Oldest Text in the World?

The Cascajal block from Veracruz, Mexico is apparently inscribed with a previously unknown Olmec writing may be the oldest text in the New World. Credit: Stephen Houston
The Cascajal block from Veracruz, Mexico is apparently inscribed with a previously unknown Olmec writing may be the oldest text in the New World.
Credit: Stephen Houston

This teaser is from an article posted at the LiveScience website in 2009 that I just happened to run across. It’s interesting.

A stone block from Mexico thousands of years old apparently inscribed with a previously unknown writing may be the oldest text in the New World, an international team of archaeologists said today.

This find lights the hope of future discoveries of written records detailing the Olmecs, the likely creators of the block and the ancient civilization that in many respects was the progenitor of all later complex societies in Mesoamerica, such as the Maya and the Aztecs.

Surrounding the Cascajal block were ceramic sherds, fragments of clay figurines and broken stone artifacts. Based on their design, the researchers dated the slab back to 3,100 years or before, at least 400 years before writing was thought to have first appeared in the Americas.

Read the full article.

Ancestry Mexico Launches With More Than 220 Million Searchable Mexican Historical Records!

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New Services Will Help Mexicans and More Than 34 Million Mexican Americans Explore Their Family History

PROVO, UT AND DUBLIN, IRELAND, Oct 28, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Ancestry, the world’s leading family history brand, today announced the launch of new online services that will help Mexicans and the estimated 34 million Mexican Americans* research their family history. More than 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico, including new birth, marriage, and death records dating back to the 1500s are now available on the Ancestry site, many of them important historical records never before available online. In another first, the new Ancestry Mexico site (ancestry.com.mx) will provide a Spanish language experience tailored specifically to Mexicans and Mexican Americans.

With such a culturally diverse population, nearly every citizen in the United States has ancestral connections to regions outside of America. Ancestry has been working hard over the past few years to help people of Hispanic and Latino origins discover, preserve and share their family history by making important collections from Mexico searchable online to get them started. These new records launching today were made available in part through Ancestry’s collaboration with the Mexican Academy of Genealogy and Heraldry based in Mexico City, Mexico, who originally created microfilm of these records with the assistance of FamilySearch International. These records will help Mexican Americans build and explore their family tree and unveil key events, places, and relationships in the lives of their ancestors, including the names of family and friends involved as witnesses or godparents.

“The new service really unlocks for the first time online, family history research for Mexicans and Mexican Americans, whether you prefer to speak English or Spanish,” said Todd Godfrey, Vice President of Global Content at Ancestry. “It is fulfilling a huge need for a large and growing population group in the United States by helping them find their own unique stories and place in American and Mexican history.”

The people of Mexico have a diverse culture that comes from a variety of regions, including the indigenous peoples of Central and South America, and early immigration from Europe. With a deep sense of pride in this rich heritage, they are passionate about family and have been celebrating their ancestors for hundreds of years.

“Mexican Americans have honored their ancestral traditions, but have been largely unable to discover online who those people were and learn more about their lives. Ancestry is now opening that door and helping them not just celebrate their ancestors, but be able to tell their stories and connect on a more personal level than ever before,” said Godfrey. “We believe there couldn’t be a better time to make these new discoveries available than during Dia de los Muertos, a time of year when celebrating the lives of those who came before is most special.”

The Ancestry Mexico site is designed to meet the unique needs of people in Mexico, as well as Mexican-Americans with plans to enhance the service early next year. After the FREE access period ends, Ancestry Mexico will be available through two subscription packages: the Mexico + US Package ($10-$12 USD per month), which will include access to all Mexican records plus US records relevant to Mexican Americans including census, immigration, border crossings, BMDs, and relevant regional records, or as part of Ancestry’s World Explorer package. All records from Mexico are also being made available as part of the World Subscription on the Ancestry.com website.

* Census Bureau data by Pew Research Center

Click here to go directly to the Mexico Civil Registrations of Death at Ancestry.com.

New FamilySearch Data Collections Posted the Week of August 5, 2015

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This week millions of indexed birth, marriage, and death records from Italy and Mexico were published online. These free collections are the direct results of the online indexing volunteer community. Discover your ancestry reaching back as far as the 1500’s in new collections such as the Italy Bari Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1908, Mexico Distrito Federal Catholic Church Records 1514-1970, and Mexico Guanajuato Catholic Church Records 1519-1984. Explore the full list of new collections online below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Italy Bari Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1908 – 604,492 – 8,571 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Italy Caltanissetta Civil Registration (State Archive) 1820-1935 – 291,719 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Italy Genova Civil Registration (State Archive) 1796-1812 1838-1859 1866-1899 – 153,718 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Italy Mantova Civil Registration (State Archive) 1496-1906 – 170,486 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Italy Pesaro e Urbino Urbino Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1942 – 113,558 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Italy Pescara Civil Registration (State Archive) 1865-1929 – 179,661 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Aguascalientes Catholic Church Records 1620-1962 – 135,095 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Baja California and Baja California Sur Catholic Church Records 1750-1984 – 43,067 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Campeche Catholic Church Records 1638-1944 – 19,651 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Chihuahua Catholic Church Records 1632-1958 – 27,361 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Coahuila Catholic Church Records 1627-1978 – 191,492 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Colima Catholic Church Records 1707-1969 – 61,464 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Distrito Federal Catholic Church Records 1514-1970 – 1,688,909 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Durango Catholic Church Records 1604-1985 – 109,707 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Guanajuato Catholic Church Records 1519-1984 – 1,488,203 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Guerrero Catholic Church Records 1576-1979 – 16,290 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Hidalgo Catholic Church Records 1546-1971 – 1,619,767 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Jalisco Catholic Church Records 1590-1979 – 1,239,961 – 659 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Mexico México Catholic Church Records 1567-1970 – 1,035,414 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Michoacán Catholic Church Records 1555-1996 – 345,068 – 104 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Mexico Morelos Catholic Church Records 1598-1994 – 75,920 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Nayarit Catholic Church Records 1596-1967 – 9,863 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Nuevo León Catholic Church Records 1667-1981 – 33,747 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Oaxaca Catholic Church Records 1559-1988 – 1,279,525 – 916 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Mexico Puebla Catholic Church Records 1545-1977 – 1,799,313 – 322 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Mexico Querétaro Catholic Church Records 1590-1970 – 41,648 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico San Luis Potosí Catholic Church Records 1586-1977 – 396,924 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Sinaloa Catholic Church Records 1671-1968– 50,792 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Sonora Catholic Church Records 1657-1994 – 148,741 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Tabasco Catholic Church Records 1803-1970 – 32,572 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Tamaulipas Catholic Church Records 1703-1964 – 109,933 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Tlaxcala Catholic Church Records 1576-1994 – 63,259 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Veracruz Catholic Church Records 1590-1978 – 44,289 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Yucatán Catholic Church Records 1543-1977 – 13,476 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Mexico Zacatecas Catholic Church Records 1605-1980 – 53,168 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Philippines Civil Registration (National) 1945-1984 – 0 – 4,527,083 – Added images to an existing collection

UNITED STATES RECORDS
Massachusetts Marriages 1841-1915 – 0 – 5,711 – Added images to an existing collection

United States Census 1810 – 1,240 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States Index to Alien Case Files 1940-2003 – 456,334 – 0 – New indexed records collection

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

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

New FamilySearch Collections Posted the Week of July 13, 2015

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

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

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

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

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

United States Records

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

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

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

FamilySearch Adds Over 15.6 Million Indexed Records & Images for Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, India, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, & the U.S.A.

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FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 15.6 million indexed records and images for Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, India, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 5,573,816 records from the US, Iowa, State Census, 1925 collection; 2,086,638 records from the US, California Death Index, 1905–1939 collection; and 1,325,362 images from the Italy, Cremona, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1744–1942 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 5.8 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Australia, New South Wales, Census (fragment), 1891 – 0 – 21,315 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840–1949 – 347,134 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Canada, Ontario Births, 1869–1912 – 0 – 413,055 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Ontario Deaths, 1869–1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939–1947 – 0 – 947,200 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Ontario Marriages, 1869–1927 – 0 – 1,162,449 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Quebec, Index to Civil Copy of Church Records, 1642–1902 – 0 – 1,300,530 – New browsable image collection.

Canada, Ontario Births, 1869–1912 – 0 – 413,055 – Added images to an existing collection.

Czech Republic Church Books, 1552–1963 – 0 – 93,901 – Added images to an existing collection.

India, Bihar, Koilukh, Pandit Kirtinand Jha, Maithil Brahmin Genealogical Records, 1750–1990 – 0 – 9,802 – Added images to an existing collection.

India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, 1194–2015 – 0 – 175,363 – Added images to an existing collection.

India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743–1990 – 0 – 39,904 – New browsable image collection.

Italy, Caltanissetta, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1820–1935 – 0 – 318 – Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Cremona, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1744–1942 – 0 – 1,325,362 – New browsable image collection.

Italy, Grosseto, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1851–1907 – 0 – 393,814 – New browsable image collection.

Italy, L’Aquila, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1865, 1911–1943 – 0 – 111,837 – Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Pesaro e Urbino, Pesaro, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1808–1813, 1861–1865 – 0 – 75,456 – New browsable image collection.

Italy, Ragusa, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1900–1940 – 0 – 111,281 – New browsable image collection.

Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records, 1750–1984 – 0 – 363 – Added images to an existing collection.

Mexico, Chihuahua, Catholic Church Records, 1632–1958 – 0 – 195 – New browsable image collection.

Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records, 1519–1984 – 0 – 1,077 – Added images to an existing collection.

Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546–1971 – 0 – 574 – Added images to an existing collection.

Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555–1996 – 0 – 2,758 – Added images to an existing collection.

Mexico, Tamaulipas, Catholic Church Records, 1703–1964 – 0 – 1,294 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Tacna, Civil Registration, 1850–1998 – 0 – 253,910 – New browsable image collection.

Philippines, Negros Occidental, Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod, Parish Registers, 1755–1976 – 0 – 95,820 – New browsable image collection.

US, California Death Index, 1905–1939 – 2,086,638 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Connecticut, District Court Naturalization Indexes, 1851–1992 – 0 – 260,508 – New browsable image collection.

US, District of Columbia Marriages, 1811–1950 – 83,822 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Iowa, State Census, 1925 – 5,573,816 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Louisiana, First Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1940–1945 – 39,967 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Michigan, Births, 1867–1902 – 0 – 1,428 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, South Dakota, Pennington County Probate Case Files, 1880–1937 – 0 – 69,017 – New browsable image collection.

US, United States Census, 1790 – 1,606 – 62 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, United States Census, 1800 – 20 – 18,454 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847–1868 – 58,333 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

US, Utah, Uintah County Discharge Records, 1893–2009 – 0 – 2,362 – New browsable image collection.

US, Utah, Uintah County Land and Property Records, 1888–2004 – 0 – 195,963 – New browsable image collection.

FamilySearch Adds Over 2.3 Million Indexed Records & Images for the Czech Republic, Mexico, New Zealand, Ukraine, & the USA

The following is from FamilySearch:

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FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 2.3 million indexed records and images for the Czech Republic, Mexico, New Zealand, Ukraine, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 771,097 images from the New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843–1998 collection; 417,808 indexed records and 417,808 images from the US, BillionGraves Index collection; and 411,325 indexed records from the Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Civil Registration, 1859–2000 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Czech Republic, School Registers, 1799–1953 – 0 – 66,273 – Added images to an existing collection.

Mexico, Coahuila, Civil Registration, 1861–1998 – 24,898 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Civil Registration, 1859–2000 – 411,325 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843–1998 – 0 – 771,097 – Added images to an existing collection.

Ukraine, Sumy Civil Registers, 1918–1922 – 0 – 34,691 – New browsable image collection.

US, BillionGraves Index – 417,808 – 417,808 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, Kentucky Confederate Pension Applications, 1912–1950 – 4,192 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Texas, World War I Records, 1917–1920 – 203,404 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861–1934 – 4,292 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

United States, Register of Confederates and Civilians Who Died in the North, 1861–1865 – 25,511 – 679 – New indexed records and images collection.

