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Thinking Across Time: Researching USCIS Records

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present an online webinar on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 1 p.m. Eastern time. The speaker will be historical records expert Marian L. Smith who will showcase late 19th and 20th century US immigration and nationality records. She will also discuss how using a timeline can help one predict what immigration and naturalization records may exist for a given immigrant, and how to request records from USCIS.

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This webinar will continue the “T-458 Revisited” series with focus on INS immigration correspondence files at the National Archives in Washington, DC. This session will expand upon guidance already found on the USCIS website with additional examples and advice.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

findmypast_logoOver 1.5 million new records and newspaper articles are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

Yorkshire & Derbyshire Methodist Baptisms

Yorkshire & Derbyshire Methodist Baptisms contains over 42,000 records that will allow you to see if your ancestor was baptised in a Methodist Church between 1795 and 1997. The collection covers the densely populated Sheffield district. Sheffield is located in South Yorkshire, traditionally part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, and many of its suburbs stretch into Derbyshire.

Each record will provide you with a transcript created from original church records by the Sheffield & District Family History Society. The details in each record will vary, but most will include your ancestor’s name, birth year, baptism date, denomination, chapel, place, parent’s name and county.

Yorkshire & Derbyshire Methodist Marriages

Findmypast Announce Four Days of Free Access to Over 1.9 Billion Records

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

  • Findmypast_logoFindmypast makes all birth, marriage, death & census records free to search and explore from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th January 2017
  • Free access covers all records hinted against in Findmypast’s family tree builder
  • This includes 583 million UK BMDs, the largest collection available online including over 80 million exclusive parish records you won’t find anywhere else, over 10 million Irish Catholic Parish registers and over 140 million United States Marriages
  • Family historians will be supported with expert insights and how to guides

London, UK. 12th January, 2016

Family Tree Website Reveals Personal Address, Family Information

Snopes.com reported on a family tree website that is causing a lot of alarm to the general public as it reveals a lot of personal information.

FamilyTreeNow.com claims to be a family history and genealogy web site but seems to be primarily a site that publishes public information about individuals. In fact, there are a number of other web sites that do the same (Spokeo, Intellius, BeenVerified.com and perhaps a dozen or so others) for a fee but FamilyTreeNow.com provides basic information free of charge.

The website allows anyone to enter a person’s name and then displays whatever personal information the web site knows about people of that name. In many cases, results show personal information along with the names, ages and addresses of people they are related to.

Oklahoma Birth and Death Record Indexes are now Online

oklahoma_deathOk2Explore is a free searchable index of births and deaths that occurred in the state of Oklahoma. Included is limited information on births occurring more than 20 years ago and deaths occurring more than 5 years ago. Visitors to the site may search the index using any combination of the subject’s name, date of event (birth or death), county of event, and sex of the subject.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Over 311,000 new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

Ireland, Petty Sessions Court Registers

Over 227,700 new records have been added to our collection of Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers. Petty Sessions handled the bulk of lesser criminal and civil legal proceedings in Ireland. Ireland, Petty Sessions Court Registers now contains over 22.8 million records and is the largest collection of Irish court & prison records available anywhere online. Each record includes both a transcript and a scanned image of the original document that will include details of victims, witnesses and the accused, such as address, date in court, details of the offence, details of the verdict and the sentence.

Early Irish Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes Reach a Quarter of a Million Names

Have Irish ancestry? If so, you might want to know about a very popular set of online indexes. The following announcement was written by the Irish Genealogical Research Society:

Major Irish Genealogy Database Reaches Quarter of a Million Names

irish-genealogical-research-societyGreat news for anyone seeking their elusive Irish ancestors! The online Early Irish Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes have collectively smashed through to a quarter of a million names.

The three indexes are compiled and hosted online by the Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS). The marriage database was the first established, in 2014, with an initial 40,000 names. Since then the Society has launched two corresponding additional databases, one for births and another for deaths. All three have been regularly updated, with the latest bringing the total record count, collectively, to a quarter of a million names.

The State Archives of North Carolina Publishes a New Online Collection of Tax Records

The North Carolina State Archives has released a new digital collection, entitled Tax Lists and Records, drawing from General Assembly, Treasurer & Comptroller and Secretary of State records. The bulk of the records are from the Colonial and Revolutionary War eras, but some lists date from as late as 1853.

Lists sent to the General Assembly are from various counties and give the names of the heads of households and others who were subject to taxation. Horses, cattle, livestock, and other luxury goods such as carriages and coaches are also often referenced. Information about slaves may also be present in these lists.

