From the Findmypast blog:
The United States Census is the backbone of almost all American family trees. Have you exploited it to its fullest potential?
A census has been taken once every 10 years since 1790. Due to privacy laws, censuses are not released to the public until 72 years after it was taken. This means the most recent census available to genealogists is the 1940 US Census, and the 1950 US Census won’t be released until 2022 (on April 1st for those of you counting down the days).
The United States was actually the first nation in the world that made the census a mandatory part of its constitution. Though we’re a relatively young country, it’s comforting to know that we’ll have records of our population from the very beginning (and even earlier).
To learn more, read Search Guide: US Census at Findmypast.
From Findmypast . . . “In this latest update, 87,777 images have been added to 15 different publications. The entire PERSI index has also been updated.”
Leading family history website, Findmypast, has just announced that they will be making their entire collection of military records free for four days to coincide with Veterans Day 2016.
From 04:00 EST, 10th November until 18:59 GMT, 13th November 2016, all 70 million records within Findmypast’s “Military, Armed Forces and Conflict” category will be completely free to search and explore, providing family historians from around the globe the opportunity to uncover the stories of the military heroes within their own family. This will include free access to:
- Over 43 million US and Canada military records
- Over 1.3 million United States Army enlistment records
- Over 1.1 million United States Civil War Pension File Index records
- Over 89,000 Revolutionary War Pensions
- Millions of Civil War soldiers, sailors, veterans and medal records.
- Millions of records covering US forces in Korea, Vietnam and WW2
- Over 26.4 million British military Records including the most comprehensive collection of British Army service records both for WW1 and pre WW1 – these multiple page documents were released in partnership with The National Archives and are packed with fascinating biographical details such as the names and addresses of next of kin, physical descriptions and character references from commanding officers
- The most comprehensive British Royal Navy and Royal Air Force collections available online
- Over 2.6 million POW records in our exclusive Prisoners of War 1715-1945 collection.
- Over 1.1 million WW2 casualty recordsSoldiers Died In The Great War 1914-1919 records
- Over 1.5 million medal index cards, memorial rolls and roll of honour records
- Military tribunal records – the records of thousands of men who attempted to avoid conscription
- Military Nurses 1856-1994 records
Learn more at http://www.findmypast.com/military-records.
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Dechipering old handwriting can be challenging, but with a few techniques and tips it can help you overcome brick walls
Source: 11 Tips for reading old handwriting – Findmypast