Month: April 2016

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

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 697,000 new records including more than 172,000 new additions to our collection of Dorset parish records and significant updates to our Irish newspaper collection. Also included this week are new British Army Boer War records that will allow you to uncover fascinating details of your ancestor’s military service.

Over 2,500 records have been added to our collection of Anglo-Boer War Records.

Anglo-Boer War Records 1899-1902 is a unique collection of assorted document taken from more than 470 sources and containing more than 293,000 names. Consisting of casualty rolls, service rolls, honour rolls, force rolls and a variety of other documents, the records will allow you to uncover your ancestors rank, regiment, service number, details of the awards they received and whether they were killed or wounded in the line of duty.

More than 68,000 new records from 86 parish churches have been added to our collection of Dorset Baptisms. Each record consists of a transcript of an original parish register that will list your ancestor’s name, birth date, the location of their baptism and its date. Many records will also include the names of both of their parents and their address, allowing you to jump back through the generations while adding new branches to your family tree. All transcripts were created by volunteers of the Dorset Family History Society.

Dorset baptisms now contains more than 389,000 records taken from the baptism registers of more than 250 parishes.

More than 42,000 new records from 47 Dorset parishes are now available to search in our collection of Dorset Baptisms. Each record consists of a transcript of an original parish register created by volunteers of the Dorset Family History Society that will list your ancestor’s name, occupation, home parish and the name of their spouse as well as their spouse’s parish and occupation. A number of records will also indicate whether they were married by banns or by licence and may even include the names of any witnesses present.

Dorset marriages now contains just under 648,000 records taken from the marriage registers of more than 384 churches, chapels and Quaker Meetings.
Dorset Burials

Over 52,000 new records covering 57 burial sites have been added to our collection of Dorset Burials. Each record consists of a transcript that will reveal your ancestor’s name, age at death, birth year, burial date and burial place. Dorset Burials has been created using indexes from both the Dorset Family History Society and Family Search.

Dorset baptisms now contains more than 381,000 records from 342 parishes.

Over 525,000 brand new fully searchable articles have recently been added to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers.

This latest tranche includes one brand new title from Northern Ireland – The Lisburn Herald, and Antrim and Down Advertiser. Currently covering the years 1891-1896, this newspaper is a must-read for anyone with ancestors from that part of the country. Significant updates have also been made to seven 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.

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Celebrates a $58.5 Million Capital Campaign


The Country’s Founding Genealogical Society Honors Legendary Television Anchors Bob Schieffer and David Hartman with Their Family Histories

April 25, 2016—Boston, Massachusetts—Two of America’s legendary television journalists were honored here Friday evening by the nation’s founding genealogical institution, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), as it celebrated a history-making capital campaign at a news-filled Family History Benefit Dinner in Boston.

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, were both given the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the event, in tribute to their contributions to history through distinguished broadcast journalism.  In an exciting reversal of roles, however, it was NEHGS giving the news Friday evening as they revealed to both Schieffer and Hartman the detailed stories of their ancestry, researched by expert genealogists at the Society.

Brenton Simons, president and CEO of NEHGS, presented the honorees with expertly prepared genealogies of their families—a tradition of the Society for many years.  Schieffer’s ancestry is marked by the arrival of early immigrant settlers to Texas from Germany in the mid-1800s and by the participation of his ancestors in The War of 1812 and the Civil War.  Hartman’s ancestry is notable for his connections to many American Presidents, including three whom he has interviewed:  Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, and George H.W. Bush.

Headlining the evening’s news, Simons announced that the organization’s comprehensive capital campaign Connecting Families, Advancing History had exceeded its $55 million goal by more than $3 million—a record-setting achievement for the country’s oldest and largest genealogical society.

Moderating a lively conversation with Schieffer and Hartman about their broadcasting careers, world events, and personal interests, was NEHGS’s own distinguished newsman Bill Griffeth, anchor of Closing Bell on CNBC, and NEHGS trustee.

The event’s Corporate Benefactors were Wells Fargo, Freeman’s, Eastern Bank, Traust Sollus Wealth Management, and Welch and Forbes LLC.  

The Society, 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 165,000 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.

2016 FGS CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN



Register now for “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories” in Springfield, IL


April 25, 2016 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces that online registration is now open for the 2016 FGS National Conference, “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories” to be held August 31 — September 3, 2016, in Springfield, IL, and locally hosted by the Illinois State Genealogical Society. Register by July 1, 2016, for the early-bird discount at http://www.FGSConference.org.

Celebrating 40 years since the founding of FGS, each day of the conference is full of sessions aimed at strengthening attendees’ research skills no matter what level or area of interest they may have.

“Returning to our Illinois roots for the FGS 2016 Conference to celebrate our 40th Anniversary in the state where FGS began is a dream come true,” says D. Joshua Taylor, FGS President. “With a solid educational program and a tremendous line-up of social events, this conference is not to be missed!”

Conference Highlights
  • Conference Sessions: With over 160 sessions, 72 expert speakers from around the world, 10 luncheons with speakers, 7 workshops, and 2 interactive seminars, learning opportunities abound in the FGS 2016 Program. With strong daily tracks covering the U.S. Midwest (regional track), the United Kingdom (British Isles and Commonwealth track), and continental European research (ethnic track), attendees of all skill levels will learn a multitude of ways to uncover more about their family history.
  • Exhibit Hall: The large exhibit hall will feature the latest software, books, maps, databases and gadgets on the market for genealogists and family historians, as well as information about genealogical organizations. Located in the special Society Showcase area, representatives of FGS Member Societies will be on hand to demonstrate how their society can help attendees with their family history.
  • Special Events: With built-in networking opportunities, registrants can meet like-minded genealogists and family historians at FGS special events including “Farms & Families: Across the Decades” on Wednesday evening sponsored by FamilySearch and co-hosted by the Illinois State Genealogical Society and the Illinois State Historical Society; the “Meet & Greet” sponsored by Ancestry.com on Thursday evening; and the FGS 40th Anniversary Gala on Friday evening.
  • Focus on Societies: On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, sessions are jampacked with ideas and tools to help societies promote themselves, develop projects, increase membership, and leverage technology. The day kicks off with a plenary session that explores the opportunities and challenges facing societies today and showcases ways to facilitate the changes needed for societies to succeed and thrive.
  • Librarians’ Day: On Tuesday, August 30, 2016, ProQuest will sponsor a preconference fullday of sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals serving family history researchers.
Platinum sponsors include leading family history companies Ancestry.com and FamilySearch. Other participating and supporting organizations include Findmypast, Internet Genealogy,Your Genealogy, Lexmark, Eneclann, Illinois State Genealogical Society, Illinois State Archives, Illinois State Historical Society, and more. Please visit the conference website for a complete listing of all sponsors and partners.

