Databases Posted at FamilySearch June 2 through August 10, 2017

The following databases were published or updated at FamilySearch between June 2 and August 10, 2017:

Title – Number of Indexed Records – Last Updated
BillionGraves Index – 21,969,173 – 02 Aug 2017
Find A Grave Index – 161,552,555 – 21 Jun 2017

Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981 – 970,770 – 21 Jul 2017
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 – 701,743 – 13 Jul 2017
Argentina, Mendoza, Catholic Church Records, 1665-1975 – 547,967 – 20 Jun 2017
Austria, Upper Austria, Linz, Death Certificates, 1818-1899 – 4,987 – 13 Jun 2017
Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798-1906 – 65,837 – 19 Jun 2017
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 – 162,851 – 09 Aug 2017
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 – 744,404 – 23 Jun 2017
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014 – 4,178,251 – 25 Jul 2017
Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2013 – 1,604,454 – 10 Jul 2017
Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980 – 2,253,162 – 13 Jul 2017
Canada: British Columbia, Victoria Times Birth, Marriage and Death Notices, 1901-1939 – 57,993 – 10 Jul 2017
Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015 – 520,958 – 08 Aug 2017
Chile Civil Registration, 1885-1903 – 3,076,508 – 06 Jul 2017
China, Imperial Examinations and Related Papers (Han Yu-shan Collection), 1646-1904 – 154 – 05 Jun 2017
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975 – 3,839,222 – 09 Jun 2017
Denmark Census, 1911 – 2,792,790 – 12 Jul 2017
Denmark Census, 1916 – 2,964,499 – 13 Jul 2017
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010 – 513,356 – 07 Aug 2017
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 – 1,514,690 – 18 Jul 2017
England, Cambridgeshire Bishop’s Transcripts, 1599-1860 – 52,632 – 23 Jun 2017
England, Staffordshire, Church Records, 1538-1944 – 4,852,180 – 09 Aug 2017
England and Wales Census, 1911 – 36,354,828 – 03 Aug 2017
France, Coutances et d’Avranche Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1533-1894 – 567,325 – 28 Jun 2017
Germany, Schleswig-Holstein, Kreis Steinburg, Civil Registration, 1874-1983 – 173,149 – 27 Jul 2017
Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913 – 389,073 – 23 Jun 2017
Italy, Asti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1803-1814, 1911-1935 – 51,472 – 13 Jul 2017
Italy, Bergamo, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1901 – 654,931 – 13 Jul 2017
Italy, Chieti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1930– Browse Images – 16 Jun 2017
Italy, Macerata, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1808-1814 – Browse Images – 23 Jun 2017
Italy, Modena, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1942 – 317,276 – 16 Jun 2017
Lesotho, Evangelical Church Records, 1874-1983 – 10,255 – 27 Jul 2017
Liberia, Marriage Records, 1941-1974 – 35,699 – 10 Aug 2017
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records – 17,511,123 – 01 Aug 2017
Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 – 1,367,149 – 07 Jul 2017
Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973 – 226,937 – 20 Jun 2017
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015 – 531,108 – 25 Jul 2017
Paraguay Miscellaneous Records, 1509-1977 – Browse Images – 11 Jul 2017
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1998 – 96,481 – 19 Jun 2017
Peru, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996 – 1,157 – 07 Jul 2017
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 559,162 – 18 Jul 2017
Peru, Lambayeque, Civil Registration, 1873-1998 – 524,274 – 09 Jun 2017
Philippines Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1986 – 90,022 – 23 Jun 2017
Portugal, Coimbra, Civil Registration, 1893-1980 – 13,654 – 05 Jun 2017
Russia, Samara Church Books, 1779-1923 – 803,815 – 26 Jun 2017
Russia, Simbirsk Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1782-1858 – Browse Images – 07 Jun 2017
Scotland Church Records and Kirk Session Records, 1658-1919 – 302,522 – 23 Jun 2017
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (Stellenbosch Archive), 1690-2011 – 20,413 – 01 Aug 2017
South Africa, Transvaal, Probate Records from the Master of the Supreme Court, 1869-1958 – 171,440 – 12 Jun 2017
Spain, Province of Asturias, Municipal Records, 1470-1897 – 86,369 – 09 Jun 2017
Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1387-1986 – 910,059 – 09 Jun 2017
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 – 231,883 – 25 Jul 2017
Sweden, Östergötland Church Records, 1555-1911; index 1616-1860 – 19,357 – 20 Jul 2017
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 – 278,704 – 15 Jun 2017

