31 October 2014

Upfront Mini Bytes -- TX records (Cemetery, Jewish & Immigrants), UK Wills, Yearbooks, Irish Anzacs (WWI), Canada's Home Children, Map of US Religions

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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Do you have ancestors buried in Hopkins County TX?  Or, you want to figure out the cemeteries nearest to where your ancestors lived?  If yes, check out this map or the associated list of cemeteries.

More genealogical news from TX -- Congregation Beth Israel in Houston (TX) has digitized and placed online early records, ledgers, and books covering from 1861 to the early 1920s. The documents are in German, Hebrew and English.

One more bit of news from TX.  The Texas Seaport Museum has compiled a listing of immigrants to Galveston, TexasGalveston Immigration Database.

My gran and her 2nd husband both died in 2000 and 2001 respectively in the UK.  If I didn’t know about their wills nor had a copy, I could now search and find out.  Gov.UK now has a Find a will service which covers wills or probate for any person in the UK who died in or after 1996.  Both a simple and an advanced search are provided.  You do have to provide a surname & year of death.  For any found entry, you can purchase 31 days of access (for £10).

I’ve come across all kinds of yearbooks as I do research and this is a first – Yacht Club Yearbooks.  I guess since I’ve never stepped foot in one, it’s not something I would have known about.  If your family belonged to the Avalon (NJ) Yacht Club, there is now an online archive of Avalon Club Yacht Club Yearbooks covering 1953-2007 online.

The Irish Anzacs Database has been launched.  The projects aim is to identify all Irish-born enlistments in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during the First World War. Read more here. Here’s a video on how to access the database. Search the database.

The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa is placing a special emphasis on Canada’s HomeChildren, since 70% of these children were settled in Ontario. There are several resources currently available – Barnardo’s Ups and Downs Magazine, Fegan Homes index

I’ve always liked The Week for “short” new items.  When I stopped subscribing to the print version, I took up reading the online version.  A recent-to-me find (from June) was These maps show the most common religions, Christian and non-Christian, in your state. To me what was most interesting was not the largest reporting group for each state and the second largest one.  

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