Missouri Historical Timeline, 1673-1965

The following article was written by my good friend,
Bill Dollarhide, and is taken from his book, Missouri Censuses & Substitute Names Lists, 1752-2010.

1673. Mississippi River. French explorers Jacques Jolliet and Louis Marquette left their base at Ste. Sault Marie, and made their way to the Illinois River, which they descended to become the first Europeans to discover the Mississippi River. They floated down the Mississippi as far south as the mouth of the Arkansas River before returning to the Great Lakes area.

1682. Mississippi River. Following the same route as Jolliet and Marquette, René-Robert Cavelier (Sieur de LaSalle) floated down the Mississippi River, continuing all the way to its mouth at the Gulf of Mexico. He then claimed the entire Mississippi Basin for Louis XIV of France, for whom Louisiana was named.

1682-1720. Louisiana. During this period, the jurisdiction of Louisiana ran from the Gulf of Mexico to the confluence of the Arkansas River with the Mississippi River. The French administered Arkansas Post, Natchez, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Mobile, and Biloxi as part of Louisiana. Fort Louis de la Louisiane (now Mobile), was the capital of Louisiana, 1702-1720.

1720-1762. Upper and Lower Louisiana.
By 1720, The Illinois Country was separated from Quebéc and added to Louisiana. The original Louisiana area became known as Lower Louisiana. The capital of Lower Louisiana was at New Orleans, 1720-1762. Upper Louisiana extended from the Highlands (Terra Haute) on the Wabash River down the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys to the Arkansas River. The fur trading settlements of Upper Louisiana included Vincennes (now Indiana), Prairie du Chien (now Wisconsin); Cahokia, Kaskaskia, Chartres, Saint Philippe, and Prairie du Rocher (now Illinois); Ste. Genevieve (now Missouri), and Fort de Chavagnial on the Missouri River (now Kansas).

1763. Treaty of Paris. This was the end of the French and Indian war. (In Europe it was called the “Seven Years War.”) At the 1763 treaty, the French surrendered all their claims in North America. Spain acquired the former French areas west of the Mississippi, renamed Spanish Louisiana. Great Britain gained all of Québec, which they immediately renamed the Province of Canada. Britain also gained control of the rest of North America east of the Mississippi River. They named their entire area British North America.

1764.  St. Louis was founded by French trader Pierre Laclede Liguest. Although part of Spanish Louisiana, St. Louis operated under French civilian control until it was occupied by Spanish soldiers in 1770.

1783. Treaty of Paris. As the official end of the Revolutionary War, the 1783 treaty recognized the United States as an independent republic, with borders from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River. The treaty also reaffirmed the claims of Britain to present-day Canada; and Spain’s claim to lands west of the Mississippi River.

1800. Louisiana. Napoleon acquired title of Louisiana from Spain. At the Third Treaty of San Ildefonso, the Spanish acknowledged that it was too costly to explore the country and could not see the rewards being worth the investment. Spain retroceded Louisiana to France in exchange for the Grand Duchy of Tuscany (now part of Italy).

1803. Louisiana Purchase. The United States purchased Louisiana from France. Sent by President Jefferson to attempt the purchase of New Orleans, the American negotiators (James Madison and Robert Livingston) were surprised when Napoleon offered the entire tract to them. The Louisiana Purchase was officially described as the “drainage of the Mississippi and Missouri River basins.” Adding the area doubled the size of the United States.

1804. On a expedition ordered by President Thomas Jefferson, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s Corps of Discovery left St. Louis in search of a passage to the Pacific Ocean. Based on bad information from his spies, the Spanish governor of New Mexico dispatched soldiers from Santa Fe to the Arkansas River to intercept the party and arrest them. But, the Lewis and Clark party had taken a more northern route, following the Missouri River.

1804.  Orleans Territory and Louisiana District. Congress divided the Louisiana Purchase into two jurisdictions. Orleans Territory 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.

1805. Louisiana Territory. Louisiana District became Louisiana Territory with its own Governor on July 4, 1805. First governor: James Wilkinson. First territorial capital: St. Louis.

1805. First Pike Expedition. Governor Wilkinson, still a U.S. Army General, picked Lieutenant Zebulon Pike to lead a small party of soldiers to investigate the Mississippi River above St. Louis. Pike was given specific orders to find the source of the Mississippi, and while doing so, to note “…any rivers, prairies, islands, mines, quarries, timber, and any Indian villages and settlements encountered.”

1805. Louisiana Territory had five original subdivisions: St. Louis District, St. Charles District, Ste. Genevieve District, Cape Girardeau District and New Madrid District. The unpopulated area north of these original districts was referred to as Upper Louisiana, and included all lands north to the U.S./British border and west to the Continental Divide.

1806-1807. Second Pike Expedition.  Zebulon Pike, now a Captain, was again sent out, this time to explore and locate the source of the Red River in Lower Louisiana. From St. Louis, Pike’s party followed the Missouri River to the mouth of the Kansas River, then connecting with the Arkansas River, which he followed to its source in the Rocky Mountains (now Colorado), Pike returned on a more southern route that took him into an area claimed by the Spanish as part of Nuevo Mexico. He and his men were arrested, taken to Santa Fe, but returned to the Arkansas River shortly thereafter. In 1810 Pike wrote a book describing his adventures in the Rocky Mountains that became a best seller in America and Europe. The book was the inspiration and guide for a good number of “mountain men” who were the only whites to venture into the Rocky Mountains for the next 35 years.

1812. Missouri Territory. Louisiana Territory was renamed Missouri Territory on June 4, 1812. This was to avoid any confusion after Orleans Territory became the State of Louisiana on April 30, 1812. The General Assembly of the Territory of Missouri met in St. Louis in October, and converted the first five original districts into counties: Cape Girardeau, New Madrid, St. Charles, St. Louis, and Ste. Genevieve. A year later, the territorial legislature created Arkansas County from lands ceded by the Osage Indians.

1815-1819. Steamboats did not dominate river transportation until after the development of the classic flat-bottomed sternwheeler. By 1815, steamboats on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers had revolutionized river traffic. The first steamboats on the Missouri River began in 1819, but they could usually go no farther west than the mouth of the Kansas River, due to the periodic low water levels and heavy silt at that point.

1819.  Arkansas Territory was created, reducing the size of Missouri Territory. The original area included all of present-day Arkansas and most of Oklahoma.

1820. The Missouri Compromise in Congress allowed Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state and Maine as a free state, thus keeping the balance of slave and free states equal in Congress. The Act dictated that the remaining area of Missouri Territory north of Latitude 36° 30′ was to be free of slavery (that area included present Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana).

1821. Aug 10th. Missouri was admitted to the Union as a state with St. Louis as the capital. After Missouri became a state, the remaining part of old Missouri Territory was officially described as Unorganized Territory.

1821. Sept. Santa Fe Trail. William Becknell, a Missouri trader, was the first American to follow the route that was to become known as the Santa Fe Trail, beginning at the Missouri River near present Independence, MO. His profitable success in trading with the newly independent Mexicans of Santa Fe was well publicized. Over the next few months, dozens of wagon trains were organized to transport and sell products to a new market.

