New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of March 14, 2016

The following is from FamilySearch:

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There are 25 new collections updated time! Check out Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928, Maryland Church Records 1668-1995, North Carolina Civil Marriages 1763-1868, United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815, United States Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages 1861-1872, and Utah LDS Missionary Registers 1860-1937. Search these and more by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Brazil Pernambuco Civil Registration 1804-2014 – 204,849 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
California San Pedro Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records 1930-1936 – 2,736 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Denmark Deeds and Mortgages 1572-1928 – 0 – 2,993,164 – Added images to an existing collection
England Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers 1538-2010 – 11,418 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Hawaii Index to Filipino Arrivals to Honolulu 1946 – 7,408 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Illinois Church Marriages 1805-1985 – 9,190 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Illinois Civil Marriages 1833-1889 – 8,975 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Illinois County Marriages 1810-1934 – 179,181 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Indiana Marriages 1811-2007 – 0 – 16,771 – Added images to an existing collection
Maryland Church Records 1668-1995 – 137,984 – 27,644 – New indexed records and images collection
Maryland Piney Point Crew Lists 1950-1956 – 5,429 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Michigan County Marriages Index 1820-1937 – 1,012 – 0 – New indexed records collection
New Jersey Church Records 1675-1970 – 1,144 – 613 – New indexed records and images collection
New Jersey State Census 1865 – 0 – 3,646 – New browsable image collection.
New York New York Soundex to Passenger and Crew Lists 1887-1921 – 5,800 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
North Carolina Civil Marriages 1763-1868 – 53,614 – 4,567 – New indexed records and images collection
Ohio Marriages 1800-1942 – 3,567 – 785 – New indexed records and images collection
Peru Junín Civil Registration 1881-2005 – 87,987 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Spain Province of Cádiz Municipal Records 1784-1956 – 0 – 155,324 – Added images to an existing collection
Tennessee Civil Marriages 1838-1888 – 5,946 – 1,079 – New indexed records and images collection
Texas and Arizona Arrivals 1903-1910 – 59,299 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages 1861-1872 – 34,323 – 599 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records 1812-1815 – 1,130,851 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Utah LDS Missionary Registers 1860-1937 – 48,207 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Virginia Alexandria Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels 1946-1957 – 6,669 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update for February 16 & 22, 2016

The following is from FamilySearch:
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You will find new marriage records from Kansas and Maryland this week along with England Devon Bishop’s Transcripts 1558-1887, England Lancashire Oldham Cemetery Registers 1797-2004, and United States World War II Prisoners of War 1941-1945. I’ve also included updates from February 16 on the following list. Check out all of the marriage records from a variety of states, including New York, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio. Other highlights include New York New York Index to Alien Crewmen Who Were Discharged or Who Deserted 1917-1957, California San Francisco Airplane Arrival Card Index 1936-1949, Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1734-1920, and New Zealand Auckland Waikumete Cemetery Records 1886-1943. Find these and more by following the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

California San Francisco Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving 1954- 1957 – 375,314 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
England Devon Bishop’s Transcripts 1558-1887 – 256,201 – 93,511 – New indexed records and images collection
England Lancashire Oldham Cemetery Registers 1797-2004 – 481,340 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Indiana Gary and East Chicago Crew Lists 1945-1956 – 17,094 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Kansas County Marriages 1855-1911 – 148,676 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Maryland Marriages 1666-1970 – 96,638 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Massachusetts Delayed and Corrected Vital Records 1753-1900 – 31,701 – 11,788 – New indexed records and images collection
United States World War II Prisoners of War 1941-1945 – 143,374 – 0 – New indexed records collection

BillionGraves Index – 227,783 – 227,783 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Canada British Columbia Marriage Registrations 1859-1932; 1937-1938 – 6,123 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
California San Francisco Airplane Arrival Card Index 1936-1949 – 22,858 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
England and Wales Census 1861 – 2,504,271 – 111,092 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
England Durham Diocese Marriage Bonds & Allegations 1692-1900 – 35,079 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Florida and South Carolina Airplane Arrival Manifests 1944-1945 – 0 – 127 – New browsable image collection.
Florida Knights Keys Passenger Lists 1908-1912 – 5,399 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Honduras Civil Registration 1841-1968 – 0 – 609 – Added images to an existing collection
Idaho Birth Index 1861-1911 – 60,430 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Idaho Death Certificates 1938-1961 – 118,152 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Illinois Cook County Deaths 1878-1994 – 3,732,138 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Indiana Marriages 1811-2007 – 276,945 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Bergamo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1901 – 6,965 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Caltanissetta Civil Registration (State Archive) 1820-1935 – 78,629 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Grosseto Civil Registration (State Archive) 1851-1907 – 113,690 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Modena Civil Registration (State Archive) 1806-1942 – 67,474 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Prato Civil Registration (State Archive) 1866-1923 – 7,183 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Reggio Calabria Civil Registration (State Archive) 1784-1943 – 0 – 2,143,899 – Added images to an existing collection
Italy Viterbo Civil Registration (State Archive) 1870-1943 – 90,051 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Kansas County Marriages 1855-1911 – 311,857 – 2,333 – Added images to an existing collection
Kansas Marriages 1811-1911 – 185,068 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Liberia Marriage Records 1941-1974 – 24,625 – 24,406 – New browsable image collection.
Louisiana Parish Marriages 1837-1957 – 46,810 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Maine Crew List Arriving at Eastport 1949-1958 – 7,239 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Maryland County Marriages 1658-1940 – 53,762 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Minnesota County Marriages 1860-1949 – 570,213 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Mississippi Tippah County Marriages 1858-1979 – 19,583 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Missouri County Marriage Naturalization and Court Records 1800-1991 – 57,837 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York County Marriages 1847-1848; 1908-1936 – 252,052 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York New York Index to Alien Crewmen Who Were Discharged or Who Deserted 1917-1957 – 1,270,298 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island) 1891-1924 – 0 – 3,243,611 – New browsable image collection.
New York Passenger Lists 1820-1891 – 30,480 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New Zealand Auckland Waikumete Cemetery Records 1886-1943 – 0 – 971 – New browsable image collection.
North Carolina County Marriages 1762-1979 – 1,796 – 1,796 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
North Dakota Manifests of Immigrant Arrivals 1910-1952 – 11,631 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ohio County Marriages 1789-2013 – 92,719 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ohio Washington County Court Records 1810-1930 – 0 – 6,421 – Added images to an existing collection
Oklahoma County Marriages 1890-1995 – 126,532 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ontario Births 1869-1910 – 125,109 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Pennsylvania Crew Lists arriving at Erie 1952-1957 – 44,119 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Áncash Civil Registration 1888-2005 – 0 – 3,146 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Cajamarca Civil Registration 1938-1996 – 0 – 3,175 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Civil Registration (National) 1945-1984 – 180,213 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Poland Radom Roman Catholic Church Books 1587-1966 – 1,884 – 62 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Portugal Portalegre Catholic Church Records 1859-1911 – 4,441 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
South Africa Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive) 1838- 1991 – 48,422 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Spain Province of Cádiz Municipal Records 1784-1956 – 0 – 57 – Added images to an existing collection
Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1734-1920 – 0 – 189,353 – Added images to an existing collection
Utah County Marriages 1887-1937 – 337,714 – 124,465 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Venezuela Archdiocese of Mérida Catholic Church Records 1654-2013 – 0 – 405,819 – Added images to an existing collection

FindMyPast Announces USA Marriage Collection of 450 Million+ – 33M Names FREE thru Feb 15

FindMyPast has a huge booth here at RootsTech 2016. Their big announcement was made this morning, stating that they will release millions of marriage records every quarter and aims to complete the entire digitization project by the end of 2017. Thirty-three million records have been launched and are available for free access through the 15th of the month. The following announcement was made by FindMyPast.

