Joe Everett is a genealogy librarian at FamilySearch, responsible for patron services in international branches of the Family History Library. Joe was previously the head of International Reference at the Family History Library and a technical services librarian, cataloging Slavic and Germanic records. He also spent several years as content manager at Joe earned a B.A. in Russian Language and Family History/Genealogy (Germanic emphasis) from Brigham Young University and a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University (Kansas). He has been active in library and genealogical associations and has lectured and published articles Central & East European research.

13 October 2014

Petition in UK To Allow Public Access to Birth, Marriage and Death Records

I wish I could sign this! I hope that UK citizens will do so!

Petition in UK To Allow Public Access to Birth, Marriage and Death Records
Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee, reports a petition has started to open the civil registration records (birth, marriage and death) both online and at the registration office for England and Wales. Currently, the only way to obtain a civil record is to submit a payment to the General Register Office (GRO). The person behind this campaign is Guy Etchells, the man who is behind the push to get the 1911 Census released. Etchells says by making the records immediately accessible it is a win-win as the GRO can focus on the “core task of recording and administering current registrations” and genealogical organizations may wish to digitize the records and the government would receive licensing fees. The petition is available at Only UK citizens, ex-pat, or people actually live in the UK can sign this petition.

Additional information is at records-maybe.

(Reposted from Nu? What's New?" The E-zine of Jewish Genealogy.)

07 August 2014

International Tracing Service (ITS) Collection Specialist to be at upcoming Conference

International Tracing Service (ITS) Collection Specialist to be at upcoming Conference:
Diane Afoumado, PhD., Chief, International Tracing Service (ITS) Research Branch, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will be visiting the upcoming FEEFHS conference, bringing her database, and presenting background on the records available for research and doing lookups. These records extend beyond the persecution of the Jews and may be of interest to anyone who may have relatives who were persecuted or displaced during WWII.

'via Blog this'

21 October 2013

Forever Preserved: Genealogical Records after the Bohol Quake | Lahing Pinoy

Forever Preserved: Genealogical Records after the Bohol Quake | Lahing Pinoy:  This is a nice piece by a friend in the Philippines, highlighting the importance of the work that FamilySearch does in preserving the world's family history records.

21 August 2013

Diane L. Loosle Named Director of Family History Library in Salt Lake City - Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

I have known Diane for many years, having worked together at the Family History Library, first as peer managers in reference starting back in 2003 and more recently, as a member of her leadership team. She is an inspired leader and I am excited for the future of the library under her direction.

20 August 2013

Turn-of-the-Century Odessa Directories Now Online

News from Gary Mokotoff's Avotaynu e-newsletter: Turn-of-the-Century Odessa city directories are now online.  Odessa address and business directories (Vsia Odessa) for 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902/1903, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1910, 1911, and 1914 are now searchable at Search results link to scans of the directories on the Russian State Library website.  You can find them via global search or filter by place to limit results to Odessa. The site include capability to search using Roman characters as well as Cyrillic.  You can also browse the directory images on the archive site at

19 June 2013

Hamburg Passenger Lists now indexed for 1850-1914

I just learned that the Hamburg Passenger Lists have been updated on (URL: The name index now covers 1850-1914 (previously it was 1877-1914). This means that the bulk of this collection is now indexed, including the time period of peak migration through that port. The only remaining piece to index are the records following WWI (1920-1934). (You can still browse the images, though).

The update adds over eight hundred thousand new records to the index, which now includes over 4.6 million names.

(Note that they have not updated the little yellow notification in the search box to reflect the expanded index coverage yet. The "About this database" section has the updated coverage information, though. I have also tested numerous searches for the earlier years back to 1850 and they are working.)