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New Jersey Adoptees Inching Closer To Getting Their Real Birth Records

According to an AP article posted at the website, adoptees in New Jersey are now closer to receiving access to their original birth records. The state Assembly on Thursday, May 22, voted to approve a conditional veto settlement that was worked out by Gov. Chris Christie and legislature that opens the birth records for […]

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FamilySearch Adds Over 3.1 Million Images to Collections from Brazil, Canada, France, Indonesia, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, & the USA

The following is from FamilySearch: FamilySearch has added more than 3.1 million images to collections from Brazil, Canada, France, Indonesia, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 268,969 indexed records and images from the new Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980, collection; the 350,087 images from the Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, […]

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New Jersey Adoptees May Get to See Their Original Birth Records Under a Compromise Made by Governor Christie and the State Legislature

Republican Governor Chris Christie and the Democratic New Jersey legislature have come up with a compromise to allow folks adopted in New Jersey to access their original birth records. Birth parents of children adopted before Aug. 1, 2015 will now have the ability to decide if they want their names disclosed to their children. Children […]

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Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bills Would Open Adoption Records

The following excerpt is from an interesting article by Suzette Parmley, posted at the February 23, 2014 edition of Not knowing the identity of her real mother was always a painful, unresolved issue, but when Susan Perry was diagnosed with melanoma, finding out became a medical necessity. Perry, 63, of Cherry Hill, began looking […]

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New Jersey Assembly Panel Approves Bill Opening Birth Records for Adoptees

The following excerpt is from an article by Susan K. Livio, posted at the February 11, 2014 edition of As an adopted person who also gave up her own child to another, Mari Steed of Levittown, Pa., said there isn’t much of the adoption experience she hasn’t lived. So when Steed — co-founder of […]

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Grave of Revolutionary War Vet Found in Ringwood New Jersey, Solving Family Puzzle

From the October 29, 2013, – News Seven years ago, Russell Dutcher III embarked on a quest to find a family ancestor, a veteran of the American Revolution whose life story was nearly lost to the ages He pored over centuries-old census records and tax lists and scoured ancestry websites and cemeteries, driven by […]

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New Jersey Senate Passes Adoptee’s Rights Bill

It’s been a few days since the New Jersey Senate passed this biil, but I missed it – so I’m posting this blog now. Better late than never… The following excerpt is from the June 21, 2013 edition of TRENTON – The state Senate approve a bill sponsored by Senator Joseph F. Vitale and […]

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New Jersy Bill Gives Adoptees Access to Their Medical History & Birth Records

The following teaser is from an article in the June 13, 2013 edition of TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Chairman Joseph F. Vitale which would give adoptees in New Jersey access to their medical history and birth records was approved today by the Senate Health Committee. […]

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The following information is from Julie Hill at With the holidays behind us, it’s time to dig into finding more ancestors and is here to help. We recently added more than 58 million United States vital records. These 27 new collections contain birth, death, or marriage information from 21 states. To learn more […]

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The Burlington Court Book of West New Jersey 1680-1709

“In 1676, shortly after the English seized the territory from the Dutch, New Jersey was divided into the colonies of East and West Jersey. Under the Duke of York–the original proprietor–East Jersey was settled predominantly by small landowners and entrepreneurs, while West Jersey was settled by Quakers, and was in fact the first Quaker colony […]

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FamilySearch Adds New Collections from Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, & the United States

FamilySearch added an additional 6.4 million new, free indexed records and images this week to its collection. Notable additions include the 1,034,803 records for the Netherlands, Zeeland Province, Church Records from 1527-1907, the 1,436,121 added from Italy Civil Registrations from 1824-1941, and the 1,069,308 added to the new Saskatchewan, Canada, collections from 1846-1957. Other new […]

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New Records Added at FamilySearch for Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, & the U.S.A.

FamilySearch added an additional 16.3 million new, free indexed records and images this week to its collection. Notable additions include the 1,984,100 records for the United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards from 1917-1918, the 2,056,187 added to U.S., California, Probate Estate Files from 1833-1991, and the 1,610,053 added to the new British Columbia, […]

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American Population Before the Federal Census of 1790

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

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

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

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

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

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