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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Over 285,000 new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including;

British Army discharges, 60th Foot 1854-1880

Containing over 10,000 records, British Army discharges, 60th Foot 1854-1880, will allow you to find out if your ancestor served in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. This collection of discharge records will allow you to uncover their service number, rank, and the reason for their discharge. The 60th Regiment of Foot saw action in the Seven Years War, Napoleonic Wars, and Peninsular War. They have served in India, Burma, Afghanistan, China, and South Africa. The men found in these records most likely fought in The Indian Mutiny (1857-1859), in Canada during the Fenian raids (1866-1867), and The Zulu War (1879).

Middlesex War Memorials

Free Genealogy Books on The Internet Archive

When I started researching my family tree more than thirty years ago, I purchased a paper reprint of a genealogy book first published in 1920: The Harmon Genealogy, comprising all branches in New England written by Artemas C. Harmon. The book mentions my great-grandmother, Lucy Harmon, and documents her Harmon ancestry back to 1667. It is a wonderful resource, and I have referred to this book often over the years.


I paid more than $100 for this reprinted book many years ago. Today I found the same book online. The cost is ZERO. I can download the entire book to my hard drive or to a jump drive or save it to an online storage service. I can print one page, multiple pages, or even the entire book. Even better, I can electronically search the entire book within seconds for any word or phrase. Not only can I search for names, but I can also search for towns, dates, occupations, or any other words of interest. Try doing that with a printed book!

Troy Irish Genealogy Society Adds a new Database online: St. Agnes Cemetery

TroyIrishGenealogySociety-logoThe very busy folks at the Troy (New York) Irish Genealogy Society have added still another database to the society’s online web site: the Lot Sale Book records of St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, New York.

This new data base covers lot purchases in St. Agnes from 1867 to 1922 and lists 6,063 names. To see these records on the TIGS website, – – click on PROJECTS and then under CEMETERIES click on ST. AGNES CEMETERY, MENANDS, NY – LOT SALE BOOK – 1867-1922

New Historic Records on FamilySearch, Week of December 12, 2016

FamilySearch_LogoThe following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

Major additions have been made to record collections in Ireland as well as the Find A Grave index. New indexed records were also added to the Freedmen’s Bureau collection. Search these free records and more from seven other countries at by clicking on the links in the interactive table below.

New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

logo-findmypast-AU-500Every Friday, Findmypast announces another big batch of records that have been digitized and made available online. Here’s is this week’s announcement:

Over 205 million new records and newspaper articles are available to search this Findmypast Friday including;

British Newspapers

Over 204 million new articles and 8 new titles have been added to our collection of historic British newspapers. The new additions include the Northern Daily Telegraph, Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, Britannia and Eve, The Sketch, The Sphere, Evening Star, Shipley Times and Express and the Southern Echo.

Worcestershire Probate Index 1660-1858

New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of December 5, 2016

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:


New searchable, indexed records were just published for 8 different countries around the world. If you’re looking for historic records in Canada, England, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, Sweden, Scotland or the United States perhaps one of these collection has the ancestor you are looking for. Search these free records and more at by clicking on the links in the interactive table below.

New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

logo-findmypast-AU-500The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Over 8.9 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including;

New South Wales Passenger Lists

New South Wales Passenger Lists contains over 8.5 million records. This collection includes records of both assisted and unassisted passengers. The assisted passenger lists cover 1828 to 1896 and the unassisted passenger lists span the years 1826 to 1900. Assisted passengers refers to those who received monetary assistance from another party or agency/government for their passage.

Each result will provide a transcript and image of the original record. The information included on the transcript will vary depending on whether your ancestor was an assisted or unassisted passenger, although most will include your ancestors name, passage type, birth year, nationality, departure port, arrival port and the dates of their travels.

Scotland Non-Old Parish Registers Vital Records 1647-1875

Fold3 Commemorates Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary with Free Access to WWII Records and Stories Honoring Living Survivors

The following announcement was written by Fold3, a division of

  • To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Ancestry researched the lives of 12 Pearl Harbor survivors, including four USS Arizona veterans, to uncover details about their family history, military service, and genetic diversity.
  • Fold3, an Ancestry company, is offering free access to 113 million WWII records during the entire month of December in addition to AncestryDNA and Fold3 subscription discounts.


LEHI, Utah, Dec. 01, 2016 — December 7th will mark the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, and the nation will pause to remember that tragic day in 1941. Fold3 will honor those who served at Pearl Harbor during the attack by showcasing the family and military history of 12 Pearl Harbor veterans. Everyone has a unique story of what led to them, and the heroes at Pearl Harbor are no exception. Featured stories include:

New Royal Irish Constabulary Service Records Available to Search at Findmypast

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

  • logo-findmypast-AU-500Over 486,000 RIC service records released online
  • Thousands of new records added to existing collection of RIC histories & directories

Today, December 2nd 2016, over 530,000 Royal Irish Constabulary records have been published online at Findmypast. The release consists of one brand new collection, Royal Irish Constabulary Service Records 1816-1922, and new additions to their existing collection of Royal Irish Constabulary History & Directories.

Digitised from original records held by The National Archives, the new Royal Irish Constabulary Service Records 1816-1922 collection contains a wide variety of documents from the series HO 184.Each record includes both an image of the original document and a transcript of the information it recorded.

The collection will allow researchers from all over the world to uncover intimate details of their ancestor’s career with the RIC and consists of over 486,000 records pertaining to the running and administration of the force. This includes;

Maine’s Alien Registry of 1940 is Available Online

There is a lot of political discussion these days about registering aliens who live in the United States. Indeed, one well-known example is the registration and internment of Japanese-Americans during World War 2 as a precedent. However, that was not the first and certainly not the only such registration.

In 1940, the State of Maine’s Governor Lewis O. Barrows issued a proclamation stating that alien residents of Maine were required to register at their local town office. Over the next month, more than 30,000 people registered with their town. Overseen by the Adjutant General, the registrations were then collected by his office at which point the statistical data was extracted to create data sheets. These data sheets can now be viewed online, thanks to the Maine State Library. These documents provide a new resource for genealogists, as well as historians of immigration in Maine.

MyHeritage Adds United States WWI Draft Registrations, 1917-1918

MyHeritage, the sponsor of this newsletter, has announced the recent addition of United States World War I Draft Registrations, 1917-1918, with over 24 million records. Information recorded varied slightly by registration date but usually included name, current residence address, date of birth, place of birth, age, marital status, race, occupation, employer, citizenship status, and other information about his next of kin.


The “first registration” on June 5, 1917, included all men from 21 to 31 years of age. The “second registration” date was June 5, 1918, with a supplemental registration on August 24, 1918, covering those who had recently turned 21. The final registration was on September 12, 1918, for all men ages 18-45, who had not previously registered.

Millions of New Parish Records added to the TheGenealogist

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

  • Released in partnership with the Hampshire Genealogical Society there are over 2.1 million new fully searchable records of individuals released online for the first time
  • With these records those searching for ancestors from Hampshire can discover almost 1.8 million people recorded within the baptisms from this area in the south of England as far back as 1538 up to 1751
  • Family researchers can also discover the details of over 212,000 individuals from marriages between 1538 and 1753 and nearly 143,800 people listed in the burials of Hampshire from 1838 to 1865

TheGenealogist-logoHampshire Genealogical Society worked with TheGenealogist to publish their records online, making 2,135,878 individuals from baptism, marriage and burial records fully searchable. Dolina Clarke, Chairman of Hampshire Genealogical Society said:

Mississippi State University Libraries Digitize Civil War Diaries and Letters

Mississippi State University Libraries has made available in its digital collections the Civil War era, first-hand accounts of the Orville Babcock Diaries and Letters of Pvt. Arthur McKinstry.

Orville Babcock

Orville Babcock

The Babcock and McKinstry materials are a part of the overall Ulysses S. Grant Collection, which is housed at the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library on the first floor of Mitchell Memorial Library at MSU’s Starkville campus. MSU is one of only five universities in the nation that have the distinction of hosting a presidential library.

Orville Babcock was a Union Army officer and engineer, who eventually became General Grant’s aide-de-camp late in the Civil War. His diaries begin in 1863, notably including his perspective on the siege of Vicksburg, and continue into 1869. Also included are Babcock’s wartime experiences in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee before finally being summoned to Virginia. Additionally, they contain information regarding his post-war experiences in Washington, D.C., where Babcock served as personal secretary to Grant during his presidency, including his famous mission to Santo Domingo in 1869. This collection also includes supplementary materials of speeches, correspondence, and newspaper clippings.

