Registration Open for APG Professional Management Conference

The following is from the Association of Professional Genealogists:

Association of Professional Genealogists Announces Details for 2013 Professional Management Conference

All-Star Speakers to Address Strategies for Building a Successful Business

WESTMINSTER, Colo., 24 October 2012−The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) today unveiled the details of its upcoming Professional Management Conference (PMC). Top genealogical speakers will address this year’s theme, “Strategies for Building a Successful Business.” Tom Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, will kick off the event with a workshop and lectures on Tuesday, while Judy Russell, J.D., CG, will open day two of the event with a hands-on workshop on court records. The event will be held in Salt Lake City the 19th and 20th of March, 2013, the two days prior to the RootsTech conference (http://www.rootstech.org).

“Given the success of last year’s conference, as well as the breadth of this year’s theme, we have expanded the event to a day and a half,” said APG President Kenyatta D. Berry. “We are excited by our speakers’ topics and are pleased that we have been able to continue offering fresh, exciting conferences that help our members develop their businesses.”

Speakers and topics include:

Workshop: Overcoming Research Barriers—An Interactive Case Study;
Variables in Professional Genealogists’ Approaches to Research;
Client Reports: Dos, Don’t, and Maybes – Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Order in the Court: Hands-on with Court Records;
More Than the Begats: Using the Law to Spice up a Research Report – Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG

Launching an Effective Marketing Campaign – Thomas MacEntee

Video Marketing: Killer YouTube Strategies – Lisa Louise Cooke

The Best Educational Plan for You: The Workshop – Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL

Organization for Genealogy Speakers -Jean Wilcox Hibben, Ph.D., M.A., CG

APG will also hold at reception and roundtable from 6:30–8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 20 March, which is open to members and non-members.

Register Now for APG PMC 2013
Attendance at PMC is open to members and non-members. Attendees may choose to attend the full conference or a single day. Details on pricing and the conference sessions are available at http://www.apgen.org/conferences/index.html .

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,600 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter (www.twitter.com/apggenealogy) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/AssociationofProfessionalGenealogists).

Salt Lake Christmas Tour………….. Another Week’s Peek

Given any thought to what the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour has in store for you in the evenings while you’re there?  OF COURSE, you can go back to the Library after dinner and stay until closing time, 9:00. And you can always wander around Temple Square enjoying all the millions of Christmas lights.

But on Monday the Library closes at 5:00 and that’s when we’ve scheduled our Banquet dinner…. which will be handled by the same catering family as last year (for those of you who were there last year and remember) and Paul Nauta will be speaking to us. He is one of the Big Wigs at FamilySearch and this is his second time speaking to us.

Tuesday night Leland and Dale will be giving us a demo of a FlipPal….. and there will be a drawing among those present for a FREE one.

Wednesday evening Mark Olsen from MyHeritage will be giving Part 2 of his program.  And you can opt to go strolling on Temple Square, taking photos under Bill Balter’s guidance. He knows the best photo ops.

Thursday evening Loni Gardner and Leonard will host a Legacy Family Tree Show & Tell & Ask Session.

Friday evening?  Stay tuned!

Saturday evening is our Farewell Ice Cream Social where we have all varieties of ice cream (including sugar-free) and toppings and we re-cap the weeks events, ancestors found  and great stories. And we’ll draw for some last prizes, including two 2-night stays at the Plaza.

I recommend that you catch up on your sleep before you come because we have a chocked full week planned for you at the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour.  (P.S. It’s not too late to sign up to come.)

Donna, aka Mother Hen, until next time

 

Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633

Pilrim Migration coverEvery American learns about Plymouth Rock and the Plymouth Colony from their earliest childhood. After all, we all have to learn about that first Thanksgiving, even if we tend to forget the real facts at times, over a plate of selectively bred turkey with a side of American football. Despite a plethora of information about this historic colony and what led these Separatists to leave their European homeland for the unknown dangers of the New World, there are few books histories that focus directly on individuals and their families. Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633 takes this very approach. Instead of the stories of a colony, this book focuses directly on information pertaining to each and every colonists, their marriages, their children, their holdings and other genealogically pertinent data. Information was garnered from a variety of sources which had to meet a set of three criteria:

