Month: December 2012

Two New Video Releases in Voices of Genealogy Series


Donna Valley Russell, FASG
“Becoming a Genealogist and an Editor”
and
Donna Valley Russell, FASG, with George Ely Russell, FASG, FNGS
“Married to Genealogy”

ARLINGTON, VA, 27 DECEMBER 2012: The celebration of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly’s 100th anniversary closes the year with the release of two new videos featuring Donna Valley Russell in “Becoming a Genealogist and an Editor” and George and Donna Russell together in “Married to Genealogy.”

An expert in Western Maryland genealogy, Donna tells the story of her path from census taker to genealogist and editor. Originally from Michigan, Donna learned her skills there and served as editor of the Detroit Magazine for Genealogical Research. After she and George married, she moved to Maryland and founded her own journal, Western Maryland Genealogy. In 1985, based on the quality and quantity of her scholarly publications, she was named a fellow of the American Society of Genealogists. Her published works include Frederick County, Maryland, Wills, 1744-1794; First Families of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, 1649-1658; Frederick County, Maryland, Genealogical Research Guide; Michigan Censuses, 1710-1830; Selby Families of Colonial America; and The Ark and the Dove Adventurers (co-edited with George).

The second new video takes a lighthearted look at the genealogy scene with the George and Donna Russell cocktail hour. George Ely Russell, who first appeared in the Voices of Genealogy in January 2012, is also a fellow of the American Society of Genealogists and of the National Genealogical Society. He was the editor of the NGSQ from 1971-1986.

The videos were produced by award winning filmmakers Kate Geis and Allen Moore from interviews with Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG, co-editor of the NGSQ. Donna Valley Russell in “Becoming a Genealogist and an Editor” and Donna and George Russell in “Married to Genealogy” are now playing at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.

Previous releases in the Voices of Genealogy archive now on the NGS website (http://www.ngsgenealogy.org) present Mary McCampbell Bell, CG; John Frederick Dorman, CG (Emeritus), FASG, FNGS, FVGS; David L. Greene, PhD, FASG; Frederick C. Hart Jr., CG, FASG; Ronald Ames Hill, PhD, CG, FASG; Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG, FGBS; Harry Macy, FASG, FGBS; George Ely Russell, FASG, FNGS; and Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG, FNGS.

Video interviews with leading genealogists represent just one of the many opportunities NGS offers its members for honing their skills. Members receive the society’s outstanding quarterly publications, the NGSQ and the NGS Magazine, and can also take advantage of free courses and significant discounts on publications, courses, and the NGS annual conference to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, 8-11 May 2013; Richmond, Virginia, 7-10 May 2014; and St. Louis, Missouri, 13-16 May 2015.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, 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, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Permira Funds Complete Acquisition of Ancestry.com

NEW YORK and PROVO, Utah, Dec. 28, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Permira, the European private equity firm with global reach, and Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM), the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced the successful completi…

2013 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Schedule announced

Millennia Corporation is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 2013 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series. Choose from more than 40 classes from genealogy’s leading educators (over 60 hours of free genealogy education) on topics ran…

Keeping Records of the Yugoslav Past: A New Portal Asks for Funders

In most South Slavic languages, “matičar” is the name for the clerk who records the vital events of residents in the books of births, marriages and deaths. Hence, “Matičar prošlosti” means ‘bookkeeper’ or ‘recordkeeper of the past’.

“Matičar prošlosti” was launched this month as a cross-boundary guide for family history, social history and biographical research in the post-Yugoslav region (Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia). This online guide aims at professionals and laymen alike, journalists, writers, historians, as well as anyone wanting to trace his or her family history in the region, regardless of their ethnic or religious affiliation.

Apart from the unavoidable language barriers, genealogical research is relatively easy in Slovenia and Croatia, which have good research capacities thanks to the efforts of various archives, institutions and networks of genealogists. However the situation is totally different for large parts of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, and Macedonia. Genealogical sources here are often in very poor material conditions, even if they have found their ways to the appropriate regional archives (which is mostly not the case). Thus attention will be especially given to investigating the status, the whereabouts and accessibility of genealogical sources in these countries.

For these voluntary efforts additional funding is needed. Hence, next to the portal itself an online fundraising campaign has been set up to collect donations through the well-known crowdfunding platform IndieGogo (both credit cards or PayPal accepted). Funding is especially needed to set up a network and conduct a “fact-finding mission” in the region.

If you find this a meaningful undertaking, please visit the crowdfunding page and support the development of “Matičar prošlosti”.

Bookkeeper of the Past: Tracing Family in Former Yugoslavia http://www.indiegogo.com/maticarproslosti

Portal Matičar prošlosti (Bookkeeper of the Past) http://maticarproslosti.net

NGS Issues Call for Papers for the 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia

National Genealogical Society Issues Call for Papers for the 2014 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia

ARLINGTON, VA, 20 DECEMBER 2012: Beginning 1 January 2013, speakers as well as organizations interested in sponsoring lectures or tracks are invited to submit lecture proposals for the NGS 2014 Family History Conference, Virginia: The First Frontier, to be held 7–10 May 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. The first permanent English settlement in North America, Virginia has been home to countless individuals—some remained for generations; others moved on to the next frontier. Building on the records and history that draws so many back to their roots in the Old Dominion, we will explore the origins of those who settled within Virginia’s borders whether they came by land or sea.

Among the topics being considered are lectures on the history, records, repositories, and ethnic and religious groups of Virginia and neighboring states including Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee with special emphasis on migrations into, within, and out of the region down the Carolina and Great Wagon Roads, over the Appalachian Mountains, and across the south to Texas and beyond. Other regional topics of interest include the origins of the early settlers, land and military records (especially the French and Indian, Revolutionary, and Civil wars). Proposals are also solicited for the broader genealogical categories including federal records, the law as it relates to genealogy, methodology, analysis and problem solving, and the use of technology including genetics, mobile devices, and apps in genealogical research.

