MyHeritage Offers Free Access to Marriage Records for Valentine’s Day

Show me a genealogist who isn’t interested in marriage records. I bet you cannot find one!

Here is a special offer from MyHeritage (the sponsor of this newsletter) that probably will interest you:

Click on the above image to access the free records. The offer expires on 18 February 2020.

You probably will also want to check out the new MyHeritage In Color™ tool at as lots of people are posting incredible wedding photos of their ancestors, colorized for the first time.

New Home Sought for the Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society’s Collection

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society needs a new home in or near Lincoln, Nebraska for its 8,000-piece collection. The collection’s been housed at the Union College library for the past 30 years. But the college has decided to turn the collection space into a student tutoring center. Michael George is the genealogical society president, and he told the Lincoln Journal Star the society has until mid-March to find a new place or the collection will go into storage. The collection includes items such as a 1924 Tobias telephone directory and an index to the marriage records of Lancaster County from 1866 to 1893.

The society’s web page may be found at with its “Contact Us” page at

MyHeritage In Color™: Breakthrough Feature to Colorize Family Photos

Introducing MyHeritage In Color™ (Photo: Business Wire)

Introducing MyHeritage In Color™ (Photo: Business Wire)

Computer-generated color enhancement of old black-and-white photographs is a technology that has been available for some time at rather high prices. Now the same technology has been made at to the public at reasonable prices. That’s reasonable as in FREE.

Yes, that’s right. MyHeritage is offering to create COLOR COPIES of your black-and-white photographs at no charge. Best of all, the change to color is done automatically by computer software. I do not know of any other online genealogy service that has a similar offer.

I have tried the colorization process briefly this morning and am impressed. It allows you to do more than look at old photos — it lets you experience them, creating a deeper connection with your family history than you ever thought possible. I plan to use this process on ALL my old digitized black-and-white photographs.

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine announces Transcription Tuesday 2020

The following announcement was written by Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, a U.K. publication that is printed in England:

For the fourth year running, Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine will be running its Transcription Tuesday event, encouraging family historians to take part in a transcription project and give something back to the hobby they love. Transcription Tuesday 2020 will be held on Tuesday 4th February.

Four projects have been chosen this year including projects transcribing West Midlands police records, Royal Navy service records from the First World War and German internees at a British internment camp. This year, FamilySearch are uploading a range of non-conformist registers specifically for Transcription Tuesday. Thousands of family historians took part last year and it is hoped that even more will join in this year for a global ‘transcribathon’.

Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute to Create Database of Victims and Survivors

This should become a great resource for anyone researching Armenian ancestry: The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute believes it is important to create a database of Armenian Genocide victims and survivors, memoirs and videos, and it is seeking sources of funding to achieve these goals. This is what Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Harutyun Marutyan told reporters last week.

Reminder: This is a PLANNED project. It is not yet available.

You can learn more at:

RootsWeb Mailing Lists to be Discontinued

The following is from an email message sent to many RootsWeb users from the RootsWeb administrators:

Beginning March 2nd, 2020 the Mailing Lists functionality on RootsWeb will be discontinued. Users will no longer be able to send outgoing emails or accept incoming emails. Additionally, administration tools will no longer be available to list administrators and mailing lists will be put into an archival state.

Administrators may save the emails in their list prior to March 2nd. After that, mailing list archives will remain available and searchable on RootsWeb.

Genealogy Guys and Vivid-Pix issue Call for Nominations to Receive the next Unsung Heroes Awards

The following announcement was written by Genealogy Guys (George G. Morgan and Drew Smith) and Vivid-Pix:

The Genealogy Guys, George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, co-hosts and producers of the oldest continually produced genealogy podcast, and Rick Voight, CEO of Vivid-Pix, makers of RESTORE photo and document artificial intelligence restoration software, today announce the call for Unsung Heroes Award nominations.

The two companies partnered in 2019 to create the Unsung Heroes Award. The award acknowledges and celebrates those members of the genealogy community who digitize or index photos and other documents of value to genealogical researchers. The Unsung Heroes Awards is an awards program designed to recognize its recipients in four categories: individuals, genealogical/historical societies, libraries/archives, and young people. You can even nominate yourself!

127 Years of Dallas History Uncovered as Oakland Cemetery’s Records, Once Buried, Come to Light

If you have ancestors in or near Dallas, Texas, you need to read this story. It seems that Christine Sharbrough, the archivist and historian who manages the downtown library’s Dallas History & Archives Division, recently made a major discovery.

Robert Wilonsky recently wrote in the Dallas News:

“A few days ago I got an email from Christine Sharbrough, the archivist and historian who manages the downtown library’s Dallas History & Archives Division. It read: ‘Just thought I’d drop you a note and let you know that the Oakland Cemetery records are at DPL (and on my floor).’ She didn’t say how small or how vast the collection, only that 127 years’ worth of Dallas history – scattered for decades across warehouses and garages and the cemetery’s storage shed – was in her possession.

Christine Sharbrough, manager of the downtown library’s Dallas History & Archives Division, is now tasked with cleaning and organizing the Oakland Cemetery archives. Here she holds one the burial ledger.(Tom Fox / Staff Photographer)

“This is how I came to spend a few hours Wednesday thumbing through file drawers stuffed with pink interment cards bearing the names of men and women and children — and pets — buried in the South Dallas cemetery that opened its gates in 1892.

The State Archives of North Carolina is Looking for Transcribers

The following is an announcement from the State Archives of North Carolina:

TranscribeNC, the crowd sourced transcription program by the State Archives of North Carolina, has reached a milestone. Over the last six months, over 100 volunteers have dedicated their time to complete over 1600 page edits. The local draft board project will close on November 30. You still have a chance to make history!

Beginning in December, TrasncribeNC will debut new projects focusing on WWI letters and diaries and women’s history. More information coming soon!

If you or someone you know is interested in keeping some of NC’s important stories alive, please go to for more information.

Library Census Equity Fund

I suspect most genealogists believe a census should be 100% accurate and also should include all residents being counted. The following is an extract from the American Library Association’s Blog:

On Nov. 4, 2019, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the Library Census Equity Fund. ALA will provide 25 libraries with $2,000 mini-grants to bolster their service to hard-to-count communities and help achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census. Applications are due by November 22, 2019.

Historically, certain groups of people have been undercounted disproportionately by the decennial census. Traditionally undercounted populations include young children, American Indians and Alaska Natives, people experiencing homelessness, and people of color, among others. In the 2020 Census, which will have a new online response option, people who lack internet access or online skills may also be at risk of being undercounted. (To learn more, see ALA’s Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census.)

American Society of Genealogists grants ASG Scholar Award for 2020 to Denise Cross and Candace Marx

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

The ASG Scholar Award rewards talented genealogists with stipends to pursue advanced academic training in genealogy. At its meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, on November 2, 2019, the American Society of Genealogists granted the ASG Scholar Award to two recipients:

To Denise Cross of Berlin, Massachusetts, for her article “Uniting the Identity of Samuel Fletcher of New York and Vermont.”

To Candace Marx of Norridge, Illinois, for her article “A Luxembourger Family Comes to America: The Wagners of Aurora, Illinois.”

Ms. Cross will use her award to attend the Genealogical Research Program of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and Ms. Marx will use her award to attend the Excelsior College Genetic Genealogy Program.

American Society of Genealogists awards Certificate of Appreciation to David E. Rencher

The following announcement was written by the American Society of Genealogists

David Rencher

On rare occasions the American Society of Genealogists awards a Certificate of Appreciation to an individual or organization in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the discipline of genealogy. At its Annual Meeting November 2, 2019, the Society awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to David Rencher, A.G., C.G., Chief Genealogical Officer of FamilySearch and, from 1999 to 2002 and again since 2018, Director of the Family History Library, in recognition of his vigorous and visionary efforts to serve the aims of scholarly genealogy at the Family History Library and at FamilySearch.

MyHeritage Education: New Content to Master Your Genealogy Skills

The following announcement was written by MyHeritage:

(Full Disclosure: MyHeritage is the sponsor of this newsletter.)

We recently launched MyHeritage Education, our new online resource center.

Available in English, German, Dutch, French, Swedish, and Norwegian, MyHeritage Education offers a wealth of material to help you learn about every facet of MyHeritage. The content includes articles, how-to videos, and webinars covering a wide variety of topics, as well as plenty of tips for everyone, from beginner family history enthusiasts to seasoned genealogists.

I’m pleased to share our first monthly update from MyHeritage Education! I hope that you’ll find it useful and enjoy receiving updates on all of the new material we publish each month.

