Thursday, September 1, 2016

Findmypast Adds 4 Million More Records to U.S. Marriage Collection

I received this press release from Findmypast today:


Includes significant additions from Arkansas, West Virginia, Illinois, New England, Tennessee and Massachusetts

Springfield, Illinois: 01 August 2016

Leading family history website, Findmypast, announced today at the 2016 conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies the release of over 4 million new marriage records in the latest instalment of their United States Marriages collection.

Released in partnership with FamilySearch International, the records contain more than 8 million names and marks the latest stage of an ambitious project that will see Findmypast digitize and publish the single largest online archive of U.S. marriages in history.

Covering 360 years of marriages from 1650-2010, when complete this landmark collection will contain at least 100 million records, more than 450 million names from 2,800 counties across America.  More than 60 per cent of the records will have never before been published online and the collection will only be found in its entirety exclusively on Findmypast.

While the United States Marriage collection includes marriages from nearly every state, this latest installment includes significant additions from Arkansas, West Virginia, Illinois, New England, Tennessee and Massachusetts.

The records include marriage date, bride and groom names, birthplace, birth date, age, and residence as well as father’s and mother’s names. Customers with family trees on Findmypast will benefit from leads connecting relatives on their trees with the marriage records, thus generating a whole new source of research.

Commenting, Ben Bennett, Executive Vice-President North America and International for Findmypast said:

“The United States marriages project is central to Findmypast’s growth strategy in the U.S.  The millions of new U.S. records will complement Findmypast’s massive collection of British and Irish data.  Many of these new US marriage records have never been available online before and we are excited to help our customers make new discoveries and fill in the missing pieces in their research.” 

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