Sessions are generally limited to one hour. Camera-ready syllabus material, due 17 February 2014, is required for each lecture or workshop presentation and will be included in the syllabus distributed to all conference registrants.

Proposals should include the following information:

  • speaker’s full name, address, telephone, and e-mail address
  • title of the presentation, not to exceed fourteen words, and a brief but comprehensive outline
  • lecture summary, not to exceed twenty-five words, to be used in the program brochure
  • identification of the audience level: beginner, beginner-intermediate, intermediate, intermediate-advanced, advanced, or all
  • speaker biography, not to exceed twenty-five words
  • résumé of recent lectures by the speaker

Speakers are expected to use an electronic presentation program and provide their own digital
projector. NGS will provide projector support, which consists of a VGA cable, cart, and power strip. No live Internet connections will be provided.

Submit each proposal electronically through the NGS website, http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/submit_your_proposal, between 1 January and 1 April 2013. Speakers may submit up to eight proposals. NGS members will be given first consideration as speakers. Interested individuals and organizations should follow published guidelines at the NGS website: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/call_for_papers.

Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture or track of lectures should review the details and sponsor requirements at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/sponsor_a_session. The deadline to submit sponsored lectures is also 1 April 2013.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, 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, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

brightsolid brings a family of innovation to FHISO Founding Members



DUNDEE, SCT (UK) and Chandler, AZ (USA) (Dec. 17, 2012) – brightsolid group and Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that the brightsolid group has finalised its plans to become a founding member of the organisation. As part of this process, brightsolid has designated organisational member representatives, including D. Joshua Taylor and Elaine Collins. The brightsolid representatives will work with other FHISO members from the global genealogical community in the development of standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information.

“FHISO allows for an important dialogue between technologists and genealogists”, said D. Joshua Taylor, Business Development Manager of North America for brightsolid, “brightsolid is happy to join this vital conversation and to collaborate with the global family history community”.

“We’re thrilled to know that Chris van der Kuyl and brightsolid are supporting FHISO. We have watched this team grow and succeed. It is an honour to welcome this diversified, world-class innovator and content provider to FHISO”, said Robert Burkhead, acting FHISO Chairman.

Since 1994, brightsolid group has been delivering online innovation and pioneering the expansion of the genealogy market with leading family history websites including the global network of findmypast sites plus ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk, GenesReunited.co.uk, and britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk, together servicing over 18 million registered customers worldwide. The sites connect people via their innovative family history software and deliver access to over a billion records dating as far back as 1200. Family historians can search for their ancestors among global collections, relating primarily to people with UK and Irish ancestry, of military records, census, migration, occupation directories, newspapers, as well as birth, marriage and death records. To learn more, visit the brightsolid website, http://www.brightsolid.com/.

FHISO is a standards-developing organisation bringing the international family history and genealogical community together in a transparent, self-governing forum for the purpose of developing information standards to solve today’s interoperability issues. To learn more about FHISO or become an enquiring member, visit http://fhiso.org/.

RootsMagic App for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Now Available


Award-winning Genealogy Software Puts Your Family Tree at Your Fingertips

SPRINGVILLE, Utah. — December 17, 2012 — RootsMagic, Inc. today announced the official release of RootsMagic for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch; a free companion app to RootsMagic, the award-winning desktop genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history easy.

Your Family Tree at Your Fingertips

“We’re very excited to bring RootsMagic right to your iPhone and iPad,” said Bruce Buzbee, president. “Not only is this one of the most-requested features from our users, but it is the perfect next step in our mission to simplify family history.” The app provides many useful features including:

  • Access your actual RootsMagic files via iTunes or Dropbox – RootsMagic for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch uses your actual RootsMagic files- no conversion needed. You can copy as many files as you want right on your device via iTunes or Dropbox. Users of other genealogy software such as PAF, Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, and others can convert their files into viewable RootsMagic files using our free desktop software.
  • Easily search and explore your family tree – Familiar Pedigree, Family, Descendant, and Individual Views help you quickly explore your family tree. You can also search for specific people by name or record number.
  • View pictures, notes, and sources – All of your RootsMagic data is available inside the app. Touch any name to see more information about that person as well as family members. All of a person’s information is there including notes, sources, and pictures.
  • Lists – Browse lists of your information and view more information about sources, to-do items, research logs, media, addresses, repositories, correspondences, and places.
  • Tools and Calculators – useful tools to assist you in your research including a perpetual calendar, date calculator, relationship calculator, and soundex calculator.

New Features and Platforms to Come

“We see this as our first step into the mobile world,” said Michael Booth, vice-president. “We’re interested in seeing how people use this app and evolving it to meet their needs.” A version of the app for Android devices will be available in the near future.

Available Now

RootsMagic for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is free and now available in the Apple App Store. It does require the RootsMagic desktop family tree software or the free RootsMagic Essentials software to create, edit, or add to your genealogy files. More information is available at http://www.rootsmagic.com/ios.

About RootsMagic, Inc.

For over 20 years, RootsMagic, Inc. has been creating computer software with a special purpose- to unite families. One of our earliest products- the popular “Family Origins” software, introduced thousands of people to the joy and excitement of family history.

That tradition continues today with “RootsMagic”, our award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history fun and easy. “Personal Historian” will help you easily write and preserve your life stories. “Family Reunion Organizer” takes the headaches out of planning those important get-togethers. And “Family Atlas” creates beautiful and educational geographic maps of your family history.

For more information, visit www.rootsmagic.com.

Findmypast.com Releases New and Exclusive Records of Significant Life Events


Work to War to Worship: New and Exclusive Findmypast.com Historical Records Highlight Significant Life Events

Release includes more than 40 million new records on findmypast.com

LOS ANGELESFindmypast.com, an international leader in online family history, has published more than 40 million new records to its already extensive collection of historical records, including military; life events; census land and surveys; institutions and organization; newspapers, directories and social history; immigration and travel; court and probate; and education and work records.

