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- FamilySearch‘s recently updated collections come from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, and the United States. They include Quebec notarial records, Freedmen’s Bureau records, and New York passenger arrival records from 1909 and 1925 to 1957 (that’s after the time period you can search at EllisIsland.org, and it includes air passengers). Go here to read more about the updates and click through to search or browse each one.
- Record additions at subscription website findmypast.com include Irish marriage and death notices from American newspapers, 4 million British army service records dating from 1914 to 1920, 19th-century marriage and death notices from New York City newspapers, and more. It’s part of the site’s 100 in 100 campaign to release 100 new record sets in 100 days.
- Genealogy speaker Ron Arons has released a new book book Mind Maps for Genealogy: Enhanced Research Planning, Correlation and Analysis. Mind-mapping is a strategy I’ve been hearing a lot about lately. It’s a way of graphically organizing ideas and information, and Ron’s book is about how you can use the techniquealong with free apps and online toolsto visualize your research and solve problems. Learn more about the book here.
- The ScotlandsPeople website has added the wills of 31,000 soldiers from 1857 to 1964. They include records of 26,000 soldiers who died in World War I and 5,000 who died in World War II. A few hundred come from earlier wars. You can read more about this digitization project and sample records here (click Image Gallery). Register for free with the site to search the wills and view basic information; it costs 10 credits (about $2.90) to view a document.