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FamilySearch Adds More Than 10 Million Indexed Records and Images to Canada, Czech Republic, Ukraine, and the United States

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

Family Search LogoFamilySearch has added more than 10 million indexed records and images to collections from Canada, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, New Zealand, South Korea, Ukraine, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 3,427,354 indexed records from the Canada Census, 1911, collection; the 1,334,575 image records from the Czech Republic, Censuses, 1800–1945, collection; and the 2,545,965 indexed records from U.S., Idaho, SoutheastCounties Obituaries, 1864–2007, 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.

“Early Oregonians Database Index” Added to Ancestry.com and to Oregon State Archives Web Site

The “Early Oregonians Database Index” was added to Ancestry.com in July. It contains more than 100,000 entries and includes both settlers and Native Americans who already lived in the Oregon Territory. The records start prior to 1850.

You can find the “Early Oregonians Database Index” online on Ancestry.com and also on the Oregon State Archives website at http://goo.gl/Qr9Rvw.

The British Newspaper Archive Starts Digitising Eight New Titles

The following announcement was written by the folks at The British Newspaper Archive:

More than 8 million newspaper pages from 1710-1954 are now available to search at The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk).

In the last month, the website has started digitising the newspaper archives of eight new titles. These cover England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and include the London Evening Standard, Glasgow’s Daily Record and the Northern Whig.

National World War I Museum Announces Collaboration With Fold3 to Preserve and Share Legacies of World War I Veterans

The following announcement was written by the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial and by Fold3:

PROVO, UT and KANSAS CITY, MO–(Marketwired – August 06, 2014) – The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial today announced a collaboration with Fold3, the U.S. military record website in the Ancestry.com family of brands, that will give the public the ability to create and share memorial pages for American ancestors who served during World War I.

Get a Terabyte of Cloud Storage for $24.99

If you keep important information in your computer, such as the results of years of genealogy research, you need to keep both on-site and off-site backups. There are dozens of companies that offer off-site storage for your data, such as Dropbox, SugarSync, Google Drive, Apple’s iCloud, Microsoft OneDrive, and many others. Writing in the Cheapskate Blog, Rick Broida has uncovered one of the best bargains around. All is not perfect, however. There are advantages and disadvantages to the offer.

Rick writes, “A Dropbox Pro account costs $99 per year and comes with 100GB of storage.

“As of today, a MediaFire Pro account costs $24.99 per year and comes with 1TB of storage. (For those unfamiliar with abbreviations, that’s one terabyte — 10 times what Dropbox gives you for four times the price.) See? Math can be fun!”

TheGenealogist Adds a New Online Database of First World War Medal Records

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

Newly released for the first time are First World War Medal Records that crossed the great social class divide

Over 117,000 ‘Military Medals’ were awarded in the First World War for ‘acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire’. These records are now available to view online complete with an image of the actual Medal Card and a link to the official government publication of the time. It’s a unique, comprehensive set of records available only on TheGenealogist.co.uk

The Military Medal was awarded to ‘Non Commissioned Officers and Ordinary Ranks’ and covers exceptional courage as a soldier in battle. It also was awarded for those that risked their lives trying to save others, often in extreme danger. The Medal Records on TheGenealogist show people from a wide range of backgrounds and social classes, including a number of young women from very privileged families who chose to drive ambulances and rescue the wounded in the mud of battle.

MyHeritage Adds New Photo and Video Uploading Methods

MyHeritage (the sponsor of this newsletter) recently made it quicker and easier to add photos and videos to MyHeritage family sites. Whether you wish to add a few photos or hundreds in one go, you can drag and drop photos from anywhere on your computer and bring more color to your family tree.

Details may be found in the MyHeritage Blog at http://blog.myheritage.com/2014/08/new-photo-uploading-experience.

More Than 100,000 North West Kent Burial Records Dating Back to 1686 Released Today on FindMyPast

Good news for anyone with Kent ancestors: 30,000 more North West Kent parish burial records for Gravesend released today on Findmypast. Spanning the years 1686 to 1983, the new records comprise transcripts of burial registers compiled by the North West Kent Family History Society.

The new Gravesend records join details of burials that took place around Charlton, Darenth, Dartford, Northfleet and Greenwich, which until 1899 was part of Kent. Together they include the inmates of several asylums, both those which were dedicated to the care of the mentally ill and those that cared for the sick and infirm.

You can read the full details in the FindMyPast.co.uk web site at http://goo.gl/YIvzx6.

Records for 200+ Aberdeenshire Council Burial Sites now on Deceased Online

The following announcement was written by the folks at Deceased Online:

Deceased Online has now completed the digitsation of all burial records for Scotland’s 4th largest council region, Aberdeenshire.

The collection comprises 200+ sites across the area in North East Scotland which includes nearly 250,000 burials/interments with around 600,000 records and data items.

The records comprise scans of registers and grave details identifying all those buried in each lair. Some cemetery section maps are also available and more will follow soon.

World War One: Every Man Remembered Database Launched

The Royal British Legion is working with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to keep alive the memory of those who fell in the First World War, for future generations. The goal is to commemorate every man and woman from across the Commonwealth who fell. A total of 1,117,077 service personnel from what was then the British Empire died in the war, which began in 1914.

The Every Man Remembered database allows anyone to commemorate relatives or someone they knew, or find a person for whom no-one has yet left a tribute. The legion called it the “greatest act of remembrance” to mark the centenary. Once you have made your decision on who you wish to remember, you can then commemorate them with a personal dedication and if you make a donation to The Royal British Legion, you will receive a special commemorative certificate.

FamilySearch Adds more than 1.7 Million Indexed Records and Images to Canada, Croatia, Peru, Poland, and the United States

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

FamilySearch has added more than 1.7 million indexed records and images to collections from Canada, Croatia, Peru, Poland, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,160,179 indexed records from the UnitedStates, Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900–1953, collection; the 50,858 indexed records from the Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997, collection; and the 99,950 indexed records from United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905–1937, 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.

Digital Collections of Historic Newspaper Available on Veridian

Veridian is a company that provides newspaper digitization services to libraries and other cultural heritage institutions. Services offered include: scanning services, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) services, software for online discovery and delivery of digitized newspapers, hosting services for online digital collections of any size, and long-term digital preservation solutions. The company’s web site includes links to many of the newspaper collections that have been digitized for the libraries and other organizations. As a result, the web page is an excellent “starting point” to find many of the collections.

Digitized newspaper collections that may be found by starting at http://www.veridiansoftware.com include:

Tennessee State Public Library Adds more than 1,500 Digitized and Searchable Family Bibles Online

Before the 20th century, Tennessee and many other states did not keep comprehensive records of births, marriages, and deaths. Families recorded their own vital records in family Bibles that were passed down through generations. The Tennessee State Library and Archives holds hundreds of family Bible records in several formats and within many collections. The Bible records recently placed online were taken from photocopies in TSLA’s vertical files; additional records will be added as they are donated or discovered in manuscripts collections. The bulk of the records in this collection date between the late 18th and early 20th century. Many prominent Tennessee families are represented here; some records even include the names of families’ slaves.

USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer

This has to be one of the best tools I have seen for finding old maps. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently launched a GIS-based website that allows viewers access to more than 178,000 USGS maps, dating back to 1884. The maps can be searched by location by starting with current maps. If you like old maps as much as I do, you will want to check this out.

Click on the image to view a larger map of Los Angeles

Millions of Staffordshire Historical Records Go Online

An 18th century Admiral, a freed Jamaican slave and the founder of the Wedgwood pottery company are all included in records to be published online for the first time. The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service and Findmypast website will make 2.8 million documents available.

The baptism, marriage and burial records span 1538 to 1900. Accounts of floods, riots and an earthquake are also included.

You can read more in an article in BBC News at http://goo.gl/jMvD2q.

U.S. Marine Corps Offers Historical Database

Family members of Marines who were wounded, killed, deemed a prisoner of war or missing during past wars can now access their loved ones’ casualty card using the Marine Corps History Division’s new online database. Each casualty card lists the military member’s unit, service number, type of casualty and date of death. Currently, there are digitized casualty cards for World War II, Interwar period 1946-50, and for war dogs, trained military dogs that served in combat. Korean War cards are scheduled to be complete and released this summer and Vietnam in the fall. To access the online database, visit the U.S. Marine Corps History Division Casualty Card Databases webpage, or to request a copy of the original card, send an email to history.division@usmc.mil or a request in writing to:

MyGreatBigFamily.com: An Alternative to MyFamily.com

Ancestry.com recently announced that it will soon close the popular MyFamily.com web service. (See http://wp.me/p5Z3-lk for the details.) The outcry from MyFamily.com users has been loud. However, all is not lost. Several other web sites offer similar services to those previously offered by Ancestry.com’s subsidiary at MyFamily.com. Anyone who has been using MyFamily.com will want to check out the alternatives available.

This week I took a look at MyGreatBigFamily.com and must say that I am impressed.

MyGreatBigFamily.com supplies family web sites that are preconfigured with most everything you need to connect online with your relatives around the world and to preserve your family history. The web site proclaims, “We’ve made it so easy for you to customize & manage a professional looking website. All you do is add the content. No need to understand web publishing tools or be a web wizard.” After using the site for a while, I believe that is an accurate claim. In fact, I was so impressed with this service that I am now a MyGreatBigFamily.com customer. Details are given near the end of this article.

Savannah, Georgia, City Records Back to Late 1700s Now Available Online

Savannah officials announced Friday that the has made many of the city’s records from 1790 through 1900 available online on the Ancestry.com web site. Currently the following collections of City records are available to researchers online through Ancestry.com at:

  • Savannah, Georgia, Vital Records, 1803-1966
  • Savannah, Georgia, Cemetery and Burial Records, 1852-1939
  • Savannah, Georgia, Cemetery Burial Lot Cards, 1807-1995*
  • Savannah, Georgia, Court Records, 1790-1934
  • Savannah, Georgia, Land Tax & Property Records, 1896-1938
  • Savannah, Georgia, Naturalization Records, 1790-1910
  • Savannah, Georgia, Records of Titles, 1791-1971
  • Savannah, Georgia, Registers of Free Persons of Color, 1817-1864*
  • Savannah, Georgia, Voter Records, 1901-1917
  • Savannah, Georgia, City Council Minutes, 1790-1900*

Tennessee State Library & Archives Puts Family Bible Records Online

Visitors to the website of the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) can now access family Bible records previously available only to patrons visiting TSLA’s building. Over the past few years, TSLA volunteer Cinamon Collins scanned more than 1,500 family Bible records held at TSLA.

Most of the records were photocopied from privately-held family Bibles and preserved at TSLA by archivists and librarians. A new database on the TSLA website allows researchers to browse these records in their entirety, and a search function will ultimately include all of the thousands of names written in these unique documents.

Search World War I Military Records for Free on MyHeritage

2014 marks a century since the outbreak of World War I. On July 28 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Empire invaded Serbia, beginning a world war that would last four years and result in millions of casualties. Were your ancestors among the brave men who fought? How did they serve their country?

MyHeritage can help you learn more about your ancestors by searching hundreds of thousands of WWI military records. You can enjoy FREE access to a number of military record collections from now through the end of July. Details may be found in the MyHeritageBlog at: http://blog.myheritage.com/2014/07/search-wwi-military-records-for-free.

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