Arkansas deaths, Iowa & Indiana biographies, LOC panoramic photos

Arkansas Deaths

  • The Arkansas History Commission has added a huge collection of Arkansas deaths, spanning the years 1819-1920. It is an ongoing project, and the 100,000+ records on the site so far are the culmination of a year’s worth of work between staff and volunteers. It includes information from “church publications, cemetery records, mortality censuses, newspaper obituaries, or county and local records from the Arkansas History Commission’s extensive holdings.”Search the records here. Additionally, volunteers are welcome to help, you can even help from home.

    Thanks to Research Buzz for the heads up.


Iowa & Indiana Biographies online


Panoramic Photos

  • Do you enjoy early photographs? Especially panoramics? The Library of Congress recently completed digitizing an amazing collection of 400 early panoramic postcards. One of my favorites: 

    Chautauqua boosters

    View the images, or learn about the collection.

    Thanks to for the heads up.


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New Ancestry World Archives Projects

May 10, 13 New Ancestry World Archives Projects’s World Archives Project released 3 new projects for keying yesterday, but if you don’t hurry, you’ll miss them with only 1000 images between them:

(Sounds like the criminal records were popular…?)

Read more here.

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Odds & ends

Apr 24, 13 Odds & ends
  • My Genealogy Hound has finished adding biographies for Jasper County, Missouri (for a total of 1,024), and DeKalb County, Tennessee. They have begun adding biographies for Warren County, IowaTodd County, Kentucky, and Benton County, Missouri.
  • Mocavo awarded a grant of $25,000 to the Bethany Children’s Home in Womelsdorf, PA. Mocavo will digitize two ledger books with information about the children who were residents of the home between 1863-1990.
  • FamilySearch reached 1 billion names indexed! That is an amazing accomplishment. Kenneth B. (California, United States), Brittney S. (Idaho, United States), and April R. (Alberta, Canada) were the individuals who indexed and arbitrated the billionth record. The first billion took seven years; FamilySearch asks, how long will the next billion records take? Any guesses? (I actually think it could take at least that long – census records are easy and take much less time to index than other types of records. And we’re done with those. But who knows! The number of indexers is growing all the time.)
  • You can now search the burials at Hart Island, New York City’s public burial ground (“potter’s field”). The online database covers burials since 1977, but the burials go back to 1881. Thanks to the Genealogy News Corral for the heads up.
  • The Status Animarum records from the Saint Joseph Parish Church in Stari trg ob Kolpi, Slovenia, have been posted, covering the 1875-1886 Thanks to the GenealogyBlog for the heads up, and especially for the definition of “Status Animarum:”

Status animarum translates as “the state of souls.” They contain names and information about baptism, marriage, burial, and relationship to head of household for everyone living in a parish by house number. Spouses often show the town and house where they were born or moved.

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Minnesota Newspapers Online

Mar 04, 13 Minnesota Newspapers Online

The Minnesota Historical Society is working towards digitizing their newspaper collection, and are about two years away from launching a digital newspaper database for researchers.

Per state statute, every newspaper in the state is sent to the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS). For decades, every newspaper (at last count about 425, mostly weeklies) was dutifully made accessible to the public via microfilm.

Unfortunately, the microfilming program was shut down in 2009, but they have been working on a plan to digitize their collection since then.

Read more about the plan here.

Read more about the MHS newspaper collection here.

Thanks to Dick Eastman for pointing us to this story.

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World Archives Project

Feb 22, 13 World Archives Project’s World Archives Project released 3 new projects yesterday:

U.S., Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1790-1930

Contains marriage and death extracts, mostly from the 1800′s, that were published in newspapers in Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut.

Middlesex County Records – Calendar of the Sessions Books 1689 – 1709

Contains writs, indictments, recognizances, orders, and memoranda of sessions.

Oxford – Brasenose College Register 1509 – 1909

A recording of the attendees of the Brasenose College in Oxford.  Since the registers span 400 years many of the individuals will have death dates.

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