2 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
2 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates – Well I don’t know about where you are, but here, yesterday, was officially the first day of Spring, outside as I type this it is snowing with a bitterly cold wind, how did our ancestors manage with such cold weather? We are so lucky to be living in the present time with heating, warm clothes and of course the internet and so much super genealogy information ready and waiting at our fingertips.
Firstly I want to tell you about an opportunity that might interest some of you. Big Mountain Productions is making a new genealogy tv programme and are offering free audience tickets. The filming is at Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire from 28 February to 4 March. Click this link to book tickets.
Next I want to remind you that RootsTech is on at the moment and some of the lectures are being live streamed and all of the lecture notes are available online. Click Here to access my blog post with all the details. It’s the next best thing to being there!
So let’s look at what new goodies have come our way this week.
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Ancestry – 2 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
Here is a great Ancestry DNA offer for my UK based readers – to celebrate Mother’s Day Ancestry is offering their DNA kits for £63. The offer is open from 25 February through to 11 March 2018. So jump in and buy Mum a DNA kit or maybe just buy one for yourself!! Click Here to access this deal at the special price.
If you wonder if DNA will be helpful to your genealogy then read about my DNA journey (links below). I was a bit skeptical, but am now very happy with the great contacts I have made with people I didn’t even know existed before!
Now onto new genealogy record releases from Ancestry.
London, England, Workhouse Admission and Discharge Records, 1764-1930
You are lucky to be getting this blog post as I couldn’t resist looking for my Southwell’s in this updated dataset and several of them are there !! I have resisted spending the rest of the day looking at the records, but I know what I shall be doing this weekend !! If you have London ancestors do have another look at this database.
London, England, Poor Law and Board of Guardian Records, 1738-1930
Another update of an existing database. I think the indexing of these London databases are part of the Ancestry World Archives Project – many thanks to all the volunteers.
London, England, Poor Law School District Registers, 1852-1918
The last of the trio of updates of London databases for this week. Remember that updates means a very large number of new records have been added, it isn’t corrections submitted by subscribers, but material.
Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current & UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current
Find A Grave is owned by Ancestry so you get access to the site included in your Ancestry subscription. You can access Find A Grave without a subscription – Click here.
FindMyPast – 2 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
Twile Joins the Findmypast Family
The big news from FindMyPast is that they have acquired the family memories company Twile. I hadn’t heard of Twile, but it sounds a very exciting concept. Twile enables you to create interactive timelines of your family memories and set them against the context of world history, providing new and engaging ways of telling your family’s story via beautiful infographics and other visualisations. The firm has won two RootsTech innovation awards for their work so it must be good ! Twile’s storytelling features will soon be available on Findmypast, enabling you to automatically display your family history research in a media-rich timeline. I look forward to having access to this new genealogy concept. Click Here to access the Twile website and see examples of their work.
Rather disappointingly there are no new UK records this week, all new releases are USA based records. Having said that I have plenty of American ancestors names to run through these databases and I hope you have too.
New York Roman Catholic Parish Records
Sacramental baptism and marriage registers, indexes only, from the Archdiocese of New York. The index covers the boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, New York City, plus the Counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester. If you have any Irish ancestors this is a good index to search.
Chicago Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms, Marriages and Burials
Transcript and images of the original baptism register for the Archdiocese of Chicago, Illinois. Date range is 1850 – 1925. The archdiocese serves the Catholic population of Cook and Lake Counties in north eastern Illinois and consists of 6 vicariates and 31 deaneries.
Chicago Roman Catholic Cemetery Records, 1864-1989
If you found a burial in the records above then also search this dataset. 1.9 million burial index cards, burial registers, daily burial logs, and registers of cemetery lot owners – lots of information here.
Baltimore Roman Catholic Parish Registers Browse
This is browse only until the indexes are created. 54,000 + baptisms, marriages, burials, communions, and confirmation registers from the Archdiocese of Baltimore. All original images. Date period is 1782 – 1918.
FindMyPast is become the main holder both in the UK and USA for Roman Catholic records, so if you have R.C. ancestors then this is the one subscription you absolutely need.
British Newspaper Archives – 2 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
Here are the latest updates and additions
- Woman’s Signal
- Common Cause
- Church League for Women’s Suffrage
- Free Church Suffrage Times
- Newcastle Evening Chronicle
- North Star and Farmers’ Chronicle
- Conservative and Unionist Women’s Franchise Review
- Women’s Franchise
- Women’s Suffrage Record
- Lincolnshire Chronicle
- Aberdeen Press and Journal
- Daily Mirror
Did You Know That You Can Try Before You Buy With The British Newspaper Archives ? Click Here For Free Access Are you aware that if you subscribe to FindMyPast’s Pro Subscription then you also get access to the contents of the British Newspaper Archives website ? FindMyPast owns the British Newspaper Archives website so they simply point their Pro Subscribers searches to the newspaper databases. A yearly subscription to the British Newspaper Archives is £80 and a year’s subscription to FindMyPast Pro is £156. So you can see that if you want access to the newspaper archive and also genealogy databases then buying a FindMyPast Pro subscription is the way to go.
FamilySearch – 2 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
No new records from FamilySearch, but they have released the March programme for their free family history classes and webinars. You can attend in person or online and for those who can’t attend online at the time can catch up later. As regular readers know I am a great fan of online classes and webinars.
Click here to access the schedule. Online attendees need to click the link next to the class title at the scheduled date and time to attend the class online.
FamilySearch is one of the principle organisers of RootsTech and they have issued these numbers which are pretty amazing. Do catch up on some of the action over the weekend.
2 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates – Summary
Poor Law London and Roman Catholic America are the two big winners this week. If you have ancestors who entered the USA via Ellis Island or Castle Garden and who might have been Roman Catholic I would have a quick search of the New York records as they may have attended the churches feature in those databases before they traveled onto their final destinations.
Personally I hope to watch some of RootsTech online this weekend and of course have a search through the updated London databases. Whatever your plans are for this weekend – have a super time and hopefully you can fit in some ancestor hunting in there somewhere!
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