Early Canadiana Online: History and Genealogy Treasures

I doubt if this is new but I just heard of it for the first time. The Ottawa Public Library has an excellent online collection, called Early Canadiana Online. Quoting from the Library’s web site:

ecoStart Canada’s 150th anniversary year off by exploring our past with the latest addition to OPL’s online resources, Early Canadiana Online. Early Canadiana Online is a multilingual virtual library of digitized historical publications about Canada, including books, magazines, and government documents, from the 16th to the early 20th century.

The American Legion’s Historical Archives

The American Legion’s digital archive has just added a bunch of new items that may be of interest to researchers with ancestors who were part of that organization as well as with people looking at military social history of that time. According the announcement at https://goo.gl/D20k1u:

“The American Legion’s Digital Archive has received a new batch of historical documents. Recently added is the full run of the National Legionnaire, a newspaper that ran more or less monthly from January 1935 through November 1948. The Legionnaire provided the latest news on Legion activities and priorities from across the country. It was folded into The American Legion Magazine as its own section in February 1949. 2017 will bring even more additions to the Digital Archive, including 30 years of press releases from the Legion’s news service. To learn how to use the archive, visit the American Legion website.”

My thanks to newsletter reader Jerry Ball for telling me about the new digital archive.

Online Genealogy Dictionaries & Other References

The Web is fast replacing reference books. References to almost any information can be found online quickly. In fact, it is often faster to look up information online than to look in a book already on your bookshelf. Of course, an online lookup is also much cheaper than purchasing a reference book.

Here are some reference sites that I have found to be useful to genealogists:

Abbreviations Found in Genealogy: http://www.rootsweb.com/~rigenweb/abbrev.html and the Encyclopedia of Genealogy at http://www.eogen.com.

A List of Occupations, many of which are archaic: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~usgwkidz/oldjobs.htm.

Archaic Medical Terms: Rudy’s List of Archaic Medical Terms at http://www.antiquusmorbus.com/, Cyndi’s List of Medical Terms at http://www.cyndislist.com/medical#Diseases, a list of archaic medical terms and meanings used in various English speaking countries at http://www.genproxy.co.uk/old_medical_terms.htm, and theEncyclopedia of Genealogy at http://www.eogen.com.

The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names: http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/tgn/index.html

All Records for Highgate, London’s Most Celebrated Cemetery, now Available on Deceased Online

The following announcement was written by Deceased Online:

All records for Highgate, London’s most celebrated cemetery, now on Deceased Online 
Highgate Cemetery in north London is reckoned by many to be the most celebrated and prestigious urban cemetery in the UK. A truly stunning example of 19th century cemetery architecture – London Cemeteries (Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons) describes it as a “Victorian Valhalla” – it holds 160,000 burials from 1839 to 2010* with records immediately available exclusively on www.deceasedonline.com.
*Records for 1863 to 1865 limited to names only.The Cemetery is a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ not just of notable Londoners spanning 180 years but of many who have affected the course of history from all over the world. From Commonwealth heads of state to Iranian political exiles; from punk music impresario Malcolm McLaren to German philosopher/economist/revolutionary socialist Karl Marx; from founder of the eponymous Foyles bookshop to writer George Eliot, from great train robber Bruce Reynolds to Hitchhiker’s Guide creator Douglas Adams.

There are many more writers, actors, military men and women, scientists, journalists, artists, sportsmen and women, cooks, and thousands of other Londoners remembered in the graves, vaults, mausoleums, and columbaria of Highgate. The cemetery also features some of the most unusual and creative memorials and architecture found in any cemetery.

Highgate Cemetery 
Left to right: gateway to the Egyptian corridor; the Circle of Lebanon and the famous Karl Marx ‘Workers of the World Unite’ memorial

The records available now on Deceased Online include:

    • digital scans of original registers
    • grave details indicating all those buried in each grave
    • location maps for most graves.

For more information about many more notable people buried there and the history of Highgate Cemetery, read the first of Emma Jolly’s blogs.

Highgate Cemetery is managed by Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust, a not for profit organisation which depends on any revenue generated through visitors to the Cemetery and other sales including records now online. However, please note: restricted access! Avoid a wasted journey: Highgate Cemetery West is closed to the public. You cannot visit a grave without an appointment. See www.highgatecemetery.org/visit/searches.

Finding graves in the open East part of the cemetery is also very difficult. Please either read further notes on the Deceased Online website about Highgate Cemetery or visit the Cemetery’s website www.highgatecemetery.org for all the cemetery rules.

There are now records for four of London’s Magnificent Seven Cemeteries available exclusively on Deceased Online; the others being Brompton, Kensal Green, and Nunhead. Across London, we have nearly 5 million burial and cremation records for 54 cemeteries and 4 crematoria available on Deceased Online.

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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Findmypast_logoOver 972,000 new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Ireland Dog Licence Registers

Over 900,000 records have been added to our collection of Irish Dog Licenses. These fantastic census substitutes cover all 26 counties in the Republic of Ireland, date back to 1866, and will allow you to find out the colour, breed and sex of your ancestor’s four legged friend.

Huntingdonshire Marriages 1754-1837

Arizona Territorial Records are now Online and are Free to Arizona Residents

After some confusion about storing old records (see my earlier articles about that confusion by starting at https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aeogn.com+%22arizona+state+library%22&t=h_&ia=web), the Arizona State Archives has worked with Ancestry.com to digitize family history records and make them available online for free to Arizona residents. Anyone in other states also can view the online records but must pay for the access on Ancestry.com. The available records include the Arizona territorial census records covering the years from 1864 through 1882. The records provide information such as name, place of residence, age, nativity, and occupation of over 85,000 Arizona residents between 1864 and 1882.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Findmypast_logoOver 56,000 new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

Gloucester Apprentices 1595-1700

Gloucester Apprentices 1595-1700 contains the details of over 20,000 apprentices, masters and their relatives who were listed in the Calendar of the Registers of Apprentices of the City of Gloucester 1595-1700. Originally published by The Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, the calendar has been digitised through optical character recognition (OCR), which allows you to search images of text for your ancestor’s name or a keyword, such as your ancestor’s trade.

Each record will list the apprentices chosen trade, residence, the name of their father, the name of their master, the name of their master’s wife, the length of their term and the amount they were paid at the end of their training.

Kent Parish Records

Millions More Records and Enhanced Interface Added to TheGenealogist’s Diamond Subscription

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This month sees the release of:-

  • New High Resolution zoomable 1891 census images,
  • Over 4 million Emigration records,
  • More than 2.1 million Parish Records,
  • Over 1 million individuals in new Army & Navy Lists (1778-1915)
  • Thousands of new headstones added (Total 53,000 indexed headstone photos in 459 cemeteries.)

New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of December 19, 2016

FamilySearch_LogoNew historic church records from Bolivia, Ecuador, and England are now available along with cemetery, census, civil registration, and probate records from Africa, South America, and France. Search these free historic records and more at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below.

MyHeritage Adds New York City Marriages, 1950-1995, Online

The following is from the MyHeritage Blog:

We’re happy to announce that over 6 million records from the New York City Marriages collection, are now online! The index includes given names and surnames of both bride and groom, the year of the license application, and the license number for over 3 million marriage licenses filed at the New York City Clerk Offices in the five boroughs from 1950 to 1995.

Search the collection now

This collection has been indexed by the non-for-profit organization Reclaim the Records. Led by Brooke Schreier Ganz, and staffed with genealogists, historians, researchers, and open government advocates, this group works tirelessly to get public data released into the public domain.

The State Archives of North Carolina Troop Returns Collection is now Complete

According to a blog post by Olivia Carlisle, Digitization Archivist at the State Archives of North Carolina, “The Troop Returns Digital Collection is now complete via the North Carolina Digital Collections. This collection includes lists, returns, records of prisoners, and records of draftees, from 1747 to 1893. The majority of records are from the Revolutionary War North Carolina Continental Line. Records dated after the Revolutionary War primarily deal with the county and state militia troops.”

Militia records generally include the names of the officers and soldiers, and are usually organized by district or county. Continental Line records include field returns, general returns, draft records and enlistment records. These may be organized by military unit or location. When available, the commanding officers’ name is included in the item description and is searchable in the collection.

The Forces War Records Military Genealogy Website is Offering a Membership Discount for the Holidays

forceswarrecordsFrom the 26th to the end of 29th December, Forces War Records (based in the U.K.) is offering a 50% discount on membership – less than £25 for the year, or less than £5 for a month (use code XMAS50), plus a free download ‘Getting Started’, a unique set of tutorials and information to help with genealogy tree building.

Forces War Records’ military specialists will be on tap over the Christmas period to help with commonly asked questions such as: