Findmypast Publishes Over 2 Million British Military Records

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The following news release was written by FindMyPast:

· New collection of over 1.6 million gallantry medal records, over 171,000 Military Medal records and 551,000 Royal Navy Service records released online

· Records span 140 years of British military history and cover both world wars, the Napoleonic wars, Indian Mutiny, Crimea, Boer Wars and many more conflicts.

· Over 1.5 million new Military newspaper articles and the Lower Canada Census 1825 also available to search.

Nov. 11, 2016: Over 2 million records of British soldiers and sailors spanning more than 140 years of conflict have been published online at Findmypast.

The publication, released to coincide with Remembrance Day 2016, consists of Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards, Royal Naval Reserve records, ships musters and Royal Navy & Marines service and pension records.

The majority of the new additions come from The National Archive’s Admiralty and War Office series (ADM & WO) and consist of both fully searchable transcripts and scanned colour images of original documents, including:

Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards
Findmypast has released a new collection of more than 1.6 million records of British Army, Royal Marines, Royal Navy, and Merchant Navy personnel who were recognised for their service, courage, and accomplishments in times of war and conflict. The awards include, in part, Military Medals, Distinguished Conduct Medals, Waterloo Medals, Merchant Navy Medals, and the Victoria Cross Award, the premier award for gallantry.

The new Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards collection was created by merging 171,000 new Military Medal 1914-1920 records with Findmypast’s existing medal collections to form a single, comprehensive search experience. The records list the details of men and women who showed exceptional courage and fortitude in the face of danger and contains records from both world wars as well as the Peninsular War, Indian Mutiny, Waterloo, and many more conflicts.

British Royal Navy, Ships’ Musters
This collection of over 280,000 muster rolls is an excellent resource for genealogists looking to find seafaring ancestors in the Royal Navy before service records began in 1853. Covering the years 1739 to 1861, the muster roll books recorded the names and birth details of every person present on board a ship and were kept on an 8-week basis for accounting and administrative reasons.

British Royal Naval Reserve 1899-1930
British Royal Naval Reserve 1899-1930 consists of over 81,000 service cards of officers and ratings who served with the RNR. The records list the names, ranks and dates of service of RNR personnel as well as details of awards, promotions and notes on their character and behaviour during combat.

The RNR is an amalgamation of the Royal Naval Reserve, created in 1859, and the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, created in 1903. The two forces were merged in 1958. At the beginning of the First World War, the RNR had 30,000 officers and men. Sailors within the RNR served at the Battle of Coronel, the Battle of Jutland, and in Gallipoli. Many others boarded trawlers searching for mines.

British Royal Navy & Royal Marines Service and Pension Records, 1704-1919
Over 185,000 records have just been released in the second phase of Findmypast’s Royal Navy & Royal Marines Service and Pension Records, 1704-1919 collection. The collection consists of an assortment of documents kept by the Greenwich Hospital and the Royal Hospital Chelsea to record the details of Greenwich Pensioners and spans over 230 years of British naval history from to 1704 to 1934.

The records allow family historians to uncover fascinating details of their ancestor’s career with the Royal Navy, such as their period of service, where they served, when they joined and if they were wounded in the line of duty.

Paul Nixon, military expert at Findmypast, says: Findmypast has consolidated all its medal collections under a single search AND released a new collection: Military Medal awards 1914-1920, the most comprehensively indexed version of this Military Medal available online. Family historians can now access all our medal records through one search to easily uncover the stories of those ancestors who sacrificed so much.

As an island nation we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the men and women who have served Great Britain at sea. Our new naval records will open up fresh lines of enquiry for thousands of people and cement Findmypast’s reputation for having the most comprehensive online collection of British naval records.”

Other new additions available to search as of Friday, November 11, 2016:

Military Newspapers
Over 1.5 million new articles have been added to military publications available in our collection of historic British Newspapers. One new title has been added, The Naval & Military Gazette and Weekly Chronicle of the United Service, and additional articles have been added to the Army and Navy Gazette.

Lower Canada Census 1825
The Lower Canada Census 1825 contains over 74,000 records covering modern day Labrador and southern Quebec. Each search result will provide you will an image of the original document and a transcript revealing the language your ancestor spoke, where they lived and with how many people they lived.

Hillary Clinton Has French-Canadian Ancestry

The following teaser is from the November 6, 2016 edition of the TorontoSun.com:

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MONTREAL — If Hillary Clinton wins Tuesday’s election, Canada’s relationship with the White House could soon be cast as a family affair, thanks to the presidential candidate’s well-documented French-Canadian ancestry.

Clinton’s family ties to Canada stretch back to the days of New France, making her a distant relative of many prominent Quebecers, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Celine Dion, genealogists have noted….

Clinton briefly mentioned her maternal grandmother’s French-Canadian roots in her 2003 memoir, “Living History.” But as she researched the connection, Moreau-Desharnais says she was surprised by how deep those roots went.

Read the full article.

New FamilySearch Database Collections – September 28, 2015

The following is from FamilySearch:

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Generous updates for Colombia, France, Honduras, Italy, Spain, and the US (Passport applications, Mississippi and Georgia to note a few)! Many other domestic and international updates like England Warwickshire Parish Registers 1535-1984, Nicaragua Civil Registration 1809-2013, and Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541-1912. See the following full list.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORD – DIGITAL RECORD – COMMENTS

Bahamas Civil Registration 1850-1959 – 34,858 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Barbados Church Records 1637-1887 – 67,852 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541-1912 – 81,691 – 3,570 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Canada Prince Edward Island Death Card Index 1721-1905 – 16,778 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Canada Quebec Federation of Genealogical Societies Family Origins 1621-1865 (Web-Linking) – 5,996 – 0 – New indexed records collection
Chile Cemetery Records 1821-2013 – 0 – 65,853 – Added images to an existing collection
Colombia Catholic Church Records 1600-2014 – 0 – 301,994 – Added images to an existing collection
England Warwickshire Parish Registers 1535-1984 – 0 – 55,896 – Added images to an existing collection
France Dordogne Censuses 1876 – 499,219 – 10,250 – New indexed records and images collection
France Haute-Garonne Toulouse Censuses 1830-1831 – 31,145 – 608 – New indexed records and images collection
Germany Prussia Brandenburg and Posen Church Book Duplicates 1794-1874 – 151,802 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Honduras Catholic Church Records 1633-1978 – 700,756 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Udine Civil Registration (State Archive) 1806-1815 1871-1911 – 0 – 1,072,113 – Added images to an existing collection
Nicaragua Civil Registration 1809-2013 – 140,930 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Puno Civil Registration 1890-2005 – 172,315 – 4,944 – Added images to an existing collection
Philippines La Union Diocese of San Fernando de La Union 1801-1984 – 0 – 3,192 – Added images to an existing collection
South Carolina Confederate Home Records 1909-1958 – 6,149 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Spain Province of Barcelona Municipal Records 1387-1950 – 0 – 764 – Added images to an existing collection
Spain Province of Barcelona Municipal Records 1387-1986 – 435,547 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

UNITED STATES DATABASES
Georgia Deaths 1914-1927 – 0 – 336,900 – Added images to an existing collection
Illinois Northern District Petitions for Naturalization 1906-1994 – 0 – 206,207 – Added images to an existing collection
Louisiana Orleans Parish Vital Records 1910 1960 – 17,605 – 1,383 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Massachusetts Town Clerk Vital and Town Records 1626-2001 – 0 – 254,638 – Added images to an existing collection
Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children 1850-1892; 1908-1957 – 7,153,911 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Missouri County Marriage, Naturalization and Court Records 1800-1991 – 0 – 5,386 – Added images to an existing collection
Missouri State and Territorial Census Records 1732-1933 – 0 – 161 – Added images to an existing collection
Utah Death Certificates 1904-1964 – 69,621 – 13,456 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
United States Passport Applications 1795-1925 – 1,008,828 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

Help Us Publish More Free Records Online
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Online Historic Digitized Canadian Newspapers

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Bowling Green State University has links to digitized Canadian newspapers that are freely available on the Internet. The site is broken down into eleven tabs covering the twelve Canadian provinces.

They are:

Many Thanks to Cyndi Howells for posting these at Cyndislist.com and bringing them to my attention.

FamilySearch Adds Over 39.5 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Italy, Mexico, Spain, & the SUA

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FamilySearch has added more than 39.5 Million indexed records and images to Collections from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, El Salvador, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 24,856,324 indexed records and images from the U.S., New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909-1957, collection, the 2,284,230 indexed records and images from the Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922, collection, and the 3,399,062 indexed records from the U.S., New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1891, 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

Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1609-1909 – 238,573 – 27,020 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1912 – 8,758 – 2,811 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1598-1906 – 167,757 – 125,349 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600-1911 – 176,150 – 11,447 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798-1906 – 40,818 – 39,720 – New indexed records and images collection.

Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621-1910 – 55,048 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Belgium, Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1608-1912 – 0 – 13,317 – Added images to an existing collection.

Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 – 0 – 33,287 – Added images to an existing collection.

Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582-1910 – 160,737 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1848-2013 – 0 – 127,795 – Added images to an existing collection.

Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2013 – 0 – 207,023 – Added images to an existing collection.

Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Miscellaneous Records, 1748-1998 – 0 – 461,811 – Added images to an existing collection.

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 – 0 – 1,845 – Added images to an existing collection.

Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980 – 0 – 328,694 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Quebec, Notarial Records, 1800-1900 – 0 – 244,429 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922 – 2,201,052 – 0 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Chile, Santiago, Cemetery Records, 1821-2011 – 0 – 525,106 – Added images to an existing collection.

El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704-1977 – 406,035 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

France, Protestant Church Records, 1612-1906 – 33,342 – 4,712 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Italy, Agrigento, Agrigento, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1942 – 0 – 418,594 – Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Messina, Messina, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1939 – 0 – 141,128 – Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Modena, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1942 – 0 – 1,358,232 – New browsable image collection.

Italy, Napoli, Barano d’Ischia, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-1929 – 14,861 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Japan, Passenger Lists, 1893-1941 – 94,842 – 0 – New indexed records collection.

Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Miscellaneous Records, 1570-1882 – 0 – 151,711 – Added images to an existing collection.

Portugal, Beja, Civil Registration and Miscellaneous Records, 1609-1950 – 0 – 291,199 – Added images to an existing collection.

Portugal, Coimbra, Passport Registers and Application Files, 1835-1938 – 0 – 444,466 – Added images to an existing collection.

Portugal, Évora, Civil Registration and Miscellaneous Records, 1554-1938 – 0 – 237,371 – Added images to an existing collection.

Spain, Cádiz, Testaments, 1531-1920 – 0 – 226,453 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1990 – 0 – 18,842 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906-1991 – 0 – 187,480 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Louisiana, First Registration Draft Cards, 1940-1945 – 107,706 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Maine, Vital Records, 1670-1907 – 1,362,179 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Missouri, Cole County Circuit Court Case Files, 1820-1926 – 0 – 37,377 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Missouri, County Marriage Records, 1802-1969 – 0 – 5 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Montana, Big Horn, County Records, 1884-2011 – 0 – 27,135 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1931 – 0 – 153,903 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909-1957 – 24,856,025 – 299 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

U.S., New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1891 – 3,399,062 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Oklahoma Applications for Allotment, Five Civilized Tribes, 1899-1907 – 0 – 33,418 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1948 – 0 – 122,317 – Added images to an existing collection.

United States Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898 – 181,326 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Three Ethnic (African-American & French/French-Canadian) Bundles on Sale for 25% Off Through Monday, October 28, 2013

This weekend Family Roots Publishing is running a 25% off sale on three 2-item bundles of popular ethnic-oriented items. One bundle is African-American related, and the other two are French and French-Canadian guides. This sale runs through midnight EDT (Not MDT) Monday, October 28, 2013. All six items are also available individually at 10% off during the promotion. Click on the linked individual titles to go to the page for any particular item.

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Bundle of Two African-American Quick Reference Items (Bundle06)

This bundle is made up of two popular 4-page laminated quick-reference items for genealogists. The bundle is made up of the following two items:

Genealogy at a Glance: African American Genealogy Research; by Michael Hait; 4 pp; 2011; Laminated, folded sheet; ISBN: 9780806318820; 8.5×11; Item # GPC2476

Nothing will get you going faster in African American genealogical research than this “Genealogy at a Glance” publication. In just four pages, Michael Hait, lays out the basic elements of African American research, boiling the subject down to its essence and allowing you to grasp the fundamentals of African American research at a glance.

Hait explains that there are three imperatives in African American genealogical research: (1) you must begin with interviews of family members; (2) you must check records of birth, marriage, and death; and (3) you must check federal census records, especially the crucial 1870 census, which was the first census to include information on former slaves.

Beyond this he offers step-by-step guidance on finding and using other records that are crucial in African American research, such as Freedmen’s Bureau records, Freedman’s Bank records, records of the Southern Claims Commission, and voter registration lists. In addition, before ending with a helpful list of websites focusing specifically on African American genealogy, he offers tips and guidance on researching slave ancestors.

In keeping with the “Genealogy at a Glance” theme, the four specially laminated pages of this work are designed to provide as much useful information in the space allotted as you’ll ever need. No research tool in genealogy is as effortless and as convenient.

“Genealogy at a Glance: African American Genealogy Research” Book Review

Contents for this guide:

  • The Great Migration
  • Basic Research Resources
    • Oral History
    • Federal Census Records
    • State and County Records
  • Reconstruction-era Record Sources
    • The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (“Freedmen’s Bureau”)
    • The Freedman’s Saving and Trust Company (“Freedman’s Bank”)
    • Southern Claims Commission Records
    • Voter Registration Lists in the South
  • Civil War Record Resources
    • Compiled Military Service Records
    • Civil War Pension Files
  • Free African Americans in the North and South
    • The Abolition of Slavery in the North
    • Records Related to Free African Americans
    • in the Antebellum Period
  • Researching Enslaved Ancestors
    • Federal Census Slave Schedules
    • Common Record Groups Relating to Slaves
  • Online Resources
  • Further Reading

    QuickSheet: Citing Online African-American Historical Resources Evidence! Style; by Elizabeth Shown Mills; Published 2010; 8.5×11″; 4 pp. folded; Laminated, ISBN: 9780806318714; Item # GPC3863

    Citing Online African-American Historical Resources fits squarely in the tradition of Mrs. Mills’ acclaimed QuickSheets, which are used by genealogists everywhere as a guide for citing online sources.

    The basic citation models given here help researchers evaluate the reliability of online historical sources by recording all relevant information about both the historical material itself and the website that provides the material.

    In citing online historical sources Mrs. Mills offers two basic style formats:

    Source-list style, used in bibliographies, gives a short and general identification of a source.

    Reference-note style, used for footnotes and endnotes, adds specific details about particular information within the source.

    With this basic template, the African-American QuickSheet provides models for citing common resources such as databases, image copies, transcripts, blogs, books, and articles, using the widely accepted citation principles established in the QuickSheet series. Arranged in tabular format, the sample citations are easy to follow and can be applied to your specific needs in citing your sources.

    While it provides standards for citing online sources, this QuickSheet is, of course, tailored to the African-American experience, so source citation models bear on subjects such as slave manifests, slave narratives, Freedmen’s Bureau records, and slave census schedules. This QuickSheet is a laminated four-sided sheet designed for heavy use.

    African-American Historical Resources” Book Review

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    Bundle of Two French-related Quick Reference Items (Bundle07)

    This bundle is made up of two popular “Genealogy at a Glance” laminated quick-reference guides. They are:

    Genealogy at a Glance: French Genealogy Research by Claire Bettag; 4 pp; 2012; Laminated, folded sheet; ISBN: 9780806318899; 8.5×11; Item # GPC479

    We start with a couple of interesting facts: 8.3 million Americans (3% of the total population) claimed French ancestry in the 2000 U.S. census, and 2.4 million Americans (0.9% of the population) claimed French-Canadian ancestry. Thus, with over 10 million Americans of French origin, this research guide was almost inevitable, and in true Genealogy at a Glance fashion, it lays out the basic elements of French research in just four pages, boiling the subject down to its essence and allowing you to grasp the fundamentals of French genealogical research at a glance.

    Consisting of Huguenots, Acadian refugees, and political exiles, the French contingent in America has always been viewed as a distinct element in the population, concentrated for the most part in Louisiana, New England, and the Midwest. Connecting these individuals to France and tracing them back through the earliest records, is the particular challenge of this research guide.

