American Ancestors: Massachusetts Catholic Cemetery Records Now Available Online

American Ancestors: Massachusetts Catholic Cemetery Records Now Available Online. “Researchers can now search hundreds of thousands of records containing detailed information about people buried in eastern Massachusetts Catholic cemeteries through a new online database, thanks to a partnership between American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Archive Department of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston (RCAB), and The Catholic Cemetery Association of the Archdiocese of Boston, Inc. (CCA).” You will have to have a membership to American Ancestors.

Genealogy’s Star: Reclaim the Records wins FOI fight for 19th and 20th Century Yonkers, New York Birth and Death Records

Genealogy’s Star: Reclaim the Records wins FOI fight for 19th and 20th Century Yonkers, New York Birth and Death Records. “After literally years of negotiating and haggling (although luckily stopping short of yet another lawsuit), we are pleased to announce the first-ever publication of tens of thousands of late nineteenth and early twentieth century births and deaths for Yonkers, New York. We’ve photographed the alphabetical indices, and for most years we were able to photograph the full birth and death registers, too!”

Reclaim the Records: Reclaim The Records Wins The Nebraska Death Index (1904-1968)

Reclaim the Records: Reclaim The Records Wins The Nebraska Death Index (1904-1968) . “Earlier this year, one of our board members was noodling around with some Nebraska genealogical research, and he was surprised to realize that there was no source to search for Nebraska deaths. Statewide vital records registration began in Nebraska in late 1904, so their Department of Health certainly had records going back to the early 20th century, but there was no way to search through the index of what they had.”

TechCrunch: Over 750,000 applications for US birth certificate copies exposed online

TechCrunch: Over 750,000 applications for US birth certificate copies exposed online. “Each application process differed by state, but performed the same task: allowing customers to apply to their state’s record-keeping authority — usually a state’s department of health — to obtain a copy of their historical records. The applications we reviewed contained the applicant’s name, date-of-birth, current home address, email address, phone number and historical personal information, including past addresses, names of family members and the reason for the application — such as applying for a passport or researching family history.”

ACTION ALERT: Delaware vital records (Legal Genealogist)

Legal Genealogist: ACTION ALERT: Delaware vital records. “Access to vital records is essential for genealogical research and critical to those researching inherited medical conditions and military repatriation cases, where the effort is to return the remains of fallen service members to their families. Identification theft is not prevented by closing these records and leaving death records wide open actually prevents it.”

Kent County Council: KCC’s collection of Parish Registers goes online for the first time

Kent County Council: KCC’s collection of Parish Registers goes online for the first time. “Leading family history website, Findmypast, has today announced the online publication of thousands of original parish registers in partnership with Kent County Council. The new records have been created from more than 3,000 handwritten registers currently held at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone….More than 2.6 million fully-indexed baptism, wedding banns, marriage and burial records spanning more than 400 years of Kent history are now available to search online exclusively.”

Buried in Fingal: a new database for North Co Dublin (Irish Genealogy News)

Irish Genealogy News: Buried in Fingal: a new database for North Co Dublin. “The free database includes searchable details of more than 65,000 people interred between 1905 and 2005 in 33 of the burial grounds in the council’s care in North County Dublin. The site is searchable by name and graveyard. Search returns provide date of interment, area of last residence, and precise grave plot identifiers plus, in most cases, a link to a clear image of the register entry. The oldest burial record dates to 1877 and the most recent to 2013.”

Georgia Archives Adds Microfilmed Bible Records

The Georgia Archives has added a collection of Bible records on microfilm. “The Georgia Archives actively microfilmed Bible records from the 1950s through the 1980s as substitutes for birth and death records, as the State of Georgia did not collect birth and death records until 1919. These records were brought to the Archives for microfilming by private citizens. The Bible records were retained by the original owners. The Georgia Archives microfilming program was discontinued in 1996.”

Historian in Maine Creates Own Historical Index for Brunswick

A historian in Maine has created his own historical index for Brunswick. “The past can be elusive, its contents fleeting. Often it takes a concerted effort to dig through some archives. Enter retired history teacher and historian Richard F. Snow. Snow — who grew up in Brunswick and resides in Topsham — has put together an extensive index of articles, pictures and obituaries from the Brunswick Telegraph and the Brunswick Record — forerunners to today’s The Times Record — and donated his work to the Curtis Memorial Library. The Snow Index will give locals and folks from away a chance to delve into their family’s pasts by accessing the library’s website, a substantial shortcut over previous practices like coming into the library or browsing newspaper websites.”

New Resource Will Archive Church Records for Boston Catholics

The Boston Globe has news on a new collection of records on Boston Catholics. “For genealogy and history buffs, a new collaboration between the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston is bringing more than a century’s worth of church records within reach of the nearest Internet connection. The organizations Tuesday unveiled the beginnings of an online archive of sacramental records for Boston’s earliest Catholics.”

Irish Central: Tracing your roots just got easier — 250k Irish names online on new database

Irish Central has news about an updated resource for those working on Irish genealogy. “Over 250,000 names have been added to an online database of Irish births, marriages and deaths. The Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) first established a marriage database in 2014 when it put 40,000 marriage certificates online, subsequently adding entries for births and deaths too.”

Oklahoma Launching New Site for Vital Records Access

Genealogists! The state of Oklahoma is preparing to launch a new Web site and make it much easier to access vital records. “The Oklahoma State Department of Health will debut on Monday a new website, OK2Explore… where users can search vital records as well as purchase copies. … This initiative allows genealogists and other historians to view Oklahoma birth records occurring more than 20 years ago and death records occurring more than five years ago, according to a news release.”

Early African-American Marriages in Lexington, Kentucky: New Index Available

Now available: an index of early African-American marriages in Lexington, Kentucky. “The four volumes of the Colored Marriage Indexes are the original finding aids used to locate the early marriage bonds of African Americans in Lexington. The indexes contain the name of each bride and groom, and the page number of the actual marriage bond held at the Fayette County Clerk’s Office. As the marriage indexes and bond books have been in continuous use by the public for many years, some are in fragile condition. The digitized versions of the indexes are now freely available to the public on ExploreUK, UK’s digital library…. The typed indexes have been run through optical character recognition (OCR) and are searchable.”