Month: January 2016

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, January 29, 2016

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of a variety of new additions from the Ilse of Man, Ireland, the English county of Middlesex, Australia and New Zealand.

Over 2.8 million New Zealand birth, marriage and death index records are now available to search and over 838,000 new records have been added to our collection of civil and parish births, marriages and deaths from the Isle of Man. Substantial updates have also been made to the Greater London Burial Index, Queensland Funeral records and our collection of historic Irish newspapers.

Over 970,000 articles have been added to our collection of historic Irish newspapers. The latest additions include one brand new title – The Dublin Shipping and Mercantile Gazette, the arrival of which adds over 3,700 fully searchable articles from 1871 to our gorwing list of Dublin newspapers.

As well as the new additions, we’ve also supplemented 16 existing titles with new articles, giving you extra years to explore. Substantial updates have been made to Dublin Daily Express (553,739), Londonderry Sentinel (101,332) and Warder and Dublin Weekly Mail (76,414).

Over 422,000 records been added to the Isle of Man, Births and Baptisms 1600-2010. Now totalling over 540, 000 records, the set is composed of parish baptismal records transcribed by FamilySearch, and civil registration records transcribed by Denise Killen. Each individual record includes a transcript of the original source material that will usually include your ancestors’ name, gender, birth year, birth place, baptism year, baptism place and parent’s names.

You can order original certificates from all the transcripts generated from the civil registration index via the Isle of Man General Registry.

Over 167,000 records have been added to our collection of Isle of Man Marriages. Each record includes a transcript of either a parish or civil registration records that will usually include the date and location of your ancestor’s marriage, their parish, religious denomination, residence and father’s name. Church records will also include the name, birth year and marital status of their spouse as well as the name of their spouse’s father.

Over 249,000 records have been added to the Isle of Man, Deaths and Burials 1598-2011. The collection holds both parish burial records and civil registration records related to deaths and burials on Isle of Man. Depending on the type of record and its age, the details found in each transcript will vary although most Parish records will include your ancestors name, birth year, age at death, marital status, occupation, residence burial date, burial place and the names of both their parents and spouse. Civil Registration records will reveal when and where the burial was registered.


Over 279,000 new records covering 48 different locations across the historical county of Middlesex have been added to the Greater London Burials Index. The Index comprises over one million names from 226 parishes in the Greater London area and includes records from both Anglican and non-conformist parishes.

Over 39,000 records have been added to our collection of Queensland Funeral Records. The collection consists of transcripts taken from original records held at the Genealogical Society of Queensland Brisbane and includes indexes from records of memorial inscriptions from many Queensland cemeteries and lone graves (burials that took place on private property).

Each record will reveal your ancestors name, gender, birth year, location and date of death. Many records will also contain a description of your ancestor that can include a variety of details such as the titles they held and the names of their relations. The records don’t just record European settlers and a number will contain additional notes relating to the deceased’s alias or ethnicity (e.g. South Sea Islander, Aboriginal, ‘Kanaka’ – term used for Pacific Islander workers employed in British colonies during the 19th and 20th centuries).


The New Zealand Birth Index contains the records of over 628,000 people. Marriages in New Zealand have been recorded Since the Marriage Registration Act of 1854. The records are from the combined indexes of both the General and Māori registers. From 1913-1961, Māori births were registered separately from the General register although some Māori events were recorded in the General system. Since registration was difficult to enforce, many Māori births were never registered.

Each record consists of a transcript that will reveal your ancestor’s name, birth year the first names of their both parents and registration number. Post 1912 records may also include a stillbirth indicator. You can order a printout or certificate from the New Zealand Births, Deaths & Marriages website, which may provide you with additional information such as the couple’s ages, professions, place of marriage, statuses, parents’ names and occupations, and witnesses.

The New Zealand Birth Index contains over 190,000 records. These marriage records in this index pertain to individuals who were born 120 years or more ago. Each transcript will include your ancestors name, registration year, registration number and the full name of their spouse. It is important to note the first four digits of the registration refer to the year the event was registered rather than the year of event. As more questions were asked for marriage registration after 1880, those later registrations will contain more details.

The New Zealand Death Index contains over 2 million records dating back to 1848. The records are from the combined indexes of both the General and Māori registers and list the deceased’s name, registration year, birth date or age at death and registration number.

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.

Global RootsTech Conference Announces Free Online Broadcast Schedule

For Immediate Release

SALT LAKE CITY, 29 January 2016—RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 4-6, 2016, announced today that 15 of its popular sessions will be broadcast live and complimentary over the Internet. The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend in-person worldwide a sample of this year’s conference content. Interested viewers can watch the live presentations at RootsTech.orgSaturday’s Family Discovery Day sessions will be broadcast live on LDS.org

The streamed RootsTech sessions include the general sessions and a sampling of technology and family history presentations.  Following are the broadcasted sessions and speakers. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST):

RootsTech Streaming Schedule (RootsTech.org Thursday, February 4Friday, February 5Saturday February 6, 2016)

Time Length Day
Thursday Friday Saturday
8:30 a.m. 90 Minutes RootsTech General Session: Stephen T. Rockwood, Paula Madison and
Bruce Feiler
RootsTech General Session: Josh and Naomi Davis and
David Isay
RootsTech General Session: Michael Leavitt
11:00 a.m. 60 Minutes RT5352
7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries
Mike Mansfield
GS3643
Innovator Showdown
(Starts at 10:30)
RT2449
Photos-Emerging Technologies in Photography
Jens Nielsen
1:30 p.m. 60 Minutes RT2390
Best Websites and Apps for Local
Amy Crow
GS2345
Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogy
Lisa Louise Cook
RT2560
Become a Master Searcher on AncestryAnne Mitchell
3:00 p.m. 60 Minutes GS4310
What’s New in Family Tree for 2016
Ron Tanner
RT7450
Finding Elusive Records on FamilySearch.orgRobert Kehrer
RT1792
Homespun and Calico: Researching our Foremothers
Peggy Lauritzen
4:30 p.m. 60 Minutes GS2623
Virtual Family ReunionsJoseph Richardson
RT1431
My Ancestors are from Britain– What do I do next?
Myko Clelland
GS1532
5 Steps to Identify a Family Photo
Maureen Taylor
Family Discovery Day Streaming Schedule (LDS.org Saturday, February 6, 2016)

Time Length Session Information- English Session Information- Languages
1:00 p.m. 45 Minutes RootsTech Family Discovery Day Opening Session:
Elder Dale G. Renlund, Sister Ruth L. Renlund, Sister Ashley Renlund
RootsTech Family Discovery Day Opening Session:
Elder Dale G. Renlund, Sister Ruth L. Renlund, Sister Ashley Renlund
2:00 p.m. 45 Minutes Family History Discussion:
Sheri L. Dew and Sister Wendy W. Nelson
No Stream
3:15 p.m. 30 Minutes RootsTech Family Discovery Day Family Session:
Sister Rosemary M. Wixom and Brother Stephen W. Owen
RootsTech Family Discovery Day Family Session:
Sister Rosemary M. Wixom and Brother Stephen W. Owen
4:15 p.m. 30 Minutes RootsTech Family Discovery Day Youth and Family Session:
Taysom Hill and Britain Covey
No Stream
About RootsTech

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

E-Z Photo Scan announces free scanning at RootsTech

Scanning leader sets goal for 100,000 scans at global family history event

Jan. 27, 2016

Altamonte Springs, Fla.E-Z Photo Scan, the leading marketer of desktop photo-scanning systems, announced RootsTech attendees can have their prints and slides scanned for free during the event, Feb. 3-6, 2016, in Salt Lake City. In 2015, E-Z Photo Scan booth attendees scanned 98,561 prints at RootsTech, and this year, a goal of 100,000 scans has been set.

To participate, RootsTech attendees can bring their photo prints, scrapbook pages and slides to expo booth 1109 during exhibit hours Thursday-Saturday. To make image storage easy and simple, E-Z Photo Scan will use the latest technology to make photos available to attendees after the event. These treasured digital memories can be stored on FamilySearch and other genealogy sites. Also, on Saturday, E-Z Photo Scan is part of the interactive activities of Family Discovery Day.

“To reach our 100,000 free scan goal, we’re bringing our full array of photo scanning equipment, including the Kodak Picture Saver scanner, SlideSnap Lite and Shotbox,” says Richard “Rick” Lippert, president, E-Z Photo Scan. “Simply bring your prints and slides to digitize them for free. It’s fast, easy and fun.”

For information about attending RootsTech, visit www.rootstech.org

ABOUT E-Z PHOTO SCAN

Founded in 1995, E-Z Photo Scan has worked with many community centers, historical societies, museums, and individuals to help them organize and preserve their photos and documents. Their team has long recognized the need for photo organization and management service providers, having seen individuals who find digitizing photographic archives to be a daunting, expensive and time-consuming task. It was awarded Kodak Picture Saver Scanning Systems Global Value-Added Re-Seller Leader of the Year.

ABOUT ROOTSTECH

RootsTech is a global family history event, where people of all ages learn to discover, share, and celebrate their family connections across generations through technology. At RootsTech, there is something for everyone, no matter your experience in family history or your skill level in technology. RootsTech will be held on Feb. 3-6, 2016, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Innovator Summit will be held on Feb. 3, 2016, also at the Salt Palace.

Family History Enthusiasts Worldwide Gathering in Utah for RootsTech 2016

Family History Enthusiasts Worldwide Gathering in Utah for RootsTech 2016


For Immediate Release

SALT LAKE CITY, 27 January 2016—RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, is looking forward to over 20,000 visitors over four days with an exciting array of speakers and entertainers, over 250 interesting and informative classes, a huge expo hall with more than 160 exhibitors. There is something for every level of family history—from the beginner to experienced. The three-day conference begins on Thursday, February 4, and goes through Saturday, February 6. For more information go to RootsTech.org.

