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New Records Available to Search at Findmypast

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

This Findmypast Friday marks the release over 154,000 fascinating apprenticeship records from two of London’s historic liveries. This week’s additions also include mortuary register records from the London borough of Southwark, Royal Navy officer’s award index records and over half a million new passenger list records from Victoria, Australia’s most populous state.

Haberdasher and Ironmonger records

Containing over 136,000 records, City of London Haberdashers, Apprentices and Freemen 1526-1933 lists the details of apprentices who trained with the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers in the City of London. Founded in 1516, the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers is one of London’s twelve historic liveries. Haberdashers sold accessory items such as hats, scarves, gloves, shawls, parasols, needles, buttons and thread. They traded from the shops and stalls around Cheapside and probably worshipped together in the old St Paul’s Cathedral in a chapel to St Catherine of Alexandria, who was to become the Fraternity of Haberdashers’ chosen patron saint. Company membership allowed individuals to become a Freeman; a person who was not tied to land as a villein or serf. Apprentices travelled from all over the country to join the company.

Records from the Jersey Archive in the Channel Islands Go Online for the First Time

The Ancestry.com Blog reports that the Jersey, Channel Islands, Wills and Testaments collection covering the years 1663-1948 and the Jersey, Channel Islands, Occupation Registration Cards from World War Two covering the years 1940-1945. Both these collections will be of enormous benefit to anyone who is eager to learn more about their Jersey family history. Some of the most common surnames found in these collections include, De Gruchy, Renouf, Hamon, Amy, Bisson, Querée, Le Brocq, Le Marquand, Le Cornu, and De La Haye.

NEHGS Commemorates Memorial Day with FREE Access to Important Military Databases on AmericanAncestors.org

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

Family Historians May “Honor the Fallen” by Searching FREE on AmericanAncestors.org for Patriots on the Family Tree Who Served in Colonial Times

May 20, 2015—Boston, Massachusetts—In the spirit of Memorial Day and to make ancestral research even more productive this holiday weekend, AmericanAncestors.org and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) have made several online military databases accessible FREE to all who wish to search for patriots in early American colonial wars.

New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 2.5 million fascinating Dublin Workhouse records that highlight the devastating impact the great famine had on Irish society. This week’s additions also include baptism and burial records from the English county of Nottinghamshire, birth, marriage and death Index records from Australia’s Northern Territory and millions of historic British newspaper articles.

Dublin Workhouses Records

Containing over 1.5 million records, the Dublin Workhouses Admission & Discharge Registers 1840-1919 list the details of those who passed through the workhouses of the North and South Dublin Unions. Levels of poverty in Ireland were far higher than in England and the workhouse was often an inescapable part of life that would have touched many, if not most Dublin families. The North and South Dublin Unions were among the busiest in Ireland, not simply because they were in the capital but because they often took in paupers from across the country. This was especially true during the years of the Great Famine in the 1840s when crowds of desperate, starving people came to Dublin from all over the country. Given the lack of 19th century census material in Ireland, the registers will be an incredibly valuable resource to those with Irish ancestors. Dublin was the largest point of embarkation from Ireland during the 19th century era of mass Catholic migration and a significant number of those who emigrated would have passed through these workhouses.

FamilySearch Adds More Than 2.9 Million Indexed Records and Images for Australia, Canada, Peru, and the United States

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 2.9 million indexed records and images for Australia, Canada, Peru, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 643,899 images from the Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1888–2005 collection; 608,881 images from the Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1881–2005collection; and 531,346 images from the US, Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906–1994 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 5.8 billion other records for free atFamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org 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 FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

Irish Lives Remembered FREE Digital Genealogy Magazine

If you have an interest in Irish ancestry, you should check out Irish Lives Remembered. It is an e-magazine with lots of tips and articles about tracing your family tree in Ireland. In fact, the magazine is produced in Ireland as well. The best part is the price tag: FREE.

You can read Irish Lives Remembered online in a web browser or you can download it in PDF format to save and read at your leisure in Windows, Macintosh, Linux, iPad, Android, Kindle, or most any other device. You also can subscribe to Irish Lives Remembered online. With a subscription, you receive one email notice about every two months notifying you of a new edition and providing a link where you my view the new edition online or download it.

The May/June edition has just been released and it contains the following articles:

Kalkaska County (Michigan) Library’s Digital Newspaper Archive

The Kalkaska County Library’s digital newspaper archive, featuring issues of The Leader and Kalkaskian and predecessor newspapers, from 1879 to 2012, is not well publicized. However, if you have family from Kalkaska County, this could be a gold mine.

Quoting from the library’s web site:

“The newspapers in our collection were scanned from microfilm to PDF format utilizing OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology, enabling historians, professional and amateur alike, to more easily search and discover information.

New Findmypast Friday Records

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 1.4 million cemetery Index records from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia and New Zealand. Over 1 million fascinating 18th century British Apprenticeship records and over 186,000 parliamentary papers from the Australian State of Victoria have also been released.

BillionGraves Cemetery Index records

Over 1.4 million cemetery index records from six different countries have been released in partnership with BillionGraves. With over 12 million headstone records, BillionGraves is the largest resource for GPS-tagged headstone and burial records on the web. Findmypast’s partnership with BillionGraves aims to make available all the cemetery records held on their site for free. These latest addition include;

FamilySearch Adds More Than 9.8 Million Indexed Records and Images for Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Jamaica, Peru, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and the United States

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 9.8 million indexed records and images for Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Jamaica, Peru, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 2,983,594 indexed records from the Croatia, Church Books, 1516–1994 collection; 57,446 indexed records and 1,785,969 images from the Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880–1999collection; and 1,087,758 indexed records from the Costa Rica Civil Registration, 1860–1975 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 atFamilySearch.org.

Forces War Records’ World War One Hospital Registers Collection tops 250,000 Records

The following announcement was written by Nicki Giles at the Forces War Records:

Forces War Records is delighted to announce that 250,000 records have now been transcribed from our “Military Hospitals Admissions and Discharge Registers WW1” collection, coded MH106 by the National Archives. That’s a long way from the 30,000 records available at the time of the collection’s October 9th 2014 launch, as is being evidenced by a number of reports of families now finding their relatives in the collection. Customer Pete Bailey was intrigued to find out that his grandfather had been shot in the face in WW1 in 1918, and said the medical data was the only record on Harry Mullard that he’d been able to find on websites, and that he’d be interested to find out where Harry had fought.

US Geological Survey adds a New Online Map Viewer and It is a Good One!

The US Geological Survey has an online collection of more than 178,000 maps, dating back to 1880. They cover the entire country. Best of all, they’re free to download. However, the digital images were not always of the highest quality and the search software for finding maps was confusing, at best. All that has now changed with the introduction of a new online map viewer.

Fold3 Offers Free Access to the World War II Collection

This May 8 marks the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day in 1945. If you have family members who served in World War II, or are just interested in the time period, take a look at Fold3’s World War II Collection, which you can access for free from May 1st to 15th.

The WWII Collection, currently with over 72 million records, has a diverse array of resources to mine, whether you’re interested in historical aspects of the war or are searching for specific individuals who fought in it. A few of the most popular titles in this collection are:

Irish Genealogy Resource with 400,000 Catholic Parish Records to go Online

The entire collection of Catholic parish register microfilms held by the National Library of Ireland – 400,000 films amounting to the most important source of Irish family history – is to be made available online this July.

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) has been working to digitise the microfilms for more than three years under its most ambitious digitisation programme to date. Announced in December (see my earlier article with the announcement at http://goo.gl/i1QNfI), the National Library of Ireland has now announced an exact date: the archive of parish register microfilms now is expected to go live on 8 July 2015.

You can read the details in an article in the Silicon Republic at http://www.siliconrepublic.com/digital-life/item/41819-irish-genealogy-resource-wi.

New Records Available To Search at Findmypast

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

This Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 584,000 records of Quaker births, marriages and deaths, Workhouse records from the London borough of Southwark, Australian Soldier Settlement records from New South Wales and Wills from the state of Queensland.

Quaker Records
The Society of Friends (Quaker) Births 1578-1841 contain over 234,000 records. Quakers have always had a reputation for keeping meticulous records and started to keep register books from the late 1650s. Births were recorded rather than baptisms as Quakers were not baptised into the faith. Each record contains both a transcript and an image of the original documents. Post 1776 birth records contain the date of birth, place of birth including the locality, parish and county, the parents’ names, often including the occupation of the father, the child’s name and the names of witnesses.

FamilySearch Adds More Than 4.9 Million Indexed Records and Images for Canada, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, and the United States

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 4.9 million indexed records and images for Canada, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 636,309 images from the New York, County Marriages, 1847–1848; 1908–1936 collection; 602,220 images from the Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Pemalang, District Court Records, 1961–2013 collection; and 476,396 indexed records and 273,544 images from the New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843–1998 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.

Phase 2 of the Yorkshire Collection and new POW records available to search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

This Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 5 million parish records in the second phase of Findmypast’s Yorkshire collection and over 43,000 prisoner of war records released in partnership with the National Archives to coincide with the centenary of the Gallippoli landings. This week’s new additions also include Australian military and land survey records, Irish local government records and newspapers and the United States BillionGraves Index.

United States Billion Graves Index

The United States Billion Graves Index contains 9 million cemetery records from right across the United States. Findmypast’s partnership with BillionGraves aims to make available all the cemetery records held on their site for free. BillionGraves is the largest resource for GPS-tagged headstone and burial records on the web, with over 12 million headstone records. This index will be regularly updated throughout the year and pertains solely to U.S. headstones. Each entry has a transcript, which includes a link to an image of the headstone with GPS details. The amount of information varies, but transcripts will usually include the deceased’s name, birth date, death date, cemetery and a link to an image of their headstone.

Yorkshire Records

Ancestry.com to Offer Free Access to Australian, New Zealand, and Commonwealth Soldiers to Commemorate the Anzac Day Centenary

Ancestry.com will open the site’s New Zealand and Australian military history collections, and UK collections with information on Commonwealth soldiers, until 2am Monday (27 April). The site has more than 12 million individual military records pertaining to Kiwis and Aussies, including who enlisted where and when, who served in what capacity and what happened to them. Many records also show addresses, occupations and next of kin.

The databases to be made freely accessible include:

Indiana Genealogical Society Now Has More Than 1,500 Databases Online

This is an excellent example of what an active genealogy society can accomplish. This week, the society proudly announced that it now has more than 1,500 databases on its website at http://www.IndGenSoc.org! These databases are from all 92 counties, plus numerous statewide collections. Some are available to the public and others are accessible to IGS members only.

If you have Indiana ancestry, you want to check out the announcement at http://indgensoc.blogspot.com/2015/04/igs-now-has-more-than-1500-databases.html.

FamilySearch Adds More Than 4 Million Indexed Records and Images for Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Italy, South Africa, and the United States

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 4 million indexed records and images for Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Italy, South Africa, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 700,220 indexed records from the US, Alabama, County Marriages, 1809–1950 collection; 461,167 indexed records from the US, Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880–2009 collection; and 380,334 indexed records from the Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980 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.

Local BMD Summary Page Enhancements Announced

The following announcement was written by the folks at the UKBMD & Local BMD Project:

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Just under 15 years ago the first of a growing series of websites was opened – the Cheshire BMD. Over time other areas of the country joined what has become known as the “Local BMD Project” and began placing their local register office birth, marriage and death indexes online. Links to all of these local BMD websites can be found under the UKBMD website on its Local BMD page.

New Features:
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