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13 May 2014

70,000 Limerick, Ireland, Cemetery Burial Records Go Online

The records are for people buried at Mount St Lawrence Cemetery between 1855 and 2008, and they include the name, age, address and in many cases, the cause of death of those buried in the 164-year-old cemetery.

The searchable database of the records of tens of thousands of people buried there is nearing completion, after staff from Limerick City Archives in conjunction with the History Department of Mary Immaculate College of Education spent three years manually transcribing the handwritten records.

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12 May 2014

VE Day: Who Were the Thousands of Scots Laid To Rest Far From Home?

To mark the 69th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day BBC Scotland has created an online database of 21,740 of the 57,000 Scots who died during World War Two.

Etched into sun-seared stone, the names of hundreds of Scots can be read on the seemingly endless rows of headstones criss-crossing the small cemetery in northern Egypt. Names like Bruce, Cameron, McCallum, and Stewart appear alien in a landscape so different to that of their homeland.

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9 May 2014

'Heritage Heroes' Wanted To Unlock Shropshire Archives' Treasures

It is part of a continuing effort to make more and more documents and material about the county's past available on the internet.

People will be able to log on at home to play their part in the massive job of cataloguing, transcribing, translating and interpreting everything from obscure medieval documents to commercial directories, banknotes, letters, and World War One diaries.

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24 April 2014

UK Mobilizes Crowdsourcing Army To Analyze Massive Archive of World War I Info

British historians are raising an online army of amateur history buffs to help tackle a massive archive of World War I photos, diaries and documents.

Operation War Diary — a joint effort by the British National Archives, the Imperial War Museum and the crowdsourcing website Zooniverse — aims to make previously inaccessible data available to academics and amateur historians alike, creating a formidable “hive mind” concept to offer fresh perspectives on World War I.

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15 April 2014

Database of UK Surnames Has Reached 45,000 Entries Dating Back to the Middle Ages

The ‘Family Names of the United Kingdom Project’, which is being carried out by a team at University of the West of England – Bristol, has reached a key milestone with the completion of the first phase of the database with 45,000 surnames researched and explained. The full dictionary of surnames is due to be published by Oxford University Press in 2016.

Professor Patrick Hanks and Professor Richard Coates have led a team of researchers which includes historical linguists, medieval historians, lexicographers and expert advisers on Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and recent immigrant names.

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21 February 2014

U.S. National Database Launched to Identify Unclaimed Cremated Remains

Every year, thousands of cremated remains go unclaimed for a variety of reasons at funeral homes, cremation providers and local and state agencies across the country.

Attempting to fix that issue, Michael Neal, a funeral director in Washington, Pa., has launched a revolutionary website to help with the painstaking task of identifying those unclaimed cremated remains and reuniting them with their loved ones.

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10 February 2014

Historian Builds Online Database of World War I Memorials

With this year's start of the centennial of World War I (1914-18), Mark Levitch, a Washington art historian, has been scouring the country for memorials to the war that was to end all wars.

He has searched the Internet and taken to the road in hopes of assembling, with the help of the public, a database of the war's forgotten monuments. He calls it the World War I Memorial Inventory Project. He has found about 2,000 so far, including one mass-produced statue that was sold by a savvy sculptor at least 140 times to small towns across the country.

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2 May 2013

Library and Archives Canada: Release of a New Version of the Census of Canada, 1881 Database

Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce the release of a new version of the Census of Canada, 1881 database. This second general census covered the seven provinces and one territory that were then part of Confederation: British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and the Northwest Territories.

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11 March 2013

Genealogical Society of Ireland Indexes

The GSI Archives & Research Centre, An Daonchartlann, at the Carlisle Pier (Old Mail Boat Pier), Dún Laoghaire, has a number of unique collections and resources.

The indexation of this material covers a number of the categories, for example, the Society came into possession in the early 1990s of a large volume of documents from a solicitor’s office. The collection is called the Laois Papers.

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1 March 2013

New Website: Legacies of British Slave-Ownership

Project Overview: "In 1833 Parliament finally abolished slavery in the British Caribbean, Mauritius and the Cape. In place of slavery the negotiated settlement established a system of apprenticeship, tying the newly freed men and women into another form of unfree labour for fixed terms.

It also granted £20 million in compensation, to be paid by British taxpayers to the former slave-owners. That compensation money provided the starting point for our first project. We are now tracking back to 1763 the ownership histories of the 4000 or so estates identified in that project."

Legacies of British Slave-Ownership

25 February 2013

New Agreement with Jewish Records Indexing – Poland

On 15 February 2013 the General Director of the State Archives, professor Władysław Stępniak, signed a new agreement for co-operation by and between the Polish State Archives and an international group of genealogists associated by the Jewish Records Indexing – Poland seated in Montreal.

The event was preceded by signing the said document by the Head of JRI-Poland, Mr. Stanley Diamond, at the Polish Consulate in Montreal. The signed agreement opens another stage of co-operation between the two partners dating back to 1997.

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21 January 2013

The Ontario Name Index (TONI) Indexing Volunteers Needed

The Ontario Name Index (TONI) reached 1 Million entries last fall. This is a remarkable milestone but there are many more items that could be added with a larger team of indexers preparing the materials.

Everyone is welcome to be a TONI indexer and you can do it in the comfort of your own home. You will need your own computer, the software to read pdfs (downloaded for free), and you will need to be comfortable working with Excel.

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15 January 2013

Library and Archives Canada: Release of a New Version of the Census of the Northwest Provinces, 1906 Database

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the release of a new version of the Census of the Northwest Provinces, 1906 database. In 1906, the Canadian government called for a special census of the Prairie Provinces (Manitoba, and the two newly created provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta).

Previously, users could search only by geographical information such as province, district and sub-district. It is now possible to also search by nominal information such as name, given name (s) and age for an individual.

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27 November 2012

Archives of Michigan Offers Free Census Data Search

The Archives of Michigan says more than 62,000 Michigan state census records from 1884 and 1894 are now available online to search and print for free.

Archivist Jessica Miller from the Archives of Michigan said Monday that the records will help family history researchers track important data, such as more extensive information about women and children. In Michigan prior to 1884, she said only numerical data about women and children was collected.

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29 August 2012

Dutch Holocaust Rescuers Get Digital Archive

The government of the Netherlands and Yad Vashem have agreed to digitally archive documents connected to Dutch rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust. The documents will be scanned by Yad Vashem - Israel’s Holocaust commemoration authority - over the coming two years, Yad Vashem deputy spokesperson Yifat Bachrach-Ron told JTA.

Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev and Caspar Veldkamp, the Dutch ambassador to Israel, signed the agreement on starting the process Monday at Yad Vashem.

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