Month: May 2013

FamilySearch Adds More Than 5.7 Million Images to New Massachusetts Land Records Collection

FamilySearch has added more than 7.3 million images this week from Austria, Brazil, China, Honduras, Luxembourg, Peru, Portugal, Switzerland, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 5,766,135 images from the new U.S., Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986, collection, the 337,367 images from the new Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841-1968, collection, and the 191,701 images from the new U.S., Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900-1953, collection . See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free atFamilySearch.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.



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Superscripts with Evernote

One of my favorite programs, for genealogy as well as other things is Evernote.  It has always had one shortcoming, though, which is that the computer versions didn’t have a direct way to do superscripts.  That makes transcription of older … Continue reading

Genealogy Jamboree Conference App Available

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It is with great pride that we announce that the Mobile App for the 2013 Jamboree is now available for download. We are exceedingly grateful to Ancestry.com for again sponsoring what we think is the Best. App. Ever. for a …

The 150th Anniversary of the United States Colored Troops


On May 22, 1863, the War
Department issued General Orders 143, establishing a Bureau of Colored Troops
in the Adjutant General’s Office to recruit and organize African American
soldiers to fight for the Union Army. With this order, all African American
regiments were designated as United States Colored Troops (USCT). 
Today marks the 150th
anniversary of the USCT, and the National Archives is pleased to announce the
completion of the USCT Service Records Digitization Project. In partnership
with Fold3, the project provides online access to all service records
more than 3.8 million imagesof Union
volunteers in USCT units. 

From May 22 to 31, the digital
collection will be free on
www.Fold3.com. (All National Archives collections on Fold3.com can
always be viewed for free at any National Archives facility nationwide.)

Compiled military service
records (CMSRs) are part of Record Group 94, the Records of the Adjutant
General’s Office. They contain card abstracts of entries related to an
individual soldier such as muster rolls and regimental returns. 

Many CMSRs also contain original
documents called “personal papers,” which are especially valuable to
researchers looking for documentation on former slaves. These papers include
enlistment papers, correspondence, orders, prisoner-of-war memorandums,
casualty reports, or final statements. Unique to the records of the USCT are
deeds of manumission, proofs of slave ownership, and bills of sale. 

Starting in October 1863, a
slave owner could offer his slave for enlistment in military service and be
entitled to compensation up to $300 upon filing a valid deed of manumission and
release, and making satisfactory proof of title. These forms offer researchers
rare information and document the life of a slave person in the absence of
other vital records. 

Edmund Delaney was a slave who
served in Company E of the 117th USCT Infantry. He was 25 years old when he
enlisted in August 1864. Delaney’s owner, Harvey C. Graves of Georgetown,
Kentucky, filed a compensation claim for his military service in December 1866.
Graves stated that he “purchased [Delaney] at private sale when he was quite a
small boy and owned him at the time of his enlistment.” 

The claim form was accompanied
by a proof of ownership form to which Graves attached a rare “likeness,” or
photo of Delaney, and several of Delaney’s letters written to him while serving
in Brownsville, Texas. The letters offer us a rare glimpse into his lonely
soldier’s life, especially when he laments that no friends have written back to
him: 
“somehow most of them seem to be very much afraid of their pens and
ink.”  
 

The USCT service records also
reveal the social issues faced by free blacks, such as the story of
Fortune Wright, a soldier of the 96th USCT Infantry. Wright was a free black
man before the Civil War began, and he enlisted in Louisiana in July 1862.

On October 23, 1865, a white doctor and another man thought
they observed Wright beating a black woman on a street in Jefferson, Louisiana.
When they attempted to reprimand Wright, a fight ensued. Wright—fearing for his
life—stabbed the doctor, who was beating him with a cane. The doctor
died.    

Wright pleaded not guilty at
his court-martial trial but was found guilty of murder and sentenced “to be
hanged by the neck until dead” on January 5, 1866.

The accused offered his
explanation while in prison in New Orleans. He stated that he was approached by
an “immoral colored woman” who put her hand on his shoulder and was “acting her
willingness to prostitute her person.” The woman told him to give her a dime.
Wright said that he didn’t have a dime, and that if he did have a dime, he
would give it to his wife. Wright stated that he was angry with the woman for
her insulting conduct and language. If she repeated her language, Wright told
her, he would slap her. She did repeat herself, and Wright slapped her. 

The two white men appeared on the scene at this point
without knowing how the argument began. As Wright walked away, the doctor
followed and struck Wright on the head with a walking cane. Wright reeled
around and grabbed the stick while the doctor cursed at him to let go. The
doctor grabbed Wright by the collar of his coat and then punched him in the
face. The second white man yelled to “kill the damned black yankee [since]
there is no law for him.” Wright warned that if they both jumped him, he would
cut one with his knife. When he was attacked, Wright stabbed the doctor with
his knife.

Wright’s captain and his attorney sent pleas for a
postponement of the sentence to Maj. Gen. Edward Canby of the Department of the
Gulf. They were hoping for time to appeal to President Andrew Johnson for a
pardon based on self-defense. 

Several postponements were granted. The series of the
documents leading to President Johnson’s final decision reads like the ultimate
page-turner. On February 24, 1866, General Canby received a telegram from the
War Department in Washington, DC, stating that President Johnson has ordered
that “the [death] sentence be duly carried into execution.” A copy of this
message on American Telegraph Company letterhead survives in the service
record.
   

Wright was not notified of his fate until the evening before
his hanging. A week earlier, Provost Marshal A.M. Jackson was warned in a
letter from Eastern District headquarters in Louisiana that “Precaution must be
taken that the office of hangman be confided to a capable person so that no
disagreeable results may ensue, and that the body be not disturbed until the
hangman has pronounced life to be entirely extinct.” 


Jackson’s report of the execution dated the next day describes quite a
different scene.

The knot on the rope was not soaped properly and the knot
slipped as Wright fell from the platform. Though he was suspended, his neck was
not broken and he could still breathe. Wright was taken down and put on the
platform a second time. It took fifteen more minutes of strangulation before
death took Fortune Wright. Jackson claimed that though the circumstance was
“unpleasant,” Wright did not suffer “as he remained insensible from the time of
the first fall.”

The stories of the USCT soldiers will be available free to
non-subscribers on www.Fold3.com from May 22
to 31, and can be accessed for free at any time on computers at the National
Archives.

FamilySearch Adds More Than 1.1 Million Records and Images to Illinois County Marriages

FamilySearch has added more than 2.25 million index records and images this week from Argentina, Austria, Italy, Paraguay, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,152,830 index records and images from the U.S., Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934, collection, and the 244,523 images from the Spain, Province of Valencia, Municipal Records, 1611-1935, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free atFamilySearch.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.


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Ancestry.com and TLC Team Up for New Season of “Who Do You Think You Are?”

World’s Largest Online Family History Resource Sponsors TV Series with Personal Look Inside the Ancestry of Beloved Celebrities

PROVO, Utah, May 21, 2013– Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, announces it has teamed up with TLC, Shed Media US and Is or Isn’t Entertainment as an integrated sponsor of the upcoming season of the “Who Do You Think You Are?” television series, premiering July 23.

“We are thrilled to be teaming up with TLC, Shed Media US and Is or Isn’t Entertainment to bring this entertaining and inspiring series back for another season,” said Rob Singer, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Ancestry.com. “Charting one’s family history helps each of us better understand who we are. Through the journeys of these celebrities, we hope millions of Americans will see just how life-changing and rewarding genealogy can be and begin researching their own family history to make discoveries that tell them who they are and where they came from.”

“Who Do You Think You Are?” explores the roots of celebrities who embark on an intense personal journey to discover their family’s past. Some of the celebrities to be featured in these all-new episodes include Christina Applegate, Cindy Crawford, and Zooey Deschanel. Each of the 8 hour-long episodes reveal the real person behind the celebrity as they come to understand the lives their ancestors lived that helped shape the person they are today. As part of the show sponsorship, Ancestry.com provides important family history research on each of the featured celebrities, which is used to build out the story of each episode.

Produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, the show is based on an original format created by Wall to Wall Media. An earlier version of the series previously aired on NBC for three seasons.

For those interested to discover who they think they are, Ancestry.com offers a 14-day free trial for all new members.

About Ancestry.com


Ancestry.com LLC is the world’s largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 11 billion records have been added to the Ancestry.com sites and users have created more than 47 million family trees containing more than 5 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, the company operates several Ancestry international websites along with a suite of online family history brands including Archives.com, Fold3.com and Newspapers.com, all designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

Forward Looking Statements

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Genealogical Speakers Guild Leadership for 2013-2014 Announced

The Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) is pleased to announce the following officers and chairmen for 2013-14, announced at the GSG Annual Meeting in conjunction with the NGS Conference in Las Vegas.
2013- 2014 Officers and Standing Committees

Pres…

ISFHWE Leadership for 2013-2014 Announced

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is pleased to announce the following officers and chairmen for 2013-14, announced at the ISFHWE Annual Meeting in conjunction with the NGS Conference in Las Vegas.

2012- 2013 …

ISFHWE 2012 Excellence-in-Writing Competition Deadline June 15, 2013

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2012 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is still open for entries through 15 June 2013.

The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). The Genealogy Newsletters category is returning to the competition this year. Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the entry fee (after logging in to the ISFHWE members’ corner).

The categories are:

Category I – Columns. This is for columns of original content, published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2012. Entries
should consist of two columns, each submitted as a single file, and must be shorter than 2,000 words. These are entries from the author’s regular column-not features. Note that these may be print or online columns.
.
Category II — Articles. These one-time articles (not part of the author’s column) must have been published in 2012 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, blog or website. Entries cannot exceed 5,000 words. Note that these may be print or online articles.

Category III –Genealogy Newsletter. This category is for society or family association newsletters published in 2012. Entries should consist of two issues, each submitted as a single file in PDF format. The judging will be based on originality, content, visual appeal, writing and editing quality, and accuracy.The
award is to the editor of the publication. These may also be print or online newsletters.

Category IV –Unpublished Authors. Entrants in this category aspire to be published writers or columnists in the field of genealogy, family or local history. The submissions in this category are original and unpublished, between 500 and 2,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category.

Category V–Unpublished material by Published Authors. This category is for original unpublished genealogically related articles by previously published authors. Entries should be between 500 and 3,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category.

Winners in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a certificate. The awards presentation will take place during the FGS Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 21-24 August 2013. (Those unable to attend will receive their awards by mail after the conference.)

Entries must be submitted in PDF, Word, WordPerfect, or JPG format by e-mail in time to meet this deadline. Send entries to: Competition@ISFHWE.org

Appropriate entry fee(s) – and membership dues to receive the discount – may be paid via PayPal on the ISFHWE website at ISFHWE.org.

Full information on the competition is available on the ISFHWE website in the “2013 Excellence-in-Writing Competition – Information and Online Entry Form” link, which leads to: http://www.isfhwe.org/competition.php


For questions, contact the Competition Coordinator at: Competition@ISFHWE.org

Findmypast.com Offers Free Access to Military Records in Honor of Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day on May 27, and in remembrance of all who died while serving our country, findmypast.com will offer its collection of US and International military records for free in the days leading up to national observance.

With more than 26 million US and International military records available, findmypast.com is encouraging people to explore and learn about the heroic efforts of their ancestors this Memorial Day. Record sets such as ‘Draft Registration Cards,’ ‘Casualties Returned Alive,’ ‘POWs’ and others will offer a captivating glimpse into the lives and experiences of our veteran ancestors.

The US and International military records will be available free of charge starting at midnight EDT on Thursday, May 23 until midnight EDT on Monday, May 27. Anyone can access the records by registering for free at findmypast.com.

The Genealogy Guys Podcast Celebrates 250th Episode

Aha! Seminars, Inc., announces that The Genealogy GuysSM Podcast (http://genealogyguys.com), the longest running genealogical podcast in the world, has published its 250th episode. The podcast is a production of Aha! Seminars, Inc., based in the Tam…

FamilySearch Adds to Dominican Republic, Italy, Peru, Spain, and the United States Collections

FamilySearch has added more than 1.5 million index records and images this week from Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Italy, Peru, South Africa, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 217,016 index records from the U.S., Idaho, Eastport, Arrival Manifests, 1924-1956, collection, the 151,020 index records and images from the United States, Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files collection, and the 163,314 images from the South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2006, collection. 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.


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MyHeritage launches Record Detective™ to accelerate family history discoveries

Global family history network makes technology breakthrough that turns dead-ends into new leads  
PROVO, Utah, and Tel Aviv, Israel, May 13 2013: MyHeritage, the popular family history network, today announced the launch of Record Detective™, the first technology of its kind to automatically extend the paper trail from a single historical record to other related records and family tree connections.

Record Detective™ turns historical records into smart objects that determine which people they are about, and conducts further research about them. Records found in MyHeritage’s digital archive, SuperSearch, will now include a summary of additional records and individuals in family trees relating to them, thanks to the Record Detective™ technology. This will provide users with new information and clues to take their research to new directions.

Examples of how Record Detective™ benefits users:

  • When a user finds a gravestone photo, Record Detective™ is capable of automatically finding and displaying who was buried there, and providing a link to the person’s family tree, plus birth, census and marriage records and even newspaper articles about that person.

  • For users viewing a page in a digitized yearbook on MyHeritage, Record Detective™ will show the people mentioned on the page in their respective family trees and allow users to learn more about their families and get in touch with their relatives (subject to privacy protections).

  • When viewing a record in the US census collection, Record Detective™ will provide census      entries of the same person in former or subsequent years, and do this for the entire household.  The additional information could include newspaper articles about the person’s son or the immigration papers of his parents.

The new technology is highly accurate with almost no false positives.

To maximize its benefits, the technology behind the Record Detective™ uses an innovative technique called the Transitive Conclusion Trail. For example, it can link a death record to a birth record of the same person, by first linking the death record to a matching person in a family tree with the same death date, then linking that person through his parents to the same person in another family tree, this time having a birth date, and then use that extra information to locate the birth record of that person. During the process checks are made to ensure the lack of contradictions, and conclusions are made only if they are statistically solid. Users are not aware of the calculations behind the scenes, and are only handed the related information with confidence scores. This way Record Detective™ helps users find relevant information they may have never found on their own.

Licensing

To extend the benefits of this new technology to the wider community, MyHeritage is making Record Detective™ available for license to other family history websites and services that provide historical records, with revenue sharing. By adding just a few lines of code to their webpage, partners can harness Record Detective™ and display for each record, other records and family trees related to it, providing better value for users. Interested parties can contact bd@myheritage.com.

“We’re excited to unveil Record Detective™ – a major addition to the tool arsenal of any family history enthusiast”, said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “Record Detective™ makes a single discovery more interesting and rewarding by linking to more information about the same person. With this powerful new technology, our users will be able to make even more exciting discoveries. This is an industry first, and a testament to our focus on creating truly innovative technologies for family history.”

A summary of any record can be viewed for free and users can choose between affordable pay-as-you-go credits or a Data subscription for full unlimited access to all historical records.

About MyHeritage

MyHeritage is a family history network helping millions of families around the world discover and share their legacy online. As technology thought leaders and innovators in the space, MyHeritage is transforming family history into a pastime that is accessible, exciting and easier than ever before. MyHeritage empowers its global community of users with unique social tools, a massive library of historical content and powerful search technologies. The site is available in 40 languages. For more information visit www.myheritage.com

RootsTech 2014 Call For Presentations

Presentation proposals for RootsTech 2014 will be accepted June 17-July 8, 2013, online at rootstech.org/proposals.

RootsTech is a family history and technology conference “where families connect.” The fourth annual conference, hosted by FamilySear…

NGS National Conference

I’m at the National Genealogical Society family history conference again this year, this time in Las Vegas. The city is sort of wasted on me since I’m not real interested in gambling but it’s a good conference.  Some highlights after … Continue reading

Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois Conference – June 9, 2013

Those planning to attend The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois’ daylong Jewish genealogy conference, “Digging Deeper: Researching Our Ancestors With Technology,” on Sunday, June 9, 2013, have until May 15 to save $10 in the fee for early registration. Also, for out-of-town attendees, the special room rate at a nearby motel is guaranteed until May 9 (it may be extended if the reserved block of rooms is not filled).

The early registration fees for the conference are $50 for JGSI and IAJGS members and $65 for non-members paid by May 15. After May 15, the fees are $60 for members and $75 for non-members. Members of any IAJGS-affiliated society can attend the conference at the member rate.

For youths who plan to attend just the mini-conference, it’s free; but if they want to attend all day, it’s $25 for early registration and $35 for late registration.

The conference registration form can be found at http://www.jgsi.org/Conference2013.

Attendees from out of town are invited to stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago-North Shore/Skokie at the special conference rate of $119/night, which includes a complimentary hot and cold breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi, and a free shuttle service within three miles of the hotel. Temple Beth Israel, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, and Westfield Old Orchard mall are within this radius.

Rooms may be reserved at the Hampton Inn at http://bit.ly/14zseDW. The special room rate is guaranteed until May 9.

The conference will be held at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie, Illinois. Conference attendees will register beginning at 8:15 a.m. June 9 at Temple Beth Israel, and the conference will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

The featured speakers will include Warren Blatt, managing director of JewishGen, the major Jewish genealogy website; and Duff Wilson, senior product manager of Family Tree Maker, the genealogy database software. Warren Blatt will deliver a keynote address on advanced searching with JewishGen and will also conduct separate sessions on Jewish given names and Jewish surnames.

Duff Wilson will lead two instructive Family Tree Maker sessions, one for beginners and one for advanced users of the family tree software.

A unique aspect of this conference will be a free mini-conference for youths from sixth grade through high school. Two consecutive programs introducing Jewish genealogy with beginning methodology will be held from 1:25 to 3:40 p.m. Robin Seidenberg and Harriet Rudnit, experienced genealogists and JGSI board members, will be the mini-conference speakers.

“Digging Deeper: Researching Our Ancestors With Technology” will also include presentations on DNA, translating Polish records, the Pale of Settlement, familysearch.org, naturalization and cemetery records, and much more. For additional information, see http://jgsi.org/Conference2013.

Discover Your Ancestors Periodical launches in May 2013

Discover Your Ancestors issue 2 now on sale

After a very successful launch issue of Discover Your Ancestors annual bookazine, we are delighted to announce the publication of the second issue.

Both helping newcomers to family history research and reinspiring the more seasoned researcher, the long awaited Discover Your Ancestors issue 2 is available from WHSmith and other quality news outlets both in the UK and overseas.

“We are told that Discover Your Ancestors plays a vital role for budding family historians as it welcomes and encourages the next generation of family history researchers” says magazine publisher, Mark Galbraith. “For many of us family history research is interesting and can be made all the more so through really understanding how our ancestors lived their lives ” he continues. “It is time to show the uninitiated just how much pleasure can be had from growing one’s tree with the myriad resources now available”.

“In response to overwhelming reader enquiries and demand, we are very excited about the launch of our new online magazine – Discover Your Ancestors Periodical. This monthly online magazine has been developed in response to the many readers who would like to see more, but wish to read their favorite magazines using a variety of formats, Mr. Galbraith continues. “We launched this brand new service in May2013, and are now delivering our readers a top quality digital magazine every month for just £1 (GBP) per month on subscription. The subscription price has been kept low in order to encourage as many people as possible to sign up, whilst still retaining the high quality of absorbing content produced in print. We invite everyone – past print readers and brand new readers – to pre-register their interest at www.discoveryourancestors.co.uk

For back issue enquiries of Discover Your Ancestors please call +44 1296 631273. 

Eneclann joins FHISO

Eneclann (www.eneclann.ie) and Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that Eneclann has finalised its plans to become a founding member of the organisation. Brian Donovan, Eneclann’s CEO, said of the partnership “Digitising, indexing and publishing family history records online is fraught with problems. Genealogy needs FHISO to help navigate a collaborative solution to shared problems, and to set meaningful standards, and we in Eneclann are delighted to be partners in this”. The company 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 an organisation involved in the management, digitisation of, and research with archives, they bring a unique perspective on the work of FHISO. Fiona Fitzsimons, Research Director, commented ‘Digitisation of records has transformed the way we do genealogy, but we need standards so we can be sure of the quality of the electronic records we use. FHISO is a welcome development to achieve this goal.’

“FHISO is proud to welcome Eneclann as a Founding Member. Recognised for its innovation, Eneclann has been involved in major digitisation projects. Its experts bring to FHISO professional services experience in the mixed-language and rich cultural heritage that is associated with Irish genealogy. Brian Donovan, himself an expert in digitisation techniques, also brings project management and business development skills to FHISO. Eneclann’s experience contributes to a unique perspective in the genealogy marketplace”, said FHISO Organiser, Tony Proctor (UK and Ireland).

About Eneclann Ltd.

Eneclann Ltd., incorporated in 1998, is the largest genealogical company in Ireland. Well known internationally for its research for the hit T.V. series Who Do You Think You Are? worldwide, as well as the U.S. T.V. series Faces of America (2010), and Finding Your Roots (2012), Eneclann has also traced the Irish roots of President Barack Obama and several celebrities, most recently Tom Cruise.
Eneclann has developed significant skills in archival management, and expertise in digital technology. The company was instrumental in the founding of the online service www.irishorigins.com in 2003, and more recently in 2011 launched the web service www.findmypast.ie with their Scottish joint-venture partner brightsolid.

To date the company has brought over 65 million genealogical records online, and has acted as a trusted partner of several archives, libraries and other Irish public institutions in making their historic records available to a wide audience. Find out more at: www.eneclann.ie

About FHISO

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/. To become an enquiring member, visit http://fhiso.org/membership-enquiries/.

Illinois State Genealogical Society 2013 Fall Conference Announced


October 25 & 26, 2013, at Timber Creek Inn & Suites in Sandwich, Illinois

May 8, 2013 – Springfield, IL. The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces its 2013 Fall conference to be held on October 25 and 26 in Sandwich, Illinois, at the Timber Creek Inn & Suites and Convention Center.

Using The Way They Were as this year’s theme, a variety of presenters will offer lectures to assist attendees in identifying the “they” in genealogical research. In addition, a focus on “were” will explore the importance of capturing family stories and ancestor anecdotes to round out a family’s history.

Besides attending genealogy focused lectures and social events, conference goers can visit the Sandwich area which offers a variety of venues for historical sightseeing. These include area museums, tours of the Naper Settlement in Naperville, and the world famous Mies van der Rohe glass home, as well as the Farnsworth House, on the banks of the nearby Fox River.

Conference details will be available soon at the ISGS website at http://www.ilgensoc.org. For room reservations, contact the Timber Creek Inn & Suites at (866) 992-7335 or visit http://www.timbercreekinnandsuites.com (mention the ISGS conference to secure the group rate).

Questions about the ISGS 2013 Fall Conference can be emailed to the Conference Chair, Howard Manthei, at isgspublications@ilgensoc.org.

Mark your calendar! We look forward to seeing you in Sandwich this Fall!

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.

Follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ILgensoc), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/ILgensoc) and on our blog at http://ilgensoc.blogspot.com.

FamilySearch Adds to Collections for BillionGraves, Canada, Italy, Peru, Sweden, and the United States



FamilySearch has added more than 9.4 million index records and images this week from BillionGraves, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Italy, Peru, Sweden, the United States, and Venezuela. Notable collection updates include the 3,368,091 index records and images from the U.S., Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952, collection, the 2,187,206 images from the new U.S., New York, Southern District, U.S District Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1946 , collection, and the 848,610 index records and images from the BillionGraves Index. 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

424,305

424,305

Added index records and images to an existing collection.

