1K Historic Benson, Johnston County, North Carolina Photos Posted Online.

Digital North Carolina just announced that the last batch from a set of photos contributed by the Benson Museum of Local History is now up on DigitalNC. They embarked on the digitization project in 2015, and the complete set of over 1000 images is now available. Benson is a town located in Johnston County with a current population of around 170,000 people.

The photos range from pictures and portraits of people to those of church groups and businesses. Most date to around 1920, but some go as far back as 1870.

For more information, see the Digital North Carolina Blog.

Click here to browse through the collection.

Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers Vol. 7 – Canton of Vaud (Waadt) – Now Shipping

This is an update to let everyone know that we are now shipping both the soft and hard-bound versions of the first seven volumes of Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers. The latest is Volume 7, covering the Canton of Vaud (Waadt).

Family Roots Publishing just published volume seven. This volumes includes information on 765 places found in Vaud (Waadt). An index to all places in the canton is found at the end of this entry.

The Community Indexes for each canton (or cantons) are included in the description of each book – and can be found at their respective pages at the Family Roots Publishing website. Click on their respective links above to find your communities within those Cantons.

The Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers series is an out-growth of the very popular Map Guide to German Parish Registers project, which is still in process, but nearing completion. Over the years, we’ve been asked by numerous parties to extend the project to cover other German-speaking European countries. We did that with the publication of Map Guide to Luxembourg Parish Registers in 2016. There are 26 current cantons in Switzerland. Many of them are small, so we plan to publish guides to multiple cantons in a number of the books. For this reason, we expect the entire series to be under 20 volumes.

Unlike American genealogical research, where the place to search is usually a civil registration (city, county, and state), European research is usually related to an ecclesiastical jurisdiction. In 18th and 19th century Switzerland, one must search the parish registers for births, christenings, marriages, deaths and burials. The historic boundaries for the Swiss cantons and amtsbezirke are quite well defined, and this volume lays them out in map form. Listings are given for both Catholic and Protestant parishes, along with what records are available and where to access them. Contact information, and the municipalities covered by each parish is found, making your Swiss research much easier to accomplish.

Each of the Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers does the following:

  • Includes an index of all the communities found within the Canton.
  • Identifies the major online resources for Swiss genealogical research.
  • Identifies each canton with amtsbezirke (districts), and the municipalities, bauerten (farming coalitions), and subsidiary locations.
  • Visually identifies church parishes within each amtsbezirk (district).
  • Provides an overview of Swiss genealogical records.
  • Identifies neighboring parishes, just in case your ancestor may have gone to an alternate parish.
  • Aids in conducting area searches, particularly across district and canton borders.
  • Provides visual identification of search areas in which to look for your family.
  • Helps in determining proximity of one area to another.
  • Identifies archives, repositories, and other resources.
  • Identifies important gazetteers and online dictionaries available to researchers.

To see the full list (both hard and soft bound) of the first seven volumes, click here.

Following is the index for the new book covering Canton Vaud (Waadt):

  • Aclens
  • Aelen
  • Agiez
  • Aigle
  • Aigle‑Côte
  • Aigle‑Plaine
  • A l’Aigue‑Noire
  • Allaman
  • Allens
  • Allys
  • Antagnes
  • Apples ,
  • Aran
  • Arnex
  • Arrissoules
  • Arveye
  • Arzier
  • Arzier‑le‑Muids
  • Assens
  • Aubonne ,
  • Au Camp Le Toleure
  • Au Plan
  • Au‑Plâne
  • Au Rosé
  • Aux Isles
  • Aux Planches‑d’Enhaut
  • Avenches
  • Avenex
  • Bahyse
  • Bains de Lavey
  • Ballaigues
  • Ballens
  • Bas‑de‑l’Etang
  • Bas‑de‑Vucherens
  • Bas‑du‑Chenit
  • Bassins
  • Baulmes
  • Bauloz
  • Bavois
  • Begnins ,
  • Bellerive
  • Belmont
  • Belmont‑sur‑Yverdon
  • Bénex‑dessus
  • Bercher ,
  • Berchier
  • Berolle
  • Béthuay
  • Bettens
  • Bex
  • Bezirk Pays‑d’Enhaut
  • Bière
  • Bioley‑Magnoux
  • Bioley‑Orjulaz
  • Blonay ,
  • Bofflens
  • Bogis‑Bossey
  • Bonvillars
  • Borjoz
  • Bossenaz
  • Bottens ,
  • Boulens
  • Bourg‑des‑Pillettes
  • Continue Reading “Map Guide to Swiss Parish Registers Vol. 7 – Canton of Vaud (Waadt) – Now Shipping”

Salt Lake Christmas Tour Preregistration Extended Thru October 31 – register today!

