Month: March 2016

Learn How To Use DNA for Family History 2016 NGS Family History Conference

ARLINGTON, VA, 31 MARCH 2016— Family historians interested in learning more about DNA testing and genetic genealogy should be sure to check out this year’s National Genealogical Society Conference in Florida, 4-7 May. The 2016 conference at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center is a premier opportunity to meet and network with other genealogists. It offers 180 presentations, including twelve lectures focused on DNA and genetic genealogy, for both new and seasoned researchers. For those interested in genetic genealogy, topics include testing companies, the types of DNA testing available and their strengths and weaknesses, and using DNA as evidence in conjunction with traditional documentary sources.
Beginners won’t want to miss “Sex, DNA, and Family History,” presented by Shellee A. Morehead, PhD, CGSM, which covers how DNA is transmitted, and describes the types of testing available to the genealogist. Additionally, Ft. Lauderdale’s own Diahan Southard will offer insight into ethnicity estimates and interpreting the maps and percentages provided by the testing services in “DNA Testing and Your Ethnic Origins.”
Conference attendees will be able to see how seasoned genealogists have solved genealogical brick walls using DNA testing, and learn about third-party tools that they use. Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGLSM, will demonstrate the methodology he used to solve an early 1800s, longstanding genealogical problem in his lecture, “Systematically Using Autosomal DNA Test Results To Help Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls.” Ginger R. Smith, MLS will explain the basics of using a popular third-party tool, “How To Use Gedmatch.com To Optimize Your DNA Testing Experience.”
In all, the conference offers a broad array of topics, including building your family tree, problem-solving, researching ethnic and religious groups, military records, land records, migration patterns, and online and archival records as well as technology. Visit the NGS 2016 NGS Family History Conference website for more information about this year’s conference or to register.  Attendees may register at the door, please note that registration for all meals and social events closes on 22 April 2016.
Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.
NGS courses on DNA and genetic genealogy can be found online.
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.

New FamilySearch Collections Update: March 28, 2016


Explore the new record collections for Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928Czech Republic School Registers 1799-1953United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815, and more than 7 million additions to the Find A Grave Index. Search these and more by following the links below.

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Call for Proposals Deadline is 1 April 2016 National Genealogical Society 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina


Arlington, VA, 29 MARCH 2016—Time is running out for speakers as well as organizations interested in sponsoring lectures to submit lecture proposals for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2017 Family History Conference, Family History Lives Here, to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, from 10–13 May 2017. All proposals must be submitted electronically through the NGS website by 11:59 p.m. EDT on 1 April 2016.
Throughout its history, North Carolina has been home to a diverse population including Native Americans and those who trace their heritage back to Europe and Africa. During colonial times, it was one of a few colonies that embraced religious diversity, welcoming Quakers, Huguenots, Methodists, and Moravians. It is a land rich in cultural traditions. From the lighthouses on the outer banks to the falling waters on the Piedmont, to the dramatic overlooks in the mountains, this land calls us back to take a closer look. The Tar Heel story is vibrant, shared through the words of each family, and recorded in the wonderful records, manuscripts, and artifacts preserved in the numerous North Carolina archives, special collections, museums, libraries, historical sites, and societies.
Among the topics being considered by NGS for its 2017 conference are presentations on North Carolina history, including available records and repositories; land grants and other land records; court system and laws; ethnic and religious groups; military, farming, and other occupations; neighboring states; and migration to, from, and within the Carolinas. The Society also will consider other topics of interest reaching from the Colonial era to the 21st Century. In addition, NGS encourages the submission of proposals for broader genealogical categories, including methodology, problem solving, and technology.
Speakers who wish to submit lecture proposals, and organizations interested in sponsoring tracks or individual lectures, should follow the published guidelines at the NGS website page: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/call_for_proposals.
Speakers may submit up to eight proposals electronically via https://goo.gl/wCs8wn.
Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture may submit proposals via https://goo.gl/6SYFcc.
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.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, March 25, 2016

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 11.3 million new records and newspaper articles including substantial updates to our collections of Billion Graves Cemetery Index records, NYG&B records, Irish Newspapers, and Royal Navy Seaman Records. A brand new collection of census fragments from 19th century London is also available to search.


Billion Graves Cemetery Index Updates

Over 3.2 million records have been added to our collection of Billion Graves Cemetery Index records including:

With over 12 million headstone records, BillionGraves is the largest resource for GPS-tagged headstone and burial records on the web, allowing you to locate exactly where your ancestor was buried. Findmypast’s partnership with BillionGraves aims to make available all the cemetery records held on their site for free.

Each entry includes transcript which includes a link to an image of the headstone with GPS details. The amount of information listed may vary, but most records will include a combination of the deceased’s name, birth date, death date, cemetery, city, county and image link. The indexes will be regularly updated throughout the year.

A new issue of the New York Researcher, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s (NYG&B) quarterly review, is now available to browse and search. The New York Researcher, formerly the NYG&B Newsletter, has been published by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) since 1970. The colourful quarterly review features instructive articles on genealogical research techniques and New York resources, profiles of repositories and genealogical societies across New York State, program announcements, website news, and book reviews.

Over 5,000 transcription images have been added to our collection of New York State Religious Records 1716-1914. The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society transcribed and published religious records of baptisms, marriages, and deaths from dozens of New York State churches of various denominations. These records include images of the transcripts of the original baptism, marriage, and death registers kept by various New York churches. The amount of information listed in each record can vary depending on type. Most will include a combination of names, dates of baptisms, marriages, or deaths, parents’ and witnesses’ names, church name and denomination and lists of church members.

