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The Library of Congress has posted a collection of nearly
700 ambrotype and tintype Civil War portraits to Flickr. You’ll notice that letters
on hats and belt buckles are reversed in the images because they’re “direct positives”—images
directly from the camera.
Library and Archives Canada has put the 1916 census of the Prairie provinces (Manitoba,
Saskatchewan, and Alberta) online. You can’t search by a person’s name, though. Instead, search
the database by province, district name, district number and sub-district number.
here to browse the microfilm reels page by page.
Another new database from Library and Archives Canada is Medals,
Honours and Awards, containing more than 113,000 references to medal registers,
citation cards and records of military awards. It also has digitized images of some
medal registers. You can search the database by name, regiment, rank and more; if
you find a match, you’ll learn the medal awarded, the related battle or conflict,
and a citation for the record containing the information. Because no service files
exist for the Canadian military in the 1800s, these records may provide the only proof
of service for 19th-century conflicts.
FamilySearch has added nearly four million
new digital images—nearly 1.7 million of them indexed—to its historical records collection.
The additions include records from South Africa, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Guatemala,
the Netherlands and the United States. Visit
FamilySearch for a list of the collection titles with the new images, and how
many of the records are indexed. Unindexed collections aren’t searchable, instead,
you’ll need to browse those collections and view the records to find your ancestor’s
Richard Heaton e-mailed us about his site called Last
Chance To Read, a searchable collection of thousands of pages of scarce British
and Irish newspapers and other publications, most printed between 1710 and 1870. Once
you register for a free account, you can do a search and order PDF copies of articles
for about $4.75 via PayPal. See
included titles here (scroll down).
RootsMagic released a free update to version 4,
version 126.96.36.199., which update adds several user-requested features and fixes a number
of issues. Users may be automatically notified to download the update; if not, open
the program and go to Help>Check for Updates or click