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Posts Tagged ‘Ancestry’

New York City Vital Records Updated on Ancestry

Ancestry.com and the New York City Department of Records/Municipal Archives have entered into a partnership recently which means Ancestry will be updating their databases for the city to include millions of vital records spanning 1866 to 1948. These records will be free to search.

In addition, Ancestry will also be updating to it’s New York Census Collection the 1855, 1875 and 1905 Census records. These records will all be available by the end of next week.

More information about this can be found on the Long Island Newsday site.

Free Access to 1930 Census Feb 17-21

1930 Census

Search for your 1930 relatives FREE this weekend on ancestry.com.au.

Remembering Pearl Harbor: FREE ACCESS to WWII military records

Ancestry will be allowing free access to it’s WW2 records until Dec 7th, 2011 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Pearl Harbor. Use this link to start searching the WW2 Military Records.

Free Access to WW2 Records on Ancestry

Free Access Week on Ancestry

This week, starting Aug 29 until Sept 5 all world immigration and travel records will be free to search on Ancestry.  Start searching today!

New Italian Databases on Ancestry.com:

Caserta, Campania, Italy, Civil Registration Records, 1862-1939

Comuni (towns):

Ailano
Alife
Alvignano
Arienzo
Aversa
Baia e Latina
Bellona
Caianello
Caiazzo
Calvi Risorta
Camigliano
Cancello e Arnone
Capodrise
Capriati a Volturno
Capua
Carinaro
Carinola
Casagiove
Casal di Principe
Casaluce
Casapesenna
Casapulla
Caserta
Castel Campagnano
Castel di Sasso
Castel Morrone
Castel Volturno
Castello del Matese
Cervino
Cesa
Ciorlano
Curti
Dragoni
Fontegreca
Formicola
Francolise
Frignano
Gallo Matese
Giano vetusto
Gioia Sannitica
Grazzanise
Gricignano di Aversa
Letino
Liberi
Lusciano
Macerata Campania
Maddaloni
Marcianise
Mondragone
Orta di Atella
Parete
Pastorano
Piana di Monte Verna
Piedimonte Matese
Pietramelara
Pietravairano
Pignataro Maggiore
Pontelatone
Portico di Caserta
Prata Sannita
Pratella
Raviscanina
Recale
Riardo
Roccaromana
Rocchetta e Croce
Ruviano
San Cipriano d’Aversa
San Felice a Cancello
San Gregorio Matese
San Marcellino
San Marco Evangelista
San Nicola la Strada
San Potito Sannitico
San Prisco
San Tammaro
Sant’Angelo d’Alife
Santa Maria a Vico
Santa Maria Capua Vetere
Santa Maria la Fossa
Sessa Aurunca
Sparanise
Succivo
Teano
Teverola
Trentola-Ducenta
Vairano Patenora
Valle Agricola
Valle di Maddaloni
Villa Literno
Vitulazio

Agrigento, Sicily, Italy, Civil Registration Records, 1844-1911

Comuni: (towns)

Agrigento
Alessandria della Rocca
Aragona
Camastra
Cammarata
Campobello di Licata
Canicattì
Casteltermini
Castrofilippo
Cattolica Eraclea
Cianciana
Comitini
Favara
Giardina Gallotti
Grotte
Ioppolo Giancaxio
Lampedusa e Linosa
Licata
Menfi
Montallegro
Montaperto
Naro
Palma Di Montechiaro
Porto Empedocle
Racalmuto
Raffadali
Ravanusa
Realmonte
Ribera
San Biagio Platani
San Giovanni Gemini
Sant Angelo Muxaro
Santa Elisabetta
Sciacca
Siculiana
Terranova di Sicilia

Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italia: Documenti anagrafici, 1866-1939

Comuni: (towns)

Bastiglia
Bomporto
Campogalliano
Camposanto
Carpi
Castelfranco Emilia
Castlenuovo Rangone
Castelvetro di Modena
Cavezzo
Concordia sulla Secchia
Fanano
Finale Emilia
Fiorano Modenese
Fiumalbo
Formigine
Frassinoro
Guiglia
Lama Mocogno
Maranello
Marano sul Panaro
Medolla
Mirandola
Modena
Monfestino
Montecreto
Montefiorino
Montese
Nonantola
Novi di Modena
Palagano
Pavullo nel Frignano
Pieve Pelago
Polinago
Prignano sulla Secchia
Ravarino
Riolunato
San Cesario sul Panaro
San Felice sul Panaro
San Possidonio
San Prospero
Sassuolo
Savignano sul Panaro
Serramazzoni
Sestola
Soliera
Spilamberto
Vignola
Zocca

Ancestry.com to Acquire iArchives and Footnote.com

Ancestry announced on 23 Sept 2010 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire iArchives, Inc. and its branded Web site, Footnote.com for about $27 million dollars in a mix of cash, stock and assumption of liabilities. The acquisition should take place by the fourth quarter of 2010 and will mean iArchives will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ancestry.com.

Ancestry has also purchased Genline earlier this year which is a subscription genealogy site which hosts Swedish church records for about $6.7 million as well as ProGenealogists, a Salt Lake based professional genealogy firm.

Read the full article here….

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.

Indices to Canadian Censuses

I want to share this interesting site today that allows you to search several Canadian Census records from 1851 – 1911. It also has some other great records such as links to the Soldiers of the First World War , births, marriage and deaths. Transcription, proof reading, and linking is done by volunteers and no registration or payment is required to view the index.

As much as I do enjoy using Ancestry, It’s great to always have options. And as most of my favourite sites, it’s free. Have a look and see what you think..

http://automatedgenealogy.com/

Who Do You Think You Are

WDYTYAWith the final two episodes of WDYTYA under way, I thought I should at least mention it once. I haven’t before because it seems like every time I turn around someone has either written, blogged or mentioned it. Talk about over kill. The series is interesting – it gives me an excuse to watch TV on Friday nights which is a nice break from housework, the computer and watching silly reruns of movies I have already seen at least a hundred times but it’s still not what I expected.
I feel the series, while good, is not geared to the average person. There is too much use of professional genealogists and jet setting all over the world. It also is misleading because so far, EVERYONE has had some famous or glorified ancestor in their family- which is not going to be the case for most people. Using actors as the main subjects is entertaining but allowing them into archives to handle old documents without the use of gloves or a pencil makes me cringe! Tell me you or I could go into that same archive and get away with something like that!
And because the shows are only an hour in length I find they jump over some important steps to how they arrive at discovering that all too important piece of family history. Instead of doing such a long introduction or a boring and pointless recap after each commercial, why not talk more about the sources used or the time frame involved in arriving to the outcome? The only time I have seen mention of any online source used is when someone logs onto Ancestry to look up a ship manifest. That’s great if you have the luxury of a laptop and subscription to ancestry from home, but if not, it is available at most libraries or Family History Centers for free. Or another alternative is the Ellis Island site if your ancestors arrived through New York and prior to 1924.

In spite of this, I do enjoy the show and I am happy that it has been picked up for another season. I only hope that they will eventually realize that there is so much more that they can do with the show to improve it.

Future Episodes:
Friday, April 26 – Susan Sarandon traces her ancestry to Tuscany, Italy
Friday, April 30 – Spike Lee traces his African- American roots.

Using Newsletters and Library Archives – Helpful Tips #1

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With so many sources of information available today and so many websites to choose from, it’s sometimes difficult to understand just what and how records are used for researching – especially if you are new to genealogy. As much as we would all just love to jump right in and begin researching this could probably be one of the biggest mistakes we make. One is almost guaranteed to miss an important clue. I can’t tell you how many sources I have had to revisit because I did this very same thing.

The answer to this is read, read, read! Every reputable website should have a newsletter or archive that should explain just how to read, understand or use the records available. Ancestry is no exception.

I subscribe to several newsletters and in several languages (I do this just to spice it up a bit). They are delivered directly to my inbox to an account in which I use just for this purpose. This keeps me current on which new records are being added to sites and how they are used. I also find the Learning Archives at Ancestry to be a treasure trove of information for both the new and seasoned researcher.

Recently, Ancestry posted this article on 10 Census Questions That Lead to More Answers which I think is worth a definite read. With the 2010 US Census in full swing, it’s interesting to note just how the census’s have changed over the years and what can be learned from them.

Rating:

  • Appearance: Excellent
  • Ease of Navigation: Lots of Links to Choose from so stay focused or you will find your self backtracking quite a bit.
  • Quality of Information: Very Good but you will need to track migration patterns of your ancestors and variations in name spellings on your own.
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