“Public” records?

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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.

Your thoughts?

Ireland Military Records

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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!

Explore Your Irish Roots

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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.

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The Valley of the Shadow

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The Civil War fascinates us all in one way or another.  When I stumbled upon The Valley of the Shadow, I knew I had to share this history treasure trove with others.

The Valley of the Shadow chronicles two families, one from the North, one from the South, from the time of John Brown’s raids through reconstruction.  The southern family’s roots are in Augusta County, Virginia and the northern family’s roots are in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

You can explore thousands of original letters and diaries, newspapers and speeches, census and church records left by men and women from those counties.  The site is neatly broken down into three eras and then further broken down into sections for easier searching or perusing.

This is truly a fascinating project and well worth a look!

Family Search Indexing Projects

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Family Search is always working on securing and digitizing records, not only US records, but records from other countries as well.  You can quickly and easily view their current indexing projects by heading over to their site and selecting the country or project you would like to view. 

The nice thing about Family Search is their site is free and they have a wealth of information to get anyone started in their genealogy quest. 

Census Finder for Northumberland County, PA

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Census Finder is a great resource for folks who can’t afford a paid subscription to the big genealogy guns like Ancestry but would still like to search through the US Federal Census.  They provide links to census projects, some free, some not.

This link will take you to the listing for Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.  After a recent inquiry into records for the Odd Fellows Orphanage, I thought this link might be helpful to the requester and others researching in Northumberland County.

You can easily get to the home page for Census Finders from the link if you would like to search a different county or even a different state.

Pittsburgh Census Project

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Historic Pittsburgh is working on their own census project that will allow users to search for ancestors in the 1850-1880 US census for the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny City for census years 1850-1870.  They also have boundaries maps available for viewing.  It may be helpful to read over the Census help link on the Census Schedules home page.  This is a worthwhile project for researchers with Pittsburgh roots.

While you are there, check out the many other digital archives they have to offer, such as photos, maps and videos!

It’s hunting season in Pennsylvania, try Record Hunter!

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A newcomer to the genealogy records family is Record Hunter.  Hosting links and images to free records primarily from Pennsylvania, this site is making great progress since its debut a few months ago.

Not all the links work and not all the records are indexed, but don’t let that stop you from paying them a visit and conducting some free research.

 

Family Bibles go digital at Allen County Public Library

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Despite Allen County Public Library being located in Indiana, I thought this would be a good resource to share.  Family and friends moved, a lot, years ago.  That doesn’t mean they didn’t keep in touch.  The family Bible was where important events were recorded for remembering later: births, deaths, marriages, christenings.  It is sad that so few of us do that today – we record events on our cell phones and computers. 

The family bible pages that contain the personal history and information is nicely broken down by family name and if they know where the family lived, that, too, is recorded.  You get to see the actual page from the Bible, so a little deciphering may be needed of the handwriting.  You can also perform a search by name.

That isn’t the only digital information for genealogists at this site, so browse around while you are there.  You may stumble upon a tidbit that ties into your family tree!

Biographies of folks from long ago

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Are you interested in how people lived years ago?  Curious about their work, home life, or religion?  If so, you might be interested in GeneaBios.

Written by genealogists that have extensively researched the individual, GeneaBios delivers personal biographies of the people submitted.  You can search for a specific name or by a surname.  There is even a section for visitors to post biographies, in case you have an interesting person in your family and would like to share their story.

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