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!

The Freedmen’s Bureau Project, Revealing 1.8 Million Names, is Now Complete

Thom Reed, a project manager for FamilySearch in Salt Lake City, talks about the Freedmen's Bureau Project at a news conference at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles on Friday, June 19, 2015. FamilySearch, the largest genealogy organization in the world, partnered with several African-American genealogy organizations on the project and launched discoverfreedmen.org. (LDS Church)
Thom Reed, a project manager for FamilySearch in Salt Lake City, talks about the Freedmen’s Bureau Project at a news conference at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles on Friday, June 19, 2015. FamilySearch, the largest genealogy organization in the world, partnered with several African-American genealogy organizations on the project and launched discoverfreedmen.org. (LDS Church)

The following teaser is from the June 22 2016 edition of the Deseret News.

SALT LAKE CITY — A project to index the records of 4 million freed African-American slaves is now completed, almost a year to the day after the project was launched by the LDS Church’s FamilySearch International genealogy service with an announcement June 19 of last year at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles.

The Freedmen’s Bureau Project has marshaled the efforts of 18,940 volunteers working coast to coast in the United States and Canada, uncovering the names of nearly 1.8 million of some 4 million pre-Civil War era slaves.

Nationwide chapters of the Afro-American Genealogy and Historical Society and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture — slated to open later this year — partnered with FamilySearch to undertake the project, which drew upon documents from the National Archives and Records Administration.

Read the full article.

Check out the Discover Freedmen website.

FamilySearch & ALA’s Digital Public Library Announce Partnership

The following is from FamilySearch:

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BOSTON/SALT LAKE CITY— In concert with the American Library Association national conference in Orlando, Florida, this week, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and FamilySearch International, the largest genealogy organization in the world, have signed an agreement that will expand access to FamilySearch.org’s growing free digital historical book collection to DPLA’s broad audience of users including genealogists, researchers, family historians, students, and more.

Family history/genealogy continues to be a popular and growing hobby. And FamilySearch is a leader in the use of technology to digitally preserve the world’s historic records and books of genealogical relevance for easy search and access online. With this new partnership, DPLA will incorporate metadata from FamilySearch.org’s online digital book collection that will make more than 200,000 family history books discoverable through DPLA’s search portal later this year. From DPLA, users will be able to access the free, fully viewable digital books on FamilySearch.org.

The digitized historical book collection at FamilySearch.org includes genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. The collection includes family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees. Tens of thousands of new publications are added yearly.

“We’re excited to see information about FamilySearch’s vast holdings more broadly circulated to those trained to collect, catalog, and distribute useful information. Joint initiatives like this with DPLA help us to further expand access to the rich historic records hidden in libraries and archives worldwide to more curious online patrons,” said David Rencher, FamilySearch’s Chief Genealogy Officer.

Dan Cohen, Executive Director of DPLA, sees the addition of FamilySearch’s digital book collection as part of DPLA’s ongoing mission to be an essential site for family history researchers: “At DPLA, we aspire to collect and share cultural heritage materials that represent individuals, families, and communities from all walks of life across the country, past and present. The FamilySearch collection and our continued engagement with genealogists and family researchers is critical to help bring the stories represented in these treasured resources to life in powerful and exciting ways.”

FamilySearch is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and preservation of personal and family histories and stories, introducing individuals to their ancestors through the widespread access to records, and collaborating with others who share this vision. Within DPLA, FamilySearch’s book collection will be discoverable alongside over 13 million cultural heritage materials contributed by DPLA’s growing network of over 2,000 libraries, archives, and museums across the country, opening up all new possibilities for discovery for users and researchers worldwide.

Find more about FamilySearch or search its resources online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about Digital Public Library of America at https://dp.la.

About FamilySearch
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.

About the Digital Public Library of America
The Digital Public Library of America strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. Since launching in April 2013, it has aggregated more than 13 million items from 2,000 institutions. The DPLA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Early Rhode Island Court Records now available online

The following teaser is from My Backyard News.

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(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) – The Rhode Island Historical Society has launched the digital archive “Colonial Justice: Preserving and Digitizing Early Rhode Island Court Records.” These specific collections were selected by RIHS curators for digitization based on their rarity, as well as their unique documentation of the colonial justice system in Rhode Island.

From a single online location, users can now access selected 1729-1812 records from the courts of Providence County, Kent County, and what was known as Kings County (now Washington County). The online archive is free and open to the public.

Read the full article, with links.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Automobile Registrations for Florida 1905-1917 Digitized & Indexed Online

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Every now and then items get posted online that genealogists may not have considered before. In all my years of searching for documentary evidence of my ancestors, I’ve never searched for auto registrations. That just changed!

The following excerpt is from the page for Early Auto Registrations, 1905-1917, located at the Florida Memory website. As most of you know, the site is published by the State Library & Archives of Florida.

This collection contains Florida’s first automobile registrations, which were recorded by the Florida Department of State between 1905 and 1917. Each registration, which was handwritten in a ledger, indicates the name and post office address of the registrant plus the manufacturer, style, horsepower and factory number of the vehicle. Each entry was dated and assigned a unique registration number, which was sent to the registrant on a certificate.

Local historians can use these records to identify the earliest automobile owners in a given Florida community. Genealogists will find them useful for determining whether and where their ancestors may have registered automobiles in Florida during the 1905-1917 period.

Searches can be made by name, county, and automobile type. A screen like that below will come up showing the hits. Click on any name and get a digital image. Click on the image and zoom to read the original document.

Click here to search.

I did a search for anyone by the surname of Canfield and came up with four of them.
Four hits for 3 individuals were found. They were for:

Heth Canfield, of St Augustine. He drove an 18 horsepower Schact dely car (most likely delivery car), registered Oct. 1, 1913

C.G. Canfield, of Ft. Lauderdale. He drove a 30 horsepower Velie touring car, registered April 30, 1914

W.C. Canfield, of St. Petersburg. He drove a 25 horsepower Ford touring car, registered February 25, 1915.

W.C. Canfield, of St. Petersburg. He later drove a 37 horsepower Hudson touring ca, registered November 13, 1916.

See the following illustration.

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Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Do you know of any similar databases for old auto registrations? If so, please add a comment about it. I could find none using a Google search. Thanks…

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update for February 16 & 22, 2016

The following is from FamilySearch:
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You will find new marriage records from Kansas and Maryland this week along with England Devon Bishop’s Transcripts 1558-1887, England Lancashire Oldham Cemetery Registers 1797-2004, and United States World War II Prisoners of War 1941-1945. I’ve also included updates from February 16 on the following list. Check out all of the marriage records from a variety of states, including New York, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio. Other highlights include New York New York Index to Alien Crewmen Who Were Discharged or Who Deserted 1917-1957, California San Francisco Airplane Arrival Card Index 1936-1949, Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1734-1920, and New Zealand Auckland Waikumete Cemetery Records 1886-1943. Find these and more by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

California San Francisco Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving 1954- 1957 – 375,314 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
England Devon Bishop’s Transcripts 1558-1887 – 256,201 – 93,511 – New indexed records and images collection
England Lancashire Oldham Cemetery Registers 1797-2004 – 481,340 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Indiana Gary and East Chicago Crew Lists 1945-1956 – 17,094 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Kansas County Marriages 1855-1911 – 148,676 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Maryland Marriages 1666-1970 – 96,638 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts Delayed and Corrected Vital Records 1753-1900 – 31,701 – 11,788 – New indexed records and images collection
United States World War II Prisoners of War 1941-1945 – 143,374 – 0 – New indexed records collection

BillionGraves Index – 227,783 – 227,783 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Canada British Columbia Marriage Registrations 1859-1932; 1937-1938 – 6,123 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
California San Francisco Airplane Arrival Card Index 1936-1949 – 22,858 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
England and Wales Census 1861 – 2,504,271 – 111,092 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
England Durham Diocese Marriage Bonds & Allegations 1692-1900 – 35,079 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Florida and South Carolina Airplane Arrival Manifests 1944-1945 – 0 – 127 – New browsable image collection.
Florida Knights Keys Passenger Lists 1908-1912 – 5,399 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Honduras Civil Registration 1841-1968 – 0 – 609 – Added images to an existing collection
Idaho Birth Index 1861-1911 – 60,430 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Idaho Death Certificates 1938-1961 – 118,152 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Illinois Cook County Deaths 1878-1994 – 3,732,138 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Indiana Marriages 1811-2007 – 276,945 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Bergamo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1901 – 6,965 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Caltanissetta Civil Registration (State Archive) 1820-1935 – 78,629 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Grosseto Civil Registration (State Archive) 1851-1907 – 113,690 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Modena Civil Registration (State Archive) 1806-1942 – 67,474 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Prato Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1923 – 7,183 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Reggio Calabria Civil Registration (State Archive) 1784-1943 – 0 – 2,143,899 – Added images to an existing collection
Italy Viterbo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1870-1943 – 90,051 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Kansas County Marriages 1855-1911 – 311,857 – 2,333 – Added images to an existing collection
Kansas Marriages 1811-1911 – 185,068 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Liberia Marriage Records 1941-1974 – 24,625 – 24,406 – New browsable image collection.
Louisiana Parish Marriages 1837-1957 – 46,810 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Maine Crew List Arriving at Eastport 1949-1958 – 7,239 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Maryland County Marriages 1658-1940 – 53,762 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Minnesota County Marriages 1860-1949 – 570,213 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Mississippi Tippah County Marriages 1858-1979 – 19,583 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Missouri County Marriage Naturalization and Court Records 1800-1991 – 57,837 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York County Marriages 1847-1848; 1908-1936 – 252,052 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York New York Index to Alien Crewmen Who Were Discharged or Who Deserted 1917-1957 – 1,270,298 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island) 1891-1924 – 0 – 3,243,611 – New browsable image collection.
New York Passenger Lists 1820-1891 – 30,480 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New Zealand Auckland Waikumete Cemetery Records 1886-1943 – 0 – 971 – New browsable image collection.
North Carolina County Marriages 1762-1979 – 1,796 – 1,796 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
North Dakota Manifests of Immigrant Arrivals 1910-1952 – 11,631 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ohio County Marriages 1789-2013 – 92,719 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ohio Washington County Court Records 1810-1930 – 0 – 6,421 – Added images to an existing collection
Oklahoma County Marriages 1890-1995 – 126,532 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ontario Births 1869-1910 – 125,109 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Pennsylvania Crew Lists arriving at Erie 1952-1957 – 44,119 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Áncash Civil Registration 1888-2005 – 0 – 3,146 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Cajamarca Civil Registration 1938-1996 – 0 – 3,175 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Civil Registration (National) 1945-1984 – 180,213 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Poland Radom Roman Catholic Church Books 1587-1966 – 1,884 – 62 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Portugal Portalegre Catholic Church Records 1859-1911 – 4,441 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
South Africa Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive) 1838- 1991 – 48,422 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Spain Province of Cádiz Municipal Records 1784-1956 – 0 – 57 – Added images to an existing collection
Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1734-1920 – 0 – 189,353 – Added images to an existing collection
Utah County Marriages 1887-1937 – 337,714 – 124,465 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Venezuela Archdiocese of Mérida Catholic Church Records 1654-2013 – 0 – 405,819 – Added images to an existing collection

Twelve Thousand Dutchess County, New York Documents Now online at the Dutchess County Website

The following teaser is from an article posted in the January 18, 2016 edition of dailyfreemen.com

POUGHKEEPSIE New York – The “Ancient Documents Portal” is now open and accessible through the Dutchess County website.

Through the portal, at www.dutchessny.gov/countyclerk, 12,000 pages of documents from the county’s earliest court records are now catalogued, digitized and accessible for viewing.

The project is a joint effort of the Dutchess County clerk and historian. It was funded by the New York State Archives through the Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund.

Read the full article.

I did a search for Ebenezer Titus, and found a number of documents I hadn’t seen before. I clicked on the links and could view digital images of the original documents.

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Findmypast Announces Free Weekend 22-25 January 2016

Findmypast Announces Free Weekend 22-25 January 2016

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· Findmypast announces free access to historical records this weekend
· Billions of records available to everyone to search for free
· Local subscribers granted World access, and World subscribers enjoy 3 days added to their subscription

London, UK, 20th January 2016 Findmypast has announced that this weekend, they will be opening up their archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. From 7am on Friday, January 22nd to 7am on Monday, January 25th (EST), absolutely everyone will have access to Findmypast’s comprehensive collections of historical records and innovative research tools, including:

· Millions of records you won’t find anywhere else, including fascinating WW2 Prisoner of War records, millions of England & Wales Crime records and the incredible British in India collection
· The largest online collection of England & Wales Electoral registers, containing over 220 million names
· Birth, marriage and death records dating back to the 18th century
· The largest online collection of UK parish records, dating back to 1538
· Historical newspapers from across the world, including nearly 13 million British newspaper dating all the way back to 1710
· The most comprehensive collection of UK military records anywhere online
· The largest collection of Irish family history records available online
· Passenger lists for ships sailing to and from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA
· An easy to use online family tree builder, which allows you to import and export your tree if you’ve built it elsewhere
· Our Family Tree hints feature, which will suggest potential matches between the ancestors in your tree and records from our archives

Family historians will also have free access to the millions of other records available to search on Findmypast. Access to the 1939 Register has not been included and pay as you go credits will be required in order to unlock household records.

Extended access for existing users
It’s not only new users who’ll enjoy special family history research opportunities this weekend. Those with current Findmypast Local subscriptions (with an active Britain, Ireland, US & Canada or Australia & New Zealand subscription) will be able to access Findmypast’s historical World records during the free access weekend, and those with active World subscriptions will have an additional three days added to their subscription.

Find out more at Findmypast’s dedicated Free Weekend page.

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of January 11, 2016

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A few domestic and international updates this week. For the United States you’ll see some new content for United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014, North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files 1800-1909, Utah Death Certificates 1904-1964, and the Rhode Island District Court Naturalization Indexes 1906-1991. Find these and additional updates below for Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Italy, and Sweden.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Australia Tasmania Miscellaneous Records 1829-2001 – 0 – 68,774 – Added images to an existing collection
Belgium Hainaut Civil Registration 1600-1913 – 32,642 – 208 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Bolivia Catholic Church Records 1566-1996 – 35,765 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Napoli Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 – 146,760 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Sweden Örebro Church Records 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 – 42,405 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States Databases
United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014 – 0 – 27,075 – Added images to an existing collection
North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files 1800-1909 – 876,769 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Rhode Island District Court Naturalization Indexes 1906-1991 – 136,534 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Utah Death Certificates 1904-1964 – 0 – 25,217 – Added images to an existing collection

Help Us Publish More Free Records Online
Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

About FamilySearch International
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.

Crime & Punishment: Historic Notices of Wanted British Criminals Go Online

The following news release is from Matthew Deighton, with Ancestry.com:

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CRIME AND PUNISHMENT: HISTORIC NOTICES OF WANTED CRIMINALS GO ONLINE
More than 90 years of Police Gazette records published online by Ancestry

♣ Police Gazettes reveal fascinating information on suspected wanted criminals, crimes committed and missing persons
♣ A suspect in the Whitechapel Murders and infamous Sheffield murderer Charles Peace appear in the records
♣ Entries reveal child murders committed by desperate single mothers who were ostracised from society

More than 100,000 records and images from Police Gazettes, revealing details of wanted suspected criminals, offenders in custody and missing persons have been published online by Ancestry, the world’s largest family history resource.

The UK, Police Gazettes, 1812-1902, 1921-1927 collection, sourced from Luminary Trading Limited and Lastchancetoread, contains copies of the “Police Gazette”, or “Hue and Cry”. The publication was used for communication between members of the police force across the United Kingdom – much like the National Crime Agency’s most wanted list today.

Searchable by name, age, type, date and location of crime, these records contain vital information and fascinating detail for anybody looking to find out more about either an historic offender or indeed a victim of crime in their family tree. The records can even give a glimpse at the faces of wanted suspected criminals through police sketches issued alongside requests from information.

Several interesting characters feature in the records, including:

♣ Charles Peace – Maimed in an industrial incident as a child, murderer Peace appears in the records in 1876 in an appeal for information about his location on several occasions. He’s described as ‘thin and slightly built’, with ‘grey (nearly white) hair, beard and long whiskers’. The record goes on to give details of his trade – a picture-frame maker, with a history of burglary. He murdered a policeman and a neighbour, but managed to stay on the run until he was arrested for burglary in London, and eventually faced the death penalty

♣ Michael Ostrog – Ostrog, one of the suspects in the Whitechapel Murders that made Jack the Ripper famous, was charged with larceny, but failed to report after he was released from Surrey County Lunatic Asylum in 1888. The record lists several of his aliases: Bertrand Ashley, Claude Clayton and Dr. Grant, and describes him as ‘’a dangerous man’, who had moles on his shoulder and neck, as well as ‘corporal punishment marks’. An accompanying sketch of a bearded Ostrog is an example the police tried to identify criminals on the run.

