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Monday, August 14, 2017

MYHERITAGE RECORD WEEK: SEARCH 1 BILLION CENSUS RECORDS FOR FREE

Yesterday I received an email  from Daniel Horowitz  of MyHeritage with some great news:

In celebration of our recent milestone — surpassing 8 billion historical records on SuperSearch — we’re happy to announce that we’re making all of our major census collections from the U.S., U.K. and Ireland, Canada, and Nordic countries free for everybody, for one week! 

Starting on Monday, August 14, until August 20, no Data subscription will be required to access these documents, and you can search through this treasure trove of census records for free. That’s 94 collections, containing over 1 billion census records! Some of the census records are found exclusively on MyHeritage. This is available to users of MyHeritage as well as people who have never used MyHeritage before.


With our earliest census records dating as far back as 1657, and the latest ones extending until 1940, these records are an excellent way to learn more about the lives of your ancestors and to add details to your family tree


I expect many genealogists will be taking advantage of the free access  to the census collections over the next week!

Friday, August 11, 2017

FINDMYPAST FRIDAY RECORDS COLLECTION RELEASES FOR 11UGUST 2017

Nearly 3 million new records in this week's Findmypast Friday releases:

United States Billion Graves Update

OVER 2.2 MILLION RECORDS  have been added to the United States Billion Graves Index. Search this extensive record set to find the exact, GPS-tagged location of your ancestor’s burial as well as their birth and death dates
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ADDITIONAL RECORDS FOR EXISTING SETS

England Billion Graves Cemetery Index

New records: 76,151
Total records: 580,290
Covering: GPS-tagged headstone and burial records from across the country
Discover: Name, birth date, death date, cemetery, city, county, image link
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Scotland Billion Graves Cemetery Index

New records: 114,974
Total records: 197,832
Covering: GPS-tagged headstone and burial records from across the country
Discover: Name, birth date, death date, cemetery, city, county, image link
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Ireland Billion Graves Cemetery Index

New records: 16,038
Total records: 25,357
Covering: GPS-tagged headstone and burial records from across the country
Discover: Name, birth date, death date, cemetery, city, county, image link
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Wales Graves Billion Graves Cemetery Index

New records: 5,761
Total records: 58,135
Covering: GPS-tagged headstone and burial records from across the country
Discover: Name, birth date, death date, cemetery, city, county, image link
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Canada Billion Graves Cemetery Index

New records: 87,830
Total records: 946,158
Covering: GPS-tagged headstone and burial records from across the country
Discover: Name, birth date, death date, cemetery, city, county, image link
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Australia Billion Graves Cemetery Index

New records: 377,389
Total records: 1,608,001
Covering: GPS-tagged headstone and burial records from across the country
Discover: Name, birth date, death date, cemetery, city, county, image link
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New Zealand Billion Graves Cemetery Index

New records: 48,831
Total records: 178,863
Covering: GPS-tagged headstone and burial records from across the country
Discover: Name, birth date, death date, cemetery, city, county, image link
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Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions 1485-2014

New records: 2,674
Total records: 45,831
Covering: Churchyard of All Saints, Fulham
Discover: Birth year, death year, dedication, monument type, location, inscription
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North West Kent Burials

New records: 6,159
Total records: 187,829
Covering: Sidcup Cemetery (formerly Kent, now London Borough of Bexley)
Discover: Burial date, residence, place of burial, description
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New York Researcher

Number of images added: 96
Total images: 1,852
Covering: The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s (NYG&B) quarterly review
Discover: Insight on conducting family history research on people and places in New York State
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New York Genealogical & Biographical Record

Number of images added: 389
Total images: 53,295
Covering: New York people and events from the seventeenth century and beyond
Discover: The second oldest genealogical journal in the US
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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2017 WEEK 30 HENRY HOLT OF ANDOVER, MA.