The Salt Lake Christmas Tour is in its 33rd year. The Tour is the genealogy research trip where you can find ancestors quickly! It’s renowned for the genealogy research success of its attendees, many of whom come back year after year. The 33rd annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour will take place on December 3 through 9, 2017. There have recently been a number of cancellations, leaving space for more new attendees! Preregister now to get the best rates.

Visit the SaltLakeChristmasTour.com website for full information.

Gold Medal Olympian Scott Hamilton to Keynote RootsTech 2018

Great New! Scott Hamilton will be one of the keynote speakers at RootsTech 2018. This guy is an inspiration to us all. It’s sure to be a great program this next year…

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (6 October 2017), RootsTech 2018 is delighted to announce that Scott Hamilton, American champion figure skater, Olympic gold medalist, motivational speaker, author, philanthropist, cancer survivor, TV broadcaster, and husband and father will be the RootsTech 2018 keynote speaker on Friday, March 2, 2018, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Hamilton is hailed as one of the greatest male figure skaters of all time. He won a gold medal for his stunning performance in the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo. He won four consecutive US figure skating championships and four world championships from 1981 to 1984. In 1990, Hamilton was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. In all, he has earned more than 70 titles, awards, and honors for figure skating.

For the past 30 years, his broadcast analysis of national and global skating competitions has provided firsthand insights, and his speeches and books are uplifting and motivating.

Besides his many accomplishments in the public arena, Hamilton says his family members have always been an integral part of his success and are the most important people in his life. He is excited to share more of his personal and family stories at RootsTech 2018.

Born August 28, 1958, in Toledo, Ohio, Hamilton was adopted when he was six weeks old by Dorothy and Ernest S. Hamilton. He has overcome many obstacles on his path to success including an illness at age two when he stopped growing. Doctors were unable to determine the cause, and over time the condition corrected itself.

His parents supported his figure skating passion from the time he began skating at age 13. “Family in my early years of skating were all in the ice show. I remember taking pictures on our front lawn in April, all in our costumes and ices skates. . . . Once I started skating, everybody was involved. . . . We were all in, 100%. It was our ‘candy,’” he said.

His highly publicized battles with cancer that interrupted his skating career have inspired millions. Following his mother’s passing from cancer and his own survival, he established the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education, and Survivorship) to improve cancer survivorship. In 2014, he founded the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy to rebuild figure skating and offer fresh ways for students to fall in love with skating, as he did as a child.

His wife, Tracie, and four children are now the center of his life. While helping with recovery efforts in Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake, he and Tracie fell in love with two amazing orphans. “Now they are our own children; so now we have four,” said Hamilton. “It’s fun, and it’s crazy, and it’s non-stop, and [we] just keep going, going, going. Life is full. Life is good. And I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunities to be a part of this very fun—we put the fun in dysfunctional—family.”

When asked how he feels about keynoting RootsTech 2018, Hamilton says he looks forward to soaking in the RootsTech experience and sharing his story. “We all have a story to tell. All of us. And we all have great lineage and heritage. And we’ve got all of these generations and generations and generations [before us]—nothing started with us.” While at RootsTech, Hamilton says he is excited to meet as many people as he can and hear about how they have found their lineage, ancestors, and their families.

“All of us have a legacy to leave for future generations,” he said. “It’s hard to be memorable in this world, but through our children, we have a chance to really make an impact,” he said.

Hamilton feels his legacy is compassion, kindness, and generosity, “If I can raise money for cancer research and be successful in that, if I can be a good father and allow my kids to have everything they need to be successful in their lives and for their children and for their children and their grandchildren, then I think I’ve done my job.”

