August 26, 2015
Dateline 24-August-2015 — Two days ago this announcement / presswire was published: here . It said that more than 80 newspapers would be digitized and brought online. Now, I am thinking this will not be in Ancestry.com, but in their other product: Newspapers.com (thus requiring you to subscribe to two offerings).
Already this collaboration has born fruit in that Cinncinati Enquirer has 4 million pages available online. Now this jester went to Gannett’s website and saw that they have 95 U.S. newspapers (not including USA Today) covering about 2/3 of the U.S. states. Michigan, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana, California, Texas, Wisconsin have at least one newspaper each. Each archive will ultimately include every available page from the first date of publication up to about 30 days prior (to the present? or the announcement?).
This jester is waiting for the Detroit Free Press (MI) and Times Recorder Zanesville (OH) where I expect to find some ancestors in the news. They do not have a Buffalo or Philadelphia paper nor are there any newspapers in Illinois, but they cover a large swath of areas where my ancestors settled.
Gannett Michigan / Ohio Holdings:
August 20, 2015
Stanczyk was reminded this week by Flipboard genealogy blogger Kenneth R Marks (Boost Your Genealogy Research With Newspapers) — If you have not discovered this valuable resource then by all means click the link and scan his recent articles in his curated Flipboard magazine.
This week Mr. Marks’ article reminded this jester about TROVE, an Australian Historical Newspaper (and other online documents too) website. Now I say reminded, because loyal readers may recall my article from April 2013 (From Pacanow Poland to Birchgrove …).
I like what they have done since 2013 and it appears they have been busy at TROVE. So i encourage you to take another look for your Polish ancestor. TIP (see picture): Use advanced search, look for online resources, search the newspapers for: Naturalization Notice, Poland and check the categories: Advertising, Family Notices to see vital record notices as well as immigration/naturalization notices. This should get your a little over 8,000 articles to search through.
Here are two images of Polish expats who immigrated to Australia post World War II:
June 29, 2014
Did you know that you can submit a request to Family Search for Photo Duplication service of one of their indexed databases for a found indexed record?
Stanczyk did not know either. Then I read: “How to order an indexed document from Family Search” by Selma Blackmon . At any rate, you can follow her steps to submit a request. I was able to utilize the info she wrote and submit a request (I am waiting for my emailed document, but I will update my readers when I get the result). Now you only get an email with an attachment of the image for the indexed record, which you request.
I’ll save you a few steps by putting the link below (so you do not have to search for it)
- You need an account [they are free]. Go to FamilySearc.org and click on “Join For Free” to register.
- After you have registered and you login to your new account, go to: https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Photoduplication_Services
- Lookup your indexed record. In Stanczyk’s case I chose the database: “Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952,”
- Notice that is only an index without any images. So I wanted to order the image of the death certificate I was interested in.
- I searched on “Elyasz” to get the info for Stanley M. Elyasz in order to submit the request
- I read the instruction from the above Photoduplication Services web page.
- I clicked on the green button, “Photoduplication Request Form”
- I filled in ALL fields with the info from the index result page of Stanley M. Elyasz and used that info
- Click on Submit
If you filled in ALL fields then you get the result I did in the picture at the top of this article. But you must fill in all fields or it will sit there as if it ignored your request — sadly no error message indicated I needed to fill in ALL fields.
The cost for an email of the document: $0.00. Most genealogists have an account to search the online images in the many databases that Family Search has published. But if not, then this Photoduplication Service should give you the impetus to register for an account.
PRICELESS! Thank you Family Search.org for providing this valuable service and Selma Blackmon for writing about it.
Returned Image [1-JULY-2014] from Submitted Request:
June 28, 2014
27-JUNE-2014 — Ancestry.com & ProQuest announced an expanded agreement to deliver broader array of premier genealogy resources to libraries worldwide. This announcement’s offerings expands the 10 year relationship between the two companies.
This should be good news for libraries around the world.
Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2021584#ixzz35v8w1eRR
April 24, 2014
On Easter Sunday, Stanczyk wrote about Logan Kleinwak / Genealogy Indexer. In the article, I used as an example of the database searches (sources) that genealogy indexer searches through as the: 1890 Kielce Gubernia Commemorative Book (Памятная книжка Келецкой губернии). That was a bit foreshadowing of today’s blog. This blog is dominated by Genealogy, by Polish Genealogy, by Russian-Poland partition Genealogy, in particular the Kielce Gubernia (Wojewodztwo). Most of the time I write about topics that centers upon post-Napoleonic era (1815-ish to about 1918) which overlaps the era of the three partitions and the era of the Great Migration to the USA. One of the reasons for such a focus to connect with distant cousins on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. So today’s topic is to further understand the administrative structures of my ancestral villages in 1890 Kielce Gubernia. Where the red square is on today’s map-graphic is the geographic area we are speaking of. It is important to understand the administrative structures to trace your genealogy. So today we will be examining the hierarchy described by their Russian names as: Gubernia composed of Uyezds or Powiats which were composed of Gminas (aka Wojewodztwo->Powiats->Gminas). There is also a religious hierarchy: Diocese-Deaconate-Parish. These hierarchies change over time as borders are drawn and redrawn. So Stanczyk pulled images of some these administrative structures and other data to put this research in a context of 1890 (roku) from the above title book which is written in Russian/Cyrillic. I am hopeful that seeing the Cyrillic from the book along with the English translation will aid other genealogists in their searches and research. There are a number of images and descriptions so this will be a long read if you are “up for it”.
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April 20, 2014
Recently, while Stanczyk was on Twitter, I saw that Logan Kleinwak (Genealogy Indexer / @gindexer) was again busy, very busy. Perhaps you do not remember that his website: http://genealogyindexer.org , publishes Historical Directories, Yizkor Books, Military Lists, etc.
What I noticed besides he was very busy indexing things and putting them online for searches is two things:
- In my 1st thought I noticed, “Collections” (each a menu to a page of resource links)
- My 2nd thought was Logan added a Latin-to-Cyrillic feature
I do not mention his excellent little piece of code to implement a keyboard for implementing whatever language’s special characters that are a might difficult to type on American keyboards. That I posted about before.
The Collection I searched was “Directories” and I saw:
Obviously this is the Gubernia of my paternal ancestors. So I was excited and I knew it was in Russian (i.e. Cyrillic characters) — a challenge. AH, … now we see the need for the 2nd thoughtful feature, ‘Add Latin->Cyrillic’. This feature automatically adds the equivalent Cyrillic characters to the Latin characters you are searching for, in order to locate the equivalent, transliterated string in the Russian Directories. That is well thought out! Indeed Genius!
So my thanks to Logan for his fine piece of programming and history/genealogy indexing that he has done. If you have not done so, you owe it to yourself and your research to check out Genealogy Indexer. Add it to your social network (Facebook and Twitter) and bookmark the website in your browser.
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