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FamilySearch Adds More Than 7.2 Million Indexed Records and Images to Argentina, Germany, Jamaica, Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

FamilySearch has added more than 7.2 million indexed records and images to collections from Argentina, Germany, Jamaica, Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,703,079 indexed records from the Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880–1999, collection; the 2,522,767 indexed records and images from the United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014, collection; and the 852,481 indexed records from U.S., New York, Passenger Lists, 1820–1891, 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.

Price of Online Storage Drops Even More: Dropbox Slashes Its Dropbox Pro Price by 90%!

I was pleasantly surprised today to receive an email message from Dropbox announcing a major price DECREASE. I am a Dropbox Pro subscriber and have been paying $9.99 per month to store up to 100 gigabytes of data. Now, for that same price, any Dropbox Pro subscriber can store one terabyte. That’s ten times the storage at no increase in price. I am surprised.

Update: Create Your Own Who Do You Think You Are? Story with FindMyPast

A bit more than two weeks ago, I wrote about a new service entitled, Create Your Own Who Do You Think You Are? Story with FindMyPast.co.uk.” Note the letters “.co.uk” on the end of the address. Near the end of the article, I wrote, “The historical information added by FindMyPast seems to feature mostly U.K. events. That isn’t surprising as the service is being offered on FindMyPast’s U.K. web site at FindMyPast.co.uk. If this new beta test becomes successful, I might guess it will later be offered in versions for the U.S. as well as for other countries.”

It looks like my guess was correct. The service is now available with U.S. historical events included in the timelines. For an example of a family story using U.S. history and timelines, look at Josh Taylor’s family story at http://goo.gl/jUze3o.

FindMyPast.co.uk Adds Leek’s Workhouse Archive

The history of Leek Workhouse and who was born there has been digitally archived and is available to members of the public. Spanning 1538 to 1900, the parish records mark the start of a project to create the Staffordshire Collection on Findmypast – a source which on completion is set to comprise around six million fully searchable transcripts and scanned images of handwritten parish records.

You can read more in an article in the Leek Post and Times at http://goo.gl/412P8Y.

New Australian Passenger Lists Available on Findmypast

Findmypast has added Australian records: inbound passenger lists to Victoria, 1839-1923 (2,125,578 records) and outbound from Victoria 1852-1915 (1,753,919 records).

These inbound and outbound passenger lists will usually contain names, estimated birth years, nationalities, native places, month and year of arrival, ship name, destination port and departure port, so they contain a lot of information that can be instrumental in filling in blanks that you may have in your research.

You can read the details in the Findmypast Blog at http://goo.gl/eORKxR.

Mocavo’s Back to School Special: Free Access to Universal Search Weekend

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

What better way to top off Mocavo’s Back to School Week than with an Open Access to Universal Search weekend? Usually you need to be a Mocavo Gold member to search all of our databases at once, but for this weekend only, you can search more than420,000 databases to your heart’s content. Kick start your research today and see who you will discover.

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FamilySearch Adds More Than 1.5 Million Indexed Records and Images to Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, Italy, and the United States

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

FamilySearch has added more than 1.5 million indexed records and images to collections from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 524,584 images from the Italy, Torino, Ivrea, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866–1937, collection; the 217,208 images from the New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1848–1991, collection; and the 148,311 images from Spain, Province of Tarragona, Municipal Records, 1430–1943, 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.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FindMyPast Launches ‘Hall Of Heroes’ to Celebrate the Heroes in Everyone’s Family

The following announcement was written by the folks at FindMyPast:

  • Findmypast.com launches ‘Hall of Heroes’ campaign to share individual stories about heroic figures from everyone’s own family history
  • Call for people to submit stories of their own family heroes to be included alongside famous historical figures
  • New record sets launched to help people discover the heroes in their family

More Hertfordshire Council Records added to Deceased Online

The following announcement was written by Deceased Online:

Welwyn Hatfield is latest Hertfordshire council to place records on Deceased Online All burial records for Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WelHat) in Hertfordshire have been digitized and added to the specialist family history website www.deceasedonline.com.

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The Council covers the areas of Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield in the centre of Hertfordshire within the East of England Region to the north of London. Welwyn Garden City is England’s 2nd garden city, founded in 1920 by Sir Ebenezer Howard. Hatfield by contrast has a long history and was mentioned in the Domesday Book.

Volunteers to Scan 40,000 Historic Titles at Onondaga County Public Library for Free Online Access

First it was a trickle, then a stream, then a river, and then the flow became a tsunami. Organizations everywhere are rushing to digitize books wherever they may be found. Through an agreement with FamilySearch.org, the Onondaga County (New York) Public Library’s collection of more than 40,000 historic titles soon will be carefully scanned, one page at a time, and uploaded for free genealogy research online.

FamilySearch supplied the scanning equipment. Volunteers supply the time. The project is expected to take more than a year to complete. Work got underway last week.

FamilySearch Adds More Than 5.1 Million Indexed Records and Images to Brazil, New Zealand, and the United States

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

Family Search LogoFamilySearch has added more than 5.1 million indexed records and images to collections from Brazil, New Zealand, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 375,900 indexedrecords from the Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980, collection; the 1,152,816 indexed records and images from the U.S., BillionGraves Index, collection; and the 3,560,424 indexed records from U.S., New York, Passenger Lists, 1820–1891, 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.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

Create Your Own Who Do You Think You Are? Story with FindMyPast.co.uk

FindMyPast.co.uk has released a beta version of a new service. It allows anyone to create a personal “Who Do You Think You Are?” story, modeled after the very successful television series.

In essence, you can become the star in your own Who Do You Think You Are? episode, telling your family’s story using your own words and pictures. You can include interesting tidbits such as family gossip and special memories. The web site will then automatically add historical events to swap for key points in your family’s history. You can preview and edit your progress as you go. You can email relatives to ask for help on family facts, and continue to build your story at any time.

Thousands More Yorkshire Parish Records now Available on Findmypast.co.uk

The Wakefield and District baptisms contain 28,372 records comprised of transcripts of original parish registers made by the Wakefield and District Family History Society. Spanning the years 1622 to 1913, they add to Findmypast’s existing collection of Wakefield baptisms that now totals 213,000 records.

150,000 more burial records have also been added to Findmypast’s already extensive collection of National Burial Index records, which now total 12 million. Transcribed by the Cleveland Family History Society, thousands of these new records have never before been published by the Federation of Family History Societies and are only available at Findmypast.

You can read more in the Findmypast.co.uk Blog at http://goo.gl/QTYgwf.

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.

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