Tuesday, November 25, 2014

RootsMagic 7 Innovative New WebHints Work With MyHeritage & FamilySearch!

Wahoo!! RootsMagic 7 released today and look what's inside.

The following is from MyHeritage.

TEL AVIV, Israel & SPRINGVILLE, Utah – November 25, 2014: MyHeritage, the popular family history network, and RootsMagic, Inc., today jointly announced that MyHeritage’s Smart Matching™ and Record Matching technologies have been integrated into RootsMagic’s latest version of its popular genealogy software. This enables RootsMagic users to discover the life stories of their ancestors thanks to highly accurate matching between their family trees and millions of family trees and billions of global historical records available on MyHeritage.

RootsMagic, first released in 2003, is an award winning genealogy program for documenting and preserving family history. Its latest version 7, released this week, includes among its highlights a new feature named WebHints powered by MyHeritage matching technologies that transforms the program into a powerful research tool. WebHints also include hints from genealogy website FamilySearch for authenticated users. Information sent by RootsMagic to MyHeritage for matching is never collected or shared, and is deleted after matching to ensure the complete privacy of RootsMagic users and their data.

MyHeritage enables millions of families around the world to discover, share and preserve their family history on the MyHeritage website, mobile apps and desktop applications. In addition, MyHeritage is well known as a technology innovator. Its flagship technologies, Smart Matching™ and Record Matching, which generate automatic discoveries based on MyHeritage’s huge international database of family trees and historical records, are sought after within the family history space. Leading genealogy organizations are partnering with MyHeritage to integrate these technologies into their products.

“MyHeritage matches are a very exciting feature”, said RootsMagic, Inc.’s Vice President, Michael Booth. “It was like magic to me when the WebHints were first wired into RootsMagic and I opened my file and saw all the matches appear. I spent hours exploring and discovering newspaper articles, certificates, and records that I had never seen before. Our initial testers are also reporting that they have been having so much fun exploring the MyHeritage matches that they have had to pull themselves away to test the other features.”

“We’re thrilled to provide RootsMagic – an acclaimed genealogy software among the most popular in the USA – with our powerful matching technologies” said MyHeritage’s Founder & CEO Gilad Japhet. “This partnership will significantly accelerate discoveries for RootsMagic users and will expand the tremendous reach of MyHeritage.”

This announcement follows other integrations of MyHeritage matching technologies by British genealogy software, Family Historian and Dutch genealogy services Aldfaer and Coret Genealogie. Available on MyHeritage and through a wide set of partnerships, MyHeritage matching technologies have become the de facto standard for automatic discoveries for everyone interested in their family history

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.www.myheritage.com

About RootsMagic, Inc.

For over 20 years, RootsMagic, Inc. has been creating computer software with a special purpose - to unite families. One of its earliest products, the popular Family Origins software, introduced thousands of people to the joy and excitement of family history.
That tradition continues today with RootsMagic, its award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing family history fun and easy.

ResearchTies Black Friday Special

The following is from ResearchTies.

 Give the Gift of Organization

The holidays are upon us, and ResearchTies is happy to announce a Black Friday special! From 12:00 am until 11:59 pm (MST) on Friday, November 28, customers will be able to purchase a new annual subscription for $20 and receive a 30-minute, one-on-one mentoring session at no additional cost. This is a great gift for all of your genealogy friends and family. This year, give the gift of organization. Spread the word and let everyone know about this great offer!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from ResearchTies 

My Family History Calling

The following is from FamilySearch.


My Family History Calling Newsletter
November 2014

News you need to succeed-for priesthood leaders, consultants, and center directors.

Making Your Temple Experience More Sacred When You Find Names and Take Them to the Temple
You may recall the impressive story in the Book of Mormon where King Benjamin shared his thoughts and teaching with the Saints. Feeling that his voice would not reach all who were gathered as families, he had his words recorded and sent out to families. Continue reading.

Moms and Tots Find Names Together
As we encourage our ward and stake members to find family names, to take them to the temple, and then to share that experience with their families, we are finding that one of the most successful experiences involves moms and tots.

