Ancestry.com: Getting ready for Memorial Day?

Ancestry.com added to or updated the following collections during the last week. Many of the newest collections are military-focused:

  • 1901 Channel Islands Census
  • 1901 England Census
  • 1901 Isle of Man Census
  • 1901 Wales Census
  • Baltimore, Passenger Lists, 1820-1948 and 1954-1957
  • England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
  • England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837-1915
  • *New South Wales, Australia, Industrial School Registers, 1867-1925
  • *New York, 74th Infantry National Guard Enlistment Cards, 1889-1917
  • New York, Military Service Cards, 1816-1979
  • *New York, National Guard Monthly Roster, 1940-1945
  • *New York, New Jersey Soldiers Serving in the New York National Guard, 1918
  • *New York, Record of Award Medal, 1920-1991
  • *New York, State Veterans’ Questionnaires, 1861-1991
  • *New York, U.S. National Guard Enlistment Cards, 1923-1947
  • Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Bergen [Jersey City], New Jersey, 1666-1788
  • Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1835-1974
  • *U.S., Burial Registers, Military Posts and National Cemeteries, 1862-1960
  • *U.S., Index to Alien Case Files at the National Archives at Kansas City, 1944–2003
  • *U.S., Union Provost Marshals’ Papers, 1861-1867

* signifies a new collection

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So…I asked Ancestry why they were loading the military collections here, instead of on fold3. Here’s what they said:

 In general, military collections on Ancestry.com tend to focus on broader titles that help our subscribers make an initial discovery that their ancestor has a connection with military service. The WWI Draft Registration Cards, or the WWII Army Enlistment Records are examples of these broader collections. The focus of Fold3.com is to provide a more detailed journey into the specifics of an ancestor’s military service. On Fold3.com subscribers can interact with collections that help track an ancestor’s military career, unit movements, promotions, awards, retirement, and pension. We are continuously reviewing the collections on both websites to determine the ideal collections to be hosted on both Ancestry.com and Fold3.com.

What do you think, are they doing that?

 

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