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Archive for the ‘Databases’ Category

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

Updated Sites

Gente Home

Gente di Mare

Both the Gente di Mare and Calabria Exchange

websites and databases are getting face lifts so if you are looking through the sites and they look a bit

Calabria Exchange
Calabria Exchange

messy then this is the reason. I was hoping the transition would go a bit more quickly but this is what happens when you have too many things on the go.

You will also find the addition of many new records on the sites as people have been emailing things from all over recently. I have been putting up some special family pages as well for several people from various parts of Calabria, Sicily and Frosinone.

If you have any information or records to share then please contact me through the feedback form and let me know.

Updated Links

I have added several new links to the site which you can access from the menu on the left of the screen.

These links include Calabria, Sicily, Lazio, Spain and South America. I am currently working on a War Links page which should hopefully be up soon.

Meanwhile, if you have a site you would like to add to the list, please feel free to contact me using the comment form below.

Family History Center Blog

Finally my FHC has started their own blog Toronto Family History Centre Information which is great since it not only has all the newsletters on it but it has a Resources tab which lists all the microfilms the Center has on permanent loan. Just scroll down to the List of All Resources and you can download the pdf file. There are currently over 10,000 different resources available at the Center covering a very wide variety of Countries.

The newsletters are also available for download by clicking on the Bulletin and Week Number you are interested in viewing.

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….

New Family History Online Film Ordering for Canada

From the weekly Family History Center Bulletin written by Helen Billing comes this info:

New Family History Online Film Ordering for Canada

The new Family History Online Film Ordering will be up and running today, Thursday, August 19th. All microfilm/fiche must be ordered online by patrons. As of today, no film orders will be taken at the FHC.

Patrons must now go online to Family Search Microfilm Ordering and register for an account. After you register, Salt Lake will send a confirmation email. Please check your SPAM folder for this confirmation email, if you do not immediately receive it.

When you register, you will be asked to choose the FHC you want your film/fiche to go to, from a list – it also includes some libraries, like the Toronto Reference Library. This can be changed whenever you want.

All designated film/fiche will still come to the Toronto FHC and remain on site to be viewed. No film/fiche will be sent to your home or any other site not on the online list. The Family History Centre will still continue to contact you when the film has arrived at the FHC. You will be able to track your order online.

The new prices for film/fiche are as follows:

Microfiche – $5.00 (All microfiche are the same price whether there is 1 fiche in the set, or more. Microfiche remain in the FHC.)

Short-term film loan – $6.00 (Patrons will have roughly the same time to view them as they do now. Films can be renewed for an additional charge of $6.00 and if the film is renewed twice, it remains in the FHC. Patrons must renew online before film due date.)

Extended film loan – $15.00 (Patrons can now order films as an extended loan. If you know you will want to keep a particular film at the FHC indefinitely, this will save you $3.00.)

All film/fiche orders and renewals must be done online, by you, the patron, with a credit card.

Eventually all the films we (the Toronto FHC) and other FHC’s have on site will be entered into the online system and patrons will be able to check if a particular microfilm/fiche is at an FHC in their area. For now, please check our List of All Resources at the FHC or with the pdf file available on request.

1911 Canadian Census

Today through July 4, Ancestry will be making the 1911 Canadian Census available for free in honour of Canada Day. This is great news for those with Canadian Ancestors so don’t miss this great opportunity.

Check out the Genealogy Insider for more great links to Canadian Records.

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