In commemoration of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday, Ancestry.com has added five new databases to its Civil War Collection.
- Abraham Lincoln Papers - Free Index
- Louisiana Slave Records, 1719-1820 - Free Index – Updated
- New Orleans, Louisiana, Slave Manifests, 1807-1860 (World Archives Project)
- U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938
- Confederate Applications for Presidential Pardons, 1865-1867
- U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles
The Abraham Lincoln Papers, which hail from the Library of Congress and are searchable for free on Ancestry.com, contains more than 20,000 documents such as drafts of speeches, incoming and outgoing correspondence with the president, and printed material. Learn more about the Civil War collection at www.ancestry.com/civilwar.
Ancestry Content Updates
In addition, we recently updated two U.S. collections:
- Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 -- Added the 1925 census, containing 1.8 million names. The full collection now contains 8.2 Million Names.
- Historic Land Ownership and Reference Atlases, 1507-2000 -- 10,000 maps and atlas pages were added from various states: The full collection now contains over 50,000 maps
Chris Lydiksen, US Content Product Manager for Ancestry.com, blogs about the new collections.
An update to the existing England & Wales Birth Index collection, made 134 million General Records Office (GRO) UK birth records for England and Wales dating from 1837 to 2005 available online for the first time. To find out more, read Echo King’s blog entry: the UK Birth Index Update.
We’ve also recently added or updated the following international databases:
- London, England, Marriage Licenses, 1521-1869
- New South Wales, Australia, Registers of Convicts' Applications to Marry, 1826-1851
- And be on the look out for the 1916 Canada Census coming soon to Ancestry.com
You can view the full list of recently added databases, extending back a couple of months, at http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/recent.aspx.
Website and Product Updates
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The New family Tree Maker 2009 Patch
We’ve recently released an update to Family Tree Maker 2009. This new patch includes:
- Book building – create books compiled from charts, reports and text documents
- Source templates based on Evidence Explained, by source expert Elizabeth Shown Mills
- Calendar Reports – they’re back!
- Extended Family Chart – shows the people in your tree aligned horizontally and organized by generation
- Improved Ancestry Member Tree integration
- If users are connected to the internet, Family Tree Maker 2009 will update automatically.
Tana Pederson, author of The Official Guide to Ancestry.com, blogged about a couple of the new changes in this update:
- February 24 -- Making a Breakthrough in Your African American Research, 9 PM EDT
African American research specialist Marjorie Sholes will take you step-by-step through the process she used to trace one of her own ancestors, showing you the tips and tricks she discovered along the way. In particular, she’ll focus on how to identify slave owners to unlock the history of your slave ancestors. You’ll also learn what resources are available on Ancestry.com and elsewhere to aid in your research. You can register by clicking here.
- Archived Webinar -- Getting Started on Ancestry.com New to Ancestry.com? Come join us for a one-hour webinar where you'll discover the excitement of finding your first family member on a historical record. Plus, learn how Ancestry.com can help you piece together your family story by providing you with more than 27,000 historical databases and innovative family tree building technology. View this webinar by clicking here.
Note: To register for a webinar or view an archived webinar, click on the Learning Center tab on the Ancestry.com home page. Then Keep Learning and, finally, webinars.
Highlights from the Ancestry.com Blog
Here’s what Ancestry.com employees have been talking about on the Ancestry.com blog:
- Site Performance Update, by Eric Shoup, VP of Product
- New in MyCanvas: tracking used photos, changing a calendar’s starting month and picking border and background colors, Stephanie Condie, brand manger for MyCanvas