Month: April 2017

TheGenealogist releases over 100,000 Parish Records and thousands of voter records

In time for the snap general election, TheGenealogist is adding to its Polls and Electoral records by publishing online a new collection of Poll books ranging from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.

These new records released today offer a tantalising snapshot of our ancestors interaction with the Church and the State of the past.

  • Find the names of people and their ‘place of abode’ in the electoral registers
  • Discover the nature of their qualification to vote, such as possessing a Corn Warehouse, a Workshop, a House, or owning a Brewhouse
  • Some of the earliest records in this release reach as far back as 1209 when the king who was known as Johan sanz Terre (John Lackland) ruled the country
  • The Parish Records are one of the most useful of all resources for family historians as they can be used to find the baptism, marriage or death of an ancestor at a time before the civil registration of births marriages and deaths

The records cover 35 different registers of people who were entitled to vote in Wakefield, West Yorkshire and other constituencies situated in Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset and New Westminster in Canada. These have been added to our Poll and Electoral Roll collection covering millions of records.

At the same time TheGenealogist continues to expand its vast Parish Record collections with the addition of 100,000 new individuals added for the County of Worcestershire and additionally the Registers of the Parish Church of Rochdale in Lancashire that covers the period between 1642 and 1700.

Also being released at this time are some records that will take the researcher all the way back to ancient times!

The Roll of Mayors of the Borough and Lord Mayors of the City of Leicester records the names of men holding that office from between the 10th year of the reign of King John in 1209 and all through history to 1935.

The first Mayor listed in the Roll of Mayors of the Borough and Lord Mayors of the City of Leicester

The Worcestershire Parish Records were added through a partnership with Malvern FHS while the electoral records are taken from the official lists produced to record who was entitled to vote in the various parliamentary elections.

To search these and many other records on TheGenealogist, go to: www.thegenealogist.co.uk

New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of April 10, 2017


SALT LAKE CITY, UT This week nearly 2 million free indexed historic records were published in FamilySearch’s United States collections including significant new vital records for Rhode Island, Maine and Connecticut.  Three million historic record images were added for Italy (Benevento, Brescia, Napoli, and Trapani), along with additions to England, Ghana, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, and Pennsylvania. Search these new free records and more at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below. Find and share this announcement easily online 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
England, Durham Diocese, Marriage Bonds & Allegations, 1692-1900
40,317
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ghana, Accra, Marriages, 1863-2003
13,402
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy, Trapani, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1906-1928
0
1,141,588
Added images to an existing collection
Italy, Brescia, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1797-1815, 1866-1943
0
620,801
New browsable image collection.
Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865
0
164,991
Added images to an existing collection
Italy, Benevento, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1810-1942
0
1,077,809
Added images to an existing collection
Poland, Lublin Roman Catholic Church Books, 1784-1964
42,704
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (Stellenbosch Archive), 1690-2011
3,133
61,679
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895-1972
16,456
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Sweden, Kronoberg Church Records, 1589-1921; index 1612-1860
26,409
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921
465,527
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010
669
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Connecticut Marriages, 1640-1939
755,384
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Rhode Island, Vital records, 1846-1898, 1901-1953
528,204
32,524
New indexed records and images collection
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 5,004 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, April 28, 2017

There are over 782,000 new records available to search this weekend, including;

Over 18,000 records have been added to our collection of Kent Baptisms. The new additions cover the parishes of from Bapchild, Brompton, Chatham, New Gillingham, Wingham and Wittersham. Kent Baptisms spans the years 1538 to 1988 and covers 127 parishes across the English County. Each record includes a transcript of the original source material that will allow you to find out when your ancestor was born, when and where they were baptised, their residence, parent’s names and father’s occupation. A number may also reveal additional information such as the mother’s maiden name and/or additional notes.

Over 3,000 records have been added to our collection of Kent Banns. The new additions cover the parishes of Bapchild, Biddenden, and Wittersham. Each record includes a transcript of the original banns book that will reveal the couple’s names, their home parishes, marital status, where their banns were announced and the date they were read.

A whopping 312,000 new records have been added to our collection of Kent parish marriage records. The new additions cover the parishes of Bapchild, Biddenden, Kilndown, Tenterden, and Wittersham. The entire collection now contains over 693,000 records from over 149 parishes across the county. Each transcript will reveal information about both your ancestor and their spouse, allowing you to effectively add a whole new branch to your family tree. Each record will reveal the couple’s names, birth years, occupations, father’s names, father’s occupations, residence, witnesses, marriage date and location.


Over 18,000 new records covering the parishes of Bapchild, Kilndown, Tenterden, and Wittersham have been added to our collection of Kent Burials. The entire collection now contains over 421,000 records covering 116 parishes across the county. Each transcript will reveal your ancestors age at death and their residence as well as when and where they were laid to rest. A number of records may also reveal additional information such as their occupation, dedication and notes on their marital status, parent’s names and whether they were a “foundling”.


Over 23,000 records have been added to our collection of North West Kent Baptisms. North West Kent, is used to describe areas within the London boroughs which were historically part of Kent. Each record includes a transcript that will reveal your ancestors birth date, residence, the date and location of their baptism, parent’s names and father’s occupation.

An additional 15,000 records have been added to our collection of North West Kent Burials that will allow you to discover if your ancestor was buried in the Garden of England. Each transcript will reveal your ancestor’s age at death, residence, place of burial and burial date. A number of records may also include a brief description and/or additional notes.

Over 401,089 new articles and one brand new title have been added to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers. The Ballymena Weekly Telegraph is the latest publication to join the collection and currently covers the years 1904, 1906-1916, 1921-1929 and 1931-1957.

Findmypast Encourage Budding Genealogists To Get Started With Five Days of Free Access to Over 1.8 Billion Essential Records

  • From Thursday 27th April until 1st May 2017, over 1.9 billion birth marriage, death & and census records will be completely free to search and explore at Findmypast
  • This includes 595 million UK BMDs, the largest collection available online, over 80 million exclusive parish records you won’t find anywhere else, over 13 million Catholic Sacramental Registers covering England, Ireland, Scotland & the US, and over 168 million United States Marriages

London, UK, 27th April 2017

Findmypast is encouraging fledgling family historians to start their journey of discovery by providing five days of free access to their entire collection of birth, marriage, death and census records. From 09:00 BST, 27th April until 23:00 BST, May 1st 2017, all record matches on Findmypast Family trees and the 1.9 billion records they cover will be completely free to view and explore.
By providing free access to these essential beginner records, Findmypast aims to help budding genealogists start building their family tree and discover new ancestors through their records. Researchers will also be provided with daily getting started guides, expert insights and useful how-to blogs over the course of the free access period. A free webinar entitled “Start Your Family History Journey” will also be broadcast at 4pm BST, Friday April 28th.

For the next five days, all visitors to Findmypast will be able to access all of the following records for free;

  • Over 595 million UK birth, marriages & death records including exclusive parish collections
  • The Catholic Heritage Archive – a rich archive of over 13 million baptisms, marriages, burials & Sacramental registers from Ireland, Scotland, Westminster, Birmingham and Philadelphia – only available on Findmypast
  • Over 370 million US & Canadian vital records
  • Over 9 million Irish census records including the 1901 & 1911 census – the only Irish censuses to survive intact
  • Over 27 million Australian & New Zealand BMDS
  • Over 257 million UK census records including all intact national censuses and a variety of early census fragments
  • Over 704 million US & Canadian Census records
  • Over 487,000 Australian & New Zealand Census records

All 1.9 billion records covered by the free access period are automatically matched against the names, dates and locations stored in Findmypast’s online Family Tree Builder. As information is added, Findmypast does all the hard work by sifting through the archives to instantly identify potential matches. Once potential matches have been made, users can quickly and easily review possible leads before adding the relevant information to their tree.

Keeping a tree on Findmypast is the first step towards exploring their archive of more than 8 billion records from around the world, more than 1 billion of which aren’t available anywhere else online.

About Findmypast

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

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research.

In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitized records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. Findmypast, in association with The National Archives, recently launched the 1939 Register, a record of 41 million lives on the eve of World War II.

Pre-Registration Closes Tomorrow 27 April For the NGS Conference and All Ticketed Events

ARLINGTON, VA, 26 APRIL 2017—Tomorrow is the last day to pre-register for the NGS Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, 10-13 May 2017. Pre-conference registration ends 27 April 2017. On-site registration and check-in will be available beginning at 12:00 noon, 9 May 2017, in the Raleigh Convention Center.

Your last chance to register for meals and social events also closes on 27 April 2017. Ticket purchases will not be available on-site at the conference for meals or social events. All tours and workshops are already sold out, plus several luncheons. For conference information and to register, go to http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register/.

The conference program, Family History Lives Here, features more than 175 lectures from basic to advanced genealogical research, including eighteen presentations on DNA science and methodology. The BCG Skillbuilding lectures are always one of the most welcome and well-attended tracks. Finding records and effectively using them is the focus of fifty-seven lectures. Among the types of records discussed are a wide range of religious records, military and associated records, North Carolina and regional U.S. records, and African American and Native American records.

The Exhibit Hall bustles with excitement for four days as more than 80 genealogical vendors and societies display their latest goods and services. NGS exhibitors are counting down the days to meet genealogists in Raleigh and share their latest products and news of improvements they have worked on in the past year. They enjoy the opportunity to communicate one-on-one with genealogists, inspiring and educating them on how to achieve better and better research results.

Luncheons and the NGS Banquet

Participating organizations sponsor several meal events during the conference. Seats are still available for the NCGS Society Host Event “Pig Pickin,” the NGS Banquet with guest speaker Stuart Watson, an award-winning investigative reporter, who used his investigative skills to find his birth mother, and some of the luncheons. Make your reservations now at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register/.

Add Items to an Existing Registration

To add to your current registration, log on at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.

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

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

Announcing nationalDNAday.com


Come Celebrate National DNA and Learn More about DNA Testing
for Genealogy and Family History

April 23, 2017 – Chicago, IL. Educator and author Thomas MacEntee announces the creation of nationalDNAday.com – a new resource about DNA testing for genealogy and family history research.

Are you curious about DNA testing? Ever wonder about your ethnic background and where you come from? Are you trying to find a birth parent or a long-lost sibling?

Personal DNA testing has provided amazing opportunities for many over the past few years. During National DNA Day 2017, you can get all your DNA testing questions answered including:

  • Which DNA test is right for me?
  • What is the difference between the DNA companies including Ancestry, MyHeritage, 23andme, Family Tree DNA and others?
  • What is the latest news in the genetic genealogy field?
  • What other family members should I have tested for DNA?
  • How can I save money on DNA test kits and educational products?
  • What will the DNA test data reveal?
  • How private are DNA tests?

Get answers to these questions and many more during National DNA Day at nationalDNAday.com!

About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional based in the United States who is also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more.

Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.”

Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

About High-Definition Genealogy

High-Definition Genealogy provides various services to the genealogy and family history community including market research, consulting, education, and more.

Thomas MacEntee is the driving force between High-Definition Genealogy whose goal is to help companies, non-profits and individual “focus” on family history. Thomas has been involved with genealogy and family history for close to 20 years and for the past eight years has dedicated himself professionally to various aspects of the genealogy industry.

Follow High-Definition Genealogy on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/hidefgen), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/hidefgen) and at http://hidefgen.com.

Mobile Conference App Now Available for the NGS 2017 Family History Conference

ARLINGTON, VA, 24 APRIL 2017—The Mobile Conference App for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2017 Family History Conference is now available. This conference will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, from 10‒13 May 2017. To download the free NGS Conference App, go to http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/mobile-app/.

The NGS Conference App is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and web-enabled devices. Search your app store for NGS Family. If you already have the 2015 or 2016 NGS mobile app, go to settings within the app and tap “Exit to Conference.” Choose NGS 2017, then tap download.

Some of the convenient features on the app allows users to

  • stay organized with the Dashboard’s up-to-the-minute information;
  • find all conference information in one place with “About NGS 2017 Family History Conference”;
  • receive important real-time communications from NGS with Alerts;
  • follow and join in on the conference chatter with the built-in Twitter feed. The Twitter hashtag is #NGS2017GEN;
  • sync your schedule across multiple devices;
  • locate sessions and exhibitors on the convention center maps;
  • connect, message, and share schedules with your colleagues through the Friends feature; and
  • link to syllabus material for each lecture, which will be available beginning in early May
  • take and save notes.

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

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.

IDG Introduces their Newest of In-Brief Research Guide: “Pennsylvania genealogy” by elissa scalise powell

The In-Depth Genealogist (IDG) is pleased to present their newest in-brief research guide in the research series by writer, Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, entitled “An In-Brief Guide to Pennsylvania Genealogy.” Elissa is a western Pennsylvania researcher and co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She is a past-president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and coordinator of the IGHR “Professional Genealogy” course since 2007 She was an instructor for Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate course (2008-2016) and co-coordinator of SLIG’s 2013 “Credentialing: AG, CG, or Both?” course. Elissa’s familiarity with Pennsylvania history and research helps make this research guide a real value to anyone wanting to go further with their Pennsylvania ancestors.

Pennsylvania’s nickname, the Keystone State, is true in genealogy as well. Many of our early ancestors first came to America through the port of Philadelphia which was also the nation’s first capital before it moved to Washington, D.C. “Penn’s woods” welcomed people of all faiths and ethnicities making it Penn’s “Holy Experiment.” The westward expansion of the early 1800s toward Pittsburgh and the head of the Ohio River saw our ancestors open new territories. The industrial revolution of the late 1800s and early 1900s brought new immigrant workers to the coal mines and steel mills of Pennsylvania. The Allegheny Mountains, which run through the center of the state, were a barrier to westward expansion and still divide the state today with differences from language accents and food to sports and politics.

“An In-Brief Guide to Pennsylvania Genealogy” is available now as a PDF ($2.75) and a printed laminated guide, 8.5” x 11” ($9.95 + shipping) through The In-Depth Genealogist Store (http://theindepthgenealogist.com/shop-idg/idg-products/). IDG has published twelve guides which are all available as 4-page PDFs and laminated print versions. Subscribers to the digital magazine, Going In-Depth, receive a 10% discount on purchase of each guide.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, April 21, 2017

Over 128,000 brand new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday, Including;


Over 76,000 additional records have been added to the Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law 1916-1921 collection. These once classified records, digitised from original documents held by The National Archives in Kew, record the struggles of life under martial law in Ireland and contain the details of soldiers and civilians who participated in or were affected by the Easter Rising of April 1916.

