Ancestry Releases Kilmainham (Dublin) and Chelsea (London) Pension Indexes

The following Teaser is from the IrishGenealogyNews website:


Ancestry has released a trio of indexes to military pension collections. One relates to Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the others to London’s Royal Hospital in Chelsea. In each case, the records on Ancestry are indexes to records transcribed from original documents; images of the documents are held on Fold3, so if you want to see them, you’ll need an Ancestry All Access subscription*.

Read the full article – with links, examples and descriptions.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for the John T Humphrey, CG Memorial Scholarship (NGS)

The following Press Release is from the NGS website:


09 NOVEMBER 2016 – Nominations Now Being Accepted for the John T Humphrey, CG Memorial Scholarship (NGS)…

Deadline for Submissions—15 December Annually

Applicants are notified by e-mail of the decision of the committee by 1 April annually.

To encourage those who are pursuing a career in genealogy by demonstrating a strong and serious interest in genealogy.

In 2013, NGS renamed the Home Study Scholarship to the honor John Humphrey for his many years of service to the National Genealogical Society and to the field of genealogy.

About John T. Humphrey
This Scholarship was renamed after John T. Humphrey, CG SM to commemorate his work in the genealogical field. John’s work in early Pennsylvania and German genealogy was considered the most important and essential work in this topic. He was a frequent teacher and lecturer, sharing his expertise in workshops, institutes, and conferences for genealogical learning as well as serving on many society boards. John served as a director of the NGS Learning Center and also as the NGS Education Director managing online and home study courses.

The winning application receives a scholarship to pay for the current NGS American Genealogical Studies series. The scholarship covers the cost of three online courses (The Basics, Guide to Documentation and Source Citation and Beyond the Basics).

These courses are cloud based so you need either a computer or tablet with an Internet connection to access to the course material. Please refer to the system requirements on the American Genealogical Studies.

Each course within American Genealogical Studies is designed for independent learning.

The Basics provides a solid foundation in genealogy while the Guide to Documentation and Source Citation helps genealogists understand the principles of citation for common sources. Beyond the Basics, one uses additional genealogical records, reinforces source documentation, writing reports, receiving comments from experienced genealogists while helping you expand your research possibilities.

Note: While the American Genealogical Studies series helps students learn about methods, skills, and standards for genealogy, NGS is not an accrediting body. So no formal genealogical credential or accreditation is conveyed upon successful completion.

The award will be in the form of a credit towards online courses offered by the National Genealogical Society, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. There is no cash award associated with this scholarship.

General Guidelines for the Awards

· It is open to applicants who are member of NGS and have been for a minimum of two years.
· All persons worldwide are eligible to apply
· The application is in English.
· It becomes the property of NGS.
o Receives no further comments on personal improvement.
o Is not returned.
o Is destroyed after the competition.
o It is not eligible for later resubmission.

· Awardees are allowed the following time limit per course.
o The Basics for six months from date of registration
o Guide to Documentation and Source Citation for six months from date of registration
o Beyond the Basics for twelve months from date of registration

· There is no monetary award for unused portions of the courses

Not eligible are: individuals who were previously enrolled in the NGS Home Study Course, received a certificate of completion from the NGS Home Study Course, or hold a genealogical credential from either The Board for Certification of Genealogists® (BCG) or International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen).

Submission Requirements

The application consists of the word document which you can complete online and an essay. Please use the essay to describe
o the type of career they intend to pursue in genealogy;
o why they plan to pursue that career path in genealogy;
o the extent of their current research experience; and
o how the NGS American Genealogical Studies series will aid in their career development.

The NGS Scholarship Committee reviews all applications. Notification of the award is made annually by 1 April and announced at the annual NGS Family History Conference.

Application for John T. Humphrey, CG SM Scholarship
o Application Form (PDF 145KB)
o An essay of 500–1,000 words explaining why completing the Home Study Course would be a valuable educational experience
o e-mail the completed application (form and essay) to: include “John T. Humphrey Memorial Scholarship” in the subject line of your message.

Questions? Contact the NGS Awards Chair at

Toronto Public Library’s Digital Archives Reaches 100,000 Special Collections Objects


According to a blog post at their website, Toronto Public Library’s digitization program has reached an important milestone. The Digital Archive now contains over 100,000 Special Collections objects. I did a search on the surname of Irvine, and came up with several items that may have a connection with my great-grandfather, who was a minister there for many years.

Read the blog.

Search the digital database.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

New Historic Records Databases Added On FamilySearch the Week of November 7 & 14, 2016

The following is from FamilySearch:


Over 4 million birth, death, census, civil, church, and other indexed records were published and made available the week of November 7 at FamilySearch this week. Find new historical records from South Africa, Peru, Netherlands, Russia, Philippines, and across the United States including Illinois, Iowa, Utah, Alabama, Oregon, South Dakota and Tennessee.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

BillionGraves Index – 313,368 – 313,368 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Netherlands Archival Indexes Miscellaneous Records – 939 – 0 – New indexed records collection

Peru Puno Civil Registration 1890-2005 – 8 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984 – 252,908 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939 – 0 – 426,296 – Added images to an existing collection

South Africa Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records 1848-1956 – 317,868 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection


Alabama Census of Confederate Veterans 1907, 1921, 1927 – 0 – 13,710 – New browsable image collection.

Illinois Archdiocese of Chicago Cemetery Records 1864-1989 – 1,921,208 – 1,623,555 – New indexed records and images collection

Iowa Delayed Birth Records 1850-1939 – 540,796 – 419,728 – New indexed records and images collection

Iowa Death Records 1921-1940 – 516,904 – 475,273 – New indexed records and images collection

Oregon Births 1860-1952 – 12,923 – 0 – New indexed records collection

South Dakota School Records 1879-1970 – 59,241 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Tennessee Birth Records (ER Series) 1908-1912 – 212,545 – 213,127 – New indexed records and images collection

Utah Birth Certificates 1903-1914– 29 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Items Added the Week Of November 14, 2016

Check out the astounding 11.8 million new records from the New York Passenger List indexes! Also, more immigration records and other historic records were recently published in American Samoa, Brazil, Chile, Peru, South Africa, Venezuela, and the United States. Many thanks go to the diligent indexers around the world for completing these projects.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

American Samoa Passenger Lists and Travel Documents 1918-1965 – 0 – 6,563 – New browsable image collection.

Brazil Pernambuco Civil Registration 1804-2014 – 272,691 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Chile Civil Registration 1885-1903 – 1,792,848 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru Lambayeque Civil Registration 1873-1998 – 168 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru Amazonas Civil Registration 1939-1998 – 32,618 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru La Libertad Civil Registration 1903-1998 – 189,810 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

South Africa Cape Province Kimberley Probate Records of the Supreme Court 1871-1937 – 148,844 – 96,578 – New indexed records and images collection

Venezuela Diocese of San Cristóbal Catholic Church Records 1601-1962 – 688,583 – 128,484 – New indexed records and images collection

United States Databases

California Chinese Partnerships and Departures from San Francisco 1893-1943 – 54,617 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Maine J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection ca. 1780-1999 – 1,815 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Massachusetts Index to Boston Passenger Lists 1848-1891 – 24,002 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists 1906-1942 – 11,883,075 – 748,065 – New indexed records and images collection

New York Rouses Point and Waddington Crew Lists 1954-1956 – 4,158 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

North Carolina World War I Service Cards 1917-1919 – 92,649 – 92,578 – New indexed records and images collection

Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection 1947-2010 – 0 – 5,996 – Added images to an existing collection

Rhode Island Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1630-1945 – 0 – 198,109 – Added images to an existing collection

Washington Applications for Enrollment and Adoption of Washington Indians 1911-1919 – 51,169 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

West Virginia Naturalization Records 1814-1991 – 717 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

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

Kent State Student Newspaper Now Digitized

The following excerpt is from


Print editions of The Daily Kent Stater are now available online, with full-text digital access to issues dating back to 1940.

