Month: December 2015

2015 Year in Review: FamilySearch Grows as World’s Foremost Family History Resource

2015 Year in Review: FamilySearch Grows as World’s Foremost Family History Resource

For Immediate Release
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, December 29, 2015— FamilySearch.org, an outstanding free website hosted by FamilySearch International, the foremost family history organization in the world, has released a 2015 year-end summary of its global efforts to ultimately connect families across generations. It has made substantial progress in creating new personal and family discoveries through significantly more access to historical records, expanded partnerships, a more powerful and user-friendly online search experience, and hundreds of free localized events hosted worldwide.
For more than 100 years, FamilySearch and its predecessors have gathered and preserved worldwide records, creating the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world. It continues to digitally convert its vaults of microfilm for online viewing, along with millions more newly captured record images from archives across the globe.

In the past 25 years, it has been influencing technology and initiatives that engage a broadening swath of consumers to have emotional, endearing experiences with their family and family history. It uses its nonprofit status to continue to rally the growing sea of commercial companies—large and small—in the genealogy and family markets to join in the noble efforts.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2015
During 2015, Steve Rockwood took the reins of FamilySearch, replacing retiring Dennis Brimhall as CEO.

Two Family Discovery Centers, which represent a new concept in presenting family history information, were opened in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Belleview, Washington. Ground was also broken for a new FamilySearch Library in St. George, Utah, which will have some of the new discovery center experiences.

RootsTech 2015, a global family history event held in Salt Lake City, Utah, and hosted by FamilySearch, uses technology and fun experiences to expand family connections. It attracted a record 300,000 attendees in person, online, and through local post–Family Discovery Day events.

During 2015, FamilySearch, in cooperation with several other organizations, launched the Freedmen’s Bureau Campaign (discoverfreedmen.org) to finish digitizing and indexing Civil War–era records that are crucial to African American research success. This project should be completed in 2016.

On October 23, 2015, FamilySearch celebrated the 30th anniversary of its well-known Family History Library in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, which houses the largest and most expansive collection of family history records in the world. Hundreds of thousands of patrons still frequent the facility from around the world.

DISCOVERY

The My Family: Stories That Bring Us Together booklet, which was launched in 2014, provides an engaging way to capture and preserve family trees—particularly for those individuals and cultures who are less tech-savvy. In 2015 the number of languages the popular booklet was published in was expanded to 42.

More and more people made use of the local 4,891 FamilySearch facilities (family history centers) in 2015. North America alone has seen a 25 percent increase in attendance at these local libraries during 2015. Online, FamilySearch.org has seen 291,806 visitors daily—an increase of 19 percent.

New patron discovery experiences have been launched in family history centers worldwide during 2015, and 1,505 local post–RootsTech family discovery day events were held.

Enhancements were introduced to the FamilySearch.org Family Tree to assist patrons in creating more accurate records and to find records of their ancestors more easily. The site has introduced a redesigned landscape pedigree view, easier access to indicators in other tree views, and safeguard reminders to help patrons avoid making common editing mistakes. The indicators clearly show possible data problems for an ancestor and opportunities to provide missing information and help to locate missing ancestors.

Dynamic record hints were added through the Search feature at FamilySearch.org to aid patrons in making new research discoveries. The hints are more plentiful as they comb through the mountain of new historic records added weekly to the site from its global records preservation efforts, and the interface has been improved to easily follow through with or dismiss hints. Over 670 million new patron hints were generated during the past year.

Through partnerships with other major online genealogy sites, patrons can now use a single click to search ancestry.comfindmypast.com, and myheritage.com for the person they are viewing in FamilySearch’s Family Tree.

This year’s FamilySearch innovations have made searching and recording personal and family experiences more user-friendly and have improved the accuracy of FamilySearch’s databases. Searchers can use improved exact matches in their search criteria to more easily locate records, attach records from search results to people in their Family Tree, and gather and sort information in the new hybrid view that combines historical records with their corresponding indexed information.

FAMILY TREE

More than 120,000 new contributors added to Family Tree in 2015, making a total of 2.47 million. The new user-to-user messaging feature in Family Tree simplifies collaboration with others doing research on the same specific ancestors. There are now 1.1 billion persons in the FamilySearch Family Tree.

RECORDS

FamilySearch carries out its mission through a dedicated team of employees and overwhelming contributions of time by volunteers. FamilySearch has enabled the public worldwide to use its constantly expanding record collection to make family connections through 4,891 satellite family history centers in 129 countries, with 2,864 of those satellite centers located outside the United States. That’s an increase of 15% over 2014.

The site launched 158 new historical collections in 2015, (bringing the total to 2,049), and hundreds of millions of new published records have been added to FamilySearch.org.

Personal discoveries are fueled by making historical records easily and quickly accessible online. FamilySearch does this through a combination of digitizing the world’s historical records online and engaging online volunteers to make them searchable by patrons worldwide with a few keystrokes. Around the world, 319 camera teams—an increase of 11%—digitally preserved over 122 million records in 45 countries, and 304,000 online volunteer indexers helped make them searchable.

In fact, volunteers logged in over 9 million hours and indexed over 106 million records in 2015. And 19 million of the records indexed were of international origin, in languages other than English.

At the end of 2015, FamilySearch.org now has over 5.31 billion searchable names in historical records.

Jennifer Kerns Davis, a manager in FamilySearch’s Records Division, said, “We republished England Wales censuses with more fields and family groupings that will make them more easily searchable. It was a huge undertaking that took a lot of resources. We also have begun similar improvements on the US censuses that we plan to update in the near future.”

MEMORIES

The FamilySearch Tree mobile app now enables users to attach photos and stories (audio and text) to individuals in their Family Tree and to receive notifications when others add content to specific individuals.

The new memories gallery view allows users to more easily organize, sort, and add photos, stories, and scanned documents to their memories collections.

Last year patrons uploaded 4 million personal family photos and 40,000 new family stories.

HELP

Volunteerism is one of FamilySearch’s greatest assets. In addition to online volunteers, 3,850 volunteers serve as FamilySearch missionaries, helping support the worldwide operations needs. These generous volunteers donated a staggering 3.04 million hours of service. FamilySearch joined with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and other organizations to index and publish online the Freedmen’s Bureau records, a Civil War era collection that will prove very pivotal for African American research success. A record 12,000 volunteers have enlisted online to assist (seeDiscoverFreedmen.org).

Patrons needing help can get immediate assistance by telephone (one-on-one to online volunteer assistants,) by viewing the hundreds of free video courses online, and by accessing the FamilySearch Wiki, an online reference source with over 100,000 helpful articles that are updated weekly.

FamilySearch enhanced its online help system in 2015. Users will now notice slide outs that provide contextual help in key areas on the site where users might need it the most.

FamilySearch also added 77 new family history centers around the world to provide free personal research assistance to patrons.

Access FamilySearch’s free services online at FamilySearch.org.

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

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, December 25, 2015

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the beginning of Findmypast’s start Your Family Tree Week. This seven-day event will continue until 1st January 2016 and, over the course of the week, Findmypast users will enjoy a wide range of materials to help them build their family trees such as getting started guides, expert insights, useful print-outs, and a wealth of family history prizes.

We have also released thousands of fascinating new records to explore during the holidays.

Irish Newspapers

Over 89,000 new articles and 5 brand new titles have been added to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers. Amongst these new additions is the Dublin Intelligence, now the oldest paper in the collection, dating all the way back to 1708. Substantial updates have also been made to eight existing titles including the Dublin Daily Express, Dublin Weekly Nation and the Weekly Freeman’s Journal.

The Irish newspaper collection now stands at over 13.3 million fully searchable articles and covers over 240 years of the nation’s history.


British in India

Explore over 13,000 records of British people who either lived, worked or travelled in India from as early as 1664 up to 1961. The British in India records include carefully indexed records of births, marriages, divorces and deaths. With one record you may reveal numerous family names and extensive biographical details.

The collection is comprised of two sets of records supplied by the Society of Genealogists, British in India and the Women in India Index. British in India documents female relatives of officers of the Bengal Army, Madras Army and Bombay Army, along with British civil servants, chaplains, merchants, plantation owners, labourers and British people in India after the East India Company period. The Women in India Index was compiled my Major Vernon Charles Padget Hodson (1883-1963), Lt. Col. Herbert Kendall Percy-Smith FSG (1897-1975) and others and is packed with biographical and genealogical information on many thousands of persons, sprung from all levels of society.

British India Office Marriages

New records have been added to our collection of British India Office Marriages. These records contain the details of Europeans who were married in British India, Burma and other territories connected to the India office such as St Helena, Sumatra, Kuwait, Aden, Penang and Macao.

The marriages are comprised of ecclesiastic of the archives of the East India Company (1600-1858), the Board of Control or Board of Commissioners for the Affairs of India (1784 – 1858), the India Office (1858-1947), the Burma Office (1937-1947), and a number of related British agencies.

British India Office Births & Baptisms

Over 23,000 new records have been added to our collection of British India Office Births & Baptisms. The collection is made up of two different record sets, the British Library’s British in India Collection and transcriptions licensed from FIBIS (Families in British India Society) and contains. The records not only reveal the details surrounding your ancestor’s baptism, but can also contain fascinating biographical details such as their parents’ names, father’s occupation and can include their cadet papers if they were member of the British East India Company.

British India Office Assistant Surgeons

Nearly 2,000 records have been added to our collection of British India Office Assistant Surgeons records. The records list the details of assistant surgeons who travelled to India to ply their trade and consist of the declaration forms they filled when applying for their position, baptism records (proof of age) and letters of recommendation.

British India Office Wills & Probate

Over 16,000 new records are now available to search in our collection of British India Office Wills & Probate records. The collection contains over 200,000 wills and probate records of European soldiers and civilians who died in India and Burma. The collection not only allows you to read a list of your ancestor’s possessions at death, but also to discover the value of the estate and who to whom it was bequeathed.

Don’t forget to regularly check our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to keep up to date with all the latest 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.

New FamilySearch Collections Update: December 21, 2015

Nearly 12 million records were added to the Find A Grave Index. Other substantial additons this week included Wales Glamorgan West Glamorgan Electoral Registers 1839-1925England Kent Register of Electors 1570-1907,Missouri Pre-WWII Adjutant General Enlistment Contracts 1900-1941United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014, and Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984. Find these and more by following the links below.


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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

APG Welcomes eNews Editor, Melanie Frick, MLS

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 22 December 2015 — The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) (http://www.apgen.org) has named Melanie Frick, MLS, as the new editor of APG’s monthly newsletter. Frick, a professional genealogist, brings experience in library, as well as genealogical editing, writing, and blogging to APG’s monthly electronic newsletter.