1822. The Rocky Mountain Fur Company was formed by General William Ashley. He placed an ad in a St. Louis newspaper to recruit able-bodied men for his new fur-trading enterprise. There was no shortage of willing young men. Ashley did not build a chain of forts to manage his fur trading operation. Instead, he sent his men out alone and made arrangements to meet them all at a central place a year later. When Ashley finally reached his men each year, it was cause for celebration – a wild party they called “the rendezvous.” In 1826, William Ashley retired a wealthy man and sold the Rocky Mountain Fur Company to his employees.

1826. Missouri. The state capital was moved from St. Louis to Jefferson City.

1827.  Independence, Missouri. The frontier town of Independence was founded in 1827, the farthest point westward on the Missouri River where steamboats could usually travel. (The nearby confluence of the Kansas River was part of the navigation problem, due to heavy silt and periodic shallow channels). Independence immediately became a supply point, staging area, and primary starting point for the growing number of trappers and traders using the Santa Fe Trail.

1829. Sublette’s Trace/Oregon Trail. Before 1829, access to the Platte River Trail from Independence, Missouri, was via the Missouri River to the mouth of the Platte River in present Nebraska. But steamboat traffic usually ended at Independence and travel up river at that time required human-powered keel boats. The overland route of the Santa Fe Trail now started at Independence as well, heading west several miles into present Kansas, then southwest towards Santa Fe. A few miles into the Santa Fe Trail in present Kansas, at a point later called the Oregon Trail Junction, fur trader William Sublette blazed a cut-off from the Santa Fe Trail, turning northwest and connecting with the Platte River in present Nebraska. The new route across present northeast Kansas was more direct than the river route, and later became the first leg of the Oregon Trail.

1832. After dredging projects near the mouth of the Kansas River, steamboat traffic continued up the Missouri River. In 1832, the steamboat Yellowstone began the first of its annual fur-trading voyages up the Missouri River, reaching Fort Union (present North Dakota/Montana line).

1841. The Western Emigration Society, a group of about 70 settlers bound for California and the Oregon Country set off on the Oregon Trail, beginning at Independence, Missouri. This was the first organized wagon train to head for California and Oregon. It is usually called the “Bartleson-Bidwell party,” named for the two leaders. John Bartleson led about half of the group to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. John Bidwell took the other half to California’s Sacramento Valley. It is important to remember that neither California nor the Oregon Country were part of the U.S. in 1841, and that the pioneers headed there traveled on blind faith that they would be allowed to stay when they got there.

1843. May. Oregon Trail. A wagon train with over 120 wagons, a large herd of livestock, and 1,000 pioneers left Elm Grove, MO and headed out on the Oregon Trail. The largest wagon train to date, it became the model for the thousands of wagon trains that followed. For an online list of the members of the 1843 Wagon Train, see the OR RootsWeb site:
http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mransom/pioneers.html

1849. California Gold Rush. With the discovery of gold in California, the Missouri towns of St. Louis, Independence, Westport, and St. Joseph became points of departure for emigrants bound for California, making Missouri the “Gateway to the West.”

1860. Apr. Pony Express. The 1,900-mile Pony Express route ran from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California. In competition with the Butterfield Overland Stage company, which held the U.S. Mail contract until the start of the Civil War, the Pony Express riders made the northern journey from St. Joseph to Sacramento in 10 days’ time. The Butterfield stages took a southern route from Memphis through Arkansas, Texas, and New Mexico, and into Los Angeles, then to Sacramento in an average of 25 days’ time. Still, the Pony Express could never gain the U.S. Mail contract and stayed in business only until June 1861.

1946.  Missouri.
Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” speech at Fulton’s Westminster College.

1965.  St. Louis, Missouri. The Gateway Arch (Jefferson National Expansion Memorial) designed by Eero Saarinen was completed. Located on the original settlement site of St. Louis, it symbolized the role of St. Louis in the development of the western frontier.

Further Reading:

Missouri Censuses & Substitute Name Lists, 1752-2010, 85 pages, softbound, Item FR0259.

Missouri Censuses & Substitute Name Lists, 1752-2010 (PDF Version), 85 pages, Item FR0260.

Missouri Censuses & Substitutes, a Genealogists’ Insta-GuideTM, 4-page, laminated, 3-hole punched, Item FR0329.

Missouri Censuses & Substitutes, a Genealogists’ Insta-GuideTM, (PDF version), 4 pp, Item FR0330.

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FamilySearch Databases Added or Updated October 21, 2017 through Feb 8, 2018

The following databases were added or updated at FamilySearch.org between October 21, 2017 and February 8, 2018. We’ve sorted the following linked listing so you can check out your country or U.S. state of interest quickly and easily.
DATABASE TITLE – NUMBER OF RECORDS – DATE LAST UPDATED

BillionGraves Index – 23,526,507 – 30 Jan 2018
Find A Grave Index– 165,091,160 – 14 Dec 2017

ARGENTINA
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 – 771,973 – 01 Dec 2017
Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975 – 841,173 – 08 Feb 2018

AUSTRALIA
Australia Cemetery Inscriptions, 1802-2005 – 886,238 – 24 Jan 2018
Australia, South Australia, Immigrants Ship Papers, 1849-1940 – 201,371 – 05 Feb 2018

AUSTRIA
Austria, Vienna Population Cards, 1850-1896 – 601,449 – 08 Feb 2018
Austria, Vienna, Jewish Registers of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1784-1911 – 44,952 – 25 Jan 2018
Austria, Upper Austria, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1919 – 103,797 – 06 Feb 2018

BELGIUM
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 – 183,471 – 24 Jan 2018

BOLIVIA
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 – 1,226,920 – 13 Dec 2017

BRAZIL
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Catholic Church Records, 1706-1999 – 85,445 – 18 Dec 2017
Brazil, Paraíba, Civil Registration, 1879-2007 – 1,950,205 – 18 Dec 2017
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014 – 6,477,039 – 21 Dec 2017
Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2014 – 1,811,273 – 22 Dec 2017
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012 – 878,042 – 18 Dec 2017
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1977 – 338,943 – 26 Jan 2018

CANADA
Canada, British Columbia, Victoria Times Birth, Marriage and Death Notices, 1901-1939 – 98,461 – 30 Oct 2017
Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922 – 3,907,325 – 30 Oct 2017

CAPE VERDE
Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957 – 104,262 – 08 Feb 2018

COLOMBIA
Colombia, Diocese of Barranquilla, Catholic Church Records, 1808-1985 – 171,436 – 16 Jan 2018
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2014 – 2,614,172 – 29 Jan 2018

COSTA RICA
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975 – 3,988,210 – 05 Feb 2018

CROATIA
Croatia, Delnice Deanery Catholic Church Books, 1725-1926 – 123,632 – 23 Oct 2017

CZECH REPUBLIC
Czech Republic Censuses and Inhabitant Registers, 1800-1990 – 2,316 – 26 Jan 2018
Czech Republic Church Books, 1552-1963 167,263 31 Oct 2017

DENMARK
Denmark Church Records, 1484-1941 – 18,657,995 – 11 Nov 2017
Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index 1877-1964 – 168,521 – 30 Jan 2018
Denmark, Military Conscription Rolls, 1789-1792 – 74,156 – 17 Jan 2018
Denmark Census, 1911 – 2,792,790 – 07 Dec 2017
Denmark Census, 1916 – 2,964,499 – 07 Dec 2017
Denmark Census, 1921 – 3,356,935 – 20 Nov 2017
Denmark Census, 1925 – 3,627,893 – 30 Nov 2017
Denmark Census, 1834 – Browse Images – 28 Nov 2017
Denmark Census, 1835 – 282,207 – 17 Nov 2017
Denmark Census, 1840 – 1,611,062 – 30 Nov 2017
Denmark Census, 1845 – 1,671,252 – 20 Nov 2017
Denmark Census, 1850 – 1,301,602 – 18 Nov 2017
Denmark Census, 1855 – 1,733,541 – 17 Nov 2017

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010 – 572,845 – 21 Dec 2017

ECUADOR
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 – 1,923,493 – 31 Jan 2018

EL SALVADOR
El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704-2001 – 1,071,211 – 18 Jan 2018

ENGLAND
England, Cambridgeshire Bishop’s Transcripts, 1599-1860 – 182,070 – 31 Oct 2017
England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010 – 840,334 – 02 Feb 2018
England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918 – 2,215,752 – 16 Jan 2018
England, Devon Bishop’s Transcripts, 1558-1887 – 379,189 – 09 Dec 2017
England, Essex Parish Registers, 1538-1997 – 1,455,084 – 30 Oct 2017
England, Hampshire Parish Registers, 1538-1980 – 587,689 – 09 Dec 2017
England, Hampshire Bishop’s Transcripts 1680-1892 – 849,707 – 08 Dec 2017
England, Lincolnshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1990 – 1,364,635 – 09 Dec 2017
England, Manchester, Parish Registers, 1603-1910 – 1,782,418 – 30 Oct 2017
England, Rutland Parish Registers, 1538-1991 – 326,083 – 26 Jan 2018
England, Surrey Parish Registers, 1536-1992 – 2,103,418 – 11 Dec 2017
England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1984 – 2,511,778 – 17 Jan 2018

FRANCE
France, Finistère, Quimper et Léon Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1772-1894 – 144,505 – 13 Dec 2017
France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Church Records, 1539-1793 – 23,702 – 03 Jan 2018
France, Protestant church records, 1536-1897 – 146,138 – 27 Dec 2017
France, Saône-et-Loire, Census, 1856 – 577,784 – 09 Nov 2017
France, Saône-et-Loire, recensements de la population, 1876 – 692,910 – 03 Nov 2017

FRENCH POLYNESIA
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1843-1999 – 22,602 – 25 Jan 2018

GERMANY
Germany, Baden, Church Book Duplicates, 1800-1870 – 92,186 – 03 Nov 2017
Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1900 – 1,249,431 – 09 Nov 2017

GHANA
Ghana Census, 1984 – 1,432,819 – 28 Dec 2017

GREAT BRITAIN
Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935 – 21,846 – 13 Nov 2017

GUATEMALA
Guatemala Civil Registration, 1877-2008 – 853,234 – 19 Dec 2017

HONDURAS
Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841-1968 – 377,510 – 06 Nov 2017

IRELAND
Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913 – 389,073 – 05 Jan 2018

ITALY
Italy, Benevento, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1810-1942 – 327,354 – 20 Dec 2017
Italy, Chieti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1930 – 339,924 – 24 Oct 2017
Italy, Modena, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1942 – 317,276 – 21 Dec 2017
Italy, Padova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1621-1936 – 43,158 – 27 Nov 2017
Italy, Reggio Calabria, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1784-1943 – 108,490 – 26 Jan 2018
Italy, Rieti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1840-1945 – 136,292 – 21 Dec 2017
Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865 – 710,095 – 14 Dec 2017
Italy, Teramo, Teramo, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1940 – 15,153 – 19 Dec 2017
Italy, Viterbo, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1870-1943 – 90,219 – 20 Dec 2017

JAMAICA
Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880-1999 – 3,787,186 – 29 Jan 2018

LESOTHO
Lesotho, Evangelical Church Records, 1828-2005 – 25,991 – 25 Jan 2018

LIBERIA
Liberia, Marriage Records, 1912-2015 – 35,699 – 10 Jan 2018

LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1796-1941 – 55,668 – 25 Jan 2018

MEXICO
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Civil Registration, 1832-2005 – 1,452,770 – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Yucatán, Civil Registration, 1860-2005 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Zacatecas, Civil Registration, 1860-2000 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Veracruz, Civil Registration, 1821-1949 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Tlaxcala, Civil Registration, 1867-1950 – 71,577 – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Tamaulipas, Civil Registration, 1800-2002 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Sonora, Civil Registration, 1861-1995 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Civil Registration, 1859-2000 – 441,108 – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Oaxaca, Civil Registration, 1861-2002 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Puebla, Civil Registration, 1861-1930 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Querétaro, Civil Registration, 1864-2005 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Jalisco, Civil Registration, 1857-2000 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Nuevo León, Civil Registration, 1859-1962 – Browse Image – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Nayarit, Civil Registration, 1868-2001 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Morelos, Civil Registration, 1861-1920 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, México, Civil Registration, 1861-1941 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Michoacán, Civil Registration, 1859-1940 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Hidalgo, Civil Registration, 1861-1967 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
Mexico, Guanajuato, Civil Registration, 1862-1930 – Browse Images – 16 Jan 2018
Mexico, Guerrero, Civil Registration, 1860-1996 – 267,298 -16 Jan 2018
Mexico, Durango, Civil Registration, 1861-1995 – Browse Images – 16 Jan 2018
Mexico, Colima, Civil Registration, 1860-1997 – Browse Images – 16 Jan 2018
Mexico, Coahuila, Civil Registration, 1861-1998 – 180,700 – 16 Jan 2018
Mexico, Chiapas, Civil Registration, 1861-1990 – Browse Images – 16 Jan 2018
Mexico, Chihuahua, Civil Registration, 1861-1997 – 136,986 – 16 Jan 2018
Mexico, Campeche, Civil Registration, 1860-1926 – Browse Images – 16 Jan 2018
Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Civil Registration, 1860-2004 – Browse Images – 16 Jan 2018
Mexico, Aguascalientes, Civil Registration, 1859-1961 – 96,523 – 16 Jan 2018
Mexico, Quintana Roo, Civil Registration, 1866-1902 – Browse Images – 16 Jan 2018

NAMIBIA
Namibia, Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1904-1984 – 116,001 – 13 Dec 2017

NETHERLANDS
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Population Registers – 14,301,346 – 23 Jan 2018
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Public Records – 481,583 – 19 Jan 2018
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Vital Records – 36,643,950 – 14 Nov 2017
Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950 – 671,262 – 06 Feb 2018

NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes, 1800-1966 – 809,823 – 04 Jan 2018

PANAMA
Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973 – 491,966 – 29 Jan 2018

PERU
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 – 929,783 – 21 Dec 2017
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1999 – 97,947 – 26 Jan 2018
Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1888-2005 – 224 – 18 Dec 2017
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 750,897 – 15 Nov 2017
Peru, Diocese of Huacho, Catholic Church Records, 1560-1952 – 503,764 – 19 Dec 2017
Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1881-2005 – 391,558 – 04 Dec 2017
Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998 – 1,536,195 – 18 Dec 2017
Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 – 4,172,034 – 16 Jan 2018
Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890-2005 – 1,263,727 – 26 Oct 2017

