Posted by on July 24, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site

In case you might have missed them while you were lounging by the pool or draped in the front of the air conditioner (trust us, we feel your pain), here are some of the new collections that launched this past week.

Writs in Washington D.C., Habeas Corpus Case Records, 1820–1863, include folks who found themselves in court for criminal matters, financial disputes and bankruptcy, apprenticeships, family matters, and military cases—as well as individuals detained as runaway servants or slaves. In some cases, you’ll find the names of witnesses attesting to a detainee’s free or enslaved status.

If your past passed through Tarrant County, Texas, you’ll want to take a look at the Tarrant County, Texas, Probate Index, 1800-2012.

Or if you think your immigrants took the oath of citizenship in the Empire State, the New York, Naturalization Petitions, 1794-1906, database brings more than a million new naturalization documents from NARA’s vaults to your desktop. Including Nikola Tesla’s:

ny nats tesla

You’ll find a wide swath of cemetery records from the Kansas State Historical Society in Kansas, Cemetery Records, 1812-1981, from inscriptions to indexes to Civil War soldiers laid to rest on the plains, even some obituaries.

A little warning about the U.S., American Red Cross Nurse Files, 1916-1959. You can easily lose an afternoon (or longer) browsing the files of these feisty women. Whether it’s Annie Laurie Williams mixing it up with train yard bullies:

red cross williams

Or Florence Farmer seeing hundreds of refugee children safely home from Vladivostok back to St. Petersburg—via the Panama Canal (that would be taking the long way around, in case world geography was a long time ago). Makes you want to adopt a nurse, if you don’t have one in the family already.

Enjoy the new records, and keep cool out there. Oh, and you can keep up on all the new and updated collections at Ancestry.com at on the Recently added and updated collections page.