Announcements

Québec City has been Bringing the Era of Our Ancestors to Life for over 20 years at the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France

The following announcement was written by Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) and Canadian Heritage:

QUÉBEC CITY, June 15, 2017 –  – The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Canada Economic Development, and the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, attended the launch of the 2017 programming and took the opportunity to announce their financial support for the Corporation des fêtes historiques de Québec for the 21st edition of the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France. This annual rendezvous with history will be held in the historic district of Old Québec, from August 9 to 13.

Canada Economic Development has invested $750,000 dollars over three years (2015, 2016 and 2017), in the form of a non-repayable contribution, through the Quebec Economic Development Program (QEDP). The funding was used in part to help promote the Fêtes on the Canadian, American and European markets to enhance the area’s tourism outreach and to attract numerous visitors from near and far. The support was also used to develop new tourism experiences with the addition of facilitation spaces and activities related to history, heritage and the St. Lawrence River.

Family ChartMasters Announces a New Genealogy Chart Created for Showing Off DNA Test Results

The following announcement was written by Family ChartMasters:

CEDAR HILLS, Utah – June 9, 2017 – A beautiful new way to display the results of a genetic family history test has been created for the millions of people who are getting to know their ancestors through DNA testing. Family ChartMasters, the genealogy chart printing leader for over 15 years, has designed a new DNA ethnicity chart to help family history enthusiasts show off their genetic heritage.

“We hope that this new chart will help people who have become curious about their genealogy through DNA testing become even more excited about searching out their ancestors,” says owner Janet Hovorka. “At Family ChartMasters we believe that family history can save the world. The more people know about their background, the more they are inspired with civility, gratitude and compassion for other people because they find out we are all more alike than different. We want to help people make that easy to remember every day.”

Honorary Research Fellow Appointed at the University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde is well-known for having a Genealogical Studies programme offering a range of courses from beginner level up to a Masters degree. Now the University has announced a major addition to the staff:

Dr Iain McDonald has been appointed as Honorary Research Fellow in the Genealogical Studies Department, University of Strathclyde.

Iain comes originally from an Aberdonian family, and began his interest in genealogy 15 years ago, whilst trying to identify any family connection to the Lords of the Isles. Unfortunately, there was no connection, but the process led to an avid interest in Scottish genealogy, and the early history and movement of the Scottish people.

By day, Iain is an astrophysicist, working at the University of Manchester. By night, he has been using physical, statistical and mathematical techniques to develop tools, for both conventional and genetic genealogy.

Family History Hosting Announces Free Software Offer

I always like FREE offers but this one is especially attractive. Family History Hosting’s CEO, John Cardinal, is offering a free license for either of the company’s two major products: GedSite or Second Site. The offer can be used when you purchase a any hosting plan from Family History Hosting between now and March 31, 2017. This is an excellent way of placing your genealogy (or your family surname society’s genealogy) on the World Wide Web. Note that this is a limited time offer, as described in this announcement from Family History Hosting:

Limited-time offer: Free web site creation software with purchase of any FHH hosting plan

North Andover, MA – March 21, 2017 – Family History Hosting, LLC  [at] http://www.familyhistoryhosting.com/ is pleased to announce a free software offer: purchase any hosting plan from Family History Hosting between now and March 31, 2017, and receive a free license for either GedSite or Second Site!

“Family History Hosting is a great choice for genealogists who want to publish on the web,” said John Cardinal, CEO and Founder of Family History Hosting. “We provide comprehensive support to eliminate any technical barriers, and combined with GedSite or Second Site, publishing a genealogy project online has never been easier.”

London FamilySearch Centre Microfilm Collection is Transferring to the Society of Genealogists

The following announcement was written by the Society of Genealogists:

The London FamilySearch Centre microfilm collection, which is currently temporarily located at The National Archives, is transferring to the Society of Genealogists in Clerkenwell. The move reflects a partnership between the Society of Genealogists and FamilySearch to ensure that the microfilm collection continues to be available to family historians. The London FamilySearch Centre will continue to provide its research support services at the National Archives.

The collection of about 57,000 microfilms complement the SoG’s remarkable library of genealogical sources and both bring together, in one place, an unparalleled resource for family history researchers in the UK. Having been carefully curated over many years, the FamilySearch Films include many thousands of copies of original church and local records from the United Kingdom and Ireland; probate records for England and Wales before and after 1858 and selected items for Caribbean research.

Dropbox Transforms Teamwork with New Products and Business Plans

Dropbox, with more than 500 million registered users, seems to be very popular amongst genealogists and for good reasons. It provides safe and secure storage of important files to guard against hard drive crashes, fires, floods, and other disasters that can destroy thousands of hours of a genealogists’s research within in a second or two. Dropbox also offers (optional) capabilities to share information with others.

Today, Dropbox announced a number of new services. Admittedly, most of the new offerings are aimed at teams, such as corporations or non-profits where many people work together on a common goal. Most of today’s announcements will not appeal to individual genealogists. However, one or two of the announcements may be of interest to a present Dropbox user. Also, perhaps all of today’s announcement will be of interest to anyone working in a group effort with other relatives or even a family association to research common ancestors. Anyone who is involved in co-authoring a future magazine or journal article also may be interested.

The new announcements include:

Announcing the Launch of the Journal of Genealogy & Family History

A new, scholarly genealogy journal is about to be published by the Register of Qualified Genealogists, based in the United Kingdom. Here is the announcement:

jgfhLaunching in April 2017, the new Journal of Genealogy and Family History (JGFH) will address the current need for a high quality, peer reviewed publication, covering broad scholarly research in genealogy and family history in a 21st century online format. The journal will be offered to readers and contributors for free, on an open-access, non-commercial basis, with content available under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The scope of the journal will include any field or academic discipline associated with genealogy or family history research such as heraldry, demography, education and record conservation.

Articles will offer the reader insights into current thinking and practice and provide an outlet for theoretical and speculative ideas within genealogy and family history. Topics will be wide ranging, and include for example:

Announcing the Genealogy Business Alliance

The following announcement was written by Janet Hovorka and Jessica Taylor:

From Competitors to Community: Two Women’s Mission to Unite the Genealogy Industry
As Genealogists They’ve Dedicated Their Lives to Helping Others. Their Competitors Are No Exception.

gbaSALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, February 1, 2017 – Janet Hovorka and Jessica Taylor are both successful entrepreneurs in their own right in the booming family history industry. Hovorka, an industry leader for nearly two decades, has built several genealogy brands, including genealogyDOTcoach, a one-on-one genealogy consulting business, and Family ChartMasters, creating heirloom-quality family charts. Likewise, Taylor started Legacy Tree Genealogists in 2004, which has become the world’s highest client-rated genealogy research firm and has grown into a million-dollar business.
The pair crossed paths at a genealogy conference, and hit it off, drawn to their similarities—working mothers that wanted to take what was considered as “a hobby” by many and capitalize on the potential to grow their businesses and allow them to help bridge the divide between individuals and their ancestors on a much larger scale

“Genealogy is considered one of the largest online hobbies,” explained Taylor. “But as a small business community, many operations are still learning how to mature into the larger genealogy industry and gain the knowledge necessary to compete.”

Discouraged by the lack of a formal entity available to mentor small business and provide a cohesive community for genealogy startups to bounce ideas off one another, Taylor and Hovorka decided if an organization didn’t exist, they would create one – and the Genealogy Business Alliance was born.

A Crowd-Sourcing Effort to Index the Casualty Lists of World War I Austria-Hungary 1914-1919

YOU can help other genealogists find information about their ancestors and other relatives and perhaps even find your own while you are at it. The following was written by Frank Raschka and Felix Gundacker of the www.GenTeam.eu:

Who will participate?

A century ago, our forefathers lived through the horrors of World War I. Many sons, brothers and fathers were drafted into the military. Millions were wounded, captured or died. These cases were published in the casualty lists of Austria-Hungary, which are also available online.

Unfortunately, there is no index to these lists; a full-text search yields unsatisfactory results due to the poor print quality.

Therefore, we have decided to create such an index which cannot made by a person alone.

France Allows Holocaust Museums to Digitize WWII Archives

ABC News is reporting the French government has signed an accord to allow Holocaust museums in Paris and in Washington, D.C., to digitize the vast French World War II archives — so that the museums can more easily display information on the Vichy regime to the public.

Speaking at the Paris ceremony Thursday, France’s Veterans Minister Jean Marc-Todeschini said the “rise of populism in parts of the world” means that educating the younger generation about this period is paramount.

Details may be found at https://goo.gl/tnHZkk.

A New Product: GedSite creates Professional-Quality Web Sites from GEDCOM Files

I suspect this announcement will cause a lot of interest. John Cardinal, well-known for developing Second Site software for use with The Master Genealogist (TMG), has now released a brand-new Windows product called GedSite and is selling it at a modest price. I predict GedSite will be a winner; very popular within the genealogy community.

GedSite builds on the technology developed for Second Site but adds a lot of new features. First, it accepts GEDCOM files for data input. (All modern genealogy programs can create GEDCOM files.) Next, GedSite can create gorgeous web sites to upload to the Internet or to share with relatives privately via flash drives, CD disks, or other removable media or via cloud-based file storage.

The following announcement was written by John Cardinal, CEO of Family History Hosting, LLC:

New tool for genealogists is fast and flexible, and sites can be published on the web or shared privately

gedsite_logoNorth Andover, MA – December 4, 2016 – Family History Hosting, LLC is pleased to announce GedSite, a must-have tool for any genealogist creating web sites from GEDCOM files. GedSite provides many of the features of Second Site, a web site builder also published by Family History Hosting for genealogy projects managed by The Master Genealogist (TMG).

“For more than a decade, genealogists have been asking me to publish a program to produce high-quality web sites from GEDCOM data,” said John Cardinal, CEO and Founder of Family History Hosting. “I’ve learned directly from our customers that they want the features and ease-of-use of Second Site, my popular web site builder for TMG, but for GEDCOM files. I am glad to offer GedSite in response to those requests.”

GedSite’s fast and flexible importer handles standard GEDCOM records as well as application-specific GEDCOM extensions for popular genealogy applications. GedSite includes the unique ability to interpret sentence templates from Family Historian, Legacy, and RootsMagic GEDCOM files, and provides its own sentence templates for GEDCOM files from source applications that do not support them.

A Genealogist’s Guide To Boston, Massachusetts Released

The following announcement was written by the folks at the In-Depth Genealogist:

gamble-guide_bostonma-coverThe fourth in a series of guides to popular research destinations

The In-Depth Genealogist is pleased to present their newest book in the research series by writer, Jacqueline Gamble entitled “A Genealogist’s Guide to Boston, Massachusetts”. The book is a great resource for genealogists who plan on researching in this geographic area. Approximately 12 million people from all over the world visit Boston every year to take in its beautiful harbor, amazing history, museums, sporting events, and more. With its mixture of old buildings (some dating back to the 1600s), new skyscrapers, and everything in between, Boston truly is a meeting of past, present and future.

This guide will provide you with what you will need to know when planning a genealogy trip to Boston. Within the book is information on repositories, libraries, historical societies, cemeteries, attractions, accommodations, and more in and around Boston.

Library of Congress, Digital Public Library of America To Form New Collaboration

This undoubtedly will affect many genealogists as more and more records are added to the Digital Public Library’s database of digital content records. Making such records available online results in much easier access for all than the present methods. The following announcement was written by the Library of Congress:

library_of_congress_logoThe Library of Congress today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Digital Public Library of America to become a “content hub partner” and will ultimately share a significant portion of its rich digital resources with DPLA’s database of digital content records.

The first batch of records will include 5,000 items from three major Library of Congress maps collections—the Revolutionary War (loc.gov/collections/american-revolutionary-war-maps/about-this-collection/), Civil War (loc.gov/collections/civil-war-maps/about-this-collection/) and panoramic maps collections (loc.gov/collections/panoramic-maps/about-this-collection/).

Freedmen Bureau Celebration to be Broadcast Live on the Internet

freedmen-bureau-celebration-broadcastThe FamilySearch Blog has announced, “A broadcast to celebrate the completion of the Freedmen’s Bureau project will be held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Tuesday, December 6, at 9:00 a.m. eastern standard time. The broadcast will be streamed live at DiscoverFreedmen.org. Elder D. Todd Christofferson will present Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the museum, a memento symbolizing the efforts of more than 25,000 volunteers who indexed nearly 1.8 million records that are now searchable online at FamilySearch.org.”

You can read the full announcement at https://goo.gl/f8Dhzw.

ISFHWE Announces an Excellence-in-Writing Competition

The following announcement was written by the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors:

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2017 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2017.

The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the entry fee (after logging in to the ISFHWE members’ corner; new members allow up to ten days to receive login information). The categories are:

Midland (Texas) Public Library Genealogy Section Receives a Gift of more than $50,000

The Midland Public Library received a $51,342 gift from the estate of Priscilla Millburn, who passed in February 2016. According to the library staff, Priscilla Millburn was an avid user of the Redfern Genealogy Collection, housed at the Midland County Public Library building.

Announcing the Speaker for the Helen F.M. Leary Distinguished Lecture Series

The following announcement was written by the folks who run the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) Education Fund:

The BCG Education Fund announces Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL, as the featured speaker for the 2017 Helen F.M. Leary Distinguished Lecture Series.

judy-russellJudy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, will speak at the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2017 Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina, and at the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2017 National Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Her topic at the National Genealogical Society Conference is “Rainbows and Kaleidoscopes: Inclusion as a Professional and Personal Genealogical Standard.” The lecture considers how we, as professional and personal genealogists, can enrich our family histories, our client bases, and our collaborations with fellow researchers by adopting inclusion as a genealogical standard.

New Fellows of the American Society of Genealogists and 2016 Winner of the ASG Scholar Award

The following announcement was written by the folks at the American Society of Genealogists:

The Fellows of the American Society of Genealogists (ASG) held their annual meeting on Saturday, October 8, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Nathan W. Murphy of Saratoga Springs Utah, and Alicia Crane Williams of Plymouth, Massachusetts, were elected to the Society as its 165th and 166th members, respectively.

Nathan W. Murphy has been a professional genealogist for many years, specializing in both British and Colonial Virginia research. His research ability is of the highest caliber, as evidenced by his numerous publications in the major genealogical journals over the last decade. His awards include, among others, the International Student Scholarship from the University of Leicester (2004) and the Donald Mosher Memorial Award for Colonial Virginia Research from the Board for Certification of Genealogists (2010). In addition to his publications, he created the Immigrant Servants Database, which has received high praise for its scholarship.

WikiTree Announces Source-a-Thon

The following announcement was written by the folks who run WikiTree.com:

Genealogy community donates $3,000+ in prizes to support sourced genealogy

150dpi_logoSeptember 7, 2016: WikiTree will be kicking off Family History Month with a three-day sourcing marathon, October 1-3, 2016. Individuals and organizations from around the genealogy community are coming together to support this event by donating door prizes for participants. Over $3,000 in genealogy prizes have already been pledged.

Citing sources is required on WikiTree’s collaborative, free family tree, but inexperienced genealogists don’t always record them. As Mags Gaulden, a WikiTree leader, states, “In a perfect world all genealogies would be well-sourced, but unfortunately this isn’t the case. We have all run across online genealogies that are just repeats, copy-and-pastes, of what someone else had thrown up based on what aunt Mabel told them back in the 70s.”

Findmypast Offers New 12-Month Starter Subscription for $34.95 in the US Market

An announcement made today at the FGS conference should appeal to anyone researching primarily US ancestry. Findmypast has bundled its core US collections, as well as a number of the company’s British offerings, into one package and is offering access to the records at a much lower price than before. In fact, the price is significantly lower than those of the company’s competitors.

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

findmypast_logo• Low cost starter subscription offered for the first time

• 12 months’ access to over 2.9 billion UK & US records for less than $35 a year

• Over 830 million records available to search and explore for FREE

Springfield, Illinois: 02 September 2016

Leading family history website Findmypast has announced a new subscription package for U.S. customers. The new Starter Package will create a more competitive and accessible service while providing even better value to customers.

For only $34.95 a year budding family historians can begin their journey with access to over 2.9 billion records. This includes a variety of core US collections, as well as a taste of the sites British offerings including US birth, marriage and death records, US immigration and travel records, US newspapers and Findmypast’s entire collection of UK census records.

The package offers a unique price point in the family history market and is over 50% cheaper than similar subscriptions available on other family history websites.