Go to RootsTech 2018, February 28 to March 3, 2018, to learn more about Scott Hamilton’s incredible journey, discover your roots, make family connections, and catch the spirit of belonging to generations of your family.

ABOUT ROOTSTECH
RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

TheGenealogist Releases 650,000 Additional Parish Records for Nottinghamshire

The following news release was received from Nick Thorne at TheGenealogist.co.uk:

TheGenealogist has extended its UK Parish Records collection with a new and exclusive release of 650,000 parish records for Nottinghamshire. These records can be used to find your ancestors’ baptisms, marriages and burials in these fully searchable records that cover parishes from this important East Midland county of England. With records that reach back to 1633, this release includes the records of 56 parishes, including:
369,100 individuals in Baptisms, 168,000 individuals in Marriages and 112,800 individuals in Burials

You can use these transcripts to find the names of ancestors, parents’ forenames (in the case of baptisms), father’s occupation (where noted), abode or parish, parish that the event took place in, the date of the event, and in the case of marriage records the bride’s maiden name and the witnesses’ names.

Lord Byron

Amongst the notable Nottinghamshire people that can be found in these records are the infamous Lord Byron and his brilliant mathematician daughter Ada, Countess of Lovelace. Both are buried in the parish of Hucknal Torkard. As well as nobility, in this collection we also come across the baptism of Amos Hind. He was famous for playing First Class Cricket for the neighbouring county of Derbyshire between 1876 and 1877. Amos died aged 82 in 1931.

These additions bring our Nottinghamshire parish record collection to over 919,800 records.To search these records and many more see TheGenealogist.co.uk

Read our article: https://www.thegenealogist.com/featuredarticles/2017/a-poet-a-mathematician-and-a-first-class-cricketer-596/

Parishes covered in this release are:

● Awsworth
● Arnold
● Awsworth
● Balderton
● Barnby in the Willows
● Barton in Fabis
● Beeston
● Bilsthorpe
● Bingham
● Blidworth
● Bole
● Burton Joyce
● Calverton
● Car Colston
● Coddington
● Cottam
● Cromwell
● Dunham
● Eakring
● East Bridgford
● East Drayton
● East Retford
● Egmanton
● Elston
● Elton
● Epperstone
● Everton
● Farnsfield
● Flawborough
● Fledborough
● Flintham
● Gamston
● Gotham
● Greasley
● Grove
● Hucknall Torkard
● Kneesall
● Kneeton
● Laneham
● Laxton
● Lowdham
● North Collingham
● Orston
● Owthorpe
● Papplewick
● Perlethorpe
● Radford
● Ratcliffe on Soar
● Rolleston
● Scarrington
● Selston
● Shelford
● Skegby
● Stapleford
● West Bridgford
● Woodborough

Tracing Your Female Ancestors Bundle – 20% Off!

Since 1/2 of our ancestors are female, it seemed only fitting that we offer a promo on two of our most popular items, The Tracing Your Female Ancestors booklets from Moorshead Magazines.

Family Roots Publishing has created a bundle of the two items, and discounted it by 20%, making the price only $15.92 (Reg. $19.95). We have a limited number of bundles on hand, so click here or on the illustration and order yours today.

Don’t need both items, but would like one of them? We’ve discounted the items individually by 10%. Click on the links to order.

Following are full descriptions of each of the items in the bundle.

Tracing Your Female Ancestors; Compiled by Gena Philibert-Ortega; 68 pps; Paper; Full Color; saddle-stapled 8.5×11; Item # MM014

  • 25 Websites to Increase Success:
  • Plus Research Tips For:
    • Women in the Work Force
    • Women and the Vote
    • Women in Photographs
    • African American Ancestors
    • Women in the Civil War
    • Female Ancestors Pre-1850
    • The Secret Lives of Women
    • And Much More!

Includes a special look at Women in Photographs by Maureen Taylor

  • Introduction, tips and strategies to help you get started in your search for your female ancestors
  • Finding Your Pre-1850 Female Ancestors, we look at some key sources and offer some alternatives to locating female ancestors before 1850
  • 25 Online Sources, a list of key sites you should add to your internet toolbox
  • Women’s Clubs, when traditional sources aren’t enough, try locating your ancestor in clubs and other organizations
  • Tracing Your African American Female Ancestors, there are many resources available for researching your African American female ancestors
  • Jane S. Chatham Case Study, a look at one lady’s very difficult life and the sources used to piece it together
  • Women & Divorce, they didn’t do that in the good old days: researching your female ancestor’s divorce
  • Women’s Work, women were more than just housewives; they filled many different roles in peacetime and wartime
  • Secret Lives Of Women, search for your female ancestor in cookbooks, journals, quilting books and more
  • Manuscript Collections, manuscript collections can uncover details to help illustrate the life of your female ancestor
  • University Library Sources, university libraries are great repositories for additional information that might otherwise go unnoticed
  • Women In Photos, renowned photo expert, Maureen Taylor, shines some light on finding your ancestor in photographs
  • Women And The Vote, knowing more about the history of female suffrage can point you toward valuable resources
  • Women In The Civil War, you might be surprised to find out what your female ancestor did during the Civil War
  • Grandma Was An Alien? alook at how women became aliens in their own country
  • Writing Their Story, telling the story of your female ancestor is an important step in your ongoing genealogy research

Tracing Your Female Ancestors Volume II; Compiled by Gena Philibert-Ortega: from the Publishers of History Magazine; 66pp; Paper; saddle-stapled; Full Color; 8.5×11; Item # MM021

Tracing Your Female Ancestors Volume II continues the success of our first volume with all new articles that reveal more research resources and strategies for finding your elusive female ancestors. Compiled by Gena Philibert-Ortega, with additional articles by Lisa Alzo, Jean Wilcox Hibben and Tammy Hepps

  • This exciting issue includes:
    • 10 Unusual Sources
    • Female Immigrant Ancestors
    • Digitized Book Resources
    • 50+ Online Resources
    • Finding Your Femme Fatales
    • Researching Jewish Women
    • Researching Female Veterans
    • And Much More!

Here is a complete list of articles you will find in this special edition publication:

  • Conducting Searches,Gena Philibert-Ortega offers some insight into the importance of how you conduct searches.
  • Using the FamilySearch Catalog, Gena Philibert-Ortega describes the importance of this much-have resource!
  • Google Tools to get you Going, Gena Philibert-Ortega highlights Google’s tool set and how it can help you find your female ancestor.
  • Locating Death records, Gena Philibert-Ortega looks at resources for locating the death of a female ancestor.
  • searching City Directories, Gena Philibert-Ortega shows how you can follow your female ancestor through time.
  • Finding Your Female Veterans, Gena Philibert-Ortega offers resources for finding your female ancestor who served their country.
  • Female Immigrant Ancestors, Jean Wilcox Hibben examines why and how women took the gamble.
  • Pinning Female Ancestors, Gena Philibert-Ortega looks at Pinterest and shows you how to use it to your genealogical advantage.
  • Digitized Book Resources, Gena Philibert-Ortega recommends digitized book collections for female ancestor research.
  • Church Records, Gena Philibert-Ortega shows how church records might illuminate your ancestor’s life.
  • Ten Unusual Sources, Gena Philibert-Ortega offers up some lesser-known resources for finding that “difficult” female ancestor.
  • Locating Female Jewish Ancestors, Tammy Hepps offers five recommendations for overcoming the challenges you may encounter
  • Finding Your Femmes Fatales, Lisa A. Alzo explores the dark side of female ancestors
  • Telling Your Females’ Stories, Lisa A. Alzo shows how to honor your female ancestor with a variety of ideas and the tools to make it happen!
  • Case Study: Lessons from Martha, Gena Philibert-Ortega talks about the lessons learned from one special research project
  • Now What? Gena Philibert-Ortega offers some closing thoughts on starting the search for your female ancestors

Again, Family Roots Publishing has created a bundle of the two items, and discounted it by 20%, making the price only $15.92 (Reg. $19.95). We have a limited number of bundles on hand, so click here or on the illustration and order yours today.

