Findmypast donne l’accès gratuit à ses collections ce week end!

Si ce n’est pas une bonne nouvelle pour commencer la fin de semaine, ca!

L’accès se fait ici

Il vous permettra de faire plus ample connaissance avec les multiples ressources de Findmypast (la collection de 1939!) et de partir ENFIN à la recherche de vos ancêtres du Royaume-Uni!

Profitez en bien!

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Commandez vos recherches à la Family History Library !

Wow,dans un mois, je serais à Salt Lake City !

Au menu : Des réunions de travail, des retrouvailles avec des vieux amis, des rencontres avec de nouvelles personnes, ma mission d’ambassdrice RootsTech qui va m’occuper en gros de 6h du mat’ ( et oui, certaines réunions commencent tôt et si les soirées ne finissent pas très tard, il est important de se reposer et prendre des forces 🙂 )

Mais aussi…des recherches à la plus grande bibliothèque de généalogie du monde !

( C’est là ! )

Et VOUS pouvez m’y commander des recherches, que ce soit dans les microfilms ( la location mondiale a été supprimée en attendant des digitalisations des bobines ) mais aussi dans les nombreux ouvrages de référence

Vous trouverez  l’étendue du catalogue sur

Comment faire ? 

Vous pouvez m’envoyer un courriel ici  avec « Recherche Salt Lake City » en objet et la description précise de votre requête.

Délai ?

Je prends les commandes jusqu’au 10 février 2018 étant donné que certaines copies de registres doivent être demandée à l’avance ( Il y a cinq niveaux à la bibliothèque mais tout ne s’y trouve pas en libre-accès)

Mais combien ca coûte ? 

Une recherche à l’heure vous en coûtera 25 euros. Une somme peut-être mais celle-ci débloquera peut-être vos recherches et ca, ca n’a pas de prix ! 😉





Finding Your Roots’ Henry Louis Gates Jr. to Keynote RootsTech 2018

Dr. Henry Louis Gates is host of PBS' Finding Your Roots and will be a keynote speaker at RootsTech 2018.SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (9 January 2018)–RootsTech is pleased to announce Henry Louis Gates Jr. will be a keynote speaker at RootsTech 2018 on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Easily find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.)

Dr. Gates is perhaps best known in genealogy circles for his current role as the host of Finding Your Roots, his groundbreaking genealogy series on PBS, now in its 4thseason. The series combines traditional genealogical paper research with genetic Y-chromosome DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA to discover the family history of well-known Americans.

Gates has been engaged in genealogical and anthropological studies for most of his career. Prior to Finding Your Roots, he hosted and co-produced African American Lives 1 and 2, using genealogy and DNA to document the lineage of more than a dozen African Americans and hosted Faces of America, a four-part series examining the genealogy of 12 North Americans of diverse ancestry—also for PBS.

As an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, he has created 18 documentary films. His six-part PBS documentary series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (2013), which he wrote, executive produced, and hosted, earned the Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Program—Long Form, as well as the Peabody Award, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and NAACP Image Award.

Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University (first titled the W.E.B Institute for African and African American research)—a position he has held since he arrived at Harvard in 1991. During his first 15 years on campus, he chaired the Department of Afro-American Studies as it expanded into the Department of African and African American Studies with a full-fledged doctoral program.

He has authored or co-authored 22 books and is also hailed as a literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder. Professor Gates serves as chairman of, a daily online magazine and chair of the Creative Board of FUSION TV. He also oversees the Oxford African American Studies Center, the first comprehensive scholarly online resource on the topic and, through a funding grant, has developed a Finding Your Roots curriculum to teach science through genetics and genealogy.

Gates received his B.A. in English language and literature summa cum laude, from Yale University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Cambridge in 1979. Since then he has received 55 honorary degrees and numerous prizes. In 1981 Dr. Gates was a member of the first class awarded “genius grants” by the MacArthur Foundation. In 1998, he became the first African American scholar awarded the National Humanities medal. He was named to Time’s 25 Most Influential Americans list in 1997, Ebony’s Power 150 list in 2009, and the magazine’s Power 100 list in 2010 and 2012.

He is currently a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and serves on a wide array of boards, including the New York Public Library, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Aspen Institute, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Library of America, and the Brookings Institution. In 2017, the Organization of American States named Gates a Goodwill Ambassador for the Rights of People of African Descent in the Americas.

For more information, or to register, go to

Great great great!!!!

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Humans of New York Brandon Stanton to Keynote RootsTech 2018 !

