Tuesday, November 22, 2011

News from MyHeritage and FindMyPast.ie

(NSGS News Editor: Below are excerpts from two articles that were recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. Both articles contain information that may be of interest to NSGS Members. Links are provided to allow access to the complete articles.)

The following information is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com. (Accessed 22 November 2011)



The following announcement was written by MyHeritage:

MyHeritage Acquires FamilyLink.com and WorldVitalRecords.com

Significant move into US and addition of historical content mark major evolution for world's most popular online family network

PROVO, Utah & LONDON, UK & TEL AVIV, Israel-- MyHeritage, the most popular family network on the web, announced today the acquisition of FamilyLink.com, Inc., maker of the family history content sites FamilyLink.com and WorldVitalRecords.com. This is MyHeritage's seventh and largest acquisition since 2007. The purchase marks a significant move into the US market commercially and operationally, and will boost MyHeritage’s offering to families with the addition of a vast database of more than 3 billion historical records. With offices and staff in Europe, Australia and Israel, MyHeritage will now be adding its first US-based office in Utah, the home of FamilyLink.com and often cited as the family history capital of the world.
In the short-term, MyHeritage will continue to operate the two sites http://familylink.com/ and http://worldvitalrecords.com/, with the intention of achieving full integration within MyHeritage in 2012. With immediate effect and for an introductory period, loyal subscribers and users of MyHeritage will be entitled to discounts of up to 50% on FamilyLink.com and WorldVitalRecords.com subscriptions, and vice versa.


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findmypast.ie Announces Free Online Family Tree Builder Software

The following announcement was written by http://www.findmypast.ie/:

Launch of Family Tree Builder on findmypast.Ie
• First Irish family history website to offer web-based family tree software
• Allows user to fully benefit from access to almost 10 million records
Today, findmypast.ie becomes the first Irish family history website to offer its users family tree builder software, greatly enhancing its offering to Irish family history enthusiasts.

One of the most important elements in researching your family history is the ability to form a visual representation of your years of hard work and research. Findmypast.ie’s free online application allows users to easily create a tree from scratch and add some of 10 million records now available on findmypast.ie to their existing research.

Monday, November 21, 2011

1940 U.S. Census and Illinois Birth Records

{NSGS News Editor: Below are excerpts from two articles that were recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. Both articles contain information that may be of interest to NSGS Members. Links are provided to allow access to the complete articles.}

The following information is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com. (Accessed 17 November 2011)

1940 U.S. Census Hosting Awarded to Archives.com

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration long ago announced that the 1940 census records would be hosted online as digital images free of charge, beginning on April 2, 2012. However, until now, NARA did not mention WHERE the images would be found. Since the National Archives and Records Administration does not have enough web servers or personnel to do the hosting on the www.nara.org web site, the assumption has always been that NARA would contract with a commercial firm to provide the hosting.

You can learn more about the data contained within the 1940 census at http://www.rigensoc.org/1940CensusCountdown.pdf

You can learn more about FamilySearch's plans for indexing at https://familysearch.org/1940Census
About Archives.com

Archives.com is the website that makes family history simple and affordable. Archives.com is owned and operated by Inflection a data commerce company headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley. It has proven its leadership in the family history industry through its commitment to building powerful, easy to use tools, and helping researchers discover new family connections with its growing database of over 1.5 billion records. Archives.com parent company Inflection was chosen by the National Archives to host the 1940 Census. Learn more about the project at http://www.archives.com/1940census.

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New Laws Allow Adopted People 21+ to Obtain
Their Original Birth Certificates in Illinois

For nearly 250,000 people adopted in Illinois, anyone over the age of 21 can get a copy of their original birth certificate. Even if it was a closed adoption, the birth parents names will be included on birth certificates.

You can read more in an article by Tina Stein at http://goo.gl/auLKy

Friday, November 11, 2011

Records Published Online - New Releases

{NSGS Newsletter Editor: Below are excerpts from two articles that were recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. Links and citations are provided to allow access to the complete articles.}

The following information is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at < http://www.eogn.com >. (Accessed 11 November 2011)

Ancestry.co.uk Offers Free Access to World War I Records

To commemorate Remembrance Weekend, Ancestry.co.uk is giving everyone the chance to discover their family’s role in the Great War. Access to World War I Service Records, Pension Records and Medal Index Cards is completely FREE, until November 13th.

