New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of March 14, 2016

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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 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 Update as of November 17, 2015

The following is from FamilySearch:

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Nearly half a million more free records were added to the Billion Graves Index this week. Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939 , Minnesota Duluth and Wisconsin Superior Crew Lists 1922-1958, Poland Evangelical Church Books 1700-2005, and the US Freedmen’s Bureau Hospital and Marriage Records also have significant additions. For these and more, follow the links below.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

BillionGraves Index – 471,375 – 471,375 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
California Immigration Registers of Japanese Filipinos and Hawaiians at San Francisco 1928-1942 – 9,385 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Guam Passenger and Crew Lists 1947-1952 – 8,127 – 663 – New indexed records and images collection
Maine Bath Seamen’s Proofs of Citizenship 1833-1868 – 3,555 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Michigan Crew Lists for various ports 1929-1966 – 163,256 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Minnesota Duluth and Wisconsin Superior Crew Lists 1922-1958 – 208,667 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Poland Evangelical Church Books 1700-2005 – 0 – 168,622 – New browsable image collection.
Russia Tatarstan Church Books 1721-1939 – 0 – 897,183 – Added images to an existing collection
United States Freedmen’s Bureau Hospital and Medical Records 1865-1872 – 132,483 – 41,496 – Added indexed records and 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.

FamilySearch Adds Over 37.9 Million Indexed Records & Images to Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Indonesia, Italy, South Africa, & the USA

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FamilySearch adds more than 37.9 million indexed records and images to Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Indonesia, Italy, South Africa, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 24,405,544 indexed records and 1,244,622 images from the US, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014 collection; the 801,893 images from the Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798–1906 collection; and the 38,322 indexed records and 687,456 images 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 ís 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, Upper Austria, Catholic Church Records, 1581–1919 – 0 – 16,882 – Added images to an existing collection.

Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588–1909 – 0 – 224,761 – Added images to an existing collection.

Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582–1914 – 0 – 1,295 – Added images to an existing collection.

Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541–1912 – 0 – 153 – Added images to an existing collection.

Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798–1906 – 0 – 801,893 – Added images to an existing collection.

Belgium, Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1580–1920 – 0 – 187 – Added images to an existing collection.

Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600–1913 – 0 – 57,710 – Added images to an existing collection.

Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582–1910 – 0 – 56,139 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Newfoundland Census, 1935 – 0 – 9,509 – New browsable image collection.

Canada, Newfoundland Census, 1945 – 0 – 7,457 – New browsable image collection.

Canada, Newfoundland, 1921 Census – 0 – 8,415 – New browsable image collection.

Germany, Saxony-Anhalt, Halberstadt Kreisarchiv, City Directories, Citizen Rolls, Residence Lists, and School Directories, 1700–1933 – 0 – 58,139 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 17,770 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Baja Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 24,503 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Chimaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 3,075 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, El Progreso, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 -0 103,502 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Escuintla, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 2,355 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877–2006 – 0 – 1,486 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 17,993 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 9,848 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Jalapa, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 42,552 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Jutiapa, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 36,732 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Petén, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 713 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Quetzaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 41,022 New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Quiché, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 70,397 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Retalhuleu, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 550 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 63 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, San Marcos, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 16,730 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Santa Rosa, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 97,101 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Sololá, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 70,746 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Suchitepéquez, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 1,312 – New browsable image collection.

Guatemala, Zacapa, Civil Registration, 1877–1994 – 0 – 18,271 – New browsable image collection.

Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Mungkid, District Court Records, 1985–2013 – 0 – 18,256 – Added images to an existing collection.

International, Current obituary.com index, 2001–2014 – 591,417 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

Italy, Mantova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1496–1906 – 0 – 543,918 – Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1865 – 38,322 – 687,456 – Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Pescara, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1865–1929 – 0 – 61,597 – Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Reggio Calabria, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1896–1943 – 0 – 101,272 – New browsable image collection.

Luxembourg, Church Records, 1601–1948 – 0 – 272,699 – New browsable image collection.

South Africa, Transvaal, Estate Files, 1950–1993 – 0 – 191,580 – New browsable image collection.

US, BillionGraves Index – 386,819 – 386,819 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, California, Oakland, Alameda County, Newspaper Record Collection, 1985–2011 – 0 – 5,755 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Delaware, Marriages and Marriage Licenses, 1713–1894 – 5,490 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

US, Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900–1953 – 277,734 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Minnesota, Clay and Steele County Obituaries, 1865–2006 – 185,214 – 29,539 – New indexed records and images collection.

US, United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014 – 24,405,544 – 1,244,622 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, United States Passport Applications, 1795–1925 – 932,030 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, New York, Passenger Lists, 1820–1891 – 1,447,421 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, New York, Records of the State National Guard, 1906–1954 – 724,527 – 732,949 – New indexed records and images collection.

US, Texas and Arizona Arrivals, 1903–1910 – 0 – 4,528 – New browsable image collection.

US, Texas, El Paso Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of El Paso, 1905–1927 – 76,069 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Wisconsin, Milwaukee Passenger and Crew Lists, 1922–1963 – 0 – 8,049 – New browsable image collection.

50% Off! $hide Name List-Census Substitute #Genealogy Books AL-KS with Free eBook & Super-Saver USA Shipping

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To celebrate the Christmas Season, FRPC is discounting all seventeen Dollarhide Name List printed books by 50%, making them just $9.48 each (including a FREE immediate download of the eBook). The eBooks themselves are also discounted 40%, making them just $7.50 (with no shipping charges). We’ve also put together a Super-Saver USA shipping arrangement for these books. The first book in an order ships for just $4 – and each book thereafter is only 50 cents each! Order 2 Name List books, shipping is $4.50; three books, just $5; four books, just $5.50. Mix or match your Name List books. All 17 books currently in print are included in the sale with no limits on numbers to be ordered. Dealer purchases are welcome. Sales are subject to books in stock and on hand, as reprinting of the volumes will take too long for Christmas sales. This offer is good through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2014.

Sorry – this offer is for USA sales only.

All Dollarhide state Name List books currently come with a FREE download of a PDF eBook. Upon placing your order, you will be able to download the FREE PDF eBook directly from the FRPC screen. You will also be sent an email from where you can click on the link and download the item. You can only download the PDF eBook once, so if you make your order from a computer other than your own, you might want to wait until you get to your computer and do the actual download from the email. Your book itself will be mailed by USPS media mail, and can be expected to arrive within 7 to 10 days within the United States.

After downloading the FREE full-color eBook, click on “File” in the Adobe Acrobat menu bar at the top of the screen, then click on “Save As,” and save to a location on your hard drive or other storage device.

William Dollarhide is best known as the co-author and cartographer of Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, a book of 393 census year maps, and one of the bestselling titles ever published in the field of genealogy. Mr. Dollarhide currently lives in Utah. He has written numerous guidebooks related to genealogical research.

With this series of genealogical guides, William Dollarhide continues his long tradition of writing books that family historians find useful in their day-to-day United States research. Bill’s Name List guides give a state-by-state listing of what name lists are available, where to find them, and how they can be used to further one’s research.

Name lists are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope, can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local level, will now be accessible to research. But success depends on knowing where the ancestor resided. This is where Dollarhide’s Name List guides can make the difference.

Not only does this volume give a detailed bibliography of Name Lists available for the state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

These books are also available in an electronic PDF format also. See below – 40% off for this sale!

See Bill Dollarhide’s article, “What Are Name Lists?

The following Name List Guides, all written by William Dollarhide, may be purchased from Family Roots Publishing Co., and are being offered at 50% OFF FOR THIS CHRISTMAS 2014 PROMOTION:

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Hawaii State Archives Makes Documents More Accessible Online

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For several years, the Hawaii State Archives has been diligently working to make the Archives documents more accessible to the public. The Archives was rather forced into it since many documents created today are in a digital form only, and they just weren’t set up to deal with them. Now we’re seeing both digital documents as well as older “digitized” items being made available to the public online.

A video dealing with the Hawaii State Archives going digital can be found at the kitv.com website.

Although the project is far from completion, there are already a number of digital collections found at the Hawaii State Archives website. Some are limited to just a few letters of the alphabet for a limited period of time. Check them out below.

SEARCH
Name Search – search all collections indexed by name. Excludes the Genealogy Index, Mahele Book, Map and Library Catalog and Photograph Collection.