“The number of records released offers findmypast.com’s users a staggering amount of new data, ranging from exclusive United Kingdom records from as early as 1790 to modern-day vital records from the United States that will add new layers of information for researchers,” said D. Joshua Taylor, lead genealogist for findmypast.com, “Findmypast.com is constantly expanding our collections with thousands of new records being added each month. Moving into 2013, we look forward to increasing our record offerings to include rarer, more exclusive materials, in our dedication to provide the most comprehensive family history resource available.”

Many of the new records that can only be accessed through findmypast.com offer a unique glimpse into history. The Harold Gillies Plastic Surgery set, dating back to World War I, contains fascinating records of some of the world’s first restorative plastic surgery, while the White Star Line Officers’ Books include officer records from the Titanic.

Newly added employment and institutional records including the records of the Merchant Navy Seaman (aka the Merchant Marines) provide unique color to family history that can’t be created from just names and dates. Other record sets include probates and wills, such as the Cheshire Wills and Probates, which often offer crucial clues to link North American family trees back to the United Kingdom.

The full set of exclusive records recently released by findmypast.com includes:

United Kingdom Court & Probate

  • Cheshire Wills and Probate
  • Suffolk Beneficiary Index

United Kingdom Education & Work

  • Cheshire Workhouse Records, Admissions and Discharges
  • Cheshire Workhouse Records, Religious Creeds
  • Derbyshire Workhouse Records
  • Match Workers Strike
  • White Star Line Officers’ Books

United Kingdom Military

  • Army List, 1787
  • Army List, 1798
  • British Officers taken Prisoners of War, 1914-1918
  • De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honor
  • Grenadier Guards, 1656
  • Harold Gillies Plastic Surgery – WWI
  • Harts Army List, 1840
  • Harts Army List, 1888
  • Manchester Employee’s Roll of Honor, 1914-1916
  • Merchant Navy Seamen (aka Merchant Marines)
  • Napoleonic War Records, 1775-1817
  • WWI Naval Casualties
  • Paddington Rifles
  • Prisoners of War, 1939-1945 British Navy & Air Force Officers
  • Prisoners of War, 1939-1945 Officers of Empire serving in British Army
  • Royal Hospital, Chelsea: documents of soldiers awarded deferred pensions, 1838-1896 (WO 131)
  • Royal Hospital, Chelsea: pensioners’ discharge documents 1760-1887, (WO 121)
  • Royal Hospital, Chelsea: pensioners’ discharge documents, foreign regiments, 1816-1817 (WO 122)
  • Royal Hospital, Kilmainham: pensioners’ discharge documents, 1773-1822 (known as WO 119 at the National Archives)
  • Royal Navy Officers Medal Roll, 1914-1920
  • War Office: Imperial Yeomanry, soldiers’ documents, South African War, 1899-1902 (WO 128)
  • WWII POWs – British held in German Territories

In addition to the exclusive records sets, this recent release includes additional records from the United States, Australia and Ireland. An update to the World War I Draft Cards collection provides registrations and actual signatures of more than 11 million young Americans from the beginning of the twentieth century.

Additional records released by findmypast.com include:

United States Military

  • Japanese-Americans Relocated during WWII
  • Korean War Casualty File
  • Korean War Deaths
  • Korean War Prisoners of War
  • Korean War Prisoners of War (Repatriated)
  • U.S. Army Casualties, 1961-1981
  • Vietnam Casualties Returned Alive
  • Vietnam War Casualties
  • Vietnam War Deaths
  • WWI Draft Cards
  • WWII Prisoners of War

Life Events

UNITED STATES:

  • Kentucky Birth Records, 1911-2007
  • Kentucky Death Records Index, 1911-1999
  • Kentucky Marriage Records Index, 1973-1999
  • Texas Divorce Records Index, 1968-2010
  • Texas Marriage Records, 1968-2010

AUSTRALIA

  • Northern Territory Anglican Baptisms and Confirmations, 1900-1947
  • Northern Territory Anglican Burials, 1900-1968
  • Northern Territory Anglican Marriages, 1902-1953

IRELAND

  • Irish Catholic Church Directories, 1836-37

Census Land and Surveys

AUSTRALIA

  • Northern Territory Census, 1881-1921
  • Northern Territory Electoral Rolls, 1895-1940

Institutions & Organizations

AUSTRALIA

  • Northern Territory Parliamentary Index, 1884-1890

Newspapers, Directories & Social History

AUSTRALIA

  • Northern Territory Section of the Queensland Post Office Directory, 1920-1921 

Findmypast.com’s expertise at digitizing historical records and uniting communities provides the tools to help people connect with their past, present and future.

To learn more about findmypast.com or to get started on your own family history search:

About findmypast.com

Findmypast.com (owned by brightsolid) is the U.S. site of findmypast, an international leader in online family history. Findmypast connects people to core and unique U.S., English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Australian and New Zealand records dating back as far as 1200.

About brightsolid

Findmypast.com is owned by brightsolid online publishing, a British-owned world leader in online genealogy, with over 45 years’ experience in family history and a record of online innovation in the field of family history nearly two decades long. With nearly 18 million registered users across its family of online genealogy brands, brightsolid hosts more than a billion genealogical records from across the globe. The company reported a 75 percent growth in turnover and a 47 percent growth in gross profits in its most recent published accounts and was voted Best Genealogy Organization in the Online Gene Awards.

FamilySearch Add New Collections from Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, and the United States

FamilySearch added an additional 6.4 million new, free indexed records and images this week to its collection. Notable additions include the 1,034,803 records for the Netherlands, Zeeland Province, Church Records from 1527-1907, the 1,436,121 added from Italy Civil Registrations from 1824-1941, and the 1,069,308 added to the new Saskatchewan, Canada, collections from 1846-1957. Other new searchable collections online were added this week for Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, and the United States. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch 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 for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection
Indexed Records
Digital Images
Comments

BillionGraves Index


189,206
189,206
Added
index records and images to an existing collection.
0
6,272
Added
images to an existing collection.
0
2,218
Added
images to an existing collection.
0
6,567
New
browsable image collection.
0
22,448
Added
images to an existing collection.

