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7 November 2011

Royal Canadian Navy Ledger Sheets (1910-1941)

The Canadian Navy was established in 1910. Library and Archives Canada holds different type of records for the Canadian Navy and its members. This research tool provides access to 16,788 references to individuals who served in the Royal Canadian Navy and the Naval Reserve between 1910 and 1918. It also includes some records for those who enlisted between 1919 and 1941. The information was extracted from the Navy Service Ledger Sheets.

Royal Canadian Navy Ledger Sheets (1910-1941)

26 September 2011

Tasmanian Archives Online

Tasmanian Archives Online is the Archives Office of Tasmania’s on-line link to information on its publicly available holdings. Searching the database provides descriptive and contextual information on Tasmanian state and local government records and private records from individuals and organisations held by this Office.

The database is structured in a hierarchical manner, providing links between different levels of information – Function, Agency, Series and Item. It is added to, and modified, on a continuing basis.

Tasmanian Archives Online

Ireland: Kerry Local Authorities - Graveyard Records

Over 140 cemeteries are currently either controlled or owned by Kerry Local Authorities. Burial registers contain details of burials in local authority cemeteries and are a useful tool in assisting genealogical research.

The ancestors of many emigrants from County Kerry are interred in these cemeteries. Families regularly wish to view the burial records or locate the appropriate cemetery prior to visiting the County.

Kerry Local Authorities - Graveyard Records

9 September 2011

A Database of Names to Trace Slave Ancestry

Scholars at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond have set out to leaf through eight million documents dating back to the 17th century, seeking the names of slaves. The preliminary results, listing about 1,400 enslaved people and 180 owners, are appearing in a database posted at vahistorical.org.

“Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names” is searchable by locations, professions and first and last names, among other keywords. Listings for Thomas Jefferson’s holdings do not yet mention Sally Hemings, but they do include “Thruston the son of Isabel” and “Bec daughter of Minerva.”

Source & Full Story

3 September 2011

Canadiana Discovery Portal Beta

The Canadiana Discovery Portal is a new source for Canada’s documentary heritage, providing access to a huge assortment of historical artifacts from across the country.

The Canadiana Discovery Portal is a free service that enables users to search across the valuable and diverse digital collections of Canada’s libraries, museums and archives. It provides Canadians with access to a wealth of digital material such as books, journals, newspapers, government documents, photographs, maps, etc.

Canadiana Discovery Portal Beta

14 August 2011

The Irish Famine Population Data Atlas 1841-2002 and The Atlas of Irish Famine Data 1841-1851

Irish Population Change Atlas: The Irish famine population atlas provides population data for all 32 counties within the Island of Ireland from 1841 to 2002. Data is available at Electoral Division level, at a consistent set of 3432 EDs, which is based on the 1851 Electoral Division boundaries.

Irish Famine Data Atlas: The Irish famine is a key event in Irish history. This online Atlas of Irish Famine Data provides users with access to population and agricultural data for Ireland for this period. Using data from the Census of Population 1851 and the Agricultural Census of 1841 users can examine aspects of the Irish human and physical landscape at this time in Irish history.

The Irish Famine Population Data Atlas 1841-2002 and The Atlas of Irish Famine Data 1841-1851

2 August 2011

Immigrants to Canada

In 1803, the British Parliament enacted legislation to regulate vessels carrying emigrants to North America. The master of the vessel was required to prepare a list of passengers. Unfortunately, few such lists have survived and therefore, there are no comprehensive nominal lists of immigrants arriving in Canada before 1865.

Some lists have been identified and indexed by name in this new database. It also includes other types of records such as declarations of aliens and names of some Irish orphans.

Immigrants to Canada

Ontario Records and Resources - War of 1812 Documents

These are transcriptions done by Fred Blair from material housed in Library and Archives Canada, in Ottawa. He has requested that this data be made public. Note that copyright is retained by Fred Blair.

You may use this data in your research and may quote small portions in a publication but you do not have the right to publish extensive extracts or place any of this material online anywhere else without the written permission of Fred Blair.

Ontario Records and Resources - War of 1812 Documents

Delta County of Michigan Death Records

In a project that has taken three years, volunteers from the Delta County Genealogical Society have copied the Delta County Death Records from 1867 to 2010 as recorded in the official records of the Delta County Clerk's Office.

These records include these categories: Name of Deceased, Death Date, Birth Year, Mother's Name, Father's Name, Cemetery and Funeral Home (when present in the records). Members of the Delta County Genealogical Society copied, typed, and proof read each book.

Delta County of Michigan Death Records

An Acadian Parish Reborn

Researchers will find there a new searchable database providing the names of all Roman Catholics baptized, married or buried, 1799-1849, in the predominantly Acadian French township of Argyle, Yarmouth County, as recorded in the first eleven parish registers, all of which have survived.

Each of the 4575 records included in the database is linked to a data table presenting, in both French and English, key information about the event. Below the data table is a digitized image of the page on which the original register entry is found, and another link leading to a full transcription, in French, of that same page.

An Acadian Parish Reborn

20 June 2011

University of Strathclyde Archives

The catalogue is a searchable database of descriptions of the archives held at the University of Strathclyde. The collections include:

- The archives of the University dating back over 200 years to the founding of Anderson's Institution in 1796.
- The archives of Jordanhill College of Education and its antecedents dating back to the Glasgow Infant School in 1828.

Many other collections of archives on subjects as diverse as education, science, politics, town planning, investigative journalism, shipping, the iron and coal industries, asbestos and sculpture.

University of Strathclyde Archives

Obituaries Australia

Obituaries Australia is a digital repository of obituaries published in newspapers, journals, magazines and bulletins. Here you will find the life stories of Australians from the earliest times to the present.

This site is hosted by the National Centre of Biography at the Australian National University, which also produces the award-winning Australian Dictionary of Biography. While the ADB focuses on the lives of notable Australians, Obituaries Australia offers a sample of the Australian experience by reproducing, in a convenient online format, published obituaries relevant to the history of Australia.

Obituaries Australia

27 April 2011

New Website to Trace Origins of Enslaved Africans

Little is known of the ancestry of Africans pulled into the trans-Atlantic slave trade. A new website, launched at Emory University this week, aims to change that. The African-Origins (http://www.african-origins.org) website provides a rare glimpse of the identities of Africans aboard early nineteenth-century slaving vessels, and through this information, the possibility of tracing the origins of millions of other Africans forcibly transported to the Americas. Public participation will be critical to piecing together this missing history.

Source & Full Story

20 April 2011

Searching Daughters of the American Revolution Databases is Free to Public

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has been digitizing materials the society has collected since its formation in 1890. The material is now available on its website at www.dar.org. Searching the databases is free. Only information of a genealogical and historical nature is available. Information for living DAR members is restricted.

Source & Full Story

30 March 2011

DIPPAM: Documenting Ireland – Parliament, People and Migration

Documenting Ireland – Parliament, People and Migration, a virtual library of the history of modern Ireland has been launched at Queen's University Belfast. The new virtual resource brings together the story of migration throughout Irish history into one place, a searchable online database. The online resource has three searchable databases: Enhanced British Parliamentary Paper on Ireland, The Irish Emigration Database and Voices of Migration and Return.

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