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More Hertfordshire Council Records added to Deceased Online

The following announcement was written by Deceased Online:

Welwyn Hatfield is latest Hertfordshire council to place records on Deceased Online All burial records for Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WelHat) in Hertfordshire have been digitized and added to the specialist family history website

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The Council covers the areas of Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield in the centre of Hertfordshire within the East of England Region to the north of London. Welwyn Garden City is England’s 2nd garden city, founded in 1920 by Sir Ebenezer Howard. Hatfield by contrast has a long history and was mentioned in the Domesday Book.

Volunteers to Scan 40,000 Historic Titles at Onondaga County Public Library for Free Online Access

First it was a trickle, then a stream, then a river, and then the flow became a tsunami. Organizations everywhere are rushing to digitize books wherever they may be found. Through an agreement with, the Onondaga County (New York) Public Library’s collection of more than 40,000 historic titles soon will be carefully scanned, one page at a time, and uploaded for free genealogy research online.

FamilySearch supplied the scanning equipment. Volunteers supply the time. The project is expected to take more than a year to complete. Work got underway last week.

FamilySearch Adds More Than 5.1 Million Indexed Records and Images to Brazil, New Zealand, and the United States

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Family Search LogoFamilySearch has added more than 5.1 million indexed records and images to collections from Brazil, New Zealand, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 375,900 indexedrecords from the Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980, collection; the 1,152,816 indexed records and images from the U.S., BillionGraves Index, collection; and the 3,560,424 indexed records from U.S., New York, Passenger Lists, 1820–1891, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at

Searchable historic records are made available on through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at

Create Your Own Who Do You Think You Are? Story with has released a beta version of a new service. It allows anyone to create a personal “Who Do You Think You Are?” story, modeled after the very successful television series.

In essence, you can become the star in your own Who Do You Think You Are? episode, telling your family’s story using your own words and pictures. You can include interesting tidbits such as family gossip and special memories. The web site will then automatically add historical events to swap for key points in your family’s history. You can preview and edit your progress as you go. You can email relatives to ask for help on family facts, and continue to build your story at any time.

Thousands More Yorkshire Parish Records now Available on

The Wakefield and District baptisms contain 28,372 records comprised of transcripts of original parish registers made by the Wakefield and District Family History Society. Spanning the years 1622 to 1913, they add to Findmypast’s existing collection of Wakefield baptisms that now totals 213,000 records.

150,000 more burial records have also been added to Findmypast’s already extensive collection of National Burial Index records, which now total 12 million. Transcribed by the Cleveland Family History Society, thousands of these new records have never before been published by the Federation of Family History Societies and are only available at Findmypast.

You can read more in the Blog at

FamilySearch Adds More Than 10 Million Indexed Records and Images to Canada, Czech Republic, Ukraine, and the United States

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Family Search LogoFamilySearch has added more than 10 million indexed records and images to collections from Canada, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, New Zealand, South Korea, Ukraine, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 3,427,354 indexed records from the Canada Census, 1911, collection; the 1,334,575 image records from the Czech Republic, Censuses, 1800–1945, collection; and the 2,545,965 indexed records from U.S., Idaho, SoutheastCounties Obituaries, 1864–2007, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at

“Early Oregonians Database Index” Added to and to Oregon State Archives Web Site

The “Early Oregonians Database Index” was added to in July. It contains more than 100,000 entries and includes both settlers and Native Americans who already lived in the Oregon Territory. The records start prior to 1850.

You can find the “Early Oregonians Database Index” online on and also on the Oregon State Archives website at

The British Newspaper Archive Starts Digitising Eight New Titles

The following announcement was written by the folks at The British Newspaper Archive:

More than 8 million newspaper pages from 1710-1954 are now available to search at The British Newspaper Archive (

In the last month, the website has started digitising the newspaper archives of eight new titles. These cover England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and include the London Evening Standard, Glasgow’s Daily Record and the Northern Whig.

National World War I Museum Announces Collaboration With Fold3 to Preserve and Share Legacies of World War I Veterans

The following announcement was written by the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial and by Fold3:

PROVO, UT and KANSAS CITY, MO–(Marketwired – August 06, 2014) – The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial today announced a collaboration with Fold3, the U.S. military record website in the family of brands, that will give the public the ability to create and share memorial pages for American ancestors who served during World War I.

Get a Terabyte of Cloud Storage for $24.99

If you keep important information in your computer, such as the results of years of genealogy research, you need to keep both on-site and off-site backups. There are dozens of companies that offer off-site storage for your data, such as Dropbox, SugarSync, Google Drive, Apple’s iCloud, Microsoft OneDrive, and many others. Writing in the Cheapskate Blog, Rick Broida has uncovered one of the best bargains around. All is not perfect, however. There are advantages and disadvantages to the offer.

Rick writes, “A Dropbox Pro account costs $99 per year and comes with 100GB of storage.

“As of today, a MediaFire Pro account costs $24.99 per year and comes with 1TB of storage. (For those unfamiliar with abbreviations, that’s one terabyte — 10 times what Dropbox gives you for four times the price.) See? Math can be fun!”

