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New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Over 2.2 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

Billion Graves Cemetery Index

Over 1.7 million new records have been added to our Billion Graves Cemetery index collections. With over 12 million headstone records, Billion Graves is the largest online resource for GPS-tagged headstone and burial records, allowing you to discover the exact location of your ancestor’s grave.

This latest update includes;

FamilySearch Adds 141 Million Family History Record Hints

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

Salt Lake City, Utah (29 September 2016)–You might discover new ancestors on your family tree this week at

fs-1The nonprofit FamilySearch International, the largest genealogical organization in the world, released 141 million new hints in its online Family Tree today. The hints make use of the newest additions to FamilySearch’s massive collections of worldwide historical records made searchable online by volunteer indexers. These hints can lead to exciting new family history discoveries.

Two years ago,’s search engine began creating the hints by comparing data from the five billion names in its historical records online to the 1.2 billion customer-contributed ancestry names in the online Family Tree. “When we put the data together for comparison and find high-scoring matches to people in your family tree, that’s what we call a hint,” explained Robert Kehrer, FamilySearch senior product manager.

Twile Now Integrates with FamilySearch

I have written before about Twile, an online service that helps users get a visualization of their family history information and to easily share that information with their family. (See for my previous articles about Twile.) Now the folks at Twile have announced a major addition to the services available, as described in this announcement:

LONDON, UK and SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Twile and FamilySearch International have announced the launch of a new feature that will let users generate a family history timeline and share their research with other family members online. The timeline is designed to make research and discoveries more engaging for the broader family—especially younger generations—and to encourage collaboration.

Connecting securely to, Twile imports a user’s tree and automatically adds events, such as births and marriages, to a personal, interactive timeline of their family history. Users can then browse the timeline, add photos, and share it privately with other family members.

Genealogy Research Without Borders: Legacy Tree Genealogists Launches Site in Portuguese

The following announcement was written by Legacy Tree Genealogists:

legacy-tree-genealogistsSALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – September 28, 2016 – Legacy Tree Genealogists, a leading genealogy research firm based near the world’s largest family history library in downtown Salt Lake City, has announced their website will now be available to residents of Brazil in their native tongue of Portuguese. The announcement comes after months of development and professional translation services, ensuring that all elements will transition seamlessly for international users.

Already translated in Spanish, the website aims to provide resources for those searching for their ancestors who may feel overwhelmed or have hit a brick wall in their personal research, uniting them with a worldwide network of professional genealogists who can help them find the answers they seek.

New Collections: Week of September 26, 2016

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:


The Find A Grave Index continues to grow with a new addition of over 6 million indexed records. Also, find more indexed records from Australia and the United States Revolutionary War. See the interactive table below for these and more historic records added this week at Join our online indexing volunteers anytime and help make more of these exciting collections discoverable to more people. Find out how

Libraries and Archives Canada adds more than 333,000 Files to its World War I Soldiers Database

According to the Libraries and Archives Canada web site, “As of today, 333,687 of 640,000 files are available online in our Soldiers of the First World War: 1914–1918 database.

“The Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Service Files for more details on the digitization project. The digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) service files is underway and a substantial number of digitized files have been added to our website as part of the Government of Canada First World War commemoration activities.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at This Findmypast:

Over 1.7 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

Cheshire Vital Records Browse 1500-1991

This collection of Cheshire Vital Records contains over 584,000 records including baptisms, marriages, and burials. The details found in earlier records are sparse, but later records, especially in the twentieth century, were meticulously kept and recorded a number of key facts about your ancestor. The collection can be searched by parish, event, or record type and allows you to browse through thousands of original bishop’s transcripts, non-conformist registers, and parish registers from churches across the English county of Cheshire.

The Shipwrecked Passenger Book: Sailing Westbound from Europe for the Americas 1817-1875

New Occupational Records now on TheGenealogist

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

If your ancestor held a prominent position in a religious organisation then you may find them in amongst a number of recent releases at


The new records include:

The Kings Mountain Herald (Kings Mountain, North Carolina) Newspaper has been Digitized and Placed Online

kingsmountainheraldIf your ancestors lived in the Kings Mountain, North Carolina area, you undoubtedly will want to check out the latest addition to DigitalNC. Issues of the paper from December 1937-December 1954 have now been added to DigitalNC.

