Online Sites

Records from the Archdiocese of Louisiana and the Floridas between 1576-1803 are now Online

Another great resource is now available online: Records from the Archdiocese of Louisiana and the Floridas – 1576-1803.

The database contains two entries for each record: (1.) an image of the original hand-witten record in French and (2.) an image of an accompanying 3″ by 5″ index card that was created some years ago.

Vita Infinita Hopes to Connect Socially Active Relatives Worldwide

Vita Infinita is a web site under development. There is almost nothing available on the site just yet except for a tantalizing statement: “Vita Infinita is a web application that allows users to connect with socially active relatives worldwide, crowdsource the family relationships, collect personal memories and organise them in a simple genealogy and timeline system for the future generations.”

The site does say that it will maintain privacy as well as to allow collaboration amongst relatives to build a family tree.

Ulster Historical Foundation Offers a Half-Price Sale on Online Records

The following is a quote from the web site of the Ulster Historical Foundation:

Take advantage of our January sale!

All our 2 million pay-per-view birth, marriage & death records for Counties Antrim & Down are half-price on www.ancestryireland.com until 31 January 2015.

Our website includes virtually all Roman Catholic baptismal registers prior to 1900 and a large number of Church of Ireland and Presbyterian baptismal registers for Counties Antrim and Down and the city of Belfast as well as many civil birth records for Belfast.

Rose Hill Cemetery in Hagerstown, Maryland, is Now Online

The largest and oldest public cemetery in Western Maryland now has a wealth of burial information online. Since the nonprofit Rose Hill Cemetery in Hagerstown was established in 1866, there have been more than 42,000 burials on its property. The primary purpose of the online database is to save labor and expenses for the cemetery.

HistoryLines Announces Beta Site

I have not yet used this new service but the press release sounds interesting:

Site provides instant biographies and personal timelines for ancestors, saving genealogists time.

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Oswego, IL – January 15, 2015

HistoryLines, a new website for genealogists and family historians, has announced the release of its beta site at https://historylines.com. The site allows anyone to understand the story of their forebears by discovering the historical events and environment that surrounded their ancestors. Users see their relatives in historical context with a personalized timeline, and read a detailed biography based on when and where the ancestor lived in history.

TheGenealogist.co.uk Releases New WW1 Records

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

New avenues of research are opened up by the latest release of unique Great War records.

During the First World War many servicemen were reported as ‘Missing’ or ‘Killed in Action’ and for the first time you can now search a comprehensive list of these online. Usefully this includes the changing status of soldiers as the facts became clearer over time, as many assumed dead were found alive and those reported missing had their status updated.

This new release from TheGenealogist contains over 800,000 records. Included are 575,000 Killed in Action records, over 226,000 unique Missing-in-Action records and 14,000 Status Updates.

Mapping the Freedmen’s Bureau – An Interactive Guide

Mapping the Freedman’s Bureau is a new web site devoted to helping researchers put their ancestors back on the historical landscape where they lived. During those critical years after the Civil War, many once enslaved people found themselves in a dangerous situation. Many had freed themselves and taken refuge after making their way “to the Union Line.” But once they arrived at the line, their fate was uncertain. Within months, many found themselves living in contraband camps.

The web site is devoted to pointing out the many places that affected the newly freed survivors of slavery. The sites where Freedman’s Bureau offices were located are marked for you. In addition other institutions that served former slaves, are marked – the branches of the Freedman’s Savings Bank, Freedmen Schools, contraband camps, and even the location of battle sites where men who were in the US Colored Troops fought.

Mapping the Freedmen’s Bureau – An Interactive Guide is available at http://www.mappingthefreedmensbureau.com.

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness is Back Online

Great news! Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness appears to be back online.

The original Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) website was created by by Bridgett and Doc Schneider. More than 4,000 volunteers in every U.S. state and many international locations used the site to help other genealogists. The volunteers agreed to do at least one free genealogy research task per month in their local area as an Act of Kindness. The RAOGK volunteers agreed not to charge for their research time; however, researchers were required to reimburse the volunteer for expenses incurred in fulfilling the research request (e.g., copies, printing fees, postage, film or video tape, parking fees, gasoline, etc.).

Indiana Genealogical Society Adds a Free Database of Indiana Civil War Veterans

The Indiana Genealogical Society has added a free database about Indiana Civil War veterans: Grand Army of the Republic Members Appointed in Indiana (1885).

This database is free to the public – no membership is required in order to view it. It was contributed by Wayne Klusman. You can access the 3.2 gigabyte file (it may take some time to load) at http://www.indgensoc.org/membersonly/military/civil_war/gar_appointments_1885.php.

The Indiana Genealogical Society now has 1,430 databases in the Members Only area. Each of Indiana’s 92 counties has at least 5 databases.

200,000 Additional Gravestone Records from Poland Now Searchable on JRI-Poland

The following was posted to the several mailing lists by Stanley Diamond. It is republished here with his permission:

As a result of a historic agreement between Jewish Records Indexing – Poland and the Foundation for Documentation of (Polish) Jewish Cemeteries (FDJC), a search of the JRI-Poland database links to the Foundation’s Database with more than 200,000 gravestones from 81 towns.

The Foundation has developed the most extensive source for locating Jewish Cemetery gravestones in Poland.

The aim of the JRI-Poland / FDJC agreement is to bring the work of the FDJC to the widest audience as well as to utilize the multi-faceted JRI-Poland search engine options to dramatically increase the potential for finding gravestones of interest in the FDJC database. For a full list of cemeteries now included in the database, go to: http://cemetery.jewish.org.pl/list.

A routine JRI-Poland search <www.jri-poland.org> will now generate search results that include entries from the FDJC database and link directly to both digital images and full transcriptions of the gravestones.

Millions of Wills from England and Wales Available Online

This is a follow-up article to one written by Jan Meisels Allen and published in this newsletter last month at: http://goo.gl/mrtVLI.

The wills of more than 41 million people, some dating back 156 years, are now available online for the first time in a huge online archive. The new database allows the public to search a government archive of 41 million wills dating back to 1858. The search is free, but payment of a £10 fee is required to download and view the complete details. A name and year of death is required to find wills, which should be ready for download within 10 days of order. Previously, copies of many such documents could only be accessed by a face-to-face request.

Ancestry.com Offers FREE Access to the Best Collections of 2014 Through Monday, 29 December

2014 was a big year for Ancestry, with new collections added from all around the world. Ancestry.com’s new additions for 2014 include:

  • One billion records from more than 67 countries
  • 10.6 million records from the New York City Vital Records Index (1866-1948)
  • 3.6 million records from the Fremantle, Western Australia Passenger Lists (1897-1963)
  • 1 million records from the England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills (1384-1858)
  • 42 million vital records from U.S. Obituaries, State Census, marriage, and birth collections
  • 24.2 million records from the Philippines Civil Registration Collection, 1888-1981
  • 8.5 million records from the Quaker Birth, Marriage, Death, and Memorial Records Collection, 1650-1910
  • 5.4 million records from the Puerto Rico Civil Registrations, 1885-2001
  • 76 million records from the Yearbooks collection
  • 3.3 million UK records
  • 2.6 million Canadian records
  • 1.2 million Australian records
  • 9.9 million German records
  • 15.7 million records from Schools, Directories, & Church collections
  • 8.8 million American Indian records
  • 18 million records from Birth, Marriage, Death collections

MyHeritage to Digitize and Add more than 120 Million Historical Records from Denmark

The following announcement was written by the folks at MyHeritage:

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Millions of records dating back to the 1600s will go online for the first time and enable anyone with Danish ancestors to discover their roots

TEL AVIV, Israel & COPENHAGEN, Denmark – December 22, 2014: MyHeritage, the leading destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, today announced that millions of Danish historical records will be made available to search on its website. The announcement follows an agreement between MyHeritage and the Danish National Archives to index Census and Parish records from 1646 to 1930, providing access to significant sources of family history information in Denmark. The move will enable MyHeritage users to learn more about their ancestors and the lives they led, using records that were never digitally available before.

The records, spanning almost 300 years, provide a window to the lives of Danish ancestors during fascinating periods in history including the Napoleonic wars, liberalism and nationalism of the 1800s, the Schleswig Wars and industrialization. Users will be able to search for records about their ancestors using names, dates, locations, relatives and other keywords via SuperSearch, MyHeritage’s search engine for historical records. MyHeritage users also enjoy powerful matching technologies that research their family trees automatically and notify them whenever Danish records relevant to their family are found. This makes discoveries easier and quicker than ever before. Once indexed, this will be one of the most comprehensive and valuable data collections for millions of Danes, and millions of people with Danish roots.

Genealone Adds More Disk Space to Customers’ Accounts

Genealone is a product that allows you to build your own genealogy website. (You can find my earlier articles about Genealone at http://goo.gl/4X4pgo, http://goo.gl/c1u1YU, and http://goo.gl/gNdbNL.) David Nebesky, the producer of Genealone, today announced current Genealone hosting plans have been upgraded with more disk space. Genealone Basic (Genealone hosted in genealone.net domain) now goes with 500 MB and Genealone Pro (Genealone hosted in customer’s own domain) now goes with 1 GB of disk space.

Additionally, two more hosting plans have been introduced:

Findmypast Announces Start Your Family Tree Week 2014/15 & Inaugural Findmypast Tree Awards

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • The week is full of competitions, expert insights, useful print-outs and much more
  • Launch of inaugural Findmypast Tree Competition to award exciting prizes across multiple categories
  • Prizes include Findmypast subscriptions, magazine subscriptions, exclusive sessions with genealogists and much more
  • Findmypast Hints has been launched to help beginners get started with their family trees quickly and easily
  • Over 7.6 million new records released today, including over 90,000 Revolutionary War Pensions and many more records from across the world to be released to launch Start Your Family Tree Week on 26th December

London, UK. 19 December, 2014. Findmypast, the leading British family history site, has announced this year’s Start Your Family Tree Week will be held from 26th December 2014 to 1st January 2015.

The seven-day event will provide getting started guides, expert insights, useful print-outs and resources, and a wealth of family history prizes.

Over 15 Million New Records Released Today on Findmypast

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Every Friday, thousands of new records are released on our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to explore over the weekend. This week, we are pleased to announce the release of over 15.3 million UK and US records. This week’s new US records include Idaho births & christenings, Arizona death & burials and Utah Marriages. New UK additions include over 14 million England and Wales Death records, North Yorkshire Ryedale baptisms, a variety of fascinating Kent records and the 1871 Worldwide British Army Index.

US Records

Containing over 15,000 records Idaho births and christenings 1856-1965 can reveal vital biographical details on the first settlers of Idaho right up through the state’s 20th century residents. Idaho ordered counties to register births after 1911, but some counties and even individuals began recording this information much earlier.

Arizona deaths & burials 1910-1994 contains over 2,000 records. Arizona first began recording deaths in the state in 1909 and by the early 1920s compliance across the state had been achieved, although there are some significant gaps in the records after 1911.

Irish Genealogical Research Society adds more records to the Early Irish Marriage Index

The Irish Genealogical Research Society’s Early Irish Marriage Index has been updated again. With the addition of over 4,000 new entries, it now contains 62,065 records (from alternative sources for marriages) noting approximately 139,000 names of brides, grooms and their parents.

TheGenealogist Adds More than 22,000 New Records of Headstone Inscriptions

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

TheGenealogist have added over 22,000 records to their Headstone project with another 23 cemeteries from across the twelve parishes of the Island of Jersey (Covering all of the island’s historic cemeteries).

Mont a L’Abbe Old cemetery, St Helier, Jersey.

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Also released are a further 13 cemeteries from Buckinghamshire, Devon, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Somerset, The West Midlands and Wiltshire.

The records are linked to images of the stones and maps to locate the actual burial grounds, they are searchable by name, year of death and graveyard.

Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Civil War Records Project

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was an organization of honorably discharged Union veterans of the American Civil War, who organized to promote the principles of “Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty.” Applicants for membership had to prove that they were honorably discharged veterans of the Union Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Revenue Cutter Service (predecessor to the U.S. Coast Guard), who had served between April 1861 and April 1865.

The great majority of GAR records were maintained by the officers of the local GAR chapters (Posts). Many records were kept in the homes of key officers such as the Post Adjutant (secretary) and the Post Quartermaster (treasurer). Other records were stored at the post headquarters or were kept by the Post Commander. Because of this, the records for a particular Post may not all be archived at the same location.

Mocavo Announces “Twelve Days of Census” Festive Countdown

Every day until Christmas, Mocavo is unlocking a new decade of US census images. Once a decade is unlocked, all community members will be able to access the images through the Mocavo Census Viewer for free. The following decades have already been unlocked: 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, and 1840.

On December 24th, all community members will enjoy completely unrestricted access to all Mocavo census images and the Mocavo Census Viewer for one special day.

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