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

Teens tipped over headstones at 175-year-old Michigan cemetery

The following teaser is from an article posted on clickondetroit.com

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Teens tipped over headstones at 175-year-old Michigan cemetery ‘because they were bored’

GENEVA TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Authorities say three teenagers have confessed to tipping over and damaging more than 30 headstones at a cemetery in southwestern Michigan.

The Van Buren County sheriff’s department says in a statement that two 15-year-old boys and a 13-year-old girl told deputies they tipped headstones at Lacota Cemetery in Geneva Township on March 19 “for fun and because they were bored.”

Read the full article.

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of March 14, 2016

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There are 25 new collections updated time! Check out Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928, Maryland Church Records 1668-1995, North Carolina Civil Marriages 1763-1868, United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815, United States Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages 1861-1872, and Utah LDS Missionary Registers 1860-1937. Search these and more by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Brazil Pernambuco Civil Registration 1804-2014 – 204,849 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
California San Pedro Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records 1930-1936 – 2,736 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928 – 0 – 2,993,164 – Added images to an existing collection
England Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers 1538-2010 – 11,418 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Hawaii Index to Filipino Arrivals to Honolulu 1946 – 7,408 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Illinois Church Marriages 1805-1985 – 9,190 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Illinois Civil Marriages 1833-1889 – 8,975 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Illinois County Marriages 1810-1934 – 179,181 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Indiana Marriages 1811-2007 – 0 – 16,771 – Added images to an existing collection
Maryland Church Records 1668-1995 – 137,984 – 27,644 – New indexed records and images collection
Maryland Piney Point Crew Lists 1950-1956 – 5,429 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Michigan County Marriages Index 1820-1937 – 1,012 – 0 – New indexed records collection
New Jersey Church Records 1675-1970 – 1,144 – 613 – New indexed records and images collection
New Jersey State Census 1865 – 0 – 3,646 – New browsable image collection.
New York New York Soundex to Passenger and Crew Lists 1887-1921 – 5,800 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
North Carolina Civil Marriages 1763-1868 – 53,614 – 4,567 – New indexed records and images collection
Ohio Marriages 1800-1942 – 3,567 – 785 – New indexed records and images collection
Peru Junín Civil Registration 1881-2005 – 87,987 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Spain Province of Cádiz Municipal Records 1784-1956 – 0 – 155,324 – Added images to an existing collection
Tennessee Civil Marriages 1838-1888 – 5,946 – 1,079 – New indexed records and images collection
Texas and Arizona Arrivals 1903-1910 – 59,299 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages 1861-1872 – 34,323 – 599 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815 – 1,130,851 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Utah LDS Missionary Registers 1860-1937 – 48,207 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Virginia Alexandria Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels 1946-1957 – 6,669 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

NGS Research in the States Series: Michigan

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“Throughout Michigan’s varied and fascinating history, its people have been leaders. They have led the nation in the production of automobiles, iron and copper, lumber, and many agricultural products. Of even greater importance, Michigan citizens have been leaders in the movements for equitable working conditions, civil rights, and a clean environment. Perhaps, to paraphrase William Faulkner, Michigan will be a leader in helping humans to not merely survive, but prevail over our common problems.”

This Issue: NGS Research in the States Series: Michigan; written by Shirley M. DeBoer.

Michigan’s European settlers began with the French and British, with some others mixed in. “Later Italians and Scandinavians were miners and lumberjacks.” Quality farm land attracted many Dutch, Germans, and Irish. Of course, before the European settlers were the Native Americans, predominately the Chippewa (Ojibwa) and Potawatomi.

Each guide in this series offers a bit of history behind each type of record or resource as well as names and descriptions for specific archives.  For example, under the heading Prison Records, a section not found in most of the guides, you will find the following:

“Michigan has three historic state prisons: Jackson (1837) and Ionia (1877) in the Lower Peninsula and Marquette (1889) in the Upper Peninsula. Information from comprehensive card indexes for individuals who served time in state facilities in available upon request at the archives. In addition to the card files, three Archival Circulars are helpful. ‘Correctional Facilities’ contains records from the three major correctional institutions; ‘Pardons, Paroles, Warrants, and Extraditions;’ and ‘Youths, Records Relating To’ is for adoptees or children who had problems adjusting to society. The latter restricted-access records are available with permission from outside the archives.

“Historically the state has had two federal prisons. …”

In the guide, each section is handled in like manner. Plenty of specific information on what records are available and where to find them.

About the Series

Beginning in 1987, the National Genealogical Society began publishing a series of state guides in the organization’s magazine, the Quarterly. These guides were later re-issued as special publications designed to support genealogical research in each state. Eventually those guides became outdated and out of print. The current set of guides represents a refresh of those publications, updated and improved for today’s traditional and digital research resources.

About the Author

Shirley M. De Boer is “a minister’s wife and high school teacher,” with a masters degree in teaching. She developed an early interest in genealogy, leading her to certification and becoming an instructor of genealogy. She specializes in New England migration through New York to the west. Shirley is a member of the Western Michigan Genealogical Society, where she has served in many key positions.  She was the Society’s 2004 recipient of the Ken Gackler Award “For Outstanding Contributions toward the Advancement and Promotion of Family History.”

More About the State Guides (from the Introduction)

“Readers should be aware that every effort has been made to include current web addresses throughout the publication and all were verified immediately prior to release…”

“Two research facilities used by many genealogists are the Family History Library (FHL) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Most genealogists are familiar with the abbreviations used for these two facilities and they are used in these publications. Otherwise the use of abbreviations and acronyms is kept to a minimum.”

