Below are the latest updates to United States & Canadian Vital Records Databases at FamilySearch.org:
Currently updates as of 5 November 2015
Previous update: 30 June 2015
There is a permanent link at the top of the blog to a page with links to all five United States and Canadian Vital Records Database Lists. Use the page to access the following database lists at any time:
Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images to Florida marriage records. – There are 1,774,682 Records and 1,308,358 Images as of 1 July 2015; up 190,891 Records and 54,877 Images since 24 September 2014.
North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970 — Browsable Images — Includes probate matters recorded at county courthouses in North Carolina. Includes wills, guardianships and estate records in bound volumes. Although the coverage dates include a larger span of years, most of the records in this collection are from 1800-1930. – There are 1,147,259 Images as 1 July 2015; up 1,952 Images since 25 June 2015.
[NEW] Kentucky Vital Record Indexes, 1911-1999 — Searchable Index — Indexes of births, marriages, and deaths from January 1911 to July 1999. These indexes were created by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives from data files obtained from the Office of Vital Statistics. – There are 9,865,944 Records as of 1 July 2015.
Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — This collection of marriage records for Alabama counties includes: a) indexed records with images; b) indexed records without images; and c) images which can be browsed but do not have searchable indexes. The indexed records without images display a message “Image is Unavailable” when you attempt to view the image. The browse records are grouped by film number / digital film number (DGS). Each film is arranged by county, volume and date. Currently this collection is 41% indexed. Images will only be available for 84% of this collection when it is complete. Digital images and indexes will be added as they become available.”– There are 2,310,900 Records and 1,231,203 Images as of 21 July 2015; up 718,870 Records and 223,694 Images since 9 April 2015.
Massachusetts, Marriages, 1841-1915 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of Massachusetts statewide marriage registers. The marriage registers are in numbered volumes arranged by year then by individual town.– There are 1,538,139 Records and 108,296 Images as of 27 July 2015; up 8,533 Images since 28 Mar 2014.
[NEW] Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911 — Searchable Index — Index to marriage records in Wisconsin. The record content varies by county. Names are being published as they become available. We do not have rights to publish the images. – There are 213,905 Records as of 3 August 2015.
[NEW] Illinois, Adams County, Card Index to Deaths, 1877-1990 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Card index to death records in Adams County from the courthouse in Quincy, Illinois. – There are 95,523 Records and 96,875 Images as of 12 August 2015.
Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1977 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Collection of various types of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from 183 of the 254 counties in Texas. – There are 1,854,339 Records and 538,510 Images as of 24 March 2015; up 399,834 Records and 464,964 Records since 24 March 2015.
United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899-2012 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of obituaries collected by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. The Society continues to collect obituaries and the index and images for these records will be added as they become available. – There are 402,388 Records and 455,810 Images as of 14 August 2015; up 56,097 Images since 3 February 2015.
Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and digital images of marriages recorded in Georgia counties. 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. – There are 683,052 Records and 238,921 Images as of 17 August 2015; up 63,393 Images since 12 March 2013.
Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1938 — Searchable Index — Name index of birth certificates as recorded at Cook County, Illinois – including the City of Chicago.– There are 1,877,027 2,249,859 Records as of 27 August 2015; up 574,195 Records since 16 April 2015.
Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 — Searchable Index — Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas. – There are 1,677,801 Records as of 31 August 2015.
[NEW] California, San Francisco County Records, 1824-1997 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Records from San Francisco County, California including an alphabetical newspaper clipping file of the “San Francisco Examiner”, death reports, general index, indexes to deeds, deeds, indexes to marriage certificates, marriage licenses, indexes to naturalizations, naturalization records, coroner’s records, and alien registrations. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 60,253 Records and 1,036,854 Images as of 2 September 2015.
[NEW] South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-2014 — Searchable Index — Indexes provided by the South Dakota Department of Health. – There are 693,053 Records as of 2 September 2015.
Montana, Granite County Records, 1865-2009 — Browsable Images — Images of probate, land and property, naturalization, divorce and vital records from the County Clerk’s Office in Philipsburg. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 108,688 Images as of 8 September 2015.
