World War I Service Cards for N.C. Vets Released to the Public on FamilySearch

The following excerpt is from the November 12, 2016 edition of pilotonline.com:

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BARCO, N.C. – Capt. Basil Sherwood Snowden of Currituck County joined the Army on Sept. 2, 1917, as part of the 318th Engineers.

He died in a motorcycle accident in Gevrolles, France, in December the following year at 30 years old. He had been promoted to captain just two months earlier.

That brief but poignant information comes from a small document filled in with a typewriter and some scribbling almost 100 years ago.

World War I service cards from the State Archives of North Carolina are now available online at FamilySearch.org, according to a news release from the agency. The database of about 80,000 North Carolinians who served in the war allows searches by name, birthplace and life events.

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We Were There Too – a Website to Record London’s WWI Jewish History

The following post is from October 31, 2016 at the times-series.co.uk:

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The history of Jewish people in wartime London needs recording before it is lost, according to a new online project.

It is estimated 40-50,000 British Jews served in Britain’s armed forces in the First World War, while thousands more were involved in war work and support roles near to the battlefields and on the home front.

We Were There Too is a new website where Jewish families can log their family records, including letters, photographs, medals and more, to contribute to a database on London’s Jewish history from 1914-1918.

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Check out the website.

New Historic Records Databases at FamilySearch the Week of October 24, 2016

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Free, searchable census records from Ghana, The Czech Republic, and New Jersey this week at FamilySearch.org. New historic records were also added from Sweden, Netherlands, Russia, and the United states, including almost 2 million indexed land allotment records for five Native American tribes (Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole) in Oklahoma.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Benin Civil Registration of Deaths 1891-2014 – 0 – 21,173 – New browsable image collection.

Czech Republic Censuses and Inhabitant Registers 1800-1990 – 0 – 1,646,966 – Added images to an existing collection

Ghana Census 1984 – 1,027,048 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Netherlands Noord-Holland Civil Registration 1811-1950 – 522,065 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Russia Lutheran Church Book Duplicates 1833-1885 – 78,912 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Sweden Kopparberg Church Records 1604-1900; index 1628-1860 – 0 – 612 – Added images to an existing collection

Sweden Västernorrland Church Records 1501-1940; index 1650-1860 – 0 – 657 – Added images to an existing collection

Sweden Kalmar Church Records 1577-1907; index 1625-1860 – 0 – 838 – Added images to an existing collection

Sweden Halland Church Records 1615-1904; index 1615-1860 – 756,493 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES

Florida Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications 1885-1955 – 497 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Maine World War I Draft Registration Index 1917-1919 – 162,613 – 167,344 – New indexed records and images collection

Missouri Reports of Separation Notices 1941-1946 – 0 – 378,579 – Added images to an existing collection

New Jersey State Census 1865 – 212,731 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Oklahoma Applications for Allotment, Five Civilized Tribes 1899-1907 – 1,846,931 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

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 historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.

About 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 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

War-Memorial.co.uk Launches Online

The following press release is from Mark at War-Memorial.co.uk.

War-Memorial.co.uk, the brand new website dedicated to Photographing, Transcribing and preserving war memorial records for the future, has just launched online providing a unique service that allows the researcher to find their ancestor using the largest collection of combined War Memorial records and images currently available anywhere.

This project is based on Mark Herber’s growing collection of war memorial photographs and personally checked transcriptions. It honours those men and women, who died or served our country in military conflict over the years and it already features over 20,000 detailed photographs of more than 1,200 memorials, commemorating over 270,000 people, with their names (and the memorial’s information about them) transcribed and indexed.

With regular additions of photographs, names and information to War-Memorial.co.uk expected as the months go by, War-Memorial.co.uk is the place to find your ancestors immortalised on the country’s war memorials.

