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Over 23 Million New US Marriages Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

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There are over 26 million new records and newspapers available to search this Findmypast Friday:

United States Marriages

Over 23 million additional marriage records covering 46 states have been added to the collection. These new additions span nearly 450 years of American history, containing records dating all the way back to 16th century Massachusetts.

There are both images and transcripts in this collection; however, some records only provide a transcript. Various marriage record types are included: applications, licenses, certificates, intentions to marry, registers, bonds, and affidavits. Based on the type of record and where it was created, the amount of available information will vary. Most records will provide you with dates and locations for both the bride and groom as well as both sets of parents, making them an invaluable tool for growing your family tree.

Scotland, Edinburgh Field Officers From Almanacs 1758-1800

MyHeritage Announces New Historical Records Added in January 2019

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We are excited to announce that we have added 7,291,329 new historical records to SuperSearch™ during January 2019. Added collections are The 1940 Denmark Census; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Passenger Lists, 1883-1945; and the Port of New York, Index to Discharged or Deserted Crew, 1917-1957.

Here is more information on these collections:

Over 55 Million Mexican Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

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A staggering 56 million additional records are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

New Collections from Mexico

Findmypast is going global. In the first of many new international releases, over 55 million transcripts of Mexican baptisms, marriages and burials spanning 390 years of Mexican history between 1560 and 1950 are now available to search. These new records were brought to Findmypast through the International Genealogical Index and will be joined by a wide range of new collections covering Central America and the Caribbean in the coming months.

Our new Mexican baptisms list birth year, baptism date, location and parent’s names. Marriages will reveal marriage dates, locations as well as the residence and parent’s names for both the bride and groom. Burials list year of death, place of death, place of burial, date of burial and relative’s name.

Lancashire Wills & Probate 1457-1858

Second World War Casualty Lists Released by TheGenealogist

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist is adding to its Military Records collection with the release of more than 1 million entries for people recorded in the [UK] Second World War Casualty Lists. Sourced from collection WO 417 held at The National Archives, these documents contain records from the war years of 1939 to 1945 and list casualties sustained by the British Army during the Second World War. There are volumes for Officers and Nurses, with separate volumes for Other Ranks. The Casualty Lists were compiled from daily lists that had been prepared by the War Office Casualty Section and cover the various expeditionary forces deployed in different locations across Europe, Africa and Asia as well as for personnel at home.

DF3M83 The image from the Nazi Propaganda! depicts captured English soldiers in Libya, published on 4 August 1942. Place unknown. Photo: Berliner Verlag/Archiv

WW2 Casualty Records will give family history researchers details of ancestors’ names and regiment as well as ranks and service numbers for those recorded. The World War 2 casualty lists contained more detail than their WW1 counterparts and often list the date of the casualty (as well as the list date), plus other information such as the unit a soldier had been serving in at the time.

New Records on FamilySearch from January 2019

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FamilySearch's record updates from 2019 come from all around the world.

FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in January 2019 with over 25 million new indexed family history records and over 170,000 digital images from around the world. New historical records were added from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Peru, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States, which includes Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia. Records were also added from United States Cemetary Abstracts, Native American eastern Cherokee Indian Reservation Rolls, United States Obituaries, and United States Veterans Administration Master Index. New digital images were added from BillionGraves.

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.

New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of February 4, 2019

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT—FamilySearch added millions of new, free, historical records this week from France and England. Additional records were added from Australia, Russia, New York, Wales, and the BillionGraves Index. 

Search these free 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.

Why Was the Information Removed from Online?

NOTE: This is a slightly updated version of an article I published three years ago. I have added a new section about the restrictions recently added by the European GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

Several newsletter readers have sent messages to me expressing dissatisfaction with records that were available online at one time but have since disappeared. I am offering this republished article as an explanation about why we should not be surprised when that happens. I will also offer a suggestion as to making sure you keep your own copies of online records that are valuable to you.

Two newsletter readers sent email messages to me recently expressing dissatisfaction that a set of images of vital records has been removed from a popular genealogy site. Indeed, removal of any online records of genealogical value is sad, but not unusual. Changes such as these are quite common on FamilySearch, MyHeritage, Ancestry.com, Fold3, Findmypast, and many other genealogy sites that provide images of old records online. Removal of datasets has occurred dozens of times in the past, and I suspect such things will continue to happen in the future. I thought I would write a brief explanation.

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Additional New York Catholic Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

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There are over 570,000 new records and newspaper images available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

New York Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms

Over 329,000 additional baptism records have been added to our collection of New York Roman Catholic Sacramental registers. The new additions cover nearly 60 parishes across the diocese and span the years 1787 to 1916.

The collection currently consists of transcripts taken from over 200 New York parishes. The amount of detail listed in each transcript will vary, but most will include a combination of your ancestor’s date of birth, place of birth, baptism date, baptism place, the names of their parents and first language.

New York Roman Catholic Parish Marriages

Athens, Georgia Crime Dockets from 1902 to 1907 are now Available Online

I suppose it is slightly humorous to mention looking for information about ancestors in criminal court records. However, please don’t jump to the conclusion that your ancestor was the defendant. Court cases also are great sources of information about the victims of crime as well as about witnesses called to testify, the arresting officers, and even the judges in the various cases. As always, information is wherever you find it.

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New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of January 28, 2019

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT—FamilySearch added new, free historical records this week from Austria, Brazil, Cape Verde, England, France, Italy (Mantova, Terni, and Vicenza), Netherlands, South Africa, and the United States (Maine and Missouri). (Easily find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom).

