Month: October 2015

NEHGS Opens the Cemetery Gates with FREE Access

NEHGS’s Cemetery Collection on AmericanAncestors.org is FREE to search from October 30 through November 7


Your ancestors have been dying for you to uncover them—and NEHGS has opened the cemetery gates so you can start digging!


During Halloween, NEHGS offers family historians a FREE opportunity to uncover their ancestors.


NEHGS’s Cemetery Collection on AmericanAncestors.org is FREE to search from October 30 through November 7.

October 30, 2015—Boston, Massachusetts—“Your ancestors have been dying for you to uncover them. NEHGS has opened the cemetery gates so you can start digging!”

Just in time for the Halloween celebrations and to add some fun to ancestral research this holiday, AmericanAncestors.org and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) have made their complete collection of American cemetery databases accessible for FREE to guest users on their data-rich website.

The collection of more than 100 databases comprising more than one million records is accessible FREE from Friday, October 30, through midnight on Saturday, November 7. The collection includes cemetery transcriptions from New England and other states and was compiled from many different sources to create a unique group of cemetery offerings.

Registration at AmericanAncestors.org is required as a FREE Guest Member to gain access to these valuable resources. Guest User accounts allow web visitors to use a limited suite of databases on AmericanAncestors.org and to access web content such as making purchases from the NEHGS online store. Unlimited access to more than one billion online records on the website and to other benefits is through membership at NEHGS.

Family historians may start digging for their ancestors in these historic American cemeteries at: http://www.americanancestors.org/free-cemetery-databases.

The cemetery databases included in this special offering and FREE Access event are:

  • American Jewish Historical Society – New England Archives: Jewish Cemeteries in Massachusetts
  • Boston, MA: Old Cemeteries of Boston
  • Brooklyn, NY: Cemetery Inscriptions, 1686-1882
  • Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections
  • Charleston, SC: Inscriptions in Old Jewish Cemeteries, 1762-1903
  • Dedham, MA: Church and Cemetery Records 1638-1845
  • Gloucester, MA: Burials in Gloucester Cemeteries
  • New York: Long Island Cemetery Inscriptions, 1652-1910
  • North Andover, MA: Burials in Ridgewood Cemetery, 1848-1950
  • Northampton, MA: West Farms Cemetery
  • Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Database Index
  • Sharon, MA: Sharon Memorial Park Cemetery
  • Sterling, MA: Leg Cemetery Records
  • Westbrook, CT: Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Western Massachusetts: Jewish Cemeteries of Western Massachusetts

About American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society

The founding genealogical society in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) was established in 1845. Today it has a national collecting scope and serves more than 130,000 constituents through an award-winning website, AmericanAncestors.org.

NEHGS’s resources, expertise, and service are unmatched in the field, and their leading staff of on-site and online genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, Italian, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, Chinese, and Jewish research. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99–101 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, is home to more than 28 million items, including artifacts, documents, records, journals, letters, books, manuscripts, and other items dating back hundreds of years.

Findmypast Announces Launch of 1939 Register aka “The Wartime Domesday Book”

The 1939 Register will be launched online on November 2nd by Findmypast.com in association with The National Archives. Dubbed ‘The Wartime Domesday Book’, it is the most comprehensive survey of the population of England and Wales ever taken


The 1939 Register

Explore your world on the eve of war
41 million people recorded in one day on the eve of WWII

The 1939 Register will be launched online on November 2nd by Findmypast.com in association with The National Archives. Dubbed ‘The Wartime Domesday Book’, it is the most comprehensive survey of the population of England and Wales ever taken

On November 2nd 2015, the eagerly awaited 1939 Register will be launched online by Findmypast, a world leader in family history. Anyone can now discover their family, their home and their community on the eve of WWII. Until now, the most recent information available was the 1911 census. Owing to the 100 year rule, the 1921 census will not be released until 2022, while the 1931 census was destroyed in the war and the 1941 census was never taken. The 1939 Register therefore bridges an important 30-year gap in history.

In September 1939, WWII had just broken out. 65,000 enumerators were employed to visit every house in England and Wales to take stock of the civil population. The information that they recorded was used to issue Identity Cards, plan mass evacuations, establish rationing and co-ordinate other war-time provisions. In the longer term, the 1939 Register would go on to play a central role in the establishment of post-war services like the NHS.

Comprising 1.2 million pages in 7,000 volumes and documenting the lives of 41 million people, the 1939 Register opens a window to a world on the brink of cataclysmic change. Each record includes the names of inhabitants at each address, their date of birth, marital status and occupation. A wealth of contextual information, including period photographs never before seen online, infographics, region-specific newspaper articles and historical and contemporary maps, are personally tailored to each record, offering a rich and unique user experience unrivalled by any other family history research tool to date.

Findmypast has undertaken a monumental task in digitising the 1939 Register. Stacked end-to-end, the hard copy volumes would have reached twice the height of St Paul’s Cathedral. Work on conserving, scanning, transcribing and digitising the Register has been ongoing for more than a year. Despite the challenge of translating 65,000 unique sets of handwriting, including updates that have been made by hand up until 1991, Findmypast guarantees at least 98.5% accuracy of readable records. The result is a direct route to the past that will allow users to glimpse their family, their home and their communities in 1939, as they’ve never seen them before.

Paul Nixon, military expert at Findmypast says: “The 1939 Register is one of the most important documents of modern British history. It allows us to see where our relatives were living, with whom and what jobs they did at the start of World War II. To help people understand the period better and to create a picture of our world in 1939, we have added a range of contextual information to bring the records to life. Maps, photographs, newspapers, and infographics will immerse the user in the period and give a flavour of what life was like for our parents or grandparents.

Audrey Collins, family history records specialist at The National Archives says: “The release of the 1939 Register is one of the most important events in family history in a long time. The significance of these documents cannot be underplayed; they provide a snapshot of life on the eve of war. The online publication of the 1939 Register offers us the chance to understand where our families came from, who lived in our neighbourhood, and how it has changed over the years.

The 1939 Register is available online only at http://www.awin1.com/awclick.php?mid=2114&id=231341. The Register is free to search but there is a charge to view the records with different pay per view packages starting at £6.95. Owing to data protection, there will be some closed records at the time of launch, either because the individual recorded is still living and less than 100 years old or proof of death has not been verified. At time of launch 28 million records will be searchable. The Register will be updated weekly. Findmypast, working with The National Archives, will have an ongoing process to identify records which can be opened on proof of death provided either by matching against robust data sets or supplied by users. Records will also be opened as people reach the age of 100 years+1 day.

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 four 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 the 1911 Census which they digitised in association with The National Archives.

About The National Archives

The National Archives is one of the world’s most valuable resources for research. As the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and England and Wales they are the guardians of some of the UK’s most iconic national documents, dating back over 1,000 years. Their role is to collect and secure the future of the government record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible and available as possible. The National Archives brings together the skills and specialisms needed to conserve some of the oldest historic documents as well as leading digital archive practices to manage and preserve government information past, present and future.
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ http://www.legislation.gov.uk/

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FamilyTreeWebinars.com unveils next generation of online genealogy education

Legacy Family Tree announces updated genealogy education mobile-responsive site with new features now available for all 275 genealogy courses


New mobile-responsive site with new playlist, searching, browsing, and indexed jump-to features now available for all 275 genealogy courses

SURPRISE, Arizona; October 27, 2015—Millennia Corporation, a leader in family history software, today announced the release of a brand new responsive, mobile-friendly website for FamilyTreeWebinars.com, the leading source for online genealogy education. The new site makes it easy to find topics of interest among the now-275 courses in the library. Genealogists will now be able to watch courses on their smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices.

Visit http://familytreewebinars.com/video-detail.php?video_id=75 for a quick video tour.

Other new features include:

  • A new search tool to easily find courses.
  • Internal indexing of each individual course to allow easy access and jump to specific topics.
  • A new resume watching feature that lets members pick up where they left off.
  • A playlist to bookmark courses for future review.
  • Presenter pages that feature the individual instructor’s courses and materials.

“We’re very excited to make learning more accessible to the genealogy community and our members,” explained Geoff Rasmussen, host of the webinar series. “Genealogists will be able to find what they need more quickly and watch on the platform of their choice. And they won’t have to worry about remembering where they left off. They can focus on increasing their genealogy skills and less on navigating the website.”

Rasmussen will demonstrate the enhancements and changes during upcoming free live webinars which are typically held at 2pm eastern every Wednesday. Website users will benefit from the changes immediately and will appreciate the upgrades that were made specifically with them in mind.

The new website can be found at www.familytreewebinars.com

About Millennia Corporation

Millennia Corporation is located in Surprise, Arizona. The company strives to provide top-quality genealogy software so people can record and track their family history. It is also the publisher of the award-winning FamilyTreeWebinars.com webinar series, now with 275 courses of quality genealogy education. For additional information on Millennia or the products they offer visit www.legacyfamilytree.com.

THE GREAT CANADIAN GENEALOGY SUMMIT

21-23 OCTOBER 2016 | Courtyard by Marriott Brampton Derived out of a passion for family history, three Canadian genealogists banded together to develop a conference structure which has a mission to promote Canadian genealogists by providing them a…

Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces 2016 FREE Webinar Lineup

ISGS 2016 Webinar Series

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is happy to announce the continuation of its popular FREE monthly webinar program in 2016. The ISGS 2016 Webinar Series would not be possible without the generous contributions received throughout 2015 and the generous sponsorship provided by FamilySearch.

Registration for the 2016 webinars is now open! You’ll find a fantastic lineup of presentations and speakers and we hope you will join us for a wonderful educational experience.

The ISGS webinars, which are live lectures/presentations that you can attend via a computer with an internet connection, are held as a live broadcast on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 PM Central. The live broadcast of each webinars is FREE to the public. ISGS members who are unable to attend the live broadcast are able to access recordings of all past webinars through the Members Section of the ISGS website, to watch at their convenience.

ISGS 2016 Webinar Schedule

So what does 2016 have in store? Here is our amazing lineup!

