Month: June 2017

Registration Opens for the 2017 Virtual PMC

Registration Opens for the 2017 Virtual PMC

For APG members who can’t make the trip to Washington, D.C., in person, the Virtual Professional Management Conference brings the conference to you! APG offers three days of live-streamed presentations you can access from anywhere. Registration is now open in the Members Only section of the APG website,

The virtual track offers presenters on business, certification, methods, and little-known records. The best deal is to register for all three days, and then you’ll have access to all twelve recordings for three months to watch at your leisure.

You can also register for just one day of live streaming, and you’ll have access to the recordings for that day only for three months after the conference.

Here’s the line-up of one-of-a-kind presentations for the Virtual PMC (all times are Eastern):

Friday, 29 September 2017

10:45-11:45 a.m. Writing & Compiling Complex Projects While Staying on Track
J. Mark Lowe, CG(SM), FUGA

1:15-2:15 p.m. Successful Websites: Turning Visitors into Clients
Carla Cegielski

2:30-3:30 p.m. A Marketing Plan Is More Than a Business Card and a Facebook Page
Laurie Hermance-Moore

3:45-4:45 p.m. Engaging a More Diverse Clientele
Janice Lovelace, Ph.D.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

10:45-11:45 a.m. Certification: You Don?t Have to be Perfect!
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG(SM), CGL(SM)

1:15-2:15 p.m. Visual Phasing-Applications and the Future
Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

2:30-3:30 p.m. A Federal Income Tax Primer for Professional Genealogists
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG(SM)

3:45-4:45 p.m. Subcontracting: Communication & Contracts
Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG(SM)

Sunday, 1 October 2017

10:45-11:45 a.m. Using Ethnicity Estimates to Interpret Clients’ DNA Results
Mary Eberle, JD

1:15?2:15 p.m. Finding Help When You Need It: Types of Virtual Assistance
Maureen Taylor

2:30?3:30 p.m. ABCs of Accounting for Your Genealogy Business
Mary Kircher Roddy

3:45-4:45 p.m. Researching the Silent Generation: World War II Veterans’ Military Records
William L. Beigel

Register by signing in to the Members Only section of the APG website, The Virtual PMC is available only to APG members.

Annette Burke Lyttle
Professional Management Conference Coordinator Association of Professional Genealogists

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NEHGS Grants Freedom to Search

FREE Access through July 6th, 2017
Family historians and genealogists—declare your independence this holiday week from an incomplete family tree. Search and browse free among 1.4 BILLION names on, the award-winning website of NEHGS. 
From now until June 29th through 12:00 p.m. midnight (EDST) on Thursday, July 6th you’ll have complete freedom to roam through all of the online databases on Your password is your passport to freedom—and to many new discoveries.  As a NEHGS Affiliate member—share this cry for independence with family and friends and invite them to join the celebration!
Hear, hear! Here’s your link to freedom.
An Affiliate Account on offers LDS Church members online access to hundreds of databases and millions of names, courtesy of NEHGS’s partnership with, as well as an introduction to a variety of additional genealogical services provided by American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society.  

RootsTech 2018 Call for Presentation Proposals – extended deadline through 3 July 2018

Deadline Extended for Presentation Proposals

The RootsTech planning committee is calling for dynamic presentations for the RootsTech 2018 conference that will be held February 28 – March 3, 2018, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

If you have a desire to define, shape, and influence the family history industry with an innovative and interesting presentation idea, click on the link below to learn more and to submit proposals. 
Submission deadline has been extended through July 3, 2017.

Contact Information
If you have questions regarding the submission process or speaking at Rootstech 2018, please contact us at

Genealogical Publishing – 4th of July offerings

Happy 4th of JulySave 30% on all print publications until 11:59 p.m. EDT July 5, 2017.Our Independence Day Sale is now underway! From today through 11:59 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, July 5, 2017, you can order any publication (printed book or CD) available at…

Riverton Utah FamilySearch Library – July 2017 Seminar

RIVERTON, UTAH, (June 30, 2017), The Riverton Utah FamilySearch Library is announcing its free seminar series on Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. The keynote speaker will be T. C. Christensen, film director and producer of Seventeen Miracles, Ephraim’s Rescue, The Cokeville Miracle, and his latest movie – Love, Kennedy.  

IMAGE: T. C. Christensen, film maker.
9:00–10:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker: T. C. Christensen, “Forever Families Implications that come from his experiences producing the movie, Love, Kennedy
10:10 – 11:10 a.m.
  • “Tools, Tips, Tactics for Exploring United States Records” by Jill Shoemaker
  • “Dodge Ball, Skate Keys, and Grandma’s Watermelon Pickles (Journal Writing)” by Tom & Betsy Neil
  • “Danish Research Resources, Part 1” by Orla & Karen Petersen
  • “Accessing and Navigating FamilySearch / Family Tree” by Linda Baker

11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
  • “Six Principles for Helping Others Have a Spirit-led, One-on-One Find, Take, Teach Experience” by Jill Shoemaker
  • “How to Use Google Books and Maps” by Don Barney
  • “Danish Research Resources, Pt. 2” by Orla & Karen Petersen
  • “Creating and Attaching Outside Sources in FamilySearch / Family Tree” by Linda Baker
Last-minute class changes are shown on the RFSL website at

The Riverton FamilySearch Library is now offering a free Family Reunion opportunity for those who have family visiting from out of town and want to get together to research their ancestors, record stories in the Family Story Room, scan photos, or collaborate each other’s findings. Events can be scheduled any time during the year in 2 to 6 hour blocks of time on most days of the week. Details may be found on the FamilySearch Wiki.
The Riverton FamilySearch Library is located in the LDS Riverton Office Building at 3740 West Market Center Drive (13175 South), Riverton, Utah; 801-240-9601.
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 or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

RootsMagic Releases Ancestry Features

Friday, June 30, 2017 – Last year, we announced we were working with Ancestry® to integrate Ancestry Hints® and Ancestry’s records and online trees with our software. After months of development and the feedback of thousands of testers, we’re pleased to announce the release of RootsMagic 7.5, a free update to RootsMagic 7 that adds two amazing new features: TreeShare™ for Ancestry and the addition of Ancestry Hints to RootsMagic’s WebHints™ feature.

TreeShare for Ancestry

RootsMagic’s TreeShare for Ancestry will let you move data between your RootsMagic files on your computers and your personal Ancestry online trees. You can transfer people, events, notes, source citations, and even pictures between the two systems.

RootsMagic users also gain the ability to easily share and collaborate with others by giving family members access to their Ancestry online tree. Using the new TreeShare feature, family members can then synchronize the latest changes and additions to both the online tree and their desktop computers.

Ancestry Hints Integration

RootsMagic leverages the Ancestry Hints capability, and as possible matches are found, users may conveniently review them from within the software. RootsMagic then lets you add new information and media from matching records into your file.

Free RootsMagic Essentials Software

For those that are just starting their journey into the world of genealogy, RootsMagic offers “RootsMagic Essentials”- a free version of their software with a limited set of features tailored towards beginners.

If you have an account with Ancestry, RootsMagic Essentials includes the ability to upload your file to Ancestry or download your existing online trees from Ancestry.  If you are a subscriber to Ancestry, RootsMagic Essentials also allows you to search and view all of the content in your subscription.  Those wishing to compare and transfer individual records between RootsMagic and Ancestry will want to use the full-featured RootsMagic software.

Available Now

The update is free for users of RootsMagic 7 and RootsMagic Essentials 7 and is available via direct download or through the “Check for Updates” feature within RootsMagic. To learn more about these features or to take advantage of a special offer for Ancestry users, please go to

IGHR Course and Meal Registration ends Friday, 30 June 2017

Friday, 30 June 2017 is the last day to register for one of our eleven courses at the 2017 Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). Courses will take place in Athens, Georgia at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel 23-28 July 2017. Learn more about each course and register on the IGHR website

Meal tickets for attendees and their guests must also be purchased by Friday, 30 June 2017 The UGA Hotel within the Center for Continuing Education is full. Rooms are still available at The Graduate Hotel, but these rooms must be reserved by Friday, 7 July 2017 to take advantage of the IGHR group rate. Scroll down the Accommodations webpage for more information and the group code

If you are unable to attend a course at IGHR this year, you can still take advantage of the FamilySearch Family History and Genealogy Expo and Evening Sessions. Both events take place at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Parking is available in the adjacent parking deck.

The FamilySearch Family History and Genealogy Expo will take place Sunday, 23 July 2017 and is free and open to the public! No registration is required. Various genealogy and history related organizations and vendors will have displays to help interested people explore genealogy resources and educational opportunities. Drop in between noon and 5:00 pm. You can learn more about this free event on the IGHR website

IGHR Evening Sessions will be held Monday through Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. 24-26 July 2017. Evening Sessions are open to the public for the nominal fee of $15 each. Cash and credit cards will be accepted at the door but registration by 17 July 2017 guarantees a handout. You can learn more about each session and register on the IGHR website

We encourage you to explore the IGHR website to learn more about all of these educational opportunities is also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!

FamilySearch: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Chile, Dominican Republic among 3 million new record sets

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of June 28, 2017SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, (26 June 2017), This week 3 million New York City marriage licenses were published, plus nearly 3 million for Find a Grave records and millions of new&…

Press Release: 2017 FGS Conference Early Bird Registration Ends July 1

2017 FGS Conference Early Bird Registration Ends July 1
Register now for “Building Bridges to the Past” in Pittsburgh, PA

6/28/2017 – Austin, TX.
Discounted early bird registration for the 2017 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference will continue only until July 1st.

Early bird pricing is $230 for the full four days or $99 for any single day. Friday’s exhibit hall lunch and $10 in Vendor Bucks are included with the full four-day conference registration. Details at

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.” Platinum sponsors are Ancestry, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage. Bronze sponsors are Ancestry ProGenealogists and Internet Genealogy/Your Genealogy Today.

With 145 sessions, 72 expert speakers, 9 luncheons with speakers, 6 workshops, and 2 interactive seminars, this conference offers opportunities for all who are interested in researching their family history. The exhibit hall, packed with genealogy vendors and society representatives, will be open and free to the public. Luncheons, workshops, and special events provide additional opportunities for networking and learning. Make sure to get your tickets to these conference “extras” early to guarantee your spot.

See you in Pittsburgh in August! Register now and save!

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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 To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Springfield, Illinois, visit Also, find FGS on Facebook, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on the FGS Voice blog at

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July 4th Plans?

Celebrate July 4th Across the Country!What are your July 4th plans? Join the National Archives in celebrating our independence here in Washington, DC and at all 13 Presidential Libraries across the nation. See below for events near you!Franklin D. Roos…

FindMyPast: Norfolk, Virginia, and Scotland Record Sets

New Records Available To Search This FindMyPast Friday

There are over 512,000 records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Browse 444 volumes of marriage bonds from four ecclesiastical courts in their entirety. This collection contains over 147,000 records kept by the courts of the Archdeaconry of Norfolk, the Archdeaconry of Norwich, the Dean & Chapter of Norwich and the Diocese of Norwich Consistory Court. A marriage bond demonstrates an intention to be married by license.

