Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ancestry's "Coming Soon" Page - Post 2

Have you been watching the "Coming Soon" page at www.Ancestry.com? I have! I started back in late December 2008 when I first saw the page - see my post here. Soon after, I collected screen shots of that web page as a benchmark.

www.Ancestry.com changed the content of the "Coming Soon" page in August. I wondered which databases that were on the December page have been added to the available databases, which have not appeared yet, and which have been added in August.

Post 1 of this series listed Census Records and Vital Records sections of the "Coming Soon" page.

1) Here are some of the things I've found from the December list for Immigration Records and Military Records:

* U.S. Naturalization Records - Ancestry has put some of these records online, but it's still on the "Coming Soon" page.

* Slave Manifests Filed at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1807-1860 -- completed.

* U.S., Chinese Immigration Records, 1882-1924 -- This appears to be partially completed, but I cannot tell for sure.

* Immigrant Ship Photographs, Paintings and Drawings, 1850-1950 - not done to date. On current Coming Soon page.

* Canadian Border Entries, 1908-1935 - completed.

* Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934 -- completed.

* New South Wales Naturalization Papers, 1834-1903 -- not available, not on current "Coming Soon" page.

* Records of Aliens Arriving in England, 1794-1921 -- not available, is on current "Coming Soon" page.

* U.S. Military Records, 1775 - present -- not available, not on current "Coming Soon" page.

* U.S. Civil War Records, 1861-1865 -- completed? I think so, but difficult to tell.

* U.S. Navy Cruise Books, 1900s -- completed? There are some, are there more to come?

* World War II Draft Cards, 1940-1947 -- 1942 is available, but that was before 2009. Not on current "Coming Soon" page.

* Interior and Virginia Pension and Bounty Land Appellate Decisions, 1887-1935 -- not available, is on current "Coming Soon" page.

* Bavarian Army Rosters, World War I -- not available, is on current "Coming Soon" page.

* War Graves of the British Empire -- not available, not on current "Coming Soon" page.

2) Immigration and Military Records Databases added to the August "Coming Soon" page include:

* New York State Passenger and Crew Lists, 1940s - 1970s

* Victoria, Australia Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839-1923

* Alsace-Lorraine, France, Citizenship Declarations, 1872

* Completion of the British Army Service Records, 1914-1920

* British Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945

* Ireland, Casualties of World War I, 1914-1918

* Militia Records from Perth, Scotland

I have the same concerns expressed in Post 1 of this series!

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