The keynote speakers and offerings reflect the growing influence of family history. Today multiple generations of all ages are engaging through family storytelling and sharing memories within families using social media and an expanding array of new technologies and mobile apps. The opening session on February 4 will begin with Stephen T. Rockwood, who is the managing director for the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and President/CEO of FamilySearch International.

Also featured is Paula Williams Madison who is chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management LLC, a Los Angeles based media consultancy company with global reach. After her retirement in 2011, Madison started doing research on her family lineage. She wrote the book and produced a movie Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem in April 2015 about her experiences. A free screening of the movie will be provided on Wednesday, February 3.

Bruce Feiler is one of America’s most popular commentators about contemporary life. He hosts the PBS series Walking the Bible and Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler. He wrote The Secrets of Happy Families containing best practices for busy parents from some of the country’s most creative minds. He has appeared on many television shows on NRP, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and others.

On Friday, February 5, David Isay, is a scheduled keynote. He’s the founder of StoryCorps, an award-winning organization that provides people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve their life stories. 50,000 interviews have been archived and preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. He has also written several New York Times bestsellers, including Listening is an Act of Love. He is a broadcaster and documentarian, and his research reveals ways to tell great stories for the family historian.

Also on Friday, Josh and Naomi Davis, popular family bloggers known as Love Taza, will speak. On their blog, they relate their life with their three children in bustling New York City. The blog has become a digital destination viewed by millions around the world. People love the inspiration about raising a family and the appreciation Naomi has for life’s simple joys.

On Saturday, February 6, Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. She worked with Spielberg on the movie Lincoln, based in part on her award winning Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. She has written books about Frank and Eleanor Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and the Kennedys and shares her expertise and commentary on many television shows. She has a PhD in government from Harvard and was an assistant to Lyndon Johnson and has been a consultant in several PBS and History Channel documentaries.

Also on Saturday, Michael Leavitt, a three-term former governor of Utah, will speak. He also served in George W. Bush’s cabinet as an Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The second annual Innovator Summit is a one-day event on Wednesday, February 3, for developers, entrepreneurs, and innovators from around the globe to explore, examine, and discover business and technological opportunities within the family history industry—a rapidly growing multibillion dollar industry. Innovators from around the globe and from all industries will be competing for a piece of the $100,000 in total cash and in-kind prizes. The keynote speaker for this event will be Ken Krogue, an entrepreneur who has taken his business InsideSales.com from a small beginning to a billion dollar industry. He will share his expertise about social media and how to use the different forms effectively.

Along with the keynotes, RootsTech attendees will be able to hear from the Crescent Super Band, featuring Ryan Inness, and Lower Lights, a popular gospel and folk band.

More information about speakers, entertainers, classes, and how to register at RootsTech can be found at RootsTech.org.

About RootsTech

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

NGS Announces a New Cloud-Based Course: Researching Your World War I Ancestors

For Release: January 27, 2016

NGS Announces a New Cloud-Based Course: Researching Your World War I Ancestors


ARLINGTON, VA, 01/27/2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of its newest Continuing Genealogical Studies course, Researching Your World War I Ancestors. In this cloud-based, nine-module, self-paced course, genealogists obtain an introduction to WWI research. Modules cover topics such as “Locate and Understand Records of Units,” “Serial Numbers and Unit Identification,” and “Obtaining Copies of World War I Personnel Records.” Also included are examples, citations, references, self-graded quizzes, and a comprehensive glossary.

Craig Roberts Scott, CGSM, FUGA, developed Researching Your World War I Ancestors for NGS. A nationally recognized lecturer, educator, and genealogical and historical researcher, he has more than thirty years’ experience and specializes in the diverse military records at the National Archives.

Researching Your World War I Ancestors is one of a number of cloud-based NGS courses that offers the convenience of completing a genealogy course over a period of months at any location and at any time. It is available for $45.00 for members and $70.00 for nonmembers. For further information or to purchase the course, visit NGS Continuing Genealogical Studies.

About NGS

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.

Geni.com’s World Family Tree Surpasses 100 Million Profiles

[Editor’s Note: This post was written by Amanda, Social Media Coordinator, at Geni http://www.geni.com/blog/genis-world-family-tree-surpasses-100-million-profiles-392271.html)]

Today we’re excited to announce that Geni’s World Family Tree now connects over 100 million profiles!

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the entire Geni community, the World Family Tree has quickly become the largest, highest-quality family tree of the world. This significant milestone is the product of the hard work and research done by our dedicated community of users and our trusted team of volunteer Curators.

Geni.com's World Family Tree Surpasses 100 Million Profiles

The World Family Tree is the definitive family tree for the entire world. It connects millions of relatives in over 160 countries and across all seven continents. It is a truly global endeavor as millions of genealogists and family historians from all around the world collaborate on the family tree, continuously working to improve, enhance and preserve our shared ancestry.

Genealogy is often characterized as a giant puzzle; a puzzle that is traditionally pursued in solitude. However, this solitary approach results in the same research being done again and again. By combining research into a single family tree, more time can be spent verifying existing information and making new discoveries. Through collaboration, everyone can benefit from the work already done by others, and any new findings that may be uncovered.

When visiting other genealogy websites, you will often find a seemingly endless number of duplicate family trees. A simple search for Apple co-founder Steve Jobs can result in hundreds of entries. However, when searched on Geni, you will find only one clean and accurate entry for Steve Jobs. Since the profile is designated a Master Profile, all subsequent duplicates that may be created will be merged into the Master Profile, ensuring all of the best information is collected in one place. Photographs, documents and sources can be added to the same profile for all to share and review.

A common pitfall of other online family trees is the perpetuation of errors that seem impossible to rectify as they are copied across duplicate trees. What makes working in Geni’s World Family Tree extraordinary is that when a mistake is found, it can be corrected quickly and without the worry that the error will be repeated across multiple family trees, which can create a false sense of accuracy. As more people work together, the World Family Tree gets better and better as mistakes are corrected, existing profiles are enhanced and new information is found.

To further ensure the accurate preservation of our shared ancestry, we introduced our team of volunteer Curators to act as stewards of the World Family Tree. Since 2010, Curators have helped protect and maintain the accuracy of the tree. These are users who are not only actively contributing to the World Family Tree, but are also well regarded by the Geni community for their helpfulness and genealogical expertise. In the years since we first introduced this role, our team of Curators has grown to over 190 volunteers from all around the world. Each curator brings with them a strong passion for genealogy and collaboration in the quest to connect all of humanity. Not only has their hard work helped to make Geni’s World Family Tree one of the most accurate online family trees around, but their boundless enthusiasm to help others has become a cornerstone of Geni’s collaborative community. Our Curators have been instrumental in helping to shape the World Family Tree into what it is today by spending countless hours merging duplicates, making corrections and assisting Geni users with both genealogical and technical inquiries.

What motivates our volunteers to dedicate so much time and effort to the World Family Tree? Randy Schoenberg has been a Geni Curator for nearly five years. A lawyer and philanthropist, Randy has been exploring genealogy since he was 8 years old. He explains,

“Every genealogist is motivated initially by an almost narcissistic desire to learn about himself by discovering his or her ancestors. When you broaden your focus and realize that every one of us is part of a giant human tree, then you start to see things a bit differently. It becomes less about me, and more about us. Geni is like a giant jigsaw puzzle that we all work on together. Each time I add someone to the tree, it feels like I am discovering a new link in the web of humanity.”

Uncovering one’s family history is a very personal endeavor and any help a curator may be able to offer can bring great joy to someone’s family. It also gives them the opportunity to learn something new themselves. Randy shares,

“I like helping people with their trees and solving problems. Not only is it nice for the person I am helping, but I learn so much about genealogy, often in areas that I don’t regularly deal with on my own tree. I am acutely aware of how much I have learned, and how much more knowledgeable I have become about genealogy. Being a Geni curator provides experience in genealogy that no one else has, including how to work collaboratively with other genealogists from all over the world.”

With over 100 million profiles connected to the World Family Tree, everyone has the opportunity to discover how they’re related to a vast array of people, from celebrities to historical figures to a childhood best friend. However, these fascinating connections are only good if they can be trusted and this is why we are grateful for the contributions from our volunteers. As for what Randy has to say about his curator colleagues,

“I find my fellow Curators are invariably the most informed and talented genealogists in their fields. I am lucky to be able to work with them and learn from them.”

With the help of the Curators and the entire Geni community, we can ensure that the World Family Tree will continue to grow and thrive as existing branches are refined and new branches are added. We remain committed to bringing you the best tools to further improve and enrich your family history research on Geni and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have reached this significant milestone.

Thank you!

ConferenceKeeper & Geneabloggers proclaim February 1 as #GenealogySelfie Day

Conference Keeper

The genealogy community is a friendly and rather social bunch. They share knowledge, information, documents, research triumphs and struggles, joys, sorrows – even pictures of cats. So why not selfies? Chances are good that if you’re on Facebook or Twitter, you have a hefty number of “genealogy” friends – many that you probably have never met in person, but regularly interact with through Likes, Shares, and Comments on one another’s posts. Peruse your list of “genealogy’ friends and you’ll most likely find that many use a photo of an ancestor, or a baby picture, as their profile pic. It adds quite the variety to your friends list, but you wouldn’t know them if you ran into them in the vendor hall at a conference, or sat next to them at a workshop. And with RootsTech just around the corner, there’s an opportunity to possibly run into thousands of them in person!

ConferenceKeeper and Geneabloggers are delighted to offer a solution. They are officially proclaiming February 1st as #GenealogySelfie Day – a day for social folks who love genealogy to snap a picture of themselves and share it on Facebook and/or Twitter with the hashtag #GenealogySelfie. It will be fun to put faces to names, and increase the chances of recognizing one another at RootsTech and other upcoming events and conferences.

Join in the fun for the first ever #GenealogySelfie Day on February 1.