Most marriage bonds follow the same set format. However, later records, particularly those produced after the 19th century, do tend to add more detail such as age and marital status. The details found in each record may vary depending on the court, the age of the record, and the physical condition of the register although most will include the couples’ name, residences, date of bond and the groom’s signature.

Consisting of over 55 volumes of Poor Law records covering 20 unions across the county, our Norfolk Poor Law Union records allow you to discover names, family relationships, residences, event dates, children’s ages, and birth and death dates. The collection contains a wide variety of different record types including births & baptisms, relief lists, admission & discharge books, rate books, report books, minute books and more.

Poor law records pertain to those created and held by a parish vestry (local government’s administrative body) or union in the course of caring for the poor in a given parish. The records detail how funds were collected, shared, and protected for the aid of the parish’s destitute and struggling, as well as details relating to the poor and to those paying the poor rate, which would help in the aid of the parish’s poor. This system had a long history in England, with the first poor law coming into effect in 1601.

Browse through more than 7,000 records to find out whether your ancestor was a member of a non-conformist church in Norfolk. The collection consist of 11 registers covering various denominations including Methodist, Quaker, and Baptist in the parishes of Attleborough, Aylsham, Kenninghall, Norwich, Tasburgh, Walsingham, and Wymondham.

This collection comprises registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials, as well as membership lists and meeting minutes. The detail found in each register will differ depending on the church and when the register was created.

Explore over 5,000 obituaries printed in the Winchester Evening Star and uncover a variety of fascinating biographical details relating to your ancestor such as their occupation, parents’ names, surviving relatives’ names, and specific time and cause of death.

The Evening Star ran from 1899 to 1914 and was a daily paper (excluding Sundays). The paper started as The Star in 1896 and was succeeded by the Winchester Evening Star, which ran from 1914 to 1980. The paper currently runs today as The Winchester Star. While the paper is printed in Winchester, Virginia, it covers the Shenandoah Valley area.

Over 180,000 new records have been added to our collection of Scottish Post Office Directories. The new additions cover Aberdeenshire, Ayrshire, Bute, Midlothian, Forfarshire, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Perth and Inverness-shire.

The post directories in this collection may focus on a particular town or district or you can find national postal directories. The majority of post directories 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.

Over 180,000 new records have been added to our collection of Scottish Post Office Directories. The new additions cover Aberdeenshire, Ayrshire, Bute, Midlothian, Forfarshire, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Perth and Inverness-shire.

The post directories in this collection may focus on a particular town or district or you can find national postal directories. The majority of post directories 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.

Over 32,000 new additions covering burial grounds in Berwickshire and East Lothian have been added to the Scotland Monumental Inscriptions Index. These records will allow you to discover your ancestor’s maiden name, birth year, death year, the location of their burial.

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Boston University Metropolitan College: Course books on us until June 30th!

Boston University Metropolitan College
There are only 3 days left to receive your complimentary* course books when you enroll in Boston University’s Certificate in Genealogical Research (books valued at $250) or Genealogical Essentials (books valued at $80).
Do not miss out on this significant savings, and this opportunity to save your place in our fall session, enrollment deadline is August 18. Classes begin September 5.
Boston University’s online Programs in Genealogical Research are in a class by themselves. Our faculty are renowned for their expertise and contributions to the field, and our courses are designed for your success, both personally and professionally.
But don’t just take our word for it:
I took the Genealogical Research certification program in the summer of 2016 (Online 21). […] I finished the program with a sense of immense accomplishment and some great, lifelong friends. I would absolutely recommend this program, and I do, to everyone I meet that’s interested in genealogy. I highly recommend this program to anyone who’s interested in producing quality work. The faculty members are knowledgeable, patient, helpful and friendly. […] Best decision I’ve made for my genealogical career and an absolute MUST as a primer to becoming a Certified Genealogist.

-Michael A. McClellan
Professional Genealogist, Treasurer, Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc.
Don’t miss this chance to receive complimentary course books and secure your spot for September. Enroll today.
Contact an enrollment advisor at 617-502-8822 with any questions.
Carrie Scott | Enrollment Manager, Online Programs
Boston University Genealogical Research Program 
Direct: 617-502-8822
Note: NGS, NEHGS, APG and SCGS members receive a 10% discount.
*Physical shipping address in the U.S. required to be eligible for the complimentary course books.
Boston University Metropolitan College
755 Commonwealth Ave. Suite B18
Boston, MA 02215

NYG&B Announces the Retirement of Karen Mauer Jones and the Selection of Laura Murphy DeGrazia as Editor of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (The Record)

Today the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) announced the retirement of editor Karen Mauer Jones and the selection of Laura Murphy DeGrazia as editor of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (The Record).
Earlier this year the NYG&B announced that Karen Mauer Jones wished to retire as editor of The Record. Since 2011 she has brought her expertise and vision to one of America’s oldest—and most respected—scholarly genealogical journals. An editor, author, speaker, and professional genealogist, she has a long and distinguished career. The author of numerous books and articles, including those published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and The Record, she is widely respected in the genealogical field and has been a Board-certified genealogist since 2011 from the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). A noted New York scholar, she was elected as a Fellow of the NYG&B in 2013 and served on the editorial team for the NYG&B’s award-winning New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer. She is also a member of the NYG&B’s Family History Advisory Committee. A past board member and regional vice president for the Association of Professional Genealogist (APG), she also served as a board member and vice president of administration for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). Under her careful stewardship The Record has published hundreds of pages reflecting the diverse stories from families across the state of New York.
After a national search the NYG&B is honored to announce Laura Murphy DeGrazia will assume the editorship beginning with the January 2018 issue. A noted and respected genealogical scholar, she was previously co-editor of The Record and was named a Fellow of the NYG&B in 2013. With expertise in New York City and Long Island research, she was a member of the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer editorial team and served on the NYG&B Education Committee from 2006–2015. Widely recognized across the genealogical field for her expertise, she authored New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County, part of the National Genealogical Society’s Research in the States series in 2013. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The Recordthe National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Her experience in publishing and editing includes recent work as an advisor to NGS Magazine and editor of NGS Monthly. She is also known as a stalwart representative of the professional genealogical community. Laura has been a Board-certified genealogist since 1998 and frequently speaks and writes on genealogical standards. She is also a past president and former trustee of the BCG.
NYG&B President D. Joshua Taylor noted, “The Record is one of the world’s most influential genealogical journals. All those engaged in the study of New York families have benefited from Karen’s esteemed work as editor of The Record for the past six years. We are honored to have Laura take up this role and look forward to The Record’s continued success for many years to come.”
Published continuously since 1870, articles in The Record include over one million names of New Yorkers from the 1600s to the present. Access to The Record is available online through membership in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

Louise St Denis of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies Honored

Louise St Denis of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is Presented with the Award of Merit at the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference. 

Award honors leadership and contributions.

For Immediate Release

26 June 2017

L to R: Heather Oakley, Louise St Denis, Patti Mordasewicz

The Ontario Genealogical Society, Canada’s largest genealogical society, held its Friday opening ceremonies for their annual conference in Ottawa, Ontario on June 16, 2017 and honored individuals with their Award of Merit. The OGS award recognizes those: 

Who have taken leadership in a project that is useful to family historians or contributed to a special project of interest to researchers across the province; and 
Whose contributions have been of benefit to the whole of the Society by: 
  • Digitizing and/or preserving a group of documents of interest to researchers; 
  • Making their records available online; 
  • Creating a finding aid or index to a large group of records of interest to researchers outside their geographic location; 
  • Or some other reasons justified in their nomination. 

Louise St Denis, Managing Director of The National Institute for Genealogical Studies was the recipient of the OGS Award of Merit. The award reads: 
“Since about 1992, your leadership in producing informative publications and later in 1999, offering the first and only comprehensive Certificate program in Genealogical Studies, certainly fulfills all the qualifications for the Ontario Genealogical Society’s Award of Merit.”

“Your reputation as a speaker, as an author, as an instructor, as a publisher and as an education developer is now world-wide. Your volunteer efforts with such as groups as the Société franco-ontarienne d’histoire et de généalogie and the Association of Professional Genealogists have also benefited genealogists. You have always been a strong supporter of OGS as evidenced by your 25 years as a vendor at our annual conference.”

Louise St Denis says of the award, “I am honored that the Ontario Genealogical Society felt I was deserving of this award and I thank them for this gesture. I truly believe that this award is in recognition of our entire team —- our authors, instructors, consultants, and student support staff. All these individuals contribute to making our programs the best they can be. Twenty-five years ago, when I attended as a vendor my first OGS conference, never in my wildest dreams, did I think that this little hobby would someday develop into the publishing house and education programs it has become. The moments I enjoy the most, are when students or graduates come to the booth or send an email, thanking us for providing such informative education, or  share with us how much the courses or the programs have meant to them; how we have helped them become great genealogists, recording their information accurately and breaking down their brick walls. That’s my biggest reward.”

In the mid-1970s Louise St Denis became the controller of a large insurance and real estate firm in Ottawa. After the installation of a computer, the fascination of this new technology took over. She then assisted in the startup and continuing operation of what was to become Canada’s largest firm specializing in the marketing of software and hardware to the insurance industry.

In 1984, Louise became fascinated in genealogy and began tracing her French Canadian ancestors back to the 1600s. 

In addition to her work in the business world, Louise spent time helping in the non-profit sector — she is the founding president of the Société franco-ontarienne d’histoire et de généalogie – Toronto Branch, Past-president of its  provincial organization, Past-treasurer of the Association of Professional Genealogists-Ontario Chapter, and past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Louise also served on various Boards and Special Interest Groups including the Special Advisory Board of Library and Archives Canada.

Louise lectures internationally on various genealogy topics and has appeared on many television and radio shows. She publishes the Heritage Book Series ( which now consist of over 120 titles. 

For two years Louise lead an in-classroom program at the University of Toronto. In 1999 she established a partnership with the U of T to offer the first and only comprehensive Certificate program in Genealogical Studies offered entirely online ( Louise is the Managing Director of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies and can be reached at

Heritage Productions and The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, leaders in online genealogy education, have offered genealogical and history materials for 25 years. Over 200 courses in genealogical studies are offered to help enhance researcher’s skills.

For those looking to acquire more formal educational training, The National Institute offers Certificate Programs in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, and the United States, as well as a General Methodology, Professional Development and Librarianship Certificate Program.  For more information please call us toll-free in North America at 1-800-580-0165 or email us at

For more information:
Louise St Denis
1-800-580-0165 (North American)
416-861-0165 (International)
Skype: louisestd

FindMyPast: Online Release of 6 million+ Ontario Records

First Phase of New Partnership with the Ontario Genealogical Society
Ottawa: 16th June 2017

Leading family history website Findmypast has just announced an exciting new partnership with the Ontario Genealogical Society. Announced today at the Society’s 2017 annual conference in Ottawa, the partnership will see Findmypast publish millions of OGS records online in a series of phased releases. The first phase will be launched later this year with the online publication of over six million fascinating Ontario records, including;

        The Ontario Name Index (TONI) – over 3.7 million records – a mega-index of names with the goal of including every name found in any publication relating to Ontario, ranging from registers of birth, marriage & death to obituaries, memorial inscriptions, newspaper articles and more.

