The National Institute for Genealogical Studies Announces a New Eastern European Records Certificate

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies Announces a New Eastern European Records Certificate
Features Courses Written by Lisa Alzo, MFA

For Immediate Release
27 February 2018
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies <> is proud to announce a new addition to our Certificate Programs. The Eastern European Records Certificate features courses in researching various records and repositories in Eastern Europe.
Course author and genealogy professional, Lisa Alzo, MFA says of researching Eastern European ancestors, “A vast number of immigrants came to the United States and Canada from various areas in Central and Eastern Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Unfortunately, in the past, those with Eastern European roots have been reticent to begin research on their immigrant ancestors due to perceived barriers of language, geography, and difficulty with accessing and understanding the records. With the popularity of DNA testing, more people are discovering they have Eastern European ancestry and have a desire to know more. As more records become accessible with each passing year, it has never been easier to consolidate known facts with newly discovered information.”
Courses in this new certificate program include:
·       Eastern European: Locating Places in Eastern Europe
·       Eastern European: Understanding Migration Patterns
·       Eastern European: The Languages and Alphabets 
·       Eastern European: Chronological Considerations: The Austro-Hungarian Empire
·       Eastern European: Civil Registration Records
·       Eastern European: Church Records
·       Eastern European: Other Records (Tax, Military, Land, Census)
·       Eastern European: Record Repositories
·       Eastern European: Onsite Research in the Ancestral Homeland
·       Eastern European: Problem Solving
Other courses offered include research, records, and repositories in individual Eastern European countries and regions.
The certificate in Eastern European Records will provide in-depth instruction for genealogists with roots in many countries where research was difficult, if not impossible, just a decade ago. 
“We are excited to announce the creation of this new certificate program focusing on Eastern Europe. Researchers will find these courses to be an important addition to expanding their knowledge about the region and records,” remarked National Institute’s Managing Director Louise St Denis.
The Eastern European Records Certificate description and links to courses can be found on The National Institute’s website at  Courses are continually being added to this certificate program.
In conjunction with the RootsTech conference, The National Institute is offering a 20% discount off any Eastern European course package. To register for a course package, use code 20RT18EE at checkout. Eastern European course packages can be viewed on The National Institute’s website at
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, leaders in online genealogy education, has been offering genealogy and history courses for 20 years. Over 200 courses in genealogical studies are offered to help enhance researcher’s skills.
For those looking to acquire more formal educational training, The National Institute offers Certificate Programs in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Eastern Europe and the United States, as well as a General Methodology, Professional Development and Librarianship Certificate Program.  For more information please call us toll-free in North America at 1-800-580-0165 or email us at
For more information:
Louise St Denis
1-800-580-0165 (North American)
416-861-0165 (International)
Skype: louisestd

FindMyPast Fridays: Explore new UK BMDs and mining records

Greater London Marriage Index

OVER 94,000 RECORDS  These new records from the Royal College of Arms cover historic chapels at St James Duke's Place, Gray's Inn, Somerset House and the Austin Friars Dutch Reform Church. Dating back to the early 1500s, the records reveal details of residence, occupation, marriage and spouse. A number also include images of original documents. 

England, Mining Disaster Victims

OVER 9,000 RECORDS. Uncover the details of miners and rescue workers who lost their lives in the mines of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, and Yorkshire. Each record consists of a transcript that will reveal the circumstances surrounding the individual’s death, their age, the date of the incident and the name of the colliery. 


Derbyshire Baptisms 

New records: 24,853
Total records: 255,626
Covering: Alvaston, Boulton, Chellaston, Holbrook, Longford, Newton Solney and Wilne 
Discover: Date of birth, place of birth, date of baptism, parish, parents’ names, father’s occupation 

Derbyshire Marriages 

New records: 20,684
Total records: 126,083 
Covering: Alvaston, Boulton, Chellaston, Holbrook, Longford, Newton Solney and Wilne 
Discover: Couple’s ages, marital status, marriage type, date of birth, date of marriage, place of marriage, occupations, residences, fathers’ names and occupations 

Derbyshire Burials

New records: 16,902
Total records: 81,488 
Covering: Alvaston, Boulton, Chellaston, Holbrook, Longford, Newton Solney and Wilne
Discover: Year of birth, year of death, date of burial, age, parish and residence 

Irish Newspapers 

New articles: 54,438
New title: The Social Review (Dublin, Ireland: 1893) 
Covering: 166 issues spanning 1893 to 1896 
Discover: News stories, family notices, advertisements and more 

New additions are not the only update our Greater London Marriage Index has received this week. We’ve also merged a number of existing London marriage collections to make them accessible through one unified search. The Greater London Marriage Index will now also include results from the Middlesex Marriage Index, the West Middlesex Marriage Index, the St Andrew’s Holborn Marriage Index and our collection of Docklands and East End Marriages. 


