Month: August 2017

Germans Outside of Germany Course from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

Germans Outside of Germany is Latest Course Offering in the German Certificate Program from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Explores German Immigration and Ancestry Worldwide




For Immediate Release

29 August 2017


The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is proud to announce the release of the latest advanced course in the German Certificate program. German: Germans Outside of Germany explores researching German immigrants worldwide.


GERMANS OUTSIDE OF GERMANY COURSE

The latest offering from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, authored by Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA is an advanced level course in the German Certificate program.


Since the 19th century (or earlier), Germans have migrated to other countries to make their home. Whether they were evacuating for the sake of safety, moving into countries where other family members resided, or simply emigrating to remove themselves from the homeland, researching these individuals means considering various types of records found in the country they called home. This course explores the German migration out of Germany as late as the mid-20th century and includes settlements in some locations as early as pre-15th century. The countries addressed are those where significant populations of Germans have been or are still found, include the UK and Ireland; Oceania (Australia and New Zealand); North America (US, Canada, and Mexico); European countries where German is not an official language; Latin American countries (Central and South America and the Dominican Republic); Africa, Asia, and India. The course explores why Germans left Germany and where they went.


Germans Outside of Germany joins another new course in the certificate program, German: Compiled Sources. You can read more about these courses and the German Certificate at The National Institute website, http://www.genealogicalstudies.com/. The first offering of German: Germans Outside of Germany begins September 4, 2017.


The National Institute for Genealogical Studies currently offers 9 certificates for students looking to specialize in or gain comprehensive knowledge in their genealogical pursuits. Certificates are a comprehensive 40-course program that provides students with a breadth and depth of genealogical education not found anywhere else. Over 200 courses authored by experts in their field are available from The National Institute.


ABOUT THE GERMAN CERTIFICATE

Students enrolled in the German Certificate program build their expertise in genealogical research methodologies and the records of Germany. Courses that focus on researching German heritage include: German: Introduction to Research, German: Church Records,  German: Civil Registration Records, German: Emigration Records, German: Locating Places in Germany, German: Reading the Records and German: Record Repositories. Methodology and Analysis courses provide the student with instruction in proper genealogical methodology and analysis of records and evidence.   


ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR GENEALOGICAL STUDIES

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 admin@genealogicalstudies.com.


For more information:

Louise St Denis

1-800-580-0165 (North American)

416-861-0165 (International)

Skype: louisestd

ISFHWE 2017 Excellence-in-Writing Winners Announced

International Society of Family History Writers and Editors
(ISFHWE)
Website: ISFHWE.org Email Address:  competition@isfhwe.org
For Immediate Release – August 30, 2017
ISFHWE EXCELLENCE-IN-WRITING COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is proud to announce the winners of the Excellence-in-Writing Competition. All entries were exceptional this year. Submission details for 2018 will be announced soon. For any questions on the competition, email competition@isfhwe.org.

Category 1 – Columns
1st Place – Elaine Thomas: “For the Love of Dinah”
2nd Place – Carolyn Schott: “Welcome Back to Osthofen”
3rd Place – Maureen Wlodarczyk: “More Than (Immediately) Meets the Eye”
HM – Valerie LaRobardier: “Do You Have an ‘Indian Princess’?”

Category 2 – Articles
1st Place – Martin Fischer: “How the Gogolinsky Family of Warsaw Became the Barney Family of St. Louis, Missouri”
2nd Place – Joseph F. Martin: “Apolonia Lewicka and the Priest”
3rd Place – Mari Margaret McLean, PhD: “Unintended Family History: Thomas Scholfield’s Letter to His Brother”
HM – Fred Delcomyn: “A Danish Lad in America”
HM – Karen Brattesani: “A Soldier’s Stories of World War II as Told to his Daughter”
HM – Sherri Panchaud Onorati: “Lucky to Be Here”

Category 3 – Newsletters
1st Place – Michelle D. Novak: “Genealogical Society of Bergen County, NJ –  The Archivist”
2nd Place – Patricia Mansfield Phelan: “Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum”

Category 4 – Unpublished Material, Unpublished Authors
1st Place – Joan F. Vitale: “The Messenger”
2nd Place – Bonnie Dodge: “Getting to Know Grandmother, A Step Back in Time”
3rd Place – Robbin M. Smith: “I Have an Aunt Alice?”
HM – Linda D. Fritz-Langston: “Grandpa & His Puzzle”

Category 5 – Unpublished Material – Published Authors
1st Place – Dave Strausfeld: “Gus Cloepfil and his Migration Westward”
2nd Place – Wevonneda Minis: “DNA Decision”
3rd Place – Elaine Thomas: “Boyhood Tales from the Great Depression”
HM – Wendy Wilson Spooner, Lic . G, LCoT: “The Relevance of Genetic Knowledge to Genealogical Research
HM – Andrea Butler Ramsey: “The Nickel Man”
HM – Emilee Marks: “The Tale of Two Wilhelmina Gogollas”

Category 6 – Poetry & Song
1st Place – Kavya Srikanth: “An Ode to Time Lost”
2nd Place – Lori Lynn Price: “Virden, New Mexico”
3rd Place – John Newmark: “Cause of Death”
HM – Anthony Proctor – “The Great Wave”

Submitted by Tina Sansone, Competition Coordinator

Back 2 Research eConference

With the summer vacation over, it’s time to return to our genealogy research. To help you “Get In The Groove,” four speakers will help you get Back 2 Research via an online conference!WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 2018TIME: 8:30 am – 4 pm (CST)CAN’T AT…

RootsTech Registration is Coming Up!

RootsTech - February 12-14, 2015

RootsTech Registration Opens September 20, 2017!

Registration for RootsTech 2018 (happening February 28–March 3, 2018) will open on Wednesday, September 20, 2017! For a limited time, exclusive early bird pricing will be available on both RootsTech and Getting Started passes, which will be available for $169 and $69 respectively. Mark your calendars today, and be one of the first to register for the world’s largest family history conference.
Save the Date

What to Expect at RootsTech
Read our blog post and learn why RootsTech 2018 will be another can’t-miss event.

Findmypast Friday-New Records Available

New Records Available to Search This Findmypast FridayThere are over 3.3 million new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;Canada Census 1851The Canada Census of 1851 is now available to search o…

MyHeritage: DNA Match Review

We are very excited to tell you about a new MyHeritage DNA feature we’ve just released – the DNA Match Review page. Now, for each of your DNA matches, you can click “Review match” and be directed to this new page in which we will display information br…

FGS: Highlights from the Voice Blog

Highlights from the Voice Blog & Community

Deed records for several Pennsylvania counties are now available on FamilySearch (The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania)
New Georgia Historic Newspapers (GHN) Site Now Available (Digital Library of Georgia)
Three Ways to Take Aim at Southern Brick Walls (Ancestry Blog)
Ohio Online Historical Newspapers Summary (The Ancestor Hunt)
7 Ways to Make the Most of the FGS 2017 Exhibit Hall (FGS Voice Blog)
A brief history of a few Scottish clans (The Vintage News)
Improve Your Results with 5 Sessions by Ancestry Experts at FGS 2017 (FGS Voice Blog)
The Best Genealogy Software of 2017 (Top Ten Reviews)
How a Professional Genealogist Approaches Brick Wall Problems​ (Amy Johnson Crow)
The Navy found a cannon in the Atlantic Ocean it thinks was on a War of 1812 ship (Business Insider UK)
Organize Your Digital Files: Tips From Genealogy Guy Drew Smith (Amy Johnson Crow)
Learn How to Build Your Family Tree with DNA (FGS Voice Blog)

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FGS Conference: Online registration ends Monday 21 Aug

Where are the records?
From online collections to libraries to major research centers, 
the records you seek can be found in a variety of places. 
The FGS 2017 “Finding Records” track on Saturday, September 2 
will give you ideas for finding the records that can unlock the clues 
to your past.​ Read more  >>>
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FGS: Monthly Society Management Webinars

In the August 2017 FGS webinar, we will invite David Rencher, CG, CGL, 
to present on “The Nominating Committee.”
In order to maintain a healthy organization, we must all put great value 
in this piece of the society puzzle. David Rencher will provide an in-depth 
look at the role of this important committee in your genealogy society, 
and its impact on the organization’s longevity. Read More >>>
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War of 1812 Pension Project

