source Index this month. The new additions have been made to a variety of English, Scottish and American publications that will allow you to access articles, photos, and other material you might not find using traditional search methods.


This month’s enormous Irish Newspaper update contains over 1.2 million articles. Seven brand new titles have also been added including the Leinster Leader, Donegal Independent, Kildare Observer & Eastern Counties Advertiser, Wicklow News-Letter & County Advertiser, Longford Journal Wicklow People and the Ballyshannon Herald.

The South Bend Area Genealogical Society Presents 19th Annual Spring Conference


South Bend, IN- The South Bend Area Genealogical Society will hold its ​2017 Spring Conference on Saturday, March 25, 2017​ at the St. Joseph County Public Library, 304 S. Main Street, South Bend, IN. Doors open at 10​:00 a.m.  Admission is $15.00 at the door, $12.00 if you pay online. ​Discount given to youth who are members of 4H or the Boy or Girls Scouts.

This year’s conference features Tina Beaird presenting two programs: ​

  • Courthouse Finds: Courthouses are great resources for personal family history. Probate files, chancery cases, land sales and lawsuits are just a handful of the types of records one can find in their local courthouse files. Join Tina for tip and tricks to identify and secure these records.
  • Mapping your Migrating Ancestors: Our ancestors traveled as much, if not more, than we do today. Explore what types of maps and property records exist for pinpointing your ancestor’s whereabouts across the United States, from plat maps to Sanborn Fire Insurance maps to Google maps! Exhibitors and research assistance will be available all day.

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

Information is also available on our web site at http://www.sbags.org/2017SBAGSSpringConference.pdf or via email at sjcgensoc@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

THE BEST IN GENEALOGY NOW AVAILABLE AT GENEALOGICAL.COM NEW eBOOK STORE


Genealogical.com, America's leading publisher of genealogy books since 1952, is proud to announce the launch of a new digital bookstore made especially for genealogists. Nearly 800 of the best reference books in genealogy can now be previewed and instantly downloaded or read online at library.genealogical.com .

When you visit library.genealogical.com, you'll be able to:

  • Access genealogy books from prize-winning authors without delaying your research by waiting for a print book to be delivered.
  • Read a book instantly on your computer, e-reader, or in the cloud.
  • Search for books by locality, subject, time period, and other categories--before you buy.
  • Look inside the book to view pages from the publication and search within the text.
  • Purchase the book easily with just one click, registering with Google, Facebook, or your e-mail.
  • Save 30% or more off the print price of every book, with no shipping or handling charges.
  • Cut and paste content directly from the book to your genealogical project, without having to retype the information.
  • Take your reference books with you wherever you go--without actually toting them.

In short, we believe that library.genealogical.com offers genealogists a unique venue--one in which you can easily locate books specific to your research; preview and search inside the books before purchasing; and with one click obtain instant access to the most authoritative collection of genealogy titles available.

Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces Its Annual Fall Conference to be held October 27 and 28, 2017

Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces Its Annual Fall Conference to be held October 27 and 28, 2017


Lecture proposals are now being accepted for the Illinois State Genealogical Society 2017 Annual Fall Conference to be held October 27 & 28, 2017 at iWireless Center in Moline, IL.

This year’s conference theme is “Build Your Family Tree: DNA, Research, and Writing.” The ISGS Conference draws attendees of all experience levels, from the beginner to the professional and the hobbyist. Submissions utilizing our theme to promote the expansion of our knowledge and skills are encouraged as well as:
  • Illinois
  • Midwest Resources
  • Northwest Territory

Criteria for Presentations

Presentations will be 60 minutes, which includes 10 minutes reserved for questions and answers. Speakers must provide their own digital projector.

Submission of Proposals

Speakers may submit up to 6 presentations. Speakers interested in presenting lecture presentations must submit their proposals through the online application form, click here. All submissions must include:
  • Speaker's full name, address, telephone, and e-mail address
  • Speaker biography, not to exceed 50 words
  • Title of presentation
  • Detailed presentation summary, not to exceed 100 words
  • Brief, but detailed outline
  • Audience level: beginner, intermediate, advanced, or all
  • List of previous speaking engagements

Speaker Compensation

Speakers giving lectures will receive:
  • Complimentary Conference registration and digital syllabus
  • Complimentary Lunch for Saturday presentations
  • Honorarium of $150 for each one-hour presentation
  • Travel compensation depending on location of speaker’s residence
  • Hotel accommodation(s) based on the number of lectures are presented

The deadline for submission of proposals is February 27, 2017. Notifications will be sent via email to all speakers who submitted proposals no later than March 10, 2017. Syllabus format guidelines will be sent to selected speakers at that time.

Link to ISGS call for proposals: http://www.ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=537. Contact the Conference Committee at isgsconference@ilgensoc.org with any questions.

About the Illinois State Genealogical Society

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was formed in 1968 through the cooperative effort and forward thinking of Illinois genealogical society representatives, who envisioned a statewide genealogical organization. ISGS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, educational organization.

Monday, January 23, 2017

A ‘gypsy king’, the ‘peasant poet’, the fattest man in England, and death by lioness: five centuries of life and death in historic Leicestershire revealed online for the first time



  • Findmypast launch first phase of new landmark collection
  • Over 3.5 million records dating back to the reign of Henry VII now available online

Leading UK family history website findmypast.co.uk has today, 23rd January 2016, published online for the first time more than 3.5 million historic records in partnership with Leicestershire county council’s Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.

The publication marks the first phase of Findmypast’s new Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland collection, a rich archive spanning the years 1490 to 1991 comprising beautifully scanned images of original handwritten documents. When complete, the collection will be the largest online repository of Leicestershire family history records in the word.

There is a variety of fascinating documents, including parish records of baptisms, marriages and burials, wills and probate records dating back to 1490, and millions of electoral registers spanning the years 1710 to 1974.

Councillor Richard Blunt, the county council’s cabinet member for heritage, said: “We are delighted that so much of our county's rich history and many of its people's stories will be better known through our partnership with Find My Past. For the first time, records will be readily accessible, in full colour, throughout the world."

The records are full of fascinating details of Leicestershire life through the ages and will provide researchers from all over the world with the opportunity to uncover the stories of the inhabitants of England’s most central county for the very first time. Fully searchable transcripts of each original document are also included, enabling anyone to go online and search for their Leicestershire ancestors by name, location and date.

These records cover the ancient counties of Leicestershire and Rutland. However, as some of the collections are drawn from different jurisdictions or were subject to boundary changes, some areas now beyond today’s boundaries, such as Little Bowden and Over and Netherseal, are also included.
Paul Nixon, Content Licensing Manager at Findmypast, said: “Findmypast’s new Leicestershire county collection is a tremendous way to kick-start the New Year and we are sure that visitors to Findmypast will be as excited about these records, published here for the first time, as we are to be working with Leicestershire County Council.”

Famous folk found in the records

Covering a wide area and timeframe, many of the region’s most famous sons and daughters can be found in the records including:

  • Daniel Lambert - the well-known gaol keeper and animal breeder who was famed for his unusual size appears in a 1770 baptism register from St Margaret's church in Leicester. In 1805, Lambert's weighed 50 stone making him the heaviest authenticated person up to that point in recorded history.
  • The parents of the Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick – can be found in an 1861 marriage register from the parish of Thurmaston. Joseph Rockley Merrick and his wife, Mary Jane Potterton, ran a haberdashery shop in Leicester and young Joseph enjoyed a close relationship with his mother. He was eventually forced to flee the family home after his mother’s death and father’s remarriage as he was viewed as a financial burden and treated cruelly.
  • Absalom Smith, ‘King of the Gipsies’ – was buried in the parish of Twyford on February 10th 1826. He was responsible for enforcing the gypsy ‘code of laws’ and adjudicating any infringements. He was a renowned athlete (especially good at running and jumping) and fiddle player who could often be seen performing at country events. Smith died at the age 60, leaving behind a wife, 13 children and 54 grandchildren.
  • The celebrated novelist, Edward Phillips Oppenheim, enjoyed massive success as a writer of genre fiction during his own lifetime. He was baptised at the parish church of St Mary Magdalen in Knighton on April 30th 1866.
  • John Johnson – the renowned English architect and Surveyor surveyor to the county of Essex (best known for designing the Shire Hall, Chelmsford and London’s Asia House). Johnson was baptised at the Cathedral Church of St Martin, Leicester, on July 23rd 1732. He was also buried there in 1814.
  • Henry Walter Bates FRS FLS FGS – the English naturalist and explorer who gave the first scientific account of mimicry in animals can be found in an 1825 baptism register from Leicester Cathedral. Bates was famous for his expedition to the rain forests of the Amazon with Alfred Russell Wallace, starting in 1848. When Bates arrived home in 1859 after eleven years, he had sent back over 14,712 species (mostly of insects) of which 8,000 were new to science. Bates published his findings in his best-known work, The Naturalist on the River Amazons.
  • Donald Lewes Hings, CM MBE – the inventor who, in 1937, created a portable radio signalling system which later became known as the "walkie-talkie". Hings’ family emigrated to Canada when he was three years old but not before having him baptised at the church of St Barnabas in Evington.
  • John Clare – the “peasant poet”, is in a marriage register from Great Casterton in Rutland. Clare, the son of a farm labourer, came to be known for his celebratory representations of the English countryside and his lamentation of its disruption. His works underwent a major re-evaluation in the late 20th century, and he is now often considered to be among the most important 19th-century poets. His entry on the register records his marriage to Martha Turner in 1820.
  • Sydney "Syd" Maurice Lucas – one of three remaining British Tommies of World War I (along with Harry Patch and Netherwood Hughes) who died in 2008 at the age of 108. He was born in Leicester and married his wife, Winifred, at All Saints’ Church, Loughborough on August 2nd 1920. Syd was conscripted into the British Army's Sherwood Foresters while a teenager in August 1918 and, at the time of his death in 2008, was one of the four remaining veterans in the world to have served in both World Wars.
  • Harold Lineker – the grandfather of Leicestershire sporting icon, Gary Lineker, can be found in a 1911 baptism register from the Leicester parish of St George. The register reveals that Harold’s aunts, Grace and Maud Lineker, were baptised alongside him.


Leicestershire’s rich history revealed

The collection will be of great interest to social historians as the records can provide incredible insights into numerous events from the county’s rich history. For example, burial registers from Loughborough present evidence of the scale of a 1609 outbreak of the bubonic plague while registers from across the county reveal details of soldiers killed during the English Civil War.

Everyday tragedies are also captured. Over centuries when childbirth was still incredibly dangerous, it is not uncommon to find instances of children recorded as ‘stillborn’ or “abortive”. More unusual entries include the death of Roger Sheppard, who was “slain by a lioness” and was buried in the parish of All Saints, Loughborough.

Further references to darker chapters of the county’s history can also be found, including a mention of the baptism of Edward Juba, a slave described ‘as black’, in the Kirkby Mallory registers of 1734. In addition, the collection records the marriages of a number of French prisoners of war interned in the county during the Napoleonic Wars, such as the marriage in Ashby de la Zouch of a French soldier named Auguste Segoing to a local girl named Elizabeth Bailey in 1813. There are also many marriages to soldiers from the West Essex Militia, serving as guards in the town.

Also included is the burial of a Mrs Amy Waldron, who died at the age of 101 in 1858. Registers from the parish of St Andrew’s in Aylestone confirm her impressive age as notes reveal she was baptised on the 18th of November 1756.

