- FamilySearch has added more than 4.9 million indexed records and images to collections from Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Portugal, Switzerland, United States and Venezuela, with especially notable collections form Costa Rica, Portugal and Venezuela. You can see the list of updated collections and click through to search or brose them, on the FamilySearch blog.
In addition, to commemorate Juneteenth, FamilySearch has added to its collection of records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, or the Freedmen’s Bureau. These document the post-Civil War era and include marriage records legalizing marriages of former slaves, labor contracts, military payment registers and more. Read more about the records in FamilySearch’s announcement and link to the Freedmen’s Bureau collections (which FamilySearch.org organizes by state) here.
- The genealogy TV show “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,” set to premiere Sept. 23, has released a preview video for the upcoming season on PBS.
- The Irish Genealogical Research Society has launched a free 1901 Townlands Database, which you can use to locate a townland and the jurisdictions it’s part of, or to identify all the townloands in a given District Electoral Division or Civil Parish. Learn more about the 1901 Townlands Database and Irish jurisdictions here, and search the database here.
- The Civil War Trust is launching a fundraising campaign to save the North Anna area of the Jericho Mills battlefield in Virginia. Matching grants, donations from private foundations and other funding means the trust already has 90 percent of the purchase price needed to acquire the area. It likely will eventually be made part of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Learn more about North Anna and the campaign to save it on the Civil War Trust website.