FindMyPast: Billion Graves, Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions, NW Kent Burials, NY Researcher, NYG&B Record

New Records Available to Search This FindMyPast Friday
Over 2.9 Million new records are available to search this FindMyPast Friday including:
Billion Graves Cemetery Indexes

We regularly update our collection of cemetery records from BillionGraves. All of the record sets have been added to this time, allowing you to pinpoint your ancestor’s final resting place across a number of countries via GPS-tagged headstones.

This latest update includes:
·         Over 2.2 million new additions to the United States Billion Graves Cemetery Index
·         Over 87,000 new additions to the Canada Billion Graves Cemetery Index
·         Over 76,000 new additions to the England Billion Graves Cemetery Index
·         Over 16,000 new additions to the Ireland Billion Graves Cemetery Index
·         Over 114,000 new additions to the Scotland Billion Graves Cemetery Index
·         Over 5,000 new additions to the Wales Billion Graves Cemetery Index
·         Over 377,000 new additions to the Australia Graves Cemetery Index
·         Over 48,000 new additions to the New Zealand Billion Graves Cemetery Index
Findmypast’s partnership with BillionGraves aims to make available all the cemetery records held on their site for free. Each entry has a transcript, which includes a link to an image of the headstone with GPS details. The amount of information listed may vary, but most records will include a combination of the deceased’s name, birth date, death date, and cemetery, city, county and image link.
West Middlesex Family History Society has provided us with additions to our Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions from All Saints, Fulham.
Each record includes a transcript with a varying amount of information. Most of the transcripts include full name, age, birth year, death year, dedication, location and monument type. You’ll also get notes on the inscription which could include the names of others buried in that plot or more specific details regarding age and birth and death dates. An external link in each record will bring you to a document which includes images and burial ground plans for All Saints church in Fulham. The entire Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions collection now stands at over 45,000 records. 
We’ve added over 6,000 records from Sidcup Cemetery in Bexley to our collection of North West Kent burials.
The records include a transcript of the original burial register and will usually reveal your relative’s name, burial date, residence, place of burial, county, country and age. Some records may also contain extra notes about the burial. The term, North West Kent, is used to describe areas within the London boroughs which were historically part of Kent; such as, Greenwich, Bexleyheath and Chislehurst and these records were transcribed by the North West Kent Family History Society.
Our ongoing partnership with The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) brings you another edition of their quarterly review, New York Researcher.
96 new images have been added to the collection which provides invaluable insight on conducting family history research on the people and places of New York state. The collection is comprised of PDF files of the original publication and allows you to search by keyword or narrow your search by volume, issue, page number, or publication year.
Another fascinating resource from NYG&B, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record is the second oldest genealogical journal in the US and details the people and places of the Empire State from the 17th century onwards. We’ve added a further 389 images in this latest update.
The fully searchable PDF files in this collection can contain all manner of information on your New York relatives including biographical sketches, family genealogies, including lists of descendants, record transcriptions and abstracts, pedigree charts, local history, notices of life events, such as baptisms and marriages, society proceedings and notes and much more.

Launching our new FreeCEN website

Did you know- FreeCEN gives free access to census records for England, Scotland & Wales? And we’re launching our new website…
FreeCEN offers a free-to-search online database of the 19th century UK censuses. Transcribed entirely by volunteers, we have more than 32 million individuals available on our website that anyone can search without having to create an account. The new ‘FreeCEN2’ website (https://freecen2.freecen.org.uk) will launch on Monday 31st July 2017 with all of the records that the current website holds, but with a fresh new look and feel in-line with Free UK Genealogy and FreeREG. We believe that family history records should be free to access for everyone; our new website will offer more features for researchers, and make it easier for them to find what they’re looking for. FreeCEN2 also brings with it a host of improvements for existing and future volunteers, such as a members sign-in area and brand new messaging system. FreeCEN, FreeREG and FreeBMD are projects by Free UK Genealogy, a registered charity that promotes free access to historical records. FreeREG underwent this process in 2015, and FreeBMD is due to begin its renewal later this year.  

Pat Reynolds, Free UK Genealogy’s Executive Director said, “We are very proud of the progress that our volunteers have made in the 18 years the project has been running, and we look forward to a time when we have a complete database of all UK censuses. The launch of our new FreeCEN2 website marks the beginning of an exciting period of renewal for FreeCEN.”
Brenda Bowers, FreeCEN project leader went on, “The new website is a work-in-progress and we want genealogists and family history researchers to try it out and let us know what they think. If we know what works for them, what doesn’t, and what features they’d like to see, we can make FreeCEN2 the best resource for free census records. It could even encourage new volunteers to join us!”
To try out FreeCEN2, please visit https://freecen2.freecen.org.uk and share your feedback with us to help make it the best it can be.

We couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers, and we’re always looking for more. If you’d like to join the FreeCEN team, go to freecen2.freecen.org.uk/cms/opportunities-to-volunteer-with-freecen
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Free UK Genealogy is a non-profit organisation (a Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered in England and Wales, number 1167484) that provides free, online access to family history records. We work with a team of dedicated volunteers to create high quality transcriptions of public records from governmental sources, parish churches, and other trusted institutions. We believe that Open Data and Open Source are key to making and keeping public records accessible to all.
Our volunteers have made available:
  • 33,000,000 births, marriages and deaths in FreeBMD
  • 38,000,000 records from parish registers in FreeREG
  • 32,000,000 individuals from census data, from 1841 to 1891 in FreeCEN
We make the databases we create freely available for people to search in order to support their family history research. Unlike many sites, which are ‘pay-to-view’ after an initial search is carried out, our databases are completely free to search and view.

Preserve the Pensions Announces Resumption of Document Conservation at National Archives





August 1, 2017

PRESERVE THE PENSIONS ANNOUNCES RESUMPTION OF DOCUMENT

CONSERVATION AT NATIONAL ARCHIVES, DIGITIZATION SOON TO FOLLOW

Austin, Texas  – The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce National Archives staff have recently resumed document conservation of the War of 1812 Pension files covering surnames M(Moore)-Q. Document conservation is the essential first step in digitizing these files. Our digitization partner, Ancestry.com, has scheduled image capture of these newly conserved documents to begin the second week of September 2017. As capture resumes, new images will be added to Fold3.com on a rolling basis. The Federation and the dedicated volunteers of the Preserve the Pensions project have worked tirelessly for well over a year to negotiate a resolution to the work stoppage. This portion of the project plan is expected to be completed by third quarter 2018.

The War of 1812 pensions are among the most frequently requested set of materials within the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 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.com, to preserve and share this invaluable genealogical resource. The images already captured, as well as those soon to be, are hosted at Fold3.com for free, forever.

 “We are grateful to our partners Ancestry.com and NARA for their support and willingness to continue working with us towards this successful outcome. We appreciate their recognition of the unique nature of this project and the community who worked so hard to fund it.” – Rorey Cathcart, FGS President

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 secure a timeline 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.

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PO Box 200940
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GeneaPress 2017-08-03 18:27:00

MyHeritage Acquires the Legacy Family Tree Software and Webinar Platform 

TEL AVIV, Israel & SURPRISE, Arizona, August 3, 2017 — MyHeritage, the leading global destination for family history and DNA testing, announced today its acquisition of Millennia Corporation, makers of the popular genealogy desktop software Legacy Family Tree and genealogy webinar platform, Legacy Family Tree Webinars. This is MyHeritage’s ninth acquisition to date.

With hundreds of thousands of devoted users since 1997, Legacy Family Tree consistently ranks among the top three most popular and highly rated genealogy software products in the industry. The Legacy Family Tree Webinar platform — which has amassed a large and dedicated fan base since 2010 — draws speakers who are leaders in their field and covers a wide variety of topics, including genealogical research methodology, DNA, and historical records, representing a full array of educational genealogy content.

MyHeritage, which has developed a world-class, global mobile and Web platform for family trees, historical records and DNA testing, used by more than 90 million users worldwide, will now offer its services to Legacy’s users.

Legacy Family Tree will retain its full staff and continue developing its software and webinar platform, backed by MyHeritage’s resources. Millennia Corporation and MyHeritage have started joint work on a new version of the Legacy Family Tree software — version 10 — which will include the optional capability to sync family trees to MyHeritage’s website and use the free MyHeritage mobile app to make remote updates to their family trees on the Legacy software. Legacy Family Tree version 9 has already integrated matching to MyHeritage’s 40 million family trees and to its historical records collection — which surpassed 8 billion records this week.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will continue to feature diverse and informative content, and will be promoted to the millions of MyHeritage users, to increase the webinars’ audience. The webinar platform will also enjoy infrastructure upgrades to support increased concurrent viewership.

“We are very happy with the Legacy Family Tree acquisition as it gives us valuable assets that are highly complementary to our own, and a solid team.” said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “We look forward to providing Legacy’s software and webinar platform with useful upgrades, and to welcoming Legacy’s huge user base of experienced genealogists to enhance their genealogical explorations through MyHeritage’s services.”

“The more I’ve learned about and experimented with MyHeritage, the more I have felt we need to partner together,” said Geoff Rasmussen, founder of Legacy Family Tree Webinars. “The technology behind their online trees and historical records is incredible — second to none. MyHeritage has positioned itself to become the leader of the future of the genealogy industry and we can be a part of it. It’s the perfect match: our software and webinars combined with their resources, technologies, and international reach will help both of us accomplish our mission — to help the world find their ancestors.”

“I’m excited for us to join forces with MyHeritage,” said Dave Berdan, President of Millennia Corporation. “MyHeritage clearly cares for genealogists and continues to invest in desktop genealogy software, in contrast to one of its major rivals that has done the opposite, shutting down its desktop genealogy software and then selling it off. As we’re passionate about genealogy, our team is happy to have found in MyHeritage kindred spirits and we’re excited about the value that we can create together to benefit millions of genealogists worldwide.”


