digital collections

3 Feb 2017

Searching the Historic American Buildings Survey

Interested in searching the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) to find a connection between an ancestor and a specific place?
HABS was established in 1933 when Charles E. Peterson, a young landscape architect proposed the project. It was initially founded as a “constructive make-work program for architects, draftsmen and photographers left jobless by the Great Depression. By creating an archive of historic architecture, HABS provided a database of primary source material and documentation for the then-fledgling historic preservation movement.”
Today, a division of the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) administers HABS, the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), and the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). Records include “556,900 measured drawings, large-format photographs, and written histories for more than 38,600 historic structures and sites dating from Pre-Columbian times to the twentieth century.” The collection is managed by the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.
When I searched HABS for churches in Cook County, Illinois, I […]

14 Jan 2017

Finding German Place Names at Meyersgaz.org

Using the essential Meyers Orts German gazetteer just got easier. Try finding German place names at Meyersgaz.org, which provides maps and translations.

Meyersgaz.org is a new site for searching the indispensable Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs (Meyers-Orts for short). As FamilySearch notes,
This gazetteer of the German Empire is the gazetteer to use to locate place names in German research. It was originally compiled in 1912. This gazetteer is the gazetteer to use because it includes all areas that were part of the pre-World War I German Empire. Gazetteers published after World War I may not include parts of the Empire that were lost to bordering countries. Overall, this gazetteer includes more than 210,000 cities, towns, hamlets, villages, etc.
Meyers Orts is available in print at libraries and searchable index at Ancestry and FamilySearch.

But for English-speaking researchers, Meyers Orts can be tricky to use. This historical reference work is, of course, published in German and in […]

10 Nov 2016

Free Swedish Genealogy Research Alert

Free Swedish Genealogy Research Alert – on Saturday November 12 and Sunday November 13, ArkivDigital  is providing free access to everyone who wants to try out ArkivDigital All-in-One.
New users and users with Base subscription get access to everything in their All-in-One database on both days. Church records, estate inventories, court records, tax/census records, military and other historical records are included, together with access to all registers.

Download and install the new software ArkivDigital 2.0 -beta software by clicking here.

Using ArkivDigital Sweden is easu via an online subscription service called ArkivDigital Online, which provides online access to the entire image database for a specific period of time. Download the Coverage Table here. You can also search their database by county and parish name, district name, record type, etc. Search results are improved when using Swedish spelling and diacritical marks when searching, e.g. Örebro rathr than Orebro.

ArkivDigital also offers the following tutorials to help you find and use records about your Swedish ancestors:

Introduction to […]

2 Sep 2016

Updates to FamilySearch Databases August 2016

There’s something for everyone in the new updates to FamilySearch databases August 2016:

COLLECTION

INDEXED RECORDS

DIGITAL RECORDS

COMMENTS

Maine & Massachusetts Case Files of Deceased and Deserted Seamen 1837- 1965

0

16,231

New browsable image collection.

United States World War II Draft Registration Cards 1942

0

882,986

Added images to an existing collection

Australia Tasmania Civil Registration 1803-1933

425,774

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Australia Queensland Maryborough Public Records 1847-1989

17,156

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Spain Diocese of Lugo Catholic Parish Records 1550-1966

19,557

76,329

Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

California San Francisco Register of Chinese Immigrant Court Cases and Foreign Seamen Tax Cards 1883-1924

0

12,404

New browsable image collection.

Netherlands Gelderland Province Civil Registration 1800-1952

39,539

0

Added indexed records to an existing collection

Massachusetts Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications 1805-1845

0

2,522

New browsable image collection.

New Hampshire Revolutionary War Records 1675-1835

0

8,821

New browsable image collection.

Maine Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications 1835-1838

0

10,288

New browsable image collection.

North Carolina Revolutionary Pay Vouchers 1779-1782

0

97,668

New browsable image collection.

New Zealand Obituaries 1844-1963

14,545

2,385

New indexed records and images collection

England Lancashire Oldham […]

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