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Findmypast Creates Brand New Collection for Tracing Immigrants from the British Isles

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • Vast new collection has been specially curated by Findmypast’s in-house experts
  • The new British and Irish Roots collection allows researchers to search a wide variety of records spanning more than 400 years of migration between the British Isles and North America, all in one place
  • All 95 million records within this unique resource are now available to search and will be free of charge for a limited period

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has announced the creation of a brand new resource that has been specifically designed to help U.S. researchers trace their family’s British and Irish heritage.

The British and Irish Roots Collection is a unique database consisting of more than 98 million assorted records that have been hand-picked from existing collections by Findmypast’s in-house experts.

Richmond Whig And Commercial Journal now Available on the Virginia Newspaper Project

The Virginia Newspaper Project has announced digitized copies of Richmond Whig and Commercial Journal, a daily published by John Hampden Pleasants and Josiah Abbot from 1831-1832, are now available on Virginia Chronicle web site.

Thanks to a partnership with the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, which generously shared its collection with the Library of Virginia, the digitized issues on Virginia Chronicle represent a nearly complete run of Richmond Whig and Commercial Journal. This title is one among many in the Whig family of newspapers published in Richmond during the nineteenth century.

Details may be found in the announcement at:

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

British & Irish Roots Collection

Explore this unique resource, handpicked by our in-house experts. Our new British & Irish roots collection brings together more than 95 million records from across a wide variety of records covering the United States and Canada. Each record identifies a British or Irish emigrant who came to North America. For example, Findmypast identified a population register from California that noted that a widow was Scottish and pulled this record into the collection. This new, first-of-its-kind collection gives North American family historians the chance to search for their British and Irish roots all in one place. The collection includes passenger lists, census records, naturalization applications, and draft registrations, as well as birth, marriage, and death records. The journeys researchers can expect to find include:

  • Anyone leaving the UK or Ireland and emigrating to the US, Canada or the Caribbean
  • Anyone emigrating from Canada or the Caribbean to the US (this covers the large number of British and Irish emigrants who stopped temporarily in Canada and/or the Caribbean)
  • Anyone listed on any US or Canadian record with British or Irish origins, birthplace or parents

British Army, Imperial War Museum Bond of Sacrifice 1914-1918

New BT27 UK Outbound Passenger Lists Go Online for the 1930s Decade

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

Queen Mary on her maiden voyage 1936; from TheGenealogist’s Image Archive

TheGenealogist has just released over 2.7 million BT27 records for the 1930s. These Outbound Passenger Lists are part of an expanding immigration and emigration record set on TheGenealogist that feature the historical records of passengers who sailed out of United Kingdom ports in the years between 1930 and 1939. With the release of this decade of records, the already strong Immigration, Emigration, Naturalisation and passenger list resources on TheGenealogist have been expanded again.

The fully searchable BT27 records from The National Archives released today will allow researchers to:

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of December 4, 2017

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—Over one million records and one million images from Denmark Censuses 1834, 1840, and 1925 were added on FamilySearch this week. Many more records from ArgentinaBillionGravesEnglandItalySweden and the United States were also published. Search these new free records at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the people at Findmypast:

There are over 8.5 million new records available to search this Findypast Friday. New additions include;

Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions

Our Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions have been supplemented with over 13,000 additional records from Rotherham Family History Society. These records, a mix of original images and transcript-only entries, can help you discover birth years, death years, memorial locations and inscription details.

Yorkshire Burials

New additions covering Methodist burials at sites near South Street and Carver Street in Sheffield have been added to the collection.

Massachusetts, Boston Crew Lists, 1917-1943

WikiTree Offers New One-to-One GEDmatch DNA Test Comparison Links

The following announcement was written by the folks at

WikiTree is excited to announce the following. It’s something founder Chris Whitten has been wanting every time he sees a distant cousin’s DNA test connected to one of his ancestor’s profiles (which is becoming more and more common — 3.3 million of their profiles have them).

You will now see “[compare]” links next to GEDmatch kit IDs on profiles and DNA Ancestor Confirmation Aid pages such as Roberts-7085/899.

To access their own Ancestor Confirmation Aid page, members can click here and then select the “DNA Confirmation” button.

If you select or enter two GEDmatch IDs you can go directly to a one-to-one comparison on GEDmatch with one click. (This also works for Ysearch and Mitosearch IDs. This capability isn’t new, but WikiTree integrated the user interface for it.)

The 1939 Register is now in new Findmypast Monthly Packages

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • The 1939 Register is now in new UK monthly packages for the first time
  • Three new packages have been created for UK customers
  • Packages are tailored to give customers the right records at the right time as they research their family history

Today Findmypast, the UK’s leading family history site, introduces three new UK subscription packages.

All three options, Starter, Plus and Pro, aim to simplify Findmypast’s offerings for the UK market and have been specifically tailored to family historians. Whether they are looking for a simple way to begin exploring their family history, to take existing research further or to uncover detailed facts about the lives of their ancestors, customers will be provided with access to the records they truly need at each stage of their research.

Preserve the Pensions Announces New Images Available at Fold3.Com

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

Austin, Texas – The (FGS) is pleased to announce new pension images available at our hosting partner, Fold3. As we detailed in August of this year, conservation had resumed and digitization would shortly follow on War of 1812 Pension files covering surnames M(Moore)-Q. This new release of images is the first installment on the promise made by FGS, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and Ancestry to complete the project we started and to which you all have so generously contributed. Additional images will follow as the Ancestry digitization team continues to refine their process and achieve full capacity in accord with NARA protocols.

The 1910 Lloyd George Domesday Records with Annotated Maps is Now Available on

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist is releasing the first part of an exciting new record set; The Lloyd George Domesday Survey – a major new release that will find where an ancestor lived in 1910. This unique combination of maps and residential data, held by The National Archives, can precisely locate your ancestor’s house on large scale (5 feet to the mile) hand annotated maps of London that plots the exact property.

Geo Bone a Coroner’s Officer lived at 12 Kennett Road in 1910.
The area has now been redeveloped and the road name reused further north in a new realigned thoroughfare.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast and distributed last Friday. I was gone over the long holiday weekend here in the U.S. so I only saw it this morning:

There are over 2.7 million new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

England Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms

Over 94,000 records covering parishes throughout the Catholic Diocese of Westminster have been added to our collection of English Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms. Each record will include both a transcript and an image of the original document. The amount of information in each transcript may vary depending on the age of the original record, its legibility, and the amount of detail recorded by the parish priest at the time of the event. Images may provide additional information about your ancestor such as the names of their godparents, the minister who performed the baptism, and the parent’s residence. Some registers will even include notes about the individual’s marriage.

England Roman Catholic Parish Marriages

Findmypast Announces Plans to Publish Cincinnati & Chicago Sacramental Registers Online for the First Time

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Findmypast’s exclusive Catholic Heritage Archive continues to grow

  • New partnership with the Archdioceses of Cincinnati will over 3 million original Sacramental Registers digitized, fully indexed and published online for the very first time
  • A further 1.9 million records covering the Archdiocese of Chicago will also be released in partnership with FamilySearch international.

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has today announced plans to publish over 4.9 Sacramental Registers in partnership with the Archdioceses of Cincinnati and FamilySearch International.

Digitization will soon be underway and over 800,000 fully indexed images of original Cincinnati Catholic baptism, marriage and burial registers containing over 3 million names and spanning the years 1800 to 1953 will be made available online for the first time, only at Findmypast, in 2018.

World’s First Online Gallery of Pilgrim Descendants Created by New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)

The following announcement was written by the folks at the New England Historic Genealogical Society:

American Ancestors Invites Mayflower Passenger Descendants to Commemorate their Pilgrim Heritage with Name and Photo

Interactive Website Reveals Authoritative Accounts of the Lives of Pilgrims and Mayflower Crew Drawn from Years of NEHGS Research

November 19, 2017—Boston, Massachusetts—The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has launched a new interactive website that presents the most authoritative biographies to date of the Pilgrims who set sail for a new world 397 years ago—available for free for the first time. The site invites their living descendants to engage with the past by becoming a part of modern Mayflower history.

MyHeritage Adds New York Newspapers and an Index to New York Marriage License Records Online

MyHeritage has just added New York Newspapers, 1806–2007, and the New York Marriage License Index, 1908–1929 to “SuperSearch™, the company’s database containing more than 8.3 billion names.

Newburgh Daily News story about the sinking of the Titanic

New Records Available to Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

New Royal Welch Fusiliers records, National Archives First World War Medical records and Pension Forms available to search this Findmypast Friday

There are over 423,000 records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

British Army, First World War Soldiers’ Medical Records

Search for your military ancestor in The National Archives’ collection of medical records from the First World War. Containing over 212,000 names, these records will enable you to discover when and where your ancestor was wounded, the nature of their injuries and how long they were held at the medical facility for treatment. Images may provide additional details including notes on the nature of the wounds or diseases you ancestor was treated for. This collection comprises The National Archives’ series, MH106, War Office: First World War Representative Medical Records of Servicemen. They include admissions and discharge records from hospitals, field ambulances, and casualty clearing stations. These records are also available to browse.

British Armed Forces, First World War Widows’ Pension Forms

Announcing a Change on FamilySearch: a New Free Sign-in Process Offers Greater Subscriber Experiences and Benefits

The following announcement was written by the folks at: FamilySearch

Salt Lake City, Utah (16 November 2017), Beginning December 13, 2017, patrons visiting will see a prompt to register for a free FamilySearch account or sign in to their existing account to continue enjoying all the free expanded benefits FamilySearch has to offer. Since its launch in 1999, FamilySearch has added millions of users, billions of various historical records, and many fun, new features like Family Tree, Memories, mobile apps, digital books, and dynamic help. In order to accommodate continued growth of these and future free services, FamilySearch must assure all its partners that its content is offered in a safe and secure online environment. Patrons creating a free account and signing in fulfills that need.

Patron sign in will also enable FamilySearch to satisfy the ongoing need for user authentication. This authentication can deliver rich, personalized discovery, collaboration, and help experiences. Simply put, signed-in visitors can access more searchable content and enjoy more personalized services.

Findmypast Announces Plans to Publish Trinity Mirror Archive

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • Over 12 million pages from the archives of Trinity Mirror to be digitised and published online for the first time
  • Two-year programme of intensive digitisation will nearly double the newspaper holdings of Findmypast and the British Newspaper Archive

London, 16th November 2017

Leading British family history company Findmypast has announced a ground-breaking two-year programme of intensive digitisation from the archives of Trinity Mirror, the largest private newspaper collection in the UK.

The project will result in the online publication of over 12 million pages, made available online for the very first time at Findmypast, as well as on Findmypast’s sister site, the British Newspaper Archive. This will give family and local historians around the world the opportunity to search and explore a wide variety of historical UK publications that were previously inaccessible to the public.

Announcing a New Website Featuring Genealogy Information from Every American Community

Here is an interesting announcement I received this morning. I have briefly looked at the site but haven’t really been able to determine its usefulness. If you have used the Global Research Library Inc., please post your comments below.

The Global Research Library claims to have genealogical records for every part of America as well as most foreign countries. It has some free information available but most of the records require a paid subscription to access. Subscriptions cost $25 US dollars for individuals with higher fees for libraries, societies, and other institutions. Of course, individuals also may access it for free by visiting a nearby library or society that has paid for a subscription.

The announcement describes the Global Research Library Inc. as:

“—primarily an educational portal, covering virtually all subjects in more than a hundred languages. Our research engine is designed for schools, colleges, and universities, as well as individuals who want to learn more.

The Best Free Online File Converters for All Your Formatting Needs

Have you ever received a file or created one of your own that needed to be in a different format? Whether it’s from PDF to DOC, JPG to BMP, or MP3 to WAV, documents, images, audio and video files can be converted easier than you think.

An article by Sandy Stachowiak in the MakeUseOf web site describes seven different online services that convert all sorts of text, graphics, audio, and eve video files from one format. All of them are cloud-based so there is no software to install in your computer. These seven services all work on Windows, Macintosh, Chromebooks, Linux, iPads, Android tablets, and most any other kind of computer that has a web browser.

Best of all, they are free for personal use.

You can find the article at:

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: October 23 to November 13, 2017


Over 28 million new historic records were added on FamilySearch from DenmarkEngland, and the Netherlands, as well as millions more from BillionGravesBritish Columbia, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, GermanyHondurasIllinoisIowaItalyKentuckyMissouriNamibia, New JerseyOhio, PeruPoland, SlovakiaSouth AfricaSweden, United States, and Washington. Search these new free records at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below.