Monday, January 28, 2013

East Scotland, East London ... and a book competition!

The following is from Deceased Online.

Fife records top 100,000
Manor Park coming soon
Win Nick Barratt's brilliant new book
  • The addition of 12 burial sites within our 'headstones collection' for Fife means there are now over 50 cemeteries and churchyards in this East Scotlandcounty with records on
  • The Fife collection of headstone photos and transcriptions comprises106,000 names with dates back to 1608. Click here for full details
  • We're delighted to announce our first competition for users of the Deceased Online website and our Facebook page
  • Renowned historian, genealogist, writer and broadcaster Nick Barratt has just launched his new 529-page hardback Greater London
Cover of Nick Barratt's Greater London
  • We'll announce in next week's bulletin and on Facebook how to win 3 copies of this wonderful book which delves deep into the history of London's teeming suburbs. And there's more exciting news for London...
Manor Park Cemetery
All records for East London largest cemetery* will be available on
Deceased Online within the next few weeks
*From Deceased Online research. The largest is defined in total burial numbers.

Find My Past TV show comes to U.S.

The following is from FindMyPast.

Find My Past TV show comes to U.S.

Tune in to to view episodes from the hit UK television show, Find My Past, now entering its second season. Each episode links living individuals to real historical events found in their family tree. is the only place in the US where you can watch this show!

Register on for free and watch Find My Past episodes that aired in the last 30 days at no cost. Missed an episode or want to watch your favorites again? Findmypast subscribers can watch the all episodes for an unlimited time. Every episode will be available to watch on a week after it airs.

Find My Past the TV show is an exciting series which unites ordinary members of the public with their ancestors.
Each week in the new 10-part series, we reveal how three people are related to someone from a significant historical event by searching the ancestry records on findmypast. We follow their journey as each person discovers which of their ancestors played a role in modern history.

At the end of every episode, we unite the participants and reveal how each person's family history is connected to monumental world history– such as the sinking of the Titanic, the WWI Christmas Truce, and the Great Fire of London.

Hosted by Chris Hollins of BBC Breakfast, Watchdog and winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2009, the hit UK Television series is now available for the first time to watch online, exclusive to findmypast registered users. celebrates Irish Family History Day with 21 million Irish birth, marriage and death records

The following is from FindMyPast. celebrates Irish Family History Day with 21 million Irish birth, marriage and death records recently added 21 million new Irish birth, marriage and death records (1800s to the 1950s) to its already staggering collection of historical records.

In celebration of Irish Family History Day on January 24, visitors to will have free access to records with a promotional code that will be announced on the findmypast US blog.

“The addition of 21 million new birth, marriage and death records to our website means we will now have more than 60 million Irish records on our website, including census and parish records,” said Cliona Weldon of findmypast Ireland. “There has never been a better time for people to explore and discover the details of the lives of their Irish ancestors.”
Births, marriages and deaths are central events in peoples’ lives and these types of records are essential in developing the framework of a family tree. Findmypast carries the most detailed and thorough collection of Irish records ever seen in one place – providing a fascinating insight into Ireland’s history and making Irish family research easier and more accessible than ever before. Check out the full list of records on

Irish Family History Day will be celebrated on January 24 in countries around the world, including the USA, Ireland, the UK,

Findmypast is a proud partner of The Gathering Ireland, a year-long celebration in 2013 of Ireland and all things Irish.

The Ireland BMD collection is also available across all international findmypast sites as part of a World subscription:

Monday, January 21, 2013

RootsTech: New Workshop Opening Soon

The following is from RootsTech.

Hands-on computer workshops are one of the popular features at RootsTech. This year we doubled the number of workshops offered and increased seating capacity in each by 40%. We've been amazed at how quickly workshops have filled up!

We're pleased to announce that an additional workshop has been added to the schedule.  
Techniques for Successful Searching, taught by Alan Mann Friday, March 22 at 3:00 p.m.  

