Gary Mokotoff, Editor
Volume 17, Number 34 | August 28, 2016
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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“How to View Thousands of Free Records on Ancestry Without a Subscription”
Not all record groups on Ancestry are available only to paid subscribers. Some are at no cost to all. For those who do not have a paid subscription and have the frustration of getting results from searches that comingle subscriber-only results with those for free, Family History Daily now includes an article titled “How to View Thousands of Free Records on Ancestry Without a Subscription.” It describes how to isolate the more than 600 record groups Ancestry provides at no charge. The article can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/FHDAncestryFreeRecords.
Adoptees Gaining Greater Access to Birth Records in United States
An article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes that at this time about half of all U.S. states allow adult adoptees some form of access to their original birth certificate outside of going to court. In at least nine states — Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island (for those 25 and older) and Oregon — adult adoptees have unfettered access to those records. At least two other states, Indiana and Missouri, enacted laws this year that make it easier for adoptees to access their birth certificates. Similar legislation failed in other states, including Kentucky and Louisiana.
The complete article is at http://tinyurl.com/SLPDAdoptees. (Originally noted by Family Roots Publishing Company.)
Amazon Will Donate 0.5% of Your Purchases to Charity
A posting to JewishGen notes that Amazon will donate 0.5% of all your purchases to your favorite charity if you use their AmazonSmile feature. JewishGen is one of their accepted charities. Just log on to http://smile.amazon.com and key in “JewishGen Inc” as the charity you want to receive the donation. As the website notes, thereafter to purchase on Amazon, instead of logging on to amazon.com, log on to smile.amazon.com to create the donation.
New Collections at Ancestry and Family Search
New collections at Ancestry and Family Search that might benefit Jewish genealogists include:
Ancestry: Minnesota, Obituary Index, 1891–2003
FamilySearch has not made a formal announcement this week about new record collections and additions to collections, but adding indexes and digital images continues—many valuable to Jewish family history research. The most recent additions can be found at https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list. Click the words “Last Updated” to provide the list in chronological order, most recent first. Those additions in the millions of records include:
• England and Wales Census, 1881, 26M records
• Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists Index, 1899–1940, 2.5M records
• Iowa State Census, 1905, 2M records
FindMyPast Adds U.S. Marriage Index, WWI and WWII Records
FindMyPast has added 4 million United States marriage records to its collection. Based on searching for Mokotoffs, these same records are available on FamilySearch. The FindMyPast results only show the given name of the spouse. To get the spouse’s surname, search using the given name of the spouse and the full name of the original name searched. This is unnecessary in the FamilySearch database, which not only provides the full name of the spouse but also the names of parents. The database is at http://search.findmypast.com/search-world- Records/united-states-marriages.
Also added this week are “Britain, Enemy Aliens and Internees, First and Second World Wars.” It consists of 129,000 records of enemy aliens and internees of WWI and WWII. This record group does not appear on FamilySearch. It includes, for example, German Jews who fled Germany to England who had not yet established British citizenship. Non-subscribers are presented only the birth year and place. It is located at http://tinyurl.com/FMPAliens.
Family Tree DNA Offers Summer Discounts
If you have not yet added your DNA to the ever-growing Family Tree DNA collection or want to add certain additional tests, the company is offering discounts on selected tests. Until August 31, you can order their Family Finder autosomal DNA test for $69 (usually $99). The company has also bundled other deals: Family Finder plus 37-marker Y-chromosome test for $228 (usually $268); Family Finder plus 67-marker Y-chromosome test for $327 (Usually $367); Family Finder plus mtFullSequence for $256 (usually $298). Finally, for those just starting to use DNA testing for family history research, a comprehensive genome test of the Family Finder, Y-chromosome and mtFullSequence for $499 (usually $566).
The offerings are at https://www.familytreedna.com/sale.aspx.
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