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Military records subscription site Fold3 has added records
relating to the Sultana disaster. That’s the steamboat whose boilers exploded
April 27, 1865, killing 1,700 (mostly Civil War Union soldiers recently released from
Confederate POW camps). The ship was carrying 2,200 passengers—far more than the 376
she was built for. Records include lists of former prisoners who survived and those
who died. The records are free
to search, at least for the time being.
The Center for Jewish History (CJH)
has announced a partnership with Jewish genealogy expert Miriam Weiner’s Routes
to Roots Foundation (RTRF). CJH will incorporate RTRF’s Eastern European Archival
Database and Image Database into its online catalog, expanding access to genealogy
resources from Belarus, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland and Ukraine. Weiner will serve
as senior advisor for genealogy services at CJH’s Ackman
& Ziff Family Genealogy Institute.
Besides adding 1940 census records and coordinatng the 1940 Census Community Project,
FamilySearch has continued adding other records to the free FamilySearch.org.
The new resources include seignorial records from the Czech Republic; city records
from Nördlingen, Bavaria, Germany; church records from Estonia, Portugal and Slovakia;
and marriages from New Jersey. See
the updated colelctions and click through to them here.
Remember to watch “Finding
Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.” this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on PBS, which
will feature actors Robert Downey Jr. and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The European-immigrant
stories in both stars’ pasts are common to many Americans.
Do You Think You Are?” tonight will repeat the popular Reba McEntire episode.
Next Friday will be an all-new episode featuring actor Rob Lowe.