Ostrog was not the only man in the Police Gazettes to use aliases, with one in ten (9%) of all entries featuring a pseudonym, perhaps unsurprising given that most criminals attempt to shield their identity from the authorities.

The records also include a number of reports featuring murdered new-born babies, which illustrates the issues attached to illegitimate children in the 19th Century. The Bastardy Clause in the New Poor Law of 1834 made all illegitimate children solely the responsibility of their mother until the age of 16, which left mothers, often estranged from their families, with limited choices. In desperation, many mothers resorted to infanticide to protect themselves. Many of the mothers were never identified, with the police often seeking more information on the crime. Some examples from the records include:

♣ ‘Ann Yates’ – Murdered her daughter and threw the body into a well in Midsomer Norton, Somerset, in 1875 after being forced to live in the Shepton-Mallet Union Workhouse when she was unable to provide for her illegitimate offspring. The police believed the ‘good-looking’ 24-year old had fled to Cardiff to start a new life

♣ ‘Two women’ – In 1894, the body of a newly-born male child was found in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Hoghton, tied up in a white coarse apron. The police sought two women who were observed on the canal bank in Blackburn when a splash was heard, ‘caused by one of the women throwing something into the water’. The younger woman, who ‘appeared to be ill’, was leaning on the arm of an older woman who was ‘tall and stout’

Ancestry’s Senior Content Manager Miriam Silverman comments: “This collection provides rare insight into crime and punishment in the 19th Century as well as helping us to better understand how the British police force worked shortly after it was introduced.”

“Whether you’re locating the black sheep in your family tree, discovering more about an ancestor who was the victim of crime or even unearthing some infamous criminals, these records can help reveal the details.”

To search the UK, Police Gazettes, 1812-1902, 1921-1927 collection for free, and more than 16 billion other historical records worldwide, visit www.ancestry.co.uk.

ABOUT ANCESTRY

Ancestry is the world’s largest online family history resource with more than 2 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 16 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 70 million family trees to the core Ancestry websites, including its flagship site www.ancestry.com and its affiliated international websites.

Ancestry.co.uk contains more than one billion records in collections including the most comprehensive online set of England, Wales and Scotland Censuses from 1841 to 1911, the fully searchable England and Wales Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes, the World War One British Army Service and Pension records, UK Parish Records and the British Phone Books.

Ancestry operates a suite of online family history brands, including Archives.com, Fold3.com, Newspapers.com, and offers the AncestryDNA product, sold by its subsidiary, Ancestry International DNA, LLC, all of which are designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update for January 4, 2016

The following is from FamilySearch:

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This week showcases sizable additions to collections for Italy L’Aquila Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 1911-1943, and Italy Udine Civil Registration (State Archive) 1806-1815 1871-1911, Colombia Catholic Church Records 1576-2014 and, South Africa Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive) 1838- 1991. Find these and more by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Austria Upper Austria Catholic Church Records 1581-1919 – 39,213 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Colombia Catholic Church Records 1576-2014 – 1,355,484 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Germany Baden Church Book Duplicates 1800-1870 – 27,020 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Italy L’Aquila Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 1911-1943 – 63,630 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Italy Udine Civil Registration (State Archive) 1806-1815 1871-1911 – 252,037 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

South Africa Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive) 1838- 1991 – 0 – 140,942 – New browsable image collection.

BillionGraves Index – 283,072 – 283,072 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

United States Databases
Alaska Vital Records 1816-1959 – 57,479 – 77,968 – New indexed records and images collection.

New Hampshire Death Records 1654-1947 – 0 – 1,460 – Added images to an existing collection.

New FamilySearch Database Collections as of December 6, 2015

The following is from FamilySearch:

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There were 18 new, free historic record collections added or updated this week at FamilySearch.org. Some highlights include the Australia New South Wales Census 1891, Connecticut District Court Naturalization Indexes 1851-1992, United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014 with nearly 15 million new records, Massachusetts Revolutionary War Index Cards to Muster Rolls 1775-1783, North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1979, Brazil Rio de Janeiro Immigration Cards 1900-1965, Germany Hesse Frankfurt Civil Registration Deaths Indexes 1928-1978,and Italy Taranto Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1926. Explore these and many others by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Australia New South Wales Census 1891 – 326,076 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Australia Tasmania Miscellaneous Records 1829-1961 – 88,059 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Brazil Rio de Janeiro Immigration Cards 1900-1965 – 2,213,292 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Colombia Catholic Church Records 1576-2014 – 0 – 403,033 – Added images to an existing collection
Germany Hesse Frankfurt Civil Registration Deaths Indexes 1928-1978 – 567,031 – 16,700 – New indexed records and images collection
Italy Taranto Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1926 – 220,095 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Manitoba Probate Records 1871-1930 – 51,868 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Switzerland Bern Civil Registration 1792-1876 – 16,590 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES
Connecticut District Court Naturalization Indexes 1851-1992 – 261,034 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Hawaii Index to Filipino Passengers Arriving at Honolulu 1900-1952 – 137,926 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts Revolutionary War Index Cards to Muster Rolls 1775-1783 – 0 – 641,406 – New browsable image collection.
North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1979 – 25,757 – 580,366 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Ohio Passenger and Crew Lists arriving at Ashtabula and Conneaut 1952-1974 – 85,006 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ohio Trumbull County Records 1795-2010 – 0 – 133,347 – Added images to an existing collection
Wisconsin Crew Lists of Ship Arrivals 1925-1956 – 4,352 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Wisconsin Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Manitowoc 1925-1956 – 4,231 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Wisconsin Milwaukee Passenger and Crew Lists 1922-1963 – 66,627 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014 – 0 – 14,934,757 – Added images to an existing collection

Help Us Publish More Free Records Online
Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

About FamilySearch International
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.

Immigrants to Canada, Porters and Domestics, 1899-1949

The following is from Library and Archives Canada website:

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During the 19th and early 20th centuries, Canada actively recruited three classes of immigrants: farmers, agricultural workers and domestic servants, including porters.

The demand for urban and rural household help could not be met internally. In response, the government of the day developed an immigration policy intended to draw suitable British single women, ages 17 to 35. This policy would have a major impact on the number of women entering the country as domestics. Before the First World War, 75 percent were from the British Isles. In 1904, 2,523 women entered Canada as domestics. This figure rose to 4,467 in 1906 and continued to rise until the beginning of the Depression (1929).

Library and Archives Canada holds many series of records regarding domestics sent to Canada. They are described in the guide Records on the Immigration of Domestics.

Library and Archives Canada has launched a new online database. “This online database allows you to access more than 8,600 references to individuals who came to Canada as porters or domestics between 1899 and 1949. Names were taken from lists contained in the Central Registry Files series of the Immigration Branch (RG76 BIA) and other files held at LAC.”

Learn more about the database by clicking here.

Search the database by clicking here.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update for November 9, 2015

The following is from FamilySearch:

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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
Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

About FamilySearch International
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 4,883 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

New FamilySearch Database Collections Posted For October 26, 2015

The following is from FamilySearch:

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Take a virtual trip around the world by diving into FamilySearch’s 2044 free online historic record collections. Some of this week’s additions include Brazil São Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980, Czech Republic Land Records 1450-1889, Montana County Births and Deaths 1840-2004, and Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1840-1896.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Argentina National Census 1869 – 0 – 1,851 – Added images to an existing collection
Brazil São Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980 – 107,018 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Czech Republic Land Records 1450-1889 – 0 – 236,483 – Added images to an existing collection
Dominican Republic Civil Registration 1801-2010 – 36,372 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
El Salvador Civil Registration 1704-1977 – 78,348 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Montana County Births and Deaths 1840-2004 – 448,484 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1840-1896 – 0 – 147,248 – Added images to an existing collection
United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors 1775-1783 – 0 – 17,891 – New browsable image collection.

Help Us Publish More Free Records Online
Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

About FamilySearch International
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.