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Cornish Memory: A Digital Archive of Cornish Life

A photo, film and audio archive documenting Cornish life has been made available online. On Cornish Memory, you can find photos, watch films, and listen to the stories of Cornwall’s rich history from Victorian times to the present day. The collection of more than 30,000 items, some dating back to 1850, have been donated by professional and amateur photographers.

Tall masted ships in Charlestown harbour - Click on the above image to view a larger version.

Tall masted ships in Charlestown harbour – Click on the above image to view a larger version.

The project, called Cornish Memory, received £225,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund which was used to create the website and digitise the media. Organisers plan to add thousands more images over the coming months.

TheGenealogist adds Passenger Lists from Britain to New South Wales 1828-1896

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist has released over 190,000 records for passengers who departed these shores on early migrant ships to New South Wales in the years between 1828 and 1896. These new records expand TheGenealogist’s Immigration, Emigration and Naturalisation and passenger list records.

The transcripts of the latest release uniquely give a family link so you can see spouses and children setting out on their new life. They also reveal details such as which ship they had sailed on, where they were landing, the passenger’s occupation and in the case where the migrant has been assisted to travel out to a job, their employer’s name.

MemoryStoria Declares War on “the Right to be Forgotten”

I met the two founders of MemoryStoria at the Who Do You Think You Are? Live! conference in Birmingham, England, last spring. Their start-up company was so new at the time that they didn’t yet have a product ready for announcement. However, they told me of their plans and I must say their future sounded bright.

Ryan and George recently sent an email to me saying, “We spent the summer developing the features and now the platform is live (and free to use). A selection of public stories are available on our home page. The end result of a user’s storytelling journey is a digital book that can be shared online with friends and family.” They have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the development. The following press release explains their plans in some detail as does the MemoryStoria web site at

MemoryStoria’s digital book preserves your life stories for future generations. Its Christmas campaign is putting to a test the self-centered culture of Kickstarter crowdfunding.

November 27, 2015

George and Ryan got together in 2014 to work on a dream. They wanted to create a world where no one is ever forgotten. This is how one of London’s socially-responsible startups was born, as a collaboration between a Bulgarian and a Scot. They called it MemoryStoria, to remind people of “memories of stories”, or as a gentle encouragement to “store your memories”.

Ryan And George

Bah Humbug Black Friday – Forces War Records says Stay in and Search Friday


No, it doesn’t need to be “Black Friday.” In the run up to ‘Black Friday,’ Forces War Records is putting a message out on the company’s social media pages to ‘Stay in and Search’ and avoid the crush of the shoppers, and to help the company’s members search their military ancestors, Forces War Records is providing a blog a day:

Deceased Online Adds Records for North East Lincolnshire

The following announcement was written by Deceased Online:

Grimsby’s Scartho Road cemetery, Scartho Road crematorium, and Cleethorpes cemetery are the three sites managed by North East Lincolnshire Council with their records now on

There are nearly 400,000 records and over 170,000 named burials and cremations for the area, which date back to 1877 and feature records that represent the history and economy of the region. The records available comprise digital scans of original burial and cremation registers, grave details for each burial and cemetery maps indicating the section for each burial.


Cleethorpes Cemetery Register Page

New Records Available To Search at Findmypast

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of two fascinating UK collections, updates to our collection of historic British newspapers and the ability to browse Findmypast’s largest single collection.

Almost 10,000 volumes of England & Wales electoral registers are now available to browse, making it is now easier than ever before to uncover the history of your home and local area. Records available to search this weekend include social & institutional records covering daily life in 18th and 19th century Devon, a list of British WW1 volunteers from Argentina and millions of brand new British newspapers articles.

England & Wales, electoral registers 1832-1932 Browse

New FamilySearch Collections Update: November 9, 2015

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

Nearly half a million more free records were added to the Billions Graves Index this week. Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939Minnesota Duluth and Wisconsin Superior Crew Lists 1922-1958Poland Evangelical Church Books 1700-2005, and the US Freedmen’s Bureau Hospital and Marriage Records also have significant additions. For these and more, follow the links below.

Harvard’s Digital Portrait of Colonial Life

Harvard University has launched a new website called the Colonial North American Project. It includes 150,000 images of diaries, journals, notebooks, and other rare documents from the 17th and 18th centuries. Many more documents are planned to be added in the coming months.


Part of the University’s endeavor to digitize all its collections and make them available free of charge, the Colonial North American Project contains material scattered throughput 12 repositories — from Houghton Library to the Harvard University Archives to Loeb Music Library. When complete, the project will make available to the world digitized images of all known archival and manuscript materials in the Harvard Library that relate to 17th and 18th century North America. These documents reveal a great deal about topics such as social life, education, trade, finance, politics, revolution, war, women, Native American life, slavery, science, medicine, and religion.

Troy Irish Genealogy Website adds Death Notices Appearing in Troy, NY Newspapers 1797 – 1860

The following is an extract of a message received from Bill McGrath of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society:

An index to 6,198 death notices that were published in five different Troy, New York newspapers from 1797 to 1860 was created by staff at the Troy Public Library in 1938.

The Troy Irish Genealogy Society was allowed by the Troy Library to scan the Death Records book so these important records could be made available on-line for genealogy researchers.

Findmypast Adds More Online Records

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 1.3 million military records from the UK, US and Australia. These latest additions include UK memorial rolls containing highly detailed biographies and photographic portraits, conscription tribunal records from the English county of Surrey, over 1 million US army pension cards and Australian soldier settlements from the State of Victoria.

Veterans Administration Pension payment cards, 1907-1933

Veterans Administration Pension payment cards, 1907-1933, contains over 1.3 million records. Since the American Revolution, congress has been involved in offering pensions for disabled soldiers and in the 1800s the government expanded them to cover veterans’ widows and dependents.

Libraries and Archives Canada Updates Naturalization Records Database

The Library and Archives Canada Blog has announced:

Naturalization_RecordsLibrary and Archives Canada is pleased to announce the release of a new version of the online database Naturalization Records, 1915-1951. The nominal index has been extended with the addition of more than 68,000 names and now covers the years from 1915 to 1944, inclusively. Work is ongoing to extend the nominal index to 1951, and volunteers are welcome to help. Those interested should write to

New FamilySearch Collections Update: November 9, 2015

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

Ecuador Catholic Church Records 1565-2011, United Kingdom World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records 1917- 1920Spain Province of Barcelona Municipal Records 1387-1986Italy Forlì-Cesena Forlì Civil Registration (State Archive) 1800-1815 1866-1930, and Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984 have large additions this week. To browse these collections and more, follow the links below.

NYPL’s Early American Manuscripts Project

EarlyAmericanManuscriptsProjectHere is a valuable online resource for genealogists, historians, students, and probably many others as well. The New York Public Library is currently digitizing upwards of 50,000 pages of historic early American manuscript material.

Quoting from the Project’s web site: “…to revisit major political events of the era from new perspectives and to explore currents of everyday social, cultural, and economic life in the colonial, revolutionary, and early national periods. The project will present on-line for the first time high quality facsimiles of key documents from America’s Founding, including the papers of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison. Drawing on the full breadth of the Library’s manuscript collections, it will also make widely available less well-known manuscript sources, including business papers of Atlantic merchants, diaries of people ranging from elite New York women to Christian Indian preachers, and organizational records of voluntary associations and philanthropic organizations. Over the next two years, this trove of manuscript sources, previously available only at The Library, will be made freely available through”

14,000 Images of the French Revolution Released Online

Exécution capitale à l'aide d'une guillotineThe French Revolution Digital Archive, a partnership between Stanford University and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, was announced last week with some 14,000 high-resolution images.

The site contains both resources for the dedicated scholar and fascinating material for the everyday history buff, from prints depicting the events of 1789 to records of parliamentary deliberations and private letters. FRDA is the result of a multi-year collaboration of the Stanford University Libraries and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) to produce a digital version of the key research sources on the French Revolution and make them available to the international scholarly community. The archive is based around two main resources, the Archives parlementaires, and a vast corpus of images first brought together in 1989 and known as the Images de la Revolution française. As an online database the archive is now searchable in a multitude of ways providing scholars new ways to conduct research and making it easier for any user to explore this pivotal moment in the history of France, and, indeed, the world.

You can access the French Revolution Digital Archive at

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Find my past logos.inddThis week’s Findmypast Friday also marks the release of new additions to our collection of Yorkshire burials, marriage licences from the ancient Anglican Diocese of Ely in Cambridgeshire and a fascinating index of merchant ships from a time when Britain was the world’s most powerful trading nation.

The Lloyd’s Register of Merchant Ships Index 1843

The Lloyd’s Register of Merchant Ships Index 1843 was created using the 1843 publication of Lloyd’s Register of British and Foreign Shipping, provided by John Dagger. Lloyd’s register was completed annually and this register covers 1 July 1843 to 30 June 1844. During this time, Britain was a powerful trading nation and a leader of industry in the world. The names found within this index refer to the master of the ship. The master was responsible for the vessel’s daily operation including navigation, ensuring that the ship was fitted out correctly, repairs and overseeing all the cargo. The master also kept the daily logs for the ship and managed the ship’s budget.