0

461,837

Added images to an existing collection.

0

27,561

Added images to an existing collection.

0

32,149

Added images to an existing collection.

0

96,273

Added images to an existing collection.

0

30,292

Added images to an existing collection.

330,586

0

Added index records to an existing collection.

0

156,506

Added images to an existing collection.

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102,509
Added images to an existing collection.

0

40,753

New browsable image collection.

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30,143

Added images to an existing collection.

0

32,450

Added images to an existing collection.

0

18,129

Added images to an existing collection.

7,586

0

Added index records to an existing collection.

0

35,714

Added images to an existing collection.

1,681,256

1,686,835

New indexed records and image collection.

0

2,187,206

New browsable image collection.

231,641

5,154

Added index records and images to an existing collection.

1,153,207

18,880

Added index records and images to an existing collection.

122,918

28,638

Added index records to an existing collection.

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88,546

Added images to an existing collection.

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12,624

Added images to an existing collection

Genealogie Online hits 20 million profiles mark


This week the website Genealogie Online reached 20 million profiles. Genealogie Online is a Dutch service which allows genealogists to easily publish their genealogical data and images. Over 5000 genealogists use this service to publish their data. The result is multi-language website with a lot of freely searchable information about ancestors.

The focus of Genealogie Online isn’t solely on quantity. Bob Coret, who runs this service from his one-person business Coret Genealogie, also puts the quality of genealogical data in the spotlight. Genealogie Online automatically performs genealogical sanity checks on the data in terms of events and dates. This feedback is not exclusive for authors, errors and warnings are also shown in the publication. This ensures that the readers of the genealogical publications also get a signal about possible mistakes.

Another type of quality check focusses on the place names and genealogical events. Place names are looked up in the international geographical database Geonames to ensure the name is written correctly and is unique. A genealogist who wrote down Delft as place of birth could mean Delft, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands, but there´s also a place called Delft in Minnesota, USA.

The steady growth of Genealogie Online – the biggest family tree website in the Netherlands – also makes the matching functionality more and more interesting. Matches between family trees are giving to the author and are also shown in the publication itself, because possible matches could also be of interest to readers.

With it´s scan search functionality Genealogie Online offers its users suggestions for online scans of civil registry and church records in Dutch and Belgian archives (some via FamilySearch) and photo´s of graves based on the published genealogical data. Again, the suggestions are shown to both authors and readers. This helps and stimulates genealogists to add sources to their publication, which also increases the quality.

About Coret Genealogie

Genealogie Online has been offering its service to genealogists since 2005. A generous free subscription and Premium subscription is offered by Coret Genealogie for the publishing part, searches are free. Genealogie Online which focuses on publishing your family tree and searching for ancestors, is one of the products offered by Coret Genealogie (which has even been called a Dutch Genealogy Empire by Tamura Jones). Other products include a social network for genealogists (Stamboom Forum), a private area for a genealogists to acquire images and stories within the family to enrich the family history (Familie Archivaris) and a online genealogical magazine specifically for smartphones and tablets (Genealogie Gazet). 

Mocavo Announces Genealogy Karma

Back in 1999, a fantastic resource was established to bring together members of the genealogy community all around the world. The brainchild of Bridgett and Doc Schneider, Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) was created to help genealogists collaborate with the genealogy community to document their research, while also offering genealogists a way to give back to a community that had helped them in the past. RAOGK quickly turned into a global organization. The group’s volunteers were able to help thousands of genealogists make progress in their family history research.


Bridgett Schneider courtesy of RAOGK Wiki

The ROAGK website went offline in 2011 because of a computer disaster. Sadly, Bridgett Schneider passed away later that year, and the website was never able to come back online. In tribute to Bridgett and Doc Schneider and all of the participants in RAOGK, many volunteers have created programs similar to ROAGK to help bring together the expertise of the genealogy community. Doc and Bridgett’s legacy and the efforts of thousands of volunteers inspired us to create a place for researchers to come together and collaborate to help other members of the genealogical community.

Today, at Mocavo, we are excited to announce the launch of Genealogy Karma. Modeled after Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness, we hope to empower the Mocavo community and connect researchers all around the country. If you’re looking for documents, records, or photos from an ancestor who lived far away, we will connect you with family history volunteers who can do this research for you in other cities. Likewise, if you’d like to give back to the Mocavo community and have a little time to donate, you can sign up as a volunteer.

To begin visit www.mocavo.com/karma




To request help:

1. Simply click on “I need to request help.”
2. Select the county for your request.
3. Create a short title and add a detailed explanation of your request so that others can help find what you’re looking for.
4. Tag your request to help others discover it. For example, you can tag your request as “photo”, “birth record”, or “tombstone”.
5. You can also select to be notified if someone replies to your request.
6. Post your query.

To Volunteer:

1. Simply click on “I want to be a volunteer.”
2. Select the counties that you can help with.
3. Submit your information.
4. We will then let you know when there are opportunities to help other genealogists in your area.

Similar to surname groups, genealogy karma has a new twist that allows the most valuable content to float to the top of the page.

You can vote positively or negatively on each question and answer. As a result, the most popular questions and most relevant answers rise to the top so that you don’t have to dig through heaps of information to find the good stuff. Next to each question or answer within a Surname Group, you will see arrows. If you find a request you are interested in or response that is particularly helpful, you can “vote it up” so that more people will see it. If you find a request to be wildly off topic or unhelpful or if you think an answer is inaccurate, you can “vote it down” so that it will migrate to the bottom of the page. The topics at the top of the page will be the ones with the highest number of “up” votes so that you can quickly see the most valuable questions and answers.

Check out Genealogy Karma and take advantage of the vast network of Mocavo community members spread far and wide. Let us know what you think in the comments below or by emailing us at support@mocavo.com.

RIGS Announces Onsite/Online Training at National Archives, Fort Worth


Jasper, Georgia (4 May 2013)—The Regional In-depth Genealogical Studies Alliance better known as RIGS Alliance or RIGSA announce its first blended onsite/online training with the National Archives at Fort Worth, Texas , October 8-10 2013. The subject matter material taught by experienced researchers will consist of preliminary classes/videos/presentations and live chats shared in a virtual classroom combined with hands-on sessions with textual records in the National Archives.

J. Mark Lowe, Co-Director of RIGSA indicated the change in format will provide more time for students to understand the records of our National Archives, and more time hands-on with these records. The online training will allow participants to review material, ask questions, and coordinate with other students in developing research strategies. Activities are based on an integrated curriculum with an emphasis on methodology and problem-solving skills.

RIGS Alliance workshops are designed for genealogists, historians, and librarians with a general genealogical or historical grounding who want to learn skills and techniques for researching original records at national and regional archives. To ensure a quality experience, enrollment is limited.

Workshop staff includes J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA; and Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL, and expert staff members at the National Archives in Fort Worth.

For details about these workshops, visit the web site at www.rigsalliance.org; e-mail info@rigsalliance.org; or write to RIGS Alliance Workshop, P.O. Box 1273, Jasper, GA 30143.

Massachusetts Genealogical Council 2013 Annual Meeting & Seminar


~ Featuring: Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL, “The Legal Genealogist” ~

WHEN: Saturday, July 20, 2013, 8:30 am to 4:15 pm
WHERE: Holy Cross College – Hogan Center, Worcester, MA

Registration is OPEN!
http://bit.ly/mgc2013register

Three top-notch presentations by Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL
(http://bit.ly/JudyGRussellCG)

  • Breaking Through the 20th Century Brickwall––Building a Family Through Circumstantial Evidence
  • How Knowing the Law Makes Us Better Genealogists
  • “No Person Shall… Gallop Horses in the Streets”: Using Court Records to Tell the Story of our Ancestors’ Lives

Luncheon Presentation by Kimberly Toney of the AAS
Worcester History as seen through the Eyes of the American Antiquarian Society

MGC Membership Has Its Privileges. Register before July 1st and save!

  • Members $50.00
  • Non-members $65.00

Late Registration & Walk-ins

  • $75.00 Regardless of membership status

Includes breakfast and lunch, a civil records legislative panel and door prizes and easy access to level parking. Join MGC now to get the substantial member discount! Visit http://www.massgencouncil.org for more info!

REGISTER NOW!
http://bit.ly/mgc2013register

MyHeritage delivers historic U.S. Census records to millions of families worldwide


Travel back in
time: Global family history network gives users a snapshot into the lives of
their ancestors from 1790 to 1930

PROVO, Utah & TEL AVIV, Israel – May 1,
2013
: MyHeritage, the popular family history network, today announced that it
has added the entire collection of U.S. Federal Censuses conducted each decade
from 1790 to 1930 to its growing database of billions of historical records.  Combined with innovative technologies and
affordable prices, MyHeritage makes it easier and more accessible than ever to
illuminate the lives of one’s ancestors during this fascinating period in
American history.

Among the nation’s largest and most
important set of records totaling around 520 million names, the Censuses
provide information about individuals residing in the U.S. including age,
address, education, occupation, place of birth, race, native language, marital
status, relationship to head of household, neighbors – and more. Family history
enthusiasts can now search the indexed images of the U.S. Censuses at
http://www.myheritage.com/research and discover the legacy of former
generations between 1790 and 1930 in the U.S.

To make discoveries easier, MyHeritage
offers a sophisticated system of automatic record matching for the family trees
on the site, dramatically reducing research time. New information uncovered in
the Censuses triggers a domino effect of new discoveries within the MyHeritage
global network of family trees and records. Resulting connections with other
family trees could shed light on the roots of many families who immigrated to
the U.S., connecting them to long-lost relatives abroad. Translated to 40
different languages, MyHeritage is the only company to deliver discoveries from
the U.S. Censuses to a global audience.

The new records, which include the
remaining fragments of the 1890 U.S. Federal Census mostly destroyed in a fire,
complement the existing 1940 U.S. Census which is already available on
MyHeritage. A summary of any census record can be viewed for free and users can
choose between affordable pay-as-you-go credits or a data subscription for full
unlimited access to all historical content, including the images of the
original census pages.

“Adding the U.S. Censuses is paramount for
offering a one-stop shop for family history”, said Gilad Japhet, Founder
and CEO of MyHeritage. “With this move we maximize value for users by
combining the best family tree tools and the most powerful matching technologies
with a massive library of historical content. The U.S. Censuses add incredible
new value for our users, who will receive a string of new discoveries, and act
as a catalyst for taking research further into the past and across new borders.
This is just the tip of the iceberg as we’re set to add significant additional
collections of historical records, both from the U.S. and around the world, in
2013.”

The U.S. census records are also being
added to WorldVitalRecords and FamilyLink, and will be made available soon to
the users of Geni – three additional websites owned and operated by MyHeritage.

