Month: April 2012

David L. Greene, PhD, FASG: “Becoming a Genealogist” New Release in Voices of Genealogy Video Series

ARLINGTON, VA, 30 APRIL 2012: In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, NGS has created for its members a historical archive of interviews with some of the most distinguished genealogists in the discipline….

Age progression experiment

After writing about age progression of photographs yesterday, I thought I’d go ahead and try the Face Transformer on an ancestor to see how accurate it is.  To do this, I picked my grandfather: I uploaded the picture into The … Continue reading

Jamboree Youth Scholarships Announced

SCGS has instituted a new
Jamboree scholarship program for aspiring genealogists and family historians between the
ages of 18 and 29 as of June 8, 2012. The scholarship will cover basic
registration for the conference, which will be held June 8-10, 2…

Root Cellar releases five publications in the Sacramento County Coroner’s Records Collection series, 1887-1969

Family history researchers with ties to Sacramento County California have more valuable resources for finding clues about their elusive ancestor. Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society has just published five new volumes of the Sacramento County …

Age progression and genealogy

Today I read this article (Philadelphia man finds self on missing children’s website – CNN.com) about an adopted man who discovered that he had been a missing child.  He found this out when looking at age progression photos on Missingkids.com.  … Continue reading

Clarification: Ancestry.com Terms and Conditions

Date: Thu, April 26, 2012 2:17 pm
To: Matthew Deighton Ancestry.com Public Relations

Good morning,
I
have received a few emails about the recent change in Ancestry.com’s
Terms and Conditions. I wanted to give you our official statement…

GENEii Family History Writers Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations
to the winners of the 2011 GENEii Family History Writers Contest,
sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society. Judges
reported that the entries were exceptional and the competition was very
close.

Winners of the two…

Arbitration Results Ruining Your Day?

Arbitration Results Ruining Your Day?. FamilySearch has written a helpful blog posting dealing with the issues around bad arbitration in their indexing program.  They haven’t solved all of the issues but they gave a straightforward explanation of what is going … Continue reading

Ancestry.com Inc. Reports Q1 2012 Financial Results

Ancestry.com Subscriber Growth of 16% Year-Over-Year Q1 Total Revenue $108.5 Million, Up 19% Year-Over-Year Announces New $100 Million Share Repurchase Authorization
PROVO, Utah, April 25, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM), the …

Ancestry.com Inc. to Acquire Archives.com

“Simple and Affordable” Fast-Growing Start-up Adds Complementary Offering to Ancestry.com

PROVO, Utah, April 25, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM) announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Archives.co…

Promote your Genealogy Business on the Jamboree App

Jamboree’s mobile app is returning for 2012. In addition to keeping the attendees informed, the Jamboree App also provides genealogy-related businesses and organizations an opportunity to reach an eager audience. Genealogists from around the globe are …

Jamboree: There’s Another App for That!

Thanks to the support of the conference Diamond Sponsor, Ancestry.com, Jamboree will again offer a mobile app for the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, which will be held June 8-10, 2012 in Burbank, California.

Last year’s App was a big hit am…

FHISO receives start-up grant from Megan Smolenyak

Gilbert, AZ USA—April 18, 2012—Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) today announced that it has received a grant from Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak’s Honoring Our Ancestors Genealogical Grants. The funding will be used to h…

IL State Genealogy Society’s Fall Conference scheduled for Oct. 19, 20 in Rockford

Everyone from novice genealogists to hobbyists to people interested in becoming professional researchers will find something of value at the Illinois State Genealogical Society’s (ISGS) 2012 Fall Conference scheduled for Oct. 19 and 20 at the Best We…

Popular Hollywood stars learn family secrets in second half of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,

Series that explores race, culture and identity through genealogy and genetics, Sundays at 8 p.m.

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the PBS series that explores race, culture and identity through the genealogy and genetics of some of Ame…

Extensive data available in 210,000 records for Eltham Crematorium

All 210,000 records for one of London’s biggest and busiest crematoria are now available on www.deceasedonline.com
As one of the Capital’s largest cremation facilities, it services a large part of South East London including two London Borough areas, B…

SoCal’s Genealogy Jamboree Offers Society Benefits

Attention Organization and Society Leaders,

We Want You!  The Southern California Genealogy Jamboree offers many opportunities to participate in one of North America’s largest genealogical conferences at little or no cost.

We can hear you aski…

fold3 Announces New Collection – Sultana Disaster

The Sultana Disaster

When the boiler exploded aboard the steamer Sultana on April 27, 1865, more than 1,700 people lost their lives. Most of those aboard were recently released Union prisoners from Confederate prisons in Cahaba, Alabama, and Andersonv…

The 1940 U.S. Census Image Upload and Indexing Presses On

FamilySearch, Archives.com, and Findmypast.com have continued publishing browsable images online from the 1940 U.S. Federal Census this week. Volunteer indexers are encouraged to help out at the1940census.com. FamilySearch also published new, free rec…

Archives.com Partners With the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to Publish Millions of Church Records

First Time a Comprehensive Historical Database of Lutheran Congregants Will Be Available Online

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 17, 2012 – Archives.com, a website that makes family history research simple and affordable, is pleased to announce its partner…

Dracula Was Irish Not Transylvanian!

Says Genealogist Who Last Traced Obama’s Irish Roots
First Obama, now Dracula … Like Obama and 40 million Americans, Dracula has Irish ancestry
Monday, April 16, 2012: Count Dracula, the Transylvanian nobleman and daddy of all vampires, was origina…

FREE Family History Conference and Society Meeting

Teaching staff from the Los Angeles Family History Library will provide classroom instruction on genealogical research at both the beginning and intermediate levels. Classes are FREE, with a syllabus covering all classes offered for $10.00. For list …

Learning about 1940

I’ve been indexing 1940 Census records for about a week now and I’m finding I’m learning some things about the 1940s: There were lots of extended families.  I assume this is because in 1940 it was still the Depression.  Not … Continue reading

NARA: DocsTech App for iPad

National Archives and its Foundation Announce Launch of

DocsTeach App for iPad

Washington,
DC…The National Archives, in association with the Foundation for the
National Archives, is pleased to announce the launch of the DocsTeach
App for iPad,…

Robin Foster’s Role at Lowcountry Africana Expands to Co-Director

10 April 2012 — Lowcountry Africana, an all-volunteer research project and free website dedicated to African American genealogy and history in SC, GA and FL, is pleased to welcome Robin Foster to the position of Co-Director.

Robin is the creator of…

FamilySearch Indexing

With the release of the 1940 census images this past week I thought I’d do my part and help with indexing.  I had done some indexing several years ago for Ancestry.com’s World Archives Project and thought I’d try indexing again.  … Continue reading