Other unusual entries include a marriage between a hearing-impaired couple in 1575. In a register from the parish of St Martin’s in Leicester, the local clergyman went to great lengths to describe the sign language involved in conducting such an unusual service.

All of these records can be explored at http://www.findmypast.com/leicestershire-records.

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.

About the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland

Although the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland is still relatively young (having been born in 1947) it can trace its ancestors back much further. The Museum in Leicester collected archives from 1849 and many of the families and institutions the Record Office serves held their own archives for centuries before passing them into professional hands.

In fact the records themselves go back much further than official collecting – dating back to the first decade of the 12th century. They include parish registers, wills, maps, photographs, sound recordings and film as well as the records of thousands of individuals, institutions, businesses and associations. The whole collection combines to tell the story of the millions of individuals who have made Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland what they are today.

Now many of these stories will be even better known thanks to the partnership with Find My Past who have digitised and indexed our parish registers, wills and electoral rolls. For the first time these priceless records will be seen in full colour throughout the world, allowing people anywhere to appreciate our rich and diverse heritage.

Friday, January 20, 2017

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, January 20, 2017


Over 3.4 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;


Rutland baptisms contains over 140,000 records spanning the years 1538 to 1916. The records cover 50 parishes throughout the English county and will allow you to discover your ancestor’s baptism date, baptism place, parents’ names, and parish.


There are over 24,600 banns records covering the county of Rutland in this collection. The records span from 1653 to the 1931, cover 49 parishes and will allow you to see if your ancestor was married via the ancient legal tradition of Banns.


There are over 59,100 marriage records covering the county of Rutland in this collection. The records span from 1538 to 1931, cover 50 parishes and will allow you to discover when your ancestor was married, where they were married, their residence, father’s name and include corresponding details for their spouse.


Were your relatives laid to rest Rutland parish? Search over 103,000 burial records spanning over 400 years from 1538 to the 1991 and covering 50 parishes across the county. These records will reveal when your ancestor died, where they were buried and when they were buried.


Browse over 460 volumes of Rutland baptism, banns, marriage and burial registers in their entirety.


Containing over 37,000 records, Leicestershire baptisms spans the years 1538 to 1916 and covers more than 300 parishes within the English Midlands country. Each record includes both a transcript and an image of the original document


Spanning from 1670 to 1940, Leicestershire banns covers more than 380 parishes. The collection contains over 319,000 records that will reveal who your ancestor intended to marry as well as where and when their banns were read.


Leicestershire marriages contains over 672,000 records from 1537 to 1931 and covers more 300 Leicestershire parishes. Search these records to discover when your ancestors were married, where they were married, their residences, professions, parent’s names and who they had as witnesses.


There are over 790,000 burial records originating from the ancient county of Leicestershire in this collection. The records span over 400 years from 1538 to the 1991 and cover 279 parishes. These records will allow you discover when your ancestor died, their age at death, place of burial, date of burial and parent’s names.


Browse over 3,000 volumes of Leicestershire baptism, banns, marriage and burial registers in their entirety.


Were your ancestors married by licence in Leicestershire between 1604 and 1891? Search over 22,000 marriage licenses to discover names, dates, and places relating to their marriage. Licences could be obtained for a fee if a couple wished to waive the customary reading of the banns. There are several reasons why a couple might want to do so, such as the need to expedite the wedding date.


Browse 75 volumes of Marriage licence records in their entirety to discover the intended couples’ names, birth years, residences, home parish, denomination and the date the licence was issued.


Search over 173,000 wills and probate records from Leicestershire to shed light on your ancestor’s wealth, uncover the names of numerous family members and learn the date of your ancestor’s death. These records will allow you to uncover detailed inventories of your ancestor’s earthly possessions, read full copies of their original will and learn the value of their estate. Wills can also provide rare insights into your ancestor’s relationships.


Browse through more than 970 volumes of Leicestershire administrations, inventories, probate act and probate registry records organised by year range and type.


Browse through 134 years Leicestershire electoral registers in their entirety. You can search by year, season, place, or by all three fields at once. Voting was closely linked to ownership of property until 1918 when all men over the age of 21 and women over the age of 30 were given the right to vote. For this reason, registers before 1918 will include an explanation of how the person qualifies to vote. Electoral registers are also a fantastic way of exploring the history of your home and learning more about its previous owners.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

JoyFLIPS Partners with FamilySearch to Provide Additional Ways of Discovering and Preserving Family History

JoyFLIPS has announced a comprehensive agreement with Family Search to connect family history to old photos. The partnership enables millions of people to easily discover more about their family’s history as they share old photos and the stories they tell.


JoyFLIPS has announced a comprehensive agreement with Family Search to connect family history to old photos. The partnership enables millions of people to easily discover more about their family’s history as they share old photos and the stories they tell.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (PRWEB) JANUARY 17, 2017 - JoyFLIPS has announced a comprehensive agreement with Family Search to connect family history to old photos. The partnership enables millions of people to easily discover more about their family’s history as they share old photos and the stories they tell.

The free service enabled by this partnership will allow anyone with a smartphone to not only easily scan, preserve and share the thousands of paper photos a typical family has, but also to share the stories behind these photos in voice and text, both on the phone and over the web. AI (Artificial Intelligence) then searches through these stories and conversations to identify people, dates and places that may be associated with some of the 1 billion plus persons in FamilySearch Family Tree. These discoveries are then automatically associated with photos and shared stories creating a deep and potent personal historic connection to each photograph.

Additional sources of historic media that relate directly to each of the families’ shared memories will be added soon. These rich-media sources include old newspaper and magazine articles, property and tax records, even old TV broadcasts. It is estimated that over 100 terabytes of legacy media are being brought online and made searchable each day.

The service intends to transform the family history experience into a living multi-media paradigm where anyone can easily socialize memories and build a legacy of shared storytelling that can be passed along for all generations.

“We are building a platform that allows millions of people worldwide to automatically fill in the background of family photos and stories with details pulled from billions of newspapers, magazines and genealogical records. Each new discovery spawns new stories, which in turn lead to more discoveries,” said JoyFLIPS CEO Vincent Titolo. “We are also proud to announce that JoyFLIPS has been chosen as a semi-finalist for the Innovator Showdown at the 2017 RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City,” he continued.

The JoyFLIPS app and web service are free with unlimited usage. JoyFLIPS also enhances the photo scanning and sharing experience by offering a “one-stop-shop” for all things associated with photos, such as printed books to memorialize family events and professional photo restoration.

“FamilySearch is excited to offer everyone the ability to easily collaborate with family members to preserve all of their precious family photos and stories, while making new discoveries about family history,” said John Owens, Manager of Partner Services at FamilySearch.

About JoyFLIPS

JoyFLIPS is a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform that allows millions of people worldwide to discover and preserve their family history by connecting old print photos and family storytelling to the vast resources of historical documents now available online. Our technology provides the tools to scan, preserve and share thousands of print photos, and to pass down the stories they tell through storytelling in voice and text. We then automatically connect these stories to related historical media from numerous sources. For more information about JoyFLIPS technology visit http://www.joyflips.com or download the iPhone app at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/joyflips-free-unlimited-scanning/id1086378359

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 http://www.familysearch.org.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Registration Opens Feb. 1 for International German Genealogy ‘Connections’ Conference in July

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—Registration opens Feb. 1 for the 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference, set for July 28-30 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Early, discounted registration runs through March: $225 for individuals belonging to organizations that are members of the International German Genealogy Partnership (formerly German-American Genealogical Partnership), and $250 for all others. Regular registration begins April 1 at the standard rate, $299.

Register by completing and mailing a print form or by completing the online form available at the Partnership website www.IGGPartner.org , set to go live in late January. Print forms can be downloaded from the website and are also available through local genealogy societies that are members of the Partnership.

A 12-page registration booklet containing specifics on the conference, including daily schedules and presentations, is available on the website and in print from local societies.

Hotel rooms at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel in Brooklyn Park, Minn., venue for the conference, sold out in December. Additional nearby hotels are offering special rates for conference attendees. Go to www.IGGPartner.org or www.GGSMN.org for hotel information and room reservations.

The conference features more than 70 presentations over three full days. An all-star lineup of speakers includes many well-known international figures, including Roger Minert, Ernest Thode, Dirk Weissleder of Germany, Baerbel Johnson, Fritz Juengling, Michael Lacopo, James Beidler, Paula Stuart-Warren, Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Jill Morelli, Stephen Morse, and others from Germany and Australia.

The conference —“Connections: International. Cultural. Personal.” — also offers a unique opportunity for German genealogists to make personal connections nationally and internationally. Daily “Connections” sessions and a slate of presentations on regional specialties are planned.

“This may be one of the largest German genealogy events ever held in the United States,” said officials of the Minnesota-based Germanic Genealogy Society, host of conference and a co-founder of the Partnership, which is organizing the conference.

The International German Genealogy Partnership is a young and rapidly growing international organization. Founded in 2015, it joins German genealogy societies across America, Germany, Canada, England and other European countries, and continues to draw new societies worldwide. Partnership members include the 65 societies belonging to the Germany-based Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Genealogischer Verbände, whose leadership helped in founding the Partnership.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Texas State Genealogical Society Launches the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research



Austin, TX – January 14, 2017 – The Texas State Genealogical Society (TxSGS) is excited to announce the first ever genealogy institute focused solely on Texas records. TIGR, the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research, is slated May 22-25, 2017, at the Thompson Conference Center at the University of Texas Austin. This intensive educational experience focuses on Texas records and research spanning early Spanish exploration and colonization through the Texas Republic and beyond.

Space is limited to first come-first served; early bird registration is open until March 1. TxSGS members receive a discount.

About TIGR

TIGR offers Texas researchers a four day records immersion program that addresses distinctly Texas issues. According to Kelvin L. Meyers, TIGR Coordinator, “The difference between TIGR and a national conference is the focus on the records in one of the places your ancestors lived.” Meyers continued, “You’re not only applying methodology to Texas records, you’re looking at the distinctive aspects of researching Texas records and applying techniques necessary to maximize your results.”

In addition to Meyers, the faculty includes well-known experts on genealogy research and Texas records: Teri E. Flack, Anne Gillespie Mitchell, John A. Sellers and Cari A. Taplin. ¬¬The Thompson Conference Center at UT Austin is conveniently located near top Texas records repositories such as the Texas General Land Office, the Texas State Library and Archives, the Dolph Briscoe Center for History, and the Bullock State History Museum.

For more information on the TIGR 2017 Program, check out the links below:



About TxSGS

The Texas State Genealogical Society (TxSGS) is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1960. Its purpose is to promote, develop, and preserve the genealogical and historical resources of and for Texas; to improve communications between genealogical societies in Texas; to cooperate with local, regional, national, and statewide groups in promoting family heritage; and to advance education of family historians as they pursue their past.

Family Tree Tours Announces Its 2017 Upcoming Genealogy Tours



For those who wish to journey to their ancestral hometowns and experience the lives their ancestors led before emigrating, Family Tree Tours has updated their website featuring research resources and European heritage trips.

WASHINGTON, MO—January 2017—Family Tree Tours, a leading European genealogy tour provider for genealogy societies and individuals, announces its preplanned group heritage tours for 2017.

For those who wish to know more about their family history and ancestral origins, a genealogy tour is a unique and exciting travel experience. Travelers have the advantage of researching their ancestors while visiting the town or region they came from, learning about the culture and local customs and traditions, and even meeting relatives for the first time. Family Tree Tours provides expert help in making contacts in your ancestral hometowns.

