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The Descendants of Your Brick

Chances are you are not the only descendant of your “brick wall” ancestor. Have you attempted to locate as many descendants of your “brick wall” ancestor as possible? Others May have researched him‚ have additional information‚ or even have apparently meaningless clues that‚ when combined with your apparently meaningless clues actually mean something.

Below is a listing of the newest genealogy records that have become available on the internet.  Please let us know if we are missing something or if a link is no longer working.  This is a fraction of the resources available in Kevin Airringtons latest book The Professional Genealogists Resource Guide.  Ask about  you copy!

 

US – FamilySearch.org has indexed an additional 2 million World War I draft registration cards from 1917-1918. The draft registration cards can be searched by name. A typical record lists full name home address date of birth race citizenship occupation employer address of employer height build eye color hair color and name/address of next of kin. With this latest addition FamilySearch has now indexed 86% of all US World War I draft cards. This is a good record set to search even if your ancestor did not serve in World War I. We have found records of men in their 40s who completed the registration cards. Access is free. [US World War I Draft Cards]

US World War I draft registration card
An example of the front of a US World War I draft registration card.

US – Archives.com has put online some 3 million birth marriage and death records of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. These records date from the mid 1800s to 1940. Details vary somewhat from church to church but most records list the parent’s name place and date of the event as well as other relevant details. Access is by subscription. [Historic US Lutheran Parish Records]

US – FamilySearch.org has indexed some 931000 New York City passenger and crew lists from 1925 to 194. This collection can be a bit challenging to search because immigration officials sometimes guessed at the spelling of foreign names. It is therefore a good idea to check multiple spellings of a family name if you search this index. Access is free. [New York City Passenger Lists 1925 to 1942]

US – FamilySearch.org has added 8.6 million images of New York State probate records. This collection spans the years 1629 to 1971 with most of the records pre-1920s. Access is free. [Historic New York Probate Records]

US – FamilySearch.org has indexed some 85000 veteran’s pension payment cards from 1907 to 193. These were payments of pensions to veterans widows and other dependants. About 48% of the collection has currently been indexed. Access is free. [US Veteran Pension Records]

US – Ancestry.com has added birth marriage and death records from Winnebago County Illinois. This new addition consists of 65000 birth records (1857 to 1937) 76000 marriage records (1836 to 196) and 107000 death records (1844 to 199). Access is by subscription. [Winnebago Birth Records]

US – FamilySearch.org has created a new browsable image collection of Missouri marriage records. This collection of some 1.4 million images includes recorded marriages marriage applications marriage licenses and marriage certificates. The images span the years from 1819 to 1969 and can be searched by county. Access is free. [Missouri Marriage Records]

US – The McPherson Public Library of McPherson Kansas has completed a digitization project of atlases from the region. The atlases are for the years 1884 190 1921 1937 and 1969. The atlases provide detailed property ownership maps showing the various parcels of land the property owners buildings and other features. The library also maintains a list of pioneer families of McPherson County. This is a great resource for anyone with ancestors from the region. Access is free. [McPherson County Genealogy Resources]

US – The Door County Library of Door County Wisconsin has created a website of digitized newspapers from Door County. The website currently hosts all newspapers from the region from 186 to 192. There are plans to digitize more newspapers for the years 192 to 1940. The website is searchable by keyword such as name. Access is free. [Historic Door County Newspapers]

US – Fordham University is launching a website called Vanishing History to document burial grounds of enslaved African Americans. The university is reaching out to descendants property owners churches local community groups and anyone who May have knowledge of undocumented burial grounds. The website contains details on how to submit information about a burial ground. Access is free. [African American Burial Grounds]

US – FamilySearch.org has indexed an additional 527000 birth certificates from Texas. These birth certificates come from the Texas Department of Health and span the years from 190 to 1935. Access is free. [Texas Birth Certificates]

US – FamilySearch.org has indexed an additional 2.8 million records from the 1855 New York State census. This mid-1800s census is valuable because it lists every member of the household and it also lists where people were born. Access is free. [1855 New York Census]

US – The Waunakee Public Library of Waunakee Wisconsin has put online the town’s newspapers dating from 1896 to 2006. In total there are some 54000 pages in the collection. The collection can be searched by name keyword or date range. The newspapers are hosted by NewspaperArchive.com [Historic Waunakee Newspapers]

