National Archives Launches Crowdsourcing Site for Transcription

The National Archives has launched a Transcription Pilot Project website to enlist the general public in transcribing old documents to make them easier for researchers to find. This will be a tremendous help to historians and genealogists everywhere. This transcribing is easy to do and there are a variety of documents online needing transcription,... (Read More)

Breaking News: Ireland 1901 Census Going Online

Breaking News The National Archives of Ireland has announced that they will be putting the complete Irish 1901 Census online. It is expected to go live within the next two weeks. The National Archives of Ireland already has the Ireland 1911 census online. The census gives the name of each person in the household,... (Read More)

Washington, DC Captured – President Flees on Horseback

Washington, DC was captured and burned August 24-25th, 1814. Illustration: National Archives Identifier 531090 With British troops overwhelming the city “…a retreat was ordered, when the President, who had been on horseback, with the army the whole day, reared from the mortifying scene, and left the city on horseback accompanied by Gen. Mason and... (Read More)

GenealogyBank adds newspapers from 4 States

GenealogyBank.com announced today it has added more newspapers for Louisiana, Minnesota, North Carolina and Tennessee. Beauregard Daily News (De Ridder, LA) Obituaries: 07/01/2008 – Current Leesville Daily Leader (Leesville, LA) Obituaries: 07/02/2008 – Current Crookston Daily Times (Crookston, MN)Obituaries: 10/20/2008 – Current News-Topic (Lenoir, NC)Obituaries: 01/01/2009 – CurrentNews-Herald (Lenoir City, TN)Obituaries: 09/27/1999 – Current... (Read More)

National Archives Celebrates 75th Anniversary this Friday!

National Archives Celebrates 75th Anniversary on Friday, June 19th.Susan Logue (Voice of America) distributed this commentary on the 75th Anniversary of the National Archives. Before the National Archives was founded, many governmental records were kept in poor conditions. On June 19, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the legislation creating the National Archives. “There... (Read More)

Episcopal Church (ECUSA) to build new Archives

The Episcopal Church (ECUSA) has purchased site for their national historical archives in downtown Austin, Texas. The Episcopal Church has bought a block in downtown Austin where it plans to build a facility to house its national archives and provide space for meetings, exhibits, research and other purposes. The church purchased the block, now... (Read More)

Possible Avery Family Artifact dating from 1689-1702 Found

313-year-old English silver sixpence, likely once owned by Rev. John Avery (1685/6-1754) found in Truro, Massachusetts. The coin dates from 1689-1702 The Boston Globe is reporting this unusual find of an early British coin found by Truro resident Peter Burgess while working in his garden. “At first, I wasn’t sure what it was,” said... (Read More)

32 Million immigrants will see their record status changed to permanent in Wednesday Signing Ceremony

Signing Ceremony Permits 32 Million Alien Files to Become Permanent Records at the National Archives – A Genealogy Goldmine. Adrienne Thomas, Acting Archivist of the United States and Gregory Smith, Associate Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will hold a joint signing ceremony between the National Archives and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services... (Read More)