    French research, we learn, starts with the vital records of birth, marriage, and death. These records fall into two categories: parish registers before 1792 and civil registrations after 1792. Because most records used initially in French research were created at the town level, identifying an ancestor’s town of origin is critical. Once determined (with tips given here to make it easier), research is generally conducted in the rich collections of departmental archives, including notarial records and censuses that are gradually being digitized and placed online. Municipal archives and libraries are rapidly digitizing their records as well, and the final section of this paper concludes with a list of helpful websites. The four specially laminated pages of this work are designed to provide as much useful information in the space allotted as you’ll ever need. No research tool in French genealogy is as effortless and as convenient.

    Contents

    • Immigration/Emigration
      • Major Periods of French Immigration
      • Who Were the Immigrants
      • Emigration/Immigration Records
    • Unlocking French Family History
      • Pinpointing the Town of Origin
      • Family Names
      • Huguenots
    • Political/Archival Organization
    • Major Record Sources
      • Parish Registers, 16th century–1792
      • Civil Registrations, 1792–present
      • Notarial Records, 16th century–present
      • Censuses
    • Other Records
    • Repositorties

    “French Genealogy Research”Book Review

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    Genealogy at a Glance: French-Canadian Genealogy Research; by Denise R. Larson; 4 pp. folded; 8.5 x 11; Published: 2011; Laminated, ISBN: 9780806318745; Item # GPC3286

    French-Canadian genealogical research has never been so easy. In just four pages, Denise R. Larson, lays out the basic elements of French-Canadian research, boiling the subject down to its essence and allowing you to grasp the fundamentals of French-Canadian research at a glance.

    In keeping with the Genealogy at a Glance theme, the four specially laminated pages of this work are designed to give you as much useful information in the space allotted as you’ll ever need.

    Focusing on key record sources and materials for further reference, Larson first provides history and context, then deals with the unique aspects of French-Canadian research such as Acadia and Quebec before moving on to traditional record sources, finishing with a summing up of record repositories and online sources. In less than a handful of pages she provides all the basic instruction you need in order to begin and to proceed successfully with your research.

    Genealogy at a Glance:“French-Canadian Genealogy Research” Book Review

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    Bundle of Two French-Canadian Related Books (Bundle08)

    The following two popular French-Canadian related books are bundled at a special price. The books are:

    Dictionary of Americanized French-Canadian Names: Onomastics and Genealogy; by Marc Picard; xviii + 170 pp; Paper; Published: 2013; ISBN: 9780806356457; Item # CF8465

    Name expert Marc Picard’s latest book is must reading for anyone with French-Canadian ancestry (or for institutions serving such a population). Monsieur Picard, who has previously written about the etymologies of the French migrants who settled Quebec and Acadia in the 17th and 18th centuries, now follows the spread of those surnames to various English-speaking parts of North America in his Dictionary of Americanized French-Canadian Names. Besides its derivations and Anglicizations, this terrific resource references the first French-Canadian settlers bearing the names found in the dictionary.

    Professor Picard explains the development of French-Canadian surnames and their subsequent “Americanization” in his twelve-page Introduction, which, among other things, discusses various kinds of Anglicization, direct translations, partial translation, and mistranslations of French into English. For instance, did you know that Americans named Blair may have inherited their surname from a Canadian named Belair (one of several place-names in France); that the Americanized “Bushey” comes from Boissy; or that Greenwood may have originally been Boisvert? Similarly, while On the Road author, Jack Kerouac, retained his French surname, persons with the American version “Curwick” may have the same ancestors. The last name of former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry comes directly from the French; however, that surname also shows up in the U.S. as Landrey, Landrie, Laundra, Laundre, Laundrie, Laundry, Londeree, Londrie, and Londry. And some Americanizations are phonetically predictable, as in Maurice/Morris, Meilleur/Miller; or Sylvestre/Sylvester; others, however, are less so, as in “Sharkey” from Chartier, Butler from Breton, or Wells from Dupuis.

    Each of the thousands of entries in the Dictionary of Americanized French-Canadian Names contains two parts. The first of these is onomastic in nature, providing the etymology of the surname and any Americanized variants from which they stem. The second part contains some or all of the following information: the name of the first French-Canadian bearer of the name, the name of his parents, his place of origin in France, the name of his spouse and the names of her parents, and the place of his marriage. In addition to the Introduction and the dictionary itself, readers will find a brief list of abbreviations used throughout the text and a detailed bibliography of sources.

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    Companions of Champlain: Founding Families of Quebec, 1608-1635; by Denise Larson; x + 179 pp; Paper; 5.5×8.5; Published: 2008, Reprinted: 2009; ISBN: 9780806353678; Item # CF9914

    Drawing on primary and reliable secondary sources, this work provides readers with a concise historical overview of the founding of Quebec and French-Canadian culture. It also supplies readers with the research tools necessary to link their family lines with those of the original 18 pioneer families who inhabited Quebec during the lifetime of the city’s founder, Samuel de Champlain. Companions of Champlain was produced to honor the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City and to enable North Americans on both sides of the border to appreciate more fully their French-Canadian heritage.

    Companions of Champlain explains in clear language the reasons for the New-World explorations of Samuel de Champlain in the 1600s and the unique culture that resulted from the establishment of a trading post in the wilds of North America in 1608. It is the story of the habitant family-the farm and daily life-not the complex intrigues of the French king and court, though some historical background information is included. The historical backdrop for Companions of Champlain was drawn from the few extant primary sources of the early 17th century, most particularly Champlain’s Voyages, Marc Lescarbot’s Nova Francia and Jesuit Relations, and standard references such as H. P. Biggar’s Works of Samuel de Champlain and Gustave Lanctot’s A History of Canada.

    Although Champlain and his wife, Helene Boulle, did not have children, his companions did. The original 18 pioneer families who inhabited Quebec during Champlain’s lifetime formed the nucleus of French-Canadian culture from which a new society sprang. They are the focal point of this work. The author traces the genealogy for three generations of the following 18 founding families: Amiot/Amyot, Boucher, Bourdon, Cloutier, Cote/Coste, Couillard/Couillart, Delaunay, Desportes, Giffard, Guyon, Hebert (Quebec’s first colonial family, Hebert, is followed through five generations), Juchereau, Langlois, Marsolet, Martin, Nicolet, Pinguet, and Tardif/Letardif. The author also presents a methodology by which readers can trace their lineage in a quest to link with one of Quebec’s founding families. Genealogical chart information was extracted from documents and records held at the Archives nationales du Quebec; in city, state, parochial, and provincial offices; and from reliable secondary sources, such as the genealogical dictionaries of Cyprien Tanguay and Rene Jette.

    Other important features of this groundbreaking work include maps, an illustration of Champlain’s 1603 astrolabe, references, five appendices, lineage and pedigree charts with citations, and a comprehensive index. Appendices provide a glossary of French genealogical terminology and an example of citation notation for use when filling in ancestral charts, one of which is provided for reproduction. The full-reference citation method described in the book is unique in that it is keyed from the numbering sequence on commonly used charts and does not require the superscripts and complex systems often found in genealogy.

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FamilySearch Adds More Than Half a Million Index Records and Images to New Ireland Calendar of Wills and Administrations Collection

The following is from FamilySearch:
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FamilySearch has recently added more than 2.7 million images from BillionGraves, Canada, Colombia, Ireland, Mexico, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 544,966 index records and images from the new Ireland, Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1920, collection, the 731,428 index records and images from the BillionGraves Index, and the 452,357 index records from the U.S., Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939, 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

BillionGraves Index – 365,714 – 365,714 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
Canada, British Columbia, Crown Land Pre-emption Registers, 1860-1971 – 0 – 2,408 – Added images to an existing collection.
Canada, Quebec, Notarial Records, 1800-1900 – 0 – 24,443 – Added images to an existing collection.
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2012 – 0 – 68,596 – Added images to an existing collection.
Ireland, Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1920 – 518,567 – 26,399 – New indexed records and images collection.
Mexico, México, Civil Registration, 1861-1941 – 0 – 149 – Added images to an existing collection.
Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1982 – 0 – 77,206 – Added images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Braga, Priest Application Files (Genere et Moribus), 1596-1911 – 0 – 94,902 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1583-1936 – 0 – 41,206 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Lérida, Municipal Records, 1319-1959 – 0 – 86,691 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939 – 452,357 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Idaho, Bonneville County Records, 1867-2012 – 0 – 87,557 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Montana, County Naturalizations, 1856-1979 – 0 – 46,602 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1785-1950 – 0 – 57,742 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., North Carolina, Civil Action Court Papers, 1712-1970 – 0 – 36,078 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh City Deaths, 1870-1905 – 63 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Washington, County Records, 1856-2009 – 0 – 368,047 – Added images to an existing collection.

FamilySearch Adds to Collections for BillionGraves, Canada, Italy, Peru, Sweden, and the USA

The following is from FamilySearch:
FamilySearch.org
FamilySearch has added more than 9.4 million index records and images this week from BillionGraves, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Italy, Peru, Sweden, the United States, and Venezuela. Notable collection updates include the 3,368,091 index records and images from the U.S., Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952, collection, the 2,187,206 images from the new U.S., New York, Southern District, U.S District Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1946 , collection, and the 848,610 index records and images from the BillionGraves Index. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

BillionGraves Index – 424,305 – 424,305 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900 – 0 – 461,837 – Added images to an existing collection.
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2012 – 0 – 27,561 – Added images to an existing collection.
Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843-1921 – 0 – 32,149 – Added images to an existing collection.
Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450-1889 – 0 – 96,273 – Added images to an existing collection.
Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010 – 0 – 30,292 – Added images to an existing collection.
Honduras, Catholic Church Records, 1633-1978 – 330,586 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
Italy, Cuneo, Saluzzo, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1942 – 0 – 156,506 – Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Macerata, Macerata, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929 – 0 – 102,509 – Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Napoli, Pomigliano d’Arco, Military Conscriptions (Comune), 1898-1929 – 0 – 40,753 – New browsable image collection.
Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1890-2005 – 0 – 30,143 – Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998 – 0 – 32,450 – Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890-2005 – 0 – 18,129 – Added images to an existing collection.
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 – 7,586 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1629-1999 – 0 – 35,714 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 – 1,681,256 – 1,686,835 – New indexed records and image collection.
U.S., New York, Southern District, U.S District Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1946 – 0 – 2,187,206 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Pennsylvania, Eastern District Naturalization Indexes, 1795-1952 – 231,641 – 5,154 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
U.S., Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger List Index Cards, 1883-1948 – 1,153,207 – 18,880 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
U.S., Texas, Eagle Pass Arrival Manifests and Indexes, 1905-1954 – 122,918 – 28,638 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Washington, County Land Records, 1850-1954 – 0 – 88,546 – Added images to an existing collection.
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2012 – 0 – 12,624 – Added images to an existing collection.

FamilySearch Adds Large Updates to BillionGraves Index & Washington State County Records

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FamilySearch has added 2.1 million indexed records and images this week from BillionGraves, Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 815,732 index record and images from the BillionGraves Index collection, and the 753,021 images from the U.S., Washington, County Records, 1856- 2009, 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

BillionGraves Index – 407,866 – 407,866 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800–1900 – 0 – 42,917 – Added images to an existing collection.
Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450–1889 – 0 – 228,778 – Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Nuoro, Nuoro, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866–1915 – 0 – 48,817 – Added images to an existing collection.
Mexico, Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Miscellaneous Marriage Records, 1605–1854 – 0 – 50,822 – Added images to an existing collection.
New Zealand, Probate Records, 1860–1962 – 0 – 96,104 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records, 1293–1966 – 0 – 104,160 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Washington, County Records, 1856–2009 – 0 – 753,021 – Added images to an existing collection.

FamilySearch Adds 8.5 Million Records From Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Netherlands, and the United States

The following news release is from FamilySearch:

FamilySearch added 8.5 million new, free indexed records and images this week to its collection. Included are 2,897,940 additional index records and images for the new New York State Census of 1855 collection, the 1,070,807 index records and images from the Texas Birth Certificates collection from 1903-1935, and the 554,541 images from the Italy, Catania, Diocesi di Caltagirone, Catholic Church Records collection from 1502-1942.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

Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975 – 124,303 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records, 1829-1961 – 0 – 11,466 – Added images to an existing collection.
BillionGraves Index – 179,075 – 179,075 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1889-2012 – 0 – 120,720 – Added images to an existing collection.
Canada, Manitoba, Census Records, 1831-1870 – 0 – 30,729 – Added images to an existing collection.
Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900 – 0 – 520 – Added images to an existing collection.
Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450-1889 – 0 – 56,150 – Added images to an existing collection.
Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010 – 0 – 140,707 – Added images to an existing collection.
Hungary, Civil Registration, 1895-1980 – 0 – 16,259 – Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Benevento, Benevento, Civil Registration (Comune), 1861-1929 – 0 – 31,541 – Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Catania, Diocesi di Caltagirone, Catholic Church Records, 1502-1942 – 0 – 554,541 – Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Napoli, Barano d’Ischia, Parocchia de San Sebastiano Martire, Catholic Church Records, 1671-1929 – 0 – 3,182 – Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Napoli, Panza, Parocchia di San Leonardo Abate, Catholic Church Records, 1670-1929 – 0 – 2,127 – Added images to an existing collection.
Netherlands, Drenthe Province, Church Records, 1580-1911– 0 – 21,918 – Added images to an existing collection.
Netherlands, Zuid-Holland Province, Church Records, 1367-1911 – 0 – 724,788 – Added images to an existing collection.
Korea, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-2009 – 0 – 392 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., California, San Mateo County Records, 1855-1991 – 0 – 50,823 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Idaho, Butte County Records, 1882-1970 – 0 – 23,226 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Idaho, Twin Falls County Records, 1906-1988 – 0 – 89,528 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970 – 0 – 78,573 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Louisiana, Orleans Parish Will Books, 1805-1920 – 0 – 5,485 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Maine, County Probate Records, 1760-1979 – 0 – 1,073 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Minnesota, Itasca County Land Records, 1872-1930 – 0 – 7,328 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Montana, Sanders County Records, 1866-2010 – 0 – 55,148 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Montana, Sweet Grass County Records, 1885-2011 – 0 – 28,481 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1924 – 0 – 496,052 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., New York, State Census, 1855 – 2,818,214 – 49,726 – New indexed records and images collection.
U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-1979 – 15,959 – 371,253 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
U.S., Oregon, Douglas County Records, 1852-1952 – 0 – 15,698 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Tennessee, Putnam County Records, 1867-1955 – 0 – 22,826 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935 – 527,134 – 543,673 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
U.S., Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1977 – 187,126 – 73,546 – New indexed records and images collection.
U.S., Texas, Eastland County Records, 1868-1949 -0 – 10,629 – Added images to an existing collection.

Slovakian Genealogical Records Growing Online at FamilySearch.org

The following information is from FamilySearch – 7/27/2012:


FamilySearch’s free online Slovakian record collection has now grown to over 5 million searchable records. The Slovakia 1869 census is also available as a browsable image collection. Other new searchable collections online were expanded this week for South Africa, Canada, Poland, Portugal, and the United States. Search these diverse collections and 2.8 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900 – 0 – 73,895 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600-1950 – 0 – 40,000 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Castelo Branco, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1911 – 0 – 31,785 – New browsable image collection.
Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1910 – 1,098,483 – 15,823 – Added index records and browsable images to existing collection.
South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848-1956 – 22,920 – 26,512 – New index records and browsable images.
U.S., California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1991 – 0 – 36,865 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Missouri, Jackson County Voter Registration Records, 1928-1956 – 0 – 7,404 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986 – 0 – 56,335 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937 – 104,670 – 0 – Added index records to existing collection.

New & Updated Canadian Vital Records Posted at FamilySearch.org

The following Canadian vital-records oriented databases have been added or updated at FamilySearch.org since my last posting made January 9.

We’ve also updated all five of the GenealogyBlog Online Database Links Files.
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NEW DATABASE British Columbia, Victoria Times Birth, Marriage and Death notices, 1901-1939Imaged Records – Newspaper clippings pasted onto cards and arranged chronologically. Includes the date (year, month, day) and page number on each card. The newspaper was variously known as the Victoria Times, Victoria Weekly Times, and Victoria Daily Times – 111,817 images as of 5 June 2012.

NEW DATABASE British Columbia, Wills, 1861-1981Imaged Records – Images of will indexes and wills. Although the index spans 1861-1981 this collection contains wills for 1861-1939. Central will registry maintained by the Department of the Attorney General for all wills probated in the province of British Columbia. The number for each will is written in the upper right-hand corner of the first page of the will in small script. Some wills are missing from the collection. The will numbers are listed in the indexes under the “Remarks” column, and NOT the “Wills” column. Some letters of the alphabet are continued at the end of the index volume. The index to these wills is also the index to the Victoria probate registry district records – 127,172 records as of 22 June 2012.

NEW DATABASE Manitoba Probate Records 1871-1930Imaged Records – Images of estate files, application books and indexes. Some indexes go as late as 1970 – 802,992 images as of 22 March 2012.

NEW DATABASE New Brunswick, Late Registration of Births 1810-1899Imaged Records – Typed extracts of late registration. Records are arranged alphabetically for the entire year range – 24,015 images as of 16 Feb 2012. From New Brunswick Vital Statistics Branch. New Brunswick provincial returns of births and late registration. Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick.

NEW DATABASE New Brunswick Provincial Returns of Marriages 1887-1919Imaged Records – The returns of marriages are arranged alphabetically within each year by surname of the groom. New Brunswick instituted registration for all vital statistics in January of 1888. There are very few returns for 1887 – 141,775 images as of 5 June 2012.

NEW DATABASE New Brunswick Provincial Returns of Marriages and Late Registrations, 1920-1950Imaged Records – Provincial returns of marriages, 1920-1950, and late registration of marriages, 1920-1945 – 119,291 images as of 5 June 2012.

NEW DATABASE New Brunswick, Marriage Registers, 1789-1889Imaged Records – Marriage registers containing transcriptions from church records submitted by various denominations. Most volumes are indexed – 7,459 images as of 11 June 2012.

Nova Scotia Births and Baptisms, 1702-1896– Index to selected Nova Scotia births and baptisms. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality – This collection contains 130,108 records as of 15 March 2012 – up 4,317 records since 27 April 2010.

Nova Scotia Marriages, 1711-1909 – Index to selected Nova Scotia marriages. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality. This collection contains 37,261 records as of 10 March 2012 – up 1007 records since 27 April 2010.

NEW DATABASE Nova Scotia, Church Records 1720-2001Imaged Records – Parish registers of baptisms, marriages, deaths and other records for some Catholic and Church of England in Canada parishes from Nova Scotia – 16,188 images as of 6 Feb 2012.

NEW DATABASE Ontario, Roman Catholic Church Records, 1760-1923Imaged Records – Baptisms, marriages, deaths and other records from several Roman Catholic parishes in the province of Ontario, Canada. This collection covers church records created 1760-1923, but the content and time period of the records will vary by parish – 123,534 images as of 18 January 2012.

NEW DATABASE Quebec, Non-Catholic Parish Register 1763-1967Imaged Records – Registers of baptisms, marriages, deaths and other records from various non-Catholic denominations and parishes. Date coverage varies from parish to parish – 278,518 images as of 17 May 2012.

Saskatchewan, Probate Estate Files 1887-1931 – Index and images of estate files from Saskatchewan judicial districts. 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. This project was indexed in partnership with the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society – 35,000 indexed records and 1,903,391 images as of 25 June 2012 – up 312,198 images since 10 January 2012.

Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959 – Name index to birth and baptism records from Canada. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 1,534,515 records as of 22 March 2012 – up 5,426 records since 21 June 2011.

FamilySearch Adds Millions of Records for Belgium, China, Philippines, and the U.S. – 20 States Now Completed for the 1940 Census

The following news release was received from FamilySearch.org:

