New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of May 2, 2016

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Millions of new US an international records this week including Philippines Civil Registration (National) 1945-1984, New Zealand Archives New Zealand Probate Records 1843-1998, Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1626-2001, France Saône-et-Loire Military Conscriptions 1867-1940, Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939, Paraguay Catholic Church Records 1754-2015, and Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1734-1920. Find these and more by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

France Saône-et-Loire Military Conscriptions 1867-1940 – 244,795 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Lesotho Evangelical Church Records 1874-1983 – 0 – 20,396 – New browsable image collection.
New Brunswick Saint John Saint John Burial Permits 1889-1919 – 0 – 13,902 – New browsable image collection.
New Zealand Archives New Zealand Probate Records 1843-1998 – 10,511 – 363,839 – Added images to an existing collection
New Zealand Auckland Waikumete Cemetery Records 1886-1948 – 27,054 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ontario County Marriage Registers 1858-1869 – 0 – 9,447 – New browsable image collection.
Paraguay Catholic Church Records 1754-2015 – 397,638 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Lambayeque Civil Registration 1873-1998 – 339,222 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Puno Civil Registration 1890-2005 – 0 – 248,882 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Civil Registration (National) 1945-1984 – 0 – 1,741,178 – Added images to an existing collection
Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939 – 0 – 444,585 – Added images to an existing collection
Russia Tver Church Books 1722-1918 – 0 – 905 – Added images to an existing collection
Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1734-1920 – 0 – 205,216 – Added images to an existing collection

United States Databases

Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records 1891-1939 – 172,347 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
California Fresno and Napa Counties Obituaries 1974-1997 – 65,850 – 76,098 – New indexed records and images collection
Iowa Church and Civil Marriages 1837-1989 – 13,474 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Iowa County Marriages 1838-1934 – 67,489 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1626-2001 – 472,449 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts Town Records ca. 1638-1961 – 58,412 – 87,781 – New indexed records and images collection
Michigan Church Marriages 1865-1931 – 2,303 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Michigan County Marriages 1820-1940 – 62,733 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New Hampshire Birth Certificates 1901-1909 – 104,327 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Pennsylvania Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records 1865-1936 – 14,100 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
South Carolina Deaths 1915-1965 – 157,759 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

50% Off! $hide Name List-Census Substitute #Genealogy Books AL-KS with Free eBook & Super-Saver USA Shipping

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To celebrate the Christmas Season, FRPC is discounting all seventeen Dollarhide Name List printed books by 50%, making them just $9.48 each (including a FREE immediate download of the eBook). The eBooks themselves are also discounted 40%, making them just $7.50 (with no shipping charges). We’ve also put together a Super-Saver USA shipping arrangement for these books. The first book in an order ships for just $4 – and each book thereafter is only 50 cents each! Order 2 Name List books, shipping is $4.50; three books, just $5; four books, just $5.50. Mix or match your Name List books. All 17 books currently in print are included in the sale with no limits on numbers to be ordered. Dealer purchases are welcome. Sales are subject to books in stock and on hand, as reprinting of the volumes will take too long for Christmas sales. This offer is good through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2014.

Sorry – this offer is for USA sales only.

All Dollarhide state Name List books currently come with a FREE download of a PDF eBook. Upon placing your order, you will be able to download the FREE PDF eBook directly from the FRPC screen. You will also be sent an email from where you can click on the link and download the item. You can only download the PDF eBook once, so if you make your order from a computer other than your own, you might want to wait until you get to your computer and do the actual download from the email. Your book itself will be mailed by USPS media mail, and can be expected to arrive within 7 to 10 days within the United States.

After downloading the FREE full-color eBook, click on “File” in the Adobe Acrobat menu bar at the top of the screen, then click on “Save As,” and save to a location on your hard drive or other storage device.

William Dollarhide is best known as the co-author and cartographer of Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, a book of 393 census year maps, and one of the bestselling titles ever published in the field of genealogy. Mr. Dollarhide currently lives in Utah. He has written numerous guidebooks related to genealogical research.

With this series of genealogical guides, William Dollarhide continues his long tradition of writing books that family historians find useful in their day-to-day United States research. Bill’s Name List guides give a state-by-state listing of what name lists are available, where to find them, and how they can be used to further one’s research.

Name lists are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope, can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local level, will now be accessible to research. But success depends on knowing where the ancestor resided. This is where Dollarhide’s Name List guides can make the difference.

Not only does this volume give a detailed bibliography of Name Lists available for the state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

These books are also available in an electronic PDF format also. See below – 40% off for this sale!

See Bill Dollarhide’s article, “What Are Name Lists?

The following Name List Guides, all written by William Dollarhide, may be purchased from Family Roots Publishing Co., and are being offered at 50% OFF FOR THIS CHRISTMAS 2014 PROMOTION:

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FamilySearch Adds Over 2.6 Million Indexed Records & Images to Brazil, Chile, England, Netherlands, Peru, Spain, United States & Venezuela

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FamilySearch has added more than 2.6 million indexed records and images to collections from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, England, Guatemala, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, South Korea, Spain, United States, and Venezuela. Notable collection updates include the 317,554 indexed records from the Chile, Civil Registration, 1885–1903, collection; the 443,904 indexed records from the Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784–1956, collection; and the 172,261 indexed records from United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org .

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635–1981 – 0 – 349 – Added images to an existing collection.

Brazil, Paraíba, Catholic Church Records, 1731–2013 – 0 – 105,929 – Added images to an existing collection.

Chile, Civil Registration, 1885–1903 – 317,554 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

England, Kent, Register of Electors, 1570–1907 – 39,008 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877–2008 – 78,645 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Italy, Como, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806–1815, 1850–1927 – 0 – 15,667 – New browsable image collection.

Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811–1950 – 4,809 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Netherlands, Zuid-Holland Province, Civil Registration, 1811–1942 – 139,093 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997 – 0 – 122,246 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1890–2005 – 0 – 104,300 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903–1998 – 56,165 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

South Korea, Collection of Genealogies, 1500–2012 – 0 – 31,859 – Added images to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784–1956 – 443,904 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records, 1760–1956 – 50,715 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Arkansas, Field Offices Records of the Freedmen’s Bureau, 1864–1872 – 0 – 23,972 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Massachusetts, Boston Crew Lists, 1917–1943 – 140,843 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1891–1943 – 84,738 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Montana, Beaverhead County Records, 1862–2009 – 0 – 11,522 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., New York, Northern Arrival Manifests, 1902–1956 – 160,650 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., New York, Yates County, Swann Vital Records Collection, 1723–2009 – 18,497 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883–1945 – 204,794 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Texas, San Antonio, Alien Arrivals, May 1944–March 1952 – 0 – 6,378 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 – 172,261 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654–2013 – 0 – 297,560 – Added images to an existing collection.

FamilySearch Adds Nearly 4.2 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, & the USA

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FamilySearch has added close to 4.2 million indexed records and images to collections from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Honduras, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 543,676 images from the Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980, collection; the 499,702 indexed records and images from the New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1848-1991, collection; and the 264,610 images from the United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Australia, Index to Probate Registers, 1841-1989– 1,043,822 – 34,472 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records, 1829-1961– 0 – 131,642 – Added images to an existing collection.

Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537-1888– 0 – 204,382 – Added images to an existing collection.

Austria, Upper Austria, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1910– 25,798 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600-1911– 0 – 202,382 – Added images to an existing collection.

Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980– 0 – 543,676 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Saskatchewan Provincial Records, 1879-1987– 0 – 97,000 – Added images to an existing collection.

Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010– 32,693 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-1920– 3,350 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

France, Auvergne, Family Genealogies by Colonel Etienne de Bellaigue de Bughas, 1400-1900– 0 – 7,768 – New browsable image collection.

Germany, Baden, Church Book Duplicates, 1810-1869– 180,418 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Honduras, Catholic Church Records, 1633-1978– 137,642 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Italy, Oristano, Oristano, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1940– 0 – 336,318 – Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Toscana, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1804-1874– 0 – 2,912 – Added images to an existing collection.

New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1848-1991– 66,216 – 433,486 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1997– 0 – 11,252 – Added images to an existing collection.

Spain, Cádiz, Testaments, 1531-1920– 0 – 65,801 – Added images to an existing collection.

United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920– 0 – 264,610 – New browsable image collection.

United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1850– 0 – 78,752 – Added images to an existing collection.

United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905-1937– 0 – 144,925 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Arkansas, Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939– 0 – 7,705 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., California, San Francisco, Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records, 1910-1941– 0 – 3,574 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Illinois, Non-Population Census Schedules, 1850-1880– 0 – 33,787 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Massachusetts, Worcester County, Probate Files, 1731-1881– 0 – 55,978 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Missouri, State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1876– 0 – 8,071 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Montana, Pondera County Records, 1910-2012– 0 – 29,762 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., South Carolina, Georgetown, Passenger Lists, 1904-1942– 0 – 514 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Washington, Seattle, Passenger and Crew Lists of Airplanes, 1947-1954– 0 – 5,115 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Wisconsin, Crew Lists of Ship Arrivals, 1925-1956– 0 – 596 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Wisconsin, Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Manitowoc, 1925-1956– 0 – 546 – New browsable image collection.

Biographies for Families in 11 More IA, TN, MO, KY, & AR Counties added at MyGenealogyHound.com

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Biographies for families in 11 more counties have recently been added to the My Genealogy Hound website. This brings the current total available to more than 20,000 biographies in 136 counties in 10 states: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

The most recent additions include:
Page County, Iowa – 558 biographies
Tipton County, Tennessee – 91 biographies
Knox County, Missouri – 204 biographies
Hickman County, Kentucky – 142 biographies
Lauderdale County, Tennessee – 116 biographies
Franklin County, Arkansas – 163 biographies
Marshall County, Kentucky – 32 biographies
Pope County, Arkansas – 96 biographies
McCracken County, Kentucky – 165 biographies
Haywood County, Tennessee – 82 Biographies
Crittenden County, Arkansas – 82 biographies

Biographies are also currently being added for:
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Union County, Iowa
Crockett County, Tennessee
McLean County, Illinois
Lewis County, Missouri
Posey County, Indiana
Cross County, Arkansas

Additional counties are added each week.

All of the biographies were extracted from numerous vintage and rare county history or biographical volumes and can be easily browsed by family surname or by county and state.

Vintage county maps are also included for a number of states.

All 30,000+ pages of the website are freely available without cost of any kind.

The My Genealogy Hound website is located at: www.MyGenealogyHound.com

All 14 Dollarhide Name List books – Print & PDF eBooks Are On Sale for 20% Off – Sale extended through January 6

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FRPC has extended the sale of all 14 of the new Dollarhide Name Lists books, which are on sale for 20% off thorugh January 6. The sale includes both the printed volumes, as well as the PDF eBooks. Normally $18.95, the printed volumes are just $15.16, and include a FREE immediately downloadable PDF eBook of the same. The PDF eBooks alone normally sell for $12.50 – and are on sale for $10.00 each! All printed books currently come with a FREE download of the PDF eBook. Upon placing your order, you will be able to download the PDF eBook directly from the FRPC screen. You will also be sent an email from where you can click on the link and download the item. You can only download the PDF eBook once, so if you make your order from a computer other than your own, you might want to wait until you get to your computer and do the actual download from the email. Your book itself will be mailed by USPS media mail, and can be expected to arrive within 7 to 14 days within the United States.

After downloading the eBook, click on “File” in the Adobe Acrobat menu bar at the top of the screen, then click on “Save As,” and save to a location on your hard drive or other storage device.

The sale ends at midnight EST (not MST) January 6, 2014.

Books are now available for the states of Alabama through Illinois.

William Dollarhide is best known as the co-author and cartographer of Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, a book of 393 census year maps, and one of the bestselling titles ever published in the field of genealogy. Mr. Dollarhide currently lives in Utah. He has written numerous guidebooks related to genealogical research.

With this series of genealogical guides, William Dollarhide continues his long tradition of writing books that family historians find useful in their day-to-day United States research. Bill’s Name List guides give a state-by-state listing of what name lists are available, where to find them, and how they can be used to further one’s research.

Name lists are both censuses and census substitutes, and are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope, can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local level, will now be accessible to research. But success depends on knowing where the ancestor resided. This is where Dollarhide’s Name List guides can make the difference.

 Not only do these volumes give a detailed bibliography of Name Lists available for the state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

The following Name List Guides, all written by William Dollarhide, may be purchased from Family Roots Publishing Co., the printed volumes, as well as the PDF eBooks alone all at a 20% discount with an immediately available PDF eBook during this sale: 

Grave-Recording Project Underway in Northeast Arkansas

JONESBORO (AP) — Two women are eager to record every cemetery grave site in a 17-county region of Northeast Arkansas.

Dr. Julie Morrow, an archaeologist with the Arkansas Archeological Survey at the Jonesboro Research Station, and Debbie Sterbinsky, historic cemetery research consultant and genealogist, held a planning session Monday to review previously recorded information and decide how to proceed.

“We want to get every single cemetery and grave into a database,” Morrow said.

They plan to start with Craighead County. Other counties where they will record grave sites include: Greene, Poinsett, Randolph, Lawrence, Jackson, Mississippi, Clay, Cross, Independence, Izard, Sharp, Fulton, Crittenden, St. Francis, Woodruff and White.

Read the full AP article in the September 2, 2013 edition of the Courier

FamilySearch Adds Over 3.1 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from England, New Zealand, Sweden, & the USA

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FamilySearch has recently added more than 3.1 million indexed records and images from England, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 2,669,755 indexed records from the New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855–1973, collection, the 272,611 indexed records from the U.S., Arkansas, First Draft Registration Cards, 1940–1945, collection, and the 115,441 indexed records and images from the new England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538–1910, collection . See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538-1910 – 110,294 – 5,147 – New index records and images collection.

New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855-1973 – 2,669,755 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.

New Zealand, Probate Records, 1848-1991 – 0 – 4,344 – Added images to an existing collection.

Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 – 68,822 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.

U.S., Arkansas, First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945 – 272,611 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.

U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910 – 32,769 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.

A Genealogist’s Historical Timeline for Arkansas, 1539 – 1836

The following Historical Timeline for Arkansas, 1539 – 1836 is from William Dollarhide’s new book, Arkansas Name Lists, 1686 – 2005, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present:
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For genealogical research in Arkansas, the following timeline of events should help any genealogist understand the area with an historical and genealogical point of view:

1539-1542. Spaniard Hernando DeSoto was a famous Conquistador, having spent time as a loyal captain under Francisco Pizarro in the conquest of Peru in 1532. He had returned to Spain a hero in 1534 where he was granted an enormous share of the treasure of the Inca conquest. He requested from King Charles I the governorship of Guatemala, and to lead an expedition for the “discovery of the South Sea.” But Charles gave him the Governorship of Cuba instead.
On his own in 1539, DeSoto assembled and financed a party of some 620 men, 500 beef cattle, 250 horses and 200 pigs. He had a mandate from Charles I to find gold, find the Pacific Ocean, and find a direct passage to China. He embarked from Havana with a total of nine ships, and landed on Florida’s West Coast. The DeSoto party traveled on land past Tampa Bay and then further north to present-day Georgia. DeSoto and his party were the first Europeans to travel inland into present-day Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas.
The Indian fighting techniques DeSoto had learned against the Inca of Peru did not work well against the Creeks of present Georgia and Alabama. The Creeks had no fear of DeSoto’s horses, killed them at will, and after a couple of battles, DeSoto had lost nearly half of his men, and over half of his horses. He determined to press on anyway, and headed his party towards the Mississippi River. At a point near present-day Memphis, he took over a month building rafts before finally getting across the river. In doing so, he became the first European to cross the Mississippi River.
He seemed to like Arkansas, because he meandered within the land of the Osage and Quapaw for nearly a year. At one point, he had floated down the Mississippi as far south as the mouth of the Arkansas River. To gain dominance over the Quapaw Indians, DeSoto had tried to convince them that he was immortal, but when he died from fever in 1542, his men wrapped his body in blankets filled with sand and tossed him unceremoniously into the Mississippi to prevent his discovery. Today, there are at least three towns along the Mississippi River that claim to be the burial site of Hernando DeSoto.
The remaining expedition leaders decided to head for Texas, then down to Mexico City. But it was so dry in Texas, and the group was still well over 350 men in size, it was not possible to live off the land. So the party headed back to the Mississippi River. They spent another Winter there and melted down everything they had made of iron to make enough nails to build seven sailing vessels. After two more months at sea, the party arrived in the Spanish frontier town of Panuco. From there, many of the party continued on to Mexico City.
Hernando DeSoto’s legacy in Arkansas lives on with the domestic pigs he intentionally released to run wild there. Their descendants are now called Razorbacks.

1673. Floating down river from the Great Lakes, French Jesuit Father Jacques Marquette and trader Louis Juliet reached the Quapaw villages of Arkansae and Kappa.

1682. French explorer René-Robert Cavelier (Sieur de la Salle) erected a cross near the confluence of the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico, after floating down rivers from the Great Lakes area. He claimed the entire Mississippi Basin for Louis XIV of France, for whom Louisiana was named. All of the rivers and streams flowing into the Mississippi were part of the Mississippi Basin and included in the Louisiana claim.

1686 Arkansas Post. A son of an expatriated Italian, French soldier/trader Henri DeTonti founded Arkansas Post, near the point where the Arkansas River joins the Mississippi. Arkansas Post was the first white settlement in the Lower Mississippi River Valley. DeTonti, who accompanied LaSalle in several explorations of the Mississippi Valley, was to later build a fort on the Yazoo River, now Mississippi, and was known to have explored Texas, all before 1700.

1700. French Missionaries arrived in the Osage and Quapaw villages of present-day Arkansas to convert the natives to Catholicism.

1721-1762 French Louisiana. By 1721, several hundred French colonists abandoned Arkansas Post. Most returned to France, but some relocated in the French Caribbean Islands. The trading fort at Arkansas Post remained and continued to be the focal point for trade with the Quapaw and Osage Indians in the region. As a failed farming community, Arkansas Post was typical of the French efforts to colonize Louisiana. They were much more interested in trading for furs with the Indians. For the next 40 years after the Arkansas Post experiment, the French presence in the Mississippi Basin consisted mainly of single French trappers and traders paddling their canoes from one trading post to the next. The French established military forts at strategic locations, mainly as a means of protecting the trappers during their contacts with the Indians. In comparison with the French colonies, by 1762 the British colonies had constructed over 2,500 miles of improved wagon roads on the Atlantic Coast, between Boston and Charles Town. The British colonies had an economy based on town tradesmen surrounded by small farms, with the exchange of goods and produce up and down the coast. During this same period, the French had built one road that was 12 miles long, and that was only to provide portage between rivers. In the Mississippi Basin, there were very few French farming communities, and there was very little exchanging of goods or produce, except for the trapping and trading of furs.

1762. The French secretly ceded Louisiana to Spain. The cession was formalized a year later at the Treaty of Paris ending the French and Indian War.

1763. The Seven Years War (in Europe) and the French and Indian War (in America) ended with the 1763 Treaty of Paris. France lost virtually all of its North American claims, first the western side of the Mississippi was lost to Spain, and the eastern side of the Mississippi was lost to Britain. The British also gained Florida and Quebec from the French.

1783 United States of America. The treaty of Paris of 1783 first recognized the United States as an independent nation. Its borders were described generally from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River, and from Maine to Georgia.

1802 Louisiana. In Europe, Napoleon defeated the Spanish in battle and gained title to Louisiana again, after trading them a couple of duchies in Italy. However, Napoleon found that his troops in the Caribbean were under siege and unable to provide much help in establishing a French government in Louisiana. About a year later, when a couple of American emissaries showed up trying to buy New Orleans from him, Napoleon decided to unload the entire tract to the Americans (to help finance a trip to Russia he had in mind).

1803 Louisiana. Surprised and delighted that Napoleon was willing to sell the entire tract called Louisiana, President Thomas Jefferson urged Congress to vote in favor, and the U.S. purchased the huge tract from France, doubling the size of the United States. The purchase of Louisiana immediately created a dispute about ownership of lands east of the Mississippi River, since the legal description of the Louisiana Purchase was the “drainage of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.” The Spanish did not agree that it included lands east of the Mississippi and maintained their claim to West Florida.

1804 Louisiana District and Orleans Territory. Congress divided the Louisiana Purchase into two jurisdictions: Louisiana District and Orleans Territory. The latter had north and south bounds the same as the
present state of Louisiana, but did not include land east of the Mississippi River, and its northwestern corner extended on an indefinite line west into Spanish Texas. For a year, Louisiana District was attached to Indiana Territory for judicial administration, but became Louisiana Territory with its own Governor in 1805.

1805. Arkansas settlements were part of Louisiana Territory contained within New Madrid and Arkansas counties.

1806-1807. The Pike Expedition was a military effort authorized by the U.S. government to explore
the south and west of the recent Louisiana Purchase. In progress at the same time as the more famous Lewis & Clark expedition, the Pike Expedition was led by Captain Zebulon Pike, Jr., and managed by General James Wilkinson, the first Governor of Louisiana Territory (later called Missouri Territory). From documents released by Mexico many years after the death of James Wilkinson, there are now many historians who believe Wilkinson really sent Pike out to spy on the Spanish along the southern boundary of the original Louisiana Purchase area, and that Wilkinson was a double agent, paid by the Spanish Governor in Nuevo Mexico, as well as the U.S. government. If so, it might explain why early in Pike’s expedition, his entire party was arrested by Spanish soldiers in present Southern Colorado near the Arkansas River. These were the same soldiers who had been sent north from Santa Fe to arrest the Lewis & Clark party, but were unable to find them. Pike and his party were taken to Santa Fe, Nuevo Mexico, where they were treated very well. It was never clear how the Spanish knew so much about the Lewis & Clark expedition or the Pike expedition. But after just a couple of weeks, Pike and his party were escorted back to the Arkansas River and allowed to continue their explorations. The expedition continued into the Rocky Mountains, documented the discovery of Pikes Peak, and spent time trying to find the head waters of the Red and Arkansas Rivers. Captain Zebulon Pike’s party was credited as the first Americans to follow what would become known as the Santa Fe Trail. In 1810, Captain Pike’s published book of his expedition included the first English description of the Spanish culture in North America, and was a best seller in America and Europe.

1806 Louisiana–Spanish Mexico Line. The Louisiana Purchase caused a border dispute between the U.S. and Spain over the Louisiana-Mexico boundary. Spain claimed east to the Red River; the U.S. claimed west to the Sabine River. They made a compromise in 1806 with the so-called Neutral Ground, where neither exercised jurisdiction. From 1806 to 1819, the Neutral Ground became a haven for outlaws, fugitives and pirates. (The French pirate, Jean Lafitte, was a frequent visitor to the Neutral Ground, in and around the Lake Charles and Calcasieu regions). Yet, in the 1810 census for Orleans Territory, a few thousand American settlers were actually enumerated within the Neutral Ground, many of whom could be traced back to the Arkansas settlements of Louisiana Territory.

1810 Federal Census was the first federal census taken in Louisiana Territory and Orleans Territory, but only the manuscripts from Orleans survive.

1812 (April). Orleans Territory became the state of Louisiana.

1812 (June). Louisiana Territory was renamed Missouri Territory. As early as 1805 the area was often referred to as “Upper Louisiana,” but with the statehood of Louisiana, the confusion between the two had to be resolved. But, for two months, the U.S. had a Territory of Louisiana and a State of Louisiana at the same time.

1817. Fort Smith was established on the Arkansas River (near the present Oklahoma state line). Fort Smith’s most famous resident was Judge Isaac Parker, who served as US District Judge from 1875-1896. He was nicknamed the “Hanging Judge” because in his first term after assuming his post he tried eighteen people for murder, convicted fifteen of them, sentenced eight of those to die, and hanged six of them in one day.

1818. The Quapaw Indians ceded their lands between the Arkansas and Red Rivers, opening the area to white settlement.

1819 (February). The Adams-Onis Treaty between the U.S. and Spain set part of the international boundary between the U.S. and Spanish Mexico as the line of the Sabine River north to a point of intersection with Latitude 32o, then due north to the Red River. This is the modern boundary between Louisiana and Texas.

1819 (July). Arkansas Territory was created by Congress, taken from Missouri Territory. The territorial capital was at Arkansas Post. The area included all of present-day Arkansas and most of Oklahoma. Arkansas Territory misinterpreted the new boundary with Spanish Mexico, believing their southern line with Louisiana extended west on the same latitude. The confusion came from the language of the treaty with Spain, which described the lay of the Sabine River without maps, and the only maps available to the Arkansas territorial legislators had the Sabine River incorrectly located. A new survey of the area was not done until 1828, and during that time Arkansas Territory created counties that extended into Spanish Mexico.

1820 (April). Old Miller County, Arkansas Territory was created in an area partly outside of the legal jurisdiction of Arkansas Territory, due to a misunderstanding of the 1819 Treaty with Spain. Old Miller County straddled the Red River with its northern portion well into present-day Oklahoma, an area legally part of Arkansas Territory; and its southern portion well into present-day Texas, which was still part of Spanish Mexico.

1820 (June). Federal Census was taken in Arkansas Territory, but the original manuscripts were lost.

1821. The Arkansas territorial capital was moved from Arkansas Post to Little Rock.

1821 (August). The southeastern portion of Missouri Territory became the State of Missouri. The large remaining area of Missouri Territory was mostly uninhabited and Congress labeled the area as “Unorganized Territory.”

1821 (September). Mexico gained independence from Spain. The part of Old Miller County, Arkansas Territory, south of the Red River was now in Mexico.

1824. The Quapaw Indians were forced to cede their lands south of the Arkansas River, leaving them with just the reservation lands in the area of present-day Lincoln, Jefferson, and Cleveland counties, Arkansas.

1825-1828. In 1825, a small area north of the Red River was separated from Arkansas Territory. In 1828, a larger area of Arkansas Territory was set aside by Congress as an “Indian Reserve,” reducing Arkansas Territory to its present size and shape. The separated area was called the “Indian Territory” by everyone, but that name did not become official until it was mentioned in new treaty documents with the five civilized tribes after the Civil War.

1828. About half of Old Miller County, Arkansas Territory lay north of the Red River, and was impacted dramatically by the creation of the Indian Territory. The inhabitants of Miller County north of the Red River were forced to move, and it could be the only time in U.S. history that whites were forced to leave their homes to make room for the Indians. (It was usually the other way around). Meanwhile, people living in the part of old Miller County south of the Red River had not yet learned that they were actually living in Mexico.

1830 Federal Census was taken in Arkansas Territory, and the manuscripts survive for all twenty-three counties, including old Miller County, now entirely outside of the U.S. in Mexico’s Province of Texas.

1836 (March). The Republic of Texas gained its independence from Mexico, and old Miller County tried in vain to reassert its position as an Arkansas county. When Texas created its Red River County in 1836, old Miller County effectively ceased to exist. Named to honor Arkansas Territory’s first Governor, James Miller, another Miller County, Arkansas was created in 1874, with the original county seat located at Texarkana, Arkansas.

1836 (June 15th). Arkansas became the 25th state.

Excerpted from William Dollarhide’s Arkansas Name Lists, 1686 – 2005, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present:

Arkansas Name Lists 1686-2005, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

Name lists are:

An important step in finding the place of residence for a person is the use of published censuses and census substitutes. Most genealogists are familiar with the use of federal census records – but there are a myriad of census substitutes as well. A census substitute may take the form of a territorial/state census, court record, militia list, directory, veterans’ list, tax list, or voter list. We can combine these two categories into one by calling them all “Name Lists.” And, because a name list identifies the residents of an area from various local, state, and national sources – a name list becomes a genealogist’s best place-finding tool. A good example is when a genealogist learns from a death certificate that an ancestor was born in Alabama. What needs to be done first is find the county of residence in Alabama. An Alabama name list is the first tool we can use to find the exact place of residence there. Genealogists learn early that finding the county of residence for an ancestor is a break-through in their research efforts. That is because the typical American courthouse is a treasure chest of genealogical information about the residents of a county. The courthouse is where we find birth, marriage, death, and burial records; court records, e.g., orphans, wills, probates, deeds, and property records; and many other documents with specific genealogical revelations.”

fr0215By now you probably know Family Roots Publishing has just released 9 new William Dollarhide Name Lists books. And, these books are all on sale for a short introductory period. One by one I am offering a review/summary for each. Herein, we look at Arkansas Name Lists 1684-2003, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present.

“Name lists are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope, can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local level, will now be accessible to research. But success depends on knowing where the ancestor resided. This is where Dollarhide’s Name List guides can make the difference.”

In this book, on Arizona, names lists are detailed in the following categories (with 424 links for the state of Arizona):

  • Territorial & State Census Records
  • State and County Court Records
  • Directories
  • State Militia Lists
  • State Veterans & Pensioners Lists
  • Tax Lists
  • Vital Records
  • Voter Lists

The contents of the Arizona section of the guide include:

  • 1820 Map of Arkansas Territory
  • Arkansas Name Lists
  • Historical Timeline for Arkansas, 1539-1836
  • Online Resources at the Arkansas History Commission
  • Introduction to Arkansas’ Colonial, Territorial & Statewide Name Lists
  • Bibliography of Arkansas Name Lists, 1686-2005

Not only does this volume give a detailed bibliography of Name Lists available for the state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree. Like the other volumes, this one also includes a copy of national names lists.

Likewise, the National Names Lists have these categories (244 entries in all):

  • Federal Census Records
  • Immigration Lists
  • U.S. Military Lists
  • U.S. Veterans Records
  • U.S. Pension Records
  • National Vital Record

There are also a number of maps, including:

  • 1899 Alaska & Klondike Region
  • 1880-1940 Alaska Census Jurisdictions
  • 1763 British North America
  • 1784-1802 Western Land Cessions
  • 1790 United States
  • 1800 United States
  • 1810 United States
  • 1820 United States
  • 1830 United States
  • 1840 United States
  • 1850 United States
  • 1860 United States
  • 1870-1880 United States
  • 1890-1940 United States

This new series is bound to be a big hit with genealogists. The introductory offer is also difficult to pass up. If you order a print copy of the book you not only get 15% off, but you also will receive a FREE copy of the eBook version in  .PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format. The .PDF version is fully hyperlinked to take you quickly to each site, and can be viewed on any device or computer supporting Acrobat files, which is virtually every computer, laptop, tablet, and smart device on the market.

Order your copy of Arkansas Name Lists 1732-1991, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present while the deals are good, from Family Roots Publishing; Temporary Price: $16.11 for both the paper and electronic versions together. Or, get the eBook version alone for just $12.50.

9 New Dollarhide Research Guides (AL – DC) Now Available at Introductory Prices with FREE PDF eBook & Nearly 50% Savings!

Connecticut Name Lists
With this new exciting series of genealogical guides, William Dollarhide continues his long tradition of writing books that family historians find useful in their day-to-day United States research. Bill’s Name List guides give a state-by-state listing of what name lists are available, where to find them, and how they can be used to further one’s research.

As of today, there are currently nine new volumes in print, each coverng a different state. Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, and the District of Columbia are in print. Others will follow as published.

Name lists are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope, can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local level, will now be accessible to research. But success depends on knowing where the ancestor resided. This is where Dollarhide’s Name List guides can make the difference.

Not only does this volume give a detailed bibliography of Name Lists available for the state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

To celebrate the introduction of these new research guides, Family Roots Publishing is, for a LIMITED TIME, offering them to the public at 15% off (Reg. $18.95 ea.) with a FREE fully-hyperlinked pdf eBook of the guide or guides available by download immediately upon purchase. That’s a savings of nearly 50% for the book and PDF eBook combined! Start your Name List research in any of these 9 states now! No waiting for the book itself to arrive!

Internet hyperlinks alone for each of the volumes is as follows:

  • Alabama – 400 links
  • Alaska – 270 links
  • Arizona – 298 links
  • Arkansas – 424 links
  • California – 415 links
  • Colorado – 351 links
  • Connecticut – 336 links
  • Delaware – 307 links
  • District of Columbia – 380 links

The National Name List portion of each book includes 244 links.

