Month: March 2017

New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of March 27, 2017


Salt Lake City, Utah (31 March 2017), Many historic Catholic Church records from Argentina are now freely searchable on FamilySearch.org. Also in the latest new publications are some large historic record collections including Outward Passenger Lists from Australia, France Census records, and Boston Massachusetts Crew Lists. Search these new free records and more at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below. Find and share this week’s historic records collections update in the FamilySearch Newsroom

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.

Collection
Indexed Records
Digital Images
Comments
Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971
9,801
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975
282
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977
4,318
118,320
Added indexed records and images to an existing
collection
Argentina, La Rioja, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1970
14,378
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Argentina, Misiones, Catholic Church Records, 1874-1975
3
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Argentina, Salta, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1972
1,053
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Argentina, San Juan, Catholic Church Records, 1655-1975
1,121
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Argentina, Santiago del Estero, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1961
4,410
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975
1,463
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Australia, Victoria, Outward Passenger Lists, 1852-1924
169,641
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
France, Côtes-d’Armor, Census, 1891
405,590
0
New indexed records collection
Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890-2005
10,826
26,448
Added indexed records and images to an existing
collection
Portugal Setúbal Catholic Church Records 1555-1911
37,208
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Minnesota, Clay and Steele County Obituaries, 1865-2006
12,346
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940
268,757
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965
43,250
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York, Southern District, U.S District Court Naturalization Records, 1824- 1946
121,276
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts, Boston Crew Lists, 1917-1943
1,362,898
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection

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 4,991 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, March 31, 2017



Over 85,000 records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including;



Over 37,000 new education records have been added to our New Zealand collection. These records enable researchers to uncover details of colleges attended, awards received and other vital family tree information. Up until 1961, the University of New Zealand was the only degree-granting university in the country but graduates came from all over with regional colleges in Auckland, Victoria, Canterbury, and Otago.


13,000 records from the Northamptonshire Record Office have been added allowing genealogists to discover if their English ancestor served in the Northamptonshire Militia in the 1700s. These records include important facts like residence and occupation. Men who served in the militia were aged between 18 and 45 years old and usually stayed for a 3-year term.


Over 4,000 new 18th century Northamptonshire records in the shape of freeholder lists are now searchable on Findmypast. The records include name, residence, occupation and more. Freeholder lists were compiled annually so there may be multiple entries for the same individual. The records list anyone who was eligible for jury duty and make a great early census substitute for Northamptonshire.

 


We’ve added 946,478 new articles to our ever-expanding Irish Newspaper Collection. The latest additions include 5 brand new titles – Irish Society (Dublin), Irish News and Belfast Morning News, Sligo Journal, Sligo Observer and Leinster Independent.  As with all of our newspapers, researcher can discover news articles, family notices, obituaries, advertisements and more in this fantastic resource. In total, there are over 35 million searchable articles now in the Irish Newspaper Collection.


Over 20,000 records have been added to our collection of Dorset Memorial Inscriptions. The collection contains details of inscriptions found on gravestones, tombs, monuments and even stained glass windows across 266 parishes within English county. Each record includes a transcript of the original source material. Most will include a combination of birth year, death year, burial date & location, relative’s name, memorial type and notes on the inscription.



Over 10,000 records from have been added to Scotland Registers & Records, a collections of images taken from 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. The latest additions include 55 new publications including 7 from Renfrewshire in the west central Lowlands.


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 across its family of online brands, which includes The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others. It’s lead brand, Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records ranging from births, marriages, deaths and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and more. 

For millions of members around the world, Findmypast a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research. It is home to the largest online collection of Irish family history records, over 450 million exclusive UK parish records dating back to the early 16th century, and the Periodical Source Index; a rich, exclusive collection of the world’s best family history periodicals.

Deadline for Call for Proposals for NGS 2018 Family History Conference 1 April 2017


ARLINGTON, VA, 29 March— Time is running out for speakers—as well as organizations interested in sponsoring lectures—to submit lecture proposals for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2018 Family History Conference, Paths to Your Past, to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2–5 May 2018. All proposals must be submitted electronically at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/call_for_proposals by 11:59 p.m. EDT on 1 April 2017.
Typically, an NGS conference attracts between 1,800 and 2,000 family historians and genealogists, as well as more than 80 exhibitors and sponsors. NGS promotes its conferences nationally and in regional markets as well as through online social media.  Grand Rapids, Michigan, is an ideal site for the 2018 conference and promises to be especially popular. The Great Lakes were strategic waterways that aided Americans moving west, and immigrants coming from overseas through Canada, to settle and develop the Midwest in the nineteenth century. The growth of industries in the twentieth century brought wave after wave of migrants from the South and immigrants from abroad. Later, as manufacturing slowed down, many left Michigan and moved to the west and southwest.
Among the topics being considered by NGS are presentations on migration paths to the Midwest, including waterways, trails, and railroads; records and repositories for Michigan, the surrounding states, and Canada; records generated by France, Great Britain, and later by the newly established United States as they fought for control of the Old Northwest Territory; land grants, deeds, and maps; and laws and court records.
Conference tracks under consideration include ethnic and religious groups, migration into and out of the Midwest, military records, occupations and trades, and other organizations including masons, abolitionists, prohibitionists, and unions. NGS encourages the submission of proposals for broader genealogical categories, including methodology, problem solving, Internet websites, apps, and other technology tools. Proposals may also include presentations about DNA and how to use DNA to solve genealogical roadblocks.   
Speakers who wish to submit lecture proposals, and organizations interested in sponsoring tracks or individual lectures, should follow the published guidelines at the NGS website page: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/call_for_proposals.
All proposals must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. EDT on 1 April 2017.
Speakers may submit up to eight proposals electronically by completing all the requested information at https://goo.gl/forms/5DHIlumuOuTMAn7J2.
Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture may submit proposals athttps://goo.gl/forms/Wpr1gyZ2U00V2WhX2.  
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.

Should Cursive Handwriting Die?

With the proliferation of e-communications into the daily fabric of life, some people may argue that societies are uniformly rejecting handwritten correspondence, perhaps ensuring its inevitable extinction. Is there any value in nurturing this decaying form of “old-school” communication, or is its proper place now resigned to future displays of extinct methods of communicating found only in museums of “life as it used to be”? 

Should we be concerned about an impending demise of handwritten correspondence?

What’s its importance in knowing our ancestors?

Could future generations be disconnected from the past if they can’t read cursive handwriting?

In this month’s FamilySearch feature article “Should Cursive Handwriting Die?“, these questions are addressed, 

You will also discover cool tools for understanding hard-to-read handwriting, 5 tips to hone your cursive reading skills, a fun website to test your prowess at decoding Early American handwriting, and fun cursive writing worksheets for children.

Read, use, or share the entire feature article in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

TheGenealogist Launches Various London Educational Records

The Genealogist has just released a batch of London school and university records to join its ever growing educational collection.

Researchers can use this new data to find ancestors who attended or taught at a variety of Educational establishments within London between 1831 and 1927. Also listed are the names of those who held high office in the institutions, such as the patrons; deans; visitors and professors, in the case of universities and the principles, masters and governors in the case of the schools.

