Announcements

Freedmen’s Bureau Project Completed with Nearly 2 Million Records of Freed Slaves Indexed

A project to index the records of 4 million freed African-American slaves is now completed, almost a year to the day after the project was launched by the LDS Church’s FamilySearch International genealogy service with an announcement June 19 of last year at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles.

The Freedmen’s Bureau Project has marshaled the efforts of 18,940 volunteers working coast to coast in the United States and Canada, uncovering the names of nearly 1.8 million of some 4 million pre-Civil War era slaves.

Hancock County (Indiana) Public Library Completes Digitization Grant

The following announcement was written by the Hancock County Public Library:

Greenfield, Indiana – The Hancock County Public Library has completed a 2015 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant for digitizing portions of three local newspapers. In July, the papers will be accessible to the public through the Indiana State Library’s Hoosier State Chronicles database.

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The federal grant, awarded in March 2015, totaled $6,502 for digitizing various years of the Evening Star, the Greenfield Republican, and the Evening Republican. These papers made up the bulk of early Greenfield newspapers that had not been digitized by the Indiana State Library.

DPLA and FamilySearch Partner to Expand Access to Digitized Historic Books Online

I have written before about DPLA (the Digital Public Library of America). You can read my earlier article at https://goo.gl/wenjWG. Now FamilySearch has announced a new partnership with DPLA. The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

DPLA-FamilySearchIn concert with the American Library Association national conference in Orlando, Florida, this week, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and FamilySearch International, the largest genealogy organization in the world, have signed an agreement that will expand access to FamilySearch.org’s growing free digital historical book collection to DPLA’s broad audience of users including genealogists, researchers, family historians, students, and more.

Family history/genealogy continues to be a popular and growing hobby. And FamilySearch is a leader in the use of technology to digitally preserve the world’s historic records and books of genealogical relevance for easy search and access online. With this new partnership, DPLA will incorporate metadata from FamilySearch.org’s online digital book collection that will make more than 200,000 family history books discoverable through DPLA’s search portal later this year. From DPLA, users will be able to access the free, fully viewable digital books on FamilySearch.org.

JewishGen Belarus SIG announces a historic Partnership with Miriam Weiner and The Routes to Roots Foundation

The following announcement was written by the folks who manage the JewishGen Belarus SIG:

The JewishGen Belarus SIG is very pleased to announce a historic partnership with Miriam Weiner and The Routes to Roots Foundation (RTRF). As a result of this agreement we have received a large amount of material collected by Miriam during her 20+ years of working in the archives of Belarus.

Miriam is an internationally acclaimed genealogist who has been researching Eastern Europe for over 30 years. She has received 3 awards from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS): the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award as well as awards for her two books Jewish Roots in Poland and Jewish Roots in the Ukraine and Moldava. Most recently Miriam was given Emeritus Status by the Board for Certification of Genealogists for her ground-breaking 30 year career in genealogy.

Announcing A New Adventure in Genealogy Education: Genealogy Professor

I was pleased to learn of a new announcement today from Michael J. Leclerc, CGSM. Michael has been a friend of mine for years and we were co-workers for a few years as well. I have long admired his genealogy expertise and am pleased to see him embark on a new venture. Michael will be teaching some of these courses himself while others will be taught by partners that join in the effort:

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May 4, 2016 – Boston, MA. Founder Michael J. Leclerc, CGSM is excited to announce the launch of a new opportunity for genealogy education. Genealogy Professor developed from a passion to provide high-quality independent education to those who want to find their ancestors. Major websites often focus on getting subscribers in the door without considering that most genealogists need a variety of resources to identify the members of their family tree. Our focus is high-quality education to give researchers the tools they need, no matter where those tools are to be found. This includes the incredible resources that are not yet available online that can make the difference between success and failure.

The Family History Researcher Academy revises its Popular Course to Celebrate its 3rd Birthday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Family History Researcher Academy:

Back in Spring 2013 Nick Thorne launched his English/Welsh family history course online to help people with ancestors from this part of the world find their family in the records. He saw that many family history researchers would benefit from a set of accessible guides that would show them how to master the many record collections and the various resources available. With this knowledge they would be better equipped to discover their English/Welsh ancestors more easily.

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Nick, has researched ancestors for private clients, worked on various projects for one of the leading British genealogical research websites, and is also a regular writer in Discover Your Ancestors Bookazine and its sister monthly online periodical. He writes case-study articles, published in several of the monthly British family history magazines, which reveal the best way to make the most of the records sets on a top data subscription site. Nick also has his own Help Me With My Family Tree blog at www.NoseyGenealogist.com/blog.

