Bundle of Two Nebraska Genealogy Research Guides – 25% Off

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We’ve put together a bundle of two popular Nebraska research guides, discounted the bundle by 25% and charged for p&h as if it were only one title – another $2.50 savings. This sale runs through March 31, 2016. The bundle is made up of the following books:

Genealogical Research in Nebraska, by Ruby Coleman – also discounted 25% if purchased individually.

and

NGS Research in the States: Nebraska – Second Edition, by Roberta King – also discounted 10% if purchased individually.

Click on the links to view full descriptions on each individual title. Return to this page to order as a bundle.

NGS Research in the States Series: Nebraska

ngs23“Early native inhabitants roamed the tall-grass prairie, establishing camp villages along the clear streams and leaving behind anthropologic traces of their homes. The wide Platte River carried the early fur traders and foreign explorers, and the nineteenth-century pioneer wagon trains traveled along its grassy banks.

Agriculture has led Nebraska’s economy since the state’s beginning. Ranching is dominant in the sandy-prairie central and western regions, while farming has thrived in the eastern third of the state. In the larger towns and cities manufacturing has become the second-leading economic activity. Tourism, which showcases the state’s natural river scenic byways, historic sites, parks, and outdoor trails, has also become an important economic activity. Nebraska’s rural community societies and museums, county courthouses, historical sites, and library districts welcome the visitor with records still largely intact and accessible.”

Beginning in 1987, the National Genealogical Society began publishing a series of state guides in the organization’s magazine, the Quarterly. These guides were later re-issued as special publications designed to support genealogical research in each state. NGS Research in the States Series: Nebraska was written by Roberta King, and is summarized here:

Like other NGS Research in the States guides, this volume on Nebraska begins with a short, historical summary of the state and its inhabitants. Understanding the largely rural nature of the state, the reader comes to understand the value of rural research skills needed in finding ancestral data within the state.

The guide outlines and describes the expected resources available for research, from libraries and archives, to courthouses and vital records. There is also a list of biographical sources and information on Ethnic records. Ethnic information not only includes several Indian tribes, as would be expected, but also major European ethnic groups found in the state, including, Czech, German, Irish, and Jewish information. See the Table of Contents below for a complete list of information found in the book.

About the Author

Roberta ‘Bobbi’ King is a native Nebraskan (3rd generation), with extensive experience in researching rural and small town courthouse records. She has authored many articles on homestead research and continues to teach and write on rural research from her current home in Colorado.

Table of Contents

History and Settlement

Geography and Early History

Archives, Libraries, and Societies

  • Nebraska State Historical Society Library and Archives (NSHS)
  • National Archives at Kansas City, Missouri
  • Nebraska State Genealogical Society
  • American Historical Society of Germans from Russia
  • Other Libraries
  • Museums and Historical Societies
  • Other Societies and Museums

Major Resources

  • Atlases, Gazetteers, and Maps
  • Biographical Sources
  • Brands
  • Cemeteries
  • Censuses and Census Substitutes
    • Territorial Census
    • Federal Census
    • State Census
    • City Census
  • City and County Directories
  • County Research
  • Court Records
  • Judicial System
  • Ethnic Records
    • African American
    • Czech
    • German
    • Irish
    • Jewish
    • Native Americans
  • Land Records
    • Preemption Records
    • Homestead Records
    • Late Land Records
  • Military Records
    • Military Forts in Nebraska
    • Civil War
    • Spanish-American War
    • World War I
    • World War II
  • Naturalization Records
  • Newspapers
  • Probate Records
  • Religious Records
    • Baptists
    • Catholic (Roman)
    • Congregational
    • Lutheran
    • Mennonite
    • Methodist
    • Presbyterian
  • School Records
  • Vital Records
    • Birth and Death Records
    • Marriage Records
    • Divorce Records
  • Women of Nebraska
  • Conclusion

 

These guides are an excellent resource for state by state research. Available guides, including NGS Research in the States Series: Nebraska are available from Family Roots Publishing.

Grand Army of the Republic Death Records Books for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas & Nebraska – 15% Off

Dennis Northcott has published three volumes of GAR death records. FRPC has extended the 15% off sale thru Monday, August 3. See the details below.

The G.A.R. was organized in departments, most of which comprised one state. The departments published annual reports that were often titled Proceedings of the . . . Annual Encampment of the Department of . . ., Grand Army of the Republic. By the 1880s many of the department Proceedings began to include death rolls of the department’s members (or “comrades”) for the preceding year. These death rolls usually contain the comrade’s name, rank, company and regiment (or ship), date of death, and the name, number and location of the post to which he belonged.

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Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois: Transcription of the Death Rolls, 1879-1947; by Dennis Northcott and Thomas Brooks

The G.A.R. was founded in Illinois in 1866 and became the largest association of Union Civil War veterans, its national membership peaking in 1890 at 409,489. As the veterans died, the membership inevitably declined. The national membership dropped to 213,901 in 1910 and 16,597 in 1930. The last surviving G.A.R. member died in 1956.

The first book in the series, titled Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois: Transcription of the Death Rolls, 1879-1947, contains death records of more than 32,000 members of the Department of Illinois, who served in Civil War units from 36 states and territories.

Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois: Transcription of the Death Rolls, 1879-1947; by Dennis Northcott and Thomas Brooks; 2003; ISBN 0-9728344-0-0; soft cover, 548 pages; Item #DN01.

Read a review of this book by clicking here: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=18956.

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Indiana Civil War Veterans: Transcription of the Death Rolls of the Department of Indiana, Grand Army of the Republic, 1882-1948; by Dennis Northcott

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The second book in the series, titled Indiana Civil War Veterans: Transcription of the Death Rolls of the Department of Indiana, Grand Army of the Republic, 1882-1948, contains death records of more than 22,000 G.A.R. members, who served in regiments from 31 states and territories.

