New FamilySearch Database Collections Update as of January 11, 2016

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A few domestic and international updates this week. For the United States you’ll see some new content for United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014, North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files 1800-1909, Utah Death Certificates 1904-1964, and the Rhode Island District Court Naturalization Indexes 1906-1991. Find these and additional updates below for Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Italy, and Sweden.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Australia Tasmania Miscellaneous Records 1829-2001 – 0 – 68,774 – Added images to an existing collection
Belgium Hainaut Civil Registration 1600-1913 – 32,642 – 208 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Bolivia Catholic Church Records 1566-1996 – 35,765 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy Napoli Civil Registration (State Archive) 1809-1865 – 146,760 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Sweden Örebro Church Records 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 – 42,405 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection

United States Databases
United States GenealogyBank Obituaries 1980-2014 – 0 – 27,075 – Added images to an existing collection
North Carolina State Supreme Court Case Files 1800-1909 – 876,769 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Rhode Island District Court Naturalization Indexes 1906-1991 – 136,534 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Utah Death Certificates 1904-1964 – 0 – 25,217 – 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.

FamilySearch Adds Over 1.2 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from BillionGraves, Bolivia, Germany, & the USA

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FamilySearch has added more than 1.2 million indexed records and images to collections from BillionGraves, Bolivia, Germany, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 512, 388 indexed records and images from the BillionGraves Index, the 230,873 images from the U.S., North Carolina, Civil Action Court Papers, 1712-1970, collection, and the 79,078 indexed records from the Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records, 1544-1945 , 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 https://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 https://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 https://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 – 256,194 – 256,194 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Bolivia, Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 – 25,784 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records, 1544-1945 – 79,078 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Illinois, Lee County Records, 1830-1954 – 0 – 94,647 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787-1938 – 0 – 201,417- Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., North Carolina, Civil Action Court Papers, 1712-1970 – 0 – 230,873 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Oregon, Douglas County Records, 1850-1983 – 0 – 91,860 – Added images to an existing collection.

Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas

gpc5176Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas: A Complete Digest of the Records of All the Countries of the Western Hemisphere is the most comprehensive collection of information on colonial period records covering the entire Western Hemisphere, both North and South America. As far as I know, there is no other single reference for records sources covering the colonial periods for the entire hemisphere.

This book examines the colonial period from the earliest European colonization in the Western Hemisphere until:

  • the American Revolution for the thirteen colonies
  • statehood was obtained for other U.S. states
  • Latin American countries which did not declare independence from Spain and Portugal until 1808 or later
  • Caribbean countries and dependencies through about 1810
  • the abolition of the slave trade, for slavery related records, including dates of emancipation

For each country, the author Christina K. Schaefer, provides an historical background and brief sketches of the records themselves, plus descriptions for the principle holding of the major repositories. Record groups are broken down into similar categories for each country. Common sections include church and ecclesiastical records, census records, notarial records, governmental and municipal records, military records, land records, etc. A list of suggested readings rounds out each chapter.

At 814 pages, this reference is indeed extensive. It may be literally impossible to cover every possible resource in a single project. Still, Schaefer has provided a treasure trove of information vital to genealogical record finding. If you need colonial period records for anywhere in the Americas, this book can help.

 

Table of Contents

Preface

Part One: Going Beyond the Line, a Chronology

  • Chronology of colonial history
  • Dates of the first colonial governors

Part Two: Latin America

  • Introduction

Colonies founded by Spain

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Colonies founded by England, France, The Netherlands, and Portugal

  • Brazil
  • The Guianas
  • Belize/British Honduras
  • The Falkland Islands

Part Three: The Caribbean

  • Introduction
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • The British Leeward Islands
  • The British Windward Islands
  • Cuba
  • The French Antilles
  • Hispaniola
  • Jamica
  • The Netherlands Antilles
  • Puerto Rico
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • The Virgin Islands

Part Four: The Thirteen Colonies, Maine, and Vermont

  • Introduciton

New England Colonies

  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

Middle Colonies

  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Maryland

Southern Colonies

  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia

Part Five: Other U.S. States with settlements prior to the Revolution

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

Part Six: Canada

New France

  • Introduction to New France
  • Quebec
  • Ontario

Acadia

  • Introduction to Acadia
  • Nova Scotia
  • New Brunswick
  • Prince Edward Island

Other North American Colonies

  • Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Rupert’s Land

Part Seven: Resources for Further Research

  • Religious groups in the New World
  • Africa and the New World
  • Colonial sources in Denmark
  • Colonial sources in France
  • Colonial sources in Great Britain
  • Colonial sources in Germany
  • Colonial sources in The Netherlands
  • Colonial sources in Portugal
  • Colonial sources in Spain
  • Colonial sources in Sweden
  • Colonial sources in Switzerland
  • Foreign records at the Library of Congress

Index

 

Although technically out-of-print, Family Roots Publishing has several cases of this book in stock – all at a very special price! Order Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: GPC5176; Price: $47.96 [20% off the cover price].