January 12 – Organizing Your Genealogy Research Process
Presenter: Drew Smith
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8573458780274373378

February 9 – Reconstructing Black Community Life Through Benevolent Societies
Presenter: Angela Walton-Raji
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8291948619192469250

March 8 – Researching in Archives & Libraries: Do’s and Don’ts
Presenter: Melissa Barker
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1846416843611494402

April 12 – Letters, Ledgers, and Lodge Books: Finding Ancestors with Ethnic Resources
Presenter: Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3470676992813425922

May 10 – Polish Immigration to America – When, Where, Why and How
Presenter: Stephen Szabados
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9172454023411073281

June 14 – Using Social Media to Break Through Brick Walls
Presenter: Amie Tenant
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7540625935675352321

July 12 – Special Delivery: Using US Postmaster Documents in Family History Research
Presenter: Jean Hibben, CG
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2607347059774722305

August 9 – Misbegotten Children; Tracing the Family Lines of the Illegitimate
Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1406973931847993857

September 13 – Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records
Presenter: Amy Johnson Crow, CG
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5222129746649412097

October 11 – Midwestern Gems: Back Issues of Genealogical, Historical and Sociological Journals
Presenter: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGS
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4021548811025038081

November 8 – Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis
Presenter: George G. Morgan
Registration: Stay tuned!**
** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance. Check back after November 8, 2015, for the registration link.

December 13 – Without the Hint – There is No Story
Presenter: Bernice Alexander Bennett
Registration: Stay tuned!**
** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance. Check back after December 13, 2015 for the registration link.

Additional Webinar Information

  • All webinars take place at 8:00 PM Central time.
  • Don’t forget to spread the word! Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer for the 2016 series can be accessed at http://bit.ly/isgs2016webinarbrochure.

Again, a big thank-you to all of the webinar donation fund contributors and to FamilySearch for sponsoring the entire 2016 webinar series! We couldn’t do it without you!!

The 2016 ISGS Webinar Series is sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).

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Ancestry.com LLC Reports Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results

— Third Quarter Revenues $171.5 Million, Up 10.9% Year-Over-Year;

Up 13.1% on Constant Currency Basis —

— Third Quarter Adjusted EBITDA $67.4 Million, Up 21.5% Year-Over-Year(1) —
PROVO, Utah, Oct. 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) –– Ancestry.com LLC (the “Company”), the largest provider of family history and personal DNA testing, reported financial results today for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.
“Our third quarter results benefited from strong business fundamentals and good execution, highlighted by double-digit year-over-year growth in revenue, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow,” said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com. “Our subscriber base remains healthy, engagement trends are solid following our staged roll-out of the New Ancestry website and customer experience, and AncestryDNA is now the world’s largest consumer genomics database with sales in the quarter doubling relative to last year. We are poised to deliver outstanding performance in 2015, and the strategic investments we’ve made in the business position Ancestry for attractive new opportunities in 2016 and beyond.”
Third Quarter 2015 Financial Highlights
  • Total revenues for the third quarter of 2015 were $171.5 million compared to $154.7 million in the third quarter of 2014 driven by growth in revenues from AncestryDNA and the core Ancestry websites. On a constant currency basis, third quarter 2015 total revenues would have increased 13.1% year-over-year.
  • Net loss for the third quarter of 2015 was $(0.6) million compared to a net loss of $(1.2) million in the third quarter of 2014.
  • Adjusted EBITDA(2) for the third quarter of 2015 was $67.4 million compared to $55.9 million in the third quarter of 2014. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2015 included $1.5 million of professional services fees related to litigation and costs associated with a return-of-capital distribution declared in August 2015 to our parent. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2014 included $0.8 million of professional service fees related to litigation.
  • Free cash flow(3) totaled $44.2 million for the third quarter of 2015, compared to $31.0 million for the third quarter of 2014.
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $114.1 million as of September 30, 2015.
  • Obligations under long-term debt(4) totaled $1.0 billion as of September 30, 2015.
 
  (1 ) Adjusted EBITDA for the  third quarter of 2015 increased 21.5% year-over-year excluding the impact of one-time expenses of $1.5 million of professional services fees related to litigation and costs associated with a return-of-capital distribution declared in August 2015 to our parent for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and $0.8 million of professional service fees related to litigation for the three months ended September 30, 2014. 
  (2 ) Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) plus interest expense, net; other (income) expense, net; income tax expense (benefit); and non-cash charges including depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation expense.
  (3 ) 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.
  (4 ) This amount does not include $390.2 million in senior unsecured PIK notes issued by our parent company, Ancestry.com Holdings LLC. While not required, Ancestry.com LLC has made and intends to pay future distributions or loans to its parent related to the PIK notes.
   
Ancestry Business Updates
  • Subscribers — Subscribers of Ancestry websites totaled approximately 2,243,000 as of September 30, 2015, up slightly compared to June 30, 2015 and up 6% compared to September 30, 2014.
  • Product — Ancestry continues to make progress on the roll-out of a broad redesign of its core website. The new website features, capabilities, and site enhancements reinvent the ways Ancestry members create and showcase their family story.
  • Content — The Company added more than 400 million new records in the third quarter of 2015 to its collection of more than 16 billion records. During the quarter, the Company launched its U.S. Probate and Wills collection, comprising 170 million records dating to 1668 and spanning all 50 states and more than 100 million Americans. Additionally, Newspapers.com, an Ancestry business unit, announced a collaboration with Gannett to digitally archive more than 80 U.S. newspapers. Other significant new collections added in the third quarter included:
    • U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
    • U.K. City, Town and Village Photos, 1857-2005
    • U.K. Apprentices Indentured in Merchant Navy, 1824-1910
    • Germany collections totaling 60 million new records
  • AncestryDNA — AncestryDNA kit sales approximately doubled compared with the prior-year third quarter. AncestryDNA also released new product functionality to help customers determine if their cousin matches come from their paternal or maternal lines.
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 (844) 831-3026 (domestic toll-free) or (315) 625-6887 (international) approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures
The Company believes that 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. In the case of adjusted EBITDA, net income (loss) is adjusted for 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, net income (loss) and net cash provided by operating activities, or other financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation to net income (loss), the GAAP equivalent of these non-GAAP measures is contained in tabular form on the attached unaudited summary financial statements.
The Company uses 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; and in communications with its operating committee concerning its financial performance. The Company also uses adjusted EBITDA as a factor when determining the incentive compensation pool.

