Atavus, Inc. has just announced an improvement to the company’s product, rootstrust is now interoperable with Evernote®. This should interest many genealogists as rootstrust is now interoperable with Evernote® now works with Evernote, a very popular product amongst genealogists.
The following announcement was written by Atavus, Inc.:
Atavus, Inc. announces that its multiplatform genealogy program, rootstrust, now supports interoperability with Evernote. In the latest version of rootstrust, users can optionally use Evernote as a primary or secondary repository for imported files and website links.
Evernote is a multiplatform app for taking, organizing and archiving notes where a ‘note’ can be virtually any file or website link. To take advantage of this interoperability between rootstrust and Evernote, you must first have an Evernote account. You can start with a free account and upgrade to a Plus account or to a Premium account, as you require more storage space. Windows and Mac OS users also need to download and install the free Evernote client program for their operating system. Since there is no Evernote client available for Linux, rootstrust will soon (next release) provide its Linux users with an Evernote-like extension to rootstrust.
New York City Department of Health Proposes Adoption of 125 Years for Birth Records 50 Years for Death Records Embargoes
Here is another attempt to lock up records for many year, records that legally are in the public domain. The following announcement was written by the New York City Department of Health:
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is proposing a schedule of when the Board of Health can make birth and death records available and transfer then to the NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS). The Municipal Archives is within DORIS. The proposal is to place embargo periods for birth records for 125 years from date of birth and 75 years from date of death. This is similar to the 2011 Model Vital Records Act which imposes a 125 year embargo on birth records, 75 years for death, and 100 years for marriage records. The proposal is also asking for input for a 50 year vs 75 year embargo for death for those involved with family history. In New York City marriage records are under the City Clerk’s Office, not the Department of Health, and therefore marriage records are not included in this New York City Department of Health proposal.
Records currently at DORIS (birth records up to 1909 and death records to 1949) are not affected by the proposed rule.
The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:
TheGenealogist has added over 1.1 million individuals to its parish record collection covering the county of Sussex. Published In association with The Parish Record Transcription Society, this first tranche of records will be followed by more releases in the near future.
This new release covers individual records of:
- 717,000 Baptisms
- 213,000 Marriages
- 208,000 Burials
The Parish Record Transcription Society (PRTSoc) have worked with TheGenealogist and S&N to publish their records online, making over 1.1 million individuals from baptism, marriage and burial records fully searchable:
A new free-to-use website of convict records going back two centuries is launched in Liverpool, England. From an article by Bill Gleeson in The Echo:
“A new website will allow genealogists and family historians to discover the fate of ancestors convicted of crimes and transported overseas.
“The free-to-use website draws on over 4m court records and uncovers how punishment affected the lives of tens of thousands of people convicted of crimes at the Old Bailey between 1780 and 1925. The project to create the website was led by academics at The University of Liverpool.
“The records reveal a vast amount of information, such as the names, year and place of birth, previous offences, height, eye colour and whether the convict could read or write. The records also show details of the crimes, who pressed the charges, and, if they were transported, the name of the ship and the penal colony to which they were sent.
The following pages have recently been updated in the Calendar of Genealogy Events:
Online Webinars, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, New York, Oregon, and Texas
Some of the above changes may have been deletions of past events.
All information in the Calendar of Events is contributed by YOU and by other genealogists. You can directly add information to the Calendar about your local genealogy event.
The following announcement was written by Findmypast:
There are over 650,000 new records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:
Herefordshire Baptisms contains over 229,000 transcripts of original parish baptism registers. The collection dates back to the early 1500s and covers more than 240 parishes across the county. Some of the records have been created by the Leintwardine History Society from original documents and the rest come from FamilySearch’s International Genealogical Index. Early records, especially from the 16th and 17th centuries, noted only a few facts about the event. Later records will include more biographical details. Most will reveal your ancestor’s name, birth year, residence, baptism date, baptism place and parent’s names.
