Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Province of Pomerania I – RB Köslin – Now Shipping in Soft Cover


Over the last several days, FRPC has shipped the soft cover edition of Map Guide to German Parish Registers, Kingdom of Prussia – Province of Pomerania I – Regierungsbezirk Köslin to all our accounts that have standing orders. We are now releasing it to the public. The hardback library edition will be shipping soon, but we are are still awaiting delivery from the bindery.

Published by Family Roots Publishing Company, Volume 49 of the German Map Guide series was published in November of 2014. This volume includes a total of 3,284 places – mostly towns, found in the Kingdom of Prussia, Province of Pomerania, Regierungsbezirk Köslin. The book also includes a master index to Volumes 49 through 50, which covers all of Pomerania. Written in English by Kevan Hansen, the volume was principally written to help family historians resolve where their family may have gone to church – and left vital records behind that may be seen today. This is the forty-ninth of a series covering all of Germany. The series is still in production. In many cases, even the smallest places are listed in this series – some with as little population as one person! These places are as of about 1870. If the place existed prior to that date, it will most likely be listed. If the place was named after that date, the chances drop.

Each volumes of the series does the following:

  • Identifies the parish where an ancestor worshipped based on where they lived.
  • Gives the FHL microfilm number for the family’s parish records.
  • Identifies nearly every city, town, and place that included residents.
  • Visually identifies church parishes for Lutherans & Catholics in each district.
  • Identifies adjoining parishes in case an ancestor attended an alternate parish.
  • Aids in area searches, particularly across district or regional borders.
  • Provides visual identification of search areas in which to look for a family.
  • Helps in determining proximity of one area to another.
  • Aids in determining reasonable distances of travel from one area to another.
  • Identifies population centers in each parish.
  • Identifies archives, repositories, and other resources.
  • Aids in identification of the location of minority religions.
  • Click here to order Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Kingdom of Prussia, Province of Pomerania I, Regierungsbezirk Köslin, with full index of included towns, by Kevan Hansen, 230 pp; German Map Guide Volume 49; Soft Cover; ISBN-13: 978-1-62859-022-7; Item #: FR0097; $34.60

    Those doing research on Pommern ancestors might also be interested in Pomerania Atlantic Bridge to Germany. FRPC is making it available for 10% off through December 24, 2014 (just $24.26). It’s a great companion volume to set next to FPRC’s new Pomerania German Map Guides.

    The following places are found in this volume.

  • Aalbeck
  • Aalkaten
  • Aba
  • Abbau  Hölle
  • Abbau  Luggewiese
  • Abbau  Lupowske
  • Abbau  Retzin
  • Abbau  Schimmerwitz
  • Abbau  Schwerinsthal-Buchhorst
  • Abbau  Ziegelei
  • Abdeckerei
  • Abtshagen
  • Achteklitz
  • Ackerhof
  • Adlig  Bauerhufen
  • Adlig  Bornhagen
  • Adlig  Bütow
  • Adlig  Damerkow
  • Adlig  Draheim
  • Adlig  Freest
  • Adlig  Gross  Tuchen
  • Adlig  Heinrichsdorf
  • Adlig  Klein  Möllen
  • Adlig  Kublitz
  • Adlig  Mellin
  • Adlig  Rose
  • Adlig  Sassenburg
  • Adlig  Suckow
  • Adlig  Wusseken
  • Adlig  Zamborst
  • Adolfshof
  • Adolphsruh
  • Agathonshof
  • Albertinenbruch
  • Albertinenhof
  • Albertswalde
  • Alexanderhof
  • Alt  Banzin
  • Alt  Bärbaum
  • Alt  Belz
  • Alt  Bewersdorf
  • Alt  Bork
  • Alt  Buckow
  • Alt  Damerow
  • Alt  Draheim
  • Alte  Dampfmühle
  • Altemühle
  • Alte  Mühle
  • Altenhagen
  • Altenwalde
  • Alter  Bahnhof
  • Alter  Krug
  • Alter  Sandkrug
  • Alte  Schäferei
  • Alte  Schneidemühle
  • Altes  Forsthaus
  • Alte  Walkmühle
  • Alte  Ziegelei
  • Alt  Fliesshof
  • Alt  Friedrichswalde
  • Alt  Griebnitz
  • Alt  Gutzmerow
  • Althammer
  • Althof
  • Althütte
  • Alt  Hütten
  • Alt  Järshagen
  • Alt  Jassonka
  • Alt  Johannishof
  • Alt  Jugelow
  • Alt  Kleehof
  • Alt  Kolziglow
  • Alt  Koprieben
  • Alt  Körtnitz
  • Alt  Krakow
  • Alt  Kuddezow
  • Alt  Kugelwitz
  • Alt  Liepenfier
  • Alt  Lissow
  • Alt  Lükfitz
  • Alt  Marrin
  • Altmühl
  • Altmühl  bei  Grünewald
  • Altmühl  bei  Pielburg
  • Altmühle
  • Alt  Paalow
  • Alt  Priebkow
  • Alt  Quetzin
  • Alt  Ristow
  • Alt  Ritzerow
  • Alt Sanskow
  • Altschäferei
  • Alt  Schidlitz
  • Alt  Schlage
  • Alt  Schlawe
  • Alt  Springe
  • Altstadt
  • Alt  Strand
  • Alt  Stüdnitz
  • Alt  Tramm
  • Alt  Valm
  • Alt  Vargow
  • Alt  Warschow
  • Alt  Werder
  • Alt  Wilhelmshof
  • Alt  Wuhrow
  • Alt  Wustrow
  • Alt  Zowen
  • Alwinenhof
  • Amalienhof
  • Ameisenkrug
  • Amerika
  • Am  Jamunder  See
  • Am  Kantzenberg
  • Am  Moor
  • Am  Ostseestrande
  • Amt  Bauerhufen
  • Amt  Bornhagen
  • Amt  Klein  Möllen
  • Amt  Neuenhagen
  • Amt  Todenhagen
  • Ankerholz
  • Ankrow
  • Annaberg
  • Annaburg
  • Annenhof
  • Antonienettenhof
  • Antonienhof
  • Antonshof
  • Antonswalde
  • Arnhausen
  • Arnsberg
  • Arnshagen
  • Aschenkaten
  • Auenfelde
  • Auf  dem  Auger
  • Auf  den  Bergen
  • Augenweide
  • Augustenfelde
  • Augustenhof
  • Augustenthal
  • Augustfelde
  • Augusthof
  • Augusthöhe
  • Augustin
  • Augustthal
  • Augustwald
  • Augustwalde
  • Aulage
  • Ausbau  an  der Rummelsburger Chaussee
  • Ausbau  Brandmoor
  • Ausbau  Brückenkrug
  • Ausbau  Buschkowi
  • Ausbau  Gipp
  • Ausbau  Pinnow
  • Ausbau  Popiel
  • Aussicht
  • Babidoll
  • Babilonken
  • Babin
  • Babylon
  • Bachkaten
  • Bäck
  • Badelhörne
  • Bahlberg
  • Bahnhof  Alt  Körnitz
  • Bahnhof  Arnshagen
  • Bahnhof  Balster  Süd
  • Continue reading “Map Guide to German Parish Registers – Province of Pomerania I – RB Köslin – Now Shipping in Soft Cover”

Ancestry Launches Enhanced DNA Matching & the beta for DNA Circles


This morning, Ancestry launched their new, enhanced DNA matching and the beta for DNA Circles, the new name for what was DNA match groups.

I went on Ancestry and checked out my matches. My DNA matches are few because all Ancestry has in their database from me is data from collection that was done by Sorenson Molecular at a genealogy conference many years ago. However, there are still 60 matches, for 3rd cousins and higher. In scrolling down through the matches, scanning surnames, as well as pedigree charts, I’ve spotted some exciting matches that will dramatically expand my research, as well as for those folks I will be corresponding with. I’m going to need 36 hour days from now on.

According to Ancestry, “All AncestryDNA customers who had their results prior to today will have their updated DNA matches available on the site… What really makes our new matching algorithms powerful is how we have improved the process of phasing with having the database size to cross compare and take a deeper dive into the new discoveries we are making.”

Diving deeper? Yes, I have to agree…

American Idol Finalist David Archuleta & Studio C to Perform at RootsTech 2015

The following press release is from FamilySearch:


SALT LAKE CITY, 19 November 2014 — American Idol finalist David Archuleta is teaming up with the popular comedy sketch group Studio C from BYUtv to perform at RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world happening February 12–14, 2015. The two talents will be performing at the RootsTech Closing Event at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Both will be featuring new original pieces for the event, including a new song written by David Archuleta and a never-before-seen sketch by Studio C. For more information, go to

David Archuleta has sold more than 1 million albums and earned numerous awards. According to David, being part of RootsTech gives him a chance to celebrate his family and the influence they have had on his music. “When people ask me what has influenced my music, they are often surprised when I tell them it’s my family. My family has made me who I am and my music what it is.”

Archuleta’s mother is from Honduras, and he has embraced the Latin influence in his music, even performing songs in Spanish. His father was a jazz musician who introduced the family to jazz, as well as gospel, pop, rock, and soul. His family’s heritage and history helped craft Archuleta’s unique style.

“Music was always a part of my life growing up. My mother was also big on dancing and would teach my older sister and me to dance to traditional music,” he remembers. “I can’t think about celebrating my family without thinking about celebrating music.”

The sketch comedy group Studio C from BYUtv has grown to become a household name for people across the nation of all ages, but especially among teens and millennials. Since its launch in October 2012, its loyal fan base has helped grow the show’s online presence to more than 70 million YouTube views to date.

David Archuleta and Studio C will be performing for thousands of attendees at the RootsTech Closing Event on the final day of RootsTech, February 14, 2015. To reserve your ticket to see David Archuleta and Studio C, visit

FamilySearch Adds Over 3.7 Million Indexed Records & Images to Australia, Canada, Isle of Man, South Africa, & the USA

The following is from FamilySearch:

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FamilySearch adds more than 3.7 million indexed records and images to Australia, Canada, Isle of Man, South Africa, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,395,009 images from the Canada, Nova Scotia Probate Records, 1760–1993 collection; the 396,405 images and 396,405 indexed records from the US, BillionGraves Index collection; and the 389,387 indexed records from the South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801–2004 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

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

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.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Australia, New South Wales, Census (fragment), 1841 – 1,385 – 2,249 – New browsable image collection.

Canada, Nova Scotia Probate Records, 1760–1993 – 0 – 1,395,009 – New browsable image collection.

Isle of Man, Isle of Man Parish Registers, 1598–2009 – 0 – 44,050 – Added images to an existing collection.

South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801–2004 – 389,387 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, BillionGraves Index – 396,405 – 396,405 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records, 1899–2011 – 0 – 91 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Idaho, Lincoln County Records, 1886–1972 – 0 – 1,232 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Kentucky Death Records, 1911–1961 – 173,963 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Louisiana, Orleans Court Records, 1822–1880 – 0 – 7,376 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Louisiana, Orleans Parish Will Books, 1805–1920 – 0 – 1,829 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Louisiana, State Penitentiary Records, 1866–1963 – 0 – 78 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Maryland, Register of Wills Records, 1629–1999 – 0 – 17,565 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Probate Estate Files, 1886–1900 – 0 – 3,926 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Ohio, Crawford County Church Records, 1853–2007 – 0 – 695 – New browsable image collection.

US, Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files, 1813–1932 – 0 – 152,511 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Ohio, Licking County, Hartford Township Records, 1881–1962 – 0 – 989 – New browsable image collection.

US, Ohio, Northern District, Eastern Division, Naturalization Index, 1855–1967 – 0 – 196,148 – New browsable image collection.

US, Tennessee, Cocke County Records, 1860–1930 – 0 – 3,659 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Utah, Cache County Records, 1861–1955 – 0 – 3,045 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Virginia, African-American Funeral Programs, 1920–2009 – 328,371 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Virginia, Isle of Wight County Records, 1634–1951 – 0 – 115 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Washington, County Marriages, 1855–2008 – 0 – 202,454 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Washington, Pierce County Marriage Returns, 1891–1950 – 0 – 732 – Added images to an existing collection.

THE HOT LAKE STORY – An Illustrated History from Pre-Discovery to 1974

This last week I drove across I-84 through Oregon. I was returning to Orting, Washington, after having been to New Mexico to visit my sister and niece. As I stopped for fuel at the local Flying J in La Grande, I noted the highway sign pointing to Hot Lake Springs. I didn’t have the time to stop, but I was reminded that FRPC sells a delightful and heavily illustrated book dealing with Hot Lake. Many of the illustrations are in color, dependent on the time period in which they were taken. Following is a bit about THE HOT LAKE STORY – An illustrated history from pre-discovery to 1974, by Richard R. Roth.

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With the ever-present thread of Indian culture and history, until the coming of the White Man during 1812, the waters at Hot Lake Springs, Oregon, have been used commercially for over 150 years, starting in 1864. The springs and surrounding land have been used at various times for a dance hall, hotel, sanitarium-sanatorium, hospital, health resort, nursing home and farming operation.

Over the years, thousands of people have been attracted to the hot mineral springs and part of their fascinating life was left behind. Hot Lake’s past has been documented by the author who grew up and lived there for thirty-two years. He tells the story of Hot Lake’s operation through extensive research, pictures and illustrations covering the area’s initial use by local Indian tribes until the Roth family sold the enterprise in 1974. Hot Lake has its own unique story as told by Richard Roth who grew up at Hot Lake and was immersed in its history.

The key tags, the pictures on the wall, the postal cancellation equipment, all these things, and more, meant something, and Richard was there – growing up with it – and taking it all in. This is not just another history. This is the history of Hot Lake from its pre-discovery by the white man up to 1974, when Richard moved away to live his own life.

About the Author
Richard attended Eastern Oregon College where he majored in history. Following completion of a master’s degree at the university of Oregon in 1967, he returned to Hot Lake full time to become actively involved with the management of the family enterprise.

After leaving the Grande Ronde Valley, Roth went on the complete a Master of Public Health degree in health administration and policy (MPH) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and his MBA in management at Oklahoma City University. Roth’s work experience has involved the directing and management of various health facilities and programs over the years including clinic operations for two family practice residency training programs in Phoenix and Fort Worth.

The author’s wife, Beverly, is a retired Captain (0-6) formerly with the U.S. Public Health Service. An Alaska Native (Tsimshian Indian), she was born and raised in Metlakatla. Their son, Richard, is on active duty with the U.S. Air Force. The Roths make their home in Orting, Washington.

