FamilySearch Adds Over 9.8 Million Indexed Records & Images for Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Jamaica, Peru, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, & the USA

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FamilySearch has added to its collections more than 9.8 million indexed records and images for Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Jamaica, Peru, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Notable collection updates include 2,983,594 indexed records from the Croatia, Church Books, 1516–1994 collection; 57,446 indexed records and 1,785,969 images from the Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880–1999 collection; and 1,087,758 indexed records from the Costa Rica Civil Registration, 1860–1975 collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Canada, Saskatchewan, Catholic Church Records, 1846–1957 – 40,494 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Canada, Saskatchewan Cemetery Transcripts, ca. 1850–1994 -164,737 – 139,318 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Costa Rica Civil Registration, 1860–1975 – 1,087,758 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Croatia, Church Books, 1516–1994 – 2,983,594 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880–1999 -57,446 – 1,785,969 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603–1992 – 447,186 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997 – 0 – 46,666 – Added images to an existing collection.

Peru, Lambayeque, Civil Registration, 1873–1998 -53,466 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Philippines, Civil Registration (National), 1945–1984 – 0 – 2,508 -Added images to an existing collection.

Philippines, Northern Samar, Roman Catholic Diocese of Catarman, Church Records, 1860–1983 – 0 – 63,212 – New browsable image collection.

Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805–2001 – 97,379 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, BillionGraves Index – 363,233 – 363,233 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, Georgia, Deaths, 1928–1939 – 15,495 – 1,750 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

US, Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800–1991 – 0 – 894,662 – Added images to an existing collection.

US, North Dakota Census, 1915 – 361,965 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, North Dakota Census, 1925 – 394,391 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, Ohio, Bloomfield Township, Brownwood Cemetery Records, 1824–2012 – 0 – 636 – New browsable image collection.

US, Texas, Manifests of Aliens Granted Temporary Admission at El Paso, ca. July 1924–1954 – 117,170 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925–1949 – 346,070 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

FamilySearch Adds Over 19.2 Million Indexed Records & Images to Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico & the USA

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FamilySearch adds more than 19.2 million indexed records and images to Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 7,120,120 indexed records and 6,113,876 images from the United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014 collection; the 4,835,296 indexed records from the Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805–2001 collection; and the 314,770 indexed records and 314,770 images from the US, BillionGraves Index collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804–2014 – 0 – 299,060 – Added images to an existing collection.

Canada, Canadian Headstones – 240,168 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805–2001 – 4,835,296 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

US, BillionGraves Index – 314,770 – 314,770 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

United States, Freedmen’s Bank Records, 1865–1874 – 0 – 513 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014 – 7,120,120 – 6,113,876 – Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.

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

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FamilySearch has added close to 11.1 million indexed records and images to collections from Barbados, BillionGraves, Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,703,529 indexed records from the U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846–1910, collection; the 766,368 indexed records and images from the new Canadian Headstones, collection; and the 2,917,490 indexed records from the England, Kent, Register of Electors, 1570–1907, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

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

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

Collection – Indexed Records – Digital Images – Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

United States Social Security Death Index – 213,017 – 0 – Added indexed records to an existing collection.

Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas

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

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

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

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

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

 

Table of Contents

Preface

Part One: Going Beyond the Line, a Chronology

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

Part Two: Latin America

  • Introduction

Colonies founded by Spain

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

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

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

Part Three: The Caribbean

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

Part Four: The Thirteen Colonies, Maine, and Vermont

  • Introduciton

New England Colonies

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

Middle Colonies

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

Southern Colonies

  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia

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

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

Part Six: Canada

New France

  • Introduction to New France
  • Quebec
  • Ontario

Acadia

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

Other North American Colonies

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

Part Seven: Resources for Further Research

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

Index

 

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

Growing Need for International FamilySearch Indexers

The following news release was received from FamilySearch.org:

More than 120 projects are currently available from countries outside the U.S., representing 16 languages. Since the first of the year, new projects have been launched from Bolivia, Paraguay, Switzerland, and the Philippines. Later this year, FamilySearch indexing plans to release projects for Armenia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Micronesia, Panama, Slovakia, and Sri Lanka. More indexers with non-English language expertise are needed to help make these records searchable online.

Join this exciting community effort to make records searchable online and ensure our ancestors are remembered by visiting indexing.familysearch.org.

Current and Completed Projects
To view a list of currently available indexing projects, along with their record language and completion percentage, visit the FamilySearch indexing updates page. To learn more about individual projects, view the FamilySearch projects page.

