to Release 2nd Quarter Results Followed by Conferece Call and Live Webcast posted the following release on July 9th: LLC to Announce Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

PROVO, Utah, July 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LLC, the world’s largest online family history resource, will release financial results for its second quarter 2014 on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, after the market closes. Following the release, the Company will host a conference call at 3:00 p.m. MT (5:00 p.m. ET).

A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the investor relations section of the website,  Participants can also access the conference call by dialing 315-625-6887approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.

The webcast replay will be available for 12 months on the investor relations section of the website,, under Events and Presentations.

About is the world’s largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 14 billion records have been added to the sites and users have created more than 60 million family trees containing more than 6 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, the company operates several global Ancestry international websites along with a suite of online family history brands, including,,, and offers the AncestryDNA product, sold by its subsidiary, DNA, LLC, all of which are designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

Family Roots Publishing On the Move – Update

This is just a quick note to let folks now that the Meitzler family, as well as the Family Roots Publishing business, is now fully in the process of the move from Bountiful Utah to Orting, Washington. We are now in Orting, and we are finally getting the computer systems up and running. Phone service is expected to be fully operational by Monday, July 14. Watch the FRPC website, as well as this blog for the new number. FRPC shipments of products purchased from June 26 on will be made on July 15, from Orting, Washington.

Thanks for all your support.

Leland, Patty, Dale and Tara

Mocavo Acquired by Findmypast / DC Thomson Family History

June 22, 2014 – The following news release was received from Cliff Shaw, founder of

Today is an exciting day for genealogists everywhere as we’re announcing that Mocavo has been acquired by Findmypast/DC Thomson Family History. This is a groundbreaking development for the industry and a major turning point in Mocavo’s quest to bring all the world’s historical information online for free. The wonderful folks at DC Thomson Family History share our vision of the future of family history, and we couldn’t be more excited to join them.

For the past few years, the Mocavo team and I have dedicated ourselves to bringing innovation and competition to an industry that is sorely lacking in both. From the very beginning of Mocavo’s history, we had this burning desire to figure out how to organize all of the historical information disparately spread across the Web. Not long ago, even with a hard-working and incredibly talented team, our service wasn’t resonating with users and our business wasn’t working. In October of last year, we decided to do something audacious and bold – something never before tried in the industry. We launched our Free Forever revolution and this became the day when Mocavo’s soul was born. Everything turned around once we put a stake in the ground and stood for free genealogy (and now Mocavo is growing rapidly, putting more than 1,000 free databases online every single day and more users discovering us than ever). We have our loyal and supportive users to thank more than anyone!

One of the immediate benefits of the acquisition is that we’re putting the complete US Census index online for free (forever!), making us the first commercial provider in history to ever do this. Search the United States Federal Census Now.

The next few months are going to be incredibly exciting as we bring together two companies with enormous resources, content, and technology to bring you more of what you love. I’ll also note that nothing on either site will be going away – just getting better (and quickly!).

Lastly, we could not have done this without the support of our loyal community members. We appreciate your dedication and patience, and we look forward to helping you discover even more of your family’s story.

Best regards,
Cliff Shaw, Founder

Just in case you were wondering…
Is Mocavo’s Free Forever movement going away?

Not remotely. It’s only getting better. As part of our commitment, we’re now putting the US Census index online for free. No commercial provider has ever done that in the history of this industry, and we’re just getting started.

What will change about Mocavo?
Mocavo and Findmypast will only get better as we merge an enormous amount of technology with vast amounts of content (and great people on both teams).

Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Now Accepting Applications for APG Young Professional Scholarship

The following is from APG:

APG to Honor Student and/or Young Professional with Strong Interest in Developing a Career in Genealogy

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 23 June 2014—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) is now accepting applications for the APG Young Professional Scholarship. Requirements have been revised to reflect current economic and educational trends and to be more inclusive of young parents, military personnel, home school candidates, students, and those currently employed between the ages of 18-29. The scholarship goes to a student and/or young professional who aspires to a professional career in genealogy. The scholarship includes a registration for the APG Professional Management Conference (PMC) and a stipend of up to $1,000 to defray costs of travel and lodging at the conference. The winner will be announced in August 2014 for attendance at the APG PMC 2015, which will take place in Salt Lake City on 8–9 January 2015.