Three brand new titles, from counties Antrim and Down, have been added to our collection of historic Irish newspapers – Larne Times, Newry Reporter and Newry Telegraph. These local publications, covering life in the busy Northern Irish market towns from 1829 all the way up to 1955, could reveal fascinating details about your ancestors and their local community.

7 existing titles have been given extra articles and date coverage including over 2.1 million new articles have been added to Northern Whig and over 400,000 additional articles have joined both Derry Journal and Dublin Daily Express. The date range of the complete Irish newspaper collection now covers 247 years of Irish history from 1708 all the way up to 1955.


London, Westminster Marylebone Census 1821 & 1831 contains over 22,000 census results covering Marylebone in the City of Westminster. Each record consists of a transcript and an image of the original document. Transcripts will list your ancestors name, address, parish and the year the record was taken. Images can contain a variety of additional details. These early nineteenth century census records did not record the same amount of information that we are familiar with in more recent censuses but the details that were recorded can reveal a lot about your ancestor’s home. You can discover your ancestor’s field of employment and how many servants were employed in the home.

Over 20,000 records have been added to our collection of British Royal Navy Seamen records. The records will reveal details of your ancestor’s career such as when they served and on what ship. This can help you to determine what engagements or naval battles they took part in. Most will also include a physical description listing their height, eye and hair colour, and any distinguishable such as scars or tattoos. Your ancestor’s character during service is recorded and, if they were killed or died during service, most records will include a cause of death.

Each record contains an image and transcript of a Royal Navy Seaman’s service record from The National Archives ADM188 series.

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.

Discover Your African American Ancestors at the NGS Family History Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, 4-7 May 2016

Student Discount Conference Rates Available to College and Graduate Students Interested in Genealogical Research


ARLINGTON, VA, 24 March 2016—Diversity is the hallmark of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2016 Family History Conference, which will take place at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center from 4-7 May. For those with African American ancestry who are interested in researching their family history, the conference offers lectures on a wide-range of topics with titles such as “Duty, Honor, Service: Freemen of Color at the Battle of New Orleans, War 1812” and “Why Tampico? The Exodus of Pensacola’s Creoles of Color.”
The conference also features lectures on how census slave schedules, Freedmen’s Bureau records, African American cemeteries, and Black college newspapers can advance your genealogical research. Other presentations include “Behind Closed Doors: An Introduction to Plaçage,” “Colored Confederate Pension Applications,” “Recovering Identities of Slaves of Roseland Plantation, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Case Study,” and “Finding Freedmen Marriage Records.”
In all, the conference will have 180 lectures on a variety of subjects such as Jewish, European, Gulf Coast, and Caribbean genealogy, research into women ancestors, and much more.  Luncheons will feature guest speakers who will cover fascinating topics such as “Lost Eyes, Whipping Posts, and Wife Swapping: Lessons from Yesteryear” and “Leaving a Lasting Footprint: Collaborate, Advocate, and Promote.”
For more conference information and to register, go to the 2016 NGS Family History Conference. An early bird discount is available through 31 March 2016. Though individuals may register at the door, registration for all meals and social events closes on 22 April 2016.
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.

CNYGS & NYG&B Announce Plans for the 2016 New York State Family History Conference

CNYGS & NYG&B Announce Plans for the 2016 New York State Family History Conference

March 16, 2016 – New York, NY

  • The New York State Family History Conference (NYSFHC) will be held September 15–17, 2016 in Syracuse, NY.
  • Now in its third year, the event will bring together hundreds of genealogists from across the United States to learn about their New York ancestry.
  • The 2016 conference offers new opportunities for those interested in New York family history as it will be held concurrently with the Association of Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS).

The Central New York Genealogical Society (CNYGS) and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B), co-sponsors of the New York State Family History Conference, are proud to announce plans for the 2016 conference, to be held September 17–19 in Syracuse, New York. This year, the event will run concurrently with the annual conference of the Association for Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS). As part of the concurrent conferences, attendees of the NYSFHC Conference will be welcome to attend APHNYS lectures and field trips, and APHNYS registrants will be welcomed to attend NYSFHC lectures.

The three-day conference will be held at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center Liverpool, just outside of Syracuse, New York and features more than 40 sessions, alongside a vibrant exhibitor hall.

Nationally-known speakers participating include Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, FASG; David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, Chief Genealogical Officer, FamilySearch; D. Joshua Taylor, President, of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society; James D. Folts, Ph.D., New York State Archives; Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., The Genetic Genealogist; Jim Ison, CG, FamilySearch.org; Jen Baldwin, Faindmypast.com; Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS, editor of the NYG&B Record; Jen Baldwin, Findmypast; Terry Koch-Bostic, and Jane E. Wilcox who will each give lectures. The complete conference program, exhibitor information, and other details can be found on the conference website, www.nysfhc.org.

Exhibitors and sponsors of the 2016 conference include the Capital District [New York] Genealogical Society, FamilySearch, Family Tree DNA, Findmypast, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the New York State Archives, the New York State Library, and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation.

NYG&B and CNYGS members can attend the conference at discounted rates, $100 (early) and $125 (regular). Nonmembers can attend the conference for $125 (early bird) and $150 (regular). Early registration is open through May 30, 2016 and can be accessed at www.nysfhc.org.

ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS FOR CELTIC CONNECTIONS CONFERENCE

ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS FOR CELTIC CONNECTIONS CONFERENCE


18 March 2016 – Minneapolis, MN.


Celtic Connections Conference organizers have announced the opening of online registration for the Celtic Connection Conference, a conference that will bring together those interested in all aspects of Celtic culture, through genealogy, history, music, and literature. The conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Park Place in St. Louis Park, Minnesota August 5-6 2016.

