Sunday, July 20, 2014

FamilySearch Indexing: Reminder-We Need You on July 20 and 21

The following is from FamilySearch.

50,000 indexers and arbitrators. 24 hours. One history-making event. All that is needed is YOU!



The international record-setting event is fast approaching! The goal? For 50,000 indexers and arbitrators to submit at least one batch in a 24-hour period! Do more if you would like, but one batch is all that is required to be counted in the record! Please join volunteers from around the world on July 20 and 21 for this international history-making event!

This remarkable goal will require help from every current indexer and arbitrator out there, plus many new volunteers,* but it can be achieved if generous volunteers like you commit to participate. So mark your calendar, and spread the word! Invite friends and family to join you. Organize an indexing party; create a fun family challenge or ward service project. You can print and distribute this poster to spread the word. Everyone is needed. Everyone can make a difference! 

Need more motivation? No matter where you live or what language you speak, you can lift where you stand and add to this historic worldwide achievement. You may choose to work on any project you prefer. However, we suggest that you work on the following projects in your native language:
  • US-Obituaries, 1980-2014
  • US-Passport Applications, 1795-1925
  • US, New Orleans-Passenger Lists, 1820-1902
  • UK, Manchester-Parish Registers, 1787-1999
The record-setting begins at 00:00 coordinated universal time (UTC) on July 21, which is 6:00 p.m. mountain daylight time (MDT or Utah time) on Sunday, July 20. It ends 24 hours later, at 23:59 UTC (or 5:59 p.m. MDT) on Monday, July 21. Check the FamilySearch Facebook event page for your local start time and status updates. 

One batch is all it takes. Don’t miss your chance on July 20 and 21 to be part of this history-making event! Plan now to get involved and add your name to the record-setting legacy! 
Thank you for helping to hasten the work of salvation!

*New indexers can visit https://familysearch.org/indexing/ to learn more about how to join the FamilySearch indexing effort. 

FamilySearch New Collections Update 19 July 2014

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FamilySearch Collections UpdateJuly 19, 2014
 

FamilySearch Adds More Than 2 Million Indexed Records and Images to Brazil, England, Germany, Isle of Man, Netherlands, and the United States

FamilySearch has added more than 2 million indexed records and images to collections from Brazil, England, Germany, Isle of Man, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 148,960 images from the England, Durham, Diocese of Durham Original Wills, 1650–1857, collection; the 91,952 indexed records from the South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895–1972, collection; and the 804,247 indexed records and images from U.S., Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878–1922, 1959–1994, 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.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org .

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Collection
Indexed Records
Digital Images
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0
147,861
Added images to an existing collection.
3,384
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection.
0
48,167
New browsable image collection.
0
32,085
New browsable image collection.
0
1,842
New browsable image collection.
0
148,960
New browsable image collection.
0
24,327
Added indexed records to an existing collection.
13,929
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection.
0
7,217
Added images to an existing collection.
905
0
Added images to an existing collection.
0
535
Added images to an existing collection.
91,952
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection.
0
61,984
New browsable image collection.
0
3,927
New browsable image collection.
0
1,449
Added images to an existing collection
0
3,199
Added images to an existing collection.
0
451,656
New browsable image collection.
169,857
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection.
0
36,101
New browsable image collection.
751,805
52,442
New indexed records and images collection.
637
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection.
0
25,819
Added images to an existing collection.

Ancestry and ProQuest Announce Expanded Distribution Agreement

The following is from ProQuest.

Market leaders expand agreement to provide highly regarded resources for libraries, researchers, and family history enthusiasts

PROVO, UT and ANN ARBOR, MI, June 27, 2014 – Ancestry, the world's largest online family history resource, and ProQuest announced today an expanded agreement to create broader and deeper opportunities to deliver premier genealogy resources to libraries worldwide. Under the new multi-year agreement, ProQuest will be distributor of both existing products, including Ancestry Library Edition, and future Ancestry products. The agreement also allows for significant content and feature improvements to ProQuest’s HeritageQuest Online. These enhancements will be developed in the coming months and powered by Ancestry.
“We are pleased to announce our expanded strategic relationship with ProQuest,” said Brian Hansen, Ancestry vice president of emerging businesses. “We look forward to working together to create new and enhanced resources for libraries that uniquely respond to the needs of this growing market.”
“This new agreement expands on our 10-year relationship with Ancestry to deliver leading solutions for our customers," said Simon Beale, senior vice president and general manager, ProQuest. "We're leveraging the synergies between our companies, bringing together skills and talents in way that will advance the family history services libraries can offer their patrons.”
Ancestry Library Edition, powered by Ancestry and distributed by ProQuest, brings the world’s largest online family history resource directly to libraries. Featuring more than 13 billion records in more than 8,000 unique databases, Ancestry Library Edition is an unparalleled online global record collection from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and beyond.
HeritageQuest Online, which can be accessed from anywhere, is a strong complement to Ancestry Library Edition. HeritageQuest Online is a treasury of American genealogical sources, including the digitized version of the popular ProQuest Genealogy & Local History book collection and other valuable content.
About Ancestry
Ancestry is the world's largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 14 billion records have been added to the Ancestry.com sites and users have created more than 60 million family trees containing more than 6 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, the company operates several global Ancestry international websites along with a suite of online family history brands, including Archives.com, Fold3.com, Newspapers.com, and offers the AncestryDNA service via its subsidiary, Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, all of which are designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.
About ProQuest (www.proquest.com)
ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company’s products are a gateway to the world’s knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and ebooks. ProQuest technologies serve users across the critical points in research, helping them discover, access, share, create and manage information.

Heritage Collector - Storybook Fun Webinar

The following is from Heritage Collector.

Storybook FunWebinarTuesday July 22
 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MDT

Have Fun Making Storybook Pages

Learn new ways to document and share your family stories to young children in a fun and very unique way.

At this class, you will learn that sharing a family history can be exciting, fun, and easy to do.



Best Wishes
Marlo E. Schuldt
President
LifeStory Productions, Inc.