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Improvements in Search User Experience

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Bottom of Image and Transcript pages showing the database; citation, description, search tips, and help links

We are happy to deliver some new capabilities tooday to improve your search experience. The new capabilities include:

  • Database information at bottom of Image and Transcript Pages – the database citation, description, search tips and help links are now displayed at the bottom of the page. This saves you the trouble of having to link off to a new page to get valuable contextual information when reviewing search results. So, don’t forget to page down!
  • Streamlined headings for the Image and Transcript pages – with the database information now on the results page, we have been able to shrink the space at the top of the page by about an inch. This gives you more visibility on your results with less scrolling
  • Print Search Results – When you are viewing your search results, you can now print the page out using the new button on the screen. The print includes only the actual search results, and just for the page you have currently selected.

The pictures below highlight where to look for these new capabilities.

Top of Image and Transcript pages showing streamlined headings and new buttons for New Search and Favorites

Search results page with the new Print button highlighted

As we deliver updates to the database search capabilities on American Ancestors, we will continue to let you know through DB News. We hope you enjoy this update, and wish you the best of luck in your research!

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Update to Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880

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John Alden House post card – Public Domain, courtesy of Digital Commonwealth

We have added three new volumes to the searchable database of authenticated Mayflower Pilgrim genealogies, Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880:

  • Alden, John (Vol. 16, p. 2)
  • Alden, John (Vol. 16, p. 3)
  • Alden, John (Vol. 16, p. 4)

This update adds over 65,000 names, and delivers three of the four volumes dedicated to the descendants of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.

This database is being constructed from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) very well-known series of books Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, Mass., December 1620 which document the first generation of descendants of the Pilgrims. Through our partnership with GSMD, American Ancestors is delivering this database with a full index of the fifth-generation descendants, and their children, coupled with the page images for those people.

The database index includes birth, baptism, marriage, death, and deed records for these individuals, and where available, the names of parents and spouses. We thank our volunteers for all their efforts in bringing this newly searchable data to you!

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.

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Update to Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880

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“Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor,” by William Halsall, 1882 at Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA. United States Public Domain.

We have added two new volumes to the searchable database of authenticated Mayflower Pilgrim genealogies, Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880:

  • Warren, Richard (Vol. 18, p. 3)
  • White, William (Vol. 13)

This database is being constructed from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) very well-known series of books Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, Mass., December 1620 which document the first generation of descendants of the Pilgrims. Through our partnership with GSMD, American Ancestors is delivering this database with a full index of the fifth-generation descendants, and their children, coupled with the page images for those people.

This database index includes birth, baptism, marriage, death, and deed records for these individuals, and where available, the names of parents and spouses. We thank our volunteers for all their efforts in bringing this data to you.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.

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Update to Maine: Marriages by Reverend H.F.A. Patterson, 1854-1892

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Falls on the Saco river in West Buxton, Maine

We have updated the index to Maine: Marriages by Reverend H.F.A. Patterson, 1854-1892  to enable searches by first name and last name, spouse names, dates and locations. It is also still possible to do a Keyword search on the full transcription. Reverend Henry Fitz Allen Patterson served the Maine Conference of the Methodist Episcopal church, primarily in the counties of Cumberland, York, and Penobscot, but performed marriages in other counties and states as well. This database is an index of Rev. Patterson’s hand-written marriage records.

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Enhanced Kennebunkport, ME: Voters for Town Officers, March 1833

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Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

We have updated the index to Kennebunkport, ME: Voters for Town Officers, March 1833  so that it is now searchable by first name and last name, in addition to Keyword search. This database provides a list of all the residents  who voted in the town officer elections of 1833. The records include the name, date and location (Kennebunkport)

Sample search results

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Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880

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We are very excited to announce the creation of a new searchable database of authenticated Mayflower Pilgrim genealogies; Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880. The General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) has published the very well-known series of books Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, Mass., December 1620 which document the first generation of descendants of the Pilgrims. Also known as the “Silver Books” this series is organized with separate volumes for each for these founding families.

Through a newly announced partnership with GSMD, American Ancestors is delivering this database with a full index of the fifth-generation descendants coupled with the page images for those people. The volumes in this collection are aligned with the volume numbers of the original series of books. Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated volunteers, we are releasing the following volumes today:

  • Chilton, James and More, Richard (Vol. 15)
  • Eaton, Francis (Vol. 9)
  • Fuller, Edward (Vol. 4)
  • Fuller, Samuel (Vol. 10)
  • Howland, John (Vol. 23, p. 2)
  • Priest, Degory (Vol. 8)
  • Winslow, Edward (Vol. 5)

This database index includes birth, baptism, marriage, death, and deed records for these individuals, and where available, the names of parents and spouses.

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Addition to the North American Cemetery Transcriptions

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Franklin County Court House. Image Credit: Back2reality06 at en.wikipedia, via Wikimedia Commons

Addition to the North American Cemetery Transcriptions
Five new volumes have been added to the North American Cemetery Transcriptions from NEHGS Manuscripts, 1642-1977 database which provide extensive coverage of Franklin County, Maine. The excellent indexing efforts of our volunteers has added over 30,000 new records and 57,000 new searchable names. The new volumes are:

  • ME, Franklin: Various (MSS A 4724 Vol. 1)
  • ME, Franklin: Various (MSS A 4724 Vol. 2)
  • ME, Franklin: Various (MSS A 4724 Vol. 3)
  • ME, Franklin: Various (MSS A 4724 Vol. 4)
  • ME, Franklin: Various (MSS A 4724 Vol. 5)

Franklin county was formed from lands previously belonging to Kennebec, Oxford, and Somerset counties on May 9, 1838. It is in the west of the state, and as of the 2010 census, it was the second least populated county in Maine. Simon Titcomb, Jr., 1782-1830, is said to be the first child born to the settlers in Franklin County, and the transcription of his cemetery marker can be found here.

The index for these records includes birth and death records with full names, cemetery locations, and names of parents and spouses where available.

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Database Name Spring Cleaning

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Image Credit: Sally Wilson (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

We have been making some updates to better standardize our database names and make them more convenient for your research. Highlights include:

  • Location oriented databases – They are consistently prefixed. For the United States and Canada, they will start with the city and state or province code, followed by the description, and ended with the year range for that collection (when possible). For databases from other countries, they will start with the country name. Examples include:
    o Massachusetts: Jewish Cemeteries from American Jewish Historical Society, 1875-2012
    o New Castle, NH: Record Book, 1745-1937
    o Australia: Fortune Hunters, 1808-1857
  • Census – National census start with the country name then year and description, and local censuses have the city and state or provide code followed by the year. Examples include:
    o Norway: Census, 1875
    o Massachusetts: 1855 State Census
    o Framingham, MA: Census of the East Ward, 1837
  • Journals and Periodicals – These start with the name of the journal and periodical. If the database contains only extracted records and dates from the journal or periodical, a description and year range is included. Examples include:
    o Connecticut Nutmegger
    o Albany Argus: Records of Deaths and Marriages, 1826-1828
    o New Hampshire Gazette: Vital Records, 1756-1800

Of course, you can always browse the Database List A-Z to search the full range of databases if you don’t immediately find what you are looking for. And if you have bookmarked specific pages or saved search results in your trees – fear not, these references will be automatically redirected to use the new database names.

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Enhanced Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to N.E. 1620-1633

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Great Migration Begins 3 volume set

We have greatly expanded the index to Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to N.E. 1620-1633, Vols. I-III. There are nearly 15,000 new birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial records that include the person’s full name and event date, as well as spouse and parent names where available. Searchable emigration and residence records for the featured persons in these volumes have also been added. For those people that may have saved URL’s from the original name-only index, these records are still available.

Search Tip: You can now try to include family members to help focus results. For example, a search for records on Priscilla Mullins that includes father of William returns the following:

Priscilla Mullins sample search

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.

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Update to Salisbury, MA: Marriages by Elder Jabez True, 1812-1835

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We have just updated the database Salisbury, MA: Marriages by Elder Jabez True, 1812-1835. It can now be searched by both spouse’s first and last names and the date of the marriage. The images of the original fragile manuscript are provided. Elder True lived from 1764 to 1835, and was a minister in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts for forty years.

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