Historical Record Collections Added in January 2021

Historical Record Collections Added in January 2021

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Cheers to a new year and a new milestone! There are now 13 billion historical records available on MyHeritage! In January, we added 6.5 million records from two new U.S. collections: a birth index from Ohio and an overseas military burial collection.

Here are more details about each of the collections:

American Overseas Military Burials, 1917–1974

This collection contains records of military personnel interred or memorialized at permanent American military cemeteries and memorials operated by the American Battle Monuments Commission. The records contain the name of the deceased, the date of death, rank, unit, serial number, military branch, conflict, cemetery or memorial location, and other information, which may include the plot location and medals received. Most of the sites are located outside of the U.S., except for 3 memorials in Honolulu, New York City, and San Francisco.

Following World War I, the government recognized the need for a burial and repatriation policy for America’s fallen soldiers. The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) was established in 1923 by Congress to be the caretaker of America’s overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorials. Families were allowed to select permanent interment of a loved one’s remains in an American military cemetery on foreign soil or repatriation of the remains to the U.S. for burial in a national or private cemetery. The majority of families chose repatriation, but approximately 30% chose permanent interment in an ABMC cemetery.

These sites, most of which commemorate the service and sacrifice of Americans who served in World War I and World War II, are among the most beautiful in the world. A smaller number of records in this collection include burials from 1853–1917 and from 1974–2019.

The cemeteries and memorials represented in this collection are located in the U.S., France, Holland, England, Belgium, Tunisia, Panama, the Philippines, Italy, Luxembourg, and Mexico.

Below is a picture of the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Romagne (Meuse), France.

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne (Meuse), France [Credit: American Battle Monuments Commission]
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne (Meuse), France [Credit: American Battle Monuments Commission]
One of the more famous cemeteries is the Normandy American Cemetery, in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France
Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France

Search American Overseas Military Burials, 1917–1974

Ohio, Birth Index, 1959–1998

The collection contains an index of 6 million birth certificates from the U.S. state of Ohio. Records include the child’s full name, date of birth, and birthplace (city and county), the registrar’s district, volume, and certificate number pertaining to the child’s birth certificate.

Search Ohio, Birth Index, 1959–1998

Sample Records

Among the records in the American Overseas Military Burials collection is the record of Lesley James McNair, a lieutenant killed in action during World War II.

Military Burial record of Lesley J. Mcnair [Credit: American Overseas Military Burials, 1917–1974]
Military Burial record of Lesley J. Mcnair [Credit: American Overseas Military Burials, 1917–1974]
The birth record of Academy award-winning actress, Halle Berry, can be found in the new Ohio birth index.

Birth record of Halle Berry [Credit: MyHeritage Ohio Birth Index, 1959–1998]
Birth record of Halle Berry [Credit: MyHeritage Ohio Birth Index, 1959–1998]

Summary

We hope these valuable collections offer new avenues for your family history research. Searching these collections on MyHeritage is free. To view these records or to save records to your family tree, you’ll need a Data or Complete plan.

If you have a family tree on MyHeritage, our Record Matching technology will notify you automatically if records from these collections match your relatives. You’ll then be able to review the record and decide if you’d like to add the new information to your tree.

Enjoy the new collections!

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  • Bonnie Quinn


    February 8, 2021

    I’m trying to find my husbands ancestry. They left Ireland (unknown date) and went to Austria or Poland and changed their name. Then came to Canada in the late 1800’s, early 1900’s and changed their name back. What records do I need to trace births in Europe so I can trace back to Ireland

  • Janet M Clarke (nee Long)


    February 27, 2021

    How interesting ! I had a relative – so- many greats called Robert Washingtion Baxter who I’d like to find details of. He went out from Sheffield England ! believe late 1800s. His brother was John Thomas and his father William Baxter. He went to Canada but most of his relatives went to Philadelphia USA’ Thanks for any info.

  • Dorothea Coad


    February 27, 2021

    I am trying to get more information about my father Richard Ignatius Hayden, born James Ritchie in Zortman, MT 1913. Father was Martin Ritchie and mother was Minnie McPherson from Minnesota. WE don’t have there birth info or any of there family history. Also my father was adopted 2 x fro the catholic orphanage in county as the mother passed away. He connected with 2 siblings a sister Mamie in Minnesota and her son Joe, and a brother in Beaverton, OR. I have searched for the past 2 years and need help. His first adoption was to a Ellsworth from Mass. I am his youngest daughter. FYI last name might be spelled Ritchey.