Delaware, Wilmington Vital Records, 1847-1954 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Images of birth, marriage, and death records from Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware. Includes some indexes. The birth records end in the year 1919.– There are 207,577 Records and 25,875 Images as of 9 September 2015; up 297,577 Records since 12 October 2012.
New York, Yates County, Swann Vital Records Collection, 1723-2009 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of the Swann Vital Records Collection from the Yates County Genealogical and Historical Society in Penn Yan, New York. A collection of compiled genealogy, newspaper clippings, bible pages, and family records. The Society named the collection after Frank L. Swann (1894-1987) who was the Yates County Historian from 1956 to 1980. Additional indexed records will be published as they become available.– There are 97,772 Records and 87,588 Images as of 10 September 2015; up 15,328 records since 6 June 2014.
[NEW] Utah, Eureka and Payson, Births and Deaths, 1889-1903 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of a single register of births and deaths from the cities of Eureka and Payson. The book was donated by a member of the LDS Church and likely originated from a local government entity. Most of the pages in the register are blank so the total number of names is minimal. Images are being added to the collection as they become available. – There are 21 Records and 1 Image as of 16 September 2015.
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images —Index to obituaries from thousands of newspapers throughout the United States. Records are being published as they become available. This collection is created in partnership with www.GenealogyBank.com. – There are 15,860,544 Records and 16,534,308 10,874,549 Images as of 16 September 2015; up 5,659,759 Images since 27 June 2015.
[NEW] New York Probate Records, 1629-1971 — Browsable Images — 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. – There are 14,045,639 Images as of 21 September 2015.
Mississippi, Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — These records are lists of students prepared by the counties and school districts. School records can be a viable substitute for birth records. These include the names of both black and white students. The early records include the names of students and the school attended. More recent records include the age of the child and a parent or guardian’s name.– There are 14,268,013 Records and 211,757 Images as of 23 September 2015; up 14,268,013 Records since August 2012.
Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001 — Browsable Images — Vital and town records acquired from local town clerk offices. Some entries contain birth dates earlier than their date of recording. Additional images and indexed records will be published as they become available. Some of these records have been indexed and are searchable. – There are 16,142 Records and 1,962,488 Images as of 26 June 2015; up 16,142 Records and 254,908 Images since 26 June 2015.
Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of Utah statewide death certificates.– There are 322,898 263,277 Records and 276,582 263,126 Images as of 25 September 2015; up 59,621 Records and 13,456 Images since 17 March 2014.
Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1910, 1960 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — This collection includes birth records and index for 1910. It also includes marriage and death records and indexes for 1960. This collection is being published as images become available.– There are 17,605 Records and 20,713 19,330 Images as of 25 September 2015; up 17,605 Records and 1,383 since 6 December 2011.
Missouri, State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1933 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and digital images of extant state and territorial censuses for early counties in Missouri. This collection includes records from the Missouri State Archives and from FamilySearch. Images and index data will be added to this collection as they become available.– There are 96,082 Records and 12,444 283 Images as of 25 September 2015; up 161 Images since 22 August 2014.
Utah, Weber County Marriages, 1887-1939 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images —Images of marriage applications, licenses and certificates located at the Weber County Courthouse in Ogden. – There are 94,859 Records and 94,722 Images as of 28 September 2015; up 94,859 Records and 2,098 Images since 21 November 2014.
Idaho, County Birth and Death Records, 1883-1929 — Searchable Index and 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.– There are 33,063 Records and 2,426 Images as of 28 September 2015; up 33,063 Records since 12 December 2013.
Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — County record collections from the following record custodians. History Museum in Great Falls: Probate, voter registers, naturalization and immigration records. Great Falls Genealogy Society: Probate case files, # 535-3165, 1903-1926; court orders for dependent children, 1903-1937; old age applications, naturalization records, pre 1945. County Clerk’s Office: Deeds from 1880-1941 and index to 1995. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 540,988 461,167 Records and 614,573 Images as of 28 September 2015, up 79,821 Records since 8 April 2015.