Ohio Chapter of Palatines to America – Fall Seminar – Oct 21 2017

The following was received from Richard E. Hartle, Publicity Chairman for the Spring Seminar of the Ohio Chapter Palatines to America:

  • Saturday, October 21, 2017 – Columbus, Ohio
  • Ohio Chapter Palatines to America Fall Seminar
  • Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Branch, 96 S. Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio
  • 9:00 A.M. to 3:15 P.M. – Option for research at the library until 6:00 P.M.

RESEARCHING IN OHIO: GERMAN GENEALOGY METHODS AND SOURCES
Morning Session 9:30 A.M. – Tim Anderson – “Ohio’s Germanic Cultural Landscapes”

Two-Track Afternoon Sessions:
1:00 P.M. – Kelli Bergheimer – “Preparing for Your Library/Archive Visit”
OR Jenni Salamon – “German Newspapers at the Ohio History Connection”
2:15 P.M. – Liz Plummer – “German Resources at the Ohio History Connection”
OR Ernie Thode – “Swiss Pioneers of Southeastern Ohio”

Alternate afternoon: One-on-One sessions with Russ Pollitt, Head of the Library’s Genealogy and Local History Department

Fees include syllabus, seminar sessions, continental breakfast, and Full Buffet Lunch by Schmidt’s Sausage Haus

Member: $45; Non-Member $55; Deadline for advance registration: October 7, 2017;
After October 7, 2017: cost is $55 for Members and $65 for Non-Members.

Registration will be available online at https://oh-palam.org/registernow.php or with check payable to Ohio Chapter PalAmSend to Joe Stamm, 3930 Lander Road, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022-1329; For questions e-mail:

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Thank you,
Richard E. Hartle
Publicity Chairman

Registration Opens for the Annual APG Professional Management Conference – 29 Sept thru Oct 1 in Arlington, VA

The following news release is from the Association of Professional Genealogists:

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR PMC 2017 – WASHINGTON, DC!

The Association of Professional Genealogists is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the 2017 Professional Management Conference to be held 29 September through 1 October at the DoubleTree by Hilton-Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. Here is the link: https://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html.

WHY ATTEND THE PMC?
The Professional Management Conference is the one conference dedicated to the needs of professional genealogists, providing education on business topics as well as advanced genealogical education on unique record sets, methodology, DNA, and more. The conference offers three tracks over three days with classes, workshops, poster sessions, and discussion groups–all conveniently located in the conference hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton-Crystal City, Arlington, VA.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?
Thirty-eight presentations, six poster sessions, and four discussion groups will educate and inspire you on a wide range of topics essential for professional development and success.

Click here for the conference schedule and registration page: https://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html.

And learning doesn’t only take place in the breakout rooms. Join us at the Thursday, September 28, evening Dessert Reception for a fast-paced round of Speed Dating for Professional Genealogists. You are guaranteed to break the ice with many other attendees in this fun event and make new friends for the rest of the conference and beyond. Daily luncheon programs also provide opportunities to meet and network with your colleagues.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The PMC is designed for any level of professional – whether you’ve been taking clients for years or are just creating your business. Experienced professionals appreciate this opportunity to take the time for investing in themselves and re-connecting with colleagues, while new professionals can learn how to set themselves up for success and make valuable connections.

Here is what some attendees said about last year’s conference:

“A smorgasbord of education, networking, camaraderie, and fun for every level of Professional Genealogist – all bundled with some really awesome door prizes!” –Sharon Miller

“At the 2016 PMC in Fort Wayne, every time I turned around there were another hal–dozen people I wanted to talk to!” – Harold Henderson, CG

“The 2016 APG PMC was the best I’ve attended. I had the opportunity to learn from colleagues about marketing, as well as finding missing people and DNA. And the networking opportunities were wonderful as well. I look forward to seeing you all in 2017.” – Leslie Brinkley Lawson, Forensic Genealogist Credentialed(SM)

WASHINGTON, DC
Come early or stay after the conference: with the National Archives, Library of Congress, and DAR Library just a short tempting Metro ride away, you can be sure you’ve maximized your investment of time and money by joining your colleagues at the 2017 PMC. The Pentagon Metro stop is a walkable three blocks from the DoubleTree hotel, or you can take the free hotel shuttle to the Metro. The National Archives Metro stop is an eight-minute ride away.