INDEXES
Genealogy Index
Government Office Holders, 1843-1959
Hawaiian Genealogy Book Index (PDF)
Chinese Passenger Manifest Index, A-Z
Japanese Passenger Manifests Index, A-L
Japanese Passenger Manifests Index, M-Z
Portuguese Passenger Manifests Index, A-Z
Land Index – People Names, 1838-1918 (O-Z)
Land Index – Place Names, 1838-1918 (A, E and U)
Name Index, 1790-1950 (A-Bonnier)
Subject Index, 1790-1970 (A-Airports, Molokai)

RECORDS
Certificates of Registration, National Register of Republic of Hawaii
Official Journals of the Legislature of the Republic of Hawaii, 1895-1898
Judiciary Records (Probate Case Files)
Mahele Book (PDF)
Photograph Collection
Tax Ledgers, 1847-1900 (Hamakua & Hilo)
Vital Statistics Collection, 1826-1929 (Molokai, Niihau, Kauai, and Maui)
Vital Statistics Collection, 1826-1929 (Hawaii Island)
World War I Service Records

OTHER RESOURCES
Map and Library Catalog

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

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

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

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

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

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

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

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

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

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

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

Chart of the Sandwich Islands, by Jean-Francois de Galaup de La Pèrouse (1741-1788)

The following is excerpted from Bill Dollarhide’s new Hawaii Name Lists 1700s-2011 book.

Chart of the Sandwich Islands, by Jean-Francois de Galaup de La Pèrouse (1741-1788). The original chart was prepared by Pèrouse while visiting Hawaii in 1785. The above chart was published in 1799 by G.G. & J. Robinson, London. Full title: “Chart of the Sandwich Islands, laid down from the observations made aboard the Boussole & Astrolabe, in the parts visited by those ships, & from the Observations of Captain Cook, in the other parts.” From a copy of the original map at the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection. See www.davidrumsey.com.

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History: from Five Centuries of Sailing Ships: From the Santa Maria to the Glomar Explorer, by Robert G. Albion, published by McGraw-Hill, New York, 1979:

“ . . .Boussole & Astrolabe. Jean François de Galaup de La Pèrouse was a full-time professional naval officer. He had had brilliant if lonesome duty during the American Revolution with a strong squadron up in Hudson’s Bay, where he captured the two principal Hudson’s Bay Company’s posts. After the war La Pèrouse, as one of the most promising of the regular officers, was appointed to follow up Cook’s explorations. For this scientific mission he was given two substantial frigates, the Boussole and Astrolabe.

“. . . The expedition sailed from Brest on August 1, 1785. Touching at Chile, they proceeded to Easter Island and then to Hawaii. Running from Alaska, they followed the American coast down as far as Monterey and, at the turn of the year, reached Macao and Manila. To preserve his story for posterity, La Pèrouse sent his journals (and the above Chart of the Sandwich Islands) overland to Paris. His next stop was Samoa, an unfortunate one. The captain of the Astrolabe, was attacked by a Samoan mob, and he and 11 others were killed and 20 were seriously wounded. At the turn of the year, La Pèrouse visited Tonga and called at Botany Bay in Australia. On March 11, 1788, the Boussole and Astrolabe sailed, and that was the last that was heard of them.”

It was years later that the fate of both ships was learned. In 1827, the commander of a British ship found clues to the fate of the Boussole and Astrolabe frigates on the island of Vanikoro, Santa Cruz Islands (now part of the Solomon Islands, South Pacific Ocean). The two ships had driven ashore in a fierce storm. One of them hit a reef and became a total loss; the other drove over a reef and considerable material was salvaged. The survivors built a smaller vessel from the wreckage and sailed away, leaving only a few survivors on Vanikoro. Copyright-free text from the Five Centuries of Sailing Ships book is available online. See
http://www.gyford.com/archive/2009/04/28/www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Shores/1258/copy.html.

To learn more about Bill Dollarhide’s new Hawaii Name Lists, 1700s – 2011 volume, click on the following links:

Hawaii Name Lists, 1700s – 2011, With A Selection Of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

Hawaii Name Lists, 1700s-2011 – PDF EBook

An Historical Timeline for Hawaii, 1627 – 2011

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The following article is excerpted from Bil Dollarhide’s New Book, Hawaii Name Lists, 1700s – 2011.

For genealogical research in Hawaii, the following timeline of events should help any genealogist understand the area with an historical, jurisdictional, and genealogical point of view:

1627. The first Europeans to see Hawaii were aboard Spanish sailing ships. In 1627, one Spanish ship captain described a volcanic eruption in his ship’s log, the first known recorded mention of the islands. Polynesians had been there for centuries, with considerable evidence that the earliest Hawaiian villages date back to 300 A.D. and Polynesian folklore describes their earliest settlers coming by outrigger canoe from Tahiti.

1778. January. On an expedition to China, British explorer Captain James Cook discovered the present Hawaiian Islands. He named them the Sandwich Islands after the Earl of Sandwich, one of the expedition’s sponsors. Cook went on to Alaska to look for the Northwest Passage and mapped the northern Pacific Ocean so accurately that his maps were used for 100 years. After his Alaska venture, Cook then returned to the Hawaiian Islands in November.

1779. February. Captain Cook visited the Big Island. After one of his ship’s dinghies was stolen, Cook decided to kidnap the local chief to get it back – but his plan failed. He was killed in the resulting battle.

1785. The first French ships, the frigates Boussole and Astrolabe visited Hawaii, under the command of Jean-Francois de Galaup de La Pèrouse. (See the Chart of the Sandwich Islands, p. HI-2).

1789. The first American ship landed in Hawaii. Captain Robert Gray, in his ship Columbia, was on his first voyage to the south seas. Gray was hailed as the first American to circumnavigate the world, and for his discovery of the Columbia River in 1792, named after the same ship he had used to visit the Sandwich Islands.

1792-1794. British Captain George Vancouver, after meeting with American Captain Robert Gray, and learning the location of the newly discovered Columbia River, sent an expedition up the river for the first time. He also explored the present Oregon and Washington coasts, Puget Sound, and the largest island on the western side of North America, which he named after himself. Vancouver’s visit with Gray also led to his decision to visit Hawaii. After his Pacific Northwest discoveries, Vancouver took his three ships to the Sandwich Islands. He became a personal advisor to Kamehameha, brought gifts, including the first longhorn cattle introduced to Hawaii. In 1794, Vancouver declared the Sandwich Islands as a protectorate of Great Britain.

1795-1854. Through conquest, King Kamehameha I (1795-1819) unified the Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom. A charismatic leader, he and his sons, Kamehameha II (1819-1824) and Kamehameha III (1825-1854) were to change the cultural rules of the Hawaiian society, such as eliminating Kapu restrictions on class distinctions and the subjugation of women. The kings also refused to worship the ancient Polynesian gods, and told their people the gods were not real. For the first few generations under unified rule, the Hawaiian natives were open to just about any religious experience, and accepted the Europeans and Americans soon to arrive in great numbers to exploit the natural wonders and climate of the islands.

1821. Protestant missionaries arrived. Many Hawaiians were converted to Christianity. In just ten years, the protestant leaders, mostly strict New England Congregationalists, dominated the religious scene, and were able to prevent other religious groups from getting a foothold in the Islands.

1831. Catholic missionaries from France that had arrived during the late 1820s were forced to leave or be imprisoned in 1831.

1835. The first sugar plantation was established on Kauai Island.

1839. Roman Catholics received religious freedom after the Islands were threatened by French warships. To avoid war, Kamehameha III paid reparations to France for the deportation of Catholic priests. But just a few years later, the French learned that their missionaries were still not being treated very well.

1840. Hawaii adopted its first constitution, moving from a Feudal Society to a Constitutional Monarchy. It gave religious freedom to subjects, and let commoners own their own land. The constitution called for all land to be divided between the King and Island Chiefs, which could then be sold to the people.

1842. A legislative and judiciary government was established within a limited monarchy. The first House of Representatives was called to order. Also in this year, the first class began at Punahou, the new private school. And, Kamehameha III began sending emissaries to the U.S., France, and England to secure recognition of an independent and sovereign Hawaiian government. President John Tyler gave his assurance in writing in December 1842, and in March and April 1843. Hawaiian Independence was assured in writing by King Louis-Philippe of France and Queen Victoria of Great Britain.

1843. In February, two months before Queen Victoria’s statement supporting the ”Independence of the Sandwich Islands,” Lord George Paulet moved the British warship HMS Carysfort into Honolulu Harbor and demanded that King Kamehameha III cede the islands to the British Crown. The King reluctantly agreed, but Paulet’s action enraged the French and Americans, who were able to get Paulet’s boss, Rear Admiral Richard Thomas to Honolulu in July. Thomas apologized for Paulet’s actions, and restored Hawaiian sovereignty. In November 1843, at the Court of London, the British and French Governments formally recognized Hawaiian independence. John Tyler’s 1843 statements of support were not formally confirmed by the U.S. Congress until 1849.

1848. A law passed that divided all of the land of all islands between King Kamehameha III and his Island Chiefs. Most of the chiefs gave their land to the government, which in turn sold land to the Hawaiian people.

1849. In August, French forces arrived in Honolulu Harbor demanding full religious rights for their Catholic missionaries. They stormed the harbor fort, and did considerable damage, but left Honolulu a month later. King Kamehameha III basically ignored the French and their demands.

1852 June. The first steam-powered ship arrived in Hawaii from San Francisco. One of the passengers on board was a young man identified only as “Mr. Dollarhide.” Later that year, the same steamship was the first one used in inter-island service.

1853. A smallpox epidemic took the lives of over 5,000 Hawaiians.

1854-1863. The reign of King Kamehameha IV. He was a nephew and adopted son of Kamehameha I. He was not in favor of an American annexation of the Hawaiian Islands, being more fond of the British culture than that of the Americans.

1863-1872. King Kamehameha V reigned. He was an older brother of Kamehameha IV, and was much respected by the Hawaiian people for his devotion to Hawaiian culture and restoration of Hawaiian medical practices. Mark Twain once spent four months in Hawaii in 1866, and wrote extensively about the islands. His comments about King Kamehameha V: “He was a wise sovereign; he had seen something of the world; he was educated and accomplished; he was popular, greatly respected, and even beloved.”

1865. The first wave of immigrant plantation workers departed from Yokohama, Japan, for Hawaii.

1872-1874. After Kamehameha V died without an heir in 1872, his cousin was elected King Lunaliho in 1873, but died a year later.

1874-1891. During the reign of King Kalakua, many Hawaiian customs that had been discouraged by earlier rulers became popular again. He became known as the “Merry Monarch.”

1875. King Kalakaua went to Washington, DC, visited President Ulysses S. Grant, and signed a treaty with the U.S. allowing Hawaiian sugar and rice to enter the U.S. tax-free.

1878. The first telephone was in operation, two years after Alexander Graham Bell’s patent.

1879. The first steam locomotive pulled its first train load of sugarcane on Maui.

1882. The Iolani Palace was first occupied by the Hawaiian royalty. Two monarchs governed from the Iolani Palace: King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani. After the monarchy was overthrown in 1893, the building was used as the capitol building for the Provisional Government, Republic, Territory, and State of Hawaii until 1969. The palace was restored and opened to the public as a museum in 1978.

Iolani-Palace

1883. Electricity arrived as five arc lamps were strung around Iolani Palace. This was also the year of the Great Chinatown Fire, with losses exceeding $1,455,000.

1887. To enhance trade with the United States, King Kalakaua allowed them exclusive use of Pearl Harbor as a naval base.

1890s. Several U.S. and European settlers had begun planting pineapples. Sugarcane planting also became an important industry. Thousands of workers were needed for these plantations; many came from China, Japan and the Philippines.

1891. Upon the death of King Kalakaua, his sister, Lydia, became Hawaii’s only ruling queen and last Hawaiian monarch. As Queen Liliuokalani, she tried to maintain Hawaii’s culture against the large influx of Americans and Europeans who by now controlled the economy.

1893. In a trumped up revolution, Queen Liliuokalani was overthrown, ending the 98-year-old Royal Kingdom of Hawaii. A Provisional Government was established, led by Sanford B. Dole and Lorrin A. Thurston. The Queen remained an important influence among the Hawaiian people. Over the next few years, she was successful in convincing President Grover Cleveland that an annexation of Hawaii to the United States should not take place without the approval of the Hawaiian native population. Those U.S. Congressmen in favor of Hawaii’s annexation to the U.S. found that they would have to wait until Grover Cleveland was out of office.

1894. The revolution brought forth the American and British inspired Republic of Hawaii, sometimes called “Dole’s Republic,” which functioned as a recognized nation in the world community for four years. Sanford B. Dole served as the President of the republic.

1898. July. The Hawaiian Islands were annexed to the United States by means of a joint resolution of Congress, called the Newlands Resolution. Sanford B. Dole continued as the President of the Provisional Government until the Hawaiian Organic Act of 1900 established a permanent territorial government led by a governor.

1900. Hawaii became a U.S. territory. Sanford B. Dole was appointed the Governor of Hawaii Territory by President William McKinley, taking office on 14 June 1900. The federal census of 1900 was taken with a census day of 1 June 1900, and Hawaii was included. Population: 154,001. No counties existed yet, and the census was divided into five districts for 1) Hawaii Island, 2) Kauai and Nihau Islands, 3) Maui, Kahoolawe, and Lanai Islands, 4) Molokai Island, and 5) Oahu Island.

1901. The Hawaiian Pineapple Company (now Dole) was established.

1905. Five counties were created by the territorial legislature: Hawaii, Honolulu, Kalawao, Kauai, and Maui. There have been no new counties or changes since 1905. Kalawao County comprised only the Kalaupapa Leper Colony on Molokai Island. The county stills exists, although the entire area is now a National Historical Park. The 90 (or so) permanent residents of Kalawao County do have one officer, a Sheriff, appointed by the U.S. National Park Service.

1910 Federal Census. Population of Hawaii Territory: 191,874

1920 Federal Census. Population of Hawaii Territory: 255,881.

1930 Federal Census. Population of Hawaii Territory: 368,300.

1934. President Roosevelt was the first U.S. President to visit Hawaii.

1940 Federal Census. Population of Hawaii Territory: 422,770.

1941. After the historic Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and Oahu on Dec. 7, 1941, the United States declared war on Japan and entered World War II.

1959. August 21. Hawaii became the 50th state to enter the Union.

2011. The population of the State of Hawaii in mid-2011 was estimated by the Census Bureau as 1.4 million people. About one million people were living on Oahu Island, also known as the City and County of Honolulu.

To learn more about Bill Dollarhide’s new Hawaii Name Lists, 1700s – 2011 volume, click on the following links:

Hawaii Name Lists, 1700s – 2011, With A Selection Of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

Hawaii Name Lists, 1700s-2011 – PDF EBook

Hawaii Name Lists 1700s-2011, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present

fr0231With 14 volumes now available, I am providing details about each of the nine most recently released volumes in the William Doallarhide’s State Name Lists Series. A few days ago I gave details about the Florida edition. Here we examine Hawaii Name Lists 1700s-2011, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present. Currently, there are nine new names lists books, and we are providing details on each.

Hawaii Name Lists may be one of the shorter books in the series, but is no less important for those with ancestors who lived in Hawaii. With nearly one hundred name lists provided, and ample information dating back hundreds of years, Hawaii is not shorter on useful information than any other state and is a critical part of the entire name lists collection.

In this book, names lists are detailed in the following database categories:

  • Early Island Census Records
  • Court Records
  • Directories
  • State Militia Lists
  • State Veterans & Pensioners Lists
  • Tax Lists
  • Vital Records
  • Voter Lists

Here are some interesting notes taken from the databases descriptions in the book:

– “The Kingdom of Hawaii censuses began in 1795, but only a few name lists, mostly school censuses from 1840, 1847, and 1866 have survived. Actual censuses were taken in  1878, 1890, and 1896, all extant for all islands.

– “Early tax lists may include dowager widows, or maiden women who own property subject to taxation.”

The contents of the District of Columbia section of the guide include:

  • Hawaii Name Lists
  • Hawaii Historical Timeline
  • Introduction to Hawaii’s Censuses & Name Lists
  • Bibliography of Hawaii Name Lists, 1700s-2011

Not only does this volume give a detailed bibliography of Name Lists available for the state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

National Names Lists information included with every volume:

The National Names Lists have these categories (244 entries in all):

  • Federal Census Records
  • Immigration Lists
  • U.S. Military Lists
  • U.S. Veterans Records
  • U.S. Pension Records
  • National Vital Record

There are also a number of maps, including:

  • 1899 Alaska & Klondike Region
  • 1880-1940 Alaska Census Jurisdictions
  • 1763 British North America
  • 1784-1802 Western Land Cessions
  • 1790 United States
  • 1800 United States
  • 1810 United States
  • 1820 United States
  • 1830 United States
  • 1840 United States
  • 1850 United States
  • 1860 United States
  • 1870-1880 United States
  • 1890-1940 United States

All books currently come with a FREE download of the full-color pdf eBook. Upon placing your order, you will be able to download the FREE PDF eBook directly from the FRPC screen. You will also be sent an email from where you can click on the link and download the item. You can only download the PDF eBook once, so if you make your order from a computer other than your own, you might want to wait until you get to your computer and do the actual download from the email. Your book itself will be mailed by USPS media mail, and can be expected to arrive within 7 to 10 days within the United States.

Order your copy of Hawaii Name Lists 1700s-2011, with a selection of National Name Lists, 1600s – Present from Family Roots Publishing.

All 14 Dollarhide Name List books – Print & PDF eBooks Are On Sale for 20% Off – Sale extended through January 6

Florida Name Lists

FRPC has extended the sale of all 14 of the new Dollarhide Name Lists books, which are on sale for 20% off thorugh January 6. The sale includes both the printed volumes, as well as the PDF eBooks. Normally $18.95, the printed volumes are just $15.16, and include a FREE immediately downloadable PDF eBook of the same. The PDF eBooks alone normally sell for $12.50 – and are on sale for $10.00 each! All printed books currently come with a FREE download of the PDF eBook. Upon placing your order, you will be able to download the PDF eBook directly from the FRPC screen. You will also be sent an email from where you can click on the link and download the item. You can only download the PDF eBook once, so if you make your order from a computer other than your own, you might want to wait until you get to your computer and do the actual download from the email. Your book itself will be mailed by USPS media mail, and can be expected to arrive within 7 to 14 days within the United States.

After downloading the eBook, click on “File” in the Adobe Acrobat menu bar at the top of the screen, then click on “Save As,” and save to a location on your hard drive or other storage device.

The sale ends at midnight EST (not MST) January 6, 2014.

Books are now available for the states of Alabama through Illinois.

William Dollarhide is best known as the co-author and cartographer of Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, a book of 393 census year maps, and one of the bestselling titles ever published in the field of genealogy. Mr. Dollarhide currently lives in Utah. He has written numerous guidebooks related to genealogical research.

With this series of genealogical guides, William Dollarhide continues his long tradition of writing books that family historians find useful in their day-to-day United States research. Bill’s Name List guides give a state-by-state listing of what name lists are available, where to find them, and how they can be used to further one’s research.

Name lists are both censuses and census substitutes, and are key to success in any genealogical endeavor. Name lists, be they national, state, county, or even city or town in scope, can help nail down the precise place where one’s ancestor may have lived. And if that can be done, further records, usually found on a local level, will now be accessible to research. But success depends on knowing where the ancestor resided. This is where Dollarhide’s Name List guides can make the difference.

 Not only do these volumes give a detailed bibliography of Name Lists available for the state, but links to websites, FHL book & microfilm numbers, archive references, maps, and key historical information make this volume invaluable to the researcher looking to extend their lines and fill in the family tree.

The following Name List Guides, all written by William Dollarhide, may be purchased from Family Roots Publishing Co., the printed volumes, as well as the PDF eBooks alone all at a 20% discount with an immediately available PDF eBook during this sale: 

Proving Native Hawaiian Descent Simplified

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A new Hawaiian state law which allows proof of ancestry to come from a number of sources should make it easier to expand the roll of Native Hawaiians.

The new law went into effect on July 1, and aims to expand the roll by reducing paperwork on the various lists of Native Hawaiians.

The new law allows the commission to use information from governmental entities like Kame­ha­meha Schools, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands or State Department of Health to compile the Native Hawaiian roll.

For more information, see an AP article from the July 8, 2013 edition of the Staradvertiser:

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

The following Data is from FamilySearch May 30, 2013:
FamilySearch.org
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.

FamilySearch Adds Collection Updates to Australia, BillionGraves, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Spain, & the U.S.A.

The following News Release is from FamilySearch.org dated January 15, 2013:

FamilySearch added an additional 7 million new, free indexed records and images this week to its collection. Notable additions include the 1,747,863 indexed records and images in the Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books collection from 1592-1910, the 1,308,956 indexed records from the United States General Index to Pension Files collection from 1861-1934, the 1,115,732 images for the Luxembourg Census Records collection from 1843-1900, and the 1,023,459 added to the United States Index to Passenger Arrivals, Atlantic and Gulf Ports, from 1820-1874. New searchable records were also added this week for Colombia and six states in the US collections. 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

Australia, Queensland Cemetery Records, 1802-1990 – 62,786 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
BillionGraves Index – 103,261 – 103,261 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
Canada, Merchant Marine Agreements and Accounts of Crews, 1890-1920 – 0 – 23,381 – Added images to an existing collection.
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2010 – 0 – 111,662 – New browsable image collection.
Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010 – 0 – 91,250 – Added images to an existing collection.
Family Group Records Collection, Archives Section, 1942-1969 – 0 – 2,093 – Added images to an existing collection.
Luxembourg, Census Records, 1843-1900 – 0 – 1,115,732 – Added images to an existing collection.
Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1910 – 1,729,549 – 18,314 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
Spain, Diocese of Avila, Catholic Church Records, 1502-1975 – 17,593 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Colorado, Statewide Divorce Index, 1900-1939 – 0 – 82,674 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Hawaii, Honolulu Index to Passengers, Not Including Filipinos, 1900-1952 – 255,042 – 452 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
U.S., Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 – 48,867 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
U.S., Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1629-1983 – 0 – 6,360 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994 – 289,532 – 0 – New indexed record collection.
U.S., Washington, County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982 – 0 – 458 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Washington, Seattle, Passenger Lists, 1890-1957 – 363,235 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
United States, Civil War Widows and other Dependents Pension Files – 39,323 – 39,323 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
United States, General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 – 1,308,956 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
United States, Index to Indian Wars Pension Files, 1892-1926 – 51,709 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
United States, Index to Passenger Arrivals, Atlantic and Gulf Ports, 1820-1874 – 1,023,459 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
United States Social Security Death Index – 114,391 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

The following excerpt is from a very interesting article by Ray Tsuchiyama about the “punchbowl,” or the “National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific” located above Honolulu, on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. It’w well worth the read at the Maui News website.

Above-listed is the official name, known in Hawai’i as simply “Punchbowl”, for the large green, calming dipped expanse atop an extinct volcanic tuff cone located near downtown Honolulu. According to geologic time, the cone is not that ancient, as it was blasted and formed about 75,000 to 100,000 years ago during the most “recent” period of volcanic activity on Oahu Island.

After the 1893 Overthrow, the new Republic of Hawai’i government assigned a committee to investigate various land parcels, and a committee (all pro-Republic, non-Kingdom loyalists) recommended that Punchbowl become the site for a new cemetery. However, the new pro-Dole government rejected the idea, since that would put a graveyard for all races overlooking the Republic’s new splendid capital city, and for the next fifty years, after the Territory of Hawai’i was established, the idea for a cemetery languished.*

After World War II Congress and veteran’s organizations lobbied the U.S. Department of War to accelerate the burials of the remains of thousands of GIs stored on Guam awaiting permanent burial. This was the trigger for the U.S. Army to begin planning the Punchbowl cemetery, and soon construction began.

Starting in early 1949 among the first persons to be buried at Punchbowl was Ernie Pyle, the famous war correspondent who was killed on Iwo Jima in 1945 (he was also an ex-Navy enlisted man, Seaman Third Class, which gave him great empathy for the downtrodden soldiers and sailors, especially in the Pacific War, and was beloved by millions who read his battlefield reports).

Read the full article.

Read more about the “National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific” at Wikipedia.