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England’s Immigrants 1330-1550 - Resident Aliens in the Late Middle Ages
By Rick Roberts, GlobalGenealogy.com
England’s Immigrants 1330-1550 - Resident Aliens in the Late Middle Ages, is a fully-searchable database containing over 64,000 names of people known to have migrated to England during the period of the Hundred Years’ War and the Black Death, the Wars of the Roses and the Reformation.... Read on >>

FamilySearch Adds More Than 2.9 Million Indexed Records and Images for Austrailia, Canada, Peru, and the United States
By FamilySearch.org, press release
Notable collection updates include 643,899 images from the Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1888–2005 collection; 608,881 images from the Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1881–2005 collection; and 531,346 images from the US, Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906–1994 collection.... Read on >>

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) May update to the Soldiers of the First World War database
By John D. Reid
As of May 15, 2015 there are 155,110 of 640,000 files are available online at.... Read on >>

FamilySearch Adds More Than 9.8 Million Indexed Records and Images for Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Jamaica, Peru, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and the United States
By FamilySearch.org, press release
Notable collection updates include 2,983,594 indexed records from the Croatia, Church Books, 1516–1994 collection; 57,446 indexed records and 1,785,969 images from the Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880–1999 collection; and 1,087,758 indexed records from the Costa Rica Civil Registration, 1860–1975 collection. See the.... Read on >>

More British Columbia Archive newspapers online
By John D. Reid, Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections
Newspaper archives from Kamloops and Merritt B.C. are going online free. Most are for.... Read on >>

Will genealogy societies always just be there? Not necessarily
By David Pike, President of Family History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador
Genealogists are well aware that family history and genealogical societies are valuable sources of information and expertise that we can draw upon while pursuing our own individual research. Unfortunately it is also often the case that.... Read on >>

FindMyPast adds 2.6 million records this week - UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand
By Rick Roberts, GlobalGenealogy.com
FindMyPast reports that they added 2.6 million records to their online database for.... Read on >>

Good News for Irish Genealogists
By John D. Reid
National Library of Ireland Roman Catholic parish registers to come online soon.... Read on >>

FamilySearch Adds More Than 4.9 Million Indexed Records and Images for Canada, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, and the United States
By FamilySearch.org, press release
Notable collection updates include 636,309 images from the New York, County Marriages, 1847–1848; 1908–1936 collection; 602,220 images from the Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Pemalang, District Court Records, 1961–2013 collection; and 476,396 indexed records and 273,544 images from the New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843–1998 collection.... Read on >>

A Different Format for Publishing Family History
By Rick Roberts, GlobalGenealogy.com
After more than two decades in the genealogy publishing business, we thought that we've seen every imaginable format of published family history -- apparently not! .... Read on >>

FamilySearch Adds More Than 4 Million Indexed Records and Images for the Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Italy, South Africa, and the United States
By FamilySearch.org, press release
Notable collection updates include 700,220 indexed records from the US, Alabama, County Marriages, 1809–1950 collection; 461,167 indexed records from the US, Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880–2009 collection; and 380,334 indexed records from the Brazil, Săo Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980 collection. See the.... Read on >>

FamilySearch Indexing Announces First Worldwide Arbitration Event
By FamilySearch.org, press release
More than six million indexed images containing valuable genealogical information are waiting to be arbitrated (reviewed and corrected) before they can be published and made available to family history researchers on FamilySearch.org. Eliminating this backlog of needed records is the object of the first online Worldwide Arbitration Event sponsored by.... Read on >>

Call for Papers - Conference in Peterborough, Saturday, Oct 3, 2015
By Fraser Dunford, Kawartha Branch Ontario Genealogical Society
The Kawartha Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is hosting the second annual Kawartha Conference in Peterborough, Saturday, Oct 3. The theme is Military Settlers.... Read on >>

FamilySearch Adds More Than 2.3 Million Indexed Records and Images for the Czech Republic, Mexico, New Zealand, Ukraine, and the United States
By FamilySearch.org, press release
Notable collection updates include 771,097 images from the New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843–1998 collection; 417,808 indexed records and 417,808 images from the US, BillionGraves Index collection; and 411,325 indexed records from the Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Civil Registration, 1859–2000 collection.... Read on >>

Election of Paul Howes as Chairman of the Guild of One-Name Studies
By Guild of One-Name Studies, press release
Paul Howes has been elected as the new Chairman of the Guild of One-Name Studies at the Guild's annual Conference and AGM held at the Forest Pines Resort, Broughton, Lincolnshire on.... Read on >>

UPDATED: Online Information About 630 Burial Grounds in Norfolk and Bedfordshire (UK)
By Rick Roberts, GlobalGenealogy.com
The website that we highlighted in the following August, 2009 article is now defunct. If you are interested in memorial inscriptions from Norfolk and bedfordshire please go to the website of.... Read on >>

Don't miss 'Tracks Through Time' genealogy conference
By Rick Roberts, GlobalGenealogy.com
Shirley L. Sturdevant, Past President of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) shares news about the Annual Conference of the Ontario Genealogical Society to be held May 29-31st in Barrie, Ontario, and to share three documents with our readers. This year's conference's theme is "Tracks through Time". Organizers have scheduled a.... Read on >>

FamilySearch puts New Brunswick marriage records 1789-1950 online
By Rick Roberts, GlobalGenealogy.com
If you researching New Brunswick families, and you are interested in finding historic New Brunswick marriage records online at no cost, FamilySearch has the answer.... Read on >>

FamilySearch adds to its Canadian Headstones Collection indexed records
By Rick Roberts, GlobalGenealogy.com
FamilySearch has added to its Canadian Headstones Collection indexed records this week. They are now up to 240,168 indexed headstone records that are searchable by name and other details... Read on >>

New United Kingdom Wills and Probate beta website is a must-visit - UPDATED
By Rick Roberts, GlobalGenealogy.com
The results are in -- Wills and Probate records are often overlooked as a source of information to prove family relationships and to help researchers form an economic picture of a person or family. The National Archives in the United Kingdom has a new online resource for... Read on >>

The Value of Scientific Research
By John D. Reid, Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections
Exactly a century ago, on 5 March 1915, the journal Science published an article by Chas B. Davenport The Value of Scientific Genealogy. Davenport was... Read on >>

Call for Speakers - Irish Genealogy - Toronto
By Gwyneth Pearce, Toronto Branch Ontario Genealogical Society
Toronto Branch is planning a one-day workshop on 19 September 2015 on Irish genealogy and family history with a specific focus on... Read on >>

The Family History Library Announces Free Classes for March 2015
By FamilySearch.org press release
Webinars can be accessed by going to FamilySearch.org, and then click Wiki,then Family History Library, then... Read on >>

The Grand River Métis Council and resources for researching Métis in Canada
By Sandra Roberts, GlobalGenealogy.com
Prior to Canada's crystallization as a nation, a new Aboriginal people emerged out of the rations of Indian Women and European Men. While the initial offspring of these Indian and European union's we're individuals who simply possessed mixed ancestry, subsequent intermarriages between these mixed ancestry children resulted in... Read on >>

Search Coming to iOS Ancestry App
By John D. Reid, Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections
I've been using the Ancestry app more recently. It's not without its frustrations, freezing panes and mixing two different hint results. The good news is... Read on >>

Report from Canadian Expert Panel on Memory Institutions and Digital Revolution
By John D. Reid, Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections
Leading in the Digital World: Opportunities for Canada’s Memory Institutions is the report of an expert panel convened under the auspices of the Council of Canadian Academies at the request of Library and Archives Canada. They were asked to answer the following question... Read on >>

Free broadcast of RootsTech Conference workshops in Brampton, Ontario
By Helen Warner
The annual RootsTech Conference, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and... Read on >>

The Family History Library Announces Free Webinar Classes for February 2015
By Family History Library press release
These classes and workshops are designed to help individuals and families find their ancestors and... Read on >>

Historic British Weather Information
By John D. Reid
The February issue of Family Tree Magazine (UK version) is out. Scanning the contents my eye was drawn to... Read on >>

FindMyPast adds Irish, British, British Military and Utah records this week
By Rick Roberts
Several new collections of useful records are now... Read on >>

Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files – Update of January 2015
By Rick Roberts
Library and Archives Canada report that as of today, they have added... Read on >>

US Committee Releases Final Draft Genetic Genealogy Standards
By John D. Reid
The final draft of Genetic Genealogy Standards produced by a grass-roots committee of US genetic genealogists has been published. It is intended to... Read on >>

FamilySearch Launches New App Gallery
By FamilySearch.org
FamilySearch.org today launched its online app gallery to help patrons more easily find partner applications or services to... Read on >>

Announcing the New FamilySearch Indexing Website
By FamilySearch.org
FamilySearch recently released a newly redesigned indexing website at FamilySearch.org/indexing, and we invite you to come and take a look. This new website integrates indexing with... Read on >>

ScotlandsPeople website adds another year of birth, marriage and death records
By Rick Roberts, GlobalGenealogy.com
With yesterday's turning of the calendar to 2015, ScotlandsPeople website added an additional year of birth, marriage and death records (digital images) to their collection of Scottish civil... Read on >>

Macleans on "Why are our national archives being locked from public view?"
By John D. Reid, Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections
An opinion piece by Anne Kingston in Macleans rehearses the familiar and sorry story at Library and Archives Canada. Few would argue with the article's view that Daniel Caron left the organization reputation shattered, its... Read on >>

Call for Speakers For Toronto workshop on Genetic Genealogy
By Family Search press release
The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is planning a one-day workshop on 6 June 2015 on Genetic Genealogy and its uses in family history research... Read on >>

FamilySearch Adds More Than 125.4 Million Indexed Records and Images to the United States
By Family Search press release
Notable collection updates include the 124,060,301 indexed records from the Find A Grave Index collection; the 830,416 indexed records and images from the US, Michigan Obituaries, 1820–2006 collection; and the 497,490 images from the US, Washington, County Records, 1803–2010 collection... Read on >>

Scottish Institute organizing program for professional and semi–professional genealogists in Scotland
By Rick Roberts
Christine Wood of the Scottish Institute has asked us to let readers know about her 2015 program for "Professional and semi–professional genealogists: One week of learning about and researching in the Scottish records while stationed in Edinburgh’s ... Read on >>

Pembrokeshire is first Welsh council to add burial records to Deceased Online
By Deceased Online press release
Records for 11 Welsh cemeteries and crematorium now available online. All burial and cremation records for Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC) have been digitized and added to the specialist family history website... Read on >>

Global Contest Challenges App Developers to Significantly Impact Growing Family History Industry
By Family Search press release
RootsTech, the world's largest family history and technology conference, announced today its Innovator Challenge, a first of its kind global competition to encourage developers to create apps and technology-based experiences that will... Read on >>

Call for Presentations for the BIFHSGO Conference 2015 - Ottawa
By British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) is seeking proposals for presentations at its 21st annual conference, September 18-20, 2015 to be held in Ottawa at Library and Archives Canada... Read on >>

David Archuleta and Studio C to Perform at RootsTech 2015
By Family Search press release
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... Read on >>



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