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Medieval Welsh Ancestors


Those who have found their noble and royal lines in Weis’ Ancestral Roots of 60 Colonists may have noticed that the Welsh lines are given short shrift. Carl Boyer’s Medieval Welsh Ancestors of Certain Americans is a unique work, resulting from years of research and three trips to Wales with work in the National Library at Aberystwyth, which develops the Welsh lines as far as they can be traced, and includes thousands more ancestors.

The author, Carl Boyer 3rd, has been a friend for many years. I will personally vouch for the quality and accuracy of his work. The man is a very adept genealogist, with many years of experience in researching medieval ancestors.

The volume should be of interest to everyone with noble and royal English ancestry, for it picks up where Weis and other scholars treating English lines gave up. As an example, Joan, daughter of King John of England, married Llywelyn ab Iorwerth the Great, Prince of North Wales. Books on English medieval ancestry stop with the name, usually spelled poorly as copied from some English source, and perhaps one or two lines of data. Boyer’s book includes a page and a half of biographical material and data on each of his twelve children, of whom five were children of Joan. Llywelyn is a descendant of Merfyn Frych, who is said to have been slain in a battle with the King of Mercia about 840, and was father of Rhodri Mawr, King of Wales, who died in the 870s.

Many English families are closely related to the Welsh: de Burgh, Herbert, Lingen, Owen, Puleston, Stanley, le Strange and Turberville, among the many dozens found in the index. An index of Welsh Patronyms makes it easy to find the Welsh entries. I haven’t transcribed that index in this review. I attempted to, but soon gave up as all the fertches and abs and aps were making me crazy! The volume also includes a Personal Names Index, which is actually a surname index with given names included. These names are for those with English-style surnames, not patronymics. See the list copied from the index of Personal Names (without the given names) below.

At the end of this review, I have included a listing made up of the names of those whose descendent genealogies are found in this volume.

Boyer made three trips to Wales while researching this volume because of the difficulty of finding sources in the United States, and did much of his work in the National Library at Aberystwyth.

Order Medieval Welsh Ancestors of Certain Americans, A Comprehensive Genealogy With Biographical and Historical Background as Well as Critical Commentary; by Carl Boyer, 3rd; 2004; Hardback; 6×9.25; 431 pp; $35.96

Purchase as a bundle with The Surnames of Wales, Updated & Expanded and save 30% on the two volumes.

Names included in the Index of Personal Names, Excepting Patronyms

  • Of Abergavenny
  • Abrahall
  • Alcock
  • De Aldford
  • Alcock
  • De Aldford
  • Alfred the Great, King of England
  • Appleton
  • Arnold
  • Arthur, King
  • De Arundel
  • Athelstan
  • Audbrey
  • De Audley
  • Austin
  • Baldwin
  • De Bamville
  • Banastre
  • Barret
  • Barry
  • Baskerville
  • Bassen
  • Basset
  • Beauchamp
  • Beufort
  • Bebb
  • De Bechie
  • Becket
  • Beinon
  • Beisyn
  • De Belesmo
  • Le Belward
  • Berkeley
  • Berkerolles
  • De Berney
  • De Besford
  • Besyn
  • Bewprey
  • Blaene[y]
  • Blout
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Looking for Orting, Washington WWII Veterans


Having just moved back to the Orting, Washington area after an absence of over 20 years, I’ve gotten involved with the local Orting Historical Society. One of their current projects is the restoration of the War Memorial in the Orting City Park. The Memorial was originally built sometime after August 7, 1944, as The City Council meeting notes state that the building of the War Memorial was approved on that day. Originally, the front of the wall included 3 cases in which were the names of WWII veterans that served from Orting. The names were on small bronze plates and included a star to the side of the name if the person died in the service. There were at least 261 names on the wall. I remember the cases with the names on them, as I went by the memorial on my way to school every day. Based upon an Orting Oracle photo in our files that was originally taken with a black & white Polaroid camera, the Roll of Honor cases were no longer on the front of the Memorial Wall sometime after 1961, but was likely much later, maybe as late as 1966 or 67. The rededication of the memorial took place just this last November 11.

The Memorial Wall after the 3 cases with the names were removed. This photo may be of the "In Memory of" plaque being installed after the removal of the people's names.

The Memorial Wall after the 3 cases with the names were removed. This photo may be of the “In Memory of” plaque being installed after the removal of the people’s names.

However, there’s a rather sad mystery as deals with the three Honor Roll cases, and the story keeps evolving. At some point all the cases with the names disappeared, torn from the front of the memorial. The story as I’ve heard it was that the Orting area included included a man who served, but had Japanese ancestry (This I know, as these folks were our family friends). The family asked that his name be added to the War Memorial. The Local American Legion, who along with the Lions Club, had built the memorial, refused to add the name to the wall, stating that they would remove all the names of our Orting veterans rather than have them displayed alongside someone with Japanese ancestry. And that seems to be exactly what happened. So far, we’ve not found out what happened to the 3 cases making up the Honor Roll. Looking back from over half a century later, this seems racist, and honestly, rather stupid. Racism against those of Japanese ancestry was rampant during and for years after WWII – especially on America’s west coast. I’ve written about all this many times before, and at this point I consider it just another difficult part of our history.

Although there are no plans to add names to the memorial, I’d like to construct a listing of those folks who lived in Orting and served with the military in WWII. I may expand this as time goes on to include other wars and conflicts.

The trick is to only include those with Orting City and rural addresses – for Orting is the home of the Washington State Soldiers Home, where virtually thousands of vets have lived, and died. FamilySearch has the microfilm of the applications to live at the Soldiers’ Home, and the a Washington State Digital Archives has them digitized from 1891 to 1987. There are 9184 records in this database. However, you can’t just browse the database. All searches are based on knowing a name to begin with.

Issues of the Orting Oracle (on microfilm at the Pierce County Library), as well as the WWII Draft Registration Cards found at seem to be a good starting point (keeping in mind that men didn’t necessarily serve just because they registered). I found 259 men who listed Orting as their place of residence when registering for WWII. There are also other online databases that include information that I can pull from.

So the project begins… Do you have ancestors who served from Orting? If so I’d love to here from you. Add comments – or write me at

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Evidence Explained – 15% Off through Monday, November 24

When I first picked up Evidence Explained, Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, I read the Foreword and Acknowledgemen,t then skimmed a few pages. I immediately shut the book and said something to the effect of, “this is too academic.” Then I thought about it. My friend and the author, Elizabeth Shown Mills, is an academic. Now, before you get excited, let me explain.

I find practiced scholars and academics have a particular way of writing. I would not wish to read a novel written in such a style or tone. However, a thoroughly vetted and practical guide such as Evidence Explained merits the tone of academia and is well served, in this case, by the author’s expertise and serious approach to the subject of citation. I cannot imagine a more thorough rendering of citation for all types of sources. Mills has gone far beyond the basics of citing books, newspapers, and other common sources. She has taken on all types of records from archives and artifacts to church records to just about any resource a genealogist might come across.

