Ancestry Suddenly Appears to have the 1939 Register

Although we understood the 1939 Register images would be exclusive to FindMyPast, it appears that Ancestry.com suddenly has them available.

We are unaware of any press releases regarding this discovery, but here is a link to the 1939 Register on the US site (ancestry.com)

https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61596

The registers are also searchable and viewable on the other national sites such as ancestry.co.uk and ancestry.com.au

Naturally, you will need a subscription to view them (and one that covers British records) but we know that many Evidentree users are Ancestry subscribers. Have fun!

Evidentree is Growing Fast – Every New Member Brings New Connections

Connections - Jayne K Flickr

In the last few minutes, Evidentree had its 300th member register. Having launched just 5 weeks ago, we appear to be averaging just over 8 new members each day.

The Significance of New Members

Every new member that joins the Evidentree community brings a multitude of connections. If they import a GEDCOM file, they often bring hundreds, if not thousands, of new links between surnames and places. The potential for you to make contacts with fellow researchers increases rapidly.

How Much Content Do We Have on Evidentree Now

This is a post for people who like numbers - I know you are out there. So here goes. Evidentree currently has:

  • 300 users
  • 126 unique GEDCOM imports
  • 101,461 (non-living) individuals that have been imported in GEDCOMS
  • 328,355 places have been mentioned in these GEDCOMS
  • Places have been linked to members 25,722 times (the same place may be linked to many members)
  • Surnames have been linked to members 27,806 times (again, the same surname may be linked to many members)
  • Surnames have been linked to a place 71,507 times
  • Our database has 159,471 surnames
  • Our database has 856,671 places
  • 1287 places have been merged to other places by members who are helping to clean up

We Need Your Surnames and Places

As you can see, over 150,000 surnames have not got any member attached to them yet. Likewise, almost 835,000 possible places do not have a member attached to them.

Are you or one of your friends ready to be the first member attached to one or more of these names or places? Send them along to register and get involved in this fast-growing family history community today.

Earn Points and Increase Your Rank by Referring Friends

Although we haven't yet revealed what goodies your points will be able to be used for in the future, you can start saving up now.

If you are a member and log in to your profile page, you will find a 'refer-a-friend' link. Any time that someone clicks on your link and registers at Evidentree, you earn 25 points. By sharing the link in your Facebook or other social media feeds, you can potentially earn up to 500 points a day. That will push you up through the Evidentree ranks faster than you can imagine.

Thanks for Your Continued Efforts

We've really enjoyed the first 5 weeks of Evidentree and this would not have been possible without the wonderfully active community that you have started building amongst yourselves. We all look forward to many more exciting weeks and developments that are around the corner.

Go forth and share Evidentree with your friends and family.

Over 476,000 Surrey Baptism Records Released

Surrey - Wikimedia

FindMyPast has, today, released a huge collection of Surrey Baptism Records.

Explore transcripts of original parish records to discover when and where your ancestor’s baptism took place, their birth date, the names of their parents, their parents’ place of residence and their occupations. The collection covers 180 parishes across the county and spans the years 1538 to 1901.

Search your family in the Surrey Baptism Records today.

New Features that You Asked For!

New Nick Youngson CC BY SA

The feedback we get from Evidentree users is very important to us. Important for you, is that your feedback isn't just filed away for later perusal. Instead, we use your feedback and suggestions to continue making Evidentree the easiest way to connect with family historians researching the same people and places as you.

Therefore, this week we have made quite a few adjustments to the way the site works... and also introduced some new features you suggested:

  • Intuitive management of your place when on the place detail page
  • GEDCOM import reports - a handy reference for working in your tree software
  • A newsletter - to get notifications of new Blog posts and other helpful information

NEW: Place Management

Place Researchers List

When you view a place detail page - like the page for Boxford, Suffolk, England - if there are researchers in that place, you see their names along with some icons which identify where their knowledge comes from, if they have records, and whether they can visit or take photos.

Manage Your Place

If you are a researcher in that place - and you have made this public - you will see your own name and these icons on a row too. We've made your row light blue, so that it stands out. Until now, for you to change the icons in your place, you used the 'Place Management' pane in the sidebar on the right (pictured left).

One user, Sharon, kindly pointed out that it would be more intuitive if she could just click the icons in her row to to turn them on and off.

She was right, of course. So we have now added this feature to Evidentree. Try it out on one of your public places today.

NEW: GEDCOM Import Reports

GEDCOM import reports are now saved and you can go back to review them any time with the GEDCOM Import Reports feature.

When you complete a GEDCOM import, a report is shown on the screen. This report tells you some basic statistics like how many people and places were found and then follows with a list of the places and a few extra details about them.