Indiana Civil War Veterans: Transcription of the Death Rolls of the Department of Indiana, Grand Army of the Republic, 1882-1948; by Dennis Northcott; 2005; ISBN 0-9728344-1-9; soft cover; 416 pages; Item Number DN02.

Read a review of this book by clicking here: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=18865
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Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska Civil War Veterans: Compilation of the Death Rolls of the Departments of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, Grand Army of the Republic, 1883-1948; by Dennis Northcott

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This third book in the series, titled Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska Civil War Veterans: Compilation of the Death Rolls of the Departments of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, Grand Army of the Republic, 1883-1948, contains death records of more than 36,000 G.A.R. members, who served in regiments from 37 states and territories.

Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska Civil War Veterans: Compilation of the Death Rolls of the Departments of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, Grand Army of the Republic, 1883-1948; by Dennis Northcott; 2007; ISBN-13: 978-0-9728344-2-1; ISBN-10: 0-9728344-2-7; soft cover; 658 pages; Item #DN03

Read a review of this book by clicking here: http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=18839

Genealogical Research in Nebraska – On Sale for 23% Off Thru March 31, 2015

Whether the final stop or just a temporary host to wagon trains of passing pioneers, Nebraska was another stepping stone in the United States’ ever westward expansion.  Nebraska become a state in 1867. Like other states, Nebraska has a long and unique history all its own. Its people are equally unique and special, especially to genealogists in search of their Nebraskan ancestors. To help the researcher, author Ruby Coleman wrote Genealogical Research in Nebraska.

And Family Roots Publishing is making it available for 23% off through Midnight EDT Tuesday, March 31, 2015 – Just $19.95 (Reg. $25.95). Click on the link to order.

As with researching in any specific geographical location, Coleman suggests, the challenge for researching in Nebraska is to locate as many records as possible. There are many repositories where these records are found. Nebraska’s record keeping is somewhat unique, but very useful to the genealogist with a little know how. Available records document families who came to Nebraska, whether they settled and stayed or moved on after a few years.

Heavily illustrated with photos and documents, this volume was written to give the researcher clues in locating and understand Nebraska specific records; including, those records previously not considered relevant or available.

Author Ruby Coleman, of Nebraska, has been actively involved in researching genealogy for over 40 years and has been a professional genealogist for over 25 years. She is an instructor of seminars and classes, as well as a lecturer and free-lance writer. Her expertise is in Nebraska and the plains states genealogy, history, and research.

 

Contents

Introduction
Nebraska Settlement
Colonization and Development by Railroad
Nebraska Court System and Records
Nebraska Vital Records
Probate, Guardianships and Adoptions
Land Records
Naturalization Records
Civil and Criminal Court Records
County Histories
Territorial, Federal and State Censuses
Military Records
Schools and Records
Cemeteries
Institutional Records
Nebraska Railroads
Nebraska Ethnic Groups
Religious Records
Orphan Trains
Cattle Brands
Societies, Repositories and Libraries
Genealogical Collections in Nebraska Libraries and Repositories
Nebraska State Censuses & Substitutes 1854-1976
Maps Showing Nebraska County Boundary Changes
Nebraska County Records – Alphabetical by county
Suggested Internet Web Pages
Suggested Reading
Notes

 

Order a copy of Genealogical Research in Nebraska for yourself, a relative, a friend, or your local library from Family Roots Publishing; Sale Price: 23% Off – Just $19.95 through Tuesday March 31, 2015 (Reg.$25.95).

Genealogist Gail Blankenau uses Homestead Act records via Fold3 and Ancestry.com to discover Mary Myers of Gage County, Nebraska

The following was shared with us by Thomas MacEntee:
Mary Myers of Gage County, Nebraska, first female homesteader
June 18, 2013 – Lincoln, Nebraska. Professional genealogist Gail Blankenau has recently solved an ongoing mystery: Who was the first woman to secure a homestead in her own right through the Homestead Act of 1862? The answer can now be revealed thanks to family history records available at both Ancestry.com and Fold3: Mary Myers, a widow, of Gage County, Nebraska. Myers applied for a homestead at the Brownville Land Office on 20 January 1863, just 19 days after Daniel Freeman, the first homesteader via the Homestead Act. Freeman’s certificate of payment is Certificate No. 1 and Myer’s is Certificate No. 3.

The Homestead Act of 1862 provided women with a unique opportunity to own land in their own right. A woman who was age 21 and the head of a family was eligible to apply under the Act. Thousands of women—widows, divorcees, single women, and deserted women—applied for a chance at independence.

Under the provisions of the Act, a settler had to build a dwelling, cultivate the land, and be in continuous residence for a five-year period. Settlers faced many hardships, including lack of water, bad weather, insects, and loneliness. Only 40% of those who applied for land were able to complete the process and secure a land patent.

Blankenau came across the records for Mary Myers while preparing for a presentation on women homesteaders at the upcoming National Homestead Monument’s Land Records and Genealogy Symposium on July 12 and 13, 2013, in Beatrice Nebraska. The land entry case file on the popular genealogy website Fold3, contains Mary Myer’s required affidavit stating that she had met all of the Act’s provisions.

“It is so important for us to celebrate the contributions of pioneer women like Mary Myers,” says Blankenau. “When delving into the land entry files, there are all sorts of details of their lives, details that aren’t easily found in many other records. Women were often the silent partner in land deals, but as female homesteaders, they could take center stage.”

Also see the post at the Ancestry.com blog.

About Gail Blankenau
Gail Blankenau is a professional genealogist, speaker and author, specializing in German genealogy, land records, and lineage research. Gail has written for the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, The Genealogist, Everton’s Genealogical Helper, Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy. If it deals with genealogy, she probably does it. Learn more at Discover Family History (http://www.discoverfamilyhistory.com/)

Nebraska State Genealogical Society Awards Susan Doak “Genealogist of the Year” Award

According to a short article posted in the June 13, 2013 edition of the McCook Daily Gazette, Trish Collister, of Dwight, Nebraska, and president of the Nebraska State Genealogical Society, presented Susan Doak of McCook the Genealogist of the Year award at the 2013 Annual Conference and Membership Meeting in Grand Island Nebraska. … The Nebraska State Genealogical Society offers an award to one genealogist or family historian each year for exceptional and outstanding service to his or her local genealogical society and the genealogy community as a whole.

Read more about the award.

Kearney, Nebraska’s Trails & Rails Museum to Build a Family History Center


The Trails & Rails Museum in Kearney, Nebraska has announced plans to build a $3.1 million family history center meant to house artifacts, offices, space for traveling exhibits, a conference room and a gift shop on adjacent land.

The museum board of directors would like to break ground in September and open the building to the public in early 2014. It is excepted that local folks will want to donate family their history, and artifacts.

Read more about the project.

Genealogical Research in Nebraska

Whether the final stop or just a temporary host to wagon trains of passing pioneers, Nebraska was another stepping stone in the United States’ ever westward expansion.  Nebraska become a state in 1867. Like other states, Nebraska has a long and unique history all its own. Its people equally unique and special, especially to genealogists in search of their Nebraskan ancestors. To help the researcher, author Ruby Coleman wrote Genealogical Research in Nebraska.

Genealogical Research in Nebraska was introduced with great success at the 2011 National Genealogical Society Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. As with researching in any specific geographical location, Coleman suggests, the challenge for researching in Nebraska is to locate as many records as possible. There are many repositories where these records are found. Nebraska’s record keeping is somewhat unique, but very useful to the genealogist with a little know how. Available records document families who came to Nebraska, whether they settled and stayed or moved on after a few years.

Heavily illustrated with photos and documents, this volume was written to give the researcher clues in locating and understand Nebraska specific records; including, those records previously not considered relevant or available.

Author Ruby Coleman, of Nebraska, has been actively involved in researching genealogy for over 40 years and has been a professional genealogist for over 25 years. She is an instructor of seminars and classes, as well as a lecturer and free-lance writer. Her expertise is in Nebraska and the plains states genealogy, history, and research.

 

Contents

Introduction
Nebraska Settlement
Colonization and Development by Railroad
Nebraska Court System and Records
Nebraska Vital Records
Probate, Guardianships and Adoptions
Land Records
Naturalization Records
Civil and Criminal Court Records
County Histories
Territorial, Federal and State Censuses
Military Records
Schools and Records
Cemeteries
Institutional Records
Nebraska Railroads
Nebraska Ethnic Groups
Religious Records
Orphan Trains
Cattle Brands
Societies, Repositories and Libraries
Genealogical Collections in Nebraska Libraries and Repositories
Nebraska State Censuses & Substitutes 1854-1976
Maps Showing Nebraska County Boundary Changes
Nebraska County Records – Alphabetical by county
Suggested Internet Web Pages
Suggested Reading
Notes

 

Order a copy of Genealogical Research in Nebraska for yourself, a relative, a friend, or your local library from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $19.95.

Money Being Raised for an Electronic Directory at the North Platte Cemetery in Nebraska

The following excerpt is from the October 2, 2012 edition of the North Platte Bulletin. My friend, Ruby Coleman, is very involved in an important cemetery project in North Platte.

A lot of the money for a new electronic directory at the North Platte Cemetery has been raised but there is a ways to go, the city council learned Tuesday.

There are 10,140 graves at the cemetery but no directory, said Ruby Coleman, Vice President of the North Platte Genealogical Society.

Coleman said fundraising is well underway, with donations amounting to $10,140. But, she said at least $25,000 is needed.

Coleman spoke to the council at a work session.

She said the Mid Nebraska Community Foundation donated in May, adding to donations from individuals, memorials and NebraskaLand National Bank.

Coleman said that the Genealogical Society has also raised money at bake sales in November and May during the library’s book sales. Another bake said will be held in November, she said.

During the Memorial Day weekend, volunteers from the society helped people find graves at the cemetery. They collected $300 in donations for the courtesy, and received many favorable comments too, Coleman said. Also, the group recently applied for a grant from the Union Pacific Railroad Foundation, which they hope to receive early next year.

Read the full article.

Ancestry.com Adds Indexes to 15 More States for the 1940 Census


Ancestry.com announced that this morning at 10 AM MST they added 15 more searchable indexed states to the 1940 US Census database. They also say that they are now very well ahead of schedule from their initial completion predictions. and to look for more states coming soon.

  • California
  • Washington
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • Oregon
  • Alabama
  • Indiana
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Arizona
  • New Hampshire
  • Michigan
  • Wisconsin
  • Montana
  • Hawaii

The addition of these 15 states means that Ancestry.com now has 25 states and the District of Columbia indexed and searchable.

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

The following information is from FamilySearch.org:


76 million much-anticipated state census, naturalization, immigration, and vital records were added this week for 22 states, including Ohio, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Since partnering with the National Archives of Italy to digitally preserve and index its civil registration, more than 24 million images have been published and 4 million names have been made searchable on FamilySearch.org. Millions more free records were published this week for Armenia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, and Switzerland. Search these diverse collections and 2.8 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Foreign Country Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

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

United States Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

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

76 New & Updated USA Vital Records, State & School Census, and Tax Record Databases Posted at FamilySearch.org

The following U.S.A. vital-records oriented databases have been recently added or updated at FamilySearch.org. This blog covers 76 new and updated entries.