This release covers the names of those who graduated from the University of London between 1836 and 1926 – while for King’s College London, it also provides a list of Fellows from 1847 to 1920, registered students for 1920-1921 and those awarded degrees in 1920 and 1921 as well as the prizes given at King’s.

With a number of school records, joining this London release, researchers can also find old boys who served in World War I. For example it is possible to track down men serving with the colours in the Great War in the case of the Old Wilsonians, as listed in The Wilsonian Magazine. For those Old Alleynians and Old Haberdashers, who perished in the war, their names and often a photograph are recorded in the First World War Roll of Honours for both Dulwich College and the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hampstead School.

The list of records included in this release are

      University of London Historical Record 1836-1926

      The Skylark Magazine from Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hampstead School 1918

      The Wilsonian Magazine April 1914-April 1919

      University College School, London Register 1831-1891

      Royal College Of Chemistry, Royal School Of Mines And Royal College Of Science Register Of Associates

      Record of Old Westminsters Vols 1 and 2 earliest times -1927

      King’s College, London Calendar 1921-1922

      Dulwich College War Record 1914-1919

These records and more are available at TheGenealogist.co.uk

Free 5-Day Western European Family History Conference



Salt Lake City, Utah (26 March 2017FamilySearch’s world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be offering its free Western European Family History Conference, May 15 to May 19, 2017. Guests can attend classes in person or online. The conference will focus exclusively on select Western European research and is intended for beginning and intermediate researchers. Classes are free, but registration is required due to class size and webinar bandwidth limitations. For more information or to register, go to FamilySearch Wiki. Easily find and share this news release online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

Classes will be taught by the Family History Library’s staff of experts and guest genealogists. Content will focus primarily on how to research records from Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium. Topics addressed will include census, church, immigration, and vital records.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Use the following links to register for deisired conference classes online or in the library: in-person guests or webinar guests.


DATE / TIME
CLASS (SKILL LEVEL)
WEBINAR | CLASSROOM
Mon, 15-May, 9:00 AM Finding German Places of Origin (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Mon, 15-May, 10:15 AM Spelling Variations in German Given and Place Names (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Mon, 15-May, 11:30 AM Meyers German Gazetteer Now Online, Indexed and Fully Searchable (Beginner) WebinarMain B/C
Mon, 15-May, 2:00 PM German Church Records and Beyond: Deepen Your Research
Using a Variety of Town Records (Intermediate)
WebinarMain B/C
Mon, 15-May, 3:15 PM Elusive Immigrant: Methods of Proving Identity (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Tue, 16-May, 9:00 AM Finding Your French Ancestors Online Part 1 (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Tue, 16-May, 10:15 AM Finding Your French Ancestors Online Part 2 (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Tue, 16-May, 11:30 AM Finding Your French Ancestors Online Part 3 (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Tue, 16-May, 2:00 PM Out of the Ashes of Paris (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Tue, 16-May, 3:15 PM Research in Alsace-Lorraine (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Wed, 17-May, 9:00 AM Latin for Researchers (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Wed, 17-May, 10:15 AM Calendar Changes in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the
Low Countries (Intermediate)
WebinarMain B/C
Wed, 17-May, 11:30 AM Gazetteers and Maps for Belgium, Luxembourg, and the
Netherlands (Intermediate)
WebinarMain B/C
Wed, 17-May, 2:00 PM Beginning Research in Luxembourg (Beginner) WebinarMain B/C
Wed, 17-May, 3:15 PM Beginning Research in Belgium (Beginner) WebinarMain B/C
Thur, 18-May, 9:00 AM Names in Belgium and the Netherlands (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Thur, 18-May, 10:15 AM WieWasWie, Past the Index: What to do Next (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Thur, 18-May, 11:30 AM Dutch Provincial and City Research (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Thurs, 18-May, 2:00 PM Dutch Research Before 1811 (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Thu, 18-May, 3:15 PM Finding Your Family in the Amazing Online Amsterdam City
Archives (Intermediate)
WebinarMain B/C
Fri, 19-May, 9:00 AM Beginning Swiss Research Part 1 (Beginner) WebinarMain B/C
Fri, 19-May, 10:15 AM Beginning Swiss Research Part 2 (Beginner) WebinarMain B/C
Fri, 19-May, 11:30 AM Swiss Archives Online Records (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Fri, 19-May, 2:00 PM Swiss Census Records (Beginner) WebinarMain B/C
Fri, 19-May, 3:15 PM Swiss Chorgericht Records (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C


About FamilySearch


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New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of March 20, 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah (March 25, 2017) Hundreds of thousands of free indexed records from all over Italy are featured in these newly published online collections. Additionally, find newly searchable records from Canada, Ecuador, Germany, The N…

Early Bird Discount Ends 27 March for 2017 Family History Conference

Registration Opens for the National Genealogical Society's 2017 Family History Conference

ARLINGTON, VA, 25 March 2017—Time is running out for family historians to get a discount on registration for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. After 27 March 2017, the price of registration for NGS members will increase from $205 to $240 for all four days. Non-members will pay $275, up from $240. Genealogists also will no longer be able to order a printed syllabus or flash drive version of the syllabus. To qualify for the early bird discount, your registration must be received online or postmarked by 27 March.
The Conference will feature more than 175 lectures from basic to advanced genealogical research, including four days of the Board for the Certification of Genealogists (BCG) Skillbuilding lectures and eighteen presentations on DNA science and methodology. Finding records and effectively using them is another focus of this year’s conference. Eleven lectures discuss a wide variety of religious records and their appropriate use; eight focus on military and associated records; twenty-three feature North Carolina and regional US records; nine highlight African American families; and six present Native American records. There will be sessions covering maps, libraries, historical context, solving problems, and technology.  In addition, the conference will provide lectures on European ancestors, including German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Scots-Irish, Swiss, and others.
The NGS Conference will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center and will run from 10-13 May.  For conference information and to register, go to the 2017 NGS Family History Conference.
 
Social Events, Luncheons, and the NGS Banquet
Participating organizations sponsor several luncheons at which guest speakers address many important issues and opportunities, including:
  • “Christoph von Graffenried’s Grand Adventure and the Palatine and Swiss Founding of New Bern”
  • “Keep Your Professional Cool in Hot Situations”
  • “Lectures vs Talks: Documentability on a Sliding Scale”
  • “NIGR to Gen-Fed: The Tradition Continues”
The NGS Banquet is an event not to be missed. Guest speaker Stuart Watson, an award-winning investigative reporter, will take you along on the journey of finding his birth mother, and discovering a powerful story of alcoholism, recovery, and forgiveness. Registration for all meals and social events closes on 27 April 2017. Tickets for social events will not be sold on-site. Be sure to sign up as quickly as possible. The North Carolina Genealogical Society Host Event, “Pig Pickin’,” is $45; luncheons are $32; and the banquet is $45. Menus are in theregistration brochure.
Local Area Tours
Several tours have already reached capacity. The 4 p.m. Evening Tour onTuesday, 9 May 2017, has just eight spots left.  Check the conference website for more information, please see Local Area ToursRegistration for the tours closes on 27 April 2017.
Add Items to an Existing Registration
To add meals, tours, and pre-conference events to your current registration, log on to the NGS website, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.
We hope to see you in Raleigh in May!

