Start Looking Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results Report

The following is from Globe Newswire:

Second Quarter Revenues $169.4 million, Up 8.5% Year-Over-Year; Up 10.2% on Constant Currency Basis –

– Second Quarter Adjusted EBITDA $67.3 million, Up 16.1% Year-Over-Year1 –

PROVO, Utah, July 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LLC (the “Company”), the world’s largest online family history resource, reported financial results today for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.

“Our business is performing well at nearly every level, highlighted in the second quarter by improving revenue growth and continued strong Adjusted EBITDA growth,” said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. “We are seeing continued momentum both in our Ancestry subscriber business and growth at AncestryDNA, which hit the one million DNA customer milestone earlier this month. This quarter Ancestry also released a major upgrade to its core website that transforms how customers view, arrange, and share the details of their ancestors’ lives, helping them weave together a richer, more complete picture of the events, places, and eras that shaped the people who led to them. Product improvements and new content are important growth drivers for our business for new and existing subscribers alike, and the new features and experience on Ancestry, combined with exciting new content releases on tap, position us well for the future.”

Second Quarter 2015 Financial Highlights

Total revenues for the second quarter 2015 were $169.4 million compared to $156.1 million in the second quarter of 2014, driven by growth in revenues from AncestryDNA and the core Ancestry websites. Second quarter 2015 total revenues were reduced by approximately one-and-one-half percentage points due to the foreign exchange impact of the strong U.S. dollar.

Net income for the second quarter of 2015 was $13.7 million compared to a net loss of $(7.6) million in the second quarter of 2014.

Adjusted EBITDA2 for the second quarter of 2015 was $67.3 million, compared to $55.4 million in the second quarter of 2014. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended June 30, 2014 included $2.6 million of professional service fees related to litigation.

Free cash flow3 totaled $20.4 million for the second quarter of 2015, compared to $10.2 million for the second quarter of 2014.

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $108.1 million as of June 30, 2015.

Obligations under long-term debt4 totaled $854.5 million as of June 30, 2015.

1 Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended June 30, 2015 increased 21.5% year-over-year.Excluding the impact of one-time expenses of $2.6 million of professional service fees related to litigation for the three months ended June 30, 2014,adjusted EBITDA increased 16.1% in the second quarter of 2015.
2 Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) plus interest expense, net; other (income) expense, net; income tax expense (benefit); and non-cash charges, including depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation expense.
3 Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA the capitalization of content databases, purchases of property and equipment and cash received (paid) for income taxes and interest.
4 This amount does not include $390.2 million in senior unsecured PIK notes issued by our parent company, Holdings LLC. While not required, LLC has made and intends to pay future distributions or loans to its parent related to the PIK Notes.

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Who Do You Think You Are? To Feature Ginnifer Goodwin This Sunday

The Learning Channel’s Who Do You Think You Are? Premieres this Sunday, July 26 at 9/8c. Actress Ginnifer Goodwin (from ABC’s Once Upon a Time) is this week’s celebrity. I was allowed to view a “screener” of the episode. I found it to be a bit of a tearjerker, and fascinating. Be sure and tune in this Sunday evening!

Gennifer knew nothing about her paternal grandfather’s family because he refused to talk about his parents. She proceeded to go on a journey to uncover the truth behind her great-grandparents’ story, and was shocked discover turbulent lives filled with court cases, drugs and incarcerations.

The filming was done June 12 to 20, 2015, and the following locations were visited:

  • Ginnifer Goodwin’s home, Los Angeles, CA;
  • Lyons College Library, Batesville, AR;
  • Independence County Courthouse, Batesville, AR;
  • Arkansas History Commission, Little Rock, AR;
  • The Butler Center for Arkansas Library, Little Rock, AR;
  • Shreveport Public Library, Shreveport, LA;
  • Noel Library at LSU Shreveport, Shreveport, LA;
  • Minden Cemetery, Minden, Louisiana.

She never knew her paternal grandfather, John Barton Goodwin, who died when she was an infant. She’s been haunted by the lack of information surrounding his family line; he never talked about his parents to her father, Tim. Understanding the generations that laid the foundation for her has grown more important to her since becoming a mother herself. The birth of her son Oliver has reignited her desire to know why her grandfather never spoke of his mother and father.


Ginnifer started her search for information with her dad, who recalls that his father John Barton’s parents were named Nellie and John “Al” Goodwin, and that for some unknown reason, John Barton was abandoned when he was just 11 years old. The last time he did any research, Tim found a 1910 Census return in which Nellie, Al and John Barton are living in Batesville, Arkansas. Ginnifer wonders what could have happened for Nellie to let an 11 year old leave her home, and heads to Arkansas to see if she can find some answers.

Local records in Batesville reveal that Nellie’s maiden name was Haynes, and a search for her marriage record returns a result for Nellie and a man named J.D. Williams, not her great grandfather Al Goodwin! What happened with Nellie’s first marriage that she eventually married Al Goodwin? Was Nellie a young widow? The local genealogist explains that death records of this time are incomplete and advises Ginnifer visit the Independence County Courthouse to search for evidence for the other alternative to the end of a marriage: divorce records.

