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GA Gen Soc Announces Free Webinars!

Taken from their website.

Free Webinars: Learn Family History from the Comfort of Your Home

Reclaim The Records Won!!

Taken from their August 5th news blast:
WE WON! The New York City marriage index 1930-1995 will be free and open data!
Reclaim The Records has done it again. We are proud to announce that our Freedom of Information lawsuit in the Supreme Court of New York, fighting for the right to a first-ever public copy of the New York City marriage index, has been successful!
The New York City Clerk's Office announced their intention to settle with us on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, less than twenty-four hours before they were due to face us in court on Wednesday, July 6. A draft version of the stipulation and settlement papers were agreed to yesterday, Thursday, August 4, with two small items awaiting final sign-off, and we expect the final papers to be signed in the next week. The City has already started duplicating the microfilms for us, and our attorney has given us the all clear to finally tell people the good news.
This data set, which covers sixty-five years, contains the index to about three million New York City marriage records. The vast majority of the content in this records set has never been available to the public before, anywhere, in any format. Not online, not on paper, not on microfilm, nada, nowhere.  And now they're going to go on the Internet, for free, forever!

Free Class - Ft Myers Regional Library

All programs are free and open to the public.  Advance Registration is required.  Patrons may register for the classes using one of the following methods:

1.     Telephone:  Call 479-4636 and select the option for registering for programs.

2.     Telephone:  Call Bryan l. Mulcahy at 533-4626 and leave your contact information.

3.     E-Mail: Contact Bryan L. Mulcahy at

4.     Register on our library website under the icon for “programs and events”.



Benefits of City and Rural Directories in Genealogical Research

Speaker:  Marie Overman – President – Genealogical Society of Collier County
Saturday, September 17, 2016  
Time:  9:30am-12:15pm  South Building  1651 Lee Street  Meeting Rooms A & B

City and rural directories are considered one of the most essential tools for research when tracing ancestors who fail to appear in most common genealogical records such as census returns, death records, etc.  They are especially useful for tracing ancestors who were renters, new arrivals, or temporary residents.    This seminar will focus on the wide variety of research benefits available using these tools.

Reclaim Has Posted New Jersey Indexes!!

The following indexes were obtained from New Jersey by Reclaim the Records and posted on InternetArchive!
Birth index 1901-1903 - 100,000 birth records
Marriages (Grooms Index) 1901-1903 - 44,000 marriage records
Marriages (Brides Index) 1901-1914 - 205,000 marriage records
Death index 1901-1903 - 96,000 death records
Click here to view the indexes!

Digitized NYC Marriages on FamilySearch!

FamilySearch has begun digitizing NYC marriage certificates!!  11 rolls of microfilm for marriage certificates covering part of 1916 and part of 1917 for Manhattan are now able to be viewed:

1950 Census Enumeration Maps

The National Archives has digitized 1950 Census Enumeration Maps.  They are free and you can download them here.

Free Scotland Family History Books

The National Library of Scotland has digitized 383 books on family histories and made them available on their website for free to be downloaded.  Use this link to view the gallery.

Free UK Websites

Taken from Records Access Alerts Digest Vol 41, Issue 11

London’s Pulse: Medical Officer of Health Reports 1848-1972  

5500 Medical Officer of Health reports from the Greater London area, including present day London and boroughs.


History to Herstory 

Lives of women in Yorkshire from the 1100’s to the present day.


Statistical Accounts of Scotland  1791-1845

Detailed parish reports on agriculture, trades, education and more.


Proceedings of the Old Bailey  1674-1913 

Search names and historical information from almost 200,000 criminal trials.


Free UK Genealogy 

Online, searchable, free genealogical databases created through the efforts of thousands of volunteers


A Vision of Britain Through Time 

Look at British history between 1801 and 2001 through topographic, boundary, and land use maps,


Crime and Punishment in Wales 1730-1830


British Convict Transportation Transfers 1787-1867

Records may contain the convict's name, the place of trial, the duration of the sentence, the name of the transportation ship and date of departure, and the place of arrival in Australia


Commonwealth War Graves Commission   

Commemorating the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars-- who died in some 154 countries across the world.

Reclaim Has Posted the NYC Marriages!!

Reclaim the Records has followed through on their promise and posted the NYC Marriage indexes on InternetArchive!!  Here's the link.  All years have been posted!  Happy hunting!!

York’s Archbishops’ Registers Revealed

This article was taken from Dick Eastman's March 3, 2016 blog.
The York’s Archbishops’ Registers from 1225 to 1650 are now available online. The available records include 21,647 high quality images of 45 Archbishops’ Registers. Held at the Borthwick Institute, these documents record the formal acts of the Archbishop of York. They are the earliest systematic records of the archbishops’ office, and document the government of the Church, the management and staffing of parishes and the Church’s oversight and regulation of the moral and spiritual conduct of the mass of the population across Yorkshire, Northern England and beyond.

The period covered by the Project spans the struggles over Magna Carta; the Anglo Scottish wars; the loss of nearly a quarter of the population to the Black Death in 1349; the Wars of the Roses; the societal earthquake of the Reformation and the first English Civil War in the seventeenth century.

The registers are key sources for the study of medieval and early modern religious and political history, for art and buildings history, for studies of the historic environment, and for legal and economic history, to name but a few of the areas covered. As a result of the project, the content of the registers is now open to a much wider audience, including genealogists and local historians.

You can learn more here while the records themselves are available free of charge by starting here.

Century Old Baseball Cards Found

A man cleaning out his recently-deceased great-grandfather’s house made an amazing find. A neglected paper bag in the run-down house contained seven identical Ty Cobb cards from the printing period of 1909 to 1911. Before the recent find, there were only about 15 known to still exist. The seven cards are estimated to have a total value of $1 million or more.  The full article can be read here.

NYC List of Registered Voters in 1880

Digitized, online and free!  Great census substitute!  Download here.

National Library of Australia's Trove 7

The National Library of Australia has announced that it will be publishing a new release of its popular TROVE database next Thursday, 25 February. Trove is an essential tool for any family historian with Australian connections. It's probably best known for its database of digitised copies of historical Australian newspapers, most of them published between 1803 and 1954, but it also holds all kinds of goodies including journal articles, reports, theses, books (full, or individual chapters), maps, diaries, letters, photos, music and written/video/oral interviews. This content comes from a number of libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations. And it's free. The update will include faster, more responsive searching and improved viewing on mobile devices. In addition the newspaper zone will see a simplified interface, customisable view displays and new browse features. Samples from the NSW Government Gazette (1832 to 2001) collection will also give a taste of what is to come from this one million page digitisation project. The database will be shut down for three days to prepare for the upgrade, from 5pm AEDT on Monday 22 February until the relaunch on Thursday 25 February.  The site is located here.

Alberta Homestead Records

Homestead records from the province of Alberta, Canada, are online, free to download, at  There are a total of 686 reels of microfilm and approximately 500 have been uploaded to date.  While these are not indexed, an index is located at the Alberta Genealogical Society's website.  The search results will provide you with a film number and a file number.  The film number can then be downloaded for free from  Once downloaded, the file number can be used to locate the specific image on the roll.


British Red Cross Personnel Records-FREE

The British Red Cross has been digitizing the index cards held at their London headquarters for the almost 100,000 volunteers during World War 1 –1914-1918. Currently the personnel records for surnames starting with A through V are available. Their website is constantly being updated.  Free images are displayed with search results.

September 15
Lee County Genealogical Society Membership Meeting
"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Genealogists and family historians traditionally have relied upon memoirs, oral histories, literature and photographs to tell the story of our immigrant ancestors. In recent decades, motion pictures ...

October 3
GSS Board Meeting
Agenda to be distributed prior to meeting.

October 8
Genealogical (Non) Musical Chairs

October 12
Computer SIG

October 19
German SIG

October 20
Lee County Genealogical Society Membership Meeting
Tour of the Library Genealogy Databases JOIN US when Fort Myers Librarian and LCGS member Bryan Mulcahy will demonstrate how to use the many online databases that family researchers may use in the library and at home to further their ...

October 25
United Kingdom SIG