Month: June 2016

SLIG 2017 Opens Registration July 9th

Genealogists from across the nation and around the world travel to Salt Lake City, Utah each January to immerse themselves in a week-long educational experience called “SLIG.”

Going along with this tradition is the rush to get a seat in their course of choice when registration opens each summer. With limited seating to assure quality instruction time, one can imagine that some courses easily fill in a matter of minutes. This year that important date is July 9th – SLIG 2017 registration opens at precisely 9:00 am Mountain Daylight Time, 9 July 2016.

SLIG, or the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, is entering its 22nd year of providing in-depth instruction for intermediate to advanced researchers. Hosted by the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA), the program will offer 14 courses to choose from in January 2017. In the SLIG tradition, courses focus on research principles, geographic areas, specific record types, methodology, and hands-on application, offering at least 25 hours of meaty instruction with the best teachers the nation has to offer. Some courses include labs, consultations, and yes, even homework.

The full list of available courses provided at slig.ugagenealogy.org includes: course descriptions, prerequisites, required reading, coordinators and instructors, and a day by day course outline. The program, which opens on Sunday, 22 January with a welcome reception and ends Friday, 27 January with the UGA Awards Banquet, is held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, with lab and other events at the nearby world-famous Family History Library.

Whether this will be your first time attending, or your 22nd, we welcome you in joining us in elevating genealogical education to new heights.

Findmypast celebrates 4th of July with free access to more than 1 billion records

  • From June 29th until July 6th 2016, over 1 billion UK, US and Irish records will be completely free to search and explore on Findmypast
  • This includes all 118 million “Immigration & Travel” records, 116 million US marriages, and all UK, Irish and US censuses
  • Over 7 million new US Naturalisation records and over 1.7 million US Passport Applications have also been released, marking the first phase of two brand new collections


Salt Lake City, Utah, June 27th 2016

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has just announced that they will be granting 8 days of free access to over 1 billion records as part of a new campaign designed to help US family historians learn more about their earliest American ancestors. This will include free access to their entire collection of Immigration & Travel records, all US marriage records, and all UK, US and Irish censuses.

The campaign has been launched to coincide with this year’s 4th of July celebrations and will provide family historians with exciting new opportunities to discover the intrepid immigrant ancestors who crossed the Atlantic to start their family’s American story.

Researchers will be provided with daily getting started guides, expert insights and useful how to videos designed to help them trace their family’s roots back to their earliest American ancestors and beyond. A special webinar will be hosted by expert genealogist, Jen Baldwin, at 11:00 MDT, July 1st, in which she will be sharing essential tips and tricks for getting the most out of Naturalisation records.

The campaign also coincides with the release of two new record sets that will prove incredibly useful to those looking to explore their family’s pre-American roots. Over 2 million US Passport Applications & Indexes (1795-1925), and over 7 million US Naturalisation Petitions have just been released in the initial phases of two brand new collections that will allow family historians to learn more about the first members of their family to become US citizens.

Over 1.1 billion records will be free to search and explore on Findmypast from June 29th until July 6th 2016. This will include free access to:

  • Over 106,000,000 US passenger list records
  • Over 116,000,000 US marriage records
  • Over 690,000,000 US & Canada census records
  • Over 265,000,000 UK & Irish census records
  • Over 10 million new and existing Naturalization records
  • Over 1.7 million brand new US Passport applications
  • Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960
  • Over 827,000 convict transportation records

This vast collection of travel and migration records coupled with unique UK, Irish and US data, makes Findmypast the best place for tracing ancestors back across the Atlantic and uncovering their English, Welsh, Irish or Scottish roots. Findmypast is home to more than 78 million exclusive UK parish baptisms, banns, marriages and burials, the largest collection of Irish records available online (totalling more than 110 million), and over 100 million United States marriages including millions of records that can’t be found anywhere else online.

Ben Bennet, EVP of International business at Findmypast, said: “As we come together to celebrate the birth of our nation, it’s also a great time to discover and celebrate our ancestors who came here from lands far and near. Whether your ancestors walked through the hallowed halls of Ellis Island or arrived in one of the country’s other ports, Findmypast’s vast collection of records and resources can help you discover your family’s path to red, white and blue.

James Tanner of Genealogy Star said: “Findmypast.com has proved to be an invaluable aid in connecting with my English ancestors. Not only are the collections helpful, but the searches have database features that help in more easily identifying ancestors with common names. The more I use the program, the more indispensable it becomes.

To find out more, visit http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records-in-immigration-and-travel

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.

Findmypast Grants Free Access to All Military Records to Commemorate Centenary of The Battle Of The Somme

  • Findmypast makes entire collection of 65 million world military records free for eight days
  • All UK, Irish, Australian, Canadian and US military records free from 27th of June to 4th July , allowing researchers around the world the opportunity to learn more about the military heroes in their family
  • Includes free access to 32 million World War 1 records including 4.2 million British Army Service Records, over 5.8 million medal records, over 700,000 death records and over 27,000 Pals battalion records
  • Free access to all UK and Irish census records also included, allowing researches to discover what their military ancestors were doing prior to the outbreak of war

London, UK. 27th June 2016.