About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the leading global destination for family history and DNA testing. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage has transformed family history into an activity that is accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and groundbreaking search and matching technologies. Launched in November 2016, MyHeritage DNA is a technologically advanced, affordable DNA test that reveals ethnic origins and previously unknown relatives. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to find new family members, discover ethnic origins, and to treasure family stories, past and present, for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages. www.myheritage.com
About Millennia Corporation
Millennia Corporation is located in Surprise, Arizona. The company provides top-quality genealogy software so people can find, track, and share their family history. It is also the publisher of the award-winning FamilyTreeWebinars.com webinar series, now with more than 750 hours of quality genealogy education. For additional information on Millennia or its products, visit http://www.LegacyFamilyTree.com.
For more information about this announcement and for answers to frequently asked questions, visit: 
 

Pass It Down reinvents the greeting card to help capture family memories

greetingStory™ makes it simple and fun to capture family stories one greeting card at a time.

Chattanooga, Tenn.  (July 18th, 2017) – Pass It Down, an award-winning storytelling platform that makes it easy to digitally record and preserve family memories, announced today the launch of its first physical product, greetingStory™. greetingStory™ reinvents the greeting card, making it easy to capture family memories and handwriting, reconnect with loved ones and preserve family stories.
“Our goal at Pass It Down is to create innovative and affordable ways for every family to capture their treasured memories,” said Pass It Down CEO and Founder Chris Cummings. “Today’s technology allows us to simplify everything we do, and we think capturing and sharing family memories should be no different. [CC1] With the launch of greetingStory™, families have an effortless, interactive and effective way to capture each of their special memories, one question at a time.”
greetingStory™ is great in its simplicity. Each greetingStory™ card features a question on the cover, with included tips and instructions from top biographers, to help guide loved one in sharing their memories. The cards feature two prominent spaces to share memories and to capture loved one’s handwriting. Every card includes a URL on the back, allowing the user to upload a loved one’s story into the Pass It Down platform. The platform can also host additional video, audio, text and photos, completing the story. A complete story can be shared with the entire family, serving as a permanent, digital memory book for everyone.
Families can choose between two options for greetingStory cards. Worldwide, Pass It Down offers greetingStory™ Memory Boxes that include 12, 24 or 48 cards and envelopes.  In the US, Pass It Down offers a subscription model where you can send a family member one, two or four cards per month. Each card includes a pre-paid return envelope to send the card back to the customer.
“Imagine being able to send your mom or dad 24 cards a year, in a personalized envelope, asking about their life and their legacy. We automate the process for families and our pre-paid return envelopes ensure that it is extremely simple for your relative to get the cards back to you” said Cummings.
For more information about greetingStory, please visit www.passitdown.com or connect with Pass It Down on Twitter (@passitdown).
About Pass It Down, LLC.
Since 2015, Pass It Down has been dedicated to helping families around the world capture and preserve their memories and stories. Through its pioneering digital storytelling platform, Pass It Down is leading innovation in the storytelling and genealogy industries and has won numerous awards and recognition from organizations including: the International Storytelling Center, the National Storytelling Festival, the Aging 2.0 Global Startup Search, BYU, the Miller Lite Tap The Future contest, and many more.

Accepting Applications for Young Professional Scholarship Deadline

Accepting Applications for Young Professional Scholarship – 15 July Deadline

To APG Members – Below is a press release being distributed today to genealogy media and bloggers. If you know of someone who may be qualified and interested in this scholarship, please forward it to them.

Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Now Accepting Applications for APG Young Professional Scholarship

APG to Honor Student or Young Professional with Strong Interest in Developing a Career in Genealogy

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 1 July 2017 – The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) is now accepting applications for the APG Young Professional Scholarship. The scholarship goes to a young professional or a student who aspires to a professional career in genealogy. The scholarship awards a registration for the APG Professional Management Conference (PMC) and a stipend of up to $1,000 to defray costs of travel and lodging at the conference. The winner will be announced in August 2017 for attendance at the APG PMC 2017, which will take place near Washington, DC, on 29 September to 1 October 2017.

“Genealogy is not just your grandmother’s hobby anymore!” said Billie Stone Fogarty, APG President. “It is now an exciting field for the young professional and APG is proud to highlight the outstanding newcomers to our field with this scholarship to the conference designed by and for the professional genealogist.”

APG Young Professional Scholarship Eligibility and Application Details

Eligible applicants are any current or aspiring genealogy professional between the ages of 18 and 29 as of 1 January of 2017. You may apply for yourself, or on behalf of a worthy candidate.

Applications should contain the following: name; address; primary contact phone number; email address; school name and/or school address (if applicable); list of extracurricular activities (including student organizations and volunteer activities); a general letter of recommendation; a letter of recommendation from an individual who has witnessed the applicants interest in genealogy; and short answers (500 to 750 words) to two questions. The questions are:

1) Discuss a specific record collection, media, digital source or other resource that has significantly changed your perspective about family history or research strategy along with the pros and cons of that record source, and how you used it to resolve a genealogical problem.

2) What do you envision a genealogical career will encompass in the next five years and how do you see yourself involved then?

The application is available online at http://apgen.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/YPS_Application_Form.pdf, or by contacting the APG office. Applications should be submitted to the APG office by 15 July 2017 in PDF format to Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, APG Executive Director, admin@apgen.org.

Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG
Executive Director

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