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


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, 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.

Read the full article.

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Ancestry Releases Kilmainham (Dublin) and Chelsea (London) Pension Indexes

The following Teaser is from the IrishGenealogyNews website:


Ancestry has released a trio of indexes to military pension collections. One relates to Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the others to London’s Royal Hospital in Chelsea. In each case, the records on Ancestry are indexes to records transcribed from original documents; images of the documents are held on Fold3, so if you want to see them, you’ll need an Ancestry All Access subscription*.

Read the full article – with links, examples and descriptions.

New Historic Records Databases Added On FamilySearch the Week of November 7 & 14, 2016

The following is from FamilySearch:


Over 4 million birth, death, census, civil, church, and other indexed records were published and made available the week of November 7 at FamilySearch this week. Find new historical records from South Africa, Peru, Netherlands, Russia, Philippines, and across the United States including Illinois, Iowa, Utah, Alabama, Oregon, South Dakota and Tennessee.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

BillionGraves Index – 313,368 – 313,368 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Netherlands Archival Indexes Miscellaneous Records – 939 – 0 – New indexed records collection

Peru Puno Civil Registration 1890-2005 – 8 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984 – 252,908 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939 – 0 – 426,296 – Added images to an existing collection

South Africa Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records 1848-1956 – 317,868 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection


Alabama Census of Confederate Veterans 1907, 1921, 1927 – 0 – 13,710 – New browsable image collection.

Illinois Archdiocese of Chicago Cemetery Records 1864-1989 – 1,921,208 – 1,623,555 – New indexed records and images collection

Iowa Delayed Birth Records 1850-1939 – 540,796 – 419,728 – New indexed records and images collection

Iowa Death Records 1921-1940 – 516,904 – 475,273 – New indexed records and images collection

Oregon Births 1860-1952 – 12,923 – 0 – New indexed records collection

South Dakota School Records 1879-1970 – 59,241 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Tennessee Birth Records (ER Series) 1908-1912 – 212,545 – 213,127 – New indexed records and images collection

Utah Birth Certificates 1903-1914– 29 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Items Added the Week Of November 14, 2016

Check out the astounding 11.8 million new records from the New York Passenger List indexes! Also, more immigration records and other historic records were recently published in American Samoa, Brazil, Chile, Peru, South Africa, Venezuela, and the United States. Many thanks go to the diligent indexers around the world for completing these projects.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

American Samoa Passenger Lists and Travel Documents 1918-1965 – 0 – 6,563 – New browsable image collection.

Brazil Pernambuco Civil Registration 1804-2014 – 272,691 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Chile Civil Registration 1885-1903 – 1,792,848 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru Lambayeque Civil Registration 1873-1998 – 168 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru Amazonas Civil Registration 1939-1998 – 32,618 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru La Libertad Civil Registration 1903-1998 – 189,810 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

South Africa Cape Province Kimberley Probate Records of the Supreme Court 1871-1937 – 148,844 – 96,578 – New indexed records and images collection

Venezuela Diocese of San Cristóbal Catholic Church Records 1601-1962 – 688,583 – 128,484 – New indexed records and images collection

United States Databases

California Chinese Partnerships and Departures from San Francisco 1893-1943 – 54,617 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Maine J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection ca. 1780-1999 – 1,815 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Massachusetts Index to Boston Passenger Lists 1848-1891 – 24,002 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists 1906-1942 – 11,883,075 – 748,065 – New indexed records and images collection

New York Rouses Point and Waddington Crew Lists 1954-1956 – 4,158 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

North Carolina World War I Service Cards 1917-1919 – 92,649 – 92,578 – New indexed records and images collection

Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection 1947-2010 – 0 – 5,996 – Added images to an existing collection

Rhode Island Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1630-1945 – 0 – 198,109 – Added images to an existing collection

Washington Applications for Enrollment and Adoption of Washington Indians 1911-1919 – 51,169 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

West Virginia Naturalization Records 1814-1991 – 717 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Searchable historic records are made available on 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 Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at

Find Your American Indian Ancestors For FREE at Fold3 Through November 15, 2016

Do you have Native American ancestry? Or are you interested in Native American history? Then explore Fold3’s Native American Collection for free through November 15.


Titles in this collection include:

Ratified Indian Treaties (1722-1869): Ratified treaties that occurred between the United States government and American Indian tribes. Also included are presidential proclamations, correspondence, and treaty negotiation expenses.