FGS is pleased to announce National Archives staff have recently resumed document conservation of the War of 1812 Pension files covering surnames M (Moore) – Q.
Document conservation is the essential first step in digitizing these records. Read more >>

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New SLIG 2-week program

Beginning in 2019, SLIG will utilize a new two-week format as follows:

· SALT LAKE INSTITUTE IF GENEALOGY

· SLIG COLLOQUIUM 

· SLIG ACADEMY FOR PROFESSIONALS

“The marriage of these programs in a back-to-back format allows those desiring to participate in multiple programs to do so without additional flight costs. The new dates assure the excellent rates and amenities SLIG participants have previously enjoyed, and the new format provides opportunity to explore additional ways to meet the needs of SLIG students.”

Source and additional info:

http://ugagenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/08/SLIG-new-dates-formats.html

FindMyPast: Billion Graves, Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions, NW Kent Burials, NY Researcher, NYG&B Record

New Records Available to Search This FindMyPast Friday
Over 2.9 Million new records are available to search this FindMyPast Friday including:
Billion Graves Cemetery Indexes

We regularly update our collection of cemetery records from BillionGraves. All of the record sets have been added to this time, allowing you to pinpoint your ancestor’s final resting place across a number of countries via GPS-tagged headstones.

This latest update includes:
·         Over 2.2 million new additions to the United States Billion Graves Cemetery Index
·         Over 87,000 new additions to the Canada Billion Graves Cemetery Index
·         Over 76,000 new additions to the England Billion Graves Cemetery Index
·         Over 16,000 new additions to the Ireland Billion Graves Cemetery Index
·         Over 114,000 new additions to the Scotland Billion Graves Cemetery Index
·         Over 5,000 new additions to the Wales Billion Graves Cemetery Index
·         Over 377,000 new additions to the Australia Graves Cemetery Index
·         Over 48,000 new additions to the New Zealand Billion Graves Cemetery Index
Findmypast’s partnership with BillionGraves aims to make available all the cemetery records held on their site for free. Each entry has a transcript, which includes a link to an image of the headstone with GPS details. The amount of information listed may vary, but most records will include a combination of the deceased’s name, birth date, death date, and cemetery, city, county and image link.
West Middlesex Family History Society has provided us with additions to our Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions from All Saints, Fulham.
Each record includes a transcript with a varying amount of information. Most of the transcripts include full name, age, birth year, death year, dedication, location and monument type. You’ll also get notes on the inscription which could include the names of others buried in that plot or more specific details regarding age and birth and death dates. An external link in each record will bring you to a document which includes images and burial ground plans for All Saints church in Fulham. The entire Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions collection now stands at over 45,000 records. 
We’ve added over 6,000 records from Sidcup Cemetery in Bexley to our collection of North West Kent burials.
The records include a transcript of the original burial register and will usually reveal your relative’s name, burial date, residence, place of burial, county, country and age. Some records may also contain extra notes about the burial. The term, North West Kent, is used to describe areas within the London boroughs which were historically part of Kent; such as, Greenwich, Bexleyheath and Chislehurst and these records were transcribed by the North West Kent Family History Society.
Our ongoing partnership with The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) brings you another edition of their quarterly review, New York Researcher.
96 new images have been added to the collection which provides invaluable insight on conducting family history research on the people and places of New York state. The collection is comprised of PDF files of the original publication and allows you to search by keyword or narrow your search by volume, issue, page number, or publication year.
Another fascinating resource from NYG&B, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record is the second oldest genealogical journal in the US and details the people and places of the Empire State from the 17th century onwards. We’ve added a further 389 images in this latest update.
The fully searchable PDF files in this collection can contain all manner of information on your New York relatives including biographical sketches, family genealogies, including lists of descendants, record transcriptions and abstracts, pedigree charts, local history, notices of life events, such as baptisms and marriages, society proceedings and notes and much more.

