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New Records Available to Search On Findmypast

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Findmypast logoOver 1.5 million records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

Ireland, Outrage reports 1836-1840

Ireland, Outrage reports 1836-1840 consists of over 18,000 police reports filed by the Royal Irish Constabulary between 1836 and 1840. The reports were created by chief constables who were charged with writing a short summary of all incidents, crimes or disturbances that occurred within their county. These reports would then be sent to the Inspector General of the Constabulary.

The original records are held at the National Archives in London and come from the series HO 100: Ireland: Home Office correspondence on civil affairs. Each record includes both a transcript and scanned colour image of the original document. The details recorded in each report varied depending on the constable recording the event and the information available at the time of the incident. Images of the original documents contain a short description of the event or offence reported. The records also record the details of victims of crime, as well as serving members of the Royal Irish Constabulary.

Middlesex, London, Old Bailey Court records 1674-1913

FamilySearch New Collections Update: Week of August 15, 2017

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

New Collections Update: Week of August 15, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—The past two weeks have brought a few new large indexed collections, including New York passenger lists, English parish registers, and United States muster rolls, plus images and indexes from the Czech Republic, Peru, Norway, Portugal, and the United States.  See the interactive table below for these and more historic records added this week at FamilySearch.org. Join our online indexing volunteers anytime and help make more of these exciting collections discoverable to more people. Find out how at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

Alaska, Colorado, Maine, and New Jersey Join the National Digital Newspaper Program

Four new partners have been added to the National Digital Newspaper Program. The National Endowment for the Humanities has made awards to digitize historic newspapers to the Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums; the Colorado Historical Society; the Maine State Library, and Rutgers University in New Jersey. With forty-three states and one territory now participating in the program, NEH is approaching its goal of representing every state and U.S. territory in Chronicling America, the open access database of historic American newspapers maintained by the Library of Congress.

This year, NEH awards have also been issued to state partners in Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas to continue their contributions to Chronicling America. You can read more about the project at http://goo.gl/SxT0TL.

Some Le Havre Departing Passenger Lists Are Online

According to The French Genealogy Blog, Inscription Maritime has the following online lists from Le Havre:

Registres matricules des gens de mer – 1751-1950 – These are highly detailed crew lists, often with copies of brith registrations. There are alphabetic indices at the end of each volume.

Rôles des bâtiments de commerce – 1751-1816 – These are the papers required of each merchant vessel, listing stores, cargo, crew and passengers. Included in this category are the matricules des bateaux de plaisance – 1850-1906, the crew and passenger lists for pleasure craft.

National Geographic’s Free Website for Printing Detailed Topographical Maps

ng_seal_blackTopographic maps are a great resource for genealogists looking for cemeteries, especially old or even abandoned cemeteries. I have found cemeteries listed on topographic maps that would have been difficult or perhaps impossible to find otherwise.

In theory, you can print your own maps from the U.S. Geological Survey’s web site at http://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/pdf-quads. However, I have had little luck at that web site. It seems to be almost constantly busy. The rare times I have been able to use the site, the PDF images downloaded from the site aren’t formatted for standard printer paper. That makes printing the maps very difficult.

The National Geographic web site has come to the rescue.

New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

7,544,737 new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

United States, Canadian Border Crossings

United States, Canadian Border Crossings contains over 6.6 million highly detailed records. The collection is made up of four collections from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), including both indexes and passenger manifests of entries from Canada into the United States through St Albans, Vermont, between 1895 and 1954. Passage to Canada was generally less expensive than travelling directly to the United States. If you have been unable to discover how your ancestors arrived in the United States using other US travel and migration records, it could be because that they chose to take this route.

Collage, The London Picture Map

Launched last week, Collage, The London Picture Map allows you to trace London’s visual history street by street. With more than 150,000 pictures mapped across the city, the digital photo archive of the city of London is a huge resource showing what London looked like over the years. Yes, if you have London ancestors, it is likely that you can now see what they saw. The project is the result of two full years of digitizing and mapping images from the London Metropolitan Archive and the Guildhall Art Gallery, which together possess the largest collection of London images in the world.