Next week’s update features a major new collection from the United States that could help uncover early immigrant ancestors. 

New Search Feature

To help you uncover the history of your home, we have added address search to all of our England and Wales census search forms. Previously only available on the 1911 and 1901 census, you can now search all censuses from 1841 to 1911 by address. Findmypast is now the only family history website to offer address searching on all census returns, allowing you to trace previous occupants across 70 years of British history. 

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JoyFlips donating $80,000 FamilyArchive™ Kits at #RootsTech Launch of Version 4.0

Groundbreaking technology for preserving and sharing family stories being launched at world’s largest family history technology event

San Francisco, CA. February 20, 2018:

JoyFlips will be launching several technical breakthroughs in version 4.0 of its family album technology at RootsTech 2018, along with a giveaway of 2,000 of its new FamilyArchive™ Kits -- an $80,000 value -- during the event, Feb. 28 – Mar 3, 2018, in Salt Lake City. The new technology in JoyFlips 4.0 will also be featured in the RootsTech Innovation Showcase during the conference.

The new FamilyArchive Kit is a secure offline automatic backup, protected by patent-pending technology, that will keep your family's digital archive safe for over 50 years. Anyone attending the conference who has a free JoyFlips account, or opens one between February 28 and March 3 at 3pm, is eligible to receive a free $40 value FamilyArchive Kit by stopping by one of the JoyFlips booths at the show. (Recipients must be 14 or older to be eligible) Offer limited to 2,000 eligible attendees. One FamilyArchive Kit per person. Anyone not attending the conference in person who opens a free JoyFlips account from February 28th through March 3rd will be eligible for a 50% discount off the normal price of $40, including free shipping, if ordered by March 31, 2018.

JoyFlips version 4.0 will be available to the public at the start of RootsTech 2018 on February 28, 2018. JoyFlips is a completely free and unlimited service available as an app for both iOS and Android devices, in addition to a user-friendly website which includes almost all of the same functionality of the phone app. Version 4 extends the firm’s leadership in family story technology with new features, including the ability to record stories as family members browse photos together on the phone, then converting those stories and photos into shareable high-resolution videos. The videos are instantly updated any time the photos or audio are changed, making them dynamically interactive. This is the first technology that makes it easy for families to create video albums of both family photos and recordings of family members sharing stories about them.

“We are fulfilling our mission to provide millions of people worldwide with the tools to easily discover, record, share and preserve their family’s stories.” said Vincent Titolo, JoyFlips co-founder and CEO. “One of the exciting new technologies in version 4 of JoyFlips makes it possible for the first time to use photos along with stories in the voices of family members to create beautiful shared videos. Now the entire family can participate in creating their own living documentaries,” he added.

“Version 4 of JoyFlips was completely rebuilt from the ground up not only to make it easier to use, but to add important new features allowing collaboration and on-the-phone storytelling while family members browse through photos together.” added Scott Shebby, JoyFlips cofounder and CTO. “Another major breakthrough is our FamilyArchive software that creates an always up-to-date secure offline backup of everything in your JoyFlips account. Our patentpending technology brings the cost of highly reliable long-term data storage down to where almost everyone can safely archive their family’s precious legacy of photos, stories and documents for generations,” he continued.

Other innovative features of the free JoyFlips service include:
  • Importing photos from anywhere: your phone, computer, Facebook or FamilySearch, or with the built-in fast high-resolution scanner for paper photos and documents
  • The ability to have an unlimited number of photos and stories stored online and available wherever you are: on your phone or on your computer
  • Adding searchable tags with both voice and text that are also embedded in the photo jpg files
  • Recording searchable stories in phone conversations
  • Creating and sharing photo albums or video albums that contain photos and family member’s stories in their own voice
  • Inviting family members to add photos and stories to albums
  • Easy-to-use photo restoration, touch up and editing software
  • Optional FamilyArchive™ Kit secure Off-Line automatic backups protected by patent pending technology that keeps your family’s digital archive safe for over 50 years
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 record and pass down the stories they tell through storytelling in voice and text. For more information about JoyFlips technology visit

The FamilyArchive Kit is a combination of a special long-life USB flash drive and software that automatically maintains an up-to-date backup copy of a user’s JoyFlips account. The patentpending FamilyArchive Kit ensures the data stored on the USB drive remains intact for over 50 years by using Single Level Cell (SLC) NAND flash memory technology and applying error correction software that identifies errors in critical data stored on the drive and then reconstructs the original, error-free data.

The FamilyArchive software automatically creates an offline copy of the user’s full JoyFlips account including all photos, tags, albums, recorded stories and video albums. Each FamilyArchive drive can store a typical JoyFlips account with up to 30,000 photos, voice stories and associated video albums. Users access their offline JoyFlips account from their web browser, enjoying the full multimedia viewing of photos, stories and video albums just as it they were in their online web account. Individual image, audio and video files can also be downloaded from the FamilyArchive drive.

Should the FamilyArchive storage device ever be lost, the software allows users to easily create a new copy on a new FamilyArchive device directly from their account. The FamilyArchive Kit is priced at $40 and includes free express shipping. 

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide. RootsTech will be held on Feb. 28th through March 3rd, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Family History Technology Innovation Showcase will also be held during the conference. For information about attending RootsTech 2018 and the Family History Innovator Showcase, visit

International Society of Family History Writers and Editors Elections

The 2018 election of officers and board members for ISFHWE will be held very soon. The election results will be announced 2 May 2018 at the National Genealogical Society conference. The Nominating Committee will compile the nominations and an election ballot will be e-mailed to every ISFHWE member in good standing in April 2018. (Your annual dues must be paid to maintain your membership in good standing.) We will again be voting electronically through the members-only website.  The following positions are up for election this year: 

  • President
  • 2nd vice president
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Southeast region director
  • Central region director
  • Great Plains director
  • International/At Large director
  • “Excellence in Writing” Competition Chair

If you are contacted by the Nominating Committee, please seriously consider running. If you are not contacted, or if you have someone in mind for one of these positions (including yourself), send your nomination to (Please do not nominate anyone without their permission and an acknowledgment that the person is willing to serve in the position, if elected.)  Here are descriptions of the above open positions for your review:

The President shall be the principal executive officer, with responsibility for supervising the affairs of the Society. The President shall preside at all meetings; shall appoint all committees with the approval of the Board; and shall be an ex officio member of all committees except the nominating committee.
The Second Vice President shall attend and/or delegate ISFHWE’s participation in genealogical conferences, promoting ISFHWE, the “Excellence in Writing” competition,  and the Publication Promotion Project. 

The Secretary shall handle all general correspondence of the Society; shall be the custodian of the records of the corporation; shall give notice to the members of all regular and special meetings of Society members; shall keep accurate records of the Society’s meetings; shall provide minutes of the preceding regular meeting for review and approval during the business session of each regular meeting; shall keep records of Board meetings; shall provide minutes of the preceding Board meeting for review and approval during each Board meeting; and shall file all regulatory registration documents for the Society. 

The Treasurer shall be the custodian of all revenues received by the Society; shall deposit the funds in a bank approved by the Society; shall pay all bills incurred by the Society; shall keep accurate financial records; and shall present an annual report of the finances of the Society at the annual meeting of members.

The Regional Directors shall act as liaisons between members of the Society and the Board. Each shall live in the region that he or she represents. 
Southeast – AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA
Central – IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI
Great Plains - CO, IA, KS, NE, ND, OK, SD, TX

The Director-at-Large shall live outside the United States; shall represent the will of members residing in countries other than the United States; and shall act as a liaison between said members of the Society and the Board.

The “Excellence in Writing” Competition Chair shall oversee the yearly writing competition; shall procure judges for the competition; shall receive submissions in coordination with the judges; and shall announce the winners.