For those of you unable to get to the TVFHS Research Centre and take advantage of our subscriptions to Ancestry, you may be intereted to know of some free access to their records. In celebration of Canada Day, there is free access to certain records this weekend up until Monday, 2nd July, on Ancestry.ca.
Ancestry.com also has a significant free offer- viewing digitised images of the 1940 US Federal census. It is possible to browse through them, but several states have been indexed by name, including New York. At present, transcriptions and images are accessible at no charge.
Finding living relatives.
Genesreunited is not the only site to help find living relatives. Another one that I belong to is Lost Cousins. Unlike on genesreunited, you do not load your full family tree on to the site (which can be open to abuse). Instead you enter the names of relatives you have found in certain censuses. The site is run by an individual, and he sends out a newsletter twice a month. It is full of useful and interesting information - see the latest one here.
A new website.
With much publicity on national and Scottish TV and radio news, and in The Courier, Britain from Above was launched earlier this week. There are over 16,000 aerial photographs of places in Great Britain taken between 1919 and 1953. It is interesting to compare the images with aerial and bird's eye views on online maps. It's also fun to try and find familiar places, either which are no longer there or which did not exist at the time the picture was taken. I have even spotted the street where I live, though my house had yet to be built.
Society 2012 AGM
A reminder that nominations for election to the vacant positions on Council close on 11th July (see previous notice}.