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New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 9 September 2019

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FamilySearch added newfree, historical records this week from Bolivia, Costa Rica, Germany, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Spain 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.

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:

New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

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Yorkshire School Logs

Discover your Yorkshire ancestors who attended or were teachers in schools between 1862 and 1959. This new and exclusive collection of more than 137,000 transcripts allows you to explore their school records to find the year and the school they attended.

The collection includes records from 63 schools in Yorkshire’s West Riding. School records can be an extremely rich source of information for genealogy research and add colour to the life of your ancestor with the details that they provide.

Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms

Over 236,000 additional records covering 146 parishes have been added to our collection of Scottish Catholic baptisms.

Queensland, Australia Government Historical Dataset Indices are now Available Online

I am not sure how long these indices have been available online but they are new to me. The datasets of greatest significance to Family Historians can be found in the Historical Group. However, please note these are only indices, not original documents, maps or photographs but are a veritable treasure trove of information nonetheless. If you need more detailed information, you can first find the record of interest in the indices and then order a copy of the full original document.

The indices are available at: https://www.data.qld.gov.au/dataset?groups=historical

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 4 September 2019

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FamilySearch added over 3 million Native American census rolls from 1885-1940. This week also contains free, historical records from Colombia, Croatia, El Salvador, Hungary, Mexico, Switzerland and the United States, including Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah. 

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.

WikiTree Announces Fourth Source-a-Thon

The following announcement was written by the folks at WikiTree:

Wiki genealogists celebrate Family History Month by verifying oral family histories with sources

September 4, 2019: Registration opened today for WikiTree’s fourth annual “Source-a-Thon,” a 72-hour genealogical sourcing marathon. The event is scheduled for the first weekend in Family History Month (October), starting on the morning of Friday, October 4, and ending on the morning of Monday, October 7.

Family trees often start as oral histories. Events are retold as they are remembered by those who experienced them. These memories are incorporated into family trees and handed down through the generations. The genealogists who collaborate on WikiTree seek to preserve these family histories forever as part of a single family tree that everyone can access for free.

Still Another Update to Randy Majors’ Genealogy Mapping Web Site

Randy Majors continues to turn Google Maps into a service with many more features than what the Google software engineers ever dreamed of. (See https://tinyurl.com/eogn190903 for my earlier articles about Randy’s many additional features for Google Maps.) Now he writes:

Now feel free to add City Limits to your County Maps — and actually see what’s going on!
(I’ve added automatic coloring to the City Limits so their much easier to see what’s going on.) See https://www.randymajors.com/p/city-limits-on-google-maps.html.

New Tool shows Elevations on Google Maps, all over the world
(a geogeek tool for sure, this one has some cool features like ability to show Elevation Profiles and to see areas of same elevation, etc). See https://www.randymajors.com/p/elevation-on-google-maps.html.

FamilySearch Introduces Family Tree Lite

Here is a quote from the FamilySearch Blog:

“One of our goals at FamilySearch is to create a research experience that is fast and efficient. That’s why, when you visit our site or use our app, you come across so many different tools. You can attach photos, list sources, use record hints, and search partner sites, and the list goes on.

Black Sheep in the (New Zealand) Family?

I am sure these are not YOUR ancestors, right?

“What do What do Agnes Vallance, Agnes Skervington, Amy Laing, Amy Bennett, Amy Cameron, Amy Shannon, Amy Chanel, and Percy Redwood all have in common? Well, they are all aliases used by confidence trickster and male impersonator Amy Bock as she romped her way through New Zealand, defrauding her employees and, most notoriously, marrying a young woman in South Otago.

“You can now trace Amy’s career in and out of prison by searching the New Zealand Police Gazette (1877-1945). We have just made this title, along with the Canterbury Police Gazette (1863-1877) and the Otago Police Gazette (1861-1877) available and fully text searchable on Papers Past.”

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Lancaster County (Virginia) Fiduciary Records 1657-1872 Online

From the Virginia Memory web site:

“The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the addition of the Lancaster County Fiduciary Records, 1657-1872, to Virginia Untold. This collection contains the earliest records added to Virginia Untold, and the largest number of names added from a single locality so far—over 20,000. Fiduciary records primarily consist of estate administrator settlements, estate inventories, dower allotments, estate divisions, estate sales, and guardian accounts that record a detailed list of all personal property owned by individuals, including enslaved people.

New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

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Scotland, Newspaper Birth Notices

Over 121,000 new records have been added to our collection of Scottish newspaper birth notices. These new additions have been transcribed from our existing collection of Scottish newspapers.

Each record includes a transcript and an image of the original newspaper announcement. The amount of information listed varies, but most records will list a combination of your ancestor’s birth date, birth place and parents’ names.

