New FamilySearch Database Collections as of December 6, 2015

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There were 18 new, free historic record collections added or updated this week at FamilySearch.org. Some highlights include the Australia New South Wales Census 1891, Connecticut District Court Naturalization Indexes 1851-1992, United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014 with nearly 15 million new records, Massachusetts Revolutionary War Index Cards to Muster Rolls 1775-1783, North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1979, Brazil Rio de Janeiro Immigration Cards 1900-1965, Germany Hesse Frankfurt Civil Registration Deaths Indexes 1928-1978,and Italy Taranto Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1926. Explore these and many others by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Australia New South Wales Census 1891 – 326,076 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Australia Tasmania Miscellaneous Records 1829-1961 – 88,059 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Brazil Rio de Janeiro Immigration Cards 1900-1965 – 2,213,292 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Colombia Catholic Church Records 1576-2014 – 0 – 403,033 – Added images to an existing collection
Germany Hesse Frankfurt Civil Registration Deaths Indexes 1928-1978 – 567,031 – 16,700 – New indexed records and images collection
Italy Taranto Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1926 – 220,095 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Manitoba Probate Records 1871-1930 – 51,868 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Switzerland Bern Civil Registration 1792-1876 – 16,590 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES
Connecticut District Court Naturalization Indexes 1851-1992 – 261,034 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Hawaii Index to Filipino Passengers Arriving at Honolulu 1900-1952 – 137,926 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts Revolutionary War Index Cards to Muster Rolls 1775-1783 – 0 – 641,406 – New browsable image collection.
North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1979 – 25,757 – 580,366 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Ohio Passenger and Crew Lists arriving at Ashtabula and Conneaut 1952-1974 – 85,006 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ohio Trumbull County Records 1795-2010 – 0 – 133,347 – Added images to an existing collection
Wisconsin Crew Lists of Ship Arrivals 1925-1956 – 4,352 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Wisconsin Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Manitowoc 1925-1956 – 4,231 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Wisconsin Milwaukee Passenger and Crew Lists 1922-1963 – 66,627 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014 – 0 – 14,934,757 – Added images to an existing collection

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

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

New FamilySearch Database Collections Added the Week of July 20, 2015

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Historic Philippines records stand out in this week’s collections update with more than 380,000 browsable digital images. Philippines Civil Registration (Archives Division) 1902-1945, Philippines Civil Registration (Local) 1888-1984, Philippines Civil Registration (Spanish Period) 1706-1911, and Philippines Pangasinan Civil Registration 1945-1981 are now searchable at FamilySearch.org. Explore the complete weekly update by clicking on the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

France Haute-Garonne Toulouse Censuses 1872 and 1886 – 0 – 10,250 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Civil Registration (Archives Division) 1902-1945 – 0 – 143,591 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Philippines Civil Registration (Local) 1888-1984 – 0 – 195,161 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Civil Registration (Spanish Period) 1706-1911 – 0 – 36,436 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Pangasinan Civil Registration 1945-1981 – 5,956 – 9,788 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Switzerland Fribourg Census 1834 – 59,334 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

UNITED STATES RECORDS
Missouri County Marriage Naturalization and Court Records 1800-1991 – 322,579 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection
United States Census 1820 – 1,410 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

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

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

Switzerland Place Name Indexes (In English & auf Deutsch)

Finding cities, towns, and other places by name is not always as simple a task as one might expect. For genealogists researching their ancestral origins, a lack of familiarity with local human geography of foreign countries along with language barriers and name changes, can make the research process all the more difficult. Having a complete list of place names for a given country has obvious value. Having a reverse alphabetical index may be even more valuable.

Reverse indexes help researchers uncover town names when they have partial names but not complete names. Specifically, when they have the last part of a name, but not the first part. This happens more often than you may think. Over time, documents are damaged from weather, water, bugs, mold, over-tight bindings, and more. Ink blots and poor imaging, for electronic and microfilmed resources, may also attribute to the loss of information. Misspelling may also mislead researchers. A reverse alphabetical index may help uncover towns and locations, filling in missing or damaged information.

Switzerland Place Name Indexes is a CD based index to locations in Switzerland, providing both English and German spellings. The disc includes, among other searches, both alphabetical and reverse alphabetical indexes. If fact, this tool offers the identification of correct place name spellings through four different search options:

  1. Alphabetical Indexes: For all of Switzerland or by canton, search for a specific set of letters in the standard alphabetical order.
  2. Reverse alphabetical indexes: For all of Switzerland or by canton, search for a specific set of letters at the end of a place name.
  3. Interior searches: For all of Switzerland or by canton, search for any combination of consecutive letters (such as -berg-) in any position of the place name.
  4. Parish affiliation search: Determine the parish to which any given town in Switzerland belongs.

