TLC Reveals the New Celebrities for the Seventh Season of Who Do You Think You Are?

The following is from Danielle Matlin at discovery.com:

New season premieres Sunday, March 5 at 10/9c

TLC’s Emmy Award-winning series, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? returns this spring with a new group of celebrities ready to delve into their lineage and get answers to the questions they’ve wondered about their entire lives. Eight new one-hour episodes bring more unexpected turns and surprising discoveries of great historical significance. Executive Produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, the new season premieres on Sunday, March 5th at 10/9c.

Check out the video about the upcoming seventh season by clicking or on the illustration.

This season’s celebrity contributors include:

  • Jessica Biel makes surprising discoveries that change what she thought knew about her heritage.
  • Julie Bowen uncovers the story of two relatives whose moral codes are from opposite ends of the spectrum.
  • Courteney Cox traces her maternal line back seven centuries to the Medieval times to discover royalty in her lineage and an unbelievable tale of family drama.
  • Jennifer Grey uncovers new information about the grandfather she thought she knew, learning how he survived adversity to become a beacon of his community.
  • Smokey Robinson searches for answers behind the mystery of why his grandfather disappeared from his children’s lives and finds a man tangled in a swirl of controversy.
  • John Stamos digs into the mystery of how his grandfather became an orphan, and learns of tensions between families that led to a horrible crime.
  • Liv Tyler learns that her family is tied into the complicated racial narrative of America.
  • Noah Wyle unravels the mystery of his maternal line, uncovering an ancestor who survived one of America’s bloodiest battles.

Ancestry, the leading family history company, is teaming up again with TLC as a sponsor of the upcoming season. As part of the show sponsorship, Ancestry provides exhaustive family history research on each of the featured celebrities to help make discoveries possible and build out the story of each episode.

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? is produced for TLC by Shed Media (part of the alternative department at Warner Bros. Television) and Is or Isn’t Entertainment. The series is based on an original format created by Wall to Wall Media and Alex Graham. More information can be found at TLC.com/WDYTYA. ‘Like’ Who Do You Think You Are? on Facebook.com/WDYTYA and follow @WDYTYA on Twitter.

ABOUT TLC
Offering remarkable real-life stories without judgment, TLC shares everyday heart, humor, hope, and human connection with programming genres that include fascinating families, heartwarming transformations, and life’s milestone moments. TLC ended 2016 strong ranked as the #6 Female ad-supported Cable network in prime with W25-54; a top 10 network for the 10th year in a row.

TLC is a global brand available in more than 91 million homes in the US and 325 million households in 220 countries and territories. Viewers can enjoy their favorite shows anytime, anywhere through TLCgo – the network’s TVE offering featuring live and on demand access to complete seasons. A destination online, TLC.com offers in-depth fan sites and exclusive original video content. Fans can also interact with TLC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Pinterest. TLC is part of Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), reaching 3 billion cumulative viewers in 220 countries and territories to satisfy curiosity and engage superfans with a portfolio of premium nonfiction, sports and kids programming brands.

MyHeritage Launches “Photo Discoveries”

NOTE: If you wish to order the bundle of the Full Subscription to MyHeritage & a DNA test for $199, Click on this link. The links below, as well as the link within the illustration just go to MyHeritage, and DO NOT include the special offer. I say this, because I’ve found that one of my readers was very confused, attempting to order the special offer directly from the MyHeritage blog, which these links go to. The offer is good through February 21, 2017.

The following news release is from MyHeritage:

Exclusive feature delights users with photographs of their ancestors and relatives, added to their family tree in one click

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah, February 10, 2017MyHeritage, the leading international family history and DNA company, announced today the launch of Photo Discoveries, an innovative feature which transforms family trees by automatically adding matching historical photos. A Photo Discovery provides users with a set of photographs of ancestors and relatives they may have never seen before, originating in family trees contributed by others. Users can add the photographs to the matching profiles in their family tree, in a single click.

