Free 5-Day Western European Family History Conference



Salt Lake City, Utah (26 March 2017FamilySearch’s world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be offering its free Western European Family History Conference, May 15 to May 19, 2017. Guests can attend classes in person or online. The conference will focus exclusively on select Western European research and is intended for beginning and intermediate researchers. Classes are free, but registration is required due to class size and webinar bandwidth limitations. For more information or to register, go to FamilySearch Wiki. Easily find and share this news release online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

Classes will be taught by the Family History Library’s staff of experts and guest genealogists. Content will focus primarily on how to research records from Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium. Topics addressed will include census, church, immigration, and vital records.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Use the following links to register for deisired conference classes online or in the library: in-person guests or webinar guests.


DATE / TIME
CLASS (SKILL LEVEL)
WEBINAR | CLASSROOM
Mon, 15-May, 9:00 AM Finding German Places of Origin (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Mon, 15-May, 10:15 AM Spelling Variations in German Given and Place Names (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Mon, 15-May, 11:30 AM Meyers German Gazetteer Now Online, Indexed and Fully Searchable (Beginner) WebinarMain B/C
Mon, 15-May, 2:00 PM German Church Records and Beyond: Deepen Your Research
Using a Variety of Town Records (Intermediate)
WebinarMain B/C
Mon, 15-May, 3:15 PM Elusive Immigrant: Methods of Proving Identity (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Tue, 16-May, 9:00 AM Finding Your French Ancestors Online Part 1 (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Tue, 16-May, 10:15 AM Finding Your French Ancestors Online Part 2 (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Tue, 16-May, 11:30 AM Finding Your French Ancestors Online Part 3 (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Tue, 16-May, 2:00 PM Out of the Ashes of Paris (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Tue, 16-May, 3:15 PM Research in Alsace-Lorraine (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Wed, 17-May, 9:00 AM Latin for Researchers (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Wed, 17-May, 10:15 AM Calendar Changes in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the
Low Countries (Intermediate)
WebinarMain B/C
Wed, 17-May, 11:30 AM Gazetteers and Maps for Belgium, Luxembourg, and the
Netherlands (Intermediate)
WebinarMain B/C
Wed, 17-May, 2:00 PM Beginning Research in Luxembourg (Beginner) WebinarMain B/C
Wed, 17-May, 3:15 PM Beginning Research in Belgium (Beginner) WebinarMain B/C
Thur, 18-May, 9:00 AM Names in Belgium and the Netherlands (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Thur, 18-May, 10:15 AM WieWasWie, Past the Index: What to do Next (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Thur, 18-May, 11:30 AM Dutch Provincial and City Research (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Thurs, 18-May, 2:00 PM Dutch Research Before 1811 (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Thu, 18-May, 3:15 PM Finding Your Family in the Amazing Online Amsterdam City
Archives (Intermediate)
WebinarMain B/C
Fri, 19-May, 9:00 AM Beginning Swiss Research Part 1 (Beginner) WebinarMain B/C
Fri, 19-May, 10:15 AM Beginning Swiss Research Part 2 (Beginner) WebinarMain B/C
Fri, 19-May, 11:30 AM Swiss Archives Online Records (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Fri, 19-May, 2:00 PM Swiss Census Records (Beginner) WebinarMain B/C
Fri, 19-May, 3:15 PM Swiss Chorgericht Records (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C


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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 4,991 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Early Bird Discount Ends 27 March for 2017 Family History Conference

Registration Opens for the National Genealogical Society's 2017 Family History Conference

ARLINGTON, VA, 25 March 2017—Time is running out for family historians to get a discount on registration for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. After 27 March 2017, the price of registration for NGS members will increase from $205 to $240 for all four days. Non-members will pay $275, up from $240. Genealogists also will no longer be able to order a printed syllabus or flash drive version of the syllabus. To qualify for the early bird discount, your registration must be received online or postmarked by 27 March.
The Conference will feature more than 175 lectures from basic to advanced genealogical research, including four days of the Board for the Certification of Genealogists (BCG) Skillbuilding lectures and eighteen presentations on DNA science and methodology. Finding records and effectively using them is another focus of this year’s conference. Eleven lectures discuss a wide variety of religious records and their appropriate use; eight focus on military and associated records; twenty-three feature North Carolina and regional US records; nine highlight African American families; and six present Native American records. There will be sessions covering maps, libraries, historical context, solving problems, and technology.  In addition, the conference will provide lectures on European ancestors, including German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Scots-Irish, Swiss, and others.
The NGS Conference will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center and will run from 10-13 May.  For conference information and to register, go to the 2017 NGS Family History Conference.
 
Social Events, Luncheons, and the NGS Banquet
Participating organizations sponsor several luncheons at which guest speakers address many important issues and opportunities, including:
  • “Christoph von Graffenried’s Grand Adventure and the Palatine and Swiss Founding of New Bern”
  • “Keep Your Professional Cool in Hot Situations”
  • “Lectures vs Talks: Documentability on a Sliding Scale”
  • “NIGR to Gen-Fed: The Tradition Continues”
The NGS Banquet is an event not to be missed. Guest speaker Stuart Watson, an award-winning investigative reporter, will take you along on the journey of finding his birth mother, and discovering a powerful story of alcoholism, recovery, and forgiveness. Registration for all meals and social events closes on 27 April 2017. Tickets for social events will not be sold on-site. Be sure to sign up as quickly as possible. The North Carolina Genealogical Society Host Event, “Pig Pickin’,” is $45; luncheons are $32; and the banquet is $45. Menus are in theregistration brochure.
Local Area Tours
Several tours have already reached capacity. The 4 p.m. Evening Tour onTuesday, 9 May 2017, has just eight spots left.  Check the conference website for more information, please see Local Area ToursRegistration for the tours closes on 27 April 2017.
Add Items to an Existing Registration
To add meals, tours, and pre-conference events to your current registration, log on to the NGS website, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.
We hope to see you in Raleigh in May!

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. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for April 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah (21 March 2017), April is a great month to take a free family history class or webinar taught by specialists through the world reknowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Attend in person or online. Beginner or intermediate skill level, we bet you’ll find something of interest. British, Portuguese, Finnish, Scottish, French, Chinese, Dutch, and US records-related classes are on tap. Take the introductory DNA class to help understand all the genetic genealogy excitement. And there are quite a few classes about how to get the most out of all the features and content on FamilySearch.org.  Mark your calendars for events you want to join so you don’t forget. Find and easily share this release online in the FamilySearch Newsroom

Online classes offered in the schedule below are noted as “Webinars”. Webinar attendees need to click on the link next to the class title to attend the online class on the scheduled date and time. Those attending the Library in-person need to simply go to the room noted. Invite family and friends. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST). No registration is required.

Not able to attend a webinar live or in-person? Most sessions are taped and can be viewed later online at your convenience in the archive for Family History Library Classes and Webinars

DATE / TIME
CLASS (SKILL LEVEL)
WEBINAR | ROOM
Mon, 3-Apr,10:00 AM
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Mon, 3-Apr,1:00 PM
Overview of FamilySearch.org (Beginner)
Tue, 4-Apr,10:00 AM
Starting with the FamilySearch Family Tree: Navigating, Adding a Person, Standardizing, Views, Printing (Beginner)
Tue, 4-Apr,12:00 PM
British Research Case Study (Beginner)
Tue, 4-Apr, 2:00 PM
Chinese Genealogy and How to Start (In Chinese) (Beginner)
Wed, 5-Apr,11:00 AM
Ask Your United States Research Question (Beginner)
Mon, 10-Apr,10:00 AM
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Tue, 11-Apr,10:00 AM
What’s New at FamilySearch.org (Beginner)
Tue, 11-Apr,12:00 PM
Starting Chinese Genealogy (In English) (Beginner)
Tue, 11-Apr,2:00 PM
Exploring Death Notices in Norway (Intermediate)
Wed, 12-Apr,10:00 AM
French Language Records Indexing (1½ hrs) (Beginner)
Wed, 12-Apr,12:00 PM
Tracing Ancestry in Scotland’s Heritable (Land) Records (Intermediate)
Wed, 12-Apr,2:00 PM
Marriage Customs and Records in Sweden (Beginner)
Wed, 12-Apr,4:00 PM
Using the Online Pennsylvania Archives (Beginner)
Thur, 13-Apr,1:00 PM
Scottish Naming Customs (Beginner)
Sat, 15-Apr,10:00 AM
Boy Scout Genealogy Merit Badge (1½ hrs.) To register go to http://bit.ly/2eDQGhD(Beginner)
Sat, 15-Apr,1:00 PM
Conquistar la mitología: Usando fuentes (Beginner)
Mon, 17-Apr,10:00 AM
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Tue, 18-Apr,10:00 AM
Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch’s Historical Records (Beginner)
Wed, 19-Apr,10:00 AM
Dutch Language Records Indexing (1½ hrs) (Beginner)
Wed, 19-Apr,1:00 PM
Beginning Finnish Research: A Case Study (Beginner)
Thur, 20-Apr,11:00 AM
Starting Family Tree: Research Help and Searching Records (Beginner)
Fri, 21-Apr,1:00 PM
How to Trace Scotland’s Poor (Intermediate)
Mon, 24-Apr,10:00 AM
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Tue, 25-Apr,11:00 AM
FamilySearch Wiki (Beginner)
Tue, 25-Apr,2:00 PM
Genetic Genealogy: An Introduction to DNA (Beginner)
Wed, 26-Apr,10:00 AM
Portuguese Language Records Indexing (1½ hrs) (Beginner)
Wed, 26-Apr,2:00 PM
New York City Passenger Arrivals (Intermediate)
Thur, 27-Apr,10:00 AM
Genetic Genealogy: An Introduction to DNA (Beginner)
Thur, 27-Apr,1:00 PM
Your British/Irish Research Questions Answered (Beginner)

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 4,991 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

British Newspaper Archive Announces Major New Milestone


British Newspaper Archive Announces Major New Milestone


World’s largest online collection of historic British newspapers now covers every single county in England

March 21th 20017

The British Newspaper Archive, has today announced a major new milestone in their project to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library’s vast collection of historic British & Irish newspapers. Following the addition of a newspaper for the country’s smallest county, Rutland, the Archive now covers every corner of England as, for the first time, at least one title from each of the country’s 48 counties is now available to search and explore.

The British Newspaper Archive now contains over 18.7 million pages from 747 titles from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and spans nearly 300 (1709-2003) years local, national and world history.

This exciting development marks the latest step in the BNA’s drive to enhance the experience of researchers using the service. 2017 has seen a dramatic increase in the rate of digitisation with over 100,000 pages now being added on a weekly basis.

A variety of historically rich specialty publications have also been added since January, including a selection of significant sporting, police and military titles. A number of illustrated magazines containing full colour images have also been made available this year, including the Bystander, Tatler, Britannia and Eve, The Stage, and the world’s first illustrated weekly news magazine, the Illustrated London News.

We are delighted to be working with the British Library on this project within what has been such a fantastic partnership since 2010. We are also expanding our scope and working with publishing firms across the UK and Ireland to bring even more newspaper content to The British Newspaper Archive – invaluable for those researching their family history; favourite sport; hobby or their hometown. The BNA truly is the, ‘archive of everything’ in terms of the UK and Ireland’s social history. We’re excited and looking forward to work with the British Library and publishers on this vast project! – Amy Gregor, Global Newspaper Licensing and Development Manager

As part of this push to improve the British Newspaper Archive experience, a new “In Pictures” feature has also been added. This new image search was launched back in January and is the first of a number of new features users can expect to see added to the site throughout 2017.

About The British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and Findmypast to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library’s vast collection over a 10 year period.

The British Library’s collection of historical newspapers is one of the wonders of the world: it contains newspapers from 1603 to the present day, from both Britain and further afield. There are over 600,000 bound volumes of newspapers (occupying 32 kilometres, or 20 miles, of shelving) and over 300,000 reels of microfilm (occupying a further 13 kilometres, or 8 miles, of shelving). Until now, the only way to view these newspapers was to visit the British Library, and, of course, it was not possible to search them.

The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership with the British Library to digitised this huge collection and make it available on the internet so researchers from all over the world can access the treasures within it. First launched in 2011, millions of pages of historical newspapers have now been scanned and made them available online for the first time ever. You can now search hundreds of millions of stories by keyword, name, location, date or title and watch your results appear in an instant.

One Week Left for Early Bird Discount For the NGS 2017 Family History Conference

Registration Opens for the National Genealogical Society's 2017 Family History Conference

ARLINGTON, VA, 20 March 2017—Family historians have one more week to take advantage of an Early Bird discount on registration for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, 10-13 May. To receive your discount, your registration must be received online or postmarked by 27 March 2017. After that date, the NGS member price will increase from $205 to $240 for all four days and the non-NGS member price will increase from $240 to $275. Sales of the printed syllabus or flash drive version of the syllabus will also end on 27 March 2017.

The Conference will feature more than 175 lectures from basic to advanced genealogical research, including four days of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) Skillbuilding lectures and eighteen presentations on DNA science and methodology. Finding records and effectively using them is another focus of this year’s conference. Eleven lectures discuss a wide variety of religious records and their appropriate use; eight focus on military and associated records; twenty-three feature North Carolina and regional US records; nine highlight African American families; and six present Native American records. There will be sessions covering maps, libraries, historical context, solving problems, and technology. In addition, the conference will provide lectures on European ancestors, including German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Scots-Irish, Swiss, and others.

The NGS Conference will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center and will run from 10-13 May. For conference information and to register, go to the 2017 NGS Family History Conference.

Social Events, Luncheons, and the NGS Banquet

Participating organizations sponsor several luncheons at which guest speakers address many fascinating presentations, including:

  • “The Scots-Irish in the Carolinas—Immigrants Who Made a Difference!”
  • “Christoph von Graffenried’s Grand Adventure and the Palatine and Swiss Founding of New Bern”
  • “Keep Your Professional Cool in Hot Situations”
  • “Civil War Records You Didn’t Know Existed: Pensions, Relief Funds, Hospital Records, and More!”

The NGS Banquet is an event not to be missed. Guest speaker Stuart Watson, an award-winning investigative reporter, will take you along on the journey of finding his birth mother, and discovering a powerful story of alcoholism, recovery, and forgiveness. Registration for all meals and social events closes on 27 April 2017. Tickets for social events will not be sold on-site. Be sure to sign up as quickly as possible. The North Carolina Genealogical Society Host Event, “Pig Pickin’,” is $45; luncheons are $32; and the banquet is $45. Menus are in the registration brochure.

Society Night

On Thursday, 11 May 2017, many of North Carolina’s genealogical and historical societies will be available in the North Carolina Museum of History from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. to answer questions about local repositories and resources, discuss their group’s activities, and sell their publications.

Add Items to an Existing Registration

To add meals, tours, and pre-conference events to your current registration, log on to the NGS website, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.

We hope to see you in Raleigh in May!

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. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.