Month: August 2016

FamilySearch celebrates the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ 40-year anniversary​

Salt Lake City, UT and Springfield, IL, (31 August 2016)—As the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ (FGS) annual conference opens today in Springfield, Illinois, the nonprofit organization is also celebrating its 40th anniversary. FamilySearch International thanks and recognizes FGS for its significant contribution to the family history community and celebrates the success of its major joint projects over the decades and the ways those projects help people seeking their ancestors.

Federation Genealogical Societies president, D. Joshua Taylor, remarked, “In the past 40 years, the Federation has enjoyed a number of partnerships throughout the genealogical community. We look forward to continuing to serve the needs of genealogical societies and are committed to ensuring the preservation and access to records for generations to come.”

First, the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database (CWSS), a successful project that began in 1990 and was completed in 1997, was a joint project sponsored by the National Park Service (NPS) in cooperation with FGS, the National Archives and Records Administration, the Civil War Trust, and FamilySearch International. This searchable online database of participants in the Civil War has about 6.5 million entries.

Preserve the Pensions is an ongoing joint effort to create a digital index of pensions belonging to veterans of the War of 1812. The project aims to digitize 7.2 million historic records that are quickly deteriorating and will be available online for free when the project is complete. Preserve the Pensions relies on donations to fund it, with a generous contribution from Ancestry.com to match every dollar donated. FamilySearch International made the first substantial contribution to the project to help initiate the digitization of the pension records.

The most recent joint project is an ongoing effort to create an online index of participants in the Mexican-American War (1846–1848). This indexing project will involve about 130,000 entries. This project is in conjunction with the National Park Service, specifically, the Palo Alto Battlefield Historic Park located in Brownsville, Texas.

The success of each of these great initiatives is made possible because of FGS’s ability to organize the needed online volunteers and industry resources. When the broader genealogical community works together like that, marvelous things happen,” said David Rencher, FamilySearch International Chief Genealogy Officer.

New FamilySearch Pressroom

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (29 August 2016)–The FamilySearch.org pressroom (media.familysearch.org) has had a facelift, overhaul, and well, let’s just say an overall upgrade! Please bookmark it or subscribe! It is newly designed for those who want to receive or keep track of the latest FamilySearch news. We believe it will also be a good source to monitor interesting news and select online content from industry blogs and mainstream news outlets that pertain to the fascinating, growing marketplace of family history. We encourage you to use the Subscribe to News feature to receive notifications of FamilySearch news announcements or subscribe through RSS feeds or visit us often. All news content and articles are easily shareable.

What you will find on the new FamilySearch pressroom:

  • News releases
  • Weekly collections updates
  • Feature articles
  • Industry blog posts
  • Industry content in mainstream news media
  • Updated company facts
  • Media library
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Weekly Collections Updates provide a quick overview of all the new historical record content published by FamilySearch.org in the past week.

The Features section will occasionally take a deeper dive into relevant family history industry topics.
Check out the “World of a Genealogy Giant” feature. It is an intimate interview with FamilySearch’s own Robert Kehrer, senior product manager for FamilySearch.org’s search engine.

The Company Facts page provides a quick, up-to-date snapshot of FamilySearch’s worldwide operations. Do you need approved photos to support your FamilySearch or family history-related stories? Explore the new Media Library for downloadable photos.

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Thank you for supporting FamilySearch. We look forward to serving your FamilySearch interests and the family history industry through our new pressroom.

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

New Program Announced: Honoring World War II Service Together

New Program Announced: Honoring World War II Service Together

WORLD WAR II RESEARCH AND WRITING CENTER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Publication Date: 29 August 2016
Contact: Jennifer Holik
info@wwiirwc.com
http://wwiirwc.com

The World War II Research and Writing Center is pleased to announce a new educational program, Honoring World War II Service Together. Over the next several months, we will be providing resources to help Americans connect with researchers overseas, and resources to help overseas researchers connect with Americans.

Program Goals

  • To provide education and resources for research on World War II soldiers and civilians to researchers. 
  • To help people discover, write, and preserve the stories of Americans involved in World War II.
  • To help American researchers work with European researchers and foundations to preserve the history of our soldiers and civilians.
  • To help foundations and researchers in Europe, work with American researchers, museums, and organizations to preserve the history of service men and women who liberated their countries.
  • To help organizations develop memorial programs and projects to preserve the history and stories of Americans who took part in the war effort.

Who is Our Audience?

  • Families of World War II service men and women and civilian employees.
  • European grave adopters.
  • World War II researchers, historians, and authors.
  • Organizations and groups wishing to create memorial projects.
  • Genealogists.
  • WWII Reunion groups.
  • WWII tour guides.

How We Will Accomplish Our Goals

The World War II Research and Writing Center will provide resources and education to help researchers through a variety of sources.

  • Provide Research and Writing Services (see services)
  • Articles on records research across all branches of the military.
  • Articles on genealogy research.
  • Introduce readers to foundations, organizations, museums, and groups around the world with the goal of preserving our service men and women’s histories and memories.
  • Interviews with researchers and authors.
  • Educational videos.
  • Facebook Live videos.
  • Discussions and Q&A on Social Media.
  • Research books and guides.
  • Educational courses.
  • Live appearances in the U.S. and Europe (see programs available in the U.S. and Europe)

Would you like to learn more?

I am giving two World War II research talks at the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference this week in Springfield, IL. I will be at AncestorStuff’s Table with a limited number of research books for sale, and answering research questions at the conference. Come say hello on:

  • Thursday 10:00 – noon and 2:00-5:00
  • Friday 9:00 – 11:30
  • Saturday 9:00 – 11:30

We hope the resources we provide will help expand your World War II soldier or civilian research so you can preserve their memory.

New Records Available to Search This Findmypast Friday

Over 7.5 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including;

United States Marriages

Over 4 million new records have just been added to our collection of United States Marriage records including substantial new additions from New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Arkansas. Released in partnership with FamilySearch international, these latest additions mark the second phase of efforts to create the single largest online collection of U.S. marriage records in history. Covering 360 years of marriages from 1650-2010, when complete this landmark collection will contain at least 100 million records and more than 450 million names from 2,800 counties across America. The records include transcripts and images of the original documents that list marriage date, the names of the bride and groom, birthplace, birth date, age, residence as well as fathers’ and mothers’ names.


Victoria Coastal Passenger lists contains over 3.2 million records taken from the Public Record Office Victoria series VPRS 944 Inward Passenger Lists (Australian Ports). The collection includes records of both those travelling from overseas and those travelling locally (from coast to coast) and can provide a missing link in your ancestor’s journey if you’ve been unable to find out how they arrived at their known Australian residence. Each result contains a transcript and an image of the original document. Transcripts will generally reveal your ancestors name, marital status, occupation, birth year and details of their voyage including their date of departure, date of arrival, port of departure and port of arrival.

Britain, Enemy Aliens and Internees, First and Second World Wars contains over 139,000 records of foreign born men and women who were investigated and interned in camps across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth during the First and Second World Wars. Released in association with The National Archives, the records are comprised of enemy alien index cards from the Home Office, nominal rolls, correspondence, Prison Commission records and much more. They include people from Germany, Italy, Japan, Austria, Finland, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania, and range from individual index cards recording a person’s movements and background to nominal rolls of camp inmates.

