Month: July 2013

FamilySearch Adds More Than 1.1 Million Index Records and Images from Belgium, Nicaragua, Spain, and the United States

FamilySearch has recently added more than 1.1 million images from Belgium, Nicaragua, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 379,887 index records and images from the U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-1979, collection, the 301,441 index records and images from the U.S., North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979, collection, and the 125,530 index records from the new United States, National Register of Scientific and Technical Personnel Files, 1954-1970, 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 atFamilySearch.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 LLC Reports Q2 2013 Financial Results

— Ancestry.com Subscriber Growth of 5% Year-Over-Year — — Q2 Non-GAAP Revenues $138 million, Up 16% Year-Over-Year — — Adjusted EBITDA Growth of 26% Year-Over-Year —
PROVO, Utah, July 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com LLC, the world’s largest online family history resource, reported financial results today for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.
“Ancestry.com performed solidly in the second quarter, and through the first half of 2013 we have seen steady subscriber increases and strong growth in non-GAAP revenue and adjusted EBITDA,” said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com. “These first half results have enabled us to de-lever our balance sheet more quickly than we had anticipated, while maintaining our commitment to healthy levels of investment. We remain focused on delivering unique content and user experiences through new features and advancements in our sharing, mobile and DNA capabilities.”
Second Quarter 2013 Financial Highlights
  • Total revenue for the second quarter of 2013 was $131.9 million.
     
  • Non-GAAP revenue1 for the second quarter of 2013 totaled $137.7 million, an increase of 15.6% over $119.1 million in the second quarter of 2012, driven by growth in our core Ancestry.com branded websites revenues, Archives.com revenues and AncestryDNA revenues.
     
  • Adjusted EBITDA2 for the second quarter of 2013 was $54.2 million, compared to $42.9 million in the second quarter of 2012. The adjusted EBITDA margin of non-GAAP revenues for the second quarter of 2013 was 39.4%, compared to 36.0% in the second quarter of 2012.
     
  • Net income (loss) for the second quarter 2013 was a loss of $(21.3) million, compared to net income of $20.0 million in the second quarter of 2012. The loss was primarily due to the non-cash amortization of acquired intangible assets of $46.3 million, due to the December 2012 transaction.
     
  • Free cash flow3 totaled $12.1 million for the second quarter of 2013 compared to $16.3 million for the second quarter of 2012.
     
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $32.6 million as of June 30, 2013.
     
  • Obligations under long-term debt totaled $930.8 million as of June 30, 2013.
Recent Business Highlights
  • Total subscribers across all websites, including Ancestry.com, Archives.com, Fold3.com and Newspapers.com, were approximately 2,715,000 as of June 30, 2013.
  • Subscribers of Ancestry.com branded websites totaled approximately 2,112,000 as of June 30, 2013, a 5.3% increase over the end of the second quarter of 2012 and up slightly from the end of the first quarter of 2013.
  • Launch of StoryView product experience that enables users to create a highly sharable narrative around a person in their family tree.
  • Launch of the Shoebox by Ancestry.com mobile app that empowers members to easily scan and upload photos and documents to the site using their mobile phones.
  • The Company added more than 100 million records during the quarter. New collections added in Q2 included:
  • National Archives and Records Administration records spanning 1812 Pensions to the Mexican Civil War — 450,000 records
  • Surrey, England Parish records, 1538-1987 — 2.6 million records
  • Puerto Rico Social and Population Schedule records, 1935-1936 — 1.7 million records
  • Canadian Pre-Confederation Military collections — 1.9 million records
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.   
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.
Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA capitalization of content databases, purchases of property and equipment and cash received (paid) for income taxes and interest.
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) 325-2362 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); and 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 received (paid) 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 (loss) 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 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 50 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. Information concerning additional factors that could cause events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements is contained under the caption “Risk Factors” in our Registration Statement on Form S-4 and in discussions in other of our Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
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.
 
 
ANCESTRY.COM LLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
     
     
   June 30, 2013  December 31, 2012
ASSETS (unaudited)  
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $32,645  $35,651
Restricted cash  60,170  83,863
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $539 and $661 at June 30, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively  10,800  11,089
Income tax receivable  28,817  41,799
Deferred income taxes  7,067  — 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  8,977  9,816
Total current assets  148,476  182,218
Property and equipment, net  33,175  27,813
Content database costs, net  266,587  270,984
Intangible assets, net  507,946  600,628
Goodwill  944,267  945,619
Other assets  42,760  50,192
Total assets  $1,943,211  $2,077,454
     
     
LIABILITIES AND MEMBER’S INTERESTS    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable  $13,157  $11,432
Accrued expenses  34,388  62,120
Acquisition-related liabilities  60,170  83,863
Deferred revenues  139,416  116,953
Current deferred income taxes  —   2,021
Current portion of long-term debt  34,105  6,432
Total current liabilities  281,236  282,821
Long-term debt, net  875,860  936,797
Deferred income taxes  207,720  235,167
Other long-term liabilities  6,005  13,323
Total liabilities  1,370,821  1,468,108
     
Commitments and contingencies    
Member’s interests  687,772  682,021
Accumulated deficit  (115,382)  (72,675)
Total member’s interests  572,390  609,346
Total liabilities and member’s interests  $1,943,211  $2,077,454
 
 
ANCESTRY.COM LLC 
 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) 
 (in thousands) 
         
   Successor   Predecessor   Successor   Predecessor 
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
   June 30, 2013   June 30, 2012   June 30, 2013   June 30, 2012 
   (unaudited) 
Revenues:        
Subscription revenues $122,708 $113,037 $236,482 $215,633
Product and other revenues 9,240 6,041 18,988 11,981
Total revenues 131,948 119,078 255,470 227,614
Costs of revenues:        
Cost of subscription revenues 21,661 16,403 43,404 32,697
Cost of product and other revenues 5,937 3,584 11,668 6,369
Total cost of revenues 27,598 19,987 55,072 39,066
Gross profit 104,350 99,091 200,398 188,548
Operating expenses:        
Technology and development 21,418 18,778 41,935 35,405
Marketing and advertising 34,364 34,944 71,322 74,493
General and administrative 13,456 12,733 25,275 23,375
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 46,296 3,224 92,682 5,785
Total operating expenses 115,534 69,679 231,214 139,058
Income (loss) from operations (11,184) 29,412 (30,816) 49,490
Interest expense, net (29,492) (128) (51,500) (294)
Other income (expense), net (161) 74 (712) 279
Income (loss) before income taxes (40,837) 29,358 (83,028) 49,475
Income tax benefit (expense) 19,557 (9,381) 40,321 (15,951)
Net income (loss) $(21,280) $19,977 $(42,707) $33,524
         
Comprehensive income (loss)  $(21,280) $19,578 $(42,707) $33,391
         
         
         
   Successor   Predecessor   Successor   Predecessor 
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  June 30, June 30,  June 30,  June 30, 
  2013 2012 2013 2012
   (Unaudited) 
Reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow to net income (loss) (in thousands):        
Net income (loss) $(21,280) $19,977 $(42,707) $33,524
Non-cash revenue adjustment 5,750  —  17,249  — 
Interest expense, net 29,492 128 51,500 294
Other income (expense), net 161 (74) 712 (279)
Income tax expense (benefit) (19,557) 9,381 (40,321) 15,951
Depreciation 4,055 3,606 7,828 7,153
Amortization 52,862 5,811 105,755 10,922
Stock-based compensation expense 2,740 4,056 3,186 7,003
Adjusted EBITDA $54,223 $42,885 $103,202 $74,568
Capitalization of content database costs (3,919) (7,538) (8,672) (12,678)
Purchase of property and equipment (9,667) (5,024) (13,190) (10,117)
Cash paid for interest (25,524) (83) (37,305) (200)
Cash received (paid) for income taxes (3,037) (13,904) 18,731 (20,524)
Free cash flow $12,076 $16,336 $62,766 $31,049
         
         
   Successor   Predecessor   Successor   Predecessor 
   Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended 
  June 30,  June 30,  June 30,  June 30, 
  2013 2012 2013 2012
Reconciliation of non-GAAP revenues to total revenues (in thousands):  (Unaudited) 
Total revenues $131,948 $119,078 $255,470 $227,614
Non-cash revenue adjustment (1) 5,750  —  17,249  — 
Non-GAAP revenues $137,698 $119,078 $272,719 $227,614
         
         
(1) Represents non-cash adjustments to revenue or 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.
 
