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.

To celebrate, we’re pricing all of the new 2017 volumes at 20% off, making them $15.16 (or $10 for the PDF eBook alone). As before, we’re throwing in a FREE instantly downloadable PDF eBook version with any paperback book being purchased. See my Super-Saver shipping note below.

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.

To make this offer even more attractive, we’re offering Super-Saver (USA Only) USPS shipping on all 53 printed books. That’s $4.50 for the first book, and only 50 cents for each thereafter.

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.

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

The following Censuses & Substitute Name Lists Guides, all written by William Dollarhide, may be purchased from Family Roots Publishing Co. Click on the appropriate links to purchase.

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

Findmypast continues to release millions of marriage records every quarter and aims to complete the entire digitization project by the end of 2017. The following is their latest news release:

5th May 2017: Leading family history website, Findmypast, has announced today the release of an additional 6.7 million United States Marriage records in partnership with Family Search International.

Covering 127 counties across 18 states, the new additions mark the latest step in Findmypast’s efforts to create the largest single online collection of U.S. marriage records in history. The collection was first launched in February 2016 and has received regular monthly updates ever since.

This is the first time that any of the records included in this update have been released online and all 6.7 million of them will only be available to search online at Findmypast. The new additions cover;

· Alabama
· Arkansas
· Connecticut
· Delaware
· Georgia
· Iowa
· Kentucky
· Maine
· New Hampshire
· New Jersey
· North Carolina
· Ohio
· Oregon
· Rhode Island
· Utah
· Vermont
· Washington
· West Virginia

Covering 360 years of marriages from 1650-2010, when complete this landmark collection will contain at least 100 million records and more than 450 million names from 2,800 counties across America. More than 60 per cent of which will have never before been published online. When complete, the collection will only be found in its entirety exclusively on Findmypast. The records include marriage date, the names of both bride and groom , birthplace, birth date, residence as well as fathers’ and mothers’ names.

The millions of new U.S. records will complement Findmypast’s massive collection of British and Irish data, allowing them to provide many more connections and a more comprehensive experience to family historians in the US and beyond. Customers with family trees on Findmypast will also benefit from leads connecting relatives on their trees with the marriage records, thus generating a whole new source of research.

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Early Rhode Island Court Records now available online

The following teaser is from My Backyard News.

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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.

Read the full article, with links.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of January 11, 2016

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A few domestic and international updates this week. For the United States you’ll see some new content for United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014, North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files 1800-1909, Utah Death Certificates 1904-1964, and the Rhode Island District Court Naturalization Indexes 1906-1991. Find these and additional updates below for Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Italy, and Sweden.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Australia Tasmania Miscellaneous Records 1829-2001 – 0 – 68,774 – Added images to an existing collection
Belgium Hainaut Civil Registration 1600-1913 – 32,642 – 208 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Bolivia Catholic Church Records 1566-1996 – 35,765 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Napoli Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 – 146,760 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Sweden Örebro Church Records 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 – 42,405 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States Databases
United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014 – 0 – 27,075 – Added images to an existing collection
North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files 1800-1909 – 876,769 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Rhode Island District Court Naturalization Indexes 1906-1991 – 136,534 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Utah Death Certificates 1904-1964 – 0 – 25,217 – Added images to an existing collection

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Free Cemetery Records Databases at AmericanAncestors.org October 30 through November 7, 2015

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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Notes of Methods of Calculation

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General Estimates of the Thirteen Colonies as a Whole

New England

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Connecticut

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Rhode Island

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Vermont

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New York

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Pennsylvania

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Delaware

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Maryland

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Virgina

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Georgia

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The Northwest

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The Southwest

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Western Indians

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW DATABASE California, County Birth and Death Records, 1849-1989Imaged Records – Registers, records and certificates of county birth and death records acquired from county courthouses. This collection contains some delayed birth records, as well. Some city and towns records are also included. Records have not been acquired for Contra Costa, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Modoc, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Siskiyou, Solano, Tulare and Ventura counties. This collection is being published as images become available. – 1,224,657 images as of 15 June 2012.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Illinois, Births and Christenings, 1824-1940– Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Illinois. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later – 507,005 records as of 13 Apr 2012.

Illinois Probate Records 1819-1970 – Browsable Images Images of will books, administrations, journals, inventories, guardian’s records, and order books from various counties in Illinois. The content and time period will vary by county. Illinois created probate courts in 1819. This is a collection of probate records, which includes will, indexes, and other documents created to track the distribution of estates of deceased individuals who lived in Illinois. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. This collection covers probate records created by Illinois courts, 1819-1970, but the content and time period of the records will vary by county. A few additional county court records are also present. 1,059,034 images as of 22 February 2012 – up 167,657 images since 22 February 2012.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New York Orange County Probate Records 1787-1938 – Browsable Images – Imaged Records of probate records and estate files from the Orange County Surrogate’s Court in Goshen, New York. At this time this collection does not have a name index or any finding aid. – It is published by volume and year range – 682,552 images as of 5 June 2012. Up 220,299 images since 22 February 2012.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1940 – Browsable Imaged Records – Birth and probate records from Jefferson County, Ohio. This collection is being published as images become available. An index is being created in cooperation with the Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society and will be published as it becomes available. Contact the county courthouse to get the case number for a deceased person. 173,941 images as of 5 June 2012. Up 166,220 images from 22 March 2012.

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

NEW DATABASE Oregon, Douglas County Records, 1852-1952 – Browsable Images – This collection includes deed records and indexes, 1852-1920. It also includes marriage records and indexes from 1913-1952. This collection is being published as images become available. – 91,815 images as of 11 June 2012.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wyoming, Marriages, 1877-1920 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Wyoming. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later. – 13,941 records as of 5 March 2012.

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

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

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

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