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The Genealogist Announces a New Year Launch of Parish Records

The following announcement was written by the folks at The Genealogist. Click on any of the images to view a larger version:

The Genealogist has added to the millions of its UK Parish Records released over the last year with the first batch of records from their new agreement with Norfolk Record Office. This is a two part release covering this East of England county.

These feature the fully searchable registers of baptisms, banns, marriages and burials covering the majority of parishes in Norfolk.

In phase one of this two stage release we are giving access to over 3.6 million individuals from over 700 parishes. You can search transcripts linked to the original images of baptism, marriage and burial records. Please see our coverage list giving the dates for each parish (http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/coverage/parish-records/norfolk).

Northeast Historic Film Offers 10,000 Hours of Film and Video‎

Northeast Historic Film in Bucksport, Maine, can be an excellent online resource for anyone with New England ancestry. The nonprofit archives is dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing northern New England’s moving image heritage. The organization owns a three-story vault with 10 million+ feet of film, a public study center, a 140-seat theater, and it enjoys the support of 400+ members. While you may not find a film of your ancestors, you undoubtedly will have an opportunity to view the lifestyles and perhaps the area in which they lived.

Another excellent service of Northeast Historic Film (NHF) is the preservation of home movies. Without cold storage at low humidity, the film in your basement or attic cracks, rots, and fades, and part of New England’s history is lost. NHF staff members have the skills and tools to preserve your valued moving images.

New Records Available To Search on Findmypast

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

This Weeks Findmypast Friday marks the release of an Index of British Knights of the realm that contains records dating back to the 12th century. Discover whether your ancestor sought adventure abroad through service in the British Army with a worldwide Index from 1841, or search for Warwickshire ancestors with new additions to our collections of Warwickshire baptisms, banns, marriages and burials. New additions have also been made to the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI).

Knights of the Realm index

An Update from TheGenealogist.co.uk: The Tithe Maps Project for England and Wales Completed

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist.co.uk. Click on any of the images to view a larger version:

TheGenealogist.co.uk has now completed the launch of searchable Tithe Maps and Schedules for England and Wales with the release of more maps covering 40 counties. This means you can now view a map of your ancestors parish for the counties of Anglesey, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Brecknockshire, Buckinghamshire, Caernarfonshire, Cambridgeshire, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, County Durham, Cumberland, Denbighshire , Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Essex, Flintshire, Glamorgan, Glamorganshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Merionethshire, Middlesex, Monmouthshire, Montgomeryshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Pembrokeshire, Radnorshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Somerset, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire, Westmorland, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, York City and Ainsty and Yorkshire.

These maps link to the searchable schedules which contain over 14 million records. The schedules contain detailed information on land use with linked maps that jump to the plot for an individual from the records. The maps can contain hundreds of individual plots with varying levels of detail. They can reveal buildings, fields, houses, rivers, lakes, woods and also cover villages, towns and cities.

NEHGS Offers FREE Access to Important Databases on AmericanAncestors.org during the Month of January 2016

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

Family Historians Can Fulfill New Year Resolutions with a Variety of Resources in Genealogy Available from NEHGS

NEHGS_January_promoDecember 30, 2015—Boston, Massachusetts— To assist family historians of all levels with ambitious New Year’s resolutions, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is granting free access from Wednesday, December 30, 2015, through Sunday, January 31, 2016, to historic vital records from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont which will be available for unlimited access during the entire month after registering for a free account. NEHGS, the most respected name in family history, has also assembled a quick guide to resources, services, and staff expertise to fulfill any genealogist’s resolutions to grow the ancestral family tree in the New Year.

Family historians can start fulfilling their New Year’s genealogy resolutions with NEHGS by visiting AmericanAncestors.org/2016.

NEHGS Can Fulfill Your Resolution

UK Archives Digitizes World War I Hospital Diaries

The UK National Archives has digitized almost 250 World War I hospital diaries and put them online. According to The National Archives web site at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/first-world-war-hospital-diaries-now-online:

“Diaries of 247 First World War hospital camps, hospital ships, convalescent hospitals and veterinary hospitals are now available to read online. The National Archives digitised the documents as part of Disability History Month.

“These war diaries reveal different methods of treating injured and disabled soldiers, and give insight into life in hospital during the First World War.

“The diaries give fascinating details about daily routines, operations and special events, including Christmas services: on board Hospital Ship Vasna in December 1918, ‘a generous supply of gifts were obtained from the Red Cross Depot in Basra and were distributed by the Matron to all patients, passengers and staff.’ Read more about Christmas aboard hospital ships on our blog.”

Nottingham City Burial records back to 1830’s now available on Deceased Online

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

Deceased OnlineYou can now search historic General Cemetery
1.3 million Nottingham City records available

The Nottingham General Cemetery (also known as Canning Circus), opened in the 1830s and listed as Grade II historic park and garden in 2001, is available to search on www.deceasedonline.com. There are seven key sites managed by Nottingham City Council, comprising over 1.3 million records, exclusively available through the Deceased Online website.

