Ancestry.com acquires FindAGrave.com

Ancestry is buying the volunteer website Find A Grave. Many, including me, were at first worried that all the volunteer work that we have done adding to F-A-G would be just another database on the giant Ancestry. Ancestry CEO, Tim Sullivan, says that “We will maintain Find A Grave as a free website, will retain …

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What Records?

Many other blogs are carrying news of a new agreement between FamilySearch and Ancestry.com that will “make approximately 1 billion global historical records available online” (see: the official announcement). One billion is a lot of records. I read the announcement 3 times but I can’t figure out what records they could be talking about. Plus …

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Free Military Records for Memorial Day

This weekend many commercial genealogy websites are giving free access to some of their military and veteran’s records. Not everything is free but enough is available that you may find records for some of your family. Most are only available until Monday evening. All three of these websites will try to get to to subscribe …

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Happy New Year

I hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year. As far as I am concerned the biggest genealogy news of 2012 was the 1940 census being released. That happened on Apr. 2nd. By Aug 8th Ancestry had completed their index using laborers in China. FamilySearch took until about Sept. 5th to complete their 1940 …

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1940 NY Census – Plus Other Free Databases

Ancestry has completed indexing the 1940 census for New York State and is offering free access for a limited time. I couldn’t determine how long that free access lasts. You may want to go to this special web page as soon as possible. You also are going to have to sign up for a free …

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1940 Census; Day 2

The official 1940 census website was completed overwhelmed and experiencing many problems yesterday but appears to be working today. I noticed images of census pages load completely different than they did yesterday. Yesterday an image would load as a bunch of tiles to make up the entire image. Today an image is loaded as just …

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1940 Census; Day 1

This has been an amazing day for genealogists. The National Archives released the 1940 census and more important is that it was going to be online for free. Family Search had received copies of all the images at midnight and by 8:30 (all times eastern) they already put up all images for the State of …

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