Next, Ginnifer meets with a historian, who has found a case for Nellie suing J.D. Williams (a.k.a. “Duff”) for divorce. Ginnifer discovers that Nellie successfully sued for divorce when Duff abandoned Nellie and their daughter Pearl soon after their marriage, and realizes that the date of the court case is close on the heels of Nellie’s marriage to Al Goodwin, Ginnifer’s great-grandfather.

Continuing her search for Nellie and Al Goodwin, Ginnifer finds that between 1906 and 1911 Al racked up 18 indictments for bootlegging and gambling, and served two years in prison. In Al’s own penitentiary records, Ginnifer is shocked to see her great-grandfather’s mug shot. When Ginnifer discovers Al had syphilis and was being visited by a woman other than his wife while in jail, it comes as little surprise that Nellie filed for divorce while Al was behind bars.


Ginnifer forges on to see what happened to Nellie after her second divorce. She finds Nellie and her daughter Pearl in a Memphis, Tennessee City Directory… but Nellie is listed as Mrs. Nellie Wyllie – next to a third husband, Hugh Wyllie! Next, Ginnifer is surprised to discover that Nellie moved again – this time, to Louisiana! Curious why she ended up there, Ginnifer follows her great-grandmother’s trail south.

In Louisiana, Ginnifer pulls local newspapers which reveal the 1925 headline: “12 Alleged ‘Dope’ Law Violators Indicted” – and among the indicted is Hugh Wyllie. Next, Ginnifer is stunned to find an article about her great-grandmother Nellie, titled “Woman to be tried on Morphine charge.” At age 54, Nellie plead guilty to purchasing and possessing morphine, and was sentenced to two years in federal prison. Saddened to learn her great-grandmother served time in prison, Ginnifer wonders why Nellie would be involved in drug dealing. Was she an addict just supporting her own habit? It’s hard to say based on these documents, but if Nellie and Hugh were addicts, they might have been treated at the most famous clinic of the time, which just happened to be in nearby Shreveport, and may be the reason they ended up there.

Ginnifer meets with a drug historian, who has located the extensive records from the Shreveport drug clinic. Ginnifer comes across her great-grandmother’s entry, which states that she became addicted as a result of using morphine to treat “a heart condition and syphilis.” Ginnifer recalls Al Goodwin’s prison record in which he too suffered from syphilis. Jim informs Ginnifer that a doctor probably introduced Nellie to morphine, as it was liberally prescribed to syphilis patients. Ginnifer discovers that Nellie’s addiction stretched back to a time when John Barton was just 6 years old; finally revealing the most likely reason her son – Ginnifer’s grandfather – was abandoned. Finally, Ginnifer is dismayed to find an additional entry for Nellie’s daughter Pearl, who also suffered from addiction and entered the clinic on the same day as her mother.

Ginnifer heads to Minden Cemetery outside Shreveport to pay respects to her great-grandmother. At Nellie’s gravesite, Ginnifer considers this woman she’s come to know, who suffered through a string of terrible relationships and addiction. Understanding that her great-grandparents weren’t necessarily model citizens, Ginnifer empathizes with Nellie and Al, who battled internal demons. Through bittersweet tears, she’s glad to have finally learned the story of her great-grandparents and hopes it will open up her family’s hearts and let healing begin.


This isn’t brought up in the TV episode, but one factoid that was discovered during the research process is that Duff Williams sued Nellie for divorce first, and only married Nellie to avoid jail time for having sex with her outside of matrimony. But the tables were turned when he falsely accused Nellie in court of adultery, and his lies sent him to prison… Hmmm… A lot of folks in this generation of the family were doing prison time…

Soo – that’s it… Be sure and watch Sunday, July 26 at 9/8c. Click on the J.K. Rowling Photo to see a promotional video for this season’s TLC Who Do You think You Are?

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New FamilySearch Collections Posted the Week of July 13, 2015

The following is from FamilySearch:

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Family historians hungry for historic Irish records will enjoy FamilySearch’s new collection, Ireland Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828-1912. These indexed court documents bring 22 million records to your fingertips. These records were originally filmed at the National Archives of Ireland and the index was created by See the table below for additions to over 60 historical record collections, including 46 million US obituaries. Click on the collection’s link to start your discovery.


Australia New South Wales Census (fragment) 1891 – 0 – 21,315 – Added images to an existing collection
Belgium Antwerp Civil Registration 1588-1910 – 0 – 1,670 – Added images to an existing collection
Brazil Pernambuco Civil Registration 1804-2014 – 0 – 164,642 – Added images to an existing collection
Brazil São Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980 – 1,642,660 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
France Finistère Quimper et Léon Diocese Catholic Parish Records 1772-1863 – 970 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Germany Saxony Dresden Citizens’ Documents and Business Licenses 1820- 1962 – 0 – 855,956 – Added images to an existing collection
India Bihar Koilukh Pandit Kirtinand Jha Maithil Brahmin Genealogical Records 1750-1990 – 0 – 175,363 – Added images to an existing collection
India Hindu Pilgrimage Records 1194-2015 – 2,782,487 – 2,843,557 – New indexed records and images collection
Ireland Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828-1912 – 21,833,839 – 0 – New indexed record collection
Italy Caltanissetta Civil Registration (State Archive) 1820-1935 – 0 – 318 – Added images to an existing collection
Italy Cremona Civil Registration (State Archive) 1744-1942 – 0 – 1,325,362 – New browsable-image collection.
Italy Grosseto Civil Registration (State Archive) 1851-1907 – 0 – 393,814 – New browsable-image collection.
Italy L’Aquila Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 1911-1943 – 0 – 111,837 – Added images to an existing collection
Italy Pesaro e Urbino Pesaro Civil Registration (State Archive) 1808-1813 1861- 1865 – 0 – 75,456 – New browsable-image collection.
Italy Pesaro e Urbino Urbino Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1942 – 0 – 709,381 – New browsable-image collection.
Italy Ragusa Civil Registration (State Archive) 1900-1940 – 0 – 111,281 – New browsable-image collection.
Italy Toscana Civil Registration (State Archive) 1804-1874 – 0 – 80,833 – Added images to an existing collection
Mexico Baja California and Baja California Sur Catholic Church Records 1750-1984 – 0 – 363 – Added images to an existing collection
Mexico Chihuahua Catholic Church Records 1632-1958 – 0 – 195 – New browsable-image collection.
Mexico Guanajuato Catholic Church Records 1519-1984 – 0 – 1,077 – Added images to an existing collection
Mexico Hidalgo Catholic Church Records 1546-1971 – 0 – 574 – Added images to an existing collection
Mexico Michoacán Catholic Church Records 1555-1996 – 0 – 2,758 – Added images to an existing collection
Mexico Tamaulipas Catholic Church Records 1703-1964 – 0 – 1,294 – Added images to an existing collection
Peru Callao Civil Registration 1874-1996 – 0 – 42,583 – Added images to an existing collection
Perú Lima Civil Registration 1874-1996 – 0 – 111,769 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Negros Occidental Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod Parish Registers 1755-1976 – 0 – 95,820 – New browsable-image collection.
Spain Province of Valencia Miscellaneous Records 1251-1950 – 0 – 850,597 – Added images to an existing collection
Sweden Halland Church Records 1615-1904; index 1615-1860 – 0 – 972 – Added images to an existing collection

Canada: Newfoundland Vital Records 1840-1949 – 347,134 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Canada: Nova Scotia Births 1864-1877 – 0 – 6,103 – Added images to an existing collection
Canada: Nova Scotia Deaths 1864-1877 – 0 – 20,661 – Added images to an existing collection
Canada: Nova Scotia Marriages 1864-1918 – 0 – 15,831 – Added images to an existing collection

BillionGraves Index – 1,513,553 – 1,513,553 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

United States Records

United States Census 1790 – 1,606 – 62 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
United States Census 1800 – 20 – 18,454 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Hospital and Medical Records 1865-1872 – 4,641 – 44,734 – New Indexed records and images collection
United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014 - 46,769,836 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Index to Service Records War with Spain 1898 – 123,334 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
California Death Index 1905-1939 – 2,086,638 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Delaware Vital Records 1680-1971 – 624,395 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
District of Columbia Marriages 1811-1950 – 83,822 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Illinois County Marriages 1810-1934 – 504,033 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Iowa State Census 1915 – 0 – 9,802 – Added images to an existing collection
Iowa State Census 1925 – 5,573,816 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Kentucky Vital Record Indexes 1911-1999 – 9,865,944 – 0 – New indexed record collection
Louisiana First Registration Draft Cards compiled 1940-1945 - 39,967 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts Boston Passenger Lists Index 1899-1940 – 1,577,127 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1627-2001 – 0 – 182 – Added images to an existing collection
Michigan Births 1867-1902 – 0 – 1,428 – Added images to an existing collection
Michigan Obituaries 1820-2006 – 1,389,458 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
North Carolina Probate Records 1735-1970 – 0 – 1,952 – Added images to an existing collection
South Dakota School Records 1879-1970 – 2,807,212 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 – 3,024,053 – 1,831,660 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database 1847-1868 – 58,333 – 0 – New indexed record collection
Utah Uintah County Discharge Records 1893-2009 – 0 – 2,362 – New browsable-image collection.
Utah Uintah County Land and Property Records 1888-2004 – 0 – 195,963 – New browsable-image collection.
Utah Uintah County Marriage Records 1888-2015 – 0 – 8,687 – New browsable-image collection.
Utah Uintah County Naturalization and Citizenship Records 1888-1929 – 0 – 409 – New browsable-image collection.
Vermont St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings 1895-1924 - 6,696,703 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Vermont Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1732-2005 – 0 – 458,533 – Added images to an existing collection

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

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Linkpendium is now up to 10,370,640 pages


I see that the Linkpendium site is now up to 10,370,640 pages of genealogical data. The link website was built by Rootsweb founders, Karen Isaacson and Brian (Wolf) Leverich. Brian just announced that they have added 988 new links and lots of fixes.