UNITED STATES DATABASES
California, San Diego Passenger Lists, 1904-1952 – 70,546 – 28 Jul 2017
California, San Francisco, Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records, 1910-1941 – 66,304 – 28 Jul 2017
Florida, Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home records, 1888-1938 – 164 – 06 Jun 2017
Florida, Spanish Land Grants, 1763-1821 – 932 – 06 Jun 2017
Florida, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919 – 42,412 – 09 Jun 2017
Hawaii Obituaries Index, ca. 1980-present – 93,702 – 23 Jun 2017
Idaho Divorce Index, 1947-1963 – 43,956 – 25 Jul 2017
Idaho, Southern Counties Obituaries, 1943-2013 – 96,609 – 01 Aug 2017
Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994 – 6,560,088 – 13 Jul 2017
Iowa Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 – 39,148 – 26 Jul 2017
Kansas County Birth Records, 1885-1911 – 21,152 – 01 Aug 2017
Kansas State Census, 1865 – Browse Images – 19 Jun 2017
Kansas State Census, 1875 – Browse Images – 19 Jun 2017
Kansas State Census, 1885 – Browse Images – 19 Jun 2017
Kansas State Census, 1895 – Browse Images – 19 Jun 2017
Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 – 1,317,764 – 07 Aug 2017
Louisiana Deaths, 1850-1875, 1894-1960 – 775,158 – 13 Jul 2017
Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1905-1913, 1955-1963 – 54,367 – 09 Jun 2017
Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957 – 1,094,026 – 01 Aug 2017
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921 – 2,048,825 – 19 Jul 2017
Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006 – 715,183 – 05 Jun 2017
New Hampshire, United States Naturalization Records, 1906-1993 – Browse Images – 05 Jun 2017
New Jersey State Census, 1895 – 500,743 – 21 Jul 2017
New York, New York City Marriage Licenses Index, 1950-1995 – 3,124,588 – 19 Jun 2017
New York State Census, 1905 – 7,513,232 – 13 Jun 2017
Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004 – 108,181 – 26 Jun 2017
Rhode Island Naturalization Records 1907-1991 – Browse Images – 05 Jun 2017
South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-2016 – 705,521 – 21 Jul 2017
Texas, Church Marriages, 1845-1957 – Browse Images – 18 Jul 2017
Texas, Eagle Pass Arrival Manifests and Indexes, 1905-1954 – 146,566 – 05 Jun 2017
Texas, Gonzales County, Death records, 1863-1970 – 15,028 – 12 Jul 2017
Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847-1868 – 60,137 – 25 Jul 2017
Vermont Naturalization Records, 1908-1987 – Browse Images – 05 Jun 2017
Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 – 372,134 – 12 Jul 2017
Washington Death Index, 1965-2014 – 1,891,273 – 13 Jul 2017

United States, Freedmen’s Bureau, Records of Freedmen’s Complaints, 1865-1872 – 142,613 – 26 Jul 2017
United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925 – 1,445,863 – 13 Jun 2017
United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783 – Browse Images – 19 Jun 2017

Dollarhide Censuses & Substitute Name Lists Guides AL-MI 80% Off! – NEW AL & MN-WY Guides 20% Off! With FREE Downloads!

Bill Dollarhide started a series of what he called “Name List” guides in the Summer of 2013. He wrote steadily on them until sometime in 2015, when life caught up with him, and he had to put the project aside. Well, he went back at it several months ago, and completed new guides for all the rest of the states, alphabetically Minnesota through Wyoming. He also wrote a full book on the U.S. Territories. Finally, Bill went back and updated an earlier volume – choosing Indiana – to test whether enough changes had taken place to make it worthwhile to do Second Editions. Bill found that a number of URL addresses had changed, which he expected, and he found additional data that expanded the volume by another 10 pages. Since that time, Bill also produced a Second Edition for Alabama.

So we have now released 30 NEW volumes – Alabama and Minnesota through Wyoming, plus U.S. Territories and Indiana Second Edition.

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To clear out the earlier printed books, those written between 2013 and 2017, FRPC has discounted the price 80%! That makes them only $3.79 each! We will most likely do Second Editions for those volumes sometime in the Fall or Winter. Note that if you only desire the PDF eBook alone, we’ve discounted them, Alabama through Michigan, by 60%, making them just $5. Again – this is for all volumes Alabama through Michigan.

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

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

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New England Timeline, 1603-1718

The following article was written by my good friend, by William Dollarhide:

The founding of the first English colonies in North America happened in an area known simply as Virginia. They happened in the early 1600s, during an era of intense religious turmoil going on in England. Without that turmoil, there would have been no need for the Great Migration of Puritans to New England. Therefore, a timeline of events relating to New England must include the historical events of England. The players and events leading up to the Great Migration to New England, and the events thereafter are identified below, from the discoveries of New England to the arrival of the first Scots-Irish immigrants to Boston Harbor.

1602 Cape Cod & Martha’s Vineyard. English Privateer Bartholomew Gosnold led an expedition to present Massachusetts, named Cape Cod and discovered an island south of Cape Cod, that he named Martha’s Vineyard. Gosnold had planned on planting a small settlement in the Cape Cod area, but the settlers chose to return to England due to a lack of provisions. Gosnold went on to become one of the founders of the Jamestown Colony.

1603 England. James I became King of England, the first monarch to rule both England and Scotland. (He was James VI of Scotland since 1566). He was also the first English monarch to publicly assert that he was blessed with “the divine right of Kings,” meaning he was the voice of God on earth, at least in England, Scotland, or Ireland. Although James I was most remembered for commissioning a Bible translation, during his reign the first permanent English colonies were established in Virginia and New England. James I also led the English takeover of Northern Ireland, and was the first advocate for the transportation of thousands of clan people living along the Scottish-English border to Ulster Province, Northern Ireland.

1603. English Captain Martin Pring led an expedition to present Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. He was the first European to ascend the Piscataqua River, and was the first to erect a small fort on Cape Cod (now Truro, MA).

1603-1604. French nobleman Pierre DuGua (Sieur DeMonts) was granted exclusive rights to colonize the area he had named l’Acadie (Acadia), granted by French King Henry IV. The area of Acadia included allof present Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and most of Maine. In 1604, DeMonts established a French colony on St. Croix Island, at the mouth of the St. Croix River, now Maine. After surviving a bad Winter, the entire colony was moved across the Bay of Fundy to Port-Royal, now Nova Scotia.

1606. Two joint stock companies were founded in 1606, both with royal charters issued by King James I, for the purpose of establishing colonies in North America. The Virginia Company of London was given a land grant between Latitude 34o (Cape Fear) and Latitude 41o (Long Island Sound). The Virginia Company of Plymouth was founded with a similar charter, between Latitude 38o (Potomac River) and Latitude 45o (St. John River), which included a shared area with the London Company between Latitude 38o and 41o. The first leader of the Plymouth Company was Sir Ferdinando Gorges, who was given official sanction for starting colonies in North America.

1607. May. Led by John Smith and his cousin, Bartholomew Gosnold, the London Company established the first permanent English settlement in North America – the Jamestown Colony. It was followed in August 1607 by the Sagadahoc Colony led by George Popham, established by the Plymouth Company, near the mouth of the Kennebec River (present Phippsburg, Maine). The Sagadahoc colony was abandoned after just one year, due to a lack of confidence in a change of leadership. Thereafter, the Plymouth Company dissolved until it was revived in 1620 as the Plymouth Council for New England.

1609. The 2nd Virginia Charter of 1609 extended the jurisdiction of the London Company to include the former shared area with the original Plymouth Company, and the language of the new charter now included the words, “sea to sea.” (James I was assured that the Pacific Ocean was just a bit west of the Appalachian Mountains).

1614. New England. English Captain John Smith, a leader of the Jamestown Colony, visited the coast of present Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine; then wrote his Description of New England, which encouraged Englishmen to settle there. Smith was credited as the first to call the area New England. Back in England, Christopher Jones was one seafarer who was known to have read Smith’s Description of New England, and remarked that he would like to go there. He got his wish as the master of the Mayflower in 1620.

1620. Plymouth Colony. A new Royal Charter was issued by King James I to the Plymouth Council for New England (formerly the Virginia Company of Plymouth) to establish colonial settlements in New England. The area was from Latitude 40o to Latitude 45o (“sea to sea”). In that same year, the Mayflower dropped anchor off Cape Cod, and Plymouth Colony was founded by a small group of Separatists/Pilgrims, who had fled England for Holland a few years earlier. Unlike the Puritans, the Pilgrims did not want to purify the Church of England, they wanted to get away from the church’s Prayer Book, and have their own method of worship.

1622-1623. Province of Maine. In 1622, the Plymouth Council of New England granted rights of lands to Sir Ferdinando Gorges and Captain John Mason. The lands were between the Merrimack and Kennebec rivers, an area which included parts of present New Hampshire and Maine. Gorges was the first to use the name Maine to describe the area. In 1623, English Captain Christopher Levett obtained grants of land from the Plymouth Council to establish colonies in New England. Levett’s first Casco Bay settlement was the Colony of York, at the site of present Portland, Maine, but the small group of people Levett had left there were gone when he returned a few months later. Then in 1623, the Levett colony at the mouth of the Piscataqua River (now Kittery) was successful, as was a second York colony on the York River. Piscataqua/Kittery and York were the first permanent English settlements in the Province of Maine.

1625 England. Charles I became King of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Charles believed in the same principles his father, James I had espoused, i.e., that as King, he was the infallible interpreter of God’s will on earth. Soon after taking office, Charles began to note a large number of non-conformists among his subjects. Along with his Archbishop, William Laud, the King began a campaign to purge his church of the largest group of non-conformists, the so-called Puritans, a militant Calvinist religious sect attempting to purify the Church of England. Unfortunately, Charles I took on a job that led to civil war in England as well as the loss of his head. But, his campaign can be credited as the main cause for the founding of the largest English settlement in North America.

1628. The Massachusetts Bay Company was granted a royal charter for an English colony to be established in North America within the bounds of the Plymouth Council of New England. It was said that King Charles I was misled as to the religious leanings of the Massachusetts Bay Company leaders, all prominent Puritans, not Pilgrims, as he had surmised. The language of the Royal Charter essentially removed the Plymouth Council from the picture, and the Massachusetts Bay Company managed to acquire legal interest in the area from Latitude 410 to Latitude 450, except for any previous grants in the same area.

1629. New Hampshire. Sir Ferdinando Gorges and Captain John Mason agreed to split their grants at the Piscataqua River, with Mason retaining the land west of the river as the Province of New Hampshire.

1629. The Great Migration to New England begins. As a result of Charles I’s campaign to purge non-conformists from the Church of England, 1629-1640, large groups of people were alienated. Charles I disbanded Parliament and ruled England alone for eleven years. The Puritans referred to this era as “the eleven years of tyranny.” It was during these eleven years that about 80,000 Puritans felt compelled to leave England. About a fourth of them moved to Holland; another fourth of them to Ireland; a fourth to the West Indies, particularly the islands of Barbados, Nevis, and St. Kitts; and the final group, some 20,000 Puritan immigrants, established the Massachusetts Bay Colony of North America.

1630. Massachusetts Bay Colony. The colonial government was organized, with the first General Court at Charlestown and the creation of the first three counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex. They happened to be the same names as the three East Anglia counties of England from whence the majority of the Puritans had lived before coming to America.

1634. The Massachusetts Bay colony began annexing areas of present Maine. The original grants issued to Sir Ferdinand Gorges and Captain Christopher Levett were overlapped by grants of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, which began selling land in any unsettled areas just across the Piscataqua River in present Maine. As soon as settlements were established, Massachusetts Bay formally annexed those areas as part of their territory.

1635-1637. In 1635, religious dissident Roger Williams was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1637, Anne Hutchinson, a charismatic religious leader opposed to the Puritans, was put on trial (in the Church Court), excommunicated, and banished.

1636. Connecticut Colony. The English settlements of Hartford, Wethersfield, and Windsor were formed as the Connecticut Colony. First known as the River Colony, it was a recognized organization for a Puritan congregation established by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

1637. King Charles I, now keenly aware of the fact that the Massachusetts Bay Colony was an enclave of non-conformist Puritans, turned their charter over to Sir Ferdinand Gorges, a loyal supporter of the king, and the original leader of the Plymouth Company. However, the official transfer document with the king’s seal was on board a ship that sank en route to Boston. The Puritans, believing it to be an Act of Providence, ignored the king’s edict.

1638. Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, and more dissidents, founded the Providence Plantations (later Rhode Island and Providence Plantations).

1638-1643. In 1638, New Haven Colony was formed as an independent colony, separate from Connecticut Colony. In 1643, the coastal settlements of Branford, Guilford, Milford, Stamford, plus Southold (on Long Island), all joined the New Haven Colony.

1642. English Civil War. Since taking the throne in 1625, King Charles I had purged most of the Puritans from the Church of England. To deal with a Parliament opposing his every move, in 1629, Charles disbanded Parliament and ruled England on his own. That action canceled over 400 years of liberties gained by Parliament since the Magna Carta. When Parliament was restored in 1640, it quickly became dominated by the same Puritans who Charles had removed from the Church of England. Beginning in 1642, Royalist supporters were forced to fight the armies of the Puritan Parliament in the English Civil War. The supporters of Charles I did not fare well against them.

1645-1651. England. After his defeat and capture in 1645, Charles I refused to accept his captors’ demands for a constitutional monarchy, and briefly escaped captivity in 1647. While recaptured, his son, Prince Charles, was able to marshal Scottish forces for the king. However, by 1648, Oliver Cromwell had consolidated the English opposition. King Charles I was tried, convicted, and executed for high treason in January 1649. The Civil War continued until 1651.

1651-1658. Commonwealth of England. Prince Charles had lived in exile after the execution of his father, Charles I. In 1649, the Scots had proclaimed Charles the King of Scotland. But, the Puritan leader, Oliver Cromwell, defeated his army in 1651, and Charles fled to France. Cromwell was to become the Lord Protectorate of the Commonwealth of England, with a puritan-controlled Parliament.

1656. The first Quakers in New England, Mary Fisher and Ann Austin, arrived at Boston Harbor and were immediately arrested.

1658. Massachusetts had always expressed a claim to Maine, based on the language of their 1628 Royal Charter (which had defined their northern bounds as the St. John River). After several partial annexations beginning in 1634, all of Maine was annexed as frontier territory by the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1658. The Maine communities were allowed to vote on the final annexations, and all were in favor of joining Massachusetts.

1659. After being convicted by the Church Court in Salem, Mary Dyer was hanged for the crime of being a Quaker.

1660. England. Oliver Cromwell had died in 1658. Soon after, the English people became dissatisfied with the government that Cromwell had established. In 1660, Parliament invited Prince Charles to return and declared him king. Charles II was restored to the throne as King of England, Scotland, and Ireland. He was to become one of the most effective English monarchs of all time. He ruled until his death in 1685, and during his reign, the English colonials forced out the remaining pockets of Atlantic settlements made earlier by the Dutch, Swedes, and Danes. Charles II was the first monarch to recognize the potential for the North American colonies to become a contiguous, viable commonwealth.

1661. March. The last Quaker was hanged in Boston. In April, King Charles II ordered the Massachusetts Bay Colony to end the practice.

1665 Connecticut Colony. New Haven Colony and Connecticut Colony merged into one chartered colony, retaining the name Connecticut.

1685-1688. Charles II died in 1685 without issue. His brother, the Duke of York was crowned as King James II. After James II declared his Catholic beliefs, he was deposed in 1688. His Protestant daughter, Mary, was declared the legal heir to the throne. She had married her cousin, William of Orange, the Stadtholder/Ruler of Holland, and Europe’s most staunch Protestant leader. Because of William’s stature as the leader of the Protestant insurrection which had overthrown the Catholic James II, Parliament asked both William and Mary to rule England jointly. The Protestant-controlled Parliament considered the skirmish a holy war, and later gave the insurrection the name of Glorious Revolution. James was exiled to France, where he died in 1701.

1691.Province of Massachusetts Bay. The province was formed after merging the Plymouth Colony and the Massachusetts Bay Colony. About this time, the term District of Maine, was used to describe that area as part of the Province of Massachusetts Bay.

1692. The Salem Witch Trials took place, culminating in over 170 arrests and 20 executions.

1707. During the reign of Queen Anne, the United Kingdom of Great Britain was established after the Union with Scotland Act passed the English Parliament in 1706; and the Union with England Act passed the Parliament of Scotland in 1707. The English Colonies were now the British Colonies.

1714. After Queen Anne died without issue, her 2nd cousin, George I was crowned King of Great Britain and Ireland. Although there were several English heirs closer to Queen Anne than George I, he was the closest Protestant heir, a great-grandson of English King James I. George I was the first of the House of Hanover to rule Great Britain. He left his home in Hanover infrequently, never learned to speak English, and sanctioned the creation of the first Prime Minister and Cabinet Government in Great Britain. During the reign of a mostly absent George I, the British colonies were invaded by the first wave of Scots-Irish immigrants.

1718. The arrival of the first Scots-Irish immigrants to New England was via Boston Harbor. The so-called Scots-Irish (or Ulster Scots) were former border clan people who had lived near the Scottish-English border for centuries. A good number of them had moved into areas of Northern Ireland in the early 1600s, and a mass migration to most of the British colonies of America began in about 1717. Generally, the Scots-Irish did not care for civilization that much, and usually leap-frogged over any Atlantic settlements en route to the higher, wilderness areas of America. They did this in New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia. The first Scots-Irish who came to New England were to immediately head west into central Massachusetts or north into New Hampshire. Soon after the first New England arrivals, a number of Scots-Irish discovered the coastal areas of Maine. By 1775, the Scots-Irish in America outnumbered (by three times) the other three founding colonial English groups (Puritans, Royalists/Cavaliers, and Quakers).

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FindMyPast Adds 6.7 Million Exclusive Records to Their USA Marriage Collection

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Early Rhode Island Court Records now available online

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(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) – The Rhode Island Historical Society has launched the digital archive “Colonial Justice: Preserving and Digitizing Early Rhode Island Court Records.” These specific collections were selected by RIHS curators for digitization based on their rarity, as well as their unique documentation of the colonial justice system in Rhode Island.

From a single online location, users can now access selected 1729-1812 records from the courts of Providence County, Kent County, and what was known as Kings County (now Washington County). The online archive is free and open to the public.

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The following was received from NEHGS:

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October 30, 2015 — Boston, Massachusetts — “Your ancestors have been dying for you to uncover them. NEHGS has opened the cemetery gates so you can start digging!”

Just in time for the Halloween celebrations and to add some fun to ancestral research this holiday, AmericanAncestors.org and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) have made their complete collection of American cemetery databases accessible for FREE to guest users on their data-rich website.

The collection of more than 100 databases comprising more than one million records is accessible FREE from Friday, October 30, through midnight on Saturday, November 7. The collection includes cemetery transcriptions from New England and other states and was compiled from many different sources to create a unique group of cemetery offerings.

