Category: GeneaPress

FindMyPast: Online Release of 6 million+ Ontario Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Findmypast

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the First World War, The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others.

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research.

In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitized records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. Findmypast, in association with The National Archives, recently launched the 1939 Register, a record of 41 million lives on the eve of World War II.

Julie Cahill Tarr Named Editor of APG eNews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14th Unlock the Past: 2018 Alaska Cruise

NOW BOOKING
14th Unlock the Past cruise – Alaska 


7 nights from Seattle 7-14 September 2018


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

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

Presenters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best regards
Alan Phillips and the Unlock the Past teamalan@unlockthepast.com.au www.unlockthepastcruises.com

MyHeritageDNA: Father’s Day discount


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

Family ChartMasters: Personalized DNA Ethnicity Chart

New Genealogy Chart Created for Showing Off DNA Test Results

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

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

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

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

About Family ChartMasters
Family ChartMasters (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

Ancestral Quest / FindMyPast Free Webinar

Introducing Findmypast Hints on Ancestral Quest
Findmypast and Incline Software, the maker of Ancestral Quest, are jointly holding a free webinar entitled “Introducing Findmypast Hints on Ancestral Quest”.  It’s about how to get the most out of the Findmypast hinting feature within Ancestral Quest.   The webinar will happen on Thursday, June 22nd , 2017, at 7pm, Mountain Daylight Time, and will last about an hour.  If you wish to attend, please register now at this page:  FindMyPast Ancestral Quest Free Webinar
You don’t have to fill out a search form or click a button to request a search—the results are already waiting for you. Talk with experts from both FindMyPast and AQ to learn more about this new feature.
Don’t worry if you have never attended a webinar before.  It’s very simple.  Once you’ve registered, you will be sent an email with a link which you click on to go to the webinar (also known as a webcast).  You can enter the webcast up to 15 mins before it’s due to start.  All you need is a computer and an Internet connection.  There will be an initial presentation followed by a Question and Answer session with experts from Findmypast and Incline Software.  So it’s a great opportunity to learn more about Findmypast, and about the hinting feature, and if you have any questions, to get them answered.
Attendees will get a code entitling them to a discount on annual subscriptions (starter or premium) to Findmypast.  If you can’t attend the webinar but are interested, we recommend that you register anyway.
  • Provide new information or relationships you didn’t know about before. This new information might include completely new people to add to your tree.
  • Document information you already knew.
About Findmypast
Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the First World War, The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others.
Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research.
About Incline Software
Incline Software developed Ancestral Quest in 1994 as the premier family tree program for Windows. Incline Software has been improving and enhancing Ancestral Quest ever since, and has recently made AQ available for Mac. With the addition of TreeTips, combining the hinting capabilities of Findmypast, MyHeritage and FamilySearch in version 15, Ancestral Quest has evolved from being a great family tree recording, organizing and sharing program, to being a phenomenal genealogy research tool as well.​

Dallas Genealogical Society 2017 Summer Seminar

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

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


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

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

Our Society hopes you will let others know!





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

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

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

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

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


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


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



Instagram Ad Campaigns in MailChimp Are Here

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

In their words:

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

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

Read the rest of their announcement here


News from Who Do You Think You Are?

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

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

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

The One Instagram Hashtag Strategy That Works for Anyone

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

The 5 steps are:

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

Call for Presentations: RootsTech 2018 due 30 June


Now Accepting Presentation Proposals

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

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

Submission portal will be open through June 30, 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FindMyPast: England, Vermont and Ireland record sets

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

There are over 249,000 records are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

Surrey institutional records 1788-1939

Explore over 200,000 assorted records from 16 institutions across the English county of Surrey, including poor law unions, workhouses, schools, infirmaries, goals and more. Each result will provide you with a transcript of key details from the source material. The records cover 13 places in Surrey: Addlestone, Chertsey, Cobham, Dorking, Farnham, Godstone, Guildford, Hambledon, Redhill, Richmond Upon Thames, Southwark, Warlingham, and Woking. The amount and nature of the information recorded will vary depending on the type of source material. Most will reveal a combination of your accentor’s occupation, marital status and home parish as well as dates relating to their birth, baptism, death and the event that was being recorded.

Vermont, Enrolled Militia Records 1861-1867

Search over 4,300 records to find out if your Vermont ancestors enrolled in the state militia. Vermont, located in the northeastern United States, has a long tradition of local militias fighting for the country. The state passed an act in 1844 that stipulated that all adult men who were eligible for service in the state militia were recorded by the town clerk in a register that was then sent to the state government. These records cover most of the 1860s, a particularly interesting time for the state as Vermont fought with the Union during the American Civil War. While most records in this collection are enlistment records, several personal war sketches and burial records are also included.

Essex Baptism Index 1538-1917

Over 32,000 records covering 50 parishes across the county have been added to the Essex Baptism index. Each record contains a transcript of original source material. The amount of information listed may vary but generally records will include the child’s name, birth date, birth place, baptism date, baptism place, denomination, parent’s names and father’s occupation.

Australian Capital Territory Deaths

Over 2,000 records have been added to our collection of Australian Capital Territory Deaths. Each record includes a transcript of the original source material that will reveal your ancestor’s date of death and parent’s names. Transcripts will also include the registration number, information that can be used to order a copy of the original certificate from the Office of Regulatory Services.

Sussex, Eastbourne Gazette Newspaper Notices

Over 186,000 records have been added to our collection of Eastbourne Gazette Newspaper Notices. This indexed collection includes names found in the paper’s family notices section (announcements of births, marriages and deaths) as well as other reports on events such as divorces, murders, tragedies, shipwrecks, lynchings and paternity cases. The newspaper reported on stories in Sussex, but also internationally. Stories from Ireland to Switzerland and the USA can be found by using the Keyword search to discover indexed reports from specific countries.

Derbyshire Hospital Admissions and Deaths 1855-1913

Over 800 records have been added to our collection of Derbyshire Hospital Admissions & Deaths. The collection now contains over 5,000 records taken from two different sources: Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Deaths 1892 – 1912 and Victoria Memorial Cottage Hospital, Ashbourne Admissions 1899 – 1913. Each record includes a transcript produced by the Ancestral Archives of Derbyshire. Records can include the patient’s admission date, reason for admission, condition after admission, marital status, residence, rank or profession, date of discharge or death and cause of death.

Irish Newspapers

Over 900 new articles and one brand new title have been added to our collection of historic Irish newspapers. This month’s new title, The Monitor, and Missionary Chronicle, of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ireland currently consists of twenty 24-26 page editions of the monthly publication dating from August 1853 to April 1855. 

SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2017 Announces Free Live Streaming Sessions

Registration is Now Open for FREE
Jamboree Live Stream Sessions


Thanks to Jamboree 2017 Diamond Sponsor Ancestry, the Southern California Genealogical Society and Genealogy Jamboree are able to offer 14 hours of high-quality family history education to registrants absolutely free. Handouts will be provided with each session.

The live-streamed sessions from Jamboree are listed below. Session descriptions, speaker bios, suggested experience levels and schedule details are available on the Jamboree website.

Friday, June 9

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.             
FR009 Facebook: A Tool for Genealogy Research
Presented by Thomas MacEntee

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.             
FR018 Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist
Presented by Annette Burke Lyttle

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.             
FR027 Treasures in Township Records 
Presented by Peggy Clements Lauritzen, AG®

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.             
FR035  From Famine to Plenty – Finding My Immigrant Ancestors’ Stories 
Presented by Tessa Keough

Saturday, June 10

8:30   –   9:30 a.m.         
SA009 Descendancy Research: Another Pathway to Genealogy
Presented by Michael L. Strauss, AG®

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.         
SA018 Wives, Girlfriends, Widows, Exes and Mistresses: Documenting Women
Presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  
SA027 Sources of Genealogical Research for Armenians in the Caucasus
Presented by Camille Andrus

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.              
SA036 Your Ancestor’s FAN Club: Using Cluster Research
Presented by Drew Smith, MLS

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.              
SA045 Technology Resources for Deciphering Foreign Language Records
Presented by Randy Whited
                              
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.              
SA052 DNA vs. Irish Annals
Presented by Brad Larkin, MBS, MCSE

Sunday, June 11

8:30   –   9:30 a.m.          
SU009 Researching Your Irish Ancestors Online
Presented by Donna M. Moughty

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.          
SU018 Underused Databases for Scottish Genealogy
Presented by Christine Woodcock

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.           
SU027 What’s New in Eastern European Genealogy?
Presented by Lisa Alzo, MFA

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.             
SU036 Using the Bureau of Land Management Tract Books
Michael John Neill


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If you can’t watch a session in real-time as it is being live streamed, you will be able to watch it at your convenience through July 10, 2017, on the Live Stream website (not to be confused with the SCGS website and the Extension Series Webinar archives available for SCGS members).

Registration for the Genetic Genealogy pay-per-view and free Jamboree sessions will remain open through July 10, 2017. 


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  • Streaming videos will not be shown on the SCGS website and are not the same as Jamboree Extension Series Webinars.
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Second batch of “Six in Six” records available to search this Findmypast Friday, May 20, 2017

  • Over 1.3 million Nottinghamshire Parish records added to Findmypast’s UK collection
  • Release forms second phase of project to publish parish records from six English counties in six months
  • Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Somerset and Warwickshire still to come

Over 1.3 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including baptisms, banns, marriages and burials transcribed from original parish registers and bishop’s transcripts by Findmypast and the Nottinghamshire Family History Society.

The release marks the second phase of Findmypast’s Six Counties in Six Months initiative. First launched back in April with over five million Wiltshire records, the project will see the online publication of vital parish records from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Somerset and Warwickshire over the next four months.

Today’s new additions further expand Findmypast’s unrivalled collection of English and Welsh parish records – the largest collection available online. New records have also been added to the PERiodical Source Register.

Over 580,000 records have been added to our collection of Nottinghamshire baptisms. The collection now contains over 1.4 million transcripts that will reveal your ancestor’s baptism date, baptism location, religious denomination, residence and parent’s names.

Nottinghamshire Banns contains over 800 records. Banns are proclamations of a couple’s intention to marry. This proclamation would be read out three months prior to the intended marriage date on three consecutive Sundays in the couple’s home parishes. The practice was introduced in order to prevent clandestine marriages and to give local congregations time to raise any objections. Each transcript will reveal the couple’s names, birth years, marital status, residence, where there banns were read and the dates of their readings.

Over 295,000 records spanning 400 years have been added to our collection of Nottinghamshire Marriage records. The collection now contains over 984,000 transcripts that will reveal your ancestor’s birth year, residence, marriage date, marriage place, occupation, residence, father’s name, whether they were married by banns or licence, and corresponding details for their spouse. Some records may also lists the names of any witnesses.

Over 423,000 new transcripts have been added to our collection of Nottinghamshire burials. Each transcript will allow you to determine when and where your ancestor was laid to rest, their age at death and religious denomination. You may also find notes on their marital status, cause of death, occupation, or other significant biographical details. Burial records can help you get an idea of where your ancestors spent their final years.


Over 16,000 images have been added to five titles in the PERiodical Source Index. New images have been added to;

  • New York Researcher – volume 26, number 4 (2015) and volume 27, numbers 1 & 2 (2016)
  • New York Genealogical and Biographical Record – volume 147, numbers 1 & 2 (2016)
  • New Zealand Genealogist – volumes 1-8 (1970-1977); volume 10, number 94 (1979); volume 18, number 176 (1987); and volumes 26-39 (1995-2008)
  • Fenwick Colony Gazette – Volume 20, number 3 (2015) and volume 21, numbers 1 &2 (2015)
  • The Friend / Friend Intelligencer – volumes 23-36 (1849-1863)

The PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) enables you to easily locate key information about people and places. It contains millions of entries from thousands of historical, genealogical and ethnic publications and is a simple way of accessing articles, photos, and other material you might not find using traditional search methods. This can help to build the historical context around your personal research, and the world your ancestors lived in.

SCGS Announces Live Streaming Genetic Genealogy 2017

Registration NOW OPEN Live Streaming ofGenetic Genealogy 2017″Diving Into DNA”Thursday, June 8, 2017Click Here to Register$20. Individual sessions can be viewed for $20 each. If you can’t watch the session as it’s being live streamed, yo…

TheGenealogist launches the First World War issues of The Sphere newspaper

TheGenealogisthas expanded its Newspaper and Magazine collection with the release of The Sphere that cover August 1914 to June 1919. 
Using the Historical newspapers and magazines resource on TheGenealogist enables researchers to follow current affairs that may have affected or concerned our ancestors at the time. Because the articles were written as events were occurring, they provide contemporary accounts of the world that our ancestors lived in and can furnish us with great insights into opinions of the time. In the case of the First World War years, covered by this release of The Sphere, we can gain information about individuals or read about situations that are similar to ones that our ancestors may have found themselves in.

The Sphere was an illustrated paper founded by Clement Shorter (1857-1926) who was also responsible for establishing the Tatler and it covered general news stories from the UK and around the world.

War Memorials collection


Also being released at this time by TheGenealogist are another 116 War Memorials containing 10,795 names. Included in this batch are a number of Boer War memorials as well as those for the First World War. With this addition the total figure for memorials on

TheGenealogist has now reached 1,540 with 363,838 names.

To search these and many other records on TheGenealogist, go to: www.thegenealogist.co.uk

The Sphere, providing insights into your ancestor’s lives.


Nick Thorne uses the Newspaper and Magazines collection to better understand conditions in World War I

I have been looking a little closer into the war exploits of my step-grandfather. I knew that he had joined the Royal Engineers Special Reserve Motor Cyclist Division as a despatch rider but, like many of his generation that fought in the First World War, he didn’t talk much about his experiences. What I did know was that he had found it ‘quite exciting’ to ride his despatches from headquarters to the front and back on a motorbike. He never expanded on this and certainly didn’t tell us stories about his escapades, nor what it was like to be a soldier on two wheels.

With the recent release of copies of The Sphere, on TheGenealogist, I was thus fascinated to come across the December 12 1914 edition of the publication. Here was an article about motorcycle despatch riders from the early part of the war. This day’s publication featured a double page evocative image of a motor-cycle despatch rider on his machine fleeing with the enemy on his tail. As I knew that my step-grandfather was in his late twenties at the time and a keen motorcycle rider I could imagine him reading pieces such as this and wanting to join up to the R.E. Motor Cyclists to ‘do his bit’.

