815 Million US Public Records Added at MyHeritage

The following announcement was made during RootsTech, and there’s been so much going on that I am just now getting around to posting it. Daniel Horowitz actually sent the info to us from the air while flying enroute from Israel. So when I saw him at RootsTech, the first thing I asked was whether this data was essentially the same US Public Records data that I would find already posted at other websites. He confirmed that much of it would duplicate what’s found elsewhere, while also stating that they were able to obtain public records that were previously not on the web. That’s good news for those of us that are searching for folks who may be living or recently deceased. Following is the News Release.

We did it again! We’ve just added 815 million US Public Records of people living in the USA to MyHeritage SuperSearch. This massive compilation of records was assembled from telephone directories, property tax assessments, credit applications, voter registration lists and other records available to the public. It includes information about hundreds of millions of people from the USA spanning the last five decades, making it one of the most powerful collections on SuperSearch for finding information about living relatives.


These records are excellent for connecting with relatives you find through MyHeritage Smart Matches and Record Matches.

Wherever the records include a full address, we’ve been able to deduce other possible relatives who were living at the same address. This can help you reconstruct entire households, determine if the records are relevant for the family you are seeking, and discover additional relatives you didn’t previously know about. Other important information in these records includes birth dates, aliases, possible relatives (and their birth dates), as well as business associations and, where publicly available, contact information such as phone numbers.

The new collection can be searched by name, address, birth date, phone number and relatives. Do you know where a relative lived? Search using that address and find other family members who lived there at different times. Searching by phone number can sometimes be useful too.

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Our Record Matching technology has been unleashed on these new records, so you’ll automatically receive notifications about US public records that match individuals in your family tree.

US Public Records are vital for family history research and for reuniting and reconnecting with lost relatives. Most importantly, they continue where the last published US Census Records ends in 1940. Currently, US census records are made available to the public for the years 1790-1940, as they are released only 72 years after enumeration. This US Public Records collection dates back to 1970 and includes information on the generations born after the 1940 census, filling a significant gap and providing important coverage of the USA for genealogists.


Below is a sample record from the new collection. This record for John F. Fletcher includes his date of birth, alias, multiple residences, phone numbers and possible relatives.


Below each record find the option to save the record and import new information directly to family tree profiles using our Extract Information feature.

Click on links for any of the relatives included in the record to view their information; you can save and extract these details to your tree. Another great feature is that you can locate and connect with neighbors who live (or once lived) nearby. For any address found, click on the “Show neighbors” link to the right, to get an instant list of the neighbors who were living within the same zip code, during the same time period.

How can I access these records?

The new collection is located in SuperSearch under the Public Records category. MyHeritage data subscriptions provide unlimited access to all historical records (including this new collection), and all Record Matches. Read more about our annual data subscription.

This new collection is one of the most valuable compilations for genealogists trying to locate and contact family members in the USA. Start searching in the US Public Records Index collection today. Perhaps you’ll soon reunite with a long-lost relative and learn more about your family’s past. We wish you many exciting discoveries.

The MyHeritage team.

49,000 1962 Missouri Death Certificates Now Posted Online

Forty-nine thousand 1962 Missouri death certificates are now posted online.

Missouri death certificates can’t be posted for 50 years – so the annual January posting is always looked forward to by genealogists doing Missouri family research.

The first searchable index to the Missouri death records was posted in April of 2006. There are now 2.36 million death certificates posted from the year 1910 through 1962.

I have Irvine family from Missouri, and in searching for Irvines, I found two – including the death certificate for my cousin’s wife, Mary Lucinda Norris-Irvine, who died May 29, 1962 at the age of 94. She was the wife of Wallace Irvine. I’m descended from his father.

To search and view the Missouri death certificates as well as many other online collections of the Missouri State Archives, see: http://www.sos.mo.gov/mdh/ .

New At the Original Record

The following is from The Original Record:

1645-1646 – Astrologer’s Clients
William Lilly, an astrologer, kept practice books listing his clients, their questions and the figures or horoscopes that he cast. Their questions relate to stolen property, probable success in any undertaking, ships at sea, health, long-life, love, marriage, pregnancy, &c. The books came into the possession of Elias Ashmole, who bequeathed them to Oxford University. This calendar was prepared by William Henry Black and printed in 1845. He lists the clients by folio number, remarking ‘the names are often omitted, and usually written invertedly, or disguised in some other manner’. Where a date of birth is specified in the practice book, it is given in the calendar. Practice Book II is for consultations from 22 September 1645 to 17 August 1646.

