Friday, October 21, 2011

RootsMagic Genealogy Software & Book at 55% off - Only $19.89

The following is from Family Roots Publishing Co.

RootsMagic Genealogy Software & Book at 55% off - Only $19.89

Family Roots Publishing is again offering a package deal of the RootsMagic 4 software (full version) and “Getting the Most Out of RootsMagic” a 336-page book for over 55% off. Normally $44.90 for the two items, we’re making them available for just $19.89 – the best price ever offered on the finest genealogy software available today! Better yet, the package is for the CD-ROM of the software and the perfect-bound soft-cover book – not Internet downloads. There is no catch to the offer. This is the latest software and book. No new version will be coming out in the next few weeks. In this case a deal too good to be true really is true! This offer is good for all orders received before midnight MDT Monday, November 7, 2011 –so order now! 

Mac Users are in Luck! RootsMagic 4 is a Windows program, but it runs great on the Mac under Crossover. The only limitations found thus far are that you can’t import directly from Legacy or Family Tree Maker. You have to use GEDCOM. And since GenSmarts isn’t CrossOver compatible, you can’t run GenSmarts with your RootsMagic on a Mac. Beyond that, everything else seems to work just like it does on your PC. Crossover doesn’t require you to load a Windows operating system (as with Parallels), and it’s only $29.96 if ordered at As someone who used Parallels to run my RootsMagic program, I can vouch for the fact that using Crossover is much better – it really makes running RootsMagic seamless. 

Note that we’re also offering free shipping on all purchases over $25, so just spend a few more dollars on genealogy books, magazines or products, and the postage is free. 
Click here for details about the program, book and this special offer limited-time offer. 

RootsMagic is an award-winning genealogy software that makes researching, organizing, and sharing your family history easy! Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced professional, RootsMagic is the perfect tool for you! 

The Main Screen
RootsMagic has five main views, plus a sidebar for easier navigation. You switch between the views by simply clicking on the tab for the desired view. All views are fully navigatible using either the mouse or arrow keys. Double clicking on a person’s name brings up the data entry screen for that person. You can even open multiple databases side by side.

The Edit Screen
The RootsMagic edit screen lets you add an unlimited number of facts for every person (i.e. birth, death, marriage, occupation, religion, description, etc). If you want to add a fact type that isn’t in RootsMagic’s predefined list, you can simply create your own fact types. RootsMagic also allows notes and unlimited source citations for every fact.
Every piece of information on a person is available from this one screen… name, parent and spouse info, personal and family facts, DNA test results, alternate names, or LDS information. You can directly access the notes, sources, media, and more for every item. 

The RootsMagic Explorer
The RootsMagic Explorer is the heart of RootsMagic’ search system. The Explorer makes it easy to find and edit anyone in your file. Quickly search by surname or given names, or perform sophisticated searches easily. Even find women by their married names.
And you can easily edit any person in the search list with the click of a single button. 

Sources – Documenting Your Family History
RootsMagic provides a powerful source list hatt lets you add, edit, delete, and print the sources of your information. Simply add the source once, then when you add a fact to a person and want to document where that information came from, you simply point to the source in the source list.

And best of all, the RootsMagic SourceWizard will help you write properly formatted sources regardless of your expertise. Quickly and easily create sources as defined by Evidence!, Evidence Explained, or Cite Your Sources. You can even create your own source types. 

Printing Reports
RootsMagic offers a large selection of printouts, all available from a single report dialog. Pedigree charts, family group sheets, wall charts, 7 styles of narrative reports (where RootsMagic writes the sentences for you), numerous lists, mailing labels, calendars, relationship charts, individual summaries, and photo trees. And if that isn’t enough, RootsMagic even provides a custom report generator, so you can create your own specialized lists. Since we can’t possibly show you all the printouts, you can download a free trial copy of RootsMagic to try them for yourself. 

Publish Your Family History
Publishing your family history has never been easier. The RootsMagic Publisher lets you combine multiple reports and charts into a single document, and will automatically create a table of contents and full index for the book. You can include photos, notes, sources and other text in your book. You can even add cover and title pages, copyright page, dedication, and more.

Send your book directly to your printer, or save it to a PDF file to burn on a CD or email to family members. 