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FINDMYPAST ANNOUNCES LARGEST ONLINE COLLECTION OF U.S. MARRIAGES FROM 1650-2010 100 MILLION RECORDS, 450 MILLION+ NAMES

Salt Lake City: 4 February 2016 – Time: 7am MT, 9am EST, 2pm GMT: Leading family history company, Findmypast , announced today at RootsTech that, in partnership with FamilySearch International, it will launch the single largest online collection of U.S. marriages in history.

Covering 360 years of marriages from 1650-2010, when complete this landmark collection will contain at least 100 million records and more than 450 million names from 2,800 counties across America. More than 60 per cent of these marriage records have never before been published online. When complete, this collection will only be found in its entirety exclusively on Findmypast.

To kick start the collection, Findmypast has launched the first 33 million records of this ambitious project today and is offering them to the public for free from now until 15 February. The records include marriage date, bride and groom names, birthplace, birth date, age, residence as well as fathers’ and mothers’ names. Customers with family trees on Findmypast will benefit from leads connecting relatives on their trees with the marriage records, thus generating a whole new source of research.

Those seeking a bit of star dust will find the marriage records for actors from Bette Davis to Jimmy Stewart, actor turned President, Ronald Reagan, founding father Samuel Adams, writers including F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Steinbeck, jazz great Duke Ellington and baseball legend Babe Ruth to name but a few among the hundreds of millions of names.

Commenting, Annelies van den Belt, CEO, Findmypast said:
“We are delighted to be working with FamilySearch to bring this hugely important collection online. The launch of the U.S. marriages project is central to our growth strategy in the U.S. The millions of new U.S. records will complement Findmypast’s massive collection of British and Irish data allowing us to provide many more connections and a more comprehensive experience to family historians in the US and all over the world.

Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch said:
“We greatly value our close working relationships with our partners and record archives. They enable us as a community to get important records available to family history researchers online much, much faster. The US marriage records agreement with Findmypast is an excellent example. We are delighted to assist making these records available.”

FamilySearch.org’s United States and Canadian Vital Records Databases — UPDATE

Below are the latest updates to United States & Canadian Vital Records Databases at FamilySearch.org:

Currently updates as of 5 November 2015

Previous update: 30 June 2015

There is a permanent link at the top of the blog to a page with links to all five United States and Canadian Vital Records Database Lists. Use the page to access the following database lists at any time:

Recent Changes:

Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images to Florida marriage records. – There are 1,774,682 Records and 1,308,358 Images as of 1 July 2015; up 190,891 Records and 54,877 Images since 24 September 2014.

North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970 — Browsable Images — Includes probate matters recorded at county courthouses in North Carolina. Includes wills, guardianships and estate records in bound volumes. Although the coverage dates include a larger span of years, most of the records in this collection are from 1800-1930. – There are 1,147,259 Images as 1 July 2015; up 1,952 Images since 25 June 2015.

[NEW] Kentucky Vital Record Indexes, 1911-1999 — Searchable Index — Indexes of births, marriages, and deaths from January 1911 to July 1999. These indexes were created by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives from data files obtained from the Office of Vital Statistics. – There are 9,865,944 Records as of 1 July 2015.

Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — This collection of marriage records for Alabama counties includes: a) indexed records with images; b) indexed records without images; and c) images which can be browsed but do not have searchable indexes. The indexed records without images display a message “Image is Unavailable” when you attempt to view the image. The browse records are grouped by film number / digital film number (DGS). Each film is arranged by county, volume and date. Currently this collection is 41% indexed. Images will only be available for 84% of this collection when it is complete. Digital images and indexes will be added as they become available.”– There are 2,310,900 Records and 1,231,203 Images as of 21 July 2015; up 718,870 Records and 223,694 Images since 9 April 2015.

Massachusetts, Marriages, 1841-1915 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of Massachusetts statewide marriage registers. The marriage registers are in numbered volumes arranged by year then by individual town.– There are 1,538,139 Records and 108,296 Images as of 27 July 2015; up 8,533 Images since 28 Mar 2014.

[NEW] Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911 — Searchable Index — Index to marriage records in Wisconsin. The record content varies by county. Names are being published as they become available. We do not have rights to publish the images. – There are 213,905 Records as of 3 August 2015.

[NEW] Illinois, Adams County, Card Index to Deaths, 1877-1990 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Card index to death records in Adams County from the courthouse in Quincy, Illinois. – There are 95,523 Records and 96,875 Images as of 12 August 2015.

Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1977 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Collection of various types of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from 183 of the 254 counties in Texas. – There are 1,854,339 Records and 538,510 Images as of 24 March 2015; up 399,834 Records and 464,964 Records since 24 March 2015.

United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899-2012 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of obituaries collected by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. The Society continues to collect obituaries and the index and images for these records will be added as they become available. – There are 402,388 Records and 455,810 Images as of 14 August 2015; up 56,097 Images since 3 February 2015.

Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and digital images of marriages recorded in Georgia counties. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later. – There are 683,052 Records and 238,921 Images as of 17 August 2015; up 63,393 Images since 12 March 2013.

Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1938 — Searchable Index — Name index of birth certificates as recorded at Cook County, Illinois – including the City of Chicago.– There are 1,877,027 2,249,859 Records as of 27 August 2015; up 574,195 Records since 16 April 2015.

Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 — Searchable Index — Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas. – There are 1,677,801 Records as of 31 August 2015.

[NEW] California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Records from San Francisco County, California including an alphabetical newspaper clipping file of the “San Francisco Examiner”, death reports, general index, indexes to deeds, deeds, indexes to marriage certificates, marriage licenses, indexes to naturalizations, naturalization records, coroner’s records, and alien registrations. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 60,253 Records and 1,036,854 Images as of 2 September 2015.

[NEW] South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-2014 — Searchable Index — Indexes provided by the South Dakota Department of Health. – There are 693,053 Records as of 2 September 2015.

Montana, Granite County Records, 1865-2009 — Browsable Images — Images of probate, land and property, naturalization, divorce and vital records from the County Clerk’s Office in Philipsburg. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 108,688 Images as of 8 September 2015.

Delaware, Wilmington Vital Records, 1847-1954 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Images of birth, marriage, and death records from Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware. Includes some indexes. The birth records end in the year 1919.– There are 207,577 Records and 25,875 Images as of 9 September 2015; up 297,577 Records since 12 October 2012.

New York, Yates County, Swann Vital Records Collection, 1723-2009 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of the Swann Vital Records Collection from the Yates County Genealogical and Historical Society in Penn Yan, New York. A collection of compiled genealogy, newspaper clippings, bible pages, and family records. The Society named the collection after Frank L. Swann (1894-1987) who was the Yates County Historian from 1956 to 1980. Additional indexed records will be published as they become available.– There are 97,772 Records and 87,588 Images as of 10 September 2015; up 15,328 records since 6 June 2014.

