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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

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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

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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/.

West Australian Grave Markers’ Work is now Available Online

Future genealogists will probably be thankful for the efforts of a not-for-profit group working to put names and stories to unmarked or “lonely” graves in the Goldfields have launched a new website dubbed a “brilliant research tool”.

The Outback Grave Markers have spent the past four years traveling across remote West Australia preserving the region’s history, placing plaques and taking pictures at more than 500 previously unmarked or poorly marked graves. Their new website will allow the public to access everything they have found — from photographs, to old news stories and birth and death records.

Randy Majors Adds Still More Functionality to his Genealogy Mapping Web Site that Works with Google Maps: Township, Range, and Section

Randy Majors has to be one busy person! He constantly is adding functionality to his popular genealogy maps web site at https://www.randymajors.com. You can find past examples of that in my earlier articles by starting at: http://bit.ly/2IKHKqC.

Randy has now added Township, Range, and Section information to the maps. He described the new changes this way:

Search for Victorian Convicts in Milbank, Parkhurst and Pentonville Prison Records

The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist has released over 100,000 individuals into their expanding Court & Criminal Records collection. With this release researchers can find the details of ancestors that had broken the law and were incarcerated in the harsh conditions of early Victorian convict prisons – including some that were only children!

Parkhurst Prison from The Illustrated London News March 13, 1847

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

New Records Available to Search This Findmypast Friday

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There are more than new nine million new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday.

Kent Baptisms

Just under 20,000 new records covering two new parishes, Fawkham St Mary and Northfleet St Botolph, have been added to our collection of Kent parish baptisms. These new transcripts will reveal your ancestor’s birth date, baptism date, parent’s names, residence and father’s occupation. Some records may also provide you with further details such as the mother’s maiden name or additional notes.

Kent Marriages and Banns

Arkansas State Archives Project Opens Access to Historical Newspapers

The following is an extract from an announcement published by the Arkansas State Archives:

In the next few weeks, the Arkansas State Archives will have scanned 40 newspaper titles, or about 103,000 pages, and sent them to the Library of Congress. People will have a whole new way to access these historical records online, said Wendy Richter, state historian and director of the Arkansas State Archives.

“One of my biggest goals for the Arkansas State Archives has been to make records more accessible to the public,” Richter said. “This project puts tens of thousands of documents at the fingertips of more people in Arkansas and nationwide.”

The Archives was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant of $208,128 in 2017 to be part of a National Digital Newspapers Program that created the website Chronicling America, which is an open-source website.

You can read the full announcement at: http://archives.arkansas.gov/outreach/news-and-events/details.aspx?NewsID=5334.

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 10 June 2019

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FamilySearch added new, free, historical records this week from Spain, Bolivia, South Africa, Mexico, Russia, Peru, Sweden, and the United Statesincluding Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, North Dakota, Texas, California and Virginia.

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.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

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There are more than 14.4 million new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday.

England & Wales Merchant Navy Crew Lists 1861-1913

Over 135,000 new Portsmouth records have been added to our collection of Merchant Navy Crew Lists. The records document the role and employment of each member of the crew. Individuals would ‘sign on’ when they began their employment, either at the start of the voyage, or when they joined the ship at one of its ports of call. They ‘signed off’ at the end of the voyage or, if they chose not to finish, at a port of call.

A ship that sailed in British coastal waters completed a crew list every six months. If a vessel sailed outside of British waters then a document called a crew agreement was completed for each voyage. Crew members include a wide variety of professions, such as deckhands, engine staff, stewards, nurses and maids.

Greater London Burial Index

Brooklyn Library Digitizes Thousands of Historic Newspaper Articles

The Brooklyn Collection at the Brooklyn Public Library is making more than 40 borough-specific newspapers available for online hunting. Their digital archive of Brooklyn Daily Eagle articles is already an essential tool in borough research and the latest project adds thousands more newspaper pages for history buffs to hunt through.

The Brooklyn Collection started in 1997 as part of the History Division, with a small book collection focused on the borough. It now holds more than 5,000 books and an archive that includes 200,000 photographs, manuscripts, newspapers, sheet music and more.

New Irish Historical Birth, Marriage and Death Registers Available Online for Public to Access

Employment Affairs and Social Protection Minister, Regina Doherty, TD, and Josepha Madigan, TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht have announced that a further tranche of Ireland’s historical Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths are now available online and free for the public to access.

New Records on FamilySearch from May 2019

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FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in May of 2019 with almost 14 million new indexed family history records from all over the world. Over 387,000 new digital images were added as well. New historical records were added from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, England, France, Italy, Nicaragua, Peru, Poland, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, the Ukraine,  and the United States, which includes Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah,and Washington. United States records also include Confederate Officers Card Indexes, Native American Eastern Cherokee Indian Reservation Rolls, and Obituaries from the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. FamilySearch also added digital images from Alaska, BillionGraves,and Spain.

Find your ancestors using these free archives online, including birth, marriage, death, and church records. Millions of new genealogy records are added each month to make your search easier.

Forces War Records Releases a New Website Feature

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Summary/ Short Overview:

Forces War Records are excited to announce that they have now launched a powerful new update to their records page, which could mean brand new insight for you and an industry first in genealogy website research.

When you now view a record, if details can be cross-matched with other records within their unique database that they believe to be the same person, additional records will appear at the top of the page.

This helps you quickly locate the records you’re looking for in one place, improves the chances of finding more information and saves you time.

Come take a look for yourself and visit: www.forces-war-records.co.uk

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Ancestry.com Adds Online 1850 U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules

According to the announcement from Ancestry.com:

This database details those persons enumerated in the Slave Schedule of the 1850 United States Federal Census, the Seventh Census of the United States. Slaves were enumerated separately during the 1850 and 1860 censuses, though, unfortunately, most schedules do not provide personal names. In most cases, individuals were not named and only details such as age, sex, and color are recorded. However, some enumerators did list the given names of slaves, particularly those over one hundred years of age. These names are generally found in the “name of slave owners” column. The names of owners are recorded. Other questions asked about the slave include whether a fugitive from the state (meaning if the slave had fled and not returned); number manumitted (or freed); and whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane, or idiotic.

TheGenealogist Announces the Online Release of Islington Lloyd George Domesday Survey Records

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TheGenealogist announces the release of Islington Lloyd George Domesday Survey records. These cover land owners and occupiers in 1910-1915 with over 70,000 individuals recorded, joining the previously released data books and their associated maps for other parts of London.

This new release is the latest stage of TheGenealogist’s vast ongoing project to digitise over 94,500 Field Books, each having hundreds of pages, and linking them to large scale IR121 annotated OS maps which are now viewable in TheGenealogist’s powerful Map Explorer tool.

The records have been sourced from The National Archives and were compiled by the Valuation Office in a period that stretched from 1910-1915 in response to the Lloyd George government passing the People’s Budget 1909/1910.

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of May 28, 2018

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FamilySearch added almost 2 million indexed Canadian Headstones records, Great Britain War Registers (1772 – 1935), and over 1.6 million indexed records from the Ohio Tax Records (1800-1850). Other countries include Argentina, Brazil, Cape Verde, England, Italy, Nicaragua, Peru, United Kingdom, and the United States.  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.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

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There a more than 58 million new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Britain, Physicians and Surgeons, 1830-1923

Search for your English ancestry in thousands of pages from the Calendar of The Royal College of Surgeons in England and Members of The Royal College of Physicians. Containing over 31,000 names, these publications will provide you with your ancestor’s residence and years of appointment.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is a professional body founded in 1518, which promotes the best health and healthcare for all and has played a pivotal role in raising standards. It is the oldest medical college in England. For the first four centuries, women were excluded from the RCP. A bylaw was passed in 1909 allowing women to take examinations. Within the records, you can find the name Helen MacKay, the first female fellow.

Prisoners of War 1715-1945

Registrations for the Nijmegen Four Days Marches (1921-1939) are Now Online

Nijmegen is a city in the Dutch province of Gelderland. The city lies a few kilometers from the border with Germany. Nijmegen has long been known for its annual Four Days Marches (Dutch: Nijmeegse Vierdaagse), beginning on the third Tuesday of each July.

Did your family members walk in the Nijmegen Four Days Marches between 1921 and 1939? You can look it up in the registration day Four Days Marches Royal Dutch Association for Physical Education (KNBLO)!

The index on this scanned registration register that is located at the Nijmegen Regional Archive can now be searched via Open Archives. Scans of this register also provide information about the profession, age, address, place of residence and their awards.