Indian Census Rolls (1885-1940): Census rolls submitted annually by agents or superintendents of Indian reservations as required by an 1884 Act of Congress. Only persons who maintained a formal affiliation with a tribe under Federal supervision are listed on these census rolls.

Dawes Packets: Applications between 1896 and 1914 from members of the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole tribes to establish eligibility for an allotment of land in return for abolishing their tribal governments and recognizing Federal law.

Dawes Enrollment Cards (1898-1914): Enrollment cards, also referred to as “census cards,” prepared by the staff of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, commonly known as the Dawes Commission. The cards record information provided by applications submitted by members of the same family group or household and include notations of the actions taken.

Eastern Cherokee Applications (1906-1909): Applications submitted for shares of the money that was appropriated for the Eastern Cherokee Indians by Congress on June 30, 1906.

Enrollment of Eastern Cherokee by Guion Miller (1908-1910): The Guion Miller Roll is perhaps the most important source for Cherokee genealogical research. There are an estimated 90,000 individual applicants from throughout North America included within this publication.

Cherokee Indian Agency, TN (1801-1835): The records of the agent of Indian Affairs in Tennessee, including correspondence, agency letter books, fiscal records, records of the Agent for the Department of War in Tennessee, records of the Agent for Cherokee Removal, and miscellaneous records.

Rinehart Photos – Native Americans (1898): Photographs of over 100 Native Americans taken by Frank A. Rinehart, a commercial photographer in Omaha, Nebraska. Rinehart was commissioned to photograph the 1898 Indian Congress, part of the Trans-Mississippi International Exposition.

Have you found an ancestor in Fold3’s Native American collection? Tell us about it! Or get started exploring the Native American Collection here.

*Access to the records in the featured collections will be free until Nov 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. MT. Free access requires registration for a free Fold3 account. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using a paid Fold3 membership.

Discover Your British Family Heroes Over the Veteran’s Day Weekend, with Free Access to 70 Million Military Records, FREE at

The following is from FindMyPast:


This Veteran’s Day, Findmypast wants to give everyone the chance to uncover the heroes in their family tree.

And so from November 10th to the 13th, you can explore Findmypast’s entire collection of over 70 million military records covering some of modern history’s most significant conflicts free of charge.

The free access starts on 10th November at 9am BST and expires on 13th November 2016 at 11.59pm BST.

What TheGenealogist has in store for 2017

The following Press Release was received from Nick Thorne:


2017 is going to see millions of new records added to TheGenealogist across a wide variety of collections.

New Data Sets

  • We are adding millions of new and unique Parish Records and Bishops’ Transcripts are being added for many more counties.
  • A new and unique record set covering detailed records of our ancestors houses, which will be searchable by name, address and area, with high resolution maps showing the property.
  • Our ongoing project with The National Archives is set to release yet more detailed Colour County and Tithe Maps with tags to show where your ancestors lived.
  • We are releasing a 1921 census substitute, using a wide variety of records including Trade and Residential Directories of the time.
  • New decades of BT27 Passenger Lists and Emigration Records will become available.
  • Our International Headstone Project will be expanded with more Commonwealth Cemeteries added.
  • More worldwide War Memorials added to our comprehensive database.
  • Following on from our release of over 230 million U.S. records in 2016, we will be launching more U.S. records in 2017.

New & Improved Census Images
Thanks to new technology and new Silver Halide Film provided by The National Archives, we have now been able to re-scan the 1891 census with improved resolution and quality. This combination of improved readability and new transcripts will help locate your ancestors and view the relevant images with a superior grayscale format. Our “Deep Zoom” images have over 5 times the resolution of previous images. They will be lightening fast to view thanks to the technology used in our new image interface. We will launch these new images in early 2017.

Look out for these exciting new developments and more in 2017 at

Ancestry Announces Three New Appointments to its Leadership Team

LEHI, Utah and SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, today announced three new appointments to its growing leadership team. As the world’s largest consumer genomics provider, having genotyped 2.5 million DNA samples, Ancestry is continuing to add to its roster of talent as it seeks to help millions of consumers better understand themselves and the world around them by unlocking the secrets hidden in their genes.

The three appointments announced today:

Amy Gershkoff, Ph.D., most recently the chief data officer at Zynga, is joining as Ancestry’s first chief data officer.
Sarah South, Ph.D., who previously served as vice president of Laboratory Operations at 23andme, has been appointed as vice president of Laboratory Sciences
Todd Davis, who has led global talent acquisition at both Amazon and Dropbox, is joining as vice president of Global Talent.