1766 – Derby Small Debt Court Commissioners
‘An Act for the more easy and speedy Recovery of Small Debts within the Borough of Derby, and the Liberties thereof’, 6 Geo. III c. 20, appointed 120 initial commissioners to hear and determine cases as a court of justice to be called ‘The Court of Requests for the Town and Borough of Derby, and the Liberties thereof’.

1775 – Loyal Addresses of the Inhabitants of Haverfordwest and of Cirencester
A loyal address, 18 October 1775, from the Mayor, Sheriff, Aldermen, Common Council-men and inhabitants of the town and county of Haverfordwest, condemning rebellion in the American Colonies, and expressing wholehearted loyalty to Crown and Parliament, was presented to king George III, 14 November 1775, ‘Which Address His Majesty was pleased to receive very graciously.’ ‘Let those wicked Persons, who from hence either secretly abet, or in America openly support, this destructive Contest, be taught some Truths, of which it is material that they and their misguided Followers should no longer be ignorant.’ A similar address was presented at the same time from the Steward, Bailiffs and principal inhabitants of the ancient borough of Cirencester condemning ‘so ill-founded and so unnatural a Rebellion’. Both addresses are subscribed by lists of inhabitants.

1812 – Union for Parliamentary Reform: Subscribers
Following several meetings in London in June 1812, a Union for Parliamentary Reform was established, drawing support from throughout Britain. The union’s principal tenets were:
‘1. Representation – the happiest discovery of political wisdom – is the vital principle of the English Constitution, inasmuch as it is that alone, which in a state, too extensive for personal legislation, constitutes political liberty.
‘2. Political Liberty being a common right, representation co-extensive with direct taxation, ought, with all practicable equality, to be fairly and honestly distributed throughout the community, the facility of which cannot be denied.
‘3. The constitutional duration of a Parliament cannot exceed one year.’
This list of subscribers gives full names, with the town of residence. Those subscribers who paid three guineas a year have a dagger in front of their names.

1848 – Bedfordshire Land Tax Commissioners
‘An Act to appoint additional Commissioners for executing the Acts for granting a Land Tax and other Rates and Taxes’, 11 & 12 Vic. c. 62, 14 August 1848, lists the new commissioners county by county and borough by borough, giving full name, with addresses in italics. Where part of a county lay, for taxation purposes, within a borough &c., the list of new commissioners for the rural portion is headed ‘For the Rest of the County of …’.

1850 – London Missionary Contributions:
The monthly Missionary Magazine and Chronicle listed contributions to the London Missionary Society received from individuals and through the auxiliaries. The issues for 1850 covered contributions received from 1 November 1849 to 31 October 1850. There are returns from Albany Chapel, Camberwell; Albion Chapel; Barbican; Barnsbury Chapel, Islington; Broad Street; Buckingham Chapel, Pimlico; Camberwell; Clapham; Claremont Chapel; Coverdale Chapel, Limehouse; Craven Chapel; Ebenezer Chapel, Bermondsey; Falcon Square; Fetter Lane; Finsbury; Hanover Chapel, Peckham; Hare Court; Haverstock Hill; Holloway; Holywell Mount; Hoxton; Islington Chapel; Jamaica Row; Kensington; Kingsland; Latimer Chapel; Lower Street, Islington; Maberly Chapel; Mile End New Town; New Court, Carey Street; Old Gravel Pit, Homerton; Orange Street; Paddington Chapel; Poultry Chapel; Queen Street, Ratcliffe; Robert Street, Grosvenor Square; Spa Fields; Stepney; St John’s Chapel, Walworth; Stockwell; St Thomas’s Square, Hackney; Surrey Chapel; Tabernacle; Tottenham Court Road; Trevor Chapel; Trinity Chapel, Brixton; Trinity Chapel, Poplar; Union Chapel, Islington; Union Street, Southwark; Walthamstow; Walworth; York Road; and York Street, Walworth.