FamilySearch Adds Indexing Projects for Paraguay, Panama, Bolivia, and Slovakia – Indexers Needed!

The following news release was received from FamilySearch.org:

10 New Digital Images of Historic Documents Created Every Second – Indexing Projects Added for Paraguay, Panama, Bolivia, and Slovakia!

Since 2006, FamilySearch has dramatically improved its ability to scan and convert microfilmed records into digital images. In addition, more than 185 digital camera crews are now at work throughout the world, capturing images six days a week. Between microfilm digital conversions and new field captures, FamilySearch now creates an average of 10 new digital images every second of every day and publishes them at familysearch.org within a matter of weeks. All those new digital images means there’s a dramatic increase in the need for online volunteer indexers and arbitrators!

In the last month, projects from Paraguay, Panama, Bolivia, and Slovakia have been added as new indexing projects. This is the first time projects from these countries have been available for indexing. See the lists below for the newest additions and status of other projects.

You and your family, friends, and colleagues can help make the world’s historical records searchable online. Visit https://indexing.familysearch.org to learn more about FamilySearch indexing and download the free software. Your volunteer contribution will help others discover the joy of finding their own ancestors.

Current and Completed Projects
To view a list of currently available indexing projects, along with their record language and completion percentage, visit the FamilySearch indexing updates page. To learn more about individual projects view the FamilySearch projects page.

New Projects Added
Argentina, Santa Fe, Venado Tuerto—Registros Parroquiales, 1884-1972 [Parte B]
België, Oost-Vlaanderen, Sint-Lievens-Houtem—Burgerlijke Stand, 1851–1900 [Deel 1]
Bolivia, Santa Cruz—Registros de la Iglesia Católica, 1623–1977
Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 2 I]
Chile—Registros Civiles, 1885–1900 [Part C]
México, Zacatecas, Fresnillo, Villanueva—Registros Parroquiales, 1796–1959
US, Alabama—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918
US, CT, DC, DE, ME, MA, NH—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [Part 2A]
US, Indiana, Morgan— County Marriages 1811-1959
US, Indiana, Noble County Marriages—1811-1959
US, Oregon, Roseburg—National Homes for Disabled Soldiers, 1866–1938
US, Puerto Rico—Tarjetas de registro de reclutamiento de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, 1942
US, Texas— Birth 1903-1934 [Part H]
US—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [Part 1A]

Recently Completed Projects
(Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process. They will be published at familysearch.org in the near future.)

Italia, Napoli, Serrara Fontana—Registri Civili, 1841–1880
UK, England and Wales—1871 Census for Lancashire, Yorkshire, and Durham [Part A]
US, Arkansas—Second Registration Draft Cards, 1948–1959
US, Indiana, Jennings—County Marriages 1811-1959
US, Indiana, Randolph County—Marriages 1811-1959
US, Iowa—1895 State Census
US, Kentucky—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918
US, Louisiana—WWII Second Registration Draft Cards, 1948–1959
US, Texas— Births, 1903–1934 [Part G]
, Uppsala—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 3]
Украина, Киев—Метрические книги русской православной церкви, 1846–1848 [Часть A]

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

Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas

Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas. See a review below:

Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas: A Complete Digest of the Records of All the Countries of the Western Hemisphere is the most comprehensive collection of information on colonial period records covering the entire Western Hemisphere, both North and South America. As far as I know, there is no other single reference for records sources covering the colonial periods for the entire hemisphere.

This book examines the colonial period from the earliest European colonization in the Western Hemisphere until:

  • the American Revolution for the thirteen colonies
  • statehood was obtained for other U.S. states
  • Latin American countries which did not declare independence from Spain and Portugal until 1808 or later
  • Caribbean countries and dependencies through about 1810
  • the abolition of the slave trade, for slavery related records, including dates of emancipation

For each country, the author Christina K. Schaefer, provides an historical background and brief sketches of the records themselves, plus descriptions for the principle holding of the major repositories. Record groups are broken down into similar categories for each country. Common sections include church and ecclesiastical records, census records, notarial records, governmental and municipal records, military records, land records, etc. A list of suggested readings rounds out each chapter.

At 814 pages, this reference is indeed extensive. It may be literally impossible to cover every possible resource in a single project. Still, Schaefer has provided a treasure trove of information vital to genealogical record finding. If you need colonial period records for anywhere in the Americas, this book can help.