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

Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for April 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah (21 March 2017), April is a great month to take a free family history class or webinar taught by specialists through the world reknowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Attend in person or online. Beginner or intermediate skill level, we bet you’ll find something of interest. British, Portuguese, Finnish, Scottish, French, Chinese, Dutch, and US records-related classes are on tap. Take the introductory DNA class to help understand all the genetic genealogy excitement. And there are quite a few classes about how to get the most out of all the features and content on FamilySearch.org.  Mark your calendars for events you want to join so you don’t forget. Find and easily share this release online in the FamilySearch Newsroom

Online classes offered in the schedule below are noted as “Webinars”. Webinar attendees need to click on the link next to the class title to attend the online class on the scheduled date and time. Those attending the Library in-person need to simply go to the room noted. Invite family and friends. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST). No registration is required.

Not able to attend a webinar live or in-person? Most sessions are taped and can be viewed later online at your convenience in the archive for Family History Library Classes and Webinars

DATE / TIME
CLASS (SKILL LEVEL)
WEBINAR | ROOM
Mon, 3-Apr,10:00 AM
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Mon, 3-Apr,1:00 PM
Overview of FamilySearch.org (Beginner)
Tue, 4-Apr,10:00 AM
Starting with the FamilySearch Family Tree: Navigating, Adding a Person, Standardizing, Views, Printing (Beginner)
Tue, 4-Apr,12:00 PM
British Research Case Study (Beginner)
Tue, 4-Apr, 2:00 PM
Chinese Genealogy and How to Start (In Chinese) (Beginner)
Wed, 5-Apr,11:00 AM
Ask Your United States Research Question (Beginner)
Mon, 10-Apr,10:00 AM
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Tue, 11-Apr,10:00 AM
What’s New at FamilySearch.org (Beginner)
Tue, 11-Apr,12:00 PM
Starting Chinese Genealogy (In English) (Beginner)
Tue, 11-Apr,2:00 PM
Exploring Death Notices in Norway (Intermediate)
Wed, 12-Apr,10:00 AM
French Language Records Indexing (1½ hrs) (Beginner)
Wed, 12-Apr,12:00 PM
Tracing Ancestry in Scotland’s Heritable (Land) Records (Intermediate)
Wed, 12-Apr,2:00 PM
Marriage Customs and Records in Sweden (Beginner)
Wed, 12-Apr,4:00 PM
Using the Online Pennsylvania Archives (Beginner)
Thur, 13-Apr,1:00 PM
Scottish Naming Customs (Beginner)
Sat, 15-Apr,10:00 AM
Boy Scout Genealogy Merit Badge (1½ hrs.) To register go to http://bit.ly/2eDQGhD(Beginner)
Sat, 15-Apr,1:00 PM
Conquistar la mitología: Usando fuentes (Beginner)
Mon, 17-Apr,10:00 AM
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Tue, 18-Apr,10:00 AM
Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch’s Historical Records (Beginner)
Wed, 19-Apr,10:00 AM
Dutch Language Records Indexing (1½ hrs) (Beginner)
Wed, 19-Apr,1:00 PM
Beginning Finnish Research: A Case Study (Beginner)
Thur, 20-Apr,11:00 AM
Starting Family Tree: Research Help and Searching Records (Beginner)
Fri, 21-Apr,1:00 PM
How to Trace Scotland’s Poor (Intermediate)
Mon, 24-Apr,10:00 AM
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Tue, 25-Apr,11:00 AM
FamilySearch Wiki (Beginner)
Tue, 25-Apr,2:00 PM
Genetic Genealogy: An Introduction to DNA (Beginner)
Wed, 26-Apr,10:00 AM
Portuguese Language Records Indexing (1½ hrs) (Beginner)
Wed, 26-Apr,2:00 PM
New York City Passenger Arrivals (Intermediate)
Thur, 27-Apr,10:00 AM
Genetic Genealogy: An Introduction to DNA (Beginner)
Thur, 27-Apr,1:00 PM
Your British/Irish Research Questions Answered (Beginner)

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 4,991 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

British Newspaper Archive Announces Major New Milestone


British Newspaper Archive Announces Major New Milestone


World’s largest online collection of historic British newspapers now covers every single county in England

March 21th 20017

The British Newspaper Archive, has today announced a major new milestone in their project to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library’s vast collection of historic British & Irish newspapers. Following the addition of a newspaper for the country’s smallest county, Rutland, the Archive now covers every corner of England as, for the first time, at least one title from each of the country’s 48 counties is now available to search and explore.

The British Newspaper Archive now contains over 18.7 million pages from 747 titles from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and spans nearly 300 (1709-2003) years local, national and world history.

This exciting development marks the latest step in the BNA’s drive to enhance the experience of researchers using the service. 2017 has seen a dramatic increase in the rate of digitisation with over 100,000 pages now being added on a weekly basis.

A variety of historically rich specialty publications have also been added since January, including a selection of significant sporting, police and military titles. A number of illustrated magazines containing full colour images have also been made available this year, including the Bystander, Tatler, Britannia and Eve, The Stage, and the world’s first illustrated weekly news magazine, the Illustrated London News.

We are delighted to be working with the British Library on this project within what has been such a fantastic partnership since 2010. We are also expanding our scope and working with publishing firms across the UK and Ireland to bring even more newspaper content to The British Newspaper Archive – invaluable for those researching their family history; favourite sport; hobby or their hometown. The BNA truly is the, ‘archive of everything’ in terms of the UK and Ireland’s social history. We’re excited and looking forward to work with the British Library and publishers on this vast project! – Amy Gregor, Global Newspaper Licensing and Development Manager

As part of this push to improve the British Newspaper Archive experience, a new “In Pictures” feature has also been added. This new image search was launched back in January and is the first of a number of new features users can expect to see added to the site throughout 2017.

About The British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and Findmypast to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library’s vast collection over a 10 year period.

The British Library’s collection of historical newspapers is one of the wonders of the world: it contains newspapers from 1603 to the present day, from both Britain and further afield. There are over 600,000 bound volumes of newspapers (occupying 32 kilometres, or 20 miles, of shelving) and over 300,000 reels of microfilm (occupying a further 13 kilometres, or 8 miles, of shelving). Until now, the only way to view these newspapers was to visit the British Library, and, of course, it was not possible to search them.

The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership with the British Library to digitised this huge collection and make it available on the internet so researchers from all over the world can access the treasures within it. First launched in 2011, millions of pages of historical newspapers have now been scanned and made them available online for the first time ever. You can now search hundreds of millions of stories by keyword, name, location, date or title and watch your results appear in an instant.

One Week Left for Early Bird Discount For the NGS 2017 Family History Conference

Registration Opens for the National Genealogical Society's 2017 Family History Conference

ARLINGTON, VA, 20 March 2017—Family historians have one more week to take advantage of an Early Bird discount on registration for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, 10-13 May. To receive your discount, your registration must be received online or postmarked by 27 March 2017. After that date, the NGS member price will increase from $205 to $240 for all four days and the non-NGS member price will increase from $240 to $275. Sales of the printed syllabus or flash drive version of the syllabus will also end on 27 March 2017.

