March 23, 2015

Irish & British Immigrants to America, 1870-1872 Vol. 2

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This resource contains completely new details for approximately 171,200 immigrants. While this resource primarily references Irish and British passengers, you will also find references to passengers who originated from Austria and Scotland. Search this fully indexed data set, referencing arrivals in various U.S. ports, New York, and Canada between 1870 and 1872.

March 22, 2015

Notable British Family Histories, 1600s-1900s

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This database is made up of eleven volumes containing detailed lineages of prominent British families (often with connections to the United States).
Few names are as highly regarded in English genealogy as Burke’s. Not only did the Burkes compile authoritative works on English genealogy, they also created a unique genealogical style, specifically, a method of laying out pedigrees in narrative form. Burke’s pedigrees are easy to read, easy to follow, easy to understand. In general, each genealogical study begins with a brief biographical sketch followed by information about that person’s lineage. Often, you’ll learn details of education, service, occupation, honors, collateral families, places of birth, residence, death, and descriptions of arms. Also among the volumes is the single best reference work ever published on British heraldry, The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, along with other volumes of equal quality and value.

March 21, 2015

American Source Records in England, 1600s-1800s

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Span the Atlantic with this essential collection of English will abstracts, church records, and passenger lists. Largely comprised of English will summaries, this resource can tie your American ancestors to their English roots. You will find 141,000 individuals.
English source records can help you research an American settler’s English legacy, closing the gap between generations and continents. Significantly, several volumes found here, as a group, make up a comprehensive resource for American wills proved in London from the early 1600s to the late 1700s. English wills can be an important genealogical resource tool, often providing names and locations of relatives, names of relatives who emigrated to the colonies, address information, and data about the deceased’s life and characteristics. The facts provided by such records can help you establish family connections and determine the economic status of your ancestors.
Increasingly common starting in the mid-1500s, wills initially were validated by the established English church, usually through local courts. In more complex cases, the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) had ultimate jurisdiction. For example, the PCC proved all wills for individuals who died outside of the country while holding property in England. Thus, PCC records are particularly critical for those hoping to make connections between England and America. This resource includes exceptional coverage of PCC documents relating to American wills.

March 20, 2015

Russians to America, 1850-1896

Americans of Russian or Jewish heritage will find this collection of passenger list information invaluable. “This collection is extremely important to people whose Russian ancestors came to the U.S. in the 19th century,” states Gary Mokotoff, leading expert on Jewish immigration.

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March 14, 2015

Find: The Women's Army Corps

Did you know that Fold3 has a huge number of documents from World War II about the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), including hundreds of photos? If you’re not already familiar with the WAC, you might be surprised to find out just how versatile this group was during the war.

The WAC was originally formed as the WAAC (Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps) in 1942 as an auxiliary to the Army, but in 1943 it was incorporated into that military branch and renamed the WAC. The goal of the WAC was to free up men for WWII combat by replacing them with...

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