FamilySearch Adds Over 2.2 Million Indexed Records & Images to Australia, Philippines, Slovakia, Ukraine, the USA & Zimbabwe

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FamilySearch adds more than 2.2 million indexed records and images to Australia, Philippines, Slovakia, Ukraine, the United States, and Zimbabwe. Notable collection updates include the 133,189 indexed records from the Zimbabwe, Death notices, 1904–1976 collection; the 78,244 images from the US, Tennessee, Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1865–1872 collection; and the 62,154 images from the Ukraine, Zaporizhia Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1811–1858 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 historical 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, Mendoza, Catholic Church Records, 1665–1975 – 124,414 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Australia, New South Wales, Cemetery, Military, and Church Record Transcripts, 1816–1982 – 190,180 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records, 1829–1961 – 18,165 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Canada, New Brunswick Provincial Marriages 1789–1950 – 303,599 – 255,805 – New indexed records and images collection.

France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Censuses, 1872 and 1886 – 247,943 – 9,244 – New indexed records and images collection.

Italy, Napoli, Barano d’Ischia, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809–1929 – 19,327 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Italy, Napoli, Serrara Fontana, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-1929 – 1,216 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888–1983 – 0 – 11,131 – Added images to an existing collection.

Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592–1910 – 5,271 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Ukraine, Zaporizhia Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1811–1858 – 0 – 62,154 – New browsable image collection.

US, BillionGraves Index – 307,634 – 307,634 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, Georgia, Brunswick Passenger Lists, 1904–1939 – 0 – 400 – New browsable image collection.

US, Indiana, Gary and East Chicago Crew Lists, 1945–1956 – 0 – 2,122 – New browsable image collection.

US, Mississippi, Freedmen’s Department (Pre-Bureau Records), 1863–1866 – 0 – 4,286 – New browsable image collection.

US, Montana, Big Horn County Records, 1884–2011 – 8,231 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Montana, Judith Basin County Records, 1887–2012 – 633 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Montana, Pondera County Records, 1910–2012 – 6,037 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Montana, Sweet Grass County Records, 1887–2011 – 6,183 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013 – 0 – 37,708 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, Tennessee, Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records, 1865–1872 – 0 – 78,244 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, United States, Burial Registers for Military Posts, Camps, and Stations, 1768–1921 – 16,152 – 474 – New indexed records and images collection.

US, United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905–1937 – 72,542 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Utah, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1879–1934 – 5,612 – 569 – New indexed records and images collection.

Zimbabwe, Death notices, 1904–1976 – 133,189 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

FamilySearch Adds 18 New Collections Including Germany, Italy, Netherlands, & the USA

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FamilySearch added an additional 6.6 million indexed records and images in the last two weeks. Included in this update are 15 new collections: 1 from Canada, 1 from Guam, 4 from Italy, 1 from Russia, and 8 from the United States. Among these collections are the China Collection of Genealogies from 1239 to 2010, the new Guam, Judicial, Land, Obituaries, and Census Records from 1712 to 2000, the Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books from 1592-1910, and the United States, New England, Petitions for Naturalization from 1787 to 1906. 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

Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1889-2012 – 0 -76,032 – Added images to an existing collection.
Canada, British Columbia, Crown Land Grant Records, 1851-1874 – 0 – 4,567 – New browsable image collection.
Chile, Santiago, Cementerio General, 1821-2011– 0 -281,724 -Added images to an existing collection.
China, Collection of Genealogies, 1239-2010 – 0 – 235,456 – Added images to an existing collection.
Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450-1889 – 0 – 63,852 – Added images to an existing collection.
Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010 – 0 – 1,971 – Added images to an existing collection.
England, Northumberland, Miscellaneous Records, 1570-2005 – 0 – 21,038 – Added images to an existing collection.
Guam, Judicial, Land, Obituaries, and Census Records, 1712-2000 – 0 – 92,039 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Catania, Diocesi di Acireale, Catholic Church Records, 1560-1941 – 0 – 155,106 – Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Frosinone, Cassino, Civil Registration (Comune), 1861-1929 – 0 – 4,261 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Napoli, Melito di Napoli, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-1929 – 0 – 15,332 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Napoli, Pomigliano d’Arco, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-1929 – 0 – 40,595 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Napoli, Testaccio, Parrocchia di San Giorgio Martire, Catholic Church Records, 1633-1930 – 0 – 4,602 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Rovigo, Rovigo, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1937 – 0 – 349,290 – Added images to an existing collection.
Mexico, Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Miscellaneous Marriage Records, 1605-1843 – 0 – 78,174 – Added images to an existing collection.
Netherlands, Gelderland Province, Church Records, 1552-1903 – 0 – 387,496 – Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1995 – 0 – 5,046 – Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, Huànuco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 0 – 23,364 – Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890-2005 – 53,293 – 13,980 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1982– 0 – 6,600 – Added images to an existing collection.
Philippines, Civil Registration (National), 1945-1982 – 0 – 6,170 – Added images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Passport Registers and Application Files, 1800-1946 – 0 – 586 – Added images to an existing collection.
Russia, Tatarstan Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1719-1859 – 0 – 11,503 – New browsable image collection.
Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1910 – 518,349 – 7,260 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records 1796-1992 – 0 – 133,035 – Added index records to an existing collection.
South Africa, Eastern Cape, Estate Files, 1962-2004 – 0 – 53,261 – Added images to an existing collection.
South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2006 – 0 – 130,247 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Alabama, County Probate Records, 1830-1976 – 0 – 39,224 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Alabama, Probate Records, 1809-1985 – 0 – 4,620 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., California, Southern District Court (Central) Naturalization Index, 1915-1976 – 562,928 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Illinois, Tazewell County, Obituary Card Index from the “Pekin Times”, 1914-2007 – 91,822 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Maine, Kennebec County Probate Estates Files, 1779-1915 – 0 – 271,532 – – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Maine, Somerset County, Probate Estate Files, 1809-1915 – 0 – 162,928 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Maine, York County, Probate Estate Files, 1690-1917 – 0 – 508,689 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Missouri, Andrew and Cole County Probate Records, 1826-1945 – 0 – 103,110 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Missouri, County Marriage Records, 1819-1969 – 0 – 1,405,179 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Ohio, Geauga County Records, 1887-1970 – 0 – 21,990 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994 – 0 – 3,737 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Tennessee, Death Records, 1914-1955– 0 – 196,616 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Internal Revenue Assessment Lists, 1862-1874 – 0 – 403,116 – New browsable image collection.
United States, New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1906 – 0 – 72,164 – Added images to an existing collection.

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

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

FamilySearch added an additional 7 million new, free indexed records and images this week to its collection. Notable additions include the 1,747,863 indexed records and images in the Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books collection from 1592-1910, the 1,308,956 indexed records from the United States General Index to Pension Files collection from 1861-1934, the 1,115,732 images for the Luxembourg Census Records collection from 1843-1900, and the 1,023,459 added to the United States Index to Passenger Arrivals, Atlantic and Gulf Ports, from 1820-1874. New searchable records were also added this week for Colombia and six states in the US collections. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

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

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.

76M New US Historic Records & Millions more for Brazil, China, Ireland, Italy, Russia, & Spain Added at FamilySearch.org

The following information is from FamilySearch.org:


76 million much-anticipated state census, naturalization, immigration, and vital records were added this week for 22 states, including Ohio, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Since partnering with the National Archives of Italy to digitally preserve and index its civil registration, more than 24 million images have been published and 4 million names have been made searchable on FamilySearch.org. Millions more free records were published this week for Armenia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, and Switzerland. 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.

Foreign Country Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Armenia, Church Books, 1838-1929 – 0 – 23,781 – New browsable image collection.
Brazil, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965 – 336,090 – 597,070 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1890-1980 – 0 – 175,292 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Canada, British Columbia, Wills, 1861-1981 – 0 – 127,172 – New browsable image collection.
Canada, Saskatchewan, Probate Estate Files, 1887-1931 – 0 – 312,198 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Chile, Santiago, Cementerio General, 1821-2011 – 0 – 114,525 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
China, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-1980 – 0 – 1,360,481 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2010 – 0 – 668,102 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843-1921 – 0 – 31,176 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1948 – 0 – 1,122,697 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Estonia, Population Registers, 1918-1944 – 0 – 37,107 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Germany, Bavaria, Traunstein, Family Group Sheets, 1830-1918 – 0 – 61,932 – New browsable image collection.
Hungary, Civil Registration, 1895-1980 – 0 – 15,844 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
India, Punjab, Moga Land Ownership Pedigrees, 1887-1958 – 0 – 1,605 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924 – 3,127,594 – 133,011 – New affiliate indexed records and browsable images.
Italy, Catania, Catania, Civil Registration (Comune), 1820-1905 – 0 – 21,926 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Catania, Diocesi di Acireale, Catholic Church Records, 1560-1941 – 0 – 59,711 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Toscana, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1808-1923 – 0 – 3,171,819 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Japan, Village Records, 709-1934 – 0 – 57,591 – New browsable image collection.
Netherlands, Limburg Province, Certificates of Nationality, 1860-1913 – 0 – 68,237 – New browsable image collection.
New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855-1973 – 366,063 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1995 – 0 – 27,329 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Peru, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996 – 0 – 30,866 – New browsable image collection.
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 – 0 – 105,277 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 – 0 – 306,181 – New browsable image collection.
Peru, Lambayeque, Civil Registration, 1873-1998 – 0 – 583,011 – New browsable image collection.
Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 – 0 – 54,834 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600-1950 – 0 – 36,579 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Coimbra, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911 – 0 – 351,853 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Viseu, Catholic Church Records, 1523-1989 – 0 – 91,319 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Russia, Samara Church Books, 1869-1917 – 138,277 – 1,851,515 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection
Slovakia, Census, 1869 – 0 – 278,392 – New browsable image collection.
Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records, 1504-1979 – 566,136 – 23 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
Spain, Province of Barcelona, Municipal Records, 1583-1902 – 0 – 84,297 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Switzerland, Bern, Civil Registration, 1792-1876 – 0 – 4,900 – New browsable image collection.

United States Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

United States Census, 1940 (Alabama, California, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Washington) – 20,975,134 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
United States, Alabama, County Probate Records, 1830-1976 – 0 – 611,330 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Arkansas, Second Registration Draft Cards, 1948-1959 – 61,237 – 11 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1820-1948 – 0 – 119,418 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1629-1983 – 0 – 74,753 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Michigan, Probate Records, 1797-1973 – 0 – 1,261,323 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2012 – 0 – 37,097 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Nevada, County Marriages, 1862-1993 – 0 – 123,409 – New browsable image collection.
United States, New Jersey, State Census, 1905 – 2,146,861 – 0 – New Indexed collection.
United States, New York State Census, 1915 – 9,742,867 – 117,082 – New affiliate indexed records and affiliate image links.
United States, New York State Census, 1925 – 11,117,922 – 130,042 – New affiliate indexed records and affiliate image links.
United States, New York, County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980 – 0 – 2,129,659 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971 – 0 – 3,800,317 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Ohio, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1977 – 0 – 1,097,134 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950 – 342,186 – 256,680 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Births, 1860-1906 – 1,022,168 – 140,547 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994 – 0 – 3,197,552 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Texas, Divorce Index, 1968-2010 – 3,599,300 – 0 – New Indexed collection.
United States, Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010 – 7,606,159 – 0 – New Indexed collection.
United States, Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005 – 0 – 927,764 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 – 0 – 32,775 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 – 2,943,096 – 0 – New Indexed collection.
United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 – 1,844,985 – 500,007 – Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.

The Slovakian Bytča Archive Contains Documents From Northern Slovakia

The following excerpt is from an interesting article published in the May 30, 2012 edition of spectator.sme.skd dealing with the Slovakian Bytča Archive, their records, and doing research on-site in Slovakia.

“Nomen Omen” – the name is a sign, said the ancient Romans. And if your name sounds Slovak, then you might want to follow the signs and find out if that’s really where your ancestors come from. Over the past few years, the seven state archives in Slovakia, which house historical records of births and deaths in their region, have grown accustomed to welcoming overseas researchers, trying to trace their genealogy in Slovakia.

Individual archives have slightly different methods for organising and accessing records, but the procedure for research is fundamentally the same, which makes the State Archive in Bytča typical. It is located in the centre of town in a Renaissance manor house from the 16th century, which was donated by František Thurzo as a place for safekeeping documents, especially ancestral archive and documents of property management.

Nowadays, the Bytča archive contains documents from northern Slovakia, including the counties Orava, Liptov, Turiec and formerly Trenčín. Poring through the records could reveal that your ancestors were aristocrats, or that there is a fortune in inheritance waiting for you. Just be prepared, however, because you might also learn that a genetic disorder wiped out your ancestors and could be coming to you next.

Read the full article.

1940 U.S. Census Community Project Nearly Halfway Complete

The following news release was received from FamilySearch.org:

22 May 2012 – The halfway point for indexing the 1940 U.S. census is fast approaching.

Congratulations and thank you to all of the volunteers participating in this unprecedented genealogical community effort. Currently more than 20 states are at or above 85 percent complete. Six states — Delaware, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon, Virginia, and New Hampshire — are now indexed and searchable by name, location, and family relations. And thanks to the efforts of more than 100,000 volunteers, more states will be added in the coming weeks. Follow the day-to-day indexing status at the1940census.com dashboard and search completed states at familysearch.org/1940census.

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, Santa Rosa de Calchines y Rosario—Registros Parroquiales, 1888–1927
  • Deutschland, Mecklenburg, Schwerin—1867 Volkszählung [Teil B]
  • Italia, Nuoro—Stato Civile, 1866–1910
  • Nederland, Gelderland—Geboorten burgelijke stand, 1811–1902 [Part 2]
  • Norway—1875 Federal Census [Part F]
  • Panamá—Registros Parroquiales, 1748–1972 [Parte 1]
  • Slovensko, Prešov—štátny oblastný archív záznamov cirkvi, 1592–1935 [Časť A]
  • Sverige, Örebro—Kyrkoböcker till 1860 [Del 6]
  • Sverige, Uppsala—Kyrkoböcker till 1860 [Del 4]
  • Venezuela, Maracaibo—Registros Parroquiales, 1723–1976

View the FamilySearch projects page to see the full list of available projects and to learn more about how to participate in various projects.

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.

  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Part 2 J]
  • U.S., Indiana—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Nevada—1940 Federal Census
  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 2 H]
  • U.S., Texas—Deaths, 1890–1976 [Part B]
  • U.S., Wyoming—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Alaska—1940 Federal Census
  • Italia, Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia—Atti di Nascita, 1809–1885, Part 1
  • U.S., Arizona—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Florida—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Texas—County Marriages 1837–1977 [Part C]
  • U.S., Idaho—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Vermont—1940 Federal Census
  • UK, England and Wales—1871 Census for Lincolnshire, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Rutland
  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 2 E]
  • U.S., Montana—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Veterans Pension Cards, 1907–1933 [Part A]
  • U.S., Mississippi—1940 Federal Census
  • Canada, Ontario—Marriages, 1869–1927 [Part B]

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Finding Your Slovak Ancestors

There are few enough books on researching Slovak Ancestry. For this reason alone, Finding Your Slovak Ancestors…, by Lisa A. Alzo is valuable to many researchers. Approximately 650,000 Slovaks emigrated to North America between 1875 and 1914. That mean millions of descendents living in Canada and the United States today. Utilizing over 15 years experience, Alzo presents her techniques, along with resources and key methodologies to tracing one’s Slovak roots.

The book provides an overview to both traditional as well as online resources. Alzo provides examples to finding and interpreting records. She helps the reader analyze different record types. She even covers conducting successful oral interviews and working with family members to record stories and memories.

Finding Your Slovak Ancestors focuses on research one can do from home. Why pay the high cost of travel when there is so much that can be done without exuberant fees. Alzo guides researchers to local sources, as well as those records which can be found on the Internet. The author notes that many records for Slovakian villages have been microfilmed and are available through the Family History Library.

Ultimately, Alzo guides the researcher to creating contact with others searching their Slovak ancestry. She recommends, and discusses how to, use community based research tools and groups. Working with and supporting other researcher may open up opportunities which would otherwise remain closed off.

 

Table of Contents

Dedication

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Why Do You Want to Know?

  • Identity
  • Medical Reasons
  • DNA Testing
  • DNA Definitions
  • Curiosity about Customs & Traditions
  • Leaving a Legacy
  • The Journey Begins

Where to Begin?