The conference is headlined by five Irish and Scottish speakers–John Grenham, Dr. Bruce Durie, Brian Donovan, Brian Mitchell, and William Roulston, and also features ten U.S.-based speakers. Co-hosts TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association and IGSI (the Irish Genealogical Society International) have arranged an interesting array of conference-related activities including a bus tour, a banquet, a luncheon featuring mystery author Erin Hart, and more.

Conference pricing is very attractive, and special hotel rates are available until July 14, making the conference a great learning opportunity at a great price! Full program and hotel details, along with registration, are available at the Celtic Connections Conference website at http://celtic-connections.org/.

About the Celtic Connections Conference

The Celtic Connections Conference is a biennial educational event co-hosted by the Minnesota-based Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI) and the Boston-based Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA), with sponsorship support from Ancestry, Eneclann, FindMyPast, Tourism Ireland, Brian Moore International Tours, KerryGold, and Discover St. Louis Park. The first CCC was held in the Boston area in 2014. This year’s conference takes place at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Minneapolis Park Place, St. Louis Park, Minnesota, just outside the Twin Cities. Specially priced lodging for conference-goers is available at the conference site. To learn more visit http://celtic-connections.org/.

Student Discount Conference Rates Available to College and Graduate Students Interested in Genealogical Research

Student Discount Conference Rates Available to College and Graduate Students Interested in Genealogical Research


ARLINGTON, VA, 22 March 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is offering college and graduate studentsdrastically discounted rates for its 2016 Family History Conference: Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time, 4–7 May 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Qualifying students can register for all four days of the conference for $60, or $50 if they are members of NGS—a $215 and $190 savings, respectively. To qualify, students must submit a letter on college or university letterhead signed by the dean or a department chair confirming his/her current admittance, good standing, and full-time status in an undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking program at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

The conference offers students a unique opportunity to attend a wide range of lectures on such topics as
  • learning the basics of genealogical research and developing a sound research plan
  • overviews of repositories, including libraries, archives, newspapers, military, civil, and religious records, online resources, etc.
  • genetic research
as well as lectures that focused on African-American, Cuban, Jewish, French, Scots-Irish, and other ancestors; Florida’s history and its people, and much, much more. The conference also offers students the chance to discover how they might incorporate genealogical methods into their studies and, in turn, how they might apply knowledge from their fields of study to genealogy.

To register, students should download the Conference’s Student Registration Form and follow the directions provided on the NGS website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/student-rate/. The student discount will not apply if a student registers directly through the Conference website. For more information about the Conference’s program, go to http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/ and the PDF brochure at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/2016-Registration-Brochure.pdf. The brochure offers information about sessions, tours, pre-conference events, on-site registration, and details for hotel registration.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, the highest 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.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, March 18, 2016

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of a fascinating assortment of Royal Irish Constabulary and Irish Revenue Police records. Also available to search this week are indexes of births, marriages and deaths from Western Australia and new additions to our collection of historic British newspapers.

Over 2.3 million new articles and 12 brand new titles have been added to our collection of historic British Newspapers Articles. Substantial updates have also been made to 31 existing publications.

The 12 new publications included in this update come cover towns and cities across England, Scotland and Wales. Amongst these new titles is the Illustrated Weekly News. Covering the years 1861-1869, the IWN provides you with a rare graphic insight into Victorian Britain before the widespread use of photography.

Ireland, Irish Revenue Police 1830-1857 contains over 37,000 records that list the details of men who served with the Irish Revenue police between 1830 and 1857. The Irish Revenue Police were formed to work with the Customs and Excise Service to prohibit illegal distillation or liquors and spirits or poteen (poitín) making.

Each record consists of a transcript and a scanned image of the original document held at National Archives in Kew. Transcripts will include a combination of your ancestors name, station or address and the date the records was taken. Images will provide further particulars about your ancestor. There are various types of documents available to view such as lists of new appointments, which will give you the date of your ancestor’s appointment, which corps he was assigned to and who appointed him. Minutes of appointments, which recorded transfers of privates between stations or parties and dismissal records are also included.

Royal Irish Constabulary pensions 1873-1925 contains over 112,000 records. The R.I.C was the armed police force of the United Kingdom in Ireland from the early nineteenth century until 1922. The force was responsible for keeping the peace through the detection and prevention of crime and suppressing rebellions and agrarian disturbances. They enforced laws related to food, drugs and fishery and took over the duties of the Irish Revenue Police, which had previously enforced the laws against whiskey production. In areas that lacked a fire brigade, they were also called upon to stop the spread of fires.

This unique collection comes from The National Archives in Kew and consists of the records for pensions and allowances given to officers, men and staff of the RIC and their widows and children. The collection includes registers of pensions along with registers of deceased pensioners and pensions paid when the RIC was disbanded in August 1922. Many of the records show whether the individual paid into the Constabulary Force Fund. This fund, which was formerly called the Reward Fund, was used to reward RIC members monetarily after acts of achievement and/or bravery. For example, in July 1875, Constable John Daly was awarded £6 for gathering evidence by visiting infected houses and families. The evidence gathered was sufficient to arrest a swindler doctor.

Royal Irish Constabulary History & Directories contains over 1,670 pages from 6 different publications printed between 1871 and 1920 that provide further insight into the daily operations of the police force and the history of the organisation. Included is a history of the force, lists and directories for 1889, 1915, 1918 and 1920 and The Royal Irish Constabulary Guide to the Discharge of Police Duties.

