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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.

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

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.

New Horizons Genealogy – “Specializing in New England and New York Colonial American Ancestry”

From their Website:

New Horizons Genealogy specializes in New England and New York Colonial American Genealogy, Ancestry and Family History. Our record collections include, Vital records, Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records, Colonial and State Census records, Federal and State Census Mortality Schedules, Cemetery records, 1840 Census of Pensioners and Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in New York State. We also include links to other quality genealogy records to help make these collections as complete as possible.

An amazing collection of transcribed New England records from 1830 – onwards.  Their goal is to transcribe all US State Census recordsand all Federal and State Mortality Schedules transcribed and indexed in one place and to provide free access to everyone read more …

Definitely worth looking through.  Please contact the webmaster if you would like to volunteer in the transcription project.
New Horizons Genealogy
PO Box 242
Fonda, NY 12068

email: nhgenealogy@yahoo.com

Albo dei Caduti della Grande Guerra

One of my absolute favourite resources that was only recently published online is the Albo dei Caduti della Grande Guerra which is the list of Italian Soldiers killed in Italy during World War 1. The site is completely written in Italian but is still very easy to navigate if you follow the instructions below.

1. Go to the blue link Cerca negli Albi
2. The list is arranged by groups of provinces. For example 9 is for the Provinces of Reggio Calabria (RC), Catanzaro (CZ) and Cosenza(CS)
3. Click on the blue link Caduti Grande Guerra in the second column.
4. Scroll down and you will get a group of buttons A-Z
5. Click on the first letter of the surname of the person who you are researching.
6. Use the list of names like you would the telephone book (remember to check the page before and after as well and alternative spellings of the surname). This is a great way to see if your surname has changed through the years.

Using this site I was able to locate several missing ancestors and the dates and causes of their deaths. For soldiers killed from Ardore, Reggio Calabria see Calabria Exchange: SEARCHING THE ARDORE WW1 DEATHS DATABASE IN ONE STEP

Family Search – 300 Million New Records

FamilySearch has added 300 million new indexed records at its FamilySearch Record Search Pilot – there are lots of new and wonderful things available. To see if there are new records available for the part of the world you are interested in, go to Family Search . From the drop-down menu under the heading Search Records, choose Record Search pilot. From the newly loaded page, click on Search or Browse our Record Collections. This will load a map; you can click on the map for the collections that are online for that area. The new ones are highlighted with a red star. To look at the collection, just click on its name. Some are indexed with images; others are just indexes; and some collections are images only.

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