The Conference will feature more than 175 lectures from basic to advanced genealogical research, including four days of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) Skillbuilding lectures and eighteen presentations on DNA science and methodology. Finding records and effectively using them is another focus of this year’s conference. Eleven lectures discuss a wide variety of religious records and their appropriate use; eight focus on military and associated records; twenty-three feature North Carolina and regional US records; nine highlight African American families; and six present Native American records. There will be sessions covering maps, libraries, historical context, solving problems, and technology. In addition, the conference will provide lectures on European ancestors, including German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Scots-Irish, Swiss, and others.

The NGS Conference will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center and will run from 10-13 May. For conference information and to register, go to the 2017 NGS Family History Conference.

Social Events, Luncheons, and the NGS Banquet

Participating organizations sponsor several luncheons at which guest speakers address many fascinating presentations, including:

  • “The Scots-Irish in the Carolinas—Immigrants Who Made a Difference!”
  • “Christoph von Graffenried’s Grand Adventure and the Palatine and Swiss Founding of New Bern”
  • “Keep Your Professional Cool in Hot Situations”
  • “Civil War Records You Didn’t Know Existed: Pensions, Relief Funds, Hospital Records, and More!”

The NGS Banquet is an event not to be missed. Guest speaker Stuart Watson, an award-winning investigative reporter, will take you along on the journey of finding his birth mother, and discovering a powerful story of alcoholism, recovery, and forgiveness. Registration for all meals and social events closes on 27 April 2017. Tickets for social events will not be sold on-site. Be sure to sign up as quickly as possible. The North Carolina Genealogical Society Host Event, “Pig Pickin’,” is $45; luncheons are $32; and the banquet is $45. Menus are in the registration brochure.

Society Night

On Thursday, 11 May 2017, many of North Carolina’s genealogical and historical societies will be available in the North Carolina Museum of History from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. to answer questions about local repositories and resources, discuss their group’s activities, and sell their publications.

Add Items to an Existing Registration

To add meals, tours, and pre-conference events to your current registration, log on to the NGS website, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.

We hope to see you in Raleigh in May!

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

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, March 17, 2017

Over 372,900 records are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

Browse over 20,000 records taken from 85 volumes of Irish directories and almanacs published during the 17th and 18th centuries to lean about the lives of your Irish ancestors.

The details found in each volume depend on the nature of the publication. You can discover the beliefs and practices prevalent in 17th and 18th century Ireland along with advice and predictions for a particular year. In the registers and directories, you will usually find lists of officials, commissions, government leaders, land owners, and religious leaders. A full list of all the publications available can be found at the bottom of the search page.


Ireland, Legal Administration contains over 1,600 records that will allow you to discover whether your ancestors were put on trial or worked in Ireland’s court system. Explore publications related to the law and courts including prison studies, Assizes records, lists of judges and a guide book for Civil Service clerks produced by Bram Stoker.

The detail found in each record will depend on the subject of the publication. These publications are an excellent source for supplemental information. For example, if you discovered that your ancestor was in prison, the report of 1862 will provide you with the prison’s living conditions, quality of food, and description of punishments.


Ireland Memorial Inscriptions contains over 1,400 records. The collection consist of 8 publications of indexes to memorial inscriptions found in 58 cemeteries across Dublin, Meath, Louth, and Wicklow. The details you will discover depends on the publication. Some will provide you with the deceased’s name and burial place as well as the source, while others may provide you with your ancestor’s name, death date, and age at the time of death, as well as the names of other family members (such as parents, siblings, spouses, and children) and their respective death dates.

Over 800 records have been added to our collection of Ireland Surnames & Family Histories. A rich and varied collection consisting of 10 historic family and local history publications. The collection contains over 7,000 pdf images of assorted documents that will help you discover more about your Irish family name and history.

Over 14,000 records have been added to Ireland, Histories & References. This fascinating collection allows you to learn more about the history of your ancestral homeland and consists of four 19th century Irish histories and reference guides; the Album of Ireland, A Little Tour of Ireland, Ireland in Pictures and The Tourist’s Picturesque Guide to Ireland. The various titles in this collection provide images of iconic landmarks in Ireland as well as descriptions of townlands and local people.

Discover where your Irish Quaker ancestors were born with over 302,000 new birth records from all over Ireland. Uncover their parents’ names and jump back through the generations. The amount of Information listed in each records will vary, but most will include the child’s name, birth date, birth place, parish and address. Most will also contain the parents’ names, addresses and occupations.

Explore over 20,000 new additions to our collection of Irish Quaker marriage records to discover when, where and to whom your ancestor was married as well as their occupation, parents’ names and who attended the ceremony. As well as the names, address and marriage details of the newlyweds, you may find the parents’ names and address for both husband and wife, an attendee list including names and dates of birth, and even details of the meeting.

Find out where your Irish Quaker ancestors were laid to rest with over 24,000 new additions dating back to 1654. Discover when they died, when they were buried, where they were buried and the names of those they left behind. Some records will also reveal parents’ and/or spouse’s names. Additional notations may be also included in images of the original documents, such as “a young child” or “widow or “an aged woman”.

Learn about your Quaker ancestor’s role within their local community with an additional 250,000 Irish congregational records. Uncover details of the meetings they attended and the activities they engaged in. These records comprise minutes from half-yearly Quaker meetings. As well as a transcript, each entry includes an image of the original handwritten record. The information included will vary, but most will include the congregation date, address, meeting, archive and reference.

Over 9,000 new records have been added to our Collection of Irish Quaker School records. The entire collection now contains over 53,000 records and covers six different schools. Dating from the late 1700s to the early 1900s, and compiled from various Quaker school registers and lists, each entry includes both a transcript and an image of the original document. Details contained in each record will vary, but most will list the pupils name, age at last birthday, school and department, admission year, leaving year, parents’ names and occupations.

Registration for Midwest African American Genealogy Institute 2017 Now Open

Chicago, Il-Mar. 15, 2017 The Midwest African American Genealogy Institute today officially opens registration for this year’s acclaimed genealogy institute to be held July 11 thru July 13, 2017 at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Lead by a faculty of nationally recognized genealogists, this institute offers 12 courses in 4 tracks over a 3 day period.

Track 1: Fundamental Research Methods and Strategies
“Research, Analyze, Formulate the Question and Learn”

Track 2: DNA & Genealogy
“Review, analyze, evaluate and connect DNA with the dots with your genealogy”

Track 3: Intermediate Genealogy: Pre & Post Slavery Era Research
“New resources, document review and analysis”

Track 4: Genealogy Writing From Planning to Publication
“Learn how to turn your genealogy into Telling The Story”

When asked the value of MAAGI, genealogist, author, and talk show blogger, Bernice Alexander Bennett said, “This Institute offers a unique environment for learning where everyone is willing to answer questions and assist individuals through a maze of impossible situations. MAAGI recognizes the needs of the Adult Learner and has the right mix of didactic and experiential exercises for critical thinking and problem solving”.