Records of (Some) Irish Soldiers Now Available Online

nam-logoIn 1922, following the creation of the Irish Free State, the five regiments of the British Army recruited in southern Ireland – the Royal Irish Regiment, the Connaught Rangers, the Leinster Regiment, the Royal Munster Fusiliers and the Royal Dublin Fusiliers – were disbanded. The enlistment books of the five disbanded Irish regiments are now available online, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For the first time, the records of nearly 12,000 soldiers can be searched online – by unit, place of birth, place of attestation, and year of attestation. As a result, statistical analysis becomes very easy. Researchers can see the original scans of each soldier’s entry, giving them access to a recruit’s age and trade on enlistment and the names of his next of kin (including date of marriage, where relevant, and the birth date of any children).

University of South Carolina to Store and Digitize 10,000 Vintage Marine Corps Films

usmc-logoFor most of the 20th Century, the Marine Corps archived film footage of that recruit training along with Marines fighting in wars, including World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars and various public relations activities.

Starting at the first of the year, that film collection – 10,000 Marine Corps film – will be permanently transferred to the University of South Carolina, where it will be digitized, stored and made available for public viewing. The footage covers Marine Corps activities from 1918 through the 1970s.

New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

logo-findmypast-AU-500Over 285,000 new records and newspaper articles are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

British Army Service Records – Scots Guards 1799-1939

Over 4,000 records including 140 years’ worth of personnel files and enlistment registers pertaining to the Scots Guards have been added to our collection of British Army Service records. The Scots Guards, part of the Guards Division, is one of the Foot Guards regiments of the British Army. Their origins lie in the personal bodyguard of King Charles I of England and Scotland and the regiment has a long and proud history of service to the sovereign in times of war and peace.

Queensland, Mackay, Funeral notices and funeral director records

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of November 21, 2016

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:


Maybe one of your ancestors is in one of the newly published 1916 Denmark census records, civil registrations from Hungary, Sweden church records, Ohio death, South Carolina birth, or Wyoming obituary records. Search these free records and more at by clicking on the links in the interactive table below.

Ships’ Logs of the Honourable East India Company Service are Being Placed Online

In the early 19th century a voyage from England to India and the Far East took over a year to complete. These ships carried hundreds of crew and passengers and the logs list their names, rank, destinations, children are recorded. Many hundreds of the logs survive and are stored in the British Library in original bound volumes. Most of them have never been copied or transcribed. One free web site is now trying to change that. For the first time, a few of the ships’ logs have been made available online.

honourable-east-india-companyThe Records cover the government of India amounting to over 10 miles of shelves, plus 70,000 volumes of official publications and 105,000 manuscripts and maps. Day to day events are recorded such as cleaning, loading the ship, weather, floggings, recording of passing ships, sickness, disputes, and death.

Only a tiny percentage of the logs have been transferred to date. Ships’ logs available online so far include the following ships’ names and voyages:

Findmypast Friday – Millions of new 1939 Records Available to Search

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

logo-findmypast-AU-500Over 2 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

1939 Register

The 1939 register now contains over 5 million more records than it did at launch. In the year since the Register was launched, Findmypast has matched millions of ‘closed records’ to multiple data sources to correctly confirm the date and location of death for individuals recorded. This process has resulted in more than three million records being opened in the past 12 months, while an additional two million records have been opened in the past week to mark the first anniversary of the register’s launch.

The 1939 Register now contains more than 32.8 million open records. Each record includes the names of inhabitants at each address, their date of birth, marital status and occupation. A wealth of contextual information, including period photographs never before seen online, infographics, region-specific newspaper articles and historical and contemporary maps, are personally tailored to each record, offering a rich and unique user experience unrivalled by any other family history research tool to date.

New South Wales, Government Railways and Tramways Roll Of Honour, 1914-1919

New and Exclusive U.K. Women’s and Civilians’ Records on Forces War Records

The following announcement was written by the folks at Forces War Records:

New Forces War Records collections will be uploaded by end November

Women Drivers records will be free to view until from 27th November until 1st December!

It’s not all about the men – during wartime many women played a huge part, on land and sea. Some served, whilst others carried out a range of duties to help their country. They were munition workers, air raid wardens, nurses, social workers, farm workers, politicians, drivers and other home front uniformed services.


From November 27th these collections will be on the website: