Archive for the ‘Databases’ Category
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
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 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.
- 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.
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….
The 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!