Evidentree is trying to clean up the way place names are recorded in the industry. We strive to bring something of a standard and have based this around the place naming conventions that we have designed Evidentree around.

GEDCOM Import Report

Therefore, the list of places found in your report includes notes (in red) about possible structural errors or telling you what the assumed place name was.

Many users have told us these reports are very helpful for illuminating place name fixes they need to make in their tree software. They asked for access to these reports even after the import process has finished. This is what you can now find in the GEDCOM Import Reports section of Evidentree.

Newsletter

Previously, the easiest way to get notified of new information at Evidentree (these Blog posts etc) was to like our Facebook page or join the Facebook Users Group.

Not everyone uses or wants to use Facebook. So we have created a newsletter that we will send out with alerts to new information of special savings opportunities and developments in the family history industry.

Newsletter Subscription Box

You can subscribe to the newsletter here or fill in the little box on the right sidebar (just under your user stats). You don't have to be an Evidentree member to subscribe but you also won't be able to enjoy many of the great features that we announce if you aren't active on the site.

Shrinking Features for More Space

You may notice that the newsletter box, your statistics box and the Facebook Page box (all in the sidebar on many of the site pages) have a new title area with an arrow in them. These are our new shrinking/hiding tools. Basically, you can hide any of these blocks by clicking the title area. At the moment, they are only hidden until you move to another page. But we may work on a way for Evidentree to remember what you want to see for future visits too.

More of these titles with shrinking powers will appear on the site over the next days.

Our Work Goes On

Like gardening, building Evidentree is a task that will likely never be complete. Every time another flower bed is cleared of weeds, we discover an area where we could maybe build a pond or plant a new shrub. Please continue to give us feedback and make suggestions about how we can - together with you - make Evidentree even better.

Find My Past Releases Over 378,000 New Records

Records - Wikimedia
Find My Past

Like every Friday, Find My Past has released a new batch of records today. This collection includes records from Australia, USA and England.

New South Wales, Deceased Estate Files 1880-1923

Discover your ancestor in this index of over 137,000 deceased estate files from New South Wales. The records span the years between 1880 and 1923. Each result includes a transcript that may reveal a combination of your ancestor's date of death, duty date, locality and any additional remarks. There are over 378,000 new records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

The state of New South Wales required a duty to be paid before probates and letters of administration could be executed. Deceased estate files were created for estates upon which a duty was imposed, including documentation and correspondence regarding the assessment of the estate.

Waterford Registers & Records

Search for your Irish ancestors in a collection of registers and records from the oldest city in the Republic of Ireland. The collection contains over 211,000 records taken from seventeen different databases spanning the years 1662 to 2006.

Various events are recorded in this collection including burgess lists, burials, deaths, directories, emigration records, freedom petitions, freemen records, langable rentals (rent rolls), rate books, registers, and war deaths. Each result will provide you with a transcript. The amount and type of information recorded will vary depending on the nature of the event.

New Jersey Death Index 1901-1903 Image Browse

Explore over 1000 digital images of the New Jersey death index covering the years 1901 to 1903. This collection has been obtained through Reclaim the Records. The index will allow you to discover your ancestor's death year and entry number. Additional information about these records can be found on the source's website.

New Jersey Marriage Index 1901-1914 Image Browse

Explore over 7,000 digital images of the New Jersey marriage index covering the years 1901 to 1914. This collection has been obtained through Reclaim the Records. The 15 volumes included in this index will allow you to discover your ancestor's marriage year and entry number. This collection has been obtained through Reclaim the Records.

Surrey Feet of Fines 1558-1760

Explore over 20,000 feet of fines records for Surrey created between 1558 and 1760. Feet of fines were documents of a fictitious suit of law created to obtain a secure transfer of land. The document recorded the final agreement (or concord), written in triplicate, between buyer and seller: two copies side by side and one copy across the bottom of the sheet (the foot of the fine). An indented or wavy line separated the three sections; one section was given to the seller, one to the buyer, and one (the foot) to the court. The idea behind this system was that forgeries could be identified by showing they didn't fit the three-piece jigsaw of the authentic, original foot of fine.

The amount of detail provided varies from period to period. For example, some will provide the full names of all the buyers and sellers while others only provide the last name of the first buyer in a transaction.

Cornwall Burials

Hundreds of new records have been added to our collection of Cornish burials. The collection now contains over 280,000 records covering more than two hundred parishes across the Cornish peninsula.

The new additions cover Dissenter burials in Falmouth and Penryn between 1808 and 1926. Each result includes and transcript of an original parish register that may reveal a combination of your ancestor's birth year, death year, burial place and residence.