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The National Endowment for the Humanities Announces 2019 Awards for the National Digital Newspaper Program, adding partners in Rhode Island, Virgin Islands and Wyoming

Old newspapers often are valuable tools for genealogists and historians. Not only will you find birth announcements, marriage announcements, and obituaries, but you will occasionally find information about the activities and interests of ancestors. This normally is information not found in public vital records. You also will always learn about the world in which these ancestors lived and the events that shaped their lives. With that in mind, here is an announcement from the National Endowment for the Humanities:

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TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer adds the Charles Booth Poverty Maps of London

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist’s innovative Map Explorer, which allows family history researchers to trace an ancestor’s property and then view the changing environment over time, now boasts another powerful new feature.

While previously researchers were able to view the georeferenced Lloyd George Domesday Survey Data Layer of maps and also see the sites of UK War Memorials, cemeteries and churchyards from across the country, TheGenealogist has now added the fascinating Booth Poverty Maps of London 1898-1899 to this useful resource.

  • Use the new Charles Booth Maps to reveal London streets classified by income and class
  • Research neighbourhoods where different classes of people lived close to each other
  • Use the opacity slider to view various modern day maps as a base layer to see the area today

Map Explorer displays the streets coloured to show the income and social class of its residents

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 12 August 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch added new, free, historical records this week from Australia, French Polynesia, Germany, Honduras, Netherlands, South Africa, and the United States, including Arkansas, Rhode Island, Missourri, Kansas, New York, Ohio, and the Veterans Adminstration Master Index.

Search these new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

New Records Available to Search on Findmypast

Findmypast sends an announcement every week listing the new records added to the online service in the past seven days. Here is this week’s update as received from Findmypast:

Scotland, Published Family Histories

Is your family from Scotland? Discover more about your Scottish families’ name and history from this collection of publications. There are over 400 publications in this collection of Scottish family histories.

The publications mostly date from the 19th and early 20th centuries, they include memoirs, genealogies, and clan histories. There are also publications that have been produced by emigrant families.

Scotland, Glasgow & Lanarkshire Death & Burial Index

Recently Added and Updated Collections on

From the list of recent additions at

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 5 August 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch added new, free, historical records this week from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Germany, South Africa and the United States, including Kansas, Alabama and the Freedman’s Bureau Hospital.

Search these new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

Historic Catholic Records Online Project Expansion Announced by American Ancestors and the Archdiocese of Boston

The following announcement was written by England Historic Genealogical Society:

20 Additional Years of Records—from 1901 through 1920—and more than 60 Additional Greater Boston Catholic Parishes Are To Be Added to the Historic Digital Genealogy Project at

August 7, 2019—Boston, Massachusetts—American Ancestors and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston (RCAB) today announced an expansion of its ongoing program to digitize important sacramental records in the history of Boston’s Catholic Church. This expansion of a project collaboration announced in early 2017 will effectively double the original 11 million names of parishioners to be included when the project is completed to encompass a total of approximately 21 million names—a treasure in research terms for historians, genealogists, scholars, and the public at large. Images are available to browse now. Name-searchable records will be available in an expanded database from American Ancestors on their award-winning website

These historic records document several sacraments of the Catholic Church in Boston and surrounding towns including baptism, confirmation, holy communion, marriage, and the anointing of the sick. They are valued for research because they contain detailed information about the Catholic parishioners of greater Boston, their relationships with each other, the church, and often the community.

New Records Available on FamilySearch from July 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in July of 2019 with over 7 million new indexed family history records from all over the world. New historical records were added from Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, England, France, Italy, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Venezuela, and the United States, which includes Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and WisconsinUnited States Deceased Physician Files are included as well.

Find your ancestors using these free archives online, including birth, marriage, death, and church records. Millions of new genealogy records are added each month to make your search easier.

Napa, California Mortuary Records are Now Online

A new database of funeral records from the Treadway & Wigger Funeral Home in Napa, California, just went online. This is an excellent resource for genealogists as the records are from the early 1900s to the early 2000s. Each online record includes photo(s) of index cards, but much more valuable are the photos of the complete funeral records. Those include a long list of details about a person’s funeral, including a breakdown of each expense billed. Older records contain less information. As the years passed, more information was recorded.

Here is a thumbnail-size image of one typical funeral record:

Click on the above image to view a larger image.

New Cincinnati Roman Catholic Parish Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

Over 644,000 new Cincinnati records have been added to the Catholic Heritage Archive. As well as adding new transcripts, images of original documents have been digitized are now available to view on Findmypast.

The collection, released in partnership with the Dioceses of Cincinnati, covers 103 parishes and consists of indexes of baptisms, marriages, burials and congregational records spanning the years 1800 to 1979.

In 1850, Cincinnati was the 5th largest city in the United States. Its location on the Ohio River made it a popular stopping off point for immigrants and pioneers traveling west, many of whom stopped long enough to create a sacramental record. Early in the history of the Archdiocese there were large numbers of German and Irish immigrants spread throughout its counties and, by the end of the 19th century, there were joined by increasing numbers of Italians and Eastern Europeans.

Today’s release forms the latest in a series of substantial updates to Findmypast’s exclusive Catholic Heritage Archive, a ground-breaking initiative that aims to digitize the historical records of the Catholic Church in North America, Britain and Ireland for the very first time.

This week’s update includes:

Cincinnati Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms

Over 297,000 additional records that will reveal your ancestor’s baptism date, baptism place and parent’s names.

Cincinnati Roman Catholic Parish Marriages is Moving

The web site is a huge resource for anyone researching Michigan families. I have mentioned the site many times in this newsletter. (Click here to find my past references to the site.) Now the web site is moving to a new URL (web address). On September 1, 2019, the digital collections currently available on will move to

There will be some impact to links in many other web sites that presently link to the old web site. That includes all the old links in this newsletter’s past articles. However, the benefits of using the new address of should make the transition worthwhile. As stated in the announcement:

Recently Added and Updated Collections on

From the list of recent additions at


TheGenealogist Announces New Searchable Headstones from across England, Scotland and Wales as well as Jersey in the Channel Islands, Cyprus and India

The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist has just released nearly 60,000 new individuals on Headstones from another 61 churchyards and cemeteries. This means that there are now a total of over 174,500 individuals that are fully searchable in TheGenealogist’s Headstone collection which has examples from across England, Scotland and Wales as well as Jersey in the Channel Islands, Cyprus and India.

The new data will allow the family history researcher to discover:

  • 60,000 individuals recorded on Headstones
  • churchyards and cemeteries from various parts of England and Wales
  • use the Map Explorer to see the location of cemeteries in and around an ancestor’s town

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 29 July 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

FamilySearch added new, free, historical records this week from Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, England, Peru, Spain, and the United States, including AK, AZ, CA, CO, GA, HI, ID, IL, IA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NJ, NM, NC, OH, PA, TX, VA and WI.

Search these new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

95 Years of Brooklyn Jewish History Now Accessible Online and In Person in the Archives of the East Midwood Jewish Center of Brooklyn

The following announcement was written by the East Midwood Jewish Center:

The East Midwood Jewish Center, a Conservative, Egalitarian synagogue and community center, founded in 1924, announces that the records of its 95 year history are now available to the public and have been described in an easy to use alphabetical “Finding Aid.” The Archives are stored at the synagogue, 1625 Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn, and are open to the public three days a week by appointment. The Finding Aid may be viewed at any time online at

The EMJC Archives contain literally thousands of names and photographs of the founders, the rabbis and cantors, the members and trustees, and the students and faculty of its former Talmud Torah (Hebrew School), Sunday School and the Rabbi Harry Halpern Day School. Ruth Bader, now known to the world as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was once a student in the EMJC Sunday School and one of her articles and her photograph were printed in the synagogue’s weekly bulletin of June 16, 1946.

New Record Collections Added to MyHeritage in July 2019

In July, MyHeritage added 27,612,119 new records from four new collections: Australia Electoral Rolls, 1893-1949; Quebec Marriage Returns, 1926-1997; Honolulu, Hawaii Passenger Lists, 1900-1953; and Baltimore, Maryland Passenger Lists, 1891-1943 have been added to SuperSearch™.

Details may be found in the MyHeritage Blog at:

Digitized Historic Mississippi Newspapers are Available Online

The following is a news release written by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History:

Researchers from around the world now have free online access to hundreds of Mississippi newspapers. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) participated in the National Digital Newspaper Program, a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize newspapers across the country. The publications are accessible through the Library of Congress on its Chronicling America website, along with papers from other participating states.

“More than 238,000 pages of out-of-copyright Mississippi newspapers are currently online, with approximately 90,000 more pages expected to go online in the next six months,” said Mississippi Digital Newspaper Project coordinator Jo-Miles Seely. “This resource is for students, genealogists, local officials, journalists, documentary producers, and anyone who loves reading and learning about history.”

Ontario’s Vernon Directories are now Beginning to Appear Online

Ontario Ancestors, along with Family Search International and Library & Archives Canada, is undertaking the digitization of all available editions of the Vernon Directories. These digital copies are fully searchable and, best of all, they are freely available to all. The first of these directories are now available.

Despite the name, Vernon Directories were not related to a town or city named Vernon, Instead, the name “Vernon Directories” is derived from the name of the publisher, Henry Vernon & Son. The Vernon Directories were published yearly, by city, from the 1890s to 2014, except 2010, when the company’s ownership changed. They cover most of the cities and towns of Ontario. Adds Online Records: Europe, Registration of Foreigners and German Persecutees, 1939-1947 – Free to the Public

The following was written by

The Nazi persecution of both foreigners and German persecutees during the Second World War resulted in the forceable incarceration of these individuals throughout the German Reich and the territories occupied by Germany. Following the war, the Allies began a concentrated effort in both the occupied zones of Germany and Europe to document these individuals.

This collection consists of foreigners and German persecutees in Germany between 1939-1947 who were persecuted by public institutions, social securities and companies. The records may also include information on those who died, including burial information. The documents were assembled according to the Zones of Occupation – American, British, French and Soviet – by the Allied forces within Germany. Areas outside Germany were also recorded.