General Cemetery

General Cemetery

New Records Available To Search on Findmypast

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Findmypast logoLondon, UK. 26th December, 2015. This Boxing Day marks the beginning of Findmypast’s start Your Family Tree Week. This seven-day event will continue until 1st January 2015 and, over the course of the week, Findmypast users will enjoy a wide range of materials to help them build their family trees such as getting started guides, expert insights, useful print-outs, and a wealth of family history prizes.

We have also released thousands of fascinating new records to explore during the holidays.

Irish Newspapers

Over 89,000 new articles and 5 brand new titles have been added to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers. Amongst these new additions is the Dublin Intelligence, now the oldest paper in the collection, dating all the way back to 1708. Substantial updates have also been made to eight existing titles including the Dublin Daily Express, Dublin Weekly Nation and the Weekly Freeman’s Journal.

New FamilySearch Collections Update: December 21, 2015

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

FamilySearch_LogoNearly 12 million records were added to the Find A Grave Index. Other substantial additions this week included Wales Glamorgan West Glamorgan Electoral Registers 1839-1925England Kent Register of Electors 1570-1907, Missouri Pre-WWII Adjutant General Enlistment Contracts 1900 1941, United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014, and Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899 1984. Find these and more by following the links below.

Geissenhainer Pastoral Records Database Completed

The following announcement was written by the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society,:

As of November 2015 the database of Geissenhainer pastoral records on the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society (MAGS) web site is complete. The Rev. Frederick W. Geissenhainer Jr. documented his pastoral acts during his tenure at St. Matthew’s and St. Paul’s Lutheran Churches in New York City between 1827 and his death in 1879. The five large volumes are maintained in the Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society (NYHS).

These were Lutheran Churches that primarily served the German population of New York City in the mid-1800s, during the height of German immigration. Many immigrants worshipped here first before deciding to migrate to other parts of the United States. This is a good source to find marriages of couples and baptisms or confirmations of children between the time a family immigrated and before they moved on.

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 Church of Ireland baptism, marriage and burial records, Baptisms and a popular family almanac from Suffolk, millions of historic British newspapers and new additions to our collection of New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Records.

Dublin Registers & Records

The Dublin Registers & Records consists of eight publications of parish records from the Church of Ireland dating from the early 1600s up to 1800. The records are comprised of over 2,500 PDF images that allow you to discover the baptism, marriage, and burial dates of your Dublin ancestors as well as the names of their parents and spouse. Occasionally, other details are recorded, such as father’s occupation or how a couple was married (either by banns or by licence). The eight indexed publications included in this set are searchable by name, year, title, publisher, image number and keyword.

Suffolk Baptisms

Kentucky County Court Records Now Online

A batch of Kentucky county court records dating from the late 18th and early 19th centuries have been digitized and are now available to all online on the University of Kentucky web site.

Kentucky County Court Records

Please note the word “batch.” The newly-digitized documents do not include all court records that were written at the time. Some records have been lost over the years, others were destroyed by fires or perhaps deliberately by clerks who were not aware of the historical significance of these documents.

Documents that are available now include:

The Glass Files to Privately Protect a Family’s Memories

logo_the-glass-filesThe Glass Files is a web site designed for families who wish privately protect family memories and yet to also make them easily available to other family members who are invited to see and even contribute to those memories. The website, tag-lined a place for history on the Internet, is set to launch early next spring along with a mobile app.

The business primarily markets to families wishing to upload archives from their past in any medium, whether video, photo, or any other type of documentation. In a prototype of the site, developer Sarah Poyet presents video footage of her grandfather’s interview alongside documents from his arrival to the U.S. to tell his story. The website allows users to attach information to their material and tag items to a particular point of history, which relates a personal story to major events of that time period. The Glass Files is private by default. Poyet says she believes a collection from a family’s history should be intimate and safe from inappropriate use.

Ancestry.com is Now Moving All Customers to the New Ancestry

The move to the “New Ancestry” web site was announced several months ago and has created some controversy ever since. Now the company is making it official.  In an article today in the Ancestry Blog, Kendall Hulet, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Ancestry, wrote:

Over a year ago, based on extensive research into our members’ wants and needs, we set out to build a better website that reinvents the way Ancestry helps you discover and tell your family story. On December 15, we will complete the final transition worldwide to the new Ancestry site.

You can read the full announcement on the Ancestry Bog at http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/12/14/all-members-now-moving-to-the-new-ancestry.

Half a Million ‘Never Before Seen’ WW2 UK War Office Army Casualty Lists Now Released

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

Forces War Records WO417 War Office casualty lists reaches half a million!

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On 11th December 2015 specialist military genealogy website Forces War Records’ WO417 collection reached a milestone half a million records released. ‘War Office: Army Casualty Lists, 1939-45 War’ from the National Archives (reference WO417) is a list of every casualty sustained by the British Army, day by day during the Second World War.

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 203,000 new records covering three English counties; Hampshire, Devon and Leicestershire. The new additions include electoral roll transcripts from mid-19th century Porstmouth, an in index of rate payers following a plague epidemic that hit Plymouth in 1627 and transcripts of baptisms and burial from six Leicestershire parishes.

Hampshire, Portsmouth electoral rolls 1835-1873

The Hampshire, Portsmouth electoral rolls 1835-1873 contain over 198,000 transcripts covering six parishes of Portsmouth: All Saints, St George, St John, St Mary, St Paul and St Thomas. Electoral rolls were registered annually, which means that you may find multiple entries for your ancestor. The Portsmouth electoral roll wasn’t published in 1836 and 1837, and those from 1866, 1870 and 1871 have not survived. The electoral registers are from six parishes of Portsmouth: All Saints, St George, St John, St Mary, St Paul and St Thomas.

New FamilySearch Collections Update: December 6, 2015

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

There were 18 new, free historic record collections added or updated this week at FamilySearch.org.  Some highlights include the Australia New South Wales Census 1891Connecticut
District Court Naturalization Indexes 1851-1992
United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014 with nearly 15 million new records, Massachusetts Revolutionary War Index Cards to Muster Rolls 1775-1783North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1979Brazil Rio de Janeiro Immigration Cards 1900-1965Germany Hesse Frankfurt Civil Registration Deaths Indexes 1928-1978,and Italy Taranto Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1926. Explore these and many others by following the links below.

Honor Oak completes 1.5 million Southwark, London Records on Deceased Online

The following announcement was written by Deceased Online:

Honor Oak Crematorium records now on Deceased Online

Honor Oak Crematorium and its beautiful gardens were established in 1939, adjacent to Camberwell New Cemetery, and was opened by Lord Horder. The crematorium was designed by architects William Bell and Maurice Webb; whose father, Sir Aston Webb, owned the company which designed Camberwell New Cemetery.

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The records for Honor Oak (pictured) include digital scans of registers; the earlier of which feature an excellent range of detailed information (see sample below) including full names and addresses of both the deceased and the applicant, ages, occupations, and location of ashes. With the addition of all 150,000 names and records for Honor Oak Crematorium, Deceased Online now has over 1.5 million records for nearly 600,000 burial and cremations for the South London Borough of Southwark available through the website.

The Genealogical Data of Dutch Archives

The Dutch Archives are world leaders in making public information easily available online. I wish that all governments would do the same! The following was written by Bob Coret of The Hague, Netherlands:

The website Open Archives (https://www.openarch.nl/?lang=en) provides access to records (information and scans) of civil registry, church registry, military and personnel administrations kept by Dutch archives. Although the records are written in Dutch, the website itself is available in English, German and French, which makes finding Dutch heritage much easier.

OpenArchives

Open Archives, isn’t just a government subsidized website with basic functionality. Open Archives was built upon open data. Open data is “data that can be freely used, re-used and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and share alike” (see http://opendatahandbook.org/guide/en/what-is-open-data/). Dutch law, which was derived from European regulations, makes government data subject to re-use, including the data which archives have accumulated! Some archives, like Leiden, Tilburg and the National Archives, have pro-actively put their data online for re-use in a machine-readable format, that’s open data! You can send a formal request to other archives to request their data for re-use. This request can only be declined on a few grounds like the information isn’t public or contains privacy information, for most historical data this isn’t the case. Archives can, like the other government organizations, only charge for the costs they have to make for making the (already existing) data available for re-use. This also applies to scans of records, so most Dutch archive websites are now in the process of removing their pay-walls.

Huge Free Collection of Digitized Books Now Available on MyHeritage

This is a huge release. MyHeritage (the sponsor of this newsletter) has just released a collection of about 37,000 digital books, roughly 250 million pages, that are useful for genealogy research. The books are available as both images of the original pages plus as OCR (Optical Character Recognition) text. You can also print as many pages as you wish. Mac users and anyone using one of the later versions of Windows also can save them as PDF files by using PDF “printing” built into the operating system. MyHeritage will also automatically insert source citations directly into a person’s record within your database on MyHeritage. You can see an example of a book about my surname at the end of this article.

The following is the announcement from MyHeritage:

MyHeritage_logoWe’ve just added an exciting new collection to MyHeritage SuperSearch™, containing over 37 million pages in 150,000 books relevant to family history!

Search Compilation of Published Sources now

The new collection includes tens of thousands of digitized historical books, with actual images of the books’ pages, and all their text extracted using Optical Character Recognition. The books span the last four centuries and include family, local and military histories, city and county directories, school and university yearbooks, church and congregational minutes and much more. A vast amount of rich data from diverse publications makes this collection a fantastic source of rare genealogical gems, providing insight into the lives of our ancestors and relatives.

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