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  • 28 Mar 2022 8:54 AM | Anonymous

    This week will see a major event for U.S. genealogists. This is an event that only happens once every ten years. On Friday,  April 1, the National Archives (NARA) will release the 1950 U,S,. census records.

    The census was sequestered by law for 72 years. If you were born after April 1, 1950, you will not appear.

    You will be able to view the census for free at a number of websites, including, and There isn’t currently a complete index, but the National Archives (NARA) has posted a name and location index on a separate website.

    To learn more, go to, as well as for various webinars about the index. Other groups have begun creating their own index, including

    In the meantime, in order to find your family members, you need to know where they were living in 1950. Then, if you use Stephen Morse’s guide to the enumeration districts at, you will know where to start looking. Search for the state, the county and then the district and browse until you find the street and your family.

    Various national and local groups are participating in helping further index the 1950 census. and the National Genealogical Society, working together, are the lead groups and are inviting local societies to participate.

    OK, here is a question for you: Who is the first person you are going to look up in the 1950 census? A parent? A grandparent? Someone else?

    As for me, I have a simple answer to that question. I am going to look up... myself. After spending hundreds of hours looking at various census records (and more) over the past 37 years, I am finally going to look for my own record.

    Oooops! I just revealed my age!

  • 28 Mar 2022 8:46 AM | Anonymous

    A comprehensive index of more than 6,000 Gaelic songs composed, sung, or published in Nova Scotia were launched during a live event in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia on Saturday, March 26, 2022 in what is called the 'Language in Lyrics’ Project.

    For the past four years, Cape Breton University’s Dr. Heather Sparling, Canada Research Chair in Musical Traditions and Professor of Ethnomusicology, together with co-applicants Roibeard (‘Robby’) Ó Maolalaigh, Professor of Gaelic and Celtic Studies at Glasgow University, and Lewis MacKinnon, Director of Nova Scotia Gaelic Affairs, have led a team of researchers to compile the Nova Scotia Gaelic song index by drawing from print media, archival recordings, and private collections. The goal was to identify songs that could provide the foundations of a Nova Scotia Gaelic language corpus, which could be used for research, analysis, and possibly a future dictionary of Nova Scotia Gaelic.

    You can read more in the Cape Breton University web site at

  • 25 Mar 2022 6:50 PM | Anonymous

    The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

    Storing information "in the cloud" have fewer security issues than storing data on your own hard drive or in a flash drive but that doesn’t mean that you can ignore the security issues involved. security issues, although not as many. Luckily, those issues are also easily solved. Let's start first with a definition of the cloud.

    What is The Cloud?

    The word "cloud" is a collective term. The cloud is not a single thing. Rather, it is a collection of hardware, software, data, and networks. It exists in thousands of data centers located around the world. No one company or government controls the cloud; it is a collection of many things owned and operated by thousands of different corporations and non-profit organizations.

    The cloud also may be envisioned as the next evolution beyond the World Wide Web. While the original World Wide Web delivered information one-way to the user, the cloud does all that and more. The cloud provides two-way data as well as multi-user and even collaborative applications. Do you use Google Docs? If so, you are already using the cloud. Do you use Find-A-Grave? If so, you are already using the cloud. Do you pay bills online? If so, you are already using the cloud. The same is true for Facebook, Flickr, Shutterfly, Twitter, Mozy, Carbonite, Gmail, and thousands of other cloud-based services.

    On thing that is radically different with using the cloud is that applications may be stored in remote servers located around the world, not in your own computer’s hard drive. However, the use of remote applications, or “apps,” stored in the cloud is optional; you can still continue to use the applications stored in your own computer or use the apps in the cloud or, in some cases, even use a combination of both.

    Gmail is a good example of using software in the cloud.

    The remainder of this article is reserved for Plus Edition subscribers only. If you have a Plus Edition subscription, you may read the full article at:*)-Plus-Edition-News-Articles/12681343.

    If you are not yet a Plus Edition subscriber, you can learn more about such subscriptions and even upgrade to a Plus Edition subscription immediately at

  • 25 Mar 2022 4:55 PM | Anonymous

    The Congregational Library & Archives is pleased to announce the launch of its digital archive which contains over 100,000 images across more than 4,000 extraordinary historical records that illuminate New England history. Records from over 100 New England churches in 90 communities, with most records dating between 1634 and 1850, are freely available for those interested in learning more about the history of their state, community, or family.

    Congregational church records in CLA’s collection offer a rich and remarkable view of life in colonial and early-American New England. Well before the writing of the Constitution, each member in the early Puritan churches had an equal vote, with the power to govern themselves and to choose their own ministers. The records of these congregations document births, deaths, and marriages, but also open a window onto the lives of ordinary people deliberating on matters both sacred and secular. For much of the colonial period, church business was town business, and so beyond the usual information on births, deaths, and marriages, church records show ordinary people making decisions about property, taxation, and their representation in the larger affairs of the colony or state.

    You can read more at:

  • 25 Mar 2022 4:46 PM | Anonymous

    UMass Boston’s Joseph P. Healey Library has launched RoPA, the Roadmap for Participatory Archiving, at

    Supported in part by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), RoPA is an online resource designed to guide libraries and cultural organizations through the process of collaborating with community members to plan engaging and inclusive participatory archiving events and to create digital collections. 

    RoPA is a response to an increasing interest in public digitization events, which are part of the emerging phenomenon of participatory archiving. At these events—commonly called “scanning days” or “digitization days”—individuals connected with a theme, topic, event, or community come together to share personal and family photographs and stories, which are copied and added to a digital collection.

    More and more, librarians and museum curators recognize the potential for these types of projects to break down hierarchies and enrich local, regional, and national histories. By playing an active role in selecting and describing what should be preserved in an archival collection, community members can transform our collective understanding of the past. Through participatory archiving, these groups come together to build a more inclusive archival record.

    “We created RoPA to answer calls from colleagues around the country for guidance on how to undertake participatory archiving projects in their own communities,” explains Carolyn Goldstein, coordinator of the Healey Library’s Mass. Memories Road Show program.

    The Mass. Memories Road Show is a statewide, event-based participatory archiving program pioneered by UMass Boston that documents people, places, and events in Massachusetts history through family photographs and stories. For this program, archivists and public historians in the Healey Library at UMass Boston work in partnership with local planning teams and volunteers to organize free public events where individuals bring photographs to be copied and included in a digital archive. Since its launch in 2004, the Mass. Memories Road Show has digitized more than 12,000 photographs and stories from across the Commonwealth, creating an educational resource of primary sources for future generations.

    You can

  • 25 Mar 2022 4:37 PM | Anonymous

    Professional and avid amateur photographers alike spend a lot of time and money obtaining the best cameras possible, often constrained only by the limits of their financial resources. I have seen more than one amateur photographer traveling with a huge bag stuffed with cameras, lenses, strobe flash devices, tripods, and more. However, my impression is that the more items you carry, the greater the likelihood of missing the best shots. By the time the photographer removes the needed equipment from the camera bag, connects everything together, and fiddles with the settings, the "spur of the moment" shot has passed. More than one “Kodak moment” has been missed because of the complexity of the camera equipment being used.

    Of course, there is another problem: are you going to carry that heavy camera bag full of gadgets with you everywhere you go? Sure, you will carry it when you expect opportunities to arise, but what about those unexpected opportunities? Will you carry that camera bag to the grocery store? To the gas station? You never know when a picture opportunity will appear in front of you. Wildlife crossing the road, children at play, a beautiful sunset, an auto accident, and other "picture opportunities" will not wait until you can get your camera and accessories set up.

    In fact, you probably have a very good camera, and there is a high probability that you are already carrying it with you everywhere. In fact, it is probably a better camera than anything you were using a few years ago.

    Today's smartphones not only take very good photographs, but they also capture video and will even record audio. Not bad for a tiny device that is almost always on your belt, in your pocket, or in your purse!

    The camera that is built into the modern smartphone has many uses that a genealogist will find both helpful and convenient. You can use it to take digital photographs of original records when visiting a local county courthouse. You can also take pictures of pages in a book while at the library. Even better, you can find several OCR (optical character recognition) apps for iPhone and Android phones that will convert the text in those images into computer-readable text.

    The same smartphone also will help you find courthouses or your great-grandparents' homestead by using its internal GPS and a mapping program. You can even carry your entire genealogy database, including pictures and notes about source citations, with you at all times.

    Of course, you can also use the same mobile device for dozens of other tasks: keep your agenda in a digital calendar, read and write email, surf the web for all sorts of purposes, measure your heart rate, keep your shopping list, keep your spouse's clothing sizes for reference when buying gifts, check for lower prices of items you find in a store (by scanning the UPC code), manage your finances, avoid speed traps, store business cards, store important documents, record notes (either as text or as recorded audio notes), play music, watch movies, store recipes, set an alarm clock, scan a receipt for tax purposes, translate foreign language text, find nearby restaurants, stores, gas stations, and ATMs, tune a guitar, and play games. There are apps available for all these activities and many more.

    Oh yes, your smartphone can also make telephone calls.

    How good a camera is in your smartphone? Internal cameras in smartphones vary widely, but most of today's units can take 8-megapixel pictures or better. If you wish to print photos, keep in mind that 300 pixels per inch (PPI) is widely accepted to be as sharp as the eye can see for photo prints. A 5x7-inch photo at 300 PPI weighs in at 3 megapixels while an 8-by-10-inch photo requires about 8 megapixels for good-looking prints.

    In addition to the size and quality of the lens and sensor, there's also the image processor to consider. However, the quality of image processing is much more difficult to measure. Most modern, high-end smartphones have dedicated graphics processors built into the processor chip. Since these processors are hardware-accelerated and not just software-dependent, they can quickly render images like photos, videos, and games without overtaxing the main application processor.

    While the camera in your phone suffices for everyday pictures, you can get SLR-quality photos with the purchase of add-on adapters. Some companies offer adapters that let you use your camera lenses on the iPhone, and others offer their own lenses.

    Of course, you are not limited to still photography. There are many ways to take advantage of your phone’s video and audio capabilities as well. A 20- or 30-second clip of a child blowing out birthday candles can be a priceless video to be shared for generations. Want to interview an older relative about his or her life and about long-deceased relatives they remember? Use the audio recording capabilities built into your phone. You may need an audio recording app, but dozens of those are available free or at very low cost in your phone's app store. One of my favorites, the free Evernote app will record up to 2 hours in an audio note for free accounts and up to 4 hours for premium accounts.

    In short, a smartphone is one of the best tools available for genealogists and millions of others alike. Best of all, this small package is normally close by, wherever you are.

    If you are thinking of purchasing a new digital camera, I would suggest that you might instead invest in a higher quality smartphone than what you already have. The most expensive smartphones of today will usually cost less than the combination of a cheap cell phone and a good camera. With a good quality smartphone, you have all sorts of other applications available as well!

    If you haven’t done so already, invest in a car charging kit to help make sure your phone is ready when you want to use it. These chargers cost ten to twenty dollars each and are available in thousands of retail outlets. A charger that plugs into your auto's dashboard power connector is also great insurance for extended power outages, such as hurricanes, blizzards, and other disasters that can rip power lines and telephone lines off the street-side poles. An automobile battery can keep a cell phone powered on and operational for weeks, even when standard telephones are useless. I leave a charger cord in my automobile's glove box all the time.

    Besides the ability to make telephone calls whenever needed, a good smartphone ensures that you will always be ready to capture your family history as it’s being made.

  • 25 Mar 2022 2:36 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    And with 169 new and updated newspaper titles, there are more stories than ever before.

    This week, we have two additions to existing record sets and one entirely new collection, so if you've been struggling to locate an ancestor in our indexes before today, make sure to take a look.

    Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions

    Nearly 4,000 new records have been added to this existing collection covering seven parishes across the country. These include biographical details for an ancestor. Some families were buried together, so more relatives can be found by exploring one record. Some records include original images, and the collection as a whole ranges from 1485 to 2019. 

    Military Nurses 1856-1994 

     Another 9,000 transcripts have been added to this existing collection, which mainly focuses on the nurses who served in the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service, the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (Reserve), and the Territorial Force Nursing Service during the First World War. The available detail varies, possibly including an ancestor’s rank, qualifications and training. 

    Indian Navy Records of Service 1840-1947 

    Find an ancestor’s name rank, regiment, and time served with over 1,800 new transcriptions, published in partnership with The British Library.


    A staggering 22 new titles arrive in Findmypast’s historical newspaper collection this week, plus 147 existing titles have been updated with new pages. 

    New titles:

    • Bebington News, 1987-1988
    • Brentwood Gazette, 1988-1989
    • Carlisle Examiner and North Western Advertiser, 1857-1870
    • Caterham Mirror, 1988
    • Clevedon Mercury, 1872
    • Dumfries & Galloway Courier and Herald, 1884-1894, 1896
    • East Cleveland Herald & Post, 1987-1988
    • Grantown Supplement, 1894-1912
    • Ilfracombe Chronicle, 1882, 1888
    • Isle of Thanet Gazette and Thanet Times, 1877
    • Kent Times, 1875-1889, 1891-1912
    • McPhun’s Australian News, 1853-1855
    • Middlesbrough Herald & Post, 1987
    • Newmarket Weekly News, 1889
    • Radnorshire Standard, 1898-1909
    • Royston Weekly News, 1907, 1910
    • Rugeley Mercury, 1889
    • Ruislip & Northwood Gazette, 1988
    • Salford Advertiser, 1987-1988
    • Uttoxeter Newsletter, 1987
    • Wembley Leader, 1988
    • Woodford and District Advertiser, 1906-1915

    Updated titles:

    • Abergele & Pensarn Visitor, 1987
    • Acton Gazette, 1986
    • Aldershot News, 1986
    • Annandale Herald and Moffat News, 1886-1888
    • Annandale Observer and Advertiser, 1891
    • Ashbourne News Telegraph, 1989
    • Atherstone News and Herald, 1886, 1891, 1893
    • Bacup Times and Rossendale Advertiser, 1873
    • Banbury Beacon, 1897
    • Barnsley Chronicle, etc., 1897
    • Beckenham Journal, 1912
    • Bedfordshire Mercury, 1911
    • Bedfordshire on Sunday, 1991
    • Bexhill-on-Sea Chronicle, 1899-1905, 1907-1910
    • Birkenhead News, 1987
    • Birmingham Daily Post, 1992
    • Birmingham Mail, 1898, 1991
    • Birmingham Weekly Mercury, 1989, 1992
    • Birmingham Weekly Post, 1910
    • Blackburn Times, 1888
    • Blackpool Gazette & Herald, 1897
    • Bournemouth Daily Echo, 1911
    • Bridge of Allan Reporter, 1875, 1877
    • Bridport News, 1870
    • Brighton Guardian, 1876
    • Brighton Herald, 1870
    • Buckinghamshire Examiner, 1987
    • Burton Daily Mail, 1912, 1989, 1992
    • Burton Trader, 1987
    • Bury Times, 1856, 1871, 1880
    • Caernarvon & Denbigh Herald, 1834, 1836
    • Cambria Daily Leader, 1908
    • Cambridge Daily News, 1987-1988
    • Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers’ Gazette, 1859
    • Cardiff Shipping and Mercantile Gazette, 1890-1891
    • Carmarthen Journal, 1985
    • Central Somerset Gazette, 1986
    • Chatham News, 1988
    • Cheddar Valley Gazette, 1986
    • Chepstow Weekly Advertiser, 1855-1856, 1863
    • Chester Chronicle, 1960, 1991-1992
    • Clerkenwell Dial and Finsbury Advertiser, 1863
    • Croydon Times, 1879, 1889, 1900, 1911
    • Daily Record, 1991
    • Deal, Walmer & Sandwich Mercury, 1897
    • Derby Express, 1992
    • Dewsbury Reporter, 1871
    • Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser, 1987
    • Dover Chronicle, 1894
    • Dumfries and Galloway Standard, 1987
    • Dundalk Examiner and Louth Advertiser., 1930
    • Dunfermline Saturday Press, 1891
    • Durham Chronicle, 1856, 1897
    • East Anglian Daily Times, 1889
    • East Grinstead Observer, 1897, 1987
    • Edinburgh Evening Dispatch, 1893, 1896
    • Edinburgh Evening News, 1913, 1922
    • Ellesmere Port Pioneer, 1992
    • Essex Standard, 1873
    • Essex Times, 1871, 1889
    • Essex Weekly News, 1886, 1897
    • Evesham Journal, 1865
    • Express and Echo, 1898
    • Faringdon Advertiser and Vale of the White Horse Gazette, 1871
    • Faversham News, 1889, 1899
    • Fenland Citizen, 1980
    • Glamorgan Gazette, 1897, 1980, 1983
    • Glasgow Evening Times, 1894
    • Gloucester Citizen, 1962
    • Gloucester News, 1987-1988
    • Gloucestershire Echo, 1895-1896
