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Archive for June, 2010

Free French-Canadian Records from Ancestry.ca

Beginning today Ancestry.ca will be making it’s French-Canadian Records collection free for three days in honour of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day. The Drouin Collection is also available on Ancestry.com but it will not be available free there so if you don’t have a subscription to either, then you must register for a free Canadian subscription in order to access the records.

With over 37 million records to view from including birth, marriage and death records from Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, it is defintiely worth checking out.

For the full Ancestry announcement, visit Dick Eastman’s Blog

Birds of Passage

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries millions of Eastern and Southern immigrants left their countries for America with the intent of making enough money to return home one day in a better financial position. They worked long hours during the peak seasons and returned home to their families during the winter months. These immigrants were commonly referred to as Birds of Passage. It is not uncommon that some of the children born to these men were conceived during a visit home which is a great hint for looking for additional manifests for your ancestor.
Southern Italians were often discriminated against. Many changed their names to sound more “American” and often lived in very poor and unhealthy environments in the larger cities in New York. Often groups of immigrants from the same towns migrated to the same areas.
My great grandfather and many of his paesani all settled in Colorado to work in the mines there. Once the mining industry died down, some returned home, others moved to places such as Utah and Idaho and some, like my great grandfather chose to remain.

About 75% of all Italian immigrants eventually returned to their homes permanently once they had earned enough money to live a more comfortable life. It is also not uncommon to see the descendants of those same immigrants leaving their homes for the US many, many years later.

Find My Past Special Offer – Part #2

Find My Past Logo This just in from our friends at Find My Past:

Our World Cup widows offer for the second England match is now much more flexible, particularly for those of you based outside of the UK.

  • It’s simple – sign in after 9am on Friday, and choose when to use your 90 minutes

You are now able to use the records at findmypast.co.uk at a time that suits you. We’ve been working hard to improve the speed of the site after the overwhelming popularity of our first offer so that even more customers will be able to benefit from it.

The free 90 minutes are available as a single continuous period and will begin the moment you sign into findmypast.co.uk between the times above.

Please note: If you have asked findmypast.co.uk to remember your details and are normally signed in automatically, your 90 minutes of free access will begin from the moment you visit findmypast.co.uk during the free period.

If you need a helping hand with your research, take a look at our video tutorials or our Getting Started page which provide clear advice on how to use our records.

We’d love to hear about any discoveries you make while our records are free to view – post anything you’d like to share with us and our readers on our Facebook page.

Pass this on to friends, family or anyone else you think might want to make the most of our free family history records. Also see Special Offer from Find My Past written 11 Jun 2010.

Special Offer from Find My Past

Find My Past LogoNot everyone watches Soccer so for all those genealogy non – soccer fans, findmypast.co.uk is offering a special deal.

From our friends at findmypast.co.uk:
The World Cup is now upon us and we thought it would only be fair to provide some entertainment for all you non-football fans out there:

Whenever England play a match, you’ll be able to access all our records for free!*

What you need to know about this fantastic offer:

  • When England play, you don’t pay: 30 minutes before each England game kicks off, all the records on findmypast.co.uk will be free to view for 3 hours
  • Normally you would need a subscription or PayAsYouGo credits to view our records – some of which normally cost 30 credits each – so to be able to see them for free is a rare opportunity
  • Keep an eye on our blog for a competition to enter during each England match. You’ll need to answer all the questions correctly for a chance to win, so make sure you don’t miss any. The prize is a goodie bag containing a digital camera, vouchers for a year’s Full subscription plus much more

It’s simple – just register and start viewing.  All you need to do to make use of this unique offer is register on findmypast.co.uk as you’ll need to sign in to view the records.

Visit our World Cup page for more information.

If you need a helping hand with your research, take a look at our video tutorials or our Getting Started page which provide clear advice on how to use our records.

We’d love to hear about any discoveries you make while our records are free to view – post anything you’d like to share with us and our readers on our Facebook page.

Pass this email on to friends, family or anyone else you think might want to make the most of our free family history records.

Happy researching!

The findmypast.co.uk team*All records available using our Full subscription (including the 1911 Census) will be free: Living Relatives searches and Memorial scrolls are not included.

Free Online Class: Family Tree Maker 2010–Advanced Topics

Ancestry.com provides a free online class : Family Tree Maker 2010 -Advanced Topics on 16 Jun 2010 at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard time.

Ancestry will show you how to get the most out of your Family Tree Maker product and will feature such topics as:

  • Publishing charts and reports
  • Working with Web Search
  • Merging
  • Exporting different branches of your tree
  • Using keyboard shortcuts
  • Attaching and detaching people
  • Choosing relationship types (for spouses and children)
  • Resolving unrecognized place names

They will also have experts on hand to answer any questions you may have which you may submit prior to the class by visiting Family Tree Maker blog.  Advance registration details can be found here.

Free Civil War Documents on Footnote.com – Limited Time

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Footnote has worked with the US  National Archives to put millions of Civil War records online and now, for the month of June you can view the collection free of charge.

Included in the collection are thousands of  photos, maps, service records, and pension files,  as well as some personal accounts and writings making it the largest collection of it’s kind.

When you log on you will go straight to the Civil War Website Pages and upon browsing the links you can view a copy of Abraham Lincoln and family on the 1860 Census.

While I’m not sure this will help me with my Italian family research it is still worth looking through and may aid you in yours so take advantage of the free offer and look through the site.  You never know what you may find!

Italian Allegati

When I first decided to extract microfilm records from the LDS, I made the mistake of ordering birth records.  What I should have ordered instead were the Allegati.

Allegati are basically records that were required to be presented by a couple who intended to get married.  They would include both the future bride and groom’s birth act or baptismal records, any previous marriage records  and a copy of the death act of the first spouse, if applicable, and any death records of the bride and grooms parents (this of course would not apply if the parents were still living).  Once all the correct documentation was received and the banns posted three times, the couple was free to marry.

So consider ordering these if available from your local Family History Center first and you may just find several other records included!

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