“It is exciting to see so many young people involved in genealogy, and we are thrilled to be able to support an up-and-coming professional genealogist with this scholarship,” said Kimberly T. Powell, APG President. “Our APG Professional Management Conference offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the business of genealogy and explore advanced genealogical topics, while networking with other professionals. We look forward to receiving many applications.”

APG Youth Scholarship Eligibility and Application Details

Eligible applicants are between the ages of 18 and 29 as of 1 January of 2014. This is open to a student, young professional, young parents, military personnel, home school, and currently employed individuals. You may apply for yourself, or on behalf of a worthy candidate.
Applications should contain the following: name; address; main contact phone number; email address; school name and/or school address (if applicable); list of extracurricular activities (including student organizations and volunteer activities); a general letter of recommendation; a letter of recommendation from an individual who has witnessed the applicant’s interest in genealogy; and short answers (500 to 750 words) to two questions. The questions are:

1) Discuss a specific record collection, media, digital source or other resource that has significantly changed your perspective about family history or research strategy along with the pros and cons of that record source, and how you used it to resolve a genealogical problem.

2) What do you envision a genealogical career will encompass in the next five years and how do you see yourself involved then?

See the blog posting at for the application. Applications should be submitted to the APG office by 22 July 2014. Send applications to APG Executive Director Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, at

FindMyPast Buys

The following press release is from Myko Clelland. Content Lead, DC Thomson Family History:


London, UK, June 17, 2014., the leading British family history company, announced today that it has bought, one of the early pioneers of online records.

The first company to set up a pay-as you-go model for online family history records, specialises in unusual and often hard to find British and Irish records. Its many early records include rare marriage indexes, apprentices and poor law records. Another key strength is its National Wills Index, which, combined with collections currently on Findmypast and those in development, will provide the largest online resource for UK wills and probate material.

Origins will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Findmypast. Ian Galbraith, founder of Origins, will continue to work with Findmypast on collection development. The extensive record sets from Origins will be brought into Findmypast over the next few months and the Origins website will continue to run as usual.

Elaine Collins, Partnership Director of Findmypast said: “We are delighted to bring Origins and its founder, Ian Galbraith, into the Findmypast group of family history brands. By joining together, we are able to offer customers the most comprehensive collection of British and Irish online records. This rich collection will help descendants of early North American settlers to bridge the gap to the old country, as well as anyone with UK ancestry looking to delve beyond 19th and 20th century records.”

Ian Galbraith, founder of Origins, said: “The partnership with Findmypast makes perfect sense for both companies and their customers. We have had a long association and together we can offer a broader family history experience and help people to fill in the blanks on the family tree and enrich their family story.”

About Findmypast
Findmypast has been a leading family history website for more than 10 years. In April 2003 the company was the first to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, Findmypast has digitised family history records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. With more than 1.8 billion records online, Findmypast offers access to military, census, immigration, education, occupation, and parish records from around the world. In partnership with the British Library, Findmypast is part of a 10 year project to safeguard the future of the world’s greatest newspaper archive – allowing digital access to more than 40 million newspaper pages. Recently, the company won the competitive bid to put the 1939 Register for England and Wales online from The National Archives. Findmypast is the leading brand in the DC Thomson Family History portfolio.

About Origins pioneered the provision of web access to genealogical data, starting in 1997 with Scotland’s official births, marriages and deaths records, in partnership with the General Register Office for Scotland. This was the UK’s first governmental ecommerce service and the first time pay-per-view had been used on the web. The Origins approach to this service has been followed by nearly all subsequent online services of this type. Origins has since specialised in providing access for the family historian to very rich but less well known and hard-to-get material, including apprenticeship records, poor law records and, especially, probate records. In 2010, in association with the British Record Society, Origins launched the National Wills Index (, a collaborative project to create a single, dedicated, online resource for pre-1858 probate material for England. The National Wills Index website, developed and hosted by Origins, is the most extensive online resource for English probate material, and contains indexes, abstracts and digitised images of probate documents from all over England.

United States and Canadian Vital Records Database Lists — Updated to 13 June 2014

Some of our all time most popular articles are the five U.S. and Canadian vital records database lists for We try and keep these lists updated, and we normally post those updates in a separate article. For various reasons, we fell behind for a time. Part of the problem, is we came to discover had updated all their database links. Instead of just trying to update our lists, we decided to give the who thing an overhall.