The following announcement was written by the organizers of the 2017 Ukrainian Genealogy Conference:
The 4th Annual Nashi Predky Fall Conference – Unlock Your Heritage: Discover Your Ancestry – will span two days, including a full-day dedicated to DNA & Eastern European Ancestry.
Join 70+ fellow genealogists from Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Poland on October 6-7, 2017 for an event which features internationally known experts in Eastern European genealogy, and a workshop on Using Cadastral Maps. In addition to the presentations, the event will have vendors and cultural displays, and an ethnic food buffet luncheon with extended networking time during the lunch break.
I have written previously about rootstrust, a genealogy program for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. (You can see one of my earlier articles at http://bit.ly/2y19Bff.) Now the folks at Atavus have still another operating system: Chromebooks, the low-cost laptop and desktop computers.
The following announcement was written by the folks at Atavus:
Last year Atavus reported that rootstrust can run on a Chromebook via a virtual computer system that you must subscribe to for a monthly fee. Paperspace, MacInCloud and Frame are virtual systems that rootstrust is compatible with. Now Atavus is pleased to announce that rootstrust runs natively on GalliumOS, a free Linux variant developed specifically for the Chromebook. A Chromebook can be configured for dual booting which means that the user selects either ChromeOS or GalliumOS when the device is powered on.
This sounds like a ping-pong game. Ancestry first went public in 2009 on the NASDAQ Exchange with the ticker ACOM in a $100 million IPO. The company later went private through a $1.6 billion private equity acquisition in 2012 and was valued at $2.6 billion in an investment round last year. In June of this year, Ancestry said it had filed paperwork to go public once again.
Now Tim Sullivan has announced he is stepping down from the Ancestry CEO position and will instead become Chairman of the Board. (See the announcement published yesterday in this newsletter at http://bit.ly/2w5Xq4g.) In a related move, Sullivan also said that the recently-announced IPO will now be delayed.
The assumption can be made that the Board of Directors decided to wait until a new CEO is named and then will let him or her drive the IPO effort.
The following announcement was written by the Ontario Genealogical Society:
The Ontario Genealogical Society is currently accepting proposals for our monthly 2018 Webinar Series.
Topics of Interest
We invite proposals on a wide range of topics, in particular:
- Technology and Tools
- Research and Methodology
- Organization and Storage of Research, Documents and Heirlooms
- Research in the Country of Origin (i.e. England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, France etc.)
- Comparison of Genealogical Websites
- Writing and Publishing Family Research
The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
Do you think your family photographs, home videos, and digital images of your genealogy documents are safe because you stored them on CD or DVD disks? Think again.
Here are pictures of two CDs that were stored by one of my family members. Both disks are less than two years old:
Notice the “flaking” in the metallic foil along the lower edge of the above disk. This music disk is now unplayable.
The second image is a bit more subtle, so I drew red arrows to point to the problems. Notice the two “holes” in the metallic foil of the disk. This particular disk still works today until the laser encounters one of the holes. Then it aborts. The remaining data or music is lost.
Do your disks have these problems? If they do not yet have the problems, will they develop similar problems in the near future? Many CD and DVD disks are going to suffer similar fates.
In a strange coincidence, two of the larger providers of genealogy information have announced new CEOs this morning:
Ancestry CEO Tim Sullivan is stepping down to become Chairman of the Board and is being replaced temporarily by the company’s CFO/COO Howard Hochhauser. The Ancestry Board of Directors is conducting an external search for CEO candidates.
FindmyPast has been operating for some time with an interim CEO but has now announced the appointment of Tamsin Todd to guide the company into the future. Former interim CEO, Jay Verkler, has been appointed Chairman of the Board.
What does this mean to the genealogy business and to individual genealogists? I have no idea. My crystal ball was sent out for polishing some time ago. However, I suspect there will be very few changes in the immediate future, to be followed by some major shifts in business plans and operations in 2018 and beyond. I would not be surprised to read about future acquisitions, mergers, and cooperative partnerships amongst the 4 or 5 largest players in this industry.
This should be fun to watch!
The following announcement was written by FindMyPast:
Findmypast strengthens its management team with two key appointments – Tamsin Todd, an experienced digital and ecommerce leader, takes over as CEO and Jay Verkler, former interim CEO, has been appointed Chairman of the Board
London, September 12th 2017
Findmypast has named Tamsin Todd as new CEO. Tamsin has worked in the travel, retail and technology sectors, and brings a track record of leading successful growth businesses. She spent the early part of her career at Amazon and then Microsoft, where she led the introduction of ecommerce and search products into UK and Europe. This was followed by stints as Head of Ecommerce at Betfair, and Managing Director of TUI-owned Crystal Ski Holidays. She joins Findmypast from Addison Lee, where she was Chief Customer Officer of Europe’s largest car service company. Tamsin lives in London with her family, and is Digital Trustee of the Imperial War Museums.
Major news within the genealogy business community! The following announcement was released this morning by Ancestry:
Company CFO/COO Howard Hochhauser Named Interim CEO
LEHI, Utah, Sept. 12, 2017 — Ancestry today announced that, after twelve years of leading the company, Chief Executive Officer, Tim Sullivan is stepping down and will transition to Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors, effective October 1. In his time as CEO, Sullivan has built the company into the recognized world leader in family history, overseen its transformation into the world’s largest consumer genomics provider, and grown revenues to what is expected to be in excess of $1 billion for the full year 2017. Howard Hochhauser, the company’s Chief Financial Officer since 2009 and Chief Operating Officer since 2012, will assume the role of interim CEO as the company conducts a search for a permanent replacement.
I mentioned this briefly in an article last week at http://bit.ly/2gVcoQs. Now Go Ahead Tours has released an announcement that contains many more details:
This unique portfolio of tours will offer experiences that will take travelers on a journey into their personal histories
September 11, 2017 (CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS) – Go Ahead Tours and Ancestry today announced a new portfolio of tours that will take travelers on a journey into their personal histories. These exciting trips combine Ancestry’s proprietary DNA technology and access to expert Genealogists with Go Ahead’s high-quality international travel experiences. The new portfolio of heritage trips will launch this fall with itineraries in 2018 to Ireland, Italy, and Germany. New tours featuring additional destinations will be announced in early 2018 with first departures in 2019.
“We are thrilled to team up with Ancestry to introduce this special way for travelers to experience a destination in a new light,” said David Henry, VP of Marketing at Go Ahead. “So many of our customers travel to connect with their heritage, and this was our inspiration to collaborate with the team at Ancestry. These trips will help our customers explore their family story with even greater insight and visit the places where their ancestors once walked.”
The following announcement was written by the Board for Certification of Genealogists:
Returning for another three-year term as trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists are:
- Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG, of Chicago, Illinois. Board-certified since 1999, she has served as BCG Treasurer from 2010 to 2014, and President from 2014 to 2017. Bloom is a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories. In her previous career she was a banker and a financial planning analyst.
- Stefani Evans, CG, of Las Vegas, Nevada. Board-certified in 2005 and elected as a trustee in 2011, she currently serves as BCG Vice President and co-chair of the conference committee. She previously served as a BCG Education Fund Trustee, a director of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), and conference chair for the NGS 2013 Family History Conference. Evans is a Doctoral candidate in the History of the North American West at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
- Nancy A. Peters, CG, of Aiken, South Carolina. Board-certified in 2011, she has served as a BCG trustee and as the editor of OnBoard since 2014. As a full-time genealogist, her client work, genealogical publications, and classroom instruction focus on solving complex kinship and identity problems. In her previous career, Peters had her own consulting practice—designing, developing, and instructing software training courses for corporate clients.
Joining them are two newly elected trustees: