has a Busy Labor Day

While most of the country took the day off, posted and/or updated four U.S. databases. The Labor Day additions include:

Illinois State Census, 1865 — Name index and images of the Illinois state census taken on 3 July 1865. The following counties are missing: Gallatin, Mason, Monroe and part of Tazewell. There are 380,262 records as of 5 September 2011 from 18 rolls of microfilm. Census data includes:

  • Name of head of family
  • Free white males by decennial age ranges; under 10, 10 to 20, 20 to 30, 30 to 40, etc.
  • Free white females by decennial age ranges; under 10, 10 to 20, 20 to 30, 30 to 40, etc.
  • Numbers of male and female Negros and mulattoes
  • Total number in household
  • Number of males eligible for duty in the militia
  • Manufactures by type (for example: mill, tin shop, saddle shop) and their value
  • Number and tons of coal products
  • Value of live stock
  • Value of grain products
  • Value of all other agricultural products
  • Number of pounds of wool
  • Number of universities and number of students
  • Number of academies and grammar schools and number of students
  • Number of common schools and number of students

Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950 – The database is a Soundex Index to Naturalization Petitions for the United States District and Circuit Courts, Northern District of Illinois and Immigration and Naturalization Service District 9. Taken from file cards, the records actually cover petitions for residents of northern Illinois, northwestern Indiana, southern and eastern Wisconsin, and eastern Iowa. 1,491,586 records in the database as of 5 September 2011.

Pre-1906 records contained:

  • Name of the petitioner
  • Name of the court in which naturalization occurred
  • Document number
  • Country of origin
  • Date of naturalization

Post-1906 records included (though information was not always filled out in full):

  • Name of petitioner
  • Address
  • Name of the court in which naturalization occurred
  • Certificate
  • Petition, or other identifying document number
  • Country and date of birth
  • Date and place of arrival in the United States
  • Date of naturalization
  • Name and address of witnesses

Montana, Cascade County Records, 1888-1945Imaged Records – Includes: Index to births 1893-1933, Certificates of birth 1918-1920, and Register of Births 1893-1933; Marriage license records 1950-1967; and County Court Records that include an Index to Wills Vol 1 1895-1930 and the Records of Wills Vol 1 1901-1930.- 83,466 as of 5 September 2011 – up 17,734 images since 19 Aug 2011.

United States Census, 1900 – Name index and images for the United States population in 1900. The Census included the Armed Forces (foreign country where census occurred) and the Indian Territory. Now standing at 17,014,324 records. These records include the following data:

  • Full name
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Age (can be used to calculate an approximate birth year)
  • Birth month and year
  • Relationship to the head of household
  • Birthplace of the individual and the parents (included even if the parents were not members of the household)
  • Marital status (single, married, widowed, or divorced)
  • Number of years married (can be used to calculate the approximate marriage year)
  • Number of children born to each mother and the number of those still living
  • Year of immigration and number of years in the United States
  • Whether a naturalized citizen
  • Occupation
  • Street address and house number

For people who lived in Alaska, the following was also collected:

  • Tribe and clan
  • Date of locating to Alaska
  • Occupation in Alaska
  • Post office address at home

For Native Americans (Indians):

  • Indian name
  • Tribe of the individual and the parents (included even if the parents were not members of the household)
  • Percentage of white blood
  • If married, whether living in polygamy
  • Whether taxed
  • Year of citizenship
  • Whether citizenship was acquired by land allotment

Additional information for people living in the Hawaiian Islands:

  • Year of immigration and number of years lived in the Hawaiian Islands

Information collected about people serving in the military or Navy:

  • Name of military, naval station, or vessel
  • Company or troop, regiment, and arm of service
  • Rank grade or class
  • Residence in the United States


I’ve also updated all five of the GenealogyBlog Online Database Links Files. See:

New Tools for New FamilySearch

A new company called has just released some great new tools that work on top of new FamilySearch called Advanced Tree Inspector. These tools allow people to do things you can’t do natively on nFS, such as see your 9-generation pedigree all on one page, find loops in your pedigree that prevent you from seeing the full line, see what countries your ancestors are from, and more.

These tools are all free, users simply need a nFS account (currently available to LDS members only). There is an overview, some examples, and even a walk-through video on this page: