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New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of March 28, 2016

Explore the new record collections for Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928, Czech Republic School Registers 1799-1953, United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815, and more than 7 million additions to the Find A Grave Index. Search these and more by following the links below. COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – […]

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The Return of a World War II Japanese Photo Album Found in Foxhole

The following teaser is from an article posted August 16, 2015 at For years after World War II, the photos of the Japanese families mesmerized Grace Hessman. She would turn the pages of the photo album and study the exquisitely dressed ladies and the men in their military uniforms. “It was like nothing I […]

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New FamilySearch Data Collections Posted the Week of 27 July 2015

The following is from FamilySearch: Highlights of this week’s updates include the Alabama County Marriages 1809-1950, Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928, Philippines Civil Registration (Local) 1888-1984, Utah Obituaries from Utah Newspapers 1850-2005, and Zimbabwe Death notices from 1904-1976. Explore these newly released collections and others by following the links below. COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – […]

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FamilySearch Adds Over 39.5 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Italy, Mexico, Spain, & the SUA

The following is from FamilySearch: FamilySearch has added more than 39.5 Million indexed records and images to Collections from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, El Salvador, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 24,856,324 indexed records and images from the U.S., New York, New York Passenger and Crew […]

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76M New US Historic Records & Millions more for Brazil, China, Ireland, Italy, Russia, & Spain Added at

The following information is from 76 million much-anticipated state census, naturalization, immigration, and vital records were added this week for 22 states, including Ohio, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Since partnering with the National Archives of Italy to digitally preserve and index its civil registration, more than 24 million images have been published […]

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The following excerpt is from an article posted at In remembrance of the 70th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which placed more than 120,000 Japanese Americans in internment camps,, the world’s largest online family history resource, is offering free access until Feb. 23 to its extensive internment camp record […]

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Grand Opening Scheduled for the Heart Mountain Relocation Center Interpretive Center

The following excerpt is from an article in the August 11, 2011 edition of The grand opening of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation’s long-awaited Interpretive Learning Center on Saturday, Aug. 20, will offer visitors a special opportunity to tour the new museum, located at the former World War II concentration camp in Wyoming’s Park […]

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Japanese Names – Cut Down to Business Card Size

The following teaser is from an interesting article by Michael Hoffman about Japanese names, found in the October 11, 2009 edition of the Japan Times. “How do you do, my name is Saito Ichiro Sama-no-kami Minamoto-no-Ason Tadayoshi.” We can be grateful to the reformers of the Meiji Period (1868-1912) for cutting Japanese names down to […]

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Monument to be Erected Commemorating the Merced Assembly Center

To commemorate the 4,669 Americans of Japanese ancestry detained at the Merced County Fairgrounds from April to September 1942, the Merced Assembly Center Commemorative Committee (MACCC) is working on erecting a monument that is scheduled to unveil on Feb. 20, 2010. As part of the educational component of this project, the MACCC is also developing […]

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Japanese Nationality Acquired by DNA Testing

A 76-year-old man who was born to a Japanese man and a Filipino woman in the Philippines before World War II and still lives there will soon acquire Japanese nationality because his Japanese ancestry has been confirmed through DNA analysis, a support group for him has said. While 26 Japanese-Filipino men and women have been […]

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Dark Clouds over Paradise: the Hawaii Internees Story

Any chance you’re going to Hawaii in June? If so, then check out “Dark Clouds over Paradise: the Hawaii Internees Story,” an exhibit by the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, at the Hawaii State Library from June 5 to 26, 2009. The exhibit will be in the Lobby, so one shouldn’t have a difficult time […]

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Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality to be Launched at Seattle University

This blog is not terribly genealogical, but I’m pleased to be able to post it. Tomorrow (April 18), Seattle University’s School of Law will launch a new center called the “Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality.” The purpose of the Center is to address, through research, advocacy and education, discrimination in all areas […]

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Minidoka Internment Camp Tours & Memorial June 26-28, 2009

My readers know that I have strong feelings about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. I’ve written on the subject many times in my 59 years… Our family had friends who got caught up in all this, so it’s personal. One of the camps was the Minidoka Internment Camp near Twin Falls, […]

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Japanese-American Fumiko Hayashida says, “There’s No Use Crying About the Past”

There’s a good article in the Seattle P-I today about Fumiko Hayashida, who in March of 1942, was loaded up along with 225 other folks from Bainbridge Island, Washington – and transported to the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California. At 98 years old, Hayashida is now the oldest living Japanese-American from the island who […]

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