In the process of updating and cleaning our lists, we also standardized on the naming and formatting of all five lists. As there are so many databases noted in our five lists, it has taken a little over two months to complete, but we are done.

We first posted updates to the birth, marriage, and death database lists back on 1 April 2014. The the state census and school tax list was complete on 3 May 2014. Finally, the revamp of the Canadian vital records databases was completed today.

The databases listed below are the updates to the Unites States records lists since 1 April and 3 May. Thus, at this point all five databases are up to date as of 13 June, 2014.

In addition, we have added a permanent link at the top of the blog to a page with links to all five United States and Canadian Vital Records Database Lists. Updates and links will appear regularly in the blog as well as on this new page. Here are the five links as they have appeared in the past, and will continue to do so in the future:


Most recent up dates since April and May to United States lists:

Montana, Teton County Records, 1881-2012 — Browsable Images — Images of vital records, naturalization index, land index and probate records from the clerk of court, clerk and recorder offices in Choteau. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 117,351 Images as of 9 April 2014; up 19,083 images from 26 December 2013.

California, Oakland, Alameda County, Obituary Card Files, 1985-2011 — Browsable Images — Index and images of obituary card file indexes created from local newspapers. The card files for 1985-2002, 2003-2006 and 1986-2011 are located at the Oakland Family History Center. This collection is being published as images become available. — There are 738 Records as of 10 April 2014.

Pennsylvania, Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1977-2010 — Browsable Images — Newspaper clippings collected by the Old Buncombe County, North Carolina Genealogical Society. – There are 122,063 Images as of 11 April 2014.

[NEW] Arkansas, Oakland and Fraternal Historic Cemetery Records, 1867-2013 — Searchable Index —Images of cemetery records including burial and lot sales books and 3 x 5 index burial cards. – There are 25,618 Records as of 16 April 2014.

Delaware Vital Records, 1680-1971 — Browsable Images — A collection of various vital records from the Delaware Public Archives. The collection includes birth, marriage, death, bible, and cemetery records spanning various year ranges.– There are 1,974,520 Images as of 24 April 2014; up 476,907 images since 18 March 2014.

Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. Name index of marriages recorded in the Indiana Territory and in the state of Indiana between 1811 and 1959. This collection includes searchable index data for marriage records from all Indiana counties except Howard, Johnson, and Montgomery. This is an ongoing project, so additional records will be added as indexing is completed. New images are being added as they become available. Images of some marriage records included in the index cannot be viewed online due to various contract restrictions. In instances where digital images are not available, microfilm copies of the original records are available at the Family History Library and through family history centers.– There are 2,784,135 Records and 1,163,886 Images as of 25 April 2014; up 146,461 images since 22 October 2013.

Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935 — Searchable Index — Index to the birth records created by the counties of Iowa. When completed it will contain records for all of the 99 counties in the state. This collection is 80% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 2,152,718 Records as of 2 May 2014; up 139,525 records since 7 November 2012.

[NEW] New Hampshire, Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959  Browsable Images —Images of marriage certificates from the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records in Concord. The Collection is arranged by year, by certificate number, and by name. – There are 96,581 Images as of 2 May 2014.

Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of marriages recorded in the State of Michigan between 1868 and 1925. In some instances, marriages were celebrated and recorded in a county different from the county where the marriage license was issued.– There are 1,533,863 Records and 116,995 Images as of 26 February 2013; up 49,063 images since 9 May 2014.

Georgia, Deaths, 1928-1930 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name Index and images of Georgia statewide deaths. Original records are arranged chronogically by year and then by certificate numbers.– There are 410,112 Records and 483,210 Images as of 9 May 2014; up 286,693 records and 359,550 images since 2 November 2010.

California, County Marriages, 1850-1952 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index of marriage records including a number of different type of documents such as licenses, certificates, registers, applications, affidavits, stubs, etc. Currently this collection is 99% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. Not all indexed names will have a viewable record image due to contractual agreements.– There are 1,911,081 Records and 2,480,495 Images as of 12 May 2014; up 227628 images since 20 December 2012.

North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of marriage records from North Carolina county courthouses. These records include licenses, marriage applications, marriage bonds, marriage certificates, marriage packets and cohabitation registers. Currently, portions of the following counties are represented in this collection: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Ashe, Beaufort, Bladen, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cherokee, Chowan, Cleveland, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Gates, Granville, Halifax, Hanover, Hyde, Johnston, Lincoln, Macon, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Northampton, Pitt, Richmond, Rowan, Surry, Wilkes. This collection is 46% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 1,044,146 Records and 466,344 Images as of 12 May 2014; up 125,264 images since 26 March 2014.

New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index of county marriage records for New Jersey. Currently this collection is 100% complete. Due to contract restrictions some images from the following counties may not be available for view: Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Middlesex, Monmouth, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Union, and Warren.– There are 300,071 Records and 90,538 Images as of 14 May 2014; up 33,799 images since 2 April 2012.

District of Columbia Marriages, 1811-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of marriage records in the District of Columbia. Currently this collection is 87% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 664,774 Records and 293,832 Images as of 14 May 2014; up 7,888 images since 26 March 2014.

Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — This collection includes civil marriage records created in Pennsylvania counties. The records include registers, affidavits and marriage licenses. In some instances, divorce records are recorded with marriages.– There are 2,246,248 Records and 1,900,516 Images as of 15 May 2014; up 13,566 images since 30 January 2014.

Washington, King County Delayed Births, 1941-1942 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — This collection includes records created in King County, Washington during 1941 and 1942 for people who applied for delayed birth certificates. Delayed certificates can be issued for people whose birth was not recorded at the time of the event. The records were created in the 1940s but the actual births occurred earlier.– There are 5,631 Records and 30,969 Images as of 15 May 2014; up 8,262 images since 18 April 2012.

Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name indexes and images of Tennessee county marriages from 1790 through 1950 acquired from local courthouses. This collection contains searchable index data and images for marriage registers, marriage licenses, marriage bonds, and marriage certificates. Currently this collection is 21% complete. Additional records by county will be added as they are completed. Some images may not be viewable due to contract restrictions.– There are 1,566,937 Records and 1,121,901 Images as of 15 May 2014; up 9,292 images since 31 October 2012.

Texas, Houston, Historic Hollywood Cemetery Records, 1895-2008 — Browsable Images — This collection contains burial applications, obituaries, lot books, interment documents, mausoleum records, and plot maps from the Historic Hollywood Cemetery near downtown Houston. It is being published as images become available.– There are 41,543 Images as of 16 May 2014; up 600 images since 16 November 2012.

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Vital and town records acquired from local town clerk offices.– There are 2,442,468 Records and 1,864,418 Images as of 19 May 2014; up 4,493 images since 28 June 2012.

[NEW]Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992 — Searchable Index —Compilation of county death records. The collection contains indexes, death records, certificates, registers, etc. for 98 of the 99 counties. – There are 354,301 Records as of 20 May 2014.

Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Images of catholic church records from the Bishop of Chicago. Some indexes go beyond 1925.– There are 107,678 Records and 295,723 Images as of 27 May 2014; up 107,678 records since 12 April 2013.

BillionGraves Index — Searchable Index — Name index of burial records courtesy of BillionGraves which is an expansive family history database of records and images from the world’s cemeteries, all tagged with GPS locations. Volunteers around the world capture images of headstones in a cemetery and upload them to the site.– There are 7,454,513 Records as of 28 May 2014; up 1,328,601 records since 20 March 2014.

Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of county marriage records for Minnesota. Currently the following counties are represented in this collection: Anoka, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Cottonwood, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Kanabec.– There are 404,879 Records and 585,021 Images as of 28 May 2014; up 122,410 records since 25 March 2014.

New York, Yates County, Swann Vital Records Collection, 1723-2009 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of the Swann Vital Records Collection from the Yates County Genealogical and Historical Society in Penn Yan, New York. A collection of compiled genealogy, newspaper clippings, bible pages, and family records. The Society named the collection after Frank L. Swann (1894-1987) who was the Yates County Historian from 1956 to 1980. Additional indexed records will be published as they become available.– There are 82,444 Records and 87,588 Images as of 6 June 2014; up 18,497 records since 21 March 2014.

Missouri, State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1876 — Browsable Images — Index and digital images of extant state and territorial censuses for early counties in Missouri. This collection includes records from the Missouri State Archives and from FamilySearch. Images and index data will be added to this collection as they become available.– There are 12,283 Images as of 29 May 2014; up 4,212 images since 7 February 2014.

[NEW] Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1948 — Browsable Images —Images of probate estate case files from various counties in Wisconsin. This collection includes Barron County (1910-1930), Bayfield County (1874-1919), Door County (1862-1938), Dunn County (1858-1940), Fond du Lac County (1848-1948), Green County (1848-1885), Jackson County (1897-1935), La Crosse County (1877-1935), Pepin County (1900-1935), Shawano County (1861-1933), and Trempealeau County (1900-1920). This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 1,325,826 Images as of 24 January 2014.

[NEW] Massachusetts, Worcester County, Probate Files, 1731-1881 — Browsable Images —Probate estate files of Worcester County located at the Suffolk County Courthouse in Boston. The files are arranged by number then alphabetical by surname. The collection is being published as images become available..– There are 299,801 Images as of 16 May 2014.

[NEW] Utah, Utah County Records, 1856-1920— Browsable Images —Images of naturalization, land and death records located at the Utah County Records Center in Spanish Fork. This collection is being published as images become available.– There are 90,000 Images as of 23 May 2014.

[NEW] New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971 — Browsable Images — Name index of death certificates and records of death from 1889 – 1945. Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at Family History Centers.– There are 14,045,639 Records as of 28 May 2014.

APG Professional Achievement Award – Nominations Due June 22

The following is from Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, Executive Director. Association of Professional Genealogists

APG Professional Achievement Award
Call for Nominations – Due 22 June 2014

APG’s Professional Achievement Award will be presented at the APG luncheon to be held Saturday, August 30, at the FGS Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The award honors an APG member with a record of exceptional professional achievement and contributions to the field of genealogy through individual excellence and ethical behavior in published research, public presentations, innovative organization leadership, writing or editing, or successful business achievement by creating valuable products or services. The winner will be a professional who has demonstrated a commitment to advance and promote the highest standards in the field.

Nominees must have been an APG member in good standing for at least one year. Nominees not selected in a previous year remain eligible for nomination. Past recipients are:

  • 2007 – Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG
  • 2008 – Sandra Luebking
  • 2009 – Lou Szucs
  • 2010 – Christine Rose, CG, CGL, FASG
  • 2011 – Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG
  • 2012 – Janet Robyn Worthington, JP, NZRN, Dip. FHS, FSAG
  • 2013 – Helen F.M. Leary, CG (Emeritus), CGL, FASG, FNGS

The Awards Committee invites APG members and APG Chapters to submit nominations to Kathleen W. Hinckley, Executive Director, at

Nominations should include a written statement describing the nominees contributions to genealogy and APG. The Awards Committee will recommend a winner to the Executive Committee.

DEADLINE: 22 June 2014

London & Northern Ireland Military Newspaper Editions from World War II to Debut On Stars and Stripes’ Online Archive


Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 05, 2014 Stars and Stripes first launched its digital archive in 2008 with over 1.0 million newspaper pages spanning 1948 through 1999. Fittingly, the World War II editions will begin to become available on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Originally established in London in 1942 for American military service members, the newspaper staff arrived on the Normandy beaches as part of the D-Day landing. Beginning June 6, editions from London (1942-1945) and Northern Ireland (1943-1945) will be available at Stars and Stripes Newspaper Archives, created in partnership with

The newspaper followed the Allies’ success up from Africa and across Europe into Germany, where its European headquarters is now in Kaiserslautern. Over 30 different editions were produced during the World War II. The Africa and Mediterranean editions (including the invasion of Italy) are planned for release in September 2014, followed by the editions through the end of the war, which are expected to release in December, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.

Read the Ress Release at the PR Web site.

Thanks to for the heads-up.

Hotel Reservations Open for the 2015 FGS and RootsTech Conferences

The following is the the Federation of Genealogical Societies:

Book Your Room Today

June 6, 2014 – Austin, TX. Four Salt Lake City hotels are now taking reservations for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and RootsTech conferences, which will be held February 11–14, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

The Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown, Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, and Hilton Salt Lake City Center will offer reduced rates to attendees of both conferences. Each hotel is conveniently located near the Salt Palace Convention Center. Conference rates will be honored for reservation dates February 7 – 19, 2015. Reservations must be made by January 13, 2015 to receive the conference rates.

Rooms will be in high demand. Reserve yours now through the FGS conference website at

Registration for both conferences will open in late August 2014. For additional information about the FGS conference visit Focuses on Core Offerings

I was not at all surprised when made their announcement last week that they were “retiring” a number of their services, specifically MyFamily, MyCanvas,, Mundia and the Y-DNA and mtDNA tests. Honestly, I’m surprised that it took them this long on a number of them. The announcement was made over a week ago, but I am just now getting around to blogging about it, having been distracted by our move from Utah to Washington State. Following is their announcement:

We’re proud of the variety of products we’ve created over the years that enable people to discover, preserve and share their family history. We recognize that there are a lot of ways that we, as a company, can make family history easier, more accessible and more fun for people all over the world. And we’re continually innovating to make it a reality.

We’re always looking to focus our efforts in a way that provide the most impact, while also delivering the best service and best product experience to users. To that end, we’ve decided to retire some of our services: MyFamily, MyCanvas,, Mundia and the Y-DNA and mtDNA tests.

Starting September 5, 2014, these services will no longer be available to access. is the exception to the rule, and will continue in a slightly different form. If you are an active member or subscriber to one of these services, you will be contacted directly with details of how to transition the information you’ve created using these services.

We know these services have provided value to you. We think they’re pretty cool too, which is why this wasn’t an easy decision for us to make. In the end, it came down to priorities and we think our core offerings are a great place to spend our time and resources.

So here’s to revolutionizing family history, focusing on providing the best product experience we can offer and to the limitless possibilities that lie before us.

The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy to Hold Fourth Annual Forensic Genealogy Institute on March 26-28, 2015

The following is from the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG):

The 2015 FGI Offers Two Brand-New, Cutting-Edge Courses for Forensic Genealogists

Dallas, Texas – June 12, 2014 – The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) announced today that the fourth annual Forensic Genealogy Institute (FGI) will be held March 26-28, 2015, at the Wyndham Love Field Hotel in Dallas, Texas. The 2015 FGI features two brand-new, concurrent, 20-hour courses: “Forensic Genealogy Master Practicum” and “Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Unknown-Parentage Cases.”

“FGI offers attendees one-of-a-kind education in forensic genealogy and access to expert forensic genealogists who can answer questions and act as mentors,” said Leslie Brinkley Lawson, CAFG President. “We are excited to offer FGI 2015 participants the opportunity to participate in an unprecedented forensic-genealogy practicum or to gain experience in cutting-edge genetic genealogical research.”

“Forensic Genealogy Master Practicum”
The “Forensic Genealogy Master Practicum” offers six interactive modules that focus on the practical application of forensic skills. Each module is team taught by a pair of experienced professional genealogists. Students will receive hands-on experience in the following areas:

  • Researching various types of forensic cases
  • Working with clients – interviews, contracts, and other
  • Writing forensic reports or affidavits (students will write three reports)
  • Participating in or observing a mock trial to defend a forensic report

The Master Practicum allows students to put forensic skills to work immediately in a review- and discussion-based classroom environment, where they will work one-on-one with fellow students and with instructors.

“Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Unknown-Parentage Cases”
The “Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Unknown-Parentage Cases” course explores the application of DNA and traditional genealogical research to uncovering the genetic heritage of individuals with unknown parentage. Attendees will receive active experience in the following areas:

  • Developing custom DNA-testing plans
  • Analyzing the vast amount of data generated through DNA testing
  • Integrating multiple record types and/or DNA-test results to comprehensively address the research question
  • Navigating potential media exposure

“Genealogists who can use DNA to successfully address unknown-parentage cases are in great demand,” says course coordinator CeCe Moore. “This unique course offers in-depth instruction of the methodologies used by professional genetic genealogists.”

Each FGI 2015 course offers 20 hours of instruction over just three days, minimizing hotel costs and time away from families and jobs. The learning opportunities presented at FGI are created specifically for professional, practicing genealogists who specialize or seek to specialize in forensic genealogy.

Registration for the 2015 Forensic Genealogy Institute will open in summer 2014.

About CAFG
Established in 2011, the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is a business league with a professional membership dedicated to the advancement of forensic genealogy, which is research, analysis, and reporting in cases with legal implications. CAFG promotes high standards of professional and ethical conduct, provides education and training opportunities, and assists in professional development though mentorship, full membership, credentialing, and awarding of fellowships. Learn more at

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Registration Opens Saturday

The following is from SLIG:

Be ready to register at 9:00 a.m. (MT) Saturday, June 14 at!

The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is a week-long intensive educational experience that takes students deep into their track of choice. Instead of a breadth of topics, like a conference, this institute brings you a depth of knowledge. Come and enjoy a week of learning with the nation’s top genealogy educators just steps from the Family History Library.

Tracks this year include:

  • The Family History Law Library
  • Beyond the Library: Researching in Original Resource Repositories
  • Advanced Genealogical Methods
  • Finding Immigrant Origins
  • Advanced German Research
  • Advanced Research Tools: Post-War Military Records
  • Resources & Strategies for United States Research, Part I
  • From Confusion to Conclusion: Writing Proof Arguments
  • Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy
  • Advanced DNA Analysis
  • Diving Deeper into New England
  • Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum

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FamilySearch Adds Over 2.6 Million Indexed Records & Images to Brazil, Chile, England, Netherlands, Peru, Spain, United States & Venezuela

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FamilySearch has added more than 2.6 million indexed records and images to collections from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, England, Guatemala, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, South Korea, Spain, United States, and Venezuela. Notable collection updates include the 317,554 indexed records from the Chile, Civil Registration, 1885–1903, collection; the 443,904 indexed records from the Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784–1956, collection; and the 172,261 indexed records from United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at

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Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635–1981 – 0 – 349 – Added images to an existing collection.

Brazil, Paraíba, Catholic Church Records, 1731–2013 – 0 – 105,929 – Added images to an existing collection.

Chile, Civil Registration, 1885–1903 – 317,554 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

England, Kent, Register of Electors, 1570–1907 – 39,008 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877–2008 – 78,645 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Italy, Como, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806–1815, 1850–1927 – 0 – 15,667 – New browsable image collection.

Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811–1950 – 4,809 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Netherlands, Zuid-Holland Province, Civil Registration, 1811–1942 – 139,093 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997 – 0 – 122,246 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1890–2005 – 0 – 104,300 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903–1998 – 56,165 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

South Korea, Collection of Genealogies, 1500–2012 – 0 – 31,859 – Added images to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784–1956 – 443,904 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records, 1760–1956 – 50,715 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Arkansas, Field Offices Records of the Freedmen’s Bureau, 1864–1872 – 0 – 23,972 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Massachusetts, Boston Crew Lists, 1917–1943 – 140,843 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1891–1943 – 84,738 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Montana, Beaverhead County Records, 1862–2009 – 0 – 11,522 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., New York, Northern Arrival Manifests, 1902–1956 – 160,650 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., New York, Yates County, Swann Vital Records Collection, 1723–2009 – 18,497 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883–1945 – 204,794 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Texas, San Antonio, Alien Arrivals, May 1944–March 1952 – 0 – 6,378 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 – 172,261 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654–2013 – 0 – 297,560 – Added images to an existing collection.

Selected, Computers & Internet, Taxes, Courthouse, Dictionaries, Organizing & Misc. Books 30-80% off During the FRPC Moving Sale – Limited Quantities

Updated 12:02 PM MDT 6-24-14
Selected Computers & Internet, Taxes, Courthouse, Dictionaries, Organizing & Misc. Books 30-80% off During the FRPC Moving Sale – Limited Quantities

In order to cut the quantities of stock that FRPC is moving to Washington State, we are running category-wide sales on in-stock merchandise. Today, we are posting Computers & Internet, Taxes, Courthouse, Dictionaries, Organizing & Misc. books on FRPC’s shelves. All books are new, with several titles (as individually noted) scuffed or worn from being carted around to conferences.

The following books have been marked down 30-80% off the normal prices. The sale for each item ends when we are sold out of stock or when we decide to end the sale (sometime in August). As titles sell out, we will put a STOP-DO NOT ORDER notice on the top of the item’s web page. If you see that notice, please do not order, as we will just have to refund you. We plan to restock the items in early September, for sale at our normal discounted prices.

The Titles will remain on sale until we run out of them or the sale ends.

We will post each days sales at 12:00 Eastern, 9:00 Pacific time each morning. All sale items are first come, first served.

All sale items by Credit Card & Internet Only! All Sales Final!

Computers & Internet






Georgia State University Library Completes Digitization of “The Signal,” the Student Newspaper


Georgia State University Library announced the completion of the digitization of The Signal, Georgia State University’s student newspaper. The digitization included the previous incarnations titled The Technite, The Evening Signal, and The Junior Collegiate. Two Thousand One Hundred Thirty Five (2,135 issues) totaling 34,456 pages, were scanned, described with metadata, and uploaded to the library’s digital collections. Check it out.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.