Your ancestor may be found in the records if they were killed or wounded during the conflict, arrested and held in internment, or tried by court martial. Additionally, if their home or place of work was searched they may appear in the records as the collection shows the efforts of the military and police to discover arms, ammunition and seditious material through thousands of raids.

Discover your ancestor’s baptism, marriage, or burial with over 10,000 records taken from original parish registers from Christ Church Cathedral in New South Wales. The records span the years 1804 to 1900 and will reveal the names of your ancestor’s parents.
Currently the collection holds just over 5,000 baptisms, around 2,200 marriages records, and just over 3,300 burials. Some burials have also been transcribed from newspapers and other sources.

Explore this index of over 19,000 records to see if your ancestors crossed the Atlantic and uncover details of their voyage. Each record will reveal the individual’s age, status, nationality, occupation and details of their voyage.

These records pertain to British and non-British passengers and crewmen arriving at Sydney from 1 January to 31 March 1881. There are a number of reasons why someone may be missing – or appear missing – from the 1881 British census such as death, misspellings, transcription errors, temporary absences and migration. Emigration was perhaps more common than assumed – over 4 million people are estimated to have emigrated from the British Isles (including Ireland) between 1853 and 1975.

Over 2,000 records have been added to our Australia, Boer War Contingents collection. Each record includes a transcript that will reveal your ancestor’s place of birth, place of enlistment, contingent, rank, awards and any additional notes.

The Second Boer War lasted from 11 October 1899 until 31 May 1902. It was fought between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the South African Republic and the Orange Free State. As part of the British war effort, troops were gathered from various colonies of the British Empire, including Australia. Australia sent eight contingents comprising around 15,000 men and women.

Over 19,000 records have been added to our collection of New South Wales, Closer Settlement and Returned Soldiers Transfer Files. These land transfer records can help you determine the property dealings of your New South Wales ancestors and see if they were involved in transferring land ownership. The records also include files relating to returned servicemen from the First World War who took part in the soldier settlement scheme.

Each record includes a transcript. The amount of information listed varies widely, but the records may include reveal your ancestor’s name, residence, settlement purchase number, settlement purchase area, farm number, the date of transfer and any additional notes.

Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for May 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah (20 April 2017), The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah has announced its free family history classes and webinars for May 2017.  Participants can conveniently attend in person or online. The May calendar will offer classes on how to succeed researching Belgium, British Isles, Colombia,  ​France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and US records-related classes, as well as a variety of how-to classes. Mark your calendars for events you want to join so you don’t forget. Find and easily share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

Online classes offered in the schedule are noted as “Webinars”. Webinars noted in red this month have limited attendance and require registration. Click on the title to register in advance. 
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).

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
Tue, 2-May, 10:00 AM Overview of FamilySearch.org (Beginner) WebinarM Lab
Wed, 3-May, 10:00 AM Spanish Language Records Indexing (1½ hrs) (Intermediate) WebinarM Lab
Wed, 3-May, 1:00 PM Understanding Places in Ireland (Beginner) WebinarB2 Lab
Wed, 3-May, 3:00 PM Ask Your United States Research Question (Beginner) WebinarB2 Lab
Thur, 4-May, 11:00 AM Starting Family Tree: Attaching FamilySearch Sources to your Tree (Intermediate) WebinarM Lab
Thur, 4-May, 1:00 PM British Case Study (Beginner) WebinarB2 Lab
Fri, 5-May, 1:00 PM United States Case Study (Intermediate) WebinarB2 Lab
Sat, 6-May, 1:00 PM Recursos genealógicos de Colombia (Beginner) WebinarB1 Lab
Mon, 8-May, 10:00 AM Using the FHL Catalog Effectively (Beginner) WebinarM Lab
Tue, 9-May, 11:00 AM Norwegian Emigration: The Experience (Beginner) WebinarMain C
Tue, 9-May, 11:00 AM What is New at FamilySearch.org (Beginner) WebinarM Lab
Wed, 10-May, 10:00 AM Italian Language Records Indexing (1½ hrs) (Intermediate) WebinarM Lab
Thur, 11-May, 11:00 AM Using Social Media for Family History (Beginner) WebinarMain C
Mon, 15-May, 9:00 AM Finding German Places of Origin (Intermediate) WebinarMain B/C
Mon, 15-May, 10:00 AM Using the FHL Catalog Effectively (Beginner) WebinarM Lab
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, 1:00 PM Tips and Tricks of Using FamilySearch’s Historical Records (Intermediate) WebinarM Lab
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, 10:00 AM French Language Records Indexing (1½ hrs) (Intermediate) WebinarM Lab
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, 11:00 AM Starting Family Tree: Submitting Names for Temple Work (Intermediate) WebinarM Lab
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
Sat, 20-May, 1:00 PM Diviértete con tus hijos creando una fiesta de Historia Familiar (Beginner) WebinarB1 Lab
Mon, 22-May, 10:00 AM Using the FHL Catalog Effectively (Beginner) WebinarM Lab
Tue, 23-May, 11:00 AM
FamilySearch Wiki (Beginner) WebinarM Lab
Tue, 23-May, 1:00 PM
Tracing Scottish Ancestry Online (Beginner) WebinarB2 Lab
Wed, 24-May, 10:00 AM
Portuguese Language Records Indexing (1½ hrs) (Intermediate) WebinarM Lab
Wed, 24-May, 2:00 PM
Databases for Swedish Genealogy (Intermediate) WebinarMain B
Thu, 25-May, 10:00 AM
United States Census: Techniques and Strategies for Finding
Elusive Ancestors (Beginner)
WebinarMain B
Thur, 25-May, 1:00 PM
Tracing Elusive Ancestry in England’s North Country (Intermediate) WebinarB2 Lab
Tue, 30-May, 1:00 PM
Starting Family Tree: Open Questions and Answers (Beginner) WebinarM Lab
Wed, 31-May, 10:00 AM
Dutch Language Records Indexing ( 1½ hrs) (Intermediate) WebinarM Lab
Wed, 31-May, 1:00 PM
Your British/Irish Research Questions Answered (Beginner) WebinarB2 Lab

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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.

Registration for the NGS Conference and All Ticketed Events Closes 27 April 2017

ARLINGTON, VA, 20 APRIL 2017 – Only ten days are left to pre-register for the NGS Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, 10-13 May 2017. Pre-conference registration ends 27 April 2017. On-site registration and check-in will be available beginning at 12:00 noon, 9 May 2017, in the Raleigh Convention Center.

Registration for all meals, social events, and workshops also closes on 27 April 2017. Ticket purchases will not be available on-site at the conference for meals, social events, or workshops. For conference information and to register, go to http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register/.

The conference program, Family History Lives Here, features more than 175 lectures from basic to advanced genealogical research, including eighteen presentations on DNA science and methodology. Finding records and effectively using them is the focus of fifty-seven lectures. Among the types of records discussed are a wide range of religious records, military and associated records, North Carolina and regional U.S. records, and African American and Native American records.

Luncheons and the NGS Banquet

Participating organizations sponsor several meal events during the conference. Seats are still available for some of the luncheons, the NCGS Society Host Event “Pig Pickin’”, and the NGS Banquet with guest speaker Stuart Watson, an award-winning investigative reporter, who used his investigative skills to find his birth mother. Make your reservations now at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register/.

