Reactions to Instant Discoveries Made by Folks on the Streets of Oslo, Norway

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A few months ago, I posted a blog with video capturing the reactions of people on the streets of New York City as they successfully made Instant Discoveries™ on MyHeritage. Now MyHeritage has done a similar video, this time on the streets of Oslo, Norway. The video has English subtitles. See their reactions by clicking here or on the illustration.

The video shows how genealogy can inspire anyone, and portrays the emotional experience of making family history discoveries. It also proves the extent of MyHeritage’s reach in Norway, and Scandinavia as a whole.

Enjoy…

MyHeritage Adds Over 32 Million Records from Sweden, Norway, Denmark & Finland, Dating Back to the Early 1600s

The following press release was written by MyHeritage.com staff:

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STOCKHOLM & OSLO, Norway & COPENHAGEN, Denmark & HELSINKI & TEL AVIV, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MyHeritage, the popular family history network announced today a market expansion initiative focused on the Nordic countries. Millions of families can now search digitized Nordic records dating back to the 17th century to discover more about their ancestors and the lives they led.

“We’re delighted to add this vast collection of historical records to our fast growing database and are excited about the new family connections that our users will make and the family stories they will reveal”

In addition to the significant content added today, MyHeritage is investing millions of dollars to digitize more Nordic historical content and has signed new agreements that will result in a wealth of Nordic historical records to be added during the next few years.

MyHeritage is already the family history market leader in the Nordic region and is the only major company providing services in Norwegian, Danish and Finnish. With more than 470,000 registered users in Sweden, 350,000 in Norway, 300,000 in Denmark and 200,000 in Finland, MyHeritage has amassed the largest Nordic user base and family tree database in the market. MyHeritage users can now enjoy a more comprehensive family history experience that combines family trees and historical records, to paint a more detailed and colorful picture of their ancestry.

MyHeritage has also launched today dedicated social media channels for Norway, Denmark and Finland including local blogs and Facebook and Twitter accounts, to complement its existing popular Swedish social media presence. Followers will be notified about additional record collections as they are added and enjoy tips and tricks for family history research and more information about MyHeritage’s services.

The Nordic historical record collections added today include birth, death, marriage, baptism and other records, covering more than 90 million names. This comes in addition to more than 70 million profiles in 730,000 family trees created by MyHeritage users from the Nordic region, and many more contributed by users with Nordic ancestry. The records and the public profiles are available for searching via SuperSearch, MyHeritage’s search engine for historical records. MyHeritage users also enjoy powerful matching technologies that research their family trees automatically and notify them whenever records relevant to their family are found. This makes discoveries easier and quicker than ever before.

For Sweden, MyHeritage has added 11 million records with 31 million names. These collections include baptism documents dating back to 1611, marriage documents dating back to 1630 and burial documents dating back to 1649. Visitors can find more information about the collections from Sweden and search them at www.myheritage.se/svenska-samlingar.

For Norway, MyHeritage has added 10 million records with 30 million names. These collections include baptism documents dating back to 1634, marriage documents dating back to 1660, burial documents dating back to 1666 and the Norwegian national census from 1875. Visitors can find more information about the collections from Norway and search them at www.myheritage.no/norske-samlinger.

For Denmark, MyHeritage has added 5.5 million records with 14 million names. These collections include baptism documents dating back to 1618, marriage documents dating back to 1635 and burial documents dating back to 1640. Visitors can find more information about the collections from Denmark and search them at www.myheritage.dk/danske-samlinger.

For Finland, MyHeritage has added 5.5 million records with 16 million names. These collections include baptism documents dating back to 1657, marriage documents dating back to 1682 and burial documents dating back to 1725. Visitors can find more information about the collections from Finland and search them at www.myheritage.com/suomalaiset-kokoelmat.

“We’re delighted to add this vast collection of historical records to our fast growing database and are excited about the new family connections that our users will make and the family stories they will reveal”, said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “This is a treasure trove not only for people in the Nordic countries but for everyone whose family originated from this region. We look forward to enhancing our leadership in the Nordic region and in many additional countries over the next few years – watch this space!”

With a diverse user base, spanning every country and continent, MyHeritage is a gateway to a massive variety of family histories from different cultures, religions and ethnic backgrounds. MyHeritage offers a private and secure environment for sharing and researching family history, and users can choose which information they wish to share. MyHeritage has ranked #10 in Deloitte’s 2013 Fast 500 list of the 500 technology companies with the fastest revenue growth across all of Europe.

About MyHeritage

MyHeritage is a family history network helping millions of families around the world discover and share their legacy online. As technology thought leaders and innovators in the space, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible, exciting and easier than ever before. MyHeritage empowers its global community of users with unique social tools, a massive library of historical content and powerful search and data matching technologies. The service is available in 40 languages. For more information visit www.myheritage.com

Scandinavian-American Genealogical Resources

hbd1810Scandinavian-American Genealogical Resources is a straight-forward listing of resource pertinent to Americans and Europeans searching their Nordic ancestry. Resources are divided into five major Nordic groups, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish. Each group, of course, represents a home country. The book lists resources by this home country association, but offers repositories found in that country as well as American location of records.

Actual resource listings cover national repositories, along with local libraries and regional historical societies. Specific information is listed for groups, including contact information as well as ideas on how best to use the resources found at each location or group. This book also lists a selective bibliography of books covering the Scandinavian culture and history.

About the Author

“Dr. [Charles] Dickson is a college chemistry instructor and an ordained minister in addition to being a freelance writer. He holds degrees from the University of Tampa, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Stetson University, and the University of Florida.”

Dickson is a prolific author, having written books and articles on religion, chemistry, and history. His historical publishings have appeared in Scandinavian Review, The American Dane, The Finnish American Newsletter, Genealogical Helper, Heritage Quest, and Ancestry Newsletter.

He is also of Swedish-American descent.

 

Table of Contents

The Author

Preface

Finding Ancestors in America

Finding Ancestors in Denmark

  • Danish American Resources
  • Danish Immigrant Museum
  • Danish Immigrant Archives
  • Danish American Heritage Society
  • Danish American Historical Archives
  • Danish Brotherhood of American
  • Additional Danish Listings
  • Regional Libraries – Danish

Finding Ancestors in Finland

  • Finnish American Resources
  • Finlandia University Library
  • Finnish American Heritage Center
  • Swedish Finn Historical Society
  • Finnish American Historical Society of the West
  • Additional Finnish Listings
  • Regional Libraries – Finnish

Finding Ancestors in Iceland

  • Icelandic American Resources
  • Everett Psychiatric Clinic
  • Additional Icelandic Listings
  • Regional Libraries – Icelandic

Finding Ancestors in Norway

  • Norwegian American Resources
  • Augsburg College – Sverdrup Library
  • Norwegian American Historical Associattion
  • Luther College – Preus Library
  • Vesterheim Genealogical Center
  • Sons of Norway International Library
  • Concordia College – Ylvisaker Library
  • Augustana College – Mikkelsen Library
  • Lutheran Brethren Schools Library
  • Bethany Lutheran College Library
  • Pacific Lutheran University – Mortvedt Library
  • Luther-Northwestern Theological Seminary Library
  • Additional Norwegian Listings
  • Regional Libraries – Norwegian

Finding Ancestors in Sweden

  • Swedish American Resources
  • The American Swedish Institute
  • American Swedish Historical Foundation
  • The Swedish American Historical Society
  • Swedish Colonial Society
  • Gustavus Adolphus College – Folke Bernadotte Library
  • Baptist General Conference Archives
  • Augustana Historical Society
  • North Park College Library
  • Swenson Swedish Immigration Center
  • Bethany College – Wallerstedt Library
  • Additional Swedish Listings
  • Regional Libraries – Swedish

General Scandinavian Resources

  • Nordic Heritage Museum
  • Scandinavian American Genealogical Society
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School – Rolfing Library
  • Scandinavian Periodicals and Newspapters
  • Scandinavian Studies and Language Instruction
  • Places with Scandinavian Names

General Genealogical Resources

Bibliography

 

Copies of Scandinavian-American Genealogical Resources are available from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $14.70.

1940 U.S. Census Community Project Nearly Halfway Complete

The following news release was received from FamilySearch.org:

22 May 2012 – The halfway point for indexing the 1940 U.S. census is fast approaching.

Congratulations and thank you to all of the volunteers participating in this unprecedented genealogical community effort. Currently more than 20 states are at or above 85 percent complete. Six states — Delaware, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon, Virginia, and New Hampshire — are now indexed and searchable by name, location, and family relations. And thanks to the efforts of more than 100,000 volunteers, more states will be added in the coming weeks. Follow the day-to-day indexing status at the1940census.com dashboard and search completed states at familysearch.org/1940census.

Current and Completed Projects
To view a list of currently available indexing projects, along with their record language and completion percentage, visit the FamilySearch indexing updates page. To learn more about individual projects, view the FamilySearch projects page.

New Projects Added

  • Argentina, Santa Fe, Santa Rosa de Calchines y Rosario—Registros Parroquiales, 1888–1927
  • Deutschland, Mecklenburg, Schwerin—1867 Volkszählung [Teil B]
  • Italia, Nuoro—Stato Civile, 1866–1910
  • Nederland, Gelderland—Geboorten burgelijke stand, 1811–1902 [Part 2]
  • Norway—1875 Federal Census [Part F]
  • Panamá—Registros Parroquiales, 1748–1972 [Parte 1]
  • Slovensko, Prešov—štátny oblastný archív záznamov cirkvi, 1592–1935 [Časť A]
  • Sverige, Örebro—Kyrkoböcker till 1860 [Del 6]
  • Sverige, Uppsala—Kyrkoböcker till 1860 [Del 4]
  • Venezuela, Maracaibo—Registros Parroquiales, 1723–1976

View the FamilySearch projects page to see the full list of available projects and to learn more about how to participate in various projects.

Recently Completed Projects
Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process. They will be published at familysearch.org in the near future.

  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Part 2 J]
  • U.S., Indiana—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Nevada—1940 Federal Census
  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 2 H]
  • U.S., Texas—Deaths, 1890–1976 [Part B]
  • U.S., Wyoming—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Alaska—1940 Federal Census
  • Italia, Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia—Atti di Nascita, 1809–1885, Part 1
  • U.S., Arizona—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Florida—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Texas—County Marriages 1837–1977 [Part C]
  • U.S., Idaho—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Vermont—1940 Federal Census
  • UK, England and Wales—1871 Census for Lincolnshire, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Rutland
  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 2 E]
  • U.S., Montana—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Veterans Pension Cards, 1907–1933 [Part A]
  • U.S., Mississippi—1940 Federal Census
  • Canada, Ontario—Marriages, 1869–1927 [Part B]

About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International 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 free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Finding Your Scandinavian Ancestors

Time and again I have heard genealogists discuss the difficulties of researching their Scandinavian ancestors. Having, myself, a line of Norwegian ancestors I can attest to the difficulties sometimes found in this research. However, author Dr. Penelope Christensen, in Finding Your Scandinavian Ancestors, declares the process is much easier than is often expected.

According to Christensen, Scandinavians kept detailed records and did an excellent job of preserving them. Common research records include parish registers for christening, marriage and burials. Census, probate, and military records are often readily available as well. Finding Your Scandinavian Ancestors covers general topics useful to researching the region as well as country by country resources.

The first section examines languages, common naming practices, namely the patronymic naming method, key dates, and major resources. Following this general information, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden are reviewed in that order. Common coverage for each country includes a brief history, personal and/or surnames, geographical information, and key records resources.

Dr. Christensen has four degrees and over 25 years university leaving teaching experience. She obviously loves family history and genealogy and has lectured on the subject in England, the U.S., and Canada.

For you own copy of Finding Your Scandinavian Ancestors, please visit Family Roots Publishing; Item #: HV06, Price: $16.66.

 

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

  • Chart 1: Map of Scandinavia

LANGUAGES

  • Chart 2: Anglicization of Scandinavian Letters
  • Typing Scandinavian Characters on an English Keyboard
  • Chart 3: Interchangeable Letters in Scandinavia
  • Chart 4: Old Scandinavian Handwriting

NAME PRACTICES

  • Patronymic IGI

DATES

  • Julian and Gregorian Calendars
  • Feast Days
    • Chart 5: Common Scandinavian Fixed Feast Days
    • Chart 6: Common Scandinavian Movable Feast Days
    • Chart 7: Guide to Calendars of Movable Feast Days, 1607–1699
    • Chart 8: Guide to Calendars of Movable Feast Days, 1700–1753
    • Chart 9: Guide to Calendars of Movable Feast Days, 1754–1824
    • Chart 10: Calendar Tables for Movable Feast Days in Scandinavia – Numbers 1-12
    • Chart 11: Calendar Tables for Movable Feast Days in Scandinavia – Numbers 13-24
    • Chart 12: Calendar Table for Movable Feast Days in Scandinavia – Numbers 25-35

MAJOR SOURCES

  • Scandinavian Genealogy on the Internet
  • General Comments on Land Divisions
    • Chart 13: Counties & Parishes in Scandinavia
  • General Comments on Parish Registers
    • Reading the Parish Register
    • Reading Parish Records with Patronymics
    • Note on Civil Registration
  • General References for Scandinavia

DENMARK: Including Faeroes, Greenland & The Danish West Indies

    • Chart 14: Brief History of Denmark
  • Languages Used in Danish Records
    • Chart 15: Danish Genealogical Word List
  • Danish Given Names
  • Danish Geography & Place Names
    • Chart 16: Alphabetical List of Danish Counties, 1793-1970
  • Recommended Strategy for Successful Danish Research
  • Danish Parish Registers
    • Finding Your Parish Register
    • Chart 17: Contents of Danish Parish Registers
    • Chart 18: Danish FHLC Parish Register Entry
    • Chart 19: Danish Parish Register Column Heading
  • Danish Civil Registration
  • Danish Censuses
  • Danish Probates
  • Danish Military & navy Levying Rolls
  • Other Danish Sources
  • General References for Danish Genealogy
  • Danish Archives & Genealogy Societies