Forever Launches PDF Document Functionality

The following announcement was made at RootsTech today:

Forever, Inc. announces that it now supports PDF documents at Forever.com to help families save their memories for generations.

Forever_box(SALT LAKE CITY) February 4, 2016 – Forever, Inc., the complete memory-keeping solution where genealogists, moms and other family historians collect, curate, and celebrate their memories now and for generations, is pleased to announce that it has launched PDF document functionality across their entire platform of products and services. Forever made the announcement at RootsTech 2016, which is the largest family history conference in the world and is being held at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah from Feb. 3-6, 2016.

ConferenceKeeper & Geneabloggers Proclaim February 1 as #GenealogySelfie Day

The following announcement was written by the folks at ConferenceKeeper and Geneabloggers:

The genealogy community is a friendly and rather social bunch. They share knowledge, information, documents, research triumphs and struggles, joys, sorrows – even pictures of cats. So why not selfies? Chances are good that if you’re on Facebook or Twitter, you have a hefty number of “genealogy” friends – many that you probably have never met in person, but regularly interact with through Likes, Shares, and Comments on one another’s posts. Peruse your list of “genealogy’ friends and you’ll most likely find that many use a photo of an ancestor, or a baby picture, as their profile pic. It adds quite the variety to your friends list, but you wouldn’t know them if you ran into them in the vendor hall at a conference, or sat next to them at a workshop. And with RootsTech just around the corner, there’s an opportunity to possibly run into thousands of them in person!

ConferenceKeeper and Geneabloggers are delighted to offer a solution. They are officially proclaiming February 1st as #GenealogySelfie Day – a day for social folks who love genealogy to snap a picture of themselves and share it on Facebook and/or Twitter with the hashtag #GenealogySelfie. It will be fun to put faces to names, and increase the chances of recognizing one another at RootsTech and other upcoming events and conferences.

Change of Members at the BCG Education Fund Board of Trustees

The following two announcements were written by the folks at the Board for Certification of Genealogists:

Announcement – Kathy Gunter Sullivan, CG, retires from BCG Education Fund

After eight years of volunteer service, Kathy Gunter Sullivan, CG, of Charlotte, North Carolina, has retired from the BCG Education Fund Board of Trustees. From 2007 through 2014, Kathy was the Education Fund Secretary and streamlined its administrative procedures. She led the Trustees in planning and executing its programs, which are the annual Putting Skills To Work, the biannual Helen F. M. Leary Distinguished Lecture Series, and the Mosher Award for Colonial Virginia Research. She secured exclusive one-year rights for the Education Fund to outstanding lectures by Thomas W. Jones and Elizabeth Shown Mills. She promoted incorporating additional topics into the Education Fund’s offerings, such as law, proof arguments, and genetics. In 2015, Kathy stepped forward to serve as Treasurer pro tem. Her forward thinking and organizational skills contributed to the Education Fund’s substantial presence in genealogical education.

Longreads Website “The Social Historian” Officially Launches

The following announcement was written by Barbara J Starmans:

August 16, 2015 – The Social Historian at thesocialhistorian.com is a longform story website featuring social history themed articles from across the centuries and around the world.

What is Social History?

Social History is not concerned with politics and wars, or kings and presidents, but rather with the lives of ordinary people. It is a view of history from the bottom up, rather than from the top down.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Breaks Ground for First-of-Its-Kind St. George FamilySearch Library

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

Family Search LogoST. GEORGE, UT (AUGUST 15, 2015)—The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its nonprofit subsidiary FamilySearch International broke ground today on a first-of-its-kind facility in St. George, Utah. When complete, the state-of-the-art St. George FamilySearch Library will offer incredible free ancestry research services and fun, family-friendly experiences that invite personal and family discovery. Elder Allan F. Packer of the Church’s First Quorum of the Seventy presided over the groundbreaking ceremony along with local civic and faith leader guests. The new facility is projected to open in the fall of 2016.

Indiana State Library to Shorten Saturday Hours

According to a post on the Indiana Genealogical Society’ Blog, effective 1 September 2015, the Indiana State Library will be open from 10:00am – 4:00pm on Saturdays. Previously, the Saturday hours had been from 8:00am – 4:00pm.

Details may be found at http://goo.gl/TrxOaO.


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MyHeritage Launches Breakthrough Global Name Translation™ Technology

I think this is a huge advancement in online searches for genealogy information. I saw the brand-new Global Name Translation demonstrated earlier today at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) annual conference in Jerusalem and I am very impressed.

Global Name Translation is the easy way to search through MyHeritage’s massive multilingual and international database of 6 billion family tree profiles and historical records. As stated in the announcement below, the Global Name Translation “…automatically translates names found in historical records and family trees from one language into another, in very high accuracy, generating all the plausible translations, to facilitate matches between names in different languages. In addition, a manual search in one language will also provide results in other languages, translated back to the user’s language for convenience.”

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A search for “Jacob Schmidt” will find all the results shown above and more.

Yes, that’s right. If your ancestors came from a country that keeps its records in a language other than your preferred language, you can enter the search in your own language and MyHeritage will find matches for the same or very similar names in other languages as well. For instance, a search for Alexander or for Alessandro (Alexander in Italian) will also find “Саша” which is the Russian form of Sasha, a popular nickname of Alexander in Russia.

The first version successfully translates names to and from English, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Greek, Hebrew, Polish, Czech, Russian and Ukrainian. The next version currently in development will add Chinese and Japanese, and additional languages will follow.

I am not aware of any other genealogy service that has anything like this.

NEHGS and Extreme Genes–America’s Family History Radio–Announce New Broadcast Collaboration

The following announcement was written by the folks at the New England Historic Genealogical Society and at America’s Family History Radio:

Extreme Genes—America’s Family History Radio—and NEHGS Announce New Broadcast Collaboration

NEHGS Chief Genealogist David Allen Lambert to Co-Host Show Segment with Extreme Genes Founder Scott Fisher

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June 16, 2015—Salt Lake City, Utah, and Boston, Massachusetts—Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Radio Show, and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) today jointly issued an announcement of their collaboration and innovative sharing in the broadcast production of the very popular Extreme Genes program.

Library and Archives Canada Now Allows Self-Service Photography of Documents

The Library and Archives Canada Blog has a new announcement:

It used to be that the only way of getting copies of archival documents was a bit of a tedious process. Flagging the pages you wanted copied, filling out the form, handing in the information to the Consultation staff, and then waiting the 30 business days for the copies to be made. If you were not someone who was from the Ottawa-Gatineau area, you would then have to wait for the copies to be mailed out to you. If you were in the National Capital Region, but not a regular visitor, you might have to make a special trip to 395 Wellington Street to pick up your copies. Now the process can be much quicker if you choose. If you have a camera or a smartphone, you can now take digital images of our collection, rights and restrictions permitting.

The details may be found at http://thediscoverblog.com/2015/06/10/self-serve-photography.

The Ancestry of Prince George of Cambridge in a Huge Chart

Most of us have seen pedigree charts before, even large charts. However, Andrew Tatham has created a very impressive 6 foot x 3 foot (approx 2 metres x 1 metre) chart that shows Prince George of Cambridge, his ancestors and their place in history. You can see some low-resolution snippets from the full-sized chart below:

You can view a thumbnail-sized version of the chart at http://www.ttrees.co.uk/.

New NEH Grant to Digitize Family Records

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced “Common Heritage,” the first grant of its kind, to make “light historical records and artifacts currently hidden in family attics and basements” available to the public. In announcing the initiative, NEH Chairman William “Bro” Adams said, “We know that America’s cultural heritage isn’t found only in libraries and museums, but in our homes, in our family histories, and the stories and objects we pass down to our children.”

The announcement states, “The program supports day-long events organized by community cultural institutions, which members of the public will be invited to attend. At these events experienced staff will digitize the community historical materials brought in by the public. Project staff will also record descriptive information—provided by community attendees—about the historical materials. Contributors will be given a free digital copy of their items to take home, along with the original materials. With the owner’s permission, digital copies of these materials would be included in the institutions’ collections. Historical photographs, artifacts, documents, family letters, art works, and audiovisual recordings are among the many items eligible for digitization and public commemoration.”

JewishGen Education will offer a new Online Forum – The Jewish in Jewish Genealogy May 1 – May 29

The following information was written by the folks at JewishGen Education:

Genealogy is more than statistics and facts. This class will give you a chance to understand the Jewish immigration experience and we’ll discover tricks and tips to successfully search for Jewish ancestry.

With each passing generation, the torch passes to children whose lifestyle is further from the immigrant experience. Now we have to dig deep in order to bring up images and voices from the past, to understand and recreate their lives.

Geni.com Now Supports Adoption

Geni.com 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 Geni.com’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 Geni.com:

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.

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