New FamilySearch Database Collections – September 28, 2015

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

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORD – DIGITAL RECORD – COMMENTS

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

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

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Tracing Your Bajan (Barbados) Roots

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The following question was sent to Professor Louis Henry Gates, and was published with his reply (in consultation with Meaghan Siekman) in the October 10, 2014 edition of TheRoot.com. It’s a must-read article if you have Bajan ancestry.

I am doing my husband’s genealogy. His grandmother was born Ethel (Etherea) Chantilla Pounder on March 23, 1898, in St. Philip Parish, Barbados, West Indies. Her father was Arthur Pounder and her mother was Avis Jordan. How can I find records on Arthur and Avis? —Patricia L. Blackwell

There are plenty of resources available to you! However, before we list them, we want to remind you that the first step to tracing relatives of an immigrant ancestor is to gather as much information as you can from documents in the United States, such as passenger lists and U.S. census records.

Read the full article.

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

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FamilySearch has added close to 11.1 million indexed records and images to collections from Barbados, BillionGraves, Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,703,529 indexed records from the U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846–1910, collection; the 766,368 indexed records and images from the new Canadian Headstones, collection; and the 2,917,490 indexed records from the England, Kent, Register of Electors, 1570–1907, 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 worldís 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

Barbados, Church Records, 1637–1887 – 253,209 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

BillionGraves Index – 534,057 – 534,057 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804–2013 – 0 – 109,743 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canadian Headstones – 766,368 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

England, Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers, 1538–2010 – 171,083 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

England, Kent, Register of Electors, 1570–1907 – 2,917,490 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Mexico, Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Miscellaneous Marriage Records, 1539–1939 – 0 – 65,075 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997 – 0 – 137,860 – Added images to an existing collection.

Portugal, Lamego, Diocesan Records, 1529–1963 – 0 – 237,263 – Added images to an existing collection.

Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645–1969 – 0 – 1,329 – Added images to an existing collection.

South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895–1972 – 11,622 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951–2006 – 10 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784–1956 – 0 – 106,020 – Added images to an existing collection.

Sweden, Kalmar Church Records, 1577–1907; index 1625–1860 – 30,025 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906–1991 – 275,482 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Iowa, County Marriages, 1838–1934 – 223,134 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., New York, Yates County, Swann Vital Records Collection, 1723–2009 – 63,947 – 87,588 – New indexed records and images collection.

U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663–1979 – 30,607 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846–1910 – 2,610,151 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787–1931 – 0 – 7,940 – Added images to an existing collection.

United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798–1892 – 1,703,529 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899–2012 – 3,322 – 4,154 – New indexed records and images collection.

United States Social Security Death Index – 213,017 – 0 – Added indexed records 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].

The Original Lists of Persons of Quality: 1600-1700

In another of the fantastic books reprinted in 2012 by the New England Historical and Genealogical Society (NEHGS), the 1874 book The Original Lists of Persons of Quality: 1600-1700, by John Camden Hotten, provides individual names compiled from documents listing seventeenth-century English immigrants to New England, the Chesapeake, and the Caribbean. The current reprint comes with a foreword by Robert Charles Anderson, director of The Great Migration Study Project.

From the Introduction, the author speaks to this work:

“Little could even the most sanguine of the early emigrants to America have contemplated the subsequent effect which their action would work upon the world’s history. Some of them, it is true, were men of position at home, with wealth and all its concomitant advantages at their disposal, but by far the greater number was composed of comparatively obscure men—men of little means, but possessed of hears and consciences of too honest a nature to permit them quietly to submit to the intolerance which was forced upon them at home. But those whose names are recorded in the following pages, with many others of whom no such minute particulars have come down to us, were the seed-grains from which the mighty Republic has sprung—the rapid growth of which has no parallel in the world’s history.”

The author goes on to assure the reader this book is not a work of history in regards to the colonies and their eventual independence, but simply to highlight some of the causes for early emigration of English families to American and to provide an “assistance in making genealogical researches in the mother country.” Predominately, this nearly 600 page book contains lists of names with a few notes. The contents listed below detail the listings and their nature.

“Despite the passage of more than a century, and despite the publication of several more versions of some of these records in the intervening years, this volume by Hotten remains the best source for seventeenth-century passenger records, and should be preferred to all others.” – foreword by Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Study Project

 

Copies of The Original Lists of Persons of Quality: 1600-1700 are available from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $27.39.

