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MyHeritage Offers Free Access to Marriage Records for Valentine’s Day

Show me a genealogist who isn’t interested in marriage records. I bet you cannot find one!

Here is a special offer from MyHeritage (the sponsor of this newsletter) that probably will interest you:

Click on the above image to access the free records. The offer expires on 18 February 2020.

You probably will also want to check out the new MyHeritage In Color™ tool at as lots of people are posting incredible wedding photos of their ancestors, colorized for the first time.

18 Million New Marriages, Parish Records and Christian Leaders Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

We’ve added a shed-load of romantic family records and plenty more besides this week. Here’s what’s new.

United States Marriages

A massive of tranche of just under 18 million new records have joined this ever-growing collection of wedding records. The latest updates cover marriages in Texas between 1837 and 2010.

When complete, our US marriage collection will be the largest single collection of its kind online. It already includes over 200 million marriage records covering 450 years of US history and many of the entries are exclusive to Findmypast. Find your family’s love stories in these cherished documents today.

Global Christian Leaders Index

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Discover Romance in your Family Tree with a 40% Discount on Findmypast Subscriptions

Love is obviously in the air. If not in the air, at least it is online. The following announcement was written by Findmpast:

·        Leading UK family history website Findmypast announce 40% discount on 12 month subscription options in Valentine’s Day offer

·         Available to all new and returning customers until midnight (GMT) February 23rd

·        Build your family tree online and discover ancestors in billions of historical records and newspapers

It’s never been easier to trace centuries of love and romance in your family tree. Discover your ancestor’s marriage records and so much more with a 40% discount on all 12-month subscriptions to Findmypast.

This limited time offer is available to all new and returning customers from now until midnight (GMT) on Sunday 23rd February 2020. Click HERE and enter the promo code FMPLOVE40 to claim your discount on any of the following 12 month subscription options:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 10 February 2020

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch: has added millions of free historical church and civil records to its collections from Denmark, France, and Pennsylvania USA. Millions more are now easily searched from Africa, American Samoa, the United Kingdom, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Gibraltar, Brazil, the Dominican Republic,  Nova Scotia, and the United States.

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.

American Ancestors / New England Historic Genealogical Society Is the Recipient of a Collection of Roosevelt Family Papers

The following announcement was written by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, also known as American Ancestors:

February 10, 2020—Boston, Massachusetts—Deeper glimpses into the fascinating lives of the extended family of Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), the 26th president of the United States, have been added to the collection of American Ancestors | NEHGS through a generous donation of Roosevelt family papers from the Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA). The TRA, chartered by Congress in 1920, is a historical and public service organization dedicated to perpetuating the memory and ideals of Theodore Roosevelt.

Photograph, William Emlen Roosevelt (1825-1898), Mss 1288, R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, New England Historic Genealogical Society

New Records from Britain, North America and Beyond Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

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British In India

We’ve enhanced this collection with over 7,000 new and exclusive records. Brought online in partnership with the Society of Genealogists, the latest additions include both a transcript with all the vital details about your family members and an image of the original record. These newest updates cover surnames beginning with the letters J and K.

This ever-expanding collection includes entries of births, marriages, divorces and deaths in the British Raj between 1664 and 1961. They’ll help you learn more about relatives who lived and worked in the thriving subcontinent generations ago. If your family has roots in British India, be sure to also explore our exclusive British India Office and East India Company records from the British Library.

Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions

Florida Militia Muster Rolls, 1826-1900 are Now Online

These muster rolls, selected from three separate series of militia records in the Florida State Archives’ holdings, are rosters of officers and men in Florida militia units dating from 1826 to about 1900. Some of the muster rolls were submitted by groups of volunteers asking to be recognized by the state government as militia units, while others are reports for units already in existence. A few of the earlier rolls document the activation of Florida militiamen for national service, particularly during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842). Most of the documents, however, are not related to military service in any particular war.

Columbia County volunteers for the Spanish-American war adds 176,000 Cemetery Records in the Month of January 2020

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Over 176,000 Cemetery Records Added in January 2020

Now online with free access at

February 1, 2020, Menifee, CA — published 176,172 cemetery records covering 41 cemeteries across 12 states, 1 province, and 2 countries, in the month of January 2020. They are now available for free viewing to the general public by visiting

These records were acquired 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…

New Imperial Calendars & Durham Parish Registers Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

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Britain, Royal and Imperial Calendars 1767-1973

Do you have ancestors’ who worked in the public sector? Explore more than three million records from the Royal and Imperial Calendars from 1767 to 1973 to find out about their career. This expansive collection of records from The National Archives includes lists of all the official departments of state, and branches of public service, the law, the church, national or commercial companies and institutions, and many additional articles of public utility. Each record includes a transcript and original image.

The Imperial Calendars provide a valuable resource for tracing the whereabouts and careers of persons employed in various posts in the public sphere from the 1800s to 1973. As quoted in the 1809 Calendar, it contains “accurate lists of all the official departments of state, and branches of public service; the law; the church; national or commercial companies and institutions; and many additional articles of public utility.” The later calendars from the 20 century evolved to include the Civil Service List and additional departments such as Home Office and Treasury.

Durham Baptisms

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A New Collection of Irish Oral Histories Celebrating the History and Culture of the Irish Language in Boston Is Now Available Online

Can you speak with a proper Irish accent in the same manner as your ancestors? If not, you. can find an online resource to brush up on the accent.

