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Findmypast Announces a Raft of New Partnerships as Part of its U.S. Growth Strategy

As mentioned in my earlier article at http://goo.gl/BI5BfM, Findmypast has always been known primarily as a company that supplies genealogy information from the British Isles. However, the company announced some time ago that would expand into North American records. My earlier article contained one announcement from the company of a major expansion of U.S. records being offered at Findmypast.com. At today’s RootsTech2016 conference in Salt Lake City, the company made another announcement that shows Findmypast’s serious efforts to become a major genealogy information provider in the U.S.

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Leading family history site, Findmypast announced today at RootsTech a range of new global partnerships with leading technology providers. This will further strengthen its reach in the U. S. as well as U.K. markets.

The raft of new partnerships include deals with RootsMagic, Legacy Family Tree, FamilySearch, Family-Historian, Puzzilla, Billion Graves and RootsCity. Findmypast will make its vast record collection of more than 8 billion records available to customers via these partners. The rollout of these partnerships will begin in 2016, with exact dates to be detailed later.

Findmypast Announces Launch of 10 Million Irish Parish Registers

The following announcement from Findmypast was made today at the RootsTech2016 conference:

Salt Lake City: 5 February 2016

Leading family history site, Findmypast, announced today at Rootstech that it will launch 10 million Irish Catholic Parish Registers, one of the most important Irish record collections, in March 2016.

Covering over 200 years from 1671-1900 and over 1,000 parishes, Findmypast has worked to transcribe the National Library of Ireland’s online image collection of 3,500 baptism and marriage registers. This is the first time that the collection has been indexed with the images linked online, making the search much easier and the records more accessible. As a result, family historians will now be able to make all important links between generations with the baptism records and between families with the marriage registers. These essential records cover the entire island of Ireland, both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

Findmypast Announces Largest Online Collection of U.S. Marriages from 1650-2010

Findmypast has always been known primarily as a company that supplies genealogy information from the British Isles. However, the company announced some time ago that would expand into North American records. Since then, Findmypast has established offices in the United States, hired staff, and has begun acquiring records.

Today, Fndmypast announced at the RootsTech2016 conference the first of what will probably be many such offerings. The new database is huge at more than 450 million names. The majority of these records have never been digitized and made available online until today. I suspect this will create a lot of interest amongst American genealogists.

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

100 MILLION RECORDS, 450 MILLION+ NAMES

Leading family history company, Findmypast , announced today at RootsTech that, in partnership with FamilySearch International, it will launch the single largest online collection of U.S. marriages in history.

Covering 360 years of marriages from 1650-2010, when complete this landmark collection will contain at least 100 million records and more than 450 million names from 2,800 counties across America. More than 60 per cent of these marriage records have never before been published online. When complete, this collection will only be found in its entirety exclusively on Findmypast.

New African American Resource Portal Created by NEHGS

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

NEHGS_Black_History_MonthNew England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Creates a New Portal to Its Resources for Researching African American Ancestors at AmericanAncestors.org/AfricanAmerican

During Black History Month, NEHGS Offers Free Access to Databases Featuring African American Content to Guest Users on AmericanAncestors.org

February 1, 2016—Boston, Massachusetts—To commemorate Black History Month in February, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has assembled a wealth of information in a single portal on its data rich website, offering important resources to the researcher of African American ancestry. The portal, located at AmericanAncestors.org/AfricanAmerican, features a NEHGS webinar and study guide about African American genealogy, and hints concerning researching African American and other minorities in online databases, as well as beautifully illustrated articles on several important African American historical figures, culled from the vast manuscript collection at NEHGS.

Alberta, Canada, Homestead Records, 1870-1930 now Online

Alberta, Canada, Homestead Records, 1870-1930 is a valuable land record collection that includes the names of approximately 200,000 people who applied for homesteads in Alberta under the Dominion Lands Act – an 1872 law aimed to encourage the settlement of the Canadian Prairies.

Compiled during a time where the population was expanding to Western Canada, this collection is a valuable resource for those hoping to learn more about their ancestors who settled in The Princess Province. The collection is available on Ancestry.com.

Here’s a bit more insight on the collection:

MyHeritage Mobile App adds Audio Recordings to your Family Tree

MyHeritageAudioAppOral interviews are one of the most important things in a complete family history research project. Our relatives are a treasure trove of precious family information, and we want to make sure that their stories are preserved forever. With MyHeritage’s new Audio Recordings, you can interview your relatives directly from their profile in your family tree, and store the interview for future generations in your MyHeritage family site.

Audio files are uploaded to the family tree profile of the person you’re interviewing, where they can easily be listened to at anytime.

The new Audio Recordings app is free and available now on the latest version of the MyHeritage mobile app on the App Store and Google Play. You can learn more in the MyHeritage Blog at http://blog.myheritage.com/2016/01/new-audio-recordings-for-interviewing-your-relatives while the app itself can be downloaded by starting at https://www.myheritage.com/mobile.

