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:

Jewish Genealogy Society has online burial society database

The Jewish Genealogy Society of New York has a burial society database that contains over 10,000 entries from almost 100 cemeteries in New York City, Long Island, Putnam County, Westchester County and northern New Jersey.

The entries include plots of landsmanshaftn, synagogues, family circles, fraternal organizations and labor unions.

The database can be searched by town name or keyword. There is also a Cemetery Directory that includes addresses and contact information for the cemeteries. This database is free to the public. You do not need to be a member of JGSNY.

To search the burial society database, go to:

Italian baptism and marriage indexes available online

The Italian Genealogy Group has baptism and marriage indexes on its website for Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Baptism indexes are available for The English Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension located in Brooklyn. The index is for baptism records for those with Italian surnames only. It covers the time period of November 1908 to September 1949. The church was sold in 1958 and a new church was built in Lake Success in Nassau County.

A baptism index is also available for St. Mary of the Angels (1916-1958), formerly located in the Bronx. It was also known as Church of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin from 1916-1927.

A marriage index is available for The English Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension. The index contains grooms and brides names with Italian surnames only. The records cover Sept. 16, 1908 to August 24, 1958. The majority of the records in the index cover the 1940s and 1950s.

To access the indexes, click on “Church Records” at the club website

Free access to AmericanAncestors website through July 17

Free access to AmericanAncestors website through July 17

American Ancestors, the website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, is offering free access to all online databases from now through Tuesday, July 17.

You will need to create a free guest account to access the collection. Highlights include early New England collections (including the world’s largest Mayflower database) and Boston’s Catholic records from 1789 to 1900.

To start searching, go to:

RootsWeb pages are starting to be restored

Since October 2017, the free genealogy website, RootsWeb, has been offline due to a system crash., the parent company of Rootsweb, announced recently that some of the RootsWebs page are coming back online. One important page is the Obituary Daily Times.

The WorldCoonect portion of RootsWeb can be searched but right now you cannot upload or edit any family tress on the website.

Also, some of the New York State pages that are part of USGENWEB are back online as well. Some of the counties restored on USGENWEB are: Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam. However, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island have not bee restored.

To see a full list of all the states and which counties are now available, go to: offers free access to newspaper collection

To celebrate July 4th, will provide FREE access to all U.S. Newspaper collections on MyHeritage’s SuperSearch from now through July 8, 2018.

The U.S. Newspaper collection currently holds newspapers from the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Connecticut, Maine, New York, Kentucky, Indiana, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maryland, West Virginia, New Jersey, and Delaware.

To start searching this newspaper collection, go to: