Genealogy Blog

30 May 2012

The National Archives of Finland Updates the Europeana Heraldica Database

The heraldic database, Europeana Heraldica, operating on the website of the National Archives Service at has been updated. Its search functions are now available in 14 languages and it has been designed as part of Europe's digital Europeana library.

Upon expanding the database, the municipal coats of arms of Norway, Sweden and Denmark – both historical and those in official use – were added to the database. This was a cooperative effort with the respective national archives of other Nordic countries.

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8 March 2012

Old Maps Online: Discovering the Cartography of the Past

The OldMapsOnline Portal is an easy-to-use gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world. It allows the user to search for online digital historical maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search.

OldMapsOnline has been created by a collaboration between The Great Britain Historical GIS Project based at The University of Portsmouth, UK and Klokan Technologies GmbH, Switzerland.

Old Maps Online

28 November 2011

Holocaust Victims Database Aims to Restore Lost Identities

Alison Shein considers herself an amateur genealogist, spending hours online searching for information about family members she never knew. Among them: Alison's great-great-grandmother Bella Shein, who died in the Holocaust. The circumstances surrounding her death are still murky.

"They were living in this town called Volkovysk, which is currently in Belarus, and when the Germans were coming, some of her children and her grandchildren said, 'OK, we're going to leave.

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10 October 2011 a New Open Source Community

Real-Time Collaboration and Legacy Family Tree have announced the addition of thousands of SourceTemplates and a SourceTemplate model to help standardize the tracking of source materials.

This addition of SourceTemplates and the SourceTemplate model have culminated in a comprehensive resource available for the genealogy community. is also welcomed to the effort to develop a widely supported international model for source citations.

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13 September 2011

A Palo Alto-Based Startup Launches the World Virtual Cemetery

A Palo Alto-based startup, I-Postmortem Limited, today launched two online services: enables people to create virtual memorials for friends and loved ones who are already deceased. is the website that enables living people to build their own virtual memorial, leave posthumous messages and organize their affairs, for the day they depart.

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8 September 2011

1,700-Year-Old Map of Roman Roads Used for Online Journey Planner

A Dutch historian has used a unique 1,700 year old map of Roman roads to create an online journey planner giving the destinations, distances and timings of routes used by ancient travellers in the days of empire.

Routes are based on the Tabula Peutingeriana, a one of a kind chart, which shows an imperial Roman road network, or curses public's, that stretches from Britain to the river Ganges that flows through India and Bangladesh.

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14 August 2011

Remember Me? Finding the Hidden Jewish Children of the Holocaust

They were a generation of young fugitives, hiding from the Nazi hunters intent on murdering their families. Their nameless faces stare out at the numerous photographers who captured the awful moments in time – and now an effort is being made to find them.

“Remember Me?” is a project launched by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. to find the children in the photos, collect their stories and videotape an interview with the now-grown survivors.

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2 August 2011

Routes to Your North East Roots

The purpose of this website is to give you an initial steer on your journey, acting as a directory to the organisations and institutions in the City of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire which hold original records or secondary sources of information that you may find useful in the quest for your ancestors.

Routes to Your North East Roots

18 July 2011

The Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Archive on Google Earth was Launched

What is“The Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Archive”? “Hiroshima Archive” is a pluralistic digital archive using the digital virtual globe "Google Earth” to display on it in a multilayered way all the materials gained from such sources as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the Hiroshima Jogakuin Gaines Association, and the Hachioji Hibakusha (A-bomb Survivors) Association.

Official website (English and Japanese)

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23 June 2011

New Virginia Website Traces Ancestor's Movements on Civil War Battlefields

Visiting a Virginia Civil War battlefield can be a profoundly moving experience, especially for visitors who have an ancestral connection to those battles. More than two million soldiers fought in the American Civil War and more of them fought in Virginia than in any other state. It follows that millions of Americans today are descendants of Civil War soldiers who fought in Virginia. Now for the first time visitors can track the movements of a soldier or regiment with the new Walk In Their Footsteps program at

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8 June 2011

Cyndi's List Announces a Newly Upgraded Web Site

From an announcement by Cyndi Ingle Howells: "Cyndi's List is proud to announce a newly upgraded web site. With improved navigation, a custom database, and a custom administrative interface, the upgrade means that everything will be quicker and easier for both visitors and for the site's owner and administrator, Cyndi Ingle Howells. The upgrade has been done by fusionSpan of Maryland. Their staff worked closely with Cyndi to make improvements and to implement new technology and new ideas designed specifically for Cyndi’s List and for the genealogical community."

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4 May 2011

Ireland Genealogy

Ireland Genealogy is a fascinating new web site for anyone doing Irish Family Tree Investigation. Irish Family History studies are normally quite hard and time-consuming due to the deficiency of information, and much more specifically the possible lack of virtually any comprehensive Census details right before 1901.

That's why almost any records which contain knowledge extracted from the Irish Census are usually of such vital value in ancestral investigation. One way to obtain info is the Irish Pension Records.

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5 April 2011 Swedish History and Genealogy is a web publication in English aimed at Swedish descendants around the World, but primarily in North America. It contains Swedish history, genealogy and other related articles. Besides being just a web publication it will also be a meeting place and knowledge bank for those interested in their heritage.

23 March 2011

Ellis Island Online Is Asking for Help

An announcement by the Ellis Island Foundation: "There is an urgent need to support Ellis Island Online, and I hope you can be one of the supporters of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation who acts now to make a real difference.

You see, the recent recession has been tough on non-profits. Many charitable organizations cut back on services or shut down altogether. But for ten years now, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation has made Ellis Island Online available to you and millions of other Americans for free, and we hope to continue that excellent public service."

27 February 2011

Our Ontario

Our Ontario is a unique partnership with cultural and heritage organizations of all shapes and sizes, designed to make their digital content discoverable to a global audience. They are part of Knowledge Ontario, a not-for-profit collaborative that offers programs and services addressing the information and learning needs of Ontarians in the digital environment.

Their goal is to help Ontarians of all ages discover the extraordinary stories contained in the digital collections of their culture and history organizations and communities.

Our Ontario

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