Gary Mokotoff, Editor
Volume 16, Number 32 | August 16, 2015
Every government puts value on preserving its history. That is why we have national archives. Genealogy preserves history; the history of a family. It cannot be done without access to records, just as historians cannot preserve a nation's history without access to records. It is a greater good than the right to privacy. It is a greater good than the risk of identity theft.
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Only a few items of interest this week. Underlined words are links to sites with additional information.
New Website Identifies Victims of Disasters
Was a member of your genealogical family the victim of a train wreck, significant fire, flood, shipwreck, plane crash or other disaster? The Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter notes there is a website, http://www3.gendisasters.com, that identifies such persons.
The authors of the site must have spent hundred of hours copying newspaper accounts of the disaster and lists of the persons dead and injured or missing. There are 99 air disasters for New York State alone. The well-known Triangle Shirtwaist fire is included, of course. There are 90 overall results for persons names Cohen.
FamilySearch Additions for the Week
A list of recent additions to FamilySearch can be found at the Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter at http://blog.eogn.com/ 2015/08/11/new-familysearch-collections-week-of-august-5-2015. This site provides direct links to the individual collections. They include records from Italy, Mexico, Philippines and a minor update to images of Massachusetts Marriages (1841–1915).
Additional collections announced are for Columbia Catholic Church records and Wisconsin County Marriages (1836-1911). That announcement can be found at https://familysearch.org/blog/ en/familysearch-collections-week-august-11-2015.
Most of the additions are Italian civil registrations, Mexican Catholic Church records and Philippine civil registrations. A significant addition of possible interest to persons researching their Jewish ancestry is a new index: United States Index to Alien Case Files (1940–2003). This collection already exists on Ancestry.com for paid subscribers.
Note that at FamilySearch, announced collections may not be complete for the dates specified and will be added at some later date. Also note that counts shown in the announcement are the number added, not the total number available in the collection, which can be greater.
Who Do You Think You Are? Has Special Program Tonight
For fans of the show Who Do You Think You Are?, TLC (The Learning Channel) will air a special episode of the series titled “Into The Archives” tonight (Sunday, August 16) at 9pm ET. It will feature highlights from past seasons, including triumphs and tragedies, delightful discoveries and sobering moments. This special episode also unveils outtakes and never-before-seen footage from the series’ vault.
British Jewry Book of Honour 1914–1920
The UK version of FindMyPast has added the British Jewry Book of Honour 1914–1920 to its collection. It contains nearly 57,000 color images and transcripts of the original document. This two-volume book was published in 1922 to record and honor the contribution made by the 50,000+ Jews who served in the British and colonial forces during the First World War. The database can be found at http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/ british-jewry-book-of-honour-1914-1920?.
Database of British Empire Prisoners of War Held by Japan Now Online
Forces War Records, at https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk, has added an index to 56,363 persons of the British Empire who were Japanese prisoners of war. They include those who died in captivity as well as those released at the end of World War II. Information provided includes name, rank, service number, branch of service, final camp location, date of capture and date of liberation. Additional information is at https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/collections/ 128/imperial-prisoners-of-war-held-in-japan. There appears to be no way to search the collection alone.
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