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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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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ScotlandsPeople Adds Wills, BDMs and Property Records

Anyone who is researching their Scottish roots will have heard of ScotlandsPeople. With 90 million records it’s a website that you’ll use in your Scottish research. The official government website for Scottish family history, it’s used by millions of people all around the world. The past few months have seen some big additions to ScotlandsPeople, and it’s these that I wanted to …

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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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4 Million Devon Records Go Online at findmypast

If you have Devon ancestors, get ready for some serious research as findmypast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has just uploaded over 4 million Devon parish records. These include baptisms, banns, marriages and burials and range from 1538 through to 1915. These records added to those already on findmypast, make findmypast the place for largest collection of Devon records online.

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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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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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Britain’s 1941 Census Substitute to be Digitised

The big news late last week that has the genealogy social media world a’buzz was the announcement from findmypast, who announced that they will be digitising the “1939 Register”, which gives details of 40 million English and Welsh during war time, and is the most anticipated family history project since the 1911 census.

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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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FamilySearch Adds More Than 145 Million New Records

FamilySearch continue to add to their vast collection of images and indexed records. And for January’s update they have added a whopping 145 million new records online. Of these 145 million records, there’s about 140 million new UK BDM records they’ve added! So it’s worth checking out.

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