New Projects Added

  1. Argentina, Mendoza, Ciudad de Mendoza—Registros Parroquiales, 1665–1922
  2. Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3C]
  3. Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3D]
  4. Colombia, Antioquia, Sonsón y Rionegro—Registros Parroquiales, 1814–2008
  5. México, Coahuila, Matamoros y Torreón Registros Iglesia Católica
  6. México, Durango, Gómez Palacio, Cuidad Lerdo, Mapimí, Cuencamé—Registros Parroquiales, 1708–1963
  7. Micronesia, Pohnpei—Civil Registration, 1948–2009
  8. Peru, Chiclayo y Lambayeque—Registros Civiles, 1873–1950 [Parte A]
  9. Ukraine, L’viv—Roman Catholic Diocese Church Book Duplicates, 1600–1948 [Part 1]
  10. U.S., Puerto Rico—Censo Federal de 1940
  11. U.S., Indiana, Saint Joseph County—Marriages 1811–1959
  12. Украина, Киев—Метрические книги русской православной церкви, 1846–1848 [Часть C]

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

Recently Completed Projects
Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process. They will be published at familysearch.org in the near future.

  • Argentina, Santa Fe, Venado Tuerto—Registros Parroquiales, 1884–1972 [Parte B]
  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 2 I]
  • Magyarország, Szabolcs—polgári anyakönyvi adatok, 1895–1978 [2. Rész]
  • Mexico, Aguascalientes—Nacimientos 1860–1921
  • Nederland, Gelderland—Geboorten burgelijke stand, 1811–1902 [Part 2]
  • South Africa, Free State—Church Records [Part 1]
  • Sverige, Södermanland—Kyrkoböcker till 1860 [Del 3]
  • UK, England and Wales—1871 Census for Lancashire, Yorkshire, and Durham [Part D]
  • U.S., Alabama—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Arkansas—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918
  • U.S., California—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Hawaii—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Indiana—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Iowa—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Louisiana—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Oklahoma—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Maine—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., North Dakota—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., South Dakota—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Texas—Birth 1903–1934 [Part H]
  • U.S., Texas—Deaths, 1890–1976 [Part C]
  • U.S., Texas—Deaths, 1890–1976 [Part D]
  • U.S., Virginia, Surrey—County Marriages, 1800–1950 [Part A]
  • Venezuela—Nacimientos Civiles, 1873–1909
  • U.S., Washington—1940 Federal Census
  • 日本 ― 移民記録 1914年, 1922–1927年

About FamilySearch
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 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.

“Professionals” Okay Using Ancestry.com

The following was received from Matt Deighton at Ancestry.com:

In a recent update, the Ancestry.com Terms and Conditions excluded “or professional” as part of the terms of service. This change was in no way intended to exclude professional genealogists from using Ancestry.com in a business or professional setting. Our legal team has reviewed the statement and has reinstated the original text to include “or professional” into Ancestry.com’s Terms and Conditions. We apologize for any misunderstanding. The statement is now updated and reads as follows:

“You may access the Website, use the graphics, information, data, editorial and other Content only for personal or professional family history research, and download Content only as search results relevant to that research.”

FamilySearch Adds Indexing Projects for Paraguay, Panama, Bolivia, and Slovakia – Indexers Needed!

The following news release was received from FamilySearch.org:

10 New Digital Images of Historic Documents Created Every Second – Indexing Projects Added for Paraguay, Panama, Bolivia, and Slovakia!

Since 2006, FamilySearch has dramatically improved its ability to scan and convert microfilmed records into digital images. In addition, more than 185 digital camera crews are now at work throughout the world, capturing images six days a week. Between microfilm digital conversions and new field captures, FamilySearch now creates an average of 10 new digital images every second of every day and publishes them at familysearch.org within a matter of weeks. All those new digital images means there’s a dramatic increase in the need for online volunteer indexers and arbitrators!

In the last month, projects from Paraguay, Panama, Bolivia, and Slovakia have been added as new indexing projects. This is the first time projects from these countries have been available for indexing. See the lists below for the newest additions and status of other projects.

You and your family, friends, and colleagues can help make the world’s historical records searchable online. Visit https://indexing.familysearch.org to learn more about FamilySearch indexing and download the free software. Your volunteer contribution will help others discover the joy of finding their own ancestors.

Current and Completed Projects
To view a list of currently available indexing projects, along with their record language and completion percentage, visit the FamilySearch indexing updates page. To learn more about individual projects view the FamilySearch projects page.

New Projects Added
Argentina, Santa Fe, Venado Tuerto—Registros Parroquiales, 1884-1972 [Parte B]
België, Oost-Vlaanderen, Sint-Lievens-Houtem—Burgerlijke Stand, 1851–1900 [Deel 1]
Bolivia, Santa Cruz—Registros de la Iglesia Católica, 1623–1977
Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 2 I]
Chile—Registros Civiles, 1885–1900 [Part C]
México, Zacatecas, Fresnillo, Villanueva—Registros Parroquiales, 1796–1959
US, Alabama—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918
US, CT, DC, DE, ME, MA, NH—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [Part 2A]
US, Indiana, Morgan— County Marriages 1811-1959
US, Indiana, Noble County Marriages—1811-1959
US, Oregon, Roseburg—National Homes for Disabled Soldiers, 1866–1938
US, Puerto Rico—Tarjetas de registro de reclutamiento de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, 1942
US, Texas— Birth 1903-1934 [Part H]
US—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [Part 1A]

Recently Completed Projects
(Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process. They will be published at familysearch.org in the near future.)

Italia, Napoli, Serrara Fontana—Registri Civili, 1841–1880
UK, England and Wales—1871 Census for Lancashire, Yorkshire, and Durham [Part A]
US, Arkansas—Second Registration Draft Cards, 1948–1959
US, Indiana, Jennings—County Marriages 1811-1959
US, Indiana, Randolph County—Marriages 1811-1959
US, Iowa—1895 State Census
US, Kentucky—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918
US, Louisiana—WWII Second Registration Draft Cards, 1948–1959
US, Texas— Births, 1903–1934 [Part G]
, Uppsala—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 3]
Украина, Киев—Метрические книги русской православной церкви, 1846–1848 [Часть A]

About FamilySearch
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.

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

 

Order Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: GPC5176.

A Look at Some Central & South American Records at FamilySearch

In our discussions on research topics, we so often spend a great deal of time focusing on our ancestors who have come to the United States from the East or the West. But what about those who came from the South? Fortunately, FamilySearch has not forgotten about them. While availability of European and U.S. records have been easier to access and index in the past, FamilySearch has made great efforts to include those vital records accessible from Central and South American countries. This includes the Caribbean. Here is just a short list of indexed records which have been made available this year for free at FamilySearch:

Brazil, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965, 125,830 records as of 17 Sep 2011
Argentina, National Census, 1895; 3,888,939 records as of 6 Sep 2011
Nicaragua, Civil Registration; 363,085 records as of 16 Aug 2011
Peru, Civil Registration, 1874-1978; 163,944 records as of 16 Aug 2011
Jamaica, Civil Birth Registration; 1,528,614 records as of 13 Apr 2011
Costa Rica Church Records, 1595-1992; 1,380,256 records as of 8 Apr 2011

With so many people vying to get into the U.S., and with a hot-potato topic like illegal immigration seemingly in the news every other day or so, its easy to forget people actually immigrate to countries other than our own. Brazil and Argentina saw mass migrations of Europeans during the great wars. Some of these individuals and families, or their descendants, later immigrated into the U.S. Immigration records from foreign countries may just come in handy to your research.

Other records, both browsable images as well as indexed, have been added over the past couple of years. There are millions of available records, most belonging to someone’s ancestor, just waiting to be found.

New Indexing Projects at beta.FamilySearch.org for the Holidays

The following was received from Paul Nauta, With FamilySearch:

FamilySearch beta

FamilySearch volunteers have some exciting new indexing projects to work on during this holiday season. Recently released projects include records from Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and the United States. There are also projects from four different countries that were recently completed and will soon be available for searching at beta.familysearch.org.

New Projects in the Past Two Weeks

· Canada, Bas-Canada—Recensement de 1842

· Canada, Ontario—Marriages, 1869–1927 [Part B]

· Ireland—Tithe Applotment Books, 1824–1840

· Jamaica—Civil Births, 1900–1930 [Part C]

· Mexico, Oaxaca—1930 Federal Censo

· Nicaragua, Masaya—Registros Civiles, 1879–1984

· U.S.—Naval Enlistment Registers, 1855–1891

· U.S., Connecticut—WWII Draft Registration Cards, 1942

· U.S., Iowa—1930 Federal Census

· U.S., Maine—1930 Federal Census

· U.S., Texas—Birth Records, 1903–1934 [Part C]

· U.S., Wisconsin—1930 Federal Census

(See the chart below for a complete list and current status of all indexing projects.)

Recently Completed Projects

(Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process. They will be published at beta.familysearch.org in the near future.)

· België—Burgerlijke Stand, 1851–1900 [Deel D]

· Canada, Ontario—Marriages, 1869–1927 [Part A]

· U.K., Bristol—Parish Registers, 1837–1900 [Part H]

· U.S., Arkansas—1930 Federal Census

· U.S., Connecticut—1930 Federal Census

· U.S., Louisiana—1930 Federal Census

· U.S., Maryland—WWII Draft Registration, 1942

· U.S., Puerto Rico—1920 Censo Federal

· U.S., Rhode Island—1930 Federal Census

· U.S., Vermont—1930 Federal Census

· U.S., West Virginia—WWII Draft Registration, 1942

Current FamilySearch Indexing Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion

Argentina, Balvanera—Registros Parroquiales, 1833–1934 [Parte B] – Spanish – 58%

Argentina, Cordoba—Registros Parroquiales, 1722–1924 [Parte B] – Spanish – 89%

Argentina, Santa Fe—Registros Parroquiales, 1634–1926 [Parte A] – Spanish – 37%

Brasil—Registro Civil, 1852–1914 [Parte 2A] – Portuguese – 1%
Brasil, Florianópolis—Registros da Igreja, 1751–1954 [Parte A] – Portuguese – 13%
Brasil, Pernambuco, Recife—Registro Civil, 1900–1920 – Portuguese – 3%
Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Matrimonios, 1900–1910 [Piloto] – Portuguese – 52%

Canada—Passenger Lists, 1881–1922 – English – 5%

Canada, Bas-Canada—Recensement de 1842 – French – (New)

Canada, New Brunswick—Deaths, 1815–1938 [Part B] – English – 18%

Canada, Ontario—Marriages, 1869–1927 [Part B] – English – (New)

Česká republika, Litoměřice—Matriky, 1552-1905 [část 1] – (Tschechien, Litomerice—Kirchenbücher [Teil 1]) – German – 92%

Chile—Registros Civiles, 1885–1900 – Spanish – 28%

Chile, Concepción—Registros Civiles, 1885–1903 [Parte 2B] – Spanish – 35%

Colombia, Bucaramanga—Registros Parroquiales, 1649–1959 – Spanish – 13%

Colombia, Marinilla—Registros Parroquiales, 1815–1959 – Spanish – 65%

Deutschland, Baden, Achern—Kirchenbücher, 1810–1869 [Part D] – German – 13%

El Salvador—Registros Civiles, 1835–1910 – Spanish – 24%

España, Andalucía—Registros Civiles, 1837–1870 – Spanish – 4%

España, Lugo—Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1930 [Parte 1] – Spanish – 42%

France, Cherbourg—Registres Paroissiaux, 1802–1907 – French – 44%

France, Coutances—Registres Paroissiaux 1802–1907 – French – 56%

France, Paris—Registres Protestants, 1612–1906 [Partie D] – French – 83%

France, Saint-Lo—Registres Paroissiaux, 1802–1907 – French – 60%

Guatemala, Guatemala—Registros Civiles, 1800–1900 – Spanish – 10%

Guatemala, Guatemala—Registros Civiles, 1877–1900 – Spanish – 26%

Ireland—Tithe Applotment Books, 1824–1840 – English – (New)

Italia, Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia—Atti di Morte, 1809–1936 [Parte B] – Italian – 73%

Italy, Trento—Baptisms, 1784–1924 [Part 2A] – Italian – 43%

Jamaica—Civil Births, 1900–1930 [Part C] – English – (New)

Mexico, D.F.—Bautismos, 1536–1900 [Parte A] – Spanish – 2%

Mexico, Oaxaca—1930 Federal Censo – Spanish – (New)

Mexico, Puebla—1930 Federal Censo – Spanish – 82%

New Zealand—Passenger Lists, 1871–1915 [Part 2A] – English – 8%

Nicaragua, Managua—Registros Civiles, 1879–1984 [Part 3B] – Spanish – 94%

Nicaragua, Masaya—Registros Civiles, 1879–1984 – Spanish – (New)

Norge —Tinglysningskort, 1640–1903 – Norwegian – 2%

Perú, Lima—Registros Civiles, 1887–1921 [Parte A] – Spanish – 77%

Portugal, Setúbal—Registros da Igreja, 1581–1910 – Portuguese – 24%

República Dominicana—Nacimientos Civiles, 1828–1906 – Spanish – 1%

Russland, Sankt Petersburg—Kirchenbuchduplikat, 1833–1885 – German – 38%

South Africa, Cape Province—Church Records, 1660–1970 – Afrikaans, Dutch, English – 64%

Sverige, Södermanland—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1] – Swedish – 69%

Sverige, Uppsala—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1] – Swedish – 73%

Sverige, Örebro—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1] – Swedish – 30%

