While shoppers were out embracing Black Friday madness, I was at home enjoying my coffee and logging some serious genealogy research time thanks to FindMyPast.
No big deal, right? Well, this wasn't just any genealogy research day for me, it was a chance to take advantage of my FindMyPast account to explore many of their great collections and make some unexpected discoveries. I never would have expected to find my Slovak ancestors in a database that I mostly associate with records from England, Ireland, etc. To my surprise and delight I located some records for ancestors from my paternal grandmother's side of the family in two databases.
The first was the Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960.This database shows has names of people who left Ireland and Great Britain between 1890 and 1960 and offers details such as where they were going and where they were coming from, where they called home as well as their age, occupation and whether they were married or single.
(I found Mike Finchack and his wife sailing to the United States on the City of Chester in 1891. From other research I learned he was a "bird of passage"--someone who came to the U.S. to work and earn money so that he could eventually return home with a goal of using the money to buy land).
I also went back to the British Newspapers database to review a coroner's inquest notice in the May 10, 1884 - Liverpool Mercury newspaper - Liverpool, Merseyside, England I had found some time ago. The brief article summarized the tragic death of an infant Michal Fenchak who died after accidentally falling in a pan of hot water.
I just love finding more pieces for my family history puzzles, don't you?
Lesson learned here; You never know which databases your ancestors will show up in. If you haven't explored FindMyPast, now is the perfect time to do so. This weekend the World Subscription is only $49.87 for 1 year when you use promo code THNKSGNG15 or THANKSNOV15. (This offer is for subscribers from US only). Once you following the link to the site, click the "Subscribe" button and then select the World 12 month membership and enter either of the codes above is the discount code box to the right and click apply), then follow the instructions to finish the sign up process).
But, hurry, the offer ends on 30 November 2015!
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