FamilySearch Adds 19,206,333 Images to New United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920, Collection

The following is from FamilySearch, April 2, 2013:

FamilySearch has added 23.9 million indexed records and images this week with new browsable image collections from Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, England, Italy, Mexico, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 19,206,333 images from the new United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920, collection, the 2,005,113 index records from the United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, collection, and the 930,622 index records from the U.S., New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1925-1942, 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, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621-1910 – 0 – 3,198,973 – New browsable image collection.
Belgium, Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1608-1912 – 0 – 794,954 – New browsable image collection.
Brazil, Civil Registration, 1870-2012 – 0 – 608,365 – Added images to an existing collection.
Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2012 – 0 – 103,398 – Added images to an existing collection.
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965 – 132,929 – 241,847 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2010 – 0 – 1,234,380 – Added images to an existing collection.
Colombia, Valle del Cauca, Miscellaneous Records, 1549-1955 – 0 – 82,009 – New browsable image collection.
Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450-1889 – 0 – 128,500 – Added images to an existing collection.
India, Gujarat Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1854-2012 – 0 – 39,573 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Cuneo, Saluzzo, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1942 – 0 – 470,403 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Ragusa, Modica, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1942 – 0 – 26,653 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Salerno, Vallo della Lucania, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929 – 0 – 109,257 – Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Torino, Torino, Military Conscriptions (Comune), 1790-1886 – 0 – 23,904 – New browsable image collection.
Korea, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-2012 – 0 – 2,830 – Added images to an existing collection.
Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Miscellaneous Records, 1570-1842 – 0 – 121,496 – Added images to an existing collection.
New Zealand, Probate Records, 1860-1962 -0 – 77,458 – Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1890-2005 – 0 – 20,019 – New browsable image collection.
Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 – 0 – 23,232 – Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890-2005 – 0 – 11,762 – Added images to an existing collection.
Poland, Radom Roman Catholic Church Books, 1587-1966 – 11,043 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
Russia, Samara Church Books, 1869-1917 – 442,772 – 1,232 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
Spain, Cádiz, Testaments, 1550-1920 – 0 – 91,400 – Added images to an existing collection.
Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1840-1845 – 651,980 – 48,922 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920 – 0 – 19,206,333 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Illinois, Lee County Records, 1830-1954 – 0 – 108,387 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Missouri, Cole County Circuit Court Case Files, 1820-1926 – 0 – 27,710 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1925-1942 – 930,622 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., New York, State Census, 1875 – 0 – 23 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., North Carolina, Civil Action Court Papers, 1712-1970 – 0 – 35,267 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953 – 19,236 – 25 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
U.S., Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986 – 0 – 41,065 – Added images to an existing collection.
United States, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 – 2,005,113 – 0 – Added index records 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.

Neglect of a South Korean Cemetery Where North Korean and Chinese “Enemy” Soldiers are Buried

The following teaser is from an AP story posted at mainichi.jp:

PAJU, South Korea (AP) — Just south of the Demilitarized Zone, hundreds of identical wooden grave markers poke out of the grass on a hill surrounded by rice paddies and trees, North Korea’s dark mountains visible in the distance. Some are rotting; some have been knocked to the dirt; most have no names.

They call this the “enemy cemetery,” though of the two nations whose soldiers are buried here, only North Korea is still considered an enemy by the South. The other, China, has inspired proposals for improving this site, but bitter feelings for the North have formed a seemingly impassable barrier.

China is now a major trading and diplomatic partner, and a significant source of tourists to South Korea. Many might come here to honor their war dead if a more fitting memorial were built, especially on a day like Friday, the anniversary of the 1953 armistice that halted the Korean War.

At least a few Chinese have visited this cemetery near the border with North Korea, though there is not even a parking lot at the site. They often are saddened by what they see.

“My fellow countrymen were left in the wild by themselves. So lonely,” Chinese businessman Huang Zhun said in Beijing. The son of a Korean War veteran who survived, he visited the cemetery last year to honor those who died.