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McGill University is Posting the McGill Daily 1911-2001 to the Internet Archive.

McGill University, in Montreal, is posting their student publications. The following teaser is from the July 16 McGill Library blog:


Last winter we were able to digitize over 50 rolls of microfilm containing over 9,000 issues of the McGill Daily. Starting with their very first issue from October 2nd, 1911 we are going to be spending the summer uploading just over 9,000 issues dating to 2001 to our new Internet Archive collection of McGill Student Publications. Check back often during the summer as we’ll be uploading a few hundred issues each day.

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

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New Records Reveal Previously Unknown Mormon Pioneers

The following news release is from FamilySearch:


Salt Lake City, UT — In a collaboration between the Church History Library and FamilySearch, individuals can now discover and explore more of their pioneer heritage on the newly redesigned Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel website that also includes information about previously unknown pioneers. In addition to discovering your pioneer ancestors, new features enable people to read their ancestors’ personal journals, see available photos, and learn key details about major events in their ancestors’ lives.

Since the site was first launched, an influx of pioneer documentation has allowed historians to reconcile and expand their understanding of the trek west. The site now includes information about more than 57,000 individuals in 370 pioneer companies, with thousands of original trail excerpts that are authoritatively documented. “This is an extremely significant database,” said Keith Erekson, Church History Library Director. “It reveals so much about individual pioneers and their experiences, but it also offers fresh new insights about their collective experience.” Site updates include the ability to submit family photographs of pioneers and to link to digital copies of sources on the Internet. There are also new articles of interest, including humorous stories from the trail.

Individuals have two options for accessing the site. Through, your personal FamilySearch family tree will be polled for matches in the updated pioneer database. Through you can explore known pioneers and companies and lots of other interesting facts and documentation about this exciting period of Mormon and Western history.

Millions of people continue to be inspired by the courage, faith, and triumphs of the Mormon pioneers. Many of us are unknowingly modern pioneers, whose courage, personal achievements, and applied faith will be equally inspiring to future posterity and generations. This updated site will be featured in the international “I Am a Pioneer” social media campaign (#IAmAPioneer) that will encourage individuals today to see themselves as modern-day pioneers and recognize the need to readily capture their stories of triumph online for future generations. Learn more about this initiative at

Those without Utah pioneer ancestry may be interested in reading stories of pioneers worldwide by visiting the Church History Department’s website,

Bring your genealogical data to life by discovering the stories and photos of your ancestors or the ancestors of others. Visit the newly updated Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel website today.

About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International 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 free online at or through over 4,600 family history centers in 130 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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TheGenealogist Releases 99,500 Records of London Synagogue Seat-Holders 1920-1939

The following news release is from TheGenealogist:


TheGenealogist has released online 99,500 records of London synagogue seat-holders spanning the years from 1920 to 1939.

  • Covering the records from 18 Synagogues around London with many connected guilds, societies and charities etc.
  • Additional information found in these records include names of gentlemen eligible for office, life member of the council, women who are seatholders in their own right and seatholders who are not eligible to vote.
  • Fully searchable by name, keyword, synagogue and address, the Jewish Synagogue Seatholders has been extracted from various years of: “Seatholders for Synagogues in London”

Those with Jewish ancestors from London will welcome this fascinating new release from TheGenealogist. Revealing details of positions held by forebears, researchers will be able to track ancestors who became wardens, council members, or served on committees of their synagogue, as well as seatholders in synagogues from around the capital city. These fully indexed records allow family historians to search by name, keyword, synagogue and address and with one click see an image taken from the pages of Seatholders for Synagogues in London.

The records include some synagogues that are no longer in existence; for example the Great Synagogue that once stood at Duke’s Place and which was destroyed in the Blitz.

Nigel Bayley, MD of TheGenealogist said: “These records will allow you to search for Jewish relatives amongst the London synagogue seatholders, it is now easier than ever to discover any official positions that your jewish ancestor held.”

An example follows below…


Lionel Nathan de Rothschild, OBE (25 January 1882 – 28 January 1942) can be found in these records. De Rothschild was an English banker and a Conservative politician who was well known as the creator of Exbury Gardens near the New Forest in Hampshire. He was the eldest of the three sons of Leopold de Rothschild (1845–1917) and Marie née Perugia (1862–1937) and a part of the illustrious Rothschild banking family of England.

On 25 January 1910 he was elected to the House of Commons for the constituency of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire – his grandfather and namesake had been the first practicing Jew to be able to take up his seat in Parliament.

His father, Leopold, died in early 1917 and Lionel and brother Anthony became the managing partners of N M Rothschild & Sons bank. However, Lionel de Rothschild had developed an interest in horticulture at a very young age and is said to have planted his first garden at the age of five. In 1919, he purchased the Mitford estate at Exbury in Hampshire where he devoted a great deal of time and money to transform it into one of the finest gardens in all of England with more than one million plants building Exbury House around an existing structure in a neo-Georgian style. Although he continued to work at the family bank, he is quoted as describing himself as “a banker by hobby — a gardener by profession”. Lionel Nathan de Rothschild died in London, aged sixty, in 1942 and was buried in the Willesden Jewish Cemetery.


Logging into TheGenealogist and selecting Jewish Synagogue Seatholders from the dropdown menu, we enter Lionel as a forename and De Rothschild as the surname. We can filter the results by date. This returns us several positions that De Rothschild held in three different synagogues in London, including the Warden of the Great Synagogue that once stood in Duke’s Place, north of Aldgate, until it was destroyed in the London Blitz. We can also see that he was the President of the United Synagogue in North Finchley. Selecting that record allows us to view the actual image of the page from the Seatholders for Synagogues in London 1920.

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RootsMagic Has Released An Important Update – Especially if You Use RootsMagic With FamilySearch Family Tree

The following announcement is from RootsMagic:


Important RootsMagic Update ( Available

We have released a new update for RootsMagic 7 users, version

If you use RootsMagic to work with FamilySearch Family Tree, you must install this update to continue working with it after July 30, 2015. FamilySearch will be making breaking changes to their API on July 30, 2015, and this update adds code to deal with those changes.

If you are running RootsMagic 7
On July 30, 2015, versions of RootsMagic 7 earlier than will no longer be able to log into FamilySearch Family Tree. If you haven’t already downloaded the update, look for the “Update Available” indicator in the lower right corner of your RootsMagic 7 program screen, and click on it. You will then be able to continue working with FamilySearch Family Tree as if nothing has changed.

If you are running RootsMagic 6
On July 30, 2015, all versions of RootsMagic 6 will stop working with FamilySearch Family Tree. If you wish to continue working with FamilySearch through RootsMagic, you have 2 options:

Order the upgrade to RootsMagic 7 at

Download the free RootsMagic 7 Essentials and install it (leave your RM6 installed as well). RootsMagic 6 and 7 have the same file format, so you can switch back and forth between them with your same database. You can use all the features in your paid RM6, and use RM7 Essentials when you need to work with FamilySearch Family Tree.

To see a list of what else is new and fixed, visit:

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Google’s New, Simplified Patent Search


Google has announced a new Patent Search aimed at making it easy for researchers to find data.

I knew that my cousin, Charles Roy Meitzler, obtained many patents for medical and surgical equipment during the 1930s. However, I didn’t realize that so many others with the Meitzler surname were also inventors.

By doing a simple search on the surname Meitzler, I got 1160 hits on patents with a Meitzler as the inventor, or one of the inventors of an item. Fascinating…

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Read the article about Google’s new Patent Search at TechCrunch.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

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Ancestry Academy Adds Four New Courses

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Ancestry Academy’s online course library continues to grow with these four new courses taught by experts in the genealogy community. Come check them out!

The Mystery of Manuscripts, with Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG℠, CGL℠, FUGA
Manuscripts and other original documents can provide information not found anywhere else, but they can also be difficult to locate. In this course, Pamela Boyer Sayre will teach you how to distinguish manuscripts from other records, find repositories with manuscript collections, and use finding aids to locate rare manuscripts with information relevant to solving tough research problems.
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Tracing French-Canadian Ancestors and Learning Their Stories, with David Ouimette, CG℠, CGL℠
Guided by instructor David Ouimette, you’ll learn how to find your French-Canadian ancestors as he covers subjects like naming conventions and how to trace U.S. immigrants to their parishes of origin in Quebec. He’ll also teach you how to use and decipher records relevant to your French-Canadian ancestors, as well as introduce you to major websites that will help you the most in your research.
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How Do I Know When I Am Right? with Anne Gillespie Mitchell
In How Do I Know When I Am Right? Anne Gillespie Mitchell will teach you how to determine when you are right about the facts and events of your ancestors’ lives. She’ll walk you through some basic steps you can follow to help you decide whether you’ve found the answer or if you need to search further.
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Seek and Ye Shall Find: Become an Ancestry Search Expert, with Anne Gillespie Mitchell
In this course, you’ll learn how to get the most out of the Ancestry collections and ensure your searches are as effective as possible. Anne Gillespie Mitchell will not only show you how to create a search plan and control your results as you search Ancestry, but she’ll also discuss the different advantages of doing targeted versus global searches of records on Ancestry.
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Find these courses and more on Ancestry Academy!

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The First Wave: German Immigration to America – 15% Off Thru August 3, 2015

hbt0797Since Columbus introduced (or re-introduced if you prefer) the Americas to Europe, people have come, wave after wave, seeking a new life in the rich new world. America, since its colonial days, has experienced an almost never ending flow of immigrants. There are at least four identifiable time periods in which “waves” of people came from all over the world. There are also “waves” of people who came in mass from specific countries or areas. For example, most of the earliest colonists came from England. During the Great Depression people came in droves from all over Europe and the world. Masses of Irish came during and after the Great Famine. Some of the most overlooked, yet largest waves of immigrants, were the Germans. German Immigration to America: The First Wave examines those Germans who immigrated during the colonial period.