Search these new, free 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 Scottish Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday

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Celebrate Burns Night 2019 by uncovering your Scottish roots with a whole host of new Scottish records:

Scotland, Jacobite Rebellions 1715 and 1745

Discover more about the Jacobites and the Jacobite rebellions of 1715 and 1745. Findmypast has digitised this expansive collection of records from The National Archives which includes lists of prisoners and those banished or pardoned along with correspondence, commission records, and briefs evidence. The rebellions had the aim of returning James II of England and VII of Scotland, the last Catholic British monarch, and later his descendants of the House of Stuart, to the throne of Great Britain after they had been deposed by Parliament during the 1688 Revolution.

Each results will include both a transcript and scanned colour image of the original document. The collection comprises of 193 pieces from 9 National Archives series so the amount of information listed will vary depending on the type and nature of the documents. Predominately covering the years 1701-1719 and 1740-1767, there are almost 76,000 in this collection of records from a significant time in Scotland’s history.

Scotland, Glasgow Anderson’s College Anatomy Students 1860-1874

New Records Released from TheGenealogist

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Prisoner Records reveal a criminal lunatic who threatened Queen Victoria and was detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure

TheGenealogist is adding to its Court and Criminal Records collection with the release of almost 700,000 entries for prisoners. Sourced from the HO 8 Registers held by The National Archives, these documents contain records from the years 1821 to 1876. This expands our collection to over 1.3 million individuals covering 1801-1876.

 

Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey

New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of January 21, 2019

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT—FamilySearch added over 23.7 million free indexed historical records this week from Australia, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Italy, Nicaragua, Peru, South Africa,  the United Kingdom, and the United States (Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Texas, Virginia, Obituary Records, Native American Reservation Rolls, Cemetery Abstracts, and the Veterans Administration Master Index).  ​Find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

Search these free 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 Middlesbrough Catholic Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday

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There are more than 7 million new records and newspapers available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

England Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms

Over 65,000 exclusive new records covering the Diocese of Middlesbrough have been added to our collection of England Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms. The new additions cover 36 parishes across the county, span the years 1742 to 1917 and are the latest newly digitised records to join the collection which now covers the Dioceses of Westminster, Birmingham and Middlesbrough.

Molasses Flood Victims’ Death Certificates Now Online

This is a follow-up to my earlier article, The Great Molasses Flood of January 15, 1919, available at: https://blog.eogn.com/2019/01/15/the-great-molasses-flood-of-january-15-1919/.

The Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has announced a new online database: the Massachusetts Archives Digital Repository.

21 people, including two school children and one 65-year-old house wife were killed in the Great Molasses Flood in the North End. Now, their death certificates are online as part of a new online archives system. In addition to the death certificates from the 1919 molasses flood, the same database also contains records from a variety of state agencies and collections, such as: an index of Massachusetts casualties in World War II, records of the administration of Governor Deval Patrick, town plans from 1830 to 1974, and more are all searchable in the online database.

Browse and Search Historical Publications with the New Washington Digital Newspapers Website

The following announcement was written by the Washington State Library:

The Washington State Library, a division of the Office of Secretary of State, has launched a new website for the Washington Digital Newspapers program: Washingtondigitalnewspapers.org.

The site features new titles in the State Library’s digital newspaper collection, with full-text article search of more than 400,000 pages from the State Library’s collection of historic Washington newspapers. Visitors can interact with the site with the help of text correction features to improve search results on dark or damaged pages, by attaching subject tags to articles, and saving their search history for larger research projects.

“This new resource provides students and other researchers with access to a rich trove of publications across decades of Washington history,” State Librarian Cindy Aden said. “Through viewing these historic digitized newspapers, it’s possible to understand important Washington experiences as they were viewed by the people who lived them.”

New Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday

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There are more than 500,000 new records and newspapers articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Kent Baptisms

Over 23,000 new records covering Anglican and Wesleyan baptisms in Dover, Gravesend, Higham, Nettlestead and Maidstone have been added to our collection of Kent parish baptisms.

The new additions span the years 1736-1917 and will reveal a combination of your ancestor’s birth year, residence, parent’s names and father’s occupation as well as the date and location of their baptism. A number of records may provide a variety of extra details such as the mother’s maiden name, the child’s relationship to the parents or guardians, a dedication or any additional notes.

Kent Marriages

New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of January 7, 2019

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT—FamilySearch added over 600,000 free indexed historical records this week from Chile, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, South Africa, and Ohio in the United States. ​Almost 200,00 digital images were also added from BillionGraves. 

Research these free 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.

Findmypast Announces Release of Over 53 Million Indexed Electoral Registers

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  • 1920s and 30s Electoral Registers now available to search with greater accuracy than ever before
  • New and improved collection bridges the vital gap left by the destruction of the 1931 census of England and Wales

Important documents will enable family historians to trace ancestors between the 1911 Census and 1939 register

Friday August 31st 2018: Leading British and Irish family history website, Findmypast, has today announced the release over 53 million indexed England and Wales Electoral Registers covering the 1920s and early 1930s.

Improved access to these important documents will enable many family historians bridge the vital gap left by the destruction of the 1931 census of England & Wales. Combined with the 1911 census and 1939 register, today’s release means that Findmypast is now able provide customers with unrivalled record coverage for early 20th century Britain, allowing them to trace their ancestors across a period of history that has traditionally been problematic for many researchers.

FamilySearch’s Top Record Collections of 2018

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT (8 January 2019), In 2018, FamilySearch added hundreds of millions of searchable free images and indexes of historical records from all around the world. The records came from locations such as Germany, Sweden, France, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Mexico, and the United States. We thought we’d summarize those countries with the largest volume of new records and images for you and provide convenient links to help you quickly discover a few new ancestors. FamilySearch now has over 8 billion free names and record images.