WikiTree 72-Hour Scan-a-Thon




72-Hour Scan-a-ThonGenealogists are Invited to Participate in Scanning Marathon

December 6, 2018: On the weekend of January 11-14, 2019, WikiTree and GeneaBloggersTRIBE will kick off the new year by hosting a 72-hour image scanning marathon. Genealogists and family historians from around the world are invited to participate.

The goal of the Scan-a-Thon is to scan and upload photos and other items such as letters, postcards, funeral cards, and primary documents. Like a marathon, this is a competition to see who can do the most, but most participants won't be serious competitors. Most will be doing it for the sake of preserving family history.
To add to the fun and collaborative atmosphere, participants will be organized into teams by geography and genealogical interest, such as Team Acadia, Nor’Easters, Windsor Warriors, Flying Dutchmen, and Legacy Heirs.
Live chats will be hosted every few hours during the three-day event for participants to cheer each other on. During every chat, a Scan-a-Thon t-shirt will be given away to a randomly-drawn participant who has registered in advance on WikiTree.
“Photos and documents can truly enhance our research, giving a face and details to our ancestors and their lives that we might not otherwise have,” says WikiTree “Forest Elf” Eowyn Langholf. “This is why we’re encouraging everyone to join us in preserving this important part of our family history.”
Volunteers can participate during the 72-hour period by scanning photos and documents in their collection and uploading them to the Internet. Members of WikiTree can register here.  Non-WikiTreers can sign up here.  If you are a blogger and would like to participate, contact eowyn@wikitree.com.
WikiTree has been growing since 2008. Community members privately collaborate with close family members on modern family history and publicly collaborate with other genealogists on deep ancestry. Since all the private and public profiles are connected on the same system this process is growing a single family tree that will eventually connect us all and thereby make it free and easy for anyone to discover their roots. See http://www.WikiTree.com.  

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Eowyn Langholf
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MyHeritage Partners with British Retailer WHSmith to Distribute DNA Kits


MyHeritage Partners with British Retailer WHSmith to Distribute DNA Kits

Tel Aviv, Israel & London, United Kingdom, September 7, 2018 — MyHeritage, Europe’s leading service for DNA testing and family history, announced today the launch of a retail partnership with WHSmith. This marks the first partnership of its kind for MyHeritage in the UK, and the first time that MyHeritage DNA tests will be available for purchase in retail stores in Europe.

Under the new partnership WHSmith distributes a unique product named MyHeritage Family History Discovery Kit, which bundles MyHeritage’s popular at-home DNA test with 3 months of access to MyHeritage’s suite of premium online genealogy services. This allows consumers to receive detailed ethnicity reports and connect with their relatives around the world through the power of DNA testing, and to utilize MyHeritage’s 9-billion-strong collection of historical records and family tree tools to embark on a journey to uncover their family history.

The distribution of the kits via local retail stores caters to the surging demand for at-home DNA testing throughout Europe, and in the UK in particular. The affordable price of the MyHeritage Family History Discovery Kit available through WHSmith, £89, makes it an ideal gift for the Christmas season ahead.

The MyHeritage DNA test is notable for its ease of use. It involves a simple 2-minute cheek swab. In addition to the DNA test, the Family History Discovery Kit comes with 3 months of access to MyHeritage’s Complete plan, which includes all family tree features and historical records on MyHeritage, seamlessly integrated with the DNA test results.

“Interest in DNA testing and family history research in the UK market has skyrocketed lately,” said Akiva Glasenberg, MyHeritage’s Business Development Manager. “We have created a unique bundled product to satisfy this need and are pleased to offer it to UK consumers through selected WHSmith High Street stores. Customers can look forward to discovering their ethnic origins and family history and making use of MyHeritage’s vast DNA database and historical record collections to make new connections with their relatives in the UK and overseas.”

The MyHeritage Family History Discovery Kits are on sale in 200 WHSmith High Street stores, as well as online via www.whsmith.co.uk.