We’ve also updated four of our five of the GenealogyBlog Online Database Links Files.
See:

THE FOLLOWING DATABASES WERE POSTED OR UPDATED AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG SINCE 22 March 2012:

Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950 – Name index and images of marriage records created by Alabama counties. Records are arranged by county, volume and date. Currently, the following counties, and others I’m sure, are represented in this collection: Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Chilton, Cleburne, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dallas, Jefferson, Madison, and St. Clair. Currently this collection is 38% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. – 566,839 records from 318,228 images as of 8 May 2012 – up 199,105 records since 21 November 2011!

NEW DATABASE Arizona, Maricopa County Probate Records, 1757-1938Imaged Records – This collection contains images of the probate case files from the Maricopa County Superior Court – 612,719 images as of 30 April 2012.

Arkansas Births and Christenings, 1880-1893 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Arkansas – 10,642 records as of 25 May 2012 – up 3,817 since 23 September 2011.

NEW DATABASE California, Birth Index, 1905-1995 – Name index of birth index created by the California Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics Section in Sacramento. Index includes name, date of birth, sex, mother’s surname, and county of birth.– 24,596,235 records as of 2 March 2012.

NEW DATABASE California, County Birth and Death Records, 1849-1989Imaged Records – Registers, records and certificates of county birth and death records acquired from county courthouses. This collection contains some delayed birth records, as well. Some city and towns records are also included. Records have not been acquired for Contra Costa, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Modoc, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Siskiyou, Solano, Tulare and Ventura counties. This collection is being published as images become available. – 1,224,657 images as of 15 June 2012.

California, San Joaquin, County Public Library Obituary Index, 1850-1991Imaged Records – Index and Images of index cards located at the San Joaquin County Public Library, Stockton, California. Contains clippings from various San Joaquin County and Stockton city newspapers of obituaries – 98,787 records and 167,330 images as of 14 May 2012. The 98,787 name index is NEW, while most of the images have been posted since 10 November 2011.

California, San Mateo County Records – 1856-1967 – Browsable Imaged Records – County records including marriage license applications 1927-1943; Coroner’s reports 1865-1946; naturalization, deeds, patents, homesteads, and military service discharges – 883,705 images as of 10 February 2012 – up 936,279 images as of 23 February 2012 –up 700,041 images since 23 November 2011.

NEW DATABASE Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995 – Imaged Records – Images of county marriages from Clear Creek, Fremont, Kit Carson, Logan, Moffat, Phillips, Saguache, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma counties. – 49,690 images as of 15 June 2012.

NEW DATABASE District of Columbia 1874-1897Imaged Records – Images of birth returns and birth index registers from the Health Department in Washington, D.C. The birth returns name the parents but do not name the child. – 90,550 images as of 25 May 2012.

Florida Marriages 1830-1993Imaged Records – Name index and images to Florida marriage records. Additional records will be added as indexing is completed – 571,766 records and 489,702 images as of 9 May 2012 – up 366,378 since 10 December 2011!

Georgia Marriages 1808-1967 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Georgia – 1,157,102 records as of 26 March 2012 – up 4,717 records since 6 May 2010.

NEW DATABASE Idaho, County Birth and Death Records, 1907-1920 – Browsable Images – County birth and death registers acquired for the following counties: Ada, Bannock, Bingham, Blaine, Bonner, Bonneville, Boundary, Canyon, Cassia, Clearwater, Elmore, Fremont, Kootenai, Latah, Nez Perce, Owyhee, Shoshone, Twin Falls and Washington counties. Coverage varies between counties. – 2,426 images as of 11 June 2012.

Idaho, Cassia County Records 1879-1960 – Browsable Imaged Records – Marriage, probate, soldier discharge, school census, deeds, patents, homesteads, mining location, coroners, and mothers pension records located at the county courthouse located in Burley. Includes Marriages 1908-1947, Coroner’s Inquests 1918-1922; and Probate Records made up of Estate Files 1919-1990, and Record of Wills 1891-1956. – 328,900 images as of 23 May 2012 – up 124,180 images since 9 February 2012.

Illinois, Births and Christenings, 1824-1940– Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Illinois. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later – 507,005 records as of 13 Apr 2012.

Illinois Probate Records 1819-1970 – Browsable Images Images of will books, administrations, journals, inventories, guardian’s records, and order books from various counties in Illinois. The content and time period will vary by county. Illinois created probate courts in 1819. This is a collection of probate records, which includes will, indexes, and other documents created to track the distribution of estates of deceased individuals who lived in Illinois. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. This collection covers probate records created by Illinois courts, 1819-1970, but the content and time period of the records will vary by county. A few additional county court records are also present. 1,059,034 images as of 22 February 2012 – up 167,657 images since 22 February 2012.

Indiana Marriages 1811-1959 – Indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. Name index of marriages recorded in the Indiana Territory and in the State of Indiana between 1811 and 1959. This collection includes searchable index data for marriage returns and licenses from the following counties: Adams, Allen, Bartholomew, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Carroll, Clark, Clay, Daviess, Dearborn, Decatur, De Kalb, Delaware, Dubois, Elkhart, Fayette, Floyd, Fountain, Franklin, Fulton, Gibson, Hamilton, Harrison, Hendricks, Henry, Huntington, Jackson, Jay, Lake, Marshall, Ohio, Owen, Rush, and Sullivan. Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at family history centers. Currently this collection is 55% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. – 1,848,513 records as of 10 June 2012. Up 233,647 records since 10 January 2012.

Iowa County Births 1880-1935 – Index to the birth records created by the counties of Iowa. When completed it will contain records for all of the 99 counties in the state. This collection is 30% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed. 696,160 records as of 26 April 2012 – up 141,618 records since 24 January 2012 – From the Iowa County Clerks. Digital images of originals housed at various county courthouses in the State of Iowa. Birth records. FHL microfilm, 338 reels.

NEW DATABASE Iowa, Fayette County Probate Records 1851-1927Imaged Records – Fayette County probate case files located at the Fayette County courthouse in West Union. This collection is being published as images become available – 86,849 images as of 31 May 2012.

NEW DATABASE Iowa State Census 1895 – Name index of the Iowa state census taken in 1895. The census names everyone in the household – From the Iowa State Historical Society, Des Moines IA – 521,900 records as of 16 May 2012.

Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954Imaged Records – Marriage records created by Kentucky counties. Records include bonds, license, certificates, and returns – 184,092 records and 156,096 images as 0f 26 March 2012.

Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1629-1983 – Browsable Imaged Records – from court records at the Register of Wills in Maryland. Includes the following counties: Alleghany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Caroline, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington, and Worchester. This collection is being published as images become available – Browse through 1,079,507 948,944 images as of 22 June 2012. Up 130,563 images since as of 22 March 2012.

Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Massachusetts – 4,696,564 records as of 13 April 2012 – up 850 records since 16 December 2010.

Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920 – Browsable Imaged Records – Massachusetts births, marriages and deaths, 1916-1920 and state amendments to vital records, 1841-1920 located at the state archives in Boston. This collection is being published as images become available – 725,063 images as of 17 April 2012 – up 369,010 images since 10 February 2012!

Montana Marriages 1889-1947 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Montana – 20,784 records as of 5 March 2012. Up 45 records from 27 December, 2010.

NEW DATABASE Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004 – Browsable Images – Images of county birth and death records acquired from county courthouses. The collections consist of registers and certificates from Broadwater, Deer Lodge, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Powell and Silver Bow counties. – 260,134 images of 5 June 1012.

Montana, Lake County Records 1857-2010Imaged Records – Deeds, school census, mining, vital records – B,M,D, probate, and divorce records located at the county courthouse in Polson. This collection is being published as images become available – 94,699 images as of 8 May 2012.

Nebraska Marriages 1855-1995 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Nebraska – 142,224 records after 5 March 2012.

NEW DATABASE Nevada, County Marriages, 1862-1993 – Browsable Images – Images of county marriages from Carson City, Clark, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey, and White Pine counties. Coverage varies between counties. – 123,409 images as of 20 June 2012.

New Mexico Marriages 1751-1918 – Name index to marriage records from the state of New Mexico – 93,308 records as of 5 March 2012.

New Jersey Marriages 1678-1985 – Name index to marriage records from the state of New Jersey – 802,437 records as of 5 March 2012.

New Jersey County Marriages, 1682-1956Imaged Records – Name index of county marriage records for New Jersey. Currently this collection is 100% complete. Due to contract restrictions some images from the following counties may not be available for view: Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Middlesex, Monmouth, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Union, and Warren – 300,071 records and 59,895 images as of 3 April 2012. Up 66,164 records since 10 January 2012.

NEW DATABASE New Jersey, State Census, 1905 – Name index of the 1905 Census of New Jersey which includes all residents in all counties. – 507,107 records as of 22 June 2012.

New York Marriages 1686-1980 – Name index to marriage records from the state of New York – 768,885 records as of 5 March 2012. Up 25,901 records from 13 December 2010.

New York Probate Records, 1629-1971Imaged Records – Images from probate records in various county Surrogate Courts in New York. The content of the probate records and their year range vary by county. Most records end in the 1920s with some indexes continuing to the year 1971. This collection does not include records from metropolitan New York at this time – 5,432,139 images as of 22 June 2012. Up 3,800,317 images from 25 January 2012.

New York Orange County Probate Records 1787-1938 – Browsable Images – Imaged Records of probate records and estate files from the Orange County Surrogate’s Court in Goshen, New York. At this time this collection does not have a name index or any finding aid. – It is published by volume and year range – 682,552 images as of 5 June 2012. Up 220,299 images since 22 February 2012.

New York Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1921 – Browsable Images – Images of probate records and proceedings from the Queens County Surrogate’s Court in Jamaica, New York. – 954,867 images as of 22 February 2012. Up 160,928 images since 22 February 2012.

New York State Census 1875Imaged Records – Images of the 1875 New York State Census as of 1 June 1875. The following counties are not included: Chemung, Clinton, Hamilton, New York (Manhattan), Niagara, Putnam, Queens, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Suffolk, Wayne, and Westchester. – From Surrogate Courts from various counties throughout New York State, on 118 rolls of FHL microfilm. – 708,861 records and 94,045 images as of 13 June 2012. Up 328,866 records and 39,022 images since 29 December 2011.

NEW DATABASE New York State Census, 1915 – Name index and images of the 1915 New York State Census. Index provided by Ancestry.com. – 9,742,867 records as of 24 June 2012.

NEW DATABASE New York State Census, 1925 – Name index and images of the 1925 New York State Census. Index provided by Ancestry.com. – 11,117,922 records as of 24 June 2012

North Carolina County Marriages 1762-1979 – Name index and images of marriage records from North Carolina county courthouses. These records include licenses, marriage applications, marriage bonds, marriage certificates, marriage packets and cohabitation registers. Currently, portions of the following counties are represented in this collection: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Ashe, Beaufort, Bladen, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Catabwa, Chatham, Cherokee, Chowan, Cleveland, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Gates, Granville, Halifax, Hanover, Hyde, Johnston, Lincoln, Macon, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Northampton, Pitt, Richmond, Rowan, Surry, and Wilkes. This collection is 35% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed – 649,806 records and 235,497 images as of 23 March 2012 – up 79.174 Records and 13,576 images as of 23 March 2012.

North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970 – Browsable Imaged Records – Collection of various county records including, wills, guardianships, estates, voter registration books, coroner’s inquests, etc. It was filmed at the North Carolina Department of Archives and History in Raleigh. The collection includes Ashe County School Censuses 1881-1903; Beaufort County Wills 1808-1968; Columbus County Estate Files 1812-1968; Duplin County Widows year support 1900-1968; Durham County Widow’s Dower & Year’s Support 1881-1944 (indexed in front of book); Gaston County Estates 1839-1971 & Wills 1847-1968 Vol. 38-41; Lincoln County Marriage Records 1892-1916; Mecklenburg County Estate Files 1880-1952; Northampton Coroner’s reports 1793-1905; Northampton County Estate Records 1782-1930; Richmond County Coroner’s inquests 1906-1967; Stanley County Coroner’s inquests 1914-1957; and Wake County Death Certificates 1900-1909 – 496,699 images as of 17 May 2012 – up 109,664 since 7 March 2012.

North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1964Imaged Records – Index and images of estate files from North Carolina counties. The originals were filmed at the North Carolina Department of Archives and History. The estate records contain loose papers relating to the settlement of estates including such matters as provision for heirs including minor children as well as distribution of funds, land and property, including slaves – This project was indexed in partnership with the North Carolina Genealogical Society and Library – 99, 530 indexed records and 2,443,616 images as of 13 June 2012. Up 41,588 records and 1,072,050 images since 19 February 2012

Ohio County Births 1856-1909Imaged Records – Name index and images of county birth records in Ohio. The time period and type of record varies by county – 3,051,219 records and 514,834 images as of 8 May 2012 – up 848,900 records and 83,479 records since 4 January 2012!

Ohio County Marriages, 1789-1994 – Name index and images of county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Currently this collection is 75% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed – 3,126,256 Records and 1,430,518 images as of 2 April 2012

NEW DATABASE Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1967Browsable Images – Probate records and estate files from county courthouses in Ohio. The content and time period varies by county. – 3,796,974 records as of 5 June 2012.

NEW DATABASE Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004Browsable Images – Obituary file from the Crawford County Genealogical Society in Galion, Ohio. – 101,198 records as of 4 June 2012.

Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1940 – Browsable Imaged Records – Birth and probate records from Jefferson County, Ohio. This collection is being published as images become available. An index is being created in cooperation with the Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society and will be published as it becomes available. Contact the county courthouse to get the case number for a deceased person. 173,941 images as of 5 June 2012. Up 166,220 images from 22 March 2012.

Oklahoma County Marriages – 1891-1959 – Name index and images of marriage records from counties in Oklahoma – Counties included so far include Adair, Alfalfa, Atoka, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Bryan, Caddo, Canadian, Dewey, Garfield, Harmon, Hughes, Jackson, Jefferson, and Kingfisher Counties. Other counties are now probably included, but I couldn’t find a list. More counties will be added over time.- 579,588 indexed records from 343,289 images as of 17 April 2012 – up 188,814 indexed records since 17 December 2011!

NEW DATABASE Oregon, Douglas County Records, 1852-1952 – Browsable Images – This collection includes deed records and indexes, 1852-1920. It also includes marriage records and indexes from 1913-1952. This collection is being published as images become available. – 91,815 images as of 11 June 2012.

Pennsylvania County Marriages 1885-1950Imaged Records – Name index and images of county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Most of the records consist of marriage licenses, certificates, and affidavits, docket books, with a few marriage declarations & Justice of the Peace marriages – 1,667,651 records and 2,331,809 images as of 22 June 2012. Up 342,186 records and 1,164,735 images since 23 December 2011.

NEW DATABASE Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Births, 1860-1906 – Imaged Records – This collection is a name index and images of birth registers from the Board of Health in the city of Philadelphia. It includes birth returns filed by physicians, midwives and area hospitals or other facilities. – 259,115 images as of 24 June 2012.

Rhode Island Marriages 1724-1916 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Rhode Island – 209,502 records as of 5 March 2012.

Tennessee County Marriages 1790-1950 – Name index and images of Tennessee county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Records include marriage registers, marriage licenses, marriage bonds, and marriage certificates from the following Tennessee Counties. Currently this collection is 16% complete. Records consist of packets, with multiple documents per packet – 1,006,415 records as of 26 March 2012 – up 631,053 records since 21 Seprember 2011! 433,049 browsable images.

Texas County Marriage Index 1837-1977 – Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas. – 2,099,675 records as of 5 march 2012 – up 1,733,870 records since 29 December 2011.

NEW DATABASE Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010 – This collection contains indexes of marriage license applications from all counties in the state of Texas. The indexes were prepared by the Vital Statistics Unit of the Department of State Health Services and have been published on the Department’s website. – 7,606,159 records as of 16 June 2012.

Texas Deaths, 1977-1986Imaged Records – Images of Texas statewide death certificates, including delayed certificates, from the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin. Additional certificates will be added to the collection as they become available. Certificates for 1978 are currently posted by county. – 844,910 images as of 15 June 2012. Up 422,541 images since 14 February 2012.

Texas County Tax Rolls 1846-1910Imaged Records – Images for tax rolls for 237 counties in Texas. Index is in progress and additional records will be added as they are completed. The images are laid out by county and year, so if you know where your people lived, finding them usually isn’t difficult, even without the indexes finished – 1,209,864 indexed records and 725,748 images as of 5 June 2012. Up 1,200,141 indexed records and 46,861 images since 12 July 2011; From the Texas State Library and Archives, Austin on 423 rolls of FHL.

NEW DATABASE Utah, State Archives Records 1848-2001Imaged Records – Images of various record types held by the Utah State Archives. Record types include civil and criminal case files, divorce records, probate case files and naturalization records for Beaver, Box Elder, Carbon, Davis, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Piute, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, Wasatch, and Weber counties. Coverage of record type and date range varies by county. This collection will also include cemetery records for Beaver, Charleston, Fillmore, Garland, Glenwood, Grantsville, Hyrum, Junction, Kaysville, Marysville, Midvale, Murray, Paragonah, Salt Lake City, Scipio, and Spring City. This collection is being published as images become available – Included is the Box Elder County Interment Register 1893-1961; Cache County Cemetery Records 1860-1998; Carbon County Probate Case Files 1896-1931; Davis County Interment Register Vol A-E 1869-1982; Probate Case Files 1888-1932; Iron County Cemetery Records 1899-2001; Iron County Probate Court Minutes 1854-1868; Kane County Probate Index 1864-1896, Kane County Probate Court Minutes Bk B 1878-1896; Millard County Burial Record Index 1900-1973; Millard County Cemetery Records 1887-1986; Millard County Interment Register 1854-1945; Piute county Marysvale Cemetery Records 1887-1978; Piute County Probate Case Files 1900-1932; Piute County Record of Junction Town Cemeteries 1881-2001; Salt Lake County Burial Plat Index 1848-1976; Salt Lake County Burial Record 1923-1994; Salt Lake County Interment Register 1874-1994; Salt Lake County Probate Case Files 1906-1913; San Juan County Probate Case Files 1888-1933; Sanpete County Cemetery Record 1892-1991; Sanpete County Probate Court Minutes 1852-1884; Sevier County Cemetery Record 1856-1960; Sevier County Probate Case Files 1865-1912; Tooele County Burial Cards 1855-1991; Tooele County Probate Court Minutes 1859-1888; Wasatch County Interment Register 1901-1991; and Wasatch County Sexton’s Record 1901-1966 – 433,665 images as of 29 May 2012.

NEW DATABASE Utah, County Marriages 1787-1937 – Name index of marriage records from local county courthouses. The records consist of bound volumes, applications, licenses, certificates, etc. This collection is currently 53% complete and more records will be added as they are completed – 294,182 records as of 8 May 2012.

Utah Probate Records, 1851-1961Imaged Records – Collection of probate records, including case files and other documents created by the Probate Courts of various Utah counties. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. This collection is being published as images become available. 91,265 images as of 18 May 2012 – up 67,738 images since 23 September 2011.

NEW DATABASE Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005 Browsable Images Vital and town records acquired from local town clerk offices. The records are handwritten or typewritte on preprinted pages which have been bound into volumes. The collection consists of vital records (births, marriages, and deaths), cemetery records, and burial and removal permits. They are arranged by town, then by record type, then by date. The content and completeness of the records varies by town. – 927,764 images as of 22 June 2012.

Vermont, Bennington County, Manchester District Estate Files, 1779-1935Imaged Records – Images of probate estate files in alphabetical order. Each estate file consists of multiple images. This collection is being published as images become available – 119,038 images as of 13 June 2012. Up 40,357 images since 19 December 2011.

Virginia Births & Christenings, 1853-1917 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Virginia. 1,991,095 records as of 9 May 2012 – up 568,240 records since 2 May 2011!

NEW DATABASE Virginia, Orange County Marriage Records, 1757-1938imaged records – 11,823 records and 922 images as of 30 April 2012.

Vermont, Franklin County Probate Records, 1796 to 1921 – Browsable Imaged Records – Images of probate papers located at the Public Records Office, General Service Center, Middlesex. – 207,028 images as of 24 April 2012 – up 38,170 images since 10 February 1012.

NEW DATABASE Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008Indexed Records and Browsable Images – Name index of the marriage records for Clallam, Lewis, Pacific, Snohomish, Thurston, and Wahkiakum Counties. This collection of marriage records includes: Clallam County marriage certificates, applications and returns, 1865-2008; Lewis County marriage returns, 1914-1950; Pacific County marriage certificates, 1878-1947; Snohomish County marriage records 1912-1945; Thurston County marriage certificates, 1927-1950 and Wahkiakum County marriage certificates, 1907-1939. The records are arranged chronologically. – 48,385 records and 127,658 images as of 19 June 2012.

Washington State County Records 1856-2009 – Browsable Images – The collection consists of various records including official actions, probate records, indexes, etc. The records are from various counties in Washington State, 1856-2009. This is an ongoing collection. The counties will be added to the collection as their records are available. Browse the collection to determine current record and county coverage. 2,198,619 images as of 11 June 2012. Up 273,789 images since 22 March 2012.

NEW DATABASE Washington, County Deaths, 1891-1907 – Index Records and Browsable Images – This collection includes an index and images of deaths recorded at the county level before the state records were kept. The counties included in this collection are Wahkiakum; Grays Harbor, including the city of Aberdeen; Clark; Lewis and Mason. – 3,519 records and 4,929 images as of 11 June 2012.

NEW DATABASE Washington, County Probate Records, 1853-1929 – Browsable Images – This collection includes county probate records from the Washington State Archives Northwest Regional Branch in Bellingham. They include records from Jefferson, Skagit, Island, Whatcom, San Juan, Clallam and Snohomish counties. This collection is being published as images become available. – 194,383 images as of 15 June 2012.

NEW DATABASE Washington, King County Delayed Births, 1941-1942imaged records – This collection includes records created in King County, Washington during 1941 and 1942 for people who applied for delayed birth certificates. Delayed certificates can be issued for people whose birth was not recorded at the time of the event. The records were created in the 1940s but the actual births occurred earlier – 5,631 records from 24,644 images as of 20 April 2012.

Wisconsin Marriages 1836-1930 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Wisconsin – 734,524 records as of 24 March 2012 – up 653,894 records since 7 May, 2010!

Wyoming, Marriages, 1877-1920 – Name index to marriage records from the state of Wyoming. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later. – 13,941 records as of 5 March 2012.

United States Births and Christenings, 1867-1931 – Name index to small sets of birth, baptism and christening records from a few states within the United States – 19,350 records as of 30 March 2012.

United States Marriages 1733-1990 – Name index to small sets of marriage records from a few states within the United States – 9,880 records as of 30 March 2012 – up 2704 records since 27 April, 2010.

BillionGraves Index – Name index of burial records courtesy of BillionGraves.com which is an expansive family history database of records and images from the world’s cemeteries, all tagged with GPS locations. Volunteers around the world capture images of headstones in a cemetery and upload them to the site – 980,915 records as of 24 May 2012.

United State Social Security Death Index – Name index to deaths recorded by the Social Security Administration beginning in 1962. Current as of October 31, 2011. – 90,732,247 records as of 5 March 2012.

A Lone Nebraska Grave – and the Nebraska State Cemetery Register

I ran across this article on the kvnonews.com website this morning, about my friend, Ruby Coleman – and her research of a lonely Nebraska burial site. Following is an excerpt from the article – which also includes information on the Nebraska State Cemetery Register.

Ruby Coleman hops in the passenger side of Allison Huebner’s SUV. Huebner steers the vehicle off a rural road just south of Hershey, about 10 miles west of North Platte, Neb. They bump over the rows in a fallow cornfield until they see it – a solitary grave marker in the distance.

Coleman is a professional genealogist, lecturer and author. She lives in North Platte, and her curiosity has taken her to all sorts of unusual gravesites. Huebner, the driver, and her husband farm this land. She pulls up beside the tombstone.

The scene is a bit surreal. There’s no fence around the marker, no nothing – except the stubble of a fallow cornfield. The inscription reads Georgie B. Nowell, and gives his dates of birth and death. Born in 1882, Died 1890. Eight years old. The engraving is clear, ornate and easy to read. At the bottom, this phrase: “Rest sweet child in peace.”

There are a lot of mysteries about this gravestone. Why here? Why solitary? Were there buildings around? A home? Standing in the field, there are no answers just the Nebraska wind.

Read the full article.

Check out Ruby Coleman’s “Genealogical Research in Nebraska” guidebook.

A Tombstone Goes Home to Nebraska

The following teaser is from a heartwarming article posted in the November 27, 2011 edition of the Billings Gazette. This is a great read. Please let this teaser lead you to the full article.

STROMSBURG, Neb. — Alexandra Grant traveled halfway cross the country with a special passenger riding along in her Prius.

The 37-year-old artist from Los Angeles brought a tombstone with her. Along all the stops she made on the way from California to Nebraska, Grant took special care of the ivory-colored marker, carefully carrying it into hotels she stayed at, ignoring the odd looks she got when curious people ask what she is carrying in the wooden box.

She has been what she calls “the caretaker” for the tombstone belonging to Lena E. Davis, a baby who died July 19, 1880, in Polk County.

Eleven years ago, Grant was on a road trip passing through Buffalo, Wyo., when she stopped at a consignment store called The Rendezvous. It was there she spotted the tombstone. History behind the marker was shady at best. From what Grant was told, it was from a ranch in eastern Wyoming, and the cemetery it came from didn’t exist any longer.

She said it looked forlorn and out of place at the store. As an artist who incorporates the written word into her pieces, Grant was drawn to the beauty of the tombstone. So, three days after she first came across it, Grant decided to buy it for $150.

Read the full article.

Genealogical Research in Nebraska

A year in the planning, the new Genealogical Research in Nebraska is now available. The book was introduced with great success at the National Genealogical Society Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. It was written by Ruby Coleman specifically for genealogists who have ancestors or relatives who may have settled in Nebraska.

As with researching in any area, the challenge for researching in Nebraska is to locate as many of the records as possible. There are many repositories where these records are found. Like many other states, Nebraska’s record keeping is somewhat unique, but very useful to the genealogist. Many records are available to document one’s Nebraska family, whether they settled and stayed, or moved on after a few years. Ruby’s book will help you find those records.

Heavily illustrated with photos and documents, this volume may give the researcher clues as to records that may be available that they hadn’t even considered.

The following chapters make up the book:

  • Introduction
  • Nebraska Settlement
  • Colonization and Development by Railroad
  • Nebraska Court System and Records
  • Nebraska Vital Records
  • Probate, Guardianships and Adoptions
  • Land Records
  • Naturalization Records
  • Civil and Criminal Court Records
  • County Histories
  • Territorial, Federal and State Censuses
  • Military Records
  • Schools and Records
  • Cemeteries
  • Institutional Records
  • Nebraska Railroads
  • Nebraska Ethnic Groups
  • Religious Records
  • Orphan Trains
  • Cattle Brands
  • Societies, Repositories and Libraries
  • Genealogical Collections in Nebraska Libraries and Repositories
  • Nebraska State Censuses & Substitutes 1854-1976
  • Maps Showing Nebraska County Boundary Changes
  • Nebraska County Records – Alphabetical by county
  • Suggested Internet Web Pages
  • Suggested Reading
  • Notes

About the Author:
Ruby Coleman, of Nebraska, has been actively involved in researching genealogy for over 40 years and has been a professional genealogist for over 25 years. She is an instructor of seminars and classes, as well as a lecturer and free-lance writer. Her expertise is in Nebraska and the plains states genealogy, history, and research.

Genealogical Research in Nebraska; by Ruby Coleman; May 2011; 108 pp, plus vi; Soft Cover; ISBN: 9781933194738; Item # FR0117

Order a copy today for yourself, a relative, a friend, or your local library.