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I wanted to point you to the Ancestry
Insider’s interesting post about indexing errors on 1940 census websites. The
Ancestry Insider has seen more user complaints about Ancestry.com’s index than FamilySearch’s,
and I’d have to echo that observation (mostly in blog comments and on Facebook). His
post includes Ancestry.com’s answers to questions about its indexing and auditing
processes, and the index augmentation that helps users find records despite indexing
Love family and food and home cooking? In her Genalogy Gems podcast
episode 137, Lisa Louise Cooke interviews Gena Philibert Ortega about her new book
From the Family Kitchen and how to dig into your family’s food history. You’ll find
the podcast episode here on the Genealogy Gems website. See
more of their interview in this video and take
a peek at an old Toas-Tite sandiwsh toasting utensil here.
This fall, the National Archives will
open its new New York City location in Lower Manhattan, in the Alexander Hamilton
US Custom House at One Bowling Green (the former facility was on Varick Street in
Greenwich Village). The new location will expand the facilitiy’s usefulness for research
and education, with a welcome center, research center, learning center for school
groups, exhibition space and public programs area. Read
more about the new location here.
Military records subscription site Fold3 has released a new collection
of Navy Casualty
Reports, 1776-1941, documenting deaths of US Navy personnel in wartime and in
accidents outside of war.
The casualty reports include records of those who were killed, injured, wounded, diseased
or imprisoned, but most report only deaths.The records include four titles: Deaths
Due to Enemy Action (includes deaths during the Civil War aboard the Cincinnati and
in Andersonville prison, and more), Drowning Casualties (1885-1939), Lost and Wrecked
Ships, Explosions and Steam Casualties (1801-1941), and Ordnance Accidents, Aviation
Accidents, and Miscellaneous Records. This collection is currently free to search.