Saturday, May 31, 2008

Civil War data


Two significant databases, 1860 U.S. Census and Civil War Pensions Index, published online to provide millions of names
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May 31, 2008

FamilySearch announced May 14 its records access agreement with Footnote.com to publish two significant American Civil War Era databases online — the 1860 U.S. Census and the Civil War Pensions Index. The two relevant collections will provide free online access to millions of names of individuals from the 1860 to 1865 period in the United States.
The 1860 census provides a snapshot of families living during the Civil War Era. The index to the Civil War pension applications allows searchers to quickly see if a Civil War veteran or his widow applied for a pension, which can lead to rich family history information contained in the original pension document.
Under the agreement, FamilySearch will provide the digital images of the original documents for the 1860 U.S. Census, and Footnote.com will provide the indexes to both the 1860 U.S. Census and Civil War Pensions. FamilySearch plans to publish the indexes for both of these collections for free this year at FamilySearch.org. The images of the original documents will also be viewable at Footnote.com or accessed for free through the 4,500 FamilySearch family history centers located worldwide.
The index also extends beyond the Civil War to include veterans who served between 1861 to 1917 in the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, the Boxer Rebellion, and the regular establishment.
As segments of the collections are completed, users will be able to search them at pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch.

Friday, May 30, 2008

FamilySearch Indexing Project Adding New Search Material

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The following unindexed digital image or indexed record collections were recently added to the FamilySearch Record Search test site. Patrons can search these new records and millions of others for free at at http://pilot.familysearch.org. The pilot site is testing new search engine technologies or applications that will ultimately be used on FamilySearch.org. User feedback is encouraged by using the Feedback utility on the test site.