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Researching British ancestry?

Now with literally millions of records online for England, Scotland and Wales as digital images or transcriptions, it can be difficult at times to decide where to begin looking. The following sites offer a large variety of useful records and information for anyone researching British ancestry.

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 3

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for managing over 264 million acres of land -- about one-eighth of the land in the United States -- as well as 300 million additional acres of subsurface mineral resources. Most of these lands are located in the western United States, including Alaska, and are easily recognized by their vast range lands, forests, high mountains, arctic tundra, and deserts. Under the BLM umbrella are a wide variety of commercial, cultural, recreational, and wilderness resources in these federal public lands.

Natchez and Mississippi Court Records

Ancestry has just added The Natchez Court Records, 1767-1805 and Mississippi Court Records, 1799-1835 to their online collection of databases. The Natchez Records are from the book compiled by May Wilson McBee in 1953 and reprinted by the Genealogical Publishing Company in 1979. The Mississippi Court records are from J.

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 2

Genealogical Abbreviations: As we know, there are many abbreviations that are used widely in genealogical records. It is not unusual to find, within the pages of one record, different variations used, and care should be taken to ensure that in these instances, it is a variation and not meant to indicate something else. Many researchers, especially novices, are easily confused by the early practice of abbreviating in the various legal documents that were being recorded throughout years past.

From Genealogymagazine.com ...

Etiquette for Courthouse Research, by James Pylant: On the subject of courthouse research, genealogist and humorist Laverne Galeener-Moore advises, "One fact you must be prepared to accept is that the majority of staff members employed in County Clerks' or Recorders' offices hate the very innards of all genealogists. . ." It is true that some clerks just do not want to be "bothered" with researchers, but others have had too many unpleasant experiences with genealogists. This, in turn, colors their opinion of all genealogists who enter their office.

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 1

Georgia Land Lotteries: In the early 1800's, Georgia created a unique series of lotteries which would eventually attract a multitude of pioneers from Virginia and the Carolinas. The state passed legislation to hold its first land lottery in 1805.

US Department of Veteran Affairs

VA Adds Maps to Online Gravesite Locator: "WASHINGTON – The grave locations of more than three million veterans and dependents buried in national cemeteries can be found more easily now because the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has added maps of burial sections online that can be printed from home computers and at national cemetery kiosks.

The latest improvement builds upon a service begun two years ago, in which a VA online feature permits family members to find the cemetery in which their loved one is buried.

Nova Scotia Historical Names

One Million Historical Names from Canada Go Online: Nova Scotia Releases Early Birth, Marriage, and Death Records (FamilySearch News Release, 27 March 2007): SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH-Early vital records of Nova Scotia, Canada, are viewable over the Internet for the first time and for free, thanks to a joint project by the Genealogical Society of Utah, FamilySearch, and the Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (NSARM).

NARA Records Now Available on WorldVitalRecords

National Archives records can now be accessed at WorldVitalRecords.com. A note on the website states: "These databases, including more than 10.2 million records, are being posted at WorldVitalRecords as part of an agreement with the National Archives.

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 1, # 12

The Huguenots: The French branch of the Reformation has come to be known to us as the Huguenots who were followers of the teachings of the French-born Reformer John Calvin. Around the middle of the 1550's the first congregations were becoming established in France, and before the decade was finished there were over 70 churches, which met for their first Synod in 1559. Also in 1559, a sickly fifteen year old Charles IX ascended to the throne with the government being run by his mother, Catherine Medicis.

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