Frick is a board member, content coordinator, and the e-newsletter and blog editor for the NextGen Genealogy Network, a non-profit organization that fosters family history interest in the next generation. She also serves as a proofreader for NGS Magazine, a monthly publication from the National Genealogical Society.

Frick received a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University in 2013 and a Masters in Library Science and Information Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

APG eNews Subscription Information

APG eNews launched in 2012 and is produced monthly. The most recent three issues are posted in the Publications areas of the APG website. Members have access to all past issues in the Members Only section of website. Members who subscribe to the email list will receive a notice and link each month.

About the Association of Professional Genealogists

The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers, and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada, and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter (www.twitter.com/apggenealogy), and Facebook (www.facebook.com/AssociationofProfessionalGenealogists).

SCGS Announces 2016 Jamboree Extension Series Webinars

The Southern California Genealogical Society is proud to announce the 2016 schedule for the highly acclaimed, free Jamboree Extension Series Webinar program. SCGS offers an international online audience of genealogists and family historians educational…

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, December 18, 2015

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of Church of Ireland baptism, marriage and burial records, Baptisms and a popular family almanac from Suffolk, millions of historic British newspapers and new additions to our collection of New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Records.

The Dublin Registers & Records consists of eight publications of parish records from the Church of Ireland dating from the early 1600s up to 1800. The records are comprised of over 2,500 PDF images that allow you to discover the baptism, marriage, and burial dates of your Dublin ancestors as well as the names of their parents and spouse. Occasionally, other details are recorded, such as father’s occupation or how a couple was married (either by banns or by licence). The eight indexed publications included in this set are searchable by name, year, title, publisher, image number and keyword.

The Suffolk Baptism Index covers over 350 Suffolk parishes and contains over 747,000 records from across the East Anglian County. The Index was created by the Suffolk Family History Society and is comprised of transcripts of original parish registers. The amount of information found in each transcript may vary depending on the age of the record and how much information was recorded although most will include your ancestors name, baptism date, baptism place, the names of their parents, father’s occupation and any additional notes.

Lambert’s Family Almanac 1858-1917 consists of over 3,000 pages recording local events in the market town Framlingham. The Almanac was started in 1856 by Robert J P Lambert as a record of life in his home town. The title page describes the book as, ‘containing general and interesting information, including the rising and setting of the sun and moon, a copious calendar, law and university terms, eclipses, etc. with plenty of fire-side reading’. For a family historian, it contains so much more: births, marriages, obituaries, descriptions of the town and noteworthy events, trade directories and lists of officials. At its height of popularity, the almanac had become a household name with a circulation of up to 10,000.

Over 3.4 million fully searchable new articles 8 brand new titles have been added to our collection of historic British Newspapers. The lasts titles to be added to the collection include The Kentish Mercury, The People, West Somerset Free Press, Illustrated Berwick Journal and the Glasgow Constitutional. Substantial updates have also been made to 47 existing titles including over a million new articles added to Sheffield Independent and over 240,000 to both London Daily News and Manchester Evening News.

The American Bible Society’s collection of family Bibles contains family records that are unavailable anywhere else. The collection is an index over 630 microfiched inscriptions left in family bibles that recorded details pertaining to life events such as births, marriages, and deaths. The Index was created by volunteers from the New York Biographical and Genealogical Society volunteers and contains over 8,000 names. The collection is available to search and browse.

Each Bible contains a digitized a set of pages containing the ABS library record, the publisher and year of the Bible, the printed title page, and the handwritten pages where inscriptions and life events, including births, marriage and deaths, were recorded.

Three new issues have been added to the NYG&B Record, the second oldest genealogical journal in the United States. Search or browse to find valuable documentation to aid you in your family history research. Since 1870, the researcher has published compiled genealogies documented to the highest standards, transcriptions of original records and other source material from throughout New York State, works that solve genealogical problems, and reviews of important scholarship in the field.


Three new issues have been added to the NYG&B Record, the second oldest genealogical journal in the United States. Search or browse to find valuable documentation to aid you in your family history research. Published quarterly since 1870 by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the Record is one of the most distinguished genealogical journals in the United States.

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.

How building your family tree on Famberry could help you claim an inheritance

How building your family tree on Famberry could help you claim an inheritance



London, England (December 18th, 2015)

Famberry (www.famberry.com), the private collaborative family tree builder, is pleased to announce the release of a new innovative Family Tree Buillder with technology to help you claim an unknown inheritance. Building your photo family tree on Famberry has never been easier with new innovative controls, artistic themes that allow you to customize the look of your family tree and a whole host of other features, including; timelines, personal photo albums and messaging. With Famberry, building your family tree and preserving your family history is truly a family activity.

The new family tree builder gives members the chance to claim a real inheritance that could be worth millions. Each day we check your Famberry family tree against the UK unclaimed estates list and notify the relevant family member if we find indications that they may be entitled to an inheritance. Each inheritance could be monetary, possessions or property and could be worth thousands or millions of pounds.

The free new service is provided as part of complete re-write of the popular family tree builder, which also boasts an innovative family photo album, shared family organiser and a private family social network making it an ideal and cost effective place to preserve and share your family history.

“We have worked hard to innovate in the area of family tree building by talking to users to find out what really matters to them. We believe that our family tree builder is the simplest to grasp on the market.” said Steve Bardouille, co-founder of Famberry.