Registration at AmericanAncestors.org is required as a FREE Guest Member to gain access to these valuable resources. Guest User accounts allow web visitors to use a limited suite of databases on AmericanAncestors.org and to access web content such as making purchases from the NEHGS online store. Unlimited access to more than one billion online records on the website and to other benefits is through membership at NEHGS.
Family historians may start digging for their ancestors in these historic American cemeteries at: http://www.americanancestors.org/free-cemetery-databases.

The cemetery databases included in this special offering and FREE Access event are:

  • American Jewish Historical Society – New England Archives: Jewish Cemeteries in Massachusetts
  • Boston, MA: Old Cemeteries of Boston
  • Brooklyn, NY: Cemetery Inscriptions, 1686-1882
  • Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections
  • Charleston, SC: Inscriptions in Old Jewish Cemeteries, 1762-1903
  • Dedham, MA: Church and Cemetery Records 1638-1845
  • Gloucester, MA: Burials in Gloucester Cemeteries
  • New York: Long Island Cemetery Inscriptions, 1652-1910
  • North Andover, MA: Burials in Ridgewood Cemetery, 1848-1950
  • Northampton, MA: West Farms Cemetery
  • Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Database Index
  • Sharon, MA: Sharon Memorial Park Cemetery
  • Sterling, MA: Leg Cemetery Records
  • Westbrook, CT: Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Western Massachusetts: Jewish Cemeteries of Western Massachusetts

About American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society
The founding genealogical society in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) was established in 1845. Today it has a national collecting scope and serves more than 130,000 constituents through an award-winning website, AmericanAncestors.org.

NEHGS’s resources, expertise, and service are unmatched in the field, and their leading staff of on-site and online genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, Italian, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, Chinese, and Jewish research. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99–101 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, is home to more than 28 million items, including artifacts, documents, records, journals, letters, books, manuscripts, and other items dating back hundreds of years.

Rhode Island Shipwrecks – An Amazing New Online Database

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In conjunction with the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association, Jim Jenney has compiled an online database of about 3,000 wrecks in Rhode Island waters…

Read an article in the Providence Journal about it.

Search the database of Rhode Island Shipwrecks. – It’s worth clicking over just to see the amazing visual effects used on the opening screen. Careful – don’t open your mouth, or you may swallow a good dose of saltwater!

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

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

The following is from FamilySearch:

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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.

Rhode Island Historic Records Kept on a Floodplain.

The following excerpt is from an extensive article – with video footage & photographs – posted April 30, 2015 at the wrpi.com website.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Some of Rhode Island’s most important and historic records are just a power outage away from damage and destruction.

Rhode Island is the only state in the nation that does not have a permanent location for their state archives, according to the Secretary of State’s office. The leased office space that currently houses centuries of state law, historic blue prints, birth and death records, even the state’s copy of the Bill of Rights, are located in a building that lies in a floodplain.

A Target 12 review of payments reveals the state pays $248,000 a year in rent to Paolino Properties, a real estate company owned by former Providence Mayor Joespeh Paolino. The archives were moved to the Providence location from the State House in 1990.

In all the state has paid $5.4 million in rent since that time.

Read the full article.

Providence College (Providence, RI) Posts the Student Newspaper #Genealogy

Providence College, of Providence, Rhode Island, has digitized and posted “The Cowl.” The issues currently available on the website run from 1935 through 1979.

The following is from digitalcommons.providence.edu/cowl/:

Providence College’s student newspaper, The Cowl, began publication on November 16th, 1935. It has been published continuously each academic year since then, with the exception of two years in the 1940’s during World War II.

This digitization project began in 2009. Initial issues uploaded are from the 1960’s and 1970’s, as well as the newspaper’s inaugural year of 1935-1936. Each individual issue is fully text-searchable. In addition, you can search all issues via the search box located on the left side of this page. (To get to the “advanced search” option, just click on the SEARCH button, at left).

The project will continue until all issues have been processed and uploaded. Please continue to check back often to see additional material!