  • appearance in a record generated prior to 14 May 1633—includes records generated by or within the Colony or elsewhere and related directly to the colony
  • direct or indirect implication of arrival by the end of 1633 included in a record of later date—in other words, generated after 14 May 1633 but directly names individuals who would have been in the Colony before that date. Often these records came from colonists asked to relate or describe their lives and Colony events during the prescribed period. Land grants and other documents also have provided additional information
  • appearance as a member of the immediate family of a person know to have arrived by 1633—unless specifically indicated as otherwise, it is assumed any married man arriving before 1633 brought with him his wife and any children

Building on existing records and life sketches of know colonists up to and around the early 1990s, the researchers for this book scoured all available new resources produced in the later part of the twentieth century relating to the Plymouth Colony. Updating and adding to existing individual accounts, this book provides a history of the Plymouth Colony through the life details and records of the individuals themselves who lived there. Key information provided in these life sketches includes such information as:

Origin – last know place of residence in Holland or England

Migration Date and Ship

First Residence

Removes – where a colonist moved to if resided in more than one New England settlement

Return Trips – any temporary or permanent move back to England, to the Caribbean, or other non-New England colony

Church Membership

Freeman – records of admission to freemanship as entered into court minutes

Offices – any know civil or military service at town, county or colony level

Education – attendance at any university in England, namely Cambridge or Oxford, and mostly found among ministers

Estate – predominately from land and/or probate records

Birth and Death

Marriages and Children

Associations – sketch information related to other subject by marriage or blood to other New England immigrants prior to 1643, and when the relationship existed prior to migration

Comments – any information not fitting other categories, such as court records, activities of trade, listing of errors or discrepancies, evidence and arguments for specific genealogical conclusions, and/or suggestions for further reading

Biographical Notes – for families with sufficient published information to require separate discussion. Especially true where 19th century genealogies are corrected by more recent published genealogies.

The categories covered and amount of information each naturally varies by individual. Finding information for this book was no small task. Hundreds of sources were examined. Those covered in the section of sources in the book are only those of broad application to the study of the inhabitants. In other words, while data was gleamed from hundreds of sources, the book includes a section with descriptions of those broad-sweeping sources likely to be of interest to the genealogical practioner, as broken down into the following categories:

  • Passengers lists
  • Town records
  • Vital records
  • Probate records
  • Land records
  • Church records
  • Journals and letters
    • Bradford’s History of Plymouth
    • Bradford Letterbook
    • Pamphlets of Edward Winslow
    • Winthrop Journal
    • Winthrop Letters

Ultimately, this book is a collection of genealogical and relative life facts for those colonists who migrated to the Plymouth Colony prior to 14 May 1633. The sketches cover individual males with their wife and children listed under the father’s name. There are over 200 sketches covering some three thousand individuals who lived in this early American colony.

 

Learn more about these early immigrants and possible ancestors, order a copy of Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633 from Family Root Publishing; Price: $29.35.

Arlington National Cemetery Debuts New Database With Smartphone App

The following excerpt is from an AP article posted at the Sioux City Journal website.

Arlington National Cemetery on Monday made available to the public a massive electronic database detailing the gravesites of the roughly 400,000 people buried there.

Cemetery officials built the database over the last two years to verify the accuracy of their records brought into question by reports of misidentified graves. Prior to 2010, the cemetery used paper records and maps to track who is buried where.

On Monday at the Association of the United States Army convention in Washington, the cemetery debuted an interactive map available through its website and through a free smartphone app. It uses geospatial technology to hone in on specific graves and can also be searched by name.

It can be accessed through the cemetery’s website www.arlingtoncemetery.mil

When a name is called up, a viewer can see when the person was buried and the dates of their birth and death. Photos of the front and back of the headstone can also be viewed. Monuments and memorials that commemorate the service of specific military units are also included in the database.

Read the full article.

The Chronicling America Digital Newspaper Project Hits 5 Million Posted Pages

The following excerpt is from the October 22, 2012 edtion of The Washington Post.

WASHINGTON — An effort to digitize the nation’s historically significant newspapers is posting its 5 millionth page on a free searchable database online.

As of Monday, the Chronicling America project has posted 5 million pages from more than 800 newspapers in 25 states. The project was launched in 2007 by the Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Humanities with 32 state partners.

The site provides free access to newspapers published between 1836 and 1922.

Read the full article.

Check out the Chronicling of America website.

The National Geologic Map Database Gets a Face Lift

The U.S. Geological Survey and the Association of American State Geologists (AASG) partner to launch a redesigned database of standardized geoscience information, the National Geologic Map Database (NGMDB).

In concert with the inaugural, multi-agency Geologic Map Day, the USGS and AASG are pleased to release a significantly updated infrastructure and a new “look” to the NGMDB. For example, the MapView features a visually compelling new interface that uses the latest technology to portray the Nation’s geologic maps published by the USGS, the state geological surveys, and many others. These maps, available from the NGMDB in several popular and easy to use formats, can be viewed in detail and downloaded from the various publishers.

“Students, resource professionals, government managers, and anyone else who needs easy access to large amounts of geologic information that is authoritative, quality controlled, and accurately georeferenced are going to appreciate the new map viewer for geoscience information,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “We are grateful to the enduring partnership with our colleagues at the many State geological surveys which has enabled coordinated data delivery to the public at large.”

This online resource, mandated by Congress as a State-Federal partnership, is the result of a 17-year joint venture. The mandate is to provide rapid access for resource managers, scientists, and the general public to well-documented and standardized geoscience information that can be used to support research, understanding, and decisions on a wide breadth of societal needs. With this redesign, the NGMDB further enhances its ability to fulfill that mission.

For more information, visit The National Geologic Map Database website.

From the USGS.gov newsroom.

FamilySearch Adds Large Update to Iowa County Marriages Collection & New Records for Dorset, England, Parish Registers, and Boston Passenger Lists

FamilySearch added 2.7 million indexed records and digital images to its growing collection, with a large portion being added to the Iowa County Marriages collection. The latest update to the Iowa County collection makes it 86 percent complete. The update includes 637,695 new images of marriage licenses and 1,623,576 new indexed records. Also of interest are the 198,938 new images and records added to the Dorset, England, Parish Registers collection and 428,000 Boston passenger lists for 1820 to 1891. Search these diverse collections and 3 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org 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 FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

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 FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Genealogy at a Glance: Family History Library Research

Family History Library ResearchRarely does it take a new genealogists long to recognize the LDS church’s influence and contributions to genealogical research. For decades the LDS church has collected resources and gathered records from around the world. Years of effort went into the provisioning of records on microfilm and microfiche. More recent efforts have centered around creating digital copies of records. The primary repository for all these records has been the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Family Library. The library is open to the public and, is commonly used by people of all faiths and beliefs, not just the Mormons. Here is just a little of what the library offers to any who care to visit:

  • The Family History Library collection includes over 2.4 million rolls of microfilm and 727,000 microfiche, 356,000 books and serials, over 4,500 periodicals, and 3,725 databases.
  • Records have been filmed in over 110 countries, territories, and possessions.
  • Researchers in the library have access to 475 computers, 408 microfilm readers, 36 microfiche readers, and 27 microfilm copiers.
  • The library has enough tables to accommodate 375 researchers.
  • Service is provided by 100 full-time and part-time professional staff, supported by 700 trained volunteers.

That is a lot of information to digest. To help would be library patrons, Carolyn L. Barkley has put together Genealogy at a Glance: Family History Library Research. This new contribution to the Genealogy at a Glance series, focuses on helping readers prepare for a research trip to the library and to help researchers get to know the available collections at the library. Collections fall into four broad sweeping core groups:

  1. Item dealing with the U.S. at the state or county level
  2. Items dealing with the U.S. at the national or regional level
  3. International records
  4. Family histories

This new guide also offers information regarding educational opportunities at the library, pointers to enjoying a visit to Salt Lake City, and other online resources.

Like all the Genealogy At A Glance sheets, this guide is a four-page, full-color limited brochure meant to be easily stored and sized to take with you when conducting related research. There are also a few author provided tips for the extra bit of knowledge and help.

 

Contents for this guide:

Quick Facts

Background

Preparing for a Research Trip

  • Things to do Before Your Library Visit

Collections

  • State and County U.S. Resources
  • National and Regional U.S. Resources
  • International Resources
  • Family History Books

Educational Opportunities at the Library

Enjoying Salt Lake City

Other Online Resources

 

Order Genealogy at a Glance: Family History Library Research from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: GPC349, Price: $8.77.

