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FamilySearch Adds Nearly 11.1 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, & the USA

The following was received from FamilySearch: FamilySearch has added close to 11.1 million indexed records and images to collections from Barbados, BillionGraves, Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,703,529 indexed records from the U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846–1910, collection; […]

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Access to Social Security Death Index Information Has Been Limited by Congress

According to a must-read blog at The Legal Genealogist website, the much-heralded budget bill that was signed into law on December 26th included the partial-closure of the Social Security Death Index along with the exemption of SSDI information from the Freedom of Information Act. This was included in the budget bill as “a purported revenue-enhancing […]

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FamilySearch Adds Over 352,000 Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Guatemala, Italy, New Zealand & the USA

The following is from FamilySearch Sept 11, 2013: FamilySearch has recently added more than 352,000 indexed records and images from Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 206,787 indexed records from the United States Social Security Death Index, the 64,716 images from the Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843–1921, collection, and […]

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FamilySearch Adds More Than 4.4 Million Index Records & Images from Brazil, Czech Republic & the USA

The following was received from FamilySearch: FamilySearch has recently added more than 4.4 million index records and images from Brazil, Czech Republic, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 3,651,739 images from the new Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804–2013, collection, the 408,573 images from the new Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980, collection, […]

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Comparing Genealogy Software & Databases

Comparing genealogy software packages can be interesting and useful, especially if you’re just getting into genealogy. I’d like to have a dollar for every time someone has asked me which genealogy software program is the best. I now answer by telling folks that it’s the one you’re used to. I don’t know of any major […]

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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 […]

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FamilySearch Adds New Collections from Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, & the United States

FamilySearch added an additional 6.4 million new, free indexed records and images this week to its collection. Notable additions include the 1,034,803 records for the Netherlands, Zeeland Province, Church Records from 1527-1907, the 1,436,121 added from Italy Civil Registrations from 1824-1941, and the 1,069,308 added to the new Saskatchewan, Canada, collections from 1846-1957. Other new […]

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New & Updated USA & Canada Vital Records Databases at FamilySearch.org

The following U.S.A. and Canada vital-records oriented databases have been recently added or updated at FamilySearch.org. We’ve also updated all of the GenealogyBlog Online Database Links Files. See: United States Birth & Christening Records Found at FamilySearch.org United States Marriage Documents & Indexes Found at FamilySearch.org United States Death & Probate Records Found at FamilySearch.org […]

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Research Perseverance Leads to WWII Hero Getting a Proper Military Memorial Service

In 2008, WWII highly decorated First Lt. George Balthazor died alone, an “unclaimed indigent” in San Diego, CA. Through the research efforts of a nephew and records found on the Social Security Death Index, Balthazor’s story is told and a military memorial service is held in his honor. See the full details in this story […]

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The Future of the Social Security Death Index?

Here is an important article about the future of the Social Security Death Index, and a petition genealogists can sign to show their concern over privacy laws while balancing access to critical research tools. The following article comes from Tampa Bay Online: Genealogists want to keep access to Death Index By SHARON TATE MOODY | […]

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Genealogists’ Public Enemy #1

The following teaser is from “The Legal Genealogist” website. This is best article I’ve seen written about the very real possibility that genealogists will lose access to the Social Security Death Index. PLEASE let the teaser lead you to the full article, It’s important… The man pictured to the left is Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner […]

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RPAC Announces STOP ID THEFT NOW! Campaign With White House Petition

The following news release was received from Thomas MacEntee: Genealogy Community Responds To Efforts To Remove Access to Social Security Death Index and Other Records February 7, 2012– Austin, TX: The Records Preservation & Access Committee (RPAC) – a joint coalition of international genealogical societies representing millions of genealogists and family historians – announces the […]

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Access to Information Found on Social Security Applications (the SS-5) is Limited

The following is old news to genealogists who follow the news. However, when all this was taking place, I was busy with other things and didn’t get the opportunity to blog about it. Naturally, I disagree with the ruling. It just makes it more difficult for genealogists. The following excerpt was written from a Canadian’s […]

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Petition Making the Rounds to Remove Social Security Numbers of Deceased Folks From Genealogy Websites

And now we have another assault on the limited access genealogists have to anything Social Security… Thus far, not exactly a bi-partisan effort, but just wait… Where do these senators think those records with dead folk’s social security numbers in them came from? Hmmm… It seems the Federal government sold them to those websites, and […]

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New Records From 20 Countries at FamilySearch.org

A broad range of records were added to FamilySearch.org this week from 20 countries, notably Australia, Austria, Canada (Saskatchewan), Chile, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Germany, England, Dominican Republic, Germany, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Slovakia, Spain, Venezuela, and the U.S.A. The U.S. additions include a variety of records from California, Illinois, Indiana, North […]

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