Add Items to an Existing Registration

To add to your current registration, log on at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.

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

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

Access to Thirty-Two Probate-Related Databases on AmericanAncestors.org Is Free from April 18 to April 25

Access to Thirty-Two Probate-Related Databases  on AmericanAncestors.org Is Free from April 18 to April 25


At AmericanAncestors.org/probate, Free Educational and Instructional Resources Are Available to Help Utilize Probate Records in Genealogical Research


April 18, 2017—Boston, Massachusetts—New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is offering free access to thirty-two probate-related databases for one week—from Tuesday, April 18, through midnight (EDST) Tuesday, April 25—with registration as a free Guest Member on AmericanAncestors.org. These databases contain some of the earliest probate records of colonial Massachusetts and other New England colonies and states, as well as New York, and New Brunswick, Canada.

AmericanAncestors.org/probate provides a wide variety of information and features on the use of probate records in family history research, and brings the probate research expertise of NEHGS staff to genealogists of all levels. It is a gateway to a deeper understanding of the use of probate documents in the study of one’s family history.

Probate records can be a powerful resource for genealogists and other researchers. These papers document legal decisions that explain how an individual’s estate is distributed to heirs, dependents, and creditors. Probates may list a person’s spouse, children, and other relatives. They may also contain important clues to a person’s financial status, by including a list of worldly possessions at the time of death. These details can reveal a lot about an ancestor’s personal life in addition to being a reliable proof of identity and may provide previously unknown information about an ancestor to add to the family tree.

Listen to a free webinar about using probate records on AmericanAncestors.org

Using New England Probate Records, a sixty-minute webinar presented by David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist at NEHGS, is available free to all visitors to the site. The webinar offers guidance on how to get the most out of all probate records, with special emphasis on those resources available at the NEHGS library and archives and online at AmericanAncestors.org.

About American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is America’s founding genealogical organization and the most respected name in family history. Established in 1845, it is the nation’s leading resource for family history research. NEHGS provides comprehensive family history services through an expert staff, original scholarship, educational opportunities, world- class research center, and award-winning website, AmericanAncestors.org, to help family historians of all levels explore their past and understand their families’ unique place in history.

A member-based, nonprofit institution serving more than 220,000 members, NEHGS is dedicated to advancing the study of family history in America and beyond, by educating, inspiring, and connecting people through our scholarship, collections, and expertise.

NEHGS’s resources, expertise, and service are unmatched in the field and its leading staff of onsite and online genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, Italian, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, Chinese, and Jewish research. AmericanAncestors.org, the most-used genealogical society website in the world, offers more than 1.3 billion searchable family history records spanning twenty-two countries covering the United States, the British Isles, continental Europe, and beyond. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99-101 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, is home to the largest collection of original family history research materials in the country with more than 28 million items dating from the fourteenth century to the present, including diaries, letters, photographs, books, and microfilm.

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Seeks an Editor for The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) is seeking an editor to produce The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. The current editor, Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS has announced her plans to retire by the end of 2017.

Continuously published since 1870, The Record is the second oldest genealogical journal in the country and one of the most distinguished. Published quarterly, it concentrates on people and places connected to New York City, State, and region and features compiled genealogies, solutions to problems, and unique source material.

The editor is responsible for:

  • Receiving, tracking, evaluating, soliciting, and editing articles and transcribed material.
  • Maintaining the highest standards of scholarship.
  • Overseeing the production of each issue of The Record. While a volunteer group of contributing editors may support the production of each issue, ultimate responsibility for producing each issue on schedule lies with the editor.

The editor will:

  • Work in partnership with scholars, and senior members of the NYG&B team to determine editorial policy and the continued strategic development of The Record.
  • Have significant editorial independence, and also work in tandem with the management of the NYG&B as needed. For example, as part of their contract, they might attend some board meetings, represent the NYG&B at conferences, and conduct workshops and lectures.
  • Have a reputation in the field consistent with the outgoing editor and recent editors.
  • Have published in scholarly journals and have had experience with the peer-review process
  •  Be well organized; respectful of deadlines and detail; comfortable working with people who have varying levels of expertise; and open to considering ideas and innovation in the world of scholarly publication.

The NYG&B is open to innovative proposals for the production of The Record which might include co-editors or other elements. The editor is an independent contractor with annual compensation (paid monthly).

It is desirable that the new editor be able to join the editorial team of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record by July 1, 2017 and assist with the production from that point forward until the retirement of the current editor in December 2017.

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society was founded in 1869 and represents thousands of genealogists across the United States. The NYG&B’s website, newyorkfamilyhistory.org offers a wealth of resources for those researching in New York including access to the eLibrary, Research Aides, and other tools. The NYG&B is an active publisher. In addition to The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, the NYG&B publishes a member magazine, New York Researcher four times per year and a series of guide books including New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer and New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians. The Record and its editor play a critical role in the fulfillment of the Society’s mission.

Letters of inquiry, proposals, and resumes may be to D. Joshua Taylor, President (jtaylor@nygbs.org), The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 36 West 44th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10036.

NGS To Live Stream Ten Genealogy Lectures During the Family History Conference in May

ARLINGTON, VA, 17 April 2017 — The National Genealogical Society will live stream ten important genealogy lectures during the May 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. Five lectures focus on DNA’s role in genealogical research. The other five from the BCG Skillbuilding track will center on building a family researcher’s skills and expertise. These lectures will be among more than 175 offered at the conference, 10−13 May 2017. Details about the live streaming program, plus additional conference recordings, can be found on the PlaybackNGS Website. NGS members and others across the United States and overseas, who are unable to attend the conference in person, are invited to sign up for these live streaming broadcasts.
NGS has selected some of the most popular topics and nationally recognized speakers for the two featured tracks. Registrants for live streaming can sign up for a one day or a two day pass.
  • Track One: Viewers will be able to stream five lectures on “DNA” from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, 11 May 2017. These lectures will demonstrate how DNA has revolutionized genealogy problem solving, clarified contradictions in records, and found female ancestors without a known maiden name. They will also offer advice on the best practices for analyzing autosomal DNA.
  • Track Two: Five “BCG Skillbuilding” lectures by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will be live streamed from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 12 May 2017. This set of lectures will teach how to probe documents beyond the obvious, find rich evidence in deeds, use an ancestors’ neighbors, prepare a Genealogical Proof Summary, and build a solid conclusion from disparate evidence. 
Registration for live streaming will close at midnight10 May 2017, to watch the sessions in real time and as they happen. The Livestream special-value conference pricing will continue to be available for purchase until midnight14 May 2017, and will provide video streamed on-demand. After 14 May, the ten video sessions are available to order with the Video Pass package on the Conference Recordings page. All registrants of packages will receive an electronic version of the NGS 2017 Family History Conference Syllabus.
Instructions for viewing the live streaming will be sent to registrants on 9 May 2017.
Track
Selection
Included
Formats
Member
Price
Non-Member
Price

Track Descriptions

One Day Pass (track one or track two) 5 Live Streaming + 3 Month Video on Demand Access  $95.00 $115.00 DNA. Five lectures on Thursday, 11 May 2017,
or 
BCG Skillbuilding. Five lectures on Friday, 12 May 2017.
Two Days Pass (track one andtrack two) 10 Live Streaming + 3 Month Video on Demand Access $150.00 $185.00 DNA. Five lectures on Thursday, 11 May 2017,
and 
BCG Skillbuilding. Five lectures on Friday, 12 May 2017.
NGS has selected Playback Now to broadcast the live sessions and to provide the recorded sessions for later viewing. Conference participants can benefit by selecting different presentations while attending the conference and expanding their overall conference experience. They will have three months following the conference to view and repeat the video live streaming sessions (through 13 August 2017), and six months following the conference to stream or download audio files.
Reminder: If you are attending the 4-day event in Raleigh, online conference registration will close on 27 April 2017. Registration by mail must be postmarked by 27 April. Registration in person opens at noon on Tuesday, 9 Mayat the Raleigh Convention Center.

