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TheGenealogist Adds New Online Passenger Lists from the 1920s Era

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist has just released four and a half million BT27 records for the 1920s. These Outbound Passenger Lists are part of the growing immigration and emigration record sets on TheGenealogist and contain the historical records of passengers who departed by sea from U.K. ports in the years between 1920 and 1929. With the addition of this decade of records, the already strong Immigration, Emigration, Naturalisation and passenger list resources on TheGenealogist have been significantly expanded.

A Liner at Liverpool; from TheGenealogist’s Image Archive

The fully searchable records released today will allow researchers to:

  • Identify potential family members travelling together with SmartSearch. TheGenealogist’s unique system can recognise family members together on the same voyage. In this case it will display a family icon which allows you to view the entire family with one click.

Buried in Fingal: a new Database for North Co Dublin

Here is a huge new online resource for researching Irish family heritage: Fingal County Council has released a new interactive guide called Buried in Fingal.

The free database includes searchable details of more than 65,000 people interred between 1905 and 2005 in 33 of the burial grounds in the council’s care in North County Dublin. The site is searchable by name and graveyard. Search returns provide date of interment, area of last residence, and precise grave plot identifiers plus, in most cases, a link to a clear image of the register entry. The oldest burial record dates to 1877 and the most recent to 2013.

Second Batch of “Six in Six” Records available to Search this Findmypast Friday

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Second batch of “Six in Six” records available to search this Findmypast Friday

  • Over 1.3 million Nottinghamshire Parish records added to Findmypast’s UK collection
  • Release forms second phase of project to publish parish records from six English counties in six months
  • Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Somerset and Warwickshire still to come

Over 1.3 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including baptisms, banns, marriages and burials transcribed from original parish registers and bishop’s transcripts by Findmypast and the Nottinghamshire Family History Society.

The release marks the second phase of Findmypast’s Six Counties in Six Months initiative. First launched back in April with over five million Wiltshire records, the project will see the online publication of vital parish records from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Somerset and Warwickshire over the next four months.

Announcing the MyHeritage Collection Catalog

MyHeritage has just announced the launch of the MyHeritage Collection Catalog, a new section on the website that lists the historical record collections indexed and available on MyHeritage SuperSearch™.

The catalog is useful for beginners as well as professional users, as it details the number of records each collection contains, which collections are new, and the date in which each collection was added or last updated. It is available online and includes many useful functions. I know that I will be using it frequently when looking for specific records.

Arkansas State Archives and Several Partners have Digitized 24 Historic Arkansas Newspapers

The following is part of an announcement posted today on the official blog of the Arkansas State Archives:

The Arkansas State Archives, in partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), has digitized 24 Arkansas newspapers through a joint newspaper digitization project with in order to provide more access to these resources, Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst announced today.

The State Archives contributed 208 rolls from 17 different Arkansas newspapers, with a total of 209,000 pages scanned, digitized, and indexed by In addition, the digitized newspapers will be made available online for free to patrons in the State Archives research room and at the Central Arkansas Library System.

Forces War Records is Commemorating the 101st anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

The following announcement was written by Forces War Records:

Did your ancestor fight in the Battle of the Somme or Passchendaele, Forces War Records may hold the answer.

Commemorating the 101st anniversary of the Battle of the Somme


To commemorate the 101 anniversary and all those who served at the Battle of the Somme, Forces War Records will be making its WW1 Troop Movements FREE to access for the weekend only (from 1st 2nd July).

William Deming Hornaday Photograph Collection is Now Online at the Texas State Archives

William Deming Hornaday (1868-1942) was a journalist and Director of Publicity for the University of Texas. He amassed a collection of about 5,800 items consisting of photographs, photographic postcards, photoengravings and negatives.

This photo of the Alamo is undated but the clothing styles of the people barely discernible in the picture provides some clues.

TheGenealogist Launches the First World War issues of The Sphere Newspaper

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist has expanded its Newspaper and Magazine collection with the release of The Sphere that cover August 1914 to June 1919.

Using the Historical newspapers and magazines resource on TheGenealogist enables researchers to follow current affairs that may have affected or concerned our ancestors at the time. Because the articles were written as events were occurring, they provide contemporary accounts of the world that our ancestors lived in and can furnish us with great insights into opinions of the time. In the case of the First World War years, covered by this release of The Sphere, we can gain information about individuals or read about situations that are similar to ones that our ancestors may have found themselves in.

New City of York Records Available to Search at Findmypast

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A Yorkshire Witch, the King of the Railways, a host of confectioners and the unfortunate Mr Chicken: over six centuries of life in historic York revealed online for the first time

  • Findmypast launch new landmark collection spanning 660 years of the city’s rich history in partnerships with Explore York
  • Over 290,000 records dating back to the reign of King Edward I now available to search and explore online
  • New records shed light on the city’s historic engineering & confectionary industries and document some of York’s most celebrated residents

Leading UK family history website has today, 12th May 2017, published online for the first time hundreds of thousands of historic records in partnership with Explore York.

This landmark publication marks the creation of Findmypast’s York collection, a rich archive spanning the years 1272 to 1932. Comprising beautifully scanned images of original handwritten documents, the collection forms the largest online repository of historic City of York records in the world.

The collection is comprised of a variety of fascinating documents, including:

Georgia State Archives Digitizes Thousands of Confederate Muster Rolls and Places Them Online

The Georgia State Archives’ web site now contains digital images of the previously microfilmed Record Groups 22-1-63, Defense Dept., Adjutant General, Confederate Muster Rolls. The contents include the majority of the company muster rolls in this series are from military organizations created by the State of Georgia during the Civil War for service within the state. These military organizations include the Georgia Army (1861), the Georgia State Guards (August 1863-February 1864), and the Georgia State Line (1862-1865). The Georgia Militia is referred to as Georgia State Troops. Some units were later turned over to Confederate service. There are also nearly 250 muster rolls from Georgia Volunteer Infantry.

Please note these are not records for all Confederate troops from Georgia. It lists only the “military organizations created by the State of Georgia during the Civil War for service within the state.”

Each record of the muster roll includes:

Minneapolis Star Tribune Newspapers Since 1867 are now Digitized and Available Online

Until now, archives from The Minneapolis Tribune and The Minneapolis Star, which merged in 1982, weren’t all available in one place. Now, the Star Tribune has digitized more than 54,000 issues from the past 150 years.

The Star Tribune is giving away free PDFs of any front page from the archives right now. Getting to click through the past isn’t free, though. Access for 30 days costs $7.99, and a six-month subscription costs $29.95. The archives were digitized with underwriting from Thomson Reuters and in partnership with

You can learn more in an article at while the collection itself is available at

Findmypast Add 6.7 Million Exclusive Records to their United States Marriages Collection

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New Additions Cover 127 Counties Across 18 States

5th May 2017

Leading family history website, Findmypast , has announced today the release of an additional 6.7 million United States Marriage records in partnership with Family Search International.

Covering 127 counties across 18 states, the new additions mark the latest step in Findmypast’s efforts to create the largest single online collection of U.S. marriage records in history. The collection was first launched in February 2016 and has received regular monthly updates ever since.

Transatlantic Slave Trade Database Details the Largest Forced Migration in History

Between 1500 and 1866, slave traders forced 12.5 million Africans aboard transatlantic slave vessels. Before 1820, four enslaved Africans crossed the Atlantic for every European, making Africa the demographic wellspring for the repopulation of the Americas after Columbus’ voyages.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 36,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. The actual number is estimated to have been as high as 12.5 million. The database and the separate estimates interface offer researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database is available free of charge at:

New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of April 24, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY, UT— This week nearly 2 million free indexed historic records were published in FamilySearch’s United States collections including significant new vital records for Rhode Island, Maine and Connecticut. Three million historic record images were added for Italy (Benevento, Brescia, Napoli, and Trapani), along with additions to England, Ghana, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, and Pennsylvania. Search these new free records and more at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below. Find and share this announcement easily online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

Searchable historic records are made available on through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

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There are over 782,000 new records available to search this weekend, including;

Kent Baptisms

Over 18,000 records have been added to our collection of Kent Baptisms. The new additions cover the parishes of from Bapchild, Brompton, Chatham, New Gillingham, Wingham and Wittersham. Kent Baptisms spans the years 1538 to 1988 and covers 127 parishes across the English County. Each record includes a transcript of the original source material that will allow you to find out when your ancestor was born, when and where they were baptised, their residence, parent’s names and father’s occupation. A number may also reveal additional information such as the mother’s maiden name and/or additional notes.

Kent Banns

TheGenealogist Releases over 100,000 Parish Records and Thousands of Voter Records

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The People’s Will, Voting by Ballot at a Parliamentary Election from TheGenealogist Image archive

In time for the snap general election, TheGenealogist is adding to its Polls and Electoral records by publishing online a new collection of Poll books ranging from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.

These new records released today offer a tantalising snapshot of our ancestors interaction with the Church and the State of the past.

Findmypast Encourage Budding Genealogists to Get Started with Five Days of Free Access to Over 1.8 Billion Essential Records

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

  • From Thursday 27th April until 1st May 2017, over 1.9 billion birth marriage, death & and census records will be completely free to search and explore at Findmypast
  • This includes 595 million UK BMDs, the largest collection available online, over 80 million exclusive parish records you won’t find anywhere else, over 13 million Catholic Sacramental Registers covering England, Ireland, Scotland & the US, and over 168 million United States Marriages

London, UK, 27th April 2017

Findmypast is encouraging fledgling family historians to start their journey of discovery by providing five days of free access to their entire collection of birth, marriage, death and census records. From 09:00 BST, 27th April until 23:00 BST, May 1st 2017, all record matches on Findmypast Family trees and the 1.9 billion records they cover will be completely free to view and explore.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

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Over 128,000 brand new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday, Including;

Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law 1916-1921

Over 76,000 additional records have been added to the Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law 1916-1921 collection. These once classified records, digitised from original documents held by The National Archives in Kew, record the struggles of life under martial law in Ireland and contain the details of soldiers and civilians who participated in or were affected by the Easter Rising of April 1916.

Ancestry to Open 26 Million Military Records to Celebrate Anzac Day

Every year on Anzac Day, Australians and New Zealanders take time to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by their Anzac ancestors, and how those sacrifices have helped shaped their nations to be what they are today.

“Anzac” stands for “Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.”

Anzac Day on 25th of April marks the anniversary of the day in 1915 during World War One when Australian and New Zealand troops went ashore at Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli peninsula. This was the Anzacs first major military action as part of the Great War, and the Anzac’s faced fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders.

A Franklin (North Carolina) Times Newspaper Archive is now Available Online

Over 100 issues of The Franklin Times have been digitized by Louisburg College and are now available on DigitalNC. These issues are from 1909-1911, and were published on a weekly basis. Louisburg is the seat of Franklin county, and The Franklin Times reports on news taking place in Louisburg, Franklin County, North Carolina, and the United States.

The Franklin Times website states, “it is the only newspaper published in the county and its content is focused on local government, local schools, the communities and the people who call this rapidly growing area home.” Although many years have passed, the focus of the paper remains the same.

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