Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Ancestry.com New Databases for 2010

I received a "Dear Randy" email from Ancestry.com CEO Tim Sullivan over the holidays, telling me the great things that Ancestry.com did in 2009 and what was planned for 2010.

The email included these paragraphs:

"Looking ahead, we’re already working on adding the collections many of our members asked for in a recent survey. Here’s just a sampling of what’s to come on Ancestry.com in 2010.

"Popular U.S. collections in the works:

* Birth, marriage and death records, especially from 1861–1914
* Funeral home and cemetery records, 1800s–1900s
* State and territory census records
* Land ownership maps, 1860–1920
* Historical newspapers, especially from 1861–1914
* Civil War Records, including Union draft registers and Confederate pension records

"Popular international collections in the works:

* Scottish city directories, 1800s–1900s
* London electoral registers, 1900s
* German regimental histories, 1800s–1900s
* Canadian city and area directories, 1800s–1900s

"See more details about what we brought to Ancestry.com in 2009 and what we plan to add in 2010."

I clicked on the "See more details" link and there was a nice list of the databases planned for 2010 - and I captured the screens below:

I wonder why the email didn't list ALL of the items shown on the web page? The ones not listed are:

* State Vital Records - Connecticut divorce records (1969-1997), Delaware birth, marriage and death records (1800s-1933), Missouri death records (1910-1958), Ohio death index (1830-2009) and Vermont birth, marriage and death records (1909-2003)
* Improved U.S. Federal Census Records
* U.S. Public Records - voter lists, 1930s to 1980s
* Naturalization Records (1795-1972)
* Passenger Lists (1899-1957) - including Boston, Honolulu, New Orleans
* Revolutionary War Records - including compiled army service records (1775-1783) and pension and bounty land applications (1775-1800)
* World War II Draft Cards - for Idaho, Oregon and Washington (1942 only)
* Returns from U.S. Military Posts (1800-1916) - for 21 states
* Navy Muster Rolls (1900s)
* Federal Penitentiary Records - for McNeil Island (1875-1923) and Atlanta (1898-1922).
* Yearbooks (1900-2000)

* German Census Records for L├╝beck, Germany between 1808 and 1831
* French Vital Records
* UK Vital Records (1694-1921) - non-conformist clergy records
* Australian Birth, Marriage and Death Registers (1788-early 1900s)
* UK Alien Entry Books (1794-1921)
* French Citizenship Declarations - Alsace-Lorraine in 1872
* Australian Passenger Lists - Queensland and Western Australia
* UK Military Citations
* Australian Convict Records from New South Wales

I'm especially looking forward to the state vital records, the voter lists, the Navy muster rolls and the 1950s City Directory collections.

1 comment:

GeneaDiva said...

Thanks for sharing your email. I clicked on it to read the entire article.

Missouri Death records are already online for FREE at the Missouri Secretary of State site!!! I don't know about the other stuff they are adding, but free stuff elsewhere is not exactly what I want to see on ancestry.

I also noticed ancestry doesn't state which Southern State Pension Records will be added....