Researching Female Ancestors in NARA's Military Records

We will never know whether U.S. Naval Reserve Yeowoman Mary Agnes Monahan, killed tragically in an auto accident on 5 Sep 1918, saw herself as a vanguard of progressing women’s equality in the United States.[1] Regardless, she and the handful of women who enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve during WWI would change American military culture permanently, forcing the government to officially recognize women as able to serve in the Armed Forces.

Rear Adm. Victor Blue (left center) chief of the Bureau of Navigation, inspects yeomen (F) on the grounds of the Washington Monument, Washington, D.C., in 1918. (19-11386). Source:Library of Congress

Americans traditionally think of men running the government and holding civic positions, as well as putting their lives on the line for freedom. As highlighted here, pertinent collections at the National Archives can provide more information about your female ancestor and how she contributed to the war effort.

Veteran’s Pensions

Many women stepped up to the plate and took care of family affairs while their husbands were on active duty. Ironically, the first NARA collection I want to highlight isn’t service records of female ancestors, but rather documentation related to female ancestors in pension records for U.S. Veterans.

Acts authorized by Congress allowed for soldiers to receive pensions based on certain eligibility requirements. If the veteran were to pass away, his widow could reapply for a pension. In her dispositions, the widow would provide important information useful to genealogists such as her maiden name, residence, marriage date and place to deceased husband, and the date/place of her husband’s death.

Fold3.com has digitized copies for Pensions and Bounty Land Applications from the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. While Fold3 also allows you to search pension index cards for later conflicts, copies of the full pension files for veterans of the Early Indian & Mexican-American war up to 1912 are only available at Archives I in Washington. Copies of pension files can be requested from the National Archives using the NATF Form 85.

Military Nurses, Matrons, and Hospital Attendants

The level of atrocity and casualties on Civil War battlefronts warranted a great need for female nurses. Individuals researching female ancestors that were hospital attendants, matrons, and nurses during the Civil War, can consult Record Group 112, Records of the Surgeon General (Army). This record group contains a series of service cards for females enlisted at hospital stations to take care of the wounded and dying. The cards are arranged alphabetically by surname and include information on place and dates of employment, salary, and the capacity in which hired.

Service cards, returns, and appointments of nurses in the Spanish-American War, 1898-1939 can be found in Record Group 112. RG 112 also holds papers of hospital stewards, 1862-93, arranged alphabetically by the name of the steward. These papers contain orders, correspondence, discharges, and personal reports of the stewards. Additional information about women serving in medical capacities for the military can also be found in Record Group 94, Records of the Office of the Adjutant General.

Women in the Civil War
Source: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. 

 

Females who enlisted in the U.S. Military

Before WWI, the only women enlisted in the U.S. Military had to disguise themselves as men. Under the Naval Act of 1916, females found a legal loophole in which they could enlist in the military, because there was no clause barring females from enrolling in U.S. Navy Reserve.In 1917, the Bureau of Marine Inspection & Navigation allowed for the inclusion of personnel who could serve in a non-combative capacity, such as “radio operators, stenographers, nurses... and many other capacities in the industrial line.”[2] 

Several hundred women, such as Mary Agnes Monahan, became yeowomen and were stationed at U.S. Naval Bases during the WWI. From this point forward, attitudes towards women’s involvement in the military changed greatly. During WWII, over 350,000 women served in the U.S. Armed Forces in five different capacities:

Women Army Auxillary Corps (WAC)

Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP)

Women Accepted For Volunteer Military Services (WAVES)

Women who service in the Marines and Coast Guard (SPARS)

Army and Navy Cadet Nursing Corps

A great deal of information related to a female service member’s occupational history is held in their Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). Copies of OMPFs can be ordered from the National Personnel Records Center using the Standard Form 180. Additional history about a veteran’s involvement in the military can be gleaned from online collections and files on Ancestry.com and Fold3.com. For information on women serving in the Cadet Nursing Corps consult, WWII Cadet Nursing Corps Card Files, available at Ancestry and Fold3.com. These cards provide the nurse’s name, location and length of service.

Obtaining a Civilian Personnel File

Historically, the U.S. Government’s work force is one dominated by men, but overtime, thanks to the women who were courageous pioneers not deterred by the status quo, they made their way into jobs traditionally reserved for men. The National Archives holds records documenting the appointment and service of federal government employees who served in military affiliated government bureaus. If you are research a federal employee, the first important step is for you to do some personal research to help narrow in on what department she served under and her years of service.

The National Archives holds Official Personnel Folders for Civilian Government Employees from 1850 to 1951. Requests for these files can be made by writing to National Archives and must include some basic information for an archivist to locate the file.[3]

Official Personnel Folders after 1951 are classified as “Federal Records” and not “Archival”, thus only certain information may be available to third party researchers. Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), only the former employee or a third party research that receives authorization from the former employee can access the full contents of the file.[4]

 Do you have any women in your family who served in the military?

  

[1] “Seamen and Yeowomen Killed in Auto Accident.” The Official U.S. Bulletin, Tuesday, 10 Sep 1918, page 14. Published in Official U.S. Bulletin, Issues 402-451 (Washington, D.C.: Committee on Public Information, 1918.): accessed at Google Books.

[2] Nathaniel Patch, “The Story of the Female Yeomen during the First World War.” Prologue (Fall 2006), Vol.38, no.3: accessed at http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2006/fall/yeoman-f.html

[3] National Archives at St. Louis, “Official Personnel Folders (OPF), Archival Holdings and Access, ca. 1850-1951.” http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/archival-programs/civilian-personnel-archival/index.html

[4] National Archives at St. Louis. “Official Personnel Folders (OPF), Federal (non-archival) Holdings and Access.”: accessed at http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/civilian-personnel/index.html

 

Further Reading & Resources:

Archives Library Information Center. “Women.”: accessed at http://www.archives.gov/research/alic/reference/womens-history.html. This is a great list of resources for learning more about the history of Women in the United States.

National Archives at St. Louis. “ “Official Personnel Folder (OPF), Archival Holdings and Access.”: accessed at http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/archival-programs/civilian-personnel-archival/official-personnel-folders-archival-holdings-table.html

National Archives Trust Fund Board. Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives. (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1985.) See chapter 4, "Records of the Regular Army," Chapter 7, “Pension Records” and chapter 14, “Records of Civilian Government Employees.”

U.S. Naval War College - Naval Historical Collection. “Women in World War II Oral Histories.”: accessed at https://usnwcarchive.org/items/browse?collection=25

Women in Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, Inc. “History & Collections - Welcome.”: accessed at http://www.womensmemorial.org/H&C/h&cwelcome.html

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Jake Fletcher is a genealogist, lecturer, and blogger. Jake has been researching and writing about genealogy since 2008 on his research blog Travelogues of a Genealogist. He currently volunteers as a research assistant at the National Archives in Waltham, Massachusetts and is Vice President of the New England Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG).

 

 


Two New Irish Webinars for your St. Paddy's Day!

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It's St. Patrick's Day! Time to eat corned beef and cabbage stew and Irish soda bread! After you're all decked out in green save time today to watch two new Irish webinars in the FamilyTreeWebinars.com library! These two new classes, in addition to the 12 Irish classes already in the library, could extend your celebration of St. Patrick's Day through the weekend! If they help you crack your Irish brick wall you may even find yourself dancing a jig!

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We're working hard to give our webinar subscribers the educational classes they need to maximize their genealogical research! All of these new classes are bonus webinars in the webinar library. The webinar previews are always free.

Irish Church and Civil Registration

There are several ways of getting hold of Irish BMD records and many of them are completely free of charge. Civil Registration started for Non-Catholics in 1845 (8 years after England) and for Catholics in 1864. The index to these Civil Records is available for free via both FamilySearch.org and IrishGenealogy.ie. The actual certificates (for certain years only) can be obtained for free from your local LDS Centre. Others can be ordered from the GRO for a small fee. Church Records have much less coverage and only some parishes have records that go back into the 1700s. Rootsireland.ie has the largest database of family records in Ireland and a monthly subscription rate. IrishGenealogy.ie is completely free of charge and has church records for select locations only - Dublin, Carlow, Cork & Kerry only. The IGI (International Genealogical Index) also has some records that have been contributed by LDS members. Also, the recent digitisation of the Catholic Church Register Books by the NLI (National Library of Ireland) and their indexing by FindMyPast is another welcome addition to our genealogical toolkit. These and and other sources will be explored and there will be plenty of hints and tips for navigating the various websites.

