Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ancestry.com and NARA (USA) Launch Two Collections

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) [USA] and Ancestry.com, a subscription service, launched two collections: Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1963-1974 (previously only available in NARA research rooms) and Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900-1953 (not available on line previously).

The launch of "Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1963-1974" is a first installment of more than 80,000 records consisting of letters, formal reports, passports and other key historical documents that verify deaths of Americans overseas.

The Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900-1953, consists of more than 1.4 million records of passenger arrivals to Honolulu, Hawaii.

The NARA began agreements with several firms to digitize NARA records collections. Ancestry.com has had a relationship with NARA since 2008. NARA and Ancestry.com also announced an expansion of their existing agreement to digitize NARA records at Ancestry's new facility in the Washington D.C. area. This is the first time NARA has partnered to have records scanned off site.

To read more about the NARA-Ancestry.com relationship and launch of the two collections see: http://corporate.ancestry.com/press/press-releases/view/?id=494

Jan Meisels Allen
Director, IAJGS and
Chairperson, Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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