THE HOT LAKE STORY – An Illustrated History from Pre-Discovery to 1974, 2nd Edition (with addendum), By Richard R Roth; 2008; 8.5×11; ISBN: 978-0-9821849-1-3; Item #HQP007; Family Roots Publishing is offering the book at 10% off through December 24, 2014, making it just $58.46. Click on this link to order.


  • Overview of the Use, Control, Management and Ownership at Hot Lake from Pre-1864 to 1974. Pages 1-10
  • Pre-1864 Years in the Hot Lake Area. Pages 11-16.
  • The Commercialization of Hot Lake begins with William Clark and Samuel Newhard (C.1864-1898). Pages 17 – 32.
  • Dr. Henry J. Minthorn – Ben Cook Era at Hot Lake (1898-1900). Pages 33-46.
  • Dr. George Watts Tape Involvement at Hot Lake (1900 – 1904) and (1910 – 1917). Pages 47 – 53.
  • Hot Lake: the Pierce-Phy Years (1901 – 1933). Pages 55 – 232.
  • Dr. John B. Gregory’s Lease (1933 – 1934) and the 1934 fire. Pages 233 – 252).
  • The Lawrence F. Allen Lease (1934 – 1935). Pages 247-252.
  • Dr. John Hubert Sturges (1935 – 1939). Pages 253 – 264.
  • The Harriet Baxter and W.W. Shaw Lease (1940 – 1942. Pages 265 – 267
  • Hot Lake: The Roth Ownership Years (1942 – 1974) Pages 268 – 364.
  • Hot Lake Kitchen Operations. Pages 265 – 368
  • Stories of Hot Lake. Pages 369 – 373
  • Railroading at Hot Lake. Pages 375 – 405
  • Physicians at Hot Lake. Pages 406 – 418.
  • Hot Lake Postal History. Pages 419 – 421
  • Buildings and Grounds. Pages 422 – 435
  • Hot Lake Collectibles. Pages 437 – 444.
  • Index. Pages 445 – 457
  • Bibliography. Pages 458 – 462
  • Addendum. Pages 463 – 474


  • A City Under one Roof
  • Abe, Fred
  • Adams, Lulu
  • Adventist Church
  • Allen, Bill
  • Allen, Lawrence F.
  • Alliance Trust Co
  • Alton, Morris J.
  • Ambulance, Hot Lake’s
  • American Field Trials
  • Ames, Carrie M.
  • Ames, Robert S.
  • Anderson, Charles E.
  • Anderson, Hans M.
  • Anderson, John
  • Andrews, Wesley,
  • Aninland, Aldon J.
  • Aninland, James B.
  • Aninland, John J.
  • Aniland, Nellie
  • Armido, Lorenzo
  • Armido, Stena I.
  • Arrowhead Hot Springs Asuncion, Mariano
  • Atkinson, Matilda,
  • Automobile, Franklin
  • Automobile, Pierce-Racine
  • Baby – Last known delivery at Hot Lake
  • Bailey Farm Equipment Co.
  • Baker, Helen
  • Ballroom (see also Lobby, Cook-Minthorn)
  • Band, Hot Lake
  • Banker’s Panic of 1907
  • Barbershop
  • Barrie, Mrs. Grace
  • Bathhouse, Men’s section
  • Bathhouse, Women’s section
  • Bathhouse/Gymnasium
  • Baxter, Edith R
  • Baxter, George C
  • Baxter, Harriet, Mrs.
  • Baxter, Irene
  • Baxter-Shaw Lease
  • Beal, Golda E
  • Bear, Story of the
  • Becker, Helen
  • Benham, (electrician) Mr.
  • Bennes, J.V.
  • Bennett, Fiona A
  • Berg, Johanna O
  • Berg, John
  • Berson, George
  • Bickford, Katie
  • Bickford, Lloyd
  • Bideler, L.M.
  • Bideler, Mrs. Dorothy
  • Billiard and Pool Room
  • Bishop, Dr Warren G
  • Blackfeet Indians
  • Black Hawk
  • Bluett-Duncan, Dr.
  • Blue Angel Program
  • Bolduc, Edward
  • Bond, Stephen W.
  • Bonney, Dick
  • Boothman Ranch
  • Boothman, Bill
  • Boothman, Ed,
  • Boothman, Tant
  • Bourne, Oregon
  • Bovard, Lena
  • Bowman-Hicks Lumber Co
  • Boyles, Aileen M.
  • Boyles, Alena M
  • Boyles, Dudley C
  • Boyles, Goldie M
  • Boyles, Marian O
  • Brandley, Dorothy
  • Branner, Dr Cleveland E
  • Bratz, Albert J.
  • Brooks, Mary B
  • Brooks, Ralph C
  • Brooks, Wilhelmina M
  • Brookshire, Mabel
  • Brot, Jacob
  • Bruce, Ethel
  • Buchanan, Emma
  • Buildings, 1910
  • Buildings after 1934
  • Burnett, Maria A
  • Burns, Dimmon
  • Burns, Lana
  • Byesem, Lilli
  • Cabin, of Dr W.T. Phy
  • Cadet Nurse Training Program
  • Cahill, Ethel B
  • Campbell, Very B
  • Canaparola, Dr
  • Carey, Tim
  • Carpenter shop
  • ‘Carper, Eldon G
  • Carper, Gustave A
  • Carper, Sarah K
  • Carter, Anita
  • Carter, Eleanor E
  • Caspar, G.A.
  • Caspar, Mrs. G.A.
  • Casper, Sarah K
  • Catching, Charles H
  • Catton, Bruce
  • Caviness, Alfred
  • Caviness, Elys
  • Cayuse Indians
  • Chadwick, Dorothy
  • Chadwick, John
  • Chadwick, Pearl
  • Chase, Charlie
  • Chemawa Indian School
  • Chief Joseph (old)
  • Chief Joseph (young)
  • China patterns in use at Hot Lake
  • Chung, Chang
  • Clark, Mary
  • Clark, W.H.
  • Clark, William
  • Clay, Carrie B.
  • Clayborn, Clivia
  • Clayton, Ralph C
  • Cleaver, Charlie
  • Cleaver, Mr.
  • Continue reading “THE HOT LAKE STORY – An Illustrated History from Pre-Discovery to 1974”