I know that Grandpa also served in the western theatre of war and so this image and the report that followed, resonated with me. I could now imagine him in similar situations as had been described and pictured in the newspaper. In this particular article from the newly released records, the rider telling his story suffers a whole lot of problems: ‘On returning I take the wrong road and my machine gives trouble, and whilst repairing same I suddenly find myself surrounded by Uhlans.’ This narrator is captured, has his hands bound behind his back and he feigns illness. When his guard goes to fetch a doctor the British Tommy escapes by rolling into a ditch. This episode makes me realise that when my step-grandfather said it was ‘quite exciting’ this was probably a bit of an understatement. Their duties were certainly not a simple ride in the countryside.

The British Army in World War I would often used Douglas or Triumph Motorcycles for despatch riding duties which only had between 2 and 5 hp engines. Some riders, however, brought their own machines along when they joined up. These motorbikes would have to be inspected by the military to make sure that they were suitable for the purpose; but in the early days, when many of the men were volunteers, this would have meant that this section of the Royal Engineers Signals would have been up and running quickly. In my step-grandfather’s case, however, looking at his attestation papers I can see that this part had been scored through –  indicating that he would have had to be issued with an army bike.

Later in the First World War Grandpa was wounded and by reading other articles, such as that published on the 9th January 1915 about the RAMC work at the front, I got an understanding for how injured men were transferred in motorised omnibuses and ambulances that were also subject to breakdowns of their own.

Resources such as The Sphere, The War Illustrated, The Great War, The Illustrated London News,plus the other historical newspapers and magazines already found on TheGenealogist are great for building a picture of situations that our ancestors may have found themselves in. In some cases we may be lucky enough to find an ancestor actually named in a report – but even when that doesn’t happen we can find write-ups that provide us with an understanding of the wider conditions in which our ancestors worked, played or went to war in.

Another use that we can make of this resource is where we have an ancestor who was unfortunate enough to have lost their lives, while serving as an officer in the First World War.  In many editions of The SphereRolls of Honour were published. In these we are able to find a picture along with a few lines recording their loss.The Newspaper and Magazine collection is available to all Diamond subscribers of TheGenealogist.

Excellence in Genealogy Scholarship and Service Honored by National Genealogical Society Awards

ARLINGTON, VA, 12 MAY 2017—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) held its annual banquet on Friday evening, 12 May, at the NGS 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, to present awards that acknowledge and honor genealogical scholarship and service.  The banquet speaker, Stuart Watson, spoke on the topic “Who is Family.” Each year, these awards are presented to organizations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to NGS programs or have performed outstanding work in the field of genealogy, history, biography, or heraldry.
National Genealogy Hall of Fame

Beginning in 1986, the National Genealogy Hall of Fame program, administered by the National Genealogical Society, has honored outstanding genealogists whose achievements in the field of American genealogy have had a great impact on our field. Qualified nominations are solicited annually from genealogical organizations. Those nominated must have been deceased for at least five years and have been actively engaged in genealogy for a minimum of ten years. Their contributions to the field of genealogy in this country need to have been significant in a way that was unique, pioneering, or exemplary. Such contributions could have been as an author of books or articles that added significantly to the body of published works, served as a model of genealogical research or writing, or made source records more readily available. Nominees could also have been a teacher or lecturer, or contributed to the field through leadership in a genealogical organization or periodical. Entries are judged by a panel of genealogists from various parts of the United States.
This year, Peter Stebbins Craig, whose nomination was made by the American Society of Genealogists and the Swedish Colonial Society, was elected to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame.
Peter Stebbins Craig, a devoted historian and relentless genealogist, specialized in publishing genealogies of the first European settlers of southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. This settlement, better known as New Sweden, began in 1638 along both sides of the Delaware River. Craig was born in Brooklyn, New York, on 30 September 1928 and died in Washington, D.C., on 26 November 2009. His pioneering research and significant publications on the early Swedish settlers in the Delaware Valley earned him fellowships from both the American Society of Genealogists and the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania in 1991. In recognition of his contributions to Swedish history, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden bestowed on him the title of Knight First Class of the Royal Order of the Polar Star in 2002. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 by the Swedish Colonial Society in Philadelphia.
He was the founder of the journal Swedish Colonial News, published by the Swedish Colonial Society. There he published dozens of his articles on Swedish and Finnish families in southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He served as both historian and genealogist for the Society. He also chaired the publication committee that initiated the Gloria Dei Church records series titled Colonial Records of the Swedish Churches in Pennsylvania. Now in six volumes, this indispensable reference work details the church records for the years 1646-1768. He left his extensive research collection including books and monographs to the Society. They are adding his research, “The Craig Collection,” to the Society’s website.
As contributing editor for the Swedish American Genealogist, he published numerous articles. Especially notable are his “New Sweden Settlers,” an eight-part series that ran from 1996 to 1999, and “The 1693 Census of Swedes on the Delaware,” a series published 1989 to 1991.
Peter Craig received his BA from Oberlin College in 1950 and his law degree from Yale Law School in 1953. Prior to his career in genealogy, he was a lawyer specializing in railway law in various private and government positions. He served on the boards of the Swedish Colonial Society and the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and often lectured on the “Antient Swedes.”
This year’s nomination was submitted by the American Society of Genealogists with supporting recognition by the Swedish Colonial Society and the editor of the Swedish American Genealogist.
The Shirley Langdon Wilcox Award for Exemplary Volunteerism

The Shirley Langdon Wilcox Award for Exemplary Volunteerism recognizes a volunteer whose generosity of spirit and time has greatly benefited the National Genealogical Society and the genealogical community in general over a period of years.  Ruth J. Turner of Vienna, Virginia, was this year’s award recipient.
Ruth J. Turner has been a very active member of the National Genealogical Society, the Fairfax Genealogical Society, and the Virginia Library Association for many years.  She managed the NGS book store at Glebe House and would often stuff conference envelopes and assist with other projects at NGS headquarters.  She has also served on the board of the Fairfax Genealogical Society in a number of positions, including the records chair, and selected and purchased books for the Fairfax County Library’s genealogy collection. 
Turner has assisted with the Fairfax Society’s annual conference and annual fall fair, assisting with registration and other duties.  For many years, she was active in the Virginia Library Association and served as registration chair for their annual conference.
The Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes dedication to the work of the National Genealogical Society.  Recipients must have been a member of the society for at least one year. This award may be presented to an individual more than one time. 
In recognition of her efforts on behalf of the National Genealogical Society, the Board of Directors has awarded Sharon L. McKinnis of Temple Hills, Maryland, its Distinguished Service Award. McKinnis took over the Member Ancestor Charts scanning project in December 2010.  In the first six months, she scanned more than 8,400 charts.  She has continued to work at least ten hours a week since taking over the project and completed the project in April 2017.  As a result of her efforts, all 58,614 MAC charts in the NGS collection have been indexed and uploaded to the member only portion of the website and are available for research by NGS members.
Note: NGS is not able to accept additional ancestor charts.
The second recipient of the NGS Distinguished Service Award is Jane Van Tour of Redondo Beach, California. At the 2013 conference in Las Vegas, Van Tour observed how busy the staff was at the conference and offered to help.  At every conference since she has assisted in the registration booth whenever she was needed.  She has reprinted badges, stuffed conference bags, helped attendees with directions, helped with technology issues, and many other jobs, often with a funny story and always with a smile.
National Genealogical Society Past President, Jordan Jones, of Raleigh, North Carolina, was awarded the NGS Past President’s pin for his service as president from 2012-2016. 
National Genealogical Society Quarterly’s Award for Excellence

