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 or download the iPhone app at

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

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 , 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 or 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.

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


  • 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.