Layered on top of MyHeritage’s highly accurate Smart Matching™ technology, which locates matching profiles in other family trees, and Instant Discoveries™, which enable users to add entire branches to their family tree in just a few clicks, Photo Discoveries identifies the profiles that have no photographs in the user’s family tree and provides photographs of these individuals from matching profiles on other family trees.

Users can add up to ten photographs per Photo Discovery, reject specific ones they do not wish to receive, and apply Photo Discoveries as many times as they would like. The photographs are then copied over to the associated profiles, preserving all useful metadata such as people tags, dates and place names.

“At MyHeritage we’re constantly brainstorming innovative new ways to make our industry-leading matching technologies even better,” said MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet. “Receiving a never-seen-before photograph of an ancestor is a delightful emotional experience, and one that we would like our users to enjoy as often as possible. Photo Discoveries deliver this and fulfill the promise of collaborative genealogy in a slick and gratifying one-click experience.”

Viewing Photo Discoveries in thumbnail form is free. Applying Photo Discoveries to one’s family tree requires a PremiumPlus or Complete subscription on MyHeritage.

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the leading global destination for family history and DNA. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage has transformed family history into an activity that is accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and groundbreaking search and matching technologies. Through MyHeritage DNA, the company offers technologically advanced, affordable DNA tests that reveal users’ ethnic origins and previously unknown relatives. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to find new family members, discover ethnic origins, and to share family stories, past and present, and to treasure them for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages.

ArkivDigital to Post Millions of Swedish Aerial Photographs

I just got a note from my friend, Kathy Meade. She alerted me to the fact that ArkivDigital is about to most a HUGE collection of Swedish aerial photographs at their website. The following excerpt is from the ArkivDigital blog:

ArkivDigital has acquired several million aerial photos from Svenska Aero-Bilder AB. These will now be digitized and added to ArkivDigital’s online archive. These images will complement the church books, estate inventories, military documents, court books and other archival records that currently exist in ArkivDigital.

“Our goal is to continually add new material and create new services for our customers to help them in their research. These images will complement other records in our archives such as the images of the church records.

Through this acquisition, we will have millions of aerial photographs of farms, cottages, villas, petrol stations and much more from the 1950’s to the present day from all over Sweden,” said the company’s CEO, Mikael Karlsson.

Read the full blog article.

German Immigrants in American Church Records – Vol. 19: Missouri (excluding St. Louis County) – Now Shipping


Roger P. Minert, PhD, AG and a team of researchers at BYU are currently involved in a project wherein they read and extract German-American vital records from historic local church vital records. These church records often pinpoint German origins in the “old country.” Places and dates of birth, marriage, and previous residence in Germany are commonly found in these records. Dr. Minert estimates that over 65 percent of historic local church records give an immigrant’s exact place of birth. Entries found in the volumes include people born in Switzerland.

The first 18 volumes of this ongoing series were published by Lewis Rohrbach of Picton Press. Following his death, Family Roots Publishing contracted with Dr. Minert to continue publication of the series – starting with Volume 19, which deals with Missouri church vital records. The full series could reach 40 volumes given enough time.

Volume 19 includes historic vital records that include German places of origin – all from Missouri churches. The churches are from the following Missouri counties:
• Audrain Co.
• Bates Co.
• Benton Co.
• Callaway Co.
• Clark Co.
• Cole Co.
• Cooper Co.
• Cape Girardeau
• Franklin Co.
• Gasconade Co.
• Jackson Co.
• Jefferson Co.
• Lewis Co.
• Lincoln Co.
• Marion Co.
• Moniteau Co.
• Monroe Co.
• Morgan Co.
• Perry Co.
• Pettis Co.
• St. Charles Co.
• St. Clair Co.
• St. Francois Co.
• Warren Co.
• Wayne Co.

