2008 at Ancestry: Collection Highlights

Ancestry____logo.gifThis week, I went through all of the newsletters from this year and pulled out some of the larger databases that were posted this week, and some of my personal favorites from this year. My thought was to write a column about them, but when I realized how many there were, I decided that the article would focus on five or so. Here is my initial list, beginning with some of the more exciting titles for the U.S.  (Bear in mind though that this is not all-inclusive for 2008. To make sure you’re catching all the resources for your area of interest, search the card catalog.)

Native American

African American

Census

Military

State Vitals

Immigration/Naturalization

International/Ethnic

Australia

Canada

France

Germany

Ireland

Italy

Jewish

Sweden

Switzerland

UK/Scotland

2 thoughts on “2008 at Ancestry: Collection Highlights

  1. Find your column very informative and enjoyable. I wonder why there is not more information about Hungary? I realize that she has gone through many occupations and records may be hard to obtain, however, I see no mention of any attempts by Ancestry or another research firm for records. Could you cover Hungary on-line and repository sources in your next column for 2009? I’m sure there are many out there who would appreciate it.

  2. My favorite site entered in Ancestry this year is: Bremen Germany Crew Lists on Ships 1815-1917. Renke Hashagen (my dad’s g-g-grandfather) supposedly went to the North Pole and never came back. Through a query on Ancestry I had found out (church records) he was born 13 Mar 1797, Bremen, Germany and probably died in Gronland (Greenland) about 1820. The Crew Lists showed him as a crew member on two whaling ships. Ancestry solved this family mystery in more ways than one!! He wasn’t going to the North Pole. He was a carpenter on whaling ships, one of which probably sunk. By the way, when I started my searching many years ago, I didn’t even know the ancestor was named Renke. Thanks, Ancestry. Theora Frisbee

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