Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~ Plants


March 23, 1952 ~ September 25, 2010


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 Copyright © 2010 By Cheryl Palmer

Thursday, September 23, 2010 Press Release

Here is a press release from that I received this morning:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              
Leading Brand for American Historical Content

PROVO, Utah, September 23, 2010 – Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire iArchives, Inc. and its branded Web site,, a leading American History Web site, for approximately $27 million in a mix of stock, cash and assumption of liabilities.  This acquisition will provide the company with a complementary consumer brand, expanded content offerings, and enhanced digitization and image-viewing technologies.

iArchives digitizes and delivers high-quality images of American historical records of individuals involved in the Revolutionary War, Continental Congress, Civil War, and other US historical events to subscribers interested in early American roots. iArchives has digitized more than 65 million original source documents to date through its proprietary digitization process for paper, microfilm and microfiche collections.

“ is highly complementary to’s online family history offering,” said Tim Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of “By promoting Footnote to our Ancestry audience, we hope to expand its reach among researchers who care about early American records. iArchives also brings outstanding image-viewing technology and content digitization capabilities that will improve our leadership position in bringing valuable historical records to the market. We welcome the iArchives team to the family.”

Upon completion of the transaction, iArchives will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of As part of the transaction, currently expects to issue approximately 1.0 million shares of common stock. The transaction is subject to various closing conditions and is expected to close early in the fourth quarter of 2010. also announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase program of up to approximately $25 million of its common stock. Under the authorization, share repurchases may be made by the Company from time to time in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions depending on market conditions, share price and other factors and may include accelerated or forward or similar stock repurchases and/or Rule 10b5-1 plans. Part of the rationale for the repurchase is to offset dilution of equity resulting from the iArchives acquisition. No time limit was set for the completion of this program. The share repurchase program may be modified or discontinued at any time by the Board of Directors.
About Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with approximately 1.3 million paying subscribers. More than 5 billion records have been added to the site in the past 13 years. Ancestry users have created more than 19 million family trees containing over 1.9 billion profiles. has local Web sites directed at nine countries, including its flagship Web site at

About iArchives

iArchives is a leading digitization service provider that also operates, a subscription Web site that features searchable original documents, providing over 35,000 paying subscribers with a view of the events, places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. At, all are invited to come share, discuss, and collaborate on their discoveries with friends, family, and colleagues. For more information, visit

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Acknowledgement and Thanks!

Two thirds of this year has passed so quickly! I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who have left comments on my blog these past four months! Bloggers appreciate healthy, positive, helpful and constructive comments. Comments encourage us to continue blogging and sometimes may even give us ideas for a future post. It shows us that people appreciate your thoughts, work, time and energy used towards blogging.

 I have made a list of each person who has commented on my blog, hopefully I haven't left anyone out. If I have, please accept my sincere apologies and let me know!  Many of these people have left more than one comment here on Heritage Happens. I want you all to know that I really do appreciate the time you take to leave your comments on my blog. 

While making this list, I decided to log how many times each of these people below commented. I have had comments sent to me that were not posted on my blog also, but I am not including those. I became curious who was leaving the most comments, and really seemed to follow Heritage Happens. From that list I would like to recognize the top five who have left the most comments. But first, here is the complete list~

Mary ~ Mary's Musings
Apple ~ Apple's Tree
TennLady ~ Gene Notes
Gini ~ Ginisology
Scottish Genealogist ~ Our Scots Blog
David ~ A follower
Rootdigger ~ A Rootdigger
Lindalee ~ Flipside
Bokesliden Magnus ~ Follower 
Becky ~ Kinexxions
Joan Miller ~ Luxegen
Professor Dru ~ Find Your Folks
Kerry ~ Clue Wagon
Miriam ~ AnceStories
A.C. Ivory ~ Find My Ancestor
Martin - Follower
Anonymous ~ Follower
Generations TV ~ The Generations Project
Kristin ~ Finding Eliza
Cynthia ~ Heritage Zen
Andrea ~ Family Tales
Shelley ~ Twigs of Yore
Harriet ~ Genealogy Fun

Quite a list, wouldn't you say? I am honored and humbled that these people have all been by and commented on this blog. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. And now, in no particular order, the top five people who have commented on Heritage Happens so far this year are ~

Gini ~ Ginisology
Greta ~ Greta's Genealogy Blog
Lori H ~ Genealogy and Me
Michelle  ~ The Turning of Generations
Mary ~ Mary's Musings
Lori E. ~ Family Trees may Contain Nuts
Rootdigger ~ A Rootdigger
Miraim ~` Ancestories
Bill West ~ West in New England

Ooops...Looks like there are nine people listed here, not five. Actually, there was a tie for fourth place! I couldn't be happier! You all have wonderful blogs and I look forward to leaving more comments on yours! Thank you for your continued support! 

As you may remember, I did this for the first four months of the year. Here are the top five (seven) from that list ~

Michelle Goodrum The Turning Of Generations
Mary ~ Mary's Musings
Greta Koehl ~ Greta's Genealogy Blog
Lori Hellmund ~ Genealogy and Me
Taylorstales ~ Taylorstales Genealogy
Lindalee ~ Flipside
Joan ~ Roots N Leaves

I plan on doing this again the end of December. Actually it will be more like the beginning of January 2011. I have decided to award a gift to the person who leaves the most messages on my blog for the year. I haven't decided exactly what that gift will be yet, so I can't tell you what it is. However, if you are the slightest bit interested in winning the gift, you have the last third of the year to comment and win the prize. Once I decide for sure what the gift will be, I may decide to drop hints or clues about it along the way....or I may just announce what it will be, or I may not say anything until the winner is announced. What would your preference be?  What gift would you like to see awarded? (Within reason now, please!) Now is your chance to leave comments!

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Press Release ~'s Life Stories of Ellis Island Immigrates

  Here is the press release I received from


More than 1,700 first-hand audio recordings now available for free online

PROVO, Utah, September 1, 2010— announced today it has launched a collection of more than 1,700 recorded oral histories from immigrants who arrived in the United States through Ellis Island. This is the first time this collection of poignant recordings has been available online. To celebrate the new addition, is making its entire U.S. Immigration Collection free through Labor Day.

 “As immigrants created new lives in the U.S., the stories of their homelands and their remarkable journeys to America were often lost,” said Christopher Tracy, senior vice president of global content for  “We are thrilled to offer people the opportunity to hear the voices of their ancestors sharing stories of their lives.”

Ellis Island was the gateway for millions of immigrants between 1892 and 1954. The oral histories were captured by the National Park Service starting in the 1970s, and contain uniquely inspiring first-hand accounts recalling the lives these immigrants left behind, their reasons for leaving and their incredible and often-trying journeys to America.  These recordings are housed at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and until now could be heard only by visitors to the Island itself. In addition to oral histories from immigrants, the collection also includes recordings from military personnel who were stationed on Ellis Island and former Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty workers.

“To our family it is important that we in the U.S. know the origin of the people who came to this country, settled here and made it what it is today. It makes us very proud to know that our mother was part of this,” said Yvonne Rumac, daughter of oral history participant Estelle Belford, who immigrated to the United States from Romania via Ellis Island in 1905.

Other Records Added to the U.S. Immigration Collection:
The Ellis Island Oral Histories are the latest addition to, which boasts the world’s largest online collection of U.S. immigration records. Comprised of more than 170 million records, the U.S. Immigration Collection includes lists of passengers who immigrated by ship to America between 1820 and 1960, including those who came through Ellis Island; more than 7 million citizenship and naturalization records; border crossings, passport applications and more to help reconstruct our ancestors’ journeys and early lives in America. has also added nearly 2 million new U.S. naturalization record indexes, thanks to the many individuals who are part of the World Archives Project –a community effort aimed at transcribing historical records. The indexes span 11 states (AK, CA, CT, HI, LA, ME, MT, NY, PA, TN, WA) and will provide Americans greater opportunity to learn more about their ancestors’ citizenship experience.

In addition, has added nearly 2 million records documenting crew members on ships who arrived in the port of Boston. The records were added to an existing collection of over 3.8 million records from Boston Passenger and Crew Lists, 1820-1943.

To honor our nation’s immigrant heritage, has opened up its entire U.S. Immigration Collection so that it can be searched free through Labor Day. The Ellis Island Oral History Collection will remain permanently free on

To begin exploring your family’s journey to America, visit

About Inc. Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with more than one million paying subscribers. More than 5 billion records have been added to the site in the past 13 years. Ancestry users have created more than 18 million family trees containing over 1.8 billion profiles. has local Web sites directed at nine countries, including its flagship Web site at

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

 Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Family Tree Maker 2011 Press Release

Here is the Press Release I received a few days ago...



No. 1 Selling Family Tree Software Offers Simplicity and Depth for Recording Family Histories

PROVO, Utah, August 31, 2010 – today announced the release of Family Tree Maker® 2011, an improved version of the world’s No. 1 selling family history software.

For the last 20 years, Family Tree Maker has provided tools that make it easy to build family trees, record memories and organize family photos. Family Tree Maker also enables users to capture stories, and attach videos and audio clips in a way that will help them easily capture and share the story of their ancestors both on-and offline.

“Family Tree Maker 2011 delivers significant improvements on many fronts.  By incorporating changes recommended by a diverse base of novice and experienced family researchers, we have arrived at what we believe to be our best release yet,” said Eric Shoup, Senior Vice President of Product at “With the recent surge in interest in family history, and Family Tree Maker have an important role to play in creating new family historians.”

Without leaving Family Tree Maker, users can search the robust collection of family history records on and simply incorporate matching results directly into their tree. Family Tree Maker 2011 automatically searches for historical documents about the individuals in the user’s family tree when connected to the Internet. Family Tree Maker 2011 comes with either a free trial or subscription to Family Tree Maker makes it easier than ever to discover your family story, preserve your legacy and share your unique heritage. Of the more than one hundred enhancements added to the software, the following are some of the new and improved features found in Family Tree Maker 2011:

·         Smart Stories™ – Ready to start on an ancestor’s story? The Smart Story editor makes it easy to drag and drop text and photos from your tree into story pages that will update automatically when you make changes to your tree.
·         More Complete and Relevant Timelines – Find and add more events to your ancestors' lives. Add, edit and delete your own historical events and apply historical events by time and geography.
·         New and Improved Charts – Enjoy four new fan chart styles. Enhance charts with backgrounds, borders and embellishments. And use fonts you can change based on fact type.
·         Improved Integration with – has millions of members all over the world. Now you can find out if any of them are searching for your ancestors by viewing Member Connect activity on your home page, plus links to related message boards and new messages in your inbox. You'll also enjoy faster uploading and downloading of your tree.
·         New Media Management Tools - Drag and drop, cut and paste, and even categorize multiple items at the same time. You'll also find a new tool that will help you locate missing media files.
·         Enhanced Reports – Enhanced ancestor and descendant reports, added a surname report and allowed you to sort custom reports, plus you can now save and reuse report settings.

Family Tree Maker 2011 will include either a printed or electronic Companion Guide to help users quickly master the simple and even advanced tasks. The Companion Guide will come with easy-to-understand screenshots of the software.

Family Tree Maker 2011 is now available to purchase online at starting at $39.95. The program is also set to be released in select retail stores.

Internet access required for all Web integration.

About Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with more than one million paying subscribers. The company has digitized and put online more than 5 billion records over the past 13 years. Ancestry users have created over 18 million family trees containing nearly 1.8 billion profiles. has local Web sites directed at nine countries, including its flagship Web site at

Thanks for stopping by!
Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

 Copyright © 2010 By Cheryl Palmer