Ancestry Launches Largest Online Collection of Wills and Probate Records in the USA – FREE Access Through Sept. 7

I spent a few hours searching for wills and probate documents at the Ancestry website yesterday, and found some for my family that I’d not previously seen. The following news release is from MarketWired:

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More Than 170 Million Documents From 1668-2005 Now Available Exclusively on Ancestry; New Collection Provides a Wealth of Deeper Stories About Ancestors’ Lives

To celebrate the launch of the new U.S. Wills and Probates collection on Ancestry, the collection along with all U.S. birth, marriage and death records, will be available to explore for FREE, September 2 (12pm MT) through September 7 (10pm MT).

PROVO, UT – (Marketwired – September 02, 2015) – More than 170 million pages from the largest collection of wills and probate records in the United States is now available online exclusively on Ancestry. With searchable records included from all 50 states spread over 337 years (1668-2005), this unprecedented collection launches a new category of records for family history research never before available online at this scale the United States.

Until now, these records have only been available offline. Ancestry spent more than two years bringing this collection online, working with hundreds of different archives from individual state and local courts across the country and making a $10M investment to license and digitize the records. The documents cover well over 100 million people, including the deceased as well as their family, friends and others involved in the probate process. Ancestry expects to continue to grow the collection, with additional records available over the next several years.

“Ancestry has worked hard over the past decade, to make available a variety of collections that can help the most seasoned family history expert and novices alike learn more about their ancestors,” said Todd Godfrey, Vice President of Global Content. “Ancestry’s vast collection of billions of unique historic records makes it the only place online that can give people such a comprehensive view into their family’s unique history.”

Today, state and federal census records are the most commonly searched collections in family history research, offering a variety of information that is important for building out your family tree. Wills however are one of the most desired types of records, as they can be a treasure trove of information that provides insight into your ancestors’ lives, loves, land, and possessions.

“Wills can offer an incredible view into the lives of your ancestors, going beyond names and dates, and providing insight into their personality, character, achievements, relationships, and more,” said Godfrey. “Reading these records you will find a deeper level of understanding about who your ancestors were, who they cared about, what they treasured, and how they lived.”

There is something for everyone in the new U.S. Wills and Probate collection on Ancestry, whether you are an experienced family historian or new to the pursuit. Some examples of what can be found in the collection include:

Rich Stories – A deeper level of understanding is possible when you learn about the more intricate details of your ancestors’ lives through their eyes; details that can tell new or more compelling stories of their everyday existence, and perhaps, shed light on their character and personality, as well as important subtext that can reflect the type of lifestyle, education, and status an ancestor may have had through language or possessions.
New Discoveries — Whether valuable heirlooms, sizable estates, or meager but treasured belongings to pass down, the riches of your ancestor’s lives can be found in a will. Family research can be fun when you “follow the money” and see who wound up with what or even, to which charities or organizations a person’s estate was entrusted.

Friends and Family Members – Many additional names can be found in a will in addition to the deceased. Wills can reveal new family members you didn’t know about, and identify new connections, and tell more about the relationships between people mentioned in the will. Intriguing controversies can be seen as you read about those close to them who were included in the will, and those who were cut out.

With a collection that begins with wills from the mid 17th century running through the early 21st, last wishes and estates of notables citizens that helped shape the nation over the past three hundred years can be found in this new collection of Wills and Probates, including past Presidents, businessmen, entrepreneurs, sports legends, famous entertainers, artists and writers, scientists, and much, much more.

Again – To celebrate the launch of the new U.S. Wills and Probates collection on Ancestry, the collection along with all U.S. birth, marriage and death records, will be available to explore for FREE, September 2 (12pm MT) through September 7 (10pm MT).

FamilySearch Adds Over 4.6 Million Indexed Records & Images for Australia, Canada, China, India, Peru, the Philippines, and the USA

The following is from FamilySearch. This posting is of databases announced by FamilySearch on May 18 & 26.

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FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 4.6 million indexed records and images for Australia, Canada, China, India, Peru, the Philippines, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 327,195 images from the Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874–1996 collection; 275,449 images from the Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890–2005 collection; 249,700 images from the Peru, San Martín, Civil Registration, 1850–1999 collection; 643,899 images from the Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1888–2005 collection; 608,881 images from the Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1881–2005 collection; and 531,346 images from the US, Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906–1994 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, 1828 Census – 0 – 2,530 – New browsable image collection.

Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration of Births, 1899–1912 – 0 – 12,662 – New browsable image collection.

Australia, Tasmania, Correspondence of the Immigration Office Concerning the Nomination, Arrival, and Settlement of Migrants, 1920–1943 – 0 – 90 – Added images to an existing collection.

Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records, 1829–1961 – 0 – 50,885 – Added images to an existing collection.

Australia, Tasmania, Government Gazette, 1833–1925 – 0 – 101,074 – New browsable image collection.

Australia, Victoria, Assisted Immigrant Arrivals at Victorian Ports, 1839–1871 – 0 – 127,892 – New browsable image collection.

Canada Passenger Lists, 1881–1922 – 0 – 2,111 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Newfoundland, Vital Statistics, 1753–1893 – 191,573 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

China Collection of Genealogies, 1239–2014 – 0 – 142,311 – Added images to an existing collection.

India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, 1194–2015 – 0 – 143,871 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1888–2005 – 0 – 643,899 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997 – 0 – 287,219 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1881–2005 – 0 – 608,881 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903–1998 – 0 – 110,758 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874–1996 – 0 – 327,195 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Moquegua, Civil Registration, 1850–1996 – 0 – 22,743 – New browsable image collection.

Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890–2005 – 116,677 – 275,449 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, San Martín, Civil Registration, 1850–1999 – 0 – 249,700 – New browsable image collection.

Philippines, Eastern Samar, Roman Catholic Diocese of Borongan, Parish Registers, 1842–1984 -0 – 32,304 – New browsable image collection.

US, California County Naturalizations, 1849–1949 – 0 – 99,436 – New browsable image collection.

US, Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906–1994 – 0 – 531,346 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Indiana, Marriages, 1811–2007 – Added images to an existing collection now totaling 1,242,528 images.

US, Michigan, Probate Records, 1797–1973 – 0 – 12,871 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Minnesota, County Birth Records, 1863–1983 – 0 – 9,777 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850–2001 – 0 – 367,790 – New browsable image collection.

US, Missouri, Deaths, 1835–1976 – 0 – 13,734 – New browsable image collection.

US, Utah Applications Indian War Service Medals, 1905–1912 – 0 – 7,861 – New browsable image collection.

US, Utah, Salt Lake City Cemetery Records, 1847–1976 – 0 – 70,504 – New browsable image collection.

US, Wisconsin, Milwaukee Petitions to Naturalization, 1848–1991 – 0 – 289 – Added images to an existing collection.

United States, Cancelled, Relinquished, or Rejected Land Entry Case Files, 1861–1932 – 0 – 161,468 – Added images to an existing collection.

Maine Probate Court Documents Going Online

The following teaser is from an excellent article written by Judy Harrison for the December 26, 2013 edition of the Bangor Daily News.
Susan Almy, registrar of probate for Penobscot County talks about the current filing system Oct. 30 at the Penobscot County court building. The Probate Court in Penobscot County is one of three in the state that is part of a pilot project to create an electronic case filing system in state courts.  Photo by Brian Feulner / Bangor Daily News

When Dana Hanley was elected probate judge in Oxford County 17 years ago, the registrar and clerks were using typewriters to fill out standard forms and to prepare orders for him to sign. Under Hanley’s leadership and in consultation with and cooperation from all 16 counties, the probate courts are the first in Maine to move into the 21st century.

Slowly but surely since 2006, the courts responsible for dealing with estates, adoptions, conservatorships, adult and minor guardianships and name changes have been working toward going paperless, Susan Almy, registrar of probate for Penobscot County, said recently.

Eventually, nearly all probate court documents will be available on www.maineprobate.net

Read the full article.