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has just announced that they will be making their entire collection of military records free for eight days to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. From 04:00 ET, 27th June until 06:59 ET, 4th July 2016, all 65 million records within Findmypast’s “Military, Armed Forces and Conflict” category will be completely free to search and explore, providing family historians from around the globe the opportunity to uncover the stories of the military heroes within their own family. All 265 million UK and Irish census records will also be free to search, allowing researchers to uncover details of their military ancestor’s civilian lives.
This will include free access to Findmypast’s vast collection of more than 32 million World War 1 records, including:

  • Over 19 million US and Canada World War 1 records
  • The most comprehensive collection of British Army service records both for WW1 and pre WW1 – these multiple page documents were released in partnership with The National Archives and are packed with fascinating biographical details such as the names and addresses of next of kin, physical descriptions and character references from commanding officers
  • Exclusive Pals battalion records covering major cities including London, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Birmingham.
  • Soldiers Died In The Great War 1914-1919 records
  • Comprehensive, illustrated Victoria Cross records
  • Over 1.5 million medal index cards, memorial rolls and roll of honour records
  • Military tribunal records – the records of thousands of men who attempted to avoid conscription
  • Military Nurses 1856-1994 records
  • Over 25,000 British Red Cross records
  • The most comprehensive British Naval collection available online
  • The most comprehensive Royal Air Force collection online

The Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive, was fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire between 1st July and 18th November 1916 on both sides of upper reaches of the River Somme in France. It was the largest battle fought on the Western Front with more than one million men wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

The first day of the action alone resulted in more than 58,000 British casualties, one third of whom were killed in action. This was followed by 140 days of horror in which hundreds of thousands of British troops fought and died in some of the worst conditions of the entire war.

The battle also marked ‘blooding of the Pals battalions’. The Pals, who had volunteered together, fought together and in many cases died together, were mostly young, educated, white collar workers who had signed up in 1914 amid the first excitement of Kitchener’s ‘Your Country Needs You’ campaign. For many, the Somme was the first major action they saw and casualty rates were staggeringly high. The devastating effect this had on their home communities led to the experiment being abandoned after the summer of 1916.

Paul Nixon, military expert at Findmypast, says: – “Findmypast is proud to perpetuate the memory of those who served their King and Country during one of the darkest chapters in the history of the British Armed Forces. By providing access to the most comprehensive collection of World War 1 service records and other military records online, Findmypast enables people to easily discover those ancestors who sacrificed so much.

William Spencer, Military Records Specialist at The National Archives, said: “Records relating to the Somme give us a very vivid picture of what it was like for those fighting there and the conditions they lived and fought in. Poignantly, they provide a record of the number of those killed, many of whom were young and who were experiencing a battle for the first time.

Learn more at http://www.findmypast.com/battle-of-the-somme

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 World War 1, 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.

Aha! Seminars, Inc., Announces New Podcast

Aha! Seminars, Inc., Announces New Podcast


“Genealogy Connection” Joins “The Genealogy GuysSM Podcast”

TAMPA, FL, 20 June 2016 – Aha! Seminars, Inc., provider of training, consulting, and production of podcasts for the library and genealogical community, announces today that it is launching a new genealogy podcast titled Genealogy Connection, sponsored by Findmypast.

Genealogy Connection will present interviews with genealogical speakers, authors, librarians and archivists, database service providers, software and technology developers, and other leaders in the community. Each episode will be approximately one hour in length, hosted by noted genealogical speaker, author, and podcaster Drew Smith. The first episode of the new podcast will debut the week of 27 June 2016.

“We are excited to add an informative and fun interview show for the genealogical community,” says Smith, who also is vice-president of Aha! Seminars, Inc. “Interviews have been very popular with our audience, and our listeners are eager to learn from the perspectives of others in the community.”

Genealogy Connection joins with The Genealogy Guys Podcast, which debuted on 5 September 2005 and is the longest-running podcast with thousands of listeners around the world. Genealogy Connection will alternate with episodes of The Genealogy Guys Podcast, and all episodes are free for download at http://genealogyguys.com and from the iTunes store, or by subscription from iTunes and/or with podcatcher software. All subscribers to The Genealogy Guys Podcast will automatically receive episodes of the Genealogy Connection podcast.

About Aha! Seminars, Inc.

Aha! Seminars, Inc., (http://ahaseminars.com) was founded in 1996 by George G. Morgan. Based in the Tampa Bay, Florida, area, it has provided training and consulting to libraries and library consortia and to the genealogical community for over twenty years. The company has also produced The Genealogy Guys Podcast for almost 11 years.