[NEW] Utah, Eureka and Payson, Births and Deaths, 1889-1903 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of a single register of births and deaths from the cities of Eureka and Payson. The book was donated by a member of the LDS Church and likely originated from a local government entity. Most of the pages in the register are blank so the total number of names is minimal. Images are being added to the collection as they become available. – There are 21 Records and 1 Image as of 16 September 2015.

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images —Index to obituaries from thousands of newspapers throughout the United States. Records are being published as they become available. This collection is created in partnership with www.GenealogyBank.com. – There are 15,860,544 Records and 16,534,308 10,874,549 Images as of 16 September 2015; up 5,659,759 Images since 27 June 2015.

[NEW] New York Probate Records, 1629-1971 — Browsable Images — Images from probate records in various county Surrogate Courts in New York. The content of the probate records and their year range vary by county. Most records end in the 1920s with some indexes continuing to the year 1971. – There are 14,045,639 Images as of 21 September 2015.

Mississippi, Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — These records are lists of students prepared by the counties and school districts. School records can be a viable substitute for birth records. These include the names of both black and white students. The early records include the names of students and the school attended. More recent records include the age of the child and a parent or guardian’s name.– There are 14,268,013 Records and 211,757 Images as of 23 September 2015; up 14,268,013 Records since August 2012.

Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001 — Browsable Images — Vital and town records acquired from local town clerk offices. Some entries contain birth dates earlier than their date of recording. Additional images and indexed records will be published as they become available. Some of these records have been indexed and are searchable. – There are 16,142 Records and 1,962,488 Images as of 26 June 2015; up 16,142 Records and 254,908 Images since 26 June 2015.

Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of Utah statewide death certificates.– There are 322,898 263,277 Records and 276,582 263,126 Images as of 25 September 2015; up 59,621 Records and 13,456 Images since 17 March 2014.

Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1910, 1960 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — This collection includes birth records and index for 1910. It also includes marriage and death records and indexes for 1960. This collection is being published as images become available.– There are 17,605 Records and 20,713 19,330 Images as of 25 September 2015; up 17,605 Records and 1,383 since 6 December 2011.

Missouri, State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1933 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and digital images of extant state and territorial censuses for early counties in Missouri. This collection includes records from the Missouri State Archives and from FamilySearch. Images and index data will be added to this collection as they become available.– There are 96,082 Records and 12,444 283 Images as of 25 September 2015; up 161 Images since 22 August 2014.

Utah, Weber County Marriages, 1887-1939 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images —Images of marriage applications, licenses and certificates located at the Weber County Courthouse in Ogden. – There are 94,859 Records and 94,722 Images as of 28 September 2015; up 94,859 Records and 2,098 Images since 21 November 2014.

Idaho, County Birth and Death Records, 1883-1929 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — County birth and death registers acquired for the following counties: Ada, Bannock, Bingham, Blaine, Bonner, Bonneville, Boundary, Canyon, Cassia, Clearwater, Elmore, Fremont, Kootenai, Latah, Nez Perce, Owyhee, Shoshone, Twin Falls and Washington counties. Coverage varies between counties.– There are 33,063 Records and 2,426 Images as of 28 September 2015; up 33,063 Records since 12 December 2013.

Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — County record collections from the following record custodians. History Museum in Great Falls: Probate, voter registers, naturalization and immigration records. Great Falls Genealogy Society: Probate case files, # 535-3165, 1903-1926; court orders for dependent children, 1903-1937; old age applications, naturalization records, pre 1945. County Clerk’s Office: Deeds from 1880-1941 and index to 1995. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 540,988 461,167 Records and 614,573 Images as of 28 September 2015, up 79,821 Records since 8 April 2015.

Montana, Teton County Records, 1881-2012 — Browsable Images — Images of vital records, naturalization index, land index and probate records from the clerk of court, clerk and recorder offices in Choteau. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 11,394 Records and 117,351 Images as of 28 September 2015; up 11,394 Records from 9 April 2014.

Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Digital images of records created in Missouri counties including recorded marriages, marriage applications, licenses, and certificates, naturalizations and other court records. This collection is being published as images become available.– There are 515,186 Records and 2,512,894 Images as of 30 September 2015; up 356230 Records and 5,386 Images since 1 May 2015.

[NEW] Virginia, Richmond City Birth Index, 1870-1912 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Card index to births in the city of Richmond, Virginia, 1870-1912. The cards are generally arranged alphabetically by the surname and given name(s) of the individual. – There are 53,488 Records and 53,470 Images as of 2 October 2015.

United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Images of over 621,000 applications for headstones received by the Cemeterial Division of the Quartermaster General from two National Archive microfilm publications. The first publication, over 290,000 applications, covers 1925-1941 and is M1916. Most are for veterans of the Civil War or later. A few may cover earlier wars. The second publication, over 331,000 applications, covers 1941-1949 and is M2113. These records are part of Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, Record Group (RG) 92. – There are 997,064 Records and 994,740 Images as of 2 October 2015, up 352,726 Records since 27 April 2015.

Florida, Probate Records, 1784-1990 — Browsable Images — Collection of probate records, including case files, wills and other documents created by the probate courts of various Florida counties. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. The records in this collection were created 1784-1990, but the content and time period of the records varies by county.– There are 662,980 Images as of 7 October 2015; up 2,686 Records since previous entry.

Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934 — Searchable Index — Name indexes and images of county marriages from the state of Illinois. Currently this collection is 63% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 1,533,245 Records as of 9 October 2015; up 2,858 Records since 25 June 2015.

[NEW] Maine, J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1999 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Transcripts of tombstones from various Maine cemeteries. – There are 181,845 Records and 177,468 Images as of 9 Ocober 2015.

[NEW] Utah, Tremonton and Garland, 1959-2013 — Browsable Images — Index and images of obituaries collected by the LDS family history center in Tremonton and Garland.. – There are 18,267 Images as of 9 October 2015.

Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Images and partial index of marriage records from Washington counties. The index includes marriage records for Clallam, Lewis, Pacific, Snohomish, Thurston, and Wahkiakum Counties. Images for both indexed and non-indexed counties are available in the browse. Additional records from other counties will be added to this collection as they become available.– There are 376,989 48,385 Records and 812,604 804,984 Images as of 15 October 2015; up 328,604 Records and 7,620 Images since 29 January 2015.

Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Currently this collection is 79% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 4,616,425 Records and 1,582,333 Images as of 15 October 2015; up 79,936 Records and 19,171 Images since 20 March 2015.

Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name indexes and images of Tennessee county marriages from 1790 through 1950 acquired from local courthouses. This collection contains searchable index data and images for marriage registers, marriage licenses, marriage bonds, and marriage certificates. Currently this collection is 21% complete. Additional records by county will be added as they are completed. Some images may not be viewable due to contract restrictions.– There are 4,599,297 4,590,990 Records and 2,953,561 Images as of 15 October 2015; up 8,307 Records since 26 June 2015.

New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936  — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of New York county marriage records. New York state began requiring marriage records for each county in 1908. The collection includes the following counties: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Essex, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Nassau, Niagara, Oneida, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westchester, Wyoming, and Yates. The collection does not include New York City nor its boroughs. Only part of this set of images is currently Indexed. Indexing of the remaining images is in process and will be added as it is completed. – There are 1,111,266 Records and 955,515 Images as of 15 October 2015; up 474,679 Records since 23 April 2015.

Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Marriage records created by Kentucky counties. Records include bonds, license, certificates, and returns.– There are 515,304 Records and 1,084,403 Images as of 15 October 2014; up 331,212 Records since 4 September 2014.

Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934 — Searchable Index — Name indexes for county marriages in Iowa. Currently, portions of the following counties are represented in this collection: Adair, Appanoose, Audubon, Boone, Buchanan, Calhoun, Clarke, Clinton, Crawford, Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Dickinson, Dubuque, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Marshall, Mitchell, Monroe, Muscatine, Plymouth, Shelby, Tama, Van Buren, Webster, Winneshiek, Wright. Currently this collection is 86% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 2,204,797 Records as of 15 October 2015; up 35,637 Records since 21 March 2014.

[NEW] New Hampshire Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of New Hampshire marriage records. These records consist of cards giving the names of the bride and groom with the town and date of the marriage and often much more information. With the town and date, the original records can usually be located. Note – there are two images for each marriage.– There are 96,665 Records and 96,581 Images as of 15 October 2015.

Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995 — Searchable Index and  Browsable Images — Images of county marriages from Clear Creek, Fremont, Kit Carson, Logan, Moffat, Phillips, Saguache, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma counties.– There are 129,976 Records and 49,690 Images as of 15 October 2015; up 129,976 Records since 14 June 2012.

Pennsylvania Civil Marriages, 1677-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — This collection includes civil marriage records created in Pennsylvania counties. The records include registers, affidavits and marriage licenses. In some instances, divorce records are recorded with marriages.– There are 241,745 Records and 1,117,101 Images as of 15 October 2015.

Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Marriages recorded in Louisiana Parishes (counties). Currently this collection is 17% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 1,060,742 Records and 54,003 Images as of 15 October 2015; up 1,023,241Records since 21 December 2011.

Oklahoma, County Marriages, 1890-1995 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of marriage records from counties in Oklahoma. Currently this collection is 47% complete. Additional records by county will be added as they are completed.– There are 1,063,286 Records and 345,859 Images as of 16 October 2015; up 49,517 Records since 3 December 2014.

North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of marriage records from North Carolina county courthouses. These records include licenses, marriage applications, marriage bonds, marriage certificates, marriage packets and cohabitation registers. Currently, portions of the following counties are represented in this collection: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Ashe, Beaufort, Bladen, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cherokee, Chowan, Cleveland, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Gates, Granville, Halifax, Hanover, Hyde, Johnston, Lincoln, Macon, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Northampton, Pitt, Richmond, Rowan, Surry, Wilkes. This collection is 46% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 1,838,985 Records and 889,672 Images as of 16 October 2015; up 794,839 Records and 423,328 Images since 12 May 2014.

Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004 — Browsable Images — Images of county birth and death records acquired from county courthouses. The collections consist of registers and certificates from Broadwater, Deer Lodge, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Powell and Silver Bow counties.– There are 448,484 Records and 260,134 Images as of 20 October 2015; up 448,484 Records since 5 June 2012.

Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992 — Searchable Index —Compilation of county death records. The collection contains indexes, death records, certificates, registers, etc. for 98 of the 99 counties. – There are 543,429 503,921 Records as of 3 November 2015; up 38,508 Records since 30 October 2014.

Delaware Vital Records, 1650-1974 — Browsable Images — A collection of various vital records from the Delaware Public Archives. The collection includes birth, marriage, death, bible, and cemetery records spanning various year ranges.– There are 624,395 Records and 3,133,093 3,125,879 Images as of 4 Novermber 2015; up 1,158,573 Images since 24 April 2014.

North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of estate files from North Carolina counties. The originals were filmed at the North Carolina Department of Archives and History. The estate records contain loose papers relating to the settlement of estates including such matters as provision for heirs including minor children as well as distribution of funds, land and property, including slaves. This project was indexed in partnership with the North Carolina Genealogical Society and Library. – There are 207,964 Records and 4,946,676 Images as of 4 November 2015.

Canadian Records

Prince Edward Island Death Card Index, 1721-1905 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Images of index cards. Information comes from various sources, newspapers, cemeteries, churches, etc.– There are 16,788 Records and 15,903 Images as of 21 September 2015; up 16,788 Records since 31 August 2010.

British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — These are death registrations including overseas casualties, delayed death registrations, and delayed registrations of Native American deaths. Due to privacy legislation by government British Columbia, some images have been restricted from viewing. FamilySearch will publish more images as they become available.– There are 1,216,343 Records and 1,162,756 Images as of 5 October 2015; up 317,454 Records since 3 October 2014.

British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — These are marriage registrations. Due to privacy legislation by government British Columbia, some images have been restricted from viewing. FamilySearch will publish more images as they become available.– There are 143,411 124,593 Records and 141,209 Images as of 9 October 2015; up 18,818 Records since 3 October 2014.

Nova Scotia Delayed Births, 1837-1904 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Delayed birth registrations housed at the Archives of Nova Scotia in Halifax. – There are 143,618 Records and 70,782 Images as of 27 October 2015; up 72,694 Records since 28 January 2015.

New FamilySearch Database Collections Posted For October 26, 2015

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Take a virtual trip around the world by diving into FamilySearch’s 2044 free online historic record collections. Some of this week’s additions include Brazil São Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980, Czech Republic Land Records 1450-1889, Montana County Births and Deaths 1840-2004, and Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1840-1896.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Argentina National Census 1869 – 0 – 1,851 – Added images to an existing collection
Brazil São Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980 – 107,018 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Czech Republic Land Records 1450-1889 – 0 – 236,483 – Added images to an existing collection
Dominican Republic Civil Registration 1801-2010 – 36,372 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
El Salvador Civil Registration 1704-1977 – 78,348 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Montana County Births and Deaths 1840-2004 – 448,484 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1840-1896 – 0 – 147,248 – Added images to an existing collection
United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors 1775-1783 – 0 – 17,891 – New browsable image 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 as of October 19, 2015

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Apart from a very significant addition to the Italy Napoli Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 collection, this week is predominantly about new, free US marriages and passenger lists collections. Search marriage records from 11 states, including Louisiana Parish Marriages 1837-1957, New York County Marriages 1847-1848; 1908-1936, Ohio County Marriages 1789-2013, and Pennsylvania Civil Marriages 1677-1950. Check out all of the new collections below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Italy Napoli Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 – 0 – 1,628,616 – Added images to an existing collection
Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939 – 0 – 2 – Added images to an existing collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES
Colorado County Marriages 1864-1995 – 129,976 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Iowa County Marriages 1838-1934 – 35,637 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Kentucky County Marriages 1797-1954 – 331,212 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Louisiana New Orleans Passenger Lists 1820-1945 – 1,340,028 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Louisiana Parish Marriages 1837-1957 – 1,023,241 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New Hampshire Marriage Certificates 1948-1959 – 96,665 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
New York County Marriages 1847-1848; 1908-1936 – 474,679 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
North Carolina County Marriages 1762-1979 – 794,839 – 424,145 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Ohio County Marriages 1789-2013 – 79,936 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Oklahoma County Marriages 1890-1995 – 49,517 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Pennsylvania Civil Marriages 1677-1950 – 241,745 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 – 8,307 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Passport Applications 1795-1925 – 521,587 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Vermont St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings 1895-1924 – 110,120 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Washington County Marriages 1855-2008 – 328,604 – 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.

New FamilySearch Database Collections Update for the Week of September 21, 2015

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Check out the Pennsylvania Civil Marriages 1677-1950, Ohio County Marriages 1789-2013, and Virginia Richmond City Birth Index 1870-1912 additions this week. Millions more records were also added for Italy (Potenza, Rieti, and Trapani) and Colombia. Search for these new records and more by selecting the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

BillionGraves Index – 2,764,124 – 2,764,124 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Colombia Catholic Church Records 1600-2012 – 0 – 868,609 – Added images to an existing collection
England and Wales Census 1841 – 309 – 224,532 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
France Haute-Garonne Toulouse Censuses 1872 and 1886 – 952 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Potenza Civil Registration (State Archive) 1697-1923 – 0 – 3,139,547 – New browsable image collection.
Italy Rieti Civil Registration (State Archive) 1840-1945 – 0 – 394,525 – New browsable image collection.
Italy Trapani Civil Registration (State Archive) 1906-1928 – 0 – 229,704 – New browsable image collection.

UNITED STATES DATABASES
Ohio County Marriages 1789-2013 – 289,532 – 19,171 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Pennsylvania Civil Marriages 1677-1950 – 0 – 1,117,101 – New browsable image collection.
Utah Applications Indian War Service Medals 1905-1912 – 11,658 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Utah Eureka and Payson Births and Deaths 1898-1903 – 4 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Virginia Richmond City Birth Index 1870-1912 – 53,488 – 53,470 – New indexed records and images 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 Data Collections Posted

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August 25, 2015 – Significant birth, marriage, and death records for Imperia, Italy and Savonna, Italy were published this week. Georgia county marriages have also been added, dating back to 1785! Discover these and other collections updated this week by selecting the these links, as well as those below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORD – DIGITAL RECORD – COMMENTS

Colombia Catholic Church Records 1600-2012 – 0 – 1,002,173 – Added images to an existing collection
France Finistère Quimper et Léon Diocese Catholic Parish Records 1772-1863 – 144,443 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Lima Civil Registration 1874-1996 – 862,440 – 304 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984 – 0 – 4,088,394 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Pangasinan Civil Registration 1945-1981 – 84,935 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES
Illinois Adams County Card Index to Deaths 1877-1990 – 95,523 – 96,875 – New indexed records and images collection
Texas County Marriage Records 1837-1977 – 586,960 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Wisconsin County Marriages 1836-1911 – 213,905 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Census 1890 – 15 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Obituaries American Historical Society of Germans from Russia 1899-2012 – 0 – 4,154 – 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 Data Collections Posted the Week of August 17, 2015

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A number of FamilySearch additions were made to the Colombia, France, Peru, and Philippines international collections this week including significant numbers of digital images for Colombia Catholic Church Records from 1600 to 2012. Important additions were also made to the Texas and Wisconsin marriage collections. Over 7 million searchable records have been added this week. Follow the links below to explore the new content!

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Colombia Catholic Church Records 1600-2012 – 0 – 1,002,173 – Added images to an existing collection
France Finistère Quimper et Léon Diocese Catholic Parish Records 1772-1863 – 144,443 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Lima Civil Registration 1874-1996 – 862,440 – 304 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984 – 0 – 4,088,394 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines Pangasinan Civil Registration 1945-1981 – 84,935 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

UNITED STATES COLLECTIONS:
Illinois Adams County Card Index to Deaths 1877-1990 – 95,523 – 96,875 – Added indexed records and images collection
Texas County Marriage Records 1837-1977 – 586,960 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Wisconsin County Marriages 1836-1911 – 213,905 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Census 1890 – 15 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Obituaries American Historical Society of Germans from Russia 1899-2012 – 0 – 4,154 – 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.

States Ration B,M,&D Certificates After Paper Company Suddenly Closes

The following teaser is from an article written by Barnini Chakraborty and published August 18, 201 at the FoxNews.com website.

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WASHINGTON – Someone call Dunder Mifflin: Several states are reporting a paper crisis, after an Ohio company that produces highly specialized paper for vital records closed without warning.

California has been hit the hardest by the shortage, and several counties are now being forced to ration birth, marriage and death certificates.

In California, the only other company that can meet its needs, under state law, is in Canada. Officials say it would likely take months for Canadian Bank Note Co. to get up to speed with the state’s paper needs – but that’s only after a contract is signed. In the interim, counties are left finding short-term solutions for the growing backlog.

The restrictions “will impact a lot of folks,” Rob Grossglauser, a lobbyist for the County Recorders’ Association of California, told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The closure of Sekuworks, the Ohio paper company, has a handful of states scrambling to find a fix, including Minnesota and South Carolina.

Read the full article.

Norfolk Parish Registers Go Online at TheGenealogist

The following press release of August 1, 2015 is from TheGenealogist:

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TheGenealogist and the Norfolk Record Office announce that they have signed an agreement to make Norfolk parish and other historical records available online for the first time. The registers of baptisms, marriages, burials and banns of marriage feature the majority of the parishes in Norfolk.

On release the searchable transcripts will be linked to original images of baptism, marriage and burial records from the parish registers of this East Anglian county
● Some of the surviving records are from the early 1500s
● These vital records will allow family history researchers from all over the world to search for their Norfolk ancestors online for the first time

Famous people that can be found in these records include:

  • Samuel Lincoln, the great-great-great-great-grandfather of Abraham Lincoln, 18th President of the United States of America, can be discovered in the baptismal records of St Andrew, Hingham in Norfolk for the 24th of August 1622. At some point his entry has been highlighted with a star.

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Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson, who lost his life at the Battle of Trafalgar. This impoverished clergyman’s son can be discovered in the register for Burnham Thorpe in 1758. There his father, as rector of the parish, would have officiated at all the baptisms that year in this church with his name appearing at the bottom of the page.

Viewing an image of the actual parish register reveals that the young Horatio Nelson was firstly baptised privately in October 1758, just a week after being born and then given a second “public baptism” in the middle of November. This practice was carried out for sickly babies who were not expected to survive and begs the question of how different British history would have been had he died as an infant. Fascinatingly, by looking at the actual image of the page there are some additions to his entry that have been penned in the margin years later. These notes, reputedly to be by his brother the Rev William Nelson, 1st Earl Nelson, celebrated the honours that his brother received in his adult life. He ends it with the latin quote “caetera enarret fama” which translates as “others recount the story”.

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In addition to those from the Diocese of Norwich the coverage also includes some Suffolk parishes in and near Lowestoft that fall into the deanery of Lothingland and also, various parishes from the deanery of Fincham and Feltwell, that part of the Diocese of Ely that covers south-west Norfolk.

Burnham Thorpe Church, Norfolk. Horatio Nelson’s baptismal place. Photograph: John Salmon
Burnham Thorpe Church, Norfolk. Horatio Nelson’s baptismal place. Photograph: John Salmon

Nigel Bayley, Managing Director of TheGenealogist said: “With this collection you will be able to easily search Norfolk records online for the first time. From the results a click will allow you to view high quality digital images of the original documents. Joining our already extensive Parish Record collection on TheGenealogist, this release will be eagerly anticipated by family and local historians with links to Norfolk

Gary Tuson, County Archivist at The Norfolk Record Office said: “The Norfolk Record Office is pleased to be working with TheGenealogist, a commercial company helping to make these important records available to a worldwide audience.

Statutory B, M & D Indexes for 2014 Now Available to Search at ScotlandsPeople.

The following is from ScotlandsPeople:

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You can now view the updated indexes for statutory records until the end of 2014, and in addition to this, images for births until 1914, marriages until 1939 and deaths until 1964.

You can also purchase an Extract, a fully certified copy of a birth, marriage or death certificate, for 12GBP. For more information on purchasing an official Extract, please read more.

Search the Birth Marriage and Death Records.

FamilySearch.org’s United States and Canadian Vital Records Databases — UPDATE

Below are the latest updates to United States & Canadian Vital Records Databases at FamilySearch.org:

Currently updates as of 30 June 2015

Previous update: 14 April 2015

There is a permanent link at the top of the blog to a page with links to all five United States and Canadian Vital Records Database Lists. Use the page to access the following database lists at any time:

Recent Changes:

Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1938 — Searchable Index — Name index of birth certificates as recorded at Cook County, Illinois – including the City of Chicago.– There are 1,877,027 1,675,664 Records as of 16 April 2015; up 142,650 Records since 11 December 2014.

[NEW] Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images —Transcripts of tombstones from various Maine cemeteries. There are some additional family members listed on some cards whose names are not indexed. – There are 297,412 Records and 298,228 Images as of 17 April 2015.

[NEW] Arizona, County Marriages, 1871-1964 — Browsable Images — Images of county marriage records acquired from county courthouses. This collection does not include Coconino, Navajo and Yuma counties. – There are 354,145 Images as of 21 April 2015.

[NEW] Arizona Obituary Index to Arizona Newspapers, 1993-1994 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images —Index and images of cards and newspaper clippings from Arizona Daily Star (Tucson), Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff), Arizona Republic (Phoenix), Daily News Sun (Sun City), Independent (White Mountain, Show Low), and Mesa Tribune (Mesa). These records are housed at the Mesa Family History Center. – There are 38,287 Records and 51,701 Images as of 22 April 2015.

[NEW] Alabama, Mobile Magnolia Cemetery Interment Cards, 1836-1995 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of interment index cards from the Magnolia Cemetery. Original records are in the possession of the Friends of Magnolia Cemetery Inc. in Mobile. – There are 32,735 Records and 32,865 Images as of 22 April 2015.

[NEW] New Hampshire, Birth Certificates, 1901-1909 — Browsable Images — Images of birth certificates from the New Hampshire Division of Vital Records in Concord. The Collection is arranged by year, by certificate number, and by name. – There are 105,732 Images as of 22 April 2015.

New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936  — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of New York county marriage records. New York state began requiring marriage records for each county in 1908. The collection includes the following counties: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Essex, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Nassau, Niagara, Oneida, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westchester, Wyoming, and Yates. The collection does not include New York City nor its boroughs. Only part of this set of images is currently Indexed. Indexing of the remaining images is in process and will be added as it is completed. – There are 636,587 Records and 955,515 Images as of 23 April 2015; up 636,309 Images since 26 August 2013.

Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1933 — Browsable Images — Includes Atlanta city census and voter registration and a necrology including transcribed obituaries, death and cemetery records from Fulton County. – There are 35,684 Images as of 24 April 2015; up 4,014 Images since 18 June 2014.

North Dakota, Census, 1925 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images —Index and images of the North Dakota state census of 1925. – There are 699,042 Records and 18,403 Images as of 29 April 1015; up 414,929 Records since 30 January 2015.

[NEW] Ohio, Bloomfield Township, Brownwood Cemetery Records, 1824-2012 — Browsable Images — Images of a cemetery record from the Board of Trustees in North Bloomfield, Ohio. – There are 636 Images as of 29 April 2015.

Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1802-1969 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Digital images of records created in Missouri counties including recorded marriages, marriage applications, licenses, and certificates, naturalizations and other court records. This collection is being published as images become available.– There are 158,956 Records and 2,507,508 Images as of 1 May 2015; up 896,994 Images since 11 December 2013.

[NEW] Michigan, Probate Records, 1797-1973 — Browsable Images — Probate records from county courthouses in Michigan. Most of the collection contains estate files. The content and time period varies by county. Some of the records date before 1837 when Michigan became a state.– There are 4,723,861 Images as of 5 May 2015.

[NEW] Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850-2001 — Browsable Images — Death records from Minnesota county courthouses. The record content and the time period varies by county. – There are 367,790 Images as of 5 May 2015.

[NEW] Utah, Salt Lake City Cemetery Records, 1847-1976 — Browsable Images — City cemetery records acquired from the Utah State Archives. The collection includes a general index, plat books, interment records, deed registers, record of the dead and grave opening orders. – There are 70,504 Images as of 6 May 2015.

Minnesota, County Birth Records, 1863-1983 — Browsable Images — Digital images of birth records from various county courthouses. Some birth registers are for cities or townships. The year range varies by county.– There are 150,669 Images as of 7 May 2015; up 9,777 Images since 19 September 2011.

[NEW] Missouri, Deaths, 1835-1976 — Browsable Images —Index and images of selected deaths. – There are 13,734 Images as of 7 May 2015.

Indiana, Marriages, 1811-2007 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. Name index of marriages recorded in the Indiana Territory and in the state of Indiana between 1811 and 1959. This collection includes searchable index data for marriage records from all Indiana counties except Howard, Johnson, and Montgomery. This is an ongoing project, so additional records will be added as indexing is completed. New images are being added as they become available. Images of some marriage records included in the index cannot be viewed online due to various contract restrictions. In instances where digital images are not available, microfilm copies of the original records are available at the Family History Library and through family history centers. – There are 3,287,619 Records and 1,242,528 1,183,405 Images as of 8 May 2015; up 59,123 Images since 29 January 2015.

North Dakota, Census, 1915 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of the 1915 state census of North Dakota. – There are 619,448 Records and 18,180 Images as of 20 May 2015; up 361,965 Records since 22 January 2015.

South Dakota, Pennington County Probate Case Files, 1880-1937 — Browsable Images — Images of probate case files from the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre. The collection is arranged by case number. – There are 69,017 Images as of 26 May 2015.

Georgia, Deaths, 1928-1939 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name Index and images of Georgia statewide deaths. Original records are arranged chronologically by year and then by certificate numbers.– There are 428,255 Records and 484,960 Images as of 27 May 2015; up 15,495 Records and 1,750 Images since 24 October 2014.

District of Columbia Marriages, 1811-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of marriage records in the District of Columbia. Currently this collection is 87% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 605,303 Records and 375,218 Images as of 3 June 2015; up 61,386 Images since 14 May 2014.

California, Death Index, 1905-1939 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Death index located at the Office of the State Register, Sacramento, and the Butte County Courthouse, Oroville. The index is arranged alphabetically by the name of the deceased, initials of spouse, age, and date of death. Place of death or county of death is coded. – There are 2,086,638 Records and 5,692 Images as of 5 June 2015; up 2,086,638 Records since 10 February 2012.

Michigan, Births, 1867-1902 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of Michigan statewide birth registration entries.– There are 1,409,988 Records and 164,785 Images as of 11 June 2015; up 1,438 Images since 31 March 2014.

Iowa, State Census, 1925 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of the 1925 state census of Iowa.– There are 5,573,816 Records and 327,118 Images as of 11 June 2015; up 5,573,816 Records since 16 April 2014.

Utah, Uintah County Marriage Records, 1888-2015 — Browsable Images —Images of marriage applications and certificates located in the county courthouse in Vernal. – There are 8,687 Images as of 15 June 2015.

Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of obituary collections organized by county or newspaper and then alphabetically. Extracted information as well as newspaper clippings are represented. The originals are housed in several libraries and repositories throughout Michigan. Some collections contain obituaries from other states and nearby regions. – There are 798,647 Records and 1,093,937 Images as of 16 June 2015; up 416,525 Records since 16 December 2014.

