Month: July 2016

Board for Certification of Genealogists and Legacy Family Tree Webinars Form Webinar Partnership

News Release 29 July 2016 – Board for Certification of Genealogists

Board for Certification of Genealogists and Legacy Family Tree Webinars Form Webinar Partnership

The Board for Certification of Genealogists and Legacy Family Tree Webinars are excited to announce a new partnership. Legacy, host of the webinar series at FamilyTreeWebinars.com, will now also serve as host, producer, and publisher for future BCG webinars. This arrangement will produce and promote high-quality education in genealogy standards and methodologies by one of the leading creators of genealogy webinars.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars is a leader in the field of webinar production and management. BCG is excited to bring this level of technical quality and experience to its webinar series, which offers educational opportunities on topics of certification, genealogy standards, and methodologies.

Held on the third Tuesday of the month when scheduled, BCG webinars are presented to educate and raise awareness of genealogy standards. Registration for live webinars will be available at http://bcgcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars and at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. Registration is free and is open to the public.

Recordings of BCG’s live webinars are available at both http://bcgcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars and at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/bcg. Some are free for a limited time after the live event, while others are available with an annual or monthly membership to Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

“We are very excited about our new partnership with Legacy Family Tree Webinars, whose technical expertise in genealogy webinar production and management is second to none,” said BCG President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom. “This collaboration allows BCG to focus on its mission of promoting attainable, uniform standards of competence and ethics among genealogical practitioners.”

Geoff Rasmussen, founder and host of the Legacy webinar series, said, “BCG and Legacy webinars is the perfect partnership––where high tech and high quality education meet. The entire genealogy industry will benefit.”

Legacy Family Tree Webinars (www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com) and Legacy Family Tree software (www.LegacyFamilyTree.com) are part of Millennia Corporation, founded in 1984 and headquartered in Surprise, Arizona.

2.5 Million Crime Records Released This Findmypast Friday

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 2.5 million historic crime records in association with The National Archives. The release marks the final instalment of the Crime, Prisons and Punishment collection, the largest searchable database of English and Welsh crime and punishment records available online, containing over 5.5 million records.


New Series added to the collection include:

  • PCOM 4: Home Office and Prison Commission: Female Licences – notes of licences to female convicts and in some cases, transfer papers. Each file can include a photograph (from 1871 onward), letters or notes from the prisoner, a Medical History sheet, reports of misconduct whilst in prison, the court of conviction, details of crime and of previous crimes.
  • HO 26: Home Office: Criminal Registers, Middlesex – registers of all persons charged with indictable offences showing the results of the trials, the sentences in case of conviction, and dates of execution of persons sentence to death; some of the registers contain personal information respecting the prisoners.
  • HO 27: Home Office: Criminal Registers, England and Wales – registers of all persons in England and Wales charged with indictable offences showing the results of the trials, the sentences in case of conviction, and dates of execution of persons sentence to death; some of the registers contain personal information respecting the prisoners.

Additional records have also been added to:

  • HO 8: Home Office: Convict Hulks, Convict Prisons and Criminal Lunatic Asylums: Quarterly Returns of Prisoners 1824-1876
  • HO 47: Home Office: Judges’ Reports on Criminals 1784-1830
  • HO 140: Home Office: calendar of prisoners
  • PCOM 2: Home Office and Prison Commission: prison records
  • PCOM 3: Home Office and Prison Commission: Male Licences 1853-1887


Browse over 3,417 volumes of English and Welsh crime records held by The National Archives. The browse function allows you explore individual documents in their entirety including volumes of criminal calendars, prisoner registers, male and female prison licenses and more. Descriptions of each of the series included are available at the bottom of the search page.


The Newgate Calendar contains more than 81,000 records that packed with fascinating tales of arson, murder, piracy, embezzlement, conspiracy, and treason. The records consist of a “series of memoirs and anecdotes of notorious characters who have outraged the laws of Great Britain from the earliest period” up to 1841.

Tasmania Convict records 1800-1893

Search more than 81,000 records to discover whether your ancestor transported to Van Diemen’s Land as a convict between 1800 and 1893. This varied collection contains records from over 20 different sources held by the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office.
Irish Newspapers

1,041,492 articles from two brand new titles have been added to our collection of historic Irish newspapers.

  • Belfast Telegraph – 944,404 articles covering 1871 – 1881, 1886 – 1892, 1897 – 1899, 1903 – 1909
  • Cork Constitution – 97,088 articles covering 1890 – 1891

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 records available to search this Findmypast Friday, July 22, 2016

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 257,500 new records including:

18,257 articles from 94 publications have been added in our June update. The PERiodical Source Index is the world’s largest and most widely used subject index for U.S. genealogy and local history literature. Read our June update blog to find out more about the individual series included in this update.


Our British Army Service Records are now available to browse. Containing roughly 7.8 million records, Findmypast’s British Army service records is one of the most significant British Army collections available online. The collection includes a myriad of Army forms including attestation papers, medical forms, discharge documents, pension claims, and proceedings of regimental boards.
The new browse function allows you to explore these fascinating documents in their entirety, page by page and is an excellent research tool for both genealogists and military historians. Browsing will allow you to study the history of individual regiments, conflicts and specific areas of British military history in much greater details.

485 volumes of Scottish Electoral Registers held by the British Library are now available to browse. The registers cover the traditional county of Linlithgowshire which became West Lothian in 1921.
Each result will bring you directly to the image of the electoral register. The registers allow you to discover where your ancestor lived and if they owned property.

