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Genie News from Home and Abroad
with Tricia Parnell

 
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NSW Court Records 1830-1945
Ancestry.co.uk
** New Australia – Ancestry has added a collection of court records from 1830 to 1945 from New South Wales. Access is by subscription.
16 December 2014
UK WW1 Rolls
Ancestry.co.uk
** New UK – Ancestry has added a new collection of some 6.5 million UK World War I service medal and award roll records. Access is by subscription.
16 December 2014
NY Prison Registers
Ancestry.co.uk
** New US – Ancestry has added to their collection of New York state prison records. This week, prison registers from the infamous Sing Sing prison from 1865 to 1939 have been added. Access is by subscription.
16 December 2014
OK Indian Records
Ancestry.co.uk
** New US – Ancestry has added several collections of Native American [Indian] records from the Oklahoma territories. Included are marriage and citizenship records, land records, census cards and Indian rolls. Access is by subscription.
16 December 2014
Devon Parish Records
FindMyPast.com
** New UK – FindMyPast has added 1.7 million more records to their Devon parish record collection. Access is by subscription.
16 December 2014
Washington DC BDM's
FindMyPast.com
** New US – FindMyPast.com has added a collection of birth, marriage and death records for the city of Washington, District of Columbia. Access is by subscription.
16 December 2014
Thom's Directories 1844-1900
FindMyPast.com
** New Ireland – FindMyPast has put online some 86,000 pages of Thom’s Irish Street Directories. These come from FindMyPast’s purchase of Origins.net These directories cover the years from 1844 to 1900. Access is by subscription.
16 December 2014
WW1 Draft Registrations
FamilySearch.org
** New US – FamilySearch.org has a new collection called US World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918. It consists of 24 million draft records of adult males. Access is free.
16 December 2014
NY State 1865 Census
FamilySearch.org
** New US – FamilySearch has added an additional 2.6 million indexed records from the New York state census of 1865. Most counties are covered. Access is free.
16 December 2014
French Protestants 1536-1863
FamilySearch.org
** New France – FamilySearch has indexed an additional 36,000 Protestant Church records from France. This collection spans the years from 1536 to 1863. Access is free.
16 December 2014
PA Obituaries 1947-2010
FamilySearch.org
** New US – FamilySearch.org has put online some 932,000 recent obituaries from Pennsylvania, spanning the years from 1977 to 2010. FamilySearch also has Pennsylvania newspaper obituaries from 1947 to 1958. Access is free.
16 December 2014
Bahamas Civil Records 1850-1959
FamilySearch.org
** New Bahamas – FamilySearch has indexed an additional 33,000 civil registration records from the Bahamas. These records span the years from 1850 to 1959.
16 December 2014
Essex Wills 1400-1858
EssexCC.gov.uk
** New UK – The website Essex Ancestors run by the Essex Records Office has uploaded an additional 22,500 historic wills spanning the period from the 1400s to 1858. Access to the collection is by subscription.
16 December 2014
MA WW1 Soldier Images
Massachusetts State Library
** New US – The State Library of Massachusetts has completed digitizing 8,400 images of World War I soldiers primarily from Massachusetts. Many of the images are of individual soldiers and contain biographical information. Access is free.
16 December 2014
New US Resource
Crestleaf.com
** New US – A new genealogy website called Crestleaf has launched in the US. The website has some 75 million records which list basic information. Each record is associated with a particular town. The records can be browsed for free. Check it out.
16 December 2014
New GenTeam Collections
GenTeam.eu
** New Austria – The genealogy website GenTeam has added some 400 new collections, including citizen rolls from Bratislava, a marriage index for Vienna, an index of Catholic baptisms in Vienna and Jewish indices of Prague for the years 1784 to 1804. The website is in English. Access is free upon registration.
16 December 2014
NYT TimesMachine 1851-1980
NYTimes.com
** New US – The New York Times has launched an interactive digital archive called TimesMachine. It allows users to search Times articles published between 18 September 1851 and 31 December 1980. Access is by subscription, but is free to anyone who has a current online subscription to the New York Times.
16 December 2014
Yale Depression-Era Images
Yale.edu
** New US – Yale University has created an online archive of images from the Great Depression. The University has created a website called Photogrammar that organizes and visualizes the images on an interactive map. Simply zoom in to the region where your ancestors lived in the 1930s and 1940s to view all the photographs from that region. Access is free.
16 December 2014
More British Newspapers
BritishNewspaperArchive.co.uk
** New UK – The British Newspaper Archive continues to grow. It has now reached 9 million pages and spans some 282 titles going back as far as December 1710.
16 December 2014
Estonian Newspaper Archive
Estonian National Library
** New Estonia – The National Library of Estonia has launched an online digital newspaper archive called DIGAR, which currently gives access to 85 Estonian newspapers. Included in the current release are ten newspapers from before 1944. The oldest newspaper found in the collection is dated from 1821 to 1825, although most of the newspapers cover the period between the two world wars. The balance of the collection covers recent newspapers from 2013 to today. By the end of 2015, the National Library of Estonia hopes to finish digitizing their collection of newspapers from 1944 to 2013. Access is free.
16 December 2014
WW1 Unit War Diaries
Operation War Diary
** New India – The UK National Archives has put online 171 World War I unit war diaries of Indian Infantry units deployed to the Western Front. These particular diaries cover the Lahore and Meerut Divisions and the Secunderbad Cavalry Brigade. The diaries are available on the Operation War Diary website.
26 October 2014
S Lancs Burials
DeceasedOnline.com
** New UK – Deceased Online has added nearly 350,000 burial records from South Lancashire. This collection is from the Blackburn and Darwen area. Access is by subscription.
26 October 2014
Irish Burials
FindMyPast.co.uk
** New Ireland – FindMyPast has put online a collection of burial records from County Fermanagh and a small number of cemetery records from Donegal, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Wicklow. Access is by subscription.
26 October 2014
Irish Archives
iar.ie
** New Ireland – The Irish Archives Resource portal covers 34 archives in Ireland. Although this website does not provide ancestral records, it does provide index searches to many of Ireland’s key repositories. By searching keywords such as an ancestor’s name, it is possible to find out what archives hold what records. This is an important resource for anyone wanting to trace their Irish ancestors. This latest expansion makes the website much more powerful. Access is free.
26 October 2014
Maps & Directories
SWilson.info
** New Ireland – A new website has been launched that contains historic Irish street directories and some historic maps of the country. The website also contains a townland database. Access is free.
26 October 2014
Irish Teachers 1873-4
IGP-web.com
** New Ireland – Ireland Genealogy Projects has put online a national list of school teachers for the 1873-1874 school year. The list is organized by region and then alphabetically by the name of the teacher. The list also includes monitors, who were senior students aged 12 to 18 that assisted the teacher. Access is free.
26 October 2014
Lacken School Rolls 1889-1922
ClareLibrary.ie
** New Ireland – The Clare County Library has added more school rolls to their collection. The latest addition involves the roll books and school register for Lacken National School, which was located east of Kilmihil village. The records for boys cover the years from 1865 to 1922 and the records for girls cover the years from 1889 to 1922. You can search the registers by either school year or surname. Access is free.
26 October 2014
CEF Militia August 1914
Canadiana.ca
** New Canada – The website Canadiana has put online the militia lists of each unit of the Canadian Expeditionary Force as of August 1914. Each record lists the name of each member of the unit, rank, country of birth and date and place of enlistment. Some records also list next of kin and address. This collection can be searched by keyword (such as name) and date range. Access is free.
26 October 2014
Pre-WWII Jewish Life
ICP.org
** New Europe – The International Center of Photography in New York and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. have created an online database containing some 9,000 images of Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe prior to World War II. The images are from photographer Roman Vishniac, who documented in pictures the rise of Nazi power and its impact on Jewish life. Most of these images have never been published before. The collection can be searched by date, location and keyword. Access is free.
26 October 2014
Surrey Marriage Records
FindMyPast.co.uk
** New UK – FindMyPast has put online an additional 200,000 marriage records from Surrey. With this new addition to the collection, FindMyPast has some 497,000 marriage records from 167 parishes throughout Surrey. Access is by subscription.
26 October 2014
1905 Iowa State Census
FamilySearch.org
US – FamilySearch.org has indexed an additional 725,000 records from the Iowa state census of 1905. Access is free.
25 September 2014
Honolulu Ships' Passenger Lists
FamilySearch.org
US – FamilySearch.org has indexed some 1.2 million records of ship passenger lists for Honolulu Hawaii. The collection spans the years from 1900 to 1953. Access is free.
25 September 2014
SE Idaho Obituaries
FamilySearch.org
US – FamilySearch.org has indexed some 2.5 million newspaper obituaries from the southeast counties of Idaho. The obituaries cover the period from 1864 to 2007. Access is free.
25 September 2014
German Regional Census Records
FamilySearch.org
Germany – FamilySearch.org has indexed some 288,000 census records from the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. FamilySearch also has records from the 1890 and 1900 census from the same region. This collection can be searched by first and last name, gender, marital status, place of residence and occupation. Access is free.
25 September 2014
NZ Probate Records 1848-1991
FamilySearch.org
NZ – FamilySearch.org has indexed some 145,000 probate records from various probate courts throughout New Zealand. This collection spans the years from 1848 to 1991. Access is free.
25 September 2014
Jamaican BMD's 1880-1999
FamilySearch.org
Jamaica – FamilySearch.org has indexed some 1.7 million civil registration records from Jamaica. These are birth, marriage and death records than span the years from 1880 to 1999. Access is free.
25 September 2014
Argentina Parish Records 1727-1955
FamilySearch.org
Argentina – FamilySearch.org has added an additional 400,000 indexed records to their existing collection of parish records from Tucumán, Argentina. These are Catholic Church records that date from 1727 to 1955. Access is free.
25 September 2014
Peru Civil Records 1889-1997
FamilySearch.org
Peru – FamilySearch.org has indexed 51,000 civil registration records from Cusco, Peru. The records span the years from 1889 to 1997. Access is free. https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1987564
25 September 2014
1911 Canada Census
Library and Archives Canada
FamilySearch.org
Canada – FamilySearch.org has indexed 3.4 million records from the Canada 1911 census. This is close to half the 7.2 million individuals who were enumerated in 1911. In many instances, the image of the original census record is not available. Access is free.
25 September 2014
1861 Canada Census
Library and Archives Canada
Canada – Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has made a major upgrade to their 1861 census of Canada collection. If you had previously tried to search this database, you should rerun your searches. Access to this collection is free.
25 September 2014
Walker's Irish Marriages 1771-1812
Ancestry.co.uk
Internet Archive
Ireland – Ancestry.co.uk has added an index to Irish marriages that were announced in Walker’s Hibernian Magazine. The records span the years from 1771 to 1812. Access is by subscription. For those who don’t have a subscription to Ancestry, this book is also available for free on the Internet Archive.
25 September 2014
RN Service Records 1802-1919
Ancestry.co.uk
UK – Ancestry.co.uk has started a new collection of UK naval officers and ratings service records for the period from 1802 to 1919. This collection consists primarily of pension applications. Officers and ratings were awarded pensions after 20 years of service in the Royal Navy. Access to this collection is by subscription.
25 September 2014
Loch Parish Records
Hebrides People
Scotland – The website Hebrides People has added Loch Parish to their online database. Access to the records is by purchasing credits.
25 September 2014
Massachusetts Probate 1648-1871
American Ancestors
US – American Ancestors has created a database of Middlesex County, Massachusetts probate records. The collection contains the records of probate cases in the county filed between 1648 and 1871. Access is free.
25 September 2014
TN Family Bible Collection
Tennessee State Public Library
US – The Tennessee State Public Library has put online a collection of some 1,500 family bibles that have been collected since the 1920s. The collection consists of scans of all the pages in the bibles that contain notations such as dates of birth, baptism and marriages. In Tennessee, birth certificates were not required until 1908, making this collection valuable for anyone with Tennessee ancestors. However, be mindful that the information written into any bible has not been fact checked. Access is free.
25 September 2014
Familianten Bucher 1811-1848
Czech Archives
Czech Republic – The Czech Archives has put online the first batch of records of Familianten Bucher – Jewish families primarily in Prague from 1811 to 1848. The books are organized by region and then content. Access is free.
25 September 2014
WWI Service Files
Archives New Zealand
NZ – Archives New Zealand & the National Library have put online the WWI service files of some 141,000 individuals.
25 September 2014
WWI Military Medal Records
thegenealogist.co.uk
UK – TheGenealogist has put online a collection of some 117,000 WWI military medal records. These are records of medals that were awarded to soldiers for “acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire” starting in March 1916. Access is by subscription.
25 September 2014
Durham Wills 1650-1857
FamilySearch.org
North East Inheritance database
http://familyrecords.dur.ac.uk
UK – Diocese of Durham Original Wills 1650-1857, new to FamilySearch. After a long wait, these Wills have finally made it to the FamilySearch website. You will firstly need to find the reference number by accessing the North East Inheritance database, which is a searchable Index of these Wills and Bonds.
18 August 2014
US Civil War records
FamilySearch.org
US – FamilySearch.org has created a special portal devoted to US Civil War records. Records are listed by type (military service records, enlistments, pensions, freedmen & census records) and then by state. Access is free.
19 June 2014
UK WWI war diaries
nationalarchives.gov.uk
UK – The UK National Archives have released a third tranche of World War I military unit war diaries. These records have been posted to the National Archives First World War portal. Access to these records is by pay-per-view.
19 June 2014
Flemish civil registrations
FamilySearch.org
Belgium – FamilySearch.org has made a huge increase in their collection of civil registration records from East Flanders spanning the period 1541 to 1910. Not all the images have been indexed. It is best to browse through the images, which are organized by place, type of record and year. Access is free.
19 June 2014
Church of Ireland baptisms
rootsireland.ie
Ireland – RootsIreland has added another 54,000 Church of Ireland baptismal records for 12 churches in Counties Down and Antrim. Roots Ireland is run by the Irish Family History Foundation. You can perform 100 free searches if you register.
19 June 2014
British WWI Service Records
findmypast.co.uk
UK – FindMyPast has re-indexed 4.2 million British WW1 service and pension records. Apparently, the re-indexing has revealed close to 600,000 new names that were not previously captured. Access to these records is by subscription.
19 June 2014
Bunhill Fields burial records
deceasedonline.com
UK – Deceased Online has added burial records from Bunhill Fields Burial Ground. Bunhill Fields is located near the Barbican Centre, just north of the City of London. The written records span the years from 1713 to 1854. The burial ground was a popular burial ground for Nonconformists. Access to these records is by subscription.
19 June 2014
Census Records re-indexed
origins.net
UK – Origins.net has re-indexed their collection of 1881 census records. Normally, a re-indexing exercise brings forward many previously missed details. Access is by subscription.
19 June 2014
London Electoral Registers
FamilySearch.org
UK – FamilySearch.org has created a new collection of London electoral registers. Access is free.
19 June 2014
More Sussex Parish Records
FamilySearch.org
UK – FamilySearch.org has indexed another 251,000 parish records from Sussex. These records span the years from 1538 to 1910. Access is free.
19 June 2014
Essex Parish Records
FamilySearch.org
UK – FamilySearch.org has added a new collection of Essex parish records. These records date from 1538 to 1900.
