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Genie News from Home and Abroad
with Tricia Parnell

 
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Victorian Place Names
victorianplaces.com.au
** New Australia – The Victorian Place Names website lists every town and suburb in Victoria, and provides a history for each place with photos, maps, excerpts from newspapers and current demographic information available. 11 August 2015
Convict Marriage Applications
FindMyPast.com
** New Australia – New South Wales Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry 1825-1851 Convicts in Australian penal colonies were encouraged to marry as Governors believed that marriage and family life were good for both morality and stability. The Governor had to give permission before any marriage could take place and copies of the banns would be sent by the local clergy to the Colonial Secretary. Some approved marriages did not go ahead, so there may be more than one successful application for your ancestor. 11 August 2015
Victoria Prison Registers
FindMyPast.com
** New Australia – Victoria Prison Registers, 1855-1960. The collection includes a transcript and scanned image of the original registers; many include a mug shot photograph of individual prisoners. They list fascinating details about not only the prisoners’ offences, sentences and incarceration, but also biographical information such as their name, date of birth, country of origin and occupation. 11 August 2015
Convict Ships 1786-1849
FindMyPast.com
** New Australia – Australia Convict Ships 1786-1849: Includes the details of some of the earliest convict settlers in New South Wales. They do not cover every convict who arrived, as many have been lost or scattered to other places. Each record contains a transcript and a black and white image of original documents. 11 August 2015
Convict Pardons 1791-1867
FindMyPast.com
** New Australia – Australia Convict Conditional and Absolute Pardons 1791-1867: this database lists the details of convicts who built new lives in NSW, including details of pardons by the Governor. Each record contains a transcript and an image of original documents. The records also include the name of the ship they arrived on, the term of the sentence they served, any additional notes, and details of their release. 11 August 2015
Crime Records
FindMyPast.com
** New England – Crime, Prisons & Punishment: these records, from the Home Office, Metropolitan Police and Prison Commission span from 1770 to 1935, and reveal many stories of criminals, victims and law enforcers. 11 August 2015
Criminal Petitions (i)
FindMyPast.com
** New England – Registers of Criminal Petitions (HO18): Some petitions have additional documents attached, such as returns of convicts recommended for early release by the governor, newspaper cuttings and other documentation. It is worth browsing through the connected images as some petitions are quite lengthy documents that will give details of family circumstances and the grounds on which they are hoping to appeal their sentence. 11 August 2015
Criminal Petitions ii)
FindMyPast.com
** New England – Registers of Criminal Petitions (HO19): consists of registers of correspondence relating to criminal petitions. The records include copied letters that often refer to previous correspondence which may or may not have survived, and will usually give the outcome of the appeal. The registers also note the criminal’s place of imprisonment. 11 August 2015
Judges' Reports
FindMyPast.com
** New England – Judges’ Report on Criminals (HO47) comprises transcripts and images of handwritten letters and reports from judges on cases and criminals and include petitions for free pardons and reductions and commutations of sentences. The records within this set include defendants, judges, witnesses and victims. Details of the family circumstances were often recorded as grounds for clemency. 11 August 2015
Northumberland Fusiliers 1881-1920
FindMyPast.com
** New England – British Army, Northumberland Fusiliers 1881-1920: The transcripts list the details of men who served with the regiment during the Fourth Ashanti War (1895-1896), Sudan, Boer War, North West Frontier and the First World War. Each record consists of a transcript that can include the soldier’s name, residence, rank, battalion, enlistment, transfer and discharge details and any additional notes. 11 August 2015
1931 Census
FindMyPast.com
** New England – Shropshire, Shrewsbury St Julian’s Parish, 1831 census: The 1831 census only recorded the names of the head of each household. As well as listing the names, addresses and marital status of each head of household, the records can also reveal the number of buildings and families they were responsible for, the number of servants within their household, whether families worked in agriculture, trade or otherwise and the number of men, women and youths under the age of 20. 11 August 2015
British Slave Owners