182 volumes of British Library Absent Voters Lists are also available to browse. These volumes contain over 20,000 pages listing over 100,000 names of service men, women serving with the auxiliary forces, merchant seamen, diplomats and others working in occupations recognised as supporting the war effort. Absent voters’ lists are registers of eligible voters who were absent from their homes and are of particular importance for those whose ancestors fought during the First World War.


Explore over 232,000 records, the only surviving fragments of the New South Wales 1901 census, to discover where your ancestors were living and who was living with them. Included in each result is a transcript and image of the original census document. By viewing original images, you may be able to discover additional information, the number of residents who are Aboriginal or Chinese and any additional remarks.

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.

Ancestry.com LLC Reports Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results



— Second Quarter Revenues of $211.4 million, Up 25% Year-Over-Year —

— AncestryDNA Database Now Includes More Than 2 Million Samples —

LEHI, Utah, July 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com LLC (the “Company”), the leader in family history and consumer genomics, reported financial results today for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016.
“Ancestry’s performance continued to accelerate in the second quarter,” said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.  “The combined value proposition of our market-leading family history and DNA offerings has helped deliver over $750 million in revenue in the last four quarters.  We are excited about the opportunities ahead and remain focused on execution and investing in the long-term growth of the company.”
Second Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights
  • Total revenues for the second quarter of 2016 were $211.4 million compared to $169.4 million in the second quarter of 2015, resulting from revenue growth in both AncestryDNA and the core Ancestry websites.
  • Net (loss) income for the second quarter of 2016 was $(10.5) million compared to $13.7 million in the second quarter of 2015, primarily due to the impact of $30.9 million in transaction-related expenses(1) incurred during the second quarter of 2016.
  • Adjusted EBITDA(2) for the second quarter of 2016 was $70.4 million compared to $67.3 million in the second quarter of 2015. Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2016 excludes the impact of $30.9 million in transaction-related expenses(1) incurred during the second quarter of 2016.  Additionally, adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2016 included $3.7 million of non-operating costs such as business optimization consulting, litigation and transaction-related severance. The prior year quarter included $0.3 million of similar non-operating costs.
  • Free cash flow(3) for the second quarter of 2016 was $16.2 million compared to $20.4 million for the second quarter of 2015.
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $118.9 million as of June 30, 2016.
  • Obligations under long-term debt(4) totaled $1.0 billion as of June 30, 2016.
Ancestry Business Updates
  • Company — On May 23, 2016 the Company announced the successful closing of the previously-announced transaction whereby Silver Lake Partners and GIC acquired substantial equity stakes in Ancestry at an enterprise value of approximately $2.6 billion.  As a result, Silver Lake and GIC each now hold equal minority ownership positions while the Permira funds, Spectrum Equity, and Ancestry management remain as meaningful equity investors.
  • AncestryDNA — During the second quarter the AncestryDNA database surpassed 2.0 million samples, after reaching 1.0 million less than a year earlier.
  • Subscribers — Subscribers of Ancestry websites totaled approximately 2,419,000 as of June 30, 2016, up 2% compared to March 31, 2016 and up 9% compared to June 30, 2015.
  • Content — During the second quarter of 2016, the Company added to its collection of more than 18 billion records through launching and adding to significant collections from various sources including:
    • Netherlands birth, marriage, and death records, over 80 million records
    • Indiana vital records, over 30 million records
    • German Lutheran records, over 15 million records
    • Update to US Yearbooks, over 10 million records
    • US naturalizations, over 10 million records
    • Australia WW2 military records, over 1 million records
  • Adpay/Memoriams Acquisition  The Company completed the acquisition of Adpay, Inc., the creator and operator of the Memoriams.com obituary input network during the quarter. Memoriams.com submits obituaries to approximately 3,000 newspapers in the U.S. from its growing network of funeral homes.
(1 Transaction-related expenses represent expenses associated with the May 2016 transaction involving Silver Lake Partners’ and GIC’s investment in the Company.
(2 ) Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) plus interest expense, net; other (income) expense, net; income tax expense (benefit); non-cash charges including depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation expense; and transaction-related expenses, as defined in Footnote 1 above.
(3 ) Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA the capitalization of content databases, purchases of property, equipment and software 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, provided that such payments are permitted under Ancestry.com LLC’s debt covenants.
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; and transaction-related expenses. Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA the capitalization of content databases, purchases of property, equipment and software 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 global 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 2.4 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and more than 2 million DNA samples in the AncestryDNA database. Since 1996, more than 18 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 and services including AncestryDNA, Archives, ProGenealogists, Newspapers.com and Fold3. 

