Saturday, August 27, 2016

The British Colonist Digitized and Online for Free

The British Colonist was published in Victoria and served the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, sometimes being the only paper available.

This online collection by the Universityof Victoria offers editions running from 1858 to 1951, You can browse by date or fill in the blanks for an advanced search.

Check it out at:  The British Colonist 1858-1951:

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Friday, August 26, 2016

PGS Events for the week of 28 August to 3 September

Tuesday, 30-Aug-2016 at 6:00 Searching the Online Databases--American Ancestors, the website for the New England Historic Genealogical Society, provides more than 1 billion records in over 450 databases online. Although much of the collection focuses on New England, records from around the U.S. and even some from other countries are available. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the website, and will go through the basics of searching these extensive databases, available free at Largo Library. Fortin, Local History Room, Largo Library.
Saturday, 3-Sep-2016 at 10:00 AM--Family Tree Maker User Group--Questions & Answers and Demonstration of how to use the Family Tree Maker genealogical database software. Hosmer/Bryan, Local History Room, Largo Library. This is the first meeting of the Fall season after 3 months off for the summer.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Irish Historic Directories Database

Given the research value of directories -- city, school, etc. -- this database of over 1,000 links to historic Irish directories is a treasure. Each directory listed is a hotlink to the text itself. Those that require subscriptions are so listed. Typically, if a directory has free access, it is downloadable.

You can search the database by text, location (county) or date.

Check it out at:
Directory Database:

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Monday, August 22, 2016

New York City Marriage Index Free online

According to the "Reclaim the Records" website: "This collection contains images of the index to New York City marriage records. These records were originally kept by the New York City Clerk's Office, and were later moved to the New York City Municipal Archives. For many decades the data was only available to the public in microfilm format, and only able to be viewed onsite at the Municipal Archives building in lower Manhattan." Reclaim The Records digitized the microfilm and made the images available in 2016.

The rolls of microfilm can be sorted by title and date published. A top level name search is not available, but once you click on a title, you can browse through the roll. Once you select a roll to browse, click on the magnifier icon near the top right of your screen. That will reveal the browse controls in the bottom right of the screen. There is a "Search inside" box in the upper right of the screen, that did not appear to be working when I tried it.

Check it out at:  
NYC Marriage Index : Free Texts : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive:

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Pennsylvania Civil War Soldiers Death Records Free Online

If you have Civil War ancestors from Pennsylvania who perished during the war, this site will be of interest to you.

Deaths are listed by battle (Antietam, Cold Harbor, Gettysburg), and POW camp (Andersonville, Florence, Richmond). There are also a few other lists available such as Pennsylvania deaths reported in newspapers, and Pennsylvania Civil War soldier executions.

The information given in some of the entries is surprisingly detailed.

Check it out at:
PA Civil War Soldiers - Pennsylvania Civil War Soldiers Death Records - Free Pennsylvania Genealogy:

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FGS and NPS Join to Tell the Stories of Over 130,000 U.S.- Mexican War Soldiers

August 8, 2016 – Austin, TX. and Brownsville, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the National Park Service’s Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park announce a partnership to develop a searchable database of more than 130,000 soldiers of the U.S.-Mexican War.

The database will allow descendants of U.S. soldiers to connect to their personal history and help Palo Alto commemorate and tell the stories of these soldiers. After the database is developed, unit histories, digitized documents, and information on U.S.-Mexican War soldiers will be added. Efforts will also be made to include names and information about Mexican soldiers in this war.

"FGS is thrilled to partner with the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park for this important preservation project,” said FGS President D. Joshua Taylor. “We look forward to working with our member societies and volunteers to provide new access to records for those researching the Mexican War."

Palo Alto Battlefield is also pleased with the partnership. “National Parks tell the stories of America,” said Superintendent Mark Spier. “Palo Alto Battlefield is excited to have the opportunity to work with the Federation of Genealogical Societies to tell the stories of the thousands of soldiers who served in the U.S.-Mexican War.”

To help bring these soldiers’ stories to life and to be a part of this momentous preservation project, indexing volunteers should contact Project Coordinator Patricia Rand, The Villages, FL, at

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Explore The Library and Archives Canada

If you have ancestors from Canada, I'm sure you know how valuable the Library and Archives Canada can be. But as with all large collections of research materials, it can sometimes be intimidating to try and sift through all they have for the specific things you want.

The Library and Archives has tried to simplify that process, however, with a few top-level pages that you can browse to try and drill down to what interests you. By clicking on the link below, you will end up at a page listing major collections by type, and on the left you can easily change that to browse by topic or browse alphabetically.

At the top of the page is a tab titled "Online Research," and when you mouse over it, you will be presented with a list of topics. The ones that may be most profitable are "Ancestors Search," "Military Heritage," and "Censuses."

It will pay to take your time and explore the various labels, tabs, and topics so you can better use this amazing resource.

Browse by Type - Library and Archives Canada:

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