The following Name List Guides, all written by William Dollarhide, may be purchased today from Family Roots Publishing Co. Note that the pdf eBook link alone follows the listing for the book itself & a FREE pdf (download link sent immediately).

Click on the links below to read more about each book, including a table of contents, and/or to make a purchase. – or click on this link to go directly to the Dollarhide Name Lists section of Family Roots Publishing.

Alabama Name Lists 1702-2006, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

PDF eBook: Alabama Name Lists 1702-2006, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

Alaska Name Lists, 1732 – 1991, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

PDF eBook: Alaska Name Lists, 1732 – 1991, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

Arizona Name Lists 1684 – 2003, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

PDF eBook: Arizona Name Lists 1684 – 2003, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

Arkansas Name Lists, 1686 – 2005, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

PDF eBook: Arkansas Name Lists, 1686 – 2005, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

California Name Lists, 1700 – 2011, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

PDF eBook: California Name Lists, 1700 – 2011, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

Colorado Name Lists, 1858 – 1998, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

PDF eBook: Colorado Name Lists, 1858 – 1998, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

Connecticut Name Lists, 1600s – 2001, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

PDF eBook: Connecticut Name Lists, 1600s – 2001, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

Delaware Name Lists, 1609-1992, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

PDF eBook: Delaware Name Lists, 1609-1992, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

District of Columbia Name Lists, 1600s – 1997, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

PDF eBook: District of Columbia Name Lists, 1600s – 1997, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

Note that PDF eBooks alone are available above at a total cost of $12.50 each – with immediate download available upon purchase.

Ancestry Adds 1940 Indexes for 12 More States & is Now up to 37 States plus Washington D.C.!

The following is from Matthew Deighton at Ancestry.com:

With today’s addition of 12 states (18 million records) to the 1940 US Federal Census, Ancestry.com now has 37 states and Washington DC fully indexed and searchable on the site. All of the 1940 US Census will be free through 2013.

Number of records per state:

  • Alaska: 72,665
  • Arkansas: 1,955,176
  • Idaho: 526,673
  • Massachusetts: 4,325,657
  • Minnesota: 2,797,461
  • Missouri: 3,790,868
  • New Mexico: 534,334
  • North Dakota: 644,245
  • Oklahoma: 2,341,108
  • Rhode Island: 714,519
  • South Dakota: 643,766
  • Utah: 551,609

76M New US Historic Records & Millions more for Brazil, China, Ireland, Italy, Russia, & Spain Added at FamilySearch.org

The following information is from FamilySearch.org:


76 million much-anticipated state census, naturalization, immigration, and vital records were added this week for 22 states, including Ohio, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Since partnering with the National Archives of Italy to digitally preserve and index its civil registration, more than 24 million images have been published and 4 million names have been made searchable on FamilySearch.org. Millions more free records were published this week for Armenia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, and Switzerland. Search these diverse collections and 2.8 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Foreign Country Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Armenia, Church Books, 1838-1929 – 0 – 23,781 – New browsable image collection.
Brazil, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965 – 336,090 – 597,070 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1890-1980 – 0 – 175,292 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Canada, British Columbia, Wills, 1861-1981 – 0 – 127,172 – New browsable image collection.
Canada, Saskatchewan, Probate Estate Files, 1887-1931 – 0 – 312,198 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Chile, Santiago, Cementerio General, 1821-2011 – 0 – 114,525 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
China, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-1980 – 0 – 1,360,481 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2010 – 0 – 668,102 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843-1921 – 0 – 31,176 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1948 – 0 – 1,122,697 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Estonia, Population Registers, 1918-1944 – 0 – 37,107 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Germany, Bavaria, Traunstein, Family Group Sheets, 1830-1918 – 0 – 61,932 – New browsable image collection.
Hungary, Civil Registration, 1895-1980 – 0 – 15,844 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
India, Punjab, Moga Land Ownership Pedigrees, 1887-1958 – 0 – 1,605 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924 – 3,127,594 – 133,011 – New affiliate indexed records and browsable images.
Italy, Catania, Catania, Civil Registration (Comune), 1820-1905 – 0 – 21,926 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Catania, Diocesi di Acireale, Catholic Church Records, 1560-1941 – 0 – 59,711 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Toscana, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1808-1923 – 0 – 3,171,819 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Japan, Village Records, 709-1934 – 0 – 57,591 – New browsable image collection.
Netherlands, Limburg Province, Certificates of Nationality, 1860-1913 – 0 – 68,237 – New browsable image collection.
New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855-1973 – 366,063 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1995 – 0 – 27,329 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Peru, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996 – 0 – 30,866 – New browsable image collection.
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 – 0 – 105,277 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 0 – 306,181 – New browsable image collection.
Peru, Lambayeque, Civil Registration, 1873-1998 – 0 – 583,011 – New browsable image collection.
Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 – 0 – 54,834 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600-1950 – 0 – 36,579 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Coimbra, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911 – 0 – 351,853 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Viseu, Catholic Church Records, 1523-1989 – 0 – 91,319 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Russia, Samara Church Books, 1869-1917 – 138,277 – 1,851,515 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection
Slovakia, Census, 1869 – 0 – 278,392 – New browsable image collection.
Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records, 1504-1979 – 566,136 – 23 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1583-1902 – 0 – 84,297 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Switzerland, Bern, Civil Registration, 1792-1876 – 0 – 4,900 – New browsable image collection.

United States Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

United States Census, 1940 (Alabama, California, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Washington) – 20,975,134 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
United States, Alabama, County Probate Records, 1830-1976 – 0 – 611,330 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Arkansas, Second Registration Draft Cards, 1948-1959 – 61,237 – 11 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1820-1948 – 0 – 119,418 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1629-1983 – 0 – 74,753 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Michigan, Probate Records, 1797-1973 – 0 – 1,261,323 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2012 – 0 – 37,097 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Nevada, County Marriages, 1862-1993 – 0 – 123,409 – New browsable image collection.
United States, New Jersey, State Census, 1905 – 2,146,861 – 0 – New Indexed collection.
United States, New York State Census, 1915 – 9,742,867 – 117,082 – New affiliate indexed records and affiliate image links.
United States, New York State Census, 1925 – 11,117,922 – 130,042 – New affiliate indexed records and affiliate image links.
United States, New York, County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980 – 0 – 2,129,659 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971 – 0 – 3,800,317 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Ohio, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1977 – 0 – 1,097,134 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950 – 342,186 – 256,680 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Births, 1860-1906 – 1,022,168 – 140,547 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994 – 0 – 3,197,552 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Texas, Divorce Index, 1968-2010 – 3,599,300 – 0 – New Indexed collection.
United States, Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010 – 7,606,159 – 0 – New Indexed collection.
United States, Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005 – 0 – 927,764 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 – 0 – 32,775 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 – 2,943,096 – 0 – New Indexed collection.
United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 – 1,844,985 – 500,007 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.

76 New & Updated USA Vital Records, State & School Census, and Tax Record Databases Posted at FamilySearch.org

The following U.S.A. vital-records oriented databases have been recently added or updated at FamilySearch.org. This blog covers 76 new and updated entries.

We’ve also updated four of our five of the GenealogyBlog Online Database Links Files.
See:

THE FOLLOWING DATABASES WERE POSTED OR UPDATED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG SINCE 22 March 2012:

Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950 – Name index and images of marriage records created by Alabama counties. Records are arranged by county, volume and date. Currently, the following counties, and others I’m sure, are represented in this collection: Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Chilton, Cleburne, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dallas, Jefferson, Madison, and St. Clair. Currently this collection is 38% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. – 566,839 records from 318,228 images as of 8 May 2012 – up 199,105 records since 21 November 2011!

NEW DATABASE Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Records, 1757-1938Imaged Records – This collection contains images of the probate case files from the Maricopa County Superior Court – 612,719 images as of 30 April 2012.

Arkansas Births and Christenings, 1880-1893 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Arkansas – 10,642 records as of 25 May 2012 – up 3,817 since 23 September 2011.

NEW DATABASE California, Birth Index, 1905-1995 – Name index of birth index created by the California Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Section in Sacramento. Index includes name, date of birth, sex, mother’s surname, and county of birth.– 24,596,235 records as of 2 March 2012.

NEW DATABASE California, County Birth and Death Records, 1849-1989Imaged Records – 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. This collection is being published as images become available. – 1,224,657 images as of 15 June 2012.

California, San Joaquin, County Public Library Obituary Index, 1850-1991Imaged Records – Index and Images of index cards located at the San Joaquin County Public Library, Stockton, California. Contains clippings from various San Joaquin County and Stockton city newspapers of obituaries – 98,787 records and 167,330 images as of 14 May 2012. The 98,787 name index is NEW, while most of the images have been posted since 10 November 2011.

California, San Mateo County Records – 1856-1967 – Browsable Imaged Records – County records including marriage license applications 1927-1943; Coroner’s reports 1865-1946; naturalization, deeds, patents, homesteads, and military service discharges – 883,705 images as of 10 February 2012 – up 936,279 images as of 23 February 2012 –up 700,041 images since 23 November 2011.

NEW DATABASE Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995 – Imaged Records – Images of county marriages from Clear Creek, Fremont, Kit Carson, Logan, Moffat, Phillips, Saguache, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma counties. – 49,690 images as of 15 June 2012.

NEW DATABASE District of Columbia 1874-1897Imaged Records – Images of birth returns and birth index registers from the Health Department in Washington, D.C. The birth returns name the parents but do not name the child. – 90,550 images as of 25 May 2012.

Florida Marriages 1830-1993Imaged Records – Name index and images to Florida marriage records. Additional records will be added as indexing is completed – 571,766 records and 489,702 images as of 9 May 2012 – up 366,378 since 10 December 2011!

Georgia Marriages 1808-1967 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Georgia – 1,157,102 records as of 26 March 2012 – up 4,717 records since 6 May 2010.

NEW DATABASE Idaho, County Birth and Death Records, 1907-1920 – Browsable Images – County birth and death registers acquired for the following counties: Ada, Bannock, Bingham, Blaine, Bonner, Bonneville, Boundary, Canyon, Cassia, Clearwater, Elmore, Fremont, Kootenai, Latah, Nez Perce, Owyhee, Shoshone, Twin Falls and Washington counties. Coverage varies between counties. – 2,426 images as of 11 June 2012.

Idaho, Cassia County Records 1879-1960 – Browsable Imaged Records – Marriage, probate, soldier discharge, school census, deeds, patents, homesteads, mining location, coroners, and mothers pension records located at the county courthouse located in Burley. Includes Marriages 1908-1947, Coroner’s Inquests 1918-1922; and Probate Records made up of Estate Files 1919-1990, and Record of Wills 1891-1956. – 328,900 images as of 23 May 2012 – up 124,180 images since 9 February 2012.

Illinois, Births and Christenings, 1824-1940– Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Illinois. 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 – 507,005 records as of 13 Apr 2012.

Illinois Probate Records 1819-1970 – Browsable Images Images of will books, administrations, journals, inventories, guardian’s records, and order books from various counties in Illinois. The content and time period will vary by county. Illinois created probate courts in 1819. This is a 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. A few additional county court records are also present. 1,059,034 images as of 22 February 2012 – up 167,657 images since 22 February 2012.

Indiana Marriages 1811-1959 – 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 returns and licenses from the following counties: Adams, Allen, Bartholomew, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Carroll, Clark, Clay, Daviess, Dearborn, Decatur, De Kalb, Delaware, Dubois, Elkhart, Fayette, Floyd, Fountain, Franklin, Fulton, Gibson, Hamilton, Harrison, Hendricks, Henry, Huntington, Jackson, Jay, Lake, Marshall, Ohio, Owen, Rush, and Sullivan. Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at family history centers. Currently this collection is 55% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. – 1,848,513 records as of 10 June 2012. Up 233,647 records since 10 January 2012.

Iowa County Births 1880-1935 – Index to the birth records created by the counties of Iowa. When completed it will contain records for all of the 99 counties in the state. This collection is 30% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. 696,160 records as of 26 April 2012 – up 141,618 records since 24 January 2012 – From the Iowa County Clerks. Digital images of originals housed at various county courthouses in the State of Iowa. Birth records. FHL microfilm, 338 reels.

NEW DATABASE Iowa, Fayette County Probate Records 1851-1927Imaged Records – Fayette County probate case files located at the Fayette County courthouse in West Union. This collection is being published as images become available – 86,849 images as of 31 May 2012.

NEW DATABASE Iowa State Census 1895 – Name index of the Iowa state census taken in 1895. The census names everyone in the household – From the Iowa State Historical Society, Des Moines IA – 521,900 records as of 16 May 2012.

Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954Imaged Records – Marriage records created by Kentucky counties. Records include bonds, license, certificates, and returns – 184,092 records and 156,096 images as 0f 26 March 2012.

Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1629-1983 – Browsable Imaged Records – from court records at the Register of Wills in Maryland. Includes the following counties: Alleghany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Caroline, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington, and Worchester. This collection is being published as images become available – Browse through 1,079,507 948,944 images as of 22 June 2012. Up 130,563 images since as of 22 March 2012.

Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Massachusetts – 4,696,564 records as of 13 April 2012 – up 850 records since 16 December 2010.

Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920 – Browsable Imaged Records – Massachusetts births, marriages and deaths, 1916-1920 and state amendments to vital records, 1841-1920 located at the state archives in Boston. This collection is being published as images become available – 725,063 images as of 17 April 2012 – up 369,010 images since 10 February 2012!

Montana Marriages 1889-1947 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Montana – 20,784 records as of 5 March 2012. Up 45 records from 27 December, 2010.

NEW DATABASE Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004 – Browsable Images – Images of county birth and death records acquired from county courthouses. The collections consist of registers and certificates from Broadwater, Deer Lodge, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Powell and Silver Bow counties. – 260,134 images of 5 June 1012.

Montana, Lake County Records 1857-2010Imaged Records – Deeds, school census, mining, vital records – B,M,D, probate, and divorce records located at the county courthouse in Polson. This collection is being published as images become available – 94,699 images as of 8 May 2012.

Nebraska Marriages 1855-1995 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Nebraska – 142,224 records after 5 March 2012.

NEW DATABASE Nevada, County Marriages, 1862-1993 – Browsable Images – Images of county marriages from Carson City, Clark, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey, and White Pine counties. Coverage varies between counties. – 123,409 images as of 20 June 2012.

New Mexico Marriages 1751-1918 – Name index to marriage records from the state of New Mexico – 93,308 records as of 5 March 2012.

New Jersey Marriages 1678-1985 – Name index to marriage records from the state of New Jersey – 802,437 records as of 5 March 2012.

New Jersey County Marriages, 1682-1956Imaged Records – Name index of county marriage records for New Jersey. Currently this collection is 100% complete. Due to contract restrictions some images from the following counties may not be available for view: Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Middlesex, Monmouth, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Union, and Warren – 300,071 records and 59,895 images as of 3 April 2012. Up 66,164 records since 10 January 2012.

NEW DATABASE New Jersey, State Census, 1905 – Name index of the 1905 Census of New Jersey which includes all residents in all counties. – 507,107 records as of 22 June 2012.

New York Marriages 1686-1980 – Name index to marriage records from the state of New York – 768,885 records as of 5 March 2012. Up 25,901 records from 13 December 2010.

New York Probate Records, 1629-1971Imaged Records – Images from probate records in various county Surrogate Courts in New York. The content of the probate records and their year range vary by county. Most records end in the 1920s with some indexes continuing to the year 1971. This collection does not include records from metropolitan New York at this time – 5,432,139 images as of 22 June 2012. Up 3,800,317 images from 25 January 2012.

New York Orange County Probate Records 1787-1938 – Browsable Images – Imaged Records 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. – It is published by volume and year range – 682,552 images as of 5 June 2012. Up 220,299 images since 22 February 2012.

New York Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1921 – Browsable Images – Images of probate records and proceedings from the Queens County Surrogate’s Court in Jamaica, New York. – 954,867 images as of 22 February 2012. Up 160,928 images since 22 February 2012.

New York State Census 1875Imaged Records – Images of the 1875 New York State Census as of 1 June 1875. The following counties are not included: Chemung, Clinton, Hamilton, New York (Manhattan), Niagara, Putnam, Queens, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Suffolk, Wayne, and Westchester. – From Surrogate Courts from various counties throughout New York State, on 118 rolls of FHL microfilm. – 708,861 records and 94,045 images as of 13 June 2012. Up 328,866 records and 39,022 images since 29 December 2011.

NEW DATABASE New York State Census, 1915 – Name index and images of the 1915 New York State Census. Index provided by Ancestry.com. – 9,742,867 records as of 24 June 2012.

NEW DATABASE New York State Census, 1925 – Name index and images of the 1925 New York State Census. Index provided by Ancestry.com. – 11,117,922 records as of 24 June 2012

North Carolina County Marriages 1762-1979 – Name index and images of marriage records from North Carolina county courthouses. These records include licenses, marriage applications, marriage bonds, marriage certificates, marriage packets and cohabitation registers. Currently, portions of the following counties are represented in this collection: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Ashe, Beaufort, Bladen, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Catabwa, Chatham, Cherokee, Chowan, Cleveland, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Gates, Granville, Halifax, Hanover, Hyde, Johnston, Lincoln, Macon, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Northampton, Pitt, Richmond, Rowan, Surry, and Wilkes. This collection is 35% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed – 649,806 records and 235,497 images as of 23 March 2012 – up 79.174 Records and 13,576 images as of 23 March 2012.

North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970 – Browsable Imaged Records – Collection of various county records including, wills, guardianships, estates, voter registration books, coroner’s inquests, etc. It was filmed at the North Carolina Department of Archives and History in Raleigh. The collection includes Ashe County School Censuses 1881-1903; Beaufort County Wills 1808-1968; Columbus County Estate Files 1812-1968; Duplin County Widows year support 1900-1968; Durham County Widow’s Dower & Year’s Support 1881-1944 (indexed in front of book); Gaston County Estates 1839-1971 & Wills 1847-1968 Vol. 38-41; Lincoln County Marriage Records 1892-1916; Mecklenburg County Estate Files 1880-1952; Northampton Coroner’s reports 1793-1905; Northampton County Estate Records 1782-1930; Richmond County Coroner’s inquests 1906-1967; Stanley County Coroner’s inquests 1914-1957; and Wake County Death Certificates 1900-1909 – 496,699 images as of 17 May 2012 – up 109,664 since 7 March 2012.

North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1964Imaged Records – Index and images of estate files from North Carolina counties. The originals were filmed at the North Carolina Department of Archives and History. The estate records contain loose papers relating to the settlement of estates including such matters as provision for heirs including minor children as well as distribution of funds, land and property, including slaves – This project was indexed in partnership with the North Carolina Genealogical Society and Library – 99, 530 indexed records and 2,443,616 images as of 13 June 2012. Up 41,588 records and 1,072,050 images since 19 February 2012

Ohio County Births 1856-1909Imaged Records – Name index and images of county birth records in Ohio. The time period and type of record varies by county – 3,051,219 records and 514,834 images as of 8 May 2012 – up 848,900 records and 83,479 records since 4 January 2012!

Ohio County Marriages, 1789-1994 – Name index and images of county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Currently this collection is 75% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed – 3,126,256 Records and 1,430,518 images as of 2 April 2012

NEW DATABASE Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1967Browsable Images – Probate records and estate files from county courthouses in Ohio. The content and time period varies by county. – 3,796,974 records as of 5 June 2012.

NEW DATABASE Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004Browsable Images – Obituary file from the Crawford County Genealogical Society in Galion, Ohio. – 101,198 records as of 4 June 2012.

Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1940 – Browsable Imaged Records – 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. 173,941 images as of 5 June 2012. Up 166,220 images from 22 March 2012.

Oklahoma County Marriages – 1891-1959 – Name index and images of marriage records from counties in Oklahoma – Counties included so far include Adair, Alfalfa, Atoka, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Bryan, Caddo, Canadian, Dewey, Garfield, Harmon, Hughes, Jackson, Jefferson, and Kingfisher Counties. Other counties are now probably included, but I couldn’t find a list. More counties will be added over time.- 579,588 indexed records from 343,289 images as of 17 April 2012 – up 188,814 indexed records since 17 December 2011!

NEW DATABASE Oregon, Douglas County Records, 1852-1952 – 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. – 91,815 images as of 11 June 2012.

Pennsylvania County Marriages 1885-1950Imaged Records – Name index and images of county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, and affidavits, docket books, with a few marriage declarations & Justice of the Peace marriages – 1,667,651 records and 2,331,809 images as of 22 June 2012. Up 342,186 records and 1,164,735 images since 23 December 2011.

NEW DATABASE Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Births, 1860-1906 – Imaged Records – This collection is a name index and images of birth registers from the Board of Health in the city of Philadelphia. It includes birth returns filed by physicians, midwives and area hospitals or other facilities. – 259,115 images as of 24 June 2012.

Rhode Island Marriages 1724-1916 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Rhode Island – 209,502 records as of 5 March 2012.

Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 – Name index and images of Tennessee county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Records include marriage registers, marriage licenses, marriage bonds, and marriage certificates from the following Tennessee Counties. Currently this collection is 16% complete. Records consist of packets, with multiple documents per packet – 1,006,415 records as of 26 March 2012 – up 631,053 records since 21 Seprember 2011! 433,049 browsable images.

Texas County Marriage Index 1837-1977 – Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas. – 2,099,675 records as of 5 march 2012 – up 1,733,870 records since 29 December 2011.

NEW DATABASE Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010 – This collection contains indexes of marriage license applications from all counties in the state of Texas. The indexes were prepared by the Vital Statistics Unit of the Department of State Health Services and have been published on the Department’s website. – 7,606,159 records as of 16 June 2012.

Texas Deaths, 1977-1986Imaged Records – Images of Texas statewide death certificates, including delayed certificates, from the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin. Additional certificates will be added to the collection as they become available. Certificates for 1978 are currently posted by county. – 844,910 images as of 15 June 2012. Up 422,541 images since 14 February 2012.

Texas County Tax Rolls 1846-1910Imaged Records – Images for tax rolls for 237 counties in Texas. Index is in progress and additional records will be added as they are completed. The images are laid out by county and year, so if you know where your people lived, finding them usually isn’t difficult, even without the indexes finished – 1,209,864 indexed records and 725,748 images as of 5 June 2012. Up 1,200,141 indexed records and 46,861 images since 12 July 2011; From the Texas State Library and Archives, Austin on 423 rolls of FHL.

NEW DATABASE Utah, State Archives Records 1848-2001Imaged Records – Images of various record types held by the Utah State Archives. Record types include civil and criminal case files, divorce records, probate case files and naturalization records for Beaver, Box Elder, Carbon, Davis, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Piute, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, Wasatch, and Weber counties. Coverage of record type and date range varies by county. This collection will also include cemetery records for Beaver, Charleston, Fillmore, Garland, Glenwood, Grantsville, Hyrum, Junction, Kaysville, Marysville, Midvale, Murray, Paragonah, Salt Lake City, Scipio, and Spring City. This collection is being published as images become available – Included is the Box Elder County Interment Register 1893-1961; Cache County Cemetery Records 1860-1998; Carbon County Probate Case Files 1896-1931; Davis County Interment Register Vol A-E 1869-1982; Probate Case Files 1888-1932; Iron County Cemetery Records 1899-2001; Iron County Probate Court Minutes 1854-1868; Kane County Probate Index 1864-1896, Kane County Probate Court Minutes Bk B 1878-1896; Millard County Burial Record Index 1900-1973; Millard County Cemetery Records 1887-1986; Millard County Interment Register 1854-1945; Piute county Marysvale Cemetery Records 1887-1978; Piute County Probate Case Files 1900-1932; Piute County Record of Junction Town Cemeteries 1881-2001; Salt Lake County Burial Plat Index 1848-1976; Salt Lake County Burial Record 1923-1994; Salt Lake County Interment Register 1874-1994; Salt Lake County Probate Case Files 1906-1913; San Juan County Probate Case Files 1888-1933; Sanpete County Cemetery Record 1892-1991; Sanpete County Probate Court Minutes 1852-1884; Sevier County Cemetery Record 1856-1960; Sevier County Probate Case Files 1865-1912; Tooele County Burial Cards 1855-1991; Tooele County Probate Court Minutes 1859-1888; Wasatch County Interment Register 1901-1991; and Wasatch County Sexton’s Record 1901-1966 – 433,665 images as of 29 May 2012.