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 Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2016, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 29, 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 LLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
June 30,
2016
December 31,
2015
(unaudited)
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 118,901 $ 128,157
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $733 and $997 at June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively   14,573 13,624
Prepaid expenses 9,916 12,228
Other current assets 15,042 8,700
Total current assets 158,432 162,709
Property and equipment, net 85,707 54,795
Content databases, net 274,934 282,281
Intangible assets, net 132,043 159,736
Goodwill 959,399 948,283
Other assets 14,351 13,956
Total assets $ 1,624,866 $ 1,621,760
LIABILITIES AND MEMBER’S INTERESTS
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 13,940 $ 13,120
Accrued expenses 53,191 52,871
Deferred revenues 193,394 171,822
Current portion of long-term debt, net 7,103 7,087
Total current liabilities 267,628 244,900
Long-term debt, net 988,077 989,256
Financing obligation 45,661 22,900
Deferred income taxes 39,777 59,809
Other long-term liabilities 26,263 23,977
Total liabilities 1,367,406 1,340,842
Commitments and contingencies
Member’s interests:
Member’s interests 397,241 422,603
Accumulated deficit (139,781 ) (141,685 )
Total member’s interests 257,460 280,918
Total liabilities and member’s interests $ 1,624,866 $ 1,621,760
ANCESTRY.COM LLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME
(in thousands)
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Revenues:
Subscription revenues $ 160,203 $ 145,408 $ 314,847 $ 287,125
Service and other revenues 51,221 24,016 93,087 46,896
Total revenues 211,424 169,424 407,934 334,021
Costs of revenues:
Cost of subscription revenues 27,641 25,584 54,991 51,279
Cost of service and other revenues   28,222 13,882 52,632 28,148
Total cost of revenues 55,863 39,466 107,623 79,427
Gross profit 155,561 129,958 300,311 254,594
Operating expenses:
Technology and development 27,643 24,282 53,647 47,725
Marketing and advertising 55,433 41,203 107,233 84,380
General and administrative 19,533 12,427 33,451 23,882
Amortization of intangible assets 18,052 27,464 36,642 54,927
Transaction-related expenses 30,874 32,306
Total operating expenses 151,535 105,376 263,279 210,914
Income from operations 4,026 24,582 37,032 43,680
Interest expense, net (19,731 ) (16,622 ) (39,812 ) (33,830 )
Other (expense) income, net (279 ) 190 (448 ) (73 )
(Loss) income before income taxes (15,984 ) 8,150 (3,228 ) 9,777
Income tax benefit 5,520 5,512 5,132 6,679
Net (loss) income $ (10,464 ) $ 13,662 $ 1,904 $ 16,456
Comprehensive (loss) income $ (10,464 ) $ 13,662 $ 1,904 $ 16,456
ANCESTRY.COM LLC
(in thousands)
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
(unaudited) (unaudited)
Reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow to net (loss) income:(5)  
Net (loss) income $ (10,464 ) $ 13,662 $ 1,904 $ 16,456
Interest expense, net 19,731 16,622 39,812 33,830
Other expense (income), net 279 (190 ) 448 73
Income tax benefit (5,520 ) (5,512 ) (5,132 ) (6,679 )
Depreciation 6,191 5,544 11,904 11,106
Amortization 27,255 35,298 54,836 70,404
Stock-based compensation expense 2,053 1,876 3,937 3,801
Transaction-related expenses 30,874 32,306
Adjusted EBITDA $ 70,399 $ 67,300 $ 140,015 $ 128,991
Capitalization of content databases (5,669 ) (9,140 ) (11,889 ) (16,540 )
Purchases of property, equipment and software (14,925 ) (2,292 ) (20,775 ) (6,444 )
Cash paid for interest(6) (25,881 ) (22,824 ) (35,249 ) (29,253 )
Cash paid for income taxes (7,687 ) (12,600 ) (8,148 ) (12,805 )
Free cash flow $ 16,237 $ 20,444 $ 63,954 $ 63,949
ANCESTRY.COM LLC
Total Subscribers and Net Subscriber Additions
(in thousands)
Three Months Ended
June 30,
2016
March 31,
2016
June 30,
2015
(unaudited)
Total subscribers 2,419 2,372 2,220
Net subscriber additions   47 108 1
(5 Net loss (income) and therefore adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 include $3.7 million and $4.2 million, respectively, of non-operating costs such as business optimization consulting, litigation and transaction-related severance. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2015, net income and therefore adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow include $0.3 million and $0.6 million, respectively, of similar non-operating costs.
(6 ) Cash paid for interest for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 excludes an $18.7 million payment made to our parent related to interest obligations on the senior unsecured PIK notes. Cash paid for interest for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 exclude $18.7 million and $19.1 million, respectively, of payments made to our parent related to the interest obligations on its senior unsecured PIK notes.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists Welcomes Angela Packer McGhie to the BCG Education Fund

The BCG Education Fund announces that Stefani Evans, after many years of faithful service, has stepped down from serving as trustee. As much as Stefani will be missed, the BCG Education Fund is happy to have Angela Packer McGhie, CG, join its ranks. Angela is well known in the genealogical community for her commitment to promoting genealogical education.

Certified by the BCG in 2005, Stefani Evans joined the BCG Education Fund as Trustee in 2009. For the past two years she has served as the Education Fund conference liaison. During her seven years as an Education Fund Trustee, she was honored to work with Barbara Mathews, CG; Patricia O’Brien Shawker, CG; Kathy Gunter Sullivan, CG; and Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL; as well as the current trustees.

During her tenure with the Education Fund Stefani completed her Master’s degree in U.S. History in May 2011; was elected to the BCG board in October 2011 and currently serves as BCG vice president; and was a director of the National Genealogical Society (2011−2014) and conference chair for the NGS 2013 Family History Conference. In fall 2012 she was admitted to UNLV’s Doctoral program in the History of the North American West. She is now a Ph.D. candidate whose dissertation will rely on her genealogical skills in archival research and collecting oral histories to examine the history of Salt Lake City’s Olympic bids in the context of evolving local, national, and international conversations about race, class, spectacle, and the environment.

