Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ancestry.com News Ketchup

Ancestry Insider KetchupI have no time. I’m behind. Time to ketchup…

Find A Grave Celebrates 100 Million Photos

Jim  Tipton founded Ancestry.com’s Find A Grave in 1995. I remember coming across it. It was a website featuring gravesites of the rich and famous. It was cool, but I never would have guessed it would become the powerful genealogical tool that it is today. Well, Find A Grave recently received its 100 millionth photograph.

For more information, see the Ancestry.com blog article, “Find A Grave Celebrates 100 Million Photos On Site!

Expanded Yearbook Collection

Earlier this month Ancestry.com substantially added to their yearbook collection. They previously had about 56,000 yearbooks. They’ve added about 43,000, bringing the total to 99,000. Check out the expanded collection at “U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012.”

Some photos from the Ancestry.com U.S. School Yearbooks collection

Vitals from NEHGS Register

According to the 10 September 2014 issue of the Weekly Genealogist, the New England Historic Genealogical Society and Ancestry.com are working together to produce a database of births, marriages, and deaths that have appeared in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. “This collection currently includes records from volumes 82 through 165 and holds more than 180,000 records.”

Published quarterly since 1847, the New England Historical and Genealogical Register is the flagship journal of American genealogy and the oldest journal in the field. The Register has featured articles on a wide variety of topics since its inception, including vital records, church records, tax records, land and probate records, cemetery transcriptions, obituaries, and historical essays. Authoritative compiled genealogies have been the centerpiece of the Register for more than 150 years. Thousands of New England families have been treated in the pages of the journal and many more are referenced in incidental ways throughout. These articles may range from short pieces correcting errors in print or solving unusual problems to larger treatments that reveal family origins or present multiple generations of a family.1

I assume that Ancestry.com will also publish the database at some time, but I’ve found no indication of if or when.

Ancestry.com Adds Mexican Website

The “Visit our other sites” dropdown list at the bottom of Ancestry.com indicates they now have a Mexican website. I haven’t seen any public announcement. But then again, I’m not in the target audience and don’t read any Spanish media! The URL of the new site is http://www.ancestry.mx/.

Ancestry.com "other sites" dropdown indicates a Mexico site. 


Sources

     1.  Sam Sturgis and Christopher Carter, “NEHGS Database News,” Weekly Genealogist, online copy of email newsletter (http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=eksel7bab&v=001sR9KXnYiTHiHP5UR17_6lUVPGwW7yTkCSMi3M9nVlgCnurBfBjOelqxk9LM84ExwTc0JfizCxY93UeKFjNYtSHeryE2utUYOnyYxM45qGoRpHSYHxtqSpStMGqW3g1tK : accessed 21 September 2014).

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