New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Findmypast_logoOver 4.7 million new records have been added this week including;

BRAND NEW RECORDS

Ireland Valuation Office Books

Ireland Valuation Office Books contains just under 2 million records. The collection houses several types of manuscript records from the Valuation Office in Ireland including field books, house books, quarto books, rent books, survey books, and tenure books. All of these books helped to inform the publication of Griffith’s Valuation; a comprehensive assessment of the rental value of Irish lands and property from the mid-1820s to the mid-1850s.

Each record includes both a transcript and an image of the original document. The amount and type of information will vary depending on the date and nature of the document. Images offer additional information, particularly about the land being assessed. Some book types, such as tenure books, include notations about the property as well as notes on the cost of rent and any additional observations. House books also often include descriptions of a property and its various components, such as notations of office, barn and piggery. Quarto books include observations about the tenement.

Original Will Registers 1858-1920

Introducing the New Beta Site for The Family History Guide

The Family History Guide is a huge website aimed for beginners and advanced genealogy researchers alike. It is not a simple ebook published in PDF or some other format. Instead, it is a full interactive guide that contains some of its information on the Family History Guide’s own web site and adds hundreds of links to other web sites that also contain useful information. I described The Family History Guide in an earlier article at https://goo.gl/m0WPpZ.

Now The Family History Guide has a new site that is still under construction. You can view the beta site at:  http://www.thefhguide.com/beta/index.html.

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TheGenealogist adds Parish Records for Nuneaton & North Warwickshire to its Online Collection

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist adds to its growing collection of Parish Records with the release of those for Nuneaton & North Warwickshire.

  • Released in partnership with the Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Family History Society there are over 454,000 new fully searchable records of individuals
  • Allowing the researcher to discover more than 300,000 people recorded within the baptisms from this area in the heart of England
  • Family historians can also discover the details of over 90,000 individuals from marriages and nearly 60,0000 people listed in the burials of Nuneaton & North Warwickshire

Nuneaton & North Warwickshire FHS worked with TheGenealogist to publish their records online for the first time, making 454,525 individuals from baptism, marriage and burial records fully searchable.

You Can Help Challenge History and Correct the History Books in a New Television Series

Sirens Media and Leftfield Entertainment is looking to genealogists or amateur or professional historians to be assist in the casting of a new television series. That could be you

Sirens Media and Leftfield Entertainment is one of the largest TV programming powerhouses in the world. The company has created a number of programs for virtually every television network, including the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic, to name a few. You can learn more about some of the company’s productions at leftfieldpictures.com.

I received the following message from Jodi Friedman, the Casting Director of Sirens Media and Leftfield Entertainment:

Findmypast Announces Over 3 Million historic Irish Records are now Free Forever to Search Online

This announcement strikes me as being significant. Any time I see the word FREE I am interested but, in this case, I also see the word FOREVER. The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

  • Findmypast_logoFour fascinating NAI collections spanning 220 years of Irish history (1701-1922) free to search forever
  • Released online for the first time, the records will allow researchers to trace their roots back to Pre-Famine Ireland and learn about the lives of their Irish ancestors

Dublin, Ireland, September 15th 2016 – Leading Family History website Findmypast, has today announced the online publication of more than 3 million historic Irish records released in association with the National Archives of Ireland and Family Search International. The release consists of a wide range of documents including original wills, lists of Catholics who swore loyalty to the crown or converted to Protestantism, land valuation records and merchant navy crew lists. The records date back to pre-famine Ireland and will be completely free to search forever.

Spanning over 220 years of Irish history from 1701 to 1922, the release is comprised of four highly valuable National Archives of Ireland collections including:

Registration for RootsTech2017 is now Open

This morning, the organizers of RootsTech opened the online registration for next February’s conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, to be held February 8–11. If you are interested in genealogy, and especially if you are interested in the use of technology to help in your genealogy research efforts, you will want to attend this event. The digital age has transformed the way people look at family history and RootsTech focuses on the use of the new ideas.

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In just a few short years, RootsTech has become the biggest conference in the genealogy world. Next February’s event promises to be the same and probably will be bigger than ever.

Bring your walking shoes! You will need them for this huge event. (Handicap access is also provided.)

You can register for RootsTech2017 now at http://www.rootstech.org.

(+) Update: My Move to the Cloud

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

A few months ago I published an article entitled, “I am Moving to the Cloud.” Since that time, I have continued my move to a cloud-based personal service for genealogy and other applications, and now I am almost completely cloud-based.

In the original article, I described several cloud-based services, explained actions I had already taken, and described what I planned to do. Since I published that article, I have followed most of the items in my plan. However, a couple of vendors have changed their services slightly, and some new services have been introduced. One of the new services was so appealing that it caused me to change my original plans. I also experimented a bit as I moved through my planned changes. The result was even more changes in my plans as I gained experience.

The original article is no longer accurate because of these changes. I decided to re-write that original article and to include the changes in the new version that I am publishing today. This is the extensively revised article.

I’ve decided to move. Well, not my personal possessions, my clothes, my tools, or even my computers. I am moving my data and my applications. I am moving to the cloud.

First, here is a quick definition of a cloud as the word is used in computer technology.

GRAMPS Can Now be used as a Cloud-Based Genealogy Program

GRAMPS (an abbreviation for “Genealogy Research and Analysis Management Programming System”) was originally developed as a Linux genealogy program and later was ported to Macintosh, Windows, BSD UNIX and Solaris. (You can find my previous articles about GRAMPS by starting at https://goo.gl/gVUE9d.)

GRAMPS is now available as a cloud-based program. In theory, you should be able to use the cloud-based version of GRAMPS with any Android, Apple iOS (specifically iPad), Chromebook, Windows, Macintosh, or Linux computer. Since it runs from the cloud, no software installation is required. Best of all, GRAMPS is available FREE of charge.

I find GRAMPS to be a very powerful genealogy program. Perhaps the most attractive feature is its price tag: FREE.

GRAMPS is a community project, created, developed and governed by genealogists. Dozens of programmers have contributed to its success. Now the folks at rollApp have ported GRAMPS to an online version, accessible to everyone in the cloud. One unique feature is that the online version of GRAMPS will save your data files in your choice of Dropbox, Google Drive, Box.com, OneDrive, or Yandex.Disk.

Unknown No Longer – a Project at the Virginia Historical Society to Identify Virginians of African Descent

unknown-no-longerIn Virginia, where slavery began in the American colonies in 1619, the Virginia Historical Society has discovered the identities of 3,200 slaves from unpublished private documents, providing new information for today’s descendants in a first-of-its-kind online database. Unknown No Longer is a database that is the latest step by the Society to increase access to its varied collections relating to Virginians of African descent. Since its founding in 1831, the VHS has collected unpublished manuscripts, a collection that now numbers more than 8 million processed items.

The Virginia Historical Society received a $100,000 grant to pore over some of its 8 million unpublished manuscripts — letters, diaries, ledgers, books and farm documents from Virginians dating to the 1600s — and began discovering the long-lost identities of the slaves.

Quoting from the Unknown No Longer Web site:

FamilySearch Collections Update: Week of September 12

The following was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

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Searchable records are becoming more and more available across the globe. The most recent published collections are great evidence of that. From the large indexed 1911 census in Denmark to browsable images from Korea, see the interactive table below for these and more historic records added this week at FamilySearch.org. Join our online indexing volunteers anytime and help make more of these exciting collections discoverable to more people. Find out how at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

An Acer Chromebook for $109.99

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UPDATE: The sale has ended.