Whitechapel High Street- looking east about 1890

Whitechapel High Street- looking east about 1890

Announcing the Online Launch of The List of Church of Ireland Parish Registers

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

A colour-coded resource of surviving registers and their locations

Archive of the Month August 2016

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Irish Genealogical Research Society

At a reception in St Audoen’s parish church, Dublin, at 6pm, Wednesday, 3rd August 2016, the Director of the National Archives, John McDonough, launched The List of Church of Ireland Parish Registers: an online colour-coded resource featuring live links to other relevant online resources.

TheGenealogist Releases Early UK Military Records

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

This month TheGenealogist is pleased to announce it has added several new early military records. Joining the ever growing and fully searchable Military collection is:

  • The Waterloo Roll Call 1815
  • Battery Records of the Royal Artillery, 1716-1859
  • The Manchester Regiment, 63rd and 96th 1758-1883 Vol I and 1883-1922 Vol II
  • Certificate of Musters in the County of Somerset 1569
  • Four more Army Lists, from 1838 to 1886

Waterloo

The Waterloo Roll Call of 1815 enables researchers to find ancestors within a list of nearly 4,000 men, most of whom were officers present at the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium on June 18th 1815 under the Duke of Wellington – whose record we can find in this collection. You can search for your ancestors in ‘The Waterloo Roll Call’ using Title, Forename, Surname, Regiment, Rank, Decoration and Staff position.

Interment.net Adds 1.4 Million Cemetery Records

The following announcement was written by the folks at Interment.net:

Interment_logo(August 1, 2016, San Diego, CA), In the month of July 2016, Interment.net added 670,276 cemetery records to its online archives, covering 87 cemeteries across 23 states. It’s the largest one-month publishing effort in the website’s history.

View the full list of July’s transcriptions here: http://www.interment.net/whatsnew/20160707.htm

All in all, nearly 1.4 million records have been added when you include the previous months of June and May 2016.

The accelerated rate of expansion comes from a renewed effort to reestablish Interment.net as the top destination for cemetery records.

NEHGS Offers All Its Irish Resources on AmericanAncestors.org from August 2 through August 9

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

Don’t Leave Your Irish Research to Luck — Leave It to American Ancestors

Research within the Irish Databases of NEHGS Is FREE for Eight Days with Registration as a Guest User

August 1, 2016—Boston, Massachusetts–Many believe that researching Irish ancestors is impossible because of the destruction of the Public Record Office (PRO) in Dublin in 1922. While many records were destroyed in that devastating fire, other sources, such as deeds and Catholic Church records, were never stored in the PRO and still exist. A lot of Irish genealogical material has come online in recent years, and the growing list of Internet research options has resulted in many more people finding their ancestors in Ireland.

Irish Resources - FREE Access

Postcards Provide Link to Edwardian Social Media

You can see postcards that your UK ancestors may have seen from 1901 to 1910. The following announcement was written by the folks at Lancaster University:

A new public searchable database provides access to a unique and inspirational treasure trove of amazing stories and pictures through what Lancaster University researchers term the ‘social media’ of the Edwardian era.

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus – Click on the image to view a larger version.

Described by researchers at Lancaster University as the social media of its day, with features of Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Messenger and SMS texts, the ‘hands-on’ database includes 1000 postcards, written and sent between 1901 and 1910, together with transcriptions and carefully researched historical data about the people who wrote and received the fascinating cards.

2.5 Million Crime Records Released This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Findmypast logoThis week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 2.5 million historic crime records in association with The National Archives. The release marks the final installment of the Crime, Prisons and Punishment collection, the largest searchable database of English and Welsh crime and punishment records available online, containing over 5.5 million records.

England & Wales, Crime, Prisons & Punishment, 1770-1935 Phase 3

New Series added to the collection include:

Elephind: A Digital Newspaper Collections Search Engine

elephind_logo_bigElephind is a great service that searches online digital newspaper collections. Best of all, it is available free of charge.

Elephind.com is a search engine that operates much like Google, Bing, or other search engines. The one thing that is different with Elephind is that it searches only historical, digitized newspapers. It enables you to search, for free, across many newspaper sites simultaneously, rather than having to visit each collection’s web site separately.

At this time, Elephind has indexed 2,779 newspaper titles containing more than two and a half million editions, ranging from March 1803 up to January 1, 2015 in some titles. The Elephind search engine has indexed 149,363,907 items from 2,779 newspaper titles. These include such well known sites as the Chronicling America (the U.S.’s Library of Congress) and Trove (National Library of Australia), as well as smaller collections like Door County Library in Wisconsin. Many of the smaller newspaper sites are not well known and may be difficult to find with the usual search engines but are searchable from Elephind.com. A list of available newspaper collections that have been indexed so far is available at http://goo.gl/VRQN5l.

Additional newspaper collections are added to Elephind’s indexes frequently.

FamilySearch Event Preserves over 10 Million Global Family Records

As a result of the FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing event, 116,475 volunteers from around the globe saved nearly 10.5 million historic family records. This three-day event shattered previous week-long indexing event records. Here is the announcement written by FamilySearch:

Worldwide genealogy event recruits more than 116,000 volunteers and shatters previous record

SALT LAKE CITY (July 25, 2016)—From July 15 to 17, FamilySearch International hosted the world’s largest known indexing event, bringing 116,475 people from around the globe together, saving nearly 10.5 million of the world’s records by making them easily discoverable online for future generations. Volunteers ranged in age from 8 to 65 and pitched in from as far away as Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Islands.

15 Years of the Raeford News-Journal now Available on DigitalNC

Thanks to a partnership between the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill and the Raeford News-Journal, 15 more years of the Raeford News-Journal are now available on DigitalNC. With this addition, more than 1,000 issues of the paper are now online, dating back to 1943.

You can check out all of DigitalNC’s digitized community newspapers of the North Carolina Newspapers Collection at http://www.digitalnc.org/collections/newspapers/.

New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 257,500 new records including:

PERiodical Source Index

18,257 articles from 94 publications have been added in our June update. The PERiodical Source Index is the world’s largest and most widely used subject index for U.S. genealogy and local history literature. Read our June update blog to find out more about the individual series included in this update.

British Army Service Records Image Browse

Our British Army Service Records are now available to browse. Containing roughly 7.8 million records, Findmypast’s British Army service records is one of the most significant British Army collections available online. The collection includes a myriad of Army forms including attestation papers, medical forms, discharge documents, pension claims, and proceedings of regimental boards.

CanadianHeadstones.com now Exceeds 1.5 Million Records

canadian_headstones_logoThe folks at CanadianHeadstones.com (CH) sent a note announcing that the online web site has now surpassed 1.5 Million records. The announcement states, “CH was founded in 2009 as a completely FREE archive of headstone photographs. As a Canadian non-profit corporation, CH is staffed and controlled by unpaid-volunteer Directors. As a corporation, its longevity does not depend on a single person or private control. CH is the only fully Canadian site which indexes every name on the headstones, provides the complete transcription and is fully searchable on multiple levels including the text of the transcription.

“Hundreds of volunteers and volunteer groups are submitting over 800 records per day!”

You can learn more or even submit your own headstone photos for others to enjoy at http://www.CanadianHeadstones.com.

Staten Island Historical Newspapers Now Online

The New York Public Library just posted more than 9,000 pages from The Richmond County Advance online, covering the years 1886 to 1910. Find them at nypl.org/sinewspapers. This “NYPL Innovation Project” began with the scanning of the Advance from the collections of Historic Richmond Town. It is the largest batch of historical Staten Island papers ever posted to the Web — and it is changing the way we explore the Island’s past. The Advance joins the Richmond County Mirror online, which was previously posted by the New York Public Library.

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Historical newspapers can be useful to many different people:

City Directories of Peterborough, Ontario are now Online

A collection of 115 Peterborough city and county directories, dating back to 1858, have been digitized. They’re now available online for anyone to search – for free – at https://archive.org/details/peterboroughcitydirectories.

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For years, city directories were published annually with lists of names, addresses and professions of people in a particular city. Look up your house address in a directory and you can see the names of those who lived there in that particular year. You can also look for your ancestors and other relatives who lived in Peterborough. Then you can look up the name of that person in the same directory – under a different section – to find out what that person did for a living.

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