New FamilySearch Database Collections Posted For October 26, 2015

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Take a virtual trip around the world by diving into FamilySearch’s 2044 free online historic record collections. Some of this week’s additions include Brazil São Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980, Czech Republic Land Records 1450-1889, Montana County Births and Deaths 1840-2004, and Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1840-1896.

COLLECTION – INDEXED RECORDS – DIGITAL RECORDS – COMMENTS

Argentina National Census 1869 – 0 – 1,851 – Added images to an existing collection
Brazil São Paulo Immigration Cards 1902-1980 – 107,018 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Czech Republic Land Records 1450-1889 – 0 – 236,483 – Added images to an existing collection
Dominican Republic Civil Registration 1801-2010 – 36,372 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
El Salvador Civil Registration 1704-1977 – 78,348 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Montana County Births and Deaths 1840-2004 – 448,484 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ukraine Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates 1840-1896 – 0 – 147,248 – Added images to an existing collection
United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors 1775-1783 – 0 – 17,891 – New browsable image collection.

Help Us Publish More Free Records Online
Searchable historical records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of online volunteers worldwide. These volunteers transcribe (or index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are always needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published weekly online on FamilySearch.org. Learn how you can volunteer to help provide free access to the world’s historical genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/Indexing.

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

FamilySearch Adds Over 10M Indexed Records & Images for Canada, Czech Republic, Ukraine, & USA

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FamilySearch has added more than 10 million indexed records and images to collections from Canada, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, New Zealand, South Korea, Ukraine, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 3,427,354 indexed records from the Canada Census, 1911, collection; the 1,334,575 image records from the Czech Republic, Censuses, 1800–1945, collection; and the 2,545,965 indexed records from U.S., Idaho, Southeast Counties Obituaries, 1864–2007 , 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

Canada Census, 1911 – 3,427,354 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Czech Republic, Censuses, 1800-1945 – 0 – 1,334,575 – Added images to an existing collection.

Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801–2010 – 0 – 199,481 – Added images to an existing collection.

New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1848–1991 – 145,146 – 145,146 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

South, Korea, Collection of Genealogies, 1500–2012 – 0 – 143,281 – Added images to an existing collection.

Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1840–1845 – 386,265 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Idaho, Southeast Counties Obituaries, 1864–2007 – 2,545,965 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

U.S., Idaho, Southern Counties Obituaries, 1943–2013 – 585,880 – 52,677 – New indexed records and images collection.

U.S., Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718–1957 – 0 – 83,424 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Maryland, Register of Wills Records, 1629–1999 – 0 – 70,174 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Mormon Migration Database, 1840–1932 – 143,658 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

U.S., New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1785–1950 – 0 – 241,319 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files, 1813–1932 – 0 – 221,657 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Utah Obituary Index – 372,279 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

U.S., Utah, Obituaries from Utah Newspapers, 1850–2005 – 511,361 – 0 – New indexed record collection.

U.S., Virginia, African-American Funeral Programs, 1920–2009 – 0 – 22,727 – New browsable image collection.

FamilySearch Adds Nearly 4.2 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, & the USA

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FamilySearch has added close to 4.2 million indexed records and images to collections from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Honduras, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 543,676 images from the Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980, collection; the 499,702 indexed records and images from the New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1848-1991, collection; and the 264,610 images from the United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920, 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

Australia, Index to Probate Registers, 1841-1989– 1,043,822 – 34,472 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records, 1829-1961– 0 – 131,642 – Added images to an existing collection.

Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537-1888– 0 – 204,382 – Added images to an existing collection.

Austria, Upper Austria, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1910– 25,798 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600-1911– 0 – 202,382 – Added images to an existing collection.

Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980– 0 – 543,676 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Saskatchewan Provincial Records, 1879-1987– 0 – 97,000 – Added images to an existing collection.

Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010– 32,693 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-1920– 3,350 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

France, Auvergne, Family Genealogies by Colonel Etienne de Bellaigue de Bughas, 1400-1900– 0 – 7,768 – New browsable image collection.

Germany, Baden, Church Book Duplicates, 1810-1869– 180,418 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Honduras, Catholic Church Records, 1633-1978– 137,642 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Italy, Oristano, Oristano, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1940– 0 – 336,318 – Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Toscana, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1804-1874– 0 – 2,912 – Added images to an existing collection.

New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1848-1991– 66,216 – 433,486 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1997– 0 – 11,252 – Added images to an existing collection.

Spain, Cádiz, Testaments, 1531-1920– 0 – 65,801 – Added images to an existing collection.

United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920– 0 – 264,610 – New browsable image collection.

United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1850– 0 – 78,752 – Added images to an existing collection.

United States, Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing lists, 1905-1937– 0 – 144,925 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Arkansas, Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939– 0 – 7,705 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., California, San Francisco, Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records, 1910-1941– 0 – 3,574 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Illinois, Non-Population Census Schedules, 1850-1880– 0 – 33,787 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Massachusetts, Worcester County, Probate Files, 1731-1881– 0 – 55,978 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Missouri, State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1876– 0 – 8,071 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Montana, Pondera County Records, 1910-2012– 0 – 29,762 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., South Carolina, Georgetown, Passenger Lists, 1904-1942– 0 – 514 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Washington, Seattle, Passenger and Crew Lists of Airplanes, 1947-1954– 0 – 5,115 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Wisconsin, Crew Lists of Ship Arrivals, 1925-1956– 0 – 596 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Wisconsin, Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Manitowoc, 1925-1956– 0 – 546 – New browsable image collection.

Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas

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

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

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

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

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

 

Table of Contents

Preface

Part One: Going Beyond the Line, a Chronology

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

Part Two: Latin America

  • Introduction

Colonies founded by Spain

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

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

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

Part Three: The Caribbean

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

Part Four: The Thirteen Colonies, Maine, and Vermont

  • Introduciton

New England Colonies

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

Middle Colonies

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

Southern Colonies

  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia

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

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

Part Six: Canada

New France

  • Introduction to New France
  • Quebec
  • Ontario

Acadia

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

Other North American Colonies

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

Part Seven: Resources for Further Research

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

Index

 

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

FamilySearch Adds to Dominican Republic, Italy, Peru, Spain, & USA Collections

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FamilySearch has added more than 1.5 million index records and images this week from Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Italy, Peru, South Africa, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 217,016 index records from the U.S., Idaho, Eastport, Arrival Manifests, 1924-1956, collection, the 151,020 index records and images from the United States, Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files collection, and the 163,314 images from the South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2006, 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

Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010 – 0 – 23,354 – Added images to an existing collection.
Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2008 – 111,027 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
Italy, Napoli, Monte di Procida, Civil Registration (Comune), 1817-1929 – 19,567 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
Italy, Potenza, Melfi, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1861-1929 – 0 – 34,284 – New browsable image collection.
Peru, Lambayeque, Civil Registration, 1873-1998 – 94,834 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2006 – 0 – 163,314 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Cádiz, Testaments, 1531-1920 – 0 – 62,290 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records, 1293-1966 – 0 – 52,917 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Tarragona, Municipal Records, 1430-1930 – 0 – 6,163 – Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Records of Widows and Orphans of Spanish Officials, 1833-1960 – 0 – 9,875 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Alabama, Madison County Chancery and Circuit Court Records, 1847-1950 – 0 – 62,144 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Delaware, Orphan Court Records, 1720-1975 – 0 – 69,367 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Idaho, Eastport, Arrival Manifests, 1924-1956 – 217,016 – 0 – Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Illinois, Cook County, Maywood, Maywood Herald Obituary Card Index, 1885-2002 – 61,565 – 2 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
U.S., New York, County Marriages, 1908-1935 – 10,909 – 7,510 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
U.S., New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1785-1950 – 0 – 121,873 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1940 – 0 – 162,190 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Texas, Swisher County Records, 1879-2012 – 0 – 93,603 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Washington, Cowlitz County Civil Court Dockets, 1876-1951 – 0 – 14,203 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files – 75,510 – 75,510 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.

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

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

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

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

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

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

FamilySearch Adds Data to Collections from Australia, China, England, Italy, and the USA

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FamilySearch has added 1.7 million indexed records and images this week with new browsable image collections from Austria, Paraguay, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 13,110 images from the new Arizona, Maricopa, Mesa City Cemetery Records, 1885-1960, collection and the 105,745 indexed records and images from the New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855-1973, 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

Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records, 1829-1961 – 0 – 8,191 – Added images to an existing collection.
Austria, Upper Austria, Linz, Miscellaneous City Records, 1485-1894 – 0 – 20,711 – New browsable image collection.
China, Collection of Genealogies, 1239-2010 – 0 – 120,111 – Added images to an existing collection.
Dominican Republic, Miscellaneous Records, 1921-1980 – 0 – 29,543 – Added images to an existing collection.
England, Northumberland, Miscellaneous Records, 1570-2005 – 0 – 3,897 – Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941 – 0 – 188,632 – Added images to an existing collection.
Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Miscellaneous Records, 1570-1842 – 0 – 171,391 – Added images to an existing collection.
Mexico, Yucatán, Civil Registration, 1860-2005 – 0 – 297,064 – Added images to an existing collection.
New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855-1973 – 105,744 – 1 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
Nicaragua, Civil Registration, 1809-2011 – 0 – 47,728 – Added images to an existing collection.
Paraguay, Asunción, Cemetery Records, 1842-2011 – 0 – 11,121 – New browsable image collection.
Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998 – 0 – 203,673 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Arizona, Maricopa, Mesa City Cemetery Records, 1885-1960 – 0 – 13,110 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Delaware, Death Records, 1855-1961 – 28,958 – 33,144 – Added index records and images to an existing collection.
U.S., Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918 – 51,541 – 0 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Estate Files, 1686-1915 – 0 – 147,293 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Montana, Sweet Grass County Records, 1885-2011 – 0 – 64,754 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., North Carolina, Civil Action Court Papers, 1712-1970 – 0 – 220,321 – Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Tennessee, Death Records, 1914-1955 – 26 – 0 – Added index 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 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.

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.

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.

FamilySearch Posts 1940 Census Images Plus 14 Million Additional Records for 19 Countries This Week

Click on the map to get a graphical view of indexing progress thus far on the 1940 Census.

FamilySearch has begun publishing images online from the 1940 U.S. Federal Census to engage the army of volunteers who have been waiting for the chance to begin indexing those names. To explore the digital images or to see which states’ images have been published, go to FamilySearch.org/1940census. FamilySearch also published over 14 million new, free records online for Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, Columbia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, England, Estonia, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, and Spain. Volunteer to help index the 1940 U.S. census now, or search these diverse collections and 2.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records on FamilySearch.org are made available by thousands of volunteers from around the world who 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 amount of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about how to personally help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records as a volunteer indexer at FamilySearch.org.

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

New Online Collections This Week

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments
Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537–1888 – 0 – 983,053 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Chile, Civil Registration, 1885–1903 – 69,511 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
China, Collection of Genealogies, 1500–1900 – 0 – 170,280 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843–1921 – 0 – 46,895 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450–1850 – 0 – 473,696 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801–2010 – 0 – 257,902 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
England, Kent, Quarter Sessions and Court Files, 1600–1883 – 0 – 198,619 – New browsable image collection.
Estonia, Population Registers, 1918–1944 – 0 – 113,331 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Estonia, Population Registers, 1918–1944 – 0 – 23,108 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Germany, Bavaria, Fürth, Emigration Records and City Directories, 1805–1921 – 0 – 40,930 – New browsable image collection.
Ghana, Accra, Marriages, 1863–2003 – 0 – 272,668 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Agrigento, Agrigento, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866–1910 – 0 – 433,777 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866–1941 – 0 – 640,609 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Italy, Catania, Diocesi di Acireale, Catholic Church Records, 1560–1941 – 0 – 68,598 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Cuneo, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1795–1915 – 19,775 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
Peru, Civil Registration, 1874–1996 – 0 – 372,800 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives Division), 1902–1945 – 0 – 185,698 – New browsable image collection.
Philippines, Civil Registration (National), 1945–1980 – 0 – 2,015,312 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Philippines, Civil Registration (Spanish Period), 1706–1911 – 0 – 206,828 – New browsable image collection.
Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600–1950 – 0 – 82,074 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Diocese of Lamego, Catholic Church Records, 1529–1916 – 0 – 220,483 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Russia Tver Church Books, 1722–1918 – 0 – 891,877 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Spain, Catastro de Ensenada, 1749–1756 – 0 – 649,299 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Spain, Municipal Records – 0 – 613,107 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871–1920 – 0 – 36,324 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797–1954 – 114,024 – 106,582 – Added browsable images and index records to existing collection.
United States, New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682–1956 – 33,836 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
United States, New York, County Naturalization Records, 1792–1976 – 0 – 951,289 – New browsable image collection.
United States, Ohio, County Marriages, 1789–1994 – 0 – 586,705 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Tennessee County Marriages, 1790–1950 – 339,141 – 151,560 – Added browsable images and index records to existing collection.
United States Census, 1850 – 0 – 171,424 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States Census, 1930 (turning on images) – 0 – 2,733,507 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States Census, 1940 (Colorado, Oregon) – 0 – 70,829 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States Census, 1940 (Delaware) – 0 – 11,036 – New browsable image collection.
United States Census, 1940 (Kansas, Virginia) – 0 – 129,501 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Civil War Service Records of Union Colored Troops, 1863–1865 – 41,556 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.

31 Millon Records added at FamilySearch with 24 Million Records CA Birth Records 1905-1995 Posted!

California Collections Win This Week with 24 Million New Records – Records for 14 countries added

FamilySearch added 31 million new, free records online this past week for Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Hungary, Italy, Micronesia, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, and the U.S. What a bonus for those with California roots! — over 24 million California birth records were added from 1905 to 1995. Search these and 2.5 billion other records now for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records on FamilySearch.org are made possible by thousands of volunteers from around the world who transcribe (index) the 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 amount of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about how to personally help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records as a volunteer indexer at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch 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.

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments
Argentina, Córdoba, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1974 – 54,965 – 0 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2010 – 0 – 32,209 – New browsable image collection.
Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843-1921 – 0 – 16,255 – New browsable image collection.
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1955 – 0 – 73,627 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Hungary, Civil Registration, 1895-1980 – 0 – 41,080 – browsable image collection.
Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941 – 0 – 31,337 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Catania, Arcidiocesi di Catania, Catholic Church Records, 1515-1941 – 0 – 1,743,442 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Catania, Caltagirone, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1861-1941 – 0 – 12,146 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Catania, Catania, Civil Registration (Comune), 1820-1905 – 0 – 17,326 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Cuneo, Alba, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1910 – 0 – 140,406 – New browsable image collection.
Italy, Genova, Chiavari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941 – 0 – 5,107 – New browsable image collection.
Micronesia, Pohnpei, Court Records, 1951-2010 – 0 – 401,066 – New browsable image collection.
New Zealand, Probate Records, 1878-1960 – 0 – 10,529 – New browsable image collection.
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1687-1992 – 0 – 13,441 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1898-1980 – 0 – 7,094 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Philippines, Civil Registration (National), 1945-1980 – 0 – 2,132,847 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Aveiro, Passport Registers, 1882-1965 – 0 – 5,408 – New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911 – 0 – 45,409 – New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Diocese of Lamego, Catholic Church Records, 1532-1916 – 0 – 5,544 – New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Viseu, Catholic Church Records, 1523-1989 – 0 – 942,282 – New browsable image collection.
Russia, Tver Confession Lists, 1728-1913 – 0 – 1,505 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
Saskatchewan Provincial Records, 1879-1987 – 0 – 86,538 – New browsable image collection.
Saskatchewan, Judicial District Court Records, 1891-1954 – 0 – 39,015 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., California, Birth Index, 1905-1995 – 24,596,236 – 0 – New index collection.
U.S., California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1967 – 0 – 52,574 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970 – 0 – 116,940 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-1964 – 9,675 – 250,339 – Added indexed records to existing collection.
U.S., Louisiana State Penitentiary Records, 1866-1936 – 0 – 16,323 – Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Louisiana, Orleans Parish Second District Judicial Court Case Files, 1846-1880 – 0 – 50,287 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Maine, State Archive Collections, 1790-1966 – 0 – 28,084 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920 – 0 – 63,280 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787-1938 – 0 – 102,303 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1921 – 0 – 32,435 – New browsable image collection.
U.S., Texas, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Membership Applications, 1892-2010 – 0 – 43,944 – New browsable image collection.

Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Table of Contents

Preface

Part One: Going Beyond the Line, a Chronology

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

Part Two: Latin America

  • Introduction

Colonies founded by Spain

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

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

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

Part Three: The Caribbean

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

Part Four: The Thirteen Colonies, Maine, and Vermont

  • Introduciton

New England Colonies

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

Middle Colonies

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

Southern Colonies

  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia

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

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

Part Six: Canada

New France

  • Introduction to New France
  • Quebec
  • Ontario

Acadia

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

Other North American Colonies

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

Part Seven: Resources for Further Research

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

Index

 

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