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The Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America is one of the most useful online libraries available today. It is new, having been formed less than two years ago. It is not a genealogy library. Rather, it is a general-purpose library that just happens to have a lot of genealogy material in addition to other topics. The Digital Public Library of America’s mission is to make cultural and scientific works more accessible to the public.

At the time these words are being written, the Digital Public Library of America lists 8,416,553 items from libraries, archives, and museums. A search on the word “genealogy” returns a list of 65,707 items available via the library’s online portal.

FamilySearch Adds More Than 19.2 Million Indexed Records and Images to Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the United States

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

FamilySearch adds more than 19.2 million indexed records and images to Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 7,120,120 indexed records and 6,113,876 images from the United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014 collection; the 4,835,296 indexed records from the Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805–2001 collection; and the 314,770 indexed records and 314,770 images from the US, BillionGraves Index 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 FamilySearch.org.

Findmypast Adds New UK, Irish and Australian Records

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Over 174,000 new UK, Irish and Australian records as well as 1.6 million Irish newspaper articles have been added to our collection of UK records as part of this week’s Findmypast Friday. This week’s new additions include fascinating UK Trade union records and medical records from the 1832 Manchester Cholera epidemic, new Irish National Roll of Honour records, Australian cemetery transcripts and a selection of Immigration records from the state of Queensland.

UK Records

Forces War Records WW1 Medical Records Collection Tops 100,000 Names

The following announcement was written by the folks at Forces War Records about newly-added online records to the organization’s web site at http://www.forces-war-records.co.uk:

Forces War Records has now transcribed a grand 100,000 records from the Military Hospitals Admissions and Discharge Registers WW1 collection. Read on to find out more about a doctor’s life on the Western Front.

Ancestry.ca Adds Canadian Quaker Yearly Meeting Minutes, 1836-1988, VI

The Canadian division of Ancestry has launched a fascinating new collection of Quaker records, the Canadian Quaker Yearly Meeting Minutes, 1836-1988, VI collection, a database containing records from Quaker meetings in Canada.

The Quakers, a longstanding religious society of friends that believed in a strong, personal experience with God, would hold yearly meetings with the top members of the society. This database is made up of more than 184,000 records from several Quaker meetings that took place in Canada. The records come from the Canadian Yearly Meeting Archives in Newmarket, Ontario.

DAR Provides Contributed Supporting Documentation Online for Genealogy Researchers

The following announcement was written by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution:

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is pleased to announce a new added feature to its Genealogical Research System (GRS). This newSupporting Documents feature allows users to purchase documents that were submitted with previously verified DAR membership and supplemental applications. These documents may include family bible records, deeds, wills and other various materials used to prove lineage to a patriot of the American Revolution.

Illinois Civil War Soldier Photos Online

Eppenutus McIntire as an older man, a Civil War veteran

You can find dozens of web sites that contain pictures of Civil War soldiers. One of the biggest collections of Illinois soldiers is available on the web site of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

The “Boys in Blue” is a repository for photographs of more than 8,000 Illinois soldiers who served in the Civil War. All of these images have been scanned and are in the process of being cataloged and added to the web site.

Photographs of soldiers from the 4th, 10th, and 11th Illinois Cavalry and the 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 14th, 17th, 26th, 33rd, 37th, 53rd, 56th, 64th, 77th, 86th, 101st, 108th, 114th, 117th, 120th, 122nd, and 130th Illinois Infantry Regiments have been added. More pictures are being added as fast as they can be digitized and uploaded.

FamilySearch Adds More Than 1.1 Million Indexed Records and Images to Brazil, Japan, Russia, and the United States

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

FamilySearch adds more than 1.1 million indexed records and images to Brazil, Japan, Russia, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 744,919 indexed records from the US, New York, Naturalization Index (Soundex), 1792–1906 collection; the 144,735 indexed records from the US, Illinois, Soldier burial places, 1774–1974 collection; and the 85,387 indexed records from the Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833–1885 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 FamilySearch.org.

Connecticut Towns Clerk Portal – Land Records Now Available Online

Newsletter reader Harvey C Hilton sent an email message that says, in part:

Land records for 70 of the 169 cities and towns in Connecticut are available online. An index is available for FREE if you sign on as a GUEST. Searching is by party name, book/page, date, kind of transaction using any one or combination of these search criteria. This search returns filing date, instrument date, kind of transaction, parties in the transaction (Grantor, Grantee), description, book/page, number of images. see: https://connecticut-townclerks-records.com/User/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fIndex.aspx.

MyHeritage Places Exclusive Scandinavian Records Online

MyHeritage has just brought online millions of Scandinavian records, the majority of which have never been digitized or indexed online before. Anyone with Scandinavian roots can search these records on MyHeritage’s SuperSearch and will receive matches to those records relevant to their family tree.

As of today, the entire 1930 Danish census (3.5 million records) is available online. The new records were digitized by a partnership with the National Archives of Denmark. MyHeritage has now indexed and digitized more than 120 million records including all available Danish census records from 1787-1930 and Parish records from 1646 to 1915, all of which will be released during 2015 and 2016.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society and FamilySearch Announce an Historic Collaboration

The following announcement was written by the folks at the New England Historic Genealogical Society:

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Announces a Multi-Year Collaboration with FamilySearch

The Two Leading Nonprofits in the Family History Industry Announce a Sharing of Online Resources for the Benefit of Millions of Constituents

A New, Redesigned Website by NEHGS at AmericanAncestors.org Offers Millions of New Records and New Names— Giving NEHGS Members Access to More Records than Ever Before

February 17, 2015—Boston, Massachusetts—New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and FamilySearch, the family history arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, today announced a multi-year collaboration between the two nonprofit organizations and a sharing of online genealogical resources, establishing a milestone in the growing international family history industry. In a database exchange program, the two leading non-profits in the global genealogy business will now make available millions of new records containing billions of new searchable names to their many constituents.

IGRS launches “Early Irish Birth Index”

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Irish Genealogical Research Society:

IGRS launches ‘Early Irish Birth Index’ on its website: www.IrishAncestors.ie

The Irish Genealogical Research Society – ‘The Great Granddaddy of Irish Family History Societies’ – has launched another new and innovative database to add to those already found on its website, www.irishancestors.ie. The Early Irish Birth Index aims to bring to the attention of Irish genealogists the myriad of alternative sources noting birth information in Ireland.

The Early Irish Birth Index holds just over 5,000 records of alternatives sources for births in Ireland, ranging from early Irish census records, Registry of Deeds’ memorials, newspapers, gravestone inscriptions, diaries and letters. The number of names in the contained exceeds 10,400.

TheGenealogist adds Maps to its comprehensive National Tithe Records Collection

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist.co.uk:

Detailed Town and Parish Maps go online for the first time

TheGenealogist has added maps to its comprehensive National Tithe Records collection. All aspects of society were captured by this survey

  • Identify the land your ancestors owned or occupied in the 19th century
    Get an idea of their working lives by the usage made of the plots by your forebears.
  • Fully linked tithe maps for Middlesex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire and Leicestershire with other counties to follow shortly
  • Geographically placing where your ancestors worked and lived
  • In partnership with TNA, TheGenealogist is making it possible to search over 11,000,000 records from across England and Wales and to view theses valuable original apportionment documents with linked maps on one website.

Click on the above image to view a larger version

Kentucky Death Index for years 2000 to 2012 is Now Online

The Boyd County (Kentucky) Public Library has announced a major new addition to its online databases: the Death Index for the state of Kentucky online for the years 2000-2012. This is believed to be the only FREE site offering death index for those years.

According to the Boyd County Public Library’s web site:

Ancestry Announces 2015 Product and Content Lineup

The following announcement was written by Ancestry and released at the RootsTech and FGS conferences:

Industry Leader Talks Innovation and New Collections At Annual RootsTech Conference

(PROVO, Utah) – February 11, 2015 – Ancestry, the world’s leading family history service, is ushering in the next generation of family history, with the debut of an updated story centric website, groundbreaking advancements in AncestryDNA that will revolutionize how people discover their ancestors, and the anticipated addition of nearly 1 billion new records to the largest collection of historical records online in 2015.

Findmypast Partners with New York’s Largest Genealogical Organization to Bring Wider Access to New York Records

The following announcement was made today at the RootsTech and Federation of Genealogical Societies’ combined conferences in Salt Lake City, Utah:

  • Findmypast, one of the world’s fastest growing family history companies, partners with New York’s largest genealogical organization to bring wider access to New York records
  • Findmypast will be the new home of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society’s Digital Library, offering millions of records from across the United States.

Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 February 2015. Findmypast and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) announced today that Findmypast will host the newly expanded Digital Library of the NYG&B. The partnership will provide additional membership benefits for the one of the nation’s oldest genealogical organizations, while also offering a stream of new content to Findmypast’s growing collections.

Findmypast Continues to Grow

Findmypast today issued a rather interesting press release. The company continues to grow rapidly, which is obvious to many people in the genealogy community who watch the companies that serve the genealogy marketplace. However, this press release is unusual in that it directly compares the growth of Findmypast’s customer base to that of its largest competitor. I was a bit surprised to read the side-by-side comparison in a press release. It is also the first of many announcements I expect to be issued this week at the combined RootsTech and Federation of Genealogical Societies’ conferences in Salt Lake City.

The following is the press release from Findmypast:

Findmypast continues to grow as Ancestry loses subscribers

  • Thanks to loyal subscribers, innovative technology and an international team, Findmypast gains subscribers while Ancestry’s numbers fall
  • As one of the fastest growing family history companies, Findmypast is challenging the status quo of the industry by acting on their belief that genealogy should be accessible to everyone.
  • Findmypast will be making a series of exciting announcements each day at industry show RootsTech

Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 February 2015. In a highly competitive market, family history site findmypast.com continues to grow. According to Ancestry’s annual report, Ancestry’s subscriber numbers fell by 25K year on year in 2014, while Findmypast’s active subscribers rose by 34K year on year for the same period.

FindMyPast.com Adds 400K+ New South Wales Wills Online

The following announcement was written by FindMyPast.com:

One of Australia’s leading historical records provider now offering customers new information to further unlock their past, Australia’s history but also gain insight into how Australia’s richest families lived

09 February, 2015: Findmypast.com, one of Australia’s leading family history and genealogy websites, today announced that is has access to over 400,000 NSW wills dating between 1800 – 1952 for the first time.

Founders Online

Founders Online is a tool for seamless searching across the papers of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Alexander Hamilton. It is a fully searchable online database of over 165,000 documents, including thousands of documents that have not yet appeared in the published volumes. While the focus is on these founding fathers, their papers include the names and activities of many of the people they dealt with. You might find an ancestor listed in the database and, if so, the information might show what he or she did during the American Revolution.

The Dublin, Ireland, “Police Gazette or Hue and Cry” 1863 – 1893 Is Now Online

Richard Heaton is the Collector, Director, and “Digitiliser” of a great web site called Last Chance to Read at http://lastchancetoread.com. He sent the following announcement:

I have just released online at lastchancetoread.com 470 copies of the Dublin “Police Gazette or Hue and Cry,” a selection from the years 1863 – 1893.

It is very unusual publication containing details of apprehensions sought, property and animals stolen, and apprehensions made. Almost all with detailed descriptions. The earlier copies include an army deserters list focused on Irish recruits while later copies replaced this with a list Habitual Criminals recently released from prison. However probably most interesting is that victims of crime are very frequently mentioned and where individuals are sought by the Police their mother surname was also fairly frequently included.

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