About MyHeritage

MyHeritage is Europe’s leading service for family history and DNA testing. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage has transformed family history into an activity that is accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and groundbreaking search and matching technologies. Launched in November 2016, MyHeritage DNA is a technologically advanced, affordable DNA test that reveals ethnic origins and previously unknown relatives. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to find new family members, discover ethnic origins, and to treasure family stories, past and present, for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages and is the most popular family history and DNA service throughout Europe. www.myheritage.com

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British subjects who died in the service of the Indian Empire

Discover British subjects who died in the service of the Indian Empire. View digital images of original documents to uncover your ancestor's birth and death years, rank, regiment, and service history.


Airmen Died in the Great War, 1914-1919

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Our collection of Gallantry Awards records contains multiple entries for the most highly decorated British private of the First World War, Private Henry Tandey. Tandey won the VC, DCM and MM but is most commonly remembered as the soldier who supposedly spared a young Adolf Hitler's life in September 1918. 




3 top tips for tracing military ancestors

Keep your timeline handy
  • Having significant dates from your ancestors' lives to hand will help make your search easier.  
Take note of service numbers
  • Most military records will include one. Searching by service number can often be the fastest way of tracking down other records for you ancestor.
Check Local newspapers
  • They often printed stories about local men who had gone away to fight. You may even find your ancestor's obituary, photograph or a letter they sent home.
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Were your ancestors married in secret? Next week's update will include clandestine marriages records from the vaults of The National Archives UK. 





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Press Release: Findmypast Publish New Suffragette Records



Findmypast publish new suffragette records online for the first time ever
 
        Over 22,000 newly digitised records now available to search
        Thousands of 1911 suffragette census Returns also added to the collection
 
 
Friday June 8th: In association with The National Archives, British family history website Findmypast  has added more than 22,000 brand new records to their ground-breaking Suffragette Collection.  
 
Digitised from original documents held at The National Archives in Kew, the collection was first launched in February 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 1918 Representation of the People Act.
 
Today’s release marks the second phase of this ground-breaking project and consists of material that, until now, had never before been digitised and made available online. Thousands of newly transcribed 1911 census returns that either list “suffragette” or “suffragist” as an occupation or had been “spoiled” in an act of civil disobedience have also been added to the collection.
 
Findmypast’s Suffragette Collection now contains more than 78,000 records taken from Metropolitan Police and Home Office files. It reveals the struggles endured by the movement’s most ardent supporters and highlights the state’s response as it attempted to contain them.  
 
Victoria Iglikowski, Principal Records Specialist - Diverse Histories, at The National Archives said: “These files illustrate the huge impact suffrage campaigns had across government and show the state’s response through policing, surveillance and monitoring. The wealth of evidence collected in raids on suffragette premises and criminal trials gives us a unique perspective coming from directly inside the headquarters and organisation of the movement. Documents include secret codes used to evade police detection and transcripts of speeches covertly recorded, giving us a powerful perspective on the records the suffragettes potentially didn’t want to survive.”
 
The collection spans from 1902 to 1919 and includes the following series of records from The National Archives: AR 1, ASSI 52, CRIM 1, CRIM 9, DPP 1, HO 144, HO 45, HO 140, LO 3, MEPO 2, MEPO 3, PCOM 7, PCOM 8, PRO 30, T 1, T 172, TS 27, and WORK 11. Among these are photographs of suffragettes, cabinet letters, calendars of prisoners, Home Office papers of suffragette disturbances, an index of women arrested between 1906 and 1914 (the official watch list of over 1,300 suffragettes), reports of force-feeding, and more.
 
These rich documents bring together the stories of women from all walks of life who actively supported women’s suffrage, either by attending demonstrations and meetings or opting for militant “direct action”.
 
 
ENDS
 
To find out more about the collection, visit: https://www.findmypast.com/suffragettes/
 
For more information or to discuss feature opportunities, please contact
Alex Cox: acox@findmypast.com, +44 7464 946769
 
NOTES TO EDITORS
 
 
 
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, among others.
Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research.
In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitised records from across the globe, including the 1911 Census and the recently released 1939 Register which they digitised in association with The National Archives.
 