To register, visit our website: www.maagiinstitute.org

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Explore the World’s Largest Genealogical Library in Salt Lake City, Utah


ARLINGTON, VA, 15 MARCH 2017—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) opens registration today for family historians to participate in an on-site orientation, consultations, and genealogical research at the world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The trip is planned for 28 January to 4 February 2018. Registration is limited to forty-five participants.

The Family History Library offers genealogists vast and rich resources of genealogical data on individuals from North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The library includes 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records, 727,000 microfiche; 356,000 books, serials, and other formats; more than 4,500 periodicals, and 3,725 electronic resources. The electronic records are accessible on numerous commercial computer databases in the library.

Experienced, BCG certified genealogists—Marie Varrelman Melchiori, Certified Genealogist Emeritus, and Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG, FNGS, FVGS—will insure that your research trip is productive. An online orientation will help you prepare for the trip. The research leaders will introduce you to the library’s resources on your first full day in Salt Lake City. Throughout the six-day trip, they will also be on hand to assist you during your research.

The research trip package includes:

  • Online orientation to prepare for your trip to Salt Lake City
  • Guidance from experienced research leaders
  • Seven nights at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, including free Internet and airport transfers
  • Meet and greet on Sunday evening at the hotel
  • Six days of research at the Family History Library
  • Personal research consultations with experienced group leaders
  • Wednesday evening pizza party
  • Saturday evening dinner
  • Fees, taxes, and gratuities for all planned events

This popular research trip fills up quickly. To make your reservation or to learn more, visit http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conferences_events/research_trips/slc_research_trip

About the National Genealogical Society

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

Twile launch two new features for St. Patrick’s Day

Doncaster: 14th March 2017

Family history timeline Twile have today released two brand new features to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Twile’s infographic, designed to help family historians share their research and engage younger generations, can now be created in the national colours of Ireland. The personalised family infographic is free and available to everyone – whether currently using Twile or not – at https://twile.com/numbers/irish. Visitors can simply import their FamilySearch tree or upload a GEDCOM file to automatically generate their infographic.

Designed for sharing online and with family, Twile’s infographic includes statistics such as the average number of children per family, the most common surnames, the ratio of men to women and the average age of marriage.

Twile have also launched a timeline of Irish History – https://twile.com/timeline/irishhistory. Created in conjunction with the Irish Family History Centre, the timeline shows the story of Ireland through its legal, political and religious events. Twile users can also overlay the Irish History timeline onto their own family history timelines, to see the lives of their Irish ancestors in the context of what was happening in the country around them. Users will be able to see their ancestors’ milestones alongside events such as the Confederate Wars and the Great Famine.

About Twile

Twile is a UK-based interactive timeline of your life, your family and the world around you. The timeline consists of photos and milestones – such as births, marriages, and deaths – that tell the story of your family from your earliest known ancestor right through to today. Family historians can import their family tree from any online genealogy service and then add more recent events from their own life before inviting family members to explore and contribute.

While the Twile website is aimed primarily at family historians, it is also designed to encourage the rest of the family to add their own content, including the younger generations. Twile was the winner of two innovation awards at RootsTech 2016, including People’s Choice. Partnered with Findmypast and FamilySearch Certified, they were also recently announced as one of Creative England’s CE50 companies for 2017.

About the Irish Family History Centre

The Irish Family History Centre are an award-winning history and heritage company based in Dublin, Ireland. Part of the EPIC Ireland experience, which showcases the unique global journey of the Irish people, their experts help research Irish ancestry and introduce an exciting way for visitors to search for Irish ancestors, discover their family story and explore their Irish heritage.

Solve family history mysteries with PBS Genealogy Roadshow’s D. Joshua Taylor

Solve family history mysteries with PBS Genealogy Roadshow’s D. Joshua Taylor

March 13, 2017: Lincoln, NE. The Nebraska State Genealogical Society (NSGS) announces its 2017 Spring conference Tales and Trails, Searching for our Ancestors to be held April 28-29 in Lincoln, Nebraska, at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel with nationally known genealogist, D. Joshua Taylor.

NSGS President Rosalee Swartz says they have pulled out the stops for this 40th anniversary celebration of the state society as well as 150 years of Nebraska statehood. With Taylor and other popular speakers, “Participants will discover many new ideas, research strategies and trends they can apply to their family history research.”

Taylor will demonstrate how to solve family history mysteries and uncover genealogical treasures. Topics will include genealogy and historical society sources and online research techniques. Break-out sessions will feature experts in homesteading, Scandanavian research, Germans from Russia, and getting the most out of archives. Registrants by March 1 can send their own genealogy research problem for consideration as Roadshow case studies. Professional genealogists will present those chosen in three case study sessions.

While here, researchers may want to explore the rich genealogical sources in the area. The Lincoln-Lancaster Genealogical Society and the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society have partnered to plan optional excursions Thursday and Sunday in eastern Nebraska. Email Judi Cook judiology41@gmail.com to reserve a space to visit the “best of the best” sites in the area.

Geared toward researchers of all levels, the cost of the two-day event is $109 for NSGS members and $119 for non-members, including lunch. Single day (Friday or Saturday only) registration with luncheon is $60 for NSGS Members and $70 for non-members. The Friday evening banquet, featuring historian Sara Crook, Ph.D., is $30.00.

Registration information, hotel recommendations, local area research opportunities, as well as session details are available online at http://www.nsgs.org

About the Nebraska State Genealogical Society

The Nebraska State Genealogical Society was founded 40 years ago in 1977, to serve genealogical communities, with membership across Nebraska and the U.S. Our conferences, website, publications, courses and our vibrant local member societies present continuing learning opportunities, from beginner to advanced family historians.

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FINDMYPAST GRANT FIVE DAYS OF FREE ACCESS TO ALL IRISH RECORDS IN CELEBRATION OF ST PATRICK’S DAY 2017

  • Findmypast makes entire collection of more than 116 million Irish records free for five days
  • All 116 records free from the 13th to the 17th March 2017

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has just announced that they will be making their entire collection of Irish records free for five days to help budding genealogists uncover their Irish heritage ahead of St Patrick’s Day 2017.

From today, Monday 13th March, until 11.59pm (GMT) Friday 17th March, all 116 million records within Findmypast’s Irish collection will be completely free to search and explore, providing family historians from around the globe with the opportunity to learn more about the lives of their Irish ancestors.
This includes free access to;

Over 10 million Irish Catholic Parish Registers
Over 15 million Census, Land & Substitute records including the 1901 and 1911 censuses
Over 30 million detailed Court & Prison Records
Over 33 million Irish newspaper articles spanning the years 1708 to 1956
Over 7.3 million Dog Licences
Over 24 million Irish Passenger Lists
Over 2.4 million workhouse & poor law records
Over 1.4 million Irish Quaker records
Over 350,000 records from World War 1, the Easter Rising & more
Landed Estates Court records featuring details of over 500,000 tenants residing on estates all over Ireland
The complete Griffith’s Valuation
Over 2.3 million Social History & Directory Records, including the most comprehensive online collection of national directories, dating back to 1814
Indexes to Irish wills dating from 1270 – 1858

Free Live Webinar

On Thursday March 16th at 4pm GMT, Findmypast will be hosting a free St Patrick’s Day Webinar presented by Fiona Fitzsimons, the founder and research director of Eneclann, a Trinity College Campus Company. Fiona manages teams of expert researchers to provide Irish and British family history as well as running a successful probate genealogy service. Her talk, entitled, “Secrets to Successful Irish Family Research”, will cover strategies for online research, Irish customs & traditions and collateral records to help “bridge the gaps”.

