New Historical Records Added in May 2018

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We’ve reached a new huge milestone — we now have over 9 billion historical records in MyHeritage SuperSearch™! After achieving our huge milestone of over 8 billion historical records, we have added another one billion records in less than 10 months.

In this update, we are announcing 11 new collections with a total of 9,847,828 million new historical records.

Here is a breakdown of the new records added:

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Connecticut Newspapers, 1791-2009
A compendium of newspapers published in various cities and towns in the state of Connecticut from 1791 until 2009.

2,343,327 pages in 23 newspaper titles
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Maine Newspapers, 1861-2008
As above for Maine, from 1861 until 2008.

2,137,531 pages in 16 newspaper titles
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New Hampshire Newspapers, 1869-2008
As above for New Hampshire, from 1869 until 2008.

649,473 pages in 7 newspaper titles
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Rhode Island Newspapers, 1778-1938
As above for Rhode Island, from 1778 until 1938.

594,209 pages from 26 newspaper titles
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Delaware Newspapers, 1880-2009
As above for Delaware, from 1880 until 2009.

126,331 pages in 3 newspaper titles
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Denmark Census, 1840
The 1840 census of Denmark, which included the kingdom of Denmark and also the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein.

1,621,400 records
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Denmark Census, 1834
The 1834 census of Denmark.

1,134,062 records
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New Jersey Marriage License Index, 1901-1914
An index to marriage licenses filed at the New Jersey State Clerk Offices from 1901 to 1914. The index contains the given names and surnames of both the bride and the groom, the year of the license application, and the state file number.

769,976 records

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New Jersey Birth Index 1901-1903
An index to births filed at the New Jersey State Clerk Offices from 1901-1903. The index contains the given and surname of the child, the father, and the mother, the year of birth, and the state file number.

272,250 records
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New Jersey Death Index 1901-1903
An index to deaths filed at the New Jersey State Clerk Offices from 1901-1903. The index contains the given and surname of the deceased, the year of death, and the state file number.

96,216 records
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Queensland, Australia Passenger and Crew Lists, 1852-1885
An index to inwards passenger and crew lists arriving in Brisbane and Moreton Bay between 1852 and 1885, sourced from the Collector of Customs (Brisbane) records, held at the National Archives of Australia, Brisbane

103,053 records
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Newspaper Collections from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Delaware, and Rhode Island

This is the next installment in our U.S. newspaper collections. We have added 5,850,871 pages from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Delaware and Rhode Island newspapers.

These newspapers were processed via our OCR (Optical Character Recognition) lab in Utah. The lab enables us to look through historical newspapers and books at high capacity and tag the text effectively.

Before vital records were recorded by city, county, or state governments, local newspapers often published articles listing or detailing these events. Obituaries contain vital and biographical information on the decedent but also on his or her family and relatives.

In addition to obituaries and other vital record substitutes such as birth, marriage, and death notices, newspapers may also contain society pages and stories of local interest. These pages contain information on activities and events in the community that may enrich other genealogical and family history details already collected.

Society pages began as a way to entice readers with gossip and news about the wealthy and famous but soon evolved to cover the goings-on of “average” citizens. An incredible array of information can be discovered in these society pages or sections from seemingly mundane notices and reports on events such as parties, job changes, hospital stays, and social visits by friends or relatives. These pages are a source of historical events that are unlikely to exist in any other record.

Connecticut Newspapers, 1791-2009

This collection is a compendium of 2,343,327 pages from 23 newspaper titles that were published in a variety of cities and towns in Connecticut from the 1790’s until 2009.

Take for example this newspaper article taken from the Meriden Record about Vincent Lamberti, a Yale-educated chemist, the creator of Dove soap, the first non-animal detergent soap.

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Maine Newspapers, 1861-2008

This collection is a compendium of 2,137,531 pages from 16 newspaper titles published in various cities and towns in the state of Maine from 1861 until 2008.

In a society page from the Sun Journal, the local Lewistown newspaper, Cynthia McFadden was featured early on in her career, where she was named the Development Head of St. Mary’s and Marcotte Nursing Home. In McFadden’s later career, she would become an esteemed national broadcast journalist and correspondent for NBC and ABC.

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New Hampshire Newspapers, 1869-2008

This 649,473 page collection spans 7 different newspapers published in various cities and towns in the state of New Hampshire from 1869 until 2008.

This collection includes an article about Ralph Henry Baer (1922-2014), an engineer and inventor of the home video game console, credited with over 50 worldwide patents. Baer was awarded the 1980 “Inventor of the Year” by the New York Patent Law Association.

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Rhode Island Newspapers, 1778-1938

This collection consists of 594,209 pages from 26 different newspaper titles in various cities and towns in the state of Rhode Island from 1778-1938.

Below find an excerpt from “The Moon”, a non- fiction piece written by Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) that was featured on Oct 19, 1906 in the Pawtuxet Valley Gleaner. Lovecraft was an American journalist and author who would later gain posthumous acclaim for his works of horror and science fiction.

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Delaware Newspapers, 1880-2009

This collection is comprised of 126,331 pages from 3 newspaper titles.

Taken from the Delmarva Star, a Wilmington Delaware newspaper, is a biographical piece on Annie J. Cannon, a renown American astronomer. Despite being deaf, Annie was the valedictorian of her class at Wellesley University and led a highly successful career, developing the modern day star cataloging system as well as classifying 350,000 stars, more than any other individual in a lifetime.

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Denmark Census 1840

There are 1,621,400 records in this census, taken on February 1, 1840. The census covered the kingdom of Denmark and also the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein, that are now part of Germany. Information recorded in the census includes the name, residence, age, marital status, and either position in family or occupation.

For market towns (købstad), the census was organized by county (amt), town (købstad), and street (gade). For rural areas, the census was organized by county (amt), district (herred), and parish (sogn). For the municipalities (kommune) of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg, the census was organized by municipality, and then street (gade).

Drawn from the 1840 Census, is the record of Danish sculptor, Berhl Abert Thorvaldsen, who is known for his neoclassical works such as Jason with the Golden Fleece and Christ and the Twelve Apostles. Thorvaldsen was residing at Kongens Nytorv in Copenhagen.

This collection is provided in partnership with the Danish National Archives (Rigsarkivet).

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Denmark Census 1834

The 1834 Census of Denmark, taken on February 18, 1834 consists of 1,134,062 records. The census covered just the kingdom of Denmark, and does not include the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein. The information recorded includes the name, residence, age, marital status, and either position in family or occupation.

From this collection is the census record of Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann, a Danish composer and organist who was also the founder of the Danish Musical Association and a teacher at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

Like the 1840 Census record, this collection is provided in partnership with the Danish National Archives (Rigsarkivet).

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New Jersey Marriage License Index, 1901-1914

The 769,976 records added are an index of marriage licenses that were filed at the New Jersey State Clerk Offices from 1901 to 1914. In addition to the given names and surnames of both the bride and the groom, the Index also contains the year of the license application and the state file number.

Marriage records are an important genealogical record as they not only record information about the bride, the groom, and their residence when the marriage occurred but often contain additional information such as birth dates, birthplaces, occupations, and whether single, widowed or divorced at the time of the marriage. Often a marriage license will also contain information about the parents of the bride and groom including the parents’ names and birthplaces.

The original records are available on microfilm at the New Jersey State Archive and are organized alphabetically by the groom’s surname and the year of marriage. We’d like to thank Debbie Hadley, a New Jersey genealogist, and blogger at bringoutyerdead.com for her extensive research.

A sample New Jersey marriage record is that of Enoch Lewis Johnson, known as “Nucky” Johnson, a New Jersey politician who also led an Atlantic City bootlegging business during the Prohibition era of the 1920’s. Below, you can locate the record of his first marriage in 1906 to Mabel Jeffries, his high school sweetheart.

The images in the New Jersey Marriage License Index 1901-1914, have been obtained through the incredible work and efforts of Reclaim the Records. We thank this organization, led by Brooke Schreier Ganz, for its important work in bringing public records to the public.

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New Jersey Birth Index 1901-1903

The 272,250 New Jersey birth records are one of the main sources of information regarding New Jersey families. They were typically issued within a couple of days of a birth, and they contain the parents’ names and sometimes additional details such as places of birth, ages, number of children and religious affiliation for baptism and christening records. These records have also been obtained through Reclaim the Records.

Among this collection, is a birth index record of Gregory Goodwin Pincus, an American biologist and researcher. He was most well known for his study of hormonal biology, and the co-invention of the oral contraceptive pill. Pincus was born in Woodbine, New Jersey on April 9, 1903.

In addition to Gregory’s birth index record, is the 1902 birth record of Angelo DeCarlo of the infamous New York City Genovese crime family.

DeCarlo’s criminal activities eventually lead to a highly notable federal investigation that included wiretapped conversations where Decarlo implicated Frank Sinatra and several New Jersey politicians in his organized criminal activities. Below you can find his birth record.

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New Jersey Death Index 1901-1903

This collection of 96,216 records is an index to deaths filed at the New Jersey State Clerk Office and contains the given and surname of the deceased, the year of death, and the state file number. Death certificates represent one of the key primary sources for family information, typically being issued within days of a death and having many details about a person’s life. Frequently, they contain age, birthplace, parents’ names and birthplaces, and the cause of death. These records have also been obtained through Reclaim the Records.

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Queensland, Australia Passenger and Crew Lists, 1852-1885

The 103,053 records in this collection form an index to the passenger and crew lists arriving in Brisbane and Moreton Bay between 1852 and 1885, sourced from the Collector of Customs (Brisbane) records, held at the National Archives of Australia, Brisbane. The index covers over 100,000 individuals from 485 different voyages. There are also some lists of outward-bound passenger ships. Information provided may include name of passenger or crew member, age, marital status, occupation, name of ship, departure date, and place, and arrival date and place.

This collection was produced by Queensland Family History Society, www.qfhs.org.au, as a project supported by the Queensland government through its Q150 Community Funding Program.

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Summary

All of these newly digitized collections are now available on MyHeritage SuperSearch™. Searching these collections is free and a MyHeritage Data subscription is required to view records from these collections and to save them to your family tree or to confirm Record Matches. We hope you enjoy searching through these collections and gain new insights into your family history. Have fun searching them and let us know what you discover!

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  • Arnold Chamove


    June 5, 2018

    Many people went to Oroville, California for the gold rush, and the newspapers of that time were kept by the Historical Society there. It would be so interesting to read about daily life in those times.

  • Sally


    June 15, 2018

    Thank you for doing all this exciting work on our behalf

  • Rodel Joy Dela Cruz


    June 16, 2018

    I hope there are also historical records coming from the Philippines during the Spanish colonization from, at least, year 1750s to 1950s, especially in the Visayan Islands. 🙂

  • Carol Powless Toole


    June 19, 2018

    It would be nice to have more information on Indians from Six Nations Reserve in Canada.

    • Marianne Melcherts


      June 19, 2018

      Hi Carol.Thank you for your suggestion, we appreciate your input. Marianne MyHeritage Team