- I wanted to point you to the Ancestry Insider’s interesting post about indexing errors on 1940 census websites. The Ancestry Insider has seen more user complaints about Ancestry.com’s index than FamilySearch’s, and I’d have to echo that observation (mostly in blog comments and on Facebook). His post includes Ancestry.com’s answers to questions about its indexing and auditing processes, and the index augmentation that helps users find records despite indexing difficulties.
- Love family and food and home cooking? In her Genalogy Gems podcast episode 137, Lisa Louise Cooke interviews Gena Philibert Ortega about her new book From the Family Kitchen and how to dig into your family’s food history. You’ll find the podcast episode here on the Genealogy Gems website. See more of their interview in this video and take a peek at an old Toas-Tite sandiwsh toasting utensil here.
- This fall, the National Archives will open its new New York City location in Lower Manhattan, in the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House at One Bowling Green (the former facility was on Varick Street in Greenwich Village). The new location will expand the facilitiy’s usefulness for research and education, with a welcome center, research center, learning center for school groups, exhibition space and public programs area. Read more about the new location here.
- Military records subscription site Fold3 has released a new collection of Navy Casualty Reports, 1776-1941, documenting deaths of US Navy personnel in wartime and in accidents outside of war.
The casualty reports include records of those who were killed, injured, wounded, diseased or imprisoned, but most report only deaths.The records include four titles: Deaths Due to Enemy Action (includes deaths during the Civil War aboard the Cincinnati and in Andersonville prison, and more), Drowning Casualties (1885-1939), Lost and Wrecked Ships, Explosions and Steam Casualties (1801-1941), and Ordnance Accidents, Aviation Accidents, and Miscellaneous Records. This collection is currently free to search.