Essex Archives Online

The catalogue of the Essex (England) Record Office is now available online at http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk. It is the place to discover your Essex ancestors or the history of your home, village or town.

The new web site offers written descriptions of every item in the archive, but not the full text of the documents themselves. Some entries contain images of the item. If your search returns more entries than you require, try the advanced search.

Only registered users can purchase a subscription. You will need to register for an Essex Archives Online (EAO) account, if you do not have one.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Findmypast logoThis week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of a variety of new additions from the Ilse of Man, Ireland, the English county of Middlesex, Australia and New Zealand.

Over 2.8 million New Zealand birth, marriage and death index records are now available to search and over 838,000 new records have been added to our collection of civil and parish births, marriages and deaths from the Isle of Man. Substantial updates have also been made to the Greater London Burial Index, Queensland Funeral records and our collection of historic Irish newspapers.

Irish Newspapers

Over 970,000 articles have been added to our collection of historic Irish newspapers. The latest additions include one brand new title – The Dublin Shipping and Mercantile Gazette, the arrival of which adds over 3,700 fully searchable articles from 1871 to our gorwing list of Dublin newspapers.

Geni.com’s World Family Tree Surpasses 100 Million Profiles

The following announcement was written by Amanda, Social Media Coordinator, and originally published in the Geni Blog at http://goo.gl/SdvEKT:

Today we’re excited to announce that Geni’s World Family Tree now connects over 100 million profiles!

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the entire Geni community, the World Family Tree has quickly become the largest, highest-quality family tree of the world. This significant milestone is the product of the hard work and research done by our dedicated community of users and our trusted team of volunteer Curators.

Geni.com’s World Family Tree Surpasses 100 Million Profiles

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 196,000 records. The new records now available to search include a rich and varied collection of family history publications from Scotland, new additions to our collection of Lincolnshire Monumental Inscriptions and medal records of Indian Defence and Auxiliary Force volunteers. Also included in this week’s release is the Phillimore Marriage Registers, a substantial collection of PDF’s recording marriages from all over England.

England, Phillimore Marriage Registers, 1531-1913

The Phillimore Marriage Registers, 1531-1913, consist of 241 volumes of parish marriages from 29 English counties. The registers were created by Nottingham lawyer William Phillimore Watts Stiff. William founded the publishing company Phillimore & Co. Ltd in 1897 and published works related to British family history. Later in life, William transcribed and printed parish marriage registers for over a thousand parishes and continued to work in family history until his death in 1914.

The registers contain approximately 2.3 million names and cover over 1,500 English parishes. Each record consists of a PDF image of the original Phillimore marriage register that will list the names of the married couple and the date of their marriage. In a number of registers, entries will also include the individuals’ residences and state whether the couple was married by banns or license.

Scotland Registers & Records

U.S. National Archives has Recently Launched a History Hub

The National Archives and Records Administration has recently launched a FREE History Hub, an online research support community, where members of the public can ask questions about research at NARA. The new site is a pilot for the next 6 months, and hopefully will be fully funded after that time. However, there is no guarantee of that.

There’s a dedicated Genealogy section in the History Hub. To access it, go to https://historyhub.archives.gov/welcome and register for an account, and then you can contribute in any way that you’d like!

Findmypast Offers the 1939 Register and a Free Weekend

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Findmypast Announces Free Weekend 22-25 January 2016

  • Findmypast announces free access to historical records this weekend
  • Billions of records available to everyone to search for free
  • Local subscribers granted World access, and World subscribers enjoy 3 days added to their subscription

Findmypast-300x250-animatedLondon, UK, 20th January 2016 – Findmypast has announced that this weekend, they will be opening up their archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. From 7am on Friday, January 22nd to 7am on Monday, January 25th (EST), absolutely everyone will have access to Findmypast’s comprehensive collections of historical records and innovative research tools, including:

Findmypast and sister site Mocavo Come Together

Today’s announcement strikes me as an excellent marriage. Formerly known as DC Thomson Family History, Findmypast is a British-owned provider of more than a billion records of interest to genealogists. The company has 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the First World War, The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others.

Mocavo is a web site that provides the most effective genealogy search engine available today. It works in a similar fashion as other search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing, and others) with the exception that Mocavo indexes only genealogy web sites and does so with extra software tools not available in the other search engines. As a result, it is very effective at finding historical information about people.

New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

The following was written by the folks at Findmypast:

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 2.3 million UK records and newspaper articles. The latest additions include a collection of pollbooks and directories from 1830’s England, a register of London apprentices and significant updates to our collection of historic British newspapers.

