Friday, February 7, 2014

News from Rootstech

FamilySearch  has released more details of its collaboration with commercial partners:

“Working with individual industry leaders such as,, findmypast, Fold3, and MyHeritage will also increase and broaden access to the records FamilySearch has already published online,” said the announcement. Publication of these records on multiple websites removes barriers to family history research. The records on and are available free to the general public in the 4,715 local FamilySearch-owned family history centers worldwide. “They will be available…free on,, or to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” FamilySearch said. “Additional details regarding expanded records access will be announced sometime in 2014.”

Church's Works to Put World’s Historical Records Online in One Generation teams with major genealogy companies to index billions of records

Salt Lake City — 
The largest family history conference in the U.S. starts this week (5-8 February) in Salt Lake City. RootsTech 2014 offers explanation and application through presentations and activities, helping people of all ages discover and share family information through technology. cosponsors the worldwide family history event and will feature information about a monumental collaborative effort to make available online 5.3 billion historic records from around the world, such as birth, death and census records.
FamilySearch, with the help of countless volunteers, has already archived, preserved and made available online through indexing more than three billion names, a process that has taken 100 years to accomplish. To digitize and index 5.3 billion more names would take FamilySearch volunteer indexers up to 300 years to complete at the current rate.
“That means you and me and the next 10 generations of our posterity would not live to personally benefit from them,” said FamilySearch CEO Dennis Brimhall. “We can do significantly better by working together with other organizations and as a community.”
Working with, findmypast and MyHeritage, indexing those names can be accurately recorded in a generation, or 20 to 30 years.
Gathering such information across the world’s records and employing the world’s technological capabilities could eventually document a significant portion of the 28 billion people who have populated the earth since A.D. 1500.
More details on how this can be accomplished will be presented by at RootsTech 2014.
Now in its fourth year, the family history technology conference will also feature over 200 courses, notable guest presenters and approximately 11,000 participants from 46 states and 21 countries, with another 20,000 joining remotely online at The event runs 5-8 February 2014 and will be held in the Salt Palace Convention Center.
In addition, the Innovator Summit held on Wednesday, 5 February 2014, focuses on the rapidly expanding technology related to family history research activities and is primarily available to software developers, entrepreneurs and technology business leaders.
Registration information is available at Single-day or all-conference passes are available, including passes for a special Family Discovery Day on 8 February.
Dan Martinez, conference director, defines the innovative gathering as a “creative national forum for development of family history-related technology. The conference links such technology with prospective end users in an effort to promote innovative consumer participation.”
Partnering technology with exploration is a natural in today’s sophisticated family history world. Discovering individual stories, both histories of ancestors or contemporary tales, has become a simple task with the increasing capabilities of technological advances. The ability to record and share such stories and family memories is expanding as websites, apps, blogs and social media communications proliferate.
The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, keynotes the conference. Recognized as one of the country’s top 25 bloggers, Drummond also authors cookbooks and hosts a television show.
“I love sharing stories about my family and my experiences on the ranch,” the well-known author states, “so I’m really excited to be part of RootsTech this year. It’s all about ways to share family stories and strengthen family communications.”
Other featured speakers include Stephanie Nielsen, who maintains a popular family blog, NieNieDialogues; Dr. Spencer Wells, director of the National Geographic genographic project; Todd Hansen, host of the Emmy Award-winning television show Story Trek; Anneleis van den Bell, CEO of DC Thomson Family History and host of over 1.8 billion genealogical records across several Internet brands; and Judy Russell, a certified genealogist and attorney who writes the Legal Genealogist blog.
Chris Dancy, known as the “world’s most quantified man” and chief technology officer at BMC Software, will keynote the Innovator Summit.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Historic collaboration begins

DC Thomson Family History and to Make Billions of Records Available for People to Search

October 16, 2013

DC Thomson


DC Thomson Family History and to make billions of records available for people to search

More than 13 million records launched today on

LONDON, England and SALT LAKE CITY, Utah--Annelies van den Belt, the new CEO of DC Thomson Family History, the British-based leader in online family history and owner of findmypast and Genes Reunited, has announced a major new partnership with US-based that will give family history enthusiasts access to billions of records online and new technology to collaboratively research their family roots.

DC Thomson Family History, formerly known as brightsolid online publishing, is collaborating with FamilySearch, which has the largest collections of genealogical and historical records in the world, to deliver a wide range of projects including digital preservation, records search, technological development and the means to allow family historians to share their discoveries.

More than 13 million records from launched today on, including major collections of births, marriages and deaths covering America, Australia, and Ireland. Around 600 additional collections, containing millions of records, will follow.

The two organisations have a long history of working together on historical projects, including indexing 132 million records of the 1940 US census and two hundred years of British Army Service Records (Chelsea Pensioners) in a joint digitisation project with The National Archives.

Van den Belt said: “This is fantastic news for our customers all over the world. As a leader in online family history we will be able to offer access to a much wider variety of records dating back hundreds of years and the first batch are ready to search on findmypast. The convenience of searching many treasures from along with our own extensive collections will provide rich new insights for our customers.

“This partnership with FamilySearch will accelerate the momentum of our next phase of global growth into new non-English-speaking markets and give more people more access to more records to uncover their family history. This really cements our position as a market leader.”

“We are excited to work with DC Thompson Family History on a vision we both share,” said Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch. “Expanding online access to historical records through this type of collaboration can help millions more people discover and share their family’s history.”

DC Thomson Family History is the British-based leader in online family history, which operates major online sites including findmypast, Genes Reunited and the British Newspaper Archive. It launched in America last year with its findmypast brand.

DC Thomson Family History has a strong record of partnerships with non-profit and public sector organisations such as the British Library and The National Archives among many other major archives and organisations around the world.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Seven generation fan chart now available

Printing a Fan Chart

Fan 3You can now print a full-color, 7-generation fan chart from within Family Tree. To do so, follow the steps listed below.
Option 1: You can display the fan chart, and print it from the Fan Chart view window.
1. Make sure the person you want to print a fan chart for is in the primary person position.
2. Click the Fan Chart icon located in the upper left of the screen. This will display the fan chart on the screen.
Click Fan Chart Icon

3.Click the Printer icon.
Fan Chart Icon 1

4. Click Print. You many need to wait a few minutes for the chart for format.
Print Icon

Option 2: You can print a fan chart from the person’s details page. To do so, follow the steps listed below.
1. From the details page, click the Fan Chart icon so that the fan chart displays on the screen.
2. Click the Printer icon. You many need to wait a few minutes for the chart for format.
3. Click Print.
Fan 2

The printable fan chart opens in a second tab of your browser. It takes a bit of time to get created. When done, it looks like this:
Fan 3

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Wiki Update: 75,000 articles published

FamilySearch Wiki Reaches an Important Milestone

Hands holding worldFamilySearch has recently reached a rather significant milestone. Its Research Wiki has just published its 75,000th article. While the number is impressive by itself, the idea that should grab our attention and make us go WOW is the fact that such a large community of genealogists and family historians have worked together to pool their collective knowledge into a single web based library and made it all available to the public—for FREE. It’s like having a worldwide encyclopedia of knowledge for genealogists at your fingertips. This is really big news!
James Tanner, the creator and author of the Genealogy’s Star blog site has written an excellent blog post about this milestone event titled, 75,000 Articles now in the FamilySearch Research Wiki. James Tanner is an expert genealogist and writer. Tanner has contributed several useful articles to the Research Wiki, so he knows what he’s talking about. Click on his article and see what he has to say about this milestone event and see what happens when experts all work together to share knowledge about the world’s records.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Italian Project Update

Indexers Celebrate Record-Setting Italian Ancestors Project Weekend

ItalianBlogDid you participate in the Italian Ancestors Project record-setting weekend? On September 13–15, volunteers from around the world joined together to index and arbitrate 134,986 Italian records (approximately 400,000 names). Participants were invited to index and arbitrate over 35,000 Italian records in just 48 hours—slightly more than the previous high. Due to the enthusiasm and dedication of many volunteers, the event goal was significantly exceeded.
This contribution will add significantly to the searchable records available to individuals looking for their Italian ancestors. Thousands of family researchers will be forever grateful for the efforts to make these names available.
Thank you to all who participated in the Italian Ancestors Project record-setting weekend and who continue to contribute to the Italian Ancestors Project. To learn more about this project, including the millions of Italian records remaining to be indexed, visit

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Where can you see 1,000,000 photos?

We Hit One Million Photos!

Since we launched the enhanced in April, we have seen a tremendous amount of interest in our photos and stories features.  We are pleased (excited! ecstatic!) to announce a major milestone—as of this week, more than one million photos have been uploaded to the site.
“With the help of our users, we are creating the world’s largest, free collection of family history photos,” said Tim Cross, senior product manager of FamilySearch Photos and Stories. “We see this as a major achievement toward preserving, sharing, and uniquely identifying family history memories for people from all over the world.”
All photos uploaded to FamilySearch Photos and Stories will be preserved forever in our state-of-the-art archive facilities. The tags identifying the people in the photos will be preserved as well, so descendants will have a permanent, central location to find and access these precious ancestral photos.
To discover any photos and stories already submitted of your ancestors, simply visit the FamilySearch Photos and Stories page and click on the blue “Find photos of your ancestors” button (you will be prompted to log in).
UPDATE: Here is the one millionth photo!
FamilySearch Millionth Photo