About Conference Keeper: Growing since 2012, ConferenceKeeper.org is a website dedicated to curating and calendaring genealogy and family history conference details. Events are posted on the Calendar tab, as well as under the specific page of their location. Along with a listing of events, those pages also include links to useful research websites specific to each location, including genealogical and historical societies, archives, and other helpful information. See: http://www.conferencekeeper.org.

GeneaBloggers is an online community resource listing over 3,000 genealogy and family history blogs all over the world. Blogs are listed when they are submitted by the owner of the blog or by one of their readers. The only qualification is that the blog have current articles and that it be focused on genealogy and family history. See: http://www.geneabloggers.com.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, January 22, 2016

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 196,000 records. The new records now available to search include a rich and varied collection of family history publications from Scotland, new additions to our collection of Lincolnshire Monumental Inscriptions and medal records of Indian Defence and Auxiliary Force volunteers. Also included in this week’s release is the Phillimore Marriage Registers, a substantial collection of PDF’s recording marriages from all over England.

The Phillimore Marriage Registers, 1531-1913, consist of 241 volumes of parish marriages from 29 English counties. The registers were created by Nottingham lawyer William Phillimore Watts Stiff. William founded the publishing company Phillimore & Co. Ltd in 1897 and published works related to British family history. Later in life, William transcribed and printed parish marriage registers for over a thousand parishes and continued to work in family history until his death in 1914.

The registers contain approximately 2.3 million names and cover over 1,500 English parishes. Each record consists of a PDF image of the original Phillimore marriage register that will list the names of the married couple and the date of their marriage. In a number of registers, entries will also include the individuals’ residences and state whether the couple was married by banns or license.

Scotland Registers & Records consists of images taken from 14 different publications related to Scottish parishes and families. The records included in this collection are incredibly varied, ranging from parish records, topographical accounts and memorial inscriptions to a 19th century novel and a short history of the Black Watch.

The information contained in each record will vary drastically depending on its subject. For example, Memorial Inscriptions of Rattray Churchyard recorded death dates and places from monumental inscriptions, whereas Scotland, Historic Families Of Fife, Births, Marriages and Deaths 1100-2014 chronicles the genealogical history of Scottish families of Fife such as Barclay, Hay, Leslie, Preston, Wemyss and more.

British Army, Indian Volunteer Force Medal Awards 1915-1939 contains the records of over 15,000 individuals from the Indian Defence Force (IDF) and the Auxiliary Force India (AFI) who were awarded the medals between 1915 and 1939. The IDF and AFI were India’s equivalent to the UK’s Territorial Army, which was comprised of part-time regiments of European soldiers who could be fully mobilised in wartime. Prior to 1920, the IDF and AFI were known as the Indian Volunteer Force (1857-1917).

The Volunteer Forces Long Service Medal & Good Conduct Medal was instituted in May 1894 and awarded to non-commissioned officers and men who had served for a minimum of 20 years in the volunteer forces. The award was superseded by the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal in 1908 but remained in use in India until 1930. The Efficiency Medal was introduced in October 1930 when it replaced the Volunteer Forces Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. The medal was awarded for 12 years of continuous and efficient service.

Each record consists of a transcript listing your ancestor’s name, rank, corps, order details, the award they received and the date they received it.

Over 24,000 records have been added tour our collection of Lincolnshire Monumental Inscriptions. The records list the gravesites of individuals buried in the historic county of Lincolnshire between the early 1400s and 2012. Monumental inscriptions can reveal vital details and will often provide additional information outside of death dates.

Each record includes a transcript of the original source material that will reveal your ancestor’s name, birth year, the year of their burial and the location of their grave. A number of records also include additional notes such as the names of parents or spouses. Lincolnshire Monumental Inscriptions now contains over 138,000 records from over 200 parishes. The records have been compiled from inscriptions found on tombstones and other memorials in churches and churchyards within Lincolnshire.

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.

Family Tree Tours Announces its 2016 Genealogy/Heritage Tours

Family Tree Tours Announces its 2016 Genealogy/Heritage Tours



For those who wish to journey to their ancestral hometowns and experience the lives their ancestors led before emigrating, Family Tree Tours can help that dream come true. They will help you plan a visit to your hometown and make a contact for you there. Whether you choose a privately escorted, small group, or independent tour, their heritage trips provide you the opportunity to experience the culture of your heritage and create memories for future generations.

WASHINGTON, MO—January 2016Family Tree Tours, a leading European genealogy tour provider for genealogy societies and individuals, announces its 2016 heritage tour line-up.

Mecklenburg, Germany – May 21 – 31, 2016
Join us at our lakeside hotel as we explore all that Mecklenburg has to offer. From north coast islands to its many lakes and the Palace in Schwerin, with a trip to Hamburg to visit the Ballinstadt Emigration museum, to see how your ancestors left. Free days to visit your ancestral hometowns.

Ostfriesland, Germany – June 11-21, 2016
“Moin” means Nice Day in the Low German language used in this picturesque Northern region of Germany. With green meadows, coastal sandy heath land and marsh, we spend 10 days on the trail of your Ostfriesland ancestors. We visit living history museum, castles, Archives and the Bremerhaven Emigrant museum, plus you visit your ancestral hometowns.

Rhineland, Germany – September 9 – 20, 2016
Soak up the spectacular scenery of the romantic Rhine Valley on our 2016 tour of the Rhineland. Some of the highlights of our tour are a relaxing Rhine River day cruise past the ancient castles dotting the landscape, tour of “Burg Eltz” castle, tour of Church Archive and a living history museum, plus free days to visit ancestral hometowns.

Tuscany Villa Tour – October 1 -8, 2016
Spend 7 nights in the glorious Tuscan countryside in our own private
Tuscan villa only 4 miles from Florence, Italy. 6 day trips to Florence, Sienna,
Lucca, Chianti Wine Tastings and visits to Pisa, San Giamignano and the Cinque Terre
The scenery, the food, the wine make this a trip not to be missed. (This is not a heritage tour but extra days can be added to visit ancestral towns privately)

No matter what stage you may be in your research, we have a trip perfect for you.

About Family Tree Tours

Family Tree Tours provides research assistance to genealogy enthusiasts and ancestry trips to German-speaking countries. Whether a group heritage tour, private genealogy tour, or independent heritage trip, owner Kathy Wurth and on-the-ground German expert Matthias Uthoff provide you the opportunity to learn more about your family roots, to connect with family, and to learn about your ancestors before they made their emigration journey. With a passion for both genealogical research and travel, Kathy and Matthias work closely with you to ensure your family research trip is a success.

To learn more about planning German heritage trips and genealogical research, please visit http://www.familytreetours.com.

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Findmypast Announces Free Weekend 22-25 January 2016

Findmypast Announces Free Weekend 22-25 January 2016


  • Findmypast announces free access to historical records this weekend
  • Over 8 billion records available to everyone to search for free
  • Local subscribers granted World access, and World subscribers enjoy 3 days added to their subscription

London, UK, 20th January 2016 – Findmypast has announced that this weekend, they will be opening up their archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. From 7am on Friday, January 22nd to 7am on Monday, January 25st (EST), absolutely everyone will have access to Findmypast’s comprehensive collections of historical records and innovative research tools, including:

  • Millions of records you won’t find anywhere else, including fascinating WW2 Prisoner of War records, millions of England & Wales Crime records and the incredible British in India collection
  • The largest online collection of England & Wales Electoral registers, containing over 220 million names
  • Birth, marriage and death records dating back to the 18th century
  • The largest online collection of UK parish records, dating back to 1538
  • Historical newspapers from across the world, including nearly 13 million British newspaper dating all the way back to 1710
  • The most comprehensive collection of UK military records anywhere online
  • The largest collection of Irish family history records available online
  • Passenger lists for ships sailing to and from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA
  • An easy to use online family tree builder, which allows you to import and export your tree if you’ve built it elsewhere
  • Our Family Tree hints feature, which will suggest potential matches between the ancestors in your tree and records from our archives

Family historians will also have access to the millions of other records available to search on Findmypast, providing them with new opportunities to explore their family history and bring their past to life.

Access to the 1939 Register has not been included and pay as you go credits will be required in order to unlock household records.

Extended access for existing users

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

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

Terms & conditions: Free access lasts from 07:00am (EST) on Friday 22nd January 2016 until 06:59am (EST) on Monday 25th January 2016. To access the records you will need to be signed in at Findmypast: you can register for free using your name, email address and country of residence. The free access excludes the 1939 Register, UK Electoral Registers (2002-2013) and the UK Companies House Directors (2002-2013) record sets. Free access is subject to our fair usage policy: each account may view up to a maximum of 1,000 records per day.

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, and The British Newspaper Archive amongst others.

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over 8 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 digitized records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States.

Federation of Genealogical Societies Announces $2 Million Dollar Mark Surpassed for Preserve the Pe​nsions Project

Federation of Genealogical Societies Announces $2 Million Dollar Mark Surpassed for Preserve the Pe​nsions Project

Significant Milestone Reached in Landmark Project Thanks to Donors

January 19, 2016 – Austin, TXThe Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the $2 million dollar mark has been surpassed in 2015 with the support of donors in the fundraising efforts to digitize the 7.2 million pension images for the 180,000 pensioners of the War of 1812 in thePreserve the Pensions project.

This is a landmark project. It marks the first time the genealogical community has come together to raise such a significant amount of money to preserve priceless documents. When completed, this project will save tax payers $3.45 million dollars. FGS’ previous successful efforts to index the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System with the help of volunteers produced a $6.3 million dollar tax savings. Hence, these two projects will result in nearly a $10 million dollar savings to tax payers.

“We are deeply appreciative of so many within the family history community who continue to support the Preserve the Pensions project,” says D. Joshua Taylor, FGS President. “This important milestone is the start of the ‘homestretch’ and is evidence of the passion and commitment amongst genealogists to preserve records for the future.”

For every dollar raised, .98 cents goes directly to digitizing the documents. There are no salaries paid for this project—the project costs are primarily to print materials to publicize the project. 

Additionally, in 2015 the project raised $208,401 in total cash donations. This amount, coupled with the generous match from Ancestry.com, doubled the funds raised to $416,802 bringing the total amount raised for the project thus far to $2,032,198!

With generous donations and continued help in sharing information about the project, significant progress can be made in 2016—possibly completing the fundraising for the project. The images for pensioners with surnames beginning with the letters “A” through “M” have already been posted on the Fold3 website and will remain free forever thanks to donors!

Furthermore, due to record preparation and image capture issues at the archives, there is a delay in the publication of images on the site. It is anticipated that these issues will be resolved quickly and that image publication will resume within the next 60-90 days. There is always a publication preparation delay between record capture and publishing the images online. In the meantime, because of the support of donors, great fundraising progress has been made to complete the project, and further donations can be made on the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions website.

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; through theFGS FORUM magazine; through marshaling the resources of its member organizations for preservation projects like the Preserve the Pensions project; 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, Illinois, visit fgsconference.org. To learn more about the Preserve the Pensions project and/or make a donation, visit PreservethePensions.org. Also, find FGS onFacebook; on Twitter @FGSgenealogy; and on the FGS Voice blog. Find Preserve the Pensions onFacebook; on Twitter @1812Pensions; and on the Preserve the Pensions blog. 

Board for Certification of Genealogists Releases 2016 Edition of the BCG Application Guide

Board for Certification of Genealogists Releases 2016 Edition of the BCG Application Guide

Board for Certification of Genealogists today released a 2016 edition of the BCG Application Guide. The new guide implements two changes for initial applicants approved by the board last May. Two clarifications address common problems in new portfolios.

The most significant change will see applicants evaluated on their genealogically related educational activities. Initial applicants have long been asked to describe the activities that helped them prepare for certification but only now will this information be evaluated. The new practice is meant to stress the importance of development activities as these have been statistically shown to increase an applicant’s chances of attaining certification.

The second change limits the size of new applications to 150 pages. The new limit more realistically portrays the amount of material an applicant will need to prepare than did the two-pound limit it replaces. A related change limits Requirement 7, the kinship-determination project, to three generations. Applicants were previously allowed to submit additional generations if they wished, but extra generations are invariably more than judges need for evaluation purposes.

One of two clarifications addresses Requirement 5, the research report prepared for another person. Applicants submit many types of projects for this requirement, including genealogies, biographical narratives, case studies, and lineage-society applications. However, the application guide specifically requests a research report, not other types of commissioned projects. The 2016 guide makes this point clear.

The new guide also clarifies the request for a research question that is part of BCG’s two document work assignments, Requirements 3 and 4. Many applicants submit broad multipart questions that are too poorly framed to meet genealogical standards and that impede their ability to show evidence-evaluation and research-planning skills. The new application guide specifies that a “single” question be supplied.

BCG today also released a revised set of new-application rubrics. Several rubrics have been reworked to more clearly reflect evaluation criteria. Like the application guide’s clarification affecting the document work, two of those changes clarify the importance of Standard 10 and the need for research to address focused questions.

None of the changes affect renewal portfolios.

The new guide and rubrics can be downloaded from BCG’s website. The guide is available at http://www.bcgcertification.org/brochures/BCGAppGuide2016.pdf. The rubrics are available at http://www.bcgcertification.org/brochures/BCGNewAppRubrics2016.pdf.

Findmypast and sister site Mocavo come together


  • Findmypast aims to deliver a more focussed, efficient and comprehensive service to US family historians
  • The move is part of Findmypast’s plans for continued expansion in the US

Leading family history website Findmypast, has today announced that sister site Mocavo will be incorporated into Findmypast to create a single experience for customers interested in discovering more about their family history.

The move forms an important part of the US growth strategy set out by Annelies van den Belt, CEO of Findmypast, and will bring the best aspects and features of both sites into one place.

The two websites are currently working together to transfer Mocavo’s strengths and expansive record collections over to Findmypast.

The transition will begin immediately and is expected to be completed within the next few months.

The move is part of Findmypast’s continued expansion and growth in the US market. By merging the two brands, Findmypast will create a more focussed and efficient business that will offer a more comprehensive experience to US customers while continuing to offer the industry’s best British and Irish collections.

In 2016, Findmypast will also be publishing hundreds of millions of new and exclusive US records to further enhance the experience for US family historians.

As part of Findmypast’s commitment to sustain Mocavo’s ‘free forever’ promise, Mocavo subscribers will continue to enjoy free access to all of the same records that were previously published for free on Mocavo. In addition, they will be invited to take advantage of a subscription to Findmypast equivalent to their existing Mocavo subscription. Mocavo customers can easily import their family trees onto Findmypast and can immediately start to receive hints opening the door to new discoveries that they never knew existed. A subscription to Findmypast will allow them access to the site’s entire collection of records, containing over eight billion names, as well as the thousands of new records released by Findmypast every week.

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Annelies van den Belt, CEO of Findmypast, said; “A key part of our 2016 US growth strategy is to centralise our efforts on one core brand, Findmypast. Combining Mocavo’s strengths and Findmypast’s massive collection of British and Irish data will allow us to provide a richer and more comprehensive experience to family historians all over the world.

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 eight billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research.

In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitised records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. Findmypast, in association with The National Archives, recently launched the 1939 Register, a record of 41 million lives on the eve of World War II.

Mocavo became a fully-owned subsidiary of Findmypast in summer 2014, joining the British Newspaper Archive, Genes Reunited and Lives of the First World War.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, January 15, 2016

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 2.3 million UK records and newspaper articles. The latest additions include a collection of pollbooks and directories from 1830’s England, a register of London apprentices and significant updates to our collection of historic British newspapers.


England, Pollbooks and Directories, 1830-1837, contains over 62,000 records. Each record includes both a transcript and an image of the original source material. The information recorded may vary depending on the source and date, although most will include your ancestor’s name, details of the event that was being recorded and were it was recorded. In many cases, Pollbooks will also include details of their residence and occupation, as well as the names of eligible voters who did not vote. In this collection, you will also find The Quaker Annual Monitor. The Monitor is a list of all the British Quakers who died within the last twelve months. For many of the individuals listed, obituaries with short biographies including causes of death were printed. In some cases, the obituary or memorial is several pages long and details the individual’s dedication to the faith. The Monitor is an excellent source for family historians as the obituaries may include the names of other relatives.


The Newington Apprentice Register 1891 lists the details of apprentices who trained in the Newington district of Southwark. Each record consists of a transcripts created using the original apprentice records held at the Southwark Local History Library. Each transcript will reveal an individual apprentice’s name, age, the name of their master, where their master was based and the names of their parents.

A browse function has been added to our collection of over 1.9million Hertfordshire Parish Registers. It is now possible to browse through over 1,600 register books from cover to cover. The books contain records of baptisms, banns, marriages and burials conducted across 400 years of the county’s history.


Over 2.25 million new articles and 8 brand new newspaper titles have recently been added to our collection of historic British newspapers. The latest additions cover the cities of London and Glasgow as well as towns in the English counties of Devon, Lincolnshire, Shropshire, and West Sussex. Significant updates have also been made to 45 existing titles.

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 England Historic Genealogical Society to Honor Legendary Television Anchors Bob Schieffer and David Hartman

New England Historic Genealogical Society to Honor Legendary Television Anchors Bob Schieffer and David Hartman



The Country’s Founding Genealogical Society

to Host Capital Campaign Closing Event at a Dinner Gala
in Boston on April 22nd


January 14, 2016—Boston, Massachusetts—Two of America’s legendary television news anchors will be honored by the nation’s founding genealogical institution, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), as it hosts a final event in April for its history-making capital campaign, which now exceeds $56 million.

Brenton Simons, president and CEO of NEHGS, announced today that Bob Schieffer, the immediate past anchor of the CBS Evening News, moderator of Face The Nation, and former 60 Minutes correspondent, along with David Hartman, the documentary journalist and beloved, longtime host of ABC’s Good Morning America, will both be given the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the event, in tribute to their contributions to broadcast news media. Moderating a lively conversation
about their broadcasting careers, world events, and personal interests, will be NEHGS’s treasurer Bill Griffeth, anchor of Closing Bell on CNBC.

Simons announced that the April 22 gala, the 2016 Family History Benefit Dinner, will be the closing event of a historic, record-setting capital campaign for the organization. In July 2015, the $55 million goal of its comprehensive capital campaign was surpassed. Through the campaign NEHGS has acquired a building adjacent to its Newbury Street location to expand its headquarters to include educational space for school children, a museum shop, and increased office and exhibition space. The campaign has also supported a major website initiative that has added more than two billion new records to the Society’s award-winning website, AmericanAncestors.org.

NEHGS, with its national headquarters located in Boston’s Back Bay, celebrated its 170th Anniversary in 2015. It is the oldest and largest genealogical society in America. NEHGS was formally constituted in March of 1845 by an act of the legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and now consists of more than 150,000 constituents engaged in family history nationally and around the world. It is home to a world-class research library and archive, an expert staff, offers an award-winning genealogical research website at AmericanAncestors.org, and maintains a publishing division producing original genealogical research, scholarship, and instruction each year. At the gala, the honorees will be presented with expertly prepared genealogies of their families—a tradition of the Society for many years. The event will take place on Friday, April 22, at the Four Seasons in Boston and is open to the public. The Corporate Sponsors are Wells Fargo and Welch & Forbes LLC.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit the NEHGS website at AmericanAncestors.org/dinner, contact Sarah DiMarino at Sarah.DiMarino@nehgs.org, or call 617-226-1215.