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The Private Laws of the Federal and State Governments - free webinar by Judy Russell now available for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "The Private Laws of the Federal and State Governments" by Judy Russell is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. 

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The publishers of Black's Law Dictionary are now producing their eighth edition, and the newer editions have added information on the developments in the law in recent decades. But for genealogists the earlier editions retain their value, since they have a higher proportion of information on older law, especially the English feudal law, which is essential for the interpretation of documents from the American colonial period and from the England that the colonists left.

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Tuesday's Tip - The Knowledge Base

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Tuesday's Tips provide brief how-to's to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.

The Knowledge Base


Most of you probably know we have Knowledge Base articles on our support website here http://support.legacyfamilytree.com/. Knowledge Base articles provide information about the many topics related to Legacy Family Tree software and related products.  

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If you ever get an error message box in Legacy type the error number in the Search box, i.e. "error 91" (no quotes). Most of the time you can clear the error yourself using the instructions provided.

From now on, instead of just searching for the information you need, bookmark it for later or share it whichever way you like!

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Find tech tips every day in the Facebook Legacy User Group. The group is free and is available to anyone with a Facebook account.

For video tech tips checkout the Legacy Quick Tips page.  These short videos will make it easy for you to learn all sort of fun and interesting ways to look at your genealogy research.

Michele Simmons Lewis is part of the technical support team at Millennia, the makers of the Legacy Family Tree software program. With over 20 years of research experience, Michele’s passion is helping new genealogists get started on the right foot through her writings, classes and lectures. She is the former staff genealogist and weekly columnist for the McDuffie Mirror and now authors Ancestoring, a blog geared toward the beginner/intermediate researcher.

 

 


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Few researchers realize that many early federal and state laws were private laws -specifically for the benefit of individuals or families. The records can be fabulous for genealogists. Learn how to find these genealogical gems in federal and state collections.

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How Do I Know That's My Ancestor? Free webinar by Amy Johnson Crow now online for limited time

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The recording of today's webinar, "How Do I Know That's My Ancestor?" by Amy Johnson Crow is now available to view for free for a limited time at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com. 

People with the same name. Nicknames. Changing names. How do you know if the record you're looking at is referring to your ancestor? Learn how to examine information so you can tell if it's your ancestor and not just someone with the same name.

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  • Getting to Know Findmypast - Your Source for British and Irish Genealogy by Jen Baldwin. April 6.
  • Confirming Enslaved Ancestors Utilizing DNA by Melvin Collier. April 8.
  • U.S. Land Records - State Land States by Mary Hill. April 13.
  • Fire Insurance Maps - The Google Maps of Their Day by Jill Morelli. April 20.
  • England and Wales - Rummaging in the Parish Chests by Kirsty Gray. April 27.
  • Google Drive for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. May 4.
  • Dirty Pictures - Save Your Family Photos from Ruin by Denise Levenick. May 11.
  • Messages from the Grave - Listening to Your Ancestor's Tombstone by Elissa Scalise Powell. May 13.
  • Mining the Über-sites for German Ancestors by Jim Beidler. May 18.
  • Discover American Ancestors (NEHGS) by Lindsay Fulton. May 25.
  • Get the Most from AmericanAncestors.org by Claire Vail. June 1.
  • Researching Your Washington State Ancestors by Mary Roddy. June 8.
  • Introduction to the Freedmen's Bureau by Angela Walton-Raji. June 10.
  • Ticked Off! Those Pesky Pre-1850 Census Tic Marks by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. June 15.
  • Digging Deeper in German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau. June 22.
  • Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA? by Diahan Southard. June 29.
  • Navigating Naturalization Records by Lisa Alzo. July 6.
  • A Genealogist's Guide to Heraldry by Shannon Combs-Bennett. July 13.
  • Finding French Ancestors by Luana Darby. July 15.
  • Organize Your Online Life by Lisa Louise Cooke. July 20.
  • Researching Women - Community Cookbooks and What They Tell Us About Our Ancestors by Gena Philibert-Ortega. July 27.
  • The Germanic French - Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families by John Philip Colletta. July 30.
  • Solutions for Missing and Scarce Records by Tom Jones. July 30.
  • Getting Started with Microsoft PowerPoint by Thomas MacEntee. August 3.
  • The Battle for Bounty Land - War of 1812 and Mexican-American Wars by Beth Foulk. August 10.
  • Homestead Act of 1862 - Following the Witnesses by Bernice Bennett. August 12.
  • Successfully Applying to a Lineage Society by Amy Johnson Crow. August 17.
  • Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry by Brian Donovan. August 24.
  • The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions by Judy Russell. September 14.
  • Clooz - A Document-Based Software Companion by Richard Thomas. September 16.
  • How to Use FamilySearch.org for Beginners by Devin Ashby. September 21.
  • Beginning Polish Genealogy by Lisa Alzo and Jonathan Shea. September 28.
  • AHA! Analysis of Handwriting for Genealogical Research by Ron Arons. October 5.
  • Time and Place - Using Genealogy's Cross-Hairs by Jim Beidler. October 12.
  • Finding Your Ancestors' German Hometown by Ursula Krause. October 14.
  • Social History Websites That Bring Your Ancestor's Story to Life by Gena Philibert-Ortega. October 19.
  • Flip for Flickr - Share, Store and Save Your Family Photos by Maureen Taylor. October 26.
  • Analysis and Correlation - Two Keys to Sound Conclusions by Chris Staats. November 2.
  • Publishing a Genealogy E-Book by Thomas MacEntee. November 9.
  • Dating Family Photographs by Jane Neff Rollins. November 16.
  • Nature & Nurture - Family History for Adoptees by Janet Hovorka and Amy Slade. November 18.
  • Multi-Media Story Telling by Devin Ashby. November 30.
  • Becoming a Genealogy Detective by Sharon Atkins. December 7.
  • From the Heartland - Utilizing Online Resources in Midwest Research by Luana Darby. December 14.
  • Tracing Your European Ancestors by Julie Goucher. December 16.
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Free Legacy Family Tree update now available (version 8.0.0.544)

We have another great new update for our Legacy Family Tree 8 users (free) for you to download. It provides:

  • 345 brand new and updated Research Guidance suggestions,
  • fixes to some minor issues you have reported to us,

So download the update to get the best Legacy ever!

See the download instructions below for step-by-step instructions on installing this update.

What's New

Research Guidance. Legacy's exclusive, built-in Research Guidance, takes a look at what you already know about an ancestor, then gives you a prioritized list of research links and suggestions - all based on when and where your ancestor lived. Beginners love the guidance; experienced researchers love the checklist as a way to not overlook potential sources. Below is the list of new and updated Research Guidance sources added in this update. Click here for an overview of using Research Guidance.

New / updated (345)

1825 Census of Lower Canada
1842 Census of Canada East
1851 Census of Canada
1861 Census of Canada
1871 Census of Canada
1881 Census of Canada
1891 Census of Canada
1901 Census of Canada
1906 Census of Canada
1911 Census of Canada
1911 England Census
1911 Wales Census
1916 Census of Canada
1921 Census of Canada
Alabama Coal Mine Fatalities, 1898-1938
Alabama Inventors, 1821-present
Alabama Local Databases
Alabama, Episcopal Church Registers Index, 1832-1972
Alabama, Jefferson County Probate Court, Loose Records, 1852-1936
Alabama, Marriage Indexes, 1814-1935
Alabama, Revolutionary War Residents, 1776-1783
Alabama, WWI Gold Star Index, 1917-1918
Alaska State Archives (repository)
Alaska, Passenger and Crew Manifests, 1906-1963
Alaska, Vital Records, 1816-1959
Ancestral Findings (repository)
Ancestry.ca (repository)
Arizona, State Court Naturalization Records, 1869-1976
Arizona, Wills and Probate Records, 1803-1995
Augusta, Georgia Cemetery Records, 1750-present
Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration (District Registers), 1839-1938
Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records, 1829-2001
Birmingham (AL) Public Library (repository)
British Columbia Baptisms Index (1836-1888)
British Columbia Birth Index and Images (1854-1903)
British Columbia Colonial Marriages Index (1859-1872)
British Columbia Death Index (1872-1993)
British Columbia Marriage Index and Images (1872-1938)
British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938
California, Naturalization Records, 1887-1991
California, Railroad Employment Records, 1862-1950
Canadian Directories Collection, 1861-1901
Chester County, Pennsylvania (repository)
Chester County, Pennsylvania, Poor School Children, 1810-1841
Chester County, Pennsylvania, Poorhouse Records, 1800-1910
China Cemetery Records, 1820-1983
China Collection of Genealogies, 1239-2014
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2014
Cross Creek, Pennsylvania, Cemetery Index, 1780 - 1893
Cuban Genealogy Center (repository)
Cuban Passengers Database, 1500-1900
Delaware State Census, 1671
Delaware State Census, 1693
Digital Library of the Caribbean (repository)
England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887
Enrique Hurtado de Mendoza Collection of Cuban Genealogy
Fargo, North Dakota, Passenger Lists, 1958
Florida and South Carolina, Airplane Arrival Manifests, 1944-1945
Florida Passenger Lists, 1898-1963
Germany, Hesse, Frankfurt, Civil Registration Deaths Indexes, 1928-1978
Grabsteine
Greene County, Missouri Archives and Records Center (repository)
Greene County, Missouri Archives and Records Center Online Databases (11 databases)
Guam, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1947-1952
Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937
Idaho Death Certificates, 1938-1961
Idaho, Birth Index, 1861-1911
Idaho, Birth Index, 1861-1914, Stillbirth Index, 1905-1964
Idaho, Marriage Index, 1842-1964, 1975-1996
Illinois State Archives Online Databases
Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994
Illinois, Select United Methodist Church Records, 1824-2009
Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999
India Births and Baptisms, 1786-1947
India Deaths and Burials, 1719-1948
India Marriages, 1792-1948
India, Archdiocese of Goa, Roman Catholic Priesthood Candidates, 1724-1996
India, Bihar, Koilukh, Pandit Kirtinand Jha, Maithil Brahmin Genealogical Records, 1750-1990
India, Gujarat Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1854-2012
India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, 1194-2015
India, Jharkhand, B. Deoghar, Singh Darwaja, Pandit Dharam Rakshni Sabha, Marriage Records, 1958-2013
India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990
India, Punjab, Moga Land Ownership Pedigrees, 1887-1958
Indiana Archives and Records Administration (repository)
Indiana Digital Archives (6 databases)
Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007
Indiana Supreme Court - Public Access (repository)
Indiana, County Marriage Indexes, 1993-2015
Indiana, Marion Public Library Death Index, 1812-2015
Indiana, United Methodist Church Records, 1837-1970
Indiana, Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Banjarnegara, Naturalization Records, 1960-2012
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Banyumas, Naturalization Records, 1954-2012
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Boyolali, Naturalization and Citizenship Records, 1960-2011
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Ciamis District Court Records, 1950-2014
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Jepara, Court Records, 1960-2013
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Kebumen, Naturalization Records, 1951-2013
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Kudus, District Court Naturalization Records, 1958-2013
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Mungkid, District Court Records, 1985-2013
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Pati, Naturalization Records, 1960-2013
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Pekalongan District Court Records, 1977-2003
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Pemalang, District Court Records, 1961-2013
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Purwodadi, Citizenship Records, 1960-2012
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Purwokerto, Miscellaneous Government Records, 1950-2012
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Rembang, District Court Naturalization Records, 1953-2013
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Ungaran, District Court Naturalization Records, 1975-2014
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Wonogiri, District Court Records, 1925-2013
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Wonosobo, Naturalization Records, 1927-2011
Italy, Reggio Calabria, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1784-1943
Jackson County, Missouri Marriage License Index and Images, 1826-current
Jackson County, Missouri Recorder of Deeds (repository)
Japan Census Records, 1661-1875
Japan Genealogies, 1700-1900
Japan Passenger Lists, 1893-1941
Japan Village Records, 709-1949
Kansas County Marriages, 1855-1911
Kansas Marriages, 1811-1911
Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961
Kansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1803-1987
Kentucky Death Index, 1911-1992
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (repository)
Kentucky Divorce Index, 1973-1993
Kentucky Marriage Index, 1973-1993
Kentucky, Death Records, 1852-1963
Kentucky, Divorce Records, 1962-2005
Korea Civil Service Examinations and Records of Officials and Employees, 1392-1910
Korea Collection of Genealogies, 1500-2012
Korea, Social Life and Customs
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mennonite Vital Records, 1750-1940
Lawrence County, Alabama Archives (repository)
Lawrence County, Alabama Archives Online Databases, 1818-1947
Lehigh and Berks Counties, Pennsylvania: Helffrich Pastoral Records
Liberia, Marriage Records, 1941-1974
Loudon County, Tennessee, Cemetery Inscription Index, 1814 - 1998
Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1813-1963
Lousiana State Archives (repository)
Maine State Archives (repository)
Maine State Census, 1837
Maine, Military Index, 1917-1920
Maine, Passenger Lists, 1894-1962
Manitoba, 1870 Census
Maryland County Marriages, 1658-1940
Maryland, Church Records, 1668-1995
Massachusetts, Delayed and Corrected Vital Records, 1753-1900
Mesa County, Colorado, Marriage Index, 1883-2010
Michigan Historical Center and State Archives (repository)
Michigan, Death Index, 1867-1940
Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1950
Minnesota Veteran's Grave Index, 1838-1964
Minnesota, Alien Registration Index, 1918
Minnesota, Iron Range Research Center Records
Minnesota, Iron Range Research Center Records
Minnesota, Women in Industry, 1919
Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1964
Missouri, Methodist Church Records, 1856-1970
Missouri, Pre-WWII Adjutant General Enlistment Contracts, 1900-1941
Morris County, New Jersey, Cemetery Inscriptions, 1718-1893
National Parks Service (repository
Nebraska Church Records
Nebraska, Wills and Probate Records, 1806-1989
Nevada State Census, 1875
Nevada, Naturalization Petitions, 1956-1991
New Brunswick Births, 1800-1965
New Brunswick Deaths, 1800-1965
New Brunswick Marriages, 1800-1965
New Castle Delaware Community History and Archaelogy Program (repository)
New Jersey, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1956-1964
New Jersey, United Methodist Church Records, 1800-1970
New York, Irish Immigrant Arrival Records, 1846-1851
New York, Military Equipment Claims, War of 1812
New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1891-1924
New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
New York, Rensselaer County, Index to Marriage Records, 1908-1935
New Zealand, Auckland, Waikumete Cemetery Records, 1886-1943
North Carolina, Civil Marriages, 1763-1868
North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1976
North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011
North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998
North Dakota Military Men, 1917-1918
Oak Hill Memorial Cemetery Inscriptions (Birmingham, AL), 1871-2014
Obituary Index: Birmingham (AL) Area Newspapers, 1818-1996
Ohio Genealogical Society (repository)
Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1942
Oklahoma, Territorial Census, 1890
Oklahoma, Territorial Census, 1907
Oklahoma, Wills and Probate Records, 1801-2008
Ontario, 1871 Census
Oregon State Archives (repository)
Oregon, Compiled Census Index, 1841-1890
Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963
Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Application Files, WWII, 1950-1966
Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993
Pennsylvania, WWI Veterans Service and Compensation Files, 1917-1919, 1934-1948
Philippines Births and Baptisms, 1642-1994
Philippines Civil Registration (Archives Division), 1902-1945
Philippines Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1984
Philippines Civil Registration (National), 1945-1984
Philippines Civil Registration (Spanish Period), 1706-1911
Philippines Court Records, 1838-1936
Philippines Deaths and Burials, 1726-1957
Philippines Marriages, 1723-1957
Philippines, Biliran, Diocese of Naval Parish Registers, 1818-1978
Philippines, Camarines Sur, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Caceres, Parish Registers, 1716-1977
Philippines, Eastern Samar, Roman Catholic Diocese of Borongan, Parish Registers, 1842-1984
Philippines, La Union, Diocese of San Fernando de La Union, 1801-1984
Philippines, Lingayen-Dagupan Catholic Archdiocese Parish Registers, 1615-1982
Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899-1984
Philippines, Negros Occidental, Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod, Parish Registers, 1755-1976
Philippines, Northern Samar, Roman Catholic Diocese of Catarman, Church Records, 1860-1983
Philippines, Pangasinan, Civil Registration, 1945-1981
Portugal Baptisms, 1570-1910
Portugal Deaths, 1640-1910
Portugal Marriages, 1670-1910
Portugal Passport Registers and Application Files, 1800-1946
Portugal, Aveiro, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1911
Portugal, Aveiro, Passport Registers, 1882-1965
Portugal, Aveiro, Testaments, 1900-1936
Portugal, Beja, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1913
Portugal, Beja, Civil Registration and Miscellaneous Records, 1609-1950
Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911
Portugal, Braga, Priest Application Files (Genere et Moribus), 1596-1911
Portugal, Bragança, Catholic Church Records, 1541-1985
Portugal, Castelo Branco, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1911
Portugal, Coimbra, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911
Portugal, Coimbra, Civil Registration, 1893-1980
Portugal, Coimbra, Passport Registers and Application Files, 1835-1938
Portugal, Coimbra, Testaments, 1801-1935
Portugal, Évora, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1912
Portugal, Évora, Civil Registration and Miscellaneous Records, 1554-1938
Portugal, Faro, Catholic Church Records, 1587-1880
Portugal, Guarda, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911
Portugal, Lamego, Diocesan Records, 1529-1963
Portugal, Leiria, Catholic Church Records, 1534-1911
Portugal, Leiria, Passport Registers, 1861-1901
Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records, 1859-1911
Portugal, Portalegre, Civil Registration and Miscellaneous Records, 1816-1935
Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949
Portugal, Santarém, Catholic Church Records, 1544-1911
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911
Portugal, Setúbal, Civil Registration and Miscellaneous Records, 1649-1936
Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537-1911
Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Miscellaneous Records, 1636-1962
Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1941
Portugal, Vila Real, Diocesan Records, 1575-1992
Portugal, Viseu, Catholic Church Records, 1523-1989
Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (repository)
Puerto Rico, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1901-1962
Rapid City (SD) Society for Genealogical Research (Repository)
Rapid City (SD) Society for Genealogical Research Online Databases (6 databases)
Records of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick
Red Mountain Cemetery Record of Interments (Birmingham, AL), 1886-1906
Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1835-1974
Rhode Island Census, 1774
Rhode Island, State Censuses, 1865-1935
Rhode Island, Wills and Probate Records, 1582-1932
Royal BC Museum (repository)
Shadow Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery Interments (Birmingham, AL), 1863-present
Soldiers and Sailors Database (Civil War)
South Africa, Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive), 1838-1991
South Carolina Death Index, 1915-1962
South Carolina, Passenger Lists, 1906-1962
South Dakota, Birth Index, 1856-1915
Southern Claims Commission Allowed Claims, 1871-1880
Spain Baptisms, 1502-1940
Spain Deaths, 1600-1920
Spain Marriages, 1565-1950
Spain Records of Widows and Orphans of Spanish Officers, 1826-1960
Spain, Cádiz, Testaments, 1531-1920
Spain, Cantabria, Passports, 1785-1863
Spain, Catastro de Ensenada, 1749-1756
Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307-1985
Spain, Consular Records of Emigrants, 1808-1960
Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records, 1504-1979
Spain, Diocese of Ávila, Catholic Church Records, 1502-1975
Spain, Diocese of Lugo, Catholic Parish Records, 1550-1966
Spain, Diocese of Santander, Catholic Church Records, 1538-1985
Spain, Diocese of Segovia, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1987
Spain, Province of Alicante, Municipal Records, 1762-1921