Table of Contents

History and Settlements

  • Early History
  • Settlement
  • Migration
  • Economy

Archives, Libraries, and Societies

  • Michigan Library and Historical Center
  • Archives of Michigan
  • Archives of Michigan Regional Depositories
  • Library of Michigan
  • Other Libraries
  • Michigan Genealogical Council
  • Michigan Historical Society
  • Local Societies and Historical Organizations
  • National Archives-Great Lakes Region

Major Resources

  • Aids to Research
  • Atlases, Gazetteers, and Maps
  • Biographical Guides
  • Business Records
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Records
    • Pre-Statehood Census
    • Federal Census
    • State Census
    • Special Census
  • City and County Directories
  • City Records and Research
  • County and Township Records and Research
  • Court Records
    • Territorial Courts
    • Federal Courts
    • State Courts
    • Court Reporters
  • Ethnic Records
  • Land Records
  • Maritime Records
  • Military Records and Benefits
    • Veterans Benefits and Soldiers’ Homes
  • Naturalization and Immigration
  • Newspapers
  • Prison Records
  • Religious Records
  • School Records, Youths and Orphans, Sanitoria and Infirmed
  • Tax Records
  • Vital Records
    • Adoption Records
    • Birth, Marriage, Divorce, and Death Records
  • Voter Rolls
  • Women of Michigan
  • Conclusion

These guides are an excellent resource for state by state research. Available guides, including NGS Research in the States Series: Michigan are available from Family Roots Publishing.

Other guides in series reviewed to date (in alphabetical order):

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of November 17, 2015

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Nearly half a million more free records were added to the Billion Graves Index this week. Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939 , Minnesota Duluth and Wisconsin Superior Crew Lists 1922-1958, Poland Evangelical Church Books 1700-2005, and the US Freedmen’s Bureau Hospital and Marriage Records also have significant additions. For these and more, follow the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

BillionGraves Index – 471,375 – 471,375 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
California Immigration Registers of Japanese Filipinos and Hawaiians at San Francisco 1928-1942 – 9,385 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Guam Passenger and Crew Lists 1947-1952 – 8,127 – 663 – New indexed records and images collection
Maine Bath Seamen’s Proofs of Citizenship 1833-1868 – 3,555 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Michigan Crew Lists for various ports 1929-1966 – 163,256 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Minnesota Duluth and Wisconsin Superior Crew Lists 1922-1958 – 208,667 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Poland Evangelical Church Books 1700-2005 – 0 – 168,622 – New browsable image collection.
Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939 – 0 – 897,183 – Added images to an existing collection
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Hospital and Medical Records 1865-1872 – 132,483 – 41,496 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Help Us Publish More Free Records Online
Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

About FamilySearch International
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.

New FamilySearch Database Collections Posted the Week of September 14, 2015

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Mama Mia! The Italian records continue to expand this week with new collections for Italy Arezzo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1314-1934, Italy Enna Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1944, Italy Imperia San Remo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1805-1910, Italy Pescara Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1929. Brazil, New York, Utah, and Delaware also have some new content. Look for these and more by selecting the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Brazil Rio de Janeiro Immigration Cards 1900-1965 – 155,186 – 56,492 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Italy Arezzo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1314-1934 – 0 – 68,721 – New browsable image collection.
Italy Enna Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1944 – 0 – 837,356 – New browsable image collection.
Italy Imperia San Remo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1805-1910 – 0 – 233,646 – New browsable image collection.
Italy Pescara Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1929 – 0 – 928,538 – Added images to an existing collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES
Delaware Wilmington Vital Records 1847-1954 – 207,577 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Michigan Crew Lists for various ports 1929-1966 – 0 – 20,140 – New browsable image collection.
Montana Granite County Records 1865-2009 – 0 – 1,054 – Added images to an existing collection
New York Yates County Swann Vital Records Collection 1723-2009 – 12,570 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York Yates County Swann Vital Records Collection 1723-2009 – 2,758 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Utah Weber County Marriages 1887-1938 – 0 – 2,068 – Added images to an existing collection
Washington County Marriages 1855-2008 – 0 – 12,446 – Added images to an existing collection

Help Us Publish More Free Records Online
Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

About FamilySearch International
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.

