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Records of British Soldiers Killed, Wounded or Captured during the Second World War Released Online

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Over 1.1 million records of British casualties sustained during WW2 available to search online

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Today, 2nd September 2016, the records of over 1.1 million casualties sustained by the British Army during the Second World War have been published online at Findmypast.

Released in association with The National Archives to coincide with the 77th anniversary of Britain’s entry into the war, the British Army casualty lists 1939-1945 record the details of officers, nurses, and other ranks who were reported as killed in action, dead as a result of illness or accident, missing, or taken as a prisoner of war.

Findmypast Adds a Further 4 Million Records to United States Marriage Collection

From the FGS 2016 conference in Springfield, Illinois:

Includes significant additions from Arkansas, West Virginia, Illinois, New England, Tennessee and Massachusetts

Springfield, Illinois: 01 August 2016

Leading family history website, Findmypast, announced today at the 2016 conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies the release of over 4 million new marriage records in the latest installment of their United States Marriages collection.

Released in partnership with FamilySearch International, the records contain more than 8 million names and marks the latest stage of an ambitious project that will see Findmypast digitize and publish the single largest online archive of U.S. marriages in history.

Ypsilanti, Michigan, Library Launches African American Oral History Archive

YDL_African American Oral History Archive40 years ago, Historian and EMU Professor A.P. Marshall interviewed dozens of leaders in Ypsilanti’s African American community, seeking to preserve the stories and struggles of a generation who lived through the Great Depression, WWII, and the Civil Rights movement. As of today, the first one of these interviews is finally available online. More of the interviews will be added within the next few months.

The Ypsilanti District Library (YDL), in partnership with the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County (AACHM) and local historians Matt Siegfried and Laura Bien, will spend the next nine months digitizing a priceless collection of oral histories and making them available online at

You can read more in an announcement in the Ypsilanti District Library web site at

GRS Updates its Online ‘Irish Genealogist Database’

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

The IGRS – “The Great Granddaddy of all Irish Family History Societies” – announces an update of information to its ‘Irish Genealogist Database’, extending coverage from 1998 to2005, and noting in excess of 18,000 names.

The Irish Genealogist (TIG), the Society’s annual journal, has been published since 1937 and comprises thousands of articles relating to Irish genealogy, noting details on family histories, pedigrees, leases, memorial inscriptions, deeds, newspaper extracts and transcripts of parish registers, voters lists, census substitutes, wills, letters, family bibles, rentals and militia & army rolls. The list is endless!

New Records Available to Search This Findmypast Friday

Findmypast has released a bunch of records this morning. Here is the latest announcement from the company:

findmypast_logoOver 7.5 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including;

United States Marriages

Over 4 million new records have just been added to our collection of United States Marriage records including substantial new additions from New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Arkansas. Released in partnership with FamilySearch international, these latest additions mark the second phase of efforts to create the single largest online collection of U.S. marriage records in history. Covering 360 years of marriages from 1650-2010, when complete this landmark collection will contain at least 100 million records and more than 450 million names from 2,800 counties across America. 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, residence as well as fathers’ and mothers’ names.

Victoria Coastal Passenger Lists 1852-1924

Findmypast Releases ‘Britain, Enemy Aliens and Internees, First and Second World Wars’ Collection

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Findmypast_logoOver 139,000 records of “enemy aliens” who were investigated or interned by the authorities during both world wars available to search online

Collection reveals the stories of thousands of WW2 refugees who were interned in camps across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth

26 August 2016

Today, 26th August 2016, over 139,000 records of foreign born men and women who were suspected of being enemy sympathisers or spies have been published online for the first time at Findmypast.

Findmypast Grant Free Access to Entire Australian Collection to Celebrate the Release of New Passenger Lists

The following announcement was written by the folks at

Victoria Coastal Passenger Lists provide a fascinating snapshot of life during the Australian Gold rushes and beyond

logo-findmypast-AU-500Findmypast has today announced its largest release of Australian records to date, giving first-time online access to records from one of Australian history’s most exciting periods, the Gold Rush. Released in partnership with FamilySearch and Public Record Office Victoria (PROV), the 3.3 million records consist of Victoria Coastal Passenger Lists spanning 1852 to 1924 and can only be found on

Records of Methodist Episcopal Church Congregations in Louisiana and East Texas during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries are now Online

The following is an announcement from the Centenary College of Louisiana:

The Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections recently completed a collaborative digitization project with Perkins School of Theology’s Bridwell Library at Southern Methodist University. As a result, researchers now have online access to publications documenting Methodist Episcopal Church congregations along Louisiana’s Gulf Coast and in East Texas during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

“This project successfully fills gaps in the collections of each archives and makes the volumes more accessible to the public,” says Chris Brown, Centenary archivist. Each archives handled scanning while Centenary staff and student workers edited the nearly 3,400 scans to create electronic reproductions of the forty-seven volumes.

New Records Available to Search On Findmypast

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Findmypast logoOver 1.5 million records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

Ireland, Outrage reports 1836-1840

Ireland, Outrage reports 1836-1840 consists of over 18,000 police reports filed by the Royal Irish Constabulary between 1836 and 1840. The reports were created by chief constables who were charged with writing a short summary of all incidents, crimes or disturbances that occurred within their county. These reports would then be sent to the Inspector General of the Constabulary.

The original records are held at the National Archives in London and come from the series HO 100: Ireland: Home Office correspondence on civil affairs. Each record includes both a transcript and scanned colour image of the original document. The details recorded in each report varied depending on the constable recording the event and the information available at the time of the incident. Images of the original documents contain a short description of the event or offence reported. The records also record the details of victims of crime, as well as serving members of the Royal Irish Constabulary.

Middlesex, London, Old Bailey Court records 1674-1913

FamilySearch New Collections Update: Week of August 15, 2017

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

New Collections Update: Week of August 15, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—The past two weeks have brought a few new large indexed collections, including New York passenger lists, English parish registers, and United States muster rolls, plus images and indexes from the Czech Republic, Peru, Norway, Portugal, and the United States.  See the interactive table below for these and more historic records added this week at Join our online indexing volunteers anytime and help make more of these exciting collections discoverable to more people. Find out how at

Alaska, Colorado, Maine, and New Jersey Join the National Digital Newspaper Program

Four new partners have been added to the National Digital Newspaper Program. The National Endowment for the Humanities has made awards to digitize historic newspapers to the Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums; the Colorado Historical Society; the Maine State Library, and Rutgers University in New Jersey. With forty-three states and one territory now participating in the program, NEH is approaching its goal of representing every state and U.S. territory in Chronicling America, the open access database of historic American newspapers maintained by the Library of Congress.

This year, NEH awards have also been issued to state partners in Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas to continue their contributions to Chronicling America. You can read more about the project at

Some Le Havre Departing Passenger Lists Are Online

According to The French Genealogy Blog, Inscription Maritime has the following online lists from Le Havre:

Registres matricules des gens de mer – 1751-1950 – These are highly detailed crew lists, often with copies of brith registrations. There are alphabetic indices at the end of each volume.

Rôles des bâtiments de commerce – 1751-1816 – These are the papers required of each merchant vessel, listing stores, cargo, crew and passengers. Included in this category are the matricules des bateaux de plaisance – 1850-1906, the crew and passenger lists for pleasure craft.

National Geographic’s Free Website for Printing Detailed Topographical Maps

ng_seal_blackTopographic maps are a great resource for genealogists looking for cemeteries, especially old or even abandoned cemeteries. I have found cemeteries listed on topographic maps that would have been difficult or perhaps impossible to find otherwise.

In theory, you can print your own maps from the U.S. Geological Survey’s web site at However, I have had little luck at that web site. It seems to be almost constantly busy. The rare times I have been able to use the site, the PDF images downloaded from the site aren’t formatted for standard printer paper. That makes printing the maps very difficult.

The National Geographic web site has come to the rescue.

New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

7,544,737 new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

United States, Canadian Border Crossings

United States, Canadian Border Crossings contains over 6.6 million highly detailed records. The collection is made up of four collections from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), including both indexes and passenger manifests of entries from Canada into the United States through St Albans, Vermont, between 1895 and 1954. Passage to Canada was generally less expensive than travelling directly to the United States. If you have been unable to discover how your ancestors arrived in the United States using other US travel and migration records, it could be because that they chose to take this route.

Collage, The London Picture Map

Launched last week, Collage, The London Picture Map allows you to trace London’s visual history street by street. With more than 150,000 pictures mapped across the city, the digital photo archive of the city of London is a huge resource showing what London looked like over the years. Yes, if you have London ancestors, it is likely that you can now see what they saw. The project is the result of two full years of digitizing and mapping images from the London Metropolitan Archive and the Guildhall Art Gallery, which together possess the largest collection of London images in the world.

Whitechapel High Street- looking east about 1890

Whitechapel High Street- looking east about 1890

Announcing the Online Launch of The List of Church of Ireland Parish Registers

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

A colour-coded resource of surviving registers and their locations

Archive of the Month August 2016

Irish Genealogical Research Society

At a reception in St Audoen’s parish church, Dublin, at 6pm, Wednesday, 3rd August 2016, the Director of the National Archives, John McDonough, launched The List of Church of Ireland Parish Registers: an online colour-coded resource featuring live links to other relevant online resources.

TheGenealogist Releases Early UK Military Records

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

This month TheGenealogist is pleased to announce it has added several new early military records. Joining the ever growing and fully searchable Military collection is:

  • The Waterloo Roll Call 1815
  • Battery Records of the Royal Artillery, 1716-1859
  • The Manchester Regiment, 63rd and 96th 1758-1883 Vol I and 1883-1922 Vol II
  • Certificate of Musters in the County of Somerset 1569
  • Four more Army Lists, from 1838 to 1886


The Waterloo Roll Call of 1815 enables researchers to find ancestors within a list of nearly 4,000 men, most of whom were officers present at the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium on June 18th 1815 under the Duke of Wellington – whose record we can find in this collection. You can search for your ancestors in ‘The Waterloo Roll Call’ using Title, Forename, Surname, Regiment, Rank, Decoration and Staff position. Adds 1.4 Million Cemetery Records

The following announcement was written by the folks at

Interment_logo(August 1, 2016, San Diego, CA), In the month of July 2016, added 670,276 cemetery records to its online archives, covering 87 cemeteries across 23 states. It’s the largest one-month publishing effort in the website’s history.

View the full list of July’s transcriptions here:

All in all, nearly 1.4 million records have been added when you include the previous months of June and May 2016.

The accelerated rate of expansion comes from a renewed effort to reestablish as the top destination for cemetery records.

NEHGS Offers All Its Irish Resources on from August 2 through August 9

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

Don’t Leave Your Irish Research to Luck — Leave It to American Ancestors

Research within the Irish Databases of NEHGS Is FREE for Eight Days with Registration as a Guest User

August 1, 2016—Boston, Massachusetts–Many believe that researching Irish ancestors is impossible because of the destruction of the Public Record Office (PRO) in Dublin in 1922. While many records were destroyed in that devastating fire, other sources, such as deeds and Catholic Church records, were never stored in the PRO and still exist. A lot of Irish genealogical material has come online in recent years, and the growing list of Internet research options has resulted in many more people finding their ancestors in Ireland.

Irish Resources - FREE Access

Postcards Provide Link to Edwardian Social Media

You can see postcards that your UK ancestors may have seen from 1901 to 1910. The following announcement was written by the folks at Lancaster University:

A new public searchable database provides access to a unique and inspirational treasure trove of amazing stories and pictures through what Lancaster University researchers term the ‘social media’ of the Edwardian era.

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus – Click on the image to view a larger version.

Described by researchers at Lancaster University as the social media of its day, with features of Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Messenger and SMS texts, the ‘hands-on’ database includes 1000 postcards, written and sent between 1901 and 1910, together with transcriptions and carefully researched historical data about the people who wrote and received the fascinating cards.