ANCESTRY.COM LLC 
 Total Subscribers and Net Subscriber Additions 
(in thousands)
       
       
  Three Months Ended
  June 30, March 31,  June 30,
  2013 2013 2012
Total subscribers 2,112 2,096 2,005
Net subscriber additions 16 80 136

Findmypast.com.au releases new military records ahead of WWI centenary

Gallantry and bravery of servicemen highlighted in detailed records

Sydney, 23 July, 2013: In the lead-up to the centenary of the First World War next year leading family history site findmypast.com.au has announced that it has published its holdings of Royal Naval Division Service Records from 1914 to 1920. The records cover more than 50,000 officers and servicemen who joined the Royal Naval Division or went through the initial training program in London.

These service records are a potential goldmine for family historians researching their British ancestors’ military service in the First World War, listing biographical information, service history and some rather more unusual characteristics, such as swimming ability. The records demonstrate both the gallantry and tragedy displayed and endured by the servicemen.

General manager of findmypast.com.au Vicki Dawson states, “These records are an invaluable source of information for Australian family history enthusiasts with British relations. While they may be aware of their ancestors involvement in the defence forces these new records can shed a previously unavailable light onto their level of service and their physical and personal characteristics.”

The British Royal Naval Division comprised men of the Royal Navy and its reserve forces. In World War One, these men, who were not needed at sea, fought on land alongside the Australian army at both Gallipoli and the Western Front. Many of the men who signed up to the division were unable to swim yet were determined to commit themselves to service.

The records also provide snapshots of the tragedy and bravery encompassed in the First World War. Bernard Cyril Freyburg, the seventh Governor General of New Zealand, received his Distinguished Service Order while serving with the Royal Naval Division in the first two years of the war. His service record indicates that he saw service at both the Western Front and the Dardanelles (or the Gallipoli campaign), where he in fact played a crucial role.

By cross-referencing the Royal Naval Division Service records with findmypast.com.au’s vast British newspaper collection, an account of Bernard’s bravery was uncovered. During the initial landings of Allied troops at Gallipoli, Freyburg “volunteered to swim ashore alone in the dark” and throw flares at the Turkish defenders in order to distract them from the real landings. This act, described in the newspaper as one of the finest deeds of gallantry recorded during the Dardanelles campaign earned him a Distinguished Service Order. A later act of bravery earned his Victoria Cross at the Battle of the Somme.

For further information about the records please visit:
http://blog.findmypast.com.au/2013/07/new-records-royal-naval-division-service-records-1914-1920/

Royal Prince To Inspire 1,400 Extra Georges

  • The popularity of a royal baby’s first name increases by an average of 32 percent the year after the baby is born
  • Historically, Prince Andrew (born in 1960) has had the biggest impact on baby names

Provo, UT (24 July, 2013)Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, predicted today that George will be the fourth most popular baby name in the United Kingdom in 2014, with 1,400 more Georges to be born then in 2013. The birth of a royal baby typically increases the popularity of that name by almost a third (32 percent) the year following the birth. This equates to an average of 1,400 babies born in the UK in the year following a royal birth that are given the same royal name.[i]

With 4,340 George’s born each year in the UK, this trend predicts a total of 5,740 being born in 2014 – pushing it from 12th position to the fourth most popular baby name for a boy.

The royal naming pattern was uncovered through historical analysis of yearly birth indexes available on Ancestry.com, which detail every baby born in England and Wales from 1837 to 2005. The number of babies with the same name as a royal baby in the year of the royal’s birth was compared with the number in the following year. Every royal from King Edward VII (born in 1841) to Princess Eugenie (born in 1990) was included in the study.

“The royals are always trendsetters for the population, and Prince William and Princess Kate have been no exception,” said Michelle Ercanbrack, a Family Historian at Ancestry.com. “If history is any indication, we fully expect George to jump in popularity amongst UK baby names.”

The research from Ancestry.com uncovered these specific impacts of previous royal births:

  • Prince Andrew’s birth was found to have the biggest impact on expecting parents, with the number of ‘Andrews’ born in 1961 increasing by more than 5,500 compared to the year of his birth (1960). 
  • In terms of percentages, the birth of Zara Phillips saw the biggest rise in popularity. The number of ‘Zaras’ increased by 92 percent the year after her birth. 
  • Other royals who had a significant impact on baby names include Princess Anne (increasing the popularity of ‘Anne’ by 36 percent and 1,507 total babies), Princess Margaret (21 percent, 3,760 babies), Peter Phillips (31 percent, 2,607 babies), Prince William (23 percent, 2,581 babies) and King George VI (3 percent, 1,431 babies). 
  • Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie– the youngest of the royals- had only a small impact on the actual number of babies given their names. To the contrary, by percentage their births expanded the popularity of their names by 55 percent, 37 percent and 69 percent respectively. 
  • On average, the male royal babies were found to have a bigger impact in volume (resulting in an average of 1,664 instances of the name the following year, as opposed to 1,010 for girls), yet female royal babies had the largest impact by percentage, increasing the popularity of their names by 43 percent, compared to 24 percent for boys. An explanation for this difference could be that female royals have typically had more unusual names such as Eugenie or Zara that were not previously popular. 
In fact, the only royal born in the past 170 years whose name actually decreased in popularity after his birth was King George V, with the number of ‘Georges’ born in 1866 falling by more than 7,000 compared to the year before. A likely explanation for this disruption in the naming trend could be the impact of London’s cholera pandemic[ii] on the population, as many people perished during this period.

Derived from the Greek name Georgious, which means farmer, George has been a British staple name for centuries and is the third most common name for English monarchs (6 times) since 1066 after Henry (8 times) and Edward (8 times).

Table 1- The impact a royal birth has on the popularity of that name:

Royal Name

Birth Year

Number of babies with royal name during the year of birth

Number of babies with royal name the year after birth

Actual / percentage increase

King Edward VII

1841

8,930

9,661

+731 / 8%

King George V

1865

33,824

26,437

-7,387 / -21%

King Edward VIII

1894

22,221

22,926

+705 / 3%

King George VI

1895

41,653

43,084

+1,431 / 3%

Queen Elizabeth II

1926

5,839

6,209

+370 / 6%

Princess Margaret

1930

17,695

21,455

+3,760 / 21%

Prince Charles

1948

1,974

2,941

+967 / 49%

Princess Anne

1950

4,234

5,741

+1,507 / 36%

Prince Andrew

1960

12,534

18,081

+5,547 / 44%

Prince Edward

1964

1,597

1,624

+27 / 2%

Peter Phillips

1977

8,381

10,988

+2,607 / 31%

Zara Phillips

1981

166

320

+154 / 92%

Prince William

1982

11,058

13,639

+2,581 / 23%

Prince Harry

1984

695

1,076

+381 / 55%

Princess Beatrice

1988

231

317

+86 / 37%

Princess Eugenie

1990

39

66

+27 / 69%



*** Reduction caused by Cholera pandemic of 1866

About Ancestry.com


Ancestry.com 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 50 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 that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include our ability to acquire subscribers, to provide desired content and product features to our subscribers and to otherwise satisfy customer expectations. Information concerning additional factors that could cause events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements is contained under the caption “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report, and in discussions in other of our Securities and Exchange Commission filings. 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.




[i] Source: Research conducted by Ancestry.co.uk. Every royal whose birth year (and the consecutive year) are within the date range of 1841 to 2005 (which is the date range of the Birth Indexes available on the site) were included in the study. For a full list of royals see Table 1. The average increase in the number of babies born with a royal name after that royal was born in actual terms is 1,402, and in percentage terms is 32 percent. These average figures exclude King George V because the birth figures for the year after his birth are obscured by the Cholera pandemic of 1866.

