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The following press release is good news for folks who just can’t afford the cost of access to genealogy pricey databases: “BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mocavo.com™ (http://www.mocavo.com), a free search engine geared toward genealogists and people interested in learning more about their family history, launches today. Mocavo.com enables the search of more than 50 billion words – […]

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The latest update from FamilySearch.org the world’s best known free website is as follows with images are added to their existing collection: “FamilySearch added an additional 10.5 million indexed records and images in the last two weeks. The largest portion of this update includes the 8,613,673 images added to the New York Probate Records from […]

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I’ve participated in several Legacy Family Tree Webinars and can recommend them as worthwhile, informative and professional. The list below outlines what’s available for 2013. There’s also a link at the bottom of this post where you can register: “January 2013 Successful On-site Research by Marian Pierre-Louis. 1/16 Best Internet Resources for East European Genealogy […]

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Sandy on November 25th, 2012

If you do a lot of online research, the following book The Web Library: Building a World Class Personal Library with Free Web Resources, by Nicholas G. Tomaiuolo is a good one to own.  The content is broken-down into logical parts and well organized and is a good one to have at hand.  There is also […]

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The following is a release from Genes Reunited and Findmypast with news about free access to all 1911 census transcriptions for the next month:  “ALL 1911 TRANSCRIPTIONS ARE NOW FREE ON GENES REUNITED AND FINDMYPAST.CO.UK Leading family history websites genesreunited.co.uk and findmypast.co.uk have teamed up to offer their members free access to all 1911 census […]

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Origins.net is offering free access to the Prerogative  Court of York Wills and Administration as follows: “Prior to the establishment of a government run system for probate in 1858, there existed over 300 church courts where wills could be proved. One of the most important of these was the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of York, […]

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On July 1st each year, Canadians celebrate Canada Day. On July 1,  1867, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada were united as a single country. The union was an outcome of the Constitution Act, which granted Canada a large measure of independence from England. Over the course of a century, Canada gradually […]

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Sandy on April 2nd, 2012

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has announced that the 1940 census will be available on April 2, 2012 and will be online at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern). This is an official website of NARA in partnership with Archives.com. There are 3.8 images available from door-to-door record taking of 132.2 million Americans. They hand-written images […]

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The World Memory Project has keyed more than one million records. All the records contain important information on individual victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution from children in Germany to Jewish victims at camps in Poland, the Czech Republic and Ukraine. The information is available free of charge on Ancestry.com and will help survivors and […]

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Sandy on February 23rd, 2012

New Records have been released by the British Security Service (MI5) to the British National Archives that includes files on Charlie Chaplin (famous silent screen comic), as well as double-agent Folkert Van Koutrik. There is also information about details of a Nazi plan to produce counterfeit British banknotes. This release contains 86 files, which brings […]

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Having written about British genealogy company brightsolid (poet e.e. cummings would love the use of lower case “b”) a couple of times recently I’m not surprised to be tapping out another post. My last entry was about their sponsorship of the currently active Rootstech conference and their imminent plans to enter the genealogy market here in […]

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Ancestry. com the worlds largest online family history resource has released two million North Carolina World War II Draft Cards in commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of Pearl Harbor on December 7th as follows: “In remembrance of the upcoming 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor marking the entrance of the United States into World […]

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Sandy on November 4th, 2011

The following is a very welcome newsflash from FamilySearch.org: “We have received word that the Hugh Wallis site is working again. Thanks to the good work of Hugh Wallis, John Steel and others, the site is once again up and available for you to use. To some, the new format used on the site may […]

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Sandy on September 7th, 2011

Another reminder from the National Genealogical Society (NGS): “This is such an exciting project for genealogists that we want to remind you about it. As the War of 1812 pensions are being digitized (see previous posts below and check out this FGS page) they are freely available to all at the Fold3 (previously Footnote) website. Currently about 69,000 […]

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If you’re lucky enough to have visited the Smithsonian Museum you’ll already know it’s always free. Here’s an wonderful event sponsored by the Smithsonian for free admission to an impressive list of museums throughout the country. All you need to do is to complete an online form and then select the museum you’d like to […]

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Sandy on May 18th, 2011

This following terrific Ancestry.com feature was posted yesterday by Stephanie Cruz who focus is on features that help you find and reach out to other members who share your family history research: “Did you know that you can share your member tree with friends and family for free? Send them an email invitation and they can […]

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The World Memory Project was created by The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry.com, to allow the public free online access to records so that families and victims of the  can discover what happened to their loved ones as a result of one of the worst events in the history of the world. This […]

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Gale is Celebrating National Library Week from 10-24 April by giving you free access to select Gale resources as follows from NGS: “Gale NewsVault — access to more than 10 million digitized pages. This collection includes: 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers 19th Century British Library Newspapers 19th Century U.S. Newspapers 19th Century UK Periodicals: Empire 19th Century UK Periodicals: New Readerships

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The following is a press release from Ancestry.com “Nearly 25 million National Archives Civil War records documenting lives and service of Union and Confederate soldiers available free to public at Ancestry.com from April 7-14 WASHINGTON, D.C., and PROVO, UTAH — (April 6, 2011) – Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, and the National Archives, […]

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Sandy on March 22nd, 2011

For my readers in the United Kingdom the following offer from Ancestry.com.uk  is offering free access for 24 hours to their English, Welsh and Scottish census collections to commemorate Census Day 2011: “Get ready! To mark Census Day 2011, we’re letting you access all our UK census record indexes, from England, Wales and Scotland, completely FREE, for […]

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The following is an interesting announcement from the National Genealogical Society: “Did you know that at the NGS 2011 Family History Conference, Charleston, South Carolina from 11-14 May 2011, the exhibit hall is free to the public? This is a great opportunity for non-conference-attending companions or local community members to experience an exciting element of the annual conference – […]

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The “72 Year Census Rule” is the length of time that personal information on the U.S census forms is kept private. When completing a census forms, every household typically answers questions that includes personal information that is preferentially private. As a result the United States Government imposed a rule that protects citizens’ right to privacy […]

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The following announcement was written by FamilySearch: “SALT LAKE CITY—RootsTech, a new family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 10-12, 2011, announced today that six of its popular sessions will be broadcasted live and complimentary over the Internet. The live broadcasts will give those unable to attend worldwide a sample […]

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The Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759 -1796) has a newly updated Iphone App. The original was not user friendly and people complained that it was difficult to access and inaccurate. The app, developed by the Scottish government, was supposed to give fans of Robert Burns instant access to his entire work of poems and love […]

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