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24 June 2009

Ten New Family Trees Have Been Added to FamilyTreeTemplates.net

Ten new family trees have been added to the Web site FamilyTreeTemplates.net. The site now offers more than 40 family tree templates, blank ancestor charts and genealogy helpers designed to help hobbyists, schoolchildren and researchers trace and record their family history.

The new family tree templates include more three-, four- and five-generation family trees as well as a free-form unlabeled family tree, two trees with room for as many as eight siblings and a new version of the popular birth and adoptive family tree with room for even more family members. Most of the new trees are in full color, with attractive graphics such as trees, birds and even an acorn theme.

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17 June 2009

Family Tree Magazine: 101 Best Web Sites 2009

Family Tree Magazine has published their 101 Best Web Sites 2009.

10 Best Web Sites for Vital Records - These are the best searchable databases of vital records from health departments, historical societies and state archives.
10 Best Web Sites for Storing and Sharing - Sharing your family history just got easier with these Web sites that let you create a family tree, store pictures and more.
10 Best Big Web Sites - You're sure to find information about your family in these stellar genealogy Web sites.
10 Best Web Sites for Maps - Trace your family's paths, find your ancestors' homes and explore the old country.
10 Best Web Sites for Local Searches - You can thank your lucky stars if your ancestors resided in the areas these Web sites cover.
10 Best Web Sites for International Searches - Tracking down immigrant ancestors has never been easier.
10 Best Cutting-edge Web Sites - Stay informed about the latest technology for genealogists with these sites.
10 Best Web Sites for Military Research - Find ancestors who served their country in these databases and archives.
10 Best Virtual Library Web Sites - Powerful search tools let you explore great library collections in the comfort of your own home.
10 Best Web Sites to See Dead People - Use these sites to find obituaries, cemeteries and other traces of your departed ancestors.

And #101 is Ancestry.com!

12 May 2009

From Pilgrim to President

The Pilgrim Archives Leiden give a surprising look in a unique piece of Leiden history: the story of the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims were English Protestants, who fled England to escape the oppressive regime of James I and the Anglican established church. They lived and worked in Leiden from 1609 to 1620.

From 1620 groups of Pilgrims travelled onwards to North America: the 'New World'. There, people still celebrate Thanksgiving Day, in memory of the Pilgrims' ordeals and eventual deliverance. The influence of the Pilgrims on the future United States has been great. Just take the fact that no fewer than seven American Presidents are direct descendants of the Leiden Pilgrims.

3 May 2009

100 Genealogy Resources to Discover Your Ancestry

Research and discover your ancestry with these 100 tools to get you started building a family tree. Trace back as far as you can find and share your results with friends and family. Many of the forums in this list will also garner you a few new friends in the genealogy spectrum. Tracing your roots will give you insight into your family’s past and give you an edge in your own forensic education endeavors.

Read "100 Genealogy Resources to Discover Your Ancestry"

29 April 2009

City of Rome, Georgia, U.S., Cemetery Burial Data Now Online

Thanks to a new burial data program on the city of Rome's Web site, genealogy researchers and loved ones may have an easier time locating their ancestors buried in Rome's public cemeteries.

The service can assist those looking for the plots of ancestors, family or friends buried in city-owned cemeteries — Eastview, Oakland and Myrtle Hill.

"We’re one of the first two or three cities to give this feature," said Rome Cemetery Director Stan Rogers.

The information only covers burial records, the cemetery lot number and plot location number. The site can also generate clickable maps of the cemeteries that allow the user to navigate and find the exact placement of the plot.

Eastview and Oakland Cemetery Search
Myrtle Hill Cemetery Search

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26 April 2009

British History Online

I just came across this amazing website:

Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, British History Online is a digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles.

A lot of free resources and a full-text search of all the sources in the website!

13 April 2009

ProQuest Offers Free, Open Access to ProQuest Student Resources during National Library Week

ProQuest will provide free, open access during National Library Week to three of its most popular student resources—CultureGrams®, eLibrary®, and SIRS Discoverer®. These online resources connect learners of all ages to media-rich content that helps with homework, course study, and research.

From Monday, April 13 through Friday April 17 CultureGrams®, eLibrary®, and SIRS Discoverer® will be freely available at www.proquestk12.com/go/celebrate. CultureGrams®offers concise, reliable, and up-to-date country reports on the cultures of the world—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. eLibrary® delivers high-quality, high-interest, and highly usable full-text and multimedia content—all via an engaging, contemporary interface. SIRS Discoverer® connects users to a wide range of topics, articles, graphics, and websites editorially selected from more than 1,900 sources worldwide.

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9 April 2009

Poland Launches World War II Victims Database

Seventy years after the outbreak of World War II, Poland will launch a database of some 2 million victims of the fighting, the daily Polska reported on Thursday.

The database will be available in the next several days on straty.pl, and will include the location and circumstances of the victims' death. Families or loved ones will have the option to add to the list of victims.

Officials hope that the database will grow to 4 million names within a year or two.

'Launching such a database is a big event,' historian Wojciech Roszkowski told the daily. 'Up until now, researchers trying to determine the number of victims always hit a wall. They weren't able to determine in various places how many were really died.'