New FamilySearch Collections Posted the Week of July 13, 2015

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Family historians hungry for historic Irish records will enjoy FamilySearch’s new collection, Ireland Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828-1912. These indexed court documents bring 22 million records to your fingertips. These records were originally filmed at the National Archives of Ireland and the index was created by findmypast.com. See the table below for additions to over 60 historical record collections, including 46 million US obituaries. Click on the collection’s link to start your discovery.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Australia New South Wales Census (fragment) 1891 – 0 – 21,315 – Added images to an existing collection
Belgium Antwerp Civil Registration 1588-1910 – 0 – 1,670 – Added images to an existing collection
Brazil Pernambuco Civil Registration 1804-2014 – 0 – 164,642 – Added images to an existing collection
Brazil São Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980 – 1,642,660 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
France Finistère Quimper et Léon Diocese Catholic Parish Records 1772-1863 – 970 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Germany Saxony Dresden Citizens’ Documents and Business Licenses 1820- 1962 – 0 – 855,956 – Added images to an existing collection
India Bihar Koilukh Pandit Kirtinand Jha Maithil Brahmin Genealogical Records 1750-1990 – 0 – 175,363 – Added images to an existing collection
India Hindu Pilgrimage Records 1194-2015 – 2,782,487 – 2,843,557 – New indexed records and images collection
Ireland Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828-1912 – 21,833,839 – 0 – New indexed record collection
Italy Caltanissetta Civil Registration (State Archive) 1820-1935 – 0 – 318 – Added images to an existing collection
Italy Cremona Civil Registration (State Archive) 1744-1942 – 0 – 1,325,362 – New browsable-image collection.
Italy Grosseto Civil Registration (State Archive) 1851-1907 – 0 – 393,814 – New browsable-image collection.
Italy L’Aquila Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 1911-1943 – 0 – 111,837 – Added images to an existing collection
Italy Pesaro e Urbino Pesaro Civil Registration (State Archive) 1808-1813 1861- 1865 – 0 – 75,456 – New browsable-image collection.
Italy Pesaro e Urbino Urbino Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1942 – 0 – 709,381 – New browsable-image collection.
Italy Ragusa Civil Registration (State Archive) 1900-1940 – 0 – 111,281 – New browsable-image collection.
Italy Toscana Civil Registration (State Archive) 1804-1874 – 0 – 80,833 – Added images to an existing collection
Mexico Baja California and Baja California Sur Catholic Church Records 1750-1984 – 0 – 363 – Added images to an existing collection
Mexico Chihuahua Catholic Church Records 1632-1958 – 0 – 195 – New browsable-image collection.
Mexico Guanajuato Catholic Church Records 1519-1984 – 0 – 1,077 – Added images to an existing collection
Mexico Hidalgo Catholic Church Records 1546-1971 – 0 – 574 – Added images to an existing collection
Mexico Michoacán Catholic Church Records 1555-1996 – 0 – 2,758 – Added images to an existing collection
Mexico Tamaulipas Catholic Church Records 1703-1964 – 0 – 1,294 – Added images to an existing collection
Peru Callao Civil Registration 1874-1996 – 0 – 42,583 – Added images to an existing collection
Perú Lima Civil Registration 1874-1996 – 0 – 111,769 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Negros Occidental Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod Parish Registers 1755-1976 – 0 – 95,820 – New browsable-image collection.
Spain Province of Valencia Miscellaneous Records 1251-1950 – 0 – 850,597 – Added images to an existing collection
Sweden Halland Church Records 1615-1904; index 1615-1860 – 0 – 972 – Added images to an existing collection

Canada: Newfoundland Vital Records 1840-1949 – 347,134 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Canada: Nova Scotia Births 1864-1877 – 0 – 6,103 – Added images to an existing collection
Canada: Nova Scotia Deaths 1864-1877 – 0 – 20,661 – Added images to an existing collection
Canada: Nova Scotia Marriages 1864-1918 – 0 – 15,831 – Added images to an existing collection

BillionGraves Index – 1,513,553 – 1,513,553 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

United States Records

United States Census 1790 – 1,606 – 62 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
United States Census 1800 – 20 – 18,454 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Hospital and Medical Records 1865-1872 – 4,641 – 44,734 – New Indexed records and images collection
United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014 – 46,769,836 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Index to Service Records War with Spain 1898 – 123,334 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
California Death Index 1905-1939 – 2,086,638 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Delaware Vital Records 1680-1971 – 624,395 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
District of Columbia Marriages 1811-1950 – 83,822 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Illinois County Marriages 1810-1934 – 504,033 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Iowa State Census 1915 – 0 – 9,802 – Added images to an existing collection
Iowa State Census 1925 – 5,573,816 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Kentucky Vital Record Indexes 1911-1999 – 9,865,944 – 0 – New indexed record collection
Louisiana First Registration Draft Cards compiled 1940-1945 – 39,967 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts Boston Passenger Lists Index 1899-1940 – 1,577,127 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1627-2001 – 0 – 182 – Added images to an existing collection
Michigan Births 1867-1902 – 0 – 1,428 – Added images to an existing collection
Michigan Obituaries 1820-2006 – 1,389,458 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
North Carolina Probate Records 1735-1970 – 0 – 1,952 – Added images to an existing collection
South Dakota School Records 1879-1970 – 2,807,212 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 – 3,024,053 – 1,831,660 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database 1847-1868 – 58,333 – 0 – New indexed record collection
Utah Uintah County Discharge Records 1893-2009 – 0 – 2,362 – New browsable-image collection.
Utah Uintah County Land and Property Records 1888-2004 – 0 – 195,963 – New browsable-image collection.
Utah Uintah County Marriage Records 1888-2015 – 0 – 8,687 – New browsable-image collection.
Utah Uintah County Naturalization and Citizenship Records 1888-1929 – 0 – 409 – New browsable-image collection.
Vermont St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings 1895-1924 – 6,696,703 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Vermont Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1732-2005 – 0 – 458,533 – Added images to an existing collection

Help Publish More Free Records Online
Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

About FamilySearch International
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.

FamilySearch Adds Over 3.7 Million Indexed Records & Images for Belgium, England, Germany, the Philippines, & the USA

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FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 3.7 million indexed records and images for Belgium, England, Germany, the Philippines, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 2,807,806 indexed records from the England, London Electoral Registers, 1847–1913 collection; 190,879 indexed records from the US, Texas, Brownsville Passenger and Crew List of Airplanes, 1943–1964 collection; and 137,815 images from the Philippines, Index to Filipino Passengers Arriving at Honolulu, Hawaii, 1900–1952 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 5.8 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 historical 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

Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600–1913 – 79,444 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621–1914 – 67,410 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582–1910 – 8,560 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

England, London Electoral Registers, 1847–1913 – 2,807,806 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Germany, Hesse, Stadtkreis Darmstadt, Darmstadt District, Civil Registration, 1876–1925 – 0 – 70,510 – Added images to an existing collection.

Philippines, Index to Filipino Passengers Arriving at Honolulu, Hawaii, 1900–1952 – 0 – 137,815 – New browsable image collection.

US, Florida, Pensacola, Passenger Lists, 1900–1945 – 0 – 1,937 – New browsable image collection.

US, Louisiana World War I Service Records, 1917–1920 – 0 – 27,210 – New browsable image collection.

US, Maine, Bath, Seamen’s Proofs of Citizenship, 1833–1868 – 0 – 3,516 – New browsable image collection.

US, Massachusetts, Salem and Beverly Crew Lists and Shipping Articles, 1797–1934 – 0 – 33,017 – New browsable image collection.

US, Michigan, South Haven Crew Lists, 1957–1959 – 0 – 61 – New browsable image collection.

US, Minnesota, Duluth and Wisconsin, Superior Crew Lists, 1922–1958 – 0 – 26,368 – New browsable image collection.

US, Montana, Manifests of Immigrant Arrivals and Departures, 1923–1956 – 0 – 38,373 – New browsable image collection.

US, New York, New York, Index to Alien Crewmen Who Were Discharged or Who Deserted, 1917–1957 – 0 – 119,753 – New browsable image collection.

US, Ohio, Southern District Naturalization Index, 1852–1991 – 83,982 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Oregon, Portland, Index and Register of Vessels, 1949–1955 – 0 – 88 – New browsable image collection.

US, Pennsylvania, Landing Reports of Aliens, 1798–1828 – 0 – 636 – New browsable image collection.

US, Rhode Island, Davisville, Melville, Newport, and Quonset Point, Airplane Passenger and Crew Lists, 1955–1957 – 0 – 387 – New browsable image collection.

US, South Carolina, Charleston U.S. Citizens Passenger Lists, 1919–1948 – 0 – 775 – New browsable image collection.

US, Texas, Brownsville Passenger and Crew List of Airplanes, 1943–1964 – 190,879 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Texas, Houston Arrival Manifests of Airplanes, 1946–1954 – 0 – 4,360 – New browsable image collection.

FamilySearch Adds Over 4.6 Million Indexed Records & Images for Australia, Canada, China, India, Peru, the Philippines, and the USA

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FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 4.6 million indexed records and images for Australia, Canada, China, India, Peru, the Philippines, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 327,195 images from the Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874–1996 collection; 275,449 images from the Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890–2005 collection; 249,700 images from the Peru, San Martín, Civil Registration, 1850–1999 collection; 643,899 images from the Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1888–2005 collection; 608,881 images from the Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1881–2005 collection; and 531,346 images from the US, Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906–1994 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 5.8 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 historical 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, New South Wales, 1828 Census – 0 – 2,530 – New browsable image collection.

Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration of Births, 1899–1912 – 0 – 12,662 – New browsable image collection.

Australia, Tasmania, Correspondence of the Immigration Office Concerning the Nomination, Arrival, and Settlement of Migrants, 1920–1943 – 0 – 90 – Added images to an existing collection.

Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records, 1829–1961 – 0 – 50,885 – Added images to an existing collection.

Australia, Tasmania, Government Gazette, 1833–1925 – 0 – 101,074 – New browsable image collection.

Australia, Victoria, Assisted Immigrant Arrivals at Victorian Ports, 1839–1871 – 0 – 127,892 – New browsable image collection.

Canada Passenger Lists, 1881–1922 – 0 – 2,111 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Newfoundland, Vital Statistics, 1753–1893 – 191,573 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

China Collection of Genealogies, 1239–2014 – 0 – 142,311 – Added images to an existing collection.

India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, 1194–2015 – 0 – 143,871 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1888–2005 – 0 – 643,899 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997 – 0 – 287,219 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1881–2005 – 0 – 608,881 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903–1998 – 0 – 110,758 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874–1996 – 0 – 327,195 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Moquegua, Civil Registration, 1850–1996 – 0 – 22,743 – New browsable image collection.

Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890–2005 – 116,677 – 275,449 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, San Martín, Civil Registration, 1850–1999 – 0 – 249,700 – New browsable image collection.

Philippines, Eastern Samar, Roman Catholic Diocese of Borongan, Parish Registers, 1842–1984 -0 – 32,304 – New browsable image collection.

US, California County Naturalizations, 1849–1949 – 0 – 99,436 – New browsable image collection.

US, Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906–1994 – 0 – 531,346 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Indiana, Marriages, 1811–2007 – Added images to an existing collection now totaling 1,242,528 images.

US, Michigan, Probate Records, 1797–1973 – 0 – 12,871 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Minnesota, County Birth Records, 1863–1983 – 0 – 9,777 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850–2001 – 0 – 367,790 – New browsable image collection.

US, Missouri, Deaths, 1835–1976 – 0 – 13,734 – New browsable image collection.

US, Utah Applications Indian War Service Medals, 1905–1912 – 0 – 7,861 – New browsable image collection.

US, Utah, Salt Lake City Cemetery Records, 1847–1976 – 0 – 70,504 – New browsable image collection.

US, Wisconsin, Milwaukee Petitions to Naturalization, 1848–1991 – 0 – 289 – Added images to an existing collection.

United States, Cancelled, Relinquished, or Rejected Land Entry Case Files, 1861–1932 – 0 – 161,468 – Added images to an existing collection.

Michigan Death Certificates From 1921 to 1939 Now Available FREE Online – #Genealogy

It was announced today that digitized images of Michigan death certificates from 1921 to 1939 are now freely available online. Digitized certificates for the years 1897 to 1920 were previously available. The index to 1940 through 1952 is said to be available soon. Privacy restrictions keep the actual images for that time period from being released. However, release will come annually, as the 75-year restriction passes. The addition of the 1921-1920 death certificates now brings the total number to 2.6 million.

For more information, see the Seeking Michigan blog.

Search for Michigan Death Certificates 1921 to 1939 by Using the Advanced Search found at the website. Instructions are included. Note that when using the advanced search at this link, you should unclick “Death Records 1897-1920,” and click on “Death Records 1921-1952.”

I searched for the name “Titus” across “all fields” as I could not get Surname to come up under Death Records 1921-1952. I got 304 results, all of which were from Death Certificates for the time period. Searching across all fields also allows the searcher to find females by their married names.

I then narrowed my search to just Tituses within Washtenaw County, getting 14 results. Very cool!

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Search for Michigan Death Certificates 1897 to 1920 by Using the Advanced Search found at the website.

Records of Weddings and Funerals, 1963 through 2002, Donated to Milan, Michigan Public Library

Photographed are library personnel, Barbara Beaton and Susan Wess, and the Rev. Vern Campbell, retired pastor of People’s Presbyterian Church, and Milan historian Martha Churchill. Campbell and Churchill collaborated on complying marriage and death records kept by Campbell as pastor for 31 years.
Photographed are library personnel, Barbara Beaton and Susan Wess, and the Rev. Vern Campbell, retired pastor of People’s Presbyterian Church, and Milan historian Martha Churchill. Campbell and Churchill collaborated on complying marriage and death records kept by Campbell as pastor for 31 years.

MILAN [Michigan]- The Milan Public Library received some informative materials on Jan. 30 when Milan historian, Martha Churchill, and retired pastor of People’s Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Vern Campbell, presented two large volumes of printed materials collected by Campbell for more than 31 years.

Personal records of weddings and funerals performed by Campbell were written on index cards that were passed to Churchill who organized the information in bound copies for the genealogy collection at the library.

Read the full article by Joyce Ervin, published in the February 5, 2015 edition of the Milan News-Leader website.

FamilySearch Adds Over 125.4 Million Indexed Records & Images to the USA #Genealogy

The following is from FamilySearch:

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FamilySearch has added more than 125.4 million indexed records and images to collections from the United States. Notable collection updates include the 124,060,301 indexed records from the Find A Grave Index collection; the 830,416 indexed records and images from the US, Michigan Obituaries, 1820–2006 collection; and the 497,490 images from the US, Washington, County Records, 1803–2010 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

Find A Grave Index – 124,060,301 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

US, Michigan Obituaries, 1820–2006 – 761,569 – 68,847 – New indexed records and images collection.

US, Montana, Lake County Records, 1857–2010 – 11,217 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Montana, Sanders County Records, 1866–2010 – 5,416 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Tennessee, White County Records, 1809–1975 – 0 – 124 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Utah, Weber County Marriages, 1887–1938 – 0 – 92,654 – New browsable image collection.

US, Washington, County Records, 1803–2010 – 0 – 497,490 – Added images to an existing collection.

Index to the Oakland County Michigan Probate Calendar V. I – 1822-1856

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I just got a download copy of Andrew J. Morris’s new Index to Oakland County Michigan Probate Calendar Vol. 1 – 1822-1856. I was excited to see that Andrew had completed this project, as I have Oakland County research myself.

If you go to FamilySearch, you will find that they have posted images of the Oakland County Michigan Probate Calendar Vol. 1 & 2 – 1822-1870 for the county, but it has no index currently. Being 724 images long, and containing 2,654 probates, it’s a bit of a job to find family if you don’t know death dates. Even then, as we all know, deaths were not always probated in as timely a fashion as we would like.

Using the new Index to Oakland County Michigan Probate Calendar Vol. 1 – 1822-1856, I was able to find probate record #711 for Selah Canfield, with the record being made in 1847. I had found his wife, Dorcas, living in the county in the 1850 census using Ancestry.com, but previously had no name for her deceased husband. Now I’ve got it.

Nearly 4,000 persons listed in this eBook are not yet in the FamilySearch names index, at least for these 1308 records. The record numbers run from 1 to 1339 in Volume 1, but 31 of those are blank. According to the book’s website, “the cases include 452 guardianship actions, and 818 estate probates, and several continuances from earlier records. Intestate cases outnumber those having a will by about three to one. For the first few years these records are not in exact chronological order.”

The first part of this book lists each person named in each record, and the role they played, with records in their original order. The second part of this volume (the index) is an alphabetical list of all the names and name variants encountered, and the corresponding record number or numbers where they appear. I found the Canfields in this index, stating that Record 711 is where I’d find the info that led me to the full Record 711 at the FamilySearch site. That was easy to find as I just used the Image number box to go forward and backward until I spotted #711. It just turned out to be on image 192 of 724 images. In the book, Andrew also included a key that lists which numbers begin with each 10th image of the on-line version, to help users more easily zoom in on the correct record.

This eBook is downloadable in PDF format, 369 pgs, and is 458Kb in size. It sell for just $6.95 total. There is no shipping charge of course, as it’s a pdf download. Click on the link to learn more, and to order.

Surnames found in the Index are:

Abbee, Abbott, Ackerman, Ackley, Adams, Addiss, Ager, Aiken, Albright, Alderman, Alderman, Aldern, Aldrich, Alexander, Alford, Alger, Algoe, Allen, Allison, Almy, Ames, Amscomb, Anscomb, Andrew, Andrews, Andrus, Anscomb, Anscome, Arms, Armstrong, Arnold, Arthur, Ashley, Atkin, Axford, Babcock, Bachans, Bachman, Bacon, Bagg, Bagley, Bailey, Baker, Baldwin, Ballard, Ballinger, Bancroft, Banks, Barber, Barbour, Bard, Barhaus, Barkley, Barnum, Barrett, Barritt, Barross, Barrows, Bartlett, Bassett, Batcham, Bateham, Bates, Bawker, Bayley, Bayley, Beach, Beal, Beam, Beardslee, Beardsley, Beardslie, Beber, Beech, Belding, Belford, Belknapp, Bell, Bement, Benedict, Benjamin, Benjiman, Bennet, Bennett, Berridge, Besley, Bessey, Betteys, Betty, Bettys, Beyeral, Bibler, Bickford, Bigelow, Biggalow, Biggerstaff, Bigler, Biglow, Bingham, Bird, Birdsall, Birdsel, Bishop, Bissel, Bixbey, Bixby, Blackman, Blackwood, Blain, Blakely, Blakeslee, Blakeslie, Blanchard, Blindbury, Bloss, Blount, Blumburg, Bonny, Boswell, Botsford, Botsworth, Boughton, Bouny, Boutwell, Bower, Bowers, Bowkes, Bowman, Boyer, Bradley, Bradly, Bray, Braynard, Brazington, Brennan, Brewer, Brewster, Briggs, Brigham, Brigler, Bristol, Britain, Britian, Broctey, Bromley, Bronell, Bronson, Brook, Brooks, Browman, Brown, Brownell, Bryan, Bryns, Buckland, Bull, Bullard, Bullock, Burbank, Burges, Burke, Burks, Burnett, Burns, Burroughs, Burrows, Burt, Burton, Burwell, Bush, Bushaw, Butler, Butson, Butterfield, Buttolph, Button, Buzzell, Cady, Cahoon, Cain, Calking, Calkins, Calon, Campbell, Canfield, Card, Carey, Cargill, Carhart, Carhartt, Carm, Carman, Carnes, Carpenter, Carter, Carter, Caruss, Casmer, Cass, Cassidy, Caster, Castle, Caswell, Chadwick, Chafey, Chaffey, Chamberlin, Chambers, Champion, Chapel, Chapin, Chapman, Chappel, Chappell, Chase, Chatfield, Cheney, Chew, Chipman, Christopher, Church, Clark, Clarke, Clawson, Clifford, Close, Coddington, Coe, Cogsdell, Cogsdill, Cogshall, Cogswell, Cole, Coleman, Colin, Collins, Colver, Colvin, Comstock, Conant, Conart, Cone, Conert, Connont, Cook, Coon, Coonley, Coonly, Coons, Cooper, Coovert, Copeland, Courliss, Cove, Covert, Covey, Covill, Covitt, Cowell, Cowles, Crafts, Craig, Crain, Cram, Cramb, Crane, Cranson, Crawford, Cressey, Cressy, Crippen, Crippin, Crombie, Cronk, Cross, Crotty, Cudworth, Culver, Cummings, Cupit, Curtice, Curtis, Curtiss, Daily, Danchey, Daniels, Danow, Darrah, Darrow, Davidson, David, Davis, Davison, Day, De Smet, Dean, Decker, Decomick, Delling, Demerest, Demun, Demunn, Denison, Derbyshire, Dernberger, Deuel, Devenport, Devirieux, Deviruiux, Devrieux, Dewey, Dietz, Dilling, Dillon, Dimmick, Dimon, Dimond, Dodd, Dole, Donaldson, Dornberger, Dorr, Doty, Douglas, Douglass, Dove, Dow, Downes, Downey, Drake, Draper, Drinkall, Drum, Drummond, Drummont, Drumont, Dubois, Duers, Duglass, Dunham, Dunklee, Dunning, Dunston, Durfee, Durham, Durkee, Dutcher, Dutton, Dwelle, East, Eastman, Eaton, Eckles, Eddy, Eldred, Eldrith, Eliot, Ellenwood, Elliot, Elliott, Ellsworth, Ellwood, Elving, Elwood, Ensign, Estes, Evenes, Evens, Ewell, Ewen, Fairchild, Fall, Fanton, Farley, Farnsworth, Farr, Fellows, Felton, Fenner, Ferguson, Ferister, Ferris, Field, Fields, Fifield, Findlay, Findley, Fish, Fisher, Fitch, FitzPatrick, Fletcher, Flinn, Flint, Flower, Flummerfelt, Foot, Foote, Fortis, Fosdick, Foster, Foulk, Fowler, Fox, Fraizer, Frakes, Frasier, French, Frick, Frink, Frost, Fuller, Furgason, Furgeson, Furgesson, Furguson, Gadiner, Gage, Gallespie, Galloway, Gamble, Gamwell, Gardiner, Gardner, Garfield, Garlick, Garner, Garrett, Geanona, Gerkes, German, Gibbles, Gibbles, Gibbs, Giddings, Gilbert, Gillett, Gillick, Gillick, Gilmour, Given, Glaiser, Glazier, Godfrey, Goodale, Goodenough, Goodrich, Goodrick, Goodsale, Goodwin, Gool, Gorman, Goss, Gould, Grace, Graham, Granger, Grant, Grattan, Graves, Grean, Green, Greer, Gregory, Greoett, Grey, Grindley, Grinell, Grinley, Grinnell, Grinnelley, Griswold, Groett, Grow, Guile, Gulick, Guoett, Hadley, Hadly, Hadsell, Haff, Hagerman, Haight, Haines, Hall, Hamilton, Hamlin, Hammen, Hammer, Hammond, Hance, Hand, Hanifare, Hankinson, Hanscom, Haon, Harding, Hare, Harmon, Harper, Harrington, Harris, Harter, Hartman, Hartwell, Hascall, Hassler, Hasslers, Hastings, Hatch, Hathaway, Hausard, Haviland, Hawcom, Hawley, Haworth, Haywood, Hazard, Haze, Hazen, Hazzard, Hearn, Heartwell, Hedger, Hedges, Hemingway, Henderson, Hendrickson, Henry, Herrick, Herrington, Hibbler, Hibler, Hickey, Hickling, Hickok, Hicks, Hide, Higby, Hill, Hilldreth, Hiller, Hills, Hinsely, Hitchcock, Hoaeg, Hoag, Hoagland, Hoaglund, Hoar, Hobdy, Hodge, Hodges, Hoffman, Holbrook, Holister, Holland, Hollister, Hollsted, Holmes, Hopkins, Horner, Horton, Hosner, Hotchkiss, Hothkiss, Hough, Houghkirk, Houghton, Houston, Houton, Houtoon, Houtoon, Howan, Howard, Howe, Howland, Hubbard, Hubbel, Hubbell, Hubbert, Hubble, Hudson, Huff, Hummer, Hungerford, Hunn, Hunsmer, Hunt, Hunter, Huntington, Huntoon, Hurlburt, Husted, Hutchins, Huton, Hyde, Hyly, Ingersoll, Ingolls, Insley, Irish, Irvine, Irwin, Isham, Jackson, Jacox, James, Janness, Jarvis, Jasper, Jaycocks, Jaycoxx, Jenkins, Jenks, Jennings, Jewell, Johns, Johnson, Johnston, Jones, Judd, Junks, Kain, Kelley, Kellogg, Kelloy, Kelly, Kemmis, Kendall, Kennedy, Kent, Ketchum, Keyes, Keys, King, Kinsman, Kinyon, Kipp, Kirby, Kline, Knapp, Knight, Knowles, Knowls, Knowlton, Kyle, Lacey, Lacy, Ladson, Lafayette, Lamb, Lambertson, Landin, Lane, Langdell, Lanning, Lapham, Larkins, Larzelier, Lathrop, Lattin, Lavenworth, Lawrence, Lawson, Lay, Le