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Historical Record Collections Added to MyHeritage in June 2020

The following is an extract from a much longer and more detailed list in the MyHeritage Blog:

We just added 8.3 million historical records in June from six new collections from the U.K., Spain, and New Zealand. Four million records from a World War I medal index were added from the U.K. Three collections from the Vitoria Diocese in Spain were added: a baptism index, a marriage index, and a death index. In addition, two collections from New Zealand were added: a World War I service index and an index of early settlers. This update brings the total number of historical records on MyHeritage to 12.5 billion.

Here are more details on each of the new collections:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 6 July 2020

FamilySearch added 2M more indexed obituaries this week to United States collections, along with 300K Brazilian civil registrations and 200K English church records. New records added for Canada, Chile, Finland, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, S. Africa, and Sweden.  United States additions included: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah and Virginia.

Search these new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch.org to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

Data of Over 61,000 Turkish Jewish Gravestones Online in New Database

An ambitious project has been launched online, documenting Jewish gravestones in Turkey.

The project, entitled World Beyond: Jewish Cemeteries in Turkey 1583-1990 contains the details of over 61,022 Jewish tombstones spread across Turkey, which makes it one of the largest tombstone databases in the world – covering over 400 years of Turkish Jewish life.

The project is part of The Turkish and Balkan Jewry Documentation Project of the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center of Tel Aviv University. The researchers hope to also include cemeteries across Greece, Albania and Bulgaria.

You can read more in an article by Alex Winston in The Jerusalem Post at https://bit.ly/2AvGpnM.

Findmypast Celebrate Independence Day 2020 With 17 Million New US Records

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

   Millions of new marriage records from Indiana, Massachusetts and Oregon

    • New military records covering the Revolutionary War, Civil War and First World War including photos, physical descriptions, service histories and biographical details
    • New and exclusive Yorkshire Parish Baptisms and British newspapers also available to search 

In celebration of 4 July 2020, leading family history website Findmypast has added more than 17 million new records from across the United States to their ever-expanding collection of family history records. This includes:

United States Marriages

Over 16 million new additions covering the states of Indiana, Massachusetts and Oregon have been added to the collection. United Stats Marriages now contains more than 246 million records spanning 450 years of American history and, when complete, will form the largest single online collection of its kind.

TheGenealogist Launches New Parish Records

The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist has added over 85,500 individuals to their Parish Records for Worcestershire to increase the coverage of this English county.

Released in association with Malvern Family History Society this is an ongoing project where high quality transcripts of Parish Records are made available for family history researchers to find their ancestors.

    • 54,948 individuals have been added to the Worcestershire baptism records
    • 8,703 new individuals join the marriage records for this county
    • 3,558 individuaTheGenealogistls newly released for Worcestershire banns of marriages records
    • 18,293 individuals added to the burials records for Worcestershire

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 29 June 2020

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

Discover your ancestors at FamilySearch this week in over 2.5M new indexed New York Land Records; along with new obituary and church census records from Utah, and Native American records from Oklahoma. Explore expanded world collections from BoliviaBrazil, Canada,  England, France, Peru, S. Africa,  and  Venezuela among othersSearch new vital records for California, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio,Pennsylvania and Louisiana as noted below.

Search these new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch.org to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

Findmypast Publish new Catholic Records from The National Archives & Archdiocese of Southwark

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Findmypast brings wide array of new English and Welsh Catholic records online for the first time

    • Includes “England & Wales, Roman Catholics, 1717”, a fascinating array of documents from The National Archives series FEC 1, pertaining to the seizure Catholic estates during the Jacobite rebellion of 1715 
    • Also includes sacramental registers from the Archdiocese of Southwark, marking the latest diocese to join Findmypast’s exclusive Catholic Heritage Archive

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has today announced the online publication of new English & Welsh Catholic records containing just under 500,000 names.

Published online for the first time, today’s release consists of four separate collections including Sacramental registers from the Archdioceses of Southwark and “England & Wales, Roman Catholics, 1717”, a collection of deeds and other documents held at The National Archives in Kew relating to Catholic estates that were seized as a result of the Jacobite rebellion of 1715.

Unique new Records from The National Archives Available to Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

New family discoveries await in record collections you won’t find anywhere else online

Britain, Royal and Imperial Calendars 1767-1973

Findmypast have added over 1.2 million records to this unique collection of records from The National Archives.  The Royal and Imperial Calendars can reveal fascinating details for your family tree including:

    • Your ancestors’ names
    • Their jobs
    • Where they lived
    • Their regiment and rank if they served in the military
    • How much they were paid

These records provide a valuable resource for tracing the whereabouts and careers of persons employed in various posts in Britain’s 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 20th century evolved to include the Civil Service List and additional departments such as Home Office and Treasury.

British Armed Forces, First World War Soldiers’ Medical Records

Update: MyHeritage is Offering Free Access to Different Record Collections Every Day in June

On June 1st , I wrote (at https://bit.ly/3dhBx2K) about MyHeritage’s offer of “a different and significant historical record collection will be available for free” every day during the month of June. Indeed, That has worked out well and I have heard some positive feedback from those who have accessed these records. The offer of free access includes a total of around 400 million records!

Today’s free collection is the France Death Index, 1970-2019:

Here is the schedule for the remainder of the month:

TheGenealogist Adds Nearly 53,000 new Headstone Records

The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:

This week TheGenealogist has expanded its growing International Headstone Collection with some interesting new additions that allow researchers to see details that have been carved on stone about their ancestors and commemorated in various churches and cemeteries. The headstone records released cover 71 new cemeteries from the English and Welsh counties of Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Devon, Dorset, Essex, Flintshire, Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Merionethshire, Merseyside, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.

The International Headstone Collection is an ongoing project where every stone photographed or transcribed earns volunteers credits, which they can spend on subscriptions at TheGenealogist.co.uk or products from GenealogySupplies.com. If you would like to join, you can find out more about the scheme at: https://ukindexer.co.uk/headstone/.

A simple headstone for the Earl St Maur, Eldest Son of Edward Adolphus 12th Duke of Somerset

Introducing the MyHeritage Photo Enhancer

MyHeritage has just announced the release of something I have not seen before in any genealogy web site: a feature that brings blurry faces in any photo into sharp focus. Photos are enhanced using specialized technology that produces outstanding, high-definition results.

Perhaps you have old photos that look grainy or blurred, or photos of large family gatherings with many faces that are too small to recognize clearly. The MyHeritage Photo Enhancer aims to solve these age-old problems and produces phenomenal results that let you see your ancestors more clearly than ever before.

New Scottish Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

Findmypast sent this announcement on Friday. However, due to my traveling in the past few days, I only received it this morning:

New Scottish Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

Findmypast is home to the fastest-growing collection of Scottish family records online.

If you’ve got Scottish ancestors, you’ll want to see what’s new this Findmypast Friday. These latest record releases are only available online at Findmypast.

Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms

We’ve added almost 69,000 additional records to this collection, covering 11 parishes across Scotland. Baptism records can reveal excellent details for your family tree including:

    • Your ancestors’ names
    • Their birth and baptism dates
    • Their parents’ names
    • Where they were baptised

The digitised images of the original records are incredible, in some cases giving you extra facts about your ancestors such as:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 8 June 2020

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch added 5M United States obituary, Minnesota death records and Electoral Registers for Wales, 1839-1778.  More records were added for American Samoa, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, England, Ireland, Micronesia, Niue, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, and Zambia.  United States collections included CA, HI, ID, LA, MS, NH, NY, NC, OR, PA, UT, and VA.  

Search these new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch.org to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

More Than 100 Years of African American Funeral Programs are now Online

According to an article by Kenneth H. Thomas Jr, published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“The Digital Library of Georgia recently added more than 3,000 African American funeral home programs from Atlanta and throughout the Southeast to its vast collection of online sources.