Canada, Saskatchewan, Catholic Church
Records, 1846-1957


0
286,132
New
browsable image collection.
0
783,176
Added
images to an existing collection.
0
222,010
Added
images to an existing collection.
0
23,375
Added
images to an existing collection.
0
116,239
Added
images to an existing collection.
0
82,847
Added
images to an existing collection.
0
144,111
Added
images to an existing collection.

England, Cheshire Parish Registers,
1538-2000


31,521
0
Added
index records to and existing collection.

England, Northumberland, Miscellaneous
Records, 1570-2005


0
525
Added
images to an existing collection.

Estonia, Population Registers, 1918-1944


0
142,722
Added
images to an existing collection.

Germany, Hesse, Civil Registration,
1874-1927


0
75,875
New
browsable image collection.

Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church
Records, 1544-1945


0
457,603
Added
images to an existing collection.

Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil
Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941


0
292,511
New
browsable image collection.

Italy, L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Civil
Registration (Tribunale), 1824-1910


0
483,804
New
browsable image collection.

Italy, Matera, Matera, Civil
Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929


0
237,814
New
browsable image collection.
0
421,992
New
browsable image collection.
0
1,034,803
Added
images to an existing collection.
0
13,622
New
browsable image collection.
0
110,620
Added
images to an existing collection.
0
230,734
New
browsable image collection.

South Africa, Cape Province,
Western Cape Archives Records 1796-1992


0
99,777
Added
images to an existing collection.
0
10,749
Added
images to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Lérida,
Municipal Records, 1319-1940


0
40,869
Added
images to an existing collection.
0
14,934
Added
images to an existing collection.
0
1,283
New
browsable image collection.
0
223,919
Added
images to an existing collection.
32,901
0
Added
index records to an existing collection.
0
144,006
Added
images to an existing collection.
0
2,631
New
browsable image collection.

U.S., New York, Buffalo, St.
Paul’s Episcopal Church Records, 1812-1970


0
3,240
Added
images to an existing collection.
0
20,040
Added
images to an existing collection.
0
15,731
Added
images to an existing collection.
0
21,799
Added
images to an existing collection.
51,991
0
New
indexed record collection.

United States, New England,
Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1906


0
51,124
Added
images to an existing collection.

113,216
0
Added
index records to an existing collection.

IHS Launches Access to 2.5 Million Newspaper Pages on Statehood Day

Indianapolis—On Indiana’s Statehood Day (Dec. 11), the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is pleased to launch the availability of more than 2.5 million digitized Indiana newspaper page images through the work of its Indiana Newspaper Project and a partnership with Newspaper Archive. These digital records will be accessible and free of charge through IHS’s William Henry Smith Memorial Library at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

For 25 years, IHS supported the Indiana Newspaper Project, which gathered historic newspapers from around the state to be microfilmed by IHS’s Preservation Imaging staff. In 2011, IHS entered into an agreement with Newspaper Archive to digitize 5,625 reels of microfilm, which represents more than 2.5 million newspaper page images dated 1924 or earlier.

Beginning Tuesday, through these efforts, 760 individual Indiana newspaper titles representing the vast majority of the state will be available for research on the web. IHS guests can search these and additional Indiana newspaper pages by keyword or browse particular issues, at no cost, in the reference room of IHS’s William Henry Smith Memorial Library through a website co-hosted and supported by Newspaper Archive. Access to both these and more than 120 million other newspaper pages from all 50 states and several other countries is also currently available through www.NewspaperArchive.com for a $39.95 subscription fee.

“Being a good steward of Indiana’s history is about more than just collecting and preserving materials—it’s about making them accessible to the public as well,” said John A. Herbst, IHS president and CEO. “Through the Indiana Newspaper Project and our partnership with Newspaper Archives, our role as Indiana’s Storyteller is enhanced by sharing this digital treasure trove with individuals in our state and around the world.”

For more information on the Indiana Newspaper Project or other IHS programs, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.

About the Indiana Historical Society

Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

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Genealogy Gems Podcast Reaches 1 Million Download Milestone



(SAN FRANCISCO, California) – December 11, 2012 – Sometime over the first busy holiday weekend in December 2012, The Genealogy Gems Podcast reached an incredible milestone: 1 Million Episode Downloads!

In early 2007 when the first episode was published by Lisa Louise Cooke, podcasting was in its infancy, having just come into being in mid-2005. “It was like being part of a new Wild West of technology,” says Cooke, a genealogist since the age of about 10. “For the first time anyone with an interesting idea, a computer, and a willingness to work long hours could produce a worldwide ‘radio’ show. The day I listened to a podcast for the first time, I knew this medium was what I had been waiting for to reach genealogists.”

Apparently a lot of other folks were also anxiously waiting for Cooke’s discovery. From long time genealogists to dabbling family history newbies, they flocked to the free podcast available through Apple’s iTunes Store and the Genealogy Gems website (www.genealogygems.com). Over the next five years they listened in to soak up genealogy research strategies, expert interviews, tips on harnessing the power of technology in their research, and creative ideas for sharing their findings.

“There’s a lot of noise out there online that can be overwhelming,” says Cooke. “My goal has always been to spend my time sifting through all of that information, and chiseling out the gems – the items that are really worthwhile – so that my listeners can have faster and greater success . Ultimately the genealogy gems I provide on the show lead to my listener’s genealogy gems: their precious ancestors!”

What started as a single podcast episode has turned in to a multi-media genealogy publishing company. Genealogy Gems now encompasses offerings, many that are free, that accommodate every learning style: audio, video, articles, books, dvds, toolbar, live classes, and online webinars. The Genealogy Gems mobile app (available in the iTunes App Store, and an Android version through Amazon) gives genealogists the flexibility to hit the road and take it all with them.

