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Free Cemetery Records Databases at October 30 through November 7, 2015

The following was received from NEHGS: October 30, 2015 — Boston, Massachusetts — “Your ancestors have been dying for you to uncover them. NEHGS has opened the cemetery gates so you can start digging!” Just in time for the Halloween celebrations and to add some fun to ancestral research this holiday, and New England […]

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Rhode Island Shipwrecks – An Amazing New Online Database

In conjunction with the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association, Jim Jenney has compiled an online database of about 3,000 wrecks in Rhode Island waters… Read an article in the Providence Journal about it. Search the database of Rhode Island Shipwrecks. – It’s worth clicking over just to see the amazing visual effects used on the opening […]

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FamilySearch Adds Over 3.7 Million Indexed Records & Images for Belgium, England, Germany, the Philippines, & the USA

The following is from FamilySearch: FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 3.7 million indexed records and images for Belgium, England, Germany, the Philippines, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 2,807,806 indexed records from the England, London Electoral Registers, 1847–1913 collection; 190,879 indexed records from the US, Texas, Brownsville Passenger and Crew […]

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Rhode Island Historic Records Kept on a Floodplain.

The following excerpt is from an extensive article – with video footage & photographs – posted April 30, 2015 at the website. PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Some of Rhode Island’s most important and historic records are just a power outage away from damage and destruction. Rhode Island is the only state in the nation […]

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Providence College (Providence, RI) Posts the Student Newspaper #Genealogy

Providence College, of Providence, Rhode Island, has digitized and posted “The Cowl.” The issues currently available on the website run from 1935 through 1979. The following is from Providence College’s student newspaper, The Cowl, began publication on November 16th, 1935. It has been published continuously each academic year since then, with the exception of […]

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Official Launch of the Rhode Island State Archives Online Catalog October 17, 2013

The following excerpt is from an article in the September 23, 2013 edition of Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis has announced the official launch of the Rhode Island State Archives Online Catalog, a new tool which will make it easier for the general public, educators, students, historians, researchers, and journalists to find information […]

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American Population Before the Federal Census of 1790

American Population Before the Federal Census of 1790 represents an exhaustive research project to extract population data for the area encompassed by the  United State as represented in 1790. Data was gathered from previous research studies, government studies, and independent research. The population lists, which are of paramount importance to the genealogist, include poll lists, […]

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Ancestry Adds 1940 Indexes for 12 More States & is Now up to 37 States plus Washington D.C.!

The following is from Matthew Deighton at With today’s addition of 12 states (18 million records) to the 1940 US Federal Census, now has 37 states and Washington DC fully indexed and searchable on the site. All of the 1940 US Census will be free through 2013. Number of records per state: Alaska: […]

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Rhode Island Makes Adoption Records Available

The following excerpt is from the July 2, 2012 edition of Rhode Island is making adoption records available for the first time to adults 25 years or older. A state law adopted in September, 2011 has just taken effect, and on Monday, Governor Lincoln Chafee ceremoniously handed birth records to four adoptees, as dozens […]

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76 New & Updated USA Vital Records, State & School Census, and Tax Record Databases Posted at

The following U.S.A. vital-records oriented databases have been recently added or updated at This blog covers 76 new and updated entries. We’ve also updated four of our five of the GenealogyBlog Online Database Links Files. See: United States Birth & Christening Records Found at United States Marriage Documents & Indexes Found at […]

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Genealogists’s Handbook for New England Research, 5th Edition

A couple of weeks ago Leland wrote a blog announcing the release for the fifth edition of the Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research. I have finally had a chance to go through the book for myself and I must say what a well put together book it is. The book is so clean and […]

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Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research – 5th Edition – now available!

Finally! I got a case of Michael J. Leclerc’s new 5th edition of the Genealogist’s Handbook For New England Research today. And this is one great book. Although I don’t have the time at the moment to do a full review (which we will in a few days), I wanted to let everyone know that […]

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United States Territorial & School Censuses and Tax Records at

United STATES TERRITORIAL & SCHOOL CENSUSES and TAX RECORDS at Last Updated: 5 November 2015   Colonial, Territorial and State Censuses are of vital importance to genealogists, as they were often taken on non-Federal Decennial census years, taken prior to statehood, or between the Federal Censuses. Thirty-seven states (or what became states) took them. […]

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USA State Census Records Found at continues to post additional FREE USA State Census records at the website. The following listing is a current listing, with links. DIGITIZED & INDEXED USA STATE CENSUS IMAGES AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG Colorado State Census 1885 – Images of population schedules listing the inhabitants of the state of Colorado. The 1885 census was taken with the […]

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United States Birth & Christening Records at

UNITED STATES BIRTH AND CHRISTENING RECORDS AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG Last Updated: 5 November 2015   Alabama, Births and Christenings, 1881-1930 — Searchable Index — Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Alabama. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and FamilySearch Centers. Due to privacy laws, […]

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