Category: GeneaPress

Findmypast Creates Brand New Collection for Tracing Immigrants From the British Isles


Findmypast Creates Brand New Collection for Tracing Immigrants From the British Isles
 
·         Vast new collection has been specially curated by Findmypast’s in-house experts
·         The new British and Irish Roots collection allows researchers to search a wide variety of records spanning more than 400 years of migration between the British Isles and North America, all in one place
·         All 95 million records within this unique resource are now available to search and will be free of charge for a limited period
 
Leading family history website, Findmypast, has announced the creation of a brand new resource that has been specifically designed to help U.S. researchers trace their family’s British and Irish heritage.
                                                                        
The British and Irish Roots Collection is a unique database consisting of more than 98 million assorted records that have been hand-picked from existing collections by Findmypast’s in-house experts.
 
This ground-breaking collection gives family historians the chance to trace their ancestors’ journeys across the Atlantic like never before by bringing together a wide range of record sets that list origin or place of birth as anywhere in Britain and Ireland. Millions of passenger lists, census records, naturalization applications and draft registrations, as well as birth, marriage, and death records spanning more than 400 years (1573 to 1990) of migration between the British Isles and North America can now be explored in one unified search, enabling North American family historians to trace the migration of ancestors from the Old World to the New through one simple search.
 
This is the first time such an expansive database has been curated in such a way. Now, exclusively with Findmypast, family historians can trace the origins of their transatlantic ancestors all in one place.
 
The journeys researchers can expect to find include:
 
·         Anyone leaving the UK or Ireland and emigrating to the US, Canada or the Caribbean
·         Anyone emigrating from Canada or the Caribbean to the US (this covers the large number of British and Irish immigrants who stopped temporarily in Canada and/or the Caribbean)
·         Anyone listed on any US or Canadian record with British or Irish origins, birthplace or parents
 
For example, if a US Military record mentions that a soldier was born in Wales, or if a US census return states that a household member was born in Athlone, Ireland, those records will be searchable through British and Irish Roots.
All records within this expansive collection will be free to search and explore for a limited period.
 
Findmypast is proud to be the essential online resource for British and Irish family historians, offering users access to more records from the British Isles than any other site.
 
Notes to editors
 
Press contacts: UK:  Alex Cox, email: acox@findmypast.com
 
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 2018 Family History Conference Program Now Available

NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300Arlington, VA 22204-4370Phone 703-525-0050 or 800-473-0060Fax 703-525-0052www.ngsgenealogy.org




Press ReleaseContact: Courtney HolmesPhone: 703-525-0050 Ext. 221cholmes@ngsgenealogy.orgFor Release: 20 November 2017
National Genealogical Society 2018 Family History Conference Program Now Available
ARLINGTON, VA, 20 NOVEMBER 2017—The National Genealogical Society’s 2018 Family History Conference program is now available online and as a downloadable sixteen-page registration brochure. This year’s program, Paths to Your Past, will feature a full conference DNA track, an expanded African American track, and many new tracks and topics including “Paths, Trails, and Waterways” and “Occupations” and “Organizations” that developed as our ancestors left farms and moved into towns and cities. In all, the conference, which will be held 2-5 May 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will offer family historians and genealogists more than 175 lectures, an array of social events, and an expo with some eighty exhibitors.
The program will begin with John Philip Colletta, PhD, FUGA, delivering the keynote address, “Coming Along the Towpath: The Erie Canal and the Peopling of the Great Lake States.” Ten lecture tracks will cover a broad spectrum of topics, including immigration and migration, ethnic groups, military research, technology, repositories, etc. Also of interest will be topics that focus on Michigan, other Midwest states, and New York, which served as a major migration route to the Midwest.
The conference will take place at the DeVos Place Convention Center. Registration opens on 1 December 2017.  A number of special events have been planned with limited seating, so register on 1 December, or as soon as possible thereafter, if you plan to attend any of these events. To learn more about our special events, see the announcement brochure and our program. Participants also will want to sign up early for tickets to the NGS banquet on Friday evening, featuring Ric Mixter, renowned shipwreck researcher, diver, and photographer, who will recount stories and show video clips about “The Great Storms of the Great Lakes.” 
Up-to-date information about the availability, amenities, and rates for conference hotels can be found on our conference website.  Be sure to sign up for the NGS Conference Blog so you do not miss conference news or announcements.
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 Records on FamilySearch

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of December 4, 2017

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of December 4, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY, UTOver one million records and one million images from Denmark Censuses 1834, 1840, and 1925 were added on FamilySearch this week. Many more records from ArgentinaBillionGravesEnglandItalySweden and the United States were also published. Search these new free records at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below. Find and easily share this collection update in the FamilySearch Newsroom
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Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.
About FamilySearch
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

