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U.S. National Archives Digitizes More than 500 Volumes of U.S. Navy Muster Rolls

From the National Archives News:

“The National Archives partnered with the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the University of Washington to digitize more than 500 volumes of U.S. Navy muster rolls, making them accessible to the public through the National Archives Catalog.

“The muster roll digitization is part of a $482,000 grant awarded to JISAO and the National Archives Foundation to support the Seas of Knowledge: Digitization and Retrospective Analysis of the Historical Logbooks of the United States Navy program at the National Archives.”

You can read the full news release at: https://www.archives.gov/news/articles/navy-muster-rolls-digitization.

TheGenealogist Announces New Searchable War Memorials are Now Online

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist has just released over 658 War Memorials with 75,973 new individuals. This means that there are now a total of over 568,000 individuals that are fully searchable in TheGenealogist’s War Memorial records.

The State War Memorial – Western Australia, Perth Kings Park Cenotaph

The new data will allow the family history researcher to discover:

    • close to 76,000 individuals recorded on War Memorials

    • 658 War Memorials from England, Australia, New Zealand and Canada

New Essex Parish Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Findmypast has added over 5.4 million Essex baptisms, banns, marriages and burials to their growing collection of UK parish records, the largest available online.

Findmypast’s parish record coverage

Available to search in three individual indexes spanning more than 460 years of the county’s history, the records consists of transcripts of original parish registers held at the Essex Record Office.

Essex is a large county in the south-east of England and forms part of the Metropolitan Green Belt just beyond greater London. The original Kingdom of Essex, founded by Saxon King Aescwine in AD 527, occupied territory to the north of the River Thames and east of the River Lee. In the 1640s, during the English Civil War, notorious witch hunter General Matthew Hopkins lived in the county accused 23 women in Chelmsford in 1645.

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 15 July 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch added new, free, historical records this week from Bolivia, Canada, England, Peru, South Africa, Sweden, Venezuela and the United States, including Alabama, California, Hawaii, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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.

MyHeritage Expands to Health; Launches New DNA Test Offering Powerful and Personalized Health Insights for Consumers

MyHeritage today announced the MyHeritage DNA Health + Ancestry test, a major expansion of its DNA product line. The following is the announcement:

The new MyHeritage DNA Health + Ancestry test provides comprehensive health reports for conditions affected by genetics including heart disease, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease

Tel Aviv, Israel & Lehi, Utah — MyHeritage, the leading global service for family history and DNA testing, announced today a major expansion of its DNA product line with the launch of the MyHeritage DNA Health + Ancestry test. The test provides a new dimension of genetic insight with comprehensive health reports that can empower future health and lifestyle choices. It is a superset of the current MyHeritage DNA Ancestry-Only test, and includes its pillar features: a percentage breakdown of ethnic origins and matching to relatives through shared DNA. MyHeritage is now the only global consumer DNA company to offer an extensive health and ancestry product in over 40 languages.

The launch of the Health + Ancestry product distinguishes MyHeritage as the only major service that bridges consumers’ past, present, and future: MyHeritage’s integrated suite of products enable users to discover their family history and ethnic origins, find new relatives, and receive valuable insights to help manage choices regarding their health that may impact their future well-being.

Findmypast adds a Newly Created Collection of US Passenger & Crew Lists

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    • Wide variety of over 100 million records covering more than 160 years of travel to the US now available to search in one place
    • Ship manifests, crew lists, flight manifests, passenger arrival lists and more, including over 2 million new records covering Boston, Texas and Carolina

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has today announced the creation of a new US travel and migration collection totalling more than 100 million records.

United States, Passenger and Crew Lists has been created by merging all of Findmypast’s existing US passenger and crew lists with over 2 million brand new records covering Boston, Texas and South Carolina.

Spanning over 160 years of travel, this vast national collection brings together records of passengers and crew who arrived in America by ship or by plane, from the East Coast to the West Coast, between 1800 and 1964.

Essex (England) Record Office Launches a New Searchable Index of the Essex Parish Registers

The Essex Record Office, working alongside Ancestry.com, have launched a new searchable index of the Essex parish registers. Searching for your Essex ancestors is now easier than ever, according to an article in he Essex Record Office’s Blog at: http://bit.ly/2NJUmUZ.

Parish register for St Mary the Virgin, Chelmsford.

My thanks to newsletter reader Holly Adams for telling me about this new online resource.

TheGenealogist announces the Availability of New Unique Searchable Parish Records

The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist.co.uk:

Some of the records reveal the parents of illegitimate children

TheGenealogist has released over half a million new parish records for Norfolk into their Parish Records collection. In addition to containing the uniquely transcribed records of Baptism, Marriages and Burials with images for over 250 parishes, these records also include some fascinating Bastardy bonds, Examinations, Warrants and Orders. With this release family historians will be able to find the details of ancestors baptised, married and buried as well as those that had children born out of wedlock in this East Anglian county.

The Outcast. Richard Redgrave

The new data will allow the family history researcher to discover:

New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Explore your early American roots this weekend with a selection of new additions, including:

British Officers Serving In Early America, 1614-1787

Explore six fascinating 19th century publications that record then names and details of British Army Officers serving in America prior to and during the Revolutionary War. These lists will allow you to discover your ancestor’s rank, regiment and details surrounding their service history. Each record is available in a PDF format.

Pennsylvania Immigrants, 1727-1776

Explore this 1856 publication which, in its own words, is a ‘A Collection of Upwards Of Thirty Thousand Names Of German, Swiss, Dutch, French And Other Immigrants In Pennsylvania From 1727 To 1776: With A Statement Of The Names Of Ships, Whence They Sailed, And The Date Of Their Arrival At Philadelphia, Chronology.’

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 1 July 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch added new, free, historical records this week from Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Italy, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United States, including Arizona, California, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.

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.

Tennessee State Library & Archives Launches New Digital Project on Revolutionary War

Here is a quote from an announcement at https://sos.tn.gov/news/state-library-archives-launches-new-digital-project-revolutionary-war:

“As our nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, the Tennessee State Library & Archives has launched Patriot Paths, a new project that uses Revolutionary War pension records to map the paths that these soldiers took before and after their service. The project, which is still in progress, was unveiled by State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill at the National Genealogical Society’s recent annual convention.

Another Update to Randy Majors’ Genealogy Mapping Web Site

Randy Majors continues to improve his great mapping site that is useful to genealogist and to many others as well. The maps on that site have shown county lines for some time but only displayed the NAME of one county at a time. That has now been changed to show all the names of all the counties being displayed.

You can read about the latest update at https://www.randymajors.com/2019/07/show-me-all-of-names.html.

Massachusetts Bird’s-Eye View Historical Maps Are Now Online

If you are researching Massachusetts ancestors from the late 1800s through early 1900s, you will want to know about this announcement from the Massachusetts State Library:

The State Library has a large collection of bird’s-eye view maps that were digitized and are now available online! These maps illustrate with great detail aerial views of cities and towns in Massachusetts–much like what you can imagine a bird would see flying overhead!–with a few maps from other areas outside of Massachusetts. The online collection includes 120 maps so far, with many more to be added in the near future. Most maps date from the late 1800s up to the early 1900s.

New and Exclusive Donegal Workhouse Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Leading Family History website, Findmypast, has today added over 400,000 Donegal records to their growing collection of Irish Workhouse records.

Digitized and published online for the first time in partnership with the Donegal County Council, Donegal Workhouses Registers and Minute Books consists of both transcripts and images of original admission and discharge registers as well as board of guardians’ minute books spanning the years 1840 to 1922.

The collection covers the unions of Ballyshannon, Donegal, Dunfanaghy, Glentis, Inishowen, Letterkenny, Milford, Stranorlar. As well as registers and minute books, users can also expect to find accounts, death registers, letters, relief registers, supplier contracts, and more.

KinCrawler.com Has Been Shut Down

KinCrawler was a web crawler/search engine that worked in a similar method as Google but with one major difference: KinCrawler was constantly crawling the web looking for any pages that pertain solely to genealogy. (I described KinCrawler’s operation earlier this year at: https://blog.eogn.com/2019/02/21/new-genealogy-search-engine-at-kincrawler-com/. Sadly, the web site has now been taken offline.

Anthony Marshall, the owner and creator of KinCrawler.com wrote:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 24 June 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch added new, free, historical records this week from Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Liberia, Luxembourg, Peru, Scotland, and the United States, including Texas, Arkansas, Nebraska, Massachusetts, Colorado, Minnesota, California, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

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.

Ancestry® Unveils Over 225 New Communities for Members Who Have Ties to France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand

The following announcement was written by Ancestry®:

At Ancestry®, we leverage the latest cutting-edge DNA science and technology to deliver detailed historical insights that empower you to uncover more about your family’s origins.

Today, we released over 225 new AncestryDNA® communities to help our members who have ties to France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, empowering them to unlock even more discoveries about their family history. Utilizing our DNA network of over 15 million people, our vast collection of public family trees, and our patented Genetic Communities™ technology, AncestryDNA is able to identify groups of people with shared DNA and determine where their ancestors likely lived over the past 75-300 years.

French American and Canadian Communities

New Liverpool Parish Records and more available to search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

There are over 6.4 million new records and newspaper articles available to search and explore this Findmypast Friday including over 264,000 new and exclusive parish records that have been digitised and made available online for the first time in association with the Lancashire Archives.

Lancashire Baptisms

Over 31,000 additional records are now available to search amongst out collection of Lancashire Baptisms. The new additions cover the parishes of:

    • Edge Hill, St Nathaniel -1869 to 1918
    • Liverpool, St John – 1785 to 1898
    • Liverpool, St Silas, Pembroke Place – 1841 to 1918
    • Liverpool, St Stephen the Martyr – 1851 to 1918
    • Newburgh, Christ Church – 1860 to 1917
    • Seaforth, St Thomas – 1839 to 1918
    • Stoneycroft, St Paul – 1916 to 1918
    • Toxteth Park, St Bede – 1882 to 1918

These records include both transcripts and images of the original documents. Each result will reveal when and where your ancestor’s baptism took place, the names of their parent’s and father’s occupation.

Lancashire Marriages & Banns

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 17 June 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch added over 1 million new, New York Passenger Arrival records (1944-1948) this week, and more fromAmerican Samoa, Belgium, Germany, Peru, South Africa, and the United States, including Kansas, Ohio, North Dakota, and Georgia.  

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.

Kilkenny’s Rich History is now Available on National Archive Database

The Kilkenny County Library has joined the Digital Repository of Ireland – making Kilkenny’s rich history available to the world at the click of a button. The partnership will see the records currently held by the Kilkenny County Library, including information on the county’s history, geography, antiquities, archaeology, folklore and culture, being added to the national archive database.

Patrick Street

Patrick Street

You can read more in an article by Colin Bartley in the KilKinneyNow web site at: https://kilkennynow.ie/rich-history-of-kilkenny-joins-national-archive-database/.