Angela Packer McGhie is a Certified Genealogist® who has focused her career in genealogical education. She is the coordinator for the Intermediate Genealogy course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the coordinator of the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Angela lectures at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records, and the Virtual Institute of Genealogical, as well as at national and regional genealogy conferences.

Angela served as the administrator of the ProGen Study Program for six years and is now on the board of directors. She is a past president of the National Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and a contributing author the APG Quarterly. Angela lives in Maryland with her husband and three children.

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.

Over 2.2 million new records from across the UK available to search this Findmypast Friday

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of two brand new collections, over 1.8 million new historic British newspaper articles and updates to six existing sets.

Explore centuries of monumental inscriptions from 178 different parishes. This brand new set contains 85,847 records, including one for UK prime minister Stanley Baldwin. The detail in each transcript can vary, especially as over the centuries many of these monuments have been damaged by weather, exposure and, in some cases, vandalism. Most will include a name, death year, any relevant places and a link to purchase the full inscription.

A brand new set containing 21,078 records from three different Scottish counties in the northeast of Scotland. Monumental inscriptions are an excellent resource for family historians because many record the names of other relatives such as a spouse, children or parents, as well as their birth and death dates. For example, the record for Katherine Alexander holds six additional names: Katherine’s husband, two daughters, two sons, and daughter-in-law.


We’ve added 1,870,698 articles to our collection of almost 181 million British newspaper articles, including 14 brand new titles. The latest lineup features local and regional publications from around the UK, including titles from London, Wales, Yorkshire and Essex.

A highlight is the Illustrated London News which contains exquisitely detailed Illustrations of life in London at the turn of the 20th century. The new additions also include substantial add-ons for The Cornish Telegraph (398,197 new articles), Newcastle Evening Chronicle (171,183 new articles) and Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough (162,994 new articles).

This addition includes 10,592 inscriptions from 22 churches, including one dating all the way back to 1189, exclusive to Findmypast. While the amount of available information will vary from transcript to transcript, most will include names, dates, and places, as well as monument type and inscription, which may include the names of others buried in that plot as well as more specific details regarding age and birth and death dates.

Notable names include Hans Sloane, an Irish-born physician from County Down. Throughout his life, he collected items about natural history, books, drawings, manuscripts, coins, seals, and other curiosities. His collection, which he donated to the state, formed the foundation for the British Museum.

We’ve added 40,702 records from 44 new places and improved data for five existing ones, covering Anglican, Roman Catholic, Quaker, and non-conformist, as well as community and war memorials. This record set represents two decades of work by transcribers from the Essex Society for Family History. These records have been compiled from engravings found on tombstones and other memorials in the churches and churchyards of Essex. They represent significant evidence for your family history research and can often provide additional information outside of death dates.


Our Devon burials collection reaches over 2 million with the addition of 113,264 new records. Covering 450 years, these parish registers date back to 1538, and cover burials for most of the Anglican parishes in the English county of Devon. Along with parish registers, you will find burial registers from Ford Park Cemetery and Torquay Cemetery. The Victorian Ford Park Cemetery was established in 1846 and opened in 1848. Torquay Cemetery opened in the mid-19th century and is a listed site by English Heritage. You can find burial records from both the consecrated and unconsecrated ground.

Explore four centuries of marriages from over 330 parishes with the addition of 37,023 records covering Northumberland, Durham, and surrounding areas. The records include over 800,000 marriage transcripts, most of which will include names, ages, places and details of the bride and groom’s individual parishes, which could prove invaluable for further research.

The Local Government Act, 1972 reformed the local government on the county and district levels in England and Wales. All the changes were put in place by 1974. For this reason, the Northumberland and Durham records include villages outside of their current boundaries; such as Newcastle in County of Tyne and Wear or Romaldkirk of the County of Yorkshire. Additionally, the records include Cumberland, which is now part of Cumbria.

32,935 new records from over 350 Presbyterian, Independent, Wesleyan, Methodist and Anglican parishes have been added to this collection, bringing the total number of transcripts up to 888,270. The records will reveal not just your ancestor’s name but also his/her parents’ names. You will also discover their occupations and where they lived. Like the other Northumberland and Durham sets, this collection also contains records from villages outside of their current boundaries, including Newcastle, Romaldkirk and Cumberland.


We’ve added 20,676 burial records to this collection, bringing the total number of of this collection up to 651,210. Discover where your ancestor is buried, where he/she lived and an additional relatives name to add to your growing family tree. Like the other Northumberland and Durham sets, this collection also contains records from villages outside of their current boundaries, including Newcastle, Romaldkirk and Cumberland.

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.

GeneaPress 2016-07-15 12:00:00


CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS


48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Hunting Your Heritage
Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11, 2017

5th Annual SCGS Genetic Genealogy Conference
Diving Into DNA
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Workshops (including Friday JamboFREE presentations)
Thursday, June 8; Friday, June 9; Sunday, June 11, 2017
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport
Burbank, California

2017 Jamboree Extension Series Webinars


The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) announces its Call for Presentations for the 48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 8 – 11, 2017 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California. The 5th Annual SCGS Genetic Genealogy Conference on Thursday, June 8, 2017, will be a full day of DNA presentations.  In-Depth Workshops will occur throughout both conferences.


This Call for Presentations pertains to the Jamboree conference, the SCGS Genetic Genealogy conference and the workshops, as well as, the 2017 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program. Presentations will only be accepted through the online portal July 15, 2016 – August 21, 2016.


Submission of Presentations:

Speakers interested in presenting lecture presentations or workshops for 2017 must submit their proposals through the Jamboree Speaker Portal at: http://2017callforpresentations.surveyconsole.com

A copy of this call for presentations can be found at:

http://www.genealogyjamboree.com/2017/storage/2017JamboreeCallforPresentations.pdf/storage/2017JamboreeCallforPresentations.pdf

You may download a copy of the submission form at www.genealogyjamboree.com.


Only those presentations submitted through the portal and accompanied by a signed copy of the Call for Presentations agreement (emailed, faxed or mailed) will be considered. The online submission process ensures that correct speaker information is used in communication, advertising and conference materials.

Jamboree draws attendees of all experience levels, from the beginner to the professional; from the first time conference attendee to conference veterans. The Jamboree Extension Series draws an international audience comprised of all skill levels. We encourage the submission of all levels of sessions.

The 2017 Jamboree theme is Hunting Your Heritage and the SCGS Genetic Genealogy conference theme is Diving Into DNA. We welcome submissions utilizing our theme to promote the expansion of our knowledge and skills.  Our heritage focus is British Isles/Ireland as well as Armenia and the Caucasus. Presentations on all topics will be considered. New presentations are encouraged. Presentations may include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Ethnic Research
  • DNA/Genetic Genealogy
  • Migration, Emigration/Immigration
  • Naturalization
  • Repositories
  • Digital Resources
  • Research Strategies
  • Software & Apps
  • Preservation/Archival Storage
  • Social Media/Blogging
  • Family History Writing
  • Law
  • Record Types
  • Methodology
  • Society Management
  • Librarianship
  • Next Generation


Number of Presentations: Speakers may submit up to 6 presentations. The SCGS Jamboree Committee, at its sole discretion, may select none, some, or all of the presentations submitted by any speaker.

Session Length: Jamboree and DNA presentations are 60 minutes in length, including a 10-minute question-and-answer period. You may also propose workshops from 90 minutes to 3 1/2 hours in length. Jamboree Extension Series (Webinar) presentations are 60 minutes in length with an additional 30 minutes maximum for questions.

Special consideration will be given to those Jamboree speakers who permit the live streaming or video/audio recording of their presentation and online posting of their handout material for download (as on the Jamboree app).

Statement of Nondiscrimination:

The Southern California Genealogical Society is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. SCGS is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination in employment and opportunity because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or age. Jamboree, DNA Day and Jamboree Extension Series speakers are selected based on experience, technical knowledge, speaking ability, diversity of topics and relevance.


If you have not presented at a past Jamboree and wish to provide a recording of one of your presentations, please send it to the Southern California Genealogical Society, Attention: Jamboree Chair, 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504. Examples of syllabus submissions may be emailed to SCGSJamboree@gmail.com. These materials may be used during the selection process and cannot be returned but will be destroyed after the selection process.

Questions, inquiries or submissions may be emailed to SCGSJamboree@gmail.com with the subject line: Call for Presentations [your last name].

We look forward to the possibility of including you on the 2017 Southern California Genealogical Society event schedules.




Alice Fairhurst, Jamboree Co-Chair


Diane Adamson, Jamboree Co-Chair

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504-2408
Phone: 818.843.7247  Fax: 818.843-7262
SCGSJamboree@gmail.com

Ancestry to Announce Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results

LEHI, Utah, July 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com LLC, the leader in family history and consumer genomics, will release financial results for its second quarter 2016 on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, after the market closes. Following the release, …

FamilySearch recruits 100,000 to save the world’s records



Worldwide genealogy event unites volunteers in making historical records discoverable online


SALT LAKE CITY (July 11, 2016) — On July 15, FamilySearch International will launch the world’s largest indexing event with a goal of bringing more than 100,000 people from around the globe together online during a 72-hour period to save the world’s records by making them searchable to the public.

“FamilySearch believes everyone deserves to be remembered,” said Shipley Munson, FamilySearch International’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. “All should have the opportunity to find their ancestors, and we provide a simple way for people to make those family connections.”

During the 72-hour indexing period, volunteers participate by downloading the FamilySearch software, a program that stores scanned copies of a variety of old records. Volunteers can then complete as many records as they would like by retyping the information from the scanned images into the program. Anyone with a computer and internet connection can join.

“Family history discoveries online are driven by indexed records. Volunteer indexers make those personal discoveries happen. Without them, much of what we do would not be possible,” Munson said. “We invite everyone to join in this important cause to preserve history.”

Volunteers have made over one billion historic records searchable online since FamilySearch introduced online indexing in 2006. The demand for volunteers continues to grow as millions of historical records worldwide are added online every year and as more people take interest in making personal family discoveries.

To join over 100,000 teammates in saving the world’s records, visit familysearch.org/worldsrecords.

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. It is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries.

Association of Professional Genealogists Names Annette Burke Lyttle Coordinator for 2017 Professional Management Conference


Lyttle Brings Broad Event-Planning Expertise to Premiere Professional Genealogy Event


WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 11 July 2015—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today announced the appointment of Annette Burke Lyttle as coordinator for the 2017 Professional Management Conference (PMC). Lyttle of The Villages, Florida, brings lengthy experience in logistics and event management to the conference.

Annette Burke Lyttle

As PMC Coordinator, Lyttle will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the annual conference, which offers topics relevant to genealogy professionals and those interested in the profession. Her career began in logistics management in the U.S. Army, after which she moved on to positions in corporate, higher education, small business, and volunteer work. She holds an M.A. in English language and literature and a B.A. in journalism. She is the owner of Heritage Detective, LLC, and currently serves on the committee for APG’s 2016 PMC, which will take place 22–24 September, 2016 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

“APG’s PMC is unique in its focus on professional genealogy. It addresses the challenges faced by professionals, with lectures and workshops that help genealogists grow their businesses,” said Lyttle. “I look forward to working with the APG team to continue to offer an exciting program with learning and networking opportunities.”

“We are excited to have Annette Burke Lyttle join the APG team as PMC Coordinator,” said APG President Billie Stone Fogarty. “Her experience and skills will be a wonderful asset to planning and implementing the 2017 PMC.”

About APG PMC 2016 and 2017

The 18th annual APG PMC will be held in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 22—24 September 2016, in Fort Wayne. Indiana. Register today at https://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html. Join the APG PMC discussion on our Facebook or LinkedIn sites, or on Twitter using hashtag #APGen. Planning for the 2017 APG PMC is in its early stages.

About the Association of Professional Genealogists

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

War-Memorial.co.uk launches online

War-Memorial.co.uk, the brand new website dedicated to Photographing, Transcribing and preserving war memorial records for the future, has just launched online providing a unique service that allows the researcher to find their ancestor using the largest collection of combined War Memorial records and images currently available anywhere.

This project is based on Mark Herber’s growing collection of war memorial photographs and personally checked transcriptions. It honours those men and women, who died or served our country in military conflict over the years and it already features over 20,000 detailed photographs of more than 1,200 memorials, commemorating over 270,000 people, with their names (and the memorial’s information about them) transcribed and indexed.

With regular additions of photographs, names and information to War-Memorial.co.uk expected as the months go by, War-Memorial.co.uk is the place to find your ancestors immortalised on the country’s war memorials.

Details that can be found in these memorial records include:

  • Name
  • Regiment, unit or ship
  • War or date of death
  • Rank and medals
  • Photograph of the War Memorial from multiple angles and zooms

War-Memorial.co.uk’s collection includes a very large number of records from the Boer War of 1899-1902 and WW1 and WW2, but it also includes memorials from as early as the 17th century up to very recent conflicts such as Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. Soldiers, sailors, aircrew and civilians are all featured – and not just those who died. Many men and women who served but survived also appear in the records.

Using the sophisticated search technology and just basic details you can locate full information on War Memorials on which men and women are commemorated, find more details about them (such as their regiments, ships, ranks and medals), discover the location of the War Memorial and see images of the memorial itself and a close up view of the name of your ancestor!

War-Memorial.co.uk is offering some great value options to suit every pocket starting at £5 for a month’s access, £9.95 quarterly, or take out a great value annual subscription at only £29.95.

With regular additions of photographs, names and information to War-Memorial.co.uk expected as the months go by. War-Memorial.co.uk is the place to find your ancestors imortalised on the country’s war memorials.

For further information contact: war.memorials@yahoo.com

Example of finding your ancestor in the records

Here we find the unusual records of a Thomas Ambrose, who was killed in 1916 by a bomb from a German airship flying over Sudbury. The transcribed record details how he died and where he is commemorated, as shown below:

Each transcript brings up details of the memorial with overview images of the entire memorial so you can find your ancestor using just their name, locate their memorial and add the images and information to your family history records, or even plan your visit!

Over 8.7 million US immigration & travel records available to search this Findmypast Friday

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of two brand US collections that will help you learn more about your immigrant ancestors.

United States Naturalization Petitions contains more than 7.8 million records spanning the years 1905 to 1950. The collection currently covers four states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania, and allows you to discover when and where your immigrant ancestor was born, how old they were when they first crossed the Atlantic and their port of entry. Images of the original documents may even include a photograph of your ancestor.

The United States government began to regulate the naturalization process, including the forms and courts authorized, in September 1906 with the formation of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (later known as the Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS)). The changes that followed included more information being taken from applicants during the naturalization process as forms required applicants to record their occupation, birth date, and names of spouse and children.

Discover when, where, and why your ancestors travelled with over 800,000 US Passport Application records. Applications may also include a physical description, your ancestor’s occupation, residence, naturalization details, the name of their spouse, date of birth and place of birth. Most applications are one to two pages in length and, from 21 December 1914 onward, photographs of applicants are also included.

The collection has been compiled from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) collection M1490. Images of the original documents are included and may reveal additional details of your ancestor’s citizenship, such as when and from where they immigrated, by what means they arrived in the United States, and when they were naturalized. For those born in the United States, you may learn details of their fathers’ naturalization such as their full name, birthplace, and date and place of emigration. Additional details were also recorded such as the applicant’s eye color as well as descriptions of their mouth, nose, forehead, chin, complexion, face, and hair color.

Earlier passport applications, from 1795 for example contain fewer details. However, they would still include name, age, and physical description.

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.

SLIG 2017 Scholarship Winner Announced

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) is pleased to announce Paula Furick as the winner of the Jimmy B. Parker Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy scholarship for 2017. Hosted by the Utah Genealogical Association, SLIG provides a week-long, in-depth learning experience for intermediate to advanced genealogists.

Paula Furick, SLIG 2017 Scholarship Winner
Paula Furick, SLIG 2017 Scholarship Winner

Many candidates submit applications for this scholarship annually. Their submissions include an essay, biographical information, and a letter of recommendation. Of the applications received this year, Ms. Furick’s was determined to most exemplify the culture of giving back to the genealogical community as demonstrated by the late Jimmy B. Parker.

Ms. Furick actively volunteers for a wide range of organizations engaged in advancing genealogical research. Her volunteer work has included providing services for both local and state DAR organizations, developing resources, volunteering at educational events, participating in informational forums, and volunteering at a branch of the local library. She has also indexed and categorized records for genealogical projects and assisted others with their genealogical research.

Ms. Furick will be attending the course entitled “Advanced Genealogical Methods” at SLIG 2017. She plans to use the knowledge she gains to continue her volunteer work and expand her teaching skills in the genealogical community. More information about SLIG may be found at slig.ugagenealogy.org.

FEEGHS 2016 – Eastern European Family History Conference, 8-12 August 2016

FEEGHS 2016 - Eastern European Family History Conference, 8-12 August 2016

Perhaps the best-kept secret in Salt Lake City is a small, personalized conference on how to do research on Eastern European ancestors. Hosted annually by the Foundation for East European Family History Studies (FEEFHS), the conference is a bit more like a workshop – with intentionally small class sizes to allow sufficient attention to individual questions and needs. The 2016 conference will be held 8 -12 August 2016 at the Plaza Hotel in Salt Lake City.

This year’s program is country-research-rich, with a full 3-day track on German research, and extended Polish, Russian, and Austro-Hungarian research tracks. Class instruction levels include getting started research in a specific east European country (assuming a foundational knowledge of genealogical research), as well as more in-depth topics and unique record sources for advanced researchers. Optional consultations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The 2016 program opens with a welcome reception on Tuesday evening and ends with a banquet on Friday evening, with research time available on other evenings and Saturday at the nearby Family History Library. Two pre-conference workshops will be offered: “Finding the Village of Origin,” which helps participants determine the name of the village their ancestor was born in/came from; and “Learning Cyrillic,” which prepares participants to read records written in Cyrillic Script.

Full information may be found at feefhsworkshop.org, with organizational information at FEEFHS.org.

Jay Verkler Appointed Interim CEO at Findmypast

Former CEO of FamilySearch, Jay Verkler, takes over from Annelies van den Belt as interim CEO of Findmypast

London, Tuesday, July 5th 2016

Jay Verkler, former CEO of FamilySearch, has been appointed as interim CEO of Findmypast. He takes over from Annelies van den Belt who has stepped down after three years.

In a decade as CEO of FamilySearch, Jay pioneered the digital transformation of the world’s largest genealogical organisation. He oversaw the shift from vast paper and microfilm record stores to accessible digital archives. He broadened the audience for family history by developing partnerships with genealogy and technology companies, societies and archives across the world. Since leaving FamilySearch, he has been a consultant on strategy, product and technology for many organisations.

Welcoming Jay Verkler, Richard Hall, chairman of Findmypast, said: “I am delighted that Jay is going to head up Findmypast for the next six months. He has the industry knowledge and the entrepreneurial experience to drive the business forward. One of our key markets is the US and Jay has the experience and knowledge to help us to continue to expand Findmypast’s growth in America.”

Jay Verkler said: “I am excited about the opportunity to lead Findmypast. I have worked with the organisation over the years as a partner and advisor and am excited to work with talented team in a real determination to develop the business. There is great opportunity to build on existing partnerships and to establish new ones across the globe.”

About JAY L. VERKLER

Mr. Verkler currently advises and consults with executive teams in disciplines ranging from consumer services to enterprise information technologies.

Verkler recently completed a decade tenure as President and CEO of FamilySearch International, the genealogical effort of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‐day Saints. During his time as CEO, Mr. Verkler led the organization’s move to digital and online offerings and developed a more advanced and collaborative genealogy industry and community.

He previously served in executive positions within variouse Silicon Valley companies including Oracle Corporation, inCommon Inc., TIBCO Software, Vitria Technology, and Sales.com.

Mr. Verkler studied electrical engineering, computer science and chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as Japanese and Asian studies at Harvard University.

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.

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree


Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree


World’s largest and most accurate collaborative family tree now enhanced with three major DNA test types, and new integration with Family Tree DNA

BURBANK, California and HOUSTON, Texas, June 30, 2016Geni, home of the World Family Tree, announced today the addition of DNA test results into the family tree, and a new product integration with its partner Family Tree DNA. This move will improve the accuracy of the World Family Tree and provide new insights for millions of people interested in their family history.

DNA will enhance the World Family Tree by separating fact from fiction: it will help people confirm family relationships and will highlight situations where the documented genealogy does not match the biological evidence presented by DNA. DNA results will also be used for matching, in order to discover previously unknown relatives. Geni’s World Family Tree will then allow users to establish and visualize the precise family tree connection with relatives found by DNA matching.

Users can add three types of DNA tests to Geni’s World Family Tree: Y-DNA (from the Y chromosome, which is passed down from father to son), mtDNA (mitochondrial DNA, which is passed down from a mother to her children), and autosomal DNA (from all ancestors, pertinent for matching within the last five generations). DNA results can be automatically inferred by Geni from relatives across the family tree; by having a small percentage of the Geni users tested, a great deal of information on the World Family Tree can be verified.