Spain, Province of Almería, Municipal Records, 1587-1900
Spain, Province of Asturias, Municipal Records, 1470-1897
Spain, Province of Badajoz, Municipal Records, 1519-1641
Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1387-1986
Spain, Province of Cádiz, Civil Registration, 1870-1960
Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784-1956
Spain, Province of Cádiz, Passports, 1810-1866
Spain, Province of Castellón, Municipal Records, 1732-1952
Spain, Province of Ciudad Real, Municipal Records, 1519-1527
Spain, Province of Córdoba, Municipal Records, 1509-1947
Spain, Province of Gerona, Municipal Records, 1566-1956
Spain, Province of Granada, Catholic Pre-Marriage Investigation Files, 1556-1899
Spain, Province of Granada, Miscellaneous Records, 1592-1900
Spain, Province of Granada, Municipal Records, 1607-1955
Spain, Province of Huelva, Municipal Records, 1760-1950
Spain, Province of Jaén, Municipal Records, 1519-1941
Spain, Province of La Coruña, Municipal Records, 1648-1941
Spain, Province of León, Municipal Records, 1642-1897
Spain, Province of Lérida, Municipal Records, 1319-1959
Spain, Province of Lugo, Municipal Records, 1703-1950
Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records, 1760-1956
Spain, Province of Murcia, Municipal Records, 1500-1924
Spain, Province of Segovia, Municipal Records, 1718-1920
Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records, 1293-1966
Spain, Province of Tarragona, Municipal Records, 1430-1943
Spain, Province of Valencia, Miscellaneous Records, 1251-1950
Spain, Province of Valencia, Municipal Records, 1611-1935
Summit County, Ohio, Marriage Records, 1840-1980
Tennessee Civil Marriages, 1838-1888
Tennessee, Wills and Probate Records, 1779-2008
Texas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1820-1890
Texas, Wills and Probate Records, 1833-1974
The Birmingham (AL) Black Barons, 1919-1962
The Genealogical Society of New Jersey (repository)
The Victoria History series (English counties) - 37 counties updated to now include all volumes for each county
Tulare County, California, Sheriff's Office and Jail Records, 1874-1963
U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
U.S., Cemetery and Funeral Home Collection, 1847 - 2015
U.S., Chicago and North Western Railroad Employment Records, 1935-1970
U.S., Definitive List of Slaves and Property, 1827-1828
U.S., Departing Passenger and Crew Lists, 1914-1962
U.S., Dutch Reformed Church Records in Selected States, 1639-1989
U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940
U.S., Lists of Merchant Seamen Lost in WWI, 1914-1919
U.S., Merchant Marine Applications for License of Officers, 1914-1949
U.S., Obituary Collection, 1930 - 2015
U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012
U.S., Select Crew Lists and Manifests, 1890-1963
U.S., Selected States Dutch Reformed Church Membership Records, 1701-1995
Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1734-1920
United States, Freedmen's Bureau Marriages, 1861-1872
Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964
Utah, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1850-1890
Utah, Weber, Ogden, John David Eccles Photograph Collection, 1951-1976
Verein für Computergenealogie (Repository)
Vermont, Birth Records, 1909-2008
Vermont, Death Records, 1909-2008
Vermont, Marriage Records, 1909-2008
Vigo County (IN) Library (repository)
Wabash Valley (IN) Obituary Index, 1900-current
Washington, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1882-1961
Western Michigan Genealogical Society (repository)
Western Michigan Genealogical Society Online Databases (18 databases)
WPA Index to Alabama Biography

 

What's Been Fixed

View the March 4 release notes here. 

How to Update

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Register for Webinar Wednesday - How Do I Know That's MY Ancestor? by Amy Johnson Crow

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People with the same name. Nicknames. Changing names. How do you know if the record you're looking at is referring to your ancestor? Learn how to examine information so you can tell if it's your ancestor and not just someone with the same name.

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AmyJohnsonCrow-144x144Amy Johnson Crow is a Certified Genealogist, author, editor, and lecturer. She is a regular presenter at national and state genealogy conferences. Amy was the series editor for the National Genealogical Society Guides, published by Rutledge Hill Press, and was the co-author of Online Roots. Amy was the founding editor of the Ohio Civil War Genealogy Journal, published by the Ohio Genealogical Society. She has served on several national and state boards. Amy holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree from Kent State University, with a concentration in digital libraries. Her roots run deep in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic and she has a special interest in military research.

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