Month: January 2018

Find My Past Fridays-New Records: Jersey, Lancashire, Connecticut and New Jersey

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flag Jersey Baptisms 1540-1915
OVER 228,000 RECORDS  Does your family have roots in the Bailiwick of Jersey? Explore thousands of Church of England baptism registers from the island of Jersey, a British Crown dependency in the English Channel, to uncover dates, locations and the names of both parents.
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flag Jersey Marriages 1542-1940
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Search transcripts of Church of England marriages and add new branches to your growing family tree. Marriage registers can reveal the date and location of your ancestor’s marriage as well the names of their parents and in-laws.

 

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flag Jersey Burials 1541-1940
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Discover the final resting place of your Jersey ancestors with a collection of transcripts covering 17 burial sites across the Island. Records will reveal their birth year, burial date and burial place.

 

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flag Connecticut, Stonington Cemetery Records
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Explore records from Connecticut’s Stonington Cemetery, a 22-acre non-sectarian burial ground founded in 1849. Transcripts will reveal your ancestor’s birth date, death date and burial plot.

 

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flag New Jersey Birth Index 1901-1903 Image Browse
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Browse through images to discover your ancestor’s name, parents’ names and birth year. This collection has been obtained from the New Jersey State Archives and images are courtesy of Reclaim the Records.

 

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flag England, Greater Manchester Baptisms 1571-1910
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Explore baptism and christening records from the Diocese of Manchester parishes, pertaining mainly to those from the historic county of Lancashire. Both transcripts and images of the original registers are provided. You can discover event dates and places for your ancestor, as well as your ancestor’s parents’ names.

 

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Facts and finds
Our collection of Jersey baptisms includes records for the British-American socialite, actress and producer, Lillie Langtry. Born Emilie Charlotte Le Breton in 1853 in the parish of St Saviour, Lille moved to London upon her marriage in 1876. Soon, her striking looks and charming personality attracted interest, commentary, and invitations from artists and society hostesses, and she became celebrated as a young woman of great beauty and charm. By 1881 she was widely known as the “Jersey Lilly” and became an actress who starred in many plays in the UK and the United States, eventually running her own stage production company. In later life she performed “dramatic sketches” in vaudeville and was also known for her relationships with noblemen, including the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Shrewsbury, and Prince Louis of Battenberg.

 

Coming soon
Did your ancestors serve in the British Armed forces? Next week’s update includes a selection of vital records pertaining to British service men and women, their children and spouses.
New Search Feature
Our latest search feature, added this week, lets you expand your family tree quicker than ever. Now, when you click ‘add to tree’ on any record, it will automatically be converted into a hint, allowing you to merge information from that record onto the relevant person’s profile on your tree. You can even add multiple new family members to your tree in a matter of seconds. Give it a go for yourself and let us know your feedback.
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Find My Past Fridays-New South Carolina Records

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flag South Carolina, Will Transcripts 1782-1866
OVER 181,000 RECORDS  Search this index of will transcripts from the South Carolina Department of Archives and History website to discover your ancestor’s name as well as the year, location, document description, and names of others mentioned in the document.
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flag South Carolina, Plats for State Land Grants 1784-1868
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Did your South Carolina ancestors receive a state land grant? Search this index to find out when they received it, the location of the land and names of others mentioned in the document.

 

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flag South Carolina, Legislative Papers 1782-1929
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Did your ancestors appear in legislative papers from South Carolina? These transcripts reveal the type of document their name appeared in, the nature of the document, its date and the names of any other individuals recorded.

 

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flag South Carolina, Criminal Court Records
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9,000
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Explore criminal court records from South Carolina, covering the years 1769 to 1944, to uncover the black sheep hiding in your family tree. Transcripts include the year, location, document type and description as well as the names of others mentioned in the court document.

 

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flag South Carolina, Records Of Confederate Veterans 1909–1973
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Did your ancestor fight for the Confederacy during the American Civil War? Search this index of lists and pension applications pertaining to Confederate veterans from South Carolina and find out.

 

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flag Norfolk Monumental Inscriptions 1600-1900’s Image Browse
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Browse through transcriptions of monumental inscriptions captured from 260 parishes across Norfolk. A monumental inscription can reveal your ancestor’s residence, death date, age at death, and burial location.

 

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flag Lancashire, Oldham Cemetery Registers 1797-2004 Image Browse
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45,000
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Browse through the cemetery registers of Chadderton, Crompton, Failsworth, Greenacres, Hollinwood, Lees and Royton in the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham. The registers will reveal your ancestor’s age, residence, date of death and place of burial.

 

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Additional records
flag Wiltshire Burials Index 1538-1990

 

New records: 613,108
Total records: 2,089,750
Covering: Anglican parishes across the county
Discover: Age at death, death date, burial date and location

 

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flag Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions 1485-2014

 

New records: 3,688
Total records: 49,503
Covering: Burial sites in Twickenham and Uxbridge
Discover: Age at death, birth year, death year, dedication, location, monument type, inscription and description link

 

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Facts and finds
Our collection of brand new South Carolina Confederate Veterans contains a variety of notable soldiers including General Joseph Brevard Kershaw. Kershaw’s South Carolina infantry brigade saw some of the hardest fighting of the war. Kershaw and his men fought at the Battles of Fort Sumter, Bull Run and Gettysburg, among others.

 

Coming soon
Does your family tree have roots in the Channel Islands? Next week’s update features a variety of records from Jersey.
New Search Feature
We’re delighted to announce our new Related Records feature, which makes it easier to find more census returns for your ancestors. From now on, after clicking into a census transcript scroll down below the household members list. If we have found other census returns we think your ancestor features in, they will be listed to the right of the census details. Simple.
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Natalia Lafourcade Speaking at RootsTech 2018

Natalia Lafourcade Speaking at RootsTech 2018

Internationally recognized artist Natalia Lafourcade has captured hearts all over Mexico and in countries across the world, and she’s bringing her musical talents and love of family to the RootsTech stage!
Known for her charisma and beauty of interpretation, Lafourcade has received numerous honors including Grammy Awards and MTV Latino awards. Lafourcade recently partnered with popular singer Miguel, and the duo recorded “Remember Me” from the hit Disney Pixar movie Coco. Lafourcade, who has always been inspired by her musical forebears, will speak about the connection between music and her family roots on Saturday, March 3.
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FamilySearch Begins Construction of New Ogden, Utah, FamilySearch Center


FamilySearch Begins Construction of New Ogden, Utah, FamilySearch Center

Artist's rendering of the Ogden, Utah, FamilySearch Center targeted for completion in 2019.Ogden, Utah (8 January 2018), FamilySearch held a groundbreaking ceremony today for its new FamilySearch Center in Ogden, Utah, on the corner of Grant Avenue and 22nd Street. When complete, the free attraction will create fun, innovative, family history experiences for patrons of all ages. The project is on a fast track to be completed in the spring of 2019. Admission will be free to the public. (Find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom).
Elder Steven Merrill Petersen, an Area Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, overseeing the groundbreaking along with local dignitaries, noted that Ogden was once known as Junction City for those passing through the area. Ironically, he said the new Ogden FamilySearch Center “Will serve as a junction between the past, present, and future. The center will serve everyone in the future to help them tie their past to the present. As we look back, we move forward.” He iterated that the center will be set in the heart of Ogden as a junction for everyone to gather, free of charge, to find their ancestors and to discover themselves.
The new facility will be another unique and exciting destination for locals, families, and youth groups, as well as for tourists of all ages visiting Ogden, Utah.
The Ogden FamilySearch Center, currently located at 539 24th Street, originally opened its doors in 1966 and will remain open during construction of the new facility. It has been one of the largest and busiest facilities in nonprofit FamilySearch’s network of over 5,000 family history centers worldwide. It will be 1 of only 5 locations offering interactive discovery experiences.
When complete, the new facility will span 12,000 square feet of space and offer free world class research services, and fun, engaging activities designed to create personalized family discoveries. It will offer a unique gathering place for families with interactive and immersive discovery experiences for visitors of all ages, free access to online genealogical websites, and personal assistance. Many of the interactive features will use a patron’s family history in the FamilySearch Family Tree to create custom learning experiences.
“We’ve learned that if individuals and families have fun, personalized, quick successes and experiences with their family’s history, they will continue to be more involved at different levels throughout their lives,” said Diane Loosle, Vice President of FamilySearch’s Help Division and Director of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. “It also deepens appreciation for family connections across multiple generations.”
In anticipation of the new center’s opening in 2019, it is suggested that individuals and families take the time now during construction to create a free account at FamilySearch.org and begin building their family tree, adding favorite family stories and photos together. A developed family tree will enhance the interactive experience when the new FamilySearch center opens in 2019.
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BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, 16 January 2018


Board for Certification of Genealogists

BCG OFFERS FREE WEBINAR Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 8:00 p.m. Eastern

“Finding Thomas’ Father: an 18th Century Prince William County Virginia Case Study” by Pam Stone Eagleson, CG

Thomas Stone left few records when he died in 1791 in Prince William County Virginia. No document or reference names his parentage. Finding Thomas’s father took thirty years. Using indirect evidence and helped by technological advances, Thomas’s father has been found. Land records make the case. This presentation demonstrates the process of creating a proof argument to identify Thomas’s father.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) will present “Finding Thomas’ Father: an 18th Century Prince William County Virginia Case Study” by Pam Stone Eagleson, CG free to the public at 8:00 p.m. EDT, 16 January 2018.

Pam Stone Eagleson, CG, is a researcher, writer, and educator. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. degree in history and sociology, University of Southern Maine with a M. Ed., and Tufts University with a C.A.S. in Museum Studies. Winner of the 2004 National Genealogical Society’s Family History Writing contest, Pam has attended NIGR, IGHR, SLIG, GRIP, and VIGR. Certified since 2005 by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, Pam served six years on the Board of APG and currently serves as Director of Region 4 on the Board of NGS. She lectures on genealogy sources and problem solving, is co-administrator of the Stone surname DNA project and is a member of several local, state and regional historical and genealogical societies. Her articles have appeared in the National Genealogical Society QuarterlyMissouri State Genealogical Association Journal and the NGS Magazine.

President Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA says, “Every month the Board for Certification of Genealogists offers a new webinar as part of an ongoing series that supports our mission to provide education for family historians. These webinars are presented by certified associates and offer a quality genealogical educational experience. The board promotes excellence in research and working to standards in an ethical manner.”

Register for “Finding Thomas’ Father: an 18th Century Prince William County Virginia Case Study” by Pam Stone Eagleson, CG before 16 January 2018. BCG receives a commission if you register by clicking our affiliate link: http://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/?aid=2619.

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 using our affiliate link at http://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/?aid=2619 and about past webinars of special interest to those seeking certification at http://bcgcertification.org/learning/skills/webinars/. Again, BCG receives a commission if you register by clicking and buying via our affiliate link. For more information on educational opportunities, please visit: http://bcgcertification.org/learning-super-parent/learning-center-2/.

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


Cari A. TaplinCG
BCG News Release Coordinator
Pflugerville, Texas

Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland -February Meeting Notice



The next meeting of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland will be on

Sunday, February 4, 20181:30 p.m.
in the 
Men’s Club Board Room
Park Synagogue East
27500 Shaker Blvd.
Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124


Our speaker will be
Mitchell Balk,
Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation President

“Whither Jewish Hospitals-the Mt. Sinai Legacy”
Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation President Mitchell Balk will discuss the history of Jewish-sponsored hospitals in the United States, with a focus on Cleveland’s Mt. Sinai Medical. Balk will explain how the medical institution has had a grantmaking Foundation formed from its sale in 1996 and the people who fondly remember the history of the hospital. 


Board members will be available at our Help Desk from 1:00 to 1:30 PM 
to help with your genealogy questions and problems.

Please share this information with non-members 
who may have interest in the program.

Annual Dues for 2018 are still being collected. Mail your checks to:

Marilyn Baskin, Treasurer
Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland

32850 Jackson Road

Moreland Hills, OH  44022


An annual single membership is $25; annual family membership is $35.
Please submit a copy of our membership form with your payment.