About Ancestry
Ancestry is the largest provider of family history and personal DNA testing, harnessing the information found in family trees, historical records, genetics and health history to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 2 million paying subscribers across its family history websites and approximately 1.2 million DNA samples in the AncestryDNA database. Since 1996, more than 16 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 70 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products including Archives, Fold3, Newspapers.com and AncestryDNA sold by its subsidiary, Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, and the AncestryHealth product, offered by its subsidiary AncestryHealth.com, LLC.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that 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 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, future earnings, financial and operating performance, its leadership position and its opportunities and prospects for growth, including growth in revenues, adjusted EBITDA and number of subscribers. 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. In particular, such risks and uncertainties include the Company’s continued ability to attract and retain subscribers; continued service outages or a significant disruption in service on its websites; its continued ability to acquire content and make it available online; and its ability to add tools and features and provide value to satisfy customer demand. Information concerning these and 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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2015, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 31, 2015, 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)
 
  September 30,
2015
  December 31,
2014
  (unaudited)    
ASSETS
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 114,114     $ 108,494  
Restricted cash 3,230     49,086  
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $999 and $540 at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively 10,572     11,241  
Current deferred income taxes 1,555     5,277  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 12,276     11,643  
Total current assets 141,747     185,741  
Property and equipment, net 48,588     37,106  
Content databases, net 283,877     282,815  
Intangible assets, net 186,753     269,054  
Goodwill 948,283     948,283  
Other assets 14,053     3,175  
Total assets $ 1,623,301     $ 1,726,174  
LIABILITIES AND MEMBER’S INTERESTS
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 11,957     $ 11,515  
Accrued expenses 55,534     47,029  
Acquisition-related liabilities 3,230     49,086  
Deferred revenues 156,098     145,010  
Current portion of long-term debt, net 7,079     46,537  
Total current liabilities 233,898     299,177  
Long-term debt, net 989,868     799,403  
Deferred income taxes 73,871     115,461  
Other long-term liabilities 40,256     16,406  
Total liabilities 1,337,893     1,230,447  
Commitments and contingencies      
Member’s interests:      
Member’s interests 440,605     666,830  
Accumulated deficit (155,197 )   (171,103 )
Total member’s interests 285,408     495,727  
Total liabilities and member’s interests $ 1,623,301     $ 1,726,174  
 
 
ANCESTRY.COM LLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
 
(in thousands)
 
  Three months ended
September 30,
  Nine months ended
September 30,
  2015   2014   2015   2014
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)
Revenues:              
Subscription revenues $ 147,554     $ 138,962     $ 434,679     $ 414,117  
Product and other revenues 23,920     15,722     70,816     50,265  
Total revenues 171,474     154,684     505,495     464,382  
Costs of revenues:              
Cost of subscription revenues 25,353     24,080     76,632     71,343  
Cost of product and other revenues 15,265     10,996     43,413     32,924  
Total cost of revenues 40,618     35,076     120,045     104,267  
Gross profit 130,856     119,608     385,450     360,115  
Operating expenses:              
Technology and development 24,409     23,743     72,134     72,544  
Marketing and advertising 40,253     42,150     124,633     128,341  
General and administrative 14,180     12,927     38,062     42,482  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 27,374     36,993     82,301     111,045  
Total operating expenses 106,216     115,813     317,130     354,412  
Income from operations 24,640     3,795     68,320     5,703  
Interest expense, net (28,352 )   (17,232 )   (62,182 )   (52,382 )
Other income (expense), net (156 )   (181 )   (229 )   144  
Income (loss) before income taxes (3,868 )   (13,618 )   5,909     (46,535 )
Income tax benefit 3,318     12,391     9,997     35,322  
Net income (loss) $ (550 )   $ (1,227 )   $ 15,906     $ (11,213 )
               
Comprehensive income (loss) $ (550 )   $ (1,227 )   $ 15,906     $ (11,213 )
                               
 
ANCESTRY.COM LLC
 
(in thousands)
 
  Three months ended
September 30,
  Nine months ended
September 30,
  2015   2014   2015   2014
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)
Reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow to net income (loss): (1)              
Net income (loss) $ (550 )   $ (1,227 )   $ 15,906     $ (11,213 )
Interest expense, net 28,352     17,232     62,182     52,382  
Other (income) expense, net 156     181     229     (144 )
Income tax benefit (3,318 )   (12,391 )   (9,997 )   (35,322 )
Depreciation 5,411     5,564     16,517     15,862  
Amortization 35,427     44,322     105,831     132,660  
Stock-based compensation expense 1,914     2,172     5,715     5,996  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 67,392     $ 55,853     $ 196,383     $ 160,221  
Capitalization of content databases (8,075 )   (9,689 )   (24,615 )   (29,208 )
Purchases of property and equipment (3,504 )   (6,131 )   (9,948 )   (19,109 )
Cash paid for interest (2) (7,550 )   (6,877 )   (36,803 )   (37,223 )
Cash paid for income taxes (4,066 )   (2,113 )   (16,871 )   (1,227 )
Free cash flow $ 44,197     $ 31,043     $ 108,146     $ 73,454  
 
Footnotes:  
   
(1)  Net loss and therefore adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 include $1.5 million and $2.1 million, respectively, of professional service fees related to litigation and costs associated with a return-of-capital distribution declared in August 2015 to our parent company, Ancestry.com Holdings LLC. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014, net loss and therefore adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow include $0.8 million and $4.3 million, respectively, of professional service fees related to litigation and costs associated with the return-of-capital distribution declared in February 2014 by our parent.
 
(2)  Cash paid for interest for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014 does not include $19.1 million and $18.4 million of  payments made to our parent related to the interest obligations on its senior unsecured PIK notes. No payments related to interest on the PIK notes were made to our parent during the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014.
 
 
ANCESTRY.COM LLC
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  September 30,
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Forces War Records – Half a million records now available to search

Wiltshire based genealogy site Forces War Records have just reached the first milestone of half a million named WW1 hospital records released, enabling members to search and find ancestors and family members via transcribed original hospital documents.

Forces War Record’s latest collection – Military Hospitals Admissions and Discharge Registers WW1 (MH106 at The National Archives) has now topped half a million. Available to fully subscribed members who can search to find ancestors, details of their injuries and treatments and track their journey back to the battlefield, or back home. The collection is a major achievement, not just for the company but historically, as it could now be the only remaining genealogy source for WW1 servicemen and women due to many records being lost or destroyed during The Blitz. The highly skilled team of 70 plus experts at the Forces War Records office are still working to release the remaining records – an estimated additional 1 million.

CEO Dominic Hayhoe says, “The team here have worked tirelessly to get this many records released as quickly as possible, we’re incredibly proud to have this level of skill, dedication and commitment within the company”.

Customer Rick Fouracre got in touch to say, “Thanks to this website, I’ve been able to track down some information on a handful of my family members that had served in both world wars. I still have a lot more to find, but it has been a fantastic experience finding the info and to a partial degree, closure. Thank you.”

Rachel Cope and Naomi Stevens are two of our data interpretation experts, and they say, “The biggest challenge we face is working out what the individual letters are, which has to be done before deciphering what the words are, and in what context they are meant. De-coding unfamiliar medical terminology, abbreviations and even little known religions is a daily challenge”

About Forces War Records

Forces War Records (www.forces-war-records.co.uk) is the website to visit for anyone researching their family’s military history, or searching for ancestors through military data. FWR specialises only in military history, and contains over seven million records of servicemen and women from medieval times – right through to the present day. The 70 plus strong team of professional researchers and military experts constantly and painstakingly uncovers new information, enabling more in-depth and accurate searches to be made every day.

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, October 20 “Applying the Standards to International Research”

The idea of “reasonably exhaustive research” might be one of the most mysterious elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). What exactly does it mean? How do you know when you’ve achieved it? How does the GPS apply to international research? Some answers to these questions will be found when The Board for Certification of Genealogists (“BCG”) will present “Applying the Standards to International Research” a webinar by Melanie D. Holtz, CG, free to the public at 8:00 PM EDT 20 October 2015.

This webinar will focus on showing how the standards can apply to international research through the evaluation of several Italian case studies and/or research problems. Some research problems naturally require more work to meet the definition of reasonably exhaustive research, while others may be a lot simpler.

Understanding reasonably exhaustive research is important in preparing a kinship determination project. Examples abound for those who focus on U.S. research. However, for those that don’t, it is often helpful to see examples from other geographic locations. In this way, they can more easily learn the proper application of these concepts to their own type of genealogical research.

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.
Melanie D. Holtz, CGsm is a board-certified genealogist, writer, and lecturer. She operates an international research firm that specializes in Italian genealogical research, Italian-American dual citizenship, and Italian-American probate cases. Melanie maintains offices in both Italy and the U.S.
President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG says “The Board for Certification of Genealogists is proud to offer this new webinar as part of an ongoing series that supports our mission to provide education for family historians. This webinar will address questions regarding the genealogy standards for research. By promoting a uniform standard of competence and ethics the BCG endeavors to foster public confidence in genealogy.”

There is no charge, but space is limited. Please register for Melanie D. Holtz, CG, “Applying the Standards to International Research” before 20 October 2015 at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7525305339610306562

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.

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 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, October 16, 2015

Following last week’s mammoth release, we’ve taken this Findmypast Friday as an opportunity to bolster some of our existing UK collections. As well as releasing over 327,000 new marriage records from the historic dioceses of Lichfield and Coventry, we’ve made substantial updates to our collections of North West Kent burials, historic British Newspapers and the National Burial Index.
Search these latest additions to find out where and when your UK ancestors were buried, uncover previously undiscovered branches of your family tree, check whether your family ever made the news or learn about the history of your local area.