« RootsTech is delighted to announce that Brandon Stanton, creator of Humans of New York, will be the keynote speaker at RootsTech 2018, on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Stanton is a world renowned photographer and storyteller. He is recognized for his incredible talent of telling the story of everyday people he photographs, helping them feel important. At RootsTech 2018, Stanton will share his story, motivations, and some of the messages that his camera has captured in his quest to find the stories that drive the lives of the people of our world. Easily find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

In 2010, Stanton was laid off as a bond trader in Chicago. Undaunted, he bought a camera and set out to create a photographic census of 10,000 everyday people on the streets of New York. He published his initial work on his website, Humans of New York, and then added quotes of his subjects to create short, heartfelt, personal glimpses from their lives. His efforts were noticed—gaining over 20 million fans across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Stanton’s work beautifully illustrates that every life has a story—an important story. He masters the art of visually telling each person’s story, which he now conveys in his popular new weekly Facebook series for a TV show called Humans of New York: The Series. Some messages are sweet, some surprising, some sad, and many contain homespun nuggets of insights that people have found in the chronicles of their lives.

Since his journey began in 2010, Stanton and his camera have roamed the streets of New York and through more than 20 different countries, including the streets of some of the world’s most remote and troubled regions. The storytelling power of his social media sites have provided a platform to raise money to help change the situations of thousands of people in difficult circumstances.

Stanton is also the author of two books that catapulted to number one on the New York Times Bestsellers list: Humans of New York (2013), and Humans of New York: Stories (2015). His Children’s book, Little Humans (2014), a 40-page photographic picture book, was featured on the New York Times Children’s book bestseller list. »

FamilySearch’s New Web Tool Makes Ancestry Records Easier to Find!

« FamilySearch International, a leader in historical records preservation, has launched its new web-based indexing tool. Indexing is a technology used to make the world’s historical records freely searchable online for family history research. The new program makes it easier for online volunteers to participate using web-enabled computers, laptops, or tablets, and enables FamilySearch to expedite its online publishing of completed indexes.

New features enable volunteers to work on tablets, modify the layout of their dashboard based on personal preferences, set and track individual goals, and create groups with friends or others interested in working on a common project.

Global nonprofit FamilySearch digitally preserves billions of historical records online to help individuals with their family history research. It has published billions of images of historic records from all over the world online. Researchers can find the record images in FamilySearch’s Catalog or Historic Records Collections online. But searching through billions of images online in search of one’s elusive ancestors is not fun for the average person. They want to type in an ancestor’s name and known context, press Enter, and voilà, see highly matched results from their search query.

« That requires an index, » said Jim Ericson, marketing manager for FamilySearch Indexing. « Until the records are indexed online, they can only be discovered by browsing through often enormous collections of digital images. With a digital index, researchers can locate records in seconds by using a person’s name and other helpful information as search terms. A searchable index saves researchers time and effort by returning search results from the entire collection in a matter of seconds. »

Ericson says the new web-based indexing platform will enable more volunteers to participate worldwide and increase the rate at which FamilySearch can make indexed records accessible online. « It is a straight-forward experience that no longer requires people to download software, » said Ericson.

Using the new tool enables volunteer indexers to help make it possible for millions of people to have personal family history discoveries quickly with just a few keystrokes. Indexing also fuels hints, a new feature on that makes finding records even easier by mapping indexed records against a person’s family tree and sharing high probability ancestral matches with them.

The web-based indexing program also has new built-in helps, plus a lab section that allows you to test upcoming product features and enhancements for the new program.

For first-time volunteers, simple training provides step-by-step instructions. To participate, go to, and click the link to web indexing. »


L’enregistrement pour RootsTech 2018 est ouvert !

Tous à bord, c’est parti :  Les inscriptions pour  RootsTech 2018 sont ouvertes !

Des prix spéciaux sont disponibles pour les premiers arrivés (la chouette formule « Early Bird ») mais il y en aura pour tous les âges, tous les niveaux de généalogie et toutes les formules possibles.

S’il est une grande qualité qu’on peut reconnaitre à ce salon, c’est son organisation et sa planification merveilleuse !

Rien de plus simple pour s’inscrire, Il suffit de suivre la procédure ici   et de se laisser guider par les formulaires !  Des suggestions vous sont également proposées en termes de logement ( avec des réductions pour les participants ) et de séjour à Salt Lake !

Le mercredi 28 février 2018  sera le coup de départ du salon avec les interventions trés attendue de Steve Rockwood, le CEO de FamilySearch et la nouvelle formule de l’Innovation Showdown qui se décline maintenant en Showcase où les dernieres tendances en matière de technologies d’appui à la généalogie seront présentées….et soumises au vote notamment du public ce qui promet une belle émulation !

N’hésitez plus, foncez vous inscrire, vous ne le regretterez pas!

( Et si vraiment, vous ne savez en être, de nombreuses sessions seront disponible en live, vous pourrez donc participer à cette grande fête de chez vous ! )





FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm

FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm

« Salt Lake City, Utah (30 August 2017), Thursday, September 7, 2017, marks the closing of an 80-year era of historic records access to usher in a new, digital model. FamilySearch is discontinuing its microfilm circulation services in concert with its commitment to make billions of the world’s historic records readily accessible digitally online. (See FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm). As its remaining microfilms are digitized, FamilySearch has provided additional information to users of its historic microfilm program. Find and share this news announcement easily online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

FamilySearch, a global leader in historic records preservation and access, began microfilming historic records in 1938. Advancements in technology have enabled it to be more efficient, making an unbelievable tide of digital images of historic records accessible much quicker online and to a far greater customer base.

FamilySearch released a list of helpful facts and tips to help patrons better navigate the transition from microfilm to digital.


  • Patrons can still order microfilms online until Thursday, September 7, 2017.
  • After film ordering ends, if customers need access to a particular film yet to be digitized, they can express interest to have it added to the priority digitization list by contacting FamilySearch Support (Toll Free: 1-866-406-1830).
  • All of the microfilm rented by patrons in the past 5 years have now been digitized by FamilySearch—over 1.5 million microfilms (ca. 1.5 billion images).
  • The remaining microfilms are being digitally scanned at a rate of 1,000 films per day and are projected to be complete by 2020.
  • New digital images are available as they are scanned in the Catalog.
  • Films currently on loan in family history centers and affiliate libraries are automatically granted extended loan status.
  • Affiliate libraries now have access to nearly all of the restricted image collections as family history centers.
  • Visitors to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City will still be able to order needed microfilms to use during their research visits.


Digital image collections can be accessed today in 3 places on, all under Search.

  • Catalog. Includes a description of all the microfilms and digital images in the FamilySearch collection. This is where all of FamilySearch’s digitized microfilm and new digital images from its global camera operations are being published. A camera icon appears in the Catalog adjacent to a microfilm listing when it is available digitally.
  • Records includes collections that have been indexed by name or published with additional waypoints to help browse the unindexed images.
  • Books include digital copies of books from the Family History Library and other libraries, including many books that were previously copied to microfilm.

For additional help, see Finding Digital Images of Records on, or watch this how-to video “Where are the digitized records on FamilySearch?

“FamilySearch is committed to meeting customers’ needs as much as possible during this transition to digital access,” said Diane Loosle, FamilySearch’s Director of Patron Services. “We really appreciate the wonderful feedback we have received since the initial announcement. It is helping us better facilitate customer experiences during this next phase.”

Loosle said FamilySearch’s over 5,000 family history centers will continue to provide access to relevant technology, premium subscription services, and digital records, including restricted content not available at home. Centers have the option to return microfilm that is available online or otherwise not needed. As more images are published online, centers may reevaluate whether to retain microfilm holdings.

See Frequently Asked Questions: Digital Access Replacing Microfilms for more information. »

RootsTech 2017 : Des ancetres, des archives…

et des passionnés. PLEIN de passionés !

Et voilà ! Roots Tech 2017 a éteint ses derniers projecteurs, l’avion a atteri et il est temps de vider sa besace et de faire le bilan de cette édition,riche en émotions et en apprentissages que ce soit par les différentes sessions organisées que par les « grands évenements » en marge du show.

Qu’en retenir ? Comme le souligne Guillaume de Morant ici , la généalogie génétique a le vent en poupe aux USA. Peut-être un peu trop à nos yeux d’Européens? Cela reste à voir. Ce qui est en tout cas avéré c’est que l’ampleur d’une manifestation telle que RootsTech démontre d’un engouement du public américain pour la généalogie, fort loin de faiblir et ce alors que le marché est établi depuis plusieurs années maintenant.

Le show « à l’américaine », rodé à la seconde près et avec des invités de renom plaisant au grand public achève une impression générale extrèmement positive, véhiculeur de messages forts axés sur l’importance de la famille, la transmission inter-générationnelle et le souvenir. Et au fond, pourquoi pas? C’est certes à des années-lumières de la façon de faire de la généalogie en Belgique ou en France par exemple, ou en tout cas jusqu’au début du XXIe siècle mais c’est,je pense, un exemple intéressant à explorer et exploiter.

D’autant que la dite « keynote »  se déroule le matin et qu’il donne le ton d’une journée thématique : la journée dédiée à l’héritage afro-américaine ( avec un moment fort émouvant quand Thom Reed de FamilySearch a donné à l’acteur LeVar Burton des informations sur son histoire familiale :

( c) Mormon Newsroom )

la journée des familles et la généalogie biologique le samedi.

Le hall dévoué aux exposants,plein les trois jours, permet de se familiariser avec les entreprises, leaders du marché ou challengers, tous rivalisant d’imagination pour susciter l’interet des visiteurs.

A noter une belle présence internationale ! ( coucou Famicity, Geneanet, Filae, Into The Past, Museo Del Cognome… ) , une super ambiance au sein de l’équipe « média/reseaux sociaux » ( Et PLEIN de matos ramenés pour des futurs articles et réflexions!) et des chouettes fêtes en marge de ce jours de folies!

A très vite RootsTech!




In the heart of the great War!

Links between civilians and the military forces will be the focus In Mons next October.

Call for papers’s deadline early March (see link for details) . Sounds promising!