death records

19 Oct 2015

FamilySearch German Databases Updated

An astute friend told me that the FamilySearch German Databases updated on 18 September 2015. Great news!

If you haven’t searched the three main German databases available at FamilySearch in a while, it’s worth taking a look again. And if you’re new to research in Germany (and Prussia), these database indexes are a godsend.

Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898 (Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898) contains 37,703,403 index records with corresponding film numbers for the full records. More about this database available at the FamilySearch wiki. Consult the Coverage Table for this database to find the places and time periods of the original records in this collection.
Germany Deaths and Burials, 1582-1958 (Deutschland Tote und Beerdigungen, 1582-1958) contains 3,507,288 index records with corresponding film numbers for the full records. More about this database available at the FamilySearch wiki. Consult the Coverage Table for this database to find the places and time periods of the original records in this collection.
Germany Marriages, 1558-1929 (Deutschland […]

22 Aug 2015

GenDisasters

GenDisasters is an online database of “information on the [U.S. and Canadian] historic disasters, events, and tragic accidents our ancestors endured,” as well as information about their lives and deaths.

I was working on a client’s tree and she needed more information about a family member who died in a civilian airplane accident in 1942 and I discovered GenDisasters in the course of my search. The site had a transcript of a United Press wire story, confirming the loss of this family member and providing enough detail to find more records.

What can you find at GenDisasters? Browse this database by disaster, year, or state, or you can search the content by name or other keywords. Newspaper articles and photographs about train wrecks, fires, floods, shipwrecks, plane crashes, accidents and other disasters.  Most of these articles list the dead and injured or missing. Individual accidents and deaths are included, together with well-known disasters, such as the 1942 Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in […]

30 Jul 2015

Four Founders of Jamestown Identified

Four founders of Jamestown identified this week with the news from Jamestown Rediscovery that the bodies that were exhumed in November 2013 were indeed prominent leaders of the first British colony that gave rise to modern-day America.

The bodies were exhumed from the church where Pocahontas married Captain John Rolfe in 1614, an historic location once thought to have washed out to sea. The bodies were found in the church’s chancel, indicating they were people of great status in the community.

It took two years of painstaking archeological work, genealogical and archival research, and the latest scientific techniques to identify the unearthed bones.

The remains belong to important figures who lived in Jamestown between 1607 and 1610, when the colony almost collapsed. “This was a time of food shortages, Indian attacks, and disease,” says James Horn, president of Jamestown Rediscovery. “These men helped established the colony and bring to life the challenges faced by the first […]

25 Jul 2015

Social Security Applications and Claims Index

Ancestry has added a great new database with 49 million records for researchers working in 20th- and early-21st-century America: U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007. Entries in this database tend to have more information than the death index, including the following:

Applicant’s full name

SSN (included if the person is deceased more than 10 years; otherwise Ancestry suppresses this data)

Date and place of birth

Citizenship

Sex

Father’s first and surname

Mother’s first and maiden name

Race/ethnic description (optional)

The best part of this database is that it often notes name changes, usually for marriages, making it invaluable for researching women in your tree who may have had multiple spouses.

In the example above, I’ve blurred surnames and some other information. (This ancestor has been deceased for more than 20 years but since she didn’t get to volunteer for my blog, I’m respectful of her privacy.) In the notes field at bottom are indications of two marriages along […]