Famberry’s photo album functionality looks set to bring the family album into the 21st century. Not only can you store up to 2Gb (that’s thousands of photos) for free; your whole family can collaborate to collate and share their photo albums. Full browser screen display of your photo albums, photo swiping, photo tagging and drag and drop re-ordering of your photos means that you not only store your photos but more importantly you can share them with the people you care about automatically.

Not stopping there, Famberry’s flagship family social network has also been re-imaged to allow families to stay in contact with each other, without worrying about prying eyes. Family members can share messages, photos, videos and documents on their own completely private family social network.

Famberry’s free service has no restrictions on functionality and gives a generous 2Gb of photo space to start you storing your family history with your family. For those who want even more for their families, Famberry has introduced new upgrade options. Members can upgrade to a premium account to share up to 50Gb of space with their family and a whole host of additional features for only $7.99 a month or $77 for a yearly subscription. Professional family historians have the option to store up to 1Tb of photos and build unlimited client and personal family trees on Famberry for only $30.99 per month.

“If you have ever been given a family heirloom, you know how precious it is; full of history and significance. Famberry is your family’s digital heirloom, useful today, but even more precious in the future. Start capturing your family story together with your family today.”

About Famberry

Famberry, based in London, England was started in 2013 by families who were frustrated with the lack of privacy and controls on social networks and wanted a place that their family life could be documented, without being sold or shared with unknown third parties. With award winning customer service, Famberry lets you access your family tree, photos and keep in contact with your family anywhere that you have access to the Internet.

Love Taza Couple to Inspire RootsTech 2016 Attendees

Love Taza Couple to Inspire RootsTech 2016 Attendees

For Immediate Release

SALT LAKE CITY, December 15, 2015—Organizers of RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, are pleased to welcome popular lifestyle bloggers Josh and Naomi Davis (of the Love Taza website), as keynote speakers in the general session on Friday, February 5, 2016, during RootsTech 2016.

Millions of Internet viewers know Naomi as Taza as they follow her blog Love Taza, which celebrates the joy and purpose she and her husband, Josh, share as they raise their three small children in New York City. She started the website shortly after marrying Josh in 2007 in New York City while she finished her BFA (bachelor of fine arts) degree at the Juilliard School. She shares photos and stories of her life as a newlywed with her family out West.

Since 2007, Love Taza has become more than an online diary—it is a digital destination where millions around the world connect and find a feeling of inspiration and a guide for finding joy in everyday life. Naomi shares details of her life in New York City with her husband and children celebrating family, home, travel, food, and, most importantly, the simple joys of life. With Josh’s help, the two have transformed her website into a global business with a massive, engaged audience.

Josh and Naomi will share their business journey at RootsTech 2016, a global family history event where people of all ages learn to discover, share, and celebrate their family connections across generations through technology. RootsTech has something for everyone regardless of experience in family history or skill level in technology.

Reserve your seat for RootsTech 2016 to find inspiration from the Davises as part of a four-star lineup of keynote speakers, get involved in the special events, and learn from the experts the how-tos of family history, family stories, and more. Join us for all the events on February 3–6 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, or choose your day to join the excitement. Register early for a discount, or pay at the door.

For more information and to register for RootsTech 2016, go to rootstech.org.

CALL FOR PAPERS: 37th NATIONAL AFRO-AMERICAN HISTORICAL & GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, INC (AAHGS)

You are invited to participate in the 37th National Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc. (AAHGS). The Conference, hosted by The Metro Atlanta Chapter, will be held from October 13-16, 2016 at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel, 4736…

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, December 11, 2015

This week’s Findmypast Friday marksthe release of over 203,000 new records covering three English counties; Hampshire, Devon and Leicestershire. The new additions include electoral roll transcripts from mid-19th century Porstmouth, an in index of rate payers following a plague epidemic that hit Plymouth in 1627 and transcripts of baptisms and burial from six Leicestershire parishes.

Hampshire, Portsmouth electoral rolls 1835-1873

The Hampshire, Portsmouth electoral rolls 1835-1873 contain over 198,000 transcripts covering six parishes of Portsmouth: All Saints, St George, St John, St Mary, St Paul and St Thomas. Electoral rolls were registered annually, which means that you may find multiple entries for your ancestor. The Portsmouth electoral roll wasn’t published in 1836 and 1837, and those from 1866, 1870 and 1871 have not survived. The electoral registers are from six parishes of Portsmouth: All Saints, St George, St John, St Mary, St Paul and St Thomas.

The registers include the names of those who were eligible to vote in local and parliamentary elections. By using the keyword field you can search for your home address and discover who lived in your house before you. Or you can search a street name and discover the neighbours who lived alongside your ancestor.

Plymouth Plague Rate 1627-1629

Plymouth Plague Rate 1627-1629 is an index of over 600 residents of the city of Plymouth who were taxed to fund the relief of an outbreak of Bubonic Plague. The Bubonic Plague, also known as ‘The Black Death’, first appeared in Europe in 1347 and is estimated to have killed between 25 and 60% of the continents population. The fatal disease was carried by rodents and inflicted terrible symptoms including sores, swelling of the lymph glands, respiratory problems, fever and the vomiting of blood. There have been numerous outbreaks throughout history such as the one that hit the port city of Plymouth in 1627. The disease was most active in Venners ward and local authorities were unable to combat and control the spread.

The index covers three of the city’s wards: Looe Street, Venners and Vintry, and list the names of those who were taxed in order to fund the cities relief. Each record contains a transcript of the original document that lists a resident’s name, the date they were taxed, the ward they lived in and any additional notes. Additional notes may reveal whether your ancestor was widow, gentleman, not in town at the time, poor, if they refused to pay, fled the area or succumbed to the disease.

