Pennsylvania and new jersey have
large databases online
july 6, 2014
Pennsylvania put its initial batch of state death and birth certificates online at Ancestry.com. Open records are online 50 years after death certificates and 105 years for birth certificates. The certificates begin in 1906, when it began on a statewide basis, and the database begins on that date through 1924. Additional dates will be added as they are completed. They predict the completion of adding the 1925-1944 certificates by June. Check in these records for stillbirths in both birth and death records. Ancestry.com’s website gives the following information regarding the details for death certificates.
Death certificates recorded the following details:
name and residence of the decedent
city and county of death
gender and race
age and date of birth
place of birth
parents' names and birthplaces
date of death
dates attended by physician
cause of death
attending physician and address
length of stay in hospital or institution or length of residency for transients or recent arrivals
place of burial or removal
date of burial
undertaker name and address
name and address of informant
To access this information, go to http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5164&sf3378546=1.
PENNSYLVANIA AND NEW JERSEY, CHURCH AND TOWN RECORDS, 1708-1985: Those looking for a large collection of records containing church and town records containing birth, marriage and death records in Pennsylvania and New Jersey will want to check this site, http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2451.
MOCAVO BOUGHT BY ANOTHER GENEALOGY COMPANY: Mocavo.com announced they have been purchased by FindMyPast/DC Thomson FamilyHistory. Their announcement says it is a major turning point for Mocavo, but the company will continue the building of free databases online. It is currently working on the U.S. Census Index. Mocavo will be the first commercial provider to present this online. At this time, it appears to be a win, win position for the companies. The link is www.mocavo.com. Check them out if you are curious.
ONLINE NEWSPAPER INVESTIGATED: The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is investigating Heritage Microfilm and NewspaperArchive.com for “not allowing subscribers to cancel services, refusing to grant refunds and failing to answer calls or emails. See more at: http://thegazette.com/subject/news/cedar-rapids-company-under-state-review-after-complaints-20140622#sthash.GLKUAzxG.dpuf. Even Albuquerque, N.M., genealogist Kerry Scott blasted NewspaperArchive.com for renewing her subscription and charged her credit card for “donations” to a charity, because Scott had not seen a box online where she had to opt out of her subscription. In early 2013, Scott bought the subscription for the advertised cost of $71.88, but they billed her credit card for $95.88.
GENES WILL OUT: The study on our favorite foods being related to what our grandparents chose to eat is fascinating. According to this report, it even affects whether or not we love sweets, or maybe prefer sour tastes. Read about this at http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2014/06/05/our-tastes-for-certain-foods-may-be-written-in-our-genes/#.U5y3wmS9Kc0.
Brenda Kellow has a bachelor's degree in history, teaches, and lectures on genealogy. Before retiring to publish her family’s histories in 2007, Brenda held certification as a Certified Genealogist and as a Certified Genealogical Instructor. Send reunion announcements, books to review, and genealogy queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.