  • Start with Yourself
    • Pedigree Chart/Ancestor Chart
  • Home & Family Sources
    • Gather Family Information
    • Family Group Sheet
  • Asking Questions
  • Recording Information
    • Ancestor Data Sheet
  • Contacting Your Relatives
  • Becoming a Good Interviewer
    • Before the Interview
    • During the Interview
    • Conducting the Interview
    • Questioning Techniques
    • After the Interview (follow-up/transcription)
  • Avoiding Duplication of Efforts
  • Is Your Family Tree Online?
    • Personal Ancestral File
    • Ancestry World Tree
    • RootsWeb
  • Published Family Histories
  • Slovak Societies & Surname Databases/Reference Projects
  • Utilizing the Family History Library
    • Family History Centers (FHC)
  • Traditional vs. Online Research
    • Online Research

Starting in North America

  • Start with the Census
  • Canadian Census Records
    • Locating Canadian Census Returns
    • Newfoundland Census Returns
    • How and Where to Consult Census Records
  • United States Census Records
    • Federal Census Records
    • What You Need to Know to Find the Correct Census Records
    • Sources for Obtaining Street Addresses
    • Traditional Census Searches
  • Soundex
    • Organization of Soundex Records
    • The Soundex Card
    • Soundex Information
  • U.S. Federal Census – Glitches and Problems
  • Still Missing Your Ancestors?
  • Public Records Sources: Vital Records
  • U.S. Vital Records
  • Death Records
  • Newspaper Databases
  • Birth Records
  • Marriage Records
    • How to Obtain Vital Records
  • Other Records: Divorce and Adoption
  • Canadian Vital Records
  • Church Records
  • Special Considerations Regarding Vital Records Research
  • U.S. Social Security Death Index
    • Who is Listed in the SSDI?
    • What Information Does the SSDI Contain?
    • What do the Numbers in a Social Security Number Mean?
    • What Other Information is Available from the Social Security Administration?
    • How can I get a Copy of the Original Records?
    • Why Can’t I Find the Person I’m Looking for?
  • LDS
    • RootsWeb.com
    • Family Tree Legends
  • U.S. Naturalization Records
    • General Guidelines for Obtaining Copies of Naturalization Records
    • Alien Registration United States
  • Canadian Naturalization Records
    • Alien Registration Canada
  • Land/Probate Records
    • Land Records United States
    • Land Records Canada
    • Land Petitions
    • Métis Land Claims
  • Probate (Court) Records
    • Canada
    • Online Public Records
    • Probate (Court) Records – United States
  • Canadian Military Records
    • Post-First World War Records
  • Military Records: United States
    • Access to Military Service and Pension Records
    • The Family History Library
    • Ancestry.com
    • Other Sources
  • Immigration Records (Passenger Lists/Ship’s Manifests)
    • Canadian Immigration Records
    • Border Entry Records
    • Emigration from Canada
    • United States Immigration Records
    • Searching the Ellis Island Database
    • How to Find Exotic-Sounding Names
    • Additional Stumbling Blocks
  • Morse’s Tools
    • Another Tools: Edward Rosenbaum
    • Other Methods for Finding Ancestors Arriving
    • Before Ellis Island or at Other Ports
    • To Find Your Ancestor’s Ship
    • Obtaining a Picture of Your Ancestor’s Ship
  • Internet Resources

Slovakia: Brief Historical Synopsis

  • Where is Slovakia?
  • Brief Historical Background
  • Overview of Slovakia’s History (all dates, A.D.)
  • Political Considerations
  • Language Issues
  • Slovaks and Religion
  • Slovaks and Family
  • Leaving Home: A Glimpse at Slavic Immigration
  • Are You Really “Slovak?” How to Know?
  • Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak, Ukrainian? Other?
    • Czech
    • Czechoslovak
    • Hungarian
    • Polish
    • Slovak
  • What is Rusyn?
  • How to Find the Ancestral Village
  • Research Steps
  • Locating the Ancestral Village
    • Maps
    • Other Useful Maps
  • Printed Gazetteer(s) and/or Atlas
    • Gazetteers of Hungary
    • Other Atlases/Gazetteers
    • Online Gazetteers/Atlases
    • Using Shtetlseeker
    • Place Name Hungarian-Contemporary Conversions
    • Accented Characters

Geography

  • Language Concerns: Slovak, Hungarian, Latin, etc.
    • Identifying Key Words and Phrases
  • Records Available for Slovakia
    • Local Parish Records
    • Civil Registration
    • LDS Microfilmed Records
    • Church Records
    • Index of Slovak State Archives Church Records
    • Searching the Online Family History Library Catalog
    • How to Read and Interpret Birth, Death, and Marriage Records
    • Marriage Records
    • Names
    • Jewish Records
    • Other Helpful Resources
    • Census Records (Czech)
    • Census Records (Slovak)
  • Other Records
    • Local Histories
    • Military Records
    • Nobility
    • Tax Lists (berni ruly)
    • Contacting Relatives
    • Making Contact

Scaling the Brick Wall: Dealing with False Leads and Pitfalls in Your Research

  • What if the Records are Not Available on LDS Microfilm?
  • Writing to the Ancestral Town or Village
    • Enclosures
  • Czech & Slovak State Archive Records
  • Research in Person
    • State Regional Archive Centers
  • Research by Mail
    • Helpful Tips for Mail Requests
    • Look at Unlikely Sources for Information
  • Networking: Finding Others
    • Internet Searching
    • Posting Queries in Printed Publications
  • When to Hire a Professional

Identifying “Cluster” Communities

  • A Glimpse at Slovaks Around the World
    • Slovaks Living Abroad
  • How to Located ‘Cluster’ Communities
  • A Good Place to Begin: The 1990 U.S. Census
    • Slovak Lineage by State in the U.S.
  • Slovaks in Canada
  • U.S. & Canadian Maps
  • Search Immigration Records and Census Records
  • Slovak Churches: Rich Repositories of Information
  • Web or Telephone Directory Searches
  • Contacting the Parish Priest
  • Visiting the Parish Cemetery
  • Attending Church Functions
  • Viewing Church Records
  • Analyzing, Interpreting and Organizing Your Data
    • Analyzing Data
    • Interpreting Data
  • Overview of Slovak Traditions
  • Religious & Social Customs
    • Weddings (Marriage)
    • Births (Baptisms/Christenings)
    • Death (Funeral/Burial)
  • Identifying Community Celebrations
    • Slovak Festivals & Other Events

Slovak Communities

  • Internet Research
    • Cyndi’s List
    • Google
    • Other Websites
    • Meta Search Engines, etc.
  • Traditional Research (Society Lists & Publications)
  • National Organizations
    • Other Groups
    • Slovak (Eastern European) Conferences & Local Meetings
    • Local Meetings
    • Other National Groups
    • Benefits of Attending Such Conferences
    • Other Slovak Websites
  • Colleges & Universities with Slavic Languages Departments
    • Language Classes
  • Historical Societies & Museums
  • Newsletters & Other Forms of Communication

Networking

  • Networking Protocols
  • Web and Directory Searches
  • Newspaper/Journal/Magazine and Other
  • Publication Advertisement
    • Message Boards
    • Classes
    • Village-Based Associations
    • Village-Based Associations: Should You Form One
    • Funding Issues
    • Identifying a Membership
    • Consolidating Research Projects
    • Fundraising and Other Projects
    • Sharing the Work
    • Expanding the Circle to the Ancestral Village
    • Making Contact with Relatives and Others in Slovakia
  • Planning a Gathering or Reunion

Sharing Information

  • Options for Publishing and Sharing Information
  • Traditional Print Materials (Newsletters, Booklets, etc.)
  • Electronic Publishing
    • E-mail Lists
    • Websites
      • Public Websites
      • Private Websites (myfamily.com)
      • Village Sites: Milpos
    • Revising & Updating Information
    • Recruiting “New Blood”
    • Keeping the Momentum Going
    • Miscellaneous Resources
    • Conclusion

Surfing for Slovak Ancestors

References/Further Reading

Appendix

 

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New Records From 20 Countries at FamilySearch.org

A broad range of records were added to FamilySearch.org this week from 20 countries, notably Australia, Austria, Canada (Saskatchewan), Chile, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Germany, England, Dominican Republic, Germany, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Slovakia, Spain, Venezuela, and the U.S.A. The U.S. additions include a variety of records from California, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin (See the full listing of new updates below).

We’ve also updated all five of the GenealogyBlog Online Database Links Files.
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The above data is dated 11 November 2011 and was received from FamilySearch.org.

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14M New Records from Belgium, Canada, Chile, England, Netherlands, Slovakia, S Africa, & the U.S. (OH, VT, & WI)

The following News Release was received from Paul Nauta, FamilySearch:

April 5, 2011: Whether you say it maravilloso, wonderlijk, or merveilleux, it all describes this week’s new, free collection updates at FamilySearch.org—marvelous!

Researchers with Netherlands roots are going to have a heyday perusing the 9 million new digital images FamilySearch.orgfor the Netherlands Civil Registration, 1792 to 1952, collection. If your Netherlands ancestors headed south to Belgium, you might find them in the 1.5 million new records added to the Belgium Civil Registration, 1795–1910, online collection. And how about Canada, Chile, Slovakia, and South Africa, with another million records added between them? The wildly popular Ohio County Marriage collection just received a boost of 596,000 images of marriage certificates and an updated index. That means that about 76 percent of Ohio’s county marriages can now be searched online for free. Vermont and Wisconsin collections got a boost this week as well. See the table below for more details. You can search all of the record collections now for free at FamilySearch.org.

It is also worthy to note that the 1881 England and Wales Census index received significant enhancements this week. Searchable fields were added for county, civil parish, ecclesiastical parish, occupation, disability, and folio/page numbers. These additional fields will help users more easily identify the person they are seeking. Even of greater worth is the fact that households are now grouped together so users can see the family in context. The index is linked to the images on findmypast.com.

If you are enjoying the steady stream of free records added weekly, please consider “giving back” as a FamilySearch volunteer. You can start and stop volunteering at any time. Find out more at indexing.familysearch.org.

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New Free Records Online for Czech Republic, France, Germany, France, Poland, Portugal, Spain & USA at FamilySearch.org

The following was received from Paul Nauta, with FamilySearch:

New Free Records Online for Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain

Keep updating your wish list as FamilySearch continues to expand its online historical records. New collection additions this week represent seven European countries.  Millions of records were added for the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, and Spain. Oh, and did we forget to mention that over a million new records were added for California, Maryland, Montana, Ohio, Texas, and Washington State? See the table below for more details. You can search all of the record collections now for free at familysearch.org.

If you are enjoying the steady stream of free records added weekly, please consider "giving back" by contributing a little time online as a FamilySearch volunteer. You can start and stop volunteering at any time. Find out more at indexing.familysearch.org.

Collection

Records

Images

Comment

Czech Republic, Northern Bohemia, Litoměřice Archive Church Books, 1552-1905

39,869

0

Added index records from various church parishes within Northern Bohemia from the State Archive of Litoměřice.

Czech Republic, Northern Moravia, Opava Archive Church Books, 1571-1905

0

68,345

Added browsable images from various church parishes within Northern Moravia from the Provincial Archive of Opava.

France, Quimper et Léon Catholic Diocese, 1772-1909

56,003

22,130

Added images and index to existing collection.

Germany, Miscellaneous City Records

0

74,517

Added browsable images for Neumarkt.

Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600-1950

0

197,923

Added browsable images from Lublin, Gliwice, and Częstochowa Roman Catholic Church Diocese.

Portugal, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1890

0

519,943

Added browsable images from Braga.

Slovakia, Church Books, 1592-1910

0

257,568

Added browsable images from the area of western Slovakia that are within the jurisdiction of the State Regional Archive of Bratislava.

Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1500-1930

50,278

293

Added images and index from Spain, Avila parish (Madrigal and Garganta) to existing collection.

Spain, Municipal Records

20,068

677,871

 Added marriage record index for the city of Malaga, Spain; and browsable images from the Sevilla, Spain Municipal Archive.

U.S., California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1967

0

9,030

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S., Maryland, Probate Estate and Guardianship Files, 1796-1940

12,943

441,525

Added images and index to existing collection.

U.S., Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1792-1983

0

107,465

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S., Montana, Rosebud County Records

0

13,818

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S., Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files, 1813-1900

0

36,230

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S., Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1934

195,240

158,733

Added images and index to existing collection.

U.S., Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977

120,536

0

Added index records to existing collection.

U.S., Washington State County Records; King, Kitsap and Pierce Counties, 1854-1950

0

30,216

New browsable image collection.

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.

International Databases Grow at FamilySearch Pilot Site

The following news release is courtesy of Paul Nauta, FamilySearch:

28 September 2009 – Family researchers seeking their Mexican heritage have two million new records at their fingertips this week with an update to the 1930 Census collection. There are also new indexes and images for France, Italy, Slovakia, Argentina, and the United States. These collections can be searched for free at the FamilySearch.org Record Search pilot (click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot).

Special thanks to the online volunteers who help make these collections freely available by donating a few minutes of their time or talents through the FamilySearch Indexingprogram.

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