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In a smaller update, FamilySearch has recently added more than 260 thousand indexed records and images from Guatemala, Italy, New Zealand, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 102,461 images from the new U.S., Indiana, Naturalization Records and Indexes, 1848–1992, collection, the 45 images from the Italy, Mantova, Mantova, Censuses (Comune), 1750–1900, collection, […]

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The following announcement describes the new partnership between Findmypast.com and the Federations of Genealogical Society (FGS) with a plan to make records available to findmypast.com and create  a vital  revenue stream for local societies: “Findmypast.com, an international leader in online family history research, today announced a national partnership with Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) to […]

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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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Findmypast.co.uk says: “We’re pleased to announce that we’ve published 150,388 new parish marriage records for Devon on findmypast.co.uk The records span the period 1837-2002. Anyone with Devon ancestors will want to search these records for fresh information about their ancestors’ marriages. See a detailed list of the areas and churches these records cover (PDF) The Devon Family […]

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“Looking for relatives in Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Utah? We’ve just released fully-searchable indexes for all 12 states. And 26 other states are ready to search. And remember, if the state you’re waiting for isn’t indexed yet, you can still look through 1940 […]

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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 newly revamped and user friendly website will soon be online from the Library and Archives of Canada. It’s one of the first federal sites to conform to the new Government of Canada design. The news release is as follows: “A new gateway for finding out about Canada’s heritage will soon be opening up online: […]

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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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Don’t forget you can research online free of charge on FamilySearch.org. The latest additions to their 1940 Census Index Project is as follows:  “FamilySearch is excited to announce the addition of Minnesota and Rhode Island to the list of completed and searchable states in the 1940 US Census Index Project. To date we have indexed 84.35% of the entire […]

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Sandy on July 9th, 2012

One hundred and thirty-five years ago the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club began its first lawn tennis tournament at Wimbledon, England. Although  a total of  22 people registered to play in the Gentlemen’s Singles tournament only 21 amateurs competed on the July 9, 1877 the first day of the tournament. The prize was […]

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If you’re looking for another resource to help you locate your Scottish ancestors the National Library of Scotland (NLS) has over 700 directories digitized, which cover most of Scotland and date from 1773 to 1911. They are also a valuable resource for the years not covered by the census which started in 1841 and carried […]

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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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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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ScotlandsPeople has posted the following announcement:  “We have changed the pricing and payment method for purchasing Wills & Testaments documents on the ScotlandsPeople website. Instead of purchasing a Will & Testament through a separate transaction, these documents can now be viewed using ScotlandsPeople credits. As an introductory offer we have also reduced the cost from £5 GBP […]

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Findmypast.co.uk has just published 25,000 new records as follows: “We’ve just added more than 25,000 new Royal Household records to our collection: Establishment Lists for Master of the Household’s Department 1835-1924: 7,158 records Establishment Lists for the Royal Mews 1717-1924: 18,281 records The new records represent an addition to the Royal Household records we published earlier this […]

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Findmypast.co.uk has just published about 70,000 new parish records for Sheffield, England, as follows: “We’ve just published almost 70,000 new parish records for Sheffield on findmypast.co.uk The records span the vast period 1767 to 1986 and will be essential to anyone with ancestors from Sheffield. The Sheffield & District Family History Society provided findmypast.co.uk with these records, […]

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The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has recently published an updated Open Government Plan for 2012-2014 designed to guide their efforts “in transparency, participation, and collaboration”. Although I can’t agree with the transparency, participation, and collaboration mantra for all government organizations, I believe that NARA always puts its best foot forward. Unlike some other […]

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Sandy on June 15th, 2012

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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Sandy on June 11th, 2012

It’s amazing what fear of the unknown can conjure up. About to be put up for auction in Britain is an 1890s vampire-slaying kit described as “almost complete and in good condition” and expected to fetch up to $2,000. The vampire-slaying tools are housed in a blue velvet lined mahogany box with the inner cover […]

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Sandy on June 8th, 2012

A lot of us miss seeing and listening to brutally frank comments from Simon Cowell on American Idol. Let’s face it, the show hasn’t been quite the same since he picked up his marbles and moved on. Simon Cowell, one of the richest individuals in the world of entertainment, is the fourth post in Roy […]

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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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Fold3 is a subscription website that provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. It’s a very useful site for Historians, Family Historians, Researchers, Teachers and much more. For my readers who live outside the U.S. the Fold3 names is derived from […]

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The Scots have a rare humor when it comes to death and if you’ve heard some to the irreverent Scottish jokes about the subject you’d understand. Don’t get wrong my generation also had a healthy respect for the dead. We always enjoyed those visits to the cemetery on Sunday’s, which usually included a walk around […]

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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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It would be hard to miss the promotion by FamilySearch.org of BillionGraves.com which is owned and operated by AppTime. Family Historians and Genealogists will love the constantly expanding database of records and images from cemeteries around the world. Digitized images of each gravestone will be tagged with GPS coordinates to make finding your ancestors an […]

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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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The following news release from Ancestry.com and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum World Memory Project marks the first anniversary of their partnership. There are three new collections including information on Poles, Jews, and other victims with more than 1.3 million records indexed from the museum’s archives: “WASHINGTON, DC/PROVO, UTAH, May 10, 2012 — Records […]

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The British National Archives has made Olympic and Paralympic documents and images available online for the 19th 20th and 21st centuries. This is a first. The new site called The Olympic Record has a timeline, which enables researchers to brows material from summer Olympics from the Athens games in 1896 to the Beijing games in 2008. […]

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If you’d like to learn what records are available and where to look at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), there’s a series of presentations available from archivists, volunteers and other experts who share their knowledge of the NARA records with you. To learn more about the program click on Know Your Records.

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Sandy on May 9th, 2012

GenDetective is a genealogy software from RumbleSoft that’s different from most commercial databases on the market today.  It has been described as “a tool that analyzes your genealogical data to produce research recommendations based on missing or incomplete data”.  The software is planned to enable the genealogist to hone his/her research and actually points out additional […]

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The following is some welcome news from FamilySearch.org about their 1940 indexing project, as they prepare to upload the latest data on the 1940 census. This is a great reminder that the organization has so much to offer free of charge: “We did it. We passed the 100,000 mark. Today’s report shows that we have […]

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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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It’s well-known that Irish genealogy research is difficult and often impossible because of the loss of many important records. I’ve touched on this problem before in my blog post The Lack of Irish Genealogical Records and a look at PRONI. On June 30, 1922 the records of the Irish Chancery were destroyed in an explosion […]

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The old saying look before you leap applies to all information posted on the web and this even applies to the latest offering from the world’s most popular genealogy site. It’s interesting to see that Ancestry has named their Best Practices board of scientific advisors in the following news release: “PROVO, Utah, May 3, 2012 […]

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Sandy on April 25th, 2012

The following is the latest news release from Ancestry.com: “PROVO, Utah, April 25, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM) announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Archives.com, a family history website, for approximately $100 million in cash and assumed liabilities. This transaction will enable Ancestry.com to add a differentiated service […]

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New York is an amazing city (an understatement). The newly released collection of 870 archived images actually includes a rare crime scene photographs courtesy of the city Department of Records. Reality at its worst but, you’ll also view spectacular photographs of stately bridges and street scenes that truly capture the essence of New York. The […]

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Sandy on April 24th, 2012

The subscription or pay-per-view website Findmypast.co.uk  has recently published Boer War records as follows: “We have updated our Boer War collection with almost 10,000 new records. The major inclusions in this update are: The complete Queen’s South Africa medal roll for the Coldstream Guards, Irish Guards, 1st battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers and Rundles Scouts The […]

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Wills are a wonderful source of information for family historians and genealogy researchers. They provide an amazing peep into your ancestor’s world. The information found in wills usually includes details, such as, where the person who died lived and the name of the executor who is the person responsible for carrying out the wishes of […]

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Hot on the heels of my post today about the Ancestry.com name search indexing project on the 1940 Census, I’d like to share a request from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) asking for volunteers to help with their Name Search indexing effort. The current problem for many family researchers and genealogists is not […]

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There’s an entry dated April 19 on the Ancestry.com blog about the indexing of the 1940 census. The purpose of the article is to answer the question many have been asking as to why their state is not listed yet. I did mention in a previous blog post that I didn’t expect to see the […]

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The following is an announcement from The Foundation for the National Archives: “WASHINGTON, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The Foundation for the National Archives announces the publication of the Genealogy Tool Kit: Getting Started on Your Family History at the National Archives, written by National Archives genealogy archives specialist John P. Deeben. This 160-page step-by-step guide […]

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Ancestry.com has posted the following information from its DNA testing group: “Ancestry.com DNA has recently updated a Y-chromosome DNA test marker name and its allele value to comply with a recently released industry-wide recommendation by the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). One of the markers in our Y-chromosome DNA test has changed names from “Y-GATA […]

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Sandy on April 12th, 2012

FamilySearch.org volunteers have been hard at work indexing the 1940 census. A lot of people are asking questions about the progress of the effort and when and in what order the states will be posted on FamilySearch and on the FamilySearch Indexing site. Every day more states are posted and the team is planning to […]

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Grow Your Own Family Tree has published an interesting article that I’ve published in it’s entirety. In doing so I’d like to give a heads-up to Alan Stewart’s factual website: “The Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) has introduced a charge for viewing search results as well as details of records. Up to now, searching databases and […]

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The following information regarding the indexing of 1940 census was posted by Ancestry.coma: “What a difference a week makes. Since the National Archives released the 1940 Census to us last Monday, we’ve been hard at work to get every one of the 3.8 million 1940 Census images online. And while we were at it, we […]

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The British National Archives is planning the launch of their new website Discovery at the end of June 2012.  Having  found that searching the site and finding cogent information has been a challenge with the old system, this is music to my ‘eyes’. Discovery will replace the current Catalogue site and offers additional features, which […]

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Sandy on April 3rd, 2012

For 100 years the tragic sinking of the Titanic has been discussed, filmed, been the subject of fiction and non –fiction.  Most of us have thought about it in terms of a horrible tragedy of an unsinkable ship being torn apart by an iceberg lurking below the surface of the water in a place it […]

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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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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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Document preservation is serious business whether it be your own personal records or our National Archives. You might know, in comparison  to most of our efforts, the national archives wins hands-down. The following press release from the National Archives takes viewers inside their state-of-the-art preservation lab where you’ll see a series of videos which demonstrates […]

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Sandy on March 30th, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the release of the 1940 on April 2 at 9:00 a.m. The only place you’ll find the entire online census is 1940census.archives.gov published in conjunction with genealogy company Archives.com. To help you get started, if you’d like to download a free guide on how to read the […]

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From crofts to castles you’ll  find a  fascinating snapshot of Scotland during the First World War and a major new family history resource as the Valuation Rolls of Scotland go online for the first time. The news release is as follows: “A detailed picture of wartime Scotland is revealed today with the release of details from […]

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