[ii] Source: The Final Catastrophe – Cholera in London 1866, W. Luckin. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1081893/?page=1

APG Names New Staff for Professional Management Conference

Association of Professional Genealogists Names New Staff for Professional Management Conference

Anastasia Harman and Corinne Knasinski Bring Broad Event-Planning Experience to Premiere Professional Genealogy Event

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 23 July 2013…

WikiTree Adds DNA Feature

Members Connect to Compare DNA Tests and Confirm Genealogy

22 July 2013: WikiTree, a community of genealogists and family historians committed to growing a 100% free worldwide family tree, announces a new feature to help members and non-members confirm their genealogical research by comparing DNA test results.

DNA Test Feature at WikiTree

The new DNA feature allows a member to select from a drop-down list of tests available from vendors including 23andMe, Ancestry.com, Family Tree DNA and others.

WikiTree then automatically places notices on the profiles of the member’s ancestors where the test is relevant. This makes it easy to determine who could benefit by comparing DNA test results. It also highlights when a genealogical puzzle could be solved or a family line confirmed by taking a DNA test, along with who should take the test and which test they should take.

For example, WikiTree member Roland Arsenault believes he is a descendant of Pierre Arseneau (1650-1714). This ancestor profile now says “It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Pierre by comparing against Roland Arsenault’s FamilyTreeDNA yDNA test.” A separate page lists all the descendants who carry Pierre Arseneau’s Y-chromosome and could thereby help prove or disprove Roland’s genealogy.

Why WikiTree’s Features Matter for Genetic Genealogists

“WikiTree’s new DNA features help address one of the main limitations of the websites of commercial DNA companies,” writes Ray Jones, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Business Administration, University of Pittsburgh, and avid WikiTree member. “While these companies provide a wealth of scientific information on a person’s DNA results, privacy concerns and logistics limit what these companies can offer with respect to listing the family connections.”

Lorna Henderson, another beta tester of WikiTree’s DNA features, explained in her Runciman surname One Name Study blog why WikiTree is valuable for genetic genealogists: “WikiTree, a free, collaborative, one world tree site, has always been a site with great privacy controls and options, but has just become even better for those of us interested in genetic genealogy. … What WikiTree is doing is identifying family connected to the results, e.g. anyone on the direct male line of a Runciman who has taken a Y-DNA test, anyone on the direct maternal line [for a mitochondrial DNA test], and anyone within a conservative five generations of relationship to someone who has taken a FamilyFinder, or 23andMe, test.”

Genealogy and family history researchers are invited to visit WikiTree and discover for themselves WikiTree’s free, innovative tools for genealogists. WikiTree – Growing the World’s Family Tree.

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.

Registration Open for ISGS 2013 Fall Conference

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

22 July 2013 – Springfield, IL. Registration is now open for the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) 2013 Fall conference to be held on October 25 and 26 in Sandwich, Illinois, at the Timber Creek Inn & Suites and Convention Center. This year’s conference theme – The Way They Were – brings a variety of presenters offering 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.

Featured Speaker: George G. Morgan

Headlining a group of speakers is highly popular national and international genealogical speaker and professional genealogist, George G. Morgan. Morgan is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc. and is the author of ten landmark genealogy books, including the award-winning How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy. Morgan also co-hosts The Genealogy Guys Podcast, the longest running genealogy podcast on the Internet. He is Vice President for Membership Services for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and a member of many societies in the U.S. and U.K.

3rd Annual Youth Workshop

Once again, ISGS will hold its Annual Youth Workshop on Saturday, October 26, 2013 for those entering Grades 1-4 (9:30-10:30 am) and Grades 5-12 (1:30-4:00 pm). Visit http://bit.ly/isgs2013youth for more information and to register.

Register Today!

Visit the ISGS 2013 Fall Conference page at http://bit.ly/isgs2013conf for more information and to register today. 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).

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

FGS Announces New Board Appointments


Kirk Woosley Patton and McKelden Smith Named Directors

19 July 2013 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the recent appointment of Kirk Woosley Patton and McKelden Smith to its Board of Directors.