Scotland, Newspaper Death Reports & Obituaries

Over 500,000 additional records are now available to search. This collection of newspaper death reports and obituaries may reveal interesting or undiscovered stories surrounding your ancestors’ life and death.

Transcripts will reveal your ancestor’s death date, age at death, parents’ names and the name of their spouse.

Scotland, Newspaper Marriage & Anniversary Notices

TheGenealogist Releases the Lloyd George Domesday Survey Records for Tower Hamlets

The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist has just released the Lloyd George Domesday Survey records for Tower Hamlets which cover land owners and occupiers in 1910-1915 with over 91,500 individuals recorded. These now join the previously released data books and their detailed associated maps for other parts of London, bringing the total number to nearly half a million individuals within this record set.

This new release is the latest phase of TheGenealogist’s extensive 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, which are sourced from The National Archives, were originally compiled by the Valuation Office in a period that stretched from 1910-1915 in response to Lloyd George’s government passing the People’s Budget 1909/1910.

New Records on FamilySearch from August 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in August of 2019 with an astounding 23.3 million new indexed family history records and over 7.6 million digital images from all over the world. New historical records were added from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, England, French Polynesia, Germany, Honduras, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru, South Africa, and the United States, which includes Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Colombia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia,, and Wyoming. The United States Deceased Physician Files, United States Freedmen’s Bureau Hospital and Medical Records,, Native American Birth and Death records, and United States Veterans Administrations are included as well. Digital Images came from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Colombia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

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.

740 Million Free Census Records for Labor Day

The following article first appeared in the MyHeritage Blog at https://blog.myheritage.com/2019/08/740-million-free-census-records-for-labor-day/:

Have you ever wondered what life was like for your ancestors? How they earned a living and what their day-to-day work activities were like?

This Labor Day weekend is the 125th anniversary of the Labor Day holiday in the United States and the 127th anniversary of its establishment in Canada.

We’d like to mark the occasion by helping you go back in time and learn more about your ancestors’ professions and their contributions to their countries.

From August 30–September 2, 2019, we are providing FREE access to 740 million census records on SuperSearch™. These include all of our U.S. and Canadian Census records collections.

New Historical Records Added to MyHeritage in August 2019

The following announcement was written by MyHeritage:

We have added 16,823,652 records from four exciting new historical record collections to SuperSearch™ this month: the Pennsylvania Death Index, 1906–1964; two Netherlands Newspaper collections, 1659–1899 and 1900–1948; and France, Nord Civil Marriages, 1792–1937.

Here is a breakdown of the newly added record collections:

DigitalNC adds 700+ Issues of Raleigh’s Carolinian Newspaper

From the DigitalNC web site:

“Issues of The Carolinian from 1945 to 1959 are now available on DigitalNC, after recently being transferred from a microfilm format to a digital one. This newspaper is still in print and based in Raleigh, North Carolina, where it shares news among its predominantly African American audience. The paper circulated in major cities throughout the state, and later issues were divided to showcase news from each locale, including Fayetteville, Charlotte, High Point, Goldsboro, Greenville, Rocky Mount and others. This paper is available thanks to our partner Olivia Raney Local History Library.

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 26 August 2019

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FamilySearch added nearly 5 million New York death records from 1880-1956. Additional records include areas from Austria, Brazil, Norway, South Africa, and the United States, including Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, South Carolina and the Native American Birth and Death Records.

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 Scottish Crime Records available to Search this Findmypast Friday

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Scotland, Court & Criminal Database

Over 28,000 records from the Fife Kalendar of Convicts have been added to our collection of Scottish crime records. The result of a 20 year project by Andrew Campbell of the Fife Family History Society, the Kalendar is an indexing to many of the courts in Fife as well as the High Court between 1708 and 1909. It includes information taken from a variety of sources ranging from court, prison and transportation records to births, marriages, deaths and newspaper reports.

Each result will include a transcript of the original document. The amount of information listed in each transcript will vary, but most will reveal a combination of the accused’s name, birth year, birth place, address and occupation, the nature of their offence, the date and location of their trail as well as the sentence they received. Some records will also include trial notes, verdict comments, details of previous convictions and additional comments.

The Scotland, Court & Criminal Database now contains over 160,000 including Crown Office Precognitions and High Court Trial Papers. Crown Office Precognitions are factual statements that have been given by witnesses to both the prosecution and defence before the case goes to trial. Precognitions differ from a witness statement, a witness statement is an account of what the witness has said or seen were as a precognition is an account of the witness’s evidence.

Church of Scotland Ministers 1560-1949

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.