The Western Australia Birth index contains over 106,000 transcripts. Civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths in Western Australia started 1 September 1841. Prior to this, churches had the responsibility to record all baptisms, marriages, and burials. Each records consists of a transcript of the original birth register entry. Each record will list your ancestor’s name, birth year, birth place and registration number. Once you have located the relevant birth transcript within our record set, you can order the birth certificate itself from the Western Australian Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages.


The Western Australia Marriage index contains over 527,000 records. Marriage records can provide you with useful information in your family history research. Each records consists of a transcript of the original birth register entry. Transcripts will reveal when, where and to whom your ancestor was married as well as the marriages registration number.

The Western Australia Death index contains over 450,000 transcripts. Death records can be vital in your family history research. These death records can be particularly useful as they will sometimes provide parents’ name. This allows you to link your ancestor back to a previous generation. Each records consists of a transcript of the original document. The amount of available information provided varies from transcript to transcript, but most will include your ancestors name, birth year, death year, place of death, registration number and the names of their parents including mother’s maiden names.

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.

Don’t Miss Out on the Early Bird Discount For the NGS 2016 Family History Conference – Offer Ends 31 March

National Genealogical Society to Live Stream Ten Lectures during its 2016 Family History Conference


ARLINGTON, VA, 18 March 2016—Register early for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference in Ft. Lauderdale and take advantage of its early bird discount. Not only will you save money, you will also be able to order a printed syllabus or flash drive version of the syllabus. Your registration must be received online or postmarked by 31 March 2016. After that date, the NGS member price will increase from $205 to $240 for all four days and the non-NGS member price will increase from $240 to $275.
The Conference will feature more than 180 lectures from basic to advanced genealogical research, including four days of BCG Skillbuilding lectures and twelve lectures on genetic genealogy. Diversity is another focus of this year’s conference. Eighteen lectures discuss African-American genealogical research, five focus on Jewish genealogy, two on Cuban genealogy, and nine on women. Floridians and those with ancestors from Florida will want to consider the nine lectures that focus on Florida’s rich archival history.  In addition, the conference will provide a number of lectures on European ancestors, including French, Spanish, Scandinavian, Italian, Scots-Irish, and others.
The NGS Conference will be held at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center and will run from 4-7 May.  For conference information and to register, go to the 2016 NGS Family History Conference.
 
Social Events, Luncheons, and the NGS Banquet

Participating organizations sponsor several luncheons at which guest speakers address many fascinating presentations such as
  • “Lost Eyes, Whipping Posts, and Wife Swapping: Lessons from Yesteryear”
  • “To the Rescue: 10 Times A Local Society has Saved My Bacon”
  • “Genetic Surprises, DNA and ’Non-paternity‘ Events” 
The NGS Banquet is an event not to be missed! Guest speaker David E. Rencher, AG, CGSM,
FIGRS, FUGA, will discuss what matters most to genealogists and family historians. Registration for all meals and social events closes on 22 April 2016. Tickets for social events will not be sold on-site. Be sure to sign up as quickly as possible. The Florida State Genealogical Society Host Event, “Taste of Florida,” is $42; luncheons are $32; and the banquet is $45. Menus are in the registration brochure.
Society Roundup

On Wednesday, 4 May 2016, many of Florida’s genealogical and historical societies will be available in the Convention Center’s Exhibit Hall Lobby from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to answer questions about local repositories and resources, discuss their group’s activities, and sell their publications.
Local Area Tours

There’s still time to sign up for two exciting tours on Tuesday, 3 May 2016, prior to the NGS Family History Conference. For more information, please see Local Area ToursRegistration for the tours closes on 22 April 2016.
Add Items to an Existing Registration

To add meals, tours, and pre-conference events to your current registration, log on to the NGS website, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.
We hope to see you in Ft. Lauderdale in May!
Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records.  The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit theNGS Pressroom for further information.

Heredis announces its application for Android

MONTPELLIER, MARCH 10, 2016 – Today Heredis has launched its Heredis for Android application. More than 2 years after the release of its mobile application for iOS, Heredis is available for all users with a phone or a tablet running the Android OS. Thi…

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, March 11, 2016

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 12 million passenger lists and arrival records from New York. Also available to search this week are cremation records from the Manchester Crematorium, Land tax and borough court records from Devon and the 1893 women’s suffrage petition that finally succeeded in granting women the right to vote in New Zealand.

New York Passenger Lists and Arrivals contains over 12 million records of immigrants from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and other countries who arrived in the port between the middle of the nineteenth century and the middle of the twentieth century.

The early records coincide with the Great Irish Famine, when millions of families left Ireland for America, while later records document the beginning of mass migration from other parts of Europe, prior to the creation of Ellis Island. These earlier immigrants passed through the immigration center known as Castle Garden. As the country’s largest city and port, New York received more immigrants than any other city, with roughly 7.5 million people passing through Castle Garden.

Each record consists of a transcript of an original ship’s passenger lists that will list your ancestors name, birth year, country of origin, occupation, departure port, arrival date and the name of the ship they sailed on. A number of records will also include an image of the original document which may reveal additional information such as they part of the vessel your ancestor stayed in and whether or not they could read and write and in what language.


The Lancashire, Manchester Cremation Records 1818-2001 consist of over 17,000 memorial transcripts from the Manchester Crematorium.

The Manchester Crematorium, located on Barlow Moor Road, was opened in 1892 and is the second oldest crematorium in the UK. During the blitz of Christmas 1940, the crematorium registers were destroyed. The details found in these records were recovered by the Manchester and Lancashire family history society through crematorium memorials and obituaries in local newspapers.