In Memory: Ancestry Launches Historic WWII Canadian Records Collection and Offers FREE Access November 6 to November 11

The following announcement was written by the folks at

Digitized records detail the brave service of more than 29,000 Canadian soldiers killed in action in WWII

Detailed new collection includes attestation forms, medical history forms and correspondence to family members back in Canada

Records of Canadian Military heroes John Robert Osborn, Samuel Moses Hurwitz and David Hornell help shed light on these brave soldiers during WWII

Ancestry is offering free online access to its entire collection of global military records from November 6 to November 11


TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2015 – As Canada prepares to pay tribute to the men and women who have fought and died for our country this Remembrance weekend, Ancestry, the world’s largest online family history resource, has launched a key collection of detailed records pertaining to fallen soldiers from the Second World War.

Steve Morse adds 1921 Canadian Census to the One-Step Web Pages

Dr. Stephen Morse is the originator of the very popular One-Step Search Tools, a collection of search tools that simplify searching of information on the major genealogy databases on a variety of other web sites. He allows anyone to use these “One Step Webpages” at his website,, without charge as a public service.


Steve has now added a search method for the 1921 Canadian Census that simplifies finding the data you seek. The data being indexed is from Steve simply created alternative methods of searching the information on While you enter the search parameters at, clicking on SUBMIT then redirects you to the web site to see the results.

MyHeritage Announces Search Connect™, a Powerful New Way for Many Genealogists to Collaborate While Looking for Shared Ancestors

MyHeritage_logoMyHeritage has just announced what I think is a major breakthrough in genealogy research, called Search Connect™. This new technology helps distant relatives – even distant relatives who have never met or even heard of each other – work together to find the origins of a shared ancestor.

I first heard about this new technology in July while attending the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies annual conference, held this year in Jerusalem. MyHeritage CEO Gilad Japhet gave a keynote presentation that covered a number of topics, including products and services MyHeritage planned to announce in coming months. (You can watch Gilad Japhet’s keynote speech in a YouTube video at or in the video player below.)

While he didn’t give it a name, one service he described promised to bring together distant relatives who are researching a common ancestor. He simply called it, “New technology #1.” At the time, his description sounded intriguing, although perhaps a bit futuristic: using MyHeritage’s computer databases to identify probable distant cousins who could help each other in research efforts? This collaboration could reduce the workload of each genealogist working individually by allowing people to share workload and goals, thereby making everyone more efficient.

Today I recognized what Gilad Japhet described last July. It is now an available product, called Search Connect™, and it is available today.

NEHGS Opens the Cemetery Gates with FREE Access over Halloween

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

Your ancestors have been dying for you to uncover them—and NEHGS has opened the cemetery gates so you can start digging!

During Halloween, NEHGS offers family historians a FREE opportunity to uncover their ancestors.

NEHGS’s Cemetery Collection on is FREE to search from October 30 through November 7.

October 30, 2015—Boston, Massachusetts—“Your ancestors have been dying for you to uncover them. NEHGS has opened the cemetery gates so you can start digging!”

Just in time for the Halloween celebrations and to add some fun to ancestral research this holiday, and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) have made their complete collection of American cemetery databases accessible for FREE to guest users on their data-rich website.


The collection of more than 100 databases comprising more than one million records is accessible FREE from Friday, October 30, through midnight on Saturday, November 7. The collection includes cemetery transcriptions from New England and other states and was compiled from many different sources to create a unique group of cemetery offerings.

Foothills Genealogical Society of Colorado Adds an Index to the State of Colorado “Old Man Draft Registration”

The Foothills Genealogical Society of Colorado is building an index to the State of Colorado’s “Old Man Draft Registration” of World War II draft registrations in Colorado. Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson and Park counties have been completed and are available on the society’s web site. The remaining counties in Colorado are being indexed now and will be added tot he web site as they become available.

This Registration was the 4th of 6 draft registrations conducted by the Selective Service System which commenced on April 27, 1942 and was terminated on March 31, 1947 by an act of Congress. The purpose of this registration was to collect information on industrial capability and skills of men aged 45 to 64 who were born on April 18, 1877 through and including February 16, 1897. It was to designate the men which were not already in the military that could be utilized for national service if needed.



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