    • Grimsby Daily Telegraph, 1991
    • Hampstead & Highgate Express, 1892
    • Harlow Star, 1987, 1989
    • Harrow Observer, 1964, 1991-1992
    • Hertford Mercury and Reformer, 1991-1992
    • Herts and Essex Observer, 1983, 1990-1991
    • Hinckley News, 1888
    • Hinckley Times, 1898
    • Hoddesdon and Broxbourne Mercury, 1991-1992
    • Horley & Gatwick Mirror, 1988
    • Hounslow & Chiswick Informer, 1987
    • Huddersfield and Holmfirth Examiner, 1911
    • Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 1911-1913, 1992
    • Hull Advertiser and Exchange Gazette, 1862
    • Illustrated Malvern Advertiser, Visitors’ List, and General Weekly Newspaper, 1858, 1892
    • Irvine Herald, 1987
    • Islington Times, 1863
    • Kelso Mail, 1891
    • Kent & Sussex Courier, 1987, 1992
    • Kentish Gazette, 1887-1891
    • Kilmarnock Standard, 1991
    • Kinross-shire Advertiser.,1891
    • Lancaster Gazette, 1886
    • Lancaster Guardian, 1880, 1910
    • Leek Times, 1871-1872, 1912
    • Liverpool Evening Express, 1874, 1897-1898, 1910
    • London & Provincial News and General Advertiser, 1867
    • London and China Express, 1918, 1920
    • London Chronicle, 1809
    • Long Eaton Advertiser, 1898
    • Louth and North Lincolnshire Advertiser, 1872
    • Lowestoft Journal, 1873
    • Ludlow Advertiser, 1889
    • Lynn Advertiser, 1946-1949, 1958-1962, 1964-1966
    • Man of Ross, and General Advertiser, 1861
    • Merthyr Express, 1987
    • Middlesex County Times, 1942, 1983
    • Montgomeryshire Echo, 1890
    • Morning Herald (London), 1831
    • New Times (London), 1830
    • Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 1926
    • Newport Gazette, 1888
    • North Devon Herald, 1873, 1889
    • North Star (Darlington), 1909, 1912, 1923
    • North Wales Chronicle, 1874
    • Northern Advertiser (Aberdeen), 1885-1887
    • Northern Weekly Gazette, 1868
    • Nottingham Evening Post, 1985, 1989-1991
    • Nuneaton Chronicle, 1911-1912, 1921-1943
    • Oldham Advertiser, 1988
    • Ossett Observer, 1886
    • Paddington Advertiser, 1861
    • Paisley Daily Express, 1987, 1990, 1992
    • Pulman’s Weekly News and Advertiser, 1896
    • Retford, Gainsborough & Worksop Times, 1896, 1983-1984
    • Richmond Informer, 1987
    • Rossendale Free Press, 1912
    • Runcorn Guardian, 1912
    • Saffron Walden Weekly News, 1911
    • Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser, 1911
    • Southall Gazette, 1983
    • Spalding Guardian, 1938
    • Stockport County Express, 1911
    • Sunbury & Shepperton Herald, 1988
    • Sunday Gazette, 1866
    • Sunday Sun (Newcastle), 1926, 1934
    • Surrey Advertiser, 1911
    • Surrey Mirror, 1988
    • Uxbridge & W. Drayton Gazette, 1897
    • Walsall Observer, and South Staffordshire Chronicle, 1913, 1920, 1923, 1936, 1947, 1950, 1954, 1956-1957
    • West Lothian Courier, 1989
    • West Surrey Times, 1897-1898
    • Widnes Examiner, 1878-1879
    • Winsford Chronicle, 1976, 1978, 1988-1989
    • Wishaw Press, 1991, 1993
    • Wokingham Times, 1988-1989

  • 25 Mar 2022 2:20 PM | Anonymous

    The following announcement was written by TheGenealogist:

    With a release of the records of over 35,000 individuals by TheGenealogist, family historians will now have the ability to discover valuable particulars about ancestors’ homes from the following parts of London in 1910: Cowley, Cranford (Bedfont), Great Stanmore, Harefield, Harlington, Harmondsworth, Harrow, Harrow Weald Hayes, Hillingdon East, Hillingdon West, Ickenham, Little Stanmore, Pinner, Ruislip, Uxbridge, West Drayton, Yiewsley and Wealdstone.

    Lloyd George Domesday Map of Ruislip, London

    These latest residential records have been linked to detailed OS maps which allows the researcher to pinpoint an ancestors’ property on maps that go down to plot level. These land tax records were originally collected by the Inland Revenue’s Valuation Office and are sourced from The National Archives IR58 records. Searchable by name or keywords using TheGenealogist’s Master Search, or by selecting a pin from the map displayed inside the powerful Map Explorer™, this tool allows family historians the ability to switch between georeferenced modern and historic maps and so to gain a better understanding of the neighbourhood in which ancestors from 1910 had lived or worked and to see how it may have changed in the intervening period. With contemporary maps you can see where the nearest churches, public houses and railway stations to your forebears' homes were, along with other places that may have featured in your ancestors’ daily life in the area.

    St Martin’s Church Ruislip from TheGenealogist's Image Archive

    Property records, such as these that were uniquely digitised by TheGenealogist from the originals at The National Archives, allow house and family history researchers the ability to unearth information that had been recorded by the authorities about the owners and occupiers of the homes, land, outbuildings and property at the time.

    Read TheGenealogist’s article: Landowner and Occupiers records for Harrow reveal the school, homes and other properties details

    About TheGenealogist

    TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections.

    TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

    TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

  • 25 Mar 2022 8:50 AM | Anonymous

    COVID-19 drove the largest death spike in a century, with 535,000 more deaths in 2020 than in 2019, according to newly released U.S. Census Bureau data.

    Why it matters: The new data shows how profoundly the pandemic has impacted the U.S. population, as Americans died or fled cities for the sanctuary of cheaper or less populous areas.

    By the numbers: There was a 19% jump in the number of U.S. deaths between 2019 and 2020. Before then, the largest increase of the decade had been just 3.3% in 2015.

    • The U.S. death toll remained high in 2021, according to the latest provisional data for the year, and the pandemic has disrupted what were once predictable, seasonal mortality trends.

    The overall rise in mortality contributed to deaths outpacing births in more than 73% of U.S. counties between mid-2020 and mid-2021 — a record high and up from 56% the year before and 46% in 2019.

    • Half of states saw more deaths than births, a phenomenon called "natural decrease." The trend was particularly clear in the Northeast and the South, according to the census bureau.
    • Every county in Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island experienced a natural decrease.

    You can read more in an article by Stef W. Kight published in the web site at:

  • 24 Mar 2022 11:53 AM | Anonymous

    Researchers, historians, and genealogy enthusiasts now have an expanded resource to explore the history of the whaling industry and the individuals who were part of the global enterprise, with recent additions to the Whaling History website (, a joint project of Mystic Seaport Museum and the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

    William Bradford, The Port of New Bedford from Crow Island, 1854, oil painting. New Bedford Whaling Museum, 1975.18

    The data presented combines many sources including logbooks, journals, ship registers, newspapers, business papers, and custom house records. Users can find and trace whaling voyages and ships to specific logbooks, as well as the list of crew members aboard many of the voyages.

    A popular feature of the site is a dialog where users can search crew lists to discover if they have a relative who shipped out on a whaling voyage.

    The foundational fabric of Whaling History features three databases that have been stitched together – the American Offshore Whaling Voyage (AOWV) database, the American Offshore Whaling Log database, and an extensive whaling crew list database. All data is open to the public and is downloadable for any researcher to use with other tools and systems.

    At the heart of the current site are seven interconnected databases. Three of them relate to American offshore whaling: one describing every known voyage from the 1700s through the 1920s, another transcribing location information from whaling logbooks, and the third containing crew lists for these voyages. Two of the databases relate to the British Southern Whale Fishery (1775–1859): one describing every known voyage, whaling or sealing, to the south of Britain, and one containing the corresponding crew lists. The sixth database describes whaling voyages from British North America, including Nova Scotia and New Brunswick from 1779–1845. And the seventh describes voyages from France.

    Details may be found at:

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