FamilySearch Adds Over 3.7 Million Indexed Records & Images to Brazil, Canada, Croatia, England, Germany, Isle of Man, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, and the USA

The following is compiled from the last two collection updates from FamilySearch (those for July 19 and July 25, 2014):

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During the week ending July 25, 2014, FamilySearch has added more than 1.7 million indexed records and images to collections from Canada, Croatia, Peru, Poland, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,160,179 indexed records from the United States, Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900–1953, collection; the 50,858 indexed records from the Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997, collection; and the 99,950 indexed records from United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905–1937, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Canada, Quebec, Catholic Parish Registers, 1621–1979 – 27 – 290 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Croatia, Church Books, 1516–1994 – 0 – 201 – Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997 – 50,858 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Poland, Radom Roman Catholic Church Books, 1587–1966 – 0 – 240 – Added images to an existing collection.
United States, Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900–1953 – 1,160,179 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States, Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878–1938 – 77,476 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States Census, 1910 – 0 – 1,389 – Added images to an existing collection.
United States Census, 1940 – 99,173 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905–1937 – 99,950 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States, Utah, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, 1847–1868 – 36 – 36 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

During the week ending July 19, 2014, FamilySearch has added more than 2 million indexed records and images to collections from Brazil, England, Germany, Isle of Man, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 148,960 images from the England, Durham, Diocese of Durham Original Wills, 1650–1857, collection; the 91,952 indexed records from the South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895–1972, collection; and the 804,247 indexed records and images from U.S., Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878–1922, 1959–1994, collection.

Again, see the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804–2013 – 0 – 147,861 – Added images to an existing collection.
England, Essex Parish Registers, 1503–1997 – 3,384 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
England, Durham Probate Bonds, 1556–1858 – 0 – 48,167 – New browsable image collection.
England, Durham Probate Commissions, Monitions and Citations, 1650–1858 – 0 – 32,085 – New browsable image collection.
England, Durham, Dean and Chapter of Durham’s Allerton and Allertonshire Original Wills, Inventories and Bonds, 1666–1845 – 0 – 1,842 – New browsable image collection.
England, Durham, Diocese of Durham Original Wills, 1650–1857 – 0 – 148,960 – New browsable image collection.
Germany, Hesse, Frankfurt, Civil Registration, 1811–1978 – 0 – 24,327 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Isle of Man Parish Registers, 1598–2009 – 13,929 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590–1979 – 0 – 7,217 – Added images to an existing collection.
Netherlands, Zuid-Holland Province, Civil Registration, 1679–1942 – 905 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection.
Netherlands, Census and Population Registers, 1574–1940 – 0 – 535 – Added images to an existing collection.
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895–1972 – 91,952 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States Freedmen’s Branch Records, 1872–1878 – 0 – 61,984 – New browsable image collection.
South Korea, Civil Service Examinations and Records of Officials and Employees, 1392–1910 – 0 – 3,927 – New browsable image collection.
Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307–1985 – 0 – 1,449 – Added images to an existing collection
United States Census, 1850 – 0 – 3,199 – Added images to an existing collection.
United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899–2012 – 0 – 451,656 – New browsable image collection.
United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 – 169,857 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S., Alabama, Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1865–1872 – 0 – 36,101 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878–1922, 1959–1994 – 751,805 – 52,442 – New indexed records and images collection.
U.S., Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820–1951 – 637 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S.,Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860–2004 – 0 – 25,819 – Added images to an existing collection.

FamilySearch Adds Nearly 11.1 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, & the USA

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FamilySearch has added close to 11.1 million indexed records and images to collections from Barbados, BillionGraves, Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,703,529 indexed records from the U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846–1910, collection; the 766,368 indexed records and images from the new Canadian Headstones, collection; and the 2,917,490 indexed records from the England, Kent, Register of Electors, 1570–1907, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Barbados, Church Records, 1637–1887 – 253,209 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

BillionGraves Index – 534,057 – 534,057 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804–2013 – 0 – 109,743 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canadian Headstones – 766,368 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

England, Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers, 1538–2010 – 171,083 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

England, Kent, Register of Electors, 1570–1907 – 2,917,490 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Mexico, Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Miscellaneous Marriage Records, 1539–1939 – 0 – 65,075 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997 – 0 – 137,860 – Added images to an existing collection.

Portugal, Lamego, Diocesan Records, 1529–1963 – 0 – 237,263 – Added images to an existing collection.

Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645–1969 – 0 – 1,329 – Added images to an existing collection.

South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895–1972 – 11,622 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951–2006 – 10 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784–1956 – 0 – 106,020 – Added images to an existing collection.

Sweden, Kalmar Church Records, 1577–1907; index 1625–1860 – 30,025 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906–1991 – 275,482 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Iowa, County Marriages, 1838–1934 – 223,134 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., New York, Yates County, Swann Vital Records Collection, 1723–2009 – 63,947 – 87,588 – New indexed records and images collection.

U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663–1979 – 30,607 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846–1910 – 2,610,151 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787–1931 – 0 – 7,940 – Added images to an existing collection.

United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798–1892 – 1,703,529 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899–2012 – 3,322 – 4,154 – New indexed records and images collection.

United States Social Security Death Index – 213,017 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Drought Contributed to Typhus Epidemics in Mexico From 1655 to 1918

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The following is from an article by Matt Mcgowan, published in the February 13, 2014 edition of medicalxpress.com.

(Medical Xpress)—Epidemiological data integrated with climate data taken from tree-ring estimates of soil moisture levels demonstrate that drought contributed to the spread of typhus in Mexico from 1655 to 1918, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Arkansas.

“The observed relationship between drought and typhus epidemics in colonial and modern Mexico is curious because drought has not been specifically considered a risk factor for typhus,” Burns said. “But drought, much like war and natural disasters, caused famine in poor, agricultural regions and forced impoverished refugees to move into already crowded urban areas where infrastructure and sanitary systems were insufficient.”

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FamilySearch Adds Over 7.4 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from England, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Peru, & the USA

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FamilySearch has added more than 7.4 million indexed records and images to collections from Belgium, England, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Peru, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 4,140,062 images from the new U.S., Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1924, collection; the 900,127 indexed records from the Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996, collection; and the 718,769 images from the United States, Passport Applications, 1795-1925, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1912 – 0 – 21,753 – Added images to an existing collection.

England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-1936 – 0 – 10,378 – Added images to an existing collection.

Germany, Hesse, Stadtkreis Darmstadt, Darmstadt District, Civil Registration, 1876-1925 – 8,420 – 8,172 – New indexed records and images collection.

Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Pati, Naturalization Records, 1960-2013 – 0 – 188,329 – New browsable image collection.

Italy, Cuneo, Alba, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941 – 0 – 133,283 – Added images to an existing collection.

Mexico, Chihuahua, Civil Registration, 1861-1997 – 111,726 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Mexico, Coahuila, Civil Registration, 1861-1998 – 20,582 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Mexico, Guerrero, Civil Registration, 1833-1996 – 1,267 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Peru, Arequipa, Civil Registration, 1860-1976 – 61,136 – 26,976 – New indexed records and images collection.

Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1890-2005 – 83,312 – 154,812 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 – 900,127 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Iowa, Non-Population Census Schedules, 1850-1880 – 0 – 23,397 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., New York, Bronx Probate Estate Files, 1914-1931 – 0 – 771,828 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Seamen’s Proofs of Citizenship, 1791-1861 – 0 – 67,977 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1924 – 0 – 4,140,062 – New browsable image collection.

United States, Passport Applications, 1795-1925 – 0 – 718,769 – Added images to an existing collection.

FamilySearch Adds Over 39.5 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Italy, Mexico, Spain, & the SUA

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FamilySearch has added more than 39.5 Million indexed records and images to Collections from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, El Salvador, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 24,856,324 indexed records and images from the U.S., New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909-1957, collection, the 2,284,230 indexed records and images from the Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922, collection, and the 3,399,062 indexed records from the U.S., New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1891, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1609-1909 – 238,573 – 27,020 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1912 – 8,758 – 2,811 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1598-1906 – 167,757 – 125,349 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600-1911 – 176,150 – 11,447 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798-1906 – 40,818 – 39,720 – New indexed records and images collection.

Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621-1910 – 55,048 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Belgium, Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1608-1912 – 0 – 13,317 – Added images to an existing collection.

Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 – 0 – 33,287 – Added images to an existing collection.

Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582-1910 – 160,737 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1848-2013 – 0 – 127,795 – Added images to an existing collection.

Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2013 – 0 – 207,023 – Added images to an existing collection.

Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Miscellaneous Records, 1748-1998 – 0 – 461,811 – Added images to an existing collection.

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 – 0 – 1,845 – Added images to an existing collection.

Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980 – 0 – 328,694 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Quebec, Notarial Records, 1800-1900 – 0 – 244,429 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922 – 2,201,052 – 0 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Chile, Santiago, Cemetery Records, 1821-2011 – 0 – 525,106 – Added images to an existing collection.

El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704-1977 – 406,035 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

France, Protestant Church Records, 1612-1906 – 33,342 – 4,712 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Italy, Agrigento, Agrigento, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1942 – 0 – 418,594 – Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Messina, Messina, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1939 – 0 – 141,128 – Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Modena, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1942 – 0 – 1,358,232 – New browsable image collection.

Italy, Napoli, Barano d’Ischia, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-1929 – 14,861 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Japan, Passenger Lists, 1893-1941 – 94,842 – 0 – New indexed records collection.

Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Miscellaneous Records, 1570-1882 – 0 – 151,711 – Added images to an existing collection.

Portugal, Beja, Civil Registration and Miscellaneous Records, 1609-1950 – 0 – 291,199 – Added images to an existing collection.

Portugal, Coimbra, Passport Registers and Application Files, 1835-1938 – 0 – 444,466 – Added images to an existing collection.

Portugal, Évora, Civil Registration and Miscellaneous Records, 1554-1938 – 0 – 237,371 – Added images to an existing collection.

Spain, Cádiz, Testaments, 1531-1920 – 0 – 226,453 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1990 – 0 – 18,842 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906-1991 – 0 – 187,480 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Louisiana, First Registration Draft Cards, 1940-1945 – 107,706 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Maine, Vital Records, 1670-1907 – 1,362,179 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Missouri, Cole County Circuit Court Case Files, 1820-1926 – 0 – 37,377 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Missouri, County Marriage Records, 1802-1969 – 0 – 5 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Montana, Big Horn, County Records, 1884-2011 – 0 – 27,135 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1931 – 0 – 153,903 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909-1957 – 24,856,025 – 299 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

U.S., New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1891 – 3,399,062 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Oklahoma Applications for Allotment, Five Civilized Tribes, 1899-1907 – 0 – 33,418 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1948 – 0 – 122,317 – Added images to an existing collection.

United States Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898 – 181,326 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

FamilySearch Adds Over 1.2 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Brazil, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Spain & the USA

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FamilySearch has added more than 1.2 million indexed records and images from Brazil, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 442,32 images from the Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1942, collection, the 241,897 images from the India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, 1194-2013, collection, and the 244,840 images from the Mexico, Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Miscellaneous Marriage Records, 1605-1910, collection . See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Brazil, Sergipe, Catholic Church Records, 1785-1994 – 0 – 99,899 – Added images to an existing collection.

India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, 1194-2013 – 0 – 241,897 – Added images to an existing collection.

Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Banyumas, Naturalization Records, 1954-2012 – 0 – 31,215 – Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1942 – 0 – 442,324 – Added images to an existing collection.

Mexico, Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Miscellaneous Marriage Records, 1605-1910 – 0 – 244,840 – Added images to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784-1951 – 0 – 74,077 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Montana, Big Horn, County Records, 1884-2011 – 0 – 45,946 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Montana, Judith Basin County Records, 1887-2012 – 0 – 24,372 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Tennessee, Putnam County Records, 1842-1955 – 0 – 14,826 – Added images to an existing collection.

Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas

gpc5176Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas: A Complete Digest of the Records of All the Countries of the Western Hemisphere is the most comprehensive collection of information on colonial period records covering the entire Western Hemisphere, both North and South America. As far as I know, there is no other single reference for records sources covering the colonial periods for the entire hemisphere.

This book examines the colonial period from the earliest European colonization in the Western Hemisphere until:

  • the American Revolution for the thirteen colonies
  • statehood was obtained for other U.S. states
  • Latin American countries which did not declare independence from Spain and Portugal until 1808 or later
  • Caribbean countries and dependencies through about 1810
  • the abolition of the slave trade, for slavery related records, including dates of emancipation

For each country, the author Christina K. Schaefer, provides an historical background and brief sketches of the records themselves, plus descriptions for the principle holding of the major repositories. Record groups are broken down into similar categories for each country. Common sections include church and ecclesiastical records, census records, notarial records, governmental and municipal records, military records, land records, etc. A list of suggested readings rounds out each chapter.

At 814 pages, this reference is indeed extensive. It may be literally impossible to cover every possible resource in a single project. Still, Schaefer has provided a treasure trove of information vital to genealogical record finding. If you need colonial period records for anywhere in the Americas, this book can help.

