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Findmypast Launch Vast New Photographic Collection in Celebration of VE Day 2020

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

    • Findmypast publish new online photographic archive in partnership with the UK’s largest news publisher Reach plc
    • Over 10,000 original images from WWII, many which have never been published before, will offer vivid new insights into a nation at war
    • The Findmypast Photo collection will scale over the coming years to include millions of images taken between 1904 – 2000, covering all aspects of British life ranging from sports, education, places of work and daily life to politics, national and local events
    • The collection is now available for anyone to search for free from May 8th to May 15th, in celebration of VE Day 2020

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has announced the launch of a ground-breaking new project in partnership with Reach plc. 

Digitised and published online for the first time as a complete standalone collection in celebration of VE Day 2020, the Findmypast Photo collection is made up of more than 10,000 original images from Reach’s archives. Managed through Reach PLC’s content licensing agency, Mirrorpix, this huge vault of press photography dates from the earliest years of the 20th Century up to the present day and is one of most significant photographic records of British history in the world.

A van-load of beer passing through Piccadilly Circus. The expression of some of the men sitting on top suggest they have tasted a drop. 8 May 1945.

The collection consists of original images from press photographers who documented the 1939-45 conflict at home and overseas for nine national and regional titles, including the Daily Mirror, Scottish Daily Record, Manchester Evening News and Liverpool Echo during the years of the Second World War.

Many of these images have never before been published, providing new opportunities to explore how families and communities experienced the war. Original image descriptions created by the photographers still survive and much of this information has been indexed and made fully searchable on Findmypast. This enables users to bring the past to life with ease, speed and accuracy by searching thousands of images by keyword, date, and location as well as by category, such as the Armed forces, World War 2, Evacuees, Home Front, Sport, Life Events, Work or Schools.

Interest in online family history continues to grow and there are now more tools and resources for tracing ancestors than ever before. Despite this, discovering images relevant to an individual’s family tree remains challenging with very few resources available online.

Findmypast and Reach PLC aim to change this by providing public access to these never before seen photographs. The Daily Mirror built its brand on being Britain’s daily photographic journal and has been documenting the nation’s social history for over 100 years. Now, for the first time, anyone can step back through time to see people, places and events as they were more than 70 years ago.

In digitising this valuable photographic record and making it available to the public, Findmypast and Mirrorpix are not only expanding the nation’s understanding and interpretation of historical events, but also conserving them for future generations.

Today’s release forms the first phase of a vast collection that will continue to grow as Findmypast and Reach publish additional material covering a wide variety of dates, locations and themes. In time, the Findmypast Photo collection will expand in scope and scale to include millions of images taken between 1904 – 2000, covering all aspects of British Life ranging from sports, education, places of work and daily life to politics, national and local events.

Tamsin Todd, CEO of Findmypast said: “Findmypast’s mission is to help as many people as possible to discover how they’re uniquely connected, not only to each other but also to defining moments from our history. The 75th anniversary of V.E Day is a momentous occasion that will inspire many to question their own connections to the defining moments of history. Genealogy allows anyone to personalise the past, and in providing access to these valuable never before seen images, we look forward to helping users create more magical moments of discovery that can shape their futures and add greater meaning to the connections they make. 

Jim Mullen, CEO of Reach plc said: “Every minute of every day, our newsbrands are serving hundreds of communities across the UK, publishing the news that matters to them, their friends and their families. Every single one of those communities has multiple deep connections to the story of VE Day and the years leading directly up to it. Our newsbrands covered those events as they happened and by publishing our VE Day collections with FMP today we’re able to share those stories once again, re-connecting people to their own family history. Stories that perhaps they had forgotten or maybe never even knew, until now.

Speaking from personal experience I can say that any journey to the Reach archives is a wonderful adventure into the past. Our collections are home to tales of the people, places and events – great and small – that shaped modern Britain. Those tales are just waiting to be discovered and Reach are delighted that from now on we can share that adventure with all of you.