About MyHeritage

MyHeritage is a family
history network helping millions of families around the world discover and
share their legacy online. Pioneers in making family history a collaborative
experience for the entire family, MyHeritage empowers its users with innovative
social tools and a massive library of historical content. The site is available
in 40 languages. For more information visit www.myheritage.com 

Findmypast.com Adds 23 Million Records and 121 Million Newspaper Pages From Around the World



Newly added collection documents hundreds of years of significant life events and media headlines


LOS ANGELES (May 1, 2013) – Findmypast.com, an international leader in online family history, has published more than 23 million new records and 121 million pages of U.S. and world newspapers to its already extensive collection of historical records. New records, including Irish birth, marriage and death records, highlight important life events for our ancestors. Researchers can find their ancestors in a newspaper article among thousands or find their grandfather’s military service documented through World War II Enlistment Records. Those with a criminal in their past can find their ancestors throughout the extensive United Kingdom’s Courts, Crimes and Convicts record set.  
The United Kingdom criminal records collection is the largest collection of historical criminal records from England and Wales to be published online, and is published in association with the National Archives (U.K.). These unique records offer a fascinating look at the colorful details of the criminal side of society from 1770 to 1934.
Another collection, the U.S. Veteran’s Gravesites, contains 7.6 million death records of people who served or are related to those who served, and are buried in various Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries, state veteran’s cemeteries, or other military gravesites. This collection offers a chance to trace the family members who answered the call to service, and is especially useful for genealogists who may not have a clear picture of details surrounding a particular ancestor.
“The new U.S. and world newspapers on findmypast.com broaden the scope of our collection to countries such as Denmark, France and even South Africa,” said D. Joshua Taylor, lead genealogist for findmypast.com. “This gives users an amazing opportunity to explore the events their ancestors lived through.”
The full collection of records recently added by findmypast.com includes:
United States
  • U.S. and World Newspapers
  • U.S. Veteran Grave Sites
  • Montana Deaths
  • WWII Enlistment Records
  • Ohio Deaths
  • Ohio Marriages
  • Ohio Divorces
  • Connecticut Deaths

United Kingdom
  • Westminster Parish
  • Canterbury Parish Records, Kent
  • British Newspapers
  • UK Courts, Crimes and Convicts
  • Suffolk Testator Index, 1847-1857
  • British Business Index
  • Lincolnshire Parish Apprentice
  • Indentures
  • Nether Hallam, Sheffield 1831 Census
  • Freemen of Ipswich, Suffolk
  • Dental Surgeons Directory 1925
  • Corfe Castle and District 1790 Census
  • Bury Workhouse Creed Registers
  • GWR Shareholders
  • Dorset Hemp and Flax Growers
  • Glamorgan Schools Admission Registers
  • Land Tax Billingshurst
  • Pigots Directory of Herefordshire 1830
  • Parish Apprentices for Somerset
  • Bury Workhouse Discharge Registers
  • Northamptonshire and Rutland Probate Index
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Index 1750-1800
  • London Probate Index 1750-1858
  • Royal Fusiliers Collection 1863-1905
  • West Kent Probate Index 1750-1858
  • Manchester Regiment city battalions 1914-1916
  • Waterloo Roll Call 1815
  • Royal Air Force Muster Roll 1918
  • Divorce Index
  • Parish Apprentices for Dorset
  • Parish Apprentices for Somerset
  • Bury Union Workhouse (Jericho Institution) Admission Registers
  • Prison ship (Hulk) Registers 1811-1843
  • Oldham Pals 1914-1920
  • Oldham Pals Roll of Honour
  • Northamptonshire and Rutland Probate Index
  • Parish Apprentices for Somerset
  • London burials
  • Bank of England Wills Extracts 1717-1845
  • Clergy List 1896
  • Civil Service Evidence of Age
  • Bury Workhouse Discharge Registers
  • Royal Artillery honours & awards
  • Military Nurses
  • Army Deserters (1828-1840)
  • Distinguished Conduct Medal Citations
  • Peninsular Medal Roll 1793-1814
  • Napoleonic War – Regimental indexes 1806
  • 1861 Worldwide Army Index
  • Royal Red Cross Register
  • WWII Escapers and Evaders
  • Surrey Recruitment Registers, 1908-1933
  • Royal Naval Division, 1914-1919
  • Royal Artillery Military Medal awards
  • Napoleonic War – Army of Reserve
  • Cheshire Electoral Registers
  • Royal Marine Medal Roll, 1914-1920
  • CLIP Crewmembers
  • Manchester Workhouse Registers, 1800-1911
  • Manchester Naturalization Society, 1896-1909
  • Derybshire Marriages
  • Derbyshire Baptisms 

Australia and New Zealand
  • New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1878
  • A Return of the Freeholders of new Zealand, October 1882
  • Crown Land Sales in Queensland 1842-1861
  • Crown Land Sales in Queensland 1860-1911
  • Return of Crown Lands 1854
  • Australian Imperial Expeditionary Forces Roll of Honour
  • New Zealand War Medal Roll


Findmypast.com’s expertise at digitizing historical records and uniting communities provides the tools to help people connect with their past and present.
These collections of records and newspapers are available across all international sites. All new record additions to any one international site are also added to all other international sites.

To learn more about findmypast.com or to get started on your own family history search:
·         Like findmypast on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/findmypastus
·         Follow findmypast on Twitter at https://twitter.com/findmypastus
·         Follow findmypast on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/findmypastus/

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.

French Genealogy From Afar



French Genealogy From Afar is a guide – built on numerous posts from The French Genealogy Blog — that has as its focus the very first steps of research into French ancestry, mostly via the Internet. All of the posts have been updated and, in many cases, enhanced. All of the website addresses have been verified anew and updated.



The Section Headings are:

  • Getting Ready

  • History and Geography
  • Location! Location!

  • Departmental and Communal Archives
  • Researching on the Departmental Archives’ Websites

  • A Bit of Military History

  • Military Records Online

  • The National Archives Databases
  • The Genealogy Community and Commercial Databases



Giving historical insights, keys to unlocking the French archives system, invaluable French websites, ways to develop a research methodology, problem solving advice, French Genealogy From Afar is also, of course, in Anne’s usual, pert style.



This fine paperback book of 185 pages is immediately available and will be shipped directly from the printer in the U.S.. The price, including postage, is $26 / £18 / €22 per copy. Sold only via The French Genealogy Blog.

Ancestry.com LLC Reports Q1 2013 Financial Results

— Ancestry.com Subscriber Growth of 12% Year-Over-Year —
— Q1 Non-GAAP Revenues $135 million, Up 24% Year-Over-Year —
— Generates Free Cash Flow of $51 million —
PROVO, Utah, May 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com LLC, the parent of and successor to Ancestry.com Inc., the world’s largest online family history resource, reported financial results today for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013.
“The first quarter marked a solid start to our year, and our business continues to perform well,” said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com. “As we progress into 2013, we continue to execute on delivering a global family history experience. Our strategy remains constant as we strive to provide our subscribers with unique and compelling content, build our brand through smart marketing, and continue to enrich our users’ experience through new features and advancements in our sharing, mobile, and DNA capabilities.”
First Quarter 2013 Financial Highlights
  • Total revenues for the first quarter of 2013 was $123.5 million.
  • Non-GAAP revenues1 for the first quarter of 2013 was $135.0 million, an increase of 24.4% over $108.5 million in the first quarter of 2012, driven by growth in our core Ancestry.com branded websites revenues, Archives.com revenues and AncestryDNA revenues.
  • Adjusted EBITDA2 for the first quarter of 2013 was $49.0 million, compared to $31.7 million in the first quarter of 2012. The adjusted EBITDA margin of non-GAAP revenues for the first quarter of 2013 was 36.3%, compared to 29.2% in the first quarter of 2012.
  • Net income (loss) for the first quarter 2013 was a loss of $(21.4) million for the first quarter of 2013 compared to net income of $13.5 million in the first quarter of 2012.
  • Free cash flow3 totaled $50.7 million for the first quarter of 2013 compared to $14.7 million for the first quarter of 2012.
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $72.0 million as of March 31, 2013.
  • Obligations under long-term debt totaled $968.3 million as of March 31, 2013.
Recent Business Highlights
  • Total subscribers across all websites, including Ancestry.com, Archives.com, Fold3.com and Newspapers.com, were approximately 2,700,000 as of March 31, 2013.
  • Subscribers of Ancestry.com branded websites totaled approximately 2,096,000 as of March 31, 2013, a 12.1% increase over the end of the first quarter of 2012 and a 4.0% increase from the end of the fourth quarter of 2012.
  • The Company ended the quarter with approximately 11.6 billion records. New collections added in Q1 included:
— Ireland, Lord Viscount Morpeth’s Testimonial Roll, 1841 — a 420-meter long scroll containing the names of more than 160,000 Irish men and women
— Canada, City and Area Directories, 1819-1906 — 8 million records
— UK BT27 Passenger Lists, 1890-1960 — 24 million records
— US State Vital Records — more than 2.3 million records
— Manchester Parish Records, 1541-1985 — 6 million records
  • Expanded our Interactive Image Viewer to nearly all record collections on Ancestry.com. This updated feature added in early 2012 to our census collections is an enhanced way to view records and interact with them on the site.
Conference Call & Webcast
Ancestry.com will host a conference call today at 3:00 p.m. MT (5:00 p.m. ET). Participants can access the conference call by dialing (719) 325-2463 approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.
Use of Non-GAAP Measures
The Company believes that non-GAAP revenues, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow are useful measures of operating performance because they exclude items that the Company does not consider indicative of its core performance. Non-GAAP revenue is calculated by adding the effects of non-cash adjustments to revenue from purchase accounting for the merger transaction. In the case of adjusted EBITDA, net income (loss) is adjusted for such expenses as non-cash adjustments to revenue from purchase accounting, interest expense, net; other (income) expense, net; income tax expense (benefit); non-cash charges including depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation expense. Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA the capitalization of content databases, purchases of property and equipment and cash (paid) received for income taxes and interest. However, these non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, revenue, net income and net cash provided by operating activities, or other financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation to the GAAP equivalents of these non-GAAP measures is contained in tabular form on the attached unaudited summary financial statements.
The Company uses non-GAAP revenues, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow as measures of operating performance; for planning purposes, including the preparation of the annual operating budget; to allocate resources to enhance the financial performance of its business; to evaluate the effectiveness of its business strategies; to provide consistency and comparability with past financial performance; to facilitate a comparison of its results with those of other companies; and in communications with its operating committee concerning its financial performance. The Company also uses non-GAAP revenues and adjusted EBITDA as factors when determining the incentive compensation pool.
About Ancestry.com
Ancestry.com LLC is the world’s largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 11 billion records have been added to the Ancestry.com sites and users have created more than 47 million family trees containing more than 5 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, the company operates several Ancestry international websites along with a suite of online family history brands including Archives.com, Fold3.com and Newspapers.com, all designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.
Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or to future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “appears,” “may,” “designed,” “expect,” “intend,” “focus,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “should,” “continue” or “work” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements include statements describing the Company’s subscriber base, its reach, its activities to enhance subscribers’ experience and deliver product innovations and enhancements, improved features and tools, its activities to develop and promote its products (including DNA services), its business outlook, its leadership position and its opportunities and prospects for growth, including growth in revenues, adjusted EBITDA and number of subscribers. These forward-looking statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date of this press release. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include a variety of factors, some of which are beyond the Company’s control. In particular, such risks and uncertainties include the Company’s continued ability to attract and retain subscribers; its continued ability to acquire content and make it available online; its ability to add tools and features and provide value to satisfy customer demand; difficulties encountered in integrating acquired businesses and retaining customers; the timing and amount of investments in the Company’s DNA service; market conditions; the Company’s substantial debt obligations as a result of the acquisition of the Company by a company controlled by the Permira funds and co-investors; the availability of cash and credit; the adverse impact of competitive product announcements; failure to achieve anticipated revenues and operating performance; changes in overall economic conditions; the loss of key employees; competitors’ actions; pricing and gross margin pressures; inability to control costs and expenses; and significant litigation.
These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
1 Non-GAAP revenues are defined as the revenues that would have been recognized, except for the write-down of deferred revenue to fair value as a result of the application of purchase accounting for the merger transaction.  
2 Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) plus non-cash adjustments to revenue from purchase accounting, interest expense, net other (income) expense, net; income tax expense (benefit); non-cash charges including depreciation, amortization, impairment of intangible assets and stock-based compensation expense; and expenses associated with the merger transaction.
3 Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA capitalization of content databases, purchases of capital and equipment and cash paid (received) for income taxes and interest.