Also visit the conference website at http://www.FGSConference.org for additional details including links to conference hotels, research opportunities, and more. Keep up with conference news and announcements by reading the FGS Voice blog at http://voice.fgs.org/and by subscribing to the FGS Voice Newsletter at http://fgs.org/cpage.php?pt=71.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS, visit fgs.org. To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Springfield, IL, visit fgsconference.org. Also, find FGS on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on the FGS Voice blog at http://voice.fgs.org.

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

Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law 1916-1921 is the most complete collection of British War Office records relating to the Easter Rising and Irish War of Independence from 1916-1921. The collection, digitised from original records held by The National Archives in Kew, reveals the struggles of life under Martial Law in Ireland and demonstrates how events under the occupying military served to galvanise support for the rebels.

Consisting of more than 75,000 records, the collection contains the names of thousands of people who were detained and interned in prisons in Ireland, England and Wales and tried by court martial, including the names of prominent nationalists and elected officials. Personal letters from prisoners or their relatives testifying to their innocence can also be found as well the records of those who were killed or wounded during the conflict. Additionally, the collection shows the efforts of the military and police to discover arms, ammunition and seditious material through thousands of raids on pubs, hotels, nationalist clubhouses, and thousands of homes.


Explore Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law 1916-1921 in detail with Findmypast’s browse search. Browse allows you to select a specific piece of the collection and browse through each image of that volume.

With each result, you will be able to choose a piece from The National Archives’ WO35 series, War Office: Army of Ireland: Administration and Easter Rising Records. The pieces from the collection include court martial registers, reports of the events of Easter Rising week, search and raid reports, files of civilians tried by court martial, and internment camp and prison registers.

90 new volumes of late 19th and early 20th century street directories original published by Kelly’s directories have been added to our collection of Britain, directories and almanacs. Kelly’s Directory was a UK trade directory that listed all businesses and tradespeople in a particular city or town, as well as a general directory of postal addresses of local gentry, landowners, charities, and other facilities. Almanacs and directories are an excellent resource for anyone researching their family history and who wants to understand more about their ancestor’s life. They provide topographical accounts of towns, social statistics and comprehensive guides of towns or cities, as well as full listings of gentry, business owners, trades people, civil servants, church leaders, school teachers and much more.

Two new data sets totalling more than 4,600 records have been added to our collection of Scotland Registers & Records. The new additions, Morayshire: Its People and Its Lands and Banffshire: Its People and Its Lands contain both historic maps, local histories and records of births, marriages and deaths that took place within these regions.

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.

BCG Welcomes Alice Hoyt Veen, CG as New BCG Education Fund Trustee

Board for Certification of Genealogists Education Fund Announcement:
BCG Welcomes Alice Hoyt Veen as New BCG Education Fund Trustee, Thanks Debbie Parker Wayne for years of service

Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, is stepping down after four years of volunteer service with the BCG Education Fund. While serving as a trustee Debbie organized an online repository for the documents so all trustees have immediate access to the same set of documents and helped create checklists and timelines to guide future trustees.

Debbie specializes in genetic genealogy. She writes a column on using DNA analysis for genealogical research in NGS Magazine and developed the online Continuing Genealogical Studies: Autosomal DNA course for the National Genealogical Society (NGS). Debbie saw the need for more in-depth genetic training for genealogists and developed the first week-long course to be offered in the U.S. at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She also coordinated courses at the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), and teaches DNA, as well as more traditional research topics, at national and regional conferences and the Forensic Genealogy Institute.

The BCG Education Fund Board of Trustees welcomes new trustee Alice Hoyt Veen, CG, of Bouton, Iowa. Alice is a sixth-generation Iowan and life-long genealogist who became Board-certified in 2014. She specializes in Midwestern and territorial records with an emphasis on military history and Midwestern connections to American colonial roots.

Alice’s special interest in genealogical education makes her a natural fit for a BCG Education Fund trustee. She has taught classes on Iowa and territorial records, traditional records, and research methodology. She serves on the education committee of the Iowa Genealogical Society and writes a column for the society’s newsletter. Alice believes genealogists at every level benefit from excellence in education and looks forward to working towards that goal.

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.

Ancestry.com LLC Reports First Quarter 2016 Financial Results


— First Quarter Revenues $196.5 million, Up 19.4% Year-Over-Year; Up 21.2% on Constant Currency Basis —

— First Quarter Adjusted EBITDA $70.1 million, Up 13.1% Year-Over-Year(1) —

PROVO, Utah, April 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com LLC (the “Company”), the leader in family history and consumer genomics, reported financial results today for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

“We had a strong start to 2016, led by the continued momentum of AncestryDNA and accelerating revenue growth in our family history business,” said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com. “This is an exciting time for Ancestry. We’re seeing tremendous interest in our products and services, illustrated by steady subscriber gains and growth in our DNA database, which is quickly approaching two million DNA samples. We are focused on capitalizing on this momentum through sound execution of our strategy, targeted investments in initiatives to drive growth, diversified revenue streams and even better customer experiences across our portfolio of businesses.”

First Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights
  • Total revenues for the first quarter of 2016 were $196.5 million compared to $164.6 million in the first quarter of 2015, driven by growth in revenues from AncestryDNA and the core Ancestry websites. On a constant currency basis, first quarter 2016 total revenues would have increased 21.2% year-over-year.
  • Net income for the first quarter of 2016 was $12.4 million compared to $2.8 million in the first quarter of 2015.
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1), (2) for the first quarter of 2016 was $68.2 million compared to $61.7 million in the first quarter of 2015. Excluding the impact of one-time expenses, adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2016 increased 13.1% year-over-year, to $70.1 million.
  • Free cash flow(3) for the first quarter of 2016 was $46.3 million compared to $43.5 million for the first quarter of 2015.
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $176.8 million as of March 31, 2016.
  • Obligations under long-term debt(4) totaled $1.0 billion as of March 31, 2016.
Ancestry Business Updates
  • Company — On April 1, 2016, the Company announced that Silver Lake, a premier investor in technology companies, and GIC, a current investor in Ancestry, have signed a definitive agreement to acquire substantial minority equity stakes in its indirect parent entity from existing equity holders at an enterprise value of approximately $2.6 billion. Following the transaction Silver Lake and GIC will hold equal minority ownership positions, while other current investors and Ancestry management will retain meaningful equity investments in the Company and, along with GIC, will continue to own a majority of the Company. Ancestry anticipates recognizing transaction-related charges associated with this agreement upon close of the transaction.
  • Subscribers — Subscribers of Ancestry websites totaled approximately 2,372,000 as of March 31, 2016, up 5% compared to December 31, 2015 and up 7% compared to March 31, 2015.
  • AncestryDNA — Now available in more than 30 countries, including new markets across Western and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia.
  • Content — During the first quarter of 2016, the Company added to its collection of more than 17 billion records through the launch of significant collections from various sources which include:
    • Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1655-1915
    • Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1950
    • Northampton Church of England Baptisms, Burials, 1532-1812 and Marriages, 1754-1912
    • Indiana and New Jersey Methodist Church Records
    • German Lutheran Church Records
  • Newspapers.com — The Company launched the Publisher Extra subscription on Newspapers.com, giving subscribers access to all content across all publisher partners, which in many cases includes content from the first date of the publication hundreds of years ago through recent editions from 30 days ago.
Conference Call and Webcast

Ancestry.com will host a conference call today at 3:00 p.m. MT (5:00 p.m. ET). Participants can access the conference call by dialing (844) 831-3026 (domestic toll-free) or (315) 625-6887 (international) approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

The Company believes that adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow are useful measures of operating performance because they exclude items that the Company does not consider indicative of its core performance. In the case of adjusted EBITDA, net income (loss) is adjusted for interest expense, net; other (income) expense, net; income tax expense (benefit); and non-cash charges including depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation expense. Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA the capitalization of content databases, purchases of property and equipment and cash received (paid) for income taxes and interest. However, these non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, net income (loss) and net cash provided by operating activities, or other financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation to net income (loss), the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure of these non-GAAP measures, is contained in tabular form on the attached unaudited summary financial statements.

The Company uses adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow as measures of operating performance; for planning purposes, including the preparation of the annual operating budget; to allocate resources to enhance the financial performance of its business; to evaluate the effectiveness of its business strategies; and in communications with its operating committee concerning its financial performance. The Company also uses adjusted EBITDA as a factor when determining the incentive compensation pool.

About Ancestry

Ancestry, the leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 2.3 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and more than 1.5 million DNA samples in the AncestryDNA database. Since 1996, more than 17 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 80 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products including Archives, Fold3, Newspapers.com and AncestryDNA sold by its subsidiary, Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, and the AncestryHealth product, offered by its subsidiary AncestryHealth.com, LLC. 

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that relate to future events or to future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results to be materially different from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “appears,” “may,” “designed,” “expect,” “intend,” “focus,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “should,” “continue” or “work” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements include statements describing the Company’s subscriber base, future earnings, financial and operating performance, its leadership position and its opportunities and prospects for growth, including growth in revenues, adjusted EBITDA and number of subscribers. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. In particular, such risks and uncertainties include the Company’s continued ability to attract and retain subscribers; continued service outages or a significant disruption in service on its websites; its continued ability to acquire content and make it available online; and its ability to add tools and features and provide value to satisfy customer demand. Information concerning these and additional factors that could cause events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements is contained under the caption “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2015, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 19, 2016, and in discussions in other of our Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
 
ANCESTRY.COM LLCCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(in thousands)
       
  March 31,
2016
  December 31,
2015
  (unaudited)    
ASSETS
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 176,776     $ 128,157  
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $749 and $997 at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively 13,858     13,624  
Prepaid expenses 10,509     12,228  
Other current assets 5,571     8,700  
Total current assets 206,714     162,709  
Property and equipment, net 71,351     54,795  
Content databases, net 278,382     282,281  
Intangible assets, net 143,027     159,736  
Goodwill 948,283     948,283  
Other assets 14,141     13,956  
Total assets $ 1,661,898     $ 1,621,760  

LIABILITIES AND MEMBER’S INTERESTS
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 15,859     $ 13,120  
Accrued expenses 53,731     52,871  
Deferred revenues 187,874     171,822  
Current portion of long-term debt, net 7,095     7,087  
Total current liabilities 264,559     244,900  
Long-term debt, net 988,656     989,256  
Deferred income taxes 51,363     59,809  
Other long-term liabilities 62,818     46,877  
Total liabilities 1,367,396     1,340,842  
Commitments and contingencies      
Member’s interests:      
Member’s interests 423,819     422,603  
Accumulated deficit (129,317 )   (141,685 )
Total member’s interests 294,502     280,918  
Total liabilities and member’s interests $ 1,661,898     $ 1,621,760  
               

 
ANCESTRY.COM LLCCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME(in thousands)
   
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2016   2015
  (unaudited)
Revenues:      
Subscription revenues $ 154,644     $ 141,717  
Service and other revenues 41,866     22,880  
Total revenues 196,510     164,597  
Costs of revenues:      
Cost of subscription revenues 27,350     25,695  
Cost of service and other revenues 24,410     14,266  
Total cost of revenues 51,760     39,961  
Gross profit 144,750     124,636  
Operating expenses:      
Technology and development 26,004     23,443  
Marketing and advertising 51,800     43,177  
General and administrative 15,350     11,455  
Amortization of intangible assets 18,590     27,463  
Total operating expenses 111,744     105,538  
Income from operations 33,006     19,098  
Interest expense, net (20,081 )   (17,208 )
Other expense, net (169 )   (263 )
Income before income taxes 12,756     1,627  
Income tax (expense) benefit (388 )   1,167  
Net income $ 12,368     $ 2,794  
       
Comprehensive income $ 12,368     $ 2,794  
               

 
ANCESTRY.COM LLC(in thousands)
   
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2016   2015
  (unaudited)
Reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow to net income:(5)      
Net income $ 12,368     $ 2,794  
Interest expense, net 20,081     17,208  
Other expense, net 169     263  
Income tax expense (benefit) 388     (1,167 )
Depreciation 5,713     5,562  
Amortization 27,581     35,106  
Stock-based compensation expense 1,884     1,925  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 68,184     $ 61,691  
Capitalization of content databases (6,220 )   (7,400 )
Purchases of property and equipment (5,850 )   (4,152 )
Cash paid for interest(6) (9,368 )   (6,429 )
Cash paid for income taxes (461 )   (205 )
Free cash flow $ 46,285     $ 43,505  
               

 
ANCESTRY.COM LLCTotal Subscribers and Net Subscriber Additions(in thousands)
   
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
2016
  December 31,
2015
  March 31,
2015
  (unaudited)
Total subscribers 2,372     2,264     2,219  
Net subscriber additions 108     21     104  
                 
________________________________________
(1) Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2016 increased 13.1% year-over-year, excluding the impact of one-time expenses, to $70.1 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2016 includes $1.9 million of professional services fees related to transaction costs and litigation. Transaction costs are related to a definitive agreement signed on March 31, 2016 between the Company, Silver Lake Partners, and GIC to acquire substantial equity stakes in an indirect parent entity of the Company from existing equity holders. For the three months ended March 31, 2015, adjusted EBITDA includes $0.3 million of professional service fees primarily related to litigation.
(2) Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) plus interest expense, net; other (income) expense, net; income tax expense (benefit); and non-cash charges including depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation expense.
(3) Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA the capitalization of content databases, purchases of property and equipment and cash received (paid) for income taxes and interest.
(4) This amount does not include $390.2 million in senior unsecured PIK notes issued by our parent company, Ancestry.com Holdings LLC. While not required, Ancestry.com LLC has made and intends to pay future distributions or loans to its parent related to the PIK notes.
(5) Net loss and therefore adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow for the three months ended March 31, 2016 include $1.9 million of professional services fees related to transaction costs, as defined in Footnote 1 above, and litigation. For the three months ended March 31, 2015, net loss and therefore adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow include $0.3 million of professional services fees primarily related to litigation.
(6) Cash paid for interest for the three months ended March 31, 2015 does not include $0.4 million of payments made to our parent related to the interest obligations on its senior unsecured PIK notes. No payments related to interest obligations on the senior unsecured PIK notes were made during the three months ended March 31, 2016.

Pre-Registration for the NGS Conference and All Ticketed Events Sales Closes 22 April 2016

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

ARLINGTON, VA, 20 APRIL 2016: It’s not too late to register for the NGS Family History Conference in Fort Lauderdale. The deadline for pre-conference registration is Friday, 22 April 2016. On-site registration and check-in will be available beginning at 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m., 3 May 2016, in the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

Registration for all meals, social events, and workshops also close on 22 April 2016. Ticket purchases will not be available on-site at the conference for meals, social events, or workshops. The BCG Education Fund Workshop, the Chromosome Mapping Workshop and the NYG&B Luncheon are sold out. For conference information and to register visit the NGS website.

Luncheons and the NGS Banquet

Participating organizations sponsor several meal events during the conference. Seats are still available for most luncheons, the FSGS Society Host Event, and the NGS Banquet. Make your reservations now at the NGS Conference website.

Local Area Tour

There’s still time to sign up for the Ft. Lauderdale tour on Tuesday, 3 May 2016, prior to the NGS Family History Conference. For more information, please see Local Area Tours. Registration for the tour closes on 22 April 2016.

Add Items to an Existing Registration

To add meals, tours, and pre-conference workshops and events to your current registration, log on at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.

Live Streaming Sessions – Registration extended to 3 May

NGS has selected some of the most popular topics and nationally known speakers to be live streamed at the conference for those who are not able to attend in person or for those who missed a session at the conference or simply want to hear it again. Details of the live streaming program can be found on the NGS Conference website. NGS offers a video recordings option too that can be purchased up until 31 July.

You do not want to miss this year’s exciting conference program!

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

Findmypast release more than 75,000 records revealing the stories behind the Easter Rising and Ireland under Martial Law

17 April: Findmypast launches online today the most complete collection of British War Office records relating to the Easter Rising and Irish War of Independence from 1916-1921. The collection, digitised from original records held by The National Archives in Kew, reveals the struggles of life under Martial Law in Ireland, and demonstrates how events under the occupying military served to galvanise support for the rebels.

Totalling more than 75,000 records, the collection will be free to access for ten days at Findmypast from today, 17 April, in advance of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising on 24 April 2016.

More than 3,000 people were injured or killed in a conflict which saw three civilians killed for every one rebel. The records reveal the impact that the conflict had on men, women and children across Ireland. There are eye-witness accounts, interviews with civilians and reports of the trials of the leaders of the Rising and their sentences of execution.

The once classified records shine new light on the subsequent period of Martial Law in Ireland which was declared by the Lord Lieutenant in 1916, including the War of Independence, when the British military assumed control of the executive, judiciary and legislative arms of the entire country.. The contents of the collection provide a picture of what life was like for ordinary citizens in Ireland during this turbulent time.

The 25,000 search and raid records show the efforts of the military and police to discover arms, ammunition and seditious material through thousands of raids as well as their search for individuals associated with Sinn Féin, Irish Citizen Army, Irish Volunteers and the Irish Republican Army. Members of the public accessing the records on Findmypast will find the names of the thousands of people who were detained and interned in prisons in Ireland, England and Wales and tried by courts martial, including the names of prominent nationalists and elected officials.

Military correspondence between the barracks in Dublin and the War Office in London grants new perspectives on the motivations and fears of the British Army leadership. The movements and actions of several key nationalist figures are also documented, including those of James Connolly, Eamon De Valera, Thomas Ashe, Joseph MacDonagh, Arthur Griffith, Padraig Pearse and Francis and Hannah Sheehy Skeffington and Countess Markievicz.

Key items from the collection include:

  • Daily situation reports sent by the British Army from Dublin to London between 24 April and 12 May 1916 documenting events during the uprising
  • A report from the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief confirming the execution of iconic Irish socialist and rebel James Connolly, who owing to injuries sustained in the conflict had to be strapped to a chair before being shot
  • Court martial reports sentencing prominent nationalist, politician and suffragette Countess Markievicz to two years in prison for “assisting and promoting crime and murder”
  • Witness statements from civilians caught up in the Rising
  • Documents authored by Michael Collins seized from a safehouse used by the nationalist figurehead
  • Details on raids of pubs such as the Brazen Head, hotels, nationalist club houses such as the Ancient Order of Hibernians and thousands of homes
  • An urgent and secret warning from Sir C Spring Rice, British Ambassador in America, of gun running in Ireland
  • A telegram to the Prime Minister to report the expected surrender of the rebels from the Lieutenant General John Marshall
  • Internment files including the personal letters from prisoners or their relatives testifying to their innocence
  • Details on the hunger strikes of interned prisoners
  • Secret documents that reveal the British Military’s own concern with some of the behaviour of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC)

The collection was digitised in partnership with The National Archives in London and contains documents from their WO35 series, War Office: Army of Ireland: Administration and Easter Rising Records. Totalling more than 110 million records, Findmypast has the largest Irish family history collection available online.

Brian Donovan, Head of Irish Records at Findmypast, comments:

“These records constitute an extraordinary resource which will transform the search for answers about our ancestors’ activities during 1916 and the years that followed. While those who fought were small in number, the war impacted on the lives of ordinary people in many ways. We’re extremely fortunate to have these records to help us make some sense of it.”

Neil Cobbett, Irish records expert at The National Archives, said:

“This represents a major contribution and potentially a vast step forward for public understanding of these events from all points of view. It will really help to throw light on the actions of participants and the whys and wherefores of what happened. Whether you are a researcher seeking answers to some of the bigger questions, or a family historian or biographer, this collection will help you in your historical research, or in finding out about your forebear’s or other participant’s involvement.”

This important publication marks yet a further step in Findmypast’s commitment to making Irish family history more accessible. Findmypast is home to the most comprehensive Irish collection available anywhere online with over 110 million records including millions of exclusive records, published in partnership with The National Archives of Ireland, The National Archives UK, and a host of other local, county and national archives.

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 the 1911 Census and the recently released 1939 Register which they digitised in association with The National Archives.

www.findmypast.com

About The National Archives

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

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk / http://www.legislation.gov.uk/

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

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of three brand new record sets from the UK and Australia as well as new additions to the Suffolk Marriage index and our collection of historic British Newspapers.

Over 3.9 million additional articles have been added to our historic British Newspaper Collection. This latest update includes nine brand new titles as well as substantial updates a 38 existing newspapers. The new titles to join the collection cover 109 years of British and world history and consist of local and regional newspapers from around Britain including publications from Devon, Oxfordshire and Lancashire.

Queensland Births 1829-1919 contains over 930,000 records. Each record consist of a transcript of the original source material that can reveal your ancestors’ birth date, registration year, parents names and mother’s maiden names. Each transcript will also include the original record’s registration number, which can be used to order the birth certificate from the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages.

Queensland Marriages 1829-1939 contains over 704,000 records. Each record consist of a transcript of the original source material that lists a couples’ full names, the date of their wedding and the registration year. The original record’s registration number is also included.

Over 71,000 marriage records from over 200 parishes have been added to the Suffolk Marriage Index. Each record consists of a transcript produced by members of the Suffolk Family History Society that includes the married couple’s full names, marital status, parish, the date of their marriage and the location.

The Index currently cover 576 parishes, dates back to 1536 and stretches through to the twentieth century.

The Kent, Bromley Absent Voters List 1918 records the details over 8,000 men who were eligible to vote and were away serving in the armed forces during the First World War. The list also includes the names of eight women who were members of the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corp or Army Service Corp.

Each record consists of a transcript of the information recorded in the original list. Each transcripts will list your ancestor’s name, service number, rank, regiment, service branch and home address.

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.

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American Ancestors by NEHGS Extends an Unprecedented, Historic Event for Genealogists: A BILLION Records FREE!

American Ancestors by NEHGS Announces an Unprecedented, Historic Event for Genealogists: A BILLION Records FREE!

April 12, 2016—Boston, Massachusetts— America’s oldest and largest genealogical society has extended their historic event for family historians around the world. Through April 20, American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is offering FREE access to all of its online records on AmericanAncestors.org. More than one billion records covering 18 countries— including the most important family history research materials for early America created by the experts and scholars at NEHGS—and all are open to anyone who registers for a free account. Start searching now at AmericanAncestors.org/free-billion.

About American Ancestors and NEHGS

Holding the largest collection of original family history materials in the country, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, founded in 1845, is the nation’s oldest and largest genealogical society. Our website, AmericanAncestors.org, offers access to more than 1 billion searchable records and leading scholarly resources to help you advance your family history research. Our expert staff helps researchers of all levels explore their past and their families’ unique place in history. Located in Boston, our research center houses millions of manuscripts, books, and original items to preserve the stories of families in America and beyond.

NGS Releases Mobile App for 2016 Family History Conference

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

ARLINGTON, VA, 11 APRIL 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of its mobile app for the NGS 2016 Family History Conference, which will be held 4‒7 May 2016, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The app is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and web-enabled devices. To download the free NGS mobile app, go to http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/attend/mobile-app/.

With the NGS 2016 mobile app, you can:

  • Stay organized with up-to-the-minute exhibitor, speaker, and event information
  • Sync the app across all of your devices with Multi-Device Sync
  • Receive important real-time communications from NGS
  • Build a personalized schedule with times and locations of sessions
  • Locate and bookmark exhibitors on the convention center maps
  • Take notes and download event handouts and presentations
  • Rate and comment on the sessions you attend
  • Find attendees and connect with your colleagues through Friends
  • Stay in-the-know and join in on social media with #NGS2016GEN
  • And much, much more!

We encourage you to begin using the app now so you can improve your conference experience in Fort Lauderdale.

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

Findmypast publish over 911,000 Royal Navy Pension records online for the first time

  • Over 2 million Greenwich Pensioner records available to search online for the very first time
  • Records span 230 years of rich naval history and contain over 270,000 scanned colour images

Today, 09 April 2016, over 911,000 records of British Royal Navy pensions have been published online for the first time at Findmypast.

The publication, released in association with The National Archives, consists of an assortment of documents kept by the Greenwich Hospital and the Royal Hospital Chelsea to record the details of Greenwich Pensioners.

The British Royal Navy & Royal Marines service and pension records span over 230 years of British naval history from to 1704 to 1934 and contain over 270,000 scanned colour images. The collection will allow family historians to uncover fascinating details of their ancestor’s career with the Royal Navy, such as their period of service, where they served, when they joined and if they were wounded in the line of duty.