You can read more in an article by Annabel Reeves in the Ancestry.co.uk blog at < http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/11/10/free-world-war-i-records/ >.


10 million Cheshire Records Go Online at findmypast.co.uk

The following announcement was written by findmypast.co.uk:

CHESHIRE REVEALED AS A WONDERLAND OF UNUSUAL FINDS AS NEW LOCAL RECORDS GO ONLINE

Fascinating workhouse records, parish registers, bishop’s transcripts and electoral registers from Cheshire go online for the first time ever as leading UK family history website findmypast.co.uk launches the The Cheshire Collection. The collection is a series of over 10 million extraordinary records provided by Cheshire Archives and Local Studies, covering over 350 years of history.

To find out more and search the records, visit < http://www.findmypast.co.uk/home.jsp >.

Spanish Cemetery Evictions

{NSGS Newsletter Editor: Below are excerpts from an article that was recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. The practice of leasing space in cemeteries is fairly common in many countries. Links and citations are provided to allow access to the complete article.}

The following information is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at < http://www.eogn.com >. (Accessed 09 November 2011)

Torrero, Spain, Evicts Thousands of Ancestors' Remains

A crowded Spanish cemetery has begun placing stickers on thousands of burial sites with lapsed leases as a warning to relatives that their ancestors face possible eviction. The deputy urban planning manager for Zaragoza in Spain's northeast, said Monday that the city's Torrero graveyard has already removed remains from some 420 crypts, and reburied them in common ground.

The cases involve graves whose leases had not been renewed for 15 years or more. Torrero, like many Spanish cemeteries, no longer allows people to buy grave sites, instead leasing them out for periods of five or 49 years.

7,000 of the graveyard's 114,000 burial sites have leases that have run out.

You can read more in an article in the EITB.com web site at < http://goo.gl/OKjhC >.

Quebec's Early Settlers

{NSGS News Editor: Below are excerpts from an article that was recently posted on the GeneaNet Newsletter < http://genealogyblog.geneanet.org/ > By Jean-Yves BAXTER. Accessed 08 November 2011. Links and citations are provided to allow access to the complete article.}

Quebec’s Earliest Settlers Left Strongest Genetic Imprint on Province

Postmedia News Nov 3, 2011 By Marianne White

QUEBEC — The first settlers to colonize the wilderness of northeastern Quebec had more offspring and were more successful in passing on their genes than those who followed, according to a genealogical research published Thursday in the journal Science.
The study, conducted by Canadian and Swiss researchers, looked at the genealogy of more than 1.2 million Canadians in the recently colonized Quebec regions of Charlevoix and Saguenay-Lac St. Jean.

Access to the complete article: < http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/11/03/quebecs-earliest-settlers-left-strongest-genetic-imprint-on-province-study/ >.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Restrictions of Access to Records

(NSGS News Editor: Below are excerpts from two articles that were recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. Both articles contain information that may be of interest to NSGS Members. The Social Security Administration is changing the Social Security Death Index and the State of Virginia may further restrict access to vital records. Members of the genealogy community should voice their opinions concerning these important changes. Links are provided to allow access to the complete articles.)

The following information is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com. (Accessed 02 November 2011)

Important Changes Made to the Public Death Master File (DMF) and the Social Security Death Index (SSDI)

Effective yesterday, 01 November 2011, the Social Security Administration (SSA) changed its policy on what records it will use as source material for adding new entries in the Public Death Master File (DMF) which, in turn, is used to create the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).

The Agency decided that it can no longer use state death records to add new entries to the DMF. Furthermore, the SSA will remove approximately 4.2 million records currently on the SSDI because those entries were…

Link to complete article: < http://ssa-custhelp.ssa.gov/ci/fattach/get/601/ >.



FGS Asks Your Assistance to Fight Virginia Records Access Restrictions
The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies:
November 2, 2011 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), in conjunction with the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC), calls upon its members as well as the genealogy community to help fight increased restrictions to Virginia vital records – records that are important to the genealogy research process.

Link to complete article:
http://www.geneabloggers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/20111101-Memo-re-VA-Vital-Records.pdf