You can find a membership form on our website at 
http://clevelandjgs.org/images/pdfs/Membershipform.pdf


Sylvia Abrams, President
Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland


New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of January 8, 2018

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of January 8, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY, UTGot Swedish ancestry? FamilySearch published over 36 million free records this week from Sweden and millions of other records published from American SamoaBillionGravesIrelandNew Zealandthe PhilippinesPortugal, and Venezuela. Search these new free records by clicking on the collection links below or search over 5 billion free records at  FamilySearch. Find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom
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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.
ABOUT FAMILYSEARCH
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 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah

BCG: 2018 Webinar Schedule

The following was just received from our friends at the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

The Board for Certification of Genealogists is excited to present the following webinars through Legacy Family Tree Webinars for 2018:

  • January 16 – Pam Stone Eagleson, CG, “Finding Thomas’ Father: an 18th Century Prince William County Virginia Case Study
  • February 20 – Jill Morelli, CG, “Using Swedish Taxation Records to Solve Tough Genealogical Problems”
  • March 20 – Catherine B. Wiest Desmarais, CG, “From Baltimore to Burlington: Hazen P. Day’s Neighbors Bring Him Home”
  • April 17 – Patti Lee Hobbs, CG, “Better Together: Making Your Case with Documents and DNA”
  • May 15 – Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA, “Good Research Habits”
  • June 19 – Sara A. Scribner, CG, “Using Maps in Genealogical Research”
  • July 17 – Alice Hoyt Veen, CG, “It’s a Numbers Game! Understanding Recognized Genealogical Formats”
  • August 21 – James Ison, AG, “GPS: Finding Your Way Through Tough Research Problems”
  • September 18 – Cari A. Taplin, CG, “Using Lists to Find Proof”
  • October 16 – Julie P. Miller, CG, CGL, “Using Emigrant Guides for Genealogical Research”
  • November 20 – Ann Staley, CG, CGL, “Every Day Life of Our Ancestors”
  • December 18 – Nancy A. Peters, CG, “Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman’s Family”
BCG’s webinars are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 8 p.m. Eastern. BCG receives a commission if you register by clicking our affiliate link: http://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/?aid=2619.

“We are pleased to present these high-quality educational webinars,” said President Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. “The Board for Certification of Genealogists promotes public confidence in genealogy by supporting uniform standards of competence. We strive to provide educational opportunities to family historians of all levels of experience.”

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 using our affiliate link at http://legacy.familytreewebinars.com/?aid=2619 and http://bcgcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars. Again, BCG receives a commission if you register by clicking and buying via our affiliate link. For more information on educational opportunities, please visit: http://www.BCGcertification.org/certification/educ.html.

Genealogy Guys: New Sponsor Legacy Tree Genealogists

The following was just received from our friends at Aha! Seminars.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tampa, Florida – January 5, 2018

Genealogy Guys Welcome New Sponsor Legacy Tree Genealogists

Aha! Seminars, Inc., welcomes Legacy Tree Genealogists as a new sponsor of The Genealogy Guys Podcast and the Genealogy Connection podcast, effective immediately.

“We are very excited to welcome Legacy Tree Genealogists as a sponsor of both of our podcasts,” says George G. Morgan, president of Aha! Seminars, Inc. “They bring their outstanding proficiencies and value in professional client research to our global audience.”

The Genealogy Guys Podcast began in September 2005 and is the longest-running genealogical podcast. It is hosted by well-known genealogical speakers and authors George G. Morgan and Drew Smith. The Genealogy Connection podcast was added in June 2016 hosted by Drew Smith with interviews with genealogy experts in the fields of research, lecturing, writing and publishing, software development, and related areas. The Genealogy Guys Podcast and the Genealogy Connection podcast are produced by Aha! Seminars, Inc. (http://ahaseminars.com), a provider of continuing education and consulting services. The podcasts are free and can be accessed at http://genealogyguys.com, through RSS subscription, and through iHeartRadio and TuneIn.

Legacy Tree Genealogists (http://www.legacytree.com) is the world’s highest client-rated genealogy research firm. Founded in 2004 and based in Salt Lake City near the LDS Family History Library, the company has developed a network of professional researchers globally with access to repositories holding the whole range of genealogical records. The Legacy Tree team works for clients worldwide to help break down “brick walls”. Their specialists also provide expert DNA analysis to help connect clients with ancestral origins and genetically-related family. 

FindMyPast Fridays

There are 1,499,920 new “FindMyPast” records to search this week!
Middlesex, Brompton Cemetery Records
OVER 645,000 RECORDS Search through thousands of records from one of one of Britain’s oldest and most distinguished garden cemeteries. Each result includes both a transcript and image of the original document digitised from the original register held by the National Archives. Records may reveal your ancestor’s death year, age at death, residence and burial date.
England, Cheshire School Records, 1782-1950 
OVER 423,000 RECORDS
Were your ancestors educated in the English county of Cheshire? Search records covering more than 120 schools across the county to discover your ancestor’s birth date, residence, father’s name, the name of their school and years attended. 
British Army, British Red Cross Society Volunteers 1914-1918 
OVER 243,000 RECORDS
Discover your Red Cross ancestor’s name, birth year, rank and service history with a collection of records from the British Red Cross website. Additional information about the records, including images of original VAD cards, can be found on the source website. 
Mississippi, Tippah County Records 1836-1923 Image Browse 
OVER 115,000 RECORDS
Browse through records related to deeds, chattel deeds (personal property), and probate case files from Mississippi’s Tippah County Courthouse. The records will provide the names of grantors and testators, residences, names of witnesses, and dates of transactions. 
Ireland Military Pensions and Medals 1916-1922 
OVER 52,000 RECORDS
Learn about the service history of ancestors who served during the Easter Rising or the War of Independence as a member of the Óglaigh na hÉireann, National Army, Irish Republican Army, Irish Volunteers, Irish Citizen Army, or Cumann na mBan
ADDITIONAL RECORDS FOR EXISTING SETS
Greater London Burial Index 
New records: 19,619
Total records: 1,690,022 
Covering: Over 300 Anglican and non-conformist parishes across Greater London 
Discover: Birth year, death year, burial date, occupation, religious denomination, address, and burial location 
FACTS AND FINDS
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Designed by Benjamin Baud, Brompton Cemetery was opened in June, 1840. Opened by the West London and Westminster Cemetery Company in response to the shortage of burial spaces in London, it’s one of seven large cemeteries surrounding the capital city, known as the Magnificent Seven, established by private companies. Located on the western border of Chelsea and Kensington. Many notable figures have been buried in the cemetery over the years, many of whom can be found in the records, including: 
  • Sir Henry Cole – An inventor and civil servant, Cole is credited with introducing the world to the first commercial Christmas card in 1843. 
  • Emmeline Pankhurst – The Pankhurst family were leaders of the women’s suffragette movement. Emmeline died in June 1928, a short time before women were given equal voting rights. 
  • Long Wolf – A Native American Chief, Long Wolf died while touring with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. His body was later exhumed and reinterned at Pine Ridge, South Dakota. The records show that the burial plot originally belonged to William Cody, also known as Buffalo Bill. 
  • Henry Augustus ‘Gus’ Mears – The founder of Chelsea Football Club. 
  • General Michał Tadeusz Karaszewicz-Tokarzewski – The founder of the Polish resistance movement during the Second World War. After the war, the Polish General settled in England and became the General Inspector of the Armed Forces of the Polish forces in exile.
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Next week’s update will include more UK vital records as well as new US additions covering Missouri and Connecticut. 
 
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ISBGFH Member Registration Now Open

ISBGFH Member Registration Now Open!

2018 British Institute
15-19 October 2018

Salt Lake Plaza Hotel
Salt Lake City, Utah
The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History takes great pleasure in announcing the 2018 British Institute to be conducted in Salt Lake City, Utah from 15-19 October 2018 at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel.

ISBGFH members may register on or after 2 January 2018 for $415 by logging in and completing the online registration process. General registration opens on 1 April 2018 and ends 30 September 2018. The course fee for non-members is $445. Late registration will be available from 1 to 8 October 2018.

There will be four tracks of instruction by prominent genealogists focused on British Isles research:

English Ancestors 17th-20th Centuries: Finding Sources and Resolving Problems
Else Churchill and Alec Tritton

The course will be comprised of 20 topics looking at sources and resources to help discover where in England your ancestors lived and what they did in their lives. It will cover the major genealogical records of church and state and examine common genealogical problems and possible pathways to success.

Researching Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors
Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt

Searching for Irish ancestors has long been thought difficult but possible. Ranging across a period of 350 years the course will cover all the major sources including church, civil and census records; wills and printed sources. It will examine valuation records and landed estate papers – key documents for discovering ancestors, especially in eighteenth-century Ireland. Other topics will include school, local government and pre-1800 sources.