PHILIPPINES
Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899-1984 – 2,847,719 – 04 Jan 2018

PORTUGAL
Portugal, Coimbra, Civil Registration, 1893-1980 – 66,833 – 16 Jan 2018
Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records, 1859-1911 – 9,781 – 17 Jan 2018
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 – 37,110 – 02 Jan 2018

RUSSIA
Russia, Karelia Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1782-1858 – Browse Images – 25 Jan 2018
Russia, Samara Church Books, 1779-1923 – 1,836,325 – 30 Jan 2018

SLOVENIA
Slovenia, Ljubljana, Funeral Accounts, 1937-1970 – 9,718 – 10 Jan 2018

SLOVAKIA
Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1935 – 13,867,588 – 02 Feb 2018

SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa, Cape Province, Kimberley, Probate Records of the Supreme Court, 1871-1937 – 158,938 – 24 Jan 2018
South Africa, Cape Province, Probate Records of the Master of the High Court, 1834-1989 – 332,347 – 24 Jan 2018
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (Stellenbosch Archive), 1690-2011 – 31,179 – 17 Jan 2018
South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Deaths, 1863-1955 – Browse Images – 17 Jan 2018
South Africa, Register of Slaves, 1762-1838 – Browse Images – 08 Jan 2018

SPAIN
Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1387-1986 – 913,381 – 25 Jan 2018
Spain, Diocese of Cartagena, Catholic Church Records, 1503-1969 – 74,313 – 18 Jan 2018

SWEDEN
Sweden, Göteborg och Bohus Church Records, 1577-1932; index 1659-1860 – Browse Images – 04 Jan 2018
Sweden, Household Examination Books, 1880 – 1920 – 37,110,663 – 02 Jan 2018
Sweden, Kopparberg Church Records, 1604-1900; index 1628-1860 – 30,577 – 04 Jan 2018
Sweden, Kronoberg Church Records, 1589-1921; index 1612-1860 – 70,984 – 31 Oct 2017
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 – 267,236 – 25 Jan 2018
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 – 376,844 – 29 Nov 2017
Sweden, Västernorrland Church Records, 1501-1940; index 1650-1860 – 38,185 – 04 Jan 2018

UKRAINE
Ukraine, Western Ukraine Catholic Church Book Duplicates, 1600-1937 – 164,902 – 06 Dec 2017

UNITED KINGDOM
British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices – 2,635,047 – 06 Nov 2017

URUGUAY
Uruguay, Civil Registration Index Card, 1900-1937 – 2,233,093 – 14 Nov 2017

VENEZUELA
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2015 – 596,635 – 02 Jan 2018
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 – 684,641 – 18 Jan 2018

UNITED STATES DATABASES
Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950 – 2,033,505 – 13 Nov 2017
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994 – 777,005 – 18 Jan 2018
Delaware Vital Records, 1650-1974 – 836,573 – 08 Dec 2017
Delaware Marriages and Marriage Licenses, 1683-1894 – 5,490 – 02 Nov 2017
Florida State Census, 1935 – 1,599,085 – 02 Feb 2018
Georgia, Reconstruction Registration Oath Books, 1867-1868 – 174,149 – 18 Jan 2018
Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1955 – 73,366 – 01 Dec 2017
Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940 – 3,231,003 – 08 Dec 2017
Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994 – 7,023,783 – 01 Dec 2017
Illinois Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 – 97,928 – 31 Oct 2017
Kansas State Census, 1915 – Browse Images – 21 Dec 2017
Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1905-1913, 1955-1963 – 54,367 – 21 Dec 2017
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921 – 2,048,825 – 29 Nov 2017
Maryland, Baltimore, Lock Funeral Home Records, 1936-2007 – Browse Images – 25 Jan 2018
Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915 – 3,817,626 – 31 Jan 2018
Massachusetts, Naturalization Records, 1906-1917 – Browse Images – 10 Jan 2018
Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006 – 6,897,553 – 08 Dec 2017
Missouri State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1933 – 109,803 – 18 Jan 2018
Nevada County Birth and Death Records, 1871-1992 – Browse Images – 19 Jan 2018
New Hampshire, United States Naturalization Records, 1906-1993 – Browse Images – 18 Jan 2018
New Jersey State Census, 1915 – 2,785,409 – 23 Jan 2018
New Jersey State Census, 1895 – 1,484,097 – 17 Nov 2017
New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942 – 13,611,543 – 16 Jan 2018
New York State Census, 1905 – 7,513,232 – 22 Dec 2017
New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924 – 24,412,751 – 22 Oct 2017
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1882 – 489,494 – 02 Feb 2018
Ohio, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1977 – 730,958 – 07 Feb 2018
Ohio Soldier Home Records, 1888-1919– 10,103 – 24 Oct 2017
Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965 – 1,724,715 – 30 Jan 2018
Texas, Comanche County Records, 1858-1955 – 30,993 – 08 Dec 2017
Utah, Birth Certificates, 1903-1914 – 112,345 – 25 Jan 2018
Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847-1868 – 60,056 – 17 Jan 2018
Washington, Soldier Home Records, 1891-1945 – 13,061 – 24 Oct 2017

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 – 34,168,493 – 27 Dec 2017

American Samoa, Passenger Lists and Travel Documents, 1918-1965 – Browse Images – 05 Jan 2018

United States, Virgin Islands Index to Passenger Arrivals, 1906-1947 – Browse Images – 18 Jan 2018

United States, Native American, Eastern Cherokee Indian Reservation Rolls, 1848-1970 – Browse Images – 26 Jan 2018

United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925 – 1,614,325 – 26 Jan 2018

United States Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783 – 1,557,656 – 24 Jan 2018
United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783– 633,566 – 24 Jan 2018

Databases Posted at FamilySearch May 1 through June 1, 2017

The following databases were published or updated at FamilySearch between May 1 and June 1 2017:

Title – Number of Indexed Records – Last Updated

Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 – 601,470 – 30 May 2017
Canada, New Brunswick, Saint John, Burial Permits, 1889-1919 – 28,555 – 17 May 2017
Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015 – 251,775 – 10 May 2017
Cook Islands, Civil Registration, 1846-1989 – Browse Images – 03 May 2017
Czech Republic, School Registers, 1799-1953 – Browse Images – 03 May 2017
Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index 1877-1964 – 85,071 – 12 May 2017
El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704-1990 – 875,969 – 02 May 2017
France, Dordogne, Censuses, 1856 – 530,703 – 16 May 2017
Germany, Saxony-Anhalt, Halberstadt Kreisarchiv, Ahnenpäße (Ancestor Passports) – Browse Images – 18 May 2017
Italy, La Spezia, Catholic Church Records, 1838-1857 – Browse Images – 22 May 2017
Mexico, Tabasco, Catholic Church Records, 1803-1970 – 30,805 – 23 May 2017
Namibia, Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1956-1984 – 29,076 – 23 May 2017
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 498,265 – 02 May 2017
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1998 – 68,565 – 17 May 2017
Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 – 1,967,704 – 18 May 2017
Peru, Moquegua, Civil Registration, 1850-1996 – 1,554 – 18 May 2017
Russia, Simbirsk Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1782-1858 – Browse Images – 17 May 2017
Spain, Province of Asturias, Municipal Records, 1470-1897 – 62,165 – 11 May 2017
Spain, Province of Teruel, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2013 – Browse Images – 01 May 2017
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880 – 10,443 – 18 May 2017

UNITED STATES DATABASES
Florida Marriages, 1830-1993 – 1,699,231 – 01 May 2017
Iowa, Poweshiek County Land Records, 1855-1934 – Browse Images – 08 May 2017
Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 – 1,317,764 – 19 May 2017
Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979 – 1,493,817 – 19 May 2017
Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957 – 1,093,880 – 01 Jun 2017
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921 – 2,045,611 – 02 May 2017
Missouri, Reports of Separation Notices, 1941-1946 – 367,825 – 01 Jun 2017
New Hampshire, Civil War Service and Pension Records, 1861-1866 – 250,441 – 16 May 2017
New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942 – 13,611,543 – 09 May 2017
Utah, Birth Certificates, 1903-1914 – 99,172 – 17 May 2017
Utah, Weber County Marriages, 1887-1941 – 92,337 – 16 May 2017

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Family Group Records Collection, Archives Section, 1942-1969 – Browse Images – 16 May 2017

BillionGraves Index – 20,861,710 – 01 May 2017

New Historic Records Databases at FamilySearch the Week of October 24, 2016

The following is from FamilySearch:

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Free, searchable census records from Ghana, The Czech Republic, and New Jersey this week at FamilySearch.org. New historic records were also added from Sweden, Netherlands, Russia, and the United states, including almost 2 million indexed land allotment records for five Native American tribes (Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole) in Oklahoma.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Benin Civil Registration of Deaths 1891-2014 – 0 – 21,173 – New browsable image collection.

Czech Republic Censuses and Inhabitant Registers 1800-1990 – 0 – 1,646,966 – Added images to an existing collection

Ghana Census 1984 – 1,027,048 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Netherlands Noord-Holland Civil Registration 1811-1950 – 522,065 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Russia Lutheran Church Book Duplicates 1833-1885 – 78,912 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Sweden Kopparberg Church Records 1604-1900; index 1628-1860 – 0 – 612 – Added images to an existing collection

Sweden Västernorrland Church Records 1501-1940; index 1650-1860 – 0 – 657 – Added images to an existing collection

Sweden Kalmar Church Records 1577-1907; index 1625-1860 – 0 – 838 – Added images to an existing collection

Sweden Halland Church Records 1615-1904; index 1615-1860 – 756,493 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES

Florida Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications 1885-1955 – 497 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Maine World War I Draft Registration Index 1917-1919 – 162,613 – 167,344 – New indexed records and images collection

Missouri Reports of Separation Notices 1941-1946 – 0 – 378,579 – Added images to an existing collection

New Jersey State Census 1865 – 212,731 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Oklahoma Applications for Allotment, Five Civilized Tribes 1899-1907 – 1,846,931 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

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/indexing.

About 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 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

FamilySearch Databases Added or Updated From June 28 through August 8, 2016

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The following databases have been added or updated at FamilySearch.org from June 28, 2016 to August 8, 2016

Location – Number of Indexed Records – Date Posted or Updated

Australia, Tasmania, Migrant Files, 1945-1968 – Browse Images – 20 Jul 2016
Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541-1914 – 426,542 – 28 Jul 2016
Czech Republic Land Records, 1450-1889 – Browse Images – 05 Aug 2016
Czech Republic, School Registers, 1799-1953 – Browse Images – 02 Aug 2016
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 – 481,724 – 15 Jul 2016
El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704-1990 – 723,047 – 30 Jun 2016
England and Wales Census, 1851 – 18,369,674 – 03 Aug 2016
France, Seine-Maritime, Rouen, Indexes to Church Records, 1680-1789 – 38,020 – 22 Jul 2016
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980 – 469,259 – 05 Jul 2016
Italy, Agrigento, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1820-1865 – Browse Images – 26 Jul 2016
Italy, Benevento, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1810-1942 – Browse Images – 12 Jul 2016
Italy, Cremona, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1744-1942 – 361,876 – 18 Jul 2016
Italy, Forlì-Cesena, Forlì, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1800-1815, 1866-1930 – 139,112 – 19 Jul 2016
Italy, Nuoro, Nuoro, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1915 – 18,865 – 18 Jul 2016
Italy, Savona, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1813, 1838-1936 – 154,198 – 18 Jul 2016
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903 – 194,981 – 01 Aug 2016
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 487,853 – 02 Aug 2016
Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998 – 556,500 – 14 Jul 2016
Russia, Tver Church Books, 1722-1918 – 574,803 – 15 Jul 2016
Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784-1956 – 314,094 – 11 Jul 2016
Spain, Diocese of Cartagena, Catholic Church Records, 1503-1969 – 74,313 – 29 Jun 2016
Spain, Province of Córdoba, Municipal Records, 1509-1947 – 2,131,675 – 15 Jul 2016
Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records, 1760-1956 – 308,744 – 28 Jul 2016
Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1734-1920 – 2,564,491 – 15 Jul 2016

UNITED STATES DATABASES

United States, Freedmen’s Bureau, Records of Freedmen’s Complaints, 1865-1872 – 140,985 – 03 Aug 2016
United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Ration Records,1865-1872 – 154,587 – 02 Aug 2016
United States, Freedmen’s Bureau, Records of the Superintendent of Education and of the Division of Education, 1865-1872 – 145,374 – 01 Aug 2016
United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Claim Records, 1865-1872 – 273,418 – 29 Jul 2016
United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Records of Persons and Articles Hired, 1865-1872 – 34,998 – 28 Jul 2016

Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957 – 1,785,018 – 28 Jun 2016
District of Columbia, Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1863-1872 – 90,597 – 03 Aug 2016
Georgia World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945 – 839,636 – 05 Jul 2016
Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950 – 779,774 – 20 Jul 2016
Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967 – 1,069,456 – 19 Jul 2016
Illinois, DeKalb County Land Records, 1838-1927 – 57,179 – 01 Aug 2016
Indiana, Civil Marriages, 1828-1957 – 10,571 – 29 Jun 2016
Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992 – 1,008,158 – 28 Jun 2016
Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, ca. 1835-1998 – 147,078 – 20 Jul 2016
Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979 – 1,532,533 – 30 Jun 2016
Kentucky Deaths and Burials, 1843-1970 – 627,320 – 30 Jun 2016
Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 – 1,317,764 – 05 Jul 2016
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1907 – 1,421,557 – 19 Jul 2016
Maryland County Marriages, 1658-1940 – 106,686 – 11 Jul 2016
Maryland Marriages, 1666-1970 – 227,204 – 05 Jul 2016
Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001 – 2,405,620 – 19 Jul 2016
Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006 – 533,517 – 08 Aug 2016
Michigan Probate Records, 1797-1973 – Browse Images – 30 Jun 2016
Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949 – 870,856 – 18 Jul 2016
Minnesota Marriages, 1849-1950 – 438,331 – 18 Jul 2016
Minnesota, Clay County, School Census Records, 1909-1962 – 586,237 – 08 Aug 2016
Missouri, Civil Marriages, 1820-1874 – 4,883 – 28 Jun 2016
Missouri, Reports of Separation Notices, 1941-1946 – 316,539 – 07 Jul 2016
Missouri State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1933 – 109,803 – 21 Jul 2016
Montana, Chouteau County Records, 1876-2011 – 9,505 – 15 Jul 2016
New Jersey, State Census, 1855 – 73,030 – 08 Aug 2016
New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942 – 5,487,573 – 03 Aug 2016
New York, Church and Civil Marriages, 1704-1995 – 23,819 – 11 Jul 2016
New York Marriages, 1686-1980 – 767,083 – 11 Jul 2016
North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979 – 1,207,804 – 19 Jul 2016
North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 – 3,457,243 – 19 Jul 2016
Ohio, Summit County, Veteran Burial Cards, 1700-1941 – 5,535 – 28 Jun 2016
Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013 – 4,709,143 – 20 Jul 2016
Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958 – 2,198,000 – 20 Jul 2016
Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003 – 4,107,607 – 19 Jul 2016
Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962 – 2,548,575 – 19 Jul 2016
Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950 – 2,255,061 – 28 Jun 2016
Pennsylvania Civil Marriages, 1677-1950 – 209,880 – 27 Jul 2016
Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950 – 4,802,418 – 28 Jul 2016
Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965 – 1,724,715 – 30 Jun 2016
Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1837-1910 – 4,575,333 – 21 Jul 2016
Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 – 1,575,573 – 19 Jul 2016
Texas Marriages, 1837-1973 – 1,695,783 – 19 Jul 2016
Utah, Tremonton and Garland Obituaries, 1959-2013 – 18,360 – 03 Aug 2016

United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937 – 5,794,949 – 08 Aug 2016

CEMETERIES – WORLDWIDE

BillionGraves Index – 18,780,474 – 28 Jul 2016
Find A Grave Index – 146,748,413 – 11 Jul 2016

German Immigrants in American Church Records – the Series

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I am excited to be able to announce that Family Roots Publishing just signed contracts to continue the publication of what was Picton Press’s German Immigrants in American Church Records series of books.

Under the direction of Lewis Rohrbach, these volumes have been printed at the rate of just under 2 per year since 2005. They are amazing books, listing the names, relationships and German homeland birthplaces of thousands upon thousands of German settlers in the Midwest United States. Under the direction and editorship of my friend, Roger Minert, these records have been meticulously extracted by students at BYU, then formatted and indexed to make for some of the finest German birthplace aids in existence today.

For those who may not know, Mr. Rohrbach was one of the premier genealogists and genealogy publishers in the country, specializing in Swiss research – but also known for his quality publications – both in content as well as appearance. Lewis passed away last January, and Picton Press closed it’s doors. Read his obituary at Dick Eastman’s blog. Seventeen volumes of the series were shipped to customers. I personally know of 74 libraries that have nearly the entire series. The manuscript for Volume 18 was sent to Picton just prior to Lewis’s death and was never shipped, although I suspect it may have been printed. I understand that Lewis’s widow plans to donate his inventory to various libraries, and I am in hopes that those 74 libraries (plus others I am sure) will get Volume 18 during that process. Because of contractual and copyright issues, neither Roger, nor Family Roots Publishing has access to any of volumes one through eighteen at this time – other than ten copies of Volume 5, one copy of Volume 4, and one copy of Volume 8.

German Immigrants in American Church Records – Volume 19: Missouri (Excluding St. Louis County) will ship in September 2016. We will be posting it at the Family Roots Publishing website in the near future. If you or your library wish to be placed on a standing order for the volumes as they come out, email me at Lmeitzler@gmail.com and I’ll forward you a standing order form to get the book at a substantial discount.

Note that Family Roots Publishing is very interested in maintaining the superior quality of this hard-bound series, and like Mr. Rohrbach, will ensure that all volumes will be hardbound and printed on 60# acid-free paper for long-lasting shelf life.

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update for February 16 & 22, 2016

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You will find new marriage records from Kansas and Maryland this week along with England Devon Bishop’s Transcripts 1558-1887, England Lancashire Oldham Cemetery Registers 1797-2004, and United States World War II Prisoners of War 1941-1945. I’ve also included updates from February 16 on the following list. Check out all of the marriage records from a variety of states, including New York, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio. Other highlights include New York New York Index to Alien Crewmen Who Were Discharged or Who Deserted 1917-1957, California San Francisco Airplane Arrival Card Index 1936-1949, Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1734-1920, and New Zealand Auckland Waikumete Cemetery Records 1886-1943. Find these and more by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

California San Francisco Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving 1954- 1957 – 375,314 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
England Devon Bishop’s Transcripts 1558-1887 – 256,201 – 93,511 – New indexed records and images collection
England Lancashire Oldham Cemetery Registers 1797-2004 – 481,340 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Indiana Gary and East Chicago Crew Lists 1945-1956 – 17,094 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Kansas County Marriages 1855-1911 – 148,676 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Maryland Marriages 1666-1970 – 96,638 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts Delayed and Corrected Vital Records 1753-1900 – 31,701 – 11,788 – New indexed records and images collection
United States World War II Prisoners of War 1941-1945 – 143,374 – 0 – New indexed records collection

BillionGraves Index – 227,783 – 227,783 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Canada British Columbia Marriage Registrations 1859-1932; 1937-1938 – 6,123 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
California San Francisco Airplane Arrival Card Index 1936-1949 – 22,858 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
England and Wales Census 1861 – 2,504,271 – 111,092 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
England Durham Diocese Marriage Bonds & Allegations 1692-1900 – 35,079 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Florida and South Carolina Airplane Arrival Manifests 1944-1945 – 0 – 127 – New browsable image collection.
Florida Knights Keys Passenger Lists 1908-1912 – 5,399 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Honduras Civil Registration 1841-1968 – 0 – 609 – Added images to an existing collection
Idaho Birth Index 1861-1911 – 60,430 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Idaho Death Certificates 1938-1961 – 118,152 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Illinois Cook County Deaths 1878-1994 – 3,732,138 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Indiana Marriages 1811-2007 – 276,945 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Bergamo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1901 – 6,965 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Caltanissetta Civil Registration (State Archive) 1820-1935 – 78,629 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Grosseto Civil Registration (State Archive) 1851-1907 – 113,690 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Modena Civil Registration (State Archive) 1806-1942 – 67,474 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Prato Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1923 – 7,183 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Reggio Calabria Civil Registration (State Archive) 1784-1943 – 0 – 2,143,899 – Added images to an existing collection
Italy Viterbo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1870-1943 – 90,051 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Kansas County Marriages 1855-1911 – 311,857 – 2,333 – Added images to an existing collection
Kansas Marriages 1811-1911 – 185,068 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Liberia Marriage Records 1941-1974 – 24,625 – 24,406 – New browsable image collection.
Louisiana Parish Marriages 1837-1957 – 46,810 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Maine Crew List Arriving at Eastport 1949-1958 – 7,239 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Maryland County Marriages 1658-1940 – 53,762 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Minnesota County Marriages 1860-1949 – 570,213 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Mississippi Tippah County Marriages 1858-1979 – 19,583 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Missouri County Marriage Naturalization and Court Records 1800-1991 – 57,837 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York County Marriages 1847-1848; 1908-1936 – 252,052 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York New York Index to Alien Crewmen Who Were Discharged or Who Deserted 1917-1957 – 1,270,298 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island) 1891-1924 – 0 – 3,243,611 – New browsable image collection.
New York Passenger Lists 1820-1891 – 30,480 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New Zealand Auckland Waikumete Cemetery Records 1886-1943 – 0 – 971 – New browsable image collection.
North Carolina County Marriages 1762-1979 – 1,796 – 1,796 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
North Dakota Manifests of Immigrant Arrivals 1910-1952 – 11,631 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ohio County Marriages 1789-2013 – 92,719 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ohio Washington County Court Records 1810-1930 – 0 – 6,421 – Added images to an existing collection
Oklahoma County Marriages 1890-1995 – 126,532 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ontario Births 1869-1910 – 125,109 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Pennsylvania Crew Lists arriving at Erie 1952-1957 – 44,119 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Áncash Civil Registration 1888-2005 – 0 – 3,146 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Cajamarca Civil Registration 1938-1996 – 0 – 3,175 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Civil Registration (National) 1945-1984 – 180,213 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Poland Radom Roman Catholic Church Books 1587-1966 – 1,884 – 62 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Portugal Portalegre Catholic Church Records 1859-1911 – 4,441 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
South Africa Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive) 1838- 1991 – 48,422 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Spain Province of Cádiz Municipal Records 1784-1956 – 0 – 57 – Added images to an existing collection
Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1734-1920 – 0 – 189,353 – Added images to an existing collection
Utah County Marriages 1887-1937 – 337,714 – 124,465 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Venezuela Archdiocese of Mérida Catholic Church Records 1654-2013 – 0 – 405,819 – Added images to an existing collection

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update for October 5, 2015

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Major additions this week to the United States World War II Draft Registration Cards 1942, Brazil Sao Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980, Colombia Catholic Church Records 1576-2014, Italy Asti Civil Registration (State Archive) 1803-1814 1911-1935, Maryland Baltimore Passenger Lists 1820-1948, Massachusetts Boston Crew Lists 1811-1921, and New Zealand Archives New Zealand Probate Records 1843-1997 collections. Twelve additional collections were also updated this week. See the table below for details.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Brazil São Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980 – 991,910 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Brazil São Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980 – 0 – 13,738 – Added images to an existing collection
Colombia Catholic Church Records 1576-2014 – 0 – 1,377,861 – Added images to an existing collection
Honduras Civil Registration 1841-1968 – 178,391 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Asti Civil Registration (State Archive) 1803-1814 1911-1935 – 0 – 279,461 – New browsable image collection
New Zealand Archives New Zealand Probate Records 1843-1997 – 0 – 724,182 – Added images to an existing collection
Nicaragua Civil Registration 1809-2013 – 0 – 17,580 – Added images to an existing collection
Peru Cusco Civil Registration 1889-1997 – 176,344 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES
California San Diego Airplane Passenger and Crew Lists 1929-1954 – 47,380 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Idaho County Birth and Death Records 1883-1929 – 33,063 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Kentucky Confederate Pension Applications 1912-1950 – 25,786 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Maryland Baltimore Passenger Lists 1820-1948 – 873,918 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts Boston Crew Lists 1811-1921 – 424,219 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Missouri County Marriage Naturalization and Court Records 1800-1991 – 29,690 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Missouri County Marriage Naturalization and Court Records 1800-1991 – 3,961 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Montana Cascade County Records 1880-2009 – 79,821 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Montana Teton County Records 1881-2012 – 11,394 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Utah Weber County Marriages 1887-1939 – 94,859 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans 1925-1949 – 352,726 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States World War II Draft Registration Cards 1942 – 1,067,147 – 1,067,143 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Help Us Publish More Free Records Online
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New FamilySearch Database Collections – September 28, 2015

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Generous updates for Colombia, France, Honduras, Italy, Spain, and the US (Passport applications, Mississippi and Georgia to note a few)! Many other domestic and international updates like England Warwickshire Parish Registers 1535-1984, Nicaragua Civil Registration 1809-2013, and Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541-1912. See the following full list.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORD – DIGITAL RECORD – COMMENTS

Bahamas Civil Registration 1850-1959 – 34,858 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Barbados Church Records 1637-1887 – 67,852 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541-1912 – 81,691 – 3,570 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Canada Prince Edward Island Death Card Index 1721-1905 – 16,778 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Canada Quebec Federation of Genealogical Societies Family Origins 1621-1865 (Web-Linking) – 5,996 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Chile Cemetery Records 1821-2013 – 0 – 65,853 – Added images to an existing collection
Colombia Catholic Church Records 1600-2014 – 0 – 301,994 – Added images to an existing collection
England Warwickshire Parish Registers 1535-1984 – 0 – 55,896 – Added images to an existing collection
France Dordogne Censuses 1876 – 499,219 – 10,250 – New indexed records and images collection
France Haute-Garonne Toulouse Censuses 1830-1831 – 31,145 – 608 – New indexed records and images collection
Germany Prussia Brandenburg and Posen Church Book Duplicates 1794-1874 – 151,802 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Honduras Catholic Church Records 1633-1978 – 700,756 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Udine Civil Registration (State Archive) 1806-1815 1871-1911 – 0 – 1,072,113 – Added images to an existing collection
Nicaragua Civil Registration 1809-2013 – 140,930 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Puno Civil Registration 1890-2005 – 172,315 – 4,944 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines La Union Diocese of San Fernando de La Union 1801-1984 – 0 – 3,192 – Added images to an existing collection
South Carolina Confederate Home Records 1909-1958 – 6,149 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Spain Province of Barcelona Municipal Records 1387-1950 – 0 – 764 – Added images to an existing collection
Spain Province of Barcelona Municipal Records 1387-1986 – 435,547 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES
Georgia Deaths 1914-1927 – 0 – 336,900 – Added images to an existing collection
Illinois Northern District Petitions for Naturalization 1906-1994 – 0 – 206,207 – Added images to an existing collection
Louisiana Orleans Parish Vital Records 1910 1960 – 17,605 – 1,383 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1626-2001 – 0 – 254,638 – Added images to an existing collection
Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children 1850-1892; 1908-1957 – 7,153,911 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Missouri County Marriage, Naturalization and Court Records 1800-1991 – 0 – 5,386 – Added images to an existing collection
Missouri State and Territorial Census Records 1732-1933 – 0 – 161 – Added images to an existing collection
Utah Death Certificates 1904-1964 – 69,621 – 13,456 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
United States Passport Applications 1795-1925 – 1,008,828 – 0 – Added indexed records 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 Added the Week of July 20, 2015

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The following is from FamilySearch:

Historic Philippines records stand out in this week’s collections update with more than 380,000 browsable digital images. Philippines Civil Registration (Archives Division) 1902-1945, Philippines Civil Registration (Local) 1888-1984, Philippines Civil Registration (Spanish Period) 1706-1911, and Philippines Pangasinan Civil Registration 1945-1981 are now searchable at FamilySearch.org. Explore the complete weekly update by clicking on the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

France Haute-Garonne Toulouse Censuses 1872 and 1886 – 0 – 10,250 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Civil Registration (Archives Division) 1902-1945 – 0 – 143,591 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Philippines Civil Registration (Local) 1888-1984 – 0 – 195,161 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Civil Registration (Spanish Period) 1706-1911 – 0 – 36,436 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Pangasinan Civil Registration 1945-1981 – 5,956 – 9,788 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Switzerland Fribourg Census 1834 – 59,334 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

UNITED STATES RECORDS
Missouri County Marriage Naturalization and Court Records 1800-1991 – 322,579 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection
United States Census 1820 – 1,410 – 0 – Added indexed records 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.

100 Year Old Missouri Time Capsule Opened

The following excerpt is from the June 18, 2015 edition of newstribune.com:

The contents of the Capitol’s 100-year-old time capsule were removed Thursday by conservators from the Missouri State Archives. Courtesy of the Office of Administration
The contents of the Capitol’s 100-year-old time capsule were removed Thursday by conservators from the Missouri State Archives. Courtesy of the Office of Administration

Missouri state workers donned masks and blue gloves with the care of surgeons to cut open the Capitol’s 100-year-old time capsule Thursday, revealing relics such as a Bible, photos of the Capitol’s groundbreaking ceremony and yellowed newspapers.

The box — placed inside the Capitol’s cornerstone June 24, 1915 — was opened in preparation for a ceremony marking the building’s 100th anniversary.

“This has been preserved incredibly well,” Cathy Brown, the Office of Administration’s facilities management, design and construction director, said as the box was opened.

OA staff did not invite members of the media or the general public to the unveiling, citing cramped quarters and concern for the aged items from the time capsule.

But in a move telling of advances in technology since the box was sealed, hundreds watched through the new live-streaming app for smartphones called Periscope as the century-old keepsakes delicately were lifted from the copper box.

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FamilySearch Adds Over 9.8 Million Indexed Records & Images for Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Jamaica, Peru, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, & the USA

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The following is from FamilySearch:

FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 9.8 million indexed records and images for Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Jamaica, Peru, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 2,983,594 indexed records from the Croatia, Church Books, 1516–1994 collection; 57,446 indexed records and 1,785,969 images from the Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880–1999 collection; and 1,087,758 indexed records from the Costa Rica Civil Registration, 1860–1975 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 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

Canada, Saskatchewan, Catholic Church Records, 1846–1957 – 40,494 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Canada, Saskatchewan Cemetery Transcripts, ca. 1850–1994 -164,737 – 139,318 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Costa Rica Civil Registration, 1860–1975 – 1,087,758 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Croatia, Church Books, 1516–1994 – 2,983,594 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880–1999 -57,446 – 1,785,969 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603–1992 – 447,186 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997 – 0 – 46,666 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Lambayeque, Civil Registration, 1873–1998 -53,466 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Philippines, Civil Registration (National), 1945–1984 – 0 – 2,508 -Added images to an existing collection.

Philippines, Northern Samar, Roman Catholic Diocese of Catarman, Church Records, 1860–1983 – 0 – 63,212 – New browsable image collection.

Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805–2001 – 97,379 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, BillionGraves Index – 363,233 – 363,233 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, Georgia, Deaths, 1928–1939 – 15,495 – 1,750 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800–1991 – 0 – 894,662 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, North Dakota Census, 1915 – 361,965 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, North Dakota Census, 1925 – 394,391 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Ohio, Bloomfield Township, Brownwood Cemetery Records, 1824–2012 – 0 – 636 – New browsable image collection.

US, Texas, Manifests of Aliens Granted Temporary Admission at El Paso, ca. July 1924–1954 – 117,170 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925–1949 – 346,070 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Kansas City’s Historic Union Cemetery

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A few weeks ago I received a copy of Kansas City’s Historic Union Cemetery, by Judith King and Bruce Mathews. Not only is the book informative, but also very attractive. I’d call it a “useful” coffee-table book. The pictures, most taken by Bruce Mathews, are fantastic, but so is the content. Judith King and Bruce Mathews, along with many other contributors, have produced what could very well be the best “cemetery book” I’ve ever seen.

Fifty-five thousand people are buried in Union Cemetery. It was established in 1857, and came by it’s name because it was built on 49 acres of land for the burial of folks from both the town of Westport and Kansas (City).

The volume is loaded with historical and biographical information. Together with Mathew’s photography, it’s not only informational, it’s a good read! I found the stories about the people, events, and even cemetery art to be fascinating.

The following is from the Table of Contents:

Chapter 1 – Kansas City’s Oldest Cemetery, by Kevin Fewell
Chapter 2 – Through the Seasons, by Bruce Mathews
Chapter 3 – The Founding of the City, by R. Crosby Kemper III
Chapter 4 – Civl War: A Land Divided, by David W. Jackson
Chapter 5 – Other Wars: Defending Liberty, by John Dillingham
Chapter 6 – That They Not Be Forgotten, by Lynn Mackle
Chapter 7 – Where and How They Lived, by Chris Smart
Chapter 8 – For a Better Community, by Frank McMillan
Chapter 9 – Symbols of Life and Death, by Tom Taylor
Chapter 10 – Legacies, by Bruce Mathews
Chapter 11 – From This Day Forward, by Rachael Blackburn Cozad
Contributing Authors
Bibliography
Index

The volume is sponsored by the Union Cemetery Historical Society, and may be purchased directly from them at 227 East 28th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64108.See: uchskc.org.

It is also available at Amazon.com. See below.

The volume is in hardcover; 228 pages; 11.5 x 10 inches; and published by Kansas City Star Books; 1st edition (2014); ISBN-13: 978-1611691504. Only $29.95.

Missouri Death Certificates to Have Social Security Numbers Blacked Out

Missouri is one of only a few states making digitized death certificates available to the public – free of charge. They have to be 50 years old, but just the same… I saw a note posted by Anne Kruszka that the indexing for 1964 is done – so we can be expecting those shortly. However, I now see that the media has noticed that some of these old death records have social security numbers on them, and raised enough of a fuss that the Missouri Secretary of State’s office is in the process of blacking out the numbers. Following is a teaser from the Kansas City Fox News 4 website.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Secretary of State’s Office is doing an about-face. The office, through spokeswoman Laura Swinford, says it “has already begun the process of redacting social security numbers from death certificates that are at least 50 years old and have been transferred to the State Archives as historic documents.”

When Fox 4 News discovered last fall that old Missouri Death Certificates were available to all online, with SSN’s clearly visible, our investigation revealed the state was alone. Most states limit access to such websites, and redact or hide critical information that might lead to identity theft.

After seeing our story, Sen. LeVota worked with the Secretary of State’s office, as did the banking industry and those who’d lost loved ones, to persuade it to change its mind. The decision still allows genealogists and researchers to access the documents for legitimate purposes, but will block the critical SSN’s.

“The process is intricate and ongoing—we expect the first group of redacted documents to be available online within weeks,” the office said in its statement.

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