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New PROV Records
prov.vic.gov.au
** New Victoria – As of 1st January, hundreds of records relating to Victoria’s history have been made public as part of their rolling annual opening of officially closed records. Browse for the full list of newly opened files. 1 February 2016
Indiana Newspapers
library.in.gov
** New USA – The Indiana State Library continues to add digitized newspapers to their Hoosier State Chronicles website. The collection contains over 100,000 issues and some 780,000 pages from many small-town newspapers across Indiana. Access is free. 1 February 2016
Alaska vital records 1816-1959
FamilySearch.org
** New USA – FamilySearch.org has created a new collection of Alaskan vital records. Spanning the years from 1816 to 1959. About 57,000 records have been indexed and put online, with more expected to come. Access is free. 1 February 2016
English/Welsh Tithe Maps
TheGenealogist.co.uk
** New UK – TheGenealogist has put online a complete collection of parish tithe maps and schedules for both England and Wales. Access is by subscription, and is available in the AIGS library. 1 February 2016
Norfolk County Parish Records
TheGenealogist.co.uk
** New UK – TheGenealogist has released over 3.6 million parish records from Norfolk County. The link provides access to the complete list of parishes and dates that are covered by this release. Access is by subscription, and is available in the AIGS library. 1 February 2016
More Isle of Man Records
FindMyPast.com
** New UK – FindMyPast has made an addition to their collection of Isle of Man records, including new birth and baptism records (1600-2010), new marriage records (1598-1979) and new burial records (1598-2011). Access is by subscription, and is available in the AIGS library. 1 February 2016
Plymouth & W Devon Electoral Rolls
FindMyPast.com
** New UK – FindMyPast has released a collection of Plymouth and West Devon electoral registers. Spanning the years 1780 to 1983 and consisting of parish and parliamentary electoral rolls, electoral registers and lists of county voters. Access is by subscription, and is available in the AIGS library. 1 February 2016
Udine Civil Records
FamilySearch.org
** New Italy – FamilySearch.org has indexed an additional 252,000 civil registration records from the state archive in Udine. These records span the time period from 1806 to 1815 and 1871 to 1911. Access is free. 1 February 2016
Church Records 1576-2014
FamilySearch.org
** New Colombia – FamilySearch.org has added 1.4 million more indexed records from Colombia. These are Catholic Church records that span the years from 1576 to 2014. These records include primarily baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths. Access is free. 1 February 2016
Dutch Reformed Church Records 1838-1991
FamilySearch.org
** New Southern Africa – FamilySearch.org has created a new image collection of records from the registers of the South Africa Netherdutch Reformed Church that covers various areas of South Africa, Angola, Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. These records span the years from 1838 to 1991. The records are in both Afrikaan and English. Access is free. 1 February 2016
Soldiers' Wills
NationalArchives.ie
** New Ireland – The National Archives of Ireland holds a collection of the wills of Irish soldiers who died while serving in the British Army. Most of these date from WWI but there is a small number from the late 19th Century and the South African War, 1899-1902. The documents have been digitised by the National Archives and are now available free online. 1 February 2016
Qld Car Registrations 1923
qld.gov.au
Queensland – Cars registered in Queensland in 1923. 4 January 2016
NSW Census 1891
FamilySearch.org
New South Wales - FamilySearch.org has indexed an additional 326,000 records from the 1891 New South Wales census. 4 January 2016
W A Almanacs 1849-89
slwa.wordpress.com
Western Australia – The State Library of Western Australia has made available almanacs spanning the years from 1849 to 1889. 4 January 2016
Property Description Changes
dnrm.qld.gov.au
Queensland – The Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines has advised that it will be removing references to Parishes and Counties in land transactions, as this information is redundant for the unique identification of land. This will affect forms submitted to the department, and some products and datasets obtained from the department e.g. title searches. 4 January 2016
New Findmypast records
search.findmypast.co.uk
Various – The following records are now available via subscription, or free at the AIGS library:
     Staffordshire, Dioceses of Lichfield and Coventry Wills and Probate (1521-1860);
     British Army Muster Rolls, 84th Foot (1808-1818);
     British Army Muster Rolls, 60th Foot (1879-1882);
     Victorian Mental Health Institutions;
     Hampshire, Portsmouth Electoral Registers (1835-1873);
     Leicestershire Baptisms and Burials; and
     Devon, Plymouth Plague Rate (1626-1629).
4 January 2016
WWI soldier records
BAC-LAC.gc.ca
Canada – Library and Archives Canada (LAC) announce solid progress in digitizing and putting online Canadian World War I soldier records; these are the detailed service files of each Canadian soldier who served in the war. Access is free. 16 December 2015
Immigrant Servants 1899-1949
BAC-LAC.gc.ca
Canada – LAC has launched a new database called Immigrants to Canada: Porters and Domestics 1899 – 1949. This database contains reference to some 8,600 individuals who came to Canada as porters or domestics between 1899 and 1949. Access is free. 16 December 2015
Naturalizations 1915-44
BAC-LAC.gc.ca
Canada – LAC has extended their database of naturalization records, which now covers the years from 1915 to 1944, with work ongoing to extend its scope to 1951. Access is free. 16 December 2015
Tatar church records 1721-1939
FamilySearch.org
Russia – FamilySearch.org has added some 900,000 images to their collection of Russian Tatarstan church books. These are images of births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials performed by priests of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Republic of Tatarstan, in the Volga region of Russia. The records span the years from 1721 to 1939. Access is free. 16 December 2015
Forli Civil Registrations
FamilySearch.org
Italy – FamilySearch.org has created a new collection of images of civil registration (birth, marriage and death) records from the State Archives of Forli, spanning the years from 1800 to 1815 and 1866 to 1930. Access is free. 16 December 2015
WAAC Records 1917-20
FamilySearch.org
England – FamilySearch.org has indexed some 160,000 records or the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) records from 1917 to 1920. These are detailed service records on the some 7,000 women who joined WAAC. Each file contains name, date and place of birth, residence, marital status, number of children, occupation, age and date of enlistment. These records can be searched by first name and last name. Access is free. 16 December 2015
Electoral Registers 1832-1932
FindMyPast.com
England & Wales – FindMyPast has put online nearly 10,000 volumes of English and Welsh electoral registers. These registers contain the names of eligible voters from various voting districts, they span the years from 1832 to 1932. At the moment, the registers cannot be searched by name. Instead, it is possible to locate the register book by searching by year, constituency and county. Access is by subscription. 16 December 2015
Military Service Appeal Tribunal
ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk
Scotland – Military Service Appeal Tribunal records are available on ScotlandsPeople. Users may search index entries relating to the Appeal cases of 5,820 men seeking exemption from military service between 1916 and 1918. Fully searchable by name, address, grounds, and occupation. Because these records were supposedly destroyed after 1921, Noel Clark cautions that this database may be incomplete.
16 December 2015
Montana Bs & Ds 1840-2004
FamilySearch.org
USA – FamilySearch.org has indexed an additional 450,000 birth and death records from Montana. These span the years from 1840 to 2004. The collection can be searched by first name and last name. Access is free. 8 November 2015
Revolutionary Records 1755-83
FamilySearch.org
USA – FamilySearch.org has created a new image collection called US Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors. It spans the years from 1775 to 1783. Access is free. 8 November 2015
Baltimore Arrivals 1820-1948
FamilySearch.org
USA – FamilySearch.org has indexed some 875,000 Baltimore ship passenger records, spanning the years 1820 to 1948. After Ellis Island, Baltimore was the second largest port of arrival for immigrants to America. Access is free. 8 November 2015
1942 US Draft Records
FamilySearch.org
USA – FamilySearch.org has indexed an additional one million World War II draft registration cards. This new addition covers the year 1942. Access is free. 8 November 2015
WWI Hospital Records
ForcesWarRecords.co.uk
England – The website Forces War Records has reached a milestone of 500,000 World War I hospital records. Access is by subscription. 8 November 2015
Migrants from Britain 1896-1909
TheGenealogist.co.uk
England – The website TheGenealogist has put online historical records of passengers who departed by sea from Britain between 1896 and 1909. These records will be of interest to anyone with ancestors who emigrated from Britain, particularly to America, Canada, India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, or to anyone with ancestors who transmigrated through England, in particular, people from Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Access is by subscription. 8 November 2015
Electoral Registers 1832-1932
FindMyPast.co.uk
England & Wales – FindMyPast has put online electoral registers from England and Wales from 1832 to 1932. In total, this mammoth collection consists of some 5.4 million images containing 220 million names. Access by subscription. 8 November 2015
Qld Cemeteries 1802-1990
FamilySearch.org
Australia – FamilySearch has indexed some 335,000 cemetery records from Queensland, spanning the years 1802 to 1990. Access is free. 8 November 2015
Valuation Rolls 1855-1925
ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk
Scotland – ScotlandsPeople has released the 1855 valuation rolls. Valuation rolls from 1855 to 1925 are now available on the ScotlandsPeople website. Access is by subscription. 8 November 2015
Glasgow Newspapers
FindMyPast.com
Scotland – FindMyPast has added three Scottish newspapers to their collection from the city of Glasgow. Included are the Glasgow Free Press, the Glasgow Gazette and the Glasgow Morning Journal. Access is by subscription. 8 November 2015
Irish Newspapers 1845-70/1
BritishNewspaperArchive.co.uk
Ireland – The latest additions for The British Newspaper Archive website includes historic Irish newspapers: the Kings County Chronicle (1845 to 1871) and the Armagh Guardian (various years from 1845 to 1870). Access by subscription. 8 November 2015
Civil Record Indexes
IrishGenealogy.ie
Ireland – IrishGenealogy.ie, the official genealogy website of the Irish government, has updated their indexes to historic civil records. The indexes have been updated to include birth records over 100 years old (1914 and earlier), marriage records over 75 years old (1939 and earlier) and death records over 50 years old (1964 and earlier). Access is free. 8 November 2015
Bahamas Civil Records
FamilySearch.org
Bahamas – FamilySearch.org has indexed some 35,000 civil registration records from the Bahamas. These are birth, marriage and death records that span the years from 1850 to 1959. Access is free. 8 November 2015
Swedish Lutheran Records
MyHeritage.com
Sweden – MyHeritage has put online 46 million Swedish household records spanning the years from 1880 to 1920. These are Lutheran Church parish records. Access is by subscription. 8 November 2015
Honduras Records 1841-1968
FamilySearch.org
Honduras – FamilySearch.org has indexed an additional 179,000 civil registration records from Honduras, spanning the years from 1841 to 1968. Access is free. 8 November 2015
B C Deaths 1872-1986
FamilySearch.org
Canada – FamilySearch.org has indexed some 318,000 death registrations from the province of British Columbia, covering 1872 to 1986. B.C. started recording deaths in 1872, note: Chinese were excluded from the death registration until 1897, aboriginals were excluded from registration until 1916; and also note that there may be long delays between the date of death and the death registration the isolation of some communities. Access is free. 8 November 2015
1891 Norwegian Census
ArkivVerket.no
Norway – The National Archives of Norway has digitized and put online images of the entire 1891 census of Norway. At the moment, no master name index exists for this census, so the images must be manually reviewed. Access is free. 8 November 2015
US Wills 1668-2005
Ancestry.com
USA – Ancestry.com has launched a massive US probates and wills collection. The collection consists of some 30 million records comprising 170 million images from all 50 states, and spans the years from 1668 to 2005. Access to the collection is by subscription. 15 September 2015
Hawaiian Newspapers 1836-1991
GenealogyBank.com
USA – GenealogyBank is reporting that their historic Hawaiian newspaper collection has grown to include 25 different titles providing coverage from 1836 to 1991. Access is by subscription. 15 September 2015
Plainfield NJ Directories
Plainfield Public Library
USA – The Plainfield Public Library has put online an extensive collection of city directories from Plainfield New Jersey spanning the years from 1870 to 1982. Access is free. 15 September 2015
Booking Registers 1924-53
San Mateo County GS
USA – The San Mateo County Genealogical Society has put online an index of the sheriff’s booking registers covering the years from 1924 to 1953 (1943 to 1945 are missing). Basically, these registers record everyone who was booked into the county jail during that period. The full record (available offline at the local San Mateo library) provides further detail. Access is free. 15 September 2015
Allied POWs of WW II
FindMyPast.com
England – FindMyPast has put online one million prisoner of war records from World War II. These are predominantly records of Commonwealth and US prisoners held in German POW camps. Access to this collection is by subscription. 15 September 2015
N. Lancs. Cemeteries
DeceasedOnline.com
England – Deceased Online has added four new cemeteries in North Lancashire to their collection, bringing the total number of Lancashire burial records to 5 million. Access is by subscription. 15 September 2015
English School Registers
FindMyPast.com
England – FindMyPast has put online an additional 2.7 million school registers from across England spanning the years from 1870 to 1914. Access to this collection is by subscription. 15 September 2015
More Irish Newspapers
IrishNewsArchive.com
Ireland – The Irish Newspaper Archive has added four new titles: the Irish (Cork) Examiner 1841 to 1989; the Sligo Champion (Co. Sligo) 1950 to the present; the Strabane Chronicle (Co. Tyrone) 1908 to 1979 and various years from the Leinster Express in Co. Laois. Access is by pay per view. 15 September 2015
Irish School Registers
FindMyPast.com
Ireland – FindMyPast has put online historic Irish school register records. In total, this collection contains some 142,000 records. The records span the years from 1860 to 1920. According to FindMyPast, most of the records come from smaller, more isolated schools. Access is by subscription. 15 September 2015
Victorian Place Names
victorianplaces.com.au
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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://
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