Typical entries from the St. Johannis Evangelical Church, of Berger, Franklin Co., Missouri – as follows:
Elisabeth Jacke b. Niderwil, Zofingen, Switzerland 29 March 1829; d. Berger, MO 29 Dec 1894; bur. Berger 31 Dec 1894; m. – – Lauer. Ref: Deaths 1894.

Carl Heinrich Ludwig Bruening b. Haarburg, Sachsen (province) 7 Aug 1827; d. Berger, MO 15 Jan 1895. Ref: Deaths 1895.

Johanne Louise Horstmann b. Brockhagen, Westfalen 12 Oct 1837; d. Berger, MO 1895, age 57-7-12; m. 1869, Karl Kautz. Ref: Deaths 1895.

This hard-bound volume has 761 pages, 8,863 extracted records from 68 churches, an every-name index, and is printed on high-quality acid-free paper. ISBN 978-1-62859-093-7; Item #FR0653; $119.95 (plus $8 p&h). Standing Order customers may take a 15% discount, making their cost for this volume $101.96 + $8 p&h and may cancel at any time. Standing Order cost will not exceed $101.96 + $8 p&h per volume, but may be less. Contact me at Lmeitzler@gmail.com if you wish a standing-order.

Order the volume at the Family Roots Publishing website: http://www.familyrootspublishing.com/store/product_view.php?id=3233

Getting Started Bundle of 5 items – 55% Off thru Saturday, Sept 17

Family Roots Publishing has packaged five popular items from 4 publishers into a “Getting Starting in Genealogy” bundle – and placed them on sale as the Day 12 items for the annual 12 Days of Christmas sale.

Click here to order the bundle. Click on the links to check out each item. Click on your back arrow to come back to this page and order.

Tracing Your Ancestors: Beginner’s Guide
Give Your Family a Gift That Money Can’t Buy
Portrait of My Family
Recording Your Family History
5-Generation Primary Families Wall Chart.

Regularly $46.75, we’re making it just $21.04 thru December 17, 2016.

Two Classic New York Vital Records books – on sale as a bundle for 55% Off Thru December 17

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FRPC made a special purchase of 10,000 Vital Records of Central New York 1813-1850 and 10,000 Vital Records for Western New York 1809-1850 – two classic hard-back vital records volumes written by the late Fred Q. Bowman – for the 12 Days of Christmas Sale.

Central New York covers 15 counties, with records pulled from publications in nine towns; Baldwinsville, Binghamton, Chittenango, Corning, Elmira, Geneva, Norwich, Oxford, and Utica. Geneva lies on the border between central and western New York. Vital records from the Geneva Gazette, 1809–1829 appear in the Western New York volume. Records for Geneva from 1830 to 1850 appear in this volume.

Western New York covers 17 counties, with records pulled from publications in five towns; Batavia, Bath, Geneva, Jamestown, and Palmyra. Geneva lies on the border between central and western New York. Vital records from the Geneva Gazette, 1824–1850 appear in the Central New York volume.

We bundled the two books, and are offering them at 55% off the publisher’s MRSP. Regularly $77.00 for the two volumes, they are on sale for just $34.65 through December 17. Click here or on the illustration to purchase.

This bundle is made up of the following two volumes. Click on the links to purchase or to read the reviews.

10,000 Vital Records of Western New York, 1809-1850

Click here for a review of the book at GenealogyBlog.com.

and

10,000 Vital Records Records of Central New York 1813-1850

Click here for a review of the book at GenealogyBlog.com

Bundle of the NEW Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors & German Census Records 1816-1916 – on Sale for 20% Off thru Dec. 17

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A short time back I wrote a booklet for Moorshead Magazines, titled Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors. It has sold very well. FRPC published and has been shipping Dr. Roger Minert’s new German Census Records 1816-1916 since June, and have good stocks of the volume in both soft and hard bindings.