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8 April 2009

Old Aerial Photographs of the UK Available Online

OldAerialPhotos.com is an unsurpassed collection of information about old aerial photographs of the UK, from the 40's to the 90's. Our aim is to offer you the ability to search through hundreds of thousands of aerial photos, both vertical and oblique, at the click of a button, and to then select and purchase photos of your choice. You can select either a print or a digital scan.

Our team of experts has collated the photography held on the site from many independent and historic archives, and for the first time you are able to view the exact positions of these photos and see what area they cover on a map. Please note that currently only vertical aerial photographs are offered on the website. Oblique photographs are coming soon.

6 April 2009

25 Most Popular Genealogy Blogs

List of the 25 Most Popular Genealogy Blogs as of April 3, 2009, determined by Technorati.
  1. About.com Genealogy (Kimberly Powell) 
  2. Eastman Online Newsletter* (Dick Eastman)
  3. Genea-Musings (Randy Seaver) 
  4. Creative Gene (Jasia) 
  5. Dear Myrtle (Pat Richely) 
  6. AnceStories (Miriam Midkiff) 
  7. Genealogue (Chris Dunham)
  8. footnoteMaven (Anonymous) 
  9. Genetic Genealogist (Blaine Bettinger) 
  10. Tracing The Tribe: Jewish Genealogy Blog (Schelly Talalay Dardashti) 
  11. GenaBlogie (Craig Manson) 
  12. Olive Tree Genealogy Blog (Lorine McGinnis Schulze) 
  13. Steve’s Genealogy Blog (Stephen J. Danko) 
  14. 24-7 Family History Circle (Juliana Smith)
  15. TransylvanianDutch (John Newmark) 
  16. GenDisasters (Stu Beitler) 
  17. Genealogy Insider @ FamilyTree (Diane Hadd) 
  18. Think Genealogy (Mark Tucker) 
  19. California Genealogical Society and Library Blog (California Genealogical Society) 
  20. The Genealogy Guys (George G. Morgan and Drew Smith) 
  21. CanadaGenealogy, or, 'Jane's Your Aunt' (Diane Rogers) 
  22. Ancestry Insider (Anonymous) 
  23. GenealogyBlog (Leland Meitzler) 
  24. Ancestor Search Blog (Kathi) 
  25. Tie Hugh Watkins Genealogue (Hugh Watkins) - It's a tie
  26.  Legacy News (Legacy Tree Software) - It's a tie

1 April 2009

Geneally: New Genealogy and Family History Search Engine

Geneally.com is a new dedicated genealogy and family search engine, built from the ground up to create a useful resource for anyone researching their ancestry.

Hundreds of new links are added each day. If you run a genealogy-related website, do contact us and we'll do our best to add the details of your site to our database.

In November 2008 Geneally acquired the former genealogy news site www.rssgenealogy.com, making Geneally.com the best starting point for all matters of interest to family historians.

23 March 2009

Dublin Interment Records Coming Online

Glasnevin Cemetery group hold records for five Dublin cemeteries, some open to the public and others now closed. Select records on interments are now available to certified genealogists and will be available to the general public for online search starting on April 8, 2009. Included will be records for Goldenbridge Cemetery on Dublin 8, Dublin’s first Catholic cemetery. The initial records becoming available will date back until 1890; however, the project will be ongoing until all records are added. Glasnevin Cemetery opened in 1832, and Goldenbridge opened in 1829. The other three cemeteries managed by this group are: Dordistown, Newlands Cross and Palmerstown.

For details please visit: http://www.funeralbooking.com/genealogy/

Thanks to Deborah Nilles - dnilles@key2chicago.com

22 March 2009

10 Fascinating Graveyards You Must See

While still considered a strange destination on holiday, a growing number of people are seeking out cemeteries to visit. There is an inherent fascination in cemeteries that should be embraced. Whether you are interested in the architecture or artwork of the tombs, the history of the area, or simply seeking out the final resting place of a favorite personality, cemeteries are a worthwhile destination.

The List Universe list a by-no-means definitive list of some of the most famous cemeteries in the world.

20 March 2009

Internet Archive to Unveil Massive Wayback Machine Data Center

The Internet Archive organization plans next week to announce the opening of a new data center to house two petabytes of information for its Wayback Machine, the digital time capsule that stores archived versions of Web pages dating back to 1996.

The Wayback Machine houses 85 billion Web pages archived for more than a dozen years, which amounts to three petabytes of data, or about 150 times the content of the Library of Congress. Only five years ago, the Wayback Machine contained about 30 billion Web pages. It is expected to continue to grow by 100TB of data per month now that it's live.

The Internet Archive's massive database is mirrored to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the new Library of Alexandria in Egypt, for disaster recovery purposes.

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18 March 2009

New Website For Irish Diaspora In USA

A new web site, IrishCentral.com, has arrived offering Irish-American news and entertainment.

Niall O'Dowd, the New York-based Irish publisher is behind the site, which includes genealogy information, top tourist spots in Ireland as well as breaking news and features. Its target audience is the Irish diaspora, which numbers 36.5 million in the United States, more than eight times the population of Ireland.

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