The NGSQ Award for Excellence is presented for an outstanding article published in the NGSQ in the previous calendar year. For 2016, the editors have chosen Rafael Arriaga, a Mexican Father in Michigan: Autosomal DNA Helps Identify Paternity by Karen Stanbary, CGSM of Chicago, Illinois, published in the June 2016 issue of the NGSQ
Award for Excellence: Genealogical Methods and Sources

This year’s recipient was Aaron Goodwin of New York, New York. The title of his entry was New York City Municipal Archives: An Authorized Guide for Family Historians.  This award is for a specific, significant single contribution in the form of a book, an article, or a series of articles that discuss genealogical methods and sources that serves to foster scholarship and/or advances or promotes excellence in genealogy. 
Award for Excellence: Genealogy and Family History Book

This year’s recipient was Karen V. Sipe, of Seattle, Washington. The title of her entry was A History of the Youtsey Family in America. This award is for a specific, significant single contribution in the form of a family genealogy or family history book published in the past five years. Entries serve to foster scholarship and/or otherwise advance or promote excellence in genealogy.
The President’s Citation

The President’s Citation is given in recognition of outstanding, continuing, or unusual contributions to the field of genealogy or the society. This year, the President’s Citation honors Charles “Chuck” S. Mason Jr. of Virginia who has given generously of his time and talents to benefit the genealogical community by acting as Chairperson for the NGS Awards and Benefits for a number of years.
Senior Rubincam Youth Award

Ryan Patrick Day of Burlington, New Jersey, was the winner of this year’s Senior Rubincam Youth Award (for students in grades 10–12 or between the ages of 16 and 18). The title of his entry was The Day/Richmond Family History Five Generations.  The Senior Rubincam Award was established in 1986 to honor Milton Rubincam, CG, FASG, FNGS, for his many years of service to NGS and to the field of genealogy. The award encourages and recognizes our youth as the next generation of family historians. 
Junior Rubincam Youth Award

Katie Cowart of Kenneth Square, Pennsylvania, won this year’s Junior Rubincam Youth Award (for students in grades 7–9 or between the ages of 13 and 15).  The title of her entry was Katherine Violet Matchie Cowart’s Biography.  The Junior Rubincam Award was established in 1986 to honor Milton Rubincam, CG, FASG, FNGS, for his many years of service to NGS and to the field of genealogy. The award encourages and recognizes our youth as the next generation of family historians. 

About the National Genealogical Society

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records.  The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

New City of York records available to search at Findmypast


A Yorkshire Witch, the King of the Railways, a host of confectioners and the unfortunate Mr Chicken: over six centuries of life in historic York revealed online for the first time 
  • Findmypast launch new landmark collection spanning 660 years of the city’s rich history in partnerships with Explore York
  • Over 290,000 records dating back to the reign of King Edward I now available to search and explore online
  •  New records shed light on the city’s historic engineering & confectionary industries and document some of York’s most celebrated residents

Leading UK family history website findmypast.co.uk has today, 12th May 2017, published online for the first time hundreds of thousands of historic records in partnership with Explore York.

This landmark publication marks the creation of Findmypast’s York collection, a rich archive spanning the years 1272 to 1932. Comprising beautifully scanned images of original handwritten documents, the collection forms the largest online repository of historic City of York records in the world.

The collection is comprised of a variety of fascinating documents, including:

  • Hearth & window tax records – 1665-1778
  • Lists of Apprentices and freemen – 1272-1930
  • City of York trade directories
  • Electoral Registers 1832-1932
  • City of York school admission registers
  • City of York deeds registers 1718-1866
  • City of York militia & muster rolls 1509-1829
  • City of York calendars of prisoners 1739-1851

The records are full of fascinating details of York life through the ages and will provide researchers from all over the world with the opportunity to uncover the stories of the inhabitant’s one of England’s oldest cities for the very first time. Fully searchable transcripts of each original document are also included, enabling anyone to go online and search for their York ancestors by name, location and date.

Paul Nixon, Content Licensing Manager at Findmypast, said: “Findmypast already has the best collection of Yorkshire records online and we’ve now cemented this with six centuries’ worth of records from the City of York Archives. Apprentices, land-owners, prisoners, scholars, soldiers, tradesmen, and voters; we’ve covered York and its history from every angle, and we’re thrilled to have been chosen as Explore York’s partner on this important project.”

York’s rich history revealed

The collection will be of great interest to local and social historians as the records can provide incredible insights into numerous historical figures and events that shaped the county’s rich history.

Lists of Apprentices and Freemen dating back to the 13th century shed light on the history of trade and commerce within the city and record the details of a number illustrious former residents. During the 19th century, the introduction of the railways and the work of pioneers such George Hudson established engineering in the city and eventually the repair and manufacture of engines and carriages became an important industry. In 1839 a small repair shop was opened on Queen Street and within ten years it was repairing engines to the tune of £15,000 a year. The work on engines continued in York until about 1905 and many carriage builders, painters, trimmers, listers and drivers can be found in the records.

The records also reveal how the railways led to the expansion of the city’s confectionary businesses, namely Rowntree’s Cocoa Works. For a number of reasons York became a centre for the production of confectionery and cocoa in the 1800s and by the end of the century, it was second only to the railways as an employer in York. This too is reflected by large number of confectioners listed in the city Freemen records.

Historic prison records dating back to the early 18th century reveal fascinating insights into the history of crime and punishment in England. They reveal many ordinary and extraordinary stories of criminals and victims from the Georgian highway robber, the Victorian murderer and the petty thief, to the common rural poacher, unemployed petty food thief and the early trade unionist. A number of the crimes listed are truly shocking, such as the case of 11 year old Luke Wright, whose entry read: “Luke Wright, late of the parish of Rotherham, in the County of York, shoemaker, committed the 7th day of April, 1810, charged by the Coroner’s Inquest, on view of the body of Matthew Anderson, lying dead at the parish of Rotherham aforesaid, with feloniously stabbing, killing, and slaying the said Matthew Anderson.”

The York collection contains fascinating Militia Muster Rolls dating back to the reign of Henry VIII. During the 16th & 17th centuries, the militia was an important institution in English life and every parish was required to furnish a quota of eligible men. Likewise, each household was assessed for the purpose of finding weapons, armour, horses, or their financial equivalent, according to their status. The records, which list the names of eligible men and the equipment they could provide, show how the militias were mainly comprised of untrained civilians armed with primitive weapons, revealing how ill-prepared for an emergency they actually were. The records also contain the details of men who fought with Colonel Henry Waite’s Yorkshire Trained Band Regiment of Foot. Raised by Sir Henry Slingsby in 1642, this Royalist regiment was responsible for the defence of the city when it came under siege during the English Civil War.

Famous folk found in the records

Covering a wide area and timeframe, many of the city’s most famous sons and daughters can be found within the records, including;

  • Joseph Aloysius Hansom (26 October 1803 – 29 June 1882) – the prolific English architect, inventor of the Hansom cab and founder the eminent architectural journal, The Builder – In 1834 Hanson registered his design for a ‘Patent Safety Cab’ with a number of distinctive safety features including a suspended axle, larger wheels and a lower position of the cab, features that resulted in less wear and tear and fewer accidents. He went on to sell the patent to a company for £10,000; however, as a result of the purchaser’s financial difficulties, the sum was never paid.

  • George Hudson (1800 –1871) – the  English railway financier and politician who became known as “The Railway King” – Hudson played a significant role in linking London to Edinburgh by rail, carrying out the first major merging of railway companies (the Midland Railway) and developing York into a major railway junction. Hudson’s success was built on dubious financial practices and he lost everything following a series of enquiries in 1849. He was declared bankrupt and, after losing his seat in Sunderland, was forced to live abroad to avoid arrest for debt, returning only when imprisonment for debt was abolished in 1870.

  • Richard Chicken – Initially an actor, and then a clerk at various establishments, Mr Chicken is believed to have provided Charles Dicken’s with the inspiration for David Copperfield’s Mr Micawber, whose recipe for happiness – ‘Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen [pounds] nineteen [shillings] and six [pence], result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery’ – is often quoted. A well-known figure on York’s Victorian scene and a father of twelve, Chicken spent his career struggling to stay afloat and lived his domestic life, just as Wilkins Micawber did, in the expectation that something would turn up – sadly it never did!
  • Anne Ward – early female printer and proprietor of the York Courant – Ann took control of the paper following the death of her husband Caesar in 1759 and moved the press to a house next to the George Inn, in Coney Street. According to Robert Davies in his 1868 Memoir of the York Press, the Wards turned the York Courant into‘a journal of superior class to that of any York newspaper that attempted to compete with it.’ The first two pages of the York Courant were devoted mainly to foreign and national news culled from despatches arriving in London. On pages 3 and 4 city and county news, opinion, notices, letters and local gossip rubbed shoulders with a variety of advertisements.
  • Mary Bateman (1768 – 20 March 1809), also known as the Yorkshire Witch can be found within the prison records – After being dismissed as a domestic servant for petty theft, Bateman became a minor thief and con artist who convinced her victims that she possessed supernatural powers. By the late 1790’s, she had become a prominent fortune-teller in Leeds who prescribed potions which she claimed would ward off evil spirits as well as acting as medicine. She was also responsible for a hoax known as The Prophet Hen of Leeds, in which eggs laid by a hen were purported to predict the end times. In 1806 she was approached by William and Rebecca Perigo who believed they had been cursed. Over the next several months, Bateman fed the pair pudding laced with poison. Rebecca soon succumbed but William continued to pay Bateman for more than two years until he finally grew suspicious and went to the authorities. In March 1809, Bateman was tried in York and found guilty of fraud and murder. Sentenced to death, she attempted to avoid her execution by claiming she was pregnant, but a physical examination disproved this. She was finally hanged alongside two men on 20 March 1809. After her execution, her body was put on public display and strips of her skin were tanned into leather and sold as magic charm to ward off evil spirits.
  • Various members of the Tuke & Rowntree families including, Henry Isaac Rowntree, the brand’s founder, and his brother Joseph – Having served his apprenticeship in his father’s shop at The Pavement, Henry went to work for the Tuke family at their shop in Walmgate. In 1862 he bought out the chocolate, cocoa-making and chicory departments and ran the business himself employing around a dozen people, following Quaker principles and insisting on the highest quality. In August 1864 he bought a disused foundry at Tanners Moat and built a new factory there. Henry eventually became distracted by his mission to produce, edit and print the Yorkshire Weekly Press and his chocolate business suffered as a result. In June 1869 he took on his brother Joseph as a full partner in the business and renamed it “H. I. Rowntree & Co”. The brothers continued in partnership and the business went from strength to strength until Henry’s death in 1883.

All of these records can be explored at www.findmypast.co.uk/York-records 

About Findmypast

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the First World War, The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others.

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research. 


In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitized records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. Findmypast, in association with The National Archives, recently launched the 1939 Register, a record of 41 million lives on the eve of World War II.

National Genealogical Society Presents Awards Honoring Excellence in Newsletter Editorship and Service to NGS

National Genealogical Society Presents Awards Honoring Excellence in Newsletter Editorship and Service to NGS

ARLINGTON, VA, 10 MAY 2017—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) honored excellence in the categories of newsletter editorship and service to the Society with the presentation of several awards at the Opening Session of the NGS 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, on 10 May 2017. The Opening Session was a multi-media presentation, entitled Family History Lives Here, after which NGS President, Ben Spratling, JD, presented the following awards.

Each year, the NGS Newsletter Competition recognizes the hard work, long hours, and creativity that editors devote to their newsletters. A panel of three judges reviews each newsletter on material interest, variety, organization, quality of writing and editing, readability, and attractiveness. This year’s categories and winners are:

Family Association Newsletter:

Winner: About Towne, the newsletter of the Towne Family Association, Inc., edited by Rae Russell Johnson.

Honorable Mention: The Hungerford World Tree, the newsletter of the Hungerford Family Foundation, Inc., edited by Charles C. Morga.

County/Local Genealogical and/or Historical Society for societies with less than 500 members:

Winner: The Archivist, the newsletter of the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, New Jersey, edited by Michelle D. Novak.

Honorable Mention: The Newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum, the newsletter of the Irish Family History Forum, edited by Patricia Mansfield Phelan.

Major Genealogical and/or Historical Society for societies with more than 500 members:

Winner: Ohio Genealogy News, the newsletter of the Ohio Genealogy Society, edited by Sunny Morton.

Honorable Mention: The Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter, the newsletter of the Virginia Genealogical Society, edited by Debbie Harvey.

NGS also recognized several individuals for their dedicated efforts in support of the NGS 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Award of Honor

The Award of Honor was presented in recognition of dedication and sustained service in support of the conference. The recipient of the award was the North Carolina Genealogical Society, Inc., Victoria P. Young, President.