  • Kirk Woosley Patton of Fincastle Ancestry Research is a Kentucky native, born and reared in the horse farm country of the state’s central region. He is descended from at least seven generations of Kentuckians, who migrated to the Bluegrass State in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. Kirk is an attorney, having graduated from the University Of Kentucky College Of Law in 1993. Prior to law school, he earned his bachelor’s degree studying Kentucky and early United States history and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa for his undergraduate work. Kirk practiced law in his native state for eighteen years before moving to Colorado in 2011, at which time he combined his love for history and the law to become a professional genealogist. Kirk currently is chair of the FGS Bylaws Committee and is president of the Castle Rock Colorado Genealogical Society. He is an active member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and its chapters in Kentucky and Colorado. Kirk is also a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors.
  • McKelden Smith became president of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in 2009. He is a director of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of New York; a trustee of Boscobel Restoration, Inc. in Garrison, New York; a director of the New Canaan (CT) Preservation Alliance; and founding member of the New Canaan Shred Dogs. McKelden is the author of Great Estates of the Hudson River Valley (1998), Matisse & Chagall at the Union Church of Pocantico Hills (1999) and the forthcoming William & Sarah McKelden, Immigrants from County Monaghan, Ireland and Five Generations of their Descendants. McKelden has a BA from Williams College and an MBA from Columbia University. His business background includes advertising, marketing, and museum management.

D. Joshua Taylor, President of FGS states, “The Federation brings together so many talented individuals . . . I am delighted to have Kirk and McKelden join the FGS Board.”

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

Hack Genealogy: A New Genealogy and Technology Resource


Repurposing today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy

17 July 2013 – Chicago, IL. Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee announces the debut of Hack Genealogy, a new resource for the genealogy industry and the growing community of genealogy and family history enthusiasts.

Hack Genealogy is about “repurposing today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy” and a little bit more. Hack Genealogy is more than just a list of resources: It provides information on emerging technology inside and outside the genealogy industry.

Hack Genealogy is not merely about surviving the overwhelming presence of new and emerging technologies . . . Hack Genealogy is about genealogy and technology success in its many facets.

What Will You Find at Hack Genealogy?

Here are the features to be offered at Hack Genealogy over the coming months:

  • Cool GenStuff: Each day we’ll provide a curated list of the latest information about genealogy that deserve your attention.
  • Discussions and Issues: We’ll discuss issues important to the genealogy community including education, self-publishing, sharing research and more.
  • Education and E-Guides: Through the use of webinars, e-guides, Google+ hangouts and other innovative educational technologies, Hack Genealogy seeks to educate genealogists on the latest technologies.
  • GenBiz Buzz: Learn how others have succeeded with their genealogy and family history-related business and the tools they used to succeed.
  • Interviews: We’ll ask a variety of players in the genealogy landscape this question: How Do You Hack Genealogy? to learn more about how technology is being repurposed to expand the family history experience.
  • Product Reviews: Reviews of the latest products and services including software, mobile apps and more.
  • Resources: A listing of the best tools for every aspect of genealogy from research to sharing photos to writing and publishing your family history.

How Hack Genealogy Got Started

Hack Genealogy takes its inspiration from the Technology and Genealogy group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/techgen/) started by Susan Petersen in late 2012. As an administrator of the group, Thomas MacEntee – creator of GeneaBloggers and High-Definition Genealogy – realized that the questions asked by group members and the great content shared was reaching only the Facebook audience. Hack Genealogy is a way to get more genealogists and family historians to discuss the use of technology in a non-threatening, easy-to-understand environment.

We hope you’ll travel along with us on this journey of discovery in the genealogy and technology fields.

About Hack Genealogy

Hack Genealogy (http://hackgenealogy.com) is a technology resource for the genealogy community with a focus on “repurposing today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas MacEntee is the driving force between Hack Genealogy whose goal is to provide information on emerging technology inside and outside the genealogy industry.

Follow Hack Genealogy on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/HackGenealogy), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/hackgenealogy) and at http://hackgenealogy.com.

About Thomas MacEntee

Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogy research and as a way to connect with others in the family history community. When he’s not busy writing blog posts, organizing the 3,000+ members of GeneaBloggers, teaching online genealogy webinars and more, Thomas MacEntee is busy in his role as “genealogy ninja.” Stealth is not easy, but he manages to get the inside track on emerging technologies and vendors as they relate to the genealogy industry. After being laid off from a 25-year career in the tech industry in 2008, Thomas has been able to “repurpose” his skill set for the genealogy community and loves to see other genealogists succeed, whether it is with their own research or building their own careers in the field.