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New Records Available to Search During Findmypast’s Free Weekend

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

In celebration of International Women’s Day, this Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 9,500 fascinating UK military records that illustrate the various roles played by woman during the First World War. Other additions include over 65,000 British Civil Service records and over 285,000 Australian Immigration records. We are also giving everyone unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world until midday on Monday, March 9th (GMT). and will be hosting a webinar on searching for women in their historical records at 10 am EST on Sunday 8th March. We have also created a new ‘Getting Started’ video to help everyone make the most of the free weekend. It’s not only new users who will be able to take advantage as those with current Findmypast Local subscriptions (with an active Britain, Ireland, US & Canada or Australia & New Zealand subscription) will be able to access Findmypast’s historical World records during the free access weekend, and those with active World subscriptions will have an additional three days added on to their subscription. Visit our dedicated Free Weekend page to find out more.

Women at war; new UK military records

England’s Immigrant Records 1330-1550 Now Online

A new database revealing data of immigration in medieval England, held in the records at The National Archives, has been launched online. England’s Immigrants 1330-1550 at http://www.englandsimmigrants.com is the result of a major Arts and Humanities Research Council funded research project by the University of York in collaboration with the Humanities Research Institute (University of Sheffield) and The National Archives.

For the first time the database allows researchers to search over 65,000 immigrants who were resident in England during this period by name, nationality, profession and place of residence.

Alaska Genealogy Information on AlaskaWeb

Colleen Pustola operates a web site called AlaskaWeb. At first glance, it doesn’t look like a genealogy web site. However, the site does contain a lot of information that may be interesting to anyone with Alaskan ancestry or to anyone who had a relative who joined the Alaska Gold Rush or was in the military and stationed in Alaska.

Findmypast Announces Free Weekend 6-9 March 2015

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • Findmypast announces they will be giving free access to all their historical records this weekend
  • Over 2 billion records available to everyone to search for free
  • Local subscribers granted World access, and World subscribers granted 3 extra days to their subscription
  • Getting Started video and Finding Women in the Records webinar will be available to view this weekend

London, UK, 4 February 2015 Findmypast has announced that this weekend, they will be opening up their archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. That means that between midday on Friday, March 6th and midday on Monday, March 9th (GMT), absolutely everyone will have access to their comprehensive collections of historical records and innovative research tools, including:

A New Genealogy Website went Online Today: Genealogy Gophers

Are you looking for a genealogy book? More Than 40,000 digital genealogy books now fully searchable and downloadable for free at GenGophers.com. I had a chance to use the site for a while today and will say that I am impressed. I have been using Google Books, Archive.org, and numerous sources of digitized books for years. The new GenGophers web site searches genealogy books and only genealogy books, looking for the information you specify. Best of all, the site is available to all free of charge.

Here is the announcement from Dallan Quass, founder of GenGophers.com:

More Than 40,000 Digital Genealogy Books Now Fully Searchable and Downloadable for Free at GenGophers.com

A new website enables genealogists for the first time to have free, easy, and precise searching of family history books

SALT LAKE CITY – Researching family histories online is an activity that has begun to come of age. Thousands of family history books and magazines are available to be searched directly from multiple websites. But searching through these websites and combing through the jumble of information they return can be a frustrating, costly, and fruitless process. The newly launched family history website, GenGophers.com, solves these problems by providing precise and free access to the industry’s most effective online search tools and a growing library of more than 40,000 downloadable family and personal histories, local histories, and genealogy newsletters.

Genealogical Speakers Guild Newsletter Now Available to the Public

The following announcement was written by the Genealogical Speakers Guild:

The Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) is pleased to announce that their quarterly newsletter, Speak!, is now available to the general public. The March 2015 issue can be downloaded from the GSG website (http://www.genealogicalspeakersguild.org). The newsletter has information about members of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and also provides tips and ideas for speakers and want-to-be speakers. Program planners will benefit from reading Speak! by identifying potential speakers for their programs and events.

Speak! is published quarterly the first week in March, June, September, and December and will be available as a PDF download on the Genealogical Speakers Guild website.

Polish American Marriage Database

The Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast has posted a Polish-American Marriage Database on their website at www.pgsctne.org.

The database contains the names of couples of Polish origin who were married in select locations in the Northeast United States. The information was taken from marriage records, newspaper marriage announcements, town reports, parish histories or information submitted by Society members. The time period generally covered by these lists is 1892-1940. It includes the States of Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont. Connecticut and Jersey City, NJ will be added at a later date.

The Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America is one of the most useful online libraries available today. It is new, having been formed less than two years ago. It is not a genealogy library. Rather, it is a general-purpose library that just happens to have a lot of genealogy material in addition to other topics. The Digital Public Library of America’s mission is to make cultural and scientific works more accessible to the public.

At the time these words are being written, the Digital Public Library of America lists 8,416,553 items from libraries, archives, and museums. A search on the word “genealogy” returns a list of 65,707 items available via the library’s online portal.

FamilySearch Adds More Than 19.2 Million Indexed Records and Images to Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the United States

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

FamilySearch adds more than 19.2 million indexed records and images to Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 7,120,120 indexed records and 6,113,876 images from the United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014 collection; the 4,835,296 indexed records from the Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805–2001 collection; and the 314,770 indexed records and 314,770 images from the US, BillionGraves Index 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 Adds New UK, Irish and Australian Records

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Over 174,000 new UK, Irish and Australian records as well as 1.6 million Irish newspaper articles have been added to our collection of UK records as part of this week’s Findmypast Friday. This week’s new additions include fascinating UK Trade union records and medical records from the 1832 Manchester Cholera epidemic, new Irish National Roll of Honour records, Australian cemetery transcripts and a selection of Immigration records from the state of Queensland.

UK Records

Forces War Records WW1 Medical Records Collection Tops 100,000 Names

The following announcement was written by the folks at Forces War Records about newly-added online records to the organization’s web site at http://www.forces-war-records.co.uk:

Forces War Records has now transcribed a grand 100,000 records from the Military Hospitals Admissions and Discharge Registers WW1 collection. Read on to find out more about a doctor’s life on the Western Front.

Ancestry.ca Adds Canadian Quaker Yearly Meeting Minutes, 1836-1988, VI

The Canadian division of Ancestry has launched a fascinating new collection of Quaker records, the Canadian Quaker Yearly Meeting Minutes, 1836-1988, VI collection, a database containing records from Quaker meetings in Canada.

The Quakers, a longstanding religious society of friends that believed in a strong, personal experience with God, would hold yearly meetings with the top members of the society. This database is made up of more than 184,000 records from several Quaker meetings that took place in Canada. The records come from the Canadian Yearly Meeting Archives in Newmarket, Ontario.

DAR Provides Contributed Supporting Documentation Online for Genealogy Researchers

The following announcement was written by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution:

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is pleased to announce a new added feature to its Genealogical Research System (GRS). This newSupporting Documents feature allows users to purchase documents that were submitted with previously verified DAR membership and supplemental applications. These documents may include family bible records, deeds, wills and other various materials used to prove lineage to a patriot of the American Revolution.

Illinois Civil War Soldier Photos Online

Eppenutus McIntire as an older man, a Civil War veteran

You can find dozens of web sites that contain pictures of Civil War soldiers. One of the biggest collections of Illinois soldiers is available on the web site of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

The “Boys in Blue” is a repository for photographs of more than 8,000 Illinois soldiers who served in the Civil War. All of these images have been scanned and are in the process of being cataloged and added to the web site.

Photographs of soldiers from the 4th, 10th, and 11th Illinois Cavalry and the 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 14th, 17th, 26th, 33rd, 37th, 53rd, 56th, 64th, 77th, 86th, 101st, 108th, 114th, 117th, 120th, 122nd, and 130th Illinois Infantry Regiments have been added. More pictures are being added as fast as they can be digitized and uploaded.

FamilySearch Adds More Than 1.1 Million Indexed Records and Images to Brazil, Japan, Russia, and the United States

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

FamilySearch adds more than 1.1 million indexed records and images to Brazil, Japan, Russia, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 744,919 indexed records from the US, New York, Naturalization Index (Soundex), 1792–1906 collection; the 144,735 indexed records from the US, Illinois, Soldier burial places, 1774–1974 collection; and the 85,387 indexed records from the Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833–1885 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.

Connecticut Towns Clerk Portal – Land Records Now Available Online

Newsletter reader Harvey C Hilton sent an email message that says, in part:

Land records for 70 of the 169 cities and towns in Connecticut are available online. An index is available for FREE if you sign on as a GUEST. Searching is by party name, book/page, date, kind of transaction using any one or combination of these search criteria. This search returns filing date, instrument date, kind of transaction, parties in the transaction (Grantor, Grantee), description, book/page, number of images. see: https://connecticut-townclerks-records.com/User/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fIndex.aspx.

MyHeritage Places Exclusive Scandinavian Records Online

MyHeritage has just brought online millions of Scandinavian records, the majority of which have never been digitized or indexed online before. Anyone with Scandinavian roots can search these records on MyHeritage’s SuperSearch and will receive matches to those records relevant to their family tree.

As of today, the entire 1930 Danish census (3.5 million records) is available online. The new records were digitized by a partnership with the National Archives of Denmark. MyHeritage has now indexed and digitized more than 120 million records including all available Danish census records from 1787-1930 and Parish records from 1646 to 1915, all of which will be released during 2015 and 2016.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society and FamilySearch Announce an Historic Collaboration

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

New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) Announces a Multi-Year Collaboration with FamilySearch

The Two Leading Nonprofits in the Family History Industry Announce a Sharing of Online Resources for the Benefit of Millions of Constituents

A New, Redesigned Website by NEHGS at AmericanAncestors.org Offers Millions of New Records and New Names— Giving NEHGS Members Access to More Records than Ever Before

February 17, 2015—Boston, Massachusetts—New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and FamilySearch, the family history arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, today announced a multi-year collaboration between the two nonprofit organizations and a sharing of online genealogical resources, establishing a milestone in the growing international family history industry. In a database exchange program, the two leading non-profits in the global genealogy business will now make available millions of new records containing billions of new searchable names to their many constituents.

IGRS launches “Early Irish Birth Index”

The following announcement was written by the folks at the Irish Genealogical Research Society:

IGRS launches ‘Early Irish Birth Index’ on its website: www.IrishAncestors.ie

The Irish Genealogical Research Society – ‘The Great Granddaddy of Irish Family History Societies’ – has launched another new and innovative database to add to those already found on its website, www.irishancestors.ie. The Early Irish Birth Index aims to bring to the attention of Irish genealogists the myriad of alternative sources noting birth information in Ireland.

The Early Irish Birth Index holds just over 5,000 records of alternatives sources for births in Ireland, ranging from early Irish census records, Registry of Deeds’ memorials, newspapers, gravestone inscriptions, diaries and letters. The number of names in the contained exceeds 10,400.

TheGenealogist adds Maps to its comprehensive National Tithe Records Collection

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

Detailed Town and Parish Maps go online for the first time

TheGenealogist has added maps to its comprehensive National Tithe Records collection. All aspects of society were captured by this survey

  • Identify the land your ancestors owned or occupied in the 19th century
    Get an idea of their working lives by the usage made of the plots by your forebears.
  • Fully linked tithe maps for Middlesex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire and Leicestershire with other counties to follow shortly
  • Geographically placing where your ancestors worked and lived
  • In partnership with TNA, TheGenealogist is making it possible to search over 11,000,000 records from across England and Wales and to view theses valuable original apportionment documents with linked maps on one website.

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