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Pembrokeshire is first Welsh Council to Add Burial Records to Deceased Online

The following announcement was written by Deceased Online:

Records for 11 cemeteries and crematorium now available online

All burial and cremation records for Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC) have been digitized and added to the specialist family history website www.deceasedonline.com.

Pembrokeshire County Council (Welsh language: Cyngor Sir Penfro) is the local government authority for one of the 22 principal areas of Wales with a rich cultural and social history. Located in the extreme South West of Wales, key towns in the county include Fishguard, Haverfordwest (the administrative centre), Milford Haven, Pembroke, Pembroke Dock, Tenby and Britain’s smallest city, the historic St David’s with its beautiful cathedral.

London Probate Search Rooms Closing December 2014 to be Replaced by New On-Line Index to Wills from 1858

The following announcement has been made by HM Courts & Tribunals Service. A response from the Society of Genealogists is also attached at the end:

London Probate Search Facility

“As of Friday the 12th December, the Probate Service will make available our records from 1858 to the present and the records of some soldiers who died on active military service between 1860 and 1982 (predominantly those who died in the First World War) for searching online.

You can search, order and receive copies direct from your own computer without waiting for the Probate Registry to send them to you.

You can search and if there is a match you will be informed straightaway. You then decide if you wish to pay £10 and order the documents.

Findmypast releases 953,000 District of Columbia birth, marriage and death records, 18 new US periodicals, new Irish Survey Maps & Plans and thousands of UK School & Prison Hulk registers

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Every Friday, leading family history website Findmypast reveals thousands of new records to explore over the weekend on its dedicated Findmypast Friday page. This week’s new additions include 95,000 Griffiths Survey of Ireland records, over 953,000 US birth, marriage and death records for the District of Columbia, 18 new PERSI titles and thousands of new UK school admissions and Prison Ship records.

The new District of Columbia Births & Baptisms 1830-1955 contain over 109,000 records. These records provide information on births and baptisms that occurred in the city of Washington, District of Columbia, between 1830 and 1955. Although the district began officially collecting this information in 1874, many records are from years earlier and do contain some duplicates that often contain slightly different information. Each record consists of a transcript that lists the child’s name, date of birth, date and place of christening, parents’ names and ethnicity.

Wellcome Library funds a new Partnership to Digitize 800,000 pages of Mental Health Archives

The following announcement was written by the Wellcome Library in partnership with the Borthwick Institute for Archives, London Metropolitan Archives, Dumfries and Galloway Council Archives:

The Wellcome Library will partner with the Borthwick Institute for Archives, London Metropolitan Archives, Dumfries and Galloway Council Archives, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists for the project, which will bring together documents from the York Retreat, St Luke’s Hospital Woodside, Crichton Royal Hospital, Gartnavel Royal Hospital and Camberwell House Asylum. These collections will be added to the Wellcome Library’s own collection of archives from public and private mental health institutions, including the records of Ticehurst House Hospital in Sussex, which provide a rare insight into the running of a privately run asylum.

The project will mostly focus on records dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, and will touch on the movement away from institutional care as the 20th century progressed. Patient records and case notes, photographs, administrative documents and registers will be digitised, creating an extensive online archive that will be a valuable resource for historical research.

St. John’s Cemetery, Albany, NY – Interments 1841-1887 now Online

The latest addition to the transcription projects on the website of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society, www.troyirish.com are the recently discovered interment records of 12,731 individuals from the long closed St. John’s Cemetery in Albany New York. St. John’s Cemetery was located on Delaware Avenue in Albany, New York. To see these records on the TIGS website, click on PROJECTS and then ST. JOHN’S CEMETERY, ALBANY, NY – INTERMENT RECORDS.

It had been widely reported that the interment records for this cemetery, covering interments starting over 173 years ago, had been lost or destroyed. However, in a recent chance conversation with the Historian at St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, New York, it was discovered that the mostly intact St. John’s interment book was in the possession of a retired cemetery employee and the book was promptly recovered.

Twitter’s Entire Archive of Public Tweets is now Indexed and Searchable

Twitter has announced via its engineering blog that it’s making its entire public tweet archive searchable to everyone. Previously it had only made the archive accessible to select partners.

Twitter’s search engine will index roughly half a trillion tweets, including every public Tweet since 2006. The move means historic tweets will now be accessible to everyone through Twitter’s public search.

You can read the details in Twitter’s Engineering Blog at https://blog.twitter.com/2014/building-a-complete-tweet-index.

Collin County, Texas, Clerk’s Office wins National Recognition for “Genealogy Corner”

Collin County Clerk Stacey Kemp and her staff have been awarded the 2014 Best Practices Award from the National Association of County Recorders, Elections Officials and Clerks (NACRC), according to county officials. The award was for Genealogy Corner, an online, publicly accessible archive that offers a wide variety of online research tools for anyone interested in the history of Collin County.

More than 8,000 licenses, dating from 1884 to 1949, have been scanned and indexed, and are now searchable online, including:

FamilySearch Adds More Than 3.7 Million Indexed Records and Images to Australia, Canada, Isle of Man, South Africa, and the United States

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch adds more than 3.7 million indexed records and images to Australia, Canada, Isle of Man, South Africa, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,395,009 images from the Canada, Nova Scotia Probate Records, 1760–1993 collection; the 396,405 images and 396,405 indexed records from the US, BillionGraves Index collection; and the 389,387 indexed records from the South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801–2004 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.

Findmypast releases Pettigrew & Oulton’s Dublin Almanac & General Register of Ireland, over 1.7 million Devon parish records and over 250,000 Devon Wills

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Every Friday, leading family history website Findmypast reveals thousands of new records to explore over the weekend on its dedicated Findmypast Friday page. This week’s new additions include over 1.7 million new additions to our collection of Devonshire parish birth, marriage, banns and burial records, over 250,000 Devon Wills Index 1844-1900 records and Pettigrew & Oulton’s Dublin Almanac & General Register of Ireland 1835-1845.

Pettigrew & Oulton’s Dublin Almanac & General Register of Ireland 1835-1845 has been added to our collection of Newspapers, Directories and Social History records. Pettigrew and Oulton’s was the first annual publication to include a street by street directory of Dublin. First published in 1834, the Almanac provided not simply a street directory but also an alphabetical list of inhabitants, grouped by profession. Pettigrew and Oulton’s was published until 1845. Now available on Findmypast, the index is fully searchable and contains over 6,000 search results.

The Essex Ancestors Wills Collection now includes 70,000 Documents Which Date from the 1400s to 1858

The following announcement was written by the Essex (England) Records Office:

Councillor Roger Hirst, Cabinet Member for Libraries, Communities and Planning said “We have in Essex Ancestors an amazing resource dedicated to showcasing the rich and fascinating history of our county. The digital images of these historic documents – some of them over 500 years old – are now available so that people all around the world with connections to our county can research their family history and even learn where their family heirlooms originate from.”

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Wills can tell us all sorts of things about the lives of people in the past. For example, in 1641, Elizabeth Fuller of Chigwell left her eldest son Henry her ‘longe carte’, ‘dunge carte’, ‘pondering crose’, ‘furnace’, and her ‘mault quarne’. We believe the cross would have been used for religious contemplation and the quarne for grinding grain. Her second son received ‘my best chest and my best brace [brass] pot’, to modern eyes this might seem the better bequest!

Fold3 Offers Free Access to the World War II Collection Until November 30

The Fold 3 Blog reports:

“In honor of Veterans Day, Fold3 is offering free access to our World War II Collection November 10-30. Explore the records of the war that shaped America’s “greatest generation”—and look for your family’s own WWII heroes along the way.

“Whether you’re interested in historical aspects of the war or are searching for specific individuals who fought in it, Fold3’s WWII Collection likely has what you need.”

You can read all the details at http://blog.fold3.com/free-access-to-the-world-war-ii-collection.

Find Your Family’s World War I Veterans in New, Free Military Collections Online on FamilySearch

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 10, 2014 — Veterans’ Day is a time to recognize the veterans in our lives—to honor their service for our country and show them that we appreciate their sacrifices made in our behalf. “The Great War,” World War I, began 100 years ago and later ended on November 11, 1918. In commemoration of Veteran’s Day, FamilySearch.org has announced the addition of three free World War I collections containing information on the millions of American and British citizens who served and registered for military service between 1914 and 1920. These vital genealogical resources were made available in collaboration with the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington DC, The National Archives in Kew, Surrey, England, and findmypast.com.

These resources include the free United States World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918. This collection “acts like a national census,” notes FamilySearch collection manager Ken Nelson, “because it includes over 24 million records representing almost half of the male population of the United States at the time.” Out of those who registered, approximately 4.8 million served and 2.8 million were drafted.

Search Historical Newspaper Archives with Elephind.com

Elephind can be a great FREE resource for anyone who wishes to search old newspapers. The purpose of elephind.com is to make it possible to search all of the world’s digital newspapers from one place and at one time. Elephind.com allows you to simultaneously search across thousands of articles using key words and phrases.

