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NEHGS Announces FREE Access to Probate-Related Databases

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

Access to Thirty-Two Probate-Related Databases on AmericanAncestors.org Is Free from April 18 to April 25

At AmericanAncestors.org/probate, Free Educational and Instructional Resources Are Available to Help Utilize Probate Records in Genealogical Research

April 18, 2017—Boston, Massachusetts—New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is offering free access to thirty-two probate-related databases for one week—from Tuesday, April 18, through midnight (EDST) Tuesday, April 25—with registration as a free Guest Member on AmericanAncestors.org. These databases contain some of the earliest probate records of colonial Massachusetts and other New England colonies and states, as well as New York, and New Brunswick, Canada.

AmericanAncestors.org/probate provides a wide variety of information and features on the use of probate records in family history research, and brings the probate research expertise of NEHGS staff to genealogists of all levels. It is a gateway to a deeper understanding of the use of probate documents in the study of one’s family history.

State of Tennessee Puts New Andrew Jackson Collection Online

The Tennessee State Library and Archives has an online collection of materials that will make it easier to learn about the nation’s seventh president. The 109-item collection includes digitally scanned copies of many of Jackson’s personal letters, original maps from the War of 1812, political cartoons, campaign broadsides, engravings, lithographs and a rare photograph of him.

Also included are papers from some of Jackson’s chief associates, including John Overton, John Coffee, James Winchester, William Carroll and William B. Lewis.

To view the Andrew Jackson collection online, please visit: http://bit.ly/AndrewJacksonTeVA.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

There are over 1.1 million new records available to search this Findmypast Friday including;

British Columbia Estate Files Browse 1859-1949

British Columbia Estate Files contains over 783,000 records that allow you to delve through probate estate files pertaining to the judicial districts of British Columbia; the County Court and the Supreme Court. Probate estate records are a valuable resource for family history research, providing vital details such as dates, names, and locations to help grow your family tree. Included in this collection is a probate index for the district of Vancouver, sorted alphabetically by last name.

New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of April 10, 2017

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

Summary

If you have French heritage, this is your week. FamilySearch has recently published over 3.3 million French Census records from 1876 to 1906. Also in this update are some large historic record collections from Argentina, The Netherlands, Peru, and Sweden. You can also find some newly indexed records from Brazil, Cape Verde, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, and the United States. Search these new free records and more at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below.

New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

There are over 5.9 million new records available to search this Findmypast Friday including new Scottish additions to the Catholic Heritage Archive and brand new parish records from the English county of Wiltshire.

Wiltshire parish baptisms index 1538-1917

Explore over 2.1 million records including a number of rare early parish records to discover if your ancestor was born in the British county of Wiltshire in South West England. Some records date back to 1530 though most generally begin in 1538 and, until the introduction of civil registration in 1837, were the most reliable documented source of records for life events. Whilst the registers are for Church of England parishes, most other denominations also used the Anglican parishes for registration purposes, with the exception of Quaker and Jewish records. Transcriptions were created by both Findmypast and Wiltshire Family History Society.

Findmypast’s Catholic Heritage Archive Continues to Grow

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

  • Findmypast adds over 1.2 million Scottish records to their exclusive Catholic Heritage Archive
  • Millions of Scottish Sacramental Registers added just two months after Archive’s launch
  • New records date back to 1730, span 300 years of Scottish history and cover 27 Scottish counties

Birmingham, 7th April 2017

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has today announced the online publication of over 1.2 million Scottish sacramental registers and congregational records. The release is the first of many updates to the exclusive Roman Catholic Heritage Archive, a ground breaking initiative that aims to digitise the historic records of the Catholic Church in the United States, Britain and Ireland for the very first time.

Findympast Launches Six Counties in Six Months

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

  • Project to publish parish records from six counties in next six months
  • Wiltshire first county available online from April 6, 2017, includes records of the first woman mauled by a tiger in England and the celebrated architect Sir Christopher Wren

Birmingham, April 6, 2017: Leading family history website, Findmypast, announced today the launch of their Six Counties in Six Months project which will see the online publication of vital parish records from six counties across England over the next six months. These records expand further Findmypast’s unrivalled collection of English and Welsh parish records – the largest collection available online.

First up is Wiltshire, published today to mark the opening of Who Do You Think You Are Live! 2017. The Wiltshire parish records will be followed by Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Nottinghamshire, Somerset and Warwickshire.

TheGenealogist Launches Millions of New Parish Records as well as their New British in India Collection

The following announcement was released by TheGenealogist at the beginning of the Who Do You Think You Are? Live! conference in Birmingham, England:

TheGenealogist has just announced three important releases to coincide with the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show covering Britain and British India.

Over 2.5 Million people in the latest release of Parish records!

Augmenting the substantial Parish Records that are already available on TheGenealogist comes the release of more than 2.5 million people for two major counties:

Hampshire Parish Records (Bishop’s Transcripts) (886,616 individuals)
This brings our total number of records to 3,199,820 with coverage of

FamilySearch Marks World War I Centennial with Free Historic Record Collections

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

Salt Lake City, Utah (4 April 2017), Did your ancestor serve in World War I? As the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I approaches, FamilySearch International is highlighting its free online collections of World War I records. Millions of free draft registration, service, and naturalization records online help fill in details about ancestors who served in the military during the conflict. April 6, 2017, will mark the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I.  Search the free collections at FamilySearch.org.

A century ago, the United States joined its allies to fight in World War I—the “Great War” or the “War to End All Wars.” When the U.S. joined the war effort, battles had already raged in Europe for nearly three years between the Allies and the Central Powers.

New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of March 27, 2017

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

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Many Catholic Church records from Argentina are now freely searchable on FamilySearch.org. Also in the recent publication are some large historic record collections including Outward Passenger Lists from Australia, France Census records, and Boston Massachusetts Crew Lists. Search these new free records and more at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday 31/03/17

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Over 85,000 records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including;

New Zealand University Graduates 1870-1963

Over 37,000 new education records have been added to our New Zealand collection. These records enable researchers to uncover details of colleges attended, awards received and other vital family tree information. Up until 1961, the University of New Zealand was the only degree-granting university in the country but graduates came from all over with regional colleges in Auckland, Victoria, Canterbury, and Otago.

Northamptonshire Militia Lists 1771

TheGenealogist Launches Various London Educational Records

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist has just released a batch of London school and university records to join its ever growing educational collection.

Researchers can use this new data to find ancestors who attended or taught at a variety of Educational establishments within London between 1831 and 1927. Also listed are the names of those who held high office in the institutions, such as the patrons; deans; visitors and professors, in the case of universities and the principles, masters and governors in the case of the schools.

This release covers the names of those who graduated from the University of London between 1836 and 1926 – while for King’s College London, it also provides a list of Fellows from 1847 to 1920, registered students for 1920-1921 and those awarded degrees in 1920 and 1921 as well as the prizes given at King’s.

New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of March 20, 2017

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

Summary

Hundreds of thousands of indexed records from all over Italy are featured in these newly published collections. Additionally, find newly searchable records from Canada, Ecuador, Germany, The Netherlands, Peru, Sweden and the United States. Search these new free records and more at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below.

Forces War Records – 5 FREE Military Genealogy Tutorials are now Online and Available to Download

The following announcement was written by Forces War Records in the UK:

With 10 million records covering over 300 years of conflict, and thousands of new records being added daily, there’s always something new to find on the site. But there’s so much more to gain from a visit to Forces War Records. The military and genealogy specialists have a wealth of knowledge and information to help anyone researching their family tree, or with those with military queries.

These 5 free guides have been put together in-house and are free to all, perfect for complete beginners to advanced researchers:

1: Understanding your ancestor’s record
All the details of your ancestor’s record made easy

Search Historical Newspaper Archives with Elephind.com

Elephind can be a great FREE resource for anyone who wishes to search old newspapers. The purpose of elephind.com is to make it possible to search all of the world’s digital newspapers from one place and at one time. Elephind.com allows you to simultaneously search across thousands of articles using key words and phrases.

Elephind presently contains 174,143,178 items from 3,306 newspaper titles. You can find a list of libraries that have contribute their archives on the site by clicking on “List of Titles.” It is a very long list! Clicking on any library’s name displays the newspapers in that collection.

Elephind.com is much like Google, Bing, or other search engines but focused only on historical, digitized newspapers. By clicking on the Elephind.com search result that interests you, you’ll go directly to the newspaper collection which hosts that story.

Of course, newspapers can be a great resource of genealogy information. Birth announcements, marriage announcements, court news, and more can be searched within seconds. If your ancestor was a merchant, you probably can also find his or her advertisements placed in the newspaper.

British Newspaper Archive Announces Major New Milestone

The following announcement was written by the British Newspaper Archive, a partnership between the British Library and Findmypast:

World’s largest online collection of historic British newspapers now covers every single county in England

March 21th 20017

The British Newspaper Archive, has today announced a major new milestone in their project to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library’s vast collection of historic British & Irish newspapers. Following the addition of a newspaper for the country’s smallest county, Rutland, the Archive now covers every corner of England as, for the first time, at least one title from each of the country’s 48 counties is now available to search and explore.

The British Newspaper Archive now contains over 18.7 million pages from 747 titles from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and spans nearly 300 (1709-2003) years local, national and world history.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Over 372,900 records are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

Ireland, Directories 1636 – 1799 Browse

Browse over 20,000 records taken from 85 volumes of Irish directories and almanacs published during the 17th and 18th centuries to lean about the lives of your Irish ancestors.

The details found in each volume depend on the nature of the publication. You can discover the beliefs and practices prevalent in 17th and 18th century Ireland along with advice and predictions for a particular year. In the registers and directories, you will usually find lists of officials, commissions, government leaders, land owners, and religious leaders. A full list of all the publications available can be found at the bottom of the search page.

Ireland, Legal Administration

FREE Access to All Irish Resources on AmericanAncestors.org from March 15-22

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

Unique Databases, Boston Catholic Records, “How-to” Irish Research Guides, a Webinar, and More Resources Available with Free Guest Registration

AmericanAncestors.org/Irish

March 14, 2017—Boston, Massachusetts—Honor your Irish heritage this St. Patrick’s Day by researching your Irish ancestry on AmericanAncestors.org, the award-winning website of New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). Learn the essential concepts and techniques for Irish research, and find out which manuscripts, collections, and sources are used by genealogists at American Ancestors to crack the toughest research cases.

Irish resources will be free and open from Wednesday, March 15, through midnight (EDST) on Wednesday, March 22. Access requires a free, brief sign-up on AmericanAncestors.org.

Findmypast Grant Five Days of Free Access to All Irish Records in Celebration of St Patrick’s Day 2017

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

  • Findmypast makes entire collection of more than 116 million Irish records free for five days
  • All 116 records free from the 13th to the 17th March 2017Leading family history website,

Findmypast, has just announced that they will be making their entire collection of Irish records free for five days to help budding genealogists uncover their Irish heritage ahead of St Patrick’s Day 2017.From today, Monday 13th March, until 11.59pm (GMT) Friday 17th March, all 116 million records within Findmypast’s Irish collection will be completely free to search and explore, providing family historians from around the globe with the opportunity to learn more about the lives of their Irish ancestors.

This includes free access to;

A Card Index on Jewish Holocaust Victims is now Online

The International Tracing Service (ITS) has published two further resources in its online archive. They include the card index of the Reich Association of Jews in Germany and material on death marches from concentration camps.

What is left of the card index of the Reich Association of Jews in Germany (Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland) comprises 32,264 registration cards, primarily those of Jewish school pupils, emigrants and deceased persons. Now interested persons all over the world have access to these cards. The ITS has moreover placed an additional 15,000 documents pertaining to the death marches online, thus supplementing the first group of documents on that subject published on its internet portal last year. “We chose two sets of documents that, while they are small, are of especial interest to the public. They conclude the successful test phase of the online archive,” ITS director Floriane Hohenberg explained. “More extensive holdings will follow, with which we aim to make documents on deportations, the Holocaust and forced labor available to people all over the world.”

You can read more in the International Tracing Service web site at: https://www.its-arolsen.org/en/press/press/press-detail/news/detail/News/card-index-on-jewish-victims-now-online/ while the online archive is available at: https://digitalcollections.its-arolsen.org/01020401.