NEW DATABASE Utah, County Marriages 1787-1937 – Name index of marriage records from local county courthouses. The records consist of bound volumes, applications, licenses, certificates, etc. This collection is currently 53% complete and more records will be added as they are completed – 294,182 records as of 8 May 2012.

Utah Probate Records, 1851-1961Imaged Records – Collection of probate records, including case files and other documents created by the Probate Courts of various Utah counties. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. This collection is being published as images become available. 91,265 images as of 18 May 2012 – up 67,738 images since 23 September 2011.

NEW DATABASE Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005 Browsable Images Vital and town records acquired from local town clerk offices. The records are handwritten or typewritte on preprinted pages which have been bound into volumes. The collection consists of vital records (births, marriages, and deaths), cemetery records, and burial and removal permits. They are arranged by town, then by record type, then by date. The content and completeness of the records varies by town. – 927,764 images as of 22 June 2012.

Vermont, Bennington County, Manchester District Estate Files, 1779-1935Imaged Records – Images of probate estate files in alphabetical order. Each estate file consists of multiple images. This collection is being published as images become available – 119,038 images as of 13 June 2012. Up 40,357 images since 19 December 2011.

Virginia Births & Christenings, 1853-1917 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Virginia. 1,991,095 records as of 9 May 2012 – up 568,240 records since 2 May 2011!

NEW DATABASE Virginia, Orange County Marriage Records, 1757-1938imaged records – 11,823 records and 922 images as of 30 April 2012.

Vermont, Franklin County Probate Records, 1796 to 1921 – Browsable Imaged Records – Images of probate papers located at the Public Records Office, General Service Center, Middlesex. – 207,028 images as of 24 April 2012 – up 38,170 images since 10 February 1012.

NEW DATABASE Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008Indexed Records and Browsable Images – Name index of the marriage records for Clallam, Lewis, Pacific, Snohomish, Thurston, and Wahkiakum Counties. This collection of marriage records includes: Clallam County marriage certificates, applications and returns, 1865-2008; Lewis County marriage returns, 1914-1950; Pacific County marriage certificates, 1878-1947; Snohomish County marriage records 1912-1945; Thurston County marriage certificates, 1927-1950 and Wahkiakum County marriage certificates, 1907-1939. The records are arranged chronologically. – 48,385 records and 127,658 images as of 19 June 2012.

Washington State County Records 1856-2009 – Browsable Images – The collection consists of various records including official actions, probate records, indexes, etc. The records are from various counties in Washington State, 1856-2009. This is an ongoing collection. The counties will be added to the collection as their records are available. Browse the collection to determine current record and county coverage. 2,198,619 images as of 11 June 2012. Up 273,789 images since 22 March 2012.

NEW DATABASE Washington, County Deaths, 1891-1907 – Index Records and Browsable Images – This collection includes an index and images of deaths recorded at the county level before the state records were kept. The counties included in this collection are Wahkiakum; Grays Harbor, including the city of Aberdeen; Clark; Lewis and Mason. – 3,519 records and 4,929 images as of 11 June 2012.

NEW DATABASE Washington, County Probate Records, 1853-1929 – Browsable Images – This collection includes county probate records from the Washington State Archives Northwest Regional Branch in Bellingham. They include records from Jefferson, Skagit, Island, Whatcom, San Juan, Clallam and Snohomish counties. This collection is being published as images become available. – 194,383 images as of 15 June 2012.

NEW DATABASE Washington, King County Delayed Births, 1941-1942imaged records – This collection includes records created in King County, Washington during 1941 and 1942 for people who applied for delayed birth certificates. Delayed certificates can be issued for people whose birth was not recorded at the time of the event. The records were created in the 1940s but the actual births occurred earlier – 5,631 records from 24,644 images as of 20 April 2012.

Wisconsin Marriages 1836-1930 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Wisconsin – 734,524 records as of 24 March 2012 – up 653,894 records since 7 May, 2010!

Wyoming, Marriages, 1877-1920 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Wyoming. 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. – 13,941 records as of 5 March 2012.

United States Births and Christenings, 1867-1931 – Name index to small sets of birth, baptism and christening records from a few states within the United States – 19,350 records as of 30 March 2012.

United States Marriages 1733-1990 – Name index to small sets of marriage records from a few states within the United States – 9,880 records as of 30 March 2012 – up 2704 records since 27 April, 2010.

BillionGraves Index – Name index of burial records courtesy of BillionGraves.com which is an expansive family history database of records and images from the world’s cemeteries, all tagged with GPS locations. Volunteers around the world capture images of headstones in a cemetery and upload them to the site – 980,915 records as of 24 May 2012.

United State Social Security Death Index – Name index to deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration beginning in 1962. Current as of October 31, 2011. – 90,732,247 records as of 5 March 2012.

Growing Need for International FamilySearch Indexers

The following news release was received from FamilySearch.org:

More than 120 projects are currently available from countries outside the U.S., representing 16 languages. Since the first of the year, new projects have been launched from Bolivia, Paraguay, Switzerland, and the Philippines. Later this year, FamilySearch indexing plans to release projects for Armenia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Micronesia, Panama, Slovakia, and Sri Lanka. More indexers with non-English language expertise are needed to help make these records searchable online.

Join this exciting community effort to make records searchable online and ensure our ancestors are remembered by visiting indexing.familysearch.org.

Current and Completed Projects
To view a list of currently available indexing projects, along with their record language and completion percentage, visit the FamilySearch indexing updates page. To learn more about individual projects, view the FamilySearch projects page.

New Projects Added

  1. Argentina, Mendoza, Ciudad de Mendoza—Registros Parroquiales, 1665–1922
  2. Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3C]
  3. Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3D]
  4. Colombia, Antioquia, Sonsón y Rionegro—Registros Parroquiales, 1814–2008
  5. México, Coahuila, Matamoros y Torreón Registros Iglesia Católica
  6. México, Durango, Gómez Palacio, Cuidad Lerdo, Mapimí, Cuencamé—Registros Parroquiales, 1708–1963
  7. Micronesia, Pohnpei—Civil Registration, 1948–2009
  8. Peru, Chiclayo y Lambayeque—Registros Civiles, 1873–1950 [Parte A]
  9. Ukraine, L’viv—Roman Catholic Diocese Church Book Duplicates, 1600–1948 [Part 1]
  10. U.S., Puerto Rico—Censo Federal de 1940
  11. U.S., Indiana, Saint Joseph County—Marriages 1811–1959
  12. Украина, Киев—Метрические книги русской православной церкви, 1846–1848 [Часть C]

View the FamilySearch projects page to see the full list of available projects and to learn more about how to participate in various projects.

Recently Completed Projects
Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process. They will be published at familysearch.org in the near future.

  • Argentina, Santa Fe, Venado Tuerto—Registros Parroquiales, 1884–1972 [Parte B]
  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 2 I]
  • Magyarország, Szabolcs—polgári anyakönyvi adatok, 1895–1978 [2. Rész]
  • Mexico, Aguascalientes—Nacimientos 1860–1921
  • Nederland, Gelderland—Geboorten burgelijke stand, 1811–1902 [Part 2]
  • South Africa, Free State—Church Records [Part 1]
  • Sverige, Södermanland—Kyrkoböcker till 1860 [Del 3]
  • UK, England and Wales—1871 Census for Lancashire, Yorkshire, and Durham [Part D]
  • U.S., Alabama—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Arkansas—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918
  • U.S., California—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Hawaii—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Indiana—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Iowa—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Louisiana—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Oklahoma—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Maine—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., North Dakota—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., South Dakota—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Texas—Birth 1903–1934 [Part H]
  • U.S., Texas—Deaths, 1890–1976 [Part C]
  • U.S., Texas—Deaths, 1890–1976 [Part D]
  • U.S., Virginia, Surrey—County Marriages, 1800–1950 [Part A]
  • Venezuela—Nacimientos Civiles, 1873–1909
  • U.S., Washington—1940 Federal Census
  • 日本 ― 移民記録 1914年, 1922–1927年

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