02 June 2017

Digging for Genealogy Gold -- New Resources, 2017 Edition -- Part #1

Digging for Genealogy Gold -- New Resources, 2017 Edition
Part #1

I have my annual present for you ...

For the last couple of years, I have created, about once per year, multi-part series called “20 Free and (Relatively) New Genealogy and Family History Resources” which followed a series previously called Mini-Bytes.

As I trawl genealogy newsletters, blogs, and elsewhere, I keep an email folder of all the news items that aren’t “big enough” for a full post and yet sound useful for genealogists and family historians.  These range from how-to type information to databases.  There is so much information out there and it’s impossible to fully blog about most of it.

In order that those collected don’t go to waste, I am again creating a few posts where I present you with 20 “relatively” new resources and the associated hyperlink.  That’s it; a very no frills list. If the title doesn’t convey enough info I will add a note about what content caught my eye ...

Some of these may seem familiar to you and being reminded of a great resource is never a bad thing!  Hopefully many more are new to you.

  1. Dutch Caribbean Digital Platform (article) (database)

  1. Military Records [in Finnish, have browser translate]

  1. Ireland Valuation Books Translator

  1. 1891 Census

SARAWAK (Malaysia)
6.    Launch of the Brooke Archive Online -- Records representing the first 100 years of Sarawak’s history, previously hidden away at Oxford University’s Bodleian Library

  1. Staffordshire World War One documents made public (article) (database + check out all the other databases also found on page!)
  2.  HEICS – Ships Logs and Journals of the Honorourable East India Company Service
  1. The (British) Jewish Chronicle Archive (back to 1841)
  2. Criminal Transportation [to Australia]

  1. Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church Online Catalog
  2. Maine WPA Cemetery Plans
  3. Lexington (KY) Early Marriage Indexes of African Americans Available Online
  4. New York Public Library Digitizes 137 Years of New York City Directories
  5. The American Legion Digital Archive
  6. Westmoreland County (VA) Cohabitation Registers (article) (finding aid with link to records)
  7. Houston Herald (MO) Archive (back to 1881)
  8. Historic Luzerne County (PA) records available online in new deeds database (article) (database)
  9. Queens (NY) Library Archives Go Digital (article) (database)
  10. Swedish American Newspapers (English & Swedish)

Editor’s Note: As of today, each of the above links worked.  Now, whether the links in any of the identified articles work, I cannot vouch for that.  And, armed with the information provided, it should be relatively easy to get to determine where the discussed database currently resides.  If you get really stuck, drop me an email and I’ll try to ferret out the recalcitrant link or cross out my entry in the above list!

Editor’s Note: Know of a neat resource that you think might be a hidden gem?  Drop an email to [email protected].

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