We’ve again created a bundle of the two new publications, and discounted the bundle a full 20%. The bundle is valued at $44.90, but is on sale for only $35.92 – Now through December 17, 2016. We ran this promo earlier, and it proved to be one of the most popular sales we’ve ever run. So – we’ve added it to the 2106 FRPC Twelve Days of Christmas Sale. Click on this link to order. P&h would normally be $10 if purchased separately, but is only $5.50 as a bundle for this promotion! So that’s a savings of $13.48! Again, click on the link – or the illustration – to order.

You may also purchase either of the publications separately at 15% off during the promotional period. Click on their individual links to purchase.

Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors, by Leland K Meitzler
German Census Records 1816-1916, by Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., A.G.

Would you like more information on these books?

Click on the following links to read in-depth info on each of them, including their Table of Contents, and other details.

German Census Records Blog Post – July 28, 2016

Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors Blog Post – July 28, 2016

Click on this link or on the illustration to order the bundle of the two new books.

Dollarhide American Migration Routes Bundle – 50% Off

For many years, Bill Dollarhide’s Map Guide to American Migration Routes, 1735-1815 has been the go-to book for understanding migration in early America. Bill actually has three migration routes products. The book, and two Insta-Guides.

For just November 22 and 23 (Tuesday and Wednesday), Family Routes Publishing is bundling the 3 items and discounting the price by 50%. Regularly $35.85, the price is just $17.93 for all three items (plus $5.50 p&h)

Click here to order the bundle.

Following are descriptions of the three separate guides.

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MAP GUIDE TO AMERICAN MIGRATION ROUTES, 1735-1815; by William Dollarhide; 8.5×11; perfect bound; b&w; Item # A0140
Family researchers need to locate and understand the early American migration routes their ancestors may have traveled. In this book, acclaimed author, William Dollarhide, shows these early roadways with well-researched and consistently drawn maps. Dollarhide’s guide begins with the King’s Highway of 1735 from Boston to Charleston and ends with the roads that resulted from the War of 1812 in the Old Southwest. These maps provide critical information for researchers trying to locate the passages of early migration in America.

The Following is from the Table of Contents:

  • Preface
  • Colonial Roads to 1750
  • The Boston Post Road and the King’s Highway
  • The Lancaster Road
  • The Fall Line Road
  • The Great Valley Road
  • The Pioneer’s Road
  • The Upper Road
  • Colonial Roads, 1750-1775
  • Braddock’s Road
  • Forbes’ Road
  • The Wilderness Road
  • New York Migrations
  • Roads to the Ohio Country
  • Zane’s Trace
  • The Nashville Road
  • The National Road
  • Roads to the Old Southwest
  • The Natchez Trace
  • The Federal Horse Path
  • The Ways South After 1815
  • Notes and References
  • Index

Maps and Illustrations

  • The King’s Highway
  • Colonial Roads to 1750
  • Braddock’s Road and Forbes’ Road, 1775-1758
  • The Way West, 1775-1795
  • New York Migrations
  • State Land Cessions
  • Ohio River Flatboat
  • The Ohio Country 1787-1800
  • The National Road, 1818-1838
  • Principal Lines of the Old Southwest, 1797-1822
  • New Orleans – Washington, 1806
  • Indian Cession Dates in the Old Southwest
  • The Ways South After 1815

These maps can be used as a method of understanding the places where ancestors may have passed or settled in route to their final destination, giving certain clues to where family records are kept today.

This book is invaluable for anyone doing colonial historical or genealogical research – and one that I would not be without!

COLONIAL WAGON ROADS INSTA-GUIDE
It often began with a road.

“Genealogists need to know the places their ancestors lived before they will have any success in finding records for a person. Most documents naming a person are still located near the place the person lived, e.g. In a county courthouse, church, cemetery, or local funeral home. A big event in genealogical research is finding the county of residence for a person. To find the right county often means a researcher must understand the history of the area, when the county was first settled, and what roads were available for migrating families moving into the area.”

Not so surprising, many of today’s highways and byways follow the same path they did when first established, often as little more than a horse trail or wagon road. In Colonial Wagon Roads to 1750, author William Dollarhide provides a brief history of colonial roads that still exist today. This information is nicely packaged in the first Genealogists’ Insta-Guide™­­ from Family Root Publishing.

This Insta-Guide begins with a brief introduction along nice a table showing the colonial roads covered in this guide alongside their current highway designations. The bulk of the guide is broken into two sections. The first is the King’s Highway, broken into the five major section as it existed in 1750. The second group of roads comes under the banner Scots-Irish Influence on Road Building in Colonial America. There is another brief background followed by information on nine more major colonial roads. The guide is completed with a nearly full page map of these 1750 Colonial roads and a section for print and online references.

Like other quick sheets, and “at a glance” guides, the new Genealogists’ Insta-Guide series features four-page, laminated, colored guides which fit nicely into three-ringed binders and portfolios. By this design, these guides are easy to take along for sharing or going to the library for research; not to mention, they are easy to store. The Insta-Guide comes pre-punched for three-ringed insertion.

 

Contents

Introduction

Highway Table

King’s Highway

  • 1750 King’s Highway – Boston to New York
  • 1750 King’s Highway – New York to Philadelphia
  • 1750 King’s Highway – Philadelphia to Alexandria
  • 1750 King’s Highway – Alexandria to Norfolk
  • 1750 King’s Highway – Norfolk to Charles Town

Scots-Irish Influence on Road Building in Colonial America

  • Upper Post Road
  • Hudson River Road
  • Mohawk Road
  • Lancaster Road
  • Fall Line Road
  • Great Valley Road
  • Philadelphia Road
  • Pioneer’s Road
  • Upper Road

Map of 1750 Colonial Wagon Roads

Print References

Online References

 

Order Colonial Wagon Roads to 1750 from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $7.95.

AMERICAN MIGRATION ROUTES INSTA-GUIDE

American Migration Routes, 1750-1800 picks up where Colonial Roads to 1750 left off. As Colonial Roads indicated, many of today’s highways and byways follow the same path they did when first established, often as little more than a horse trail or wagon road. Much of the genealogical information family historians seek will be found in the towns and counties that lie along these roads. Travel in the 18th century, by today’s standards, was extremely slow. In many ways, people continued normal daily routines as they moved. It took time to cross territories. During this time children were born, illness and death happened, sometime people stopped to work or repair wagons, etc. Vital records were recorded and preserved in county courthouses, local churches, local cemeteries and funeral homes. These are the records genealogists seek. Knowing the roads and migration patterns will greatly help historians identify possible locations of these key vital records

This new Insta-Guide begins with a brief introduction along nice a table showing the various roads covered in this guide alongside their current highway designations. This guide is broken into four main sections: Roads to War, Proclamation Line of 1763, Manifest Destiny Begins, and Horse Paths to Turnpikes. Roads, policies, and historical insights provide a picture of these early byways. Dollarhide summarizes the best of his knowledge into a concise guide, which is as easy to read as it is insightful.

Like other quick sheets, and “at a glance” guides, the new Genealogists’ Insta-Guide series features four-page, laminated, colored guides which fit nicely into three-ringed binders and portfolios. By this design, these guides are easy to take along for sharing or going to the library for research; not to mention, they are easy to store. The Insta-Guide comes pre-punched for three-ringed insertion.

 

Contents

Introduction

Roads of War

  • Braddock’s Road
  • Forbes’ Road

Proclamation Line of 1763

Manifest Destiny Begins

Horse Paths to Turnpikes

  • Wilderness road
  • Ohio River (via Flatboats)
  • Avery’s Trace & Nashville Road
  • Cumberland Road
  • Gist’s Trace
  • Zane’s Trace
  • Lancaster Pike
  • Mohawk Turnpike
  • Great Genesee Road
  • Seneca Turnpike

Print References

Online References

 

Order A Genealogists’ Insta-Guide: American Migration Routes, 1750-1800 from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $7.95.