AncestryDNA Breaks Holiday Sales Record

UPDATE: AncestryDNA Breaks Holiday Sales Record for Black Friday to Cyber Monday;More Than Triples Kits Sold Versus 2016For first time, total AncestryDNA kits sold in year to date exceeds total number of Ancestry subscribers LEHI, Utah and SAN FRA…

Registration Open for 2018 NGS Family History Conference


Registration Opens Today for the 2018 NGS Family History Conference

Dear Members:

Registration is now open for the National Genealogical Society’s fortieth annual family history conference, Paths to Your Past, which will be held 2–5 May 2018 at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With more than 175 lectures given by nationally known speakers and subject matter experts on a broad array of topics, an exhibit hall, and more, it’s an event you won’t want to miss. To register on or after 1 December 2017, visit the NGS website and complete the online registration form.

 
Click Here to Register for the NGS 2018 Family History Conference
Continuing NGS’s goal of providing quality educational opportunities to its participants, the lectures will cover a wide range of local, regional, and general genealogy topics that will help you 
  • build a solid foundation for your family history, 
  • fine-tune your research skills, and 
  • refine your methodology.

This year’s conference offers participants an array of lectures that range from general genealogy to military research, ethnic and religious records, technology, and repositories. Discover Michigan’s expansive genealogical and archival repositories and learn about the wealth of family history resources throughout the Great Lakes region. The program also features a two-day African American track and a full conference DNA track. The online searchable program, as well as a PDF version, include an overview of the sessions, tours, pre-conference events, registration times, and rates as well as general conference and hotel details.

Register now and don’t forget to sign up for sponsored luncheons, tours and other social events.  To register online, visit the NGS website and complete the registration form.
                                                                     
Attendees are urged to visit and sign up for the conference blog, which will feature tips on local and regional research facilities, things to do in and around Michigan, and updated information on hotel availability and local restaurants.

Hope to see you all in Grand Rapids!
NGS Conference Committee

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RootsTech 2018 Photo + Story Competition

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

Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces 2018 FREE Webinar Lineup

Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces 2018 FREE Webinar Lineup

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is happy to announce the continuation of its popular FREE monthly webinar program in 2018. The 2018 ISGS Webinar Series would not be possible without the generous contributions received throughout 2017 and the generous sponsorship provided by FamilySearch.

Registration for the 2018 webinars is now open! You’ll find a fantastic lineup of presentations and speakers and we hope you will join us for a wonderful educational experience.

The ISGS webinars, which are live lectures/presentations that you can attend via a computer with an internet connection, are held as a live broadcast on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:00 PM Central. The live broadcast of each webinar is FREE to the public. ISGS members who are unable to attend the live broadcast are able to access recordings of all past webinars through the Members Section of the ISGS website, to watch at their convenience.

ISGS 2018 Webinar Schedule

So what does 2018 have in store? Here is our amazing lineup!

January 9 – Finding Scottish Ancestors Online
Presenter: Nancy Loe
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9018044124091495425

February 13 – Illinois Digital Resources
Presenter: Tina Beaird
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4371369446769984259

March 14 – Finding Clues for Your Immigrant Ancestors in Ethnic Newspapers and Publications

April 10 – Friedrich Eiler in Illinois: Fragments Fuse to Identify One Individual
Presenter: Jill Morelli
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8235096187730802435

May 8 – Want to Honor Your Revolutionary Roots?: Resources for Applying to a Revolutionary War Lineage Society
Presenter: Bryna O’Sullivan
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7567631057019748611

June 12 – Ohio and the Early Gathering of the LDS Church
Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen AG
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/488055438110738509

July 10 – Museums Have Records, Too! Locating Your Ancestor Behind Closed Doors
Presenter: Melissa Barker
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8386075626899201539

August 14 – National Archives Resources at the Chicago Branch

September 11 –Researching Pre-fire Chicago

October 9 – Chicago Rises from the Ashes: The Columbian Exposition Gives Perspective to the Family Historian
Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3256193076836331011

November 13 – 1918: The Prairie State “Over There”
Presenter: Lisa Oberg
Registration: Stay tuned!**
** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance. Check back after December 1, 2017, for the registration link.

December 11 –Some Followed the River, Some Took the Train: Finding Ancestors of the Great Migration
Presenter: Angela Walton-Raji
Registration: Stay tuned!**
** GoToWebinar only allows scheduling less than one year in advance. Check back after December 1, 2017 for the registration link.

Additional Webinar Information

·       All webinars take place at 8:00 PM Central time.

·       For additional information on our webinar series, visit our ISGS Webinars page at http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=227.

·       You may also want to review our Webinar FAQs at http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=316.

