Eastern Washington Genealogical Society September Meeting

The June 2020 meeting of EWGS has been cancelled.

“The September 12th meeting for EWGS will feature the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower. Jerri McCoy will be our speaker. The Program committee “zoomed” on Monday and thought it would be nice to recognize the society members that have Mayflower ancestors. Depending on how many Mayflower Descendants we have, the member might give a brief talk about who, where and how they are connected to this ancestor. Please contact me, Juanita McBride by August 15th at Juanita.m.mcbride@gmail.com.”

“SAVE THE DATE! – Blaine Bettinger will be our featured speaker for our all-day seminar on March 6th 2021. More details to come!”

MyHeritage Knowledge Base

As a company dedicated to family history, we at MyHeritage greatly appreciate what you do. We believe that information about genealogy should be easily accessible to anyone who wants it.

That’s why we created the MyHeritage Knowledge Base: a dedicated educational website chock-full of quality articles, webinars, and how-to videos on a wide range of topics relating to genealogy and DNA. Available in 10 languages, the site is updated every week with new content. The Knowledge Base is completely free to access and no registration is required.

I believe your members will find the website helpful, and would like to suggest sharing the link with them alongside some examples of content they may enjoy. Here are a couple of suggestions:

How to Get the Most Out of Your Family Site: An article describing how to fully harness the potential of your free family site on MyHeritage. Learn to personalize the site, add photos, invite family members to collaborate, and more.

Hidden Content Treasures You Might Have Missed at MyHeritage: An eye-opening webinar with our Director of Content Operations introducing you to some of the lesser-known — but extremely valuable — record collections on MyHeritage.

Integrating Old Photos Into Your Family History Research: A webinar on the importance of photos in genealogy research. Learn how to analyze photos, upload them to a personal MyHeritage website, and tag the people you’ll want to stay connected to on MyHeritage.

Feel free to share these links and descriptions with your members, or to peruse the site to find the content that’s perfect for them. Just remember to share only the link to the article and a short description — that way your members can click through and explore the content as well as the rest of the site if they wish. We’d also appreciate it if you could keep us posted when you share the content.

I hope you and your members find the Knowledge Base a helpful and enlightening resource.

Wishing you the best of health!  Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert

MyHeritage (USA) Inc.,
2975 Executive Parkway,
Lehi, Utah

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition May 21, 2020
Thank you to all who have renewed their membership, especially those who included a donation with your renewal.
We are so grateful for your loyalty and support.
Renew Now
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member! gfo.org | 503-963-1932 | info@gfo.org Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
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MyHeritage Free Military Records

In honor of Memorial Day, we’re offering free access to all military records on MyHeritage from May 20–26, 2020. 

Search all military records on MyHeritage 

Many of us may have a relative or ancestor who served in the military. We invite you to pay tribute to these heroes and honor their legacy by learning more about them through military records. 

The MyHeritage collection consists of 57 million records and includes draft, enlistment, and service records, pension records, and other military documents from North America and around the world, dating back to the American Revolutionary War in the late 18th century. 

Please use and share this video.

2020-05-20 14_41_22-Memorial Day 2020 - YouTube

We’re also hosting 2 Facebook Live events about military records in the coming days: 

Searching Military Records on MyHeritage

Tune in TODAY, May 20 at 1 P.M. EDT as Thomas MacEntee shares how to leverage MyHeritage’s vast collection of military records to learn more about your family history. 

Breaking Through Brick Walls with Military Records

On May 24 at 1 P.M EDT, join Kate Eakman, senior researcher at Legacy Family Tree, who will show you how to use military records to break through brick walls in your genealogy research. 

Make sure you follow us on Facebook to tune in live. You can also watch the recorded sessions later on, and check out the full list of our online events in May and June.

Please let your audiences know so they too can take advantage of these important genealogical resources. 
You can read more about the free military records on our blog.     Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert

MyHeritage (USA) Inc.,
2975 Executive Parkway,
Lehi, Utah

Out of the Archives

Asian Pacific American heritage photo challenge This is a photo of a Japanese drill team during a performance at Expo ’70, the Osaka World’s Fair.
Tell us the connection between the fair and Washington state. The more information you can give, the better.
Health care workers challenge results Our little tribute to health care workers is a 1930s picture of Valley View Hospital in Colville.
The building was repurposed a number of times to facilitate a variety of health care services between the 1960s and ’80s until it was eventually demolished.
Send us your guess!See last month’s challenge
Hudson’s Bay Company sent Hawaiians to work in Washington Territory
by Dr. Jewell Lorenz-Dunn, Olympia Branch Researcher
The Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) posts in Oregon Territory, Washington Territory, Alaska, and Canada provided animal furs, salmon, and lumber to go east for trade.
Fort Steilacoom was established in the Puget Sound area as a military post on the company’s property in August of 1849. Fort Vancouver was originally a Hudson’s Bay post, established early, in 1824 or 1825, and operated under several other titles. Fort Vancouver was transitioned to military barracks around 1849, and the company transferred out of the fort around 1860.
The Hudson’s Bay Company was predominately made up of French employees with Native American wives until 1829, when the Hudson’s Bay Company added a port stop in Hawaii (called the Sandwich Islands by Americans at the time). This created HBC jobs for many Hawaiians that enabled them to find their way to the Pacific Northwest.
It’s estimated there were anywhere from 50 to 400 Hawaiians employed by Hudson’s Bay Company between 1829 and 1861, but no exact numbers can be verified. Many of the Hawaiian employees… keep reading 
Archives provided research materials for Mount St. Helens book
May 18 marked 40 years since the infamous Mount St. Helens eruption that shocked the world. The disaster was the most devastating volcanic eruption in U.S. history.


New York author Cheryl J. Fish visited the Washington State Archives to do research about the events that surrounded and followed the catastrophe. Fish used her research findings to write “Crater & Tower,” a book of poetry about Mount St. Helens and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The book is now available for sale at most major online book retailers.
State Archives gives out special awards to History Day students
National History Day is a program that encourages students in grades 6-12 to learn how to be an historian. In Washington, the program is headed up by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, in partnership with the Washington State Historical Society and the State Archives, as well as other supporting organizations.
Virtual judging took place from April 16 to May 1.
Every year the Archives gives out the Washington State Archives History Awards. The special awards are for History Day projects that demonstrated exceptional use of archival research.
The 2020 recipients of the Washington State Archives History Awards are:
JUNIOR DIVISION
Kaitlin Medina and Andrew Hegewald
“Seattle’s Hooverville: Where Nothing Created Something”
Teacher: John Zingale, Vancouver iTech Preparatory


SENIOR DIVISION
Haley Van Meurs, Liana Moldavanu, and Isabelle Garrard
“The Fight Against Segregated Seattle: How the Seattle Open Housing Campaign
Broke Barriers of Inequality”
Teachers: Alan Plummer and Corey Martin, Inglemoor High School
JUNIOR DIVISION Kaitlin Medina and Andrew Hegewald “Seattle’s Hooverville: Where Nothing Created Something” Teacher: John Zingale, Vancouver iTech Preparatory
SENIOR DIVISION Haley Van Meurs, Liana Moldavanu, and Isabelle Garrard “The Fight Against Segregated Seattle: How the Seattle Open Housing Campaign Broke Barriers of Inequality” Teachers: Alan Plummer and Corey Martin, Inglemoor High School
Ruralite MagazineOSOS remains closed to publicWho said that?
State Archives Central Regional Branch Intern Jordan Hughes gives a glimpse into the past with a look at the Kittitas edition of Ruralite Magazine. The publication was regionally distributed to rural areas all over the Western United States. It started in 1954 with “a spirit of public service and forward-looking sensibility.”
Read Hughes’ full article here.
With consideration for the safety of the public and our staff, all branches and facilities of the Office of the Secretary of State remain closed to the public until at least May 31, in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
During the closure, the State Archives still allows state and local government agency staff to research records on an emergency basis only.
Go here for more information.
“Success is empty if you arrive at the finish line alone. The best reward is to get there surrounded by winners.”
Who said that?
Hint: The man in the photo above has nothing to do with this quote.
Last month’s quote is from Governor Arthur Langlie.
Out of the Archives, May 2020 banner photo: Model of the Washington State Pavilion. General Subjects Photograph Collection, 1845-2010, c. 1968.
Visit the Digital ArchivesVolunteer with Scribe