Description: Using examples from actual family research, attendees will conduct searches on several web sites. Along the way, attendees learn why a single search is flawed research and why they should document their searches. Learn how to find ancestors that would otherwise remain hidden by changing search parameters and using filters. 

Registration for this workshop will be open at noon (MDT) on Monday, January 21, 2013
with 50 workstations and 20 laptop stations available. 

To edit your registration and add this workshop, simply click the "edit registration" link on the Rootstech registration page, enter your email address and password, and then work through the registration process.  The new workshop will be listed on  the workshop page, which comes after the lunch and the event pages.


The hands-on workshops are just a portion of what makes RootsTech a great conference. Over 250 class sessionswith world class content will be presented by experts and enthusiasts in the in the family history and technology industry. These sessions don't require pre-registration-seating for sessions is on a first come, first seated basis.

And now, we've added 20+ new classes about telling your family's story, brought to you by Story@Home . Every family has a story and within that story is the power to connect in new ways with those you cherish most. Story@Home classes will help you discover how to preserve and share your stories as part of your family history pursuits. Learn more.

If you have a full conference pass, you'll automatically have access to all the Story@Home classes.  If you're registered for the Getting Started track, adding access to the Story@Home classes is an upgrade for just $40. Simply edit your registration and select the Story@Home +Getting Started Combo pass and pay the difference at checkout.
March is just around the corner with RootsTech just a little over 8 weeks away. We're excited!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Why Genealogist Work at Night

I read a very interesting article today "Why Programmers Work at Night" by Swizec Teller on Business Insider. Even though I'm not a computer programmer I could relate to the article.  I think there are several similarities on why genealogist have their best moments while working in the middle of the night.

Teller says: "At the gist of all this is avoiding distractions. But you could just lock the door, what's so special about the night?  I think if boils down to three things: the maker's schedule, the sleepy brain and bright computer screens."

Maker's Schedule 

"Working on large abstract systems involves fitting the whole thing into your mind - somebody once likened this to constructing a house out of expensive crystal glass and as soon as someone distracts you, it all comes barreling down and shatters into a thousand pieces."

"This is why programmers are so annoyed when you distract them."

Totally agree with this logic. I hate to be interrupted when I am delving into my latest genealogical puzzle. In fact I can't work on my family history while I am working my shift at the Family History Center. I would be totally annoyed if someone interrupted me during my path of discovery. That doesn't make for a good Family History Consultant if your annoyed with the patrons. Working in the middle of night has the great benefit of no interruptions, since the rest of the world and it's demands are fast asleep. We genealogists have complex things to figure out as we delicately weave our assumptions and hunches together to unlock the truth.

The Sleepy Brain

"Why then do we perform our most mentally complex work when the brain wants to sleep and we do simpler tasks when our brain is at its sharpest and brightest?

"Because being tired makes us better coders" - In our case that's better genealogist!

"Being tired can make us focus better simply because when your brain is tired it has to focus! There isn't enough left-over brainpower to afford losing concentration"

"When your brain isn't working at full capacity it looks for something to do. Being tired makes me dumb enough that the task at hand is enough."

Finally I get it, yes my mind is to tired to get distracted on other things, so it makes me focus better on what is right in front of me.

Bright computer screens

"Keep staring at a bright source of light in the evening and your sleep cycle gets delayed. You forget to be tired until 3 am."

"To conclude, programmers work at night because it doesn't impose a time limit on when you have to stop working, which gives you a more relaxed approach, your brain doesn't keep looking for distractions and a bright screen keeps you awake"

Yes, genealogist are very much like our programmer cohorts working fast in the middle of the night. I really enjoyed learning more about why it's my best time of the day (or night) to work. The mystery is solved now for me and it's only 10:00 pm. Time to get cracking on my next genealogy quest. The night is young and there is so much to find!

Family History Library February 2013 Research Series

The following is from the Family History Library.

Free Hispanic Workshops on FamilySearch and Family Tree
The Family History Library Hosts Events in February.
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH Genealogists and family history enthusiasts looking for help with using FamilySearch and Family Tree taught in Spanish will be interested in workshops held at the Family History Library in February.  Free Hispanic Workshops on FamilySearch and Family Tree will be held on Saturday, February 16 at the Family History Library. The workshop will include:

 1:00 p.m.    “Taller de FamilySearch” (Taught in Spanish)  1.5 hours
 3:00 p.m.    “Taller de Family Tree” (Taught in Spanish)  1.5 hours

To view the class schedule online, go to  Classes will be held in the Main floor computer lab of the Family History Library.  The library is located to the west of Temple Square on West Temple between North Temple and South Temple Streets in downtown Salt Lake City.  On Saturdays, parking is free to library patrons and is located behind the Church History Museum.  To register for these free classes, send an email to or call 801-240-4950. 

Free Research Series on African-American Research
The Family History Library Hosts Events in February.
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH Genealogists and family history enthusiasts looking for help with African-American research will be interested in African-American classes held at the Family History Library in February. A free African-American Research Series will be held on Saturday, February 23 at the Family History Library. The classes will include:

 9:00 a.m.    “What Will Your Legacy Be?”
10:00 a.m.    “FamilySearch for Beginners”
11:00 a.m.    “Beginning African-American Research”
12:00 p.m.    “Top 10 Tips and Tricks for Finding Ancestors”

To view the class schedule online, go to  Classes will be held in the Main floor classroom of the Family History Library.  The library is located to the west of Temple Square on West Temple between North Temple and South Temple Streets in downtown Salt Lake City.  On Saturdays, parking is free to library patrons and is located behind the Church History Museum.  To register for these free classes, send an email to or call 801-240-4950. 

FamilySearch Indexing Update January 15 2013

The following is from FamilySearch.

15 January 2013
Welcome to a New Year of Indexing

Thanks to the contributions of more than 358,000 dedicated FamilySearch indexers and arbitrators, over 263,250,000 records have been added to in the past 12 months. This far surpasses the achievements of volunteers in any previous year.

And though it is already the largest volunteer crowdsourcing effort of its kind, FamilySearch indexing continues to gain momentum. For 2013 the attention of the community will focus on three main initiatives-the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Community Project, the Italian Ancestors project, and a greatly expanded emphasis on Latin American records.

Everyone is welcome to join the community as we move forward in the new year. to get started.

Current and Completed Projects
To view a list of currently available indexing projects, along with their record language and completion percentage, visit the FamilySearch indexing updates page. To learn more about individual projects, view the FamilySearch projects page.

New Projects Added
· Belgium, Hainaut-Registres Civils, 1871-1897
· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro-Cartoes de Imigracao, 1900-1965 [Parte 3U]
· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro-Cartoes de Imigracao, 1900-1965 [Parte 3V]
· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro-Cartoes de Imigracao, 1900-1965 [Parte 3W]
· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro-Cartoes de Imigracao, 1900-1965 [Parte 3X]
· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro-Cartoes de Imigracao, 1900-1965 [Parte 3Y]
· Honduras-Registros Parroquiales, 1702-1970 [Parte 1B]
· Italia (Antenati Italiani), Caltanissetta-Nati, 1888-1902 [Parte 3]
· Italia (Antenati Italiani), Udine-Nati, 1875-1901 [Parte 2]
· Mexico, Guanajuato, Celaya-Registros Parroquiales, 1786-1941
· Mexico, Sonora, Hermosillo-Registros Parroquiales, 1783-1967
· New Zealand-Passenger Lists, 1871-1915 [Part 2C]
· New Zealand-Passenger Lists, 1871-1915 [Part 2D]
· Peru, Arequipa, Sagrario-Registros Bautismales, 1644-1921
· Polska, Diecezja Radom-Ksiegi Metrykalne, 1664-1864 [Czesc 4]
· South Africa-Church of the Province of South Africa Baptism Registers, 1850-1914 [Part 2]
· Uruguay-Indice del Registro Civil, 1900-1937
· U.S.(Community Project), New York, Northern-Arrival Manifests, 1902-1956
· U.S.(Community Project), New York-Naturalization Card Index, 1792-1906 [Part A]
· U.S.(Community Project), New York-Naturalization Card Index, 1792-1906 [Part B]
· U.S.(Community Project), Texas-Naturalization Records, Federal Courts, 1906-1985
· U.S., Alabama-County Marriages, 1809-1950 [Part D]
· U.S., Arkansas-WWII , First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945 [Part C]
· U.S., Delaware-Death Certificates, 1955-1961
· U.S., Florida-County Marriages, 1830-1957 [Part C]
· U.S., Illinois, Maywood-Maywood Herald Obituary Card Index, 1885-2002
· U.S., Illinois-Pekin Times Obituary Cards, 1914-2007
· U.S., Indiana, Spencer County-Marriages 1811-1959
· U.S., Indiana, Starke County-Marriages 1811-1959
· U.S., New York-Marriage Licenses 1908-1935 [Part C]
· U.S., New York-1865 State Census
· U.S., Ohio-County Births, 1856-1956 [Part B]
· U.S., Wisconsin-1865 State Census
· U.S.-Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933 [Part D]

View the FamilySearch projects page to see the full list of available projects and to learn more about how to participate in various projects.

Recently Completed Projects
Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process. They will be published at in the near future.
· Argentina, 1869 Census - [3]
· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro-Cartoes de Imigracao, 1900-1965 [Parte 3J]
· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro-Cartoes de Imigracao, 1900-1965 [Parte 3K]
· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro-Cartoes de Imigracao, 1900-1965 [Parte 3R]
· Colombia, Antioquia, Sonson y Rionegro-Registros Parroquiales, 1814-2008
· Deutschland, Baden-Wurttemberg, Emmendingen-Kirchenbucher, 1810-1869
· Espana, Malaga-Registros Civiles 1846-1870
· Guatemala, Chiquimula-Nacimientos, 1929-2008 [Parte 1]
· Italia (Antenati Italiani), Napoli-Atti di Nascita, 1809-1865 [Parte 1B]
· Italia (Antenati Italiani), Taranto-Nati, 1875-1879
· New Zealand, Passenger Lists-1871-1915 [Part 2A]
· Peru, Puno-Nacimientos Civiles, 1890-1965 [Part B]
· Peru, Puno-Nacimientos Civiles, 1890-1965 [Part C]
· Suisse, Vaud-Terriers 1234-1798 [Partie A]
· UK, England, and Wales-1871 Census [Part B]
· U.S. (Community Project), California, Southern-Naturalization Index, 1915-1976
· U.S. (Community Project), Florida-Key West Passenger Lists, 1898-1920
· U.S. (Community Project), Louisiana-New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1903-1945
· U.S. (Community Project), Maryland, Baltimore-Airplane Passenger Lists,1954-1957
· U.S. (Community Project), Massachusetts, Boston-Passenger Lists, 1891-1943 [Part A]
· U.S. (Community Project), New York-Passenger Lists, 1925-1942 [Part G]
· U.S. (Community Project), New York-Passenger Lists, 1925-1942 [Part I]
· U.S. (Community Project), New York-Passenger Lists, 1925-1942 [Part J]
· U.S. (Community Project), New York-Passenger Lists, 1925-1942 [Part K]
· U.S. (Community Project), Pennsylvania, Philadelphia-Passenger List Index Cards, 1883-1948
· U.S. (Community Project), Pennsylvania-Eastern District Naturalization Indexes, 1795-1952
· U.S. (Community Project), Texas, Eagle Pass-Arrival Manifests, 1905-1953
· U.S., Arkansas-Second Registration Draft Cards, 1948-1959 [Part 2]
· U.S., Arkansas-WWII, First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945 [Part B]
· U.S., Arkansas-WWII, First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945
· U.S., California-County Marriages 1880-1920
· U.S., Colorado-Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939
· U.S., Indiana, Pike County Marriages-1811-1959
· U.S., Indiana, Porter County, Marriages-1811-1959
· U.S., Indiana, Pulaski County Marriages-1811-1959
· U.S., Indiana, Putnam County Marriages-1811-1959
· U.S., Kentucky, Caldwell and Henry Counties-Will Records [Part B]
· U.S., Louisiana-World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945
· U.S., Maine-Veteran Cemetery Records, 1676-1918
· U.S., Michigan-County Deaths, 1921-1952
· U.S., Michigan-County Deaths, 1921-1952 [Part B]
· U.S., New York-WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [Part 2C]
· U.S., New York-WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [Part 2B]
· U.S., New York-WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [Part 2D]
· U.S., Oregon-County Marriages, 1865-1955
· U.S., Pennsylvania-WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [Part 2B]
· U.S., Pennsylvania-WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [Part 2C]
· U.S., South Dakota-WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [Part 4A]
· U.S., South Dakota-WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [Part 4A]
· U.S., Tennessee-County Marriages, 1791-1950
· U.S., Washington-WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [Part 4A]
· U.S., Wyoming-WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [Part 4A]
· U.S.-1920 Federal Census
· U.S.-Veterans Pension Cards, 1907-1933 [Part C]
· Россия, Самара-Метрические книги церкви, 1609-1927 [часть 4]

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MyHeritage New Family Tree Mobile App

The following is from MyHeritage.

We're excited to announce the release of MyHeritage app for mobile, new version 2.0!

For the first time ever, you can edit your MyHeritage family tree anywhere you go! The new MyHeritage mobile app is great for family reunions and get-togethers. Imagine showing your tree to your relatives and impressing them with your research. Add missing information they provide and correct errors on the spot using the new editing screens. Take photos of anyone without a photo in the tree and improve your family tree anywhere you are.

Get the new app now – FREE

Version 2.0 Highlights
* Family tree and profiles are now editable.
* Add people to your family tree. 
* Snap photos of relatives using your iPhone, Android or iPad mobile device and upload them straight to your tree.
* New family members can sign up directly from the app.
* Supports even more languages - 32 overall 
* Developed separately for iPhone, iPad and Android to make the most of each device.
* Stunning graphics that will impress your relatives and make you proud of your family history.
* Syncs with your family site on
* Designed from the ground up for mobile with cutting edge HTML5 technologies.
* Full support for users with multiple family sites or multiple trees.
* Totally free.

Version 2.0 Main Features
* Awesome-looking editable family tree with all the touch-screen features you can expect: pinch-zoom, pan, and even radar for iPad.
* Research billions of historical records using mobile-enhanced SuperSearch.
* Photo sharing with face recognition technology.
* Cool MyCeleb feature: Find the Celebrity in You™.

Get the new app now – FREE

For more detail about the new mobile app, including screenshots and usage information, see our blog post.

Happy New Year,
MyHeritage team

Friday, January 11, 2013

Deceased Online adds 138,000 Bolton cremation records

The following is from Deceased Online.

136,000 cremation records for Bolton
now available
  • All of Bolton Council's 415,000 burial and cremation records are now available on
  • Deceased Online has this week completed the digitization of 136,000 records for Overdale Crematorium
  • The data comprises all the Crematorium's records since it opened in 1954 until 1993 and features digital scans of registers
  • For full details of Overdale Crematorium data, click here. For details of all 7 of the Bolton cemeteries click here
Coming soon:
more records for the Greater Manchester area!
Another council in the Greater Manchester area will be adding its records to Deceased Online. More news to follow in early Spring.
And more exciting news about the Bolton area in February...

1850 Census and 1940 Census Updated on Ancestry

The following is from Ancestry.

Good Afternoon,

I just wanted to drop a quick note and let you know that we have updated the 1850 United States Federal Censuscollection. We’ve been working to improve this database since some of the birth places were keyed incorrectly, for example, the 1850 abbreviation for Indiana was IA which then led to many Indiana birth locations to be entered as Iowa. These issues were brought to the attention of our customer service associates and have now been fixed. Other errors included images being in the wrong townships and were moved to the correct townships, 4 images out of order and a family number was incorrect. is constantly working on gathering new records and bettering our current records. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard Tim Sullivan talk about how Content is King. He is passionate about new content because every new record could help someone break through a brick wall or help them better understand an ancestor. Making our current collections better is important to us. For example, we have recently updated our City Directories to include even more information and are still indexing information for the 1940 US Census to make it more complete.

We appreciate all the feedback from members, because it helps make even more relevant and useful.


MyHeritage app (v2.0) let you "edit on the go"

The following is from MyHeritage.  I haven't had a chance to look at the app.

Dear friends,

Hope you’re having a great new year!

Just wanted to let you know as an FYI that we’ve released a new version of the free MyHeritage app (v2.0) that lets you "edit on the go".

If you're already using the app this makes it easier to add info at family reunions, libraries, photos and basically help you enhance your family tree wherever you are.

The ability to edit your family tree compliments existing features: create a family tree from scratch, search for records, share photos and more.

If you're not already a user you can download from

There’s lots more info and pictures in the blog post here: 

Feel free to spread the word and distribute this information as you best consider.
Let me know if you’d like any more info.

Best regards 

Daniel Horowitz

Riverton FHL Saturday Seminar

The following is from the Riverton Family History Library.

The Riverton FamilySearch Library Hosts Free Seminar on
January 19th from 9:00 A.M. to Noon
Focusing on Family Tree

RIVERTON, UTAHJanuary is the perfect time to set a new year’s resolution to explore your family history.  Why not start the year off right by attending the Riverton FamilySearch Library’s Saturday Seminar?  Back by popular demand, humorous keynote speaker Ron Tanner will entertain you and enlighten you as he discusses FamilySearch’s new release of Family Tree.  In his presentation, “The Family Tree Is Released!! Now What?”Ron will talk about the purpose of Family Tree and the current features in this release.  He will also demonstrate new features that are coming in the future.

Ron Tanner is a product manager for the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  His primary responsibility is to lead a team doing research and design of Family Tree and companion products.  Ron has a master’s degree in Computer Science from BYU and has previously worked as a Product Manager and Engineer at Novell, Citrix, and Bell Laboratories.  Ron and his wife, CheRee, have four children, 2 son-in-laws, and a daughter-in-law.

Following the keynote presentation from 9:00–10:00 a.m., there will be two blocks of four classes each that will cover topics of interest to beginning, intermediate, and advanced family history enthusiasts.
Classes to be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. are:

  • “But She Died in Upstate New York in the 1850sHow Can I Identify Her Parents?"David Ouimette

  • “Basic Indexing”Brad Jensen

  • “Family History for Those with Tongan Ancestry”MolitikaVaivaka

  • “The 3 Cs of Irish Research”Judith Eccles Wight

The classes available from 11:00 a.m. to noon are:

  • “Who Made the Bread? Reconstructing Life in Your European Ancestral Hometown”Peggy Ryskamp

  • “Scanning Images and Using Them Online”Sarah Morrow

  • “Immigration and Emigration Records”Pat Jensen

  • A Few of My Favorite Things in Irish ResearchJudith Eccles Wight

Registration is not required for this free seminar. The Riverton FamilySearch Library is located in the LDS Riverton Office Building at 3740 Market Center Drive. The facility is near the intersection of Bangerter Highway and 13400 South, just east of The Home Depot.

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