03 October 2014

Upfront Mini Bytes -- German Church Books, Irish Archives, Scottish Indexes, Virgin Islands, Norwegian Maps, Denver, California Newspapers and ShipIndex.org

Welcome to our newest edition of our periodic feature Upfront Mini Bytes.  In Upfront Mini Bytes we provide eight tasty bits of genealogy news that will help give you a deeper byte into your family history research. Each item is short and sweet.  We encourage you to check out the links to articles, blog posts, resources, and anything genealogical!

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A German Digital Church Book Portal is now online.  The entire website is in German.  I suggest you read EOGN for a nice overview of the site.  Remember that you can always use Google Translate to get a rough translation of non-English language websites and documents.

Keeping with international records, there is a now a portal that links together hundreds of archival collections and archives in north and south Ireland, Irish Archives Resource.

Might as well include a mention of Scottish records also!  Especially since my one Scots ancestor came this area.  The Historical Indexes for Dumfries and Galloway are now online.

What about the Virgin Islands?  The Territorial Archives are housed at two libraries. “The collections contain early records written in Danish, funeral booklets, yearbooks, local government documents, former Delegate Ron deLugo's congressional papers, and much more.” Scroll down the page and you will see links to searchable archives. Thanks to Genealogy’s Star for making us aware of this.

Last and not least on the international front, there is a Historic Map Site that has 8000 historical maps of Norway from the Norwegian national mapping Authority. The historic collection is accessible here. Again, you can use Google Translate to help you navigate this collection.

The Denver Public Library has a new genealogy portal. You can access the Denver Obituary Project or check out Research Guides for Marriage and Divorce Records and much more!

Are you researching California ancestors?  Check out the California Digital Newspaper Collection. The collection currently contains 72,729 issues comprising 603,681 pages and 6,876,356 articles!  Wow!

Was shipping part of your heritage, whether as a mode of travel or a business enterprise?  If so, you might find ShipIndex.org worth a visit.  Per the website “tells you which books, magazines, and online resources mention the vessels you’re researching. With 153,649 entries in the free database and 3,374,638 entries available with premium access.”










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