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# Friday, 29 June 2012
Genealogy News Corral, June 23-27
Posted by Diane

  • The city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Historical Society have teamed up to publish an online database of LA city officials back to 1850. Click Search Office Holder to search by name. To browse, click an election year on the left, then click the tabs for elected officials, committees and appointed officials, and expand the lists in each category. If you have an ancestor who served as a public official in LA, you might find it helpful to download the site's Introduction and User Guide via the links on the left side of the page.

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Friday, 29 June 2012 10:44:37 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0] Adds Six States to Its 1940 Census Index (Including Ohio!)
Posted by Diane

No sooner had we sent out yesterday's Genealogy Insider newsletter with a 1940 census update, than announced the addition of six states to its free, searchable 1940 census index.

Those new states are:
  • Pennsylvania
  • Ohio (yahoo!)
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Colorado
  • Vermont
Added to the existing indexes for Delaware, Maine, New York, Nevada, Washington DC, this makes 10 searchable states plus DC for, and a total of 34 states plus DC across all 1940 census index websites (MyHeritage and FamilySearch with its 1940 Community Census Project partners). The 1940 census is free to search on all these sites.
I immediately searched the Ohio index for my grandmother, who I knew was living with her sister somewhere in Cincinnati in 1940. Right away I found her and a sister, living with the family of another sister in a suburb just north of downtown.

She was a bookkeeper at a foundry. Now I just need to figure out where she met my grandfather, an engineer staying at the YMCA downtown in 1940.

This screenshot shows's new image viewer (still in beta). A window at the bottom shows transcribed information, and one on the right shows source details (you can make both of these windows disappear by clicking the double arrows on the green tabs).

When you zoom in and can no longer see the name column, the indexed names pop out from the left side—with the person you searched on and his/her household highlighted—so you can keep track of the rows of names. For several columns, you can hover over a cell and the transcribed information will pop up.

I've experienced a few minor glitches when moving around the record image using the new viewer on a Mac.

Search's 1940 census here (the page's design makes it look like you're just searching New York, but you can type any of the indexed states into the Lived In field). | census records | Free Databases
Friday, 29 June 2012 09:08:39 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [5]
# Thursday, 28 June 2012
1940 Census Now Searchable for California + 30 Other States
Posted by Diane

The western half of the country is almost entirely orange on FamilySearch's 1940 census index progress map, indicating states with free, searchable name indexes.

California—the fifth largest US state in 1940—is the latest addition. Iowa, Nebraska, New Mexico and Washington also have been added, bringing FamilySearch's total of searchable states to 29.

The 29 states also are searchable on the websites of FamilySearch's 1940 Census Community Project partners and

In all, you can search the 1940 census for 31 states plus Washington, DC.

On, Delaware, Maine, Nevada, New York and Washington DC are searchable by name for free. has Rhode Island and part of New York indexed, also free to search.

Remember, you can browse the records for all states and territories for free on,,, and the National Archives. | | census records | FamilySearch | Free Databases | MyHeritage | NARA
Thursday, 28 June 2012 10:10:51 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Online Workshop: How to Research Genealogy Records
Posted by Diane

You know the saying: A genealogy class a day keeps the brick walls away.

That's how I heard it, anyway.

FamilyTree University’s weeklong How to Research Genealogy Records summer workshop, July 9-15, will show you how to find and use essential genealogy records.

The virtual workshop gives you an all-access pass to eight pre-recorded video classes, plus message board discussions and daily chats.

You can watch a class a day, view them all in a marathon session (maybe with an iced coffee in hand), or download them to watch later, as many times as you want—whatever's convenient for you. Then immediately apply what you learn to your own genealogy research.

Classes cover topics including naturalizations, land records, city directories, guardianships, pre-1850 censuses and more. Click here to see the full program.

Benefits of the workshop:

  • Learn from experts how to research your ancestors in essential genealogy records.

  • Watch eight 30-minute video classes on how to research genealogy records for half the cost of buying each class individually.

  • View classes whenever you have time, even download them to watch later.

  • Ask questions and exchange ideas in exclusive daily chats and message board discussions.

  • Log in anytime that's convenient over the week, from wherever you can connect to the internet.

Click here to get more details on the How to Research Genealogy Records summer workshop.

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Thursday, 28 June 2012 09:31:46 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Search Canadian Genealogy Records Free Through July 2
Posted by Diane

In honor of Canada Day, which celebrates the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North American Act uniting three colonies into the country of Canada, is offering free access to 40 million historical records today through July 2.
The free records cover the years leading up to and following Confederation and come from some of the largest collections on, including:
  • Canadian passenger lists and ocean arrivals: These name the masses of people who arrived by ship at port cities across Canada
  • The 1871 Census of Canada: This was the first census Canada conducted as a nation. It reveals household members, ages, jobs, parents' birthplaces and more.
  • Birth, marriage and death records: These come from British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.
  • Military records: These come from the War of 1812 and World War I, as well as lists of officers from 1832 and 1863 to 1939.
Visit to search the free databases. You'll need to register for a free account to view your full search results.

Canadian roots | Free Databases
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 14:10:15 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [4]
# Monday, 25 June 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 account.  

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 works:

Genealogy Web Sites | MyHeritage
Monday, 25 June 2012 15:44:53 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, 22 June 2012
Genealogy News Corral, June 18-22
Posted by Diane

  • FamilySearch has updated the historical records search at 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,'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.

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Friday, 22 June 2012 12:32:47 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Thursday, 21 June 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.

FamilySearch 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 and its volunteer 1940 Census Community Project partners and

On, 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. | | census records | FamilySearch | Free Databases | Genealogy Web Sites | International Genealogy
Thursday, 21 June 2012 09:32:56 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Wednesday, 20 June 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 Records.

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 name.

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, 20 June 2012 17:15:27 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Get Expert Advice for Researching German Genealogy
Posted by Diane

People claiming German ancestry still outnumber any other heritage group in the United States—which is why we're offering a new German Genealogy Value Pack that'll help you trace your German roots in the United States and in your ancestral homeland.
German genealogy value pack
This Value Pack is full of practical advice for overcoming the challenges of tracing your German ancestors.

Our German Genealogy Value Pack includes: 
  • Find Your German Roots Independent Study Course download, with four lessons to help you use genealogical records and more to determine who your German ancestors were and from where in Germany they came. 
  • A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Germanic Ancestors e-book download by Chris Anderson and Ernest Thode, with expert instruction on researching German ancestors.
  • Tracing German Ancestry in Eastern Europe download, with guidance on tracing the German ancestors from Slovakia, Romania, Russia and other places beyond Deutschland's borders.
  • Genealogy Cheat Sheet download, a quick reference designed to deliver the information you need to understand the records of your German ancestors
Plus, you'll get a coupon for 25 percent off coupon for our Family Tree University course German Genealogy 201: Strategies and Skillbuilding.

Best of all, this collection of German genealogy guidance is on sale for $49.99—64 percent off the price of buying each item individually.

Learn more about the German Genealogy Value Pack in

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012 16:37:11 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Monday, 18 June 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 website

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, 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, 18 June 2012 15:31:58 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
1940 Census: Big Deal or Not?
Posted by Diane

Genea-Musings blogger 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, though, 24 states are searchable by name).

Randy disagreed—you can see why in his post—and he wants to know what others think.

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 you?

census records | Family Tree Magazine articles | Genealogy Industry
Monday, 18 June 2012 15:02:12 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
# Friday, 15 June 2012
Genealogy News Corral, June 11-15
Posted by Diane

  • MyHeritage announced that it has reached the milestone of one billion profiles. The billion profiles are in nearly 23 million family trees. 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, 15 June 2012 10:08:24 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, 14 June 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 census.

FamilySearch 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 and are:
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Wyoming
On, Delaware, Maine, Nevada, New York and Washington DC are searchable by name. has Rhode Island and part of New York indexed. | | census records | MyHeritage
Thursday, 14 June 2012 08:51:45 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, 12 June 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 Territory. 

You can learn more about the war and watch PBS' documentary on the network's War of 1812 website.

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 and the War of 1812 Bicentennial Network Facebook page.

If your ancestors fought in the War of 1812, here are some free articles to start your research:
  • At Your Service: Compare your ancestor's birth date to this chart to see if he might have fought in the War of 1812 (or another war).
  • War 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 that you might find helpful.

Canadian roots | Family Tree Magazine articles | Military records
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 13:43:44 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, 08 June 2012
Genealogy News Corral, June 4-8
Posted by Diane

Read our article about the Ellis Island Hospital Complex on
  • Genetic genealogy company 23andMe, exhibiting at the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree this weekend, announced it'll release four new genealogical features for beta testing in the coming weeks. Those are family tree building on the site; Ancestry Painting, which breaks down your ancestry based on approximately 20 world regions; the My Ancestry Page, a "dashboard" summary of your ancestry; and the Relative Finder Map View plotting where in the world your matches are.
Learn more about these upcoming features on 23andMe's Spittoon blog.

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Friday, 08 June 2012 13:55:58 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
Take a Crash Course in Texas Genealogy!
Posted by Diane

I've had a little taste of Texas genealogy research. The Lone Star State is where my great-grandfather was jailed and later pardoned for violating local liquor laws, and where my grandfather spent time in an orphanage and went to college.

So I'm excited about learning how to dig deeper into my Texas family history in our next webinar!

Texas genealogist Randy Whited will show genealogists how to research their roots Texas-style in our Texas Genealogy Crash Course webinar. Here are the details:
You'll learn important state history, details on finding records such as vital and immigration records, the best websites and resources for Texas research—including the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, which was helpful in my search—and more.

Webinar attendees you'll participate in the live event and Q&A session, get access to the presentation slides and the recording to view again as often as you like, and you'll receive a free PDF of our Texas Research Guide book.

Sign up now to save $10 on your Texas Genealogy Crash Course registration in

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Friday, 08 June 2012 11:15:00 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Thursday, 07 June 2012
FamilySearch Adds 4 States to 1940 Census Index
Posted by Diane

FamilySearch announces that you can now search the 1940 census index for 18 states free at and 1940 Census Community Project partners, and (although I can't find a name search at, which is the National Archives' census website).

That brings the total of searchable states/districts across all 1940 census sites to 22 (see below for links to the other sites).

FamilySearch's 18 indexed states are:
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Wyoming has free searchable indexes for Delaware, Maine, Nevada, New York and Washington, DC; and MyHeritage has Rhode Island and part of New York. | | census records | FamilySearch | Free Databases | MyHeritage
Thursday, 07 June 2012 12:33:37 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [2]
# Wednesday, 06 June 2012 Adds New York Censuses
Posted by Diane

Genealogy website has released a name index to the 1940 US census for New York. With a population of 13.5 million in 1940, New York State was home more than 10 percent of the country’s residents.

You can search's 1940 census index (besides New York, it also covers Washington DC, Delaware, Maine and Nevada) for free here. also has added the 1892, 1915 and 1925 New York state censuses to its subscription databases.

The 1892 census is important as a substitute for the lost 1890 US census, which was destroyed after a fire at the Census Bureau. Some New York counties are missing from the 1892 census.

If you're not an subscriber, the 1892 census also is searchable free at | census records | FamilySearch
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 09:08:19 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Tuesday, 05 June 2012
Genealogy Jamboree Sessions You Can Watch From Home
Posted by Diane

Jealous of those now trekking to Burbank, Calif., for the Southern California Genealogical Society's 2012 Genealogy Jamboree this weekend, June 9 and 10?

You can share in some of the fun by watching the 10 sessions that'll be streamed over the internet free during the two-day event. 

You'll find schedule of the 10 sessions on the Jamboree blog (remember, you need to translate the times from Pacific to whatever time zone you're in—this Pacific time zone converter can help you).

A couple I've got my eye on include Lisa Louise Cooke's class "Projects That Will Captivate the Non-Genealogists In Your Life" (Saturday at 10 a.m. PT) and Barry J. Ewell's "30 Second Genealogist: How to Find Genealogy Answers You Want Now" (Saturday at 5 p.m. PT).

To watch a session, go to this Jamboree blog post a little before the scheduled time (translated into your time zone), click the title of the session and then log in. Attendance is limited, so try to arrive early.

Speakers permitting, sessions will be available for free viewing after Jamboree is over.

For more details, see the Jamboree blog.

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Tuesday, 05 June 2012 15:35:39 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
# Friday, 01 June 2012
Genealogy News Corral, May 28-June 1
Posted by Diane

  • Think you have a relative who served in a household of Britain's Royal Family? (Perhaps as Chocolate Maker to the Queen or Strewer of Herbs?) In celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, British genealogy website, in association with the Royal Archives, has added a collection of Royal Household Staff Lists. It covers royal residences across the United Kingdom such as Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and St. James’ Palace, and includes 50,000 staff records from the reign of King Charles II to King George V (1660 to 1924). Details you might learn include the person's occupation, age, length of service and salary.
  • The Civil War Trust is holding its annual photo contest. You can enter your Civil War battlefield photos in five categories for prizes including publication of your image, a trust membership, and registration to the trust's annual conference. Enter before Aug. 26 by uploading photos to the Trust's Flickr group—be sure to tag your image as directed in the contest rules. (Last year's winning photos are pretty impressive—view them here.)
  • UK cemetery site has added records for 120,000 mostly rural Scottish burials. The records comprise from 99 cemeteries and burial grounds, with the oldest dating back to 1526. That brings the total of Scottish cemeteries with records on the site to 250. Once you search for a record, you can use pay-per-view credits or subscribe to view the full information it contains.

Cemeteries | Civil War | UK and Irish roots
Friday, 01 June 2012 14:14:49 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]
War of 1812 Genealogy Records Free on Fold3 in June
Posted by Diane

Subscription genealogy website Fold3 is opening up its War of 1812 records for free access during June.

This is prime time for researching ancestors who were soldiers in the War of 1812. The war started 200 years ago June 18 when the United States declared war on Great Britain.

Fold3's collection has more than 400,000 record images. That includes 233,000 images of War of 1812 pension files never before available online. Here's an overview of the free databases:
  • War of 1812 Pension Application Files: These pension and bounty land records are being digitized as a project with the Federation of Genealogical Societies. So far, only 3 percent of the records are digitized in Fold3's collection—but who knows, you may get lucky.
  • War of 1812 Service Records: These records consist of cards compiled from muster, pay, receipt and other rolls for soldiers and sailors who served in the war. For each person named, you'll usually learn his service dates, terms of service, monthly pay, where he served, and other notes.
  • War of 1812 Prize Cases, Southern District Court, NY: These records relate to British vessels seized by American privateers and US Navy vessels. "Prize courts" helped dispose of the ship and its cargo as war prizes, and the records document questions asked of sailors, witnesses and others.
  • Letters Received by the Adjutant General, 1805-1821: This correspondence came from Army officers and enlisted men, the Secretary of War, President and other officials, and it deals with Army personnel and administrative matters.  The records are part of NARA record group 94.
Start searching Fold3's War of 1812 collections here. You can search them all at once using the search box at the top of the page, or scroll down and click a collection title to search just those records.

For more help researching your War of 1812 ancestors, look for our how-to guide by David Allen Lambert in the July/August 2012 Family Tree Magazine (it starts mailing to subscribers in early June).

The War of 1812 is also covered in our guide to researching ancestors in 10 of America's "lesser-known" military conflicts.

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