Serendipity Day

** What Is A Source?

** Mine Is Name Most Unusual

**Library of Congress Digital Newspaper Program

** Images of America: Washington

**Offers from FamilyTree Magazine

 

What is a source? One dictionary definition is so vague as to be meaningless: “a place, person, or thing from which something comes or can be obtained.” See Google search for “define source.”

A source is the identity and location concerning where you got the information you are using. 

That isn’t very artfully said but genealogists are talking about sources being reliable or unreliable. A source is a source. If I got my information from a book in the local public library, the citation information about the book and the place where I found it constitute the “source” of my information. Any questions about the accuracy, reliability or whatever of the information have nothing whatsoever to do with the “source.” If I think your information is wrong or unreliable and you provide me with a source, I can go an check to see whether or not you are correct. Absent a source, I have to guess where you might have gotten the information and from my perspective, I have to assume, since you did not tell me where you got your information, that the information is unreliable and quite likely wrong. When people say a “source” is unreliable, what they really mean is that the information obtained from the source is unreliable. (From: James Tanner ‘s   Genealogy’s Star blog back on  5 Dec 2015.)

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My maternal grandfather’s surname was Gurney. Mother always wondered where her surname originated. And why was the hospital carry-cart called a gurney. Well, I sleuthed and learned that the name originated in France and was DeGournay, meaning of the village of Gournay. A fellow of that name came to England with William the Conqueror (1066) and eventually the name morphed into Gurney. As for the hospital cart? I asked Grandma Google (who knows most everything!) and she said a fellow surnamed Gurney had invented it. Duh.

I have a Gurney ancestor with the first name of Bezaleel. Where did that come from in the early 1700s in Connecticut? Especially when he had siblings Elizabeth, Mary and Thomas. WELL!  It’s a name from the Old Testament, Exodus 35:30:  “I have called by name, Bezaleel…… and have filled him with knowledge in all manner of workmanship.” And Bezaleel was called upon to build the ark for the covenant!

Now why blather you with all of this? Do you have unusual first- or surnames in your family tree? Have you done any sleuthing to learn where that name originated??

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In a previous Serendipity, I spotlighted Miriam Robbin’s Online Historical Newspaper Directory. Now to highlight one of her spotlighted sources:

The National Digital Newspaper Program is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. This is a long-term effort to develop an Intenet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers. This is said to be your best bet to find information about American newspapers published between 1690 and the present. Wow. For Washington state, there are 11,000,000 pages posted. Double wow. This website takes time to search, but if you take the time it may prove to be a goldmine for you. Click to www.loc.gov/ndnp

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Arcadia Publishing offers wonderful books most helpful to genealogists. Called Images of America, these books are of a standard format (strictly adhered to) and always pertain to a place. For instance, there are nearly 200 books published having to do with my state, Washington. For example I’ll just pick the center of the Evergreen State; there are books for Leavenworth, Lake Chelan Valley, Kittitas County, Wenatchee, Quincy Valley, Grant County, Soap Lake, Moses Lake, Grand Coulee Dam, Yakima, Walla Walla, Richland, Kennewick and Manhattan Project/Hanford. My friend, Susan Davis Faulkner, did an Images of America book on Early Pasco. Imagine of those nearly 200 titles how many are about Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane and all the little places in between. These books cost $22 (unless you find one on Amazon J)

Click to this website (www.arcadiapublishing.com/series/images-of-america-books) and search to see if a book has been compiled on your ancestor’s home place, whether in Washington or the other 49 states.

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FTree

Family Tree Magazine is a wonderful genealogical resource and just keeps getting better and better with each issue. For all of us genealogists who keep asking “What in it for me?” Family Tree Magazine has answers.

Disclaimer: This magazine is www.familytree.COM and is in no way connected with www.familysearch.ORG and the FamilySearch Family Trees. A piece of chocolate pie and a piece of cherry pie…two great desserts but a bit different.

Each bi-monthly issue carries a score of teaching articles and each issue always offers some FamilyTree freebies…………free for the downloading. Or cheaply for the downloading. Organization guides. DNA guides. Writing your own story guides. State, city, topic guides. Everything!

How about this tip from the September 2016 issue…. click to their website and watch a video demo on finding free old photos and maps on the Library of Congress website. Free is good, right?

So try two clicks to two affiliated websites here: www.familytreemagazine.com and www.shopfamilytree.com.  Might find some amazing stuff.

 

New Records Available to Search at FindMyPast

The following was received August 26, 2016 from FindMyPast:

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Over 7.5 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

United States Marriages
Over 4 million new records have just been added to our collection of United States Marriage records including substantial new additions from New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Arkansas. Released in partnership with FamilySearch international, these latest additions mark the second phase of efforts to create the single largest online collection of U.S. marriage records in history. Covering 360 years of marriages from 1650-2010, when complete this landmark collection will contain at least 100 million records and more than 450 million names from 2,800 counties across America. The records include transcripts and images of the original documents that list marriage date, the names of the bride and groom, birthplace, birth date, age, residence as well as fathers’ and mothers’ names.

Victoria Coastal Passenger Lists 1852-1924
Victoria Coastal Passenger lists contains over 3.2 million records taken from the Public Record Office Victoria series VPRS 944 Inward Passenger Lists (Australian Ports). The collection includes records of both those travelling from overseas and those travelling locally (from coast to coast) and can provide a missing link in your ancestor’s journey if you’ve been unable to find out how they arrived at their known Australian residence. Each result contains a transcript and an image of the original document. Transcripts will generally reveal your ancestors name, marital status, occupation, birth year and details of their voyage including their date of departure, date of arrival, port of departure and port of arrival.

Britain, Enemy Aliens and Internees, First and Second World Wars
Britain, Enemy Aliens and Internees, First and Second World Wars contains over 139,000 records of foreign born men and women who were investigated and interned in camps across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth during the First and Second World Wars. Released in association with The National Archives, the records are comprised of enemy alien index cards from the Home Office, nominal rolls, correspondence, Prison Commission records and much more. They include people from Germany, Italy, Japan, Austria, Finland, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania, and range from individual index cards recording a person’s movements and background to nominal rolls of camp inmates.

Britain, Enemy Aliens and Internees, First and Second World Wars – Browse
Browse the collection by conflict, series, or piece. A list of all series included in the collection is available at the bottom of the search page.

Britain, Children’s Employment Commission Part 2, 1842
Britain, Children’s Employment Commission Part 2, 1842 is an illuminating social document about the state of child workers in the nineteenth century. It was created by the Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the condition and treatment of child workers. Sub-commissioners travelled across Great Britain and Ireland interviewing children and young adults, as well as parents, adult employees, educators, medical professionals, and clergymen. These documents are presented in a Portable Document Format (PDF). You can search the documents by name or keyword, or you can read the entire commission from beginning to end.

Ireland, Children’s Employment Commission Part 2, 1842
Did your ancestor work in a factory as a child? Read through this fascinating account, which offers insight into the daily working conditions for children in the early nineteenth century. If you discover your ancestor’s name within the document, your ancestor most likely owned a factory or was employed in a factory.

PERSI Monthly Update
9,2647 [sic… ???]images from 20 assorted publications have been added in our latest update. The articles, photos, and maps found within PERSI can help flush out the historical context of your family history research.

UGA’s Call for Papers for the April 22, 2017 South Davis Family History Fair

The following is from Ginny Ackerson at UGA:

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Utah Genealogical Association’s 20th Annual South Davis Family History Fair. “Family Puzzles…Finding All the Pieces” Saturday April 22, 2017

Proposals are now being accepted for the Utah Genealogical Association South Davis Family History Fair Spring Conference, which will be held Saturday April 22, 2017 at Woods Cross High School (600 West 2200 South Woods Cross, Utah)

Each presentation will be 60 minutes in length which includes time for questions and answers. Presentations should reflect the latest status of research and publication on the topic. The deadline for proposals is Monday, October 17th, 2016.

We welcome proposals that allow participants to gain new skills and information in the following:
 Getting Started: Those new to family history or who have never done research, or other beginner topics
 Online Research: Using computers, technology and the Internet for family history research, Genealogical websites, etc.
 Research Methodology: Beginning, intermediate and advanced research methodology in an area specific region in the world. Including pedigree analysis, evidence evaluation, tracing immigrants, LDS research, records sources, etc.
 Technology: Family History databases and programs, getting teenagers involved, Facebook, Twitter, blogging, APPs for Smartphones, IPADs, YouTube, EBooks, digital photography, audio recording, etc.
 Family History: Family organizations, family collaboration, writing a personal or family history, editing and publishing family history, etc.

Proposals must include:
 Full name of the presenter, current e-mail, telephone number
 A brief biographical sketch of the presenter for the syllabus (50 words maximum)
 Title of the presentation
 Short class descriptions (50 words maximum)
 Lecture experience

Compensation:
Speakers participating in the Conference will receive:
 Complimentary registration
 Free lunch
 Computers, projectors, and Internet access will be provided for speakers to use for their presentations.

Please e-mail presentation proposals in Microsoft Word or PDF format to ugaconferences@gmail.com no later Monday, October 17th, 2016.

Complete syllabus materials must be submitted no later than Friday, March 31st, 2017.

More States Give Adult Adoptees Access to Their Original Birth Records

The following excerpt is from an article posted August 15, 2016 at stltoday.com.

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For many years, adults adopted as children who wanted to find out who their birth parents were ran up against a brick wall because they had no legal right to simply get a copy of their original birth certificate in most states.

But that’s been changing, as a growing number of states, including Missouri, have been giving adult adoptees more — and in some cases, unrestricted — access to those records.

The shift reflects a move toward more openness in the adoption process itself, as well as the growing influence of adoptee rights groups, which have grown in number and become more vocal, putting pressure on legislators to act.

Read the full article.

RootsTech Startup Weekend: Riverton, Utah August 25-27 – Get 30% Off!

The following is from RootsTech:

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Want an advantage at the next RootsTech Showdown?

This week ONLY! Use promo code SWROOTS when you sign up for Startup Weekend Riverton, and get 30% off! RootsTech is hosting a family history edition of Startup Weekend on August 25–27, 2016—a 2-day hack-a-thon for developers, entrepreneurs, and designers! Put ideas into action, and be part of actually building the foundation of a startup—all during this fast-paced 54-hour event. We hope projects that start here will make their way to the $100,000 RootsTech Showdown in 2017. Get started today!

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Start-Up Weekend Riverton is sponsored by Grow Utah, ancestorcloud, Durham Jones & Pinegar, findmypast, and DevMountain.

NGS Announces a New Course in its American Genealogical Studies Series: Branching Out

The following is from the National Genealogical Society:

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ARLINGTON, VA, 16 August 2016 — The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of Branching Out, the newest online, cloud-based learning course in the American Genealogical Studies (AGS) series. Branching Out is comprised of five modules on topics designed to enhance genealogical research skills of both family historians and those interested in pursuing careers as professional genealogists.

“Cemeteries, Tombstones, and Funeral Homes” introduces the family historian to the various types of cemeteries (i.e., public and church owned), provides resources for finding cemeteries, and discusses source records including registers, deeds, plat maps, mortuary records, monument maker’s records, etc. “Religious Records” offers a comprehensive review of religious records such as baptisms, confirmations, and bar/bat mitzvahs as well as membership, business, and ministerial records. This module also delves more deeply into records of ten selected religions. “Newspaper Research” covers the basics but then expands into a discussion of ethnic language, labor, occupational, political, and religious newspapers. Students learn how to find newspapers in libraries, archives, at genealogical and historic societies, and on the internet, and how to delve into the information found in obituaries, reports of military actions, and legal announcements to advance their research. “Research in the Courthouse – Probate Records” teaches how to mine valuable information from wills, codicils, property appraisals, estate sales, and more, which researchers can find in courthouses, libraries, colleges, historic societies, and online. “Research in the Courthouse – Deeds” explores finding and analyzing various types of land records such as warranty, quitclaim, and deeds of trust as well as bills of sales, dower releases, indentures, marriage contracts, and much more.

