Tuesday, August 16, 2011

FamilySearch YouTube Channel

FamilySearch has unveiled a newly updated YouTube channel giving viewers an informative, fun and fascinating look at several different aspects of genealogy through a growing number of videos in five playlists. High quality videos are available for the rookie genealogist and the seasoned veteran alike. The Genealogy in 5 Minutes playlist demonstrates how, in just a few minutes, individuals with little or no genealogy experience can make some headway on their family's history. The Woven Generations playlist features powerful, personal experiences from those who have found success or inspiration through family history work. Additionally, FamilySearch sent camera crews to Virginia, Ohio, California, Indiana and other locations for a closer look at how FamilySearch works with societies and archives to provide access to more records online and to further mutual interests in family history. These videos can be found in the Societies and Archives playlist. These videos and others are available at YouTube.com/FamilySearch and can be powerful tools in family history. Check out the videos and share them with your family and friends!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Newspaper Archive Now Available

An additional site, "Access Newspaper Archive", has been added to the other subscription fee-based Premium Family History Websites offered for free at Family History Centers. Here is a description of the site: NewspaperARCHIVE.com is the world's largest online newspaper archive. Featuring billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U.S. and the world, NewspaperARCHIVE makes exploring history and genealogy easy and fun. Discover fascinating news in archived newspapers hundreds of years old -- including obituaries, birth announcements, sports articles, comics, and more -- to fill in the life stories you are interested in. All newspapers are full-page and fully searchable. Try exploring and discover your history today!

Free Online Collections

The latest additions to FamilySearch's free online collection of historic record collections have pushed the total to 600! There are new international records from Argentine, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, France, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, U.S. and Wales. The updates to the U.S. collections include: California, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and the Virgin Islands.