Ancestry.com has recently made available for free several ethnic research guides to help genealogists navigate research barriers like destroyed records or records existing in other countries. Check them out below and start searching.
This day-long program will offer you a chance to discover and celebrate your family history. There will be sessions throughout the day to help you get the most out of your research using Ancestry.com and NEHGS resources. Full day admission is $30.
One hundred years ago, the United States and Europe was still reeling from the sinking of the Titanic. Over the past month, there has been a flurry of interest in the unsinkable ship’s sinking. Here are a few highlights for those interested in more:
Calling all genealogists, local history buffs, and historians! Massachusetts Vital Records between 1620 and 1988 are now available on Ancestry.com. Stop by the Cambridge Public Library to start searching. Read more about this new collection from today’s Boston Globe.
The United States Holocaust Museum and Ancestry.com have teamed up to create a new online repository, called the World Memory Project, to document information on the victims of Nazi persecution. It will be the first time that the Museum’s records will be fully available and searchable online.
The project is enlisting the help of volunteers, who from the comfort of their own home and the use of a computer, will transcribe the digital documents so they can be fully searchable online. It’s a great way to encourage community involvement and help digitize the 170 million documents. If you’d like to participate would like more information, view the website here.
The National Archives and Ancestry.com published newly digitized Civil War records online for the first time Wednesday, allowing users to trace family links to the war between North and South. Between April 7 and 14, Ancestry is giving free access to the new collection: http://www.ancestry.com/civilwar150.
Nearly 275,000 newly published pages are among the most heavily used documents for research in the National Archives’ Civil War holdings, curators said. The pages contain about 3 million names of those who enlisted for a draft from 1863 to 1865, though only about 40,000 were drafted to fight.
Archivists estimate 17 million Americans have an ancestor who fought in the war. Many may not know about their family ties.