Roy, Lee, Leek, Leet, Lemarel, Leonard, LeRoy, Letson, Lewis, Linabery, Little, Lochman, Lockwood, Lodge, Logan, Longhry, Loomis, Loop, Lorey, Loser, Losey, Loud, Louthard, Louton, Lovejoy, Lowell, Lowerey, Lowrey, Luce, Lucey, Luddy, Ludun, Lull, Lusk, Luthard, Lynch, Lyon, Mach, Mack, Maddin, Magown, Maloney, Mann, Manning, Mansfield, Marlatt, Marlin, Marsh, Martin, Mason, Mathews, Mathewson, Matthews, Maxwell, Maybee, McAlpine, McCall, McCarnel, McClane, McClaroe, McCloskey, McClung, McConnel, McConnell, McDevitt, McDole, McGinnis, McGowan, McGown, McGraw, McGregor, McGunigal, McIntyre, McKnight, McLaga, McLagan, McLane, McLarin, McLaughlin, McPherson, McVea, McVean, McWethey, McWethy, Mead, Mendham, Merchant, Merithew, Meserall, Mickall, Micksell, Middagh, Middaugh, Millard, Miller, Millerd, Milliard, Milligan, Mills, Mitchell, Moegle, Monroe, Montfort, Montgomery, Mooney, Moore, Morgan, Morin, Morley, Morris, Morrison, Morse, Morton, Mowrey, Mowry, Mun, Munn, Munson, Murdock, Murlin, Murray, Murry, Myre, Myrick, Narrin, Nate, Nelson, Neubury, Neudall, Newbery, Newman, Newton, Nichols, Nicholson, Niles, Nixon, Noble, Norris, North, Northrop, Northrope, Northrup, Northway, Norton, Noyes, Nye, O\\\\\\\’Rourke, Oatman, Ogden, Ogle, Olmstead, Oothout, ORouk, Orvis, Osborn, Ostrander, Owen, Owens, Pack, Packard, Paddack, Paddock, Page, Palenes, Palmer, Palmerlee, Parish, Park, Parke, Parker, Parkherst, Parks, Parmer, Parsons, Partridge, Patten, Patterson, Patton, Pearsall, Pearson, Pease, Peck, Pendrigh, Perison, Perkins, Perrin, Perry, Peter, Pettibone, Petty, Pettybone, Phelps, Philbrick, Philips, Phillips, Pickering, Pierce, Pierson, Pinkerton, Pinkney, Pittman, Pitts, Plat, Platt, Pope, Porit, Porrit, Porter, Postal, Posttle, Potter, Potts, Powell, Power, Pratt, Predmore, Presly, Preston, Prindel, Proctor, Putnam, Pyle, Queenan, Quick, Quness, Ragg, Randall, Randel, Ransford, Rathbun, Rathburn, Raught, Ray, Raynale, Raynor, Redmond, Reed, Regon, Reid, Reid, Rendall, Reyley, Reynold, Reynolds, Rhoads, Rice, Ricen, Rich, Richardson, Richmond, Rickard, Rickerd, Riggs, Rikerd, Rikes, Riley, Risden, Roberts, Robertson, Robinson, Rockwell, Rodger, Rodimon, Rogers, Rood, Rose, Roseburgh, Rosebury, Rosenkrans, Ross, Rouse, Rowand, Royce, Ruaght, Rudd, Ruffles, Ruggels, Ruggles, Rundell, Russel, Rust, Rutt, Ryley, Ryman, Sadler, Sammers, Samuel, Sanderson, Sarolell, Satterlee, Saunderson, Sawtell, Saymor, Saymour, Schollard, Schutt, Scot, Scott, Scougale, Scudder, Sears, Seaton, Seeley, Seely, Selden, Seldon, Servis, Servise, Sessions, Seville, Sexton, Shadbolt, Shafton, Shain, Shanahan, Shanklin, Shaver, Shaw, Sheffield, Shelburt, Shelden, Shell, Sherman, Sherwood, Shippen, Shippey, Shirtiff, Shirtliff, Shirts, Short, Shuler, Shute, Sibly, Sikes, Simerson, Simmons, Simonson, Sinclair, Sisson, Skidmore, Skinner, Sleeper, Slingerland, Sloat, Sly, Smart, Smith, Snell, Snover, Snow, Snyder, Sova, Sowle, Spalding, Spaulding, Spear, Speer, Speller, Spencer, Sperry, Sprague, Spreyne, Stambo, Stanard, Standard, Stanley, Starkey, Starr, Steel, Steele, Stephens, Stephenson, Stevens, Stevenson, Stewart, Stinson, Stockwell, Stoddard, Stone, Stoughton, Stout, Stowell, Strattor, Stringer, Stuart, Sugden, Sullivan, Suthard, Sutphin, Sutton, Swan, Swartz, Swayza, Swayze, Sweet, Swezey, Sykes, Tabbs, Taber, Tackels, Talbott, Tayler, Taylor, Teach, Teas, Tedman, Ten Eyck, TenEyck, Tennant, Tenney, Terry, Thacher, Thatcher, Thayer, Thomas, Thompson, Thornton, Thurber, Thurston, Tibbets, Tibbetts, Tibbits, Tibbles, Tibits, Tindall, Tinney, Tinny, Todd, Tollman, Tompkins, Toms, Tootill, Torry, Townsend, Traphagen, Travis, Treat, Trebuch, Trick, Trobridge, Trobrige, Troop, Trotwin, Trotwine, Trowbridge, Turner, Tutt, Tuttle, Tyler, Underhill, Underwood, Ureh, Utter, Valentine, Van Amburgh, Van Buren, Van Duzn, Van Epps, Van Sickle, VanDuzen, VanSteinburgh, Vaughan, Vaughn, Vincent, Vlett, Voorheis, Voorhies, Voornhies, Voughan, Voujal, Vreidinburgh, Waldo, Walker, Wallace, Wallan, Walter, Walton, Warner, Warren, Wass, Wasson, Waters, Watkins, Watson, Watters, Watts, Wazer, Weaver, Webb, Webster, Weed, Weeks, Welles, Wells, Wendall, Wendell, Wendel, Werrington, Wesson, West, Westmoreland, Weston, Wever, Weydemeyer, Wheeler, Wheelock, Whelock, Whitcomb, White, Whitemore, Whitfield, Whitney, Whitteman, Whittemon, Whittimore, Wilber, Wilbur, Wilcox, Wilder, Wilders, Wilkinson, Willcox, Willey, Williams, Williamson, Willis, Wilsey, Wilson, Winans, Windcate, Windeate, Windiate, Winfield, Winslow, Wisner, Witmore, Wixom, Wixsom, Woggles, Wolcott, Wolf, Wood, Woodford, Woodhull, Woodin, Woodman, Woodworth, Wooley, Woolf, Wooster, Worden, Wordon, Worthing, Worthman, Wortman, Wrighley, Wright, Wrigley, Wycoff, Yerkes, Youden, Youdoun, Youdun, Young, Zekush, Zimmerman

Detroit News Archival Materials Moving to the State Archives of Michigan

If you have Detroit-area ancestry, you’ll be interested to know that The Detroit News is moving their archival collections to the Michigan State Archives. These collections include items that Michigan researchers will want to check out. The following teaser is from the October 20, 2014 edition of detroitnews.com:

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As The Detroit News packs up for the move to our new Fort Street location Friday, staffers have been poring through treasures and oddities from almost 100 years of producing journalism at 615 W. Lafayette Blvd.

Think of it as a cross between “American Pickers,” “History Detectives” and “Hoarders,” if the latter show featured a 141-year-old newspaper instead of someone’s elderly, pack-rat uncle.

The good news is that much of our archival material will be available for the first time for the public to see and use as research, because the bulk of it is going to the state Archives of Michigan, and is being digitized and preserved for our access, and the future.

One of the most interesting tools for genealogists and historians will be 2 million typed index cards that Pulitzer Prize winner David Ashenfelter said are “worth their weight in gold.”

Read the full article.

FamilySearch Adds Over 2.7 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Brazil, Colombia, England, Portugal, & the USA

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The following was information received from FamilySearch:

FamilySearch has added more than 2.7 million indexed records and images to collections from Brazil, Colombia, England, Portugal, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,061,590 indexed records and images from the U.S., Vermont, Vital Records, 1760-1954, collection; the 322,922 images from the Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2012, collection; and the 592,385 images from the new U.S., Ohio, Hamilton County Records, 1791-1994, 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

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1977 – 14,801 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2012 – 0 – 322,922 – Added images to an existing collection.

England, Bristol Parish Registers, 1538-1900 – 25,351 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537-1911 – 0 – 141,541 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1979 – 69,297 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Massachusetts, Deaths, 1841-1915 – 0 – 11,450 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1627-2001 – 0 – 468,272 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Michigan, Deaths, 1867-1897 – 0 – 235 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Ohio, Hamilton County Records, 1791-1994 – 0 – 592,385 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Vermont, Vital Records, 1760-1954 – 459,155 – 602,435 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.