New FamilySearch Collections Update: January 11, 2016



A few domestic and international updates this week. For the United States you’ll see some new content for United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014,North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files 1800-1909Utah Death Certificates 1904-1964, and the Rhode Island District Court Naturalization Indexes 1906-1991. Find these and additional updates below for Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Italy, and Sweden.

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InsideSales.com Founder Ken Krogue to Keynote RootsTech’s Innovator Summit

InsideSales.com Founder Ken Krogue to Keynote RootsTech’s Innovator Summit

For Immediate Release

SALT LAKE CITY, (13 January 2016)—RootsTech, the world’s largest family history technology conference, will turn the spotlight on highly successful tech entrepreneur and founder of Insidesales.com, Ken Krogue, as its 2016 Innovator Summit keynote speaker. Innovator Summit, held the first day of RootsTech, is for developers, entrepreneurs, and innovators who want to explore business and technological opportunities within this multibillion dollar industry.

The Innovator Summit will be held Wednesday February 3, 2016, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Kenneth Krogue cofounded InsideSales.com in November 2004, and the company is now worth 1.5 billion dollars. InsideSales.com offers the industry’s leading sales acceleration built on Neurolytics®, a predictive and self-learning engine that drives revenue growth by recommending the best leads to contact and close. He sets the vision for the company together with CEO, Dave Elkington. Ken has more than 24 years of experience in sales, business strategy, and marketing in both domestic and international markets.

As a contributor for Forbes online, Krogue focuses on using the Internet, InsideSales, lead generation, gamification, and social media to grow business. Ken says, “I’m an American who cares enough to speak up and a serial entrepreneur with a short attention span, so I need things to work really fast.” Ken is a popular speaker at industry events (20+ each year) and confesses he shares “almost” all of his trade secrets on his personal blog: http://www.kenkrogue.com

The Innovator Summit Keynote Session begins at 9:00 a.m., followed by a full day of classes, the semifinal round of the RootsTech Innovator Showdown over a boxed lunch, a networking social, and wrapping up with the Innovator Summit Hack-a-thon for those with a penchant for late night collaborative coding.

Rootstech Innovator Showdown

Twelve semifinalists have been chosen and announced for the RootsTech Innovator Showdown, the annual contest designed to foster innovation in the family history industry, with $100,000 in cash and prizes offered by sponsors. 2016 RootsTech Innovator Showdown sponsors include Lenovo, IPOP Foundation, David Bradford, Grow Utah, Woodbury Corporation, Hero Partners, Infinite Mind, and others.

For more Innovator Showdown information and to see the list of 12 semi-finalists and their projects, visit www.rootstech.org/showdown.

About RootsTech

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

Curt DiCamillo Appointed Curator of Special Collections at New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) – AmericanAncestors.org

Boston, Massachusetts, January 11, 2016 ― Curt DiCamillo, the internationally recognized authority on English country houses and the decorative arts, has been appointed the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s first Curator of Special Collections, a new position commencing February 29, 2016.

Curt DiCamillo Appointed Curator of Special Collections at New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) – AmericanAncestors.org

A longtime member of NEHGS, Mr. DiCamillo has led highly successful heritage tours for the organization to England and Scotland, has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad, and has taught classes on British culture and art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and elsewhere. Previously, he was for many years Executive Director of The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA, based in Boston, where he successfully raised over $7 million and initiated many innovative programs. In addition, he worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for 13 years. The New England Historic Genealogical Society, founded in 1845, is the leading nonprofit genealogical society in America, serving more than 150,000 constituents and millions of online users through its award-winning website, www.AmericanAncestors.org.

“For more than 170 years, we have collected family-related objects along with genealogical source materials,” said Brenton Simons, President and CEO of NEHGS. “Curt DiCamillo is the perfect person to lead our efforts in collecting, stewarding, and widely communicating ― both online and in-person ― the importance of these special holdings to our members, scholars, art historians, and the public.” As Curator of Special Collections at NEHGS, Mr. DiCamillo will provide strategic direction and expert guidance for organizing and exhibiting the organization’s extensive collection of family history-related artifacts and fine arts, part of a larger collection of more than 28 million items held by the organization. The position has been created now in anticipation of the organization’s expansion into a second, adjoining building on Newbury Street in the Back Bay in the coming years. Mr. DiCamillo will also continue to lead a series of heritage tours for NEHGS both in the United States and abroad.

“The field of family history is exploding, in large part through the leadership efforts of NEHGS,” said Mr. DiCamillo. “I am so pleased to be a part of telling the compelling story of our ancestors by interpreting objects, art, furnishings, and other artifacts collected by or given to this society, the founding genealogical organization in America. Our historic objects span centuries, cultures, and ethnicities, and are a wonderful tool to better understand the lives and times of our ancestors.”
Mr. DiCamillo’s award-winning website, “The DiCamillo Companion to British & Irish Country Houses,” seeks to document every English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish country house ever built, standing or demolished, together with a history of the families who lived in the houses, the architects who designed them, and the history of the collections or gardens. He is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, and a member of the Advisory Board of Samuel T. Freeman & Co. of Philadelphia. In recognition of his work in the field of English country houses, Mr. DiCamillo has been presented to the late Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, and the Prince of Wales. His paternal ancestors hail from Italy; his maternal ancestors came from Warwickshire to Maryland in the 18th century. Mr. DiCamillo, a native of the Philadelphia area, grew up in Central Florida with his sister, the award-winning children’s book author Kate DiCamillo.

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 150,000 constituents through an award-winning website, www.AmericanAncestors.org. Since 1845, NEHGS has been the country’s leading comprehensive resource for genealogists and family historians of every skill level. Today NEHGS provides constituents with worldwide access to some of the most important and valuable research tools anywhere.

American Ancestors is the public brand and user experience of NEHGS representing the expertise and resources available for family historians of all levels when researching their origins across the country and around the world. 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. Expert assistance is available to members and nonmembers in a variety of ways. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99 – 101 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, is home to more than 28 million items, including manuscript documents, genealogical records, books, photographs, and other items dating back hundreds of years.

Twile wins a place in the Innovator Showdown Semi-Finals at RootsTech 2016

Twile wins a place in the Innovator Showdown Semi-Finals at RootsTech 2016
  • UK-based tech startup will compete as one of twelve innovators from around the globe to win part of the $100,000 in total prizes.
  • First UK startup in the competition.
  • Twile will showcase their family history timeline tool to over 23,000 visitors at the world’s largest genealogy event.

Doncaster, UK, 10 January, 2016 – Following the launch of their family history timeline in April 2015, Twile have made it through to the semi-finals of the Innovator Showdown at RootsTech, which runs from 3rd-6th February 2016. RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference with over 23,000 visitors expected at the event in Utah, USA. The semi-finals will take place during the Innovator Summit, a one-day event that forms a critical component of the RootsTech conference. Designed for developers and tech entrepreneurs from around the globe to explore opportunities within the family history industry, the summit will see six finalists selected to go through to the Innovator Showdown. Here they will present their cutting-edge applications in the live event on Friday 5th February, to win a share of $100,000 in prizes.

Preparing to take the stage at the Innovator Summit, Twile co-founder Paul Brooks said, “We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen for the semi-finals of the Innovator Showdown. This really is the biggest competition for our industry and we think Twile perfectly matches the criteria – discovering, preserving and sharing family stories across generations. The conference is also a great opportunity for us to meet a lot of the people we’ve been talking to over the last year.”

Twile will also have a booth at the event within ‘Innovation Alley’. If you’re going to be at RootsTech, please come along and see us.

About Twile

Twile, based in Doncaster UK, was started in 2013 by Paul Brooks and Kelly Marsden. Both with young families, they were looking for a way to give their children a record of their early years and a knowledge of their ancestors. While the website is aimed primarily at family historians, it’s also designed to encourage the rest of the family to add their own, more recent content.

Twile launched as part of the DotForge Accelerator in Sheffield UK and has since been backed by Creative England (who bring capital through the Government’s Regional Growth Fund) and a number of UK angel investors, including Lee Strafford, one of the original co-founders of Plusnet, which was sold to BT Group in 2007.

National Genealogy Hall of Fame – Call for Nominations 2016 Elections


LAST CHANCE FOR YOUR SOCIETY TO MAKE A NOMINATION
DEADLINE IS 31 JANUARY 2016

NATIONAL GENEALOGY HALL OF FAME SEEKS NOMINATIONS
FOR 2016 ELECTION

GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETIES INVITED TO SUBMIT

Since 1986 when Donald Lines Jacobus became the first genealogist elected to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame, thirty outstanding genealogists have been recognized for their contributions to their local, state or national societies, or simply to the greater genealogical community. The 2016 honoree will join this select group of distinguished members, and the winner, and the society that honored the nominee, will be announced in May at the NGS 2016 Family History Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

This is an opportunity for your society to honor a genealogist whose efforts or legacy projects have helped genealogists today. Perhaps there was a notable genealogist in your state or county whose name should be memorialized in the National Genealogy Hall of Fame.

If your society’s nomination is the winner, your nominee will receive national exposure for their contributions to the field.

A nominee must have been actively engaged in genealogy in the United States for at least ten years, been deceased for at least five years at the time of nomination, and made contributions to the field of genealogy judged to be of lasting significance in ways that were unique, pioneering, or exemplary.

Nominations for election to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame are due by 31 January 2016. Official nomination forms are available from our website, www.ngsgenealogy.org, Awards & Competitions, or by contacting the National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22204-4304; phone 1-800-473- 0060.

Patricia Moorhead appointed Emeritus Member of AGI

Patricia Moorhead appointed Emeritus Member of AGI
Patricia Moorhead (right) with AGI colleagues Michael Walsh and Máire Mac Conghail (AGI President)

Accredited Genealogists Ireland (AGI) is pleased to announce that its very first Emeritus Member is Patricia Moorhead. She is a popular figure in Irish genealogy, known particularly for her witty and entertaining talks. Pat, as she is familiarly known to her friends, has been involved in family history research for over two decades. She was passed by the APGI (now AGI) assessors in 1999 and retained membership until a year ago, when she chose to retire.

At AGI’s Annual General Meeting in December 2015 a constitutional amendment was passed, allowing the Council to confer emeritus status on members or associate members who have retired. The status is not automatic on retirement. It recognised a long and valued association with AGI. Immediately after the AGM, a Council meeting was held at which Patricia Moorhead was named as the first person to receive Emeritus Membership. The decision was announced later that day at the annual lunch.

Back in the 1990s Mrs. Moorhead completed the diploma in Local History at NUI Maynooth and the Certificate in Genealogy at UCD, under the instruction of Sean Murphy. She took an active role in the Irish Genealogical Congress from 1994 and joined the committee of the Irish Family History Society in 1995. As well as having a career as a professional genealogist, Pat devoted much time to researching a relative who was awarded the Victoria Cross. Many of her projects led to fascinating and extraordinary coincidences, and to lectures that captivated and entertained her listeners. Though retired, she intends to keep up contact with her colleagues by attending AGI events.

The attached photograph shows Patricia Moorhead (right) with AGI colleagues Michael Walsh and Máire Mac Conghail (AGI President).

About Accredited Genealogists Ireland

AGI – Accredited Genealogists Ireland (formerly the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland) was founded in Belfast in 1986. It acts as a regulating body to maintain high standards amongst its members and to protect the interests of clients. Membership is open to professional genealogists throughout the island of Ireland. Admission to membership is on the recommendation of an independent Board of Assessors.

Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy Announces Election Results

The CAFG Board of Directors is pleased to announce the results of both the December 2015 Board of Directors and the January 2016 Officers elections.

The board has five members: Juli Whittaker, Sheila Benedict, Bethany Waterbury, Charles McGee, and Helen Daglas. The officers elected at the January 2016 board meeting are: Juli Whittaker, President; Sheila Benedict, Vice-President; Bethany Waterbury, Secretary; Charles McGee, Treasurer. The board wishes to thank the immediate Past-President, Leslie Lawson, for her years of service as President of CAFG as her contributions have been a great asset to the building of the organization and the annual institute.

This year’s Institute will be held 10-12 March 2016 at the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas and included courses are a Marketing Workshop, a Professional Forensic Business Workshop, an Advanced DNA Practicum and a Forensic Genealogy Practicum. This year’s instructors include CeCe Moore; Marian Pierre-Louis; Michael S. Ramage, J.D., CG; Bethany Waterbury, DVM; and Debbie Parker Wayne, CG. For more information about FGI, the courses offered this year, and any prerequisites required for the Advanced DNA Practicum, visit the CAFG website at www.forensicgenealogists.org. Questions about the 2016 Forensic Genealogy Institute may be directed to FGI Director Helen Haldeman Daglas at institute@forensicgenealogists.org.

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 of fellowships. Learn more at www.forensicgenealogists.org.

RootsTech 2016 Announces Keynote Speakers David Isay and Michael Leavitt and Musical Guests the Crescent Super Band, featuring Ryan Innes, and The Lower Lights

RootsTech 2016 Announces Keynote Speakers David Isay and Michael Leavitt and Musical Guests the Crescent Super Band, featuring Ryan Innes, and The Lower Lights

For Immediate Release

SALT LAKE CITY, (January 8, 2016)RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, announced today additional musical guests and keynote speakers who will join its inspiring all-star lineup. Nationally renowned musicians the Crescent Super Band and Ryan Innes will partner for an exclusive performance during the opening social event on Thursday, February 4. The session of RootsTech on Friday, February 5, will feature award-winning radio producer and founder of StoryCorps, David Isay, while the session on Saturday, February 6, will feature Michael Leavitt, who served in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush. Concluding the conference on February 6 will be the musical group The Lower Lights.

Organized in 2001 under the direction of award-winning performer Caleb Chapman, the Crescent Super Band has frequently been hailed as one of the best professional bands in the world. The international demand for their big-band sound has taken them all over, including Havana Cuba’s “Fiesta Del Tambor” and headlining at a packed Carnegie Hall.

Singer-songwriter Ryan Innes will join the Super Crescent Band for Thursday’s performance. Innes appeared on NBC’s hit TV show, The Voice, where he impressed celebrity judges with his soulful vocals. Innes and the Super Crescent Band will take the stage during the opening social event of RootsTech, which starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 4.

Radio producer and New York Times best-selling author David Isay will speak on Friday, February 5. Isay has received numerous broadcasting honors, including six Peabody awards and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. He is also the founder of StoryCorps, an award-winning organization that provides people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve their life stories. Earlier this year, Isay received the rare TED prize in honor of his work with StoryCorps.

“We can learn so much about the people all around us, even the people we already know, just by taking the time to have a conversation,” Isay said. “And if you pay just a little attention, you’ll find wisdom and poetry in their words.” Isay’s latest book, Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps, celebrates the relationships that change our lives.

Michael Leavitt will be a keynote speaker on Saturday, February 6, along with Doris Kearns Goodwin. Leavitt has served in a variety of roles, including in President George W. Bush’s cabinet as the tenth administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and as secretary of Health and Human Services. He was also a three-time elected governor of Utah. In his current role, Leavitt is the founder and chairman of Leavitt Partners, a health consultancy group.

The Lower Lights’ sound has been described as bluegrass, folk, gospel, Americana, and “roots-y.” In the five years since its inception, the group has recorded three gospel and two Christmas albums. Audiences are often invited to participate in their concerts.

Visit RootsTech.org to reserve your seat now to hear the Crescent Super Band, The Lower Lights, Ryan Innes, David Isay, and Michael Leavitt. Passes start at just $29.

RootsTech 2016 will be held on February 3–6 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

About RootsTech

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

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, January 8, 2016

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 106,000 new UK records. This week’s new additions include nearly three centuries of Electoral Registers from Plymouth and West Devon that not only allow you to discover where your ancestors lived, but also who they voted for. Substantial updates have also been made to our collections of Kent baptisms, banns, marriages and burials from the parishes of Addington, Ash, Cuxton, Ridley and Offham.

The Plymouth & West Devon Electoral Registers, 1780-1983, is a collection of parish and parliamentary electoral rolls, electoral registers and lists of county voters that have been digitised and indexed by in partnership with the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office. This collection stretches across three centuries and includes years not found in our collection of England & Wales Electoral Registers 1832-1932. Another exciting aspect of this collection is that, in many cases, the records will actually reveal who your ancestor voted for. This can provide you a rare insight into how your ancestor viewed the world and give you a better understanding of their place in society.

Each record consists of a transcript and an image of the original document. Each transcript will include your ancestor’s name, the year the records was taken, where it was taken and the event it was recording. Images can include additional place information such as electoral district, parish and/or address while additional annotations on the registers my state if the person was deceased. Records from before the Secret Ballot Act of 1872 record which candidate the individual voted for.

Over 16,000 new records have been added to our collection of Kent baptismal records. The new additions cover the parishes of Addington, Ash, Cuxton, Ridley and Offham and state the date and place an individual was baptised into a church. Each record comprises a transcript of the original baptism register. The amount of information listed varies and records may include your ancestor’s parent’s names, their father’s occupation, mother’s maiden name and any additional notes.

New records from five Kent parishes are now available to search in our collection of Kent banns. Each record includes a transcript of the original banns book that includes the couple’s names, where and when their banns were read, each party’s home parish and their previous marital status.


Over 4,000 records have been added to our collection of Kent marriage records. Each record comprises a transcript of the original marriage register that includes the full names, respective ages and residences of both the bride and groom. Some later records may also include the groom’s occupation, the bride’s marital status, the occupations of their parents and any additional notes.

11,000 new records have been added to our collection of Kent burial records. Each record comprises a transcript of the original parish register entry for the burial. The amount of information listed varies, but most records will include your ancestor’s name, age, residence and the exact date of their burial as well as where and when it took place. A number of records may also reveal their job title as well as additional notes that can reveal fascinating details about their lives.

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.

NEHGS Partners with Congregational Library & Archives to Digitize Early Church Records



New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)
Partners with the Congregational Library & Archives
to Digitize Early Church Records

January 7, 2016—Boston, Massachusetts—New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is pleased to announce its participation in New England’s Hidden Histories: Providing Public Access to the Manuscripts of New England’s First Churches, Incubators of American Democracy. NEHGS, the Congregational Library & Archives (CLA), the Phillips Library of the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ have received a grant of $210,000 from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) in support of the New England’s Hidden Histories program. The grant will enable the digitization of 28,000 pages of manuscript church records, personal papers of pastors and deacons, and ministerial conference records, dating from 1641 to the mid-1800s.

(Above) A page from the 18th-century diary of Thomas Josselyn (1702-1782), deacon in Hingham, Mass. – one of the NEHGS collections that will be included in the project. (Diary of Thomas Josselyn, 1743-1775,
NEHGS R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, Mss C 3489.)

“As part of its ongoing effort to digitize the genealogical and historical treasures in its collections and make them available to a wide audience online, NEHGS is proud to be a co-recipient of the prestigious CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections grant and to participate in this important project,” said Jean Maguire, Director of the NEHGS Library. “This partnership will open up to researchers our rich holdings of early American church membership and vital records, correspondence, diaries, and family papers, including those of Michael Wigglesworth, the well-known Puritan minister and author of America’s first ‘best seller,’ The Day of Doom.”

“These documents cast more light on early New England life and culture than any other discrete set of sources,” said James Cooper, Director of New England’s Hidden Histories. “We are pleased to make them available to scholars and the public, and we are delighted to establish a foundation for ongoing partnerships with the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Phillips Library, and the Connecticut UCC Archive, with whom we share so many scholarly goals.”

The grants were awarded to collections of “high scholarly value” at libraries and repositories with commitments to digitization and wide public accessibility. New England’s Hidden Histories is one of just eighteen funded projects out of 165 applicants. Established in 2005, New England’s Hidden Histories is an ongoing program of the Congregational Library and Archives that seeks to secure, archive, digitize, transcribe, and make available online New England’s early manuscript church records. Documents contributed by NEHGS will also be made available through AmericanAncestors.org.

Learn more about the project and see the CLIR announcement of awards.

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 150,000 constituents through an award-winning website, www.AmericanAncestors.org. Since 1845, NEHGS has been the country’s leading comprehensive resource for genealogists and family historians of every skill level. Today NEHGS provides constituents with worldwide access to some of the most important and valuable research tools anywhere.

American Ancestors is the public brand and user experience of NEHGS representing the expertise and resources available for family historians of all levels when researching their origins across the country and around the world. 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. Expert assistance is available to members and nonmembers in a variety of ways. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99 – 101 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, is home to more than 28 million items, including manuscript documents, genealogical records, books, photographs, and other items dating back hundreds of years.

D. Joshua Taylor Appointed President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

D. Joshua Taylor Appointed President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

New York, New York, January 7, 2016. D. Joshua Taylor, the prominent genealogist, author, and lecturer, has been appointed President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, effective February 1, 2016. He succeeds McKelden Smith, who is retiring after serving as its highly-regarded President of seven years.

Jeanne Sloane, chairman of the board of trustees of the NYG&B, said, “We are thrilled that Josh has accepted this position. He brings to the NYG&B dynamic energy and his well-known passion for the mission of genealogical societies in general. He has broad experience as an advanced researcher and riveting lecturer. Plus he has the expertise we require in the innovative use of technology in our field.”

Ms. Sloane also said that Mr. Taylor already knows the NYG&B unusually well. “Most recently,” she said, “Mr. Taylor was Director of Family History at Findmypast.com. While he was in this position he coordinated the integration of the NYG&B’s eLibrary with the Findmypast platform.

“Before that, as a consultant, he played an integral role in the strategic planning process for the NYG&B, which resulted in the 2015 publication of the Society’s award-winning New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer.

“And Mr. Taylor, as president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, was a leader in creating the FGS Regional Conference which was integrated with the New York State Family History Conference, co-sponsored by the NYG&B and held in Syracuse, New York, in August, 2015.”

Mr. Taylor noted, “I am thrilled to embark on this new endeavor with the NYG&B. In today’s world, the NYG&B’s mission to help those of all backgrounds discover their family history is essential, and something that I am deeply committed to. I am truly honored to be joining the NYG&B and to being a part of its bright future.”

The NYG&B also played an important formative role in Mr. Taylor’s interest in genealogy. “The NYG&B Record was the first genealogy periodical I came across in my genealogical research,” noted Taylor, “and since that time, my love and respect for the NYG&B’s role as a leader and source of genealogical scholarship has only grown. It is an important legacy that I look forward to continuing for many years to come.”

Mr. Taylor, who holds an MA in history and an MLS in Archival Management, is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including RootsTech’s Distinguished Presenter Award. He has been a featured genealogist on the television series Who Do You Think You Are? and is currently a host on the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow, whose third season is currently in production.

The former Director of Education and Programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Mr. Taylor has published numerous articles in American Ancestors, the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and other periodicals. He is the author of The Keane and Sheahan Families of Bridgeport, Connecticut, a study of a family’s immigration and life in New England after the Irish famine.

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The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, a membership organization founded in 1869, is the second oldest genealogical society in the United States. The NYG&B Record, a distinguished, peer-reviewed quarterly journal, has been in publication continuously since 1870. The Society publishes the New York Researcher, a quarterly which provides updates on research resources in New York and other subjects; maintains a growing website rich in New York family history content, including the eLibrary hosted on Findmypast; and produces a calendar of educational programs, including the biannual statewide genealogy conference. The Society also publishes books, including the monumental, 856-page New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer, and the forthcoming guide to the New York City Municipal Archives. Details about the society are at NewYorkFamilyHistory.org.

rootstrust 1.0 to be launched February 2016

Atavus, Inc. announces that it will be releasing version 1.0 of its advanced, multi-platform genealogy system rootstrust in early February 2016. “Taking on board valuable input from a team of international beta testers over the past twelve months, we have invested another 2000 highly targeted programing hours to refining and improving the program’s functionality. The result is very stable and the import of GEDCOM files from FTM, TMG, and other programs can be achieved with relative ease and speed,” explains Brooke Nelson, founder of Atavus, Inc. and developer of rootstrust. “Formal release is scheduled in Salt Lake City at Rootstech 2016. Please visit us at booth 1442.

rootstrust is a software system designed to manage genealogy data. It is one of the few genealogy programs that can be operated on the Windows, MacOS, and Linux operating systems. It is written in Java and the same program runs on all three operating systems. The database is also independent of the operating system, enabling users to access and preserve genealogy data regardless of the computer they may be working on. The database can be synced with the Cloud.

rootstrust can be downloaded onto Windows, Mac, or Linux PCs or it can be run on a specially formatted USB device to enable full portability of the program and database across computers and operating environments.

Key features of rootstrust include:

  • Flexibly displays information, allowing users to switch back and forth between 9 data views.
  • Includes informational files, “how to” videos, and context sensitive help.
  • Unicode international character set supports most of the world’s languages.
  • Provides advanced tools including relationship calculator, gravestone calculator, Soundex generator, Roman to Arabic numeral converter and 8 exotic date converters.
  • Documents biomedical information and DNA haplotypes.
  • Time-saving data entry through event sharing.
  • Generates a full range of charts and reports.

About Atavus, Inc.

Atavus, based in Sterling, VA, was founded in February 2013 to commercialize rootstrust. The founder, Brooke Nelson, is a veteran software developer and genealogist. Nelson began developing rootstrust for his own use in 1999 to address unmet needs in the market for commercially available genealogy software. His vision was to create a system that provided Unicode support, event sharing, the ability to define relationships between persons that are not relatives, and the facility to link places that are historically related to one another such as New York and New Amsterdam. Most importantly, he wanted to be able to move the program and / or the database and the document and multimedia image files that are linked to the database without permanently breaking the linkages.

Interested persons should visit: www.rootstrust.com

The Guild’s Latest Membership Landmark


The Guild of One-Name Studies has reached another membership milestone. In 2015 the Guild of One-Name Studies broke all its previous memberships records by recruiting some 418 new members with a further 15 previous Guild members re-joining the Guild during the year.  A total of 433 new members. This milestone follows a very successful year for the Guild of One-Name Studies in 2015 when the Guild achieved its highest membership ever – some 2,847 members.
Since the 1st January 2015 some 418 members joined the Guild of One-Name Studies, 233 were from the UK, 90 from the US, 14 from New Zealand, 43 from Australia, 16 from Canada and 9 from the Republic of Ireland. The remainder were from various other countries. 44% of the new members were from non-UK regions, which is a valuable step towards increased worldwide membership for the Guild. There were also 15 returning members: 9 from the UK, 3 from the US, 1 from Australia and 2 from Canada.  The Guild now has 2,847 members spread across the world, studying over 8,700 individual surnames.

The continued increase in the Guild’s membership every year since the Guild was founded in 1979 (an achievement not many Family History organisations have managed) is a testament to the popularity of the Guild and the benefits it offers to its members – as the following table shows:

New members per month:

Year

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

Avge

2015

27

22

44

95

29

29

28

24

37

29

22

32

418

34.8

2014

34

64

14

15

10

21

11

15

21

21

27

30

283

23.6

2013

17

53

25

24

12

9

19

18

27

20

15

6

245

20.4

The highest numbers achieved in a particular month are highlighted in yellow.

Details of all the Guild facilities can be found at:

where you can find out:

• more about undertaking a One-Name Study

• the benefits of joining the Guild of One-Name Studies, and the assistance members of the Guild can provide to anyone researching their family history on any of the 8,700-plus names currently being researched.

Cliff Kemball, the Guild’s Publicity Officer, said today:

“This is yet another significant milestone for the Guild of One-Name Studies and is a testament to the continued development of the Guild internationally and the benefits membership provides. We hope that this trend continues into 2016 and beyond and reaffirms the Guild as the world’s leading organisation for One-Name Studies.”


The Guild of One-Name Studies is the world’s leading organisation for one-name studies. A one-name study is a project researching facts about a surname and all the people who have held it, as opposed to a particular pedigree (the ancestors of one person) or descendancy (the descendants of one person or couple). The Guild is a charitable organisation dedicated to promoting the public understanding of one-name studies and the preservation and accessibility of the resultant information. Founded in 1979, the Guild now has 2,847 members spread across the world, studying over 8,700 individual surnames.

Call for Papers – UGA South Davis Family History Fair 2016

“Take Me Home Country Roads”Proposals are now being accepted for the Utah Genealogical Association South Davis Family History Fair, which will be held Saturday April 23, 2016 at Woods Cross High School (600 West 2200 South Woods Cross, Utah)Each presen…

New FamilySearch Collections – January 4, 2016

This week showcases sizable additions to collections for Italy L’Aquila Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 1911-1943, and Italy Udine Civil Registration (State Archive) 1806-1815 1871-1911Colombia Catholic Church Records 1576-2014 and, South Africa Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive) 1838- 1991. Find these and more by following the links below.


COLLECTION
INDEXED RECORDS
DIGITAL RECORDS
COMMENTS
57,479
77,968
New indexed records and images collection
39,213
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
283,072
283,072
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
1,355,484
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
27,020
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
63,630
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
252,037
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
0
1,460
Added images to an existing collection
0
140,942
New browsable image collection.


