FamilySearch: New Records and Resources to Discover Your Dutch Ancestors

FamilySearch: New Records and Resources to Discover Your Dutch Ancestors . “If you’re looking for ancestors from your Dutch heritage, you’re in luck! FamilySearch has recently published millions of records (51 million to be exact) from the Netherlands, making it easier than ever to trace your Dutch roots. These new records have increased FamilySearch’s collection of Dutch names from 4,074,736 to over 55 million. If you’ve ever gotten stuck looking for your ancestors before they immigrated or looking for any relatives you may still have in the Netherlands, this may be the perfect opportunity to dive in and find some answers!”

Upfront With NGS: BCG Offers Six Free Lectures (Live or by Webinar) on 6 October 2017

Upfront with NGS: BCG Offers Six Free Lectures (Live or by Webinar) on 6 October 2017. “Top genealogists Jeanne Bloom, Martha Garrett, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, Jill Morelli, Ann Staley, and Tom Jones will present six one-hour lectures held at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City Friday, 6 October 2017 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Mountain U.S. time. The lectures are free and open to the public (registration is not required), sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. All will be broadcast online (free registration is required, see below).”

SFGate: StoryCorps’ Thanksgiving Listen asks kids to record elders

SFGate: StoryCorps’ Thanksgiving Listen asks kids to record elders. “StoryCorps is hoping people give their social media apps a break for a few minutes this Thanksgiving and instead use one designed for listening. The nonprofit oral history project has announced the 2017 edition of its Great Thanksgiving Listen, which calls for high school students to record a conversation with an elder over the holiday weekend using the StoryCorps app.”

Arizona Secretary of State: AZSOS and UA receive grant to continue digitizing Arizona’s newspapers

Arizona Secretary of State: AZSOS and UA receive grant to continue digitizing Arizona’s newspapers. “The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (link is external) (LAPR), in partnership with the University of Arizona, has received a $279,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue digitizing historic newspaper collections. This is the 4th such grant received by LAPR. Since 2008, LAPR digitized approximately 380,000 pages and made them available on both the Library of Congress’ ‘Chronicling America’ site and on the Arizona Digital Historic Newspapers platform (link is external). This new grant adds another 100,000 pages, bringing the total online newspaper collection to nearly half a million pages.”

Georgia Archives Launches New “Colonial Conveyances” Online Collection

New from the Georgia Archives: Colonial Conveyances. From this page: “The Colonial Conveyances are the equivalent of property deeds. They are the recorded property transactions between private citizens in the Colony of Georgia. Colonists who received land grants from the Trustees or the Crown could sell or otherwise convey their land or other property to other private citizens. The conveyances consist primarily of property transfers, usually land purchases. Related documents, such as schedules of personal property and marriage agreements, may be recorded along with the conveyance. … The first volume, 1750 – 1761, contains conveyances and other documents recorded during the period when the colony was governed by the Trustees for Establishing the Colony of Georgia, 1732 – 1752. The State of Georgia did not pass a law requiring that deeds be recorded in the county where the property was located until 1785. Deed books for Georgia’s early counties do not begin until 1785-1786, with the exceptions of Liberty and Glynn Counties. Look for Georgia deeds from 1776 to 1785 in Colonial Conveyances.”

Revealed: how YOUR ancestors could have been convicts transported to Australia (The Echo)

The Echo: Revealed: how YOUR ancestors could have been convicts transported to Australia. “A new website will allow genealogists and family historians to discover the fate of ancestors convicted of crimes and transported overseas. The free-to-use website draws on over 4m court records and uncovers how punishment affected the lives of tens of thousands of people convicted of crimes at the Old Bailey between 1780 and 1925. The project to create the website was led by academics at The University of Liverpool. The records reveal a vast amount of information, such as the names, year and place of birth, previous offences, height, eye colour and whether the convict could read or write.”

Scoop News: Auckland War Memorial Museum Puts WWII Records Online

Scoop News: Auckland War Memorial Museum Puts WWII Records Online. “Nearly eight decades ago this week – on 12 September 1939 – enlistment for the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF) got underway, signalling the start of this country’s involvement in the Second World War. Of the 140,000 New Zealanders dispatched to serve overseas in WWII, 104,000 of them served with the 2NZEF. Auckland Museum is now making these WWII Army personnel records publicly accessible through Online Cenotaph.”