Create Spectacular Wall Charts
RootsMagic lets you create beautiful full color ancestor, descendant, and hourglass wall charts. You have full control over the positioning, size, colors, fonts, and other aspects of every object in the chart. With simple mouse control you can resize an individual’s box, or drag it to another location on the canvas without breaking the family links. You can change colors of individual boxes, or change the font or color of the text in the boxes. You can even customize your chart by adding additional text, pictures, or shapes to the chart, and you can change the background image or color. 

Make Shareable CDs
You’ve worked hard to collect and organize your family history, and now RootsMagic makes it easy to share that history with your family and friends. Your Shareable CD will feature a custom home page with your own title, photo, description, and contact information, and will include a read-only version of RootsMagic to show off your data and multimedia items.

Map Your Family
RootsMagic 4 now lets you view your family on a map. Simply select a family member from the list and RootsMagic will display the map (anywhere in the world), with pins where that person’s events (birth, marriage, death, burial, etc) occurred. 

Merging Duplicate Records
RootsMagic provides the most powerful and easy to use merge capabilities available. RootsMagic will automatically look for duplicate individuals and display them in a list with the most likely matches listed first. Simply click a button to merge the duplicate pair, or mark them as “not a match” so that they won’t show up in any future merge sessions. Plus, RootsMagic features SmartMerge technology to let you quickly merge all those “for certain” duplicates. 

Website Generator
RootsMagic can generate professional looking web sites automatically from your data, in narrative format, pedigree chart format, family group sheet format, or a combination pedigree / family group sheet format. If you want to see some websites created by RootsMagic, click here to bring up a Google search of some websites created by RootsMagic users (remember that users can choose their own colors and layouts and may have modified these websites somewhat). 

RootMagic Updates
RootsMagic is regularly updated by means of free Internet downloads. Registered users, receiving the freeRootsMagic News newsletter will be notified whenever updates are available. Users can expect quite a number of updates between full Versions of the software, at which time users are notified that a new version is available. Unlike some of the other commercial genealogy programs, RootsMagic doesn’t compel their users to purchase full upgrade Versions every year. 

In short, what more could you ask for? RootsMagic 4 is a terrific program, which we heartily endorse. 

RootsMagic is the easiest genealogy software available, yet many people will barely begin to use RootsMagic’s features. If you are one of these people, then Getting the Most Out of RootsMagic is the book for you.

You start with basic data entry and continue by learning advanced techniques such as custom reports, citing sources, GEDCOM, creating user-defined facts, scanning images, and merging.
Mix that with time saving shortcuts, and you soon will have a strong understanding of RootsMagic and its hidden powers.

This 336-page book is written by Bruce Buzbee, the author of RootsMagic.
Click here for details about the program, book and this special offer limited-time offer.

Over 3.5 million Irish Prison Records (1790-1920) now online

The following is from FindMyPast.

·         Launch of exclusive access to the Irish Prison Registers 1790-1920
·         Over 3.5 million entries across 130,000 pages
·         Drunkenness the most common offence – accounting for 25% of cases

Today, launched online for the first time the Irish Prison Registers 1790-1920, one of the greatest untapped resources for those tracing their Irish roots.

The original Prison Registers, held at the National Archives of Ireland, cover all types of custodial institutions, from bridewells, to county prisons, to sanatoriums for alcoholics. They contain over 3.5 million entries, spread over 130,000 pages, with most records giving comprehensive details of the prisoner, including: name, address, place of birth, occupation, religion, education, age, physical description, name and address of next of kin, crime committed, sentence, dates of committal and release/decease.

The registers offer a real insight into 18th-19th century Ireland. They present evidence of a society of rebellion and social confrontation, where rioting and assault of police officers were everyday occurrences, and of rampant poverty and destitution, with the theft of everything from handkerchiefs to turnips.

The reasons for incarceration cover all types of crime but unsurprisingly perhaps the most common offence was drunkenness, which accounted for over 30% of all crimes reported and over 25% of incarcerations. The top five offences recorded in the registers are:
1.    Drunkenness - 25%
2.    Theft - 16%
3.    Assault - 12%
4.    Vagrancy - 8%
5.    Rioting - 4%

The nature of these crimes was significantly different from those recorded in the UK. The rate of conviction for drunkenness and tax evasion was three times greater, and the rate of both destruction of property and prostitution were double what they were in the UK for the same time period.1

The records are full of individuals who were arrested for very minor offences, for example a record from the Cork City Gaol Court Book lists an arrest for Giles O’Sullivan (26), with no education and no previous convictions, on the 30th of March 1848 for being “a dangerous and suspicious character”. Other examples of the heavy hand of the law can be seen in the case of John Cunningham from Finglas (21) who was arrested for “Washing a car on a thoroughfare” and young Christopher Doyle (14) arrested “for being an idle, disorderly rogue and vagabond”.

The Irish population averaged 4.08 million over this time period2 and with over 3.5 million names listed in the prison records, it is clear to see how almost every family in Ireland was affected somehow.

Brian Donovan, Director of, comments: “These records provide an invaluable resource for anyone tracing their Irish ancestors, as during the period covered almost every household in Ireland had a convict in their family. These records provide such a wealth of information that they are sure to shock and surprise almost anyone looking for the missing links in their Irish family tree.”

1.    British Parliamentary Papers (1864)
2.    Vaughan, W.E. & Fitzpatrick, A.J. Irish Historical Statistics: Population 1821-1971, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin.

ABOUT is the world’s most comprehensive Irish family history website, providing easy-to-search, online access to some of the most significant Irish records that have ever been made available. This new site is a joint venture between two experts in the field:, one of the leading family history websites and part of the brightsolid family, while Eneclann is an award-winning Trinity College Campus Company specialising in genealogical and historical research and the publication of historical records.

Based in Dublin, has a dedicated team committed to providing the best experience possible when researching Irish family history.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

RootsTech 2012 - Special Rates for FH Consultants

The following is from RootsTech.

Important RootsTech Information

We are excited to announce the second annual RootsTech conference, sponsored by FamilySearch. It will be held on February 2–4, 2012, at the Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The RootsTech conference will have something for everyone. Genealogists of all skill levels will learn new technology-based approaches to their research. Researchers with a strong interest in technology will have the opportunity to test new products or solutions and provide feedback for technology creators.

The conference will also feature an exciting blend of speakers, workshops, and demonstrations. The speakers include D. Joshua Taylor, Lisa Louise Cook, Stephen P. Morse, Dan Lynch, Geoff Rasmussen, and others, as well as many experts from FamilySearch.

For Consultants

As a consultant, you can save on your conference registration fee if you register by November 30. The fee for early consultant registration is $89 (a savings of $100). The code to use for early registration is RT89. Just click here to register, click on Full Conference Pass, and use the above code.

There will be a limited number of free classes announced at a later time for consultants who do not wish to participate in the full conference.  Details on those classes will follow in a future notice.
We look forward to your participation in this second annual RootsTech conference.

Turning Youth to Their Fathers Through New Youth Website

The following is from FamilySearch.

Youth learning more about Temple and Family History work
Ward councils can strengthen children and youth by encouraging them to discover their ancestors, serve others by taking part in family history and temple work, and experience the blessings that result from participation in this great endeavor.
Ward leaders can encourage youth to act on Elder David A. Bednar’s invitation by using the resources found at (or

Special features on the family history youth site

On the site, leaders can: 

  • Watch Elder Bednar talk to youth about the Spirit of Elijah, and listen to their experiences (3:19 minutes). Additional testimonies of youth and their experiences with family history and temple work can be found at
  • Guide youth to work through each of the five steps to prepare an ancestor’s name for the temple and to attend the temple to do baptisms and confirmations for their own ancestors. Each step has an instructional video that youth can explore.
  • Encourage youth to share their experience on the family history youth blog, and invite them to look to see what others are saying.
  • Discuss with youth their ideas on how they can serve others after viewing the suggestions shown at 


What are youth saying on the blog?

 Emily S. says:
“I think it is so cool that the Church has a site for us to do our family history! I got on the website the day Elder Bednar told the youth to work on family history. I had always thought that it was more of an adult job, but now I know that it's mostly up to the youth. I'm so excited to start working on it, and I'm looking forward to the day that I will be able to take my ancestors' names to the temple.”
Autumn Arlyse D. says:
“It's so cool that they've made a site for the youth to learn how to do family history! I can't wait to get started. I've been doing indexing for about six months and it's pretty fun to do.”