Germans were among the earliest colonist to the Americas. They are also one of the cultural groups who came in waves of mass migrations repeatedly over the years. 1708 saw the beginnings of the first major wave of German immigration. This book looks into the history of this important migration event. The book examines why such a large population of Germans immigrated suddenly, and in such numbers. The Germans brought with them many important trades and skills. Over the years, their contributions to the United States have often gone unrecognized and unrewarded, but their contributions were nonetheless of great value. The book’s introduction comments on  Germans contribution to this country. It also provides some background to the German areas of Europe, and introduces the bulk of the book.

Beyond the introduction, this books is actually the compilation of two separate works which examine the German population that made up this “first wave.” The first chapters is a copy of “The German Exodus to England in 1709,” by Frank Reid Diffenderffer. The pages appear as they did in the Pennsylvania German Society Proceedings and Addresses 7 (1897). There are 156 pages in this section, numbered as they appeared in the aforementioned work, pages 247 to 413. The official contents (from the contents page) for the section are listed below. However, the subsections and page titles give a better look into the actual content. Here are just some of the extra titles to look for in this section of the book:

  • German Exodus to England in 1709
  • Inquiry into their Coming
  • Forwarded at the Queen’s Expense
  • Royal Proclamation
  • The Edict of Nantes
  • Immigration Attributed to the Act
  • Catholics Sent Back
  • The Germans Issue an Address
  • Occupations of the Germans
  • Narcissus Luttrell’s Diary
  • Proposals Received from Ireland
  • The Linen Industry Established
  • Thrifty, Hones, and Prosperous

The second work cited is “The German Emigration to America,” by Henry Eyster Jacobs. Jacobs work appeared in the Pennsylvania German Society Proceedings and Addresses 8 (1898), pages 31 to 150. Like the other section of the book, this section’s subtitles add additional insight to the contents not clear from the official contents as listed below. Here are some of the subtitles:

  • Inducement to Settlers
  • Description of the Carolinas
  • Cost of the Voyage
  • Value of Boehme’s Service
  • Contract with Emigrants
  • Hebron Ev. Lutheran Church
  • Covenant of the Palatines
  • Trebecco’s Sermon
  • Piratical Depredations
  • Fatalities on Shipboard
  • Refuge in Prayer
  • Trouble with Governor Hunter
  • Germans at the Front
  • They Secure More Land
  • Mistaken Views
  • Continued Immigration

The books introduction put forth that many Germans indicated “the French ravages in 1707″ as a key reason for leaving Germany. Military aggression in the German states was high at the time Germans began leaving the area in mass. This, and so many other reasons, are explored throughout the pages of this book. Either way, it is clear that Germans were among the first and largest group of immigrants to the United States and with them came vital skills and a heavy cultural influence.


Contents for “The German Exodus to England in 1709″


1. Immigration Begins

2. The German Exodus to England in 1709

3. Causes Leading to the Exodus

4. The Stay in England

5. The German Colony in Ireland

6. Conclusion

7. Cost of Maintaining These Germans



Contents for ” The German Emigration to America”

1. The Effort to Turn German Emigration to South Carolina

2. The Immediate Results of Kocherthal’s Pamphlet

3. The Palatine Emigration to New York

4. On the Ocean

5. In New York

6. To Pennsylvania


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Researching in Germany: A Handbook for Your Visit to the Homeland of Your Ancestors – Second Edition -10% Off Thru August 3, 2015

m0028For many, the possibility of a genealogical research trip to the home country of their ancestors is a lifelong dream. You can come up with many excuses not to go, but most can really be summarized as fear. With the new second, revised and updated, edition of Researching in Germany: A Handbook for Your Visit to the Homeland of Your Ancestors – Second Edition you can put your fears and any other excuse you have behind you. Authors Roger P. Minert, Shirley J. Riemer, and Susan E. Sirrine offer up decades of experience to help anyone with German ancestry prepare for a research trip to the motherland.

Here are just some of the ways this book can help you on a trip to the home of your German ancestors:

  • Planning trip finances
  • Research tips and tools
  • Writing emails to Germany
  • Using the telephone
  • Locating needed records
  • Eating out
  • Making appointments
  • Visiting the Antiquariat
  • Visiting churches and cemeteries
  • Finding places to stay

There is much more than these few resources and hints to be found in this guide. Ideas cover every aspect of a trip from planning and financing, selecting places to visit and stay, communication and even going out to dinner. More importantly are the tips and suggestions for conducting research. The authors have collectively made dozens of trips to Germany. Their experience shows as they seek to remove any fears and concerns the potential traveler may have. With this guide there are few reasons (mostly unforeseeable natural disasters) that should keep any researcher from having a successful trip. Look at the contents below to get an even better idea of all this book offers.