LDSGenealogy.com has Reached the Milestone of 1 Million Items in the Web Site’s U.S. Genealogy Records Directory

The following announcement was written by the folks at LDSGenealogy.com:

LDSGenealogy.com has been growing rapidly and recently reached the milestone of 1 million items in our U.S. genealogy records directory (https://ldsgenealogy.com/dir/).

Our directory is designed to help people to easily locate the available genealogy records for a specific town, county, or state so that you can go to one place and find the relevant genealogical records you will need to locate your ancestors. Currently we include records from 723 different websites or archives. Some localities have more complete information than others, and we always welcome additional suggestions of online records to include.

Announcing the Launch of New Parish Chest Website

The following announcement was written by the Family History Federation:

Comprehensive One-Stop Online Shopping Experience for all Family Historians!

The Family History Federation formally launched Parish Chest at its AGM on 31 May 2020. Aimed at family historians at all levels, the Family History Federation believes this new comprehensive online shopping facility presents a wealth of information to researchers all in one place. It is a new companion website to Family History Books Online; both are in the Family History Federation family.

Several commercial websites already offer basic information required for creating a family tree, but there comes a time when the researcher requires more local detailed information about a particular area, parish or topic which will add to their family story, “put meat on the bones” and complete the picture! Parish Chest now has the answer as the Federation has brought together many data sets and much information, compiled and marketed by individual family history societies, with other genealogical goods and services. It’s all in one place for ease of access, shopping and purchase!

Nearly Half a Million U.S. Naturalization Records from The Bronx and Queens to Become Available Online

According to an article by Michael Gartland in the New York Daily News:

“Finding out more about your family tree is about to get a whole lot easier.

“More than 400,000 naturalization records from the Bronx and Queens will become available online as part of a new project funded by the feds.

The three-year, $872,000 project will be paid for through a $263,500 grant from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, as well as state money, and will allow the Bronx and Queens County Clerks offices to upload thousand of records online and then promote them.”

You can read a lot more in Michael Gartland’s article at https://bit.ly/30cLKeb.

New Historical Medical Professionals Added to the Occupational Records on TheGenealogist Covering Doctors, Midwives, Opticians and Medics in British India

The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:

At this time when we are all so very conscious of the work of our medical professionals in the face of the pandemic, TheGenealogist has released a set of new records for our medical ancestors who treated others in the course of their occupations in the time before the creation of the National Health Service.

St Mary Abbot’s Hospital, Kensington W8, ward 3

It would have been a very different world from today in which these men and women worked. Before 1948 and the founding of the NHS, medical professionals were in private practice. The poorer members of society depended on charity and being assessed for what financial contribution they could make to their treatment.

New British & Canadian Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

This Findmypast Friday, sees millions of new British and Canadian records join Findmypast’s ever-growing collections

England & Wales Electoral Registers 1920-1932

In partnership with the British Library, we’ve added over 16 million names to this collection. Voting lists are compiled annually of people who are eligible to vote and include their reason for eligibility, such as their residence or ownership of a property. You’re likely to find your ancestor featured more than once.

Electoral Registers can reveal fascinating facts for your family tree including:

    • Your relatives’ names and addresses
    • Their occupations or ages (sometimes)
    • The year of the register
    • Nature of qualification or a description of the property
    • The name, description and residence of the landlord or other person to whom rent is paid
    • The polling district or place and constituency your ancestors were registered

MyHeritage Introduces Cross-Language Record Matches

This sounds like a game-changer to me. MyHeritage (the sponsor of this newsletter) has just introduced new technology that will be of interest to anyone whose ancestors spoke a language other than English, whether they were in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, or still back in “the old country.”

MyHeritage’s web site has long been available in 42 different languages and is the most popular genealogy website in most non-English speaking countries, as well as having millions of international users who built family trees found only on MyHeritage, exclusive global record collections, and unique technology for overcoming language barriers.

Today, the company announced a significant innovation: the already existing Global Name Translation Technology™ has been extended to apply to Record Matches as well. With this new addition, translated Record Matches are now calculated on an ongoing basis, and you’ll receive matches with historical records and family tree profiles in other languages. When you view them, the names will be conveniently spelled out using your own alphabet.