Category Archives: Genealogy News

New historic Ohio Newspapers now online at the Library of Congress

COLUMBUS— The Ohio History Connection is pleased to announce that 9 more historic Ohio newspapers have been digitized and uploaded to the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America website at http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov thanks to a $248,600 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The National Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio, part of the National Digital Newspaper Program developed… Read More »

Genealogy World, March 25th – 29th

Ancestry.co.uk (the British records sister site of Ancestry.com) is making its 1911 and 1901 British census records free this weekend. To view these records you will need to register for a free Ancestry.co.uk account. The Dublin (Ireland) City Library and Archive has posted a free database of more than 46,000 Dublin voters in 1908 (men 21 and older… Read More »

Genealogy World, March 11th – 15th

RootsTech, the FamilySearch genealogy conference taking place in Salt Lake City March 21-23, has announced its lineup of 13 sessions you can watch free online. They include the opening day keynote by FamilySearch CEO Dennis Brimhall and storyteller Sid Lieberman; Researching Ancestors Online with Laura Prescott; and From Paper Piles to Digital Files by Valerie… Read More »

Genealogy World, March 4th – 8th

WikiTree, a free worldwide family tree website, has launched a new feature called Surname Following that lets you get updates when other WikiTree users post content related to names you’re interested in. Log in to WikiTree and follow surnames to receive an email alert when related content is added to the WikiTree database or a… Read More »

Family Tree is Live on FamilySearch.org for All Users

Much has been written about Family Tree, the first of several site enhancements for FamilySearch.org, and the replacement for new.familysearch.org.  We’re happy to report that Family Tree is now live on FamilySearch.org and is available to all users. This opens up the contribution, collaboration, editing, and sourcing tools of Family Tree to researchers—including potential family members—… Read More »

Genealogy World, February 18th – 22nd

Ancestry.com has opened its AncestryDNA test to all US residents. From last May until now, the test was open just to Ancestry.com subscribers. This autosomal test analyzes more than 700,000 DNA marker locations and cross-references them with Ancestry.com’s catalog of DNA samples. The AncestryDNA test also breaks down your ethnic heritage by percentage from 20 populations. See… Read More »

Genealogy World, February 11th – 15th

At the new, free website from Herthstone Legacy Publications called My Genealogy Hound, you can access thousands of biographies extracted from pre-1900 county history books. Biographies from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee are available now, with more states to come. Search the site or browse biographies by surname or state and county. The site also has… Read More »

Draper Manuscript Collection Online

The Draper Manuscript Collection is now available online for free at FamilySearch.org. Lyman C. Draper (1815-1891) collected information on America’s first frontier and its notable figures and events, such as Daniel Boone, George Rogers Clarke, and The Battle of King’s Mountain. Draper’s papers include a treasure trove of information on the frontier settlers of the Carolinas,… Read More »

Ellis Island Immigration Museum Archive Relocated

The National Park Service has moved treasures from the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York Harbor to a federal storage center due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Oct. 29, the hurricane flooded Ellis Island and water filled the basement of the Immigration Museum, which houses the Great Hall where millions of immigrants started their lives in… Read More »

Genealogy World, February 4th – 8th

PBS has gathered its African-American history content into one place to help you celebrate Black History Month. Watch programs including Freedom Riders and Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr., take a quiz about milestones in African-American history, get ideas for celebrating the month with kids and more. Applications are being accepted for the 2013 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial… Read More »

Genealogists Win With FamilySearch/OCLC Partnership

Two indispensable genealogy resources are joining forces, resulting in a win for genealogists wanting to access offline family history materials. FamilySearch and OCLC (the Online Computer Library Center) have reached an agreement to list the holdings of the FamilySearch genealogy catalog in WorldCat, the OCLC’s online search portal to catalogs from 74,000 repositories in more than 70 countries. Under… Read More »

Family Tree Update

Have you tried Family Tree? They upgraded some of the features that are available. These updates are part of their ongoing efforts to improve the experiences for Family Tree users and will be releasing soon. Adding the Helper Feature Family history consultants will now be able to have online access to the FamilySearch account of… Read More »