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The Connecticut Historical Society is Digitizing Historical Film Footage on the Brink of Being Lost to History

2019. március 24. 21:56:42

The following teaser was posted March 21, 2019 at

Tasha Caswell was walking between the shelves containing the film collection of the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford three years ago when she got a strong whiff of vinegar. Caswell, who is CHS’s research and collections associate, with a background in films and photography, knew immediately what that odor meant: vinegar syndrome.

She alerted the other members of the collections department, and soon afterward they applied for a grant to preserve and digitize the invaluable films — many of them home movies that had been donated through the decades. The result: now the public will be able to see these gems on the Connecticut Digital Archive. The films include Charles Lindbergh visiting Hartford for a parade in July 1927, two months after he flew from New York to Paris, and the wedding of Dr. Benjamin Spock, the noted pediatrician, to Jane Davenport Cheney that same year, in Manchester.

Read the full article.
Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

2019. március 23. 2:40:38

The following is just the opening paragraph for the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database website – an amazing resource that recently been expanded by another 11,400 journeys. Check it out.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database now comprises 36,000 individual slaving expeditions between 1514 and 1866. Records of the voyages have been found in archives and libraries throughout the Atlantic world. They provide information about vessels, routes, and the people associated with them, both enslaved and enslavers. Sources are cited for every voyage included. Users may search for information about a specific voyage or group of voyages. The website provides full interactive capability to analyze the data and report results in the form of statistical tables, graphs, maps, a timeline, and an animation.
See the website at

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

New Records Posted at FindMy Past the Week of March 17, 2019

2019. március 23. 2:12:14

The following records were posted on the weekly FindMyPast Friday report March 22, 2019 for the website.

New records
Scotland, Midlothian, 1834 Dalkeith Census
Search for your ancestors in the 1834 Census for Dalkeith, Midlothian. The collection contains over 5,000 transcripts that will reveal a combination of your ancestor’s address, age, occupation, place of worship and corresponding details for their fellow household members. If they were a child at the time, the records will also reveal the names of both their weekday and Sunday schools.

British Army Records & Regimental Histories
Discover your British military ancestor with these regimental histories. This fascinating collection of more than a thousand PDF images includes an illustrated record of one of the 1st Battalion Royal Scots in the South African War, dispatches of the Lincolnshire Regiment from the First World War, a detailed history of the Green Howards and much more.

US Servicemen In North Devon, England 1943-1945
Explore lists of over 5,000 US servicemen who were stationed in North Devon during the Second World War. The records consist of original visitor books kept by the local servicemen’s club which recorded the servicemens’ names, date of signing, service number, location details, hometowns, and states. Images may also reveal additional notes and the servicemens’ signatures.

Scotland, Criminal Database 1801-1917
Search this database of more than 130,000 records of Crown Office Precognitions and High Court Trial Papers. Crown Office Precognitions are factual statements that have been given by witnesses to both the prosecution and defence before the case goes to trial. The High Court is the highest court in Scotland, with jurisdiction over the most serious offenses.

Historical newspapers hot off the press this week:

NEWSPAPER – Years Covered

  • Portadown News covering the years 1859-1921
  • Justice covering the years 1884-1925
  • Tabletcovering the years 1843-1851, 1855-1864, 1866-1880

PLUS, they’ve added even more coverage to these papers:

Newspaper – Years added

Two Abandoned Korean Sisters, Adopted by Families in the USA & Belgium – Reunited by MyHeritageDNA Testing

2019. március 23. 1:23:50

The following teaser is from a Feb. 26 article posted at the Jerusalem Post website.

Forty-seven years ago, two Korean sisters were abandoned at a train station in South Korea. Separated and adopted by different families, they discovered one another and met in February thanks to a DNA test they both took with Israeli company MyHeritage.

Christine Panel and Kim Halen independently took the test to find their parents. Panel was abandoned when she was two years old. Halen was abandoned a few weeks later when she was just six weeks old. When they were found, they were taken to separate orphanages; Panel was adopted by a family in the US and Halen was adopted by a family in Belgium.

MyHeritage later told the two that they were siblings with the same mother and father, and orchestrated their reunion at the train station where they were both abandoned.

Read the full article and view the video about the reunion.