 

Contents

Register of the Names of all the Passengers from London During One Year, Ending Christmas, 1635

In the Ship:

  • Bonaventure
  • Bonaventure
  • Hopewell
  • Christian
  • Planter
  • Peter Bonaventure
  • Hopewell
  • Elizabeth
  • Rebecca
  • Paul
  • Eliza & Ann
  • Encrease
  • Sussan & Ellen
  • Falcon
  • Expectation
  • Ann & Elizabeth
  • Abigail
  • Alexander
  • Plain Joane
  • Matthew
  • Speedwell
  • Thomas & John
  • Truelove
  • James
  • Defence
  • Defence
  • Blessing
  • Philip
  • America
  • Tansport
  • Paul
  • Pied Cow
  • Love
  • Alice
  • Hopwell
  • Assurance
  • Primrose
  • Merchant’s Hope
  • Elizabeth
  • Bachelor
  • Globe
  • Safety
  • George
  • Thomas
  • William & John
  • David
  • Truelove
  • Dorset
  • Hohn
  • Amity
  • Constance
  • Abraham
  • Expedition
  • Friendship

Passengers by the Commission and Soldiers According to the Statute, Christmas, 1631, to Christmas, 1632

Entries Relating to America, From the Patent Rolls

Lists of the Living and Dead in Virginia, 16 Feby., 1623

Walloons and French Emigrants to Virginia

Musters of the Inhabitants of Virginia (Circa) 1626

Returns of Those Who Embarked from Ipswich and Weymouth for New England, 1634 to 1637

  • From Ipswich, in the Ship Francis
  • From Ipswich in the Ship Elizabeth
  • From Weymouth, in the Ship _____ [1635]

Register of Persons About to Pass into Foreign Parts, from March to Sept., 1637

  • From Ipswich, in the John & Dorothy
  • From Yarmouth, in the Rose
  • From Southampton, in the Virgin [1639]
  • From Southampton, in the Bevis [1638]

The Summer Islands, 1673 to 1679

  • Names of the Governor and council of the Assembly, Aug., 1673
  • Account of the Lands belonging to the Summer Islands Company, taken out of Mr. Richard Norwood’s Survey Book, made in 1662-3

Monmouth Rebellion of 1685: —Lists of Convicted Rebels Sent to the Barbadoes and Other Plantations in America

  • Receipt for 100 Prisoners to be transported from Taunton, by John Rose, of London, Merchant
  • Invoice of 68 Men-servents shipped on Board the Jamaica Merchant, Capt. Chas. Gardner, for Account of John Rose & Compy., they being to be sold for 10 Years
  • Receipt for 100 Prisoners on Mr. Nepho’s Account, to be sent to Barbadoes. [Prisoners in Dorchester Gaol to be transported.]
  • Prisoners in Exeter Gaol to be transported
  • Prisoners at Wells to be transported
  • List of the Convicted Rebels on Board the Betty, of London, at the Port of Weymouth
  • List of 72 Rebels Granted by his Majesty to Gerome Nepho, with the Names of their Masters in Barbadoes
  • Sir Wm. Booth’s Receipt for 100 Prisoners, on Account of James Kendall [Prisoners in Dorchester Gaol to be transported]
  • Certificate of Disposal of Capt. Kendall’s Rebels.—A List of 90 Rebels by the Happy Return, with the Names of their Masters to whom they were disposed
  • Sir Wm. Booth’s List of Prisoners sent to Barbadoes, with the Names of the Towns in Somersetshire and Devonshire from whence they came
  • A List of 77 Convicted Rebels, imported from Bristol in the John Frigate
  • Sir Wm Booth’s Receipt for 100 Prisoners—56 from Bridewell at Taunton, 33 from Bridgewater Prison at Taunton, and 11 from Exeter
  • The Sale of 67 Rebels, delivered by Capt. Charles Gardner, of the Jamaica Merchant

Tickets Granted to Emigrants from Barbadoes to New England, Carolina, Virginia, New York, Antingua, Jamaica, Newfoundland, and Other Places, 1678-9

Barbadoes:—Parish Registers—Births and Deaths—Lists of Inhabitants—Landed Proprietors—Servants, & c., 1678-9

  • Parish Registers of St. Michael’s Baptisms
  • Parish Registers of St. Michael’s Burials
  • List of Inhabitants of St. Michael’s, with their Hired Servants, ‘Prentices, Bought Servants, and Negroes
  • List of the Jews of St. Michael’s
  • Alphabetical List of Landowners in St. Michael’s, with the Number of their Acres, Hired Servants, Bought Servants, and Negroes
  • Owners of Land in the Parish of St. George, Number of Acres, White Servants, and Negroes [1679]
  • Parish Registers of St. George—Baptisms [1678-9]
  • Parish Registers of St. George—Burials
  • Parish Registers of St. Andrews—Owners of Lands, Number of Acres, Servants, Negroes, Christenings, Burials
  • Parish Registers of Christchurch—Landowners, Acres, Servants, Negroes
  • Parish Registers of Christchurch—Baptisms [167809]
  • Parish Registers of Christchurch—Burials [167809]
  • Parish Registers of St. James’—Baptisms
  • Parish Registers of St. James’—Burials
  • Parish Registers of St. James’—Landowners, Servants, Negroes [1678-9]
  • Parish Registers of St. John’s—Baptisms [1678-9]

 

Tracing Your Caribbean Ancestors

The West Indies, or Caribbean Islands, were colonized primarily by the British, Dutch, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and African (comprised of people from many different countries and cultures as represented predominately by slaves). Other ethnic groups common to the area include Danish, American, German, Lebanese, Chinese and East Indian migrants. There are, of course, many indigenous Amerindians. Like anywhere else in the colonized world, individuals and families have come and gone. Some stay and other migrate on over the years. The Caribbean, with parts of Central and South America, is unique in the lack of useful resources for genealogists seeking to better research their ancestors. Tracing Your Caribbean Ancestors, by Guy Grannum, helps fill this knowledge gap.

Grannum, a 20 year veteran of the British National Archives, declares, “this guide aims to aid research in the British Overseas Territories and former colonies of Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Christopher (St. Kitts), St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Tobago, Trinidad, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the British Virgin Islands, together with Guyana (formerly British Guiana) and Belize (formerly British Honduras).” While small, these locations represent a significant population base over the centuries, ancestors to many today. Through this book, those with ancestral ties to these current and prior British Colonies will find carefully uncovered and documented resources for family history research.

This third edition describes sources available, including:

  • “births, marriages, and death registers and certificates
  • wills
  • land records and maps
  • service records for the army, navy, merchant navy and Royal Air Force
  • records concerning slaves and slave holders
  • migration records, including passengers lists to and from the Caribbean and naturalisations”

New information for this edition includes the coverage of DNA testing and analysis, along with updates and revisions to existing information.

 

Published by the [British] National Arvhive, Tracing Your Caribbean Ancestors is available from Family Roots Publishing; Price $27.39.

 

Contents

Illustrations

Preface

Acknowledgements

Glossary

Introduction

  • Overview
  • Further reading

1 First Steps

  1. Be prepared
  2. How do I start my research?
  3. Surnames
  4. The Internet
  5. Archives and libraries
  6. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  7. The National Archives (UK)
  8. Digitised sources
  9. Ancestral origins
  10. Further reading and useful websites

2 Records of the Colonial Office

  1. Original correspondence
  2. Entry books
  3. Acts
  4. Sessional papers
  5. Government gazettes
  6. Miscellanea
  7. Registers of correspondence
  8. Registers of out-letters
  9. Other records
  10. Further reading

3 Migration to the Caribbean

  1. Emigration: general records
  2. Indentured servants
  3. Transportation
  4. Slave trade
  5. American loyalists
  6. Liberated Africans
  7. Indentured labourers

4 Life Cycle Records

  1. Records of births, marriages and deaths
  2. Censuses and other listings
  3. Wills and grants of administration

5 Land and Property Records

  1. Land grants
  2. Maps and plans
  3. Plantation records
  4. Further reading

6 Military and Related Records

  1. Army
  2. Royal Navy
  3. Royal Marines
  4. Royal Air Force
  5. Merchant Navy

7 Slaves and Slave Holders

  1. Slave Registry
  2. Slave Compensation Commission
  3. Amelioration
  4. Manumissions (grants of freedom)j
  5. Acts on the status, condition and treatment of slaves
  6. Further readings

8 The Colonial Civil Servants

  1. Further reading

9 Migration from the West Indies

  1. Migration to the United States
  2. West Indian migration outside the United Kingdom

10 British West Indies Resources

  1. British West Indies, general
  2. Anguilla
  3. Antigua and Barbuda
  4. Bahamas
  5. Barbados
  6. Bay Islands
  7. Belize (formerly British Honduras)
  8. Bermuda
  9. British Virgin Islands
  10. Cayman Islands
  11. Dominica
  12. Federation of the West Indies
  13. Grenada
  14. Guyana (formerly British Guiana)
  15. Jamaica
  16. Leeward Islands
  17. Monserrat
  18. Nevis
  19. St Christopher (St Kitts)
  20. St Lucia
  21. St Vincent and the Grenadines
  22. Tobago
  23. Trinidad
  24. Turks and Caicos
  25. Windward Islands

11 Records of the Non-British West Indies

  1. Cuba
  2. Denmark
  3. Dominican Republic (formerly Santo Domingo)
  4. France
  5. Haiti (formerly Saint-Domingue)
  6. Honduras
  7. Netherlands
  8. Panama
  9. Spain
  10. Sweden
  11. United States

Useful addresses

Bibliography

Index

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

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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.

Over 300 Million New Names Added Online @ the New Beta.FamilySearch.org Site

The following information was received this morning from Paul Nauta with FamilySearch:

FamilySearch beta There were over 150 new collections added or enhanced this week at FamilySearch.org. FamilySearch volunteers indexed over 120 million records — over 300 million new names — from original source documents to accomplish this great feat. The massive release was announced this past week at the National Genealogical Society annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The records can be found at FamilySearch’s Record Search pilot (FamilySearch.org, click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot) or Beta.FamilySearch.org. Be sure to share the good news with family and friends.

See the listing below for the complete list of all the newly added or improved collections – laid out by country, dates included, and the number of records available.

FOREIGN
Argentina Baptisms, 1645—1930 — 4,209,653
Argentina Marriages, 1722—1911 — 150,895
Australia Deaths and Burials, 1816—1980 — 106,767
Austria Births and Baptisms, 1651—1940 — 88,885
Austria Burials, 1768 – 1918 — 31,756
Austria Marriages, 1722 — 1898 — 25,383
Bahamas Births, 1550—1891 — 53,476
Barbados Baptisms, 1739—1891 — 222,010
Barbados Burials, 1854—1885 — 92,226
Barbados Marriages, 1854—1879 — 15,666
Belgium Births and Baptisms, 1560—1890 — 354,038
Belgium Deaths and Burials, 1564—1900 — 67,182
Brazil Baptisms, 1688—1935 — 3,597,609
Brazil Deaths, 1750—1890 — 43,931
Brazil Marriages, 1730—1955 — 475,107
Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661—1959 — 2,160,243
Canada Deaths and Burials, 1664—1955 — 101,189
Canada Marriages, 1661—1949 — 262,982
Canada – British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872—1986 — 928,851
Canada – British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859—1932 — 124,593
Canada – New Brunswick Births, 1819—1899 — 25,414
Canada – Nova Scotia Births, 1702—1896 — 125,791
Canada – Nova Scotia Marriages, 1711—1909 — 32,245
Canada – Ontario Births, 1779—1899 — 455,469
Canada – Ontario Marriages, 1800—1910 — 28,574
Canada – Quebec Births, 1662—1898 — 27,212
Caribbean Births, 1590—1928 — 438,073
Caribbean Deaths, 1790—1906 — 13,088
Caribbean Marriages, 1591—1905 — 88,186
Costa Rica Baptisms, 1700—1915 — 176,574
Costa Rica Deaths, 1787—1900 — 31,505
Costa Rica Marriages, 1750—1920 — 57,849
Czech Republic Births, 1637—1889 — 33,062
Czech Republic Marriages, 1654—1889 — 12,698
Dominican Republic Baptisms, 1726—1924 — 114,209
Dominican Republic Deaths, 1666—1862 — 14,636
Dominican Republic Marriages, 1743—1929 — 31,992
Ecuador Baptisms, 1680—1930 — 593,710
Ecuador Deaths, 1800—1920 — 43,852
Ecuador Marriages, 1680—1930 — 271,061
El Salvador Baptisms, 1750—1940 — 218,500
El Salvador Marriages, 1810—1930 — 28,162
France Deaths and Burials, 1546—1960 — 347,368
France Marriages, 1546—1924 — 1,397,204
Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558—1898 — 33,749,332
Gibraltar Marriages, 1879—1918 — 2,201
Gibralter Births and Baptisms, 1704—1876 — 30,515
Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778—1988 — 69,278
Great Britain Marriages, 1797—1988 — 22,036
Great Britain – Channel Islands Births and Baptisms, 1820—1907 — 41,647
Great Britain – Isle of Man Births and Baptisms, 1821—1911 — 224,489
Great Britain – Isle of Man Deaths and Burials, 1844—1911 — 42,389
Great Britain – Isle of Man Marriages, 1849—1911 — 42,662
Great Britain – Wales, Births and Baptisms, 1586—1907 — 773,392
Great Britain – Wales, Deaths and Burials, 1586—1885 — 15,109
Great Britain – Wales, Marriages, 1541—1900 — 39,630
Grenada Births and Baptisms, 1866—1891 — 33,239
Guatemala Baptisms, 1730—1917 — 466,223
Guatemala Deaths, 1760—1880 — 20,921
Guatemala Marriages, 1750—1930 — 112,610
Hondurus Baptisms, 1730—1930 — 220,317
Hondurus Marriages, 1800—1910 — 31,686
Hungary Baptisms, 1734—1895 — 14,210
Iceland Marriages, 1770—1920 — 42,954
India Births and Baptisms, 1800—1945 — 887,579
India Deaths and Burials, 1800—1945 — 566,529
India Marriages, 1800—1945 — 203,970
Ireland Deaths, 1864—1870 — 51,249
Italy Births and Baptisms, 1806—1900 — 1,940,693
Italy Deaths and Burials, 1809—1900 — 438,494
Jamaica Births and Baptisms, 1752—1920 — 331,497
Luxembourg Births, 1662—1840 — 7,835
Luxembourg Deaths, 1702—1798 — 1,554
Luxembourg Marriages, 1700—1810 — 1471
Mexico Deaths, 1680—1940 — 362,067
Mexico Marriages , 1570—1950 — 6,232,176
Panama Baptisms, 1750—1938 — 269,054
Panama Deaths, 1840—1930 — 21,463
Panama Marriages, 1800—1950 — 39,839
Paraguay Baptisms, 1800—1930 — 101,337
Paraguay Marriages, 1800—1900 — 14,400
Peru Baptisms, 1556—1930 — 4,013,461
Peru Deaths, 1750—1930 — 101,257
Peru Marriages, 1600—1940 — 443,248
Philippines Births and Baptisms, 1642—1994 — 334,139
Philippines Deaths and Burials, 1726—1957 — 5,128,622
Philippines Marriages, 1723—1957 — 2,247,381
Portugal Baptisms , 1570—1910 — 424,354
Portugal Deaths, 1640—1910 — 100,234
Portugal Marriages, 1670—1910 — 59,735
Russia Births and Baptisms, 1755—1917 — 170,844
Russia Deaths and Burials, 1815—1917 — 100,647
Russia Marriages, 1793—1919 — 33,559
Samoa Baptisms, 1863—1940 — 28,013
Samoa Burials, 1895—1970 — 42,061
Spain Deaths, 1600—1920 — 186,259
Sweden Baptisms, 1611—1920 — 9,280,828
Sweden Burials, 1649-1920 — 1,207,501
Sweden Marriages, 1630-1920 — 2,243,064
Switzerland Baptisms, 1491-1940 — 1,001,685
Switzerland Burials, 1613-1875 — 138,011
Switzerland Marriages, 1532-1910 — 268,739
Switzerland, Basel City Church Books, 1380-1917 — Images Only
Switzerland, Schaffhausen Genealogies and City Directories, 1460-1952 — Images Only
Ukraine, Births and Baptisms — 14,166
Uruguay Marriages, 1840—1900 — 19,810

UNITED STATES
United States 1910 Federal Census (AZ, CA, DE, FL) — 4,078,117
United States Births, 1867—1931 — 20,946
United States Deaths, 1867—1961 — 3,705
United States Marriages, 1733—1990 — 7,176

Arizona Births and Christening , 1909—1917 — 27,483
Arizona Deaths , 1910—1911; 1993—1994 — 10,168
Arizona Marriages, 1888—1908 — 75,094
Arkansas Births and Christenings, 1880—1893 — 11,724
Arkansas Deaths and Burials, 1882—1929; 1945—1963 — 38,956
Arkansas Marriages, 1837—1944 — 1,005,608
Delaware Births and Christenings, 1710—1896 — 30,298
Delaware Deaths and Burials, 1815—1955 — 209,592
Delaware Marriages, 1713—1953 — 70,024
District of Columbia Births and Christenings, 1830—1955 — 121,224
District of Columbia Deaths and Burials, 1840—1964 — 372,173
District of Columbia Marriages, 1830—1921 — 242,760
Florida Births and Christenings, 1880—1935 — 28,301
Florida Deaths and Burials, 1900—1921 — 24,800
Florida Marriages, 1837—1974 — 860,110
Hawaii Births and Christenings, 1852—1933 — 150,992
Hawaii Deaths and Burials, 1862—1919 — 105,519
Hawaii Marriages, 1826—1922 — 103,871
Idaho Births and Christenings, 1856—1965 — 75,881
Idaho Deaths and Burials, 1907—1965 — 31,253
Idaho Marriages, 1878—1898/1903—1942 — 88,588
Kansas Births and Christenings, 1818—1936 — 59,392
Kansas Deaths and Burials, 1885—1930 — 39,907
Kansas Marriages, 1840—1935 — 378,903
Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839—1960 — 547,119
Kentucky Deaths and Burials, 1843—1970 — 1,971,681
Kentucky Marriages, 1785—1979 — 1,532,718
Louisiana Births, Christenings, 1811—1830; 1854—1934 — 16,890
Louisiana Marriages, 1816—1906 — 129,641
Maine Births and Christenings, 1739—1900 — 940,882
Maine Deaths and Burials, 1841—1910 — 172,879
Maine Marriages, 1771—1907 — 597,508
Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650—1995 — 206,288
Maryland Deaths and Burials, 1877—1992 — 11,686
Maryland Marriages, 1666—1970 — 253,727
Montana Marriages, 1889—1947 — 197,930
New Mexico Births and Christenings, 1726—1918 — 435,411
New Mexico Deaths, 1788—1798; 1838—1955 — 9,627
New Mexico Marriages, 1751—1918 — 93,387
New York Births and Christenings, 1640—1962 — 1,351,166
New York Deaths and Burials, 1795—1952 — 701,396
New York Marriages, 1686—1980 — 859,927
North Carolina Births and Christenings, 1866—1964 — 156,156
North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898—1994 — 2,742,609
North Carolina Marriages, 1759—1979 — 2,128,391
Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854—1997 — 2,535,557
Oregon Births and Christenings, 1868—1929 — 70,253
Oregon Deaths and Burials, 1903—1947 — 29,035
Oregon Marriages, 1853—1935 — 57,523
South Dakota State Census, 1935 673,322
Tennessee County Marriages, 1790—1950 — 10,145
Utah Births and Christenings, 1892—1941 — 48,049
Utah Deaths, 1888—1946 — 148,933
Utah Marriages, 1887—1966 — 308,854
Vermont Births and Christenings, 1765—1908 — 402,329
Vermont Deaths, 1871—1965 — 235,415
Vermont Marriages, 1791—1974 — 185,433
Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1853—1912 — 785,241
West Virginia Births and Christenings, 1853—1928 — 544,589
West Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1854—1932 — 56,688
West Virginia Marriages, 1854—1932 — 203,378
Wyoming Marriages, 1877—1920 — 14,070

PLANET EARTH
World Misc Births, 1534—1983 — 616,742
World Misc Deaths, 1767—1950 — 15269
World Misc Marriages, 1662—1945 — 28668

None of this would be possible without the great contributions of many online FamilySearch volunteers. These individuals donate the time and effort needed to make these collections freely available to FamilySearch patrons. If you would like to become a volunteer in the FamilySearch community, please go to FamilySearchIndexing.org. Many hands produce great work. Thank you for your support!

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