FamilySearch Adds Over 3.1 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from England, New Zealand, Sweden, & the USA

The following data was received from FamilySearch:
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FamilySearch has recently added more than 3.1 million indexed records and images from England, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 2,669,755 indexed records from the New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855–1973, collection, the 272,611 indexed records from the U.S., Arkansas, First Draft Registration Cards, 1940–1945, collection, and the 115,441 indexed records and images from the new England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538–1910, 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

England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538-1910 – 110,294 – 5,147 – New index records and images collection.

New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855-1973 – 2,669,755 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.

New Zealand, Probate Records, 1848-1991 – 0 – 4,344 – Added images to an existing collection.

Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 – 68,822 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.

U.S., Arkansas, First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945 – 272,611 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.

U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910 – 32,769 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.

Handbook to New York Probate Records

New York Probate Records—A Genealogist’s Guide to Testate and Intestate Records, Second Edition, is a directory-styled handbook by Gordon L. Remington. Broken down by county, this guide shows where and how to locate New York State probate records. These records cover over 350 years of probate history in the region.

Why might you need a resource directory like this book? In a comment to one of my blogs, someone suggested that indexes may not be as perfect as we wish they were. For this reason, among others, the author makes a key point, “The availability of probate [or any] records on the Internet, however, does not obviate the need to consult the original records (at the court house and/or on microfilm) and published abstracts thereof.”  This book provides you the information needed to find and personally examine probate records.

In a nice use of two-color printing, the author breaks information down the available resources, first by county then by courts, special notes, and resource locations. For example, most county sections contain the following subsections and information:

  • Surrogate’s Court – listing includes address, county seat, date formed, phone and email, hours, and website
  • Special Notes – author’s comments
  • Records on Microfilm at the Family History Library – with records by name and indexes
  • Published Records and Indexes – bibliographical type list of published records
  • Records on Internet – name, website, and description of online resources

New York Probate Records is one of the easiest to follow guides of its type I have seen. For those with New York ancestors this handbook will surely help you find any existing probate records.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Using This Book
Understanding New York State Probate Records
Surrogate’s Courts
Appendixes

  1. New York Counties
  2. Defunct New York Counties
  3. Organizations Helpful in Research
  4. Abstracted Early New York State Probate Material
  5. Working with Published Records

Glossary
Index

 

Copies of New York Probate Records are available at Family Roots Publishing; Price: $24.45.

Finding Massachusetts Probate Records

The following teaser is from an article by Robin C. Mason, published in the February 28, 2013 edition of the examiner.com:

Probate records can add more to your genealogy than heirs and possibly death dates; it can add stories and intrigue.

At the Massachusetts Archives, I held the actual probate papers for my seventh great grandfather. He died intestate (without a will), probably of smallpox which was epidemic in Boston at the time (1721). At first, I wasn’t sure I had the correct ancestor as I paged through papers of administration, inventory lists, receipts and expenses. And then I discovered a letter to the court from the orphaned children’s uncle, explaining how my ancestor sent his children to Ipswich to live with their uncle right before his own death. The probate packet didn’t give me the names of the children, but it provided enough details to piece together his life and circumstances.

While looking for an obituary in a newspaper, I unexpectedly found a one-liner mentioning the probate of my third great grandmother’s estate. I had pictured her as a poor, illiterate immigrant, so “estate” sounded too big of a word for her, really. When I received the probate papers, however, I discovered my ancestor had $314.72 deposited in the bank. She had no real estate or personal property to speak of, just cash in a bank. Curious. The details are scant, but at least the bare-bones document ties together three previously presumed-related siblings.

Robin goes on to explain how to go about finding Massachusetts Probate Records. A good article. Check it out. You might want to turn your sound volume down. The site was broadcasting news of a sports event when I was reading…

Pinellas County, Florida Civil/Probate Records Retention Center Opens

The following excerpt is from an article published in the August 13, 2012 edition of tbnweekly.com:

CLEARWATER – The Clerk of the Court announced that its records and information management civil/probate records retention center is open to the public as of Monday, August 13.

