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NEHGS Announces FREE ACCESS to 1.4 Billion Names–Nov 6 through 13

The following announcement was written by the New England Historic Genealogical Society:

Fall Back into Research with Access to over 1.4 Billion Names from AmericanAncestors.org

November 7, 2018—Boston, Massachusetts–To assist family historians of all levels with a great reason to fall back into research, American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) are granting FREE access to more than 1.4 billion names within its data-rich online records. For a limited time only—from Tuesday, November 6, 2018, through Tuesday, November 13, 2018—anyone can access the many research databases within the award-winning website of NEHGS by registering as a FREE Guest Member at AmericanAncestors.org/Free-Billion.

The website of NEHGS at AmericanAncestors.org contains some of the most important online databases for researching American ancestry, with more than 1.4 billion names in records covering 18 countries. Many databases include original content created by the experts and scholars at NEHGS, and all are open for eight days of FREE research to anyone who registers as a Guest Member. Access to all databases is free from November 6 at 12:00 AM EST through November 13 at 11:59 PM EST.

New WWI Records on FamilySearch for Armistice 100th Anniversary

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (7 November 2018)— On Veterans Day 2018, the world will look back a century to the victory of Allied forces and the signing of the Armistice that marked the end of World War I. With that signing, on the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” 1918, the world rejoiced. In memory of those who served, FamilySearch has added millions of new, free historical records to help families discover more about their WWI veteran ancestors. Search the WWI collections at FamilySearch.org.

In many allied nations, Armistice Day is a national holiday coinciding with Veterans Day and Remembrance Day to celebrate the endings of both World War I and World War II. In the warring nations of World War I, millions registered for war and millions served. Twenty-one million were wounded and 20 million died.

The 1926 Canadian Census of the Prairie Provinces is to Be Released by March 2019

According to the Library and Archives Canada web site at: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/news/Pages/2018/1926-Census-announcement.aspx, the 1926 Census of the Canadian Prairie Provinces, which contains over 45,000 pages. Statistics Canada transferred the 1926 Census of the Prairie Provinces to Library and Archives Canada earlier this year. Library and Archives Canada now owns the data, and it was Library and Archives that concluded the agreement with FamilySearch to index the thousands of census entries so Canadians can find the material on the Library and Archives Canada website easily. Details may be found at: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/news/Pages/2018/1926-Census-announcement.aspx.

Digital Library Services with Access to Online Genealogy Databases are now Available in Maine

Digital library services, including online access to MyHeritage.com and to Ancestry.com, are now available to all Maine residents simply by visiting a local library. Known as the Digital Maine Library, the site allows any Maine resident to easily access thousands of magazines, newspapers, reference sources and learning materials from their home computers. The Digital Maine Library can be accessed online at www.library.digitalmaine.org.

New Website of Nottingham Photos Goes Live 100 Years After Collection Was Launched

A new website hosting thousands of Nottingham, England, photographs went online today, one hundred years after the city’s photographic collection was established.

The Picture Nottingham site at www.picturenottingham.co.uk builds on the success of its predecessor, Picture the Past, will enable visitors to view thousands of images capturing the rich social heritage ranging over 200 years. Images include some of the oldest Nottingham photographs from the 1850s, taken by Samuel Bourne, as well as many local pictures, engravings and sketches dating from the 1700s onwards.

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of October 29, 2018

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FamilySearch expanded its free online archives this week with new historical records from Germany, Chile, Italy, and the United States (Texas, West Virginia, and Western States Marriage Index.)

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.

IGRS adds 14,000 names to its Early Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes

The following announcement was written by the the Irish Genealogical Research Society:

Great news from the Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS). An additional 7,000 records have been uploaded to the Society’s Early Irish Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes, a unique collection of life event references from lesser-used and obscure sources. The update delivers 14,000 names, creating a new total names count for the three indexes of 274,000.

New Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday

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There are over 461,000 new records and newspapers available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Staffordshire, Dioceses of Lichfield & Coventry Marriage Allegations and Bonds, 1636-1893

Over 13,000 additional records have been added to our collection of Dioceses Of Lichfield & Coventry Marriage Allegations and Bonds, 1636-1893. The new additions cover the years 1632 to 1941 and include images of the original documents. These records will enable you to discover your ancestor’s age, marriage date, marriage location, occupation status, parish, and spouse’s personal details.

The collection covers the diocese of Lichfield and Coventry, which includes Staffordshire, Derbyshire, north Shropshire, and north and east Warwickshire, from 1636 to 1836 and from 1836 to 1876, covers the diocese of Lichfield, which includes Staffordshire and north Shropshire.

London & Middlesex Registers & Records

TheGenealogist Released over 4 million BT27 Outbound Passenger List Records for the 1950s

The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:

New BT27 Passenger Lists released for the 1950s decade

TheGenealogist has just released over 4 million BT27 Outbound Passenger List records for the 1950s. These records join the ever expanding suite of Immigration, Emigration, Naturalisation and passenger list resources on TheGenealogist. With the release of this decade of records, researchers can discover ancestors who departed from the UK by ship to destinations across the globe.

The fully searchable BT27 records from The National Archives just released will allow researchers to:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of October 22, 2018

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch expands its free online archives this week with almost 2 million new searchable names from the 1915 Kansas State Census and nearly 1 million marriage records in the newly published Western States Marriage Index. New indexed records are also available from Chile, Colombia, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and Spain, and the United States (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, and Ohio).

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.

Free U.S. Western States High School and College Yearbooks Online

High School yearbooks can be a valuable source of information, along with providing a few laughs (when you look at the pictures) for 20th century family members. The information varies widely but the yearbooks often provide you with a ton of story-like information about your ancestor’s life: what their interests were, what sports and clubs they participated in, and often some goofy snapshots of them before they settled into being an adult.

The Ancestor Hunt web site has an article about finding online digitized copies of yearbooks in the western U.S. states at http://bit.ly/2JipbKA. The article contains a number of links to dozens of web sites that contain some yearbooks online. (There is no one web site that has all of the yearbooks.)

New Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

There are over 355,000 new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Northumberland and Durham Burials

Over 129,000 new records covering Durham cemeteries have been added to our collection of Northumberland and Durham Burials. Each record includes a transcript of the original burial records. The transcripts were created by the Northumberland and Durham Family History Society, formed in 1975. The amount of information in each record can vary, but most will reveal where your ancestor is buried, their age at death, where he/she lived and the names of additional relatives to add to your growing family tree.

The Local Government Act, 1972 reformed the local government on the county and district levels in England and Wales. All the changes were put in place by 1974. For this reason, the Northumberland and Durham records include villages outside of their current boundaries; such as Newcastle in the County of Tyne and Wear or Romaldkirk in the County of Yorkshire. Additionally, the records include Cumberland, which is now part of Cumbria.

Middlesex Baptisms 1543-1876

Forces War Records now has Over 20 Million Military Records Available to Search Online

Forces War Records has achieved a major milestone: more than 20 million U.K. individuals’ records transcribed, online, and available to search by name. Here is the announcement written by Forces War Records:

Forces War Records, the website to visit for anyone researching their family’s military history or searching for ancestors through military data are excited to announce we have now reached the milestone of Over 20 Million individuals records transcribed and available to search by name.

That’s over 20 million reasons to search Forces War Records to find the war hero in your family.

Included in our vast database we have:

New Historical Collections Added to MyHeritage in October 2018

The following announcement was written by MyHeritage:

We’re delighted to announce that we have recently added 20,784,584 million historical records to SuperSearchtm, bringing the total number of global records available to 9,307,354,704. The collections include the England & Wales, Index of Wills and Probates 1853- 1943, Canadian Census 1921, Denmark Census 1787, and Denmark Census 1801.

Here is more  information regarding these recent additions:

New Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

There are more than 101,000 new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1920-1932

A further 54 million newly indexed records spanning the years 1921 to 1925 have just been added to our collection of newly indexed England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1920-1932. These new additions mean that the collection now contains a complete run of all surviving records for all parliamentary boroughs from A to L (the first being the PB of Accrington and the last being the PC of Nottinghamshire, Rushcliffe Division).

This new and improved collection now contains over 107 million records that will enable you to bridge the vital gap left by the destruction of the 1931 census of England & Wales. When combined with the 1911 census and 1939 register, the collection provides you with unrivalled record coverage for early 20th century Britain, allowing you to trace your ancestors across a period of history that has traditionally been problematic for many researchers.

Open Archives Reaches Milestone of 200 Million Historical Person Entries

Open Archives contains a huge online database of historical records from the Netherlands. Since boundaries moved often throughout history, the same web site also contains a significant amount of Belgian records. The web site is well known in throughout Europe, as the following announcement shows. However, I am always surprised that Americans with Dutch ancestry often are not aware of the huge resource available at https://www.openarch.nl/. The following announcement from Open Archives shows just how popular the web site is in other countries:

Sources are of great importance when creating a family tree. You will therefore have to dive into records of the civil registry, baptism, marriage and burial registers, notarial deeds, militia registers and personnel administrations. Prayer cards, family messages and funeral cards are also very useful for genealogical research. Archive institutions and also local history and genealogical societies manage these sources, which are increasingly being made available in digital form. Open Archives has made the person entries in these sources searchable in one place. With more than 200 million historical person entries, it is the largest collection of genealogical source data in the Netherlands.

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of October 8, 2018

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FamilySearch expands its free online archives this week with almost 1.7 million new searchable names from France and almost 2 million names from Native American Census Rolls, 1885-1940. New indexed records are also available from Belgium, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United States (Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New York, and the Mexican War Pension Index). New indexed records are also on the BillionGraves Index and the Find a Grave Index.

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.

New Kent Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday

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Explore more than 652,000 brand new records from the English county of Kent this Findmypast Friday, including:

Kent Parish Records Update

Over 515,000 new records have been added to our collections of Kent Parish records, including:

The new additions consist of transcripts provided by the Kent Family History Society and cover the parishes of Burham, Canterbury, Deal, Dover, Gravesend, Halling, Hawkhurst, Higham, Kilndown, Lydd, Maidstone, New Romney, Tudeley with Capel and Walmer.

The records date from 1538 to 1988. A full list of all the parishes covered by these collections is provided in the Useful links and resources section of each search page. Affectionately known as the Garden of England, Kent is an ancient county in the southeast. One of the Home Counties, it borders London, Essex, Surrey, and Sussex, and nominally France, midway through the Channel Tunnel.

Kent, Canterbury Archdeaconry Registers

School Registers released Online by TheGenealogist

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist launches more school registers into its Educational Records adding tens of thousands of additional individuals.

  • The records can be used to discover a school pupil or university student’s achievements
  • Educational records will confirm birth dates and sometimes place of birth
  • Give father’s name and address useful when they are missing from the census
  • Give details of their later occupation etc.

New Records on FamilySearch from September 2018

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

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FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in September 2018 with almost 13 million new indexed family history records and over 500,000 digital images from around the world. New historical records were added from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, England, France, Italy, Lesotho, Liberia, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Wales, and the United States, which includes Arkansas, California, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.New digital images were added from BillionGraves and Georgia.

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.