So I thought this being a big genealogy weekend, I’d point out Ancestry upgraded their App — a bug fix release, recommended for v6.4 users. You will be required to download your tree again. Not a concern — just a bit of extra time.
If your family originates from Poland, … the partition that was under Russian Empire rule:
- Eastern Poland
- The Jewish Pale
- Western Russia (formerly Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth)
- Modern day Russian Federation or other former Russian Empire territories
then you need to be aware that the Family History Library has developed and will be teaching a class in Reading Russian Handwriting (and Printing) this November. It is a four-part class and open to all for free. Each class is two hours long.
The dates are Wednesdays: November 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th in classroom B2 starting at 2:00pm (MT). 8 Hours of free Russian Handwriting instruction.
Classes will be taught by Dennis Everett .
For more details, see the FamilySearch Blog .
Stanczyk hopes the classes will be videotaped and posted on the Internet for those of us unable to go to Salt Lake City, UT this November .
Family History Library can you make this a podcast or iTunes Class for downloading?
There are six new databases available in FamilySearch.org, including Canadian and Peruvian data.
The 1920 and 1940 US Censuses alone are over 240 Million indexed records with images. Frequently the Family Search images are superior in quality to the Ancestry images. This has been true for other databases like the US World War I Draft Registrations whose quality was such that I could read the street addresses that previously in Ancestry had been unreadable. So if you have any 1920/1940 census images that were a bit sketchy to read, give these a try. You may also find the indexes differ from Ancestry indexes for the same images — so the moral of the story is to look at these as well in case a new indexing provides you access to record you previously were unable to find in Ancestry.