Findmypast announces landmark release of U.S. Marriages Collection

Findmypast announced today that, in partnership with FamilySearch, it will launch the single largest online collection of U.S. marriages in history, with 100 million records covering 360 years of marriages from 1650-2010. More than 60 per cent of these marriage records have never before been published online.  When complete, this collection will comprise 450+ million names from 2,800 of the 3,000 counties in the United States and will be found in its entirety exclusively on Findmypast. The first 33 million records are live and free to the public until February 15. Read more about the collection and start searching here.

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New Records Added to German Genealogy Group Website

New/updated databases have been added to the German Genealogy Group website at

  • On the Links page: Berlin 1957 Directory
  • On the Links page: Hessen Kirchenbucher (Hesse Church Books)
  • Naturalizations – Newark, NJ Petitions 1914­-1984 (200,825 records)
  • Naturalizations – Puerto Rico Declarations & Petitions 1917-1973 (7,311 records)
  • Bavaria & Pfalz Emigration Database, over 10,000 additional names
  • Yearbooks – now 302,131 records
  • Meeting Handouts – (for GGG Members only)

Located on Long Island, the German Genealogy Group is also home to many free databases of New York City vital records.  Please visit their website for more information.

Free access to Findmypast world collections January 22-25

Findmypast will offer free access to billions of records in its world collections starting at 12:00pm on Friday, January 22, and ending at 12:00pm on Monday, January 25. Learn more here. Reminder: NYG&B members enjoy an everyday discount of 50% when they upgrade to a Findmypast World subscription. Details are at the Member Discounts page on our website.

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New online portal to Dutchess County “Ancient Documents”

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The website of the Dutchess County clerk now offers online searching of 12,000 pages from the Ancient Documents collection of eighteenth-century legal papers from the Dutchess County Court of Common Pleas and General Sessions, which began operation in 1721. The collection may be searched by name, keyword, record type, offense, location and year. The New York State Archives Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund  helped underwrite this three-phase project, whose final phase will commence this year.

The journal of the Dutchess County Genealogical Society, The Dutchess, published a surname index of the Ancient Documents collection in more than 50 installments, starting with vol. 21, no. 2.



Additional New York Newspapers Digitized

GenealogyBank has added six New York titles and updated a New Jersey newspaper in their collection:

New Jersey Jersey City Jersey Journal 2/22/1967 12/15/1969
New York Brooklyn Bay News & Brooklyn Graphic New! 5/2/2008 Current
New York Brooklyn Bay Ridge Courier New! 8/11/2011 Current
New York Brooklyn Brooklyn Courier New! 5/2/2008 Current
New York Brooklyn Kings Courier New! 9/30/2011 Current
New York Brooklyn Mill-Marine Courier New! 5/2/2008 Current
New York New York East Villager New! 12/16/2010 Current