Monday, May 23, 2016



  • From 23rd May until 30th May 2016 all records hinted against in Findmypast trees will be completely free
  • This includes over 116 million United States Marriages and over 10 million Irish Catholic parish registers
  • Findmypast challenges you to find at least one new ancestor through an FMP family tree
  • Family historians will be supported with expert insights, help videos, how to guides and a dedicated “tree building” webinar at 11am EST on Wednesday 25th May.

London, UK. 23 May, 2016.
Is your family history leaving you stumped? Findmypast is here to help with their “Tree Challenge”, a seven day event to encourage people to branch out and discover ancestors they’ve never met. From 9am, 23rd May until 12pm 30th May 2016, all hints on Findmypast Family trees will be completely free to view and explore.
Findmypast is challenging family historians around the world to discover at least one new ancestor by building their family tree on the site, or uploading an existing GedCom file. Researchers will be provided with daily getting started guides, expert insights, useful how to videos and a special webinar hosted by expert genealogist, Debra Chatfield, dedicated to helping you get the most out of your Findmypast family tree.
#TreeChallenge week will have something for everyone, from seasoned experts to complete beginners. Keeping a tree on Findmypast is the first step towards exploring our archive of more than 8 billion records from around the world, more than 1 billion of which aren’t available anywhere else online. That’s over 1 billion family connections you won’t find anywhere else, so explore our collections today to ensure you don’t miss out.
Findmypast trees currently provide matches from birth, baptism, marriage, death, burial and census records across the UK, US, Ireland, and Australia. This includes Findmypast’s vast collections of more than 116 million United States marriages and over 10 million Irish Catholic baptisms, marriages and burials. Findmypast’s entire collection of 570 million UK BMDs - the largest available online - will also be free for the duration of #TreeChallenge, including over 78 million exclusive parish records you won’t find anywhere else. All UK and Irish parish records are hinted against.
Uploading a tree to Findmypast is quick, easy and secure. As you add information, Findmypast does all the hard work for you by sifting through millions of records to instantly identify potential matches. Once potential matches have been made, you can quickly and easily review possible leads before adding the relevant information to your tree.
To encourage you to make the most of this feature, we are running a special tree themed competition. Share any discoveries you make on your tree via social media with the hashtag - #TreeChallenge and you could be in with the chance of winning an expert bundle worth $1000. This includes a 64 GB Ipad mini4, a three TB hard drive and a 12 month subscription to Family Tree magazine. We will also be giving away a 12 month world sub on our social media channels daily. You can find out more here.
Hinting allows you uncover records for multiple ancestors at once with virtually zero effort. The larger your tree, the more potential matches you’ll be presented with so it’s well worth your while to add as many ancestors as possible.
As we release new records, our hinting system will continue to grow, providing you with even more opportunities to find unknown ancestors.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New Canadian FamilySearch Collections May 2016

FamilySearch has released two new collections for Canadian researchers:

New Brunswick, Saint John, Saint John, Burial Permits, 1889-1919 The collection has not been indexed by name, but images are browsable by year range.

Ontario, County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869 The collection has not been indexed by name, but images are browsable by county.

Those with cross-border family history may be interested in these new Michigan databases:
Michigan Church Marriages, 1865-1931 This is an index only.

Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1940 This collection contains both index and images. However, there are quite few counties not included.

© Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2016. All Rights Reserved.

Monday, April 18, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Great Canadian Genealogy Summit

For Immediate Release

The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit (CANGEN) is pleased to announce their inaugural conference, to be held October 21-23, 2016, at the Courtyard by Marriott, Brampton, Ontario.

The Summit showcases Canadian genealogists who have an expertise in the record sets relating to the early settlers of Canada.

On Friday, October 21, we have arranged a day at the Archives of Ontario. And better still, for those with Loyalist ancestors who are mind boggled with the documentation required for your UEL certificate, former UELAC Dominion Genealogist Kathryn Lake Hogan will be offering a workshop at the Archives. Kathryn will share her expertise on what documentation is required and how to access the records at the Archives.
Our Opening Plenary speaker on Friday evening is genealogist and author Jennifer DeBruin who will share with us some of the struggles of our Canadian ancestors. This energetic talk will be followed by a social time. A time to get to meet fellow Canadian genealogists, an opportunity to get to know the speakers better, or browse the vendors/exhibits in the marketplace.
Saturday's programming offers five streams of research. Registrants are welcome to mix and match:
Ruth Blair - who will talk on researching Irish ancestors
Mike Quackenbush - who will talk on researching English ancestors
Louise St Denis - who will talk on researching French Canadian ancestors
Kathryn Lake Hogan - who will talk on researching Canadian ancestors
Christine Woodcock - who will talk on researching Scottish ancestors

Sunday starts with Louise St Denis, Director of National Institute for Genealogical Studies, sharing her extensive knowledge on Methodology. THEN she is providing each registrant with a certificate for a FREE course at the Institute.

We wrap up the weekend with Lynn Palermo, The Armchair Genealogist, who will help us to get a better handle on writing our family stories so that our work can be preserved for future generations.

REGISTRATION for the full weekend is just $159cdn ($125 usd). Registration for the Saturday only is just $119cdn ($93 usd)

All registrations include breakfast and lunch on Saturday, free access during the weekend to Findmypast, and admission to the exhibition hall/marketplace.

© Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2016. All Rights Reserved