Special Note: For 28 years now, Leland Meitzler has sponsored and co-hosted the Salt Lake City Tour. The Tour is a genealogist’s h(e)aven. In addition to the fantastic classes and speaker, as well as the on-hand professional research assistance, “there are numerous trips to The Family History Library, sponsored by genealogical societies and commercial firms.” “The Salt Lake Christmas Tour has been highly successful because we have the highest ratio of professional researchers to attendees of any genealogy research tour using the Family History Library.” Click here for more information on the Salt Lake Christmas Tour.

Other Genealogy at a Glance guides available at Family Roots Publishing:

Irish Passenger Lists, 1803-1806: Lists Of Passengers Sailing From Ireland To America

Irish Passenger ListsThe Hardwicke Papers, are they became know, represent emigrant passengers form Ireland to the United State during the period of 1803 to 1806. The Hardwicke Papers were mandatory passenger lists created by the masters of emigrant ships before being allowed to set sail. This is also the only period in which registers of passengers leaving Irish ports were kept, at least by law. These compiled lists, the Harwicke Papers, have been reproduced for a modern research audience and published under the title Irish Passenger Lists 1803-1806.

According the “Act for regulating the carrying of Passengers 43rd. of King George the 3rd. of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland,” the masters of ships were required to compile a list of passengers, with notation of age, occupation, and, in most cases, place of domicile. These passenger lists were submitted under oath to the Commissioner, a custom’s official, at the Custom House for each port. Copies of the list were sent to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. The Lord Lieutenant during this period was Earl Harwicke; hence, the nickname for the papers.

An Order of Council was given, granting permission for ships to set sail. The date associated with each ship’s passenger list is the date for which the Order of Council was granted, not the actual sailing date. However, it is assumed most ships set sail as soon as tides and weather permitted, following the issuance of an Order. Permission to emigrate was sometimes denied specific passengers who were deemed skilled craftsmen.

American ports did not keep “customs passenger lists,” documenting immigrants, until 1820. Thus, these papers may be the only existing records of immigration into the United States for these Irish emigrants.

In all, there are 109 sailings for Irish ports documented in these lists. The number of sailings breakdown per Irish port as follows:

  • Dublin 28
  • Londonderry 26
  • Belfast 22
  • Newry 19
  • Sligo 6
  • Warrenpoint 3
  • Cork 2
  • Ballyshannon 1
  • Killybegs 1
  • Limerick 1

Sailing break down by years as follows:

  • 1803 – 35 sailings
  • 1804 – 37 sailings
  • 1805 – 29 sailings
  • 1806 – 8 sailings (records only kept through March of 1806)

All ships in these papers made port in the United States, with the following breakdown by port:

  • New York 61
  • Philadelphia/Newcastle/Wilmington area 24
  • Baltimore 7
  • Boston 4
  • Chaleston 4
  • New Bedford 1
  • Norfolk 1
  • Wiscasset 1
  • and one unspecified port

According to an estimate made from the index, there are over 2,700 individuals are listed in these records.

 

Order Irish Passenger Lists 1803-1806 from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $27.44.

 

Salt Lake Christmas Tour…… Week’s Peek

We’re spotlighting George Ott today.  I’ve known George since about 1988 and in all that time I’ve known him to be a Gold-Plated Gentleman and Top-Notch Knowledgeable Genealogist. He’s assisted on Leland’s Christmas tour almost since the very beginning and I can safely raise my hand and say that yes, he’s helped everybody who asks him for help and he’s found something for everybody.

Bet you didn’t know that he was one of the behind-the-scenes genealogists on Who Do You Think You Are? Currently he works for ProGenealogists, a professional firm in Salt Lake. He does much of his work in the Family History Library…………. and that’s where he will be the first week in December helping us!

His specialty is U.S. Research and U.S. Military and Italian research. Bring your problems and your questions and plan to spend some quality time with George Ott.  He’ll be giving all of us the first talk bright away Monday morning; George will teach us how to evaluate the Preponderance of Evidence, and I guarantee you will benefit from this opening learning session.

Donna, aka Mother Hen, until next time.