FamilySearch Announces Milestones for Retirement of new.FamilySearch.org
The continued effort to enhance and improve FamilySearch Family Tree now requires the decommissioning of the program that Family Tree replaced, new.FamilySearch.org. Accordingly, we are announcing the final milestones for retiringnew.FamilySearch.orgSee the details.

All LDS Members, Including Youth, Can Now Get Free Access to FamilySearch Partner Websites
All members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as LDS youth ages 13-17, can now create their own personal accounts with Ancestry.comfindmypast, andMyHeritageThese resources are helping Church members find more ancestors needing temple ordinances.

RootsTech Family Discovery Day for Your Stake Will Help You Find Names
If you are unable to attend Family Discovery Day at RootsTech and are looking for a new and fun way to help the members of your stake find family names for their tree, prepare those names for the temple, and be enabled to teach others how to do the same, consider hosting a RootsTech Family Discovery Day (formerly called Family History Fair) in your stake in 2015. Get the details here.

Call for Papers-Teach Others What You Know About Family History
Proposals are now being accepted for the 2015 BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy which will be held Tuesday, July 28 through Friday, July 31, at the BYU Conference Center in Provo, Utah. See details here.

FindMyPast Latest Releases

The following is from FIndMyPast.

Findmypast releases 953,000 District of Columbia birth, marriage and death records, 18 new US periodicals, new Irish Survey Maps & Plans and thousands of UK School & Prison Ship registers

Every Friday, leading family history website Findmypast reveals thousands of new records to explore over the weekend on its dedicated Findmypast Friday page. This week’s new additions include 95,000 Griffiths Survey of Ireland records, over 953,000 US birth, marriage and death records for the District of Columbia, 18 new PERSI titles and thousands of new UK school admissions and Prison Ship records.  

The new District of Columbia Births & Baptisms 1830-1955 contain over 109,000 records. These records provide information on births and baptisms that occurred in the city of Washington, District of Columbia, between 1830 and 1955. Although the district began officially collecting this information in 1874, many records are from years earlier and do contain some duplicates that often contain slightly different information. Each record consists of a transcript that lists the child’s name, date of birth, date and place of christening, parents’ names and ethnicity.

The District Of Columbia Marriages 1830-1921 contain over 479,000 records that provide information about marriages performed in the city during the 19th and 20th centuries. The records generally list the individual’s name, age, ethnicity, the date and place of their marriage as well as their spouse’s name and age. You may find duplicates in these search results, as entries are often created for each individual mentioned on a record, including parents' names and spouse's parents' names. Some marriages occurred outside of the District of Columbia but were then registered later in the city.

The District of Columbia Deaths & Burials 1840-1964 contain over 365,000 records. Each record represents a death in the district over the 19th and 20th centuries and can contain useful biographical information. Most will list the deceased’s name, age, date of birth, date of death, place and date of burial, street address, marital status, ethnicity and parents place of birth. The information contained can then be used to search other collections from the District of Columbia or to search our collection of local newspapers for an obituary.

Griffith's Survey Maps & Plans, 1847-1864 contains over 95,000 Ordnance Survey (OS) maps and town plans used by the team working on Griffith's Primary Valuation of Ireland. Sir Richard John Griffith (1784 –1878) was an Irish geologist, mining engineer and chairman of the Board of Works of Ireland, who completed the first complete geological map of Ireland. He was commissioned by the government to oversee the first valuation of Ireland in 1827.  Each record includes a survey transcript and most also contain images of maps and town plans. Unfortunately we do not have maps, only transcripts, for Northern Ireland.
New UK Schools and Admission registers for Anglesey, Plymouth and West Devon have been added to our collection of National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914. The Registers allow you to trace your ancestors through their school years and provide information such as the name of the school, name and address of each pupil, date of admission, date of leaving and the names of parents or guardians. Some may also include date of birth, whether parents are living or dead and a parent’s occupation.
Over 4,000 Prison Ship (Hulk) Registers 1811-1843 records have been added to our collection of Crime, Prison and Punishment records. These new records come from 6 prison hulks; Discovery, Captivity, Antelope, Dromedary, Weymouth and Coromandel and list the details of over 13,300 inmates held on the ships between 1811 and 1843. Each record consists of a transcript that can list an inmate’s name, age and trade as well as details of their crime, sentence and character.