Category Archives: Genealogy News

Genealogy World, January 14th – 18th

Saving Memories Forever has launched its new free Android app designed to make interviewing and preserving stories through audio recordings even easier. The technology allows users to build story archives they can share and manage through the company’s website. Archives.com has expanded its US Vital Records Collection to include 58 million records covering birth, death and marriage information for… Read More »

Genealogy World, January 7th – 11th

Ancestry.com has updated its 1850 US census collections (correcting some Indiana birth places that were keyed incorrectly) and its City Directories. In addition, Ancestry continues with its indexing of information for the 1940 US census to make it more complete. The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), an independent certifying body recognized nationally and internationally since 1964, recently joined the… Read More »

FamilySearch Increasing Camera Operations by 60%

The Church News of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently ran an article about record preservation missionaries manning cameras for FamilySearch. (FamilySearch is wholly owned and operated by the Church.) Here’s information and quotes from the article. FamilySearch has 200 teams in 45 countries capturing digital photographs of historical records, according to… Read More »

The Lives of Our Immigrant Ancestors

What was it like to come to America in the late 1800s or early 1900s? Wouldn’t it have been nice if our ancestors kept detailed journals of their voyages to the United States. How did they cope with a new language? Did they get sick on the ship? How long did it take them to… Read More »

Genealogy World, December 17th – 21st

Findmypast.com, a UK-based website specializing in British genealogical records, recently added 31 million new records spanning 38 US, UK, Irish and Australian collections. Included are British Army service and pension records spanning 1760-1902 from two British hospitals, as well the War Office; US military records, including Korean War POWs and casualties, and Vietnam War casualties;… Read More »

Free Access to 30 Ancestry.com 2012 Collections

Hope you had a wonderful holiday! Just to let you know that Ancestry.com is providing free access to 30 collections through Saturday, Dec. 29. More than 300 million select records from the collections added or updated to Ancestry.com this year are available, including the 1940 United States Federal Census. To access the records, visit Ancestry.com/2012. Happy searching!

FamilySearch Adds Large Updates to New York Land Records and New Czech Republic Church Books Collections

FamilySearch added an additional 16.8 million new, free indexed records and images this week to its collection. Notable additions include the 8,129,310 records for the New York, United States, Land Records from 1630-1975, the 1,430,177 added to the new Czech Republic Church Books collection from 1552-1948, and the 749,109 added to the Quebec, Canada, Notarial Records collection… Read More »

Genealogy World, December 10th – 14th

The Illinois State Genealogical Society has raised more than $40,000 during its War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge. ISGS announced its $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge on June 18, the 200th anniversary of the declaration of the War of 1812, and committed to matching any contribution up to the first $10,000 made to the project.… Read More »

Family Tree Service on FamilySearch.org is Coming to All Users

Within the next few months, FamilySearch will introduce Family Tree. The first of many updates planned for FamilySearch.org, Family Tree will bring collaborative web tools together with the resources of the world’s largest genealogy organization to create a free and engaging way to discover, preserve, and share your family history. Watch a special introductory video that covers… Read More »

Genealogy World, November 26-30

This week’s big news is MyHeritage’s acquisition of Geni. MyHeritage, the popular online family history network, announced that it has acquired Geni.com, a pioneer in collaborative family tree building with its focus on creating the World Family Tree.The acquisition extends MyHeritage’s network to 72 million registered users, 1.5 billion profiles and 27 million family trees internationally. Geni.com will… Read More »

Genealogy World, November 12-16

The Library of Congress commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with “The Civil War in America,” a free exhibition revealing the complexity of the war through those who experienced it firsthand. More than 200 items, many of which have never been seen by the public, are featured in the exhibition that will be open through… Read More »

Genealogy World, November 5-9

Here is some interesting tidbits going on in the genealogy world: The University of Indianapolis is teaming up with Ancestry.com in a first-of-its-kind initiative to encourage its students to explore and reflect on how their family history impacts their identity. All UIndy students, faculty and staff have been granted access to all Ancestry.com content available from computers and… Read More »