British Newspapers

Over 3.5 million new articles and 22 new titles covering England, Scotland and Wales are now available to search in our collection of historic British newspapers. Trace your military ancestors with the newly available ‘Army and Navy Gazette’ or uncover the history of 19th century Glasgow with a trio of new titles from Scotland second city – Glasgow Free Press, Glasgow Gazette and Glasgow Morning Journal. Substantial updates have also been made to 42 existing titles including 319,819 new articles for London Daily News, 245,831 for national newspaper The Daily Mirror and 238,501 for Leeds Mercury.

Staffordshire, Dioceses of Lichfield & Coventry marriage allegations and bonds, 1636-1893

The Dioceses of Lichfield & Coventry marriage allegations and bonds contain over 327,000 records. The collection covers the historic diocese of Lichfield and Coventry, which includes Staffordshire, Derbyshire, North Shropshire, Staffordshire and north and east Warwickshire.

Marriage allegations are sworn statements prepared by the groom that allow you to discover the intended marriage place and groom’s occupation. A marriage license allegation and bond would be submitted to the church courts in support of an application for a marriage license. The bond was intended to assert the authenticity and legality of the allegations, pledging a sum that would be forfeited if the documents proved inaccurate.

North West Kent Parish Records

Over 22,000 new baptism and burial records have been added our collection of North West Kent baptisms. The new additions cover the parishes of Bexley St Mary, Chelsfield St Martin of Tours, Lee St Margaret and Meopham St John the Baptist. These records allow you to discover where and when you’re Kent relatives were born, who their parents were, and their father’s occupation. where they lived, their age at death and where they were laid to rest.

Burials for Auckland, Co. Durham

Over 18,000 burial records from the ecclesiastical parishes of At Andrew and St Helen in Bishop Aukland, County Durham have been added to the National Burial Index for England & Wales. Each record consist of a transcript that will reveal your ancestors burial place, year of death and religious denomination.

Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Friday’s page every week to keep up to date with the latest new additions.

About Findmypast

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

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over two billion family history records, 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 doing detailed historical research.

In April 2003 Findmypast was the first 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.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, October 9, 2015

Put your plans on hold this weekend as this week’s Findmypast Friday update is our biggest yet with millions of Electoral Registers from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales released online for the very first time in association with the British Library.

The 100 year period covered by these fascinating records includes some of the most important events in the history of British democracy: from the vote being extended to working class men and the reform of representation up until women’s suffrage. Explore these extensive new collections to discover where your ancestor lived, when they could vote and details of the property your family owned in the 19th & 20th centuries.

The England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1832-1932 form the largest single collection released on Findmypast to date with over 5.4 million images and approximately 220 million names. The registers have been released in association with the British Library and are the result of a mammoth digitisation project to scan 100 years of microfilmed copies of printed registers, housed on 2.25 miles (3.62 linear km) of shelving. Electoral Registers are listings of all those registered to vote in a particular area. The lists were created annually to record the names of eligible voters and their reason for eligibility, such as their residence or ownership of a property.

This is the first time these registers have been made available online. They can be searched by name and constituency, as well as by keywords which will allow you to discover the history of your family’s home in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Britain, Absent Voters Lists 1918-1921 contains over 20,000 pages listing over 100,000 names of service men, women serving with the auxiliary forces, merchant seamen, diplomats and others working in occupations recognised as supporting the war effort. Absent voters’ lists are registers of eligible voters who were absent from their homes. Lists were sent to the Adjutant General’s Department of the War Office who then arranged to send voting cards to men and women in the UK and ballot papers to those in France.

Lists were completed by August 1918 and therefore include names of men who were killed, missing or taken prisoner in the period of time between the compiling of lists and the publication of the register. Records can reveal your ancestors name, a description of their service and their qualifying premises allowing you uncover details of the home they left behind and the part they played in one of history’s bloodiest conflicts.

The Ireland, Electoral Registers 1885-1886 contain over 3,000 records covering 12 counties. The 1880’s was a period of drastic change in Ireland, from land reform and the beginning of the Home Rule Crisis to the rise of the Irish Parliamentary Party. It was also a vibrant time for Irish culture with the Gaelic and the Irish Literary Revivals in full swing. Search the registers by name or address to pinpoint the exact location of your family during this exciting period of Irish history. From the Act of Union in 1801, until Ireland’s independence, over 7,000 electoral registers were created, but the British Library only holds the registers for a single year.

Containing over 23,000 records, the Scotland, Linlithgowshire (West Lothian), Electoral Registers 1864-1931 cover the traditional county of Linlithgowshire. The registers allow you to find out where your West Lothian ancestors lived, what they did and whether they owned property in the area.

Electoral Registers are a powerful resource for genealogists. For the first time, these registers are available online and can be searched by name. Previously, when researching your family history you would need an address in order to find your ancestor in the register for that constituency. Today, we can search by name across thousands of places to discover your ancestors. Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Friday’s page every week to keep up to date with the latest new additions.

About Findmypast

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

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over two billion family history records, 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 doing detailed historical research.

In April 2003 Findmypast was the first 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.

British Library England & Wales Electoral Registers 1832-1932 now available to search on Findmypast

THE BIRTH OF THE BRITISH ELECTORATE REVEALED ONLINE

220 million records of British voters available to search online for the first time
  • Electoral Registers document the evolution of modern British democracy from the passage of the Great Reform act of 1832 to votes for women in 1918, and voting equality in 1928
  • Records include details of property ownership, allowing you to uncover the history of your home
  • Now available online for the first time at http://www.findmypast.com

Leading family history website Findmypast and The British Library have announced today the online publication of an estimated 220 million records of English and Welsh voters.