About Findmypast

Findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com) 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.

About Drew Smith

Drew Smith is an academic librarian at the University of South Florida Library in Tampa, Florida. He is a well-respected speaker and author, whose new book, Organize Your Genealogy: Strategies and Solutions for Every Researcher has just been published by Family Tree Books. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2016 Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, June 17, 2016

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of a series of new additions to existing UK and Irish collections as well as some brand new Rate Books from South Australia.

Over 2.9 million articles have been our collection of historic British newspapers. This includes the addition of 13 brand new titles and updates to a further 17.

Fascinating new newspapers from all round England, Scotland and Wales have joined the line-up including Kirkintilloch Gazette covering 1898-1938, The Cornish Telegraph covering 1887-1888 and Aberdare Times from 1889. The updates to existing titles in the collection include generous supplements to the Coventry Evening Telegraph (126,975 new articles), Monmouthshire Merlin (180,701 new articles) and Rochdale Observer (163,633 new articles).

Over 49,000 new records from Yorkshire’s West Riding have been added to our collection of Yorkshire Marriages. The amount of information included can vary, but the records usually contain the full names of the bride and groom, their ages, home parishes and the date of their wedding. In some cases the records can also include the names of any witnesses (often family members), the names and occupations of the bride’s and groom’s parents, the occupation of the groom, the couple’s previous marital condition and the name of the officiating minister.

Explore new additions to our Knights of the Realm index to find out if any of your forebears were awarded an order of chivalry. The Knights of the Realm index records the details of over 35,000 individuals who were awarded an order of chivalry by a British monarch. The index was created by Colin J Parry over a 40 year period to determine how many knights were made in each century and, furthermore, who they actually were.

Explore more than 343,000 additional records to uncover the age, colour, and breed of your ancestors four legged friend. Now containing over 6.3 million records, the Irish Dog Licences list not only the name, breed, colour and sex of your ancestor’s four legged friend, but also the owner’s address and the date the licence was issued, making them an incredibly valuable census substitute.

Over 547,000 new records have been added to complete our collection of Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers. Petty Sessions handled the bulk of lesser criminal and civil legal proceedings. They include details of victims, witnesses and the accused, such as address, date in court, details of the offence, details of the verdict and the sentence.

Search 1,000 new records to learn more about the poor relief efforts in Ireland from the late 1830s to the early 1860s. The Irish Poor Law Act of 1838 created the system of poor law unions in Ireland, which established 130 poor law unions. Under this system, the poor received relief, either from a workhouse or outdoor relief (which included money, goods, clothing, or food) provided for by poor rates assessed under the poor law valuation.

South Australia Rate books is an index of roughly 4,000 records. The index was transcribed from rate assessments for the coastal district of Beachport in southeast South Australia between 1882 and 1888. Each record includes a transcript and an original image. The amount of information listed varies, but the transcripts usually include your ancestor’s name, assessment year, assessment number, occupier, owner, situation and town. Images may be able to provide additional details, such as property descriptions, rate values, and dates paid.

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.

MyHeritage Releases Innovative Family Tree Chart

MyHeritage Releases Innovative Family Tree Chart



The Sun Chart is designed to be the most spatially efficient way to display a descendant family tree with photos


TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah, June 15, 2016 MyHeritage, the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, released today the Sun Chart — a new type of descendant fan chart, available to all users of MyHeritage for free. The center of the Sun Chart features an ancestor selected by the user, with multiple generations of descendants in the outer rings. This chart is the world’s first descendant fan chart with personal photos, unique to MyHeritage.

The Sun Chart is designed to place as many descendants as possible on the smallest possible chart, scaling to hundreds and even thousands of people, making it ideal for sharing with relatives at a family reunion or get-together. Descendant charts that would not fit in a room if arranged horizontally or vertically, can now be prepared in this compact circular format and hung conveniently on the wall. It is designed to be the most compact family tree chart, while offering a very eye-catching and attractive visualization of a family tree, complete with photos.

The Sun Chart design was inspired by a family tree chart format that MyHeritage staff encountered multiple times while researching family history in Corfu, Greece. It was used for centuries by the Jewish community in Corfu, and the researchers immediately saw that it offered a unique benefit: a different segment is allocated for each person, proportional to the extent of descendants he or she has, creating a very compact layout that can easily be extended as new generations are born.

“The new Sun Chart is a perfect example of MyHeritage’s unique approach,” said Uri Gonen, Senior VP of Product Management at MyHeritage. “We bridge together cutting-edge technologies and an appreciation for the wisdom of generations past. When our research on the genealogy of the community in Corfu revealed an unusual and highly useful family tree format, we decided to harness our technological abilities to bring the benefit of this style of family tree chart to as many people as possible, and added personal photos to make it even more appealing.”

Sun Charts provide extensive configuration options to control photo size, font size, and level of included detail, so users can customize each chart to their needs. MyHeritage has developed an algorithm for compacting the charts, which calculates every person’s position precisely in order to result in the smallest possible chart.

Personal photos are included in the chart, helping to bring the family tree to life, and creating a visualization that is more appealing and interesting.

After generating the chart, users can download it in PDF format and print it themselves at home or at any printer, or email it to their family members. MyHeritage also provides an integrated poster printing service that is useful for charts of unusual size, with worldwide shipping.

Sun Charts are free. To generate a Sun Chart, users can sign up on MyHeritage for free and start a new tree, or import their existing tree as GEDCOM.

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

Hotel Reservations Now Open for the National Genealogical Society’s 2017 Family History Conference

ARLINGTON, VA, 15 JUNE 2016 — Effective 15 June 2016, you may now reserveaccommodations for the National Genealogical Society’s thirty-ninth annual Family History Conference, Family History Lives Here, which will be held 10-13 May 2017 at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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.
NGS offers attendees three discounted hotels, convenient to the convention center.  The Raleigh Marriott City Center hotel is across the street from and connected via an underground walkway to the convention center. Conference attendees may also stay at the nearby Sheraton Raleigh Hotel or the Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown, which are located a few short blocks away. Hotels will begin accepting reservations for the conference on 15 June 2016. Since past experience has shown that conference hotels tend to fill quickly, early reservations are recommended. Attendees must request the NGS Family History Conference rate when making phone reservations. The hotels are offering the NGS rate three days before and three days after the conference so participants can do research or go sight-seeing in the area.   Please check the hotel websites for cancellation rules and additional amenities. Full details and links for NGS discounted online reservations can be found at conference.ngsgenealogy.org/accommodations.
500 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
320 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
421 S. Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Local Repositories
Come early and take advantage of the outstanding research facilities across this state. The State Archives of North Carolina and the State Library of North Carolina are brimming with books, records, and more that will define the parameters of your family story. Each will be offering extended hours during the conference. Take advantage of the online finding aids. Begin to think about families of interest and plan your research.  Both venues are just a short walk from the Convention Center and hotels.
109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-807-7310
Government and Heritage Library
109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-807-7450
With four days, 150+ lectures, and 100 exhibitors, the NGS 2017 Family History Conference promises to be a great opportunity for family historians to advance their research, hone their skills, and network with fellow genealogists.
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, June 10, 2016

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of a series of updates to our collection of UK parish records and a brand new set containing baptisms, marriages and burials from the parish of St Martin in the Bull Ring in Birmingham.

Over 271,207 records have been added to the Surrey Marriage Index. The Index now contains over 755,000 records from 178 parishes in Surrey, England.

Each record comprises a transcript of the original register. The amount of information listed varies, but the records usually include a combination of the couple’s names, marriage date, home parish, the date of their wedding, the location of their wedding and whether they were married by banns or by licence. Like any index, this index, made available by West Surrey Family History Society, is a finding aid.

Over 175,000 new records have been added to our collection of Warwickshire Burials. The entire collection now contains more 1 million records and includes monumental inscriptions from Clifton Road Cemetery in Rugby.

Each record includes a transcript of the original burial registry or details from the monumental inscription. Each record will vary depending on its source, but most will include your ancestor’s name, age, birth year, death date, burial year, burial location and the name of the officiating minister. A number of records will also include their parent’s names and residence.


Warwickshire, Birmingham, St Martin in the Bull Ring parish registers contains more than 23,133 images of original parish baptisms, marriages and burials that took place in the parish of St. Martin’s-in-the-Bull-Ring between 1554 and 1929.

Each record includes a transcript of the original burial registry or details from the monumental inscription. Each record will vary depending on its source, but most will include your ancestor’s name, age, birth year, death date, burial year, burial location and the name of the officiating minister. A number of records will also include their parent’s names and residence.

The church of St Martin in the Bull Ring in Birmingham 5, England is a parish church of the Church of England. It is the original parish church of Birmingham and stands between the Bull Ring shopping centre and the markets. The present Victorian church was built on the site of a 13th-century predecessor, which was documented in 1263. The church was enlarged in medieval times and the resulting structure consisted of a lofty nave and chancel, north and south aisles and a northwest tower with spire.

This collection of parish registers contains baptisms (1554-1929), marriages (1554-1903), and burials (1554-1915), with minor gaps in coverage. These records come from the parish church of the Church of England in Birmingham, St Martin in the Bull Ring.

Over 109,000 new records have been added to our collection of Wiltshire Baptisms. There are now over 770,000 records in this collection taken from the baptism registers of 259 parish churches across the county.

Each record consists of a transcript of the original source material. The amount of information contained varies but most records will include a combination of your ancestors name, date of birth, parish and parent’s 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.

New FamilySearch Collections – June 6, 2016


Have a seat and scroll down the entire list of 35 new historic record collections published online in this update! Here is just a mere sampling to whet your appetite: Argentina Tucumán Catholic Church Records 1727‐1955France Haute-Garonne Toulouse Civil Registration 1792-1893Illinois Cook County Birth Certificates 1871‐1940Italy Roma Civil Registration (State Archive) 1863‐1930New York Northern Arrival Manifests 1902‐1956Texas El Paso Alien Arrivals 1924‐1952Nicaragua Civil Registration 1809‐2013, and Ohio County Births 1841-2003. Have your own discovery experience by following the collection links below.
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Ancestry Launches Dutch Records Online Following Agreement with the Netherlands Centre for Family History

  • Ancestry has signed a ground-breaking agreement with CBG, the Netherlands Centre for Family History
  • 100 million Dutch records published online at Ancestry from June
  • Collection include Birth, Marriage and Death records
  • Nationwide collection made available outside of the archive for the first time

More than 100 million birth, marriage and death records from the Netherlands are available online for the first time thanks to an agreement between Ancestry, the leader in family history and consumer genomics and CBG, the Netherlands Centre for Family History.

The collection is made up of indexes of civil registration records, population registers, church registers and family announcements from a comprehensive network of archive organisations within the Netherlands. Most of the records cover events from the 19th and 20th Century.

To date this collection has only been available in its entirety via the dedicated WieWasWie database, as operated by the Netherlands Centre for Family History. Now these records can be accessed and shared by Ancestry’s 2.5 million family history enthusiasts around the world.

Nikolai Donitzky, Ancestry’s Managing Director of Content for Europe, comments: “The Centre for Family History and regional archives have done a remarkable job in gathering and digitizing these records across the country. We are delighted to help share this extensive collection of Dutch records with a worldwide audience.” Leo Voogt (Executive Director of CBG) adds: We have worked with the archive community in the Netherlands to provide a unified window on all our joint genealogical records. Working with Ancestry.com will generate an enormous additional audience for these holdings and will drive new traffic to the sites of the participating institutions in the Netherlands.

The collection is available on Ancestry from 6th June, 2016.

TheGenealogist releases British Telephone Directories, United States WW2 PoWs and more Worcestershire Baptism Transcripts

TheGenealogist has just launched a new collection of British telephone directories. Complementing the early UK Telephone Directory from 1899-1900 that is already available on TheGenealogist, this new release includes the 1907 Post Office National Directory which adds a resource for finding names and addresses before the 1911 census. This directory was published at a time when the telephone was becoming more important to our ancestors. The Post Office’s first coin-operated call box had been installed at London’s Ludgate Circus just the year before, and Trunk (long distance) telephone charges were reduced to half-price for telephone calls made after 7pm and before 7am.

In addition, and at the same time, TheGenealogist has released the 1938 South Wales District Post Office Telephone Directory. The big contrast between this and the earlier directories are that so many more ordinary people had become telephone subscribers. For this reason the directories were by now split up into regions to cope with the large number of names and addresses.

  • Containing names and address details for subscribers the telephone directories are a useful resource for discovering ancestors who had a phone.
  • Find private names and small businessmen’s addresses. If your ancestor worked as a fishmonger, butcher, ironmonger or bootmaker, then all these and more feature in the fascinating records.
  • The difference between the turn of the century directories and the 1938 South Wales District Directory is marked by the number of new telephone subscribers, so making it possible to find many more ancestor’s names and addresses.

In a snapshot example from the 1907 Post Office National Directory we can see that in Cardiff that subscribers included various business including a furniture remover and funeral director, fruit merchants, fishmonger, a commercial traveller and some private individuals.

By the late 1930s the various regions now contained tightly packed names and addresses with many more private subscribers for the family historian to research.

TheGenealogist has also just released online the United States WWII Prisoner of War records to compliment those that are already online for British and former Empire Prisoners of War of the Germans in WWI and WWII.

  • These new records reveal the names of U.S. military as well as U.S. and some Allied civilians who were prisoners of war and internees
  • Covering the years 1942 – 1947, Prisoners of both Germany and Japan are included in this collection
  • The record for each prisoner provides
  • Name
  • Casualty status
  • Rank
  • Service number
  • PoW camp
  • Regiment, branch of service or civilian status
  • Home town or place of enlistment
  • Date reported
  • Race
  • State of residence

Example

Searching these PoW records we can find Robert A. “Bob” Hoover, the former air show pilot and United States Air Force test pilot. Known as the “pilot’s pilot”, Hoover transformed aerobatic flying in his time and many in the world of aviation saw him as one of the greatest pilots ever to have lived. In the Second World War he was a fighter pilot.

Robert A “Bob” Hoover by WPPilot (Own work)
[CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

During World War II, Hoover was posted to Casablanca where he test flew the assembled aircraft to ensure that they were ready for service. Later in the war he was re-assigned to the Spitfire-equipped American 52d Fighter Group in Sicily. In 1944, and on his 59th mission of the conflict, his malfunctioning Mark V Spitfire was shot down by a German plane off the coast of Southern France. Taken prisoner, he then spent 16 months at the German prison camp Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany, which we can see from these new records on TheGenealogist.

In another record release TheGenealogist have added over 37,450 individuals to their Baptism Transcripts for Worcestershire in partnership with Malvern Family History Society, expanding their coverage and bringing the total to over 2 million individuals. These records range from the years 1544 to 1891.

Southern California Genealogist Melanie Frick Receives Youth Award

Southern California Genealogist Melanie Frick Receives Youth Award

5 June 2016 — Melanie Frick, MLIS, is the 2016 recipient of the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Genealogy Grant and Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree Scholarship. Melanie was introduced at the SCGS Scholarship Breakfast sponsored by Legacy Tree Genealogists, Professional Genealogists and Research Services, and presented with the $500 cash award and recognition certificate. The grant program was founded in 2011 by family and friends to honor the volunteerism and family history interests of the late Suzanne Winsor Freeman.

Melanie Frick, an Iowa native with deep Midwestern roots, is a 20-something young genealogist who has already spent over fifteen years researching her family history. At the age of twelve, Melanie inherited an early 20th century diary written by her great-great-aunt, a South Dakota prairie schoolteacher. She was fascinated by the stories of “barn dances, schoolhouse shenanigans, family gatherings, and the spread of Influenza in her rural community.” Melanie continues to unravel the stories of her ancestors in her popular blog, Homestead Genealogy.

Melanie pursued her interest in history and research by earning a Bachelor of Arts in History from Iowa State University, and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science with a Certificate in Special Collections from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Currently Melanie serves on the board and is content coordinator of the NextGen Genealogy Network, an organization dedicated to connecting ad empowering young genealogists around the world. She also editor of the APG eNews and volunteers as proofreader of the NGS Magazine.

“We are delighted to recognize young genealogists with the grant program and encourage their future in family history,” noted Denise Levenick, Grant Chair. “This year, in the absence of qualified applicants for the student award, the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Genealogy Grant is presented in recognition of a young genealogist who is outstanding not only in her own genealogical endeavors, but also as an advocate for other young genealogists.”

This is the sixth year that the Freeman Student Genealogy Grant Program and SCGS have partnered to offer a student genealogy award. The Scholarship Breakfast featured speaker was Paul Woodbury, 2014 recipient of the Genealogy Grant who is now Outreach Manager for Legacy Tree Genealogists.

The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Genealogy Grant Program was established in 2011 to help young family historians pursue their genealogy research and educational goals. In recognition of Suzanne Freeman’s enthusiasm for the nationally recognized Jamboree, the award is directed toward a student attending the SCGS Jamboree. Suzanne Winsor Freeman was the mother of genealogy blogger Denise Levenick, www.theFamilyCurator.com. For information about donating to the grant fund, please see SWF Grant.

The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree has partnered with the grant program each year to offer complimentary conference registration to the award recipient. The annual Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree is an innovative leader in genealogy conferences offering webinars, live-streamed sessions, student registration rates, beginner education, and the DNA Day.

LegacyTree Genealogists, sponsor of the Scholarship Breakfast, is a leader in genealogical and DNA research services with headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah and trained researchers around the globe.

Call for APG Sponsored Lecture Proposals – 2017 FGS Conference in Pittsburgh PA

DEADLINE – Friday, 17 June 2016

APG will be sponsoring a lecture at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to be held August 30 through September 2, 2017.

We invite members to submit proposals for an advanced presentation that would be of interest to experienced genealogists. We are specifically seeking dynamic and innovative proposals that will provide an exceptional learning experience for both members and non-members of APG. It is preferred that this conference be the first time the presentation will be given at the national level.
We welcome and encourage newer speakers, but if you do not have a lot of speaking experience outside of your local area, we suggest you include a recommendation from a well-known genealogist or speaker who has heard one of your presentations, and/or a link to an online video or clip from a past presentation.

APG offers an honorarium of $300. The session will be limited to one hour and should include time for questions from the audience. The APG sponsored speaker will also receive complimentary registration from FGS and electronic syllabus materials.

Proposals should include:
– Speaker’s full name, address, telephone, and e-mail address
– Lecture title & description (title + description no more than 230 characters)
– Short summary of the lecture, not to exceed 50 words
– Lecture outline (not required)
– Resume of recent lectures
– Brief speaker biography, not to exceed 50 words
– Long speaker biography, not to exceed 500 words

Send proposals to the APG office via e-mail to admin@apgen.org.

