December 18th, 2008

British Colonial Slave Registers Now Searchable on Ancestry–Free!’s UK site has posted slave registers from British colonial dependencies for the years 1812-1834.  Although on the UK site, they are accessible from in the U.S.  The site is here.  The site is free. I first had heard that there was some registration requirement, but I went to the site directly without even signing into my account. …Continue reading →

Friday is Last Day for U.S. Archivist

Friday, December 19, 2008 is the day that the resignation of historian Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States, becomes effective. Professor Weinstein, who has Parkinson’s disease, cited health reasons for his decision. Deputy Archivist of the United States, Adrienne Thomas, will serve as Acting Archivist until a new Archivist is appointed, in accordance with the National Archives governing statute. …Continue reading →

FamilySearch Adds Midwestern Records

FamilySearch Record Search has added marriage records for Cook County, Illinois. The collection is currently what FamilySearch calls an “early access collection,” meaning that the collection is accessible though not yet entirely complete. What’s there now are records from 1900-1920. The entire collection ulitmately will go back to 1871. [H/T to Tom Kemp at the GenealogyBank blog]. And while we’re …Continue reading →

MyHeritage Replies

Soon after Tuesday’s post about MyHeritage, the company responded.  I got  a lengthy comment from Alon, portions of which I’m bringing up here. COMMENTER (Alon of . . . IMHO, the fact that you received a positive Smart Match and got in touch with a relative after entering just 3 people in your tree, shows the power and coverage …Continue reading →

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