The book also goes into the often confusing area of citing digital sources. Websites, audio files, podcasts, microfilm, reprints, and revisions all receive significant coverage. Chapter by chapter, each reference category is covered in two parts. First, a list of citation models, including first reference and additional referencing options, shows how to create the various citations. Each is listed by media or source type. For example, under the chapter for Censuses, models include: original manuscripts, digital images online commercial site, digital images online archives (France), microfilm Native-American Tribal Census, and many more.

Following the list of models in each chapter, an additional list of guidelines and examples are given. These guidelines examine issues and usage elements the researcher may need to consider when citing sources. For example, again under the Census chapter, items include: ‘Ancient’ vs. ‘Modern’ Censuses, arrangement of elements in reference notes, citing dates of enumeration, citing roll numbers, etc.

Evidence Explained is used by many in the genealogy world. Some consider it the premier source on citation. Other historians even teach citation to fellow researchers strictly using this book as a guide. The table of contents seems too short for the depth of knowledge found in all 885 pages.

Table of Contents


1 Fundamentals of Evidence Analysis

2 Fundamentals of Citation

3 Archives & Artifacts

4 Business & Institutional Records

5 Cemetery Records

6 Census Records

7 Church Records

8 Local & State Records: Courts & Governance

9 Local & State Records: Licenses, Registrations, Rolls & Vital Records

10 Local & State Records: Property & Probates

11 National Government Records

12 Publications: Books, CDs, Maps, Leaflets & Videos

13 Publications: Legal Works & Government Documents

14 Publications: Periodicals, Broadcasts & Web Miscellanea


A Glossary

B Bibliography


Index: QuickCheck Models

Tab This Book!
Another professional genealogist friend, Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL, pointed out to me just last week that she has tabbed her Evidence Explained volume, making it much quicker to use. That make sense, as this is a volume that serious genealogists find themselves turning to constantly. It’s another of those few genealogical “on the corner of the desk” books.

To order your copy of Evidence Explained, Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace; please visit Family Roots Publishing; Item #: GPC3843

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A History of Shenandoah County Virginia – on sale for 50% off thru Monday, November 24

A while back, Family Roots Publishing acquired a quantity of the beautiful book, A History of Shenandoah County, Virginia. The book 894 page hard-cover is technically out-of-print, and FRPC has just a few left. FRPC is again offering this volume as an Exceptional Bargain at just $37.50 (plus $5.50 p&h). That’s 50% off of the orginal MSRP. The offer is good through Monday, November 24, 2014.

Purchase this beautiful volume at the FRPC website.

Following is a book review of this terrific volume.

gpc6175Some 10,000 names is reason enough for any genealogist to find interest in A History of Shenandoah County, Virginia, by John W. Wayland. First published in 1927, this book reaches back to the earliest exploration of the area in 1670, to the first permanent settlers around 1728, through the establishment of the county in 1772, and up to the year 1926.

Page upon page, the history of the Shenandoah Valley and County is revealed, along with the people who lived its history. From prominent figures to the names of children and families, this book provided genealogical data by the droves. Within these pages you will find lists of names, property owner, short biographies, head of families and civic leaders.

This history also provides great details on landmarks and buildings, both those gone forever and, imaginably, plenty that are still standing. Take the Solomon’s Church, located “about four miles southwest of Pine Church, near Forestville…This is also an old establishment and was for many years held in common by the Reformed and the Lutherans.” Such seemingly small details are just what genealogists often need to help track down names and missing records, cemeteries, and other vital pieces of their genealogical puzzle.

The book has been reprinted a few times, but is provided as a copy of the original. It is impossible to describe the wealth of detail found in nearly 800 pages of history, but I can say great value comes from the over 100  page index listing over 10,000 entries, most of which are names, listed by surname.


Outline of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations
Table of Dates (1,000 Items of Interest Arranged in Chronological Order)

  1. By Way of Introduction
  2. The Fairfax Line
  3. Explorations and Early Settlements
  4. Indians and Indian Raids
  5. Angels Unawares
  6. A County With Two Names
  7. Among the Early Records
  8. Towns and Villages of Shenandoah County
  9. The Forest and the Fort
  10. Famous Landmarks
  11. The Outbreak of the Revolution
  12. The Conquest of the Northwest
  13. Heads of Families in 1785
  14. Iron-Making and Iron-Masters
  15. The War of 1812
  16. The Long Gray Trail
  17. First Citizens of 1833
  18. The Forties and the Fifties
  19. The Early Years of the Civil War
  20. The Later Years of the Civil War
  21. Since 1865
  22. The Memorable Years of 1870 and 1876
  23. Echoes of The World War
  24. Old Churches and New
  25. Old Shenandoah Homesteads
  26. Schools and Schoolmasters
  27. Literary Activities and Associations
  28. Some Notable Incidents
  29. Distinguished Sons and Daughters
  30. A Pageant of the Golden West
  31. Pack-Saddles and Hame-Bells
  32. Fairy Palaces
  33. Genealogical Scrap-Bag
  34. Appendix
  35. Historical bits and Pieces
  36. Shenandoah County Since 1927
  37. Table of Dates (Continued)
  38. Index

A copy of A History of Shenandoah County, Virginia await the curious and avid historian and genealogist alike. FRPC is again offering this volume at just $37.50 (plus $5.50 p&h). That’s 50% off of the orginal MSRP.

Purchase this beautiful volume at the FRPC website.

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Yahoo’s Search to Replace the Google Search as Default on the Firefox Web Browser

According to an item posted by Reuters News Service, Yahoo Inc stated Wednesday that their search engine will be the default search engine on the Firefox web browser on desktop PCs as well mobile devices in the USA. They will replace Google’s search as default on the browser.

The deal starts in December and will last five years. Firefox had 10.4 percent of the USA browser market on desktop PCs, mobile phones & tablets as of last month, this according to tech data firm StatCounter.

See more at the Reuter’s website.

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Family History Research Has Grown in the USA by 14 Times in the Past Decade

The following News Release is from Marketwired and

PROVO, UT–(Marketwired – November 19, 2014) – Over the past decade, online family history research has grown in the United States by 14 times, with two-thirds (63%) of respondents in a recent study reporting that family history has become more important than ever. They also say that this growth is motivated by a belief that knowing more about the past is a key part of understanding who we are.

Announced today by, the world’s largest online family history resource, the new findings are part of the first chapter in its Global Family History Report, a multi-country study that examined trends in the family — both past and present — across six developed countries: the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, Germany and Sweden.

According to the study, the relationships between younger and older family members have strengthened, with relationships between grandparents and their grandchildren growing closer in the past 50 years.* Nearly three-quarters (72%) of respondents reported feeling closer to older relatives, with half of older relatives saying they had drawn closer to young relatives as a result of learning more about their family.

“This shift back to vertical family structure is really interesting,” said Michelle Ercanbrack, family historian at Ancestry. “Vertical family structure, meaning multiple generations interacting with one another, was common historically because nuclear families often lived under the same roof. The rise in multigenerational relationships today has everything to do with advances in technology and medicine. As grand- and great-grandparents live longer and stay connected with social media, there are now unprecedented opportunities to engage with younger generations and pass on family stories.”

Younger people are among those inspired most to learn more about their family history through talking with older family members (55% overall). And the family knowledge held by older generations has expanded when compared to what their parents knew about their ancestors. A generation ago, the average family history stretched back 149 years, but today this has grown in the U.S. to 184 years.

Among those who have researched their ancestry in ways other than speaking to family, three of the most commonly used resources in the U.S. are photographs (81%), birth, marriage and death records, (66%) and letters (45%). Uncovering a strong family narrative and culture, however, emerges when family dinnertime conversations and historical records meet.

“The holidays are the perfect time to connect with family. If you are lucky enough to still have a living patriarch or matriarch in your family, take the time to sit with them and listen,” said Ercanbrack. “Whenever I visit Grandma, I love snapping pictures of family photos hanging on the wall or printing off census records from her life to start her talking and then recording the conversation we have with my smartphone. You’ll be amazed at what you learn about their life and gain some context to what led to your own unique circumstances.”

Capturing and sharing your family history is easy on-the-go with a mobile phone. The Ancestry mobile app is free and can help you discover, preserve and share your family history no matter where you are. Similarly, Shoebox by Ancestry is a great mobile app used to scan old paper photos and save them to your family tree. To download either or both before heading out for your holiday gatherings, visit and

* The number of grandchildren with a close relationship with a grandparent has increased from 60 percent in the 1950s-1960s to 78 percent today, an increase of 30 percent.

Methodology:In March 2014, Ancestry approached the Future Foundation to pursue an original program of research focusing on the growing phenomenon of online family history research in six of the world’s largest economies: the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Sweden. A number of desk research resources have been consulted to compile the findings, these include previous survey research from Ancestry, census data from each of the six countries, nVision Global trend data and forecasts for internet uptake, use of social networking and other online activities, in each of thesix countries, and Ancestry’s extensive genealogical archives.A total of 6,024 10-15 minute interviews were carried out with adults aged 18+ in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Sweden (1,000+ adults aged 18+ per country) as part of its original quantitative research. In each country, interlocking age and gender quotas and broad income-group quotas were set to ensure the sample was representative of the general population by age and gender. Interviews were carried out online, using panel respondents recruited by Research Now, during June 2014.In instances where we believe our sample of online panel respondents to be representative of the general population (i.e., non tech-related matters such as ancestors, extended family, etc.), we interpret results as representative of the adult population in general.In other instances, where appropriate (e.g. when giving the percentage of all adults who have used the Internet for online family history), we have mapped survey results against other sources of data listed above (e.g., on the percentage of adults aged 18+ who are internet users in each country) and adjusted findings accordingly.

About is the world’s largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 15 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 60 million family trees to the core Ancestry websites, including its flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Additionally, offers a suite of online family history brands, including,,, as well as the AncestryDNA product, sold by DNA, LLC, which, along with its core Ancestry websites, are all designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

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The Surnames of Wales – New Updated & Expanded Edition Available


Having been raised just a short distance from the Washington State coal mining communities of Carbonado, and Wilkeson, I’ve done my share of research on families with Welsh ancestry over the years. I found out long ago that typical migration patterns for many of these families was from Wales to Pennsylvania, then on to Pierce and King County, Washington, where many of the men worked in the coal mines. The mines here were “gassy” and many Welsh miners lost their lives in mine explosions. A new resource has just come available for those doing research on their people from Wales. The Surnames of Wales – Updated & Expanded, was written by John & Sheila Rowlands and is now shipping.

The updated and expanded edition of The Surnames of Wales book provides the reader with detailed insight into the origins and occurrence of common Welsh surnames, together with some consideration of those surnames that are associated with particular locales, thus helping to suggest a likely place of origin within Wales. The opening chapters of the book give a historical overview of Welsh names, dealing, in particular, with the patronymic naming system and the gradual adoption of surnames. The central chapters include a comprehensive survey of Welsh surnames and an all-important glossary of surnames. This is the core of the work, as it provides the origins and history of surnames from the viewpoint of family history, and also shows the distribution and incidence of surnames throughout Wales. The final chapters cover such items as the distribution of surnames derived from the ap prefix, the incidence of surnames derived from Old Testament names, and surname evidence for the presence of people of Welsh origin in populations outside Wales. Nearly forty maps, drawn by the authors, show the incidence and distribution of typical surnames throughout Wales.

This edition of The Surnames of Wales contains four new chapters and several updated and expanded chapters, with information deriving from a survey involving more than 270,000 surnames found in parish records throughout Wales. Among the many new features is an exhaustive study of how Welsh patronymics changed to settled surnames, an analysis of surname distribution, an expansion of the all-important glossary of Welsh surnames, and a groundbreaking survey and glossary of Welsh given games, a very important addition to the text because the geographical distribution of given names can provide clues to the origins of early surnames. This edition of The Surnames of Wales is an indispensable reference work for family historians with Welsh ancestry.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Welsh Surnames and Their Origins

Chapter 3: Early Surnames

Chapter 4: Patronymic Name – a Survey of Transition

Chapter 5: A Survey of Surnames

Chapter 6: Other Work on Distribution

Chapter 7: Glossary of Surnames

Chapter 8: A Survey of Given Names

Chapter 9: Glossary of Given Names

Chapter 10: Further Uses of the Surveys

Chapter 11: Migration, Emigration and Place of Origin

References and Select Bibliography

Appendix A: Parishes by Hundreds within Counties

Appendix B: Old Testament, AP and Adjectival Names

Appendix C: Local Transition

Appendix D: Predicting Origins

Subject Index

Index of Names

A Glossary of Surnames makes up Chapter 7. Following a standard pattern, first, a short historical and linguistic paragraph is found for each name. Any indication of the existence of earlier work on the family is often given, with reference made to the work. A summary of sources is often given. Places where the family name is found, along with percentage of incidence are listed.

Order The Surnames of Wales – Updated & Expanded by John & Sheila Rowlands at a 10% thru Dec 24, 2014 at the FRPC website

The following surnames are included with details:

  • Ace
  • Adams
  • Ajax
  • Alban
  • Allen
  • Andrew
  • Anthony
  • Anwyl
  • Arthur
  • Ashton
  • Astley
  • Augustus
  • Austin
  • Awbrey
  • Badland
  • Bamford
  • Baskerville
  • Bateman
  • Baugh
  • Bebb
  • Beedle
  • Belth
  • Benbow
  • Bengough
  • Benjamin
  • Bennett
  • Bevan
  • Beynon
  • Bidder
  • Blackwell
  • Blayney
  • Bonner
  • Bonsall
  • Boulter
  • Bound
  • Bowdler
  • Bowen
  • Brace
  • Breese
  • Brigstocke
  • Brooks
  • Brown
  • Brunt
  • Bufton
  • Bulkeley
  • Button
  • Caddock
  • Cadogen
  • Cadwalader
  • Canton
  • Charles
  • Christmas
  • Clayton
  • Clement
  • Clocker
  • Cole
  • Connah
  • Coslett
  • Craddock
  • Crowther
  • Crunn
  • Cunnick
  • Daniel
  • David
  • Davies
  • Dawkins
  • Deere
  • Devonald
  • Dodd
  • Edmunds
  • Edwards
  • Elias
  • Ellis
  • Emanual
  • Enoch
  • Ephraim
  • Esau
  • Evans
  • Eynon
  • Faithful
  • Felix
  • Fenna
  • Folland
  • Foulkes
  • Francis
  • Gabriel
  • Games
  • Gammon
  • Gedrych
  • George
  • Gethin
  • Gibbs
  • Gittins, Gittoes
  • Goodwin
  • Gough
  • Gravenor
  • Griffiths
  • Gronow
  • Gunter
  • Gwalchmai
  • Gwenlan
  • Gwilt
  • Gwynne
  • Gwyther
  • Haines
  • Hall
  • Hamer
  • Harries, Harris
  • Harry
  • Hatfield
  • Havard
  • Heilyn
  • Henry
  • Herbert
  • Hire
  • Hoddinott
  • Hooson
  • Hopkins
  • Hoskins
  • Howe
  • Howells
  • Hughes
  • Hullin
  • Humphreys
  • Husband
  • Hussey
  • Isaac
  • Ithell
  • Jacob
  • James
  • Jarman
  • Jasper
  • Jeffreys
  • Jehu
  • Jenkins
  • Jervis
  • Job
  • John
  • Jones
  • Joseph
  • Joshua
  • Kendrick
  • Kinsey
  • Kneath
  • Knethell
  • Kyffin
  • Landeg
  • Laugharne
  • Lewis
  • Leyshon
  • Llewelyn
  • Lloyd
  • LLywarch
  • Lodwick
  • Lougher
  • Lucas
  • Lumley
  • Mabe
  • Maddocks
  • Mason
  • Mathias
  • Matthews
  • Mayberry
  • Melchior
  • Medus
  • Meredith
  • Meyler
  • Meyrick
  • Michael
  • Miles
  • Mills
  • Morgan
  • Morris
  • Morse
  • Mortimer
  • Mostyn
  • Nanney
  • Narberth
  • Nash
  • Nekrews
  • Nevett
  • Newell
  • Nicholas
  • Nock
  • Nuttall
  • Oliver
  • Owen
  • Parker
  • Parry
  • Pask
  • Peate
  • Peregrine
  • Perkins
  • Peters
  • Phillips
  • Picton
  • Powell
  • Powis
  • Price
  • Pritchard
  • Probert
  • Probyn
  • Profit
  • Prosser
  • Prothero
  • Pugh
  • Rees
  • Reynolds
  • Rhydderch
  • Richards
  • Roberts
  • Roblin
  • Roch
  • Roderick
  • Rogers
  • Rosser
  • Rowe
  • Rowlands
  • Salathiel
  • Salmon
  • Salusbury
  • Sambrook
  • Samuel
  • Savage
  • Sayce
  • Sheen
  • Sheldon
  • Skyrme
  • Snith
  • Smouth
  • Stephens
  • Stradling
  • Swancott
  • Tannatt
  • Taylor
  • Teague
  • Tew
  • Thomas
  • Tibbot
  • Timothy
  • Trenarne
  • Trevor
  • Trewent
  • Trow
  • Tucker
  • Tudor
  • Turner
  • Vaughan
  • Vipond
  • Voyle
  • Walbeoff
  • Walters
  • Warlow
  • Warren
  • Wathen
  • Watkins
  • Watts
  • Weal
  • Weaver
  • Whittal
  • Wigley
  • Wild
  • Wilding
  • Williams
  • Woosencraft
  • Woosnam
  • Worthing
  • Wynn
  • Yorath
  • Young

The Surnames of Wales – Updated & Expanded; by John & Sheila Rowlands; Paperback; 6×9; 344 pp; 2014; ISBN: 9780806319971; Item #: GPC5033; $39.95 less 10% thru Dec 24, 2014 at the FRPC website

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Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Province of Pomerania I – RB Köslin – Now Shipping in Soft Cover


Over the last several days, FRPC has shipped the soft cover edition of Map Guide to German Parish Registers, Kingdom of Prussia – Province of Pomerania I – Regierungsbezirk Köslin to all our accounts that have standing orders. We are now releasing it to the public. The hardback library edition will be shipping soon, but we are are still awaiting delivery from the bindery.

Published by Family Roots Publishing Company, Volume 49 of the German Map Guide series was published in November of 2014. This volume includes a total of 3,284 places – mostly towns, found in the Kingdom of Prussia, Province of Pomerania, Regierungsbezirk Köslin. The book also includes a master index to Volumes 49 through 50, which covers all of Pomerania. Written in English by Kevan Hansen, the volume was principally written to help family historians resolve where their family may have gone to church – and left vital records behind that may be seen today. This is the forty-ninth of a series covering all of Germany. The series is still in production. In many cases, even the smallest places are listed in this series – some with as little population as one person! These places are as of about 1870. If the place existed prior to that date, it will most likely be listed. If the place was named after that date, the chances drop.

Each volumes of the series does the following:

  • Identifies the parish where an ancestor worshipped based on where they lived.
  • Gives the FHL microfilm number for the family’s parish records.
  • Identifies nearly every city, town, and place that included residents.
  • Visually identifies church parishes for Lutherans & Catholics in each district.
  • Identifies adjoining parishes in case an ancestor attended an alternate parish.
  • Aids in area searches, particularly across district or regional borders.
  • Provides visual identification of search areas in which to look for a family.
  • Helps in determining proximity of one area to another.
  • Aids in determining reasonable distances of travel from one area to another.
  • Identifies population centers in each parish.
  • Identifies archives, repositories, and other resources.
  • Aids in identification of the location of minority religions.
  • Click here to order Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia, Province of Pomerania I, Regierungsbezirk Köslin, with full index of included towns, by Kevan Hansen, 230 pp; German Map Guide Volume 49; Soft Cover; ISBN-13: 978-1-62859-022-7; Item #: FR0097; $34.60

    Those doing research on Pommern ancestors might also be interested in Pomerania Atlantic Bridge to Germany. FRPC is making it available for 10% off through December 24, 2014 (just $24.26). It’s a great companion volume to set next to FPRC’s new Pomerania German Map Guides.

    The following places are found in this volume.

  • Aalbeck
  • Aalkaten
  • Aba
  • Abbau  Hölle
  • Abbau  Luggewiese
  • Abbau  Lupowske
  • Abbau  Retzin
  • Abbau  Schimmerwitz
  • Abbau  Schwerinsthal-Buchhorst
  • Abbau  Ziegelei
  • Abdeckerei
  • Abtshagen
  • Achteklitz
  • Ackerhof
  • Adlig  Bauerhufen
  • Adlig  Bornhagen
  • Adlig  Bütow
  • Adlig  Damerkow
  • Adlig  Draheim
  • Adlig  Freest
  • Adlig  Gross  Tuchen
  • Adlig  Heinrichsdorf
  • Adlig  Klein  Möllen
  • Adlig  Kublitz
  • Adlig  Mellin
  • Adlig  Rose
  • Adlig  Sassenburg
  • Adlig  Suckow
  • Adlig  Wusseken
  • Adlig  Zamborst
  • Adolfshof
  • Adolphsruh
  • Agathonshof
  • Albertinenbruch
  • Albertinenhof
  • Albertswalde
  • Alexanderhof
  • Alt  Banzin
  • Alt  Bärbaum
  • Alt  Belz
  • Alt  Bewersdorf
  • Alt  Bork
  • Alt  Buckow
  • Alt  Damerow
  • Alt  Draheim
  • Alte  Dampfmühle
  • Altemühle
  • Alte  Mühle
  • Altenhagen
  • Altenwalde
  • Alter  Bahnhof
  • Alter  Krug
  • Alter  Sandkrug
  • Alte  Schäferei
  • Alte  Schneidemühle
  • Altes  Forsthaus
  • Alte  Walkmühle
  • Alte  Ziegelei
  • Alt  Fliesshof
  • Alt  Friedrichswalde
  • Alt  Griebnitz
  • Alt  Gutzmerow
  • Althammer
  • Althof
  • Althütte
  • Alt  Hütten
  • Alt  Järshagen
  • Alt  Jassonka
  • Alt  Johannishof
  • Alt  Jugelow
  • Alt  Kleehof
  • Alt  Kolziglow
  • Alt  Koprieben
  • Alt  Körtnitz
  • Alt  Krakow
  • Alt  Kuddezow
  • Alt  Kugelwitz
  • Alt  Liepenfier
  • Alt  Lissow
  • Alt  Lükfitz
  • Alt  Marrin
  • Altmühl
  • Altmühl  bei  Grünewald
  • Altmühl  bei  Pielburg
  • Altmühle
  • Alt  Paalow
  • Alt  Priebkow
  • Alt  Quetzin
  • Alt  Ristow
  • Alt  Ritzerow
  • Alt Sanskow
  • Altschäferei
  • Alt  Schidlitz
  • Alt  Schlage
  • Alt  Schlawe
  • Alt  Springe
  • Altstadt
  • Alt  Strand
  • Alt  Stüdnitz
  • Alt  Tramm
  • Alt  Valm
  • Alt  Vargow
  • Alt  Warschow
  • Alt  Werder
  • Alt  Wilhelmshof
  • Alt  Wuhrow
  • Alt  Wustrow
  • Alt  Zowen
  • Alwinenhof
  • Amalienhof
  • Ameisenkrug
  • Amerika
  • Am  Jamunder  See
  • Am  Kantzenberg
  • Am  Moor
  • Am  Ostseestrande
  • Amt  Bauerhufen
  • Amt  Bornhagen
  • Amt  Klein  Möllen
  • Amt  Neuenhagen
  • Amt  Todenhagen
  • Ankerholz
  • Ankrow
  • Annaberg
  • Annaburg
  • Annenhof
  • Antonienettenhof
  • Antonienhof
  • Antonshof
  • Antonswalde
  • Arnhausen
  • Arnsberg
  • Arnshagen
  • Aschenkaten
  • Auenfelde
  • Auf  dem  Auger
  • Auf  den  Bergen
  • Augenweide
  • Augustenfelde
  • Augustenhof
  • Augustenthal
  • Augustfelde
  • Augusthof
  • Augusthöhe
  • Augustin
  • Augustthal
  • Augustwald
  • Augustwalde
  • Aulage
  • Ausbau  an  der Rummelsburger Chaussee
  • Ausbau  Brandmoor
  • Ausbau  Brückenkrug
  • Ausbau  Buschkowi
  • Ausbau  Gipp
  • Ausbau  Pinnow
  • Ausbau  Popiel
  • Aussicht
  • Babidoll
  • Babilonken
  • Babin
  • Babylon
  • Bachkaten
  • Bäck
  • Badelhörne
  • Bahlberg
  • Bahnhof  Alt  Körnitz
  • Bahnhof  Arnshagen
  • Bahnhof  Balster  Süd
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Ancestry Launches Enhanced DNA Matching & the beta for DNA Circles


This morning, Ancestry launched their new, enhanced DNA matching and the beta for DNA Circles, the new name for what was DNA match groups.

I went on Ancestry and checked out my matches. My DNA matches are few because all Ancestry has in their database from me is data from collection that was done by Sorenson Molecular at a genealogy conference many years ago. However, there are still 60 matches, for 3rd cousins and higher. In scrolling down through the matches, scanning surnames, as well as pedigree charts, I’ve spotted some exciting matches that will dramatically expand my research, as well as for those folks I will be corresponding with. I’m going to need 36 hour days from now on.

According to Ancestry, “All AncestryDNA customers who had their results prior to today will have their updated DNA matches available on the site… What really makes our new matching algorithms powerful is how we have improved the process of phasing with having the database size to cross compare and take a deeper dive into the new discoveries we are making.”

Diving deeper? Yes, I have to agree…

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American Idol Finalist David Archuleta & Studio C to Perform at RootsTech 2015

The following press release is from FamilySearch:


SALT LAKE CITY, 19 November 2014 — American Idol finalist David Archuleta is teaming up with the popular comedy sketch group Studio C from BYUtv to perform at RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world happening February 12–14, 2015. The two talents will be performing at the RootsTech Closing Event at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Both will be featuring new original pieces for the event, including a new song written by David Archuleta and a never-before-seen sketch by Studio C. For more information, go to

David Archuleta has sold more than 1 million albums and earned numerous awards. According to David, being part of RootsTech gives him a chance to celebrate his family and the influence they have had on his music. “When people ask me what has influenced my music, they are often surprised when I tell them it’s my family. My family has made me who I am and my music what it is.”

Archuleta’s mother is from Honduras, and he has embraced the Latin influence in his music, even performing songs in Spanish. His father was a jazz musician who introduced the family to jazz, as well as gospel, pop, rock, and soul. His family’s heritage and history helped craft Archuleta’s unique style.

“Music was always a part of my life growing up. My mother was also big on dancing and would teach my older sister and me to dance to traditional music,” he remembers. “I can’t think about celebrating my family without thinking about celebrating music.”

The sketch comedy group Studio C from BYUtv has grown to become a household name for people across the nation of all ages, but especially among teens and millennials. Since its launch in October 2012, its loyal fan base has helped grow the show’s online presence to more than 70 million YouTube views to date.

David Archuleta and Studio C will be performing for thousands of attendees at the RootsTech Closing Event on the final day of RootsTech, February 14, 2015. To reserve your ticket to see David Archuleta and Studio C, visit

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FamilySearch Adds Over 3.7 Million Indexed Records & Images to Australia, Canada, Isle of Man, South Africa, & the USA

The following is from FamilySearch:

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FamilySearch adds more than 3.7 million indexed records and images to Australia, Canada, Isle of Man, South Africa, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,395,009 images from the Canada, Nova Scotia Probate Records, 1760–1993 collection; the 396,405 images and 396,405 indexed records from the US, BillionGraves Index collection; and the 389,387 indexed records from the South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801–2004 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at

Searchable historic records are made available on through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at .

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Australia, New South Wales, Census (fragment), 1841 – 1,385 – 2,249 – New browsable image collection.

Canada, Nova Scotia Probate Records, 1760–1993 – 0 – 1,395,009 – New browsable image collection.

Isle of Man, Isle of Man Parish Registers, 1598–2009 – 0 – 44,050 – Added images to an existing collection.

South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801–2004 – 389,387 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, BillionGraves Index – 396,405 – 396,405 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records, 1899–2011 – 0 – 91 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Idaho, Lincoln County Records, 1886–1972 – 0 – 1,232 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Kentucky Death Records, 1911–1961 – 173,963 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Louisiana, Orleans Court Records, 1822–1880 – 0 – 7,376 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Louisiana, Orleans Parish Will Books, 1805–1920 – 0 – 1,829 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Louisiana, State Penitentiary Records, 1866–1963 – 0 – 78 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Maryland, Register of Wills Records, 1629–1999 – 0 – 17,565 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Probate Estate Files, 1886–1900 – 0 – 3,926 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Ohio, Crawford County Church Records, 1853–2007 – 0 – 695 – New browsable image collection.

US, Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files, 1813–1932 – 0 – 152,511 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Ohio, Licking County, Hartford Township Records, 1881–1962 – 0 – 989 – New browsable image collection.

US, Ohio, Northern District, Eastern Division, Naturalization Index, 1855–1967 – 0 – 196,148 – New browsable image collection.

US, Tennessee, Cocke County Records, 1860–1930 – 0 – 3,659 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Utah, Cache County Records, 1861–1955 – 0 – 3,045 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Virginia, African-American Funeral Programs, 1920–2009 – 328,371 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Virginia, Isle of Wight County Records, 1634–1951 – 0 – 115 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Washington, County Marriages, 1855–2008 – 0 – 202,454 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Washington, Pierce County Marriage Returns, 1891–1950 – 0 – 732 – Added images to an existing collection.

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THE HOT LAKE STORY – An Illustrated History from Pre-Discovery to 1974

This last week I drove across I-84 through Oregon. I was returning to Orting, Washington, after having been to New Mexico to visit my sister and niece. As I stopped for fuel at the local Flying J in La Grande, I noted the highway sign pointing to Hot Lake Springs. I didn’t have the time to stop, but I was reminded that FRPC sells a delightful and heavily illustrated book dealing with Hot Lake. Many of the illustrations are in color, dependent on the time period in which they were taken. Following is a bit about THE HOT LAKE STORY – An illustrated history from pre-discovery to 1974, by Richard R. Roth.

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With the ever-present thread of Indian culture and history, until the coming of the White Man during 1812, the waters at Hot Lake Springs, Oregon, have been used commercially for over 150 years, starting in 1864. The springs and surrounding land have been used at various times for a dance hall, hotel, sanitarium-sanatorium, hospital, health resort, nursing home and farming operation.

Over the years, thousands of people have been attracted to the hot mineral springs and part of their fascinating life was left behind. Hot Lake’s past has been documented by the author who grew up and lived there for thirty-two years. He tells the story of Hot Lake’s operation through extensive research, pictures and illustrations covering the area’s initial use by local Indian tribes until the Roth family sold the enterprise in 1974. Hot Lake has its own unique story as told by Richard Roth who grew up at Hot Lake and was immersed in its history.

The key tags, the pictures on the wall, the postal cancellation equipment, all these things, and more, meant something, and Richard was there – growing up with it – and taking it all in. This is not just another history. This is the history of Hot Lake from its pre-discovery by the white man up to 1974, when Richard moved away to live his own life.

About the Author
Richard attended Eastern Oregon College where he majored in history. Following completion of a master’s degree at the university of Oregon in 1967, he returned to Hot Lake full time to become actively involved with the management of the family enterprise.

After leaving the Grande Ronde Valley, Roth went on the complete a Master of Public Health degree in health administration and policy (MPH) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and his MBA in management at Oklahoma City University. Roth’s work experience has involved the directing and management of various health facilities and programs over the years including clinic operations for two family practice residency training programs in Phoenix and Fort Worth.

The author’s wife, Beverly, is a retired Captain (0-6) formerly with the U.S. Public Health Service. An Alaska Native (Tsimshian Indian), she was born and raised in Metlakatla. Their son, Richard, is on active duty with the U.S. Air Force. The Roths make their home in Orting, Washington.

THE HOT LAKE STORY – An Illustrated History from Pre-Discovery to 1974, 2nd Edition (with addendum), By Richard R Roth; 2008; 8.5×11; ISBN: 978-0-9821849-1-3; Item #HQP007; Family Roots Publishing is offering the book at 10% off through December 24, 2014, making it just $58.46. Click on this link to order.


  • Overview of the Use, Control, Management and Ownership at Hot Lake from Pre-1864 to 1974. Pages 1-10
  • Pre-1864 Years in the Hot Lake Area. Pages 11-16.
  • The Commercialization of Hot Lake begins with William Clark and Samuel Newhard (C.1864-1898). Pages 17 – 32.
  • Dr. Henry J. Minthorn – Ben Cook Era at Hot Lake (1898-1900). Pages 33-46.
  • Dr. George Watts Tape Involvement at Hot Lake (1900 – 1904) and (1910 – 1917). Pages 47 – 53.
  • Hot Lake: the Pierce-Phy Years (1901 – 1933). Pages 55 – 232.
  • Dr. John B. Gregory’s Lease (1933 – 1934) and the 1934 fire. Pages 233 – 252).
  • The Lawrence F. Allen Lease (1934 – 1935). Pages 247-252.
  • Dr. John Hubert Sturges (1935 – 1939). Pages 253 – 264.
  • The Harriet Baxter and W.W. Shaw Lease (1940 – 1942. Pages 265 – 267
  • Hot Lake: The Roth Ownership Years (1942 – 1974) Pages 268 – 364.
  • Hot Lake Kitchen Operations. Pages 265 – 368
  • Stories of Hot Lake. Pages 369 – 373
  • Railroading at Hot Lake. Pages 375 – 405
  • Physicians at Hot Lake. Pages 406 – 418.
  • Hot Lake Postal History. Pages 419 – 421
  • Buildings and Grounds. Pages 422 – 435
  • Hot Lake Collectibles. Pages 437 – 444.
  • Index. Pages 445 – 457
  • Bibliography. Pages 458 – 462
  • Addendum. Pages 463 – 474


  • A City Under one Roof
  • Abe, Fred
  • Adams, Lulu
  • Adventist Church
  • Allen, Bill
  • Allen, Lawrence F.
  • Alliance Trust Co
  • Alton, Morris J.
  • Ambulance, Hot Lake’s
  • American Field Trials
  • Ames, Carrie M.
  • Ames, Robert S.
  • Anderson, Charles E.
  • Anderson, Hans M.
  • Anderson, John
  • Andrews, Wesley,
  • Aninland, Aldon J.
  • Aninland, James B.
  • Aninland, John J.
  • Aniland, Nellie
  • Armido, Lorenzo
  • Armido, Stena I.
  • Arrowhead Hot Springs Asuncion, Mariano
  • Atkinson, Matilda,
  • Automobile, Franklin
  • Automobile, Pierce-Racine
  • Baby – Last known delivery at Hot Lake
  • Bailey Farm Equipment Co.
  • Baker, Helen
  • Ballroom (see also Lobby, Cook-Minthorn)
  • Band, Hot Lake
  • Banker’s Panic of 1907
  • Barbershop
  • Barrie, Mrs. Grace
  • Bathhouse, Men’s section
  • Bathhouse, Women’s section
  • Bathhouse/Gymnasium
  • Baxter, Edith R
  • Baxter, George C
  • Baxter, Harriet, Mrs.
  • Baxter, Irene
  • Baxter-Shaw Lease
  • Beal, Golda E
  • Bear, Story of the
  • Becker, Helen
  • Benham, (electrician) Mr.
  • Bennes, J.V.
  • Bennett, Fiona A
  • Berg, Johanna O
  • Berg, John
  • Berson, George
  • Bickford, Katie
  • Bickford, Lloyd
  • Bideler, L.M.
  • Bideler, Mrs. Dorothy
  • Billiard and Pool Room
  • Bishop, Dr Warren G
  • Blackfeet Indians
  • Black Hawk
  • Bluett-Duncan, Dr.
  • Blue Angel Program
  • Bolduc, Edward
  • Bond, Stephen W.
  • Bonney, Dick
  • Boothman Ranch
  • Boothman, Bill
  • Boothman, Ed,
  • Boothman, Tant
  • Bourne, Oregon
  • Bovard, Lena
  • Bowman-Hicks Lumber Co
  • Boyles, Aileen M.
  • Boyles, Alena M
  • Boyles, Dudley C
  • Boyles, Goldie M
  • Boyles, Marian O
  • Brandley, Dorothy
  • Branner, Dr Cleveland E
  • Bratz, Albert J.
  • Brooks, Mary B
  • Brooks, Ralph C
  • Brooks, Wilhelmina M
  • Brookshire, Mabel
  • Brot, Jacob
  • Bruce, Ethel
  • Buchanan, Emma
  • Buildings, 1910
  • Buildings after 1934
  • Burnett, Maria A
  • Burns, Dimmon
  • Burns, Lana
  • Byesem, Lilli
  • Cabin, of Dr W.T. Phy
  • Cadet Nurse Training Program
  • Cahill, Ethel B
  • Campbell, Very B
  • Canaparola, Dr
  • Carey, Tim
  • Carpenter shop
  • ‘Carper, Eldon G
  • Carper, Gustave A
  • Carper, Sarah K
  • Carter, Anita
  • Carter, Eleanor E
  • Caspar, G.A.
  • Caspar, Mrs. G.A.
  • Casper, Sarah K
  • Catching, Charles H
  • Catton, Bruce
  • Caviness, Alfred
  • Caviness, Elys
  • Cayuse Indians
  • Chadwick, Dorothy
  • Chadwick, John
  • Chadwick, Pearl
  • Chase, Charlie
  • Chemawa Indian School
  • Chief Joseph (old)
  • Chief Joseph (young)
  • China patterns in use at Hot Lake
  • Chung, Chang
  • Clark, Mary
  • Clark, W.H.
  • Clark, William
  • Clay, Carrie B.
  • Clayborn, Clivia
  • Clayton, Ralph C
  • Cleaver, Charlie
  • Cleaver, Mr.
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Fold3 Offering Free Access to Their WWII Collections Through November 30

I’ve been a Fold3 subscriber since the website started years ago. If I’m looking for military record images and data, it is the first place I search. Although I’ve been traveling, making this announcement is a bit late on my part, I’d like to pass along that Fold3 is offering free access to their WWII Military Records through November 30.

See the announcement posted at the November 11, 2014 at the Upfront With NGS website for details.

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MyHeritage Bolsters Leadership in the Netherlands With Strategic Partnerships & 1st National TV Ad Campaign

The following news release is from Daniel Horowitz:

TEL AVIV, Israel & AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – November 13, 2014: MyHeritage, the popular family history network, today announced two key partnerships and a national TV marketing initiative that strengthen its leadership position in the Netherlands. The partnerships with popular Dutch genealogy services Aldfaer and Coret Genealogie include product integration and harness MyHeritage technologies to improve the way Dutch people explore their past.

MyHeritage currently has over 850,000 registered users in the Netherlands – about 5% of the population – and more than 80 million users worldwide, between its flagship service MyHeritage and the service it operates.

Founded in 1998, Aldfaer is a comprehensive genealogy freeware distributed by the Aldfaer Foundation that has achieved high popularity among family history fans in the Netherlands. As part of the agreement, MyHeritage will support the Aldfaer Foundation to allow its continued operation. Among the new features Aldfaer will offer a seamless integration of MyHeritage’s unique Smart Matching and Record Matching technologies to bring high accuracy automatic discoveries to the users of Aldfaer, based on MyHeritage’s huge international database of 5.6 billion records and family tree profiles.

“We’re excited to work with MyHeritage”, said Anne van der Ploeg, founder of the Aldfaer Foundation. “They have earned our trust with their ethical approach to business. Aldfaer will continue to grow and thrive and the addition of MyHeritage matching will make it even more valuable for our many users in the Netherlands.”

Coret Genealogie
Coret Genealogie provides several online services dedicated to Dutch genealogy. Founded by Bob Coret in 2003, the services include Stamboom Forum, the most active genealogy forum in the Netherlands and Genealogie Online, a comprehensive online family tree publishing service. MyHeritage has partnered with its founder Bob Coret, a respected genealogist and technologist in the Dutch genealogy community. Coret will be working with MyHeritage as a strategic advisor and technologist to help MyHeritage perfect its offerings in the Netherlands and develop new opportunities within the Dutch market. As of next month, MyHeritage matching technologies will be added to the Genealogie Online service to allow its users to make new discoveries, without transferring data to MyHeritage. Integrations with additional services in the Coret Genealogie portfolio will follow.

“I look forward to working with MyHeritage – a global technology leader – as they strengthen their presence in the Netherlands” said Bob Coret. “The Dutch family history landscape is diverse, exciting and extremely active and the cooperation with MyHeritage will create new opportunities for Dutch family history enthusiasts.”

TV ad campaign
MyHeritage has recently launched a large-scale prime time television advertising campaign in the Netherlands. The campaign features MyHeritage users in the Netherlands sharing their stories, passion and experiences with the service. The voice of the campaign is Dutch celebrity actor, Bram van der Vlugt. In addition to the Netherlands, MyHeritage has simultaneously launched another national TV campaign in Norway.

“Among all countries of the world, the Netherlands stands out in the passion of its people for family history”, said MyHeritage Founder & CEO Gilad Japhet. “We’re delighted to spearhead important new partnerships with Aldfaer and Coret and launch our first national TV campaign to further enhance our Dutch market leadership.”

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the leading destination for discovering, sharing and preserving family history. As technology thought leaders and innovators, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive database of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees, and ground-breaking search and matching technologies. MyHeritage is trusted by millions of families and provides them an easy way to share their story, past and present, and treasure it for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 40 languages.

Click here to see an example of the MyHeritage Ad running in the Netherlands (with English subtitles).

MyHeritage simultaneously launched another national TV campaign in Norway. Watch the ad with English subtitles by clicking here.

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120 Years of Pioneering Genealogy by GSU & FamilySearch

The following News Release is from FamilySearch:


Salt Lake City, Utah November 13, 2014 -“Whatever your past perceptions, it is different now!” proclaimed Allan F. Packer, in a recent worldwide broadcast, describing the ever growing popularity of online ancestry research and the broad range of inviting online family history activities. Packer is the Executive Director of FamilySearch International ( ), formerly the Genealogical Society of Utah. 120 years ago today, the obscure nonprofit organization held its first meeting under the direction of its first president, Franklin D. Richards. Billions of historic records and millions of subscribers later, it has become a premier global leader in the online genealogy space helping more people than ever discover their ancestors.

What started as a charge to begin gathering its first published family histories and historical records from around the world to help its members (predominantly Mormon immigrants at the time) with their genealogical research, today, has morphed into the free public family history mega-site, It entertains millions of patrons a month seeking to find, connect, preserve, or share their ancestral roots and memories, and publishes hundreds of millions of new historic records online each year from archives around the world.

David E. Rencher, the organization’s Chief Genealogy Officer said, “People today have such a vast reservoir of resources at to draw from, that many historical gems which were previously buried in obscurity are now readily available online. The family links that can be made from these rich resources will blossom into the most complete picture we’ve ever had of the human family.”

In 1894, the Genealogical Society of Utah was formed under the direction of Wilford Woodruff, then President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to assist members of the faith to seek out their ancestors and preserve their family trees for future generations. Today, the vast collection of historical records and other family history preserving and sharing services are available for free to anyone at, in 4,745 family history centers, and the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

During the Great Depression in the 1930’s, interest in genealogy increased. Previous to this time, involvement remained low. “Many who were out of work took the opportunity to do some long neglected family research. One Society staff member noted that there was probably more work done in this period than at any previous time, with the library filled to capacity” (Allen, James B., Jessie L. Embry, Kahlile B. Mehr, Hearts Turned To The Fathers, Provo, Utah, 1995, 92).

In 1938, the society became a veritable pioneer in the broad use of microfilm to preserve and provide broader access to the world’s historic genealogical records—with hundreds of microfilm cameras in operation in dozens of countries. Revolutionary at the time, the special cameras would take a picture of a historic document shrinking the image down to roughly one percent of its original size on the film that could then be magnified using a microfilm reader. In addition, if properly stored, the film could be preserved for at least 500 years!

In 1963, the Society completed the Granite Mountain Records Vault in Salt Lake City. This incredibly designed, climate-controlled vault provided the perfect conditions for long-term storage of the microfilmed records and is still used today to protect over 2.4 million rolls of film from over 120 countries and principalities against the effects of time and nature. Today, FamilySearch uses proprietary digital cameras to preserve the world’s records and publish them online more quickly. It operates 285 camera teams daily in 45 countries, and publishes about 100 million new images of historic records each year online—most of which have never seen the light of the Internet. FamilySearch is also digitally converting its massive, historic microfilm collection, making most of it accessible for online viewing 24/7.

In 1984 the society pioneered one of the first desktop genealogy management software programs on the market (Personal Ancestral File) and is credited with developing GEDCOM (GEnealogy Data COMmunication), a software code that helped launch the genealogy technology industry and enabled users to save and share genealogical data.

No longer serving a local customer base, the Genealogical Society of Utah eventually began operating as FamilySearch to align with its expanded international operations and growing, widespread consumer base. It launched its popular free website,, in 1999, today is available in 10 languages.

In 2007, to make its growing historic record collections more easily searchable online, FamilySearch pioneered the adaptation of Internet crowdsourcing by creating a web platform where hundreds of thousands of online volunteers can look at digital images of historic records and make the genealogically significant information freely searchable online for people seeking family connections. This ongoing initiative is called “indexing” (See FamilySearch Indexing). Volunteers have made over 1 billion records searchable in this manner in just 7 years, including the popular collections, United States Censuses 1790 to 1940.

In 2013 FamilySearch introduced its free online Family Tree service and Memories feature. These online tools allow users to freely build, preserve, and share their family trees, photos, stories, and historical documents collaboratively. Individuals and families have already contributed over a billion records.

Today, FamilySearch is a premier records preservation brand that is well respected amongst archivists globally and a top consumer website serving tens of millions of individuals and families each year who use it to build, preserve, share, and research their family histories and records. Find out more at


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