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Cal For Papers for the OGS Monthly Webinar Series 2016

The following Call for Papers was received from the Ontario Genealogical Society:

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The Ontario Genealogical Society is now accepting proposals for the OGS Monthly Webinar Series 2016. We are looking for interesting one-hour webinar presentations.

*Topics of interest*

We invite proposals on a wide range of topics, in particular:

  • Ontario-specific topics (laws, records, land, history, etc.)
  • Ethnic research (Scottish, Irish, English, African-Canadian, German, etc.)
  • Canadian military research
  • Loyalist research
  • Ontario land research
  • DNA/genetic genealogy
  • Methodology and skill-building
  • Technology and trends in genealogy
  • Interesting case studies (Ontario specific)
  • Organization and project/time management

*Submission guidelines*

Each submission should include:

  • Speaker’s name, address, phone number, and email address
  • Lecture title and a brief but comprehensive outline (single page maximum)
  • Lecture summary for conference brochure (25 words or less)
  • Suggested audience level: B, B/I, I, I/A, A, or All
  • Brief speaker biography (50 words or less)
  • Resume of prior speaking experience

Please submit proposals in PDF or Microsoft Word format.

Use your last name and shortened title as a file name. Speakers may submit up to four proposals for consideration. Submit each proposal via email to *webinar@ogs.on.ca * no later than *September 1, 2015*.

Selected speakers will be notified by the end of September. Further information will be provided at that time.

*Compensation*

Selected speakers receive an honorarium for each webinar presentation.

*About the Ontario Genealogical Society*

The Ontario Genealogical Society, founded in 1961, is the leading society in all aspects of Ontario related family history research, preservation and communication. Our mission is to encourage, bring together and assist those interested in the pursuit of family history and to preserve our Ontario genealogical heritage. The Ontario Genealogical Society is the largest genealogical society in Canada. Visit us at http://www.ogs.on.ca

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National Genealogical Society Enters Partnership with Findmypast

The following news release is from the National Genealogical Society:

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ARLINGTON, VA, 6 July 2015 — The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has made a special arrangement with Findmypast (FMP), one of the leading genealogical records companies, to provide NGS members a free, one-year subscription to Findmypast US and Canada collection.

Members can use this opportunity to extend their own FMP US and Canada subscriptions beyond their current expiration date. Also available to NGS members is a one-year subscription to Findmypast World collection at a significantly discounted rate.

Current and new NGS members are encouraged to visit the NGS website for additional details and to take advantage of this limited-time offer.

Findmypast is an international leader in online family history and genealogical research with customers and operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia. Its searchable online archive includes more than two billion family history records—from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a valuable resource for building family trees and making family connections through its historical records and advanced search tools.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

More details can be found online at www.ngsgenealogy.org

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Ontario People : 1796-1803 – on Sale for 30% Off Through Monday July 6

cf1855Ontario People: 1796-1803 is a book of lists. The easiest way to describe its contents is to simply quote from its Introduction:

“After the American Revolution, several thousand families came to settle in the western part of Quebec, later called Upper Canada, then Canada West and today Ontario. These settlers were former members of American Loyalist regiments, discharged British and German servicemen, and some civilians and refugees. They were offered grants of 200 acres of land on condition that they take an oath of allegiance and remain loyal to the British regime. The military and Loyalist arrivals who had come earlier received larger grants, generally in relation to their services to the Crown, their rank or status, and family size…

All settlers received certificates showing the location of the lots on which they were to clear land and build houses. First, however, it was necessary to establish who had the right to obtain title deeds, and in 1796 a proclamation was issued that required Loyalists and others to surrender their certificates in exchange for title deeds and to make a statement under oath in the district court as to their right to hold them…

Subsequently, thousands of settlers appeared before the magistrates in district courts throughout Upper Canada. The magistrates provided additional information in the records, which have been preserved in the National Archives of Canada and are usually called the District Loyalist Rolls of 1796. These rolls have been carefully transcribed for the first time by Dr. E. Keith Fitzgerald, who has supplemented the 4,000 entries with further data from his own research. Details supplied by the settlers, the magistrates, and by Dr. Fitzgerald now provide a rich source of information on the early inhabitants of Ontario. Some entries show, for example, relationships, deaths, military service, maiden names of married women, and remarriage of widows…”

There are approximately 3,000 names listed in these pages.

Copies of Ontario People: 1796-1803 are available from Family Roots Publishing for 30% off this weekend. The sale ends Monday Midnight PDT, July 6, 2015.

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New Crime, Prisons & Punishment Records Available at FindMyPast

The following is from FindMyPast:

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To celebrate the release of over 1.9 million new additions to our England and Wales, Crime, Prisons and Punishment records, this week’s Findmypast Friday highlights some of the fascinating record sets that are now available to search within the collection.

England & Wales, Crime, Prisons & Punishment, 1770-1935, contains the details of felons who passed through the criminal justice system in England and Wales between 1770 and 1935. The records reveal the exact nature of the crimes they committed, where and when they were tried and the sentence they received. Records can also include physical descriptions, petitions for clemency, reports on behaviour, health and education and photographic mug shots. The details of victims and government officials working within the penal system can also found within the collection.

The new additions are taken from 18 substantial and widely varied record series held by The National Archives at Kew. We will be highlighting a selection of these sets each Findmypast Friday for the duration of our Crime & Punishment month: four weeks of records, guides and stories to help you discover your family’s criminal history. Please note that all 18 sets within the collection are now available to search. The third and final phase of the collection will be released later this year.

England & Wales, Crime, Prisons and Punishment now contains over 3 million transcripts, all accompanied by scanned images of the original documents, and is the largest collection of crime and punishment records available online.

Home Office: Newgate Prison Calendar 1782-1853
The Home Office: Newgate Prison Calendar 1782-1853 contains almost 339,400 records. The Calendars were taken from printed lists of prisoners to be tried at Newgate, in London. Newgate was one of the historic seven gates of the London Wall around the City of London and has been used as a prison for debtors and felons since at least the 12th century. As well as printed lists of inmates, from July 1822 onwards the records contain manuscript additions giving the results of their trials.

Home Office: Convict Hulks, Convict Prisons and Criminal Lunatic Asylums: Quarterly Returns of Prisoners 1824-1876
Quarterly Returns of Prisoners 1824-1876 contains almost 639,600 records. The records consist of sworn lists of convicts held on board prison hulks between 1824 and 1854 as well as records of prisoners held in convict prisons and criminal lunatic asylums. The returns list the names of individual convicts with particulars as to their ages, convictions and sentences, health and behaviour.

Home Office: Criminal Entry Books 1782-1871
The Home Office: Criminal Entry Books 1782-1871 contain almost 272,950 records consisting of bound copies of letters sent out from the Home Office. They consist of correspondence and warrants of Home Office officials, and friends and relations of convicts. Warrants include pardons, reprieves and transfers of prisoners from one prison to another, or to the army or navy. Each volume also contains an index arranged by type of warrant issued.

Home Office: Old Captions and Transfer Papers 1843-1871
Home Office: Old Captions and Transfer Papers 1843-1871 contains over 3,660. The records contain copies of court orders (‘old captions’) for the imprisonment or transportation of prisoners. These are the papers written up by the trial judge and handed to the policemen who were to take the prisoner away to jail after he was convicted. All the paperwork involved in transferring prisoners is here, with individual documents for transfer between prisons and the records for that prisoner while he was in the gaol. There is a huge amount of detail in these records and it is worth browsing through all the available images to find all the separate documents concerning an individual prisoner. The later records even include a full medical history which is extremely unusual in genealogical records. There are also some records concerning prisoners serving their sentence on prison hulks.

Home Office and Prison Commission: Male Licences 1853-1887
Home Office and Prison Commission: Male Licences 1853-1887 contains almost 36,700 records of male convicts who were granted licences to be at large by the court, in other words, who were allowed out on parole. There are notes of the licences and also notes of revocation of the licence, under the Penal Servitude Acts of 1852 and 1864 endorsed on old captions, or orders of court, and, in some cases, transfer papers. The images include rich details about individual convicts such if their marital status, number of children, the name and address of their next of kin, their profession and a full physical description as well as where they went when they were released. Many records include photographic mug shots located on the last page.

Metropolitan Police: Criminal Record Office: habitual criminals’ registers and miscellaneous papers
Containing the details of over 151,330 individuals, the Metropolitan Police: Criminal Record Office: habitual criminals’ registers and miscellaneous papers consists of registers of habitual criminals kept by the police and circulated among the force on a regular basis. They include a detailed physical description noting all distinguishing marks and a full criminal record with notes on whether the convict had been apprehended. Some records are from the Police Gazette appendix which included photographs of some of the prisoners. Also included is a list of 5,824 habitual drunkards from the period 1903 to 1914, which would have been circulated weekly to licensed persons and secretaries of clubs. They usually contain two photographs of each drunkard: face on and profile.

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Fold3.com & Ancestry.com Offer Free Access Packages This Weekend

Ancestry.com is offering free access to their records from the Original 13 Colonies This weekend. The sale ends on July 4. Click on the illustration below for more info.

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See the full list of the 13 Colonies Collections by clicking here.

Fold3.com is also offering free access to its Revolutionary War Records through July 15, 2015. Click on the illustration below for more information.

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Celebrate Independence Day! Ancestry DNA Test – 20% Off! – Just $79 – Sale Ends July 6

Last April, AncestryDNA ran a DNA Promotion promotion at $79 on their DNA test. I didn’t see this coming, but I now see that they are doing it again. The test is normally $99 – so you can save $20 by buying now.

The promotion ends July 6. The $79 price is the best price they have ever offered to my knowledge. This is a deal you can’t get everyday.

AncestryDNA has been in the news a lot this last year, with their new DNA Circles, shared ancestor hints, and New Ancestor Discoveries. Patty and I both got new AncestryDNA tests done a few months ago, and now have more ancestors, cousins and connections than we can keep up with. If you’ve been putting off getting a test done, wait no more!

Click on the illustration below to order. Note that the actual final link to make your purchase may be all the way to the bottom of the page:


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FamilySearch International Appoints Steve Rockwood as President & CEO

The following is from FamilySearch:

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Salt Lake City, July 2, 2015 — The FamilySearch International board of directors has elected Stephen T. Rockwood as the company’s president and chief executive officer, succeeding Dennis Brimhall, who will retire. Rockwood, who most recently served as director of the international division at FamilySearch, becomes president and CEO on October 1.

“Steve is an extremely capable, experienced, and respected leader with an immense passion for our mission and our people,” said Elder Allan F. Packer, Chairman of the Board. “As president and CEO, Steve will bring a rich combination of management skills, customer focus, business acumen, and a can-do spirit that will build on the vision and work of Dennis Brimhall.”

After leading FamilySearch through many innovative changes including focusing the organization on developing a compelling customer experience that greatly simplified finding genealogical connections, and encouraged young people to begin a life-long love of family history, Dennis Brimhall will retire.