Suggestions for leaders

Assign a family history consultant to provide back up for questions or issues relating to Familysearch.
Encourage youth to share stories about their ancestors in ward meetings.

Words from an Apostle

In the October 2011 general conference, Elder Bednar invited children and youth of the Church “to learn about and experience the Spirit of Elijah”; “to study, to search out your ancestors, and to prepare yourselves to perform proxy baptisms in the house of the Lord for your kindred dead”; and “to help other people identify their family histories.” Elder Bednar promised that through participation in family history efforts, young people would “be safeguarded in your youth and throughout your lives.” See the full text of Elder Bednar’s talk at

Monday, October 17, 2011

Online Film Ordering for all of North America

The following was on the LDS-Ward-Consultant Mailing List.

For those of you who are not directors, but would like to learn how Online Film Ordering works, visit You will see a link that says *Ordering Help*. Click that and then click the
*User Guide* link for a .pdf document that walks you though ordering films.

On 19 October, the last area of North America will have been moved to this way of ordering films and Inventory Manager will be "turned off" for all of North America and Church Distribution will no longer accept film orders by
telephone. So, if you have not yet learned about this new method of ordering. please visit our website and get acquainted with it.

We have a team of support agents who will be more than happy to answer any questions you have. From the Online Film Ordering website (see above), click *Feedback* which you'll see along the upper right side of the screen. Then
click *Contact FamilySearch* in the list on the right. You will be able to speak to us by telephone, by email, or by live chat.

Nancy Tychonievich
Patron Services - Online Film Ordering Team

Family History Library November Research Series & Workshop

The following is from the Salt Lake Family History Library.

Family History Library to Hold Free German Research Series
SALT LAKE CITY — On Saturday, November 5, 2011, the Family History Library is offering an all-day seminar on German Research.  The topics include:  “Using German Church Records,” “New Internet Sources and Resources,” “Ask an Expert – Q & A Period,” “Essential Tools:  Online Gazetteers and Maps,” and “More Tools for Solving Research Problems.”  Classes will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.

To view the class schedule online, go to  Classes will be held in the B1 classroom on the first lower level 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. 

Family History Library to Hold Free American Indian Workshop
SALT LAKE CITY — On Saturday, November 5, 2011, the Family History Library is offering a workshop on American Indian Research.  The workshop will run from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

To view the class schedule online, go to  The workshop 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. 

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Parish records added to

The following is from Genes Reunited.


UK family history site Genes Reunited have added Parish records to their growing record collection.

Today sees the launch of over 35 million baptism, marriage and burial records for England and Wales dating back to 1538.

Parish records are an important source for family historians allowing them to trace their ancestors back further than 1837.  The Parish records added to Boyd's Marriage Index 1538 - 1840 and Boyd's 1st Miscellaneous Series 1538 - 1775 supplied by the Society of Genealogists.

Genes Reunited have worked in partnership with the Federation of Family History Societies and local family history experts who have supplied many of the records.  In total there are over 12 million baptism records, over 15 million marriage records and just over 8 million burial records.

The newly added parish records are available online at and can be viewed on a pay per view basis or Platinum members can choose to add on one or more of the record sets to their package at a low cost.

Rhoda Breakell, Head of Genes Reunited comments: "Now that the Parish records are available online they are easily accessible to everyone.  Even if you do not know where your ancestors were before 1837, you can now search for them in over 35 million records online at Genes Reunited."

About Genes Reunited
Genes Reunited was launched in 2003 as a sister-site to the Internet phenomenon Friends Reunited. Since then it has grown to become the UK's largest genealogy website.
It marked a revolution in genealogy and ancestry by combining them with Internet social-networking. Members are able to build their family tree by posting it on the site and investigating which ancestors they share with other members. They can also search historical records such as census, birth, marriage, death and military records.
Genes Reunited has over 11 million members and over 750 million names listed. One new name is added to the site every single second.

Ohana Software Webinars

The following is from Ohana Software.