HOW DO I REGISTER?
Click here for registration and to make your hotel reservation: https://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html.

CAN I REGISTER FOR ONE DAY?
Yes, one-day registrations are available

WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE IT THIS YEAR?
The Virtual PMC brings the conference to you! All sessions in the Harrison/Wilson Room (the middle column on the program schedule) will be live streamed for Virtual PMC attendees and recorded for purchase after the conference. Details for the Virtual PMC will be announced shortly.

QUESTIONS?

Email the PMC Coordinator at pmc@apgen.org.

Goldsboro, Nahunta, Southern Wayne, New Hope, and Charles B. Aycock North Carolina High School Annuals Digitized and Posted

Yearbooks from five high schools in Wayne County, North Carolina are now available on DigitalNC.

Included in this batch are five years of The Chieftain by Nahunta High School from 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, and 1960, two years of Gohisca by Goldsboro High School from 1966 and 1967, two years of Valhalla by Southern Wayne High School from 1966 and 1967, the 1966 Nuhosca by New Hope High School, and the 1966 Governor by Charles B. Aycock High School.

See the blog post at Digital North Carolina.

Group Cleans Up an Old Texas Cemetery

The following was posted March 25, 2017 at the Longview News-Journal website.

A group of volunteers met Saturday near Easton to clean up a cemetery dating back to the 1800s and that has fallen into disrepair.

Jeanne Collins, board member of the Gregg County Historical Commission and chairwoman of the commission’s Cemetery Preservation Committee, organized the cleanup in hopes of preserving history and learning about the people buried there.

“It’s important for the whole historical preservation of our society that we maintain cemeteries,” Collins said. “It’s history; it’s the state of Texas. These represent the genealogy of people that used to live in this area.”

Camden Cemetery is tucked away in the woods near Easton, where the former community of Camden, otherwise known as Walling’s Ferry, used to be.

Read the full article.

FREE Access to All Irish Resources on AmericanAncestors.org from March 15-22

The following news release is from NEHGS:

Unique Databases, Boston Catholic Records, “How-to” Irish Research Guides, a Webinar, and More Resources Available with Free Guest Registration

AmericanAncestors.org/Irish

March 14, 2017 — Boston, Massachusetts—Honor your Irish heritage this St. Patrick’s Day by researching your Irish ancestry on AmericanAncestors.org, the award-winning website of New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). Learn the essential concepts and techniques for Irish research, and find out which manuscripts, collections, and sources are used by genealogists at American Ancestors to crack the toughest research cases.

Irish resources will be free and open from Wednesday, March 15, through midnight (EDST) on Wednesday, March 22. Access requires a free, brief sign-up on AmericanAncestors.org.

The Only Online Source for Boston’s Catholic Records
Browse record images of baptisms, marriages, and more from Boston’s oldest parishes, including the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Holy Trinity. NEHGS is digitizing parish records from 1789 to 1900, a period of significant growth for both Boston’s Catholic Church and the Irish immigrant population.

Find Your Irish Ancestors in FREE Databases on AmericanAncestors.org
Search unique collections such as Irish Immigrant Advertisements, 1831-1920, and the NEHGS-exclusive database The Annals of Beara, The Session Book of Aghadowey, 1702-1725, plus many more.

Break Through Your Irish Brick Wall
With expert resources from NEHGS, found exclusively on AmericanAncestors.org, learn tips for navigating the sometimes challenging course of finding Irish ancestors. This Irish-themed promotion from American Ancestors includes an hour-long webinar on NEHGS Irish Resources, an online subject guide to locate key resources and records in Irish genealogy, and popular articles from our American Ancestors magazine with fascinating insights about Irish and Irish American genealogy.

NEHGS offers FREE access to all of its Irish databases and resources via AmericanAncestors.org from March 15 through midnight (EDST) on March 22. Access requires registration as a FREE Guest User at AmericanAncestors.org/Irish.

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.

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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.