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Browse and Search Historical Publications with the New Washington Digital Newspapers Website

The following announcement was written by the Washington State Library:

The Washington State Library, a division of the Office of Secretary of State, has launched a new website for the Washington Digital Newspapers program: Washingtondigitalnewspapers.org.

The site features new titles in the State Library’s digital newspaper collection, with full-text article search of more than 400,000 pages from the State Library’s collection of historic Washington newspapers. Visitors can interact with the site with the help of text correction features to improve search results on dark or damaged pages, by attaching subject tags to articles, and saving their search history for larger research projects.

“This new resource provides students and other researchers with access to a rich trove of publications across decades of Washington history,” State Librarian Cindy Aden said. “Through viewing these historic digitized newspapers, it’s possible to understand important Washington experiences as they were viewed by the people who lived them.”

New Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

There are more than 500,000 new records and newspapers articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Kent Baptisms

Over 23,000 new records covering Anglican and Wesleyan baptisms in Dover, Gravesend, Higham, Nettlestead and Maidstone have been added to our collection of Kent parish baptisms.

The new additions span the years 1736-1917 and will reveal a combination of your ancestor’s birth year, residence, parent’s names and father’s occupation as well as the date and location of their baptism. A number of records may provide a variety of extra details such as the mother’s maiden name, the child’s relationship to the parents or guardians, a dedication or any additional notes.

Kent Marriages

New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of January 7, 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—FamilySearch added over 600,000 free indexed historical records this week from Chile, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, South Africa, and Ohio in the United States. ​Almost 200,00 digital images were also added from BillionGraves. 

Research these free 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.

Findmypast Announces Release of Over 53 Million Indexed Electoral Registers

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

  • 1920s and 30s Electoral Registers now available to search with greater accuracy than ever before
  • New and improved collection bridges the vital gap left by the destruction of the 1931 census of England and Wales

Important documents will enable family historians to trace ancestors between the 1911 Census and 1939 register

Friday August 31st 2018: Leading British and Irish family history website, Findmypast, has today announced the release over 53 million indexed England and Wales Electoral Registers covering the 1920s and early 1930s.

Improved access to these important documents will enable many family historians bridge the vital gap left by the destruction of the 1931 census of England & Wales. Combined with the 1911 census and 1939 register, today’s release means that Findmypast is now able provide customers with unrivalled record coverage for early 20th century Britain, allowing them to trace their ancestors across a period of history that has traditionally been problematic for many researchers.

FamilySearch’s Top Record Collections of 2018

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (8 January 2019), In 2018, FamilySearch added hundreds of millions of searchable free images and indexes of historical records from all around the world. The records came from locations such as Germany, Sweden, France, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Mexico, and the United States. We thought we’d summarize those countries with the largest volume of new records and images for you and provide convenient links to help you quickly discover a few new ancestors. FamilySearch now has over 8 billion free names and record images.

What’s Coming from FamilySearch in 2019

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FamilySearch creates free services to promote family fun and family history discoveries.SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (7 January 2019), The popular, free genealogy website, FamilySearch.org, announced its 2019 plans to enhance its record search and Family Tree search capabilities and introduce new interactive discovery experiences. FamilySearch is a global leader in the growing Family History market segment, serving 12 million users worldwide.

In addition to over 300 million additional historical records and images for family history discoveries, look for the following new offerings in 2019.

1. Online Interactive Discovery Experiences

For the first time, fun discovery experiences that have been available only at life-sized, interactive kiosks in select FamilySearch venues will also be available on FamilySearch.org in 2019. Making these three discovery experiences available online will expand the reach of the activities to more patrons globally.

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FamilySearch 2018 Genealogy Highlights

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FamilySearch 2018 Searchable Records Published InfographicSalt Lake City, Utah (4 January 2019), FamilySearch International, global leader in helping individuals discover their family history, published its annual at-a-glance summary of its efforts in 2018. A key FamilySearch initiative is to simplify family history and increase discovery experiences for beginners. In 2018, FamilySearch published hundreds of millions of new, free historical records online, provided personal, interactive learning opportunities, opened new facilities, and created more effective search experiences at FamilySearch.org. (Find this announcement and all six related infographics in the FamilySearch Newsroom).

FamilySearch has the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world and 5.8 billion of those are now searchable online. True to its mission to connect families, FamilySearch published its two billionth digital image of historical records online and continues adding records at a rate of over 300 million new records and images yearly. Over 300,000 online volunteers clocked in over 11 million hours to help index 122 million new records, making them easy to search for an ancestor’s name.

The Digital Library of Georgia has Digitized Approximately 53,930 pages of Historic Georgia Newspaper Titles Published Prior to 1861

As part of a $14,495 grant from the R. J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation, the Digital Library of Georgia has digitized approximately 53,930 pages of Georgia newspaper titles published prior to 1861 from microfilm held by the Georgia Newspaper Project (http://www.libs.uga.edu/gnp/).

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

There are over 381,000 new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

Norfolk Baptisms

Over 76,000 additional records have been added to our collection of Norfolk parish baptisms. The new additions span 1777 to 1990 and cover the parishes of North Creake, Ringland, Southwood, Thornham and Worstead.

Each record will give you an original image of the parish register and a transcript of the details found in the records. The transcripts can vary depending on the age of the record and its condition, but most will include your ancestor’s birth date, baptism date, parish and parent’s names. The image displays the parish register page on which your ancestor’s name appears.

Norfolk Banns

Danish Genealogy Association Makes Available Names of Danish Nazis from World War II

The following announcement was written by Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee, and is used here with permission of the author:

The Danish Genealogy Association (Danske Slaegtsforskere) has made the Bovrup Index available on their website. The Bovrup Index is the list of names of Danish Nazis (Danish Nazi Party –DNSAP), from before and during World War ll . The published online version includes 5,265 of the 22,795 names on the complete list, taking in all those born more than 110 years ago.

The list originates from the DNSAP’s own records, transcribed by the Danish resistance movement in May 1945 before the Nazi occupation of Denmark ended. Originally, the list was printed but a 1946 District Court ruling decreed that the names of Danish Nazi party members be encompassed by archival laws-giving access only to researchers and those with approval. Because time has passed, the Danish Genealogy Association is able to publish the names only of those born in 1908 or earlier—those who would be 110 years of age today. The list includes dates of birth, addresses and occupations of DNSAP members. Additional names will be added in 2019. According to the Data Protection Act, the information can be published when the person has been deceased for 10 years.

Did Your Irish Ancestor Work for Guinness? If So, Check This Out!

The Guinness Brewery has been at the same location at St. James’s Gate in Dublin from 1759 to the present. Even better, the company has excellent archives and those documents have now been digitized and placed online. They are available free of charge. If your Irish Ancestor worked for Guinness, this might be one of the best sources of information about him or her.

Part of the collection includes the surviving personnel records of past employees dating from the 1880s to the late 1990s/early 2000s. The Guinness Archives holds over 20,000 individual personnel files, accounting for approximately 80% of all employees from this period.

We Were There Too Project to Immortalize Contribution of Great Britain’s Jewish community to WWI

If you have Jewish ancestors who served in the British armed forces or in a support role in the home front of World War I, you probably will be interested in the new We Were There Too project. The project’s organizers plan to create a permanent record of the lives of Jewish men, women and families between 1914 and 1918, and details their military service and efforts on the home front.

The We Were There Too database will offer an insight into Jewish life in Britain in the early 20th century through a number of research resources which have been brought together for the first time.

New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of December 17, 2018

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch added 1.3 million indexed records this week. Over 700,000 of these records come from Peru; records also came from Colombia, French Polynesia, Germany, South Africa, and North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginiain the United States.

Research these free 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.

Findmypast Announces Trial of Revolutionary New Newspaper Search

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

  • Historical newspaper, the Essex Newsman, now available to search with greater accuracy than ever before
  • New search allows researchers to accurately identify names among billions of lines of newsprint adding colour, context and depth to their family history research
  • This new method of searching OCR generated text is being tested for the first time and will be developed further in the near future

Leading British and Irish family history website, Findmypast, has today announced the release of a revolutionary new newspapers search.

Findmypast’s Essex Newsman collection is searchable by name and publication year, contains over 1.2 million names and covers a complete run of the publication from 31st October 1881 to 6th November 1943.

New Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Fermanagh Parish Registers Baptisms

Discover your ancestors who were born in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, between 1660 and 1978 with over 15,000 parish register entries. Explore where and when your relatives were born. You may even be able to discover their father’s occupation and mother’s maiden name, which will enable you to delve further back into your family tree.

The record set comprises records from Aghavea, Bellanaleck, Devenish, Inishmacsaint, and Mullaghdun parishes in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Some of the townlands overlap into the nearby counties of Cavan, Monaghan, Sligo, and Donegal.

Fermanagh Parish Registers Marriages

TheGenealogist Announcement: Westminster Joins the 1910 Lloyd George Domesday Records with Annotated Maps

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist :

TheGenealogist has just released the maps and field books for the Westminster area into its exciting record set, The Lloyd George Domesday Survey. This new release can be used to find where an ancestor lived in 1910 to 1915 in the area around Westminster. This unique combination of maps and residential data held by The National Archives has been digitised by TheGenealogist so that researchers can locate where an ancestor lived. The maps are large scale and exceptionally detailed with hand annotations that, in the majority of cases, allow family historians to find the exact property in the street.

This release of Lloyd George Domesday Survey records covers Westminster and the area shown above. Click on the above thumbnail to view a larger image.

Researchers often have difficulty using modern maps to find where ancestors lived as road names changed over time, the Blitz saw areas bombed to destruction, developers changed sites out of all resemblance from what had stood there before and lanes and roads were extinguished to build housing estates and office blocks. As these records are linked to the maps from the period this means that you have the ability to find the streets as they existed when the survey was carried out and often pinpoint where the old properties had once been.

Forces War Records Christmas 2018 Discount Offer

The following announcement was written by Forces War Records:

Merry Christmas from everyone at Forces War Records.

This Christmas we’re giving you 50% discount on full membership.

Let us help you enjoy a year’s access for under £30, that’s only £2.50 per month! With over 20 million military records online there’s never been a better time to join.

More Enhancements to Historical U.S. County Boundary Maps added by Randy Majors

I have written before (at http://bit.ly/2BiDNWE and at http://bit.ly/2EkIz9e) about Randy Majors’ work to make Google Maps more useful to genealogists. He obviously has not been resting on his laurels. He writes:

Google Maps county line tools on randymajors.com now let you search using your current location

You can now search using your current location on all randymajors.com Google Maps mapping tools (in addition to searching by place, address, etc.):

County Lines on Google Maps (covers U.S., U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Switzerland)

Historical U.S. County Boundary Maps

ZIP Codes on Google Maps

Latest write-up here: https://www.randymajors.com/2018/12/now-use-your-current-location-on-all.html

Over 2 Million Portsmouth Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Leading UK family history website Findmypast has today published over 2.4 million new records in partnership with the Portsmouth History Centre.

The records are full of fascinating details of Portsmouth life through the ages and will provide researchers from all over the world with the opportunity to uncover the stories of the inhabitants of the UK’s only island city for the very first time. Fully searchable transcripts of each original document are also included, enabling anyone to go online and search for their Portsmouth ancestors by name, location and date.

Hampshire, Portsmouth, Portsea Island Rate Books

Search through over a million pages of poor rate books from as early as 1700 through to 1921. The books recorded the amount of rates paid at each property, ownership of the property, and its location in the parishes of Portsea and Portsmouth. Discover the history of your ancestral home, today. With each record you will find a transcript of the vital facts and an image of the original rate poor.

Poor rate books were records of the amount of rates paid and by whom. Rates were levied annually and collected from both property owners and occupiers. The money was used for local poor relief. The Poor Law Act of 1598 made the parish responsible for the poor. The original records are held at the Portsmouth History Centre.

Hampshire, Portsmouth Hospital Records

Fold3 WWII U.S. Draft Registration Card Collection Expanded

Fold3 has added four new states to the company’s collection of U.S. WWII Draft Registration Cards. The collection now contains cards from Montana, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Oregon. The cards in this collection are registration cards for the draft and do not necessarily indicate that the individual ever served in the military.