25 Nov 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015 to my U.S. readers.
From Mocavo, the genealogy search engine, a Thanksgiving 2015 infographic that can help you with your family history research.

And here’s a great article from the travel section of the New York Times in 2011 about following in the footsteps of the Pilgrims from England and the Netherlands to Massachusetts.
The 102 passengers who sailed on the Mayflower in September 1620 came from all over England (and not all of them were religiously motivated), but the leaders of the separatist movement came from just a handful of farming villages in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and southern Yorkshire, most within walking distance of one another. This is not the touristy, thatched-cottage part of England, but it is beautiful nonetheless, and last spring my wife and I visited to see what we could learn about her ancestors, who in so many ways are forefathers to us all.
It’s a great overview of this important period in […]

14 Nov 2015

Free Access to Swedish Records This Weekend

Get free access to Swedish records 14-15 November 2015 at ArkivDigital.

Click here to get started searching 57 million pages of Swedish parish and household exam records. Specifically, ArchivDigital Sweden holds

about 190,000 historical books, documents and records or 57 million digital color images of Swedish church records, estate inventories, court records, tax/census records and other historical records. We use modern technology to digitalize the records directly from the original books and we extend the image database with more than 600,000 color images each month.

Get free access to Swedish records in their archives searching 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.

If you subscribe to Legacy webinars, watch the one with Kathleen Meade entitled, “Research Your Swedish Ancestors in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Online,” for excellent tips on using this resource.

Recently I posted about how meaningful Swedish All Saints’ Day was for me […]

10 Nov 2015

U.S. Veterans’ Claim Files Now Available

Today’s topic is newly released U.S. Veterans’ Claim Files, 1917-1948, a group of records now available from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
This record group includes cases closed by the VA from 1917-1948, which were transferred to a Federal Records Center in 1952 and 1955. The National Archives began taking custody in 2013. U.S. Veterans’ claim files are included Record Group 15, Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and are formally named “Deceased Veterans Compensation Files” (aka “XC Files) and “Veterans Administration Claim Files.”

NARA staff member Daria Labinsky has written a comprehensive article entitled “Claim Files: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs” in the latest fall 2015 of Researcher News from NARA. (Back issues of Researcher News are available at this link.) Labinsky writes:

birth, marriage, and death certificates
change of address forms
lists of family members who are beneficiaries or potential beneficiaries
discharge […]