This CD-ROM is compatible with any PC Windows browser. The program is completely bilingual, so that users who read both German and English can enjoy the search options. Instructions for the use of the reverse alphabetical indexes are provided, as is a map of the cantons of Switzerland. Any researcher with a desktop or a laptop computer featuring a CD-ROM drive can now perform these searches in seconds and solve the mysteries of spellings for place names in Switzerland.

Order a copy of Switzerland Place Name Indexes from Family Roots Publishing.

FamilySearch Adds Over 192 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, the USA & Wales

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FamilySearch has recently added more than 192 million indexed records and images from Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, the United States, and Wales. Notable collection updates include the 314,910 images from the Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1387–1936, collection, the 576,176 indexed records from the United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907–1933, collection, and the 189,395,454 indexed records from the United States Public Records Index. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1848-2013 – 0 – 126,870 – Added images to an existing collection.

Brazil, Minas Gerais, Catholic Church Records, 1706-1999 – 0 – 827 – Added images to an existing collection.

Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2013 – 0 – 94,516 – Added images to an existing collection.

Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2012 – 0 – 111,526 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890-2005 – 0 – 176,918 – Added images to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1387-1936 – 0 – 314,910 – Added images to an existing collection.

Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1842 – 0 – 2,851 – New browsable image collection.

Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1845 – 0 – 3,062 – New browsable image collection.

Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1850 – 0 – 2,968 – New browsable image collection.

Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1860 – 0 – 20,530 – New browsable image collection.

Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1870 – 0 – 22,554 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950 – 324,971 – 690,459 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

United States Public Records Index – 189,395,454 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933 – 576,176 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 – 644,004 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Wales, Court and Miscellaneous Records, 1542-1911 – 0 – 84,676 – Added images to an existing collection.

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

The following is from FamilySearch Sept 17, 2013:

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

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

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

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FamilySearch Adds More Than 5.7 Million Images to New Massachusetts Land Records Collection

The following Data is from FamilySearch May 30, 2013:
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FamilySearch has added more than 7.3 million images this week from Austria, Brazil, China, Honduras, Luxembourg, Peru, Portugal, Switzerland, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 5,766,135 images from the new U.S., Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986, collection, the 337,367 images from the new Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841-1968, collection, and the 191,701 images from the new U.S., Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900-1953, 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

Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537–1888 – 0 – 237,988 – Added images to an existing collection.
Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2012 – 0 – 116,423 – Added images to an existing collection.
China, Cemetery Records, 1820-1983 – 0 – 72,747 – New browsable image collection.
China, Collection of Genealogies, 1239-2011 – 0 – 204,422 – Added images to an existing collection.
Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841-1968 – 0 – 337,367 – New browsable image collection.
Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1793-1923 – 0 – 84,251 – Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1995 – 0 – 5,417 – Added images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Beja, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1911 – 0 – 94,902 – Added images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Braga, Priest Application Files (Genere et Moribus), 1596-1911 – 0 – 69,030 – New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Évora, Civil Registration and Miscellaneous Records, 1554-1938 – 0 – 5,708 – New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537-1909 – 0 – 83,446 – Added images to an existing collection.
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1811 – 0 – 2,387 – New browsable image collection.
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1818 – 0 – 2,369 – New browsable image collection.
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1834 – 0 – 2,436 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900-1953 – 0 – 191,701 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Idaho, Gooding County Records, 1879-1962 – 0 – 52,108 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Maine, Piscataquis County, Deed Books, 1838-1902 – 0 – 56,970 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986 – 0 – 5,766,135 – New browsable image collection.

Switzerland Place Name Indexes

A complete list of place names for countries has obvious value to the family history researcher. However, a reverse alphabetical index may be even more valuable. Reverse indexes help researchers uncover town names when they have partial names but not complete names. Specifically, when they have the last part of a name, but not the first part. This happens more often than you may think. Over time, documents are damaged from weather, water, bugs, mold, over-tight bindings, and more. Ink blots and poor imaging, for electronic and microfilmed resources, may also attribute to the loss of information. Misspelling may also mislead researchers. A reverse alphabetical index may help uncover towns and locations, filling in missing or damaged information.

Switzerland Place Name Indexes is a CD based index to locations in Switzerland, providing both English and German spellings. The disc includes, among other searches, both alphabetical and reverse alphabetical indexes. If fact, this tool offers the identification of correct place name spellings through four different search options:

  1. Alphabetical Indexes: For all of Switzerland or by canton, search for a specific set of letters in the standard alphabetical order.
  2. Reverse alphabetical indexes: For all of Switzerland or by canton, search for a specific set of letters at the end of a place name.
  3. Interior searches: For all of Switzerland or by canton, search for any combination of consecutive letters (such as -berg-) in any position of the place name.
  4. Parish affiliation search: Determine the parish to which any given town in Switzerland belongs.

This CD-ROM is compatible with any PC Windows browser. The program is completely bilingual, so that users who read both German and English can enjoy the search options. Instructions for the use of the reverse alphabetical indexes are provided, as is a map of the cantons of Switzerland. Any researcher with a desktop or a laptop computer featuring a CD-ROM drive can now perform these searches in seconds and solve the mysteries of spellings for place names in Switzerland.

Order a copy of Switzerland Place Name Indexes from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: M0026, Price: $14.70.

 

76M New US Historic Records & Millions more for Brazil, China, Ireland, Italy, Russia, & Spain Added at FamilySearch.org

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76 million much-anticipated state census, naturalization, immigration, and vital records were added this week for 22 states, including Ohio, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Since partnering with the National Archives of Italy to digitally preserve and index its civil registration, more than 24 million images have been published and 4 million names have been made searchable on FamilySearch.org. Millions more free records were published this week for Armenia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, and Switzerland. Search these diverse collections and 2.8 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 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.

Foreign Country Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Armenia, Church Books, 1838-1929 – 0 – 23,781 – New browsable image collection.
Brazil, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965 – 336,090 – 597,070 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1890-1980 – 0 – 175,292 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Canada, British Columbia, Wills, 1861-1981 – 0 – 127,172 – New browsable image collection.
Canada, Saskatchewan, Probate Estate Files, 1887-1931 – 0 – 312,198 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Chile, Santiago, Cementerio General, 1821-2011 – 0 – 114,525 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
China, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-1980 – 0 – 1,360,481 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2010 – 0 – 668,102 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843-1921 – 0 – 31,176 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1948 – 0 – 1,122,697 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Estonia, Population Registers, 1918-1944 – 0 – 37,107 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Germany, Bavaria, Traunstein, Family Group Sheets, 1830-1918 – 0 – 61,932 – New browsable image collection.
Hungary, Civil Registration, 1895-1980 – 0 – 15,844 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
India, Punjab, Moga Land Ownership Pedigrees, 1887-1958 – 0 – 1,605 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924 – 3,127,594 – 133,011 – New affiliate indexed records and browsable images.
Italy, Catania, Catania, Civil Registration (Comune), 1820-1905 – 0 – 21,926 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Catania, Diocesi di Acireale, Catholic Church Records, 1560-1941 – 0 – 59,711 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Toscana, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1808-1923 – 0 – 3,171,819 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Japan, Village Records, 709-1934 – 0 – 57,591 – New browsable image collection.
Netherlands, Limburg Province, Certificates of Nationality, 1860-1913 – 0 – 68,237 – New browsable image collection.
New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855-1973 – 366,063 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1995 – 0 – 27,329 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Peru, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996 – 0 – 30,866 – New browsable image collection.
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 – 0 – 105,277 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 0 – 306,181 – New browsable image collection.
Peru, Lambayeque, Civil Registration, 1873-1998 – 0 – 583,011 – New browsable image collection.
Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 – 0 – 54,834 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600-1950 – 0 – 36,579 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Coimbra, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911 – 0 – 351,853 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Viseu, Catholic Church Records, 1523-1989 – 0 – 91,319 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Russia, Samara Church Books, 1869-1917 – 138,277 – 1,851,515 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection
Slovakia, Census, 1869 – 0 – 278,392 – New browsable image collection.
Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records, 1504-1979 – 566,136 – 23 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1583-1902 – 0 – 84,297 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Switzerland, Bern, Civil Registration, 1792-1876 – 0 – 4,900 – New browsable image collection.

United States Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

United States Census, 1940 (Alabama, California, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Washington) – 20,975,134 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
United States, Alabama, County Probate Records, 1830-1976 – 0 – 611,330 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Arkansas, Second Registration Draft Cards, 1948-1959 – 61,237 – 11 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1820-1948 – 0 – 119,418 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1629-1983 – 0 – 74,753 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Michigan, Probate Records, 1797-1973 – 0 – 1,261,323 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2012 – 0 – 37,097 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Nevada, County Marriages, 1862-1993 – 0 – 123,409 – New browsable image collection.
United States, New Jersey, State Census, 1905 – 2,146,861 – 0 – New Indexed collection.
United States, New York State Census, 1915 – 9,742,867 – 117,082 – New affiliate indexed records and affiliate image links.
United States, New York State Census, 1925 – 11,117,922 – 130,042 – New affiliate indexed records and affiliate image links.
United States, New York, County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980 – 0 – 2,129,659 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971 – 0 – 3,800,317 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Ohio, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1977 – 0 – 1,097,134 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950 – 342,186 – 256,680 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Births, 1860-1906 – 1,022,168 – 140,547 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994 – 0 – 3,197,552 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Texas, Divorce Index, 1968-2010 – 3,599,300 – 0 – New Indexed collection.
United States, Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010 – 7,606,159 – 0 – New Indexed collection.
United States, Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005 – 0 – 927,764 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 – 0 – 32,775 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 – 2,943,096 – 0 – New Indexed collection.
United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 – 1,844,985 – 500,007 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.

