Got several genealogy news items to cover this week, so without further ado:
- The National Archives of Ireland free 1911 census site added records for Cork, Donegal, Galway, King’s County and Wexford to those already online (from Antrim, Down, Dublin and Kerry).
Get more details on the site in this Genealogy Insider blog post.
- Millions of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services’ alien case files (also called A-files) dating from 1944 and later were signed over to the National Archives (records will be relocated to the National Archives San Francisco and Kansas City facilities later this year).
Henceforth, USCIS can forward files 100 years after the birth date of the person whose file it is. The USCIS press office tells me youll still be able to order the 1944-to-1951 A-files through the USCIS Genealogy Program (through which you also can order naturalizations and alien registrations).
- Subscription newspaper and records service GenealogyBank added or expanded newspaper collections from 22 states. The new content is listed by state here, or go here to view the complete list of newspapers.
- Subscription site Ancestry.com is letting you preview upcoming changes to the family tree pagesto see them, click Family Trees on Ancestry.com’s home page, then click the light blue bar at the top that says Check out the new look. (You must have a tree on Ancestry.com to see the preview.)
The new look will make pages load faster, be easier to navigate and display more information, says Kenny Freestone on the Ancestry.com blog. Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings describes the changes in detail.