Tracing Ancestors From Ghana

Earlier today, I posted a notice that Ghana 1984 census data has been added at FamilySearch website. In searching other online news, I came across an article dealing with Ghanaian genealogy posted at TheRoot.com. Following is an excerpt of the first several paragraphs.

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“How can I research Ghanaian genealogy online?” —Hillary Osei

Letting History Point You in the Right Direction

Before you begin your research in Ghana, or anywhere in West Africa, it is useful to have an understanding of the country’s history and how the ruling powers changed over time, since this will give you information that will guide your search for ancestors.

In 1957 the Republic of Ghana became the first West African nation to become completely independent from colonial rule. (Sudan was the first country in Africa south of the Sahara to gain independence, a year earlier, and parts of the country that we call Ethiopia were independent dating back to before the Christian era.)

Prior to this, the region was dominated by a variety of foreign colonial powers. The Portuguese were the first to establish a trade, in the 15th century. By the late 16th century, the Dutch had overtaken the Portuguese and set up trading centers of their own. Between the 17th and early 19th centuries, there were a variety of trading forts built and controlled by the Dutch, British, Danes and Swedes.

Read the full article.

FamilySearch Adds Over 4.5 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Brazil, China, Ghana, Italy, Netherlands, Philippines, & the USA

The following is from FamilySearch:
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FamilySearch has added more than 4.5 million indexed records and images to collections from Brazil, China, Colombia, Ghana, Italy, Netherlands, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,165,725 indexed records from the U.S., West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970, collection; the 469,903 images from the Ghana Census, 1984; and the 415,997 indexed records from the United States Census, 1860 . 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, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2013 – 6,762 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

China, Collection of Genealogies, 1239-2011 – 0 – 241,296 – Added images to an existing collection.

Colombia, Military Records, 1809-1958 – 0 – 157,477 – Added images to an existing collection.

Colombia, Valle del Cauca, Miscellaneous Records, 1549-1955 – 0 – 73,428 – Added images to an existing collection.

Ghana Census, 1984 – 0 – 469,903 – Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Campobasso, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1918 – 138,524 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Italy, Napoli, Serrara Fontana, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-1929 – 2,122 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Netherlands, Zeeland Province, Church Records, 1527-1907 – 0 – 41,808 – Added images to an existing collection.

Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-1981 – 0 – 4,501 – Added images to an existing collection.

Philippines, Manila Civil Registration, 1899-1994 – 0 – 1,710 – Added images to an existing collection.

Portugal, Beja, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1913 – 0 – 21,665 – Added images to an existing collection.

Portugal, Passport Registers and Application Files, 1800-1946 – 0 – 152,477 – Added images to an existing collection.

Spain, Diocese of Lugo, Catholic Parish Records, 1550-1930 – 121,614 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Málaga, Municipal Records, 1760-1925 – 0 – 52,346 – Added images to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Tarragona, Municipal Records, 1430-1936 – 0 – 16,334 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., California, San Pedro, Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records, 1930-1936 – 0 – 143 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., District of Columbia, Glenwood Cemetery Records, 1854-2013 – 0 – 52,042 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Missouri, Probate Records, 1800-1959 – 0 – 40,269 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1931 – 0 – 142 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., New Hampshire, County Probate Estate Files, 1769-1936 – 0 – 3,056 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., New York, New York City, Church of the Transfiguration Records, 1847-1938 – 0 – 79,398 – New browsable image collection.

U.S., Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1947 – 0 – 28,813 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950 – 24,961 – 16,984 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

U.S., Texas, Laredo Arrival Manifests, 1903-1955 – 0 – 459,405 – Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970 – 1,165,725 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

United States Census, 1850 – 59,379 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

United States Census, 1860 – 415,997 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949 – 0 – 671,180 – Added images to an existing collection.

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.

Over 2M Records From 6 Countries Just Posted at Beta.FamilySearch.org

The following news release was received from Paul Nauta At FamilySearch.org:

October 27, 2010: People with ancestors from Ghana now have free online access to valuable census records, the first images from that FamilySearch betaAfrican country to be published on FamilySearch. Other new collections include over two million indexed records from Germany, Norway, Puerto Rico, and three U.S. states: Arkansas, Idaho, and Minnesota. Search these records now at http://Beta.FamilySearch.org.

See the chart below for the complete list of newly added or updated collections.

Project – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

  • Germany, Ludwigshafen Church Record Extractions and Family Registers – 106,564 digital images – New indexed records
  • Germany, 1890 – Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census 31,499 indexed records – Additional images added
  • Ghana, 1982-1984 – Census – 458,716 digital images – New indexed records added
  • Norway, 1875 – Census 41,701 indexed records – Additional images added
  • Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1836-2001 – 3,763 indexed records – Additional images added
  • U.S., Arkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957 – 94,181 indexed records; 43,301 digital images – Additional records and images added
  • U.S., Idaho, County Marriages, 1864-1950 – 148,053 indexed records; 62,274 digital images – New indexed records and images
  • U.S., Minnesota State Census, 1905 – 1,973,884 indexed records; 52,150 digital images – New indexed records and images
  • U.S., Minnesota, State Census, 1865 – 3,396 indexed records – New indexed records

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. 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. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 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.