20 May 2008

Ancestry: Future databases, recent additions

Ancestry.com is planning the addition of future databases. Read CEO Tim Sullivan's press release in its entirety (link below) but here's just some of what will be coming down the genealogy road on the for-fee subscription site.

The current Ancestry claim is 7 billion names in more than 25,000 databases and titles.

I am particularly interested in the future Canadian Passenger Lists (1865-1935). I finally found my great-grandfather in the Ancestry border crossings database, and hope to find his actual arrival information when that database is made available.

Recently released US databases

Censuses and voter records for California and New Jersey; U.S. Naturalization Records Indexes (1794-1995) and U.S. Passport Applications (1795-1925); US Army, Register of Enlistments (1798-1914), Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans (1879-1903), and US Navy Cruise Books (1940 onward); vital records for Tennessee, Missouri, North Carolina; U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists (1862-1918) and US General Land Office Records (1796-1907).

Future US content

Historical newspapers
Cook County, Illinois Birth, Marriage, and Death Records (1871-1988)
U.S. Yearbook Collection
U.S. City Directories
Florida State Census (update)

International Sites

In addition to Germany, Italy, France and Sweden, Canada, UK, Australia, Ancestry is working on an exclusive agreement with the Shanghai Library to digitize and index its unique collection of Chinese family histories (Jiapu). Both Chinese-and Spanish language Ancestry sites will be introduced.

Recent International Content

Drouin Collection of French-Canadian Vital and Church Records (1621-1967)
Slave Registers of former British Colonial Dependencies (1812-1834)
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards (1914-1920)
Griffith’s Valuation of Ireland (1848-1864)
German City Directories (1797-1945)
Ontario, Canada Births, Marriages, and Deaths
Swedish Emigration Records (1783-1951)

Future International Content

Chinese Jiapu Collection (2000 BC-1950s)
Bremen Ships Content (1815-1917)
British Army Service Records (1914-1920)
Canadian Passenger Lists (1865-1935)
Paris Vital Records (1798-1902)
Deutsche Telecom (1881-1981)
Australian Free Settlers Collection (1826-1922)
Como Italian Tribunals (1866-1936)
Inbound UK Passenger Lists (1878-1960)

For details on each database, read the full press release here.

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