FamilySearch International, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), and the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) are pleased to announce that exciting milestones have been reached with the historic Freedmen’s Bureau Project (see DiscoverFreedmen.org) since its launch on Juneteenth of this year. The 10,000th online indexing volunteer has contributed to the project, and volunteers have made more than 15 percent of the records searchable online, bringing the total number of records indexed to more than 440,865. The goal of this ambitious project is to make more than one million Civil War era historical records—records of about four million freed men, women, and children and refugees—discoverable at the click of a button online. Full Story
Earlier this year, a series of very special indexing projects were launched containing the records of The Freedmen’s Bureau, a government office established to supervise relief and educational opportunities for freed slaves (see DiscoverFreedmen.org). At the time they were launched, FamilySearch recommended giving those with family ties to the Freedmen’s Bureau collection the honor of having the first opportunity to index these precious records. Full Story
Nearly half a million more free records were added to the Billions Graves Index this week. Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939 , Minnesota Duluth and Wisconsin Superior Crew Lists 1922-1958, and the Poland Evangelical Church Books 1700-2005 also have significant additions. For these and more, follow the links below. Full Story
Nearly everyone living in America comes from ancestors who have immigrated to America from another country. If you are not 100% Native American then you have immigrant blood running through your veins. That means that at least one or more of your blood lines can be traced to another country. With that in mind, most of us will most likely find the New York Passenger Lists of some value as a valuable resource when researching our ancestry. Full Story
Ecuador Catholic Church Records 1565-2011, United Kingdom World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records 1917- 1920, Spain Province of Barcelona Municipal Records 1387-1986, Italy Forlì-Cesena Forlì Civil Registration (State Archive) 1800-1815 1866-1930, and Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984 have large additions this week. To browse these collections and more, follow the links below.
No one will contest the fact that war is a horrific tragedy. Wars have been a part of human history from time immemorial. From American Revolution to the most recent wars in the Middle East, these dramatic events have, in one way or another, forever changed the lives of all who have lived. Yet, as tragic as war is, it creates some excellent historical and genealogical records. Full Story
FamilySearch collections are growing every day, adding genealogically relevant sources to one of the largest databases in the world. A key FamilySearch goal is to improve the tools that provide access to these records by users searching for the details of their family story. Some enhancements were recently made to the historical image viewer as well as the search interface that should make accessing the growing amount of information that much easier. Full Story
Take a virtual trip around the world by diving into FamilySearch’s 2044 free online historic record collections. Some of this week’s additions include Brazil São Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980, Czech Republic Land Records 1450-1889, Montana County Births and Deaths 1840-2004, and Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1840-1896. Full Story
Apart from a very signiticant addition to the Italy Napoli Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 collection, this week is predominantly about new, free US marriages and passenger lists collections. Search marriage records from 11 states, including Louisiana Parish Marriages 1837-1957, New York County Marriages 1847-1848; 1908-1936, Ohio County Marriages 1789-2013, and Pennsylvania Civil Marriages 1677-1950. Check out all of the new collections below.