Kathleen W. Hinckley
Executive Director

Call for APG Luncheon Lecture Proposals – FGS 2017

CALL FOR APG LUNCHEON LECTURE PROPOSALS FGS 2017
DEADLINE – Wednesday, 15 June 2016.

APG will be sponsoring a luncheon at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to be held August 30 – September 2, 2017.

We invite members to submit proposals for a luncheon presentation that would be of interest to aspiring and/or experienced professionals. Talks that are inspiring or humorous or both are preferred.

APG offers an honorarium of $300 for the 20-30 minute presentation, plus complimentary lunch.

Proposals should include:

– Speaker’s full name, address, telephone, and e-mail address
– Lecture title, not to exceed 14 words
– Short summary of the lecture, not to exceed 25 words
– Lecture outline
– Resume of recent lectures
– Brief speaker biography, not to exceed 25 words

Send proposals to the APG office via e-mail to admin@apgen.org.

Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG
Executive Director

Call for APG Luncheon Lecture Proposals – NERGC 2017

CALL FOR APG LUNCHEON LECTURE PROPOSALS NERGC 2017 DEADLINE – Saturday, 11 June 2016APG will be sponsoring a luncheon at the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium Conference at the MassMutual Convention Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, to b…

The Family History Library Announces 2nd Annual Free Block Party

The Family History Library Announces 2nd Annual Free Block Party

Salt Lake City, Utah (June 5, 2016)–The Family History Library and the Church History Museum of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be sponsoring the second annual Family History Block Party on Saturday, June 11, 2016, in downtown Salt Lake City featuring indoor and outdoor activities for the entire family. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on West Temple Street from North Temple to South Temple which will be closed to thru traffic. There is no charge to attend, and all activities are family-friendly. The first block party was held last year in 2015 in conjunction with A.J. Jacobs’ global family reunion and was a great success.

The Pecos Posse Old West Singers, Touch of Polynesia (Polynesian dancers), and Scottish bagpipes will provide live entertainment. Other free outside attractions include a rock climbing wall, bounce houses, face painting, and participation in pioneer era games, among other activities. There will also be food trucks and snow cones for nominal fees.

The inside activities include 20-minute family history classes, fun Green Screen photo opportunities, free photo scanning of family photos, documents, and artifacts, and family discovery experiences. In the Museum, visitors can find historical characters walking around, test detective skills about mysteries behind artifacts in the Museum, and children can visit the new Tell Me the Stories of Jesus children’s exhibit. Toddlers to 12-year-olds will have fun learning through hands-on play and art projects.

“We are hosting this event to help families of all ages discover what a fabulous resource the Family History Library is for those beginning their family history,” says Debbie Getler, of the Family History Center. “Our hope is that families will come for the fun, discover something interesting about their ancestors, and return to the library again and again to continue their quest to learn more about their own family story.”

Visit the Family History Library Block Party site for more information.

3rd Annual Northwest Genealogy Conference – August 17-20, 2016

3rd Annual Northwest Genealogy Conference - August 17-20, 2016

Have you heard about the great genealogy conference coming up in August — in Arlington Washington? It’s the 3rd Annual Northwest Genealogy Conference, hosted by the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society, just north of Seattle. It’s four days packed full of genealogy, centering on the theme “Family Secrets Uncovered — Lost History Found,” where you’ll learn how to put together a family history, and you might even uncover some of your own family’s secrets.

There will be well-known and respected keynote speakers — including Blaine Bettinger, the Genetic Genealogist speaking on DNA; Claudia Breland speaking on Gathering Your Family’s Story, and Lisa Louise Cooke will be there to speak on “Tools To Help Tell the Story.”

Starting off with the Free Day Wednesday afternoon, Speaker Beth Foulk will address beginner’s issues — which is also a good refresher for the more seasoned genealogists. There will be such great genealogical information for all levels, AND it’ll be lot of fun!

Between classes take a chance to meet a distant cousin with the “Cousin Wall”. Participate in the genealogy-related scavenger hunt on Free Day Wednesday, and enjoy the free taco bar at the evening reception. Wear a costume from your ancestors’ homeland on the Friday dress-up day. And much much more!

Go to www.NwGC.org for details and to register. Check it out now — registrations are limited, so it’s good to get in early. nwgc.org. August 17-20, 2016. It’ll be a great show — don’t miss it!

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, June 3, 2016

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 891,000 new records including:

Ireland Surnames & Family Histories is a rich and varied collection consisting of nine historic family and local history publications. The collection contains over 7,000 pdf images of assorted documents that will help you discover more about your Irish family name and history.

The records are displayed in PDF format and can be searched by title, publication year, and keyword (including names).

Devon, Plymouth prison records 1821-1919 contains over 13,000 records digitised in partnership with the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office. Each records consists of transcript and an image of the original document. The details recorded will vary depending on the type of document you are viewing as the collection is formed from a variety of sources including prisoner registers, calendars of prisoners and registers of prison officers.

For those with convict ancestors, the records will reveal where they were sentenced and for how long. Many will also include physical descriptions of prisoners and provide their offence and sentence. For those with prison officer ancestors, the records will reveal the names of prisons in which they served, their salary and rank.

Our collection of British Royal Navy & Royal Marines service and pension records is now available to browse.​

Browsing allows you to narrow down your results by searching under a specific series/piece. Look at the descriptions for each series in the ‘Series included in this browse’ section of the search page to best determine which series/piece to search by. Remember that you can select several series/pieces to search under at a time if you are unsure in which your ancestor is likely to be included.

Queensland deaths 1829-1964 consists of more than 871,000 death records from Australia’s second largest state. Each record consists of a transcript of the original source material that will list your ancestor’s full name, death date and the names of both parents including mother’s maiden name.

Transcripts will also reveal the registration year and registration number. This information can be used to order a death certificate or an image of the original register from the Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages.

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.

NEHGS Offers All New York Databases FREE on AmericanAncestors.org

NEHGS Offers All New York Databases FREE on AmericanAncestors.org


NEHGS offers expertise on challenging Empire State
genealogical research with FREE access to all its New York
resources on AmericanAncestors.org during June

Research within 23 databases of NEHGS
containing genealogical records for New York is FREE
for a full month with registration as a Guest User


June 2, 2016—Boston, Massachusetts—Frequently there’s a New York wall in the way of family historians conducting research that includes ancestors in the Empire State. Today the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has announced a special feature to help genealogists break through it with FREE Access to all of its New York databases at AmericanAncestors.org/New-York.

New York genealogy can be a challenge, depending on the time, place, and ethnicity of one’s ancestors. For example, finding 18th century Dutch-descended New Yorkers in the Hudson Valley is easier than finding settlers from New England in the same locale. The 1911 fire at the State Library in Albany and the fact that statewide registration of vital records did not start until 1880 can create challenging brick walls for research that includes the Empire State.

The unique New York databases on AmericanAncestors.org—the data-rich website of NEHGS—offer thousands of early American records for finding lost New York ancestors. 23 databases including church records, property records, marriage notices, and cemetery inscriptions are all within the online collection of the New York resources of NEHGS. The experts at NEHGS know the best resources for New York genealogy and can teach you to use them effectively.

Of particular interest to family historians seeking New York data are two databases offered FREE during this special, month-long program of NEHGS:

Abstracts of Wills, Admins., and Guardianships in NY State, 1787-1835

This database contains transcriptions for more than 50 counties within the state of New York. This compilation of Abstracts of New York Wills, Administrations, and Guardianships was created by William Applebie Daniel Eardeley. The original materials are part of the Brooklyn Historical Society’s manuscript collection. Eardeley abstracted original estate proceedings in the counties of New York. In addition he indexed all the names in his abstracts, i.e. those of the decedents, executors, administrators, petitioners, guardians, witnesses, named beneficiaries, and minor children. Although the original title of the collection refers to the years 1691 to 1860, the bulk of the material concerns the period 1787 to 1835.

New York: Albany County Deeds, 1630-1894

The Index to the public records of the County of Albany, State of New York, 1630-1894 was compiled and printed pursuant to the laws of 1893, under direction of Wheeler B. Melius, Superintendent [1893-1906] of the Albany County (N.Y.) Board of Supervisors. This important fourteen volume set of 302,300 land transactions in Albany County, searchable by grantor, grantee, corporation and date of transaction represents some of the only surviving early records of Albany, NY after a devastating fire on February 10, 1880 at Albany City Hall destroyed or severely damaged many records for the city and county. The database is complete with records from all volumes, 1-14.

Throughout the month of June, these and all other New York databases on the website of NEHGS are FREE to Guest Users. Users who register for FREE access may browse a wide variety of New York records, subject guides, articles, and publications and view other resources at AmericanAncestors.org/New-York. Unlimited access to all one billion plus records on AmericanAncestors.org and other benefits are through membership at NEHGS.

About American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society

The founding genealogical society in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) was established in 1845. Today it has a national collecting scope and serves more than 150,000 constituents through an award-winning website, www.AmericanAncestors.org. Since 1845, NEHGS has been the country’s leading comprehensive resource for genealogists and family historians of every skill level. Today NEHGS provides constituents with worldwide access to some of the most important and valuable research tools anywhere.

American Ancestors is the public brand and user experience of NEHGS representing the expertise and resources available for family historians of all levels when researching their origins across the country and around the world. NEHGS’s resources, expertise, and service are unmatched in the field and their leading staff of on-site and online genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, Italian, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, Chinese, and Jewish research. Expert assistance is available to members and nonmembers in a variety of ways. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99-101 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, Massachusetts is home to more than 28 million items, including manuscript documents, genealogical records, books, photographs, and other items dating back hundreds of years.