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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
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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.

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July 4th Plans?

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

FindMyPast: Norfolk, Virginia, and Scotland Record Sets

New Records Available To Search This FindMyPast Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The post directories in this collection may focus on a particular town or district or you can find national postal directories. The majority of post directories comprise a description of the place, along with lists of people by occupation. For example, you will find lists of magistrates, Councillors, sheriffs, police officers, and merchants.

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

The post directories in this collection may focus on a particular town or district or you can find national postal directories. The majority of post directories comprise a description of the place, along with lists of people by occupation. For example, you will find lists of magistrates, Councillors, sheriffs, police officers, and merchants.

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

Fold3: This month in featured content

Naval Officers Service Records

Do you have ancestors who served as officers in the U.S. Navy between 1829 and 1924? Come explore Fold3’s collection of Naval Officers Service Records!

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

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

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

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

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

Family ChartMasters: Personalized DNA Ethnicity Chart

New Genealogy Chart Created for Showing Off DNA Test Results

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

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

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

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

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

DNA charts can be accessed directly at http://familychartmasters.com/dna  

FindMyPast: Canada, England and Newspapers

New Records Available to Search This Findmypast Friday

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

Canada Census 1881

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


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

Canada Census 1891

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

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

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

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

Dallas Genealogical Society 2017 Summer Seminar

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

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


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

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

Our Society hopes you will let others know!





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

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

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

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

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


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


“Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush’s Father” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL before 20 June 2017 at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4804523144286306049.

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

View BCG’s past Legacy webinars at http://familytreewebinars.com/bcg and http://bcgcertification.org/blog/bcg-webinars. For more information on educational opportunities, please visit: http://www.BCGcertification.org/certification/educ.html.

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



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