South Dakota, School Records, 1879-1970 — Browsable Images — School records, including teacher’s term reports, school census and attendance records located at the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre. Records are generally arranged by county, year and school district number. This collection is being published as images become available.– There are 4,717,964 Records and 200,731 Images as of 16 June 2015; up 4,717,964 Records since 22 October 2014.

Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005 — Browsable Images — Vital and town records acquired from local town clerk offices.– There are 1,386,297 Images as of 24 June 2015; up 458,533 Images since 21 June 2012.

Delaware Vital Records, 1680-1971 — Browsable Images — A collection of various vital records from the Delaware Public Archives. The collection includes birth, marriage, death, bible, and cemetery records spanning various year ranges.– There are 624,395 Records and 1,974,520 Images as of 25 June 2015; up 624,395 Records images since 24 April 2014.

Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934 — Searchable Index — Name indexes and images of county marriages from the state of Illinois. Currently this collection is 63% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 1,530,387 Records as of 25 June 2015; up 504,033 Records since 15 May 2013.

Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1627-2001 — Browsable Images — Vital and town records acquired from local town clerk offices.– There are 1,707,850 Images as of 26 June 2015; up 182 Images since 9 January 2014.

North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970 — Browsable Images — Includes probate matters recorded at county courthouses in North Carolina. Includes wills, guardianships and estate records in bound volumes. Although the coverage dates include a larger span of years, most of the records in this collection are from 1800-1930. – There are 1,145,307 Images as of 25 June 2015.

Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name indexes and images of Tennessee county marriages from 1790 through 1950 acquired from local courthouses. This collection contains searchable index data and images for marriage registers, marriage licenses, marriage bonds, and marriage certificates. Currently this collection is 21% complete. Additional records by county will be added as they are completed. Some images may not be viewable due to contract restrictions.– There are 4,590,990 Records and 2,953,561 Images as of 26 June 2015; up 3,024,053 Records and 1,831,660 images since 15 May 2014.

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images —Index to obituaries from thousands of newspapers throughout the United States. Records are being published as they become available. This collection is created in partnership with www.GenealogyBank.com. – There are 15,860,585 Records and 10,874,549 Images as of 27 June 2015; up 5,613,077 Records since 23 March 2015.

CANADIAN RECORDS

Newfoundland Census, 1935 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of the census housed at the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador. – There are 296,291 Records and 9,509 Images as of 22 April 2015, up 296,291 Records since 13 January 2015.

Newfoundland Census, 1945 — Browsable Images —Index and images of the 1945 census housed at the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador. – There are 328,262 Records and 7,457 Images as of 22 April 2015; up 328,262 Records since 14 January 2015.

[NEW] Nova Scotia Deaths, 1956-1957 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Deaths from all counties arranged together. The records are housed at the Archives of Nova Scotia in Halifax. – There are 11,869 Records and 12,185 Images as of 23 April 2015.

[NEW] Nova Scotia Deaths, 1890-1955 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Deaths from all counties arranged together. The records are housed at the Archives of Nova Scotia in Halifax. – There are 336,983 Records and 251,097 Images as of 23 April 2015.

[NEW] Saskatchewan Cemetery Transcripts, ca. 1850-1994 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images —Transcripts of tombstones from various cemeteries. Series 1, 2, and 3 compiled by the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society. To learn the name of the municipality and cemetery, look at the image. Each card has a number, for example, 152.5. The corresponding municipality and cemetery for that number is found in a list in the wiki article about the collection. To go to the article, return to this description, and click on “Learn more” below. – There are 164,737 Records and 139,318 Images as of 29 April 2015.

Saskatchewan, Catholic Church Records, 1846-1957 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Baptisms, confirmations, marriages, burials, and other records from several Roman Catholic parishes in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. This collection covers church records created 1846-1957, but the content and time period of the records will vary by parish.– There are 40,494 Records and 6,587 Images as of 1 May 2015; up 40,494 Records since 3 December 2012.

Newfoundland Census, 1945 — Browsable Images —Index and images of the 1945 census housed at the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador. – There are 328,262 Records and 14,649 7,457 Images as of 22 April 2015; up 328,262 Records and 7,192 since 14 January 2015.

Ontario Births, 1869-1912 — Searchable Index — Index to birth records. Some entries in this index are missing the registration year and number. – There are 2,094,890 Records and 413,055 Images as of 27 May 2015; up 413,055 Images since 9 June 2014.

Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947 — Searchable Index — Name index of Ontario, Canada, death registration entries. Registration entries for 1939-1947 are for overseas deaths only.– There are 2,050,112 Records and 947,200 Images as of 27 May 2015; up 947,200 Images since 12 October 2012.

Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927 — Searchable Index — Index to marriage records housed at Archives of Ontario in Toronto. Includes regular registrations, 1869-1927, and delayed registrations, 1892-1919. – There are 1,382,652 Records and 1,162,449 Images as of 28 May 2015; up 1,162,449 Images since 13 April 2015.

[NEW] Quebec, Index to Civil Copy of Church Records, 1642-1902 — Browsable Images — Index to copy of baptisms, marriages, and burials sent to the civil government. Both Catholic and Protestant churches are included. – There are 1,300,530 Images as of 29 May 2015.

Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840-1949 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Images of births, delayed registrations of births, marriages, and deaths.– There are 363,845 Records and 58,839 Images as of 10 June 2015; up 347,134 Records since 9 Decebmer 2014.

Nova Scotia Births, 1864-1877 — Browsable Images — Index and images of births from Nova Scotia counties. – There are 35,026 Images as of 26 June 2015; up 6,103 Images since 10 September 2014.

Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918 — Browsable Images — Index and images of marriages from Nova Scotia. Dates vary by county. – There are 21,950 Images as of 26 June 2015; up 15,831 Images since 15 September 2014.

Nova Scotia Deaths, 1864-1877 — Browsable Images — Index and images of deaths from Nova Scotia counties. – There are 21,717 Images as of 26 June 2015; up 14,661 Images since 17 September 2014.

644,000 New Records & Newspaper Articles At FindMyPast

The following is from the June 26, 2015 FindMyPast Friday Announcement at FindMyPast:

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Australia Convict ships 1786-1849

Containing over 188,000 records, Australia Convict ships 1786-1849 date back the ships of First Fleet and include the details of some of the earliest convict settlers in New South Wales. These records are made up of five separate sets of musters and indents held by the the State Records Authority of New South Wales. They do not cover every convict who arrived in Australia on those early ships as many have been lost or scattered to other places. Indents records were used in the early settlements to keep track of the convict population while musters lists of who was on board a ship were taken at the port of embarkation.

Each record contains a transcript and a black and white image of original documents. Indents can include a variety of information about individual convicts such as their native place, details of their offence and sentence, a physical description and details of their family members. Musters usually only give a name, date and place of trial and sentence. Musters were also taken after disembarkation.

Australia Convict Conditional and Absolute Pardons 1791-1867

Containing almost 27,000 records, the Australia Convict Conditional and Absolute Pardons 1791-1867 list the details of convicts who built new lives in New South Wales. The records list the details of pardons by the Governor and date back to the earliest days of the colony. Pardons were generally handed out to convicts serving life sentences but in the earliest years of the colony the Governor had the power to grant both free and conditional pardons as rewards for good behavior, for special skills or for carrying out special duties or tasks. Conditional pardons meant that a convict was free as long as they stayed within the colony, known as “Government limits”. Most convicts received a conditional pardon. Absolute pardons meant that a convict’s sentence was completely remitted. They were free with no conditions and could move beyond the limits of the colony or even return to Britain.

