Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org recently announced an agreement to provide approximately 1 billion global historical records from the FamilySearch vault available online to the public during the next five years.
The two services will work together to digitize, index and publish the records. They will also consider other ways to share content across the two organizations, add to the digitized records shared across the two websites and add record projects during the next five years.
Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry.com and FamilySearch President Dennis Brimhall said, “This agreement sets a path for the future of Ancestry.com and FamilySearch to share international sets of records more collaboratively — it will help millions of people discover and share their family's history.”
The companies also announced in early 2013 that they plan to publish 140 million U.S. wills and probate images and indexes created between 1800 through 1930 during the next three years.
The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia's annual Harvest Fest will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Our Lord's Lutheran Church, 2900 W Hefner Rd.
The event will feature fellowship, entertainment, opportunities to share information and traditional German-Russian food. Fee is $10 per person. For more information, email Karlene Grosz, AHSGR publicity chairman, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ellen John will present “Revealed in Chancery Court Records” at the Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Lawton Public Library, 110 SW 4th St., Lawton.
Beginning family researchers tend to search for marriage records, birth and death records, deeds and wills. John will discuss how information and family connections can be found in other types of records such as chancery court records.
Chancery Courts originated in England and many of our early states established these courts. Since chancery cases dealt with issues of equity rather than law, they often contain lengthy depositions, similar to oral histories, and also can hold other valuable materials in the form of exhibits submitted to the court. It is not uncommon to find land plats, correspondence, wills, publications, photographs, architectural drawings and the like as exhibits.
The Cleveland County Genealogy Society will present a series of “Family History and Genealogy Resources Outside Cleveland County” during October.
Presentations are from 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 15, 22, and 23. Each talk will focus on a different portion of the genealogy library collection. The series is free and open to the public.
The library's open house to celebrate the 23rd Founding Day will be from 2 to 4 p.m. October 20. For more information, go to www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~okccogs/, email email@example.com or call 329-9180 or 701-2100.
If you have a question, event, idea or an experience you wish to share, email Sharon Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.