Ernest Borgnine: Do They Make ’em Like That Anymore?

Posted by Paul Rawlins on July 9, 2012 in Entertainment

Do they make ’em like that anymore? That’s what I found myself asking as I read Ernest Borgnine’s biography last year while digging into a batch of U.S. Navy muster rolls. Ernest Borgnine—still Ermes Effron Borgnino—wasn’t famous when he came to the United States from Italy with his mother in 1923 aboard the Dante Alighieri. Read More

Ray Bradbury: A Legacy Remembered

Posted by Paul Rawlins on June 7, 2012 in Entertainment

While I was glancing at headlines yesterday, I saw that Ray Bradbury passed away. I read “All of Summer in a Day” back in elementary school and have never forgotten it. I re-read Fahrenheit 451 a year or so ago and was startled by some of the details Bradbury included in his future world that Read More

New Kansas Collections: There’s No Place Like Home

Posted by Paul Rawlins on November 18, 2011 in Collections

If you have ties to the Sunflower State, count yourself lucky. We’ve had three Kansas collections go live on recently: Kansas, Registration Affidavits of Alien Enemies, 1917–1918; Kansas, World War I Veteran Collection, 1917–1919; and Russell County, Kansas, Vitals and Newspaper Records, 1800-1937. Though they’re relatively specific, they contain some interesting records and are well Read More

The 1930 Mexico Census and the Mexican Melting Pot

Posted by Paul Rawlins on September 16, 2011 in Collections, Mexico

One thing I learned as we launched the 1930 Mexico Census online is that Mexico is much more of a melting pot than I realized. Mexico’s 1930 national census (“El Quinto Censo General de Población y Vivienda 1930, México”) is called the Fifth General Census of Housing and Population based on the first formally recognized Read More

Take a Free Ride with Immigration Records

Posted by Paul Rawlins on August 30, 2011 in Collections

If you haven’t noticed the banners, just in time for the end of the summer vacation season, is offering free access to our Immigration and Travel databases for a week. To give you an idea of what’s included, here are a few numbers. We divide our travel and immigration databases into six categories: Category Read More

The Ballots Are in on California Voter Registers

Posted by Paul Rawlins on July 25, 2011 in Collections

Anybody know whether Jack London had gray eyes? The California Voter Registers, 1866-1898, database just released on takes you back to a time before you presented a picture ID at the voting booth, which may explain some of the unexpected details you may find in these records. Preventing Voter Fraud Statewide voter registration in Read More

Found at Sea with Navy Muster Rolls and Cruise Books

Posted by Paul Rawlins on June 6, 2011 in Collections

Odds are, if you had an ancestor who served as enlisted personnel aboard a U.S. Navy vessel in WWII, you’ll most likely find him—or her—in the U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938–1949, database that recently went live on You’ll also find some civilian passengers and a few officers here and there among the Read More

U.S. Consular Reports of Birth: The Donaldsons, Part Deux

Posted by Paul Rawlins on March 28, 2011 in Collections

Last month, I wrote about the marriage of Elaine Strang and Frederick Donaldson as recorded in the Consular Reports of Marriage, 1910–1949, database (and elsewhere). With the release of the U.S. Consular Reports of Births, 1910–1949, records this month, it seems only natural to take up the story again. All the Little Donaldsons From 1927 Read More