New U.S. records online for free this week! Explore military records from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, WWI, and WWII. Plus we’ve got a wide assortment of vital records, church records, county and criminal records, and more. You never know where your U.S. ancestors may be hiding, so take a look at these new and updated collections, noted by state.
Featured: New U.S. Records
FamilySearch.org has released lots of new collections for U.S. records that you will definitely want to explore.
Hawaii, Russian Immigrant Laborers Index 1909-1910: These records were probably recorded in Harbin, Manchuria in 1909 by A.L.C. Atkinson and A.W. Perelstrous. They were recruiting Russians to work on the Hawaii plantations. A.L.C. Atkinson was a Special Agent for the Territorial Board of Immigration.
Minnesota Birth and Death Records, 1900-1953: This collection contains an index and images to births and deaths recorded in Frankfort Township and St. Michael Village, Wright County, Minnesota, for the years 1900 to 1953. The birth records appear in both certificate and register-style documents. Some burial permits, are also included.
New Hampshire Obituaries, 1800-2007: The collection consists of cemetery records from the Pine Grove, Valley and other cemeteries in the Manchester area. The records provide the name and age of deceased, date of death, date of burial, birth date of deceased, location of grave, cause of death, and the name of undertaker.
Oregon, World War I, County Military Service Records, 1919-1920: This is a collection of WWI Military Service Records for various counties in the state of Oregon. The records are arranged alphabetically by county name, then numerical by the school district and alphabetical by surname. This series documents an individual’s military service in Oregon during WWI and used as a basis for medal distribution.
Oregon, Yamhill County Records, 1857-1963: This collection was recently updated, and includes images of deeds, mortgages, and military service records from Yamhill County. It also includes 6 volumes of “Miscellaneous Records” dated 1899-1957. The miscellaneous records include some land transactions, licensing records and other items.
Texas, Gonzales County, Death records, 1863-1970: The collection was recently updated with over 36,000 more records. It includes an index and browse-only images.
Utah Early Church Information File, 1830-1900: Browse images of index cards in alphabetical order for some members of the LDS Church. The names on the cards come primarily from sources from 1830 to the mid-1900s. The Early Church Information File (ECIF) was created using various sources including LDS church records, journals, biographies, cemetery records, immigration records and published books.
Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783: Look for your Revolutionary War ancestors in this collection of published state rosters of Revolutionary War soldiers from the states of Alabama, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, and Virginia.
More U.S. Collections
From the Digital Library of Georgia: Athens, Georgia crime dockets from 1902 to 1907 now freely available online. “The digital collection consists of eight bound dockets dating from 1902 to 1907, and includes about 5,760 individual arrest cases in Athens, Georgia. Entries generally include a case number, the defendant’s name, the code violated, the date and location of the arrest, the date papers were served, the arresting officer’s name, a list of witnesses, and the dispensation of the case.”
University of Arkansas: A Belated Gift: U.S. Copyright and the Public Domain. “The University Libraries launched a new digital exhibit in celebration of Public Domain Day Jan. 1. ‘A Belated Gift: U.S. Copyright and the Public Domain,’ which features Arkansan contributions from 1923 that are now in the public domain, is available to researchers worldwide, free of charge.”
War of 1812 Pension Files Update: Fold3 has almost completed digitizing through the letter “P” with their War of 1812 collection. The files are organized by state or organization, and then by the soldier’s surname and given name. While the digitization process is slow, they are continuing to add to this collection and will continue to do so until it is complete, so keep checking back!
From Findmypast: United States Directories & Almanacs
93 volumes of New York City Directories spanning the years 1786 to 1923 are now available to search. These new directories record the names and addresses of city residents, businesses, churches, schools, police stations, courts, and other government offices, as well as the names of individuals associated with those institutions. They also feature images, including maps, illustrations of buildings, and advertisements.
Hawaii News Now: Never-before-seen trove of photos shows Honolulu during height of World War II. Nearly 800 photos taken on Oahu during WWII have been discovered and digitized. Many of the photos feature military personnel, but few names are listed. The World War II Pacific Veterans Project was founded in an effort to identify these soldiers. In addition, these photos depict life on the island 70 years ago, which looks vastly different than it does today and gives context to soldier life during WWII.
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