Fold3 Offering Free Access to Their WWII Collections Through November 30

I’ve been a Fold3 subscriber since the website started years ago. If I’m looking for military record images and data, it is the first place I search. Although I’ve been traveling, making this announcement is a bit late on my part, I’d like to pass along that Fold3 is offering free access to their WWII Military Records through November 30.

See the announcement posted at the November 11, 2014 at the Upfront With NGS website for details.

MyHeritage Bolsters Leadership in the Netherlands With Strategic Partnerships & 1st National TV Ad Campaign

The following news release is from Daniel Horowitz:

TEL AVIV, Israel & AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – November 13, 2014: MyHeritage, the popular family history network, today announced two key partnerships and a national TV marketing initiative that strengthen its leadership position in the Netherlands. The partnerships with popular Dutch genealogy services Aldfaer and Coret Genealogie include product integration and harness MyHeritage technologies to improve the way Dutch people explore their past.

MyHeritage currently has over 850,000 registered users in the Netherlands – about 5% of the population – and more than 80 million users worldwide, between its flagship service MyHeritage and the service it operates.

Founded in 1998, Aldfaer is a comprehensive genealogy freeware distributed by the Aldfaer Foundation that has achieved high popularity among family history fans in the Netherlands. As part of the agreement, MyHeritage will support the Aldfaer Foundation to allow its continued operation. Among the new features Aldfaer will offer a seamless integration of MyHeritage’s unique Smart Matching and Record Matching technologies to bring high accuracy automatic discoveries to the users of Aldfaer, based on MyHeritage’s huge international database of 5.6 billion records and family tree profiles.

“We’re excited to work with MyHeritage”, said Anne van der Ploeg, founder of the Aldfaer Foundation. “They have earned our trust with their ethical approach to business. Aldfaer will continue to grow and thrive and the addition of MyHeritage matching will make it even more valuable for our many users in the Netherlands.”

Coret Genealogie
Coret Genealogie provides several online services dedicated to Dutch genealogy. Founded by Bob Coret in 2003, the services include Stamboom Forum, the most active genealogy forum in the Netherlands and Genealogie Online, a comprehensive online family tree publishing service. MyHeritage has partnered with its founder Bob Coret, a respected genealogist and technologist in the Dutch genealogy community. Coret will be working with MyHeritage as a strategic advisor and technologist to help MyHeritage perfect its offerings in the Netherlands and develop new opportunities within the Dutch market. As of next month, MyHeritage matching technologies will be added to the Genealogie Online service to allow its users to make new discoveries, without transferring data to MyHeritage. Integrations with additional services in the Coret Genealogie portfolio will follow.

“I look forward to working with MyHeritage – a global technology leader – as they strengthen their presence in the Netherlands” said Bob Coret. “The Dutch family history landscape is diverse, exciting and extremely active and the cooperation with MyHeritage will create new opportunities for Dutch family history enthusiasts.”

TV ad campaign
MyHeritage has recently launched a large-scale prime time television advertising campaign in the Netherlands. The campaign features MyHeritage users in the Netherlands sharing their stories, passion and experiences with the service. The voice of the campaign is Dutch celebrity actor, Bram van der Vlugt. In addition to the Netherlands, MyHeritage has simultaneously launched another national TV campaign in Norway.

“Among all countries of the world, the Netherlands stands out in the passion of its people for family history”, said MyHeritage Founder & CEO Gilad Japhet. “We’re delighted to spearhead important new partnerships with Aldfaer and Coret and launch our first national TV campaign to further enhance our Dutch market leadership.”