FINLAND

    • Chart 20: Brief History of Finland
  • Languages Used in Finnish Records
    • Chart 21: Finnish Genealogical Word List
  • Finnish Surnames
  • Finnish Given Names
  • Finnish Geography & Place Names
    • Chart 22: Lists of Finnish Counties as of 1945
  • Recommended Strategy for Successful Finnish Research
  • Finnish Communion Books & Preconfirmations
    • Chart 23: Finnish Communion Books and Preconfirmations
    • Chart 24: Contents of Finnish Main Books
  • Finnish Parish Registers
    • Finding Your Parish Register
    • Chart 25: Contents of Finnish Parish Registers
    • Chart 26: Finnish FHLC Parish Register Entry
    • Chart 27: Finnish Parish Register Column Headings
    • Confirmations
    • Marriages
    • Deaths and Burials
    • Arrivals Into the Parish
    • Departures From the Parish
  • Finnish Civil Registration
  • Finnish Certificates of Departure
  • Finnish Censuses
  • Finnish Probate
  • General References for Finnish Genealogy
  • Finnish Archives & Genealogy Societies

ICELAND

    • Chart 28: Brief History of Iceland
  • Languages Used in Icelandic Records
    • Chart 29: Icelandic Genealogical Word List
  • Icelandic Personal Names
  • Icelandic Geography & Place Names
    • Chart 30: Alphabetical List of Icelandic Counties
  • Recommended Strategy for Successful Icelandic Research
  • Icelandic Parish Registers
    • Chart 31: Contents of Icelandic Parish Registers
    • Finding Your Parish Register
    • Chart 32: Icelandic FHLC Parish Register Entry
    • Chart 33: Icelandic Parish Register Column Headings
  • Icelandic Civil Registration
  • Icelandic Censuses
  • Icelandic Probates
  • Other Icelandic Sources
  • General References for Icelandic Genealogy
  • Icelandic Archives & Genealogy Societies

NORWAY

    • Chart 34: Brief History of Norway
  • Languages Used in Norwegian Records
    • Chart 35: Norwegian Genealogical Word List
  • Norwegian Surnames
  • Norwegian Given Names
  • Norwegian Geography & Place Names
    • Chart 36: Alphabetical List of Norwegian Counties
  • Recommended Strategy for Successful Norwegian Research
  • Norwegian Parish Registers
    • Finding Your Parish Register
    • Chart 37: Contents of Norwegian Parish Registers
    • Chart 38: Norwegian FHLC Parish Register Entry
    • Chart 39: Norwegian Parish Register Column Headings
  • Norwegian Civil Registration
  • Norwegian Farm & Family History Books
  • Norwegian Censuses
  • Norwegian Probates
  • Norwegian Military Records
  • Other Norwegian Sources
  • General References for Norwegian Genealogy
  • Norwegian Archives & Genealogy Societies

SWEDEN

    • Chart 40: Brief History of Sweden
  • Languages Used in Swedish Records
    • Chart 41: Swedish Genealogical Word List
  • Swedish Personal Names
  • Swedish Given Names
  • Swedish Geography & Place Names
    • Chart 42: Alphabetical List of Swedish Counties
  • Recommended Strategy for Successful Swedish Research
  • Swedish Clerical Surveys
    • Chart 43: Column Headings for Swedish Clerical Surveys
  • Swedish Parish Registers
  • Finding Your Parish Register
    • Chart 44: Contents of Swedish Parish Registers
    • Chart 45: Swedish FHLC Parish Register Entry
    • Chart 46: Swedish Parish Register Column Heading
  • Swedish Church Record Extracts
  • Swedish Civil Registration
  • Swedish Certificates of Departure or Exit Permits
  • Swedish Censuses
  • Swedish Probates
  • Swedish Military Records
  • Other Swedish Sources
  • General References for Swedish Genealogy
  • Swedish Archives & Genealogy Societies

CONCLUSION

INDEX

New Indexing Projects at beta.FamilySearch.org for the Holidays

The following was received from Paul Nauta, With FamilySearch:

FamilySearch beta

FamilySearch volunteers have some exciting new indexing projects to work on during this holiday season. Recently released projects include records from Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and the United States. There are also projects from four different countries that were recently completed and will soon be available for searching at beta.familysearch.org.

New Projects in the Past Two Weeks

· Canada, Bas-Canada—Recensement de 1842

· Canada, Ontario—Marriages, 1869–1927 [Part B]

· Ireland—Tithe Applotment Books, 1824–1840

· Jamaica—Civil Births, 1900–1930 [Part C]

· Mexico, Oaxaca—1930 Federal Censo

· Nicaragua, Masaya—Registros Civiles, 1879–1984

· U.S.—Naval Enlistment Registers, 1855–1891

· U.S., Connecticut—WWII Draft Registration Cards, 1942

· U.S., Iowa—1930 Federal Census

· U.S., Maine—1930 Federal Census

· U.S., Texas—Birth Records, 1903–1934 [Part C]

· U.S., Wisconsin—1930 Federal Census

(See the chart below for a complete list and current status of all indexing projects.)

Recently Completed Projects

(Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process. They will be published at beta.familysearch.org in the near future.)

· België—Burgerlijke Stand, 1851–1900 [Deel D]

· Canada, Ontario—Marriages, 1869–1927 [Part A]

· U.K., Bristol—Parish Registers, 1837–1900 [Part H]

· U.S., Arkansas—1930 Federal Census

· U.S., Connecticut—1930 Federal Census

· U.S., Louisiana—1930 Federal Census

· U.S., Maryland—WWII Draft Registration, 1942

· U.S., Puerto Rico—1920 Censo Federal

· U.S., Rhode Island—1930 Federal Census

· U.S., Vermont—1930 Federal Census

· U.S., West Virginia—WWII Draft Registration, 1942

Current FamilySearch Indexing Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion

Argentina, Balvanera—Registros Parroquiales, 1833–1934 [Parte B] – Spanish – 58%

Argentina, Cordoba—Registros Parroquiales, 1722–1924 [Parte B] – Spanish – 89%

Argentina, Santa Fe—Registros Parroquiales, 1634–1926 [Parte A] – Spanish – 37%

Brasil—Registro Civil, 1852–1914 [Parte 2A] – Portuguese – 1%
Brasil, Florianópolis—Registros da Igreja, 1751–1954 [Parte A] – Portuguese – 13%
Brasil, Pernambuco, Recife—Registro Civil, 1900–1920 – Portuguese – 3%
Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Matrimonios, 1900–1910 [Piloto] – Portuguese – 52%

Canada—Passenger Lists, 1881–1922 – English – 5%

Canada, Bas-Canada—Recensement de 1842 – French – (New)

Canada, New Brunswick—Deaths, 1815–1938 [Part B] – English – 18%

Canada, Ontario—Marriages, 1869–1927 [Part B] – English – (New)

Česká republika, Litoměřice—Matriky, 1552-1905 [část 1] – (Tschechien, Litomerice—Kirchenbücher [Teil 1]) – German – 92%

Chile—Registros Civiles, 1885–1900 – Spanish – 28%

Chile, Concepción—Registros Civiles, 1885–1903 [Parte 2B] – Spanish – 35%

Colombia, Bucaramanga—Registros Parroquiales, 1649–1959 – Spanish – 13%

Colombia, Marinilla—Registros Parroquiales, 1815–1959 – Spanish – 65%

Deutschland, Baden, Achern—Kirchenbücher, 1810–1869 [Part D] – German – 13%

El Salvador—Registros Civiles, 1835–1910 – Spanish – 24%

España, Andalucía—Registros Civiles, 1837–1870 – Spanish – 4%

España, Lugo—Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1930 [Parte 1] – Spanish – 42%

France, Cherbourg—Registres Paroissiaux, 1802–1907 – French – 44%

France, Coutances—Registres Paroissiaux 1802–1907 – French – 56%

France, Paris—Registres Protestants, 1612–1906 [Partie D] – French – 83%

France, Saint-Lo—Registres Paroissiaux, 1802–1907 – French – 60%

Guatemala, Guatemala—Registros Civiles, 1800–1900 – Spanish – 10%

Guatemala, Guatemala—Registros Civiles, 1877–1900 – Spanish – 26%

Ireland—Tithe Applotment Books, 1824–1840 – English – (New)

Italia, Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia—Atti di Morte, 1809–1936 [Parte B] – Italian – 73%

Italy, Trento—Baptisms, 1784–1924 [Part 2A] – Italian – 43%

Jamaica—Civil Births, 1900–1930 [Part C] – English – (New)

Mexico, D.F.—Bautismos, 1536–1900 [Parte A] – Spanish – 2%

Mexico, Oaxaca—1930 Federal Censo – Spanish – (New)

Mexico, Puebla—1930 Federal Censo – Spanish – 82%

New Zealand—Passenger Lists, 1871–1915 [Part 2A] – English – 8%

Nicaragua, Managua—Registros Civiles, 1879–1984 [Part 3B] – Spanish – 94%

Nicaragua, Masaya—Registros Civiles, 1879–1984 – Spanish – (New)

Norge —Tinglysningskort, 1640–1903 – Norwegian – 2%

Perú, Lima—Registros Civiles, 1887–1921 [Parte A] – Spanish – 77%

Portugal, Setúbal—Registros da Igreja, 1581–1910 – Portuguese – 24%

República Dominicana—Nacimientos Civiles, 1828–1906 – Spanish – 1%

Russland, Sankt Petersburg—Kirchenbuchduplikat, 1833–1885 – German – 38%

South Africa, Cape Province—Church Records, 1660–1970 – Afrikaans, Dutch, English – 64%

Sverige, Södermanland—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1] – Swedish – 69%

Sverige, Uppsala—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1] – Swedish – 73%

Sverige, Örebro—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1] – Swedish – 30%

U.K., Essex—Parish Registers, 1538–1900 [Part A] – English – 14%

U.K., Manchester—Parish Registers, 1813–1925 [Part B] – English – 11%

U.K., Warwickshire—Parish Registers, 1538–1900 [Part 2 Adv] – English/ Old English – 28%

Uruguay—Registros Civiles (Nacimientos), 1879–1930 – Spanish – 5%

U.S.—Naval Enlistment Registers, 1855–1891 – English – (New)

U.S., Alabama—County Marriages, 1809–1950 [Part A] – English – 60%

U.S., Arkansas—County Marriages, 1837–1957 [IX] – English – 58%

U.S., Arkansas—WWII Draft Registration, 1942 – English – 39%

U.S., California—County Marriages, 1850–1952 [Part B] – English – 70%

U.S., Connecticut—WWII Draft Registration Cards, 1942 – English – (New)

U.S., District of Columbia—County Marriages, 1811–1950 [Part A] – English – 39%

U.S., District of Columbia—Deaths, 1874–1959 – English – 86%

U.S., Illinois—County Marriages, 1810–1934 [Part A] – English – 65%

U.S., Indiana, Bartholomew—County Marriages, 1811–1959 – English – 47%

U.S., Iowa—1930 Federal Census – English – (New)

U.S., Iowa—County Births, 1880–1935 [Part A] – English – 11%

U.S., Iowa—County Marriages, 1838–1992 [Part A] – English – 45%

U.S., Maine—1930 Federal Census – English – (New)

U.S., Minnesota—County Marriages, 1860–1949 [Part A] – English – 35%

U.S., New Jersey—County Marriages, 1682–1956 [Part 1] – English – 25%

U.S., New York—Marriage Licenses, 1908–1938 [Part A] – English – 37%

U.S., New York—Marriages, 1908–1935 [Part A] – English – 34%

U.S., North Carolina—County Marriages, 1762–1959 [Part B] – English – 20%

U.S., North Carolina—Freedmen Letters, 1862–1870 – English – 10%

U.S., Oklahoma—Allotment Records, 1899–1907 – English – 74%

U.S., Oklahoma—County Marriages, 1891–1959 [Part B] – English – 32%

U.S., Puerto Rico—1910 Censo Federal – Spanish – 11%

U.S., Puerto Rico—Nacimientos Civiles, 1836–1930 [Parte B] – Spanish – 5%

U.S., Tennessee—County Marriages, 1790–1950 [Part B] – English – 29%

U.S., Tennessee—County Marriages, 1790–1950 [Part C] – English – 42%

U.S., Texas—Birth Records, 1903–1934 [Part C] – English – (New)

U.S., Texas—County Marriages, 1837–1977 [Part B] – English – 21%

U.S., Wisconsin—1930 Federal Census – English – (New)

Venezuela—Nacimientos Civiles, 1873–1909 – Spanish – 1%

Venezuela, Mérida—Registros Parroquiales, 1654–1992 [Parte 2] – Spanish – 25%

Österreich, Wiener Meldezettel, 1890–1925 – German – 33%

Россия, Самара—Метрические книги церкви, 1869–1917 (часть 1) – Russian – 66%

Украина, Киев—Метрические книги русской православной церкви, 1843–1845 [Часть B] – Russian – 9%

Current FamilySearch Partner Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion

Belgique—Registres Civile, 1851–1900 [Partie A] – French – 61%

Brasil, Minas Gerais—Church Records, 1706-1952 – Portuguese – 1%

Canada, Ontario, Toronto—Trust Cemeteries, 1826–1935 – English – 18%

Deutschland, Westfalen, Minden—Volkszählung, 1880–1900 – German – 11%

España, Avila, Barroman—Registros Parroquiales, 1550–1930 – Spanish – 12%

España, Avila, Madrigal y Garganta—Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1935 – Spanish – 93%

España, Malaga—Registros Civiles, 1846–1870 – Spanish – 54%

France, Quimper et Leon, St. Louis—Registres Paroissiaux, 1722–1909 – French – 77%

Norway—1875 Census [Part B] – Norwegian – 63%

Philippines, Lingayen, Dagupan—Registros Parroquiales, 1615–1982 – Spanish – 72%

U.K., Norfolk—Parish Registers, 1538–1900 – English – 21%

U.S., Ohio—Tax Records, Post 1825 [Part 3] – English – 91%

U.S., Utah, Salt Lake County—Birth Registers, 1890–1908 – English – 67%

U.S., Utah, Salt Lake County—Death Registers, 1848–1940 – English – 33%

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

Over 2M Records From 6 Countries Just Posted at Beta.FamilySearch.org

The following news release was received from Paul Nauta At FamilySearch.org:

October 27, 2010: People with ancestors from Ghana now have free online access to valuable census records, the first images from that FamilySearch betaAfrican country to be published on FamilySearch. Other new collections include over two million indexed records from Germany, Norway, Puerto Rico, and three U.S. states: Arkansas, Idaho, and Minnesota. Search these records now at http://Beta.FamilySearch.org.

See the chart below for the complete list of newly added or updated collections.

Project – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

  • Germany, Ludwigshafen Church Record Extractions and Family Registers – 106,564 digital images – New indexed records
  • Germany, 1890 – Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census 31,499 indexed records – Additional images added
  • Ghana, 1982-1984 – Census – 458,716 digital images – New indexed records added
  • Norway, 1875 – Census 41,701 indexed records – Additional images added
  • Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1836-2001 – 3,763 indexed records – Additional images added
  • U.S., Arkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957 – 94,181 indexed records; 43,301 digital images – Additional records and images added
  • U.S., Idaho, County Marriages, 1864-1950 – 148,053 indexed records; 62,274 digital images – New indexed records and images
  • U.S., Minnesota State Census, 1905 – 1,973,884 indexed records; 52,150 digital images – New indexed records and images
  • U.S., Minnesota, State Census, 1865 – 3,396 indexed records – New indexed records

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

Leif Erikson Day, October 9, 2009

The following proclamation is from whitehouse.gov:

LEIF ERIKSON DAY, 2009
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Close up of Leif in front of Hallgrímskirkja, in Reykjavík, Iceland. The statue was a gift from the United States government for the 1930 Althing Millennial Festival, which marked the 1000th anniversary of Iceland's parliament. On this day in 1825, the ship Restauration landed in New York City after sailing for 3 months from Stavanger, Norway. The 52 passengers aboard represented the first organized emigration of Norwegians to America. These brave individuals set to the seas, following in the grand footsteps of the famous Scandinavian explorer Leif Erikson. Over a millennium ago, Leif Erikson — son of Iceland and grandson of Norway — arrived in North America and founded the settlement Vinland, located in modern-day Canada. Today, we celebrate his historic voyage and remember those who journeyed to America from far-away lands.

Our Nation’s founding history is marked by millions of individuals who faced great hardship and difficulty as they pursued a brighter future abroad. As explorers, they did not know what they would find, but they were determined not to turn back, in order to learn what lay beyond the setting sun. This same spirit lived within Leif Erikson, and it has inspired countless others who venture from their homes in search of opportunity, uncertain of the possibilities and challenges that await them.

Today, our Nation continues to welcome those descendents of Leif Erickson to our shores. Nordic Americans have contributed immeasurably to the success of America. Their cultural accomplishments have enriched the diversity of our country. And their pioneering spirit continues to embody our Nation’s unbounded enthusiasm for discovery and learning.

To honor Leif Erikson and celebrate our Nordic-American heritage, the Congress, by joint resolution (Public Law 88-566) approved on September 2, 1964, has authorized the President to proclaim October 9 of each year as “Leif Erikson Day.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim October 9, 2009, as Leif Erikson Day, and I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs to honor our country’s rich Nordic-American heritage.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

BARACK OBAMA

FamilySearch Indexing Updates

28 September 2009: Volunteers with Rhode Island roots will be excited about the new indexing projects this week. The Familysearch IndexingRhode Island 1905 and 1935 State Censuses were added. New international projects for Argentina, Germany, Philippines, Spain, and the U.K. were also added.

Note: the links within the charts won’t work as they are just images in this case.

New International Projects in the Past Week

  • Argentina, Cordoba—Matrimonios, 1642–1931
  • Deutschland, Mecklenburg—Volkszählung, 1890 Div 39–69
  • España, Avila, Madrigal y Garganta—Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1935
  • Philippines, Lingayen, Dagupan—Registros Parroquiales, 1615–1982
  • U.K., Warwickshire—Parish Registers, 1754-1900 [Part 2]

New U.S.A. Projects in the Past Week

  • Georgia—1920 Federal Census
  • Indiana, Brown County—Marriages, 1811–1959
  • Kansas—1920 Federal Census
  • Kentucky—1920 Federal Census
  • Rhode Island—1905 State Census [Part 1]
  • Rhode Island—1935 State Census

(See the chart below for a complete list and current status of all indexing projects.)

Recently Completed Projects
(Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process in preparation for future publication.)

  • Belgium, Flanders—Deaths, 1796–1900
  • Jamaica, Trelawny—Births, 1878–1930
  • Perú, Lima—Registros Civiles, 1910-1930 [Parte 2]
  • U.K., Warwickshire—Parish Registers, 1538–Present [Part 1]
  • U.S., Idaho—1920 Federal Census
  • U.S., Indiana, Ohio County—Marriages, 1811–1959
  • U.S., Iowa—1920 Federal Census
  • U.S., West Virginia—1920 Federal Census
  • U.S., Wisconsin—1920 Federal Census

Current FamilySearch Indexing Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion
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(*Percentage refers to a specific portion of a larger project.)

Current FamilySearch Partner Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion
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(*Percentage refers to a specific portion of a larger project.)

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

Recently Completed and Current FamilySearch Indexing Projects

The following are three data sets are recently completed projects that have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a FamilySearch Indexing Update final completion check process in preparation for future publication:

  • Argentina Censo 1869—Catamarca y La Rioja
  • Minnesota—1920 U.S. Federal Census
  • Minnesota Probate Court Wills 1849–1918

Current FamilySearch Indexing Projects, Record Language, & Percent Completion:

INTERNATIONAL

  • Argentina, Buenos Aires 1855 Census; Spanish; 28%
  • Argentina Censo 1869—Corrientes y Entre Rios; Spanish; 87%
  • Argentina Censo 1869—Jujuy Salta Tucuman; Spanish; New
  • Austria, Wiener Meldezettel, 1890–1925; German; 1%
  • Belgium, Antwerp Foreigners Index, 1840–1930; Dutch, Flemish; 36%
  • Canada, British Columbia Births, 1854–1903; English; New
  • France Registres Protestants, 1612–1906 [Part 1]; French,; New
  • France Registres Protestants, 1612–1906 [Part 2]; French; New
  • France, Coutances, Paroisses de la Manche, 1792–1906; French; New
  • France, Paroisses de Cherbourg, 1802–1907; French; New
  • France, Paroisses de Coutances, 1802–1907; French; New
  • France, Paroisses de Saint-Lo, 1802–1907; French; New
  • Germany, Brandenburg Kirchenbücher, 1789–1875; German; 61%
  • Germany, Mecklenburg 1890 Volkszählung, Div 24–38; German; 12%
  • Italy, Trento Baptism Records, 1784–1924; Italian; 75%
  • Mexico, Censo de 1930—Sinaloa; Spanish; 95%
  • Mexico, Censo de 1930—Tamaulipas; Spanish; 54%
  • Mexico, Censo de 1930—Yucatan; Spanish; 16%
  • Nicaragua, Managua Civil Records, 1879–Present; Spanish; 44%*
  • Peru, Lima—Registros Civiles, 1910–1930; Spanish; 24%
  • Russia, St. Petersburg Kirchenbuchduplikat, 1833–1885; German; 1%
  • Spain, Avila, Moraleja de Matacabras, 1540–1904; Spanish; 19%
  • Spain, Lugo—Registros Parroquiales [Part 1], 1530–1930; Spanish; 18%
  • U.K., Cheshire—Land Tax, 1778–1832; English; 92%
  • U.K., Warwickshire Parish Registers, 1538–Present; English; 1%
  • Ukraine, Kyiv, 1840–1842; Russian; 17%
  • Venezuela, Mérida Registros Parroquiales. 1654–1992; Spanish; 15%

UNITED STATES

  • Arkansas County Marriages VI, 1837–1957; English; 15%
  • Arkansas County Marriages V, 1837–1957; English; 93%
  • Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1916–1922 [Part 1]; English; 83%
  • Indiana, Adams County Marriages, 1811–1959; English; 3%
  • Indiana, Allen County Marriages, 1811–1959; English; 4%
  • Indiana, Blackford County Marriages 1811–1959; English; 24%
  • Mississippi—1920 U.S. Federal Census; English; 67%
  • New York 1905 State Census; English; 13%
  • North Dakota—1920 U.S. Federal Census; English; New
  • South Carolina—1920 U.S. Federal Census; English; New

*Percentage refers to a specific portion of a larger project.

Current FamilySearch Partner Projects, Record Language, & Percent Completion

INTERNATIONAL

  • Belgique—Registres Des Décès—En Français, 1796–1910; French; 21%*
  • Belgique— Registres Des Décès—Charleroi, 1851–1900; French; 21%
  • België—Overlijdens Registers—In het Nederlands, 1796–1910; Dutch, Flemish; 84%*
  • België—Overlijdens Registers—Kalmthout, 1851–1900; Dutch, Flemish; 17%
  • België—Overlijdens Registers—Mechelen, 1851–1900; Dutch, Flemish; 6%
  • Canada – Nova Scotia, Antigonish Church Records, 1823–1905; English; 81%
  • Flanders Death Registration, 1796–1900; French, Dutch, Flemish 79%*
  • Germany – Bremer Schifflisten, 1904–1914; German; 53%
  • Norway 1875 Census [Part 1]; Norwegian; 31%

UNITED STATES

  • Arkansas Marriages IV, 1837–1957; English; 31%
  • Indiana Marriages, 1882 to April 1905; Englsih; 89%
  • Ohio Tax Records—2 of 4, Post 1825; Englsih; 76%
  • Ohio Tax Records—3 of 4, Post 1825; English; New
  • Vermont Militia Records, 1861–1867; English; 39%

*Percentage refers to a specific portion of a larger project.

Current FamilySearch Regional Projects, Record Language, & Percent Completion
(These projects are being indexed by volunteers in specific areas of the world.)

  • Australia, Sydney Cemetery Inscriptions, 1800–1960; English; 4%
  • Australia, Victoria Probate Records, 1853–1989; English; 63%
  • Canada, British Columbia Marriages, 1859–1932; English; 5%
  • Canada, Quebec—Trois-Rivières IC, 1800–1900; French; 48%

Thanks to Paul Nauta for the above data.

Click here to participate in the FamilySearch Indexing program.

All Kinds of Cool New Stuff Happening at FamilySearch Indexing!

familysearch-logo-4-7-091 There are many new, upcoming, and completed indexing projects to report in this update from Paul Nauta, with FamilySearch. Twelve of the projects below are new (see Current Projects). Included are three Belgian and two Argentina projects. The New York 1892 State Census project is exciting! New York has some of the best state censuses and it’s great to see them indexed and digitized!

CURRENT FAMILYSEARCH INDEXING PROJECTS, RECORD LANGUAGE & % COMPLETE
UNITED STATES – VITAL RECORDS

  • Arkansas County Marriages V – English – 20% complete
  • Illinois, Cook County Birth Registers – English – (New)

UNITED STATES – FEDERAL CENSUS RECORDS

  • Missouri–1920 US Federal Census – English – (New)
  • Nevada–1920 US Federal Census – English – 89% complete
  • New Mexico–1920 US Federal Census – English – 75% complete

UNITED STATES –STATE CENSUS RECORDS

  • Minnesota 1895 State Census – English – 74% complete
  • New York 1892 State Census – English – (New) complete
  • Rhode Island 1925 State Census – English- (New) complete

ARGENTINA

  • Argentina, Buenos Aires 1855 Census – Spanish – (New)
  • Argentina Censo 1869–Catamarca y La Rioja – Spanish – (New)
  • Argentina Censo 1869–Corrientes y Entre Rios – Spanish – 44% complete

AUSTRALIA

  • Australia NSW Newspaper Cuttings – English – 88% complete

BELGIUM

  • Belgium–Antwerp Foreigners Index – Dutch, Flemish – 27% complete

GERMANY

  • Brandenburg Kirchenbücher – German – 49% complete

SPAIN

  • España, Lugo–Registros Parroquiales [Part 1] – Spanish – 16% complete
  • España, Ávila–Registros Parroquiales – Spanish – 78% complete

FRANCE

  • France, Coutances, Paroisses de la Manche – French – 9% complete

GERMANY

  • St Petersburg Church Records 1833-1885 – German – 1% complete

ITALY

  • Italy, Trento Baptism Records, 1784-1924 – Italian – 60% complete

MEXICO CENSUS

  • Mexico Censo de 1930–Sinaloa Spanish – (New)
  • Mexico Censo de 1930–Sonora – Spanish – 88%
  • Mexico Censo de 1930–Tabasco – Spanish – 70% complete
  • Mexico Censo de 1930–Tamaulipas – Spanish – (New)

NICARAGUA

  • Nicaragua, Managua Civil Records – Spanish – 13% complete

NORWAY

  • Norway 1875 Census part 1 -Norwegian – 10% complete

PERU

  • Perú, Lima–Registros Civiles – Spanish – 10% complete

UNITED KINGDOM

  • UK, Cheshire–Land Tax – English – 58% complete
  • UK, Cheshire–School Records – English – 44% complete

UKRAINE

  • Ukraine Kyiv 1840-1842 – Russian – 10% complete

VENEZUELA

  • Venezuela Mérida Registros Parroquiales – Spanish – 1% complete

CURRENT FAMILYSEARCH PARTNER PROJECTS

UNITED STATES

  • Arkansas Marriages IV – English – (New)
  • Indiana Marriages, 1882 to Apr 1905 – English – 82% complete
  • Indiana Marriage Returns, 1882 to April 1905 – English – 31% complete
  • Ohio Tax Records–2 of 4 – English – 71% complete
  • Vermont Militia Records – English – 37% complete

AUSTRALIA

  • Australia–Victoria Probate Records – English – 31% complete

BELGIUM

  • Belgique–Registres des Décès – Charleroi 1851-1900 – Dutch, Flemish – (New)
  • Belgique–Registres Des Décès (Français) – French – 21% complete
  • België–Overlijdens Registers–In het Nederlands – Dutch, Flemish – 74% complete
  • België–Overlijdens Registers–Kalmthout 1851-1900 – Dutch, Flemish (New) complete
  • België–Overlijdens Registers–Mechelen 1851-1900 – Dutch, Flemish (New) complete

GERMANY

  • Bremer, Schifflisten – German – 42% complete

FLANDERS

  • Flanders Death Registration – French, Dutch, Flemish – 76% complete

CANADA

  • Nova Scotia, Antigonish Church Records – English – 72% complete

UPCOMING INDEXING PROJECTS
These projects are currently being created. Dates when indexing is scheduled to begin will vary.

UNITED STATES

  • Arkansas Marriages VI
  • Arkansas Marriages VII
  • Chicago Archdiocese Cemetery Records 1 (1864-1989)
  • Freedmen Marriages
  • Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates 1
  • Indiana, Allen County Marriages 1811-1959

AUSTRALIA

  • Australia, Bounty Immigrants, 1824-1842
  • Australia, Greenwich, Genealogical Records

AUSTRIA

  • Austria, Vienna Population Cards

BRAZIL

  • Brazil, Pernambuco Civil Register 1900-1920
  • Brazil, Rio de Janeiro Marriages 1900-1920

CANADA

  • Canada, British Columbia Birth 1854-1903
  • Canada, British Columbia Marriages

CZECH

  • Czech, Litomerice Church Records – Part 1 1552-1905

GERMANY

  • Germany, Baden Church Books 1810-1869
  • Germany, Mecklenburg 1890 Census

JAMAICA

  • Jamaica, Trelawny Births

PERU

  • Peru, Lima Civil Register Index 1910-1930

RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECTS
These projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process in preparation for future publication.

UNITED STATES

  • Arkansas Marriages III
  • Michigan–1920 US Federal Census
  • New Brunswick 1871 Census
  • New Hampshire–1920 US Federal Census
  • New Jersey–1920 US Federal Census
  • Rhode Island 1915 State Census

ARGENTINA

  • Argentina 1869 Census–Cordoba y San Luis

MEXICO

  • Nayarit–Censo de Mexico de 1930

CANADA

  • Nova Scotia–1871 Census
  • Ontario–1861 Census

UNITED KINGDOM

  • UK – Cheshire Parish Registers part 1

How you can Volunteer: You may choose the records to index. First you need to sign up to volunteer at www.FamilySearchIndexing.org.

As an indexer, you may search the Indexes for Free! The indexes that are created by indexing volunteers are eventually published and available at FamilySearch labs.

THANKS TO PAUL NAUTA FOR THE ABOVE INFO.

FamilySearch Indexing Update

March 4, 2009: The FamilySearch indexing application is available in three new languages:

  • Italian,
  • Portuguese, and
  • Russian.

These languages are in addition to English, French, German, and Spanish. They have current indexing projects in all of these languages except Portuguese. They will be introducing a Portuguese project in the near future.

Volunteers can help with any of the projects of interest by registering or logging in at FamilySearchIndexing.org.

Recently Completed Projects
(Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process in preparation for future publication.)

  • UK – Cheshire – Church Records
  • District of Columbia – 1920 US Census
  • Florida 1885 Census
  • Florida 1935 Census
  • Massachusetts 1865 State Census

Current FamilySearch Indexing Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion:

UNITED STATES

  • Arkansas Marriages – Part 3 – English – 59%
  • Michigan – 1920 US Federal Census – English – 8%
  • Minnesota 1895 State Census – English – 11%
  • New Jersey – 1920 US Federal Census – English – 18%
  • Rhode Island 1915 State Census – English – 2%

ARGENTINA

  • Argentina Censo 1869 – Cordoba y San Luis – Spanish – 81%
  • Argentina Censo 1869 – Corrientes y Entre Rios – Spanish – 13%

BELGIUM

  • Belgium – Antwerp Foreigners Index – English – 21%

CANADA

  • New Brunswick 1871 Census – English – 27%
  • Nova Scotia 1871 Census – English – 21%
  • Ontario 1861 Census – English – 84%

FRANCE

  • France, Coutances, Paroisses de la Manche – French – 9%

GERMANY

  • Brandenburg Kirchenbücher – German – 40%

ITALY

  • Trento Italy Baptism Records, 1784-1924 – Italian – 50%

MEXICO

  • Nayarit – Censo de Mexico de 1930 – English – 76%
  • Sonora – Censo de Mexico de 1930 – Spanish – 26%
  • Tabasco – Censo de Mexico de 1930 – Spanish – 23%

NICARAGUA

  • Nicaragua, Managua Civil Records – Spanish – 10%

NORWAY

  • Norway 1875 Census part 1 – Norwegian – 6%

PERU

  • Perú Lima-Registros Civiles – Spanish – 5%

RUSSIA

  • St Petersburg Kirchenbuchduplikat 1833-1885 – German – 1%
  • Ukraine Kyiv 1840-1842 – Russian – 5%

SPAIN

  • España Lugo Registros Parroquiales [Part 1] – Spanish 15%
  • España Ávila Registros Parroquiales – Spanish – 52%

UNITED KINGDOM

  • UK – Cheshire – Land Tax – English – 14%
  • UK – Cheshire – School Records – English – 17%
  • UK-Cheshire-Parish Records 01 – English – 3%

VENEZUELA

  • Venezuela Mérida Registros Parroquiales – Spanish – 1%

Current FamilySearch Affiliate Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion:

UNITED STATES

  • Arkansas Marriages IV – English – 37%
  • Indiana Marriages 1882-Apr 1905 – English – 73%
  • Ohio Tax Records – 2 of 4 – English – 68%
  • Vermont Militia Records – English – 23%

BELGIUM

  • Belgique – Registres Des Décès (Français) – French – 14%
  • België – Overlijdens Registers – In het Nederlands – Dutch, Flemish – 18%

CANADA

  • Nova Scotia Antigonish Church Records – English- 64%

GERMANY

  • Bremer Schifflisten – German – 32%

FLANDERS

  • Flanders Death Registration – French, Dutch, Flemish – 38%

Courtesy of Paul Nauta, Public Affairs Manager, FamilySearch

European Focus Puts European Village Photography Online

My friend, Jim Derheim has launched an archive of his photos online at www.europeanfocus.com. To see his work, click on the tab that says “Ancestral Villages Photography” (illustration below). It is visible at the upper right side of the page.

Since the site is a work in progress, there is also a full list of towns that Jim has photographed, most of which are not yet scanned. Go to: http://www.europeanfocus.com/europe/photos/ancestor-village-photos.html
On the right side of the page is a column titled: European Village Photo Archives.” Click on your country of interest. Following are direct links:

Jim is scanning and adding adding images every day. It’s his goal to eventually have representative images of all of the more than 2,500 locations that he has photographed since 1990 in the online Archives.

1875 Norway Census Transcription Initiative Now Underway by FamilySearch Indexing Volunteers

The following news release was received from Paul Nauta at FamilySearch on February 2. I looks like I just lost it in my mailbox – thus it’s not being posted until nearly a week later. Sorry…

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—FamilySearch International, the University of Tromsø, and DIS-Norge announced today a joint initiative to transcribe the 1875 Norway Census for free online access. It is the only Norway census that has not been indexed and the first to be tackled as a global, Internet-based effort. Volunteers who can read Norwegian are being sought to complete the project at www.familysearch.org. (Go to FamilySearch.org, then click Index Records, and then click Volunteer.)

The 1875 Norway Census is valuable to researchers because it was the last national census taken just before the great Norwegian immigration period that started in 1878. Researchers will not have to wait much longer for convenient, online access to the historic census. FamilySearch digitized the census images and is using its Web-based transcription tool and volunteers to create the automated index. The University of Tromsø and DIS-Norge are sponsoring the project, but many more online volunteers are needed to transcribe the 1.6 million individuals found in the tens of thousands of census sheets.

Although FamilySearch has done other major international indexing projects, this is the first one for Norway. “The biggest challenge is the Norwegian handwriting and names,” said Jeff Svare, collection management specialist. “Most of FamilySearch’s current volunteers are not skilled at reading Norwegian names or handwriting. Native Norwegian volunteers would be much more effective and efficient at transcribing the required information from the census sheets,” concluded Svare.

Volunteering is simple. Volunteers with Internet access register online at FamilySearchIndexing.org. Once they have downloaded the transcription software, there is an optional, but very helpful, tutorial. They then select the Norway 1875 Census project, and a digital image of a census page will appear. The volunteers then enter the highlighted information they see on their computer screen. That information is saved and compiled online in an index that will be made freely available to the public. Each batch should take about 30 minutes.

Indexers do not need to worry about their skill level at reading censuses. Each census page is transcribed by two different indexers. Any discrepancies between the two entries will be arbitrated by a third indexer. The result is a highly accurate, free index of tremendous value to family history enthusiasts. The more online volunteers that help, the quicker the free census index will be available online for all to enjoy and benefit from.

There are other hidden benefits to volunteering. Volunteers become familiar with historical documents, the valuable stories they can conceal, and their usefulness and application to genealogical research.

The FamilySearch Records Access program has already generated over 500 million names and images through its volunteer initiatives. The collections can be searched for free at FamilySearch.org. (Go to FamilySearch.org, then click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot.)

Gunnar Thorvaldson, professor of history and manager of research for the Norwegian Historical Data Centre at the University of Tromsø, said, “The University welcomes the cooperation with the FamilySearch Center to extend our sample of computerized entries from the 1875 census for Norway. This will significantly increase the potential use of the first high quality Norwegian census both in statistical and ancestry-related research.”

“We are happy to be able to assist FamilySearch in indexing the 1875 Norway Census,” said Torill Johnsen, president of DIS-Norge. “Lots of important genealogical information has limited access because it is still only available on paper in archives and libraries. Online access to those reliable sources makes it available for genealogists from their own computer when they want it. Active involvement from volunteers will hasten the completion of the 1875 Norway Census and increase the number of digitally accessible sources,” added Johnsen.

FamilySearch manages the largest collection of genealogical records worldwide. In 2007 it announced plans to begin digitizing and indexing its collection for broader, more economic online access—starting with popular collections like the U.S., Canada, and U.K. censuses. FamilySearch has created free online indexes to date for the 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1900 U.S. Censuses. FamilySearch is working with The Generations Network to provide enhanced, free indexes for the remaining U.S. censuses.

Family Search Indexing Update

The following Family Search Indexing update information was received from Paul Nauta, Public Affairs Manager for FamilySearch.

February 6, 2009: FamilySearch volunteers wrapped up 14 online indexing projects already in 2009 and continue to make good progress on the 38 open projects. There are two new projects from the 1930 Mexico Census this week, and the Colorado 1920 U.S. Census project is also new.

As FamilySearch continues to expand into international record collections, there is a growing, continual need for indexers who can read the respective languages. Even if a volunteer can only dedicate a few hours a month to an indexing project, when multiplied by thousands of online volunteers, small contributions of time by individuals can have a significant impact. Volunteers can register and participate immediately at www.familysearchindexing.org.

I have rearranged the following data by category.

RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECTS
Recently completed projects are those that have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process in preparation for future publication.

UNITED STATES VITAL RECORDS

  • Arkansas Marriages [Part 1]
  • Massachusetts Death Records 1906-1915
  • New Hampshire Early to 1900 Births

UNITED STATES 1870 CENSUS

  • Kentucky– 1870 US Census (Part 2)

UNITED STATES 1920 CENSUS

  • Arizona – 1920 US Federal Census
  • Illinois – 1920 US Census
  • Florida – 1920 US Census
  • Massachusetts– 1920 US Federal Census

CANADA 1861 CENSUS

  • New Brunswick 1861 Census
  • Nova Scotia 1861 Census
  • Prince Edward Island 1861 Census

MEXICO 1930 CENSUS

  • Guanajuato – 1930 Mexico Census
  • Guerrero – Censo de Mexico de 1930
  • Queretaro – Censo de Mexico de 1930

CURRENT PROJECTS, RECORD LANGUAGE, AND PERCENT OF COMPLETION STATUS

UNITED STATES MILITIA RECORDS

  • Vermont Militia Records – English – 15%

UNITED STATES VITAL RECORDS

  • Arkansas Marriages – Part 3 – English – 27%
  • Arkansas Marriages 4 – English 34%
  • Massachusetts Marriage Records 1906-1915 – English – 84%
  • New Hampshire – Early to 1900 Deaths – English – 83%

UNITED STATES TAX RECORDS

  • Ohio Tax Records – 2 of 4 – ENGLISH – 66%

UNITED STATES – STATE CENSUSES

  • Florida 1885 Census – English – 26%
  • Florida 1935 Census – English – 67%
  • Massachusetts – 1855 State Census – English – 76%
  • Massachusetts – 1865 State Census – English – 33%

UNITED STATES 1920 CENSUS

  • Arkansas – 1920 US Federal Census – English – 32%
  • Colorado – 1920 US Federal Census – English – NEW
  • Connecticut – 1920 US Federal Census – English – 55%

ARGENTINA CENSUS

  • Argentina Censo 1869 – Buenos Aires 2 – Spanish – 84%
  • Argentina Censo 1869 – Cordoba y San Luis – Spanish – 55%

BELGIUM

  • Belgique – Registres Des Décès (Français) – French – 14% – (Death Registers)
  • België – Overlijdens Registers – In het Nederlands – Dutch, Flemish – 14% (Death Registers)
  • Belgium – Antwerp Foreigners Index – English – 17%

CANADA

  • Nova Scotia Antigonish Church Records – English – 52%
  • Ontario 1861 Census – English – 20%

FLANDERS (in present-day Belgium, France, and the Netherlands)

  • Flanders Death Registration – French, Dutch, Flemish – 37%

FRANCE

  • France, Coutances, Paroisses de la Manche (church records) – French – 8%

GERMANY

  • Brandenburg Kirchenbücher (church books) – German – 35% – This percentage refers to a specific portion of a larger project.
  • Bremer Schifflisten (Bremen ship lists) – German – 20%

MEXICO

  • Nayarit – Censo de Mexico de 1930 – Spanish – 12%
  • Sonora – Censo de Mexico de 1930 – Spanish – NEW
  • Tabasco – Censo de Mexico de 1930 – Spanish – NEW
  • Tlaxcala – Censo de Mexico de 1930 – Spanish – 82%

UNITED KINGDOM

  • UK – Cheshire – Church Records – English – 51%
  • UK – Cheshire – Land Tax – English – 9%
  • UK – Cheshire – School Records – English – 4%

UKRAINE

  • Ukraine Kyiv 1840-1842 – Russian – 1%

VENEZUELA

  • Venezuela Mérida Registros Parroquiales (church records) – Spanish – 1%

NICARAGUA

  • Nicaragua, Managua Civil Records – Spanish – 9%

NORWAY

  • Norway 1875 Census part 1 – Norwegian – 2%

RUSSIA

  • St Petersburg Kirchenbuchduplikat 1833-1885 – German – 1%

SPAIN

  • España Lugo Registros Parroquiales (church records) [Part 1] – Spanish – 15%
    España Ávila Registros Parroquiales (church records) Spanish – 16%