US – FamilySearch.org has added some 944000 images of county birth records from Ohio. Some of these images have already been transcribed and cover a wide time span from 1841 to 200. Access is free. [Ohio Birth Records]

US – FamilySearch.org has indexed some 360000 passenger ship records for Seattle Washington. These are passenger and crew lists of ships that arrived in Seattle between the years 1890 to 1957. A typical record lists the name of the individual age sex marital status occupation and citizenship as well as details on the ship such as the name of the ship and date of arrival. Some records also list additional details such as last permanent address and final destination. Many of the ships that docked in Seattle during this time period had come from Asia. This is a good record set to search for anyone who had ancestors who migrated from Japan. These records can be searched by name. [Historic Seattle Ship Passenger Lists]

US – Genealogy Trails has completed their US Civil War Union Soldier Headstone Project. Over 167000 soldier records and burial records are now available to view on the website. A typical record lists the name rank company regiment place of burial grave number and date of death (if known). Most of the records are for Union soldiers who died between 1879 and 190 although a few War of 181 veterans are also included in the database. This project is the result of a two year effort and it is very well done. Access is free. [Union Soldier Burial Records]

US – FamilySearch.org has created a very interesting indexed record collection of some 4.1 million records of Germans who migrated to America between the years 1850 to 1897. These records come from the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies. The key information found in these records are name age sex last residence in Germany and expected town/city destination in the United States. Access is free. [German Immigration Records]

US – Genealogy Trails continues to add new genealogy records on a daily basis from across the United States. Recent additions include newspaper records from Alabama census transcripts from New Mexico and obituaries from Texas. This is a great website worth checking out on a regular basis. Access is free. [Genealogy Trails]

US – FamilySearch.org has indexed some 454000 records of Philadelphia passenger lists. These are passengers that entered the port of Philadelphia from 1800 to 188. Access is free. [Historic Philadelphia Passenger Lists]

US – FamilySearch.org has made a massive addition to their images of New York State land records. Some 8.1 million new images have been added to the collection which spans the years from 1630 to 1975. Access is free. [Historic New York State Land Records]

US – The Indiana Historical Society combined with Newspaper Archive have jointly put online 2.5million pages of historic Indiana newspapers. The newspapers date from 1924 or earlier. In total some 760 different titles are in the collection including many small-town newspapers. Access is by subscription. [Newspaper Archive] Alternatively the newspapers can be searched free of charge at the Indiana Historical Society’s reference room in downtown Indianapolis.

US/Canada – The US Data Repository website has added a new section called Great Lakes Maritime History. Dedicated to the genealogy history of the Great Lakes it covers both US states and Canadian provinces that surround the Great Lakes. At the moment the records listed include biographies 1930 census of merchant seamen a list of shipwrecks and a list of US and Canadian lighthouses. The US Data Repository is part of the USGenNet system. Access is free. [Great Lakes Maritime History]

US – FamilySearch.org has added an additional 13000 Idaho marriage records to its collection. The marriage records span the years from1947 to 1961 and come from the Idaho Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics. Access is free. [Idaho Marriage Records]

US – FamilySearch.org has created a new indexed collection of some 1.3 million Iowa birth records. This collection covers about 80% of the birth records for the years from 1880 to 1935. Access is free. [Historic Iowa Birth Records]

US – FamilySearch.org has added additional Maine marriage and death records to its existing collections. A total of 857000 new marriage records have been added that cover the years 189 to 1966 and 1977 to 1996. The new Maine death records (some 40000 new record additions) spans the period from 1960 to 1996. Neither collection has data for 1967 to 1976. Access to both collections is free. [Maine Marriage Records] [Maine Death Records]

US – FamilySearch.org has created a new collection of customs immigration cards of individuals entering the United States through Detroit. This new collection contains some 845000 records and spans the years 1906 to 1954. This collection can be searched by first and last name.

A typical record lists the following information: port and date of entry name of ship name of passenger country of passenger age gender marital status occupation place of birth place of last permanent residence final destination name and address in the United States and a physical description. People crossing at Detroit would have come from Canada and many would have been moving to Michigan to work in the automotive industry.

One of the interesting things about this record set is that it lists the date and port of entry of the person when they immigrated to Canada. This could have occurred many years previously as seen in the example in the image below. Access is free. [Detroit Customs Immigration Records]

1948 Detroit customs immigration card
1948 Detroit Customs Immigration Card. Notice how it identifies the person immigrated to St. John Canada in 1906.

 

US – FamilySearch.org has added almost 2 million additional World War I draft registration records for the United States. These latest additions cover the years 1917 and 1918. This collection now contains some 24 million records. It is approximately 54% complete. A total of some 38 million images are online and can be searched by state if you cannot find the record you are looking for by searching by first and last name. Men aged 18 to 45 are in the collection. Access to this collection is free. [World War I Draft Registration Cards]

US – Ancestry the number one genealogy website in the world has launched a new website called Newspapers.com It focuses on historic US newspapers. The website currently has 819 historic US newspapers dating from the late 1700s to as recent as the early 2000s. In total there are some 25 million pages in the collection.

By comparison Newspaper Archive the world’s largest online newspaper database has over 5000 newspapers and some 120 million pages of historic information. The new Ancestry website can be searched by keyword (including an ancestor’s name) location time period and specific newspaper name.

One nice thing about the website is that a user can ‘clip’ an article or a section of a newspaper page (like one would do with a pair of scissors for a physical newspaper). The clipping can then be saved and shared with others on the internet. Access is by subscription (with a free 7-day trial). [Newspapers.com] It should be noted that subscribers to Ancestry already have access to a large online newspaper collection. It appears that about 60% of the newspapers on Newspapers.com overlap with newspapers found at Ancestry.com.

US – Mocavo has added a yearbook collection consisting of some 17000 yearbooks from high schools colleges and universities. Most of the yearbooks are from the United States with some from Canada. The yearbooks typically range from about 1930 to around 1980. There are a considerable number of yearbooks from the 1960 to 1980 period. Some of the yearbooks appear to have been sourced from the Internet Archive. Access is free but registration is required. [US Yearbook Collection]

US – The New York State Military Museum has put online records of some 29000 New York National Guard soldiers who were mobilized in the fall of 1940. A typical record lists the name home address date of enlistment serial number and home unit of the soldier. The collection is organized alphabetically and can be searched for free. [New York National Guard 1940 Mobilization Records]

US – FamilySearch has made a significant addition to its Iowa county marriage collection. In total some 1.6 million new records have been indexed in the collection which spans the years from 1838 to 1934. Historic records from Iowa can be hard to come by so this is a good collection to check if you have ancestors from the region. Access is free. [Historic Iowa Marriage Records]

US – On 2 October 201 the website Chronicling America posted its 5 millionth historic newspaper page onto its website. The Chronicling America project now covers more than 800 newspapers from 25 different states spanning the period from 1836 to 192. As a bit of history this website was originally launched by the Library of Congress in 2007. Today it gets some 2.5 million page views per month. Did we mention it was free? [Chronicling America]

US – FamilySearch has indexed some 430000 new records of passenger lists for the port of Boston. The collection spans the years 1820 to 1891(with a gap from 1874 to 188). Early lists give the name age sex and occupation of the passenger. These lists were usually prepared on board the ship and given to customs officers when the ship docked. Many of the ships that docked in Boston in the 1800s did not carry immigrants but carried merchants from various Eastern seaboard ports. The example below shows a passenger list for a ship from Liverpool Nova Scotia that docked in 1837. It might be worth checking this collection if you had an ancestor who was a sea-born merchant on the east coast of North America anywhere from Canada to the Caribbean. [Historic Boston Ship Passenger Lists]

1837 Boston ship passenger list
An 1837 Boston Ship Passenger List.

US – Ancestry.com has significantly expanded its collection of US yearbooks. A further 18000 yearbooks from junior high schools high schools colleges and universities have been added to their collection. The new additions span the years 1806 to 2008 although presumably most of the yearbooks date from the 1900s. The nice thing about yearbooks is that not only does it identify the school your ancestor attended but it also typically has a photograph of your ancestor. In addition to searching by name this collection can be searched by location and year. Ancestry May even have your high school yearbook. Access is by subscription. [US Yearbook Collection]

US – GenealogyBank continues to add to its newspaper collection. The latest additions are two newspapers from Massachusetts (Boston newspapers from 1951 to 1986) four newspapers from North Carolina (mainly Greensboro newspapers from the 1900s) and one newspaper from Richmond Virginia from 1969/70. Access is by subscription. [Historic US Newspapers]

US – The University of Illinois has been quietly growing their online collection of agricultural newspapers. The Farm Field and Fireside collection as it is known consists of significant US farm weeklies published primarily in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The collection currently consists of 21 titles and spans the range from 1841 to 1981. Most of the newspaper titles in the collection are concentrated in the Illinois and Ohio region but some are from other farm regions. This is a good collection to search if you are having trouble locating ancestors in certain farm states such as Iowa where there are few online collections. The collection can be searched by keyword (such as name) and by newspaper title. Individual articles from the newspapers can be downloaded for free. [Historic US Farm Newspaper Collection] *Please note this website appears to experience occasional downtime unavailability.

US – The University of Nebraska has put online a small collection of historic Nebraska newspapers. The collection spans the period from 1878 to 191 and consist of newspapers from the following communities: Valentine Norfolk Broken Bow McCook Omaha Lincoln and Falls City. The collection can be browsed by community and date range as well as searched by keyword (such as a name). Access is free. [Historic Nebraska Newspapers]

1904 Nebraska newspaper
Image from the 1904 Falls City Nebraska newspaper. A circus coming to town was obviously a big event as it still is today. (from the University of Nebraska collection).
US –The Lost Souls Genealogy Project has now added over 100000 records of ancestors to its database. Most of the records are structured as brief biographies submitted by users of the website. Some of the biographies include photographs. The information on the website is organized by state with each state being moderated by a volunteer. The website contains a search engine that you can use to search for a specific ancestor as well as many useful links and printable genealogy forms.The Lost Souls Genealogy Project is a wonderful example of a volunteer genealogy project (that are unfortunately becoming all too rare these days). The website is run by Diane Siniard. It is well worth checking out. Access is free. [Lost Souls Genealogy Project]US – FamilySearch.org reported on 28 August 201 that the final batches for the 1940 US census have been indexed. All 13 million people listed in the index are now fully searchable by name at FamilySearch.org and the associated partners’ websites (in early August Ancestry.com announced the 1940 census had been completed but they jumped the gun – there were still some final batches to be processed). Access is free. [1940 US Census]

US – FamilySearch.org has added and indexed 404000 records from their extensive collection of pension files of Civil War widows and other dependents. This is the second large addition to this collection in the last two months. Access is free. [US Civil War Widow Pension Records]

US – FamilySearch.org has added another 84000 marriage records for the state of Indiana. These records span the years 1811 to 1959 and have been indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. This latest batch means that about two-thirds of the marriage records for Indiana have now been indexed. Access is free. [Indiana Historic Marriage Records] You can learn more about this indexing project at the website of the Indiana Genealogical Society. [Indiana Marriage Indexing Project]

US – FamilySearch.org has added 4.5 million new images of Texas death records and indexed the images to make them easy to search. The death records span the years 1890 to 1976 and come from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Access is free. [Texas Death Records]

US/Canada – Ancestry.ca has updated its collection of 4.8 million records of border crossings between Canada and the United States from 1895 to 1954. This database generally includes the following information: name age date and place of birth gender ethnicity/nationality names of any travelling companions and names of a relative or friend at the destination. These records were collected by the US Immigration Service and so will be primarily of interest for people wanting to trace ancestors who crossed from Canada into the United States. Also please note that many crossings at the Canada/US border were not fully staffed until the early 1930s and it was perfectly possible (and legal) before this time for someone to cross into the United States without making a declaration. Access is by subscription. [Historic US Border Crossing Records]

US – An unusual and helpful resource for anyone looking for ship passenger lists to the United States and Canada can be found at ActionDonation.org. Some of the resources listed appear to be fairly new. Many of the listings involve ship passenger lists from Germany which are always hard to find. All the resources listed are free. [Historic Ship Passenger Lists]

US – Ancestry.com has added a list of US high school students (1821 to 192) and a list of college students (176 to 1924). In total the two lists comprise some 2.2 million names. Most of the records seem to come from an assorted collection of annual reports yearbooks registers memorial fraternity listings and other sources. Most of the collection seems to be concentrated in the New England area. Access is by subscription. [Historic US College Lists]

US – GenealogyTrails continues to add to their collection of Civil War headstones. The collection has now grown to 80000 Union soldier names spanning the years 1879 to 190. A typical transcribed record of the headstone lists the name and rank of the soldier company regiment name and location of cemetery and the date of death. This is a very nice collection. Access is free. [Union Soldier Headstone Records]

US – The 1940 Census indexing project led by FamilySearch.org has now been completed. All 134 million records from the US 1940 census will be searchable in a few weeks by first and last name state county town/city place of birth and other key information recorded in the census. The last batch of records went online on Monday 6 August 201 with posts from 6 states (Arkansas Washington DC Missouri New York Pennsylvania and West Virginia). Here are some interesting facts about this massive indexing project:

• According to Ancestry.com the total number of people counted in the 1940 census was 134 395545. This is about 2 million over the official population of the US in 1940(13164569) because the 1940 census included about 2.1 million people from the US protectorates of Puerto Rico Guam the US Virgin Islands American Samoa and the Panama Canal Zone.

• The average 1940 US household contained 3.7 people and the average age of the head of the household was 4.

• The top five immigration countries in 1940(as determined by people reporting their birth country in the census) were Italy Germany Russia Poland and England.

• Roughly 175000 indexers took part in the project that involved some 3.5 million pages of data. The average person involved in the project indexed approximately 750 records.

• The entire 1940 census project was completed in about five months. By comparison indexing the US 1880 census took FamilySearch about 10 years to do and was only completed in 2000. The 1880 census also contained much less information than the 1940 census.

• The video below describes the indexing process.

• Most of the indexers for the 1940 census were Latter-day Saints. The greatest concentration of indexers came from the western corridor of Utah Idaho Arizona and Nevada. Some people were able to index an incredible 100000 records by themselves.

• Access to the 1940 census is free. [FamilySearch 1940 Census]

• There are actually two groups indexing the 1940 census. The US Genweb Census Project is also indexing the 1940 census. They are still looking for volunteer indexers. One nice thing about the US Genweb Census Project is that the results are automatically available for search through the Genealogy Search Engine and Google. [US Genweb 1940 Census Project]

US – Ancestry.com has made an agreement with the New York State Archives and the State Library to create a searchable database of New York records that will be accessible for free at the new state archives website. Some of the material has already been posted online. Some of the highlights will be the 189 1915 and 1925 New York State Censuses New York marriages (1600 to 1784) New York Civil War muster roll abstracts (1861 to 1900) and WWII enlisted men cards (1940 to 1945). There are also several other collections that will be of interest to genealogists. Access is free although you do need to enter a New York State zip code to access the records. [Genealogy Records at the New York State Archives]

US – The Oakland County Michigan Genealogical Society has created an index of the 1891 tax assessment roll for the Avon township area to add to the society’s 1884 and 1894 state of Michigan censuses for the region. The index is available for free on the society’s website. [1891 Oakland Tax Assessment Rolls]

US – FamilySearch has added an additional 166000 Civil War widows pension files. The collection consists of approved pension case files for widows and dependants of soldiers submitted between 1861 and 1934 and for sailors submitted between 1910 and 1934. Some of the records are for service in the civil war in Spain. These records can be searched by name. Access is free. [US Civil War Widow Pension Records]

US – FamilySearch.org has added an additional 105000 Utah marriage records to its collection. These records date from 1887 to 1937 and are derived from local county courthouse records. Access is free. [Historic Utah Marriage Records]

US – The United States Census Bureau has just launched a great infographic that clearly and concisely describes how questions on the census have evolved since the first national census was conducted in 1790. This is a wonderful resource to help genealogists identify when certain key questions were incorporated into the census questionnaire. It also helps place the census in an historical and economic context. Well worth checking out. [Evolution of the US Census] Also included below is an informative video from the US Census Bureau that looks back at what America was like in 1790 during the first census.

