- A new blog called Heartbreak & Hope will tell the stories of Ellis Island immigrants. It’s from Statue Cruises, the company that ferries people to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York Harbor. You can click here to submit the stories of your ancestors who immigrated through Ellis Island.
- This week, the free FamilySearch.org website has added more than 135 million indexed records and images from Brazil, Canada, England, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy and the United States. The new and updated collections include the 1911 Canada census, Brazil immigration cards and New Orleans passenger lists. Click here to see all the new and updated collections, and click through to search or browse them.
- FamilySearch also has made some minor updates to the online catalog, mostly to add useful features the old version of the catalog had. But one I’m not crazy about is that when you search, places are now hidden if the library doesn’t have any related microfilm, books or other titles.
I see the benefits of hiding places instead of letting you run a place search that won’t have results, but I think negative results can be useful: Then you know that yes, the place does exist, and you need to redirect your search to another repository. Also, sometimes I’ll type a place into the catalog just to see the suggested locations. Now, if the library doesn’t have anything for a location, it won’t be suggested.