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

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, April 14, 2017

There are over 1.1 million new records available to search this Findmypast Friday including;

British Columbia Estate Files contains over 783,000 records that allow you to delve through probate estate files pertaining to the judicial districts of British Columbia; the County Court and the Supreme Court. Probate estate records are a valuable resource for family history research, providing vital details such as dates, names, and locations to help grow your family tree. Included in this collection is a probate index for the district of Vancouver, sorted alphabetically by last name.

This collection is browse only. There are no transcripts. To find your ancestor, you will need to browse through the images. You can narrow results by year, document, court, and district. The amount of information you will discover may vary but most will reveal the deceased’s rank or profession, the date, location and cause of their death, when it was registered, the name of their physician, the signature, description, and residence of informant and any additional remarks. In some instances, full probate records may be available, including details of next of kin and the deceased’s estate. Estate details may involve an inventory and valuation list. Additional biographical information may also be recorded such as occupations.

Did your ancestor leave behind a significant estate or inherit a fortune from a distant relative? Britain, missing beneficiaries and unclaimed estates contains over 500 records from Dougal’s Index Register to Next of Kin, Heirs at Law and Cases of Unclaimed Money Advertisements from 1910. The publication looks specifically at properties or estates registered in chancery court, which have gone unclaimed because a deceased person did not create a will or did not have any known descendants. The book comprises lists of titles of causes in courts, index of names found in newspapers related to unclaimed estates, and stories of those individuals who were lucky enough to discover that they had inherited a handsome fortune from a person unknown to them.

The lists only provide an individual’s first and last name. It was the reader’s responsibility to apply to the publisher for the full advertisement at the cost of £1. The publisher claimed that this list has the means of giving a person the information necessary to recover money or property they otherwise would have never heard of.


Norfolk Archdeacon’s Transcripts 1600-1812 Image Browse allows you to delve through 51 volumes of Archdeacon’s transcripts in their entirety. The collection contains over 76,000 records of baptisms, marriages and burials covering 32 parishes across the county.

Archdeacon’s transcripts are copies of parish registers that were sent to the archdeacon. Prior to 1812, all copies of registers were sent to the archdeacon. After 1812, the copies were sent to the bishop and became known as the bishop’s transcripts.


Browse through 123 volumes of images of original bishop’s transcripts from Norfolk Record Office to uncover details of baptisms, marriages and burials. Bishop’s transcripts are a valuable resource, especially in cases where original parish register were damaged or destroyed.

The bishop’s transcripts are copies of original Norfolk parish registers. It was the responsibility of each parish to create copies of their registers to be sent to the bishop. The collection contains over 210,000 individual records.


Search over 2,000 new additions to our collection of Sussex burials to reveal your ancestor’s burial date, where they are buried and, in some cases, additional notes that may reveal their marital status, occupation, residence or relatives’ names.

The new additions cover the parish of Northiam in the valley of the River Rothe and consist of transcripts created by the Hastings & Rother Family History Society. The entire collection now more than 509,000 records, covers 237 parishes across the county and dates back as far as 1530.


Over 2,000 additional records from the parishes of Herstmonceux & Friston have been added to our collection of Sussex Monumental Inscriptions.

Each record includes a transcript that will list the deceased’s birth year, age at death, death year, burial location, the number of individuals buried in that plot, details of the inscription on their headstone or memorial and the reference number. Inscriptions often reference other family members and close relatives were occasionally buried together.


Over 48,000 new articles and two brand new titles have been added to our collection of historic British newspapers this month. This month’s new titles are The Shipping & Mercantile Gazette and The Rutland Echo & Leicestershire Advertiser.

FEDERATION OF GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES TO OFFER TWO DNA WORKSHOPS

FEDERATION OF GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES TO OFFER TWO DNA WORKSHOPS

Dive Deeper Into DNA at the FGS 2017 National Conference

4/13/2017 – Austin, TX.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies announces two four-hour DNA workshops to be offered at the 2017 FGS National Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Both DNA workshops are sponsored by Ancestry ProGenealogists and require pre-registration in order to attend.

Connecting the DNA Dots
by Blaine Bettinger PhD, JD, Angie Bush MS, Diahan Southard

“Connecting the DNA Dots” is a beginner-to-intermediate level workshop designed to help participants maximize the use of their DNA test results to answer genealogical questions. There will be discussion of types of DNA tests available and examples of genealogical questions they may help to answer.

Participants will also learn how to review and evaluate their own results, join appropriate surname or haplogroup projects, and upload their data to other testing services and websites. Lastly, participants will determine other family members to test and how those tests may benefit their genealogical research.

“Connecting the DNA Dots” will be held on Friday, September 1, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Tickets are $60.

Using Genetics and Genealogy to Smash Through Brick Walls
by Blaine Bettinger PhD, JD, Angie Bush MS

“Using Genetics and Genealogy to Smash Through Brick Walls” is for genealogists with intermediate-to-advanced DNA experience. This is a four-hour, hands-on workshop designed to help participants maximize the use of various third-party tools and websites for autosomal DNA.

Participants will discuss the in-depth use of spreadsheets for organization, the tools available at DNAGedcom (ADSA, GWorks), Tier 1 tools available on GEDMatch, and Kitty Cooper’s Chromosome Mapper. Workshop participants should have accounts with GEDMatch and DNA GEDcom and have multiple sets of autosomal raw data to work with. Each participant should come to class with a research goal in mind.

Pre-requisites for “Using Genetics and Genealogy to Smash Through Brick Walls”

Since this is an advanced workshop, pre-requisites are required. If you do not meet all of the pre-requisites, you won’t get the most from this workshop and should not register.

  • Must bring a laptop to the workshop. (This cannot be an iPad or tablet.)
  • Must have a minimum of three close, known family members tested, with access to their results.
  • The raw data for these tests must be uploaded to GEDmatch.
  • For visual mapping, these three family members should be siblings.
  • For segment mapping, these close family members should be cousins. Ideally, attendees will have a mix of cousins and siblings tested so they can do both types of mapping, but one or the other is acceptable.
  • Must have the DNAGedcom Client (http://dnagedcom.com/doc/welcome-to-the-dnagedcom-client) installed and working on your computer.
  • The DNAGedcom Client works primarily with AncestryDNA tests.
  • Attendees should have at least one test at AncestryDNA.
  • Must have a basic knowledge of spreadsheets (e.g., Excel).

“Using Genetics and Genealogy to Smash Through Brick Walls” will be on Saturday, September 2. Tickets for this workshop are $60. Advance registration is required.

Workshop Registration

Advance registration is required for both DNA workshops and can be accomplished when registering for the FGS 2017 conference.

If you have already registered for the conference and received a confirmation email, you can use this form to add registration for either DNA workshop to your schedule.

About the Instructors

Blaine Bettinger, PhD (Biochemistry), JD, is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. He authors the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist.

Angie Bush, MS (Biotechnology), is a professional genetic genealogist with Ancestry ProGenealogists and director of Region 1 for NGS.

Diahan Southard, with 15 years in the genetic genealogy industry, instructs at all levels of interest. She has a passion for genetic genealogy and a gift for making the technical understandable.

Learn More and Stay Connected

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and 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 Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of April 10, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—If you have French heritage, this is your week. FamilySearch has recently published over 3.3 million French Census records from 1876 to 1906. Also in this update are some large historic record collections from Argentina, The Netherlands, Peru, and Sweden. You can also find some newly indexed records from Brazil, Cape Verde, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, and the United States. Search these new free records and more at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below. Find and share this collection update online 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 Entre Ríos Catholic Church Records 1764-1983
250,892
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014
69,091
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957
20,464
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
France, Hérault, Census, 1906
288,302
0
New indexed records collection
France, Hérault, Census, 1876
313,194
0
New indexed records collection
France, Hérault, Census, 1891
321,960
0
New indexed records collection
France, Nord, Census, 1906
1,339,687
0
New indexed records collection
France, Côtes-d’Armor, Census, 1876
618,426
0
New indexed records collection
France, Côtes-d’Armor, Census, 1906
469,914
0
New indexed records collection
Italy, Mantova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1496-1906
0
2,967
Added images to an existing collection
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records
1,227,251
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998
133
258,576
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
BillionGraves Index
211,684
211,684
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Peru, Diocese of Huacho, Catholic Church Records, 1560-1952
45,481
159,173
New indexed records and images collection
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992
97,188
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Poland, Radom Roman Catholic Church Books, 1587-1966
2,430
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927
172,282
14,541
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Switzerland, Bern, Civil Registration, 1792-1876
3,956
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States, Cancelled, Relinquished, or Rejected Land Entry Case Files, 1861-1932
0
282,418
Added images to an existing collection
California, San Mateo County Records, 1851-1991
14,144
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection

About Family Search

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.

2017 FGS Conference Registration Now Open

2017 FGS Conference Registration Now Open


Register now for “Building Bridges to the Past” in Pittsburgh, PA

4/10/2017 – Austin, TX.

Online registration is now open for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ 2017 National Conference.

The conference will be held August 30 – September 2, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. This year’s local host is the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and the theme is “Building Bridges to the Past.” Register by July 1, 2017 for the early-bird discount at FGSConference.org.

Attendees can look forward to strengthening their research abilities no matter their skill level or area of interest. The program is available online at http://www.FGSConference.org. An 8-page pdf download is also available at http://fgs.org/upload/files/FGS2017-ProgramPreview.pdf.

Rorey Cathcart, FGS President, shares, “FGS Conferences offer genealogists of all skill levels an incredible learning opportunity as well as a chance to meet others who share their passion. Whether you are beginning your genealogy adventure or have been at it for decades, FGS welcomes all. With a day devoted to programming for society leaders and members, followed by three days of genealogy programming that features world-famous speakers, exciting workshops, a variety of special events and luncheons, FGS 2017 has something unique to interest all attendees. Don’t miss your chance to join the Federation for a fun-filled and informative experience in Pittsburgh!”

Conference Highlights

Keynote Speaker

Rick Sebak makes unusual television programs. His slightly wacky documentaries now celebrate various aspects of modern American life and the unexpected charms of Pittsburgh. In “Take the Unexpected Bridge,” he will explore the idea that when searching for information of any sort, from historic and genealogical to gastronomic and adventurous, often the best route is along unfamiliar roads and across unexpected bridges.

Conference Sessions

Learning opportunities abound in the FGS 2017 program. The program includes four full days of sessions, workshops, and interactive seminars. Learning tracks include Immigrant/Ethnic, Records, Regional, DNA, Methodology, Analysis, Skills, African American, Land & Taxes, Religion, Occupations, and more. Attendees of all skill levels will find new ways to uncover more about their family history.

Exhibit Hall

The large exhibit hall will feature the latest software, books, maps, databases, and gadgets on the market for family historians. Many genealogical organizations will be present to share information as well. Society Showcase will feature representatives of FGS Member Societies to share how their society can help attendees with their family history.

Special Events

Wednesday evening’s event is sponsored and hosted by Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. Registrants are invited to a dinner cruise along Pittsburgh’s three rivers on board the Gateway Clipper Princess. Friday and Saturday evening offer a special treat for baseball fans. FGS is partnering with the Pittsburgh Pirates to offer discounted tickets for games against the Cincinnati Reds.

Focus on Societies

Wednesday, August 30 is Focus on Societies Day. Sessions are jam-packed with ideas and tools to help societies promote themselves, develop projects, increase membership, and leverage technology. D. Joshua Taylor will kick off the day with the plenary session. He will discuss ways to package genealogical societies for non-genealogical partners, including local media, donors, charitable organizations, and politicians.

Librarians’ Day

Tuesday, August 29, is the pre-conference event sponsored by ProQuest. Librarians, archivists, and other information professionals won’t want to miss this event. It will be a full day of sessions focused on serving family history researchers.

Sponsors

Platinum sponsors include leading family history companies Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage. Bronze sponsors include AncestryProGenealogists and Internet Genealogy/Your Genealogy Today. For the complete list of sponsors and partner organizations, visit https://www.fgsconference.org/exhibits/sponsors/.

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

Learn More and Stay Connected

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and 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, April 7, 2017

There are over 5.9 million new records available to search this Findmypast Friday including new Scottish additions to the Catholic Heritage Archive and brand new parish records from the English county of Wiltshire.

Explore over 2.1 million records including a number of rare early parish records to discover if your ancestor was born in the British county of Wiltshire in South West England. Some records date back to 1530 though most generally begin in 1538 and, until the introduction of civil registration in 1837, were the most reliable documented source of records for life events. Whilst the registers are for Church of England parishes, most other denominations also used the Anglican parishes for registration purposes, with the exception of Quaker and Jewish records. Transcriptions were created by both Findmypast and Wiltshire Family History Society.

Each record contains a transcription created from either an original parish registers or bishop’s transcript. The information listed varies, but most will include a combination of your ancestor’s birth date, baptism date, parish and parents’ names.

Search over 126,000 records to find out where and when their intention to marry was announced, their residence and the name of their intended spouse.

Banns are proclamations of a couple’s intention to marry. The proclamation is made in the resident parish of the couple three months prior to their intended marriage date. The fact that a banns record exists does not confirm that the marriage took place.

Uncover details of your ancestor’s marriage with over 944,000 records. This collection contains marriage records gathered from two sources. One set of records, which only provide transcripts, was created from the original parish registers and bishop’s transcripts held by the Wiltshire Record Office. The other set of records also includes images of original Phillimore’s marriage registers.
Each record will reveal your ancestors birth year, marital status, residence, marriage date, whether they were married by banns or license, fathers name, spouse’s details and the names of any witnesses.

Explore more than 1.4 million records to find out where your Wiltshire ancestors were laid to rest and where they spent their final years. Burial records are a critical resource for your family tree. They help to bring to a close your ancestor’s story while providing clues about your ancestor’s final years.
Each record includes a transcript of an original parish register or bishop’s transcript that will reveal the year of your ancestors birth, the date of their death, the date of their burial and the location.

Delve through more than 268,000 assorted congregational records including registers of confirmations and communion recipients, as well as parish lists, seat rentals, and lists of people who converted to Catholicism.

With each result, you will find a transcript and an image of the original documents. The amount of information you discover in each record will depend on the parish’s standard of record keeping, the age of the document, and the document’s physical condition.

Discover your Catholic Scottish ancestors with new sacramental registers. These latest additions to the Catholic Heritage Archive cover all eight Scottish dioceses and encompasses over 300 years of record keeping.

With each result, you will find a transcript and an image of the original sacramental register. The amount of information you will discover may vary from record to record although most will include a combination of your ancestor’s birth date, baptism date, denomination, home parish and parent’s names.

Did your Catholic ancestor get married in Scotland? Search more than 197,000 records taken from original Roman Catholic sacramental registers and discover the location of your ancestor’s wedding, the date, as well as the names of the couple’s fathers and of those who witnessed the occasion.
The results will comprise both an image of the original matrimonial registers and a transcript of the key facts. The amount of detail in each transcript will vary depending on the age of the document (later records tend to include more details) and the condition of the record (some records may have been damaged over the centuries). Marriages are an excellent way of identifying previously undiscovered branches of your family tree and.

Learn more about your Catholic Scottish heritage with new Roman Catholic burial registers. The records will contain the location of your ancestor’s final resting place, the date of your ancestor’s burial, and, in many cases, your ancestor’s cause of death.

Each record provides an image of the sacramental register from The Scottish Catholic Archives and a transcript of the vital details. Images may reveal additional details such as your ancestor’s cause of death, marital status, the name of the person who ordered their internment (usually next of kin) and any additional comments.

Explore a fascinating collection of wills left by famous Britons throughout history. Read wills left by a variety of notable figures ranging from members of the British Royal Family, writers and artists to politicians, soldiers, and civil servants.

This collection of wills is from The National Archives (TNA) and comprises Series PROB 1 – Prerogative Court of Canterbury: Wills of Selected Famous Persons. The documents included in this series often include additional material other than the last will and testament. Additional documents may include affidavits proving authenticity, personal letters, and personal diaries. Please note that some images are of copies – they are noted as such because they were either annotated as copies or because the signatures of the witnesses and testator are in the same hand as the rest of the document. For those annotated as copies, the originals were in the care of the Court before the copies were created.

Findmypast’s Catholic Heritage Archive Continues to Grow

  • Findmypast adds over 1.2 million Scottish records to their exclusive Catholic Heritage Archive
  • Millions of Scottish Sacramental Registers added just two months after Archive’s launch
  • New records date back to 1730, span 300 years of Scottish history and cover 27 Scottish counties

Birmingham, 7th April 2017

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has today announced the online publication of over 1.2 million Scottish sacramental registers and congregational records. The release is the first of many updates to the exclusive Roman Catholic Heritage Archive, a ground breaking initiative that aims to digitise the historic records of the Catholic Church in the United States, Britain and Ireland for the very first time.

Findmypast is today releasing baptism, marriage, burial and congregational records from all eight of Scotland’s Roman Catholic Dioceses; St Andrews & Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Argyll & the Isles, Dunkeld, Galloway, Glasgow, Motherwell and Paisley. The records date back to 1730, span 300 years of Scottish history and cover over 115 parishes across the country.

The Catholic Church holds some of the oldest and best preserved genealogical records in existence. However, as many of these documents memorialise important religious sacraments, their privacy has long been protected and access to original copies has, until now, been hard to come by.

In collaboration with various Archdioceses, Findmypast is helping to digitise these records and make them widely accessible for the first time in one unified online collection. Images of original documents will be free to view in many cases. Fully searchable transcripts will also be included, providing family historians from the around the world with easy access to these once closely guarded records.

Today’s release marks the first phase of Findmypast’s Scottish Catholic collection. Further Scottish records and additional updates from variety of British, Irish, US and Canadian Dioceses will be added to the Roman Catholic Heritage Archive throughout 2017.

Brian Donovan, Licensing Manager at Findmypast said; “These records offer a wonderful insight into the Catholic communities all over Scotland, as well as the large migration of Irish Catholics in the nineteenth century”.

Visit www.findmypast.com/catholicrecords to keep up to date with the latest developments.

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.

Since 2003, Findmypast has partnered with a wide variety of public and genealogical organisations to bring millions of records online for the very first time and, in February 2015, partnered with FamilySearch international to create the largest online archive of U.S. marriages in history.

FINDYMPAST LAUNCHES SIX COUNTIES IN SIX MONTHS

  • Project to publish parish records from six counties in next six months
  • Wiltshire first county available online from April 6, 2017, includes records of the first woman mauled by a tiger in England and the celebrated architect Sir Christopher Wren

Birmingham, April 6, 2017: Leading family history website, Findmypast, announced today the launch of their Six Counties in Six Months project which will see the online publication of vital parish records from six counties across England over the next six months. These records expand further Findmypast’s unrivalled collection of English and Welsh parish records – the largest collection available online.

First up is Wiltshire, published today to mark the opening of Who Do You Think You Are Live! 2017. The Wiltshire parish records will be followed by Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Nottinghamshire, Somerset and Warwickshire.

The Wiltshire collection comprises transcriptions of nearly 5 million parish records of baptisms, banns, marriages and burials dating back to 1538. They form the largest online collection of Wiltshire records and are available only at Findmypast.

They are full of fascinating details of life through the ages and will provide researchers from all over the world with the opportunity to uncover the stories of the inhabitants for the very first time. Anyone can go online and search for their Wiltshire ancestors by name, location and date.

Paul Nixon, Head of UK licensing at Findmypast, said: “What a terrific way to launch our six-in-six campaign with the announcement of close to 5 million parish records from Wiltshire. There has never been a better time to be a family historian and Findmypast continues to lead the way in releasing exciting new collections which help people connect with their ancestors.”

Famous names in the records

Hannah Twynney was the first person in England ever to be mauled by a tiger. Hannah worked as a barmaid at the local White Lion Inn. At the time of her death, there was an exhibition of wild animals in Malmesbury and she made a habit of teasing the tigers. One unfortunate day, while Hannah was enjoying herself, a tiger escaped from the cage and mauled the young woman. Our records show that she was buried at St Peter & St Paul in Malmesbury on 24 October 1703. Her gravestone in Malmesbury remembers the awful story with a poem: ‘In bloom of life, she’s snatched from hence, she had no room, to make defence, for tiger fierce, took life away, and he she lies, in a bed of clay’.


Christopher Wren, the acclaimed architect, was born in East Knoyle, Wiltshire. Across London, Wren designed more than 50 churches, including the incredible St Paul’s Cathedral, after the Great Fire of London. Although, the first two designs he submitted to Parliament for the Cathedral were turned down. He is also known for designing the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, the Sheldonian Theatre at Oxford, Trinity College Library at Cambridge, and the monument to the Great Fire of London.