I have written often about Chromebooks. (See https://goo.gl/9yDkl2 for a list of my past articles about Chromebooks.) I recently used my Chromebook daily on a trip to New Zealand and to Singapore to write articles for this newsletter, send and receive email messages, surf the Web, and I might admit to playing a few computer games as well. I find I am using my Chromebook more and more these days and my “big” laptop less and less. While the Chromebook isn’t as powerful as my more expensive laptop, I prefer its convenience. It boots up in seconds, never gets viruses, and everything is fully backed up in the cloud within seconds after I create or save something new.

Chromebook prices are getting insane. Now Groupon is selling a refurbished Acer Chromebook 15.6” Laptop for only $109.99 at https://goo.gl/SziahF.

Why You Might Want a Personal Genealogy Blog on WordPress

blogYou probably can find dozens of reasons for creating a blog. In addition, you can probably find dozens of companies that will host a blog for you. Given the choices and the reasons available, trying to decide on the best blog hosting service for you can be an overwhelming decision. How do you find the best one for your use? I will suggest there is no easy answer, but I will suggest that WordPress should be one of the services you evaluate.

NOTE: I will quickly admit that I am biased. The words you are reading right now are hosted on a WordPress blog. I have used several different blogging services over the years to host this newsletter. I switched to WordPress several years ago and am very happy with the company’s services. I have no plans to switch to anything else.

Why would you want a blog?

There are a number of reasons why a genealogist might want to crate a blog. Here are a few ideas I can think of:

Evernote’s Future Is in the Cloud

evernote_googlecloudI have written frequently about Evernote, a note-taking app on steroids that is very useful for genealogists and most everyone else. (See http://goo.gl/uEaV7X for my past articles about Evernote.) I have also written frequently about use of “the cloud” for genealogy and other purposes. (See http://goo.gl/f6IkQh for my past articles about the cloud. I especially recommend a Plus Edition article, (+) I am Moving to the Cloud, that has an introduction at http://goo.gl/z6P2TL with the full article available at http://eogn.com/wp/?p=40129.)

Now Evernote has come to the same conclusion that I came to some time ago: it makes sense to move to the cloud.

Take a Genealogy Cruise to Alaska with HB Genealogy Cruises

hbgenealogycruisesGenealogy cruises are very popular and for good reasons. They are educational, they are fun, and they also provide a great experience for family members who are not interested in genealogy. Unlike a genealogy conference in a major city’s conference center, I have never heard a complaint about a cruise from non-interested family members who accompany a family member on one of these family history conferences on the seas.

For more information about the benefits of genealogy cruises, see my earlier article, Genealogy Cruises versus Convention Centers, at http://goo.gl/9d0acs.

HB Genealogy Cruises, sponsored by Heritage Books, has been in the cruise business for several years under the guidance of Craig Scott. The company is now offering its 4th Annual Genealogy Conference & Cruise, this time from Seattle, Washington, to British Columbia, to several ports in Alaska, and back again. The cruise will take place on September 17 — 24, 2017, roughly one year from now. I will suggest now is the time to start planning!

MyHeritage Releases Most Significant Collection of Finnish Historical Records Ever Published Online

If you have Finnish ancestors, you will want to know about this new addition! The following announcement was written by the folks at MyHeritage:

Extensive collection of 33 million Church records digitized by MyHeritage covers the population of Finland during 300 years, providing a treasure trove of information for anyone with Finnish ancestors

TEL AVIV, Israel, LEHI, Utah & HELSINKI, Finland, September 12, 2016MyHeritage, the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, announced today the addition of a new historical records collection: Finland Church Census and Pre-confirmation Rolls, 1657-1950. The collection, indexed and searchable in its entirety, is currently available only on MyHeritage, along with millions of scanned original documents. It was created with the cooperation of the National Archives Service of Finland.

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(+) 5 Ways to Connect Long-Distance Family Members

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

Today’s lifestyles often mean that families are separated by hundreds of miles, if not thousands of miles. Grandparents and grandchildren may live in different parts of the country or even different parts of the world. The U.S. Department of State estimates 6.3 million Americans live abroad, and more than 65 million travel overseas each year. Indeed, many people travel frequently for business or pleasure, resulting in them being separated for days, weeks, or even months at a time from family members. Yet today’s technology allows distant parents and grandparents to read their children or grandchildren bedtime stories, to draw with them, and to be with them—virtually.

For instance, I spend winters about 1,200 miles from my grandchildren, and yet I video conference with them frequently. A few weeks ago, I did the same while I was in Singapore, about 10,000 miles from the grandchildren. Doing so is easy and free. Well, you do have to have an Internet connection and some hardware that you probably already own. I guess that it is not free technically but is available “at no extra charge,” using equipment that most of us already possess. Add in a bit of free software and you, too, can be (virtually) with your loved ones daily.

New London Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

findmypast_logoTo commemorate the Great Fire of London’s 350th anniversary, over 3.5 million historic London records are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Brand New Records

London Post Office Directories 1842, 1851 and 1861, Browse

Browse over 1.5 million records from three London Post Office Directories. The directories include lists of traders, bankers, people employed by the crown, officials, lawyers as well as full street directories. They are presented as a browse search, which allows you to select a publication and browse through it from beginning to end.

The collection includes various lists such as a commercial directory, a trade’s directory, a parliamentary directory, a street directory, and a court directory. They list names alphabetically by surname and allow you to discover your ancestor’s occupation, business address, or home address.

Westminster, Poor Law and Parish Administration

Westminster, Poor Law and Parish Administration contains over 1.7 million records including bastardy papers, admissions, examinations, pauper records, valuations, work house records and more.

DigitalNC Launches an Architectural History of Transylvania County, North Carolina

In conjunction with the Transylvania County Library, DigitalNC recently added a new exhibit containing nearly 1500 images to the Images of North Carolina Collection. If you have Transylvania County ancestry, you might get lucky and even find a picture of the house where they lived or their barn or similar buildings. Obviously, there is no guarantee that YOUR ancestors are included. Even some cemeteries are included.

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The exhibit, Transylvania: The Architectural History of a Mountain County, features nearly 1,500 images taken during an architectural survey done of the county in the early 1990s. Architectural surveys are inventories of built, intact structures in a given area. These images document structures and communities in Brevard, Rosman, Lake Toxaway, Cedar Mountain, Pisgah Forest, and other areas. The County was founded in 1861 as an agricultural community, which is evident through the survey. Hundreds of images depict homes, barns, spring houses, smokehouses, chicken houses, silos, and many other structures that reflect the activities and roots of the rural community.

Facebook Post Leads Residents to Rally to Clean Up a Titusville, Florida Cemetery

The LaGrange Cemetery in Titusvillle, Florida was best described as being “in shambles.” John Petrik took to Facebook on Friday morning, where he explained in a community group what he discovered at the cemetery. By Monday morning, the LaGrange Cemetery was filled with more than 30 volunteers inspired by the post and ready to work. On a whim’s notice, inspired residents posted in the group, organizing a spur-of-the-moment clean up on Labor Day.

Ancestry Appoints Catherine Ball as Chief Scientific Officer

The following announcement was written by Ancestry.com:

Recognized Leader in Field of Genomics Will Help Company Scale DNA Offering to Millions More

catherineballLEHI, Utah, Sept. 08, 2016 — Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, today announced the appointment of Catherine Ball, Ph.D. as Chief Scientific Officer. In addition to overseeing the science team, Dr. Ball leads the Company’s initiatives to develop innovative new technologies and analyze genetic data at a rapidly-increasing scale.

Dr. Ball joined Ancestry in 2011 as Vice President of Genomics and Bioinformatics, helping to establish the Company’s approach to genetic genealogy leading to the launch of AncestryDNA. She has built Ancestry’s science team into a key innovation engine, driving new scientific discoveries and powering the Company’s growth to become the largest consumer genomics provider globally. Today, AncestryDNA has the world’s largest consumer genomics database and has helped more than two million customers learn more about their ethnic origins and genetic relationships.