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New Records: Idaho Comings and Goings, Eight Holocaust Indexes

Posted on August 20, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site

  Research in the Gem State gets a boost with: Idaho, Birth Index, 1861-1912, Stillbirth Index, 1905-1962 Idaho, Divorce Index, 1947-1962 Idaho, Death Index, 1890-1962 (updated) Idaho, Marriage Index, 1842-1996 (updated)   There has also been a steady stream of new indexes of details extracted from Holocaust records we have been uploading this summer in partnership with… Read more

Recent Releases: Saskatchewan Residents and Mounties, Texas Marriages and Divorces, Ads for Lost Irish

Posted on August 5, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site

For those of you with Saskatchewan roots, we have a lot of good news for you. We’ve teamed up with the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society to bring several new databases online. The Saskatchewan, Canada, Residents Index (SRI), 1800–2012, is the largest, with an index containing almost 3 million names from cemeteries, local history books, Cummins Maps,… Read more

Recent Releases on Ancestry.com – Oregon Adoptions, Mexican-American War Volunteers, London Knights and Bankrupts

Posted on July 26, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

We didn’t want you to miss any of these little gems while recovering from temporary fireworks-induced blindness, excessive barbecue intake, parade fatigue, or simply a really bad sunburn, so here are some of the new records released earlier this summer:   Adoptions can be fantastic for families but hard on genealogists. But you may be… Read more

New Releases on Ancestry.com – Habeas Corpus, Texas Probate, New York Naturalization Records and More

Posted 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… Read more

Jackie Robinson, Big Man on Any Campus

Posted on May 9, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site

How good was Jackie Robinson? So good that in high school, he even got written up in opponents’ yearbooks—after beating them:     At Pasadena Junior College, he wowed folks in track,   baseball,   basketball,   and football,   the sport that led to his being dubbed the greatest individual athlete on the greatest… Read more

Mollie Williams—Little Miss Mollie

Posted on February 28, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site

Mollie Williams was born a slave in Utica, Mississippi. But that’s not all she talks about when she reminisces about her childhood in her autobiographical interview with a Federal Writers’ Project staff member in the 1930s. She tells about what she wore, what she ate, what mischief she and the other kids (black and white)… Read more

Brawley Gilmore—John Good’s Gumption

Posted on February 22, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site

Say you’re a blacksmith and some of your customers just might be members of the Ku Klux Klan. It takes some guts to mark their horseshoes so you can look at the tracks after a raid and finger the riders. The way Brawley Gilmore tells it—or told it in 1937—John Good had the guts.  … Read more

Henry Flipper—Clearing His Name

Posted on February 10, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site, Content

Sometimes the scales of justice balance slowly. Henry O. Flipper, the first black graduate of West Point, was charged with embezzlement while serving as a buffalo soldier. The image is from the monthly return that notes his arrest in 1881.     He was found not guilty but was still dismissed from the Army for… Read more

John Glover—Holy Rolling

Posted on February 8, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site

To hear John Glover tell it, there’s nothing like a good earthquake to improve public morals. He explained in his interview with Federal Writers Project members how the earth thundered and rolled until folks thought the Judgment had come. People were praying, and the cows and chickens were making a racket. He said the world… Read more

Jack Peterson—Patriot

Posted on February 8, 2013 in Ancestry.com Site

You’ve heard of Benedict Arnold, but what about Jack Peterson?     According to the October 9, 1859, Weekly Anglo-African, if Jack Peterson and Moses Sherwood hadn’t decided to take on a landing party from the British sloop of war Vulture by themselves, thereby frustrating Major Andre’s escape, Arnold might have given away West Point… Read more

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