FamilySearch researchers are constantly looking for ways to improve the efficiency of the indexing process, and they are also discovering ways to make better use of indexing work that has already been performed. The results of their research should warm the heart of every person who has ever indexed or arbitrated a batch of records. Full Story
FamilySearch’s Top 10 Most Searched Record Collections: Collection 5—United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918
In the early 1900s, the world was engulfed in its first world war. Millions of young men were sent to fight as soldiers in foreign lands. Today, more than 24 million draft registration cards of those young soldiers are available for free to genealogists and family historians to view and glean valuable information from. These draft records are now available as the United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918.
FamilySearch Adds More Than 3.3 Million Indexed Records and Images to Collections from El Salvador and the United States
FamilySearch adds more than 3.3 million indexed records and images to El Salvador and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 2,259,307 indexed records and images from the U.S., Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820–1891 collection; the 392,161 images from the United States, Freedmen’s Bureau, Records of the Assistant Commissioner, 1865–1872 collection; and the 49,136 indexed records from the El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704–1977 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org. Full Story
MyHeritage, one of FamilySearch’s partners, has just announced the addition of more than 900 million historical records from around the world. This new addition is a major milestone for the enhancement of MyHeritage’s online record collection. It spotlights the value of partnerships and working together with other industry leaders to make available the world’s records to anyone searching for their roots. To learn more about this recent enhancement of MyHeritage’s online records, read their recent press release. Full Story
Everyone who attends the Roots Tech Conference in Salt Lake City knows the importance of family history. The problem lies in the fact that a good portion of our family history is in an easy-to-destroy paper format. The mission of of EZ Photo Scan, Kodak Alaris, and Association of Professional Organizers is to put an end to losing your family’s precious memories. By bringing your photo collections and books of genealogical information to the EZ Scan Photo booth, you have the opportunity to scan these precious memories and preserve your family’s story, absolutely free. Full Story
RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, is pleased to announce the eight semifinalists in the annual Innovator Challenge. The Innovator Challenge is a first of its kind global competition to encourage developers to create apps and technology based experiences that will shape the future of the family history industry. Out of 51 total entries, these eight we selected by a panel of independent judges as worthy of moving forward in the competition.
During the month of February, the Family History Library will be hosting a number of free online family history classes as well as a Boy Scout genealogy merit badge workshop. These classes and workshops are designed to help individuals and families find their ancestors and teach important family history techniques. They are free to the public. Information about specific classes is listed below, as well as information on how to register for classes. Full Story
Findmypast.com specializes in British (U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand) family history research. If you have a family tree on the FamilySearch website and want to create a tree in findmypast.com with the data from your Family Tree, you can do so quite easily. To do so, go to the findmypast homepage and hover your cursor over the My Family Tree tab on the top navigation menu. You will be able to see the options available to you. Select Create a tree. Full Story
On Thursday, Jan 22nd FamilySearch began displaying 570 million additional historical record hints for ancestors in Family Tree. With this release, over 120 million Family Tree ancestors, with no attached sources, now have potential records to document their vital information. A significant percentage of these records also reference new family members previously not identified but who can be added to Family Tree relationships. Full Story