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
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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

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.