The Findmypast photo collection is completely free to search and explore from May 8th to May 15th. To learn about the collection and what it contains, please visit:

The Legal Power of Genealogy in Colonial America

By the time he was 18, George Washington was a competent genealogist — and he had to be. In Washington’s Virginia, family was a crucial determinant of social and economic status, and freedom.

How did Washington understand his family, and what can that tell us about the world in which he lived and played such a significant role? Thanks to a document long ignored by biographers and historians alike, we now know how fully he grasped the basic truth that genealogy is power.

Inscribed by Washington in distinct sections during the late 1740s and the early 1750s, decades before the American Revolution, the two sides of this document, held at the Library of Congress, help us to see how Washington viewed the importance of his family connections, including as a route to inheritance, and also how these relationships were crucially connected to the lives of enslaved people.

You can read the full story in an article by Karin Wulf in the Smithsonian web site at:

My thanks to newsletter reader Neil Barmann for telling me about this story.

Sawrey Genealogy: A Peek at the Rich Histoy of the

Sawrey Genealogy: A Peek at the Rich Histoy of the Sawrey Name

If there is one thing in the world that you can say you truly own, then that thing is no more than yourself – the entire you, your body, your emotions, your memories and experiences, your past, your present, and your future. Every single element that makes you up is different from all the elements in the world. Whatever you have is your identity, and that is one thing that truly belongs to you, something that nobody can steal or take away.

The present is the product of your past, and whoever you are right now is greatly determined by your history. This includes your ancestors and the kind of life that they have lived, the conditions in which they existed, and everything in the past that have influenced the way that you are at this moment, whether in terms of heredity or outside influences. Wouldnt it be interesting to trace back your roots and go back to the ancient time to find the pieces that have brought you here?

If you think it would be, then you will find genealogy interesting. This field is the study of human relationships, particularly the search for a persons kin. Tracing your own bloodline, knowing your ancient relatives and those living today who may be unknown to you, can be very exciting. Not only will you learn a lot of things about your familys personal life, but you may also be able to find out more about yourself!

Every name has a particular heritage, and the science of genealogy is formed to uncover the mystery behind each name. The name Sawrey, an ancient name which can be traced back before the 8th century, has reached far and wide and has forked into many different variations throughout the years. Sawrey genealogy will reveal how this Norse-Viking surname was able to gain wide use among different people.

Sawrey was originally a village, and its name initially referred to a fallow marsh that was situated in England. Although a local area, the name Sawrey had spread with the growth of the various industries in the land. With the mobility brought by the developments in the lifestyle of the Sawrey people, they brought with them the name of their village. And because of the differences in the dialect of the various English groups, the name Sawrey evolved and variations in spelling were observed. Today, you will find surnames like Sowraie, Sowrey, Sowrah, and many other related names, but they belong to a common origin Sawrey.

You never know what genealogy will reveal and what you will find out when you finally decide to trace your past. Who knows, you might be one example of a Sawrey, someone with a name whose foundation dates back to a historical era concealing a rich origin and history. This could be all you need to keep your heritage alive and preserve your identity. There is nothing truly rewarding than knowing how your name have traveled from the depths of time to finally bring you here.

Where to Find Genealogy Records in Ohio

From the Iroquoian word, Ohio means Good River. It is the first place in the Northwest Territory which was administered as a state. The state is considered to be abundant in heritage and records. According to surveys, Ohio is a place where agencies and institutions are open with its records for research. With this regard, Ohio is a good place for genealogic researches.

To gather pertinent records in order to give you a framework to work on, you need supporting papers or documents. Ohio provides you with such locations to gather such documents.

Fundamental Records

When your ancestors were born and deceased starting in 1867, then you can find information of them from the Probate Court in Ohio. During the early twentieth century, specifically 1908 until now, all records of births and deaths can be found at any local offices or in the local health department. Death records are also kept in The Ohio Historical Society.

For marriage documents, one can go to the Probate Court or the Department Health of Ohio to find such information.

Land and Tax Records

The County Recorder’s Office in Ohio keeps documents pertaining to land issues such as surveys, deeds and mortgages. On the other hand, the County Auditor’s Office is the home for tax records. You may also check with the LDS Family History Library for more information on tax documents.

Census and Probate Records

In public indexes, you will find census documentations from 1820 to 1920. Other census matters can be searched at the Common Pleas Court.

During the middle years of the nineteenth century, probate materials were located in the Common Pleas Court in Ohio. These days, you can find such information in the Probate Court.

Other documents which can be found in the Common Pleas Court are papers concerning legal matters such as citizenship, divorce, and manumission. Documents on various law cases are also obtainable in the said agency.

Education-related Records

Your ancestors in Ohio can be traced through their records in the institutions they have attended. If the institution is no longer operating, then such records can be asked from the Board of Education, County Auditor or the County Commissioners.

The records of Ohio’s first schools (School for the Deaf and The Ohio State School) can be obtained at the Ohio Historical Society.

Armed Forces’ Records

The Ohio Historical Society houses the documents regarding armed forces in Ohio from the 1812 war to the First World War. Alternatively, you can seek information about Ohio’s armed forces in the county courthouse.

Aside from the above-mentioned agencies and institutions for you to find more about your family lineage, Ohio still offers more to further complete your genealogy study.

One important institution to conduct a genealogy study in Ohio is the Ohio Network of American History Research Centers or the ONAHRC. The said center is the umbrella organization for other archive sections and libraries.

An organization was also established to help genealogists in their quest; this is the Ohio Genealogical Society. You can find ample and relevant information regarding genealogy in Ohio.

You can visit the above-mentioned places in Ohio to locate records you wish to obtain. Alternatively, the internet is also a relevant tool for you to learn more about the said agencies and institutions.

Some Useful Genealogy Resources in Newfoundland

Vinland to the Norse or commonly known as Newfoundland, is the biggest island in North America. Ancestors of Newfoundland were known as “Beothuk,” they are people who appeared to be from Labrador.

According to history, after Beothuk, the next settlers to be considered as ancestors of Newfoundland are Native Americans referred to as Micmac. For more genealogy information in Newfoundland, you can check on the following resources.

There are government agencies which you can visit to learn more about Newfoundland’s genealogy such as:

Department of Government Services and Land

The said department issues documents concerning birth, marriage and death records. There are different service centers in Newfoundland where you can learn more about the said documents. Application forms are also available in the said centers.

Provincial Archives

Records of history and other history-related data may be obtained from the Provincial Archives. Church records such as baptismal, marriage and interment certificates are the most common documents that can be gathered in the said agency.

On the other hand, the register of vital statistics such as baptismal and marriage certificates are also available in the said agency.

Public Library

There are three public libraries in Newfoundland which is termed as “St. John’s Public Libraries.” The libraries which you can visit are:

1.A.C. Hunter Public Library
2.Marjorie Mews Public Library
3.Michael Donovan Public Library

The said libraries are helpful tools in your genealogic study.

Different associations were also established to help individuals with their genealogy study. Some of the following genealogy associations of Newfoundland are:

Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives or ANLA

This is a center located in St. John’s Newfoundland. Archive records of the province are well-kept in the said center. Aside from obtaining records, the said center also administers and promotes archives education programs through trainings and workshops.
The Newfoundland Historical Society

The said organization is said to be the first heritage association in the province. It aims to uphold the history and heritage of Newfoundland through its programs and activities.

Through the information gathered from the said organization, you will be able to gather data to clear the cobwebs in your genealogy search.

Other helpful associations which you can contact for your genealogy study in Newfoundland are the following:

1.Bay St. George Heritage Association in Stephenville
2.Ferryland Historical Society in Ferryland
3.Alberta Family Histories Society

Other resources which you can check for your Newfoundland genealogy research is Newfoundland’s Grand Banks. This is a genealogy website to help genealogists with their research on Newfoundland. Any person who will visit the said site will be able to locate fundamental data of genealogy and history of the said province. Other useful information is the documents from directories, church, and cemeteries.

The internet is a good venue to learn more about your family lineage in Newfoundland. All you need to do is enter the keywords in a search engine and all relevant information regarding the entered keywords will be shown. These days, there are free genealogy websites which you can check so you will not have to dole out a dollar to find more genealogy information.

Mormon Genealogy: Finding Record through the Family History Center

One of the organizations which have the greatest influence in genealogy growth is the LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.). Their special reasons for doing research are associated with their ancestor’s proxy baptisms. In fact, they publicly open their staggeringly huge databases through their FamilySearch website, their Salt Lake City’s Central Library, and their Family History Centers.

Anyone can utilize the Family History Centers located in the towns across the country. LDS members contribute a big part on the creation of IGI (International Genealogical Index), which is a main surname index of records in the parish, accessible at the Family History Centers and Mormon website.

The Mormons website is the Although biased on the church members needs, this site provides significant information to trace your ancestors. You may find the website too detailed and big because it serves dedicated researchers, church members, and general public.

FHC (Family History Center) Visits

Every genealogist, if given the chance, would love to visit the well known Family History Library of the Mormons in Salt Lake City. However, this is not always possible. Through the Family History Center (FHC), this conflict was solved.

There are more than 3,400 FHCs opened under the Family History Library. These branches operate in sixty four countries providing over 100 thousand microfilm rolls circulating on the FHCs each month.

These records contain vital, land, census, immigration, church, and probate records. Moreover, other valuable genealogical records are also included. All main cities and numerous smaller communities have FHCs. So, it is very accessible.

Using any FHCs is free. The public is really welcome. Community and church volunteers are ready to answer queries and offer assistance. Generally, the Family History Centers are funded and staffed by local congregations of the church, thus these is typically housed in church buildings. FHCs are satellite libraries containing volumes of resources to aid people in their genealogy research. It includes genealogy records, family histories, genealogy maps and books, and family tree databases.

The majority of FHCs houses large numbers of microfiche, microfilm, and books in its permanent collections, open for viewing anytime. However, most records of interest may not be available sometimes at local FHCs. These records need to be requested on loans by an FHC volunteer to the Family History Library. Borrowing materials entails paying for about 3 to 5 dollars per film.

After the request, these records will normally take 2 to 5 weeks before it arrives at the local FHCs. These records remain at the local FHCs for three weeks for the researcher to view before returning to the Family History Library.

Guidelines on how to request records from the Family History Center

The researcher can renew their loan if more time is needed.

Any requested microfiche records can stay at the local FHC through permanent loans.

Renewal of microfilm rolls twice or paid within three rental periods can remain at the local FHCs as permanent loans.

Permanent loans are arranged from the start by asking the Family History Center volunteer and paying the whole three rental period.

Books from the Family History are not allowed to be loaned by the local FHCs. However, these books can be requested to be microfilmed. Ask the help of the local FHC volunteer.

Mormon Family History Center: Helping You Track Your Genealogy

The Family History Library of Mormons in Salt Lake City has been always popular for the Genealogists. However, not all genealogists have the chance to get there.

For instance, if a genealogist is located in Sydney, Australia, he needs to travel a mere 12, 890 km. Aside from the fact that it will be a bit time consuming, and it will also be harsh in the purse.

Good thing, Family History Centers (FHCs) was founded. FCHs are branch libraries of Family History Library. And there are 3,400 FHCs that are operating in 64 countries.

These FHCs circulate a hundred thousand rolls of microfilm to its centers monthly. These microfilm rolls, along with the books and other resources of genealogy do not require the genealogists to travel a long distance anymore.

The FHCs are generally located in the easiest driving distance. This is because these centers are situated both in major cities and smaller communities.

Included in these centers are massive records that are of great genealogical value. Like for instance, census, probate, church records, vital, land and immigration.

There is no need to worry for any fee. FHCs records are accessible for the public for free. These are facilitated by volunteers from the church and community. They are the ones who lend assistance and answer the queries of the visitors.

FHCs are also funded by Church congregations in the locality. For this reason, these are usually situated in the church buildings.

These FHCs are also referred as satellite libraries. And other available resources here that are helpful for the search on genealogy include the genealogy records, family tree databases, genealogy books and maps and family histories.

Most of these FHCs contain massive book collections, series of microfilms as well as microfiche. And all of these may be viewed in any time.

Although, there are many instances wherein the FHCs cannot release the records requested by the researcher instantly. Some of these records are still requested by the FHCs from the main library, which is the Family History Library situated in Salt Lake City.

The request is done by the volunteer in the local FHC. Also, borrowing materials from the main library will require a small fee, roughly, $3.00 to $5.00 each film.

Normally, the records that you requested will take about 2 to 5 weeks before it arrives to the FHC in your locality. The record will remain in the local FHC for 3 weeks. Hence, you would have that span to view and study the record.

If you feel hesitant to visit the FHC because of the thought that these people might persuade you to join in their religion, then don’t be. The Mormons, also known as The Latter Day Saints, believe that family is perpetual.

Therefore, they really encourage and support the family to track their ancestors.

It is a part of their mission to share the records they have accumulated to all the people, religion is not an issue.

Mormon Church Genealogy: Knowing About the History of Mormons

There is no question that religion is definitely needed in a man’s daily life. It gives you a sense of purpose and it also gives you a moral guide. Today, one of the most popular religion and part of the Christian religion is the Latter Day Saint movement or more commonly called as Mormon.

However, not many people know about the genealogy of the Mormon Church. Mormon is considered to be adherents to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. According to history, the term “Mormon” came from the Book of Mormon. This particular book is a religious text that a person named Joseph Smith, Jr. translated. The book contains information about the history of early inhabitants of the Americas and was written and compiled by a prophet called Mormon.

You have to consider that Mormons are neither Protestants nor the members of this religious sect does not consider themselves as a large part of Christianity. However, they do consider themselves as Christians who also believes in Jesus Christ and on what He stood for.

The Mormon’s history is definitely not a very pleasant one. They have struggled and have faced prosecution from other religion and other sect of Christianity. According to the Book of Mormon, the prophet Mormon who lived in the Americas during the 4th century was called by God to compile records about his people and compile it in a single book.

After Mormon’s death, his son named, Moroni witnessed the persecution and complete destruction of his people. He is also the person who buried the original Book of Mormon in a hill called Comorah, which is now called upstate New York.

After 1400 years, Moroni was said to have been sent by God as a messenger to a man named Joseph Smith, Jr. Smith was then sent by Moroni to the book’s burial place and was instructed to translate it into English. Claiming that Smith dont even know about the language that was written in the book, he translated the Book of Mormon completely and accurately. These miraculous events have made Smith as a prophet of God.

However, the struggle of the Mormon people didnt end there. Smith was murdered in 1844 by a mob in a Carthage, Illinois jail. After that terrible year, most of the followers of Latter-day Saints began following Brigham Young who became president of his denomination. He then proceeded to an Exodus to Salt Lake City in Utah, which has now the largest population of Mormons all over the world. Other claimants to the Church presidency led their followers to other locations all over the United States, and some stayed behind Nauvoo, Illinois.

Up until this day, the term “Mormon” was used to describe Brigham Young’s group in Salt Lake City, Utah. However, the other smaller groups have adopted the Latter Day Saints and have made efforts to reject the use of the word “Mormon” to describe their group. They claimed that it made no reference to Jesus on which the Church of Mormon and Latter Day Saints Church is their central figure.

You have to understand that Mormon are very different in terms of theology, practice and culture among other religious sect, such as Mennonites, Religious Society of Friends, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Amish.

These are the genealogy of the Mormon Church. As you can see, Mormons are quite different from other Christian religion and other forms of religious Sect.

LDS Genealogy: The Family History Library and International Genealogical Index

LDS Genealogy: The Family History Library and International Genealogical Index

The Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) holds more than two million rolls of records in microfilms, 300 thousand books, and 400 thousand microfiche. It also contains a complete collection of manuscripts written to help people in their genealogical research, such as family histories, indexes, local histories, and others.

These vast collections of genealogical materials cover most countries all over the world including China, Chile, Hungary, and Netherlands although more emphasis are given to America, Europe, Canada, and Great Britain. Researchers are allowed to search for their ancestor’s original records in their archives.

The library holdings for the United States contain records from numerous courthouses all over the country as well as regional and state archives. Moreover, the records of the 1790 to 1920 U.S. census are also included.

