Friday, March 31, 2017

New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of March 27, 2017


Salt Lake City, Utah (31 March 2017), Many historic Catholic Church records from Argentina are now freely searchable on FamilySearch.org. Also in the latest new publications are some large historic record collections including Outward Passenger Lists from Australia, France Census records, and Boston Massachusetts Crew Lists. Search these new free records and more at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below. Find and share this week's historic records collections update in the FamilySearch Newsroom

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world's historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.

Collection
Indexed Records
Digital Images
Comments
Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971
9,801
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975
282
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977
4,318
118,320
Added indexed records and images to an existing
collection
Argentina, La Rioja, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1970
14,378
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Argentina, Misiones, Catholic Church Records, 1874-1975
3
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Argentina, Salta, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1972
1,053
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Argentina, San Juan, Catholic Church Records, 1655-1975
1,121
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Argentina, Santiago del Estero, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1961
4,410
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975
1,463
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Australia, Victoria, Outward Passenger Lists, 1852-1924
169,641
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
France, Côtes-d'Armor, Census, 1891
405,590
0
New indexed records collection
Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890-2005
10,826
26,448
Added indexed records and images to an existing
collection
Portugal Setúbal Catholic Church Records 1555-1911
37,208
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Minnesota, Clay and Steele County Obituaries, 1865-2006
12,346
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940
268,757
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965
43,250
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York, Southern District, U.S District Court Naturalization Records, 1824- 1946
121,276
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts, Boston Crew Lists, 1917-1943
1,362,898
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection

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FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,991 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, March 31, 2017



Over 85,000 records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including;


Over 37,000 new education records have been added to our New Zealand collection. These records enable researchers to uncover details of colleges attended, awards received and other vital family tree information. Up until 1961, the University of New Zealand was the only degree-granting university in the country but graduates came from all over with regional colleges in Auckland, Victoria, Canterbury, and Otago.


13,000 records from the Northamptonshire Record Office have been added allowing genealogists to discover if their English ancestor served in the Northamptonshire Militia in the 1700s. These records include important facts like residence and occupation. Men who served in the militia were aged between 18 and 45 years old and usually stayed for a 3-year term.


Over 4,000 new 18th century Northamptonshire records in the shape of freeholder lists are now searchable on Findmypast. The records include name, residence, occupation and more. Freeholder lists were compiled annually so there may be multiple entries for the same individual. The records list anyone who was eligible for jury duty and make a great early census substitute for Northamptonshire.

 


We've added 946,478 new articles to our ever-expanding Irish Newspaper Collection. The latest additions include 5 brand new titles - Irish Society (Dublin), Irish News and Belfast Morning News, Sligo Journal, Sligo Observer and Leinster Independent.  As with all of our newspapers, researcher can discover news articles, family notices, obituaries, advertisements and more in this fantastic resource. In total, there are over 35 million searchable articles now in the Irish Newspaper Collection.


Over 20,000 records have been added to our collection of Dorset Memorial Inscriptions. The collection contains details of inscriptions found on gravestones, tombs, monuments and even stained glass windows across 266 parishes within English county. Each record includes a transcript of the original source material. Most will include a combination of birth year, death year, burial date & location, relative's name, memorial type and notes on the inscription.



Over 10,000 records from have been added to Scotland Registers & Records, a collections of images taken from different publications related to Scottish parishes and families. The records included in this collection are incredibly varied, ranging from parish records, topographical accounts and memorial inscriptions to a 19th century novel and a short history of the Black Watch. The latest additions include 55 new publications including 7 from Renfrewshire in the west central Lowlands.


About Findmypast

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field across its family of online brands, which includes The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others. It’s lead brand, Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records ranging from births, marriages, deaths and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and more. 

For millions of members around the world, Findmypast a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research. It is home to the largest online collection of Irish family history records, over 450 million exclusive UK parish records dating back to the early 16th century, and the Periodical Source Index; a rich, exclusive collection of the world’s best family history periodicals.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Deadline for Call for Proposals for NGS 2018 Family History Conference 1 April 2017


ARLINGTON, VA, 29 March— Time is running out for speakers—as well as organizations interested in sponsoring lectures—to submit lecture proposals for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2018 Family History Conference, Paths to Your Past, to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2–5 May 2018. All proposals must be submitted electronically at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/call_for_proposals by 11:59 p.m. EDT on 1 April 2017.

Typically, an NGS conference attracts between 1,800 and 2,000 family historians and genealogists, as well as more than 80 exhibitors and sponsors. NGS promotes its conferences nationally and in regional markets as well as through online social media.  Grand Rapids, Michigan, is an ideal site for the 2018 conference and promises to be especially popular. The Great Lakes were strategic waterways that aided Americans moving west, and immigrants coming from overseas through Canada, to settle and develop the Midwest in the nineteenth century. The growth of industries in the twentieth century brought wave after wave of migrants from the South and immigrants from abroad. Later, as manufacturing slowed down, many left Michigan and moved to the west and southwest.

Among the topics being considered by NGS are presentations on migration paths to the Midwest, including waterways, trails, and railroads; records and repositories for Michigan, the surrounding states, and Canada; records generated by France, Great Britain, and later by the newly established United States as they fought for control of the Old Northwest Territory; land grants, deeds, and maps; and laws and court records.

Conference tracks under consideration include ethnic and religious groups, migration into and out of the Midwest, military records, occupations and trades, and other organizations including masons, abolitionists, prohibitionists, and unions. NGS encourages the submission of proposals for broader genealogical categories, including methodology, problem solving, Internet websites, apps, and other technology tools. Proposals may also include presentations about DNA and how to use DNA to solve genealogical roadblocks.   

Speakers who wish to submit lecture proposals, and organizations interested in sponsoring tracks or individual lectures, should follow the published guidelines at the NGS website page: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/call_for_proposals.

All proposals must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. EDT on 1 April 2017.

Speakers may submit up to eight proposals electronically by completing all the requested information at https://goo.gl/forms/5DHIlumuOuTMAn7J2.

Organizations wishing to sponsor a lecture may submit proposals athttps://goo.gl/forms/Wpr1gyZ2U00V2WhX2.  

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Should Cursive Handwriting Die?



With the proliferation of e-communications into the daily fabric of life, some people may argue that societies are uniformly rejecting handwritten correspondence, perhaps ensuring its inevitable extinction. Is there any value in nurturing this decaying form of “old-school” communication, or is its proper place now resigned to future displays of extinct methods of communicating found only in museums of “life as it used to be”? 

Should we be concerned about an impending demise of handwritten correspondence?

What's its importance in knowing our ancestors?

Could future generations be disconnected from the past if they can't read cursive handwriting?

In this month's FamilySearch feature article "Should Cursive Handwriting Die?", these questions are addressed, 

You will also discover cool tools for understanding hard-to-read handwriting, 5 tips to hone your cursive reading skills, a fun website to test your prowess at decoding Early American handwriting, and fun cursive writing worksheets for children.

Read, use, or share the entire feature article in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

Monday, March 27, 2017

TheGenealogist Launches Various London Educational Records



The Genealogist has just released a batch of London school and university records to join its ever growing educational collection.

Researchers can use this new data to find ancestors who attended or taught at a variety of Educational establishments within London between 1831 and 1927. Also listed are the names of those who held high office in the institutions, such as the patrons; deans; visitors and professors, in the case of universities and the principles, masters and governors in the case of the schools.

This release covers the names of those who graduated from the University of London between 1836 and 1926 - while for King’s College London, it also provides a list of Fellows from 1847 to 1920, registered students for 1920-1921 and those awarded degrees in 1920 and 1921 as well as the prizes given at King’s.

With a number of school records, joining this London release, researchers can also find old boys who served in World War I. For example it is possible to track down men serving with the colours in the Great War in the case of the Old Wilsonians, as listed in The Wilsonian Magazine. For those Old Alleynians and Old Haberdashers, who perished in the war, their names and often a photograph are recorded in the First World War Roll of Honours for both Dulwich College and the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hampstead School.

The list of records included in this release are

      University of London Historical Record 1836-1926
      The Skylark Magazine from Haberdashers' Aske's Hampstead School 1918
      The Wilsonian Magazine April 1914-April 1919
      University College School, London Register 1831-1891
      Royal College Of Chemistry, Royal School Of Mines And Royal College Of Science Register Of Associates
      Record of Old Westminsters Vols 1 and 2 earliest times -1927
      King's College, London Calendar 1921-1922
      Dulwich College War Record 1914-1919


These records and more are available at TheGenealogist.co.uk

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Free 5-Day Western European Family History Conference




Salt Lake City, Utah (26 March 2017FamilySearch’s world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be offering its free Western European Family History Conference, May 15 to May 19, 2017. Guests can attend classes in person or online. The conference will focus exclusively on select Western European research and is intended for beginning and intermediate researchers. Classes are free, but registration is required due to class size and webinar bandwidth limitations. For more information or to register, go to FamilySearch Wiki. Easily find and share this news release online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

Classes will be taught by the Family History Library’s staff of experts and guest genealogists. Content will focus primarily on how to research records from Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium. Topics addressed will include census, church, immigration, and vital records.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Use the following links to register for deisired conference classes online or in the library: in-person guests or webinar guests.

DATE / TIME
CLASS (SKILL LEVEL)
WEBINAR | CLASSROOM
Mon, 15-May, 9:00 AMFinding German Places of Origin (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Mon, 15-May, 10:15 AMSpelling Variations in German Given and Place Names (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Mon, 15-May, 11:30 AMMeyers German Gazetteer Now Online, Indexed and Fully Searchable (Beginner)WebinarMain B/C
Mon, 15-May, 2:00 PMGerman Church Records and Beyond: Deepen Your Research
Using a Variety of Town Records (Intermediate)
WebinarMain B/C
Mon, 15-May, 3:15 PMElusive Immigrant: Methods of Proving Identity (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Tue, 16-May, 9:00 AMFinding Your French Ancestors Online Part 1 (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Tue, 16-May, 10:15 AMFinding Your French Ancestors Online Part 2 (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Tue, 16-May, 11:30 AMFinding Your French Ancestors Online Part 3 (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Tue, 16-May, 2:00 PMOut of the Ashes of Paris (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Tue, 16-May, 3:15 PMResearch in Alsace-Lorraine (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Wed, 17-May, 9:00 AMLatin for Researchers (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Wed, 17-May, 10:15 AMCalendar Changes in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the
Low Countries (Intermediate)
WebinarMain B/C
Wed, 17-May, 11:30 AMGazetteers and Maps for Belgium, Luxembourg, and the
Netherlands (Intermediate)
WebinarMain B/C
Wed, 17-May, 2:00 PMBeginning Research in Luxembourg (Beginner)WebinarMain B/C
Wed, 17-May, 3:15 PMBeginning Research in Belgium (Beginner)WebinarMain B/C
Thur, 18-May, 9:00 AMNames in Belgium and the Netherlands (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Thur, 18-May, 10:15 AMWieWasWie, Past the Index: What to do Next (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Thur, 18-May, 11:30 AMDutch Provincial and City Research (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Thurs, 18-May, 2:00 PMDutch Research Before 1811 (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Thu, 18-May, 3:15 PMFinding Your Family in the Amazing Online Amsterdam City
Archives (Intermediate)
WebinarMain B/C
Fri, 19-May, 9:00 AMBeginning Swiss Research Part 1 (Beginner)WebinarMain B/C
Fri, 19-May, 10:15 AMBeginning Swiss Research Part 2 (Beginner)WebinarMain B/C
Fri, 19-May, 11:30 AMSwiss Archives Online Records (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C
Fri, 19-May, 2:00 PMSwiss Census Records (Beginner)WebinarMain B/C
Fri, 19-May, 3:15 PMSwiss Chorgericht Records (Intermediate)WebinarMain B/C


About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,991 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.