Each record consists of a transcript that will list you ancestor’s name, cremation date and a narrative that may include a short biography or details of their next of kin.

Find out if your ancestor lived in Tavistock in West Devon between 1839 and 1896 with over 5,000 assorted court documents. The records consist of court papers from the Tavistock borough court collected by Robert Luxton of Tavistock, clerk to the magistrates. The borough was integral to daily community life and was responsible for the administration of poor relief and law enforcement.

With each record you will find a transcript and an image of the borough document. The detail found in each record can vary depending on the type of event as the collection consists of a wide variety of documents including warrants, summonses, depositions, convictions and case reports. Most transcripts will include a combination of your ancestors’ name, parish, the date of the event that was being recorded, the type of event that was being recorded, the names of their parents and the name of the presiding judge.

The Devon, Plymouth & West Devon Land Tax and Valuation Records 1897-1949 contains over 249,000 records.

The records will provide you with a location of your ancestor’s home as well as a description of the property. The records will also give you the value of the land as this was used to determine the rate of tax and poor rate to be paid to the local parish or borough.

Each record includes an image of the original document from the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office and a transcript. Most transcripts will include your ancestor’s name, the location of the property, whether they were the owner, occupier or owner/occupier, and the year the records was taken. Images will include further descriptions of your ancestor’s property such as wither it was used as an inn, public house, shop, cottage, orchard, etc. They will also reveal the street name and precise location of the property, its size and gross value, and the poor rate paid on that property.

The New Zealand, Women’s Suffrage Petition 1893 lists the names of the 23,853 women who signed the 1893 petition that finally succeeded in granting women the right to vote in New Zealand. On 19 September 1893, Governor Lord Glasgow passed women’s suffrage in New Zealand with the signing of a new Electoral Act. New Zealand was years ahead of other countries in granting universal women’s suffrage. Both the United States and the United Kingdom succeeded in doing so only after the First World War.

Between the 1880s and 1893, several petitions were circulated and signed in an effort to gain the right to vote for women. The 1893 petition resulted in 23,853 signatures with an additional 7,000 added before being shown to Parliament. The individual sheets, totalling more than 500 pages, were adhered together and, when unrolled, measured longer than 270 meters (885 feet). The original petition is on display at Archives New Zealand in the Constitution Room.

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.

Register of Qualified Genealogists Announcement

On the 31st of December 2015 the Register for Qualified Genealogists was incorporated at Companies House, London as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.

Yesterday, the 9th of February, the Register was launched by its website going live at www.qualifiedgenealogists.org. That now enables qualified genealogists to apply for membership and potential clients to contact them.

This is an important, even historic, step in the evolution of genealogical and family history practice. It means that it will now be possible to create a Register of those in our local and international communities who have advanced qualifications relevant to the field. It will also provide recognition for those holders of qualifications irrespective of the specialist areas in which they practise, whether they be archivists, family tree developers, probate researchers, legal advisors, media commentators, authors, teachers, palaeographers, heraldic specialists or exponents in any other area where genealogical and family history expertise is needed.

They will be identified by the post-nominal – QG.

The Register will also accept student members who are currently studying for one of the recognised qualifications.

The Register will provide a choice to members of the public and business concerns seeking advice and research support and who wish to have the assurance of a defined and accredited level of capability matched with significant expertise. This is backed by a strong Professional Code, clear Objectives to serve the genealogical community and a sound legally-incorporated presence.

The background to this initiative is the emergence in the past decade, from major educational institutions, of advanced qualifications in the discipline of genealogy and family history.

Already experienced practitioners have had the opportunity to engage in study at post-graduate level towards new qualifications such as post-graduate Diplomas and Masters degrees. Students on these programmes have enhanced their experience by learning how to overlay a systematic approach to their work, apply constructive criticism and logical analysis to their findings, expand their horizons and investigations to take in evidence from all aspects and eras of the research field, and to exploit latest technology in support of their efforts. Several hundred of these rounded individuals have graduated in recent years and are now in practice. Several dozen others are emerging each year to add to this pool of highly capable practitioners.

The Register will provide an outlet to showcase this talent pool.

Our website, at www.qualifiedgenealogists.org, provides further details of the Objects of the Company, our Professional Code, the nature of appropriate, acceptable qualifications and the full Articles of Association of the Company.

You can contact us through the website if you wish to join the Register, or if you simply want more information.

National Genealogical Society to Live Stream Ten Lectures during its 2016 Family History Conference

National Genealogical Society to Live Stream Ten Lectures during its 2016 Family History Conference


ARLINGTON, VA, 9 MARCH 2016 —The National Genealogical Society (NGS) will live stream ten lectures from its 2016 Family History Conference, which will be held 4-7 May 2016, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Details of the live streaming program can be found on the NGS Conference website. NGS members and others across the United States and overseas, who are unable to attend the conference in person, are invited to sign up for these live streaming broadcasts.

NGS has selected some of the most popular topics and nationally known speakers for the two featured tracks. Registrants for live streaming can sign up for either track or the bundled package that includes both tracks.
  • Track One: Viewers will be able to screen five lectures on “Land Records and Maps” from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, 5 May 2016. The lectures will cover deed books and private land claims, how to utilize mapping apps, Google Earth, and GPS to enrich your research, and maps and gazetteers for English and Welsh research.
  • Track Two: Five “Methods for Success” lectures will be live streaming from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 6 May 2016. They will address methodology techniques for use with historical context and DNA, as well as problem solving using a combination of resources.
Registration for live streaming will close at midnight 22 April 2016 and is discounted for NGS members. All registrants will receive an electronic version of the NGS 2016 Family History Conference Syllabus.   
Track Selection
Included Formats
Member Price
Non-Member Price
Track Descriptions
Track One orTrack Two
Live Streaming with three months access to  Track One or Two
$65.00
$80.00
Land Records and Maps. Five lectures onThursday, 5 May 2016or
Methods for Success. Five lectures on Friday, 6 May 2016.

