Archive for July, 2008

British Isles Records Highlighting American Immigrants Now Online at

Monday, July 7th, 2008

This week’s Major Collection at consists of a total of more than 350 databases from Genealogical Publishing Company and Simmons Historical Publications containing immigrant records from the British Isles. Approximately 100 databases will be launched today (Monday), and the rest will be launched throughout the week.

A number of these databases will be included in the World Collection, and are focused primarily on people from the British Isles. A few of these titles include: a couple of volumes of The Famine Immigrants: Lists of Irish Immigrants Arriving at the Port of New York, 1846-1851; The Early Germans of New Jersey; The Moravians of North Carolina; The Clans, Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands; Scots Heraldry; Nova Scotia Immigrants to 1867, Volume 2; Directory of Scots in the Carolinas, 1680-1830, Volume 1; The Register of New Netherland, 1626-1674; and Colonists from Scotland: Emigration to North America, 1707-1783.

Many of the databases from Genealogical Publishing Company highlight American immigrants and should be particularly helpful for researchers trying to trace their relatives “across the pond.”

The databases from Simmons Historical Publications focus primarily on Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina. Some of the databases include: several volumes of Graves County, Kentucky Newspaper Genealogical Abstracts and numerous other databases from Graves County; four volumes of Christian County, Kentucky Newspaper Abstracts; Davidson County, Tennessee Deeds, Volumes 1-6; and Northampton County Wills, Volumes 3-4. There are a large variety of records covered from various counties in those three states. These records are transcriptions and should be very helpful in tracking down primary sources to further your research.

In addition to all these databases, there are many more databases for both the U.S. Collection and the World Collection. As usual, the databases for the U.S. Collection will be free for ten days.

Get Help Finding Your Ancestors Using New Look Up Feature on

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008 recently added a new feature called the Look Up feature. This feature allows users to request, view, claim, and fulfill genealogy look up requests. Look Up feature is located on the top, right side of the toolbar, in between the features called Places and Connect.

How does it work?
To create a request for someone else to assist you with your family history, click on the create a new look up request. Enter the information about your specific lookup and click on submit (be as specific as possible).

Once you submit your request, will automatically match your request with other members who can assist (specifically members who live in or near the location where you are requesting information). Your request will be valid for 30 days. You will be notified when your request is claimed (meaning that someone that committed to fulfill your look up request).

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