19 June 2014
British Pathé newsreels
youtube.com
UK – British Pathé has put their entire collection of historical videos online. Some 85,000 videos have been uploaded to YouTube.
19 June 2014
Dutch archives
wiewaswie.nl
Netherlands – The Dutch genealogy website WieWasWie (Who Was Who) is now available in English. A large number of Dutch archive organizations have made their records available to WieWasWie. The website is currently free with plans to accept subscriptions in the future.
19 June 2014
Irish Church Records
from-ireland.net
Ireland – From Ireland continues to add more records. The latest additions include records from Kilcavan & Cleriestown Co. Wexford, Ballyknockan Church in Oldleighlin Co. Carlow & various churches in Co. Clare. The site specializes in photographs & transcriptions of gravestones. Access is free.
19 June 2014
New GRONI portal
nidirect.gov.uk
Northern Ireland – The General Register Office (GRONI) has created a new web portal to make it easier to search and find genealogy records at GRONI. Access for search is done on a credit basis.
19 June 2014
UK hearth tax abstracts
origins.net
UK – Origins.net has added a new collection of hearth tax abstracts for Northamptonshire for the years 1673 and 1674. Access is by subscription.
19 June 2014
Irish hearth tax rolls
igp-web.com
Ireland – Ireland Genealogy Projects has added some hearth tax rolls for Derry, including the parish of Comber, the parish of Clandermoyt and Faughanvale, from 1663. Access is free.
19 June 2014
Mt St Lawrence Cemetery
mountsaintlawrence.limerick.ie
Ireland – Mount Saint Lawrence Cemetery in Limerick has launched a new website. The website is designed to hold photographs of each tombstone, transcriptions of the tombstones and an interactive map to show the exact location of each grave. Several thousand transcriptions are already available online. Burial records date from 1855 to the present. Access is free.
19 June 2014
Modena Civil Registrations
FamilySearch.org
Italy – FamilySearch.org has indexed some 250,000 civil registration records from Modena. These records date from 1806 to 1942. Access is free.
19 June 2014
Iowa Marriage Records
Ancestry.co.uk
US – Ancestry.com has added a new collection of Iowa marriage records. The collection consists of some 612,000 marriage records from Iowa that span the years from 1923 to 1937. These records can be searched by name, date of marriage and location of marriage. Ancestry also has a collection of Iowa marriage records from 1851 to 1900. Access is by subscription.
4 March 2014
Parish Records
thegenealogist.co.uk
UK – TheGenealogist has added over 1.6 million parish records from the following counties: Essex; Kent, Lincolnshire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. Access is by subscription.
4 March 2014
1891 England/Wales Census
origins.net
UK – Origins.net has put online the 1891 England and Wales census. This collection can be searched by name, county, district, place of birth and age. Origins.net also hosts the 1841, 1861, 1871 and 1901 censuses. Access is by subscription.
4 March 2014
Convict Records
findmypast.com.au
Australia – FindMyPast.com.au has added a collection of some 640,000 convict records. The collection consists of two parts: 515,000 New South Wales and Tasmania settler and convict records (1787 to 1859) and 125,000 convict transportation registers (1787 to 1870). The NSW record set consists of transcripts, indexes and original handwritten records relating to convicts, former convicts and settlers. A typical record lists a person’s year of birth, ship and year of arrival to the colony, occupation and place of residence. The convict transportation registers list ship and year of arrival, details on sentencing and the term of the sentence (typically 7 years, 14 years or life). An estimated 20% of Australians are thought to have a convict ancestry, suggesting this record set will be of interest to many people. Access is by subscription.
4 March 2014
Victorian Probate Register
FamilySearch.org
Australia – FamilySearch.org has indexed 1 million records from their State of Victoria probate register collection. The collection covers the years from 1841 to 1989 and generally involves wills. A typical record lists the name of person, date of death, address, occupation, date of testament and a declaration. Most wills list names of children, names of heirs, name of the spouse and name of the administrator of the will. Access is free.
4 March 2014
NZ Doctors and Nurses
Ancestry.co.uk
New Zealand – Ancestry.co.uk has put online a new collection of some 113,000 names from the registers of medical practitioners and nurses from New Zealand. This collection covers the years from 1882 to 1933. The collection can be searched by name and location. A typical listing gives the name of the individual, their qualifications and their location. This list covers physicians, surgeons, nurses and midwives. Access is by subscription.
4 March 2014
1910 Norwegian Census
da.digitalarkivet.no
Norway – Arkivverket Digitalarkivet (part of the national archives of Norway) has posted online the 1910 Norwegian census. The collection is fully searchable by name and residence. Some of the information that can be found in this census includes name, gender, marital status, occupation, date and place of birth, address, religion and father’s ethnicity. This is big news for anyone with Norwegian ancestors. Access is free. The link takes you to the English-language version of the website.
4 March 2014
1885 Scotland Valuation Rolls
ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk
Scotland – ScotlandsPeople has put online the 1885 Valuation Rolls. These are essentially property assessments and cover every kind of property. A typical Valuation Roll lists the address, the name and occupation of the owner or tenant and the yearly rent or value. The 1885 Valuation Roll covers 1,441,484 people. Valuation rolls were produced yearly from 1855 to 1955. The 1885 Valuation Roll is the earliest one to go online (other years that are available at ScotlandsPeople includes 1895, 1905, 1915 and 1920). Access is by subscription.
