Nearly 30 million Americansabout 10 percent of the US populationcan trace their families a little further back in time with the addition of the 1930 Mexico National Census (El Quinto Censo General de Población y Vivienda 1930, México) to Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.
With nearly 13 million records, the 1930 censusMexicos only publicly available enumerationcounted an estimated 90 percent of the population. (The records dont include citizens from the Federal District, of which Mexico City is part, due to undercounting and losses.) Besides name, age, gender, birthplace, address and marital status for residents, censustakers also recorded nationality, religion, whether marriages were civil or religious, occupation, real estate holdings, literacy and any physical or mental defects.
The two sites collections are a result of a partnership that had FamilySearch volunteersmore than 22,000 over four yearstranscribing information from the census records.
Mergers and Acquisitions
BackUpMyTree automatically finds family tree files on your computer and creates a remote backup. Its compatible with major genealogy applications such as Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, Personal Ancestral File and RootsMagic.
So far, BackUpMyTree is storing more than 9 terabytes of genealogists data. MyHeritage.com will continue to support the backup service and keep it free.
Another Census Source
In what subscription genealogy site Archives.com CEO Matthew Monahan calls a game-changer for genealogists, the site is adding indexes and record images for the entire US federal census, 1790 to 1930.
Indexes for all the censuses and some images are available now, with more images still being added, says spokesperson Julie Hill. The addition brings Archives.com, which launched in July 2009, into more-direct competition with industry leader Ancestry.com. Until now, Ancestry.com was the only site providing access to all extant US census records and document images.
Archives.com also is introducing a new, Flash-based image viewer that lets users zoom in, adjust contrast, invert colors and more (a basic image viewer will be an option for computers without Flash).
As part of the effort, Archives.com reached an agreement with FamilySearchthe source of the census recordsto dedicate a minimum of $5 million to digitizing genealogy records that arent currently online. Anne Roach, who chaired FamilySearchs 2011 RootsTech conference, joined Archives.com to lead the census project.
Archives.com will keep its subscription price at $39.95 for the time being, Hill says. Thats one-eighth the price of an Ancestry.com World membership. If you compare the subscriptions on a line-by-line basis, its remarkable how many high-value collections are available for one-eighth the price.
150 Years Ago in Civil War America
Jan. 26, 1862: In General War Order No. 1, President Abraham Lincoln designates Feb. 22, 1862, the day for a general movement of the Land and Naval forces of the United States against the insurgent forces. Meant to spur Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, commander of the federal armies, to formulate a plan of attack, the directive was ignored.
» Life in Civil War America by Michael O. Varhola
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