Click here to order the bundle.

Get a Free Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors With Purchase of $20 or more – thru Thursday, Nov 17

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To encourage early Christmas sales, as well as a celebration of Veteran’s Day, FRPC is offering a free copy of my Tracing Your Germanic Ancestors (a $9.95 value) with any purchase of $20 or more of in-stock items sold at the FRPC website. Note that any item with an Item Number that ends in a D or any “Family Map” from Arphax isn’t stocked by FRPC, and these items are always drop-shipped. So they aren’t included in the sale. But thousands of items are.

Check out the wide range of genealogy guidebooks to be found at the Family Roots Publishing website – all at excellent prices.

This sale is good for U.S.A. & Canada purchases only. Sorry – the postage costs are just too high to allow us to extend the sale to Europe, Australia, the U.K, and such.

All you have to do is order $20 or more in product (not including D books, Family Maps, or P&H) – and put the letters TYGA in the “Order Notes” – NOT the Offer Code box. Do this by midnight EST November 17. The sale ends at that time. Nothing will be noted on your order confirmation about the free book, but be assured, if you order, you’ll get one. Note – no extra P&H will be added for the free book.

12,000 Road Maps – Quite a Collection

The lead graphic of Washington State maps, under a title of He Collected 12,000 Road Maps — Now We’re Discovering Their Secrets caught my eye. The following teaser is from an article at the National Geographic website.

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Robert Berlo got hooked on maps at an early age. As a kid growing up in San Francisco he’d pore over roadmaps in the backseat of the car on family vacations. Sometime around age 11 he started collecting them.

By the time Berlo died in 2012 at 71 he’d amassed more than 12,000 roadmaps and atlases. But he did more than covet and collect them. Over the decades, Berlo spent countless hours mining his maps for data, creating tables, charts, graphs, and still more maps on everything from transportation systems to the population history of small towns. Now, Berlo’s collection is getting another life as a repository of previously hidden information.

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Brandenburg Reverse Place Name Indexes – First Edition – On Sale for 60% Off – Just $5.98 – While supplies last.

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A while back, Family Roots Publishing took on the publication of Roger Minert’s German Reverse Place Name Indexes. In the process, FRPC acquired first editions of some of the books – including the Brandenburg volume. It’s basically the same book as we sell now at $14.95, minus a bit of editing and updated covers. As of today, we’ve got 17 copies left – and are making them available for 60% off – just $5.98 (plus $5.50 p&h), while supplies last.

The book includes both alphabetical as well as reverse alphabetical indexes covering over 5,900 Brandenburg place names.

Reverse Alphabetical Indexes have been known and valued among researchers in the Family History Library for some time. They are now available to the public. The Reverse Alphabetical Index allows the researcher to determine the name of a town when the first part of the name (whether one or more letters) is missing. This is a common problem caused by torn or moldy pages, ink-blots, tight bindings, poor microfilm quality, etc. By using this index, the researcher can also determine the official spelling for towns when variant spellings occur in old records. The book includes a regular alphabetical index of all the towns in the province as well as regular and reverse alphabetical listings of over 5,900 names of German kingdoms, duchies, principalities, counties, rivers, mountain ranges, and other geopolitical and topographical entities.

Click on the link to order.

Brandenburg Place Name Indexes: Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical & Reverse Alphabetical Indexes; by Roger P. Minert, Ph.D., A.G.; Published 2004; 116 pp; Soft Cover; Item # M0007

Man Who Intentionally Disappeared 23 Years Ago Found by Someone Compiling Their Family History Using Ancestry.com

The following is from an October 27, 2016 article posted at DailyMail.com

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A married father who vanished from his home without a trace 23 years ago was found living in a different state with an entirely new family.