MyHeritage New Greek Records

Greek collections image - Final

The Greece Electoral Rolls (1863–1924) consist of 1,006,594 records and provide nationwide coverage of males ages 21 and up who were eligible to vote. The Corfu Vital Records (1841–1932) consist of 646,807 birth, marriage, and death records that were collected by the civil authorities in Corfu and document the life events of all residents of the island, regardless of their ethnicity or religion. The Sparta Marriages collection (1835–1935) consists of 179,411 records which include images of the couple’s marriage license and their listing in the marriage register. 

In one of our pro bono initiatives, MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet personally traced the descendants of a Jewish family that was hidden during World War II on the small island of Erikoussa, north of Corfu. Gilad further utilized his hands-on experience in Greek research to develop the enhanced method by which MyHeritage now handles Greek surnames in the new collections.

In Greece, a woman’s last name is the genitive form of her father’s surname, or when she marries, of her husband’s surname. The new Greek collections on MyHeritage have been made gender-agnostic to facilitate enhanced searching and matching. For example, a search for the Jewish surname “Velleli” in the new collections on MyHeritage will also locate people named “Vellelis”. It is also possible to find these surnames by searching for “Belleli”, because the Greek letter beta is pronounced like the English letter V, but in some countries this distinction has been lost and Greek surnames are sometimes pronounced with the letter B, the way they are written in modern English. 

MyHeritage’s Global Name Translation Technology further ensures that when searching on MyHeritage in other languages, such as Hebrew and Russian, the results will also include names in the new Greek collections. No other major genealogy company has these Greek record collections, nor such sophisticated algorithms customized for Greek genealogy research.

Learn more about the new Greek record collections in the press release below.

Wishing you good health and sending warm regards, Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert

MyHeritage Releases Three Major Collections of Greek Historical Records

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah, May 18, 2020 — MyHeritage, the leading global service for discovering your past and empowering your future, announced today the publication of three important Greek record collections: Greece, Electoral Rolls (1863–1924), Corfu Vital Records (1841–1932), and Sparta Marriages (1835–1935), comprising 1.8 million historical records.

This release constitutes the first substantial set of Greek record collections available on MyHeritage. All three collections have been indexed by MyHeritage and for the first time are now searchable in English, as well as in Greek. The total size of MyHeritage’s historical record database is now 12.2 billion records. This release positions MyHeritage as an invaluable genealogy resource for family history enthusiasts who have Greek roots.

“As the cradle of western civilization and a crossroads of continents and cultures, Greece is becoming a gem among MyHeritage’s historical record collections. The records in these collections are rich in detail and have pan-European, Balkan, and Mediterranean significance. The communities documented were shaped by Greek, Italian, French, and Russian influences, have been home to significant Catholic and Jewish communities, and represent some of the world’s most progressive systems of governance. These collections will prove valuable both to novice researchers and experienced genealogists,” said Russ Wilding, Chief Content Officer of MyHeritage.

The publication of these collections furthers MyHeritage’s commitment to providing new avenues for Greek family history research. In one of the company’s pro bono initiatives, MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet personally traced the descendants of a Jewish family that was hidden during World War II on the small island of Erikoussa, north of Corfu. The entire population of the island collectively gave refuge to the family, and saved it from death. His genealogical detective work, combined with MyHeritage’s extensive global database of historical records, culminated in recognition for the courageous people of Erikoussa, who were presented with the House of Life award by the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation. This was depicted in the books ‘When the Cypress Whispers’ and ‘Something Beautiful Happened’ by Yvette Manessis Corporon, whose grandmother was among those who saved the Jewish family on Erikoussa.

