digital collections

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 This historical reference work is, of course, published in German and in […]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 […]

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 […]