American Ancestors Presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Author, Historian Joseph Ellis

The following announcement was written by American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society:

American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society Present Lifetime Achievement Award to Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author and Historian Joseph J. Ellis

Two Local Luminaries of Boston’s Cultural World—Vivian Spiro and Donald Friary—Are Honored for Leadership in History and Preservation

October 29, 2019—Boston, Massachusetts—On Thursday evening, October 24, 2019, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)—known to many as American Ancestors—honored one of the nation’s leading historians and most popular authors, Joseph J. Ellis, with its coveted NEHGS Lifetime Achievement Award. Ellis is the author of many acclaimed works of American history including Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, which won the National Book Award.

23andMe’s New VIP Service Includes a One-On-One Chat to Explain your DNA

23andMe just added a third purchasing option for those who want a little bit more.

The new VIP Health + Ancestry Service delivers more options for customers, including concierge-like services. The VIP service bundles together one 23andMe Health + Ancestry Service kit, with a companion kit, overnight shipping, and priority lab processing.

Western Michigan University Grant to Digitally Preserve the Gilmore Car Museum and Richland Library Historic Collection

This isn’t exactly a genealogy article but visiting the Gilmore Car Museum will undoubtedly give you a better appreciation of the automobiles your ancestors may have driven.

Thanks to newsletter reader Roger Moffat’s kind invitation, I had a chance to visit the Gilmore Car Museum 5 years ago and can tell you it is certainly worth the visit. If you have an interest in antique automobiles, a visit is certain a worthwhile experience. If you cannot visit in person, you will soon be able to visit virtually at the Western Michigan University’s digital collections online.

Photo by Dick Eastman

The following is the announcement:

Mike Linton Joins as its Chief Revenue Officer

Mike Linton, new CRO at – PHOTO COURTESY OF ANCESTRY.COM as its chief revenue officer. In the announcement, Linton’s mandate is described as “… to grow the company and he will be responsible for marketing and product.”

The announcement also gives a clue to’s business plans: “…as the company expands from its genealogy roots into its genetic DNA offerings.”

You can read the full announcement at:

Genealogist-on-Demand: Virtual Consultation Service announced by Legacy Tree Genealogists

Legacy Tree Genealogists is a well known and highly respected genealogy research company. Now the company has announced expansion into a slightly different service for genealogists. The following announcement was written by Legacy Tree Genealogists:

[SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, September 19, 2019] – Legacy Tree Genealogists, the world’s leading genealogy research firm, announced today the launch of a new service—45-minute, virtual one-on-one consultations with a professional genealogist. At only 100 USD, these consultations provide users with a cost-effective resource to have their research questions answered in real-time by a professional genealogist, from the comfort of their own home.

Users have the option to schedule either a DNA Consultation with a genetic genealogist who can explain their DNA test results, or a Genealogy Consultation with access to one of their worldwide researchers with expertise in regions around the globe, including England, Ireland, Scotland, and Australia.

Bruegger’s Bagels Co-Founder Nordahl Brue and Wife Suzanne Brue Donate $1.5 Million to the New England Historic Genealogical Society

The following announcement was written by the New England Historic Genealogical Society:

Gift of $1.5 Million from Nordahl and Suzanne Brue to Advance Educational Programming at American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society

The Brue Family Learning Center at American Ancestors Will Inspire New Family Historians and Genealogists

September 12, 2019—Boston, Massachusetts—Bruegger’s Bagels co-founder Nordahl Brue and his wife Suzanne Brue have made a gift of $1.5 million to New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) to endow the creation of a family history learning center where visitors from all backgrounds can learn more about their ancestry.

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)—known online as American Ancestors to millions of users—is the nation’s oldest and largest genealogical society. The gift will endow the creation of a new Brue Family Learning Center as part of a campus expansion program to introduce family and local history to wider audiences. It will also fund the creation of unique program content in family history for the organization’s online and special events offerings. This gift follows American Ancestors and NEHGS’s successful $62.5 million capital campaign and its acquisition of an adjacent building at 97 Newbury Street, into which its facilities will soon expand.

740 Million Free Census Records for Labor Day

The following article first appeared in the MyHeritage Blog at

Have you ever wondered what life was like for your ancestors? How they earned a living and what their day-to-day work activities were like?

This Labor Day weekend is the 125th anniversary of the Labor Day holiday in the United States and the 127th anniversary of its establishment in Canada.

We’d like to mark the occasion by helping you go back in time and learn more about your ancestors’ professions and their contributions to their countries.

From August 30–September 2, 2019, we are providing FREE access to 740 million census records on SuperSearch™. These include all of our U.S. and Canadian Census records collections.