Three New England & Wales Genealogy Research Guides – all 15% Off through April 5

2019. március 22. 0:15:00

The following guides are new to the USA, and new in their own right, being previously printed in 2018 in Australia. FRPC recently received the rights to publish them in the USA, allowing the books to be marketed to genealogists in America at a great savings. These are excellent guides, and we’re excited about being able to share them with our readers.
The three volumes are:

Following are details about each individual book:

Manorial Records for Family Historians, 2nd ed.; by Geoffrey Barber; 2018; 88 pp; 5.75×8.25; b&w & color photos, glossary, further reading, index, paperback; ISBN: 9781925781649; Item #: RUTP0131

Reg. $15.95 – Just $13.56 on the website during the sale.

The manorial system, introduced to England and Wales by the Normans, lasted until 1926 and the surviving records can provide wonderful insights into the personal lives of our ancestors.

Henry Chandler wrote in 1885 that manorial records ‘enable us to drop down suddenly on an obscure English village five hundred years ago, and almost to see with our own eyes what the inhabitants are doing’.

However, it seems that few genealogists understand manorial records, and how the manor operated. The aim of this book is to cut through a complex mix of social and legal history to give family historians the knowledge and confidence to start utilizing these records. Once understood, the rewards are immense.

The book also contains many examples of how records from the manors of Rotherfield in East Sussex and Datchurst (alias Hildenborough) in Kent were used by the author in how own research.


  • Introduction
  • Access to manorial records
  • The origins of the manor
  • The manor: an overview
  • Social structure on manorial estates
    • Freemen (free tenants)
    • Villeins (unfree tenants)
  • Administration of the manor
  • Land tenure
    • Demesne land
    • Copyhold or Customary tenure
    • Freehold land
    • Leasehold land
  • Manorial courts
    • Court Leet
    • Court Baron
  • A description of the Manor of Rotherfield, Sussex in 1400
  • Locating property using manorial records
    • Example 1. Widow Barber’s Cottage
    • Example 2. Drapers
    • Example 3. Bonnetts
  • Conclusion
  • Glossary
  • Further reading
  • Appendix: The Feudal system and the history of wills
  • Index

Purchase the book at the FRPC website.

Discover the Poor Law in England and Wales; by Paul Blake; 2018; 64 pp; 5.75×8.25; b&w photos, timeline, bibliog, addresses, index; paperback; ISBN: 9781925781380; Item #: RUTP0342

Reg. $12.95 – Just $11.01 on the website during the sale.

The Poor Law has an extreme impact on English and Welsh society from the sixteenth century, right through to the twentieth. It played a central role in the country’s social and political development from the Reformation to the Industrial Revolution, and beyond. Initially, the regulations were designed to reform the poor as much as to relieve poverty.

The Poor Laws touched nearly every aspect of the lives of many families over five centuries: those who found it necessary to seek help in their hours of need, as well as those who organized and paid for the relief that the deserving poor sought and were entitled.

Necessarily, the Poor Laws produced a wealth of documentation referring to individuals and families across the country. Survival of the records varies from parish to parish, town to town, and from 1834, Poor Law Union to Poor Law Union. However, when and where the records do survive, then they can be a goldmine of information and a major source for family historians.

The evidence they contain can solve many problems, particularly of migration and family relationships. But, perhaps most importantly, they can provide a rare insight into our ancestors’ lives.


  • Introduction
  • Sixteenth century – Charity
    • Charity
  • The Elizabethan Poor Laws
    • 1597/8 Poor Law Act
    • 1601 Poor Law Act
    • Workhouse Test Act
  • Assessments
  • The Poor Laws 1750-1834
    • Gilbert’s Act
    • Speenhamland System
  • Settlement and Removal
    • Settlement
    • Removal
  • Illegitimacy
  • Apprenticeship
  • The New Poor Law
    • Poor Law Unions
  • Workhouses
    • Admission and Discharge Registers
    • Creed Registers
    • The Workhouse Website
  • Poor Law Union Correspondence
  • Poor Law Emigration
  • The Final Years
  • Records
    • Local Holdings
    • Transcripts and Indexes
    • Commercial Websites
  • Newspapers
  • Conclusion
  • Timeline
  • Bibliography
  • Addresses and Contact Details
    • Websites
    • Museums
    • Record Offices and Libraries
  • Index

Purchase the book at the FRPC website


Discover Protestant Nonconformity in England and Wales, 2nd ed.; by Paul Blake; 2018; 60 pp; 5.75×8.25; b&w photos, timeline, bibliog, addresses, index; paperback; ISBN: 9781925781007; Item #: RUTP0341

Reg. $12.95 – Just $11.01 on the website during the sale.

The aim of this book is to introduce researchers to Protestant nonconformity in England and Wales – whether they’re family or local historians, or others who have a general interest in the subject.

Not all our ancestors were Church of England, or even Catholic. A fair number, particularly after the start of the eighteenth century, joined other denominations such as Baptists, Congregationalists or Methodists. Although the State at various periods did its best to eradicate Catholicism and all forms of Protestant nonconformity, particularly during the late-sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, large numbers persisted in their thinking and were persecuted for their beliefs.

Therefore, it is quite usual, almost expected, for those researching their family in England and Wales to find it includes religious dissenters. Identifying these folk is not always straightforward: they may have continued to use the local parish church for their baptisms, marriages and burials; and may have belonged to congregations that kept few (if any) records. But there are often clues. Their beliefs, at variance to those of the Anglican Church, may have been short-lived or they may have lasted through many generations and perhaps still persist today.

As more and more records relating to protestant nonconformists become available online, the task in discovering more about them is becoming easier. And that trend is sure to continue.


  • Introduction
  • 1. Overview
  • 2. Church and State
  • 3. The Penal Laws
  • 4. Ecclesiastical Visitation Returns
  • 5. Recusant Rolls
  • 6. Protestation Returns
  • 7. Many Sects
  • 8. The Commonwealth and Protectorate
    • Loyalist Composition Papers
  • 9. 1662 Act of Uniformity
  • 10. Return of Papists
  • 11. Compton’s Census
  • 12.. Meeting House Certificates
  • 13. Nonconformist Registers
    • Hardwicke’s Marriage Act
  • 14, Registries of Births
    • Dr Williams’s Registry
    • Dr Williams’s Library
    • Wesleyan Metropolitan Registry
  • 15. Burials
    • Bunhill Fields
    • Gibraltar Row, Bethnal Green
  • 16. Deposited Registers
    • Other non-deposited registers
  • 17. Online resources
    • FamilySearch
    • TheGenealogist
    • Ancestry
    • Findmypast
    • Deceased Online
  • 18. Scotland and Ireland
    • Scotland
    • Ireland
    • Findmypast
  • Timeline
  • Bibliography
  • Addresses and contact details
  • Index

Purchase the book at the FRPC website.

So. Dakota State Archives Posts Indexes to Motor Vehicle Licenses 1905-1911

2019. március 21. 5:05:05

The following teaser is from a March 19, 2019 article posted at

PIERRE — The State Archives of the South Dakota State Historical Society recently added to its website searchable indexes to motor vehicle licenses issued from 1905-1911 and automobile dealer licenses issued from 1913-1919.

Visit the State Archives website at A link is found on the Collection Indexes page to Automobile Licenses/Dealers.

The first auto license was issued to Jason T. Bigelow of Flandreau in March of 1905. The vehicle had a 4.5-horsepower Olds Motor Works engine and featured signals of a gas lamp and bell.

Read the full article.

Barbados Runaway Slaves Digital Collection

2019. március 21. 4:45:43

The following excerpt is from an article posted at on Mrch 13.

The Department of Archives has partnered with the Early Caribbean Digital Archive (ECDA) at Northeastern University to create the Barbados Runaway Slaves Digital Collection.

The collection is based on runaway advertisements in the recently digitized newspaper, The Barbados Mercury Gazette.

It will provide a central location where Mercury advertisements are collected, a transcription platform, and other opportunities for the public, especially students, both in Barbados and abroad, to use the material in creative ways.

Read the full article.

Thanks to Researchbuzz for the heads-up.

New or Updated Databases Posted at FamilySearch From Feb. 28 to March 20, 2019

2019. március 21. 2:34:17

The following FamilySearch databases have been added since the last time I compiled a listing (February 27). They are in alphabetical order by Country, following by the United States listings in State Order. Enjoy…

Database – Number of Indexed Records – Date Posted

Find A Grave Index, 175,888,276, Mar 13, 2019
England and Wales Census, 1861, 19,591,543, Mar 4, 2019
France, Births and Baptisms, 1546-1896, 5,348,491, Mar 5, 2019

Germany, Bavaria, Middle Franconia, Brenner Collection of Genealogical Records, 1550-1900, 2,710,34, 1Mar 18, 2019
Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971, 3,503,524, Mar 14, 2019
Hungary, Catholic Church Records, 1636-1895, 18,304,230, Mar 6, 2019
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980, 920,375, Mar 6, 2019
Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965, Browse ImagesMar 5, 2019
Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880, 365,639, Mar 5, 2019
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Public Records, 5,886,927, Mar 4, 2019

Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947, 2,050,112, Mar 13, 2019
Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973, 638,558, Mar 13, 2019
Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1888-2005, 628,688, Mar 8, 2019
Peru, Diocese of Huaraz, Catholic Church Records, 1641-2016, 145,729, Mar 19, 2019
South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Death, 1869-1954330,648, Mar 5, 2019
Sweden, Household Examination Books, 1880-1930, 46,977,151, Mar 13, 2019

Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935, 2,281,516, Feb 28, 2019
Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951, 944,325, Mar 1, 2019
Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965, 1,678,119, Mar 16, 2019
North Carolina Deaths, 1906-1930615,657, Mar 1, 2019
Wisconsin State Census, 1905, 2,228,391, Mar 7, 2019

MyHeritageDNA Autosomal Tests – Just $59 – Buy 2, get free shipping – through March 24, 2019

2019. március 20. 15:30:30

MyHeritage is again running a $59 sale on autosomal DNA tests – this time the Magical March promotion. Buy two, and get free shipping. As I mentioned before, I took the test at RootsTech 2017 and have currently 6,096 matches, starting with first cousins. Patty took the test while we were at RootsTech 2019), and is expecting the expect results soon…

Note – I finally had a chance to check out the new Theory of Relativity at MyHeritage. Armed with this info, I plan to contact some cousins this week. Should be fun.

The DNA process at MyHeritage works as follows:

  • Their technicians inspect the sample and make sure it’s intact.
  • The DNA is extracted from the cells in the vial and amplified. In other words, they make copies of the DNA in order to make sure we have enough of it to analyze.
  • The DNA is placed on a custom-made DNA genotyping chip and heated to a high temperature so the DNA can attach itself to the chip (hybridization).
  • A computer reads the hybridized chips, producing the DNA data.
  • The DNA data goes through a rigorous review to ensure it meets our high quality standards.
  • The DNA data is uploaded to the MyHeritage website, where it is analyzed and matched, and the results are served to you!

Click here or on the image to purchase your copies. Sale ends March 24, 2019.

Irish Research Bundle of 3 Top Irish Genealogy Books – 30% Off – Ends Thursday

2019. március 20. 10:01:24

Family Roots Publishing assembled an Irish Research Bundle for the celebration of St Patrick’s Day 2019. This sale ends Thursday at midnight PDT. This bundle is made up of the following three Irish Research Guides:

Purchase the Irish Research Bundle of three items for 30% off during the sale period. Reg. $73.40, it’s just $51.38 through Thursday, March 21, 2019. Click on the links to order.

We believe these books are currently the most useful Irish guides for most genealogists searching for their Irish ancestors. Tracing Your Ancestors: Irish Research – A Practical Guide is new, containing the latest information! Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, 4th Edition is considered the “Bible of Irish genealogy guides. And according to data from the 1890 census, Irish immigration to New York was about 483,000 individuals. Of these, 190,000 were in New York City. In 1855, the Irish made up 25 to 50% of the population in sixteen of the city’s twenty-two wards, and over 25% of the population in both Manhattan and Brooklyn had been born in Ireland – making Buggy’s Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City an ideal volume for the bundle.

Click on the links to the read about each of these books. Return to this page to order the bundle. Don’t need the entire bundle? Order any of the volumes during the sale period for 15% off each with free shipping at their own pages.

Get a MyHeritage Complete MemberShip for 50% Off Thru March 29

2019. március 20. 2:14:38

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F&W Media (Including Family Tree Magazine & Books) Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

2019. március 18. 3:59:13

Dick Eastman posted a blog about the upcoming demise of F&W on the 15th. Reading his article was like a punch in the gut. I’m way too familiar with the economics of magazines, the book publishing industry, the decline of print advertising, and the attempted shift to digital products.

