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Archive for the ‘Databases’ Category

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.

My Heritage.com

My Heritage My Heritage.com is an online interactive private family tree database/website available for free for basic use (250 people – 250 MB storage) or for a small monthly fee ($4.38 monthly – 2,500 people – 500 MB storage) you can get premium add free access. Of course, for almost $10 a month you can have the Premium Plus Package with unlimited access.  So this morning I thought I would test this site out and these are my personal thoughts.

I love the look and feel of the site and the ability to create and print family charts *although* you need to create, download and access the chart from the email you used to create the site.  I also find there a bit to many steps involved to entering data into the base – assuming you are not importing an existing GED com. I have not yet figured out how to enter half siblings or their parents and I have been at it for almost an hour.

I was excited when I was prompted that a match was found in my tree and headed over to look at the other tree only to find that it didn’t provide me with any more information than I already had entered into my own tree. I was however given the option to contact the other submitter and I am looking forward to his reply. I then had to go through several steps to get back to my own tree which I found most inconvenient. Also, searching for other trees with your surname is not easy as the trees are all named the same but identified only with ID numbers and the submitters name not visible from the main screen. At this point I’m not sure using the site is right for my needs but I would suggest you try it yourself and see what you think.

Rating:

  • Appearance: Excellent
  • Ease of Navigation: Poor
  • Quality of Information Found: *Only as accurate as submitted with no ability to include sources.

*At the time of this post I have not found any way to include sources but I would be happy to hear from anyone who has found otherwise.

Cosenza Archives Site

ARCHIVIO DI STATO DI COSENZA

If you’re looking for vital records from Cosenza Province in Calabria then make sure you check out the Cosenza Archive site .  The records and image extractions available range from 1800 -1900. They also provide access to actual images of births acts, marriage acts  and WW1 Draft Registration Cards. Not only do you have the option to view many records from the site but you can also save copies to your desktop  (for personal research as they are watermarked) or you can order an actual hard copy of the image from the archive.

I was able to trace 11 generations of my family using the information on the site.  It was very easy to use and offered several search options *but* be careful of transcription errors – there are plenty.  The site is updated frequently with new images and information being added weekly – I always find something new when I log on.  I love the fact that the sources are also listed on each extracted piece which makes sourcing the data in your files that much easier.

If you haven’t registered to use the site, then you should do so now. Activation can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. I was lucky – I was allowed access within 10 minutes of registering and now find myself a regular visitor there.

Let me know what you think….

Italian Surname Database

Italian Surname LogoThe Italian Surname Database lists hundreds of surnames and contacts for those looking to connect with others researching the same names. To submit your surname to the site, use the feedback form. Include your Surname, Town, Province and Region in Italy you are researching, the name you wish to be known as and a valid email address where you can be contacted.

Please, do not send genealogy related questions through the feedback form as they go directly to the database queue to await approval and all other questions will be deleted. If you do have a genealogical related question then consider posting on Gente di Mare Italian Genealogy Forum. Registration and membership are both free and there are many wonderful volunteers willing and ready to help. Happy Researching! :)

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