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MyHeritage Announces PedigreeMap™, an Online Family History Map that Provides New Geographical and Historical Insights into Your Family History

MyHeritage Logo Trans 320MyHeritage, the sponsor of this newsletter, has announced a rather nice addition to the company’s services. PedigreeMap™ plots births, marriages, and deaths, as well as digital and scanned photos from your family tree, on an interactive world map. You can trace the locations of your ancestors in order to better understand their life journeys.

The new service is described in the announcement below and pictures and a bit more detail may be found in the MyHeritage Blog at

The following announcement was written by the folks at MyHeritage:

MyHeritage Launches Online Family History Map

New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Over 8.7 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including the 1911 Canada census, over 1.4 million new additions to our collection of British Army Service records and brand new WW1 Royal Air Force gallantry awards.

Canada 1911 census

The 1911 Canada census was started on June 1st 1911. The total population count was recorded as 7,206,643, an increase of 34% over the 1901 Census count of 5,371,315. All ten provinces and two territories (Yukon Territory and Northwest Territories) are represented in these records. The collection consists of more than 6.9 million transcripts that allow you to discover your ancestor’s residence, birth place, birth year, marital status and more. Images are available online at the Library and Archives Canada web site.

British Army Service Records

Geni Adds DNA to the World Family Tree

The following announcement was written by the folks at Geni. Further information is also available on the Geni blog at:

World’s largest and most accurate collaborative family tree now enhanced with three major DNA test types, and new integration with Family Tree DNA

BURBANK, California and HOUSTON, Texas, June 30, 2016 — Geni, home of the World Family Tree, announced today the addition of DNA test results into the family tree, and a new product integration with its partner Family Tree DNA. This move will improve the accuracy of the World Family Tree and provide new insights for millions of people interested in their family history.

DNA will enhance the World Family Tree by separating fact from fiction: it will help people confirm family relationships and will highlight situations where the documented genealogy does not match the biological evidence presented by DNA. DNA results will also be used for matching, in order to discover previously unknown relatives. Geni’s World Family Tree will then allow users to establish and visualize the precise family tree connection with relatives found by DNA matching.

Forces War Records Offers Free Access to a NEW Interactive Map Until Midnight 3rd July

The Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of upper reaches of the River Somme in France. It was the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front; more than one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

To commemorate those lost on the Somme, Forces War Records is offering FREE access for a few days to an interactive map of Troop Movements based upon Order of Battle of Divisions (ORBATS). The offering includes a new interactive feature on the Forces War Records website.

Findmypast Celebrates 4th of July with Free Access to More Than 1 Billion Records

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast. Please note that the special offer is for a huge week of free records starting tomorrow (June 29). It won’t work today:

  • findmypast_logoFrom June 29th until July 6th 2016, over 1 billion UK, US and Irish records will be completely free to search and explore on Findmypast
  • This includes all 118 million “Travel and Migration” records, 116 million US marriages, and all UK, Irish and US censuses
  • Over 7 million new US Naturalisation records and over 1.7 million US Passport Applications have also been released, marking the first phase of two brand new collections ideal for uncovering early immigrant ancestors

Salt Lake City, Utah, June 27th 2016
Leading family history website, Findmypast, has just announced that they will be granting 8 days of free access to over 1 billion records as part of a new campaign designed to help US family historians learn more about their family’s path to red white and blue. This will include free access to their entire collection of Travel and Migration records, all US, UK and Irish censuses and all US marriage records.

‘Colonial Justice’ – a Digital Archive of 1729-1812 Rhode Island Court Records

The following announcement was written by the Rhode Island Historical Society:

The Rhode Island Historical Society has launched the digital archive “Colonial Justice: Preserving and Digitizing Early Rhode Island Court Records.” These specific collections were selected by RIHS curators for digitization based on their rarity, as well as their unique documentation of the colonial justice system in Rhode Island.

From a single online location, users can now access selected 1729-1812 records from the courts of Providence County, Kent County, and what was known as Kings County (now Washington County). The online archive is free and open to the public.

Findmypast Grant Free Access to all Military Records to Commemorate Centenary of the Battle of the Somme

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • findmypast_logoFindmypast makes entire collection of 65 million world military records free for eight days
  • All UK, Irish, Australian, Canadian and US military records free from 27th of June to 4th July , allowing researchers around the world the opportunity to learn more about the military heroes in their family
  • Includes free access to 32 million World War 1 records including 4.2 million British Army Service Records, over 5.8 million medal records, over 700,000 death records and over 27,000 Pals battalion records
  • Free access to all UK and Irish census records also included, allowing researches to discover what their military ancestors were doing prior to the outbreak of war

London, UK. 27th June 2016.
Leading family history website, Findmypast, has just announced that they will be making their entire collection of military records free for eight days to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. From 04:00 ET, 27th June until 06:59 ET, 4th July 2016, all 65 million records within Findmypast’s “Military, Armed Forces and Conflict” category will be completely free to search and explore, providing family historians from around the globe the opportunity to uncover the stories of the military heroes within their own family. All 265 million UK and Irish census records will also be free to search, allowing researchers to uncover details of their military ancestor’s civilian lives.

This will include free access to Findmypast’s vast collection of more than 32 million World War 1 records, including:

Findmypast Releases Latest Installment of Landmark Prisoner of War Collection

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • findmypast_logoFindmypast releases over 764,000 new records in the latest phase of landmark PoW collection
  • New additions span 230 years of conflict, from the Napoleonic Wars to World War 2
  • New function added allowing researchers to browse through over 270,000 images from 1,156 archival pieces

London, 24th June 2016

Today, 24th June 2016, over 764,000 records of servicemen, women and civilians who were taken captive during the Napoleonic, Crimean, Boer, First and Second World Wars have been published online for the first time at Findmypast.

Ancestry Unveils Three New Historical Canadian Collections

The following announcement was written by the folks at

PrintNiagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Honeymoon and Visitor Registries, 1949-2011

  • Commonly known as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World”, Niagara Falls is visited by approximately 50,000 newlywed couples each year.
    • Fun fact: Niagara Falls received its reputation as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World” in 1801 when Theodosia Burr Alston (daughter of the 3rd Vice President of the United States, Aaron Burr), chose to honeymoon at the Falls. Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother, Jerome Bonaparte did the same in 1804, starting the popular tradition that continues today.
  • Many of the newlyweds who visit choose to sign their names in register books kept by the Niagara Falls Tourism Office, and now, these records have been digitized and indexed and are available online for Ancestry users.
  • The collection contains 680,114 records and 17,593 images from 1949 to 2011.
  • Exploring this collection, you’ll discover visitors who travelled near and far to the Falls, and how soon after their wedding they arrived.
  • The Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Honeymoon and Visitor Registries, 1949-2011 are now available online:

Canada Photographic Albums of Settlement, 1892-1917 will be Down on Monday, June 27th

When you go to you will see the following message at the top of the screen:

The FamilySearch website will be undergoing a technical upgrade Monday, June 27th starting at 12:00 am MDT (6:00 am UTC) and may be down for up to 24 hours as we test the system.

New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of a series of new additions to existing UK and Irish collections as well as some brand new Rate Books from South Australia.

British Newspaper Roundup

Over 2.9 million articles have been our collection of historic British newspapers. This includes the addition of 13 brand new titles and updates to a further 17.

Fascinating new newspapers from all round England, Scotland and Wales have joined the line-up including Kirkintilloch Gazette covering 1898-1938, The Cornish Telegraph covering 1887-1888 and Aberdare Times from 1889. The updates to existing titles in the collection include generous supplements to the Coventry Evening Telegraph (126,975 new articles), Monmouthshire Merlin (180,701 new articles) and Rochdale Observer (163,633 new articles).

Yorkshire West Riding Marriages

Deceased Online adds 200,000+ Burial and Cremation Records for the Halifax Area

The following announcement was written by the folks at Deceased Online:

MyHeritage introduces Sun Charts

MyHeritage has released an innovative new type of chart, called the “Sun Chart.” It is available for free to all MyHeritage users.

The “Sun Chart” places the main ancestor (selected by the user) in the center of the chart, with multiple generations of descendants in outer concentric rings, somewhat similar to the rays emanating from the sun. It can be classified as a descendant fan chart, but it isn’t limited in the number of generations and is unique to MyHeritage in that it also includes photos, making it the only descendant fan chart with photos that you will find anywhere.

Click on the above image to view a larger versions

Click on the above image to view a larger version

The Sun Chart was created to solve a particular challenge. Family history enthusiasts are always looking for the ideal chart for family reunions and other festive family events. A regular descendants chart, typically horizontal or vertical, can become enormous, too large and unwieldy to be practical for events or for hanging on the wall. Descendant fan charts are a popular choice but are limited in the number of generations and don’t include personal photos.

Enumeration District Maps for US 1950 Census are Going Online

The public will not be able to view the 1950 US Census until 2022 but about 8,000 Enumeration District Maps are being placed online now by the US National Archives and Records Administration. The new additions include all county maps and any map that includes five or more enumeration districts.

Quoting the US National Archives and Records Administration web site:

Enumeration Districts– or “E.D.s” as they are known among genealogists and other research communities– were established to help administer and control data collection. An enumeration district is generally the area a single enumerator, or census taker, could cover in one census period, approximately two to four weeks. Because the maps do not contain information protected under privacy restrictions, they have always been open and available for researchers to study. They also provide the primary access to the population schedules, which are arranged by enumeration district. 

TheGenealogist completes Norfolk Parish Records

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

  • TheGenealogist-logoOver 6.23 million new searchable Norfolk Parish Records released in partnership with the Norfolk Record Office
  • This final tranche includes over 5.95 million records for Norfolk
  • Plus more than 276,000 records relating to the boundary areas of Suffolk
  • Adding to the 3.6 million individuals already released earlier

TheGenealogist has successfully completed a project to release over 9.8 million fully searchable records for the registers of baptisms, marriages, marriage banns and burials for Norfolk with images of the original registers.

It is now easier than ever to research Norfolk ancestors in the parish registers of this Eastern English county. With some of the surviving records reaching back as far as the early 1500s, this is a fantastically rich resource for family historians to use for discovering Norfolk ancestors.

New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

findmypast_logoThis week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of a series of updates to our collection of UK parish records and a brand new set containing baptisms, marriages and burials from the parish of St Martin in the Bull Ring in Birmingham.

Surrey Marriage Index 1538-1887

Over 271,207 records have been added to the Surrey Marriage Index. The Index now contains over 755,000 records from 178 parishes in Surrey, England.

Each record comprises a transcript of the original register. The amount of information listed varies, but the records usually include a combination of the couple’s names, marriage date, home parish, the date of their wedding, the location of their wedding and whether they were married by banns or by licence. Like any index, this index, made available by West Surrey Family History Society, is a finding aid.

Warwickshire Burials 1836-2006

The Political Graveyard

No, this is not an article about the upcoming presidential campaign, although a few snide remarks do pop to mind. In fact, a web site called The Political Graveyard describes itself as “The Internet’s Most Comprehensive Source of U.S. Political Biography,” or, “The Web Site That Tells Where the Dead Politicians are Buried.” If you had an ancestor in politics, you might find this to be an interesting and useful site.

The Political Graveyard presently has transcribed records of 277,483 Politicians, Judges, Diplomats. The coverage of the site includes many federal officials, state officeholders and candidates in all 50 states, state and national political party officials, federal and state judges, and mayors (including candidates at election for mayor) of qualifying cities.

Ancestry Launches 100 Million Dutch Records

The following announcement was written by the folks at Ancestry:

Ancestry Launches Dutch Records Online Following Agreement with the Netherlands Centre for Family History

  • Ancestry has signed a ground-breaking agreement with CBG, the Netherlands Centre for Family History
  • 100 million Dutch records published online at Ancestry from June
  • Collection include Birth, Marriage and Death records
  • Nationwide collection made available outside of the archive for the first time

More than 100 million birth, marriage and death records from the Netherlands are available online for the first time thanks to an agreement between Ancestry, the leader in family history and consumer genomics and CBG, the Netherlands Centre for Family History.

TheGenealogist releases British Telephone Directories, United States WW2 PoWs and more Worcestershire Baptism Transcripts

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist has just launched a new collection of British telephone directories. Complementing the early UK Telephone Directory from 1899-1900 that is already available on TheGenealogist, this new release includes the 1907 Post Office National Directory which adds a resource for finding names and addresses before the 1911 census. This directory was published at a time when the telephone was becoming more important to our ancestors. The Post Office’s first coin-operated call box had been installed at London’s Ludgate Circus just the year before, and Trunk (long distance) telephone charges were reduced to half-price for telephone calls made after 7pm and before 7am.

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In addition, and at the same time, TheGenealogist has released the 1938 South Wales District Post Office Telephone Directory. The big contrast between this and the earlier directories are that so many more ordinary people had become telephone subscribers. For this reason the directories were by now split up into regions to cope with the large number of names and addresses.

New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 891,000 new records including:

Ireland Surnames & Family Histories

Ireland Surnames & Family Histories is a rich and varied collection consisting of nine historic family and local history publications. The collection contains over 7,000 pdf images of assorted documents that will help you discover more about your Irish family name and history.

The records are displayed in PDF format and can be searched by title, publication year, and keyword (including names).

Devon, Plymouth prison records 1821-1919

Devon, Plymouth prison records 1821-1919 contains over 13,000 records digitised in partnership with the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office. Each records consists of transcript and an image of the original document. The details recorded will vary depending on the type of document you are viewing as the collection is formed from a variety of sources including prisoner registers, calendars of prisoners and registers of prison officers.


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