TheGenealogist Adds a New Online Database of First World War Medal Records

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

Newly released for the first time are First World War Medal Records that crossed the great social class divide

Over 117,000 ‘Military Medals’ were awarded in the First World War for ‘acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire’. These records are now available to view online complete with an image of the actual Medal Card and a link to the official government publication of the time. It’s a unique, comprehensive set of records available only on

The Military Medal was awarded to ‘Non Commissioned Officers and Ordinary Ranks’ and covers exceptional courage as a soldier in battle. It also was awarded for those that risked their lives trying to save others, often in extreme danger. The Medal Records on TheGenealogist show people from a wide range of backgrounds and social classes, including a number of young women from very privileged families who chose to drive ambulances and rescue the wounded in the mud of battle.

MyHeritage Adds New Photo and Video Uploading Methods

MyHeritage (the sponsor of this newsletter) recently made it quicker and easier to add photos and videos to MyHeritage family sites. Whether you wish to add a few photos or hundreds in one go, you can drag and drop photos from anywhere on your computer and bring more color to your family tree.

Details may be found in the MyHeritage Blog at

More Than 100,000 North West Kent Burial Records Dating Back to 1686 Released Today on FindMyPast

Good news for anyone with Kent ancestors: 30,000 more North West Kent parish burial records for Gravesend released today on Findmypast. Spanning the years 1686 to 1983, the new records comprise transcripts of burial registers compiled by the North West Kent Family History Society.

The new Gravesend records join details of burials that took place around Charlton, Darenth, Dartford, Northfleet and Greenwich, which until 1899 was part of Kent. Together they include the inmates of several asylums, both those which were dedicated to the care of the mentally ill and those that cared for the sick and infirm.

You can read the full details in the web site at

Records for 200+ Aberdeenshire Council Burial Sites now on Deceased Online

The following announcement was written by the folks at Deceased Online:

Deceased Online has now completed the digitsation of all burial records for Scotland’s 4th largest council region, Aberdeenshire.

The collection comprises 200+ sites across the area in North East Scotland which includes nearly 250,000 burials/interments with around 600,000 records and data items.

The records comprise scans of registers and grave details identifying all those buried in each lair. Some cemetery section maps are also available and more will follow soon.

World War One: Every Man Remembered Database Launched

The Royal British Legion is working with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to keep alive the memory of those who fell in the First World War, for future generations. The goal is to commemorate every man and woman from across the Commonwealth who fell. A total of 1,117,077 service personnel from what was then the British Empire died in the war, which began in 1914.

The Every Man Remembered database allows anyone to commemorate relatives or someone they knew, or find a person for whom no-one has yet left a tribute. The legion called it the “greatest act of remembrance” to mark the centenary. Once you have made your decision on who you wish to remember, you can then commemorate them with a personal dedication and if you make a donation to The Royal British Legion, you will receive a special commemorative certificate.

FamilySearch Adds more than 1.7 Million Indexed Records and Images to Canada, Croatia, Peru, Poland, and the United States

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

FamilySearch has added more than 1.7 million indexed records and images to collections from Canada, Croatia, Peru, Poland, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,160,179 indexed records from the UnitedStates, Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900–1953, collection; the 50,858 indexed records from the Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997, collection; and the 99,950 indexed records from United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905–1937, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at

Digital Collections of Historic Newspaper Available on Veridian

Veridian is a company that provides newspaper digitization services to libraries and other cultural heritage institutions. Services offered include: scanning services, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) services, software for online discovery and delivery of digitized newspapers, hosting services for online digital collections of any size, and long-term digital preservation solutions. The company’s web site includes links to many of the newspaper collections that have been digitized for the libraries and other organizations. As a result, the web page is an excellent “starting point” to find many of the collections.

Digitized newspaper collections that may be found by starting at include:

Tennessee State Public Library Adds more than 1,500 Digitized and Searchable Family Bibles Online

Before the 20th century, Tennessee and many other states did not keep comprehensive records of births, marriages, and deaths. Families recorded their own vital records in family Bibles that were passed down through generations. The Tennessee State Library and Archives holds hundreds of family Bible records in several formats and within many collections. The Bible records recently placed online were taken from photocopies in TSLA’s vertical files; additional records will be added as they are donated or discovered in manuscripts collections. The bulk of the records in this collection date between the late 18th and early 20th century. Many prominent Tennessee families are represented here; some records even include the names of families’ slaves.

USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer

This has to be one of the best tools I have seen for finding old maps. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently launched a GIS-based website that allows viewers access to more than 178,000 USGS maps, dating back to 1884. The maps can be searched by location by starting with current maps. If you like old maps as much as I do, you will want to check this out.

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Millions of Staffordshire Historical Records Go Online

An 18th century Admiral, a freed Jamaican slave and the founder of the Wedgwood pottery company are all included in records to be published online for the first time. The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service and Findmypast website will make 2.8 million documents available.

The baptism, marriage and burial records span 1538 to 1900. Accounts of floods, riots and an earthquake are also included.

You can read more in an article in BBC News at


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