Upfront with NGS


It's not too late for NGS members to gift themselves a FREE Findmypast Subscription (Restrictions Apply)

NGS members give yourself a gift this holiday season by redeeming or extending your subscription to the US andCanadacollection of Findmypast, a …


Deadline for NGS Awards and Competitions Approaching (15 December 2015)

Each year, the National Genealogical Society recognizes excellence in genealogical scholarship through its various competitions and awards. The …


Genealogy / History Achievement Award (sponsored by ProQuest)

Established in 1992, Genealogy / History Achievement Award, Sponsored by ProQuest, presents a citation and $1,500* to a librarian, library or …


National Genealogical Society Announces Program for the 2016 Family History Conference

ARLINGTON,VA, 20 NOVEMBER 2015—The National Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the release of its 2016 Family History Conference program. …


Automobile Blue Book and its Earliest Route Symbols

Want to travel from point A to B? Nowadays many of us just put the destination address in the mapping program in our cell phone, ask for directions, …


In 2017 NJ Adult Adoptee Can Request Non-Certified Copy of Birth Certificate

Good news for those adopted in New Jersey. Starting in 2017, an adult adoptee will be able to request a copy a non-certified copy of their original …


Did you know that the the Library of Congress has an Extensive Manuscript Collection?

The Library of Congress (LOC) never ceases to amaze me with the breadth of its collection. I frequently use these LOC collections -- Chronicling …


Eye & Ear Candy -- Harvard + Yale x 2 + Stanford + UC Santa Barbara Reveal New Neat Collections!

Yale's Colonial North American Project

It seemed like every day last week I was learning about new collections that are now available for us to …


Spanish Supreme Court Denies "Right to be Forgotten" in Digital Media, But Not For Search Engines (via IAJGS Records Access Alert)

Here is another example of a post accessible via the IAJGS Records Access Alert emails. Details on how to access these alerts provided after the …

Freedom of Information

FREE Access @ ArkivDigital + Swedish Ancestors = Great Weekend! (14 & 15 Nov 2015)

ArkivDigital has a FREE access weekend (November 14-15 2015).

If you are researching Swedish ancestry, you want to check this out!

The details on how …


IAJGS Public Records Access Alerts Now Available to Any Interested Person + EU Privacy Win

Image of IJGS Public Records Access Alerts List sign up page, please see body of post for working link

Continuing with our ongoing theme of records …


Honor the Veterans in Your Family -- Request their Military Record

In the U.S. today we honor those men and women who have served their country by serving in the military.

A great way to honor those who served is to …


Success!! NC Updates Public Records Act -- Confidentiality expires 100 years after record creation

Free for commercial use / No attribution required

We write a lot about records access. It is so important to our research.

After the 2015 long session …


Abraham Lincoln and mtDNA

Guest blog post from Angie Bush, MS. Angie is the Region 1 Director for NGS and the head of the Genetic Genealogy Committee.

In 2002 Suzanne Hallstrom …

Abraham Lincoln

FREE Access to Select Ancestry Military Records via Ancestry.ca (Canada), Ancestry.com (US) and Ancestry.co.uk (UK) -- November 6-11, 2015

Page for Ancestry.ca (Canada) military research when you select "Search Free" in box stating FREE ACCESS -- Explore global military records (see …

Ancestry.com Inc.

Support the preservation of the Port of Los Angeles Archives

This is just an image; working links provided in body of post.

Archive Corps, which we blogged about in Archive Corps -- Saving what is in danger of …

Los Angeles

It's that time of year again! NEH is soliciting proposals for NDNP to add more to Chronicling America

We love newspapers, right? We especially love them when they are digitized and we can access them anytime from our current favorite computer or tech …


New Tool in Genetic Genealogist Toolkit

There is a new kid on the block as far as genetic genealogy tools – DNA.Land. This is a third-party tool (e.g. a tool not connected to a DNA testing …

DNA Testing

FREE Index ($ to access found records) -- FindMyPast Releases 1939 Register

Findmypast has just made available the so-called 1939 Register. You can search the index for FREE though it does cost (separate from any other …


FREE Access to Fold3 Native American Collection (1-15 November 2015)

Think you have Native American ancestry? Check out the Native American Collection at Fold3. FREE access through November 15th 2015!

... Then explore

Cherokee Nation

FREE Cemetery Record Access from NEHGS (30 Oct - 7 Nov 2015)

News from NEGHS ...

October 30, 2015, Boston,Massachusetts— “Your ancestors have been dying for you to uncover them. NEHGS has opened the cemetery


FREE Index of 1.5 Million National Railroad Pension Records Now Available

Some great news from the MidwestGenealogyCenter ...

MidwestGenealogyCenter Launches New Research Resource
Public Index of 1.5 Million National Railroad

The Atlantic -- a few genealogy-relevant articles published in October

After I wrote the Upfront with NGS post on DNA.Land for Tuesday, which includes a reference to a post written on The Atlantic about DNA.Land (in the …

North Carolina

Kansas Supreme Court Adopted New Rules Limiting Access to Marriage Records -- Effective 1 October 2015

The Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) shared that some new rules regarding access toKansasmarriage records unfortunately went into …


Genealogy TV Show Updates -- Genealogy Roadshow and Finding Your Roots

When Who Do You Think Your Are? finished its summer season, I know many who went into genealogy TV programming withdrawal.

Well, there is some relief …

23andMe receives approval to provide health information

Last week 23andMe announced via email to its customers ...

Today marks a great milestone in the history of personal genetics. I am thrilled to let you


Google Books Wins When Court of Appeals Rejected Author Guild's Copyright Infringement Claim

Google Books Project Example Book Snippet

Late last week the Second Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Author Guild’s claim that the Google Books …


Online Archives Seeks to Reunite Holocaust Victims (or family members) with Heirlooms

A unique collection has been put online in the hopes that doing such will connect lost heirlooms with their former owners or their families. To …


DPLA Fest 2016 will be held in Washington DC 14-15 April

Here’s a save the calendar message from the sponsors of this important event ...

Mark your calendars! We’re thrilled to announce that DPLAfest 2016—the