·       Don’t forget to spread the word! Forward this email onto your friends and colleagues, post the information to social media sites and/or your blog/website, or print out a few copies of our webinar flyer to hand out at your local society meetings. The flyer for the 2018 series can be accessed at  https://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=227

Again, a big thank-you to all of the webinar donation fund contributors and to FamilySearch for sponsoring the entire 2018 webinar series! We couldn’t do it without you!!

The 2018 ISGS Webinar Series is sponsored by FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRESERVE THE PENSIONS ANNOUNCES NEW IMAGES AVAILABLE

November 23, 2017

PRESERVE THE PENSIONS ANNOUNCES NEW IMAGES AVAILABLE AT FOLD3.COM

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

The War of 1812 pensions are among the most frequently requested set of materials within NARA’s holdings, yet had never been microfilmed or digitized. Through a fundraising effort unprecedented in the genealogical community, more than 4,000 individuals, 115 genealogical and lineage societies, and industry leaders such as FamilySearch helped FGS secure the funds, matched by Ancestry, to preserve and share this invaluable genealogical resource. The images already captured, as well as those soon to be, are hosted at Fold3 and available for free at https://go.fold3.com/1812pensions/

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

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

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

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

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

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

About the National Archives (NARA)

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

About Ancestry

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

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Contact:

Federation of Genealogical Societies
1812@fgs.org

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

DNA eWorkshop: After the Test Begins November 29th

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

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

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

eWorkshop Times and Dates

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

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

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

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

About Andy Lee, Family History Fanatics

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

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

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

Disney Pixar and Ancestry Team Up!

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

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

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

The “Coco” promotional campaign features the following brands.

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

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

ABOUT THE MOVIE

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

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

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

WikiTree Announces 100,000 Signatures on Honor Code



100,000 Signatures on Wiki Genealogist Honor Code
November 9, 2017: This week, WikiTree’s Honor Code surpassed 100,000 digital signatures.

“The Honor Code is our community’s ‘secret sauce’,” according to WikiTree founder Chris Whitten. “It enables our collaboration to be productive and enjoyable. It’s why our our tree grows stronger and more accurate every year, instead of just larger.”

The Honor Code lays out the WikiTree community’s shared ethics and principles. Its nine simple points establish basic rules for open collaboration, respect for copyrights and privacy, the acknowledgement of other researchers, and the importance of citing sources. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Special:Honor_Code

Family members and genealogists with guest accounts don’t need to sign the Honor Code to enjoy the fruits of WikiTree. The community’s mission is to grow a single family tree and thereby make it free and easy for anyone to access their genealogy. However, not everyone is interested in the serious genealogical research and careful collaboration that is required for growing the tree. This is why active contributors are required to sign the Honor Code.

“The Honor Code lays the foundation for collaborative genealogy to work its wonders, as seen every day on WikiTree,” says member Michael Stills.

WikiTree: The Free Family Tree has been growing since 2008. Community members privately collaborate with close family members on modern family history and publicly collaborate with other genealogists on deep ancestry. Since all the private and public profiles are connected on the same system this process is helping to grow a single, worldwide family tree that will eventually connect us all and thereby make it free and easy for anyone to discover their roots. See https://www.WikiTree.com

APG Announces New Officers, Board and Committee Members

Press Release – APG Announces New Officers, Board and Committee MembersAssociation of Professional Genealogists Announces New Officers, Board and Committee Members: Billie Stone Fogarty M.Ed. Named President for Second Term to World’s Largest…

New from A.J. Jacobs~ “It’s All Relative” — plus a gift!

The following was just received from our Cousin A.J. Jacobs.
Hello Friends, Colleagues and Family (though everyone fits into that third category, as you’ll see),
I wanted to let you know that my new book “It’s All Relative” comes out today! And I also wanted to give you a little something for free just because you’re my distant-but-beloved cousin.
Let me say, I’m absurdly excited to have this book out in the world so that you can finally read it.
So far, the reviews have been delightfully flattering, such as….
A real treat” (Booklist), “delightful” (Kirkus Reviews), “required reading” (Real Simple), “fascinating and funny” (CBS News), “entertaining… and lively” (Publishers Weekly), “the most original and entertaining book you’ll ever read about family” (bestselling author Mary Roach) and “why is Zane listed first in the acknowledgments?” (Lucas Jacobs, my 11-year-old son.)
The book is partly a memoir about my eccentric family. It’s also partly about the revolutions in DNA and family trees and the huge effect they’re having on politics, race relations and happiness. And it’s partly an adventure in which I try to put on the biggest family reunion in history, The Global Family Reunion. Because, as the book demonstrates, we’re all related. We are all cousins. Family is the ultimate social network.
It’s All Relative” features black sheep, celebrity cousins (Daniel Radcliffe! John Legend!), separated-at-birth twins, genealogy obsessives, plenty of Mormons, a family with nine fathers, an African-American daughter of the revolution, the real Adam and Eve, kissing cousins and friendly Neanderthals, among much more.
It’s also a heartfelt argument against tribalism, which I believe is the biggest problem facing the world today. This idea of “us vs. them” is killing us. We need to remember that we share 99.9 percent of our DNA with all other humans. A Harvard study from last year showed that Israelis and Palestinians treated each other with more kindness when they were shown how closely they were related.
My website has a list of other press, including a People magazine feature that ran this week on me. And the image below is a link to a CBS This Morning piece where you can see me (and also my kids in the background enjoying green room croissants).
Here are some ways to support the book, if you’re moved.
You can buy it! Right now!
You can leave a review on the book page on AmazonGoodreads, or wherever else you like to share and talk about books.
There’s also Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram in case you forgot they existed. People enjoy photos of other people holding books!
And now for the free part:
The book features an Appendix that gives you a How-To Guide to finding the best info about your own family. I’m offering this appendix to you now for free, in case you’re interested. It’s co-written by professional genealogist Eowyn Langholf. No obligation!
Thank you.
Your cousin, A.J.

Fold3 – New Title Added

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

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

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

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

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


On sale in our store: NYC Coroner’s Bundle

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

New webinars available for NYG&B members

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

Call for Presentations-2018 APG PMC


Call for Presentations – 2018 APG PMC – Deadline 30 November 2017

The Association of Professional Genealogists will hold the 20th annual APG Professional Management Conference on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 4 through 6 October 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown in Kansas City, Missouri.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

APG is now accepting proposals for the following categories of presentations for the 2018 APG Professional Management Conference:

Classes presented by an individual or panel, 75 minutes in length (including time for questions)

Workshops, 2 ? hours in length

Discussion groups led by one or more individuals, 1 hour in length

Poster sessions (informal discussions of a topic aided by a 30 by 40 inch poster), 1 hour in length

Webinars to be presented before the conference on Kansas City and its repositories, 1 hour in length

PMC presentations will be somewhat longer in 2018 to allow in-depth exploration of a topic. Topics should challenge professional genealogists to increase their genealogical research skills, evaluate and improve their current businesses, and meet the demands of the 21st Century client.

Prospective presenters are encouraged to consider creative ways to educate and inspire professional genealogists.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Advanced genealogical research skills or methodology (for example, little-known or little-used records, truly complex case studies demonstrating advanced methods, taking a client project from beginning to end)

Technology (for example, hardware and software to assist in research, writing, lecturing, and business management; platforms for podcasting or doing one’s own webinars or instructional videos; website development; genealogy’s technological future; hands-on workshops are particularly of interest)

DNA (for example, becoming a genetic genealogist, understanding DNA results, how to educate clients about DNA, when is DNA useful for a client project and when isn’t it, DNA’s future)

Business skills (for example, business organization and management, business plans and goal setting, collaborating with other genealogists on a client project; starting a genealogy business)

Marketing and branding strategies (for example, marketing with and without social media, how to establish a brand for one’s business, creative marketing strategies that have worked, discussion session in which the group reviews/critiques websites)

Speaker or lecturer training (for example, writing effective speaker proposals, effective use of visuals, crafting a dynamite presentation, overcoming fear of public speaking)

Genealogical writing and publishing (for example, report writing, editing one’s own work, writing articles for different publications, self-publishing platforms)

Client relationships and communication (for example, managing client expectations, communicating unexpected or unwelcome findings, explaining complex research, explaining DNA results to a client)

Certification and Accreditation (for example, meeting the GPS, strategies for success, educational preparation)

Organization and time management (for example, how to organize one’s office for efficiency, how to manage client projects, how to manage speaking engagements, planning efficient use of time)

Career paths for professional genealogists (for example, forensic genealogy, house histories, dual citizenship, conference planning, producing videos for clients, lineage society work, providing archiving services)

Success stories that inspire (for example, solving a difficult research case, breaking into a new line of genealogical work, taking a risk and how it worked out)

Kansas City, MO (for example, orientation to the city for first-time visitors, orientation to using NARA-Kansas City, Midwest Genealogy Center, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City Research Center of the State Historical Society of Missouri, etc.)

Successful proposals will offer in=depth, innovative, unique, and out-of-the-box approaches to topics and to presentation and teaching methods. Presentations that feature case studies and practical examples, or that offer hands-on learning or discussion, are encouraged as they offer powerful learning opportunities for attendees.