The University of Massachusetts Boston’s Joseph P. Healey’s Library has arranged a special archive collection consisting of five interviews, conducted entirely as Gaeilge, which discusses the unique importance of the Irish language to the Irish diaspora over the past 50 years.

The interviews are also accompanied by English transcripts.

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 27 January 2020

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Over 3.9M records from North Carolina marriages, deaths and burials (1759-1994), 1M Massachusetts marriage records, (1695-1910) and 1.9M New Jersey birth, marriage, and naturalization records were added to this week. More records were added from American Samoa, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, England, Guatemala, Iceland, Peru, Puerto Rico, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the United States.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.

Findmypast Friday – Celebrate Burns Night with new Scottish Records

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Scotland, Poor Law & Poor Lists

Do have ancestors from Scotland that fell on hard times? Explore this collection of more than 123,000 poor relief records to find out. Each record includes a transcript and original record (where available) that will reveal your ancestor’s level of poverty, family details, occupation, residence, denomination and the nature of the relief they received.

Scotland, Lanarkshire School Registers and Records

‘People Not Property’ Aims to Create Statewide Database of Slave Deeds in North Carolina

When Deshawn Elam started college at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University , an Historically Black College (HBCU) in Greensboro, N.C., he thought he would become a history teacher. But life changed his plans.

One of his first classes introduced Elam to digital archiving.

“I’ve always been someone who’s interested in seeing actual history, like having it in my hands,” Elam says. “So, I was always fascinated with trying to preserve that history and trying to hold it physically.”

Buncombe SlaveDeed

“Slave deeds,” documents testifying to the sale of enslaved people, were stored in county Register of Deeds offices. One of the first people who began digitizing these records and making them public was Drew Reisinger, the Register of Deeds for Buncombe County, North Carolina. The Buncombe County’s registry office has documents dating to the 1700s, and it has approximately 300 slave deeds.

BBC Radio Times: Another Source of Genealogy Data

Newsletter reader Mike Mallett shared some information that can be valuable to genealogists searching for information about ancestors in the U.K. Mike writes:

“The BBC Radio Times archives from 1923 to 2009 are now freely available online at This UK magazine was started as the BBC’s radio listing but later include TV programmes. Although strictly not a genealogy resource, it is a good way to check people and events of the time. You might want to see how the world was on your birthday.

“As aside we also have the TV Times which is the listing for ITV and some of the commercial channels.”

North Carolina Newspapers from Northampton County are now Online

From the Digital North Carolina Blog, part of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center highlights from the collections at DigitalNC, an online library of primary sources from institutions across North Carolina:

One of our goals is to increase representation of counties and communities that are under-represented on DigitalNC. Most recently we’ve been focusing on around 10 counties; one of these is Northampton County. Today we’re happy to have added newspapers from that county, thanks to an inquiry from the Northampton County Museum.

We’ve added two titles, the Roanoke Patron (9 issues from 1883-1891) and the Roanoke-Chowan Times (1,237 issues from 1892-1926). The latter actually encompasses a few predecessor titles, including The Gleaner and The Patron and Gleaner.

TheGenealogist Releases Records for over 500,000 individuals from Norfolk Parish Records

TheGenealogist has just released records for over 500,000 individuals from Norfolk Parish Records in the UK with images of the original records in association with the Norfolk Record Office. The following is the announcement:

TheGenealogist has just added over 500,000 individuals in a new release of Parish Records for the English county of Norfolk with images of the original records in association with the Norfolk Record Office. TheGenealogist has transcribed them so that they are fully searchable by name and place.

Caister Church, Norfolk

These East Anglian records feature the registers of baptisms, marriages and burials covering various parishes in Norfolk, allowing family history researchers from all over the world to search for their Norfolk ancestors online.

New UK Parish and Military records available to Search this Findmypast Friday

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British Army Service Records

Over 2,000 new Scots Guards service records have just been added to our collection of British Army Service records. These include records of Scots Guards officers, available exclusively on Findmypast and never before published, who enlisted with this prestigious regiment of foot guards between 1642 and 1939.

The Scots Guards can trace its origin back to 1642 when they were known as the Marquis of Argyll’s Royal Regiment. Throughout its history, the regiment has also be known as the Scots Regiment of Foot Guards, 3rd Regiment of Foot Guards, and the Scots Fusilier Guards. Finally, in 1877, the regiment received its title as Scots Guards. The enlistment records include the names of men who served in the Seven Years War, the Napoleonic War, the Crimean War, and the two world wars.

Kent Baptisms

FGS & the National Park Service to Launch U.S.-Mexican War War Soldiers & Sailors Database

The following announcement was written by the Federation of Genealogical Societies:


January 14, 2020 – Austin, TXand Brownsville, TX.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the National Park Service’s Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park (NPS) announce the launch of the U.S.-Mexican War Soldier & Sailor database.

This online, searchable database contains information for over 85,000 U.S. and Mexican veterans who served in this war. Many records include personal details, such as hair color and occupation.

The database allows descendants of these soldiers and sailors to connect to their personal history and helps Palo Alto commemorate and tell the stories of those who served. This invaluable research tool benefits genealogists, historians, as well as people who may have never known they are related to a U.S.-Mexican War veteran.