Details that can be found in these memorial records include:
● Name
● Regiment, unit or ship
● War or date of death
● Rank and medals
● Photograph of the War Memorial from multiple angles and zooms

War-Memorial.co.uk’s collection includes a very large number of records from the Boer War of 1899-1902 and WW1 and WW2, but it also includes memorials from as early as the 17th century up to very recent conflicts such as Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. Soldiers, sailors, aircrew and civilians are all featured – and not just those who died. Many men and women who served but survived also appear in the records.

Using the sophisticated search technology and just basic details you can locate full information on War Memorials on which men and women are commemorated, find more details about them (such as their regiments, ships, ranks and medals), discover the location of the War Memorial and see images of the memorial itself and a close up view of the name of your ancestor!

War-Memorial.co.uk is offering some great value options to suit every pocket starting at £5 for a month’s access, £9.95 quarterly, or take out a great value annual subscription at only £29.95.

With regular additions of photographs, names and information to War-Memorial.co.uk expected as the months go by. War-Memorial.co.uk is the place to find your ancestors imortalised on the country’s war memorials.

For further information contact: war.memorials@yahoo.com

Example of finding your ancestor in the records

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Here we find the unusual records of a Thomas Ambrose, who was killed in 1916 by a bomb from a German airship flying over Sudbury. The transcribed record details how he died and where he is commemorated, as shown below:

Each transcript brings up details of the memorial with overview images of the entire memorial so you can find your ancestor using just their name, locate their memorial and add the images and information to your family history records, or even plan your visit!

NGS Announces a New Cloud-Based Course: Researching Your World War I Ancestors

The following is from NGS:

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ARLINGTON, VA, 01/27/2016 — The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the release of its newest Continuing Genealogical Studies course, Researching Your World War I Ancestors. In this cloud-based, nine-module, self-paced course, genealogists obtain an introduction to WWI research. Modules cover topics such as “Locate and Understand Records of Units,” “Serial Numbers and Unit Identification,” and “Obtaining Copies of World War I Personnel Records.” Also included are examples, citations, references, self-graded quizzes, and a comprehensive glossary.

Craig Roberts Scott, CGSM, FUGA, developed Researching Your World War I Ancestors for NGS. A nationally recognized lecturer, educator, and genealogical and historical researcher, he has more than thirty years’ experience and specializes in the diverse military records at the National Archives.

Researching Your World War I Ancestors is one of a number of cloud-based NGS courses that offers the convenience of completing a genealogy course over a period of months at any location and at any time. It is available for $45.00 for members and $70.00 for nonmembers. For further information or to purchase the course, visit NGS Continuing Genealogical Studies.

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.

WWI Black Veteran Memorials to be Posted at a Website Created by WVU

The following teaser was posted December 8, 2015 at jbhe.com:

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A new project underway at the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University seeks to document the history of African American veterans of World War I. The new website will allow users to visit memorials to Black veterans around the world through virtual reality. Visitors will also be able to view historical photographs, film, audio recordings, and other documents. Site users will also be able to post information on their knowledge of the contributions of Black World War I veterans.

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Tracing Your WWI Military Ancestors

Tracing_WWIThrough the voice (the writings) of several prominent writers and genealogists, Moorshead Magazines has produced another significant contribution to their Tracing Your Ancestors series. Tracing Your WWI Military Ancestors is an 84-page, 15-article, special edition publication featuring the best in WWI research articles from five different contributors. The contents and purpose of this publication are perhaps best described in the words of the editors:

“As family history researchers, we are entering an exciting time. It has now been one hundred years since the outbreak of the Great War, and the focus for many of us is to discover, and give life, to our ancestors who fought and gave so much in the service of their respective countries. Compared to just a few short years ago, the task of researching the military service files for the soldiers and volunteers who made up the fighting forces in WWI has become much easier. Our purpose with this latest edition in our Tracing Your Ancestors series is intended to help you discover what is available through the vast Internet-based resources, various national archives and other repositories, and how to gain access to that information. The nations we are covering include Australia and New Zealand, Italy and Austria, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. ”

This 2014 publication features the writings of Gabrielle Morgan, David A. Norris, Alan Stewart, Mary M. Tedesco, and Glenn Wright. Readers of other Tracing Your Ancestors publications or Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle, or History Magazine may recognize some of these names as regular contributors.

 

Contents

Australia & New Zealand in WWI

Gabrielle Morgan reveals the resources available fro researching Australian and Kiwi ancestors

Tracing WWI Military Ancestors from Trento-Alto Adige, Italy

Mary M. Tedesco details her search for the military records of her Italian-Austrian great-grandfather

US National Archives’ WWI Military Service Files

David A. Norris shows us how to get around the problem of the 1973 fire that destroyed millions of records for WWI US Army personnel

US Draft Registration Cards

David A. Norris reveals a genealogist’s goldmine of information in WWI draft cards

US Army Records: The Doughboys of 1917-1918

David A. Norris looks at resources for finding ancestors in the WWI US Army records

Records of the US Marine Corps

David A. Norris shows us where to locate files for researching your WWI US Marine Corps ancestor

US Navy & Coast Guard Records

David A. Norris investigates Naval record sources for researching your WWI ancstor

“Knights of the Air”

David A. Norris looks at the history and records of the US Army Air Service

Cemetery Records for Americans in the Great War

David A. Norris sheds light on how and where you might find your World War I ancestor’s grave

Canada at War 1914-1918

Glenn Wright introduces the resources available for researching Canadians who served in WWI

Canadian Service in the Great War

Glenn Wright reveals where you can find the records for you Canadian military ancestor

Researching Canada’s War Dead

Glenn Wright examines the records of those who died in the service of their country during the Great War

Royal Canadian Navy

Glenn Wright examines two record types you can expect to find when researching RCN ancestors

Canadians in the Air War

Glenn Wright looks at the record sets available for researching Canadians who fought the war form the air

United Kingdom Records

Alan Stewart gives us an in-depth look at the records available for locating your UK Great War ancestors

 

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New FamilySearch Database Collections Update for November 9, 2015

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Ecuador Catholic Church Records 1565-2011, United Kingdom World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records 1917- 1920, Spain Province of Barcelona Municipal Records 1387-1986, Italy Forlì-Cesena Forlì Civil Registration (State Archive) 1800-1815 1866-1930, and Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984 have large additions this week. To browse these collections and more, follow the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Brazil Santa Catarina Catholic Church Records 1714-1977 – 95,057 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Delaware Vital Records 1650-1974 – 0 – 7,214 – Added images to an existing collection
Ecuador Catholic Church Records 1565-2011 – 252,478 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Germany Prussia Westphalia Minden Miscellaneous Collections from the Municipal Archives 1574-1902 – 36,352 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Iowa County Death Records 1880-1992 – 39,508 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Forlì-Cesena Forlì Civil Registration (State Archive) 1800-1815 1866-1930 – 0 – 2,090,185 – New browsable image collection.
Italy Imperia Ventimiglia Civil Registration (State Archive) 1806-1913 – 0 – 20,576 – New browsable image collection.
New Zealand Auckland Albertland Index 1862-1962 – 10,779 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New Zealand Auckland Port Albert Membership Lists and Minutes from the Church of Christ 1875-1926 – 0 – 108 – New browsable image collection.
Nova Scotia Delayed Births 1837-1904 – 72,693 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Puno Civil Registration 1890-2005 – 25,353 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Philippines Civil Registration (Archives Division) 1902-1945 – 0 – 185 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984 – 1,813,161 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Spain Province of Barcelona Municipal Records 1387-1986 – 0 – 104,684 – Added images to an existing collection
United Kingdom World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records 1917-1920 – 155,933 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Washington Seattle Passenger and Crew Lists of Airplanes 1947-1954 – 44,407 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Help Us Publish More Free Records Online
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The Queen Mother’s Brother Was a Genuine WWI Hero

The following teaser is from the September 27, 2015 edition of DailyMail.com.

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The Prince of Wales stood in solemn silence yesterday as he took part in a centenary memorial service in Dundee to honour the British troops who lost their lives at the ill-fated Battle of Loos. And among the 20,000 soldiers who died during the largest First World War battle on the Western Front, there was one brave soldier in particular whose heroic sacrifice the Royal Family will never forget.

Fergus Bowes-Lyon, son of the 14th Earl of Strathmore, elder brother to the Queen Mother and the uncle Queen Elizabeth II never met, died 100 years ago today after leading his men into the face of the enemy. Yet for the best part of a century the Royals have not known his final resting place, or the full details of how he led an assault on the most heavily defended part of the German lines, had a leg blown off and was repeatedly hit by machine-gun bullets, before dying an hour later as his sergeant tried desperately to keep him alive until medical assistance arrived.

Such was the chaos and carnage of the battle that the precise details of the death of the Queen Mother’s beloved brother ‘Fergie’ have remained a mystery – until now. But after years of trawling his family’s archives and discovering long-lost letters, the true heroism of the Queen’s uncle has been unearthed by Fergus’s grandson James Voicey-Cecil.

It is an astonishing story that, without his search, would have been lost to history.

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Anzacs’ (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Repatriation Records Released

The following teaser is from the June 12 PSNews Online:

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The National Archives of Australia (NAA) has begun a $3.4 million project to mark the centenary of World War I, describing and digitising many of the Anzacs’ repatriation records, ensuring greater public access.

For many Anzacs, ongoing health problems – both physical and mental – often meant unemployment, disability, pain and suicide.

Director-General of the Archives, David Fricker said the details were preserved in more than 600,000 World War I repatriation records, held by the NAA.

Mr Fricker said they documented the medical care, welfare services and pensions provided by the Repatriation Department – now known as the Department of Veterans’ Affairs – and very few of the files had been viewed since their official use

Mr Fricker said more than 2,300 records had already been digitised and were available online by searching under the person’s name or service number.

He said staff and volunteers had also repackaged and described 150,000 records in the RecordSearch database…

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

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

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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 List of Airplanes, 1943–1964 collection; and 137,815 images from the Philippines, Index to Filipino Passengers Arriving at Honolulu, Hawaii, 1900–1952 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

Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600–1913 – 79,444 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621–1914 – 67,410 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582–1910 – 8,560 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

England, London Electoral Registers, 1847–1913 – 2,807,806 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Germany, Hesse, Stadtkreis Darmstadt, Darmstadt District, Civil Registration, 1876–1925 – 0 – 70,510 – Added images to an existing collection.

Philippines, Index to Filipino Passengers Arriving at Honolulu, Hawaii, 1900–1952 – 0 – 137,815 – New browsable image collection.

US, Florida, Pensacola, Passenger Lists, 1900–1945 – 0 – 1,937 – New browsable image collection.

US, Louisiana World War I Service Records, 1917–1920 – 0 – 27,210 – New browsable image collection.

US, Maine, Bath, Seamen’s Proofs of Citizenship, 1833–1868 – 0 – 3,516 – New browsable image collection.

US, Massachusetts, Salem and Beverly Crew Lists and Shipping Articles, 1797–1934 – 0 – 33,017 – New browsable image collection.

US, Michigan, South Haven Crew Lists, 1957–1959 – 0 – 61 – New browsable image collection.

US, Minnesota, Duluth and Wisconsin, Superior Crew Lists, 1922–1958 – 0 – 26,368 – New browsable image collection.

US, Montana, Manifests of Immigrant Arrivals and Departures, 1923–1956 – 0 – 38,373 – New browsable image collection.

US, New York, New York, Index to Alien Crewmen Who Were Discharged or Who Deserted, 1917–1957 – 0 – 119,753 – New browsable image collection.

US, Ohio, Southern District Naturalization Index, 1852–1991 – 83,982 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Oregon, Portland, Index and Register of Vessels, 1949–1955 – 0 – 88 – New browsable image collection.

US, Pennsylvania, Landing Reports of Aliens, 1798–1828 – 0 – 636 – New browsable image collection.

US, Rhode Island, Davisville, Melville, Newport, and Quonset Point, Airplane Passenger and Crew Lists, 1955–1957 – 0 – 387 – New browsable image collection.

US, South Carolina, Charleston U.S. Citizens Passenger Lists, 1919–1948 – 0 – 775 – New browsable image collection.

US, Texas, Brownsville Passenger and Crew List of Airplanes, 1943–1964 – 190,879 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Texas, Houston Arrival Manifests of Airplanes, 1946–1954 – 0 – 4,360 – New browsable image collection.

Fr. Francis A. Gleeson WWI Diaries, Brigade Rolls & Correspondence Digitized & Posted Online

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The Fr. Francis A. Gleeson Papers have been digitized and posted online at the UDC Digital Archive. This is a collection of papers belonging to Fr. Gleeson relating to “his time as Catholic Military Chaplain to the 2nd Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers during World War I. The papers include diaries detailing life at the front and religious activities, Brigade Rolls listing mainly Roman Catholic soldiers, and correspondence from the families of men missing or killed in action.”

The material relating to “his time as Military Chaplain (1914-1919) includes diaries and Brigade Roll Books of soldiers from the Royal Munster Fusiliers and other regiments while serving in France. The diaries give an account of the horror of war in all its sufferings and privations while detailing the extraordinary importance of faith to the Irish men whose lives were daily sacrificed on the front line.”

The papers are an amazing trove of primary WWI paperwork. I spent some time reading through various letters, list and diaries and found it a bit emotionally overwhelming. The lists include names of men serving in battle, missing men, address lists of the next-of-kin of many soldiers, as no forth. If you have Irish Catholic ancestors or relatives that served in WWI, you will want to spend to researching on this site.

The following teaser is from The Independent Catholic News:

For the first time in its history, papers from the Dublin Diocesan Archive have been made digitally available for scholars, researchers and members of the public.

Experts in the Dublin Diocesan Archive and the Digital Library in University College Dublin have worked together for over a year and a half transcribing and digitising diaries and papers of Fr Francis Gleeson, a Dublin priest who ministered to soldiers in World War One.

The new digitised collection was officially launched on Monday evening (27th April) by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin at a reception in Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, in Clonliffe.

The event was attended by members of Fr Gleeson’s family as well as the British and French Ambassadors to Ireland. Father Francis Gleeson, a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin, was Chaplain to the Royal Munster Fusiliers as they faced battle on the Western Front.

Read the full article.

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Fr. Francis A. Gleeson Papers Description, abbreviations, and Archive Contents – with links. 30 items.

Letters – 61 files.

Diaries – 62 files.

Registers (Lists) – 118 files.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

FamilySearch Adds Over 18.3 Million Indexed Records & Images for England, Italy, the UK, & the USA

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FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 18.3 million indexed records and images for England, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 10,026,835 indexed records and 776,840 images from the England, Westminster Rate Books, 1634–1900 collection; 4,327,810 indexed records from the United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914–1920 collection; and 534,653 images from the Italy, Taranto, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1926 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 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

England, Westminster Rate Books, 1634–1900 – 10,026,835 – 776,840 – New indexed records and images collection.

Italy, Taranto, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1926 – 0 – 534,653 – New browsable image collection.

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914–1920 – 4,327,810 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Kentucky Probate Records, 1727–1990 – 0 – 365,502 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925–1957 – 168,306 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Pennsylvania, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1866–1956 – 0 – 2,919 – New browsable image collection.

US, Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837–1977 – 1,267,379 – 464,964 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, Texas, World War I Records, 1917–1920 – 0 – 400,918 – New browsable image collection.

New British Merchant Navy WW1 Medal Index Cards & Dorset BMDs available to search at FindMyPast

The following news release is from Alex Cox at FindMyFast.

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Every Friday, thousands of new records are released on our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to explore over the weekend. This week’s new additions include over 157,000 British Merchant Navy, First World War Medal Index Cards 1914-1925, over 165,000 Dorset baptisms, over 105,000 Dorset marriages and over 176,000 Dorset Burials.

The British Merchant Navy First World War Medal Index Cards, 1914-1925, contain over 157,000 records. During the First World War, Merchant Navy seamen, who had served at sea for at least six months and who had served on at least one voyage through a danger zone, were entitled to the Mercantile Marine Medal. The Medal was awarded by the Board of Trade, a committee of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom. Recipients of the Mercantile Marine Medal were automatically entitled to the British War Medal and those who were invalided out of the navy during the war were entitled to receive the Silver War Badge.

Each record is a transcript of the original medal card and contains a link to purchase and download an image of the original record card from The National Archives. Medal cards tell you which medals were awarded, details of the seaman’s career in the Merchant Navy and their discharge number.

The Dorset Marriage Index, 1541-1937, contains over 105,000 records spanning nearly 400 years of the county’s history. 150 parishes and 105,248 names are recorded in the Dorset Marriage Index. The index begins after 1538 because in that year the Church of England mandated that all parishes keep records of baptisms, marriages and burials. Each record includes a transcript of the original document. The amount of information in each can vary but most will list the couple’s names, marital status, age, marriage date and place of marriage.

The Dorset Burial Index, 1538-1986, contains over 176,000 records spanning almost 450 years of Dorset history. The records list the details of burials conducted in 128 different cemeteries and churchyards across the county.

The Dorset Baptism Index, 1538-1912, contains over 165,000 records dating from the 16th century. Parish records are a great resource for tracing your family before civil registration started in 1837 as they can contain important information such as the names of the child’s parents. Each record contains a transcript of the original source material. The amount of information listed may vary but generally records will include the child’s name, date of birth, place of birth, mother’s name, father’s name and the father’s occupation.

About FindMyPast
Leading family history website Findmypast was the first company to make the complete birth, marriage and death indexes for England & Wales available online in April 2003, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Findmypast has subsequently digitized many more family history records and now offers access to over 2 billion records dating as far back as 875 AD. This allows family historians to search for their ancestors among comprehensive collections of military, census, migration, parish, work and education records, newspapers as well as the original comprehensive birth, marriage and death records. The company runs the official 1911 census website for England & Wales in association with The National Archives and has digitized several other record sets from the national collection. Findmypast has also partnered with the British Library in a 10 year project to safeguard the future of the world’s greatest local newspaper archive.

Find Your Family’s World War I Veterans in New, Free Military Collections Online at FamilySearch

The following news release was received from FamilySearch:

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SALT LAKE CITY, November 10, 2014 — Veterans’ Day is a time to recognize the veterans in our lives—to honor their service for our country and show them that we appreciate their sacrifices made in our behalf. “The Great War,” World War I, began 100 years ago and later ended on November 11, 1918. In commemoration of Veteran’s Day, FamilySearch.org has announced the addition of three free World War I collections containing information on the millions of American and British citizens who served and registered for military service between 1914 and 1920. These vital genealogical resources were made available in collaboration with the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington DC, The National Archives in Kew, Surrey, England, and findmypast.com.

These resources include the free United States World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918. This collection “acts like a national census,” notes FamilySearch collection manager Ken Nelson, “because it includes over 24 million records representing almost half of the male population of the United States at the time.” Out of those who registered, approximately 4.8 million served and 2.8 million were drafted.

“Included in the draft registration cards,” said Nelson, “we can find such notables as Babe Ruth, entertainer/musician George M. Cohan, immigrant Metropolitan tenor Enrico Caruso, and silent film star Charlie Chaplin, a British enrollee, answering the call to arms alongside our own ancestors.”

FamilySearch has also made two additional significant WWI collections available online for free with the help of The National Archives in Surrey, England, and findmypast.com. These resources include the United Kingdom WWI Service Records 1914-1920 collection and the United Kingdom WWI Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records 1917-1920 collection. These two collections combined add more than 43,000,000 images to FamilySearch’s growing military databases while allowing users a unique glimpse into their connection to The War to End All Wars.