Attendee Demographics from the 2017 PMC

Attendees at the 2017 PMC were divided almost evenly between those who have been professionals for six or more years and those who have been professionals for five or fewer year. 47 percent hold a master’s or doctoral degree. 69 percent are lecturers themselves, and 44 percent are genealogical authors and writers. Almost all attendees offer genealogical research services for clients, and many hold or have held leadership positions in local, state, and national genealogical societies.

Successful proposals will recognize the knowledge, professionalism, and accomplishments of attendees and will seek to take their skills to the next level.

Submission Details

Presentations must be new and original. They should not have been presented prior to the 2018 PMC other than at the local level. Individuals who submit multiple proposals will be considered for multiple presentations. Proposals from non-APG members will also be considered.

Submit proposals via email to admin@apgen.org in PDF format. Proposals are due by Thursday, 30 November 2017.

Proposals must include the following:

Name, address, phone number, and email address of the presenter(s)

Title of the presentation and category (from the “Topics of Interest” list above)

Summary of the presentation (not to exceed 100 words)

Detailed description of the presentation (not to exceed 1,000 words)

Explanation of how the presentation meets demands faced by professional genealogists (50 to 75 words)

Presenter biography highlighting qualifications and expertise in the proposed topic (75 to 100 words)

Presenter experience: list of presentations given in the last 18 months, including topic, audience, and location

Indicate whether or not you are willing to have your presentation recorded for possible broadcast and/or sale. (Granting permission does not guarantee your presentation will be recorded or broadcast.)

Submit one PDF file per proposal. Name the file with your surname and the presentation title, for example SMITH Starting a Genealogical Business.

Presenter Compensation

Presenters giving lectures or workshops will receive:
– Complimentary PMC registration and digital syllabus
– Lunch for the day of the presentation
– Reimbursement for flight or mileage at the current government rate up to $700

All-inclusive honorarium per presentation:
$400 for a 75-minute presentation by an individual or panel
$650 for a 2 1/2-hour workshop
$550 for a 1-hour keynote or opening session presentation

Presenters leading discussion groups will receive:
$75 for a one-hour discussion group led by one or more individuals

Presenters providing poster sessions will receive:
Complimentary PMC registration for a poster session

Presenters giving pre-PMC webinars will receive:
$300 for a 11hour webinar

All presentation proposals will be considered for keynote or opening session spots.

APG does not pay separate hotel costs.

Annette Burke Lyttle
PMC Coordinator

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NYG&B eNews: New Images of NYC Vital Index

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

Celebrate American Archives Month with Free Archives Fair October 21

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

PMC 2017 Recordings Now Available


PMC 2017 Recordings Available for Purchase and Viewing

Recordings of the twelve live-streamed presentations from the 2017 Virtual PMC are available for purchase and viewing by APG members. Log into the Members Only section of the APG website (www.apgen.org) and at the top of the page under Upcoming Events you’ll see a link to PMC recordings. Click on that link to purchase access to any or all of the recorded presentations from the conference. Access to the recordings, listed below, will be available until 15 January 2018.

Writing & Compiling Complex Projects While Staying on Track
J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Successful Websites: Turning Visitors into Clients
Carla Cegielski

A Marketing Plan Is More Than a Business Card and a Facebook Page
Laurie Hermance-Moore

Engaging a More Diverse Clientele
Janice Lovelace, PhD

Certification: You Don’t Have to be Perfect!
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Visual Phasing – Applications and the Future
Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD

A Federal Income Tax Primer for Professional Genealogists
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG

Subcontracting: Communication & Contracts
Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG

Using Ethnicity Estimates to Interpret Clients’ DNA Results
Mary Eberle, JD

Finding Help When You Need It: Types of Virtual Assistance
Maureen Taylor

ABCs of Accounting for Your Genealogy Business
Mary Kircher Roddy

Researching the Silent Generation: World War II Veterans’ Military Records
William L. Beigel

Annette Burke Lyttle
PMC Coordinator
pmc@apgen.org

*Next year’s PMC is 4 to 6 October 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri; see you there!*

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ISFHWE Competition Now Open!

International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE)

Website: ISFHWE.org                                               Email Address: competition@isfhwe.org

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2018 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2018. 

The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the entry fee (after logging in to the ISFHWE members’ corner; new members allow up to ten days to receive login information). The categories are:

Category I – Columns.This is for columns of original content, published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2017. Each entry must consist of 2,000 words or fewer. These are entries from the author’s regular column – not features. Note that these may be print or online columns (including blogs).

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Category II — Articles. These one-time articles (not part of the author’s column) must have been published in 2017 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, blog or website. Entries cannot exceed 5,000 words. Note that these may be print or online articles, including GUEST entries on a blog. Footnotes are not included in the word count.

Category III – Genealogy Newsletter. This category is for society or family association newsletters published in

2017. Entries should consist of two issues, each submitted as a single file in PDF format. The judging will be based on originality, content, visual appeal, writing and editing quality, and accuracy. The award is to the editor of the publication. These may be print or online newsletters. The once-a-year newsletters usually sent at Christmas do not qualify for this competition as two issues from the same calendar year are needed.

Category IV –Unpublished Authors. Entrants in this category aspire to be published writers or columnists in the field of genealogy, family or local history. The submissions in this category are original and unpublished, between 500 and 2,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category V– Unpublished material – Published Authors. This category is for original, unpublished genealogically- related articles by previously published authors. Entries should be between 500 and 3,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category VI – Poetry/Song Lyrics. This category is for original content (published in 2017 or unpublished) that is related to family history. Entries should be no longer than 1000 words and have a title. This may include song lyrics (music is not judged).

Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a digital certificate. Digital certificates may be awarded for Honorable Mentions. The awards will be announced in Fall 2018.

Entries must be submitted in PDF, Word, WordPerfect, or JPG format by e-mail in time to meet this deadline. Please note: Footnotes will not count toward word count.  Send entries to:  Competition@ISFHWE.org

Appropriate entry fee(s) – and membership dues to receive the discount – may be paid via PayPal on the ISFHWE website at ISFHWE.org. Full information on the competition is available on the ISFHWE website in the “2018 Excellence-in-Writing Competition – Information and Online Entry Form” link, which leads to: http://www.isfhwe.org/excellence-in-writing-competition/.   For questions, contact the Competition Coordinator at: Competition@ISFHWE.org

Finding Your Roots-Episode Two Tonight on PBS!

Finding Your Roots airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on PBS.
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Finding Your Roots | Episode Two “Unfamiliar Kin”
Featuring Fred Armisen, Carly Simon and Christopher Walken
In this episode, three guests each learn about a grandparent whose real identity and background had been a mystery to them. Along the way, two of them also discover that their close relatives were on the wrong side of history.

Christopher Walken, who grew up never meeting or even knowing the name of his mother’s father, learns that he was a Scottish felon who served prison time in the 1880s. Walken also learns about his paternal uncle, a German baker who served in a notorious Reserve Police Battalion that helped perpetrate the Holocaust.

Fred Armisen, too, discovers an unexpected connection to Nazi Germany as he sees evidence that his grandfather — a man he’d thought to be a Japanese dancer — had a much more complicated life than he’d ever imagined (he not only entertained German combat troops, possibly as a spy, but he also concealed his Korean ethnicity).

Carly Simon learns the surprising ethnic identity and hidden Cuban past of her own mysterious grandmother, a woman who reinvented herself so often her true name was nearly lost to history. Each guest comes to see his or herself in a new light based on these freshly revealed facts about their intimate kin. 

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Go to PBS.org/FindingYourRoots to catch up on last week’s episode, “The Impression” featuring Larry David and Bernie Sanders. 
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Fred Armisen is the grandson of a dancer-turned-spy, and it’s blowing his mind in a Finding Your Roots exclusive
‘Finding Your Roots’ Season 4 Premiere Reveals Larry David and Bernie Sanders are Related
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Watch Larry David and Bernie Sanders’ Very On-Brand Reactions to Finding Out They’re Related
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See the ‘Unbelievable’ Moment Bernie Sanders and Larry David Learn They’re Related: ‘You’re Kidding!’   People
Watch Larry David & Bernie Sanders Find Out They’re Actually Cousins Vice
Searching DNA and family history, ‘Finding Your Roots’ yields some shocking surprises
On This Season
Discover the surprising ancestral stories of 28 fascinating guests, including Carmelo Anthony, Ava DuVernay, Téa Leoni, Ana Navarro, Bernie Sanders, Questlove, and Christopher Walken in season four of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Meet The Host
For more than a decade, renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has helped to expand America’s sense of itself, stimulating a national conversation about identity with humor, wisdom, and compassion. Professor Gates has explored the ancestry of dozens of influential people from diverse backgrounds, taking millions of viewers deep into the past to reveal the connections that bind us all.
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Boston University Genealogical Research Programs Enrollment Offer

 

Enroll in one of Boston University’s Programs in Genealogical Research online by October 31 and receive complimentary course books.*

This represents a significant value for both BU Genealogy programs:

Looking for more information on BU’s programs? Watch an on-demand recorded webinar to learn more:

  • What makes Boston University the best choice for both personal and professional development
  • Differences between the Certificate in Genealogical Research and the Genealogical Essentials Course
  • Suitability of each course for different experience levels
  • NGS, APG, and NEHGS member discounts
 
 
 
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Enroll in October and take advantage of our 3-month payment plan. The next courses start January 16.

If you have questions, speak with an enrollment advisor now at 617-502-8822.

 
 
 
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Boston University Genealogical Research Program
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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month


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

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

Test your genealogical knowledge, find the program best-suited

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

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

Which course is right for you?

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

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

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

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

Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research Announces Occasional Webinar Series



Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research Announces Occasional Webinar Series
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RALEIGH, North Carolina, 27 September 2017. The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research is pleased to announce the commencement of its new Occasional Webinar Series. The Series will supplement the Institute’s standard six-hour courses and bring further diversity to its educational offerings.
In its short three-year history, the Virtual Institute has hosted 30 individual six-hour courses from 19 different instructors. Through the Occasional Webinar Series, the Virtual Institute will periodically invite speakers to present shorter one-hour webinars featuring unique content. The Series will support the Virtual Institute’s mission to provide high-quality, low-cost genealogical and historical education on a wide variety of topics from leading subject-matter experts.
Live attendance in future webinars requires prior registration. The cost for registration is $9.99 which includes the syllabus material and a video recording of the lecture. Attendance is limited to 100 students. After the live session, recording packages with the syllabus will be available for purchase and immediate download at a cost of $19.99.
“Some topics are so specialized that a six-hour course may not be the most appropriate format,” co-founder Michael Hait, CG, CGL, stated. “The Occasional Webinar Series will allow instructors to explore some of these other topics without the need to fit them into the standard course format. Conversely, the one-hour webinar format requires less of a time commitment from our dedicated students while still providing them with access to a unique educational opportunity.”
Four webinars will be presented over the coming months:
  • Melanie D. Holtz, CG, “The Proietti: Researching an Abandoned Child in Italy,” Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 8:00pm (EDT)
  • Bryna O’Sullivan, “Luxembourg Genealogy: The Basics,” Friday, 1 December 2017, 8:00pm (EST)
  • Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., “How Are We Related? Using the Shared cM Project to Explore Your DNA Matches,” Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 8:00pm (EST)
  • LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, “Researching Enslaved Ancestors in South Carolina,” Wednesday, 14 March 2018, 8:00pm (EDT)
Additional lectures in the Webinar Series continue to be negotiated and will be announced through the Virtual Institute News mailing list.
For more information on the Occasional Webinar Series visit http://vigrgenealogy.com/live-webinars.
 
About the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research
The Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research offers year-round online education on a wide variety of genealogical subjects. Each course consists of six hours of live instruction, extensive syllabus material, and practical exercises. Limited class sizes and a Plus course option allow for a higher level of class participation and instructor feedback than typically offered remotely. For more information visit www.vigrgenealogy.com or email vigrgenealogy@gmail.com.

Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research

Findmypast Friday-New Records Available


New Records Available to Search This Findmypast Friday
There are over 1.3 million new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Lancashire wills & probate 1457-1858 

Lancashire wills & probate 1457-1858 is an index of more than 229,000 Lancashire records that will enable you to determine whether your ancestor’s probate papers have survived through the centuries. Until 1857, the Church of England was responsible for administering wills and probate cases. These wills would have been proved in ecclesiastic courts. The collection covers the Amounderness, Copeland, Furness, Kendal, and Lonsdale deaneries and has been created by both Findmypast, which transcribed original records from the Lancashire Record Office, and the Lancashire and Cheshire Record Society, which provided index work. Records consist of both transcripts and scanned image of original documents that will provide you details about the type of material available, the probate year, your ancestor’s occupation and residence. A number of images also include additional notes.

Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Registers Browse

Browse through more than 1000 volumes of Roman Catholic sacramental registers of baptisms, marriages and burials spanning the years 1736 to 1942. This extensive collection contains records from all eight Scottish dioceses: Aberdeen, Argyll & The Isles, Dunkeld, Galloway, Glasgow, Motherwell, St Andrews & Edinburgh, and Paisley.

Leicestershire Baptisms

Over 54,000 new records have been added to Leicestershire Baptisms. The new additions consist of Bishops transcripts from around the county that date back as far as 1538. Bishop’s transcripts were abbreviated copies of the parish records sent to the Diocesan Bishop several times a year. They can be an invaluable source of genealogical information when the original record has not survived. Each record includes both a transcript and an image of the original document that will reveal your ancestor’s birth year, baptism date, baptism place, denomination & parent’s names

Leicestershire Marriages

More than 22,000 Bishops transcripts of Leicestershire parish marriages registers have been added to our collection of Leicestershire Marriages. The collection spans the years 1537 to 1931 and covers more 300 parishes across the county. Each record includes both a transcript and an image of the original document that will reveal the couple’s birth years, age, residence, fathers’ names, marriage date & place

Leicestershire Burials

Over 39,000 Bishop’s transcripts of parish burial records have been added this week. The collection spans more than 400 years from 1538 to 1991 and covers 279 parishes. These records will allow you discover when your ancestor died, their age at death, place of burial, date of burial and parent’s names.

Leicestershire Parish Records Browse

13,000 volumes of Leicestershire parish baptisms, marriages and burials have been added to this collection. Spanning from 1538 to 1916, these records cover more than 300 parishes.

British Newspapers

More than 993,000 new articles and 12 brand new titles have been added to our collection of historic British Newspapers. New titles now available to search and explore include;
·        Illustrated War News
·        Exmouth Journal
·        Saffron Walden Weekly News
·        Lowestoft Journal
·        Woolwich Gazette and Greenwich and Deptford Chronicle
·        Newbury Weekly News and General Advertiser
·        Market Harborough Advertiser and Midland Mail
·        Eastbourne Herald
·        Stornoway Gazette and West Coast Advertiser
·        Bucks Advertiser & Aylesbury News
·        Morecambe Guardian
·        Clitheroe Advertiser and Times
 

Polish Genealogy Conference 2017 to be Held in October



Polish Genealogy Conference 2017

The Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, Inc. and The S. A. Blejwas
Endowed Chair of the Polish and Polish American Studies, Central Connecticut State University cordially invite you to attend the 2017 GENEALOGY CONFERENCE to learn the strategies for tracing your Polish-American and Eastern European roots.

It will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017, and Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Institute of Technology, Business, and Development, Downtown campus of Central Connecticut State University, 185 Main Street, New Britain, CT.

The conference provides an opportunity to learn strategies for tracing your Polish-American and Eastern European roots.  The speakers are well known in Polish genealogy circles and their discussions will enable attendees to fill in the missing pieces of their family history.  Speakers have extensive experience in their respective fields and have been featured at numerous regional, national and international conferences.

Featured speakers will be Matthew Bielawa, (Vice-President, PGSCTNE), Dr. Mieczyslaw B. Biskupski, (Endowed Chair, Polish and Polish-American Studies, CCSU), Michelle Chubenko, (New Jersey), David Ouimette, (Utah), Tadeusz H. Piłat (Tarnobrzeg, Poland), Thomas Sadauskas (Virginia), Jonathan Shea, A.G., President, PGSCTNE).and Julie Szczepankiewicz (Massachusetts).

A two-part seminar will be presented on “Finding the Missing Pieces of Your Polish and Ukrainian Family History.” 

Many lectures are scheduled including:
1.  “Did Pilsudski Raise a Polish Army in America?”
2.  “Jersey Roots: Touring the Garden State”
3.  “Genealogy in Ukraine:  Discover Online Resources,”
4.  “The Story of Polish Immigrant Millworkers,”
5. “Overcoming Spelling Problems and Unlocking the Power of Names”
6.  “Europe’s World War II Displaced Persons: Their Little Known Story,” and
7.  “The Ins and Outs of Geneteka:  How it Works and How to Use it Most Effectively.” 

8.  Tadeusz Pilat will speak on “Greek Catholics in Poland and Family Research” and “Military
     Conscription Lists in the Kingdom of Poland and Genealogical Research.” 

For more information, please see our website at http://www.pgsctne.org/Conference%202017/List%20of%20hyperlinks.aspx which includes our conference schedule, speakers’ biographies, and lecture summaries.   Information and forms about our one-on-one consultation appointments with the speakers (a limited number are available), registration and lecture selections are also available.

Throughout the day, a collection of books, maps, and other materials will be available to all attendees for consultation.  Officers of the Society will be present to answer questions.

For more information, please email Diane Szepanski at Szepanski3@cox.net.   

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

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

Explores German Immigration and Ancestry Worldwide




For Immediate Release

29 August 2017


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


GERMANS OUTSIDE OF GERMANY COURSE

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


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


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


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


ABOUT THE GERMAN CERTIFICATE

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


ABOUT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR GENEALOGICAL STUDIES

Heritage Productions and The National Institute for Genealogical Studies, leaders in online genealogy education, have offered genealogical and history materials for 25 years. Over 200 courses in genealogical studies are offered to help enhance researcher’s skills.


For those looking to acquire more formal educational training, The National Institute offers Certificate Programs in the records of Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, and the United States, as well as a General Methodology, Professional Development and Librarianship Certificate Program.  For more information please call us toll-free in North America at 1-800-580-0165 or email us at admin@genealogicalstudies.com.


For more information:

Louise St Denis

1-800-580-0165 (North American)

416-861-0165 (International)

Skype: louisestd