Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What's Coming in 2010 - and a New Website!

Happy New Year!

While I don't have any new pages or updates to report (I've been busy with holiday happenings and family gatherings, as I'm sure many of you are), I would like to let you know of some things to watch for in 2010.

Today I received an email from the New England Historical and Genealogical Society. They have added the following directories to their subscription website:
  • Cleveland, Ohio: Boyd’s Directory, 1857 
  • Medford, Mass.: 1930
  • Mobile, Ala.: 1838
  • Norwalk, Ohio: 1875
  • Sacramento, Calif.: 1882
  • Toronto, Ont.: 1856
Don't have a subscription to NEHGS? See if your local library does. Mine, the Spokane Public Library, recently added an in-building subscription.
    Look for free Polk directories for cities in Washington State to appear on the Washington State Digital Archives website sometime in 2010 (I'll send out a notice).

    Ancestry has announced the following databases will be available in 2010.
    • Scottish city directories, 1800s–1900s - probably World Deluxe subscription and/or UK subscription
    • Canadian city and area directories, 1800s–1900s - probably World Deluxe and/or Canadian subscription
    • 1950s U.S. city directories (billed as 1950 census substitute) - U.S. Deluxe subscription
    Again, check your local library to see if they have Ancestry's Library Edition (US libraries) to access city directories (and many other records and databases) for free.

    And finally, while this has nothing to do with historical directories, I did want to announce to you, my readers of another new website I've started, the Online Historical Newspapers Website. Like the Online Historical Directories Website, you'll find links digitized historical newspapers online available for free or through subscription. This site will not link to transcribed articles or obituaries, but to whole digitized newspapers only!  And like the directories site, there is a corresponding blog for the newspapers site to keep you updated of changes and additions. Please add the site and the blog to your list of resources!

    Happy New Year to you and yours. May 2010 see the coming down of brick walls and successful research!

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