Tim Sullivan, CEO, The Generations Network, Inc. wrote in a recent press release about the the advances Ancestry.com has made in the last year. Among the new offerings are:
7 billion names in over 25,000 databases and titles on Ancestry.com. Below are just a few of the U.S. record collections recently released.
Census and Voter Records
- California Voter Registrations (1900-1968) – 30 million names
- New Jersey State Census (1895) – 1.5 million names
- U.S. Naturalization Records Indexes (1794-1995) – 2.9 million names
- U.S. Passport Applications (1795-1925) – 2.4 million names
- U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments (1798-1914) – 1.3 million names
- Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans (1879-1903) – 170,000 records
- U.S. Navy Cruise Books (1940 onward) – 66,000 records
Birth, Marriage, and Death Records
- Tennessee Marriages (1765-2002) – 6.8 million names
- Missouri Birth, Marriage, and Death Records – 11 million names
- North Carolina Death Collection (1908-2004) – 4.2 million names
- North Carolina Divorce Index (1958-2004) – 2.3 million names
Court, Land, Wills, and Financial Records
- U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists (1862-1918) – 8.8 million names
- U.S. General Land Office Records (1796-1907) – 2.3 million names
The press release said the company hopes to add soon:
- Historical newspapers – Doubling the size of the historical newspaper collection with the addition of 20 million images and over 1 billion names. In addition, within the year they will release another installment of newspapers.
- Cook County, Illinois Birth, Marriage, and Death Records (1871-1988) – This collection of vital records includes 24 million names, beginning in 1871 following the great Chicago fire.
- U.S. Yearbook Collection – 6 million names and more than 6,000 yearbooks from various schools across the United States.
- U.S. City Directories – 50 million names and 1 million images.
- Florida State Census (update) – 4 million names added to the Florida State Censuses representing the years 1867, 1875, 1935, and 1945.
International Sites and Collections
In 2007, Ancestry expanded into four new international markets – Ancestry.de in Germany, Ancestry.it in Italy, Ancestry.fr in France, and Ancestry.se in Sweden. The international sites join Ancestry.ca in Canada, Ancestry.co.uk in the United Kingdom, and Ancestry.com.au in Australia.
Ancestry.com is also working with Shanghai Library to digitize and index their totally unique collection of Chinese family histories (or Jiapu), and are to be unveiling a Chinese-language Ancestry site in the coming months. They will also be introducing a Spanish-language Ancestry site to our international mix.
New International Content
- Drouin Collection of French-Canadian Vital and Church Records (1621-1967) – 37 million names
- Slave Registers of former British Colonial Dependencies (1812-1834) – 2.9 million names
- British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards (1914-1920) – 4.8 million names
- Griffith’s Valuation of Ireland (1848-1864) – 1 million names
- German City Directories (1797-1945) – 32 million names
- Ontario, Canada Births, Marriages, and Deaths – 10.7 million names
- Swedish Emigration Records (1783-1951) – 1.7 million names
International Content to Come
- Chinese Jiapu Collection (2000 BC-1950s) – More than 1,200 Chinese family histories containing more than 2 million images in total.
- Bremen Ships Content (1815-1917) – A detailed collection of more than 20,000 birth, death, desertions, and passenger registrations, which complements the existing Bremen content in the U.S. passenger list collection.
- British Army Service Records (1914-1920) – Service records for more than 1.2 million British soldiers who fought in WWI.
- Canadian Passenger Lists (1865-1935) – 8 million names of immigrants and other travelers arriving to Quebec and other major ports during that timeframe.
- Paris Vital Records (1798-1902) – 12 million names found in original parish and civil records dating from the 1700s through the early 20th century.
- Deutsche Telecom (1881-1981) – An estimated 70 million names contained in German phone books.
- Australian Free Settlers Collection (1826-1922) – 9 million names of free settlers and travelers to Australia.
- Como Italian Tribunals (1866-1936) – 10 million names in Civil Registration Records from the province of Como.
- Inbound UK Passenger Lists (1878-1960) – 20 million names of those passengers traveling to the UK.