“I speak at events across the U.S. and internationally,” says Cooke, who will be a featured speaker at Who Do You Think You Are? Live in London for the third consecutive year in February 2013, “but not everyone can get out to a genealogy conference. It’s critical to me that we meet people where they are, and that’s what the Genealogy Gems website, YouTube channel, app, and toolbar are all about. The fact that the podcast has now been downloaded 1 million times confirms that that we are accomplishing that goal.”

Fun Facts about Genealogy Gems:


The Genealogy Gems Podcast launch date: March 1, 2007

Number of free episodes published: 146

Number of countries downloading: 126

Top 10 Listening cities in the U.S.:

Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Salt Lake City, Washington DC, Dallas , Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Phoenix.

Genealogy Gems App publish date: 2009

Podcast rating in iTunes: 5 Stars (including 53 written reviews)

Recognition:

101 Best Websites List by Family Tree Magazine
Named one of the top 10 apps by App Advice’s “iPad Apps for Hobbyists” (http://appadvice.com/applists/show/ipad-apps-for-hobbyists)

Other podcasts produced by Lisa Louise Cooke:
Family History – Genealogy Made Easy, The Family Tree Magazine Podcast

Number of views of the Genealogy Gems YouTube Channel:
191,000 and counting (www.youtube.com/genealogygems)

Celebrities featured on the podcast include:
Lisa Kudrow (Friends, Who Do You Think You Are?),
Henry Louis Gates (Oprah’s Roots)
Tim Russell (Prairie Home Companion)
Darby Hinton (Daniel Boone)
Kathy Lennon (The Lennon Sisters)
Ali Selim (Sweet Land)
Tukufu Zuberi (History Detectives)
Linda Chavez (Fox News, Finding Your Roots)

The Green Redcoats

  • Military record found of “Green Redcoat” Hugh Burke shot in the Battle of New Orleans (1815)
  • Part of a collection of almost 20,000 new soldiers’ records published on family history website findmypast.com.au
  • First major coordinated release across the findmypast family of international sites

Records of an Irish soldier, Private Hugh Burke, one of the so-called “Green Redcoats”, have been published online today for the first time by leading family history site findmypast.com.au. These records are part of a major collection of newly-digitised records of those pensioned from the British army by the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

The records, including those from the Royal Hospital Chelsea and those of Imperial Yeomanry from the War Office, represent the first major coordinated release across the findmypast family of international sites after it launched its world collection in August.

These records contain the names and discharge documents of almost 20,000 soldiers held at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham from 1783-1822. The task of cataloguing the records took a team of 14 people from the Friends of The National Archives volunteer group just over 3 years and includes the records of 19,109 soldiers. The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the building that now houses the Irish Museum of Modern Art, was established in 1681 to house sick and veteran troops from the British Army.

The records show details of soldiers, including their height, weight, colour of hair and eyes and any distinguishing features such as a tattoo or scar, as well as where they served and their regiment.

Among them is Private Hugh Burke from Wicklow, who was pensioned from the army on the 26 June 1816 after four years’ service. He was deemed unfit for further service after receiving “a gunshot wound to the left shoulder received in action near New Orleans in America on the 8th of January 1815.”

The Battle of New Orleans is famous because it was the last major battle between the British and American forces in the War of 1812 and was fought after a peace treaty had already been signed. The Treaty of Ghent, which signalled the end of the war, came into effect at the start of February 1815 but due to slow communications the news did not reach New Orleans until two weeks later. Unfortunately for Private Hugh Burke this left him with “a mark on each side of his left shoulder” – entry and exit wounds from the bullet.

Brian Donovan, a family historian from findmypast said: “The number of Irish men who fought in the British army was extensive and these records allow us to glimpse the lives and careers of these soldiers. What makes the Kilmainham series so exciting is how far in time they stretch back. There is detailed information about rank and file soldiers born before 1750, about the regiments they served with, where they travelled, and injuries received. Scanned in colour, indexed and published online for the first time, these records are a fantastic addition to the findmypast collection.”

William Spencer, military expert at the National Archives added: “Many soldiers born in Ireland served in the British Army from the 18th-20th centuries yet the careers of these brave men have been hidden amongst some fragile and complex records. The digitisation of the Kilmainham papers in WO 119, will at last provide access to the brave men of Ireland.”

The Royal Hospital Kilmainham pension records are part of a larger collection of military discharge documents today released by findmypast including:

  • Royal Hospital, Kilmainham: pensioners’ discharge documents 1771-1821 (known as WO 119 at the National Archives)
  • Royal Hospital, Chelsea: pensioners’ discharge documents 1760-1887 (WO 121)
  • Royal Hospital, Chelsea: pensioners’ discharge documents, foreign regiments 1816-1817 (WO 122)
  • War Office: Imperial Yeomanry, soldiers’ documents, South African War 1899-1902 (WO 128)
  • Royal Hospital, Chelsea: documents of soldiers awarded deferred pensions 1838-1896 (WO 131)

About findmypast

Findmypast.com.au is a family history and genealogy website with over 1.5 billion records. Covering Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the United States, the vast records cover everything from family history records to social, government and general history. This great variety of records satisfies the family history buff as well as the social and local historian alike. This collection is continually growing.

Findmypast.com.au works in partnership with leading experts in Australian and New Zealand family history. This includes Gould Genealogy & History, Unlock the Past, Queensland Family History Society, Society of Australian Genealogists, The Genealogical Society of Victoria, Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc and State Records NSW.

About National Archives

For the record, for good…The National Archives is a government department and an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). As the official archive of the UK government and England and Wales, we look after and make available to the public a collection of historical records dating back over 1,000 years, including records as diverse as Domesday Book and MI5 files.

Our 21st century role is to collect and secure the future of the record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible as possible. We do this by devising technological solutions to ensure the long-term survival of public records and working to widen access to our collection. The National Archives also advises on information management across government, publishes all UK legislation, manages Crown copyright and supports the wider archive sector. We work to promote and improve access to public sector information and its re-use.