Tracing Your Welsh Ancestors
Beryl Evans

The main aim of the course is to identify the various sources available in researching Welsh ancestors, explaining where to find the records and how to gain access – archives offices and/or online. We will examine to interpret the information found in the records and use it to assist with further research. Mainly the eighteenth and nineteenth-century will be covered, but some records may extend to periods before and after.

Scottish Research: The Fundamentals and Beyond
Paul Milner

Scottish laws, regulations and records are different than those for the rest of the British Isles, and certainly different than for the United States. Yet there are enough similarities to create confusion for the unwary. In this course we will address the fundamentals of all the major record groups, examining where to find and how to search the indexes and exploring what is and is not available online.

All courses include classroom sessions held either in the morning or afternoon at the Plaza Hotel with research time at the Family History Library. For more information about courses, visit http://isbgfh.org/cpage.php?pt=56.

Course registration includes a digital syllabus (print syllabus available for purchase), a Sunday evening social, and a ticket to the Monday evening banquet (guest tickets available for purchase). For lodging information, visit https://isbgfh.org/cpage.php?pt=76.

If you are not a ISBGFH member and would like to join, click https://isbgfh.org/cpage.php?pt=16.

Questions can be emailed to the Institute Director at institute_director@isbgfh.org.

The following was received from our friends at NEHGS

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that the newly updated Winter Edition of the 2017-18 Books + Gifts Catalog is now available online!
Newly updated, the catalog features publications released during the past year and highlights upcoming titles that will be available in 2018.This  This online version is fully linked to products within our store. A table of contents allows you to find books in your favorite categories—Portable Genealogists, the Great Migration, regional resources, writing guides, and more. An index enables you to look up books by title. 
The cover photo of Govenor William Bradford’s Gravestone was taken by NEHGS Director of Digital Strategy Claire Vail in Plymouth, MA


Coupon WINTER17 valid through 12/31/17. Coupon becomes valid once applied with $25 in merchandise in the cart (before shipping costs). Coupon not valid on memberships, gift cards, or subscriptions.
 Questions? Email thebookstore@nehgs.org






New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast FridayThere are over 2.6 million new records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;England, Greater Manchester Burials 1570-1990Explore more than 50,000 death and burial records covering p…

ISBGFH Member Registration Now Open!


ISBGFH Member Registration Now Open!
2018 British Institute
15-19 October 2018
Salt Lake Plaza Hotel
Salt Lake City, Utah

The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History takes great pleasure in announcing the 2018 British Institute to be conducted in Salt Lake City, Utah from 15-19 October 2018 at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel.

ISBGFH members may register on or after 2 January 2018 for $415 by logging in and completing the online registration process. General registration opens on 1 April 2018 and ends 30 September 2018. The course fee for non-members is $445. Late registration will be available from 1 to 8 October 2018.

There will be four tracks of instruction by prominent genealogists focused on British Isles research:

English Ancestors 17th-20th Centuries: Finding Sources and Resolving Problems
Else Churchill and Alec Tritton

The course will be comprised of 20 topics looking at sources and resources to help discover where in England your ancestors lived and what they did in their lives. It will cover the major genealogical records of church and state and examine common genealogical problems and possible pathways to success. 
Researching Your Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestors
Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt
Searching for Irish ancestors has long been thought difficult but possible. Ranging across a period of 350 years the course will cover all the major sources including church, civil and census records; wills and printed sources. It will examine valuation records and landed estate papers – key documents for discovering ancestors, especially in eighteenth-century Ireland. Other topics will include school, local government and pre-1800 sources. 
Tracing Your Welsh Ancestors
Beryl Evans
 
The main aim of the course is to identify the various sources available in researching Welsh ancestors, explaining where to find the records and how to gain access – archives offices and/or online. We will examine to interpret the information found in the records and use it to assist with further research. Mainly the eighteenth and nineteenth-century will be covered, but some records may extend to periods before and after.
 