New Records Available To Search

Thousands of additional records will be added to Findmypast’s extensive Irish collection on Friday 17th March. This will include substantial updates to their collection of Irish Society of Friends (Quaker) records, new directories, administrations, family histories, memorial inscriptions and more. Visit the dedicated Findmypast Friday page to keep up to date with the latest additions.

Learn more at: http://www.findmypast.com/

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.

Student Genealogy Grant Applications Invited – 2017 Student Grant and Jamboree Scholarship

10 March 2017
For IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Student Genealogy Grant Applications Invited

The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant Committee and the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree are pleased to announce the 2017 Student Grant and Jamboree Scholarship. Student genealogists between the ages of 18 and 23 are eligible to apply for the $500 cash award and full registration scholarship to the 2017 SCGS Jamboree to be held in Burbank, California June 9-11, 2017.

The Student Grant was established in 2010 by family and friends in memory of Suzanne Winsor Freeman, family historian and life-long volunteer, and an enthusiastic annual attendee at the SCGS Jamboree. The 2017 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society will provide three-day conference registration to the SCGS Jamboree in June where the award will be presented. This is a unique opportunity for a young genealogist to attend a premiere regional conference and meet genealogists from throughout the nation.

Past recipients include Melanie Frick (Monrovia, California), Paul Woodbury (Provo, Utah). Michael Savoca (Toms River, New Jersey), Elyse Doerflinger (Lomita, California), A.C. Ivory (Salt Lake City, Utah), and Anthony Ray (Palmdale, California).

“The Student Genealogy Grant pays tribute to Suzanne Freeman’s dedication to youth volunteerism and family history by awarding the annual cash grant to a young genealogist attending the SCGS Annual Genealogy Jamboree, Southern California’s premiere regional genealogy conference,” notes Denise Levenick, committee chair and Freeman’s daughter.

“We are especially grateful to Jamboree for providing a three-day conference registration to the grant recipient,” she adds. “SCGS is truly a leader in conference organizations by encouraging youth involvement in genealogy through the student conference scholarship.”

Born in Olathe, Kansas, Suzanne Winsor (Brown) Freeman moved to Orange County, California with her family in the early 1930s where she attended school and lived most of her life. She developed a strong interest in family history sparked by the stories of her mother’s early life in Colorado and Kansas. After retirement Suzanne moved to Green Valley, Arizona where she was active in the local genealogy society. She enjoyed returning to Southern California each year in June to attend the SCGS Jamboree. Suzanne passed away after a brief illness in Tucson, Arizona August 28, 2010.

The $500 cash award pays tribute to these interests by awarding the annual cash grant to a young genealogist attending the Jamboree. In addition, a student scholarship for conference registration to the Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree will be provided by the Jamboree conference.
Any genealogist who is between the ages of 18 and 23 as of June 9, 2017 and a full-time or part-time is eligible to apply. The award will be presented at Jamboree 2017; the recipient must be present to receive the award. See the Grant Application for eligibility details.

Funding for the cash award is provided by the family grant program; Jamboree registration is provided by the conference. Individual contributions to the grant program are welcome at the Student Grant Webpage.

Application deadline is April 15, 2017 midnight Pacific Daylight Time.

Application details and forms are available at the Student Grant Webpage http://www.thefamilycurator.com/swf-grant. Suzanne Winsor Freeman’s Obituary is available here.

New research tool developed for Chicago-area Jewish genealogy

Family history researchers whose Jewish ancestors lived in the Chicago area will be interested in exploring the new free online searchable JGSI Jewish Chicago Database (JJCD). The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois has expanded its existing database of Chicago-area cemetery burial information to include several other useful collections of information with the total number of records now more than 80,000.

To access the JJCD, go to http://jgsi.org/databasesearch. Family history researchers can search the entire database or limit their search to a single component of the full database.

The cemetery information in the JGSI Jewish Chicago Database comprises entries that often include date of death, date of birth and plot location numbers within Chicago-area cemeteries.
Among the additions to the newly expanded database are:

  • Memorial plaque transcriptions and photos from two Chicago synagogues: B’nai Zion-Shaare Tikvah and Lawn Manor Beth Jacob Congregation. These entries often include date of death and transcription of the deceased person’s Hebrew name.
  • Intake reports from the Drexel Home for the Jewish Aged, which was founded in 1891, that record dates of birth and death, cemetery of burial and photos of the handwritten reports, which often include other useful information such as place of birth, year of immigration and names of relatives.
  • Death notices published in the JUF News from 1994 to 2005. These full-text listings include date of death, names of relatives, funeral home, cemetery and other information.
  • An index with date of birth and date of death information extracted from Chicago Tribune death notices published in the latter half of the 1990s.

JGSI volunteers are continuing to work to add further valuable Chicagoland research data to the JGSI Jewish Chicago Database. Database information is still being processed from two Chicago orphanages: the Chicago Jewish Orphans Home, which operated from 1894 to 1942, and the Marks Nathan Jewish Orphan Home, which operated from 1906 to 1948.

If you wish to volunteer for this effort or other JGSI projects, please email volunteers@jgsi.org.

The JJCD project was conceived by Mike Karsen, JGSI past president, with the ultimate objective of combining all possible Chicago-area Jewish genealogical data. A compilation of frequently asked questions related to the JGSI Jewish Chicago Database, created by JGSI webmaster Ron Miller, can be found at http://jgs.jgsi.org/acjd/faq.html.

For more information about the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, see www.jgsi.org.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, March 10, 2017

Over 1.4 million new records and 2.5 million newspaper articles are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;


Victoria Wills & Probate is a vast index containing over 1.3 million records. It lists the names of deceased persons whose estates passed probate through the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne between 1841 and 1989. Wills and probate records are invaluable in family research. Such documentation can provide details of next of kin, property owned, and significant dates. Each record includes a transcript and a number also include images of original Probate documents. Transcripts will reveal your ancestor’s death date, occupation, residence, the date of the grant, the nature of the grant and to whom it was committed. They also include the file number and a link to order a copy of the original from Public Record Office Victoria.
Images may provide the last will and testament of your ancestor and an inventory of your ancestor’s estate (which may include an itemised list of assets and liabilities). These would provide not only insight into your ancestor’s economic standing, but also into your ancestor’s relationships with other family members, friends, and institutions. If you have a family heirloom, inventories can provide details of its acquisition and worth.

Victoria Divorce Cause Books 1861-1938 contains over 39,000 records that will allow you to find out if and when your ancestor submitted a petition for divorce at the Prothonotary’s Office of the Supreme Court in Melbourne.

The divorce cause books include a petitioner’s name and a respondent’s name, as well as the case file number. The original records are handwritten, and each result will include a transcript and an image of the original.

Search over 3,000 records to see if your ancestor died in the Chesterfield Union Workhouse. 1837, Chesterfield became an official poor law union covering 34 parishes and immediately plans were made to build a larger workhouse. Within a month, a new site was purchased, and in 1839, the four-storey Chesterfield Union Workhouse opened.

Each record includes a transcript that will reveal your ancestor’s birth year, death date and chargeable parish. A number also include additional comments, usually a reference to where the person was buried such as buried Stonegravels Church or Chesterfield cemetery.

Was your ancestor was buried in the Tea Gardens cemetery in New South Wales between the years 1898 to 2014? Find out when they died, the location of their burial plot and uncover details of their memorial inscription. Inscriptions may include additional years, dates, and family names.

Search over 200 extracts from the Stroud baptismal register to uncover details of baptisms performed in Karuah, Sawyers Point, Limeburner’s Creek, Carrington, Tahlee, and Swan Bay/Mulwee, including the names, occupations and residence of the parents.

Each record includes a transcript of the original source material that will reveal your ancestors birth date, baptism date, the name of the officiation minister, the names of both parents, their occupations and residence.

British Army, Plovdiv Military Cemetery Burials is a small set of just over 55 records that list the names of the servicemen who either died as prisoners of war or were killed while serving with the British armed forces.

These records allow you to view images of the memorial stones of British servicemen buried in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv Military Cemetery and reveal your ancestor’s date of death, service number, rank, regiment and grave plot.

Over 400 records have been added to our collection of Australian Capital Territory Marriages. The Australian Capital Territory (or ACT) is a self-governing territory in southeast Australia that includes Canberra, Australia’s capital city.

Each record includes a transcript of the original source material that will reveal your ancestor’s marriage date and the name of their spouse. Transcripts will also include the registration number, information that can be used to order a copy of the original certificate from the Office of Regulatory Services.

Over 2.5 million articles and 13 brand new titles are have been added to our collection of historic newspapers this month. This month’s new titles include:

  • Chichester Observer
  • Star Green ‘un
  • Littlehampton Gazette
  • Eastbourne Gazette
  • Bognor Regis Observer
  • Bridlington Free Press
  • Skegness Standard
  • West Sussex County Times
  • Kilsyth Chronicle
  • The Bystander
  • The Tatler
  • Montgomeryshire Express
  • East Anglian Daily Times

TheGenealogist releases Quarter Session Records and Middlesex Colour Tithe Maps


TheGenealogist releases Quarter Session Records and Middlesex Colour Tithe Maps

TheGenealogist is adding to its Court & Criminal records by publishing online a new collection of Quarter Session rolls and books from Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Surrey and Middlesex covering dates from as far back as the 16th century and up to, in some cases, the Victorian period.

Also released at this time are the Middlesex Colour Tithe Maps to join the grayscale maps of the National Tithe records already available on TheGenealogist. This latest issue covers parishes in the County of Middlesex and will allow researchers to view the plots where their ancestors may have owned or occupied land at the time of the survey which took place at the start of Victoria’s reign.

Colour Tithe Map for New Brentford, Middlesex 1838

The Quarter Session records were produced by local courts traditionally held at four set times each year. Being made up of two or more justices of the peace and presided over by a chairman, they sat with a jury at Epiphany (in January), Easter (March/April), Midsummer (June/July) and then at Michaelmas (September/October).

  • Find the names of people before the courts that include those indicted, witnesses, as well as the names of the Justices of the Peace and the Clerks
  • Some of the earliest records in this release reach as far back as 1549 for Middlesex and 1591 in Worcester
  • Indictments can range across a wide number of offences. These include Larceny, Housebreaking, Assault and Riot, Running Unlicensed Alehouses, Receiving Rogues and Not Going to Church on Sunday

We may be amazed at some of the cases that came before the magistrates. One example we found was in 1613, before the Worcestershire Justices, where Margaret Lewys stole ‘an old towell’ at Feckenham. Other proceedings include one involving Daniel Steane who was fined 20s at a private session at Wolston, Warwickshire in 1631. His indictment was for ‘selling less than a full quart of his best ale for a penny’ – showing us that consumers, back then, were equally as concerned with short measures of alcohol as they are today.

Searching these new records, for your ancestors, may also find them appearing in the many Orders handed down by the JPs. These can include the names of people at the bottom rung of society who were in need of financial help from their communities. An example of such, from the Easter 1625 session in Warwickshire, is the case of Anne Harte of Hampton in Arden. Her husband having been ‘pressed for a soldier out of this county and have left her destitute of maintenance and one child’, the Justices of the Quarter Sessions made an order to the effect that Hampton in Arden pay her 4d weekly and find her work; plus, if she were to get sick, the parish officials were to pay her more ‘until this court take order to the contrary’.

Orders for the upkeep of illegitimate children can also be found in these records. In Michaelmas 1632, Katherine Singleton was to have ‘10s out of the treasury towards the keeping of a bastard child’ that had been left with her by a man who had promised to pay her to look after the child and had not returned.

From riotous Luddites to the gentry sitting on the bench, all echelons of society can be found in these fully searchable Quarter Session records for Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Surrey and Middlesex. To search these and the many other records, including the National Tithe Records on TheGenealogist, go to: www.thegenealogist.co.uk

New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of March 6, 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah (8 March 2017)– Good news for those with French heritage this week. Over half a million France 1876 census records have been added to FamilySearch’s database. Search new free records from British Columbia, The Unite…

Registration Opens for Bloggers and Members of the Media Attending 2017 NGS Family History Conference

Registration Opens for the National Genealogical Society's 2017 Family History Conference


ARLINGTON, VA, 8 MARCH 2017— Registration is now open to the press, social media writers, bloggers, radio show hosts, and other media to register for official media credentials for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, 10-13 May 2017. The conference, one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious genealogy conferences, features more than 175 lectures. Topics include methodology, problem-solving, DNA and genealogical research, resources and research techniques for exploring your African American, Native American, female, German and Scots-Irish ancestors, and much, much more. As many as 2,000 genealogists and family historians will be on hand for the conference.

To apply to receive your media credentials, go to http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/official-social-media-press-registration/. Registration is open through 21 March 2017. NGS will notify registrants their acceptance by 24 March 2017. For more information on the NGS Social Media Policy, see http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/press/social-media-policy.

Official media will be

  • permitted to use the official press and blogger logos
  • granted use of the press table at the conference
  • linked to the NGS Family History Conference blog

NGS appreciates the importance of media who regularly draw attention to records, research methods, tools, software, events, and other areas of genealogy. In recognition of the media’s contribution to the field of genealogy, NGS will award the person with the best coverage $100 and next best coverage $50 to use towards attendance at the 2018 Family History Conference.

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.

Israel: Holy Land tour and genealogy conference

Adelaide, South Australia, 8 March 2017 – Unlock the Past announces another innovative event – a Holy Land tour and associated genealogy conference (Israel).

