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Findmypast Publishes More of The National Archives’ Collection of British Army officers’ Widows’ Pension Forms

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  • British Army officers’ widows’ pension forms spanning the years 1755 – 1908 indexed online for the first time
  • Over 13,000 records, including transcripts and scanned images of original documents, now available to searchLeading British family history website, Findmypast, today announces the publication of a new online collection of British Army Pension records held by The National Archives.

    Indexed online for the first time, British Army Officers’ Widows’ Pension Forms 1755 – 1908, spans more than 150 years of British military history and contains over 13,000 transcripts and scanned images taken from The National Archives series “WO 42: War Office: Officers’ Birth Certificates, Wills and Personal Papers”.

Congregational Library and Archives Hidden History Project

The Congregational Library and Archives’ “Hidden History” project is locating and digitizing New England church records from 1630 to 1800 and putting them online for free.

According to the project’s web site, “Congregational church records are an unparalleled source of information about the religious activities of the early colonists, and about many other aspects of early American life. The Congregational Library and Archives, in partnership with the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale is currently preserving these records and making them available to the public.”

New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of April 9, 2018

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Discover your ancestors on FamilySearch this week in over 2.5 million new church and civil records from BrittanyFrance and more from Peru, Ecuador, Sweden, Germany, Chile, the Netherlands, and the Ukraine. Search these new free records by clicking on the collection links below or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

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There are over 378,000 new records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

New South Wales, Deceased Estate Files 1880-1923

Discover your ancestor in this index of over 137,000 deceased estate files from New South Wales. The records span the years between 1880 and 1923. Each result includes a transcript that may reveal a combination of your ancestor’s date of death, duty date, locality and any additional remarks. There are over 378,000 new records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

The state of New South Wales required a duty to be paid before probates and letters of administration could be executed. Deceased estate files were created for estates upon which a duty was imposed, including documentation and correspondence regarding the assessment of the estate.

Waterford Registers & Records

Introducing The Newark Public Library Digital Archive

The Newark, New Jersey, Library has greatly expanded the My Newark Story. The collection now includes more than 50 collections and 23,000 digitized items available online related to African American, Latino, and Newark history. These include photographs, city directories, documents, objects, newspapers, documents, maps, and more.

Highlights include thousands of photos of Newark Public Schools, the Samuel Berg collection of Newark Street photos, Newark maps and atlases, Newark area newspapers (including the Newark Herald, City News, and La Tribuna!) and much more.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

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There are over 8.6 million new records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1920

Over 6.7 million records – discover where your ancestors were living in a 1920 census substitute created from out exclusive collection of England & Wales electoral records. These newly indexed records can be searched by name, year, constituency, polling district and keyword.

Canadian Headstones Index

MyHeritage Adds New Historical Records in March 2018

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New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of April 2, 2018

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT—Discover your ancestors in nearly 8 million new historical records from France this week on FamilySearch and more from Sweden, Austria, Montana, Pennsylvania, Luxembourg, and the Czech Republic. Search these new free records by clicking on the collection links below or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

Free Access to Fold3’s Civil War Collection, April 1–15

The following is copied from the Fold3 web site:

“To commemorate the beginning of the Civil War in 1861, Fold3 is providing free access (with registration) to our Civil War Collection from April 1–15. This collection currently has 50 titles, with more than 91 million records, so if you’re looking for information on the Civil War veterans in your family tree—or doing other Civil War-era research—now is the perfect time to explore these records on Fold3.”

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New Records Available To Search on Findmypast

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Prerogative Court Of Canterbury Administrations 1660-1700

Search over 88,000 transcripts and images of Index slips and related documentation created from original Prerogative Court of Canterbury administrations held by The National Archives at Kew. This collection includes a high volume of mariners; approximately a third of these records refer to a mariner.

Each record will reveal the date of your ancestor’s will, the value of their will, the archive reference number and any additional notes.

Ireland, Alphabetical Indexes To The Townlands and Parishes 1851-1911 Browse

MyHeritage Adds New Scanner and Inbox Features in the Mobile App

MyHeritage has announced two major new additions to the company’s mobile app for Android and for iOS (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch) users:

Scanner — a useful feature that utilizes your smartphone’s high-resolution camera for scanning old photographs and documents directly into your family site on MyHeritage to preserve them digitally. To learn more about the Scanner feature, please read here:

Inbox — a comprehensive email-based messaging feature to communicate with other members of MyHeritage, including your own relatives, regarding DNA Matches, Smart Matches and other topics of genealogical collaboration. To learn more about the inbox, please read here:

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of March 26, 2018

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Hundreds of thousands of new historical records are available this week on FamilySearch from around the world, including CaliforniaCape VerdeEl SalvadorEnglandNicaraguaParaguaySouth Africa, and Uruguay. Search these new free records by clicking on the collection links below or search over 5 billion free records at FamilySearch.

Snapshot of Ireland a Century Ago: an Online Photographic Archive

If you want to see what your Irish ancestors saw 100 years ago, you might want to look at the new Snapshot of Ireland on The digitally restored black-and-white photographs date as far back as the Land War of the late 1800s. The historical prints and photographs include more than 120 images taken in Ireland, offering an insight into daily life in Irish cities, towns, villages and countryside between the late 1800s and the 1950s.

The collection is part of Ancestry’s UK Historical Photographs and Prints 1704-1989 set, which features more than 40,000 photographs. The full collection of photographs and prints is available to view online at, and will be available without charge over Easter weekend.

Details may be found in the IrishTimes web site at:

Student Compiles Details About Greeneville and Greene Counties’ (Tennessee’s) Black History

If you have black ancestry in Greeneville or Greene County, Tennessee, you need to read a post-graduate studies project by Juniper Starr, a University of Tennessee College of Information student who tapped into a number of sources to help organize the history as part of a master’s degree project.

Starr said the project is ongoing and dependent on participation from members of the community, who can also act as volunteers to help compile the information.

“It will help them build their own genealogy. We’re trying to corral it all in,” Starr said.

You can read more about the study in an article by Ken Little in the Greenville Sun at as well as in the Black in Appalachia web site at

IGRS Launches Latest Update to its Early Irish Birth, Marriage & Death Indexes

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

The latest update of 11,000 additional entries to the Society’s Early Irish Birth, Death & Marriage Indexes includes some 7,500 death entries from newspapers published between 1740 & 1810. The combined number of names now found in the three databases is 278,334.

The data is drawn from a wide number of Irish newspapers, but particularly from Walkers Hibernian & Gentleman’s Magazine, Pue’s Occurrences, the Leinster Journal, Faulkner’s Dublin Journal and the Hibernian Chronicle. Despite the too often generally held view that early newspapers do not note details about “ordinary” people, this update proves to the contrary. It is full of references to such people as farmers, publicans, innkeepers, butchers, bakers, printers, brewers, apothecaries, tailors, seed merchants, drapers, painters, grocers, sailmakers, clerks, confectioners, cutlers, saddlers, haberdashers and tallow chandlers, to name but a few. And all are from places right across the island of Ireland.

For instance, in Faulkner’s Dublin Journal in November 1761 we learn that Mrs Esther Hodgson died, from George’s Quay in Dublin and she was the wife of a measurer. In the same newspaper in March 1764 the death of Mrs Lysaght is reported. The notice goes on to record that she was the widow of Charles Lysaght, of Craigmore, Co. Clare and her maiden surname was Hogan. In Pue’s Occurrences in March 1756 the demise of Mrs Hutchinson is noted. She was from Fleet Street, Dublin, and was reportedly aged 110 years!

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

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There are over 116,000 new records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Gloucestershire, Bigland’s Monumental Inscriptions

Search over 1,500 records of monumental inscriptions recorded in Ralph Bigland’s ‘Historical, Monumental and Genealogical Collections Relative to the County of Gloucester’. Discover biographical details relating to your ancestor as well as parish histories that include annual counts of births, marriages, and burials. The collection consists of PDF images of Bigland’s original publication that have been provided by the Bristol & Gloucester Archaeological Society.

Ralph Bigland was an 18th century English officer of arms, antiquarian and cheesemaker. Much of his antiquarian work was focused on Gloucestershire. Over time, he travelled the whole county, accumulating historical information and making it his business to record the inscriptions on everything from great monuments to modest gravestones.

Somerset Will Abstracts

Meritorious Service Medals now available online at TheGenealogist

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist has released the records of 29,000 individuals who were decorated with the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM). The roll of names for those who were awarded this British honour in the First World War have been released by TheGenealogist. Researchers can now look for holders of this medal up to 1920 from within their ever growing military records collection.

  • See a copy of the image of the Medal Card with the theatre of war where the medal was won
  • Details the name, rank, regiment and service number
  • Unique “SmartSearch” links to the comprehensive military records on
  • These new records cover British servicemen from The First World War

Columbus (Ohio) Library Scans 1 Millionth Item Into Digital Archive

Archivists at the Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan Library have scanned the 1 millionth item into the system’s digital collection.The one-millionth item is a panorama photograph taken from the cupola atop the Ohio Statehouse. The library estimates the picture is one of the oldest panoramas in Columbus, likely taken in 1858 when the cupola was being repaired.

A New Website: African American Civil War Soldiers

This may be one of the most important history-related web sites launched so far this year. The following announcement was written by John Clegg, a founder of the African American Civil War Soldiers web site:

African American Civil War Soldiers is a new website that will crowd-source the transcription of the military records of roughly 200,000 African Americans soldiers who fought for their freedom in the American Civil War. These records are of great interest to historians and genealogists, since they contain detailed biographic information on individual Union Army soldiers, most of whom were slaves at the start of the Civil War. However, until now these records have been locked away in the National Archives in DC, accessible only to a select few researchers. Our website invites members of the public to help transcribe scanned images of the soldiers’ records, turning them into text that can easily be searched by students and historians, as well as descendants of the soldiers themselves. The database we collect will be made freely available on the website of the African American Civil War Museum. It will serve as a memorial to the solders and their legacy, as well as a teaching aid and a tool for genealogical research.

New Content added to Montana Online Newspapers

The Montana Newspapers web site continues to grow with kore and more historic newspapers being added to the site. The full-text searchable database now contains 541,270 pages from 83 Montana town, county, school and tribal newspapers dated 1883-2015.

If you had ancestors in Montana, there is a good chance you can find information about them in the Montana Newspapers web site at: If you do not find the information today, check back in a few months as the web site’s owners are continually adding new titles.