Scottish Research: The Fundamentals and Beyond
Paul Milner
 
Scottish laws, regulations and records are different than those for the rest of the British Isles, and certainly different than for the United States. Yet there are enough similarities to create confusion for the unwary. In this course we will address the fundamentals of all the major record groups, examining where to find and how to search the indexes and exploring what is and is not available online. 
All courses include classroom sessions held either in the morning or afternoon at the Plaza Hotel with research time at the Family History Library. For more information about courses, visit ISBGFH British Institute.
If you are not a ISBGFH member and would like to join, click Become a Member of ISBGFH.

Questions can be emailed to the Institute Director at institute_director@isbgfh.org.

GenSoft Reviews 2017

Genealogy Software Users Choice Awards for 2017 announced by GenSoftReviews

GenSoftReviews.com is where users go to rate and review their genealogy software. The site lists almost 1,000 programs, and users have contributed over 4,800 program reviews and ratings since the site opened in 2008.

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January 1, 2018

The 9th annual Users Choice Awards have been tabulated and awarded at the GenSoftReviews website.

During 2017, 82 of the nearly 1,000 programs listed received 535 reviews. Along with the review, users rated the programs from 1 to 5 star, with 5 being best.  Programs that received at least one review in 2017 with 10 or more all-time reviews that achieved a user rating of at least 4.00 out of 5 receive a GenSoftReviews User Choice Award for 2017. The award reflects that the program is well-liked by its users.

The 25 programs awarded a GenSoftReview Users Choice Award as a Top Rated Genealogy Software for 2017 are:

  • 13 Windows programs: Family Historian, Ahnenblatt, Personal Ancestral File, Family Book Creator, Ancestral Quest, Generations, Brother’s Keeper, RootsMagic, The Master Genealogist, Relatively Yours, Family Tree Builder, Family Tree Maker (up to Version 16), and Ages!  

  • 3 Mac programs: iFamily for Mac, Heredis for Mac, and Reunion

  • 4 programs built for Windows, Mac and Unix:  Evidentia, Ancestris, Familienbande, and GenealogyJ

  • 5 Online programs: Famberry, The Next Generation, Genealogie Online, webtrees, and MyHeritage

  • 0 Handheld programs.

The top program for 2017 was Evidentia, a program that helps you analyze evidence. Evidentia had an almost perfect user rating of 4.98 out of 5 based on 14 reviews. iFamily for Mac, a full-featured genealogy program for the Mac, was second at 4.95 out of 5 also on 14 ratings. And the online program Famberry was third with 4.94 out of 5 from 61 ratings.

New to the list of winners for 2017 was Ancestris, a free full-featured program from France. Ancestris received 8 reviews in 2017 bringing it to 12 reviews in total and making it eligible for the first time. Ancestris placed fourth overall with a 4.92 out of 5 rating.

Heredis for Mac rejoined the winners in 2017 after previously having won from 2012 to 2015. It dropped off the list in 2016 because it did not have any reviews in that year.

Winners in 2016 that dropped off the list this year include GenSmarts and Aldfaer which did not have any reviews in 2017, as well as Clooz and Heredis for PC whose overall rating dropped below 4.00 in 2017.

Several unsupported programs are still thought of highly enough by their users that they won an award in 2017. These include: Personal Ancestral File, Generations, The Master Genealogist, Relatively Yours, and Family Tree Maker up to Version 16.

Six programs have been GenSoftReviews User Choice Award winners every year since the awards began in 2009. They are: Personal Ancestral File, The Next Generation, Brother’s Keeper, RootsMagic, Family Tree Builder and Reunion.

GenSoftReviews uses a time-weighted average score. The weight of every user rating is reduced 50% every year, so newer opinions will be better reflected in the overall average score.

GenSoftReviews was created to be a site, somewhat like TripAdvisor for travelers, where genealogists can go to express their feelings about the genealogy software that they’ve used and tried. The reviews and ratings will likely help other genealogists who are looking for new software. It is hoped the developers of the programs also will see and use the reviews at GenSoftReviews to improve their programs.

For more information and a complete listing of current and past winners, see the Users Choice Award Winners page at GenSoftReviews.

About Louis Kessler

Louis Kessler has been a genealogist, lecturer and programmer for over 40 years. He developed and runs the GenSoftReviews site. He is also the author of the genealogy programs Behold and GEDCOM File Finder available at www.beholdgenealogy.com, as well as the DNA analysis program Double Match Triangulator available at www.doublematchtriangulator.com