Tuesday, August 6, 2013

FamilySearch.org reaches 100,000 mark

FamilySearch has announced a milestone in its collection of Family History Books.

One hundred thousand books have now been scanned by the partnership of the Family History Library, Allen County Public Library, and several other important family history libraries in the world.

These books are online and available to search and use on the FamilySearch.org website. You can reach the collection by clicking Search and then Books or by simply clicking the link above.

The majority of the books online are family histories, with a smaller portion made up of cemetery records, local and county histories, genealogy magazines, and how-to-books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees.

These valuable aids are viewed by more than 100,000 people a month.

To view the books, go to https://books.familysearch.org/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?dscnt=1&dstmp=1375809771058&vid=FHD_PUBLIC&fromLogin=true 

Protecting Ontario’s cemeteries

Have you read this invitation from the OGS?

“Do you have a GPS system? Would you like to assist the Ontario Genealogical Society and the  Ontario Historical Society in protecting Ontario’s cemeteries? If you do, then we have the job for you!

This is what you can do to help.

The Registrar of Cemeteries requires accurate location information to help identify the cemeteries that are not registered.  If you pass an entrance to a cemetery in your travels, could you record the GPS location? We are asking you to be especially mindful of the county and township where the cemetery is located. Therefore, when you send the information to the Society, we kindly request that you list the following information:

• The name of the Cemetery

• The County in which the cemetery is located, if known (i.e., Durham, Niagara, Carleton etc.)

• If possible, the Historical township (as listed on the OGS Ontario Cemetery Locator),

• The street name

• And of course, the GPS co-ordinates

Some of our volunteers have advised us that they take the GPS readings at the entrance of the cemetery as this provides the most accurate location information.

To date we know of 12 Riverside Cemeteries around the province, 48 St. John’s Anglican Cemeteries and 11 Zion Cemeteries just to name a few. Don’t worry if you find that a cemetery has been registered, someone else will have the benefit of your work”.

All GPS information you gather may be forwarded to cemeteries@ogs.on.ca

The OGS web site is at www.ogs.on.ca/index.php

The OHS web site is at www.ontariohistoricalsociety.ca