FamilySearch published new, free records online for Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, England, Georgia, Indonesia, Italy, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. The 1940 US Census Community Project continues to progress quickly. Online volunteers have now indexed 80 million names out of the historic 1940 census. Follow the progress online or search the 20 completed states at FamilySearch.org/1940census. BillionGraves also contributed about a million indexed records. Search these diverse collections and 2.8 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537-1888 – 0 – 349,963 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Austria, Vienna, Jewish Registers of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1784-1911 – 0 – 206,316 – New browsable image collection.
Belgium, Antwerp, Police Immigration, 1840-1930 – 0 – 1,339,442 – New browsable image collection.
BillionGraves Index – 980,915 – 980,915 – Affiliate provided new indexed records and browsable images.
Canada, Lower Canada Census, 1825 – 74,323 – 1,202 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
Canada, New Brunswick Provincial Returns of Marriages and Late Registrations, 1920-1950 – 0 – 119,291 – New browsable image collection.
Canada, New Brunswick Provincial Returns of Marriages, 1887-1919 – 0 – 141,775 – New browsable image collection.
Canada, Nova Scotia, Halifax County, Deed Indexes, 1749-1958 – 0 – 23,008 – New browsable image collection.
Canada, Saskatchewan Provincial Records, 1879-1987 – 0 – 75,276 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Chile, Santiago, Cementerio General, 1821-2011 – 0 – 84,542 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
China, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-1900 – 0 – 1,588,606 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843-1921 – 0 – 52,767 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450-1889 – 0 – 123,966 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
England, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910 – 0 – 983 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
England, Northumberland, Miscellaneous Records, 1705-2005 – 0 – 65,881 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Georgia, Headright and Bounty Land Records, 1783-1909 – 0 – 36,799 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Purwodadi Citizenship Records, 1960-2012 – 0 – 46,170 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Wonosobo, Naturalization Records, 1927-2011 – 0 – 37,311 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941 – 0 – 49,009 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Genova, Chiavari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941 – 0 – 27,223 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Messina, Patti, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1823-1941 – 0 – 26,259 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Napoli, Serrara Fontana, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-1929 – 4,242 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
Italy, Pescara, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1942 – 0 – 104,831 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Salerno, Padula, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-1940 – 0 – 4,375 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Teramo, Teramo, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1940 – 0 – 5,813 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941 – 0 – 134,878 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Waldensian Evangelical Church Records, 1679-1969 – 21,878 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 – 0 – 24,703 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1981 – 0 – 6,356,654 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Philippines, Civil Registration (National), 1945-1981 – 0 – 101,177 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600-1950 – 0 – 31,074 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911 – 0 – 21,549 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949 – 0 – 47,334 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Russia Tver Poll Tax Census (Revision lists), 1744-1874 – 0 – 873,732 – New browsable image collection.
Scotland Census, 1841 – 2,629,006 – 0 – New indexed collection
Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1583-1902 – 0 – 112,580 – New browsable image collection.
Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records, 1903-1918 – 0 – 158,340 – New browsable image collection.
Spain, Province of Tarragona, Municipal Records, 1430-1916 – 0 – 56,475 – New browsable image collection.
Spain, Records of Widows and Orphans of Spanish Officials, 1860-1960 – 0 – 5,146 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Spain, Valencia, Miscellaneous Records, 1251-1950 – 0 – 265,333 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Sweden, Uppsala Church Records, 1308-1901; index 1613-1860 – 16,217 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
U.S., Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970 – 0 – 69,935 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Maine, State Archive Collections, 1790-1966 – 0 – 47,107 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004 – 0 – 89,204 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787-1938 – 0 – 74,400 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1924 – 0 – 29,852 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004 – 0 – 101,198 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1940 – 0 – 38,814 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1967 – 0 – 3,796,974 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Ohio, Stark County Court Records, 1809-1917 – 0 – 118,518 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910 – 1,200,141 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
U.S., California, Great Registers, 1866-1910 – 2,325,643 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
U.S., District of Columbia, Birth Returns, 1874-1897 – 0 – 90,550 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986 – 0 – 69,454 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1967 – 0 – 43,465 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Idaho, Cassia County Records, 1879-1989 – 0 – 46,360 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Iowa, Fayette County Probate Records, 1851-1927 – 0 – 86,849 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Missouri, Jackson County Voter Registration Records, 1928-1956 – 0 – 16,434 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2012 – 0 – 37,718 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-1968 – 86 – 689,079 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Texas, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Membership Applications, 1892-2010 – 0 – 25,788 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986 – 0 – 32,220 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001 – 0 – 159,181 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 – 0 – 26,908 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Washington, County Probate Records, 1853-1929 – 0 – 20,031 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States Census, 1930 (New Jersey Part B) – 46,148 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
United States Census, 1940 (Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Mississippi, Nevada, Utah, Vermont, Wyoming) – 9,853,018 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
United States, Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files – 404,753 – 404,753 – Affiliate provided indexed records and browsable images to existing collection

New at FamilySearch.org

New records were added to FamilySearch.org this week from Canada, Estonia, Jamaica, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, and the U.S. Begin searching for your ancestors now at FamilySearch.org .

Searchable records on FamilySearch.org are made possible by thousands of volunteers from around the world who transcribe (index) the information from handwritten records to make them easily searchable by computer. More volunteers are needed—particularly those who can read foreign languages—to help accelerate this great initiative to preserve and provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records. To learn more about the FamilySearch indexing program, visit indexing.familysearch.org.

Collection – Records – Images – Comments

Canada

Estonia

Jamaica

Mexico

Russia

South Korea

Sweden

United States

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Digital Images Added at FamilySearch.org for Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, & Spain as well as USA Records for AR, CA, FL, ID, IN, NC, OR, & UT

More than seven million records were added to FamilySearch.org this week, including five million digital civil registration images from the Philippines from 1945–1980. Have ancestors from Europe? New digital images of historic records from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy and Spain may be helpful. Find your ancestors now at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable records on FamilySearch.org are made possible by thousands of volunteers from around the world who transcribe (index) the information from handwritten records to make them easily searchable by computer. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to help accelerate this great initiative to preserve and provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records. To learn more about the FamilySearch indexing program, visit indexing.familysearch.org.

Collection – Records – Images – Comments

Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537-1888 – 0 – 106,488 – Added browsable images to existing collection.

Belgium Civil Registration, 1795-1920 – 0 – 345,558 – Added browsable images to existing collection.

Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900 – 0 – 25,288 – Added browsable images to existing collection.

Czech Republic, Land Records 1450-1850 – 0 – 170,322 – Added browsable images to existing collection.

Italy, Civil Registration, 1806-1940 – 0 – 21,660 – Added browsable images to existing collection for Cuneo, Genova, Treviso.

Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Civil Registration, 1859-2000 – 0 – 8,888 – Added browsable images to existing collection.

Peru, Civil Registration, 1874-1978 – 0 – 66,191 – Added browsable images to existing collection.

Philippines, Civil Registration, 1945-1980 – 0 – 5,246,424 – Added browsable images to existing collection.

Spain, Catastro of Ensenada, 1749-1756 – 0 – 633,283 – Added browsable images to existing collection.

Spain, Valencia, Miscellaneous Records, 1251-1950 – 0 – 221,334 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Arkansas, Sebastian County Births and Deaths, 1877-1963 – 5,719 – 0 – New index.

U.S., California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records, 1899-2011 – 0 – 1,277 – Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S., Florida, Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications, 1885-1955 – 0 – 101,513 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Idaho, Clark County Records, 1884-1998 – 0 – 3,185 – Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S., Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 – 55,339 – 0 – Added records to existing collection.

U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-1917 – 11,812 – 281,396 – Added images and index to existing collection.

U.S., Oregon, Columbia County Records, 1854-1958 – 0 – 47,375 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Utah, Probate Records, 1851-1961 – 0 – 23,527 – New browsable image collection.