Leicestershire Baptisms

Leicestershire Baptisms contains over 2,000 transcripts of original parish baptism registers. The records cover four parishes; Breedon on the Hill, Long Whatton, Sileby and Walton on the Wolds, and span from 1683 up to 1769.

Transcripts will list your ancestor’s name, the date of their baptism date and parish in which they were baptised. These baptisms are a great way to uncover previously undiscovered branches of your family tree and many records will also list you ancestors relation (whether they were someone’s father, mother, sister, son etc.) as well as the names of their parents.

Leicestershire Burials

The Leicestershire Burial records contain over 3,000 transcripts covering seven Leicestershire parishes; Breedon on the Hill, Cossington, Long Whatton, Prestwold, Quorndon, Walton on the Wolds and Wymeswold. The records span the years between 1752 and 1835 and will reveal where and when your ancestor was buried.

A number of records will also include your ancestor’s relation, the full names of their parents and, in the case of female ancestors, the name of their husband.

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.

NGS Launches Its Newest Course Genetic Genealogy: Autosomal DNA Course

ARLINGTON, VA, 9 DECEMBER, 2015— The National Genealogical Society (NGS) proudly announces the release of its newest Continuing Genealogical Studies course, Genetic Genealogy:Autosomal DNA.
Autosomal DNA comprises twenty-two of the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes, excluding the one pair of sex chromosomes. These matched pairs of chromosomes are called autosomes and contain a comprehensive record of a person’s genetic ancestry. Genetic Genealogy:Autosomal DNA is a seven-module, cloud-based course that focuses primarily on concepts and techniques for genetic genealogy. It also introduces the concepts covering the analysis of the data, no matter how the data is accessed or which tools are used to analyze the data.
The course was developed byDebbie Parker Wayne, cgsm, a nationally recognized lecturer, educator, and full-time researcher experienced in using DNA analysis and traditional techniques for genealogical research. Her DNA research focuses on client projects and on research into her own family project that includes Y‑DNA, mtDNA, X‑DNA, and autosomal DNA studies. Her traditional genealogical research focuses on Texas, the Southwest, and the Southern U.S.

In addition to being a full-time board-certified genealogist, Wayne is a trustee for the BCG Education Fund and is the Texas State Genealogical Society’s DNA Project Chair. Her publications include a column in NGS Magazineon using DNA analysis for genealogical research. She coordinates and teaches comprehensive, interactive genetic genealogy courses on how to interpret and apply DNA test results to genealogical research at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR).
Genetic Genealogy:Autosomal DNA is available for $60.00 for members and $85.00 for nonmembers. For further information or to purchase the course, visit NGS Continuing Genealogical Studies.
NGS courses are cloud-based courses that offer you the convenience of completing a genealogy course at your own pace, at any location, at any time. The Continuing Genealogical Studies courses help you expand your knowledge of specific subjects, including: 
  • Genetic Genealogy, the Basics
  • Introduction to Civil War Research
  • Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors 
NGS American Genealogical Studies offers a comprehensive program of courses structured to help you develop essential research skills. These include:
  • The Basics
  • Guide to Documentation and Source Citation
  • Beyond the Basics 
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.
[1]“CG”, “Certified Genealogist”, “CGL”, and “Certified Genealogist Lecturer” are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and are used under license by authorized associates following periodic, peer-reviewed competency evaluations. The board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office

New FamilySearch Collections Update: December 6, 2015


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INDEXED RECORDS
DIGITAL RECORDS
COMMENTS
326,076
0
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88,059
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2,213,292
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0
403,033
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261,034
0
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567,031
16,700
New indexed records and images collection
137,926
0
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220,095
0
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51,868
0
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0
641,406
New browsable image collection.
25,757
580,366
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85,006
0
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0
133,347
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16,590
0
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14,934,757
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4,352
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Ancestry to Retire Family Tree Maker Software

From Kendall Hulet, Senior Vice President of Product Management

Senior Vice President of Product Managemen

Source:
http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/12/08/ancestry-to-retire-family-tree-maker-software

Ancestry is proud to have made a significant investment this year to bring valuable new content and records to the Ancestry site. In 2015, we’ve made 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico available, more than 170 million pages from the largest collection of U.S. will and probate records, among others. We’ve also introduced new features such as Ancestry Academy and major advancements for AncestryDNA.

We remain dedicated to helping people gain new levels of understanding about their lives, and who and what led to them, harnessing the information found in family trees, historical records and genetics. As a company, we’re also continually evaluating ways to focus our efforts to provide the most impact and best product experience for our users through our core offerings.

True to this focus, we’ve taken a hard look at the declining desktop software market and the impact this has on being able to continue to provide product enhancements and support that our users need. With that, we’ve made the tough decision to stop selling Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015.

Our subscription business and website, on the other hand, continue to grow and we are doubling down our efforts to make that experience even better for our Ancestry community.

Ancestry will continue to support current owners of Family Tree Maker through January 1, 2017. During this time, all features of the software, including TreeSync™, will continue to work, and Member Services will be available to assist with user questions. We will also address major software bugs that may occur, as well as compatibility updates.

These changes are never easy, but by focusing our efforts, we can concentrate on continuing to build great products for our loyal Ancestry community.

If you have inquiries regarding Family Tree Maker, please reach out to our Member Services team. We’ll also provide updates on our blog as needed leading up to January 1, 2017.