Browse the collection by conflict, series, or piece. A list of all series included in the collection is available at the bottom of the search page.

Britain, Children’s Employment Commission Part 2, 1842 is an illuminating social document about the state of child workers in the nineteenth century. It was created by the Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the condition and treatment of child workers. Sub-commissioners travelled across Great Britain and Ireland interviewing children and young adults, as well as parents, adult employees, educators, medical professionals, and clergymen. These documents are presented in a Portable Document Format (PDF). You can search the documents by name or keyword, or you can read the entire commission from beginning to end.

Did your ancestor work in a factory as a child? Read through this fascinating account, which offers insight into the daily working conditions for children in the early nineteenth century. If you discover your ancestor’s name within the document, your ancestor most likely owned a factory or was employed in a factory.

9,2647 images from 20 assorted publications have been added in our latest update. The articles, photos, and maps found within PERSI can help flush out the historical context of your family history research.

About Findmypast

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online genealogy. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field of family history and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Mocavo, Genes Reunited, The British Newspaper Archive amongst others.

Findmypast grant free access to entire Australian collection to celebrate the release of new passenger lists


Victoria Coastal Passenger Lists provide a fascinating snapshot of life during the Australian Gold rushes and beyond

Findmypast has today announced its largest release of Australian records to date, giving first-time online access to records from one of Australian history’s most exciting periods, the Gold Rush. Released in partnership with FamilySearch and Public Record Office Victoria (PROV), the 3.3 million records consist of Victoria Coastal Passenger Lists spanning 1852 to 1924 and can only be found on findmypast.com.au.

In the early 1850s, a number of significant gold discoveries were reported in Australia, sparking a mass wave of migration from around the country and internationally, as men, women and children uprooted their lives to travel to Victoria to make their fortune. The population of Australia exploded; in 1852 alone, 370,000 immigrants arrived in Australia, and 1.7million people had made the journey by 1871.

Daniel Wilksch, Digital Projects Coordinator at Public Record Office Victoria says “These records document the passenger lists for ships entering and leaving Victoria from the mid nineteenth century until the early twenties, providing a vital missing piece of the puzzle for anyone wanting to track their ancestors’ movements into and around Australia during this particularly fascinating time in the country’s history. We are delighted to be part of making these records more accessible to the public.”

The new records reveal that the average passenger arriving into Australia via a long and treacherous journey by sea was 30 years of age, and the most active ports were Melbourne, London, Sydney, Marseille (France), Cape Town (South Africa) and Colombo (Sri Lanka). The top occupation noted in the 1850s was some form of ‘gold miner’ or ‘gold seeker’ whilst ‘tourist’ was most popular in the 1920s.The variance in occupations during these periods reflects the mass migration caused by the gold rush, and in 1852 there are eight times as many men than women listed as passengers. This correlates with the knowledge that a number of men abandoned their families in their search for gold, leading to a spike in crime and vagrancy among the wives and children left behind, evidence of which can be found in the Victoria Prison Registers, also available on findmypast.com.au

Other records available on findmypast also shine a light on some of the amazing success stories from the rush, including the 1869 discovery in Victoria of the ‘Welcome Stranger’, the biggest alluvial nugget ever found. The ‘Welcome Stranger’ weighed in at a whopping 97kg and would have been worth AUD $4,934,858 in today’s money. Records available on findmypast.com.au contain the birth, marriage and death details of Richard Oates and John Deason who discovered the nugget, allowing us to know that Oates returned to England to marry, but emigrated back to Australia and eventually died on his 800 acre farm in Marong in 1906. Deason made some poor investments in gold mining and died a storekeeper in Moliagul in 1915.

Vicki Dawson, Country Manager at findmypast.com.au says “These 3.3 million new records will be added to findmypast.com.au’s existing database of over 8 billion records, from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland and the US. Findmypast.com.au has all the technology in place to allow you to begin your fantastic genealogical journey from the second you enter our website with straightforward templates to allow you to start building a family tree.”

From August 26 to 29 findmypast.com.au are giving FREE access to their entire collection of Australian records – including the newly released Victorian coastal passenger lists to help Australians to connect with their family both past and present.

About Findmypast.com.au

Findmypast.com.au is the sister-site to leading UK family history website findmypast.co.uk, which launched in April 2003. It was the first website in the world to publish the UK’s England & Wales birth, marriage and death records online in 2003 and has since published hundreds of millions of family history records online to customers around the world. Findmypast owns and operates a number of other leading family history websites including GenesReunited, they have years of experience in operating family history websites that help make your family history easier, and managing hundreds of millions of records online.

findmypast.co.uk works in partnership with all the leading experts in UK family history, including The National Archives of the United Kingdom on pioneering projects such as the 1911 census for England & Wales, outbound UK passenger lists and British Army pension records; the Federation of Family History Societies on parish records dating back to 1538; and the Society of Genealogists on special collections.

http://www.findmypast.com.au

About PROV

Public Record Office Victoria is the archives of the State Government of Victoria. We hold approximately 100kms of records from the mid 1830s to today, which we manage for use by the Government and people of Victoria.
The Collection includes memories of events and decisions great and small that have shaped the history of the Colony and State of Victoria, as well as records of immigration and shipping, criminal trials and prisons, premiers and governors, royal commissions, boards of inquiry, wills and probates and more. Visit prov.vic.gov.au for more information.

www.prov.vic.gov.au

Findmypast Releases ‘Britain, Enemy Aliens and Internees, First and Second World Wars’ Collection

  • Over 139,000 records of “enemy aliens” who were investigated or interned by the authorities during both world wars available to search online
  • Collection reveals the stories of thousands of WW2 refugees who were interned in camps across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth

Today, 26th August 2016, over 139,000 records of foreign born men and women who were suspected of being enemy sympathisers or spies have been published online for the first time at Findmypast.
Britain, Enemy Aliens and Internees, First and Second World War, released in association with The National Archives, tells the stories of thousands of foreign nationals who were investigated and interned in camps across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth during the First and Second World Wars.

The records are comprised of enemy alien index cards from the Home Office, nominal rolls, correspondence, Prison Commission records and much more. They include people from Germany, Italy, Japan, Austria, Finland, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania, and range from individual index cards recording a person’s movements and background to nominal rolls of camp inmates.

Enemy aliens are natives of a belligerent country. At times of war and conflict, natives of such countries living within the United Kingdom were considered a threat to national security as potential sympathisers or spies for those countries. Foreign nationals were investigated and, in some cases, interned.

While a number were genuine sympathisers, many were entirely innocent and had even fled persecution in their native country as refugees. These circumstances are sometimes noted in the records.

Enemy Aliens

While the collection covers both World Wars, the bulk of the records come from the Second World War. When war broke out, foreign nationals were categorised by the Home Office and investigated by tribunals to determine the threat they posed to national security. Category ‘A’ meant an immediate threat and the need for internment, category ‘B’ were individuals who were not initially detained but were given certain restrictions on travel and ownership, and category ‘C’ were those who were identified as refugees as well as native women who were considered enemy aliens based off their marriage. As the war continued and more countries joined, the list of enemy aliens and those chosen for internment grew.

A number of those spared internment were allowed to serve in the British Armed Forces. The Pioneer Corps was the only British unit that enemy aliens could serve in early in the war, and many thousands of Germans and Austrians joined to assist the Allied war efforts and liberation of their home countries. These were mainly Jews and political opponents of the Nazi Regime who had fled to Britain while it was still possible and were often dubbed “The King’s Most Loyal Enemy Aliens”. Many later moved on to serve in fighting units while some were recruited by Special Operations Executive (S.O.E.) as secret agents. They were instructed to choose an “English” name using their old initials as there was a high probability they would have been executed as traitors by the Germans if captured.

Many of these men appear in the records.

The number of German-born Jews joining the British forces was exceptionally high, with one in seven Jewish refugees joining the British forces by the end of the war.

Life in the camps

Internment camps were located all over the United Kingdom, but the largest settlement of camps during both wars was on the Isle of Man. Internees could also be deported to other nations within the Commonwealth, notably Australia and Canada, a practice that was eventually scrapped due to high casualties resulting from enemy attacks on transport ships, such as the sinking of the SS Arandora Star in July 1940. The Arandora Star was torpedoed while transporting Italian and German aliens to North America and 743 men, women and children were killed, including prisoners, crew and guards.

Those arrested were taken away from their families, and weren’t told where they were going or for how long. At the beginning of the war, internees were sent to transit or temporary camps, held in derelict mills, warehouses, or even vacant lots surrounded by barbed wire. Larger camps were created on the Isle of Man at Mooragh, Peveril, Rushen, Onchan, Central, Palace, Metropole, and Hutchinson.

At its maximum capacity, Rushen Camp held about 3,500 internees and female internees, organised classes for painters, dressmakers, sculptors, and typists, and even spent time on the beach. Hutchinson Camp on Douglas, was particularly noted as “the artists’ camp” due to the thriving artistic and intellectual life of its inhabitants. Internees took positions within the camp such as ordinary’s kitchen staff and teachers, were permitted to apply to work outside of the camp, competed in an inter-camp football league, hosted art exhibits, formed a camp orchestra, produced a camp newspaper and staged theatre productions.

Not all camps were as accommodating and life in internment was far from easy. People of different classes, nationalities, and political sympathies were mixed and a single camp could collectively house Germans, Austrians, Italians, Finnish, Japanese, Bulgarians, and Hungarians, as well as Jewish refugees and Nazi sympathisers.

Included in the records are:

  • The records of thousands of political and Jewish refugees who fled persecution in Nazi Germany.
  • Sir Kenneth Hugo Adam, OBE (born Klaus Hugo Adam; 5 February 1921 – 10 March 2016). The British movie production designer, best known for his set designs for the James Bond films of the 1960s and 1970 and well as for Dr. Strangelove was born in Berlin and relocated to England with his Jewish family at the age of 13 soon after the Nazis came to power. Adam’s was allowed to join the pioneer corps and went on to become one of only three German-born pilots in the British Royal Air Force during the war.
  • German artist, Kurt Schwitters, most famous for his collages, called Merz Pictures. Schwitters worked in several genres and media, including Dada, Constructivism, Surrealism, poetry, sound, painting, sculpture, graphic design, typography, and what came to be known as installation art and displayed his work at various exhibits at Hutchinson Camp.
  • Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits, Baron Jakobovits – the Chief Rabbi of Great Britain (1966- 1991). Jakobovits and his family fled Berlin in 1938 and were not interned during the war.
  • Fritz Beckhardt – a German Jewish fighter ace in World War I. The Nazis later expunged him from Luftwaffe history because his valorous war record of 17 aerial victories belied their assertions that Jews were inherently cowardly. After a brief internment on the Isle of Man, Beckhardts was reunited with his two children who had been brought to England by the “Kindertransport” Organizations.
  • Claus Adolf Moser, Baron Moser, KCB, CBE – a British statistician who made major contributions in both academia and the Civil Service. Despite being Jewish, in 1940, he was interned as an enemy alien in Huyton Camp.
  • Anna Freud – daughter of Sigmund and also a psychoanalyst. Fled persecution by the Nazis in Austria in June 1938 and took refuge in the UK.
  • Anton Walter Freud – a chemical engineer, member of the Royal Pioneer Corps and the British Special Operations Executive. He was a grandson of Sigmund Freud and escaped with him and other family members from Vienna after the Anschluss.
  • Emil Julius Klaus Fuchs – a German theoretical physicist and atomic spy who, in 1950, was convicted of supplying information from the American, British, and Canadian Manhattan Project to the Soviet Union during and shortly after the Second World War. Fuchs was sent to an internment camp in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, where he joined a communist discussion group.
  • Rudolf Olden- – a German lawyer and journalist in the Weimar period who was a vocal opponent of the Nazis, a fierce advocate of human rights and one of the first to alert the world to the treatment of Jews by the Nazis in 1934. Despite his actions, Olden was interned on the Isle of Man.
  • Frank Berni and Aldo Berni – Italian-born brothers who went on to establish the Berni Inn restaurant chain

Paul Nixon, military expert at Findmypast, says: “These newly released records offer a fascinating glimpse into a little-understood aspect of Britain at war; from the foreign nationals interned during the First World War (despite having sons serving in the British Army), to the Cracow-born BBC announcer and German nun registered as enemy aliens in 1939.

Roger Kershaw, Migration Records Specialist at The National Archives says: ‘this collection reflects the real threats posed by war, when invasion fears were heightened. The records include British-born women who were considered as enemy aliens on the basis of their marriage yet who may have never left the British Isles.

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

In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitised records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States.

About The National Archives

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

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

A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois Released at The In-Depth Genealogist

A Genealogist's Guide to Springfield, Illinois Released at The In-Depth Genealogist
The third in a series of guides to popular research destinations

The In-Depth Genealogist is pleased to present their newest book in the research series by writer, Jane Gwynn Haldeman entitled A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois. The guide describes little known, and well known, research facilities in Springfield, Illinois in addition to leisure and family activities.

These guides are designed as a resource for genealogists when traveling away from home. Included are maps, dining options near research facilities, places to see or visit, in addition to information on archives, libraries, and research facilities. It is a convenient pocket sized, 5” x 8”, so it will easily fit in your bag or jacket.

A Genealogist’s Guide to Springfield, Illinois is available now as a PDF download ($4.99) from The In-Depth Genealogist Store (http://theindepthgenealogist.com/shop-idg/idg-products/). Subscribers to the website receive a 10% discount on purchase of the book. The paperback version ($9.99) is slated for release August 25, 2016.

Jane Haldeman is a professional speaker and owner of It’s Relative with more than 20 years of research experience. The Chicago area-based genealogist lectures on a wide range of topics both locally and at national conferences. She enjoys speaking about topics including family history technology and genealogy research methodology. Jane has been very active with the genealogical community in Illinois. She was President, Illinois State Genealogical Society; President, Fox Valley Genealogical Society; Registrar, Fort Payne Chapter NSDAR; and Registration Chair, Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 Conference in Springfield, IL. Jane can be contacted through her website It’s Relative (http://www.itsrelative.net/) or genealogy@mindsafire.com .

Board for Certification of Genealogists Welcomes Five Trustees – Three New and Two Re-Elected

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2016

BOARD FOR CERTIFICATION OF GENEALOGISTS WELCOMES FIVE TRUSTEES – THREE NEW AND TWO RE-ELECTED

Returning for another three-year term as trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists are:

  • Laurel T. Baty, CG, of Columbia, Maryland. She has been certified since 2012, specializes in Southern research, serves as the BCG’s ACTION list administrator, and is currently a mentor for ProGen 27.
  • Michael Grant Hait Jr., CG, of Harrington, Delaware. He has been certified since 2011, is a full-time genealogy researcher, author, and lecturer, and is Co-Founder of the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research.

Joining them are three newly elected trustees:

  • LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, CG, of Washington, D.C. She has been board-certified since 2015, teaches and lectures on African-American genealogy, and serves as the co-chair of BCG’s Intellectual Property Committee.
  • Patricia Lee Hobbs, CG, of Clever, Missouri. She has been board-certified since 2014, and is a local history and genealogy reference associate at the public library in Springfield, Missouri. She serves as a trustee on the BCG Education Fund.
  • David Ouimette, CG, CGL, of Highland, Utah. He has been board-certified since 2010, and manages Content Strategy at FamilySearch, prioritizing the acquisition and online publication of worldwide records and guiding record selection for collaborative projects with Ancestry.com, Findmypast, and MyHeritage.

All 15 trustees are certified, and all serve without compensation. Five are elected by certified associates each year. The new trustees’ terms of office will begin at the end of the October 10 trustees’ meeting in Salt Lake City.

For questions or more information contact: Nicki Birch, CG, office@BCGcertification.org.

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.

Association of Professional Genealogists Unveils Details for its 2017 Professional Management Conference

Washington D.C. to Welcome Professional Genealogy’s Premiere Event

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 23 August 2016—Mark your calendars for a trip to the U.S. capital in 2017. The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) is pleased to announce that the 2017 Professional Management Conference (PMC) will be held in Washington, D.C., at the DoubleTree by Hilton Washington D.C.–Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. The conference dates are Friday, September 29, through Sunday, October 1, 2017.

The PMC is the one conference dedicated to the needs of professional genealogists and those who aspire to do professional work, whether for themselves or for others. The conference will offer three tracks over three days of classes, workshops, and panels presented by the top genealogists in the field. A welcome reception on Thursday evening, September 28, and optional purchased lunches throughout the conference will provide networking opportunities.

Come early and stay later to do research. The conference hotel is a walkable three blocks from the Pentagon City Metro stop. From there, the National Archives stop is an eight-minute ride. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the Pentagon City Metro, as well as to and from Reagan National Airport.

“We are excited to offer attendees the opportunity to gather in Washington, D.C., in 2017 not only for a wonderful conference, but also to research at the National Archives and Library of Congress, as well as the DAR Library,” said Billie Stone Fogarty, president of the Association of Professional Genealogists. “In the meantime, we are looking forward to welcoming attendees to this year’s PMC at the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.”

Registration is open for the 2016 PMC, September 22 through 24, at https://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html.


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.

National Genealogical Society Releases Research in Pennsylvania, 3rd Edition


ARLINGTON, VA, 23 August 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the publication of the newly revised and updated Research in Pennsylvania. This essential guide book introduces family historians to a wealth of historic documentation that can aid their genealogical research. Written by Kay Haviland Freilich, CGSM, CGLSM, FNGS, Research in Pennsylvania, 3rd edition, is part of the NGS Research in the States series and is available for purchase in the NGS online store in both PDF and print versions.

Many American families can trace their roots back to early Pennsylvanian immigrants, including the Dutch, Swedes, Finns, Germans, Scots-Irish, Welsh, and African Americans as well as later immigrants from Asia and Slovak countries. New to this edition is information about the Vital Records Law Senate Bill 361 (Act 110), enacted in 2011, that opened Pennsylvania’s older birth and death records to researchers for the first time. The author reviews the age restrictions that apply to those records, the transfer of the currently open records to the State Archives, online access to those open records, and the special option established for state residents.

After a concise review of the state’s history and settlement, the book delves into the types of genealogical resources that can be found both in major and lesser known archives, libraries, societies, and federal repositories. Changes in repository holdings are itemized and new repositories have been added. Research in Pennsylvania also covers other research categories, including atlases, gazetteers, and maps; business, probate, and court records; colonial enumerations and state and federal censuses; city and county directories; ethnic, religious, and military records; and much more. Additional religious organizations are included, and web sites and contact information have been updated.

Kay Haviland Freilich is a 2012 NGS Fellow and co-author of Genealogy and the Law: A Guide to Legal Sources for the Family Historian. Winner of the 2009 NGS Family History Writing Contest, she is a former president and trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, a former officer and board member of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, and a frequent speaker on Pennsylvania topics.

The Research in the States series editor Barbara Vines Little, CGSM, FNGS, FVGS, is a former NGS president and editor of the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy. Other volumes in the series include Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Research in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County. Additional states guides are planned.

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

Illinois State Genealogical Society 2016 Award Winners Announced

ISGS Awards To Be Made At FGS 2016 Conference, September 3, 2016 Honorees Include Josh Taylor of "Genealogy Roadshow"

Awards To Be Made At FGS 2016 Conference, September 3, 2016
Honorees Include Josh Taylor of “Genealogy Roadshow”


For Immediate Release
August 22, 2016


August 22, 2016 – Springfield, IL. On Saturday, September 3, 2016, eight individuals will be honored by the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) with awards for their outstanding achievements in the field of genealogy. ISGS will present the awards at the upcoming Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Annual Conference – Time Travel: Centuries of Memories – August 31–September 3, 2016 in Springfield, Illinois. The recipients include:
  • Rick Womack, of San Francisco, California and Ken Alexander, of Evanston, Illinois, will each receive the ISGS Special Recognition Award for their work indexing CDs for the Archives Indexing Project.
  • Darlene Hinkle, of Amboy, Illinois, will receive the ISGS Special Recognition Award for her work with the ISGS Newsletter, Church Records and Nomination Committees.
  • Harold Schook, of Odell, Illinois and Paul Ritter, of Pontiac, Illinois, will each receive the ISGS Community Service Award for their work in restoring the graves of Civil War veterans in Odell, Illinois.
  • David C. Bailey, of Naperville, Illinois, will receive the ISGS Community Service Award for his work documenting Civil War soldiers connected to Illinois.
  • Loretto “Lou” Dennis Szucs, of Lockport, Illinois, will receive the Volkel Medal of Honor Award for her lifetime of work for the genealogical community, including research, instruction, archiving, editing, and writing, as well as founding the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
  • D. Joshua Taylor, of New York, New York, will receive the ISGS Distinguished Service Award for his work in the genealogical community, including hosting the Genealogy Road Show on PBS, appearances on the television show Who Do You Think You Are?, as president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and as a lecturer and writer.
Dawn Carey Henry, ISGS President, notes: “Once a year ISGS takes time to recognize some of our exceptional volunteers and those who have to contributed to the genealogical community as a whole. This year is no exception. I am delighted to acknowledge and honor this year’s recipients. Thank you for your dedication to ISGS and sharing your passion for genealogy. Congratulations to each of the winners!”

© 2016, copyright Illinois State Genealogical Society

New records available to search this Findmypast Friday August 19, 2016

Over 1.5 million records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

Ireland, Outrage reports 1836-1840 consists of over 18,000 police reports filed by the Royal Irish Constabulary between 1836 and 1840. The reports were created by chief constables who were charged with writing a short summary of all incidents, crimes or disturbances that occurred within their county. These reports would then be sent to the Inspector General of the Constabulary.

The original records are held at the National Archives in London and come from the series HO 100: Ireland: Home Office correspondence on civil affairs. Each record includes both a transcript and scanned colour image of the original document. The details recorded in each report varied depending on the constable recording the event and the information available at the time of the incident. Images of the original documents contain a short description of the event or offence reported. The records also record the details of victims of crime, as well as serving members of the Royal Irish Constabulary.

Explore over 782,000 court records from London’s Old Baily, the central criminal court of England & Wales. The collection is composed of both transcripts and links to images of the original documents. The records come from Old Bailey/Central Criminal Court Proceedings 1674-1913 (197,745 criminal proceedings), which includes images for the records pertaining to the years 1834 to 1913, and Ordinary’s Accounts 1676-1772 (2,500 biographies of executed criminals at Tyburn).


ADDITIONAL RECORDS FOR EXISTING SETS

Over 208,000 records have been added to our collection of England & Wales Non-Conformist Births and Baptisms. The records list the details of baptisms conducted in non-conformist churches around the country and cover more than 50 denominations including Roman Catholics, Jews, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, members of the Society of Friends and more.

Each record includes both a transcript and image of the original document that will include a combination of your ancestor’s birth date, baptism date, baptism place, family denomination, the names of both parents and then godparent’s. Images may reveal the additional information such as the occupation of the child’s father. England & Wales Non-Conformist Births and Baptisms now contains 1,564,672 records.

Over 3,108 records have been added to our collection of England & Wales Non-Conformist Marriages.

Each result includes both a transcript and image of the original document. Transcripts will list the couple’s names, denomination, marriage place and the date of their wedding. The images of the original registers will usually include additional information such as the bride’s maiden name and the names of any witnesses. England & Wales Non-Conformist Marriages now contains 8,007 records.


Over 300,000 records have been added to our collection of England & Wales Non-Conformist Burials. The records will reveal when and where your ancestor died as well as if they followed one of the many denominations outside the Anglican Church.

Each record contains both an image and a transcript of the original register that will reveal your ancestors birth year, death year, burial place, denomination, spouse’s name and father’s name.
England & Wales Non-Conformist Burials now contains 888,641 records.

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.

Findmypast Releases 18,000 Irish Outage Reports

  • Thousands of fascinating police reports from 19th century Ireland released online
  • The reports record variety incidents, disturbances and crimes that occurred throughout Ireland
  • Records show the realities of county life in historic Ireland

Today, August 19th 2016, over 18,000 records of Irish crimes, disturbances, criminals and victims have been published online for the first time at Findmypast.

This new collection consists of thousands of outrage reports created by the Royal Irish Constabulary between 1836 and 1840. The original reports were created by chief constables who were charged with writing a short summary of all incidents, crimes or disturbances that occurred within their county. These reports would then be sent to the Inspector General of the Constabulary.

The original records are held at the National Archives in London and come from the series HO 100: Ireland: Home Office correspondence on civil affairs. The reports provide rare insights into the realities of life in historic Ireland and include descriptions of thefts, assaults, suicides, daring rescues, cases of infanticide, arson, highway robbery, and much more.

Each record includes both a transcript and scanned colour image of the original document. The details recorded in each report varied depending on the constable recording the event and the information available at the time of the incident.

Images of the original documents contain a short description of the event or offence reported. The records also record the details of victims of crime, such as William Gregg of Cavan whose house was burnt down by a disgruntled former tenant in 1840, as well as serving members of the Royal Irish Constabulary. In many cases, only the victim’s name is recorded because the offender was unknown or had not been caught.

The publication marks a further step in Findmypast’s commitment to making Irish family history more accessible. In less than 5 years, Findmypast have made over 110 million records (with 300 million names) available online for the first time.

Brian Donovan, Irish Records expert at Findmypast, said:

“Extreme poverty, sectarianism and political exclusion were features of Ireland in the 1830s, while at the same time the government tried to implement real reform measures like national education, electoral reform and the poor laws. To maintain the peace Ireland had a large professionally trained police force (the Irish Constabulary) who were fortunately required to keep good records, like these Outrage reports. These reports are a fascinating insight into this time, documenting crime and dissent across the country when few other records exist.”

The records are available to search at:
http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/ireland-outrage-reports-1836-1840

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.

PRIOR BCG Webinars Now Available at Legacy Family Tree Webinars

PRIOR BCG Webinars Now Available at Legacy Family Tree Webinars

The Board for Certification of Genealogists and Legacy Family Tree Webinars entered into a new partnership. Legacy, host of the webinar series at FamilyTreeWebinars.com, is now serving as host, producer, and publisher for future BCG webinars. Prior BCG webinars are being posted on the BCG page at Family Tree Webinars as well.

The first webinar to be hosted by Legacy was “Another Kind of Navigation: GPS for Genealogy” by Shellee Morehead, PhD, CG, , and is now available to view as a replay for free for a limited time. Previously held webinars that are now available on Legacy include:

  • “Finding Your Early 1800s US Ancestor Online” by James M. Baker, PhD, CG
  • “The Family Tapestry: Integrating Proof Arguments into the Genealogical Narrative” by Jeanne Bloom, CG
  • “Elementary My Dear Watson! Solving Your Genealogy Puzzles with Clues” by James M. Baker, PhD, CG
  • “Thinking About Becoming a Board-Certified Genealogist?” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

Access to these classes is available at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/bcg.

Held on the third Tuesday of the month at 8 pm Eastern 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 is currently open at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/bcg. Registration is free and is open to the public. Upcoming webinars include:

  • 20 September 2016 – “Finding Evidence of Kinship in Military Records” by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
  • 18 October 2016 – “Educational Preparation for Certification: May Paths to the Same Goal” by Angela Packer McGhie, CG

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

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

NGS Announces a New Course in its American Genealogical Studies Series: Branching Out

ARLINGTON, VA, 16 August 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of Branching Out, the newest online, cloud-based learning course in the American Genealogical Studies (AGS) series. Branching Out is comprised of five modules on topics designed to enhance genealogical research skills of both family historians and those interested in pursuing careers as professional genealogists.

“Cemeteries, Tombstones, and Funeral Homes” introduces the family historian to the various types of cemeteries (i.e., public and church owned), provides resources for finding cemeteries, and discusses source records including registers, deeds, plat maps, mortuary records, monument maker’s records, etc. “Religious Records” offers a comprehensive review of religious records such as baptisms, confirmations, and bar/bat mitzvahs as well as membership, business, and ministerial records. This module also delves more deeply into records of ten selected religions. “Newspaper Research” covers the basics but then expands into a discussion of ethnic language, labor, occupational, political, and religious newspapers. Students learn how to find newspapers in libraries, archives, at genealogical and historic societies, and on the internet, and how to delve into the information found in obituaries, reports of military actions, and legal announcements to advance their research. “Research in the Courthouse – Probate Records” teaches how to mine valuable information from wills, codicils, property appraisals, estate sales, and more, which researchers can find in courthouses, libraries, colleges, historic societies, and online. “Research in the Courthouse – Deeds” explores finding and analyzing various types of land records such as warranty, quitclaim, and deeds of trust as well as bills of sales, dower releases, indentures, marriage contracts, and much more.

