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Free Access to 1930 Census Feb 17-21

1930 Census

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

Thanks to GeneaBloggers Thomas MacEntee for bringing this to our attention via Facebook.

Did you know that school districts take a census each year to determine the state’s allocation of funds to each district?….
For more info see:
School Census Records Offer Lots of Genealogical Info

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

Changes to SSDI Means Bad News for Genealogists

From the Genealogy Insider:

“The Social Security Administration is making changes to the public Death Master File—the source of the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) that genealogists know and love to use—that’ll impact your research…”

Read More….
SSA to Remove “Protected” Death Records From Death Master File

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!

Footnote Changes It’s Name

Footnote announced 18 August it would be changing it’s name to Fold3 in it’s commitment to offering the finest and most comprehensive collection of U.S. Military records available on the internet.

Why Fold3?

Fold3 will be adding millions of U.S. military records as it continues to not only host existing records but expand it’s military collection.

From their newsletter:

“Traditionally, the third fold in a flag-folding ceremony honors and remembers veterans for their sacrifice in defending their country and promoting peace in the world.”

Geni – Doomed?

Geni.com was never one of my favourite sites. I am not a big fan of this type of website normally but since it was free, and I had some control over it I decided to give it a try and added a few generations of family on it.

Well on August 11th, 2011 Geni.comi announced that “Geni Pro Just Got a Whole Lot Better” (For those of you who don’t know, Geni Pro is the premium part of the site which users can pay to use additional upgraded features.) Unfortunately the Genealogy community doesn’t think this is such a great thing since Geni Pro subscribers now have full permission to add on to, edit, and merge profiles in the historical parts of the tree but limits Non-Pros from adding new profiles to the historical tree or merge profiles. It also limits Non-Pros from viewing trees other than those of “close relatives” and from entering relatives names past their third-great grandparents. This reminds me of the old OneWorldTree on Ancestry.com

I’m also wondering why I, as a Non-Pro subscriber never received any communication about this prior to reading it on other people’s blogs…

To read what some are saying about the changes you can view:

But all is not lost. In a recent statement made on Geni.com, Geni will be allowing Public Access in several libraries and Centers so that people will have a chance to experience Pro Geni advantages.

Doomed? In my eyes it is. I like to research in the comfort of my own home – especially now that winter is coming and so it will be no use to me. Nor do I plan to pay for the privilege of putting my tree online where anyone can just go in and edit/add/merge to it so I *won’t* be participating. Besides, when I go to the library it is to conduct research. My time is valuable to me and I can’t afford to spend any additional time in a library for this. I might as well use a program such as PAF and upload my tree here or to my own website.

Now if I can only find a way to delete my tree of the site since it seems they have even made that difficult!

Archivio di Stato di Cosenza – Catasto Onciario

Cosenza has done it again. Researching your family history has never been easier as you now don’t have to leave the comfort of your home to trace that elusive ancestor.

Cosenza has been busy over the last few years putting their Civil Records online using a combination of extractions and images and now they have put the Catasto’s online for all the Comuni in Cosenza. For many researchers this is a dream come true as they are often the first documented records of the residents of any town available next to Church records.

The Catasto Onciario were records of taxes paid by the commoners of a comune to the City and list all items in their possession at they time. This is what the taxes were based on and were taken in the mid 1700′s. They also list any servants living on the property at the time.

Hopefully other provinces in Italy will follow this example and do the same.

Archivio di Stato di Venezia – Military Records Search

Military Records Search

Archivio di Stato di Venezia

Military records are a wonderful way to find out information about a person.  Generally the Italian records valuable genealogical information such the name of the person, his age, birth date, place of birth, parents names (mother’s maiden name) and a full physical description of him.  More information can be found here:   Military & Conscription Records.

Military & Conscription Records Examples

Military & Conscription Records

Here are some examples of Military Draft Cards and Conscription records.

Italian Draft Registration Card

Italian Draft Registration Card

 

If you’re ancestors were from Northern Italy and you are looking Military Records from Venezia you may want to give the Archivio di Stato di Venezia search a try.  Please note:  The site is in Italian.

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

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