Free access to military records available this weekend

Two major genealogy websites will be offering free access to their military records this weekend to honor the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War. will be making its collection of world military records free from today until 7 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12.

In addition to military records, Findmypast’s archive of British, Irish and world newspapers will be free to search and explore. You will need to set up a free account to view the records.

To get started searching, go to: will also be offering free access to military records from around the world from now through Monday, Nov. 12. You will need to set up a free account to view the records.

To get started searching, go to:

Free access to through Nov. 13

Free access to through Nov. 13

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is offering free access to all its databases on through Thursday, November 13.

Fall back into family history research with access to over 1.4 billion names. Types of records include: birth, marriage and death records, military, census, probate and immigration records. In addition, you can search local histories, family genealogies and maps. Sign up for a free guest account for free access to everything in the databases.

To start searching, go to: offers free access to its military collection offers free access to its military collection

To celebrate Veterans’ Day, is providing free access to its Military Records from now until 11:59 p.m. on November 12.

There are over 250 million military records on the website that cover all the wars. There are items such as World War I draft cards, service records and prisoner and casualty lists.

To get started searching these records, go to:

Fold3 provides free access to its Native American collection

To celebrate National Native American Heritage month, Fold3 is offering free access to its Native American collection through November 15. You need to create a free account on Fold3 to access the collections.

Titles in this collection include:
*Ratified Indian Treaties (1722-1869): This collection contains ratified treaties that occurred between tribes and the US government.

*Indian Census Rolls (1885-1940): Only persons who maintained a formal affiliation with a tribe under Federal supervision are listed on these census rolls.

*Dawes Packets: In 1893, President Grover Cleveland appointed the Dawes Commission to negotiate with members of the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole tribes. They were promised an allotment of land if they recognized Federal law and abolished tribal governments. The Dawes records are applications from individuals in these five tribes to establish eligibility.

*Dawes Enrollment Cards (1898-1914): The Dawes Commission recorded information about family groups within the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole nations.

*Eastern Cherokee Applications (1906-1909): Applications submitted for shares of the money that was appropriated for the Eastern Cherokee Indians by Congress on June 30, 1906.

*Enrollment of Eastern Cherokee by Guion Miller (1908-1910): The US Court of Claims appointed Guion Miller to determine who was eligible for funds under the treaties between the US and the Eastern Cherokee. An estimated 90,000 applicants provided family genealogies to document tribal connections.

*Cherokee Indian Agency, TN (1801-1835): This collection contains the records of the agent of Indian Affairs in Tennessee, including correspondence, agency letter books, fiscal records, records of the Agent for Cherokee Removal, and miscellaneous records.

To start searching, go to:

New York State Birth Index available online for free

The non-profit organization Reclaim the Records has recently uploaded the images for the New York State Birth Index, for the years 1881-1942, on the website Internet Archive.

This index was previously only available on microfiche at 10 public libraries in New York State and only went up to the year 1937.

There are several tips for using this index.
*There are no New York City births in the index except for births that occurred in Brooklyn, Queens or Staten Island before 1898.
*There are not births for the cities of Albany, Buffalo or Yonkers before 1914
*There are no records for surnames beginning with A to Bib for 1905. Reclaim the Records hopes to obtain copy of these missing records at a later date.

There is no index for the images at this time but you can browse them by year. To view the images, go to: and in the search box put “New York State Birth Index.” You can sort the results by year by clicking on the words “Date Published” and then selecting “Date Archived”.

Free access available to Findmypast through Monday

The British & Irish family history website, Findmypast, will be opening up their archives and offering free access to billions of records from around the world from today until 1:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, September 10.

During this period, anyone who has created a free username and password will be able to access all of the following resources for free:
*Civil birth, marriage and death records dating back to the early 19th century
*UK parish records, dating back to the early 1500s
*Home Office records
*Police files
*British Military service records
*Irish family history records
*Original documents from the British India Office
*The 1939 register, an important 20th century genealogical resources for England and Wales.
*England & Wales Electoral registers, containing more than 220 million names
*The exclusive Catholic Heritage Archive

For more information, please visit:

IMPORTANT: British, Irish, U.S. and World Newspapers, the PERiodical Source Index and UK Electoral Registers and Companies House Directors 2002-2018 are not included in this free access promotion.

New collection of passenger list records available on

The complete set of Ellis Island passenger lists is now available free online at These databases cover the years 1820-1957.

New York Passenger Lists (Castle Garden) – 1820-1891
In 1820, the federal government required ship captains to submit lists of passengers to custom officials. This record set contains the passenger lists for Castle Garden, which was open from 1855-1890.

New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island) – 1892-1924

This record set contains 25 million names of passengers. Once you find a name, you can click to see the individual record images. If you would like to see an image of the ship, you can find it at the Liberty Foundation Ellis Island website.

New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists – 1926-1957
There are over 5 million records images in this record set including passenger lists from New York airports.

You can find these databases by selecting Records from the Search tab and then typing in the name of the collection in the Collection Title search box.

You will need to create a free user name and password to see the images.

Family Tree Magazine announces best 101 websites for 2018

Family Tree Magazine recently posted its list of 101 Best Websites for 2018.

Some of the categories included on the list are:
*Uncle Sam’s Sites
*Volunteer Venues and Wikis
*Data-Rich Dot-Orgs
*Virtual Library Cards
*State and Regional Sites
*Archives and Libraries Abroad
*Maps and History Tools
*Social and Sharing Sites

To start exploring these resources, go to: and use the drop down menu to select 101 Best Websites 2018. The websites will be listed in alphabetical order. has New York State birth index available online

The New York State Birth Index is now available for searching on The index covers the years 1881-1942.

It is name searchable and you can see the images of the actual index pages. An index entry states the name of the person, date and place of event, and State certificate number. The state certificate number is only used if you are requesting a copy of a record from the Department of Health in Albany. It is quicker to request a copy of a birth certificate from a local agency such as Town Halls or Village Halls.

This index does not cover all of New York State. It does not cover New York City boroughs except for the following situations:
*Former towns of Kings County (Brooklyn) prior to their annexation by the City of Brooklyn in the 1880s and ’90s;
*Portions of Westchester County prior to their annexation by New York City in 1895;
*Richmond County (Staten Island) and western Queens County prior to their incorporation into the City of New York on January 1, 1898.

Prior to this index being available online, it was only accessible by using microfiche cards at 11 repositories in New York State. The microfiche cards end in 1937.

You can search free of charge at public libraries that subscribe to Library Edition. Check with your local library to see if they have this database.

NYC ‘Bodies in Transit’ ledgers now available online

The New York City Municipal Archives recently released digital copies of the New York City Bodies in Transit ledgers.

These ledgers cover the time period of 1859-1894. The ledgers were kept by the Department of Health and recorded data of bodies being transported through New York City. This information was kept to certify that there were no sanitary risks related to the body.

Information in the records include: name, age, date of passage through New York City, cause and date of death, and name and residence of person overseeing the transportation of the body. Probably the most famous name in the records is Abraham Lincoln.

To see the digitized images, go to:

An index to these ledgers was created by the German Genealogy Group and the index is available on their website at: