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ArkivDigital will Provide FREE Access to Swedish Records this Weekend

ArkivDigital is a major provider of images of Swedish records and digitized books of interest to genealogists. Now you can gain access to ArkivDigital for free this weekend, November 12-13 2016.

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Once on the site you will have to register your name and email address (at no charge) and install the latest ArkivDigital 2.0-beta viewer software in order to view the images. Full details may be found at http://www.arkivdigital.net/products/adonline/try-for-free.

BillionGraves’ Veteran Finder

Just in time for Veterans’ Day, BillionGraves has announced the addition of the Veteran Finder tool on its web site. This unique feature utilizes the power of GPS to locate Veterans in cemeteries all over the world.

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With the BillionGraves Veteran Finder tool, you can now find any Veteran of any US Conflict, Branch, or Rank, anywhere in the world. (International military information coming soon) You can search by specific names, locations, cities, or search the entire county to identify and honor the brave men and women who fought in the name of freedom.

Full details may be found in the BillionGraves web site at http://blog.billiongraves.com/2016/11/introducing-billiongraves-veteran-finder.

MyHeritage Releases a Major Mobile App Update

The iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile apps from MyHeritage have just been updated. The new version now offers “Real-time Discoveries,” an impressive feature that automatically looks for matches with the 34 million existing family trees on MyHeritage while you are entering or update the profile of an individual in your family tree. The “Real-time Discoveries” have been available for some time in the web version at MyHeritage.com and should be equally popular in the mobile versions.

The new release also features a List View with improved search functionality and sorting options.

New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of November 7, 2016

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

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Over 4 million birth, death, census, civil, church, and other indexed records were published and made available at FamilySearch this week. Find new historical records from South Africa, Peru, Netherlands, Russia, Philippines, and across the United States including Illinois, Iowa, Utah, Alabama, Oregon, South Dakota and Tennessee. See the interactive table below for these and more free searchable historic records added this week at FamilySearch.org.

Findmypast Grant Four Days of Free Access to all Military Records for Veterans Day 2016

Findmypast_logoThe following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • Findmypast makes entire collection of more than 70 million world military records free for four days
  • All UK, Irish, Australian, Canadian and US military records free from the 10th to the 13th November 2016
  • Includes free access to over 43 million US and Canada military records

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has just announced that they will be making their entire collection of military records free for four days to coincide with Veterans Day 2016.

MyHeritage Launches Global DNA Testing Service for Uncovering Ethnic Origins and Making New Family Connections

The folks at MyHeritage have made a major new announcement this morning. As stated in the announcement, “…as MyHeritage DNA debuts an international mass-market home-testing kit that is simple, affordable and will offer some of the best ethnicity reports in the world.” I ordered my DNA kit immediately after reading about the new service.

The following is the official announcement from MyHeritage:

Unique Founder Population project conducted by the company expected to empower the highest resolution ethnicity analysis available on the market

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah, November 7, 2016 — MyHeritage, the leading international destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, announced today the launch of MyHeritage DNA, its global integrated genetic testing service. The move represents a major turning point for the DNA industry, as MyHeritage DNA debuts an international mass-market home-testing kit that is simple, affordable and will offer some of the best ethnicity reports in the world.

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With 85 million users worldwide, 2.1 billion family tree profiles, 7 billion historical records and availability in 42 languages, MyHeritage’s new DNA service further strengthens its position as a global leader in family history.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Over 2.8 million additional records are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

findmypast_logoUnited States Marriages

Over 2.7 million additional records have been added to our collection of United States Marriages. The new additions come from 13 different states and include significant updates from Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and Rhode Island.

The records include transcripts and images of the original documents that list marriage date, the names of the bride and groom, birthplace, birth date, age and residence as well as fathers’ and mothers’ names.

Duty Locations, Naval Group China, World War II, 1942-1945

Explore more than 33,000 records containing the details of military personnel who served overseas with the United States’ Naval Group China, the US Navy’s intelligence unit in China during World War II. The records consist of muster roll reports created by the Department of the Navy, U.S. Naval Group China (NGC) to record locations and changes made to ranks and rates of pay for naval personnel.

The records contained in this collection relate to those persons attached to the NGC and provide names, ranks or rates of pay, branches of service, muster roll dates of reporting or detachment, and duty locations approximately every two weeks. As such, naval officers and sailors may appear multiple times in the records, tracking changes in an individual’s location, unit, rank or rate of pay over the course of the war.

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Forces War Records Dedication Wall

forces_war_records_001Forces War Records, the specialist military genealogy website, has created a wall of remembrance, which went live today, in time for November 11th. Unlike other dedication walls, posts can be shared via social sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, directly from their submission. Visitors are also able to search for their ancestor’s military record direct from the post.

With the new Dedication Wall, you can:

  • Upload a photograph
  • Write a short dedication
  • Share via social pages
  • Search the site for relevant records

Take a look: https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/dedication-wall

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

logo-findmypast-AU-500Over 1.8 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

United States, West Virginia Births

Containing over 35,000 records, West Virginia Births allows you to uncover details of your ancestor’s birth. These records cover the mid-nineteenth century into the early twentieth century. In addition to learning your ancestor’s birth date, you may also discover parents’ and grandparents’ names, allowing you to expand your family tree.

Each transcript will list your ancestor’s birth date, the names of both their parents and the names of both their grandparents as well as a link to an image of the original document. By following the image link, you may be able to discover additional information about your ancestor’s family. For example, the images often include a town name, nationality and race of parents, and occupation. Some registers will also provide the number this child is for the mother, which will help confirm whether your ancestor had siblings.

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FamilySearch Historic Records Update: Week of October 24

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

This week, enjoy census records from Ghana, The Czech Republic, and New Jersey along with other valuable indexed historic records from Sweden, Netherlands, Russia, and the United states including almost 2 million indexed land allotment records for five Native American tribes (Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole) in Oklahoma. See the interactive table below for these and more historic records added this week at FamilySearch.org.

Library and Archives Canada Expands a World War I Personnel Information Site

Quoting from the Library and Archives Canada Blog at https://goo.gl/B8P30h:

We are pleased to announce an updated version of our “Service Files of the First World War, 1914-1918 – CEF” database. The new database, now called “Personnel Records of the First World War”, provides access to the service files of members of Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) along with records for other First World War personnel.

The new database includes records for the following groups:

  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Imperial War Service Gratuities recipients
  • Non-Permanent Active Militia
  • Rejected CEF volunteers
  • Royal Newfoundland Regiment and Forestry Corps

You can learn more at: https://goo.gl/B8P30h.

Bath and North East Somerset: Records for First Three Sites now Available on Deceased Online

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

Genealogical Society of Ireland Journals and Publications go online at Findmypast

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • All Society journals from 1992 to 2016 including over 800 individual articles
  • All Society publications including extensive collections of gravestone inscriptions, historic records and surname studies.
  • Released online for the first time

Leading Family History website Findmypast, has today announced the online publication of all The’s journals dating from 1992 to 2016. The journals are now available to search as part of the PERiodical Source Index and will be joined by the expansive range of other Genealogical Society or Ireland publications over the coming weeks. The publications consists of a wide range of documents including transcripts of original records, memorial inscriptions, local and surname studies and collections of specialist sources and guides. The information dates back to 1798 and covers many counties in Ireland including Cavan, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Louth, Offaly and Wicklow.

The release is comprised of two sets of important publications, namely:

Stephenville Empire and Stephenville Tribune (Texas) Newspapers to be Digitized and Placed Online

Not here yet but coming soon! An article in the Stephenville Empire-Tribune of Stephenville, Texas, states:

“Digging into local news archives soon will be easier thanks to a joint effort by Tarleton State University’s Dick Smith Library and the Stephenville Public Library to digitize the community’s old newspapers.

“The Ladd & Katherine Hancher Library Foundation donated a $10,450 grant this month that will help with funding to digitize and archive local newspapers published between 1882 and 1922.”

Today, the newspapers are only available in person by visiting Tarleton State University’s Dick Smith Library and the Stephenville Public Library. That obviously isn’t very convenient for anyone living hundreds or thousands of miles away. By digitizing the back issues of the local newspapers, researchers, students and everyday citizens worldwide will have quick, easy access to a wealth of historical data, including genealogical records such as marriage, birth and death notices, as well as advertisements, property transactions and editorials.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Over 8.3 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

Canada Census 1901

Findmypast_logoThe 1901 Canada Census is now available to search on Findmypast. Containing over 5.1 million records, the census was taken on 31st March 1901 when just under 9,000 enumerators and 35 commissioners were dispatched to record every household in the country. It was the first census to add questions on religion, birthplace, citizenship and period of immigration and covers 206 districts and 3,204 sub-districts.

For each result, you will be provided with a transcript that covers key details from the 1901 census and a link to the digital image of the original census form. The images, microfilmed in 1955, are held at the Library and Archives Canada website. Each record will reveal the name, date of birth, place of birth, marital status, relationship to head of household, race or tribe, immigration year and naturalization year of each household member. Images will often provide you with additional information, such as occupation and religion.

Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law 1916-1921

Findmypast Publish Second Instalment of Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law Collection

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • Over 48,000 additional records released in association with The National Archives
  • Records document the struggles of life under martial law in Ireland and record the details of both soldiers and civilians
  • New courts martial records, intelligence reports, prisoner rolls, individual cases and search & raid reports released in second instalment of landmark collection

Findmypast_logoLeading family history website, Findmypast, has today announced the online publication of over 48,000 records in the second instalment of their ‘Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law, 1916-1921’ collection.

The once classified records, digitised from original documents held by The National Archives in Kew, record the struggles of life under martial law in Ireland. Consisting of more than 119,000 images, the new additions include a variety of different documents ranging from records of courts martial (both civilian and military) and intelligence reports, to case files and nominal rolls of prisoners.

Use Amazon Family Vault to Share Your UNLIMITED Photo Storage With up to Five People

This isn’t genealogy-related but I suspect it will be popular with genealogists and a few million other people as well: save and share an UNLIMITED number of photographs. Anyone in the United States with an Amazon Prime subscription can now upload an unlimited number of pictures to Amazon Prime Photos at NO EXTRA CHARGE.

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I guess it isn’t really free because the service requires a (paid) Amazon Prime account. However, anyone who is a Prime member can store unlimited photos at no extra charge. As a Prime member, you also receive FREE Two-Day shipping (or better) on most Amazon orders, and exclusive access to movies, music and Kindle books, again at no extra charge.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Findmypast_logoOver 2 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

Ontario Birth Index 1860-1920

The Ontario Birth Index is comprised of a massive 1.7 million civil registration records. Civil registration in Canada is the responsibility of the individual provinces and territories and did not become a standard practice until the late 1800s.

Each record contains both a transcript and an image of the original document. Each transcript will reveal your ancestor’s date of birth, place of birth parent’s names and registration details. These records provide a valuable link to the previous generation and images may include additional information such as parents’ occupations, where the parents were married, the name of the attending physician, address of residence, where specifically the child was born, and any additional remarks.

New Brunswick Birth and Baptism Index 1769-1899

Lexington, Kentucky’s, Early Marriage Indexes of African Americans are now Available Online

The following announcement was written by the University of Kentucky:

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Over the summer of 2016, the Special Collections Research Center at University of Kentucky Libraries and the Fayette County Clerk’s Office developed a pilot project that will provide online access to the Colored Marriage Indexes dated 1866-1882 and 1958-1968. The purpose of the project is to provide researchers with greater online access to early primary documents pertaining to African Americans in Kentucky.

TheGenealogist Releases U.S. Records

TheGenealogist is well-known as an online provider of records from the U.K. Now the company is expanding into releasing U.S. records as well. The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist are launching over 220 million US records

We are expanding our international records with the release of:

  • 90 million Social Security Death records 1935-2014
  • 1940 Census Images containing 132 million records with searchable transcripts linked to the Enumeration Maps
  • Irish immigration records for 604,596 persons arriving in New York 1846-1851

Many people hit a brick wall where an ancestor seems to disappear from all the records in the U.K. It could be that they have gone abroad for a period or emigrated for good. If your elusive ancestor went to the United States of America, TheGenealogist’s expanded international records can help.