Thynne (Thynn) family – numerous members of the Thynne family of Longleat, the Marquesses of Bath, are found in the burial records. They include the record for John Thynne, 4th Marquess of Bath buried at Longbridge Deverill on 29 April 1896, the great-great-grandfather of the current, colourful Lord Bath of Longleat.

William Henry Fox Talbot, the celebrated pioneer of photography who, through the use of chemicals, improved the processes of developing, fixing, and printing. The records show that he was buried at Lacock Abbey on 21 September 1877. Today, Lacock Abbey is the location of the National Trust’s Fox Talbot Museum and Village.

Benjamin Pitman famous for introducing the eponymous Pitman shorthand in the United States. He was baptised in Trowbridge, Wiltshire on 8 September 1822. Pitman immigrated to the United States in 1853 to instruct Americans to use the shorthand system developed by him and his brother Isaac. Pitman toured America and lectured on the use of the Pitman system. Later he became an official stenographer and attended the trial of the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln.

Free Nurses records and more from Forces War Records in May

Free Nurses records and more from Forces War Records in May



Spring news from Forces War Records

FREE WW1 & WW2 NURSES RECORDS

May 12th marks International Nurses Day, and Forces War Records, the specialist military genealogy website is releasing their new WW1 & WW2 Nurses collection – FREE to search and view for the entire weekend*.

These records include civilian nurses who worked during WW2, as well as those who worked as nurses in WW1, and will provide important details such as registration number, married and maiden names, permanent address, date and place of registration, training hospital and dates of qualification. Free access to this new collection will be provided on 12th via this link:

https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/lp-nurses-records
*Offer expires 23:59 14th May 2017

  • WHAT WAS IT REALLY LIKE… LIFE AS A WW1 VAD NURSE?
  • On 30th April the Spring edition of the Forces War Records magazine will be online. Including all this (and more):
  • WHAT WAS IT REALLY LIKE? Memoirs from a WW1 VAD nurse
  • WHAT WAS IT REALLY LIKE? Demobilisation after the Great War: from dream to nightmare
  • HOW TO MAKE… Anzac biscuits
  • INSIDE THE… Newfoundland Regiment Gallery
  • READER’S DISCOVERY: Dog-tag find… ‘the forgotten army’
  • WHAT’S IN A NAME? Alan Turing
  • HISTORY IN PICTURES: Anzac Day
  • READER’S STORY: ‘Serendipidy’ – an extraordinary wartime coincidence
  • WHAT’S ON? Spring events to visit
  • MONTHLY MEMORIAL: Auckland War Memorial Museum

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, 18 April, 8:00 p.m. Eastern

“The Genealogy in Government Documents” by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

An often under used resource, evidence of kinship abounds in publication such as the Serial Set, American State Papers, and the Territorial Papers. We explore these publications and discover efficient ways to access them.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will present “The Genealogy in Government Documents” by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, free to the public at 8:00 p.m. EDT, 18 April 2017.

Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, is a long-time researcher and instructor in genealogical topics. Rick is also a retired colonel having served 31 years in the U.S. Army. He coordinates the Using Maps in Genealogy course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and instructs in the Advanced Methodology, Techniques and Technology, and Advanced Military courses. Rick and his wife Pam coordinate the advanced land course and Researching in Washington, DC, without Leaving Home offered by the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the advanced land course at Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). Rick co-coordinates with Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, the Law School for Genealogists at GRIP and the FHL Law Library course at SLIG. He also lectures at national conferences and presents nationwide seminars. His areas of expertise encompass records of the National Archives, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, including military records, land records, using maps in genealogy, urban research, and government documents. Rick is experienced in the localities of western Pennsylvania and Ohio. Rick is also a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

“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.”

“The Genealogy in Government Documents” by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA before 18 April 2017 at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3315192862998203905.

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.

FamilySearch Marks World War I Centennial with Free Historic Record Collections



FamilySearch Marks World War I Centennial with Free Historic Record Collections

Salt Lake City, Utah (4 April 2017), Did your ancestor serve in World War I? As the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I approaches, FamilySearch International is highlighting its free online collections of World War I records. Millions of free draft registration, service, and naturalization records online help fill in details about ancestors who served in the military during the conflict. April 6, 2017, will mark the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I.  Search the free collections at FamilySearch.org.  

A century ago, the United States joined its allies to fight in World War I—the “Great War” or the “War to End All Wars.” When the U.S. joined the war effort, battles had already raged in Europe for nearly three years between the Allies and the Central Powers. 

Almost five million American military personnel marched to war under the command of General John Pershing, commander-in-chief of the American Expeditionary Force. More than 116,000 Americans died in the war—about half from the Spanish Flu pandemic that swept the globe in 1918, killing millions around the world. Nearly 30,000 American military died of the flu before they even got to France. 

The country followed the news of the war, with many people supporting the war effort in industry, farming, and other ways as they waited anxiously for the return of their loved ones. On November 11, 1918, about a year and a half after the United States entered the war, Germany formally surrendered, and terms of peace were negotiated. The nation rejoiced as soldiers returned home to rejoin their families and normal lives. But their experiences helped shape their lives, their posterity, and the country. 

As the country remembers that war, many families seek to document the stories of their ancestors and friends who participated in the conflict. The veterans of that conflict are gone now, but many Americans are still alive who listened to the stories told by their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents of their families’ experience during World War I. Some have documents and old letters, but not everyone has such personalized memorabilia. They may find documents in FamilySearch’s searchable online collections to provide insights. 

FamilySearch World War I Records Collections
To find details about an ancestor’s military service, start with the Family History Research Wiki, which directs readers to related documents. Type World War I into the search box in the wiki. The results provide historical context to events during the war, suggestions of records that may provide World War I information, and links to records on other websites.

The most extensive collection on FamilySearch.org is the United States World War I Draft Registration Card collection, with nearly 25 million records. During the course of the war, the amount and kind of information required on draft cards changed, but draft registration cards typically included at least the registrant’s full name, home address, birth date, birthplace, marital status, occupation, physical description, and more.

In addition, many states have registration indexes and card collections that may include other information. For example, searchable state service-card collections on FamilySearch.org for North CarolinaMaineLouisiana, and Texas provide information about service records, injuries, periods of service, place of birth, age at service or date of birth, units served with, and more for hundreds of thousands of military personnel.

FamilySearch.org has also published searchable images of World War I Enemy Alien Registration Affidavits from San Francisco, California. This collection of records has nearly 34,000 records that offer invaluable genealogical information about noncitizen families during the war, including birth location, countries of citizenship, children, siblings, extended family, educational level, date of arrival in the United States, occupation, languages spoken, a description and a photo of the registrant, and more.

The United States Index to Naturalizations in World War I Soldiers, 1918 offers both indexed information about citizens naturalized during the war and links to images of the actual records.
Census records provide further clues about military service. The 1920 census did not ask questions specific to military service, but the 1930 and 1940 censuses did. Searchable images of the census sheets are online at FamilySearch.org.

One less-known collection containing information about the World War I military comes in records from the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). This volunteer organization provided programs and supplies to support the troops, the sick and wounded, and prisoners of war. Family Search.org has 27,000 images from the YMCA World War I Service Cards, 1917–1919 collection that provide names, addresses, work, religious affiliation, and army service information.

The following World War I books can be found in FamilySearch’s digital book collection online.
FamilySearch World War I Books
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.