Each module of the series contains course readings, lessons, quizzes, and assignments tailored to help you hone your skills as you increase your proficiency in reading, transcribing, deciphering, and citing numerous genealogical documents.

AGS series is designed to systemically help those interested in delving deeper into their roots and build on their genealogical research knowledge. As such, students must have successfully completed prerequisite courses. For more information and to sign up, go to American Genealogical Studies: Branching Out.

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

FEDERATION OF GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES ANNOUNCES UPCOMING NATIONAL CONFERENCES FOR 2019 AND 2020



For Immediate Release
August 16, 2016

FEDERATION OF GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES ANNOUNCES UPCOMING NATIONAL CONFERENCES FOR 2019 AND 2020

Upcoming FGS National Genealogy and Family History Conferences To Be Held August 21-24, 2019 in Washington, D.C. and September 2-5, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri

August 16, 2016 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the FGS 2019 National Conference will be held August 21-24 in Washington, D.C., and the FGS 2020 National Conference will be held September 2-5 in Kansas City, Missouri.

“We are extremely excited for all our upcoming conferences and look forward to visiting Washington, D.C., and Kansas City in future years,” says FGS President D. Joshua Taylor. “From 2016 to 2020, our conference venues are steeped in both history and research resources and make perfect settings for genealogists and family historians.”

This announcement extends the upcoming FGS conferences schedule to the year 2020 and includes:

  • FGS 2016 National Conference and 40th Anniversary in Springfield, Illinois
  • FGS 2017 National Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • FGS 2018 National Conference in Ft. Wayne, Indiana
  • FGS 2019 National Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • FGS 2020 National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri


Each conference will be joined and hosted by a local genealogical organization. The Illinois State Genealogical Society will welcome FGS this year in Springfield and the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society in 2017. Local hosts for future conferences will be announced at a later date.

Currently, registration is still open for the FGS 2016 National Conference “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories” to be held August 31-September 3, 2016, in Springfield, Illinois. Register at https://www.fgsconference.org/ and help celebrate our 40th Anniversary in the Land of Lincoln.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

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

FamilySearch New Collections Update: Week of August 15, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—The past two weeks have brought a few new large indexed collections, including New York passenger lists, English parish registers, and United States muster rolls, plus images and indexes from the Czech Republic, Peru, Norway, Portugal, and the United States.  See the interactive table below for these and more historic records added this week at FamilySearch.org. Join our online indexing volunteers anytime and help make more of these exciting collections discoverable to more people. Find out how at FamilySearch.org/Indexing

COLLECTIONS

INDEXED RECORDS

DIGITAL RECORDS

COMMENTS

Czech Republic Land Records 1450-1889
0
853,178
Added images to an existing collection
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Records of Freedmen’s Complaints 1865- 1872
140,985
209,817
New indexed records and images collection
Utah Tremonton and Garland Obituaries 1959-2013
18,360
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists 1906-1942
5,487,573
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
District of Columbia Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records 1863-1872
90,597
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Czech Republic School Registers 1799-1953
0
1,041,753
Added images to an existing collection
Peru Cusco Civil Registration 1889-1997
78,283
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Ration Records1865-1872
154,587
97,567
New indexed records and images collection
Illinois DeKalb County Land Records 1838-1927
57,179
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Records of the Superintendent of Education and of the Division of Education 1865-1872
145,374
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Norway Probate Index Cards 1640-1903
194,981
0
New indexed records collection
England Sussex Parish Registers 1538-1910
1,223,484
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Czech Republic Church Books 1552-1963
31,206
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru La Libertad Civil Registration 1903-1998
0
761
Added images to an existing collection
New Hampshire Vital and Town Records Index 1656-1938
442,376
0
New indexed records collection
Arizona County Marriages 1871-1964
72,804
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Portugal Porto Catholic Church Records 1535-1949
34,701
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Michigan Obituaries 1820-2006
152,033
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
New Jersey, State Census, 1855
73,030
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Minnesota Clay County School Census Records 1909-1962
296,251
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps 1798-1937
4,091,420
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: BCG OFFERS A FREE DAY OF QUALITY GENEALOGY EDUCATION OCTOBER 7, 2016 IN SALT LAKE CITY

For Immediate Release 15 August 2016

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

BCG OFFERS A FREE DAY OF QUALITY GENEALOGY EDUCATION OCTOBER 7, 2016 IN SALT LAKE CITY

Top genealogists Ann Staley, David McDonald, Elizabeth Shown Mills, Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, Judy Russell, and Pamela Sayer will present six one-hour lectures in Salt Lake City, Friday, October 7, between 9 AM and 5 PM. The lectures are free and open to the public, sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. The board is an independent certifying body and author of the updated 2014 Genealogy Standards.

Times, topics, and speakers:

  • 9-10 a.m. – “Enough is Enough. Or is it?” Pamela Sayre, CG, CGL
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m. – “FAN + GPS + DNA: The Problem-Solvers Great Trifecta” Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – “Black Sheep Ancestors and Their Records” Ann Staley, CG, CGL
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Lunch break
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. – “Bringing Life to Our Ancestors: Manuscript Collections” Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG
  • 2:45-3:45 p.m. – “Document Transcription & Analysis: A Workshop” David McDonald, D.Min., CG
  • 4-5 p.m. – “When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicting Evidence” Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL

“Whether you stop in for one lecture or all six, you will learn more about how to apply good methodology to your own family research,” said President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG. “The Board for Certification of Genealogists strives to foster public confidence in genealogy by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics. Educating all family historians of every level is part of this mission.”

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

The words Certified Genealogist are a registered certification mark, and the designations CG and CGL proprietary service marks, of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, used under license by authorized associates following peer-reviewed competency evaluations.

New records available to search this Findmypast Friday August 12, 2016

Over 440,100 new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

Explore over 201,000 records to find out where your ancestor lived and who they were living with. The records consist of original collector’s books held by the State Records Authority of New South Wales. The 1891 census was conducted on 5th April 1891 and the collectors’ books are the only surviving documents. While they provide less detail than a full census would, they can still be a useful aid to historians and genealogists alike in placing people at a specific moment in time.

Each result will provide you with a transcript and image of the original collector’s books from the 1891 census. Original images may provide you with additional details, such as the number of individuals living in the same household or the number of residents who were Aboriginal or Chinese.

A new browse function has been added to our collection of Staffordshire Parish records allowing you to pour through more than 370,000 full colour images of baptisms, banns, marriages and burials from Staffordshire parish registers. These records date back centuries before civil registration started in England.

Over 113,000 records have just been added to our collection of Staffordshire Parish Baptisms. Each record includes a transcript and scanned colour image of the original source material that states the date and place an individual was baptised into a church. The information listed will depend on the date, but each record typically lists an individual’s name, religious denomination, the date and location of their baptism. The parents of the person baptised are often named, which can prove a crucial link to previous generations. Some of the more recent records list the date of birth, mother’s maiden name, the father’s occupation and the name of the officiating minister.

Staffordshire baptisms now contains over 1,931,000 records and covers the years 1538 and 1900

Over 4,500 records have been added to our collection of Staffordshire Banns. Banns of marriage are an ancient legal tradition, where a couple’s intention to marry would be publically announced at their parish church, providing an opportunity for anybody to put forward a legal or religious objection to the marriage taking place. Each record includes a transcript and scanned colour image of the original source material. Banns normally list the full names of the bride and groom, their places of residence, the date of banns and the date of marriage. Some records also include the couple’s previous marital status, the name of the officiating minister and the dates of the three Sundays on which the banns were read.

Staffordshire banns now contains over 296,583 records and covers the years 1653 and 1900.

Over 51,996 records have also been added to our collection of Staffordshire parish registers. Some of the earlier records in this set contain the details of marriages that took place as early as 1538, a number of which are written in Latin. Each record includes a transcript and scanned colour image of the original source material. The amount of information included can vary, but the records usually contain the full names of the bride and groom, their religious denomination, 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.

Staffordshire banns now contains over 981,000 records and covers the years 1754 and 1900.
Staffordshire Burials

Over 62,000 records have been added to our collection of Staffordshire parish registers. These burial records can reveal surprising amounts of biographical information about your ancestor such as their date of death, previous residence, their status at birth, previous occupation or rank, marital status and age at death, their religious denomination and occasionally their cause of death and the details of living relatives. They also include details of their burial itself such as the date, place and if they were buried in un-consecrated ground.

Staffordshire burials now contains over 1,238,000 records and covers the years 1538 and 1959.


Six fascinating publications containing more than 4,600 records have been added to our collection of Scotland Registers & Records. The new additions include a statistical account of the parish of Dundee, a history of the Highland clans & regiments, a history of social life in Scotland and the histories of the Duff and Leslie family names.

Scotland Registers & Records now contains images taken from 21 different publications related to Scottish parishes and families. The records included in this collection are incredibly varied, ranging from parish records, topographical accounts and memorial inscriptions to a 19th century novel and a short history of the Black Watch.

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.

Guide to New York City’s Treasured Archives Released

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2016

Guide to New York City’s Treasured Archives Released

The publication unlocks key resources for anyone tracing New York City’s vast history to leverage the hundreds of key collections housed at the Municipal Archives.

NEW YORK, NY — The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) is pleased to announce the release of New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians.

The 245-page guide will make research at this vital facility far more approachable and will introduce researchers to many previously-unknown record collections housed there.

As one of the world’s largest repositories of city records, the holdings of the New York City Municipal Archives offer untold resources for those tracing the history of New Yok City and its families. But until now, it has remained difficult for anyone but the most experienced researcher to navigate more than the basics of this essential archive. This new guide, created with the assistance of the New York City Municipal Archives, will make it possible for genealogists, family historians or anyone researching New York City’s vast history to leverage the hundreds of key collections found there.

The guide has already been the recipient of significant praise from the genealogical and archival community, including David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, who stated, “What a gift to genealogists, researchers, and the just plain curious! For the first time a treasure trove of New York City history going back to the Dutch Colonial Era is described to facilitate easy access.”

The publication, which has been in progress for more than two years, is authored by genealogist Aaron Goodwin of New York City. Harry Macy, Jr., FASG, FGBS, is its consulting editor. Support for the publication was provided by Furthermore, a program of the J.M. Kaplan fund and former NYG&B trustee, M. David Sherrill.

Pauline Toole, Commissioner, New York City Department of Records and Information Services noted, “We look forward to welcoming family historians at the Municipal Archives as they explore all the wonderful collections highlighted in the new guide. This comprehensive resource will be especially useful for our patrons who want to go beyond the basics as they document their New York City roots.”

D. Joshua Taylor, NYG&B President remarked, “The guide provides a look at key records and largely unknown collections that will unlock information and solve mysteries relating to millions of those who at one time called New York City their home.”

Last year the NYG&B released the monumental New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer which has quickly become a best-selling “must-have” resource for those tracing New York genealogy and family history. The New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians is the latest in the organization’s series of research guides, with further topics planned in the future.

The New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians is available in print for $40 at NewYorkFamilyHistory.org (members of the NYG&B receive a $10 discount and can also purchase an exclusive digital version alongside a paperback copy).

About the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B)

Since 1869 the NYG&B has been bringing families closer to their New York State history by preserving and sharing information related to family history and genealogy. As the largest genealogical society in New York, the NYG&B’s website, NewYorkFamilyHistory.org, includes digital collections, articles, research aids, and other essential tools for those researching New York State. The NYG&B has thousands of members across the globe and publishes The NYG&B Record each quarter, a scholarly journal devoted to New York genealogy and biography, as well as the award-winning New York Researcher, which provides the latest news and updates for those tracing their New York ancestors. In 2015 the NYG&B published the award-winning New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer, offering more than 800 pages of detailed resources related to New York. Each day the NYG&B engages with the dynamic, fast-growing, rapidly changing field of family history through accurate, thorough research and the highest standards of scholarship.

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, August 16, 8:00 p.m. EDT.

For immediate release 8 August 2016

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, August 16, 8:00 p.m. EDT.

“Another Kind of Navigation: GPS for Genealogy” presented by Shellee Morehead, Ph.D., CG

The first to be presented under the new webinar partnership with Legacy, this lecture describes the five steps of the Genealogical Proof Standard to establish proof of identities and relationships. Shellee Morehead, CG, will present examples at each step, along with a case study of a complex problem that was solved with research, creativity, attention to detail and a defined process. See how reasonably exhaustive research, accurate citations, analysis and correlation of data, the resolution of conflicting data and a reasoned, written conclusion was used to identify the parents of a Civil War soldier who shaved 10 years off his age and complicated the search for this relationship.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will present “Another Kind of Navigation: GPS for Genealogy,” a webinar by Shellee Morehead, Ph.D., CG, free to the public at 8:00 p.m. EDT, 16 August 2016.

The recording of the webinar will be available for free from the 9th through the 22nd of August. After that the recording will be available with an annual or monthly membership to Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Shellee Morehead has a Ph.D. in evolutionary ecology and is an adjunct instructor of biology at New England Institute of Technology. She was certified by BCG in 2012, and researches, writes and lectures on family history. Her specialties include Rhode Island, Italian, and French-Canadian research and genetic genealogy. She is an active member of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society, American-French Genealogical Society, and the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) New England Chapter. She is currently serving as Treasurer for the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

“We are pleased to offer this informative webinar as the first in our collaborative efforts with Legacy Family Tree Webinars,” said BCG president Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG. “The Board for Certification of Genealogists strives to foster public confidence in genealogy by promoting an attainable, uniform standard of competence and ethics. Partnering with Legacy, whose technical expertise in genealogy webinar production and management is second to none, will allow BCG to focus on its mission of promoting attainable, uniform standards of competence and ethics among genealogical practitioners.”

Register for “Another Kind of Navigation: GPS for Genealogy,” a webinar by Shellee Morehead, Ph.D., CG, before 16 August 2016 at: http://familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=477.

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

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

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

FEDERATION OF GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES AND NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PARTNER FOR NEW PRESERVATION PROJECT


FGS Marshals Volunteers to Help National Historic Park Tell the Stories of Over 130,000 U.S.-Mexican War Soldiers

August 8, 2016 – Austin, TX. and Brownsville, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the National Park Service’s Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park announce a partnership to develop a searchable database of more than 130,000 soldiers of the U.S.-Mexican War.

The database will allow descendants of U.S. soldiers to connect to their personal history and help Palo Alto commemorate and tell the stories of these soldiers. After the database is developed, unit histories, digitized documents, and information on U.S.-Mexican War soldiers will be added. Efforts will also be made to include names and information about Mexican soldiers in this war.

“FGS is thrilled to partner with the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park for this important preservation project,” said FGS President D. Joshua Taylor. “We look forward to working with our member societies and volunteers to provide new access to records for those researching the Mexican War.”

Palo Alto Battlefield is also pleased with the partnership. “National Parks tell the stories of America,” said Superintendent Mark Spier. “Palo Alto Battlefield is excited to have the opportunity to work with the Federation of Genealogical Societies to tell the stories of the thousands of soldiers who served in the U.S.-Mexican War.”

To help bring these soldiers’ stories to life and to be a part of this momentous preservation project, indexing volunteers should contact Project Coordinator Patricia Rand, The Villages, FL, at projects@fgs.org.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Park Service previously partnered together in 1999 for the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System database project where FGS volunteers completed data entry for more than five million names. The efforts of the CWSS project can now be experienced on the NPS Civil War website.

About the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park enjoys the unique distinction in the National Park Service of being the only unit to interpret the U.S.-Mexican War. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

Founded in 1976, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) empowers the genealogical and family history community, especially its societies and organizations, by advocating for the preservation and access of records and providing resources that enable genealogical organizations to succeed in pursuing their missions. FGS helps genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts alike to strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS visit fgs.org. To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Springfield, Illinois, visit fgsconference.org. Also, find FGS on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on the FGS Voice blog at http://voice.fgs.org.

New records available to search this Findmypast Friday August 6, 2016

7,544,737 new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

United States, Canadian Border Crossings contains over 6.6 million highly detailed records. The collection is made up of four collections from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), including both indexes and passenger manifests of entries from Canada into the United States through St Albans, Vermont, between 1895 and 1954. Passage to Canada was generally less expensive than travelling directly to the United States. If you have been unable to discover how your ancestors arrived in the United States using other US travel and migration records, it could be because that they chose to take this route.

The collection contains both transcripts and images which can reveal a wide variety of fascinating biographical details such as your ancestor’s country of origin, their occupation, education, physical condition, details of their finances, the name and address of their next of kin and more. Finding your ancestor in these records is easier if you know the general time frame in which your ancestor immigrated. If you are unsure, check out our US Census records to find when they were first recorded, thus providing you with a time range in which to search.

Over 79,000 new records have recently been added to our collection of Yorkshire Baptisms. The new additions cover Church of England parishes across Rotherham as well as the Roman Catholic parishes of Doncaster, St Peter in Chains, Knaresborough, St Mary, Rotherham, St Bede, Sheffield, St Marie Cathedral, Sheffield, St Vincent and Staveley, St Joseph. Each record includes a transcript and an image of the original document that will reveal where your ancestor was baptised, the date of your of their baptism and the names of their parents and.

Over 6,000 new records have been added to our collection of Yorkshire Banns. The new additions come records the details of banns read in Catholic churches in Doncaster, Knaresborough, Rotherham, Sheffield and Staveley. Each record includes both a transcript and an image of the original document that will reveal you’re ancestor’s name, place of banns, date of banns, marriage year, residence and the name of their spouse.

More than 28,000 new records have been added to our collection of Yorkshire marriages. The new additions record Roman Catholic marriages that took place in the parishes of Doncaster, St Peter in Chains, Knaresborough, St Mary, Rotherham, St Bede, Sheffield, St Marie Cathedral, Sheffield, St Vincent and Staveley, St Joseph. Search these records to discover when, where and to whom your ancestor was married. Each record includes both a transcript and image of the original document that may also reveal the couples birth years, residence, occupation, marital status, fathers’ names and the names of any witnesses.

733,000 new Yorkshire burials are now available to explore. As with the new baptisms, banns and marriages, these new additions record the details of Roman Catholics buried across five parishes in Doncaster, Knaresborough, Rotherham, Sheffield and Staveley. The records will reveal your ancestors age at death, birth year, burial date, and burial place.

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.

Legacytree.com Launches in Spanish

As a leading global genealogy research firm, Legacy Tree Genealogists is happy to announce their official website launch in Spanish, the first of many languages to follow.

Though headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, Legacy Tree feels the pull to serve all of its worldwide clients as well as possible. Teaming up with a native Spanish speaker in South America as well as with Spanish speaking genealogists around the globe allows Legacy Tree to provide top-quality communication and services for clients of Hispanic heritage.

“We love genealogy and look forward to providing a way for people throughout the world to receive the care they need to discover their ancestors’ stories,” says Jessica Taylor, President of Legacy Tree Genealogists. “This is the first language of many as we strive to fully meet the responsibility of being a worldwide genealogy research firm. We are excited to start by better serving the Spanish speaking genealogy community.”

About Legacy Tree Genealogists:

Founded in 2004, Legacy Tree provides custom genealogy research for clients worldwide, including “brick wall” research, DNA analysis, ancestor immigration, lineage societies, and dual citizenship. The team is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah and works with researchers and archives around the world.

Legacy Tree is the recommended research partner of MyHeritage – known for its international reach and multi-language capabilities – and its expansion to multiple languages helps better serve MyHeritage’s international customer base as well as other Legacy Tree clients worldwide.

For more information on Legacy Tree Genealogists visit https://legacytree.com or https://legacytree.com/es.

Missouri State Genealogical Association Announces 2016 Award Recipients


Columbia, MO – August 1, 2016

The Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA) recognizes individuals, groups and organizations that have put forth that extra effort to support genealogical research, activities, and publications in the Show-Me State.

The 2016 awards will be presented August 6th during the Awards Luncheon of the MoSGA Annual Conference in Columbia, Missouri.

Directors’ Award – For distinguished service over an extended period of time in support of genealogy for exception contributions to the field and extra effort to promote goodwill and improve service. Awarded at the discretion of the Awards Committee.

  • The 2016 recipient is Estella Morrison, Excelsior Springs Missouri.

Award of Merit – Presented to an individual, group, organization or institution in recognition of meritorious service or distinguished work in Missouri genealogy and/or family history for which no compensation was received (i.e., on a “volunteer” basis).

The 2016 recipients are:

  • Black Archives Museum Committee, St. Joseph Missouri
  • Mary Helen Catlett Allen, Columbia Missouri
  • Neoma Alexander Foreman, Walker Missouri
  • Betty Chillington, Bonnots Mill Missouri
  • Roberta Schwinke, Morrison Missouri
  • Sharon Hackworth, Leadwood Missouri
  • Melba Rector, Springfield Missouri
  • Ted & Iva Roller, Purdy Missouri

Certificate of Appreciation – Presented to an individual, group, organization or institution expressing thanks officially for compensated (i.e., “paid”) duties related to Missouri genealogy and/or family history performed in an exemplary and outstanding manner.

The 2016 recipients are:

  • Kelly Draper, St. Louis Missouri
  • Michael O’Laughlin, Kansas City Missouri

About MoSGA

The Missouri State Genealogical Association, established in 1979, is dedicated to enhancing the knowledge of its members and the public in the study of family history, genealogical records and the principles of sound genealogical research. Contact MoSGA at: Missouri State Genealogical Association; P.O. Box 833 Columbia, MO 65205-0833; email: mosga@mosga.org; www.mosga.org.