Colorado researchers have a new resource in our tool kit: MyHeritage Library Edition! This tool was developed in 2003 and each year has gotten better as it continues to expand.
The Collection Catalog facilitates an ease of finding what is available at MyHeritage. Researchers have access to various record groups such as: Census; Family Trees; Birth, Marriage, and Death Records; Photos; Military; and Immigration and Travel. You can also search newspapers; public records; schools and universities; directories; histories; government, land, court and wills; and maps.
Census records and indexes are the backbone of American genealogical research. A full complement of U.S. census records are available for 1790 through 1940. (Sorry, the 1890 is still burned.) Canadian census records are searchable beginning in 1825 for a handful of regions and available for 1851-1911. England and Wales census records can be searched beginning with 1841-1911, and Irish census records are searchable for 1901 and 1911. Scottish census extracts are searchable for 1851, 1861, and 1871. There are limited census and church records waiting to be explored for Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Argentina, Venezuela, and Costa Rica.
With over 2.5 billion entries in MyHeritage Family Trees, researchers might discover new ancestors and distant relatives. Also mirrored in the Family Tree section are compiled family trees and genealogies from FamilySearch, Wiki Tree, Geni World Trees, and Evertons Pedigree and Family Group Sheets.
Of interest to researchers will be collections of: birth, marriage, and death records from various geographic areas; photos from books and family histories along with photographic collections; military enlistment and pension records from various conflicts; immigration and travel records from ships’ passenger and crew lists, passport applications, and naturalization files; and newspapers from across the globe fully searchable by name and key words.
What arrested my attention were the 84 million digitized pages from almost 500,000 printed sources, such as books and genealogy periodicals and magazines. Also useful categories are: Public Records; and School and University, Alumni Directories and Yearbooks. The section for Directories, Guides and References has many city directories and telephone books. The Histories, Memories and Biographies section allows the genealogists to search through compiled family histories and genealogies, along with other biographical works.
The section for Government, Land, Court, and Wills seems such a catch-all until you look at it and find lovely records usually found on site in courthouse explorations. The Maps section links to digitized and indexed maps from around the globe. Genealogists are good geographers, and this section will merit more than a cursory glance.
MyHeritage is a vital tool to be savored as you explore the lives of your ancestors and you discover your family’s history.
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