Launching our new FreeCEN website

Did you know- FreeCEN gives free access to census records for England, Scotland & Wales? And we’re launching our new website…
FreeCEN offers a free-to-search online database of the 19th century UK censuses. Transcribed entirely by volunteers, we have more than 32 million individuals available on our website that anyone can search without having to create an account. The new ‘FreeCEN2’ website (https://freecen2.freecen.org.uk) will launch on Monday 31st July 2017 with all of the records that the current website holds, but with a fresh new look and feel in-line with Free UK Genealogy and FreeREG. We believe that family history records should be free to access for everyone; our new website will offer more features for researchers, and make it easier for them to find what they’re looking for. FreeCEN2 also brings with it a host of improvements for existing and future volunteers, such as a members sign-in area and brand new messaging system. FreeCEN, FreeREG and FreeBMD are projects by Free UK Genealogy, a registered charity that promotes free access to historical records. FreeREG underwent this process in 2015, and FreeBMD is due to begin its renewal later this year.  

Pat Reynolds, Free UK Genealogy’s Executive Director said, “We are very proud of the progress that our volunteers have made in the 18 years the project has been running, and we look forward to a time when we have a complete database of all UK censuses. The launch of our new FreeCEN2 website marks the beginning of an exciting period of renewal for FreeCEN.”
Brenda Bowers, FreeCEN project leader went on, “The new website is a work-in-progress and we want genealogists and family history researchers to try it out and let us know what they think. If we know what works for them, what doesn’t, and what features they’d like to see, we can make FreeCEN2 the best resource for free census records. It could even encourage new volunteers to join us!”
To try out FreeCEN2, please visit https://freecen2.freecen.org.uk and share your feedback with us to help make it the best it can be.

We couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers, and we’re always looking for more. If you’d like to join the FreeCEN team, go to freecen2.freecen.org.uk/cms/opportunities-to-volunteer-with-freecen
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Free UK Genealogy is a non-profit organisation (a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered in England and Wales, number 1167484) that provides free, online access to family history records. We work with a team of dedicated volunteers to create high quality transcriptions of public records from governmental sources, parish churches, and other trusted institutions. We believe that Open Data and Open Source are key to making and keeping public records accessible to all.
Our volunteers have made available:
  • 33,000,000 births, marriages and deaths in FreeBMD
  • 38,000,000 records from parish registers in FreeREG
  • 32,000,000 individuals from census data, from 1841 to 1891 in FreeCEN
We make the databases we create freely available for people to search in order to support their family history research. Unlike many sites, which are ‘pay-to-view’ after an initial search is carried out, our databases are completely free to search and view.

Preserve the Pensions Announces Resumption of Document Conservation at National Archives





August 1, 2017

PRESERVE THE PENSIONS ANNOUNCES RESUMPTION OF DOCUMENT

CONSERVATION AT NATIONAL ARCHIVES, DIGITIZATION SOON TO FOLLOW

Austin, Texas  – The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce National Archives staff have recently resumed document conservation of the War of 1812 Pension files covering surnames M(Moore)-Q. Document conservation is the essential first step in digitizing these files. Our digitization partner, Ancestry.com, has scheduled image capture of these newly conserved documents to begin the second week of September 2017. As capture resumes, new images will be added to Fold3.com on a rolling basis. The Federation and the dedicated volunteers of the Preserve the Pensions project have worked tirelessly for well over a year to negotiate a resolution to the work stoppage. This portion of the project plan is expected to be completed by third quarter 2018.

The War of 1812 pensions are among the most frequently requested set of materials within the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), yet had never been microfilmed or digitized. Through a fundraising effort unprecedented in the genealogical community, more than 4,000 individuals, 115 genealogical and lineage societies, and industry leaders such as FamilySearch helped FGS secure the funds, matched by Ancestry.com, to preserve and share this invaluable genealogical resource. The images already captured, as well as those soon to be, are hosted at Fold3.com for free, forever.

 “We are grateful to our partners Ancestry.com and NARA for their support and willingness to continue working with us towards this successful outcome. We appreciate their recognition of the unique nature of this project and the community who worked so hard to fund it.” – Rorey Cathcart, FGS President

The Federation is committed to seeing the entire collection conserved, digitized and freely online at the earliest possible date. We will continue work with our partners to secure a timeline for the remaining portion of the War of 1812 Pension files.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents genealogical, historical, and lineage organizations throughout the United States. The Federation empowers the genealogical community through its annual conference, publications (including FGS FORUM) and projects. The Federation was the driving force behind the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors project alongside the National Parks Service and since 2010 has been actively involved in Preserve the Pensions, an effort to raise more than $3 million to digitize and make freely available the pension files from the War of 1812. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

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GeneaPress 2017-08-03 18:27:00

MyHeritage Acquires the Legacy Family Tree Software and Webinar Platform 

TEL AVIV, Israel & SURPRISE, Arizona, August 3, 2017 — MyHeritage, the leading global destination for family history and DNA testing, announced today its acquisition of Millennia Corporation, makers of the popular genealogy desktop software Legacy Family Tree and genealogy webinar platform, Legacy Family Tree Webinars. This is MyHeritage’s ninth acquisition to date.

With hundreds of thousands of devoted users since 1997, Legacy Family Tree consistently ranks among the top three most popular and highly rated genealogy software products in the industry. The Legacy Family Tree Webinar platform — which has amassed a large and dedicated fan base since 2010 — draws speakers who are leaders in their field and covers a wide variety of topics, including genealogical research methodology, DNA, and historical records, representing a full array of educational genealogy content.

MyHeritage, which has developed a world-class, global mobile and Web platform for family trees, historical records and DNA testing, used by more than 90 million users worldwide, will now offer its services to Legacy’s users.

Legacy Family Tree will retain its full staff and continue developing its software and webinar platform, backed by MyHeritage’s resources. Millennia Corporation and MyHeritage have started joint work on a new version of the Legacy Family Tree software — version 10 — which will include the optional capability to sync family trees to MyHeritage’s website and use the free MyHeritage mobile app to make remote updates to their family trees on the Legacy software. Legacy Family Tree version 9 has already integrated matching to MyHeritage’s 40 million family trees and to its historical records collection — which surpassed 8 billion records this week.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will continue to feature diverse and informative content, and will be promoted to the millions of MyHeritage users, to increase the webinars’ audience. The webinar platform will also enjoy infrastructure upgrades to support increased concurrent viewership.

“We are very happy with the Legacy Family Tree acquisition as it gives us valuable assets that are highly complementary to our own, and a solid team.” said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “We look forward to providing Legacy’s software and webinar platform with useful upgrades, and to welcoming Legacy’s huge user base of experienced genealogists to enhance their genealogical explorations through MyHeritage’s services.”

“The more I’ve learned about and experimented with MyHeritage, the more I have felt we need to partner together,” said Geoff Rasmussen, founder of Legacy Family Tree Webinars. “The technology behind their online trees and historical records is incredible — second to none. MyHeritage has positioned itself to become the leader of the future of the genealogy industry and we can be a part of it. It’s the perfect match: our software and webinars combined with their resources, technologies, and international reach will help both of us accomplish our mission — to help the world find their ancestors.”

“I’m excited for us to join forces with MyHeritage,” said Dave Berdan, President of Millennia Corporation. “MyHeritage clearly cares for genealogists and continues to invest in desktop genealogy software, in contrast to one of its major rivals that has done the opposite, shutting down its desktop genealogy software and then selling it off. As we’re passionate about genealogy, our team is happy to have found in MyHeritage kindred spirits and we’re excited about the value that we can create together to benefit millions of genealogists worldwide.”


About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the leading global destination for family history and DNA testing. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage has transformed family history into an activity that is accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and groundbreaking search and matching technologies. Launched in November 2016, MyHeritage DNA is a technologically advanced, affordable DNA test that reveals ethnic origins and previously unknown relatives. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to find new family members, discover ethnic origins, and to treasure family stories, past and present, for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages. www.myheritage.com
About Millennia Corporation
Millennia Corporation is located in Surprise, Arizona. The company provides top-quality genealogy software so people can find, track, and share their family history. It is also the publisher of the award-winning FamilyTreeWebinars.com webinar series, now with more than 750 hours of quality genealogy education. For additional information on Millennia or its products, visit http://www.LegacyFamilyTree.com.
For more information about this announcement and for answers to frequently asked questions, visit: