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Monday, June 25, 2012
MyHeritage Launches SuperSearch Genealogy Research Feature
Posted by Diane
Genealogy website MyHeritage
officially launched its new SuperSearch feature
(previously in beta) today. This brings it into more direct competition with genealogy sites offering historical records in addition to online family tree sharing.
SuperSearch, part of the site's subscription offerings, lets you
search records and family trees on MyHeritage. You can run a basic
search or used the advanced search to enter name, relatives' names,
life events (such as birth, marriage or death), and keywords.
The search will translate names and search records in 38 languages.
Record Matching, another new feature still to come, will automatically
search the records and trees for you.
In addition to MyHeritage family trees, types of records searched
include vital records, census records and indexes, military records,
immigration records, school yearbooks, newspapers and historical
books, and more.
The records come from the World Vital Records website, which
MyHeritage purchased last year, as well as MyHeritage's own
additions. New records are being uploaded to the site.
Every day, large numbers of historical records and data are being
added and we also plan to have our time-saving Record Matching
technology up and running in a few weeks. Watch for more information
- we'll let you know when Record Matching is live!
SuperSearch is an exciting new service that adds color to family
history, improves by the day, and which positions MyHeritage as a
top player in the historical content market.
You can run a search and use filters on the left side of the page to
narrow the results to the types of records (census, immigration,
etc) you want to see. Some collections, such as the 1940 census, are
free to view. If you click on a result for a premium collection,
you'll get a prompt to subscribe or upgrade your free MyHeritage
You can read more about SuperSearch in my interview with MyHeritage
founder and CEO Gilad Japhet this past March.
Here's a video that shows you a little more about how SuperSearch
Genealogy Web Sites | MyHeritage
Monday, June 25, 2012 3:44:53 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Friday, June 22, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, June 18-22
Posted by Diane
FamilySearch has updated the historical records search at
FamilySearch.org with more records for Austria, Brazil, Canada,
Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, England,
Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain
and the United States. You
can check out the list of updated databases here.
The Indiana Historical
Society's (IHS) Midwestern Roots conference takes place Friday
and Saturday July 20 and 21 in Indianapolis. Attendees can choose
from more than 30 sessions from presenters including genealogy
blogger and tech guru Dick Eastman, GeneaBloggers founder Thomas
MacEntee, Hey America, Your Roots Are Showing author Megan Smolenyak
Smolenyak, findmypast.com's Joshua Taylor and other well-known
genealogy experts. There'll also be a book fair and marketplace.
Full conference registration costs $150 for non-IHS members—but the
early bird price ends next Wednesday, June 27. Click
here to learn more and register.
FamilySearch | Genealogy Events | Genealogy societies | Genealogy Web Sites | UK and Irish roots
Friday, June 22, 2012 12:32:47 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Thursday, June 21, 2012
FamilySearch Adds Four States to 1940 Census Index, Plus Other Genealogy Records
Posted by Diane
Across all the websites hosting 1940 census records, a total of 27
states now have free, searchable name indexes for this census.
has added four more searchable state indexes to its 1940 census indexed states we listed last week: Alabama,
Indiana, Maine and North Dakota.
The indexes are searchable on FamilySearch.org and its volunteer 1940
Community Project partners findmypast.com
Delaware, Maine, Nevada, New York and Washington
DC are searchable by name.
has Rhode Island and part of New York indexed.
In addition to its 1940 census indexes, FamilySearch has added new digitized records or indexed names for the United States and Austria,
Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, England,
Georgia, Indonesia, Italy, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal,
Russia, Scotland, Spain and Sweden. You can see a list of
updated databases and link to each one from the FamilySearch site.
Ancestry.com | Archives.com | census records | FamilySearch | Free Databases | Genealogy Web Sites | International Genealogy
Thursday, June 21, 2012 9:32:56 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Forces War Records Genealogy Website Hosts British Military Records
Posted by Diane
Did your British ancestor serve in the military? You might be interested in this genealogy website: A British company called Forces Reunited, founded in 2001 by
a military veteran, has launched a military records subscription site
called Forces War
The site holds more than 4 million British military records from
World Wars I and II, the Boer War (1899-1902), the Crimean War
(1853-1856), African wars (1815-1853) and Napoleonic wars
(1799-1815). Search results are cross-matched to information on more
than 4,000 regiments, bases and ships of the British Armed Forces
dating to before 1350.
You can set up a free account, but you'll need a subscription to see
full details of records matching your search. Subscription prices
range from 25.95 pounds (about $41) for three months to 85.95 pounds
(about $135) for 12 months.
The site has a free search for Prisoners of War (1939-1945), an
index giving you the name of the servicemember, camp, regiment
linked to information about the regiment) and branch of service,
plus a link to search results in the site's other records for that
You also can search a free index to information from Medieval
military records, with data from a free site called the
Soldier in Later Medieval England.
Genealogy Web Sites | Military records | UK and Irish roots
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 5:15:27 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Get Expert Advice for Researching German Genealogy
Posted by Diane
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group in the United States—which is why we're offering a new German
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Best of all, this collection of German genealogy guidance is on
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more about the German Genealogy Value Pack in ShopFamilyTree.com.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012 4:37:11 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Monday, June 18, 2012
ISGS Will Match Donations to War of 1812 Pension Digitization Projects
Posted by Diane
The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) has pledged to match
donations to the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Preserve the
Pensions campaign up to $10,000.
Preserve the Pensions raises money to help digitize War of 1812
pension records, now on paper at the National Archives, and make
them free to access online. The archives has more than 180,000
pension files totaling 7.2 million pages.
You can see War of 1812
pension records that have already been digitzed on genealogy
ISGS will match any contribution made to the Preserve the Pensions
project before Dec. 31, 2012, up to the first $10,000. For instance,
if you donate $100, the ISGS will match it for a total of $200.
In addition, Ancestry.com will also match all ISGS
contributions, which means any contribution you make will be
quadrupled: Your $100 contribution would become a $400 contribution.
A $10 contribution to Preserve the Pensions allows about 80 pages of
pension files to be digitized.
A total of $3.7 million is needed to digitize the entire collection.
You can donate via Paypal or by check. See the ISGS website
for details on making a contribution.
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Monday, June 18, 2012 3:31:58 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
1940 Census: Big Deal or Not?
Posted by Diane
Randy Seaver has posted
a response to a letter to the editor printed in the July/August
Family Tree Magazine.
The letter-writer thought that we at Family Tree Magazine, as well as other genealogy organizations, got overly giddy about the 1940 census. He thought that the
time spent browsing for an ancestor's listing in the then-unindexed
1940 census yields little to no new genealogical information (now,
states are searchable by name).
can see why in his post—and he wants to know what others
Personally, I've found the census useful. In some cases, I just
confirmed what I knew; in others, I found evidence to support educated guesses. And as Randy points out, until you check a record, you
don't know whether it'll hold a surprise. I was looking for someone
else entirely when I
found my grandfather staying at the YMCA in Cincinnati. When
the Ohio name index comes out, you can bet I'll be searching for my
grandma, who met my grandfather here soon after 1940.
A Family Tree Magazine Facebook
fan says she's using the 1940 census to help in her search for living
relatives. Another Facebook fan gets a kick out of finding his family members'
names, whether he learns anything new or not. So do I! What about
census records | Family Tree Magazine articles | Genealogy Industry
Monday, June 18, 2012 3:02:12 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Friday, June 15, 2012
Genealogy News Corral, June 11-15
Posted by Diane
- MyHeritage announced
that it has reached the milestone of one billion MyHeritage.com profiles. The billion profiles are in nearly 23 million
family trees. MyHeritage.com has more than 63 million registered
users who add about a million new profiles every day. About half
of the billion profiles belong to living people.
Family Tree Magazine articles | Genealogy Web Sites | Libraries and Archives | MyHeritage | Social Networking
Friday, June 15, 2012 10:08:24 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Thursday, June 14, 2012
1940 Census Update: 24 States Are Now Searchable By Name
Posted by Diane
Across all the websites hosting 1940 census records, a
total of 24 states now have free, searchable name indexes for this
has released two more searchable state indexes, Oklahoma and South Dakota. All the states searchable on
FamilySearch and its volunteer 1940
Census Community Project partners findmypast.com and
Delaware, Maine, Nevada, New York and Washington DC are searchable by name.
- New Hampshire
- South Dakota
Rhode Island and part of New York indexed.
Ancestry.com | Archives.com | census records | MyHeritage
Thursday, June 14, 2012 8:51:45 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
War of 1812 Bicentennial: Genealogy Resources
Posted by Diane
Two hundred years ago June 18, President James Madison signed the
United States' war declaration against Great Britain, starting the
War of 1812.
Contributing to the declaration were British impediments to American
trade with France, the impressment of American merchant sailors into
Britain's Royal Navy, and Britain's support of American Indian
tribes against American expansion into the Old Northwest as a buffer
for Canada. Some Americans including Thomas Jefferson even saw the
war as an opportunity to acquire Canada.
The war lasted until 1815 and ended in what many historians consider
a draw, with neither side gaining or losing significant territory.
Psychologically, though, Americans felt they'd won a second war of
independence. Canada successfully repelled US invaders, giving the
war a prominent spot in Canadian national consciousness. Great Lakes
and Southeast American Indians lost their hold on their lands. Many
left, made deals with the US government or were removed to Indian
You can learn more
about the war and watch PBS' documentary on the network's War of
Find bicentennial events, a timeline, and museum and historic site
information at the Official War
of 1812 Bicentennial website.
Also check state commemorative websites such as Ohio's War of 1812 and Maryland's StarSpangled200.
The Battle of Baltimore, of course, inspired Francis Scott
Key to pen the "Star Spangled Banner."
The Navy, which emerged as the key to US defenses, is posting
information and commemorative events at OurFlagWasStillThere.org
and the War of 1812
Bicentennial Network Facebook page.
If your ancestors fought in the War of 1812, here are some free
FamilyTreeMagazine.com articles to start your research:
Your Service: Compare your ancestor's birth date to this
chart to see if he might have fought in the War of 1812 (or
of 1812 Records: Our AncestorNews columnist links to
several of her favorite, free War of 1812 online databases.
(Note that the Library of Virginia database linked on this page
is down June 12 due to a power outage at the library.)
Here are some resources from ShopFamilyTree.com that you might
Canadian roots | Family Tree Magazine articles | Military records
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 1:43:44 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)