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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 browsable Manchester electoral registers, death & admission records from two Derbyshire hospitals, new additions to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers and a fascinating petition drawn up by early settlers in New Zealand.

Manchester electoral registers Browse 1832-1900

Those of you with Manchester ancestors can now browse through over 330,000 Manchester electoral registers. Spanning nearly 70 years (1832-1900), the register record a fascinating period of the city’s history. By 1835, Manchester’s booming cotton and manufacturing Industries had made it the first and greatest industrial city in the world. This triggered a population explosion as people from all over the UK flocked to the city in search of work, many of whom were forced to live in squalid conditions in the city’s newly formed slums. The registers include both the registers for local government elections Parliamentary Elections. Electoral Registers are annually compiled lists of all adults eligible to vote and typically list a person’s name, address and the type of property they owned or rented that qualified them to vote. The registers are a valuable census substitute and, as they begin after the Repeal Act of 1832, record all levels of society ranging from wealthy captains of industry to desperately poor slum tenants.

Providence, Rhode island, House Directories Now Available Online

ProvidenceHouseDirectoryThe Providence City Archives has announced the completion of a project to scan the Providence House Directories. The directories were published between 1895 and 1935 and are an invaluable resource for those conducting genealogy research, house research, neighborhood demographic change, and occupancy patterns. Basic entries in the more than 20,000 pages of information are organized by street (unlike the city directories).

Individual name listings for each address in many cases indicate occupation and whether the resident is a boarder or owner of the property. Additional directory sections include information on parks, businesses, churches, clubs, theaters, cemeteries, places of amusement and basic census data.

14 Volumes of Genealogical Lists of Irish-Jewish Families Presented to Dublin City

Fourteen rare volumes of genealogical lists of Irish-Jewish families in Ireland were presented to Dublin City Council’s Library and Archive today. The volumes were gifted by Stuart Rosenblatt, President of the Genealogical Society of Ireland. The set of 14 volumes presented by Stuart to the people of Dublin at Dublin City Library & Archive, is one of only five sets, and therefore is of immense rarity.

Ancestry Collaborates with Gannett to Digitally Archive More Than 80 U.S. Newspapers

The following announcement was written by Ancestry.com:

Cincinnati Enquirer the First Gannett Archive Launched with Over 4 Million Pages Online

PROVO, Utah, Aug 24, 2015 — Ancestry, the leader in family history and consumer genetics, today announced its collaboration with Gannett Co., Inc., the largest local-to-national media company, to digitize more than 80 daily newspapers across the nation. Newspapers.com, an Ancestry business unit, and Gannett will provide a historical newspaper viewing experience complete with full text search, clipping and sharing features. Together, they expect to deliver more than 100 million full-page images of historical newspapers in a simple, easy-to-use online archive.

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 fascinating Probate Calendars containing more than 100 years of English and Welsh wills. Additional birth, marriage and death records have also been added to our collection of Hertfordshire parish records.

Probate Calendars of England & Wales 1858-1959

Containing over 500,000 records, the Probate Calendars of England & Wales 1858-1959 record the details of wills lodged with the National Probate Registry. Until 1858, matters of probate were dealt with by the ecclesiastical courts of the Church of England. After 1858 the civil government took over the settlement of all estates and all wills were now probated through the Principal Probate Registry system. There were 11 district registry offices with 18 sub-district registries located around England and Wales, with the principal office located in First Avenue House, London. The calendars will reveal if your ancestor left a will or was mentioned in one. They may also reveal the size of the estate in question and list the will’s executors or administrators. The executors/administrator may have been a bank, solicitor, beneficiary or a family member, providing you with links to other branches of your family tree and new avenues to explore. Once you’ve found your ancestor in the index you can use the information listed to request a copy of the will from the National Probate Registry.

New FamilySearch Collections: Week of August 17, 2015

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

Fun FamilySearch additions to the Colombia, France, Peru, and Philippines international collections this week including significant digital images for Colombia Catholic Church Records from 1600 to 2012. Significant additions were also made to the Texas and Wisconsin marriage collections.  Over 7 million searchable records have been added this week. Follow the links below to explore the new content!

COLLECTION

INDEXED
RECORDS

DIGITAL
RECORDS

COMMENTS

Colombia Catholic Church Records 1600-2012

0

1,002,173

Added images to an existing collection

France Finistère Quimper et Léon Diocese Catholic Parish Records
1772-1863

144,443

0

Added images to an existing collection

Illinois Adams County Card Index to Deaths 1877-1990

95,523

96,875

Added images to an existing collection

Peru Lima Civil Registration 1874-1996

862,440

304

Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Philippines
Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984

0

4,088,394

Added images to an existing collection

Philippines Pangasinan Civil Registration 1945-1981

84,935

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Texas County Marriage Records 1837-1977

586,960

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States Census 1890

15

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States Obituaries American Historical Society of Germans
from Russia 1899-2012

0

4,154

Added images to an existing collection

Wisconsin County Marriages 1836-1911

213,905

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Introducing SNAC

The Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC) Project is addressing a longstanding research challenge: discovering, locating, and using distributed historical records. Scholars use these records as primary evidence for understanding the lives and work of historical persons and the events in which they participated.

SNAC_logoSNAC focuses mostly on the lives of historical persons, not on the general public. It may not help find the farmers, craftsmen, merchants, housewives, and other “common folk” in our family trees. However, if your ancestor was a person of some fame, SNAC could provide a lot of information about his or her life and work.

Longreads Website “The Social Historian” Officially Launches

The following announcement was written by Barbara J Starmans:

August 16, 2015 – The Social Historian at thesocialhistorian.com is a longform story website featuring social history themed articles from across the centuries and around the world.

What is Social History?

Social History is not concerned with politics and wars, or kings and presidents, but rather with the lives of ordinary people. It is a view of history from the bottom up, rather than from the top down.

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 fascinating British army records from the War of 1812 and the First World War, baptism records from the English county of Northumberland, a list of Scottish Presbyterians who signed the National Covenant to defend their faith during the 17th century, a valuable Irish census substitute and the first ever Australian census.

Northumberland Baptisms

Over 39,000 records have been added to our collection of Northumberland and Durham parish records. The records not only reveal your ancestor’s name but also the names of their parents’, their occupations and where they lived. The records include baptisms from Presbyterian, Independent, Wesleyan, Methodist and Anglican parishes. The collection now contains records from over 350 parishes and villages.

British Army, Casualty Index War of 1812

Forces War Records Releases New Online Database of British Prisoners Of War Held in Japan or Japanese-Occupied Territory

On the eve of the 70th VJ day anniversary, Forces War Records has released a new online collection of 56,000 records listing the Imperial Prisoners of War held in Japan (Original Source: Transcribed from the National Archive reference WO392/23-26 British Prisoners Of War Held In Japan Or Japanese-Occupied Territory). The following announcement was written by Forces War Records :

In 1945, 37,583 British and Commonwealth soldiers were released from Japanese captivity and Forces War Records has their details.

During the course of the Second World War, over 140,000 Allied soldiers were captured by the Armed Forces of the Empire of Japan. These men were kept in barbaric conditions, utilised as forced labour, tortured for information and used for medical experiments. Japan, while a signatory of the 1929 Geneva Convention, never ratified it and thus ignored it. Treatment of Allied prisoners was so poor that over 30,000 died in captivity. Many of the guards responsible were subsequently tried for war crimes.

More than 1,000 biographies posted on GenealogyMagazine.com

The following is a press release from GenealogyMagazine.com:

More than 1,300 biographical sketches are now freely accessible at www.genealogymagazine.com/biographies.html. Each biography identifies the original source, long out-of-print books such as Paddock’s History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas, published in 1906 by Lewis Publishing Company in Chicago.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Lewis and other publishing companies sent representatives across America to compile local histories and interview area residents. To finance the printing, representatives sold pre-publication copies. These volumes are sometimes known as “mug books.” Those wanting to see their biography in print had to purchase the book in advance.

Online Petition to Save the “OLD” Ancestry.com “Classic” User Interface

An on-line petition has been started that is directed to Tim Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com. The petition pleads for the retention of the Classic/Old interface, at least as a permanent option for people who prefer it.

The online petition states (in part):

Dear Tim Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer, CEO@ Ancestry.com:

We, the undersigned, hereby sign this petition to acknowledge that we, do not like the look, style, color, and format and prefer the use of Ancestry.com “Classic” versus NEW ancestry.

We the undersigned who have signed, liked or shared the following are NOT resistant to change. The recent change of Ancestry.com “Classic” to NEW ancestry is the worst change that ancestry.com has ever made to its website. HELP SAVE Ancestry~com “Classic”!

New FamilySearch Collections: Week of August 5, 2015

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

This week millions of indexed birth, marriage, and death records from Italy and Mexico were published online. These free collections are the direct results of the online indexing volunteer community. Discover your ancestry reaching back as far as the 1500’s in new collections such as the Italy Bari Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1908,  Mexico Distrito Federal Catholic Church Records 1514-1970, and Mexico Guanajuato Catholic Church Records 1519-1984. Explore the full list of new collections online below.

British Movietone Digital Archives Online

Quoting from the Movietone web site: “British Movietone is arguably the world’s greatest newsreel archive, spanning the period 1895 – 1986. Shot on 35mm film, this global archive contains many of the world’s enduring images and is rich in coverage of news events, celebrities, sports, music, social history, science, lifestyle and quirky. It was the first newsreel to include sound, the first to use colour film, the first to break many exclusive stories, and is your first and last stop for newsreel footage. The collection is fully digitized and now available from AP Archive.

The web site allows the user to search:

Use GenDisasters.com to Find Out What May Have Happened to Your Family

GenDisasters.com is a genealogy site that contains information on the historic disasters, events, and tragic accidents our ancestors endured, as well as, information about their life and death. Database and records searchable by surname as well as by the name of a disaster or by Year or by U.S. State. A separate section of the site contains information about disasters in Canada.

Huge South London Cemeteries’ Records added to Deceased Online

The following announcement was written by Deceased Online:

New Records Added to Findmypast

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 1.2 million new additions to our collection of Staffordshire parish registers. These new additions have been released in partnership with with the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service and are the second phase of an exciting project to create the Staffordshire Collection on Findmypast – a rich source, which on completion will comprise around 6 million fully searchable transcripts and scanned images of handwritten parish records. Over 17,000 records relating to Hillsborough Cemetery in Auckland, New Zealand are also available to search.

Staffordshire Baptisms

Volunteers Transcribe Details from U.K. Merchant Navy Crew Lists for 1915

An online volunteer project between The National Maritime Museum and The National Archives (of Great Britain) and the Crew List Index Project (CLIP) has been completed. For the first time you can search online for details from all the surviving First World War Merchant Navy crew lists for 1915. The crew lists contain particulars for 36,000 voyages, including the names and personal details of 750,000 seamen.

As part of their commemorations for the First World War centenary, The National Maritime Museum and The National Archives began a four year long project in 2012, attracting the help of over 400 volunteers from as far afield as Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Canada, as well as locations a little closer to home in Italy, Ireland and the UK. They transcribed the 39,000 crew lists from electronic copies of the documents.

New FamilySearch Collections: Week of 27 July 2015

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

Highlights of this week’s updates include the Alabama County Marriages 1809-1950Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928, Philippines Civil Registration (Local) 1888-1984, Utah Obituaries from Utah Newspapers 1850-2005, and Zimbabwe Death notices from 1904-1976.  Explore these newly released collections and others by following the links below.

COLLECTION

INDEXED
RECORDS

DIGITAL
RECORDS

COMMENTS

Alabama
County Marriages 1809-1950

718,870

223,694

Added
indexed records and images to an existing collection

Denmark
Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928

0

1,371,304

New
browsable image collection.

Japan
Passenger Lists 1893-1941

0

15,681

Added
images to an existing collection

Peru
La Libertad Civil Registration 1903-1998

186,394

0

Added
indexed records to an existing collection

Philippines
Civil Registration (Local) 1888-1984

0

4,019,816

Added
images to an existing collection

Utah
Obituaries from Utah Newspapers 1850-2005

60,859

0

Added
indexed records to an existing collection

Zimbabwe
Death notices 1904-1976

158,202

0

Added
indexed records to an existing collection

Norfolk Parish Records to go Online on TheGenealogist.co.uk

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

TheGenealogist and the Norfolk Record Office announce that they have signed an agreement to make Norfolk parish and other historical records available online for the first time. The registers of baptisms, marriages, burials and banns of marriage feature the majority of the parishes in Norfolk.

On release the searchable transcripts will be linked to original images of baptism, marriage and burial records from the parish registers of this East Anglian county

  • Some of the surviving records are from the early 1500s
  • These vital records will allow family history researchers from all over the world to search for their Norfolk ancestors online for the first time

Famous people that can be found in these records include:

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