Montana, Teton County Records, 1881-2012 — Browsable Images — Images of vital records, naturalization index, land index and probate records from the clerk of court, clerk and recorder offices in Choteau. This collection is being published as images become available. – There are 11,394 Records and 117,351 Images as of 28 September 2015; up 11,394 Records from 9 April 2014.
Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Digital images of records created in Missouri counties including recorded marriages, marriage applications, licenses, and certificates, naturalizations and other court records. This collection is being published as images become available.– There are 515,186 Records and 2,512,894 Images as of 30 September 2015; up 356230 Records and 5,386 Images since 1 May 2015.
[NEW] Virginia, Richmond City Birth Index, 1870-1912 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Card index to births in the city of Richmond, Virginia, 1870-1912. The cards are generally arranged alphabetically by the surname and given name(s) of the individual. – There are 53,488 Records and 53,470 Images as of 2 October 2015.
United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Images of over 621,000 applications for headstones received by the Cemeterial Division of the Quartermaster General from two National Archive microfilm publications. The first publication, over 290,000 applications, covers 1925-1941 and is M1916. Most are for veterans of the Civil War or later. A few may cover earlier wars. The second publication, over 331,000 applications, covers 1941-1949 and is M2113. These records are part of Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, Record Group (RG) 92. – There are 997,064 Records and 994,740 Images as of 2 October 2015, up 352,726 Records since 27 April 2015.
Florida, Probate Records, 1784-1990 — Browsable Images — Collection of probate records, including case files, wills and other documents created by the probate courts of various Florida counties. Probates were generally recorded in the county of residence. The records in this collection were created 1784-1990, but the content and time period of the records varies by county.– There are 662,980 Images as of 7 October 2015; up 2,686 Records since previous entry.
Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934 — Searchable Index — Name indexes and images of county marriages from the state of Illinois. Currently this collection is 63% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 1,533,245 Records as of 9 October 2015; up 2,858 Records since 25 June 2015.
[NEW] Maine, J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1999 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Transcripts of tombstones from various Maine cemeteries. – There are 181,845 Records and 177,468 Images as of 9 Ocober 2015.
[NEW] Utah, Tremonton and Garland, 1959-2013 — Browsable Images — Index and images of obituaries collected by the LDS family history center in Tremonton and Garland.. – There are 18,267 Images as of 9 October 2015.
Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Images and partial index of marriage records from Washington counties. The index includes marriage records for Clallam, Lewis, Pacific, Snohomish, Thurston, and Wahkiakum Counties. Images for both indexed and non-indexed counties are available in the browse. Additional records from other counties will be added to this collection as they become available.– There are 376,989 48,385 Records and 812,604 804,984 Images as of 15 October 2015; up 328,604 Records and 7,620 Images since 29 January 2015.
Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. Currently this collection is 79% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 4,616,425 Records and 1,582,333 Images as of 15 October 2015; up 79,936 Records and 19,171 Images since 20 March 2015.
Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name indexes and images of Tennessee county marriages from 1790 through 1950 acquired from local courthouses. This collection contains searchable index data and images for marriage registers, marriage licenses, marriage bonds, and marriage certificates. Currently this collection is 21% complete. Additional records by county will be added as they are completed. Some images may not be viewable due to contract restrictions.– There are 4,599,297 4,590,990 Records and 2,953,561 Images as of 15 October 2015; up 8,307 Records since 26 June 2015.
New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Name index and images of New York county marriage records. New York state began requiring marriage records for each county in 1908. The collection includes the following counties: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Essex, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Nassau, Niagara, Oneida, Ontario, Orange, Orleans, Oswego, Otsego, Putnam, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westchester, Wyoming, and Yates. The collection does not include New York City nor its boroughs. Only part of this set of images is currently Indexed. Indexing of the remaining images is in process and will be added as it is completed. – There are 1,111,266 Records and 955,515 Images as of 15 October 2015; up 474,679 Records since 23 April 2015.
Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Marriage records created by Kentucky counties. Records include bonds, license, certificates, and returns.– There are 515,304 Records and 1,084,403 Images as of 15 October 2014; up 331,212 Records since 4 September 2014.
Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934 — Searchable Index — Name indexes for county marriages in Iowa. Currently, portions of the following counties are represented in this collection: Adair, Appanoose, Audubon, Boone, Buchanan, Calhoun, Clarke, Clinton, Crawford, Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Dickinson, Dubuque, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Marshall, Mitchell, Monroe, Muscatine, Plymouth, Shelby, Tama, Van Buren, Webster, Winneshiek, Wright. Currently this collection is 86% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 2,204,797 Records as of 15 October 2015; up 35,637 Records since 21 March 2014.
[NEW] New Hampshire Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of New Hampshire marriage records. These records consist of cards giving the names of the bride and groom with the town and date of the marriage and often much more information. With the town and date, the original records can usually be located. Note – there are two images for each marriage.– There are 96,665 Records and 96,581 Images as of 15 October 2015.
Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Images of county marriages from Clear Creek, Fremont, Kit Carson, Logan, Moffat, Phillips, Saguache, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma counties.– There are 129,976 Records and 49,690 Images as of 15 October 2015; up 129,976 Records since 14 June 2012.
Pennsylvania Civil Marriages, 1677-1950 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — This collection includes civil marriage records created in Pennsylvania counties. The records include registers, affidavits and marriage licenses. In some instances, divorce records are recorded with marriages.– There are 241,745 Records and 1,117,101 Images as of 15 October 2015.
Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Marriages recorded in Louisiana Parishes (counties). Currently this collection is 17% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 1,060,742 Records and 54,003 Images as of 15 October 2015; up 1,023,241Records since 21 December 2011.
Oklahoma, County Marriages, 1890-1995 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Index and images of marriage records from counties in Oklahoma. Currently this collection is 47% complete. Additional records by county will be added as they are completed.– There are 1,063,286 Records and 345,859 Images as of 16 October 2015; up 49,517 Records since 3 December 2014.
North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — 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, Catawba, Chatham, Cherokee, Chowan, Cleveland, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Gates, Granville, Halifax, Hanover, Hyde, Johnston, Lincoln, Macon, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Northampton, Pitt, Richmond, Rowan, Surry, Wilkes. This collection is 46% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.– There are 1,838,985 Records and 889,672 Images as of 16 October 2015; up 794,839 Records and 423,328 Images since 12 May 2014.
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.– There are 448,484 Records and 260,134 Images as of 20 October 2015; up 448,484 Records since 5 June 2012.
Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992 — Searchable Index —Compilation of county death records. The collection contains indexes, death records, certificates, registers, etc. for 98 of the 99 counties. – There are 543,429 503,921 Records as of 3 November 2015; up 38,508 Records since 30 October 2014.
Delaware Vital Records, 1650-1974 — Browsable Images — A collection of various vital records from the Delaware Public Archives. The collection includes birth, marriage, death, bible, and cemetery records spanning various year ranges.– There are 624,395 Records and 3,133,093 3,125,879 Images as of 4 Novermber 2015; up 1,158,573 Images since 24 April 2014.
North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — 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. – There are 207,964 Records and 4,946,676 Images as of 4 November 2015.
Prince Edward Island Death Card Index, 1721-1905 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Images of index cards. Information comes from various sources, newspapers, cemeteries, churches, etc.– There are 16,788 Records and 15,903 Images as of 21 September 2015; up 16,788 Records since 31 August 2010.
British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — These are death registrations including overseas casualties, delayed death registrations, and delayed registrations of Native American deaths. Due to privacy legislation by government British Columbia, some images have been restricted from viewing. FamilySearch will publish more images as they become available.– There are 1,216,343 Records and 1,162,756 Images as of 5 October 2015; up 317,454 Records since 3 October 2014.
British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — These are marriage registrations. Due to privacy legislation by government British Columbia, some images have been restricted from viewing. FamilySearch will publish more images as they become available.– There are 143,411 124,593 Records and 141,209 Images as of 9 October 2015; up 18,818 Records since 3 October 2014.
Nova Scotia Delayed Births, 1837-1904 — Searchable Index and Browsable Images — Delayed birth registrations housed at the Archives of Nova Scotia in Halifax. – There are 143,618 Records and 70,782 Images as of 27 October 2015; up 72,694 Records since 28 January 2015.