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Monday, December 17, 2012

Significant Expansion of Online Resources from

I received the following press release from today. Very interesting. These additional records are very consistent with the expansion going on with the other large online genealogy providers. Here is the press release:

Work to War to Worship: New and Exclusive Historical Records Highlight Significant Life Events Release includes more than 40 million new records on LOS, an international leader in online family history, has published more than 40 million new records to its already extensive collection of historical records, including military; life events; census land and surveys; institutions and organization; newspapers, directories and social history; immigration and travel; court and probate; and education and work records.

“The number of records released offers's users a staggering amount of new data, ranging from exclusive United Kingdom records from as early as 1790 to modern-day vital records from the United States that will add new layers of information for researchers," said D. Joshua Taylor, lead genealogist for, “ is constantly expanding our collections with thousands of new records being added each month. Moving into 2013, we look forward to increasing our record offerings to include rarer, more exclusive materials, in our dedication to provide the most comprehensive family history resource available.”

Many of the new records that can only be accessed through offer a unique glimpse into history. The Harold Gillies Plastic Surgery set, dating back to World War I, contains fascinating records of some of the world’s first restorative plastic surgery, while the White Star Line Officers’ Books include officer records from the Titanic.

Newly added employment and institutional records including the records of the Merchant Navy Seaman (aka the Merchant Marines) provide unique color to family history that can’t be created from just names and dates. Other record sets include probates and wills, such as the Cheshire Wills and Probates, which often offer crucial clues to link North American family trees back to the United Kingdom.
 The full set of exclusive records recently released by includes:
United Kingdom Court & Probate·   Cheshire Wills and Probate
·   Suffolk Beneficiary Index
 United Kingdom Education & Work·   Cheshire Workhouse Records, Admissions and Discharges
·   Cheshire Workhouse Records, Religious Creeds
·   Derbyshire Workhouse Records
·   Match Workers Strike
·   White Star Line Officers’ Books
 United Kingdom Military·   Army List, 1787
·   Army List, 1798
·   British Officers taken Prisoners of War, 1914-1918
·   De Ruvigny's Roll of Honor
·   Grenadier Guards, 1656
·   Harold Gillies Plastic Surgery – WWI
·   Harts Army List, 1840
·   Harts Army List, 1888
·   Manchester Employee's Roll of Honor, 1914-1916
·   Merchant Navy Seamen (aka Merchant Marines)
·   Napoleonic War Records, 1775-1817
·   WWI Naval Casualties
·   Paddington Rifles
·   Prisoners of War, 1939-1945 British Navy & Air Force Officers
·   Prisoners of War, 1939-1945 Officers of Empire serving in British Army
·   Royal Hospital, Chelsea: documents of soldiers awarded deferred pensions, 1838-1896 (WO 131)
·   Royal Hospital, Chelsea: pensioners’ discharge documents 1760-1887, (WO 121)
·   Royal Hospital, Chelsea: pensioners’ discharge documents, foreign regiments, 1816-1817 (WO 122)
·   Royal Hospital, Kilmainham: pensioners’ discharge documents, 1773-1822 (known as WO 119 at the National Archives)
·   Royal Navy Officers Medal Roll, 1914-1920
·   War Office: Imperial Yeomanry, soldiers’ documents, South African War, 1899-1902 (WO 128)
·   WWII POWs - British held in German Territories

In addition to the exclusive records sets, this recent release includes additional records from the United States, Australia and Ireland. An update to the World War I Draft Cards collection provides registrations and actual signatures of more than 11 million young Americans from the beginning of the twentieth century.

Additional records released by include:
United States Military·   Japanese-Americans Relocated during WWII
·   Korean War Casualty File
·   Korean War Deaths
·   Korean War Prisoners of War
·   Korean War Prisoners of War (Repatriated)
·   U.S. Army Casualties, 1961-1981
·   Vietnam Casualties Returned Alive
·   Vietnam War Casualties
·   Vietnam War Deaths
·   WWI Draft Cards
·   WWII Prisoners of War
·   Kentucky Birth Records, 1911-2007
·   Kentucky Death Records Index, 1911-1999
·   Kentucky Marriage Records Index, 1973-1999
·   Texas Divorce Records Index, 1968-2010
·   Texas Marriage Records, 1968-2010

·   Northern Territory Anglican Baptisms and Confirmations, 1900-1947
·   Northern Territory Anglican Burials, 1900-1968
·   Northern Territory Anglican Marriages, 1902-1953

·   Irish Catholic Church Directories, 1836-37

Census Land and Surveys AUSTRALIA
·   Northern Territory Census, 1881-1921
·   Northern Territory Electoral Rolls, 1895-1940

Institutions & OrganizationsAUSTRALIA
·   Northern Territory Parliamentary Index, 1884-1890

Newspapers, Directories & Social HistoryAUSTRALIA
·   Northern Territory Section of the Queensland Post Office Directory, 1920-1921’s expertise at digitizing historical records and uniting communities provides the tools to help people connect with their past, present and future.

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