The period covered by The England and Wales Electoral Registers 1832-1932 includes some of the most important events in the history of British democracy and demonstrates how the British electorate changed during the 19th and early 20th centuries: from the vote being extended to working class men and the reform of representation up until women’s suffrage.

This is the first time these registers have been made available online. They can be searched by name and constituency, as well as by keywords which will allow you to discover the history of your family home in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. They are available online to Findmypast subscribers or can be accessed for free in the British Library’s reading rooms in London and Yorkshire.

The registers form the largest single collection released by Findmypast to date, and are the result of a mammoth digitisation project to scan 100 years of microfilmed copies of the British Library’s unique collection of printed registers, housed on 2.25 miles (3.62 linear km) of shelving.

Electoral Registers are listings of all those registered to vote in a particular area. The lists were created annually to record the names of eligible voters and their reason for eligibility, such as their residence or ownership of a property. Registration for voters in England has been required since 1832, and registers were typically published annually.

Previously only accessible as printed volumes or on microfilm at the British Library’s Reading Rooms at St. Pancras and Boston Spa, the England and Wales Electoral Registers 1832-1932 can now be explored online at findmypast.co.uk anywhere at any time. Although there are gaps in the digitised collection for some constituencies, the registers that are now available open up a treasure trove of material that was never before accessible to automated searching: no expert knowledge is needed, allowing anyone to trace their family across 100 years of British history.

Highlights include:

  • Records of the first eligible voters enfranchised by the great reform act of 1832. The act increased the voting population by allowing all men who occupied a property with an annual value of £10 to vote. After the act passed, one in seven men could vote.
  • The first working class voters following the Representation of the People Act of 1867. The act doubled the electorate of one million voters, allowing two million of the seven million adult males in England and Wales to vote.
  • The first female voters in British history. The registers document one of the most remarkable changes of the twentieth century, the extension of the vote to women on equal footing with men. The franchise was extended to all women over the age of 30 by the 1918 Representation of the People Act, and all women over the age of 21 by 1928 Equal Franchise Act.
  • Lists of absent voters from 1918 to 1921 containing the records of registers of soldiers and sailors who were on active service during the First World War.

Findmypast historian, Paul Nixon, said, ‘The England & Wales Electoral Registers are an incredibly powerful resource for family historians, as well as all those who want to understand more about social history and the stories of their own houses. With this record set now online, Findmypast now has an unbroken collection of census, land and survey records from the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign, right through to the start of the Second World War.”

Jacquie Carter, Service and Content Lead for Science, Technology and Medicine at the British Library, said: “As a historian myself, I’m champing at the bit to get stuck into this resource. Having tens of millions of records available in digitised format will transform the way that researchers are able to use these registers to fill in vital gaps. It makes possible discoveries and connections that would simply never have been possible, trawling through print or microfilm registers – just a few clicks will replace hundreds of hours of page turning.”

Find out more about the records at findmypast.co.uk/electoral-registers.

Ancestry.com LLC to Announce Third Quarter 2015 Financial Results

PROVO, Utah, Oct. 07, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com LLC, the world’s largest online family history resource, will release financial results for its third quarter 2015 on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, after the market closes. Following the releas…

ISFHWE 2016 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2016 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2016.

The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the entry fee (after logging in to the ISFHWE members’ corner; new members allow up to ten days to receive login information). The categories are:

Category I – Columns. This is for columns of original content, published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2015. Each entry must consist of 2,000 words or fewer. These are entries from the author’s regular column-not features. Note that these may be print or online columns (including blogs).
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Category II — Articles. These one-time articles (not part of the author’s column) must have been published in 2015 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, blog or website. Entries cannot exceed 5,000 words. Note that these may be print or online articles, including GUEST entries on a blog. Footnotes are not included in the word count.

Category III – Genealogy Newsletter. This category is for society or family association newsletters published in 2015. Entries should consist of two issues, each submitted as a single file in PDF format. The judging will be based on originality, content, visual appeal, writing and editing quality, and accuracy. The award is to the editor of the publication. These may be print or online newsletters. The once-a-year newsletters usually sent at Christmas do not qualify for this competition as two issues from the same calendar year are needed.

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

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

Category VI – Poetry. This category is for original content (published in 2015 or unpublished), that is related to family history. Entries should be no longer than 1000 words and have a title. This may include song lyrics (music is not judged).

Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a certificate. Emailed certificates may be awarded for Honorable Mentions. The awards will be announced during FGS Conference 2016.

Entries must be submitted in PDF, Word, WordPerfect, or JPG format by e-mail in time to meet this deadline. Please note: Footnotes will not count toward word count. Send entries to: Competition@ISFHWE.org

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

Full information on the competition is available on the ISFHWE website in the “2016 Excellence-in-Writing Competition – Information and Online Entry Form” link, which leads to: http://www.isfhwe.org/competition.php

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

2016 Forensic Genealogy Institute Registration Opens October 4, 2015, at 1 pm CDT

FGI 2016: Take Your Forensic Genealogy Business to the Next Level

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Dallas, Texas – October 3, 2015 – The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) will be opening registration for the fifth annual Forensic Genealogy Institute (FGI) on October 4, 2015 at 1 pm CDT. Participants can register online at www.forensicgenealogists.org/institute.

