Online Petition to Save the “OLD” Ancestry.com “Classic” User Interface

An on-line petition has been started that is directed to Tim Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com. The petition pleads for the retention of the Classic/Old interface, at least as a permanent option for people who prefer it.

The online petition states (in part):

Dear Tim Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer, CEO@ Ancestry.com:

We, the undersigned, hereby sign this petition to acknowledge that we, do not like the look, style, color, and format and prefer the use of Ancestry.com “Classic” versus NEW ancestry.

We the undersigned who have signed, liked or shared the following are NOT resistant to change. The recent change of Ancestry.com “Classic” to NEW ancestry is the worst change that ancestry.com has ever made to its website. HELP SAVE Ancestry~com “Classic”!

New FamilySearch Collections: Week of August 5, 2015

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

This week millions of indexed birth, marriage, and death records from Italy and Mexico were published online. These free collections are the direct results of the online indexing volunteer community. Discover your ancestry reaching back as far as the 1500’s in new collections such as the Italy Bari Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1908,  Mexico Distrito Federal Catholic Church Records 1514-1970, and Mexico Guanajuato Catholic Church Records 1519-1984. Explore the full list of new collections online below.

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Student Records are now Available but Not Online

Starting in 1901 under a Trust Deed signed by Andrew Carnegie, the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland aims to provide “funds for improving and extending the opportunities for scientific study and research in the Universities of Scotland.” The Trust has provided grants to students wishing to attend university. Until the introduction of government grants, the Carnegie Trust was the main source of support for students of low income backgrounds. As such, the Carnegie Trust splayed an important role in increasing social mobility and educational attainment for generations of Scots.

The trust always kept index cards recording the details of its grant recipients and recently has created a database with the scanned cards. Each record provides the name, place of residence, course studied and university attended as well as the total amount paid on behalf of the student to their university.

British Movietone Digital Archives Online

Quoting from the Movietone web site: “British Movietone is arguably the world’s greatest newsreel archive, spanning the period 1895 – 1986. Shot on 35mm film, this global archive contains many of the world’s enduring images and is rich in coverage of news events, celebrities, sports, music, social history, science, lifestyle and quirky. It was the first newsreel to include sound, the first to use colour film, the first to break many exclusive stories, and is your first and last stop for newsreel footage. The collection is fully digitized and now available from AP Archive.

The web site allows the user to search: