23andme Mother's Day DNA Sale
23andme is offering $50 off their autosomal DNA kit. The offer is good for purchases completed through 11:59pm on May 8, 2016. The sale price is $149 instead of the regular $199 price.
DNA Day Sales!!
Now through midnight of April 26th, DNA tests are on sale in honor of DNA Day.
23andme is not participating in this event.
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 http://historytoherstory.hud.ac.uk/index.html
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 http://www.freeukgenealogy.org.uk/
Online, searchable, free genealogical databases created through the efforts of thousands of volunteers
A Vision of Britain Through Time http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/
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 http://www.cwgc.org/
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.
Genealogy Roadshow Premeries May 17th
The 3rd season of Genealogy Roadshow premieres May 17th on PBS at 8pm. It will air Tuesdays through June 28th. This season the team will be in Albuquerque, Miami, Houston, Boston, Providence and Los Angeles.
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.
Animations About How DNA Works
The Sorenson animations about how DNA works that were discontinued by Ancestry have resurfaced at the University of Utah Health Sciences website.
Google to Retire Picasa Desktop Program
Press announcement from Google: As of March 15, 2016, we will no longer be supporting the Picasa desktop application. For those who have already downloaded this—or choose to do so before this date—it will continue to work as it does today, but we will not be developing it further, and there will be no future updates. If you choose to switch to Google Photos, you can continue to upload photos and videos using the desktop uploader at photos.google.com/apps. The full announcement can be found here.
Alberta Homestead Records
Homestead records from the province of Alberta, Canada, are online, free to download, at Archive.org. 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 Archive.org. 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.
RootsTech 2016 - Free Videos!
If you missed any of the RootsTech 2016 live streaming videos, they will be posted on their website, RootsTech.org. Currently the videos from Wednesday and Thursday are posted. Check back for Friday and Saturday sessions.
Genetics Study Traces Irish Ancestry
Genetics study traces Irish ancestry to the Middle East
GSS Board Meeting
Agenda to be distributed prior to meeting.
Manatee Genealogical Society: Ask the Experts
A panel of genealogy practitioners and experienced researchers will field your questions and concerns about individual research projects.
New England SIG
GSS Picnic at Turtle Beach Pavilion
We have reserved the Turtle Beach Pavilion on Siesta Key for a picnic potluck. GSS will supply brats and burgers/buns and paper goods. Bring a dish! Families of members are welcome. Hope to see you there! Please notify ...
United Kingdom SIG
GSS Board Meeting
Agenda to be distributed prior to meeting.
Genealogical (Non) Musical Chairs