The records retention center is a newly-created area located in the Swisher Building, 509 East Ave. S. in Clearwater. The entrance is located off of East Avenue, north of the main building entrance.

The civil/probate retention center is a full service office, just like the 49th Street record retention facility. Parking is available across the street and in the large overflow lot located south of Turner Street and west of the railroad tracks.

Read the full article.

Wills & Probate Records: A Guide for Family Historians

Wills & Probate Records: A Guide for Family Historians  is a publication of the British National Archives. This books examines family law records, which provide a wealth of detail about individuals and families. Social status, wealth, personal character and more can be learned from many of these records. The reader will learn how to find, read, and extract evidence and data from these records; including, those records scattered in church courts before central registration was introduced in 1858.

Wills & Probate Records “explores documents and institutions, legal terms and Latin phrases, as well as navigating the rapidly expanding online resources that have transformed family history research.” The authors note, that while these legal documents can be dry and mundane, they can also show a level of emotion, feelings, and thoughts not found in other records. Litigation records, over wills, can often show a persons character. This book covers all these records, even death duty records, which can show a person’s wealth.

Books published by the [British] National Archives have long been favored among researches. All the titles they have produced were written by highly trained experts and edited for easy reading. Wills & Probates was written by legal records experts with advice from family historians. Here are some other professionally produced and popular volumes from the National Archives:

Unfortunately, the National Archives is no longer in the publishing business. Once these books are gone, they are gone. At this point, the Archives has no intention of reprinting or creating new editions for any of these books.

 

Order a copy of Wills & Probate: A Guide for Family Historians while they are still available, from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: TNA17, Price: $24.45.

 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Using the National Archives

Introduction

1 Understanding Wills

  • Why Wills Matter
  • What is a Will?
  • The Origin of Wills
  • Some Key Terms
  • The Probate Process
  • Which Probate Court?
  • Case Study

2 Wills and Administrations From 1858

  • The Probate Act 1957
  • Wills Proved in England and Wales
  • Obtaining a Copy of a Will
  • The Court of Probate
  • Location of Records
  • Estates Without Next of Kin
  • Resealing in London of Scottish and Irish Wills
  • Wills of the Royal Family
  • Case Study

3 Finding a Will Before 1858

  • Online Search Strategies
  • Records Held Locally
  • Ecclesiastical Courts
  • Prerogative Court of York
  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury
  • Types of Records
  • Other Prerogative Court of Canterbury Sources
  • Interregnum
  • Other Testamentary Jurisdictions
  • Non-Anglican Wills
  • Extending your Search
  • Case Studies

4 Administrations Before 1858

  • Intestacy
  • The Records
  • Finding an Administration
  • Additional Information from Administrations
  • Administration Bonds
  • Special or Limited Administrations
  • Administrations Granted as Part of Probate

5 Interpreting Wills

  • Drafting a Will
  • How ere Wills Recorded?
  • Likely Contents of a Will
  • Validity
  • People Unable to leave a Valid Will
  • Reading Wills

6 Inventories and Accounts

  • What are Inventories?
  • What are Accounts
  • Litigation
  • Debt
  • Finding Inventories and Accounts
  • Reading Inventories

7 Death Duty Registers, 1796-1903

  • Introduction to ‘Death Duties’
  • Short Cuts to Wills and Administrations
  • Death Duty Registration as Sources
  • Legacy Duty (from 1796)
  • Succession Duty (from 1853)
  • Estate Duty (from 1894)
  • The Layout of the Registers
  • Related Records at the National Archives
  • Case Study

8 Litigation

  • People at their Worst, Records at their Best
  • Disputes brought before Church, Equity and Common-Law Courts
  • Disputes in the Prerogative court of Canterbury
  • Signs of a Probate Dispute or Problem
  • Contentious and Non-Contentious Business
  • Appeals
  • Disputes in Courts of Equity and Common Law
  • Additional Sources for Research
  • Records of the Courts of York
  • Litigation after 1858
  • Criminal Trials for Fraud over Wills and Administrations
  • Non-Contentious Business
  • Children and the Appointment of Guardians
  • Dormant Funds or Money in Chancery
  • Case Studies

9 Other Probate Records

  • Military Wills and Powers of Attorney
  • Deeds
  • Overseas Probate courts
  • Royal Wills
  • Miscellaneous Series at the National Archives
  • Other Major Probate Collections
  • Case Studies

10 Scotland, Ireland, The Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands

  • Scottish Probate Records
  • Irish Probate Records
  • Isle of Man Wills
  • Channel Island Wills

11 Research Techniques

  • Wills before 1858
  • Wills after 1858
  • Death Duties
  • Intestacy

Appendix 1 The National Archives’ Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PROB) Series

Appendix 2 Glossary

Useful Addresses and Websites

Further Reading

Index

Ancestry.co.uk Adds Six Million British Probate Records

Ancestry.com has continurd to post images of the British “National Probate Calendar” (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966. Included in the entries are those of many famous folks, as well as many of our ancestors and relatives.

The following teaser is from an article published in the May 23, 2012 edition of London24.com:

The amount of money left in wills by famous Londoners including Florence Nightingale and Winston Churchill has been published online for the first time.

Family history website Ancestry.co.uk said six million probate records are included in the collection, dating from 1942 to 1966.

The records show that former prime minister Churchill left effects totalling more than £300,000 (£4.8 million in today’s money), while wartime nurse Florence Nightingale left an estate worth £36,000 – the equivalent of £3.5m – when she died in 1910.

Comedian and singer George Formby left almost £150,000, while Welsh poet Dylan Thomas left just £100, according to the collection.

Read the full article.

Old Wedding Invitation Leads to Heir

The following excerpt is from the February 20, 2011 edition of the Wetzel Chronicle.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An old wedding invitation has helped West Virginia officials track down the heir to a South Charleston resident’s estate and give her more than $480,000.

A niece of J.D. Mier will get $481,335.70 after the executor of Mier’s estate found her in Ohio after finding the invitation in boxes of personal documents. State Treasurer John Perdue presented executor Robin Klapproth with the check on Friday.

Read the full aticle.

DeKalb County, Illinois, Probate Books & Case Files 1843-1922 Being Digitized by FamilySearch

The following excerpt is from an article in the October 17, 2011 edition of the Daily Chronicle.

SYCAMORE – Probate books and probate case files from 1843-1922 will soon be available to the community as digital images.

The DeKalb County [Illinois] Circuit Clerk’s Office is working with Genealogical FamilySearch of Utah, a nonprofit corporation sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, to complete the project, according to a news release from the office. The project is being done at no cost to the courts or the public.

These records currently are stored off-site, according to the news release, and the project will will allow the Circuit Clerk’s office to make these records immediately available upon request.

The conversion is expected to be completed in 10 months.

Read the full article.

Handbook to New York Probate Records

New York Probate Records—A Genealogist’s Guide to Testate and Intestate Records, Second Edition, is a new directory-styled handbook by Gordon L. Remington. Broken down by county, this guide shows where and how to locate New York State probate records. These records cover over 350 years of probate history in the region.

Why might you need a resource directory like this book? In a comment to one of my recent blogs, someone suggested that indexes may not be as perfect as we wish they were. For this reason, among others, the author makes a key point, “The availability of probate [or any] records on the Internet, however, does not obviate the need to consult the original records (at the court house and/or on microfilm) and published abstracts thereof.”  This book provides you the information needed to find and personally examine probate records.

In a nice use of two-color printing, the author breaks information down the available resources, first by county then by courts, special notes, and resource locations. For example, most county sections contain the following subsections and information:

  • Surrogate’s Court – listing includes address, county seat, date formed, phone and email, hours, and website
  • Special Notes – author’s comments
  • Records on Microfilm at the Family History Library – with records by name and indexes
  • Published Records and Indexes – bibliographical type list of published records
  • Records on Internet – name, website, and description of online resources

New York Probate Records is one of the easiest to follow guides of its type I have seen. For those with New York ancestors this handbook will surely help you find any existing probate records.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Using This Book
Understanding New York State Probate Records
Surrogate’s Courts
Appendixes

  1. New York Counties
  2. Defunct New York Counties
  3. Organizations Helpful in Research
  4. Abstracted Early New York State Probate Material
  5. Working with Published Records

Glossary
Index

 Copies of New York Probate Records are available at Family Roots Publishing, Item #NE04

Records Posted from Belgium, England, Nicaragua, Peru, Russia, USA, & Mexico at FamilySearch.org

Mexico Collections Account for 6 Million of 8 Million New Images
New Records From Belgium, England, Nicaragua, Peru, Russia

23 August 2011 – Along with six million images added to Mexico collections at FamilySearch.org this week, additions were made to collections from six other countries. Browse through newly–added parish register records from Belgium and England, or the new collection of church book records from Russia. Additionally, new records from eight U.S. states: Maryland, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia, are now available at FamilySearch.org.

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 has 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.

Collection – Records – Images – Comments

New Collections for Spain & the USA, while Canada, Italy & Poland Collections Add Images At FamilySearch

The following was received from FamilySearch:

16 August 2011: Among the thousands of records added to FamilySearch.org this week are new images of testaments (wills) from Cádiz, Spain. Also, be sure to check out new United States military records for Louisiana and Washington as well as a new collection of North Carolina estate files. Estate files can offer an insightful look at an ancestor’s living conditions. Additionally, Canada, Italy, and Poland collections were updated. All these records and more can be viewed at FamilySearch.org.

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 has 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.

Collection – Records – Images – Comments

  • Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800–1900 – 0 – 7,728 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
  • Italy, Civil Registration, 1806–1940 – 0 – 79,652 – Added browsable images to existing collection for Catania, Cuneo and Genova.
  • Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600–1950 – 0 – 3,623 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
  • Spain, Cádiz, Testaments, 1550–1920 – 0 – 10,463 – New browsable image collection.
  • U.S., Louisiana, First Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1940–1945 – 0 – 56,778 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
  • U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663–1917 – 3,292 – 47,282 – New index collection.
  • U.S., Washington State, Army National Guard Records, 1880–1947 – 0 – 15,214 Added browsable images to existing collection.

New Historic Brazil & Honduras Records Online at FamilySearch.org

The following news release was received from Paul Nauta, with FamilySearch.

New Historic Brazil and Honduras Records Online

Six Additional Country Collections Also Updated

More digital images poured out of the FamilySearch pipeline this week—over 2 million, in fact. Historic record collections for 8 countries were updated: Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Switzerland, U.S., and Wales. The biggest winners were Brazil and Honduras. More than 1.7 million images were added to the Brazil Civil Registration collection, with records from 1870 to 2009. And 346,000 church records were added for Honduras. These birth, marriage, death, and church records are very valuable because they usually include multiple generations in a single document. See the table below for details of all the updates this week. You can search all of the record collections now for free at FamilySearch.org.

If you are enjoying the steady stream of free records added weekly, please consider “giving back” as a FamilySearch volunteer. You can start and stop volunteering at any time. Find out more at indexing.familysearch.org.

Collection

Records

Images

Comment

Brazil Civil Registration, 1870–2009

19,319

1,688,985

Added images and index to existing collection.

Chile, Concepcion, Civil Registration, 1885–1903

0

43,001

Added browsable images to existing collection.

El Salvador, Civil Registration Records, 1867–1910

0

25,938

Added browsable images to existing collection.

Honduras, Church Records, 1895–1931

0

346,448

Added browsable images to existing collection.

Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545–1970

0

38,391

Added browsable images to existing collection.

Switzerland, Basel City, Local Citizenship Requests, 1348–1798

0

1,751

New browsable image collection.

U.S., Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1792–1983

0

86,744

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S., Mississippi, Tippah County Records, 1836–1923

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20,542

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S., Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files, 1813–1900

0

14,696

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S., Ohio, Stark County Court Records, 1809–1917

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49,819

New browsable image collection.

United States, 1890 Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War

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90,497

New browsable image collection.

Wales, Probate Abstracts, 1773–1780

0

34,851

Added browsable images to existing collection.

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