Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Update on Ancestry.Com Developments

Note: This column is a regular contribution by Carol Magenau of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society, to keep members and others updated on latest developments at Ancestry.com.
Since September 2010, Ancestry.com has loaded many new small databases of Canadian material, including reports of court cases, educational institutions, directories of societies and professions, and burial and church records. Many of these cover a limited period of time. Several United Kingdom resources are new, including databases of genealogical material in magazines (Illustrated London News, Penny Magazine), "notes and queries" for several counties, and some military award indexes (e.g., UK Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1949).

Also included are London (England) Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812. For France, there are a few new directories, as well as for Australia (New South Wales, Australia, Register of Coroners' Inquests 1796-1942). For Italy, two civil registration records databases and one new item for Germany (Lubeck draft registration lists) have been added. For the USA there are some new military and prison records (e.g., World War II prisoners of the Japanese; Fort Leavenworth and McNeil Island penitentiary records).

As usual, many existing databases were also updated. Any of these databases can be searched specifically by going to the "What's Happening" box on Ancestry's home page, and then clicking on "View all new records", and then clicking on whatever database(s) are of interest.

And big news for Mac users: FamilyTreeMaker is now available for the Mac computer!

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