Follow the press office on Twitter @TNApressofficer and for general news @UkNatArchives.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

William Spencer is The National Archives’ Principal Specialist on Military Records and has worked for The National Archives for the past 19 years. He is the author of a number of books including Air Force Records: A Guide for Family Historians (TNA 2008) and Army Records for Family Historians (TNA 2006).

ISGS Raises Over $40,000 During War of 1812 Records Preservation Campaign

Preserve the Pensions Project to Digitize Important Pension Records and Provide Free Access to the Public

December 11, 2012 – Springfield, IL. The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is proud to announce that it has completed its recently launched $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge with strong support from ISGS members as well as the genealogical community.

On June 18, 2012, the 200th anniversary of the declaration of the War of 1812, ISGS announced its $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge. ISGS made a commitment to match any contribution (up to the first $10,000) made to the Preserve the Pensions project before December 31, 2012. In addition, Ancestry.com announced that it would also match all monies donated during the campaign, resulting in all contributions being quadrupled. A total of $40,000 to be donated to the Preserve the Pensions project will result in 88,888 additional pages of the War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files being digitized over the next few months.

The Preserve the Pensions campaign (http://www.preservethepensions.org), sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (http://www.fgs.org) along with Ancestry.com, Fold3 and the National Archives, seeks to raise over $3.7 Million needed to digitize the War of 1812 pension files that are currently stored in the National Archives and make them freely available online. With over 180,000 Pension files in this historic record set and over 7.2 million pages, access to these records will benefit not only genealogists and family historians, but a variety of researchers. In addition, the digitization project will help preserve and halt further damage to these historical documents. The files are being digitized as funds become available and many files are already viewable by visiting http://go.fold3.com/1812pensions/.

ISGS President Jane Haldeman notes: “The ISGS board made a strong commitment to the preservation of the War of 1812 Pension Records when it issued the fundraising challenge earlier this year. ISGS thanks all who contributed, especially those members of the genealogy community who are not members of ISGS. Digitizing these records will benefit ALL genealogists and hopefully result in more people locating information about their ancestors.”

About Illinois State Genealogical Society

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was formed in 1968 through the cooperative effort and forward thinking of Illinois genealogical society representatives, who envisioned a statewide genealogical organization. ISGS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, educational organization. ISGS was established for the following purposes:

  • To stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois.
  • To seek, preserve, and make available data pertaining to individuals, families, and groups who lived in Illinois and to events which took place therein.
  • To inform people of the value of, and need for, preserving family and local history for posterity.
  • To encourage the formation of local genealogical societies and to coordinate and disseminate information.

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Exciting New Partnership with Rootstech Conference 2013

Press Release

Change of Date and Venue


SALT LAKE CITY – Story@Home Conference is pleased to announce
the exciting partnering with the
RootsTech Conference, the
largest paid family history conference in the United States. Joining Rootstech
allows Story@Home attendees to enjoy not only enjoy their tracks of Blogging,
Storytelling and Family History, but an additional day to explore 30+
new classes offered by RootsTech Getting
Started
track, as well as
expanded hours, a
demonstration theater, additional
keynote presentations, large vendor hall and extra social events.


Story@Home Conference will now be held on March 21-23, 2013 at the
Salt Palace Convention Center
in
Salt Lake City, UT.
The new larger venue and the expanded offerings do
not
come with an increased cost. The now 3 day event pass is still
only $79.
Register early to secure your
place.


Story@Home and Rootstech will be conference experiences for young and old alike, regardless of
expertise. World-class speakers, including nationally renowned storytelling
experts Syd Lieberman and Kim Weitkamp, will offer the latest tools,
techniques, and technology to help in an effort
to find, organize, preserve, and share family connections, history and stories.
 


No matter how
you tell your stories – through your family history, at your child’s bedside,
on your blog, or from a stage – your stories matter. Join us for Story@Home
March 21-23, 2013, and experience a conference that will change the way you see
your stories and the world, and help you connect in new ways with those you
cherish most.

Webinar to Find Ancestors in Criminal Court Records

Explore legal genealogy in this Family Tree University presentation

Did you know that criminal court records could mention your ancestors even if they didn’t commit a crime? Whether your family is full of felons, witnesses or you just want to see some cool historical mug shots, join us for Family Tree University’s upcoming webinar: Using Criminal Court Records on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Presenter Judy G. Russell, the Legal Genealogist, will break down these fascinating historical documents with famous examples, such as:

  • The original police report citing Rosa Parks for being a “colored female sitting in the white section of the bus”
  • The indictment of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker (a.k.a. Bonnie & Clyde) from a US District Court
  • A document convicting suffragette Susan B. Anthony of “casting an illegal vote”

Plus: This webinar comes with a free download—a copy of our guide to courthouse records. So from summons to subpoena, from the stocks to the penitentiary, register now to join the jury in this crash course on criminal court records.

Can’t make the live presentation? No worries! Every registrant receives a copy of the recording to watch as many times as you wish, along with a PDF of the slides and handouts for reference.
See ShopFamilyTree.com for more details about this and other Family Tree University webinars.

About Family Tree University

Family Tree University is part of the Genealogy Community at F+W Media, Inc., which also encompasses Family Tree Magazine—America’s most popular family history magazine—the Family Tree Books imprint and the ShopFamilyTree.com online store. These publications and products are devoted to providing engaging, easy-to-understand instruction that makes genealogy a hobby anyone can do. In addition to the virtual conference, Family Tree University offers more than 30 online genealogy courses and monthly live webinars.

Course to Cover Google for Genealogy


Make the popular search engine work for you in this Family Tree University class

We’re all familiar with the basic functions of Google—how a few choice keywords and a click of the button can dredge up thousands of relevant search results. But how much do you know about its more advanced features?

