Friday, November 19, 2021

Findmypast Friday: Search Over 22 Million New U.S. Records

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Search over 22 million new US records this Findmypast Friday

From obituary notices spanning all 50 states, to a focused collection documenting marriages not previously recognised during the slave trade, there is plenty to discover in our latest US update.

United States Obituaries Notices

Search over 22 million new additions to discover your ancestor’s name, birth and death years, and obituary text. Now containing over 79 million records, this vast collection covers all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and provides valuable details for tracking down an ancestor's death record or full obituary.

This collection has been obtained from the and websites. Additional information such as images and details about the records can be found on the source’s website.

United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages

Explore almost 40,000 marriages from the Reconstruction Era documented by the Freedmen's Bureau, including those which occurred during slavery that went unrecognized and those occurring immediately after Emancipation.

Formally, The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandon Lands, existed to help transition and offer aid to the now 4,000,000 freed African Americans across the country after the abolition of slavery. This agency is known commonly as “The Freedmen’s Bureau” in the United States and existed from 1865-1872.

These fascinating records consist of marriage registers, marriage certificates, marriage licenses and other proofs of marriages. While the amount of information varies, you will commonly find the following information:

  • ·Names of the couple
  •  Date of marriage
  •  Location of marriage
  •  Ages of the couple
  •  Names of witnesses

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks yet another milestone for Findmypast’s newspaper collection with over 46 million pages published online to date. Eight brand new papers have been added this week alone, and an amazing 86 have been updated, totalling a collective 181,690 pages. Our new titles include the Law Chronicle, Commercial and Bankruptcy Register, which named and shamed the businessmen that had fallen on hard times, and The London & China Herald, which reported commercial intelligence between the east and the west, including the trade prices of silk, tea, and cotton.

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