 

Table of Contents

Preface

Part One: Going Beyond the Line, a Chronology

  • Chronology of colonial history
  • Dates of the first colonial governors

Part Two: Latin America

  • Introduction

Colonies founded by Spain

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Colonies founded by England, France, The Netherlands, and Portugal

  • Brazil
  • The Guianas
  • Belize/British Honduras
  • The Falkland Islands

Part Three: The Caribbean

  • Introduction
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • The British Leeward Islands
  • The British Windward Islands
  • Cuba
  • The French Antilles
  • Hispaniola
  • Jamica
  • The Netherlands Antilles
  • Puerto Rico
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • The Virgin Islands

Part Four: The Thirteen Colonies, Maine, and Vermont

  • Introduciton

New England Colonies

  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

Middle Colonies

  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Maryland

Southern Colonies

  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia

Part Five: Other U.S. States with settlements prior to the Revolution

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

Part Six: Canada

New France

  • Introduction to New France
  • Quebec
  • Ontario

Acadia

  • Introduction to Acadia
  • Nova Scotia
  • New Brunswick
  • Prince Edward Island

Other North American Colonies

  • Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Rupert’s Land

Part Seven: Resources for Further Research

  • Religious groups in the New World
  • Africa and the New World
  • Colonial sources in Denmark
  • Colonial sources in France
  • Colonial sources in Great Britain
  • Colonial sources in Germany
  • Colonial sources in The Netherlands
  • Colonial sources in Portugal
  • Colonial sources in Spain
  • Colonial sources in Sweden
  • Colonial sources in Switzerland
  • Foreign records at the Library of Congress

Index

 

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FamilySearch Adds Over 10 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from England, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine, & the USA

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FamilySearch has recently added more than 10 million indexed records and images from England, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 2,829,077 indexed records from the U.S., Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1891-1943, collection, the 1,452,770 indexed records from the Mexico, Distrito Federal, Civil Registration, 1832-2005, collection, and the 572,243 indexed records from the Hungary Catholic Church Records, 1636-1895, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

England, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910 – 35,896 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Germany, Prussia, Brandenburg, Eberswalde, City Directories, 1890-1919 – 0 – 2,836 – New browsable image collection.

Hungary Catholic Church Records, 1636-1895 – 572,243 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Mexico, Distrito Federal, Civil Registration, 1832-2005 – 1,452,770 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Netherlands, Limburg Province, Church Records, 1542-1910 – 0 – 131,396 – New browsable image collection.

Russia, Samara Church Books, 1869-1917 – 88,149 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1840-1845 – 129,110 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993 – 1,012,025 – 720,622 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

U.S., Iowa, State Census, 1905 – 1,445,414 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

U.S., Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1891-1943 – 2,829,077 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920 – 755,766 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945 – 874,690 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

FamilySearch Adds Over 2.7 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Brazil, England, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, & Switzerland

The following is from FamilySearch Sept 17, 2013:

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FamilySearch has recently added more than 2.7 million indexed records and images from Brazil, England, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland. Notable collection updates include the 1,459,211 indexed records and images from the England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1910, collection, the 534,245 indexed records and images from the new Mexico, Aguascalientes, Civil Registration, 1859-1961, collection, and the 172,333 indexed records from the Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2012 – 0 – 83,191 – Added images to an existing collection.

England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1910 – 1,284,479 – 174,732 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Germany, Prussia, Pomerania, Labes, Church Records, 1647-1764 – 0 – 639 – New browsable image collection.

Italy, Mantova, Mantova, Civil Registration (Comune), 1714-1910 – 0 – 41,402 – New browsable image collection.

Italy, Mantova, Mantova, Jewish Records, 1770-1899 – 0 – 304 – New browsable image collection.

Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865 – 172,333 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Mexico, Aguascalientes, Civil Registration, 1859-1961 – 96,523 – 437,722 – New indexed records and images collection.

Mexico, Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Miscellaneous Marriage Records, 1605-1865 – 0 – 69,222 – Added images to an existing collection.

Mexico, Tlaxcala, Civil Registration, 1639-1950 – 71,377 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1995 – 0 – 17,712 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998 – 0 – 40,751 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 – 0 – 112,261 – Added images to an existing collection.

Portugal, Évora, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1912 – 0 – 47,555 – Added images to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784-1951 – 0 – 127,127 – Added images to an existing collection.

Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1831 – 0 – 959 – New browsable image collection.

Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1836 – 0 – 2,382 – New browsable image collection.