Richard Hoagland disappeared from the house he shared with his second wife Linda and their two sons, Matthew and Douglas, in Indianapolis in February 1993.
He was declared legally dead in 2003 and his wife remarried…

Hoagland had moved to the state and assumed the identity of Terry Jude Symansky, a fisherman who died in a freak accident in 1991.

Hoagland was exposed when the real Terry Symansky’s nephew found a marriage record [Using Ancestry.com] stating his uncle had married in 1995, four years after his death.

Read the full article.

The Illinois Genealogical Society Announces Their 2017 FREE Monthly Webinar Program

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The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) just announced the continuation of its popular FREE monthly webinar program in 2017. FamilySearch sponsors the program, allowing the webinars to be free to all. Registration for the 2017 webinars is now open.

Following is the schedule. Click here to go the their blog, where you will find all the details, and sign up for the classes.

ISGS 2017 Webinar Schedule

January 10 – Finding Dirk: Records of Insane Asylums in Illinois – Presenter: Jill Morelli

February 14 – Freedmen’s Bureau Records – Valuable to ALL Southern Research! – Presenter: Diane Richard

March 14 – Nurse, Matrons, Laundresses & Cooks. Documenting Women in the Civil War – Presenter: Angela Y. Walton-Raji

April 11 – Tracing Slave and Slaveowner Ancestors with DNA and Genealogy – Presenter: Nicka Smith

May 9 – Cause of Death: Using Coroner’s Records for Genealogy – Presenter: Lisa A. Alzo

June 13 – Preserving Old Family Letters: Tips From An Archivist – Presenter: Melissa Barker

July 11 – The Watchfires of a Hundred Circling Camps – Presenter: Peggy Lauritzen, AG

August 8 – Ten Years is a Long Time: Census Substitutes for the In-between Years – Presenter: Amy Johnson Crow, CG

September 12 – Luxembourgers on the Prairie: Researching your Luxembourg Ancestors – Presenter: Lisa Oberg

October 10 – Funeral Homes and Family History: They’re Dying to Meet You – Presenter: Daniel Earl

November 14 – Illinois Gold: Hard to Find But Valuable Prairie State Resources for Genealogical Research – Presenter: Thomas MacEntee

December 12 – Ephemera: Genealogy Gold – Presenter: Sharon S. Atkins

Thanks to Cyndi Ingle for the heads-up.

Federation of Genealogical Societies Announces 2016 Election Results

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October 28, 2016 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the results of its recent election for FGS officers and board members. The election was conducted online September 1-30, with all FGS delegates eligible to vote. Office terms for those elected will begin on January 1, 2017.

Concerning the recent election results, outgoing FGS President D. Joshua Taylor states, “It has been an honor to lead the Federation for the past four years. I cannot wait to watch the Federation continue to grow under the leadership and direction of Rorey and the Board of Directors in the coming years.”

President-elect Rorey Cathcart adds, “Thank you for this wonderful privilege and opportunity to serve the Federation as President. I look forward to working with our talented, dedicated Board of Directors on behalf of our member societies and the genealogical community at large.”

Executive Committee – Two-year term ending December 31, 2018

  • President: Rorey Cathcart (South Carolina)
  • VP Administration: Teri Flack (Texas)
  • Secretary: Linda McCauley (Kentucky)

Board of Directors – Three-year term ending December 31, 2019

  • Director: Jennifer Baldwin (Colorado)
  • Director: Tonia Kendrick (Georgia)
  • Director: Barry Kline (Virginia)
  • Director: Juliana Szucs (Indiana)

The complete list of current FGS officers and board members can be found on the FGS website at http://www.fgs.org/about.php.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and empowers the genealogical and family history community, especially its societies and organizations, by advocating for the preservation and access of records and providing resources that enable genealogical organizations to succeed in pursuing their missions. FGS helps genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts alike to strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. Also, FGS was the driving force behind the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors project alongside the National Parks Service and since 2010, has been actively involved in Preserve the Pensions, an effort to raise more than $3 million to digitize and make freely available the pension files from the War of 1812. To learn more visit fgs.org.

The Cake Boss Buddy Valastro Will Keynote & Judge at RootsTech 2017

The following news release was received from FamilySearch:

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT, 27 October 2016)RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world, is pleased to welcome the popular Italian-American celebrity chef, Buddy Valastro, also known as the hit TLC series, Cake Boss™ as a keynote speaker on Saturday, February 11, 2017, in Salt Lake City. Valastro will also judge a local cake decorating contest hosted by RootsTech.

The amicable Valastro is a Hoboken, New Jersey, resident and owner of Carlo’s Bakery. He has endeared himself to millions of people as the animated, passionate chef on the TLC series, The Cake Boss. His staff’s creative expertise in designing over-the-top cakes for locals and celebrities is only half the allure. The show’s long-running success can also be attributed to the fun, dynamic interactions and involvement of 3–4 generations of Valastro’s Italian-American family who help run the thriving family business.

“Family is the most important part of my life,” says Valastro. “You have to embrace and be proud of where you come from. I can’t wait to share my story of how my past, present, and future have shaped who I am with the audience.”

During his RootsTech 2017 keynote address, the Cake Boss will share the story of how his strong family ties, roots, and traditions have shaped his life and business success, which include 12 bakeries, additional TLC series (The Next Great Baker and Buddy’s Bakery Rescue), and several books, to name a few.

Running bakeries is almost genetic in Buddy’s family. His grandfather and great-grandfather were both bakers in Sicily, Italy. His father, Buddy Valastro Sr., ran his own bakery for many years in New Jersey. When Buddy Valastro Jr. was 11 years old, he began working side by side with his father at Carlo’s Bakery.

Buddy Sr. died when his son was 17, leaving a very large hole in the teenager’s life. However, his tutelage had provided Buddy with “cast-iron business sense” and imbued in him a work ethic and a wealth of knowledge. He stepped up and took over his father’s role as proprietor and baker in Carlo’s bakery.

Buddy learned much without his father’s presence in the business but struggled making sfogliatelle dough, which is used in making Italian shell-shaped filled pastries called lobster tails, one of the bakery’s specialties. Buddy recalls the night his father came to him in a dream and told him, “I am here for one reason, to show you how to make lobster tails.” The next day, for the first time, Buddy successfully created the seemingly impossible dough and the very popular lobster tails were back. From then on, he says, he knew he could do anything he put his mind to and found comfort knowing that his father was looking after him.

After a few years, Buddy Jr. decided to take cake decorating to a new level with designer cakes. He created, among other spectacular cakes, a NASCAR racecar cake weighing over 10,000 pounds. In 2004, he was invited to participate in the Food Network Challenge where he took top prize in the fourth battle. He was urged to try a show for himself so he pitched a show featuring himself with his family. TLC executives were impressed enough to shoot a pilot episode in the shop which was a hit with audiences, and Cake Boss was born. The show is now in its eighth season.

Buddy’s extended family is indispensable both to the show and in running what has now become a chain of bakeries in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, and some Norwegian Cruise Line ships. The business has diversified and expanded, but the legacy that began three generations ago in Sicily lives on. Buddy willingly holds to the traditions of his father’s bakery.

“Life lessons my parents have taught me define who I am today. I never forget where I’ve come from and try to pass that down to my children today,” says Valastro.

In addition to keynoting at RootsTech 2017, Valastro will help judge the first-ever RootsTech cake decorating competition.

There will be four different categories to compete in—wedding, birthday, holiday, and graduation—and there will be three finalists and one grand prize winner selected in each category. Cakes will be on display Saturday during RootsTech and Family Discovery Day where thousands of people will view and have a chance to vote for “People’s Choice” winners in each category. Official rules and entry information for the contest will be available soon at RootsTech.org.