Someday you could sleep with the fishes. That’s not a line from The Godfather. In this case, it means you could spend eternity in an underwater cemetery.
Located in the Atlantic Ocean, 3.25 miles east of Key Biscayne, Florida, the Neptune Memorial Reef was created in 2007 by cremation-services provider the Neptune Society. The reef is designed to attract fish and to promote the growth of coral and marine organisms. The goal is to “create life… after life.”
Save your pedigree charts. They may be valuable some day! Well, at least one such chart has become valuable. Of course, it is 23 feet long, was written on calfskin in the 1500s, written in Latin, and describes the genealogy of the Kings of England. It is believed be one of only 13 left in the world, and the only one currently available on the open market.
The scroll charts royalty from the legends of Hely and Cassilbellan in the first century BC right up until the end of the Wars of the Roses in 1485, with specific mention of King Richard III.
You can read more at http://goo.gl/BeXXe3.
State Representative David R. Leitch has introduced a bill in the State of Illinois’ 99th General Assembly that provides that owners of private property on which a landlocked grave is located have a duty to allow ingress and egress to the grave by:
- family members and descendants of deceased persons buried there;
- any cemetery plot owner; and
- any person engaging in genealogy research who has given reasonable notice to the owner of record or to the occupant of the property or both.
The Digital Public Library of America is one of the most useful online libraries available today. It is new, having been formed less than two years ago. It is not a genealogy library. Rather, it is a general-purpose library that just happens to have a lot of genealogy material in addition to other topics. The Digital Public Library of America’s mission is to make cultural and scientific works more accessible to the public.
At the time these words are being written, the Digital Public Library of America lists 8,416,553 items from libraries, archives, and museums. A search on the word “genealogy” returns a list of 65,707 items available via the library’s online portal.
The South Okanagan Genealogical Society in Penticton, British Columbia is looking for a new home after 21 years Penticton Museum and Archives. The museum is expanding its own archives and needs the space.
The ideal new space for the society would have a room large enough to house the library, be able to hold workshops with approximately 50 people, be handicap accessible and have access to wi-fi.
FamilySearch Adds More Than 19.2 Million Indexed Records and Images to Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the United States
The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:
FamilySearch adds more than 19.2 million indexed records and images to Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 7,120,120 indexed records and 6,113,876 images from the United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014 collection; the 4,835,296 indexed records from the Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805–2001 collection; and the 314,770 indexed records and 314,770 images from the US, BillionGraves Index collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.
The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:
Over 174,000 new UK, Irish and Australian records as well as 1.6 million Irish newspaper articles have been added to our collection of UK records as part of this week’s Findmypast Friday. This week’s new additions include fascinating UK Trade union records and medical records from the 1832 Manchester Cholera epidemic, new Irish National Roll of Honour records, Australian cemetery transcripts and a selection of Immigration records from the state of Queensland.
The following announcement was written by the folks at Forces War Records about newly-added online records to the organization’s web site at http://www.forces-war-records.co.uk:
Forces War Records has now transcribed a grand 100,000 records from the Military Hospitals Admissions and Discharge Registers WW1 collection. Read on to find out more about a doctor’s life on the Western Front.
Famberry has been mentioned in this newsletter a number of times in the recent past (see http://goo.gl/T7QtoH). Now the company has announced a significant new update:
London, England (February 27th, 2015) Famberry (www.famberry.com), the private collaborative family tree builder, is pleased to announce the release of “Famberry Search”, an interactive search facility that uses key indicators from your family tree to give you the most relevant search results and an opportunity to connect with related family. The more you add to your family tree the better the Famberry Search results.
Several genealogy cruises take place every year. Cruising genealogists get to enjoy courses, software demonstrations, “how to” presentations describing the latest genealogy techniques, good food, gorgeous scenery, and adventurous shore excursions. What could be better?
Occasionally we hear claims that interest in genealogy is declining. These claims are based on the fact that attendance at some genealogy conferences is less than that of a few years ago. Yet everywhere else we look, we see proof of the opposite. The combined RootsTech and Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences attracted about 22,500 people this year. While it is held in the “genealogy Mecca” of Salt Lake City, that’s not bad for a mid-winter event! Who Do You Think You Are? Live! held in England every year typically attracts close to 15,000 attendees. The accompanying Who Do You Think You Are? television series about genealogy is popular in several countries around the world. Genealogy Roadshow and Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. are U.S. television shows that also attract millions of viewers.
Thousands of genealogy web sites also attest to the current level of interest. The number of genealogy programs available for mobile computing devices is increasing faster than ever before, and the latest growth is in cloud-based genealogy programs. Several of the software producers are reporting record sales. Finally, genealogy “theme cruises” attract more and more people every year.
I’d say that genealogy is alive and more popular than ever!
Pete Hill’s baseball legacy can be summed up among the 75 words inscribed on his Hall of Fame plaque in Cooperstown. Listed among his career accomplishments, Hill is characterized as a left-handed line drive hitter with exceptional bat control who hit to all fields and who roamed centerfield with a combination of speed, range and a rifle arm.
During his career with the Philadelphia Giants, Leland Giants, Chicago American Giants, Detroit Stars, Milwaukee Bears and Baltimore Black Sox in the old Negro Leagues, Hill became known as one of baseball’s most consistent hitters. While playing with Detroit in 1919, Hill clubbed 28 home runs – one shy of the number Babe Ruth had hit while playing in more games.
Fisher is the primary person behind Extreme Genes Family History Radio. His popular podcast has thousands of listeners all over the world. The latest episode features interviews with myself and with Mark Donnelly.
I talked about recent experiences at the combined RootsTech and FGS conferences with about 22,500 attendees.
Mark recently broke through a genealogy “brick wall” about a man who changed his name in the 1890s and his descendants had no clue as to his true name. Mark used DNA to find the man’s true name. That sounds impossible but listen to the Extreme Genes podcast to learn how Mark did just that.
A new genealogy corporation in Ireland has been launched. It is the product of a partnership between Eneclann, Ireland’s largest historical and genealogical research company, and Heirs Ireland, an internationally recognized probate genealogy firm. Irish Probate Genealogy Partners’ business goal is to provide comprehensive services to the legal profession.
Today’s announcement states:
Irish Probate Genealogy Partners have over 60 years combined experience legal, title and probate research, which includes:
A couple of newsletter readers have asked, “How can I have my genealogy brickwall researched by the folks at Genealogy Roadshow on PBS?” Now you may have an answer.
The producers of Genealogy Roadshow are looking for people to be on Season 3 of the show and applications are being accepted. Obviously, not everyone can be accepted. I am guessing the producers will select candidates who have the most interesting challenges. In any case, you won’t know unless you apply!
The following announcement was written by the organizers of the New England Regional Genealogical Conference:
Nearly 1,000 genealogists from around New England and beyond are making plans to attend the largest biennial genealogical conference in the northeast.
Save $30 with early bird registration.
Join the New England Genealogical Consortium, Inc in their 13th biennial conference which is being held April 15-18, 2015 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island.
StoryPress Partners with Findmypast to Bring Family History to Life Through the Power of Storytelling
The following press release was written by the folks at StoryPress:
AUSTIN, TX, February 24, 2015 — StoryPress Inc today announced a partnership with UK-based Findmypast, to make their market-leading storytelling platform available to Findmypast’s global audience of family historians. StoryPress makes it incredibly simple for anybody to create rich and powerful stories either for themselves, or to share with the world.
Under the terms of the partnership, StoryPress and Findmypast have been working together to create Story Guides specifically aimed at helping users bring their family history to life using audio, images and video.
One of the largest family history events held every year is the Who Do You Think You Are? Live! show, often abbreviated as WDYTYAL. It is normally held in London but the 2015 event is moving to Birmingham and will be held from April 16 to 18. I plan to be there and expect more than ten thousand other genealogists will be there as well.
Inspired by the very popular Who Do You Think You Are? TV series, the show will offer expert advice to help you uncover more information about your ancestors. While the focus obviously is on UK ancestry, genealogy records and advice can be found for many other countries as well. For instance, the Families In British India Society (FIBIS) always has a large and active exhibit. In the past, I have also seen exhibits from genealogy organizations devoted to German, Polish, Italian, and other ethnic origins.
I love Google Books! There are great finds there for genealogists and for many other interests as well. Newsletter reader Barbara Ulus sent information about her latest find, one that will interest any genealogist with ancestors living in New York City in 1919. Barbara writes:
“I’ve come across a free book on Google, which you may or may not know of, that lists the name, address and political party of all voters in the boroughs of NYC for 1919. Seems to list many more people than I found searching on the census. I guess people didn’t trust giving info to the census takers but most men wanted to vote as soon as they were able to.”
This sounds like a great offering. RootsMOOC is open to the first 5,000 learners and enrollment is well on its way. “MOOC” is an abbreviation for “massive open online course.” The following is a description from the RootsMOOC web site:
RootsMOOC is a free, open, online course and a friendly introduction to family history research in the U.S. using commonly available sources. The staff at the State Library of North Carolina’s Government and Heritage Library will help you learn about the most useful sources, tools, and techniques for getting your research off the ground. By the time you’re finished with this course, you’ll have a good start on your own genealogy research and you will know how and where to keep digging.
Participants in this course will have the opportunity to complete an ancestor chart, conduct interviews with family members, and share their own research progress with fellow participants. You’ll be challenged to go beyond the sources that are available online, identify local genealogy societies and libraries in your area, and connect with experts who can help you wherever your search takes you.
The Canadian division of Ancestry has launched a fascinating new collection of Quaker records, the Canadian Quaker Yearly Meeting Minutes, 1836-1988, VI collection, a database containing records from Quaker meetings in Canada.
The Quakers, a longstanding religious society of friends that believed in a strong, personal experience with God, would hold yearly meetings with the top members of the society. This database is made up of more than 184,000 records from several Quaker meetings that took place in Canada. The records come from the Canadian Yearly Meeting Archives in Newmarket, Ontario.