U.K., Essex—Parish Registers, 1538–1900 [Part A] – English – 14%

U.K., Manchester—Parish Registers, 1813–1925 [Part B] – English – 11%

U.K., Warwickshire—Parish Registers, 1538–1900 [Part 2 Adv] – English/ Old English – 28%

Uruguay—Registros Civiles (Nacimientos), 1879–1930 – Spanish – 5%

U.S.—Naval Enlistment Registers, 1855–1891 – English – (New)

U.S., Alabama—County Marriages, 1809–1950 [Part A] – English – 60%

U.S., Arkansas—County Marriages, 1837–1957 [IX] – English – 58%

U.S., Arkansas—WWII Draft Registration, 1942 – English – 39%

U.S., California—County Marriages, 1850–1952 [Part B] – English – 70%

U.S., Connecticut—WWII Draft Registration Cards, 1942 – English – (New)

U.S., District of Columbia—County Marriages, 1811–1950 [Part A] – English – 39%

U.S., District of Columbia—Deaths, 1874–1959 – English – 86%

U.S., Illinois—County Marriages, 1810–1934 [Part A] – English – 65%

U.S., Indiana, Bartholomew—County Marriages, 1811–1959 – English – 47%

U.S., Iowa—1930 Federal Census – English – (New)

U.S., Iowa—County Births, 1880–1935 [Part A] – English – 11%

U.S., Iowa—County Marriages, 1838–1992 [Part A] – English – 45%

U.S., Maine—1930 Federal Census – English – (New)

U.S., Minnesota—County Marriages, 1860–1949 [Part A] – English – 35%

U.S., New Jersey—County Marriages, 1682–1956 [Part 1] – English – 25%

U.S., New York—Marriage Licenses, 1908–1938 [Part A] – English – 37%

U.S., New York—Marriages, 1908–1935 [Part A] – English – 34%

U.S., North Carolina—County Marriages, 1762–1959 [Part B] – English – 20%

U.S., North Carolina—Freedmen Letters, 1862–1870 – English – 10%

U.S., Oklahoma—Allotment Records, 1899–1907 – English – 74%

U.S., Oklahoma—County Marriages, 1891–1959 [Part B] – English – 32%

U.S., Puerto Rico—1910 Censo Federal – Spanish – 11%

U.S., Puerto Rico—Nacimientos Civiles, 1836–1930 [Parte B] – Spanish – 5%

U.S., Tennessee—County Marriages, 1790–1950 [Part B] – English – 29%

U.S., Tennessee—County Marriages, 1790–1950 [Part C] – English – 42%

U.S., Texas—Birth Records, 1903–1934 [Part C] – English – (New)

U.S., Texas—County Marriages, 1837–1977 [Part B] – English – 21%

U.S., Wisconsin—1930 Federal Census – English – (New)

Venezuela—Nacimientos Civiles, 1873–1909 – Spanish – 1%

Venezuela, Mérida—Registros Parroquiales, 1654–1992 [Parte 2] – Spanish – 25%

Österreich, Wiener Meldezettel, 1890–1925 – German – 33%

Россия, Самара—Метрические книги церкви, 1869–1917 (часть 1) – Russian – 66%

Украина, Киев—Метрические книги русской православной церкви, 1843–1845 [Часть B] – Russian – 9%

Current FamilySearch Partner Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion

Belgique—Registres Civile, 1851–1900 [Partie A] – French – 61%

Brasil, Minas Gerais—Church Records, 1706-1952 – Portuguese – 1%

Canada, Ontario, Toronto—Trust Cemeteries, 1826–1935 – English – 18%

Deutschland, Westfalen, Minden—Volkszählung, 1880–1900 – German – 11%

España, Avila, Barroman—Registros Parroquiales, 1550–1930 – Spanish – 12%

España, Avila, Madrigal y Garganta—Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1935 – Spanish – 93%

España, Malaga—Registros Civiles, 1846–1870 – Spanish – 54%

France, Quimper et Leon, St. Louis—Registres Paroissiaux, 1722–1909 – French – 77%

Norway—1875 Census [Part B] – Norwegian – 63%

Philippines, Lingayen, Dagupan—Registros Parroquiales, 1615–1982 – Spanish – 72%

U.K., Norfolk—Parish Registers, 1538–1900 – English – 21%

U.S., Ohio—Tax Records, Post 1825 [Part 3] – English – 91%

U.S., Utah, Salt Lake County—Birth Registers, 1890–1908 – English – 67%

U.S., Utah, Salt Lake County—Death Registers, 1848–1940 – English – 33%

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.

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.