Month: September 2015

BCG Webinars Now Available On Line; October 9 Talks at Church History Museum in Salt Lake

Six top genealogists will give free lectures during the day beginning at 9 A.M. Friday, October 9, at the Church History Museum Auditorium in Salt Lake City. Details at http://BCGcertification.org/blog on September 30. This is a live event with no recording. Speakers and topics:

  • Michael Hait on “reasonably exhaustive research,”
  • Jeanne Larzalere Bloom on researching women,
  • Judy G. Russell on DNA,
  • Michael Ramage on forensic genealogy,
  • Elizabeth Shown Mills on the lessons from the case of Margaret’s baby’s father, and
  • Thomas W. Jones on when newfound evidence overturns a proved conclusion.

For those who can’t attend, nine other talks, recent BCG webinars (two free), are now available on line by Baker, Bittner, Bloom, Hait, Jones, McMillin, Morehead, Powell, and Russell. Details at http://BCGcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars

“We are pleased to offer these educational opportunities to the community,” said President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG. “The Board for Certification of Genealogists strives to foster public confidence in genealogy by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics. Educating all family historians of every level is part of this mission.”

For questions or more information contact office@BCGcertification.org.

Southern California Genealogical Society – Genealogy Jamboree Call for Presentations Extended!

Genealogy Jamboree 2016 Conference Call for Presentations47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree Jamboree Extension Series WebinarsThe Southern California Genealogical Society announces the extension of the Call for Presentations f…

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Announces Publication of The Great Migration Directory by Award-Winning Genealogist Robert Charles Anderson

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Announces Publication of The Great Migration Directory by Award-Winning Genealogist Robert Charles Anderson



The Latest Work in a Series of Early American Genealogical Resources by Anderson Is One of the Most Important to Be Published on New England

Study Estimates 95% of All People in New England Enumerated in First U.S. Census Trace Their Ancestry to Great Migration Immigrants

September 22, 2015—Boston, Massachusetts—New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has announced the publication and release of the latest work by Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Directory, Immigrants to New England, 1620–1640: A Concise Compendium. A nationally celebrated scholar of early American immigration, history, and genealogy, Anderson has served as Director of NEHGS’s Great Migration Study Project since its beginning in 1985.

This new publication from NEHGS, in a series of works documenting the Great Migration, is a complete survey of all individuals known to have come to New England during the Great Migration period, 1620–1640. Because previous works focused on the migration through 1635, this new work covers individuals not included in previous Great Migration compendia. Each entry provides critical data, including identification of the head of each household, English or European origin (if known), date of migration, principal residences in New England, and the best available sources of information for the subject. The product of decades of painstaking research, The Great Migration Directory is one of the most important genealogical sources ever published for New England.

Under the leadership of Robert Charles Anderson, the Great Migration Study Project has aimed to compile authoritative genealogical and biographical accounts of every person who settled in New England between 1620 and 1640. The project has produced important findings on migration patterns, early records, life in seventeenth-century New England, and more. A number of volumes of research have been published by NEHGS throughout the life of the project—segmenting immigrants and their profiles by arrival date or other category. This new publication—for the first time—brings the names of all immigrants together into a single volume.

The Great Migration is the term used for the movement of Europeans, mostly English men, women, and children, to New England between the sailing of the Mayflower in 1620 and the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1640. During that period, according to Anderson’s research, about 20,000 immigrants crossed the Atlantic—approximately 4,500 families—most of them between 1634 and 1640. Anderson noted, “It has been estimated that of all the people who were in the 1790 Census in New England, 160 years later, 95% traced their ancestry to the people who came in that 20-year period.” In twelve volumes published over the last two decades, the Great Migration Study Project has presented detailed genealogical and biographical sketches for nearly half of these immigrants, covering the years from 1620 to 1635.

Anderson explained, “This new volume, The Great Migration Directory, takes a different approach from previous work, providing concise entries for all immigrant families for the entirety of the Great Migration, from 1620 to 1640. Each entry contains the best treatment of that immigrant in the secondary literature, providing citations which provide evidence for the statements made in the entry.”

NEHGS Publishing Director Penny Stratton stated, “Perhaps what makes this new publication so valuable to researchers is the methodology to tighten the accuracy of the list of those included in the directory, employing a three-step process, which he thoroughly details in this text.” Over the years, other authors of genealogies have erroneously deduced that certain individuals immigrated during the Great Migration. Referring to those inaccuracies, Stratton continued, “Anderson’s work in The Great Migration Directory includes only those for whom clear evidence exists of their arrival by 1640.”

The Great Migration Directory, Immigrants to New England, 1620–1640: A Concise Compendium is available through The Bookstore at NEHGS, with easy access through the website of New England Historic Genealogical Society at AmericanAncestors.org/store. (490 pp., $64.95)

About Robert Charles Anderson

Robert Charles Anderson, Director of the Great Migration Study Project at NEHGS, was educated as a biochemist and served in the United States Army in electronics intelligence. In 1972 he discovered his early New England ancestry and thereafter devoted his time and energies to genealogical research. He published his first genealogical article in 1976, and about the same time began to plan for what eventually became the Great Migration Study Project. In 1983 he received a master’s degree in colonial American history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Anderson was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in 1978 and has served as Secretary and President of that organization. He became a Contributing Editor of The American Genealogist in 1979, Associate Editor in 1985, and Coeditor in 1993. He has been an editorial consultant to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register since 1989 and is also on the editorial board of the Mayflower Descendant. As Director of the Great Migration Study Project, Anderson edits the Great Migration Newsletter and is the principal author of all publications arising from the project. In 2015, Anderson was given the Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources by the National Genealogical Society (NGS) for his 2014 book Elements of Genealogical Analysis also published by NEHGS.

Genealogy website RootsPoint announces the Fondo Colonial archive image collection for Hispanic Heritage Month

One-of-a-kind collection of 17th-19th century archival records available for free



HENDERSON, NV—(September 22, 2015)– Genealogy website RootsPoint.com, in collaboration with the Hispanic Heritage Project, announced today free access to the Fondo Colonial collection from the Archivo Históricos Municipal de Hidalgo del Parral (Parral Archive). The browsable collection of more than 77,500 digitized images available on the RootsPoint website spans the period between 1611 and 1821 and contains civil colonial records of the Province of Nueva Viscaya. Today, this area consists of the states of Chihuahua, Durango, Sonora, Sinaloa and part of Coahuila, Mexico. Images include records of the government, finance and treasury, church, militia, notaries and protocols.


“The Fondo Colonial represents the written culture of Hispanic America through the last few centuries,” commented Carlos Yturralde of the Hispanic Heritage Project. “Within it, one gets a sense, not only of the daily goings-on within the Spanish colonies, the marriages, the commerce and the births and deaths, but one also catches glimpses of the evolution of Hispanic ways of life transforming into what they are today.” Yturradle also added that the Fondo Colonial helps individuals see the past and the present become one through the documents, and gain a stronger and deeper sense of who they are.


The Fondo Colonial collection is one of the most important archival collections in North America with its records pertaining to the history of the people of Spain, Mexico, the southwestern United States, and the many indigenous nations of the region. Digitization of additional records is ongoing, promising to preserve these one-of-a-kind archival records for generations of researchers. More information about the collection can be found on the Fondo Colonial collection webpage on RootsPoint.

About RootsPoint

RootsPoint is an online community for genealogical/family history information and resources. The RootsPoint website features the 1940 United States Federal Census and the 1841- 1901 UK Census as well as additional collections including histories, military, and immigration records. RootsPoint’s GenMall provides a one-stop shop for genealogy books and resources.

Visit us at: http://www.rootspoint.com
Follow us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/rootspoint
Follow us on Twitter: @RootsPoint

About Hispanic Heritage Project

Founded in 1992, the Hispanic Heritage Project began as part of the Friends of the Escondido (California) Public Library to raise funds for purchasing books on the Spanish Colonial Period for the Library’s Pioneer Room. Through fundraising and organizing efforts the Project has expanded its work to make available online Hispanic historical documents to researchers. The Project supports digitization and access efforts for Mexican archives by supplying equipment and funds. Much needed resources allow repositories to preserve and digitize materials ensuring their availability to researchers worldwide. Repositories the Project has assisted include the Hidalgo de Parral municipal archive, the Parral Diocese Archive, the parish of San Bartolome in Valle de Allende, the Institute of Historical Investigations at the University of Juarez in Durango, and the Historical Archive of Colima. Efforts to digitize archival records and make them available for free to researchers continues with the help of donations and sponsorships. Information about the Hispanic Heritage Project’s work and publications can be found on their website http://www.hh-p.org/home.html.

Contact

RootsPoint
info@rootspoint.com
801-906-9517

Records from New York’s Largest Genealogical Organization Now Available to Search at Findmypast

Findmypast is now the home of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society’s eLibrary, offering millions of records from New York and across the United States.

Fascinating NYG&B record sets now available to search at Findmypast

Findmypast and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) have today, 18 September 2015, made thousands of documents and records from the society’s eLibrary available to search online at Findmypast.

The NYG&B eLibrary, newly available online, is comprised of a growing collection of extraordinary record sets. The most important is the entire run of the NYG&B Record. The Record has been in publication since 1870 and is the second-oldest genealogical journal in the United States. For the past 145 years, it has solved genealogical problems, provided compiled genealogies, published transcriptions of original records and offered research guidance to the many families who have contributed to the rich diversity of what is now New York State.

Karen Mauer Jones, editor of the NYG&B Record, said, “Making the Record searchable on Findmypast significantly increases the utility of what is certainly the single most important scholarly resource that exists for people researching New York families.” Other collections range from census fragments unpublished elsewhere, to marriage & death abstracts, baptism registers and fascinating historical diaries.

Findmypast’s partnership with the NYG&B has provided additional membership benefits for one of the United States’ oldest genealogical organizations, as members can now explore the society’s online collections using Findmypast’s powerful search and browsable image viewer.

The partnership has also provided Findmypast with a stream of exciting new content to further expand their growing US record collections, allowing customers access to publications and records from the state of New York spanning more than three centuries. Over 32,000 scanned colour images of records, books, abstracts, inventories and publications held by the Society can now be explored by Family Historians anywhere in the world.

The NYG&B is the most authoritative source for research on New York families and families with New York connections. Founded in 1869, it is the largest and only state-wide genealogical society in New York.

McKelden Smith, president of the NYG&B, said, “The availability of the NYG&B digital collections on Findmypast radically improves the ability of NYG&B members to search this important material, and gives access to this material to subscribers of Findmypast. It also gives NYG&B members access to the United States and Canadian collections on the Findmypast website as a benefit of membership. Our ongoing working relationship with Findmypast will result in continual improvements to search capability and to growth in the New York digital collections. This is a leap forward for patrons of both the NYG&B and Findmypast.”

The records released today mark the first phase of Findmypast’s partnership with the NYGB. The eLibrary collection available at Findmypast will eventually contain millions of records from across the United States. Further updates will made in early 2016.

