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 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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BillionGraves – A Million More in May

Have you heard of the BillionGraves Project? If you haven’t yet, you will soon … as they really are leading the way with a new way to photograph and transcribe cemetery headstones worldwide. And in doing so, it’s making millions of cemetery records readily available to the public.

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Activating Your Free Ancestry Subscription within Family Tree Maker

How do I activate the free Ancestry subscription that came with Family Tree Maker? This is a question I get asked regularly, so felt that it will be useful to put it as a blog post …

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New Genealogy Records Online – July 2011

We’re not quite at the end of the month, yet July has been a has been a BIG, BIG month for new genealogy records online, particularly with the big players in the field. Military records, Wills, Business records, Convicts, Civil Registrations, Parish Registers, Directories, and Cemetery records

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New South Wales BDM Registry Changes Search Options

News just in is that the NSW Registry has removed the wildcard search facility from the their interenet index search. This is bad news for all researchers, which of course includes family historians. Ann could be listed as Ann, Anne or Annie. With the wildcard the search provided a search for Ann* and it would bring up all possibilties …

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New Zealand Military Records Now Online

The world of online genealogy data keeps growing at an unbelievable rate, and it is good to see some New Zealand content being added on as well. Ancestry has just uploaded a heap of new military records for New Zealand, which is perfect timing to be up in time for ANZAC Day.

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Find Your Convict Ancestors Online for FREE

To celebrate Australia Day Ancestry.com.au are giving you FREE, unlimited access to the 2.3 million convicts records that they have online. Records such as Passenger Lists from the First Fleet, Muster rolls and Registers of Pardons dating back to 1788 are all there. Be quick, you only have FREE access until 31 January.

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Society of Genealogists Adds 9 Million Records to FindMyPast.co.uk

When a large Archive and an online data site decide to work together this is GOOD news for the community worldwide. Even better when it adds another 9 million records online!! The records relating to millions of people held by the Society of Genealogists are now easier than ever to search online, thanks to a partnership with findmypast.co.uk.

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Rookwood Cemetery, Convict Arrivals, Electoral Rolls and More added to FindMyPast.com.au

Australian online data company, FindMyPast.com.au has been busy adding a heap of data (approx. 1,500,000 records) online in the last few weeks. So if you haven’t checked back recently, you might like to recheck.

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850,000 Devon Parish Records go Online at FindMyPast.co.uk

esearching your Devon ancestors has just got a whole lot easier, with leading family history website findmypast.co.uk having just added an impressive 857,603 new Devon parish register records to their website. Supplied by the Devon Family History Society, you can search for baptisms, marriages and burials …

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UK Prison Hulk Records 1802-1849 now online

Ancestry continues to expand their collection, and have now added the UK Prison Hulk Registers and Letter Books 1802-1849 to their collection of online data. The series contains a letter book relating to the establishment of hulks written from 1847-1849 and the registers of prisoners on 19 different hulks between 1802-1849

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300,000 British Military History Records Added Online at Military-Genealogy.com

For anyone with British military ancestors, Military-Genealogy.com really is a ‘must’ site. Already listing the “Soldiers Died in the Great War” and the “Army Roll of Honour 1939-1945″ on their website, another 300,000 records have just been added, making finding your UK ancestors military that much easier …

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