What’s New at FamilySearch? – Week of July 20, 2012

One of the most popular genealogy websites is FamilySearch. It is run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and is free to use. Genealogists of all faiths, or who have no religious beliefs, are welcome to use the website. They frequently add records and other useful information to FamilySearch. Here is what’s new at FamilySearch this week. This week, FamilySearch added 76 Million new records. All of them are free for genealogists to access. State census, naturalization, immigration, and vital records for 22 states were added this week. This includes Ohio, New Jersey, New York, and … Continue reading

The “Family History” of Archives.com

By now, you have probably heard the news about Ancestry.com buying Archives.com. Before this sale, Archives.com was owned by a company called Inflection.com. How much do you know about the “family history” of Archives.com? It is rather interesting! Inflection.com is the original parent company for Archives.com. Recently, they sold that portion of their company to Ancestry.com for $100 million. There is a very interesting infographic of a timeline on the Inflection.com website that talks about the history of Archives.com. The timeline starts, or perhaps ends, (depending on which way you are looking at it), with the date April 25, 2012. … Continue reading

Ancestry.com Buys Archives.com for $100 Million

Ancestry.com Inc., which has one of the most popular genealogy websites, Ancestry.com, is buying Archives.com. This purchase will allow Ancestry.com to reach a portion of the genealogy market that the Archives website was able to acquire. Are you using either of these genealogy websites? Ancestry.com started as a publishing company in 1983. They are now the world’s largest online resource for family history. They have more than 1.8 million paying subscribers worldwide. They have more than 9 billion historical records. There are more than 115 million photographs, scanned documents, and written stories on the website, and there have been 34 … Continue reading

RootsTech and the Book Vendors

The organizers of RootsTech 2012 caused quite a bit of drama when they decided to ban book vendors from their exhibition space. Many genealogy bloggers have spoken out against that decision. Since then, RootsTech choose to revise its original decision, and allow at least some book vendors at RootsTech 2012. There are many genealogists who have taken the time to write a book about the things that they have learned in their years of research. These books could be about how to get the most out of a search through a particular archive, where to go to find records from … Continue reading

Genealogy Podcast Roundup – Week of November 29, 2011

The weekly Genealogy Podcast Roundup is back! This is where to find a good, informative, genealogy podcast to listen to. You might also find episodes of podcasts that are new to you, or that do not always talk about genealogy related topics. NPR has an episode of “Morning Edition” that was released on November 29, 2011. This episode is called “Holocaust Database Helps Families Complete Stories”. This episode talks about the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry.com’s “World Memory Project”. The project allows people to sift through online documents in a much easier way than was previously available to genealogists. … Continue reading

Genealogy Resources for Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day is a time to remember, and honor, your relatives and ancestors who served in the military. Genealogists can find plenty of online resources that they can use to help discover more about their ancestors who served in the military. Some photo archives are especially interesting, even if they are not specifically about an ancestor of yours. Ancestry.com has the world’s largest online collection of historical military documents. There is a guide you can download that gives you advice about how to find the answers that you are looking for on their website. You can search through their Revolutionary … Continue reading

Genealogy Podcast Roundup – Week of October 11, 2011

Once again, it is time for the Genealogy Podcast Roundup. This is where to find the newest episodes of your favorite genealogy podcasts. It is also where to go to find interesting genealogy podcasts that are new to you. GeneaBloggers has an episode that was released on October 7, 2011. This episode is called “Ethnic Genealogy”. This episode is hosted by Angela Walton-Raji, (of the African Roots Podcast). She speaks with Linda Geiger, who talks about Native American research, and Lisa B. Lee who talks about Black Canadian research. African Roots Podcast released episode number 131 on October 7, 2011. … Continue reading

Genealogy Podcast Roundup – Week of October 4, 2011

Every week, you can turn to the Genealogy Podcast Roundup for some excellent suggestions about what genealogy related podcasts you should be listening to. Some of them are dedicated entirely to genealogy concepts, and others touch on genealogy related topics once in a while. GeneaBloggers has an episode that was released on September 30, 2011. This episode is called “Digging Deeper: Dealing with Conflicting Genealogy Evidence”. Myrt of DearMYRTLE is the host of this episode. She speaks with special guest Barbara Mathews, who is a certified genealogist and the author of “The Demanding Genealogist” blog. She also speaks with special … Continue reading

Genealogy Podcast Roundup – Week of September 27, 2011

Each and every week, the Genealogy Podcast Roundup brings you brand new episodes of your favorite genealogy related podcasts. This week, there is a new, upcoming, podcast, that you may want to start listening to. Family Tree Magazine released their September 2011 episode on September 26, 2011. Host Lisa Louise Cooke talks about a book called “The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox” that you can get through Family Tree Magazine. Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad brings you genealogy related news from the Blogosphere. This week, she discusses Archives.com’s plans to add all the US census records, and Ancestry.com’s offer of free access to … Continue reading

Genealogy Podcast Roundup – Week of September 20, 2011

Every week, the Genealogy Podcast Roundup brings you new and interesting episodes of podcasts that focus on different aspects of genealogy. This quick list makes it easy for you to find the newest episode of your favorite genealogy podcast, as well as some new ones that you may want to listen to. Genealogy Gems released episode number 118 on September 17, 2011. The title of this episode is “Grandmas and Grandpas, Free Transcription Software, PERSI, and more”. There is a lot going on in this episode! The hosts want you to call the show, and tell the unusual terms of … Continue reading