Posted by on December 8, 2015 in Family Tree Maker Ancestry is proud to have made a significant investment this year to bring valuable new content and records to the Ancestry site. In 2015, we’ve made 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico available, more than 170 million pages from the largest collection of U.S. will and probate records, among others. We’ve also introduced new features such as Ancestry Academy and major advancements for AncestryDNA.
We remain dedicated to helping people gain new levels of understanding about their lives, and who and what led to them, harnessing the information found in family trees, historical records and genetics. As a company, we’re also continually evaluating ways to focus our efforts to provide the most impact and best product experience for our users through our core offerings.
True to this focus, we’ve taken a hard look at the declining desktop software market and the impact this has on being able to continue to provide product enhancements and support that our users need. With that, we’ve made the decision to stop selling Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015.
Our subscription business and website, on the other hand, continue to grow and we are doubling down our efforts to make that experience even better for our Ancestry community.
Ancestry will continue to support current owners of Family Tree Maker at least through January 1, 2017. During this time, all features of the software, including TreeSync™, will continue to work, and Member Services will be available to assist with user questions. We will also address major software bugs that may occur, as well as compatibility updates.
These changes are never easy, but by focusing our efforts, we can concentrate on continuing to build great products for our loyal Ancestry community.
If you have inquiries regarding Family Tree Maker, please reach out to our Member Services team. We’ll also provide updates on our blog as needed leading up to January 1, 2017.
– See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/12/08/ancestry-to-retire-family-tree-maker-software/#sthash.mPCqMrjQ.dpuf
Posted by on December 8, 2015 in Family Tree Maker Ancestry is proud to have made a significant investment this year to bring valuable new content and records to the Ancestry site. In 2015, we’ve made 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico available, more than 170 million pages from the largest collection of U.S. will and probate records, among others. We’ve also introduced new features such as Ancestry Academy and major advancements for AncestryDNA.
We remain dedicated to helping people gain new levels of understanding about their lives, and who and what led to them, harnessing the information found in family trees, historical records and genetics. As a company, we’re also continually evaluating ways to focus our efforts to provide the most impact and best product experience for our users through our core offerings.
True to this focus, we’ve taken a hard look at the declining desktop software market and the impact this has on being able to continue to provide product enhancements and support that our users need. With that, we’ve made the decision to stop selling Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015.
Our subscription business and website, on the other hand, continue to grow and we are doubling down our efforts to make that experience even better for our Ancestry community.
Ancestry will continue to support current owners of Family Tree Maker at least through January 1, 2017. During this time, all features of the software, including TreeSync™, will continue to work, and Member Services will be available to assist with user questions. We will also address major software bugs that may occur, as well as compatibility updates.
These changes are never easy, but by focusing our efforts, we can concentrate on continuing to build great products for our loyal Ancestry community.
If you have inquiries regarding Family Tree Maker, please reach out to our Member Services team. We’ll also provide updates on our blog as needed leading up to January 1, 2017.
– See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/12/08/ancestry-to-retire-family-tree-maker-software/#sthash.mPCqMrjQ.dpuf
Posted by on December 8, 2015 in Family Tree Maker Ancestry is proud to have made a significant investment this year to bring valuable new content and records to the Ancestry site. In 2015, we’ve made 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico available, more than 170 million pages from the largest collection of U.S. will and probate records, among others. We’ve also introduced new features such as Ancestry Academy and major advancements for AncestryDNA.
We remain dedicated to helping people gain new levels of understanding about their lives, and who and what led to them, harnessing the information found in family trees, historical records and genetics. As a company, we’re also continually evaluating ways to focus our efforts to provide the most impact and best product experience for our users through our core offerings.
True to this focus, we’ve taken a hard look at the declining desktop software market and the impact this has on being able to continue to provide product enhancements and support that our users need. With that, we’ve made the decision to stop selling Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015.
Our subscription business and website, on the other hand, continue to grow and we are doubling down our efforts to make that experience even better for our Ancestry community.
Ancestry will continue to support current owners of Family Tree Maker at least through January 1, 2017. During this time, all features of the software, including TreeSync™, will continue to work, and Member Services will be available to assist with user questions. We will also address major software bugs that may occur, as well as compatibility updates.
These changes are never easy, but by focusing our efforts, we can concentrate on continuing to build great products for our loyal Ancestry community.
If you have inquiries regarding Family Tree Maker, please reach out to our Member Services team. We’ll also provide updates on our blog as needed leading up to January 1, 2017.
– See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/12/08/ancestry-to-retire-family-tree-maker-software/#sthash.mPCqMrjQ.dpuf
Posted by on December 8, 2015 in Family Tree Maker Ancestry is proud to have made a significant investment this year to bring valuable new content and records to the Ancestry site. In 2015, we’ve made 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico available, more than 170 million pages from the largest collection of U.S. will and probate records, among others. We’ve also introduced new features such as Ancestry Academy and major advancements for AncestryDNA.
We remain dedicated to helping people gain new levels of understanding about their lives, and who and what led to them, harnessing the information found in family trees, historical records and genetics. As a company, we’re also continually evaluating ways to focus our efforts to provide the most impact and best product experience for our users through our core offerings.
True to this focus, we’ve taken a hard look at the declining desktop software market and the impact this has on being able to continue to provide product enhancements and support that our users need. With that, we’ve made the decision to stop selling Family Tree Maker as of December 31, 2015.
Our subscription business and website, on the other hand, continue to grow and we are doubling down our efforts to make that experience even better for our Ancestry community.
Ancestry will continue to support current owners of Family Tree Maker at least through January 1, 2017. During this time, all features of the software, including TreeSync™, will continue to work, and Member Services will be available to assist with user questions. We will also address major software bugs that may occur, as well as compatibility updates.
These changes are never easy, but by focusing our efforts, we can concentrate on continuing to build great products for our loyal Ancestry community.
If you have inquiries regarding Family Tree Maker, please reach out to our Member Services team. We’ll also provide updates on our blog as needed leading up to January 1, 2017.
– See more at: http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/12/08/ancestry-to-retire-family-tree-maker-software/#sthash.mPCqMrjQ.dpuf

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, December 4, 2015

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of British Army Muster Rolls, as well as a host of updates to the PERiodical Source Index. We also have some incredible new records detailing the inmates of Australian mental health institutions, including information on their length of stay and ailments, and a fascinating collection of wills and probate documents from Lichfield and Coventry, spanning over 300 years.

Each transcript will vary due to the individual career of each soldier, but may include the soldier’s name, rank, regiment, battalion, and militia recruit. You can follow their career to find out whether they took part in the Walcheren Campaign or the Peninsular War, or if he served as a guard on a convict ship in New South Wales. These records will also reveal whether your ancestor was admitted to hospital, and if so, which one. They will show if your ancestor was taken as a prisoner of war or died in service, along with the date and cause of death. Some transcripts include additional information from the pension records.

The 60th Regiment was first raised in the American colonies in 1756 and was known as the Royal Americans. Their name was changed to the King’s Royal Rifle Corps after the Napoleonic Wars in 1830. The muster rolls cover the Zulu War, 1st Boer War and the Battle of Tel El-Kebir. The regiment is also known as the King’s Royal Rifle Corps.

Each record includes a transcript created from the information found in the original muster rolls. The details included will vary depending on the military career of each solider, however you may find a combination of the soldier’s name, service number, rank, regiment, battalion, mounted infantry, the 1879 Zulu muster roll, 1881 1st Boer War muster roll, or 1882 Tel El Kebir muster roll. Additional notes may include the date the individual was enlisted, sickness, if wounded and when, date of discharge or date and cause of death.

This record set includes eleven institutions, covering admission years from 1811-1919, and discharge dates from 1838-1914. This amazing collection could help you to discover the dates of your ancestor’s stay and what ailed them. You may also learn the names and residences of their next of kin and their medical histories. The images are particularly interesting, as they include additional fields, such as medical histories. Images may reveal your ancestor’s condition of life and previous occupation, previous home, the authority by which they were sent there, dates of medical certificates and by whom signed, details of a patient’s mental and/or physical condition and ailments, their medical history, and additional observations.

These records also include notable individuals, such as Edward/Ellen De Lacy Evans, a woman who spent 20 years living as a man before being discovered, and Harry Trott, a skilled cricketer who was admitted to Kew Asylum in 1899 after suffering fits and bouts of unconsciousness.

This record set is comprised of two collections, Diocese of Lichfield & Coventry Probate Court Act Books 1532-1638, and Diocese of Lichfield & Coventry original wills, inventories and letters of administration 1521-1858.

Most transcripts include first and last names, death date, year of will, year of grant of probate or letters of administration, occupation, parish, and more. Individuals often have multiple images of the original documents containing details of their probate and their wills written out in full, which can provide detailed information on next of kin and the estate of the deceased. Wills and letters of administration (where a will was not made) will often include references to entire family networks. Inventories of property survive for almost all wills up to 1750.

35 different publications have either been newly added to the collection or updated with additional coverage. Included are a range of research sources like newsletters, journals, magazines and genealogy quarterlies. You’ll find fully searchable new articles from states, cities and towns across America. But PERSI is so much more than a great source for tracing American relatives. The latest additions include indexes on English, Irish, Australian and Swedish genealogy too.

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.

Federation of Genealogical Societies Announces 2015 Election Results

December 1, 2015 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces results of its recent election for FGS board members. The election was conducted online October 23 – November 23, 2015, with all FGS delegates eligible to vote. Office terms for those elected will begin on January 1, 2016.

With the recent election results, FGS President D. Joshua Taylor says, “I am looking forward to welcoming these old and new faces to the FGS Leadership team. FGS would not be able to fulfill its mission without its terrific volunteers who give so much of their time and energy to the organization.”

Re-Elected FGS Board Members

The following officers and directors were re-elected to their positions:

  • Ed Donakey (Utah) — Vice-President of Development
  • Janice A. Fritsch (Illinois) — Director

New FGS Board Members

The following officers and directors were newly elected to their positions:

  • Caroline M. Pointer* (Texas) — Vice-President of Membership
  • Shellee A. Moorehead (Rhode Island) — Treasurer
  • Richard L. Cassell (Washington) — Director
  • Mark Olsen (Utah) — Director
  • Cari A. Taplin (Texas) — Director

*Pointer was first appointed to the FGS board as director in early 2013 to fill a vacant position; appointed Vice-President of Membership in mid-2015 to fill the vacant position; and elected Vice-President of Membership in this recent election.

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. To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Springfield, IL, visit fgsconference.org. Also, find FGS on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on the FGS Voice blog at http://voice.fgs.org.

Australian Passenger Lists launched on TheGenealogist

TheGenealogist has released over 190,000 records for passengers who departed these shores on early migrant ships to New South Wales in the years between 1828 and 1896. These new records expand TheGenealogist’s Immigration, Emigration and Naturalisation and passenger list records.

The transcripts of the latest release uniquely give a family link so you can see spouses and children setting out on their new life. They also reveal details such as which ship they had sailed on, where they were landing, the passenger’s occupation and in the case where the migrant has been assisted to travel out to a job, their employer’s name.

Some records are more detailed than others and can divulge how much the emigrant was to be paid, whether rations were included in their employment. In some cases the immigrants Native Place, or where they had come from is also disclosed. A number of these settlers may have bought their own passages, while others travelled with assistance from one of the public or private programmes that existed at the time. With the discovery of gold in 1851 mass migration to New South Wales of a wider cross section of people took place.

The NSW passenger lists will allow researchers to

Discover ancestors travelling to New South Wales from Britain and Ireland between 1828 and 1896 in the shipping lists of the era
These fully indexed records allow family historians to search by name together with country and port of embarkation, as well as country or port of destination
Find ancestors on “bounty scheme” voyages in which free immigrants to Australia were recruited by agents in Britain, who were paid a monetary reward for finding suitable skilled labour and tradespeople willing to sail out to the new colony
Locate families travelling together with a single click
See linked images and records on the New South Wales Government Website

These records can be found within the Immigration, Emigration and Travel collection on TheGenealogist and add significantly to the resources already available for researchers to use when looking for ancestors who left Britain. TheGenealogist’s extensive British & International Immigration and Emigration records, already include Naturalisation and Denization records, convict registers and early New Zealand settlers.

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, December 15

For immediate release December 1, 2015

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, December 15

“Reliability: The Keystone of Genealogical Reasoning, with Judicial Comparisons”

Reliable evidence is essential to sound genealogical conclusions. Illustrating the importance of this quality, the term reliable and its synonyms appears in no less than seven standards in Genealogy Standards. What does “reliable” mean? How is it assessed?

Come explore the nebulous but important principles surrounding reliability from the perspective of genealogy and the law. The term reliable is not expressly mentioned in the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) yet it is clear that the GPS “requires genealogists to base conclusions on reliable evidence.” The laws pertaining to the admission or exclusion of expert witness testimony provide relevant insights into what is and is not reliable. This is of crucial importance to those attempting to draw a conclusion based upon the GPS. This webinar is free to the public and will take place at 8:00 PM EDT 15 December 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 publication, Genealogy Standards.

Michael Ramage, JD, CG, is a Board-certified genealogist and licensed attorney with over thirty years of professional research and writing experience who specializes in the field of missing and unknown heirs in estate, trust, and real estate title matters.

“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 Michael Ramage, JD, cg, “Reliability: The Keystone of Genealogical Reasoning, with Judicial Comparisons” before 15 December 2015 at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4736616197104408066

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.

Registration Opens for the National Genealogical Society’s 2016 Family History Conference

ARLINGTON, VA, 30 November 2015—Registration opens Tuesday, 1 December 2015 for the National Genealogical Society’s thirty-eighth annual Family History Conference, Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time, which will be held 4–7 May 2016 at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. To register on or after 1 December 2015, visit the NGS website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register/ and complete the online registration form.

Since Ponce de Leon landed in Florida in 1513, Florida has been a land of ethnic diversity. Its people include Native Americans, Spanish, Irish, English, Welsh, French, and African Americans. These migrations have left many footprints in time and many records to trace our genealogy. Connie Lester, PhD, Associate Professor in History at the University of Central Florida, will open the conference with a talk that focuses on how the farmer, the teacher, or the laborer—people defined as “ordinary”—shaped our history and how their stories contribute to our understanding of who we are. Dr. Lester’s address will be one of many lectures of interest to those who have ancestors who lived in Florida, the Gulf Coast, and the Caribbean.

Other genealogical subjects featured at the NGS Family History Conference will include the Board for Certification of Genealogists’ Skillbuilding track, which focuses on research techniques useful to both the beginning and the advanced researcher. Among the ten lectures in the African American track are Deborah Abbott’s “Using Manuscripts in African American Research,” Pamela Foster’s “Mining Historically Black College Newspapers for History and Heritage,” and J. Mark Lowe’s “Finding Freedmen Marriage Records .” A two-day DNA track features a workshop on chromosome mapping and lectures on other aspects of DNA tests and analysis of the results. Single-day tracks focus on Jewish, military, and British Isles research and include tracks sponsored by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and the New England Historic and Genealogical Society. Technology and its increasing role in research is addressed in a variety of presentations including a two-day track on ways to use technology in your family history research.

A number of special events have limited seating, so register on 1 December, or as soon as possible thereafter, if you plan to attend these events. To register online, visit the NGS website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register/. The online searchable program is available at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/ and the PDF brochure is available at http://goo.gl/w40zSO. The brochure includes an overview of the sessions, tours, pre-conference events, registration times, and rates, as well as general conference and hotel details. Attendees are urged to visit the conference blog http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/2016-family-history-conference-brochure/ which will feature tips on local and regional research facilities, things to do in and around Fort Lauderdale, and updated information on hotel availability and local restaurants.

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.

everyStory, new cloud-based story-sharing platform, announces acquisition of key StoryPress Assets

Interactive photo and audio features preserves memories by adding audio stories to photosSAN DIEGO, CA / ACCESSWIRE / December 1, 2015 / everyStory, the secure cloud-based story-sharing mobile app and platform, today announced an agreement to acquire n…