Look for your ancestors in The Cowl.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Official Launch of the Rhode Island State Archives Online Catalog October 17, 2013

The following excerpt is from an article in the September 23, 2013 edition of golocalprov.com:
A Letter from John Hancock to Governor William Greene, dated December 16, 1782, which is now available for viewing thanks to the new State Archives Online Catalog.
Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis has announced the official launch of the Rhode Island State Archives Online Catalog, a new tool which will make it easier for the general public, educators, students, historians, researchers, and journalists to find information immediately. Mollis will demonstrate the new State Archives Online Catalog during an official unveiling at Rhode Island College at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 17th, 2013 in Whipple Hall – Room 218.

To view the State Archives Online Catalog, visit www.sos.ri.gov and select the State Archives tab on the left. Once there, you may browse/search the State Archives Catalog.

Read the full article.

American Population Before the Federal Census of 1790

American Population Before the Federal Census of 1790 represents an exhaustive research project to extract population data for the area encompassed by the  United State as represented in 1790. Data was gathered from previous research studies, government studies, and independent research. The population lists, which are of paramount importance to the genealogist, include poll lists, tax lists, taxables, militia lists, and censuses, and were originally drawn up for purposes of taxation and local defense. Gleaned from archives in Britain and the U.S. and from a wide range of published sources, their itemization in this work puts colonial population records, and those other areas covered in this book, in a handy framework for research.

The author acknowledges that some of the statics may have greater value than others, based predominately on the source. Some statistics are little more than official estimates. Though some sources contain estimates, every effort was made to verify statics for accuracy. Many estimates by secondary authorities were omitted to limit the introduction of unnecessary bias. There are plenty of accurate counts as well. To help the reader appraise the value of various counts, the specific source is indicated for each item.

Reading these population counts is like reading history by the numbers. Seeing how different areas grew and at what rates gains perspective when compared to the first federal census of 1790 and, perhaps even more so when compared to today’s population counts in the same areas. Such information is both insightful as it is simply interesting.

 

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Bibliography

Notes of Methods of Calculation

Abbreviations

General Estimates of the Thirteen Colonies as a Whole

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Connecticut

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Rhode Island

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New Hampshire

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Vermont

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New York

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New Jersey

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Pennsylvania

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Delaware

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Maryland

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Virgina

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North Carolina

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South Carolina

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Georgia

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The Northwest

  • The Illinois Country

The Southwest

  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee

Western Indians

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  • Southern Department

Index

 

Order American Population Before the Federal Census of 1790 from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: GPC2345, Price: $30.87.

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

The following is from Matthew Deighton at Ancestry.com:

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

Number of records per state:

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

Rhode Island Makes Adoption Records Available

The following excerpt is from the July 2, 2012 edition of 630wpro.com:

Rhode Island is making adoption records available for the first time to adults 25 years or older.

A state law adopted in September, 2011 has just taken effect, and on Monday, Governor Lincoln Chafee ceremoniously handed birth records to four adoptees, as dozens more looked on at an auditorium at the Rhode Island Department of Health.

“No matter what people find out, adult adoptees now have the access to the truth, and that is a very important step,” said Chafee.

Kara Foley of Providence campaigned for the change in the law that opened the birth records to adoptees.

“It means knowing who I am, it means looking like people, it means belonging to something, and it’s really the joining of both my birth family and my adoptive family, so it’s exciting,” said Foley, 27. Unlike some of the adoptees who were reading non-certified copies of their original birth certificates for the first time, she had already learned the names of her birth parents. She had already signed up on a website and helps adopted children reunite with their families, and within days, had found a sister that she did not know that she had.

“We reunited and it was awesome, and it’s been really good since,” Foley said, adding, “I just participated in my sister’s wedding on Friday.”

Gary Osbrey, 50, of Putnam, Connecticut was born in Providence, and started searching for his birth parents in 1998. He was very nearly overwhelmed with emotion when he opened an envelope to learn his birth name and that of his birth mother.

Read the full article.