The integration with Family Tree DNA is authenticated and secure, allowing one-click transfer of DNA results from Family Tree DNA to Geni, by users who wish to do so. Currently, this is available to users who have tested their own DNA on Family Tree DNA, and who have a profile on Geni. Only marker data of Y-DNA and mtDNA tests is transferred. There is no manual entry of DNA information, preventing human error.

In addition, Geni has used public online information from Ysearch and Mitosearch — public services operated by Family Tree DNA, for uploading and comparing Y-DNA and mtDNA submitted voluntarily by test takers from various services. Geni has loaded this public data, and its team of curators has merged the data into the World Family Tree. As a result, Geni celebrates its DNA launch with DNA data points on more than 228,000 people, making it the most DNA-rich collaborative family tree in the world, from day one.

Access to all DNA features on Geni is free. Users’ privacy is strictly maintained, and DNA raw data or marker information is never displayed on Geni. Additional settings allow users to control every aspect of the way Geni handles their DNA information.

Users who have not had their DNA tested, or want to take a higher resolution DNA test, can purchase discounted DNA tests powered by Family Tree DNA, on Geni’s DNA Tests page.

“This partnership and integration greatly increases the value of DNA for genealogy,” said Family Tree DNA founder and CEO, Bennett Greenspan. “It’s great to work with Geni and its parent company MyHeritage. DNA and family trees complement each other and come together perfectly on the World Family Tree.”

Mike Stangel, General Manager of Geni, said: “Adding DNA to the World Family Tree increases its accuracy and strengthens its position as the de facto resource that shows how everyone is related to everyone else. We are very happy to take our partnership with Family Tree DNA to the next level. Stay tuned for more great DNA features coming up soon on Geni.”

Information on linking Geni accounts to Family Tree DNA and uploading DNA results to Geni is available here: http://www.geni.com/dna-tests/faq.

About Geni

Geni.com is the leader in collaborative family history. As home of the World Family Tree, with more than 100 million profiles, Geni is creating the largest and highest quality single family tree of the world. Millions of users collaborate to improve the tree daily, in a Wikipedia-like model, aided by a team of 200 volunteer curators. Geni is owned and operated by MyHeritage and is based in Burbank, California. Visit www.geni.com.

About Family Tree DNA

Founded in 2000, Family Tree DNA is the genetic genealogy division of Gene by Gene, Ltd. Family Tree DNA pioneered the use of DNA testing for genealogy and has the most comprehensive array of DNA tests in the field, including Y-Chromosome, Mitochondrial DNA and Autosomal DNA. All tests are processed in its own state-of-the-art laboratory headquartered in Houston, Texas, and are available at www.FamilyTreeDNA.com. For more information, please contact media@familytreedna.com.

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

Over 8.7 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including the 1911 Canada census, over 1.4 million new additions to our collection of British Army Service records and brand new WW1 Royal Air Force gallantry awards.

The 1911 Canada census was started on June 1st 1911. The total population count was recorded as 7,206,643, an increase of 34% over the 1901 Census count of 5,371,315. All ten provinces and two territories (Yukon Territory and Northwest Territories) are represented in these records. The collection consists of more than 6.9 million transcripts that allow you to discover your ancestor’s residence, birth place, birth year, marital status and more. Images are available online at the Library and Archives Canada web site.


Over 1.4 million records released in association with The National Archives have been added to our collection of British Army Service records to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The collection now includes the records of officers who served during World War 1 and men who served with the famous household cavalry between 1801 and 1919.

Containing roughly 7.8 million records, Findmypast’s British Army service records is one of the most significant British Army collections available online. The collection includes a myriad of Army forms including attestation papers, medical forms, discharge documents, pension claims, and proceedings of regimental boards. The latest National Archives series to be added to the collection include:

WO 76 – Regimental records of officers’ services 1775-1914 – a collection of service records pertaining solely to officers.

WO 400 – The Household Cavalry 1801-1919 – The Household Cavalry is one of the oldest and most senior units in the British Army, dating back to 1600, and are the Queen’s official bodyguards. These regimental records will provide you with your ancestor’s service history.

WO 22 – Royal Hospital Chelsea: returns of payment of Army and other pensions 1842-1883 -documents related to pensions paid by the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

WO 23 – Royal Hospital Chelsea: admission books, registers, and papers 1702-1876 – a collection of superannuation books created to administer pensions payable by the commissioners of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, to both in-pensioners and out-pensioners.

WO 339 – Officers’ services, First World War, regular army and emergency reserve officers – transcripts created from records and correspondences related to officers in the regular army and the emergency reserve during the First World War.

WO 374 – Officers’ services, First World War, personal files – an index of men who served as officers in the British Army during the First World War.

Royal Air Force, Gallantry Awards 1914-1919 contains over 274,000 records of RAF servicemen who were awarded gallantry medals during World War 1. Awards for gallantry were given to those who displayed acts of exceptional bravery and were often announced in the London Gazette, the official newspaper of the British government.

Each records includes a transcript created by Graham Clitheroe using information found in the archives and the London Gazette. The detail in each record can vary, but most will include your ancestor’s name, residence rank, award and Gazette date. The Royal Flying Corps (RFC) was the first air branch of the British Army. The Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) was the air arm of the Royal Navy. On 1 April 1918, the two forces were amalgamated and the RAF was created.

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.