Each module of the series contains course readings, lessons, quizzes, and assignments tailored to help you hone your skills as you increase your proficiency in reading, transcribing, deciphering, and citing numerous genealogical documents.

AGS series is designed to systemically help those interested in delving deeper into their roots and build on their genealogical research knowledge. As such, students must have successfully completed prerequisite courses. For more information and to sign up, go to American Genealogical Studies: Branching Out.

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. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

FGS Announces Upcoming National Conferences in 2019 & 2020

The following News Release is from FGS:

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Upcoming FGS National Genealogy and Family History Conferences To Be Held August 21-24, 2019,​ in Washington, D.C. and September 2-5, 2020​,​ in Kansas City, Missouri

August 16, 2016 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the FGS 2019 National Conference will be held August 21-24 in Washington, D.C., and the FGS 2020 National Conference will be held September 2-5 in Kansas City, Missouri.

“We are extremely excited for all our upcoming conferences and look forward to visiting Washington, D.C., and Kansas City in future years,” says FGS President D. Joshua Taylor. “From 2016 to 2020, our conference venues are steeped in both history and research resources and make perfect settings for genealogists and family historians.”

This announcement extends the upcoming FGS conferences schedule to the year 2020 and includes:

· FGS 2016 National Conference and 40th Anniversary in Springfield, Illinois

· FGS 2017 National Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

· FGS 2018 National Conference in Ft. Wayne, Indiana

· FGS 2019 National Conference in Washington, D.C.

· FGS 2020 National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri

Each conference will be joined and hosted by a local genealogical organization. The Illinois State Genealogical Society will welcome FGS this year in Springfield and the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society in 2017. Local hosts for future conferences will be announced at a later date.

Currently, registration is still open for the FGS 2016 National Conference “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories” to be held August 31-September 3, 2016, in Springfield, Illinois. Register at https://www.fgsconference.org/ and help celebrate our 40th Anniversary in the Land of Lincoln.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and empowers the genealogical and family history community, especially its societies and organizations, by advocating for the preservation and access of records and providing resources that enable genealogical organizations to succeed in pursuing their missions. FGS helps genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts alike to strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS visit fgs.org. To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Springfield, Illinois, visit fgsconference.org. Also, find FGS on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FGSgenealogy, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on the FGS Voice blog at http://voice.fgs.org.

Interactive Map of Historic Properties in England – Including London

The following excerpt comes from an article posted some time ago, and updated in June. If you have English heritage, this may be of interest to you.

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English Heritage have put together an interactive map of all listed buildings in England. London is peppered with thousands of historic properties, including many unexpected entries in residential areas.

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

400,000 Records Kept by UW-Madison Libraries to be made Available Thru the Digital Public Library of America

The following excerpt is from the August 8, 2016 edition of the Wisconsin State Journal.

About 400,000 records kept by UW-Madison Libraries will be available online to students, genealogists and researchers as part of a nationwide digital collection.

The university announced Monday that photographs, books, maps and other historical documents from more than 200 Wisconsin collections will be made available through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). UW’s submissions will join more than 13 million records accessible through the website from about 1,900 libraries across the U.S.

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Montreat College Student Newspapers 1937-2016 Posted to DigitalNC

The following excerpt if from an article posted to the Digital North Carolina Blog August 11, 2016:

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We have worked with Montreat College to digitize 529 issues of their student newspaper, now available at DigitalNC. The newspapers here range from 1937-2016, starting with The Dialette (in 1937) and ending with The Whetstone (the newspaper’s current name).

Montreat College, a Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, was founded in 1916 in Montreat, N.C., in the Blue Ridge Mountains. From 1959-1995, it was known as Montreat-Anderson College. Today, along with the 43-acre main campus in Montreat, the college has an 89-acre campus in Black Mountain as well as campuses in Asheville, Black Mountain, and Charlotte, N.C.