“I join the board in my deep appreciation for Dennis’ leadership, customer focus, and vision for what FamilySearch is and can become,” said Rockwood, “We look forward to building on the vital groundwork he has laid with continued innovation.”

Prior to joining FamilySearch, Rockwood specialized in creating unique service offerings for worldwide customers of such brands as MasterCard International, AT&T, Disney, Office Depot, and Citibank among others. He was also a successful entrepreneur building two companies from the ground up that were later acquired by larger companies.

“With his international experience, deep appreciation of our accomplishments, and the energy and skill to drive additional transformation, Steve is well suited to lead our very talented FamilySearch organization and will facilitate further expansion to audiences worldwide,” commented Brimhall.

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Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Quick Notes: Downloading/Upgrading Stitching Software

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Quick Note: Download Files / Upgrade SD CardDo you have a Flip-Pal mobile scanner? If not, you may want to consider obtaining one of these easy to use little scanners to add to your portable research kit.

However, if you do have a Flip-Pal scanner, when was the last time you updated the software? Do you remember how to quickly make the update? Could you use some help, or a quick reminder of how to do this?

Family Roots Publishing has available copies of Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Quick Notes: Downloading/Upgrading Stitching Software. This simple 2 page laminated guide, with pictures, covers the 10 easy-to-follow steps in finding, downloading, updating and storing on SD card the most recent upgrades available for you scanner’s stitching software.

If you have a Flip-Pal scanner, then get a copy of Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner Quick Notes: Downloading/Upgrading Stitching Software from Family Roots Publishing, and keep your scanner up-to-date.

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The Portable Genealogist: Seventeenth-Century New England Research

All “Portable” guides are two-color, four-page, three-hole-punched laminated guide, folded to 8.5″ x 11″. The Portable Genealogist: Seventeenth-Century New England Research guide covers three main topic areas:

  • Settlement and migration patterns
  • Records
  • Scholarly resources

This guide starts with an introduction to this period of early immigration; including, a list of common records often available in research.

The Settlement and Migration Patterns section includes coverage for “Waves of Migration” and “Settlement,” which names the primary settlements with years of existence.

Resources begins with “Locating Records.” Included is chart listing records types, a description of “what you may find and records notes,” along with resources for more information. This section also includes segments on “Finding Aids” and “Study Projects.”

There are also five “NEHGS Tips” in this guide.

Order The Portable Genealogist: Seventeenth-Century New England Research and many other popular laminated guides from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $6.81

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FamilySearch.org’s United States and Canadian Vital Records Databases — UPDATE

Below are the latest updates to United States & Canadian Vital Records Databases at FamilySearch.org:

Currently updates as of 30 June 2015

Previous update: 14 April 2015

There is a permanent link at the top of the blog to a page with links to all five United States and Canadian Vital Records Database Lists. Use the page to access the following database lists at any time:

Recent Changes:

Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1938 — Searchable Index — Name index of birth certificates as recorded at Cook County, Illinois – including the City of Chicago.– There are 1,877,027 1,675,664 Records as of 16 April 2015; up 142,650 Records since 11 December 2014.

[NEW] Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images —Transcripts of tombstones from various Maine cemeteries. There are some additional family members listed on some cards whose names are not indexed. – There are 297,412 Records and 298,228 Images as of 17 April 2015.

[NEW] Arizona, County Marriages, 1871-1964 — Browsable Images — Images of county marriage records acquired from county courthouses. This collection does not include Coconino, Navajo and Yuma counties. – There are 354,145 Images as of 21 April 2015.

[NEW] Arizona Obituary Index to Arizona Newspapers, 1993-1994 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images —Index and images of cards and newspaper clippings from Arizona Daily Star (Tucson), Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff), Arizona Republic (Phoenix), Daily News Sun (Sun City), Independent (White Mountain, Show Low), and Mesa Tribune (Mesa). These records are housed at the Mesa Family History Center. – There are 38,287 Records and 51,701 Images as of 22 April 2015.

[NEW] Alabama, Mobile Magnolia Cemetery Interment Cards, 1836-1995 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of interment index cards from the Magnolia Cemetery. Original records are in the possession of the Friends of Magnolia Cemetery Inc. in Mobile. – There are 32,735 Records and 32,865 Images as of 22 April 2015.

[NEW] New Hampshire, Birth Certificates, 1901-1909 — Browsable Images — Images of birth certificates from the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records in Concord. The Collection is arranged by year, by certificate number, and by name. – There are 105,732 Images as of 22 April 2015.

New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936  — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of New York county marriage records. New York state began requiring marriage records for each county in 1908. The collection includes the following counties: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Essex, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Nassau, Niagara, Oneida, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westchester, Wyoming, and Yates. The collection does not include New York City nor its boroughs. Only part of this set of images is currently Indexed. Indexing of the remaining images is in process and will be added as it is completed. – There are 636,587 Records and 955,515 Images as of 23 April 2015; up 636,309 Images since 26 August 2013.

Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1933 — Browsable Images — Includes Atlanta city census and voter registration and a necrology including transcribed obituaries, death and cemetery records from Fulton County. – There are 35,684 Images as of 24 April 2015; up 4,014 Images since 18 June 2014.

North Dakota, Census, 1925 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images —Index and images of the North Dakota state census of 1925. – There are 699,042 Records and 18,403 Images as of 29 April 1015; up 414,929 Records since 30 January 2015.

[NEW] Ohio, Bloomfield Township, Brownwood Cemetery Records, 1824-2012 — Browsable Images — Images of a cemetery record from the Board of Trustees in North Bloomfield, Ohio. – There are 636 Images as of 29 April 2015.

Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1802-1969 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Digital images of records created in Missouri counties including recorded marriages, marriage applications, licenses, and certificates, naturalizations and other court records. This collection is being published as images become available.– There are 158,956 Records and 2,507,508 Images as of 1 May 2015; up 896,994 Images since 11 December 2013.

[NEW] Michigan, Probate Records, 1797-1973 — Browsable Images — Probate records from county courthouses in Michigan. Most of the collection contains estate files. The content and time period varies by county. Some of the records date before 1837 when Michigan became a state.– There are 4,723,861 Images as of 5 May 2015.

[NEW] Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850-2001 — Browsable Images — Death records from Minnesota county courthouses. The record content and the time period varies by county. – There are 367,790 Images as of 5 May 2015.

[NEW] Utah, Salt Lake City Cemetery Records, 1847-1976 — Browsable Images — City cemetery records acquired from the Utah State Archives. The collection includes a general index, plat books, interment records, deed registers, record of the dead and grave opening orders. – There are 70,504 Images as of 6 May 2015.

Minnesota, County Birth Records, 1863-1983 — Browsable Images — Digital images of birth records from various county courthouses. Some birth registers are for cities or townships. The year range varies by county.– There are 150,669 Images as of 7 May 2015; up 9,777 Images since 19 September 2011.

[NEW] Missouri, Deaths, 1835-1976 — Browsable Images —Index and images of selected deaths. – There are 13,734 Images as of 7 May 2015.

Indiana, Marriages, 1811-2007 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. Name index of marriages recorded in the Indiana Territory and in the state of Indiana between 1811 and 1959. This collection includes searchable index data for marriage records from all Indiana counties except Howard, Johnson, and Montgomery. This is an ongoing project, so additional records will be added as indexing is completed. New images are being added as they become available. Images of some marriage records included in the index cannot be viewed online due to various contract restrictions. In instances where digital images are not available, microfilm copies of the original records are available at the Family History Library and through family history centers. – There are 3,287,619 Records and 1,242,528 1,183,405 Images as of 8 May 2015; up 59,123 Images since 29 January 2015.

North Dakota, Census, 1915 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of the 1915 state census of North Dakota. – There are 619,448 Records and 18,180 Images as of 20 May 2015; up 361,965 Records since 22 January 2015.

South Dakota, Pennington County Probate Case Files, 1880-1937 — Browsable Images — Images of probate case files from the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre. The collection is arranged by case number. – There are 69,017 Images as of 26 May 2015.

Georgia, Deaths, 1928-1939 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name Index and images of Georgia statewide deaths. Original records are arranged chronologically by year and then by certificate numbers.– There are 428,255 Records and 484,960 Images as of 27 May 2015; up 15,495 Records and 1,750 Images since 24 October 2014.

District of Columbia Marriages, 1811-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of marriage records in the District of Columbia. Currently this collection is 87% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 605,303 Records and 375,218 Images as of 3 June 2015; up 61,386 Images since 14 May 2014.

California, Death Index, 1905-1939 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Death index located at the Office of the State Register, Sacramento, and the Butte County Courthouse, Oroville. The index is arranged alphabetically by the name of the deceased, initials of spouse, age, and date of death. Place of death or county of death is coded. – There are 2,086,638 Records and 5,692 Images as of 5 June 2015; up 2,086,638 Records since 10 February 2012.

Michigan, Births, 1867-1902 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of Michigan statewide birth registration entries.– There are 1,409,988 Records and 164,785 Images as of 11 June 2015; up 1,438 Images since 31 March 2014.

Iowa, State Census, 1925 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of the 1925 state census of Iowa.– There are 5,573,816 Records and 327,118 Images as of 11 June 2015; up 5,573,816 Records since 16 April 2014.

Utah, Uintah County Marriage Records, 1888-2015 — Browsable Images —Images of marriage applications and certificates located in the county courthouse in Vernal. – There are 8,687 Images as of 15 June 2015.

Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of obituary collections organized by county or newspaper and then alphabetically. Extracted information as well as newspaper clippings are represented. The originals are housed in several libraries and repositories throughout Michigan. Some collections contain obituaries from other states and nearby regions. – There are 798,647 Records and 1,093,937 Images as of 16 June 2015; up 416,525 Records since 16 December 2014.

South Dakota, School Records, 1879-1970 — Browsable Images — School records, including teacher’s term reports, school census and attendance records located at the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre. Records are generally arranged by county, year and school district number. This collection is being published as images become available.– There are 4,717,964 Records and 200,731 Images as of 16 June 2015; up 4,717,964 Records since 22 October 2014.

Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005 — Browsable Images — Vital and town records acquired from local town clerk offices.– There are 1,386,297 Images as of 24 June 2015; up 458,533 Images since 21 June 2012.

Delaware Vital Records, 1680-1971 — Browsable Images — A collection of various vital records from the Delaware Public Archives. The collection includes birth, marriage, death, bible, and cemetery records spanning various year ranges.– There are 624,395 Records and 1,974,520 Images as of 25 June 2015; up 624,395 Records images since 24 April 2014.

Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934 — Searchable Index — Name indexes and images of county marriages from the state of Illinois. Currently this collection is 63% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 1,530,387 Records as of 25 June 2015; up 504,033 Records since 15 May 2013.

Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1627-2001 — Browsable Images — Vital and town records acquired from local town clerk offices.– There are 1,707,850 Images as of 26 June 2015; up 182 Images since 9 January 2014.

North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970 — Browsable Images — Includes probate matters recorded at county courthouses in North Carolina. Includes wills, guardianships and estate records in bound volumes. Although the coverage dates include a larger span of years, most of the records in this collection are from 1800-1930. – There are 1,145,307 Images as of 25 June 2015.

Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name indexes and images of Tennessee county marriages from 1790 through 1950 acquired from local courthouses. This collection contains searchable index data and images for marriage registers, marriage licenses, marriage bonds, and marriage certificates. Currently this collection is 21% complete. Additional records by county will be added as they are completed. Some images may not be viewable due to contract restrictions.– There are 4,590,990 Records and 2,953,561 Images as of 26 June 2015; up 3,024,053 Records and 1,831,660 images since 15 May 2014.

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images —Index to obituaries from thousands of newspapers throughout the United States. Records are being published as they become available. This collection is created in partnership with www.GenealogyBank.com. – There are 15,860,585 Records and 10,874,549 Images as of 27 June 2015; up 5,613,077 Records since 23 March 2015.

CANADIAN RECORDS

Newfoundland Census, 1935 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of the census housed at the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador. – There are 296,291 Records and 9,509 Images as of 22 April 2015, up 296,291 Records since 13 January 2015.

Newfoundland Census, 1945 — Browsable Images —Index and images of the 1945 census housed at the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador. – There are 328,262 Records and 7,457 Images as of 22 April 2015; up 328,262 Records since 14 January 2015.

[NEW] Nova Scotia Deaths, 1956-1957 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Deaths from all counties arranged together. The records are housed at the Archives of Nova Scotia in Halifax. – There are 11,869 Records and 12,185 Images as of 23 April 2015.

[NEW] Nova Scotia Deaths, 1890-1955 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Deaths from all counties arranged together. The records are housed at the Archives of Nova Scotia in Halifax. – There are 336,983 Records and 251,097 Images as of 23 April 2015.

[NEW] Saskatchewan Cemetery Transcripts, ca. 1850-1994 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images —Transcripts of tombstones from various cemeteries. Series 1, 2, and 3 compiled by the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society. To learn the name of the municipality and cemetery, look at the image. Each card has a number, for example, 152.5. The corresponding municipality and cemetery for that number is found in a list in the wiki article about the collection. To go to the article, return to this description, and click on “Learn more” below. – There are 164,737 Records and 139,318 Images as of 29 April 2015.

Saskatchewan, Catholic Church Records, 1846-1957 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Baptisms, confirmations, marriages, burials, and other records from several Roman Catholic parishes in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. This collection covers church records created 1846-1957, but the content and time period of the records will vary by parish.– There are 40,494 Records and 6,587 Images as of 1 May 2015; up 40,494 Records since 3 December 2012.

Newfoundland Census, 1945 — Browsable Images —Index and images of the 1945 census housed at the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador. – There are 328,262 Records and 14,649 7,457 Images as of 22 April 2015; up 328,262 Records and 7,192 since 14 January 2015.

Ontario Births, 1869-1912 — Searchable Index — Index to birth records. Some entries in this index are missing the registration year and number. – There are 2,094,890 Records and 413,055 Images as of 27 May 2015; up 413,055 Images since 9 June 2014.

Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947 — Searchable Index — Name index of Ontario, Canada, death registration entries. Registration entries for 1939-1947 are for overseas deaths only.– There are 2,050,112 Records and 947,200 Images as of 27 May 2015; up 947,200 Images since 12 October 2012.

Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927 — Searchable Index — Index to marriage records housed at Archives of Ontario in Toronto. Includes regular registrations, 1869-1927, and delayed registrations, 1892-1919. – There are 1,382,652 Records and 1,162,449 Images as of 28 May 2015; up 1,162,449 Images since 13 April 2015.

[NEW] Quebec, Index to Civil Copy of Church Records, 1642-1902 — Browsable Images — Index to copy of baptisms, marriages, and burials sent to the civil government. Both Catholic and Protestant churches are included. – There are 1,300,530 Images as of 29 May 2015.

Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840-1949 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Images of births, delayed registrations of births, marriages, and deaths.– There are 363,845 Records and 58,839 Images as of 10 June 2015; up 347,134 Records since 9 Decebmer 2014.

Nova Scotia Births, 1864-1877 — Browsable Images — Index and images of births from Nova Scotia counties. – There are 35,026 Images as of 26 June 2015; up 6,103 Images since 10 September 2014.

Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918 — Browsable Images — Index and images of marriages from Nova Scotia. Dates vary by county. – There are 21,950 Images as of 26 June 2015; up 15,831 Images since 15 September 2014.

Nova Scotia Deaths, 1864-1877 — Browsable Images — Index and images of deaths from Nova Scotia counties. – There are 21,717 Images as of 26 June 2015; up 14,661 Images since 17 September 2014.

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FREE Access to the Great Migration Databases on AmericanAncestors.org – July 1-8, 2015

The following was received from NEHGS:

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Family Historians May Commemorate Independence Day by Searching FREE on AmericanAncestors.org for America’s Earliest Settlers, July 1 through July 8

June 29, 2015—Boston, Massachusetts — In a salute to the anniversary of our nation’s independence, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is granting FREE access to all online searchable databases related to the Great Migration. A unique foundation of governance and religion was created by the 20,000 men, women, and children who crossed the Atlantic between 1620 and 1640, seeking opportunity and relief in New England, in the period known as the Great Migration. These are the Mayflower names, the Pilgrims, the Puritans, and the families that delight and provide rich insights for genealogists and family historians. Since 1988 NEHGS has undertaken the Great Migration Study Project, directed by Robert Charles Anderson and scheduled for completion in 2016. The results are open to the public to research FREE during the first week of July 2015 on its data-rich website AmericanAncestors.org.