England, Pollbooks and Directories 1830-1837

England, Pollbooks and Directories, 1830-1837, contains over 62,000 records. Each record includes both a transcript and an image of the original source material. The information recorded may vary depending on the source and date, although most will include your ancestor’s name, details of the event that was being recorded and were it was recorded. In many cases, Pollbooks will also include details of their residence and occupation, as well as the names of eligible voters who did not vote. In this collection, you will also find The Quaker Annual Monitor. The Monitor is a list of all the British Quakers who died within the last twelve months. For many of the individuals listed, obituaries with short biographies including causes of death were printed. In some cases, the obituary or memorial is several pages long and details the individual’s dedication to the faith. The Monitor is an excellent source for family historians as the obituaries may include the names of other relatives.

Surrey, Southwark, Newington Apprentice Register 1891

New FamilySearch Collections Update: January 11, 2016

The following was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

A few domestic and international updates this week. For the United States you’ll see some new content for United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014,North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files 1800-1909Utah Death Certificates 1904-1964, and the Rhode Island District Court Naturalization Indexes 1906-1991. Find these and additional updates below for Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Italy, and Sweden.

12 Things You Will See from FamilySearch in 2016

The FamilySearch Blog has an interesting article about the organization’s plans for 2016. The article states:

12-things-to-expectFamilySearch is headed towards another innovative year as it streamlines online accessibility and provides increased family discovery experiences. New developments in 2016 will focus on 5 areas.

  • Family Tree
  • Memories
  • Discovery
  • Records
  • Help

Here are 12 new FamilySearch.org changes and additions patrons can expect in 2016:

You can read the rest of the article at: https://familysearch.org/blog/en/12-familysearch-2016.

Our Family Past Adds a New Online Service for Sharing Family History Stories

Peter Croger, part of the team at Our Family Past, sent an email message that states (in part):

This month, we’ve launched a new online service for publishing, sharing and preserving family history stories. Our Family Past (ourfamilypast.com) now makes it easy for family historians and members of their families to create stories about their families’ pasts, based on their family history research and on the memories of family members. It’s been designed for people who want to turn their genealogy facts and family trees into stories.

Our Family Past enables family historians to create and grow their family stories as online articles about people, places and events.

OurFamilyPast

Articles can be made up of text and media: images, audio and video. There is a simple media library in each family story for storing and managing the media items.

NEHGS Partners with Congregational Library & Archives to Digitize Early Church Records

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

A page from the 18th-century diary of Thomas Josselyn (1702-1782), deacon in Hingham, Mass. – one of the NEHGS collections that will be included in the project. (Diary of Thomas Josselyn, 1743-1775, NEHGS R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, Mss C 3489.) - Click on the image to view a larger version.

A page from the 18th-century diary of Thomas Josselyn (1702-1782), deacon in Hingham, Mass. – one of the NEHGS collections that will be included in the project. (Diary of Thomas Josselyn, 1743-1775, NEHGS R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, Mss C 3489.) – Click on the image to view a larger version.

January 7, 2016—Boston, Massachusetts—New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is pleased to announce its participation in New England’s Hidden Histories: Providing Public Access to the Manuscripts of New England’s First Churches, Incubators of American Democracy. NEHGS, the Congregational Library & Archives (CLA), the Phillips Library of the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ have received a grant of $210,000 from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) in support of the New England’s Hidden Histories program. The grant will enable the digitization of 28,000 pages of manuscript church records, personal papers of pastors and deacons, and ministerial conference records, dating from 1641 to the mid-1800s.

“As part of its ongoing effort to digitize the genealogical and historical treasures in its collections and make them available to a wide audience online, NEHGS is proud to be a co-recipient of the prestigious CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections grant and to participate in this important project,” said Jean Maguire, Director of the NEHGS Library. “This partnership will open up to researchers our rich holdings of early American church membership and vital records, correspondence, diaries, and family papers, including those of Michael Wigglesworth, the well-known Puritan minister and author of America’s first ‘best seller,’ The Day of Doom.”

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

findmypasy-logo-long-fwThis week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 106,000 new UK records. This week’s new additions include nearly three centuries of Electoral Registers from Plymouth and West Devon that not only allow you to discover where your ancestors lived, but also who they voted for. Substantial updates have also been made to our collections of Kent baptisms, banns, marriages and burials from the parishes of Addington, Ash, Cuxton, Ridley and Offham.

Devon, Plymouth & West Devon Electoral Registers 1780-1973

The Plymouth & West Devon Electoral Registers, 1780-1983, is a collection of parish and parliamentary electoral rolls, electoral registers and lists of county voters that have been digitised and indexed by in partnership with the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office. This collection stretches across three centuries and includes years not found in our collection of England & Wales Electoral Registers 1832-1932. Another exciting aspect of this collection is that, in many cases, the records will actually reveal who your ancestor voted for. This can provide you a rare insight into how your ancestor viewed the world and give you a better understanding of their place in society.

New FamilySearch Collections Update: January 4, 2016

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

This week showcases sizable additions to collections for Italy L’Aquila Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 1911-1943, and Italy Udine Civil Registration (State Archive) 1806-1815 1871-1911, Colombia Catholic Church Records 1576-2014 and, South Africa Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive) 1838- 1991. Find these and more by following the links below.

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