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Bleeding Kansas – Part 2: Genealogical Resources from the Era of Kansas Territory, 1854-1861

The following article by my good friend, William Dollarhide:

In Bleeding Kansas-Part 1, we presented an historical timeline of events leading up to the era of “Bleeding Kansas,” a reference to the bloody battles that took place in Kansas Territory from its founding in 1854 to statehood in 1861. In this Bleeding Kansas-Part 2, an essential list of genealogical resources was extracted from Dollarhide’s new book, Kansas Name Lists: Online and Published Censuses and Substitutes, 1854-2012.

Genealogists have some interesting tools for locating an ancestor in Kansas Territory during this period, because the Pro-Slavery and Free-Staters who invaded Kansas Territory are mostly all named in various censuses, tax lists, and voter lists – a genealogical gold mine of information not found in other states.

Essential Genealogical Resources:
1854-1856 Name Lists. See Troubles in Kansas [Online Database], an excellent review and name lists from the Bleeding Kansas era, with links to the following: 1) A Brief History. 2) 1855 Kansas Census – Index of Voters. 3) Index of Testimony. 4) Emigrant Aid Society Settler List. 5) Further Reading. 6) Bibliography and Credits, and 7) The KSGenWeb Page. See http://www.ksgenweb.com/archives/troubles.html.

1854-1856 Name Lists. See The 1854-1856 Voters of the Territory of Kansas: Includes the Eighteen Original Districts and Voting Qualifications [Printed Book], compiled by Debra Graden, published 1999, publisher not noted, 630 pages. Lists voters alphabetically by surname. FHL book 978.1 N4g. This database of names was indexed online at the Ancestry.com website as Kansas Voter Registration Lists, 1854-1856. See
http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3961.

1854-1856 Name Lists. See Report of the Special Committee Appointed to Investigate the Troubles in Kansas, With the Views of the Minority of Said Committee [Digitized Book], original published Washington, DC, C. Wendell, Printer, 1856, 1,206 pages. Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2013, from an original copy at the Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN. To view the digital images, see the online FHL catalog page for this title: https://familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=2239035&disp=Report+of+the+special+committee+appointe%20%20&columns=*,0,0.

1854-1856 Name Lists. See An Index to the Report of the Special Committee Appointed to Investigate the Troubles in Kansas, 1856 [Printed Book & Microfilm], compiled by Robert A. Hodge, published by the author, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1984, 2 vols. 396 pages. The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 provided for the organization of the Kansas Territory in preparation for statehood. This act required the citizens of the territory to vote on the issue of slavery. Due to disagreement as to what constituted authorized voters, the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress appointed a special committee to investigate the issue. The bulk of the report consisted of testimonies, lists of names from the census records, poll books and voting registers. This is an index to that report. Contents: Vol. 1: A-L . Vol. 2: M-Z. FHL book 978.1 X3h, v.1 & 2, also on 6 microfiche, FHL fiche #6111324. Some of the name lists were indexed online at the Ancestry.com website. For the free search screen to Kansas Election List, 1854, see http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4099.

1854-1856 Name Lists. See Kansas Pioneers of 1855: That Came by Way of New England Emigrant Aid Company [Printed Book], extracted by Debra F. Graden. In 1856 the U.S. House of Representatives ordered a special committee to investigate the pro-slave vs free-state troubles in Kansas. One purpose of the hearings was to determine whether the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Society hired men to come to Kansas solely to manipulate the voting. This extract contains excerpts from testimony given by some of the settlers whose emigration to Kansas was sponsored by the New England Emigrant Aid Society. Also includes lists of all who emigrated to Kansas under the Emigrant Aid Society’s sponsorship during early 1855. Published by the author, Leavenworth, KS, 1997, 72 pages, FHL book 978.1 W2g.

1854-1856 Name Lists. See The Conquest of Kansas: by Missouri and her Allies; a History of the Troubles in Kansas, from the Passage of the Organic Act Until the Close of July, 1856 [Digitized book], by William Phillips, published Boston, Phillips, Sampson and Co., 1856, 414 pages. This is a history written during the era of Bleeding Kansas, and is a rather one-sided view of the events taking place there. Written by a Boston editor, obviously on the Free-Stater side of things, he offers no apologies for his viewpoints. The book is listed here because the names of the players involved in the conflict are mentioned. See the FHL catalog page to access the digital images of this book. See
https://familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=2115851&disp=The+conquest+of+Kansas%20%20&columns=*,0,0.

1854-1861 Territorial Kansas Online [Online Database]. one of several outstanding websites by the Kansas Historical Society, this is a virtual repository for territorial Kansas history. Topics: Territorial Politics & Government; Border Warfare; Immigration & Early Settlement; Personalities; and National Debate About Kansas. Resources: Timeline, Annals of Kansas, Lesson Plans, Bibliography, Historic Sites, FAQs, and Related Links. See
www.territorialkansasonline.org/~imlskto/cgi-bin/index.php?SCREEN=location.

1854-1861. See Death Notices from Kansas Territorial Newspapers, 1854-1861 [Printed Book], compiled by Alberta Pantle, originally published in the Kansas Historical Quarterly, reprinted by the Jefferson Co Genealogical Society, Oskaloosa, KS, ca1985, FHL book 978.1 V4p. For a digital version of this title, see the online FHL catalog page. See
https://familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=360360&disp=Death+notices+from+Kansas+territorial+ne%20%20&columns=*,0,0.

1854-1880s. See Pioneers of the Bluestem Prairie, Full Name Index [Printed Book], compiled and published by the Riley County Genealogical Society, Manhattan, KS, 2005, 212 pages, FL book 978.1 D3pi index.

1854-1900s. See Cemetery Records of Kansas [Printed Books], compiled by members of the Kansas Mission (LDS), published by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 1966 – , 18 vols., with the names of persons buried, name of cemetery, and name of county. See FHL book 978.1 V22 v.1-18. Names of cemeteries/counties for all 18 volumes were indexed in Cemetery Records of Kansas, Combined Table of Contents, compiled by James Davis Moore, published by Genidex, Santa Margarita, CA, 1967, 10 pages, FHL book 978.1 V22 index.

1854-1925 See Kansas Census & Voter Lists at Ancestry.com [Online Database]. Databases unique to Kansas: 1) Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925. 2) Kansas Compiled Census Index, 1850-1890. 3) Kansas Voter Registration Lists, 1854-1856. 4) Kansas Election List, 1854. 5) Kansas Territorial Census, 1855. 6) Riley County, 1865 Kansas State Census. 7) Riley County, 1875 Kansas State Census. 8) Riley County, 1885 Kansas State Census. 9) Riley County, 1905 Kansas State Census. 10) Riley County, 1915 Kansas State Census. 11) Leavenworth, 1865 Kansas State Census. 12) Leavenworth, 1859 Kansas Voter Registration. The databases are all accessible at Ancestry’s Kansas Family History Research page: See http://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Kansas/Default.aspx

Further reading:

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Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) 2015 Dates

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Lori A. Northrup, MLIS, Associate Dean, and Director, Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research at the Samford University Library sent a note with the dates for IGHR 2015.

The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at the Samford University Library will be held June 7-12, 2015. They have recently updated their web site. Their new web address is http://samford.libguides.com/ighr .

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Stories From My Grandparent

fnw10There are more than a few books on the market to help people capture living stories. Usually, these books focus on common questions, such as who was your best friend in grade school or how did you meet your spouse? These books come in all different shapes and size. Some focus on telling our own stories and others on gathering the stories of our living relatives. Some focus more on the genealogies we posses and others on a collection of life stories. Each has a purpose meant to inspire and assist in capturing those stories. Now there is a new book on the market inspired by grandparents, Stories from my Grandparent: An Heirloom Journal for Your Grandchild.

One thing I really enjoyed is how the author didn’t just ask the usual questions. Instead, Susan Adcox tried to make the question more interesting. Instead of what is your favorite or least favorite food, Adcox coaches the Grandparent to fill in the space provide with a prompt like,”Children were commonly expected to clean their plates, which could be a problem for me when these foods were on my plate.” Here are a few more examples:

  • “In our classroom, we had real chalkboards. We had spelling bees and go-to-the-board drills, but no computers. Here’ what I remember about my first classroom and how we learned.”
  • “One year I received a birthday present that I’ll never forget:
  • “I learned a lot about myself the first time I lived on my own, away form my family”

Perhaps one of greatest advantages this book has over others is its thoughtful binding. The book was bound hardback but with a metal comb binding on the inside. This means the book will sit nicely on a shelf yet is very easy to open and write in. When I chatted with Leland Meitzler about this book he expressed his immediate approval. In fact, he indicated that he was going to buy and fill out three copies, one for each grandchild. An excellent gift idea for handing down a true family history heirloom.

This book really tries to make the storytelling process as easy and fun as possible.

Copies of Stories from my Grandparent: An Heirloom Journal for Your Grandchild. are all available for all grandparents from Family Roots Publishing.

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Across the Atlantic and Beyond!

Across the Atlantic and Beyond: The Migration of German and Swiss Immigrants to America is an attempt to explain the genealogical mysteries associated with so many immigrant families. Why are there so many different spelling changes for family names? What drove people to move around? What factors contributed to the turbulent environment so many lived in? What was life like on the move? These questions are examined through the stories of two men and their descendants as they immigrated form place to place, and with a review of other historical factors considered to have been key elements in the politically, religiously, and economically difficult times endured by so many.

Across the Atlantic and Beyond opens and closes with a family story. The first is the tale of Gerrit Hendricks(ca. 1649-1691) and three generations of his migratory descendents. The final chapter concludes by counting the tale of Jacob Marzolf (1780-1870), an American immigrant. The intermediate chapters takes the reader through a step-by-step analysis of how these family histories were derived and the motivation behind these families migratory patterns. Genealogist encounter many frustrations and difficulties in their research. Name changes, plus map and border changes, are just a couple of the problems one may encounter in researching their immigrant ancestors. As to why people move from place to place, he obvious answer is war, famine, and disease. However, the author, Charles R. Haller, digs deeper looking for a root cause, or a collection of changes which moved the political and economic landscape.

The inner chapters of this book examines events such as the development of the moveable type printing press, the Reformation as begun by Martin Luther and advent of religious sects outside of the Catholic church, as well as the effects of industrialization. Many names are encountered withing this study. “As a necessary diversion, the changes in spelling of representative Germanic names is documented through various family histories from its origin in a European country to its modern occurrence, often Anglicized, in America.” In addition to all the above, the book gives an account of transportation in and around the Rhine River. Transportation along this major thoroughfare is examined from the earliest use to the time of steamboats.

 

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Preface

Acknowledgments

Prolgue

Part 1: Gerritt Hendricks of Krisheim, Germany

Part 2: Changes in German Surnames and Personal Names

  • Hendriks and Hendricks
  • Surnames and Personal Names
  • Mechanics of Name changes
  • Heinrich Buchholtz alias Henry Pookeholes

Part 3: Changes in City and Village Names

  • City and Village Names
  • Griesheim / Krisheim / Kriegsheim
  • Old European Maps
  • Early American Maps

Part 4: Mennonites, Quakers and the Settlement of Pennsylvania

  • The Wandering Menno Simons
  • The Beginnings of English Quakerism
  • William Penn’s Travels in Europe
  • Early german Quakers: A Small Minority
  • The Frankfort Companie
  • Germantown and the Susquehanna Subscribers

Part 5: Protestantism and books: Driving Forces Behind the German Migration

  • Mainz and Gutenberg
  • Frankfurt and the Book Fair
  • Martin Luther and the Book Wars
  • The Froschauer Presses of Zurich
  • Matthaus Merian and the House of Merian
  • The Rhine Travel Guides

Part 6: The Push and the Pull

  • The German Americans
  • The Land of Wars
  • Of Kings and Queens and Lesser Nobility
  • The Rhine as a Migration Route
  • Across the Atlantic and Beyond
  • Bridging the Prairies of Kansas

Part 7: Jacob Marzolf and Alsace

Glossary

Index

 

Across the Atlantic and Beyond: The Migration of German and Swiss Immigrants to America is available from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: HBH0697, Price: $34.30.

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19th Century Card Photos KwikGuide: A Step-by-Step Guide to Identifying and Dating Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Cards

Card PhotosPhotography, like any other “technology” has advanced in many distinct ways over it nearly 200 years of existence. In 1839 the commercial use of photography became a reality, and many different methods were tried and used to create permanent images. From metal and glass to paper and film, and ultimately digital media, the process for capturing and preserving images has changed and improved numerous times. For every major change in photo technology there have also been numerous more minor changes. With a little knowledge, one can learn to identify these different photo types and date their origin to within a few years.

Around the world, there are innumerable photographs of people, of ancestors, who are unidentified by name and date. Whether on a desk, in a drawer or closet, stuffed in envelopes, photo albums or stacked in a box, these images are waiting to be identified. One of the most heavily used, of the 19th century photographic methods, were paper-based photographs glued to cartes de visite and cabinet cards. If you have ever seen a photo of your ancestors from the late 1800s to early 1900s, it is a good chance the picture was one of these two types of images.

Gary W. Clark has created a guide to help researchers identify and date these images to within a few years of their actual origin. 19th Century Card Photos KwikGuide: A Step-by-Step Guide to Identifying and Dating Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Cards covers both the history of these photographic technique along with a series of clues to help the reader date a card to within a few years, and sometimes, within a few miles of its origin. By evaluating the materials and methods of printing, where and style of the photographers imprints, the background choice, props, clothing, etc. researchers uncover clues as to a photos origins. If you have a image of an unnamed individual, but can place the photo to a relative time and place, there is a good chance you can user other bits of know family information to name the person in the picture.

Learning to identify and date card photos may just be the skill you need to bringing your ancestors to life, and into your life.

 

Contents

Introduction

Defining the Card Photograph

Why Study Old Photographs?

Protecting Your Old Photographs

Chapter 1 ~ A Brief History of Photography

The Paper Revolution Begins

Mass Production and Social Influences

Historical Review

Chapter 2 ~ Cartes de Visite

Historical Review

Cartes de Visite in America

Clue #1 ~ Card Thickness & Size

Clue #2 ~ Card Borders & Frames

Clue #3 ~ Corners, Edges, and Color

Clue #4 ~ Photographer Imprints

Clue #5 ~ Subject Image Size

Clue #6 ~ Federal Tax Stamps

Clue #7  ~ Hair and Fashion

Clue #8 ~ Studio Backgrounds & Props

Cartes de visite from Around the World

Carte de visite Checklist

Chapter 3 ~ Cabinet Cards

Historical Review

From Rustic to Elegant

Dating the Cabinet Card

Clue #1 ~ Card Edges

Clue #2 ~ Card Borders

Clue #3 ~ Card Colors

Clue #4 ~ Photographer Imprints

Clue #5 ~ Gelatin and Collodion Papers

Clue #6 ~ Special Effects

Clue #7  ~ Fashion and Clothes

Clue #8 ~ Studio Backgrounds & Props

Cabinet Card Review

Cabinet Cards Around the World

Cabinet Card Checklist

Chapter 4 ~ Studio Props

Infatuation with Studio Props

1880s – Crowded Cabinet Cards

Chapter 5 ~Unique Photograph Formats

Unique Sizes & Formats of the 19th Century

Chapter 6 ~20th Century Photograph Introduction

The Modern Photograph Era

Appendix A ~ Common Card Sizes

Appendix B ~ Research Website

Appendix C ~ Glossary

Notes

Index

 

19th Century Card Photos KwikGuide: A Step-by-Step Guide to Identifying and Dating Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Cards  is available from Family Roots Publishing.

Gary’s KwikTips guides make excellent additions to this book. Each guide serves as a reminder, or easy-to-take-along reference, to the identification skills taught in this book. Click the titles below for more information on each:

 

About the Author
Gary Clark is a professional photographer, restorer, and genealogist who has merged these skills with his passion for collecting photographs. His 30 years of experience in digital imaging brings a unique and thorough understanding of photograph problems and how to solve them. Clark introduced PhotoTree.com to genealogists and collectors in 2000, and he continually expands the free information with a gallery of over 1,000 images, weekly case studies, and historical information about 19th century photographs

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The New York Times Ad Transcription Project – Using the Madison Tool

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The New York Times has created a database / digital image project in which they plan to use tens of thousands of volunteers to find, tag and transcribe ads from historic newspapers.

I signed up for the project and immediately began finding what the system thought were most likely ads, and marking them as to whether they really were – and if so, were they single or multiple ads that were shown. Later I switched to Tagging. In that mode I would look at an ad, write in the company name and using a drop-down menu, I’d check what type of product the ad was for (such as: books and publishing, clothing, etc.).

A third choice which I haven’t done yet is to Transcribe the Advertisement.

The following is from their website.

The New York Times archives are full of advertisements that give glimpses into daily life and cultural history. Help us digitize our historic ads by answering simple questions. You’ll be creating a unique resource for historians, advertisers and the public — and leaving your mark on history.

Get started with our collection of ads from the 1960s (additional decades will be opened later)!

Read about it at the New York Times website.

Thanks to the National Genealogical Society for the heads-up.

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APG Now Accepting Applications for APG Young Professional Scholarship

The following news release is from APG:

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Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Now Accepting Applications for APG Young Professional Scholarship

APG to Honor Student and/or Young Professional with Strong Interest in Developing a Career in Genealogy

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 27 October 2014—The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG®) is now accepting applications for the APG Young Professional Scholarship. Requirements have been revised to reflect current economic and educational trends and to be more inclusive of young parents, military personnel, home school candidates, students, and those currently employed between the ages of 18-29. The scholarship goes to a student and/or young professional who aspires to a professional career in genealogy. The scholarship includes a registration for the APG Professional Management Conference (PMC) and a stipend of up to $1,000 to defray costs of travel and lodging at the conference. The winner will be announced in January 2015 for attendance at the APG PMC 2016, date and place to be announced at a later date.

“It is exciting to see so many young people involved in genealogy, and we are thrilled to be able to support an up-and-coming professional genealogist with this scholarship,” said Kimberly T. Powell, APG President. “Our APG Professional Management Conference offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the business of genealogy and explore advanced genealogical topics, while networking with other professionals. We look forward to receiving many applications.”

APG Youth Scholarship Eligibility and Application Details
Eligible applicants are between the ages of 18 and 29 as of 1 January of 2015. This is open to a student, young professional, young parents, military personnel, home school, and currently employed individuals. You may apply for yourself, or on behalf of a worthy candidate.

Applications should contain the following: name; address; main contact phone number; email address; school name and/or school address (if applicable); list of extracurricular activities (including student organizations and volunteer activities); a general letter of recommendation; a letter of recommendation from an individual who has witnessed the applicant’s interest in genealogy; and short answers (500 to 750 words) to two questions. The questions are:

1) Discuss a specific record collection, media, digital source or other resource that has significantly changed your perspective about family history or research strategy along with the pros and cons of that record source, and how you used it to resolve a genealogical problem.

2) What do you envision a genealogical career will encompass in the next five years and how do you see yourself involved then?

See the blog posting at www.apgen.org for the application. Applications should be submitted to the APG office by 23 November 2014. Send applications to APG Executive Director Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG, at admin@apgen.org.

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ISFHWE 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition Is Now Open

The following news release is from Tina Sansone with ISFHWE:

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The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2015.

The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the entry fee (after logging in to the ISFHWE members’ corner; new members allow up to ten days to receive login information). The categories are:

Category I – Columns. This is for columns of original content, published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2014. Each entry must consist of 2,000 words or fewer. These are entries from the author’s regular column-not features. Note that these may be print or online columns (including blogs).

Category II — Articles. These one-time articles (not part of the author’s column) must have been published in 2014 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, blog or website. Entries cannot exceed 5,000 words. Note that these may be print or online articles, including GUEST entries on a blog. Footnotes are not included in the word count.

Category III – Genealogy Newsletter. This category is for society or family association newsletters published in
2014. Entries should consist of two issues, each submitted as a single file in PDF format. The judging will be based on originality, content, visual appeal, writing and editing quality, and accuracy. The award is to the editor of the publication. These may be print or online newsletters. The once-a-year newsletters usually sent at Christmas do not qualify for this competition as two issues from the same calendar year are needed.

Category IV –Unpublished Authors. Entrants in this category aspire to be published writers or columnists in the field of genealogy, family or local history. The submissions in this category are original and unpublished, between 500 and 2,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category V– Unpublished material – Published Authors. This category is for original unpublished genealogically related articles by previously published authors. Entries should be between 500 and 3,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category. The articles should be unpublished at the time they were submitted to the competition.

Category VI – Poetry. This category is for original content (published in 2014 or unpublished), that is related to family history. Entries should be no longer than 1000 words and have a title. This may include song lyrics (music is not judged).

Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a certificate. Certificates may be awarded for Honorable Mentions. The awards will be announced in September 2015.

Entries must be submitted in PDF, Word, WordPerfect, or JPG format by e-mail in time to meet this deadline. Please note: Footnotes will not count toward word count. Send entries to: Competition@ISFHWE.org

Appropriate entry fee(s) – and membership dues to receive the discount – may be paid via PayPal on the ISFHWE website at ISFHWE.org

Full information on the competition is available on the ISFHWE website in the “2015 Excellence-in-Writing Competition – Information and Online Entry Form” link, which leads to: http://www.isfhwe.org/competition.php

For questions, contact the Competition Coordinator at: Competition@ISFHWE.org

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FGS 2017 Conference to be Held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The following excerpt is from the October 29, 2014 FGS Voice.

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FGS 2017 To Be Held Aug 30—Sep 2 in Pittsburgh, PA with Local Co-host Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and local co-host Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (WPGS) have announced the FGS 2017 National Conference will be held August 30—September 2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“We couldn’t be happier to be visiting Pittsburgh for the 2017 FGS Conference,” says FGS President D. Joshua Taylor. “The city’s unique history and rich genealogical resources promise to deliver a memorable and enjoyable experience to the FGS Community.”

Pittsburgh will provide a wonderful historical backdrop for this four day genealogy event which includes three days of family history sessions for all skill levels, one full day dedicated to genealogy society management, the popular Society Showcase, and a full exhibit hall.

Click on the illustration to get the details!

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Billion Graves Adds New Features

Billion Graves has added new features – principally in 4 areas. They are:

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  1. 14 Day Photo Hold
  2. Linking Records
  3. Managing Images
  4. Sticky Filters & Transcription Queue Update

Click here to learn all the details.

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British Newspaper Archive Reaches 9 Million Pages

The following news release is from Amy Sell:

There are now 9 million historical newspaper pages to explore at The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) after the website reached a major milestone this week.

Product Director Ian Tester commented, ‘We’re thrilled to have reached 9 million pages and have already started chasing the next big milestone. Customers tell us that they’re making amazing discoveries every day, whether they’re researching their family history, the First World War or the history of their local area. Our focus on local titles means that you can find stories from all around the UK and with the recent addition of more Irish titles, we’re becoming a more useful resource all the time’.

The British Newspaper Archive has grown massively since it was launched in November 2011. 282 British and Irish newspaper titles are now online, covering 1710-1954.

45 newspaper titles added so far this year
Thousands of pages are added every week, so coverage will just keep getting better. More than 2 million pages and 45 new titles have been added to The British Newspaper Archive so far this year, including the Daily Mirror, Daily Record, Dublin Monitor, Lancashire Evening Post, London Evening Standard and Sports Argus.

Register for free at www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/account/register to receive monthly updates about what’s being added to the website.

Vote for the newspapers you’d like to see online
Is there something you’d like The British Newspaper Archive to digitise? You can now suggest titles and vote for other people’s suggestions on the website’s feedback forum: http://help-and-advice.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/forums/243704-newspapers-we-should-add-next

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A. J. Jacobs to be a Keynote Speaker at RootsTech 2015

The following is from FamilySearch & RootsTech 2014:

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What do George and Barbara Bush, Daniel Radcliffe, Abraham Lincoln, and Gwyneth Paltrow have in common? They’re all cousins of RootsTech 2015 keynote speaker A.J. Jacobs!

We are excited to announce that best-selling author, Esquire magazine editor, and founder of the Global Family Reunion, A.J. Jacobs will be joining RootsTech 2015 as a keynote speaker on Friday, February 13. Through his unique ability to be sincere, laugh-aloud funny, and intelligent, he will inspire you to discover and share your family stories and connections—past and present.

Jacobs’s fascination with genealogy started when he got an email from one of his readers in Israel pointing out that he and Jacobs were distantly related along with 80,000 other relatives the reader had tracked down. Since then, Jacobs has made it his mission to connect with as many cousins as he can find and to organize the world’s largest family reunion.

“We’re not alone,” Jacobs has learned. “We’re connected to people all over the world. Some of them are going to be great, and some of them are going to be irritating. But they are all related to me.”

Join us as A.J. Jacobs inspires us to connect with our families—and him. After all, in some way or another, he’s probably a cousin.

Passes start at just $19. Register Today.

RootsTech, the largest family history event in the world, is happening February 12–14, 2015, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, go to RootsTech.org.

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FamilySearch.org’s United States and Canadian Vital Records Database Lists — Updated to 28 October 2014

Below are the latest updates to United States & Canadian Vital Records Databases at FamilySearch.org:

Currently updates as of 28 October 2014

Previous update: 14 July 2014

There is a permanent link at the top of the blog to a page with links to all five United States and Canadian Vital Records Database Lists. Use the page to access the following database lists at any time:

Recent Changes:

Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1997 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Currently this collection is 79% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 4,536,489 Records and 1,4222,151 Images as of 15 July 2014; up 55 images since 24 March 2014.

[NEW] Idaho, Southeast Counties Obituaries, 1864-2007 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Digital images of originals collected and housed by the Idaho Falls Regional Family History Center. Obituaries are from various Idaho newspapers printed in 2007. This collection has multiple arrangements: by Idaho city or town, mixed cities and name, and by out of state deaths of Idaho natives. – There are 288,830 Records and 9,165 Images as of 28 July 2014. [Note: Replaces Idaho, Obituaries, 2007 from August 2012].

[NEW] Idaho, Southern Counties Obituaries, 1943-2013 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Obituaries from a variety of Idaho newspapers and housed at different LDS Family History Centers throughout the state. – There are 67,646 Records and 52,677 Images as of 28 July 2014.

[NEW] Virginia, African-American Funeral Programs, 1920-2009 — Browsable Images — Images of programs from the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. These programs are arranged alphabetically by the names of persons collecting and donating the programs and not alphabetically by the names of those in the programs. Sometimes obituaries are included. – There are 22,727 Images as of 30 July 2014.

[NEW] Montana, Pondera County Records, 1910-2012 — Searchable Index & Browsable Images — Birth, death and land records from the Clerk/Recorder’s Office; probate and naturalization records from the Clerk of Court in Conrad. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 21,120 Records and 53,789 Images as of 4 August 2014.

[NEW] ObitsUtah Obituary Index — Searchable Index —Every name index to obituaries listed on ObitsUtah.com, a statewide obituary listing developed in association with the Utah Funeral Directors Association and its member mortuaries. ObitsUtah began publishing obituaries online in 2010. – There are 22,113 Records as of 7 August 2014.

Maine, Vital Records, 1670-1907 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of birth, marriage and death returns acquired from the State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics and the state archives. Records are organized alphabetically, then chronologically within a name. The collection is divided into three parts, Vital Records Prior to 1892, 80 towns, Vital Records, 1892-1907, and Delayed returns for births, deaths, and marriages, 1670-1891. – There are 1,404,391 Records and 1,831,788 Images as of 11 August 2014; up 25,325 Records since 24 June 2014.

New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787-1938 — Browsable Images — Images of probate records and estate files from the Orange County Surrogate’s Court in Goshen, New York. At this time this collection does not have a name index or any finding aid. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 1,418,123 Images as of 11 August 2014.

[NEW] Illinois, Lee County Records, 1830-1954 — Browsable Images — Naturalization and probate records from the Lee County courthouse in Dixon, Illinois. This collection is being published as images become available. There are 274,879 Images as of 11 August 2014.

Massachusetts, Worcester County, Probate Files, 1731-1881 — Browsable Images —Probate estate files of Worcester County located at the Suffolk County Courthouse in Boston. The files are arranged by number then alphabetical by surname. The collection is being published as images become available..– There are 513,629 Images as of 11 August 2014; up  213,828 Images from 16 May 2014.

[NEW] Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918 — Browsable Images — This collection contains tax records, transfer books, tax books, and assessor’s lists from the Boston City Archives. – There are 586.834 Images as of 12 August 2014.

Montana, Sweet Grass County Records, 1887-2011 — Browsable Images — Birth, death, coroners, naturalization, probate including estate files and deed records from the Clerk of the District Court, County Clerk, and Recorder’s Offices in Big Timber. This collection is being published as images become available.– There are 1,548 Images and 93,235 Images as of 21 August 2014; up 1,548 Images since 18 June 2014.

Missouri, State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1933 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and digital images of extant state and territorial censuses for early counties in Missouri. This collection includes records from the Missouri State Archives and from FamilySearch. Images and index data will be added to this collection as they become available.– There are 96,082 Records and 12,283 Images as of 22 August 2014; up 96,082 Records since 29 May 2014.

Iowa, State Census, 1905 — Searchable Index — Name index of the Iowa state census taken in 1905. The population schedule names every person in the household.– There are 2,171,126 Records as of 22 August 2014; up 725,712 Records since 26 September 2013.

District of Columbia Deaths and Burials, 1840-1964 — Searchable Index — Name index to death and burial records from the District of Columbia. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 372,173 records. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later. – There are 81,744 Records as of 22 August 2014.

District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-1959 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of death records from the District of Columbia.– There are 437,136 Records and 529,249 106,382 Images as of 25 August 2014; up 333,976 Records and 422,867 Images since 16 May 2011.

[NEW] Oregon, Douglas County Records, 1850-1983 — Browsable Images — This collection includes deed records and indexes, 1852-1920. It also includes marriage records and indexes from 1913-1952. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 515,750 Images as of 27 August 2014.

[NEW] Montana, Big Horn County Records, 1884-2011 — Searchable Index & Browsable Images — Deeds, homesteads, probate, naturalization and vital records located at the county clerk/recorder’s and clerk of court’s offices in Hardin. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 51,766 Records and 73,081 Images as of 28 August 2014.

Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1939, 1959-1995 — Searchable Index — Name index of deaths recorded at Cook County, Illinois – including the City of Chicago. Deaths for Cook County (excluding the City of Chicago) are missing for the years 1910-1915. Records for 1959-1994 are only for Chicago. – There are 2,220,473 Records as of 10 July 2014; up 37,009 Records since 10 July 2014.

[NEW] Montana, Mineral County Obituaries, 1870-2010 — Browsable Images — Index and images of obituaries compiled by Kay Stfrombo from local and area newspapers. – There are 9,556 Images as of 2 September 2014.

[NEW] Ohio, Hamilton County Records, 1791-1994 — Browsable Images —Court records from the County Recorder and the Probate Court in Cincinnati, Ohio. The collection includes land records, military records, naturalization records, probate records, and vital records This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 1,565,642 Images as of 2 September 2014.

Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. Name index of marriages recorded in the Indiana Territory and in the state of Indiana between 1811 and 1959. This collection includes searchable index data for marriage records from all Indiana counties except Howard, Johnson, and Montgomery. This is an ongoing project, so additional records will be added as indexing is completed. New images are being added as they become available. Images of some marriage records included in the index cannot be viewed online due to various contract restrictions. In instances where digital images are not available, microfilm copies of the original records are available at the Family History Library and through family history centers.– There are 3,284,940 Records and 1,183,405 Images as of 3 September 2014; up 13,688 records since 27 June 2014.

Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Marriage records created by Kentucky counties. Records include bonds, license, certificates, and returns.– There are 184,092 Records and 1,184,403 Images as of 4 September 2014; up 1,028,327 Images since 25 March 2012.

[NEW] Utah, Obituaries from Utah Newspapers, 1850-2005 — Searchable Index — Name index to obituaries from Utah newspapers. The images are located on the University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library’s Utah Digital Newspaper project. The obituary date range will vary by newspaper. – There are 122,153 Records as of 5 September 2014.

[NEW] Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009 — Browsable Images — County record collections from the following record custodians. History Museum in Great Falls: Probate, voter registers, naturalization and immigration records. Great Falls Genealogy Society: Probate case files, # 535-3165, 1903-1926; court orders for dependent children, 1903-1937; old age applications, naturalization records, pre 1945. County Clerk’s Office: Deeds from 1880-1941 and index to 1995. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 614,573 Images as of 9 September 2014.

New Hampshire, Death Certificates, 1938-1959 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Images of death certificates from the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records in Concord. The Collection is arranged by year, by certificate number, or by surname letter.– There are 80,720 Records and 90,827 Images as of 9 September 2014; up 80,720 Records since 20 December 2013.

[NEW] South Carolina, Darlington County Records, 1798-1928 — Browsable Images — Digital images of probate, naturalization, coroner and other court records captured at the Darlington County Historical Commission in Darlington, South Carolina. This collection is being published as images become available; There are 331,447 Images as of 9 September 2014.

Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1948 — Browsable Images — Images of probate estate case files from various counties in Wisconsin. This collection includes Barron County (1910-1930), Bayfield County (1874-1919), Door County (1862-1938), Dunn County (1858-1940), Fond du Lac County (1848-1948), Green County (1848-1885), Jackson County (1897-1935), La Crosse County (1877-1935), Pepin County (1900-1935), Shawano County (1861-1933), and Trempealeau County (1900-1920). This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 1,399,485 Images as of 10 September 2014; up 73,659 Images as of 24 January 2014.

[NEW] Iowa, Polk County Probate Records, 1914-1924 — Browsable Images — This collection includes probate case files in a loose paper format from 1914 to 1924 at the State Historical Society of Iowa in Des Moines. – There are 129,925 Images as of 10 September 2014.

[NEW] Montana, Judith Basin County Records, 1887-2012 — Searchable Index & Browsable Images — Images of birth, death, marriage, naturalization, and probate records from the county clerk/recorder’s and clerk of court offices in Stanford.This collection is being published as images become available. The birth and death certificates are being indexed first. – There are 1,858 Records and 24,372 Images as of 11 September 2014.

[NEW] Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1947 — Browsable Images — Birth and probate records from Jefferson County, Ohio. This collection is being published as images become available. An index is being created in cooperation with the Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society and will be published as it becomes available. Contact the county courthouse to get the case number for a deceased person. – There are 1,010,889 Images as of 11 September 2014.

[NEW] Iowa, Poweshiek County Probate Records, 1850-1954 — Browsable Images — This collection includes records of probate proceedings from Poweshiek County. The records include estate files, wills, administrations, minutes, guardianships and other records related to probate. – There are 169,128 Images as of 12 September 2014.

[NEW] Missouri, Cole County Circuit Court Case Files, 1820-1927 — Browsable Images — Digital images of case files primarily regarding disputed estates and divorces. – There are 185,934 Images as of 16 September 2014.

Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and digital images of marriages recorded in Georgia counties. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later. – There are 683,052 Records and 238,921 Images as of 16 September 20111; up 4,877 Images since 12 March 2013.

[NEW] New Hampshire, Naturalization and Probate Records, 1643-1948 — Browsable Images — Images of naturalization and probate records for Belknap, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Sullivan counties. The records were acquired from the state archives in Concord. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 444,393 Images as of 17 September 2014.

California, Oakland, Alameda County, Obituary Card Files, 1985-2011 — Browsable Images — Index and images of obituary card file indexes created from local newspapers. The card files for 1985-2002, 2003-2006 and 1986-2011 are located at the Oakland Family History Center. This collection is being published as images become available. — There are 68,936 Images as of 17 September 2014, up 68,198 Images since 10 April 2014.

[NEW] Utah, Juab County Records, 1847-1948 — Browsable Images — Images of land and probate records located at the Juab County Courthouse in Nephi. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 62,885 Images as of 17 September 2014.

[NEW] Georgia, Hall County Marriages, 1950-2005 — Browsable Images — Images of marriages licenses acquired in Gainesville. – There are 28,533 Images as of 18 September 2014.

[NEW] California, Napa and Butte Counties, Obituaries, 1866-1992 — Browsable Images — Index and images of obituaries from Napa County and from the town of Paradise in Butte County. – There are 49,573 Images as of 18 September 2014.

Montana, Lake County Records, 1857-2010 — Searchable Index & Browsable Images — Deeds, school census, mining, vital records, probate, and divorce records located at the county courthouse in Polson. This collection is being published as images become available. Birth and Death records indexed. – There are 23,985 Records and 101,948 Images as of 18 September 2014; up 7,249 Images since 18 June 2014.

[Updated from Missouri, Probate Records, 1800-1959] Missouri, Andrew and Cole County Probate Records, 1826-1945 — Browsable Images — Digital images of probate estate files from Cole and Andrew County. These records were scanned at the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City, Missouri. – There are 160,690 Images as of 19 September 2014.

[NEW] Missouri, Probate Records, 1750-1998 — Browsable Images — This collection includes probate records created by county courts including wills and records of estates. Most of the records in this collection fall between 1840 and 1930, but the content and years of the court records varies by county. In a few instances, if the court heard other cases in addition to probate, such as civil disputes or even some criminal matters, the records are mixed in with the probate records. In addition to this collection of images of records filmed by FamilySearch, estate files from Cole and Andrew counties scanned at the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City, Missouri are published in a separate collection, Missouri, Andrew and Cole County Estate Files, 1826-1945.  – There are 6,142,790 Images as of 22 September 2014.

[NEW] United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images —Index to obituaries from thousands of newspapers throughout the United States. Records are being published as they become available. This collection is created in partnership with www.GenealogyBank.com. – There are 529,788 Records and 506,812 Images as of 24 September 2014.

Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1938 — Searchable Index — Name index of birth certificates as recorded at Cook County, Illinois – including the City of Chicago.– There are 1,533014 Records as of 24 September 2014; up 101,068 Records since 26 February 2013.

Washington, County Records, 1803-2010 — Browsable Images — Collection of various records including vital, probate, school, tax, naturalization and other records. The records are from various counties in Washington State, 1856-2010. This is an ongoing collection. Check the wiki or browse the collection to determine current record and county coverage. – There are 6,377,025 Images as of 24 September 2014.

[NEW] Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1802-1969 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and digital images of microfilmed marriage records from Missouri counties including recorded marriages, marriage applications, licenses, and certificates. This collection includes records from the microfilm collections of FamilySearch and of the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City, Missouri. This project is being published as images and index data become available. – There are 158,956 Records and 1,612,846 Images as of 24 September 2014.

Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images to Florida marriage records. Additional records will be added as indexing is completed.– There are 1,583,791 Records and 1,253,481 Images as of 24 September 2014; up 43,124 Images since 27 September 2013.

United States Internal Revenue Assessment Lists, 1862-1874 — Browsable Images — Images of internal revenue assessment lists (annual, monthly and special) arranged by state and collection district. These records are the result of the Internal Revenue Act of July 1, 1862 authorizing the collection of monthly and annual taxes on goods, services, licenses, income and personal property. The assessments were used to raise money for the Civil War. This collection consists of multiple state NARA microfilm publications from Record Group 58 Records of the Internal Revenue Service. The tax assessments were organized by collection districts, which could cover any number of counties, part of a city or township, or part of a county. The boundaries of some districts changed part way through the civil war. “A guide for all counties” that distinguishes which records cover which localities is included for all States where more than one district is present and the guide was present in the images. Also, for the purposes of this browse, a county label has been included. Patrons researching any counties that became part of West Virginia should search in both Virginia (M793) and West Virginia (M795) for those records, regardless of date. Images for collection districts are found under every county included within the boundaries of the district in question. Hence, the same images are listed under multiple counties. Please note the NARA Roll Number and Description as this will prevent unintended multiple searches of the same images. – There are 403,116 Images as of 30 September 2014.

Oregon, Marriages, 1853-1935 — Searchable Index — Name index to marriage records from the state of Oregon. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later. – There are 28,780 Records as of 2 October 2014. [Modified with fewer available records due to privacy laws]

Ohio, Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997 — Searchable Index — Name index to death and burial records from the state of Ohio. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 2,535,556 records. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.– There are 544,082 Records as of 3 October 2014. [Modified with fewer available records due to privacy laws; over 2 million fewer records available]

[NEW] New Jersey, State Census, 1915 — Searchable Index — Name index from the state census of New Jersey taken in 1915. – There are 2,785,409 Records as of 8 October 2014.

[NEW] New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1785-1950 — Browsable Images — Images of probate records and proceedings from the Queens County Surrogate’s Court in Jamaica, New York. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 2,852,538 Images as of 8 October 2014.

[NEW] Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of death records from county courthouses. In some instances we did not have rights to publish images of records included in the index. Most of the records in this collection are death registers created before statewide death certificates in 1908. Death certificates issued by the state are published in the collection called Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953. – There are 2,155,570 Records and 899,395 Images as of 9 October 2014.

[NEW] Pennsylvania, Obituary Collection, 1977-2010 — Browsable Images — Obituary newspaper clippings for Pennsylvania collected by the Old Buncombe County, North Carolina Genealogical Society. – There are 96,921 Images as of 9 October 2014. [Note: There remains a collection titled Pennsylvania, Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1977-2010, this may be the first step in splitting the collection in two?]

[NEW] Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files, 1813-1932 — Browsable Images — Probate case files from the Cuyahoga County courthouse in Cleveland. The files are arranged by docket number, case number and date. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 2,470,162 Images as of 28 October 2014.

[NEW] Maryland, Register of Wills Records, 1629-1999 — Browsable Images — Images of probate records from court record collections from the Register of Wills in Maryland counties. Probate records often include wills, and other records dealing with the administration of estates including bonds, inventories, guardianships, real estate, and various indexes to the records. Includes the following counties: Allegany, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington, and Worcester. Also includes records from Baltimore City. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 1,915,739 Images as of 9 October 2014.

Oregon, County Marriages, 1851-1975 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of marriage records from counties in Oregon. These records include licenses amd marriage certificates and are arranged by county, volume, and date. Currently this collection is 49% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. – There are 163,484 Records and 105,700 Images as of 14 October 2014; up 58,983 Records and 62,285 Images since 9 December 2011.

[NEW] Oregon, Deschute County Records, 1871-1985 — Browsable Images — Digital images of county records filmed at the county courthouse in Bend, Oregon. The collection includes marriage, probate and land records and is being published as images become available. – There are 110,521 Images as of 14 October 2014.

[NEW] New Mexico, Territorial Census, 1885 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Indexes and images of the population schedule listing inhabitants of the New Mexico Territory in 1885. This collection coincides with NARA publication T1175. – There are 59,040 Records and 795 Images as of 16 October 2014.

South Dakota, School Records, 1879-1970 — Browsable Images — School records, including teacher’s term reports, school census and attendance records located at the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre. Records are generally arranged by county, year and school district number. This collection is being published as images become available.– There are 200,731 Images as of 22 October 2014; up 7,239 Images since 12 December 2013.

[NEW] Illinois Probate Records, 1819-1988 — Browsable Images — Collection of probate records, which includes will, indexes, and other documents created to track the distribution of estates of deceased individuals who lived in Illinois. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. This collection covers probate records created by Illinois courts, 1819-1970, but the content and time period of the records will vary by county. Some county probate courts also include guardianship, naturalization, and/or military records. Additional records may be added to this collection. Check the wiki or browse the collection to determine current coverage. – There are 1,316,299 Images as of 23 October 2014.

California, County Birth and Death Records, 1849-1994 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Registers, records and certificates of county birth and death records acquired from county courthouses. This collection contains some delayed birth records, as well. Some city and towns records are also included. Records have not been acquired for Contra Costa, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Modoc, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Siskiyou, Solano, Tulare and Ventura counties. The name index for death records covers Stockton, Lodi and Manteca cities and San Benito and San Joaquin counties. – There are 106,375 Records and 2,167,557 Images as of 23 October 2014; up 106,375 Records since 3 October 2012.

New York, State Census, 1865 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — This collection contains most of the 1865 New York state census records still in existence. Ten schedules were filed for each locality, including population, marriages, and deaths schedules. The population schedule included the name, age, birthplace, and occupation of each household member. Most counties are covered, but some records were destroyed. View the wiki or browse the collection to determine coverage. – There are 2,623,218 Records and 57,158 Images as of 24 October 2014; up 2,623,218 Records since 9 May 2011.

[NEW] Tennessee, Probate Court Files, 1795-1955 — Browsable Images — This collection includes probate records from Tennessee counties. These records were kept either as loose papers or in files, rather than bound volumes. – There are 1,021,998 Images as of 24 October 2014.

[NEW] Ohio, Trumbull County Records, 1795-2010 — Browsable Images — Various records from the courthouse in Warren, Ohio. This collection is being published as images become available. Includes marriage and naturalization records – There are 666,927 Images as of 24 October 2014.

Georgia, Deaths, 1928-1938 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name Index and images of Georgia statewide deaths. Original records are arranged chronologically by year and then by certificate numbers.– There are 412,760 Records and 483,210 Images as of 24 October 2014; up 2,648 records since 9 May 2014.

[NEW] New Brunswick, County Registers of Births, ca. 1812-1919 — Browsable Images — Index and images of some county registers. Dates vary by county. – There are 3,754 Images as of 29 August 2014.

 

Canadian Vital Records

Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers, 1621-1979 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — This collection contains images of Catholic parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials. It also includes some confirmations and some index entries for Montréal and Trois-Rivières.– There are 79,535 Records and 1,399,152 Images as of 16 July 2014; up 267 Images since 12 September 2012.

[NEW] Canada Census, 1911 — Searchable Index — Index to population schedules of the census. Additional indexed records will be published as they become available. – There are 4,654,957 Records as of 31 July 2014.

[NEW] Nova Scotia Births, 1864-1877 — Browsable Images — Index and images of births from Nova Scotia counties. – There are 28,923 Records as of 10 September 2014.

[NEW] Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918 — Browsable Images — Index and images of marriages from Nova Scotia. Dates vary by county. – There are 6,119 Images as of 15 September 2014.

[NEW] Nova Scotia Deaths, 1864-1877 — Browsable Images — Index and images of deaths from Nova Scotia counties. – There are 7,056 Images as of 17 September 2014.

[NEW] Nova Scotia Marriages, 1907-1932 — Browsable Images — Marriage records from various counties housed at the Archives of Nova Scotia in Halifax. – There are 67,444 Images as of 18 September 2014.

British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — These are marriage registrations. Due to privacy legislation by government British Columbia, some images have been restricted from viewing. FamilySearch will publish more images as they become available.– There are 124,593 Records and 141,209 135 Images as of 3 October 2014; up 141,174 Images since 5 September 2012.

British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — These are death registrations including overseas casualties, delayed death registrations, and delayed registrations of Native American deaths. Due to privacy legislation by government British Columbia, some images have been restricted from viewing. FamilySearch will publish more images as they become available.– There are 898,889 Records and 1,162,756 Images as of 3 October 2014; up 48,890 Images since 9 May 2014.

 

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Ancestry.com Adds Millions of German Civil Vital Records to Their Website

Ancestry.com posted several million indexed digitized civil register records this last week. The registers are from a number of areas of Germany – and include not only civil vital records registers, but residence registrations, recruitment records, emigration and family registers. There are even a few parish register transcripts. Doing a quick search for the surname Meitzler in the Rhineland-Palatinate records, I found a number of Meitzlers for whom I had no previous information. Cool…

State – Records – Title – Link

Bavaria – 2K – Grafing, Germany, Marriages, 1876-1920 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2993
Bavaria – 7K – Grafing, Germany, Births, 1876-1900 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5225
Bavaria – 5K – Grafing, Germany, Deaths, 1876-1950 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5229
Bavaria – 4K – Regen, Germany, Marriages 1876-1934 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9018
Bavaria – 12K – Regen, Germany, Deaths, 1876-1983 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9019
Bavaria – 12K – Mühldorf am Inn, Germany, Births, 1876-1899 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9020
Bavaria – 10K – Regen, Germany, Births, 1876-1904 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9027
Bavaria – 16K – Mühldorf am Inn, Germany, Deaths, 1876-1950 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60559
Bavaria – 5K – Mühldorf am Inn, Germany, Marriages, 1876-1920 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60560
Berlin – 2 million – Berlin, Germany, Selected Marriages, 1874-1920 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2957
Berlin – 1.1 million – Berlin, Germany, Selected Deaths, 1874-1920 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2958
Berlin – 900K – Berlin, Germany, Births, 1874-1899 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5753
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania – 250K – UPDATE: Mecklenburg, Germany, Parish Register Transcripts, 1740-1918 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1627
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania – 6K – UPDATE: Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany, Births, 1876-1901 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5291
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania – 6K – Rehna, Germany, Births, 1876-1899 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7923
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania – 7K – Rehna, Germany, Marriages, 1876-1920 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8088
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania – 12K – Rehna, Germany, Deaths, 1876-1950 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8149
Pomerania – 988K – Pomerania, Germany, Parish Register Transcripts, 1544-1883 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8798
Lower Saxony – 3K – Diepholz, Germany, Marriages, 1874-1920 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7702
Lower Saxony – 7K – Diepholz, Germany, Births, 1874-1899 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7703
Lower Saxony – 9K – Diepholz, Germany, Deaths, 1874-1950 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7773
Lower Saxony – 22K – Diepholz, Germany, Residence Registration, 1874-1913 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7784
Lower Saxony – 53K – Delmenhorst, Germany, Residence Registration, 1858-1901 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9183
Lower Saxony – 9K – Delmenhorst, Germany, Recruitment Rolls, 1856-1900 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9184
Lower Saxony – 15K – Delmenhorst, Germany, Marriages 1876-1920 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9185
Rhineland-Palatinate – 80K – Mainz, Germany, Marriages, 1876-1920 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4881
Rhineland-Palatinate – 16K – Mainz, Germany, Emigration Register, 1856-1877 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7507
Rhineland-Palatinate – 209K – Mainz, Germany, Family Registers 1760-1900 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8958
Saxony – 720K – Dresden, Germany, Births, 1876-1902 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5405
Saxony – 328K – Dresden, Germany, Marriages, 1876-1922 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9152
Saxony – 450K – Dresden, Germany, Deaths, 1876-1951 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9153
Schleswig-Holstein – 137K – Flensburg, Germany, Death Index Cards, 1874-1982 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9104
Baden-Württemberg – 645K – Mannheim, Germany, Family Registers, 1760-1900 – http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7575

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Old British Psychiatric Hospital Records to be Digitized

The following teaser is from the October 23, 2014 edition of whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com:

The Wellcome Library has teamed up with a number of archives across the UK to digitise records of psychiatric hospitals dating back to the 18th century.

The history of mental health care in Britain is to be revealed online following a major digitisation project.

The Wellcome Library has announced that it is funding the scanning of over 800,000 pages of material relating to psychiatric hospitals across the UK, including the York Retreat, Crichton Royal Hospital and the Camberwell House Asylum.

Starting in Autumn 2014, the project is expected to take two years to complete. In the meantime, family historians can access London’s Pulse – a free website created by the Wellcome Library….

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