ucl.ac.uk
** New England – Was your British ancestor a slave owner? Slavery was abolished in the offshore British Empire in 1833. Those who had owned slaves were compensated at the time for their financial losses when they lost their slaves. Historians from University College London (UCL) have catalogued the 46,000 British subjects who were compensated by the British government for losing in total 800,000 slaves as a result of abolition. 11 August 2015
Britain's Blitz
bombsight.org
** New England – The Battle of Britain and the London Blitz: This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The London Blitz began on 7 September 1940, and, for 57 consecutive nights Londoners were subjected to an aerial onslaught. The Bomb Sight project is a fascinating online map of the drops using the London WW2 bomb census, which was taken between October 1940 and June 1941. Now researchers can explore where the bombs fell online, plus the website includes an evolving archive of memories and photographs from the period. 11 August 2015
Grave Records Release
cwgc.org
** New England – Original World War 2 records for 1.7 million individuals commemorated by the Commonwealth Graves Commission (CWGC) will be revealed on 15 August. Details will include personal headstone inscriptions, date of death, rank, regiment and some documents which show the journey of the deceased to their final resting place. Available via the 'casualty search' option at http://www.cwgc.org/ 11 August 2015
Allied PoW's
NationalArchives.gov.uk
** New England – Another insightful set of records with a link to VJ Day is The National Archives’ Japanese Index Cards of Allied Prisoners of War. You can browse the index online, but to view an actual document you will need to either visit The National Archives or request a quote to have a copy sent to you. The 50,000 cards provide details such as: name, nationality, rank, camp, parents' names, date of birth and service number. 11 August 2015
Merchant Navy, 1915
NationalArchives.gov.uk
** New England – Merchant Navy Crew Lists for 1915: A volunteer project has made details of surviving First World War Merchant Navy crew lists from 1915, available to search online for the first time. 11 August 2015
Unhappy Snaps
NationalArchives.gov.uk
** New England – Victorian Prisoners' Photographs: Record series PCOM 2/290 and 2/291 are formed of photographs and personal information of prisoners in Wandsworth between 1872 to1873. 11 August 2015
UK Marriage Index
Marriage-Locator.co.uk
** New England – The Marriage Locator: This website enables you to interpret the Marriage Index created by the General Register Office for England and Wales. By using it you can determine where your ancestors were married - not just which Registration District, but which church! The purpose of this website: to deduce, from the year, quarter, volume number and page that you have acquired from the GRO indexes, where the marriage took place. This is still a work in progress, and not all the data needed for all marriages is yet available. New data is continually being added. 11 August 2015
There's an App for That
Worldwide.eSpaceNet.com
** New England – Inventor Ancestors? Did you have an inventor in the family? Inventors would often apply for a patent. Information on patent applications for the Victorian era – and beyond – is kept by the British Library. To locate a patent application prior to 1890, researchers will need to use the British Library's paper indexes, which are not yet digitised so you will need to visit the Library or use its research service (fee payable) if you are not able to go in person. If the application was after 1890, then a search of the individual’s name on the digitised patent database can be conducted. 11 August 2015
Admiralty Court Records
MarineLives.org
** New England – Admiralty Court Records: The MarineLives project is a collaborative public-history project, to digitise, transcribe and annotate the manuscript records of the English High Court of Admiralty. The original records date from the 1650s and 1660s. 11 August 2015
Irish Parish Registers
registers.nli.ie
** New Ireland – Irish Parish Registers Online: Images of Roman Catholic parish registers are now free to view on the National Library of Ireland's (NLI) website. These records date from the 1740s to the 1880s and cover 1091 parishes across Ireland. Typically, the parish registers include information such as the dates of baptisms and marriages, and the names of the key people involved, including godparents or witnesses. You will find researching easier if you have some idea in which parish your ancestors lived as the digital images will be searchable by location only, and will not be transcribed or indexed. 11 August 2015
Irish BDM's Online
30 Counties
Antrim & Down (incl Belfast)
** New Ireland – Using Online Databases to Locate Irish Ancestors’ Baptisms, Marriages And Burials. The best place to start your research is with the transcriptions of Church baptisms, marriages and burials which are available on one website for 30 of the 32 counties, and on another for Counties Antrim and Down, including Belfast. Using these indexed records, you can identify relevant records. 11 August 2015
Statistical Atlas Revival
FlowingData.com
** New United States – Reviving the Statistical Atlas of the United States with New Data. The Statistical Atlas of the USA was published by the Census Bureau and was full of statistical data from the census records. It also mapped things including crop yields, the prevalence of disease, the provenance of people and was last published for 2000. Nathan Yau has created a series of fascinating maps of the country built with data he has pulled from a variety of government websites. 11 August 2015
Canadian Obituaries
genealogiequebec.com
** New Canada – Free Online Canadian Obituaries Database. The Drouin Institute has added 246,000 recent obituaries to its website for a total of 1,685,650 Canadian obituaries, from 1999 to 2015. 11 August 2015
Missing Records
Many-Roads.com
** New Germany – Why is it so hard to find genealogical information in the areas of Prussia, Poland, and Germany? The answers to this question are actually quite simple and brief; although achieving an appreciation and understanding of their response is often somewhat more elusive. This page features a number of YouTube links to help you visualise the world during World War II. 11 August 2015
Victims of U-Boats
uboat.net
** New Various – Crew Lists of Ships Hit by U-boats During World War II: This site is very much a work in progress, but promises to become a valuable addition to shipping resources. 11 August 2015
New Collections online
TheGenealogist.co.uk
UK – The website TheGenealogist is releasing several new collections including: WWI medal records; 750,000 new parish records from 22 different counties; and additional tithe maps have been released for more English counties. Access to these new collections is by subscription.
11 May 2015
Early English manor rolls
Harvard University
UK – Harvard University has begun a project to put online their collection of early English manor rolls. Includes court rolls, account rolls etc., from various English manors. They range in date from 1282 to 1770. Currently the collection is not searchable. Access is free.
11 May 2015
Sandwell Cemetery records
DeceasedOnline.com
UK – Deceased Online has added cemetery and cremation records from the Sandwell Metropolitan Borough, which is near Birmingham in the West Midlands. Access is by subscription.
11 May 2015
Derbyshire parish records
FamilySearch.org
UK - FamilySearch.org has a new image collection of Derbyshire parish records. This collection spans the years from 1537 to 1918. Access is free.
11 May 2015
Yorkshire parish records
FindMyPast.com
UK – FindMyPast has seriously increased their collection of Yorkshire parish records. Over 1.2 million new baptism records from North Riding, East Riding and West Riding are part of the latest update. The records span the years from the 1500s to 1914. Access is by subscription.
11 May 2015
Alabama marriages, 1809-1950
FamilySearch.org
US – FamilySearch.org has added some 700,000 indexed marriage records to their collection of Alabama marriage records. This collection spans the years from 1809 to 1950. Access is free.
11 May 2015
Cascade Co., MT 1880-2009
FamilySearch.org
US – FamilySearch.org has indexed some 460,000 records from Cascade County, Montana. The collection spans the years from 1880 to 2009 and consists of an incredibly diverse set of records. Access is free.
11 May 2015
Plainfield, NJ, Resources
digifind-it.com and
PlainfieldLibrary.info
US – The Plainfield Public Library of New Jersey has put online a collection of 75 local city directories that span the years from 1870 to 1982; and a collection of seven early Plainfield newspapers spanning the years from 1868 to 1916. Access is free.
11 May 2015
Texas marriages, 1837-1977
FamilySearch.org
US – FamilySearch has indexed some 1.3 million additional Texas marriage records. The records span the years from 1837 to 1977. Access is free.
11 May 2015
Irish Ancestor articles
IrishAncestors.ie
Ireland – The Irish Genealogical Research Society has put online copies of their annual journal The Irish Ancestor. The articles can be searched by family name and first name. Access is free.
11 May 2015
Kerry Newspapers 1828-1920
IrishNewsArchive.com
Ireland – The Irish Newspaper Archives has added 7 new historic newspaper titles from County Kerry. The newspapers span the years from 1828 to 1920. Access is by subscription.
11 May 2015
Back Online!
IrishGenealogy.ie
Ireland – The birth, marriage and death indexes at IrishGenealogy.ie are now back online and available to search. You need to register and agree to the fact the search is for genealogical purposes. These are just indexes. Access is free.
11 May 2015
NSW Gov Gazette 1822-63
FindMyPast.com
Australia – FindMyPast.com has put online early editions of the government gazette of New South Wales. The collection spans the years from 1832 to 1863. Access is by subscription.
11 May 2015
E Flanders registrations 1541-1912
FamilySearch.org
Belgium – FamilySearch.org has indexed an additional 70,000 civil registration records from East Flanders, Belgium, spanning the period from 1541 to 1912. Access is free.
11 May 2015
Ontario marriages 1869-1927
FamilySearch.org
Canada – FamilySearch.org has indexed an additional 246,000 records from their existing collection of Ontario marriages, spanning the years from 1869 to 1927. Access is free.
11 May 2015
School Registers 1799-1953
FamilySearch.org
Czechoslovakia – FamilySearch has put online a collection of some 66,000 school register images, spanning the years from 1799 to 1953 covering the Moravia region of the former Czechoslovakia. Access is free.
11 May 2015
Coahuila civil records
FamilySearch.org
Mexico – FamilySearch has indexed some 411,000 civil registration records from the state of Coahuila, Mexico. Access is free.
11 May 2015
NZ probate records 1843-1998
FamilySearch.org
New Zealand – FamilySearch has added another 770,000 images to their collection of New Zealand probate records. This collection spans the years from 1843 to 1998. Access is free.
11 May 2015
Orange Free State 1951-2006
FamilySearch.org
South Africa – FamilySearch.org has indexed some 43,000 names in their massive collection of estate files from Orange Free State, South Africa. This collection spans the years from 1951 to 2006. Access is free.
11 May 2015
Westminster rates 1634-1900
FamilySearch.org
UK – FamilySearch has put online some 10 million records from Westminster rate books. A rate book was essentially a property tax book. This collection covers the period from 1634 to 1900 from the city of Westminster. Since this collection comes from FindMyPast, the original image can only be viewed at a family history center. Access is free.
13 April 2015
More Nottingham Cemeteries
DeceasedOnline.com
UK – Deceased Online have added records from two more cemeteries from Nottingham. Access is by subscription.
13 April 2015
Bedlam Patient Records
FindMyPast.com
UK – FindMyPast has put online patient records from Bethlem Royal Hospital in London. Many include photographs and detailed descriptions of the inmates’ lives. Access is by subscription.
13 April 2015
Co Kerry Newspapers 1828-1920
IrishNewsArchive.com
Ireland – The Irish Newspaper Archives has added 7 new historic newspaper titles from County Kerry, spanning the years from 1828 to 1920. Access is by subscription.
13 April 2015
1865 Valuation Roll
ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk
Scotland – The website ScotlandsPeople has added the 1865 Valuation Roll to their collection. With this new addition, valuation rolls from 1865 to 1925 are now available on the website. Access is available by subscription.
13 April 2015
MI Death Certificates 1921-39
SeekingMichigan.org
US – The Archives of Michigan has announced that Michigan death certificates from 1921 to 1939 will now be available for free on their website Seeking Michigan.
13 April 2015
Polish-US Marriages 1892-1940
PGSCTNE.org
US – The Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast has posted on their website a Polish-American marriage database. The time period generally covered by the database is 1892 to 1940. The database is organized by state and then alphabetically by last name. Access is free.
13 April 2015
Texas Marriages 1837-1977
FamilySearch.org
US – FamilySearch has indexed some 1.3 million additional Texas marriage records. The records span the years from 1837 to 1977. Access is free.
13 April 2015
PR Civil Registrations 1805-2001
FamilySearch.org
Puerto Rico – FamilySearch has indexed some 4.8 million civil registration records from Puerto Rico, spanning the years from 1805 to 2001. Access is free.
13 April 2015
New British Maps
TheGenealogist.uk
UK – TheGenealogist has added a collection of maps for Middlesex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire and Leicestershire. The maps make it possible to search more than 11 million records and pinpoint the exact location of a residence. Access is by subscription.
10 March 2015
See Page 10,000,000
British Newspaper Archive
UK/Ireland – The British Newspaper Archive has added its 10 millionth historic newspaper page this week. Access is by subscription.
10 March 2015
Early Irish Birth Index
IrishAncestors.ie
Ireland – The Irish Genealogical Research Society has launched a new collection called the Early Irish Birth Index. The collection holds contains more than 10,000 names of alternative sources for births in Ireland. The collection is free to search. Access to the full index data is limited to IGRS members.
10 March 2015
California Occupations 1876-1969
Ancestry.com
US – Ancestry has created a collection of California occupation licenses, registers and directories for the years 1876 to 1969. The collection can be searched by first name, last name, date, place and keyword. Access is by subscription..
10 March 2015
San Mateo County Obituaries
smcgs.blogspot.ca
US – The San Mateo County Genealogical Society of California has put online over 57,000 indexed and scanned obituaries from the region. The obituaries come from a variety of local newspapers. Access to the collection is free.
10 March 2015
Rochester NY Records
Church & Town Records
Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths
Marriages 1876-1943
US – The Rochester (New York) Genealogical Society (RGS) has digitized and put online a number of historical church and town records from the region. Access is free.
RGS also maintains another website containing some 70,000 baptism, marriage and death records. Access is free.
The City of Rochester also has a web site with 170,000 indexed marriages from 1876 to 1943, with complete information available for the pre-1910 records. It is free to search.
10 March 2015
NYC Passenger Lists 1820-91
FamilySearch.org
US – FamilySearch.org has indexed another 1.4 million records from their collection of New York City passenger lists from 1820 to 1891. Access is free.
10 March 2015
Early Texas Maps
glo.texas.gov
US – The General Land Office of Texas has put online a collection of early Texas maps. It consists of rare maps of Texas and the southwest United States that date back as far as 1513. The maps can be downloaded for a fee from the website Save Texas History.
10 March 2015
Ontario Patent Plans
Archives of Ontario
Canada – The Archives of Ontario has digitized and put online some 4,100 patent plans for the province. These are basically Crown land records. Access is free.
10 March 2015
Newfoundland Censuses
      1921
      1935
      1945
Canada – FamilySearch.org has put online browsable image collections of the Newfoundland 1921, 1935 and 1945 censuses. At the time of these three censuses, Newfoundland was not part of Canada. Access to these collections is free.
10 March 2015
Mannheim BDM's
Ancestry.com
Germany – Ancestry has added birth, marriage and death records from Mannheim, Germany. Access is by subscription.
10 March 2015
Cemetery Records
Ancestry.com.au
New Zealand – Ancestry.com.au has added some 1.6 million cemetery records. The collection can be searched by first name, last name, year and location. Access is by subscription.
10 March 2015
Danish Census & Parish Records
MyHeritage.com
Denmark – MyHeritage has put online the entire 1930 Danish census. In addition to all the Danish census records, MyHeritage will also be putting online Danish parish records from 1646 to 1915. Access to the records is by subscription.
10 March 2015
Household Examination Rolls
MyHeritage.com
Sweden – MyHeritage has put online some 22 million records from the Swedish Household Examination Rolls spanning the years from 1880 to 1920. Access is by subscription.
10 March 2015
Family Tree Profiles
MyHeritage.com
World – MyHeritage has added to their website the family tree profiles submitted by more than 22 million FamilySearch users. Access is by subscription.
10 March 2015
Civil Registration Records
FamilySearch.org
Belgium – FamilySearch.org has put online a large number of images of civil registration records from Belgium. These records come from the Belgian National Archives. Access is free.
10 March 2015
Fichier Laborde Collection
gallica.bnf.fr
France – Gallica, the website of the National Library of France has put online the Fichier Laborde collection. This collection is basically a listing of Parisian artists and crafts people dating from the 1500s to the 1700s. It is an important list because many of the underlying parish records were subsequently destroyed when the Paris city hall burnt down in 1871. Access is free.
10 March 2015
Parish Archives Map
State Regional Archives
Czech Republic – The State Regional Archives in Prague has published an updated map identifying which Roman Catholic parishes have parish books digitized and put online. The map will be a useful tool to alert you to when the parish books that interest you go online. Access is free. http://
10 March 2015
Tasmanian BDMs
FindMyPast.co.uk
Australia – FindMyPast has added a collection of Tasmanian birth, marriage and death records. Access is by subscription.
4 February 2015
Forced Adoptions Project
forcedadoptions.naa.gov.au
Australia – The National Archives of Australia has created a website to increase awareness and understanding of forced adoptions in Australia. Sections include History, Records, Effects, Experiences and Resources.
4 February 2015
Canada City Directories
bac-lac.gc.ca
Canada – Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has put online 152 historic city directories for the cities of Hamilton (1853 to 1895), Kingston (1865 to 1906) and London (1875 to 1899) and farm directories for most of the counties in south western Ontario (1864 to 1898). Access is free.
4 February 2015
St John's Cemetery, Albany, NY
rootsweb.ancestry.com
US – The Troy Irish Genealogy Society continues to add new cemetery records to their website. The latest addition is St. John’s Cemetery in Albany New York. Access is free.
4 February 2015
Clan Munro (USA)
clanmunrousa.org
US – A genealogical database of Clan Munro includes those with the various spellings of Monro, Monroe and Munroe as well as the septs associated with the clan Munro: Dingwall, Fowlis, MacCullich, MacCullich, McCullish, Vass and Wass.
4 February 2015
British WW1 Records
The Genealogist
UK – The website TheGenealogist has significantly expanded their War Memorials photo database. These are essentially photographs of various war memorials throughout the country that have been photographed and transcribed. TheGenealogist has also added over 800,000 WW1 records associated with British soldiers who were killed in action or missing in action. Access is by subscription.
4 February 2015
Coal Mining Accidents and Deaths
cmhrc.co.uk
UK – A database of over 164,000 records of coal mining accidents and deaths, including the names of those injured is searchable by name. Results normally include date, year, colliery, town, notes, age and occupation.
4 February 2015
Notts Parish Records
FindMyPast.co.uk
England – FindMyPast has put online a collection of Nottinghamshire parish records. Access is by subscription.
4 February 2015
Britons of Waterloo 1815
bbc.com
England – A search is on for Britons whose ancestors fought at Waterloo, on the 200th anniversary of Britain and its allies' victory over Napoleon. It's estimated hundreds of thousands of people have relatives who fought at Waterloo in June 1815.
4 February 2015
Portuguese Ancestry
tombo.pt
Portugal – The Tombo.pt website maintains a complete list of new ancestral records for Portugal when they become available on more than 20 different Portuguese government websites. If you have Portuguese ancestors, then this is the website to check.
4 February 2015
Poverty Relief Loans 1821-74
FindMyPast.co.uk
Ireland – FindMyPast has released a new collection called Ireland, Poverty Relief Loans 1821-1874. Access is by subscription.
4 February 2015
County Carlow Parish Records
RootsIreland.ie
Ireland – The website RootsIreland has uploaded some 217,000 Roman Catholic parish records from County Carlow. Access is by subscription.
4 February 2015
PoW's of WW1
Red Cross
Europe – A new website has launched called Prisoners of the First World War from the ICRC Archives. During WWI, some 10 million people (both servicemen and civilians) were captured and sent to detention camps. Access is free.
4 February 2015
Emancipated Slaves
Freedmens Bureau
US – A new genealogy website has launched called Mapping the Freedmen’s Bureau – An Interactive Research Guide. It is designed to assist people in finding Freedmen’s Bureau records. Freedmen’s Bureau was a federal government agency set up after the end of the US Civil War to aid freed slaves. Access is free.
4 February 2015
S African Voter Indexes 1719-1996
Ancestry.co.uk
South Africa – Ancestry.co.uk has put online voter indexes from South Africa. (1719 - 1996). Access is by subscription.
4 February 2015
NSW Court Records 1830-1945
Ancestry.co.uk
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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