I haven't found very much about 8x great grandfather Henry Holt as of yet. Here's what the 19th century genealogist Ellery Bicknell Crane has to say about him:

Henry Holt, fifth child of Nicholas Holt(1) , was born in Newbury, Massachusetts, 1644. He married, February 24, 1669, Sarah Ballard, daughter of William Ballard. She died at Andover, November 25, 1733. He died January 17, 1719, aged seventy-five years. They joined the church June 3, 1716. He was prominent in town affairs. In 1686 he owned a mill on Ladle brook. Children were: Elizabeth, born in Andover, Massachusetts, December 29, 1670; Oliver, January 14, 1671; Henry, January 24, 1673; James, see forward; George, March 17, 1677; Sarah, August 17, 1678; Josiah, December 13, 1679; Dinah, May 23, 1681; Paul, February 7, 1684; William, February '3, 1687; Zerviah, March 24, 1689; Keturah, December 15, 1690; Humphrey, September 22, 1693; Benjamin, July 8, 1696.
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Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts: With a History of Worcester Society of Antiquity, Volume 1 The Lewis Publishing CO  New York, N.Y.  1907

Henry died without a will  but had distributed shares of his estate to his sons by land deeds before his death. His youngest son William Holt received his inheritance in a deed with the provision that hecare for his parents until they died, I'll have to look for those land records!

Monday, August 07, 2017

PUTTING A FACE TO MOSES COBURN (1765-1848)

I'm a big believer in genealogy blogging as a way to share information about my ancestors online.
I know there are those who prefer to keep their research private but by doing so I feel they miss out on being contacted by distant relatives through a Google search. I've had many such contacts since I started this blog, sometimes through something I posted years ago.

The latest example of this occurred last week when my new found cousin H.F. contacted me because of my posts about our shared ancestor Moses Coburn. We exchanged information in emails, and in of them H.F. mentioned he had a portrait of Moses. Would I like a photo?

Would I? Wow, I sure did!

Shortly after it arrived via email. I asked H.F. for permission to share the photo, which he gave. And here it is:


4xggf Moses Coburn (1765-1848) courtesy of H.F.

Moses Coburn is an Interesting fellow, a member of a prominent family in Dracut and Tyngsborough, Ma. He was paid to enlist by some  citizens of Dunstable Ma in 1781 when he was 16 years old,
and  served over two years. He married Esther Spaulding in 1794 and applied for his pension in 1818 while living in Tyngsborough, Ma. He moved to  Newry, Maine sometime after that where he died in 1848.

And now I have a face to put with his story.

I've shared the probate files for Moses and his grandfather (another Moses Coburn) with H.F.and together the two of us are trying to solve the mystery of the identity of his mother who ws married to Caleb Coburn.

Thanks, H.F., for sharing that portrait with me!



Friday, August 04, 2017

FINDMYPAST FRIDAY RECORDS COLLECTION RELEASES FOR 4AUGUST 2017

Over 4 million new records from the U.S. and  the U.K. are in this week's Findmypast Friday releases:

BRAND NEW RECORDS:

United States Marriages

OVER 4.3 MILLION RECORDS  These new and exclusive additions to our collection of US marriages cover Nevada and California. Use them to discover when, where and to whom your ancestor was married. This is the first time these records have been published online.
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Scotland, Linlithgowshire (West Lothian), Poorhouse Records 1859-1912

OVER 15,000 RECORDS Did your Scottish ancestor spend time in the poorhouse? Explore admissions, deaths, discharges and sick rolls to discover your ancestor’s admission date, behaviour during their stay, previous residence, and more.
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Scotland, Linlithgowshire (West Lothian), Burials 1860-1975

OVER 87,000 RECORDS Discover where your West Lothian ancestors were laid to rest with 115 years of transcripts that will reveal the date of their burial, the location of their grave, their occupation, residence, death date and the names of additional family members.
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New Jersey Baptisms 1746-1795

OVER 600 RECORDS  Find out if your ancestor was baptised in the Township of Hannover, discover when the ceremony took place and uncover the names of both their parents.
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New Jersey Church Records 1747-1794 

OVER 200 RECORDS Explore records covering the Township of Hannover in Morris County to discover when and where your ancestors received Holy Communion.
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ADDITIONAL RECORDS FOR EXISTING SETS

Britain, Knights of the Realm & Commonwealth Index

New records: 410
Total records: 36,494
Covering: Orders of chivalry dating back to pre-1500 and continuing on to present day
Discover: Birth year, death year, type of award, date of award, your ancestor’s biography and any additional remarks
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PERSI Quarterly Index Update

New articles: 14,865
New titles: 7
Covering: California, Maine, North Carolina and Ireland
Discover: Articles, photos and other resources you won’t find anywhere else
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52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2017 WEEK 29 NICHOLAS HOLT OF ANDOVER, MA. PT3


Nicholas Holt was one of the first new ancestors I added to my tree back when I began tracing my family's history. I hadn't really returned to that research in several years and now I've found a few  discrepancies with what I had found back then.

They concern Nicholas' wives. I had two marriages in my database for him, and now I've found three, and there is a different names for his second wife.

I had her listed as Mary Manning,  

Daniel Steele Durrie and Charlotte Helen Abbott both say the second wife was  Hannah (Bradstreet) Rolfe who Nicholas married in Andover on 10Jun 1658 and they had two children. Hannah died in 1665.

The third wife (that I had not know about) was a widow,  Martha Preston, who Nicholas married on 21Ma 1666.

I've now found the records of both marriages and changed my database.

While Nicholas didn't leave a will Daniel Steele Durrie's entry on Nicholas has pointed me towards land deed made to the children which I'm going to search for on FamilySearch. 

MYHERITAGE ACQUIRES FAMILY TREE SOFTWARE & WEBINARS

Big news in the genealogy world! I received the following press release yesterday from Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage:

MyHeritage Acquires the Legacy Family Tree Software and Webinar Platform



TEL AVIV, Israel & SURPRISE, Arizona, August 3, 2017 — MyHeritage, the leading global destination for family history and DNA testing, announced today its acquisition of Millennia Corporation, makers of the popular genealogy desktop software Legacy Family Tree and genealogy webinar platform, Legacy Family Tree Webinars. This is MyHeritage's ninth acquisition to date.


With hundreds of thousands of devoted users since 1997, Legacy Family Tree consistently ranks among the top three most popular and highly rated genealogy software products in the industry. The Legacy Family Tree Webinar platform — which has amassed a large and dedicated fan base since 2010 — draws speakers who are leaders in their field and covers a wide variety of topics, including genealogical research methodology, DNA, and historical records, representing a full array of educational genealogy content.


MyHeritage, which has developed a world-class, global mobile and Web platform for family trees, historical records and DNA testing, used by more than 90 million users worldwide, will now offer its services to Legacy's users.


Legacy Family Tree will retain its full staff and continue developing its software and webinar platform, backed by MyHeritage's resources. Millennia Corporation and MyHeritage have started joint work on a new version of the Legacy Family Tree software — version 10 — which will include the optional capability to sync family trees to MyHeritage’s website and use the free MyHeritage mobile app to make remote updates to their family trees on the Legacy software. Legacy Family Tree version 9 has already integrated matching to MyHeritage's 40 million family trees and to its historical records collection — which surpassed 8 billion records this week.


Legacy Family Tree Webinars will continue to feature diverse and informative content, and will be promoted to the millions of MyHeritage users, to increase the webinars' audience. The webinar platform will also enjoy infrastructure upgrades to support increased concurrent viewership.


“We are very happy with the Legacy Family Tree acquisition as it gives us valuable assets that are highly complementary to our own, and a solid team.” said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “We look forward to providing Legacy's software and webinar platform with useful upgrades, and to welcoming Legacy’s huge user base of experienced genealogists to enhance their genealogical explorations through MyHeritage's services.”


“The more I’ve learned about and experimented with MyHeritage, the more I have felt we need to partner together,” said Geoff Rasmussen, founder of Legacy Family Tree Webinars. “The technology behind their online trees and historical records is incredible — second to none. MyHeritage has positioned itself to become the leader of the future of the genealogy industry and we can be a part of it. It’s the perfect match: our software and webinars combined with their resources, technologies, and international reach will help both of us accomplish our mission — to help the world find their ancestors.”

“I’m excited for us to join forces with MyHeritage,” said Dave Berdan, President of Millennia Corporation. “MyHeritage clearly cares for genealogists and continues to invest in desktop genealogy software, in contrast to one of its major rivals that has done the opposite, shutting down its desktop genealogy software and then selling it off. As we’re passionate about genealogy, our team is happy to have found in MyHeritage kindred spirits and we’re excited about the value that we can create together to benefit millions of genealogists worldwide.”



For more information about this announcement and for answers to frequently asked questions, visit:


http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2017/08/legacy-family-tree-has-a-new-home-with-myheritage.html