Help Us Publish More Free Records Online

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

About FamilySearch International

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah

ConferenceKeeper Re-Launches Under New Management

Conference Keeper

5 January 2016: Conference Keeper began in October 2012, when creator Jen Baldwin went looking for a list of major U.S. genealogy conferences for the year and couldn’t find one. Recognizing the need, she started a website with one simple objective: create and maintain a list of all genealogy and family history related conferences, workshops, sessions, summits and other special events from around the world on one site. Conference Keeper grew quickly as the genealogy community appreciated its worth.

As Jen became more deeply involved with other genealogical work, the site went on hiatus until late in 2015, when Eowyn Langholf and Tami Osmer Mize, co-founders of the WikiChicks, felt the site beckon. With Jen’s encouragement and blessing, they have re-ignited the mission and purpose of Conference Keeper.

Tami is the owner of Relatively Curious and an active leader in the Second Life chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Eowyn is the owner of Turning Hearts Genealogy, Forest Elf at WikiTree.com and personal researcher for author A.J. Jacobs. Both are dedicated to serving the genealogy community and thrilled to have found this avenue to do so.

WikiChicks is delighted to announce that with a new look and an expanded mission, ConferenceKeeper.org is again curating and calendaring the dates and details of genealogy and family history conferences, seminars, workshops, contests, and calls for papers. Societies and individuals within the genealogy community are encouraged to submit details of their upcoming events via the “Submissions” tab.

About Conference Keeper

Growing since 2012, ConferenceKeeper.org is a website dedicated to curating and calendaring genealogy and family history conference details. Events are posted on the Calendar tab, as well as under the specific page of their location. Along with a listing of events, those pages also include links to useful research websites specific to each location, including genealogical and historical societies, archives, and other helpful information. See: http://www.conferencekeeper.org.

The Genealogist Announces New Year Launch of Parish Records

The Genealogist has added to the millions of its UK Parish Records released over the last year with the first batch of records from their new agreement with Norfolk Record Office. This is a two part release covering this East of England county.

These feature the fully searchable registers of baptisms, banns, marriages and burials covering the majority of parishes in Norfolk.

In phase one of this two stage release we are giving access to over 3.6 million individuals from over 700 parishes. You can search transcripts linked to the original images of baptism, marriage and burial records. Please see our coverage list giving the dates for each parish (http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/coverage/parish-records/norfolk).

Some of the surviving records are from the early 1500s. These vital records will allow family history researchers from all over the world to search for their Norfolk ancestors online for the first time.
As an example, taking the subject of a Norfolk Lantern slide of an old fisherman who is selling fish from a wagon, we look for Thomas Craske who is a fish dealer from Sheringham.

Searching for him in the Births & Baptism records allows us to find his Parish Records Baptism entry in the transcripts, and with one click we can see the original entry in the an image of the register.

You can also find famous people in the records, such as ‘Samuell Lincolne’, the great-great-great-great-grandfather of Abraham Lincoln, 18th President of the United States of America. He can be found in the baptismal records of St Andrew, Hingham in Norfolk for the 24th August 1622.

Nigel Bayley, Managing Director of TheGenealogist says: “You will be able to easily search Norfolk records online for the first time. From the results a click will allow you to view high quality digital images of the original documents. Joining our already extensive Parish Record collection on TheGenealogist, this release will be eagerly anticipated by family and local historians with links to Norfolk.”

Gary Tuson, County Archivist at The Norfolk Record Office says: “The Norfolk Record Office is pleased to be working with TheGenealogist, a commercial company helping to make these important records available to a worldwide audience.”

The Genealogist AnnouncesThe Tithe Maps Project

TheGenealogist.co.uk has now completed the launch of searchable Tithe Maps and Schedules for England and Wales with the release of more maps covering 40 counties. This means you can now view a map of your ancestors parish for the counties of Anglesey, …

“Certified Genealogist®” Officially Registered with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

On December 8, 2015, the Board for Certification of Genealogists™(BCG) obtained official registration of “Certified Genealogist®” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This registration offers several legal benefits such as:
  •  the right to use the federal registration symbol ® for Certified Genealogist,
  •  a legal presumption of ownership of the mark and the exclusive right to use it nationwide,
  •  it allows the owner to bring a federal lawsuit against infringers and recover damages and attorney’s fees, and
  •  a means of stopping “cybersquatters” from registering a domain name using the mark.
“We are pleased to achieve this level of protection through the trademark registration,” said President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG. “The Board for the Certification of Genealogists thanks all of the volunteers that have worked over the years to achieve the protection of Certified Genealogist provided by the trademark registration.”

BCG currently uses several marks. Our name—Board for Certification of Genealogists—and certification mark—Certified Genealogist—are registered trademarks.  Our credentials other than our registered certification mark—CG, CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer—are service marks.  If a mark is not registered with the USPTO, the trademark owner may not legally use the ® symbol in connection with the mark.

The following discussion provides guidance about acceptable practices and uses (the methods of using and displaying all marks other than the newly registered certification mark remain the same as previously suggested; see, e.g., Michael S. Ramage, “A Primer on the Use of BCG Trademarks,” OnBoard 17 (May 2011): 1; and The BCG Application Guide(Washington, D.C.: Board for Certification of Genealogists, 2015), 21 – 22; PDF download, Board for Certification of Genealogists   (http://www.bcgcertification.org/catalog/appguide.html):

Use in Text or Speech: It is not proper usage to state, “I am a Certified Genealogist,” as that is a generic usage.  On the other hand, it is proper usage to state, “I am Certified Genealogist John Doe,” “I am Jane Doe, Certified Genealogist,” or “I hold a Certified Genealogist credential.”

Use in Stationery: Examples of proper listing of this credential in letterhead: John Doe, Certified Genealogist® orJohn Doe, CGSM

When we use the superscript ® or SM it is not necessary to provide any further notice of who owns the marks.  If an associate prefers to not use the superscript abbreviations, they may be omitted as long as an appropriate notice is placed in a footer on the page where the post-nominal first appears.  The following notices are examples of acceptable usage:

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designation CG a proprietary service mark, of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by authorized associates following peer-reviewed competency evaluations.  Certificate No. XX, renewed, expires 1 May 2016.

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation, and the board name is registered in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Use in Email and Websites: When your email program and website support superscript and symbols the same rules apply as with stationery.  However, when your email program and website do not support superscript and symbols, the following practices are acceptable:

(1) instead of superscripting the SM, place in parentheses, as in (SM); and

(2) instead of using the symbol ® after the name of our board or registered certification mark, Certified Genealogist, substitute “(R)” or the phrase “and the board name is registered in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office” or “and the words Certified Genealogist are registered in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. ‘

Use by Editors: Where a single publication may contain references to credentials conferred by a number of organizations, BCG suggests a notice like the following be included in the front matter, acknowledging intellectual property rights in credential designations of each body:

Genealogical Credentials: The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®.  Accredited Genealogist® and AG® are certification marks of the International Commission for Accreditation of Professional Genealogists SM.  Individuals are licensed to use the credential designations after meeting the competency standards of those organizations.  FASG designates fellows of the American Society of Genealogists, an honorary society limited to fifty living members chosen for the quality of their published genealogical scholarship.  Fellowship in other societies awarded on the basis of scholarship, rather than service or support to the society, may also be recognized by a post-nominal designation incorporating the society’s initials.                                   

In cases where only BCG-credentialed individuals are cited the notice may be shortened as follows:

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG, CGL and Certified Genealogical Lecturer are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation.

The proper use of our credentials by board certificants will strengthen our marks and reduce the workload of our team (currently led by Malissa Ruffner, Chair, Intellectual Property Committee) that polices the proper use by our certificants and third parties.

[The above announcement was submitted to the BCG Board by Michael S. Ramage, J.D., Certified Genealogist® and Treasurer, Board for Certification of Genealogists, used by permission.]

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

GenSoftReviews Announces its Users Choice Awards for 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 1, 2016

The 7th annual Users Choice Awards have been announced at the GenSoftReviews website based on more than 900 reviews submitted by users during 2015.

33 programs were eligible having a minimum of 10 reviews, at least one review in 2015 and still being sold and supported by the vendor. Of those, 17 programs achieved a user-assigned average score of at least 4.00 out of 5, and were awarded a 2015 GenSoftReviews Top Rated Genealogy Software award.

The Winners include:

  • 8 Windows programs: Evidentia, Ahnenblatt, Family Historian, Clooz, Ancestral Quest, Brother’s Keeper, RootsMagic, and Family Tree Builder
  • 2 Mac programs: Heredis for Mac, and Reunion
  • 2 programs built for Windows, Mac and Unix: Evidentia and Familienbande
  • 4 Online programs: Famberry, Genealogie Online, The Next Generation and MyHeritage
  • 1 Handheld program: Heredis for iOS

New to the list of winners for 2015 were Evidentia, Familienbande, Genealogie Online and webtrees.

The top program for 2015 was Evidentia, a source-centric genealogy tool by Ed Thompson, which ended the year with a weighted user rating of 4.96 out of 5 based on 10 reviews. Second was Famberry, an online family tree building social network with 4.91 out of 5. All 8 of Evidentia’s ratings and all 17 of Famberry’s user ratings in 2015 were the maximum 5-stars.

Ahnenblatt dropped from first in 2014 to fifth in 2015 but still retained an excellent score of 4.85 out of 5.

Programs that dropped off the list from 2014 include Genbox Family History, Family Echo, My Great Big Family and Behold.

Five programs have won a Users Choice Award all 7 years since the award was established in 2009. They are The Next Generation, Brother’s Keeper, RootsMagic, Family Tree Builder, and Reunion.

GenSoftReviews uses a time-weighted average score. The weight of every user rating goes down 50% every year, so newer opinions will be better reflected in the average score.

Congratulations go to all the 2015 winners. They are producing a product that their users like. GenSoftReviews hopes all genealogy software developers will use the feedback these reviews provide to improve their programs for their users.

For more information and a complete listing of current and past winners, see the GensoftReviews Users Choice Awards page.