Findmypast Goes Shopping

Over the past few years, the genealogy world has seen a number of buyouts, as well as partnerships, and the past few weeks have seen two more. The latest buyouts both involve findmypast who just seem to keep going from strength to strength.

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Join FamilySearch for the Worldwide Indexing Day

Genealogists and historians owe so much to volunteer indexers all around the world. There’s no doubt that ALL of us have used indexes, While there are many indexing projects going on, at a local, state and country levels, this post is just about FamilySearch’s Worldwide Indexing Day.

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FamilySearch: One Billion and Counting

FamilySearch reached the billionaires club when it uploaded its one billionth digital image online this week. We can’t even fathom (or visualise) just how much 1 billion records is. Or even the work involved in getting all 1 billion records from an archive, to being digitised, to being online for us all to use. It takes multiple people to even get even one record online.

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Ancestry.com Cleans House and Discontinues Some Services

The latest big news to hit the genea-waves is that Ancestry.com are having a clean out in a bid to refocus their efforts, and in doing so are discontinuing a number of their services. Their MyFamily, MyCanvas, and Mundia sites will be closed down, and the Y-DNA and mtDNA tests which had been available through their DNA website have now been discontinued.

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findmypast Adds 800,000 New Zealand Records

I’ve mentioned findmypast’s 100in100 project before, together with some of the new records they’ve added online. Another recent addition is BIG news for our friends across the ditch in New Zealand, as findmypast added almost 800,000 records from New Zealand 1925 electoral roll as well as a number of employment records.

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FamilySearch Celebrates 15 Years!

FamilySearch, the world’s biggest website of genealogical data (which by the way is all FREE), celebrated their 15th birthday yesterday. Can you believe that it’s been around that long already?

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Ancestry’s New Zealand’s Records FREE Until Monday 19th May

If you have New Zealand ancestors, cancel any plans that you had this weekend as you’re in for a weekend-long genealogy-fest. You can thank Ancestry.com.au for that, as they are offering FREE ACCESS to their entire New Zeleand collection from 16-19 May.

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Explore New Records from New Zealand on findmypast

Findmypast, one of the big names in the genealogy field, are part-way through their 100 in 100 project (100 new data sets in 100 days). And as part of that they have just released a whole bunch of New Zealand records.

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British Pathé Releases 85,000 Historic Films on YouTube

The British Pathé collection of historic films spans the years from 1896 to 1976, and includes footage from not only from Britain, but from around the globe. Amongst the 90,000 films that British Pathé have put online (of which 85,000 are newly uploaded) you’ll find sports, fashion, interviews, the Royal family, the Titanic, the destruction of the Hindenburg, gardens, military, parades, travel, and 1000s more.

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Find-A-Record Helps you Find Records

Let me tell you about a new website I’ve been playing with recently. It’s called ‘Find-A-Record’. So what is Find-A-Record? Well essentially is is a website that enables you to search for genealogical records by a town, region, or geographic area, and it tells you what records exist in the place and time period that your ancestors lived.

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findmypast Launches their “100 in 100″ Campaign

Findmypast have just launched their “100 in 100 campaign”. What does this mean? Well they say that “over the next 100 days we will release new records every week with millions of new names and showcasing some of our recently added collections. You will find record sets from all around the world, including BDM records, parish records, military records and many others besides.”

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World War 1 Centenary Projects #2

After putting the call out for information on World War 1 Projects that people were doing, I posted the World War 1 Centenary Projects #1 post. But there were simply too many projects to include in a single post, so here is list #2.

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Periodical Source Index (PERSI) and Findmypast

The Periodical Source Index, commonly known as PERSI, is a key resource for genealogists, yet it is one that isn’t used as much as it should be. Created by the Allen County Public Library, they have created an index of over 2 million entries from the articles of 11,000 genealogy and local history periodicals, which include over 3000 titles that are no longer published.

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