South Korean government collected the scattered remains of about 770 North Koreans and 270 Chinese and buried them here in 1996, calling it a humanitarian measure. Most of the dead are unidentified.

Read the Full Article.

Also found in the Huffington Post.

New Collections from Nevada and South Africa at FamilySearch.org


FamilySearch added new searchable collections online this week for Nevada and South Africa plus additional free records for Austria, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Korea, Peru, Portugal, Spain, 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

Austria, Vienna Population Cards, 1850-1896 – 91,440 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
BillionGraves Index – 386,296 – 386,296 – Added affiliate indexed records and affiliate image links to existing collection.
Chile, Santiago, Cementerio General, 1821-2011 – 0 – 100,066 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
China, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-1980 – 0 – 193,468 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843-1921 – 0 – 28,721 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450-1889 – 0 – 231,166 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010 – 0 – 19,271 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Korea, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-2009 – 0 – 90,461 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 – 0 – 162,265 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911 – 0 – 38,068 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Diocese of Lamego, Catholic Church Records, 1529-1916 – 0 – 38,740 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Diocese of Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1575-1975 – 0 – 106,572 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2004 – 0 – 109,906 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
South Africa, Western Cape, Various Records – 0 – 204,841 – New browsable image collection.
Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records, 1903-1918– 0 – 152,448 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Spain, Records of Widows and Orphans of Spanish Officials, 1860-1960 – 0 – 16,053 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Alabama, Madison County Chancery and Circuit Court Records, 1847-1950 – 0 – 65,507 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 (Jennings county) – 32,597 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
United States, Maine, State Archive Collections, 1790-1966 – 0 – 55,694 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Nevada, County Birth and Death Records, 1871-1992 – 0 – 14,425 – New browsable image collection.
United States, New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787-1938 – 0 – 38,009 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Oregon, Douglas County Records, 1852-1952 – 0 – 48,742 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986 – 78,411 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
United States, Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files – 165,871 – 165,871 – Added affiliate indexed records and affiliate image links to existing collection.
United States, National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938 (Roseburg) – 2,571 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.

The above from FamilySearch News.

New Korean Digital Genealogy Database Now Online

Korea’s genealogy is gaining global attention with the unveiling of a digital database of genealogical records by the Paik Inje Korean Genealogy SiteMemorial Library of Inje University at the 76th World Library and Information Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden.

During the congress, Director Park Jae-sup proudly introduced Inje’s Digital Genealogy Library, after three years of dedicated preparation. The genealogical materials have been collected by the library since 2007 in an effort to preserve Korea’s ethnic history.

In association with the Utah-based organization Family Search, the library has digitalized hundreds of records and created the Digital Genealogy Library http://genealogy.inje.ac.kr or http://jokbo.inje.ac.kr which allows users to search for their genealogical records.

Currently about 500 genealogy e-books are available online, with page-turning and zoom features that allow users to freely explore these records. They include Gimhae Kim and Gimhae Heo clans, which are representative regional families in Korea.

Read the full article by Chung Ah-young at the August 15, 2010 edition of the Korean Times.

Korean Families Again Reuniting After Long Separation

Korean families are again reuniting after a separation of over 50 years. This is the 17th such reunion, started by the Red Cross, but on hold for two years because of tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program. Following is a teaser from an article on the Voice of America website.

North and South Korean families have begun the process of meeting with long lost relatives separated by the korean-reunionKorean divide. Most are in their 80s or older, and have not seen each other for more than 50 years.

More than 90 South Koreans passed through checkpoints Saturday to cross the heavily armed border between North and South Korea, on their way to bittersweet reunions half a century in the making.

Buses transported the elderly South Koreans to North Korea’s Kumgang Mountain resort, where they got the chance to see family members they left behind in the early 1950s.

South Korean broadcasters have begun relaying images of the families exchanging their first words in decades, along with laughter and tears.

North Korea invaded South Korea in 1950, unleashing three years of war. Many Koreans fled to the South, leaving wives, husbands, sons, and daughters behind.

Read the full article in the September 26, 2009 edition of Voice of America.