Genealogy News Corral, July 16-20

Genealogy News Corral, July 16-20

This week FamilySearch anounced it has added indexes to Scottish censuses for 1881 and 1891 to its free collections at It also added new records and/or indexes for Canada, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Italy, Peru, Portugal, Scotland and the United States. You can get details on the...

  • is sharing another one of its neat infographics—this one about California in the 1940 census. You’ll learn interesting tidbits such as: The state had a population of 6.9 million, Betty White was an 18-year-old in Los Angeles, and a new Plymouth Coupe cost $645. You can see the infographic on the blog.
  • An online name index is now available for the service records of 320,000 WWI airmen in Britain’s Royal Air Force (formed in 1918) and its forebears, the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. Read about the index here and in this post on the archives’ blog.

    I didn’t find any search instructions, so the method I discovered by trial and error is going to the archives’ catalog and selecting the All Collections tab. Click the More Options link, then scroll down in that window and check the Air Force box under Military. Type a name into the search box and click the magnifying glass. You might need to use the filters on the left to limit your results to the AIR (Air Ministry and Royal Air Force) collection.

To browse, go to this page on the British national archives website. Officers’ records are arranged by name; airmen records are arranged by service number. Also see this guide to finding records of airmen in the Royal Air Force.

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