Learn to navigate archives of old newspapers or have surname-specific blog posts delivered straight to your e-mail inbox in Family Tree University’s new course: Google for Genealogy, starting Monday, Dec. 10.

The class will cover key tools for finding your ancestors, such as:

  • Advanced Google Search
  • Gmail
  • Google+
  • Google Reader
  • Google News Archive
  • Google Books
  • Google Translate
  • Google Alerts
  • Google Drive
  • Preview of Google Earth

Plus: Course includes supplemental readings from the pages of Family Tree Magazine, quizzes to test your knowledge and an on-hand instructor to answer your questions. Register now and save 20% with coupon code FTU1212.

Family Tree University courses are self-paced and take place online. View all courses here.

About Family Tree University

Family Tree University is part of the Genealogy Community at F+W Media, Inc., which also encompasses Family Tree Magazine—America’s most popular family history magazine—the Family Tree Books imprint and the ShopFamilyTree.com online store. These publications and products are devoted to providing engaging, easy-to-understand instruction that makes genealogy a hobby anyone can do. In addition to the virtual conference, Family Tree University offers more than 30 online genealogy courses and monthly live webinars.

Family Tree Tours Announces Its 2013 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—November, 2012—Family Tree Tours, a leading European genealogy tour provider for genealogy societies and individuals, announces its pre-planned group heritage tours for 2013.

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.

“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 2013 include:

Northwest Germany Tour with 10 days of visiting towns around Osnabrück, touring castles, and exploring the Bremerhaven Emigrant Museum.

Germany-Switzerland – staying on beautiful Lake Constance which borders Germany, Switzerland and Austria, we will explore all the Lake islands and help you travel to hometowns in southern Germany and northern Switzerland.

German History Tour – We travel back in time to immerse ourselves in Middle Age history. Learn about social classes, trade centers, women’s roles and the tour will culminate in attending the celebration of a Medieval wedding in Landshut, Bavaria. We will travel throughout Bavaria on this tour.

Rhineland Pfalz, Germany – We overlook the magical Rhine River staying in a charming old Roman town. We will take a Rhine river day cruise, tour local Archives have lectures by historians and help you visit you ancestral hometowns in the Rhineland area.

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 http://www.familytreetours.com.

FamilySearch New Collections Update 4 December 2012

New Records Added for Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, and the United States

FamilySearch added an additional 16.3 million new, free indexed records and images this week to its collection. Notable additions include the 1,984,100 records for the United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards from 1917-1918, the 2,056,187 added to U.S., California, Probate Estate Files from 1833-1991, and the 1,610,053 added to the new British Columbia, Canada, collections. Other new searchable collections online were added this week for Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, and the United States. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch 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 for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection
Indexed
Records
Digital
Images
Comments

Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records,
1829-1961


0
11,530
New browsable image collection.
0
64,710
New browsable image collection.
84,787
79,060
Added index records and images to an existing
collection.
0
25,430
Added images to an existing collection.
0
5,486
New browsable image collection.
0
540,745
New browsable image collection.

Canada, British Columbia, Dominion Land Branch
Records, 1885-1949


0
286,132
New browsable image collection.
0
783,176
Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Nova Scotia, Antigonish Catholic Diocese,
1823-1905


0
10,838
Added images to an existing collection.
81,706
0
New indexed record collection.
0
157,478
New browsable image collection.
0
177,147
New browsable image collection.

England, Northumberland, Miscellaneous Records,
1570-2005


0
5,243
Added images to an existing collection.

Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records,
1544-1945


0
738
Added images to an existing collection.

India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, 1194-2012


0
17,819
Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Pavia, Pavia, Civil Registration
(Tribunale), 1806-1812, 1866-1935


0
306,382
New browsable image collection.

Italy, Perugia, Perugia, Civil Registration
(Tribunale), 1861-1929


0
405,632
New browsable image collection.

Italy, Sondrio, Sondrio, Civil Registration
(Tribunale), 1866-1929


0
279,212
Added images to an existing collection.
0
6,949
Added images to an existing collection.
0
21,869
Added images to an existing collection.
0
38,836
Added images to an existing collection.

South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files,
1951-2006


0
131,427
Added images to an existing collection.
0
15,752
Added images to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records,
1583-1936


0
23,446
Added images to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records,
1784-1931


0
12,053
New browsable image collection.

Spain, Province of Gerona, Municipal Records,
1566-1956


0
21,784
Added images to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Lérida, Municipal Records,
1319-1940


0
25,103
Added images to an existing collection.
0
115,213
Added images to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Tarragona, Municipal Records,
1430-1916


0
7,688
Added images to an existing collection.
0
2,056,187
Added images to an existing collection.
38,625
0
New indexed record collection.
0
29,018
New browsable image collection.
131,597
0
Added index records to an existing collection.
101,709
228,433
Added index records and images to an existing
collection.
1,316,956
0
New indexed record collection.

U.S.,
Louisiana, Orleans Court Records, 1822-1880


0
12,970
Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Louisiana, Orleans Parish Will Books,
1805-1920


0
17,971
Added images to an existing collection.
0
13,353
New browsable image collection.
243,676
0
Added index records to an existing collection.
401,960
0
New indexed record collection.
857,131
0
Added index records to an existing collection.

U.S., Maine, Oxford County, Probate Estate Files,
1805-1915


0
177,447
Added images to an existing collection.
0
3,000
Added images to an existing collection.
0
51,425
New browsable image collection.

U.S., Massachusetts, State Vital Records,
1841-1920


0
17,531
Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at
the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954


845,964
0
New indexed record collection.

U.S., Montana, Beaverhead County Records,
1862-2009


0
71,761
Added images to an existing collection.
0
503,068
New browsable image collection.
0
20,141
Added images to an existing collection.
0
874,310
New browsable image collection.
0
524,272
Added images to an existing collection.
0
107,634
Added images to an existing collection.

U.S.,
New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787-1938


0
32,001
Added images to an existing collection.

U.S.,
New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1924


0
130,441
Added images to an existing collection.
0
156,746
Added images to an existing collection.
0
406,225
Added images to an existing collection.
0
669
Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Tennessee, Putnam County Records, 1854-1955


0
121,173
Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986


0
18,160
Added images to an existing collection.
0
28,353
Added images to an existing collection.
0
108,658
Added images to an existing collection.
0
30,110
New browsable image collection.

United States, 1890 Census of Union Veterans and
Widows of the Civil War


897,849
0
Added index records to an existing collection.
1,984,100
0
Added index records to an existing collection.

Federation of Family History Societies to be FHISO Founding Member

Lutterworth, Leicestershire (UK) and Gilbert, AZ (USA) — December 4, 2012 — The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) and Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that the The Federation of Family History Societies has finalised its plans to become a founding member of the organisation. As part of this process, FFHS has designated Malcolm Austen as its key organisational member representative. Malcolm will participate with other FHISO members from the global genealogical community in the development of standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information.

“As family historians embrace the digital age and new technology transforms the way we research, discover and collate information about our ancestors, it is vitally important that we ensure that we adhere to the highest standards available when accessing and sharing data online. We are already seeing some of the problems emerging – incorrect citation of primary sources, confusion about where information was originally created, and issues around referencing personal archives that have been made available on the internet. The Federation of Family History Societies is therefore proud to be one of the founder members of FHISO, and will assist its work in creating the much-needed standards for genealogical data around the world”, said Dr. Nick Barratt, FFHS President.

“We are a community of diverse practitioners and interests. Recognising the needs and devising solutions for our community is not a job for the few, but the many. It is an honour to welcome the Federation of Family History Societies to FHISO. Already instrumental in uniting more than 160 member societies in the United Kingdom and around the globe, FFHS brings vision and experience to FHISO. Our future is today better and brighter for their commitment”, said acting FHISO Chairman, Robert Burkhead.

The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) is an educational charity formed in 1974. Over the years, membership has grown to over 160 societies throughout the world, including national, regional and one-name groups. The Federation provides eduational opportunities and administers both the Elizabeth Simpson and Geoff Riggs awards. The Federation publishes the FFHS Ezine. FFHS has a long history of providing an authentic, audible, and respected voice for the many thousands of individual family historians. To learn more about FFHS, please visit the organisation’s website, http://www.ffhs.org.uk/index.php.

FHISO is a standards-developing organisation bringing the international family history and genealogical community together in a transparent, self-governing forum for the purpose of developing information standards to solve today’s interoperability issues. To learn more about FHISO, visit http://fhiso.org/.

Please join us in welcoming the Federation of Family History Societies and Malcolm Austen to FHISO!

WikiTree Announces “Cousin Bait” Toolkits

Dec 4, 2012: WikiTree.com has released a special set of tools for genealogists who want to lure distant cousins to help grow their family history and share photos and memories.

Many Internet-savvy genealogists already recommend using WikiTree as a way to fish for new information. Blogger Valerie Craft wrote in her recent post Using WikiTree: The How and The Why: “[T]he biggest reason why you should use WikiTree: cousin bait. … In my years doing genealogy, I’ve had the most success thanks to WikiTree.”

WikiTree’s new toolkits are for those who want to bait the hooks.

Every ancestor profile has a toolkit that contains a customized set of easy-to-follow action items, such as:

  • Direct links to specific surname forums around the Internet where you can ask for help.
  • A way to create a “family mysteries” page for the surname in order to fish for specific information.
  • Asking a question about the person in WikiTree’s Genealogist-to-Genealogist (G2G) Q&A forum.
  • Socializing the profile on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.
  • Sharing the person’s photo on Pinterest.
  • Increasing the profile’s ranking in Google with quick and easy steps.

Cousin Bait Toolkits are free for all WikiTree members, along with all other other features and functions. WikiTree membership is free and unlimited for all those who share the community’s mission to create a collaborative worldwide family tree and agree to abide by the Wiki Genealogist Honor Code.

About WikiTree: Growing since 2008, WikiTree.com is a 100% free shared family tree website that balances privacy and collaboration. 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 helping to grow a single, worldwide 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.

Webinar to Give Crash Course in Kansas Genealogy

Find your Midwest ancestors in this Family Tree University presentation

Are your roots secured in the Sunflower State? Discover how to dig into your Kansas ancestry in Family Tree University’s upcoming webinar: Kansas Genealogy Crash Course on Thursday, Dec. 6.

Presenter Kathleen Reid Rippel will cover key tips for finding your Midwestern family, such as these interesting facts:

  • Because the Kansas Historical Society was created by newspaper editors in 1875, the state has excellent resources for newspaper genealogy research
  • Major trails such as the Oregon Trail and Santa Fe Trail passed through Kansas
  • The Pikes Peak Gold Rush occurred in Kansas territory
  • Kansas is one of the few states that regularly took a state census, which can provide valuable information

Plus: This webinar comes with two free downloads—a copy of our Kansas State Research Guide and our Kansas City Genealogy Guide. So let that prairie wind whisk you away in this crash course on Kansas genealogy.

Can’t make the live presentation? No worries! Every registrant receives a copy of the recording to watch as many times as you wish, along with a PDF of the slides and handouts for reference.

See ShopFamilyTree.com for more details about this and other Family Tree University webinars.

About Family Tree University

Family Tree University is part of the Genealogy Community at F+W Media, Inc., which also encompasses Family Tree Magazine—America’s most popular family history magazine—the Family Tree Books imprint and the ShopFamilyTree.com online store. These publications and products are devoted to providing engaging, easy-to-understand instruction that makes genealogy a hobby anyone can do. In addition to the virtual conference, Family Tree University offers more than 30 online genealogy courses and monthly live webinars.

GENEii Family History Writing Contest

It’s coming soon — the deadline for the GENEii Family History Writers Contest is looming. Writers have until December 31, 2012, to submit their entries for this year’s contest, which is sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society.

The…