A total of nine searchable databases comprise the Great Migration project on AmericanAncestors.org, consisting of thousands of records. Some content highlights include:

1: The Great Migration Begins
The first phase of the Great Migration Study Project attempts to identify and describe all those Europeans who settled in New England prior to the end of 1633. The date was chosen because of the steep increase in migration beginning in 1634 and continuing for the rest of that decade (see Robert Charles Anderson, “A Note on the Pace of the Great Migration,” The New England Quarterly 59 [1986]:406-07). As a rough estimate, about 15 percent of the immigrants to New England arrived in the fourteen years from 1620 to 1633, with the remaining 85 percent coming over in half as many years, from 1634 to 1640.

2: The Great Migration Newsletter
This database comprises Volumes 1 through 20 of the Great Migration Newsletter, published between 1990 and 2011. Each 32-page issue contains one or two feature articles, a column with editor’s comments, and a review of recent literature on the Great Migration. Each issue also contains a section with detailed coverage of one of the towns settled during the Great Migration, or of a specific critical record, or group of records.

3: The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volumes I—VII, A-Y (7 separate databases)
From 1620 to 1633, only a few hundred people stepped on the shores of New England in any given year. But all of a sudden in 1634 the trend surged upward and as many as 2,500 people immigrated in 1634 and again in 1635. In May 1634, the population of Massachusetts doubled in just one month, and when comparing immigration in 1634 and 1635 to immigration in 1633 and earlier, there was a tenfold jump in annual immigration.

These volumes covering surnames beginning with A through Y, complete a series documenting the watershed years of 1634 and 1635. They trace families and individuals immigrating to New England during those two years – a time of rapid migration and settlement.

Each alphabetical entry for a family or individual includes:

• Place of origin, if known

• Date and ship on which they arrived in New England, if known

• Earliest known record of the individual or family

• First residence and subsequent residences, when known

• Return trips to their country of origin, whether temporary or permanent

• Bibliographical information such as birth, death, marriage(s), children, and other important family relationships, church memberships, and civil and military offices held

The full introduction to these seven volumes is available for download as a pdf file. The introduction includes a description of the methodology used to create the sketches as well as thorough descriptions of the sources used.

The database provides an index to the sketches of 219 Great Migration individuals, and the 7,192 name, 2,040 place, and 249 ship name references contained within those sketches. The images of the original book pages are available from the search results pages.

These Great Migration databases from NEHGS will be open with FREE access to the public beginning Wednesday, July 1, through Wednesday, July 8. Registration at AmericanAncestors.org is required as a FREE Guest Member to gain access to these valuable resources. Guest User accounts allow web visitors to use a limited suite of AmericanAncestors.org databases and access web content such as making purchases from the online store. Unlimited access to all 450+ million records and other benefits is through membership at NEHGS.

Family historians may start their search for ancestors who came to the country as part of the Great Migration at this site: AmericanAncestors.org/specials/fourth-of-july.

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FamilySearch Adds Over 15.6 Million Indexed Records & Images for Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, India, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, & the U.S.A.

The following is from FamilySearch:

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FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 15.6 million indexed records and images for Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, India, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 5,573,816 records from the US, Iowa, State Census, 1925 collection; 2,086,638 records from the US, California Death Index, 1905–1939 collection; and 1,325,362 images from the Italy, Cremona, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1744–1942 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 5.8 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Australia, New South Wales, Census (fragment), 1891 – 0 – 21,315 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840–1949 – 347,134 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Canada, Ontario Births, 1869–1912 – 0 – 413,055 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Ontario Deaths, 1869–1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939–1947 – 0 – 947,200 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Ontario Marriages, 1869–1927 – 0 – 1,162,449 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Quebec, Index to Civil Copy of Church Records, 1642–1902 – 0 – 1,300,530 – New browsable image collection.

Canada, Ontario Births, 1869–1912 – 0 – 413,055 – Added images to an existing collection.

Czech Republic Church Books, 1552–1963 – 0 – 93,901 – Added images to an existing collection.

India, Bihar, Koilukh, Pandit Kirtinand Jha, Maithil Brahmin Genealogical Records, 1750–1990 – 0 – 9,802 – Added images to an existing collection.

India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, 1194–2015 – 0 – 175,363 – Added images to an existing collection.

India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743–1990 – 0 – 39,904 – New browsable image collection.

Italy, Caltanissetta, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1820–1935 – 0 – 318 – Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Cremona, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1744–1942 – 0 – 1,325,362 – New browsable image collection.

Italy, Grosseto, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1851–1907 – 0 – 393,814 – New browsable image collection.

Italy, L’Aquila, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1865, 1911–1943 – 0 – 111,837 – Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Pesaro e Urbino, Pesaro, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1808–1813, 1861–1865 – 0 – 75,456 – New browsable image collection.

Italy, Ragusa, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1900–1940 – 0 – 111,281 – New browsable image collection.

Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records, 1750–1984 – 0 – 363 – Added images to an existing collection.

Mexico, Chihuahua, Catholic Church Records, 1632–1958 – 0 – 195 – New browsable image collection.

Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records, 1519–1984 – 0 – 1,077 – Added images to an existing collection.

Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546–1971 – 0 – 574 – Added images to an existing collection.

Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555–1996 – 0 – 2,758 – Added images to an existing collection.

Mexico, Tamaulipas, Catholic Church Records, 1703–1964 – 0 – 1,294 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Tacna, Civil Registration, 1850–1998 – 0 – 253,910 – New browsable image collection.

Philippines, Negros Occidental, Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod, Parish Registers, 1755–1976 – 0 – 95,820 – New browsable image collection.