Bundled Package Track One and Track Two
Live Streaming with three months access to both tracks
$115.00
$145.00
Land Records and Maps. Five lectures onThursday, 5 May 2016,and
Methods for Success. Five lectures on Friday, 6 May 2016.

NGS has selected PlayBackNow to broadcast the live sessions and to provide the recorded sessions for later viewing. Instructions for viewing the live streaming will be sent to registrants before 30 April 2016.

Tracks One and Two are among the 25 tracks and 180 lectures that will be open to those who attend the four-day conference in person. Conference attendees may also benefit from purchasing the NGS live streaming package by registering for either track or the bundled package, which they will be able to view after they return home. By selecting different presentations while attending the conference, they can expand their overall conference experience. They will have ninety days following the conference to view and repeat the live streaming sessions (through 7 August 2016).

Reminder: The conference discounted Early Bird registration will close on 31 March 2016.

About the National Genealogical Society

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.

2017 FGS National Conference Call For Presentation Proposals

2017 FGS National Conference Call For Presentation Proposals

Deadline for Submissions is 1 June 2016

March 7, 2016 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces that presentation proposals are now being received for its 2017 Conference, “Building Bridges to the Past,” to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania August 30 – September 2, 2017. The conference will be held in cooperation with the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society as local host. The deadline for submission of presentation proposals is Wednesday, 1 June 2016.

“Building Bridges to the Past” references not only the many bridges in Pittsburgh, but the bridges between old world and new, as well as our journeys to discover our past. Topics related to methodology and research skills are always welcomed, in addition to content-specific areas, such as:

  • Military: Revolutionary War, War of 1812, American Civil War, Indian Wars, World War I, World War II, colonial and frontier wars.
  • Migration: Europe to North America; naturalization records; passenger lists; ports of entry; to and through the Mid-Atlantic; migration trails and routes (Braddock Road, National Road, Great Wagon Road); refugee resettlement.
  • Immigrant Origins: Great Britain and the former British Empire; Germany and other German-speaking countries; Eastern and Central Europe; the Mediterranean/Adriatic Basin; the Scandinavian countries; Latin American research.
  • African-American Research: Reconstructing families; free persons of color; identifying slave owners; slavery in Colonial America, including Pennsylvania; African-American newspapers and other lesser-used sources; anti-slavery movements; migration and after the Civil War.
  • Occupations & Work: Farmers, carpenters, glassworkers, iron/steelworkers, coal miners, brewers/distillers, boatmen, firefighters/police, railroaders, canal builders, laborers and factory hands; women in the workforce; unions, guilds and apprenticeships; smugglers, bootleggers and other illicit trades.
  • Religions, Adherents and Records: Quaker, Jewish, Orthodox, Catholic, Amish, Moravian, Mennonite, Presbyterian, and other Protestant traditions and records; religious colonization’s and refugee movements; Pogrom and Holocaust survivors and research; Mormon/LDS; utopian communities; peace churches, pacifists and conscientious objectors; convents, monasteries and cloistered communities.
  • Regional research: Research in Pennsylvania and nearby states—Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, West Virginia; archival collections; research repositories in the Mid-Atlantic; college and university research collections; migration destinations from Pennsylvania, such as the Midwest and the Carolinas.
  • Genetics & DNA: the basics of DNA research; autosomal studies and advanced analysis; testing procedures; ethical considerations; adoptions; forensic and expert work; case studies.
  • Skills, Abilities & General Knowledge: Beginning research techniques; evidence analysis; online resources and tools; wikis; collaboration techniques and etiquette; terminology; comparative analysis; units of measure, trade and currency; time, calendars and dates; writing a family history; publishing; creating websites, blogs and vlogs; earning genealogical credentials.
  • Society Management: Use of technology by and for societies; adaption to change; internal and external communication; meeting changing member needs and member engagement; membership growth; education projects and events; society leadership; fundraising; team building; volunteers; implementing large projects.

The program committee specifically seeks new and dynamic proposals that will provide exceptional learning experiences for conference attendees. Different formats in addition to the traditional lecture format are encouraged. (Sessions still must fit into a one-hour time slot.) Proposals for workshops and sponsored sessions are encouraged.

Multiple proposals (more than four) are welcome and encouraged, as most chosen to speak will be engaged for more than one presentation. There is no limit on the number of proposals a speaker may submit.

Submission Requirements

Speaker submissions and deadlines for the FGS 2017 Conference reflect the implementation of an online submission system. Interested parties must submit all presentation proposals using the online forms. The Call for Presentations is now open and will close on Wednesday, 1 June 2016. This deadline is for all proposal submissions, including sponsored presentations.

Compensation

Selected speakers receive an honorarium, travel compensation, and conference registration as well as per diem and hotel nights based on the number of presentations given. (Sponsored speakers only receive conference registration and syllabus materials. See more about sponsorships below.) Non-sponsored speakers receive compensation according to the FGS Conference Speaker Policy.

Sponsored Presentations

Societies and businesses are encouraged to submit proposals for sponsored talks by the stated deadline for proposal submission. The sponsoring organization will cover its speaker’s costs to present the presentation. Sponsored speakers are expected to abide by all speaker deadlines and syllabus requirements. Sponsored speakers will receive complimentary FGS conference registration and electronic syllabus materials.

Additional Information

Invitations will be issued in Fall 2016. Contracts and syllabus format guidelines will be sent to speakers at that time. Camera-ready handouts are required for each presentation or workshop presentation and will be compiled in a syllabus distributed to conference participants. The deadline for submissions of syllabus materials is 27 March 2017.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

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

Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/FGSgenealogy) and on our blog at (http://voice.fgs.org).

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, March 4, 2016

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 10 million Irish Catholic Parish Registers. Spanning over 200 years of Ireland’s history from 1671-1900, the registers contain over 40 million names from over 1,000 parishes and cover 97% of the entire island of Ireland, both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms contains over 7 million records. This is the first time that National Library of Ireland’s collection of Catholic Registers has been fully indexed with images to the original documents linked online. The records can now be searched by name, allowing you the opportunity to make all important links between generations with the baptism records and between families with the marriage registers.

Each record contains a transcript of the original document that will reveal your ancestor’s birth place, birth date, parents’ name, residence and the date and location of their baptism. Each transcript also contains a link to a scanned image of the original document on the National Library of Ireland’s website.

Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Marriages contains over 3 million marriage records. The collection has been indexed for the first time from the National Library of Ireland’s microfilm collection and is a vital resource for searching for ancestors before the introduction of compulsory civil registration for Catholics in 1864.

For each record, you will find a transcript created from the original marriage record. Most records will also include an image of the marriage register, which may reveal more information such as the names of any witnesses present. Transcripts will reveal the couples names, the date and location of the ceremony, their addresses and the names of their fathers.

Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Burials contains over 250,000 burial records from across all 32 counties of Ireland. The index was created from the National Library of Ireland’s (NLI) full Catholic parish registers collection and includes burial records from 338 parishes.

Catholic parishes did not keep thorough burial records until the early 1900s. Each record contains an image of the original burial register and a transcript of all the vital information. The detail found in each transcript can vary depending on the age and condition of the register, but most will include your ancestors name, address, date of death, burial date, and where they were laid to rest. A number of records will also reveal the cost of digging the grave and/or any donations to the church next to the deceased’s name.

Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Congregational Records is a collection of over 54,000 assorted church records including congregational records, confirmation records and lists of church subscribers. The Congregational records may be the smallest record set within the Irish parish registers collection but they are also the most unique. They feature lists of parishioners, lists of those who have donated to the church and confirmation records. In some parishes, local priests even created small censuses of the local residences across all religions.

Each record will contain both an image and a transcript of the original document. The subject of the records can vary wildly so we recommend viewing images to gather all the necessary information. The detail found in each transcript can vary widly but most will include your ancestor’s name, parish, diocese, county, the date of the event that was being recorded and a link to the original document.

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.

20 Years of Cyndi’s List



A major milestone celebrating 20 years of service


EDGEWOOD, WASHINGTON (March 4, 2016) – Cyndi’s List (http://www.CyndisList.com) was launched 20 years ago on March 4, 1996. What started out as a side-page in a personal genealogy web site has become one of the top genealogy resources online. The original site started on one web page with 1,025 links. By the end of that first year the site was sorted onto individual pages with more than 9,600 links in more than 50 categories. Just after its one-year anniversary the site had grown to 17,300 links in more than 60 categories on 195+ separate web pages. The site has continued to grow exponentially with the popularity of genealogy and the Internet. Today there are more than 330,000 links in 207 categories that point to an endless supply of related genealogy links online.

The purpose of Cyndi’s List remains the same today, 20 years after its creation: to be a free jumping-off point and a catalog for the immense genealogical collection that is the Internet. And it is all done not by software, but by a live human being. Every link found on Cyndi’s List is personally visited, titled, given a description, categorized, and cross-referenced across the site. Cyndi Ingle is the creator and owner of Cyndi’s List. The site is a one-woman enterprise in which Cyndi often works 10-12 hours each day, many times 7 days a week. Users of Cyndi’s List are encouraged to submit new links and report broken links, all in an effort to keep Cyndi’s List as current as possible.

Cyndi’s List has always been free for everyone online to use for their genealogical research. It remains free today. The site is supported by advertising and through the donation button found on each page on the site. Generous users of Cyndi’s List have helped to pay for 86 percent of the major site upgrade done in 2011.

Cyndi’s List is unique as a research tool because it has a genealogist, with more than 36 years of experience, behind the scenes maintaining the links. Cyndi urges users to ignore the search engine on the site and explore the categories themselves (http://www.CyndisList.com/categories/). The categorization is what makes the site unique and such a successful research tool. Cyndi works diligently to deep-link into sites that contain genealogical treasures and by doing so brings those links to the top of the heap, easier to for everyone to find. By browsing through the site users find web sites and resources they never thought to look for and break down those brick walls in their research.

Users of Cyndi’s List explain why it is such a popular research tool:

“Cyndi’s List was one of the first sites I found upon starting to do genealogy. I’ve been consistently impressed with the scope, organization and accuracy of the site. Bravo Cyndi and thanks.” 

“Cyndislist has always been my go-to source for researching new things and it is always first or second on my list for genealogy newbies (FamilySearch wiki and Cyndislist are invaluable)” 

“Cyndi’s list is a sledge hammer for brick walls. Your site has led me to find great resources just clicking around.” 

“I’ve relied on your website as THE best resource on the ‘net to help with my research…” 

“Where can you get at all things genealogical in one fell swoop? Everyone knows it’s CyndisList.com. Every genealogist who uses the web MUST use Cyndi’s List.”

Join us on social networking as we continue to celebrate this incredible milestone of 20 years of helping millions of people worldwide with their online research.

https://www.facebook.com/CyndisList
https://twitter.com/CyndisList
https://plus.google.com/107399342052902753109

Read more about how Cyndi’s List got its start in the blog post, “It All Began 20 Years Ago…” http://cyndislist.blogspot.com/2015/06/it-all-began-20-years-ago.html

About CyndisList.com

CyndisList.com is the world’s largest one-woman family history resource, with more than 330,000 categorized links for genealogical research. For more than 20 years Cyndi’s List has helped hundreds of thousands of people with their online journey to trace their family history. The site averages 275,000 unique visitors and 5,000,000 page hits every month. Cyndi’s List has won numerous awards and consistently remains one of the top genealogical portals for beginners, intermediate, and veteran researchers.

About Cyndi Ingle

Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 36 years, is a past member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society. During the past 25 years she has served in several capacities for local, national, and professional genealogical organizations. Cyndi is an internationally known guest lecturer for more than 175 genealogical society meetings and seminars (http://www.CyndisList.com/speaking-calendar/). She is the coordinator for the technology course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She has lectured for SLIG, GENTECH, Brigham Young University, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, the American Library Association, and numerous state and local genealogical societies and libraries in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Cyndi has authored numerous articles and three books. She has attended the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR), and is a current participant in ProGen Study Group #24. Cyndi is a life member of the National Genealogical Society, the Virginia Genealogical Society, the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Indiana Genealogical Society, and the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society.

National Genealogical Society Seeks New Managing Editor for NGS Magazine

Arlington, VA, 1 March 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is seeking qualified candidates for the managing editor, contractor position for NGS Magazine.

NGS Magazine is published quarterly; each issue contains informative articles that provide readers with resources and helpful direction to accomplish more effective genealogical research. Editorial is contributed by leading experts in the field. Content includes articles on records, repositories, case studies, technology, genetic genealogy, family history writing as well as book reviews.

The managing editor is responsible for the overall production and editorial content of NGS Magazine and produces four (4) issues per year during the calendar year, in February, May, August and November. Applicants should have previous experience in genealogical research, writing, editing, and publishing. Proficient knowledge of grammar and writing standards is essential. The effective date for this position is 1 July 2016. The successful candidate will be responsible for producing the November 2016 issue.

Applications must be received by 1 April 2016. For more information on the application process and the position, a full job description can be viewed at the NGS website by navigating to About NGS > Careers or visiting http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/magazinemanagingeditor.

About the National Genealogical Society

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.

FREE BCG Webinar – Genealogical Fingerprints: Merging and Separating Identities in Family History Research

For immediate release 1 March 2016

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, March 15, 8:00 PM EDT.

“Genealogical Fingerprints: Merging and Separating Identities in Family History Research”

Merging or separating identities is a core genealogical problem. Sometimes we find a man/woman of the same name in several different places over time. Other times, we find two easily confounded people in the same place and time. A series of short case studies illustrate the importance of certain identity.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will present “Genealogical Fingerprints: Merging and Separating Identities in Family History Research” a webinar by J. H. (Jay) Fonkert, CG, free to the public at 8:00 PM EDT 15 March 2016.

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

Jay Fonkert, CG is a Minnesota-based genealogy researcher, educator, and writer, focusing on nineteenth century Midwest research. His favorite research target is the Fawkner family of Kentucky and Indiana. He is a trustee of the BCG Education Fund, a past director of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a past president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. Jay was an instructor at the Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy, 2013–2015 and has published more than sixty research and teaching articles in the Minnesota Genealogist, The Septs, Family Chronicle, NGS Magazine, and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly.

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

There is no charge, but space is limited. Please register for J. H. (Jay) Fonkert, “Genealogical Fingerprints: Merging and Separating Identities in Family History Research” before 15 March 2016 at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8778406650793309953.

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

Learn about BCG’s previous webinars at http://bcgcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars.

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.

Call for Proposals: Scottish Research Courses


The National Institute for Genealogical Studies  is looking for a course author to write a 6-8 week curriculum on Scottish Land Records. This course should include, but not be limited to, the following topics:

·         Transfer and inheritance of land and property
·         Deeds and registers of deeds
·         Notarial Protocol Books
·         Valuation Rolls
·         Internet sources for research

This course will be for family historians searching for their Scottish ancestors. The course content will include 2 assignments per week and a final exam consisting of 25-30 questions. The course should be completed and turned in no later than 6 months from date of contract.

The course author must have a comprehensive knowledge of the topic. All source citations for text and images must conform to the standards found in Evidence Explained. Course is to be submitted in Microsoft Word and be proofread. Formatting of the course will be done by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

To submit an outline for consideration or to inquire about this opportunity, please email admin@genealogicalstudies.com. The successful applicant will receive a retainer to write the course upon acceptance of course outline and then final payment within 30 days of completion and approval of the course. We are also interested in proposals for other Scottish genealogy courses to include Poor Relief, Court Records, Occupations, Immigration, and Tax Records.


ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR GENEALOGICAL STUDIES
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, leaders in online genealogy education, has been offering genealogy and history courses for over 17 years. We now offer over 200 courses in genealogical studies to help enhance researcher’s skills.

For those looking to acquire more formal educational training, The National Institute offers Certificate Programs in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and the United States, as well as a General Methodology, Professional Development and Librarianship Certificate Program.  For more information please call us toll-free in North America at 1-800-580-0165 or email us at admin@genealogicalstudies.com.