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

New Records Posted at FindMyPast this last week

The following records were posted at FindMyPast this last week:

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New South Wales 1891 Census201,920 records – discover your ancestor in the only surviving records from New South Wales’ 1891 census.

Staffordshire, Parish Registers Browse, 1538-1900Number of volumes added: 99 – Total volumes: 3,710 – Covering: 370,000 full color images from churches across Staffordshire. Discover: Staffordshire baptisms, banns, marriages and burials page by page.

Staffordshire BaptismsNumber of records added: 113,202 – Total records: 1,934,225 – Covering: 10 Staffordshire parishes between 1754 and 1900. Discover: Baptism date, baptism place, parents’ names, father’s occupation, residence.

Staffordshire BannsNumber of records added: 4,500 – Total records: 296,439 – Covering: 10 Staffordshire parishes between 1754 and 1900. Discover: Bann date, marriage date, parish, residence, spouse’s name & residence.

Staffordshire MarriagesNumber of records added: 51,996 – Total records: 981,067 – Covering: 10 Staffordshire parishes between 1754 and 1900. Discover: Age, marriage date, marriage place, residence, occupation, father’s name and father’s occupation for your ancestor and their spouse.

Staffordshire BurialsNumber of records added: 62,183 – Total records: 1,238,437 – Covering: 10 Staffordshire parishes between 1754 and 1900. Discover: Death date, burial date, burial place, residence, marital status and cause of death.

Scotland, Registers & RecordsNumber of records added: 6 new titles, 79 volumes – Total records: 12,036 – Covering: Dundee parishes, highland clans & regiments, social life in Scotland and clan histories. Discover: The realities of life in historic Scotland.

The U.S. Government is Still Paying a Civil War Pension

The following excerpt is from a fascinating article written by Curt Mills and posted August 8, 2016 at the U.S. News website.

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The Civil War ended more than 150 years ago, but the U.S. government is still paying a veteran’s pension from that conflict.

“One beneficiary from the Civil War [is] still alive and receiving benefits,” Randy Noller of the Department of Veterans Affairs confirms.

Irene Triplett – the 86-year-old daughter of a Civil War veteran – collects $73.13 each month from her father’s military pension. The identity of Triplett was first reported by The Wall Street Journal in 2014.

Read the full article – complete with family details and current pension stats for each of the wars since 1865.

Ancestry Appoints Carla S. Newell as its CLO & General Council

The following news release is from finance.yahoo.com:

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LEHI, Utah, Aug. 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, today announced that Carla S. Newell is joining its senior leadership team as Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel. Newell will lead the global legal team, supporting privacy, security, and risk management initiatives as the company continues to expand globally while accelerating the growth of its high-demand consumer genomics offering. Newell is succeeding William Stern, who is departing from Ancestry to pursue new business opportunities.

Prior to joining Ancestry, Newell spent more than a decade as Operating General Partner at Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), a leading growth equity investor, where she led legal, investor relations and fundraising for the firm and its multi-billion dollar funds. Among TCV’s portfolio companies are many of the world’s most successful and recognizable consumer technology brands, including Expedia, Facebook, Fandango, Netflix, Spotify, and Zillow. Most recently she has served as an adviser and board member for a number of early stage technology companies and funds.

“Carla is exactly the type of leader we need at exactly the right moment. The combination of our core family history and DNA products are unleashing incredible consumer interest in understanding what our genes and heritage can tell us about ourselves. Carla is going to play an instrumental role in helping us maintain our momentum while ensuring that everything we do is respectful of the trust consumers place in us,” said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry. “Ancestry is breaking new ground in many areas, including the rapidly expanding category of consumer genomics, and her expertise will support the company as we continue to develop new innovations and technologies that help everyone, everywhere discover the story of what led to them.”

“I’m thrilled to join the company and help shape and support the company’s strategy to make self-discovery and family history more accessible to millions across the globe,” said Newell. “I look forward to helping Ancestry define the rapidly emerging consumer genomics market while building on the foundation of customer trust that they have built over the past two decades.”

Newell has worked with companies covering a wide range of sectors including cyber security, enterprise software and services, ecommerce and social media, witnessing the evolution in business models across these sectors and their impact on more traditional businesses. Additionally, Newell is an expert in structuring and negotiating complex business, investment and strategic transactions, including M&A. Prior to Technology Crossover Ventures she spent 15 years working with high growth technology companies as a Partner at two leading technology focused law firms, Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP and Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich. Newell earned a Juris Doctorate from The University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

“I want to thank Billy for his service at Ancestry for the past seven years,” said Sullivan. “He was at the helm of the legal department during unprecedented growth, including commencing trading as a public company, a series of acquisitions, sponsorship of multiple TV series including Who Do You Think You Are? and the launch of our AncestryDNA business. We’ll miss his humor and sharp mind and wish him the best of luck in his new opportunities.”

About Ancestry
Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 2.4 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and more than 2 million DNA samples in the AncestryDNA database. Since 1996, more than 18 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 80 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products and services including AncestryDNA, Archives, ProGenealogists, Newspapers.com and Fold3.

Has Legendary King Arthur’s Royal Palace Been Found?

The following teaser is from the August 3, 2016 edition of FoxNews.com:

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With walls about three feet thick, a royal palace being unearthed in England is raising eyebrows: Could the palace have some association with the legendary King Arthur?

The exploration, run by the Cornwall Archaeological Unit, is taking place at the Tintagel site in Cornwall, England, where they’ve dug trenches to better understand the location’s rich history. In addition to those thick walls, researchers have also found 150 fragments of glass and pottery that came from distant places, the Telegraph reported— a hint that well-to-do people lived there.

The structures they are exploring are thought to date from the fifth or sixth century, and were perhaps part of a kingdom called Dumnonia. The Tintagel site is also the home of famous 13th-century castle ruins.

Read the full article.

FamilySearch Databases Added or Updated From June 28 through August 8, 2016

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The following databases have been added or updated at FamilySearch.org from June 28, 2016 to August 8, 2016

Location – Number of Indexed Records – Date Posted or Updated

Australia, Tasmania, Migrant Files, 1945-1968 – Browse Images – 20 Jul 2016
Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541-1914 – 426,542 – 28 Jul 2016
Czech Republic Land Records, 1450-1889 – Browse Images – 05 Aug 2016
Czech Republic, School Registers, 1799-1953 – Browse Images – 02 Aug 2016
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 – 481,724 – 15 Jul 2016
El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704-1990 – 723,047 – 30 Jun 2016
England and Wales Census, 1851 – 18,369,674 – 03 Aug 2016
France, Seine-Maritime, Rouen, Indexes to Church Records, 1680-1789 – 38,020 – 22 Jul 2016
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980 – 469,259 – 05 Jul 2016
Italy, Agrigento, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1820-1865 – Browse Images – 26 Jul 2016
Italy, Benevento, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1810-1942 – Browse Images – 12 Jul 2016
Italy, Cremona, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1744-1942 – 361,876 – 18 Jul 2016
Italy, Forlì-Cesena, Forlì, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1800-1815, 1866-1930 – 139,112 – 19 Jul 2016
Italy, Nuoro, Nuoro, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1915 – 18,865 – 18 Jul 2016
Italy, Savona, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1813, 1838-1936 – 154,198 – 18 Jul 2016
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903 – 194,981 – 01 Aug 2016
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 487,853 – 02 Aug 2016
Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998 – 556,500 – 14 Jul 2016
Russia, Tver Church Books, 1722-1918 – 574,803 – 15 Jul 2016
Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784-1956 – 314,094 – 11 Jul 2016
Spain, Diocese of Cartagena, Catholic Church Records, 1503-1969 – 74,313 – 29 Jun 2016
Spain, Province of Córdoba, Municipal Records, 1509-1947 – 2,131,675 – 15 Jul 2016
Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records, 1760-1956 – 308,744 – 28 Jul 2016
Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1734-1920 – 2,564,491 – 15 Jul 2016

UNITED STATES DATABASES

United States, Freedmen’s Bureau, Records of Freedmen’s Complaints, 1865-1872 – 140,985 – 03 Aug 2016
United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Ration Records,1865-1872 – 154,587 – 02 Aug 2016
United States, Freedmen’s Bureau, Records of the Superintendent of Education and of the Division of Education, 1865-1872 – 145,374 – 01 Aug 2016
United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Claim Records, 1865-1872 – 273,418 – 29 Jul 2016
United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Records of Persons and Articles Hired, 1865-1872 – 34,998 – 28 Jul 2016

Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957 – 1,785,018 – 28 Jun 2016
District of Columbia, Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1863-1872 – 90,597 – 03 Aug 2016
Georgia World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945 – 839,636 – 05 Jul 2016
Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950 – 779,774 – 20 Jul 2016
Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967 – 1,069,456 – 19 Jul 2016
Illinois, DeKalb County Land Records, 1838-1927 – 57,179 – 01 Aug 2016
Indiana, Civil Marriages, 1828-1957 – 10,571 – 29 Jun 2016
Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992 – 1,008,158 – 28 Jun 2016
Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, ca. 1835-1998 – 147,078 – 20 Jul 2016
Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979 – 1,532,533 – 30 Jun 2016
Kentucky Deaths and Burials, 1843-1970 – 627,320 – 30 Jun 2016
Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 – 1,317,764 – 05 Jul 2016
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1907 – 1,421,557 – 19 Jul 2016
Maryland County Marriages, 1658-1940 – 106,686 – 11 Jul 2016
Maryland Marriages, 1666-1970 – 227,204 – 05 Jul 2016
Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001 – 2,405,620 – 19 Jul 2016
Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006 – 533,517 – 08 Aug 2016
Michigan Probate Records, 1797-1973 – Browse Images – 30 Jun 2016
Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949 – 870,856 – 18 Jul 2016
Minnesota Marriages, 1849-1950 – 438,331 – 18 Jul 2016
Minnesota, Clay County, School Census Records, 1909-1962 – 586,237 – 08 Aug 2016
Missouri, Civil Marriages, 1820-1874 – 4,883 – 28 Jun 2016
Missouri, Reports of Separation Notices, 1941-1946 – 316,539 – 07 Jul 2016
Missouri State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1933 – 109,803 – 21 Jul 2016
Montana, Chouteau County Records, 1876-2011 – 9,505 – 15 Jul 2016
New Jersey, State Census, 1855 – 73,030 – 08 Aug 2016
New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942 – 5,487,573 – 03 Aug 2016
New York, Church and Civil Marriages, 1704-1995 – 23,819 – 11 Jul 2016
New York Marriages, 1686-1980 – 767,083 – 11 Jul 2016
North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979 – 1,207,804 – 19 Jul 2016
North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 – 3,457,243 – 19 Jul 2016
Ohio, Summit County, Veteran Burial Cards, 1700-1941 – 5,535 – 28 Jun 2016
Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013 – 4,709,143 – 20 Jul 2016
Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958 – 2,198,000 – 20 Jul 2016
Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003 – 4,107,607 – 19 Jul 2016
Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962 – 2,548,575 – 19 Jul 2016
Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950 – 2,255,061 – 28 Jun 2016
Pennsylvania Civil Marriages, 1677-1950 – 209,880 – 27 Jul 2016
Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950 – 4,802,418 – 28 Jul 2016
Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965 – 1,724,715 – 30 Jun 2016
Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1837-1910 – 4,575,333 – 21 Jul 2016
Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 – 1,575,573 – 19 Jul 2016
Texas Marriages, 1837-1973 – 1,695,783 – 19 Jul 2016
Utah, Tremonton and Garland Obituaries, 1959-2013 – 18,360 – 03 Aug 2016

United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937 – 5,794,949 – 08 Aug 2016

CEMETERIES – WORLDWIDE

BillionGraves Index – 18,780,474 – 28 Jul 2016
Find A Grave Index – 146,748,413 – 11 Jul 2016