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New Content: Vets, Criminals, Immigrants, and Engineers

Posted on November 27, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site

It’s been a good week for new content, a little something to be thankful for as you get ready for the holiday. Pennsylvania offered veterans bonus compensation claimed by men in the Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Applications, WWII, 1950, database. You’ll find more than 1,100 sketches of immigrants or immigrant families in New England, The Great Migration and… Read more

New Content: British Quakers, Hawaiian Passengers, and AP Stories

Posted on November 26, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

The Non-Parochial Register Act of 1840 required Quaker registers of births, marriages, and burials prior to 30 June 1837 be turned over to the Registrar General in London. You’ll find 500,000 names from those records in England & Wales, Quaker Birth, Marriage, and Death Registers, 1578-1837. We’ve added almost 1.5 million new records to the Honolulu,… Read more

New Content: Census of Canada Index, TX Weddings, NC Cherokee, Pension Records and more

Posted on November 15, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

For those of you counting down the days until the 1921 Census of Canada was indexed, the wait is over and the index is live!   The census books in the North Carolina, Native American Census Selected Tribes, 1894–1913, database enumerate communities and counties on the Cherokee or Qualla Reservations in western North Carolina. These… Read more

New Content: Military Records, Virgin Islands Vaccination Journals, and the 1921 Census of Canada to Name a Few

Posted on November 1, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site

New records are piling up like the leaves on my front lawn. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) is home to an extensive collection of compiled family histories and Bible records. The U.S., Select Family History and Bible Records Index gives you an online guide to HSP’s treasure trove. Veterans Day has its roots in WWI,… Read more

Three Cs: New Content from Connecticut, Canada, and Czechoslovakia

Posted on October 22, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

If you haven’t heard of the World Memory Project, it’s our joint effort with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to create the largest free online resource for information about individual victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution. So far, almost 3,000 volunteers have added more than 2,000,000 records. The latest are USHMM: Czechoslovakia, Selected Jewish… Read more

New Content: Probates, School Girls, BMDs, and Airplane Snacks

Posted on October 18, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

Family historians love wills and probate records for the light they can shed on family relationships. This month, we’ve added two probate-related collections from the southern hemisphere: New South Wales, Australia, Index to Deceased Estate Files, 1923-1958 New Zealand, Notices of Deceased Estates, 1880-1950   U.S., School Catalogs, 1765-1935, is a fun hodgepodge of everything… Read more

New Content: Lots of Birmingham with a Little Perth and Virgin Islands

Posted on September 27, 2013 in Collections

We have released a lot of Birmingham, England records recently – the birthplace of industrial innovations ranging from the steam engine to heavy metal music – and we added six new databases full of your Brummie ancestors, whether they were in church or…prison. Birmingham, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 Birmingham, England, Burials, 1813-1964 Birmingham,… Read more

Content Update: Mass and German Vitals, Border Crossings, and Ohio Taxes

Posted on September 25, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Research

We added some critical Mass to our records last week with new indexes to Massachusetts births, marriages, and deaths: Massachusetts, Birth Index, 1901–1960 and 1967–1970 Massachusetts, Marriage Index, 1901–1955 and 1966–1970 Massachusetts, Death Index, 1901–1980   While you’re in the neighborhood, you’ll also find an additional 300,000 records added to the Boston, Passenger and Crew… Read more

Gather ’Round the Table: Get the Conversation Going with Global Commenting

Posted on September 17, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site

We’ve all done it. Sat around the kitchen table up to our elbows in old black-and-white photos, glasses perched on the end of our nose, asking, “Now, who’s this?” With new commenting features for online trees, the kitchen table just got a whole lot bigger. The idea behind the latest changes to commenting is to… Read more

New Content: Nonconformists, Military Registers, Cali Marriages, and the Baker Roll

Posted on September 13, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

Not everybody comes to the U.S. via New York. Maryland, Crew Lists of Vessels and Airplanes, 1910-1954, is just that, an image-only collection of crew lists for both ships and planes that arrived in Baltimore during the first half of the 20th century. If your English ancestors were nonconforming types—you know, Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, and the… Read more