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9 Jun 2016

Updates to FamilySearch Databases June 2016

There’s something for everyone in the new updates to FamilySearch databases June 2016, including newly indexed records for the following existing databases:

California San Francisco County Records 1824‐1997

Connecticut Marriages 1640‐1939

Illinois Cook County Birth Certificates 1871‐1940

Illinois Cook County Deaths 1878‐1994

Iowa Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records 1861-1949

Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1626‐2001

Michigan Civil Marriages 1834‐1974

Ohio County Births 1841-2003

The entire list of 35 new historic record collections published online in this update includes the following:

COLLECTION

INDEXED RECORDS

DIGITAL RECORDS

COMMENTS

Argentina Tucumán Catholic Church Records 1727‐1955

200,042

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Australia Tasmania Civil Registration (District Registers) 1839‐1938

69,725

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Belgium Antwerp Civil Registration 1588‐1913

19,649

3,057

Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541‐1914

6,116

132,677

Added images to an existing collection

Belgium Liège Civil Registration 1621-1914

193,640

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Belgium Namur Civil Registration 1800-1912

18,413

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Brazil Pernambuco Civil Registration […]

10 Dec 2015

Explore Chicago Collections Online

The brand-new Explore Chicago Collections online portal unites Chicago’s many archival collections, providing genealogists with greater access to Chicago history.
Explore Chicago Collections online with this free portal containing a search engine and record-finding tool for Chicago primary sources and archives.. Explore Chicago Collections online lets researchers, genealogists, teachers, students, and the public search in one location to find or access over 100,000 maps, photos, letters, and other archival materials held at 21 member organizations. Member institutions include the Chicago History Museum, the Newberry Library, Alliance Française de Chicago, and others.
Rather than search at each institution, users can browse an enormous wealth of digital material by topic, neighborhood, city, and more. Additional resources available coming up through the Explore Chicago Collections online site include library guides, a virtual reference desk, educational materials, and eventually, digital exhibits, and more.

A $194,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation was awarded to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library, which has […]

22 Oct 2013

Mapping 1890 German Ancestry is Tuesday’s Tip

Today’s post is about mapping 1890 German ancestry in the U.S. There are more Americans of German extraction living in this country today than any other ethnicity. At least seven million German natives emigrated to the United States between 1800 and the present. Most arrived between 1840 and 1914, with peak immigration to America in the early 1880s, as was the case with my German ancestors. Driven by limited opportunities in German-speaking countries of Europe, many emigrants settled in the Midwest, large cities in the East, the state of Washington, and parts of Texas and California.
Using data from the now-lost 1890 census, the map above shows relative population density of “natives of Germanic nations” across the U.S. Twenty individuals or more per square mile are the darkest areas; the lightest color shows fewer than one-half per square mile.
Cities and areas with sizable Germanic populations established German-language schools, churches, clubs and fraternal organizations, theaters, cemeteries, […]

27 Sep 2013

Hidden Truths: Mapping the City Cemetery in Chicago for Follow Friday

Hidden Truths: Mapping the City Cemetery in Chicago is a wonderful site by Pamela Bannos, a researcher who was curious about a why there was a large tomb for the Couch family in Lincoln Park. Performing dogged research through many archives, including Northwestern, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Park District Special Collections, Chicago Title and Trust Company, and others, Bannos mapped the original city cemetery, researched the owners of plots, pursued every article she could find in the Chicago Tribune, and finally amassed this and other amazing work at her site.

Genealogists will be interested in particular in the mapping she’s assembled for City Cemetery, Jewish Cemetery, and Catholic Cemetery, on the present-day site of Lincoln Park, at these links:

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