        The Ontario Genealogical Society Provincial Index (OGSPI) – over 2.6 million records – containing data from censuses, birth, marriage and death registers, references in books, land records, passenger lists, military records and a host of other references.

        Oddfellows Life Insurance Applications (1875-1929) – over 240,000 names released online for the very first time, containing a collection of just over 59,000 life insurance applications to the Odd-Fellows’ Relief Association of Canada. The applications contain answers to up to thirty-one questions about sex, age, occupation, height, weight, ethnic origins, marital status, family structure, and past and present health conditions.

        Ontario Genealogical Society Bulletin/Families and NewsLeaf – new images from official society publications and journals will become available to search through Findmypast’s Periodical Source Index (PERSI) – the largest subject index to genealogy and local history periodical articles in the world.

The partnership will allow Findmypast and The Ontario Genealogical Society to offer wider access to these invaluable resources, providing many more genealogical connections and a more comprehensive experience to family historians all over the world. The announcement marks the latest step in Findmypast’s drive towards creating a healthy ecosystem of partnerships and building on their Canadian offerings.

These newly released records will be complemented by Findmypast’s unrivalled collection of British and Irish data, and those searching for Ontario ancestors can now reap the benefits of Findmypast’s wider collection of over eight billion world records.

Jen Baldwin, North America Data Licensing Manager at Findmypast, said; “The material created by the Ontario Genealogical Society volunteers is the foundation of genealogical research in the province. Findmypast is thrilled to be partnering with the society, and expanding our Canadian offerings across the board – vital records, conceptual records, and three new titles in PERSI. Researching in Canada has never been better!”

Gail Rivett, Chief Marketing Officer at Findmypast added; “As a proud Ontarian myself, I am particularly delighted to see Findmypast entering into partnership with the OGS. Today’s announcement marks the latest step in our efforts to expand Findmypast’s Canadian offerings and this new agreement will offer numerous benefits to both society members and Findmypast subscribers. Our aim is to provide customers with more and more family history resources to aid them in their research and, with the help of organisations such as OGS, we will continue to publish quality data for the benefit of family historians worldwide.”

Patti Mordasewicz, President of The Ontario Genealogical Society, added: “We are excited to announce this expansion in our continuing relationship with Findmypast. Our members will benefit from the digitization offered by Findmypast in this partnership, and the society will benefit from increased exposure through the worldwide reach of the Findmypast brand.”

About The Ontario Genealogical Society
Since its beginning in 1961, The Ontario Genealogical Society has been fulfilling its mission to encourage, bring together and assist those interested in the pursuit of family history while preserving our Ontario genealogical heritage. As the largest family history society in Canada, The Ontario Genealogical Society is at the forefront of genealogy in the Province of Ontario, through the provision of education, the pursuit of preservation, and the leadership in advocacy in matters of genealogical and historical protection.

OGS provides education through presentations in 30 Branches located across the Province and four Special Interest Groups operating in the virtual world, an annual conference attracting over 600 registrants, and monthly webinar presentations – all of which are open to public attendance. Through our Branch and Special Interest Group newsletters, The Society’s newsletter, NewsLeaf, our journal, Families, and our eWeekly Update, we keep our members and other subscribers informed of family history news and activities across the province, the country and the world.

The resources that our volunteers make available have helped thousands of genealogists from across the province and around the world to find answers to their family history questions, to break down brick walls, and to provide a community where information is shared, successes celebrated, and challenges overcome.

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.

Julie Cahill Tarr Named Editor of APG eNews

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 13 June 2017 – The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG?) has named Julie Cahill Tarr as the new editor of APG eNews. Tarr, a professional genealogist, brings years of experience in writing, editing, and graphic design to the organization’s monthly electronic newsletter.

Tarr serves as the managing editor and designer for FORUM, the quarterly magazine for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. She has held editorial positions for the journals of the Dallas (Texas) and the Illinois State Genealogical Societies and for her chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a coursewriter for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, having written the Breaking Down Brick Walls course.

“Thank you to the APG Executive Committee for choosing me as editor of APG eNews,” said Julie Cahill Tarr.” APG has a unique offering in its publications aimed at the professional. I look forward to further developing this important resource to serve the needs of APG’s membership.”

“We welcome Julie and look forward to her expertise as the editor of APG eNews,” said Billie Stone Fogarty, APG President. “APG eNews has become a go-to source for news that affects our members. Its articles touch upon all areas of APG’s work and activities, as well as issues facing the industry. I encourage our members and the APG Board to share news with Julie.” 

APG eNews Subscription Information
APG eNews launched in 2012 and is produced monthly. The most recent three issues are posted in the Publications areas of the APG website. Members have access to all past issues in the Members Only section of website. Members who subscribe to the email list will receive a notice and link each month.

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

Copyright © 2017 Association of Professional Genealogists, All rights reserved. PO Box 535, Wheat Ridge, CO 80034-0535

14th Unlock the Past: 2018 Alaska Cruise

14th Unlock the Past cruise – Alaska 

7 nights from Seattle 7-14 September 2018

We are delighted to announce our 14th history & genealogy cruise – see cruise web site.

Conference – There will be 40-45 talks in three (parallel) streams with about 15 speakers, plus scheduled times for one-on-one help from experts. An optional pre-conference full day seminar in Seattle is planned.


  • Chris Paton (Scotland) – Chris is one of the most sought after presenters in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Ireland, Canada and the US. He has written many books (including nine for Unlock the Past) and numerous articles for genealogy magazines.
  • Dick Eastman (United States) – Dick is widely known internationally for his Eastman’s online genealogy newsletter. He has been involved in genealogy for more than 30 years and has worked in the computer industry for over 40 years in hardware, software, and managerial positions.

Other speakers include Dr Janet Few and Caroline Gurney from England, Jan Gow from New Zealand, Shauna Hicks, Eric and Rosemary Kopittke, Mike Murray and Helen Smith from Australia and Cyndi Ingle and Pat Richley-Erickson (DearMYRTLE) from the United States.

Cost – from AU$1471 (approx US$1100, GB£870) – includes all onboard accommodation, standard meals, taxes, (compulsory), gratuities and conference. For full cruise details, bookings and registration of interest go to US Passport holders have the option of booking with our US travel agent partner, Cruise Planners: O’Connell Travel.

Can’t do either cruise? – and even if you can – see us at the
Researching abroad roadshow: Finding British Isles and European ancestors

with leading international genealogists, Chris Paton (Scotland) and Dirk Weissleder (Germany)

COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU – click on a city for details and bookings

Brisbane – Tue-Wed 8-9 Aug
Auckland – Fri-Sun 11-13 Aug (Auckland expo organised by the Auckland Library)
Sydney – Tue-Wed 15-16 Aug
Melbourne – Fri-Sat 18-19 Aug
Canberra – Mon 21 Aug
Adelaide – Wed-Thu 23-24 Aug
Perth – Sat 26 Aug

Full details – roadshow web site .Book now to be sure of a place and be in the draw for over $10,000 worth of prizes.

Other events we will exhibit at in 2017 
22-24 Sep – NSW & ACT Association of FHS state conference, Orange
13-14 Oct – Deniliquin expo, Deniliquin NSW
20-22 Oct – Victorian expo, Colac – to be confirmed

Best regards
Alan Phillips and the Unlock the Past

MyHeritageDNA: Father’s Day discount

In celebration of Father’s Day (June 18), MyHeritage is happy to announce a huge DNA sale, starting now through June 19.
For a limited time, you can get the MyHeritage DNA test at the specially discounted price of $69.
Thanks to the fast-growing international database of people who have already been tested, MyHeritage DNA is connecting more and more relatives to each other. Watch the emotional reunion of sisters Jennisara and Morgan, and read about Robin reuniting with her biological daughter Becky, both reunions made possible through MyHeritage DNA.
The MyHeritage DNA test finds DNA Matches – people who are related to you, whom you may not have known before. It also provides ethnicity estimates that have among the highest resolution on the market, thanks to the unique Founder Population study conducted by MyHeritage.
MyHeritage DNA is the perfect gift for yourself and the people you love, now at the lowest price ever offered. There’s more! As part of this exciting offer, MyHeritage is reducing the shipping cost by 50% when you buy 2 kits, and offering FREE shipping for a purchase of 3 kits or more. By testing more relatives, you can learn more about yourself and determine whether your DNA matches are maternal or paternal.
All it takes is a few minutes and a gentle swab of the cheek to obtain the DNA sample that you mail back to the MyHeritage DNA lab. Within 4-5 weeks, DNA analysis will be complete, and you’ll be able to view the results online at MyHeritage.
DNA testing is the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day.
Best regards,
The MyHeritage Team

Family ChartMasters: Personalized DNA Ethnicity Chart

New Genealogy Chart Created for Showing Off DNA Test Results

CEDAR HILLS, Utah – June 9, 2017 – A beautiful new way to display the results of a genetic family history test has been created for the millions of people who are getting to know their ancestors through DNA testing.  Family ChartMasters, the genealogy chart printing leader for over 15 years, has designed a new DNA ethnicity chart to help family history enthusiasts show off their genetic heritage.

 “We hope that this new chart will help people who have become curious about their genealogy through DNA testing become even more excited about searching out their ancestors,” says owner Janet Hovorka.  “At Family ChartMasters we believe that family history can save the world.  The more people know about their background, the more they are inspired with civility, gratitude and compassion for other people because they find out we are all more alike than different.  We want to help people make that easy to remember every day.”

The new DNA chart comes in three styles, Basic, Modern and Antique, to fit different décor styles.  In less than five minutes a person can enter the ethnicity estimates from their DNA test (currently aligned with Ancestry’s DNA regions), and upload an optional photo.  After viewing a preview, an order can be placed to print the chart on archival Professional Paper or Artist’s Grade Canvas.  Following Family ChartMasters’ proven track record of superior service, the beautiful print will arrive rolled in a tube and ready to frame.  PDF downloads are also available for immediate delivery to an email inbox.  Pricing starts at $19.95.

Genealogists will find this chart to be an easy and meaningful gift for a family member who has helped them with their research by taking a DNA test or for family members who are interested in their ethnic makeup.  “We love helping family historians share their findings,”
says Hovorka.  “Just like all of our other genealogy charts, this new DNA chart will help families bond over their common roots and appreciate their heritage.”

About Family ChartMasters
Family ChartMasters ( wants to help you bridge the gap between your modern family and their history by displaying your research in a beautiful way.  We are an award-winning genealogy chart printing and design service and the official printing service for most worldwide genealogy software and database and research companies. Family ChartMasters prints any style of chart from any kind of file. We offer oversized draft family reunion charts as well as custom decorative designs which come with an online preview system giving you great personalized attention.

DNA charts can be accessed directly at  

FindMyPast: Canada, England and Newspapers

New Records Available to Search This Findmypast Friday

There are over 10.1 million records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

Canada Census 1881

The Canada Census of 1881 records the details of over 4.2 million Canadians. In 1881, Canada consisted of British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec. The census began on 4 April 1881 and covered 192 districts broken up into 2,139 sub-districts. Census districts and sub-districts were composed of cities, towns, townships, Indian reserves, and less-defined areas. Areas that were less defined posed a particular challenge to enumerators and resulted in individuals being missed. This was particularly the case for Aboriginal people living in districts 187 (New Westminster, British Columbia) and 192 (Northwest Territories).

Each result will include a transcript and an image of the original census form.  Transcripts will reveal where your ancestor was living, who they were living with, their birth year, place of birth and religion. Images, hosted by Library and Archives Canada, will provide additional information such as their Profession, occupation or trade, marital status and infirmities.

Canada Census 1891

The Canada Census of 1891 contains over 4.5 million records. The 1891 census was Canada’s third national census and was taken on 6 April and included 201 census districts and 2,475 sub-districts. Findmypast now has national censuses for Canada from 1881 up to 1911, allowing you to quickly and easily jump back through the generations.

Each result will include a transcript and an image of the original census form. Transcripts will reveal where your ancestor was living, who they were living with, their birth year, place of birth and religion. Images will provide even more additional such as your ancestor’s employer, level of literacy, infirmities and a place of birth for both of their parents.

Lincolnshire, Kesteven Militia Ballot List 1824
The Lincolnshire, Kesteven Militia Ballot List 1824 contains over 6,000 records. The area of Kesteven is a little more than 100 miles north of London. In the 19th century, the militia was organised at the county level and was responsible for the country’s home defence. Members were selected by a ballot system and the names of those deemed eligible for service were then recorded on a ballot list.
Each transcript will reveal your ancestor’s occupation, where they were based and will include a name or names of the local constables – the local parish official responsible for ensuring that the ballot list and muster rolls were complete. Men could be declared as exempt from militia service for a number of reasons and, in some cases, the grounds for exemption is recorded in the notes field of the transcript.
Essex Burial Index 1530-1950
Over 9,000 records have been added to the Essex Burial Index. The Index consists of transcripts created from a variety of both parish and probate sources. Some areas and some time periods have more coverage than others. The new additions span the years 1558 to 1937 cover the parishes of Shrub End, All Saints in Colchester, St Andrew’s in Hornchurch, St Mary the Virgin in Maldon and St Mary the Virgin in Peldon. The entire collection now contains over 201,000 records. Each transcript will reveal your ancestor’s age at death, denomination, marital status, birth year, burial date and burial place.
British Newspapers

11 brand new titles and over 1.3 million new articles have been added to our collection of historical British Newspapers.
New titles now available to search include;
·         Dudley Herald
·         Warrington Guardian
·         Willesden Chronicle
·         Goole Times
·         Weston Mercury
·         Annandale Observer and Advertiser
·         Bridgnorth Journal and South Shropshire Advertiser
·         Pateley Bridge & Nidderdale Herald
·         Fraserburgh Herald and Northern Counties’ Advertiser
·         Isle of Wight County Press and South of England Reporter
·         Eastern Morning News

Ancestral Quest / FindMyPast Free Webinar

Introducing Findmypast Hints on Ancestral Quest
Findmypast and Incline Software, the maker of Ancestral Quest, are jointly holding a free webinar entitled “Introducing Findmypast Hints on Ancestral Quest”.  It’s about how to get the most out of the Findmypast hinting feature within Ancestral Quest.   The webinar will happen on Thursday, June 22nd , 2017, at 7pm, Mountain Daylight Time, and will last about an hour.  If you wish to attend, please register now at this page:  FindMyPast Ancestral Quest Free Webinar
You don’t have to fill out a search form or click a button to request a search—the results are already waiting for you. Talk with experts from both FindMyPast and AQ to learn more about this new feature.
Don’t worry if you have never attended a webinar before.  It’s very simple.  Once you’ve registered, you will be sent an email with a link which you click on to go to the webinar (also known as a webcast).  You can enter the webcast up to 15 mins before it’s due to start.  All you need is a computer and an Internet connection.  There will be an initial presentation followed by a Question and Answer session with experts from Findmypast and Incline Software.  So it’s a great opportunity to learn more about Findmypast, and about the hinting feature, and if you have any questions, to get them answered.
Attendees will get a code entitling them to a discount on annual subscriptions (starter or premium) to Findmypast.  If you can’t attend the webinar but are interested, we recommend that you register anyway.
  • Provide new information or relationships you didn’t know about before. This new information might include completely new people to add to your tree.
  • Document information you already knew.
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.
About Incline Software
Incline Software developed Ancestral Quest in 1994 as the premier family tree program for Windows. Incline Software has been improving and enhancing Ancestral Quest ever since, and has recently made AQ available for Mac. With the addition of TreeTips, combining the hinting capabilities of Findmypast, MyHeritage and FamilySearch in version 15, Ancestral Quest has evolved from being a great family tree recording, organizing and sharing program, to being a phenomenal genealogy research tool as well.​

Dallas Genealogical Society 2017 Summer Seminar

DGS is excited to tell you about our 2-day Summer Seminar – “Sources, Storytelling & DNA” 

Featured speakers are Lisa Louise Cooke, Sunny Morton, and Diahan Southard.

To be held August 4-5, 2017, topics of the eight sessions cover: 
Google tools (including Google Earth)
Genetic Genealogy
Writing Your Story
Newspapers and Religious Records Research Methodologies
Incorporating Videos into your family history

Here’s a link to the full description..Click here>

Our Society hopes you will let others know!

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, 20 June, 8:00 p.m. Eastern

“Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush’s Father” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

Eli Bush’s grandfather was reported to be Daniel Bush, but was his father Jacob? Witness the research process unfold as land, probate, census, tax lists, and church records are correlated. Watch out for pitfalls such as different men with the same name and other red herrings.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will present “Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush’s Father” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, free to the public at 8:00 p.m. EDT, 20 June 2017.

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, a western Pennsylvania researcher for over 25 years, is the co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and Professional Genealogy Course Coordinator at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). She was an instructor and module creator for Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate program 2008-2016. She was the course co-coordinator of the AG/CG Preparation Course at the 2010 and 2013 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). She is a regional and national speaker on such topics as Pennsylvania records, methodology, professional development, and society management. She was a Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists for nine years, their President (2012-2014), and past Outreach Committee Chairperson. She was honored in May 2010 with the NGS President’s Citation in recognition of outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to the field of genealogy.

President Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG says, “The Board for Certification of Genealogists is proud to offer this new webinar as part of an ongoing series that supports our mission to provide education for family historians. This webinar will address questions regarding the genealogy standards for research. By promoting a uniform standard of competence and ethics the BCG endeavors to foster public confidence in genealogy.”

“Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush’s Father” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL before 20 June 2017 at:

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

View BCG’s past Legacy webinars at and For more information on educational opportunities, please visit:

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.

Instagram Ad Campaigns in MailChimp Are Here

Instagram is introducing a new way to build your audience via MailChimp.

In their words:

We’re excited to introduce Instagram Ad Campaigns in MailChimp, a powerful new way to build your brand and grow your audience. Now, you can create and manage your email marketing, Facebook ads, and Instagram ads in the same place—without any additional fees from MailChimp.

Unlock the power of your MailChimp list by targeting your most engaged contacts—and other people like them—with beautiful Instagram ads that increase brand awareness and grow your audience. Then, monitor your performance with thorough reports that track engagement and list growth, so you’ll always know what resonates with your audience.”

Read the rest of their announcement here

News from Who Do You Think You Are?

This latest issue features 50 free resources to research your Scottish ancestors, the history of baby name choices, police pension records, how to use travel records and more ..Click her to read more>Genealogy headlines: Ancestry adds Irish Poor Law…

Extreme Genes- “Garden of Innocence” Handles 19th Century Toddler’s Perfectly Preserved Remain

This week’s Extreme Genes features Ellisa Davey, founder of Garden of Innocence, an organization dedicated to handling dignified burials of deceased abandoned children. This past year, they had the remarkable experience of assisting in the case of…

The One Instagram Hashtag Strategy That Works for Anyone

The good folks at Tailwind have put together a 5-step Instagram hashtag strategy that they say will work for anyone.

The 5 steps are:

  1. What am I trying to achieve?
  2. Finding your Customers
  3. Hashtag Research and Evaluating Hashtags
  4. Using Hashtags the Right Way
  5. Evaluating the Success of your Hashtags Over Time
To view the full, comprehensive guide, go here
You might also want to check out these helpful articles about Pinterest.

Call for Presentations: RootsTech 2018 due 30 June

Now Accepting Presentation Proposals

The RootsTech planning committee is calling for dynamic presentations for the RootsTech 2018 conference that will be held February 28 – March 3, 2018, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

If you have a desire to define, shape, and influence the family history industry with an innovative and interesting presentation idea, click on the link below to learn more and to submit proposals. 

Submission portal will be open through June 30, 2017.

Goodwin’s New York City’s Municipal Archives Guide is an Award Winner

NYG&B author Aaron Goodwin receives the 2017 NGS Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources from the National Genealogical Society. 

NEW YORK, NY – The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) is celebrating the recognition of Aaron Goodwin, author of the NYGYB’s New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians by the National Genealogical Society (NGS). GOODWIN received the Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources from NGS last week for the groundbreaking guide to New York City’s archives published by the NYG&B last year. The award, which is given each year for a “specific, significant single contribution…that serves to foster scholarship and/or advances or promotes excellence in genealogy,” recognizes the quality of his work and the importance of the publication’s mission to make the records of New York City’s Municipal Archives more accessible to researchers. 

New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians spotlights numerous collections that assist researchers in discovering and preserving the stories of New York’s families – both past and present. The work was commissioned by the NYG&B in 2015 and since its release has benefited thousands of researchers across the country as they prepare to visit one of the world’s largest municipal archives. 

This award was also given to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society last year for the New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer, a monumental 800+ page essential reference work for anyone tracing New York families. Together with Goodwin’s New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians the publications are the latest editions to the NYG&B’s Research Guide series and are now back-to-back winners, recognized for “excellence in genealogy.” 

“Congratulations to Aaron and the entire NYG&B team for this remarkable accomplishment,” remarked D. Joshua Taylor, president of the NYG&B. “For two years in a row NYG&B publications have been recognized for a leading role in discovering, sharing, and preserving the stories of New York’s families, and we look forward to continuing that mission for many years to come.” 

In celebration of the award, the NYG&B is offering complimentary shipping on new orders for New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians through June 1, 2017. Copies can be ordered directly through the NYG&B at