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April 8, 2020

Online Newspapers at Swedish Royal Library

The Swedish Royal Library has published all of its digitalised newspapers online for everyone to access. Previously, you had to visit the library to access articles from 1904 and newer. 

KB (Kungliga biblioteket, The Royal Library), The National Library of Sweden, was founded in the 1500s. Since 1661, when the first Legal Deposit Law was introduced, it has functioned as the kingdom's national memory. 

April 6, 2020

Soldiers from University of Toronto in World Wars

From University of Toronto History Society:

The Hall of Remembrance has been created to memorialize and remember those U of T student-soldiers who fought and died in the World Wars.
If you have an ancestor or relative who attended U of T during either WW1 or WW2 you might want to check this out. It is complete with photos of the soldiers

For more Canadian military facts and genealogy see the Canadian Military Project

April 3, 2020

Free Google Chrome Extension for Ancestry

Thanks to Dear Myrtle for the following item:
Randy Majors announces that he just launched this free Google Chrome extension for Ancestry. Hope it helps find some "hidden" records!

Let this FREE tool do the work for you as you search on Ancestry.
Install here:

U.S. county boundaries have changed over 17,600 times since America was settled in colonial times. Don’t sabotage your search for ancestors by not knowing the correct county for the historical years you are researching.

While searching on Ancestry, the free Historical U.S. Counties Auto-Checker extension for Google Chrome automatically checks that the county existed in the year you are searching, warns of boundary changes, and links to historical county lines on Google Maps for the place and years you are searching!

Install for free today and never let an ancestor fall off the map again

Detailed walkthrough with screenshots:

March 31, 2020

Free on Ancestry During the Pandemic

Ancestry is offering many free items during this Pandemic. Please read on to see if there is anything of interest.
  • At-home educational resources for families and teachers: With parents educating their kids at home and teachers looking for creative ways to administer assignments, new virtual ways of learning are on the rise. Ancestry US is making teacher-developed lesson plans available for free for anyone to download, covering a range of educational topics for various ages. For more information, click here. 
  • Helping to ease the isolation from social distancing with new connections: Ancestry US has collaborated with the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration to offer temporary free access to millions of historical records and images from the federal government. And we will continue providing free online tutorials and video courses to help people get started with family tree building. For more information, click here. 

March 29, 2020

Lambert Van Valkenburg A New Netherland Ancestor

Lambert Van Valkenburg married Annetje Jacobs on April 4, 1642 in Amsterdam.

His name was recorded as Lambert van Valckenburgh, his bride as Annetje Jacobs. [Source: DTB 457, p.146]
He sailed to the New World before 1644 and settled on what is now the site of the Empire State Building in New York.

Many genealogists are not sure where or how they can find more information on an ancestor in New Netherland (present day New York) but there are many resources available, both online and off.

For example here is a document which I found online for Lambert.

Declaration as to the estate left by Pieter Lievesen, deceased
Scanned Document:NYSA_A0270-78_V2_095a

[ At the request ] of the honorable Fiscal Vander Hoykens the undersigned persons attest and declare that on the 25th of January 1644 the fiscal was at the house of Lambert van Valckenborch, where Pieter Livesen lodged in his lifetime, and inquired for the goods of said Pieter Livesen, whereupon Lambert van Valckenborch answered that there was nothing left of the goods of the above mentioned Pieter Lievesen, as he had long before also declared to the fiscal and the witnesses. Done the 25th of January 1644, in New Netherland.
Oloff Stevensen
Gysbert op Dyck
Translation: Scott, K., & Stryker-Rodda, K. (Ed.). New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vol. 2, Register of the Provincial Secretary, 1642-1647 (A. Van Laer, Trans.).

March 27, 2020

New Brunswick Deaths to 1969 Available

The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick recently published 4,922 digitized images of death registrations for 1969.

The following Record Series are available in the Vital Statistics Search Engine. 
IndexDescriptionYearsRecordsLast updated
141A1b Index to Late Registration of Births1810-1924 112,418 2020-03-13
141A1c Index to Late Registration of Births: County Series1869-1901 2,294 2019-09-10
141A2/2 Index to County Birth Registers1800-1919 87,968 2020-03-09
141A5 Index to Provincial Registrations of Births1870-1924 169,725 2020-02-25
IndexDescriptionYearsRecordsLast updated
141B7 Index to New Brunswick Marriages1847-1969 286,109 2020-03-20
IndexDescriptionYearsRecordsLast updated
141C1 Index to County Death Registers1885-1921 40,447 2019-12-30
141C4 Provincial Returns of Deaths1815-1919 84,191 2020-03-13
141C5 Index to Death Certificates1918-1969 246,718 2020-03-12

March 25, 2020

What Did Our Ancestors Sound Like 500 Years Ago

Have you ever wondered what our ancestors really sounded like? This 500 year old poem being read aloud is very cool

NOTE: Do not push the > arrow on the image, it does not play. Instead use the link below:

A Middle English reading of John Skelton's poem "Speke Parrot". Find the full poem, with notes and glosses on