Legendary Swiss Marksman William Tell – Freedom Fighter or Murderer?

The following excerpt is from a fascinating column posted in the September 29, 2011 edition of swissinfo.ch:


Legendary Swiss marksman William Tell is often portrayed as a heroic freedom fighter. But when he killed the Habsburg bailiff, was it not the act of a murderer?

In a new exhibition, the Neuchâtel Art and History Museum takes a provocative look at Switzerland’s mythical hero throughout the ages. State archives also reveal the western canton’s early interest in Tell.

William Tell, a simple peasant from canton Uri, has been reinvented many times over the centuries: saint, legendary figure, mythical being, an apostle of freedom, but at other times a political murderer.

“Tell is an extremely malleable character; he’s ambiguous with all kinds of different faces,” curator Jean-Daniel Morerod, a professor of medieval history at Neuchâtel University, told swissinfo.ch.

Inside the exhibition a larger-than-life statue of the marksman dressed in a yellow-blue-and-red-striped mercenary uniform dating from 1585 prepares to shoot a bolt.

The huge wooden figure used to stand at the entrance of Bern’s arsenal to impress visitors.

“The authorities were proud of the threat that Tell represented at the end of the 16th century,” said Morerod.

Read the full article.

FamilySearch Adds 16M New Records, including those for Brazil, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, Czech Republic, Ecuador, and the U.S.A.

The following news release was written by FamilySearch.org staff:

21 September 2011: Among the 16 million records added to FamilySearch.org this week, over six million are from the United States, including new collections from California, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New York, Oregon, and Vermont. Additionally, five million new Civil Registration and Catholic Church records from Mexico are now available for free viewing at FamilySearch.org. Begin searching now!

Searchable records on FamilySearch.org are made possible by thousands of volunteers from around the world who transcribe (index) the information from handwritten records to make it searchable by computer. More volunteers are needed to help accelerate this important work of preserving and freely publishing important genealogical records. To learn more about the FamilySearch indexing program, visit indexing.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
Brazil, Immigration Cards, 1900–1965 – 125,830 – 223,708 – New index collection.
Nova Scotia, Queens County, Notes of Thomas Brenton Smith, 1700–1950 – 0 – 30,314 – New browsable image collection.
Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800–1900 – 0 – 29,368 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Canada, Saskatchewan Provincial Records, 1879–1987 – 0 – 31,848 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Cote d’Ivoire, Census, 1975 – 0 – 70,627 – New browsable image collection.
Czech Republic, Censuses 1843–1921 – 0 – 90,710 – New browsable image collection.
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801–2006 – 0 – 17,634 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565–1996 – 0 – 1,195,284 – New browsable image collection.
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895–1980 – 0 – 45,046 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Catholic Church Records – 0 – 21,584 – Added browsable images to existing collection for Catania and L’Aquila.
Italy, Civil Registration, 1806–1940 – 0 – 212,843 – Added browsable images to existing collection for Cuneo, Genova, and Treviso
Mexico, Chiapas, Civil Registration, 1861–1990 – 0 – 1,523,742 – New browsable image collection.
Mexico, Coahuila, Civil Registration, 1861–1998 – 0 – 1,176,741 – New browsable image collection.
Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590–1995 – 0 – 3,464 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Mexico, Nuevo León, Civil Registration, 1859–1962 – 0 – 700,788 – New browsable image collection.
Mexico, Sonora, Civil Registration, 1861–1995 – 0 – 2,808 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Mexico, Zacatecas, Civil Registration, 1860–2000 – 0 – 1,371,091 – New browsable image collection.
New Zealand, Probate Records, 1878–1960 – 0 – 8,535 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1687–1992 – 0 – 765,138 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Spain, Municipal Records, 1837–1903 – 0 – 1,428,443 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1641–1860 – 36,464 – 2,048 – Added index and links to Sweden for images to existing collection.
Switzerland, Church Records, 1277–1992 – 0 – 447,199 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1875–2011 – 210,524 – 0 – Added new records. Now current as of 31 Aug 2011.
California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893–1953 – 0 – 356,671 – New browsable image collection.
California, San Mateo County Records, 1856–1967 – 0 – 17,600 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Idaho, Cassia County Records, 1879–1960 – 0 – 25,161 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Idaho, Teton County Records, 1900–1988 – 0 – 2,138 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Illinois, Probate Records, 1819–1970 – 0 – 105,071 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Indiana, Marriages, 1811–1959 – 40,349 – 0 – Added images and index to existing collection.
Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820–1945 – 0 – 217,181 – New browsable image collection.
Louisiana, Orleans Parish Second District Judicial Court Case Files, 1846–1880 – 0 – 43,766 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Maine, Aroostook County Deed Books, 1865–1900 – 0 – 116,427 – New browsable image collection.
Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1792–1983 – 0 – 43,782 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Estate Files, 1686–1881 – 0 – 38,707 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Mississippi State Archives, Various Records, 1820–1951 – 0 – 36,055 – New browsable image collection.
Montana, Cascade County Records, 1888–1945 – 0 – 88,732 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
New York State Census, 1865 – 0 – 55,023 – New browsable image collection.
New York, New York City, Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church Records, 1862–1955 – 0 – 3,561 – New browsable image collection.
New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1925–1942 – 0 – 2,572,496 – New browsable image collection.
New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787–1938 – 0 – 59,021 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1899–1921 – 0 – 61,695 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
North Carolina, County Records, 1833–1970 – 0 – 55,317 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
North Carolina, State Supreme Court Case Files, 1800–1909 – 0 – 148,125 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files, 1813–1900 – 0 – 38,089 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Oregon, Baker County Records, 1862–1950 – 0 – 66,538 – New browsable image collection.
Oregon, Benton County Records, 1856–1984 – 0 – 75,599 – New browsable image collection.
Oregon, County Marriages, 1851–1975 – 55,959 – 5,466 – New index collection.
Oregon, Polk County Records, 1857–1972 – 0 – 34,823 – New browsable image collection.
Texas, Gonzalez de la Garza Genealogy Collection – 0 – 24,113 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1908–1949 – 2,138 – 589 – Added images and index to existing collection for 1920 Death certificates.
Vermont, Town Records, 1850–2005 – 0 – 75,597 – New browsable image collection.
Washington State, Army National Guard Records, 1880–1947 – 0 – 31,670 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, National Homes For Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866–1938 – 0 – 15,219 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812–1815 – 0 – 622,984 – New browsable image collection.
United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 – 1,104,972 – 2,990 – Added index and images for new state (Pennsylvania) 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

0

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

0

49,819

New browsable image collection.

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

0

90,497

New browsable image collection.

Wales, Probate Abstracts, 1773–1780

0

34,851

Added browsable images to existing collection.

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.

Over 300 Million New Names Added Online @ the New Beta.FamilySearch.org Site

The following information was received this morning from Paul Nauta with FamilySearch:

FamilySearch beta There were over 150 new collections added or enhanced this week at FamilySearch.org. FamilySearch volunteers indexed over 120 million records — over 300 million new names — from original source documents to accomplish this great feat. The massive release was announced this past week at the National Genealogical Society annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The records can be found at FamilySearch’s Record Search pilot (FamilySearch.org, click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot) or Beta.FamilySearch.org. Be sure to share the good news with family and friends.

See the listing below for the complete list of all the newly added or improved collections – laid out by country, dates included, and the number of records available.

FOREIGN
Argentina Baptisms, 1645—1930 — 4,209,653
Argentina Marriages, 1722—1911 — 150,895
Australia Deaths and Burials, 1816—1980 — 106,767
Austria Births and Baptisms, 1651—1940 — 88,885
Austria Burials, 1768 – 1918 — 31,756
Austria Marriages, 1722 — 1898 — 25,383
Bahamas Births, 1550—1891 — 53,476
Barbados Baptisms, 1739—1891 — 222,010
Barbados Burials, 1854—1885 — 92,226
Barbados Marriages, 1854—1879 — 15,666
Belgium Births and Baptisms, 1560—1890 — 354,038
Belgium Deaths and Burials, 1564—1900 — 67,182
Brazil Baptisms, 1688—1935 — 3,597,609
Brazil Deaths, 1750—1890 — 43,931
Brazil Marriages, 1730—1955 — 475,107
Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661—1959 — 2,160,243
Canada Deaths and Burials, 1664—1955 — 101,189
Canada Marriages, 1661—1949 — 262,982
Canada – British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872—1986 — 928,851
Canada – British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859—1932 — 124,593
Canada – New Brunswick Births, 1819—1899 — 25,414
Canada – Nova Scotia Births, 1702—1896 — 125,791
Canada – Nova Scotia Marriages, 1711—1909 — 32,245
Canada – Ontario Births, 1779—1899 — 455,469
Canada – Ontario Marriages, 1800—1910 — 28,574
Canada – Quebec Births, 1662—1898 — 27,212
Caribbean Births, 1590—1928 — 438,073
Caribbean Deaths, 1790—1906 — 13,088
Caribbean Marriages, 1591—1905 — 88,186
Costa Rica Baptisms, 1700—1915 — 176,574
Costa Rica Deaths, 1787—1900 — 31,505
Costa Rica Marriages, 1750—1920 — 57,849
Czech Republic Births, 1637—1889 — 33,062
Czech Republic Marriages, 1654—1889 — 12,698
Dominican Republic Baptisms, 1726—1924 — 114,209
Dominican Republic Deaths, 1666—1862 — 14,636
Dominican Republic Marriages, 1743—1929 — 31,992
Ecuador Baptisms, 1680—1930 — 593,710
Ecuador Deaths, 1800—1920 — 43,852
Ecuador Marriages, 1680—1930 — 271,061
El Salvador Baptisms, 1750—1940 — 218,500
El Salvador Marriages, 1810—1930 — 28,162
France Deaths and Burials, 1546—1960 — 347,368
France Marriages, 1546—1924 — 1,397,204
Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558—1898 — 33,749,332
Gibraltar Marriages, 1879—1918 — 2,201
Gibralter Births and Baptisms, 1704—1876 — 30,515
Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778—1988 — 69,278
Great Britain Marriages, 1797—1988 — 22,036
Great Britain – Channel Islands Births and Baptisms, 1820—1907 — 41,647
Great Britain – Isle of Man Births and Baptisms, 1821—1911 — 224,489
Great Britain – Isle of Man Deaths and Burials, 1844—1911 — 42,389
Great Britain – Isle of Man Marriages, 1849—1911 — 42,662
Great Britain – Wales, Births and Baptisms, 1586—1907 — 773,392
Great Britain – Wales, Deaths and Burials, 1586—1885 — 15,109
Great Britain – Wales, Marriages, 1541—1900 — 39,630
Grenada Births and Baptisms, 1866—1891 — 33,239
Guatemala Baptisms, 1730—1917 — 466,223
Guatemala Deaths, 1760—1880 — 20,921
Guatemala Marriages, 1750—1930 — 112,610
Hondurus Baptisms, 1730—1930 — 220,317
Hondurus Marriages, 1800—1910 — 31,686
Hungary Baptisms, 1734—1895 — 14,210
Iceland Marriages, 1770—1920 — 42,954
India Births and Baptisms, 1800—1945 — 887,579
India Deaths and Burials, 1800—1945 — 566,529
India Marriages, 1800—1945 — 203,970
Ireland Deaths, 1864—1870 — 51,249
Italy Births and Baptisms, 1806—1900 — 1,940,693
Italy Deaths and Burials, 1809—1900 — 438,494
Jamaica Births and Baptisms, 1752—1920 — 331,497
Luxembourg Births, 1662—1840 — 7,835
Luxembourg Deaths, 1702—1798 — 1,554
Luxembourg Marriages, 1700—1810 — 1471
Mexico Deaths, 1680—1940 — 362,067
Mexico Marriages , 1570—1950 — 6,232,176
Panama Baptisms, 1750—1938 — 269,054
Panama Deaths, 1840—1930 — 21,463
Panama Marriages, 1800—1950 — 39,839
Paraguay Baptisms, 1800—1930 — 101,337
Paraguay Marriages, 1800—1900 — 14,400
Peru Baptisms, 1556—1930 — 4,013,461
Peru Deaths, 1750—1930 — 101,257
Peru Marriages, 1600—1940 — 443,248
Philippines Births and Baptisms, 1642—1994 — 334,139
Philippines Deaths and Burials, 1726—1957 — 5,128,622
Philippines Marriages, 1723—1957 — 2,247,381
Portugal Baptisms , 1570—1910 — 424,354
Portugal Deaths, 1640—1910 — 100,234
Portugal Marriages, 1670—1910 — 59,735
Russia Births and Baptisms, 1755—1917 — 170,844
Russia Deaths and Burials, 1815—1917 — 100,647
Russia Marriages, 1793—1919 — 33,559
Samoa Baptisms, 1863—1940 — 28,013
Samoa Burials, 1895—1970 — 42,061
Spain Deaths, 1600—1920 — 186,259
Sweden Baptisms, 1611—1920 — 9,280,828
Sweden Burials, 1649-1920 — 1,207,501
Sweden Marriages, 1630-1920 — 2,243,064
Switzerland Baptisms, 1491-1940 — 1,001,685
Switzerland Burials, 1613-1875 — 138,011
Switzerland Marriages, 1532-1910 — 268,739
Switzerland, Basel City Church Books, 1380-1917 — Images Only
Switzerland, Schaffhausen Genealogies and City Directories, 1460-1952 — Images Only
Ukraine, Births and Baptisms — 14,166
Uruguay Marriages, 1840—1900 — 19,810

UNITED STATES
United States 1910 Federal Census (AZ, CA, DE, FL) — 4,078,117
United States Births, 1867—1931 — 20,946
United States Deaths, 1867—1961 — 3,705
United States Marriages, 1733—1990 — 7,176

Arizona Births and Christening , 1909—1917 — 27,483
Arizona Deaths , 1910—1911; 1993—1994 — 10,168
Arizona Marriages, 1888—1908 — 75,094
Arkansas Births and Christenings, 1880—1893 — 11,724
Arkansas Deaths and Burials, 1882—1929; 1945—1963 — 38,956
Arkansas Marriages, 1837—1944 — 1,005,608
Delaware Births and Christenings, 1710—1896 — 30,298
Delaware Deaths and Burials, 1815—1955 — 209,592
Delaware Marriages, 1713—1953 — 70,024
District of Columbia Births and Christenings, 1830—1955 — 121,224
District of Columbia Deaths and Burials, 1840—1964 — 372,173
District of Columbia Marriages, 1830—1921 — 242,760
Florida Births and Christenings, 1880—1935 — 28,301
Florida Deaths and Burials, 1900—1921 — 24,800
Florida Marriages, 1837—1974 — 860,110
Hawaii Births and Christenings, 1852—1933 — 150,992
Hawaii Deaths and Burials, 1862—1919 — 105,519
Hawaii Marriages, 1826—1922 — 103,871
Idaho Births and Christenings, 1856—1965 — 75,881
Idaho Deaths and Burials, 1907—1965 — 31,253
Idaho Marriages, 1878—1898/1903—1942 — 88,588
Kansas Births and Christenings, 1818—1936 — 59,392
Kansas Deaths and Burials, 1885—1930 — 39,907
Kansas Marriages, 1840—1935 — 378,903
Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839—1960 — 547,119
Kentucky Deaths and Burials, 1843—1970 — 1,971,681
Kentucky Marriages, 1785—1979 — 1,532,718
Louisiana Births, Christenings, 1811—1830; 1854—1934 — 16,890
Louisiana Marriages, 1816—1906 — 129,641
Maine Births and Christenings, 1739—1900 — 940,882
Maine Deaths and Burials, 1841—1910 — 172,879
Maine Marriages, 1771—1907 — 597,508
Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650—1995 — 206,288
Maryland Deaths and Burials, 1877—1992 — 11,686
Maryland Marriages, 1666—1970 — 253,727
Montana Marriages, 1889—1947 — 197,930
New Mexico Births and Christenings, 1726—1918 — 435,411
New Mexico Deaths, 1788—1798; 1838—1955 — 9,627
New Mexico Marriages, 1751—1918 — 93,387
New York Births and Christenings, 1640—1962 — 1,351,166
New York Deaths and Burials, 1795—1952 — 701,396
New York Marriages, 1686—1980 — 859,927
North Carolina Births and Christenings, 1866—1964 — 156,156
North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898—1994 — 2,742,609
North Carolina Marriages, 1759—1979 — 2,128,391
Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854—1997 — 2,535,557
Oregon Births and Christenings, 1868—1929 — 70,253
Oregon Deaths and Burials, 1903—1947 — 29,035
Oregon Marriages, 1853—1935 — 57,523
South Dakota State Census, 1935 673,322
Tennessee County Marriages, 1790—1950 — 10,145
Utah Births and Christenings, 1892—1941 — 48,049
Utah Deaths, 1888—1946 — 148,933
Utah Marriages, 1887—1966 — 308,854
Vermont Births and Christenings, 1765—1908 — 402,329
Vermont Deaths, 1871—1965 — 235,415
Vermont Marriages, 1791—1974 — 185,433
Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1853—1912 — 785,241
West Virginia Births and Christenings, 1853—1928 — 544,589
West Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1854—1932 — 56,688
West Virginia Marriages, 1854—1932 — 203,378
Wyoming Marriages, 1877—1920 — 14,070

PLANET EARTH
World Misc Births, 1534—1983 — 616,742
World Misc Deaths, 1767—1950 — 15269
World Misc Marriages, 1662—1945 — 28668

None of this would be possible without the great contributions of many online FamilySearch volunteers. These individuals donate the time and effort needed to make these collections freely available to FamilySearch patrons. If you would like to become a volunteer in the FamilySearch community, please go to FamilySearchIndexing.org. Many hands produce great work. Thank you for your support!

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Surname Distribution Maps for the USA, Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Austria & Switzerland on dynastree.com

The following news release was written by dynastree.com staff.

See my comments and direct links to the Foreign language sites at the end of the news release.

Meitzler surname distribution

Hamburg, August 11, 2009 – The family network dynastree.com features maps for showing the distribution of one’s surname for eight countries at the moment. Such maps are not only available for the US, and Canada, but also for Spain, France, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Versions for the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Argentina will follow soon.

The free map service, which shows the absolute and relative distribution of surnames for the respective countries, is based on data from telephone books and address databases. One can very easily and quickly get an overview of the geographical distribution and origin of one’s own surname. The name of interest only has to be entered into a search field to view the corresponding map. Statistics about the number of persons with the same name are shown for single counties or regions. The relative display of the distribution also factors in the distortion caused by metropolitan areas.

These maps are a helpful service and very popular among the users, it is especially used to narrow down research of one’s own family history to single regions.

The results can be used to research the origin of a name, and to find further trails of the family’s history. If the name searched for is not limited to one country, the user is notified and can also use the international maps for displaying the name’s distribution there. This is useful to track down ancestors or relatives if the family emigrated from a country decades or centuries ago. The name “Jackson” for instance is found only about 1,000 times, while there are about 640,000 entries in the US. It is therefore on the 18th rank of the most frequent surnames in the US.

The surname distribution maps can also be integrated into blogs created with WordPress, dynastree.com offers such a widget. It only takes some minutes to let the visitors of one’s blog access the maps. The widget also automatically recognizes the visitors’ language settings and shows the corresponding map in the right language.

Profile of dynastree.com
According to experts, dynastree.com and its international language versions have been among the fastest growing social networks worldwide in the last two years. By now, more than nine million families have created their tree at dynastree.com, and more than 15.000 new family trees are added each day. The venture capital corporations Neuhaus Partners and Hasso Plattner (co-founder of SAP) Ventures recognized the young start-up’s potential early and support dynastree.com as investors.

Dynastree.com was founded by the experienced internet entrepreneurs Daniel Grözinger and Sven Schmidt. They have already founded and maintained several internet projects since studying together, such as getgo.de (an online ticketing service), and the FIFA Soccer World Cup Ticketing Center (responsible for managing the ticketing for the FIFA Soccer World Cup in Germany in 2006).

I did a USA search on the surname of Meitzler – with the results found at: http://www.dynastree.com/maps/detail/meitzler.html The data is based on phone directory entries. I noted that no Meitzlers were listed for Utah, although I know of at least 8 of us living here, in 3 households. However, we all use cellphones – or Comcast cable phone services, thus not showing up in the typical “phone directories.” I was offered the Surname Distribution Maps for the USA upon logout. Previous to that I couldn’t find them. Because the website is currently set up to automatically default to the user’s language, there isn’t a simple system within the site to go to one of the foreign sites currently posted. However, the direct links are as follows:

Thanks to Nils Schnelle for getting me the direct website addresses for the above sites. Note that the initial news release stated that Surname Distribution Maps for the UK were also available. This was a mistake. They aren’t posted at the site at this time.

Students do their Family Trees in Bressaucourt, Switzerland

Now and then we get word of a school project where the children are compiling their personal family histories. I just ran childacross an article from Bressaucourt, Switzerland telling about just such a project. Bressaucourt is a municipality in the district of Porrentruy in the canton of Jura.

Under the direction of the school director and teachers, the Bressaucourt students created family trees of their family. Extensive research was required to make the discoveries. The students also collected old family photos.

Beside this very personal project, the children also studied the history of their village. Their work will be exhibited at the school of Bressaucourt on June 20 & 21.

Click here for more information. (In French)

“We Shall Not Stay Long” – The Story of Swiss-Italian Migrations

weshallnotstaylong

swissinfo has launched an interactive, multimedia special [website] aimed at people whose ancestors left Italian-speaking Switzerland for a better life abroad.

The second half of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th was a period of great upheaval as millions of Europeans migrated to North and South America and Australia. Italian-speaking regions of Switzerland were profoundly affected.

“We shall not stay long” includes background texts, interviews with experts and multimedia reports investigating the conditions that led to the migrations, the eventual journey into the unknown for tens of thousands and the world these “emigranti” would eventually find.

Interactive elements include a blog, picture upload, and genealogical database and are designed to bring together people with a common heritage – regardless of what part of the world they now live in.

Read the full article about the new “We Shall Not Stay Long” website in the March 5, 2009 edition of swissinfo.ch.