Japhet utilized his hands-on experience in Greek research to develop the enhanced method by which MyHeritage now handles Greek surnames in the new collections. In Greece, a woman’s last name is the genitive form of her father’s surname, or when she marries, of her husband’s surname. The new Greek collections on MyHeritage have been made gender-agnostic so that searches and matches will work to the fullest extent. For example, a search for the Jewish surname “Velleli” in the new collections on MyHeritage will also locate people named “Vellelis”. It is also possible to find these surnames by searching for “Belleli”, because the Greek letter beta is pronounced like the English letter V, but in some countries this distinction has been lost and Greek surnames are sometimes pronounced with the letter B, the way they are written in modern English. MyHeritage’s Global Name Translation Technology further ensures that when searching on MyHeritage in other languages, such as Hebrew and Russian, the results will also include names in the new Greek collections. No other major genealogy company has these Greek record collections, nor such sophisticated algorithms customized for Greek genealogy research.

The Greece Electoral Rolls (1863–1924) consist of 1,006,594 records and provide nationwide coverage of males ages 21 and up who were eligible to vote. They list the voter’s given name, surname, father’s name, age, and occupation. Each record includes the individual’s name in Greek, and a Latinized transliteration of the name that follows the standard adopted by the Greek government. MyHeritage translated many of the occupations from Greek to English and expanded many given names, which are often abbreviated in the original records. This new collection includes scans of the original documents and is the most extensive index of Greek electoral rolls currently available anywhere.  

The Corfu Vital Records (1841–1932) consist of 646,807 birth, marriage, and death records. The records were collected by the civil authorities in Corfu and document the life events of all residents of the island regardless of their ethnicity or religion. Birth records from this collection may contain the child’s given name and surname, birthdate and place of birth, name and age of both parents, and the given names of the child’s grandfathers. A marriage record from this collection may include the date of marriage, groom’s given name and surname, age, place of birth, residence, and his father’s name. Similar information is recorded about the bride and her father. Death records in this collection may include the name of the deceased, date of death, age at death, place of birth, residence, and parents’ names. The indexed collection of Corfu Vital Records includes scans of the original documents and is available exclusively on MyHeritage.

The Sparta Marriages collection (1835–1935) consists of 179,411 records which include images of the couple’s marriage license and their listing in the marriage register. The records in this collection list the full names of the bride and groom, the date of marriage, their fathers’ names, the birthplace of the bride and groom, and occasionally the names of witnesses to the marriage. The images in this collection were photographed, digitized, and indexed by MyHeritage from the original paper documents, in cooperation with the Metropolis of Monemvasia and Sparta.

The new collections are available on SuperSearch™, MyHeritage’s search engine. Searching the Greek record collections is free. A subscription is required to view the full records and to access Record Matches.

Search the new Greek record collections.

About MyHeritage

MyHeritage is the leading global discovery platform for exploring family history and gaining valuable health insights. With billions of historical records and family tree profiles, and with sophisticated matching technologies that work across all its assets, MyHeritage allows users to discover their past and empower their future. Launched in 2016, MyHeritage DNA has become one of the world’s largest consumer DNA databases, with more than 4 million customers. As the world’s leading global service that combines family history and DNA testing for genealogy and health, MyHeritage is uniquely positioned to offer users a meaningful discovery experience that unites their past, present, and future. Available in 42 languages, MyHeritage is the most popular DNA test and family history service in Europe. www.myheritage.com

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Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
MAPS ONLINE AT LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

This question came up on the SGS Networking Group Facebook page, “Is there an online map of Seattle as it would have looked in the 1940 census?” Normally a King County resident would go to the downtown Seattle Public Library and search the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, but with SPL closed, what is a person to do? 

Group member, Darren, advised that while Seattle Public Library has an extensive map collection, they do not have much online. He suggested checking for Sanborn maps  online at  the Library of Congress website.  Great, they had maps of Seattle, King County, WA for years pretty close to 1940. 

Whether you want an old Sanborn map for Portland, Cumberland County, ME or Portland, Multnomah County, OR, you may be able to find it with a simple online search at : 
https://loc.gov/maps 

Seattle Genealogical Society News

CECELLIA ROGERS,
VOLUNTEER OF SPRING QUARTER

Each quarter,the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one volunteer as our volunteer of the quarter. Our Volunteer for Spring 2020 Quarter is Cecellia Rogers.

Cecellia joined SGS soon after moving to the Seattle area almost 3 years ago. She’s an active member and regularly attends the Fall and Spring Seminars, Second Saturday presentations, and the DNA Special Interest Group. Cecellia began volunteering to reinstate the raffle at our Fall 2018 Seminar and has done an exemplary job ever since. Last fall, she joined the Nominations Committee to help propose the slate of candidates for our incoming 2020-2021 Board of Directors. 

Cecellia enjoys the contacts she has developed at SGS. Joining and participating in the Seattle Genealogical Society made moving across the country to start a new life much easier. Sharing an interest in genealogy is a good starting place. Cecellia also likes to feel useful and to contribute to the success of the organization. 

Speaking of genealogy – Cecellia is currently fascinated by genetic genealogy. She continues adding to the family trees started 50 years ago by her paternal aunt and maternal first cousin. Her aunt discovered they were NOT related to Will Rogers as they previously thought. Cecelia is now searching for a connection to Thomas Rogers of the Mayflower. If that were not enough, she is finishing the year-long ProGen study group and hopes to apply for BCG certification within the next year. Jill Morelli’s Certification Discussion Group was a real boost in that direction.

Besides genealogy, Cecillia has been very active in community theater – acting, directing, backstage – but she has not yet found a theater group home in the Seattle area.  She is creative and knits, crochets, and makes jewelry. You may have seen her necklaces and earrings on the raffle table. Cecellia also enjoys jigsaw puzzles, especially electronic ones, with no pieces to lose.

Cecellia grew up in Western New York, outside Buffalo. She attended school in Syracuse, NY and Bloomington, IN. She has lived in Phoenix, Maryland, and now Seattle.  She has two children – one here in Washington and the other in Washington, DC. The one in Seattle shares her two children with their Gram, which is Cecellia. She is grateful for the community SGS offers. And we are grateful she found us.
SGS CLOSURE EXTENDED UNTIL JULY 2020
Due to COVID-19 virus concerns, the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) Library will remain closed at least through the 4th of July Holiday 2020. SGS will continue to adhere to state, county and city guidelines as to opening our doors in the future. If it is determined by governing entities that it is safe to allow libraries to open, we will inform you under what conditions your visit will be allowed. We anticipate that initially social distancing and masks will be required of all patrons.    SGS ELECTION RESULTS
The Seattle Genealogical Society’s 2020 Election was closed April 30, 2020. The Election Committee made its report of the tallies and write-in votes. This report was reviewed by the SGS Board May 11, 2020. Congratulations to the new officers and directors on the SGS Board: 

  • President – James Secan
  • Vice-President – Karen Rathe (write-in ballots)
  • Treasurer – Karen Knudson
  • Secretary – Amandalei Bennett
  • Director of Education – Heidi Mair
  • Director of Operations – Rob Sexton
  • Director of Volunteers – Cecellia Rogers (Board action)
  • Director of Technology – David Rimmer
  • Director of Library –  Sue Jensen
  • Director of Membership –  Christine Schomaker 

The position of Director of Volunteers was filled by Board action when Cecellia Rogers volunteered to fill this empty position after the election had finished. Jill Morelli will serve as Past President and Mahina Oshie is the representative from the Seattle Public Library. This Board will serve from June 2020 through May 2021. In addition, the proposed changes to the Bylaws passed.

The positions of Director of Publications and Director of Communications had no candidates so the Board is looking for volunteers. If you would like to serve in either of these positions, please contact Amandalei Bennett at secretary@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org.

A special thanks to our Nominating Committee: Walter Clinton, Cecellia Rogers, and Judy Lysiak; and our Election Committee: Bruce Finlayson, Lisa Oberg, and Kim Waggie. We also thank Jill Morelli for serving as SGS President for the past three years and Janice Lovelace for serving on the Board as Director of Education these past two years.      SGS MEMBERSHIP MEETING NOTICE
  Please note the next membership meeting of the Seattle Genealogical Society has been scheduled for Saturday, June 13, 2020  from 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm PDT.  This will be a real time, online meeting via Zoom. The room opens at noon and the meeting starts at 12:30 pm. The new SGS officers will be introduced.

Bring a genealogical discovery to share. Below is the Zoom meeting link.

Join the Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81599981851?pwd=ckd2OTZqcThKWVFsejV5VmI2UEtKZz09
  The Second Saturday Series presentation “Do You Trello and Kanban?” will be presented by Lori Lee Sauber from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, directly following the SGS Membership meeting. What exactly is Trello and Kanban? Here’s your chance to find out. 
SGS MEMBERSHIP DRIVE 
SGS members, it’s time to renew for 2020-21. Use the quick and convenient “Renew Membership” button at the SGS website. You can print out an invoice and mail it to SGS with a check. Or, you can pay your dues right then and there with a credit or debit card.

Yes, you must first log in to your SGS member account; the renewal button will be just a click away. Start here: Members Home

Remember, you can always email membership@seagensoc.org for help. 

Are you an eNews! reader who hasn’t joined SGS yet? Our membership year runs from June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021. Now is a great time to become a member and obtain a full year of discounted class and event registration fees, free research requests, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Annual dues are $40.00 for an individual, $50.00 for a dual membership (two people at the same mailing address). Click here: Join SGS
SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS*** In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until at least July 5, 2020 and all SGS in-person events have been canceled, postponed, or replaced with an online event.
Stay home – stay healthy – but stay engaged by attending one of our live, online events! 

Saturday, May 16, 2020
Time: 9:00 am -1:00 pm PDT  ONLINE


Online seminar : “Spring 2020 SGS Seminar with Fritz Juengling: Old European Records Research”   Meeting live, online via Zoom.  Registration required. Register by 9:00 pm, May 14, 2020. 

Mr Juengling is the German, Dutch and Scandinavian Research Specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. This will be an online, virtual seminar.


Saturday, June 6, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm -3:00 pm PDT  ONLINE


Digging Deeper : “How I Discovered My Female Ancestor”  with Jill Morelli and Mahina Oshie

Follow this link to join https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87966848541

This workshop is part of the Seattle Genealogical Society’s lecture and workshop series: Women’s Suffrage in your Family History. We thank the Washington State Historical Society for their grant in support of our project. For more information, see https://www.suffrage100wa.com/

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition May 14, 2020
Thank you to all who have renewed their membership, especially those who included a donation with your renewal.
We are so grateful for your loyalty and support.
Renew Now
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member! gfo.org | 503-963-1932 | info@gfo.org Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
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Ancestry Society News

Welcome to the very first edition of Ancestry® Society News for May 2020. Ancestry® values the roles genealogy societies and organizations play in teaching, leading and helping you to find that next amazing discovery.  NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Ancestry® Announces Virtual Memorial Day “Parade of Heroes” in Honor of 75th Anniversary of the End of World War II Many of us will honor our family and others who served in the military this Memorial day, but may be restricted under our current circumstances.   

To help Americans commemorate Memorial Day from home this year, Ancestry®, the leader in family history, announced today it will host the “Parade of Heroes,” a virtual event which will stream online Monday, May 25 at 11 AM EST (8 AM PST) on Ancestry’s Facebook Page via Watch Party. Emmy Award-winning television personality Kathie Lee Gifford will host the show, with a special guest performance by two-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter Tori Kelly. Read more to see our strong roster of partners in our Virtual Memorial Day “Parade of Heroes” Press Release. To commemorate Memorial Day and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II Watch the stream live via Watch Party at https://www.facebook.com/AncestryUS/ After live stream will be available at www.Ancestry.com/WWII Streaming on Monday, May 25 at 11 AM EST (8 AM PST) Free Access More than 550 million military records on Fold3®, covering military conflicts as early as the Revolutionary War, open May 21-25 Nearly 500 million records and images from the National Archives and Records Administration available on Ancestry, including all 36 million of the nation’s available World War II young man’s draft cards, open now through June 1 Ancestry® COVID-19 Study Needs Your Help You may have seen the recent Ancestry® announcement on our COVID-19 study.  It’s an exceptional time and we want to do our part to contribute to the scientists and healthcare professionals worldwide who are working around the clock to understand and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The purpose of this study is to determine if there is a genetic connection between how different people respond to COVID-19. Our hope is that, through this knowledge, the pace of research into new preventive and therapeutic treatments for COVID-19 can be accelerated.

