Ancestry.com is offering free access to just-released global records. Search out new global collections of vital, census, church, and immigration records to learn even more about the lives of your ancestors. Start searching now – free access endsat midnight.
Not every person had a roof over their head, food to eat and clothing in good repair to wear. Many people fell on hard times due to family illnesses and death, their own physical or mental illnesses, and the lack of a skill that would sustain them economically. These people would seek shelter at a poorhouse, also called an Almshouse. Today, I happened upon a website that is dedicating itself to providing historical and genealogical information on our country’s poor houses.
While Poor House Story isn’t complete, it would be well worth keeping an eye on and if you have photos or information to contribute, I’m sure they would love to hear from you. They are in the process of redesigning their website, so be sure to bookmark and check back often.
I’m not sure that Pinterest would come to mind when thinking about genealogy research, however, maybe it should. When I Googled ‘hidden gems in genealogy,‘ I was given a link to Pinterest boards and I thought, why not?! Many folks that do their family history pin interesting finds to Pinterest and those finds just might have a gem waiting for you to discover! Happy pinning!
When doing research at a local courthouse, it is generally a good idea to call ahead and find out what records are available, hours of operation, the format the records are in and what are the copying fees. But who do you call?
The folks at County Clerk Court Records have that all sorted out for you. At their site you will find a listing of over 3000 county clerk offices with contact information and addresses. This is handy information to have when planning a trip to do some research! A big kudos to the folks that put this information together.
Have you ever had the aggravating experience of doing some genealogy research only to find the website you are trying to reach isn’t available? I know I have. For that reason, I was quite happy to find this site where you can check to see if the site is simply having problems or is no longer around. It’s called Is It Down Right Now?. You can see what sites are up, which ones are down and other users will post comments on sites they have tried to access and were unsuccessful. My only question is – where do you go to see if Is It Down Right Now? is down?. . . . . .
RootsIreland continues to expand it’s records of church baptisms by recently adding 5400 records for 12 churches in County Down and County Antrim. Some records date back as far as 1720! Records can be searched by surname, first name, and year. When you register, you can perform up to 100 free searches.
Readex, a division of Newspapers.com, has released their long-awaited American Slavery Collection of books, pamphlets, ephemera, etc. The collection is fully searchable and is available at most public libraries. They do not, however, offer a subscription.
In an upcoming post, I will offer a list of local libraries near me (Clinton County, PA) that has free access to genealogy services, such as Ancestry. If your library offers access, complete the contact form and let me know!
I don’t know about you, but I am a little alarmed at this new collection of records available for searching at My Heritage. Their newest collection of “public” records are between the years 1970 and 2010. They include “records that were generated from telephone directories, property tax assessments, credit applications, voter registration lists and other records available to the public.”
My concern is how they obtained credit applications, how those records would be considered public, how they protect the privacy of that information and just what are they doing with it?
Talk about an identity thief’s good fortune! I think My Heritage should be forced to reveal how they obtained those applications and forced to destroy them.
The Republic of Ireland has recently launched access to their military service pension records, spanning the years between 1916 to 1923. The site has a detailed guide to the records and you can search by keyword as well. This is the beginning to their Department of Defence putting up some 300,000 records by 1916. Access to the site is free!
Ancestry is offering free access to select Irish records at their site from now until midnight, March 17th.
The link above will take you to the starting point where you will find a handy downloadable guide to researching your Irish family. It gives you general research suggestions as well as hints on using the records at Ancestry to maximum benefit.