4 March 2014
More US Vital Records
archives.com
US – Archives.com has added 5 million US vital records to their collection. This is the first significant addition to the website since it was purchased by Ancestry.com in 2013. The new additions include Alabama marriage records (1816 to 1957), Arizona birth records (1907 to 1917), Arizona marriage records (1888 to 1908), Arizona death records (1910/11 and 1933 to 1994), California birth records (1812 to 1988), California marriage records (1850 to 1945) and District of Columbia birth, marriage and death records (various dates). Please be aware the coverage is not complete by state, but seems to vary county by county within each state. Access is by subscription.
4 March 2014
Kensal Green Cemetery Records
DeceasedOnline.com
UK – Deceased Online has completed digitizing the records from Kensal Green cemetery in London. Kensal Green was opened in 1833. It became the first of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ – seven grand garden-style cemeteries that ringed what were at the time the outer suburbs of London. The cemetery received its first funeral in January 1833 and it is still in operation today. The cemetery contains both Anglican and ‘dissenter’ (non-Anglican) sections. Deceased Online has put online some 330,000 records for all burials and cremations up to December 2010. Each record consists of a digital scan of the original burial book and details of who is buried in the grave. Later this year, maps of the cemetery will also be added. Access is by subscription.
4 March 2014
More Welsh Newspapers
welshnewspapers.llgc.org.uk
Wales – Welsh Newspapers Online has added 27 new publications to their growing database of historic newspapers. The collection now consists of some 100 historic newspapers, 630,000 pages and 6.8 million articles. The newspapers span the years from 1804 to 1919. The records can be searched by news, family notices and advertisements. The collection can also be browsed by date and newspaper title. Access is free.
4 March 2014
US Public Records 1970-2010
MyHeritage.com
US – MyHeritage has put online a massive collection of 816 million recent US public records. The records come from recent telephone books, property tax assessments, voter registration lists and credit applications [not sure how they managed to get credit applications]. The collection spans the years from 1970 to 2010. Access is by subscription.
4 March 2014
Plymouth & West Devon Parish Records
Ancestry.co.uk
UK – Ancestry.co.uk has added some 1.4 million parish records from Plymouth and West Devon. The baptism, marriage and death records date from 1538 to 1912. Also included in the collection are some tombstone inscriptions, obituaries and tax lists. Access is by subscription.
10 February 2014
Scottish Births and Baptisms
Ancestry.co.uk
Scotland – Ancestry.co.uk has added a collection of some 26.8 million birth and baptism records, spanning the years from 1564 to 1950. These appear to be records from FamilySearch, but (as usual) Ancestry is not clear on the source. The records can be searched by name, date of birth and location. Access is by subscription.
10 February 2014
Pre-1858 English Wills
Ancestry.co.uk
UK – Ancestry.co.uk has added a collection of roughly a million pre-1858 wills, which were managed by the Church of England's ecclesiastical courts till 12 January 1858. Wills provide a good means of understanding family members and family relationships. A typical will lists spouses, children, and sometimes even parents. Most early English and Welsh wills from this period were written by people who had to transfer land and significant property. This collection will likely appeal to people who had wealthy ancestors. Before looking at this collection note firstly, that married women were not allowed to own property, so there are few women in the collection; and secondly, that wills were sometimes recorded in the courts years after the person died, so search a wide range of dates after the expected year of death. Access is by subscription.
10 February 2014
A Billion More Records
Ancestry.com
Various – Ancestry.com has expanded their collaboration with FamilySearch, and as a result, an additional billion records held by FamilySearch will become available on Ancestry. These are records that have already been digitized and are in addition to the previous announcement to digitize a separate 1 billion records. The additional billion records apparently come from some 67 different countries.
10 February 2014
NYC BDM's
Ancestry.com
US – Ancestry.com has teamed up with the New York City Municipal Archives to compile an index to more than 10 million New York City birth, marriage and death records. The index is free to search. Ancestry also announced they are expanding their New York State census collection to include 1855, 1875 and 1905.
10 February 2014
Troy (NY) Irish Interments
rootsweb.ancestry.com
US – The Troy Irish Genealogical Society of Troy, New York has added new interments from St. Mary’s Cemetery (1952 to 1970) to their collection of interment records. Also new to the website are marriage, death and miscellaneous news stories from the West Troy Advocate newspaper (1837 to 1860) and a list of local casualties from World War II. The link provides a list of all the transcription projects done by the society. Access is free.
10 February 2014
Life in the Raj
FindMyPast.co.uk
UK/India – FindMyPast in partnership with the British Library has released 2.5 million records detailing the lives of the British in India. The records span the years from 1698 to 1947 and consist of birth and baptism records, deaths and burials, wills and probates, pension records, cadet papers and applications for the civil service. A video provides more details on the collection. Access is by subscription. However, for those who are interested, FindMyPast is currently offering a free 14 day trial. 10 February 2014
Royal Tank Corps Enlistments
FindMyPast.co.uk
UK/Ireland – FindMyPast has published the enlistment records of over 88,000 soldiers who served in the Royal Tank Corps between 1919 and 1934. According to FindMyPast, thousands of Irishmen are also featured in this record set. The collection contains details on previous military service, useful biographical information and the date of discharge. Access is by subscription.
10 February 2014
British Rate Book Records
FindMyPast.co.uk
UK – FindMyPast has published a unique collection of 19 million British rate book records. The records come from Manchester (1706 - 1900), Plymouth & West Devon (1598 - 1933), Southwark, and Westminster (1634 - 1900). The 1601 Poor Law Act compelled households to pay rates to help maintain the poor in their area, based on the value of the property. This information was recorded in a rate book. Over time, the funds collected were used to pay for things other than welfare, such as local improvements to roads and canals.  Early rate books usually just list the householder’s name and the amount paid for their property. Beginning in the 1830s, however, rate books started to contain more detailed information. Rate books became more organized and were generally laid out in a logical geographic fashion. Houses were listed on a street by street basis. Each house listed the householder’s name, the value of the property and the rate paid.  Rate books in this collection can be searched by both address and householder’s name. They can serve as a useful proxy in the absence of census records. The easiest way to trace someone is usually to start with the most recent rate book and work backwards. Access to this collection is by subscription.
10 February 2014
Peruvian BDM's
FamilySearch.org
Peru – FamilySearch.org has added 900,000 records to its civil registration collection from Lima, Peru. This collection spans the years from 1874 to 1996 and covers births, marriages and deaths that were recorded by civil registration offices in Lima. The collection can be searched by first and last name. Access to this collection is free.
10 February 2014
More England & Wales BDM's
FamilySearch.org
UK – FamilySearch.org has created a massive new collection of indexes for births, marriages and deaths that cover England and Wales from 1837 - 1920. In total, there are 65.6 million births listed, 35.1 million marriages, and 40.6 million deaths.
10 February 2014
Indexing Projects
FamilySearch.org
World – Want to know what indexing projects FamilySearch.org is currently working on? There is now a map of the world that you can consult to determine all the active indexing projects. If you're keen, you can even sign up as an indexer.
10 February 2014
Portuguese Church Records
FamilySearch.org
Portugal – FamilySearch.org has significantly increased their collection of Catholic Church records from the district of Santarém, Portugal. The collection now consists of some 650,000 images of baptism, marriage and death records spanning the years from 1544 to 1911. The images can be searched by municipality, parish, type of record and year. Access is free.
10 February 2014
Danish Civil Marriages 1851-1961
FamilySearch.org
Denmark – FamilySearch.org has a new collection of approximately 100,000 civil marriages from Denmark that span the years from 1851 to 1961. These records can be searched by first and last name. The records cover the small percentage of people who did not marry in the Lutheran Church of Denmark, the state church. Since most Danes were members of the church, this collection likely includes many foreign nationals living in the country at the time. Access to this collection is free.
10 February 2014
Ships' Passenger Lists
FamilySearch.org
US – FamilySearch.org has created three new browsable image collections of ship passenger lists for Baltimore (1820 - 1897), Boston (1899 - 1940), and Philadelphia (1800 - 1906). Baltimore has been partially transcribed but the other collections are identified by NARA roll numbers so it will take some time to search through the images. One thing to note is that ship passenger forms were not typically filled out by customs officials upon arrival, but by ship’s pursers before the ship docked. Ship’s pursers were not the best spellers, so mis-spellings of names and places were common. Access to these records is free.
10 February 2014
UK Births 1538-1975
MyHeritage.com
UK – MyHeritage.com has added 118 million records to their UK collection. MyHeritage, which has traditionally been known for family trees, is now building up databases of historic records. Most of the additions to their UK collection are birth and christening records. The records cover the years from 1538 to 1975 (birth records of living individuals are presumably not in the collection). The collection can be searched by a variety of means, including first and last name, year, place, etc. If the search finds records for related individuals, it will show those as well. Access is by subscription.
10 February 2014
New European WWI Items
Europeana1914-1918.eu
Europe – Europeana 1914-1918 has relaunched their website to better cover the First World War. One of the changes involves collecting from the public previously unpublished letters, photographs and keepsakes from the war. The website has already added 90,000 items and more than 7,000 stories and the collection continues to grow. The website also contains a substantial collection of over 400,000 pieces of material and 660 hours of film from eight different national libraries. Most of the material focuses on the human and cultural aspects of the war. New material is added on a regular basis, including much that would be of interest to genealogists. Access is free.
10 February 2014
Heritage Images
WellcomeImages.org
UK - The Wellcome Library has launched a new website called Wellcome Images, containing over 100,000 historic images. Everything from manuscripts, paintings, early photographs and historic advertisements are included in this collection. The collection can be searched by keyword. Although it is not likely that you will find your ancestors, this website does provide excellent reference images of various peoples and cultures from around the world. Some of the newer material attracts a fee, but older, historical images in the collection can be downloaded for free.