From my perspective, as a former magazine publisher, as well as managing editor for many years, I know the hazards of the business. I had to give it up with Heritage Quest Magazine in early 2006. Everton’s Genealogical Helper bit the dust in 2009. F&W Media published numerous magazines, including Family Tree Magazine (not to be confused with the British publication by the same name). It’s reported that their overall number of subscribers dropped from 33.4 million in 2015 to 21.5 million in 2018 with advertising revenue dropping to $13.7 million last year (2018) from $20.7 million in 2015. The magazine business has the inherent liability of collecting the subscriber’s money up-front, and then being forced to fulfill the obligation over one, two, three or maybe even up to five or ten years. While operating Heritage Quest, I picked up the subscribership of several magazines whose owners could no longer fulfill their obligation. Everton’s Genealogical Helper picked up the subscribers to Heritage Quest Magazine. This subscriber obligation is called “unearned income” and if management isn’t careful they can find themselves forced into operating on money that isn’t rightfully theirs… Did you ever wonder why you keep getting renewal offers (some of them rather unbelievable) from the publishers of the magazines you may love? I’m not saying all magazines are in trouble. They are not. But I can state that that no magazine publisher has too much money.

To make matters worse for F&W, their online digital efforts were largely unsuccessful, with many customer service issues. So while the magazine subscription business was declining, they were not able to get a return on investment through online sales. CEO Osberg said that the company entered into various technology contracts that increased capital expenditures by 385% in 2017 alone. He went on to say that “In those six (6) months, the Company’s management dramatically increased spending on technology contracts, merchandise to store in warehouses, and staffing, while the Company was faltering and revenue was declining… The Company’s decision to focus on e-commerce and deemphasize print and digital publishing accelerated the decline of the Company’s publishing business, and the resources spent on technology hurt the Company’s viability because the technology was flawed and customers often had issues with the websites.

F&W Media is said to produce about 120 titles a year. Their Family Tree Books division produces excellent books – maybe a dozen or two a year – many of which Family Roots Publishing attempts to market. I say “attempts,” as we aren’t all that successful at it. F&W pushes so hard, trying to sell online, that more often than not they discount their books from 20 to 50%, selling directly to the public. In many cases, FRPC could buy the guidebooks during one of their online sales for less than what I can get them from Ingram (their distributer) for – and that’s buying them in large quantities from the distributer. Without meaning to, F&W Media set a new paradigm for the genealogy book industry. Either we discount by 20% or more – or we don’t sell many books of any particular title. I don’t care how good or popular the book is, heavy discounting has become the standard. We (and several other genealogy book publishers) have been forced into this position by F&W Media’s sales tactics. With this latest announcement of bankruptcy, it all makes sense. For the last couple years, I thought they’d just lost their minds. I was wrong. They were struggling for survival. Sad…

I have numerous friends who either work for or have books published by F&W Media – dba Family Tree Books. I’m praying that they all have a soft landing. Having your employer or publisher in financial straits can make for sleepless nights. I see that F&W has placed its parts up for sale, and they are hoping to have the sale of these parts consummated by the end of May. Let’s hope there are some companies with deep pockets that can pick up the parts. I know there are, but the $105.2 million in outstanding debt could make that a challenge. I understand that negotiations have been taking place with about a dozen potential buyers. According to the bankruptcy filing, F&W has creditors numbering between 1,000 and 5,000. “They include literary agencies, small author-service providers, and authors.” I don’t like the sound of that last line. The list of creditors runs to 16,220 names, including those of many genealogists – authors who’ve written books for F&W. That’s more than 5000, as stated in the petition for relief. Also, I haven’t been able to locate a list of magazine subscribers or even an associated dollar amount in unearned income. There seems to be somewhere around 20 million subscribers to magazines across all titles. That figure seems awfully high to me, but that’s what has been reported thus far.

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New Book: Consider the Rock – An American Family

2019. március 16. 3:34:50

New Book Consider the Rock: An American Family, by Thaddeus Butler Reynolds; 2017; Perfect Bound; ISBN: 978-1537052083; Available from Thadeus B. Reynolds, 625 W 4th st., Marion, IN 46952-3900; CreateSpace (384 pp.) $28.00 paperback, $5.99 e-book.

Isaiah 51: 1 says “Consider the rock, from which you were hewn, the quarry from which you were mined.” Mr. Reynolds does just that, looking back at his ancestry – and writing a fascinating book about it all.

