Announcements Now Supports Adoption is a very popular genealogy web site with many features. However, it is best known for showing how people are connected to one another. The term “connected” is not restricted to blood relatives. In’s definition, people are connected via marriage and by in-law relationships as well as by bloodlines. Now the company has added adoptees to show people as part of “the family.” I suspect most adoptees will agree with that definition.

Here is the announcement from

Today we are delighted to announce a long awaited new feature on Geni – adoption! We are releasing a great enhancement to the family tree that will allow you to show adoptive, foster and biological parent relationships when viewing your family on Geni.

ProGen Study Group Names New Administrator

The following announcement was written by the the folks at the ProGen Study Program:

Laurel, Maryland: December 29, 2014

For the past six years Angela Packer McGhie has served as the administrator of the ProGen Study Program. She has encouraged genealogists to study Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers and Librarians, edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills, by organizing online groups to work through the book, completing practical exercises and discussing each topic. At the end of 2014, Angela McGhie will transition to a position on the board of directors of the ProGen Study Group.

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG has been named as the new administrator of the ProGen Study Program, and will begin her service on January 1, 2015. Rebecca has completed the ProGen program, served as a group coordinator, and is well prepared to take over leadership of the ProGen Study Program.

Announcement: The Surname Society

A new society has just been announced: The Surname Society. It sounds like a competitor to the already-existing Guild of One-Name Studies. It should be interesting to see if the new organization grows and becomes popular.

Here is the announcement:


The founder members are delighted to announce the launch of The Surname Society – the online society for individuals, groups and associations with an interest in surname studies, regardless of their location in the world, the surname they are studying, or their level of research expertise.

Focusing on single surname studies, the society meets the needs of researchers in the world of family history and genealogy as it evolves in the 21st century. The Surname Society’s vision is to connect like-minded people by providing facilities which enable members to share knowledge, data and good practice with others. The society allows members to register both worldwide and limited studies and is entirely online. Collaboration is facilitated and encouraged as it is the core ethos of The Surname Society.

Familyfunding Aims to Put Professional Genealogy Within Reach

The following announcement was written by Legacy Tree Genealogists:

Hiring professional help is considered too costly for many seeking to learn about their ancestors. Genealogy firm, Legacy Tree Genealogists, seeks change.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — November 6, 2014 — This week Legacy Tree Genealogists revealed their aim to make professional research affordable to all through familyfunding(TM), which leverages social media to allow family and friends to easily pool resources and contribute to the costs of family history research. This type of funding, often referred to as crowdfunding or fundraising, is becoming more and more common, and streamlining it for professional genealogy just makes sense.

U.S. Version of “Who Do You Think You Are?” Receives Primetime Emmy Nomination

The following announcement was written by the TLC Network:

TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? was honored with its second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Structured Reality Program for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. The series takes some of the most well-known names in America on a journey into their personal family histories, mining their surprising pasts to reveal unknown details about themselves and their families. The featured celebrity contributors share how the eye-opening revelations they uncover about their backgrounds impact their lives today.

MyHeritage Will Offer Free Access to Military Records over the Memorial Day Weekend

In honor of Memorial Day, MyHeritage is offering FREE access to millions of US military records. The free access will be available to search from May 23 to May 26.

Military records are valuable resources that provide insight into the lives of those who have served in the armed forces, as well as their families. With these records, users can learn about their ancestors and honor their memory and service to their country.

MyHeritage has created a special search page for the military collections that will be free over the Memorial Day weekend:

Guy Berthiaume Appointed as Librarian and Archivist of Canada

Library and Archives Canada has seen a lot of internal turmoil in the past year or two. Some of the problems were described in my earlier articles. You can find those articles by starting at New leadership has now been announced and the new Librarian and Archivist of Canada will (hopefully) bring stability to the agency.

The following was written by the Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages:

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover today announced the appointment of Guy Berthiaume as Librarian and Archivist of Canada for a term of five years, effective June 23, 2014.


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