“Amy, Sarah and Todd are joining in three roles that will have immense impact for Ancestry as we’re focused on continuing to provide powerful insights to our community and they more than live up to the best of the best we strive for when bringing on new talent,” said Tim Sullivan, chief executive officer of Ancestry. “We are struck daily by how the insights we provide can powerfully reshape someone’s understanding of who they are and how they fit into the bigger puzzle of our species. We’re excited to have Amy, Sarah and Todd help us focus on bringing new insights, products and growth.”

Gershkoff, South and Davis bring incredible track records in their respective fields, and will help Ancestry continue to grow and innovate while providing consumers unmatched insights into their identities derived from the Company’s unique combination of genomic and genealogical data.

Amy Gershkoff was most recently the chief data officer at Zynga, a pioneer in social gaming. Previously, she built and led the Customer Analytics & Insights team and led the Global Data Science team at eBay. Before eBay, Gershkoff was the chief data scientist for WPP, Data Alliance, where she worked across WPP’s more than 350 operating companies worldwide to create integrated data and technology solutions. As the head of media planning at Obama for America for the 2012 campaign, she architected Obama’s advertising strategy and designed the campaign’s analytics systems. Her work has brought numerous accolades, including being featured in The Washington Post as one of the nation’s most prominent innovators and being named one of the “Top 50 Women to Watch in Tech” and one of San Francisco’s Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business TImes. She holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Prior to joining Ancestry, Sarah South was the vice president of Laboratory Services at 23andme. She is certified in clinical cytogenetics by the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG). Previously, South was associate professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Utah. She also served as a medical director at ARUP Laboratories and oversaw the Cytogenetic and Genomic Microarray Laboratories and directed the ABMGG clinical cytogenetics training program at the University of Utah. Sarah has also been the CLIA lab director for Lineagen. Her industry associations include, vice-chair of the American College of Medical Genetics Quality Assurance Committee; a member of the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute Expert Panel for Molecular Methodologies and the ClinGen variant classification workgroup; a certified College of American Pathology Laboratory Inspector, and president of the American Cytogenetics Association. South also serves as an associate editor for the American Journal of Medical Genetics. She received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Human Genetics, and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in prenatal genetics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and a clinical cytogenetics fellowship at the University of Utah.

Todd Davis joins Ancestry from Dropbox, where he led global talent acquisition. Prior to Dropbox, Davis spent four years leading Amazon’s global efforts to find and recruit across the company. Before joining Amazon in 2012, Davis was vice president, worldwide recruitment at Warner Bros. Entertainment, where he led efforts to improve global recruitment and talent acquisition resources by leveraging “best practices” in talent assessment and selection. He has also held senior positions at Centene Corporation, West Coast University and Volt Information Sciences. Davis is a board member of CASY and MSCCN and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire.

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 2.5 million DNA samples in the AncestryDNA database. Since 1996, more than 19 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, and Fold3.

Nearly 20 Years of the Johnstonian-Sun covering the 1930’s through the 1950’s Posted at DigitalNC

Digital NC has posted nearly 20 years of a Johnston County, North Carolina newspaper.The following teaser is from the Digital North Carolina blog.


Nearly 20 years of newspapers are included in the latest batch from the Johnston County Heritage Center.

These issues of the Johnstonian-Sun cover the 1930’s through the 1950’s, which were fascinating times in North Carolina. Issues from the 1930’s have a strong focus on business and the local economic temperature, especially in Selma. The depression-era coverage also focused on politics, elections, and party platforms, many of which were printed in the paper weekly.

Read the full article.

FindMyPast Adds Over 2.8 Million records this last week

Over 2.8 million additional records were available to search at Findmypast this last week, including:


United States Marriages
Over 2.7 million additional records have been added to our collection of United States Marriages. The new additions come from 13 different states and include significant updates from Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and Rhode Island.

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 and residence as well as fathers’ and mothers’ names.

Duty Locations, Naval Group China, World War II, 1942-1945
Explore more than 33,000 records containing the details of military personnel who served overseas with the United States’ Naval Group China, the US Navy’s intelligence unit in China during World War II. The records consist of muster roll reports created by the Department of the Navy, U.S. Naval Group China (NGC) to record locations and changes made to ranks and rates of pay for naval personnel.

The records contained in this collection relate to those persons attached to the NGC and provide names, ranks or rates of pay, branches of service, muster roll dates of reporting or detachment, and duty locations approximately every two weeks. As such, naval officers and sailors may appear multiple times in the records, tracking changes in an individual’s location, unit, rank or rate of pay over the course of the war.

1840 U.S. Census, Revolutionary War Veterans
1840 U.S. Census, Revolutionary War Veterans contains over 21,000 records of ex-servicemen and their next of kin who were receiving pensions in 1840 for service in the Revolutionary War.

On the back of the population schedules for the 1840 census, enumerators recorded the living pensioners of the Revolutionary War as well as other military service. The lists also noted an individual’s age and the name of the head of household in which the individual lived.

New Zealand Wars, officers and men killed 1860-1870
New Zealand Wars, officers and men killed 1860-1870 consists of 193 transcripts of nominal returns of colonial officers and men who were killed in action while fighting in the Maori Wars. The Māori Wars, began as a result of contested land purchases by the colonial government.

At that time, the colonial government believed that the Māori resistance had unified to both block future land sales and deny Crown sovereignty and, as a result, the government brought in thousands of troops to combat the Māori King Movement (Kīngitanga) and possess their lands for British settlers. Each transcript will list your ancestor’s date of death, rank and corps.

New Zealand, military pensions 1900-1902
Find out if your ancestor was eligible for a military pension and uncover details of their next of kin with a collection of over 5,000 transcripts recording former servicemen who were eligible for military pensions between 1900 and 1902.

This index will not only allow you to learn if your ancestor’s rank, service number and whether they qualified for a pension, but also the name and address of their next of kin, often including the relationship between the next of kin and your ancestor.

Ireland, Royal Hibernian Military School History
Explore this 168 page document to uncover the history of the Royal Hibernian Military School in Dublin. This fascinating publication includes transcriptions from memorial inscriptions, a roll of honour from the First World War, and transcripts from both the 1901 and 1911 census.

The Royal Hibernian Military School was founded in 1765 in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Today, it is the site of St Mary’s Hospital. When the school closed in 1924, all the registers and minute books were taken to Walworth, London. However, during the Second World War, these documents were destroyed in the Blitz. The Ireland, Royal Hibernian Military school history provides a valuable substitute for the records that were lost.

Ireland Military Records</strong>
Ireland Military Records is comprised of 8 different Irish military publications and contains over 2,700 records. The collection includes memorial inscriptions, army lists from the 19th and 17th centuries as well as two volumes of popular novels written by Charles Lever.

Each record is displayed as a PDF (Portable document format). The detail found in each record will vary depending on the publication and the subject.

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

The following post is from October 31, 2016 at the


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 Records Available To Search at FindMyPast as of Last Friday, October 28

The following is from FindMyPast:


Over 1.8 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

United States, West Virginia Births
Containing over 35,000 records, West Virginia Births allows you to uncover details of your ancestor’s birth. These records cover the mid-nineteenth century into the early twentieth century. In addition to learning your ancestor’s birth date, you may also discover parents’ and grandparents’ names, allowing you to expand your family tree.

Each transcript will list your ancestor’s birth date, the names of both their parents and the names of both their grandparents as well as a link to an image of the original document. By following the image link, you may be able to discover additional information about your ancestor’s family. For example, the images often include a town name, nationality and race of parents, and occupation. Some registers will also provide the number this child is for the mother, which will help confirm whether your ancestor had siblings.

Utah Divorces
Utah Divorces consist of more than 177,000 records from Utah district courts covering the years 1997 to 2016. Each result includes a transcript that will reveal the date the divorce was filed, the petitioner, respondent, attorney, case type and the judgment that was reached.

Surrey Monumental Inscriptions Browse
Discover your English ancestor’s monumental inscription by browsing 32 volumes of these images of a card index to Surrey’s monumental inscriptions. The monumental inscriptions have been recorded from thousands of gravestones and memorials across Surrey.

The images show a card index of monumental inscriptions found across the county. The index is organised alphabetically by surname. The collection begins with directory A-Bard and finishes with directory Wo-Z. Each card may provide a name and death date. Others may have additional details such as a birth date, the names and death dates of other people buried in the same plot, parish, residence, names of other family members (i.e. parents, spouse, children), and age at the time of death.

Cavan Registers & Records
Cavan Registers & Records currently includes only one title: Crosserlough Census Index 1821. The 1821 census of Crosserlough, County Cavan, was taken on 28 May 1821. The Four Courts fire in Dublin destroyed the original census documents but copy was made prior to this and was safely stored in the Courthouse in Cavan before being transferred to the National Archives in Dublin.

There are just under 8,000 individuals in the 1821 census. Each entry records an individual name, age, occupation and relationship to the head of household.

Kilkenny Registers & Records
Kilkenny Registers & Records are presented as PDFs (Portable Document Format). The collection currently comprises the Castlecomer Census Index 1901 compiled in 2000 by Tom Delany from the 1901 census held at the National Archives of Ireland.

The publication is a summary of the population of Castlecomer in the 1901. It begins with an introduction and then lists the names, ages, and occupations of the all the inhabitants. On image number 204 is the beginning of an index of all the names found in the publication.

Wicklow registers & records
Wicklow registers & records is a collection of unique genealogical sources including school registers, lists of corn growers, and a 19th century petition.

Dublin Registers & Records
10 new publications have been added to our collection of Dublin Registers & Records including school registers, district & street censuses, business directories & monumental inscriptions.

Dublin Registers & Records is comprised of over 3,500 PDF images. The collection also contains parish records (baptisms, marriages, and burials) from the Church of Ireland and the majority of records will reveal your ancestor’s name, address and the names of their parents.

Irish Newspapers
Over 1.7 million new articles have been added to our collection of historic Irish newspapers. New additions have been made to existing titles including The Irish Times and The Weekly Irish Times.

PERSI Monthly Image Update Browse
Over 87,777 new images have been added to the PERiodical Source Index. The new additions have been made to 15 existing titles covering Massachusetts, Connecticut, Boston, Illinois, Maryland, Louisiana, the Huguenot Society of Pennsylvania & Confederate veterans.

Student Blue Books and Handbooks for St. Mary’s School, Raleigh, NC Posted at DigitalNC

The following excerpt is from the DigitalNC blog:


DigitalNC is happy to host nearly 90 years of campus publications from our partner, Saint Mary’s School.

The Student Blue Books could be especially useful for genealogists or historians, as they document the names, activities, and some addresses of the students. The complete run of documents could also be useful for anyone studying change over time in education practices at girls schools.

Read the full article and click on the links to search and read the books.

George Eastman Collections Now Accessible Online

My father worked for Kodak, in Rochester, NY, when he was a young man. He was working there when the 1920 census was taken. And I’ve even found an item in an employee newsletter about my father having joined the Army, and being on his way to Fort Lewis for basic training. This caused me to be fascinated by this announcement made at the website. The following is from the site.


More than a quarter of a million objects from the photography, technology, and George Eastman Legacy collections are now searchable online

Rochester, N.Y., October 19, 2016 — The George Eastman Museum has launched a new platform that allows public online access to more than 250,000 objects from its world-class collections at Objects from the museum’s photography, technology, and George Eastman Legacy collections are now searchable, and more objects from the museum’s vast holdings are being added on an ongoing basis. Objects from the moving image collection will become accessible in the coming months.

“The George Eastman Museum has a long tradition of making our unparalleled collections—encompassing several million objects in the fields of photography, cinema, and photographic and cinematographic technology, as well as objects related to George Eastman—physically accessible to scholars, curators, and the public through our study centers and library, traveling exhibitions, and object loans,” said Bruce Barnes, Ron and Donna Fielding Director, George Eastman Museum. “Online access to our extensive collections will transform the public’s understanding of our holdings and facilitate new forms of collaboration with creators, curators, scholars, and collectors. Whether you are conducting research on a particular subject or simply interested in seeing what works we have by your favorite photographer, you can now do so much more easily.”

Although not everything in the George Eastman Museum’s collection is available online, more than a quarter of a million objects are currently searchable by artist, collection, classification, and date. New objects from the collection are being added to the database on a weekly basis.

The museum recently announced a grant award of $148,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, to support the cataloging and digitizing of the museum’s Gabriel Cromer collection. Donated to the museum by Eastman Kodak Company, this is one of the seminal collections of early French photography and is considered the most important collection of such materials outside of France. The Gabriel Cromer collection will be fully accessible online by 2019.

“The launch of our online collection database has been truly transformative for the George Eastman Museum, allowing the world access to explore and discover the myriad wonders of our collection, enhancing the museum’s profile, our contribution to scholarship, and our collaborative capabilities,” added Barnes.