Since 1804, The Royal Greenwich Hospital has paid small out-pensions to large numbers of deserving applicants who had served in either the Navy or Marines, as well as admitting a fixed number to live as in-pensioners of the hospital. This is the first time that records relating to these payments have been made available online, allowing more people than ever before to learn about the lives of their naval ancestors.

The collection includes:

  • Registers of Greenwich Hospital out-pensioners and candidates
  • Service records of both officers’ & ratings’ between 1802 and 1919
  • Indexes of Greenwich Hospital pensioners and out-pensioners
  • Royal Hospital Chelsea payment returns for England, Scotland, Wales and Jersey
  • Royal Hospital Chelsea admission books, registers and papers

To coincide with the upcoming centenary of the Battle of Jutland, Findmypast has also released over 40,000 records of Royal Navy & Royal Marines personnel who served at Jutland. The Battle, which took place off the coast of Denmark between the 31st May and 1st June 1916, was the largest naval engagement of the First World War and cost the lives of nearly 7,000 British sailors.

Paul Nixon, military expert at Findmypast, says:

“As an island nation we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the men and women who have served Great Britain at sea. These naval pension records, indexed and published online for the first time, shed new light on our naval ancestors and will open up fresh lines of enquiry for thousands of people. This release cements Findmypast’s reputation for having the most comprehensive online collection of British naval records.”

Bruno Pappalardo, Principal Maritime Records Specialist at The National Archives, said:

“The complexity, diversity and nature of eighteenth and nineteenth century Royal Navy pension records has previously made the searching of such documents speculative and difficult to undertake. The release of these key pension records will be an essential contribution to opening up these records for research purposes.”

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.

Over 1.2 million Quaker Records Added To Findmypast’s Growing Irish Collection

  • Over 1.2 million records released in the first phase of a major project to bring all Irish Quaker records online
  • Collection includes births, marriages, burials, congregational records, schools and migration records
  • Findmypast will soon be the best place to discover your Irish Quaker ancestors online

London, 8th April 2016

Leading family history site, Findmypast, has announced today the online release of over 1.2 million Irish Quaker Records in the first phase of a major project to digitise all surviving Quaker records for Ireland.

The Ireland Society of Friends (Quaker) collection consists of both transcripts and scanned colour images of original births, marriages, burials, congregational records, school records and migration records held by the Historical Committee of the Religious Society of Friends in Ireland Archives.

Spanning over 350 years of Ireland’s history from 1654 to the present day, the collection contains over 2 million names and, when complete, will cover all 32 counties of Ireland.

The records form an invaluable resource for those with Quaker ancestors, allowing them to trace their family’s origins right back to the emergence of the faith in Ireland. Despite their relatively small size, the Quaker community left prolific information and have kept the most complete set of records of any denomination in Ireland from the 1660s to the present day.

The collection includes 232 Pedigrees documented by Thomas Henry Webb in the early 20th century to record of the ancestry of 232 Irish Quaker families, applications for membership, Disownments, Removals and lists of those who refused to pay tithes to the established Church.

The origins of the Quaker faith (Religious Society of Friends) in Ireland can be traced back to the early 1650s when English soldiers, farmers, and merchants who arrived in Ireland after the English Civil War (1641-1651) settled and established communities. These immigrants converted to the new religion from a variety of other nonconforming protestant faiths and, by 1750, there were over 150 Quaker meetings being held across Ireland within the provinces of Ulster, Leinster, and Munster.

Large numbers of Irish Quakers fled to North America to escape religious persecution and today the region is home to 32% of all Quakers worldwide. The inclusion of the Irish Society of Friend’s migration records makes the collection of special significance to those looking to trace their families Quaker origins back across the Atlantic.

Brian Donovan, Irish records expert at Findmypast, said:

“The Quakers were a small, but very active community in Ireland from the 1650s. They were fiercely independent in religious and all other matters. They were also extraordinary record keepers documenting every aspect of their lives in meticulously kept minutes dating back to the 17th century. They emigrated in large numbers to north America and this migration is often documented. They also recorded their “sufferings” at the hands of the state, the expulsion of members who failed to follow their moral code, the monthly and annual meetings that governed their community, births, marriages, burials, schools, and much more besides.”

Noel Jenkins, Research assistant in the Quaker Library, said:

“Quaker records are continuous, dating from 1654 to the present, and pre-date the Williamite wars of the late 17th century. They provide a rare snapshot of what Irish records could have been if they had not been destroyed in the Four Courts in 1922. This release is a momentous occasion as researchers from all over Ireland and beyond will now be able to readily access these records in their own homes.”

This important publication marks yet a further step in Findmypast’s commitment to making Irish family history more accessible. Findmypast is home to the most comprehensive Irish collection available anywhere online with over 110 million records, including millions of exclusive data sets published in partnership with The National Archives of Ireland, The National Archives UK, and a host of other local, county and national archives.

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.

Findmypast and Federation of Family History Societies Renew Online Partnership

Findmypast and Federation of Family History Societies Renew Online Partnership

Findmypast and Federation of Family History Societies Renew Online Partnership

  • Findmypast and Federation of Family History Societies announce 10 year renewal of their exclusive partnership
  • Over 48 million records released in partnership since 2007

Leading family history website Findmypast and the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) have today announced that their exclusive partnership has been renewed for a further 10 years.

Findmypast and FFHS originally joined forces in 2007. Since then, over 48 million FFHS records have been transferred to the Findmypast website to join a growing collection of over 8 billion records.

As a result of the partnership, Findmpast now publishes records from over 100 different family history societies across England, Wales and Scotland and is home to the largest online collection of UK parish records containing data from every county in England and Wales. Findmypast has also benefited from the expertise of local society transcribers who possess intimate knowledge of local place names and surnames, resulting in a far more accurate search experience for Findmypast customers.

The partnership will continue to offer numerous benefits to contributing family history societies. By hosting their records on Findmypast, local societies’ data becomes searchable in the context of a vast range of records and, as the largest UK-based provider of online genealogical data, Findmypast is able provide the appropriate platform to drive much greater traffic and usage. This will result in greater awareness for currently underused datasets, generating increased revenue and recognition for the Federation’s member societies.

Individual societies will continue to receive royalties each time their records are accessed and each society is acknowledged on Findmypast whenever their records are displayed. Findmypast is committed to supporting local groups in this way and will continue to provide pages for each contributing society containing membership information and a link to their website.

