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New Ancestry Database: US Army Transport Service, Passenger List1910-1939

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into World War I, Ancestry today launched a database that includes all of the passenger lists for the American troop ships going to and from Europe during WWI, and beyond. The records include the name of next of kin, among other details that might not now be easy to find, thanks to the 1974 fire at the NPRC.
U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939
I ran both my grandfathers through the passenger lists and found quite a bit of information.
  • Otis Clark no. 1380213, Private 1st Class, of Bethany Illinois was part of Company B 129th Infantry and traveled to France from Hoboken, New Jersey on 10 May 1918 aboard the USS Covington. Father Henry Clark listed as next of kin.
  • Otis Clark no. 1380213, Private, departed on 4 Jan 1919 from Saint Nazaire, France aboard the SS Huron.  Mother Mary Clark of Laplace Illinois.  Full name of the organization including co and regimental designation:  Saint Aignan Casual Company no 413 Regional Section No. 3.
  • William A Skibbe no 2004891, Private, of North Judson, Indiana was placed in unit Headquarters Company 47th Infantry.  He was transported to France from Hoboken, New Jersey aboard the Princess Matoika on 10 May 1918.  Next of kin listed was William Skibbe.
  • William A. Skibbe, no 2004891, Private 1st Class of North Judson, Indiana was part of Headquarters Company 47th Infantry traveled from Brest, France on 16 Jul 1919 to Hoboken, New Jersy arriving on 27 Jul 1919, aboard the US Mobile.  His father Mr. William Skibbe was listed as in case of emergency.
Tomorrow I will start searching for both Otis and William’s brothers and cousins among the database.  I cannot wait to see what I can find.

Happy Hunting 

Search Ancestry U.S. Censuses FREE Aug 29th through Sep 3

News Release from Ancestry.com!

From August 29th through September 3rd, Ancestry.com is opening all of its U.S. census records – FREE. You can start your free census search at www.ancestry.com/census.

Learn about your family’s true story in the census records and see what your own life could have been like as an adult in 1940 with the Ancestry.com Time Machine. Ancestry has an interactive, time-travel experience requires just a handful of information provided by you. In return, you get a custom video featuring YOU in 1940. While it’s not genealogy, it is high-tech fun. Create your own video and share it with your followers. And encourage them to create their own at www.ancestry.com/TimeMachine.  

Another Ancestry tool is the free guide Follow Your Family Using Census Records available at Census Guide


Ancestry 1940 Census Update…………

Ancestry is predicting that they will have every page – approximately 3.8 million of them – posted not later than 2 p.m. EST this Friday.  What exciting news!


Ancestry has also been posting videos on YouTube to help you navigate through the census images.  Visit their videos at Ancestry YouTube videos.  Give the videos a try they are quite informative.


Ancestry is also making a presence on Facebook.  The release of the 1940 census has triggered a plethora new genealogy enthusiasts. Check the Events Tabs on Facebook for Livestream broadcasts and Tweet chat opportunities.  You can check it out at Ancestry Events Facebook.


The Ancestry Sticky Notes blog page is posting tips and tricks for the census.  They are also looking for stories and pictures.  You can  email them to1940stories@ancestry.com and they will be posted to Ancestry’s 1940 Stories section and possibly to their interactive map. To view the interactive map visit  it at http://map.ancestry.com.


Ancestry has been indexing since the images have been available.  I’ll let you know when the first state is indexed and available.







1940’s Census – Ancestry

Ancestry Insider Blog has a chart of showing which sites have uploaded which states.  You can view the post at Update 1940 Census.  It’s cool to see the progress of the different companies. The order of speed that the companies are posting so far are MyHeritage, Ancestry.com, and lastly FamilySearch.

1940 Census Taker interviewing a family at a mobile home park.

I am still anxiously waiting for my Illinois relatives to show themselves.  I guess I better get back to some indexing so I can help move the project along.  For those of you that are interested, you can help index the census through FamilySearch.org.  It is very easy to do and a page of 40 names doesn’t take long at all.  Join in the 1940 Census indexing by visiting getting started  For the latest indexing news at FamilySearch visit 1940 Census.

1940’s Census – Ancesty tools.

The wait is not over!  I had hoped to access the 1940 Census but a quick search of Ancestry shows that none of my areas have been uploaded!  Now I have finally received access to the 1940census.archives.gov (it took quite awhile to log into the site) and they also have not yet uploaded the areas I need to view.


In the meantime I do want to share with you some of the tools available at Ancestry for the 1940’s census searcher.  First of all they have a chart of the progress of the 1940 Census.  Their chart my be found at Progress of the 1940 Census you will need to scroll down the page and locate the chart on the left hand side.

They also have a search to help locate your family and a 1940’s-era records search (the 1940 Census is not included) at America 1940.  

You can also advise Ancestry of the states that you want to research at State Notification and they will email you when they are available.  Talk about a time saver!

You may wish to try Ancestry’s U.S. Enumeration District Maps and Descriptions, 1940 to get a bird’s eye look at where your family lived.  

While your waiting for your images to be uploaded do some exploring on Ancestry!