Category Archives: United States

US National Archives improves online catalogue 

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in the United States yesterday officially launched a redesigned online catalogue. The new catalogue should make it easier and more intuitive for researchers to find what they are looking for, and potentially discover … Continue reading

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New collections on FamilySearch — Belarus, France, Ireland, England, and United States

FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in September 2022 with over 31.6 million new, name-searchable genealogy records from 49 countries. The new collections are: Belarus, Minsk Church Books, 1700-1965   1,649,536 records France, Haute-Saône, Parish and Civil Registration, 1551-1872 3,557,884 … Continue reading

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New film tells story of an African American family that embarked on a journey of discovery after a letter from a formally enslaved ancestor is unearthed

Ancestry announced a few days ago the premiere of a new film, A Dream Delivered: The Lost Letters of Hawkins Wilson, which brings to light a family reunion over a century in the making. The short documentary follows one family’s … Continue reading

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1950 US Census index for Alaska, New Hampshire, and US Virgin Islands now available for free on MyHeritage

MyHeritage yesterday announced the 1950 US Census records for Alaska, New Hampshire, and the US Virgin Islands have been indexed — and they are free to search and view on their website. This is in addition to the indexed records … Continue reading

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1950 US Census released today

The National Archives and Records Administration today made public the 1950 US Census — and a lot of genealogists are excited about it. The opening paragraph in yesterday’s New York Times reported: “At 12:01 a.m. on Friday, precisely 72 years … Continue reading

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Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero to retire

After 12 years as the 10th archivist of the United States under three presidents, David S. Ferriero announced he plans to retire in April. Mr. Ferriero, 76, has been head of the National Archives and Records Administration since he was … Continue reading

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‘Franco-Americans’ added to Canadian Encyclopedia

One of the newest additions to the online Canadian Encyclopedia is Franco-Americans, written by David Vermette, author of A Distinct Alien Race: The Untold Story of Franco-Americans, Industrialization, Immigration, Religious Strife. This is a brand new article about the almost … Continue reading

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Franco American Digital Archives website launched

The Franco American Digital Archives/Portail franco-américain is now live after several months of testing a beta version. The online, bilingual website makes Franco American records more searchable and accessible to researchers, educators, students, genealogists, and the general public.  It addresses … Continue reading

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More than 1.5 million US military records, 1916-1939, added to FamilySearch

A free new collection of military records is now available on FamilySearch, and it’s bound to send many genealogists down the research rabbit hole. This past week, FamilySearch added United States, Enlisted and Officer Muster Rolls and Rosters, 1916-1939, a … Continue reading

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Black Archives to uncover and curate rarely seen photos of Black history from Getty Images archive

Earlier this week, Getty Images announced a partnership with Black Archives to provide the multimedia platform with unique access to its expansive archive. Black Archives Founder Renata Cherlise will cull through the trove of more than 11 million digitized and analog photographs and videos housed … Continue reading

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