Ancestry® Announces Free Six-month Subscription for Teachers Just in Time for School Year

The following announcement was written by Ancestry®:

Access to Ancestry Library Edition is Now Also Available as Free Remote Learning Resource for Parents and Tutors

LEHI, Utah & SAN FRANCISCO, August 20, 2020 — Ancestry®, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, announced today that for the first time, it will provide K-12 teachers across America a free six-month World Explorer subscription to access billions of historical records, providing support in lesson development and project creation for the school year ahead. Whether teaching in the classroom or through remote learning, Ancestry now offers free resources to inspire educators with new ways to engage students this fall.

The free subscription will give teachers the tools to help students across the nation make connections to their ancestors, historical places, and events throughout time. By pulling records around historical events to contextualize chapters in history like WWII and the Civil War, teachers can bring their curriculum to life in relevant and exciting ways–which is especially important for keeping students engaged during virtual learning.

BCG Announces New Scholarship

The following announcement was written by the Board for Certification of Genealogists:

Board for Certification of Genealogists®
Scholarship for African American Students

Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists developed genealogy’s first code of ethics in 1964. That Code admonishes us to act in the best interests of the profession. It seems clear that the perception of bias in the profession has the potential to harm the reputation of its members. As a leader in promoting standards and ethical behavior to the wider genealogical community, and as part of a good faith effort to engage on the issue of inclusiveness, BCG has established the “Board for Certification of Genealogists Scholarship for African American Students.”

Study MA History of Family online at an Irish University

The following announcement was written by the University of Limerick:

    • Calling those with an interest in Irish history, family history and genealogy!
    • Develop your family history skills with the MA History of Family
    • Study online at the University of Limerick, Ireland’s University of the Year, 2019
    • Course has been offered in online and blended format since 2005
    • Enrol now to commence study in September 2020

Enrollments are now open on the MA History of Family at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

This is a unique course that offers students all over the world the chance to learn about the history of family. The MA History of Family (Online) is offered by the University of Limerick, Ireland’s University of the Year 2019. Dr Rachel Murphy, course lecturer notes: ‘Because the course is taught both online and on campus, it attracts not only students from Ireland, but also those from across the diaspora including America, Australia, Canada and the UK. This provides a really enriching environment in which to teach and learn, as students share their wide range of experiences.’

SLIG Announces Academy Courses and Deadline Modifications

The following announcement was written by the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, usually abbreviated as “SLIG”:

Our hearts went out to the National Genealogical Society, APG, IGHR, GRIP, and many other organizations who have had to face the Coronavirus pandemic head-on and make vital changes in very little time over the past few months. We applaud the flexibility of presenters, faculty members, and organizations in their efforts to adapt rapidly to difficult times.

So, what about SLIG?

The safety and health of our faculty, students, committee members, and guests are of the utmost importance to us. Therefore, we are navigating slowly and carefully as we plan for 2021. While SLIG 2021 is still scheduled to be held in Salt Lake in January, modifications will be made to ensure the safety of all attending, and contingency plans created to deal with present and future unknowns.

MyHeritage Extends the New “Ask The Expert” Series during May 2020

The following announcement was written by MyHeritage, the sponsor of this newsletter:

May 2020

Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 pm EDT

May 05 Profile Page: More than Just Names and Dates
The profile page on MyHeritage allows to see not only all of an individual’s details, but also their close family, matches, and images as well as a summary of all the information you have on them. Learn how best to take advantage of this page.
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May 07 Sharing and Interacting with Others on MyHeritage
Contacting other users can help you make new family connections and fill in gaps in your research. Learn to use the MyHeritage messaging system and to invite family members to view and collaborate with you on your family tree.
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May 12 5 Tips for Managing DNA Kits
Learn how to navigate and organize your DNA Matches, use the Chromosome Browser to explore your connections, and manage multiple DNA kits on MyHeritage.
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Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research to be held Virtually

The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research will be held virtually on Sunday, 26 July – Friday, 31 July 2020. For the first time in IGHR’s 58-year history, they will be holding the institute sessions virtually for the entire week with the same quality of instruction. For more information visit

Vivid-Pix Announces “Round Tuit!” Education Program — Free & Low-Cost Online Family History Genealogy Activities for Quarantined Adults, Kids & Families

Free and $1.99 Online Programs Keep Adults, Kids, Families, & the Secluded
Educated, Entertained and Connected

Create Your Family History: Restore and Organize Old Photos & Documents
and Learn About Your Roots

Classes Taught by the World’s Most Respected Historians, Genealogists, DNA Researchers, Lawyers,
PBS & Travel Channel Genealogy Researchers, and Immigration Experts

Savannah, GA, April 2, 2020 — Vivid-Pix, announced today the Vivid-Pix “Round Tuit!” (Get Around to It!) Online Education Program at that helps people during quarantine with classes priced for free or $1.99 to organize family photos and learn about their family history with the help of the world’s most respected historians, genealogists, and educators. The series is hosted by Daniel Earl and will be broadcast live each Tuesday and Friday evening, starting April 3rd, and available to view on demand at

Announcing the 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon, an Unprecedented Event Hosted by MyHeritage

The following is an announcement from MyHeritage:

Announcing a 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon, an unprecedented event hosted by MyHeritage and featured on Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

This webinar, open to all and completely free of charge, allows MyHeritage users in every time zone on Earth to learn at their own pace and from the comfort of their homes.

The marathon will begin on Thursday, March 12 at 5 P.M. Eastern U.S. time (Friday, March 13 at 8 A.M. Sydney time) and end on Friday, March 13, at 5 P.M. eastern U.S. time (Saturday, March 14 Sydney time).

New Content on the MyHeritage Education Knowledge Base

The following is from an announcement written by MyHeritage (the sponsor of this newsletter):

As we move forward into 2020 and we add more to our new Knowledge Base I want to keep you updated! I hope this is useful to you and you’ll help us let people know about the new articles, how-to videos, and webinars.

We have created an introduction video to MyHeritage Education! This is a great way to show all your friends and followers what the Education page has to offer.


The National Genealogical Society Introduces Its Newest Online Course: Understanding and Using DNA Test Results

The following announcement was written by the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society:

FALLS CHURCH, VA, 10 DECEMBER 2019—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) unveiled the newest course in its Continuing Genealogical Studies series, Understanding and Using DNA Test Results. The course is designed to help the millions of individuals, who have taken a DNA test to learn more about their family tree, get the most out of their test results. Students learn at their own pace, in their own home, on any tablet or computer.

“Taking a DNA test is easy,” noted NGS Education Director, Angela McGhie, CG. “Understanding the results and knowing how to use the data to identify your ancestors is more challenging. We are pleased to be able to offer a new course that will teach family historians about patterns of genetic inheritance and how their DNA matches can lead to building a broader family tree.

GEDmatch, the Controversial Genealogy Website that Helped Crack the Golden State Killer Case, has been Bought by a Forensic Genetics Firm

Late breaking news: Crime scene DNA sequencing company Verogen has just acquired GEDmatch, a genealogy database credited with helping to solve some 70 rapes and murders.

Verogen, a San Diego-based company that provides equipment for high-tech sequencing of crime-scene DNA, has announced that it has acquired GEDmatch, a website that rose to fame after it led cops to the alleged Golden State Killer.

(You can read about GEDmatch’s genealogy DNA matching web site in previous articles in this newsletter by starting at:

GEDmatch has been caught in the crossfire of a bitter argument between genealogists who believe the site has compromised its users’ privacy and those who want to work with law enforcement to help solve violent crimes.

Genealogy Guys Learn Announces Limited Holiday Sale

The following announcement was written by the Genealogy Guys:

The Genealogy Guys, George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, are recognized speakers, authors, podcasters, and bloggers. The Guys launched a new subscription genealogy education website, Genealogy Guys Learn, on 1 October 2019. It contains written lessons and video presentations for all levels of genealogists, and new content will be added every month. Resources, products, and useful links are also included at the site.

Family History Researcher Academy Re-releases the English and Welsh Family History Researcher Course

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

The Family History Researcher Academy has revised and re-released its wide-ranging English/Welsh course aimed at helping researchers find elusive English or Welsh ancestors in the records. The concise lessons highlight some of the lesser known resources which are often overlooked by many researchers, as well as looking at what record collections are available on and offline.

For November they are running a trial offer of just $1/£1 for a 4 week trial, after which it becomes $14 or £11 a month, with the option to cancel at any time.

Genealogy at Sea! July 2020

The following announcement was written by Diana Smith, the organizer of next year’s Genealogy at Sea Adventure:

You may have heard that Gary Smith, my husband and genealogy partner, passed away in February 2018. Although he is terribly missed (especially by me), he wanted the genealogy adventures to continue, so I am preparing for a cruise to Bermuda in July 2020. Our friend Dick Eastman will serve as cohost.

We will be traveling with CruiseEverything again, on the lovely Celebrity Summit, with our friends, professional genealogists and popular speakers, Dick Eastman and Ann Staley, 19 July to 26 July 2020.

Full details are available on the CruiseEverything website at There is a link to the upcoming cruise, with photos of the ship, cabins, restaurants, and public areas, and information on the ports of call. You can also see a gallery of photos from our previous genealogy cruises. Check it out!

As before, we are planning a wide range of genealogy activities. We will have presentations and some group sessions in private meeting rooms, one-on-one consultation opportunities, and lots of networking available. There will be genealogy activities every day at sea, plus a few optional opportunities in port, should anyone choose to stay onboard. The topics will be announced soon.

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.

The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History Presents the Commonwealth Virtual Institute

The following is a press release written by the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH):

The ISBGFH is pleased to announce their Virtual Institute which will run from March 16-19, 2020. The theme for this Institute is Researching in Commonwealth Countries. Each day of the Institute will feature 4 presentations on a particular Commonwealth Country:

Monday March 16Canadian Research presented by Kathryn Lake Hogan, UE, PLCGS. Kathryn is a Canadian professional genealogist who revels in teaching people how to find their ancestors in Canada. She is the founder and owner of the Canadian-based genealogy business, Looking4Ancestors.

Free FamilySearch Family History Classes and Webinars for November 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

The FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free classes and webinars for November 2019. Latin America Seminar classes are offered November 1-2, and Nordic Seminar content from November 11-15. Spanish beginner content will be available during the Latin America seminar. Interesting topics include Chilean cemeteries, DNA, online resources for Hispanic research. Intermediate content for the Nordic Seminar will include Scandinavian handwriting, Swedish emigration, solving problems with the FamilySearch Wiki and more. Attend in person or online. No registration is required.

If you cannot attend a live event, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience at Family History Library classes and webinars. Online classes are noted on the schedule as webinars.

SLIG Scholarship Winners Announced

The following announcement was written by the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG):

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is pleased to announce that five attendees have been awarded scholarships for upcoming courses in the Fall of 2019 and January 2020.

Laura G. Prescott Scholarship Winners

Eileen Ó Dúill and Julie Parillo were selected as the first recipients of the Laura G. Prescott SLIG Scholarship. Tuition to their course of choice at the 2020 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) or the 2020 SLIG Academy, plus hotel accommodations, will be paid out of scholarship funds generously donated by the genealogical community. Though designed to be awarded to one candidate annually, the scholarship is being doubled to celebrate its inaugural year.

The scholarship honors Laura G. Prescott, a genealogy professional who enriched the field with her talents as a teacher, writer, researcher, mentor, society leader and volunteer, and as director of Ancestry Academy—Ancestry’s collection of instructional webinars presented by leading genealogical educators. Laura was also especially known for her bright smile, positive attitude, and encouraging nature.

Enrollments are Now Open on the MA History of Family at the University of Limerick, Ireland

The following is an announcement from the University of Limerick. Please note that enrollment is open to genealogists worldwide:


Calling those with an interest in Irish history, family history and genealogy!

  • Develop your family history skills with the MA History of Family
  • Study online at the University of Limerick, Ireland’s University of the Year, 2019
  • Enroll now to commence study in September 2019

Enrollments are now open on the MA History of Family at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

This is a unique course that offers students all over the world the chance to learn about the history of family. The MA History of Family (Online) is offered by the University of Limerick, Ireland’s University of the Year 2019.

The course will appeal to anyone with an interest in Irish history, family history or genealogy who would like to take their research a stage further and study towards a Master’s degree.

Students study the family within its broader context of social, cultural and economic history. A key attraction of the course is the wide range of topics covered. These include families and migration, families and communities and Irish cultural history, as well as academic writing and advanced research skills. Students also write a dissertation based on their own research.

The course is delivered both on-campus and online. Online students interact with colleagues in Ireland via audio-conference and through the University of Limerick’s virtual learning environment.

NGS Introduces War of 1812 Records Course

The following announcement was written by the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society:

National Genealogical Society Introduces
Its New Online Course: War of 1812 Records

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is pleased to introduce our new Continuing Genealogical Studies (CGS) course, War of 1812 Records. The course will be available online at the commencement of the NGS 2019 Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri, 8-11 May 2019.

War of 1812 Records takes an in-depth look at the wealth of information family historians can access to trace ancestors in this time period. Records include compiled military service, pension, bounty land, Navy and Marine Corps, and prisoner of war records. War of 1812 Records will be available in the NGS online store on 8 May 2019.