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Friday, March 22, 2013
Genealogy News Corral: RootsTech 2013 Edition
Posted by Diane
Because the genealogy world has turned its eyes to Salt Lake City
and FamilySearch's RootsTech
conference, this edition of the Genealogy News Corral focuses on
news from the conference.
- In his keynote talk this morning, Ancestry.com president Tim
Sullivan made several announcements:
Over the next five years,
Ancestry.com will commit at least $100 million to digitize
and index new content.
Over the next three years,
Ancestry.com and FamilySearch will collaborate to digitize
and index 140 million+ pages of US probate records spanning
1800 to 1930. He called this the organizations' "most
ambitious collaboration" yet, and added the caveat that
permission to put records online must be negotiated with
repositories holding these records.
Ancestry.com is about to release new version of its iPhone
iPad app with enhanced social media sharing, the ability to
compare trees and other features. A third of new Ancestry.com
registrants are through the site's mobile apps (there's also
one for Android), and half of users over last 2 months come to
Ancestry.com through a mobile device.
The Ancestry DNA database contains 120,000 DNA samples and
has delivered more than 2 million fourth cousin relationships.
To increase the size of the database, the price of the test
will be lowered to $99, whether or not you're a subscriber.
(Update: Sullivan didn't include this in his keynote, but Ancestry.com has announced that test-takers can now download their raw DNA data.)
- In addition to a new logo unveiled to RootsTech official
bloggers, FamilySearch will redesign its website with an emphasis
on photos, as a way to engage more people. It'll also add a fan
chart view to its online Family Tree program. Blogger Renee Zamora has lots of details on the
information presented during the dinner.
- According to the
Ancestry Insider, who attended Wednesday's dinner for the
bloggers, FamilySearch is experimenting with broadcasting
sessions to 16 satellite locations in seven countries (with
translation where necessary). If successful, next year the
number will be expanded to 600 locations. That increases to
potential reach of the conference to 120,000 people.
FamilySearch | Genealogy Events | RootsTech
Friday, March 22, 2013 1:43:20 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Thursday, March 21, 2013
FamilySearch News From RootsTech
Posted by Diane
conference is going on now through Saturday in Salt Lake City, and
FamilySearch is taking the opportunity to make some
- More than 6,700 people were pre-registered for RootsTech,
which is huge for a US genealogy conference. The number is
helped by the conference's location in Salt Lake City, home to
the Family History Library and to many members of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for whom researching
genealogy is a religious calling.
- About 2,000 teenagers signed up for a youth program on
- FamilySearch will soon be available in nine languages for
access by more people around the world. This is consistent with
the organization's increasing focus on historical records from
places besides the United States.
More RootsTech news to come!
Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:42:34 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Discover the Best Websites for Irish Genealogy Research
Posted by Diane
Having a hard time making progress with your Irish genealogy search?
Maybe you're not looking in the right places. Our March 28 webinar,
Irish Genealogy Websites, will help you find ancestors using
websites that provide key resources for Irish research.
In this sneak peek video, Irish genealogy expert Donna Moughty talks about Irish
civil registrations and the indexes on the
free FamilySearch.org, as
well as other sites.
Irish Genealogy Websites webinar is Thursday, March 28, at 7
p.m. ET (that's 6 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. MT and 4 p.m. PT). Attendees have
the opportunity to ask Donna your Irish genealogy questions during
the Q&A session. They'll also receive a copy of our Irish
research guide, a PDF of the presentation slides, and a link to view
the presentation again as many times as they want.
here for our Best Irish Genealogy Websites webinar.
Editor's Pick | UK and Irish roots | Webinars
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 3:59:54 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
What's New and Notable at RootsTech 2013
Posted by Diane
Genealogists are flocking to Salt Lake City this week for
FamilySearch's third annual RootsTech
conference, March 21-23. What's notable and new about the conference
Glad you asked—there's even something for the folks stuck at home:
- The RootsTech expo hall, which is free to the public, is 40
percent bigger this year. It includes opportunities to get
research help in a FamilySearch mini-lab, have a photo or album
digitized, get a large family tree printout, and receive a free
copy of Family Tree
Magazine (when you stop by our booth, tell Tyler,
our online community editor, that I said hi).
- RootsTech attendees can register for just the Getting Started
track of classes for $19 for one day or $39 for three days.
- A Developer Day
on Friday will consolidate the presentations geared toward
creators of genealogy technology tools.
- We know of two scavenger hunts occurring in
conjunction with the conference—RootsMagic's
scavenger hunt includes an at-home component for those not
at RootsTech, and the Heirloom Registry
will hold a conference hall version of its online scavenger hunt
from a few weeks ago.
FamilySearch | Genealogy Events
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 11:31:05 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Monday, March 18, 2013
Spring Clearance Sale at ShopFamilyTree.com
Posted by Diane
Who doesn't love a good clearance sale? I sure do. And a genealogy
clearance sale is even better.
We just happen to be having
one at ShopFamilyTree.com. Through tomorrow, March 19, you can
get 30 to 50 percent off a ton of genealogy goodies, including our:
Time to go shopping! Click
here to see everything in our ShopFamilyTree.com Spring Clearance
Monday, March 18, 2013 3:08:25 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Family Tree eBooks Giveaway Winner!
Posted by Diane
Congratulations to Joyce Shepard of Bedford, Ind., who won our
Family Tree eBooks subscription giveaway! She'll enjoy a year
of access to our digital
library of genealogy how-to books and Family Tree Magazine issues.
Looking for more opportunities to win? Check out our Irish
Ancestry Photo Contest—share a picture of your Irish
ancestors, and you could win a download of our video class Finding
Ancestral Clues in Irish Census Records.
here to submit your photo—the deadline is March 26, 2013.
Genealogy books | UK and Irish roots
Monday, March 18, 2013 8:21:29 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Friday, March 15, 2013
Genealogy News Corral, March 11-15
Posted by Diane
- RootsTech, the
FamilySearch genealogy conference taking place in Salt Lake City
March 21-23, has announced its lineup of 13 sessions you can
watch free online. They include the opening day keynote by
FamilySearch CEO Dennis Brimhall and storyteller Sid Lieberman;
Researching Ancestors Online with Laura Prescott; and From Paper
Piles to Digital Files by Valerie Elkins.
here to see the list of sessions that will livestream and the
times you can watch (note that you'll need to translate the
times from Mountain Daylight Time to your own time zone).
- The Irish Genealogical Research Society has launched a new
that broadens access to resources from the group's library. The
public area of the website offers resources
including a fragment of the 1871 census for the parish of
Drumcondra, County Meath, a database of Irish marriage records
- FamilySearch has added 1.7 million indexed records and record
images to collections from Australia, Austria, China, Dominican
Republic, England, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, New Zealand,
Paraguay, Peru and the United States. US records come from
Arizona, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, North Carolina
the list of updated collections here and click to search or
browse them for free on FamilySearch.org.
FamilySearch | Genealogy Events | Genealogy societies | UK and Irish roots
Friday, March 15, 2013 3:28:54 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Ancestry.com, Origins.net Offer Free (for a Limited Time) Genealogy Databases
Posted by Diane
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, two genealogy websites are offering
free records for a limited time. Note that you'll need to set up a
free account with each site in order to view your search results:
UK and Irish genealogy website Origins.net is offering access to its
of Irish directories from March 16 until March 18 at midnight
GMT (that's about 8 p.m. ET in the United States). Recently added is
Thom's Irish Almanac and Official Directory for 1845 to 1900. You
could learn the person's exact occupation, as well as address and
parish of residence. Note that the most "disadvantaged"
classes—small tenant farmers, landless labourers and servants—are
usually absent from these directories. Learn
more about Origins.net's Irish Directories collection and start
- Ancestry.com is opening up its US passenger
lists and border-crossing records through March 17—search here
whether your ancestors came from Ireland or elsewhere. The search
here initially netted zero results for my name search on Edward
Norris born in 1827, but after I clicked Edit Search to bring up the advanced search window, and then clicked Search again, it worked.
Ancestry.com | Free Databases | Genealogy Web Sites | immigration records | UK and Irish roots
Friday, March 15, 2013 9:28:52 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Irish Ancestors Photo Contest
Posted by Diane
Do you have Irish roots? Show them off! Share
a photo (or photos) of your Irish ancestors with us, and you
could win a free download of our half-hour video class Finding
Ancestral Clues in Irish Census Records. We'll also feature
the winning photo here on the Genealogy Insider blog.
Library of Congress, LC-DIG-nclc-05036
here to submit your photo online. For publication purposes,
please tell us who's in the photo, when it was taken and the
occasion for the photo (if you know).
The submission deadline is
March 26, 2013. Our staff will choose one favorite picture from all
the photos we receive. The winner will be notified by email and
announced on the Genealogy Insider blog no later than April 4.
Genealogy fun | UK and Irish roots
Friday, March 15, 2013 7:54:56 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Best Records for Female Ancestors
Posted by Diane
Are you searching for female ancestors? I hope so! This is my own
great-grandmother with my grandma in the 1920s:
Although we're giving lots of attention to Irish roots this week, we
haven't forgotten that March is also Women's History Month.
This rundown of the best genealogy records for finding the women in
your family tree comes from this
Ultimate Collection: Tracing Female Ancestors.
- Cemetery records: Check the woman’s tombstone and
note surrounding ones, which may belong to her family.
- Church records: Witnesses on a woman’s or her
children’s religious records may be her relatives.
- Court records: Women typically didn’t leave wills (in
many times and places, married women legally couldn't), though a
widowed or unmarried woman may have. Your female ancestor or her
relatives may be named in her father’s or husband’s will. Also
check divorce records, which may have been filed even if a
divorce wasn’t granted.
- Home sources: Examine letters, needlework and quilts,
recipe books, address books, baby books, wedding albums, Bibles
and calenders for names of—and details about—female
- Land records: Women rarely owned land but may be named
in deeds. A married woman may have signed a release of dower
when her husband sold land. Those selling land to a couple,
especially for a small sum, may be the woman’s relatives. Also
consider that the neighbors may be her family.
- Marriage records: These might include a license,
certificate, return, church register, banns, bond or newspaper
- Military pensions: A woman could file for a military
pension when her husband or unmarried son died of war-related
injuries. Widows had to send marriage records to prove the
- Naturalizations: Until 1922, wives automatically became
naturalized when their husbands did. Unmarried women rarely
sought naturalization. Post-1922, look for separate records for
- Newspapers: Pay special attention to society columns,
announcements of births, engagements or anniversaries, and
Female Ancestors Collection gives you a 63 percent discount on
our best tools for learning more about the women in your family
tree. It includes:
- Vital records: A woman’s death record may name her
father (later records are more detailed). Birth records often
give the mother’s maiden name.
Start searching for your grandmothers,
great-great-grandmothers, aunts and other female relatives. Click
to learn more about this Ultimate Collection!
- Finding Female Ancestors Family Tree University Independent
Study Course from Family Tree University
- Secrets to Tracing Female Ancestors video class
- Research Strategies: Female Ancestors 7-page digital download
- Female Ancestors Cheat Sheet
- The Hidden Half of Family: A Sourcebook for Women's
Genealogy by Christina K. Schaefer (Genealogical
Thursday, March 14, 2013 6:10:17 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)