You can help by sharing this effort with your audience.  Learn more about our COVID-19 study.  Ancestry® is making research data from the study available at no cost to qualified parties This opt-in only study will provide data after it is stripped of personally identifiable information To qualify, you need to be 18 or over, be a resident of the United States, an existing AncestryDNA customer, consent to participate in research, be able to complete a short survey NGS 2020 Live! As a long-term partner of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and a sponsor of the annual NGS Family History Conference, we will be participating in the now all-virtual event, starting with NGS 2020 Live! on May 20, 2020, and continuing with on-demand lectures available starting July 1, 2020.  Read more on our blog THE RECORDS BEAT 24 BILLION records available on Ancestry – twice as many as any other online genealogy company in the world! Ancestry added over 50 million new records to the world’s largest digital archive of searchable online obituaries and death announcements. Newspapers.com Obituary Index, 1800s-current   – About 50 million new records
– Now surpassing 300 million for the world’s largest digital archive of searchable online obituaries and death announcements
– Over 800 million names
Newspapers.com Obituary Index, 1800s-current

The newspapers.com database consists of facts extracted from obituaries found on Newspapers.com™ dating from the early 1800’s to current. The Ancestry® U.S. Obituary Collection contains recent obituaries from 1930 to the present day. With new records added every day, Ancestry® regularly extracts key details from digital obituaries, including the name of the deceased, important dates, and location information into a searchable database to help members discover them. 

Other obituary resources:
U.S., Obituary Collection, 1930-Current
– Obituary how-tos and details you can use to teach or share with your audience Free Collections On Ancestry®
NARA Records available now for free
Learn more about our free NARA, currently available when you sign up for free account.  Learn more from our blog post.

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration 
– Nearly 500 million records
– Naturalization Records, Passenger and Crew Lists, Military Records

Ancestry® has partnered with America’s record keeper, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), to preserve important documents and help people discover more of their family stories. Since 1998, Ancestry® has digitized and indexed millions of NARA records to create the largest collection of NARA records online.

Free Collections On Ancestry 
– Free Index Collections
– Over 1000 free collections available such as the 1940 United States Federal Census
 
Recent Collections on Ancestry® Europe, Registration of Foreigners and German Persecutees, 1939-1947″ 1.7 million new records coming in May   Today is VE Day, we have additional records available this month to discover your WWII family story. We’re adding 1.7 million records covering records gathered from the French Allied Zone and areas outside of modern Germany.   This collection consists of foreigners and German persecutees in Germany between 1939-1947 who were persecuted by public institutions, social securities and companies. The records may also include information on those who died, including burial information. The documents were assembled according to the Zones of Occupation – American, British, French and Soviet – by the Allied forces within Germany. Areas outside Germany were also recorded.

https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/61758/ New Collections in April Alabama, Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, Church Records, 1837-1970 Washington, Various County Census Records, 1850-1914 Minnesota, Marriages from the Minnesota Official Marriage System, 1850-2019 St. Louis County, Minnesota Birth Index, 1870-1900 St. Louis County, Minnesota, Death Index, 1870-1899 Minnesota, St. Louis County Marriage Index, 1871-1894 Global Obituary UpdatesNew York State, Extradition Requisition and Mandate Registers, 1857-1938 U.S., Pennsylvania, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1865-1936 Latvia Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1854-1909 ANZAC Memorial, 1914-1918 Australia WWII AIF Service Records, 1939-1947

Updated Collections in April Texas, Select County Marriage Records, 1837-2015 Tennessee, Death Records, 1908-1965 North Dakota, Marriage Records, 1872-2017 Global FindAGrave Updates New York, Discharges of Convicts, 1882-1915 New York, Executive Orders for Commutations, Pardons, Restorations, Clemency and Respites, 1845-1931 New York, Grand Army of the Republic Records, 1866-1931 California, Voter Registers, 1866-1898 England & Scotland, Select Cemetery Registers, 1800-2016 Liverpool, England, Catholic Baptisms, 1741-1916 Liverpool, England, Catholic Marriages, 1754-1932 Liverpool, England, Catholic Burials, 1813-1985 Liverpool, England, Catholic Confirmations, 1813-1922 Liverpool, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1917 Liverpool, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1932 Liverpool, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1975 UK, WWI Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923 ANCESTRY® FEATURE FLASH Innovating for new and experienced user alike, so you can make more personal discoveries, faster   – New Message Center – Full rollout continues, but most users have the new experience.   Download folders in the New Message Center until Aug 31 Existing international users will see the new experience soon New Message Center details   75 new communities [Available now] 5 new communities, including 25 new Mexican communities, 20 South American, 10 Central American, 12 Caribbean, 7 Southern European and 1 African.

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  OUR EXTENDED FAMILY Introducing Civil War Stories Beta!   – First of its kind searchable database of Civil War soldiers, regiments and battles
– Leverages Ancestry®, Fold3®, Newspapers.com™, Find a Grave® and other sources with trusted experts from American Battlefield Trust
– Starting today, you can head to our Civil War Stories page and learn details about some of the major Civil War battles, including what regiments fought in each battle The proportion of deaths to the population was greater than any other conflict in American history. Nearly 3% of the population died – roughly comparable to 6-10 million Americans today. Civil Stories is an ambitious project that ultimately hopes to create a comprehensive list of every soldier that fought in the Civil War, the company and regiment he belonged to, the battles he fought in, and finally what happened to each soldier following the war.  

Gathering data from Ancestry®, Fold3®, Newspapers.com™, Find a Grave®, and other sources, we teamed up with the American Battlefield Trust and their Civil War experts to integrate their amazing collections of stories, videos, and photographs into our new experience. Stitching all of these collections together, we have created the first of its kind searchable database of Civil War soldiers, regiments and battles. Read more on our Fold3 blog. War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files
The documents in this collection include full pension application files for soldiers and sailors who served in the War of 1812, as well as for their widows and children, or other heirs. The first applications were filed by servicemen who were disabled as a result of their service, or by widows who lost a husband in the war. Recent Updates National WWI Museum Panoramic Unit Photographs UK, Militia Attestation Papers 1806-1915 UK, Records of Officers’ Services 1846-1875 UK, WWII Royal Artillery Tracer Cards, 1939-1948 War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files
Ancestry® Education   See recorded events with Crista Cowan, Ancestry Corporate Genealogist and Anne Mitchell, Ancestry Product Manager, teach, share and answer questions on some of our recent Facebook Live events!  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to catch us live. The Strong Women in Our Families A Case Study on the Great Depression Q&A Roundup with Crista Cowan 1940 Census Live Learning Session Ancestry K12 Lesson Plans Ancestry® Tips and Tricks
Ancestry® Programming “Roots Less Traveled”, an exciting new television series co-produced by Ancestry®!
If you haven’t already tuned in, coome watch Roots Less Traveled on NBC Saturday mornings.  Streaming available on NBC.com and Hulu. The series features relatives as they set out on an adventure to solve mysteries in their family tree. From rumors of ancestors aboard the Titanic to stories of homesteaders forging a new path for future generations, the duos discover the truth behind the tales that have been passed down for generations, revealing the inspiring lives their ancestors led. In partnership with Ancestry®, they learn how their past has shaped their present and through this shared journey how family bonds are deepened.

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