In 1840, sixteen year old John Butler stepped from his boyhood home in Maine. He changed his name, and started a new life and a new family. This book is his story – and the story of the family he founded. He was born as the son of John Butland IV, and Joanna Smith. Family tree charts for the John Butler and Abner Smith (Joanna’s father) are found early in the volume. Charts for the Wigmores and Flemings and many others make for easy visualization of the family ancestry. Whole chapters are found for the early families. Many pages of the book are dedicated to the Butler Music store, which had transitioned from a “cycle” company in 1901. Pictures of family, business operations, newspaper clippings, and magazine advertisements make the volume even more interesting. The business acumen of the Butler family is amazing! For a short history of the Butler/Reynolds music business, see:

Heavily illustrated, the book tells the story of the Butler family – as well as families with names like Wigmore, Fleming, Ballard, and Riggs.

This is an excellent family history – very professionally written, and illustrated. I highly recommend the book to family members, and libraries with genealogical collections. $28.00 paperback, $5.99 e-book; Click here to order at Amazon.

Loyalist Letters & Petitions to be Digitized

2019. március 16. 0:41:51

Students attend a recent American Revolution class jointly taught by Benjamin Bankhurst (above), Shepherd assistant professor of history, and Kyle Roberts of Loyola University Chicago.

The following excerpt is from an article posted March 9 at the website. My emphasis added.

SHEPHERDSTOWN — The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture at the College of William & Mary has awarded Benjamin Bankhurst, assistant professor of history at Shepherd University, and Kyle Roberts, associate professor of public history and new media and director of the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities at Loyola University Chicago, with a $5,000 Lapidus Digital Collections Fellowship for “The Maryland Loyalist Project.” The project is a collaboration between Bankhurst and Roberts, aiming to make the letters and petitions of British loyalists who fled the American Revolution housed in the British National Archives available in a digital archive.

Read the full article.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

New Records Posted at FindMyPast This Last Week

2019. március 16. 0:17:31

The following listing was received from FindMyPast Today. Click on the links to view the individual pages.

Irish Newspaper Transcript Archive, ffolliott Collection 1756-1850
Search a comprehensive catalog of more than 54,000 biographical notices from Irish newspapers compiled by the celebrated Irish genealogist Rosemary ffolliott. Each record includes a transcript and original image that enable you to discover if your Irish ancestors had details of their birth, marriage or death announcement printed in a newspaper.

Kerry Histories & Reference Guides
Explore three fascinating publications to learn more about the county and its inhabitants, including: A History of the Kingdom of Kerry – published in 1871, A Pictorial and Descriptive Guide to Killarney, The Kerry Coast, Glengariff, Cork and The South West of Ireland – first published in 1880 and The Ancient and Present State of the County of Kerry – published in 1756.

Limerick Histories & Reference Guides
This collection also contains three historic publications that can be used to learn more about the place and time in which your ancestors lived. The titles currently available to explore include Limerick and its Sieges – Published in 1890, Round About The County Of Limerick – Published in 1896 and The History, Topography and Antiquities of the County and City of Limerick, 2 Vols – Published in 1826 and 1827.

United States Passport Applications
Over 62,000 additional records have been added to our collection of United States Passport Applications. The new additions span the years 1795 to 1925 and many later applications include photographs of the applicants. As well as revealing when, where, and why your ancestors traveled, applications may also include their occupation, residence, naturalisation details, and date and place of birth.

England, Domesday Book 1086 Browse
Explore Britain’s earliest public record as part of your subscription to Findmypast. There are currently three editions of the Domesday Book available to browse covering the English counties south of the rivers Ribble and Tees, the border with Scotland at that time. Written in Latin, the book provides extensive records of landholders, their tenants, the amount of land they owned, and the number of occupants.

Historical newspapers hot off the press this week at FindMyPast:

West Middlesex Gazette covering the years 1898-1910, 1912-1923, 1926-1941
Ealing Gazette and West Middlesex Observer covering the years 1898-1910, 1912-1923
Tottenham and Edmonton Weekly Herald covering the year 1877
Kensington Post covering the years 1918-1972, 1987-1988, 1990

PLUS, we’ve added even more coverage to these papers:

Newspaper – Years added

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Newspapers – Records of the world
Our international collections continue to grow! This week we have added four new indexes from the Central American country of Costa Rica. The new indexes contain over 800,000 records covering baptisms, marriages, deaths and civil registrations between 1700 and 1975. These records have been sourced from the International Genealogical Index.

See if you have roots in Costa Rica