Each record contains a transcript and an image of original documents. As well as listing the names of pardoned convicts, the records also include the name of the ship they arrived on, the term of the sentence they served , any additional notes, and details of their release.

New South Wales Registers Of Convicts’ Applications To Marry 1825-1851

New South Wales Registers Of Convicts’ Applications To Marry 1825-1851 contains over 26,000 records. Convicts in Australian penal colonies were actually encouraged to marry as Governors believed that marriage and family life were good for both the morality and stability. Convicts who did marry could apply for tickets of leave or pardons as well as assistance in establishing a household. In the early years of the colonies, many convicts married even if they had wives or husbands back home. The Governor had to give permission before any marriage could take place and copies of the banns would be sent by the local clergy to the Colonial Secretary.

Each record contains a transcript as well as an image of the original document. The registers list the convict’s name, the name of their spouse, their profession and the length of their sentence as well as the sip they arrived on and when they were given their freedom. Some approved marriages did not go ahead so you might find more than one successful application for your ancestor.

Victoria Prison Registers 1855-1960

Over 7,000 records have been added to our collection of Victoria Prison Registers 1855-1948. The new additions are taken from the Central Register of Female Prisoners, held by the Public Record Office Victoria. The register kept a record of prisoners that passed through Pentridge prison in Coburg, Victoria. Pentridge was built in 1850 and was the central prison in the Melbourne region from about 1860. Each record includes a transcripts and scanned image of the original registers and many include mug shot photographs of individual’s prisoners.

They list fascinating details about not only the prisoners’ offences, sentences and incarceration, but also biographical information such as their name, date of birth, country of origin and occupation. Remarks on the register may also include the name of the ship on which the prisoner arrived if they were not born in Australia.

Sligo Workhouse Admission and Discharge Registers 1848-1859

Containing of over 9,000 records, the Sligo workhouse registers 1848-1859 consist of handwritten registers taken by the Sligo Union workhouse, one of three workhouses in the County Sligo. Levels of poverty in Ireland were far higher than in England and the workhouse was often an inescapable part of life that would have touched many, if not most Irish families. They were designed for the most destitute of the poor who could not support themselves. Conditions were harsh and inhuman. Inmates were stripped of their dignity, they were no longer a person but instead a pauper inmate.

The records pre-date civil registration and will be valuable resource to those with Sligo ancestors given the lack of 19th century census material available in Ireland. Each record includes a transcript and an image of the original document. The registers list the names of new arrivals and details including their age, occupation, religion, any illnesses or infirmities, family members, local parish, their condition on arrival (usually describing clothes or cleanliness) and when they were discharged or died.

Clare Poor Law Unions Board Of Guardians Minute Books

Containing over 63,000 records, the Clare Board of Guardian Books were taken from the Kilrush and Ennistymon unions, two of eight poor law unions located in County Clare. The minute books recorded weekly reports on the number of inmates, new arrivals, births, deaths and discharges. They also recorded expenditures including food supplies and salaries as well as the number of inmates receiving medical treatments.

Each record contains a transcript and an image of the original handwritten minutes. The amount of information contained in the image can be considerable. The minute books recorded what was said at each meeting of the Board of Guardians, including correspondence and contracts but also individual cases that came before the Board. These include the day-to-day running of the workhouses, disciplinary matters concerning both staff and inmates, individual case histories, foundling children’s fostering and upkeep and the hiring of foster mothers and wet nurses.

Irish newspaper update

Over 308,000 new articles have been added to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers. Substantial additions have been made to Saunder’s News-Letter, a title that dates all the way back to 18th century Ireland and now contains nearly 950,000 fully searchable articles.

The entire collection now covers over 175 years of Irish history (1748-1924) and contains over 9.1 million articles from 72 national, local and regional titles from every province and major city in Ireland.

North West Kent Baptisms

Nearly 2,000 new records have been added to our collection of North West Kent parish baptisms. The new additions were transcribed by the North West Kent Family History Society and cover the parish of Southfleet.

Each baptism includes a transcript of the original parish record. The amount of information listed may vary, but most records will include the child’s name, date of birth, date of baptism, place of baptism, mother’s name, father’s name, father’s occupation, residence and any additional notes.

North West Kent Marriages

Over 500 records have been added to our collection of North West Kent parish marriages. The new additions were transcribed by the North West Kent Family History Society and cover the Parish of Southfleet.

Each of the records includes a transcript of the original marriage record. The amount of information listed may vary, but most transcripts will include the couple’s names, date of marriage, place of marriage, marital status, whether they were married by banns or licence and any additional notes.

North West Kent Burials

Over 1,500 burial records have been added to our collection of North West Kent parish records. These new additions were transcribed by the North West Kent Family History Society and cover the Parish of Sothfleet.

Each of the records includes a transcript of the original burial record. The amount of information listed may vary, but most records will include the deceased’s name, burial date, place of burial, residence, age at death, description and any additional notes.

Prisoners of War 1715-1945

Over 71,000 fascinating Prisoner of War records containing the details of American soldiers captured during the War of 1812 have just been released in partnership with the National Archives. The new records form the second phase of the wider Prisoners of War 1715-1945 collection, the first phase of which was launched in April with the release of over 43,000 World War 1 records. The records are taken from British Foreign Office, Colonial Office, Admiralty and Air Force papers held by the National Archives.

The latest additions record the details of Danish, French, Prussian and American prisoners captured by British Forces during the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812. They reveal when and where they were captured, where they were held and many include full physical descriptions such as hair, colour eye colour, build, complexion and any distinguishable marks. Records were also kept of their provisions and the supplies they received for example blankets, clothing, beds, etc. Each record includes a transcript and an image of the original handwritten document. The amount of information in each record can vary depending on the type of document and the amount of detail recorded at the time of the event.

British Newspapers

Over 2.8 million new searchable articles have been added to our collection of historic British Newspapers. The latest additions include 3 brand new titles, the Cornish Times, Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal, Tadcaster Post, and the General Advertiser for Grimstone, as well as substantial updates to 37 existing titles.

The total collection now stands at over 124 million articles and 341 unique titles, covering 245 years of British history (1710-1955).

Virginia Vital Records Now Available at Ancestry.com

The following teaser is from an article by Margaret Linford, published in the June 23, 2015 edition of swvatoday.com:

There has been quite a bit of excitement in the lives of Virginia genealogists this month. On June 2, Governor McAuliffe announced that a project to digitize and preserve the vital records of Virginia was complete. This was a “two-year, public-private collaboration between the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Ancestry.com that fully digitized the state’s vital records.” As part of this project, more than 16 million records were digitized and indexed.

Regarding this monumental project, Governor Terry McAuliffe said, “Having all Virginia vital records digitized means millions of public birth, death, marriage and divorce records are now more easily accessed for genealogy and family history research. This project also provides a long-term conservation solution for preserving the rich history of Virginia’s people.

The release of these records has been eagerly anticipated by genealogists in Virginia for quite some time. Up until now, a portion of the records could be researched by accessing microfilm records at the Library of Virginia or by requesting a copy from the Virginia Department of Health. These methods were time-consuming and involved a small cost. Now, the records are easily accessible on Ancestry.com.

Read the full article.