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British genealogy subscription site FindMyPast.co.uk has
released a collection of records
from the Second Anglo-Boer War including details on 260,000 British service
members and 59,000 war casualties. The database compiles information from more than
330 sources, and resolves errors and conflicting information in some of those sources.
The war was fought from 1899 to 1902 between the British Empire and the Dutch-speaking
inhabitants of the South African Republic (Transvaal Republic) and the Orange Free
The latest records added to the free FamilySearch
Beta site include census records from Ghana (1982 to 1984) and Norway (1875),
plus the Minnesota state census (1865 and 1905) and marriage records from Arkansas
(1837 to 1957) and Idaho (1864 to 1950). You
can see the full list of new records here.
The Troy (NY) Irish Genealogical Society has posted the records
of Italian midwife Alesandra Matera, who practiced in the Troy area during
the early 1900s. The transcribed records span 1909 to 1923 and document mostly Italian
births, with some Syrians in later years. You can download
the transcriptions as PDFs ordered by the father’s, mother’s or child’s last name
(the transcriptions themselves are in chronological order, but you can use the Bookmarks
bar in your PDF viewer to see the names in alphabetical order). Originals are in the
archives of the Rensselaer County
The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) 2011 writing
competition is open to members and—for the first time—non-members of ISFHWE this
year. Entries are due by Dec. 31, 2010, and you’ll get a discount on the entry fee
for submissions made before November 30, 2010. See
the categories, judging guidelines, rules and entry form on ISFHWE’s website.
The River Raisin National Battlefield Park in Monroe, Mich., site of the War
of 1812 Battle of Frenchtown, has officially become the 393rd park in the National
Park System. You can learn more about the site on
the National Park Service website and at RiverRaisinBattlefield.org.
The National Archives and Records Administration’s National
Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis will relocate to a modernized
$112 million facility in North St. Louis County. It’ll take about 17 months to move
the 100 million-plus records and 800 workers starting in May 2011. NPRC houses personnel
records of civilian
federal employees, as well as military
service members after about World War I.