Paul Nixon, head of UK licensing at Findmypast said; “We are delighted that FFHS has renewed its commitment to Findmypast. FFHS is one of our longest-standing and most valued partners and the continuation of this relationship ensures a safe haven for over 48m parish records which continue to be enormous benefit and interest to our worldwide audience.”

Steven Benson, chairman of FFHS, said: “I too am delighted that we are extending our long-standing relationship with FMP. The new arrangement will be beneficial both to the Federation and to our member societies, who we hope will continue to provide quality data for the benefit of family historians worldwide.”

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 digitized 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.

MyHeritage Releases Exclusive Book Matching Technology for Family History

MyHeritage Releases Exclusive Book Matching Technology for Family History

MyHeritage users to automatically receive relevant excerpts from digitized books that reveal information about their ancestors and relatives

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah, April 7, 2016MyHeritage, the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, has launched today a revolutionary addition to its suite of technologies: Book Matching. This innovation automatically researches users’ family trees in historical books with high precision.

In April 2012 MyHeritage launched SuperSearch™, a search engine for historical records, which has since then grown to include 6.6 billion historical records, including birth, marriage, death and census records. By implementing its vision of enhancing genealogy with technology, MyHeritage then developed a line of unique and sophisticated technologies that automatically match the records from the search engine to the 32 million family trees uploaded by its users.

In December 2015, MyHeritage expanded its data collections to include digitized historical books, with an initial corpus of 150,000 books of high genealogical value. This collection was tripled last week to 450,000 books with 91 million pages. With a team of more than 50 dedicated curators, MyHeritage aims to add hundreds of millions of pages of digitized books to the collection each year.

As of today, MyHeritage users will receive matches between profiles in their family trees and the books from this collection. The Book Matching technology analyzes the book texts semantically, understanding complex narrative that describes people, and matches it to the 2 billion individuals in MyHeritage family trees with extremely high accuracy. This breakthrough technology is the first of its kind, and is exclusive to MyHeritage.

Book Matching has produced more than 80 million matches, and this number will continue to grow as the collection grows and as the family trees on MyHeritage continue to expand. Book Matching is currently available for English books, and the technology is being enhanced to cover additional languages. In addition, de-duplication technology is being added in the next few weeks to remove duplicate books that have been scanned and OCRed more than once by different sources.

“No one has ever done this before,” said MyHeritage Chief Technology Officer, Sagi Bashari. “Our Book Matching technology reads hundreds of thousands of books for you, every hour, comparing them to your family tree and pointing you to relevant excerpts about your ancestors with almost no false positives. MyHeritage is the first to offer full semantic text analysis in this way, and the genealogical breakthroughs speak for themselves. You will be amazed at the value of books for your research.”

“I’ve personally seen what this new technology can do, using my own family tree,” said blogger and lifelong genealogist Leland Meitzler. “It found well over 500 books with information on my family, most of which I’d never seen before. All kinds of ancestors and relatives can now be added to my tree! To say that this new search technology changes everything would be an overstatement, but not by much.”

Genealogist James Tanner said: “This advanced technology from MyHeritage opens up a whole new world of research possibilities that were almost completely unavailable in the past. I have always valued the content of the older genealogy books because the people who wrote them were contemporaries with my ancestors. Being able to search these books on a large scale will change the way most of us have been doing genealogy and our attitude towards the books that have been there all along but were not searchable.”

Dick Eastman, of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, summed up MyHeritage’s latest innovation: “MyHeritage Book Matching is like having a huge library at your fingertips, with a twist; there is a magical librarian who tells you exactly which books have information about your ancestors.”

Book Matches are available at www.myheritage.com and are generated automatically for any family tree built on the website or imported into it. A Data subscription is required to view Book Matches.

About MyHeritage

MyHeritage is the world’s fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and ground­breaking search and matching technologies. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to share family stories, past and present, and treasure them for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages. www.myheritage.com

SCGS Jamboree 2016 Announces Saturday June 4th Banquet

Kenyatta D. Berry of PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow to Serve as Guest Presenter at Southern California Genealogy Jamboree for Saturday Evening Banquet 

The Southern California Genealogical Society is proud to announce Kenyatta D. Berry, a genealogist and host on PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow, as the guest presenter at the Saturday night banquet of the 47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held June 4th at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, in Burbank, California.

Kenyatta is a genealogist, businesswoman and lawyer with more than fifteen years’ experience in genealogical research and writing. A native of Detroit, Ms. Berry began her genealogical journey while in law school and studying at the State Library of Michigan in Lansing. She is the Past President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and on the Council of the Corporation for the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in Boston. A frequent lecturer and writer, her area of focus is African American and slave ancestral research.
Kenyatta will present “Kenyatta D. Berry: Secrets from PBS’ Genealogy Roadshow” offering attendees a unique look into the behind-the-scenes research that creates this successful TV production and sharing never-before-seen footage from the upcoming season of Genealogy Roadshow.
Held each June, the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree is a three-day conference for family historians and genealogists. Jamboree 2016 celebrates “Giving to the Future by Preserving the Past.” and offers an exceptional educational opportunity for all experience levels. The Jamboree banquet is a separate event and is not included in Jamboree registration. Attendees who wish to attend must purchase tickets. The public is welcome to participate and purchase individual tickets for this event.

Early Bird registration ends April 23, 2016 
Special pricing for 2016 offers discounts for SCGS members for each event. To register, visit www.genealogyjamboree.com or call the SCGS library at (818) 843-7247 during operating hours. 
About Genealogy Roadshow
The third season of Genealogy Roadshow premiers May 17, 2016, at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and follows a diverse cast of participants on an emotional journey, using history and science to uncover fascinating family stories. Each individual’s past links to a larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of America. This season’s programs feature participants form Los Angeles to Boston who want to explore genealogical mysteries.
About the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS)
The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) exists to foster interest in family history and genealogy, preserve genealogical materials, and provide instruction in accepted and effective research techniques. Founded in 1964, the Society provides services for genealogists and family historians who are local to Burbank, California, as well as those who live at a distance. The Society business office houses a Family Research Library with over 40,000 volumes including 6,000 family histories. The Southern California Genealogical Society is a volunteer 501 (c)(3) organization. Both SCGS and Jamboree are managed and staffed wholly by volunteers.

Media Contact:
Lise Harding
SCGS Marketing
Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive 
Burbank, CA 91405-2408
Phone: +1 (818) 843-7247 • Mobile: +1 (949) 300-1378
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Ancestry to Announce First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

PROVO, Utah, April 06, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com LLC, the leader in family history and consumer genomics, will release financial results for its first quarter 2016 on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, after the market closes. Following the release…

American Ancestors by NEHGS Announces an Unprecedented, Historic Event for Genealogists: A BILLION Records FREE!

American Ancestors by NEHGS Announces an Unprecedented, Historic Event for Genealogists: A BILLION Records FREE!


April 6, 2016—Boston, Massachusetts— America’s oldest and largest genealogical society announces a historic event for family historians around the world. From April 6 to April 13, American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is offering FREE access to all of its online records on AmericanAncestors.org. More than one billion records covering 18 countries— including the most important family history research materials for early America created by the experts and scholars at NEHGS—and all are open to anyone who registers for a free account. Start searching now at AmericanAncestors.org/Free-Billion.

To assist family historians of all levels in locating more pieces of the family tree puzzle, NEHGS is granting this unprecedented free access to its entire collection of genealogical databases from Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at 12:00 a.m. (EDT) through Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Free accounts on AmericanAncestors.org ordinarily allow visitors only a sample of the vast offerings that NEHGS provides family historians of all levels. This unprecedented free access promotion by NEHGS from April 6 through April 13 offers the Society’s entire collection of online content for eight full days to anyone who registers for a free account.

About American Ancestors and NEHGS

Holding the largest collection of original family history materials in the country, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, founded in 1845, is the nation’s oldest and largest genealogical society. Our website, AmericanAncestors.org, offers access to more than 1 billion searchable records and leading scholarly resources to help you advance your family history research. Our expert staff helps researchers of all levels explore their past and their families’ unique place in history. Located in Boston, our research center houses millions of manuscripts, books, and original items to preserve the stories of families in America and beyond.

IDG Introduces their Newest of In-Brief Research Guides: Researching Your Scottish Ancestors by Christine Woodcock

IDG Introduces their Newest of In-Brief Research Guides: Researching Your Scottish Ancestors by Christine Woodcock


UTICA, OH, 5 APRIL 2016—The In-Depth Genealogist (IDG) is pleased to announce the publication of “An In-Brief Guide to Researching Your Scottish Ancestors” by Christine Woodcock. Christine writes the column “In Search of Your Scottish Roots” for The In-Depth Genealogist’s digital magazine, Going In-Depth. Scottish born, Canadian raised, she is a genealogy educator with an expertise in Scottish records. She enjoys sharing new resources to assist others in their quest to find and document their heritage. Christine is also a lecturer, author and blogger. She is the Director of Genealogy Tours of Scotland and enjoys taking fellow Scots “home” to do onsite genealogy research and to discover their own Scottish heritage.

Scotland has some of the best records for genealogy research in the world. And, fortunately, they have also done a fantastic job of both preserving these documents and making them available for research. Scotland was the first to digitize and make their collections available online. These documents are the records of the General Registrar’s Office and are available on the ScotlandsPeople website. Within the In-Brief guide you will find the following helpful topics: Important Dates to Remember, Types of Documents Available Online, Useful Information within the Documents, Tips for Success, Archives, Libraries, Family History Societies, and much more.

IDG has published twelve guides which are all available as 4-page PDFs available for download ($2.75) or get the laminated print versions ($10 + shipping) from The In-Depth Genealogist Store (http://theindepthgenealogist.com/shop-idg/idg-products/). Subscribers to the digital magazine, Going In-Depth, receive a 10% discount on purchase of each guide. Attendees at the National Genealogical Society Conference have the opportunity to buy their laminated copy for a special price of just $10. Visit the IDG booth (#520) to get the conference special.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, April 1, 2016

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of the final phase of the National School Admission Registers & Log Books collection as well as new additions to our collections of Worcestershire baptisms, marriages, burials and Middlesex baptisms.


Over 527,000 records schools from 8 separate archives across England have been added to the National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914 collection. The collection, which was originally launched in September 2014, has had over 160,000 records added in this latest update and it now complete.

The National School Admission Registers & Log-books records are the result of a landmark project between schools, record offices and archives throughout England and Wales. The project was facilitated by the ARA and The National Archives under the National Digitisation Consortium banner and has brought together over 100 archives and schools in the largest collaborative digitisation project ever undertaken.

The records comprise fully searchable scanned colour images of the original handwritten admission registers and log-books from the archives. Details contained within the log-books from the period leading up to World War One include attendance records, reasons for absence, visitors to the school and the daily activities of school life. The admission registers provide many useful details for family historians, including your ancestor’s birth date, admission year and the school they attended. You may also be able to discover their parents’ names, father’s occupation, exam results and any illnesses that led to absence from school.


Nearly 9,000 new records have been added to our collection of Worcestershire Baptisms. The new additions cover the parishes of Droitwich St Andrew and St Nicholas between 1571 and 1900. Each record includes a transcript of the information found in the original parish registers. The details in each transcript can vary, but most will include your ancestors name, birth year, baptism date, baptism place, parent’s names and any additional notes.

Over 2,700 new records have been added to our collection of Worcestershire Marriages. The new additions cover the parishes of Droitwich St Andrew and St Nicholas between 1571 and 1900. Each record includes a transcript of the information found in the original parish registers. The details in each transcript may vary, but most will reveal the name of the bride and groom, their ages, year of birth, the date and location of their wedding and whether they were married by banns or by license. A number of records may also include notes on the bride and grooms fathers and their occupations.


Over 5,000 new records have been added to our collection of Worcestershire Burials. The latest additions cover the parishes of Droitwich St Andrew and St Nicholas between 1571 and 1900. Each record includes a transcript of the information found in the original parish registers. The details in each transcript can vary, but most will include your ancestor’s name, age at death and birth year as well as the date and location of their burial. A number of records may also contain additional notes listing their relations (spouses, patents, children etc.)


Over 129,000 records have been added to our collection of Middlesex Baptism records. The collection now spans over 300 years from the sixteenth century all the way up to the late nineteenth century. Each record includes transcribed details from the original parish register. While the content of the transcripts can vary, most will have the name, birth date or age, baptism date, parish, parents’ names, father’s occupation and residence.

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.