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Changing Times in the Latest Map Release from TheGenealogist

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TheGenealogist has released the Colour Tithe Maps for Essex with full integration with its MapExplorer™. This release allows us to see the area in West Ham, Essex on which the ExCel centre now stands and to discover the changes from Victorian pasture land, to dock complex then Exhibition venue and now to the Nightingale Hospital as the Covid-19 emergency builds.

This versatile tool can give the family history researcher a fantastic insight into what our ancestors’ city, town or village looked like over a number of periods and can also help them to find an ancestor’s property. With the addition of georeferenced Colour Tithe Maps. TheGenealogist has also today released colour tithe maps for Essex – you can search these as normal or browse them on Map Explorer™.

Joining the georeferenced Lloyd George Data Layer, Headstones and War Memorials, the Colour Tithe Maps are an important enhancement of the ever-expanding Map Explorer™.

New Scottish Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

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Findmypast is home to the fastest-growing collection of Scottish family records online.

Scotland, Ayrshire, Kilmarnock Valuation Roll 1874

Trace ancestors who owned or rented land in Kilmarnock with these valuation roll records from 1874. Transcripts with the most important family tree details, as well as digital copies of the original records can reveal:

    • Landlord’s and/or tenant’s names
    • Addresses
    • Description of the property
    • How much rent was paid

Scotland’s valuation rolls recorded the people, properties and taxes for each county and burgh in the country between 1855 and 1996.

Scotland, Ayrshire, Kilmarnock Ratepayers 1838-1846

These unique records of ratepayers in Kilmarnock could reveal your Scottish ancestors’ names, occupations and addresses.

Ancestry now offers FREE Access to Millions of Historical Records and Images from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

The following is an extract from an article by Ancestry CEO Margo Georgiadis describing the company’s actions to support our community during this time of uncertainty during the CoronaVirus pandemic. The article was published in the Ancestry Blog at

Ancestry has collaborated with the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration to offer temporary free access to millions of historical records and images from the federal government. And we will continue providing free online tutorials and video courses to help people get started with family tree building. For more information, click here.

You can read the full article at: Direct access to the list of Ancestry’s free record collections may be found at:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 23 March 2020

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This week FamilySearch added over 2 million new indexed records from Find A Grave Index, and new church and civil registrations from Bolivia, Sweden, England, Chile, Peru, South Africa, American Samoa, Brazil, Colombia, and the United States (CA, HI, LA, ME, NC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, DC, FL, IL, MD, MI, RI, SC). Some passenger, crew, passport and pension lists were also added for California, Hawaii, Maryland, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, and Rhode Island and 6000 school records for Texas.

Search these new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

New Records Available to Search This Findmypast Friday

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Middlesex Baptisms

Unique to Findmypast, these records can reveal details about the start of your relatives’ lives in Middlesex. The collection has been enhanced with over 17,000 new records from the following parishes:

    • Hampton
    • Hayes
    • Hornsey
    • Stanwell

Our thanks go to Cliff Webb and West Middlesex Family History Society for providing these latest additions.

Cambridgeshire Burials

Over 6,000 burials from Mt Pleasant Cemetery, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire have joined the largest collection of British parish records online at Findmypast.

The burial records date from 1881 to 1925 and have been provided by Fenland Family History Society. You won’t find them anywhere else online.

Jamaica, Civil Death Registrations

TheGenealogist has Released a Collection of Searchable Early Trade and Residential Directories that Cover the Years 1816-1839

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Take your research back before the census with the latest release from TheGenealogist

TheGenealogist has released a collection of searchable Early Trade and Residential Directories that cover the years 1816-1839 to help find ancestors in the period before the usable census records begin.

Prior to 1841 all of the U.K. censuses were generally statistical: that is, mainly headcounts, with virtually no personal information such as names recorded and so family history researchers need to turn to a substitute to find out the address where their ancestors had lived. Trade and Residential Directories list names of tradespeople, prominent citizens and in some cases other residents of a town as well.

The City from Bankside by Thomas Miles Richardson, c.1820

Findmypast Publishes New & Exclusive Irish Records

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    • Over 190,000 Galway records available to search online for the first time
    • Three new collections published in partnership with Galway County Council including poor Law Union Records, burials and estate records

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has today announced the online publication of more than 190,000 new and exclusive records in partnership with Galway County Council.

Published online for the very first time, these new records have been digitised by Galway County Council and transcribed by Findmypast to ensure the highest possible image quality and search accuracy.

The new additions join Findmypast’s existing collection of Irish records, a vast online archive containing billions of historical documents and newspapers articles spanning more than five centuries of Irish history. Today’s release forms three individual collections that can be searched by name, year, location and keyword, including;

Recently Added and Updated Collections on

From the list of recent new and/or updated additions at

New and Updated


Montana’s Content on Chronicling America Grows

Several historic Montana newspapers have been digitized and are now available online free of charge.

The newspapers include:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 9 March 2020

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT (11 March 2020)—View over 11M new, free, indexed records and 9.5M new, digital images added to this week for the United States (AL, AK,  AR,  CA, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IA, KS, LA, MD, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, WA, WV), including millions of World War II draft records.  Over 1M more records are available for Sweden, and collections were also expanded for Brazil, Ireland, Peru, England, South Africa, American Samoa, Jamaica, England, Puerto Rico, Chile, Colombia, and Sierra Leone.

Search these new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or goto to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

Newly-Digitized Confederate Slave Payrolls Shed Light on Lives of 19th Century African American Families

From the (U.S.) National Archives News:

“For all of March 1862, a man named Ben cooked for the Confederate military stationed at Pinners Point, VA, earning 60 cents a day that would go to his owner.

“A few months later and 65 miles away, Godfrey, Willis, and Anthony worked on ‘obstructions of the Appomattox River’ at Fort Clifton.

“Then there were Grace, Silvia, and Bella, among several women listed as laborers at South Carolina’s Ashley Ferry Nitre Works in April 1864, near the names of children like Sarah, Eugenia and Sampson.

“They are single lines, often with no last name, on paper yellowed but legible after 155 years, among thousands scrawled in loping letters that make up nearly 6,000 Confederate Slave Payroll records, a trove of Civil War documents digitized for the first time by National Archives staff in a multiyear project that concluded in January.

Findmypast Friday: Fascinating New Women’s Records Available to Search Online for the First Time

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Just in time for International Women’s Day, Findmypast have released two brand new collections of women’s records that have never been available online until now.

British Army, Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps 1917-1920

Uncover details of the remarkable women who served during the First World War with these detailed military records. They’ve been published online for the first time ever, only at Findmypast. Taken from The National Archives’ WO 162 and WO 368 series, the records include:

    • WO 162/54 women emigrating after the war
    • WO 162/58 WAAC administrators in France
    • WO 162/62 lists of female motor drivers
    • WO 162/65 recommendations for honours and mentions in Peace Gazette

These transcripts and original document images are highly detailed and contain extraordinary information for genealogists. The medical papers will give you a full physical description of your ancestor but also information related to her own health and family medical history. The completed references are valuable for getting to know more about your ancestor’s character as well as people important enough in her life to be asked for a reference. Various other forms will include addresses, parents’ nationalities and next of kin details, all excellent material to help grow your family tree.

[UPDATE from] New York, New York, Index to Birth Certificates, 1866-1909

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A quick update on the New York City BMD collection we announced last week at Rootstech.

A few asked about whether we captured the mother’s maiden name from the Birth records. We did index the maiden name, but a technical issue during publishing was preventing it from being available on the site. We corrected the issue and Mother’s maiden name is now one of the many fields of information available within the collection including:

TheGenealogist Announces New Property Records for Greenwich are Now Available Online

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TheGenealogist has just released over 57,700 individuals from the Greenwich area into its Lloyd George Domesday Survey Records on the Map Explorer™. These fully searchable property records enable researchers to find where ancestors from Greenwich lived in the 1910-1915 period. This release now brings the total coverage of Lloyd George Domesday Survey Records to over half a million individuals.

Lloyd George Domesday Survey of Greenwich from TheGenealogist

By using TheGenealogist’s powerful Map Explorer™ family history researchers searching for where their ancestors lived in the period before the First World War are able to see the actual plots for buildings and explore the district as it was in that period on large scale OS maps linked to the field books containing descriptions of the properties.

MyHeritage Announces FREE Access to Irish Records During Irish-American Heritage Month

In honor of Irish-American Heritage Month, MyHeritage is offering free worldwide access to all Irish records on the company’s web site from March 5–22. You can search the free records here.

Irish culture is widely celebrated. According to reports, the nearly 10 million Irish who emigrated since 1800 progenerated about 70 million people worldwide who now claim Irish heritage. In the United States alone, over 33 million people identify as being of Irish descent — almost 7 times the current population of Ireland!

People with Irish origins have played an integral role in shaping the United States. 9 of the 56 signatories of the U.S. Declaration of Independence had Irish roots, so do many of today’s most famous and influential celebrities, from George Clooney to Taylor Swift.

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 2 March 2020

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Explore over a million new, free, historical records this week from France, Ireland, and Africa.  Search additional in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Peru, England, Colombia, Chile, Jamaica, and the United States (CA, HI, IA, MS, NC, PA, TN, VA, WI), plus the Native American Census and Public Records.

Search these new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

Ancestry® Announces Digitization of all 36 Million Available US Draft Cards, Answering More Members’ Questions about Family History

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LEHI, Utah and SAN FRANCISCO, California, February 28, 2020 – Today at RootsTech, the largest family history technology conference, Ancestry® announced the release of a game-changing content collection of all 36 million of the nation’s available World War II young man’s draft cards, further empowering customers’ journeys of personal discovery. Available now on Ancestry, the completion of this multi-year project with the US National Archives & Records Administration involved digitizing these valuable records to create a fully searchable collection, including color images. The World War II draft card collection adds to more than 24 billion records available on, including historical records from its archive partners and family tree records, stories, and photographs from the community.

“For more than 30 years, Ancestry has continued its unwavering commitment to family history and helping millions of people discover more about themselves and their past,” said Todd Godfrey, Vice President for Global Content, Ancestry. “This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, and today we are excited to announce significant content additions with the digitization of all 36 million of the nation’s available World War II young man’s draft cards. These records add to the largest collection of US military records for family history research. We are proud to continue investing in building the best tools and the largest record collections that answer more questions about your family story and give our members the personal discovery journey they deserve.”

Interment.Net Adds 440,000 Cemetery Records in the Month of February 2020

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March 2, 2020, Menifee, CA — published 440,213 cemetery records covering 86 cemeteries across 16 states, 1 province, and 2 countries, in the month of February 2020. They are now available for free viewing to the general public by visiting

These records were acquired from genealogists, city and county offices, and cemetery sextons. Most of these records include dates of birth, death, and burial, and many include plot locations and names of funeral homes.

Geographic localities covered in these records…

Findmypast Introduces New Look Brand

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Salt Lake City, Utah,  February 29th 17, 2019. 

Leading British and Irish family history website, Findmypast, has announced a major rebranding of their .com site to reflect the company’s mission to provide researchers of all levels with new opportunities for discovery. 

After many years, Findmypast has completely refreshed the site’s design as the brand enters a new decade. While Findmypast’s core features and services remain unchanged, the look and feel of the site has been significantly improved to encourage new users to explore their past while staying true to its roots as the must-have genealogy resource experienced researchers know and love.

As well as a new color scheme, new record icons and minor navigation changes such as the new ‘Help & more’ button that directs new users to the resources they need, Findmypast is proud to introduce a new brand logo that reflects how family history is unique for each individual. 

MyHeritage Adds Huge Collection of Historical U.S. City Directories

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We are pleased to announce the publication of a huge collection of historical U.S. city directories — an effort that has been two years in the making. The collection was produced exclusively by MyHeritage from 25,000 public U.S. city directories published between 1860 and 1960. It comprises 545 million aggregated records that have been consolidated from 1.3 billion records, many of which included similar entries for the same individual. This addition brings the total number of historical records on MyHeritage to 11.9 billion records.

Search the U.S. City Directories

The new city directories collection on MyHeritage is a rich source of information for anyone seeking to learn more about their family in the United States in the mid-19th to mid-20th century. The directories contain valuable insights on everyday American life spanning the time period from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement.

What are City Directories?

Cities in the United States have been producing and distributing directories since the 1700s as an up-to-date resource to help residents find local individuals and businesses. City directories typically list names (and spouses), addresses, occupations, and workplaces. Sometimes they include additional information.

Example: pages from the 1888 Nashville City Directory (click to zoom)