FGI will be held March 10-12, 2016, at the Menger Hotel at the Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas. Registration for each course is $445, which includes 20 hours of instruction by expert forensic and genetic genealogists in three days, minimizing travel costs and time away from family and work. With only 90 seats available to registrants, FGI 2016 will be one of the largest-ever offering of forensic genealogy for professional genealogists.

The 2016 FGI features two practicums designed to provide hands-on instruction for intermediate and advanced forensic genealogists. The three-day Institute will include the following:

  • Thursday all attendees will learn about marketing their business with Marian Pierre-Louis as well as how to draft effective client contracts and structure their business with Michael S. Ramage, J.D., CGSM
  • Friday and Saturday the attendees will attend one of the two following practicums:
    – Advanced DNA Practicum: a two day Genetic Genealogy Practicum for Unknown Parentage Cases with CeCe Moore and Bethany Waterbury, DVM (see prerequisites)
    – Forensic Genealogy Practicum
  • Friday – Unknown Heirs Practicum: Methodologies from Intake to Completion with Michael S. Ramage, J.D., CGSM
  • Saturday – An Introduction to Forensic Techniques for Genetic Genealogy with Debbie Parker Wayne, CGSM

Advanced DNA Practicum

The “Genetic Genealogy Practicum for Unknown Parentage Cases” course applies DNA and traditional genealogical research to uncovering the genetic heritage of individuals with unknown parentage. This area of forensic research is expanding rapidly, and genealogists who can use DNA to successfully address unknown-parentage cases are in great demand. Enrollment is limited to 40 students who have fulfilled the course prerequisites stated on the website.

Forensic Genealogy Practicum

Friday’s course is the “Unknown Heirs Practicum: Methodologies from Intake to Completion” which offers hands-on practicum designed to remove the mystique from the missing and unknown heir process. Participants will “work” the case from beginning to end, bring together the relevant facts, documents, cast of characters, and issues of the case.

Saturday’s course is “Introduction to Forensic Techniques for Genetic Genealogy” which is perfect for the professional who is interested in adding DNA to their list of services. Participants will be introduced to the foundations of DNA inheritance, analysis techniques, and reporting methods for forensic genealogy. Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises in the following: Y-DNA, mtDNA, and atDNA case studies, and DNA tools. Enrollment is limited to 50 students.

Courses are expected to fill quickly, so register early at www.forensicgenealogists.org/institute beginning at 1 pm CDT on Sunday, October 4, 2015. The website includes the institute brochure and faculty biographies.

About CAFG

Established in 2011, the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is a business league with a professional membership dedicated to the advancement of forensic genealogy; which is research, analysis, and reporting in cases with legal implications. CAFG promotes high standards of professional and ethical conduct, provides education and training opportunities, and assists in professional development though mentorship, full membership, credentialing, and awarding fellowships. Learn more at www.forensicgenealogists.org.

NGS Releases Two-minute Video To Promote 2016 Conference

National Genealogical Society 2016 Conference

ARLINGTON, VA, 30 September 2015—The National Genealogical Society releases today a video promoting its 2016 Family History Conference, which will be held 4–7 May 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Produced in collaboration with Playback Now, the video is available on the NGS YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/_4QAMgx8mHw.

Utilizing clips from the 2015 NGS Family History Conference, the video highlights the wide scope of educational and networking opportunities that the conference offers attendees. The video’s featured speakers are Angie Bush, MS, member of the NGS Board of Directors and chair of the Genetic Genealogy Committee; Elizabeth Shown Mills, CGSM, CGLSM, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, and Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, both of whom are well-known speakers in the genealogy community.

With well more than a hundred sessions and a hundred exhibitors, the 2016 NGS Family History Conference promises to be one of the best genealogical conferences ever.

Registration for conference opens on December 1st, but you may make your hotel reservations now at the main conference hotel, the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina, or at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel or the Fort Lauderdale Embassy Suites. Details are available at conference.ngsgenealogy.org.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

New FamilySearch Collections Update: September 28, 2015

Generous updates for Colombia, France, Honduras, Italy, Spain, and the US (Passport applications, Mississippi and Georgia to note a few)! Many other domestic and international updates like England Warwickshire Parish Registers 1535-1984, Nicaragua Civil Registration 1809-2013, and Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541-1912. See the following table for the full list.

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INDEXED RECORDS
DIGITAL RECORDS
COMMENTS
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0
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67,852
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
81,691
3,570
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
0
65,853
Added images to an existing collection
0
301,994
Added images to an existing collection
0
55,896
Added images to an existing collection
499,219
10,250
New indexed records and images collection
31,145
608
New indexed records and images collection
0
336,900
Added images to an existing collection
151,802
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
700,756
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
0
206,207
Added images to an existing collection
0
1,072,113
Added images to an existing collection
17,605
1,383
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
0
254,638
Added images to an existing collection
7,153,911
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
0
5,386
Added images to an existing collection
0
161
Added images to an existing collection
140,930
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
172,315
4,944
Added images to an existing collection
0
3,192
Added images to an existing collection
16,778
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
5,996
0
New indexed records collection
6,149
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
0
764
Added images to an existing collection
435,547
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
1,008,828
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
69,621
13,456
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

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