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MyHeritage Adds French Record Collection: Nord Civil Marriage Records, 1792–1937

The following announcement was written by MyHeritage:

I’m delighted to let you know that we are releasing a fantastic French record collection — France, Nord Civil Marriages, 1792-1937 which includes 5.4 million civil records of marriages (1792-1937) for the French department of Nord that were collected by government authorities after the French Republic was proclaimed in 1792. The collection contains a detailed searchable index with details you won’t find on other websites.

The collection is live in MyHeritage SuperSearch™ at: https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10726/france-nord-civil-marriages-1792-1937

In this collection, you’ll find rich details about the bride, groom, and their families, including the names of the bride and groom, their birth dates, birthplaces, marriage date and location, and the names of the bride’s and groom’s parents — including their mothers’ maiden surnames. Additional information about the death of one or more of the parents, along with witness names and details — often with recorded relationships to the bride and groom — can also be found.

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 19 August 2019

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FamilySearch added over 7 million U.S. World War II draft registration cards this week. More historical records from Canada, England, France, Peru, South Africa 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.

Visiting Dead Relatives on Google Street View

I have to admit I would never have thought of this. However, Jessie Schiewe has published an article about using Google Maps not only to look up addresses, but also to provide a window into the lives of the recently deceased. Let’s emphasize the RECENTLY deceased. It won’t help with finding relatives in earlier centuries.

Here is but one example as described in the article:

“Three years after her grandparents’ deaths, 19-year-old Luisa Hoenle looked up their old house on Google Maps. Feeling nostalgic if not a bit masochistic, the Switzerland-based art school student input their street address and then clicked on the Street View icon, which showed panoramic photos of the property.

“Built decades ago by her grandfather Siegfried, the house had fallen into disrepair since his death from cancer in 2016, its once lush lawn now filled with withered and dying plants. But on Google Street View, Hoenle found older images of the home from before its decline. She scrolled through the photographs, reminiscing, when she noticed something else: her grandfather.

Available to search this Findmypast Friday: New Records covering Maryland, Knights of the Realm, and the Peterloo Massacre

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Manchester, Peterloo Witnesses and Casualties, 1819

Discover if your English ancestor witnessed or was injured during the Peterloo Massacre which occurred on 16 August 1819 at St Peter’s Field, Manchester.  The records show whether a person was injured and how; such as, “right elbow and head cut severely”.  It also includes witness statements like, “saw constables hitting [John] Lees with truncheons and a broken flagpole. Addresses, occupations and additional notes are also included in many transcripts.

The Peterloo Massacre occurred on 16 August 1819 at St Peter’s Field, Manchester.  Up to 80,000 people from across North-West England had gathered to demand parliamentary representation reform.  The demonstration was organised by the Manchester Patriotic Union and the lead speaker was Henry Hunt.

Once the crowd had gathered and speeches began the magistrates called the Manchester and Salford Yeomanry to arrest Henry Hunt.  The Cavalry charged the unarmed crowd resulting in the deaths of at least 11 people and between 400 and 700 people injured.

Maryland, Wills and Probate Records

The National Endowment for the Humanities Announces 2019 Awards for the National Digital Newspaper Program, adding partners in Rhode Island, Virgin Islands and Wyoming

Old newspapers often are valuable tools for genealogists and historians. Not only will you find birth announcements, marriage announcements, and obituaries, but you will occasionally find information about the activities and interests of ancestors. This normally is information not found in public vital records. You also will always learn about the world in which these ancestors lived and the events that shaped their lives. With that in mind, here is an announcement from the National Endowment for the Humanities:

Recently Added and Updated Collections on Ancestry.com

From the Ancestry.com list of recent new and/or updated additions at https://www.ancestry.com/cs/recent-collections:

TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer adds the Charles Booth Poverty Maps of London

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist’s innovative Map Explorer, which allows family history researchers to trace an ancestor’s property and then view the changing environment over time, now boasts another powerful new feature.

While previously researchers were able to view the georeferenced Lloyd George Domesday Survey Data Layer of maps and also see the sites of UK War Memorials, cemeteries and churchyards from across the country, TheGenealogist has now added the fascinating Booth Poverty Maps of London 1898-1899 to this useful resource.

  • Use the new Charles Booth Maps to reveal London streets classified by income and class
  • Research neighbourhoods where different classes of people lived close to each other
  • Use the opacity slider to view various modern day maps as a base layer to see the area today

Map Explorer displays the streets coloured to show the income and social class of its residents

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 12 August 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch added new, free, historical records this week from Australia, French Polynesia, Germany, Honduras, Netherlands, South Africa, and the United States, including Arkansas, Rhode Island, Missourri, Kansas, New York, Ohio, and the Veterans Adminstration Master Index.

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 on Findmypast

Findmypast sends an announcement every week listing the new records added to the online service in the past seven days. Here is this week’s update as received from Findmypast:

Scotland, Published Family Histories

Is your family from Scotland? Discover more about your Scottish families’ name and history from this collection of publications. There are over 400 publications in this collection of Scottish family histories.

The publications mostly date from the 19th and early 20th centuries, they include memoirs, genealogies, and clan histories. There are also publications that have been produced by emigrant families.

Scotland, Glasgow & Lanarkshire Death & Burial Index

Recently Added and Updated Collections on Ancestry.com

From the Ancestry.com list of recent additions at https://www.ancestry.com/cs/recent-collections:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 5 August 2019

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FamilySearch added new, free, historical records this week from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Germany, South Africa and the United States, including Kansas, Alabama and the Freedman’s Bureau Hospital.

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.

Historic Catholic Records Online Project Expansion Announced by American Ancestors and the Archdiocese of Boston

The following announcement was written by AmericanAncestors.org/New England Historic Genealogical Society:

20 Additional Years of Records—from 1901 through 1920—and more than 60 Additional Greater Boston Catholic Parishes Are To Be Added to the Historic Digital Genealogy Project at AmericanAncestors.org

August 7, 2019—Boston, Massachusetts—American Ancestors and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston (RCAB) today announced an expansion of its ongoing program to digitize important sacramental records in the history of Boston’s Catholic Church. This expansion of a project collaboration announced in early 2017 will effectively double the original 11 million names of parishioners to be included when the project is completed to encompass a total of approximately 21 million names—a treasure in research terms for historians, genealogists, scholars, and the public at large. Images are available to browse now. Name-searchable records will be available in an expanded database from American Ancestors on their award-winning website AmericanAncestors.org.

These historic records document several sacraments of the Catholic Church in Boston and surrounding towns including baptism, confirmation, holy communion, marriage, and the anointing of the sick. They are valued for research because they contain detailed information about the Catholic parishioners of greater Boston, their relationships with each other, the church, and often the community.

New Records Available on FamilySearch from July 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in July of 2019 with over 7 million new indexed family history records from all over the world. New historical records were added from Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, England, France, Italy, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Venezuela, and the United States, which includes Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and WisconsinUnited States Deceased Physician Files are included as well.

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.

Napa, California Mortuary Records are Now Online

A new database of funeral records from the Treadway & Wigger Funeral Home in Napa, California, just went online. This is an excellent resource for genealogists as the records are from the early 1900s to the early 2000s. Each online record includes photo(s) of index cards, but much more valuable are the photos of the complete funeral records. Those include a long list of details about a person’s funeral, including a breakdown of each expense billed. Older records contain less information. As the years passed, more information was recorded.

Here is a thumbnail-size image of one typical funeral record:

Click on the above image to view a larger image.

New Cincinnati Roman Catholic Parish Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Over 644,000 new Cincinnati records have been added to the Catholic Heritage Archive. As well as adding new transcripts, images of original documents have been digitized are now available to view on Findmypast.

The collection, released in partnership with the Dioceses of Cincinnati, covers 103 parishes and consists of indexes of baptisms, marriages, burials and congregational records spanning the years 1800 to 1979.

In 1850, Cincinnati was the 5th largest city in the United States. Its location on the Ohio River made it a popular stopping off point for immigrants and pioneers traveling west, many of whom stopped long enough to create a sacramental record. Early in the history of the Archdiocese there were large numbers of German and Irish immigrants spread throughout its counties and, by the end of the 19th century, there were joined by increasing numbers of Italians and Eastern Europeans.

Today’s release forms the latest in a series of substantial updates to Findmypast’s exclusive Catholic Heritage Archive, a ground-breaking initiative that aims to digitize the historical records of the Catholic Church in North America, Britain and Ireland for the very first time.

This week’s update includes:

Cincinnati Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms

Over 297,000 additional records that will reveal your ancestor’s baptism date, baptism place and parent’s names.

Cincinnati Roman Catholic Parish Marriages

SeekingMichigan.org is Moving

The SeekingMichigan.org web site is a huge resource for anyone researching Michigan families. I have mentioned the SeekingMichigan.org site many times in this newsletter. (Click here to find my past references to the site.) Now the web site is moving to a new URL (web address). On September 1, 2019, the digital collections currently available on SeekingMichigan.org will move to Michiganology.org.

There will be some impact to links in many other web sites that presently link to the old SeekingMichigan.org web site. That includes all the old links in this newsletter’s past articles. However, the benefits of using the new address of Michiganology.org should make the transition worthwhile. As stated in the announcement:

Recently Added and Updated Collections on Ancestry.com

From the Ancestry.com list of recent additions at https://www.ancestry.com/cs/recent-collections:

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TheGenealogist Announces New Searchable Headstones from across England, Scotland and Wales as well as Jersey in the Channel Islands, Cyprus and India

The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist has just released nearly 60,000 new individuals on Headstones from another 61 churchyards and cemeteries. This means that there are now a total of over 174,500 individuals that are fully searchable in TheGenealogist’s Headstone collection which has examples from across England, Scotland and Wales as well as Jersey in the Channel Islands, Cyprus and India.

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

  • 60,000 individuals recorded on Headstones
  • churchyards and cemeteries from various parts of England and Wales
  • use the Map Explorer to see the location of cemeteries in and around an ancestor’s town

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 29 July 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch added new, free, historical records this week from Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, England, Peru, Spain, and the United States, including AK, AZ, CA, CO, GA, HI, ID, IL, IA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NJ, NM, NC, OH, PA, TX, VA and WI.

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.

95 Years of Brooklyn Jewish History Now Accessible Online and In Person in the Archives of the East Midwood Jewish Center of Brooklyn

The following announcement was written by the East Midwood Jewish Center:

The East Midwood Jewish Center, a Conservative, Egalitarian synagogue and community center, founded in 1924, announces that the records of its 95 year history are now available to the public and have been described in an easy to use alphabetical “Finding Aid.” The Archives are stored at the synagogue, 1625 Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn, and are open to the public three days a week by appointment. The Finding Aid may be viewed at any time online at www.emjc.org/about/mission-history/finding-aid.

The EMJC Archives contain literally thousands of names and photographs of the founders, the rabbis and cantors, the members and trustees, and the students and faculty of its former Talmud Torah (Hebrew School), Sunday School and the Rabbi Harry Halpern Day School. Ruth Bader, now known to the world as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was once a student in the EMJC Sunday School and one of her articles and her photograph were printed in the synagogue’s weekly bulletin of June 16, 1946.