10 February 2014
WWI Military Service Tribunals
NationalArchives.gov.uk
UK – The National Archives has launched a rare collection of WWI military service tribunals. These are 11,000 case files from Middlesex, where people applied to the local tribunal for exemption from compulsory military service (which was introduced in 1916, some two years after the start of the war). Most of the applications for exemptions fall into four categories: moral (conscientious objectors); medical (disability); family (caring for dependents) and economic (preserving a business). As the fatalities and casualties climbed far beyond anyone’s expectations, news about the horrible conditions at the front slowly filtered back home, often contradicting the official propaganda. Despite a significant amount of tension on the home front, only an estimated 10% of the applications for exemptions were on moral grounds. Very few of these military tribunal papers survive. After the war, the UK government issued explicit instructions to local tribunals to destroy all such records due to their sensitive nature and the risk to the government. The Middlesex collection was specifically held back from destruction and retained to be used as a possible benchmark in case military conscription was ever required in the future. It is a rare dataset. The collection can be searched by name, occupation and location. Access is free after registration.
10 February 2014
England & Wales 1901 Census
Origins.net
UK – Origins.net has added the fully indexed 1901 census for England and Wales to their collection. The 1841, 1861 and 1871 censuses are already available on the website. The 1851, 1881 and 1891 are expected to be added within the next six months. Origins.net currently has over 100 million British and Irish genealogy records. Access is by subscription.
10 February 2014
"Claim a Convict"
Hawkesbury.net.au
Australia – The website Claim a Convict was scheduled to be relaunched on Australia Day. The new website is curated by Michelle Nichols and Jonathan Auld, who took over when Lesley Uebel fell ill.
10 February 2014
29 More American Papers
GenealogyBank.com
US – GenealogyBank has added 13 million more articles to their newspaper archives. In total, 29 newspapers from 17 states were added. The earliest addition comes from Fresno, California in the 1890s. The link provides the list of all the new additions. Access is by subscription.
10 February 2014
53 More Vic & NSW Papers
Trove.nla.gov.au
Australia – The National Library of Australia has started 2014 off with a bang by announcing the addition of 53 more historic newspapers to Trove. The largest additions are from New South Wales and Victoria. Access is free.
10 February 2014
Pittsburgh Census
University of Pittsburgh
US – The Historic Pittsburgh Census Project allows users to search early 1850 to 1880 censuses of the city. The records can be searched by a variety of means, including by name, by street, by city of birth and by occupation. Access is free.
10 February 2014
"Direct Me NYC 1940"
New York Public Library
US – The New York Public Library has a service called Direct Me NYC 1940. Basically, you look up your ancestor’s New York address in the online 1940 NYC telephone directory. The website then converts the address into the appropriate census enumeration district. This makes a good second check for people who were not able to find their 1940 ancestors through the FamilySearch website.
10 February 2014
WWI Centenary
1914.org
World – The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. There will be many websites launched in 2014 to commemorate this event. A good place to follow the action is the First World War Centenary website. It provides useful information on upcoming events and website launches. It also has a very useful guide for genealogists wanting to research soldiers from WWI. Access is free
10 February 2014
New Zealand's WWI
WW100.govt.nz
New Zealand – New Zealand has launched their commemorative website devoted to remembering the events of WWI. It is full of excellent information concerning New Zealand’s involvement in the war, including the incredible fact that 10% of the country’s population at the time was serving overseas. If you have New Zealand ancestors, this is a website that you will want to bookmark and return to on a regular basis. Access is free.
10 February 2014
World War I Unit War Diaries
NationalArchives.gov.uk
UK – To mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, the UK National Archive are making unit war diaries available to search and download. You can search and download a selection from one of their most popular record series (WO 95), the unit war diaries written by officers in the front line, which provide unprecedented access to daily movements and action in the trenches and beyond. The project to conserve and digitise these records means that for the first time, these diaries can be accessed without the need to visit the reading rooms in Kew. Find out more about this ambitious project and search the diaries now.
22 January 2014
World War I portal
NationalArchives.gov.uk
UK – The National Archives has launched its new First World War portal. In addition, there will be a rolling series of digitised record releases over the next several months. The new portal makes it easy to access all the collections from one convenient location, including records of medals, RAF officers, merchant seamen, army nurses, prisoners of war, Royal Navy volunteer reserve, women’s Royal Air Force, women’s Royal Naval Service, etc. Some charges may apply.
22 December 2013
US Genealogy records
GenealogyTrails.com
US – Genealogy Trails continues to add new genealogy records daily from across the United States, sorted by state and region. The website now has a couple of million records. This is one of the best free genealogy websites available and it is worth checking out on a regular basis.  Access is free.
22 December 2013
Isle of Wight Family History
Isle-of-Wight-fhs.co.uk
UK – The Isle of Wight Family History Society has been steadily adding to their collection of free genealogy records. So far, there are some 256,000 birth records, 102,000 marriage records and 226,000 death records. The records span the years 1837-2010. There is also a project in place to add all recent deaths since 2010. A typical record on the website will provide the full name, year and place plus additional information. Also included is a very handy link to apply to the island registrar for an official certificate of the record with all the pertinent details automatically completed on the form. Access to the database is free.
22 December 2013
London burial records
DeceasedOnline.com
UK – Deceased Online continues to add to their collection of London burial records. Recently, two additional cemeteries in the London borough of Sutton (Sutton Cemetery and Cuddington Cemetery) were added to the website. Access is by pay-per-view.
22 December 2013
Index to paternity cases
Parish records

MaxwellAncestry.com
Scotland – Maxwell Ancestry had added two new collections to their website. The first collection is an index of paternity cases from the south of Scotland that went before the Sheriffs Court, typically cases where a woman gave birth to an illegitimate child and then had to pursue the father of the child through the court for maintenance payments. This is a rare collection that can help researchers overcome brick walls. The collection currently spans the years 1831-92 for the county of Roxburghshire and intermittently from 1830-1897 for the county of Dumfriesshire. Eventually, this collection will cover all of southern Scotland. The second collection from Maxwell Ancestry is parish records not found on the Scotland’s People website. Specifically, these birth, marriage and death records were taken from Kirk Session material from the Church of Scotland and other Presbyterian churches. Maxwell Ancestry now has some 460,000 records across their various online indexes. There is no charge to search, but there is a modest charge to order a full transcript.
22 December 2013
Petty Sessions Court records
FindMyPast.ie
Ireland – FindMyPast Ireland has added 2.6 million more petty court records to their collection of Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers. This collection spans the years 1828-1912 and covers a variety of minor offenses and misdemeanours such as trespassing, public drunkenness, failure to pay rent, etc. With this newest addition, this collection covers over 20 million records with a significant expansion of records from Cork, Kerry, Offaly and Tipperary. FindMyPast Ireland now has over 76 million records in total.
22 December 2013
Minnesota naturalization records
FamilySearch.org
US – FamilySearch.org has added some 71,000 indexed records to its collection of Minnesota naturalization records. This collection spans the years from 1930-1988, typically listing the name, home address, age or date of birth, date of admission, various court information and the signature of the immigrant. Access is free.
22 December 2013
GRO BDM's
FamilySearch.org
NationalArchives.ie
Ireland – The collaboration between FamilySearch.org and the National Archives of Ireland is starting to bear some really interesting results. According to an article in the Irish Times newspaper, by the end of this year irishgenealogy.ie will host the General Register Office’s database of its indexes of births, marriages and deaths. In particular, the years 1903-1927 will be indexed and put online. These years lists the mother’s surname on the birth certificate. As well, FamilySearch.org will in the next few months be releasing transcripts and images of the surviving fragments of the 1821-1851 censuses.
22 December 2013
São Paulo immigration cards
FamilySearch.org
Brazil – FamilySearch.org has added an additional 1.2 million images of immigration cards from Brazil. The latest additions come from São Paulo and cover the years 1902-1980. This brings the total number of immigration cards from the region to some 1.6 million. These images are not yet indexed, but they are organized alphabetically by last name, and access is free.
22 December 2013
Wisconsin Fire Insurance maps
WisconsinHistory.org
US – The Wisconsin State Historical Society is about halfway through digitizing their collection of 8,000 Sanborn fire insurance maps from across the state, in alphabetical order -- so far, the towns of Ableman to Marshfield have been completed. Sanborn fire insurance maps were drawn up by insurance companies to provide detailed information on types and structures of buildings within a town. If you happen to know the address of an ancestor, these maps can be invaluable in providing a detailed layout of an historic street. Access to this collection is free.
22 December 2013
Northeast US miscellany
RHsearch.com
US – Record Hunter Search has grown over the past few months. The website hosts numerous historical and genealogical records primarily from Pennsylvania, with some records from upstate New York. Currently, the records are not indexed and exist as images only. Included in the collections are newspaper clippings, obituaries, Revolutionary War pension files and service records. Please be aware some of the links on this website do not work. Access is free.
22 December 2013
Irish sound archive
DHO.ie
Ireland – An archive of spoken Irish has just gone online. Called the Doegen Records Web Project, it consists of sound recordings made from 1928-1931. A total of 136 speakers from 17 counties recorded 400 stories, songs, prayers, charms and parables. The archive can be searched by title, speaker, county and keyword. This website won’t help you find a specific ancestor, but it does provide great context, and access is free.
22 December 2013
Church BDM's from Armagh
Armagh.RootsIreland.ie
Ireland – Armagh Ancestry has added a number of new Church baptisms, marriages and deaths for county Armagh to their website, and these are now available to research. The new records added are for the following Churches:  Armagh Methodist (Baptisms 1844-1846); Lurgan (High Street) Methodist (Baptisms 1813-1864, Marriages 1842-1844); Moira Methodist (Baptisms 1827-1844); Newry Methodist (Baptisms 1824-1865, Deaths 1835); Portadown (Thomas Street) Methodist (Baptisms 1824-1864, Marriages 1839-1841); Tandragee Methodist (Baptisms 1800-1866, Marriages 1838-1845); Portadown Primitive Methodist (Baptisms 1847-1878); English Church of Ireland (Baptisms 1803-1865, Deaths 1803-1805); Kilmore (St Saviours) Church of Ireland (Baptisms 1843-1863); Richhill Congregationalist Church (Baptisms 1845-1867, Marriages 1850-1876); Lurgan (Quaker) Society of Friends (Baptisms 1607-1862, Marriages 1634-1848, Deaths 1697-1898); Richhill & Grange (Quaker) Society of Friends (Baptisms 1812-1878, Marriages 1816-1836, Deaths 1747-1920). Armagh Ancestry will continue to computerize the remaining Church records which have not as yet been computerized.
22 December 2013







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