The Family History Library is popular for their excellent assistance and extensive knowledge. The staff of the library helps people by answering their question and guiding them through their library search. Other main sources include the FamilySearch computerized system, likewise the inter-library loan programs maintained by over two thousand branches of the Family History Center all over the world.

The IGI (International Genealogical Index)

This index document births as well as marriages of deceased members of their organization all over the world. It starts with the submission of initial records from both non-members and members of the church. The IGI was launched by the LDS church in 1969. Moreover, the temple records from pre-1970 were extracted. The development of the Extraction Program was made to limit getting records from church archives only. This program has more than 100 volunteers. Some are traveling all over the world to film records. These records are then transcribed by other volunteers on films.

The vital and parish records list published by the Family History Library provide records which are extracted and then listed in the International Genealogical Index from every geographical area as well as the time period, the latest extracted records are also shown. The volunteers copy information of births, christenings, and marriages of deceased individuals recorded in various civil and church vital records, extraction of records does not only focus on the members of LDS church or their ancestral lines.

There are more than 250 million names listed on the IGI. Many names are extracted from records dated from the early 16th centuries to late 19th centuries. The IGI however doesn’t include every individual from any listed country and the names of all individuals from index records.

But the names aren’t limited to the persons related to the LDS members. The accessibility of the IGI is open from the Family History Library and Family History Center all over the country. It is also available at some main libraries and genealogical societies. It is also accessible on a CD-ROM and microfiche.

Never expect that all extracted records listed on the IGI taken from original ones are always accurate. The reliability may always vary. Moreover, the possibility of finding incomplete records may be at stake. Sometimes you may get records containing the dates and names only. The records that are complete are those recorded prior to 1992. But still, the International Genealogical Index is a great source of information.

Shah Genealogy: A Journey into the World of the Ancient

Shah Genealogy: A Journey into the World of the Ancient Nobilities

Genealogy is a science that deals with the outlining of one’s blood relationship and kin, and it is continuously gaining wide popularity among different groups of people today. Whether tried for a serious purpose, like a formal search for a missing relative, or undertaken for the sake of fun and discovery, a personal genealogy study has a lot to offer. It is like a journey to the past, and even to the present, that will show you the various facets of your life and history.

When genealogy as a scholarly field was just in its early stage, it was more concerned with the nobilities and the people with ruling blood, those who belong to the upper circle, and those who enjoy fame, authority, and wealth. And although genealogy today has already widened out in scope, it is still interesting to note how it started.

When you look into shah genealogy, you will find it among the more exciting ventures that you can undertake. It will bring you to the intriguing world of the powerful and the rulers. Shah is a general word that is used to refer to people of influential and noble families. It was first coined in Persia to refer to the title or position of the leader of the land. Later on, this name came to spread out to surrounding regions and became widely accepted and applied among different ruling families to indicate power and position.

As they held prestigious seats during their era, the various shahs ever recorded have contributed much to the formation of the history of the place that they have led. Trying a shah genealogy study will not only guide you to the discovery of the life of the various rulers that have once occupied a place in their corresponding countries. Shah genealogy will actually lead you to the tracing of the general history of the states occupied by these princely people.

The world of the nobility and the rich has always been full of glamour, of intrigue, excitement, and drama. You may not have a ruling blood, but you can actually enjoy the thrills offered by this world through shah genealogy. This will reveal to you the various angles of the life of those who have enjoyed affluence and influence during their time.

Now, genealogy offers a lot more other than its initial focus on the upper class society. In fact, the interest on family history is witnessing a revival in today’s modern era. Genealogists, people considered as experts in this field, occupy a respectable place in the scholarly world. These specialists are actually historians who trace back people using a variety of means and through different information and data which are disclosed and provided by interested parties. They try to uncover the history of an individual, tracing back his origin and ancestry and preserving the heritage of his past in the process.

Genealogy, although typically connected with the past, is actually designed for the enlightenment of the present. It is only when you truly understand your origin that you will really be able to live today to its fullest. Genealogy will allow you to pick the pieces of your life and help you identify where each piece fits to form the whole you.