NYG&B record sets now available to search at www.findmypast.com include:

  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record
  • Brewster Collection, The Female Descendants of Elder William Brewster
  • Harlem Cemetery, Dutch Church Disinterments 1869-1875
  • New York City Surrogate’s Office, Abstracts of Inventories 1730-1752, 1775-1786 (Abstracts of Inventories Filed in the Surrogate’s Office, New York City (New York County)
  • New York City, Reverend Schneider’s Baptisms 1869-1906
  • New York Dutch Church Baptism Index 1639-1675
  • New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Digital Book Collection
  • New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Family Bibles
  • New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Member Biographies
  • New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, Church records survey
  • New York Researcher
  • New York State Cemetery abstracts
  • New York State Census 1855, New York City Ward 17
  • New York State religious records 1716-1914
  • New York State, Work Projects Administration, Archive inventories & abstracts
  • New York, Flushing Marriage & Death abstracts 1847-1870
  • New York, New Amsterdam Minutes of the Orphanmasters 1655-1663
  • United States, Diaries of John E. Lewis 1880-1956

A full list of all sets included in this initial phase can be accessed by visiting Findmypast’s dedicated NYG&B page.

About Findmypast

Findmypast is an international leader in online family history and genealogy research with customers and operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. Its searchable online archive includes over two billion family history records, from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and making family connections.

Findmypast has an unrivalled record of innovation in the field of family history, and works closely with the genealogy community, including local libraries, archives, societies, and other organizations from around the world, to preserve, digitize, and provide access to historical records. Findmypast’s historical records, advanced search tools and accurate data work together to help both professional and budding genealogists discover, explore and share their family stories.

About the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society has been a primary resource for research on New York families since 1869. The Society’s mission is to help people of all backgrounds find their places in American history through family history and genealogy. The NYG&B offers educational programs, including a biennial, three-day statewide conference; two essential quarterly publications, including its scholarly journal, the NYG&B Record; and extensive resources online at NewYorkFamilyHistory.org. In January 2015, the NYG&B published its monumental, 856-page New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer, the first and only comprehensive guide of its kind in the United States.

BCG Offers a Free Day of Quality Genealogy Education October 9 in Salt Lake City

Top genealogists Michael Hait, Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, Judy G. Russell, Michael Ramage, Elizabeth Shown Mills, and Thomas W. Jones will present six one-hour lectures hosted by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City Friday, October 9, between 9 AM and 5 PM. The lectures are free and open to the public, sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. The board is an independent certifying body and author of the updated 2014 Genealogy Standards.

Times, topics, and speakers:

9:00 – “What Is ‘Reasonably Exhaustive Research’?” Michael Hait, CG

10:15 – “The Art of Negative Space Research: Women,” Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG

11:30 – “After the Courthouse Burns: Rekindling Family History Through DNA,” Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

1:30 – “Forensic Genealogy Meets the Genealogical Proof Standard,” Michael Ramage, JD, CG

2:45 – “Margaret’s Baby’s Father and the Lessons He Taught Me (about Illegitimacy, Footloose Males, Burned Counties & More)” Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA

4:00 – “When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion?” Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL

“Whether you stop in for one lecture or all six, you will learn more about how to apply good methodology to your own family research,” said President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG. “The Board for Certification of Genealogists strives to foster public confidence in genealogy by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics. Educating all family historians of every level is part of this mission.”

This is a live event only, nothing will be recorded or on line. Some of these talks have been given in other venues – those recordings may be available.

For questions or more information contact office@BCGcertification.org.

CG, Certified Genealogist, CGL, and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluations. The board name is a trademark registered in the US Patent and Trademark Office.

New FamilySearch Collections Update: Week of September 14, 2015

Mama Mia! The Italian records continue to expand this week with new collections for Italy Arezzo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1314-1934, Italy Enna Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1944, Italy Imperia San Remo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1805-1910, Italy Pescara Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1929. Brazil, New York, Utah, and Delaware also have some new content. Look for these and more by selecting the links below.

COLLECTION
INDEXED RECORDS
DIGITAL RECORDS
COMMENTS
155,186
56,492
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
207,577
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
0
68,721
New browsable image collection.
0
837,356
New browsable image collection.
0
233,646
New browsable image collection.
0
928,538
Added images to an existing collection
0
20,140
New browsable image collection.
0
1,054
Added images to an existing collection
12,570
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
2,758
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
0
2,068
Added images to an existing collection
0
12,446
Added images to an existing collection


Help Us Publish More Free Records Online

Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

About FamilySearch International

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.

Findmypast Announces Free Weekend 18-21 September 2015

FindMyPast Free Access Weekend 18-21 September 2015

  • Findmypast announces free access to all their historical records this weekend
  • Over 4 billion records available to everyone to search for free
  • Local subscribers granted World access, and World subscribers enjoy 3 days added to their subscription

London, UK, 16 September 2015 Findmypast has announced that this weekend, they will be opening up their archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. From 7am on Friday, September 18th to 7am on Monday, September 21st (EDT), absolutely everyone will have access to Findmypast’s comprehensive collections of historical records and innovative research tools, including:

  • Millions of records you won’t find anywhere else, including fascinating WW2 Prisoner of War records, millions of England & Wales Crime records and the incredible British in India collection.
  • Birth, marriage and death records dating back to the 18th century
  • The largest online collection of UK parish records, dating back to 1538
  • Historical newspapers from across the world, including more than 11 million British newspaper dating all the way back to 1710
  • The most comprehensive collection of UK military records anywhere online
  • The largest collection of Irish family history records available online
  • Passenger lists for ships sailing to and from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA
  • An easy to use online family tree builder, which allows you to import and export your tree if you’ve built it elsewhere

… As well as millions of other records that will give everyone the opportunity to explore their family history, and bring their past to life.

Extended access for existing users

It’s not only new users who’ll enjoy special family history research opportunities this weekend. Those with current Findmypast Local subscriptions (with an active Britain, Ireland, US & Canada or Australia & New Zealand subscription) will be able to access Findmypast’s historical World records during the free access weekend, and those with active World subscriptions will have an additional three days added to their subscription.

Find out more at Findmypast’s dedicated Free Weekend page.

Popular RootsTech Event Open for Registration



SALT LAKE CITY, 15 September 2015—FamilySearch announced today that registration for RootsTech 2016 is now open. RootsTech is a highly popular and growing global conference where people of all ages celebrate family and are inspired to share their memories and connections. The annual event attracts tens of thousands of participants worldwide. RootsTech 2016 will be held February 3–6 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The website for registration is RootsTech.org.

Attendees can expect a full lineup of inspirational keynote speakers, over 200 educational classes, exciting hands-on activities in the expo hall, and entertaining evening events, all designed to help celebrate families across generations! Exclusive early bird discount pricing is available now for full passes starting at just $149 and $169 for the RootsTech plus Innovator Summit pass. Passes for the Getting Started track start at $19 for a limited single day and $39 for a limited 3-day.

An exciting change comes to the class schedule for RootsTech 2016. Classes will now start earlier in the week, on Wednesday February 3, with the first class beginning at 1:30 p.m.

For RootsTech 2016, attendees can now use a new scheduling tool to build, edit, and print their class schedule at RootsTech.org. All RootsTech and Innovator Summit classes, including speakers, class titles, and descriptions, are now available within the scheduling tool. Attendees can begin to create and edit their schedules, and continue to edit them after registration. The online tool will sync with the mobile app available later this year.

As part of RootsTech, the Innovator Summit returns to offer developers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs access to the latest content and resources that provide insight on family history data, services, and inspiration for current and future projects.

Along with the Innovator Summit, the Innovator Showdown also returns to RootsTech 2016 and is even bigger than before. Innovators of all kinds in any industry are invited to compete with their latest hardware and software apps and services. The top six finalists will be invited to demo live onstage for over 23,000 people. The audience and a panel of renowned judges will decide the winners!

Registration for Family Discovery Day is also now open. The event takes place on Saturday, February 6, 2016, and is designed for families and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Members of the LDS Church are invited to register as families and groups up to 10 at a time. . This free one-day event includes devotionals, classes, interactive activities, and entertainment to help families and members discover, preserve, and share their family connections. Event details, including speakers and classes, will be made available soon at RootsTech.org.

About RootsTech

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

New FamilySearch Collections Update: September 8, 2015

New and old worlds collide in this extended collections update. View your Italian roots with the Italy Cremona Civil Registration (State Archive) 1744-1942 and Italy Bergamo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1901 added collections. Or discover your Texas roots through 1.3 million new marriage records added to the Texas County Marriage Index 1837-1977 collection. See the table below for additional records added this week.

COLLECTION
INDEXED RECORDS
DIGITAL RECORDS
COMMENTS
10,325
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
348,595
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
60,253
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
0
1,151,359
Added images to an existing collection
593
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
68,845
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
372,832
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
441,513
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
355,600
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
75,176
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
0
64,428
Added images to an existing collection
693,053
0
New indexed records collection
1,311,996
127,811
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
5,675
326
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
0
18
Added images to an existing collection
17
1
New indexed records and images collection

Help Us Publish More Free Records Online

Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

About FamilySearch International

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.

State Library of Arizona, FamilySearch partner to make genealogy records accessible

PHOENIX – Today, Arizona has joined 35 other states in making the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records genealogy resources available online via FamilySearch.org, the website for FamilySearch International, a nationally recognized nonprofi…

Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia Fall 2015 Conference

J. Mark Lowe, C.G., FUGA, nationally known genealogical speaker, author and lecturer, headlines GRIVA’s 2015 Fall Conference, Saturday, October 10 at Clover Hill High School, Midlothian, Virginia. “Planning for Success: Looking for Family in All the Right Places” features discussions on census, tax and probate records, and suggestions for planning a successful research project. For more details and registration form on this and other GRIVA activities, please see GRIVA.org. The Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia, an educational not-for- profit organization, was founded in 1981 to promote and encourage accurate genealogical and historical research.

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San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society: Genealogy Quest Into the Past Seminar

The San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society is sponsoring their 30th all-day seminar—“Genealogy Quest: Moving Forward into Our Past.”

It will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016, 8-4, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 520 Dana Street, San Luis Obispo, CA.

Nationally known speaker, J. Mark Lowe, will be presenting topics of how to find authentic records online, how to find land transactions, how to extract marriage records and why you need to check for divorce records. He will use a case study to show how to research a Civil War soldier.

Professional genealogist, Cafi Cohen’s presentation, “Genealogy Jump Start,” will help beginners. She will also demonstrate how to get the most out of Ancestry and Family Searcch.

A fee is charged for registration. For more information and registration:
http://slocgs.org/seminar2016.html

2016 RootsTech Innovator Showdown Offering $100,000 in Prizes!


Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (September 10, 2015)RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, is now accepting entries for the 2016 Innovator Showdown—a “Global Innovation Competition” for developers and entrepreneurs seeking an opportunity to impact the growing family history industry while competing for $100,000 in rewards. Innovator Showdown seeks to support, foster, and inspire innovation within the family history marketplace. The deadline for submitting to the 2016 Innovator Showdown is December 1, 2015. The winners will be announced at RootsTech 2016 on Friday, February 5(Go to RootsTech.devpost.com for more information).

In the premiere 2015 event, 70 talented and hopeful innovators vied for $25,000 in prizes. The success and excitement of last year’s competition has generated tremendous industry support and significantly increased the rewards. The 2016 Showdown on February 5, 2016, will offer total prizes of $100,000, making it one of the top innovator contests in the nation.

Showdown Calendar:

  • Submissions will be accepted from September 1 to December 1, 2015.
  • Sixteen finalists will be notified on December 16, 2015.
  • The Final Round will be on February 5 during RootsTech 2016 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

David Pugmire, the Director of the RootsTech Innovator Showdown, said, “I am really pleased to see the evolution of what this challenge has become today. We find “tech” in the very name of RootsTech, and the RootsTech Innovator Showdown is the biggest realization of the union between tech and family history, bringing the technologists and their cutting edge creations in front of worldwide attendees in a meaningful and exciting way.”

At the finals, in front of a huge audience of family history consumers, five industry judges, including genealogy, technology and business gurus, will hear the finalists make their pitches, then field questions before making their decisions. Once again, along with Judges’ Choice cash prizes of $20,000 for 1st Place, $14,000 for 2nd Place, and $6,000 for 3rd Place, the crowd will have the opportunity to cast their votes online and on their mobile phones for an impressive $10,000 People’s Choice Award. Additionally, $50,000 of highly sought after “in-kind” prizes will be awarded.

The 2015 Showdown winners represented a variety of family history categories from around the world:

  • 1st Place winner, StoryWorth, is a robust story recording service based in San Francisco.
  • 2nd Place winner, ArgusSearch, out of Germany, is an award winning handwriting recognition technology that can make transcribing handwritten records exponentially faster.
  • 3rd Place winner, Utah based GenMarketplace, makes getting professional help affordable in an e-market where family history professionals can bid on low cost consumer job postings online.

Entries for the 2016 Innovator Showdown can be made through http://rootstech.devpost.com/ and must include a video. Any platform is welcome, but projects must have a social or collaborative componeny.

About RootsTech

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

BCG free webinar on planning your education Sept. 15

“The Best Educational Plan for You: Sifting through the Options”

September is back-to-school month. What genealogical education will you seek? Confused by all the possibilities? Trying to make your budget and calendar work with your desires? Which opportunities best suit your learning style and experience level? What scholarships are available? We all realize that genealogical education (standards 82 and 83) is a part of becoming a better genealogist by learning about records and techniques, and updating ourselves in new concepts. Attend this webinar to learn more about various opportunities in order to develop your own personalized education plan tailored to your goals.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (“BCG”) will present “The Best Educational Plan for You: Sifting through the Options” a webinar by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, free to the public at 8:00 PM EDT 15 September 2015.

Seating is limited for this webinar. Please register early, and sign in early, to avoid disappointment.

The BCG is an independent certifying body and author of the 2014 Genealogy Standards.
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, is a western Pennsylvania researcher, lecturer, and co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She is the immediate past-president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists; an instructor for Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate course; and coordinator of Samford University Library’s IGHR “Professional Genealogy” course. She taught genealogy courses at local community colleges for fourteen years and has been a regional and national speaker for over twenty years.

“We are pleased to offer this informative webinar,” said BCG president Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG. “The Board for Certification of Genealogists strives to foster public confidence in genealogy by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics. Educating all family historians is part of this mission.”

There is no charge, but space is limited. Please register for Elissa Scalise Powell, “The Best Educational Plan for You: Sifting through the Options” before 15 September 2015 at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1651627362611248898

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For more information contact: office@BCGcertification.org.

Please visit http://bcgcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars to learn about BCG’s previous webinars.

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WWII Prisoners of War Records published online as Britain marks 70th Anniversary

Today, 4 September 2015, one million records of service men, women and civilians who were taken captive during World War II are published online for the first time at Findmypast.

The publication, in association with The National Archives, marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on all fronts on 2 September and the anniversary on 5 September of the liberation of the notorious Changi Prison camp, located on the eastern side of Singapore.

For the first time online, relatives and historians can search through the records of some of the most infamous POW camps of World War II. Included are the records for Stalag Luft III, the Nazi camp renowned for the mass escape by British and Commonwealth prisoners that inspired the film The Great Escape, and the Far East Prisoner of War camps immortalised in films such as The Railway Man.

The records cover the period 1939-1945 and contain the names, ranks and locations of Prisoners of War, along with the length of time spent in camps, the number of survivors, details of escapees and the nationalities of prisoners. Britons represent the largest number in the collection, followed by Dutch, Americans and Australians. In addition to this type of data, the collection comprises 360,000 images, including pages from personal diaries and photographs. Many official World War II records remain classified, making this an invaluable resource enabling members of the public to research the histories of relatives and those held captive during the war.

Prisoners of War 1939-1945 forms part of the wider Prisoners of War 1715-1945 collection. To find out more about these fascinating records, visit www.findmypast.com/prisonersofwar.

Included in the records are:

  • Ronald Searle, whose harrowing sketches depicting the inhumanity of life in the camps of the Far East are in stark contrast to the much-loved St Trinian’s cartoons for which he is most known
  • Immunologist Dr Bill Frankland: at 103 years old (and still a practising doctor), he is just one of many prisoners who did not speak of their experiences until very recently
  • Eric Lomax, whose defining account of life in the camps, The Railway Man, was made into a major feature film starring Colin Firth
  • The names of the 76 escapees from Stalag Luft III, immortalised in The Great Escape, grouped according to their fates
  • Archibald Henry Flanagan, father of the Australian novelist Richard Flanagan, whose haunting traumatic experiences as a Far East POW inspired The Road to the Deep North which won the Man Booker Prize in 2014
  • Accounts showing that the shooting of British POWs by the Nazi’s – in defiance of the Geneva Convention – was conducted at the ‘express personal orders’ of Hitler.

Paul Nixon, military expert at Findmypast, says: ‘Many of those who were captured during WWII endured barbaric conditions and found it difficult on their return to discuss the experience. Today’s publication allows the public to explore their story, and learn more about this dark period.’

David Langrish, Military Records Specialist at The National Archives says: ‘Extraordinary stories of ordinary men and women whose lives were caught up in the calamities of war have been told for years, but the online publication of these records makes it much easier for a wider audience to research this period and even find members of their own family. The National Archives are committed to widening access to our shared national records and the publication of these files is a significant development in facilitating this.’

About Findmypast

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the First World War, The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others.

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over two billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research.

In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitised records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States.

About The National Archives

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

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

ISFHWE Excellence-In-Writing Competition Winners Announced!

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the Excellence-in-Writing Competition. All entries were exceptional this year. Submission details for 2016 will be announced soon. For any questions on the competition, email Tina Sansone at competition@isfhwe.org.

ISFHWE’s Excellence in Writing Competition

Category 1 – Columns

1st: Ernest Thode, Ask Ernie
2nd: James M. Beidler, Roots & Branches: Painful, poignant visit to mentor’s grave
3rd: Maureen Wlodarczyk, Genealogy: It’s not a tree or a chart…it’s a story!
HM: Michael McKeag, Where to Finish? 1 – My Family History
HM: Carolyn Leonard, When the Cheering Stopped – the last years of Woodrow Wilson

Category 2 – Articles

1st: Barbara J Starmans, PLCGS, Married to the Army
2nd: Maureen Wlodarczyk, Grazia Fucci Lipari
3rd: George G. Morgan, Managing Your Speaking Engagements
HM: Sheri Hessick, MayDay! MayDay! Lost Behind Enemy Lines
HM: Vi Parsons, Root Cellar Preserves

Category 3 – Newsletters

1st: Michelle D. Novak, The Archivist
2nd: Stephen Gauss, Harriman Family Newsletter
3rd: Kathryn Manz, Penn in Hand
HM: Linda Vixie, Pike Peak Genealogical Society Newsletter
HM: James M. Beidler, Der Kurier

Category 4 – Unpublished Authors

1st: Elyse Hill, History Lessons Learned From a Birth Certificate
2nd: Wendy Wilson Spooner, Civil Registration and Census Development in Great Britain & America
3rd: Catherine Smith, In a Flash
HM: Louise A. Eckhardt, A Mystery within a Mystery
HM: Diane Buescher, Finding Elusive Ancestors in Early German Church Records

Category 5 – Unpublished Material/Published Authors

1st: David Harper, Corresponding Hearts
2nd: Robyn Smith, of “Reclaiming Kin” Genealogy Blog, Minty’s Legacy: A Black Family in Slavery and Freedom
3rd: Dave Strausfeld, Hudie Streisfeld and her life in the Austro-Hungarian Empire
HM: Ruth Randall, CG, Evidence of the Parentage of a Buffalo Solder: John Martin Daniels, Company I, 125th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
HM: Carolyn Leonard, Dutch Letters

Category 6 – Poetry

1st: Luanne Griffin, Going Home
2nd: Casey Lin Brown, If I’d Met You
3rd: Lisa Brahin Weinblatt, Great-Grandmother
HM: Phyllis Matthews Ziller, MLIS, Finding Sarah
HM: Kenneth R. Castle, PhD, They are Calling to You

Federation of Genealogical Societies and Genealogy Gems Team Up To Bring New FGS Membership Benefit

FGS Members Will Gain Access to an Affordable Solution for Programming Directors: Genealogy Gems for Societies

September 3, 2015 — Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and Genealogy Gems announced today their partnership which brings a convenient solution to society programming directors — Genealogy Gems for Societies — a national-level programming package that provides an even more affordable benefit to FGS Members.

This exciting new benefit provides a 25% discount on a complete 1-year package of Genealogy Gems for Societies subscription as well as a 10% discount on Lisa Louise Cooke’s best-selling book The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, Second Edition. FGS Members can access this innovative benefit by logging in to the Members-only Area on FGS.org for their discount code.

“FGS is excited to be partnering with Genealogy Gems,” said D. Joshua Taylor, FGS President. “The opportunity to provide educational benefits for our member societies enriches the entire genealogical community as societies adapt and grow to meet the needs of today’s members. This partnership offers FGS members access to a wide range of resources for their members and we look forward to working with Lisa Louise Cooke.”

Providing societies a cost-effective way to deliver quality family history video presentations at regular meetings by internationally renowned speaker Lisa Louise Cooke takes the headache out of programming.

“Having served on the program committee of my local genealogy society in the past, I completely understand the challenges they face,” said Lisa Louise Cooke, founder and owner of Genealogy Gems. “There are a limited number of quality speakers in any given geographical area, and it can be expensive to bring in speakers from out of town. We created Genealogy Gems for Societies to help solve that challenge. We’re excited to partner with FGS because they see the value in this service and we share the same commitment to supporting local societies. This is a new concept in genealogy programming, and we are here to help societies every step of the way.”

Additionally, Lisa will be doing a live webinar as part of the 2015 FGS Webinar Series for societies later this month. The webinar Utilize the Power of Video for Your Society’s Programming and Marketing Efforts will be recorded and available afterwards to FGS Members only. Stay tuned to The Voice blog for further details on how to register for it. If your society is not a member, join FGS today to start accessing the suite of benefits an FGS Membership offers today’s society.

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 and family history enthusiasts strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS visit fgs.org. You can find FGS on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on The Voice blog at http://voice.fgs.org.

About Genealogy Gems

Genealogy Gems is a genealogy and family history multi-media company founded in 2007 by Lisa Louise Cooke. Its flagship show, The Genealogy Gems Podcast, is the #1 genealogy podcast in iTunes, downloaded over 1.75 million times by listeners in 75 countries. Genealogy Gems delivers free quality genealogy content (podcasts, blog articles, weekly newsletter, and YouTube channel) to genealogy enthusiasts via the Genealogy Gems website and app (iOS, Android, Windows). Learn more about Genealogy Gems by visiting www.genealogygems.com, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GenealogyGems, Twitter @LisaCooke, and Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/lisalouisecooke.

NEHGS Salutes Labor Day with FREE Access to Databases on AmericanAncestors.org

Family Historians May Commemorate Labor Day by Working FREE on Family History on AmericanAncestors.org September 2 through September 9



Family Historians May Commemorate Labor Day by Working FREE on Family History on AmericanAncestors.org September 2 through September 9

September 2, 2015—Boston, Massachusetts—To commemorate the Labor Day holiday, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is granting FREE Access to a large group of databases within its popular Census, Tax, and Voter List category on AmericanAncestors.org, its data-rich website.

The Census, Tax, and Voter Lists category is a collection of 40 separate databases containing a range of resources to provide information about the families who resided in the New England states between the 18th and 20th centuries. Other broader databases help to trace families as they moved to other areas of the United States. And a handful of European databases within the collection can assist researchers attempting to further document their family’s heritage.

Included within the collection are transcripts of the U.S. Federal Census, 1790—1880, and a variety of state and town tax records. Because these records often carry occupational information, researchers might uncover their ancestors diligently at work.

These databases from NEHGS will be open with FREE access to the public beginning Wednesday, September 2, through Wednesday, September 9. Registration is required at AmericanAncestors.org as a FREE Guest User to gain access to these valuable resources. Guest User accounts allow web visitors to use a limited suite of AmericanAncestors.org databases and access web content such as making purchases from the online store. Unlimited access to all 450+ million records and to other benefits is available through membership at NEHGS.

Family historians may start their Labor Day research at AmericanAncestors.org/laborday.

Ancestry Launches Largest Online Collection of Wills and Probate Records in United States

More than 170 million documents from 1668-2005 now available exclusively on Ancestry;
New collection provides a wealth of deeper stories about ancestors’ lives

(PROVO, Utah) – September 2, 2015 – More than 170 million pages from the largest collection of wills and probate records in the United States is now available online exclusively on Ancestry. With searchable records included from all 50 states spread over 337 years (1668-2005), this unprecedented collection launches a new category of records for family history research never before available online at this scale the United States.

Until now, these records have only been available offline. Ancestry spent more than two years bringing this collection online, working with hundreds of different archives from individual state and local courts across the country and making a $10M investment to license and digitize the records. The documents cover well over 100 million people, including the deceased as well as their family, friends and others involved in the probate process. Ancestry expects to continue to grow the collection, with additional records available over the next several years.

“Ancestry has worked hard over the past decade, to make available a variety of collections that can help the most seasoned family history expert and novices alike learn more about their ancestors,” said Todd Godfrey, Vice President of Global Content. “Ancestry’s vast collection of billions of unique historic records makes it the only place online that can give people such a comprehensive view into their family’s unique history.”

Today, state and federal census records are the most commonly searched collections in family history research, offering a variety of information that is important for building out your family tree. Wills however are one of the most desired types of records, as they can be a treasure trove of information that provides insight into your ancestors’ lives, loves, land, and possessions.

“Wills can offer an incredible view into the lives of your ancestors, going beyond names and dates, and providing insight into their personality, character, achievements, relationships, and more,” said Godfrey. “Reading these records you will find a deeper level of understanding about who your ancestors were, who they cared about, what they treasured, and how they lived.”

There is something for everyone in the new U.S. Wills and Probate collection on Ancestry, whether you are an experienced family historian or new to the pursuit. Some examples of what can be found in the collection include:

  • Rich Stories – A deeper level of understanding is possible when you learn about the more intricate details of your ancestors’ lives through their eyes; details that can tell new or more compelling stories of their everyday existence, and perhaps, shed light on their character and personality, as well as important subtext that can reflect the type of lifestyle, education, and status an ancestor may have had through language or possessions.
  • New Discoveries – Whether valuable heirlooms, sizable estates, or meager but treasured belongings to pass down, the riches of your ancestor’s lives can be found in a will. Family research can be fun when you “follow the money” and see who wound up with what or even, to which charities or organizations a person’s estate was entrusted.
  • Friends and Family Members – Many additional names can be found in a will in addition to the deceased. Wills can reveal new family members you didn’t know about, and identify new connections, and tell more about the relationships between people mentioned in the will. Intriguing controversies can be seen as you read about those close to them who were included in the will, and those who were cut out.

With a collection that begins with wills from the mid 17th century running through the early 21st, last wishes and estates of notables citizens that helped shape the nation over the past three hundred years can be found in this new collection of Wills and Probates, including past Presidents, businessmen, entrepreneurs, sports legends, famous entertainers, artists and writers, scientists, and much, much more.

To celebrate the launch of the new U.S. Wills and Probates collection on Ancestry,, the collection along with all U.S. birth, marriage and death records, will be available to explore for FREE, September 2 (12pm MT) through September 7 (10pm MT).

About Ancestry

Ancestry is the world’s leading family history brand. Ancestry.com is the world’s largest online family history resource with more than 2 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 16 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 70 million family trees on the core Ancestry websites, including the flagship site www.ancestry.com and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of online family history brands, including Archives.com, Fold3.com, Newspapers.com, as well as the AncestryDNA product, sold by its subsidiary, Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, all of which along with its core Ancestry websites, are designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

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American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Announce Annual Family History Day: a Day of Discovery and Learning about Family History on Saturday, October 3, in Boston, Massachusetts



“Share the Story of a Lifetime” is a One-Day Seminar Which Will Orient Beginners and Intermediates Alike to the Fundamentals of Researching Family History

September 1, 2015 – Boston, Massachusetts – American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) are hosting a day of discovery and learning about family history on Saturday, October 3. From their headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, the NEHGS staff of expert genealogists, historians, writers, and researchers will bring their knowledge and expertise to the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts—where they invite the public to spend time learning about family history.

At Family History Day, themed “Share the Story of a Lifetime,” participants can learn the fundamentals of researching family history from some of the leading professionals in the field of genealogy. During this exclusive one-day seminar, NEHGS experts will demonstrate some of the best practices in genealogy and show patrons how to get the most from their prize-winning, data-rich website, AmericanAncestors.org. NEHGS staff will help all to explore new and essential resources, chat informally with participants, offer discounts on titles from the NEHGS bookstore, and share the latest happenings at NEHGS. A limited number of one-on-one consultations with NEHGS experts will be available throughout the day. At the day-long event, participants can connect with other family historians from all over Massachusetts and the New England and mid-Atlantic region.

With lectures and demonstrations, consultations, and exhibits—the NEHGS Family History Day program at the Sheraton Boston Hotel is packed with opportunities. NEHGS genealogists will present on a wide-variety of topics about “finding family stories”—in public and private records, military documents, and in the scientific analysis of DNA. Visit www.AmericanAncestors.org/fhd for a full schedule of the day’s activities.

The 2015 NEHGS Family History Day features the participation of findmypast, one of genealogy’s largest family history online resources for researching and building your family tree. Findmypast representatives will be with NEHGS at the Sheraton Boston all day—where participants will have an opportunity to meet them, view exhibits, and explore how findmypast.com can help with uncovering a family’s past.

Registration for Family History Day is $50 per person. Students with a valid ID can register at the discounted rate of $40 per person. Groups of five or more are also eligible for the discounted registration of $40 per person. Group organizers may call 617-226-1226 for more information about group registration. Space is limited, so an early registration is encouraged!

For those participants who are new to NEHGS and American Ancestors and who register for Family History Day events, a free open house and reception is being held on Friday, October 2, at the NEHGS library and archives at 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston. Space is available for the first 200 registrants and consultations will be available.

One-on-one consultations with NEHGS genealogists on Friday and Saturday are offered at $30 per person (25 minutes), and a separate registration is required. A limited number of consultations are available and are expected to sell out quickly.

“Family stories connect us to loved ones, the past, and each other. Whether new to genealogy or researching for years, we encourage the public to take this opportunity to discover their family story with the family history experts,” stated Ginevra Morse, NEHGS Director of Education and Online Programs and coordinator of the event for the Society.

Registration for Family History Day is open at www.AmericanAncestors/fhd.

FamilySearch Makes 2.7 Million Historic Records from the 1915 New Jersey State Census Freely Searchable Online


SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (September 1, 2015)—FamilySearch International has added more than 2.7 million searchable historical records from the 1915 New Jersey State Census to its free online collections. New Jersey records are highly sought after by family historians because the state was a popular settling point for millions of immigrants during the heyday of US immigration from 1892 to 1924. The 1885 and 1905 New Jersey State Censuses are also available, making these three online collections invaluable for researchers. You can search the 1915 New Jersey Census collection and more than 5.8 billion other free historical records at FamilySearch.org.

State censuses were typically taken mid-point between federal censuses. The 1915 New Jersey Census is halfway between the 1910 and 1920 federal censuses—a peak period of US immigration where millions of immigrants settled in the northeastern states to create their new homes and pursue their hopes and dreams in America. New Jersey took state censuses every 10 years from 1855 to 1915 to allocate the number of state legislators. The 1915 New Jersey State Census includes the names of each member of the household, location, gender, birth date (month and year) and birthplace. These state censuses can help researchers discover additional family members, migration patterns, and other important information.

The 1915 New Jersey collection contains 2,785,000 records spread across 21 counties and 565 municipalities. It was taken roughly two years before the US entered World War I and contains information about thousands of residents shortly before they went to war. The population of New Jersey was growing rapidly during this time, so this new index includes over 600,000 additional records compared to the 1905 state census.

This 1915 New Jersey Census includes several notable residents at the time, including:

  • Paul Robeson, the first black all-American football player, singer, and actor

FamilySearch International has the rights to publish the index created by its online volunteer community, but not the rights to publish the images owned by the state of New Jersey. Patrons can access the images by renting the microfilm containing their ancestor’s entry online for a nominal fee and viewing it at any of the more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries. The film number (noted as GS Film Number) can be easily located in the Person Details page of the census index for your ancestor on FamilySearch.org. The images on microfilm can reveal additional information, including marital status, citizenship, occupation, and whether homes were owned or rented.

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 130 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.