US, California Death Index, 1905–1939 – 2,086,638 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Connecticut, District Court Naturalization Indexes, 1851–1992 – 0 – 260,508 – New browsable image collection.

US, District of Columbia Marriages, 1811–1950 – 83,822 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Iowa, State Census, 1925 – 5,573,816 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Louisiana, First Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1940–1945 – 39,967 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Michigan, Births, 1867–1902 – 0 – 1,428 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, South Dakota, Pennington County Probate Case Files, 1880–1937 – 0 – 69,017 – New browsable image collection.

US, United States Census, 1790 – 1,606 – 62 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, United States Census, 1800 – 20 – 18,454 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847–1868 – 58,333 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

US, Utah, Uintah County Discharge Records, 1893–2009 – 0 – 2,362 – New browsable image collection.

US, Utah, Uintah County Land and Property Records, 1888–2004 – 0 – 195,963 – New browsable image collection.

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HeritageQuest® Online to Offer Over 2 Billion New Records

I’m thrilled see see that my old employer is moving ahead with making more records available to genealogists. Following is their news release:

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ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Later this summer, family history enthusiasts and genealogical experts around the world will have access to more than two billion new records in HeritageQuest® Online. This popular and authoritative resource—powered by Ancestry and distributed by ProQuest—is one of the largest genealogical databases available to libraries and will include records from more than 60 countries.

Appealing to libraries and researchers worldwide, the new content includes:

  • More than one billion birth, baptism, marriage, death and census records from the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, and Asia
  • 915 million US public records, including the Social Security Death Index
  • 133 million cemetery indexes from the US, Canada, Europe and Australia
  • More than 7 million names identified in a new map collection
  • 600,000 images from the Library of Congress Photo Collection, 1840-2000

HeritageQuest Online, with its remote access and international content, offers libraries an updated and comprehensive research database enabling any patron’s quest to discover available ancestral information from historical documents published worldwide.

“Our relationship with ProQuest has allowed us to add new functionality to the HeritageQuest Online product and we are pleased that we are now able to also bring more content to the platform,” said Brian Hansen, Vice President of Emerging Businesses at Ancestry.

“For the full benefit and delight of our users, who need deep and substantial genealogical data from across all continents, Ancestry and ProQuest have again evolved HeritageQuest Online to enable library patrons fill in the blank spaces of their family histories and stories,” said Andon Baltakov, Vice President of Product Management at ProQuest. “ProQuest will continue to offer authoritative resources that advance and transform the research experience for the growing community of genealogists and family history enthusiasts.”

HeritageQuest Online is a vital genealogy resource for libraries, and complements the library editions of Ancestry.com and Fold3.com. Searching of this vast and diverse collection of global records is simplified with customized search filtering, such as exact match, phonetic, location, and more. ProQuest is the market leader in providing libraries with the greatest scope of genealogical resources and historical databases, encompassing both primary and secondary sources.

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New Akron, Ohio Photo Archive – Free For the Public’s Use

The following teaser is from Ohio.com:

An online treasure trove of photographs of Akron is now available — for free use by anyone — thanks to local photographer Shane Wynn and two nonprofits who work to give the city a boost.

Wynn spent more than 40 hours last year taking the shots, capturing more than 1,400 images of the city, including wide-angle photos taken from the tops of parking decks and a ladder.

These are beauty shots, showcasing Akron’s downtown and other parts of the city.

The archive, supported by the Downtown Akron Partnership and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is open to any organization, business or individual at www.Akronstock.com.

Akron Ohio Northside Lofts -  Click on the Image to see details and browse the Akron Images.

Akron Ohio Northside Lofts – Click on the Image to see details and browse the Akron Images.

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Thanks to Research-Buzz for the Heads-Up.

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644,000 New Records & Newspaper Articles At FindMyPast

The following is from the June 26, 2015 FindMyPast Friday Announcement at FindMyPast:

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Australia Convict ships 1786-1849

Containing over 188,000 records, Australia Convict ships 1786-1849 date back the ships of First Fleet and include the details of some of the earliest convict settlers in New South Wales. These records are made up of five separate sets of musters and indents held by the the State Records Authority of New South Wales. They do not cover every convict who arrived in Australia on those early ships as many have been lost or scattered to other places. Indents records were used in the early settlements to keep track of the convict population while musters lists of who was on board a ship were taken at the port of embarkation.

Each record contains a transcript and a black and white image of original documents. Indents can include a variety of information about individual convicts such as their native place, details of their offence and sentence, a physical description and details of their family members. Musters usually only give a name, date and place of trial and sentence. Musters were also taken after disembarkation.

Australia Convict Conditional and Absolute Pardons 1791-1867

Containing almost 27,000 records, the Australia Convict Conditional and Absolute Pardons 1791-1867 list the details of convicts who built new lives in New South Wales. The records list the details of pardons by the Governor and date back to the earliest days of the colony. Pardons were generally handed out to convicts serving life sentences but in the earliest years of the colony the Governor had the power to grant both free and conditional pardons as rewards for good behavior, for special skills or for carrying out special duties or tasks. Conditional pardons meant that a convict was free as long as they stayed within the colony, known as “Government limits”. Most convicts received a conditional pardon. Absolute pardons meant that a convict’s sentence was completely remitted. They were free with no conditions and could move beyond the limits of the colony or even return to Britain.

Each record contains a transcript and an image of original documents. As well as listing the names of pardoned convicts, 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.

New South Wales Registers Of Convicts’ Applications To Marry 1825-1851

New South Wales Registers Of Convicts’ Applications To Marry 1825-1851 contains over 26,000 records. Convicts in Australian penal colonies were actually encouraged to marry as Governors believed that marriage and family life were good for both the morality and stability. Convicts who did marry could apply for tickets of leave or pardons as well as assistance in establishing a household. In the early years of the colonies, many convicts married even if they had wives or husbands back home. 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.

Each record contains a transcript as well as an image of the original document. The registers list the convict’s name, the name of their spouse, their profession and the length of their sentence as well as the sip they arrived on and when they were given their freedom. Some approved marriages did not go ahead so you might find more than one successful application for your ancestor.

Victoria Prison Registers 1855-1960

Over 7,000 records have been added to our collection of Victoria Prison Registers 1855-1948. The new additions are taken from the Central Register of Female Prisoners, held by the Public Record Office Victoria. The register kept a record of prisoners that passed through Pentridge prison in Coburg, Victoria. Pentridge was built in 1850 and was the central prison in the Melbourne region from about 1860. Each record includes a transcripts and scanned image of the original registers and many include mug shot photographs of individual’s 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. Remarks on the register may also include the name of the ship on which the prisoner arrived if they were not born in Australia.

Sligo Workhouse Admission and Discharge Registers 1848-1859

Containing of over 9,000 records, the Sligo workhouse registers 1848-1859 consist of handwritten registers taken by the Sligo Union workhouse, one of three workhouses in the County Sligo. Levels of poverty in Ireland were far higher than in England and the workhouse was often an inescapable part of life that would have touched many, if not most Irish families. They were designed for the most destitute of the poor who could not support themselves. Conditions were harsh and inhuman. Inmates were stripped of their dignity, they were no longer a person but instead a pauper inmate.

The records pre-date civil registration and will be valuable resource to those with Sligo ancestors given the lack of 19th century census material available in Ireland. Each record includes a transcript and an image of the original document. The registers list the names of new arrivals and details including their age, occupation, religion, any illnesses or infirmities, family members, local parish, their condition on arrival (usually describing clothes or cleanliness) and when they were discharged or died.

Clare Poor Law Unions Board Of Guardians Minute Books

Containing over 63,000 records, the Clare Board of Guardian Books were taken from the Kilrush and Ennistymon unions, two of eight poor law unions located in County Clare. The minute books recorded weekly reports on the number of inmates, new arrivals, births, deaths and discharges. They also recorded expenditures including food supplies and salaries as well as the number of inmates receiving medical treatments.

Each record contains a transcript and an image of the original handwritten minutes. The amount of information contained in the image can be considerable. The minute books recorded what was said at each meeting of the Board of Guardians, including correspondence and contracts but also individual cases that came before the Board. These include the day-to-day running of the workhouses, disciplinary matters concerning both staff and inmates, individual case histories, foundling children’s fostering and upkeep and the hiring of foster mothers and wet nurses.

Irish newspaper update

Over 308,000 new articles have been added to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers. Substantial additions have been made to Saunder’s News-Letter, a title that dates all the way back to 18th century Ireland and now contains nearly 950,000 fully searchable articles.

The entire collection now covers over 175 years of Irish history (1748-1924) and contains over 9.1 million articles from 72 national, local and regional titles from every province and major city in Ireland.

North West Kent Baptisms

Nearly 2,000 new records have been added to our collection of North West Kent parish baptisms. The new additions were transcribed by the North West Kent Family History Society and cover the parish of Southfleet.

Each baptism includes a transcript of the original parish record. The amount of information listed may vary, but most records will include the child’s name, date of birth, date of baptism, place of baptism, mother’s name, father’s name, father’s occupation, residence and any additional notes.

North West Kent Marriages

Over 500 records have been added to our collection of North West Kent parish marriages. The new additions were transcribed by the North West Kent Family History Society and cover the Parish of Southfleet.

Each of the records includes a transcript of the original marriage record. The amount of information listed may vary, but most transcripts will include the couple’s names, date of marriage, place of marriage, marital status, whether they were married by banns or licence and any additional notes.

North West Kent Burials

Over 1,500 burial records have been added to our collection of North West Kent parish records. These new additions were transcribed by the North West Kent Family History Society and cover the Parish of Sothfleet.

Each of the records includes a transcript of the original burial record. The amount of information listed may vary, but most records will include the deceased’s name, burial date, place of burial, residence, age at death, description and any additional notes.

Prisoners of War 1715-1945

Over 71,000 fascinating Prisoner of War records containing the details of American soldiers captured during the War of 1812 have just been released in partnership with the National Archives. The new records form the second phase of the wider Prisoners of War 1715-1945 collection, the first phase of which was launched in April with the release of over 43,000 World War 1 records. The records are taken from British Foreign Office, Colonial Office, Admiralty and Air Force papers held by the National Archives.

The latest additions record the details of Danish, French, Prussian and American prisoners captured by British Forces during the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812. They reveal when and where they were captured, where they were held and many include full physical descriptions such as hair, colour eye colour, build, complexion and any distinguishable marks. Records were also kept of their provisions and the supplies they received for example blankets, clothing, beds, etc. Each record includes a transcript and an image of the original handwritten document. The amount of information in each record can vary depending on the type of document and the amount of detail recorded at the time of the event.

British Newspapers

Over 2.8 million new searchable articles have been added to our collection of historic British Newspapers. The latest additions include 3 brand new titles, the Cornish Times, Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal, Tadcaster Post, and the General Advertiser for Grimstone, as well as substantial updates to 37 existing titles.

The total collection now stands at over 124 million articles and 341 unique titles, covering 245 years of British history (1710-1955).

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