Genealogy in the News
While history remains the same, the genealogy research landscape is constantly changing and growing. Here’s the latest on what’s happening in the world of family history research and records:
FamilySearch Indexers Pass the 160 Million Record Mark for 2010
SALT LAKE CITY - FamilySearch volunteers have indexed 160 million records so far this year and more are on the way! New projects now available include records from Canada, England, Russia, and the United States. Completed collections that will soon be available on beta.familysearch.org include records from Canada, Germany, England, Russia, and the United States.
New Projects in the Past Two Weeks
- Canada, New Brunswick—Deaths, 1815–1938 [Part B]
- U.K., Bristol—Parish Registers, 1837–1900 [Part H]
- U.K., Manchester—Parish Registers, 1813–1925 [Part B]
- U.S., Arkansas—1930 Federal Census
- U.S., Connecticut—1930 Federal Census
- U.S., Rhode Island—1930 Federal Census
- U.S., West Virginia—WWII Draft Registration, 1942
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Recently Completed Projects
(Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process. They will be published at beta.familysearch.org in the near future.)
- Canada, Ontario—Deaths, 1933–1937
- Deutschland, Baden, Achern—Kirchenbücher, 1810–1869 [Part C]
- Deutschland, Mecklenburg—Volkszählung, 1890 [Div 93–156]
- U.K., Bristol—Parish Registers, 1837–1900 [Part G]
- U.S., District of Columbia—1930 Federal Census
- U.S., Indiana—WWII Draft Registration Cards, 1942
- U.S., Kentucky—1930 Federal Census
- U.S., Vermont—Vital Records, 1760–1954 [Part A]
- U.S., West Virginia—1930 Federal Census
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National Geograhic and Ancestry Collaborate on New Online Family History Experience
PROVO, Utah, November 16, 2010 –Ancestry.com has announce a strategic alliance with National Geographic Digital Media to help individuals make new discoveries in their family history. As part of the relationship, NationalGeographic.com will host a family history experience online, developed by Ancestry.com, which enables visitors to learn more about researching their genealogy and provides specific tools for them to search their ancestral roots located on the Genographic Project website.
The new feature is an add-on to National Geographic’s existing Genographic Project Web portal that helps chart the migration history of the human species using DNA analysis. This additional online experience offers the ability to start an online family tree, tips on how to get started with researching family history and links to important historical record collections that are searchable on Ancestry.com.
For anyone interested in learning more about their ancestors, or to experience the family history tools offered by Ancestry.com and National Geographic, visit http://bit.ly/ACOMonNatGeo
The New England Historic Genealogical Society Gets a New Website
Boston, MA – November 23, 2010 – Today, The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in Boston bids farewell to its former website www.NewEnglandAncestors.org and officially welcomes AmericanAncestors.org as its new home.
In August, D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO of NEHGS, announced the launch of AmericanAncestors.org. Unlike the former website, AmericanAncestors.org contains all of the Society’s New England and New York content, features, articles, and resources, as well as weekly updates and databases in a variety of regional and ethnic specialties, like mid-Atlantic, Irish, and African American research.
Simons said, “This website marks a transformative experience in our 165-year history, the first genealogical society founded in America. It represents the next major step ahead as we continue to expand our resources.”
AmericanAncestors.org provides online access to some of the most vital research tools and resources available. Some of the improvements include a new image viewer, faster navigation and search results time, and more unique content. This expanded scope allows greater opportunity for NEHGS to bring unique content to its members as well as the public while establishing new and beneficial collaborations with likeminded non-profit organizations and important commercial entities.
Ryan Woods, Director of Technology, notes a significant advantage of the AmericanAncestors.org website, “The new advanced search form provides all of the necessary search fields to conduct a thorough and specific query, removing the need to navigate across what were previously four hundred different search pages.”
Other features that AmericanAncestors.org offers include:
- More exclusive content: more unique, searchable, highly vetted materials for New England, New York, and other regions added weekly
- Enhanced search engine: an all-new, true “master search” that will search across all databases and other web-based content, with faster results and easier navigation
- Personal research profile: a social networking feature for NEHGS members to develop an online profile and input family research information, and even share them with others
- Improved images: a state-of-the-art new image viewer that will provide easier saving, and viewing of images and data
- Timely information: more news on our homepage and an enhanced blog “The Daily Genealogist” will bring our weekly electronic newsletter to the next level with stories and helpful research tips
Moreover, NEHGS is continuing to invite people to sign up for the NEHGS free registration “Guest Registration” program. This program provides anyone with free access to the popular weekly news stories as well as special access to a variety of databases, resources, articles, and other tools to help with their research. More information can be found on the NEHGS website at http://www.americanancestors.org/ .
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