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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Ancestry.com Partners with Associated Press for Historical News

The big news out today is that Ancestry.com and Associated Press (AP) have formed a partnership. This means that the world’s biggest commerical genealogy company together with one of the world’s biggest news companies, will be bringing you the stories …

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Ireland XO: Finding Irish Ancestors with Reverse Genealogy

A few months ago Ireland XO was launched. But just what is Ireland XO? It simply is a reverse genealogy program that has been created with aims connecting the Irish Diaspora through family and local history. Ireland XO doesn’t wait for people of Irish descent to trace their roots, they simply go the other way. And it’s all FREE.

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brightsolid Gets a Name Change

Brightsolid online publishing, the UK company behind findmypast (UK, US, Aus & Ire), ScotlandsPeople, The British Newspaper Archive, 1911Census, 1901 Census Online, Genes Reunited, and FriendsReunited may not be a name you’ve heard of. But the chances of you having used one or more of their sites is quite high, so this is news I thought I’d share. As of now brightsolid have now changed their name to “DC Thomson Family History”.

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2 Companies, 5 Years and 1 Billion Genealogy Records

2 Companies, 5 Years and 1 Billion Genealogy Records. The big news that hit the genie world this week is the announcement that Ancestry.com and FamilySearch have come to an agreement to digitise over 1 billion records from FamilySearch’s Granite Mountain vaults, and genealogists worldwide are going to be the winners.

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FamilySearch Adds a Few More Million Records Online

The world biggest genealogy website, just on keeps getting bigger. This month FamilySearch has added more than 3.1 million new records online. These relate to England, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United States, with some being indexed entries, and others images only.

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Canada 1921 Census is Now Online!

This BIG, BIG genealogy news that’s making it’s way through the grapevine today, is that Ancestry.ca have just (only a few hours ago) uploaded the images for the Canadian 1921 Census. So if you’re like me have one ancestor who went to Canada, while the rest stayed in England, or emigrated to Australia, this could well be useful to you.

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Big Things Happening at MyHeritage

Over the past couple of months we’ve seen some BIG, BIG announcements from MyHeritage, one of the big players in the genealogy field. Let me tell you more about them …

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Canadian Headstone Photos Project

Got Canadian roots? If so, listen up. Dick Eastman’s newsletter first introduced me to the Canadian Headstone Photos Project a couple of years ago, and since then I have been watching this project grow over time. Now I know that not every Australian has Canadian connections, but many do, so I thought this would be of interest.

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19 Million UK WWI Service Records on FamilySearch

This week FamilySearch has added 23.9 million indexed records to their collection on online data. Notable collection updates include over 19 million images from the new UK WWI Service Records 1914-20 collection, 2 million index records from the US World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918, nearly a million NY passenger & crew lists …

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BillionGraves gets Bigger and Better

It was only a few days into 2013 when news emereged that BillionGraves had been sold to Otter Creek Holdings, which is a working strategic partner with American Granite and Memorials, Inc. and American Monument (Utah). Otter Creek Holdings and their affiliate, American Monument, understands the connection people have to families’ headstones – they work with them every day. So BillionGraves could not have asked for a better home!

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FamilySearch Adds 19 Million New Indexed Records and Digital Images

The world’s best genealogy website FamilySearch, has just added another 19 million, that’s right 19 M-I-L-L-I-O-N more indexed records and images to its free online searchable database. Austria, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Italy, Ivory Coast, NZ, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, US, UK, Venezuela and Wales are all covered

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400 Million More Genealogy Records

Good news for all researchers, GenealogyInTime Magazine who is now the fifth largest free genealogy website in the world (this is based on Alexa stats, and the largest free genealogy websites in order are FamilySearch, Find A Grave, Geni, GeneaNet followed by GenealogyInTime Magazine), has just added 400 million new records to their two free search engines.

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