Posts Tagged ‘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.
Caserta, Campania, Italy, Civil Registration Records, 1862-1939
Baia e Latina
Cancello e Arnone
Capriati a Volturno
Casal di Principe
Castel di Sasso
Castello del Matese
Gricignano di Aversa
Orta di Atella
Piana di Monte Verna
Portico di Caserta
Rocchetta e Croce
San Cipriano d’Aversa
San Felice a Cancello
San Gregorio Matese
San Marco Evangelista
San Nicola la Strada
San Potito Sannitico
Santa Maria a Vico
Santa Maria Capua Vetere
Santa Maria la Fossa
Valle di Maddaloni
Agrigento, Sicily, Italy, Civil Registration Records, 1844-1911
Alessandria della Rocca
Campobello di Licata
Lampedusa e Linosa
Palma Di Montechiaro
San Biagio Platani
San Giovanni Gemini
Sant Angelo Muxaro
Terranova di Sicilia
Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italia: Documenti anagrafici, 1866-1939
Castelvetro di Modena
Concordia sulla Secchia
Marano sul Panaro
Novi di Modena
Pavullo nel Frignano
Prignano sulla Secchia
San Cesario sul Panaro
San Felice sul Panaro
Savignano sul Panaro
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.
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
- Exporting different branches of your tree
- Using keyboard shortcuts
- Attaching and detaching people
- Choosing relationship types (for spouses and children)
- Resolving unrecognized place names
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..
With 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.
Friday, April 26 – Susan Sarandon traces her ancestry to Tuscany, Italy
Friday, April 30 – Spike Lee traces his African- American roots.
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.
- 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.