10-day Holy Land tour – 23 October – 1 November 2017
http://www.theisraeltours.com

This is organised in partnership with the Israel Travel Centre. It is a general Holy Land tour timed around, and taking in, the 31 October centenary commemoration of the Charge of the ANZAC Light Horse on Beersheba on 31 October 1917.

The general tour will visit many places of Christian/biblical interest, as well as later Christian and general history – Caesarea built by Herod the Great, the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Jerusalem (2 days and 2 nights), the Dead Sea, Masada (the last stronghold of the Jewish rebellion against the Romans) and Abrahams Well and Visitor Center, Beersheba … and more.

The battle of Beersheba was part of the wider British offensive collectively known as the third Battle of Gaza. … The final phase of this all-day battle was the famous mounted charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade. Commencing at dusk, members of the brigade stormed through the Turkish defences and seized the strategic town of Beersheba. The capture of Beersheba enabled British Empire forces to break the Ottoman line near Gaza on 7 November and advance into Palestine – from the Australian War Memorial.

2-day genealogy conference – Tel Aviv 1-2 November 2017

This is separate from, but immediately follows the tour. Unlock the Past is organising this in association with Israeli based MyHeritage as conference sponsor and host. It will feature 12 main presentations on a variety of topics – British Isles, Europe, Jewish genealogy, DNA, War in Palestine and MyHeritage’s technologies for genealogy.

Presenters include Caroline Gurney (England), Daniel Horowitz (Israel) and Judy Russell (US) … and others yet to be announced.

Follow developments and discussion – on the tour/conference Facebook page.

Unlock the Past

Unlock the Past was established in 2009. It is the event and publishing division of Gould Genealogy & History which has served family and local historians since 1976. It is a collaborative venture involving an international team of expert speakers, writers, organisations and commercial partners to promote history and genealogy through innovative major events and a new publishing brand. It also maintains general and events directories online.

MyHeritage www.myheritage.com – is the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages. Learn about content, technologies, and services at MyHeritage designed to help you discover new information about your family and to find previously unknown ancestors.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, March 3, 2017

Over 833,000 records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including;

Scotland Post Office Directories contains over 382,000 records and allows you to explore thousands of pages of directories to learn more about the life and work of your Scottish ancestors. Many of these directories focus on a particular town or district although a number of national postal directories are also included. The majority comprise a description of the place along with lists of people by occupation. For example, you will find lists of magistrates, councillors, sheriffs, police officers, and merchants.

The records are presented as images and do not contain transcripts. The detail you will find on each page will depend on the type and date of the directory, although most will reveal your ancestor’s residence and occupation.

Did your ancestor own a pub in Shetland, or was your ancestor the local magistrate in Aberdeen? Browse 598 volumes of Post office directories to find out.

Post directories are an excellent source for family historians wanting to trace ancestors on a yearly basis. They allow you to fill in the gaps between the census records and are an excellent resource for local historians. Directories will give you a better understanding of where your ancestor lived, such as how many businesses were in the town, how many schools, what day was the market day, and how big was the town.

The 1842 Lower Canada Census contains over 46,000 records. The Province of Lower Canada was a British colony on the lower Saint Lawrence River and the shores of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence between 1791 and 1841. It covered the southern portion of the modern-day Province of Quebec and the Labrador region of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Each search result will provide you with an image of the original document and a transcript. The original returns were printed in French and English and each transcript will reveal your ancestor’s occupation, language, where they lived and the number of inhabitants at their dwelling. Images can provide detailed information about the local area such as number of inhabited and uninhabited buildings, the number of barley mills, tanneries, distilleries, and the price of wheat since the last harvest, the price of agricultural labour per day and more.

Explore over 13,000 records taken from volumes of birth, marriage, and death records from the Russian Orthodox Church in London. The records also include correspondences, congregational records, and church documents. The majority of the volumes are written in Russian although a limited number of English-language records are available.

The Russian Orthodox Church records are available as a browse set. You can search the records by the document description such as Births, marriages, deaths, converts, and passports, 1888-1919 or Donations to St Petersburg Guardianship for Poor Clergymen, 1863. You will find numerous correspondences with other church leaders in London, America, Russia, and Japan, as well as documents related to religious doctrine. The facts found in each volume will depend on the type of record you are viewing. Birth, marriage, and death records will include the individual’s name, event date, and place, while birth and marriage records will also include the names of the individual’s parents.


Over 7,000 new records have been added to our collection of Yorkshire Monumental Inscriptions. The entire collection now contains over 103,000 records and cover 174 burial sites across the county.
Each result will provide you with a transcript. There are no images available with this collection. The detail in each record will vary depending on the age and condition of the memorial as well as which family history society transcribed the record. Most will include a combination of your ancestor’s birth year, death year, memorial location, inscription and a brief description of the monument.
Britain, Knights of the Realm & Commonwealth index

New records have been added to the Knights of the Realm & Commonwealth index. The index covers 17 different honours and decorations, both current and dormant, and includes records dating back to the 11th century.

The Knights of the Realm Index is comprised of individual transcripts that list a recipient’s name, birth year, death year (if applicable), the type of award they received and the date they received it. Transcripts can also include a biography which will often include the recipient’s rank or position/occupation and any additional remarks, such as where they were dubbed.

New records have been added to our collection of Anglo-Boer War records. This unique database of more than 470 sources may reveal the unit your ancestor served with and any medals, honours, or awards they won. The register also contains a completely revised casualty list of 59,000 casualty records.

The Register is a unique database for genealogists, military historians and medal collectors. Each record contains a transcript that will reveal your ancestors service number, rank, the unit & regiment they served with, details of any medals, honours or awards they received and any memorials relating to their death.

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, 21 March, 8:00 p.m. Eastern

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, 21 March, 8:00 p.m. Eastern

“Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name” by Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG

This lecture reviews tactics for sorting our ancestors from other men or women of the same name in the same general time period and location.  Several case studies show how these methods were effective.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will present “Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name” by Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, free to the public at 8:00 p.m. EDT21 March 2017.

Rebecca Whitman Koford holds a Certified Genealogist credential. Her focus is in American research with special emphasis in Maryland and has been taking clients and lecturing since 2004. She has spoken for the National Genealogical Society Conference, Maryland State Archives, and for groups in Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Delaware. She is a board member of the Maryland Genealogical Society and volunteers at the Family History Center in Frederick, Maryland. She has published articles in the NGS Magazine and the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal. She is a graduate of the ProGen Study Group, an online peer-led study program based on the book Professional Genealogy by Elizabeth Shown Mills; she was appointed ProGen Administrator in January 2015. Rebecca is currently very enthusiastic about the Society of Preservation Patriots project sponsored by FGS, an effort to digitize original military records from the National Archives. Rebecca lives in Mt. Airy, Maryland, with three active teenagers and a very patient husband.

“We are pleased to offer these educational opportunities to the community,” 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.”

Register for “Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name” by Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, before 21 March 2017at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6102864957247405057.

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

View BCG’s past Legacy webinars at http://familytreewebinars.com/bcg and http://bcgcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars. For more information on educational opportunities, please visit: http://www.BCGcertification.org/certification/educ.html.

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.