“No family tree research is complete until you experience the place your family came from,” says Kathy Wurth, owner of Family Tree Tours. “There’s no feeling more exhilarating than walking the streets your ancestors walked. Even if you don’t know your hometown, our European Heritage professionals help you paint the picture of your ancestors’ lives. Our tours help you make your research come alive.”

The website features an array of travel and research resources and books, as well as access to Wurth and her on-the-ground German expert Matthias Uthoff. The website also helps Family Tree Tours design a genealogy tour suited to each traveler. For those who like assistance from a guide, privately guided heritage tours are available. Wurth and Uthoff customize independent trips for those who prefer to research on their own, but would like the trip planned for them. Preplanned group tours are ideal for those who enjoy the camaraderie and security of a group. They also can do family reunions for family groups who would like to do a group tour to their ancestral hometown in Germany, Ireland and other European countries.

Wurth notes, “Preplanned group tours for 2017 include:


  • Northwest Germany Tour with 10 days of visiting towns around Osnabrück, touring living history museum, and exploring the Bremerhaven Emigrant Museum.
  • Southwest Germany Tour – Join us for an enchanting journey through the Black Forest region of Germany with an opportunity to explore Baden, western Wuerttemberg and northern Switzerland for an 11 day/10 night tour. This will be a trip you will never forget.
  • Cornwall-Devon, England – Join Family Tree Tours on our first heritage tour to merry Olde England. Along the southern coast of the Island we explore our Cornish – Devon roots. See the port where the Mayflower left for its historic journey. We spend time researching in Cornwall and Devon research facilities, plus visit your ancestral hometowns in this area.
  • Salt Lake City Research Tour – Spend a week at the world’s largest genealogical library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Whether you are preparing for a European Heritage trip or just trying to find that elusive ancestor, thousands of records will be at your fingertips. Enjoy free classes, guidance from library experts and the camaraderie of like-minded genealogist enthusiasts.


No matter what stage you may be in your research, we have a trip perfect for you.

About Family Tree Tours

Family Tree Tours provides research assistance to genealogy enthusiasts and ancestry trips to German-speaking countries. Whether a group heritage tour, private genealogy tour, or independent heritage trip, owner Kathy Wurth and on-the-ground German expert Matthias Uthoff provide you the opportunity to learn more about your family roots, to connect with family, and to learn about your ancestors before they made their emigration journey. With a passion for both genealogical research and travel, Kathy and Matthias work closely with you to ensure your family research trip is a success.
To learn more about planning German heritage trips and genealogical research, please visit http://www.familytreetours.com.

Friday, January 13, 2017

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, January 13, 2017


Over 1.5 million new records and newspaper articles are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;


Yorkshire & Derbyshire Methodist Baptisms contains over 42,000 records that will allow you to see if your ancestor was baptised in a Methodist Church between 1795 and 1997. The collection covers the densely populated Sheffield district. Sheffield is located in South Yorkshire, traditionally part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, and many of its suburbs stretch into Derbyshire.

Each record will provide you with a transcript created from original church records by the Sheffield & District Family History Society. The details in each record will vary, but most will include your ancestor's name, birth year, baptism date, denomination, chapel, place, parent's name and county.


Yorkshire & Derbyshire Methodist Marriages contains over 22,000 records. These records also cover the Sheffield district from the early years of the church until the 21st century. Within the collection, you will find records from eight branches of the Methodist Church: Free Methodist, Methodist, Methodist New Connection, Primitive Methodist, United Free Methodist, United Methodist, Wesleyan Methodist, and Wesleyan Reform Methodist.

Within the collection, you will find records from eight branches of the Methodist Church: Free Methodist, Methodist, Methodist New Connection, Primitive Methodist, United Free Methodist, United Methodist, Wesleyan Methodist, and Wesleyan Reform Methodist.


Over 1.5 million new articles have been added to our collection of historic British Newspapers. Three brand new titles have also been added; the Cricket and Football Field, Lloyd's List and the Homeward Mail from India, China and the East.

Lloyd's List is one of the world's oldest continuously running journals, having provided weekly shipping news in London as early as 1734. Known simply as The List, it was begun by the proprietor of Lloyd's Coffee House in the City of London, England as a reliable and concise source of information for the merchants' agents and insurance underwriters who met regularly in his establishment in Lombard Street to negotiate insurance coverage for trading vessels. The Homeward Mail from India China and the East will be a huge boon for those researching the history of empire, or for those with British or Irish ancestors who lived in India.


Over 12,000 records of monumental inscriptions from St Nicholas Church, Chiswick, have been added to our collection of Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions. The records cover the years 1485 to 2014 and includes transcripts for each entry. While the amount of available information will vary from transcript to transcript, most will include a combination of your ancestors name, birth year, death year, dedication, place, monument type and inscription.

Inscriptions may include the names of others buried in that plot as well as more specific details regarding age and birth and death dates. This can be incredibly helpful as it can provide you with the names and dates of your ancestor's next of kin. Links you to a PDF document that includes histories, images, and burial ground plans for the churches represented in this collection are also included.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

FINDMYPAST ANNOUNCE FOUR DAYS OF FREE ACCESS TO OVER 1.9 BILLION RECORDS



  • Findmypast makes all birth, marriage, death & census records free to search and explore from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th January 2017
  • Free access covers all records hinted against in Findmypast’s family tree builder
  • This includes 583 million UK BMDs, the largest collection available online including over 80 million exclusive parish records you won’t find anywhere else, over 10 million Irish Catholic Parish registers and over 140 million United States Marriages
  • Family historians will be supported with expert insights and how to guides

London, UK. 12th January, 2016

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has just announced that their entire collection of birth, marriage, death and census records will be completely free to search from 08:00 GMT Thursday 12th to 07:59 GMT Sunday 15th January 2017.

By providing four days of free access to these essential records, Findmypast hopes to encourage fledgling genealogists to start building their family tree and discover at least one new ancestor through their records. Researchers will also be provided with daily getting started guides, expert insights and useful how-to blogs over the course of the free weekend.

The free access will cover all 1.9 billion records currently matched against Findmypast’s family trees, including:

  • Over 583 million British BMDs
  • Over 338 million US & Canadian BMDS
  • Over 34 million Irish BMDS
  • Over 26 million Australian & New Zealand BMDS
  • Over 257 million British Census records
  • Over 703 million US & Canadian Census records
  • Over 9 million Irish Census records
  • Over 487,000 Australian & New Zealand Census records

Findmypast trees currently provide matches from birth, baptism, marriage, death, burial and census records across the UK, US, Ireland, and Australia. This includes Findmypast’s vast collections of more than 140 million United States marriages and over 10 million Irish Catholic baptisms, marriages and burials. Findmypast’s entire collection of 583 million UK BMDs - the largest available online - will also be free to explore, including over 80 million exclusive parish records you won’t find anywhere else. All UK and Irish parish records are hinted against.

Hinting allows you uncover records for multiple ancestors at once with virtually zero effort. The larger your tree, the more potential matches you’ll be presented with so it’s well worth your while to add as many ancestors as possible.

Visit our dedicated Free access landing page to find out more.

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 four 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 which they digitised in association with The National Archives.

www.findmypast.co.uk

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ancestry Sets AncestryDNA Sales Record Over Holiday Period and Fourth Quarter



1.4 million AncestryDNA test kits sold in Q4

Consumer DNA database reaches new milestone and surpasses three million participants

LEHI, Utah, Jan. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, today announced record sales for AncestryDNA kits during the fourth quarter of 2016:

  • Sold more than 560,000 AncestryDNA consumer genomics test kits globally over the holiday weekend starting on Black Friday
  • Sold 1.4 million kits in the fourth quarter
  • Sold 390,000 more kits in Q4 than were sold in all of 2015

The company also announced that AncestryDNA has reached a new milestone as its consumer DNA platform became the first to exceed three million participants, further establishing the company as the leader in the rapidly growing consumer genomics industry.

"Our focus is on helping consumers around the world take advantage of the latest technology and science to help them learn more about themselves, their families and their place in the world," said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry. "Right now, what most people want from a DNA kit is the chance to better understand themselves and get some sense of an answer to the question of ‘Who am I?' That's a powerful, emotional thing, and as a company we want to make that experience as rich and rewarding as possible."

Record-breaking DNA kit sales solidify AncestryDNA's position as the first choice for consumers looking to learn more about themselves by unlocking the secrets contained in their DNA. The company's DNA products provide consumers with a prediction of their ethnicity breakdown in addition to the largest universe of potential cousin matches currently available, thanks to the millions of people already in the company's consumer DNA database.

Ancestry's leadership in both family history and consumer genomics enables the company to provide consumers with a unique experience that is both constantly improving and flexible enough to grow with a consumer's own interests. As the AncestryDNA database grows, consumers benefit as the network effect enables the company to deliver insights that are not possible to uncover with smaller databases. Consumers who first come to Ancestry through AncestryDNA can easily delve deeper into the discoveries they make by subscribing to family history services and taking advantage of the hundreds of millions digitized records in the company's databases.

"We're constantly investing in, researching and developing new ways for people to dive deeper into their personal stories through DNA and family history, and we're excited to share some incredible new tools with our customers in the new year," continued Sullivan. "Every day, we are privileged to see the power of the insights we deliver and how they can transform people's lives for the better. We're committed to continuing to provide our customers with the best experience and value out there."

Sullivan will present an overview of company growth and direction at the 35th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 beginning at 5:00 PM Pacific Time.

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 DNA data from more than 3 million people. Since 1996, more than 19 billion records have been added to Ancestry's databases, 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, AncestryProGenealogists, Newspapers.com and Fold3. AncestryDNA is owned and operated by Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, a subsidiary of Ancestry.com, LLC.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Legacy Tale publishes The Complete Guide to Google Photos e-book

 Legacy Tale was founded in 2015 by Hilarie and Ben Robison. With a core business of custom interviewing, writing, editing and publishing heirloom family books, they also provide e-books and online courses for DIYers. The blog at www.legacytale.com is a robust resource of free content focused on making and keeping memories, including how to capture and preserve family narratives and photos.


Organizing past and present photos is easier than ever
Family history business publishes The Complete Guide to Google Photos e-book

www.legacytale.com— Holiday photo overwhelm, as well as boxes of heirloom photos, can all be causing stress or may be the subject of goals and resolutions for 2017.

The husband-wife team at Legacy Tale wrote a book to help. Driven by their passion for helping families make and keep memories, their latest e-book demonstrates how to make the most of Google Photos, a free resource.

Filled with comprehensive, detailed and easy-to-understand instructions-- including screen shots and graphics to show just where to type, click and press-- it teaches how to use Google Photos as a fantastic tool for both past and present pictures.

The 67-page PDF e-book teaches how to:

  • Quickly organize digital photos by date, place, person...or even events and objects (in the photos).
  • Keep future pictures organized the same way, with little time spent managing them.
  • Share and update photos and entire albums without sending huge attachments through email.
  • Convert old printed photos to digital photos using your phone or flatbed scanner, and get them organized.
  • Get all your digital photos organized and curated in minutes (maybe hours), instead of days (or months).
  • No longer worry about having a backup of all your precious photos.

“I have the great fortune of a tech-savvy husband who understands and explains Google Photos’ amazing bells and whistles. Those often-untapped features are what make it such a powerful tool, and we share all that useful know-how in this latest e-book,” says Hilarie Robison, Chief Teller of Tales.

At a price of $11.99, the e-book is available for purchase in PDF format from the couple’s website: http://www.legacytale.com/using-google-photos/

About Legacy Tale

Legacy Tale was founded in 2015 by Hilarie and Ben Robison. With a core business of custom interviewing, writing, editing and publishing heirloom family books, they also provide e-books and online courses for DIYers. The blog at www.legacytale.com is a robust resource of free content focused on making and keeping memories, including how to capture and preserve family narratives and photos.

The Complete Guide to Google Photos e-book

Organizing past and present photos is easier than ever
Family history business publishes The Complete Guide to Google Photos e-book


www.legacytale.com— Holiday photo overwhelm, as well as boxes of heirloom photos, can all be causing stress or may be the subject of goals and resolutions for 2017.

The husband-wife team at Legacy Tale wrote a book to help. Driven by their passion for helping families make and keep memories, their latest e-book demonstrates how to make the most of Google Photos, a free resource.

Filled with comprehensive, detailed and easy-to-understand instructions-- including screen shots and graphics to show just where to type, click and press-- it teaches how to use Google Photos as a fantastic tool for both past and present pictures.

The 67-page PDF e-book teaches how to:

  • Quickly organize digital photos by date, place, person...or even events and objects (in the photos).
  • Keep future pictures organized the same way, with little time spent managing them.
  • Share and update photos and entire albums without sending huge attachments through email.
  • Convert old printed photos to digital photos using your phone or flatbed scanner, and get them organized.
  • Get all your digital photos organized and curated in minutes (maybe hours), instead of days (or months).
  • No longer worry about having a backup of all your precious photos.
“I have the great fortune of a tech-savvy husband who understands and explains Google Photos’ amazing bells and whistles. Those often-untapped features are what make it such a powerful tool, and we share all that useful know-how in this latest e-book,” says Hilarie Robison, Chief Teller of Tales.

At a price of $11.99, the e-book is available for purchase in PDF format from the couple’s website: http://www.legacytale.com/using-google-photos

ABOUT

Legacy Tale was founded in 2015 by Hilarie and Ben Robison. With a core business of custom interviewing, writing, editing and publishing heirloom family books, they also provide e-books and online courses for DIYers. The blog at www.legacytale.com is a robust resource of free content focused on making and keeping memories, including how to capture and preserve family narratives and photos.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, January 6, 2017


Over 311,000 new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;


Over 227,700 new records have been added to our collection of Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers. Petty Sessions handled the bulk of lesser criminal and civil legal proceedings in Ireland. Ireland, Petty Sessions Court Registers now contains over 22.8 million records and is the largest collection of Irish court & prison records available anywhere online. Each record includes both a transcript and a scanned image of the original document that will include details of victims, witnesses and the accused, such as address, date in court, details of the offence, details of the verdict and the sentence.

Covering both civil and criminal cases, the Petty Sessions' brief was wide. Cases ranged from merchants who had not paid duty on their goods, to workers suing for unpaid wages. Farmers were fined for letting their cattle wander or for allowing their cart to be driven without their name painted on the side. Debts were collected and disputes settled. Public drunkenness was a common offence, as was assault and general rowdiness. Political feelings were often volatile and there are frequent cases all over the country of people charged with putting up seditious posters or leaflets.


Over 40,000 new records have been added to our collection of Dorset Memorial Inscriptions. The collection contains details of inscriptions found on gravestones, tombs, monuments and even stained glass windows throughout 266 parishes within English county.

Each record includes a transcript of the original source material. The information contained varies considerably and depends on a number of factors including weathering and the type of memorial. However, most will include a combination of your ancestors' birth year, death year, burial date & location, relative's names, memorial type and notes on the inscription.


Over 175,000 new records have been added to our collection of Warwickshire Burials. The entire collection now contains more 1 million records and includes monumental inscriptions from Clifton Road Cemetery in Rugby.

Each record includes a transcript of the original burial registry or details from the monumental inscription. While the information listed will vary depending on the records original source, 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 parent's names and residence. Inscriptions will reveal the information recorded on the individual's grave stone and will usually include the name of the individual's spouse, children and/or parents. Also, some grave sites may have more than one person buried in the same plot.

Northumberland & Durham Monumental Inscriptions

Over 16,000 records have been added to our collection of Northumberland & Durham Monumental Inscriptions. These are a fantastic addition to your family history research and include the full descriptions found on your ancestor's grave stone or monument which will often include additional family names and dates.

Each record includes a transcript of the original source material. The amount of information in each may vary due to the age and legibility of individual monuments, but most records will include your ancestor's birth date, burial year, burial place, death date, denomination, inscription and the type of stone their monument was made from.


Learn about your Quaker ancestor's role within their local community with an additional 5,000 congregational records. Congregational records allow you to uncover details of the meetings your ancestor’s attended and the activities they engaged in.

These records, dating back to the mid-1600s, comprise minutes from half-yearly Quaker meetings. As well as a transcript, each entry includes an image of the original handwritten record. The information included will vary, but most will include the congregation date, address, meeting, archive and reference.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, 17 January, 8:00 p.m. Eastern

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, 17 January, 8:00 p.m. Eastern

“Writing up your Research” by Michael J. Leclerc, CG

Writing up our research is the best way to preserve it. This presentation will examine different ways of writing and publishing, from blogs to books.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will present “Writing up your Research” by Michael J. Leclerc, CG, free to the public at 8:00 p.m. EDT, 17 January 2017.

Michael J. Leclerc, CG, is an internationally renowned genealogist. He has authored numerous articles for genealogy magazines and scholarly journals, and is a popular presenter at conferences and seminars around the world. Michael worked in a variety of capacities at the New England Historic Genealogical Society for 17 years prior to joining Mocavo as Chief Genealogist in 2012. He left there in 2015 to start Genealogy Professor (www.genprof.net), where he helps to provide genealogy education opportunities to family historians. He has edited several books, including Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century: A Guide to Register Style and More, Second Edition, with Henry Hoff, and the fifth edition of the seminal guidebook Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research. He was a contributing editor for American Ancestors magazine, and a consulting editor for The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Michael has served on the boards of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. You can reach him at www.mjleclerc.com and Facebook.com/michaeljleclerc.

President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, says, “The Board for Certification of Genealogists is proud to offer this new webinar as part of an ongoing series that supports our mission to provide education for family historians. This webinar will address genealogy standards for research. By promoting a uniform standard of competence and ethics BCG endeavors to foster public confidence in genealogy.”

Register for “Writing up your Research” by Michael J. Leclerc, CG, before 17 January 2017 at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7771888423857682691.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For more information contact: office@BCGcertification.org.

View BCG’s past Legacy webinars at http://familytreewebinars.com/bcg and http://bcgcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars. For more information on educational opportunities, please visit: http://www.BCGcertification.org/certification/educ.html.

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

National Genealogical Society Issues Call for Proposals for the 2018 Family History Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan


ARLINGTON, VA, 3 JANUARY 2017—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) will open the call for proposals for the 2018 Family History Conference, Paths to Your Past, on 3 January 2017. The conference will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 2–5 May 2018.

In the nineteenth century, the Great Lakes were major, strategic waterways that aided Americans moving West and immigrants coming from overseas through Canada to settle and develop the Midwest. Cheap land, mining, and the timber industry made the area attractive. The combination of water power from the rivers and rapids, together with access to grain and lumber, encouraged manufacturing and industry, including breweries, furniture, and cereal.

Among the topics being considered by NGS are presentations on migration paths to the Midwest, including waterways, trails, and railroads; records and repositories for Michigan, the surrounding states, and Canada; records generated by France, Great Britain, and later by the newly established United States as they fought for control of the Old Northwest Territory; land grants, deeds, and maps; and laws and court records.

Conference tracks under consideration include ethnic and religious groups, migration into and out of the Midwest, military records, occupations and trades, and other organizations including masons, abolitionists, prohibitionists, and unions. NGS encourages the submission of proposals for broader genealogical categories, including methodology, problem solving, Internet websites, apps, and other technology tools. Proposals may also include presentations about DNA and how to use DNA to solve genealogical roadblocks.

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

All proposals must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. EDT on 1 April 2017.

Speakers may submit up to eight proposals electronically by completing all the requested information at https://goo.gl/forms/5DHIlumuOuTMAn7J2.

Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture may submit proposals at https://goo.gl/forms/Wpr1gyZ2U00V2WhX2.

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.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

GenSoftReviews Announces its Users Choice Awards for 2016

GenSoftReviews Announces its Users Choice Awards for 2016

The 8th annual Users Choice Awards have been announced at the GenSoftReviews website based on 750 reviews submitted by users during 2016.

44 programs were eligible having a minimum of 10 reviews and at least one review in 2016. Of those, 27 programs achieved a user-assigned average score of at least 4.00 out of 5, and each win a 2016 GenSoftReviews Top Rated Genealogy Software award.

The Winners include:

  • 17 Windows programs: Family Book Creator, GenSmarts, Aldfaer, Ahnenblatt, Brother’s Keeper, Family Historian, Ancestral Quest, Personal Ancestral File, Ages!, Clooz, RootsMagic, Generations, Relatively Yours, Family Tree Builder, Family Tree Maker (up to Version 16), Heredis for PC, and The Master Genealogist
  • 2 Mac programs: iFamily for Mac, and Reunion
  • 3 programs built for Windows, Mac and Unix: Evidentia, Familienbande, and GenealogyJ
  • 5 Online programs: Famberry, Genealogie Online, The Next Generation, webtrees, and MyHeritage
  • 0 Handheld programs.

The top program for 2016 was Family Book Creator, by Stefan Harms, a plugin for Family Tree Maker that lets you create a family book from your Family Tree Maker database. Family Book Creator received a perfect rating of 5.00 out of 5 based on 16 user reviews. Second was Evidentia, a source-centric genealogy tool by Ed Thompson, that ended the year with a weighted user rating of 4.97 out of 5 based on 13 reviews. Third was GenSmarts, a program by Underwood Innovations to help you do your genealogical research. GenSmarts scored 4.97 out of 5 on 15 reviews.

Eight programs won their first Users Choice Award: Family Book Creator, Aldfaer, Ages!, Generations, Relatively Yours, Heredis for PC, GenealogyJ, and The Master Genealogist.

Two former winners returned to the winner’s circle this year: GenSmarts and iFamilyforMac, who did not have a review and were not eligible in 2015.

Programs that dropped off the list from 2015 include Ultimate Family Tree and Heredis for iOS, that slipped just under the 4.00 criteria, and Heredis for Mac that did not receive a review in 2016.

Six programs have won a Users Choice Award all 8 years since the award was established in 2009. They are The Next Generation, Brother’s Keeper, Personal Ancestral File, RootsMagic, Reunion, and Family Tree Builder.

Five programs that are no longer supported were still liked enough by their users to win a 2016 award: Personal Ancestral File, Generations, Relatively Yours, Family Tree Maker (up to Version 16) and The Master Genealogist. For three of these, Generations, Relatively Yours, and The Master Genealogist, this is their first Users Choice Award.

GenSoftReviews uses a time-weighted average score. The weight of every user rating goes down 50% every year, so newer opinions are better reflected in the average score.

Congratulations go to all the 2016 winners. They are producing a product that their users like. GenSoftReviews hopes all genealogy software developers will use the feedback these reviews provide to improve their programs for their users.

For more information and a complete listing of current and past winners, see the GensoftReviews Users Choice Awards page.