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New FamilySearch Collections Update: October 26, 2015

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Added images to an existing collection
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Added images to an existing collection
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Added images to an existing collection
New browsable image collection.

Ancestry Mexico Launches With More Than 220 Million Searchable Mexican Historical Records

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PROVO, UT and DUBLIN, IRELAND , Oct 28, 2015 — Ancestry, the world’s leading family history brand, today announced the launch of new online services that will help Mexicans and the estimated 34 million Mexican Americans* research their family history. More than 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico, including new birth, marriage, and death records dating back to the 1500s are now available on the Ancestry site, many of them important historical records never before available online. In another first, the new Ancestry Mexico site ( will provide a Spanish language experience tailored specifically to Mexicans and Mexican Americans.


With such a culturally diverse population, nearly every citizen in the United States has ancestral connections to regions outside of America. Ancestry has been working hard over the past few years to help people of Hispanic and Latino origins discover, preserve and share their family history by making important collections from Mexico searchable online to get them started. These new records launching today were made available in part through Ancestry’s collaboration with the Mexican Academy of Genealogy and Heraldry based in Mexico City, Mexico, who originally created microfilm of these records with the assistance of FamilySearch International. These records will help Mexican Americans build and explore their family tree and unveil key events, places, and relationships in the lives of their ancestors, including the names of family and friends involved as witnesses or godparents.

National Digital Newspaper Program

seq-1I have written before about the National Digital Newspaper Program, but not for some time. The program continues to grow and expand, so perhaps it is time to go back and look at it again.

The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress have partnered to enhance access to historic newspapers for many years with the National Digital Newspaper Program. This long-term effort has developed an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages. Best of all, the information on the National Digital Newspaper Program is available free of charge. Millions of newspaper pages are available.

The Europeana Newspapers Project Now Has 20+ Million Newspaper Pages Available Online

The Europeana Newspapers Project is a consortium of 18 partners, coordinated by the Berlin State Library (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin). The 18 partners share the goal of making Europe’s digital historical newspapers more accessible. The consortium recently announced that 20+ million pages are available online today with 12 million of them being fully searchable by using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Eventually, all the online newspapers will be searchable. All of the content is available online free of charge.


Europeana is a multilingual internet portal and metadata aggregator that provides a single point of access to the European digital cultural heritage. Europeana holds records for more than 44 million digital objects, contributed by more than 2,500 cultural heritage institutions all across Europe. Europeana is funded by grants from the European Commission with support from its Member States. As of 2015, Europeana has become a Digital Services Infrastructure under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

Plugging England and Wales’ 30-year Gap in Census Records with the 1939 National Register

A new set of records will soon be released that will help fill in the 30-year gap in England and Wales’ census records. On 29 September 1939, just 26 days after hostilities had been declared, a survey nicknamed the UK’s only “instant census” took place. The findings enabled the issuing of identity cards and ration cards. The register applied to all civilians. Now individual returns in England and Wales from the register are being digitised and are expected to be released next month. FindMyPast, in association with the National Archives, is digitising the information, consisting of 40 million entries across 7,000 volumes.


New FamilySearch Collections Update: October 19, 2015

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Apart from a very signiticant addition to the Italy Napoli Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 collection, this week is predominantly about new, free US marriages and passenger lists collections. Search marriage records from 11 states, including Louisiana Parish Marriages 1837-1957New York County Marriages 1847-1848; 1908-1936, Ohio County Marriages 1789-2013, and Pennsylvania Civil Marriages 1677-1950. Check out all of the new collections below. 

Findmypast Adds New Records

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Findmypast logoFollowing last week’s mammoth release, we’ve taken this Findmypast Friday as an opportunity to bolster some of our existing UK collections. As well as releasing over 327,000 new marriage records from the historic dioceses of Lichfield and Coventry, we’ve made substantial updates to our collections of North West Kent burials, historic British Newspapers and the National Burial Index.

Search these latest additions to find out where and when your UK ancestors were buried, uncover previously undiscovered branches of your family tree, check whether your family ever made the news or learn about the history of your local area.

British Newspapers

46 Million Swedish Household Records Added to MyHeritage

According to the MyHeritage blog at

We are happy to announce that we’ve added over 46 million Swedish records to MyHeritage SuperSearch. The high quality parish register records, spanning 1880 to 1920, are now available, indexed and searchable online for the first time. These records include information about births, deaths, marriages, addresses and changes in household composition. They provide a unique view into the lives of Swedish people living at that time, making this collection a fantastic family history resource for anyone with Swedish heritage.

Search Sweden Household Examination Books Now


Swedish Household Examination Books are the primary source for researching the lives of individuals and families throughout the Parishes of Sweden, from the late 1600s to modern times. The books were created and kept by the Swedish Lutheran Church, which was tasked with keeping the official records of the Swedish population until 1991.

New FamilySearch Collections Update: October 12, 2015

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FamilySearch_LogoNearly 10 million records have been added to New York New York Passenger and Crew Lists 1909 1925-1957. Also making a splash this week are Australia Queensland Cemetery Records 1802-1990, Illinois County Marriages 1810-1934, British Columbia Death Registrations 1872-1986; 1992-1993Illinois County Marriages 1810-1934and Pennsylvania Historical Society of Pennsylvania Card Catalog 1553-2015. See additional collection updates made this week in the list below.

Many Waldo County, Maine, Church Records, Annual Town Reports, Funeral Home Records, Periodicals, Military Reports, and Collected Obituaries are Now Online

Records held at the Belfast (Maine) Free Library are being transcribed and placed online. Belfast is the county seat for Waldo County so the library has long collected records from all the towns in the county. The transcriptions and publishing are an ongoing effort. The following announcement only talks about the first of many more records going online in the future:

For the past five years, volunteers at the Belfast Free Library have been transcribing vital records of births, marriages, and deaths for Waldo County from materials held in the library’s Special Collections department. Ted Steele—the retired president of the St. Louis (MO) Genealogical Society and a summer resident of Lincolnville—and Betsy Paradis (Reference and Special Collections Librarian at the Belfast Free Library) have been the driving forces behind this major project.

These materials include local church records, annual town reports, funeral home records, periodicals, military reports, and collected obituaries. To date, a total of roughly 22,000 names have been recorded.

DeceasedOnline Adds 160 years of Burials from Deptford, Catford and Lewisham

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With the addition of Hither Green Cemetery near Catford, Deceased Online has completed the full collection of burial and cremation records for the London Borough of Lewisham, which covers the former districts of Deptford, Lewisham, Penge and Lee.

The inclusion of the five locations managed by Lewisham Council in South London adds nearly a million records to Deceased Online, bringing our total number of records for London up to 8 million.


Above, monuments and memorials in Hither Green Cemetery, the fifth location in Lewisham with records available on

220 Million Records of British Voters Available to Search Online for the First Time

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Electoral Registers document the evolution of modern British democracy from the passage of the Great Reform act of 1832 to votes for women in 1918, and voting equality in 1928

Records include details of property ownership, allowing you to uncover the history of your home

Now available online for the first time at

9th October 2015

Leading family history website Findmypast and The British Library have announced today the online publication of an estimated 220 million records of English and Welsh voters.

The period covered by The England and Wales Electoral Registers 1832-1932 includes some of the most important events in the history of British democracy and demonstrates how the British electorate changed during the 19th and early 20th centuries: from the vote being extended to working class men and the reform of representation up until women’s suffrage.

Yale Places 170,000 Photographs From 1935 to 1945 Online

Yale University had posted online 170,000 Library of Congress photographs taken in the United States from 1935 to 1945. The photos come from all over the U.S., and can be accessed with this easy-to-use interactive map. They also used the original captions allowing the viewer to get an honest feel for the time period.

No guarantees but you might find one of your ancestors in this series of photographs. You can start at


The above photograph is from Caribou, Maine in 1940.

Chronicling America Posts its 10 Millionth Historic Newspaper Page

Chronicling America, an online searchable database of historic U.S. newspapers, has posted its 10 millionth page today. Way back in 2013, Chronicling America boasted 6 million pages available for access online. Obviously, the site is growing rapidly.


New FamilySearch Collections Update: October 5, 2015

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

Major additions this week to the United States World War II Draft Registration Cards 1942Brazil Sao Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980, Colombia Catholic Church Records 1576-2014, Italy Asti Civil Registration (State Archive) 1803-1814 1911-1935, Maryland Baltimore Passenger Lists 1820-1948Massachusetts Boston Crew Lists 1811-1921, and New Zealand Archives New Zealand Probate Records 1843-1997 collections. Twelve additional collections were also updated this week. See the table below for details.

New Passenger Lists Go Online on TheGenealogist

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RMS Campania, one of the ships included in the passenger lists.

TheGenealogist has just released five million Emigration BT27 records as part of their growing immigration and emigration record set. These contain the historical records of passengers who departed by sea from Britain in the years between 1896 and 1909. These new records significantly boosts the already strong Immigration, Emigration, Naturalisation and passenger list resources on TheGenealogist. Receives a Makeover

The Canadian website of has a new “look and feel” today. An announcement from the company states the changes will help “Canadians discover and tell their family story.”

With new storytelling features and a streamlined design, the new Ancestry site will help Canadians move beyond names and dates, enhancing the stories of their ancestors’ lives. A few new features include:

The Digitizing of the 1891 Census of Norway is Finished

According to an announcement by The National Archives of Norway:

“The Norwegian 1891 Census consists of one sheet per person and one sheet per house/residence. These sheets have all been scanned and published in ordered series for the 559 cities and municipalities (herred) that existed in Norway at the time of the census.

“Apart from name and occupation, most of the information in the census sheets is in printed letters. You need to access the information from the house lists. In these lists you will find reference to the person lists. announces Find-A-Grave Community Day

On Saturday 17th October, Ancestry is hosting our global ‘Find A Grave Community Day’. Essentially, this is an annual day taking place across the world whereby encourages people to visit their local cemeteries to take photos and videos of headstones, explore the grounds and share stories – to preserve the history of all our ancestors buried in cemeteries across the world. (Find A Grave is a division of

You can find out more about this annual community day at

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Findmypast logoThis week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 100,000 pages of Directories & Almanac records covering 300 years of history in the UK, Ireland, Australasia and the British Colonies as well as six brand new Irish Newspaper titles and over 724,000 new articles.

Britain, Directories & Almanacs

Britain, Directories & Almanacs allows you to explore 112 volumes of fascinating documents spanning three centuries. They include a wide variety of records ranging from trade directories and county guides to almanacs and general directories. Almanacs and directories are an excellent resource for anyone researching their family history and can provide unique insights into how your ancestors lived.


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