Genealogy

1911 Irish Census

Digitization is now underway that will, when completed, make available online the Irish census records for the years 1901 and 1911. Currently, the 1911 census for Dublin is searchable on the National Archives of Ireland website. Help links located on the site contain more information on specific details found in the census and a comprehensive guide to using the census.

Slave Registry

Descendants of slaves from the British Empire can now search a new online database that has just launched on the Internet. Ancestry.co.uk has created a database that covers over 2.7 million slaves and 280,000 slave-owners from 17 former British colonies. The records cover the time period 1812 through 1834 and is able to be searched by the slave's name, year of birth (if known), gender and name of their holder. Read more »

Maryland Land Record Images

A joint effort on the part of the Maryland Judiciary, the Court Clerks of Maryland and the State Archives is now making available online Maryland Land Records. Upon arriving at the site, prospective users can request a password to access the land records. Still a work-in-progress, there are approximately 165 million records covering the entire state of Maryland. An excellent resource for researchers with ancestors in that state.

Ohio Death Certificates

Now accessible FREE, Ohio Death Certificate Images for the years 1908-1953. Simply go to FamilySearch Labs and register for a free account. Enter an email address, name, state and country and within 24 hours, receive an activation key to use within seven (7) days. After the first use, the email address will be all that's necessary to search the records. Read more »

Historical KY State Maps

A GREAT resource for early maps of Kentucky can be found on the Kentucky Land Office web site. The maps cover not only the boundaries and various regions of the state but also the waterways. Animated county maps of different sections of the state can also be found showing the boundary changes as new counties were created.

Workhouses in the United Kingdom

Researchers who have been collecting genealogy for quite a while, probably have reached the point where records in the United Kingdom are being sought. For many, the trail could lead them to looking for clues in workhouse records. Available on the Internet is a web site with over 2,000 pages of information including maps, photos even a timeline dealing with workhouses. Read more »

DNA Ancestry

With the addition of DNA testing becoming more widely and actively used by genealogists, many researchers find themselves wanting to know more about testing, and, signing up to be tested. Since there are now more online web sites that offer DNA testing service than there were 6 or 8 years ago, the following list of links are some of the more well known that answer questions and perform the testing for applicants. Fees for each vary, so shop around before deciding.

Loyalist Ancestors

Quoting by permission from the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada website:

"The Mission and Objectives of the UELAC direct that we work to preserve and promote Canadian history, with a particular focus on the Loyalist timefame of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Loyalist heritage takes many forms from actual buildings of the time to family histories, genealogies, stories, military records, monuments, artifacts, correspondence and so much more.

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 11

LDS Family History Centers: While the Allen County Library system in Fort Wayne is now considered the largest genealogical library in the nation, the Family History LibraryTM of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City is a close second. Of greatest interest to genealogists are the LDS Family History Centers (FHC). Worldwide, there are over 3,000 LDS facilities and while they are each unique in character and offerings, resources are available in each to assist genealogists in their research. Read more »

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 10

Cherokee Genealogical Research (part 2): Be sure to keep an open mind when researching Cherokee ancestry. There were many instances when both an Indian name and a French or English name were used for the same individual. Record everything found on the surname(s) of interest. The Cherokees adopted into the tribe, members of other Indian nations (including Osage, Delaware, and Shawnee). Besides intermarriage with European or American merchants, missionaries, or army personnel, former Negro slaves of the Cherokees became Freedmen citizens of the tribe after the Civil War. Read more »

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