 

Table of Contents

Preface

Part One: Going Beyond the Line, a Chronology

  • Chronology of colonial history
  • Dates of the first colonial governors

Part Two: Latin America

  • Introduction

Colonies founded by Spain

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Colonies founded by England, France, The Netherlands, and Portugal

  • Brazil
  • The Guianas
  • Belize/British Honduras
  • The Falkland Islands

Part Three: The Caribbean

  • Introduction
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • The British Leeward Islands
  • The British Windward Islands
  • Cuba
  • The French Antilles
  • Hispaniola
  • Jamica
  • The Netherlands Antilles
  • Puerto Rico
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • The Virgin Islands

Part Four: The Thirteen Colonies, Maine, and Vermont

  • Introduciton

New England Colonies

  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

Middle Colonies

  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Maryland

Southern Colonies

  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia

Part Five: Other U.S. States with settlements prior to the Revolution

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

Part Six: Canada

New France

  • Introduction to New France
  • Quebec
  • Ontario

Acadia

  • Introduction to Acadia
  • Nova Scotia
  • New Brunswick
  • Prince Edward Island

Other North American Colonies

  • Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Rupert’s Land

Part Seven: Resources for Further Research

  • Religious groups in the New World
  • Africa and the New World
  • Colonial sources in Denmark
  • Colonial sources in France
  • Colonial sources in Great Britain
  • Colonial sources in Germany
  • Colonial sources in The Netherlands
  • Colonial sources in Portugal
  • Colonial sources in Spain
  • Colonial sources in Sweden
  • Colonial sources in Switzerland
  • Foreign records at the Library of Congress

Index

 

Order Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: GPC5176.

A Look at Some Central & South American Records at FamilySearch

In our discussions on research topics, we so often spend a great deal of time focusing on our ancestors who have come to the United States from the East or the West. But what about those who came from the South? Fortunately, FamilySearch has not forgotten about them. While availability of European and U.S. records have been easier to access and index in the past, FamilySearch has made great efforts to include those vital records accessible from Central and South American countries. This includes the Caribbean. Here is just a short list of indexed records which have been made available this year for free at FamilySearch:

Brazil, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965, 125,830 records as of 17 Sep 2011
Argentina, National Census, 1895; 3,888,939 records as of 6 Sep 2011
Nicaragua, Civil Registration; 363,085 records as of 16 Aug 2011
Peru, Civil Registration, 1874-1978; 163,944 records as of 16 Aug 2011
Jamaica, Civil Birth Registration; 1,528,614 records as of 13 Apr 2011
Costa Rica Church Records, 1595-1992; 1,380,256 records as of 8 Apr 2011

With so many people vying to get into the U.S., and with a hot-potato topic like illegal immigration seemingly in the news every other day or so, its easy to forget people actually immigrate to countries other than our own. Brazil and Argentina saw mass migrations of Europeans during the great wars. Some of these individuals and families, or their descendants, later immigrated into the U.S. Immigration records from foreign countries may just come in handy to your research.

Other records, both browsable images as well as indexed, have been added over the past couple of years. There are millions of available records, most belonging to someone’s ancestor, just waiting to be found.

The Archives and National Library of Bolivia (ABNB)

Sucre, Bolivia On the morning of January 18, 2005, a long line of investigators stood outside at the Archives and National Library of Bolivia (ABNB) in Sucre. The day promised to reveal one of the greatest mysteries of twentieth century Bolivian history.

Before his death, former President Walter Guevara Arce had donated papers to the archive on condition that they not be opened until the 2005. The papers were thought to reveal who killed the former leader of the Bolivian Socialist Falange, Unzaga Oscar de la Vega in 1959. Important clues were found, but investigators still didn’t come up with the answer.

Extremely Valuable Documents
The collection is kept in Guevara ABNB that, among its prize possessions, has manuscripts written before the advent of the printing press (1450). “They are the jewels of the Archives, because they are unique in the world and therefore are called incunabula,” explains archivist Nelva Delgadillo Hurtado.

In the historic capital building are also other texts, such as the only colonial history of the Villa Imperial de Potosi, and Orsúa of Arzano of Sailing, the Dictionary of Ludovico Bertoni Aymara and the manuscript of the Journal of Tambor Vargas.

Nearly Seven Miles of Documents
“Here we keep the memory of the country. Here are the source documents on our history,” said Calvimontes Marcela Inch, director of ABNB.

Files totaling about seven kilometers in length could assemble all the documentation held by the archive since the dawn of the Republic until now. The library has over 200,000 book titles.

The Archives was created in 1883 – a bit late for some documents, since in 1848 the soldiers of the then president Isidoro Belzu burned many texts to make a bonfire. Given the value of the material, their safety is now a priority and users as well as officials are watched 24 hours a day by TV cameras and motion detectors.

An air conditioning system controls the temperature, which is not to exceed 22 degrees centigrade while 50 percent humidity is maintained, to ensure the preservation of the material.

For more information, see: http://www.la-razon.com/versiones/20090531_006744/nota_277_820728.htm (in Spanish)

Also see an 8-page pdf report on the Bolivian National Archives and Library.