You can read more about this latest addition in an article in the Digital North Carolina Blog at

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Findmypast_logoOver 4.7 million new records have been added this week including;


Ireland Valuation Office Books

Ireland Valuation Office Books contains just under 2 million records. The collection houses several types of manuscript records from the Valuation Office in Ireland including field books, house books, quarto books, rent books, survey books, and tenure books. All of these books helped to inform the publication of Griffith’s Valuation; a comprehensive assessment of the rental value of Irish lands and property from the mid-1820s to the mid-1850s.

Each record includes both a transcript and an image of the original document. The amount and type of information will vary depending on the date and nature of the document. Images offer additional information, particularly about the land being assessed. Some book types, such as tenure books, include notations about the property as well as notes on the cost of rent and any additional observations. House books also often include descriptions of a property and its various components, such as notations of office, barn and piggery. Quarto books include observations about the tenement.

Original Will Registers 1858-1920

Introducing the New Beta Site for The Family History Guide

The Family History Guide is a huge website aimed for beginners and advanced genealogy researchers alike. It is not a simple ebook published in PDF or some other format. Instead, it is a full interactive guide that contains some of its information on the Family History Guide’s own web site and adds hundreds of links to other web sites that also contain useful information. I described The Family History Guide in an earlier article at

Now The Family History Guide has a new site that is still under construction. You can view the beta site at:


TheGenealogist adds Parish Records for Nuneaton & North Warwickshire to its Online Collection

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist adds to its growing collection of Parish Records with the release of those for Nuneaton & North Warwickshire.

  • Released in partnership with the Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society there are over 454,000 new fully searchable records of individuals
  • Allowing the researcher to discover more than 300,000 people recorded within the baptisms from this area in the heart of England
  • Family historians can also discover the details of over 90,000 individuals from marriages and nearly 60,0000 people listed in the burials of Nuneaton & North Warwickshire

Nuneaton & North Warwickshire FHS worked with TheGenealogist to publish their records online for the first time, making 454,525 individuals from baptism, marriage and burial records fully searchable.

Findmypast Announces Over 3 Million historic Irish Records are now Free Forever to Search Online

This announcement strikes me as being significant. Any time I see the word FREE I am interested but, in this case, I also see the word FOREVER. The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • Findmypast_logoFour fascinating NAI collections spanning 220 years of Irish history (1701-1922) free to search forever
  • Released online for the first time, the records will allow researchers to trace their roots back to Pre-Famine Ireland and learn about the lives of their Irish ancestors

Dublin, Ireland, September 15th 2016 – Leading Family History website Findmypast, has today announced the online publication of more than 3 million historic Irish records released in association with the National Archives of Ireland and Family Search International. The release consists of a wide range of documents including original wills, lists of Catholics who swore loyalty to the crown or converted to Protestantism, land valuation records and merchant navy crew lists. The records date back to pre-famine Ireland and will be completely free to search forever.

Spanning over 220 years of Irish history from 1701 to 1922, the release is comprised of four highly valuable National Archives of Ireland collections including:

Unknown No Longer – a Project at the Virginia Historical Society to Identify Virginians of African Descent

unknown-no-longerIn Virginia, where slavery began in the American colonies in 1619, the Virginia Historical Society has discovered the identities of 3,200 slaves from unpublished private documents, providing new information for today’s descendants in a first-of-its-kind online database. Unknown No Longer is a database that is the latest step by the Society to increase access to its varied collections relating to Virginians of African descent. Since its founding in 1831, the VHS has collected unpublished manuscripts, a collection that now numbers more than 8 million processed items.

The Virginia Historical Society received a $100,000 grant to pore over some of its 8 million unpublished manuscripts — letters, diaries, ledgers, books and farm documents from Virginians dating to the 1600s — and began discovering the long-lost identities of the slaves.

Quoting from the Unknown No Longer Web site:

FamilySearch Collections Update: Week of September 12

The following was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

Searchable records are becoming more and more available across the globe. The most recent published collections are great evidence of that. From the large indexed 1911 census in Denmark to browsable images from Korea, see the interactive table below for these and more historic records added this week at Join our online indexing volunteers anytime and help make more of these exciting collections discoverable to more people. Find out how at

MyHeritage Releases Most Significant Collection of Finnish Historical Records Ever Published Online

If you have Finnish ancestors, you will want to know about this new addition! The following announcement was written by the folks at MyHeritage:

Extensive collection of 33 million Church records digitized by MyHeritage covers the population of Finland during 300 years, providing a treasure trove of information for anyone with Finnish ancestors

TEL AVIV, Israel, LEHI, Utah & HELSINKI, Finland, September 12, 2016MyHeritage, the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, announced today the addition of a new historical records collection: Finland Church Census and Pre-confirmation Rolls, 1657-1950. The collection, indexed and searchable in its entirety, is currently available only on MyHeritage, along with millions of scanned original documents. It was created with the cooperation of the National Archives Service of Finland.


New London Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

findmypast_logoTo commemorate the Great Fire of London’s 350th anniversary, over 3.5 million historic London records are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Brand New Records

London Post Office Directories 1842, 1851 and 1861, Browse

Browse over 1.5 million records from three London Post Office Directories. The directories include lists of traders, bankers, people employed by the crown, officials, lawyers as well as full street directories. They are presented as a browse search, which allows you to select a publication and browse through it from beginning to end.

The collection includes various lists such as a commercial directory, a trade’s directory, a parliamentary directory, a street directory, and a court directory. They list names alphabetically by surname and allow you to discover your ancestor’s occupation, business address, or home address.

Westminster, Poor Law and Parish Administration

Westminster, Poor Law and Parish Administration contains over 1.7 million records including bastardy papers, admissions, examinations, pauper records, valuations, work house records and more.

DigitalNC Launches an Architectural History of Transylvania County, North Carolina

In conjunction with the Transylvania County Library, DigitalNC recently added a new exhibit containing nearly 1500 images to the Images of North Carolina Collection. If you have Transylvania County ancestry, you might get lucky and even find a picture of the house where they lived or their barn or similar buildings. Obviously, there is no guarantee that YOUR ancestors are included. Even some cemeteries are included.


The exhibit, Transylvania: The Architectural History of a Mountain County, features nearly 1,500 images taken during an architectural survey done of the county in the early 1990s. Architectural surveys are inventories of built, intact structures in a given area. These images document structures and communities in Brevard, Rosman, Lake Toxaway, Cedar Mountain, Pisgah Forest, and other areas. The County was founded in 1861 as an agricultural community, which is evident through the survey. Hundreds of images depict homes, barns, spring houses, smokehouses, chicken houses, silos, and many other structures that reflect the activities and roots of the rural community.

Irish Birth, Marriage, and Death Records are now Online

According to the announcement at

irishgenealogyThe historic records of Births over 100 years ago, Marriages over 75 years ago and Deaths over 50 years ago of the General Register Office (GRO), are now available to view on, following their launch at 5.30pm on Thursday 8th September 2016.

The records are available at

MyHeritage Now Has DNA Matching Available

MyHeritage has just announced that DNA Matching is now live!

DNA-smallerMyHeritage compares DNA data of individuals, which has been uploaded to the MyHeritage website, in order to find matches based on shared DNA. Your DNA matches are people who are highly likely to be relatives (close or distant) because there are significant similarities between their DNA and yours. MyHeritage DNA Matching can open up exciting new research directions, and allow you to find and connect with relatives you may not have known about.

The DNA matching has been available for a few months in a limited beta test but now is available to everyone. The DNA Matching is free and will remain free for those who have already uploaded their DNA test results to MyHeritage. Anyone who has taken a DNA test with other test providers, or has DNA test results from other family members, and has not uploaded them to MyHeritage yet, the company recommends they hurry and upload the DNA data now, in order to enjoy free DNA Matching on MyHeritage forever.