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RootsTech 2018 Photo + Story Competition

RootsTech 2018 Photo + Story CompetitionSALT LAKE CITY, UTAH–A good photo tells a good story. And behind every good photo and story is a photographer who recognized the moment the two had come together and snapped the shutter. RootsTech 2018 is sponso…

English/Welsh Family History Course Sale Offer – Save 20% until December 1st

The Family History Researcher Academy has revealed a Black Friday Week sale offer on their English/Welsh Family History Course up to and including December 1st

You can now benefit from a trail access over the first month for just $1. Then receive a 20% discount on the following months. Instead of paying the regular $14 per month you will get to enjoy full access for only $11 a month.

Delivered online, these modules can be studied at your own pace and are a great way to discover the records and archives to use when searching for your elusive English or Welsh ancestors.

If you sign up between now and the 1st December 2017, using the special link, then you’ll receive one module a week plus some extra bonus reports and videos to help you find your English or Welsh ancestors. This course is packed with 12 month’s worth of material to help research for ancestors from England and Wales. Students will become much more knowledgeable researchers, with the tools to break down many of their brick walls.

Presented from a practical point of view with lessons contributed by professional genealogists, online data experts and by compiler of the course – Nick Thorne. Nick researches ancestors for private clients and has worked on various projects for one of the leading British genealogical research websites. He is a regular contributor to a number of the U.K. family history magazines and blogs regularly.

What others are saying:
“Thank you for your detailed study of English research. I have done a lot of English research, yet much of what you have sent is stuff that people don’t know, so thank you very much for your diligence in putting this together.” S Johnston
And this testimonial just received this week:
“Great series. Will be reading them again as I work on my English ancestors.” J. Gill
The Family History Researcher Academy Sale offers a Special Offer Trial of just $1 for the first month followed by a more than 20% reduction on the regular monthly subscription. Read more now at: http://familyhistoryresearcher.com/BlackFriday/

PRESERVE THE PENSIONS ANNOUNCES NEW IMAGES AVAILABLE

November 23, 2017

PRESERVE THE PENSIONS ANNOUNCES NEW IMAGES AVAILABLE AT FOLD3.COM

Austin, Texas  – The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce new pension images available at our hosting partner, Fold3. As we detailed in August of this year, conservation had resumed and digitization would shortly follow on War of 1812 Pension files covering surnames M(Moore)-Q. This new release of images is the first installment on the promise made by FGS, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and Ancestry to complete the project we started and to which you all have so generously contributed. Additional images will follow as the Ancestry digitization team continues to refine their process and achieve full capacity in accord with NARA protocols.

The War of 1812 pensions are among the most frequently requested set of materials within NARA’s holdings, 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, to preserve and share this invaluable genealogical resource. The images already captured, as well as those soon to be, are hosted at Fold3 and available for free at https://go.fold3.com/1812pensions/

“The Federation remains grateful to our partners and our supporters for their commitment to this important project. We are as excited as our community to reach this milestone.” – Rorey Cathcart, FGS President

“Accelerating public access to our holdings is key to successfully meeting NARA’s mission and we are extremely pleased to see this project contribute to that overarching goal.” Pamela Wright, Chief Innovation Officer, NARA

 “We are excited to have images flowing to the Fold3 site again and look forward to completing the collection as quickly as NARA’s process will allow.” Brian Hansen, GM Fold3

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 complete the current project plan in a timely manner and to secure a project plan 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.

About the National Archives (NARA)

The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, so people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The agency supports democracy, promotes civic education, and facilitates historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and online at www.archives.gov

About Ancestry

Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 2.6 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and DNA data from more than 5 million people. Since 1996, more than 10 billion historical records have been added to Ancestry’s databases, and users have created more than 90 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products and services including AncestryDNA, Archives, AncestryProGenealogists, Newspapers.com and Fold3. AncestryDNA is owned and operated by Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, a subsidiary of Ancestry.com, LLC.