Certificates of Appreciation

Certificates of Appreciation were given to recognize the committee chairs who spent countless hours preparing for the conference. NGS is aware that there could be no conference if it were not for the volunteers’ efforts and commitment. So honored were the Local Host Chair, Victoria P. Young; Librarians’ Day Chair, Sue Kaufman; Librarians’ Day Co-Chair, Jennifer Crowder Daugherty; Registration Co-Chair, Terry Moore, CGSM, Registration Co-Chair, Maryann Tuck; Local Publicity Chair, Diane L. Richard; Local Publicity Committee, Phyllis Matthews Ziller; Vendor Support Chair, Diane L. Richard; Volunteer Co-Chair, Laurel Sanders; Volunteer Co-Chair, Sharon Gable, CG; Local Event Chair, Heather Whann Choplin; Hospitality Chair, Lisa Lisson; and National Publicity Chair, Terry Koch-Bostic.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

National Genealogical Society Announces the 2017 Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship

ARLINGTON, VA, 9 MAY 2017— Larry W. Cates is the 2017 recipient of the Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship. Cates, who is librarian at the Heritage Research Center of the High Point Public Library, High Point, North Carolina, received his award and its $1,000 prize, which is underwritten by ProQuest, at the Librarians’ Day event of National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, also underwritten by ProQuest. The Filby Award is named for the late P. William Filby, former director of the Maryland Historical Society and author of many core genealogical reference tools that genealogists have relied on for decades. Created in 1999 by NGS, the award has been sponsored by ProQuest and Mr. William Forsyth since 2006.

Cates has been Librarian at the Heritage Research Center of the High Point Public Library since October 2007. During the course of his career, he has created innovative programs for family historians. In 2010, Cates co-founded the Heritage Book Club to introduce genealogists to the historical context in which their ancestors lived. He initiated a “Field Trip to Archives” program with the Guilford County Genealogical Society to mentor inexperienced researchers. He also has provided programs to local genealogical societies; served as journal editor for the Randolph County Genealogical Society and Guilford County Genealogical Society; and helped to promote their activities through his library’s mailing list and at genealogy fairs at his library.

Cates is equally dedicated to the preservation and cataloging of historical records. He has worked single-handedly to process and incorporate various private collections of papers into his library’s local history files. Cates also volunteered to create thorough scope and content descriptions for a sizeable body of manuscript and other textual materials housed at the High Point Museum. He is currently working to document High Point’s participation in the Great War, including a more complete roster of local participants, with African Americans who were omitted from High Point’s World War I monument. Over the years, Cates has published a wide variety of abstracts, transcriptions, and feature articles in various local and state-level genealogical publications.

From 2012- 2015, Cates served the North Carolina Genealogical Society as a director and editor of NCGS News, and North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Digital Library on American Slavery and serves as Clan Genealogist for the Clan MacRae Society of North America.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

NGS Releases Two Newly Revised Guide Books for Tennessee and North Carolina


NGS Releases Two Newly Revised Guide Books for Tennessee and North Carolina

ARLINGTON, VA, 10 MAY 2017— The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the publication of two newly revised books in its Research in the States series. These guides are two of 26 books that provide information about genealogical repositories and resources in specific states to aid individuals who are researching their family histories. The latest editions are Research in Tennessee, 3rd Edition and Research in North Carolina, 2nd Edition.

Research in Tennessee, 3rd Edition

In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Tennessee was the gateway west through the Appalachians for tens of thousands, migrants. In Research in Tennessee, descendants of those who stayed and those who pushed further westward will discover a comprehensive guide to a myriad of records that will help them trace their ancestors. Written by Charles A. Sherrill, the book notes that a preponderance of records can be found at the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville but it also provides up-to-date information about online sources and records found in libraries nationwide. In his discussion of the records, the author weaves in the historical context as an added aid to family historians. The records covered include atlases, gazetteers, and maps; court, land and church records; state, county and tax records; and military and pension records from the Revolutionary War through World War II. Readers will also find discussions of records on women and ethnic groups, including American Indian, African American, and Melungeon (a multi-racial group from Appalachia whose origins can be traced to the colonial era), and much more. This guide book is available in print and or PDF version. It will go on sale in the NGS online store on 10 May 2017 and will begin shipping on 22 May.

Research in Tennessee was originally written by Gale Williams Bamman, a certified genealogist emeritus and past trustee and president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. The second edition in 2009 and this newest edition were updated and revised by Charles A. Sherrill, State Librarian and Archivist of Tennessee. A genealogist and author of twenty books on Tennessee history and genealogy, Sherrill directs operations at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. He is the editor of the Middle Tennessee Journal of History and Genealogy.

Research in North Carolina, 2nd Edition

Research in North Carolina, 2nd Edition, by Jeffrey Haines, CGSM, introduces family historians to the Tar Heel state’s records, manuscripts, and artifacts preserved in the numerous archives, special collections, museums, libraries, historical sites, and societies. North Carolina has been home to numerous ethnic groups such as the Scots Irish and Germans, covered in this guide book. Ethnic records focus on the two largest groups in North Carolina, African American and Native American. Record repositories, resources, and publications for Baptists, Moravians, and Quakers as well as religious groups that appeared later in the state’s history are described. Researchers will find helpful discussions on the history of the North Carolina court system and its laws, poll tax, and military, land, and vital statistics records. Other topics covered include military records, both state and federal, from the colonial period through the World Wars; land records, vital statistics, and the major manuscript repositories and their collections, including Duke and East Carolina universities and the University of North Carolina. This guide book is available in print and or PDF version. It will go on sale in the NGS online store on 10 May 2017 and will begin shipping on 22 May.

Jeffrey L. Haines, CG, is a professional genealogist, specializing in the families of the Carolinas and British West Indies. He is a former editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, and has written articles for the NGSQ, the BCG OnBoard, and the APGQ, and other publications. He has lectured at national conferences and workshops. A former APG president, he currently serves as president of its North Carolina chapter.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Two New Research Guides: American Indians of Oklahoma & Research in Mississippi


NGS Releases Two New Research Guides: American Indians of Oklahoma and Mississippi


ARLINGTON, VA, 9 MAY 2017— The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the publication of two new books in its Research in the States series. These guides are two of 26 books that provide information about genealogical repositories and resources in specific states to aid individuals who are researching their family histories. The latest releases are The American Indians of Oklahoma and Research in Mississippi.

The American Indians of Oklahoma

Written by Kathy Huber, MLS, The American Indians of Oklahoma tells the story of the sixty-seven tribes that were removed or relocated to the area once known as Indian Territory, now Oklahoma.  Their stories, revealed through tribal records, historical documents, and federal legislation, tell of heartache, challenges, and long-suffering.  Tribes include American Indians from the Northeast, like the Delaware, Shawnee, and Sac and Fox; the Comanche, Kiowa, Cheyenne, and Arapaho from the Plains; the Prairie tribes Kaw, Ponca, and Ottawa as well as the five tribes known as “civilized,” the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole. They and many others just as important have all contributed their own unique history and culture to this story told here in The American Indians of Oklahoma. This guide book is available in print and or PDF version. It will go on sale in the NGS online store on 10 May 2017 and will begin shipping on 22 May.

Kathy Huber is the genealogy librarian for the Tulsa (Oklahoma) City County Library. She also serves on the board of the Friends of the Oklahoma Historical Society Archives and is a member of genealogical and heritage societies including the DAR. Huber lectures on Oklahoma related topics at national conferences. She also has attended the Salt Lake Institute and was the 1998 recipient of the IGHR Richard S. Lackey Memorial Scholarship.

Research in Mississippi

Since the sixteenth century, Mississippi was ruled at various times by the French, British, and Spanish until it became a territory of the United States in 1798. Research in Mississippi,written by Lori Thornton, MLS, provides major research resources for each of these periods as well as a discussion of boundary changes prior to statehood. Also included are descriptions of collections found in research repositories, including Mississippi Department of Archives and History; Mississippi State University Libraries, Special Collections; University of Mississippi’s Special Collections; and McCain Library and Archives, University of Southern Mississippi. In addition, readers will find information about out-of-state repositories with major Mississippi collections such as Natchez Trace Collection at the University of Texas.  Court, land, and probate records are discussed as well as institutional records, including asylums, hospitals, and prisons. Ethnic records include African Americans, American Indians, and the Chinese communities of the Mississippi delta. Also of value is an extended discussion of genealogical and historical periodicals. This guide book is available in print and or PDF version. It will go on sale in the NGS online store on 10 May 2017 and will begin shipping on 22 May.

Lori Thornton, MLS, is associate professor of Library Services and Technical Services Librarian at Carson-Newman University’s Stephens-Burnett Memorial Library. A professional genealogist, she specializes in research in Southern states, particularly Mississippi, Tennessee, and North Carolina, and in religious records. She also is a national lecturer and author and member of a number of national and local genealogical societies.


Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR PMC 2017 – WASHINGTON, DC!

The Association of Professional Genealogists is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the 2017 Professional Management Conference to be held 29 September through 1 October at the DoubleTree by Hilton-Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Here is the link: https://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html.

WHY ATTEND THE PMC?

The Professional Management Conference is the one conference dedicated to the needs of professional genealogists, providing education on business topics as well as advanced genealogical education on unique record sets, methodology, DNA, and more. The conference offers three tracks over three days with classes, workshops, poster sessions, and discussion groups–all conveniently located in the conference hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton-Crystal City, Arlington, VA.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Thirty-eight presentations, six poster sessions, and four discussion groups will educate and inspire you on a wide range of topics essential for professional development and success.

Click here for the conference schedule and registration page: https://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html.

And learning doesn’t only take place in the breakout rooms. Join us at the Thursday, September 28, evening Dessert Reception for a fast-paced round of Speed Dating for Professional Genealogists. You are guaranteed to break the ice with many other attendees in this fun event and make new friends for the rest of the conference and beyond. Daily luncheon programs also provide opportunities to meet and network with your colleagues.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

The PMC is designed for any level of professional – whether you’ve been taking clients for years or are just creating your business. Experienced professionals appreciate this opportunity to take the time for investing in themselves and re-connecting with colleagues, while new professionals can learn how to set themselves up for success and make valuable connections.

Here is what some attendees said about last year’s conference:

“A smorgasbord of education, networking, camaraderie, and fun for every level of Professional Genealogist – all bundled with some really awesome door prizes!” –Sharon Miller

“At the 2016 PMC in Fort Wayne, every time I turned around there were another hal–dozen people I wanted to talk to!” – Harold Henderson, CG

“The 2016 APG PMC was the best I’ve attended. I had the opportunity to learn from colleagues about marketing, as well as finding missing people and DNA. And the networking opportunities were wonderful as well. I look forward to seeing you all in 2017.” – Leslie Brinkley Lawson, Forensic Genealogist Credentialed(SM)

WASHINGTON, DC

Come early or stay after the conference: with the National Archives, Library of Congress, and DAR Library just a short tempting Metro ride away, you can be sure you’ve maximized your investment of time and money by joining your colleagues at the 2017 PMC. The Pentagon Metro stop is a walkable three blocks from the DoubleTree hotel, or you can take the free hotel shuttle to the Metro. The National Archives Metro stop is an eight-minute ride away.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Click here for registration and to make your hotel reservation: https://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html.

CAN I REGISTER FOR ONE DAY?

Yes, one-day registrations are available

WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE IT THIS YEAR?

The Virtual PMC brings the conference to you! All sessions in the Harrison/Wilson Room (the middle column on the program schedule) will be live streamed for Virtual PMC attendees and recorded for purchase after the conference. Details for the Virtual PMC will be announced shortly.

QUESTIONS?

Email the PMC Coordinator at pmc@apgen.org.

About the Association of Professional Genealogists

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

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, May 5, 2017

There are over 7.6 million new records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Over 6.7 million new additions covering 127 counties across 18 states have been added to our collection of United States Marriages. The release includes significant updates for the states of Georgia, Maine, North Carolina, Ohio and Oregon and marks the latest step in Findmypast’s efforts to create the single largest online collection of U.S. marriage records in history.

The records include transcripts and images of the original documents that list marriage date, the names of the bride and groom, birthplace, birth date, age, residence as well as fathers’ and mothers’ names.

Browse over 4,500 handwritten volumes of parish baptisms, marriages, and burials containing over 459,000 records in their entirety. The detail found in each record will depend on the condition of the register and the date of the register. Additional details about our ancestors are primarily found in later registers. Early register books usually only recorded a few key facts such as name, place, and date.

Browse over 906 volumes of original Parish registers containing over 33,000 records. All images were created from the original registers held at the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office. Each image allows you to browse left and right through the register by using the arrows on either side of the image. Furthermore, you can skip to exact page in the register by using the image counter at the bottom, centre of the page. For example, if the register has 100 pages, you can skip to page 50, the middle of the register book.

Over 4,000 new records have been added to the Queensland School Pupil Index. This database covers over 1.6 million names drawn from 1,022 Queensland schools. Sources from which the names are drawn are diverse: actual school admission registers, school histories covering a significant anniversary (Jubilee, Golden, Centenary) in the life of a school, and local histories which don’t specifically focus on the school but include a pupil list as part of their story. Many sources also provide additional information on the pupils including age at admission, birth date, parent’s name and occupation, religion, and address.

Over 4,000 records have been added to our collection of City Of London Ironmongers, Apprentices and Freemen records. This fascinating collection contains more than 400 years membership records relating to the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers. One of the ‘great twelve’ London liveries, the company was incorporated under Royal Charter in 1463. The Company’s links with the iron and steel industry go back some 500 years.

Each record includes an image of the original documents held by the London Metropolitan Archives and a corresponding transcript. The records list the details of apprentices, masters and freemen and reveal when they were admitted to the company, the role they took, the names, occupations and addresses of their parents and the names of their masters.

Over 1,000 new records have been added to our collection of Yorkshire Monumental Inscriptions. The new additions cover Anglican cemeteries in Rotherham boroughs of Dalton and Brinsworth. The entire collection now contains over 105,000 records and cover 176 burial sites across the county.

Each result will provide you with a transcript. The detail in each will vary depending on the age of the memorial and which family history society transcribed the records. Most will include a combination of your ancestor’s birth year, death year, memorial location, inscription and a brief description of the monument.

FINDMYPAST ADD 6.7 MILLION EXLCLUSIVE RECORDS TO THEIR UNITED STATES MARRIAGES COLLECTION

NEW ADDITIONS COVER 127 COUNTIES ACROSS 18 STATES
5th May 2017
Leading family history website, Findmypast , has announced today the release of an additional 6.7 million United States Marriage records in partnership with Family Search International.
Covering 127 counties across 18 states, the new additions mark the latest step in Findmypast’s efforts to create the largest single online collection of U.S. marriage records in history. The collection was first launched in February 2016 and has received regular monthly updates ever since.
This is the first time that any of the records included in this update have been released online and all 6.7 million of them will only be available to search online at Findmypast. The new additions cover;


·         Alabama
·         Arkansas
·         Connecticut
·         Delaware
·         Georgia
·         Iowa
·         Kentucky
·         Maine
·         New Hampshire
·         New Jersey
·         North Carolina
·         Ohio
·         Oregon
·         Rhode Island
·         Utah
·         Vermont
·         Washington
·         West Virginia
Covering 360 years of marriages from 1650-2010, when complete this landmark collection will contain at least 100 million records and more than 450 million names from 2,800 counties across America.  More than 60 per cent of which will have never before been published online.  When complete, the collection will only be found in its entirety exclusively on Findmypast. The records include marriage date, the names of both bride and groom , birthplace, birth date, residence as well as fathers’ and mothers’ names.
The millions of new U.S. records will complement Findmypast’s massive collection of British and Irish data, allowing them to provide many more connections and a more comprehensive experience to family historians in the US and beyond. Customers with family trees on Findmypast will also benefit from leads connecting relatives on their trees with the marriage records, thus generating a whole new source of research.

About Findmypast

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the First World War, The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others.
Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research. 
In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitized records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. Findmypast, in association with The National Archives, recently launched the 1939 Register, a record of 41 million lives on the eve of World War II.

Mastering Genealogical Documentation To Be Released at National Conference 10 May 2017

ARLINGTON, VA, 4 MAY 2017— On 10 May, the National Genealogical Society (NGS) will release for sale Mastering Genealogical Documentation by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CGSM, CGLSM, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, author of the preeminent work,Mastering Genealogical Proof, and an award-winning genealogical researcher and educator. The publication of this essential text on how to cite all kinds of sources clearly, completely, and accurately coincides with the NGS 2017 Family History Conference, which will be held in Raleigh, NC, 10-13 May.
Mastering Genealogical Documentation teaches genealogists how to describe and cite their sources—including sources for which no model citation exists—with artistry, clarity, conciseness, completeness, and competence so that their work will meet the genealogy field’s published standards. In this new step-by-step guidebook, Dr. Thomas W. Jones provides a foundation in the principles, logic, and decisions that underpin genealogical documentation. Exercises are provided at the end of each chapter (with answers at the back of the book) to reinforce concepts and provide opportunities for practice.
Jones is a professor emeritus from Gallaudet University. A former trustee and past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, he has co-edited theNational Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002. He has taught genealogical documentation at Boston University, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research, Western Institute of Genealogy, and elsewhere.
Conference participants will be able to purchase Mastering Genealogical Documentation at the conference. Others may order it online beginning 10 May.Shipment of the book will begin 22 May 2017. For more informa­tion, visithttp://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/mastering_genealogical_documentation.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

National Library of Ireland Genealogy Service 2017


Dublin, Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Ancestor Network and Eneclann have been awarded the tender to support the genealogy advisory service with the National Library of Ireland in 2017.

This is the 6th year these leading Irish genealogy firms are partnering with the NLI to provide this unique genealogy service.

Visiting researchers to the NLI can avail of the advice of professional genealogists from Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 5:00pm. The professional genealogists advise and assist on sources available at the NLI and other repositories as well as online resources. They are also available to respond to enquiries via email, telephone or by letter.

Aiden Feerick of Ancestor Network and Project Manager of the Genealogy Service stated: “Visiting family history researchers to the NLI can avail of the best expertise in Irish genealogy research advice. Our genealogists comprised of the teams of the National Library, Ancestor Network, and Eneclann are very open and friendly and every visitor to the service comes away with a smile and at least one nugget of family history information.”

Fiona Fitzsimons of Eneclann stated: “We are delighted to be back in the National Library in 2017 to assist with the Genealogy Advisory Service. Family history is one of the paths most travelled, for everyone that looks for a deeper understanding of their Irish heritage.”

Ciara Kerrigan, Assistant Keeper, National Library of Ireland added,
“The NLI is excited to be working again with the genealogy experts of Ancestor Network and Eneclann. Family history research continues to be one of the major motivations for people visiting the National Library of Ireland and it is critical that we provide a world class service in supporting our visitors in Irish genealogy.”

TheGenealogist releases over 100,000 Parish Records and thousands of voter records

In time for the snap general election, TheGenealogist is adding to its Polls and Electoral records by publishing online a new collection of Poll books ranging from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.

These new records released today offer a tantalising snapshot of our ancestors interaction with the Church and the State of the past.

  • Find the names of people and their ‘place of abode’ in the electoral registers
  • Discover the nature of their qualification to vote, such as possessing a Corn Warehouse, a Workshop, a House, or owning a Brewhouse
  • Some of the earliest records in this release reach as far back as 1209 when the king who was known as Johan sanz Terre (John Lackland) ruled the country
  • The Parish Records are one of the most useful of all resources for family historians as they can be used to find the baptism, marriage or death of an ancestor at a time before the civil registration of births marriages and deaths

The records cover 35 different registers of people who were entitled to vote in Wakefield, West Yorkshire and other constituencies situated in Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset and New Westminster in Canada. These have been added to our Poll and Electoral Roll collection covering millions of records.

At the same time TheGenealogist continues to expand its vast Parish Record collections with the addition of 100,000 new individuals added for the County of Worcestershire and additionally the Registers of the Parish Church of Rochdale in Lancashire that covers the period between 1642 and 1700.

Also being released at this time are some records that will take the researcher all the way back to ancient times!

The Roll of Mayors of the Borough and Lord Mayors of the City of Leicester records the names of men holding that office from between the 10th year of the reign of King John in 1209 and all through history to 1935.

The first Mayor listed in the Roll of Mayors of the Borough and Lord Mayors of the City of Leicester

The Worcestershire Parish Records were added through a partnership with Malvern FHS while the electoral records are taken from the official lists produced to record who was entitled to vote in the various parliamentary elections.

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New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of April 10, 2017


SALT LAKE CITY, UT This week nearly 2 million free indexed historic records were published in FamilySearch’s United States collections including significant new vital records for Rhode Island, Maine and Connecticut.  Three million historic record images were added for Italy (Benevento, Brescia, Napoli, and Trapani), along with additions to England, Ghana, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, and Pennsylvania. Search these new free records and more at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below. Find and share this announcement easily online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.  

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.

Collection
Indexed Records
Digital Images
Comments
England, Durham Diocese, Marriage Bonds & Allegations, 1692-1900
40,317
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ghana, Accra, Marriages, 1863-2003
13,402
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy, Trapani, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1906-1928
0
1,141,588
Added images to an existing collection
Italy, Brescia, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1797-1815, 1866-1943
0
620,801
New browsable image collection.
Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865
0
164,991
Added images to an existing collection
Italy, Benevento, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1810-1942
0
1,077,809
Added images to an existing collection
Poland, Lublin Roman Catholic Church Books, 1784-1964
42,704
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (Stellenbosch Archive), 1690-2011
3,133
61,679
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895-1972
16,456
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Sweden, Kronoberg Church Records, 1589-1921; index 1612-1860
26,409
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921
465,527
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010
669
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Connecticut Marriages, 1640-1939
755,384
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Rhode Island, Vital records, 1846-1898, 1901-1953
528,204
32,524
New indexed records and images collection
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