FamilyInsight: Overview
Presenter: Cina Johnson 
Ohana Software 
The Surrey Stake Family History Centre is having a genealogy conference and we have been invited to present a class on FamilyInsight.  Although the class is for their conference, you are invited to join us for this session.  The overview will cover each mode (function) in FamilyInsight so that you will have a better understanding of FamilyInsight’s power and versatility.

Saturday, October 15, 2011          Register Now
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM MDT 

Presenter: Thomas Jay Kemp 
Director, Genealogy Products - NewsBank, inc. 
This session will give you the tips you need to make sure you get the most from an obituary notice. Recognize the clues that will help you extend your family tree.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011        Register Now
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM MDT

The Power of DNA in Unlocking Family Relationship
Presenter: Ugo Perego 
Sorenson Moleculare Genealogy Foundation/Genetree 
The Power of DNA in Unlocking Family Relationships: This lecture will provide a general overview on how genetic testing can be of great assistance to family historians to trace, verify, expand, and link genealogical records and pedigrees. Particularly, we will cover the paternally-inherited Y chromosome and the maternally-inherited mitochondrial DNA with the purposes of showing how these two markers can play a powerful role in the search for our ancestors and of our deep roots. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011         Register Now
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM MST

SharingTime: Increasing Productivity on new FamilySearch
Presenter: Cina Johnson 
Ohana Software 
Learn how to increase your productivity using Sharing Time (TM), a new tool from Real-Time Collaboration (TM), that integrates into the FamilySearch (TM) website.SharingTime allows you to:
* Quickly link to and auto-search dozens of Internet resources
* E-mail collaborators in seconds
* Focus your research on ancestors that are closest to being ready for temple work
* Tag records
* See where your ancestors lived
* Identify individuals without parents (end of line)
Join us and learn how you can use SharingTime to your advantage!

Saturday, November 5, 2011          Register Now
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM MDT 

Thursday, October 06, 2011

FamilySearch Records Update 5 October 2011

The following is from FamilySearch.

Browse 5 Million Free Historic Philippines Civil Registraton Records Online

New records also added for Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Spain and the U.S

5 October 2011

More than seven million records were added to this week, including five million digital civil registration images from the Philippines from 1945–1980. Have ancestors from Europe? New digital images of historic records from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy and Spain may be helpful. Find your ancestors now at

Searchable records on are made possible by thousands of volunteers from around the world who transcribe (index) the information from handwritten records to make them easily searchable by computer. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to help accelerate this great initiative to preserve and provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records. To learn more about the FamilySearch indexing program, visit

Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537-18880106,488Added browsable images to existing collection.
Belgium Civil Registration, 1795-19200345,558Added browsable images to existing collection.
Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900025,288Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Land Records 1450-18500170,322Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Civil Registration, 1806-1940021,660Added browsable images to existing collection for Cuneo, Genova, Treviso.
Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Civil Registration, 1859-200008,888Added browsable images to existing collection.
Peru, Civil Registration, 1874-1978066,191Added browsable images to existing collection.
Philippines, Civil Registration, 1945-198005,246,424Added browsable images to existing collection.
Spain, Catastro of Ensenada, 1749-17560633,283Added browsable images to existing collection.
Spain, Valencia, Miscellaneous Records, 1251-19500221,334New browsable image collection.
U.S., Arkansas, Sebastian County Births and Deaths, 1877-19635,7190New index.
U.S.,California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records, 1899-201101,277Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Florida, Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications, 1885-19550101,513New browsable image collection.
U.S., Idaho, Clark County Records, 1884-199803,185Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Indiana, Marriages, 1811-195955,3390Added records to existing collection.
U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-191711,812281,396Added images and index to existing collection.
U.S., Oregon, Columbia County Records, 1854-1958047,375New browsable image collection.
U.S., Utah, Probate Records, 1851-1961023,527New browsable image collection. 

 International 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 has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

GeneTree fantastic Family History Month Sale!

The following is from GeneTree.

GeneTree - Revolutionizing Genealogy

Family History Month Sale

October is Family History Month and GeneTree is having a HUGE sale to celebrate families!

Y DNA 46 marker test is now *$99.00
mtDNA test is now *$129.00
* regular price is $179.00 each

Preserve your family'€™s genetic record by ordering a test for you or a family member and enjoy the savings!
To order now go to the Genetree Store
Sale runs through October 11, 2011.

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