Thanks to efforts from the University Libraries Department of Special Collections & Archives and the Digital Projects team, 9,397 issues of The Stater have been digitized.

The project to digitize old issues of The Stater began in 2011 under the direction of Cara Gilgenbach, head of Special Collections & Archives. Virginia Dressler, digital projects librarian, came on to the project in April 2014, and has since been helping see the effort through.

Read the full article.

Search or browse the Digital Archive.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Findmypast Publishes Over 2 Million British Military Records


The following news release was written by FindMyPast:

· New collection of over 1.6 million gallantry medal records, over 171,000 Military Medal records and 551,000 Royal Navy Service records released online

· Records span 140 years of British military history and cover both world wars, the Napoleonic wars, Indian Mutiny, Crimea, Boer Wars and many more conflicts.

· Over 1.5 million new Military newspaper articles and the Lower Canada Census 1825 also available to search.

Nov. 11, 2016: Over 2 million records of British soldiers and sailors spanning more than 140 years of conflict have been published online at Findmypast.

The publication, released to coincide with Remembrance Day 2016, consists of Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards, Royal Naval Reserve records, ships musters and Royal Navy & Marines service and pension records.

The majority of the new additions come from The National Archive’s Admiralty and War Office series (ADM & WO) and consist of both fully searchable transcripts and scanned colour images of original documents, including:

Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards
Findmypast has released a new collection of more than 1.6 million records of British Army, Royal Marines, Royal Navy, and Merchant Navy personnel who were recognised for their service, courage, and accomplishments in times of war and conflict. The awards include, in part, Military Medals, Distinguished Conduct Medals, Waterloo Medals, Merchant Navy Medals, and the Victoria Cross Award, the premier award for gallantry.

The new Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards collection was created by merging 171,000 new Military Medal 1914-1920 records with Findmypast’s existing medal collections to form a single, comprehensive search experience. The records list the details of men and women who showed exceptional courage and fortitude in the face of danger and contains records from both world wars as well as the Peninsular War, Indian Mutiny, Waterloo, and many more conflicts.

British Royal Navy, Ships’ Musters
This collection of over 280,000 muster rolls is an excellent resource for genealogists looking to find seafaring ancestors in the Royal Navy before service records began in 1853. Covering the years 1739 to 1861, the muster roll books recorded the names and birth details of every person present on board a ship and were kept on an 8-week basis for accounting and administrative reasons.

British Royal Naval Reserve 1899-1930
British Royal Naval Reserve 1899-1930 consists of over 81,000 service cards of officers and ratings who served with the RNR. The records list the names, ranks and dates of service of RNR personnel as well as details of awards, promotions and notes on their character and behaviour during combat.

The RNR is an amalgamation of the Royal Naval Reserve, created in 1859, and the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, created in 1903. The two forces were merged in 1958. At the beginning of the First World War, the RNR had 30,000 officers and men. Sailors within the RNR served at the Battle of Coronel, the Battle of Jutland, and in Gallipoli. Many others boarded trawlers searching for mines.

British Royal Navy & Royal Marines Service and Pension Records, 1704-1919
Over 185,000 records have just been released in the second phase of Findmypast’s Royal Navy & Royal Marines Service and Pension Records, 1704-1919 collection. The collection consists of an assortment of documents kept by the Greenwich Hospital and the Royal Hospital Chelsea to record the details of Greenwich Pensioners and spans over 230 years of British naval history from to 1704 to 1934.

The records allow family historians to uncover fascinating details of their ancestor’s career with the Royal Navy, such as their period of service, where they served, when they joined and if they were wounded in the line of duty.

Paul Nixon, military expert at Findmypast, says: Findmypast has consolidated all its medal collections under a single search AND released a new collection: Military Medal awards 1914-1920, the most comprehensively indexed version of this Military Medal available online. Family historians can now access all our medal records through one search to easily uncover the stories of those ancestors who sacrificed so much.

As an island nation we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the men and women who have served Great Britain at sea. Our new naval records will open up fresh lines of enquiry for thousands of people and cement Findmypast’s reputation for having the most comprehensive online collection of British naval records.”

Other new additions available to search as of Friday, November 11, 2016:

Military Newspapers
Over 1.5 million new articles have been added to military publications available in our collection of historic British Newspapers. One new title has been added, The Naval & Military Gazette and Weekly Chronicle of the United Service, and additional articles have been added to the Army and Navy Gazette.

Lower Canada Census 1825
The Lower Canada Census 1825 contains over 74,000 records covering modern day Labrador and southern Quebec. Each search result will provide you will an image of the original document and a transcript revealing the language your ancestor spoke, where they lived and with how many people they lived.

Honoring WWII Veterans

The following teaser is from a story posted Nov 11, 2106 at the New York Times website.


As nations honored their war veterans on Friday — Armistice Day and Veterans Day — a 19-year-old in California is trying to preserve as many voices of World War II veterans in the United States as he can.

Many of the veterans are in their twilight years, with ages in the late 80s and the 90s. The teenager, Rishi Sharma, has started a nonprofit organization, Heroes of the Second World War, to record video interviews with them for posterity.

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, about 620,000 are still alive, and 372 die each day, according to the National World War II Museum.

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Call for APG 2017 PMC Presentations – Deadline 23 December 2016

The following Call For Presentations is from Annette Lyttle, 2017 PMC Coordinator:


The Association of Professional Genealogists will hold the 19th annual APG Professional Management Conference on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 29 September – 1 October 2017, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Washington, D.C. – Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.

APG is now accepting proposals for the following categories of presentations for the 2017 APG Professional Management Conference:

– Classes presented by an individual or panel—one hour in length
– Workshops—two hours in length
– Discussion groups led by one or more individuals
– Poster sessions – informal discussions of a topic during networking time, posters to remain accessible to attendees at other times

PMC presentations should challenge professional genealogists to increase their genealogical research skills, evaluate and improve their current businesses, and meet the demands of the 21st Century client. Prospective speakers are encouraged to consider creative ways to educate and inspire professional genealogists.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

– Advanced genealogical research skills or methodology (for example, little-known or little-used records, truly complex case studies demonstrating advanced methods)

– Technology (for example, hardware and software to assist in research, writing, lecturing, and business management; platforms for podcasting or doing one’s own webinars or instructional videos; website development; genealogy’s technological future; hands-on workshops are particularly of interest)

– DNA (for example, becoming a genetic genealogist, understanding DNA results, how to educate clients about DNA, when is DNA useful for a client project and when isn’t it)

– Business skills (for example, business organization and management, business plans and goal setting, collaborating with other genealogists on a client project)

– Marketing and branding strategies (for example, marketing with social media, how to establish a brand for one’s business, creative marketing strategies that have worked, discussion session in which the group reviews/critiques websites)

– Speaker or lecturer training (for example, writing effective speaker proposals, effective use of visuals, crafting a dynamite presentation, overcoming fear of public speaking)

– Genealogical writing and publishing (for example, report writing, editing one’s own work, writing articles for different publications, self-publishing platforms)

– Client relationships and communication (for example, managing client expectations, communicating unexpected or unwelcome findings, explaining complex research)

– Certification and Accreditation (for example, meeting the GPS, strategies for success, educational preparation)

– Organization and time management (for example, how to organize one’s office for efficiency, how to manage client projects, how to manage speaking engagements, planning efficient use of time)

– Career paths for professional genealogists (for example, forensic genealogy, house histories, dual citizenship, conference planning, producing videos for clients, lineage society work, providing archiving services)

– Success stories that inspire (for example, solving a difficult research case, breaking into a new line of genealogical work, taking a risk and how it worked out)

– Washington, D.C. (for example, orientation to the city for first-time visitors, orientation to using a D.C. repository)

Successful proposals will offer innovative, unique, and out-of-the-box approaches to topics and to presentation and teaching methods. Presentations that feature case studies and practical examples, or that offer hands-on learning or discussion, are encouraged as they offer powerful learning opportunities for attendees.

Half of attendees have been professional genealogists for five years or more and 56% hold a master’s or doctoral degree. 57% are lecturers themselves, and 37% are genealogical authors and writers. Almost all attendees (83%) offer genealogical research services for clients, and many hold or have held leadership positions in local, state, and national genealogical societies.

Successful proposals will recognize the knowledge, professionalism, and accomplishments of attendees and will seek to take their skills to the next level.

Presentations must be new and original. They should not have been presented prior to the 2017 PMC other than at the local level. Individuals who submit multiple proposals will be considered for multiple presentations. Proposals from non-APG members will also be considered.

Submit proposals via email to in PDF format. Proposals are due by Friday, 23 December 2016.

Proposals must include the following:
– Name, address, phone number, and email address of the presenter(s)
– Title of the presentation and category (from the list above)
– Summary of the presentation (not to exceed 100 words)
– Detailed description of the presentation (not to exceed 1,000 words)
– Explanation of how the presentation meets demands faced by professional genealogists (50–75 words)
– Presenter biography highlighting qualifications and expertise in the proposed topic (75–100 words)
– Presenter experience: list of presentations given in the last 18 months, including topic, audience, and location
– Indicate whether or not you are willing to have your presentation recorded and broadcast for the virtual PMC (Granting permission does not guarantee your presentation will be recorded or broadcast.)
– Submit one PDF file per proposal. Name the file with your surname and the presentation title, for example SMITH Running a Genealogical Business.

Presenter Compensation
Presenters giving lectures or workshops will receive:
– Complimentary PMC registration and digital syllabus
– Lunch for the day of the presentation
– Reimbursement for flight or mileage at the current government rate up to $700
– All-inclusive honorarium per presentation:
$400 for a one-hour presentation by an individual or panel
$650 for a two-hour workshop
$550 for a one-hour keynote presentation

Presenters leading discussion groups will receive
$50 for a one-hour discussion group led by one or more individuals

Presenters providing poster sessions will receive
Complimentary PMC registration for a poster session

All one-hour presentation proposals will be considered for keynote spots.

Royalty payments for syllabus sales and recording of the live-streamed session following the conclusion of the PMC will be detailed in the speaker contract.

APG does not pay separate hotel costs.

MyHeritage DNA Testing Kits – Just $79 – Watch the New Lab Video! Check out the Frequently Asked Questions


MyHeritage DNA has produced a fascinating video that shows what happens to that cheek swab DNA sample that we send them for testing. For those of us who have an active amateur interest in DNA research, this short 1 minute, 47 second video adds depth and additional understanding to what we read. Many thanks to the MyHeritage DNA team for putting this together! Click on the following link to check it out. Watch the video here:

MyHeritage has posted a terrific blog that takes on the many frequently asked questions that readers may have about MyHeritage DNA. Check it out at:

Purchase a MyHeritage DNA test for just $79!

As again proven by the video mentioned above, MyHeritage – one of my favorite companies – has gone into the DNA testing and DNA Family Connections business big-time! The move represents a major turning point for the DNA industry, as MyHeritage DNA has debuted an international mass-market home-testing kit that is simple, affordable and offers some of the best ethnicity reports in the world. Not only that, but coupled with their 85 million users worldwide, 2.1 billion family tree profiles, 7 billion historical records and availability in 42 languages, MyHeritage’s new DNA service will allow genealogists more connections with others than they ever imagined possible.

The MyHeritage DNA kit consists of a simple cheek swab, taking only a minute to complete, with no need for blood or saliva. In other words, no spitting for two minutes! The swab is mailed to MyHeritage DNA’s lab for analysis. The genealogist is then invited to view the results at the MyHeritage website (where many of us spend a lot of time, anyway!). Initially, MyHeritage DNA has two main features. they are:

  • A detailed ethnicity report that maps the user’s ethnic and geographic origins.
  • DNA Matches for finding relatives

They say that “additional features and capabilities are planned for the future.” I’ll bet… Exciting things are in the works.


What makes MyHeritage DNA unique in another way, is the Founder Population project. “More than 5000 participants have been handpicked for this project by MyHeritage from its 85 million members, by virtue of their family trees exemplifying consistent ancestry from the same region or ethnicity for many generations. In the next few months, the project will be completed, resulting in a rich DNA data set of more than 100 ethnicities that will enable MyHeritage to show users their ancestral roots with far greater resolution than other services.” They have been mailing these kits everywhere – “from Uzbekistan to Fiji, from Greenland to South Africa, and every corner of the globe.” Standard ethnicity reports are currently available. However, the new “expert reports” will be released at no additional cost to users once the Founder Population project is completed.

I know what my DNA ethnic ancestry is, but what really excites me is that, when the DNA test facilitates a match between two people who have the same ancestor or ancestors, family trees and historical records are often essential for piecing together the exact relationship path between them. Remember that MyHeritage has 2.1 billion worldwide family tree profiles in their linked databases (of which over 4000 are mine!). Once my results are in, I can view family trees of the majority of my DNA Matches, pinpointing the connection path, automatically identify which surnames and geographical locations they have in common, and find cousins within those 2 billion profiles. Adoptees (like my niece) searching for their biological family without access to their adoption records, will have a great chance of finding family.

MyHeritage DNA is integrated with the other services provided by MyHeritage on all web and mobile platforms. They also have a dedicated standalone mobile app named MyHeritage DNA. I just downloaded this onto my android phone – what a great service!

The MyHeritage DNA kits are available at an introductory price of $79 + shipping (Prices vary by location. Remember, this is international. In the USA, it’s $10). To order, visit the MyHeritage DNA website by clicking on this link, or on the images. MyHeritage has already amassed a significant number of DNA kits uploaded by its users from other DNA services, providing valuable matches on the MyHeritage website from day one. Note that with the launch of MyHeritage DNA, the company will cease to offer DNA kits of other vendors, which they’ve been doing for some time.

Users who have already tested their DNA on other services (and I know that many of my readers have) are welcome for a limited time to upload their DNA data to MyHeritage at no cost to benefit from free DNA Matches. The more DNA, the merrier, thus the opportunity for FREE uploads.


Genetic Genealogy in Practice – a New Workbook, by Blaine Bettinger & Debbie Wayne – 15% off thru Thursday, Nov 17.


This last September, The National Genealogical Society (NGS) published Genetic Genealogy in Practice, the first workbook on genetic genealogy. Written by Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD, and Debbie Parker Wayne, CGSM, CGLSM, the book provides family historians and genealogists who have just begun to explore genetic genealogy practical, easy to understand information that they can apply to their research. As Wayne notes in her blog, Deb’s Delvings in Genealogy, “DNA can seem complex to many of us, but this book will guide you and help build your knowledge level one step at a time.”

At their own pace, readers learn the basic concepts of genetic genealogy. They then build on that knowledge as they study the testing, analysis, and application of Y-DNA, X-DNA, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), and autosomal DNA (atDNA) to reach and support genealogical conclusions. Each chapter includes exercises with answer keys for hands-on practice.

Family Roots Publishing wasn’t allowed to market the book until now, as the National Genealogical Society had made a decision to market the initial copies themselves. Their sales goal has been met, and FRPC bought a large stock of books for immediate shipment. The books arrived in Orting on election day, Nov. 8, 2016.

To celebrate the arrival of new volume, we’re discounting the price 15% (Reg. $36, on sale for just $30.60) thru midnight, 12 PM EST November 17, 2016. We’re also making it available during the sale period in a bundle with Blaine Bettinger’s other new volume, The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, at 25% off of the bundle (Reg 65.99 – on sale for just $49.49).

Click here to purchase Genetic Genealogy in Practice

Click here to purchase the bundle of Genetic Genealogy in Practice & The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

The following is from the Table of Contents:

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1 – Basic Genetics
  • Chapter 2 – Genetic Genealogy, Standards, and Ethics
  • Chapter 3 – Genealogical Applications for Y-DNA
  • Chapter 4 – Genealogical Applications for mtDNA
  • Chapter 5 – Genealogical Applications for atDNA
  • Chapter 6 – Genealogical Applications for X-DNA
  • Chapter 7 – Incorporating DNA Testing in a Family Study
  • Chapter 8 – Incorporating DNA Evidence in a Written Conclusion
  • Appendix A: Charts for Exercises
  • Appendix B: Glossary
  • Appendix C: Reading and Source List
  • Appendix D: Chapter Exercise Answers

Blaine Bettinger is an intellectual property attorney in Syracuse, New York. The author of The Genetic Genealogist blog, he is a genealogy educator, a trustee of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, and organizer of the Shared cM Project, a crowdsourced project examining the associations between genetic data and genealogical relationships.

Debbie Parker Wayne is a professional genealogist who has conducted research for individuals as well as for the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and other television shows. She is an award-winning author, the coordinator for genetic genealogy institute courses, and the DNA Project Chair for the Texas State Genealogical Society.

Genetic Genealogy in Practice; by Blaine T. Bettinger & Debbie Parker Wayne; Sept 2016; 8.5×11; 204 pp; ISBN: 978-1-935815-22-8; Item #: NGS25

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


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.

Find Your American Indian Ancestors For FREE at Fold3 Through November 15, 2016

Do you have Native American ancestry? Or are you interested in Native American history? Then explore Fold3’s Native American Collection for free through November 15.


Titles in this collection include:

Ratified Indian Treaties (1722-1869): Ratified treaties that occurred between the United States government and American Indian tribes. Also included are presidential proclamations, correspondence, and treaty negotiation expenses.

Indian Census Rolls (1885-1940): Census rolls submitted annually by agents or superintendents of Indian reservations as required by an 1884 Act of Congress. Only persons who maintained a formal affiliation with a tribe under Federal supervision are listed on these census rolls.

Dawes Packets: Applications between 1896 and 1914 from members of the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole tribes to establish eligibility for an allotment of land in return for abolishing their tribal governments and recognizing Federal law.

Dawes Enrollment Cards (1898-1914): Enrollment cards, also referred to as “census cards,” prepared by the staff of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, commonly known as the Dawes Commission. The cards record information provided by applications submitted by members of the same family group or household and include notations of the actions taken.

Eastern Cherokee Applications (1906-1909): Applications submitted for shares of the money that was appropriated for the Eastern Cherokee Indians by Congress on June 30, 1906.

Enrollment of Eastern Cherokee by Guion Miller (1908-1910): The Guion Miller Roll is perhaps the most important source for Cherokee genealogical research. There are an estimated 90,000 individual applicants from throughout North America included within this publication.

Cherokee Indian Agency, TN (1801-1835): The records of the agent of Indian Affairs in Tennessee, including correspondence, agency letter books, fiscal records, records of the Agent for the Department of War in Tennessee, records of the Agent for Cherokee Removal, and miscellaneous records.

Rinehart Photos – Native Americans (1898): Photographs of over 100 Native Americans taken by Frank A. Rinehart, a commercial photographer in Omaha, Nebraska. Rinehart was commissioned to photograph the 1898 Indian Congress, part of the Trans-Mississippi International Exposition.

Have you found an ancestor in Fold3’s Native American collection? Tell us about it! Or get started exploring the Native American Collection here.

*Access to the records in the featured collections will be free until Nov 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. MT. Free access requires registration for a free Fold3 account. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using a paid Fold3 membership.

Leadership Expert Liz Wiseman to Keynote RootsTech Innovator Summit

The following news release is from FamilySearch:

Salt Lake City, Utah, (8 November 2016) —Do you multiply or diminish intelligence? Liz Wiseman, a leadership strategist, best-selling author, and inspiring speaker whose recent clients include Disney, Microsoft, eBay and PayPal, Google, and Facebook, is excited to share highlights of what she has learned as the keynote speaker for the 2017 Innovator Summit at RootsTech. Innovator Summit is a one-day event for developers, entrepreneurs, and innovators who want to explore business and technological opportunities in the multibillion dollar family history industry. The Innovator Summit will be held on February 8, 2017 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Liz Wiseman teaches leadership to executives and emerging leaders around the world. She is the founder and president of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. She has been listed on the biennial Thinkers50 ranking for 2013 and 2015 and named one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world.

Wiseman is the author of three best-selling books: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work; Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter; and The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools.

She has spent years working around a lot of really smart executives in tech industries and conducted significant research in the field of leadership. She’s observed how some leaders actually shut down the brain power of people around them.

“Yet, other leaders seem to amplify the intelligence of people around them,” said Wiseman. “These leaders were intelligence multipliers.” She said that “when these leaders walked into a room, it was as if you could see lightbulbs going off over people’s heads, and ideas flowed and problems got solved.”

Wiseman has emphasized that one of the most important aspects that she learned in this research was “that when we linger too long on a plateau a little part of us dies inside. But when we step out of the space of knowing—where we are fully capable—and step into unfamiliar territory, we feel alive. I think it is actually where we feel divine, and, in some ways, I feel like it is where we see God’s hand working in our lives.”

Wiseman is a frequent lecturer at BYU, Stanford University, and the Naval Postgraduate Academy. She is a former executive at Oracle Corporation, where she worked over the course of 17 years as the vice president of Oracle University and as the global leader for human resource development. During her tenure at Oracle, she led several major global initiatives and has worked and traveled in over 40 countries. She writes for Harvard Business Review and Fortune. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Inc., and Time.

The RootsTech Innovator Summit keynote session begins at 9:00 a.m., followed by a full day of classes, the semifinal round of the RootsTech Innovator Showdown, a networking social, and other related activities.

The annual Innovator Showdown contest is designed to foster innovation in the family history industry. Twelve semi-finalists will be chosen and announced, with $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes offered by sponsors to the winners.

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.

Discover Your British Family Heroes Over the Veteran’s Day Weekend, with Free Access to 70 Million Military Records, FREE at

The following is from FindMyPast:


This Veteran’s Day, Findmypast wants to give everyone the chance to uncover the heroes in their family tree.

And so from November 10th to the 13th, you can explore Findmypast’s entire collection of over 70 million military records covering some of modern history’s most significant conflicts free of charge.

The free access starts on 10th November at 9am BST and expires on 13th November 2016 at 11.59pm BST.

What TheGenealogist has in store for 2017

The following Press Release was received from Nick Thorne:


2017 is going to see millions of new records added to TheGenealogist across a wide variety of collections.

New Data Sets

  • We are adding millions of new and unique Parish Records and Bishops’ Transcripts are being added for many more counties.
  • A new and unique record set covering detailed records of our ancestors houses, which will be searchable by name, address and area, with high resolution maps showing the property.
  • Our ongoing project with The National Archives is set to release yet more detailed Colour County and Tithe Maps with tags to show where your ancestors lived.
  • We are releasing a 1921 census substitute, using a wide variety of records including Trade and Residential Directories of the time.
  • New decades of BT27 Passenger Lists and Emigration Records will become available.
  • Our International Headstone Project will be expanded with more Commonwealth Cemeteries added.
  • More worldwide War Memorials added to our comprehensive database.
  • Following on from our release of over 230 million U.S. records in 2016, we will be launching more U.S. records in 2017.

New & Improved Census Images
Thanks to new technology and new Silver Halide Film provided by The National Archives, we have now been able to re-scan the 1891 census with improved resolution and quality. This combination of improved readability and new transcripts will help locate your ancestors and view the relevant images with a superior grayscale format. Our “Deep Zoom” images have over 5 times the resolution of previous images. They will be lightening fast to view thanks to the technology used in our new image interface. We will launch these new images in early 2017.

Look out for these exciting new developments and more in 2017 at