Elephind presently contains 141,831,915 items from 2,704 newspaper titles. You can find a list of libraries that have contribute their archives on the site by clicking on “List of Titles.” Clicking on any library’s name displays the newspapers in that collection.

Elephind.com is much like Google, Bing, or other search engines but focused only on historical, digitized newspapers. By clicking on the Elephind.com search result that interests you, you’ll go directly to the newspaper collection which hosts that story.

Of course, newspapers can be a great resource of genealogy information. Birth announcements, marriage announcements, court news, and more can be searched within seconds. If your ancestor was a merchant, you probably can also find his or her advertisements placed in the newspaper.

New Family History 4 Beginners Discussion Board

Peter Smith has formed a new discussion board, called Family History 4 Beginners. It is a totally free service with experts on hand to guide everyone through their family history efforts. The goal of the discussion board is to offer an environment where everyone can feel safe and welcome.

The discussion board runs on pb Pro Boards, a discussion board hosting service. It does have advertising. After all, they have to pay the bills somehow. When I looked at the site, there was one ad per page and that one ad never looked intrusive.

Free Access to ArkivDigital’s Swedish Records this Weekend, November 8-9

This is late notice but I just learned of it a few minutes ago. ArkivDigital is offering free access to its huge collection of Swedish genealogy records this weekend, 8 and 9 November.

You will need to register with the site and to install the special viewer software that is required to view records on ArkivDigital. You can learn more at http://www.arkivdigital.net/products/adonline/try-for-free/.

WikiTree Makes Finding Relationships with DNA Matches Easier

The following announcement was written by the folks at WikiTree.com:

6 November 2014: Today WikiTree.com is announcing two important features for genealogists who have taken DNA tests. These features make WikiTree’s Relationship Finder a uniquely powerful tool for genealogists who have taken 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and FTDNA Family Finder tests.

“One of the biggest challenges facing genetic genealogists,” according to Dr. Blaine Bettinger, author of the long-running blog The GeneticGenealogist, “is finding the elusive common ancestor. Finding genetic matches is easy, but finding the common ancestor from whom we inherited a segment DNA is very hard. WikiTree’s new Relationship Finder is a great tool for identifying the ancestors that two or more people share in common.”

Findmypast is Free This Weekend

An announcement from Findmypast.co.uk states:

This Remembrance Weekend, we want to help everyone find their First World War ancestors and learn more about their family history. So from 12:00 GMT on 7th November you can explore billions of historical records from around the world completely FREE.

From midday, Friday November 7th to midday on Monday, November 10th (GMT), you’ll be able to access:

FamilyTreeNow Adds Several New Improvements

I wrote a month or so ago about a new web site called FamilyTreeNow. The site is in beta and claims to have “billions of historical records, including census (1790-1940) records, birth records, death records, marriage & divorce records, living people records, and military records.” You can read my earlier article at http://goo.gl/KuMe1p. Now the owners of the web site have added a lot of new functionality, including:

User accounts. You can login with a local account, or for more convenience, you can also login securely with your Facebook or Google account.

Save Records: You can now save individual records and view them in your account manager.

Soldiers Mentioned in Dispatches are now Available Online on TheGenealogist.co.uk

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

For the first time online, leading British genealogy research website TheGenealogist has released over 81,000 records of records of Mentioned in Dispatches from the First World War, linked to citations from the London Gazette.

Find thousands of soldiers and army nurses who had come to the notice of superior officers for an act of gallantry, or meritorious action, in the face of the enemy in these records. The records created, when the recipient’s name appeared in an official report sent to the high command, can now be searched online only at TheGenealogist.

Some soldiers were mentioned in dispatches (MiD), but do not receive a medal for their action, they are nevertheless listed in the records as they were entitled to receive a certificate and wear the Oak Leaf decoration on their dress uniform.

Only one such decoration is ever worn, even when a soldier is mentioned in dispatches more than once, as was the case in the example of one Captain B.L. Montgomery.

Ancestry.com Adds 3.2 Million American Indian Records

Utah-based genealogy website Ancestry.com has partnered with the Oklahoma Historical Society to add more than 3.2 million American Indian historical records and images to its website. The new addition will bring the total number of American Indian historical records to more than 10 million.

The website will contain records of more than 570 tribes, including those from which most Americans with Indian blood descend. Census counts, treaties, land allotments, marriage certificates and citizenship documents are all included in the new data set.

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