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The following is a news release from Ancestry.com: “Research Connects First African-American President to First African Slave in the American Colonies PROVO, UTAH – July 30, 2012 – A research team from Ancestry.com (NASDAQ:ACOM), the world’s largest online family history resource, has concluded that President Barack Obama is the 11thgreat-grandson of John Punch, the first […]

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Sandy on July 25th, 2012

Thanks to the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society who provided the information, Findmypast.co.uk (subscription or pay-as-you-go) has newly published the following two sets of WWI records: Oldham Employers’ Roll of Honour 1914-1920 Search records for more than 1,900 men who had enlisted in His Majesty’s Armed Forces and who were employed by companies in […]

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A collection of records comprising 128,000 images of the Church of England parish baptisms, marriages, banns and burials called The Canterbury Collection is now available at Findmypast as follows: “We are pleased to announce the launch of the Canterbury Collection on findmypast.co.uk The collection comprises 128,000 images of Church of England parish baptisms, marriages, banns […]

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The following is a news release from Ancestry.com clearly illustrating the continued popularity of genealogy and family history research:   “PROVO, Utah, July 2, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com (Nasdaq:ACOM), the world’s largest online family history resource, has added its two-millionth active current subscriber. The milestone recently was reached when Yvonne Ocheltree, of Collierville, Tenn., […]

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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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The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is in celebration of the July 4 weekend with an announcement of attractive member benefit. Fold3 is offering NGS members a great price-break when they purchase a Fold3 Annual Membership: “The National Genealogical Society is proud to announce a partnership with Fold3, the premier military history website. NGS has worked […]

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Ancestry.com has added fully indexed online records on the 1940 census for the following six states: Colorado Ohio Pennsylvania Tennesee Vermont Virginia Completion of these indexes now provides search availability of over 39 million records in ten states and the District of Columbia

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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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Popular family history and genealogy research website MyHeritage has a new search engine called SuperSearch, now in Beta, specifically to help researchers locate historical records. SuperSearch has been in development since early 2011 and MyHeritage says that it’s one of the most comprehensive products they’ve ever developed. It’s being touted as an exciting moment for […]

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Sandy on June 26th, 2012

Findmypast has just published 2 million new Welsh parish registers as follows: “These new records follow the first release of Welsh parish registers earlier this year. This is the first time that the complete Welsh parish baptism, marriage and death records have been made available online. You can now search 5,924,611 records of Church in Wales parish […]

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New indexed records and digital images have been added to the FamilySearch.org database as follows: “FamilySearch published new, free records online for Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, England, Georgia, Indonesia, Italy, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. The 1940 US Census Community Project continues to progress […]

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Here’s a timely reminder from Ancestry about free access  to War of 1812 records at Fold3: “On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain officially launching the War of 1812. In the 200 years since, it has become a forgotten war, perhaps best remembered by school children as when The Star-Spangled Bannerwas written. […]

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Prisoner of War records for WWI and WWII are now available for research at Findmypast as follows: “Search for your ancestors in new WWI and WWII Prisoner of War records published today on findmypast.co.uk These records hold vital information about men taken prisoner of war during both World Wars. Naval and Military Press provided findmypast.co.uk […]

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Sandy on June 12th, 2012

FamilySearch.org says: “One of the most often used and impressive features ofFamilySearch.org is the massive collection of genealogy records. FamilySearch has the largest collection of genealogical collections in the world with billions of records available to the public free of charge. FamilySearch has recently released two new videos that discuss this massive collection of genealogical records. The […]

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More than 7,500 new parish records for North West Kent are available at  findmypast.co.uk as follows: “Anyone with Kent ancestors will be keen to search the records for new details to add to their family tree. The North West Kent Family History Society provided findmypast.co.uk with these records, in association with the Federation of Family […]

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Shares of Ancestry.com rose today after a news report that the company is looking for a buyer. I’m not surprised—this is probably the best time to consider selling. According to the consistently reliable Bloomberg Ancestry.com “is weighing a sale and is working with Frank Quattrone’s Qatalyst Partners LLC to find buyers.” Although Ancestry is declining […]

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It’s amazing to know that 13.5 million people lived in New York in 1940. It was the country’s biggest state at that time and the census pages are chock full of fascinating folks. Ancestry.com has now just launched the 1940 U.S. Federal Census Index for the Empire State, which now joins the District of Columbia, […]

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FamilySearch.org has reached a milestone with their 1940 Census project. To date 51.88% of the census has been indexed. It doesn’t mean that 50% of the census has a searchable index. Unfortunately end users won’t see that for a while. It has taken 2 months to reach the current status thanks to the legion of […]

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The following press release from Ancestry.com gives details of U.S. Marine Corps activities during World War II and the Korean War. Many iconic celebrities are part of the collection, including: Ted Williams, Bea Arthur, accused JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, Steve McQueen, F. Lee Bailey, Gene Hackman, Dan Rather, Jim Lehrer, Harvey Keitel, Ed McMahon […]

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Findmypast Ireland has made a second batch of records available from the Irish Petty Sessions books as follows: “Today we launch online the second batch of records from the Petty Sessions order books (1850-1910), one of the greatest untapped resources for those tracing their Irish roots. The original Petty Sessions records are held at the […]

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I’ve  found the International Genealogical Index (IGI) available at FamilysSearch.org very useful in the past. It has been a mix of community indexed sources and community contributed records. Apparently this mix meant that the records weren’t equally reliable. The problem is in the process of being resolved with the creation of two separate collections searchable […]

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Sandy on May 29th, 2012

Family Search has a lot to offer and it’s free. There’s a new feature called My Source Box. It’s a useful new place to bookmark a source record and organize them into folders. People with access to the Family Tree can locate a record and add it to the source box for addition to the […]

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The National Archives at San Francisco officially opened 40,000 case files on immigrants to the United States on May 22, 2012. The research room was dedicated to U.S. Representative Tom Lantos who pushed to have the files re-designated as records of permanent historical value. Transferred from the U.S. Cititzenship and Immigration Servives (USCIS), the files […]

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The 1940 census has caused quite a stir in the genealogy and family history community. I’ve written about it several times with progress updates and I thought it has just about been covered by everyone.Wait up! there’s more. The fact that 1940 census has had amazing coverage in national publications is truly impressive. The best […]

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If you’re ancestors hailed from the counties of Suffolk and Kent in England you’ll be interested to know that Findmypast.co.uk has published more than 180,000 new parish records for Suffolk and North West Kent as follows: “The Suffolk Family History Society and North West Kent Family History Society provided findmypast.co.uk with these records, in association with the […]

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Ancestry.com has released a database containing membership cards with details on women who joined the Cadet Nurse Corps created during WWII as follows: “Historical Background After the United States entered World War II, the military’s needs quickly brought on a nursing shortage. To address the need, federal funding, administered by the Public Health Service, began […]

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I mentioned in my blog post a few days ago that I had serious doubts that the launch of the 1940 census would run smoothly because of a high volume of users trying to access the website at the same time. Unfortunately, I was correct—in the world of Internet Technology there is never enough band […]

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FamilySearch.org has, only a few days ago, added just over 34 million new records online for the following countries: Brazil Canada Chile Columbia Czech Republic England France Germany Ireland Mexico Norway Peru Portugal Puerto Rico Scotland United States Wales. You can search this amazing newly digitized collection as well as a startling 2.5 billion other records […]

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Sandy on March 27th, 2012

Over a million baptism marriage and burial records dating back to 1538 are now available at Findmypast.co.uk. This is the first time that images of original parish records from London’s Westminster are online. Additionally, the records can now be searched free of charge by visiting the Life Events (BMDs) section of Findmypast. The press release […]

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The following is an interesting and useful press release I received from Ancestry.com: “Families Can Connect to the Bay State’s Historical Past Through Centuries of Birth, Marriage and Death Records Which Are Now Available Online For the First Time PROVO, UT, March 20, 2012 — Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced that […]

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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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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. The link to the site will be: 1940Census.archives.gov Click on the video below to watch the […]

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Sandy on February 21st, 2012

Alan Stewart’s Grow Your Own Family Tree says: “The Ulster Historical Foundation (UHF) has sent information about new online baptism records and other information. The UHF has sent the following information: Belfast baptisms The first batch of new family records for 2012 are now online. The UHF has added over 12,000 baptism records between 1900 and 1924 […]

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Ancestry.com has added millions of State Birth, Marriage and Death Records from Pennsylvania to their database in a partnership with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania spanning from 1593-1908. The latest additions cover important growth years when it was contributing to the overall development of the country. When you research the records you’ll learned details of […]

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Having recently read a list of MyHeritage.com accomplishments for 2011, this year I’ll be paying a lot more attention to what they’re offering users. It’s probably the second most popular genealogy site in the global community, Ancestry.com being number one. They’re predicting that 2012 will be equally good and I wouldn’t doubt it. Like other […]

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Sandy on January 19th, 2012

Findmypast.co.uk has recently published the following 3,749 records by courtesy of the Cheshire Family History Society: “These records could provide essential new information for those of you with Cheshire ancestors. Further details are as follows: Type of records: Burials Number of records: 3,749 Date range: 1800-2002 Parish / place: Appleton The Cheshire Family History Society […]

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To make sure that Ancestry.com met customer requirements, they asked users what they could do to make their research goals better. Based on the response, they put together a list of 12 improvements Ancestry will implement in 2012 as follows: “1. Announcing the 1940 U.S. Federal Census — the 72-year wait is over! The long-awaited […]

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Sandy on December 16th, 2011

It’s almost time for the RootsTech again. So, what is RootsTech? It’s a conference for genealogists who meet to find cutting edges solutions and discover the latest technologies to enhance their research experience. On the techies side developers will gain information to produce innovative applications. RootsTech has something for everyone even if you’re a newbie […]

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Hot on the heals of my article yesterday titled, Social Security Death Index (SSDI) no longer available to the public  about the denial of access to SSDI, I’m passing along worthwhile commentary published on Dick Eastman’s, Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, Genealogists are Losing Access to SSDI, Mostly Due to Misinformation, detailing a very interesting point of view regarding this loss […]

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Tonight’s episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is airing the episode Genetic Disorder and the murder of a genealogists found in the home of a team member. The crime lab in Las Vegas works feverishly to solve the case and will reveal a dark family secret. The story follows the usual twists and turns and the […]

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Sandy on December 8th, 2011

I received information today about an update for the Windows version of Family Tree Maker 2012. I’ll hasten to add that although updates are normal for new versions of any software on the market this one is significant because of the features we purchased in the 2012 version. There’s quite a list of improvements and […]

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Sandy on November 2nd, 2011

Here’s another useful resource for family history researchers passed along by the National Genealogical Society (NGS): “The Georgia Historic Newspapers Collection (part of the Digital Library of Georgia) has a nice South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive. The South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive spans the years 1845-1922 and includes the following titles: Albany News, 1870-1883 Albany Patriot, 1845-1866 Americus Times Recorder, […]

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I’m sure most of us have found some conflicting information during our family history research. Here’s some sage advice from FamilySearch.org: “Conflicting information from original documents can be troublesome, which means it is always wise to use more than one document when proving family connections. Take the case of Bessie Endy. Or, was she Bessie […]

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FamilySearch.org says: “FamilySearch.org added millions of new records this week including 11 new records collections. More than six million Hungary Catholic Church records were added, as well as four million Mexico civil registration records. Looking for records from China? Over a million new Chinese genealogies from 1500–1900 are now available for viewing. Begin searching for free at FamilySearch.org. Searchable records on FamilySearch.org are […]

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Sandy on June 27th, 2011

The following post appeared on the Family Search blog. The FamilySearch.org website provides a continuing learning experience in genealogy and it’s free: “Those of Irish ancestry are well aware of Ireland’s turbulent, troubled history and costly fight for independence. Adding to Ireland’s painful saga was the bloody Irish Civil War fought between1922-1923. One of the […]

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Sandy on June 22nd, 2011

FindMyPast.co.uk says: “Adding to our British Army Service Records 1760-1915 collection, we have just published over 500,000 soliders’ records in our Militia service records 1806-1915. These records offer a rich source of information to the family historian, especially because attestation papers form a major part of this collection. Attestation refers to the papers drawn up upon […]

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In the Fall (Autumn) of 2011, The British Newspaper Archive will digitize millions of pages of newspapers making them available online. The British Libraries newspaper collection is probably the best in the world and the collection will contain most of the runs of newspapers published in the UK since 1800. This could prove to be […]

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I’ve just found a terrific website called Connected Histories I’d like to share that brings together 11 major digital resources related to early modern and nineteenth century Britain (1500-1900), with a single search that allows the sophisticated searching of names places and dates, and the ability to save, connect and even share resources within your […]

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FindMyPast.co.uk has added more records to their database as follows: “You can now search for your ancestors in 1,447,671 new baptism, marriage and burial records for Hampshire on findmypast.co.uk This substantial new release of records will really benefit those with Hampshire roots. The table below provides the details about these new records: Type of records Number […]

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As we remember the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War (1861-1865), you can explore the history of the conflict and your ancestors’ role in it in ways they (and maybe you) would never have imagined. It’s also known as the War Between the States. Today you can look up the name […]

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A year-long celebration is planned to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the 40th President of the United States of America, Ronald Wilson Reagan, on February 6, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois. Inaugurated at age 69, Reagan was the oldest President and, according to some of the trivia out there, he was apparently almost […]

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The publishing world is in serious crisis and the brick and mortar bookstores are in trouble. Many publishing companies have either closed their doors or have changed their business strategy. For example, Dorchester Publishing dropped its traditional print publishing business in favor of an e-book/print-on-demand model. With advent of the eBook reader and the astronomical […]

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Genealogy is not a boring word anymore that’s appropriate only to your grandparents. Quite opposite of what many people might think, an interest in genealogy has not only penetrated mainstream America, but it has spread around the world.  East of access is the key and organizations like Ancestry.com, FindMyPast.com and FamilySearch.org have successfully advanced research […]

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