1857 – Bengal Civil Servants
The East India Register and Army List was compiled, by permission of the East India Company, from the official returns received at the East India House. The list of civil servants in Bengal presidency is arranged by class of rank, and then by seniority of appointment. The season of appointment is given on the left, then name (usually in the form christian name, initials for middle names, surname) and current position, or if on furlough – except in the case of the appointees of the season of 1856 in the sixth class, where no position is stated, and christian names are given only as initials.

TheOriginalRecord has a free unlimited search. You may purchase sets of scans, or buy open access to the surname(s) of your choice, including variants.

For more infomration, see: www.theoriginalrecord.com

Ancestry.com to Acquire Footnote

This morning’s announcement that Ancestry.com will acquire iArchives, and thus Footnote.com came as no surprise. It was just a matter of time… And the time was right it seems.

As my readers know, I’m a fan of both Ancestry and Footnote, and I wish the merger success. However, I have to wonder if a monopoly on access to digitized early American records isn’t in the making. Footnote.com has been significant competition to Ancestry in this area. Footnote’s wonderful image-viewing capabilities, as well as their allowance of consumer interaction from early-on has made Footnote.com a player to be reckoned with. Granted, Footnote’s 35,000 subscribers seems small compared to Ancestry’s 1.3 million. Obviously, that’s why Ancestry.com is buying Footnote, and not the other way around..

There are other players… Sorry to say, HeritageQuest lost the genealogy-related records digitization race a decade ago, and is now just a shadow of what it could have been. Numerous other websites are out there, many of them supported by taxpayer funds, and grants, but none that have undertaken the difficult and costly projects of digitizing not only microfilm, but paper records at a Federal level, which Ancestry.com and iArchives have been doing. The digitization and volunteer indexing efforts of FamilySearch adds some level of competition, since the church is digitizing paper records worldwide, and they will be many years digitizing the microfilmed records they have on hand.

With all that said, I have to believe that the acquisition will probably be a positive thing for genealogists, as Ancestry.com has access to capital, and their rapidly expanding digitization efforts at the federal level should make more records available at an even faster rate. And that rate is important, as some of us are getting old, and we can’t wait much longer…

The following news release was received from Heather Erickson this morning.

PROVO, Utah, September 23, 2010 – Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire iArchives, Inc. and its branded Web site, Footnote.com, a leading American History Web site, for approximately $27 million in a mix of Ancestry.com stock, cash and assumption of liabilities. This acquisition will provide the company with a complementary consumer brand, expanded content offerings, and enhanced digitization and image-viewing technologies.

iArchives digitizes and delivers high-quality images of American historical records of individuals involved in the Revolutionary War, Continental Congress, Civil War, and other US historical events to Footnote.com subscribers interested in early American roots. iArchives has digitized more than 65 million original source documents to date through its proprietary digitization process for paper, microfilm and microfiche collections.

“Footnote.com is highly complementary to Ancestry.com’s online family history offering,” said Tim Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com. “By promoting Footnote to our Ancestry audience, we hope to expand its reach among researchers who care about early American records. iArchives also brings outstanding image-viewing technology and content digitization capabilities that will improve our leadership position in bringing valuable historical records to the market. We welcome the iArchives team to the Ancestry.com family.”

Upon completion of the transaction, iArchives will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ancestry.com. As part of the transaction, Ancestry.com currently expects to issue approximately 1.0 million shares of common stock. The transaction is subject to various closing conditions and is expected to close early in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Ancestry.com also announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase program of up to approximately $25 million of its common stock. Under the authorization, share repurchases may be made by the Company from time to time in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions depending on market conditions, share price and other factors and may include accelerated or forward or similar stock repurchases and/or Rule 10b5-1 plans. Part of the rationale for the repurchase is to offset dilution of equity resulting from the iArchives acquisition. No time limit was set for the completion of this program. The share repurchase program may be modified or discontinued at any time by the Board of Directors.

About Ancestry.com
Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world’s largest online family history resource, with approximately 1.3 million paying subscribers. More than 5 billion records have been added to the site in the past 13 years. Ancestry users have created more than 19 million family trees containing over 1.9 billion profiles. Ancestry.com has local Web sites directed at nine countries, including its flagship Web site at www.ancestry.com.

About iArchives
iArchives is a leading digitization service provider that also operates Footnote.com, a subscription Web site that features searchable original documents, providing over 35,000 paying subscribers with a view of the events, places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. At Footnote.com, all are invited to come share, discuss, and collaborate on their discoveries with friends, family, and colleagues. For more information, visit www.footnote.com.

Forward-looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or to future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “appears,” “may,” “designed,” “expect,” “intend,” “focus,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “should,” “continue” or “work” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements include statements concerning among other things, the proposed transaction between Ancestry.com and iArchives, Inc., including the consummation and anticipated timing of the transaction as well as the expected benefits of the proposed transaction, and the effects of the proposed transaction on Ancestry.com, our subscriber base, our reach, our activities to enhance subscribers’ experience, our business outlook, our leadership position and our opportunities and prospects for growth. These forward-looking statements are based on information available to us as of the date of this press release. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include a variety of factors, some of which are beyond our control. In particular, such risks and uncertainties include the risk that the transaction does not close when anticipated, or at all; difficulties encountered in integrating acquired businesses and retaining customers, and the additional difficulty of integration when continuing the acquired operation; the adverse impact of competitive product announcements; failure to achieve anticipated revenues and operating performance; changes in overall economic conditions; the loss of key employees; competitors’ actions; pricing and gross margin pressures; inability to control costs and expenses; and significant litigation.

Information concerning additional factors that could cause results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements is contained under the caption “Risk Factors” in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2010, and in discussions in other of our SEC filings.

These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Full disclosure: I have subscriptions to both Ancestry.com and Footnote.com. However, I own no stock in either company, and nothing to gain or lose because of the acquisition.

New Databases at The Original Record

The following databases have been added at The Original Record this past week:

1845 – The Yachtsman’s Annual and General Register theoriginalrecordlogo1
The Yachtsman’s Annual and General Register gave a description of each of the main yachting clubs in the British Isles, with the names of the officers, a membership list (names and addresses), and a register of the members’ yachts, usually giving number, name, tonnage, and sometimes rig and build. The work covers the Royal Yacht Squadron, the Arundel Yacht Club, Royal Cork Y. C., Royal Eastern Y. C., Royal Harwich Y. C., Royal Kingstown Y. C., Royal Mersey Y. C., Royal Northern and Clyde Y. C., Royal Southern Y. C., Royal Thames Y. C., Royal Victoria Y. C., and the Royal Western Yacht Club.

1855 – Christian Miscellany Tabular Record of Mortality and Memorials of the Dead
The (Methodist) Christian Miscellany and Family Visiter, a monthly publication, included in each issue a Tabular Record of Mortality, recording recent deaths. The tables give name (sometimes christian name, often just Mr. or Mrs.), residence (often omitted), circuit (always given), age, and date of death. Moreover, immediately before the Tabular Record came a section entitled Memorials of the Dead, with fuller obituaries. These descriptions dwell particularly on the spiritual development of each subject, and the uplifting nature of their affirmations of faith in articulo mortis.

1910 – Leeds University Calendar
The University Calendar for the academic year 1910 to 1911 includes full lists of present students and past graduates, examination lists for 1909 and 1910, and lists of honours gained in each subject for 1905 to 1910 and also for 1891 to 1904, that is, in the period of Victoria University (Yorkshire College). Full names are given, surname first, with year and class of examination. There is also a section for university societies, giving brief descriptions of activities, and names of officials and committee members.

1934 – Commercial Directory of Bournemouth
Kelly’s Directory of Bournemouth and Poole includes this commercial directory for Bournemouth, Branksome Park, Boscombe (B), Boscombe East (B. East), Ensbury (E), Ensbury Park (W. P), Pokesdown (P) and Winton (Win).

1947 – Membership List of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, founded in 1847, was incorporated by royal charter in 1930. The list of members of 1 March 1947 gives the names (surname first) and addresses of the seven classes of member – Honorary Members (Hon. M. I. Mech. E.); Members (M. I. Mech. E.); Associate Members (A. M. I. Mech. E.); Companions (C. I. Mech. E.); Associates (A. I. Mech. E.); Graduates (G. I. Mech. E.); and Students (S. I. Mech. E.). The year of attaining qualification is given in the left-hand margin; in the higher grades the years of achieving the lower grades are also given, bracketed together. The crossed swords symbol indicates naval or military service during the Great War of 1914-1918; an italic b shows a member of the Benevolent Fund. (p) after a Graduate’s or a Student’s name indicates one who had passed the whole of the A. M. Examination or its recognized equivalent.

1957 – Royal Navy and Marines Active List
The Navy List for 1957, corrected to 18 January 1957, includes this main catalogue of ‘Officers on the Active List of the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines and Retired and Emergency Officers Serving’. The first column gives surname and initials. The second column is rank, with a profusion of abbreviations, most of which are self-evident, often qualified by a specialisation, in brackets. The third column is for specialisations not demonstrated in rank. Fourth column is date of seniority (those given in italics are of ranks held previous to 1 January 1957 by Special Duties Officers); and fifth column, where serving.

1957 – Air Force List
The Air Force List for 1957 contains gradation lists for all serving officers, corrected, generally, up to the appointments and promotions gazetted 2 April 1957. The officers are listed by branch, rank, and date of seniority; the names are given surname first, initials, decorations, and various sets of initials relating to their particular qualifications or expertise. A double-headed dagger before the name denotes a permanent direct commission; a dagger a national service commission; an asterisk some other non-permanent commission. The main abbreviations are: a. a., qualified at Army Long Gunnery Staff Course (A. A.); c. f. s., qualified flying instructor (with an asterisk if A1 category, without, A2); I, 1st class interpreter; i, 2nd class interpreter; i. d. c., completed a course at the Imperial Defence College; j. s. s. c., completed a course at the Joint Service Staff College; P, on probation; p. f. c., graduate of Pilot Flying College; p. s. a., graduate of R. A. F. Staff College; p. s. c., graduate of Military Staff College; q. s., R. A. F. graduate of the Military or Naval Staff College; Sp, medical or dental specialist; t. p., graduate of Empire Test Pilots’ School; Z, qualified in A. I. S. Inspection Duties. The new indexes added this week cover the Technical, Equipment, Secretarial, Marine and Airfield Construction branches, as well as the Royal Air Force Regiment. In the Technical Branch officers are classified by the abbreviations (A) Armament; (E) Engineer; (El) Electrical Engineer; (M) Mechanical Engineer; (S) Signals.

The Original Record now has 9 million entries directly available online., with a free unlimited search. All records hand-indexed (no OCR). Purchase sets of scans, or buy open access to the surname(s) of your choice, including variants. See: www.theoriginalrecord.com

NewspaperARCHIVE.com Launches an Online Amazon aStore

The following was written by NewspaperARCHIVE.com staff.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (PRWEB) January 22, 2009 – NewspaperARCHIVE.com, the world’s largest online NewspaperARCHIVE.comnewspaper archive, has launched a storefront featuring genealogy resources, history books, and other research tools. The store is integrated into the existing NewspaperARCHIVE.com store, providing visitors with a single place to find historic reproductions of newspaper pages, newspaper collections on compact disc, gift memberships, as well as the new Amazon store offerings.

“We are the premier website for primary-source history,” said Dave Stoddard, Director of Marketing for NewspaperARCHIVE.com. “It only makes sense that we also provide some of the best secondary resources, such as biographies, genealogy how-to books, and history texts. This empowers our users to conduct effective research and find the really great pieces of history contained in our newspaper pages.”

The new store is available at http://www.newspaperarchive.com/Store.aspx.

NewspaperARCHIVE.com will continue to add new products to the store, and has plans to integrate hundreds of hand-picked high quality newspaper images detailing such important events in recent history as Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon, and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

About NewspaperARCHIVE.com.
In 1999, Heritage Microfilm launched the brand NewspaperARCHIVE.com, the world’s largest historical newspaper database online. NewspaperARCHIVE.com contains tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1759 to present, spanning almost 3,000 newspaper titles and 762 cities. Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword and date making it easy to quickly explore historical content. Anyone interested in finding more information about Heritage Microfilm and NewspaperARCHIVE.com can visit www.heritagemicrofilm.com or www.newspaperarchive.com.

From the January 22, 2009 edition of emediawire.com.