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

FindMyPast Publishes the Second Installment of Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law Collection

The following news release is from FindMyPast. I got it on October 21, but just haven’t had the time to get it formatted and posted until today.


· Over 48,000 additional records released in association with The National Archives
· Records document the struggles of life under martial law in Ireland and record the details of both soldiers and civilians
· New courts martial records, intelligence reports, prisoner rolls, individual cases and search & raid reports released in second installment of landmark collection

Leading family history website, FindMyPast, has today announced the online publication of over 48,000 records in the second installment of their ‘Easter Rising & Ireland Under Martial Law, 1916-1921’ collection.

The once classified records, digitized from original documents held by The National Archives in Kew, record the struggles of life under martial law in Ireland. Consisting of more than 119,000 images, the new additions include a variety of different documents ranging from records of courts martial (both civilian and military) and intelligence reports, to case files and nominal rolls of prisoners.

The records shed new light on the period of martial law in Ireland which was declared by the Lord Lieutenant in 1916, including the War of Independence, when the British military assumed control of the executive, judiciary and legislative arms of the entire country.

They contain the names of the hundreds of people who were detained and interned in prisons across Ireland, England and Wales and tried by courts martial, including the names of prominent nationalists and elected officials. The internment files contain reports on individual detainees recording their charges, trial, and sentence as well as personal letters from prisoners or their relatives testifying to their innocence.

Reports pertaining to courts martial include statements about the offense and details of the court proceedings. A number also include witness testimonies and statements about the character of the individual on trial.

The collection reveals the efforts of the military and police to discover arms, ammunition, seditious material and individuals associated with groups such as Sinn Fein, Irish Citizen Army, Irish Volunteers and the Irish Republican Army through thousands of raids on pubs, hotels, nationalist clubhouses and homes. They document what each search revealed, including the names of anyone found on the site (and if they were questioned or arrested), and what items of interest were uncovered.

This latest installment also includes military intelligence reports on the actions of the rebels as well as reports of unarmed persons killed or wounded by the rebels. They contain details of how individuals were wounded as well as daily situation reports created by the British Army. A number of telegrams reporting the swift trials and executions of prominent leaders and discussions about what to do with the possessions of prisoners can also be found within the collection…

The collection was digitized from original records held by The National Archives in London and contains documents from their WO35 series, War Office: Army of Ireland: Administration and Easter Rising Records. It is available to search and browse.

Totaling more than 114 million records, FindMyPast has the largest Irish family history collection available online.

Brian Donovan, Head of Irish Records at FindMyPast, said:
“We are delighted to release another large tranche of records from this important period in Ireland’s history. They document more of the events of the War of Independence and the population’s interaction with the Army under the rigors of martial law. Included are prisoner lists, case files, more search reports, as well as two volumes of the courts martial of British soldiers. They provide a fascinating insight to these times as well as helping us understand motivations, actions and consequences.” Now Surpasses 21,600 Names

I just got the following note from my friend, Bill Lee. He and his wife, LaVonne, may hold the genealogical record for having visited and extracted data from county courthouses.


I just finished uploading the last bunch of the updates to my home-grown family history website,, to my host. The material in this website has been gathered by LaVonne and myself over the last forty years of on-site courthouse research in more than 1,000 county courthouses throughout the United States, visits to countless cemeteries and many libraries. These adventures have resulted in 37 copyrighted books dealing with abstracts of courthouse records, and most recently the above mentioned website. Also included in my sources are the results of a number of creditable family history researchers I have had the privilege of collaborating with over the years.

In recent years I have been able to add to and verify my information by using computer websites, most notably,, death records in some states and the Social Security Death Index, although the latter was available at libraries for the last several years. I have so much information from our research that I have not used any of the popular genealogy websites like or Perhaps I will use one of them if I ever exhaust all the information I have at hand from my many years of research.

The above mentioned website has 21,657 names in its drop down index plus, probably that many again, names in biographical information in text form for those in the index. Also included are more than 2,000 photos. Many of these are courtesy of family members along with those from my own immediate family. Also included are photos of cemetery memorials from some of the cemeteries we have visited.

The primary names in my extended family are Harrison, Harter, Jenkins, Nowlin, Oliver, Oswald, Powell, Shelley, Thomson and Zumwalt. In some cases eight or more generations are included, almost all just in the United States. In only a few instances are anything outside the U S mentioned, except in the case of the original immigrant.

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