Posted in Research Notes

Search Guide: US Census 

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.

Posted in Archives

Findmypast Makes Access to All Military Records for Veterans Day 2016

From GeneaPress:

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.

 

Posted in News

Genealogical Society of Ireland Journals and Publications Now Online at FindMyPast

Via press release . . .

Leading Family History website Findmypast, has today announced the online publication of all The’s journals dating from 1992 to 2016. The journals are now available to search as part of the PERiodical Source Index and will be joined by the expansive range of other Genealogical Society or Ireland publications over the coming weeks. The publications consists of a wide range of documents including transcripts of original records, memorial inscriptions, local and surname studies and collections of specialist sources and guides. The information dates back to 1798 and covers many counties in Ireland including Cavan, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Louth, Offaly and Wicklow.

The release is comprised of two sets of important publications, namely:

  • Journals– In 1992 the Society commenced publication of a journal. Back then it was the Dun Laoghaire Genealogical Society, but immediately expanded its remit to cover much more than the area around the Borough. It published 224 articles between then and 1999 when it changed its name to the Genealogical Society of Ireland. Since 2000 it has published over 600 articles on Irish family history including transcripts of source materials, scholarly articles, name studies and other material.
  • Publications – Alongside the journals, the society has had an ambitious publishing programme. It has so far published over 40 individual volumes of source materials. Its first in 1992 was an 1837 memorial from Wicklow signed by hundreds of residents. Thereafter they have published many volumes of gravestone inscriptions and memorials, several school registers, military records, extracts from the 1821 and 1901 census returns, occupational records, information about the population in 1798, and specific family studies, and much more.