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the leading destination for discovering, sharing and preserving family history. As technology thought leaders and innovators, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive database of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees, and ground-breaking search and matching technologies. MyHeritage is trusted by millions of families and provides them an easy way to share their story, past and present, and treasure it for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 40 languages.

Click here to see an example of the MyHeritage Ad running in the Netherlands (with English subtitles).

MyHeritage simultaneously launched another national TV campaign in Norway. Watch the ad with English subtitles by clicking here.

120 Years of Pioneering Genealogy by GSU & FamilySearch

The following News Release is from FamilySearch:


Salt Lake City, Utah November 13, 2014 -“Whatever your past perceptions, it is different now!” proclaimed Allan F. Packer, in a recent worldwide broadcast, describing the ever growing popularity of online ancestry research and the broad range of inviting online family history activities. Packer is the Executive Director of FamilySearch International ( ), formerly the Genealogical Society of Utah. 120 years ago today, the obscure nonprofit organization held its first meeting under the direction of its first president, Franklin D. Richards. Billions of historic records and millions of subscribers later, it has become a premier global leader in the online genealogy space helping more people than ever discover their ancestors.

What started as a charge to begin gathering its first published family histories and historical records from around the world to help its members (predominantly Mormon immigrants at the time) with their genealogical research, today, has morphed into the free public family history mega-site, It entertains millions of patrons a month seeking to find, connect, preserve, or share their ancestral roots and memories, and publishes hundreds of millions of new historic records online each year from archives around the world.

David E. Rencher, the organization’s Chief Genealogy Officer said, “People today have such a vast reservoir of resources at to draw from, that many historical gems which were previously buried in obscurity are now readily available online. The family links that can be made from these rich resources will blossom into the most complete picture we’ve ever had of the human family.”

In 1894, the Genealogical Society of Utah was formed under the direction of Wilford Woodruff, then President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to assist members of the faith to seek out their ancestors and preserve their family trees for future generations. Today, the vast collection of historical records and other family history preserving and sharing services are available for free to anyone at, in 4,745 family history centers, and the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

During the Great Depression in the 1930’s, interest in genealogy increased. Previous to this time, involvement remained low. “Many who were out of work took the opportunity to do some long neglected family research. One Society staff member noted that there was probably more work done in this period than at any previous time, with the library filled to capacity” (Allen, James B., Jessie L. Embry, Kahlile B. Mehr, Hearts Turned To The Fathers, Provo, Utah, 1995, 92).

In 1938, the society became a veritable pioneer in the broad use of microfilm to preserve and provide broader access to the world’s historic genealogical records—with hundreds of microfilm cameras in operation in dozens of countries. Revolutionary at the time, the special cameras would take a picture of a historic document shrinking the image down to roughly one percent of its original size on the film that could then be magnified using a microfilm reader. In addition, if properly stored, the film could be preserved for at least 500 years!

In 1963, the Society completed the Granite Mountain Records Vault in Salt Lake City. This incredibly designed, climate-controlled vault provided the perfect conditions for long-term storage of the microfilmed records and is still used today to protect over 2.4 million rolls of film from over 120 countries and principalities against the effects of time and nature. Today, FamilySearch uses proprietary digital cameras to preserve the world’s records and publish them online more quickly. It operates 285 camera teams daily in 45 countries, and publishes about 100 million new images of historic records each year online—most of which have never seen the light of the Internet. FamilySearch is also digitally converting its massive, historic microfilm collection, making most of it accessible for online viewing 24/7.

In 1984 the society pioneered one of the first desktop genealogy management software programs on the market (Personal Ancestral File) and is credited with developing GEDCOM (GEnealogy Data COMmunication), a software code that helped launch the genealogy technology industry and enabled users to save and share genealogical data.

No longer serving a local customer base, the Genealogical Society of Utah eventually began operating as FamilySearch to align with its expanded international operations and growing, widespread consumer base. It launched its popular free website,, in 1999, today is available in 10 languages.

In 2007, to make its growing historic record collections more easily searchable online, FamilySearch pioneered the adaptation of Internet crowdsourcing by creating a web platform where hundreds of thousands of online volunteers can look at digital images of historic records and make the genealogically significant information freely searchable online for people seeking family connections. This ongoing initiative is called “indexing” (See FamilySearch Indexing). Volunteers have made over 1 billion records searchable in this manner in just 7 years, including the popular collections, United States Censuses 1790 to 1940.

In 2013 FamilySearch introduced its free online Family Tree service and Memories feature. These online tools allow users to freely build, preserve, and share their family trees, photos, stories, and historical documents collaboratively. Individuals and families have already contributed over a billion records.

Today, FamilySearch is a premier records preservation brand that is well respected amongst archivists globally and a top consumer website serving tens of millions of individuals and families each year who use it to build, preserve, share, and research their family histories and records. Find out more at


Locating Vermont Death Records

Robin Foster wrote a good article on finding Vermont Death Records in her column for the Examiner this last week. Included are links to records found at FamilySearch, as well as Ancestry, and Find a Grave. Following is a teaser.

Are you trying to document the death of your ancestor in Vermont? You may not be aware of the different places to look for resources. Below, you may be able to find one or more resources that will help you:

Vermont vital records online

Vermont, Deaths and Burials, 1871-1965 (free) – This is an index of deaths. You will want to order the original on microfilm to see if it contains more information. If you do not find your ancestor, check to make sure the database contains records from your ancestor’s locality: Record Coverage.

Both of the following collections contain deaths for Vermont as well as births and marriages. Neither collection is complete….

Read the full column by Robin Foster. Now Has Over 10M American Indian Records

The following excerpt is from the November 7, 2014 edition of

Genealogy site has added millions of new American Indian records for the use of those who think they may have American Indian blood, according to AP.

The idea came about due to a slim 5.2 million people identifying themselves as having American Indian or Alaskan Native ancestry on 2010 U.S. Census forms.

Estimates as to those who have American Indian in their genealogy were much higher. figured that a lot of times, people just don’t know their genealogy very well or that they have American Indian blood.

So, to help solve that problem, the genealogy website has partnered with the Oklahoma Historical Society to add the American Indian historical records, as well as images, to its website. will now have more than 10 million American Indian historical records. That makes it the largest online collection of American Indian genealogy out there.

Read the full article – Warning – turn down your sound.

Check out’s American Indian records.

See the AP article at the ABC website.

Read Crista Cowen’s very interesting blog about the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

Genealogy Archives Opening at Cornwall Public Library, Ontario

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the November 12, 2104 edition of


CORNWALL, Ontario – Local genealogists are getting an early Christmas present.

The official opening of the Généalogie et archives Saint-Laurent, at its new location at Cornwall Public Library, will take place Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Généalogie et archives Saint-Laurent has been operating through fundraising, donations and memberships since its inception in 1986 in the Nativity Church basement. It is the only genealogy centre in this region.

Earlier this year officials with the Généalogie et archives Saint-Laurent signed a lease agreement with the Cornwall Public Library, with the approval of city hall, that will allow for more than 15,000 documents and associated paraphernalia to move to its new home in the massive basement on Second Street West.

Read the full article.

Auschwitz Survivor Finds First Cousins in America

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the November 12, 2014 edition of

The picture from the cousin in America: Roza and Ignatz Gottesman - Photo Credit: Ynet News
The picture from the cousin in America: Roza and Ignatz Gottesman – Photo Credit: Ynet News

Auschwitz prisoner No. A7733 has yet to find his twin brother, but his journey has already generated a family.

About a year and a half ago, Ynet published the story of Menachem Bodner, a twin survivor of the Mengele experiments, who after 70 years, thanks to a persistent genealogy researcher, discovered his real name, his place of birth and the fact that he has distant relatives living in Israel.

Recently, thanks to a DNA test and a research of his roots in the United States, he also found cousins he never knew he had, and held a video chat with them from California last week.

In addition, for the first time in his adult life, he received a picture of his parents, who were erased from his scarred memory in Auschwitz and who he had not seen since the family was sent to the camps by the Gestapo.

The journey in search of his twin brother, Jeno, prisoner No. A7734, is still going on.

Read the full article.

Online Program & PDF Registration Brochure For NGS 2015 Conference Now Online

The following is from NGS:


A fully searchable conference program for the NGS 2015 Family History Conference is now available online at

The theme of the thirty-seventh NGS Family History Conference is Crossroads of America. NGS varies the theme and geographic location of its conference annually and brings together thousands of genealogists and family historians to learn the latest in genealogical research. The online searchable program allows you to review the full scope of more than 140 lectures and workshops over the four-day conference.

Some examples of the diverse program offerings include DNA, ethnic research, technology, immigration, military, migration, methodology, religion, and Skillbuilding. There are more than 75 speakers including John P. Coletta, J. Mark Lowe, Thomas W. Jones, Elizabeth Shown Mills, and Judy G. Russell.

A PDF version of the registration brochure is available at The brochure includes information about lectures, sessions, speakers, luncheons, tours, pre-conference events, registration times and rates, and accessibility as well as general conference and exhibit hall specifics.

Registration for the conference will begin Monday, 1 December 2014.

Association of Professional Genealogists Announces Election Results

The following news release is from APG:


Ten Board Members and Two Nominating Committee Members Join to Support World’s Largest Professional Organization for Genealogy

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 12 November 2014 — Today, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) unveiled the results of its election of new board members and two nominating committee members. APG membership elected 10 at-large representative board members for two-year terms, 2015–2016. Two nominating committee members were chosen for the 2015 term. The newly-elected board members include:

Ruy Cardoso, CG, (Massachusetts) is a professional genealogist specializing in New England and Portuguese research. He brings to the board 30 years of experience as an actuary and 20 years in genealogy. He is active in the New England APG Chapter and is the founder of a long running local genealogy club.

Luana Darby (Utah) is a professional genealogist, author, and speaker with more than 25 years of experience in U.S., Canadian, and German records. She serves as APG’s conference booth and has held executive-level positions at the Utah Genealogical Association and other groups.

Bruce Durie, PhD (Scotland) was reelected to the APG Board. He is considered one of Scotland’s top genealogists. He started and directed the Genealogical Studies Programme at the University of Strathclyde and is now a fellow there. He has authored 30 books on family and local history and is known for his BBC Radio series, “Digging up Your Roots,” now in its 8th season.

Billie Stone Fogarty, (Oklahoma), a professional genealogist, was reelected to the APG Board. She is a frequent speaker and lecturer at national conferences and has served as president of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Oklahoma Genealogical Society.

Jan Gow, QSM, FSG (New Zealand) was reelected to the APG Board. She is a longtime member of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, having served in many offices and capacities. She has been honored with several awards, including the Australasian Federation of Family History Societies award for meritorious service to Family History and the Queen’s Service Medal. She was elected a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists in London in 2012.

Diane Gravel, CG, (New Hampshire) a professional genealogist and lecturer, was reelected to the APG Board. She has been very active in APG, serving on the board, several committees, and as a past president of the New England Chapter of APG. She is Vice President of the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists and is on the faculty of the 2015 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

Kathryn Lake Hogan (Ontario, Canada) is a professional genealogist, speaker, and author specializing in Canadian research. She has written 15 research guides and authored Digging Your Canadian Roots. She is a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Yvette Hoitink, (Netherlands) is a professional genealogist and speaker specializing in the Netherlands, and authors the popular blog Dutch Genealogy. In addition to client work, she leverages her background in computers and information technology to provide consulting services for archives and other organizations in the heritage sector.

Deborah Hooper, CG, (Delaware), a professional genealogist, was reelected to the APG Board. She completed the Boston University Genealogical Research Program and was the 2011 Walter Lee Sheppard Jr. prize winner, an award presented to exceptional students in the Advanced Methodology track at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.

Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, FUGA (North Carolina) was reelected to the APG Board. Craig is a well-known genealogy educator, author of 13 books and numerous articles, and is owner of Heritage Books, Inc. A Grahame T. Smallwood Award recipient, Craig has been active in APG since he joined, holding office and serving on the APG Board and on numerous committees. He played an instrumental role in the formation of the Virtual APG chapter in Second Life and is helping to develop the APG Writer’s group.

Nominations Committee: Harold Henderson, CG, (Indiana) is a professional genealogist and writer who has authored numerous books and articles. He has served two terms on the APG board and chairs the APGQ Advisory Committee. He wites the Midwest Microhistory blog. Melanie D. Holtz, CG, (North Carolina) is a full-time professional genealogist and co-administrator of the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research. She has served APG in many capacities and currently works on the APG Professional Development Committee.

“We congratulate and welcome our new and returning board members,” said APG President, Kimberly T. Powell. “We look forward to their passion, expertise and contributions as we continue to grow the organization. We also thank the nominations committee for putting together such a strong slate, and our retiring board members for their service.”

About the Association of Professional Genealogists
The Association of Professional Genealogists (, established in 1979, represents more than 2,700 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Alex Boye & Quarter-Finalists from NBC’s America’s Got Talent Joining RootsTech 2015

The following news release is from FamilySearch and RootsTech 2015. This may not have a lot to do with genealogy, but the music is fantastic! Click on the illustration to check it out.


Popular musician and YouTube sensation Alex Boye is teaming up with the stars of his popular “Let It Go” YouTube cover, the One Voice Children’s Choir, to perform on the opening day of RootsTech, the world’s largest family history conference.

Known for taking popular songs and “Africanizing” them with African rhythms, voices, and instruments, Alex Boye has developed an impressive following through live concerts, musical collaborations (with artists including The Piano Guys, MC Hammer, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir), and his thrilling and entertaining YouTube videos. His music videos on YouTube have been seen more than 100 million times combined.

Alex Boye’s most popular cover, “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen, has been seen more than 50 million times. On that song, he is joined by the One Voice Children’s Choir, and it is frequently listed as the best cover of that song.

The One Voice Children’s Choir, comprised of children ages 4 through 17, received national attention over the summer as quarter-finalists on the NBC hit show America’s Got Talent. Over the years, the choir has received numerous awards, including the prestigious John Lennon International Music Award, presented by Yoko Ono and George Martin, producer of the Beatles.

Join us on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at the RootsTech opening event with Alex Boye, featuring the One Voice Children’s Choir.

Passes start at just $19. Register Today.

RootsTech, the largest family history event in the world, is happening February 12–14, 2015, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, go to