US – FamilySearch has added fully searchable indexed records from three state censuses. Included are the 1905 New Jersey census (2.1 million records) the 1915 New York State census (9.7 million records) and the 1925 New York State census (11.1 million records). Access is free to all these collections. [1905 New Jersey State Census] [1915 New York State Census] [1925 New York State Census]

US – GenealogyBank is now reporting that they have over 30 Baltimore Maryland newspapers in their collection. The newspapers go back as far as 177 with continuous coverage up to 192. There is a gap in coverage from 192 to 1990 and then complete coverage from 1990 to the present. It is interesting to note the changing trends in newspaper names over the years given this is a very large collection from one city that covers almost 240 years. Papers from the 1700s favored names such as “Federal Intelligencer” “Maryland Journal” and “Baltimore Daily Intelligencer”. In the early 1800s the names became more patriotic such as the “Baltimore Patriot” and the “Federal Republican”. In the late 1800s / early 1900s the newspaper names seem to have become more information focussed such as the “Baltimore Bulletin”. Access is by subscription. [Historic Online Baltimore Newspapers]

US – FamilySearch.org has indexed 1 million Philadelphia Pennsylvania birth records spanning the years 1860 to 1906. It includes birth returns filed by hospitals doctors and midwives. A typical record lists name of child date of birth gender color place of birth (with address) name of parents occupation of the father and name of the attending physician. The records can be searched by name year and place of birth. Access is free. [Historic Philadelphia Birth Records]

US – The US Geological Survey has created an amazing online collection of historical topographical maps. The process was begun in 2009 and the collection from the contiguous United States is now complete. Maps for Alaska Hawaii Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands should go online by the end of summer. In total the collection is comprised of some 200000 historical maps. This is a great resource if you are looking for high resolution historic topographical maps of your ancestors’ lands that you can download and add to your family records. You can search the archive by place name zip code address and USGS topographic map name. The link provides instructions on how to download maps from the database. Some charges May apply. [US Geological Survey Historic Topographical Map Collection]

US – FamilySearch.org has added a new collection of Texas divorce records. This collection of some 3.6 million records is for recent divorces from 1968 to 2010. Concurrently FamilySearch has also added 7.6 million marriage records for Texas from 1966 to 2010. The records come from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Access is free. [Texas Marriage Records] [Texas Divorce Records]

US – Debra Osborne Spindle in her excellent blog All My Ancestors (which can also be picked up using the Genealogy Blog Gadget) mentioned that the Oklahoma Historical Society has added some rare pre-statehood ledgers to their website. These contain a wealth of information as they are essentially the government ledgers for such items as business agreements and incorporations as well as lease and mortgage transactions. These ledgers cover businesses churches and lodges. A total of 27 volumes cover the Oklahoma Territory Incorporation Records and 15 volumes cover what was then known as the Indian Territory. The time period is from 1890 to 1907(when statehood began). Access is free. [Oklahoma Territory Business Incorporation Records]

US – FamilySearch.org now reports that it has indexed 84% of the entire 1940 Census. A total of 31 states are fully indexed and available for searching. This works out to over 116 million names already completed. The link below provides the latest update from the FamilySearch blog including a list of what states have already been completed. FamilySearch is still on track to complete the indexing of the 1940 census by the end of summer. [Update on 1940 Census Indexing from FamilySearch]

US – FamilySearch has released a new collection of Ohio probate records. The collection consists of some 3.8 million browsable images of wills and estate files from county courthouses in Ohio. The collection covers a broad period from 1790 to 1967. The records can by browsed by county and then by year. Access is free. [Ohio Probate Records]

US – The Oberlin (Ohio) High School Alumni website has an excellent collection of class lists dating back from the first graduating class at the high school in 186 to the present some 9500 records. The website also contains nearly 2500 obituaries of deceased classmates. [Oberlin High School Alumni Records]

US – The US Data Repository (a USGenNet project) continues to add collections of free genealogy records to its website. The latest additions include an index of 11000 names from the Clock Funeral Home in Muskegon MI (1894 to 1948) and records from the First Congregational Church of Hanover Mass. (1727 to 1865) with the first installment being church admissions (1728 to 1864). Hanover is in Plymouth County and the US Data Repository already has an existing collection of historic letters census church and military records from the county. Access is free. [Muskegon Funeral Records] [Hanover Church Records]

US – The group SFgenealogy which provides genealogy information for the San Francisco Bay area has added records from the Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma California. The some 305000 records span the years 1887 to 2001. These records can ben searched by name (first middle last) and date of burial. Access is free. [Colma Cemetery Records]

US – Princeton University is putting online the images and text from the university newspaper called The Daily Princetonian. The archive covers the period from the newspapers inception in 1876 through to 200. The collection comprises some 685000 articles. Most of the issues are already online with the final issues expected to be uploaded by the end of the June. The text is fully searchable. Access is free. [Archives of The Daily Princetonian]

US – GenealogyBank has recently added 15 more newspapers to its collections. The newspapers come from 4 different states and are a combination of articles and obituaries. Most of the new additions date from the 1880 to 1920 time period although there are new additions to the collection that go back well before this time period as well as some recent newspapers. The link provides a complete listing of the new additions organized by state. Access is by subscription. [Historic US Newspapers]

US – FamilySearch has added about 850000 county birth records for Ohio. This collection ranges in date from 1856 to 1909. Access is free. [Ohio Birth Records]

US – ProQuest has sent announced they are joining the US 1940 census consortium comprised of FamilySearch FindMyPast and Archives.com (now Ancestry). ProQuest plans to eventually host the 1940 census records on their website. For those who are not familiar with ProQuest the company is a large database subscription service that is normally accessed through public libraries and universities. With the addition of ProQuest to the 1940 census consortium there are now three subscription services (FindMyPast Ancestry and ProQuest) and one free service (FamilySearch) hosting the 1940 census data that is being translated by volunteers. The consortium has also announced that they have indexed 35% of the census. They expect the indexing to be completed by late summer. The US Genweb Census Project also uses volunteers to translate the 1940 census records. They make the results freely available on their website and (as an additional bonus) to search engines. [Proquest] [US Genweb Census Project]

US – Ancestry.com the number one genealogy website purchased the sixth most popular genealogy website Archives.com in a deal that valued the company at US$100 million. Archives.com runs a subscription genealogy search engine that focusses primarily on free ancestral records found on the internet (which incidentally is essentially the same as the free Genealogy Search Engine).

Archives.com had 380000 paying subscribers had over 5million monthly visits and generated some $15 million in annual revenue. This translates into Ancestry paying about 6.7 times sales for Archives. Ancestry now has access to the Archives team who has done very well since Archives launched in July 2009(as GenealogyArchives.com). The company behind Archives is Inflection which specializes in people search websites (it also runs PeopleSmart.com and Identity.com).

Ancestry plans to continue to run Archives as a separate website with a differentiated offering from Ancestry. As Ancestry continues to grow however there are now less independent genealogy websites on the internet. According to the Top 100 Genealogy Websites List Ancestry now owns five out of the top ten genealogy websites: (#1)Ancestry.com; (#6)Archives.com; (#7)Genealogy.com; (#8)Ancestry.co.uk and (#10)MyFamily. In addition Ancestry.com owns ten other websites in the Top 100 List: (#14)Ancestry.ca; (#17)Fold3; (#18)Ancestry.com.au; (#31)Ancestry.de; (#36)FamilyTree Magazine; (#37)Jiapu; (#46)Mundia; (#5)FamilyTree Maker; (#74)ProGenealogists and (#77)Ancestry.se

US – Ancestry.com has put online a collection of 300000 World War II cadet nursing corps card files. These are records of individual cadet nurses from between 194 to 1948. In total the collection covers some 124000 young nurses who served in civilian military and veteran hospitals in the United States during the war. These records are basically membership cards that list the name of the nurse date of birth date of admission to the corps etc. Access is by subscription. [World War II Nursing Records]

US – The US Genweb Census Project has been very active since the release of the 1940 census records. Volunteers have been busy transcribing the new census records. This is a wonderful website to check if you are looking for free census records from 1940 or earlier censuses. It is also a great website to volunteer your time doing some transcribing work. One particularly nice thing about the US Genweb Census Project is that they make their records freely available to all search engines.

Other participants in transcribing the 1940 census (Archives.com FamilySearch FindMyPast) who are also looking for volunteers tend to hide their 1940 census records behind firewalls where they cannot be searched by Google and other search engines. By comparison the US Genweb Census Project is fully searchable by Google. [US Genweb Census Project]

US – FamilySearch.org has set up a special page on their website dealing with the recent release of the 1940 census. You can search the digital images from the census as well as keep track to see which records by state have already been published. This is a very useful page to check out. Access is free. [US 1940 Census Records]

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