Chapter One: Preparing for your visit to the land of your ancestors

  • Reasons and goals for the trip
  • Identifying the ancestral home town
  • Locating the records you need
  • Gaining access to the records you need
  • Hiring a local expert to assist you
  • Deciding when to make your research trip to Germany
  • Acquiring your passport
  • Making your travel plans
    • Air travel
    • Car rentals for travel in Germany
    • Trains
  • Lodging
  • Documents, literature, and equipment needed for conducting family history research in Germany
    • Documents and printed materials to prepare for the trip
    • Computer preparations
  • Non-research material to collect and organize before leaving home
    • The log
    • Letter of introduction
  • German Handshake Packet
  • Preparing to use your debit card in Europe
  • Preparing to enter a German-language environment
  • Gifts to take along
  • Luggage selection
  • Packing your suitcase

Chapter Two: Getting around in the land of your ancestors

  • Landing at the airport in Germany
  • You and your money in Germany
    • Need cash?
    • Credit cards
    • Travelers checks
    • Hints for handling money in Germany
  • Living between time zones
  • Rental cars
    • Picking up your rental car
    • Pointers on driving in Germany
    • Driving on the Autobahn
    • Other driving pointers
    • Driving regulations in European countries
    • Parking your rental car
    • Bicycles
  • Traveling by rail in Germany
    • The German railroad “alphabet game”
    • Train information
    • Train reservations
    • Validating the rail pass
    • Handling luggage
    • Conveniences on board
    • Which is your stop?
    • Before leaving the train station
  • Taking a taxi
  • Using other public tranportation
  • Tourist information
    • Finding a room
    • Gathering local information
    • Checking out the Antiquariat
  • Sleeping accommodations in Germany
    • Rooms in private homes
    • The Gasthaus, the Gasthof, and the Pension
    • Vacation apartments
    • Hotels
  • Restaurants in Germany
    • Water: A problem for Americans
  • Telling time in Europe
  • Post office service in Germany
    • Basic services and products
    • Shipping extra items
    • Filling out postal forms
  • Telecommunications in Germany
      • Public telephones
      • Private telephones
      • Other communication options
  • Dealing with emergencies

Chapter Tree: Conducting family history research in the land of your ancestors

  • Research at specific locations in Germany
    • The parish office
    • Regional church archives
    • Other church-owned research venues
    • Civil record venues
    • City archives
    • County archives
    • State and national archives
    • Family history societies
    • Family history centers
  • Private researchers
  • Other research venues
  • Visiting relatives
  • The Heimatmuseum
  • Research in other German-language regions of Europe
    • Alsace-Lorraine, France (Elsass-Lothringen)
    • Austria (Osterreich)
    • Bohemian and Moravia, Czech Republic (Bohmen und Mahren)
    • Liechtenstein
    • Luxembourg
    • Poland
    • Slovenia (Sowenien, Slovenija)
    • Switzerland (Schweiz)
  • Research facilities in Europe: seven examples
    • Estorf, Germany: Estorf Lutheran Church
    • Hannover, Germany: Landeskirchenamt, Kirchenbuchamt
    • Basel, Switzerland: Staatsarchiv des Kantons Basel-Stadt
    • Vienna, Austria: Zur Allerheiligsten Dreifaltigkeit
    • Graz, Austria: Diozesanarchiv
    • Plzen, Czech Republic: Stani Oblastni Archiv
    • Ljubljana, Slovenia: Nadskofiski Arhiv
  • Record-keeping and documentation

Chapter Four: Enjoying yourself in the land of your ancestors

  • Where to go and what to do
  • Taking pictures in Germany
  • Shopping in Germany
  • Chapter Five: After the trip
  • Returning home
  • Annotated bibliography


A English-German vocabulary

B German-English vocabulary

C Vital records vocabulary

D Reading German handwritten church records

E Letters to Germany in preparation for the trip

F Computer Translations

G Archive Games


Useful addresses


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Across the Atlantic and Beyond: The Migration of German & Swiss Immigrants to America – 15% Off Thru August 3, 2015

Across the Atlantic and Beyond: The Migration of German and Swiss Immigrants to America is an attempt to explain the genealogical mysteries associated with so many immigrant families. Why are there so many different spelling changes for family names? What drove people to move around? What factors contributed to the turbulent environment so many lived in? What was life like on the move? These questions are examined through the stories of two men and their descendants as they immigrated form place to place, and with a review of other historical factors considered to have been key elements in the politically, religiously, and economically difficult times endured by so many.

Across the Atlantic and Beyond opens and closes with a family story. The first is the tale of Gerrit Hendricks(ca. 1649-1691) and three generations of his migratory descendents. The final chapter concludes by counting the tale of Jacob Marzolf (1780-1870), an American immigrant. The intermediate chapters takes the reader through a step-by-step analysis of how these family histories were derived and the motivation behind these families migratory patterns. Genealogist encounter many frustrations and difficulties in their research. Name changes, plus map and border changes, are just a couple of the problems one may encounter in researching their immigrant ancestors. As to why people move from place to place, he obvious answer is war, famine, and disease. However, the author, Charles R. Haller, digs deeper looking for a root cause, or a collection of changes which moved the political and economic landscape.

The inner chapters of this book examines events such as the development of the moveable type printing press, the Reformation as begun by Martin Luther and advent of religious sects outside of the Catholic church, as well as the effects of industrialization. Many names are encountered withing this study. “As a necessary diversion, the changes in spelling of representative Germanic names is documented through various family histories from its origin in a European country to its modern occurrence, often Anglicized, in America.” In addition to all the above, the book gives an account of transportation in and around the Rhine River. Transportation along this major thoroughfare is examined from the earliest use to the time of steamboats.


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables




Part 1: Gerritt Hendricks of Krisheim, Germany

Part 2: Changes in German Surnames and Personal Names

  • Hendriks and Hendricks
  • Surnames and Personal Names
  • Mechanics of Name changes
  • Heinrich Buchholtz alias Henry Pookeholes

Part 3: Changes in City and Village Names

  • City and Village Names
  • Griesheim / Krisheim / Kriegsheim
  • Old European Maps
  • Early American Maps

Part 4: Mennonites, Quakers and the Settlement of Pennsylvania

  • The Wandering Menno Simons
  • The Beginnings of English Quakerism
  • William Penn’s Travels in Europe
  • Early german Quakers: A Small Minority
  • The Frankfort Companie
  • Germantown and the Susquehanna Subscribers

Part 5: Protestantism and books: Driving Forces Behind the German Migration

  • Mainz and Gutenberg
  • Frankfurt and the Book Fair
  • Martin Luther and the Book Wars
  • The Froschauer Presses of Zurich
  • Matthaus Merian and the House of Merian
  • The Rhine Travel Guides

Part 6: The Push and the Pull

  • The German Americans
  • The Land of Wars
  • Of Kings and Queens and Lesser Nobility
  • The Rhine as a Migration Route
  • Across the Atlantic and Beyond
  • Bridging the Prairies of Kansas

Part 7: Jacob Marzolf and Alsace




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AncestryDNA & Calico to Research the Genetics of the Human Lifespan

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Collaboration Will Analyze Family History and Genetics to Facilitate Development of Cutting-Edge Therapeutics

PROVO, Utah and SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., July 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AncestryDNA, an industry leader in consumer genetics, and Calico, a company focused on longevity research and therapeutics, today announced an effort to investigate human heredity of lifespan. Together, they will evaluate anonymized data from millions of public family trees and a growing database of over one million genetic samples. Financial terms have not been disclosed.

AncestryDNA and Calico will work together to analyze and investigate the role of genetics and its influences in families experiencing unusual longevity using Ancestry’s proprietary databases, tools and algorithms. Calico will then focus its efforts to develop and commercialize any potential therapeutics that emerge from the analysis.

“On the heels of our AncestryHealth launch and our one million genotyped customers milestone for AncestryDNA, we’re excited to announce this collaboration with Calico to research and develop life changing solutions,” said Ken Chahine, Executive Vice President and Head of DNA and Health. “We have laid the groundwork for this effort through the combination of an unmatched family history database, one of the fastest growing genetic databases, and a strong and talented team of computer scientists and professional genealogists.”

AncestryDNA can provide access to a unique combination of resources that will enable Calico to develop potentially groundbreaking therapeutic solutions. The extensive research period will identify common patterns in longevity and human heredity through pedigree data.

“Our common experience suggests that there may be hereditary factors underlying longevity, but finding the genes responsible using standard techniques has proven elusive,” commented David Botstein, Calico’s Chief Scientific Officer and member of the US National Academy of Sciences. “This is an extraordinary opportunity to address a fundamental unanswered question in longevity research using high quality human pedigrees.”

To learn more about the AncestryDNA, visit For more information on Calico, visit

About AncestryDNA
AncestryDNA is owned and operated by DNA, LLC, a subsidiary of, LLC. AncestryDNA uses a simple test to analyze an individual’s DNA. AncestryDNA offers the potential of identifying new insights into people’s ancient ancestry to help them collaborate with distant cousins and make even more discoveries in their family history. For more information visit

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include a variety of factors, some of which are beyond the company’s control. In particular, such risks and uncertainties include the company’s ability to add tools and features, and provide value to satisfy customer demand. Information concerning additional factors that could cause events or results to differ materially is contained under the caption “Risk Factors” in the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for LLC for the period ended March 31, 2015, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 1, 2015, and in discussions in other of the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements.

About Calico Life Sciences
Calico (Calico Life Sciences LLC) is a Google-funded research and development company whose mission is to harness advanced technologies to increase our understanding of the biology that controls lifespan. Calico will use that knowledge to devise interventions that enable people to lead longer and healthier lives. Visit

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Ohio’s German Heritage – 15% off Thru July 23, 2015

Germans make up the second largest ethnic group in the United States, second only to the English. Over the years, groups of Germans migrated in waves, the first wave coming during the colonial period. German influence and settlements spread from the colonies outward. Ohio’s German Heritage looks at the influence of German immigrants in the area that now comprises Ohio.

The book provided an historical brief on Germans in Ohio through the following five time periods:

  • The colonial period, or time prior to the American Revolution
  • The New Republic; until 1830
  • The mass migration and settlement period; from 1831 to World War I
  • The world wars period
  • The ethnic period; the later 20th century

In addition to the history provided in each chapter, there is also a list of other readings and relevant materials the reader can choose to find and read on their own.


Table of Contents



The Colonial Period

The New Republic

Mass Immigration and Settlement

The World Wars Period

The Roots and Ethnic Revival Period



Select Bibliography



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