Ancestry.com to be Acquired by Pirmira Funds for $32 per Share in Cash with Investigations Already in the Works

So it’s finally happened… Ancestry.com has been sold for $32 per share in cash. The stock sold for as much as $32.48 on August 20, leaving some folks scratching their heads about the sale, which is set to close in early 2013. I see that two investigations of the sale have already started. I’m not insinuating that anything untoward is going on in the sale of the company. It’s just interesting that there is such an immediate clammor on the part of firms representing investors. It’s said that they are looking into “into possible breaches of fiduciary duties by the Board of Directors of Ancestry.com, Inc.” Ancestry.com management will “maintain a majority of their equity stakes in the company…”

As far as members and users are concerned, I’m sure that we’ll continue to get more “good stuff” on a daily basis, as we have been for years now.

See the news excerpts following Ancestry.com’s news release below.

The following news release is from Heather Erickson at Ancestry.com:

Transaction Valued at $1.6 billion;

Permira Funds Partners with Ancestry.com Management and Spectrum Equity to Acquire World’s Leading Online Family History Resource

PROVO, Utah, October 22, 2012 –Ancestry.com (Nasdaq:ACOM), the global leader in online family history, and Permira, the European private equity firm with global reach, today announced that a company owned by the Permira funds and co-investors has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Ancestry.com for $32.00 per share in cash in a transaction valued at $1.6 billion. Tim Sullivan, Ancestry.com’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and Howard Hochhauser, Ancestry.com’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, will maintain a majority of their equity stakes in the company as part of the transaction. Spectrum Equity will also remain an investor in the company.

The transaction represents a premium of 41% over Ancestry.com’s closing stock price on June 5, 2012, the last trading day prior to press reports that Ancestry.com had retained a financial advisor in connection with a possible sale of the company. The disinterested members of Ancestry.com’s Board of Directors have unanimously approved the transaction and recommend that Ancestry.com stockholders approve the merger. Affiliates of Spectrum Equity, which together own approximately 30% of the company’s outstanding shares, have agreed to vote their shares in favor of the merger.

Ancestry.com is the world’s largest online family history resource. Its global network of websites empowers users to make meaningful discoveries and share their family history. Over 15 years Ancestry.com has assembled an unrivaled worldwide collection of over 10 billion digitized, indexed records and built a feature-rich, engaging product experience for its 2 million-plus subscribers. The company’s best-in-class technology ensures access everywhere via web, desktop and mobile.

“This is a successful outcome for our public stockholders, and a great day for Ancestry.com employees and subscribers around the world,” said Tim Sullivan. “We’re excited that Permira shares our commitment to keep investing in our technology and product experience to make family history easy and accessible for more and more families around the world. Their strong investment track record in the technology and Internet sectors makes them a terrific advisor and partner as we take the company forward.”

Added Charles Boesenberg, Chairman of the Board of Ancestry.com, “Our board conducted a thorough sale process, and we are pleased to be able to offer our stockholders this premium transaction.”

Brian Ruder, Partner and Head of Permira’s Menlo Park office said: “With its pioneering technology and market leading position, Ancestry.com is an exciting investment opportunity for the Permira funds. We are thrilled to be able to back the company as it continues to develop new and innovative content, and expand in both its core markets and into new geographies. We look forward to bringing Permira’s technology and media experience to bear in supporting Tim, Howard and the rest of the talented team at Ancestry.com and its mission of helping everyone discover, preserve and share their family history.”

Ancestry.com and Permira indicated that the company will continue executing on its growth strategy and initiatives led by content acquisition and technology investment, with the support of the Permira funds and the investor group. There are no anticipated changes in Ancestry.com’s operating structure. Ancestry.com’s focus will continue to be on investing in content, technology and its user experience, expanding its product offerings in areas like DNA, and building the Ancestry.com brand and the family history category, all on a global basis. Ancestry.com will remain headquartered in Provo, Utah, with a continued large presence in San Francisco, Dublin, London and other international markets.

The transaction, which is subject to the approval of holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Ancestry.com common stock and other customary closing conditions, is expected to close in early 2013. The company will file additional details regarding the transaction shortly with the Securities and Exchange Commission on a Form 8-K, and in proxy materials to be provided to the company’s stockholders in connection with the special meeting to vote on the merger.

The Board of Directors of Ancestry.com received financial advice from Qatalyst Partners LP, who also provided a fairness opinion in connection with the transaction, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz served as the company’s legal counsel. Morgan Stanley served as financial advisor to the Permira funds while Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Clifford Chance LLP served as legal advisors. The Permira funds were also advised by McKinsey & Company, Aon M&A Solutions, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Barclays, Credit Suisse Securities, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and RBC Capital Markets have agreed to provide financing to the acquiring company in connection with the merger.

Ancestry.com Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results
As previously announced, Ancestry.com will release financial results for its third quarter 2012 on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at approximately 2:00 p.m. MT (4:00 p.m. ET). In light of today’s announcement, the company will no longer be hosting a corresponding conference call with analysts and investors to discuss the financial results.

About Ancestry.com
Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world’s largest online family history resource, with more than 2 million paying subscribers. More than 10 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 39 million family trees containing approximately 4 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, Ancestry.com offers several localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history

About Permira
Permira is a European private equity firm with global reach. The Permira funds, raised from pension funds and other institutions, make long-term investments in companies with the ambition of transforming their performance and driving sustainable growth. Founded in 1985, the firm advises funds with a total committed capital of approximately $26 billion.

Permira established its presence in North America with the opening of the New York office in 2002 followed by the Menlo Park office in 2008. The Permira funds have a long track record of successful technology and digital media investing in companies around the world including Odigeo, NDS, Renaissance Learning and Genesys. Since 1997, over 30% of the Permira funds’ investments have been in the core sector of Technology, Media & Telecom.

The following investigations have also been announced:

Block & Leviton LLP Investigates Ancestry.com, Inc. for Possible Breaches of Fiduciary Duty in Connection With Its Proposed Going Private Transaction

BOSTON, Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Block & Leviton LLP (www.blockesq.com), a Boston-based law firm representing investors nationwide, has commenced an investigation into possible breaches of fiduciary duties by the Board of Directors of Ancestry.com, Inc. (“Ancestry.com” or the “Company”) (NASDAQGS: ACOM) with regards to their recently announced going private transaction by Permira Funds Partners, scheduled to close in early 2013.

Read the full article.

Newman Ferrara LLP Announces Investigation Of Ancestry.com Inc.

Newman Ferrara LLP is investigating potential claims against the board of directors of Ancestry.com Inc. (“Ancestry.com”) (Nasdaq: ACOM) concerning the proposed acquisition of Ancestry.com by an investor group headed by European private equity firm Permira Funds (“Permira”) and which includes members of Ancestry.com’s management.

On October 22, 2012, Ancestry.com announced that it had entered into an agreement and plan of merger to be acquired by Permira in an all cash deal valued at approximately $1.6 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Ancestry.com’s shareholders will receive $32.00 per share of Ancestry.com stock owned. However, Ancestry.com common stock traded at above the $32.00 per share offer price as recently as August 20, 2012 when it traded at $32.48 per share. Ancestry.com common stock also traded as high as $33.80 per share as recently as August 3, 2012. Ancestry.com stock has increased in value by over 27% so far this year.

Read the full article.

Salt Lake Christmas Tour……….. Week’s Peek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who knows where these photos were taken??????  The Salt Lake City International Airport, that’s where! Isn’t it fun to arrive into Salt Lake City and be greeted by Christmas-red poinsettias lining the walkways??? Those cheery flowers introduce you to a wonderful week!  Hope YOU are not going to miss it this year.

Donna, aka Mother Hen

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling Eases Access to Pa. Death Records

The following article came from timesunion.com:

Court ruling eases access to Pa. death records

MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press

Updated 12:53 p.m., Thursday, October 18, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that coroners cannot withhold information about the cause and manner of deaths until after the end of each year.

The high court ruled 5-1 in favor of a south-central Pennsylvania television station that was turned down when it sought such records from the Cumberland County coroner after a Shippensburg University football player died more than three years ago.

The ruling overturned decisions by the Office of Open Records, a county judge and Commonwealth Court, which had all ruled against WGAL-TV and in favor of then-coroner Michael Norris.

The station wanted information about the death of Thomas Rainey, 19, inside his apartment in April 2009. Authorities said Rainey’s death was not suspicious.

The earlier rulings, siding with Norris, had cited a provision of the Coroner’s Act that said their records must be made public for each year by the end of the following January. But the Supreme Court majority said public access requirements under the Right-to-Know Law are not in conflict with the other law, making the records more immediately available.

The court said both laws provide immediate access to cause and manner death records.

U.S. Department of Interior Names 27 New Historic Landmarks

The following article was found on the Miami Herald website:

Government names 27 new historic landmarks

A Kansas battlefield where forces faced off over slavery several years before the Civil War, two New England churches, and several sites associated with indigenous North American cultures are among 27 places designated new National Historic Landmarks by the U.S. Department of Interior.

Other sites include homes of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous and examples of Beaux Arts, modern and City Beautiful movements and architecture.

“Each of these landmarks represents a thread in the great tapestry that tells the story of our beautiful land, our diverse culture and our nation’s rich heritage,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in announcing the list Wednesday.

The new sites according to the U.S. Department of Interior are:

Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Gravesite, New York City. Farragut was an important Civil War naval commander.

Black Jack Battlefield, Douglas County, Kansas. A June 2, 1856 conflict took place here between abolitionist John Brown’s forces and a pro-slavery contingent led by Henry Clay Pate, predating the Civil War.

Camp Evans, Wall Township, N.J. This World War II-era U.S. Army Signal Corps facility was a principal U.S. site for development of radar.

Central Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers/Dayton Veterans Administration Home, Dayton, Ohio. The home represents a “shift in federal care for veterans” from World War I through creation of the Veterans Administration in 1930.

Two New England churches, Central Congregational Church, Boston, noted for its intact Tiffany-designed ecclesiastical interior, and United Congregational Church, Newport, R.I., noted for its 1880-81 murals and opalescent and stained glass windows by artist John LaFarge.

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Ancestry.com’s Updated Yearbook Collection

The following press release was issued by Ancestry.com:

What Do Snoop Dogg and Warren Buffett Have in Common? Both Are Included in Ancestry.com’s Updated Yearbook Collection

Search Millions of Photos of Loved Ones, Friends, and Celebrities in Expanded U.S. Yearbooks Collection

PROVO, UT–(Marketwire – Oct 17, 2012) – Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, announced today that it has added more than 18,000 yearbooks to its growing U.S. Yearbook Collection. The new additions, spanning 1806-2008, include schools across the United States, from junior highs and high schools to colleges and universities. Visitors can browse this rich collection for a glimpse into relatives’, friends’ and celebrities’ past, from more formal class portraits to team photos and fun, candid shots. In total, the collection now stands at 53,000 yearbooks and approximately seven million images.

Available to everyone who visits the collection is a gallery of stars long before they became the focus of the paparazzi’s lenses. Notable additions include these previously unpublished photos:

  • Snoop Dogg as an underclassman at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1988
  • Warren Buffett, who lettered on the golf team at Wilson High School in 1947
  • A young Owen Wilson at St. Mark’s School of Texas in 1980
  • Kevin Costner playing varsity basketball at Villa Park High School in 1973
  • Dennis Quaid‘s Bellaire High School portraits in 1971
  • Lucy Liu as a part of the Big Siblings Club at Stuyvesant High School in 1986
  • Mariah Carey as a sophomore at Harborfields High School in 1985
  • Sally Field as a cheerleader at Birmingham High School in 1964

For those who are interested in browsing but don’t have anyone in particular to search, Ancestry.com offers a free 14-day trial for all new visitors to the site.

“This collection gives everyone the chance to see the surprising differences, and similarities, we share with our relatives and others and serves as a reminder of our own formative years,” said Daniel Jones, VP of Content Acquisition for Ancestry.com. Regardless of who you are searching for, the Ancestry.com U.S. Yearbooks Collection can make the journey easy, informative, and, most importantly, a lot of fun.”

The yearbooks are easy to search — visitors to the site need only a name and year of birth to get started. From there, they can quickly and easily find what their current family members and others looked like as youngsters and what their interests were. On a broader level, the yearbooks offer a trip back through time, providing snapshots of each era’s fashion, culture and politics

 

For anyone interested in discovering their family history with the online yearbook collection, visit www.ancestry.com/yearbooks.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com Inc. (NASDAQ: ACOM) is the world’s largest online family history resource, with more than 2 million paying subscribers. More than 10 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 39 million family trees containing approximately 4 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, Ancestry.com offers several localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.