The National Archives looks after and makes available to the public its collection of historical records dating back more than 1,000 years, including records as diverse as Domesday Book and MI5 files. They are a world-leading cultural heritage organisation which promotes public accessibility to iconic documents such as Guy Fawkes’ confession, Shakespeare’s Will and Edward VIII’s letter of abdication, while ensuring preservation for generations to come. They also host talks, conferences and have an expanding events programme. The National Archives is a non-ministerial government department whose parent is the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). They are the official archive of the UK government, and England and Wales.
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New Release: FamilySearch Innovation Powers Revolution Place at the Museum of the American Revolution


 

FamilySearch Innovation Powers Revolution Place at the Museum of the American Revolution

Philadelphia, PA (11 June 2018), FamilySearch’s technical innovation is now showcased in Philadelphia’s new Revolution Place, an immersive discovery experience at the Museum of the American Revolution. The permanent playscape officially opened to the public on June 9, 2018, and takes visitors back in time to the museum’s neighborhood where they can explore life in Revolutionary Philadelphia.
Along with the core exhibit and temporary gallery, Revolution Place expands the museum’s ability to bring history to all ages. Revolution Place is an immersive experience that transports visitors to 1770s Philadelphia. In partnership with the museum’s staff, FamilySearch created four interactive displays for the new space.
Youth reads 18th Century newspaper at Museum of the American Revolution“Thanks to the generosity and support of FamilySearch International, we are delighted to be able to offer this immersive new playscape for families to discover what Philadelphia was like during the Revolutionary War,” said Dr. Elizabeth Grant, Director of Education for the Museum. “Like FamilySearch, we believe in the power of personal stories and imaginative play to engage young people in learning about the founding of our nation.”
“We [FamilySearch] have amazing developers, who are some of the best in the world. We designed the interactive touchscreens in Revolution Place to help people understand the story of the Revolution and bring it digitally to life," said Dan Call, technical project manager for FamilySearch International and Revolution Place project.
Revolution Place is a miniature Philadelphia neighborhood. Along with city streetscapes, it offers four recreated spaces, each embedded with a digital interactive.
Home Parlor: Within the parlor of a Philadelphia home hangs a map interactive. “My favorite part about the home is the digital touchscreen that we created to show what life was like during the American Revolution on the actual block where the museum has been built,” Call said. “The museum provided the research, which we used to create a lot-by-lot look into the 1770s residents of the museum’s block,” Call added.
FamilySearch innovation powers interactive table at Museum of the American RevolutionTavern: Taverns were a hub of social activity for neighborhoods. “There, people engaged in trade and commerce, exchanged opinions, read newspapers and pamphlets on the issues, and rallied to get people involved with the Revolution,” Call added. Guests can settle in at tables with embedded touch screen maps. When a reproduction colonial trade item, such as a tea cup, porcelain bowl, chocolate, sugar, ivory, tobacco, among other items, is placed on the tables the touch screen lights up to show the object’s origins, how it was made, what it was used for, and other details. The map and goods show how connected the 18th-century world was.
Military Encampment: Along with exploring a soldier’s tent, trying on soldier’s and camp follower’s clothing, and helping with camp chores, visitors can digitally enlist in the Continental Army. The interactive takes guests step-by-step through joining the Army, including an enlistment form, a muster roll, clothing and equipment, and what soldiers can expect to be paid. Using a targeted set of FamilySearch records guests can see if someone with their surname served in select regiments of the Continental Army.
Church: Like churches in the 18thcentury, Revolution Place’s 18th Century Church Replica Museum of American Revolution with interactive touch screens developed by FamilySearch.church serves as a worship space, public meeting room, and a military service facility. Two window-shaped “People of Faith” touchscreens explore the stories of eight religious men and women whose views impacted their involvement in the Revolution, including an Anglican, Presbyterian, Quaker, African Episcopal, Sephardic Jew, Catholic, and Muslim couple.
Excited by the possibility of collaboration, FamilySearch and the Museum explored what kind of project they should embark on together. “The original plan was to put in a discovery center like those in some of our family history centers, but it became apparent very quickly that to support the museum’s needs and make it immersive, we had to make something specific to the Museum. We brought technology that enriched the Museum’s experiences through four digital touchscreens,” Call explained.
FamilySearch believes when individuals can see themselves in fun, interactive discovery experiences built around insightful historical contexts like Revolution Place, that it changes them and strengthens family connections.
“The American Revolution was shaped, in part, by people and their conversation, both public and private — visitors to the new Revolution Place will be able to put themselves in the shoes of Philadelphia’s revolutionary generation,” said Diane Loosle, vice president of help for FamilySearch.
Explore the free services FamilySearch offers online or learn more about the Museum of the American Revolution.
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About the Museum of the American Revolution
Opened on April 19, 2017, the Museum of the American Revolution explores the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive digital elements bring to life the diverse array of people that created a new nation against incredible odds. Visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in the ongoing promise of the American Revolution. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the museum serves as a portal to the region’s many revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit www.AmRevMuseum.org or call 1-877-740-1776.
 
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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.

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FindMyPast Fridays: New Records added 1,492,817!

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British Armed Forces, First World War Soldiers' Medical Records 

OVER 691,000 RECORDS have been added to our National Archives' collection of medical records from the First World War. These records will allow you to discover when and where your ancestor was wounded, where they were treated and how long they were held at the medical facility for treatment. Images may provide a variety of additional details such as their service history and a description of the wound. 

United States Deceased Physician File (Ama), 1864-1968 Image Browse

OVER 707,000 RECORDS Explore images of the deceased physician card files from the American Medical Association (AMA). The card files comprise biographic records of deceased physicians in the United States and a few from Canada from 1864 to 1968. 



Additional Records For Existing Sets

United States Marriages 
New records:79,966
Total records: 190,557,044 
Covering: Indiana marriages 1818-1920
Discover: The couple's full names, ages, marital status, marriage date, marriage location, and parents' names 


Periodical Source Index 
New images:13,283
Titles updated: Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine/American Spirit, Fitchburg Historical Society Proceedings, Genealogical Advertiser, Genealogical Magazine & Genealogical Quarterly Magazine 
Covering: National and regional American history 
Discover: Articles, photos, and other genealogical material you might not find using traditional search methods


 FACTS AND FINDS

Our collection of First World War Soldiers' Medical Records comprises The National Archives’ series, MH106, War Office: First World War Representative Medical Records of Servicemen. Only a sample of the original documents was retained and these records are a representative selection of the full collection of medical records created during the war. The records include admissions and discharge records from hospitals, field ambulances, and casualty clearing stations. You will also find records from Queen Alexandra’s Military Hospital before the First World War, dating from 1910. A full list of the hospitals and medical facilities represented in the records can be found at the end of the search page. 

The medical records were collected by the Medical Research Committee and then given over to the British Museum. In 1931 they were used for statistical research when Thomas John Mitchell and G M Smith published "Medical services: Casualties and medical statistics of the Great War from the data gathered from these medical records." 


COMING SOON

Does your family tree have roots in South West England? Next week's update will feature a variety of new records from the rural county of Wiltshire. 



To search for your First World War ancestors in our collection of British military service records. Findmypast is the only family history website to have service records for all the service branches of the British Armed Forces: The Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. 



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THE Genealogy Show Announces Another Headline Speaker for 2019



We are very excited to announce another headline speaker. Nathan is a leading author in the world of genealogy and will be joining us at THE Genealogy Show 2019.

Nathan has many top sellers including ‘The Lost Ancestor,’ ‘Hiding the Past’ and ‘The Spy Glass File.’
He will also be available for book signings during the event.

To find out more about Nathan, take a look at his website  www.nathandylangoodwin.com

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