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Contact:

Federation of Genealogical Societies
1812@fgs.org

PO Box 200940
Austin, TX 78720-0940
phone: +1 (888) 347-1500

DNA eWorkshop: After the Test Begins November 29th

End the Confusion and Increase Your Discoveries with DNA eWorkshop: After the Test

Ancestry.com, 23andMe, MyHeritage and Family TreeDNA have done a great job of generating excitement and involvement in genetic testing. Unfortunately, After the Test, many people have more questions than answers.

Examples from the testing companies 23andMe, AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, and MyHeritage DNA will be used to explain genetic genealogy concepts and the tools available on the websites. Also, the third-party website Gedmatch.com will be used to show how anyone can take advantage of tools to expand their genealogical research. You’ll learn 8 steps you need to do to help your DNA testing be effective

eWorkshop Times and Dates

Webinars are broadcast on Thursday (Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14) at 7 pm Central Time. The workshop platform allows for live interaction with the presenter during the lecture, rather than waiting until the end. Each workshop concludes with a review quiz to measure what you’ve learned!

Participants will receive assignments to practice what they’ve learned during each session and bring to the next workshop for further learning and question and answer.

The eWorkshop replay will be available within 24 hours after the broadcast for registered participants. 

$19.99 Early Bird pricing extends until November 20th for six hours of online education. After that, the price will be $24.99. Register at https://www.familyhistoryfanatics.com/online-events.

About Andy Lee, Family History Fanatics

Andy Lee has 30 years of family history experience. During high school, he wrote a contest-winning essay about an American Revolution ancestor. 

As a member of Toastmaster’s International, Andy has achieved the status of Competent Communicator and has won several storytelling contests. He has given presentations throughout the US and Canada to professional organizations, university classes, local genealogy societies, family history conferences, and Boy Scout organizations. Andy’s topics range beyond genealogy to include engineering, problem-solving, finances, business building and emergency preparedness. 

He has authored the comical “How to Fail English With Style” and is the co-author of “A Recipe for Writing Family History” and “Reimagine Family History.” He has also started a DNA Recombination project to investigate how genes are passed down from grandparents to grandchildren. To learn more about that project email familyhistoryfanatics@gmail.com

Disney Pixar and Ancestry Team Up!

DISNEY•PIXAR’S “COCO” CELEBRATES A HOST OF BRANDS
IN FAR-REACHING PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN
Film Opens in U.S. Theaters Nov. 22

BURBANK, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2017) – Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new original film “Coco” welcomes a host of brands to the family for an in-depth promotional campaign, including Airbnb, Ancestry, Chatbooks, Guitar Center, the Herdez® Brand, Purple, Southwest Airlines, Subway® and SunRype. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.

According to Lylle Breier, senior vice president, global marketing partnerships for The Walt Disney Studios, the story itself is the campaign’s greatest strength. “‘Coco’ celebrates family, chasing your dreams and the power of music,” said Breier. “The film’s themes really resonated with each of these extraordinary brands, inspiring them to create compelling programs.”

The “Coco” promotional campaign features the following brands.

  • Airbnb is set to launch its promotion this month to inspire family travel in Airbnb listings around Mexico. The campaign will be shown in both Mexican and US national TV, and on Airbnb’s digital and social platforms. Founded in 2008, Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where people can belong when they travel by being connected to local cultures and having unique travel experiences. Its community marketplace provides access to millions of unique accommodations from apartments and villas to castles and treehouses in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries.
  • Ancestry will launch an integrated marketing campaign centered around discovering your past to inspire your future, just as main character Miguel does in “Coco.” This includes custom cinema and digital videos telling the story of Miguel’s journey in unlocking his family story to pave way for his future, a digital video of the “Coco” filmmakers getting their AncestryDNA revealed, an interactive Rivera family tree experience on Ancestry.com, and an influencer screening with top Disney influencers prior to film release. Ancestry harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. With more than 2.6 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and more than 6 million people in the AncestryDNA network, Ancestry is the global leader in family history and consumer genomics.
  • Chatbooks is an app to create fast and affordable photo books directly from your phone’s camera roll or social media. The family-founded company offers an easy solution for people (especially parents!) who don’t have time to make photo books. Fans of the film can use Chatbooks to create an interactive “Coco” photo book that encourages everyone from children to the young at heart to celebrate their own unique family story.

  • Guitar Center is working with Cordoba Guitars and “Coco” to inspire a new generation of musicians. Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of musical instruments, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment. With more than 280 stores across the U.S. and one of the top direct sales websites in the industry, Guitar Center has helped people make music for more than 50 years. Guitar Center also provides customers with various musician-based in-house services, including Guitar Center Lessons, where musicians of all ages and skill levels can learn to play a variety of instruments in many music genres. With an unrivaled in-store experience, an industry-leading online presence and passionate commitment to making gear easy to buy, Guitar Center is all about enabling musicians and non-musicians to experience the joy that comes from playing an instrument. 
  • The HERDEZ® Brand campaign combines the world of “Coco” and the vibrant flavors of HERDEZ® products. Their new television commercial focuses on the joy of bringing families together through food. The animated commercial takes fans to the “Coco”-inspired colorful lands, filled with the great traditions of Mexico. The spot also captures the qualities of Miguel’s family from the movie and combines food, tradition and fun through HERDEZ® -inspired Mexican dishes and family moments. HERDEZ® Brand is the No.1 selling salsa brand in Mexico and a growing staple in homes across the United States. In addition to Salsa Casera, the product line includes Salsa Verde and Guacamole Salsa. HERDEZ® authentic Mexican salsas are available nationwide at major grocery stores. Visit www.herdeztraditions.com/DisneyPixarCoco.
  • Purple launched in January 2016, quickly becoming an emerging leader in the development and manufacturing of innovative comfort products, including the world’s first No Pressure™ Mattress. Purple helps the world sleep and sit more comfortably with patented cushioning technology made from 20 years of innovation and a little bit of pixie dust. Purple pairs advanced products with world-class digital marketing to stand out as the world’s only comfort technology brand. No matter how you sit or sleep, Purple is here to help you feel and live better.
  • Southwest Airlines, the largest domestic carrier, serving more than 115 million passengers yearly, is connecting customers to Disney•Pixar’s all-new adventure “Coco,” celebrating the culture and traditions of Mexico. The airline is showcasing the beauty of the film in a high-flying way with the “Coco”-themed Boeing 737-700 aircraft flying among the carrier’s fleet throughout the United States, Mexico and Caribbean through the end of 2017. Customers can enjoy the airline’s Disney•Pixar “Coco” OnDemand Channel onboard WiFi-equipped flights beginning Nov. 1.
  • Subway® restaurants will offer six collectable backpack tags featuring the vibrant artwork from “Coco”—one in every Subway® Fresh Fit for Kids Meal. Broadcast and digital video creative integrate core themes from the film, including a passion for music and the importance of family, with the Subway® Fresh Fit for Kids Meal. The program will also feature creative assets across owned and paid digital platforms along with in-store merchandising in over 26,000 restaurants. Guests in 113 countries have easy access to a fresh lineup of vegetables for their made-to-order sandwiches and salads at more than 44,400 franchised locations. Sandwich Artists™ serve 7 million sandwiches a day around the world. The company, founded over 50 years ago by then 17-year-old Fred DeLuca and family-friend Dr. Peter Buck, is still a family-owned business with thousands of dedicated franchisees in neighborhoods around the world. www.subway.com.
  • SunRype, the maker of healthy snacks, will place co-branded displayers in the produce departments of grocers across the country. Their digital sweepstakes* will award a trip for a family of four to see the film’s Hollywood premiere as well as other great weekly prize packages. SunRype’s featured product Fruit to Go fruit strips are a convenient portable snack made of simple ingredients: apple purees and juice concentrate—natural flavors with nothing artificial. SunRype grew out of the fresh fruit business in 1946, and have since continued to find the perfect balance of great taste and healthy goodness. Their philosophy is to use simple, straightforward ingredients. SunRype goodness is shared with families all across the USA and other parts of the world. *Sweepstakes’ abbreviated rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited.  October 2nd, 2017 at 8:00am PT and ends on October 20, 2017, at midnight PT for the Premiere Trip Sweepstakes & October 23rd through to November 24th, 2017 for the weekly prize packages. US only. 18+ https://buff.ly/2fXK4gI

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Héctor (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017. For more information, check out http://movies.disney.com/coco, Hashtag: #PixarCoco, Pixar Coco Facebook, Pixar Coco Twitter and Pixar Coco Instagram.

Over 2 million new military records available to search this Findmypast Friday

Over 2 million new military records available to search this Findmypast FridayThere are over 2 million brand new military records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of HonourSearch over 1.7 mil…

Fold3 – New Title Added

This mount in “featured content”Canada, Certificates of Military InstructionCome look for your Canadian ancestors in our collection “Canada, Certificates of Military Instruction,” which includes records from 1867 to 1932.In 1864, a Militia General Orde…

Over 1.3 million new Portsmouth records available to search this Findmypast Friday

Over 1.3 million new Portsmouth records available to search this Findmypast Friday
Findmypast publishes the archives of the Portsmouth History Centre online for the first time
Findmypast has today, 27th October 2017, published online for the first time more than 1.3 million historical records in partnership with the Portsmouth History Centre. The publication marks the first phase of Findmypast’s new Portsmouth collection, a rich archive spanning the years 1538 to 1917 comprising beautifully scanned images of original handwritten documents. When complete, the collection will be the largest repository of Portsmouth family history records available online.
Made up of a variety of fascinating documents including parish baptisms, marriages, burials and Workhouse records, the collection will continue to grow as additional Portsmouth records including electoral rolls, rate books, crew lists and World War One military exemption records are added in later phases.
The records are full of fascinating details of Portsmouth life through the ages and will provide researchers from all over the world with the opportunity to uncover the stories of the inhabitants of the UK’s only island city for the very first time. Fully searchable transcripts of each original document are also included, enabling anyone to go online and search for their Portsmouth ancestors by name, location and date.
Councillor Richard Blunt, the county council’s cabinet member for heritage, said: “We are delighted that so much of our county’s rich history and many of its people’s stories will be better known through our partnership with Findmypast. For the first time, records will be readily accessible, in full colour, throughout the world.”
Paul Nixon, Content Licensing Manager at Findmypast, said: “The Romans were arguably the first to recognise Portsmouth’s strategic importance, and Findmypast is honoured to have been chosen as Portsmouth City Council’s family history partner. We very much look forward to sharing our discoveries with a worldwide audience as we bring these important records to life.”

The parish registers held at Portsmouth History Centre pertain to Church of England parishes in the deaneries of Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham, and Havant. Workhouse records consists of admission and discharge (Creed) registers spanning the years 1879 to 1953. Due to privacy concerns there is a 100-year closure period for all records.

Search over 555,000 original Portsmouth Parish Baptisms to find out. Each result will include both a transcript and an image of the original document. Transcripts will reveal your ancestor’s birth date, baptism date, baptism place, residence and the names of both parents, including mother’s maiden name. You may be able to glean additional details from the original register entry so be sure to view the image attached to each transcript.
Add another branch to your family tree by uncovering the details of your Portsmouth ancestor’s spouse with over 379,000 parish marriage records. Search transcripts of these original parish registers to discover when your ancestor married, where they were married and the name of their spouse. Records will also reveal the couples’ birth years, residences, occupations, marital statuses, marriage type (banns or license), the names of both their and fathers and their father’s occupations. Images of the original register are also included with each result and may reveal additional information such as the names of any witnesses or the minister who performed the ceremony.
Discover the final resting place of your Portsmouth ancestors with over 312,000 brand new parish burials. Each record includes both a transcript and an image of the original document. Transcripts will list your ancestor’s death date, residence, occupation, burial date and burial location. Most will also reveal their residence, occupation and religious denominate as well as the names of their parent’s, spouse or next of kin.
Browse through 873 volumes of original parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials. The majority of these registers pertain to Anglican records, but there are a few that relate to other denominations: Congregational, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Unitarian, United Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist. All denominations were required to register life events with the established church until 1837.
Were your ancestors admitted to the workhouse on Portsea Island? Explore over 60,000 admission and discharge registers spanning the years 1879 to 1953 and uncover details of the relief they received. Each record includes both an image and a transcript of the original document. Transcripts will reveal when your ancestor was admitted, when they were discharged and their home address. Images may be able to offer you additional details such as religious denomination, informant’s name, and any additional written notes.


On sale in our store: NYC Coroner’s Bundle

On sale in our store: NYC Coroner’s BundleIn honor of the Halloween season, we’re packaging all of our Coroner’s records publications into one discounted bundle and putting it on sale for the rest of October! The set includes these three titles:Coroner…

New webinars available for NYG&B members

NYG&B members now have access to the recordings of two recent webinars:Should You Add DNA Testing to Your Genealogy Toolbox? This presentation provides you with a basic overview of DNA testing for genealogy, covering the principal tests availa…

NYG&B eNews: New Images of NYC Vital Index

New images of NYC vital record index available on Ancestry.comLast week, Ancestry.com added a new searchable database containing crucial information on New York City births between 1910 and 1965. The images in the collection have been digitized from of…

Celebrate American Archives Month with Free Archives Fair October 21

Washington, DC — In celebration of American Archives Month, the National Archives Assembly, a professional organization of current and former employees of the National Archives, joins with its partners to present a free Archives Fair at the National Museum of American History on Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Archivists and experts from a wide array of institutions will be joined by musicians, dancers, singers, and performers to share their collections, answer questions, and highlight the ways in which the preservation of archival collections translates into the preservation of culture through the performance and artistry of individuals and communities across the United States and around the world.
2017 Archives Fair: Performance and Preservation
West Wing First Floor: Coulter Performance Plaza and SC Johnson Conference Center
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
The 2017 Archives Fair will give visitors an inside look at what it takes to protect, preserve, and share the records at the foundations of history in these history-making times.
Panel discussions will focus on the following topics:
  • Expression in Archives
  • Bodies in Motion
  • The Art of Access
The Archives Fair is sponsored by the following professional organizations: the Smithsonian Institution Archives and Special Collections Council (SIASC), the DC and Maryland Caucuses of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Council (MARAC), and the National Archives Assembly (NAA).
Follow the American Archives Month celebration using hashtag #ArchivesMonth.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month


Did you know that tags in the Catalog can be used to create resource guides? Today we share textual archivist Kathleen Brown’s project for the Hispanic and Latino Organization (HALO), one of several Employee Affinity Groups at the National Archives.
Throughout the years, the National Archives has published various research guides to assist researchers in identifying and locating Latin American records within the holdings of the National Archives, including a Guide to Puerto Rican Records that is available as a PDF on our website.
Images from the National Archives at New York’s Guide to Puerto Rican Records, 2013.

The primary benefit of these guides is that they can provide much more contextual information about the records than a typical finding aid or catalog record. Due to the extensive research involved, however, these guides can take years to prepare and are updated infrequently. Additionally, government agencies are constantly creating records that will someday come to the National Archives, which means that by the time any guide is completed it is already out of date.
To create a sustainable way to identify and locate records for resource guides, HALO started an initiative to tag records in the Catalog. By adding the same tag to relevant records, NARA staff can quickly and easily identify records in the Catalog and continue to add new records overtime.
Example of tagging in the National Archives Online Catalog (circled in red) , Papers Relative to Seizure and Confiscation of Property.
Since last October, members of HALO have added the tag prg_2013 to all the records that appeared in the Guide to Puerto Rican Records in New York and then added the tag to records concerning Puerto Rico that did not make it into the guide. More recently, HALO members and other Archives staff have responded to a “call for volunteers” on our interoffice network and have begun tagging records related to Latin American countries with the tag lag_2017 and those related to prominent Hispanic Americans, Hispanic and Latino issues in the United States, and related records with the tag lax_2017. Other tags have also been added as relevant, including personal names, geographic locations, and subject matter.
Tagging these records not only allows us to identify records that promote Hispanic culture but will also allow us to group these records together and create “resource portals” that will enrich our existing web page of Hispanic Heritage resources, ensuring everyone will be able to discover them.
Example of tagging in the National Archives Online Catalog (circled in red), Union Pickets the Jewel Food Store, 8/1973
Please join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by looking through our catalog and tagging a few records!
Special thanks to Kathleen Brown, Textual Processing archivist at the National Archives in College Park, and co-chair of HALO, for her work on this project. Learn more on the Pieces of History blog.

Test your genealogical knowledge, find the program best-suited

Rediscover your family roots and enroll now in one of Boston University’s online programs in Genealogical Research.

Our Spring session starts on January 16, 2018. Register before December 15, 2017 to reserve your spot!

Which course is right for you?

Genealogical Essentials – In this 4-week, online course designed for serious students new to the field of genealogy, you will gain an understanding of the Genealogical Proof Standard and learn to:

  • Define genealogical concepts and terms
  • Effectively locate and search public records
  • Optimize your online research techniques
  • Certificate Program in Genealogical Research – Grow your genealogical skillset in this 15-week, online program for experienced researchers. In this course, you will cover:
  • The foundations of genealogical research
  • Problem solving techniques and technology
  • Evidence evaluation and documentation
  • Forensic genealogy
  • Business opportunities, specialties, and trends for genealogists

Register online or contact an enrollment advisor today at 617-502-8822.

Carrie Scott | Enrollment Manager, Online Programs
Boston University Genealogical Research Program
Direct: 617-502-8822

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…

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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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.

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: 
 

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 http://www.fgsconference.org.

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!

Learn More and Stay Connected
Visit the FGS Conference website at: http://www.fgsconference.org
Follow the FGS Voice blog at: https://www.voice.fgs.org
Subscribe to the FGS Newsletter at: https://fgs.org/cpage.php?pt=71
Like FGS at https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy
Follow FGS on Twitter at https://twitter.com/fgsgenealogy and hashtag #FGS2017.
Visit Pittsburgh at https://www.visitpittsburgh.com/

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and empowers the genealogical and family history community, especially its societies and organizations, by advocating for the preservation and access of records and providing resources that enable genealogical organizations to succeed in pursuing their missions. FGS helps genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts alike to strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS visit fgs.org. To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Springfield, Illinois, visit fgsconference.org. Also, find FGS on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on the FGS Voice blog at http://voice.fgs.org.

Contact:
Federation of Genealogical Societies
PO Box 200940
Austin, TX 78720-0940
phone: +1 (888) 347-1500
fax: +1 (866) 347-1350
office@fgs.org

July 4th Plans?

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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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This collection is composed of abstracts of individual officers’ naval service, covering the dates February 1829 to July 1924. Officers’ records are included in this collection if their service in the Navy (from earliest commission to end of service) roughly falls between these dates.

There are 38 volumes, arranged by time period. Within each volume, organization is chronological by date of appointment. There is also an index, which lists…Continue Reading

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